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Geek Culture

  • 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...

  • Watch: Jacob Zuma responds to resignation calls in SABC interview

    It's been a confusing few weeks in South African politics, but today President Jacob Zuma finally shed some light on the speculation surrounding his future. The ANC National Executive Committee (NEC) -- the party's highest decision making bracket -- agreed Tuesday that the party would recall Zuma as leader of the nation after a marathon meeting Monday. "The decision by the NEC to recall its deployee was taken only after exhaustive discussion on the impact such a recall would have on the country, the ANC and the functioning of government," wrote ANC secretary general Ace Magashule in a...

  • Have no idea what ‘curling’ is? This YouTube video explains all

    You know the Winter Olympics is happening when "curling" is one of the most searched for sports in South Africa. Apart from the disappointing cricket yesterday, this week South Africans are trying to figure out what this sport involving a stone, an ice rink and a bunch of people with broom-like prods is all about. Thankfully, we've found a video that does just that. With 13 000 subscribers, Curling Canada is probably not a YouTube channel you'd subscribe to immediately, but it does a splendid job making the sport itself interesting. Who knew curling could be so fun to watch? And it's not...

  • 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...

  • 5 films on Netflix to watch alone this Valentine’s Day

    It's the season of love, and for some that means flowers and chocolates and romantic declarations. For others it means avoiding the shops at all costs. If you're sitting in the latter, then you're probably planning on staying home alone Wednesday night to avoid the amorous couples flaunting their togetherness. Question love, loneliness, and life on Netflix this Valentine's Day There's no shame in staying in, and to make your night even simpler I've compiled a list of films on Netflix South Africa you may want to check out to keep your mind off Valentine's day. Here they are. Unfaithful Unfaithful is a film for those looking...

  • Last week in trailers: Solo, Venom, Deadpool & more

    Need a gift for your significant other this Valentine's Day? Why not show them one of these week-old trailers? They'll say: "Why did you show me this week-old trailer?" and you'll say: "Some stranger who's never celebrated Valentine's Day told me to." And you'll both laugh and love will be real. You're welcome. Solo: A Star Wars Story Ready to feel underwhelmed? Solo: A Star Wars Story, which went through quite a rough production, finally has a first look and it's okay. The first teaser already has visible signs of tonal discord -- it doesn't quite seem to know how seriously it wants to...

  • Netflix’s Queer Eye is soothing for the soul

    After an exhausting week filled with long days and short showers, I fell into my couch, ready to glue my eyes to any TV show mindless enough to put my brain on standby. Netflix quickly proffered its latest tribute: Queer Eye, the rebooted makeover show about a group of five gay men eager to turn other men's lives around. In it, I found much more than easy entertainment. Queer Eye is filled with love and good intentions. It's so soothing, in fact, it feels like a rejuvenating face mask for the soul -- in that it probably won't do as much it...

  • A list of Quincy Jones’ recent name drops

    Music industry legend Quincy Jones has been making waves this week following the release of two interviews that showcase his extraordinary life. From partying with Frank Sinatra to frequent dinners with Elon Musk -- Jones has lived a life many wouldn't believe possible. So, without further ado, here are some of the most famous people Jones name dropped in his interviews with GQ and Vulture, just in case you wanted to reevaluate your relatively bland life. Frank Sinatra: close friends; drinking buddies; tried to set him up with Marilyn Monroe ("Marilyn Monroe had a chest that looked like pears, man"); when he...

  • The Disaster Artist is a feature-length trailer for so-bad-it’s-good film The Room

    In 2003, Tommy Wiseau released a film now widely understood as the worst film ever made. The Room, which Wiseau wrote, directed, produced, and starred in, is a story about the perfect man, Johnny (a businessman clad in ill-fitting suits) whose "future wife" (never "fiancee"), Lisa, grows tired of him and starts hooking up with his reluctant-yet-consenting best friend, Mark. The Room is a myriad of confusing characters, unexplained entrances and exits, repetitive phrasing, and all-round bonkers storytelling. Nothing about it makes sense -- not the message, not the plot, and certainly not the story of how it got made....

