Latest & Greatest: Feb Edition

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Learn more about the latest releases in tech, literature, motoring and entertainment.
From brutally honest reads, new car launches and tech releases, to series and movie synopses, here’s what’s dropping this month.

Streaming series

Santa Clarita Diet 

(Netflix, first week of February)
Sheila (Drew Barrymore) and Joel (Timothy Olyphant) are husband and wife estate agents who lead an ordinary but dissatisfied life in the L.A. suburb of Santa Clarita with their teenage daughter Abby – until a dramatic change in Sheila’s life sends the family down a road of death and destruction. Expect blood, guts and loads of zippy one-liners! The first season comes to Netflix SA in the first week of the month, while season two has already been commissioned in the US.


The Killer Collective by Barry Eisler 

(1 February)
When a joint FBI and police investigation into an international child pornography ring gets too close to a group of powerful people, sex-crimes detective Livia Lone narrowly survives a hit. Suspecting the FBI itself was behind the attack, Livia reaches out to former marine sniper Dox, and together they assemble a team to tackle the threat. Hopping between Japan, America and France, the group uncovers a series of interconnected conspiracies which seemingly lead straight to the doors of senior US government officials. This fast-paced page-turner is from the pen of New York Times bestselling author Barry Eisler.


Gillette Heated Razor

The Heated Razor by Gillette aims to deliver the comfort of a ‘hot-towel’ shave in the traditional personal razor format. A warming bar heats up the shaver head to your preferred temperature in under a second, which the designers say helps contour the face throughout your shave for a more comfortable experience. The waterproof razor also boasts wireless magnetic charging and an ‘Intelligent Heat Safety Control System’. Currently only in the prototype phase, having been launched via Indiegogo at $150 (about R2 100) as a test product, it’ll be interesting to see if it lives up to the hype and the price tag, and whether it ever makes it into mass production.


Super Supra

The fifth-generation Toyota Supra – and the first to be produced by Toyota GAZOO Racing – is here! Drawing inspiration from heritage models and the 2000GT sports car, the front-engined, rear-wheel drive racer offers enthusiasts the perfect blend of power, agility and precision handling, thanks to a short wheelbase, wide track and low centre of gravity. The 3.0-litre engine is boosted by a twin-scroll turbocharger, producing 250kW and 500Nm of torque and driving the wheels through an eight-speed automatic gearbox. ‘Launch control’ mode helps the car move from rest to 100km/h in just 4.3 seconds, and an active differential makes the drive more responsive during both acceleration and deceleration. The obligatory Nürburgring Nordschleife testing honed the handling – but it was also tested in the ‘real world’ on roads around the globe. The first GR Supras should arrive in South Africa by mid-April 2019, with pricing still to be confirmed.


Holmes & Watson 

(8 February)
The cast of Will Ferrell, John C. Reilly and Ralph Fiennes lead a brand-new Sherlock Holmes caper, this month. Detective Sherlock Holmes (Ferrell) and Dr. John Watson (Reilly) join forces to investigate a mysterious murder at Buckingham Palace. All signs seem to point to Professor James Moriarty (Fiennes), the duo’s longtime nemesis. When new twists and clues begin to emerge, the world's greatest sleuth and his trusted assistant must try to catch the killer before the Queen becomes the next victim.


What Men Want 

(22 February)
Passed up for a well-deserved promotion, sports agent Ali Davis (Taraji P. Henson) wonders what more she could possibly do to succeed in a male-dominated industry. Seeking help from a psychic, Ali finds herself with the sudden ability to hear what men are thinking after drinking a strange concoction – and uses her newfound powers to beat her obnoxious male colleagues in the race for basketball’s next superstar. Sound familiar? It’s a modern retelling of the 2000 film What Women Want, starring Mel Gibson and Helen Hunt.

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Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown 

(1 February)
Bandai Namco’s cult favourite flight simulator returns with its seventh version, set in the alternate universe of Strangereal. Take your aerial duels to the next level with first-person cockpit or third-person views – with specially-created missions for Playstation VR owners. Expect the trademark political intrigue and glorious Top Gun-level cheese as you pilot some of the world’s most advanced warplanes through photorealistic visuals which deliver intense dog-fighting action, a multitude of authentic and futuristic aircraft to fly, an immersive storyline and even virtual reality!
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By Trevor Crighton

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