District 9 director Neil Blomkamp talks to WIRED
, District 10, Halo, his desire to buy a skyscraper and almost casting Eminem or Ninja from Die Antwood
in Elysium's Matt Damon role.
Amongst the canals of Lake Xochimilco, south of Mexico City, there are artificial islands called chinampas
were invented by the Aztecs as a way to increase agricultural production, and while most have been converted for residential or commercial use, there is one that stands apart: Isla de las Munecas (The Island of the Dolls)
. Home to hundreds of terrifying, mutilated dolls
, their severed limbs
, decapitated heads
, and blank eyes
, and nearly every available surface
. [more inside]
After years of dedicated rehabilitation, the people of Mexico City have transformed from one of the worst environments in the world to one of the "greenest" cities in North America
, but there are still challenges to be faced.
, a song by Steven Wilson of Porcupine Tree
fame, performed live in Mexico City. 12 minutes long and worth every minute.
artfully captured five decades of mayhem in Mexico City. His successors keep his tradition alive. "David Alvarado is a quiet guy who does one of the ugliest jobs in this world but he will win your sympathy with his famous saying "se logró el objetivo" (the objective was accomplished). previously
(graphic images and content Very NSFW and NSFC not safe for children) [more inside]
As a recent New York Times article
notes: "Mexicans, despite their reputation in Latin America for ultrapoliteness and formality, curse like sailors, a recent survey found. They use profanity when speaking with their friends, with their co-workers, with their spouses and even with their bosses and parents."
This then: Effective Swearing in D.F.: Towards a Manual of Communication for English Speakers visiting Mexico City
Because, remember: Hablar español sin caló es de hueva.
In a first for Latin America, Mexico City's legislature voted to legalize gay marriage
Monday night, changing "the city's civil code definition of marriage from the union of a man and a woman to the 'free uniting of two people.'" [more inside]
While most of the world was watching* Obama win, people in Mexico (specially in Mexico City) were busy watching news that a plane had just crashed near one of the busiest intersections
of the City, killing all its passengers and wounding at least 40 others in the street and nearby office buildings. The plane, a Lear jet, had eight people on board, among them Juan Camilo Mouriño
, Secretary of the Interior [link in Spanish]
and at least two other high ranking officials
in the mexican federal government. [more inside]