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Best South African Movies Now On Showmax
2023-05-21 19:19
As a film critic, Stephen 'Spling' Aspeling has literally watched thousands of films over the years. Being South African, the local film industry has been a strong point of interest to gauge… Read More
5 True Crime Shock Docs
2023-05-17 09:30
We've come across our fair share of shock docs in the new age of streaming, where these compelling documentaries get a much broader release platform and ultimately reach more people. Documen… Read More
2023-04-26 13:43
Beau Is Afraid is a dark horror comedy drama starring Joaquin Phoenix from the mind of Ari Aster, a horror aficionado turned director, who's become synonymous with horror. His latest horror… Read More
How To Choose Which Movie To Watch
2023-04-10 15:19
Most people settle on a formula for picking which movies to watch. Before the Internet, this may have involved wandering around the video rental store until a movie poster or cover grabs you… Read More
Are We Living In A Barbie World?
2023-04-05 12:44
Aqua's pop anthem 'Barbie Girl' will not be appearing in the upcoming Barbie movie due to a troubled legal history over the song. Yet, the lyrics "I'm a Barbie girl, in the Barbie world. Lif… Read More
Liam Neeson's 100th Film Is...
2023-03-27 09:04
Liam Neeson is an instantly recognisable Hollywood star who's now wrapped his 100th film. At the age of 70, the actor's not showing any signs of slowing down, continuing his prowess as an ac… Read More
Glitz And Glamour On The Big Screen
2023-02-28 08:15
The alluring world of gambling is a common theme in movies and one of the biggest factors that's shaped its perception in popular culture. Watching the scenes of large, sophisticated casino… Read More
'Stander' In The Rearview Mirror
2023-02-14 13:32
Stander is a biographical crime thriller directed by Bronwen Hughes and starring Thomas Jane as Captain André Stander, a police officer turned bank robber. Set in the wake of the Sowe… Read More
Roald Dahl's Top 5 Film Adaptations
2023-02-10 09:25
It seems as though Roald Dahl's beloved childrens books are in the spotlight again. Having just released another film adaptation of Matilda, it seems as though the author's imagination is in… Read More
Oscar Nominations 2023: Blast From The Past
2023-01-23 10:23
The Oscar nominations for 2023 are on the horizon. Which films are going to be lauded with the most nominations? Which are going to fall to the wayside, snubbed? While the ratings for the ac… Read More
5 Classic Films Turning 25 This Year
2023-01-19 18:25
It's hard to believe that The Matrix is celebrating its 25th anniversary next year. Mostly because Keanu Reeves is still firing guns, kicking ass and just being the nicest bad-ass out there… Read More
Spling's 'Best Netflix Movies Of 2022' List
2022-12-28 13:06
As we draw to the end of 2022, film critic Spling takes a look at which Netflix movies made the biggest impression. Performing especially well in the animation genre, Netflix's best movies t… Read More
Hollywood Christmas
2022-12-20 19:53
When the December holidays roll around you can be sure that Christmas movies will be getting some serious replay time. There are the cockle-warming classics such as National Lampoon's Christ… Read More
Spling Judges AFDA Graduation Film Festival
2022-12-02 10:26
Stephen 'Spling' Aspeling has served on the critic's panel at the AFDA Graduation Festival for 9 years running since 2014. The film school bases their final assessment on responses from indu… Read More
Casting A Live-action BraveStarr Film
2022-11-22 11:05
BraveStarr is an animated TV series from the 1980s that followed on from He-Man and the Masters of the Universe and ran for 65 episodes. Trying to recapture the runaway success of He-Man, th… Read More
7 Gripping South African Horror Movies
2022-10-07 14:21
South Africa is only starting to realise its capacity and capability when it comes to the horror genre. We're still coming to terms with the fact that unless we lean into found footage, horr… Read More
All Film Is Political.
2022-09-04 07:54
While the medium of film is still relatively young in the history of the world, there's no doubting just how influential it's been in shaping perceptions. This has been done across the spect… Read More
'Blood Psalms' - The End Begins Trailer
2022-08-22 13:35
Blood Psalms is an epic, action-packed fantasy series set in Africa a thousand years after the fall of Atlantis. The first season introduces the houses of Kemet (now Egypt) comprised of the… Read More
Encino Men... 30 Years Later
2022-08-16 06:06
Encino Man (aka California Man) saw three young stars unite for an outlandish '90s comedy about being ice cool and then waking up to become a high school drop out in the MTV generation '90s… Read More
Why, I Worry There Isn't A Mad Movie
2022-08-02 19:21
Mad magazine was a pop culture staple, a publication that has parodied everything with a special focus on America, which released its final issue in April 2018 - not an April Fool's Joke! It… Read More
Joe Badon On 'The Blood Of The Dinosaurs'
2022-07-25 11:48
Joe Badon is a filmmaker, illustrator and musician whose unconventional artistic style and vision sets him apart. Having directed feature films The God Inside My Ear and Sister Tempest, Bado… Read More
Soaked In 'The Blood Of The Dinosaurs'
2022-07-18 09:24
The Blood of the Dinosaurs is a surreal horror comedy short film from filmmaker, Joe Badon. Starting with a discussion about the film itself between the director and an actor, this unusual b… Read More
Barry Ronge: A Life Of Words And Magic
2022-07-11 10:25
Barry Ronge was a famous South African entertainment journalist who retired from the spotlight in 2014 and recently passed away on 3 July. Dying from natural causes at the age of 74, it's cu… Read More
Do We Need Film Critics?
