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Geek Culture

  • Here’s what you’ll be watching for the next 5 years

    If you're someone who doesn't like change or lights at the end of tunnels, then, boy, do I have good news for you. Hollywood has lost all courage to market new ideas, and will be exploiting your nostalgia for what could very well be the rest of your life. Spontaneity is dead, so why not plan your foreseeable future right this very second? Here's what to expect in your cinematic future. Disney's live action remakes We've seen Alice in Wonderland, Cinderella and The Jungle Book. Up next month in South Africa is Beauty and the Beast -- and up after that is Mulan and The Lion King. The circle of life now apparently includes resurrection. Disney recently...

  • ShowMax wants to give you free Vodacom data, but…

    South African streaming video service ShowMax is now giving out free data, thanks to a new partnership with Vodacom. The company has announced that users who subscribe to the service from 27 March, will be given 1GB of data for three months. "In addition, existing customers who have already signed up through Vodacom will also receive this data," the company states in a press release. The ShowMax-Vodacom data will be awarded as 1GB chunks across three months "Internet TV is taking off -- it makes so much sense if you’ve got a smartphone or tablet to stream and download TV shows and movies...

  • 5 South African podcasts you should be listening to

    Podcasts are an incredible storytelling medium. They're intimate, they're accessible, and they make chores go by in a hurry. The issue with them, though, is that most popular podcasts are American. It's difficult to find South African podcasts of quality that are equally as entertaining. But just because they're hidden doesn't mean they don’t exist. Memeburn spoke to the creators of some of South Africa's best podcasts about their shows and the medium itself. Here's what they had to say. Alibi Meet Alibi: South Africa's answer to Serial. Journalist and author Paul McNally produces this long-form investigative podcast that follows the story of Anthony...

  • Oh no, baby! What is with this brand new meme?

    If you haven't seen this meme yet: what are you doing, baby? Every now and then a meme is formed out of pure joy and love, and this may just be the first of 2017. College student Nick Joseph and his friend Dan Rue have a knack for getting in trouble and dancing their way through it -- and it's delightful to watch on screen. On 4 March, the duo posted the first vlog of their #ThatsTheOne series on YouTube. The series follows them as they crash weddings, steal primates and 'trespass' on basketball players' mansions. My personal favourite sees the two stealing...

  • Get Out movie review: an impeccable horror with a social twist

    Have you ever had something reaffirm your passion? When you’ve gotten into a groove of taking the same hikes, reading similar books, drinking the same coffee -- and then suddenly one view takes your breath away, one book makes you sob, one cup of coffee reminds you this is why you love it. This is what Get Out feels like for someone who loves film. Jordan Peele’s directorial debut moves from strength to strength over the course of two hours, and by the end of it you’re left with the wind knocked out of you, simultaneously panicked and rejuvenated. The pounding...

  • #CupBlowingChallenge: The newest viral teen fad

    First we lay flat on random surfaces. Then we choked on cinnamon. We created chemical burns on our hands. We flipped bottles skillfully. And now we're blowing cups. And all things considered, it's definitely an improvement. The new fad taking the internet by storm does not put anyone in harm's way -- yet -- and, much like bottle flipping, it's all about focus and determination. It all started when one talented young man used magic and the speed of his own breath to cause one cup to fly perfectly into another. Im a magician. 🐐 A post shared by Pablo 🤙🏽💥 (@deandre__6) on Mar 15,...

  • Black Cat and Silver Sable to star in latest Spider-Man movie

    If there's anything that gets me more hyped than women superheroes, its multiple women superheroes starring in the same film. In a move that looks set to directly compete with DC, Sony have decided its next film in the Spider-Man universe will be centred on Black Cat and Silver Sable. Black Cat (or Felicia Hardy) is known to fans as the Catwoman to Spider-Man's Batman. The acrobatic cat burglar and Spider-Man have had a long on-off romance in the comics, despite her mistrust of men that stems from a traumatic past. This film will be Black Cat's first proper introduction to the cinematic universe...

