Machine Gun Preacher

In Machine Gun Preacher, Gerard Butler is a drug-dealing thug who finds Jesus and promptly moves to the Sudan to help orphans and protect villagers from (remember Kony?) the Lord’s Resistance Army. There he has to apply his hard-won street-smarts to fight the gun-toting bad guys instead, knocking heads and blowing shit up along the…

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Night Drive

I’ve always said that living in South Africa is like being stuck in the pages of Gulliver’s Travels. Everything you think should be normal isn’t, and everything abnormal is completely taken in stride. In South Africa now apparently, well-organised, well-armed gangs of poachers have taken to hunting humans for their body parts. If these eyes…

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The Last House on the Left

In The Last House on the Left, a group of typical Hollywood villains stumble into the isolated lakeside property of a group of typical Hollywood good guys. What follows next is arguably an astute treatise on the universal immorality of violence, reinforcing a message that violence, even when wielded for the purposes of good, still…

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Doomsday

A couple of years ago, in the middle of the night, we were woken by the sounds of shouting in the streets outside our loft. Sounded unnervingly like a riot – which would be unusual but not entirely unheard of in South Africa, after all. It turned out to be a movie production, featuring people…

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Jerusalema

OK, so one thing I hate (albeit marginally) more than Nicholas Cage is the typical South African “tell-not-show” movie that wags a P.W-esque finger at the audience as it lectures us about the ills of Apartheid. It’s lazy, simplistic filmmaking and it’s rubbish to watch. If I wanted Adult Education, I’d take night classes; when…

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Flood

I saw another apocalyptic destruction of London over the weekend – the TV mini-series, Flood. The only thing that kept me going was when my friend Victoria appeared carrying flowers from one side of the room to the other but (evidently) going nowhere very fast at all. You see, although the movie focuses on a…

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