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Fan Friday: Che Guevara & The Motorcycle Diaries

Che Guevera Poster

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.

 
Trailer Showdown: Surrogates vs. Real Surrogate


Surrogate

Surrogates stars Bruce Willis in his umpteenth Sci-Fi after such classics as The Fifth Element, Twelve Monkeys and... okay, Armageddon. As you can see, I use the terms Sci-Fi, classic and umpteenth quite loosely, but it's easy to see that while Willis has only starred in a few Sci-Fi films, they've all been entertaining and memorable.

This time he's playing Tom Greer, a guy playing himself, playing himself... Surrogates is based on the graphic novel Vicarious, which portrays a future where people are able to live life comfortably through their robot counterparts, which means longevity... even if you manage to wrap your robot around a bus. Just imagine a perfect blend of Minority Report, The Matrix and I, Robot with Bruce Willis in the mix.

Jonathan Mostow directs Surrogates... the name may ring a bell, he directed Breakdown and Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines, which was basically T2 with a new skin. Surrogates has a slick, stylish feel reminiscent of Minority Report and will make you think twice about sending "the monkey", in this case a robot to do "the organ grinder's", in this case the human's work. Read it again... it's really not as sinister as it sounds.

So what about the plight of the real surrogate, the mother that has to spend 9 months harbouring someone else's child, only to be harvested? What's in it for her, and if you choose to employ a surrogate, how can you be sure she won't run away with your child, kidnap them when they're past all the growing pains or come back to stalk you and your family. You need a professional Surrogate... just like Dolores Santangeli.

This week's Trailer Showdown is between the official Surrogates HD trailer and the Professional Mother Surrogate for hire, Ms. Dolores Santangeli. Personally, I'd rather let Bruce Willis carry my baby on the set of Die Hard 5.

 

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Fan Friday: Twilight eBook Saga

Twilight - New Moon Movie PosterThe Twilight Saga continues with New Moon, the sequel to Twilight, a paranormal romance series based on the bestselling novels by Stephenie Meyer. The first installation focussed on the personal relationship between human, Isabella "Bella" Swan (Kristen Stewart) and vampire, Edward Cullen (Robert Pattinson), as Edward tried to protect Bella from a group of hostile vampires. The filmmakers committed themselves to a faithful adaptation of the book, while aiming for the best movie they could make.

Summit Entertainment's official synopsis reads "Bella Swan is devastated by the abrupt departure of her vampire love, Edward Cullen, but her spirit is rekindled by her growing friendship with the irresistible Jacob Black. Suddenly she finds herself drawn into the world of the werewolves, ancestral enemies of the vampires, and finds her loyalties tested."

The franchise's box office success will clear the path for further sequels in The Twilight Saga with Stephenie Meyer's novels, Eclipse and Breaking Dawn. The series has a similar arc to Harry Potter, which was also a bestselling fantasy series of novels, was adapted to film, formed a saga of sequels, elevated the star status of several previously unknown actors and grew darker and darker with each installation. Now's your chance to enter Stephenie Meyer's dark romantic realm of Twilight... you could join the Twilight world just by joining up as a fan of SPL!NG.

A Twilight eBook Saga, including: Twilight, New Moon, Eclipse and Breaking Dawn is up for grabs for Fan Friday on the SPL!NG page on Facebook. If you want to stand a chance to win fantastic giveaways like this every week, join up... here.

 
Trailer Showdown: Zombieland vs. Shaun of the Dead


Zombieland Movie Poster

Halloween may be over... but not for Hollywood! Zombieland is the latest zombedy (zombie + comedy) to hit the screen with Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg (Adventureland), Abigail Breslin (Little Miss Sunshine), Emma Stone (Superbad) and yes, even Bill Murray... as himself!

It's a fun, thrill-packed and wild ride of mayhem, splattered brains and Bill Murray. Harrelson and Eisenberg play a ragtag team of zombie survivors, who are playing according to the rules of surviving Zombieland and making their way across the lost American wasteland. It's great to see Harrelson, playing what could be described as an American Crocodile Dundee... Zombie Dundee if you will and Eisenberg playing the same dorky, yet likable underdog character from Adventureland.

As entertaining and cult-centric as Zombieland may be, it must give some respect to one of the first real commercial zombedies... Shaun of the Dead with the legendary Simon Pegg of Spaced and Hot Fuzz. Shaun of the Dead's wicked sense of humour, buddy story, indie romance and zombie frenzy seemed to have it all... even armed with a cricket bat instead of the obligatory weapon of choice associated with baseball big-hitters.

Zombieland has the stuff of a classic horror comedy, but does it have the goods on British cult sensation, Shaun of the Dead? Well, let's see if a trailer match-up can give us any indication of a clear winner or loser in the epic battle for the Ultimate Commercial Zombedy

This week's Trailer Showdown is between the official Zombieland HD trailer and the Shaun of the Dead trailer.

 

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