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Film Review – LEGO Movie2 Premiere with the family

My favorite events are the ones I get to take my family with me, and The Lego Movie 2 just came out, and after watching The Bucket List Family on YouTube, I was even more excited to go to the premiere of the movie with my sister and two nephews. Also, the boys mentioned that they love going to the events with me because it is always an experience to enjoy the festivities before the movie even starts. The had a few stations for the kids to enjoy. There were a few video game stations and Lego tables and there was a cool little photo-booth where we took a few photos and then headed into the movie. I really enjoy the dry, somewhat dark humour in the Lego movies because it flies completely over the kid’s heads but the adults can also enjoy it. The boys had a ton of fun and it’s a little hard to explain without giving away the plot of the film, but I will say the first movie was better than the sequel.
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Movie Premiere – 3 Days to go – Sandton City

I have always loved watching local movies because of the obvious relatable aspects. Three days before the film released in cinemas across the country, we had the pleasure of attending the premiere. The actors were all on the red carpet and we had the opportunity to snap photos with them, ask them any questions we may have had and really just enjoy in the celebrations on the films release, with the films cast and crew. The film had a great storyline and it was relatable on a ‘normal family drama’ sense but also pushing the boundaries of extremity. There were many moments and characters that stood out because you could relate but there were many things I felt played out exactly how I would assume they would should those things have happened in my family, but I cannot say I have ever experienced. There were a few things what I think would stand out in this film, that I never thought about before, like the cadarva being seen in so many of the scenes and the amount of time it was actually on screen. Or the dragged out scenes of the addictions in the film, but it was done in such a way that it invoked the emotions intended, beautifully. I also thought the quality of the picture of this film was really great!
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Oskar Buzz – GreenBook – Ster Kinekor

If there was ever an opportunity for me to go to the Oscars, I would be there in a heartbeat! Even a themed party get’s me all excited to dress up and feel glamourous. I tried a few different looks this time, instead of wearing a dress and having my hair down, I opted to wear pants and a slicked-back low ponytail…I felt like a new woman! I felt so chic and glam in a whole different way than I’m used to. I also opted for completely nude makeup and as usual, no foundation! I’ve been going strong with face powder since November and my skin has completely changed. About the Oskar Buzz Experience… We arrived to a beautiful deck, glammed out with fairylights and there was a red carpet waiting for us to get our photos taken! There were some delicious snacks and drinks for us to enjoy and mingle with the other guests before the film started. Oh! they even had sushi, Yay! because I hadn’t had dinner yet. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopaedia Green Book is a 2018 American biographic comedy drama film directed by Peter Farrelly. Set in 1962, the film is inspired by the true story of a tour of the Deep South between African-American classical and jazz pianist Don Shirley (Mahershala Ali) and Tony Vallelonga (Viggo Mortensen), an Italian- American bouncer, who served as Shirley’s driver and bodyguard. The film was written by Farrelly, Brian Hayes Currie and Vallelonga’s son, Nick Vallelonga, based on interviews with his father and Shirley, as well as letters his father wrote to his mother. The film is named after The Negro Motorist Green Book, a mid-20th century guidebook for African-American travellers written by Victor Hugo Green, to help them find motels and restaurants that would accept them. My thoughts… The film has been nominated for a bunch of awards and I can certainly see why! It was such a beautiful story and the way that it was told is honestly just ART. I always have so many mixed emotions watching films of this nature because on one hand I really like them, but on the other hand it kinda makes my hate people! And hate is a particulary strong word that I almost never use! I feel that, that invisible divide will always be within people and the thought of it always makes me sad. We have so many similarities and such few differences but that is what we choose to see. It is what stops us from true freedom. This might be a topic for another day so let me not het into it. In conclusion, I really loved the film.
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The Nutcracker – Film Review

The Nutcracker hasn’t been one of my favourite stories growing up, but when I saw the trailer, I had to see it! I went to the pre-screening at Ster Kinekor and I think the graphics were amzing. The film did seem to have a particularly slow pace, but I think it’s because it’s not like those other stories where there is so much more of a storyline to fit into a two hour film but I think they told the story perfectly.
They chose the perfect lead roles, especially Keira Knightley, who was born for these roles! 

