I don’t seem to have the time to update my blog as much as I like to, but I will always find the time to share trailers for movies I am looking forward to seeing. So here are some dope flicks I can’t wait for.
THE PENGUINS OF MADAGASCAR
Super spy teams aren’t born…they’re hatched. Discover the secrets of the greatest and most hilarious covert birds in the global espionage biz: Skipper, Kowalski, Rico and Private. These elitists of the elite are joining forces with a chic undercover organization, The North Wind. Led by handsome and husky Agent Classified (we could tell you his name, but then…you know). Together, they must stop the villainous Dr. Octavius Brine, from destroying the world as we know it.
MAD MAX: FURY ROAD – Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron
A apocalyptic story set in the furthest reaches of our planet, in a stark desert landscape where humanity is broken, and most everyone is crazed fighting for the necessities of life. Within this world exist two rebels on the run who just might be able to restore order. There’s Max, a man of action and a man of few words, who seeks peace of mind following the loss of his wife and child in the aftermath of the chaos. And Furiosa, a woman of action and a woman who believes her path to survival may be achieved if she can make it across the desert back to her childhood homeland.
Horns – Daniel Radcliffe
In the aftermath of his girlfriend’s mysterious death, a young man awakens to strange horns sprouting from his temples.
Wow, I am still in a state of complete and utter shock. I am also floating somewhere between fatigue and alcohol poisoning. Anyway,let’s get down to it! So I went to Oppo Koppi this weekend (FYI: Oppi Koppi is a 3 day music festival held in Northam, Limpopo Province, South Africa every year). I have always heard about it but never had the chance to go, well this year I did. It’s 3 whole days of camping, dancing, drinking and all kinds of debauchery you can get up to out in the wilderness. I was not ready! From my arrival I knew it was going to be interesting. The main part of Oppi Koppi consists of stalls for food, drinks, clothes, chill areas, and 6 music stages.
Now at this point I find it necessary to point out the fact that I didn’t take nearly as many pictures as I should have. So the experience I had is something hard to describe, but I will repeat that I wasn’t ready. There is always music playing somewhere, and always someone new to meet. I met a lot of different, crazy and interesting characters. I roamed every corner I could of that place and discovered a new adventure every time. The people are just in a happy spirit and Oppi being a predominantly white event, I must say I felt welcome as a black guy in that environment. The music was my favorite part, I partied like a fucking rock star the whole time and discovered talent I previously didn’t know about. I spent a lot of my down time at the Mtv tent meeting people and drinking absolutely non stop. I won’t lie though, that place was like one giant obstacle course. But in conclusion it was wonderful, an experience I am so happy to have gone through, I will never be the same after that. To my fellow black South Africans who want to experience this country in a different way, you have to go when you get the opportunity. Whether or not I will go back again next year? I will let fate decide. Now let me end this with a phrase I picked up at Oppi; IN DUST WE TRUST!!!!!
I was recently very fortunate to go to the Sci-Bono Discovery Centre in Newtown, Johannesburg. This place is really special. It’s a centre dedicated to science and games for children. There are tons of things to keep kids busy for an entire day. It’s constructed like a labrynth with something to indulge in around every corner. Newtown itself is a beautiful place just oozing with culture and interesting places to discover for the wondering adult. I wasn’t even aware there was even a place like this in that area. I have nieces and nephews and I cant wait to take them there one day so they can exercise their minds and imaginations. I almost forgot to mention it’s also a popular birthday party venue.
So it seems I am on a movie watching spree these days. I also watched Dawn of the Planet of The Apes but I don’t feel like reviewing it. Anyway let’s get to it, how is Marvel’s new addition to the world they have so expertly engulfed us all into? Well let’s start with the story line. Guardians of The Galaxy sees a band of criminals, namely: Peter Quill (Chris Pratt), Gamora (Zoe Saldana), Drax (Dave Bautista), Rocket (voiced by Bradley Cooper) and Groot (voiced by Vin Diesel) come together to be ‘unlikely’ heroes. Let’s get one thing clear, in my opinion, the secret to these Marvel movies is casting, Finding the right people to bring these comic book characters to life is no easy feat and they take it seriously. When you think of Robert Downey Jr now all you see is Tony Stark and Chris Evans embodies Captain America. Now how did they fair with this movie? Pretty good I must say. Chris Pratt is entertaining, Zoe Saldana is is alluring, Dave Bautista was a brilliant choice. But the stand out character for me is most definitely Rocket, Bradley Cooper kills that delivery and just makes you fall in love with that little guy.
The rest of the cast is also pretty impressive, I won’t go into detail about them. The story sees our band of criminals have to come together in order to stop the Galaxy from being destroyed by Ronan, who has gotten hold of a stone that gives him immense power. So our misfits who also saw it fit to break out of jail are running from the authorities and trying to save the galaxy. It’s a heart warming story with some genuinely funny moments and it really felt like it could have been as big as Avengers if all the characters were as revered. As an origins story though I think it was well done and the sequel will probably do even better. The idea to also use 80s music throughout the movie gives it a nice nostalgic touch. I hope you go watch it and enjoy!