Category: Reviews

Ramfest *clap* Review *clap*: A metalhead and an indiepop fan walk into a festival…

Mosh pits and mayhem, walls of death and screamed-out breaths. The zenith of hard rock and metal festivals happened in Pretoria on 2 September. It saw local artists and two international acts gather to showcase their talents and give headbangers a reason to emerge. With electrifying performances and a rabid crowd dressed for every hardcore genre under the sun, it was the place to be. The drinks and food were flowing to replenish the crowd, and the dual-stage system meant there was never a break in the action. And, for those that needed a breather, there were seat areas at the back (though they got such little use).

Barbie

Barbie needs no introduction. It has been one of the most anticipated films of the year since its first trailer released. It spawned many memes, and its marketing campaign can only be described as aggressively pink. But with all the hype surrounding the film, the question still remains: is it worth seeing? Absolutely.

The Battle of the Bros: Oppenheimer vs Hunt

Currently, Barbie vs Oppenheimer is on everyone’s lips. You cannot scroll past a single post on Instagram without seeing a mention of the two biggest blockbuster films of 2023. But what about Barbara and Robert’s distant Scientology cousin, Ethan Hunt? Let’s talk about the Kens and Allan’s of current Hollywood a battle between Oppenheimer and Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One.

Feminine Rhythm

It is Women’s Month, so let us take a second to listen to some of the female musicians that have taken the world by storm, those climbing up the popularity ladder, and some of our very own homegrown.
The Top
Are any Swifties out there? Taylor Swift continues to be one of the most popular songwriters. Her pop anthems are perfect for screaming at the top of your lungs because you know exactly what it is like to know he was trouble when he walked in. Swift makes it empowering to know that everyone goes through the most, but you can still come out successful (and probably single). Similarly, Mitski is for the feminine-rage-loving girlies. She captures all the anger women wish they could express in her alternative/indie music. Clearly, screaming is more socially acceptable in a song. Of course, this discussion would not be complete without mentioning Billie Eilish, who is the image of success, expression, and being true to yourself. Seven Grammy Awards are just a few of the trophies tied to her name. Not to mention that she was asked to write a James Bond movie theme when she was still in her teens.
The Niche
TikTok is the place to blow up music careers these days. Sarah Kinsley and Isabel LaRosa can prove it. Kinsley’s alternative/ pop, Lorde-inspired, music is a combination of sweet and melodramatic. Her bedroom-music vibe is inspiring to all aspiring musicians. On the other hand, LaRosa depicts the darker elements of intimacy with drum and bass. Her artistic abilities also come through in the co-directing and visuals of her music videos Rounding off the niche list is Gossip Girl actress-turned-rockstar Taylor Momsen, who is the lead singer of the rock band The Pretty Reckless.
The Local
Lady Zamar is the epitome of Slay Queen. She has received over ten awards during her solo career. Not to mention she’s a girl’s girl, performing at the Women’s Day concert in 2018. Next up, Cape Town quartet Honeymoan is an experimental indie pop band with lead vocalist Alison Rachel. Their songs are a great mixture of emotion and groove, perfect for whatever emotion you feel that day. Finally, JUCINDA is a 16-year-old artist who deserves way more than a hundred monthly listeners on Spotify. Her indie music is perfect for chilling with friends. It is not every day that you come across a high school student releasing good music and selling her own merchandise. As you can see, women have been rocking all genres of music in every part of the world. Let these ladies inspire you to run the world as only you can.

Literature Spotlight: Babel by RF Kuang

4 stars
Babel, the latest novel by fantasy author RF Kuang, is relevant to any student with its pointed criticism of academia and its relationship with colonialism. Set in the early 1800s, Kuang depicts an alternate history in which the British Empire is powered by magical silver. The magic system is imaginative and unique, involving silver bars engraved with translated phrases in order to create magical reactions. The novel plays with the power of translation and connection through language, but also comments on imperial power, the flaws of academia and the power of individuals working together to correct injustice.

Grab some popcorn, sit back and eat the rich

Critiques of capitalism are nothing new in film. From Modern Times (1936) to Parasite (2019), the medium has offered various harsh, moving and contemplative critiques of the broken economic system. However, there has been a recent uptick in a certain type of capitalist critique in film, a category colloquially known as “eat the rich”
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