Category Archives: REVIEWS

Behind The Scenes: The making of the Oude Meester TV Commercial

Last week, Oude Meester was proud to announce their new Ambassador Idris Elba and the talented master in the making Siyabonga Radebe. Siyabonga is famously known for playing the role of Xolani, the young charm in Mam Ruby’s life on SA’s number one soapie Generations.

Image having the two hunks in one room, doing what they love best, performing… This time for an award winning brandy, best suited for the masters themselves.

I recall the excitement that rushed through my body when they made the announcement, and seeing the commercial for the first time was complete bliss :).

Check out some of the behind the scenes images from the making of the commercial. ladies you might want to feast your eyes right here :p

Join or login the Blue Door Society to catch a glimpse of the TV commercial.

Oude Meester hosted an extraordinary and rather lavish event in Brynston last Thursday, check link for more on the happenings of the glamorous night link

 

Images courtesy of Red Flag Media

 

XOXO Stay Phly 🙂

 

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[MOVIE REVIEW]Fast & Furious 6

Director Justin Lin brings back the heart-pounding, adrenaline pumping, supercharged action flick for a 6th instalment (see what I did there?)

Fast & Furious 6 Trailer

Fast & Furious 6 Trailer

Fast & Furious 6 takes place months after the events of fast 5. Following their successful heist in Brazil Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel) and his team scored themselves a cool 100 million dollars & are now all millionaires who have retired from their former lives of crime.

Without giving the plot away too much basically Dominic now lives with Elena (Elsa Pataky), his sister Mia (Jordana Brewster ) lives with Brian O’Conner (Paul Walker) and their son, Jack, Gisele (Gal Gadot ) and Han (Sung Kang ) have moved to Hong Kong while Tej (Chris Bridges) and Roman (Tyrese Gibson) are living in the lap of luxury.

Dominic's Team

Dominic’s Team

Agent Luke Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson) has been chasing an international criminal & his crew across the world in 12 countries so he enlists Dominic & his crew to help him take down Owen Shaw (Luke Evans) in exchange for full amnesty for their past crimes & of course the big twist in the plot is the return of Dominic’s thought to be dead girlfriend Letty (Michelle Rodriguez) who is suffering from amnesia & is working for the bad guy.

Luke Evans plays the bad guy

Luke Evans plays the bad guy

Put this all together and you have an action-packed action film with stunts so extraordinary & defy the laws of physics & gravity that they had to put up a disclaimer at the end of the film stating how dangerous these stunts are! (Which action movie has done that?) But the big twist doesn’t come in until after the end credits when Han is killed in Tokyo & the assailant happens to be non-other than the ultimate British badass Jason Statham!

One of the crazy stunts from Fast & Furious 6

One of the crazy stunts from Fast & Furious 6

The Fast & Furious franchise has done well to have evolved from just being about fast cars & money to becoming a full blown action series & a definite highlight in the movie is Tyrese Gibson’s character who offers comic relief throughout the film, even during a high-speed car chase with an army tank!

Tyrese Gibson in Fast & Furious 6

Tyrese Gibson in Fast & Furious 6

A 7th installment has already been confirmed with James Wan replacing Justin Lin as Director. The sequel has been scheduled for a 2014 summer realease with its 2 main stars Paul Walker & Vin Diesel confirmed to be returning plus Jason Stathom. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson said that if Universal pursued the accelerated development of a seventh film, he would be unable to participate due to scheduling conflicts with filming his new movie Hercules: The Thracian Wars.

[DVD REVIEW]Pulp Fiction

This masterpiece by renowed Director Quentin Tarantino was made way back in 1994 when I was still in dippers & 19 years later I finally got an opportunity to watch the film that has influenced pop culture with its witty dialogue & intertwined plot that will fly over you head if you don’t pay attention.

Director Quentin Tarantino

Director Quentin Tarantino

The plot is seemingly about nothing , it connects the intersecting storylines of 2 LA mob hit men, a mob boss & his wife, a washed up boxer & 2 small time criminals plus a mysterious briefcase (which the audience never knows the contents of). Considerable screen time is devoted to conversations and monologues that reveal the characters’ senses of humor and perspectives on life.

Pulp Fiction Poster

Pulp Fiction Poster

The film’s screenplay was co-written by the director Quentin Tarantino & starred an ensemble cast featuring John Travolta, Samuel L. Jackson & Uma Thurman who all received Academy Award nominations for their roles plus Bruce Willis, Ving Rhames, Harvey Keitel and of course a cameo from Tarantino himself, while the film itself received 7 Oscar nominations winning Best Original Screenplay.

