JOHN RAMBO OR ROCKY BALBOA

Creed just came out in Ghanaian theaters and I loved it, but loved Stallone in it more. Stallone picked up some awards and ton of nominations for his compelling showing here partially because he is indeed very good but also because he carries the weight of nostalgia. His performance carries an aura of a swansongContinue reading “JOHN RAMBO OR ROCKY BALBOA”

FILM REVIEW; THE 5TH WAVE

#TeenageLivesMatter – Another movie adaptation of a young-adult sci-fi novel comes our way and this time our young’uns are at the mercy of faceless aliens. The 5th Wave is adapted from the Rick Yancey novel of the same name and at this point, I don’t expect any YA films to carry any form of originality orContinue reading “FILM REVIEW; THE 5TH WAVE”

FILM REVIEW; CREED

Creed almost follows the schematic of the 1976 Rocky. We have our young boxer, he has a mentor and a woman who becomes his beloved and source of support. We also have the contrivance that finds our young relatively untested boxer in a major fight. There are however some significant differences. For one, our protagonist is black,Continue reading “FILM REVIEW; CREED”

BETTING ON SHIRLEY AND HER SPARROW

A few weeks after the not so popular Ghana Movie Awards (GMAs), the inaugural Sparrow Entertainment Festival graced the Ghanaian cinemasphere. This is quite opportune if you ask me and it sheds light on what may be a step in the right direction for Ghanaian cinema. When I posited the question “How seriously should weContinue reading “BETTING ON SHIRLEY AND HER SPARROW”

FILM REVIEW; CHI-RAQ

A return to form for Spike Lee? Maybe. A return to bluntness and conviction that marked some Lee’s finest work? Definitely. Lee’s latest joint surely packs a message and he isn’t trying to argue it out. He just bashes our head with it as it unravels but Chi-Raq is also uniquely artistic – It wasContinue reading “FILM REVIEW; CHI-RAQ”

FILM REVIEW; CONCUSSION

Concussion is the kind of film with the lead character you expect around awards season – the kind that feels it sports an uplifting and poignant story/message like some regal kente cloth. They are confidently cast in a mould that will ostensibly appeal to the major award academies and look good on the best pictureContinue reading “FILM REVIEW; CONCUSSION”