Transformers: The Last Knight (DVD) : Review

Film

The Autobots and Decepticons are at war, or not happy. Or something. But  there are Dragons, and King Author, and also a drunk Merlin. Mark Whalberg has to save Earth from evil bots. The story doesn’t really matter, as it’s actually just a bunch of exploding effects, and robots shooting things. It’s a terrible movie, and on second viewing, a smaller home screen, compared to the large Imax that one could have seen the film on, the effects look even worse. Rather just avoid the film. There is no value even watching it, let alone actual rewatch value.

Read the full SAMDB review of Transformers: The Last Knight.

Disc

Technically, the disc is compressed alright. However the varied aspect ratio issue is incredibly annoying, and distracts one for the film (as bad as the film is). A pretty dismal disc, with decent audio and video compression.

Distributed in SA by Next Entertainment, this is one disc that one should rather avoid.

Transformers: The Last Knight is available now, to purchase on disc, in South Africa.

Video

Video is encoded at a high average bitrate. There are no visible artefacts on-screen. There is also no visible colour bleed. In this effects laden film, there are also no issues in the faster paced scenes, and adequate detail is maintained in darker scenes.

The disc has three actual aspect ratios throughout the film. These are planned, by the filmmakers, but they are incredibly annoying! The image goes from full-screen, to slight letterboxing, to a lot more letterboxing, virtually between every single shot.

From the studio themselves: “Production has confirmed this was completely intentional. Michael Bay shot different shots in different aspect ratios throughout the feature. The technical BOMs state “various” for aspect ratio and this should be on the packaging.

The DVD cover starts the disc is full frame 16:9, 1.78:1 aspect. There is no mention anywhere of varied aspect ratios, so be warned. Online discussion regarding the USA region of the disc talk about two aspect ratios, and the fact that many of the films sequences were filmed in Imax.

Apart from this not being made clear anywhere on the packaging, on the disc itself, or even on-screen, this is a very annoying issue, that detracts from the film. Not that it is a great film to begin with, but still, there will always be those fans who enjoy the series, and this totally distracts the viewer. Bad choice, Michael Bay, and all involved.

Video for the menus is a lot more compressed, but would at least save some space on the disc to allow for less compression of the main feature.

Audio

Audio is encoded at a high average bitrate, and is presented in a Dobly Digital 5.1 mix. Dialogue is mostly clear, via the centre speaker. There is frequent use of the surround channels, however panning between them isn’t always as defined as it could be.

Navigation

Navigation is simple, and easy to follow. The main menu is a motion menu, with accompanying music. The background is comprised of some shots from the film itself.

Text options on the main menu includes links to play the main features, setup, and scenes.

The setup sub-menu leads to a further text menu, where the viewer can then select either an audio or subtitle sub-menu, and make their relevant choice.

The scenes sub-menus comprise of four large, colour, static thumbnails, for a total of 23 chapters. While these are numbered, they are not labelled, so meaning that navigating to a particular point on the disc will require an amount of guesswork.

Bonus Features

There are no bonus features included on the disc, at all, not even trailers at the beginning of the disc.

Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle : Review

Four high school kids discover an old video game console, while in detention on afternoon, and upon trying a game cartridge, they are literally drawn into the game’s jungle setting becoming the adult avatars they chose, as Dr. Smolder Bravestone (Dwayne Johnson – The Fate of the Furious, Moana), Ruby Roundhouse (Karen Gillan – The Circle, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2), Professor Shelly Oberon (Jack Black), and Moose Finbar (Kevin Hart – The Secret Life of Pets, Ride Along).

As the third movie instalment of the Jumanji universe, following on from Jumanji, and then Zathura: A Space Adventure, Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle stays true to the original stories, yet brings with it an upgrade. No longer the physical game board, but a rather nostalgic video game console, an item which also dictates some of the in-world rules that follow as the story unfolds.

With the talented cast, and great comedic timing of the ensemble, Jumanji is funny. As one is whisked along with a very engrossing story, the laughs do not let up, whether they’re in-jokes for those who played the old video games of the 80s, or the millennial teens now in the form of adult avatars, there is no lack of entertainment here, and the film is sure to be one of the memorable movies of 2017.

