Author: Tshepo Chauke

“Ah, you want to make a Kurosawa movie.” That’s what screenwriter Josh Friedman said to director Wes Ball after the latter pitched his vision for the latest instalment in the Planet of the Apes franchise, Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes. And… we get it. The Japanese director’s films often focus on a protagonist’s suffering journey, as he encounters multiple points of view and discovers more about the world surrounding him. Kingdom of the Planet of the Ape’s Noa finds himself split between the different agendas of the characters he comes across during his journey to find himself after losing his…

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Wading through the Wild West of the budget earbud market can be a disorienting experience. With so many similar-looking products with wildly varying quality of sound, build, quantity of features, and battery life, it’s harder to tell products apart. Discerning which ones are worth your hard-earned cash can feel impossible. Fear not, we’re here to help. In an area where distinguishing between products can be challenging, the Soundcore R50i, despite some flaws, sets itself apart by aiming to address these fundamental user needs. As customary from Soundcore, these do a good enough job of what they set out to do,…

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When you consider just how much Dev Patel gave of himself to bring Monkey Man to fruition (a hand and a couple of toes, apparently), it truly is a marvel in artistic effort. From writing to directing to acting, the chaotic fights of the anonymous protagonist seem to parallel the gruelling endeavour to not only get a project greenlit and funded but also the long arduous shooting process, dealing with actors, extras, sets, the elements and so on. And like his alter ego, Patel has triumphed through broken bones, a pandemic, and depleted financing to bring us a fun action…

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Back in 1999, Sony Pictures took a risk that would change its future forever — it bought the film rights to popular comic book character Spider-Man from a floundering Marvel Comics teetering on bankruptcy. After a successful trilogy, a failed one, and an animated masterpiece, Sony found itself scrambling for a new approach to its popular franchise. Eventually, rescue came in the form of Disney and Marvel Studios, when a deal was struck to introduce Peter Parker to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. It’s been eight years since Spidey’s MCU debut in Captain America: Civil War, and now Sony finds itself…

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