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Jan 10

Review : The girl with the dragon tattoo (2011)

Posted by Paralyzer in stieg larson , david fincher , daniel craig


The Swedes adapted Stieg Larsons book in 2009 , which introduced the rest of us to Noomi Rapace ,the gypsy lady in the current Sherlock Holmes – a game of shadows movie as Lisbeth and Michael Nyqvist who can be seen as the main villan in Mission Impossible Ghost protocol as Mikael.

Nov 02

Review : State of violence

Posted by Paralyzer in stateofviolence , south africa , review , presley chenyagae , fana mokoena


What is it : Drama/crime/somewhat thriller

Nov 02

Review : Skeem

Posted by Paralyzer in tim greene , skeeem.wandile molebatsi , review


Tim Greene follows up his dramatic first feature  " A boy called Twist" with a somewhat funny ensamble in "Skeem" . A straight comedy playing for laughs about a mixed bag of individuals , in a cheap resort after a box full of money.Like most comedies its a hit and miss situation, with some laughs being stronger than others,but the performances from the various cast is inspiring although I felt the screenplay held some punches back towards the  last act of the movie.Yet Tim Greene has to be congratulated though, on trying to deliver something light and entertaining to the cinema.

The strenghts of Skeem is it's ensemble cast and its tone. The cast has a god mixture of well rounded actors like the lead Wandile Molebatsi ( some will remember him from the TV ads and Rhythm City as Sam Sedibeng), stand up comedians such as Kurt Schoonrad and real character actors like Terrence Bridget. The cast have levels ,even the over used Kenneth Nkosi shows a some depth in this one,Wandile Molebatsi shows a lot of heart and is able to carry this movie on his shoulders. Terrence Bridget is able to take a cliche and still make it funny, the man has talent. The cast is on point.It's actually great  to watch all this talent on screen, it's fun to watch and the light tone for the first 2/3rds of the movie abd it works.

The only issue is, I felt like the guys did not want to up the ante on the last act, there comes a point where the line is drawn but the script does not want to turn as dark as the story demands ala "shallow grave". It's that negotiating of that thin line that zaps out the level of cathasis one could  have had. Yet this does not make "Skeem'' a terrible movie nor a classic in my books but a somewhat good movie that one will forget in a day or two but its fun to experience.

Oct 26

Viva Riva

Posted by Paralyzer in viva riva , kinshasa , gangster , film noir , DRC , city of God


What do most of us know about DRC? Well Viva Riva is a neo-film noir /gangster pic that not only fills in the blanks about the hustle and bustle of modern day Kinshasa but opens up a sexy and very gritty underworld of prostititution, fuel racketsand family units gone wrong due to violance and corruption in the DRC.It may not be as fast paced as City Of god or as slick but it has a good story, fleshed out characters and an egngaing premise.

Aug 11

Celebrating Mediocrity: a South African complex?

Posted by Paralyzer in Terry Pheto , south africa , Rapulana Seiphemo , Mzansi Magic , Menzi Ngubane , How to steal two million , District 9 , corner rssik and plein


Aug 01

Review : The Bang Bang Club

Posted by Paralyzer in the movie , the bang bang club , kevin carter


Well if you read the book or were alive during the clubs tenure, you would know that the Bang Bang club refers to a group of photographers who covered political violence in the 80's and the build up to the new dispensattion. By doing so , kept the flag quite high for "combat photography" by winning a number of awards amongst themselves as  individuals for their photography with their devil don’t care attitude to danger. So if you thought this was a ganster flick, askies better luck next time. Based on a book written by the two surviving members, the film kind of tells the story of the photographers but neither enhances or builds on the narrative put in the book. So the film ends up being more a-much a-do- about-nothing .

Jul 06

Review : Transformers -dark of the moon

Posted by Paralyzer in violence , transformers , review , michael bay , 3D


The saga finally comes to a loud, flashy, entertaining and slightly patchy end. A movie that has earned over $400 million globally in 4 days cant be that bad can it? thankfully it aint. The script is better than the second film (revenge of the fallen), the jokes and gag work better than the second film, the action sequences are better,better is the key word for T3 not great. It has not turned me into a convert of Michael Bay-hem school of film, but when the film works it works very well but unfortunately it has its weaknesses but let’s concentrate on the positives for now.

Jul 04

Review: Green Lantern

Posted by Paralyzer in ryan reynolds , review , Oa , martin campbell , mark strong , Hal Jordan , green latern


Jun 29

Review: Bridesmaids

Posted by Paralyzer in Untagged 


Jun 19

Review: Source Code

Posted by Paralyzer in source code , Sci-fi , review , michelle mongahan , jeffrey wright , jake gyllenhall , duncan jones , drama


Who would have thought in 2011 we will have a movie that will throw us back to classics such as Run Lola Run and 12 Monkeys. Both movies deal very well with the issues of time, time travel and philosophical issues that come with it (time travel) in a groundbreaking way.

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