PREDATOR – Revisiting my childhood dreadlocked bogeyman

After Alien: Covenant shifted cinematic tectonic plates, I thought seeing 1987’s Predator for the first time in almost 15 years was in order. Shane Black’s reboot is around the corner and you never know – there may be some dirty little secret at the centre of this franchise which alters our cinematic reality (and mind you, it… Read More PREDATOR – Revisiting my childhood dreadlocked bogeyman

WONDER WOMAN – Absorbs and inspires with its timely charge to goodness

Every now and then, I come across a film that makes me think of what Roger Ebert’s take on it would be. I feel this way after every new Scorsese release or any film that appeals earnestly to humanist sensibilities; like say, a Moonlight. Ebert came off as the glass half-full kind of guy and… Read More WONDER WOMAN – Absorbs and inspires with its timely charge to goodness

Pirates of the Caribbean: Salazar’s Revenge – The parodification of Johnny Depp continues

I weep internally now the consensus seems to be that Johnny Depp is the butt of hate and jokes, and justifiably so. How does the man who put in the brilliant shift as Donnie Brasco devolve into a mere bundle of pantomime drivel? I don’t know, but it happened and “forget about it” now feels… Read More Pirates of the Caribbean: Salazar’s Revenge – The parodification of Johnny Depp continues

A UNITED KINGDOM – A tame, but charming intro to Botswana’s ‘First’ Family

What would happen if I brought a white woman home and said; Mama, she’s the one. It’ll be fine I guess. There would be some eyebrows raised, with increasing murmurs the further you got from nuclear family, but it’ll be fine. However, when it becomes a matter of general scrutiny; the optics of a chief… Read More A UNITED KINGDOM – A tame, but charming intro to Botswana’s ‘First’ Family

ALIEN: COVENANT – Brilliant on its terms, if you can buy into them

I now get the Prometheus gripes. Despite being thoughtful and absorbing on a philosophical level, I acknowledged that Ridley Scott’s first Alien prequel was a slippery slope, but a slippery slope I was content to run up and down on. But as we closed in on the denouement of the second Alien prequel, Alien: Covenant, I… Read More ALIEN: COVENANT – Brilliant on its terms, if you can buy into them

GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 2 – Pencil it down as your next Fathers’ Day film

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 presents a Marvel antagonist that does not want for depth – It’s been a while since such a rare sighting and weird this point is one of the takeaways from this MCU space opera. I was almost starting to come to terms with the fact that maybe, just maybe, Marvel… Read More GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 2 – Pencil it down as your next Fathers’ Day film

COLOSSAL – I dare you to show me a weirder monster movie out there

Colossal may be one of the more bizarre films I see in 2017. Ballsy even, but not because there is some unworldly execution on the part of our director, Nacho Vigalondo. Simply because it goes all out on its preposterous conceit whilst somehow managing to stay grounded in character and real-world struggles. So what is… Read More COLOSSAL – I dare you to show me a weirder monster movie out there

THE FATE OF THE FURIOUS – We can officially stop taking this franchise seriously

I wasn’t sure before, but I am now – we no longer have to take the Fast and Furious films seriously. I could deal with the luxury sports cars flying from sky scraper to sky scraper. I could deal with cars bursting out of the cockpits of exploding planes. I could deal with characters speaking… Read More THE FATE OF THE FURIOUS – We can officially stop taking this franchise seriously