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New Movie Review – I, Tonya

January 30, 2018

Two triple axels, various ice skating records and all the technique in the world, means absolutely nothing when overshadowed by one of the most sensational scandals of all time.

I, TONYA is a comedic drama that tells the tale of a talented sports star whose success is destroyed by her troubled childhood, her mother’s abuse and her stormy relationships.  Although it initially seems like the movie is actually a comedic spoof of the heartlessness of a tabloid-driven nation, you soon realise that it is about more than meets the eye.

Ambitious and goal-driven from an early age, former figure skating champion, Tonya Harding (Robbie) was well on her way to becoming one of the world’s biggest ice skating legends.

Her first big breakthrough came in 1991 when she won (with her first triple axel) the U.S. Championships and was awarded the event’s first 6.0 ever given to a single female skater for technical merit. At the 1991 World Championships, she again completed the triple axel (becoming the first American woman to perform it at an international event) but finished second to Kristi Yamaguchi. Unfortunately, that is not what she is remembered for. Her dreams and career were shattered by her alleged association with an infamous, ill-conceived, and even more poorly-executed attack on fellow Olympic competitor, Nancy Kerrigan (Caitlin Carver), by her ex-husband (Sebastian Stan) and bodyguard (Paul Walter Hauser).

This award-winning film is based on the true events behind this spectacle and will keep you glued to your seat until the very end.

The film also boasts an excellent cast and has already received a lot of praise for outstanding performances by the lead characters. Margot Robbie is commended for her soulful portrayal of Tonya Harding in this fascinating story, while Sebastian Stan can be seen in the role of her ex-husband, Jeff Gillooly. This handsome actor, from New York, previously featured in several television shows, such as Law and Order and Gossip Girl, and also starred in the Captain America Franchise, Riki and the Flash, The Martian and many more.

I, TONYA promises to captivate audiences, not only because of outstanding acting and direction but also because it proves the innocence of a woman who was judged by the world and abused by those who were supposed to love her most.

With 24 awards and 77 nominations under its belt, I, Tonya will hit the South African cinema circuit on 16 February 2018.

Cape Town

Tygervalley Ster Kinekor

Somerset Mall Ster Kinekor

V&A Waterfront Nu Metro

V&A Cinema Nouveau

Canal Walk Nu Metro

Labia Orange St

Durban

Gateway Ster Kinekor

Water Crest Ster Kinekor

Pavilion Nu Metro

Pretoria

Brooklyn Cinema Nouveau

Parkview Nu Metro

Jo’burg

Cedar Square Ster Kinekor

Rosebank Mall Ster Kinekor

Sandton City Ster Kinekor

Cresta Ster Kinekor

Greenstone Ster Kinekor

Bedford Square Ster Kinekor

Bedford Centre Nu Metro

Movies@Monte

Hyde Park Nu Metro

 

SOCIAL MEDIA LINKS:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ITonyaMovie/

Twitter: @ItonyaMovie

Instagram: @itonyamovie

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dQpBf04inPQ

 

 

 

 

Books/Movies, Entertainment

New Movie Review: Breathe

January 18, 2018

Coming to life on the big screen: an inspiring love story of hope and determination

What would you do if your husband’s life suddenly changed irrevocably and he is about to give up hope?

Breathe, a heart-warming and highly emotional celebration of bravery and human possibility comes to life on the big screen around the country on 19 January 2018.  Based on real-life events, this inspiring film featuring Claire Foy (Season of the Witch, Going Postal) and Andrew Garfield (The Social Network, The Amazing Spiderman, Silence, Never Let Me Go), is a love story about living every breath as though it’s your last.

This motion picture is actor, Andy Serkis’s (Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, Rise, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes) directorial debut and he worked very closely with scriptwriter, William Nicholson (Gladiator, Les Misérables, First Knight) to tell the story of his best friend and producer, Jonathan Cavendish’s (Bridget Jones’ Diary, Elizabeth: The Golden Age) parents with the sensitivity and empathy that it deserved.

