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Church and the Fourth Estate – kragtige kortes

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Welkom by hierdie week se keuse vir Kragtige Kortes – ‘n section op Watkykjy waar ons weekliks ‘n kief kortfilm kies vir jou kykgenot!

Ons is hierdie week weer op ‘n downer, sorry. Die kerk naai mos fokken almal oor die hele wêreld.
When a reporter uncovers a file that reveals a shocking series of child-abuse allegations in Idaho’s Boy Scouts, the investigation rattles a tight-knit community and implicates the Mormon Church.

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Looks like we will have some AC to stream some DC this weekend?

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Our top 10 weekly selection of DSTV Now | Showmax | YouTube | Netflix | Amazon Prime

Before you think I’m referring to the Australian hard rock band, I’m of course making use of a very kak joke to refer to ESKOM not implementing loadshedding this weekend so that you’ll have electricity  and will be able to stream some of the best DC superhero movies this weekend. Speaking of electricity, there were two main rivals who had a massive feud. One the one hand you had Nikola Tesla on the AC-side (alternating current) and Thomas Edison the DC-side. These okes had such bad beef with each other that this rivalry in the 1880s was referred to as the “War of Currents”.  I tried to figure out what the difference is between the two and came across this image that still tells me fokol to be honest. The way I understand it is that ESKOM is AC and your laptop is DC. Nice “current war”, guys!

This whole thing made me think of my tjommie and stand-up comedian, Hannes Brummer who is a serious DC fan and I like to give him kak about it. Because today’s post is about streaming some DC entertainment, I sommer asked him a simple question: why do you fokken hate Marvel so much? This was his answer:

Its not that I’m a Marvel Hater. I just think Marvel is KAK! I find their heroes angsty as fuck and derivative from the icons. The DC heroes are the originals, the big boys! The serious motherfuckers! I started reading predominantly DC comics and didn’t necessary have contact with the Marvel characters, so perhaps that’s where my DC loyalty lies – from what I got to know first. Subsequently in how the Marvel cinematic and television universe was kind of created and forced down my throat – I always just felt more comfortable returning to the warmth and the honesty that DC provides. And let’s be honest – we’re talking about the big hitters, man: Batman, Superman…
Fok jou, Iron-Man- Spider-Man!

Okay then… Fun fact – DC stands for “Detective Comics”, so when Hannes says he reads DC comics, he is actually saying that he reads Detective Comics comics. I’ve broken down the list of Detective Comics movies into three main sections – what I deem to be the general crowd favourites, those movies that won’t be liked be the masses, and my personal favorites. If you’re planning on watching all of them, your entire weekend is sorted!

The crowd favorites:

Batman Begins
When billionaire playboy Elon Musk’s parents sell their emerald mind in Zambia When his mom and dad are killed, billionaire playboy Bruce Wayne relocates to Asia and gets mentored by Henri Ducard and Ra’s Al Ghul in how to fight evil. Bruce goes back to Gotham and adopts the image of a bat to strike fear into the criminals and the corrupt.  This is basically Batman’s origin story. It is als implied by the word “Begins” in the title. because Batman Genesis would have sounded like a very kak and long Verimark ad.

The Dark Knight
This is the sequel to Batman Begins and Bruce Wayne continues his war on crime, this time with the help of Lieutenant James Gordon as well as District Attorney Harvey Dent. Batman sets out to destroy organized crime in Gotham for good but soon enough our three heroes find themselves prey to a rising criminal mastermind known as “The Joker”, a cunty clown who thrusts Gotham into anarchy. Batman gets closer to crossing the fine line between hero and vigilante. Angst!

The Dark Knight Rises
So Batman has been hiding for eight years. Enter that guy what sounds like he talks into an empty super sized McDonalds soda cup – Bane. He bccomes the new boss of Gotham’s underworld and plans to take control of the entire city. But Batman has help from the mysterious Selina Kyle and his butler Alfred. Go team!

Man of Steel
A young boy learns that he has extraordinary powers and is not of this Earth. As a young alien type  man, he journeys to discover where he came from and what he was sent here to do. But the hero in him must emerge if he is to save the world from annihilation and become the symbol of hope for all mankind. Is it a bird? Is it a plane? Is it South Africa getting the Johnson & Johnson vaccine? Nope, its just superman.

An acquired taste:

Birds of Prey
This plays off in Batman’s playground, but we don’t get to see him. Neither do we get to see the Joker In Gotham City. He did however, break up with his chick, Harley Quinn. She now longer has his protection and is in dik kak with all the criminals who are hunting her down. Enter teenager Cassandra Cain, who pickpockets a diamond which holds the account numbers of a fortune from the gangster Victor Zsasz who puts a contract on her. Harley Quinn, Police Detective Renee Montoya, Helena “The Huntress” Bertinelli and Dinah “Black Canary” Lance team up to protect Cassandra. Go team!

