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Geek Culture

  • YouTube ‘Remix’ music service to launch in March?

    YouTube is readying its own music streaming service for debut in March 2018, according to a report by Bloomberg. The service, which is known within the firm as YouTube Remix, serves to hush music industry big-wigs who have been longing for a larger slice of revenue from the world's biggest video service. But Remix's existence isn't set in stone just yet. The Alphabet-owned company continues to slug it out with music companies Universal and Sony, and music video distributor Vevo for new content deals. There's also the question of how -- and if -- Remix will tie into Google's other streaming music service,...

  • MiniMeme Podcast #12: Our favourite TV shows of 2017

    Welcome to the last MiniMeme episode of the year! In it, Daniel Mpala and Julia Breakey talk the TV shows that made them happy in 2017. On the list? The Marvelous Mrs Maisel, Big Little Lies, Netflix's Dark, and Mr Robot (because Daniel may have missed the brief a little bit). So if you're looking for fun new shows to watch, or simply to pick a fight, have a listen to the full episode below: https://soundcloud.com/burn-media/minimeme-12-rambling-about-our-favourite-tv-of-2017 Let us know if you missed your favourite show, or if it made your blood boil to hear us gush about any of ours. You can reach us in the comments...

  • Netflix and Africa: no originals, no offices, but is there promise?

    I always tend to forget that Netflix hasn't been in the streaming game all that long. Although the company itself is 20 years old, it's only been streaming content for ten years. But even with that said, it only launched in South Africa in January 2016, along with 130 other countries across the world. So two years then. Effectively, the EMEA branch of the company is a startup. "We're still in our infancy," Maria Ferreras, Netflix's VP business development manager EMEA concurs in an interview with Memeburn at a Berlin press junket. "We're growing pretty fast, but haven't been doing this for...

  • The taggers of Netflix: the job you probably want, but never knew existed

    There are some jobs that go unrecognised by most of us every day. Those who clean our streets is a great example. Those who reshelve shopping malls an even better one. But one you probably didn't even realise existed is what Netflix calls a "tagger". This small group of people -- between 30 to 40 globally -- are well versed in screenwriting or movie critique, watch content 40 hours a week, picking up and jotting down nuances, moods, features and traits inherent in these works. They then tag them with the corresponding metadata. At this point, you're probably wondering why the company...

  • South Africa’s box office: SA ❤️ JL

    Did you hear? South Africans and Justice League just spent their third weekend in a row together at the box office. It's adorable. I'm pretty sure they're going to make it Facebook official, like, next week. I've already planned my comment: "Finally!!!" It's a little cliché, but it lets people know that I knew before them, and that South Africa, Justice League and I are really close. And that's all that matters. I really think this relationship is going to last. I heard something about how this new kid -- Star Wars or whatever -- is moving here on the 15th and it may stir up some drama, but I gotta...

  • 7 questions Netflix’s Dark still needs to answer

    Spoilers ahead for Dark season one. Netflix's German sci-fi Dark takes a while to make sense -- and then as soon as you start thinking you have it down, the show throws out even more questions to befuddle you yet again. While some of these questions were answered throughout the course of Dark's first season, others were left hanging in the air, with some throwaway lines offering more suspense than entire seasons of Desperate Housewives (okay, that's an exaggeration). So while we wait for word on a second season, here are some of the questions Dark has left unanswered. Who is Noah? This is...

  • Accused sexual predator Bryan Singer fired from Queen biopic [Update]

    Update: Bryan Singer has been fired from Bohemian Rhapsody. In a statement, the director said that Twentieth Century Fox had refused him leave to deal with health issues. Singer's mother is ill. "I wanted nothing more than to be able to finish this project and help honor the legacy of Freddie Mercury and Queen," Singer wrote, "but Fox would not permit me to do so because I needed to temporarily put my health, and the health of my loved ones, first." There has been no news as to the future of the production. Original article: The Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody has been put on hold due to the "unexpected unavailability of...

  • Last week in trailers: Avengers, Jurassic World, white Jesus & more

    It's been a record-breaking week for trailers, as Avengers: Infinity War swiftly became the first to reach over 230-million views in just 24 hours. So if you got caught up in the hype of the Marvel franchise, don't worry: here are the other trailers you missed last week. Avengers: Infinity War In case you missed it. You probably didn't. But just in case. Highlights include: Chris Evans with a beard. Evil Loki messing with the continuity of the Thor franchise. Thanos looking like the thumb creatures from Spy Kids.  Avengers: Infinity War hits SA theatres on 27 April 2018. Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom This Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom teaser is just 15 seconds of Chris...

