DVD GIVEAWAY!! @BestOfMeMovie @Sterkinekor @NicholasSparks

Dear friends and other interesting creatures,

I am going into 2015, having only a week or so ago, started a personal blog page, instead of using my personal Facebook page for Social Media. I ask very nicely that you follow The Nocturnal Wenchy.

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The Best of Me Movie released on the 24th of December at Ster-Kinekor Theatres. The film is based on the Nicholas Sparks novel of the same name and stars Michelle Monaghan , James Marsden , Lily Liberato and Luke Bracey.

I have some DVD hampers to give away!

The DVD Hampers consist of :

A bag containing:

  • Dear John DVD
  • Safe Haven Movie DVD
  • The Lucky One DVD
  • The Notebook DVD

    To win one of these hampers, please make sure you have liked The Nocturnal Wenchy and answer this easy question in the comment section of my new page!! 

FIVE prized will be drawn randomly 4 January 2015!!

Who wrote the books that served as the inspiration for the films?

Whoop!

I wish you enough,
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@filmleadinglady @Sterkinekor @BokvanBlerkReal @realgilbellows @Lloydi_Boy

Dear friends and other interesting creatures,

As I was doing my thing in the world of wild life in the Kruger National Park, I asked blogger, fellow tweeter and general good guy, Lloyd to cover the Premier of “Leading Lady” (which opens in cinemas today) for me. I love the song “Soutwater” by @BokvanBlerkReal from the movie. Check it out!

I wish you enough,

Wenchy


 

Leading Lady tells the story of a Jodi Rutherford (played by Katie McGrath), a British school teacher, who travels to the little town of Brandfort in the Free State in South Africa to prepare for a role in an upcoming movie about the heroine Johanna Willemse. Little did she know that she would end up on a journey of self-discovery after a South African farmer by the name of Kobus Willemse (played by Bok van Blerk) picks her up after her first experience in town in a South African taxi.

After leaving an uncomfortable London and her movie producer boyfriend, Daniel Taylor (played by Hollywood heartthrob Gil Bellows) and on arrival on the famous Willemse farm, Jodi is introduced to the lady of the house, Magdelena Willemse, (played by Brumilda van Rensburg). Once Magdelena finds out that Jodi is an ‘aspiring’ movie star, she is quickly roped into helping her out in arranging and directing the local annual concert held on the Willemse farm.

The Willemse family is faced with losing their farm land after the death of Kobus’s father and they are plunged into financial woes, with the only possible option is selling their farm and starting over. But with the arrival of Jodi, there is change in the air. She soon has all the colourful characters of the close-knit community working on the concert. Ranging from those typical old Afrikaner ladies with the dark tanned skin, permed hair and old school glasses to wild child, Johan Willemse (played by Eduan van Jaarsveld) and his two girls – Wilmien (played by Tina Kruger) and Katie (played by Carien Botha).

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The story is one of heartbreak, heartache, love and life. The lead characters are not the only ones to find love in this story. Even though thought to be rather inappropriate an unexpected romance flares up onto the scene between Magdalena and Japie (played by Andre Stolz). But with the arrival of Kobus’s ex-fiancé, Linda van der Merwe (played by Jana Strydom) on the farm auditioning for the leading role in the concert we can expect the story to take on a whole new twist as everything is turned upside down. Will it all turn out for the best?

Leading Lady opens at local Ster Kinekor cinemas on 28 November 2014 near you and will also be screened in cinemas in the U.S. With the musical talents of Bok van Blerk, Matthew Mole and Shortstraw, the musical score is set to have you tapping your foot to the beat of some of the best local tunes. Producer and Director Duo, Henk Pretorius and Llewellyn Greeff have brought to South Africa a local film which has some of the highest international standards. In my opinion this is the film that is going to change the way that the world looks at the South African film industry. The standard has been set.

It has long been that there has been a South African film that has grabbed my attention as much as this one. With such a wide variety of amazing local and international talent, one can only expect a quality movie with a good story line and good acting. We attended the South African premiere of the Leading Lady at Cedar Square Ster Kinekor with an event that was flowing with excitement and even a few of the local celebs made it out to join the cast for the first screening of the film. This is not your usual local movie which we are used to seeing on our screens. There is a new approach and with this great story line, it is a must see for everyone. I would highly recommend going to see this on the big screen.

