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Midnight in Paris [ Hits:3954 ]
Review: Woody Allen movies don't strike a chord with each and every type of film fan, that's a given. This is most probably due to his very eccentric style that includes weird dialogue timing, strange plot twists and his predisposition for a select group of actors. Nevertheless, there's always a lot of excitement around each new release from the mind of this quite comical little man – Everyone waits with bated breath to see if the next will be another big hit or another unsatisfying cinematic fail. ...

Casting Me... [ Hits:3978 ]
Review: Casting Me... is a character-driven semi-biographical indie comedy romance inspired by Clerks. Instead of Kevin Smith, we have Quinton Lavery, whose real-life antics as a casting director have spilled over into film as we journey with the man on his quest to write and direct a film after hours and win back his sweetheart. The film stars Paul Snodgrass, a South African comedian, actor and radio man, whose love for acting was rekindled when he landed the lead in Casting Me... Snodgrass studied dr...

Outrageous! [ 2010 ] [ Hits:13201 ]
Review: Outrageous! boasts a who's who heavyweight comedy police line-up of stand-ups including: John Vlismas, Barry Hilton, Joey Rasdien, Krijay Govender, Loyiso Gola, Mark Banks and Riaad Moosa. Imagine the scene from Tombstone as the sharp-shooters wander into town, ready to do the Riverdance, armed with guns and handlebar moustaches... they mean business! Now the cast from Outrageous! aren't as camp... but they do have John Vlismas, whose obsession with the adventures of his own man salami could eas...

Schuks! Your Country Needs You [ Hits:2409 ]
Review: Leon Schuster's "everyman" brand of slapstick comedy may not be for everyone, yet it's difficult to find a comedian who doesn't respect the funnyman, who has built a career out of getting South Africans to laugh at themselves. From his days of candid camera to the evolution of characters in more story-orientated films, Schuster has created a Schuks! empire with some of South Africa's biggest box office successes. More recently, however, his concept film Mad Buddies, was not as well received by ...

Big Significant Things [ Hits:13930 ]
Review: Big Significant Things feels like the sort of movie Alexander Payne could have directed in his early days. The comedy drama has a similar tone to About Schmidt, covering the cross-country adventures of a young man, who lies to his girlfriend in order to spend some time on the open road alone. It's one of those wanderlust tales that captures the restless spirit of a stallion about to be tethered. Craig is at a cross roads in his life, possibly unsure of his real feelings towards his girlfriend, ...

Spud [ 2010 ] [ Hits:15886 ]
Review: John Van De Ruit's character, John Spud Milton has become the South African equivalent of Sue Townsend's Adrian Mole. Both characters are at that age when puberty is starting to kick in, physical changes are bound to create some form of clumsy embarrassment and life is only really beginning. These are the formative years and yet we somehow get a burst of nostalgia by suffering their crisis of identity, their painful pubescent years and seem to "get" where they're coming from... no wonder their e...

Spud 2: The Madness Continues [ Hits:4777 ]
Review: Spud 2: The Madness Continues is the much anticipated follow-up to Spud, based on the popular series of boarding school misadventures by John Van De Ruit. Another year has passed in the life of young John "Spud" Milton. He may have moved up the pecking order and landed a regular spot on the Crazy Eight, but the girl trouble, boarding house shenanigans and parental woes have only just begun. The first film introduced us to boarding school life, the South Africa of 1990, an array of colourful cha...

Schuks Tshabalalas Survival Guide to South Africa [ 2010 ] [ Hits:5907 ]
Review: If candid camera were taken as seriously as Pop Art... Leon Schuster would be its Andy Warhol. Besides taking the piss and literally taking a piss on his artwork, he's dominated South African comedy film ever since Jamie Uys dropped a Coke bottle on a N!xau's head. The side-splitting American comedy pursuit could only go so far with lawsuits flying around, yet the world of candid camera has developed its own raw sense of local flavour and hilarity under the wing of the accomplished Schuster. Now...

Horrible Bosses [ Hits:4733 ]
Review:   It's not very often that I go the trouble of watching a comedy at the cines, but when I saw the trailer for Horrible Bosses about a month ago, I convinced myself to make an exception. Why? I suspect it was because of the expectation set by the formidable, but unlikely comedic cast that includes Kevin Spacey, Jennifer Aniston and Collin Farrell. Still, I was quite a bit sceptical about how this would all play out...In the end, I was delighted to find myself thoroughly entertained, as the weird...

Skeem [ Hits:4064 ]
Review: The caper film is one of the most difficult to pull off, but when executed in style - delivers sheer exhilaration as though you are a part of the action, committing the crime yourself as witnessed in movies like The Italian Job, Ocean's Eleven, The Sting, Catch Me If You Can and Inception. Adding comedy to the mix makes the job even more difficult, heightening the thrills and intensifying the farce to breaking point. The classic missing money, dead body, narcotics, lottery ticket or incriminat...