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Big Hero 6 : a review by Daniel Janks

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Reviewed by Daniel Janks: actor, creative director, writer, cynic, father, husband. He was born in 1977 and has still not died. He loves many things, chief among which are his mythic wife and odd girl-child.  Visit his website.

Rating: 4/5

Directors: Don Hall, Chris Williams
Writer:  Jordan Roberts, Daniel Gerson
Cast : Ryan Potter, Scott Adsit, Jamie Chung

AGE RESTRICTION: [PG]

It’s a kids’ movie, there’s action and a guy dies, but it’s a kids’ movie.

Bottom Line

This is a great film. It’s nonsense and it has no higher purpose, but it’s a great film. It’s funny and cute and endearing and charming and exciting and beautiful and a little weird. It’s everything it should be, and it’s great.

Plot

Hiro lives in San Fran Sokiyo (the entire film seems to be set in an amalgamated world that’s half Japanesey and Americanesey) where he uses his genius mind to build robots and win bot fights between little remote controlled gladiators. When his big brother and mentor falls victim to a fatal accident Hiro is cast adrift in a world without purpose or direction. But he’s soon rescued by Baymax, his brother’s inflatable robot. Together they uncover the truth behind Hiro’s brother’s death and form the Big Hero 6, a team of tech powered super heroes.

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Acting

There aren’t a million big names in this film, in fact the whole production seems to have flown under the radar a little, with little fanfare or hoopla, but the voice talent is excellent. Each character is perfectly cast, with each adding a different dimension to the storyline and the film. The animation, a key feature in the film’s ‘performances’ is exquisite. There is just the right amount of stylisation and unique quirk to the world and the characters, and the overall levels of detail, movement, vision are awesome to behold. It’s a 3D film, and the 3D rounds out the truly magnificent depth and breadth of the animated world.

Directing and writing

The script is quirky and charming, the characters all unique and well rounded individuals. The storyline is a little hammy in points but is generally really exciting and compelling. Baymax, the central character, next to Hiro, is truly memorable and will, I think, go on to be an icon of the genre. The film is very well paced and the highs and lows flow naturally and organically throughout the film. This is an extremely well put together movie.

So

Great, it’s just great. Seriously it’s great.

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Trash : a review by Daniel Janks

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Reviewed by Daniel Janks: actor, creative director, writer, cynic, father, husband. He was born in 1977 and has still not died. He loves many things, chief among which are his mythic wife and odd girl-child.  Visit his website.

Director Stephen Daldry
Writer   Richard Curtis
Cast     Rooney Mara, Martin Sheen, Wagner Moura

AGE RESTRICTION: [?]
This is a movie about kids, but it isn’t a kids movie. There’s nothing major to freak out a young adult, but it’s def not for the kiddie-winkles.

Bottom Line

Loved it! It’s just a great film. Exciting, interesting, scary, suspenseful, satisfying, and full of colour and character. It’s an art film, because it’s mostly in Portuguese and because it’s way different from most of what Hollywood churns out, but that is its greatest strength.

Plot

After finding a discarded wallet on the trash dump that they scavenge for a living, three boys embark on a quest to solve the mystery it contains and right the wrongs that delivered it into their hands. Helped by a wayward priest and a foreign English teacher they take on the city’s most powerful “…because it is right.”

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Acting

If you’ve seen some of the other movies that have come out of Rio De Janeiro in the past few years, films like City of God, City of Men (actually a TV miniseries), Elite Squad and Elite Squad: The Enemy Within, then you’ll know that their actors are amazing, bringing a vitality and realism to the screen seldom seen amongst the Hollywood sheen. Trash is no exception. All the performances are gritty and enthralling. Amazing since many of them are delivered by children. The three leads of the film are no older than 15 and they are all brilliant. The adults in the film all hold their own with the kids, from the saintly Jose Angelo to the scariest cop in Rio, all are breathtaking. The cast is rounded out, for a little punch, by Hollywood greats Rooney Mara, and Martin Sheen, who are both their usual brilliant selves. It’s worth seeing for the performances alone.

