Tjovitjo

maxresdefaultMmutleak: #SABC’s dance drama #Tjovitjo is a grand proposal in the annals of modern narratives. Perhaps even a brave shot from the troubled #SABC. Unfortunate it  is hurried unnecessarily •(3dDEFPoints/5)•

Mr. Robot

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{P}erhaps you are one of a few people who at a certain point in your uneventful life you received an anonymous call or email from an unknown person claiming that they know what you have been up to as far as your online activity is concerned or in your other affairs that in one way or the other, somehow, connect to the information highway. If you have been around that corner before you will know that the thought of it raises hair you never knew you had on your backside

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The Node Nadir

{ON} 22 July, Altech (Allied Technologies Limited) announced that the NODE, its Video Streaming decoder, has unfortunately failed to take off with the South African consumers in the Pay Television sector and that it was planning to sell it. Here is a machine, which besides its Video On Demand (VoD) function, offered to smarten up your home with security system through motion detection. It sought to enable you to surf the internet through its embedded 3G or use it as a wifi hotspot around your house as well as a host of cool capabilities such as the ability to buy air time, pre-paid electricity as well as pay your Telkom and Eskom bills all from the comfort of your home. After nodding several times as I list these features you might be compelled to raise your index finger and enquire about the machine’s data gobbling appetite. Well the NODE uses satellite technology to push video content into its 1 Terabyte hard drive without data costs the same way DStv’s catch up Service functions. However the traditional use of internet comes with data costs which is fair enough; we’re so used to spending for data connection anyway ¶⌋

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It’s Complicated

{Ïn} a world where dramas, soapies and tele-novellas are rife Mzansi Magic’s new drama series, It’s Complicated holds its own turf. It is gripping, fun’ and thought provocative. By the way it is not a youth drama. Actually, it is the stuff of adults, which makes its positioning within the prime time zone allocated to it somewhat tricky considering its content. Were the steamy scenes of the recent Generations – The Legacy and Rhythm city paving a way towards a door step shy away for South African Television Production Houses to flirt with adult content at the time where the kids are still up? This is a moral topic reserved for a moral sermon leagues away in the future especially if you are thirsty for something new and you are huddled at home on a Friday evening with no kids around

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Things are about to get interestingly pristine

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{Ïn} the modern fireplace story telling lore there is a period of high intensity activity when viewers’ attention is lobbied in all directions to consume television content ranging from actuality, current affairs, dramas and soapies. Recently, in South Africa, this period has seen a hyped up high intensity activity of attention seeking television content being rolled out in a generous scale, that is if you care about television. This is prime time television and to television channels whippers it is an important block in two respects. On the one hand the block is important because it is a lucrative slot for running commercials because around this time a lot of people are home and watching television. You just have to think about the various rancid funerals, life covers and investment policies being advertised between 18:00 – 22:00 time slot to acknowledge this. On the other hand the block is important for the television channels due to the expensive tariffs they charge to advertisers during this period. It is not a Milky Way phenomena thing that the channels need the money, so it has been reasoned, to give us quality programming.

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Film Review: Kwaito or Nothing

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{I} could not help it but think of Zulu Boy while watching this flick. Menzi Biyela cuts his teeth deeper into a fully fledged film. Unlike the Capfin advertisements he is synonymous known for here his acting talent surfaces. He stars as Mondli the taxi driver from Umlazi. He is brought to Gauteng by Baba Tshabalala a.k.a Mshengo (Emmanuel Nkosi) to work for him in the city with the last of his taxi’s

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Film Review: The Gift

Thembi Seete as Bontle Shona Ferguson as Thabiso in The Gift. Image source, http://citizen.co.za/wp-content/uploads/sites/18/2014/11/Page1A_2-599x400.jpg

Thembi Seete as Bontle Shona Ferguson as Thabiso in The Gift. Image source, http://citizen.co.za/wp-content/uploads/sites/18/2014/11/Page1A_2-599×400.jpg

FOR the most part, our society, through the family as its nucleus, pretends that everything is ok while secretly suppressing the nature of reality as is. The family is caught up by a yearning for opulence as a mark of prestige and progress or the wish itself to have more, by far and large the in-escapable feature of modernity. Often awesomely this situation, the acquisition of material comfort that is, is erected to the ire of those closer to home, our family members. If it does not breed jealousy that drives a wedge between siblings it draws us together artificially due to the material benefit boons it heralds

