The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies is now in cinemas all over half the world, an will soon arrive in the other half as well. And for those who saw the end of The Hobbit: The Desolation of... More »
I'll be stepping in for my colleague Ard Vijn this week, in an effort to get a fix for my Hobbit habit. Brace for bombastics!Smaug was believed to be the last great fire-drake of the North. If others remain they... More »
Angola is the very definition of a war-torn African nation. The country endured almost constant war for the forty years prior to 2002. A lasting peace accord was finally reached, but four decades of violence have decimated Angola's cultural legacy,... More »
Christopher Bourne first brought Death Metal Angola to our attention in his coverage of DOC NYC 2013. Following its successful festival run, the film is currently in consideration for a Best Documentary Oscar nomination, and will be unleashed in the... More »
South African culture-clash romantic comedy Leading Lady enjoyed a successful reception at the Seattle International Film Festival recently, and has now secured a cinematic distribution deal for the US. Check out the trailer embedded below.Leading Lady leading lady, Katie McGrath,... More »
After a couple of months off, Full Disclosure is back, with an exploration of the work of a true cinematic maverick, Werner Herzog. In a career spanning 50 years, the uniquely accented German filmmaker has gifted us dozens of feature... More »
The stage and stakes are set. The characters and conflicts established. All that remains is for the complex climax of competing wills - and armies - to play themselves out. Word is that the final installment in Peter Jackson's cinematic Middle-Earth... More »
Hot on the heels of yesterday's Chappie poster comes our first trailer.It looks like we have another heady science fiction treatment by Neill Blomkamp, with little of the rumoured humour in the film showing face in this trailer. Plenty of heart... More »
A decade is an absolute eternity online, a marker that I certainly never thought I'd reach when registering the first domain for Twitch ten years ago now, and yet here we are. Honestly, I never thought much of anything about... More »
At long last it's here! The teaser trailer for The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies (that screened twice at the San Diego Comic-Con panel on Saturday) is now online.And even if you have watched it already, why not... More »
Around the turn of the 19th century, a few Boer families - Afrikaner descendants of the original Dutch settlers in what is now South Africa - fled the country to escape persecution by the British during the Anglo-Boer Wars. A... More »
The Last Boers of Patagonia documents an astonishing community in Argentina whose roots stretch back to what is now South Africa. Though we've had a taste thanks to a trailer (see below) and a teaser for the eventual feature film documentary The Boers... More »
A Facebook page for Neill Blomkamp's Chappie, a sci-fi comedy starring fellow South Africans Ninja and ¥o-Landi Vi$$er of Die Antwoord as themselves and frequent Blomkamp collaborator Sharlto Copley (Wikus in District 9 and Kruger in Elysium) as the titular android Chappie,... More »
Peter Jackson has shared the first poster for The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies ahead of the big event Warner Brothers has planned for San Diego Comic-Con. And it is a ripper!The poster is clearly intended to remind... More »
Today marks the anniversary, in the year 2941 of the Third Age (by Shire Reckoning), of Bilbo's departure from Beorn's Hall for Mirkwood, in the company of 13 dwarves and a surly wizard in JRR Tolkien's literary classic The Hobbit.... More »
Simon Pegg is back with his special brand of happiness, this time as a psychiatrist in the throes of professional existential crisis, who sets out to taste the world for himself and learn just what it is that makes people... More »
Another South African film at the Durban International Film Festival (DIFF) brings another challenging reflection on the country's modern identity. This time, it's Carey McKenzie tackling corruption with her moody and noirish crime thriller, Cold Harbour, which just had its world... More »
"The true miracle of the 1994 elections, is that they happened at all. If this was a miracle, it was a truly bloody one." John Kani, narrating for 1994 The Bloody Miracle.1994 The Bloody Miracle, a documentary three years in... More »
Of Good Report is an astonishing South African noir thriller -- I've never seen better South African film making -- about a teacher-pupil relationship that spirals into obsession and violence. The film was selected as the opening film for the 2013... More »
Ah Durban! South Africa's cultural melting pot of English, Afrikaner, Indian, and Zulu. Famous for her sunny beaches and busy harbour; infamous for her cauterizing curries and wizardly weed. I grew up in the central green foothills you can see... More »
It's a Criterion Christmas! I'll be using Meeting the Criterion as a convenient way of reminding you of many of the Criterion Collection's great releases from the past year. Whether your Criterion Collection is organized by spine number, title or director, there's a good chance you'll see some releases that...
As an exercise in Hollywood franchise-making in the 21st century, Peter Jackson's The Hobbit is fantastically instructive. The final film in the cycle emerges today -- I've yet to see it; you can read Jason Gorber's review here-- but long before The Battle of the Five Armies shines its light...
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies is now in cinemas all over half the world, an will soon arrive in the other half as well. And for those who saw the end of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, it will come as no surprise that the third...
I'll be stepping in for my colleague Ard Vijn this week, in an effort to get a fix for my Hobbit habit. Brace for bombastics!Smaug was believed to be the last great fire-drake of the North. If others remain they will surely be drawn out by the pungent perfume of...
It's the title of an existing comic book, and I understand that; and given DC's track record, at least since Watchmen, it's likely to be a hit-and-fade barrage of generic marketing bolstering a bafflingly undercooked Guardians of the Galaxy knockoff that will come and go and be forgotten. The Suicide...