As the intrepid group stumble their way through the game, following a dangerous quest to end level, they come across an eclectic mix of game characters, from the totally stereotypical, to the down-right funny NPCs (non-player characters).

Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle is one of those fun, feel good, family movies for everyone. And with the holiday season here, what better way to spend an afternoon, or evening, than being entertained, and laughing, at a great film.

Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle opens 22 December 2017 in South African cinemas.

75th Golden Globe Awards Nominee List

BEST MOTION PICTURE – DRAMA
  • CALL ME BY YOUR NAME
    Frenesy Film / La Cinéfacture Productions / Water’s End Productions; Sony
    Pictures Classics
  • DUNKIRK
    Warner Bros. Pictures / Syncopy; Warner Bros. Pictures
  • THE POST
    DreamWorks Pictures, Twentieth Century Fox
  • THE SHAPE OF WATER
    Double Dare You; Fox Searchlight Pictures
  • THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI
    Blueprint Pictures; Fox Searchlight Pictures
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A MOTION PICTURE – DRAMA
  • JESSICA CHASTAIN MOLLY’S GAME
  • SALLY HAWKINS THE SHAPE OF WATER
  • FRANCES MCDORMAND THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE
    EBBING, MISSOURI
  • MERYL STREEP THE POST
  • MICHELLE WILLIAMS ALL THE MONEY IN THE WORLD
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A MOTION PICTURE – DRAMA
  • TIMOTHÉE CHALAMET CALL ME BY YOUR NAME
  • DANIEL DAY-LEWIS PHANTOM THREAD
  • TOM HANKS THE POST
  • GARY OLDMAN DARKEST HOUR
  • DENZEL WASHINGTON ROMAN J. ISRAEL, ESQ.
BEST MOTION PICTURE – MUSICAL OR COMEDY
  • THE DISASTER ARTIST
    Good Universe / Point Grey / Ratpac-Dune / WB/New Line Pictures; A24
  • GET OUT
    Blumhouse / QC Entertainment / Monkeypaw Productions; Universal Pictures
  • THE GREATEST SHOWMAN
    Twentieth Century Fox; Twentieth Century Fox
  • I, TONYA
    Clubhouse Pictures / LuckyChap Entertainment; NEON
  • LADY BIRD
    IAC Films; A24
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A MOTION PICTURE – MUSICAL OR COMEDY
  • JUDI DENCH VICTORIA & ABDUL
  • HELEN MIRREN THE LEISURE SEEKER
  • MARGOT ROBBIE I, TONYA
  • SAOIRSE RONAN LADY BIRD
  • EMMA STONE BATTLE OF THE SEXES
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A MOTION PICTURE – MUSICAL OR COMEDY
  • STEVE CARELL BATTLE OF THE SEXES
  • ANSEL ELGORT BABY DRIVER
  • JAMES FRANCO THE DISASTER ARTIST
  • HUGH JACKMAN THE GREATEST SHOWMAN
  • DANIEL KALUUYA GET OUT
BEST MOTION PICTURE – ANIMATED
  • THE BOSS BABY
    DreamWorks Animation LLC; Twentieth Century Fox
  • THE BREADWINNER
    Cartoon Saloon / Aircraft Pictures / Melusine Productions; GKIDS
  • COCO
    Pixar Animation Studios; Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures
  • FERDINAND
    Blue Sky Studios; Twentieth Century Fox
  • LOVING VINCENT
    Breakthru Films / Trademark Films; Good Deed Entertainment
BEST MOTION PICTURE – FOREIGN LANGUAGE
