Dune in Film

 

 “Too much knowledge never makes for simple decisions” -Raphael Corrino. The Dune Saga is possibly one of the greatest literary works in human history, and without a doubt my favourite series of novels.  With this being the case it is both surprising, and depressing that it has made it’s way to the big (and small) screen so few times, and in all cases only a small part of the story was adapted. As a Dune fanatic please allow me to take you through my  take on the attempts that have been made. I’ll end off with my theory on how to approach televising the franchise. Lynch’s Dune: 1984 The first Dune to make it to film was the 1984 feature […]

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Sepultura – Live in SA!

 

 Just over a week ago (Friday night, 12 September) South Africans were treated to a night of head-bangs and mayhem when international Brazilian metal band Sepultura destroyed fans at Carfax in Newtown, Johannesburg. The event was opened by local bands Boargazm and Groinchurn, who got the crowd going with hard hitting lyrics and sounds – setting the tone for what would be an awesome night. The anticipation and excitement from the crowd was something else, with everyone holding out to see the mighty Brazilian giants….. Sepultura! [youtube id=”F_6IjeprfEs” width=”600″ height=”350″] The performance kicked off with the band playing tracks from their earlier albums, and the crowd loving it! Almost instantly, a mosh pit was formed and it stayed that way […]

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Ripping the Jack

 

 “Mary Ann Nichols” – Jack the Ripper’s Canonical Five Some of you may have heard the news that the most notorious serial-killer, and father of modern nightmares, Jack the Ripper has finally been caught after 126 years. Using the latest in scientific techniques and DNA analysis, British businessman and armchair detective Russell Edwards and a team of scientists have spent the last three years running tests on the shawl of Catherine Eddowes – the fourth of his canonical victims, and have identified the most famous killer of all time as Polish immigrant, Aaron Kosminski (born Aron Mordke Kozminski; 11 September 1865 – 24 March 1919). (I always felt it was him.) In response to this amazing (and hopefully definitive) chapter […]

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Upcoming Reboots

 

 And here I was thinking that Ninja Turtles was going to be the only complete reboot for a while. Boy, was I wrong! Seems Hollywood has developed a taste for reboots and now the gears are turning as the cinematic machine begins rebooting everything and anything. Hold onto your butts! Our childhoods are being updated! The following is a list of a few reboots that are on the way. Under each you’ll see a trailer for the ORIGINAL film. (Original! As in the first one made! Not the reboot!) Hitman: Agent 47 This upcoming reboot is set for release within the next few months and stars Rupert Friend (Pride & Prejudice, Steve) as Agent 47. Hopefully this will be a better […]

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Opium Child: Chaos and Zen

 

 At first the album is subtle and hauntingly soft, the sound of violin strings and the dreamlike beating of drums floats upon the ether like the opening to an emotional stage play. But soon the softness gives way to the extreme power of driving metal. This is Opium Child in their quintessential role as creators of pure unadulterated music. Chaos and Zen (Part 1), is the first act of what shall be a somewhat revolutionary album for the South African metal scene. Combining Asian-influenced sounds, lyrics and styles with Western Metal and South African swish, Opium Child has produced an amazingly unique taster album. And if you’re like me then your appetite is already whet. “We would like to see […]

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Opium Child

 

 Today we speak to South African band, Opium Child. What’s the history of Opium Child? Opium Child is a Johannesburg-based band with most of the band members (5 and a half out of 6 of us) came from Taiwan and China. At first we were just thinking of cleaning the dust off our instruments and do something more meaningful in life than just working, and later when a few songs are done we decided to take it forward and start to play gigs, dedicated a lot more time to practice and writing songs. (Everyone should have something apart from work. -Ed). The band got together in April 2013 and started to playing gigs that October – with Shaun on the […]

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Nineteen Eighty-Four

 

 “He who controls the past controls the future. He who controls the present controls the past.” – 1984. “Big Brother is watching you.” For years those words have been synonymous with control and dictatorship. Since those words first appeared in print almost 70 years ago, humankind has lived in fear that one day we’d all become servants to some greater, all knowing, all controlling evil. An evil of human design. So what does all this have to do with today’s article? Simple: it’s my birthday and I want to review one of my all time favourite books and films. “If you want a picture of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face—for ever.” – 1984. The book […]

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H.P Lovecraft

 

 “Pleasure to me is wonder—the unexplored, the unexpected, the thing that is hidden and the changeless thing that lurks behind superficial mutability.” -H.P Lovecraft. Today, 124 years ago, H.P Lovecraft was born. For those who don’t know, H.P Lovecraft was one of the most influential and groundbreaking American authors. His stories ranged from deep sea gods (Cthulhu) to horror and science-fiction shorts that influence films, TV, music and games, making Lovecraft a favourite amongst anyone who likes a good story, a dark tale, and something a little different. As such I’ve decided to dedicate this article to 5 of my favourite Lovecraftian works.  “The oldest and strongest emotion of mankind is fear, and the oldest and strongest kind of fear […]

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5 Upcoming Games

 

 This year, 2014, we have a number of fantastic video-games on the way. Today we look at a few that are arriving this year and the beginning of next. Halo 5: Guardians This upcoming FPS game continues from where Halo 4, left off. The game was created by 343 Industries (Halo 4, Halo: Reach) and is set for release on XBox One only. [youtube id=”Ijw3N676yWY” width=”600″ height=”350″] Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor This open-world actin RPG is set for release later this year. The game, developed by Monolith Productions (Blood, Tron 2.0) is essentially a filler for the events between the Hobbit and Lord of The Rings, in which the player takes the role of recently resurrected ranger Talion (Talion has […]

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5 Upcoming Films

 

 Today we look at a few of the upcoming sci-fi films. Interstellar This upcoming film was directed by Christopher Nolan (Batman: The Dark Knight), and revolves around a group of human explores who, using a wormhole, try to save what’s left of humanity and the broken economy of Earth. [youtube id=”zSWdZVtXT7E” width=”600″ height=”350″] Empires of the Deep This 3D action-adventure-sci-fi/fantasy film has taken nearly four (4) years to create, and we still have no release date. The film revolves around a love story between a human and a mermaid and the mystical world she comes from. The film stars Olga Kurylenko (Hitman, Max Payne). [youtube id=”b3dnwxUSK9k” width=”600″ height=”350″] The Maze Runner This sci-fi thriller centres around Thomas (Dylan O’Brien) who […]

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