Thursday, 4 December 2014

How Generations The Legacy Looks

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Though I expressed a deep underwhelmentover the first episode of Generations: The Legacy, I'm still watching and laughing because what else can I do? I'm also watching for my  Amstel Ad alumni bae, Vuyo Dabula, with his strong face and mohawk. Vuyo Dabula is actually the only guy aged over ten that can pull off a mow hawk, really. On the second episode I played a fun game where I rolled my eyes each time the word "legacy" was included in dialogue, I thought I'd go blind by the end of it. Seeing as the third episode, which you can catch on omnibus at 11am this Saturday, was not filmed on location, or a club set, I thought I'd take a closer look at the sets that look so familiar and played a little game of spot the sets. We know the Generations: The Legacy Universe is the same as that of its predecessor but just how simalr is Generations land "Two years Later"? Here's what I noticed.

Tuesday, 2 December 2014

Generations: The Legacy


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As you guys know the 'new' Generations or Generations: The Legacy or Mfundi Vundla's Got the Longest Tender of all time, premiered on Monday. I was out when it played but I made some time to catch the 10:30am repeat on SABC 3. I had some thoughts and feelings and questions on the episode like why was is so not-exciting? Why didn't someone get killed? Someone who's central to the story that is. Where was the explosion? Here are some more feelings/questions in unstructured form because I really couldn't be bothered to put structure to them.

Tuesday, 18 November 2014

Mutual Friends Two Episodes in

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I'd already been waiting two weeks for it when Mutual Friends finally premiered on SABC1. The previous show, which lost my interest about four episodes in, was seemingly running longer than expected? What? Shouldn't someone have a handle on these things? When it finally did the manyisa onto my TV 56cm my interest was piqued. It had a clean look and offered VMash as a washed-out 80s bubble gum pop star who, surprisingly, still has enough money left to raise a spoilt brat within the first ten minutes.

Sunday, 16 November 2014

In Praise of Mali

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 Mali: United by Blood -- Divided by Greed was a Kenyan soapie, the first Kenyan soapie. It's been airing on Welfare TV 2 for a while now and has captured my attention. It has always given me Muvhango vibes from day one only with a focused, ongoing saga. Here's a bit about it and why I like it so much.

Sunday, 7 September 2014

Five Thoughts on the First Episode of X-Factor South Africa

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When it was announced that there'd be a South African version of the X Factor platform being produced I had feelings and thoughts. While my main stance of "what's the point if the talent found there will go unnatured and fade into the abyss of one-hit-wonders for which the local Music talent shows industry is known" still stands my heart has softened to the concept. These are some of my thought on the first episode of X-Factor South Africa


Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Take Me Out SA Loses The Plot

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There was a groan of collective 'WTF' that could probably be heard across the country at 21h00 when most of us sat down last night anticipating this week's episode of #TMOSA but were greeted with a misguided mid-season recap. The newly-imported concept has come to be a sort of stress reliever for most with its hilarious commentary from the brilliant and hilarious line up of single women and the continually bungled selection of prospective dates. For me the joy of the show is doubled by the fact that I watch it with my sister and most of twitter. The observations and laughs are even better shared. The moment Phat Joe says 'let's bring out the girls' a weight is lifted and the stresses of the day momentarily fade away as I'm assured of a laugh at least once during the 45 or so minutes.

Monday, 18 August 2014

Generations Has Been Dead to me

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The thing with my TV consumption habits is that I'm too poor to afford Satellite TV and I'm stuck with unreliable welfares one to four. This is the only way I can explain away still watching Generations in 2014. I'll often watch the show on Thursdays and Fridays (after Khanyi Mbau is done dancing on Strictly Come Dancing) because there isn't much else to watch.


Sunday, 10 August 2014

Muvhango's Vho Albert is Dead and These are the Top Five Moments from the Last Few Days

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Vho Bertie was my nigga and I'm very sad it had to be him, bandla. Everyone is out of their minds with grief. From Azwindini to KK, everyone has feelings about the King Don Bertie's breath being snatched from him. Thandaza even did a spoken word piece like she was back on the Sarafina stage. Khomotjo showed up to the memorial dressed like she was showing up to the Met to snatch lessers bald. I've put together a list of the Top Five reactions and happenings since Albert Mukwevho died.

             

Sunday, 1 June 2014

Thandaza and Ranthumeng Get married


So, last Thursday Thandaza and Ranthumeng Mokoena got married for the second time and I'm hoping it's for keeps because some romances are just boring and not everyone can do the on and off thing quite like Brooke and Ridge did. Disclosure: I didn't know it was Brian Temba THE MUSICIAN who had taken over the Ranthumeng role until I heard him on Ukhozi FM and the host called him Brian Temba because that's his actual  name. I hadn't really been paying attention to the return of Rantumeng because that whole amnesia thing. Stop it, TV people.



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I'm not even going to address lamalivilivi. 