Directing and writing

This is where things get a little weird. All the films I mentioned above are helmed and made by local Brazillians. Their films are intensely and intrinsically linked to their locales and their environments, embodying and encapsulating the frenetic energy and pulse of Rio and Brazil. Something that feels like it could only be done by a local. But apparently not, Trash accomplishes this to no lesser degree. But it is directed by British director Stephen Daldry, known for films like Billy Elliot, The Hours, The Reader and Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close. All very different films to Trash. But Daldry doesn’t disappoint. The film is racey and pacey and full of life. The small moments are as powerful as the big ones and the characters are deeply seductive.

The writing delivers another knock to the head surprise. Richard Curtis has previously penned films like Notting Hill, Bridget Jones’s Diary, Love Actually, About Time, to mention a few. HE THE BRITISH ROM-COM GUY! Well not this week aparently because here he’s written a taut and compelling action/drama/thriller in Portuguese. And done it as well as he’s done anything.

So

This is a great film. It’s something a little different, and that’s why you should see. That and the fact that it’s brilliant.

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The Boxtrolls is a sweet animated 3D fantasy adventure.

Joy DemboReviewed by Joy Dembo, blessed to have a wonderful husband, a 23 yr old son, a married daughter, a 2 year old grandson who is the light of my life and 2 fur babies. Recruitment Response Handling Consultant, interview coach, and Freelance Copywriter, vegetarian and animal lover. Visit her blog.

I’m not a huge fan of animated movies but I loved this cute movie! Its got it all… adventure, comedy, wonderful effects and an exciting and heart-warming story line.

The movie is set in England in the early 1800’s, where we find the people of Cheesebridge terrified by the rumours that Boxtrolls are kidnapping and murdering little children. The Town’s grotesque Pest Exterminator, Archibald Snatcher, makes a deal with the mayor, Lord Portley-Rind, offering to capture and exterminate all the Boxtrolls in exchange for a seat on the city council. Council members wear White Hats and eat copious amounts of cheese, and even though Snatcher is allergic to cheese, he wants a white top hat and all the privileges that go with it.images

Snatcher’s claims are actually nonsensical as the boxtrolls are cute, harmless little creatures who dress in cardboard boxes and live in a cavern underground and emerge at night to scavenge through the trash. They are clever inventors and use what they retrieve to invent all kinds of ingenious equipment.

A human baby boy, named Eggs, lives amongst them and is cared for by a Boxtroll named Fish.

The movie fast forwards 10 years and Eggs starts noticing that Boxtrolls are disappearing at a rapid rate, as Snatcher manages to capture more and more of them.

Through circumstances, Eggs teams up with Lord Portly-Rind’s spoilt but neglected daughter, and once he has convinced her that the Boxtrolls are harmless, and they are the ones being hounded and exterminated, she joins him in his quest to put things right.

They embark on a wild adventure which will keep the kids riveted and the adults entertained with the wry humour!

The 3D effects are spectacular and the characters very colourful and lovable.

The movie is based on the book “Here be Monsters”, written by Alan Snow, and was produced by Laika. Directors, Graham Annable and Anthony Stacchi, are supported by an all star voice cast, including Isaac Hampstead-Wright, Ben Kingsley and Elle Fanning.

The movie releases on 27 November 2014, at cinemas countrywide, just in time for the December school holidays.

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The Drop: a review by Daniel Janks

Daniel janks 1Reviewed by Daniel Janks: actor, creative director, writer, cynic, father, husband. He was born in 1977 and has still not died. He loves many things, chief among which are his mythic wife and odd girl-child.  Visit his website.

