Movie Review: Bland Paper (Towns )

Movie Review: Bland Paper (Towns )

Cast: Cara Delevingne, Nat Wolff, Cara Buono

Director: Jake Schreier

Vuvu Rating: 5/10

Yes Paper Towns does star supermodel turned actress Cara Delevingne but before you rush off to go see it, maybe you should know there is no need.

Quentin (Nat Wolff) has always seen Margo Roth Spiegelman (Cara Delevingne) as a “miracle”. Despite being close as children they have drifted apart and Quentin has admired Margo from a far.

The enigmatic, free-spirited, punkish (and sometimes annoying) Margo shows up one night at Quentin’s window to take him on one last adventure after which she disappears. Quentin finds clues that Margo leaves behind, which he uses to find her.

To help him he has his two best friends Radar (Justice Smith) and Ben (Austin Abrams), Margo’s friend Lacey (Halston Sage) and Radar’s girlfriend Angela (Jaz Sinclair). To a large extent this supporting cast is the highlight of the film. The group go on an epic road trip from Florida to New York State in an attempt to find her. Along the way relationships blossom and we are taken on a journey to rediscover friendships.

The film is based on a book that was written by the author of The Fault in our Stars. Even though there are many similarities between the two, this film takes the viewer on a very different journey.

Both films have characters who are nearing the end of their adolescence and approaching adulthood. The films are also very similarly shot in terms of style, narration and trying to pass on a bigger message.

The story shows the dangers of putting someone on a pedestal whilst one of the best aspects of the film is the portrayal of friendship between Quentin and his two buddies.

Paper Towns gets an ‘okayish’ review. It entertains and brings across a bigger message, but you won’t always find yourself at the edge of your seat. So if you are looking for a pleasant film outing, go for it! But it won’t hurt to wait for this one to come to our television screens.

Wits students help kids love of maths

Wits students help kids love of maths

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LOVE MATHS: Tsakani Patience Ngobeni one of the members of the campaign speak to a class of grade eights at Umqhele Secondary School about changing their mindset about maths. Photo: Dana Da Silva

 

A combined class of grade eight students enthusiastically participate in a  game to get them focused during a visit from the I Love My Maths: Make it Count campaign at Umqhele Secondary School.

“The I love math campaign is a campaign where we go out to school children and encourage them to love maths, to have a passion for maths so that they will be able to conquer it,” said one of the creators of the campaign Sarah Phiri, a Wits applied maths student.

Last week Friday the campaign visited Umqhele Secondary School in Ivory Park, Midrand, during the school’s career day. Members of the campaign along with a guest speaker shared their stories about journey with maths and gave maths sets as prizes in a maths arithmetic game.

They played various other singing games with the students to get them focused as well as to distribute maths sets and calculators.

The guest speaker Mafule Moswane, an Honours in geography and environmental studies student, was invited to help encourage kids to have a passion for maths.

“So the idea is to change the mind set and introduce a paradigm shift so that the young people can love maths and also give them reasons why they should love maths,” said Moswane.

He also said that kids should love maths because it can take them places. “Talking broadly about it, in fact when you are doing maths you can do anything anywhere in all the universities. But if you’re not doing maths you are limited only to specific career paths,” he said.

For one of the students at Umqhele, Manube Mangatane, this is the first time she is seeing a campaign like this visiting her school. “So it’s a great experience and I’ll always put it in my mind and I’ll remember that they came to donate calculators and maths stuff to our school,” said Mangatane.

She also said that this campaign is a good idea for people who can’t do maths as it is very important to know these days.

Dipole Motilabine, another student, is doing maths because he doesn’t want to “be a fool forever” which is why he wants to be a civil engineer.

“Many careers and jobs they need maths. So I think maths is the key. I really want to study it and know it like other learners.”

Q&A with Spiros The Goat

Q&A with Spiros The Goat

Spiros the Goat has surfaced amid this year’s run-up to the SRC election campaign. He has taken to Twitter to express his views and opinions about the elections as well as Wits University with his catch phrase #ramming. Also known as candidate 47, Spiros has titled himself the “New kid on the Block” with posters and graffiti around campus. Spiros recently made time from his busy schedule to speak to Wits Vuvuzela.

Photo: Provided

Photo: Provided

Why should people vote for Spiros?
A vote for Spiros is a vote against voting.

What does Spiros stand for in the elections?
Spiros is a goat that embodies a collective subjectivity grounded in an earnest politics of irony and the absurd. Spiros wishes to bring to bare the ridiculous and depressing nature of representative democracy where political action is reduced to drawing two intersecting lines in the alienated labour power of a fetishized piece of paper (Spiros is aware that the power is in the worker and not in the commodity).

Spiros is an Act, in the Zizekean sense, where political action involves smashing the nascent totalitarian nature of late capitalist
society and rebuilding in on the basis of a ramolutionary subjectivity.

Who do you support in the elections?
Spiros.

Will you be voting in the SRC, if so for who?
Eat the ballot paper.

What’s it like being a goat at Wits?
WITS University is an anti-goat, anti-black, heteronormative, patriarchal, techno-fascist institution. Spiros’ positionality within
WITS is existentially precarious. It’s difficult being a goat when the grass tastes like Capitalist VW excrement. Spiros is currently reading Sartre and Althusser, in tandem (SIGH!).