So get on down to a Ster Kinekor cinema on Friday the 28th of November and make it a great start to the weekend!

 1-Lloyd @Lloydi_Boy  I am no fashion critic. I am no famous reviewer. I am no fashion designer. I am simply just a guy who loves fashion and the finer things in life. Fashion. Food. Wine. Travel. Those are the things that keep me going, and inspired!

@sterkinekor Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 

The heroes in the half shells are back! Cowabunga dude!

With school holidays upon us, Ster-Kinekor is giving you the chance to catch specialpre-release screenings of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles at all Ster-Kinekor cinemas nationwide. Be among the first movie-goers in the country to catch this film on the big screen on Saturday, 11 October and Sunday, 12 October.

Based on the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles characters created by Peter Laird and Kevin Eastman, producer Michael Bay (the blockbuster Transformers franchise) and director Jonathan Liebesman (Wrath of the Titans) bring the one-of-a-kind heroes in a half-shell back – as a new generation of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles emerges from the sewers of New York.  They return in a fresh incarnation that fuses the Turtle’s gritty, underground roots with the feisty sense of merriment that turned them into the world’s most lovable action idols . . . bringing them cowabunga-ing into a live-action adventure!

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Synopsis:

The city needs heroes. Darkness has settled over New York City as sinister Shredder has seized control of New York City’s police and politicians, leaving his ruthless Foot Clan to spread chaos in the streets.

With no prospects for salvation in sight, mutant crime-fighters Raphael, Leonardo, Donatello, and Michaelangelo leap into action. They put up a fierce fight, too, though in order to truly defeat Shredder, the heroes in a half shell will need the help of courageous reporter April O’Neil (Megan Fox) and her quick witted cameraman Vern Fenwick (Will Arnett) as well. With their help, Shredder’s plan will quickly unravel, and this once-great city will rise again.

The film stars Megan Fox, Will Arnett, William Fichtner, Danny Woodburn, Abby Elliott, Noel Fisher, Jeremy Howard, Pete Ploszek, Alan Ritchson and Minae Noji. 

Make sure you don’t miss out on the chance of seeing these four green heroes, Leonardo, Donatello, Michelangelo and Raphael, in all their turtle power during the school holidays on 11 and 12 October! 

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles release nationwide on 17 October and carries a 7-9 PGV classification and the running time is 1hrs, 41mins.

Watch the trailer here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nCjsWpM9zFU

For more information about show times, and to book your tickets for these pre-release screenings, visit: http://www.sterkinekor.com. Avoid the queues by booking online, by calling Ticketline on 0861-MOVIES (668 437) or you can book at the box office.  You can also secure your seats by downloading the Ster-Kinekor App on your Nokia, Samsung Android, iPhone and Blackberry smart phone, to book from your mobile. To find out what other exciting promotions Ster-Kinekor has on offer, follow @sterkinekor on Twitter or Facebook at Ster-Kinekor Theatres.                 
              
About Ster-Kinekor Theatres

Ster-Kinekor Theatres is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Primedia Group and is the largest movie exhibitor on the African continent. To most South Africans, the word ‘movies’ is synonymous with the name ‘Ster-Kinekor’. The company operates 56 commercial cinema complexes in South Africa, with five international sites based in Lesotho, Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe. The cinema chain’s sites house more than 440 large-scale screens, over 64 000 seats and the largest 3D footprint featuring more than 100 state-of-the-art 3D screens across the country.

As the industry leader, Ster-Kinekor has pioneered cinema concepts such as Cinema Nouveau, one of the world’s largest dedicated art-house multiplex circuits, and the luxurious Cine Prestige theatres, the first ‘business class’ cinema experience in South Africa, at five key sites: The Zone@Rosebank, Sandton City, Cradlestone Mall and The Grove Mall in Gauteng, and Gateway in KZN. It boasts the only cinema on the continent that is fitted with the advanced Dolby Atmos sound system (at Gateway in Durban); and has headed the return of The IMAX® Experience, with the opening of IMAX® Theatres at Gateway in 2013 and at The Grove Mall in Pretoria East in June 2014.  As one of South Africa’s most loved brands, it is Ster-Kinekor’s ongoing mission to become synonymous with the unrivalled magic of the cinema experience, by providing “Great Moments at Their Greatest”.

