FILM REVIEW; ARRIVAL

Chaos is order yet undeciphered – the line that opens Denis Villeneuve’s 2013 film, Enemy. Two films later and hints of that idea are at play in the brilliant Canadian director’s latest film, Arrival. Unlike Enemy, Arrival presents a clearer narrative and denouement that is tied up in a knot of simplicity that still hasContinue reading “FILM REVIEW; ARRIVAL”

FILM REVIEW; Ousmane Sembène’s EMITAI

Ousmane Sembène’s 1971 film, Emitai, is fueled by a spirit of resistance that resonates decades on. The fact it wasn’t released in Sembene’s home country of Senegal and censored in other francophone countries endorses the strength of its message in a time when colonialism was something more tangible than chapters in textbooks. The film narrowsContinue reading “FILM REVIEW; Ousmane Sembène’s EMITAI”

FILM REVIEW; HACKSAW RIDGE

Mel Gibson’s Hacksaw Ridge embraces the paradox ethos ingrained in Christianity. This film is about a pacifist who goes above and beyond in the line of duty during the Second World War. It looks to affirm the value of human life amidst the carnage of intense bloody battles on the Japanese island of Okinawa where humanContinue reading “FILM REVIEW; HACKSAW RIDGE”

FILM REVIEW; ELLE

Paul Verhoeven’s new film, Elle, provides more joy than you would expect from a film that opens with a rape. It helps that the victim of the sexual assault, Isabelle Huppert’s Michele Leblanc brushes of the trauma like dust from the harmattan with chilling nonchalance. When she reveals her ordeal to her friends, it’s asContinue reading “FILM REVIEW; ELLE”