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All posts by Julia Breakey

Julia Breakey
Julia is a UCT film graduate with a passion for dogs, media, and dog-centric media. If she's not gushing about the new television show that you need to watch, she's rewatching The Good Place (which you need to watch).
  • Review: Game Night ain’t trite

    You got the timer? Ready? And… go. Okay, so this is a comedy about a murder mystery game night that turns into a real kidnapping mystery. No, not Clue, newer. It stars Rachel McAdams in her first leading comedy role since Mean Girls with a super funny ensemble including Jason Bateman, Kyle Chandler, Lamorne Morris, and Jesse Plemons? It doesn't matter how I know this off the top of my head, keep guessing! Flip, no, okay, so it's fun, but it's not too imposing, and will make a great family staple and -- time? Really? Damn, alright, it was Game Night. Game Night --...

  • Meet Triggerfish: Cape Town’s Oscar-nominated animation studio

    Thirty-five minutes outside Cape Town's CBD lies an unobtrusive farmhouse nestled beneath the Constantiaberg. A decade ago, it housed old-fashioned horse-drawn carriages and 19th century farming equipment. Now, the white walls and thatched roofs are home to Triggerfish, one of South Africa's leading animation studios. Triggerfish was founded in 1996 with a focus on stop-motion commercials. But demand died down, and so too did business. By 2005, Triggerfish lay dormant. Mike Buckland, the studio's head of production, joined in 2007 to help refocus the studio on computer-generated imagery (CGI). An unobtrusive farmhouse is home to the team that may win South...

  • Why is South Africa not watching South African movies?

    You hear it all the time (at least in the hipster parts of Cape Town): support local. Wear locally-made clothes, buy fruit and veg from your local vendors. Whether these efforts are helping is unclear, but one area it isn't? Local film. Hollywood struggled last year with its worst summer season in over a decade. But it's not just US films that are failing to reach an audience -- South African ones are too. Last year, the 24 South African films released in cinemas accumulated R44.5-million altogether. To put that into perspective, Despicable Me 3 made R46-million by itself. Fast and...

  • SA’s box office: this week was boring so I made stuff up

    The box office this week was really boring. Barely anything changed. The top four is exactly the same as last week, and the bottom six moved just enough to make you go "huh" and then walk away. "This week is very boring," I told my editor, Andy, when I realised. "Make something up," he said. So here's the box office charts I just made up. (23 - 25 February) Black Panther is still at the top, Fifty Shades is still in second, Jumanji is still in third. You get it Black Panther is in top spot for the three hundredth week in a row. The...

  • Last week in trailers: Saoirse Ronan, John Cena, Tommy Wiseau & more

    It's this writer's last trailer roundup here on Memeburn, so of course that means the marketing world dried up and delivered a host of just okay trailers to send me off. It's very inconsiderate of these massive studios who plan their schedules out years in advance to not care about this little Capetonian. But, hey, life isn't fair. So here are last week's trailers. On Chesil Beach Saoirse Ronan is coming after that fourth Oscar nomination in On Chesil Beach, where she shows off her beautiful English accent. Based on the novel by Ian McEwan (Atonement), the film set in 1962 follows young newlyweds Florence...

  • 3 online games that teach you to identify fake news

    Nobody is safe from the pull of "fake news". Even those who should be most informed (looking at you, Western Cape Premier Helen Zille) have fallen prey to those profiting off the spread of disinformation. But there is hope for anyone looking to become better fact checkers, and some of that hope can be found in online games designed to teach you how the disinformation industry works. Here are three to get you started. Factitious Factitious is the simplest of the bunch. It shows you a news article with a hidden source and asks you to guess whether it's real or fake. After making...

  • TWR: Sexy ice dancers, Gigaba’s startup fund & a Land Rover phone

    Welcome to The Weekly Roundup where we discuss the latest in tech and startup news! This week, Andy Walker hosts Daniel Mpala and Julia Breakey. We kick off the episode by discussing everyone's favourite ice dancing duo (or, you know, the two they remember exist only every four years), Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir. The Canadians bagged gold at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang this week -- but it's the mystery surrounding their relationship that has kept the internet tuning in. This week, the team talk the Winter Olympics, Gigaba's R2.1-billion startup fun, and a Land Rover smartphone Daniel then discusses Finance...

