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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


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


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


Film Review: X-Men: Apocalypse
Is a bigger, badder, more powerful antagonist still relevant as a plot device for a sequel? If it's executed the way it has been done in X-Men: Apocalypse the answer is no. Hackneyed storytelling and destruction devoid of moral consequences mars the latest instalment in the X-Men franchise.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 27 May 2016  |  View Comments


Friday Video Black Hole: The Division, My Little Pony, Deadpool, DOOM, And A Gummy DIY
This week I had time to do some reading and catch some of the new videos doing the rounds on the Internet so I thought, hey, "why not assemble them in a news story?" and here we are. May your Friday afternoon be entertainingly unproductive!
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 11 March 2016  |  View Comments


Film Review: Pride And Prejudice And Zombies
The addition of martial arts, sword wielding, gun fighting, and zombies to a Regency-era classic tale of manners and marriage turns a new film adaptation of Pride And Prejudice, Jane Austen's beloved novel, into a different kind of bodice ripper (har har).
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 9 March 2016  |  View Comments


The Chickening Is Everything Deadpool Isn't
Deadpool fans hoping for a humour-infused surreal experience will be disappointed with the new film, which opens tomorrow, but cheer yourself up with The Chickening, a reworking of The Shining that's dipped in saucy, NSFW poultry.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 11 February 2016  |  View Comments


Film Review: Deadpool
There's been much hype and anticipation for this chapter in Marvel's X-Men universe that introduces audiences to Deadpool, an anti-hero who is a fan favourite due to his unpredictable behaviour and twisted sense of humour, which offers plenty of potential for a story that's far from the run-of-the-mill glut that we have been subjected to lately. Unfortunately, the film-makers may have played it too safe....
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 9 February 2016  |  View Comments


Showcase: #inktober 2015, Day 8 To Day 15: Doodles, Horror, Typography, Judge Dredd, Star Wars, And More
Most of the South African comics creators who started creating daily works for The InkTober Initiative were still going strong in the second week of the project, as you can see in this, part two of brainwavez.org's 2015 roundup.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 30 October 2015  |  View Comments


Showcase: #inktober 2015, Day 1 To Day 7: Aliens, Broforce, Robots, Mario, Mutants, And More
It's October, which means it's once again time for The InkTober Initiative, a month long project that artists from all over the world participate in in order to hone their skills. This is part one of the brainwavez.org showcase of South African comics creators' #inktober sketches for 2015.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 23 October 2015  |  View Comments


The South African Virtual-Reality Community Is Organising - And The Revolution Will Be Televised (In 360-Degree 3D)
When was the last time you tried a virtual-reality headset? Twenty years ago? Never? Did you even know that virtual reality was a reality - in South Africa? Developers, content creators, and people who are just curious have met in Cape Town to organise a formal VR community to make it easier to share ideas and work on projects - and everyone's welcome.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 15 May 2015  |  View Comments


May The Fourth Be With You: The Internet Celebrates Star Wars Day 2015
Every May the 4th for the past 14 years the geek community has celebrated Star Wars culture with puns, memes, and jokes. This year was no exception - even Twitter got in on the action with emojis, which resulted in an explosion in the day's stream. Plus, the world's biggest LEGO Millennium Falcon was built in Australia and Vanity Fair went behind the scenes of the new movie with the help of photographer Annie Leibovitz's lens.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 4 May 2015  |  View Comments


Review: Jupiter Ascending
In Jupiter Ascending a cleaning lady discovers that her destiny extends beyond buckets and brooms... all the way to the stars. Before she can claim her birthright, however, she'll have to navigate bureaucracy and betrayal with the help of a lone wolf(man).
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 9 February 2015  |  View Comments


brainwavez.org Gift Guide 2014
It's time to sit behind your computer screen and shop till you drop (onto the keyboard from exhaustion). Skip the mall crowds, save your sanity, and use the annual brainwavez.org Gift Guide as a jumping off point for gifting awesome. Your friends will appreciate your great taste.
By: The brainwavez.org Editors  |  Posted: 11 December 2014  |  View Comments


