MOVIE REVIEW: Sully by Matthew Botha

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Plot Summary: Based on the heroic true story in which a veteran pilot named Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger, makes an emergency landing on the Hudson River in New York City, saving the lives of 155 passengers on board; but even in the midst of public adulation, Sully finds his career at stake over this unprecedented aviation incident as his choices are brought under the spotlight of bureaucratic scrutiny.

What I thought…
Clint Eastwood is certainly one of the more reliable directors currently working today in Hollywood, rarely having a misstep with the films he directs, and Sully is yet another solid showing from this legend of Hollywood. Personally I wouldn’t say this is my favourite nor the best film Eastwood has made, but it is a well crafted film, in which Tom Hanks does a great job as the film’s lead, playing Captain Sully (a good casting choice might I add), and is accompanied by a fine showing from Aaron Eckhart who plays co-pilot Jeff Skiles in a supporting role.
Eastwood’s telling of this true story is from a non-lineal approach, which I liked in that it allowed for Sully’s character development as well as the building of scenes throughout the film in which the film maker conveys storytelling without resorting to lazy exposition. Another positive for me was that the film’s focus centered more on the person (Sully) rather than the event, allowing for a more realistic & personal feel, as well as not having to over stretch or over dramatize the event in order to keep the audience engaged, instead having the audience invested in the protagonist. While the scenes with the plane were well shot, the event itself I felt wasn’t able to carry the entire film, which is why the approach to this film was in my opinion a wise one. Something I’m glad the film was aware of, having picked up on it earlier on in the film, was its reference to 9/11, because here again after less than 8 years New York City was faced with another plane scenario. However I would have liked to have seen more emphasis on the people’s reaction to this in the film, considering the dread it must have sparked in the eye witnesses at the possibility of being faced with that sort of tragedy again.
The main issue I had, which is one I seem to often have with an Eastwood film, but one that I don’t think will bother many people, is the score used in the film. Eastwood so often uses scores that sound in my opinion like something you would hear on the Hallmark channel, unimaginative & uninspiring. For me this does play a big role, especially when it comes to serious films. Scores are so often used to coincide with visuals to convey the significance of moments, to stir and to capture the audience. A great example of this in recent years is in the film A Place Beyond The Pines, in which the use of film score is perfectly executed to push home a profound moment in the life of one the main characters.
Overall I found Sully to be a good film, grounded in its approach and satisfactory in its execution.
Age: PG
Genre: Biographical Drama
Starring: Tom Hanks (Saving Private Ryan), Aaron Eckhart (The Dark Knight), Mike O’Malley (Concussion), Jamey Sheidan (Spotlight), Anna Gunn (Red State), Laura Linney (Mystic River).
Director: Clint Eastwood (American Sniper).
Rating: 7.9/10


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Section 10 (Right to human dignity) and Section 11 (Right to life)-what does this mean?

Section 10 – Right to human dignity – everyone has dignity and the right to have their dignity respected and protected.
Section 11 – Right to Life – means that everyone has the right to life.
Regarding the use of deadly force by police officers, the courts have held that a person making an arrest is not entitled to use a firearm in the process unless:
The suspect is threatening to harm the person arresting him or someone else, or
The suspect is suspecting of having committed a serious crime involving or threatening harm to a person.
The Constitutional Court has held that the provisions relating to the use of ‘deadly force’ for arrests were too wide and therefore unconstitutional. For example, using ‘deadly force’ in the case of someone caught shoplifting would not be justifiable.
The Constitutional Court has held that the death penalty goes against a person’s right to life so our courts are not allowed to pass the death sentence against anyone.
Regarding abortion, Parliament has passed a law called The Choice on Termination of Pregnancy Act allowing women the choice to terminate the pregnancy up to a certain stage of the pregnancy (see also our question under Personal Injury Law for more details.

Section 12 – The Right of Freedom and security of the person – what does this mean?

The Right of Freedom and security of the person includes the following rights:

  • Not to be put in prison for a good reason
  • Not to be detained without trial
  • To be free from all kinds of violence in public and private areas.
  • Not be treated or punished in a cruel or inhuman or degrading way
  • To make decisions about reproduction (having children)
  • To have control over our own bodies
  • Not to be forced to have medical or scientific experiments done on people
  • Corporal punishment, the whippings or beatings for punishment – the Constitutional Court has held that punishing people and children by whipping them or giving them a caning goes against this right.

Section 13: Slavery, servitude and forced labour and Section 14 – Right to Privacy – what does this mean?

Section 13 of the Constitution forbids any form of slavery or forced labour.

Section 14 – the Right to Privacy, means that everyone has the right to privacy including the right not to:
Be body-searched without a court order
Have your home searched without a court order
Have your things taken from you
Have your letters opened or your telephones tapped.
The Interception and Monitoring Prohibition Amendment Act prevents people’s conversations being intercepted, and any interception must be authorized by a judge.

Section 15: Freedom of religion, belief and opinion and Section 16: Freedom of speech and expression – what does this mean?