  • Three Billboards appropriates black and female struggles for the white man

    Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri tells a universal tale of women abandoned by the justice system sworn to protect them. In South Africa, this story is all too common; a study by the South African Medical Research Council found that, in 2012, only 8% of rape cases reported to the police resulted in guilty verdicts. If that figure held until 2017, over 36 600 reported rape cases saw the accused walk free. Our own President Jacob Zuma was accused of raping Fezekile Ntsukela Kuzwayo before his election. He was elected anyway, a sour piece of history echoed in the US's...

  • Let’s go down the Tessa Virtue/Scott Moir rabbit hole one last time

    Canadians Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir are record-breaking ice dancers who have wowed the skating world since forming a team in 1997. The pair have won three Olympic gold medals and two silvers -- but, more importantly, they've also won the internet's hearts. Record-breaking ice dancers Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir have endured dating rumours for ages because we all have eyes The thing about Tessa and Scott is that they're also, according to the web and very good science, madly in love and secretly dating. But the 2018 Winter Olympics marks the end of their competitive careers. So, without any promise that they'll ever...

  • 8 feel-good shows on Netflix to help escape the world’s suck

    Life is hard. Problems barrel at us at a steady pace, and social media has allowed us all direct access to almost every human being on the planet's problems. People weren't made to handle so much -- and you're allowed to step away from it when you need. For some that could mean partaking in a hobby, or exercising, or spending your salary on face masks. Life is hard - if you want, try these shows that could make it a little lighter For me, it often means finding TV shows that transport me to a world where real-world problems are infrequent and, when...

  • Last week in trailers: Incredibles 2, Descendants 3, and more

    It's still February. I don't know how. I thought this was meant to be the shortest month and yet here we are, still in February. To make matters worse? There are only two first trailers on this list. Everything else is a second or third. If you haven't been following trailers closely, though, then these may feel brand new. I hope that's true for you. Here they are. Incredibles 2 Disney is calling this a "sneak peek" but it's a trailer and its marketing jargon doesn't work on me. In it, Mr Incredible stays at home to look after multi-super-powered baby Jack Jack...

  • SA’s box office: Black Panther has best Saturday performance of all time

    Marvel's Black Panther is the studio's biggest opening ever in South Africa, pulling in R16.8-million in its first weekend at the theatres. The film was warmly embraced in places like Bloemfontein, where South African-style celebrations were enjoyed at the opening. Black Panther -- which obviously topped the charts -- is now the third biggest industry opening weekend ever in South Africa. The blockbuster also scored the highest Saturday box office of all time with R6.9-million on 17 February. Black Panther had Marvel's biggest opening in South Africa, also scoring the highest Saturday box office of all time The film was also a star in the rest of the...

  • Black Panther is a personal, intimate blockbuster

    Comic fans around the world have waited with bated breath to witness the fate of Black Panther, Marvel’s first black-led superhero film. The blockbuster, with its star-studded cast and partially South African soundtrack, could make or break Marvel’s future plans in diversifying its cinematic universe. It’s an unfair amount of pressure for director Ryan Coogler, but fans will be delighted to know that he pulls Black Panther together with style and composure -- and with a passion so evident it seeps into every shot and every line of dialogue. The film follows King T'Challa (Chadwick Boseman) of the technologically-advanced Wakanda, a...

  • SA’s box office: Fifty Shades Freed comes first

    Happy Valentine's Day, South Africa, and congrats on never being afraid to get your (missionary) freak on. This weekend, Fifty Shades Freed, the last of the trilogy, opened right at the top of the charts, knocking the ever strong Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle down to second. I think it's fair to say we love a good bush. Fifty Shades Freed topped the charts this week, pushing the successful Jumanji down to second But how did the other films fare this weekend? (9 - 11 February) Animation Tad the Lost Explorer and the Secret of King Midas (the catchiest of film titles) opened in fourth, unable to take on...

  • Watch: Casey Neistat interviews YouTube Head of Business

    Popular YouTuber Casey Neistat has been very vocal about the company's failings in cultivating a healthy platform for users and creators. He's made multiple videos addressing the unfair demonetisation of videos (dubbed the adpocalypse), as well as the Logan Paul scandal, which saw another popular YouTuber under fire for posting a video with a recent suicide victim. Neistat and YouTube's chief business officer talk removal protocols, trending algorithms, and more Now, Neistat has interviewed YouTube's chief business officer, Robert Kyncl, to discuss the way forward post-Paul. The interview, which took place twelve days pre-upload, does not address Paul's recent suspension for disturbing content...