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Departures [ 2008 ] [ Hits:5089 ]
Review: Departures is a masterpiece by Yôjirô Takita (Onmyogi), transcending Japanese culture and breaking into the very essence of humanity. The story follows Daigo, a cellist who returns to his home town after the disbanding of his city orchestra and the crashing sound of his dream to become a professional musician. From the age of 6, his cello was his source of inspiration and channel for emotional turmoil as a result of his father's abandonment. Now after purchasing an expensive cello, his destiny...

Despicable Me [ 2010 ] [ Hits:6294 ]
Review: Despicable Me, a tale about an evil mastermind, who adopts three girls from an orphanage in the hopes of breaching his arch rival's security via the time-honoured tradition of selling cookies, and instead, falling in love with the idea of losing 'despicable' for 'dependable' by becoming a dad. Almost brings a tear to my eye. Jokes aside, Despicable Me is one of those cartoons that will surprise you at just how much you've invested in the movie. Apart from the 3D admission ticket, popcorn and dri...

Despicable Me 2 [ Hits:5063 ]
Review: They said it couldn't be done. They were wrong. Who are 'they'? Who cares... Despicable Me 2 is even better than the first one. When Steve Carell... erm, Gru was interviewed on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, it seemed that they were A. trying to resuscitate a turkey with a desperate publicity stunt or B. had such a solid film on their hands that they were able to go over and above the call of duty. Gru returns... having hung up his evil boots in favour of making bottled jelly to spend more time wit...

Detachment [ Hits:2176 ]
Review: Detachment is a depressing yet inspiring commentary and indictment on society's propensity to tune out of life. Spiraling debt, unemployment, threats to national and personal safety... we're probably a lot closer to the vision of The Matrix than we would have imagined. As we expend our energy keeping up in the rat race, we're confronted with harsh realities, ones that are easier to forget by switching off and retreating within ourselves by means of temporary distraction. This "tuning out" and co...

Determinism [ Hits:5119 ]
Review: Determinism (determinismthemovie.com) is the second feature-length film of identical twin brothers, Sanjit and Ranju Majumdar. The brothers were born in Queens, after their parents immigrated from South Asia, and they started making films in high school at the age of 16. After their first film, An Optimistic Perspective, premiered at the Lake Placid Film Festival in 2004, it wasn't long before they started work on their second, Determinism. The gritty, film noir-inspired, guerilla style crime st...

Devils Knot [ Hits:3405 ]
Review: True crime has that extra little sting, which makes the experience of reliving it all the more terrifying. That's why shows like Medical Detectives seem to draw us in. We're compelled by the stories because they actually happened. This slice-of-life angle is enticing and only compounds our curiousity in the most detestable cases. Devil's Knot is one such film that recreates a harrowing true story about three boys, who went missing in West Memphis, Arkansas. The small town was devastated by thei...

Die Laaste Tango [ Hits:2335 ]
Review: Die Laaste Tango or The Last Tango is a feature film directorial debut for renowned South African thriller author, Deon Meyer. The adaptation benefits from having Meyer at the helm as writer-director as he's able to add authenticity, passion and special character insights, bringing out the best from his actors. Meyer is no stranger to crime thrillers and this story weaves together enough plot lines for two films. Die Laaste Tango follows a disgraced detective (Venter), who finds solace in the a...

Die Pro [ Hits:1430 ]
Review: South Africa is home to many prime surf spots including: Long Beach, Dungeons, Dunes, Cape St. Francis, Eland's Bay, Jeffrey's Bay, Nahoon Reef, Wild Coast, Muizenberg and South Africa's surfing capital, Durban. It's birthed a growing number of surfing movies including: Otelo Burning, Blue Crush 2, The Perfect Wave, Ocean Driven and now Die Pro. While South Africa is a world-class surfing destination, it's also becoming a world-class film-making destination, making the marriage of surfing and f...

Die Windpomp [ Hits:2931 ]
Review: Die Windpomp or The Windmill is a mercurial genre butterfly. What starts out as a quirky, campy and quaint off-beat comedy drama in the style of Wes Anderson, manages to swathe itself in a cocoon of Nicholas Sparks romance and mystery, before emerging as a fantasy romance with much deeper philosophical questions on the nature of love. We follow the misadventures of Henri, a young adult who stumbles upon a retirement village's secret after moving in with his ailing grandfather. Writer-director,...

Die Wonderwerker [ Hits:15079 ]
Review: Katinka Heyns is the director behind South African classics such as Paljas and Fiela se Kind. It's been more than a decade since her last film, making Die Wonderwerker, a much anticipated follow-up for the acclaimed director. She marks her return with a biographical mystery drama based on a chapter from the life of famous Afrikaner laywer, poet and naturalist, Eugene Marais.The man's output may not have been extensive, but he's still revered for his poems and studies on nature. Die Wonderwerker ...

