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MALEFICENT; Mistress of Evil-Review

Ever so often, New Capitol Cinema invites WeekendLife to watch one of the box office hits it brings to Botswana audiences and this time we had the pleasure of watching the much acclaimed and talked about Maleficent; Mistress of Evil, the second instalment from the Maleficent movie.

Sequels usually don’t do so well at the box office, some losing the plot or going completely off the rails. It’s another story if you have Angelina Jolie and Mitchell Pfeiffer as leading ladies. Director Joachim Ronning spun Mistress of Evil as a darker version, compared to its 2014 predecessor, which was a more typical fairy tale love story of finding true love. In this movie, the violence and action can be a little overwhelming or downright unsuitable for those 6 years and below. The plot revolves around Aurora and Maleficent.

Their bond comes under threat when Aurora accepts Prince Philip’s proposal, this against her god-mother’s wishes. The story unfolds when Philip's mother, Queen Ingrith (Michelle Pfeiffer), demands that Aurora and Maleficent attend a celebratory family engagement dinner at Ulstead castle. Maleficent tries to be cordial, until Ingrith openly insults her and the Moor-folk. In a moment of chaos, King John appears to be cursed by Maleficent, Ingrith sees this as the perfect opportunity to wage war on the Moor folk.

Meanwhile, Maleficent flees and is nearly shot down, only to be saved by fellow winged dark fae, who initially were thought to be extinct but were underground hiding from humans who were relentlessly hunting them to near extinction. Maleficent must decide whether to join her fellow fae to fight or to seek peace with the humans. At one point it seems like no one will get to live, much less have the clichéd "happily ever after’’ that’s expected in all fairy tale like movies.

The plot, as gripping as it can be at times, with powerful action scenes, lacks a nail biting intensity, the movie’s saving grace was the stellar packed cast. Nothing can be taken away from the veteran actresses that are Pfeiffer and Jolie, who seemed to have basically saved the movie from a disastrous performance at the box office. Maleficent generated over $157 million at the box office, most of which is from foreign markets.

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Vee Mampeezy wants to marry again!

28th November 2022

In May 2014, controversial pint sized musician, Odirile Sento married his longtime girlfriend, Kagiso Sento in a glamorous wedding, not knowing that eight years later, the two will be fighting until the very end of their holy union.

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Motsetserepa needs help

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Mental health is one critical element in someone’s life but gloomily, it is often overlooked. Topics centered on mental health and depression dominate the public discourse. The national conversation surrounding mental wellness, both online and offline has aided in the stigma of suffering from depression being removed, slowly but surely.

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TatsoConnekt Leading Women Brunch

14th October 2022

On Saturday 29 October 2022 (11:00- 15:00) Bash Connektor will be presenting their 1st TatsoConnekt Leading Women Brunch which will be hosted by Basadi’Bash’Masimolole. Tatso. A Setswana word. Taste  .Tatso / ta-tso/. verb.

The Brunch will be held at Myhomecafe by Mogobane Dam and tickets are selling at P650 per person. Only 50 tickets available and sold through pre-booking. The value of the offering will be a brunch meal + bottomless mimosas + connekting conversations that matter with leading women in corporate and entrepreneurship. This is an inspirational / empowerment connekting session for Women.

Bash Connektor is a Marketing Company with a twist founded in March 2022 by Basadi Bash Masimolole who has 15 years plus Marketing Experience. The INTENT of Bash Connektor is to Link People, Experiences, and Brands. The K instead of C is INTENTIONAL. We are all about contributing towards AMPLIFYING brand and country messages through curating experiential offerings and connekting conversations that matter, said Basadi Masimolole.

With a sponsor or funding, Basadi Masimolole’s ultimate goal is to have visual podcasts and empowerment connektor sessions at villages as part of cultural tourism and contributing towards the Botswana Government’s Rural Areas Development Program (RADP).

Individuals interested in purchasing the limited number tickets or Brands interested in participating on the TatsoConnekt Leading Women Brunch through sponsorships/ brand placement opportunities can reach Basadi’Bash’Masimolole on +267 7140 6660 / masimololebasadi@gmail.com / Bash Connektor Facebook page.

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