Friday, 16 May 2014

The X-Factor SA


Look, I've got some thoughts and feelings on this here thing. When I first caught wind of the SABC buying into the X Factor format I was a bit mad. So mad you could have been valid it assuming it was all MY money they're wasting. 

Friday Funday Four - When We Were Black

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When we Were Black first broadcast when I was in high school, I can't remember if it was during grade 10 or 11. The day after the final episode aired the whole school was buzzing with the events. It's still one of the most electric and alive stories on apartheid, around the events of 1976 and Soweto at the time. Thank you Khalo Matabane. The mini series started again last night on SABC 1 and I just have some feels to share on the first episode. 

Friday, 9 May 2014

Friday Funday Three - South African Film Releases (2014)


I may or may not get paid soon so I'm just sitting here making plans in my head. These are the films I'd like to see (and review :D) very soon.

Thina Sobabili

It's set in Alex, explores a sibling relationship and looks hectic. I love the treatment of the trailer (I think that's Bongeziwe Mabandla singing.) This is a snippet of the description in the Vimeo page where the trailer's hosted:

"Thulas will do anything to protect his sister, Zanele, after witnessing her abuse as a child. As a result, the two share a very strained relationship and when Zanele finally falls for the charms of an older man, Thulas is determined to protect his sister by putting an end to their relationship"

The boys look like boys I'd see when I step outside, I like that.

   


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If I remember correctly uSdumo was awarded a film when he won the first season of Class Act but I'm not sure if that is infact that film come to fruition. I have to compare this to a classic and say that if you loved Jerusalema (as I did) this is going to be a treat for you and I. It looks like Jerusalema on speed. I fell asleep (twice) when I tried to watch How to Steal R2 Million but I don't think I'd have that problem here. There are starrings galore in this -- if you like them, they've probably been cast. I hope to see it this weekend.

      

The Forgotten Kingdom

I first heard of this film through the ELLE culture page in the November 2013 issue, I think. But saw Nozipho and Zenzo opposite each other in an episode of Intersexions playing characters I suspect were derived from this feature. For one, Zenzo's character is named Atang in both instances. The film was shot in Lesotho and I'm expecting some great scenery to be juxtaposed with the beautiful yet sad story. The brief horse riding scene shown in the trailer... lawdt.

    

What locally-produced films are on your radar currently?

Friday, 18 April 2014

Friday Funday Two - Siyabonga Radebe x Idris Elba Oude Meester Ad

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I'd sooner listen to Idris Elba try and suck at isiZulu than anybody else. Ngivumele ngikuthande ngesiZulu, weElba.

Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Chef Sifiso can taste my sishebo any day.



[Disclaimer:] I used to hate the "Perfect Sishebo Show" inserts so much a few years back. They were substandard (much like most stuff aimed at those of us who aren't in LSM 7,) the host was annoying and I just couldn't stand them. I hate seeing omama made to do silly stuff for "entertainment."


Wanna taste isishebo sami or nah?

Friday, 11 April 2014

Friday Funday One - KFC Mzantsi to China TV Ad

Ad people are clever and sneaky (I should know, I studied to be one) in how they almost consistently make you feel good (or bad) and still pull the chair from under you in the end. We have one of the saddest, one dimensional and generally gross ad industries out there. For every "they almost nailed it" ad out, there are ten ads that make me feel someone should be fired because they don't know what the hell they're talking about.

                              

This recent KFC ad starts out pretty enough. Little black girl in a city where it's a whole other culture and she doesn't speak the language? Awww. Then another cute girl sees her struggling and offers her help. The three seconds where the girls are running around to whatever the Chinese little girl thought would be helpful my heart melted. 
Then BAM! KFC. Uhm, yeah, because fried chicken is the traditional cuisine of all black people. That stereotype just sullied the ad's sweetness. A spoon, fork, or chop sticks lesson would have been nice. If I were in a new country and all miserable I'd miss Chicken Licken wangs and not KFC. I'd miss Sunday kos before I missed KFC. But neither of these sell KFC so...
                             

Check the ad out. What do you think?



There are many other things that taste like home. KFC, no so much.

Sunday, 16 March 2014

Single Galz

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When I learnt there would be a spin-off to Single Guys that would follow the lives of three, vibrant, beautiful, black women in the jungle that is Jozi I was thrilled. When it's women-led I'm there! I loved the international series Lipstick Jungle (my Sex and the City,) Girlfriends will remain the GOAT and after recently watching iBrides Maids, which I am now obsessed with, I was just marinated and READY. And as a feminist, I'm constantly on the look out and hoping for complex female stories and female characters - none of which, to my disappointment, I have found in the show.

Friday, 3 January 2014

Favourite South African TV ads - 2013

TV time has always been a bit of a ritual for me with my family. I generally watch it with my kid sister now and we can spend hours laughing about a good bit of dialogue or advert. These are our (mostly mine) favourite ads from the past year.