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Film Review: Kong: Skull Island
The story of King Kong is rebooted into the MonsterVerse with a new origin story taking place on Skull Island, Kong's home, where he has lived undetected and in balance with the rest of the fauna and flora on the island. Of course, humans invade and chaos ensues.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 10 March 2017  |  View Comments

Kong: Skull Island is the second movie in Legendary Entertainment's "MonsterVerse", which is a multi-film monster universe that features the big monsters, such as Godzilla and (likely) Mothra, many of which are owned by Japanese company Toho. The first movie in the MonsterVerse was the 2014 Godzilla release.

(MonsterVerse is similar to the Marvel Cinematic Universe or DC Extended Universe - but don't confuse it with the upcoming Universal Monsters, which is Universal Studio's universe that features The Mummy, Van Helsing, The Invisible Man, and Frankenstein's Monster, among others. Everyone is getting into crossover universes - we're going to be assaulted with this for a long time.) Read on...

Film Review: Logan
Hugh Jackman gets a final outing as Wolverine in the tenth movie, and third stand-alone Wolverine movie, in the X-Men film franchise, which features a superb cast as well as heart-wrenching character-driven moments and (literal) gut-wrenching action sequences.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 3 March 2017  |  View Comments

In a near future in which most mutants have been wiped out Logan/Wolverine (High Jackman), a mutant and former member of the X-Men who has the ability to heal himself, has become a limousine driver working ad-hoc jobs on the US side of the Mexican border so he can earn enough to help to care for Charles Xavier/Professor X (Patrick Stewart). Xavier, an educator and mutant himself who discovered, protected, and nurtured young mutants in his earlier days, is now, at 90 years old, being housed at an off-the-grid location in Mexico as he is suffering from health problems that become debilitating if he doesn't regularly consume illegal drugs that Logan has to acquire and then routinely smuggle across the border. While Logan is away Caliban (Stephen Merchant), a mutant who can sense and track other mutants, cares for Xavier, who cannot be left alone for extended periods of time. Read on...

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South African Comics News Roundup: Werewolves, Zines, Stray, And Video News From Africa

The South African comics news highlights for this month include a pulp-inspired werewolf-themed zine cover, lots and lots and lots of events in Cape Town, a Stray update, a Design Indaba Most Beautiful Object In SA competitor, and a few comics Easter eggs. Plus: it seems as if everyone is getting into video. Read on...
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 24 February 2017  |  View Comments

Film Review: The LEGO Batman Movie
In an amusing parody of superhero movies LEGO Batman has to learn to work with others if he wants to save Gotham City from (arguably) the largest collection of villains any fictional city has ever had to face.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 17 February 2017  |  View Comments

The most interesting and entertaining moments in The LEGO Movie belonged to LEGO Batman (voiced by Will Arnett), a support character who stole all the scenes he was in, so it's no surprise that a movie was developed to capitalise on his popularity. Read on...

There's A South African Comics Easter Egg In Resident Evil: The Final Chapter
South African comics are represented in the final instalment of the Resident Evil film franchise both in front of and behind the camera. The standout appearance is in a blink-and-you'll-miss-it moment so here's what to look out for when you watch the movie.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 3 February 2017  |  View Comments

A South African comic makes a brief appearance in Resident Evil: The Final Chapter, the sixth (and supposedly final) movie in the Resident Evil film franchise. Read on...

Film Review: Resident Evil: The Final Chapter
Alice has one last chance to destroy the Umbrella Corporation and save the world's few remaining humans in what is a satisfying, but technically very flawed, final film in the long running action-horror film series Resident Evil.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 3 February 2017  |  View Comments

The final film in the Resident Evil franchise goes back to its roots due to protagonist Alice (Milla Jovovich) being coerced into returning to Raccoon City and the Umbrella Corporation's underground facility The Hive, where the story first began in Resident Evil, which was released in 2002. Read on...

South African Comics News Roundup: James Bond, Koos, Trump, And A FanCon Update

We're kicking off 2017 with news highlights focussing on a new comics strip, events that you can attend in the next few weeks, FanCon Cape Town Comic Con's first guest announcements for the 2017 convention, and Zapiro's thoughts on the new political-cartoon material that's writing itself over in Washington. Read on...
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 27 January 2017  |  View Comments

News: Beautiful Desolation - A New Game By The Stasis Developers - Is On Kickstarter

The Brotherhood is developing a new game for adventure fans set in a post-apocalyptic Africa with an Eighties sensibility. The project is on Kickstarter now - you have less than a month to help out and only one day to take advantage of Early Bird tiers. Read on...
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 25 January 2017  |  View Comments

Video And Photo Highlights: Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered At Trenchtown In January
Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered featured this month at Trenchtown in Observatory, Cape Town, as part of Zombiegamer Events' January community e-sports tournaments. Highlights included a rule change for map picking and a dilemma manifesting in the final rounds of the losers' bracket that forced the organisers to make a controversial executive decision.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 25 January 2017  |  View Comments

Zombiegamer Events returned to Trenchtown in Observatory, Cape Town, in the middle of last year after an absence caused by remodelling at the establishment (which is still ongoing, as you can see from the big holes in the walls in the photos below) and then, unfortunately, the tournaments were put on hold again, bar one ESWC qualifier, as the team ran African Cyber Gaming League (ACGL) tournaments at events and online during the second half of the year and then Zombiegamer Events ran a number of community tournaments in shopping malls during the holiday season to promote gaming and South African e-sports. Read on...

