Eintlik Nogal Baie

Eintlik Nogal Baie is Eintlik Nogal Anders as wat die plakkaat lyk

Eintlik Nogal Baie het ‘n tipiese Afrikaanse romantiese komedie-titel. En Eintlik Nogal Baie het ‘n tipiese Afrikaanse romantiese komedie-plakkaat. Maar dis nie ‘n tipiese Afrikaanse romantiese komedie nie. Eintlik nogal glad nie.

Floris Groenewald

Floris sometimes writes things when he’s not watching movies or playing video games or editing videos or folk-rock singing/songwriting.

Sy Klink Soos Lente

Sy Klink Soos Lente: ‘n Koekiedrukker-breker van ‘n Afrikaanse rom-kom

As daar nou een soort fliek is wat omtrent sinoniem is met ‘n koekiedrukker, is dit Afrikaanse romantiese komedies. Ek voel of ek al hoop verloor het in die genre, aangesien die glansende vonkelwyn-vertolking van die liefde keer-op-keer dieselfde is. Gelukkig het Dis Koue Kos, Skat onlangs uitgestaan as ‘n goeie Afrikaanse komedie wat fokus op karakters wat in hul middeljare oor begin. En nou is daar Sy Klink Soos Lente – met alleen-wyndrinkers en mechanics wat ‘n band begin – ‘n fliek gemik op… my.

Floris Groenewald

Floris sometimes writes things when he’s not watching movies or playing video games or editing videos or folk-rock singing/songwriting.

Dis Koue Kos, Skat. © 2015 Karoo Film Company & Welela Studios. All rights reserved

Koue kos, warm liefde, vars fliek: Dis Koue Kos, Skat

Bestanddele

  • Liefde
  • Teleurstelling
  • Wraak
  • Komedie
  • Middeljare
  • Kookkuns
  • Anna-Mart van der Merwe, Elzabe Zietsman, Deon Lotz, Frank Opperman

Die kors

Begin met ‘n deeglike laag liefdestelleurstelling. Anna-Mart van der Merwe se Clara Brand moet aanbeweeg met haar lewe nadat sy uitgevind het haar man Bernard (Deon Lotz) verneuk haar met ‘n vriendin (Angelique van der Merwe). Elzabe Zietsman speel Minette, haar laaste vertroueling, vriendin, en kollega by die vrouetydskrif Eva.

Dis Koue Kos, Skat. © 2015 Karoo Film Company & Welela Studios. All rights reserved

© 2015 Karoo Film Company & Welela Studios. All rights reserved

Sien, Clara is ‘n kosskrywer. So sy dink in kos, kook graag, en praat dikwels in kookmetafore. Soos die alombekende gesegde wat sê dat wraak ‘n koue dis moet wees. Vandaar die film (en Marita van der Vyfer-roman waarop dit gegrond is) se titel. Want Clara vat die pad Kaap toe met haar twee kinders, en begin oor – so ver as moontlik van die bliksem Bernard en sy nuwe meisie af. Maar dis nie maklik om die pa van jou kinders uit jou lewe te sny nie. Veral wanneer jou kop tob met planne om hom terug te kry.

Vulsel

Al die bekende standaard romantiese komediegoed moet gebeur. Clara word aangemoedig om nuwe liefde te vind. Die fliek se storie maak ‘n paar kinkels en draaie, soos moontlike liefdesdriehoeke, en genoeg wraakfantasietonele. Selfs Bouwer Bosch en Anne Hirsch maak vinnige verskynings, so dit is definitief ‘n Afrikaanse romantiese komedie waarna jy kyk. Maar al die bekende tonele (veral die “disaster date” waarop Clara haarself vind) word op vars en nuwe maniere hanteer. Die regisseur, Ettiene Fourie, en Marita van der Vyfer as mede-draaiboekskrywer, het dit hier reggekry om bestandele wat ons al talle kere in ander romantiese komedies gesien het, interessant en onvoorspelbaar saam te voeg en clichés te vermy.

Dis Koue Kos, Skat. © 2015 Karoo Film Company & Welela Studios. All rights reserved

© 2015 Karoo Film Company & Welela Studios. All rights reserved

Nie elke grap in die fliek werk so glad soos dit moet nie, maar meeste skiet ‘n kolskoot. En die fliek is nie bang om dinge soos drankmisbruik (en konfytmisbruik?), en wraak uit te beeld nie, en beeld selfs sonder skaamte uit dat middeljarige (en ouer) vrouens nog ‘n sekslewe kan hê. Dis darem ook ‘n fliek met hart, goeie toneelspel, en ‘n storie volop verwikkelinge – tot die einde! Verder is daar gesorg vir goeie kamerawerk, beligting, en grafika, wat Dis Koue Kos, Skat op ‘n tegniese vlak óók laat uitstyg bo die goedkoop gemiddelde Afrikaanse romantiese komedie.