Director  Michaël R. Roskam
Writer   Dennis Lehane
Cast      Tom Hardy, Noomi Rapace, James Gandolfini

 

Rating:  5/5

AGE RESTRICTION: [R]

There is much to keep the kiddies away. This is a slow paced, suspenseful, thriller with more than it’s fair share of gore, be it ever so subtle and understated.

Bottom Line

It isn’t often I give a film 5/5/. It requires a special mixture of style, panache, deep integrity, subtle grandeur and the ability to utterly enthral me. The Drop knocks it out of the park in every way.

Plot

Bob is a quiet, gentle and unassuming bar tender at Cousin Marv’s Bar. But there’s a wrinkle in the soft simple life he leads. Cousin Marv’s is a drop bar. A repository for weekly book takings for the local Chechen mob. When the bar is robbed Bob and Cousin Marv are caught up in a bad situation which is worsened when Bob rescues a badly beaten puppy from a woman’s trash can and he and her set about nursing the pup back to life. Between the mad bloodthirsty mobsters and the dog’s chilling owner there’s danger in every corner. And I do mean EVERY corner.

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Acting

Well it’s simply sublime. There are different kinds of amazing performances. There are the Russel Crowe Gladiator performances with grand gesturing and heart-on-your-sleeve emotional super-text. Something akin to theatre in its far from subtle posturing and conflict. Then there’s your Tom Hanks Cast Away performances that embody at once both a very moving authenticity and a larger than life, highly performative quality. Lastly there’s the Paul Newman The Verdict kind of performance that is delivered so subtly, so delicately and with such exquisite calm that it near blows the back of your head off and you try insanely to swim down into it until you are immersed in it wholly. All are awesome, in my opinion only one is rare and precious.

It is this kind of rare, precious infinitely subtle but magnificently powerful performance that Tom Hardy, James Gandolfini and Matthias Schoenaerts deliver in The Drop. Hardy’s Bob is enthralling in his simplicity and seeming innocence. Gandolfini’s Cousin Bob simmers with danger and disaster and Schoenaerts’ Eric Deeds is one of the scariest characters I’ve ever seen on screen. Their true natures, when revealed are bone chilling and moving.

Directing and writing

This is director Michaël R. Roskams second feature film. It seems surprising that such a seemingly inexperienced director could produce such a magnificent film, but perhaps not so much when we remember that his  film, the Danish film Bullhead (starring Matthias Schoenaerts) was nominated for a best foreign film oscar in 2011.

The Drop is exquisitely directed. In a similar vein to the styling of the lead performances the directing is subtle and understated. There’s no flashy cinematography, no stylish jump cuts or edgy editing. This is quiet excellence. The film oozes across the screen. Advancing on you like a lava flow, slow and inexorable. Unstoppable. At times the plot is slow, but it is never stagnant and always the soft sense of dread and foreboding is being built beneath the plot. When that bubble bursts it does so implosivley and with echoing effect.

This as much due to the writing as it is the directing. Dennis Lehane, long one of my favourite authors turns his hand to feature screenwriting for the first time. He’s had a number of novels adapted for film including Mystic River, Gone Baby Gone and Shutter Island, and he’s penned some episode scripts for shows like The Wire and Boardwalk Empire, but The Drop is his first full length screenplay. Adapted from one of his own short stories the script is brilliant. Embodying his unique, soft spoken authenticity and his unerring ability to sew suspense and danger into the normal and innocent.

So

Hell, I gave it 5/5. I think it’s near perfect. Go see it. Just go.

Tarzan 3D : a review by Daniel Janks

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Reviewed by Daniel Janks: actor, creative director, writer, cynic, father, husband. He was born in 1977 and has still not died. He loves many things, chief among which are his mythic wife and odd girl-child.  Visit his website.

Rating: 1/5

Director: Reinhard Kloos

Writer :  Reinhard Klooss

Cast  :    Kellan Lutz, Spencer Locke, Jaime Ray Newman

AGE RESTRICTION: [PG]

It’s a kid’s film. So take the kids.

