ANNIHLATION – A mesmering retort to creationism

Alex Garland’s ‘Annihilation’ is tapping into the highest echelons of science fiction, so much so that its distributor, Paramount, wanted nothing to do with and all but jettisoned into the hands of a streaming service. Adapted from a novel by Jeff VanderMeer, ‘Annihilation’  is overdosed on ambiguity and an intellectual vortex that transports us into… Read More ANNIHLATION – A mesmering retort to creationism

BLACK GIRL – Sembene prods at the myth of decolonisation in his blueprint for African Cinema

To immerse yourself in Ousmane Sembene’s 1966 film, ‘Black Girl’ (La Noire de…) is to time-travel to ground zero of African Cinema. Sembene’s extremely lean but layered first feature film was the first by sub-Saharan African, earning him the mantle of the “father of African film”. Yes, there were films produced in Africa during the… Read More BLACK GIRL – Sembene prods at the myth of decolonisation in his blueprint for African Cinema

AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR – Resistance to Thanos and the MCU is futile

‘Avengers: Infinity War’ is the most star-studded blockbuster in the history of cinema. Probably the most expensive too. It’s an over-crowded family reunion of epic proportions presided over the big bad Thanos (Josh Brolin), as was promised. It delivers a mammoth high for the masses who have accepted the Marvel Cinematic Universe as the cinematic… Read More AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR – Resistance to Thanos and the MCU is futile

HOSTILES – This brutal Western stops just short of being great

We are introduced to Scott Cooper’s ‘Hostiles’ with a solemn quote from D.H. Lawrence, assuring me that I was about to immerse myself in one of my favourite things in cinema – the Western that attempts to cut to the core of man’s tortured existence. What follows D.H. Lawrence’s affirmation of man’s marriage to violence… Read More HOSTILES – This brutal Western stops just short of being great

READY PLAYER ONE – Spielberg crafts an ugly romance with pop-culture porn

‘Ready Player One’ is much more than the love letter to gaming culture some corners of the internet would have you believe. The earlier suggestions from some that this could be the “Black Panther for gamers” were ridiculous. Whilst its director, Stephen Spielberg, has admitted his affinity for the 80 with regards to the influences… Read More READY PLAYER ONE – Spielberg crafts an ugly romance with pop-culture porn

GRINGO – A Nigerian accent and Beatlemania add some spice to this frenzied mess

There is a not quite explained comic charm behind the Nigerian accent. ‘Gringo’, a dark comedy directed by Nash Edgerton, is the latest film to support that hypothesis. Just before this, Black Panther gave us Winston Duke’s M’Baku, who has emerged as an unlikely breakout star and fan favourite. Just like you go for a… Read More GRINGO – A Nigerian accent and Beatlemania add some spice to this frenzied mess

THE CLOVERFIELD PARADOX emerges to besmirch the hallowed Cloverfield name

There is an ideal dimension out there where all films get released in the manner of horror Sci-Fi film ‘The Cloverfield Paradox’. You wake up one day and hear X studio has its film screening in theatres or streaming on demand. No exhausting hype (*cough Black Panther*), no spoilery trailers, minimalist marketing controversy. It’s all… Read More THE CLOVERFIELD PARADOX emerges to besmirch the hallowed Cloverfield name

SIN BIN OF THE CITY – A visit to a working museum to racism

Watching the 2017 documentary short, ‘Sin Bin of the City’, which reflects on the racially charged 1981 Toxteth Riots in Liverpool, I was struck by was the initial lack of or absence of faces to the voices of the oppressed blacks on the Merseyside. I’m used to the average documentary serves up the standard face… Read More SIN BIN OF THE CITY – A visit to a working museum to racism

BRAVEN – Momoa stars as intensity and emotion elevate this action thriller

‘Braven’ marks the first real turn of interest from Jason Momoa; the first time I’ve seen him play something resembling benign and vulnerable. It’s also the first time I’ve seen him with a shirt on and his strapping biceps covered for most of a film. Director Lin Oeding, in his debut effort, goes for nostalgia… Read More BRAVEN – Momoa stars as intensity and emotion elevate this action thriller

YESTERDAY – Life on the fringe in South Africa via the confluence of poverty and illness

Every now and then, I come across a film operating outside the conventional constraints of the horror genre that leaves me in a state of distress. The anxiety served up in Denis Villeneuve’s 2013 film ‘Prisoners’ readily comes to mind. It made the idea of caring of caring for one’s kids a terrifying prospect evoking… Read More YESTERDAY – Life on the fringe in South Africa via the confluence of poverty and illness