Giet alles nou op ‘n silwerskerm en bak vir 1 uur en 45 minute.

Dis Koue Kos, Skat. © 2015 Karoo Film Company & Welela Studios. All rights reserved

© 2015 Karoo Film Company & Welela Studios. All rights reserved

Garnering

Bedien in jou naaste rolprentteater. As daar nou ooit ‘n fliek was vir ‘n girls’ night vir meer volwasse vroue, is Dis Koue Kos, Skat die een. Maar dis baie toeganklik vir ‘n wye gehoor, en slegs konserwatiewe kykers mag dalk deur sekere tonele afgesit word.


Dis Koue Kos, Skat is ‘n nuwe rolprent gegrond op die gelyknamige roman deur Marita van der Vyfer. Die fliek begin draai in rolprentteaters op 26 Augustus.

Floris Groenewald

Floris sometimes writes things when he’s not watching movies or playing video games or editing videos or folk-rock singing/songwriting.

Killer Croc and Harley Quinn in Suicide Squad.(c) 2015 Warner Bros. Entertainment. All Rights Reserved.

Suicide Squad: Unconventional heroes, conventionally

One thing Suicide Squad (the latest film in DC Extended Universe film series that started with Man of Steel and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice) did right, was choosing a title that’s hard and awkward to portmanteau the word suck or meh or boring with. Unfortunately, the movie is still pretty meh. Sui-SUCK Squad, if you’d excuse the crudeness.

Floris Groenewald

Floris sometimes writes things when he’s not watching movies or playing video games or editing videos or folk-rock singing/songwriting.

Independence Day: Resurgence

Independence Day: Resurgence only increases in destruction and repetition

It’s not like Independence Day is really that much of a classic. Mostly for the fact that it hasn’t aged that well. It has Michael Bay-like levels of senseless spectacle, overstated American patriotism, an overly romantic view of characters and plotlines, and special effects that don’t hold up to modern viewing. But it is highly regarded. Highly enough to warrant a sequel? Enough people thought so to get Independence Day: Resurgence made.

Independence Day: Resurgence

Independence Day: Resurgence starts out exactly 20 years after the 1996 original film. Earth is a relatively peaceful place (except for Africa, it seems), united by the alien invasion, and utilising alien technology for great advances. And then, of course, the aliens come back to wreak havoc once more. Or take revenge. Or rescue the surviving aliens from their prison at Area 51. While Will Smith didn’t return as Steven Hiller from the first film, Hiller Jr (portrayed by Jessie Usher) takes over his role as Earth’s poster boy fighter pilot. Jeff Goldblum, Bill Pullman, Judd Hirsch, Sela Ward, Brent Spiner and Vivica A. Fox all reprise their roles from the first film, even though some of the roles are very minor. Liam Hensworth’s Jake Morrison is probably the biggest protagonist of the ensemble cast, as a handsome hotshot space pilot who’s stuck driving slow space tugs on the moon, and somehow getting into trouble for saving lives.

Independence Day: Resurgence

Then the rest of the film essentially plays as a greatest hits-style rehash of the previous one. Some weird things happen. People who were in contact with the aliens previously have some kind of psychic connection with them. Aliens attack Earth’s Moon Base and space defences, and completely obliterate London. A dishevelled and limping Bill Pullman quickly shaves off his beard in time for a classic motivational speech and an heroic attempt at personal sacrifice. The kooky scientist Dr. Brakish Okun wakes up from a coma to explain plot details to us while ensuring there’s something to laugh at (he’s not wearing pants). Then Jeff Goldblum (now Earth Space Defense Director) has to try his darnedest to outsmart the aliens.

It’s director Roland Emmerich’s first sequel, and there might be a good reason that he hasn’t attempted a continuation before: The trademark Emmerich disaster is generally a once-in-a-lifetime narrative. The coincidences and cliches become even more apparent when the same characters witness it a second time. In Independence Day: Resurgence, characters even comment on the aliens’ love for destroying world landmarks (London’s Tower Bridge, in this case), but they don’t dare to draw attention to the fact that the aliens waited exactly 20 earth years to return on the titular American holiday.