Adventurous and charismatic, Robin Cavendish (Andrew Garfield) has his whole life ahead of him when he is paralysed by polio whilst in Africa at the age of twenty-eight. Against all advice, Robin’s wife Diana brings him home from hospital where her devotion and witty determination transcends his disability. Together they refuse to be imprisoned by his suffering; dazzling others with their humour, courage, and lust for life.

They also use their own story to inspire other people who are going through similar circumstances. Clever technology makes it possible for Robin to ‘get out of bed’ and experience new adventures and enables him to become an advocate for disabled people across the world.

The movie, which is set in the 1950’s, not only boasts a beautiful set and costume design, but also a star-studded cast.

“The most important thing to get was their love for each other. I didn’t want to over-sentimentalise her; and she definitely doesn’t want to be seen as a saint, or an angel, or incredible sort of nurse. It was actually just true love,” says Foy about getting into character for this part.  Foy has been praised for her accurate portrayal of Diana Cavendish.

Hugh Bonneville, who has already been nominated for BAFTA, Emmy and Golden Globe awards for his role in Downtown Abbey, and Tom Hollander (Mission Impossible, About Time, Pirates of the Caribbean) can also be seen in the movie.

The film had its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival in September and was also screened at the Opening Night Gala at the BFI London Film Festival. It has already been nominated for an Archie Award for Best First Feature at the Philadelphia Film Festival and Best Makeup and Hair Design and Sound at the Independent British Film Awards. During the Heartland Film Festival, it won the Truly Moving Picture Award.

It will appeal to audiences of all ages, but especially if you enjoyed The Theory of Everything, Lion, The Imitation Game and Brooklyn.

This inspirational movie is distributed by Ster-Kinekor Entertainment and will be at the following cinemas from 19 January:

 

Cape Town

Tyger Valley Ster-Kinekor

Cavendish Square Ster-Kinekor

Somerset Mall Ster-Kinekor

V&A Waterfront Cinema Nouveau

V&A Waterfront Nu Metro

Labia Orange Street

Garden Route

Garden Route Mall Ster-Kinekor

Port Elizabeth

Walmer Park Shopping Centre Nu Metro

Windhoek

The Grove Windhoek Ster-Kinekor

Durban

Gateway Mall Ster-Kinekor

Water Crest Mall Ster-Kinekor

Jo’Burg

Cedar Square Ster-Kinekor

Movies@Monte

Rosebank Mall Ster-Kinekor

Sandton City Ster-Kinekor

Hyde Park Corner Nu Metro

Cresta Shopping Centre Ster-Kinekor

Greenstone Mall Ster-Kinekor

Mpumulanga

i’langa Mall Ster-Kinekor

Pretoria

Brooklyn Mall Cinema Nouveau

Kolonnade Centre Ster-Kinekor

Irene Village Mall Ster-Kinekor

Woodlands Nu Metro


SOCIAL MEDIA LINKS:

Twitter: @BreatheMov

Instagram: @breathemov

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BreatheFilmUK/

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7_YnYrLfjxA

 

From your Amateur Cineaste 🙂

 

Books/Movies, Entertainment

20 Scary movies appropriate for kids of all ages

October 22, 2017

I’m sure by now you have read and heard all about the upcoming Halloween happenings in Cape Town especially. It’s quite…scary…how much the holiday has grown amongst the South African crowd in recent years. Every year the celebrations just get bigger and better and scarier – from horror fests to mystery murder dinners, ghost bus tours to Halloween-themed parties, and zombie walks to twilight runs. This all seems like a cauldron-full of fun unless you have kids and a late-night-weekend might not be your ideal way of spending this Halloween.

Here’s a fab idea – Invite some of your kids’ friends over, scatter the pillows and blankets all over the lounge floor, pop some corn, turn out the lights and you have yourself a PG scare fest I guarantee they’ll enjoy. What the heck! Unlike in the US, it’s actually Summer over here, so if you really want to impress the little ones, take the bean bags out onto the lawn, set up a projector screen, and you have instantly and effortlessly created your own open-air Halloween screening!