  • A FANTASTIC WOMAN (CHILE)
    Fabula, Participant Media, Komplizen Film,
    Muchas Gracias, Setembro Cine; Sony
    Pictures Classics
  • FIRST THEY KILLED MY FATHER (CAMBODIA)
    Bophana; Netflix
  • IN THE FADE (GERMANY / FRANCE)
    Bombero International / Macassar
    Productions; Magnolia Pictures
  • LOVELESS (RUSSIA)
    Non-Stop Productions, Fetisoff Illusion, Why
    Not Productions, Arte France Cinema, Les
    Films du Fleuve, Senator Film; Sony Pictures
    Classics
  • THE SQUARE (SWEDEN / GERMANY / FRANCE)
    Plattform Produktion / Arte France Cinéma /
    Coproduction Office / Det Danske
    Filminstitut / Essential Filmproduktion
    GmbH / Film i Väst; Magnolia Pictures
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN ANY MOTION PICTURE
  • MARY J. BLIGE MUDBOUND
  • HONG CHAU DOWNSIZING
  • ALLISON JANNEY I, TONYA
  • LAURIE METCALF LADY BIRD
  • OCTAVIA SPENCER THE SHAPE OF WATER
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN ANY MOTION PICTURE
  • WILLEM DAFOE THE FLORIDA PROJECT
  • ARMIE HAMMER CALL ME BY YOUR NAME
  • RICHARD JENKINS THE SHAPE OF WATER
  • CHRISTOPHER PLUMMER ALL THE MONEY IN THE WORLD
  • SAM ROCKWELL THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE
    EBBING, MISSOURI
BEST DIRECTOR – MOTION PICTURE
  • GUILLERMO DEL TORO THE SHAPE OF WATER
  • MARTIN MCDONAGH THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE
    EBBING, MISSOURI
  • CHRISTOPHER NOLAN DUNKIRK
  • RIDLEY SCOTT ALL THE MONEY IN THE WORLD
  • STEVEN SPIELBERG THE POST
BEST SCREENPLAY – MOTION PICTURE
  • GUILLERMO DEL TORO, VANESSA TAYLOR THE SHAPE OF WATER
  • GRETA GERWIG LADY BIRD
  • LIZ HANNAH, JOSH SINGER THE POST
  • MARTIN MCDONAGH THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE
    EBBING, MISSOURI
  • AARON SORKIN MOLLY’S GAME
BEST ORIGINAL SCORE – MOTION PICTURE
  • CARTER BURWELL THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE
    EBBING, MISSOURI
  • ALEXANDRE DESPLAT THE SHAPE OF WATER
  • JONNY GREENWOOD PHANTOM THREAD
  • JOHN WILLIAMS THE POST
  • HANS ZIMMER DUNKIRK
BEST ORIGINAL SONG – MOTION PICTURE
  • “HOME” — FERDINAND
    Music by: Nick Jonas, Justin Tranter, Nick Monson
    Lyrics by: Nick Jonas, Justin Tranter
  • “MIGHTY RIVER” — MUDBOUND
    Music by: Raphael Saadiq
    Lyrics by: Mary J. Blige, Raphael Saadiq, Taura Stinson
  • “REMEMBER ME” — COCO
    Music by: Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez
    Lyrics by: Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez
  • “THE STAR” — THE STAR
    Music by: Mariah Carey, Marc Shaiman
    Lyrics by: Mariah Carey, Marc Shaiman
  • “THIS IS ME” — THE GREATEST SHOWMAN
    Music by: Benj Pasek, Justin Paul
    Lyrics by: Benj Pasek, Justin Paul
BEST TELEVISION SERIES – DRAMA
  • THE CROWN NETFLIX
    Left Bank Pictures / Sony Pictures Television
  • GAME OF THRONES HBO
    HBO Entertainment / Bighead, Littlehead / Television
    360 / Startling Television
  • THE HANDMAID’S TALE HULU
    MGM
  • STRANGER THINGS NETFLIX
    Netflix
  • THIS IS US NBC
    20thCentury Fox Television