During 2013, the company embarked in a massive roll-out project to convert and equip every cinema with the very latest in digital projection and sound technology. The result of this upgrade is that every cinema now boasts state-of-the-art cinema technology that encompasses 2K and 4K digital projection and 5.1 and 7.1 surround sound systems. The award-winning SK App, which is downloadable on all smart phone operating systems, is interactive, user-friendly and feature-rich, and recently recorded its 1.3-millionth download. The new-look SK Club loyalty programme rewards members with redeemable points when they swipe their card when buying movie tickets or catering. Combined with industry leading loyalty programmes from Edcon (Edgars Club) and Discovery Vitality, these give Ster-Kinekor a strong consumer value proposition and competitive advantage.

As the market leader, Ster-Kinekor aims to pioneer/spearhead the advancement of cinema across both South Africa and the rest of Africa, to ensure that consumers continue to experience movies as they were made to be seen – on the big screen.

For more information, visit: www.sterkinekor.com

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Begin Again @mnetmovies @SterKinekor @RosebankTheZone #MMScreanings #GirlfriendsGetaway

Dear friends and other interesting creatures,

Once writer-director John Carney delivers in abundance in his latest musical offering with a splash of romance, Begin Again. Having seen the movie multiple times, I am not sure what I fall in love with more, the music or the characters, or Dan in a towel… not sure if that is in the movie, or only in my imagination – but it is an all round treat.

Dan (Mark Ruffalo), a rather handsome in a “I haven’t bathed in weeks kinda look, but I could have it going on with a little help” is a down and out music producer who has lost his edge, his home, his wife, his daughter and I am sure a cat if they had one. A country song in the making truly. It really helps that he is marvelous to look at. Besides, he seems a little bi-polar in rapid cycling mode, a ride I myself greatly enjoy.

Our Dan, having been asked to leave the record label he had set up with a friend years before, empties that hip flask like nobody’s business. He teaches his daughter Violet (Hailee Steinfeld) the art of ordering, drinking and running, a skill set we should all know…. alas at the end of that particular day, he finds himself in a pub ordering drinks he can ill afford.

Gretta (Keira Knightley) is not having the time of her life either. That very day found her walking away from her college sweetheart,  Dave (Adam Levine) Mr. Make It Big in NYC (Adam Levine) after he cheated on her. No matter what happens during the movie, I could not force myself to like him.

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She runs to the only other person she knows in NYC, the fabulously, funny and chunky Steve (James Corden) who immediately offers her a spot of tea, as one does. Steve is a street or anywhere they will let him sing kinda performer, and is hitting open mic night, dragging Gretta along in an attempt not to come home finding her hanging from the rafters.

The audience is not won over as Steve drags the unwilling Gretta onto the stage to sing a simple song. Okay look, her body language did not scream “Take me now!”. She however sings a most beautiful tune with a really amazing voice and sublime lyrics. I immediately loved it and knew I had to buy the soundtrack at once.

Dan clearly hears what I heard, as he looks and listens (no pun intended for those in South Africa) and beams as he hears other instruments joining in, angels opening the heavens – okay not that dramatic but you get my point. I loved the look on his face knowing he had struck gold. Problem is, having no real record label to back him up, he can’t sign Gretta who does not even have a demo tape.

Our Dan may be in a tight spot but the wheels starts turning, he calls in a favour and soon the decision is made to record an album on streets with no names, all over NYC. A few strange but lovely artists join in and soon we have a band rocking the city. It is awesome in it’s brilliance. The locations are varied and fun! Love! Light! Laughter!

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I do not want to give the ending away as to whom falls for whom or what happens to the music – but I do want to urge you to go and see Begin Again.  Just know you are able to Begin Again, anytime regardless. Your past does not dictate your future darlings!

