Explore everything that is outer space from your couch this weekend!

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“When one needs inspiration you need but just turn your gaze to the sky.” – griffin 2020

Yes, this is a quote I just made up myself because I’m trying to sound clever and inspired.  Jirre, if you go outside and look up, it is very hard to imagine how far our universe stretches out. What the fuck is out there? How far does it go? Just staring in amazement and wonder gets your brain going – give it try. Make some time for it. Moenie zol rook nie, kyk net in die lug op.

How about a quote from an actual astronaut? Buzz Aldrin uttered these famous words:

“I know the sky is not the limit because there are footprints on the Moon — and I made some of them!”  

Do you know who Mae C. Jemison is? She was the first black woman to travel into space and perhaps her words are the most inspiring:

“Never limit yourself because of others’ limited imagination; never limit others because of your own limited imagination.”

Once you’re done staring at the sky, go back inside and turn on your interweb streaming device, because if you want to see imagination hard at work, movies and stories set in or around space exploration is a very good place to start. We made you a moerse lekker list which should last you all weekend.
Siklus
Arikaners in space! Whoop! A Very lekker, locally slick produced Afrikaans short film starring Laudo Liebenberg, Reine Swart and Neels Van Jaarsveld. Directed by the very talented Louis Minnaar, this film tells the story of a couple traveling in space, teetering at the edge of a black hole, faced with critical decisions that could have deadly consequences. The mystery deepens when they receive cryptic messages. A lot of props for this 24 minute movie was crowd sourced. I donated some speakers and wires which you can see on one of the control panels.

Space Chickens in Space
I’m putting this high up on my list because I want to make time to watch each of the 52 episodes.  Three chickens living in outer space face unthinkable challenges with technology, school, and getting along with siblings. Lekker 11 min episodes and it seems just as crazy as the adventures of Cow and Chicken from more than two decades ago. Cartoons don’t have to make sense. That’s the whole point of cartoons. Maak los!

Rick and Morty
I’m a massively huge fan of this show – I have 2 winter jackets (one Rick and one Morty) as well as 3 different long sleeves. I’m glad I’m so totally broke since the fokken lockdown started, because otherwise I would be searching for t-shirts, mouse pads and coffee mugs as well. I’m just assuming that’s the type of merch out there which is available. Please don’t tell me if there is lots of other stuff  because it would drive me crazy!  I also just found out that season 5 is on schedule:
“There’s an episode in Season 5 where Morty has a relationship with another female character that’s not Jessica. It’s just a great little story and my very, very longtime friend and collaborator Rob Schrab wrote it… He’s also a very tender writer – a juvenile John Hughes. He really feels heartache on a level a man his age shouldn’t… my Emmy is going to that one.”
WHOOHOO!!

Transformers
Jirre, Michael Bay. What a director! Watch this trailer below and make all those Transformer sounds with your mouth.  What is it about? A war between machine races has been raging for centuries in space but unfortunately for the human race the heroic Autobots and the cunty Decepticons come to Earth. They bring with them some clue to the ultimate power held by a loser teenager, Sam (Shia LaBeouf) who really just wants a lekker car and a hot chick (Megan Fox).
He gets both.
I hate him.

Star Trek
What about just watching the gold old J.J. Abrams movie from 2009, hey? The one with Chris  Pine as Kirk, Leonard Nimoy as Spock Prime, Eric Bana as Nero and Zoe Saldana as Uhuru? This is the prequel focusing on a young Captain Kirk and Mr. Spock, chronicling their first meeting at the Starfleet Academy and their first space mission. How about that?
Because if you think of space movies, you think of fokken Star Trek.

The Orville
If you haven’t watched The Orville yet, please start watching it right away! There are so many clever hat tips to Star Trek, it is insane. In fact  the majority of the first season was directed by various Star Trek series alumni. It is really funny, witty and cleverly put together by Seth McFarlane who also stars in it. This is one of the best space adventure,  action, comedies with its fair share of drama.  The quirky crew of the USS Orville hurtle through space and meet aliens and disaster. Season three’s production has been delayed by the fokken coronavirus twice now since 2020 but I think they finally started working on it this past Decemeber.

A World Without NASA
Fokkit, imagine just for a moment, how kak the world actually would be without the existence of NASA? They’re not just all rockets and spaceships and jet fuel.  NASA’s technology impacts every parts of our lives, from what you eat to who you date and this two-part doccie looks at what would actually happen if the everyday space technology all around us and which we take for granted, simply didn’t exist?

