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Hansie [ 2008 ] [ Hits:7667 ]
Review: Hansie is a classic rise and fall story that saw one man disgrace a nation, only to redeem himself. The difference is that this story is actually history. Hansie Cronje, South Africa’s golden boy fell from grace after captaining the Proteas cricket team for several years. Cronje’s leadership and talent as a player guided South Africa through some of their most successful tours, almost upstaging Australia in the 1999 World Cup. His formative years were built on integrity, growing up within a ...

Skin [ Hits:6989 ]
Review: Skin is the extraordinary true story of Sandra Laing, a so-called coloured girl, born to white parents in 1950's Apartheid South Africa. It's a fascinating story about a woman trying to forge her way into South African culture, going against the grain because of her skin colour and racial classification. This has got to be one of the most interesting lives to have lived during the struggle, as Sandra essentially bridged the divide between white and black South Africans. She spent her childhood, ...

Goodbye Bafana [ 2007 ] [ Hits:6595 ]
Review: Goodbye Bafana is a biographical drama based on the memoirs of Nelson Mandela’s prison guard, James Gregory. The two men were inextricably linked from Mandela’s days on Robben Island in 1968 through to his imprisonment in Pollsmoor in the late 1980s. The story centres on Gregory, played by Joseph Fiennes, who was commissioned to watch over Mandela thanks to his firm grasp of Xhosa. Diane Kruger stars alongside Fiennes as his doting wife, Gloria Gregory, who is a bastion of strength. The stor...

Creation [ 2009 ] [ Hits:6448 ]
Review: Charles Darwin, an English naturalist in the 1800s published his theory of evolution in On the Origin of the Species, a book which sold out immediately, providing compelling evidence for evolution and now regarded as a fundamental life sciences principle in explaining the diversity of life. Creation details Darwin's evolution of thought as he gets to grips with actually writing and completing On the Origin of the Species. The film also suggests that Darwin was so passionate and dedicated to his ...

Moneyball [ Hits:6396 ]
Review: You've heard of Babe Ruth, Joe DiMaggio, Mickey Mantle and Reggie Jackson but who the hell is Billy Beane? Moneyball turns this unsung hero into a household name. The general manager for Oakland Athletics modernised the business of baseball in the 2002 season by using key statistics to draft overlooked yet valuable players, giving them a chance to shine. Moneyball is based on the book, Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game by Michael Lewis. The book drew on the Oakland A's sabermetric ...

La Vie En Rose [ 2007 ] [ Hits:5976 ]
Review: La Vie En Rose a.k.a. La Môme is a stirring biographical movie about Edith Piaf, one of France’s most famous voices. The woman was said to embody the very spirit of Paris, and her lyrics welled up from the pain and sorrows she endured. She grew up in poor conditions and spent some of her childhood in a brothel. Her beautiful blue eyes were the most notable thing about the child, until she was given the opportunity to open her lungs and sing with her circus-performing father. Her life story wa...

Julie & Julia [ 2009 ] [ Hits:5920 ]
Review: Julie & Julia is a homage to Julia Child's most famous cook book, Mastering the Art of French Cooking, a 734-page bestseller, which was and is critically acclaimed for its recipes, giving American chefs a taste for French cuisine and cooking techniques. Child is also famous for her television appearances, most notably The French Chef. Julie & Julia parallels Child's build-up to her magnum opus in 1961 with Julie Powell's 2002 challenge to cook all the recipes in Child's first book in the space o...

The First Grader [ Hits:5819 ]
Review: The First Grader is the inspiring true story of Kimani Maruge, a Kenyan ex-Mau Mau freedom fighter, who at the age of 84 fought the system for his right to an education he could never afford. This powerful biographical drama tells of a Maruge's struggle as he and primary school teacher, Jane Obinchu, stood up to a community and government that wanted to smother a man's right to basic education.This is an important film, one of many incredible stories that have emerged from a continent with many ...

Talk to Me [ 2007 ] [ Hits:5802 ]
Review: Talk to Me is one of those movies that just had to be made, and Petey Green was one of those extraordinary people that deserves the recognition. He led a fascinating life that only really came into its own, when he had a mouthpiece. It didn’t matter if it was a microphone, a loudspeaker or a talk show… the man told it like it was. It didn’t matter if ‘keeping it real’ was unpopular as long as it was his truth. Green’s prolific life was all about hard-living and he was a ‘miscreant...

Hitchcock [ Hits:5642 ]
Review: 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, but to say 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 behind-the-scenes tour of Hitch's life when he conceived and executed his most famous movie, Psycho. The film is focused on the complex personal and professional relationship...