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A TELEVISION SERIES – DRAMA
  • CAITRIONA BALFE OUTLANDER
  • CLAIRE FOY THE CROWN
  • MAGGIE GYLLENHAAL THE DEUCE
  • KATHERINE LANGFORD 13 REASONS WHY
  • ELISABETH MOSS THE HANDMAID’S TALE
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A TELEVISION SERIES – DRAMA
  • JASON BATEMAN OZARK
  • STERLING K. BROWN THIS IS US
  • FREDDIE HIGHMORE THE GOOD DOCTOR
  • BOB ODENKIRK BETTER CALL SAUL
  • LIEV SCHREIBER RAY DONOVAN
BEST TELEVISION SERIES – MUSICAL OR COMEDY
  • BLACK-ISH ABC
    ABC Studios
  • THE MARVELOUS MRS. MAISEL AMAZON
    Amazon Studios
  • MASTER OF NONE NETFLIX
    Universal Television / Oh Brudder Productions / Alan
    Yang Productions / Fremulon Productions / 3 Arts
    Entertainment
  • SMILF SHOWTIME
    ABC Signature Studios / SupahSmaht, Inc / Quantity
    Entertainment / Groundswell Productions
  • WILL & GRACE NBC
    Universal Television
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A TELEVISION SERIES –
MUSICAL OR COMEDY
  • PAMELA ADLON BETTER THINGS
  • ALISON BRIE GLOW
  • RACHEL BROSNAHAN THE MARVELOUS MRS. MAISEL
  • ISSA RAE INSECURE
  • FRANKIE SHAW SMILF
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A TELEVISION SERIES – MUSICAL OR COMEDY
  • ANTHONY ANDERSON BLACK-ISH
  • AZIZ ANSARI MASTER OF NONE
  • KEVIN BACON I LOVE DICK
  • WILLIAM H. MACY SHAMELESS
  • ERIC MCCORMACK WILL & GRACE
BEST TELEVISION LIMITED SERIES OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR
TELEVISION
  • BIG LITTLE LIES HBO
    HBO Entertainment / David E. Kelly
    Productions / Pacific Standard / Blossom Films
  • FARGO FX
    MGM Television / FX Productions
  • FEUD: BETTE AND JOAN FX
    Fox 21 Television Studios
  • THE SINNER USA NETWORK
    Universal Cable Productions
  • TOP OF THE LAKE: CHINA GIRL SUNDANCETV
    SeeSaw Films
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A LIMITED SERIES OR A
MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION
  • JESSICA BIEL THE SINNER
  • NICOLE KIDMAN BIG LITTLE LIES
  • JESSICA LANGE FEUD: BETTE AND JOAN
  • SUSAN SARANDON FEUD: BETTE AND JOAN
  • REESE WITHERSPOON BIG LITTLE LIES
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A LIMITED SERIES OR A MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION
  • ROBERT DE NIRO THE WIZARD OF LIES
  • JUDE LAW THE YOUNG POPE
  • KYLE MACLACHLAN TWIN PEAKS
  • EWAN MCGREGOR FARGO
  • GEOFFREY RUSH GENIUS
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A
SERIES, LIMITED SERIES OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION
  • LAURA DERN BIG LITTLE LIES
  • ANN DOWD THE HANDMAID’S TALE
  • CHRISSY METZ THIS IS US
  • MICHELLE PFEIFFER THE WIZARD OF LIES
  • SHAILENE WOODLEY BIG LITTLE LIES
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A SERIES, LIMITED SERIES OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION
  • DAVID HARBOUR STRANGER THINGS
  • ALFRED MOLINA FEUD: BETTE AND JOAN
  • CHRISTIAN SLATER MR. ROBOT
  • ALEXANDER SKARSGÅRD BIG LITTLE LIES
  • DAVID THEWLIS FARGO