Shazam!
Billy Batson is a 14-year old boy who is abandoned and looking for his parents. He gets placed into several foster homes but makes kak and runs away every time, until he runs into a powerful wizard. He takes the mantle of Shazam which leaves him with a confusing face, a confusing body, confusing powers, and no-one to turn to, but his foster family. This is an extremely awkward super hero. I think I need to re-watch this one!

My personal picks:

Aquaman
Lekker ladies! Hoe  lykit met ‘n stukkie vis? Are you ready to get as wet as Aquaman for Jason Momoa? Step right up. Arthur Curry (lekker kerrievis!) reluctantly embarks on a dangerous mission to find his roots. You see, mister gym tits is the human-born heir to the underwater kingdom of Atlantis and he goes on a quest to prevent a war between the worlds of ocean and land. He is basically preventing a surf and turf turf war, so to speak. I’m gonna watch the fuck out of this and yes, I am extremely jealous of his perfect abs and man-tits.

Green Lantern
I’m not going to stream this movie. Why not? Because I still have the 3D Blu-ray disk, goggles and a 3D TV. This is one of my favorite DC movies. The Guardians of the Universe have divided the universe into 3,600 space sectors, each one protected by one powerful Green Lantern, selected among fearless beings and supplied by a ring fed by the willpower from the planet Oa. It is super fokken technical, I know.  The evil force Parallax is fed by fear and destroys a moerse klomp Green Lanterns but Abin Sur flees in his spacecraft but crashes on Earth. All fucked up and dying, his green ring seeks out a successor for him and finds the reckless but efficient test pilot Hal Jordan, played by Ryan Reynolds. That’s funny, because Reynolds is also Deadpool. It is like asking Aquaman to sommer also be Batman.

Need more streaming goodness? Check out our top 10 list of movies and TV series picks from The Plumlist. It is my to-go-to website when I’m stuck for streaming ideas from Netflix, Showmax and Amazon Prime:
 #10 Zack Snyder’s Army of the Dead: Ocean’s Eleven meets Dawn of the Dead
Director Zack Snyder never disappoints, and Army of the Dead is no exception. After a zombie outbreak in Las Vegas, the city is quarantined and about to be destroyed by the US government. But when casino tycoon Bly Tanaka (Hiroyuki Sanada) approaches ex-mercenary Scott Ward (Dave Bautista) about a large sum of money trapped in the quarantine zone, Ward assembles a crew of mercenaries to pull off a grand heist and retrieve the money.
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# 9. If Neo and Batman went head to head, who would come out tops?
Loosely basing The Matrix on Ghost in the Shell, the Wachowskis unleashed a game-changing and epic sci-fi action thriller about a hacker named Neo who wakes up in a programmed dream. A sequel to Batman Begins, The Dark Knight became the lynchpin to Christopher Nolan’s critically acclaimed and monumental crime trilogy about Batman, a shadowy vigilante and protector of Gotham City.
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#8. Dive into the DC Universe
Superhero fans, rejoice! Christopher Nolan’s brilliant Dark Knight Trilogy is coming to Showmax. Stream all three movies, along with Man of Steel, Green Lantern, Shazam!, Birds of Prey and Aquaman, for a DC Universe mega binge..
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 #7 HBO’s Betty is “scrappy, beautiful and filled with love”
Written, executive produced and directed by Crystal Moselle (the filmmaker behind the Sundance Grand Jury Prize-winning documentary The Wolfpack), Betty is based on her critically acclaimed feature film, Skate Kitchen, which took the skateboarding scene – and the festival circuit – by storm in 2018.
On DStv & Showmax
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#6 World on Fire and 12 more war movies and shows
“War, huh, yeah. What is it good for? Ahh…” Edwin Starr’s famous anti-war anthem obviously wasn’t talking about board games, comic books, documentaries, films, series and soundtracks. The act of war can rewrite history and devastate millions, but it’s also served as an inspiration for many entertainment spin-offs – leaving a deluge of meaningful and thoughtful pop culture in its wake.
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 #5 It’s a battle for God’s throne in the latest season of Lucifer
Don’t you just hate it when your parent(s) whom you haven’t seen in like, forever, suddenly pitch up and begin interfering in your life? That’s exactly what happens when God pitches up on Earth, and Lucifer is not happy about it.
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# 4. Thirteen years’ worth of Leonardo DiCaprio in 6 must-see movies
Leonardo DiCaprio has been in showbiz for over 30 years and we’ve seen him go from baby-faced tween to handsome leading man. If you’re streaming savvy, you can literally watch the 46-year-old age by streaming these movies in chronological order.
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 #3 Cintaine on the membrane: reasons we love this versatile star
You’re welcome for the earworm and apologies for my very kak attempt at a joke but honestly, Cintaine Schutte has such a unique name and nothing else with two syllables rhymes lekker with it.
Plus, that 1993 hit song from Cypress Hill is still catchy AF and OMG how old are we now?! While you’re still humming and singing “Insane in the membraaaane!”
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 #2 Your top 11 superhero series playlist
Ryan Reynolds stars as Hal Jordan, the world’s cockiest but best test pilot who works for the US government. His cockiness is his flaw (all heroes need some form of self-issue) but it’s also what makes Hal perfect for his new job: as wearer and protector of the Green Ring Of Power.
 On DStv, Netflix & Showmax
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 #1 Thirteen titles that honour the life and work of Shaleen Surtie-Richards
The sudden passing of legendary actress Shaleen Surtie-Richards (66) on Monday, 7 June 2021 was mourned across the country. To honour her trail-blazing career, the never-before-seen documentary Shaleen Surtie-Richards: I Am Who I Am aired on M-Net on Wednesday, 9 June at 19:30, and is now streaming on Showmax.
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Our randomized trailer pick of the week