Bottom Line

This isn’t a good film. The story is a bizarre and incomprehensible take on a classic narrative that has stood the test of time practically unblemished. The animation is far below the standards we’ve come to expect from contemporary visual effects. And the rhythms and nuances of the film are just off enough to be jarring.

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Plot

Well we all know the story of Tarzan right. Boy’s family dies in the jungle leaving him to be raised by apes. A young woman encounters the man-ape many years later and takes him back into society where he finds civilised life too full of prettiness, pomp and ceremony to be endured.

It’s a fantastic story with all the nuances and subtleties a tale could ask for. But for some reason this film decided it wasn’t enough. The writer director adds a whole subplot about an evil energy company and an alien asteroid. Why? Let me know if you can figure it out.

Acting

The voice work is perfectly good. Voices are well matched to characters and the performances are absolutely fine. There’s no Robin Williams’ Genie, no James Earl Jones’ Mufasa, no Steve Carrel’s Gru, but they’re fine. It’s the animation that really lets down the film. The style of the film is extremely out of date, with the humans looking stiff and fake. It felt like pre-Toy Story 1 stuff to me. To make matters worse, the animators sought to make some aspects of the film as photorealistic as they could, with any of the animal characters looking incredibly realistic. Unfortunately with the blocky, jerky humans alongside them they just look out of place. Plus we’ve come to expect a certain level of stylisation in modern animated film, a look and feel that gives them their character and charm. This film is severely lacking in character and charm.

Directing and writing

As so much of an animated film is a realisation of a director’s vision, perhaps even more so than a live action film, I cannot but put the blame for the film’s failings directly at the  director’s feet. Plus Klooss wrote the films well, so I’m afraid it seems all down to him that this film, a mutated retelling of a story already told many times, and told well, really falls flat.

So

Give it a miss. The kids can catch it on TV.

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When the game stands tall : a review by Daniel Janks

Daniel janks 1Reviewed by Daniel Janks: actor, creative director, writer, cynic, father, husband. He was born in 1977 and has still not died. He loves many things, chief among which are his mythic wife and odd girl-child.  Visit his website.

Director Thomas Carter
Writer Scott Marshall Smith
Cast Jim Caviezel, Alexander Ludwig, Michael Chiklis

AGE RESTRICTION: [PG]
There’s not much to prevent kids from watching this. Some folks die and stuff, but not on screen, and it’s pretty boring, but that’s a note for adults too, so …

Bottom Line
Everyone loves a great sports movie. The last minute hoop shot from outside the ring, the triumphant sneak play at the end of the fourth, the majestic big swing over the bleachers to take game in the ninth, this is exciting stuff. There are locker room speeches and grandstand slow claps. This is triumph of the human heart, brotherhood of man, against all odds, stuff right? Damn right, everyone loves a great sports movie. Everyone even loves a good sports movie. I didn’t love this movie because it’s pretty bad.

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The De La Salle High School Spartans held the longest running win streak in sports history. 151 undefeated games in a row. Sounds like a pretty good story, no? Well it probably would be, except that isn’t what this movie is about. Our plot pics up at the end of The Streak. What happens to the greatest football team in the universe after it looses its first game in years? How do you recover from an unprecedented loss? That’s the story of this film, and in fact, I think it’s a really interesting take on things. Can glory be won AGAIN?
The Game Stands Tall is a true story, the Spartans were a real team and the coach was a real guy and it all supposedly really happened. On paper the film seems to have all the ingredients for a really good sports flik. Unfortunately the ingredients just aren’t mixed right, weren’t cooked long enough, and the whole thing kinda flopped as soon as it came out of the oven.

Acting
Jim Caviezel and Michael Chiklis head up the cast and are supported by a cast of great young, mostly unknown, actors. There’s nothing wrong with the acting, everyone delivers a solid, believable, perfectly adequate performance. None stand out as being terrible, but equally none stand out as being particularly interesting. In fact this quickly becomes a theme for the whole film. It’s solid and agreeable, but never very interesting.