THE NUTCRACKER AND THE FOUR REALMS
DISNEY
Genre: Fantasy/Adventure
Rating: TBD
Release Date: Nov. 2, 2018
Cast: Keira Knightley, Mackenzie Foy, Eugenio Derbez, Matthew Macfadyen,
Richard E. Grant, Sergei Polunin, Jayden Fowora-Knight, Omid
Djalili, Jack Whitehall, Meera Syal, Ellie Bamber, Misty Copeland, with Helen
Mirren and Morgan Freeman.
Director: Lasse Hallström
Producers: Mark Gordon, Larry Franco
Executive producers: Sara Smith, Lindy Goldstein
Screenplay by: Ashleigh Powell and Simon Beaufoy
All Clara (Mackenzie Foy) wants is a key – a one-of-a-kind key that will unlock a box that holds a priceless gift
from her late mother. A golden thread, presented to her at godfather Drosselmeyer’s (Morgan Freeman)
annual holiday party, leads her to the coveted key—which promptly disappears into a strange and mysterious
parallel world. It’s there that Clara encounters a soldier named Phillip (Jayden Fowora-Knight), a gang of mice
and the regents who preside over three Realms: Land of Snowflakes, Land of Flowers and Land of Sweets.
Clara and Phillip must brave the ominous Fourth Realm, home to the tyrant Mother Ginger (Helen Mirren), to
retrieve Clara’s key and hopefully return harmony to the unstable world. Starring Keira Knightley as the Sugar
Plum Fairy and featuring a special performance by Misty Copeland, Disney’s new holiday feature film “The
Nutcracker and the Four Realms” is directed by Lasse Hallström and inspired by E.T.A. Hoffmann’s classic
tale. In cinemas on Nov. 2, 2018.
Abbreviated description:
When Clara finds herself in a strange and mysterious parallel world that’s home to Land of Snowflakes, Land
of Flowers and Land of Sweets, she must brave the ominous Fourth Realm and its ruling tyrant, Mother
Ginger, to return harmony to the unstable world.
Notes:
 E.T.A. Hoffmann penned “The Nutcracker and the Mouse King” in 1816. Alexandre Dumas Père’s
subsequent adaptation, “The Nutcracker,” was set to Tchaikovsky’s music and the resulting ballet was
commissioned in 1891 by director of the Russian Imperial Theatres. Premiering a week before Christmas
in 1892, the fairytale ballet—which takes place on Christmas Eve—became a holiday tradition around the
world. The New York City Ballet first performed George Balanchine’s “Nutcracker” in 1954.

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Crazy Rich Asians – Film Review

You know those movies when two people fall in love and when he finally takes her home and his mom basically loses her mind, hating on her?
This is one of those movies, but it is SO much more! I don’t know if you’ve ever heard the saying:
“There’s always an Asian who does it Better than you”.
But I must say, that certainly is the truth and it is apparent in this movie. You get rich people and they have huge mansions and you get royalty where they have acres of land and castles, then you get Crazy Rich which will just make you question what you are doing with your life.
There is something special about being self-made and not having your wealth handed down to you.
There were so many moments in the movie where I felt my mind being blown! And one of my all-time favourite independent artists, Kina Grannis, does a quick cameo in the movie. I don’t want to give the entire plot of the movie away so let me just say, I got actual chills when she sang. The entire setting and the mood that was created in this movie makes this one of my favourite movies.
The pace was perfect, the cast, the set designs, the humour, the romance, everything was so well thought out and well-executed. The story is almost relatable but also so far out of anything I have ever experienced. It’s just one of those feel-good movies that you could watch more often than what’s probably socially acceptable. I remember leaving the theatre saying to my sister that I wanted to watch it again.