 

Gretta: I told you, I write songs from time to time.

Dan: What do you write them for?

Gretta: What do you mean what for? For my pleasure. And for my cat.

Dan: Oh really? Does he like them?

Gretta: She. Yes, she seems to.

Dan: How do you know?

Gretta: Because she purrs.

Dan: Maybe she’s booing.

Gretta: No, she purrs at Leonard Cohen, too, and she has very good taste.

Dan: Maybe she’s fucking with you.

 

Check it out: Begin Again

Can a Song Save Your Life?

Wenchy

“Kill Your Darlings” @nouveaubuzz @sterkinekor

“Kill Your Darlings” releases at Cinema Nouveau theatres on Friday, 06 June 2014.

Daniel Radcliffe is Beat Generation icon Allen Ginsberg in this biopic set during the famed poet’s early years at Columbia University. The film centres on a murder investigation involving Ginsberg, his handsome classmate Lucien Carr, and fellow Beat-er William S. Burroughs.

AWARDS:

·         Cork International Film Festival 2013 – won UCC Film Academy Student Jury Award

·         Hamptons International Film Festival – won Breakthrough Performer

·         Palm Springs International Film Festival 2013 – won Directors to Watch

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@nouveaubuzz @sterkinekor 2014 DOCCIE FEST

My dear friends and other interesting creatures,

As I young mom,  I use to escape to the movies on Tuesday mornings… Eat my pop corn,  green slush and feel normal for a moment.

CINEMA NOUVEAU LAUNCHES THE 2014DOCCIE FEST WITH FOUR EXTRAORDINARY FILMS DEALING WITH FOUR EXTRAORDINARY TOPICS

 

Three wrongly-accused teenagers, local striking miners, the skill of a Dutch master painter and a world-class athlete’s fall from grace create the food for thought in four extraordinary documentaries that make up this year’s Doccie Fest, presented exclusively by Cinema Nouveau on its big digital screens.

The four films will be screened over four weeks, from 23 May, at Cinema Nouveau in the Rosebank Mall, Johannesburg; Brooklyn Mall in Pretoria; Gateway in Durban; and at the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town.

The Doccie Fest launches on Friday, 23 May with director Amy Berg’s West of Memphis (running time: 147mins), a powerful examination of a catastrophic failure of justice in Arkansas, USA.  A ‘fictional’ version of this event unfolds in Devil’s Knot, currently on circuit at Cinema Nouveau, but this astounding documentary shows why fact always trumps fiction.

Berg collaborated on the production with first-time producers Damien Echols and Lorri Davis, together with the multiple Academy Award winning team of filmmakers Peter Jackson and Fran Walsh. Her unprecedented access to the inner workings of the defense presents footage of the investigation, research and appeals process that reveals shocking new information about a case that still haunts the American South.

West of Memphis is told and made by those who actually lived the nightmare of events, documenting their extraordinary and desperate fight to bring the truth to light; a fight to stop the State of Arkansas from killing an innocent man. Starting with a searing examination of the police investigation into the 1993 murders of three, eight-year-old boys – Christopher Byers, Steven Branch and Michael Moore – in the small town of West Memphis, Arkansas, the film goes on to uncover new evidence surrounding the arrest and conviction of the other three victims of this shocking crime – Damien Echols, Jason Baldwin and Jessie Misskelley.

All three were teenagers when they became the target of the police investigation, and all three went on to lose 18 years of their lives – imprisoned for crimes they did not commit. How the documentary came to be made, is in itself a key part of the story of Damien Echols’ fight to save his own life. Director Amy Berg wrote: “… the 18 years of injustice, an investigation rife with corruption, and the destruction of multiple lives—I understood that this was a story that not only exposed a frightening failure of justice within our legal system, but exposed a judicial culture where innocence did not matter.”

The film reveals how close Damien and his wife Lorri Davis, together with his legal team, friends and supporters, came to losing that battle. But as Echols, who spent 18 years on death row, himself has stated: “… in the face of such horror, in the face of resounding grief and pain, you cannot give up… you must never give up.”

