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Top Lottery Movies and TV Series to Dream with a Big Prize


There have been many film plots based on circumstances surrounding lottery prizes. Some of the better films have been very well-received by the critics and the general public, and others have been forgotten since their release.

Here, we are going to remember some of them because there's something for everyone in it. However, we can't say if the winners bought their tickets at Lottohoy, or elsewhere.

The best lottery-based plot films

Many films over the years set in different backgrounds have also been based around the luck or misfortune of those who are awarded lottery prizes.

It Could Happen to You

This is perhaps one of the most beautiful romance stories that reflects the feelings of a lottery winner.

In this film starring Nicolas Cage as a policeman from New York, he offers a waitress to share the lottery ticket he just bought in exchange for not being able to leave a tip for his breakfast.

The goddess of fortune blessed that ticket with a $4 million prize, and Charlie the policeman, decides to share it with the waitress against his wife's wishes. Charlie decides to keep his promise, and that fact will lead him to a bust-up with his wife, a beautiful friendship with the waitress, and eventually a new love.

Lottery Ticket

This film shows the anxiety that a grand prize winner feels ($370 million).

A long and anxious weekend without a chance to go and deposit the ticket, we experience the anguish of not being able to tell anyone, losing it or having it stolen.

Lucky Numbers

The story of a con attempt between three friends who try to rig the Pennsylvania lottery draws: Russ (John Travolta), a meteorologist who is having a hard time with his economy. Gig (Tin Roth) the ideologue of the scam, and Crystal (Lisa Kudrow) a necessary accomplice who works on TV.

Obviously, things go awry and they end up paying the consequences.

Waking Ned Devine

In this film, we see how an entire village agrees to concoct a plan in order to keep the winnings of a lottery ticket for which the winner has died from the excitement.

As the rules of the lottery require the winner receive the prize in person, they try to convince the police inspector to stand in for the winner and receive the prize that will later be distributed in the village.

Happy 140th

How do your usual friends act when you win 140 million euros in the lottery?

This film shows a group of nine friends, plus a surprise visit, who meet in a country house to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the main character (Maribel Verdú). During the course of the evening, she tells them that she has won the 140 million euro prize in the Euromillions draw, and that is where the guests start to come up with plans to try and keep the money for themselves.

Other important films

As in the case of large-format films, we can find an infinite number of them in which the lottery has had a greater or lesser presence, and the circumstances that the prizes come to make their winners or people around them.

Some titles that are worth remembering: Finder's Fee, Les Tuche, If I had a Million, Welcome to Me, although there will undoubtedly be many more.

Lottery in TV series

TV series usually deal with very diverse topics to keep the audience entertained and to generate a certain amount of intrigue at the end of each episode, so that the viewer feels the desire to see what happens next.

Something similar happens with the lottery. You buy a ticket and the whole nervous system of your body tenses up waiting for the draw results.

Shows like: The Office, Family Guy, Cold Case, Monk, Castle, etc.. have had episodes based on these ideas. But the ones that have reflected more and better what is the spirit of the lottery and that feeling of winning we have seen in:

Friends

Many will remember the episode "The One With The Lottery" in which the group of regulars at Central Perk discuss the distribution of prizes among them, but the discussion reaches the point where Phoebe (who was the one who predicted they would win the lottery), ends up dropping the tickets.

The Simpsons

In this famous animated sitcom too, there's a cameo with the lottery when in one episode Kent Brockman in Springfield is giving the news of the winners of the last lottery draw, and he realizes on stream that he is also one of the winners.

Rosanne

There is a memorable chapter in which Jackie and Rosanne try to justify the numbers they will put in the combination for the lottery.

Jackie chooses the first three numbers simply because she thinks they must pick those. Instead, Rosanne tries to justify her favorite numbers. She looks for the number of planets in the solar system, the number of times she was fined in that same place, and the number of times she put salt in the food she was given in the hospital.

They thought they had won, but that illusion only lasted in that episode, as in the next chapter they saw that it had just been a fantasy.

 
The Social Dilemma: A Wake Up Call For All The Social Media Addicts


We've seen many documentaries in the past that are trying to raise concern about social media networks, but nothing like The Social Dilemma. There are many different thoughts about this movie/documentary from people.

Some say that it is a bit too much, and they see social media networks in a different way, while others say that the potential threat from social media networks presents an imminent danger.

This documentary is directed by Jeff Orlowski, which is famous for giving us similarly terrifying documentaries like Chasing Ice and Chasing Coral.

The Social Dilemma raises questions about social media networks and how they are controlling our behavior. In other words, 'social dilemma' implies that our brains are manipulated and even rewired by algorithms that are designed to get our attention at all costs.

It is made in a way that you would feel that we are on the verge of nuclear war, which raises the question, are social media networks that dangerous?

