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KokkieH Reviews Kinky Boots

We don’t watch television that much.  We don’t have satellite  (it’s just not worth the cost and we don’t have cable in SA) and the public broadcaster in South Africa is not worth watching most of the time (unless you really like soapies, infomercials local rip-offs of various reality shows and unscripted teen chat shows).  We pay our TV licence like good law-abiding citizens, but we don’t really get our money’s worth.  But sometimes the SABC surprises us with a worthwhile offering.

Kinky Boots movie poster
Source: IMDb

Last Friday was such an occasion.  The DVD we were watching was finished and I flicked through the three channels to see if maybe anything was on.  That’s how I came across Kinky Boots. Continue reading “KokkieH Reviews Kinky Boots

KokkieH Reviews Les Misérables

Les Miserables CosetteI’m one of those people who would have a serious problem if you were to ask me what is my favourite book, author, song, composer, even genre.  My tastes are simply too broad and I like too many things.  However, if you ask me about my favourite movie I can answer in a heartbeat.  No, it’s not The Lord of the Rings trilogy or Narnia (though I’d give them a close second place).  It’s the 1998 film adaptation of Victor Hugo’s Les Misérables, starring Liam Neeson and Geoffrey Rush.  This movie was my first introduction to Hugo’s epic tale and, while I have yet to read the book, I believe it is the single most beautiful story ever written.  More about that another time.

I am also very familiar with the musical, having watched the 1995 recording of Les Misérables: The Dream Cast in Concert several times and listening to the tape until it left this world for a better place.  This is another area where I can easily tell you my favourite.  Les Misérables has second place, after Phantom of the Opera (in this case music trumps story).

When I heard the musical was being turned into a movie, I was simultaneously excited and apprehensive.

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KokkieH Reviews The Hobbit, An Unexpected Journey

the_hobbit_movie_wallpaperI finally got to see The Hobbit, An Unexpected Journey and I’m glad to say it was as brilliant as I had expected it to be. There are still two more films to go, but I think it’s safe to say that Peter Jackson and his team have once again succeeded in creating something that should rake in at least as many awards as The Lord Of the Rings.

Now for those who haven’t read Tolkien’s books yet, why on earth not? But seriously, if your only experience of Middle Earth has been the LOTR films, you have to realise something right off the bat going in to see The Hobbit: Bilbo’s tale is not the same a Frodo’s. Continue reading “KokkieH Reviews The Hobbit, An Unexpected Journey

KokkieH Reviews Rise of the Guardians


I saw Rise of the Guardians today and it’s hands-down the best film I’ve seen so far this year (hopefully to be quickly dethroned when I see The Hobbit in two weeks’ time).  Between a highly neurotic and excitable Tooth Fairy, the Sand Man with bull whip skills that put Indy to shame, a burly, tattooed Santa Claus with a sleigh pulled by murderous reindeer and wielding twin cutlasses, and a bad-ass, six foot eight Easter Bunny with twin boomerangs and Easter egg grenades, it’s really tough to say what I like most about this film. Continue reading “KokkieH Reviews Rise of the Guardians