The Lincoln Lawyer: A redeeming role for Matthew McConaughey and a brainteaser to boot

Picture of Matthew McConaughey and Ryan Phillippe in the movie The Lincoln Lawyer
The thrilling performances of Matthew McConaughey (left) and Ryan Phillippe in the courtroom drama The Lincoln Lawyer make for a worthwhile trip to the cinema. Picture: Allmoviephoto.com

It’s been a long time since I watched a Matthew McConaughey movie. He’s a versatile and talented actor, but he’s made some awful career decisions of late… Anybody remember Surfer Dude? I sat through the entire 85 minutes. From the beginning to the end. Halfway through it, I found myself wondering whether the weed they were smoking was real! McConaughey’s latest endeavour, The Lincoln Lawyer, is a great courtroom drama that gives the chiselled Texan a chance to shine again. Continue reading

Black Swan: Ballet shoes, blood and a bold performance from Natalie Portman

Picture of Natalie Portman and Vincent Cassel in the movie Black Swan
Natalie Portman and Vincent Cassel have great chemistry on screen in Darren Aronofsky’s stunning Black Swan. Picture: Allmoviephoto.com

I’ve admired Natalie Portman’s acting ability since I first saw her in The Professional opposite Jean Reno. I think she was 12 years old at the time. I knew, after seeing her portrayal of Mathilda, that she would go far in Hollywood. Her roles in V For Vendetta and Closer cemented my belief. And now there is Black Swan, Darren Aronofsky’s darkly thrilling examination of a fragile ballet dancer who unravels while preparing for the biggest role of her career. Portman won this year’s Best Actress Oscar for bringing Nina Sayers to haunting life. It was her first Academy Award*, but I doubt it will be her last. Continue reading

Padkos and poker nights in Paternoster

Picture of fishing boats in Paternoster in the Western Cape
The Paternoster main beach is home to a colourful collection of fishing boats belonging to the locals who make their living from the sea. Picture: Janine Du Jour

We made the most of the public holidays in the last week of April and spent four days in beautiful Paternoster on the West Coast. My mom was down from KwaZulu-Natal and wanted to explore this charming fishing village, which she had visited briefly during her last trip. Continue reading

Glass and glamour: A new way to see plates and bowls

Picture of Fanglasstic glass bowls and serving dishes
From candle holders and egg cups to plates and platters, the folks at Fanglasstic have found innovative ways to capture the beauty of coloured glass. Picture: Janine Du Jour

The Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden is one of our favourite places to hang out during the summer months in Cape Town. We usually plan our trips there to coincide with the last Sunday of the month so we can also explore the craft market which is held opposite the garden. Continue reading

Blue Valentine: The light and dark moments of intimacy

Picture of Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams in the movie Blue Valentine
Dean (Ryan Gosling) and Cindy (Michelle Williams) share a tender moment during the early days of their doomed love affair. Picture: Allmoviephoto.com

Academy Award nominee Michelle Williams (Brokeback Mountain) and multi-talented actor Ryan Gosling (The Notebook) deliver two of the best performances you’ll see on screen this year in Blue Valentine. That’s my opinion – and I can’t understand why so many reviewers have written it off as just another cautionary tale about the perils of love when it’s so much more than that. Continue reading