In The Picture: Movie Reviews – by Nadine

This week’s reviews: Semi Soet, The Vow, Remember Me.SEMI SOET

I’ve never been one for South African “Afrikaans” Movies. This movie however tickled my fancy and left me squealing with laughter. “Semi Soet,” is an Afrikaans romantic Comedy featuring numerous well-known local actors and music talents like Anel Alexander, Nico Panagio, Sandra Vaughn, Louw Venter, Paul Du Toit, Corine Du Toit, Diaan Lawrenson , Jak De Priester, Lianie May, Jay and Riana Nel .

The plot starts with Jaci (played by Anel Alexander) that goes through extreme measures to protect the advertising agency that she works for from being bought by a ruthless businessman known as “the Jackal.” The opportunity to save the company from “The Jackal,” presents itself in the form of a huge contract from a prestigious wine farming family. Jaci’s aim is to convince the owner that she lives up to his company’s ideals of family values and commitment even though her workaholic characteristic has never been able to live up to any values or fruitful relationships.

In a desperate effort to appear well balanced she hires a man she met outside of a modelling agency and represents him as her fiancé. The commitment however seems to create all sorts of complications as she ends up being sucked deeper and deeper into her own web of lies in order to conclude the winning deal.

The film is filled with fantastic humour and quirky comedy. A must see for any couple for a night out – or in.

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“The Vow,” is definitely a movie one would want to add to your collection if you are an obsessive collector of all things relating to unselfish love – like me.

This movie features Rachel McAdams (Paige) and Channing Tatum (Leo) whose marriage is put through extreme motions after a tragic car accident leaves Paige with severe memory loss. In order to remind her (Paige) of what they had Leo sets out to win back the love of his life.

I know this movie might not tickle everyone’s fancy but for me it was right up there with a lot of epic romantic drama films. It’s a story that proves that true love comes but once in a lifetime and that once it does, it might take on different forms and direction but prevails over just about everything.

The film is based on the true tale of Kim and Krickitt Carpenter.

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This is not a new movie but definitely one I have to mention. (Yes, it might be due to the actors but it also runs much deeper).

Critics call it a romantic coming of age drama film, I just call it another tragic loss of romance and family values. The movie features Pierce Brosnan, Robert Pattinson, Emile de Ravin, Chris Cooper and Lena Olin.

In a comically woven friendship between Tyler (Robert Pattinson) and Aidem (Tate Ellington) the two roommates decide to take some sort of revenge on Detective Neil (Chris Cooper) by sleeping with his daughter Ally (Emilie De Ravin) after they find themselves in trouble with the law.

As wicked ideas have a way to turn, Tyler (a moody directionless 21-year–old) and Ally (daughter of an overprotective detective dad) start bonding over the losses in their lives and begin to fall in love. This movie is much broader than just plain old romance as it really does tie many factors of general life together. It is a surprising tale that ends with a loss on September 11, 2001 when one of the twin towers was hit by flight 11.

A film that was met with varied responses, yet for me was another I cherish within my closet of memories.

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