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Spling's Galileo Pick of the Week: The Sound of Music


Spling's Pick of the Week - The Sound of Music @ V&A Waterfront

THE SOUND OF MUSIC @ V&A WATERFRONT (23 Mar)

Just like The Wizard of Oz, The Sound of Music has ingratiated itself in pop culture to the point of ridicule. From spinning through the hills with automatic weapons to constant sitcom references, it's very difficult to avoid The Sound of Music or people breaking into song "The hills are aliveā€¦". This is just a testament to the popularity of the musical, which in its time was a massive box office sensation with many people returning to the cinemas to watch it again and again. The brilliant and unforgettable soundtrack drives dazzling colours and epic vistas of the Austrian Alps as the ever-enchanting Julie Andrews waltzes into our hearts. It garnered 10 Oscar nominations in its year, winning five of them including best picture. A crowd pleaser, this Rodgers and Hammerstein musical has all the right ingredients for a feelgood movie whether you sing along or not.

This colourful and infectious musical is showing under the stars at The Galileo Open Air Cinema.

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Spling's Galileo Pick of the Week: The Theory of Everything


Spling's Pick of the Week - The Theory of Everything @ Hillcrest Quarry

THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING @ HILLCREST QUARRY (14 Mar)

The Theory of Everything isn't a tearjerker, which is what you'd expect from a film of this nature. It's a "star-crossed" romance drama and biopic about the relationship between famous physicist, Stephen Hawking, and his wife, Jane. Director James Marsh, his cast and film crew have created a fine, balanced and intelligent film with a delicate touch. They hint at story elements instead of spelling them out and create between-the-lines intimacy. It's a truly special film, carried out with great restraint, authenticity and good humour. Read the full review

This elegant and heartfelt biopic is showing under the stars at The Galileo Open Air Cinema.

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Top 5 Betting Films


From high stakes betting games to anything-goes Las Vegas mayhem, the world of gambling has always been a winner for Hollywood. Here are 5 great betting films that you can back all the way to the finish line.

Casino

Casino chronicles the true story of a faction of the mob who ran a gambling empire in Las Vegas, focusing on the fractious relationship between Nicky Santoro, a mafia underboss, and Ace Rothstein, a casino owner, played by Joe Pesci and Robert De Niro respectively. At the centre of the dispute of the best friends is a trophy wife played by Sharon Stone, who wields a fair amount of power as greed, deception, money, power and murder take centre stage. Following Goodfellas, director Martin Scorsese brings the highly effective De Niro/Pesci duo together again to adapt Nicholas Pileggi's book and screenplay.

The Sting

Robert Redford and Paul Newman had fantastic chemistry as evidenced in Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid and the follow-up, The Sting. Playing a small-time hustler, Johnny Hooker, Redford teams up once again with fellow underdog outlaw, Newman as Henry Gondorff. Together with director George Roy Hill, this classic pairing ensured that this entertaining caper won Best Picture Oscar in 1973. Pegged as a comedy, it's more like edge-of-your-seat betting game thanks to Hill's sleight of hand direction. It's just a pity (possibly a saving grace) that the stars didn't collaborate again in another film.

The Hustler

"Some winners are born to lose." This paradox inspired The Hustler, a sports drama about self-destructive pool player, Fast Eddie Felson, who goes under the tutelage of a Brett Newman in order to challenge a long-time champion in a high stakes game. It's a dark, beautifully shot and complex sports drama, packed full of great performances, amazing trick shots and led by star-making roles for Paul Newman and Jackie Gleason. It's a must-see for anyone whose ever dreamed of competing in the world of sports betting as a pool shark.

Casino Royale

The Bond franchise needed to be reinvented in order to be taken seriously. Who better to lead the charge than Daniel Craig, whose dashing looks, rogue physique and blonde hair made him a royal shakeup for the martini drinking gentleman? Starting with Casino Royale, a Bond film that originally came to be associated with Peter Sellers, the franchise was out to set a few records straight. Recruiting Martin Campbell to direct gave this Bond reboot its edge and while Daniel Craig seemed like a sketchy choice at first, he proved his naysayers wrong with an explosive performance opposite the likes of Bond girl Eva Green, arch nemesis Mads Mikkelsen and Judi Dench as 'M'. Riddled with question marks, who would have bet that this Bond film could be arguably the best?!

Ocean's Eleven

Ocean's Eleven is one of those rare remakes that actually trumps the original. Instead of a crooner cast, it's a Clooney cast as the star-studded ensemble draws names like Brad Pitt, Julia Roberts, Matt Damon and Casey Affleck. Front and centre is George Clooney as Danny Ocean, who wants to take revenge on the casino owner who had him incarcerated. Fresh out of prison, he assembles a hotshot crew of 11 in order to rob three casinos in one night. Slick, charming and full of Las Vegas glitz, Steven Soderbergh's comedy caper is always entertaining and keeps the audience in on the wink.

 
Magic Light and Triggerfish Delight with Roald Dahl's 'Revolting Rhymes'


Having grown up listening to, reading and even performing bits from Roald Dahl's Revolting Rhymes with my cousins over Christmas as a child... I was eager to see what Magic Light and Triggerfish Studios had done with the animated version. Attending the African premiere at the Design Indaba at Artscape in Cape Town this year, it was an absolute pleasure to see the transition.

Roald Dahl would have been 100 years old by now and would've relished the chance to see this adaptation of his much-loved works, which combines the classic fairy tales of Little Red Riding Hood, Snow White, The Three Little Pigs, Jack and the Beanstalk and Cinderella. The film-makers have taken William Blake's cover image of the wolf reading to children and turned it into the storytelling device by which the Revolting Rhymes unfold. While it doesn't feature the Goldilocks tale, Blake's sketches have been lovingly translated into beautifully textured 3D form by Triggerfish, retaining much of Blake's original character design and quirk.

The two half hour TV parts are meticulous and have been directed by Jakob Schuh and Jan Lachauer, both former Annecy winners and Oscar nominees. Lacing Dahl's witty rhymes and maintaining a sinister tension keeps one entertained, while they've made it TV friendly enough for the whole family to enjoy. The Magic Light and Triggerfish collaboration seems to be going from strength-to-strength after working on the award-winning Stick Man and will be teaming up yet again for work on The Highway Rat.

 
Spling's Galileo Pick of the Week: The Dark Knight


Spling's Pick of the Week - The Dark Knight @ Central Park

THE DARK KNIGHT @ CENTRAL PARK (10 Mar)

Christopher Nolan is a perfectionist, a conductor who insists that every instrument at his disposal is finely calibrated and double-checked. This means his films are always beautiful and reinforced by strong writing, powerful music and breathtaking visuals. His clinical precision could be accused of siphoning the warmth, imperfection and joy out of film, but he does tend to work on the colder, darker more serious side of the spectrum as evidenced by The Dark Knight. A legendary superhero match up between Batman and the Joker is given the same epic treatment as Heat, which saw Hollywood legends Al Pacino and Robert De Niro go head-to-head. The Dark Knight represents the pinnacle of superhero films, leaving Tim Burton's original Batman in the dust, a pantomime by contrast. Beautifully shot, pulsating in its dark majesty and enigmatic by virtue of Heath Ledger's maniacal performance , this is a good example of a sequel that managed to top an already excellent Part 1.

This groundbreaking superhero crime saga is showing under the stars at The Galileo Open Air Cinema.

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