Tell me a story


The power of storytelling

by Tendai Sibindi

There is nothing like a good story. The anticipation as the story goes on, the suspense at every pause, the use of one’s imagination to create a mental scene, and the “Wow Factor” at the end. With every good, sorry, great story you experience high levels of emotion: sadness, happiness, joy, and let’s not forget that “I wish I was there” feeling. A great story has to move you, touch you, or involve you.

Storytelling has become important especially on the big screen. Gone are the days when you would stare blankly at the screen and be entertained by never-seen-before action scenes. The ’90s are behind us and our action junkie heroes and heroines have become items we put in a box and store in the attic. Two hours out of a day are valuable, and 24 collective minutes of comedy or all-out action out of two hours, is not worth it. Tell me more, show me more and involve me more. Tell me a story!

We all have that one friend who can tell a story. We get excited when they say “Did you hear..” or “Let me tell you..“. Even though it sounds like gossip, you know for sure the next couple of minutes will be entertaining. Children enjoy stories, grandparents like telling stories because there is nothing like a good story.

A great movie must be a combination of many aspects but if the story is weak, the movie will quickly wash away. There are movies where the cast is star-studded, but the story is average. You were sold by the cast, not the synposis. Research is necessary, and that’s why we have reviews. Other movies have a fairly unknown cast but a captivating story. Reviews are important here too. This time of the year will see great stories being told in cinemas.

Every year there are a lot of stories being produced. Some pry on their entertainment ability which makes you forget that two hours have gone by. Unfortunately at the end of the movie, you do not know what happened. These movies are great for pure entertainment and no concentration. Then there are those stories that have you tuned in from the opening scene to the credits. Stories that make your eyes water, that leave you laughing and joyful or stories that move you.


This is the time of the year for epic stories. Movie-makers are looking towards the awards season and the grand finale, The Oscars. You have been entertained by high-budgeted movies with aggressive marketing campaigns. Now, it’s time for the storytellers to tell you a great story.

Picture yourself in nursery school and the teacher says with excitement, “Come children, it’s story time“. You run to get a good spot near the teacher with more excitement than her. Yes, it is your “most favouritest time of the day“. The excited child is whom you should be like. Movies have called for story time.

About the Author: Tendai is a kid just trying to get by. A massive fan of movies, and the cinema experience is what he looks forward to everyday. Oddly enough, he does not want to direct a movie, be in one or be part of the production, but enjoys being on this side of the lens, the side that tells you this movie is worth watching.

Follow Tendai on Twitter @1_platinum

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Avengers: Age of Ultron

Avengers Age-of-Ultron

by The BTG Lifestyle Team

We watched the epic Avengers: Age of Ultron trailer and here’s some thoughts the team had.


The Avengers: Age of Ultron trailer dropped this morning, and the internet has lost its mind! My initial thoughts were: “Hey look, South African Police Services”, followed by “It takes an alien invasion for police in South Africa to respond to a call’.

We South Africans know this very well. Anyway, on to the epicness of the trailer itself: It’s absolute anarchy. It looks like our heroes are falling apart as Ultron brings his wrath of madness. The uber Iron Man thing that battles the Hulk is the fight I’m really looking forward to.


Remember when The Avengers made all the money a few years ago? Well, they want more. And judging by the epicness of this trailer, they will get it. The original dysfunctional time bomb is back, along with a few new faces in the form of Quicksilver and the Scarlet Witch.

But the big bad is a little more terrifying this time as we embark upon the Age of Ultron and James Spader’s voice is just everything. Chilling but enthralling. I liked the serious tone but I admit I expected a Tony Stark one-liner and some Samuel L Jackson yelling. Still, the Marvel fanatic in me is super amped for this one.


To be honest, I’m probably going to watch this trailer 5 or 6 more times. It’s good. I’d say even better than the first. Joss Whedon has done it again. He’s able to hook the audience with the smallest, tastiest visuals and make us salivate over the rest of the dish. He did it with the first Avengers, but back then we had no expectations.

This time, Bringing Iron Man, Hulkbuster and James Spader (Voice of Ultron) into the fold, along with the other newcomers, has really captured the audience; I mean in a bear trap type of capture.

Seeing and hearing James Spader has literally made me wet my pants with excitement. He brings a steady and solid enemy for The Avengers to fight, and in the process something for us to fear and envy. I mean come on, who wouldn’t want to be a super monstrous machine with the voice of James goddamn Spader! I can’t wait for this Movie. I doubt anyone can.

Prediction: Highest grossing film of 2015. If not, Conspiracy!


Captain America’s shield is broken. I cannot believe what I saw. Out of the entire trailer that is what stuck out the most. The only time that was televised was in The Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes by Loki with the OdinForce. So what did Ultron do to break his shield? This is beyond scary because this shield was designed by Howard Stark, perfected by Tony Stark and is made of vibranium. Yes, be afraid.

All in all, I am supporting Ultron. Yes I said it. I am getting a t-shirt with Ultron’s face on the front and at the back. It will say “And now I’m free. There are no strings on me“. His voice over was inspiring and could make anyone drop a tear. Powerful, cold, subtle, moving, evil and scary. The best voice over by a villain since The Joker in The Dark Knight.

Riddle me this: is it Iron Man’s HulkBuster vs the Hulk or is it Ultron controlling the HulkBuster vs the Hulk?

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Gone Girl (Spoiler-free) Review


by Stephen Nagel

I’ve been missing for a while, I know. I’ve just started a new gig, I moved to a new suburb, and basically started a new life. Gone as you were. So my plate is a bit full right now. I try to make the most of my free time on the weekends, which is why on Sunday I went to see David Fincher’s latest film: Gone Girl.

I hadn’t spoken to anyone about the film; and having not read the book or any form of synopsis (aside from the succinct IMDb description on the film’s main page), I went in blind. Continue reading

Oops! I did it again…

This. Didn't. Happen.

This. Didn’t. Happen.

“Oops… I did it again to your heart,

Got lost in the game, oh baby

Oops… You thimk that i’m sent from above

I’m not that innocent”

Reboot, ‘to discard all continuity in an established series in order to recreate its characters, timeline, and back story from the beginning‘ (Wikipedia).

This is the follow up to Hit me baby one more time which looked at the positives of reboots. This follow up will look at the negatives of Reboots.  Continue reading

Don Jon (2013) Review — and what I learnt


by Stephen Nagel

I was looking forward to Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s directional debut for quite some time. Having emerged as a true A-lister in the wake of Inception, he was definitely on a good path in every sense.

Don Jon is about a regular Joe from New Jersey who’s usually quite devoted to his family, homies and his church. Continue reading

The Internship (2013) Review

The Internship

by Stephen Nagel

I had been trying to watch The Internship for a long time, but never got the time to, and always seemed to forget to check it out.

Since I was a big fan of Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson’s Wedding Crashers of 2005, I was really looking forward to seeing the pair re-unite for another epic comedy. Continue reading

3 Reasons Game of Thrones is so amazing

Game of Thrones

by Stephen Nagel

Season 4 was absolutely explosive, and season 5 promises to be just as good, if not better! Although there’s a long way to go for that. In the meantime, I’ve decided to consider and discuss 3 ideas on why I think Game of Thrones is so attractive to the average viewer.

The show has a huge international fan base. It’s the most watched show on HBO, since the Sopranos. It’s also the most pirated HBO show, and one of the most pirated shows of all time. Everyone wants a piece of GOT, no matter how they have to go about getting their hands on it.

By why? Well… Continue reading