Like this one woman in the doccie exclaims:
“If you took NASA technology out of our everyday system now, I wouldn’t want to eat anything!”
How about viewing our planet from space right now?
NASA started streaming this video live on 1 September, 2019. Although it is not a “live” view of earth, it is a series  of unique and beautiful recorded views of planet Earth captured from 386 km above it. We get to look down on our planet along with the astronauts aboard the ISS. It is absolutely breathtaking!
I just leave it playing on the big TV with the sound up while I’m working. It is the most relaxing thing ever, so you don’t need an app.
Need more? 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:
#10. Bonding is still as tight as a rubber gimp suit in Season 2
First of all, if you’re looking for sexy thrills and fetishes, go somewhere else. Despite its title and reference to doms and subs and their accoutrements, Bonding is merely set in that world; the flesh of the series is the characters and their often complicated relationships with each other.
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# 9. The latest season of Fargo delivers quirky characters and mobsters in cahoots
The 1996 film, written and directed by Joel and Ethan Coen, pretty much put these brothers on the cinematic map. Fargo was followed by The Big Lebowski and O Brother Where Art Thou?, which both became cult classics.
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#8 Seven gorgeous British period dramas to watch after Bridgerton
Landing on Christmas Day 2020, Netflix’s Bridgerton captured audiences and had them in raptures around the world. Narrated by Julie Andrews, produced by Shondaland, and based on the bestselling novels by Julia Quinn, the series is set in London high society between 1813 and 1827, when the Bridgerton siblings are on their quest for love and marriage, along with the security and status ensured by the right match.
On Netflix & Showmax
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 #7 Night Stalker: The Hunt for a Serial Killer is a “terrifying watch”
Serial killers fascinate us. Fact. Type those words into the search field, on Netflix in particular, and you’ll get dozens of results, from documentaries to scripted series and movies. The topic shows no sign of abating (simple supply and demand), and the latest addition to the platform is Night Stalker: The Hunt For A Serial Killer, which tells the story of Richard Ramirez, who terrorised Los Angeles in the summer of 1985.
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#6 The best series and movies about the Mafia on Netflix and Showmax
Gangsters, hitmen, loan sharks, burglars, bookies, con artists – all these and more huddle together under the umbrella of the Mafia. Originating in Sicily, the criminal organisation made its appearance in the US in the second half of the 19th Century, and as a loose definition, spread to other countries including Japan and Russia.
On Netflix & Showmax
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 #5 Five romantic movies for when social distancing gets too much
Unprecedented, uncertain, unexpected…the pandemic has created many challenges. One of the biggest being… love. We all need “the only thing that there’s just too little of” even if social distancing and masks aren’t exactly helping when it comes to whispering sweet nothings! These love stories now streaming on Showmax and Netflix shed light on modern romance in all its intricacies.
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 4# Borat’s latest outing is a circus of a mockumentary
Borat Margaret Sagdiyev is the fictional Kazakhstani TV personality and journalist made famous by comedian, writer and actor Sacha Baron Cohen. He’s now onto his second film, Borat Subsequent Moviefilm: Delivery of Prodigious Bribe to American Regime for Make Benefit Once Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan.
On Amazon Prime
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 #3 Five legendary Afrikaans musicians to watch online
Showmax is bopping, grooving and moving to the sounds of Afrikaans tunes. From doccies, to album launches and international tours, you can stream them all with a handful of button clicks!
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 #2 Watch: The first trailer for upcoming South African thriller series DAM
Silwerskerm Best Actress winner Lea Vivier (Wonderlus) stars as Yola Fischer, who returns from Chile to the Eastern Cape to bury her father. She discovers he’s left his farm to her, to the irritation of her sister, Sienna. It turns out that this may be more of a curse than a blessing, as the house seems to be trying to tell her something. But with her mother institutionalised, and her own meds running out, Yola has to wonder if the spirits are real or just in her head?
 On Showmax
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 #1 Eight shows and movies starring Leandie du Randt
One glance at Leandie Du Randt’s verified Instagram account with just under 200k followers would leave you wondering if a day actually consists of 26 hours instead of 24 and nobody ever bothered to inform you, because this South African beauty is busy!r.
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 3 spot, Five legendary Afrikaans musicians to watch online
Here you go: In the middle of lockdown, Die Heuwels Fantasties adapted quickly to release a new album and connect thousands of South Africans. At a low point, they reached a career high, with laughing, joking and some awesome music. Have a taste. A taste of some kreef:

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