FILM REVIEW; Ousmane Sembène’s XALA

My walk with Senegalese director, Ousmane Sembène continues with his 1975 film Xala, an adaptation of Sembène’s 1973 novel of the same name. It’s the most modern of his films I have seen as yet, set some 15 years after Senegal’s independence. After a film like Emitai, where the French occupiers were the subject of Sembene’sContinue reading “FILM REVIEW; Ousmane Sembène’s XALA”

FILM REVIEW; THE LEGO BATMAN MOVIE

I spent the screening of The Lego Batman Movie battling sleep. That surprised and disappointed me. Its Batman. I love Batman. Anything Batman should be able to grasp me for 90 plus minutes. But therein lies the question. Was this a Batman movie or Batman roast? This latest entry to the Lego movie franchise feltContinue reading “FILM REVIEW; THE LEGO BATMAN MOVIE”

FILM REVIEW; MOONLIGHT

It truly has been a while since a decision to immerse myself in a piece of cinema came with the reward of an emotionally overwhelming experience. Bless you Moonlight, bless you Barry Jenkins for your masterful and beautiful humanist approach to your characters, for chucking away the surface and reaching for the crux of yourContinue reading “FILM REVIEW; MOONLIGHT”

FILM REVIEW; MY FATHER DIE

Directed by Sean Brosnan ( our very own Pierce Brosnan’s son), My Father Die tells the story of a deaf man, Asher (Joe Anderson) on a collision course with his abhorrent and sociopath father, Ivan (Gary Stretch) in the rural American south. To call their relationship dysfunctional is an understatement given the first time we seeContinue reading “FILM REVIEW; MY FATHER DIE”

FILM REVIEW; MANCHESTER BY THE SEA

Kenneth Lonergan’s Manchester by the Sea manages to be one of the funniest films of 2016 whilst wielding affecting moments of distress and heartbreak. The bleakness of this picture has been overemphasised. Expectations had been inflated. But Lonergan milks a welcome brand of dark humour that doesn’t make light work of a crux wrapped inContinue reading “FILM REVIEW; MANCHESTER BY THE SEA”