The thing about the first Amazing Spider-Man was that I liked it a lot in spite of its failings. For every scene where the guy from Soul Man operated a crane, there was a pretty good character moment from leads Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone. And the supporting cast was great.
Who says there’s nothing to do in Joburg? The Beard will tell you what’s going on and keep you up to date with new music, events, gigs and exhibitions in and around our city. Wanna know what the best Joburg events are? Well here you go.
This week: Electric 80s Prom, Nokia Rise & Shine (win tickets), and get lucky (win a bar tab).
Think back to a time when you may have actually kinda liked visionary director Zack Snyder. That is what I do when I think about the original 300, a mostly pretty cheesy but still quite watchable version of Greek history as filtered through the imagination of someone who plays too many bad video games.
We love the Fast & Furious films because they are about family, teamwork, friendship and also, all out vehicular warfare. As you’ve definitely heard, we lost an important member of that family last weekend. Paul Walker (the Fast & Furious series, Flags Of Our Fathers, Eight Below, She’s All That, The Skulls, Pleasantville) is no longer with us and I felt like saying something about that.
‘Til Infinity is the debut single from a fresh new duo called IYES. Hailing from Brighton, Josh Christopher and Melis Soyaslanova hit the net with some really tasty demos all year long, then dropped one hell of a debut. Slick and lo-fi, ‘Til Infinity is a song that slowly edges on, getting better and better as you listen.
Jack Vale strides up to people in the street like the new John Edward or something, telling them all about their lives and guessing their birthdays, children’s names and even more. As he goes, the comedian reveals an eerie amount of personal information to each person, catching them off guard. But how does he do it?
So you may have heard of naas, the Cape Town collective who focus on a range of things from throwing parties to making music videos. They also have a music side, aptly titled naasMUSIC, which of course is all about helping to create an outlet for South African bands and producers to express styles of music that they normally won’t be able to do under despotic record labels.
Collaborating on what was undoubtedly one of the biggest songs of this year, Sam Smith has certainly made a grand entrance into the pop music scene. Since working on Latch with Disclosure, the 21-year-old has continued to show he isn’t a one trick pony. Earlier this year, Smith released his EP Nirvana, featuring the genius title track and one of my favorites, Safe With Me, which was met with great success.
Another-Day & Wolves hosted Another-Date, which is alleged to have been the best speed dating night in the history of Joburg. The lonely bones came, saw each other, maybe kissed the lesbian, and found their soulmates in a very loud, zoo-like atmosphere. That’s the power of love. Watch the video and check out some photos to see the romance at work.