Elinye Ithuba is one of those works that interrogates the effects of our sacrifices and the fact that to undo the deeds that might have gotten us in trouble the first time around we might just have to pay a heavy price
The Ring attempts to be funny while it deals with the overcooked classic tale of love. Is there anything to say in this theme? Not really, except for the reshuffle of the sign system and point of view vis-à-vis perspective. Despite a few strong points here and there this film has its moments but offers us nothing new. It whispers to us a feather light 2deF’Points out of Five: ♦ ♦ /¶
Ilizwi is a proposal that hints at what we could see in the future in terms of the bourgeoning South African film industry once the M-Net in Motion Academy 2015 Interns are striking it out on their own and are brave enough to venture outside of the box. The film initiates a new paranormal tale with a slight thrill build up and delivers to us a gentle 3deF’Points out of Five: ♦ ♦ ♦ /¶
Sugar & Spice attempts to tackle the vulnerability of young girls at the hands of grown up men who uses them for their ego boosting, unfortunately in a span of about sixty minutes the film fails to tighten up its narration at a crucial moment in the narrative discourse – and its closure feels hurried. And that, only that, with regard to Sugar & Spice undo the rather relevant theme the work erects and runs the work into failure to impress the discerning viewer. It sustains an ‘ok’ three dEF'Points out of five.
There are moments in The Haunted Wardrobe (2014) where the viewer may be jolted out of their stupor if not a comfortable couch. This is a paranormal outing and the film has a few surprises up its sleeve. This film speaks to us at a micro level, at the minutest level, using the barest essentials available to do so and it holds its own. It is a coherent piece. It delivers an ‘ok’ three point dEF'Points out of five:♦ ♦ ♦ /¶
Kwaito or Nothing is somewhat a coming of age tale and it is surprisingly watchable.
Lehlohonolo ‘Shaft’ Moropane’s My Brother’s Keeper is an entertaining tragic drama but like the last cup cake left at the coffee table on an unforgiving cold Sunday afternoon due to load shedding it leaves a lot to be desired for. It manages 2dEF’Points out of Five: ♦ ♦ /¶