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Fan Friday: Independence Day

Independence Day has got to be one of Roland Emmerich's most memorable films to date. The German film director has had a fascination with America (or its money)... whether they're fighting in the Civil War in The Patriot, bracing themselves for radical climate changes in The Day After Tomorrow, anticipating the end of human kind in 2012, defending themselves against Godzilla or surviving against the onslaught of advanced alien technology  in Independence Day.

Remember that colossal alien ship hovering over the city, an iconic image replicated in District 9 that sent many movie goers scurrying to the cinemas only to find Independence Day was sold out. It was a big release for 1996, deservedly so with a marketing budget of $24 Million.

Emmerich only makes epics it would seem, making Independence Day after being inspired by a question at a Stargate press junket. He cast Will Smith in his first starring role alongside Jeff Goldblum (Jurassic Park) and Bill Pullman (Lost Highway), after co-starring opposite Martin Lawrence in Bad Boys. The visuals and sound effects are amazing - earning the production an Oscar, the story is epic and the action is literally out-of-thi-world making it a worthy addition to your collection.

An Independence Day DVD is up for grabs for Fan Friday on the SPL!NG page on Facebook. If you want to stand a chance to win this or other fantastic giveaways like this every week, join up... here.

 
Trailer Showdown: Invictus vs. Goodbye Bafana

 


Invictus is the inspiring true story of how newly elected South African President, Nelson Mandela teamed up with Springbok captain, Francois Pienaar to unite South Africa through sport. Mandela realised that it would take a miracle to unify the country, which still remained largely divided both economically and socially. The underdog Springbok team, under the leadership of Francois Pienaar was the very catalyst he needed in order to begin the unification of his beloved country.

Clint Eastwood's Invictus is an adaptation of John Carlin's biography, Playing the Enemy: Nelson Mandela and the Game That Made A Nation. The biographical sports drama conveys the Zeitgeist of South Africa in the build-up to the Rugby World Cup and the importance sport played in giving the rainbow nation a true South African identity.

Matt Damon and Morgan Freeman headline Invictus, a film that is already getting plenty of Oscar buzz before it's release in South Africa on 11 December, 2009. What will South Africans think? What will Nelson Mandela think of Invictus? Freeman was born to play the icon as much as Benicio Del Toro was the right man to play Che Guevara. Invictus is going to be emotional... a nostalgic trip down memory lane for South Africans and a wonderful example for the rest of the world.

Let's not forget Goodbye Bafana, another inspiring South African biography, based on the memoirs of Nelson Mandela's prison guard on Robben Island, James Gregory. Goodbye Bafana is directed by Bille August and stars Joseph Fiennes as Gregory and Dennis Haysbert as Mandela and makes a worthy adversary in this week's Trailer Showdown between Invictus and Goodbye Bafana.


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2012 Movie Review: Don't Panic!?!

2012 movie poster"When they tell you not to panic... that's when you run.", says Jackson Curtis, published author of 'Farewell Atlantis', played by John Cusack (Con Air). Undisputed "Master of Disaster", Roland Emmerich (The Day After Tomorrow) brings us 2012, a doomsday, apocalypse, cataclysm, "it's the end of the world as we know it", catastrophe of a film in every sense of the word.

Earthquakes, tsunamis, floods, volcanoes, fire-balls... 2012 is meant to be the film to end all disaster films. Cusack is 2012's star alongside Chiwetel Ejiofor (Tsunami), who are supported by an ensemble including: Oliver Platt as a greasy Yes Man, Danny Glover as President, Woody Harrelson as a nut job, Thandie Newton as the first daughter and Amanda Peet as... herself.

It's a monster of a film... spanning the globe with non-stop doomsday action for 158 minutes! Emmerich has never been afraid to bend science and history to his will and 2012 is no different. It's based on the theory that the Mayan Meso-American civilization's calendar predicts the end of the world on 21 December, 2012 ...continued.

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Fan Friday: Che Guevara & The Motorcycle Diaries

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Che: Part One and Che: Part Two are showing in cinemas in South Africa over the next month or two. They are Steven Soderbergh's (Ocean's Eleven, The Good German) interpretations of Argentinian-born Cuban revolutionary, Ernesto 'Che' Guevara's memoirs, Reminiscences of the Cuban Revolutionary War. The man's iconic image dons anything from Rage Against The Machine t-shirts to wall clocks and has embodied the youthful fervor associated with rebellion since he first started making waves in Cuba.

Cigar, beret, long hair, attitude... the man had it all! In Soderbergh's translation to the big screen, everything is revolutionary... from Benicio Del Toro's born-to-play-Che performance to the guerilla style camera work and narrative sequence. Soderbergh has shot Che: Part One and Part Two so that it doesn't bow to Hollywood. It's not anti-Hollywood, but Soderbergh is trying to weave a deservedly foreign feel into this film.

By accepting Hollywood conventions, he's denying the very essence of our Cuban hero protagonist, who is portrayed as a hybrid between Robin Hood and Jesus Christ. It's a distinct film that won't appeal to everyone, given its anti-Hollywood angle, but still makes for interesting viewing as we recap the memoirs of one of history's biggest pop culture ironies.

Walter Salles directed The Motorcycle Diaries, a winning coming-of-age adventure and road movie, which sought to connect with a young Che Guevara played by Gael Garcia Bernal. The Motorcycle Diaries also happens to be this week's Fan Friday prize as part of a Triple DVD Box Set, which also includes Millions, a charming British film by Danny Boyle (Slumdog Millionaire) and Dear Frankie, a Scottish drama with Gerard Butler.

A World Cinema Triple Box Set (The Motorcycle Diaries, Dear Frankie, Millions) is up for grabs for Fan Friday on the SPL!NG page on Facebook. If you want to stand a chance to win this or other fantastic giveaways like this every week, join up... here.

 
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