Directing and writing
Like the acting the directing and writing is perfectly inoffensive but quite boring. A good sports drama needs a couple of vital components. Characters we root for. A cause we deeply believe in. A moment when our whole world narrows to a pinpoint focus that is our demand for the triumph of those two things over all the unsurmountable obstacles that stand in their way. Somehow I cared little for the characters in this movie and couldn’t muster much interest in their cause. Not the makings of classic in the genre.

So
Well, I didn’t like it. Maybe you will, but I didn’t

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The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Return to the Big Screen!

IMG-20141011-WA0001Reviewed by Joy Dembo, blessed to have a wonderful husband, a 23 yr old son, a married daughter, a 2 year old grandson who is the light of my life and 2 fur babies. Recruitment Response Handling Consultant, interview coach, and Freelance Copywriter, vegetarian and animal lover. Visit her blog.

This sweet movie made me feel extremely nostalgic, as my 30 year old daughter was just a kid when the first Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie was released. In fact she grew up with the lovable pizza eating grand master turtles. Three decades on, I can unashamedly say that even without having a kid to use as an excuse to go and see the sequel, I thoroughly enjoyed this wonderful 3D movie.

The movie begins with Channel 6 reporter, April O’Neil, (played by Megan Fox) hot on the heels of a big news story involving a gang calked the Foot Clan, who have been terrorising the people of New York. Believing that something big is going down at the docks, the intrepid April, goes down to the docks one night and witnesses the Foot Clan unloading cargo. She attempts to film the goings on, but it’s too dark. Suddenly, she sees someone, or something, emerge from the shadows, and she sees the gang members being stealthily taken out, one by one, by the silhouette.

Sadly none of her colleagues believe her!

April witnesses another attack at a subway station and encounters the same vigilante, accompanied by 3 others this time. Teenage_Mutant_Ninja_Turtles_film_July_2014_poster When she attempts to photograph them, they see her and warn her not to tell anyone of their existence.  She discovers they are the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Raphael, Michelangelo, Donatello and Leonard!

April realises that this is not the first time she has crossed paths with the turtles and her chance encounter sends her off on a wild adventure, which sees her and the turtles thwarting an attempt to infect the city with a deadly virus and hold the people to ransom by selling the antidote which the bad guys intend to harvest from the Turtles.

Prepare for lots of laughs, some sad moments, some tense moments and some heart-warming moments, when good eventually triumphs over evil and the story ends happily ever after!

The movie was based on the franchise of the same name and was directed by Jonathan Liebesman, produced by Nikelodean Movies and Platinum Dunes, and Distributed by Paramount Pictures.

The film releases on 17 October, at cinemas countrywide, and is classified 7-9 PG.

This is family entertainment at its best, so grab the kids, get your popcorn and prepare for a couple of hours of fun!

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A most wanted man : a review by Daniel Janks

Daniel janks 1Reviewed by Daniel Janks: actor, creative director, writer, cynic, father, husband. He was born in 1977 and has still not died. He loves many things, chief among which are his mythic wife and odd girl-child.  Visit his website.

Rated 4/5
Director Anton Corbijn
Writer   Andrew Bovell
Cast     Philip Seymour Hoffman, Rachel McAdams, Grigoriy Dobrygin

AGE RESTRICTION: [R]

This is a taught suspense thriller, there’s no blood, no sex, and nothing to make a sailor blush. All good reasons not to take your kids.

Bottom Line

Loved it. A suspense spy thriller with guts and grit and not a single laser beam watch or remote controlled BMW in it. Brilliant. A film with character and story at its heart that makes you want it to never stop, right up until it does.

