The Desolation of Smaug

The Desolation of Smaug

Peter Jackson fans will be delighted to know that the trailer for the second installment of the Hobbit trilogy has finally been released. On the whole, the first film The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, was somewhat underwhelming. You can read our review here. The trailer for part two, however, is...
Dean Shamley's 'Jozi Shore' #1 Video on YouTube in SA

Dean Shamley’s ‘Jozi Shore’ #1 Video on YouTube in SA

Earlier this week I get a text from my good friend and Filmsoc’s current head of production, Dean Shamley (and kudos to him, having had the job last year, I know its no mean responsibility), asking “Hay man! Is your Internet working here on campus?” He was trying to upload a project he’s...
And the Oscars Go To...

And the Oscars Go To…

It was a night almost without surprise at the 85th Academy Awards. Those who have been following the Oscars buzz may have been able to preempt most of the names that were read from the golden envelopes throughout the night. In the end Argo picked up the big prize for Best Picture...
What is Shotties?

What is Shotties?

Every now and then we get confronted by a desperate first year student on Jammie Plaza. We know that they are in first year because they have a lanyard with a student card around their necks, a map of Upper Campus in their hands and a shellshocked look painted across...
Best 2013 Superbowl Commercials

Best 2013 Superbowl Commercials

There’s something for everyone during the Superbowl. Men gather around barbecues and slap on a few raw pieces of T-bone, drink a couple of Budweisers and fist-pump at the biggest hits with faux masculinity. The women miss the first half while they prepare the salads, but gather together for the...
Screen Actors Guild Awards

Screen Actors Guild Awards

Hollywood awards season marches on with intensity towards the 24th of February and the Academy Awards. Last night saw the Screen Actors Guild Awards live in Los Angeles. Traditionally, the SAGs is one of the better indicators as to who will walk home with Oscars and is the only televised...
Django Unchained

Django Unchained

There is a dark magic that pervades much of Tarantino’s work; a killer combination of witty riffs, circular dialogues and continually rising tension that is eventually released by gunfire, brutality and sadism. Tarantino has become a master of shocking audiences, holding them down in their seats as they writhe and...
Golden Globes Winners

Golden Globes Winners

Hollywood’s most enjoyable awards ceremony, the 70th Annual Golden Globes was held last night in front of the most familiar faces in film and television the world over. Amy Poehler and Tina Fey (both Nominees themselves for Best Actress in a TV Series, Comedy) were absolutely hilarious as hosts, but...
'Lincoln' the Frontrunner, 'Argo' and 'Zero Dark Thirty' Underdogs

‘Lincoln’ the Frontrunner, ‘Argo’ and ‘Zero Dark Thirty’ Underdogs

You can read the full list of 2013′s Oscar Nominations here. The Oscar nominations always yield a few surprises. For example, Jim Carey, who had already missed out in 1998 for The Truman Show was once again ignored by the Academy, despite him winning the Golden Globe for his performance in Man...
2013 Oscar Nominations

2013 Oscar Nominations

Announced by the hilarious off-the-cuff pairing of Emma Stone and ceremony host Seth MacFarlane just an hour ago, below is the list of the 2013 Academy Award Nominations. The Academy Awards will be broadcast live from the Dolby Theatre in LA on the 24th of February. Best Picture Amour Life...
2012's Best Picks

2012′s Best Picks

After the shipwreck that was 2011 cinema, there’s been more than enough to celebrate this year. Last year I struggled to pull together five movies that I considered worthy of accolade (you can see which films eventually made it here). But this time around I was faced with at least...
Box Office Watch: 2012

Box Office Watch: 2012

2012 saw 34 different films rise to the top of the US Box Office. The Hunger Games became the first film since Avatar to remain in the top spot for four consecutive weeks and was the first film of the year to reach the $500 million mark. The Avengers became the 3rd highest...
The YouTube Wrap-Up

The YouTube Wrap-Up

Around this time of year, a plethora of videos is released on YouTube providing us with a look back at the year’s highlights, lowlights and everything in between. Every Tom, Dick and Harry reckons they have the best pastiche of 2012, but after scouring the web and waiting countless annoying...
Living the Pi Life

Living the Pi Life

A brief glance down the list of Ang Lee’s past works will leave most nodding their head in appreciation or admiration. His diverse resumé includes films that range from tales of Chinese war-time espionage (Lust, Caution) to an exposition of Victorian England in the film adaption of Jane Austen’s Sense and...
2013 Golden Globe Nominations

2013 Golden Globe Nominations

It’s been a great year in film and TV. And to celebrate the highlights of the last twelve months in the industry, awards season is around the corner. The Golden Globes and the Oscars take place on the 13th of January and the 24th of February respectively. While we’ll have...
Looping Back and Forth

Looping Back and Forth

Time travel just doesn’t do it for me. The scientific holes in the concept have been made obvious in movies for decades. Take, for example, if you went back in time, fell in love with a smoking hot Ukrainian woman (if those even exist), married her and then realised that...
The Hobbit: An Expected Ordeal

