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My best read stories of 2011

In /Random, Business, Media, Personal on December 20, 2011 at 10:46 am

My ICT skills development and retention article was the best read feature on ITWeb for 2011.

My most popular item on TechCentral – a review of Mark Romanek’s Never Let Me Go – was the fifth most read story on the site for the year.

TechCentral review: Conan the Barbarian

In Entertainment, Movies on August 29, 2011 at 9:45 am

My review for TechCentral this week is Conan the Barbarian:

 Under its slick special effects and art direction, Conan is near-incoherent, and for a film with so much violence, surprisingly bloodless. For the all the money that was obviously thrown at this production, there clearly wasn’t budget for a scriptwriter that understood plot and dialogue….

The comparison that seems unavoidable is with HBO’s dark fantasy TV series Game of Thrones, which also features [Jason] Momoa as a nomadic barbarian. Game of Thrones has high stakes and memorable antiheroes, but Conan trades in sloppy contrivances and dull stock characters.

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TechCentral review: Retribution

In Entertainment, Movies on August 22, 2011 at 7:48 am

[Retribution] is the sort of movie that SA filmmakers should make more of rather than throwing tens of millions of rand at expensive and uncertain prospects like Jock and Spud… Shot in just 14 days and financed by the National Film & Video Foundation and private equity, the film illustrates that local filmmakers can make a high-quality product with a minimal budget. No washed-up international stars, no 3D visuals, no crowd scenes — just a decent script, a simple setting and a handful of proven SA actors.

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