PROUD MARY – …More like ‘Sorry Mary’

The month of lowered standards continues with the Taraji P. Henson-led quasi-Blaxploitation action thriller, ‘Proud Mary’, directed by Babak Najafi. My most important takeaway from; the classic eponymous Tina Turner hit from 1970 (originally performed by Creedence Clearwater Revival in 1969) does not play as the most alluring soundtrack for a shootout. But that’s the leastContinue reading “PROUD MARY – …More like ‘Sorry Mary’”

THE SHAPE OF WATER – Del Toro’s sputtering machine of empathy is worth cherishing

A sour trace of disappointment lingered after seeing Guillermo del Toro’s latest film, ‘The Shape of Water’. After months of consuming short bursts of adulation, leading to me constructing my own fanciful masterpiece in my head, a possible spiritual sequel to del Toro’s own ‘Pan’s Labyrinth’, the slow realisation that ‘The Shape of Water’ wasContinue reading “THE SHAPE OF WATER – Del Toro’s sputtering machine of empathy is worth cherishing”

THE COMMUTER – Death, taxes and passable action in January

‘Murder on the Orient Express’ meets ‘Non-Stop’, with a dash of ‘Taken’. To be honest, you could describe ‘The Commuter’ as a remix of every action flick Liam Neeson has starred in. His performances in these films seem to be on the same wavelength; broken, grizzled veteran given an opportunity for valour and redemption. InContinue reading “THE COMMUTER – Death, taxes and passable action in January”

BRAWL IN CELL BLOCK 99 – Brutal, unrelenting exploitation fun

‘Brawl in Cell Block 99’ is one of the best action films of this decade. It’s certainly one of the most memorable. While standouts like ‘John Wick’, ‘The Raid’ and the most recent ‘The Villainess’ bring to the table the grandly choreographed fight sequences and adrenaline-infused balletic gun battles to the table, making your averageContinue reading “BRAWL IN CELL BLOCK 99 – Brutal, unrelenting exploitation fun”

BRIGHT – The bastard descendant of Lord of the Rings emerges

‘Bright’ feels original and fleetingly ambitious with its meshing of fantastical elements and hard-knock policing to envision Los Angeles some 2000 years after the battle of Helms Deep. But it’s a bit of a wreck. You realize the film is fighting a losing battle when it starts with a bland montage likening Orcs to AfricanContinue reading “BRIGHT – The bastard descendant of Lord of the Rings emerges”

THIS LAND – A documentary affirming the value of land for South Africans

A review I contributed to Dandano late in 2017… The 2017 documentary, This Land, directed by Miki Redelinghuys narrows in on the people of Makhasaneni in KwaZulu-Natal and their struggle to overcome governmental neglect, a corrupt traditional hierarchy and the threat of corporate interests. During apartheid, the family and forbearers of the indigenes we spend timeContinue reading “THIS LAND – A documentary affirming the value of land for South Africans”

THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI – A powerhouse performance fuels this film about grief and righteous anger

Grief begets anger in Martin McDonagh’s ‘Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri’. Anger goes on to begat empathy and introspection in what, quite surprisingly, is this Irish director’s most heartfelt film, despite its rough and sardonic packaging. As one of my main takeaways, I realised it was time for me to start work on my shrineContinue reading “THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI – A powerhouse performance fuels this film about grief and righteous anger”