The Hobbit: An Expected Ordeal

Few can discredit the brilliance of Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings trilogy. His imagination and devotion to bringing JRR Tolkien’s Middle-Earth to the screen is unparalleled and his faithfulness to the original novels has been widely extolled the world over. And so, when Jackson announced that he was going...
The YouTube Report (ep05)

The YouTube Report (ep05)

This week I thought I’d scour YouTube for the weirdest videos I could find. And, to be honest, I feel as if I lost a few hours of my life. But I did come across these two videos that have boggled my mind and caused me to wonder what kind...
Skyfall

Skyfall

It has been 50 years since Dr No was released in 1962. Back then, the filmmakers had $1,1 million to play with and Sean Connery was paid a cool $100,000. Inflation aside, Skyfall’s budget of a reported $200 million and Daniel Craig’s tasteful salary of $17 million show how the franchise has...
Dexter

Dexter

Well, the last few months since the end of the 6th season of Dexter have seemed to drag on for eternity, but finally, after much speculation, Dexter has returned for its 7th season. You can visit this page every week for the next few months to get episode synopses, ratings...
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The Beast of Burden

The Beast of Burden

    I am not one for “fantasy dramas.” I indulged in enough fantasy when I was younger and have enough drama in my life now to be instinctively repelled by either genre. It was probably for this reason that I waited until Film Society held a screening of Beasts of a Southern Wild before...
Looking at Filmmaking Through a New Lens

Looking at Filmmaking Through a New Lens

As you may know from my last post, I spent a semester abroad at the University of California, Santa Cruz last year, during which time I was lucky enough to be ‘taught’ by Cam Archer, an established film director. I say ‘taught’ in quotes because Cam did more than teach – he imparted his unique...
Shotties Themes 2013

Shotties Themes 2013

It’s that time of the year again, folks. It’s time to get writing your screenplays for Shotties 2013. This year, we have two themes for you to write on. They’re as follows: Try Outs Love and Other ‘Obsessions’ You can choose to write on one of them or both of them, but please try and...
The Most Deserving, and Most Likely to Take Home Gold

The Most Deserving, and Most Likely to Take Home Gold

So here we are again, the 85th Academy Awards are days away and it’s about time we weigh up once and for all who will go home several golden pounds heavier and who really deserves the little golden man. I have painstakingly watched almost every film nominated in every category and paid close attention to...
FilmSoc 2013: All You Need to Know For Now

FilmSoc 2013: All You Need to Know For Now

This is going to be a long message. In fact, your friends going into Les Misérables right now may well come out of the movie before you finish reading it. And no doubt, they will have tears streaming down their faces at the tragic demise of not only Anne Hathaway, but Hugh Jackman as well....
UCT Students Make It To Sundance

UCT Students Make It To Sundance

Katey Lee Carson and Dylan Bosman aren’t quite household names just yet but, if the last few years are anything to go by, that may well change in the not-too-distant future. Both recently received mail from the people at the Sundance Film Festival notifying her that their latest short film The Washing Up and The Running...
Finding the Silver Lining

Finding the Silver Lining

All children are warned growing up that it is not right to make fun of the kids who are different. And so, with this ingrained into the human psyche, there is an understandably fine line for a director to tread when making a comedy about those who are mentally ill. The subject matter demands more...
The YouTube Report (ep04)

The YouTube Report (ep04)

The big news on YouTube this week is that Psy’s Gangnam Style finally passed Justin Bieber’s ‘Baby’ music video as the most watched video online. But, more importantly, with provisional UCT exam results released over the next few days, there’s just cause to be a little bit stressed out. Maybe these will calm you down...
Pulled Apart At The Seams

Pulled Apart At The Seams

Cloud Atlas is a refreshingly ambitious project. Released amidst a plethora of what-you-see-is-what-you-get titles such as Taken 2, Paranormal Activity 4 and Hotel Transylvania, it certainly cannot be faulted for it’s individuality, creativity and enterprise. It undertakes to weave six stories that take place across continents and time, stretching back to the ancient past through to the distant...
Chronicle

Chronicle

All kids dream of having superpowers. I have hundreds photos of myself dressed up as Superman, Batman and (one time) Wonder-Woman at children’s parties that I attended when I was young. I would run around the gardens pretending to fly and stare at plants in an effort to zap them with my laser vision. Not...
The Plastics album launch at Assembly

The Plastics album launch at Assembly

  More often than not, the Assembly in Cape Town offers up a gem of a night such as this one: The Plastics’ “Pyramid” album launch, supported by Beach Party and Al Bairre. After a week of hectic and somewhat hazy end-of-exams-celebrations, I headed out on 16th November for a couple of beers and great...
The YouTube Report (ep03)

The YouTube Report (ep03)

It’s been a while since the last post in the YouTube report, so below are 5 videos that I have enjoyed in the last while. Enjoy! 1. Red Bull At It Again Red Bull have been in the news recently when Felix Baumgartner jumped from the edge of space. Their next extreme sports venture sees...

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