WIND RIVER – Snow, silence and a dash of violence

Taylor Sheridan is quite the enthralling storyteller. His attraction and empathy with life on the peripheries of society continue with his latest film, Wind River. After only playing scribe to the chilling Sicario and the gritty Hell or High Water, Sheridan is in the director’s chair for the second time in his career overseeing thriller… Read More WIND RIVER – Snow, silence and a dash of violence

Fearfully learning we have a lot in common with the other side in A GHOST STORY

A Ghost Story, Directed and written by David Lowery, is a film simultaneously about the passage and stillness of time. It’s a film that seems to harbours a certain fixation on the mundane despite (or because of) the separation enforced. It serves as a confluence for sentiment and existential angst. Above all, it’s a film… Read More Fearfully learning we have a lot in common with the other side in A GHOST STORY

BLADE RUNNER 2049 – A biblical epic wrapped in a shroud of rich ambiguity

The question of what it means to be human and existential angst will never be exhausted by the medium of film. Pinocchio, AI, Ex Machina and, hell, even Alien: Covenant, ring to mind as the sizzling hot Denis Villeneuve ventures into the purest of sci-fi worlds, creating the most reverent follow up to Ridley Scott’s Blade… Read More BLADE RUNNER 2049 – A biblical epic wrapped in a shroud of rich ambiguity

KINGSMAN: THE GOLDEN CIRCLE – A little more creases in this bespoke tailoring

I’ve had too much time to think about Kingsman: The Golden Circle. The 007 pastiche was such a welcome and subversive entry into mainstream cinema schedules, much like Kick-Ass during the onset of the Super Hero era of blockbuster even films. You could argue that the first Kingsman movie was more of a Bond movie… Read More KINGSMAN: THE GOLDEN CIRCLE – A little more creases in this bespoke tailoring

THE TRIBUNAL – Maybe it is time to give up on the Kunle Afolayan stock

Where to start with The Tribunal; the bad writing or bad lawyering? I guess one is a function of the other in what is definitely the worst Kunle Afolayan film I’ve seen. The Tribunal has left me fearing the stock I bought in Afolayan, after 2015’s October 1 is maturing into fools’ gold. The films since… Read More THE TRIBUNAL – Maybe it is time to give up on the Kunle Afolayan stock

Disillusion, apathy and dysfunction; TOUKI BOUKI’s foreshadowing of our existential cul de sac

When did Africans start to lose faith in Africa? How long did it take the buoyant flames of colonialism to be quenched by the decadence of the elite and an underestimation of neocolonialism? Probably in the mid-’60s, and judging by the golden age of Senegalese cinema, this sentiment became truly entrenched in the ‘70s; with… Read More Disillusion, apathy and dysfunction; TOUKI BOUKI’s foreshadowing of our existential cul de sac

IT COMES AT NIGHT – A creeping shadow of harrowing torment awaits

Writer-Director Trey Edward Shults understands what true horror is. His It Comes at Night leaves you in no doubt the thing you should fear the most stares at you every morning. Perhaps, the only thing worse is the person who refuses to acknowledge this paradigm, kind of like the whiners who went into this master class… Read More IT COMES AT NIGHT – A creeping shadow of harrowing torment awaits

DETROIT – A chilling and prescient ordeal of blood and fire

There are some parallels between Jordan Peele’s dark comedy Get Out and Katherine Bigelow’s Detroit. At the centre of the latter, a film set in the heat of the 1967 Detroit riots and uprising, is the incendiary matter of race relations, made even more so by the portrayals of vicious police brutality and at its… Read More DETROIT – A chilling and prescient ordeal of blood and fire