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Written by Joy Dembo on . Posted in 2014

Konfetti is an awesome SA Movie that is going to have you rolling in the aisles with laughter! (RITAWL!)

Lukas (Played by Louw Venter, who also wrote the movie) is set to be the best man at Jean (Played by Nico Panagiotopoulos) and Sheryl’s (Played by Casey B. Dolan) wedding.  He is also the organiser of their “perfect” wedding, at a stylish Stellenbosch wine farm.  But, Lukas has a drinking problem and a reputation for screwing things up, and the wedding day is no exception…

All is Lost

Written by Joy Dembo on . Posted in 2014

All is Lost – A very different movie…

All is Lost is a very unusual film, in that there is a single actor and virtually no dialogue, and yet it is extraordinarily gripping!

The movie begins with the narration: "I'm sorry. I know that means little at this point, but I am. I tried. I think you would all agree that I tried. To be true, to be strong, to be kind, to love, to be right, but I wasn't." "All is lost."

We are then taken back 8 days to somewhere in the Indian Ocean, where a man on a yacht wakes up and realises that his boat is rapidly filling up with water! He goes on to the deck and sees that a large container has bumped into his boat and ripped a huge hole in her side. One gathers at this point that he is an experienced sailor as he skilfully manages 2 manoeuvre his boat away from the container and gets out all the equipment he needs to patch the hole and fashion a make shift pump to start pumping the water out of the boat.  He tries 2 clean up the interior and checks all the navigational equipment, but discovers that the water has caused substantial damage and even the communication systems are not  functioning properly.

Noah – a 2014 Biblical Epic!

Written by Joy Dembo on . Posted in 2014

As a child, I remember my mom detesting the big biblical epics and my dad taking me with him to see the likes of Ben Hur and The Bible.  I developed a love for these movies, and still remember them fondly, 50 years later. 

After seeing Darren Aronofsky’s Noah, I am confident that this movie will join the ranks of the past epics!  

Having seen the movie, I felt compelled to do some research into Noah.  I mean we all know that he built the Ark, but what does the average man in the street know about the man himself?  In my case, very little.  My research led me to the conclusion that Aronofsky’s story is a pretty accurate modern day account of the story of Biblical Noah, but with some creative expression and interpretation of Jewish Midrashic literature thrown in to fill the gaps.

Ride Along

Written by Joy Dembo on . Posted in 2014

Ride Along is Hilarious!

Universal’s new comedy release, Ride Along is well worth seeing if you are looking for a good laugh!

Ben Barber, (played by Kevin Hart) is a school security guard and he is in love with the gorgeous Angela Payton (played by Tika Sumpter).  His dream is to join the Atlanta Police Department, and he is over the moon when he is accepted as a trainee.  He also plans to marry Angela, but he needs the approval of her older brother, James, (played by Ice Cube),  who is a detective with the Atlanta PD.

James is not easily impressed and decides to take Ben with him on a 24 hour patrol,  so Ben can prove himself to be a worthy husband for Angela. James decides to have some fun with the fast talking Ben,  and secretly asks control to give him all the petty crime cases, and leads Ben into some difficult, but hilarious situations.  Just when it looks like Ben isn’t going to “make the grade”,  the two pick up some valuable clues which lead to the closure of a drug related case that James has been working on for three years.  Together they bring down the elusive, Omar (played by Laurance Fishburne), and Ben “earns his stripes” with James.

Labor Day

Written by Joy Dembo on . Posted in 2014

Labor Day is a real “Snot en Trane” movie

Labor Day is a touching and beautiful film about two lost and troubled souls who find love under the strangest of circumstances.

Co-produced by Paramount Pictures and Indian Paintbrush, the movie is set in the late 1980’s. Adele Wheeler (played by the talented Kate Winslet) and her 13-year old son Henry (Played by Gattlin Griffith) live in a small rural community.  Adele is depressed and reclusive and only goes into town to shop when she absolutely has to, and it is on one of these rare shopping expeditions that a shady looking man, clutching his bloody shirt, manages to persuade Henry to ask his mom to give him a ride. 

Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit

Written by Joy Dembo on . Posted in 2014

If you are looking for some excitement, go and see Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit

This original Jack Ryan movie is a fast paced, action thriller, which is based on Tom Clancey’s character, but not related to any of the other Jack Ryan novel adaptations. In fact, the film has been dedicated to Tom Clancy, who passed away in 2013.

Jack Ryan, played by the gorgeous Chris Pine, is a promising Economics student in 2001.  After 9/11 he decides to quit his studies and enlist in the Marine Corps.  He is sent on a mission to Afghanistan, where he is badly injured when his helicopter is attacked and crashes.