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Ster-Kinekor Cine Prestige
Ster-Kinekor Theatres recently unveiled Cine Prestige, an evolutionary cinema experience and just in time for the holiday season in Cape Town.
When Cine Prestige opened its doors, at the popular Cavendish Square cinema complex, it changed movie going forever! The country’s leading cinema chain has transformed two cinemas, into Cine Prestige theatres – the ultimate in luxury cinema!
“This exclusive cinema format epitomises film-viewing heaven and pure luxury rolled into one. The two Cine Prestige cinemas at Cavendish are fitted with 44 and 40 seats respectively, made up of a combination of single and double automated recliner chairs that ooze lavish comfort. Each chair has a snack tray neatly fitted into it to accommodate the gourmet platters and refreshments, and includes yet another first for Ster-Kinekor: a refrigerated cup-holder to ensure that your drink stays cold throughout the film. ~ Fiaz Mahomed, CEO of Ster-Kinekor Theatres
I was really fortunate to be invited to the launch the Ster-Kinekor Cine Prestige at Cavendish Square and yes it was amazing! The experience will change your idea of movie watching forever! It is almost like stretching out on the couch, in the comfort of your own home and watching a movie! Except for the fact that there is big screen in front of you 😉
The seats are AMAZING this alone sold me on the concept – they recline, you have a foot rest, a snack table and best of all a cooling beverage holder!
Who could ask for more…but there is more you are able to order refreshments, including a delicious selection of gourmet platters, making use of a tablet for fast and efficient service.
When entering the exclusive VIP Lounge area of the new Cine Prestige cinemas, you are welcomed and served personally by the cinema hosts and waiters. Using the tablets on hand you are able to place your order and indicate where and when you would like it to be served. You can enjoy a coffee in the lounge, a gourmet platter or a drink and popcorn in the cinema as the film starts, and a delicious dessert half-way through the film.
This is the company’s sixth investment in the luxurious Cine Prestige format, following the success of installations at The Zone in Rosebank, Cradlestone Mall to the west of Johannesburg, The Grove Mall in Pretoria East, Gateway in Durban and, more recently, Sandton City.
I absolutely love this idea and I know it will be where I will be watching movies, on the big screen, from now on!
For news and updates, visit the Ster-Kinekor website or sterkinekor.mobi. For queries, call Ticketline on 0861 Movies (668 437).
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Last week I was treated to a preview of Walt Disney Animation Studios “Wreck It Ralph”, a hilarious, arcade-game-hopping adventure.
When director Rich Moore joined Walt Disney Animation Studios and began developing “Wreck-It Ralph,” he had a big problem. “Arcade-game characters have no free will,” he says. “They’re programmed to do one thing day in and day out—they don’t have a choice in the matter. I thought, ‘That’s boring.’”
Or is it?
“I realized it’s actually a great conflict,” says the director. “Within this world, there are strict rules: you do one job and one job only. What if there was a character who didn’t like his job?”
At nine feet tall and 643 pounds, Ralph is certainly a force to be… well, wreck-oned with. He is a massive guy charged with wrecking the apartment building in a place called Niceland. Much to Ralph’s dismay, Fix-It Felix Jr. is called on to fix the building and save the day. With his magic hammer, Felix earns love, respect and a fancy gold medal, from the Nicelanders.
After 30 years of playing his assigned role of the “bad guy” Ralph decides to turn the tables, his plan is to win a medal and by doing so earn the kind of love and respect that Felix gets.
Ralph’s quest to win a medal will take him from his home in the game Fix-It Felix Jr. into the vast worlds the arcade has to offer. In his first adventure Ralph find himself in “Hero’s Duty”, a modern, first-person shooter game—it is brand new and the best game in the arcade. In this game, Sergeant Calhoun heads up a platoon of soldiers fighting off Cy-Bugs that are annihilating the universe. Calhoun and Ralph do not see eye to eye and her sole mission becomes getting Ralph off her turf. Ralph however will not let anything stand in the way of him getting his medal.
