I think this is actually not the best solution as there are a number of timezones that are in play. i.e. The system timezone, the TIME_ZONE setting, the timezone as returned from S3.
This PR uses the TIME_ZONE setting which can be different from the system timezone which is what the FileSystemStorage uses. The django docs explicitly state that it the system timezone and TIME_ZONE setting could be different (they do need to be the same on Windows though).
I sent a message to the django-users mailing list to see if there is any consensus on which timezone to use. I have a feeling that the FileSystemStorage is going to be a de facto standard and that the system timezone is actually what we should be using.
Taking into consideration the above comments, I made some edits and opened a new PR - #102. This now uses the filesystem's timezone for comparison, and uses python-dateutil to parse the datestring that's provided by S3.