  • Selfie Kid: Superbowl 52 births February’s first wholesome meme

    Many South Africans may not think of American Football as a valid sport (I mean, we have rugby after all), but we most certainly recognise a good meme when we see one. Dubbed #SelfieKid by Twitter, a 13-year-old boy looking completely nonplussed after taking a selfie with Justin Timberlake mid-Superbowl performance, may just be the meme we needed to kick off the month. Buh-bye Ugandan Knuckles. Reddit's MemeEconomy sub -- basically the Dow Jones of the meme world (without the financial volatility) -- announced a screenshot of the kid as an excellent format for investment Sunday. But later, its value dropped...

  • SA’s box office: Inxeba (The Wound) opens in sixth despite protests

    The South African film on everyone's lips, Inxeba (The Wound), has opened in an impressive sixth spot on the box office charts despite being subject to several protests across the country this week. Some cinemas showing the film, which tells the story of forbidden love between initiates in an isiXhosa initiation, cancelled screenings after receiving death threats. Protesters found the depiction of initiation rituals on screen to be insensitive to the private nature of the rite. South African film Inxeba (The Wound) was the subject of several protests for depicting the isiXhosa initiation rite Despite the film's controversial nature, though, Inxeba has performed well as a South...

  • Last week in trailers: Mission: Impossible, Avengers TV spot, and more

    Yesterday was Super Bowl Sunday -- and while that means nothing to 99.9% of South Africans, what it does mean is that the entertainment industry blessed us all with the most expensive TV spots and trailers they could promote. So grab yourself some popcorn and a beverage, because this was a week jam packed with trailers. Are you ready? Let's go. Mission: Impossible - Fallout Tom Cruise is back as Ethan Hunt, the action guy who has made it out of not one, not two, but five impossible missions. How much more impossible can it get? Apparently as impossible as losing plutonium and racing against the clock to...

  • And the SAFTA nominees are…

    The South African Film and Television Awards (SAFTA) has announced its (very, very) long list of nominees, so buckle up, because here they are. Unsurprisingly taking the lead in the feature film category is Inxeba (The Wound), with eight nominations including Best Feature. The film was South Africa's submission to this year's Academy Awards but failed to pick up a nomination. Inxeba (The Wound) rallied eight nominations, the most in the film category Behind Inxeba is Kalushi, with seven nominations. In a weird twist, VAYA -- which scored six nods -- was not nominated for Best Feature, while Beyond the River -- nominated for only four -- was. Things...

  • Video of man watering goose on Clifton Beach goes viral

    Cape Town's humans are eagerly seeking new, reliable water sources, but what of its animals? A video published to Facebook this week tells a rather adorable story of how an Egyptian goose found water... from the hand of a Clifton beachgoer. Published on Joel Graham's page, the clip isn't very long, but does show him cupping his hand, throwing water from a bottle into it, and allowing the goose to drink from the makeshift bowl. "An Egyptian Goose landed on Clifton beach. We calmly approached each other. I offered water for her to drink. She drank then she flew off," he wrote. The...

  • South African talent litters Kendrick Lamar’s Black Panther soundtrack

    Last night, Kendrick Lamar dropped the track list for the curated Black Panther soundtrack he produced and South Africans couldn't be more excited. Black Panther The Album 2/9 pic.twitter.com/MqhsEcj6iF — Kendrick Lamar (@kendricklamar) January 31, 2018 Local acts Babes Wodumo, Sjava, Yugen Blakrok, and Saudi are all featured on the 14-track album that includes major international acts like The Weeknd, Khalid, SZA, Future, and Lamar himself. Early last month, Lamar dropped the first single from the album, an upbeat collaboration by him and up-and-coming R&B artist SZA. But the South Africans eager to hear tracks like "X", "Opps", "Seasons", and "Redemption" -- all of which feature homegrown...