One Dream, One Fateful Night, Freedom In Jeopardy – Mzansi Magic’s New Drama: Nkululeko

They say life is like dominoes – it takes one fateful move for everything to fall apart. Such is the case in the new drama series, Nkululeko, premiering on Mzansi Magic in January 2018.

From new storytellers, Dumile Films, Nkululeko is a coming-of-age story set in the windswept streets of one of South Africa’s most infamous township, Khayelitsha. Here we meet the lead, Nkululeko Zwai played by newcomer Aphiwe Mkefe, who is a talented mathematician preparing for a competition that could change his life and destiny forever. When he makes an impulsive decision in a moment of blossoming love, he suddenly finds himself in deep trouble and everything he has worked so hard for falls apart – leaving his future in jeopardy.

It is at the centre of Nkululeko’s unravelling that we are introduced to Sibulele Nginda (Ziyanda Nyoka) who is the daughter of Khayelitsha’s well-known Brigadier. Sibu is exceptionally smart, independent and while the two are drawn to each other like moths to a flame, it is their meeting that ignites a series of events destined to change their world forever.

Taking on the roles of Nkululeko’s side-kicks are Mandla (Tiisetso Thoka) and Buhle (Abongile Salli) who have to face their own demons while helping their friend come to terms with his life choices.

Buhle is a colourful hustler from a poverty-stricken family. He believes money can end all his problems and is not afraid to dabble in criminal activities to acquire it, while Mandla is a “Cheese Boy” who is struggling to find where he belongs.

And what is a drama without protective parents? Nkululeko’s father, Thami Zwai (Chris Gxalaba) is a caddy at a golf course whose wife left him for greener pastures. His primary focus is to give his son all the opportunities he never had, and so does the Brigadier (Sizwe Msuthu), who’s determined to protect his daughter at all costs – especially from the influence of the troublemakers.

“Through the lives of the youngsters in Nkululeko, we’ll delve into the dynamics of society to explore the complexities of the journey to adulthood in modern day South Africa. At the heart of this story are great lessons about life, consequences and fate,” said Reneilwe Sema, Director of Local Entertainment Channels at M-Net.

Joining the cast for compelling 13 episodes is Tina Jaxa, Abongile Matsai, Samela Tyelbooi, Andile Mxakaza and Jet Novuka.

“Nkululeko is a socially relevant story that we are proud to tell. Having grown up in Khayelitsha, I am humbled by the opportunity given by Mzansi Magic to showcase local stories, providing a platform to a new breed of storytellers. Partnering up with the great Bomb Pictures has enabled us with the support to express our noteworthy stories that will be enjoyed by South Africans,” said Sibulele Siko-Shosha of Dumile Films.

Tune in to Nkululeko on the 7th of January 2018 on Mzansi Magic (DStv Channel 161) at 20:00 to see the youth of Khayelitsha navigate the challenges of the maze that is life.

More information will be available on  mzansimagic.dstv.com

Vuzu Amp Becomes 1Magic

It’s going to be a magical start to the new year when DStv Premium customers, say hello to 1Magic on 29 January 2018, DStv Channel 103! The channel will become the entertainment destination of choice for audiences who enjoy gripping local dramas, telenovelas, reality shows, movies and are also looking for the best in international reality, drama and movies.

Leading the charge will be the channel’s flagship new telenovela, The River, which boasts the crème de la crème of South African acting talent. Starting on 29 January 2018, it is spearheaded by a formidable cast made up of seasoned actors, Sindi Dlathu, Hlomhla Dandala, Moshidi Motshegwa, and newcomer, Larona Moagi. The River is about the deadly result that comes about when the greedy world of society’s upper crust collides with that of ordinary common folk. Driven by the themes of love across social classes, greed and a community fighting to survive, it’s a show that can’t be missed.

VUZU AMP audiences should not panic because 1Magic will still be serving a mix of compelling, relevant and entertaining international programmes like The Fixer, How To Get Away with Murder, The Real Housewives, Power and later on in the year, latest seasons of Ballers, Queen Sugar and Insecure.

On 2 February, viewers should look out for a new chic urban drama Unmarried, which unpacks themes of love, urban hustle and bustle, and the daily challenges faced by young urban couples in trying to juggle life and aspirations. The drama boosts a stellar cast of South African household names such as Fezile Makhanya, Thembisa Mdoda, Renate Stuurman amongst others.

“In line with our vision to be the best African storytellers in the world, M-Net has identified a need to invest in more local entertainment for our viewers, in the premium segment. 1Magic will fill a viewing gap by combining new and exclusive local shows with international content,” says Nkateko Mabaso, GM M-Net South Africa.

1Magic DStv Channel 103, will be unveiled on 29 January 2018 and will be available to DStv Premium customers.

15 Documentary Features Advance In 2017 Oscar® Race

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today announced that 15 films in the Documentary Feature category will advance in the voting process for the 90th Academy Awards®. One hundred seventy films were originally submitted in the category.