Samuel L. Jackson & John Travolta in 'Pulp Fiction'

Samuel L. Jackson & John Travolta in ‘Pulp Fiction’

The movie was critically acclaimed for its “Black Humour” & outstanding monologues thrust in between violence, the camera angels that give you an almost realistic feel & Samuel. L Jackson’s now immortal scene where he recites the bible verse Ezekiel 25: 17 before shooting his victim.

Samuel L. Jackson in the famous ezekiel scene

Samuel L. Jackson in the famous ezekiel scene

 

The DVD is available online on request from Amazon.com & various other sites

[CD REVIEW]Daft Punk – Random Access Memories

The worldwide hits Around The World and One More Time made Daft Punk a household name even if the two band members – Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo and Thomas Bangalter – shunned publicity by hiding their identities from the public with robot costumes.

Daft Punk

Daft Punk

 But since the release of the popular tracks Around The World and One More Time, Daft Punk have done little to maintain the hype. Until now! More than two years in the making, their new album, Random Access Memories, has been steeped in hype.

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Random Access Memories is full of WTF moments: Julian Casablancas delivering maybe the most emotive vocals of his career through a vocoder-style haze; dance godfather Giorgio Moroder waxing nostalgic on an electro-jazz-funk epic; pop-schmaltz guru Paul Williams (“We’ve Only Just Begun“) playing a love-starved cyborg in a disco fantasia.

 It’s a long way from Homework, the 1997 debut on which they perfected a brand of synth-and-sample-centered house music which inspired acts from Kanye West to Swedish House Mafia, Its brilliance is irrefutable.

Kanye West with Daft Punk

Kanye West with Daft Punk

 There’s a narrative here, too, although in concept-album tradition, it’s a pretty vague one which tells a story that suggests cyborgs striving to be human. This album this is Daft Punk conjuring the musical era that first inspired them, when disco conquered the world with handcrafted grooves and prog-rock excess magnified emotions in black-lit bedrooms.

 The absence of “modern” club beats is striking. This is not a record for the average EDM listener with guest appearances by Pharrell Williams on lead single “ Get Lucky” and “ Lose Yourself To Dance” Paul Williams, Todd Edwards and Panda Bear.

Youngsters Book Series Launch

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Some of the Youngsters book series authors.

Was first Published on Live Magazine.

Last week myself and a colleague were invited to the launch of The Youngsters book series at Shikisha in Newtown, Johannesburg. We had a chance to chat with some of the authors from the book series regarding June 16 Youth Day and the experience of being a young South African author. This is what they had to say.

What does June 16 mean to you and do you think it still has the value that it did 10 years ago?

Khaya Dlanga : “I don’t have kids and I’m not a youth either, so it’s a tricky day for me. I don’t think it’s changed much, but I think how people perceive it and represent it may have changed. Young people fought against the system when older people had actually given up on the fight.”

Sipho Hlongwane: “To me June 16 is about remembering that the youth of that time took their destinies in their own hands.”

Zama Ndlovu: “1976 June 16 is probably one of the most critical moments in history because, before that, it didn’t seem like black people were as militant about freedom as they had been in the previous decade, and that day changed the course of history.”

How was the experience of putting together the Youngsters book series?

KD: “It was quite nerve-wracking. I didn’t know how people would receive it or if they would even buy it.”

SH: “It was very difficult, and I do a lot of writing. But the thinking that goes into journalism is different from the thinking that goes into writing a book.”

ZN: “Initially it was tough because it was my first book and I hadn’t thought about writing a book at that moment.”

Why do you think you were selected to be part of the book series?

KD: “Well apart from being awesome (laughs), I actually have no idea. I felt a bit intimidated because I was selected with some of the best writers for this project.”

SH: “I personally don’t know, I guess my work speaks for itself as I am a journalist.”

Who is your favourite South African writer and why?

KD: “T.O Molefe, he really thinks and writes deeply with most of the things he writes.”

SH: “I really like the content that the young South African female writers are producing.”

ZN: “Sibongile Mafu because she is young and so authentic. She’s so true to herself and her writing.”

Any inspirational advice to young and upcoming writers out there?

KD: “Don’t try to show how smart you are, or how well you can write. All you have to do is tell the story you have to tell.”

ZN: “Just keep writing, as cliché as this may sound, all you have to do is just keep on writing.”

Read the sample material of the book series on: The Youngsters

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