But, finding the right movies for our kids is always such a mission! We all know how completely inappropriate some kids scary movies can be, so, to the best of my researching skills ( and I have killer skills), I have put together quite a collection for you to choose from. Most are PG rated and nothing over 13 years, but they are all guaranteed to entertain the entire family and you won’t have to wait until the kids go to bed.

Proceed with caution:

As with everything we do that involves our kids, your choice of movies, too, requires your judgment call. Sometimes that means previewing a movie and making a decision based on their age and mental constitution.

For the under 13 crowd it may be best that you watch the movie with them as discussion can provide an outlet for some of the disturbing issues found in even the least scary movies. If possible, after you’ve watched the movie, also watch the special on how they made the monsters. That might be comforting for the more sensitive child, to know that none of it is real.

Above all, Have a happy Halloween and Enjoy movie night – Here are 20 of my fave kiddie scares!

 

Boxtrolls (PG RATED)

Eggs (Isaac Hempstead-Wright), an orphan, lives with the Boxtrolls — a community of quirky, mischievous creatures who inhabit a cavern beneath the city of Cheesebridge. When villainous Archibald Snatcher (Ben Kingsley) hatches a plan to get rid of the pretty harmless beings, Eggs decides to go above ground, where he meets and befriends feisty Winnifred (Elle Fanning). Together, Eggs and Winnifred devise a daring plan to save the Boxtrolls from extermination.

 

Coraline (PG RATED)

While exploring her new home, a girl named Coraline (Dakota Fanning) discovers a secret door, behind which lies an alternate world that closely mirrors her own but, in many ways, is better. She rejoices in her discovery, until Other Mother (Teri Hatcher) and the rest of her parallel family try to keep her there forever. Coraline must use all her resources and bravery to make it back to her own family and life.

 

Hotel Transylvania (PG RATED)

When monsters want to get away from it all, they go to Count Dracula’s (Adam Sandler) Hotel Transylvania, a lavish resort where they can be themselves without humans around to bother them. On one special weekend, Dracula invites creatures like the Invisible Man, the Mummy and others to celebrate the 118th birthday of his daughter, Mavis (Selena Gomez). However, an unforeseen complication unfolds when an ordinary human unwittingly crashes the party and falls in love with Mavis.

 

Casper (PG RATED)

Casper (voiced by Malachi Pearson) is a kind young ghost who peacefully haunts a mansion in Maine. When specialist James Harvey (Bill Pullman) arrives to communicate with Casper and his fellow spirits, he brings along his teenage daughter, Kat (Christina Ricci). Casper quickly falls in love with Kat, but their budding relationship is complicated not only by his transparent state but also by his troublemaking apparition uncles.

 

Mickey’s House of Villains (TV G RATED)

The villains from the popular animated Disney films are gathered at the House of Mouse with plans to take over. Soon, the villains take over the house and kick out Mickey, Donald and Goofy. It’s all up to Mickey and his friends to overthrow evil and return the House of Mouse to normal–or as close to normal as it get’s.

 

Pooh’s Heffalump Halloween (G RATED)

Your favorite friends from The Hundred Acre Wood are back in the all-new original feature, POOH’S HEFFALUMP HALLOWEEN MOVIE. It’s a hilariously haunted Halloween in the Hundred Acre Wood, and Roo’s best new pal, Lumpy, is excited to trick-or-treat for the first time. That is, until Tigger warns them about the dreaded Gobloon who’ll turn you into a jaggedy lantern if he catches you. But if they catch the Gobloon before it catches them, they get to make a wish. When Pooh eats all the Halloween candy, Lumpy and Roo decide to be “brave together, brave forever and catch the Gobloon. Celebrate the bumpity and spookable Halloween season with Pooh and his pals in their first Halloween-themed film in eight years. 

 

The Halloween Tree (G RATED)

Four children learn the origins of Halloween customs while trying to save the life of their friend.

 

Frankenweenie (PG RATED)

When a boy’s beloved dog passes away suddenly, he attempts to bring the animal back to life through a powerful science experiment.