The 15 films are listed below in alphabetical order by title, with their production companies:

  • “Abacus: Small Enough to Jail,” Mitten Media, Motto Pictures, Kartemquin Educational Films and WGBH/FRONTLINE
  • “Chasing Coral,” Exposure Labs in partnership with The Ocean Agency & View Into the Blue in association with Argent Pictures & The Kendeda Fund
  • “City of Ghosts,” Our Time Projects and Jigsaw Productions
  • “Ex Libris – The New York Public Library,” Ex Libris Films
  • “Faces Places,” Ciné Tamaris
  • “Human Flow,” Participant Media and AC Films
  • “Icarus,” Netflix Documentary in association with Impact Partners, Diamond Docs, Chicago Media Project and Alex Productions
  • “An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power,” Paramount Pictures and Participant Media
  • “Jane,” National Geographic Studios in association with Public Road Productions
  • “LA 92,” Lightbox
  • “Last Men in Aleppo,” Larm Film
  • “Long Strange Trip,” Double E Pictures, AOMA Sunshine Films and Sikelia
  • “One of Us,” Loki Films
  • “Strong Island,” Yanceville Films and Louverture Films
  • “Unrest,” Shella Films and Little by Little Films

The Academy’s Documentary Branch determined the shortlist in a preliminary round of voting. Documentary Branch members will now select the five nominees from among the 15 titles.

Nominations for the 90th Academy Awards will be announced on Tuesday, January 23, 2018.

The 90th Oscars® will be held on Sunday, March 4, 2018, at the Dolby Theatre® at Hollywood & Highland Center® in Hollywood, and will be televised live on the ABC Television Network at 6:30 p.m. ET/3:30 p.m. PT. The Oscars also will be televised live in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide

Jamandi And Machiel Win My Kitchen Rules SA

Jamandi and Machiel win My Kitchen Rules SA!
Husband and wife from Bloemfontein take home R1 Million prize

Jamandi and Machiel Bekker, a husband and wife team from Bloemfontein, have won Season 1 of M-Net’s hit cooking competition My Kitchen Rules South Africa. M-Net also confirmed tonight that it has commissioned a second season of this popular series, due to start in 2018.

Jamandi and Machiel took the title of South Africa’s best home cooks and a whopping R1 Million cash prize after narrowly beating best friends Charnell and Kerry from Johannesburg’s Weltevreden Park in the spectacular season finale, in which both teams were tasked to create a gourmet five course meal.

Judging and scoring each dish were the show’s resident judges David Higgs and J’Something, as well as a panel of guest experts including South Africa’s first Michelin Star chef Jan Hendrik, who flew all the way from Nice, France to judge in tonight’s finale. Alongside Jan Hendrik were Chef Margot Janse, whose stint at Le Quartier Francais in Franschhoek earned the restaurant eighth place in the World’s Top 50 Restaurants, legendary master of Cape Malay cuisine Cass Abrahams and food enthusiast and straight-talking Carte Blanche investigative journalist Devi Sankaree Govender.

Each team was required to create an amuse-bouche, a soup, a fish dish, a main meal and a dessert. Moreover, they had to prepare 20 plates of each course, because all 16 of their fellow competitors returned to the MKR Kitchen HQ for this special episode!

Charnell and Kerry’s offering included some signature South African flavours throughout their five courses. The friends put forward an amuse-bouche of roasted tomato and goats cheese with basil cream; a spicy pumpkin and coconut soup; pickled fish with a spicy cucumber salad and an Eastern Cape style “Hong Kong” chicken with corn puree. For dessert, they presented traditional Cape Malay koesisters with sweetened cream, naartjie coulis and an almond crumb – a dish which was so well executed that it brought judge Cass Abrahams to tears, and had Chef Jan Hendrik so inspired that he wanted to take it back to his restaurant in Europe with him.

Jamandi and Machiel kicked off their five courses with a blue cheese and fig tart, followed by a roasted cauliflower and coconut soup with maple and whisky glazed bacon and salmon in a herb garden with avocado and coconut sauce, which garnered rave reviews from the guest judges, especially Chef Jan Hendrik. They followed this with a pork belly donburi main with jasmine rice and, for dessert, a champagne jelly with a peach salad, which also wowed the panel. Judge J’Something described their dessert as “summer on a plate and an absolute delight.”

Despite Charnell and Kerry’s impressive dessert offering, Jamandi and Machiel’s collective scores across their five courses narrowly beat theirs. In the end, the witty husband and wife team scored a total of 46 out of 60 points, beating Charnell and Kerry by a mere three points to clinch the winning title.

