Fast cars, leggy women, big guns, money and loads of piston-pumping action is the stuff of the Fast & Furious. Six movies in and it’s like they’re just starting their engines as the flags go down and the winner takes all. Although to be fair, the road has had some twists, veering into new territory [...]
Bullet to the Head is a long-awaited match-up of Hollywood veterans, Walter Hill and Sylvester Stallone. Walter Hill directed Arnold Schwarzenegger in Red Heat and Bruce Willis in Last Man Standing, so it was only fitting that he complete The Expendables 2 triumvirate with Sylvester Stallone in Bullet to the Head.
The original The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo duo, Niels Arden Oplev and Noomi Rapace, have teamed up again for Dead Man Down. While another revenge-fueled crime thriller in the style of Guy Ritchie and Jo Nesbo, Dead Man Down has more artistic appeal in the vein of Killing Them Softly. The mix of gangster [...]
Iron Man surpassed expectations, while Iron Man 2 hovered below them. Just when we thought the Iron Man saga needed a bit of oil, The Avengers knocked any signs of rust off the rocket-powered Tin Man with Robert Downey Jr. stealing the show once again (with the Hulk’s permission). So the excitement around the May [...]
“You’re back in the room.” What happens when are our eyes are closed and our subconscious has the run of the place is a mystery in itself. Whether we’re dreaming, hypnotized or in a state of deep relaxation – we seem to be vulnerable to the power of suggestion by the voices around us. Trance [...]
Tom Cruise has now done three science fiction films: Minority Report, War of the Worlds and Oblivion. The first two under blockbuster juggernaut, Steven Spielberg, were well-received with Philip K. Dick adaptation Minority Report winning approval from critics and audiences alike, with War of the Worlds making a less convincing case.
G.I. Joe: Rise of Cobra was a cheesy all-out action CGI overload that borrowed from a number of better movies and embarrassed a number of actors in the process. Yet, that didn’t stop them from making a sequel, G.I. Joe: Retaliation. HOO-HA!
Armed with an intriguing title and oozing suave cool, Seven Psychopaths is destined for cult status. What movie starring Colin Farrell, Sam Rockwell, Woody Harrelson and Christopher Walken wouldn’t achieve some level of notoriety? Throw in some dark Tarantino style crime comedy and you’ve got yourself a locked-and-loaded shotgun ready to blow your head off… [...]
Alfred Hitchcock, Hitch or The Master of Suspense was and is a cultural icon. Described as “genius” and regarded as one of the most influential film directors of all-time, saying the man was not without fault is an understatement. In Hitchcock, based on the book, Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho, we’re given a [...]
We’ve all wished we were someone else at some stage, dreaming of a better life only to come back to the crushing realisation that we’re stuck with ourselves. That doesn’t stop us from assuming other people’s identities, but there are constraints. If they happen to be famous, we tend to end up in insane asylums [...]
Crime haunts us in South Africa. We live on the edge in order to stay one step ahead of what seems to be an unofficial tax for living in such a beautiful country. Being grateful that we’re alive (and insured) are how we get by, yet the toll of the trauma and stress remains a [...]
Fanie Fourie’s Lobola is better than you think. The title and movie poster conjure up what you’d imagine to be a crass, over-the-top comedy, leaning on stereotypes with a side order of cheeky romance. Thankfully, it’s not.
“I’ll be back.” Love or hate him, Arnold Schwarzenegger has managed to become: Mr. Universe, a Hollywood icon, husband to a Kennedy and Governor of California. He set out to become extraordinary and has achieved all of his lofty goals by the age of 65. He wasn’t lying when he said those famous words… while [...]
“Bruce Willis is Dead!” It’s the title of a Brothers Streep song, but judging from his last (and possibly last ever) Die Hard performance – he’s ready to leave the terrorist-infested building. In an ironic and unintentional move, Willis reprises his role in The Sixth Sense by being dead from the get-go. There’s only so [...]
Video game arcades are casinos for minors, who want to blow their pocket money in one night. Bright flashing lights, no clocks, no windows, no parents, an instant token dispenser (and drug dealer) in every dingy corner… it was every kid’s dream and every other parent’s nightmare.
Zero Dark Thirty is not The Hurt Locker. This may seem pretty obvious from the outset, but you’ve got to leave your preconceptions behind when you watch this chronicle of a decade-long manhunt. While both films share a number of crew and film-makers, these are two very different films.
Ben Affleck has been to Hollywood and got the t-shirt. As an actor, his career has been tumultuous – racking up a hit-and-miss list with roles ranging from romantic leads to superheroes. As a writer, his career started as a one-hit wonder, winning an Oscar with Matt Damon for Good Will Hunting. As a director, [...]
Slavery is not dead, it’s alive and well in Hollywood. We’re not talking about those struggling actors chained to their trailers between takes, being forced to succumb to the hardship of celebrity, we’re talking about a trend that has emerged in 2012 in Cloud Atlas, Lincoln, Les Misérables and most notably Django Unchained, in a [...]
The Perks of Being A Wallflower is a character-driven drama about the musings of a loner, suffering his way through high school, coping with first love and a dark secret with a little help from his friends. It sounds like a downward spiral of teenage angst, but The Perks of Being A Wallflower manages to [...]
End of Watch is a buddy cop movie that has been shot like a found footage film. This film immerses us in the world of two super cops in the L.A.P.D., documenting life on the beat and their personal relationships, as they inadvertently draw the attention of a notorious cartel.
Tom Cruise is Jack Reacher, in the adaptation of One Shot, a novel by Lee Child, in which ex-military hero, Jack Reacher, becomes the lead investigator in a multiple shooting homicide after the prime suspect of an “open and shut” case calls for the drifter by name.
Life of Pi is a breathtaking adventure drama from Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon director Ang Lee. Based on the book by Yann Martel, this beautiful film tells the story of Pi Patel, a young Indian boy whose survival at sea forms the basis for a spiritual journey of epic proportions.
Bloemfontein born author, J.R.R. Tolkien, would have been very proud of Peter Jackson if he was still with us today. The Lord of the Rings trilogy, undoubtedly the greatest trilogy of all-time, has a special place in most people’s hearts and movie collections and is the new standard by which all fantasy adventures will be [...]