with Ukwanni "Man In The Cape"
we go again every body. Ukwanni is back with another
ear full of exciting news and views! But, before we
head on down the yellow brick road I need to answer
some fan mail from the first two issues. To all my
loyal and adoring fans who wanted to know what CTV
is all about. I conceived CTV to be the one place
where people can find out about the four "F's"
here in Cape Town. What are the four "F's"
you say? They stand for Food, Fun, Fashion, And Film.
In fact the initials stand for Cape Town Views (CTV)!
As for the "Man In The Cape" thing, you'll
have to use your imagination.
shall we get going? The anticipation is almost too
much to bear. This week, I spent time at the Spanish
film festival. The German film festival has ended
but they had some really great films as well. When
the Spanish festival is over, we'll all pop round
and check out the up coming Italian film festival
which starts on the 6th of November. Here in Cape
Town I watch films at Cinema Nouveau which is located
at the V&A water front. Their cinemas are really
state of the art with comfortable seating and magnificent
sound. The Spanish film I viewed was "Leo"
and was directed by Jose Luis Borau. It is a rather
dark romance with exceptionally good acting on the
part of the lead actors. Well worth the view. However
the ending leaves much to be desired. I also think
this film had the potential for a more complex plot
and story line. I Certainly believe the cast could
have pulled it off.
next film I went to see at the Spanish film fest was
"The other side. I found this film to be absorbing.
I especially liked the small splashes of human colour
director Salvador Garcia Ruiz adds. For example when
the lead character visits a bar in his long forgotten
neighbourhood, a lonely elderly woman engages him
in a conversation which has nothing at all to do with
the plot. But it is just this sort of earthy feel
that brings the film to life. Some of you may find
the many visits by past (dead) relatives in ghostly
form a bit much. But, again the director seamless
weaves them into place. Giving the film a dimension
of believable surrealism.
on the film front I viewed what I think is the best
"Period" film to screen besides "Road
to perdition. League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen staring
Sean Connery is an adrenaline packed heavy weight!
The directors of Tomb Raider and Terminator III should
take notes on how to make the special effects work
as part of the film. And not let the FX become another
story aside from the main plot. LGX is a must see
in my view. That will take care of the film side of
things. Let's take a stroll over to a great little
restaurant for a meal you won't soon forget.
week I spent time at a delightful Greek restaurant
called "La Playa" which is jointly owned
by Nikolas Tiftikidis and his father. This power house
team also run a coffee house which I shall have to
visit and bring you the view on next time. If it is
anything like La Playa, I'm sure it is a winner. While
at La Playa I was treated to a fantastic Italian meal
of cannelloni served with a most mouth watering Greek
salad. All while memorised by the balcony views of
the ocean front at la Playa. In my many travels around
the planet I've dined in many a fine restaurant. I
compare their preparation and presentation to be top
notch. Not to mention the staff who were professional
and efficient. Now here's the part you will all like.
You won't have to spend your rent money to eat there!
I'm talking reasonable here guys. In addition to good
portion sizes you'll also get lots of friendly smiles
at La Playa. Stop by, eat well and tell Nikolas I
must say I had fun this week taking in all the views
here in the Cape. As summer heats up with each passing
day I assure you the views just keep getting better.
Ukwanni "Man In The Cape" Saying be safe,
be real, and be back to visit me here at CTV.
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