One of The Book Thief's promotional campaigns was a series of images and teasers posted on its Facebook page related to words and their meaning. One of the themes throughout the story is words and what they mean to people; how beautiful words are and how ugly they are. Words are more powerful weapons than guns and bombs after all.
By Charles Siboto 14 Feb 2014 08:48
From the outset of this review, you need to know that this is a terrible movie. Save yourself some money and just wait for it on DVD. Even then do not buy it, just hire it from the video store.
By Charles Siboto 16 Jan 2014 15:08
If there is one thing you should learn in this digital day and age (albeit not as digital as science and science fiction speculated in the 20th century) it's that social networks will undo you in a matter of seconds if you are not careful.
By Charles Siboto 1 Aug 2013 10:40
1 May was Worker's Day and that's all well and good. What's more important is that it was also Iron Man 3 day and because there was no work to go to (thanks Worker's Day, you're awesome) we got to enjoy Tony Stark's new adventure all day long! Okay, I'm lying; we got to enjoy it for the 130 minutes we would have on any other day.
By Charles Siboto 7 May 2013 10:51
Expectation and hype are killers. After approximately two years of waiting GI Joe: Retaliation hits the screens and it's underwhelming to say the least. I'm not too proud to admit that I fell headfirst into the hype machine.
By Charles Siboto 11 Apr 2013 10:57
Fairy tales have been getting their fair share of fun in the sun and now it's Hansel & Gretel's turn to shine on the silver screen.
By Charles Siboto 11 Mar 2013 09:21
I'm very excited today. It's the first time that I'm going to sit down to write a review for a movie that's rubbish for BizLounge. I should also put in from the outset that I actually liked it, though. A Good Day to Die Hard is a rubbish movie through and through! But it's a fun movie.
By Charles Siboto 8 Mar 2013 11:20
One of the truly great things about stories is that there are many ways to tell them and share them with each other. Stories are in our DNA as a species. We tell beautiful stories and we tell ugly stories.
By Charles Siboto 25 Feb 2013 11:19
When a Quentin Tarantino movie hits the big screen we all pay attention. People like me get wildly excited and forget to wear pants to the cinema. Other folks throw their hands in the air in disdain at the amount of blood that will be spilled on-screen and worry about the direction in which our society is headed. Add American slavery to the mix and you have Spike Lee refusing to see the film.
By Charles Siboto 4 Feb 2013 10:42
Now that we're reaching the end of January my brain is finally accepting that it's a new year and I don't put down 2012 at the end of everything I have to date anymore. This, of course, means that it's as good a time as any to look back at the year that was and smile at how many great movies were released (it truly was a great 2012 at the movies) and to look forward to what 2013's going to look like in terms of cinema.
By Charles Siboto 28 Jan 2013 09:58
"In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit." Thus, one of the greatest children's books introduced our little furry-footed friends to the world and all were amazed, and the world has never got over hobbits since.
By Charles Siboto 7 Jan 2013 10:34
"The name's Bond, James Bond". These words, though iconic and catchy, have never mattered much to me. I like James Bond, but not to the degree that I care whether he takes his martini shaken or stirred. As Daniel Craig's Bond says in Casino Royale (2006) when asked whether he wants his martini shaken or stirred: "Do I look like I give a damn?" Bond's just a guy who kicks ass, has cool toys and gets laid more often than not.
By Charles Siboto 28 Nov 2012 11:38
I'm addicted to Jack Parow's nostalgia-inducing song I Miss, in which he lists some of the coolest things that kids experienced when growing up in the 1980s and 90s. This song takes me back to summer days spent exploring the neighbourhood on my BMX, rushing home after school to watch shows like He-Man and the Masters of the Universe (1983 to 1985), always reciting the show's iconic phrase along with Prince Adam as he held his sword aloft and would say: "By the power of Greyskull ... I have the Power!"
By Charles Siboto 22 Nov 2012 11:51
I went to go see Cloud Atlas last week and I'm still uncertain of what I saw, but it moved me like no other movie has since last year's Super 8 - and Lucky Number Slevin (2006) before that. Cloud Atlas is not really a movie in the conventional sense of the word.
By Charles Siboto 20 Nov 2012 10:52
So our friendly neighbourhood Spider-Man's currently doing his web-slinging thing on the big screen; new actor in the form of Andrew Garfield, Mary Jane's been put on the shelf in favour of a new love interest Gwen Stacy (Emma Stone), he's donning a cool new suit. The Lizard (Rhys Ifans) causes havoc as the new villain and basically everything is shiny new. Total reboot.
By Charles Siboto 19 Jul 2012 10:32
No Country for Old Men, the title of the Cormac McCarthy novel and its Oscar winning film adaptation by the Coen brothers, echoes the trend I've been noticing in Hollywood for the last decade at least; all the old men (and, to a slighter degree, women) have left our "immoral" contemporary society and have gone to seek their fortunes in fantastical pasts that never were and space-age futures in distant galaxies that we hope will come to pass.
By Charles Siboto 2 Jul 2012 10:12
In terms of fantasy, sci-fi and comic book movies, the year 2012 only begins now. Sure, we've had the rather lacklustre Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance, Wrath of the Titans and, dare I add, The Hunger Games to whet our appetites for what is to come, but that's all they were - starters before the main course.
By Charles Siboto 2 May 2012 09:32
Not that long ago, in a galaxy known as the Milky Way, on a planet called Earth, I read the words 'Save a Non-Geek Today' in a PC Format editor's note, and was amused by the seemingly far-fetched concept. Little did I know that those words foretold the revolution that is silently sweeping over the world and converting the masses into geeks without them realising it.
By Charles Siboto 16 Mar 2012 10:37
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