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dEF’Rating: The Gift

Thembi Seete as Bontle Shona Ferguson as Thabiso in The Gift. Image source, http://citizen.co.za/wp-content/uploads/sites/18/2014/11/Page1A_2-599x400.jpg

Thembi Seete as Bontle Shona Ferguson as Thabiso in The Gift. Image source, http://citizen.co.za/wp-content/uploads/sites/18/2014/11/Page1A_2-599×400.jpg

The Gift continues the Ferguson’s crusade on their close scrutiny of our contemporary South African family when it is pitted against the demands and expectations of the world’s prying eyes. We’ve seen this concern in their telle novella, The Wild and their consistent drama series’ offering Rockville. The present work is shot with the same camera work intimacy characteristic of Rockville and the invasion of privacy approach or allow me to refine an expression I have used just now – ‘prying eyes perspective’ that has become characteristic of their work signature. There are moments you feel like you’re eaves dropping on what is being said or spying on what is happening when you view their work. While this film’s narrative is unoriginal, it is the flair with which perspective is given to the cracks of Motaung’s family as an organism that propels the film to stand its own ground in the annals of South African films; the work is freshen up in the way the cracks themselves are revealed and teased out from unexplored perspective. This perspective is the very deep seated conviction on how one sees and locate themselves within the family nucleus. The Ferguson’s The Gift delivers an interesting 4dEF’Points out of Five: ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ /

Autumn

 

26 April

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Film Review: For Love And Broken Bones

Lerato Mvelase (as Refilwe) and Mduduzi Mabaso (as Motheo) in For Love and Broken Bones. Image source: http://cdn.dstv.com/mms.dstv.com/Content/Images/DStv/Mzansi/Promo/mz_promo_for_love_and_broken_bones.jpg

Lerato Mvelase (as Refilwe) and Mduduzi Mabaso (as Motheo) in For Love And Broken Bones. Image source: http://cdn.dstv.com/mms.dstv.com/Content/Images/DStv/Mzansi/Promo/mz_promo_for_love_and_broken_bones.jpg

IN the face of modernity any society that sees opulence in abundance is bound to have victims that fall prey to a misunderstanding that opulence is the birthright of everyone. From the urban centers of our globe to the hinter yards of our miserable townships both the immigrant, rural or foreign, and the city slicker fall victim to this perception. On the other hand the inevitable movement towards the city robs those dear to the immigrant of a precious time. It is bound to leave their family bitter. Throw abuse into the quack mire of the migrant sojourner’s time at home during the holidays you’ve got a family whose scars runs deep. And somewhere in the shadows of this played out theatre an unscrupulous puppeteer gingerly, a mashonisa (creditor) to be clear, jolts the situation to their favor to rake out some money here and there with unreasonable interest.

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dEF’Rating: For Love and Broken Bones

Lerato Mvelase (as Refilwe) and Mduduzi Mabaso (as Motheo) in For Love and Broken Bones. Image source: http://cdn.dstv.com/mms.dstv.com/Content/Images/DStv/Mzansi/Promo/mz_promo_for_love_and_broken_bones.jpg

Lerato Mvelase (as Refilwe) and Mduduzi Mabaso (as Motheo) in For Love And Broken Bones. Image source: http://cdn.dstv.com/mms.dstv.com/Content/Images/DStv/Mzansi/Promo/mz_promo_for_love_and_broken_bones.jpg

While this is a tragic story, which even the undiscerning viewer will learn to accept as soon the credits roll up and the debate is won between that mug of steaming coffee or a nightly snack. It is not debatable that we’ve seen this film before. The film’s context is its ace. It does offer a delightful setting by way of location though. The acting, which is dotted by actors associated with the Bomb Shelter, is of the finest quality. The cinematography is clean and experimentally in the league of its own. Mduduzi Mabaso is believable as a troubled hero. Lerato Mvelase holds her ground as a staunch woman making ends meet to raise her child in a loving home. …yes you are right to assume that the protagonist is telling the story from the great beyond.

For Love And Broken Bones throws a mild 3dEF’Points out of Five: ♦ ♦ ♦ //

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09 March

 

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