(Trailer: West of Memphis – http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=west+of+memphis+trailer+2013)

The second production in the Doccie Festreleases on Friday, 30 May, and is a hard-hitting account of the deaths of 34 striking miners at Lonmin’s Marikana platinum mine in the North West province in August 2012. Miners Shot Down (running time: 90mins, 13V) is a locally-produced documentary in the political thriller genre from renowned South African filmmaker, Rehad Desai of Uhuru Productions.

Desai was at Marikana in August 2012, covering the wildcat strike by Lonmin’s rock drill operators in the days leading up to the massacre. At the time, he had intended to make a film about enduring inequality faced by mineworkers and mining communities across the country’s platinum belt. But nobody at the time could have predicted that the South African state would turn its guns on miners at Marikana who, out of sheer frustration with their union the NUM, had decided to go it alone to demand a living wage.

Since the massacre, unpacking the events that led to the country’s first post-colonial massacre has become Desai’s obsession. Since January this year, the miners’ have been on a prolonged strike regarding a basic living wage, creating further content for headlines and front page news stories, making the subject of this documentary all the more relevant in 2014.

(Trailer: Miners Shot Down – http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=Miners+Shot+Down+trailer)

Releasing on Friday, 06 June is the third title in Cinema Nouveau’s Doccie Fest. Tim’s Vermeer (running time: 81mins) tells the fascinating obsession of Texas-based inventor Tim Jenison with the works of celebrated 17th century Dutch master painter Johannes Vermeer.

How did the painter manage to paint so photo-realistically, 150 years before the invention of photography? One painting of Vermeer’s comes under particular scrutiny – that of “The Music Lesson”, which features an astonishing amount of detail.

Did Dutch master Johannes Vermeer use technology to help make his astonishing lifelike images? He did, according to Tim’s Vermeer, a documentary featuring Jenison, written and narrated by Penn Jillette (of ‘Penn & Teller’ fame), and directed by his partner, Teller.

Artist David Hockney and others believe that Vermeer may have employed a device called acamera obscura, though many art historians are not convinced. But when inventor and digital video expert Tim Jenison became intrigued with the question, he decided to take a scientific approach. His quest is detailed in the film.

Jenison eventually comes to the conclusion that Vermeer used a variety of optical devices (mirrors, camera obscura, lenses) in his works. To test this theory, he decides to recreate “The Music Lesson” from scratch, even though he is not a skilled painter. The epic research project Jenison embarks on spans a decade, and is as extraordinary as his discoveries that take him to Delft in Holland where Vermeer painted his masterpieces, to the north coast of Yorkshire to meet Hockney, and to Buckingham Palace to view the Vermeer in the Royal Family’s collection.

(Trailer: Tim’s Vermeer – http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=tim%27s+vermeer+trailer+2014)

The Armstrong Lie (running time: 124mins), a documentary chronicling cycling legend Lance Armstrong’s improbable rise and ultimate fall from grace,, is the fourth and final film in theDoccie Fest. It releases on Friday, 13 June.  In 2009, Alex Gibney was hired to make a film about Lance Armstrong’s much-publicised comeback to cycling. The project was shelved however, when one of the most talked about doping scandals in the history of sport erupted, creating headlines around the world.

The project was back on track following Armstrong’s eventual confession on ‘The Oprah Winfrey Show’, which was viewed by millions of people globally. This intriguing documentary picks up events in 2013 and presents a riveting, insider’s view of the unravelling of one of the most extraordinary stories in the history of sports. As Lance Armstrong himself said: “I didn’t live a lot of lies, but I lived one big one.”

(Trailer: The Armstrong Lie – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YMo78N4BMww)
 
For screening times and booking information for the 2014 Doccie Fest, visitwww.cinemanouveau.co.za or sterkinekor.mobi, or call our Ticketline on 082 16789. Follow Cinema Nouveau on Twitter @nouveaubuzz or on Facebook. You can also download the Ster-Kinekor app on any Nokia, Samsung Android, iPhone and BlackBerry smartphone, for updates and to book from your mobile.

I wish you enough,
Wenchy

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