“This whole show has changed our lives,” an emotional Machiel revealed. The series finale also happened to fall on the couple’s tenth wedding anniversary, making the victory even sweeter. “I never knew how much Machiel actually loved me until our My Kitchen Rules journey,” Jamandi admitted. “I’m so excited to win My Kitchen Rules, but the thing that excites me even more is our marriage.”

Auditions for Season 2 of My Kitchen Rules SA will be held early in 2018 and fans can visit www.mnet.tv/mkrsa for all audition information and breaking news about Season 2.

The Post – Nominated For 8 Critics’ Choice Awards

TIMES MEDIA FILMS are excited to announce that THE POST has been nominated by The Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA) for 8 Critics’ Choice Awards – These are

  • Best Picture
  • Best Director
  • Best Actor
  • Best Actress
  • Best Acting Ensemble
  • Best Original Screenplay
  • Best Editing
  • Best Score

THE POST is directed by Steven Spielberg and  stars Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep – This marks the first collaboration between the 3 Hollywood legends.

THE POST, a thrilling drama about the unlikely partnership of Katharine Graham (Streep), the first female publisher of The Washington Post, and its driven editor Ben Bradlee (Hanks), as they race to catch up with The New York Times to expose a massive cover-up of government secrets that spanned three decades and four U.S. Presidents. The two must overcome their differences as they risk their careers—and their very freedom—to bring long-buried truths to light.

THE POST will be released in South African cinemas on the 26th of January 2018

Coming Up On Carte Blanche – 10 December 2017

On M-Net & M-Net HD [101], Sunday 10 December 2017 at 19:00 & again on M-Net Plus 1 [901] at 20:00

 

 

Stephen McGown

It was supposed to be the adventure of a lifetime – the ultimate motorcycle ride across Africa. Instead, it turned into almost 6 years of hell at the hands of al-Qaeda. Kidnapped, chained and constantly fearing for his life, Stephen McGown clung to the hope of being reunited with his family and was finally released in August. In his first in-depth television interview, he opens up to Carte Blanche about his terrifying ordeal.

Producer: Mart-Marie Faure
Presenter: Devi Sankaree Govender

Lion Mama

In rural communities, sexual assaults are prevalent and women are desperately vulnerable. So what happens when an Eastern Cape mother defends her daughter against three armed rapists, killing one of the attackers? Self-defence or an unlawful killing? Carte Blanche untangles the issues.

Producer: Tarryn Crossman
Presenter: Claire Mawisa

Cargo Theft

The N2 between KZN and the Eastern Cape has become a treacherous route. Violent looters target moving trucks, ripping cargo off the back of the trailer and within minutes, making off with millions of Rands worth of goods. It’s costing the economy billions, so why has nothing been done to stop the looting? Carte Blanche exposes this growing trend.

Producer: Nicky Troll
Presenter: Devi Sankaree Govender

Two Dads, Three babies

Families come in all shapes and sizes, and two fathers raising triplets are turning the traditional notion of a nuclear family on its head. As same sex parenting and surrogacy become more visible, the world is adapting to more modern family units and South Africa isn’t far behind. Carte Blanche explores these changing dynamics.

Producer: Ben Dwork
Presenter: Devi Sankaree Govender

Watch the trailers

Line-ups are subject to change. Stories can be viewed at www.carteblanche.co.za.

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Terminatryx 15th Anniversary / New Remix Album / New Guitarist

Cape Town’s female-fronted TERMINATRYX is celebrating its 15th anniversary making Alternative music on their own terms, and is releasing their fourth album in the shape of their second remix album, across a variety media, from all reputed download and steaming locations, to unique limited edition USB drive / pendant and CD.

As with the Terminatryx 2008 self-titled debut album receiving a full remixed version in 2011 via “Remyx v1.0”, calling in a range of varied but amazing remixers from around the world to take on the self-titled album’s tracks, the same has been done with the acclaimed 2014 studio album “Shadow” (co-produced with Theo Crous).

THE REMIXERS
Here “Remyx v2.0” pulled in several exciting artists & producers who also worked on the first remix project, including local legends BATTERY 9, MR. SAKITUMI, Terminatryx drummer iRONic, and internationals INDUSTRIEZONE (Austria) and LLOYD PRICE of The Frixion, Massive Ego and Sigue Sigue Sputnik (UK).