Plot

Based on a John Le Carre novel, you might expect to spend quite a lot of time sitting in the movie trying to figure out what’s going on in the film. But, magically, A Most Wanted Man seems to somehow escape this common trap. The story is at once intricate and nuanced, and, simple and driven. It motors along at just the right pace and never left me behind, nor left me bored or disinterested.

It tells the story of Günter Bachmann, the head of a non-existent unit in the German intelligence service dedicated to, mostly illegally, combatting Islamic fundamentalist terrorism in Hamburg, Germany. When the unit gets word that Issa Karpov, a Chechen radical, has entered the city looking for a banker named Tommy Brue, they go on the hunt.

What follows is a fascinating tale of cat and mouse intrigue that pulls the audience along like we’re caught on a hook.

ActingAmost wanted man

Sublime and magnificent. The ensemble cast is lead by the late grand-master Philip Seymour Hoffman. He is exquisite in this film, one of the last of his career. He delivers one of his usual painfully real, painfully delicate, painfully gravitational performances, that is as moving as it is compelling. With seemingly little effort and no help from the narrative we find ourselves placed into the hands of a character as rounded and real, as deep and layered, and as seductive and mesmerising as one of our best friends. When he finally lets us go, in the last moment of the last scene of the film, it’s like watching your best mate immigrate to another country.

Beside him and around him in the film are arrayed as fabulous a company as one could ask for. There are big names like Robin Wright, Rachel McAdams and Willem Dafoe, as well as plethora of relative unknowns, at least to a Hollywood-centric audience. Each delivers a delicate and nuanced performance, that together, perfectly populate the film’s world and narrative.

Directing

This is only the second film I’ve seen by director Anton Corbijn. But, like the first, it’s going to be a favourite that I’ll watch over and over again. The other film is The American, with George Clooney. And like The American, A Most Wanted Man is exquisitely crafted and delicately paced. It rests at it heart on character and story and achieves it’s taughtness and tension though the motivations and machinations of it’s protagonists, rather than the all-too-common opposite we find in many, if not most, films of the genre.

So

See it. It’s great.

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Planes – Fire and Rescue : a review by Daniel Janks

Daniel janks 1Reviewed by Daniel Janks: actor, creative director, writer, cynic, father, husband. He was born in 1977 and has still not died. He loves many things, chief among which are his mythic wife and odd girl-child.  Visit his website.
Director: Roberts Gannaway
Writer:  Jeffrey M. Howard
Cast:  Dane Cook, Ed Harris, Julie Bowen

AGE RESTRICTION: [PG]

It’s a kids’ movie, so you can take the kids.

Bottom Line

Not one of my favourite kiddie movies, but the kiddies will probably enjoy it.

Plot

Dusty Crophopper busts a gasket (or something) and, as a result of a series of unlikely plot points, ends up having to train as a fire and rescue plane in order to save the airfield back home in Bumsville Idaho (or wherever it is he comes from).

If I’m not making this sound all that great it’s because it isn’t. I’ve never like the Planes franchise. Riding the success of the Untitlednot-very-good Cars films the Planes spin offs have always felt like slightly retarded third cousins to me. There isn’t a lot of story, not too much character, and nothing to recommend the films to anyone over the age of “ooh-look-dad-a-talking-plane/car/boat/forklift!” My daughter loves the films. She’s three though, and also likes to eat her own snot. So it’s possible we may have to take her opinion with a pinch of salt.

Acting

Ja, it’s fine. The script is very simple, lacking all of the sophistication of great animated films like, Monsters Inc, The Croods, and Dispicable Me. It really is aimed at the littlies and no higher, so the actors don’t have much to work with. Kind of like the guy in the Barney suit isn’t shooting for the stars and going all method and stuff.

Directing

Again it seems like once the sights were set pretty low, everyone got on board and fixed their attention on making a mediocre kids’ flik. This film is very one-dimensional, often doesn’t make sense, and isn’t too fussed about it. It’s good at doing what it seems to want to do. But if you’re looking for it to be anything more than that, it isn’t. There isn’t much to say about the directing. It starts, it’s more or less finds a storyline and follows it along until the end. And then it ends.

