Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Circle Circle Dot Dot - Jamie Kennedy and Stu Stone

This song is the funniest thing I have heard in a while. Jamie Kennedy now thinks that he can rap after playing a wannabe rapper in the film Malibu's Most Wanted as B-Rad, the son who was an embrassment to his father.

Now him and his friend Stu Stone have an MTV show called Blowin' Up in which they are trying to get a record deal as RAPPERS. Seems like Warner Bros was the unfortunate record company to have said yes.

Kevin Federline (Rap Commercial)

Thought I'll blog this funny advert featuring Britney's ex, K-fed who the gossip bloggers have renamed fed-ex.

It's really good to be able to laugh at one's self.

Friday, January 26, 2007

In my struggle to get a permanent job (which I need for benefits like medical aid, insurance, not fearful of getting fired out of the blue) I have been wondering about my choice of degree. Sure I enjoyed the many many courses under my film and media degree, I mean who wouldn't enjoy watching films while others are being bored to death listening to monotone lecturers? My workload consists of watching TV shows like Generations, Backstage, Isidingo for research. Reading magazines and newspapers were considered very important reading material and now I'm wondering if I'm paying off for all the fun I had.

I've heard that many peeps from my class have ended up working for radio stations as DJs and I wonder if that is my only option. By the way, I have applied for radio jobs and that hasn't been fruitful either. My lack of job opportunities has really got me worried and I wonder if I should have done Bcom instead (ha, ha me as an accountant is really funny). If you have been unemployed for a year even working as a statician isnt so bad.

Well, people (my mom) say I mustn't give up, some people have been unemployed for 2 years before they found anything. Yeah, and that is suppose to make me feel better. But, alas, maybe they're right. I should sit back and smell the roses while I still can, thankfully, smelling roses is still free.

Thursday, January 25, 2007

It's the award season again and the Oscar nominations have been announced.
I had expected Leo DiCaprio's name to appear in the Best Actor category but not for Blood Diamond. I mean what were they thinking? His acting in The Departed was much more better then in Blood Diamond. It's like the Denzel Washington thing again when he won the Oscar for the worst film ever, Training Day. I felt that they had given it to him because they had sidelined him for all the other better films he had made and so it was a consolation prize, while with Leo the nomination is for the 'movie with a message'.
Maybe this time the Oscar peeps can give Martin Scorsese what he's due and give him the Best Director award.

Presley Chweneyagae, the actor from the award winning South African film Tsotsi, has appeared briefly in the Pretoria magistrate's court after his arrest on Tuesday.
The actor was arrested for allegedly driving with a fake Ivory Coast licence that had been doctored to look like an international driver's licence. The funny thing about that was that yesterday his agent had said that Presley couldn't drive and had been driven everywhere while filming so where did he learn the skill so quickly?
I can't believe it. Here you are making a name for yourself and then you go and do something so STUPID!
The court granted his request for a postponement on his case because he had to travel abroad for work. While he walked out of the court, Presley was quoted saying that he was confident that the law will take its course.

Sunday, January 21, 2007

I went to watch the 'controversial' film, Blood Diamonds and I ended up snoozing most of it. I know wonder what the whole deal was about.
The film starred Leonardo DiCaprio, Jennifer Connelly and Djimon Hounsou, who plays the 'noble savage' role really well and will keep playing it it seems.
The film starts with Solomon Vandy (Hounsou) with his son Dia, who wants to be a doctor when he grows up, but of cause things go crazy when rebels arrive at their village and his family turn into refugees and his son becomes a child soldier. He finds a huge diamond, meets up with Danny Archer (DiCaprio) ,the bombs start flying and the running begins.
It was the small things I found annoying. The fact that the child soldiers all spoke with perfect English accents. The rebels spoke with a bad Nigerian accent and these were supposed to be people from Sierra Leone. The South African actors were probably told to stick with their accent because it's African right? And I don't even want to talk about Leo's accent and how bad it was. Actors normally spend months learning an accent or a dialect but when it comes to an African accent they're probably told anything dodgy is OK.
The other things that made me want to get the hell out of the cinema was the shallowness of the film. Zwick concentrated so much on the action that he forgot to make a meaningful film that actually had something to say! He just cut and pasted the bias you get from News agents like CNN about Africa and put Hollywood actors in it and called it a movie. The Africans were one dimension who were like lost little children who needed the help of the brave Westerners, or blood thirsty savages. Tell me, what else is new?
After watching it, I thought about the big PR campaign that our country, Botswana went into with De Beers. Our President was flying all over the world trying to sell our diamonds as non-conflict diamonds and now I'm wondering how all those millions spend on this campaign could have gone into our public services.

Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Today I'm having a hard time concentrating on work, well I always have a hard time concentrating but today it's extremely hard. I have walked up and down the office a hundred times and I'm sure the staff is thinking that I'm on something. I don't know what's wrong, maybe because the work is boring, that could be it.