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A day in my Life – Join me on some Adventures | Star Life | Shesha ft Happy Socks by Wiz Khalifa | Pre-screening of Down a Dark Hall

If you’ve read my previous post, you will know that I am basically Hannah Montana. I work a normal 9-5, leading a pretty standard life but then on the side I am a blogger that goes to events and networks with some pretty cool people. 
With that said, it’s not always easy to balance it all out, but sometimes it works out perfectly. I was invited to three cool events on the same day and for once, it was spread out across multiple hours, for a fun-filled day. 
The first event we attended was at the Sandton Sun, to launch a brand new Indian channel on DSTV, Star Life. My mom is so obsessed with these Bollywood channels and I do admit that sometimes after she has explained the entire story-line to me, in grave detail, I might even enjoy a piece with her. 

Comedian Riaad Moosa was one of the entertainers and he is absolutely hilarious! We spend about two hours there, and had some delicious dessert, caught up with some friends and then off we were to get ready for the next event. 
We headed to Melrose Arch at one of the new stores Shesha to see and feel the new collection of Happy Socks. No, Wiz Khalifa was not in attendance but there were a few photo op’s available. 

 

After the Happy Socks launch, we headed off to Rosebank for the first screening of Down a Dark Hall. The producers of the Twilight SAGA led me to believe it was going to be about Vampires and Werewolves but I was pretty much scared out of my mind because that is DEFINITELY not was it was about! My friend screamt and shook the entire row of seats in the cinema atleast five times! It was quite possibly one of the scariest movies I’ve watched because I don’t do horrors, especially when it’s about the unseen world! I was thoroughly horrified. Had fun though, nonetheless. 

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SK Outdoor Movie Experience – Rampage – with Stef

SK Outdoor Movie Experience – Rampage – with Stef
With the end of Summer at its peak, Ster-Kinekor couldn’t have capitalized on a better time for their big outdoor movie experience and premier of The Rock’s latest film, Rampage. The premier event was well attended with families, couples and friends coming out in for a relaxing and enjoyable social evening under the stars.
For some of us that was fortunate to experience the VIP treatment, it was more than an added benefit.
All-inclusive thirst-quenching drinks, pallet tickling appetizers and free popcorn combos are just some of the amazing items that was part of our VIP package. A definite “must have” for the next show.
The event was very well organised, all movie goers where given a wrist strap upon entry. There were plenty of activities before the movie started that kept the audience entertained with spot prizes for people who dared nominate themselves for a bit of competition amongst the crowd. The soft grass pitch surrounding the stadium accommodated the large crowd with ease, mostly because of the strategic layout plan executed by the organisers. The movie started at 8pm, shortly before the sun set but this is definitely the kind of event that you need to get to super early in order to secure a good space. 

Nothing feels more like a summer evening to me than watching a movie in an open space on a picnic blanket under the stars. Although I have been to outdoor movies before, each event is unique in its own way.
We watched the premier of Rampage, a 2018 American science fiction monster film directed by Brad Peyton, and loosely based on the video game series of the same name by Midway Games.
The film stars Dwayne Johnson, Naomie Harris, Malin Akerman, Jake Lacy, Joe Manganiello, and Jeffrey Dean Morgan.
he film follows a primatologist named Davis Okoye, who must team up with George, a white gorilla who turns into a raging creature of enormous size following a rogue experiment, in order to stop two other giant monsters a flying wolf and a gigantic alligator.
Overall the experience was fun, the VIP treatment felt special and a tick on the bucket list for the next event.
Thanks SK for the experience.

BIG MEETS BIGGER IN CINEMAS 13 APRIL 2018
 
DIRECTOR:                        
Brad Peyton directs. He previously collaborated with Dwayne Johnson on San Andreas and on Journey 2: The Mysterious Island.
 
