Category Archives: Movies

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African Blogger 2015 – Best Up and Coming YouTuber

This week I got a tweet from the African Blogger Awards: UP-AND-COMING Youtube channel goes to @Srizzil. Have a look at: — AfricanBloggerAwards (@African_Blogger) May 5, 2015 They claim to be the most objective awards because they measure online and social influencers’ reach and influence through data analysis.  This provides the opportunity for influencers to be measured objectively against their peers based on irrefutable measurable metrics such as reach, resonance, and relevance. Reach measures the size of an influencer’s audience (following) per social media network. Resonance is a measure of how widely the content that an influencer shares reaches outside of...

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Spud 3: Learning to Fly (2014)

Review The Crazy 8 are back and they’re pushing for prefect, getting up to no good in a girls high school and they have a new member. Turning Learning to Fly into a stand alone movie could have been difficult, the book is building up to the grand Matric finale and the Crazy 8 are split, meaning less adventures together. Thankfully John van de Ruit brings his masterful writing skills to the table yet again. The movie changes the timing of the books events in order to give it a solid storyline and help piece the chunks of Spud’s year...

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I’m not exactly one for New Year’s resolutions, if anything I set so many new goals for myself so often just trying to remember them makes my head spin. However on the first Friday of this year, I had just finished up at gym and felt like seeing a movie. I checked the listings, saw the next movie was starting at a perfect time and went to watch it alone. I loved the idea of finishing off the working week with a movie and decided to make it a tradition. I am now on my fourth week of #MovieFriday and...

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The Fault in Our Stars

Book The story of two teenagers, trapped in a world of sickness, finding love and attempting life. Its honesty and self depreciating dark humor has resonated with young adults around the globe. Soon to be a major motion picture.

Spud 2: The Madness Continues

Review The much anticipated sequel to one of South Africa’s most successful franchises has been let loose on the country. It’s got more laughs, more crazy 8 and a lot more time in the principal’s office.   Spud 2: The Madness Continues picks up in Spud’s second year of high school, where he must contend with girl troubles, an insane housemaster and try not to get expelled.   The movie opens with a raunchy dream and a manly discovery which sets the tone for the rest of the film. Its quick humor and sympathetic view of its hero casually allows...

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The Dark Knight Rises

Christopher Nolan, I stand to my feet and applaud your brilliance sir. Your supposed final batman movie, I beg you to do another, is brilliant film making on the most epic of scales. Your film makes The Avengers drop to it’s knees and cry for mercy. Please adopt me. A tad overkill? Yes. However the Dark Knight Rises is an amazing piece of cinema. From the depths of despair the movie truly rises to incredible heights. I especially loved the fact that they did not try to create a villain to better Heath Ledger’s awe inspiring joker. Instead they made this movie about Bruce Wayne again, about his journey....

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The Amazing Spider-Man (2012)

Quick Review This premature reboot focuses more on story and characters than its predecessor allowing it to be more grounded and more enjoyable. The action is balanced, as the crew cleverly avoids merciless fighting and instead steers towards relationship and wit. Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone have fantastic chemistry, in fact so much so that we’re rooting for their relationship as much as we’re rooting for Spidey to win fights. The wit of the Spidey comic books is given a lot more spotlight in this film, and the audience ate it up. In fact I don’t think I’ve heard an audience laugh as much as...

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Pixar’s Monsters University gets a teaser trailer

For those of you who loved Pixar’s Monsters Inc, here’s the teaser trailer for the prequel – Monsters University. The movie is set to be released in 2013. Synopsis Mike Wazowski and James P. Sullivan are an inseparable pair, but that wasn’t always the case. From the moment these two mismatched monsters met they couldn’t stand each other. “Monsters University” unlocks the door to how Mike and Sulley overcame their differences and became the best of friends. Screaming with laughter and fun, “Monsters University” is directed by Dan Scanlon (“Cars,” “Mater and the Ghostlight,” “Tracy”) and produced by Kori Rae...

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The Hunger Games

Twitter Review #HungerGamesMovieReview Although a great effort was made to please fans, the movie lacked a core focus and as a result felt untidy. — Marc Williams (@Srizzil) April 21, 2012 #HungerGamesMovieReview Unrelenting shaky camera work, even in quite moments, made it seem like the production team couldn't afford a tripod — Marc Williams (@Srizzil) April 21, 2012 #HungerGamesMovieReview On the positive side the casting was surprisingly good, especially the leading lady, and the sets were stunning. — Marc Williams (@Srizzil) April 21, 2012