Where does the name Spiros come from?
Spiros, as a signifier, does not signify Spiros’ essence but merely signifies it for other signifiers (Jacques Lacan).

Are all goats treated equal at Wits?
Spiros believes that Orwell gives a poor critique of leftist-totalitarianism, read “The Joke” by Kundera instead.

What do you thinks about the expulsions of the seven Wits Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) members?
The expulsion is indicative of the totalitarian nature of the Habib regime and how power relations are skewed against black students and workers on campus. Spiros feels that the exclusion of students signifies a concerted effort to limit the essentially common and public realm of higher learning. Spiros says LIBERATE the common!

However, using Spiros’ Marxist-Leninist-Fanonian-Zhdanovian tools of analysis, Spiros notes that there is a profound contradiction in an organisation that calls itself ‘revolutionary’, seeking recognition from bourgeois institutions. Spiros is disgusted by reformism, and while sympathetic to much of what the EFF stands for, cannot stand as a supporter of closet reformism.

 

 

Do you think there is freedom of speech at Wits University?
Spiros deplores this kind of liberal discourse around individual rights. Spiros is not Francois Hollande. It is Spiros’ view that
freedom and the notion of a ‘voice,’ in the political, is only expressed through a ramolutional collectivity. Sorry Daryl Glaser.

Do you consider yourself an artist after you put graffiti on campus?
“Art is going elsewhere, and politics has to catch up.” – Jacques Ranciere

Do you support the graffiti messages?
Support is an arbitrary, bourgeois conviction.  Just like graffiti.

Since its Women’s month, what is your stance on violence against women?
It is Spiros’ view that Women’s month merely upholds the patriarchy. “Life” in this “society” being, at best, an utter bore, Spiros does not understand how Spiros is supposed to have a stance on such. Ram the patriarchy. Duh.

When you’re not running for the SRC what do you do in your spare time?
Spiros is quite the gastronomist – Spiros’ Lonmin CEO soufflé is to die for.

The world to descend on a Braam bar tonight

The world to descend on a Braam bar tonight

Braam will tonight play host for a event to kick off the ‘World Cup’ of bartending, taking place for the first time in Africa.

The best in world bartending will be on show in Braamfontein tonight. World Class, known as the ‘World Cup’ of bartending competitions, will kick off in Joburg.

Tonight five bars that have been selected as the best in Johannesburg, have each been assigned a premium product. Specialised cocktails will be made from this and the competition winners will be measured using social media.

Anti Est. in Braamfontien has been selected as one of the five bars to take part in this event for World Class.

In attendance will be the best in the bartending business from across the world. It is the first time that this prestigious event is being held in Africa and over 50 countries take part.

According to Anti Est. bartender George Hunter, “World Class is the largest and most prestigious bartending competition out there. It is the World Cup of bartenders. It’s a platform to display pure passion, excitement and skill for your industry.”

Next week the bartender competitors from around the world will start performing challenges in Joburg, and will then progress to Cape Town where the final will be held.

The event will take place between 9 and 11pm and will include a raffle to be held on social media with a prize valued at R3000.

I would not recommend missing this one, as chances are this is a once in a lifetime opportunity right in our back yard.

Idols SA judge suspended after twitter rant

Idols SA judge suspended after twitter rant

Idols SA judge and Metro FM presenter, Unathi Msengana, has been suspended from the radion station following a Twitter spat in which she called a Wits student a “psycho bi**h”.

Popular Idols SA judge and  Metro FM breakfast DJ,  Unathi Msengana, was suspended from her show this week following a twitter rant that was directed at a Wits student.

The twar erupted following an on-air interview the DJ conducted with Stellenbosch University student Anelisiwe Mdube about the documentary Luister, and the student’s experiences of being lectured in Afrikaans.

The hashtag #UnathiBeLike trended as social media users criticised the DJ for not allowing Mdube to properly express her views.

Wits University student, Palomino Jama, tweeted: “Wife gets beaten by husband. Unathi: Why didn’t you become a lesbian? You married him knowing men can be abusive”.

Jama’s timeline indicates that the she received a number of private direct messages from Msengana the next morning.

“You’re a fu**ing idiot if you think so … You are fu**ing delusional if you think you can get personal. Fu** your stupid mind. No amount is going to change our realities. You psycho bi**h. Fu** you twice over,” read some of the messages.

Jama then responded on Twitter with: “Nothing warrants me being fu**ed twice over or being called a psycho bi**h by a woman who is old enough to be my mother. Someone I had respect for.”

SABC spokesperson, Kaizer Kganyago, told Destiny magazine that “the questions she (Msengana) asked on air were valid and there was nothing wrong with her questions. We have no control over DJs and what they do in their private space, but our DJs should know that they are representatives of the brand”.

Following Msengana’s suspension Jama tweeted: “ I am not happy about what has happened to Sis Unathi. I honestly just wish the whole thing never happened.”

Jama told Wits Vuvuzela “I regret the outcome of her being suspended. That was never the intention. Mine is just raising awareness for Luister, clarifying the misconceptions and helping people understand so we can all stand in solidarity evoking change for the Black students of Stellies.”

It is still unclear when, or if Msengana will be returning to her show as the SABC says they first need to discuss the matter with her. Msengana has since released a statement in which she apologised for her reaction on Twitter. “I felt badly violated in my personal life and my personal beliefs … However, as upset as I was at that time, I should not have used offensive language”.