Celebrating Sir. Terry Pratchett – Day One

 

 “You’ve got a lot of time for abstract thought when you’ve got your hand stuck up a dead badger.”  ~ Johnny and the Dead. Welcome to Pratchett Week, everyone! First off, we’d like to wish Sir. Terry Pratchett a happy 66th birthday! Before I go any further though, I feel I should mention that my opinions regarding Pratchett might be slightly biased seeing that I happen to be a fanatically enthusiastic collector of his work. (She is at that. -Ed.) I was introduced to Terry Pratchett at the beginning of the 21st century when I came across a little Science Fiction/Fantasy novel called Mort. I was irrevocably taken with Terry and his work, even before the first paragraph – in fact, all […]

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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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The structure of revolutions in comicbook storytelling.

 

 In 1962, Physicist Thomas Khun released his widely influential book, “The structure of scientific revolutions.”. In the book, he analysed the crucial scientific revolutions that have taken place throughout history and how they influenced the thinking process of scientists in the various scientific disciplines. (Easy reading then. -Ed.) Although his work is based on scientific concepts, I believe that a similar approach can be made to any field, such as the history of comic books. GOLDEN AGE. Comic book history can be broken down to distinct phases or ages for example: the golden age, silver age etc. There are distinct differences between the way that characters were written and illustrated at different points in the history of comics. Some concepts […]

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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. [youtube id=”nfZXoxWTMf0″ width=”600″ height=”350″] 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.)  [youtube id=”ZE76g3mIlMc” width=”600″ height=”350″] Paranormal. (2012) This amazing piece of cinema was filmed by up and coming star, Lukas DiSparrow, and shot for less than R1000. [youtube id=”6PyZ_ZkYFxE” width=”600″ height=”350″] Aashpordha. (2011) This dark-comedy is about love, rebellion, House music, curry and whiskey. It stars Indian actress, Preeti Singh (Do Dilon Ke […]

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The Witcher 3: The Wild Hunt.

 

 The Witcher 3: The Wild Hunt is the third and final in The Witcher RPG Series. Developed by CD Projekt and published by Warner Brothers Interactive. The game boasts some incredible looking graphics that create a true living world to run around in and generally become medieval on whatever happens across your ill-advised path. The game has changed towards the currently favoured open world, non-linear story familiar to most RPG’s these days. While this can be more than a little frustrating (at least I found it boring to the point of attempting to slit my wrists with a mouse cable for entertainment in others of the sort), we can hope that the producers have filled the world with enough distraction […]

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Cave Troll’s Top 5 Monty Python Skits

 

 “Listen, strange women lyin’ in ponds distributin’ swords is no basis for a system of government. Supreme executive power derives from a mandate from the masses, not from some farcical aquatic ceremony.” -Monty Python. Welcome one and all to my top 5 list of skits by the hit British comedy group, Monty Python. (If you don’t know who they are you are about to learn. If you don’t like them, then there is an entire circle of hell dedicated to destroying you…) Monty Python first aired on the BBC on the 5th of October 1969 and while this may seem outdated to many of you (Philistines!), their comedy has stood the test of time. The group comprised of 6 members, […]

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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. [youtube id=”u8ZopOnJgdI” width=”600″ height=”350″] Killer Klowns from Outer Space (1988) This American film was written and directed by the Chiodo Brothers and is the […]

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Bone Collector

 

 “It wasn’t a branch sticking out of the ground; it was a hand. The body’d been buried vertical and the dirt piled on until just the forearm, wrist and hand protruded. She stared at the ring finger; all the flesh had been whittled away and a woman’s diamond cocktail ring had been replaced on the bloody, stripped bone.” –The Bone Collector. The first grisly murder scene that the beautiful beat cop, Amelia Sachs, sees would have destroyed a lesser person. This murder scene and her logical and professional reactions change her life. Later she is called to the apartment of Lincoln Rhyme, a bitter quadriplegic hell bent on suicide, who takes on this case before he leaves the world behind. […]

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