 

ET (PG RATED)

A troubled child summons the courage to help a friendly alien escape Earth and return to his home world.

 

The Little Vampire (PG RATED)

After he moves to Scotland with his parents, only child Tony (Jonathan Lipnicki) struggles to make friends at his new school. But he is bullied and picked on by the other boys, and has little hope of overcoming his miserable new life. Then he meets Rudolph (Rollo Weeks), a kid vampire with whom Tony becomes very close. But, when Rudolph’s life and the future of the vampire race are threatened by a ruthless vampire hunter, Tony must find the courage to save his best friend.

 

The Nightmare Before Christmas (PG RATED)

Jack Skellington, king of Halloween Town, discovers Christmas Town, but his attempts to bring Christmas to his home cause confusion.

 

Monster House (PG RATED)

Three teens discover that their neighbor’s house is really a living, breathing, scary monster.

 

Scared Shrekless (TV PG)

Shrek gets in the Halloween spirit by challenging his fairytale friends to come up with scary stories for a contest. But the gang learn that they’ll have to spend the night in Lord Farquaad’s haunted castle before the winner is named.

 

Gremlins (I’d recommend PG 10)

A gadget salesman is looking for a special gift for his son and finds one at a store in Chinatown. The shopkeeper is reluctant to sell him the “mogwai” but sells it to him with the warning to never expose him to bright light, water, or to feed him after midnight. All of this happens and the result is a gang of gremlins that decide to tear up the town on Christmas Eve.

 

The Never-Ending Story (PG RATED)

One of the best kids fantasy films of the 80’s. This is a great films about troubled young boy Bastien who escapes some pursuing bullies in an old bookshop finding a story.

As he reads this story alone, in hiding, he becomes enraptured in it and soon begins to feel more than a reader but involved in the story and is sucked into the world of Fantasia.

 

Return to Oz (PG RATED)

Dorothy, saved from a psychiatric experiment by a mysterious girl, is somehow called back to Oz when a vain witch and the Nome King destroy everything that makes the magical land beautiful.

 

Monsters Inc. (G RATED)

Monsters Incorporated is the largest scare factory in the monster world, and James P. Sullivan (John Goodman) is one of its top scarers. Sullivan is a huge, intimidating monster with blue fur, large purple spots and horns. His scare assistant, best friend and roommate is Mike Wazowski (Billy Crystal), a green, opinionated, feisty little one-eyed monster. Visiting from the human world is Boo (Mary Gibbs), a tiny girl who goes where no human has ever gone before.

 

The Spiderwick Chronicles (PG RATED)

Of the three Grace children, Jared (Freddie Highmore) has always been thought of as the troublemaker. So when strange things happen after his family’s move to a relative’s dilapidated estate, sister Mallory (Sarah Bolger), twin brother Simon and their mother assume that Jared is behind it all. However, magical creatures roam the grounds, and they all want a special book that Jared has found: a field guide to fantastic creatures, penned by Arthur Spiderwick.

ParaNorman (PG RATED)

Young Norman Babcock (Kodi Smit-McPhee) has the ability to speak with the dead — and he often prefers their company to that of the living. Norman receives word from his strange Uncle Prenderghast (John Goodman) that a centuries-old witch’s curse on their town is real and about to come true — and that only Norman can stop it. When zombies rise from their graves, Norman must summon all his courage and compassion and push his paranormal abilities to the limit to save his fellow townspeople.

 

The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad (PG RATED)

The film consists of two segments – the first is based on the 1908 children’s novel The Wind in the Willows by Scottish author Kenneth Grahame, and the second is based on the 1820 short story “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow,” called Ichabod Crane 

 

Disclaimer: cover image was taken from www.ddlgforum.com

 

Ghostly Greetings,

 

 

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Everything I Never Told You – Book Review

October 10, 2016
Oh wow, where do I start.
The author touches on so many complex topics, ranging from how close family ties can easily come undone, infidelity, depression, pressure, racial identity, racism and sexism. 

