Chris Evans once again returns as Steve Rogers for yet another action packed, jaw clinching presence on the big screen. This time it’s the sequel to 2011’s Captain America: The First Avenger, entitled Captain America: The Winter Soldier.
The movie follows from where The Avengers ends off and sees Rogers still struggling to adapt to the contemporary era he lives in. Rogers, who works alongside agent Natasha Romanoff (Scarlett Johansson) as part of S.H.I.E.L.D. agency's S.T.R.I.K.E. team, are sent off to free hostages taken by mercenary led pirates on board a S.H.I.E.L.D vessel.
LIZL LOMBAARD: In our own backyard is a world filled with terror and uncertainty - a world where the line between life and death is so thin that it almost seems non-existent. This is the world portrayed by local movie Four Corners, directed by Ian Gabriel (Forgiveness).
This crime thriller,released in cinemas on 28 March, is Gabriel's second feature movie. Four Corners, which, in gang slang, refers to the four corners of a prison cell, follows four main characters and their separate encounters with gang violence in the Cape Flats until their paths inevitably meet up to create a riveting climax.
Loyiso Gxothiwe: Kyle Robinson, a Rhodes Journalism graduate, and his all-local production team presented their proudly Grahamstonian project, a short film titled ‘Finding Graham’s Town’, at the Rat & Parrot Pub on Thursday 27 March.
The film screening was hosted by the Rhodes Organisation for Animal Rights (ROAR) to help raise funds for the Makana Donkey Association.
Finding Graham’s Town is a satirical short film centred on the founders of Grahamstown travelling to the modern Grahamstown to change the history of the town. The film features Lieutenant-Colonel Graham, Officer Wilshire and Chief Makana – figures to which the town’s origins have been linked. The three historical figures are played by Rhodes students, Chad Emslie, Mike Da Silva and Masixole Heshu.
Aisha Abdool Karim: Attention all Potterheads! Dust of your robes and grab your wands because it’s time to go back to Hogwarts. That’s right witches, wizards, muggles and everything in between. After 2 years with no new developments in the wizarding world, J.K. Rowling has announced a new film series inspired by Harry Potter.
Nina McFall: This cleverly ironic documentary-style film is a hard-hitting critique of the techniques and problems of Western media propaganda. However, the film uses all of the propaganda techniques it critiques to bring across its anti-propaganda message.
The film defies convention when it is ambiguously listed in the Fest guide as “Propaganda (North Korea (possibly) 2012)”. The directors are listed as “Anonymous (North Korea – possibly)” and “Slavko Martinov (possibly).” .
Rhodes University held a documentary screening of Thrown Away, a film commemorating Amina Cachalia. Retracing a journey she made with Helen Joseph, Joe Morolong, and Mildred Lesia - the film honours the banished people of Apartheid.
HEIN PAPENFUS: The aching struggle with writers block coupled with a mildly serious bout of alcoholism that plagues the life of screen writer Marty Faranan is, funny enough, a slice of sanity amongst the mayhem conjured up in Seven Psychopaths. Marty, played by Colin Farrell, is a Hollywood screenwriter battling to write a screenplay entitled: “Seven Psychopaths”. Helping Marty out of his creative doldrums is his best friend, unemployed actor, Billy Bickle (Sam Rockwell) who kidnaps dogs in order to receive reward money after pretending to have found the unfortunate wandering dog.