Monday, 28 October 2013
Thursday, 17 October 2013
Author: Dan Brown
In his latest novel, Dan Brown turns his focus away from the Vatican and the Illuminati to a group shrouded in equal mystery and esoteric symbology – the Free Masons. When Robert Langdon receives a call in the middle of the night it leads him to an ancient call to action, a call carved from the dismembered hand of his kidnapped friend, mentor and Free Mason Grand Master, Peter Solomon.
This call leads Langdon down the proverbial rabbit hole and leads Langdon and the reader to explore the pagan symbology and imagery replete among the USA’s greatest and most well known monuments. Along this road with Langdon is his mentor’s sister, Katherine Solomon a scientist involved in an obscure branch of science seeking to reveal the mysteries of human nature. The Solomon family is thrown into chaos as they are haunted by the death of Peter’s son and, along with Langdon, are manipulated by a madman seeking his own deadly apotheosis. Typical of a Brown novel, it is a fast-paced race against time to find Peter Solomon and unlock the mysteries of the Masons to save Peter and to save themselves.
Author: Frank McCourt
“Worse that the ordinary miserable childhood is the miserable Irish childhood and worse yet is the miserable Irish Catholic childhood.” This Pulitzer Prize winning novel is a tale of poverty and hardship as the author takes us on the journey of his childhood from New York to Ireland. Failing to live the American Dream and after losing his sister, Frank and his remaining siblings and parents return to Ireland where tragedy strikes and his father’s alcoholism and his mother’s struggle to provide for Frank’s remaining siblings marks their journey through childhood. A family having old potatoes and boiled pig’s head for Christmas supper, this is a biography seems to be without the expected triumph of the author at the end as he rises from the ashes of his bleak past. Living in a double-story run-down building where the top floor is known as “Italy” and the bottom floor is known as “Ireland” and is prone to flooding, Frank and his family are placed right next to the shared street toilet and have to contend with the resultant…challenges that come with their unique situation.
Wednesday, 9 October 2013
Friday, 4 October 2013
Director: Rolie Nikiwe
Cast: Thapelo Mokoena, Jamie Bartlett and Casper De Vries
Running Time: 1 hr 45min
Release Date: 4 October 2103
The South African comedy follows the financially troubled Ace (Thapelo Mokoena) who likes to playing high-roller. Ace is forced to get money from illegal loan sharks, and also runs into legal trouble which lands him into community service at an old age home where he learns much about financial management and how to get hold of life. The film, which opens today cinemas features big a cast with names such as Lilian Dube, Desmond Dube, Jamie Bartlett, Casper De Vries, Kenneth Nkosi and multiple SAMA winner Zahara on her acting debut.
Director: Robert Schwentke
Cast: Ryan Reynolds, Jeff Bridges and Kevin Bacon
Genre: Fantasy Action
Running Time: 1 hr 36mins
Release Date: 4 October 2013
Based on the graphic novel of the same name, this fantasy action focusses on police detective Nick Walker (Ryan Reynolds) who is killed in the line of duty and taken to join the undead police division in the afterlife. There he is assigned to be the partner of Roy Pulsipher (Jeff Bridges), a veteran officer of the R.I.P.D the Rest in Peace Department, a department of dead police officers dedicated to protect and serve the living from arrogant, malevolent, bloodthirsty evil spirits who refuse to move into the afterlife.
Wednesday, 2 October 2013
Twitter said to be planning S-1 filing this week http://www.bloomberg.com/video/twitter-said-to-plan-public-s-1-filing-this-week-fXo1ihmZSCuZGEKvr4QRzg.html (Bloomberg)
Facebook Expands advertising service as it eyes mobile growth http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/newsbysector/mediatechnologyandtelecoms/digital-media/10348707/Facebook-expands-advertising-service-as-it-eyes-mobile-growth.html (The Telegraph)
Former Facebook challenger Myspace now boasts 36 million users and showed a 340 percent artist usage http://www.digitaltrends.com/social-media/myspace-releases-new-user-numbers/ (Digital Trends)
Music awards for Youtube http://www.timeslive.co.za/thetimes/2013/10/02/music-awards-for-youtube (Times Live)