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To be honest, I struggled a little through the first half of this book, but to be fair, I had many other things I needed to focus on while reading this novel – like the upcoming exams among many other things as a working, studying, and homemaking mom of three. 
By the time I got to the second half however, I literally dropped everything I was busy with to finish what should have been a page turner from the very beginning.
“Lydia is dead. But they don’t know this yet.” For a fleeting moment I think this is going to be another “lovely bones” story, but I quickly realise it is nothing like the dead-girl-trapped-between-life-and-death we fell in love with years ago.
Lydia is dead yes, but unlike Susie, she never gets the chance to say how she truly feels and this novel, beautiful and poised in its writing, describes the events up to this fateful day when Lydia’s waxy and swollen body is discovered at the bottom of the nearby lake.
Half Chinese, half white Lydia is a loner who’s only two friends are her big brother Nathan and little sis Hannah. Although she never tells them this.

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Her Chinese dad, James, hates Chinese food, hasn’t spoken his native language since his move to the states; and wants more than anything for Lydia to fit in. Throughout her life, he pushes her to blend in with the other kids at school who rejects her because she’s so “different.” A Chinese American family living in 1970s small-town Ohio was considered quite different, but  James wants Lydia to be popular so she wouldn’t be picked on so much. Like he was, growing up.
All Marilyn, her white American-born mom wants is for Lydia to excel at school and become everything she herself had given up to start a family. And been longing for ever since.

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Has being pulled in all directions at home, having to deal with the pressures and racial remarks from peers at school, and her brother soon leaving for college, finally driven Lydia over the edge?

Everything I never told you, by Celeste Ng is certainly a story you should make part of your reading list this Summer. It sketches a sensitive family portrait, uncovering the unnerving struggles between mothers and daughters, fathers and sons, and husbands and wives.

I hope you enjoyed the review 🙂
Love,

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Books/Movies, Inspiration

The most fabulous moms are readers

September 11, 2016

How did I even miss national book reading week this year? Answer: most likely because every week is national book reading week in my head.

Not only is the very important activity of reading celebrated by myself since…forever, but the literature bug seems to have also bitten my kids.

Jada’s been asking me to take her to the library ever since she could say the word library. We finally collected her first ever library card just the other day. I haven’t been to one since high school and as soon as we entered the building I was overcome with nostalgia as the sweet sound of silence and the familiar smell of books hit me smack in the face. I’ve forgotten how much I used to love that place. I can only hope J will be as happy there as I was.

Growing up around books has no doubt given me a profound appreciation for reading and is the reason I am always starving for knowledge, am so curious and always want to know more.

Although sadly, my passion for reading has been somewhat pushed aside the last few years because of well…motherhood, I still find myself unable to resist a good book or to pass the bookstore without literally drooling. My addiction can easily be compared to that of a shoe addict, only my weakness (or strength) is books and never goes out of style.

I feel horrible for not always having the time nor energy to read to my kids at bedtime. But if I can’t, you can be damn sure my husband will. And he doesn’t even like to read. Whether or not we love to read, its vital that we make time to read to our kids.

According to the Book Development Council of South Africa, reading statistics show that only 14% of the South African population are active book readers, and a mere 5% of parents read to their children.

Now, I could preach to you about all the benefits reading to your kids have, but I know that’s not necessary. Also, this is not a parenting blog. I’m not telling you how to raise your kids; you’re already doing a great job by doing the best you can. This is however a blog aimed at fabulous moms; and I firmly believe the most fabulous moms not only read to their children at bedtime, but are readers themselves.

Reading starts with us. So I challenge you today to get yourself a book, find a quiet place in a sunlit room in your house while the kids are watching cartoons; or under a tree while they play in the park; or go to the library – I guarantee you will love it and you’ll never want to stop. There really is no better escape from all the crazy in our lives.

We don’t have to love to read, to raise  kids who love to read, but it sure makes the journey a more pleasant one.

I’m currently reading “Everything I never told you” by Celeste Ng and am torn between finishing this book that I cannot seem to put down; completing my portfolio exam that must be in by next week; and being an ever-present parent. I can tell you this, I am still alive. It can be done. I’ll put up my review soon!

Love,

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