Each week we take a number from 1 to 10 from our list of suggestions and put it through a randomizer to choose a trailer to show you. This week it landed on our number 4 spot, Thirteen years’ worth of Leonardo DiCaprio in 6 must-see movies“, so we randomized again and it landed on Inception:
Dom Cobb is a skilled thief, the absolute best in the dangerous art of extraction, stealing valuable secrets from deep within the subconscious during the dream state, when the mind is at its most vulnerable. Cobb’s rare ability has made him a coveted player in this treacherous new world of corporate espionage, but it has also made him an international fugitive and cost him everything he has ever loved.

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Shaleen Surtie-Richards was meer as bloot net Fiela en Nenna

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Dis nogal sleg wanneer daar twee Suid-Afrikaanse legends binne twee weke verloor word. Die akteur, Ben Kruger is op 64-jarige ouderdom aan COVID-19 oorlede in die laaste week in Mei en aktrise, Shaleen Surtie-Richards is aan die einde van die eerste week in Junie op 66-jarige ouderdom oorlede. Twee groot geeste vanuit dieselfde era, alhoevel Shaleen eers ‘n dekade later as Ben die acting wêreld betree het. As mens luister en lees oor wat daar oor beide gesê en geskryf word, klink dit na twee moerse nice mense wat ek graag sou wou ontmoet het. Met Ben sou ek baie graag wou gesels het oor Skooldae, Ford Cortinas en sy befaamde potjiekos. Fok, die oom het skaars 10 minute van my af gebly…
Ek sou moerse graag vir Shaleen wou ontmoet en ‘n dop saam met haar drink op ons verjaarsdag – soos sy, is ek ook ‘n 7 Mei baba. Ek het eintlik hopeloos te veel vrae vir die tannie, want ek het eers na haar dood besef watter impak sy actually buite haar lewe as ‘n aktrise maar ook as gevolg daarvan, gemaak het. Sy is nogal ‘n big deal. Shaleen is Upington gebore en het as klein dogtertjie daarvan gedroom om eendag ‘n ballerina te word of om at least balletklasse te kry saam met die ander kids. Met “ander kids” bedoel ek natuurlik die wit kinders van Upington en daar was ook nog daai kak ding genaamd Apartheid. Die blanke inwoners van Upington het natuurlik geweier dat sy saam met die wit kids kon klasse kry. Daai wit kinders sou haar probably met ope arms ontvang het, want rassisme is ‘n aangeleerde ding wat ‘n kind by sy ouers leer en wat die ouers natuurlik by die staat geleer het. Al daai kak het ook lekker gerieflik agter die kerk en die bybel weggekruip. Jesus se slegste soldaatjies.

