FILM REVIEW; THE HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY PART 2

First things first, how does a feline get or stay so fat in such testing times of strife without an owner – asking for a friend. The adaptation of the Suzanne Collins Hunger Games trilogy climaxed with the Francis Lawrence helmed MockingJay 2. Was the decision to split the final book into two films justified?Continue reading “FILM REVIEW; THE HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY PART 2”

FILM REVIEW; HE NAMED ME MALALA

“What’s the first documentary you saw in theatres Delali?” My answer to that question will always be He Named me Malala and I know that’s some petty smugness but no one can take that away from me. The nature of business in our cinemas means you regularly find only the big budget mainstream movies screeningContinue reading “FILM REVIEW; HE NAMED ME MALALA”

FILM REVIEW; UNEXPECTED

You would think a pregnancy will be the last thing you call “unexpected” if you had sex without protection. As to whether the pregnancies we encounter in Kris Swanberg’s Unexpected are actually unexpected I cannot say but what we are sure off is the pregnancies at the centre of this film could have picked aContinue reading “FILM REVIEW; UNEXPECTED”

EXPLORING VIOLENCE; BEASTS OF NO NATION

In this hopefully regular slice of the Broken Cliché I will look to assess the handling of violence in films of interest. Today I explore violence in Cary Fukunaga’s Beast of No Nation. Some of this content will pass as SPOILERS. Be advised. Fukunaga’s extremely low budget effort (6 million) has come and gone althoughContinue reading “EXPLORING VIOLENCE; BEASTS OF NO NATION”

FILM REVIEW; SPECTRE

Spectre was a pleasant surprise – a flawed but pleasant surprise. I went in with low expectations because the James Bond meets Jason Bourne trope had been taken too far with Skyfall and it has been increasingly difficult to pinpoint the vintage Bond elements in the more recent series entries. I remember watching Casino RoyaleContinue reading “FILM REVIEW; SPECTRE”

FILM REVIEW; AFUA’S DIARY

Coming out of the screening of Afua’s Diary the word I heard filtering through the audience was “terrible”. That was not far from the truth but a bit harsh especially when you weigh expectations against this compact end product helmed by a debut director (Ben Owusu) with a slew of first-time performers. This romance narrativeContinue reading “FILM REVIEW; AFUA’S DIARY”