Section 15 – Freedom of religion belief and opinion means that everyone has the right to believe or think what they want, even if their opinion is different to the government. Everyone has the right to practise the religion they choose.
Government institutions, like schools, can follow religious practises (like having prayers in the morning) but this must be done fairly and people cannot be forced to attend the
A person can also get married under the laws of their religion. But these cannot go against the Bill of Rights – for example, a woman who marries under customary law does not loose her rights of equality when she gets married.
Chapter 16 – Freedom of Expression – means everyone has the right to say what they want including the press and other media, although certain kinds of speech are not protected, and these are:

  • Propaganda for war
  • Inciting (encouraging) people to use violence
  • Hate speech
  • Hate speech spreading hatred and encouraging people to act harmfully or violently to other people because of their race, gender, ethnic origin or religion.

LIFE… with Elsa

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Why are educators emotionally drained?
Aside from all the admin, after school activities and marking books, there is an emotional side to being a teacher. Each one of us has a mirror on our chest. On this mirror, we carry all our beliefs and perceptions. We constantly mirror/reflect those beliefs and perceptions in each other leading to conflict, misunderstanding, trauma etc. The mirroring/reflection can also have a positive outcome, hence some people become very good friends. If you are an educator with 15-50 students in your classroom, you are bound to reflect something in your students and them in you.

What do mirroring and reflecting mean?
When someone does/say something that upsets/annoys/frustrates you, it is because they reflect something in you.
Example; Lucy is always late for Mr Ruter’s class. He is furious every time and scolds her. There is something in Lucy’s mind that makes her late for every one of Mr Ruter’s classes. Mr Ruter then takes it personally and might feel she doesn’t have respect for his time. When Mr Ruter is able to stay calm and realise that there is something else that makes Lucy late, he will actually access a different part of his mind that allows him to have a different approach to Lucy’s behaviour.
Most of us thought that students are just being rude / disrespectful or act like teenagers when in fact, it goes much deeper. Reflections are usually/mainly from perceptions. Do you understand then that Educators need to deal with much more than what was ever mentioned or expected?
How can Educators then help themselves to get rid of the reflections? Good news: When we control our perceptions, we control the reflections.

This is how:
Step 1 Write all your perceptions down about;
Yourself as an educator
Your classroom
Your students and their abilities
Step 2: Find the perceptions that might have a negative impact on yourself and your students.
Step 3: Find the belief / root / thinking pattern behind those perceptions.
Step 4: Change them with what it is you want by visualising the difference between the new line of thought and the old perception.
Sounds complicated / Too difficult / Struggling? Contact your expert Master NLP Practitioner, Elsa Cronje. Article Pic 1


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Liz McGrath Collection has announced that an agreement has been signed with the McGrath family holding company to acquire The Cellars-Hohenort Hotel in Cape Town, The Marine Hotel in Hermanus and the Plettenberg Hotel in Plettenberg Bay.
Completion of the transaction will take place when the asset transfers have been registered with the land registry office.
Liz McGrath Collection is owned by James B. Sherwood, founder and chairman emeritus of Belmond Ltd., owners of the Mount Nelson Hotel in Cape Town; Moulton Investment Ltd., owned by Fred Alger, founder of Fred Alger Management, Inc. in New York, and the McGrath family holding company which retains a 20% interest.
Liz McGrath Collection will take over all the employees of the hotels and central management.Sherwood, speaking on behalf of Liz McGrath Collection, indicated that no changes in the management or operation of the hotels are contemplated. The new owners plan to expand the number of rooms and facilities in step with increasing demand.
Sherwood, speaking on behalf of Liz McGrath Collection, indicated that no changes in the management or operation of the hotels are contemplated. The new owners plan to expand the number of rooms and facilities in step with increasing demand.
The directors of Liz McGrath Collection will be Sherwood, Nicholas Seewer, who was general manager Africa and Mount Nelson Hotel for Orient-Express Hotels (now called Belmond) for 20 years, Alger, Ingrid Wheeler and Michael McGrath.

The history of the Liz McGrath Collection
Sherwood said that he purchased the Mount Nelson Hotel in 1987 on behalf of Orient-Express Hotels and has spent much of January and February in Cape Town every year, staying at the hotel. He met Liz McGrath during his visits and was impressed with the high standards which she achieved in her hotels.
She acquired her first hotel, The Plettenberg, in 1987, followed by The Cellars in 1992 to which was added the Hohenort in 1993, and The Marine in 1998. She transformed the properties to 5-star level through her superlative good taste in decor, gardens, and restaurants. She sadly passed away in 2015 but her three children continued to maintain the hotels to their mother’s high standards.
The Cellars-Hohenort was known as Klaasenbosch Farm in 1693, owned by Hendrik ten Damme, Chief Surgeon of the Dutch East India Company. The Cellars building was the wine cellar of the farm. The Marine building was built in the late 19th century by Dr. Joshua Hoffman, the brother in law of General Jan Smuts. It was initially used as a sanitorium because of the “champagne air” of Hermanus Bay. It was converted into a hotel in 1902 and bought by David Rawdon in 1981. Rawdon closed the hotel for four years and fully renovated it, re-opening in 1985.
The hotel’s location on the cliff front in the centre of Hermanus makes it extremely popular for tourists, many of whom come for the whale watching which generally starts in August.
The Plettenberg was originally a beach house built on a bluff overlooking Plettenberg Bay in 1898. It was purchased by a member of the McGrath family and developed into a hotel, which opened in 1987. All three hotels have been members of the prestigious Relais & Chateaux group.
Sherwood said the shareholders had decided to call the new company Liz McGrath Collection in memory of the wonderful lady who had created the hotels and devoted her later years to their highly successful operation.