CAST:                                 

DWAYNE JOHNSON (177.3M social followers) plays “Davis,” a zoologist with a focus in primates. Davis has a special connection with animals – especially with a rare Albino gorilla named George, whom Davis had rescued from poachers. Having served in the Special Forces, Davis possesses unique skills that will serve him well as he embarks on a journey to save his friend – and the world. Dwayne Johnson is known for San Andreas and Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle.
NAOMIE HARRIS (216K followers) portrays “Kate Caldwell,” a geneticist who joins forces with Davis to help stop the marauding beasts, help George, and secure an antidote that will restore the creatures to their original size. Harris is an English actress who received an Academy Award nomination for her role in Moonlight.
JEFFREY DEAN MORGAN (1.75M followers) plays “Harvey Russell,” a black ops agent. Russell works for the ultra-deep cover “OGA” (“Other Government Agency”). Russell’s motives and loyalties provide some of the film’s big surprises. Morgan is known for The Walking Dead.
MALIN AKERMAN (647K followers) plays the villainous “Claire Wyden,” who runs, with her brother Brett (JAKE LACY), a corporation that has turned the pathogen that has infected George and two other animals into the ultimate weapon. Akerman is known for Watchmen.
JOE MANGANIELLO (3.2M followers) plays, “Burke,” the biggest, baddest member of a private military firm owned by the Wydens. His elite team goes on the hunt for a wolf infected with the pathogen…to shocking results. Manganiello is known for TV’s True Blood.
The ensemble also includes P.J Byrne (The Wolf of Wall Street), Marley Shelton (The Walking Dead), Breanne Hill (San Andreas), Jack Quaid (The Hunger Games: Catching Fire), Matt Gerald (TV’s Daredevil), Jason Liles (Death Note), Demetrius Grosse (TV’s The Brave) and Will Yun Lee (TV’s Hawaii Five-O).
The RAMPAGE creatures are brought to life by acclaimed VFX supervisor Colin Strause (San Andreas) with five-time Academy Award-winning visual effects company Weta Digital (The Lord of the Rings Trilogy, the Planet of the Apes trilogy).

SYNOPSIS:                                       
In 1993, a breakthrough new technology, known as CRISPR,
gave scientists a path to treat incurable
diseases through genetic editing.
 
In 2016, due to its potential for misuse, the U.S. Intelligence Community
designated genetic editing a
“Weapon of Mass Destruction and Proliferation.”
 
Global icon Dwayne Johnson headlines the action adventure “Rampage,” directed by Brad Peyton.  
 
Johnson stars as primatologist Davis Okoye, a man who keeps people at a distance but shares an unshakable bond with George, the extraordinarily intelligent, incredibly rare albino silverback gorilla who has been in his care since he rescued the young orphan from poachers.  But a rogue genetic experiment gone awry mutates this gentle ape into a raging creature of enormous size. 
To make matters worse, it’s soon discovered there are other similarly altered animals.  As these newly created alpha predators tear across North America, destroying everything in their path, Okoye teams with discredited geneticist Kate Caldwell (Naomie Harris) to secure an antidote, fighting his way through an ever-changing battlefield, not only to halt a global catastrophe but to save the fearsome creature that was once his friend.  
 
“Rampage” also stars Oscar nominee Naomie Harris (“Moonlight”), Malin Akerman (TV’s “Billions”), Jake Lacy (TV’s “Girls”), Joe Manganiello (TV’s “True Blood”), and Jeffrey Dean Morgan (TV’s “The Walking Dead”); as well as P.J. Byrne (“The Wolf of Wall Street”), Marley Shelton (TV’s “Rise”), Breanne Hill (TV’s “Frontier”), Jack Quaid (“The Hunger Games: Catching Fire”), Matt Gerald (TV’s “Daredevil”), Jason Liles (“Death Note”), Demetrius Grosse (TV’s “The Brave”), and Will Yun Lee (TV’s “Hawaii Five-O”). 
 