We've seen other documentaries that ask the same question like Screened Out and The Great Hack, but The Social Dilemma has one great advantage.

While other documentaries have impressive experts that explain the situation, The Social Dilemma features experts who got us in this position. We can see executives from Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter, and Facebook responsible for taking social media to this place.

As the film unfolds, we see people talking about stories that they feel uncomfortable and embarrassed by doing things to get people's attention in the past.

In other words, they are confessing and apologizing for the events we are witnessing every day. For example, we have Justin Rosenstein, who is the inventor of Facebook's most ubiquitous feature, the "like" button. At that time, they intended to spread positivity, and they didn't know that a "like" button could become a problem.

However, the problem becomes bigger when people are judged based on social media likes. You might be considered cool or a loser based on the number of likes you have.

This can cause more serious problems like anxiety, depression, self-harm, and even suicide attempts, especially by the younger population.

So, even though these experts assure us that their intentions were good, we still have a problem that we need to address.

In the film, we can see another confession from Facebook’s head of "monetization" who is responsible for making an algorithm that is hard to resist, and it is designed to seduce people to come to the network.

Even though The Social Dilemma explains facts along the way, the biggest mistake in the movie was the poorly-conceived dramatic enhancements of some of the perils of social media networks.

This documentary is made in a great way featuring impressive animation that shows us how algorithms work. It is truly scary.

Aside from all the executives that are telling their story, we have a background story that of a couple of families explaining how social media separates people.

Yes, this documentary has many bold calls, and you may think that they are over-exaggerating the situation with social media, but it is nice to see documentaries spreading awareness based on facts. It's hard to predict what the future will bring to us, but since algorithms are getting smarter and smarter on their own, the future based on this documentary seems inevitable.

If you are a fan of documentaries about social media or you are a tech fan, you should definitely consider watching The Social Dilemma. This documentary will definitely change how you look at all social media platforms.

So, the next time you open your phone and see an ad for a wrestling-related product, you'll know how the algorithm predicted your interest in the best MMA odds, for example.

They might have gone over the top with some claims about the future, but at this point, anyone can be right, since nobody can predict the outcome from this technology advancement.

 
Celebrate Heritage Day with a Movie Night Festival


The next Bingeing with Spling watch party and movie night festival is happening tomorrow evening on Heritage Day, 24 September. Being South African, Spling is making it possible for people to celebrate their arts, culture and rich diversity from the comfort of their couch. Get your braai on, grab some popcorn, put drinks on ice and remember to charge your phone so that you can tweet along, track the conversation or join our WhatsApp chat room group.

The main feature is Beyond the River, based on the true story of unlikely dusi canoe marathon team, Piers Cruickshanks and Siseko Ntondini.

"Beyond the River is a stirring uniquely South African guts and glory underdog sports drama. It’s emotionally taut as we witness two men trying to dig themselves out of a rut through teamwork and perseverance. They're constantly breaking barriers, overcoming prejudices and inspiring others around them with the symbol of the river adding layers of meaning. It makes for compelling viewing to see the everyday battles playing out against the background of a much grander narrative for South Africa's future." ~ Stephen Aspeling, SPL!NG

The curtain-raiser is The Letter Reader, a SAFTA award-winning short directed by Sibusiso Khuzwayo about a Joburg boy who travels to the Drakensburg where he reads letters to rural villagers.

Both South African films are streaming on Showmax, where we're staging this month's watch party. Stay tuned to our socials and get ready to hit play at 7pm (GMT+2) for The Letter Reader and at 8pm (GMT+2) for Beyond the River.

Our special guest is Beyond the River's Lemogang Tsipa, a South African actor who's best known for Back of the Moon, Eye in the Sky and The Dark Tower, who's famous for his recurring TV roles in eKasi+ and Traffic!

To open the watch party and movie night festival, local muso ShenFM will be performing a special Heritage Day song. Having collaborated with Jimmy Dludlu, played for Mandela at his 90th birthday and competed on The Voice, he's a big-hearted South African with immense musical abilities.

As host and head film fanatic, Spling will be sharing fascinating movie trivia, running live-commentary on each film and getting people warmed up with some fun movie games on socials before the opening credits roll.

It's easy to participate. Subscribe to Showmax if you aren't already! Follow /SplingMovies on Facebook and Twitter, join the official Bingeing with Spling watch party group on Facebook, use the #BingeingWithSpling hashtag on Twitter or hop onto our new WhatsApp watch party chat room group.

To spice things up, we're giving participants a chance to win some amazing prizes including: 3x Showmax standard vouchers (3 months), 2x Showmax Pro vouchers (3 months) and 3x copies of the book 'Confluence' by Piers Cruickshanks. Check out our competition posts or simply comment with #BingeingWithSpling to stand a chance of winning a prize.

Being a celebration of movies, our heritage and our nation we're hoping to reach as many South Africans as possible!

