Oh Hi Mark: The art of awful

Without a doubt the worst film ever made, but undeniably a brilliant film. Written by Tommy Wiseau. Produced by Tommy Wiseau. Directed by Tommy Wiseau. Starring Tommy Wiseau, and Greg Sestero, co-author of the best selling book The Disaster Artist, which tells the story of The Room’s creation. With an IMDb rating of 3.6, it’s clear that the film is horrible, in fact so horrible that many people refuse to believe that Wiseau is not some sort of genius.

The Room has become the poster child for the film term “it’s so bad it’s brilliant”. The plot of the film is shaky, with various subplots that are never resolved and which appear at random throughout the film. The film is intended to be a drama with Wiseau starring as a classic tragic hero, betrayed by his lover and best friend. This betrayal culminates in what Wiseau intended to be a tragic suicide scene. However, the unintentionally comedic nature of the film, stemming from the bad acting and ridiculous plot, is what has made the film a favourite. Originally released in June of 2003, it’s theatrical run only lasted two weeks, in hopes that it would qualify for the academy awards (yes, really). Fifteen years later, it is still one of the most talked about films.

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Perdeby’s ultimate guide to scholarly film jargon


With the commencement of awards season and The 90th Academy Awards creeping closer, you might find yourself hearing phrases like “mise-en-scène” and “neo-surrealism” a bit too often. Like most casual film goers these phrases go right over our head, so you nod silently as you pretend to agree with whatever statement was just made about the Coen Brothers’ new movie. But that ends now. With this guide to scholarly film jargon, you will easily morph into Roger Ebert himself.

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Review: Vaselinetjie - Anoeschka von Meck


Helena “Vaselinetjie” Bosman is a little white girl who lives in a small rural town somewhere in the Northern Cape, with her coloured grandparents who love her dearly. That is until the welfare discovers that Vaselinetjie is not their biological grandchild and she is sent off to a state boarding school outside Johannesburg. Vaselinetjie’s life is drastically altered as she is forced to confront a crueller reality, with damaged children, indifferent caretakers and endless disappointments.

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Movie review: It - Andy Muschietti


The much anticipated movie adaption of the Stephen King novel It has finally arrived. The film was released in cinemas in South Africa on 15 September and is based on the first half of Stephen King’s novel. A sequel exploring the second half, which takes place 27 years later, is already in the works.

The story centres around seven friends who call themselves “The Losers Club”, who are terrorised by Pennywise the dancing clown excellently portrayed by Bill Skarsgård. Pennywise shapeshifts and confronts each of the children as their worst fear, his presence sometimes ominously announced by a single floating red balloon. The children, Beverly Marsh (Sophia Lillis), Bill Denbrough (Jaeden Lieberher), Ben Hanscom (Jeremy Ray Taylor), Richie Tozier (Finn Wolfhard), Mike Hanlon (Chosen Jacobs), Eddie Kaspbrak (Jack Dylan Grazer) and Stanley Uris (Wyatt Oleff), all manage to carry the film. Their charming portrayal and comradery is in essence what makes the film more than just another horror movie.

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“Whitewashing” and the Hollywood film industry


“Whitewashing” is a phenomenon that has been around in the film industry for a while, but has recently been gaining more attention due to the increase in film production and access to social media. By definition, whitewashing occurs when white actors are cast in non-white roles. These choices often lead to backlash from fans of films, the media, and parties in the film industry. Perdeby looked at two upcoming films and their controversy.

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