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Shaun de Waal
Shaun de Waal’s movie reviews are an iconic part of the Mail & Guardian. His short pieces on great (and awful) movies are masterpieces in the genre of reviews, and have become celebrated for their wit and insight. But even more so, his reviews give readers a glimpse into the mind of South Africans when they watch movies about faraway New York, London or Spain, or a familiar District 9.
The collection includes almost 100 reviews – of classics and trash, blockbusters and art films – organised by theme. Themes include: Africa on the screen, Stories about love and family, Sex, God and fantasy, Hollywood and the world, and Politics and war.
Shaun also includes his lists of top films in various genres (and worst). The defining South African book about close-ups, red carpets and sad endings.