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TV & Movies

  • The Great Wall: Twitter mocks blockbuster with #ThankYouMattDamon

    The Great Wall, released in South African cinemas today, is yet another film dealing with the controversy that comes with casting a white actor in an ostensibly Asian role. This time, the story is of an elite force defending China along its famous border. The enemy? Dragons, of course. Annoyed audience members took to Twitter to criticise what was viewed as a narrative with a white saviour complex. With the help of #ThankYouMattDamon, users tweeted about everything Matt Damon has done for Asia. all of you asian kids who get red packets for lunar new year have matt damon to thank... he started the...

  • American Horror Story: Donald Trump is actually happening

    Gone are the days of mindless escapism. Ryan Murphy, the creator of American Horror Story, has revealed that the show's upcoming season seven will be based on last year's US Presidential election. "I don't have a title, but the season that we begin shooting in June will be about the election," Murphy confirmed on Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen on Wednesday night. When asked if a Donald Trump-like figure would be a focus, the showrunner would not give a definite answer. "Uh, maybe," was all he would give fans. It was confirmed last month that Sarah Paulson and Evan Peters would be returning to the hit...

  • Ghost in the Shell official trailer: a shell of its former self?

    Paramount Pictures released the official Ghost in the Shell trailer Monday, dismaying many with apparent plot changes and the casting of Scarlett Johansson. The trailer features stunning visuals with CGI that rivals all major blockbusters, but many fans likened the plot to that of Robocop. "It's a perfect interpretation to the anime on a visual aspect, but spiritually it seems to be going somewhere else," comments YouTube user The Human Robot. Ghost in the Shell might look impressive, but YouTubers aren't best pleased with the plot Doyle Harken comments that the "brainy" aspects of the original anime seem to be diluted for the sake of an easy plot...

  • South Africa’s box office chart: Fifty Shades Darker likes it on top

    Ignoring the film critics, South Africans embraced their sexy side this weekend and Fifty Shades Darker proved number one in their hearts and other body parts. But how did the other films fare after its debut at the top this weekend? (10 to 12 February 2017) The Lego Batman Movie debuted at number three, unable to pass last week's number one xXx: The Return of Xander Cage. La La Land dropped down two places to fifth, and the musical in which people can actually sing Sing tragically saw itself tumbling down four spots to eighth. Denial and Rings debuted at ninth and tenth respectively, kicking out Why Him? and Ballerina. Failing martian hearts proved too...

  • LEGO Batman Movie review: colourful, frantic, hilarious

    The LEGO Batman Movie follows the success of The LEGO Movie quite well, so much so that it surpasses it. Will Arnette's comedic delivery combined with the methodical and humorous script writing kept the entire audience in hysterical laughter. In this new offering, Batman is forced to come to terms with his greatest enemy -- his family. The LEGO Batman Movie, directed by Chris McKay who's known for his work on Robot Chicken, created a great way of not only visually telling a compelling story but also an emotional one. After Arnette's performance in the first LEGO movie, I was curious...

  • Last week in trailers: Avengers, a Defender and a talking baby

    Last week was a big one for Marvel, premiering first looks and trailers for The Avengers: Infinity Wars and Iron Fist. But macho superhero trailers weren't the only ones making waves, as a women-led psychological thriller and an animated talking baby made their debuts. Let's get right to it. Iron Fist  The last of the Defenders to get their own series before the merge, Iron Fist promises to have all of the same charm and action as its predecessors. Set to Apashe's 'I'm a Dragon', the trailer promises a season of discipline, success, and a healthy dose of sexual tension. Finn Jones stars as Danny Rand, a presumed-dead heir to his...

  • A United Kingdom movie review: soft lighting, softer convictions

    There is no denying that extreme right movements are rising in popularity. Lines have been drawn in the sand and global bipartisanship is the order of the day. Amma Asante’s A United Kingdom finds a voice in this time, reflecting the politics of today against our history -- reminding and warning us of where we come from. The film tells the story of the interracial marriage between Sir Seretse Khama (a charming David Oyelowo) and his English wife Ruth (Rosamund Pike). Their love was forbidden, both by the British and by Khama’s uncle. Khama was to become a king in...