2022-06-27 21:26
First off, this article is written by a film critic - so there's obviously a frame of reference and a certain slant that you may need to take into account when reading this opinion piece. In… Read More
The Paradoxical Emma Thompson
2022-06-21 12:47
While we hear about Dame Judi Dench all the time, it's not all that surprising to learn that Emma Thompson is also Dame. In keeping with her attitude towards her work, she continues to apply… Read More
John And The Hole Truth
2022-06-13 19:56
John and the Hole is a psychological thriller starring Charlie Shotwell, a directorial debut for Pascual Sisto from Birdman's screenwriter, Nicolás Giacobone. The title sounds a bit c… Read More
3 Family-Friendly Movies For Animal Lovers
2022-06-06 19:12
If you love animals, you know there are a host of movies out there. Whether you're being introduced to an issue affecting them in a challenging documentary or watching a heartwarming family… Read More
The Shadow Of Colin Farrell
2022-05-31 15:15
Colin Farrell is regarded as a Hollywood bad boy, something that's followed him like a shadow. Who knows what would have happened if the Irish actor's failed audition for Boyzone, didn't eve… Read More
Tom Cruise In Cruise Control
2022-05-23 17:10
Tom Cruise is a Hollywood tiger, an actor who rakes in the big bucks and doesn't seem to age. At one point, Cruise was married to Katie Holmes, jumping up and down on Oprah's couch and punti… Read More
2022-05-19 13:40
It is a difficult task to have something to say about a film that leaves you speechless. The maddeningly good multiverse action-adventure-comedy-drama Everything Everywhere All At Once was g… Read More
Actors And Their Fan-imposed Alter Egos
2022-05-17 15:11
Story-driven entertainment sometimes makes us forget the people we're seeing on screen have their own lives and that they're actually working! The dreamy line between real and unreal is at i… Read More
The Many Faces Of Benedict Cumberbatch
2022-05-05 11:05
Benedict Timothy Carlton Cumberbatch is an award-winning English actor who has been appointed a CBE by the Queen and included in Time magazine's annual 100 Most Influential People in the Wor… Read More
2022-04-21 09:02
It's rare for anyone to refer to a film or movie as a motion picture, moving picture or photoplay. "Motion picture" is often reserved for filmmakers or marketing teams wanting to elevate the… Read More
Four Of The Best Movies Of 2021
2022-03-22 10:44
2021 was the year that cinema came back as people packed movie theatres all over again. However, there was still the threat of COVID-19, which prompted many movies to be concurrently release… Read More
The Power Of The Demigod
2022-03-09 12:07
Today's world makes it possible to own not just one TV screen but several devices each with their own screen and multiple viewing options. You can watch films at the cinema, on your flat scr… Read More
Batman Vs. James Bond
2022-03-04 08:31
The Batman has just released starring Robert Pattinson, an actor who seems to be winning more and more respect in Hollywood. This starring role follows on from Ben Affleck in a film from Mat… Read More
2022-02-25 18:45
The darkness. The darkness. Having grown up with the likes of Magnum P.I., MacGyver, The A-Team, Airwolf, Who's the Boss? and The Golden Girls, a person's view of everything is probably skew… Read More
Being A Movie Critic - A Dream Job?
2022-02-07 10:05
Being a movie critic sounds like a really cushy job. Being paid to watch film for a living is generally how most people sum up the job title. While there's some truth to this statement and i… Read More
2022-02-05 15:54
'The Shining Girls' is a novel by acclaimed South African sci-fi author, Lauren Beukes, which has been adapted into a TV series starring Elisabeth Moss and Jamie Bell. Having been in the pip… Read More
The Streaming Revolution Will Be Televised
2022-01-21 11:28
Streaming services have taken the world by storm. While one of them generally gets touted as the frontrunner and game-changer, which it clearly is, we're talking about the streaming revoluti… Read More
SUPP - The Home Of SA's Short Films
2021-12-09 20:10
It is an unfriendly world out there for new creative voices. A lot of things have to go right for a creator, regardless of how talented they may be, to make it. They've got to create, with w… Read More
Soul-searching With 'Viva Dada'
2021-11-19 15:47
Viva Dada is an introspective documentary from filmmaker Matthew Kalil, featuring his inspirational friend and author Sjaka Septembir . The two were part of Kalil's first documentary Porsell… Read More
10 Tragic Film Set Disasters
2021-10-22 14:44
Alec Baldwin was recently involved in a fatal movie set accident when a prop gun misfired, killing the director of photography, Halyna Hutchins, and injuring the director, Joel Souza. Busy f… Read More
2021-10-14 11:33
Just like a classic slasher villain, The Scream franchise refuses to die. Wes Craven's meta serial killer horror mystery thriller set the ghostface killer in motion in 1996 and now 25 years… Read More
2021-10-09 12:48
Have you ever had a film elude you? Until recently Fried Barry has been that film. Having seen the experimental short film (below) a few years back and even interviewing director Ryan Kruger… Read More
Christopher Guest's Six Fingers
2021-09-02 14:51
Christopher Guest is a name that you may have heard bandied about in conversation. While he may not be a household name, the actor, writer and director is an absolute giant in the field of m… Read More
New Material: When Art Imitates Life Again
2021-08-20 10:14
Beloved and popular South African comedian, Riaad Moosa, is one of the country's few Muslim stand up comedians. While best known for his stand up comedy, the multi-talented man is also a med… Read More

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