  • South Africa’s box office: John Wick can’t hold candle to Kong

    John Wick: Chapter Two (review) may have 90% on Rotten Tomatoes, but you know what it doesn't have? A giant gorilla and a spot at number one. Because when there's a fight between a 50 foot ape and Keanu Reeves, I know who my money's on. This weekend, Kong: Skull Island (review) held on to its top spot for the second week in a row, preventing John Wick from clinching that coveted first place debut. But how did the other films fare this weekend? (17 to 19 March) Logan: The Wolverine (review) fell two places to number four, tumbling passed the Film Who Can't Be Moved Keeping Up with...

  • 5 superhero movies you might want to bookmark in 2017

    In the last few years we’ve seen a massive resurgence in superhero movies. From Christopher Nolan’s dark Batman reboot (Batman Begins) to the formation of The Avengers, our desire for the caped crusaders has certainly received a lot of attention. 2017 seems will be no different, providing us with a string of superhero titles to indulge in. Here’s a chronological list of some of this year’s most notable releases… Power Rangers (24 March) It’s time to put the nostalgia-mobile in top gear. This year we’re going to see the rebirth of our favourite 90s spandex-clad superheroes, the Power Rangers. It seems to feature...

  • Last week in trailers: Girl power Transformers and American Gods

    Last week was all about fears and tears in the world of upcoming movies, from heart-wrenching animations to possessed children to soldier dogs. This week's film industry motto: no viewer left feeling joy. Here's a round up of all the best and worst trailers that were released in the last seven days. It's time to get emotional. Coco Coco is Disney and Pixar's response to The Book of Life and it basically guarantees a sob fest. "Despite his family’s baffling generations-old ban on music, Miguel dreams of becoming an accomplished musician like his idol, Ernesto de la Cruz. Desperate to prove his talent, Miguel finds himself in the stunning...

  • RIP Joe Mafela: Chicken Licken ad from 1996 trends on YouTube

    Beloved South African actor Joe Mafela died this weekend aged 75. According to sources, Mafela succumbed to injuries sustained by a car accident in the early hours of Saturday morning in Johannesburg. He was a mainstay in South Africa's film and music scene in the 1990s, with his 1996 track Shebeleza earmarked as the African Cup of Nations theme track -- a tournament Bafana Bafana won. And while Mafela was known most recently for his role in soapy Generations, there's one particular clip you might remember him for. Currently trending on YouTube is a Chicken Licken advertisement from 1996. Yes, back when...

  • John Wick Chapter 2 movie review: gun-fu at its finest

    This second instalment in the John Wick franchise will have a lot of people questioning the protagonist's motives. John Wick Chapter 2 continues just a few days after the first film when Wick is dragged back into the bloody life he left behind. Rather fittingly this took the form of a blood oath, an oath John made with a "friend" to be able to complete the impossible task that set him free from his life as an assassin. The antagonist confronts Wick to cash in this oath and, according to the assassins network known as the "Continental, an oath can never be denied. Compared to...

  • ‘South Africa’s dumbest criminals’ go viral, social media gets racist

    Three Johannesburg men found viral fame when they attempted to break into a house while the homeowner stood filming them. The men are oblivious to the fact they've been caught and continue to pry open the gate with a crowbar until the Orange Grove homeowner clears his throat. The men, confused and unsure of what to do, look at each other before walking slowly away from the gate. The video posted by TimesLIVE on YouTube has garnered 76 000 views in just over a day, alongside the original posting on Facebook that has picked up near on 30, 000. It has been shared...

  • Netflix replaces star ratings with thumbs, because we’re simple creatures

    I know the biggest issue I've ever faced while binging Black Mirror was extending my brain too far when considering if the episode in which a prime minister is asked to have intimate relations with a pig should get a four or five star rating. I don't use Netflix to think -- and they've finally acknowledged it. The streaming service has announced that it's ditching the star rating system in favour of a YouTube-like thumbs up or down button. As of April, when you're pouring the last of your chips into your mouth, you only need to acknowledge your base emotional response. Nuance be damned. According...

  • Cape Town’s Berg River Dam is now one giant puddle

    I'm not sure how many more articles I can kick off with the words "Cape Town's in the midst of a water crisis", but I think I can squeeze it one last time. Cape Town is in the midst of a water crisis. Dams are drying up, and there's no genuine winter rainfall forecast until mid-July -- much later than what the region is used to. And with our reservoirs languishing at the low 30% full mark, everyone is about to get a lot thirstier . But numbers don't tell the real story. Cape Town vlogger Dean Tucker (better known...