The good news is that Martin Scorsese got best picture and best director for The Departed at the Golden Globes Awards.

The weird news is that Renee Zellweger is getting it on with Luke Perry! Who even knew he was still alive?

Well back to work I guess.

Tuesday, January 16, 2007

I wonder when the attitude of entitlement will end in some Africans, especially Africans in high political positions. It was with dismay that I read about a South African mayor spending almost half a million on a new luxury car instead of supplying water and other basic services to local townships.

The mayor, Linah Malatjie, intends replacing her existing Mercedes Benz with a new model costing R475 000. Half of that money could be used in improving the water problem in schools and for private use. When the public repeatedly asks for proper water tanks and better service they are told that there is no money, because it has gone to buy fancy cars for the mayor.

Monday, January 15, 2007

Last time I had blogged the rumour that there was going to be a huge Bollywood merger between Ria and Bachchan family, turns out that the rumour turned out to be true.
Ms Rai's people confirmed that an engagement ceremony had taken place on sunday evening at Ms Rai's home in the city Mumbai. It was confirmed that the families of both actors were present at the ceremony.
Boy is this man lucky. First he gets born in Bollywood loyalty and then he bags Bollywood's leading lady and the most beautiful woman in the world(Former Miss World). I actually remember watching her win the beauty contest, I never thought she'll end up acting, I had thought she'll end up being a business woman or something.
Gosh, they're going to have beautiful babies.

Friday, January 12, 2007

The Beckams are planning to invade LA in the not so distant future. David has decided not to renew his contract with Real Madrid and has signed instead with Galaxy something. The contract is for $250 million a year.

Is David crazy or what? Sure the money is good and all but what is he expecting to learn in the USA, where they don't even call call football by it's real name. The love of money really is the root to all bad decisions.
Zimbabwean police are losing their minds, that's if they had any to begin with. According to, the Zimbabwean police are refusing to return a consignment of sanitary pads to farm workers. They suspect a plot to reduce the fertility of rural Zimbabweans by poisoning them through the pads.

I mean really, who would have thought that sanitary pads could be used as a secret weapon. What a load of bull! The 81 packs of sanitary pads were confiscated at a roadblock last month. These packs are valued at about Z$129 000 and were given to the farm workers by an NGO.

I had read about this coalition that helped Zimbabwean women with pads because sanitary towels are so expensive in Zimbabwe, women end up using sticks, rags, newspapers to stop the menstrual flow. The woman who started the NGO, started it when she saw a woman walking in the street with her period running down her leg. She couldn't afford anything so she went without.

It's bad enough that women have to go through periods and now these poor Zimbabwean women have to deal with cramps and the fact that they can't afford to buy pads to deal with the flow. Now the Zimbabwean Government seems to be going out of it's way to stop NGOs helping these women. Apparently the male ministers were going on in Parliament saying that the women should show them how they use the pads. Can you imagine!

A march is organised at Trafalgar Square in London on the 10th of March to raise awareness about this crisis. To men, it may mean nothing but to women it deals with self-respect and dignity, we really must all unite against this travesty. The march is organised by Action for Southern Africa and The Zimbabwean Congress of Trade Unions(ZCTU) under the campaign Dignity!Period.

Tuesday, January 09, 2007

Lupe Fiasco -

No words. This is what hip-hop is about.

The Prayer

This single from Bloc Party's album 'A weekend in the city' is absolutely fantastic. Bloc always had my attention after hearing Banquet and this single is up that level. The beat is just WOW!

The lead singer and guitarist Kele Okereke apparently came out of the closet in this album. Shame that people couldn't let him be. Now he'll probably be known as the ' gay black dude in the indie band' instead of a good musician.

Wednesday, January 03, 2007

On New Year's eve I went to watch 'The Departed' and what a great send off to 2006. This past year movies have really sucked and I was wondering where it was all heading, but thank God for Martin Scorsese because he reminded me why I love movies in the first place. This movie is...fantastic!
I first fell in love with Martin's movies when I had to watch 'Taxi Driver' for a varsity course and 'The Departed' is a returned to that kind of storytelling. Not only is the screenwriting top notch but so is the acting and the casting was brilliant.
The film is based on a Hong Kong gangster movie, which in Scorsese's version centers on two Irish cops in Boston. Leonardo Dicaprio plays Billy Costigan who goes undercover to bust Irish mob boss Frank Costello (Jack Nicholson) and Matt Damon plays Colin Sullivan the cop who is Costello's snitch.
What I loved about this movie was the way it centred on the psychological damage that happens when someone loses their identity when pretending to be someone they are not. Leo and Matt deserve awards for their performance in this movie, but then again who doesn't deserve to receive something for being involved in this masterpiece?
If Martin doesn't win an Oscar for this movie then I'll never buy into them again.

Cheers to a new year. Here's hoping that it ROCKS!