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Pop Culture Pet Peeve: Hacker scenes are all the same

Hollywood loves hackers. They’re an easy plot fix. Need some passwords? Get the hacker! Want an eye in the sky? Get the hacker! Gotta diffuse a bomb? GET. THE. HACKER.

Look, I get it. When the hero inevitably runs into a dead end, I’m willing to suspend my disbelief and accept that a fictional hacker can solve everything. But it’s not 1995 anymore; computers are not relatively new inventions (and not everything you need is in them), so over time, these hacker scenes have only become more tedious than revolutionary. READ FULL STORY

Opinion: About that 'Elysium' ending...

For most of its running time, Neil Blomkamp’s Elysium is a uniquely well-conceived futuristic action thriller. It is set in 2154, in a slowly-corroding world that realistically imagines what our current society will look like when aged forward 14 decades. The technology is familiar, even when it’s elaborate. The characters make recognizably human-like decisions. The whole world appears to operate in a familiar manner, with a struggling underclass striving for a better life while a corporate uber-class jealously guards its decadent lifestyle. Elysium is like a third-world race-against-time thriller written by David Simon, with some robots sprinkled in. It is realistic, grounded, thought-provoking.

Until the ending.

Let’s set the stage here a bit, because the roots of Elysium‘s curiously silly final act appear early. (Spoilers from here.) 


PopWatch Planner: Matt Damon fights in 'Elysium,' 'The Bachelorette' finale, The Civil Wars return, and more

Ah, the first full week of August is upon thee! Let’s see what pop culture has in store for us this week. READ FULL STORY

'Elysium' exclusive: Matt Damon's trailer trashed by co-star

In Elysium, the new movie from District 9 director Neill Blomkamp, South African actor Sharlto Copley (District 9, The A Team) plays a psychopathic mercenary killer named Kruger who is on the hunt to take out Matt Damon’s character, Max. Copley, 39, loves to conduct elaborate pranks on set, and got soooo into his character that he decided to trash Damon’s trailer while Damon was away visiting his family in New York. READ FULL STORY

'Elysium' inspired by director Neill Blomkamp's arrest in Mexico -- EXCLUSIVE

The new sci-fi action movie Elysium, directed by Neill Blomkamp (District 9) and starring Matt Damon and Jodie Foster, is about a future Earth that is entirely third world, and a first-world sky satellite where the rich live in paradise. The inspiration? An ill-fated trip to Tijuana, Mexico. 

This Week's Cover: Matt Damon, Jodie Foster, and the making of 'Elysium'


Matt Damon may be at the top of the A-list, but he had to persuade writer-director Neill Blomkamp (District 9) to cast him in his new sci-fi film, Elysium, opening Aug. 9. “I think he was even reluctant to meet me,” Damon says, laughing, from his apartment in Manhattan. “He kept saying, ‘I’m not doing anything Hollywood,’ and I was like, ‘Dude, I live in New York.’ We ended up meeting in a diner and he was kind of giving me the one-eye for the first 10 minutes or so.” That wasn’t just in Damon’s head. “I was doing that,” Blomkamp says, smiling. “I was just trying to figure out what was going on, you know?” READ FULL STORY

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