Divergent.

 

 “Tomorrow at the Choosing Ceremony, I will decide on a faction; I will decide the rest of my life; I will decide to stay with my family or abandon them.” -Tris. I prefer the written word to the filmed picture. But on occasion, something interesting comes along. And today’s something interesting is Divergent, a film based on  Veronica Roth’s best selling novel of the same name. Now I am not usually an admirer of “date films” but this one was a little different. And a lot more entertaining than your usual dose of soppy romance and sloppy action. “I watched you because I like you.” -Tobias. Made for roughly R800, million, this Chicago based film took three months to shoot and […]

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Ghost in the Shell.

 

 “You and the chief are the only ones out of the whole section whose bodies don’t come with a warranty.” -Ghost in the Shell. In my youth I remember watching Ghost in the Shell and I knew that this film will have an impact, not only on a personal level, but also on a global scale. Its impact that it had on modern pop-culture has inspired many directors and artists since its release. The Wachowskis were inspired by the film to have created their popular movie series The Matrix. It has also been noted that it has inspired films such as James Cameron’s: Avatar, Steven Spielberg’s: AI: Artificial Intelligence and Jonathan Mostow’s: Surrogates. “Even if you do have a Ghost, […]

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300: Rise of an Empire

 

 When one hears the word “Spartans”, one either immediately thinks of the characters from the Halo video-game franchise or the ancient Greeks who resided in the city state of Sparta and who were the inspiration for the  movie 300. The image that springs to my mind when I recall 300 is what, in my opinion, can be regarded as one of the most famous kicks that have ever been put on the big screen – the scene in which King Leonidas kicks the Persian emissary and into the pit. That single act not only led to the confrontation between the Spartans and the Persians, but it also led to the generation of those 300-themed memes that populate the internet. Awu! […]

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5 Shorts Films You MUST Watch!

 

 I love cinema. I love short films. And I love indie productions. The Fatal Sneeze. (1907) One of the most revolutionary films of its day. This 1907 masterpiece featured state-of-the-art film making technology, clever writing, and humourous scripting. Ante. (2011) Two rival salesmen hire the same hit-man to eliminate each other. This short film was directed by Chris Cronin. (Sophie’s Fortune, Hail of Bullets.)  Paranormal. (2012) This amazing piece of cinema was filmed by up and coming star, Lukas DiSparrow, and shot for less than R1000. Aashpordha. (2011) This dark-comedy is about love, rebellion, House music, curry and whiskey. It stars Indian actress, Preeti Singh (Do Dilon Ke Khel Mein.) Un Chien Andalou. (1928/29) Written by Salvador Dali, himself, this […]

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Five Classic Horror-Comedies You MUST watch!

 

 “They’re coming to get you Barbara” -Night of the Living Dead Today we look at a few of the great Horror-Comedies that have made my life, and many others, enjoyable and deliciously twisted. “Kill her, Mommy! Kill her! Don’t let her get away, Mommy! Don’t let her live!” -Friday 13th Braindead (1992) This film was written and directed by Peter Jackson and his wife Fran Walsh. At the time, this comedy-gore film was a financial failure, but has since become a cult classic. If you like pure and utter wonderful nonsense, then this is for you. Killer Klowns from Outer Space (1988) This American film was written and directed by the Chiodo Brothers and is the only film they ever […]

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Five Irish Films/TV Shows To Watch!

 

 It’s almost time to go home, put your feet up and drink a few scoops. The question is: What are you going to be watching? Well, I has an answer for you, bog. That answer is: Watch the following you muppet. War of the Buttons. Filmed in 1994 this Adventure-Comedy-Drama addresses violence, hatred, and intolerance. Set in the 1960’s the film revolves around the boys of two neighbouring towns who engage in constant one-upmanship only to have the end results turn violent. Waking Ned Devine. Filmed in 1998 this Comedy tells the tale of the residents of a small village that attempt to hide the fact that one of their number (who just happened to win the lottery) is still […]

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Project: MEGAFOOT

 

 “It’s bigger than big, it’s Megafoot!” Project: MEGAFOOT is a proposed, upcoming indie-horror film. The story follows a classified US Military experiment that had been attempting to create super soldiers. Unfortunately early tests indicated the cybernetic and genetic enhancements were beyond the ability for a mere human to survive, but just as all hope seemed lost there came a lucky discovery…. Bigfoot (GIGANTANTHROPUS CRYPTICUS) turns out to be real, and the perfect test subject. Now for the twist, as would be expected this souped up Cyborg-Sasquatch escapes from the research facility in the backwoods of the American Mid-West and goes on a massive rampage. An elite squad of soldiers now has to track down and kill the beast before it destroys everything […]

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GHOSTBUSTERS!

 

  “Do you believe in UFOs, astral projections, mental telepathy, ESP, clairvoyance, spirit photography, telekinetic movement, full trance mediums, the Loch Ness monster and the theory of Atlantis?” – Ghostbusters. Last week we looked at the Gremlins, this week we look at another cult series that began the same weekend as Gremlins… on the very same day in fact. That’s right, on 8th June, 1984, Ghostbusters stepped out of the supernatural shadows and claimed its place on the world stage. Within a matter of weeks they had both become ’80’s cultural icons… and even now, thirty years later, they remain as two of the most influential film series of all time. For those who have not seen Ghostbusters, I shall adumbrate… […]

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GREMLINS!

 

 “For one thing, we’re insured for the damages. For another, maybe it wasn’t a place for people anyway. It was a place for things. You make a place for things… things come.” – Gremlins 2. In 1984, the world of “cute” was forever changed as Gizmo arrived on the cinema circuit and stole our hearts, our chicken and our life savings. “Gizmo Caca” – Gremlins. Written by Chris Columbus (Mrs. Doubtfire, Harry Potter 1+2;) produced by Steven Spielberg (Jaws, E.T;) and directed by Joe Dante (Small Soldiers, CSI-NY.)  This medium budget ($11-million) black-comedy became an instant cult-classic and made close to $150-million in box-office profits alone. FUN FACT: Chris Columbus got the idea for Gremlins from stories told by WW2 […]

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