On the local front the kick-ass remixers encapsulate DJ / Producer phenomenon GRIMEHOUSE, newcomers KHEMICAL KRYPT and IN MISERY, and two more direct Terminatryx links in vocalist Sonja’s side project ISOBEL and multi-instrumentalist Paul’s solo project (of 20 years) F8.

Like v1.0, the track listing and -order mirrors its studio album exactly, plus bonus material (v2.0 including a Terminatryx cover version of Prince’s “When Doves Cry”).

More details, info and images of the remixers and the project (of both v1.0 & v2.0)  at www.terminatryx.com/remix

DOWNLOAD & STREAMING
This remix album and all other Terminatryx releases are available at all download and streaming locations, including:
iTunes: www.itunes.apple.com/us/artist/terminatryx/555064177
Bandcamp: www.terminatryx.bandcamp.com
CD Baby: store.cdbaby.com/cd/terminatryx4
Amazon mp3: www.amazon.com/Remyx-v-2-0-Terminatryx/dp/B077XHFH1G

Musicians are always precious about their work, not wanting anyone to touch or alter it, but Terminatryx trusts the amazing remixers they select to reappraise their songs, alter, rework and reconstruct them to create something new and as exciting as the original material from which it stems, adding a brand new dimension.

A bonus track includes a Terminatryx cover version of Prince’s “When Doves Cry”.

Knowing that not everyone may latch onto the more Industrial-Rock / Alternative-Metal flavour of Terminatryx’ original material, here it opens up to a wider audience with genres from Dubstep, Electronic-Pop and Dance, to Industrial, Acoustic / Folk, Glitch, Breaks and more, to become a part of the band’s music (without alienating their established supporters who have a wide rage in musical tastes).

Another important component is to expose Terminatryx fans to other cool artists via the remixers and urging them to check out their work.

USB FLASH DRIVE / PENDANT
Always trying to do something different to the norm, and the interest in CDs shifting, Terminatryx decided to make the first physical incarnation of “Remyx v2.0” available as a limited edition USB pendant.  The 8gb laser engraved key-shaped metal USB flash drive comes with a 60cm metal ball chain, also making it the first piece of Terminatryx jewelry! It is packaged in a see-through magnetic case (and album cover branded box sleeve).
The songs are included in both .mp3 and higher quality .wav audio formats, album info and details come as a pdf file, and an extra folder holds three Terminatryx mp4 music videos: “Shadow”, “Gone”, “Medusa (iRONic Remix)” and a 12 minute sampler clip alternating extracts from the “Shadow” album and its remixes. (A USB version including both the “Shadow” album and it “Remyx v2.0” reworking is also available)

COMPACT DISC
The album will also be available on limited edition CD.

COVER DESIGN
As with the cover design of “Remyx v1.0” which also received a ‘remix’ of its own integrating with the original, the same was executed for the cover of “Remyx v2.0”, Terminatryx photographic collaborator Dr-Benway retrofitting a wireframe version of the “Shadow” cover (and alternating Paul’s two logo designs).

REMYX v2.0 Track Listing:

  1. METROPOLIS (The Moloch Remix by F8)
  2. HOLY (The Frixion Remix)
  3. SCARS (Grimehouse Remix)
  4. MASJIEN-MACHINE (Sementkop Mix by Battery 9)
  5. SHADOW (Industriezone Remix)
  6. GONE (Khemical Krypt Remix)
  7. PURIFIRE (In Misery Remix)
  8. NOTHING (Isobel Acoustyx Version)
  9. OUTCAST (Mr Sakitumi Remix)
  10. MEDUSA (iRONic Remix)
  11. WHEN DOVES CRY (Terminatryx Cover Version)

NEW BAND MEMBER
The “Remyx v2.0” USB launch was a bitter-sweet occasion, marking the final show with guitarist Patrick Davidson (after 10 years with the band).  No animosity or sensational drama, Patrick has endeavours he wants to fulfill and need to focus on in order to do so.  The band’s new guitarist is the talented Mark Allnutt.  For details on this, check out: www.metal4africa.com/news/terminatryx-new-guitarist-announced

VIDEO
See all Terminatryx invigorating, cinematic (and award winning) music videos
www.youtube.com/Terminatryx