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.
Nokuthula Manyathi: TWO Witsies have been selected to spend the next three months in Finland making documentary films.
Zama-Afrika Mkhize, 4th year BAPVA, and Margreet Cohen Gouws, 4th BADA, were selected to participate in the North-South–South Exchange( NSSE) programme.
Both Gouws and Mkhize expressed their excitement ahead of their trip to Finland and hoped to gain more skills as film-makers during their three month stay.
Call me lazy, but when I watch a movie, I want the screenwriters to have made the ending obvious. And by that, I don’t mean that I want the ending to hit me over the head screaming “Hello, it’s me you’re looking for”. All I’m asking for is to know the movie has finished before the titles roll up.
Liza Mirò Combrinck: Is the Afrikaans movie business taking over the local film industry?
When people think of Afrikaans movies, the general name that pops up is usually Leon Schuster – known for his brilliant pranks back in the 90s, and for his cringe- worthy, brilliantly bad movies that followed.
Ryno Nortje and Lynne Marie Fraser: The coolest way to watch movies now.
The cold breeze writhes its way through your blanket as you gaze up at the big screen. It’s not coming from an aircon, but instead is the breath of Mother Nature. It’s only the bug that tickles your leg and the stars above your head that remind you that you’re not in a cinema. You still have the surround sound, the giant screen and the popcorn, but you also have the grass beneath your bottom and the mountain as a backdrop.
HEIN PAPENFUS: John McClane is back and this time he is in Russia to deal in his trademark mayhem and carnage. A Good Day to Die Hard is the fifth instalment in the Die Hard series directed by John Moore. However, this time it owes all its box-office success to a crack marketing team because this empty shell of a film is about as enthralling as a wait in the ticket cue.
HEIN PAPENFUS: The internet has been buzzing with talk about this gripping and, some would say, flawed movie. Even US senator John McCain has joined in on the banter by commenting on the depicted CIA torture techniques. It seems everyone has an opinion about this movie and, with no shortage of offended parties, expect to hear the words Zero Dark Thirty on many lips.