Interstellar
In Interstellar, a new film by Christopher Nolan, the human race has to take to the stars - or risk dying out permanently on Earth - but the resulting emotional sacrifice may be too great for the man coerced into piloting the research expedition that could be the only chance humans have left to save themselves.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 7 November 2014  |  View Comments


Showcase: #inktober 2014, Day 17 To Day 24: The Little Witch, The Last Unicorn, Outer Space, Monsters, Dragons, And More
The InkTober Challenge is a challenge for a reason, though the point is to increase your skills and work out of your comfort zone, not just produce work. However, the project has taken its toll and some South African comics artists have slowly begun to fall out. See who has found the fortitude to keep going, who has just disappeared, and who knows how to bow out gracefully - all in part three of brainwavez.org's 2014 showcase.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 6 November 2014  |  View Comments


Showcase: #inktober 2014, Day 9 To Day 16: Ripley, Rocket, Groot, Superman, Mini Dachshunds, And More
October's #inktober challenge is in full swing and South African comics creators have continued to work hard to produce one ink-based artwork a day. This is part two of the brainwavez.org showcase of their creations for 2014.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 21 October 2014  |  View Comments


Showcase: #inktober 2014, Day 1 To Day 8: Alien, Mario Bros., LEGO, Werewolves, And More
It's October, which means it's time to get ink on your hands (if you're an artist, anyway). This is part one of the brainwavez.org showcase of local comics creators' #inktober sketches for 2014.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 13 October 2014  |  View Comments


Review: X-Men: Days Of Future Past
The X-Men's past and future collides in X-Men: Days Of Future Past. With the future looking bleak it's up to Wolverine to travel to the past and enlist the help of the younger versions of Professor X and Magneto, who come with their own complications, to change the timeline and save mutanity.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 22 May 2014  |  View Comments


The LEGO Movie
One hundred minutes of 100% product placement coalesce in a feature film all about LEGO in which a group of rebels task an average, ordinary, everyday construction worker with saving the world - whether he is capable of doing so or not.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 19 March 2014  |  View Comments


300: Rise Of An Empire
With Sparta's 300 finest warriors heading north to defend against the invasion by Persian God-King Xerxes and his formidable army, it's left to the remaining Greek city states to defend against his equally terrifying naval forces, which are commanded by a ruthless warrior. 300: Rise Of An Empire tells their story - the Battle of Artemisium.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 7 March 2014  |  View Comments


Review: Pompeii
The story of Pompeii, Vesuvius, and Herculaneum (and Oplontis and Stabiae) is captivatingly culturally infused in multiple generations the way the Titanic and dinosaurs are, yet, surprisingly, Hollywood hasn't really plundered the topic, which is ripe for all sorts of storytelling. Enter director Paul WS Anderson, who finally tackles the topic in Pompeii, and in 3D.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 21 February 2014  |  View Comments


Jabez Olssen On Editing The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug
Jabez Olssen, the editor of The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug, discusses some of the challenges the team faced, what it is like working with Peter Jackson, and what hardware and software is crucial to getting the job done on such a massive filmmaking project.
Posted: 12 December 2013  |  View Comments


brainwavez.org Gift Guide 2013
Once again, brainwavez.org very proudly presents its annual gift guide - a selection of covetable items that will delight geeks and non geeks alike. This year we have a bumper selection of items to pile under trees and stuff stockings of both the naughty and nice.
By: The brainwavez.org Team  |  Posted: 27 November 2013  |  View Comments


FilmSpeed: A Forza Motorsport 5 Live-Animation Experiment
The worldwide release of Forza Motorsport 5 is imminent so, to whet your appetite, here's an amazing reanimation of in-game footage that was accomplished by driving a McLaren C12 fitted with a camera around a track lined with panels of images taken from the game.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 21 November 2013  |  View Comments