Dis ek, Anna [ Hits:2045 ]
Review: A woman is raped every 26 seconds in South Africa. That statistic doesn't carry enough weight... even if you get Charlize Theron to follow it up with "Real Men Don't Rape". This isn't surprising when you consider we're living in a culture, where sexual harassment and coercion are viewed as normal male behaviour. In South Africa, the rate of sexual violence is among the highest in the world with roughly 500,000 rape cases taking place annually. It's estimated that over 40% of South African ...

Disaster Movie [ 2008 ] [ Hits:3275 ]
Review: Disaster Movie follows in the tradition of Superhero Movie, Epic Movie, Date Movie and every Genre Movie that continues the so-called “legacy”. These slapstick spoof movies have become so intertwined in popular culture, that there’s very little to absorb in terms of actual content. The sole purpose of these movies is to ridicule contemporary films and pop culture symbols that have preceded them, so they have a limited shelf-life. This is what distinguishes them from classic slapstick comed...

Disgrace [ 2008 ] [ Hits:6874 ]
Review: Disgrace is a film adaptation of J.M.Coetzee's novel of the same title, which won such prestigious awards as the Booker Prize and Nobel Prize in Literature. The film is directed by Steve Jacobs, written by Anna Maria Monticelli and stars the indomitable John Malkovich. Disgrace has been the centre of much debate in South Africa, primarily caused by the ANC labeling it as "too pessimistic" a view of South Africa. International audiences and literature authorities have praised it for its brutal ho...

District 9 [ 2009 ] [ Hits:15964 ]
Review: Watching District 9 was a new film experience, which could only be described as Hotel Rwanda, Fido and Lars and the Real Girl... in a blender. In retrospect, it's all of that and more. Neill Blomkamp burst onto the movie scene in 2005 with Alive in Joburg, a fascinating Sci-Fi/Documentary short film about aliens in Johannesburg... what, you didn't hear about it? Don't worry, it wasn't a hostile threat - didn't even make the news.The 6-minute short film caught the eye of Peter Jackson, who instan...

Django Unchained [ Hits:4210 ]
Review: 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 taking about a trend that has emerged in 2012 in Cloud Atlas, Lincoln and most notably Django Unchained, in a story about a free man trying to rescue his wife from a plantation. Quentin Tarantino's got a penchant for movies about raw deals and underdogs, and as such returns to this theme again ...

Don Jon [ Hits:1733 ]
Review: Joseph Gordon-Levitt is quickly establishing himself as a bankable actor after a series of significant roles in films like The Dark Knight Rises, Inception and Looper. He's more than that, pushing forward with his Just Hit Record brand by writing and directing his first feature film, Don Jon.Gordon-Levitt's bold new romance comedy drama explores the arena of sexual intimacy by means of a character portrait of a young New Jersey man, whose sexual addiction is getting in the way of finding his tru...

Doomsday [ 2008 ] [ Hits:3322 ]
Review: Doomsday is a cannibalistic film, which feeds on classic action/sci-fi/thrillers from the ’80s and ’90s. Neil Marshall must’ve been inspired by Escape from New York, Mad Max, Highlander, Aliens and 28 Days Later… when he wrote the script for Doomsday. It’s one of those movies that keeps reinventing itself, and the mish-mash of genre in Doomsday is stylish and trashy. Rhona Mitra leads the tirade as Major Eden Sinclair, who’s like Milla Jovovich’s Alice meets Angelina Jolie’s Tomb...

Doubt [ 2008 ] [ Hits:3099 ]
Review: Doubt starts off like a bad joke… the priest, altar boys, nuns and Catholic school have become a regular resource for comedians. It’s even more surprising that Doubt draws laughter from its audience, despite the subject matter. However, Doubt isn’t a comedy like Sister Act or Nuns on the Run, it’s more in line with Deliver Us From Evil, Amy Berg’s unflinching documentary and confession of Oliver O’Grady. Doubt tackles issues that confront the Catholic Church, by playing into stereoty...

Drag Me To Hell [ 2009 ] [ Hits:3390 ]
Review: Drag Me to Hell is Sam Raimi’s follow-up to his disappointing Spider-Man 3 sequel. Sam and Ivan Raimi collaborated on the script for Drag Me to Hell, a screenplay with sprigs from Carrie, Office Space, Rosemary’s Baby, Sunset Boulevard and Evil Dead 2. Raimi’s direction seems to thrive in this pulpy blend of the action, horror, thriller and comedy genres. He created horror magic with the Evil Dead trilogy and Drag Me to Hell embodies the same elements, with darker comedy revolving around t...

Dredd 3D [ Hits:3924 ]
Review: Hollywood has run out of ideas, which is why they're starting to reboot projects that failed to reach their full potential... like Sylvester Stallone's Judge Dredd. The idea of seeing a second attempt at this comic book hero, wrapped in a 3D bow and sporting a relatively unknown cast was about as appealing as snorting that salt and vinegar popcorn spice. Turns out you may just like Dredd 3D... in both nostrils.In this exciting reboot, Judge Dredd (Urban) takes on a new rookie, whose psychic abil...

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