Originality is sorely lacking in Independence Day: Resurgence, and character development or depth is pretty much non-existent. There are old cliches that most of Hollywood have left behind in the 90’s, and a predictable pace and structure. Even China’s emerging financial influence on Hollywood filmmaking is clearly visible in the casting of two key roles and a few Chinese words. But no-one expected this film to reinvent the wheel. The action sequences are directed well, easy to understand, and completely inoffensive. It’s not a cheap cash-in, but also not a groundbreaking sci-fi masterpiece. The film drifts somewhere between the two extremes, and to most audiences, that might be perfectly acceptable. Mostly, Resurgence is an unashamed kickstart to a movie series/franchise. There are definitely firm plans for more movies, and this film seems to primarily serve as a bridge between what came before and what’s coming next.

Independence Day: Resurgence poster


Independence Day: Resurgence was released on 24 June 2016. It is currently showing in cinemas in 2D, 3D, and IMAX 3D.

Floris Groenewald

Floris sometimes writes things when he’s not watching movies or playing video games or editing videos or folk-rock singing/songwriting.

Springbok Nude Girls

This movie is NOT porn: Springbok Nude Girls

Before Fokofpolisiekar and The Parlotones, the breakthrough, height-of-alternative rock band from South Africa was Springbok Nude Girls. I don’t know if they were really “a band who captured the imagination of a generation” [the film’s tagline], but they were definitely big, important, and defining in the history of South African music. The film is a production by Thinking Owl Films in association with Sony Music Entertainment Africa. It’s unclear exactly where the money for the movie came from, which means we don’t know how biased or objective the film really is. Is it a true documentary, or more of a propoganda publicity piece that helps promote the band’s latest shows?

Floris Groenewald

Floris sometimes writes things when he’s not watching movies or playing video games or editing videos or folk-rock singing/songwriting.

Finding Dory

Crafting the sequel to a classic: Finding Dory review

“The thing about sequels” is a bad way to start a review. Cause you’ve most likely already read a review that starts like that. And you’re not reading this review to listen to someone compare two movies, or draw similarities between all second installments. You’re not reading this review to hear someone’s boring old opinion on the state of the film industry. You most likely just want to know whether Finding Dory is a good movie, or at least worth the time and effort it’ll require to see it in cinema.

Floris Groenewald

Floris sometimes writes things when he’s not watching movies or playing video games or editing videos or folk-rock singing/songwriting.

Surrounded by orcs, Commander Anduin Lothar (TRAVIS FIMMEL) knows that the battle is far from over in Warcraft. From Legendary Pictures and Universal Pictures comes Warcraft, an epic adventure of world-colliding conflict based on Blizzard Entertainment’s global phenomenon. Credit: Legendary Pictures, Universal Pictures and ILM

Warcraft movie review – an incredible, engaging video game movie

It’s pretty much impossible to make a good movie based on a video game, right? It might also be hard to follow up a successful start in film directing like Moon and Source Code with a hugely popular established property. Here’s the newest example of beating the odds: The Duncan Jones-directed Warcraft.

Floris Groenewald

Floris sometimes writes things when he’s not watching movies or playing video games or editing videos or folk-rock singing/songwriting.

X-Men Apocalypse Poster-No-Text

X-men Apocalypse: The end of the world for the X-men?

So the sixth (or eight, or ninth, depending on how you count) X-men film comes around, and we all know how this goes, right? Professor Charles Xavier (James McAvoy) and his gang of mutant superheroes the X-men have to fight some scheme to kill all mutants, mostly manifested in a physical confrontation against Magneto (Michael Fassbender) and his “Brotherhood” of bad guys. Somewhere in between Jennifer Lawrence‘s Mystique also pops up.

Except it looks like this time director Bryan Singer has something different in mind. I guess he watched some different movies in the interim, for inspiration. X-men: Apocalypse feels much more like a disaster movie – a Michael Bay or Roland Emmerich-style world-scale drama which kicks off in Ancient Egypt, introducing the first mutant – Apocalypse (Oscar Isaac). Moira MacTaggert (Rose Byrne) discovers and inadvertently awakens the incredibly powerful mutant when, as an indirect result of the time-travel meddling in Days of Future Past, she investigates cults that believe in mutant gods.

Floris Groenewald

Floris sometimes writes things when he’s not watching movies or playing video games or editing videos or folk-rock singing/songwriting.

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice packs punches – but lacks heart?

What can I say about Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice that hasn’t been said by the ten jillion trailers and lacerating critical reviews? Very little. But my will to rant has always been strong.

Warning: I spoiler in my sleep so watch out.

Jared Viljoen

Jared is a cantankerous designer looking for love in all the wrong places and living vicariously through television. Sometimes he makes things.