The Pop-Culture Guide To Invader Zim
In the cult animated television show Invader Zim a useless alien with delusions of grandeur and his intelligence-crippled sidekick robot are sent to invade Earth, with unsurprisingly disastrous consequences.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 20 November 2013  |  View Comments


Riddick
The universe's most soft-hearted badass finds himself in another predicament that requires him to utilise all his survival skills and abilities to outwit new opponents, both human and alien, in this third installment in the Riddick franchise.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 25 October 2013  |  View Comments


Man Of Steel
The 2013 reboot of the Superman film franchise offers a contemporary re-interpretation of Superman's origin story as well as engaging, interesting characters portrayed by a star-studded cast. Not everything about this film is satisfying, however, and fans need to brace themselves for some disappointments.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 5 July 2013  |  View Comments


The Perks Of Being A Wallflower
A tale of high school, and growing up, The Perks Of Being A Wallflower features strong performances by an ensemble cast that results in endearing portrayals and a sensitive exploration of difficult subjects that will resonate with many viewers.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 4 January 2013  |  View Comments


brainwavez.org Gift Guide 2012
Happy festive season! Whatever you are celebrating (or not) you'll probably need gifts. After all, isn't celebrating commercialism what holidays are all about? Therefore, here's our 2012 selection of stuff you'll definitely want to buy for yourself (and might considering giving to other people too).
By: The brainwavez.org Team  |  Posted: 30 November 2012  |  View Comments


Pacman: Most Wanted
The yellow pellets are calling a bright-yellow Dodge Challenger but the ghost squad is too close for comfort in this short film that's a nod to Pac-Man and car-racing games.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 11 September 2012  |  View Comments


Seeking A Friend For The End Of The World
With three weeks to go before an asteroid smashes into the Earth and the world comes to an end two very different people set out to make the most of the time they have left in this comedy drama starring Steve Carell and Keira Knightley.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 6 September 2012  |  View Comments


The Dark Knight Rises
Bruce Wayne is broken (and broke) and Batman has forsaken Gotham, though it hardly matters as the city has triumphantly combatted crime and sees itself liberated as a result of the legacy of Harvey Dent. This is Gotham, however, and a new villain who considers himself to be the true liberator of the people is heading to town in director Christopher Nolan's conclusion of the Batman trilogy.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 27 July 2012  |  View Comments


#Zombies: Followers Of The Dead
Once the zombies start attacking will you be in the middle of the action with weapons at the ready, documenting the proceedings... or organising the survivors? This short parody looks at the rock-star social-media organisers who keep hope alive as the living dead rise.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 23 February 2012  |  View Comments


Fotoshop By Adobe
Let's start 2012 with some tasteful, entertaining jabs at the beauty industry. Do you want "full lips, sparkling eyes, and lashes that never end"? They can be yours with the aid of Adobé's new range of beauty-regime products.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 16 January 2012  |  View Comments


CSI: Legoland
Murder most foul has be committed in Legoland. The suspects? Three dodgy minifigs. CSI is on the case. After all, to find the culprit it's imperative that you follow the evidence.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 27 October 2011  |  View Comments


Kilian Martin: A Skate Illustration
The beauty of skateboarding is celebrated in a short piece that's expertly shot in urban and rural settings to allow colour, light, and architecture to complement the freestyle techniques.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 30 September 2011  |  View Comments


Glitterboys And Ganglands
Tiaras and tucking take centre stage in this documentary by husband-and-wife team Matthew Brown (producer) and Lauren Beukes (director) that follows three contestants who are preparing for the 2010 Miss Gay Western Cape pageant.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 15 June 2011  |  View Comments


X-Men: First Class
Despite the silly title, questions finally have answers and the mysteries of the origins of the X-Men are revealed in this remarkable prequel to the X-Men film franchise.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 3 June 2011  |  View Comments



Thor
Thor, another comic-book star, makes his debut on the silver screen as part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe in director Kenneth Branagh's special-effects-laden blockbuster, which stars Natalie Portman and Anthony Hopkins.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 29 April 2011  |  View Comments