Cappuccino Quest: Visit The Top Of Table Mountain In Cape Town, South Africa, For The View, Not The Cappuccinos
Table Mountain is situated in a nature reserve in the middle of Cape Town, South Africa. It's the city's pride and joy and it serves nearly a million visitors a year with staff members who offer impeccable, friendly service. The cappuccino making is not yet up to scratch however but hopefully that will change.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 13 January 2017  |  View Comments

Table Mountain Café is the restaurant and café on top of Table Mountain, arguably Cape Town's biggest tourist attraction. (Well, literally, it's Cape Town's biggest tourist attraction.) It can be reached via the cable car or, for the fit and more adventurous, via a hike up the mountain and is a short distance from the main cableway building with a westwards view that overlooks the sea at Camps Bay and Bakoven. The view is perfect for sunsets, although you can get brained by the sun's glare in summer. Read on...

News: The Remastered LEGO City Undercover Has Been Announced - Here's The Trailer And More Details

Watch the first trailer for the remastered version of the game LEGO City Undercover, which will be available later this year for more gaming platforms. The game is set in LEGO City and is an action filled adventure in which you solve crimes as Chase McCain. Read on...
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 12 January 2017  |  View Comments

Game Review: We Become What We Behold
Our insatiable appetite for violence and drama is perfectly captured in a five-minute browser based game that points a lens towards the news-cycle feedback loop and asks us to consider our role in what the media presents to us.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 10 January 2017  |  View Comments

I thought I'd start 2017's posts with a review of a game that's very pertinent to where we are now and where we may be going. It's by Nicky Case, the developer behind :the game: and its sequels and Coming Out Simulator 2014Read on...

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Video And Photo Highlights: Call Of Duty: Infinite Warfare Launch, #StayinAliveZA Cape Town
For one totally rad evening the Eighties made a huge comeback at the Cape Town launch of Call Of Duty: Infinite Warfare. Dayglo reigned supreme and zombies were just part of the fun as gamers celebrated the new release in the long-running first-person-shooter series.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 30 December 2016  |  View Comments

Last month MWEB GameZone's MCave hosted the launch of Call Of Duty: Infinite Warfare, which included a showcasing of Modern Warfare Remastered. The event was themed Eighties Versus Zombies to celebrate the Zombies In Spaceland map that forms part of Call Of Duty: Infinite Warfare's co-operative multiplayer Zombies mode, which is set in the Eighties.

Fans who entered to win a golden ticket to the event had to choose ahead of time whether they wanted to belong to the group of Eighties heroes or the zombie horde and those who received an invitation were encouraged to dress the part as activities during the launch would pit the factions against one another. Read on...

Cappuccino Quest: Cosecha Restaurant In Paarl Outside Cape Town, South Africa, Makes Great Food But Dire Coffee
If you're looking for a change from the traditional fine dining cuisine found at many South African wine estates then Cosecha Restaurant, with its Latin inspired cuisine, offers a welcome alternative - but, unfortunately, the cappuccinos aren't as skillfully prepared as the food.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 21 December 2016  |  View Comments

Last month I joined a group of friends for lunch at Cosecha Restaurant, which is at Noble Hill wine estate in the Simonsberg-Paarl district in Paarl just outside Cape Town. The restaurant offers "Latin inspired" fare, in the form of a mix of South American and Mesoamerican cuisine (such as guacamole, tortillas, taquitos, and esquites). Read on...

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Game Review: LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens
The Force is strong with this one but it's not without its technical problems. However LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens is still a good re-creation of the film and offers some delightful moments to entertain fans of all ages.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 15 December 2016  |  View Comments

LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens is set in the Star Wars universe with a particular focus on the events that take place in the movie Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens. It's an action-adventure platform-puzzle game that is suitable for all ages and offers both single-player and co-operative two-player gaming. Read on...

News: Canon Suggests Giving Back With The Help Of An Anti-Selfie Campaign

You can do some good for animals this festive season by spreading the love and raising awareness with the help of Canon's #selfieless social-media campaign. Read on...
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 21 November 2016  |  View Comments

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