Our resident film buff on all things movie, celebrity and entertainment. Stephen Aspeling, otherwise known as "Spling", is a trusted independent South African movie authority, who has turned a lifelong passion into a full-time pursuit: reviewing, writing, presenting, promoting and adjudicating film for a host of websites, radio stations, magazines, newspapers, TV shows, festivals and events. Spling is now our resident writer on all things movie, celebrity and entertainment at DEOD.


Dust and Dreams

Film-making has many parallels with the art of magic. David Copperfield’s job as a grand illusionist is similar to that of a visual effects artist, making his audience believe what we’re seeing is real and true.

Both artists use the power of illusion to enchant their audiences and operate with a low tolerance for errors, where the smallest glitch can shatter the carefully orchestrated suspension of disbelief. The medium of film may be more forgiving in terms of fixing errors in post-production, but there are so many moving parts that calibrating everything perfectly from concept to screen can prove to be challenging and at times overwhelming.


The Many Masks of Mcavoy

James McAvoy was once described as “a Scottish Michael J. Fox”. While the actor has a similar unassuming, likable and charming quality to Fox, who made a name for himself playing comedic roles, he’s proving to be anything but typecast.


There’s Something About Scarlett

Bodacious, courageous, vivacious…it can only be Scarlett Johansson! While she grew up with “little money”, her film buff mother took young Scarlett to many commercial and film auditions, where she eventually landed a role in North in 1994. Despite a promising start with praise for her “peaceful aura”, her breakthrough performance only came seven years later in dark comedy, Ghost World.


Origin Story

Superhero origin stories, sequels, crossovers, reboots, spin-offs and stand-offs… it’s official, the world has been whipped into a superhero frenzy. Or, maybe it’s just the Man of Steel trying to get the earth to rotate in the opposite direction to turn back time like he did in Superman (1978)?


Building A Legocy

Once upon a time in a Danish carpenter’s toy workshop… gradually transformed from wooden toys into the production of plastic interlocking bricks in 1949. Derived from “leg godt”, which means “play well”, Lego became the name for the toy turned global phenomenon encompassing films, games and amusement parks. Used by artists, teachers, medical professionals and even NASA – the legendary building-block empire continues to expand its subculture through passionate designers, loyal fanatics and waves of nostalgia.

Dark Knight

It’s a Batman’s World…

There’s always been an inextricable link between James Bond and Bruce Wayne. Both are suave, sophisticated gentlemen with a seemingly unlimited expense account and a rogue side, who have a penchant for flamboyant villains, femme fatales, armoured cars, martinis and cool gadgets. The iconic Hollywood characters have remained popular, reflecting the mercurial ideals of masculinity through the ages.


The Ben Affleck Story

Benjamin Geza Affleck-Boldt began his acting career as a child in 1984. His break came in 1993 when he played an aggressive senior in Dazed & Confused, which ushered in a string of roles in Kevin Smith movies. However, it wasn’t until the actor co-wrote the Oscar-winning screenplay for Good Will Hunting that he and Matt Damon were catapulted from indie players to name stars.


Resident Revolutionary

Hollywood is still male-dominated, yet actors such as Milla Jovovich are forging a path for women like new Wonder Woman, Gal Gadot, who can be tough and kick ass without losing their femininity. Before DC discovered the towering Amazonian beauty that is Gadot, it appeared there were only a few women who could deliver an unflinching lead performance in an action blockbuster.

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