Which weapon would you choose?

 

  Most of us at 925 love zombies. So today, to embrace that love, we speak to Paul Anderson, independent film maker and zombie fan. What can you tell me about your zombie series? The series is called “Which Weapon Would YOU Choose?” and each episode shows a different character, using one main weapon to survive. What was the inspiration behind it? The inspiration behind it was simply to get experience, get myself out there and meet other filmmakers in the area, while producing something i was enthusiastic about. How does your zombie series differ from others? It differs because one of the main remits was to invite other filmmakers to write and direct each episode, with myself producing. How […]

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Terry Pratchett. Day 5.

 

 “Stories of imagination tend to upset those without one.” – Terry Pratchett. What a success Pratchett week (Our second theme week. The first was Doom.) has been. I’d like to thank all those involved, evolved and evolving for their contribution towards this Disc like endeavour. On a personal note: As someone who has never read the works of Pratchett (I know, I know! They’re on the list of things to do, once I’ve finished ALL the Dune books, the collected works of the Marquis De Sade, Napoleons War Diaries and Winnie the Pooh.) What was I saying? Ah, yes! Though I’ve not yet read his books and gotten hands on with his other merchandise, I’ve developed an enthusiasm to do […]

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Pratchett Films.

 

 “Real stupidity beats artificial intelligence every time.” ? Terry Pratchett, Hogfather . Today we look at the cinematic versions of two of Pratchett’s best works, Hogfather and Colour of Magic. “No, what he didn’t like about heroes was that they were usually suicidally gloomy when sober and homicidally insane when drunk.” ? Terry Pratchett, The Color of Magic . Released in 2006, this adaptation of the best selling book of the same name.The film follows the plot of the novel, almost exactly. The story revolves around the Hogfather, the Discworld equivalent of Santa, who has gone missing, forcing Death (Sir. Ian Richardson) to take his place while his granddaughter Susan (Michelle Dockery) attempts to find out what happened. [youtube id=”9_UbDSlwAME” […]

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The Witches: A Discworld Board Game.

 

 “The Witches is set in the magically charged land of Lancre. Players take on the role of trainee witches, such as Tiffany Aching and Petulia Gristle, learning their craft and dealing with all the problems that life on Discworld can throw at them. Our heroines will tackle everything from a sick pig to a full-blown invasion of elves – life can be tough for a young witch in Lancre! Fear not however, as an array of Discworld’s most famous characters will be on hand to aid your quest. Along the way you’ll meet the guiding forces of Granny Weatherwax, Nanny Ogg and Magrat Garlick, along with a rich supporting cast of familiar faces from Terry Pratchett’s bestselling Discworld series. Compete with your fellow […]

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Why you should read Terry Pratchett

 

  “Open your eyes and then open your eyes again.” –The Wee Free Men. If you’ve never read a Sir. Terry Pratchett novel, the question would have to be a great and resounding ‘Why the hell not?’ From the brilliance of his early Science-Fiction works (Strata and The Dark Side of the Sun) to the glorious hilarity of his Discworld series of fantasy novels, Pratchett is one of the English language’s greatest authors. Combining wit, witticism and satire, he creates an enchanting world that is almost, but not quite, very like our own. His writing holds up a mirror to our universe and shows us, in the most polite, funny and cutting way possible, just exactly where we went wrong. So […]

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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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