Pitch Perfect 3

Written by Joy Dembo on . Posted in 2017

I thoroughly enjoyed the music and humour in both Pitch Perfect and Pitch Perfect 2, so I was excited to hear that Universal was releasing a third and final movie in the trilogy.

The Bellas have now graduated and are facing life in the real world, not very happily, especially for Becca (Anna Kendrick), who has just left a horrible job and is unemployed, as the movie starts

Pitch Perfect 3

Written by Joy Dembo on . Posted in 2017

I thoroughly enjoyed the music and humour in both Pitch Perfect and Pitch Perfect 2, so I was excited to hear that Universal was releasing a third and final movie in the trilogy.

The Bellas have now graduated and are facing life in the real world, not very happily, especially for Becca (Anna Kendrick), who has just left a horrible job and is unemployed, as the movie starts

mother!

Written by Joy Dembo on . Posted in 2017

Mother!

This is a difficult movie to review as it is open to interpretation on so many levels. It is a good movie, if you know the Filmmaker’s intentions, but it may appear to be random and not make much sense, if you don’t.

So, I went in blind, but my advice to audiences is to watch out for the biblical connotations! That’s about all I’m going to tell you, without being a total spoiler.
It is also important to note that none of the characters have names.

From a House on Willow Street

Written by Joy Dembo on . Posted in 2017

Although this movie was made in South Africa, with a South African cast, the action supposedly takes place in the USA. It is a horror movie, along the lines of the Exorcist i.e. possession by demons.

The story begins with Hazel, Ade, James and Mark devising an elaborate plan to kidnap diamond Heiress, Katherine. Although the house where Katherine lives is creepy, the abduction goes down, and they return to their hideout in an abandoned warehouse. They chain her up, noticing that she is unkempt and pale, and hardly resembles a wealthy woman.

The Jungle Bunch

Written by Joy Dembo on . Posted in 2017

The Jungle Bunch is a cute and funny animated movie about animals trying to maintain justice and order in the jungle, and coming up against a dark and sinister threat.

Igor, a narcissistic entitled Koala Bear, with pyromaniacal tendencies was once kicked out of the Jungle Justice League because of his attitude problem and his desire to take over. Outraged, Igor has now returned with his self-invented exploding mushrooms, and starts dropping them over the jungle, causing wide spread fires and destruction. The animals are forced to run for their lives and take refuge on the beach, until the fires subside. In the interim, Natasha the Tiger, takes charge of an egg, which hatches, and out pops a penguin, who immediately thinks he is a tiger. Natasha calls him Maurice, and raises him as her own.

Victoria and Abdul

Written by Joy Dembo on . Posted in 2017

Whilst my interest in the British Monarchy has always been centred on the Tudor Era, and the Windsors have held little fascination for me, this movie utterly captivated me. Besides, being historically informative, the movie tells the most beautiful story of the relationship that existed between an elderly, depressed and sad Queen Victoria and an Indian servant who was sent from Agra in India to the English Court, together with a colleague, to present the queen, who was Empress of India, with a ceremonial coin.

Victoria and Abdul

Written by Joy Dembo on . Posted in 2017

Whilst my interest in the British Monarchy has always been centred on the Tudor Era, and the Windsors have held little fascination for me, this movie utterly captivated me. Besides, being historically informative, the movie tells the most beautiful story of the relationship that existed between an elderly, depressed and sad Queen Victoria and an Indian servant who was sent from Agra in India to the English Court, together with a colleague, to present the queen, who was Empress of India, with a ceremonial coin.

9/11

Written by Joy Dembo on . Posted in 2017

This is a new and different take on the 9/11 disaster of 2001. Whilst we have seen countless documentaries and movies based on the facts, this movie adds a distinctly human element to the tragedy.

A fictional bicycle messenger, a multi-millionaire and his estranged wife, a young girl who has decided to break off her relationship with her sugar daddy and a building maintenance man wake up on the morning of 9/11, never imagining how their day will unfold.

Detroit

Written by Joy Dembo on . Posted in 2017

Detroit is one of the most powerful movies Ive seen in a while. Director Kathryn Bigelow has portrayed the brutal and ugly events which took place at the Algiers Motel in Detroit in 1967 so vividly that one is left pondering the injustice of it all for days.

During a raid on a club, the police intimidate and assest innocent people for being out after curfew and patronising an unlicensed club. The event infuriated black people and a mob gathered and began stoning the police, and rioting. Shop windows were broken and looting was rife, fires were started and mayhem ensued, This was the beginning of the notorious 12th street riots. Since anarchy was reigning supreme, the Governor called in the National Guard and the army to try and regain some semblance of order. Officer Philip Krauss, against the orders of his superiors, pursues a looter, and shoots him dead, but he is not relieved of his duties, as his superior decides whether to charge him with murder or not.

In the midst of all this, The Dramatics, a black band is about to perform at a music hall in the city, They are hopeful that they will land a recording contract but just before they are due to perform, the venue is shut down and evacuated by the police.

The guys head for home but their bus is attacked by the rioters and they split up. Larry Reed, lead singer and his friend, Fred, end up renting a room in the Algiers Motel, for the night, as they fear it is too dangerous to try and make it home. They meet two white girls, Julie Ann and Karen, who introduce them to some black friends of theirs, and they spend the evening smoking, drinking and having fun. One of the guys starts goofing around with a toy gun, which spooks the police, who believe that there are snipers in the hotel, and violence, terror and murder ensue against a bunch of innocent young black people, once again led by Krauss.

Melvin Dismukes, a black security guard has been employed to guard a grocery store nearby, and becomes involved, trying his level best to save as many lives as he can, without antagonizing the police.

This is a brutal, heartbreaking movie, and the fact that it is based on actual events makes it all the more hard hitting and powerful. Kathryn Bigalow pulls no punches and tells it like it is.

I could really relate to the events in this movie, as it reminded me of the brutality and human rights abuses of the Apartheid era.

The film stars John Boyega, Will Poulter, Algee Smith, Jason Mitchell, John Krasinski and a host of lesser known actors, who without exception, gave the performances of their lives.

Not be missed, so grab your popcorn and a box of tissues and go and see this potential Oscar winning movie.
The film releases at cinemas countrywide on 18 August and is classified 16 L P V.