Toe gebeur Fiela se Kind in 1988 en dis ‘n reuse fokken sukses! Ek het dit actually by die drive-in saam met my ouers gaan kyk en as klein laitie my fokken oë uitgepis. Dit was ‘n verkriklike fokken sad storie oor ‘n kleurlingvrou wat  ‘n wit baba voor haar deur  vind  en hom onbaatsugtig grootmaak as haar eie. Bietjie van ‘n wake-up call vir die ou Suid-Afrika destyds om bietjie die ander kant in te sien. Weet jy wie het ook daai movie by die drive-in gaan kyk? Die mense van Uppingtong. Jirre, en toe love hulle dit en is hulle  skielik heavy fokken trots op hierdie bruin girl van hulle home-town wat about fokol witmense dinge mag doen nie. Soos mense in Vanderbiljpark wat trots is op Refentse want “Hy praat so mooi Afrikaans en is anders as die res van hulle”  – jy check? Die Upingtonners is so star struck dat hulle sommer vir Shaleen ‘n erewag vorm met ‘n moerse lang ry van jong Voortrekkers (die ironie was verlore op hulle) tydens die premiere van die movie by die inryteater.

Hier is die groot ding wat amper niemand weet nie – toe sy  gevra is om die eerste vertoning van Fiela se Kind by die drive-in in Upington by te woon, het sy hulle getune dis cool, op die een voorwaarde dat hulle die muur afbreek wat die karre van die witmense en dié van die kleurlinge skei. Did you get that? ‘n Fisiese fokken muur  van apartheid. Soos die Berlynse muur, maar in Upington. Hulle het wragtig ingestem en so het apartheid by die drive-in at least tot ‘n einde gekom. Sy het ook verder daarop aangedring dat die stadsraad al die “slegs blankes” signs moet verwyder van all openbare fasiliteite en dit het ook wonder-bo-wonder gebeur. Heavy progressive, Uppies!

Fast forward nou na 2021. Dit is 33 jaar na Fiela se Kind en 27 jaar na apartheid tot ‘n einde gekom het en daai verkrampte tipe mensies druk nog steeds hulle wit snawels orals in met ‘n ou opinietjie. Twee dae na Shaleen se dood het die Wes-Kaap ‘n versoek aan pres. Cyril Ramaphosa gerig om ‘n spesiale provinsiale begrafnis vir Shaleen Surtie-Richards goed te keur. Voor jy in jou klere kak soos Netwerk24 en Die Burger se “lesers” hierdonder, dit is hoe so storie werk:

“Distinguished persons can be granted a special Provincial Official Funeral Category. The Premier of a province sends a request to the President for consideration if they feel a resident of the province deserves such recognition.”

Met ander woorde, jou familie kan dit ook vir jou request as jy die emmer skop. Jy moet baie spesiaal wees en ten minste iets vermag het wat jou land beter gemaak het. Dis nogal ‘n redelike big fokken ask, as jy my vra…
Die rede hoekom hierdie versoek gedoen is vir Shaleen, is so duidelik soos fokken daglig. Die trolle en drolle wat op Netwerk24 en Die Burger se Facebook comment sections uithang, is uit die aard van die saak nie welbelese mense nie. Ek twyfel of 1% van hulle werklik die maandelikse fooie betaal om die artikels te lees. Ek het ‘n sterk vermoede dat hulle geen begrip van die inhoud het nie en bloot op headlines reageer. Daar is geen rede om hulle name hieronder te blur nie, aangesien hulle op ‘n publieke platform hulle comments en eierpoepe drop. Tipiese “whatabout-ism”, “ons vs hulle” en plein rassisme is uit die aard van die saak aan die orde van die dag. O ja, en 99% van hulle kan nie behoorlik spel in hulle geliefde moerdertaal nie:

Daar gaan altyd mense wees wat nie eers wil probeer om aan te beweeg nie – nie eers na drie dekades nie. Ek glo dat Shaleen Surtie-Richards meer as haar deel gedoen het om Suid-Afrika te help om aan te beweeg en om ons landsburgers te uplift. Iewers langs die pad het sy mense ge-inspireer. Iewers het daar liggies aangegaan en hier en daar is ‘n switch ge-flick. Hopelik permanent en for the better of mankind. Of dit nou as haar heel belangrikste rol as Fiela was en of dit nou as Nenna was wat ‘n hoeksteen van een van Suid-Afrika se gunsteling soapies was. Haar menswees buite hierdie groot rolle, is wat haar so brilliantly special egmaak het. As jy haar slegs aan hierdie twee rolle ken, stel ek voor dat jy haar van nader en beter leer ken in ‘n documentary wat verlede jaar release is: Shaleen Surtie-Richards: I Am Who I Am – wat jy sien is wat jy kry.

Dis ‘n moerse jammerte dat sy nog so bietjie kon rondhang om so paar mense nog te tune nie… Net so groot as wat die leemte is wat sy nalaat, los Shaleen vir ons ‘n moerse rykdom van werk agter. Jy kan na die meeste daarvan hier kyk:

 

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