Bingeing with Spling is a watch party event series and the "best movie night in... ever" according to one of our regulars. Being passionate about film, Spling wants to build a community of movie lovers (not fighters) who share in the magic of movies by doing movie night together. Picking a main feature, inviting special guests, hosting the event and highlighting special performances with a curtain-raiser short film... it's a celebration of everything film!

 
Softie Wins Best Documentary at DIFF


Softie has won Best Documentary at the Durban International Film Festival (DIFF). The Kenyan documentary by director Sam Soko, opened Hot Docs 2020, impressed at Sundance and won Best African documentary at the Encounters International South African Documentary Film Festival just weeks ago. Read more about what went into the making of Softie based on Soko's DFM interview with Wilfred Okiche.

Softie documentary

The film follows Boniface "Softie" Mwangi, a photographer turned political activist who has to try and figure out, which comes first between family and country. Originally intended to be a 5 minute YouTube video, the documentary morphed into a much broader picture taking over 5 years to capture. Filmed without a script it retains a pure documentary feel as more than 600 hours of footage were condensed into the 96 minute feature-length film running time.

In a heartfelt acceptance speech via video conference from Kenya, Soko said "Thank you so much to the Durban Film Festival for honoring us with this award. It’s a culmination of the love and support we’ve received from South Africa over the years. We pitched at Durban a few years ago, and met such incredible people who enriched our work as artists."

He went on to highlight five young Sudanese artists who were recently found guilty of charges of ‘public annoyance’ while rehearsing a play. This win means Softie automatically qualifies for consideration for nomination at the next Academy Awards, scheduled to take place in Los Angeles, California on April 25, 2021.

 
Durban Film Mart 2020: Interview with Teboho Edkins on 'Days of Cannibalism'


The virtual edition of the Durban Film Mart made it possible for people from across the continent to attend. Following closely on the heels of The Encounters South African International Documentary Film Festival, which also presented itself in a virtual format, there was some cross-pollination particularly in the documentary section. Having watched all of the African documentaries at the Encounters festival, a series of special in-depth interviews with documentarians carried an organic appeal. Led by Nigerian film pundit, Wilfred Okiche, these discussions went deeper to uncover the director's motivations, behind-the-scenes stories and valuable details about the documentary film-making process.

Teboho Edkins is the writer-director behind the documentary Days of Cannibalism. The title may sound ominous but it's named after a local bar where the film takes place. Having lived in Lesotho, Edkins knows the culture and traditions, realising the current trend for Chinese-owned businesses to be buying up commercial space in the country. A country known for its tradition of shared wealth among cattle, there are parallels with the western genre as police, citizens and settlers find themselves in disarray and in a state of flux. The term cannibalism may not be as provocative as first anticipated, but it still represents the notion behind this surreal fly-on-the-wall documentary.

According to Edkins, he's representing themes around greed, globalisation, the "gold rush" and acts of cannibalism. The western vibration is strong in this film, echoing the recent African action drama thriller, Five Fingers for Marseilles. Days of Cannibalism has an unconventional narrative without any main players, using the environment to compel audiences. The western elements are there but this is more of a contemplative piece from a third person perspective, offering a number of pure documentary moments that are quite simply priceless. While these moments ring true, it was quite surprising to learn that Edkins was "controlling reality" at points with pure fiction too.

Discussing the finer points with Okiche, it becomes clear that the court room scene was fabricated. A critical juncture in the film, cementing the central dilemma, it's a powerful interaction that appears to have been filmed as it played out. However, as Edkins points out... it was done this way since the filmmakers were prohibited from shooting in a real court session. To accentuate the fictional sequence, they purposefully shot it with multiple cameras and traditional fictional framing. While a little earth-shattering for those who believe in the sanctity of pure documentary, it is still amazing how many real moments were captured in real-time... including the older man reprimanded his relation and the CCTV robbery.

Filmed over several years, it was mainly financed through France but received funding through multiple channels and dispensations. Taking a small crew to research, integrate and scout scenes... Edkins talks about the idea of creating the film 3 times: writing, filming and editing. Each process involves an overarching level of storytelling, allowing the evolution to take place and for the essence to unearth itself. After a screening in Berlin where some Chinese folk were in the audience, Edkins was surprised at their response and appreciative of their feedback with many citing his objectivity in his treatment of both sides. While Edkins is creating a politically-charged piece, he doesn't present his views at the expense of dehumanising or villifying the would-be aggressors. It's easy for Chinese to get visa, but not vice-versa. Delving into the fascinating first real encounter between both ancient cultures, it seems there's a documentary subject underlying the commercial investigation at play. Having had their views of each other's culture largely shaped by Western pop culture and stereotypes, it does seem to be a fresh opportunity for co-mingling and rediscovery.

 
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