Franchising: The murder of originality


We were foolish to believe that Furious 7 would have actually managed to wrap up The Fast & The Furious franchise with their beautiful tribute to Paul Walker. Due to its Box Office triumph and with the praised reception of “See you again”, we were treated to The Fate of the Furious’s release in April. Although audiences claim to be annoyed at the exhausted plotlines and embellished drama in franchises like The Fast & The Furious and Transformers, they continue to make money. Because this trend is not as short-lived as we originally hoped, Perdeby decided to have a look at some respected movies that have fallen victim to Hollywood’s franchising trope.

Somehow Harrison Ford managed make archaeology look cooler than cool in Indiana Jones’ whip-cracking titular role. Then The Kingdom of the Crystal Skull came along and united humanity against the travesty it turned out to be. The world unanimously agreed to forget this horror, but just as the scars started to disappear Ford revived his role as Han Solo in the very successful Star Wars sequel, The Force Awakens, in 2015. With the nostalgia pumping and the money flowing, Ford and Disney decided to team up again for another instalment in the Indiana Jones franchise, set to be released in 2019.

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Serrie in the hall: an insider view


Serrie is an age-old tradition at the University of Pretoria that gives UP residences an opportunity to showcase their talent, dedication and cultural identity. The entire event has been pushed back by a week, and although preparation time was not the reason for this, it would have come as a welcome relief to some. Serrie men’s prelims are taking place on 15 May and women’s the following evening. The Finals will be held on Friday, 19 May at Rembrandt Hall on LC De Villiers Sports campus. Tickets can be purchased online from 18 May for R90.

With the traditional enthusiasm surrounding the coming Serrie production, many questions and speculations arise with many people dying to know what the competition is going to look like this year. It is, however, also synonymous with secretive behaviour as themes, dance routines, song choices and the ‘wow’ factors, are kept as far from common knowledge as possible. Luckily, Perdeby got a behind the scenes preview of the Serrie performances and can give you some insight of what to expect on the night.

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A look back at Linkin Park


Since February, Linkin Park have released three singles: “Heavy”, “Battle symphony”, and “Good goodbye”. These three songs are the first to be released from their seventh stud io album, One More Light, which will be released on 19 May.

The band has received a lot of criticism and fans are concerned about the album. The tracks have a completely different sound to that of previous albums. Many fans do not enjoy this new sound, which is described as pop-like. Despite criticism, it works. It is unique and versatile. The vocals are powerful and typical of Linkin Park, as are the lyrics. Fans ha ve been thrown by drastic change, but are still keen to hear the album. To commemorate it, Perdeby took a look at the band’s evolution over the years.

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UP Ovuma Dzivamisoko Concert


On 29 April, UP Ovuwa hosted the Dzivamisoko Concert dedicated to Freedom Day. The concert was held at the University of Pretoria’s Musaion Theatre. The concert was a continuation of their lunch hour concert, which took the audience through the story of uMandulo, which means September in isiZulu. The use of this story in the concert was to encourage and rejuvenate the audience in the face of their respective difficulties in every sphere of their lives.

uMandulo is a story set at a village that is going through a drought and facing severe famine. The only way to save the village is through the blessings of heavy rain, which are promised to come with the birth of the queen’s son, uMandulo. The concert follows the life of uMandulo, from his birth, to his days of going through initiation, to taking a wife. Through poetry, dance and song, the concert was impeccably directed and the show embodied our diverse country.

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UP Arts Week


STUKU hosted UP Arts week from 24 to 26 April. Shows took place on three evenings in the Aula Theatre in which performers selected during an audition process got to showcase their talent in song, dance, or poetry. The event was run successfully and was filled with genuine displays of artistic ability that echo the diversity, political inclination and interests of the UP student body.

The first night’s event was dance and poetry, where the performances of six dancers and five poets were showcased. Each brought a unique and entertaining presentation of their art and this wonderfully displayed the expression that exists on our campuses. From lighting to sound to content, the entire event was executed professionally and made for a night that was greatly enjoyed by all who attended.

Tuks Idols took place on 25 April, with acts ranging from different genres of local to international music. This night was a replica of the show Idols, with contestants showcasing their singing capabilities to the judges. A few contestants fell victim to stage fright, but luckily the audience was encouraging and motivated them to sing. The top three artists for the night were Siphosethu Magagula in third place, Angelica Vieira in second place, and Thobeka Mhlongo in first place.

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