127 Hours
127 Hours, in which James Franco expertly plays an outstanding character who must undergo a riveting but painful experience to remove himself from a (literal) rock and a hard place.
By: Robert Lemmer  |  Posted: 18 February 2011  |  View Comments


Black Swan
Black Swan, directed by Darren Aronofsky, tells the story of a ballet dancer whose single-minded, emotionally stunted focus and psychological fragility threatens to derail her career when she is picked as the principal dancer in her company's production of Swan Lake, which means portraying both the innocent white swan and the seductive black swan.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 2 February 2011  |  View Comments


Smile
Much like last year, we're kicking off this year's posts with a fun short film. This one is appropriately named Smile and there's no talking - everything is expressed purely with visuals, which makes the sentiment instantly universal and very endearing.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 14 January 2011  |  View Comments


Editing The Dead
What if you could influence the events that unfold in Night Of The Living Dead by making choices to direct the characters in the story? That is the premise of the interactive movie Editing The Dead.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 18 November 2010  |  View Comments


A Nightmare On Elm Street (2010)
Freddy's back, creepier than ever - but not in a good way. An updated story with a tweaked origin for the 21st century makes this horror remake more serious than most of its predecessors and it ventures into territory most audiences wouldn't want to think about while enjoying a slasher film.
By: Robert Lemmer  |  Posted: 9 November 2010  |  View Comments


Night Of The Living Dead: Reanimated
The zombie apocalypse is just as scary when it is presented in a mixed-media format, as is the case for Mike Schneider's tasty, undead brainchild, a reconceptualisation of George A Romero's landmark film from 1968.
By: Jase Luttrell  |  Posted: 29 October 2010  |  View Comments


Retro Review: Night Of The Living Dead (1968)
The zombie apocalypse will be televised as the dead rise and begin to feast on the living in Night Of The Living Dead, a classic zombie horror movie that shocked audiences when it was first released and, decades later, continues to resonate with contemporary audiences and have a heavy influence on pop culture.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 29 October 2010  |  View Comments


Pirates vs. Ninjas vs. Zombies vs. Robots
The ninja-infested high seas are no place for a pirate. Well, I mean, they are, it's just not pleasant. Then, on land, zombies. Plus, the robot scourge! Or, maybe, what's a poor ninja to do? You just can't catch a break. Pirates and zombies. We'll need robots! Also, what about those zombies? Shame. Mmmmmmmm. Braaaaaaaains. The robots? Silent killers. Like the ninjas. It's cyclical.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 17 September 2010  |  View Comments


Jane Austen's Fight Club
What do you get when you mash up Jane Austen's Regency-era characters and sensibilities with Fight Club? Well the first rule of fight club is that one never mentions fight club. (But the answer is blood on your lace and scrapes on your knees, of course.)
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 28 July 2010  |  View Comments


The Hurt Locker
If you don't want to worry with complex plots and prefer your action taking place on Earth, go and see The Hurt Locker, a contemporary war film delivering good action with little need to engage the higher brain functions.
By: Robert Lemmer  |  Posted: 13 May 2010  |  View Comments


MEOW
This animated music short is too good to save for Halloween (although, in our minds, every day is Halloween at brainwavez.org) so I thought I'd post about it to start 2010 with some fun - may it be a reminder that the horrors of 2009 are now in the past and may it be a sign that 2010 will be filled with zombies and kittens! (Preferably at a safe distance if the two are one and the same.)
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 6 January 2009  |  View Comments


brainwavez.org Zombie Shorts Festival - The B Roll
What do you end up with once you're picked the best? A lot of weird stuff. Here's a selection of zombie shorts that didn't make it into our recent film festival. In these, "horror" really stands for "horrorble" (including that joke) but if you're open to it there's still lots of fun to be had watching this crazy selection. Once again, you need to be an adult to access these videos.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 28 October 2009  |  View Comments


