When I'm not screening piles of CVs

I'm at the movies or writing reviews

Steve Jobs

Written by Joy Dembo on . Posted in 2015

Steve Jobs
For those of you that have seen Jobs, let me assure you that this movie, for the most part, focuses on different aspects of his life and features the later years, as opposed to the early days of Apple.
The film begins with the launch of the Apple Mac in 1984, and all the problems that Jobs (played by Michael Fassbender) experienced around the launch. It clearly demonstrates his inflexible, dogmatic personality and to be honest, makes for some hilarious moments. Doubtless, those on the receiving end of his unreasonable demands, didn’t see the humour, however watching them on the big screen, one can clearly see the funny side.


Written by Joy Dembo on . Posted in 2015

Trouvoete is a sweet, humorous family movie

The movie is a story of love, hurt and co-incidence, set in Cape Town and starring all S.A’s favourite stars.
Ella Gouws is a 30 year old marketing manager who has been unlucky in love and now keeps her distance from anyone who is likely to break her heart. She spends her evenings in the world of social media, using the nickname Natgrassterrekyker.

Wolf Totem

Written by Joy Dembo on . Posted in 2015


Wolf Totem is a beautifully, poignant movie

Being a die-hard animal lover, I was not keen to see this movie, and although many scenes left me sobbing, it is never-the-less a very beautiful Chinese drama.

The movie is based on the novel of the same name, written by Lu Jiamin, and directed by Jean-Jaques Annaud.

The Prophet

Written by Joy Dembo on . Posted in 2015

Khalil Gibran’s The Prophet is an inspiration!
The movie is based on Khalil Gibran’s book The Prophet. It is an unusual movie, as it is esse4ntially for lovers of poetry, prose and inspirational essays, but the film is animated.


Written by Joy Dembo on . Posted in 2015

Everest is everything you would expect from an Epic Movie… and more!

I was lucky enough to see this incredible account of the 1996 Everest disaster on the IMAX screen and in 3D, and what an incredible experience that was! It was like being on that mountain.

We have all seen documentaries on the Himalayas and Everest, but this movie graphically depicts the perilous climb to the summit of the highest peak in the world. And, to be honest, my sentiments are that one has to be insane to take on this mighty mountain, but to those who thrive on perilous and treacherous challenges, summiting Everest is the ultimate accomplishment.

To this end, experienced New Zealand mountaineers Rob Hall (played by Jason Clark) and Scott Fischer (played by Jake Gyllenhaal), who had summited Everest a number of times, climbed on the Everest bandwagon, and became known for guiding climbers from all over the globe to the summit. Clients laid out vast amounts of money to join their expeditions to the summit of Everest.

Tell Me Something Sweet

Written by Joy Dembo on . Posted in 2015

Local Movie “Tell Me Something Sweet” is such a SWEET show!

We are all so tuned into Hollywood Blockbusters that we rarely give local productions a chance, but seriously, if you enjoy light-hearted romantic comedies, with a local touch, go and see this movie.


Written by Joy Dembo on . Posted in 2015

Don’t be fooled by the title – this movie has nothing to do with trains!

Universal’s latest offering is a complex romantic comedy with the confusing title “Trainwreck”.  In fact the movie has nothing to do with trains, but rather the somewhat train wrecked life of Amy Townsend.

The movie begins with Gordon Townsend (Colin Quinn) explaining to his young daughters, Amy and Kim that he and their mom are getting a divorce because he finds monogamy boring and unrealistic.

Mission Impossible – Rogue Nation

Written by Joy Dembo on . Posted in 2015

Your Mission is to see “Mission Impossible – Rogue Nation” – It’s a Winner!

Ethan Hunt is back in the fifth movie in the Mission Impossible series. And this 007 clone is one of the best spy thrillers I’ve seen in a long while.  It was truly exciting and kept me on my toes for the full 2 hours running time. It’s one of those ‘can’t miss a second or you won’t know what’s going on” films!


Written by Joy Dembo on . Posted in 2015

All I can say about Minions is that it is CUTE…Cute… and even cuter than cute!!!

My one gripe about this film is that it does not feature Gru, and whilst the Minions are adorable and certainly work on their own, Gru was an integral part of the first two movies which introduced the Minions, ie. Despicable Me 1 and 2.

Terminator Genisys

Written by Joy Dembo on . Posted in 2015

He said he would be back!  And he is, in

I was never a huge fan of the Terminator movies, but I did see the first three, as most of us did.  I wasn’t expecting anything earth shattering when I went to the see Terminator Genisys, but boy was I surprised.  The movie is exciting and has a very clever new spin on the theme of the old franchise.  

Arnie definitely still has it!  The role has been adapted vey slightly to accommodate his age, but he still has all the extraordinary characteristics and abilities of the old machine.