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Die Laaste Tango [ Hits:2362 ]
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:1451 ]
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:2960 ]
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:15185 ]
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:2074 ]
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:3314 ]
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:6932 ]
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:16059 ]
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:4249 ]
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:1758 ]
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:3356 ]
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:3138 ]
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:3419 ]
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:3965 ]
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...

Drive [ Hits:5267 ]
Review: Driver (played by Ryan Gosling in super-intense mode) enters an elevator with the nice girl who lives down the hall.  As he walks in he notices a big guy in the elevator who looked as if he was about to get off on their floor, before he saw that Driver and the girl were getting into the elevator.  Driver takes note of this as he walks into the elevator, and keeps the thug in his periphery as the elevator descends.  Then, in a fairytale sweep guaranteed to melt cinemagoers’ hearts, he swivel...

Drive Angry 3D [ Hits:4144 ]
Review: Drive Angry 3D is a Nicolas Cage movie. Born Nicholas Kim Coppola, nephew to Francis Ford Coppola, the actor decided to go by Cage instead of falling back on "the family" to earn his place in Hollywood. He's racked up quite the reputation, earning a Best Actor Oscar for his role in Leaving Las Vegas and then a nomination for Adaptation. Frankly, it was the worst best thing that could have happened to his film career. It's rare that the Academy Awards hand out a second Oscar and once you've got t...

Due Date [ Hits:3697 ]
Review: Due Date is delivered to screen by Todd Phillips, who is the quintessential frat house comedy director with The Hangover, Road Trip, Old School under his belt and The Hangover Part II in the works. If it were a baby, it'd be a poison dwarf: bearded, brutally funny and pretty darn ugly. However, that's not all Zach Galifianakis's fault, no - we've also got to give Robert Downey Jr. some of the credit/blame. The comedy pairing are some of Hollywood's hottest property right now with Downey Jr. ripp...

Dunkirk [ Hits:5654 ]
Review: Christopher Nolan's trademark style is brooding, clinical, dark, heavy, elegant and powerful. The acclaimed filmmaker has become a household name, adding a crest of brilliant films to his credit over the last two decades. A visionary director, he's become respected not only for his output but his method, getting the most from his cast and crew by adopting a businesslike mentality. Film is entertainment, but Nolan realises that in order to turn a profit and get the best results, creating a clinic...

Durban Poison [ Hits:4758 ]
Review: "Durban Poison is sure to impress the most jaded of pot smokers." While this online review refers to the sweet and earthy strain of cannabis, named after the South African port city, Andrew Worsdale delivers a similar experience to what it must be like to smoke this brand of marijuana in his film, Durban Poison. The crime romance drama road movie is loosely based on the true story of the infamous South African couple, Charmaine Phillips and Pieter Grundlingh. The two went on a murderous spree ...

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