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Author Archives: Andrea van Wyk

Andrea van Wyk talks for a living as a radio news anchor and presenter, whose first love is the escapism and beauty of the arts. If she could read books and watch movies for a living, she would. Her favourite Disney film is "Beauty and the Beast". Duh! Belle gets to have her own library, (which Andrea covets so badly she has an entire Pinterest board dedicated to this). Andrea’s also a wannabe foodie (why eat things that don’t taste good?) and loves to try new restaurants and wine. She likes to pretend she could have made it as a stage actress (after all, she did play Anna in her high school production of the "The King and I"). She wants to write a best-selling AND critically acclaimed novel (who doesn’t), if only award-winning authors stopped stealing her stories.

No bounty here

RANT OF THE WEEK Pursuing a thriving and respected career in film following a role in a sitcom as wildly successful as FRIENDS is damn near impossible. Just ask David Schwimmer, Matt LeBlanc, Matthew Perry, Lisa Kudrow and Courteney Cox. ...

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Place of pain

In Iraq the term, “hurt locker” is a colloquialism among soldiers for a place of ultimate pain, a place where you go when a bomb explodes, a prison from which there is no escape except through death. Kathryn Bigelow’s Academy ...

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Singularly brilliant

Many critics aren’t fond of novel-to-film adaptations because they believe the visual can’t capture the nuances of the written word, particularly third-person narration. And I tend to agree. While The Scarlett Letter is a classic piece of literature, the on-screen ...

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Uncomplicated fun in Streep comedy

Finding a witty romantic comedy that isn’t drenched in clichés is like finding something in your size (that you would actually consider wearing) at a clothing sale – highly unlikely. Then again, few romcoms can boast the talents of one ...

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Bright Star fails to shine

RANT OF THE WEEK Period dramas inevitably appeal to a largely female audience. This possibly has to do with the pretty costumes and classic romances, and the film, Bright Star, satisfies on both accounts. It get scored an Academy Award ...

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Life is Precious

RAVE OF THE WEEK If Slumdog Millionaire was last year’s little film that could, then Precious is 2010’s. It’s 1987 in Harlem, New York City and the future of Claireece Precious Jones (Gabourey Sidibe) is nothing less than dismal. An ...

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Jozi is a goldmine

It’s not often that South African filmmakers produce good comedy. In fact, the best we’re used to is the “toilet humour” (as my father likes to call it) of Leon Schuster. Does anyone except children still find a farting white ...

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