  • Introducing Snapchat, the new frontier in storytelling

    Most people know Snapchat as the social network for watching people you only slightly care about play around with filters you really don't care about. While that may be all some people see, young innovators are recognising it as a platform to tell stories. Because, heck, that's what the feature is called, right? The first ever Snapchat movie premiered in June last year. Sickhouse was sadistically conceived by Hannah Macpherson, who saw an opportunity to merge creation and distribution methods in one foul swoop. Pairing up with YouTuber Andrea Russett, Macpherson used the social media starlet's Snapchat account to slowly lure...

  • 7 must-see movie trailers from January

    So you want to know more about some of the movies debuting this month? Well, you've come to the right place. In this new monthly series, we take a look back at some of the biggest trailers to debut in the previous month. And well, obviously, it's January's turn. Power Rangers The announcement of a new Power Rangers movie was met with mixed feelings. Some thought it best to leave the franchise be, while others undoubtedly rejoiced. Since the trailer has dropped though, its view count has skyrocketed to over 22-million and over 120 000 likes. Power Rangers will follow the lives of...

  • Resident Evil: The Final Chapter movie review

    It's been almost 24 hours since I watched the last instalment in the Resident Evil live action film series, The Final Chapter, and I still cannot stop rolling my eyes. I'm really glad it's the final chapter. The movie picks up after 2012's Retribution. If you haven't seen the previous entries, then you're going to be a bit lost. Our heroine, Alice (played by Milla Jovovich), emerges from the remnants of a destroyed White House and starts fighting infected and monsters as she stumbles around. Thereafter she's contacted by the Red Queen, an AI that controls Umbrella's secret Raccoon City facility (The Hive), and is tasked...

  • 5 Netflix exclusives coming to South Africa this February

    Netflix doesn't stand still when it comes to content, with new movies and TV shows hitting the streaming service all the time (content also leaves the service, but that's another article). There are services telling us what to expect for next month, but finding SA-bound content can be tricky. So with that in mind, we sifted through the Netflix website to find exclusive content SA viewers can expect next month. 3 February: Santa Clarita Diet The first week of February sees 10-episode series Santa Clarita Diet making its way to the service, starring Timothy Olyphant and Drew Barrymore. "Joel (Timothy Olyphant) and Sheila (Drew Barrymore)...

  • Crime-drama Sneaky Pete kicks off Amazon’s 2017 Originals roster

    We're pretty much spoilt for choice when it comes to series this year. Along with Netflix's strong lineup and ShowMax's South African content, newcomer Amazon Prime is also starting to make in-roads. And it's latest shot, Sneaky Pete, brings with it the backing of Walter White himself. When not reciting Kanye West lyrics on James Corden's Late Late Show, Bryan Cranston also produced a good few shows. For Amazon and Sony, he teams up with Graham Yost and David Shore to launch the crime/drama Sneaky Pete. Sneaky Pete itself tells the story of con-man Marius (played by Giovanni Ribisi) who assumes the...

  • Power Rangers: it’s almost morphin’ time [Video]

    Since the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers series kicked off in the early 90s, the franchise has been a household brand. Almost every kid I knew was into the over-the-top ridiculousness of the show. And who can blame them? It was awesome. The first movie to follow the series was Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie back in 1995. Now, 22-years later, they're back with all-new rangers to take the role in the next instalment of the franchise, simply titled Power Rangers. The cast chosen to take on the title of "Ranger" aren't very familiar faces, but collectively have a large amount of acting experience,...

  • Optimus is a total jerk in new Transformers trailer

    Mid-2017 is gearing up to be a golden age for action movie fans. Hot on the heels of the Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 trailer (and release date), Michael Bay and co has released the latest trailer for the next Transformers movie. And it's nuts. Dubbed Transformers: The Last Knight, the flick continues to star Mark Wahlberg as the most unlucky lucky guy on the planet. But of course, they aren't quite on earth. While Optimus Prime drifts through space and time, a slew of unwanted things befall the human race (as usual), and its up to Marky Mark and...

  • Baby Groot will make you squee in new Guardians Vol 2 trailer

    A rag-tag, energetic bunch of law-defying superheroes are easy to fall in love with, but Marvel really outdid itself this time with the cameo of Baby Groot. The tiny tree monster featured prominently in the company's new trailer of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. And yes, it's about as fun as you'd expect. Shying away from the "less is more" concept, Marvel arguably gives a little bit too much away in the two minute trailer. With talk of atom bombs, visuals of giant city-eating squid and the usual slanted banter, the trailer feels very much like the Guardians flick we...