In a way it’s kind of a pity. Firefighter movies are cool, right? They have grand scope and deal with high concepts like bravery, heroism, really really hot things. At times it even seems like this film wants to go to those goose-bumpy places and follow in the footsteps of some of the great firefighting movies of yesteryear, but then it seems to get scared and veer off again into nothingness.

So

Take your toddlers, take your littlies, take the family. But don’t expect this to be anything other than what it is: a kids’ movie.

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One Direction’s ‘Where We Are’ concert movie: a review by Tiffany Markman

Tiffany Markman latest feb 13. jpgBy Tiffany Markman, copywriter, editor and mom to an almost-four-year-old, who tries to balance her workaholism with cuddles, books, caffeine & reining in her intrinsic kugelry. Follow her on twitter.

As I type this I’m listening to ‘Best Song Ever’. What’s that, you ask? Well, if you have tweens or teens, you should know that it’s a One Direction song.

(I don’t, so I didn’t. Til last night. I now own five 1D songs, and I’ve already added them to my running playlist. Oh hell, I guess that makes me a #OneDirectioner.)

What’s Where We Are?

Approximately 12 hours ago I was sitting in the audience for the pre-release screening of One Direction’s Where We Are concert at San Siro Stadium in Milan – which was attended by 80 000 hysterical teenage girls and studiously watched by a preview audience of some of the coolest-looking local teens I have ever seen. Plus some dedicated moms and some young guys. So what’s the deal with this film?

It’s like a concert DVD deluxe, with a full 30 minutes of awesome interview beforehand and then the complete concert afterwards. And it’s fantastic.

Now, if you remember, I had no idea what One Direction was about until very recently. I didn’t even know which one was Harry Styles (the hottest one, fyi).

And now I know quite a lot.

Namely:

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L to R: Louis, Niall, Zayn, Liam and Harry – One Direction, ‘Where We Are’ Tour

  • Louis and Zayn prefer sleeping in their tour bus to any hotel, worldwide.
  • The band members have lots of tattoos. Lots. And…interesting accents.
  • Niall is very quiet in interviews, but he totally rocks the stage in concert.
  • Liam remembers singing along to Coldplay as a kid and wondering how it felt for the band to know that they have fans who loved them that much. Ironic.
  • Zayn didn’t own (or foresee ever needing) a passport until four years ago.
  • Liam’s the only band member who never exits the stage mid-concert to pee.
  • Harry has poor taste in women (Kendall Jenner), but is otherwise perfect ;)
  • So…nice. But I wasn’t initially convinced. They’re cute – a Simon Cowell-created mix of former singing competition talent (they came third) – but could they sing?

    What’s the film actually like?

    Once the concert started, I got it. These guys are brilliant. They have Rolling Stones-calibre stage presence. An amazing sound. Fascinating staging. And a cool look (barring some of the tightest pants I’ve ever seen on males or females.) Plus, it’s hard not to get into the music when the bedazzled cinema audience alongside you is clapping, singing and using their cellphone flashes to wave lights at the screen.

    Click here to check out the trailer for the film.

    What’s the bottom line?

    Go. The Where We Are film opens worldwide on 11 October (that’s this Saturday) and shows for two days only. (It’s at Ster Kinekor cinemas throughout South Africa.) If you have kids aged 7 and up, you’ve just gotta do it. It’s fun.

    Click here to book now.

    Everyone who watches the 1D Where We Are Concert Film at Ster-Kinekor cinemas this weekend, 11 and 12 October, stands the chance of winning two tickets to the band’s much-anticipated live tour of South Africa in March 2015, thanks to Edgars. All you need to do is SMS the keyword “1D”, your name and your movie ticket reference number to 33007 – and you could find yourself watching this international boy-band phenomenon LIVE on stage!

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