brainwavez.org Zombie Shorts Festival: Selections From Rockstar Games Social Club TV
What better way to kick off our Halloween festivities this year than with zombies? We lumbered around the Rockstar Games Social Club TV web site to find the undead lurking in sometimes surprising places and, therefore, we compiled a film festival, as one does when confronted with horror! Watch in order, or pick and choose - either way, we hope you enjoy it! (Although there are no brains in this showcase it's still not suitable for minors. If you fall into this category, we recommend a few years of growth and, in the meantime, "A Tale Of Terror: The Boise Zombie Walk".)
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 19 October 2009  |  View Comments


Marketing District 9: The Web
Many web sites were launched as part of the online viral-marketing effort to promote District 9. In this showcase we will look at those sites (collectively referred to as "The District 9 Movie Experience"), and more, to see how they related to, and complemented, the real-world marketing campaign. (Plus, for fans, find out about some amazing items and downloads you may have missed on each site.)
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 1 October 2009  |  View Comments


Marketing District 9: The Real World Campaign
The marketing campaign for District 9 was one of the most extensive ever seen... if you lived pretty much anywhere but in Africa, where it didn't exist. Simultaneous campaigns were run in the real world, using traditional marketing techniques that included billboards and posters, and online, using social-networking sites and web sites. This article focusses on the real-world campaign, most notably as was seen in key cities in the US in the run-up to the movie's release.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 18 September 2009  |  View Comments


District 9 - ZA Perspective
District 9, aliens and all, is an intrinsically South African tale but with themes distilled for international audiences. In this, the second of brainwavez.org's District 9 reviews, we present a South African perspective of what has become a global phenomenon. We encourage you to compare it to our previous review, written from an American perspective, and then let us know your thoughts in the comments.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 10 September 2009  |  View Comments


District 9 - US Perspective
It's very difficult not to have an opinion about District 9 so we thought we'd write two, independently, from different sides of the globe. In this review we feature the perspective from a member of the audience for which the movie was created, America, although other nationalities are certainly welcome to read it and are encouraged to comment (though they are also kindly asked to accept that the inadequacies of the film are an attempt to appeal to American audiences).
By: Jase Luttrell  |  Posted: 10 September 2009  |  View Comments


Alive In Joburg
brainwavez.org is taking a step away from reality to explore the alternate, alien-filled world of Neill Blomkamp's Alive In Joburg, the short film shot in 2005 that forms the basis for this year's blockbuster film District 9. Hopefully, if you can see past the poncho-wearing, grotesque aliens and the abundant anachronisms of the short, you will enjoy the splendid squalor of stranded aliens. Or something.
By: Jase Luttrell  |  Posted: 1 September 2009  |  View Comments


For The Bible Tells Me So
brainwavez.org recently attended a Sundance Film Festival screening and Q&A session for For The Bible Tells Me So, a thought-provoking American documentary that examines how the religious right uses biblical references to justify its condemnation of the homosexual "lifestyle" and how religious gays and lesbians struggle to reconcile their faith with their sexual identity. [ Read all about it ]
Posted: 7 February 2007  |  Category: Screen > Film > Reviews


Imagine Me & You
In the romantic comedy Imagine Me & You there's a lesbian twist to the love triangle that forms the core of the plot. That's actually all you need to know because after reading that you will already have decided whether or not you want to see the movie but if you'd like to have some reasons why you should on hand, this review will help. [ Read all about it ]
Posted: 20 October 2006  |  By: Mandy J Watson


Mission: Impossible III
This is what happens when you go and see a movie right before you go on vacation - you write extensive notes, but you forget to write the review. Oops. The DVD is probably going to be released soon, so if you are thinking of buying it, you might want to read this first. If it doesn't change your mind, please purchase the DVD through one of our many affiliate links. It'll make the pain I experienced watching this movie go away. Thanks. [ Read all about it ]
Posted: 3 August 2006  |  Posted by: Mandy J Watson