The new big thing in Hollywood is “shared universes” – multiple movies that take place in the same world, thus informing or impacting each other. It started with the Marvel Comics films (everything from 2008’s Iron Man), but also including the DC comics films that follow on Man of Steel, the new Star Wars films that include sequels and spin-offs, and the X-men films (having spun off to include Deadpool and Wolverine movies). And now Universal Studios is also having their turn: A “Dark Universe” franchise, starting with the Tom Cruise-starring The Mummy. Continue reading “Tom Cruise ignites a new franchise with The Mummy”
Growing up in the 90’s I vividly remember watching the TV series Baywatch. David Hasselhoff with his hairy chest and Pamela Anderson with her slow-motion running and big (*cough cough*) eyes. Thinking back it was a really ridiculous show, but somehow we kept on watching, week in and week out. It was something different from all the other soaps and series of its time and offered viewers a more adrenaline-pumping storyline as we intently watched lives being saved by these brave lifeguards. Continue reading “Baywatch – Self-mocking magic on the big screen”
The world has waited a long time for Wonder Woman and she’s finally here, ready and willing to pick up the pieces of DC’s fragmented cinematic universe with a film driven by hope and humanity. Continue reading “Wonder Woman: Time to stop wondering”
In a mix of old and new faces, old and new jokes, and old and new story lines, we are invited to experience yet another story about Captain Jack Sparrow.
Sonder ‘n leser is ‘n skrywer mos onvolkome, of hoe? En wat is ‘n fliek sonder ‘n Making-of? En wat is ‘n Making-of dokumentêr sonder karaktergroei en selfstudie en piromanie? Ek het onlangs MOMO (oftewel The Making of The Making of) gekyk – ‘n kortfilm deur kletsrymer Jaco van der Merwe. En dis nie ‘n regte dokumentêr nie, maar eerder ‘n storie oor PJ en Arra – twee kamera-verslaafde jongmense wat graag wil movies maak… maar tevrede sal wees met die geleentheid om bietjie “behind the scenes stuff” op ‘n filmstel af te neem.
Continue reading “The watching of The Making Of the Making Of (MOMO)”
Alien prequel and Prometheus sequel Alien: Covenant is finally here, and as the first film directed by Ridley Scott that technically qualifies as a sequel in the Alien series, we finally get to ask: Is it as good as the first one (whichever film that refers to)? Continue reading “Alien: Covenant – as good as the first/last/previous one?”
The legend of King Arthur is a muddling affair. Authors have been telling his story for ages and it’s never the same twice – Guy Ritchie’s King Arthur: Legend of the Sword is no different. Continue reading “King Arthur, the remix: Legend of the Sword”
Love By Chance doesn’t have that much to do with chance – more with arrogance, ambition, and going to Hollywood. Continue reading “Love By Chance: A South African romcom in faux Hollywood”
In 2014 Guardians of the Galaxy was Marvel’s surprise hit. There were elements that felt a little like an Indiana Jones or Star Wars or Avengers simply set in space, but for the most part is was exciting and original – but also funny and action-packed. But was it lightning in a bottle? Can Marvel and director James Gunn do it again in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2?
Continue reading “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2: Even Galaxier”
Ek het aanvanklik – nes met meeste biografie-flieks – vreeslik gewonder hoeveel van Johnny is Nie Dood Nie die waarheid is, en hoeveel is aangelaste fiksie. Maar nes met die Bob Dylan “biografie” I’m Not There, het ek naderhand besluit dis nie regtig belangrik om te weet nie. Want Johnny is Nie Dood Nie is nie regtig ‘n biografie nie. Die fliek kyk na die groter prentjie van hoe die Afrikaner se wêreld verander het vanaf 1987 tot in 2002, en die daaropvolgende kleiner prentjie van hoe die veranderende wêreld vyf spesifieke mense se lewens beïnvloed het. Continue reading “Johnny Is Nie Dood Nie – maar Kerkorrel is dalk…”