  • 5 Netflix exclusives coming to South Africa in December

    It's officially the festive season, and you know what that means: avoiding family members at absolutely all costs. So why not do so with some Netflix exclusives heading to South Africa this sunny December? Here's what's hitting the platform this month. 1 December: Dark If you're looking for something to fill the gap in your heart while Stranger Things is on hiatus, why not try German series Dark? Netflix describes the 10-episode-long show as a "family saga with a supernatural twist". It tells of a small German town reeling from the disappearance of two young children, and the trailer leans heavily on the prospect of time travel. Netflix...

  • SA’s box office: Justice League reigns supreme

    If you're an avid follower of South Africa's box office, then you may have noticed a lapse in our weekly updates. This is because Ster-Kinekor Entertainment -- which provides Memeburn with the lists -- has been experiencing technical difficulties that prevented the release of the results. Unfortunately this means that, for this week, we will be unable to compare films' performances with their previous weeks -- but as soon as we have that information it will be included in our updates.  -- Justice League (review) may not be killing it as well as DC hoped -- its opening weekend was the franchise's lowest ever --...

  • [WATCH] Avengers: Infinity War trailer is here

    The hugely anticipated Avengers: Infinity War trailer is finally -- finally -- here. A decade in the making, the trailer promotes the epic end to Marvel's Avengers build-up. "There was an idea to bring together a group of remarkable people to see if we could become something more," each member of the team intones in part. "So when they needed us we could fight the battles that they never could."   In just two minutes, the trailer racked up over 28 000 views -- and it's safe to say that the film is going to draw numbers at the box office. Avengers: Infinity War comes out in South Africa 27 April 2018 --...

  • Tom Holland accidentally reveals Avengers: Infinity War poster

    Tom Holland -- with the help of Mark Ruffalo -- accidentally revealed a poster for the much-anticipated The Avengers: Infinity War on Instagram Live. TOM HOLLAND SHOWING A CONFIDENTIAL INFINITY WAR POSTER THAT MARK RUFFALO SENT HIM IS THE BEST THING I’VE EVER SEEN pic.twitter.com/tYVdOyMxiz — sara (@JensenAcklesGod) November 28, 2017 (It's worth noting that the incident could very well have been staged, but it's amusing nonetheless.) The video shows that Ruffalo, who plays the Incredible Hulk, had sent Holland a gift -- and the young Spider-Man actor thought it would be fun to open it on Instagram Live to his 4.5-million followers. "Yo, that's dope!" he exclaims...

  • Toy Story 2 is no longer the best rated film on Rotten Tomatoes

    Toy Story 2 has been ousted as review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes' number one by none other than Greta Gerwig's coming-of-age comedy drama Lady Bird. While both films -- along with many others -- have a perfect 100% rating, Disney Pixar's Toy Story 2 received only 163 fresh reviews, while Lady Bird is sitting on 170 as of writing. Record broken! With 164 Fresh reviews and 0 Rotten, #LadyBird now tops the list of 100% movies with the most amount of reviews at 164. Congrats to Greta Gerwig and @A24 — ErikDavis (@ErikDavis) November 27, 2017 Of course, just one negative review will drop the film down to a...

  • Last week in trailers: Chris Hemsworth, Daniel Day-Lewis, Barack Obama

    Sometimes, all the blockbuster trailers come out at once and you have no idea where to start. Other times, you're left with watching the second trailers of small indie films, only some of which look remarkable. This is one of the latter weeks. 12 Strong 12 Strong is an overly patriotic American film, helmed by a Danish director and Australian actor, that seems to glorify the war on terror, which is exactly what the world needs right now. The film stars Chris Hemsworth, Michael Shannon, and Trevante Rhodes. It's director Nicolai Fuglsig's first feature. 12 Strong comes to South Africa 9 February 2018. Peter Rabbit If you want...

  • Murder on the Orient Express review: an injustice to Christie’s classic

    Agatha Christie's Murder on the Orient Express is an exciting novel because it offers the reader a puzzle with which to play. Each chapter is set up to provide evidence, and her famous protagonist Hercule Poirot is constantly working over clues to ask the reader one important question: have you figured it out yet? Christie's work is methodical and precise, and she does not rely on sentimentality or emotional overtures to sell her story. Unfortunately, director Kenneth Branagh cannot say the same. The latest Christie adaptation takes everything that makes Murder so engaging and warps it into a cloying, sentimental mess...