Good, bad and ugly

CityPress - - Trending Awards - – Grethe Kemp All data from box­of­fice­

This was the year of nos­tal­gia. Beloved clas­sics such as Ghost­busters, Ben-Hur, The Jun­gle Book and Tarzan were re­made (with mixed re­sults) – prov­ing that the more threat­en­ing the world around us be­comes, the more we hark back to what we think of as the golden past.

On the lo­cal front, South Africans proved their thirst for lighter fare with ro­mance movies such as Hap­pi­ness Is a Four-let­ter Word do­ing well at the box of­fice.

Money-wise, Afrikaans movies still pull in the most, with the ro­mance Vir Al­tyd rak­ing in R14.3 mil­lion. Yet it was still gritty vi­o­lence that topped crit­ics’ lists, with Shep­herds and Butch­ers and Noem My Skol­lie re­ceiv­ing the most ac­claim.

OUR BEST MOVIE OF THE YEAR Noem My Skol­lie: Call Me Thief

This lo­cal drama was the best movie I saw this year. An­chored by a heart-wrench­ing au­to­bi­o­graph­i­cal script by John Fred­er­icks, it tells the story of a young boy who be­comes a gang­ster on the Cape Flats. It’s been cho­sen as South Africa’s of­fi­cial se­lec­tion for the 89th an­nual Academy Awards.

Other hits:

In­ter­na­tional: Spot­light, Moana, Queen of Katwe Lo­cal: Hap­pi­ness Is a Four-let­ter Word, Won­der Boy for Pres­i­dent, Dora’s Peace


Though Leonardo DiCaprio got an Os­car for it, this over­wrought tale of a man who must sur­vive a bear at­tack in frigid North Amer­ica be­came ever more ridicu­lous as the min­utes ticked by. Then again, Ben-Hur also hap­pened to us this year – a film so bad that my col­league said the only re­deem­ing fea­ture was that the ac­tor who plays Je­sus was pretty hot.

Other flops:

In­ter­na­tional: Bat­man v Su­per­man, Tarzan, Alice Through the Look­ing Glass, Suicide Squad, In­de­pen­dence Day: Resur­gence Lo­cal: The Jour­ney­men

High­est-gross­ing in­ter­na­tional movies

1. Find­ing Dory 2. Bat­man v Su­per­man: Dawn of Jus­tice 3. Suicide Squad 4. Cen­tral In­tel­li­gence 5. Cap­tain Amer­ica: Civil War

High­est-gross­ing lo­cal movies

1. Vir Al­tyd 2. Hap­pi­ness Is a Four-let­ter Word 3. ’n Paw-Paw Vir My Dar­ling 4. Noem My Skol­lie: Call Me Thief 5. Dis Koue Kos, Skat



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