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Kingsman: The Golden Circle review

David Aladegbaiye Patricks

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Release Date in South Africa Theatres –  29 September 2017


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Kingsman headquarters got destroyed and the world held hostage with an insane drug virus, members of Kingsman find new allies when they discover a spy organization in the United States known as Statesman. In an adventure that tests their strength and wits, the elite secret agents from both sides of the pond band together to battle a ruthless enemy and save the day.


#MM RECOMMENDATION


This film is pure entertainment and one of the few movies with a justifiable big spend.  Mathew Vaughn has delivered yet another great movie. It begins just as the last film ends with an impressive if not opportunistic car chase in the Taxi throughout London ending with Eggsy swimming through the London sewers all so that he can see his mates in Camden one last time and set the drug-fuelled story of this film rolling.

It’s brilliant because the script did not lose its unique British vernacular that set the first film apart from so many other spy comedies. It’s still a British film dominated by British acting. This film will only hold out as long as America can laugh at its stupid stereotypes, which are meant to be funny for all, as Brits do in most Blockbuster movies.

Overcompensated CGI effects were glaringly obvious throughout the film and were slightly painful in certain scenes, but it allowed the film to create these brilliantly imagined and engaging action scenes in which the first film based it success upon. Without it, the action scenes would be gun fights like we have seen hundreds of times before. Although there is no scene on the same level as the church scene in the first film, the Diner scene at the end does come close with Pedro Pascal’s “skipping rope” as a weapon adding something new and slightly sickening as he cuts through one Italian guard like a hot knife would through butter.

Finally, this being a year for big failed celebrity cameos in movies and TV (Ed Sheeran in GOT and David Beckham in King Arthur in particular), Elton John in this film is hilarious and plays a much bigger role than expected, which was all for seeing. His Kick ass fight scene and the part scene of him and Colin Firth killing the Robot Dog is a loveable scene.

If you take this movie too seriously with some again comparing it to 007, you will be disappointed as of course, it’s not going to have the same class or sophistication as Fleming’s novels. That is what makes it different as it does not try to copy that or make a mockery of it either. The Kingsman films now stand on their own.

If you like action comedy movies, then this is a must. This movie would be great for friends, lovers but due to the vulgar and violent scene would not fit a family movie.

I am the Co-founder of NativityConcepts,SA , acting Brands Manager for Maphorisa initiatives, Shareholder of empowerprojects, Psychologist at Lovefoundation, Mentoring partner for Mzanidirectories. A business mind, a playful soul and a fan of life. I love to share my experiences and feelings in a practical way, hence i ended up with a hobby for writing.

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2:22 – Time loop

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Release Date in South Africa Theatres –  25 August  2017


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A clever, roller-coaster thriller that centers on Dylan an air traffic controller who is given a jolt when he narrowly escapes being responsible for a mid air collision between two passenger planes. Caused by a mysterious blinding light that happened at 2:22, these strange occurrences continue and lead Dylan to meet Sarah, with whom he feels inexplicably linked. Together the two discover uncanny similarities with their current predicament and a double murder committed a generation ago. With a grim fate looming, Dylan must solve the mystery of 2:22 to preserve a love whose second chance has finally come.


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A very well made, well put together movie. It was beautifully filmed and competently acted. The character development was a little light, but no more so than in most ninety-odd-minute offerings. The plot itself was an interesting take on the time loop, Groundhog Day story.

The film progressed nicely, although it was extremely light on action, with only one short scene. There were some gaps, rather than plot holes, in the story, but nothing noteworthy. It was a slick-looking, stylish movie. So, why only four stars? Well, something was missing. we do not know what it was, but it was absent. A full thirty minutes passed before anything really happened, and then the conclusion became obvious at about the seventy-minute mark. The entire movie itself felt a little too long, and had the pace been a little faster, but it became a random mixture of links which in a bizarre way link to a star going supernova.

If you like suspense and scifi/fantasy type movies you should like 2:22. Actors were pretty damn good and did not feel like a low budget movie. We assume they had a decent budget. Good soundtrack, a very similar feel to the movie Limitless. Give it a try. It’s a very decent watch for friends and families.

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Rooibos could be the antidote to SA’s poor sleep hygiene

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According to research, South Africans don’t sleep enough, which is considered a major public health concern as it not only costs the economy billions as a result of lost productivity and motor vehicle accidents, it could also lead to a variety of health complications such as type 2 diabetes and heart disease.

On average South Africans sleep around six hours a night, based on data collected by a sleep app, called Sleep Cycle. Most cited 6.24am as their rising time but said they found it difficult to go to bed before midnight. The majority only crawled under the covers again at 12.20am.

