• Culture,  Film

    Nommer 37 – A South African Ode to Hitchcock

    Much has been said about the fact that Nosipho Dumisa has made an ode to Alfred Hitchcock’s Rear Window with her debut feature film, Nommer 37 (Number 37), and, for good reason. The film features the legendary British director’s infamous touch-points of suspense in its story-telling. But beyond an homage to a legend of filmmaking, Nosipho’s given us a calling card, of her skills as a filmmaker in her own right. She’s got a keen eye – and ear – for what creates tension, anticipation, and frustration, but also for taking the sound of a good idea and turning it into a good film.  The premise is centred on Randal (played…

  • Miss N

    Entertainment Express: Oldboy, Jay-Z, Jamie Foxx, Tom Hanks, Hitchcock

    * A thrilling redband (read: safe for all eyes) trailer for the upcoming Spike Lee remake of Chan wook-Park’s cult classic Oldboy has been released. The film, starring Josh Brolin, Samuel L Jackson, Elisabeth Olsen and our guy Sharlto Copley, comes out in October. The big question on everyone’s mind: will the new film still include the shocking reveal at the end? * Jay-Z rapped, or lip-synched rather, for 6 hours at an art gallery in New York on Wednesday, dancing with gallery owners and artist extraordinaire Marina Abramović too, leading many to wonder out-loud if performance art is dead, or as one site asked, if it’s just moved to Brooklyn? I still marvel…