Peyton directed from a screenplay by Ryan Engle and Carlton Cuse & Ryan J. Condal and Adam Sztykiel, story by Ryan Engle. 
 
“Rampage” was produced by Beau Flynn, John Rickard, Brad Peyton and Hiram Garcia.  It marks the third collaboration between Johnson, Peyton, Flynn and Garcia, following the international blockbuster hit “San Andreas,” Warner Bros.’ highest grossing film of 2015, as well as 2012’s global smash “Journey 2: The Mysterious Island.”  Executive producers were Marcus Viscidi, Dwayne Johnson, Dany Garcia, Jeff Fierson, Toby Emmerich, Richard Brener and Michael Disco. 
 
The creative team includes director of photography Jaron Presant, production designer Barry Chusid, editors Jim May and Bob Ducsay, and costume designer Melissa Bruning.  The music is composed by Andrew Lockington, who created the scores for “San Andreas” and “Journey 2: The Mysterious Island.”  Serving as co-producers were Wendy Jacobson, Josh Mack and Dana Robin.
 
The “Rampage” creatures were brought to life by acclaimed VFX supervisor Colin Strause, with five-time Academy Award-winning visual effects company Weta Digital.
 
A New Line Cinema presentation, in association with ASAP Entertainment, a Wrigley Pictures / F.P.C. / 7 Bucks Entertainment production, a Brad Peyton Film, “Rampage” will be distributed in 2D and 3D in select theatres, and IMAX, by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company. 
www.rampagethemovie.net

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Empire Entertainment- Film Review – Ready Player One

Empire Entertainment- Film Review – Ready Player One
Ever feel like you need to escape into a cyber world where there are no limits? You could be, look and become absolutely anything you’d ever wanted to be… 
Society paints a picture that we are isolated in a cyber world and that we are hidden in a social media platform that is not real life…that we are wasting our youth and losing sleep because we are constantly on our phones. 
But imagine a world, where EVERYONE lived and flourished in a cyber world. This film takes you on a visual journey of exactly what that could be like. But, because people are so invested in this cyber world, it affects their actuality as well! 
It is both exhilarating and scary how powerful our minds are! How advanced society has become over the years. We’ve already touched the virtual reality realm with creating goggles to experience a whole new world right on our couch, powered by our mobile phones! This film is that… but on steroids! 
I felt like I didn’t just watch a film, I had an experience. I absolutely loved the ‘classic hits’ they used in this movie and I am waiting for the soundtrack release! It was such a vibe.
There were moments where I burst out laughing, moments where I nearly launched out of my seat because  something unexpected happened and there were moments where I sat thinking about how great the impact of something actually was. We mask a lot of very serious situations with humor and when you realize it, it’s pretty much mind-blowing!
I’ve also never been disappointed in a Spielberg movie, so I could barely contain my excitement to see the film,  and he certainly always delivers! 
I honestly wouldn’t mind going to watch the movie again, it is releasing March 29th. 
READY PLAYER ONE (IMAX and 3D)
DIRECTOR:              Steven Spielberg
CAST:                         Tye Sheridan, Olivia Cooke, Ben Mendelsohn, T.J. Miller, Simon Pegg, Mark Rylance
 
From filmmaker Steven Spielberg comes the science fiction action adventure “Ready Player One,” based on Ernest Cline’s bestseller of the same name, which has become a worldwide phenomenon. 
The film is set in 2045, with the world on the brink of chaos and collapse.  But the people have found salvation in the OASIS, an expansive virtual reality universe created by the brilliant and eccentric James Halliday (Mark Rylance).  When Halliday dies, he leaves his immense fortune to the first person to find a digital Easter egg he has hidden somewhere in the OASIS, sparking a contest that grips the entire world.  When an unlikely young hero named Wade Watts (Tye Sheridan) decides to join the contest, he is hurled into a breakneck, reality-bending treasure hunt through a fantastical universe of mystery, discovery and danger.
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