While 6 hours of sleep might sound adequate, it’s the sleep you clock before midnight that really counts.

According to sleep experts, the time you go to sleep makes a significant difference in terms of the structure and quality of your sleep. Your sleep cycle comprises of a series of 90 minute cycles during which your brain moves from deep, non-rapid eye movement (non-REM) sleep to REM sleep. As the night progresses, the ratio changes. Non-REM sleep tends to dominate sleep in the early part of the night, but wanes as the new day dawns.

Whether it’s mounting work stress, the Gupta leaks saga, social media or general insomnia – which affects as many as 40% of adults at some stage in their lives – that’s keeping you awake, home-grown rooibos could just be the natural antidote to cure our nation’s sleep crisis.

Ernest du Toit, spokesperson for the SA Rooibos Council says research done by several academic institutions proves rooibos’ calming effects on the body.

“A study by Stellenbosch University showed that rooibos tea could alleviate stress and anxiety levels, and as a result, aid in a good night’s rest. There are two critical compounds found in rooibos which interfere with the production of the stress hormone, cortisol. These are aspalathin and nothofagin – both potent antioxidants. The lower the levels of cortisol in the body, the higher the likelihood of uninterrupted sleep.

“Rooibos also contains magnesium and calcium – both minerals which play a role in a good night’s sleep. Studies published in the European Neurology Journal confirm that calcium levels spike during deep sleep. The brain uses calcium to manufacture the sleeping hormone, melatonin, which enhances the quality of your sleep. Other research has shown that magnesium deficiency can also lead to chronic insomnia (inability to sleep). Magnesium is also known as nature’s tranquiliser and has a calming effect on your nervous system which promotes deep sleep.

“If your children have trouble sleeping, give them a cup of rooibos too about an hour or two before bedtime to ensure you all get some needed zzz’s,” recommends du Toit.

Another potential factor hampering our sleep, could be our nation’s addiction to coffee.

Du Toit notes that unlike rooibos, coffee and most other teas contain caffeine – a stimulant that keeps you awake, so rather limit these beverages to the morning. With rooibos, the opposite is true. The more you drink, the better you will sleep.

“Drinking rooibos tea supplies your body with all the nutrients it needs for a peaceful night’s rest,” concludes du Toit.

Celebs that rely on a cup or rooibos just before bedtime include rugby player, Courtnall Skosan, actresses, Katlego Danke and Carine Rous, along with Black Like Me mogul, Herman Mashaba.

To spice things up, try mixing rooibos tea with cinnamon and honey – also known for their sleep-inducing qualities.

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What Happened to Monday – Septuplets action

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Release Date in South Africa Theatres – 18 October 2017  |  On Netflix – 18 August 2017


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In a not so distant future, where overpopulation and famine have forced governments to undertake a drastic One-Child Policy, seven identical sisters (all of them portrayed by Noomi Rapace) live a hide-and-seek existence pursued by the Child Allocation Bureau. The Bureau, directed by the fierce Nicolette Cayman (Glenn Close), enforces a strict family-planning agenda that the sisters outwit by taking turns assuming the identity of one person: Karen Settman. Taught by their grandfather (Willem Dafoe) who raised and named them – Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday – each can go outside once a week as their common identity, but are only free to be themselves in the prison of their own apartment. That is until, one day, Monday does not come home.


#MM RECOMMENDATION


We’ve come a long way since Multiplicity and other twin-style movies. The split screen and computer aided work are very convincing. Noomi plays off of her duplicates very well and gives each her own personality and style.

Beyond that, Noomi really shows her ability to rise to the level of a true action star. (As if I had any doubts about the star of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo)

In the world of the future, a one child only policy is made and all siblings after the first child are sentenced to be frozen in cryostasis in the hopes they can be thawed out in the future that has been made less overpopulated. It’s thought that the children might have horrible nightmares that last hundreds of years in their cryonic state.

Because of certain biological contaminations, it’s become more common for people to have more than one child at a time, so when seven girls are born — all identical, instead of subjecting six to cryo-freeze, a man sets out a plan for each to take on the identity of one person — to share a life between the seven.

There are hardships endured in only being able to leave the home one day per week — and even then, only to play a role of a person that must be consistent from one day to the next as siblings switch out the responsibility of work, shopping, and possibly having a love life. They can not trust anyone to know their secret, so no one can get too close.

One day, things go very bad when one goes missing… and then secrets starts to unfold under a dictatorship government that would do anything to prove it’s superiority above every citizen.

We enjoyed Noomi Repace’s every character role and an all time star feature despite the limitation in the script. It has a beautiful cast , awesome CGI and all balanced action scenes. It really would not win an Academy award but will win more fans for Noomi and would be a good watch for friends and families, definitely, a must watch.

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