Recently Super Mom Blog was invited to the screening of Adventures in Zambezia, which is the first animated feature film produced by Cape Town-based company Triggerfish. The event took place on Wednesday 19 October 2012 at the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town, to launch the Animation Festival in South Africa and was preceded by a cocktail function at The Pavilion.
Adventures in Zambezia was produced by Cape Town’s very own Triggerfish Animation Studios and earlier this year won the Best South African Feature Film category, at the 2012 Durban International Film Festival. The film show-cases the talents and hard work of 80 of SA’s top animators. Triggerfish Animation Studios is on the forefront of animation in Africa and after releasing in 12 weeks, in only the first 5 territories overseas, “Zambezia” is the most successful theatrical feature film to ever be produced by an African studio. The Film took 6 years to make and has premiered in 44 countries overseas and has been rated as the No 1 Film to come out of South Africa.
You will hear the well-known voices of Samuel L. Jackson as Tendai, Jeff Goldblum (Jurassic Park) as Ajax, Nik Rabinowitz and Richard E. Grant (Corpse Bride) as Cecil. As well as Jenifer Lewis (Cars, The Princess and the Frog) as Gogo and Jim Cummings (Shrek, Aladdin) as Budzo. The movie is written by Anthony Silverston, Raffaella Delle Donne, Andrew Cook, Wayne Thornley and directed by Wayne Thornley.
The story revolves around a young, high-spirited, falcon called Kai (Jeremy Suarez) and his father Tendai who live in a heavily fortified nest on the edge of a canyon. Kai leaves his father and his home and travels to “Zambezia” – a bird utopia situated in the middle of the spectacular Victoria Falls. Famous for being the safest city in all of Africa, Zambezia has become the breeding sanctuary throughout the river valley where birds of every feather can flock together in harmony and peace.
The peace in Zambezia is threatened by Igauna’s who have enlisted the help of the Marabous, to build a rope bridge to cross the Falls and attack the nests of the other birds. In order to help save Zambezia, Kai has to face his past and with the help of his father and the birds of Zambezia, he sets out to save the day! On his quest to help others, he begins a voyage of self-discovery and he learn more about himself and his capabilities.
The story line is simple enough for children to follow and the animation is colourful and bright with a pleasant soundtrack. There was no subtle adult humour which is often present in other animated movies, this is truly a movie for children. All in all it was a lovely movie to watch and the animation is world-class.
Adventures of Zambezia is due to open in local cinemas on the 28th December 2012.
On Sunday we went to the first ever SA screening of the much-anticipated Ice Age 4 Continental Drift in 3D, we even got to see it before the US! This is my Ice Age 4 Continental Drift Review:
The film was super funny and along with the usual characters we got to meet a few new ones. As Manny, Diego, and Sid set out on their most action packed adventure yet, they are joined by Sid’s crazy long-lost granny. After a Continental shift occurs Manny, Diego and Sid find themselves separated from the rest of the herd. The three friends are forced to set sail, on a ship crafted out of an iceberg, in an attempt to reunite with the rest of the herd. Along their treacherous journey, they encounter a pirate ship and are taken hostage.
Another new character we meet during this new adventure, is a female sabre-tooth, named Shira (Jennifer Lopez), she is one of the notoriously bad pirate crew. Shira sets out to destroy Diego and also challenges his view of what a family really is and his loyalty to the herd. Eventually she realizes the pirates are only out for themselves and who her true friends really are.
I cannot forget to mention Scrat and his acorn adventures, that take him to places that no prehistoric squirrel has gone before.
The main focus throughout the film is on the importance of family, how vital it is to maintain a close bond between parents and children and the unconventional family unit, that these animals have formed as their “herd”. The film is both funny and heart warming and we all thoroughly enjoyed it! In my opinion it may be the best Ice Age yet!
Ice Age 4 Continental Drift is due to be released in cinemas on Friday 29th June 2012.