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TV & Movies

  • Here’s what you missed at the 2018 Golden Globes

    Last night's Golden Globe Awards promised activism, hypocrisy, and no acknowledged female directors, and boy did it deliver. But if you missed the 3am wake-time (and aren't keen to watch this evening when the web has thoroughly spoiled you), here's which moments made the biggest waves. #TimesUp and the black clothing Celebs rocked up to the Globes in all black to show support for women around the world who had been sexually harassed, assaulted, or abused in the workplace. In response to the #MeToo movement, actresses joined forces to form the TIME'S UP legal defense fund, which raises money for women who can't afford to...

  • How to keep up with awards season in South Africa

    There are plenty of reasons to keep up with Hollywood's awards season -- whether you're a film buff, a fashion follower, or just someone who wants to be in the loop on Twitter, awards season offers bountiful gifts for all. But it's tough to do in South Africa: not only do we have to deal with sleep-depriving time differences, but we also have to cope with DStv's frustrating online TV guide. Which is why I took it upon myself to trudge the murky waters of The Guide to find out what I can about 2018's awards season. Keeping up with awards...

  • Here are five things to watch on Netflix South Africa this January

    It's that time of year between raging holidays and looming work, so if you're looking to cram in a bit of relaxation before heading back to the office, here's Netflix South Africa's first month of new content in 2018. 1 January: Lovesick New Years Day is the perfect time to hear the word "sick", no? British sitcom Lovesick rings in 2018 as Dylan, Luke, and Evie trudge their way through the world of love, lust, and STIs. In the show's third season, Evie faces her feelings for Dylan, who's in a serious relationship with Abigail, who is unsure of where she stands in the midst of all the drama....

  • Pitch Perfect lived long enough to see itself become the villain [review]

    Pitch Perfect may not actually be perfect. It isn't original, it isn't visually stimulating -- its soundtrack is good at best, annoying at worst. But Pitch Perfect has character. It has a clear story, and it tells it. In 2012, the film quickly became woven into our culture -- from the revival of the Cup Song to that GIF of Fat Amy engulfing the internet. Pitch Perfect is not without its flaws -- but it was sweet enough to win the hearts of audiences and stay there. Until the sequel. Pitch Perfect 2 tried desperately to recapture the energy of its...

  • Netflix’s low-budget Christmas movies, ranked

    There's something intoxicating about "bad" films -- unsubtle films, low-budget ones, empty films that sell nothing bar unexplained concepts like love at first sight or Christmas cheer. Is it because they're mindless entertainment? Because sometimes it's nice to think, even for a second, that life will sort itself out in the end? That happy endings with your one true love are possible? This is a science-based* ranking of the Christmassy rom-coms on Netflix South Africa Whatever the reason, there is no better time to be a fan of b-rate rom-coms than Christmas. It's a season in which low-budget films overflow with magic,...

  • Last week in trailers: Annihilation, South Africa’s Catching Feelings, David Bowie doc & more

    It's not a good time to release trailers: Star Wars: The Last Jedi just came out, it's almost Christmas, and everyone is hyper-focussed on taking a much-needed break. Unwilling to compete for that attention, major studios have avoided releasing trailers -- which is why this week we have a hodgepodge collection of indie sci-fis, a local drama, and cheesy Christmas fun. Annihilation Based on the eponymous novel by Jeff VanderMeer, Annihilation tells the story of Lena, a biologist who volunteers to explore an environmental disaster zone that seriously injured her husband. The film is directed by Ex Machina's Alex Garland and stars Natalie Portman, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Gina Rodriguez, Tessa...

  • Stars Wars: The Last Jedi: frenetic, powerful, a joy to behold

    Stars Wars: The Last Jedi does not start well. The exposition plods, the editing jars, and the dialogue feels unnatural. Just as emotional moments pull you in, director Rian Johnson rips you away to comic relief. Every time you try to reconnect with the characters you've missed, you're met with a quick two-second shot of some (albeit very pretty) landscapes. But as I caught myself thinking the worst (could this film be bad?), Rian Johnson hit his stride so brilliantly I couldn't help but stare in awe for the remaining two hours. Because The Last Jedi -- despite its clumsy open...

  • SA’s box office: There’s no Justice Fatigue

    It's Justice League's last week at the top of South Africa's box office (Star Wars: The Last Jedi is out this Friday) and what a time it's been. The superhero film held onto number one for an impressive four weeks, and it needs the win after after pulling in the lowest worldwide gross of the DCEU franchise. But how did the other films fare this weekend? (8 - 10 December) Bad Moms Christmas couldn't sustain its opening week momentum and crashed like a hungover wine mom on Boxing Day. The film dropped two spots down to fourth, despite not competing with any chart newbies. Justice League is enjoying its...

  • Netflix users watched 1 billion hours of content a week in 2017

    Netflix doesn't like giving out numbers -- we still don't know exactly how many South Africans are on the platform, for example. But the company has revealed that in 2017, users around the world were watching over 140-million hours of content a day. And according to the company? It all amounted to over a billion a week. But that's not all its year-end blog post revealed -- so here are some of the more interesting facts. There was a user who watched Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl every day for the entire year. My guess for the masochist? The hosts...

  • Here’s where South Africans can watch the Golden Globe nominees

    The 2018 Golden Globe nominees were announced yesterday, but if you're a South African reading the list, you may be feeling a little out of the loop considering most of the listed films haven't even been released yet. So if you're dying to catch up before awards season hits next year, here's where, when, and how you can watch the nominees (legally) in SA. This list only includes Best Picture and acting nominees. Available now Dunkirk 3 Nominations: Best Picture (Drama), Best Director for Christopher Nolan, Best Original Score (Motion Picture) Christopher Nolan's Dunkirk (review) is a war film about the evacuation of Allied soldiers during World War II. It...

  • Last week in trailers: Major sci-fis, good girls gone rogue, and more

    There are 16 new trailers this week, and all of them are at least somewhat interesting. So buckle up, because Christmas just came early. Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom Dinosaurs. Explosions. Chris Pratt. Is there anything more this Jurassic World sequel needed? (Okay, maybe an explanation as to why the island is blowing up. But that's hardly relevant.) Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom opens in South Africa 8 June 2018. Ready Player One Steven Spielberg's much-hyped Ready Player One finally has an official trailer that reveals actual plot. Based on the novel by Ernest Cline (for which Cline is currently writing a sequel), the film tells of Wade Watts, a futuristic teen who finds himself on...

  • JK Rowling criticised for supporting Johnny Depp

    Following over a year of criticism for casting Johnny Depp as Grindelwald in the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them series, JK Rowling has come out with a vague and passive statement claiming the move to be "the right thing". In the statement, Rowling writes that she and director David Yates "naturally considered the possibility of recasting" when news broke of his abuse against ex-wife Amber Heard. Depp was accused by then-wife Amber Heard of physical and verbal abuse in 2016, and Heard's team has provided various evidence to her claims in the form of photos and text messages. The former couple released...

  • 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...