YESTERDAY – Life on the fringe in South Africa via the confluence of poverty and illness

Every now and then, I come across a film operating outside the conventional constraints of the horror genre that leaves me in a state of distress. The anxiety served up in Denis Villeneuve’s 2013 film ‘Prisoners’ readily comes to mind. It made the idea of caring of caring for one’s kids a terrifying prospect evokingContinue reading “YESTERDAY – Life on the fringe in South Africa via the confluence of poverty and illness”

Black Panther and Ryan Coogler’s definition of Africa

The rambling below contains spoilers to Black Panther!!! Just how angry is Ryan Coogler, If he is at all? That’s been one of the questions on my mind having seen ‘Black Panther’. Marvel gave Coogler the keys to the Black Panther vehicle and he took them to the promised land, delivering an incredibly personal film, Continue reading “Black Panther and Ryan Coogler’s definition of Africa”

BLACK PANTHER – Coogler’s tragic longing for the Black American utopia

My biggest fear going into ‘Black Panther’ was that director Ryan Coogler would serve up a righteous narrative fuelled by Fela’s ‘Water No Get Enemy’. A story riding milking the idea of the untouched African country, untainted by European occupiers and firmly in control of its destiny. Conceived by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby inContinue reading “BLACK PANTHER – Coogler’s tragic longing for the Black American utopia”

MOM AND DAD – Crazy Nick Cage warns of the vortex of regret that is parenthood

Buried in the craziness of ‘Mom and Dad’ is an earnest exploration of parental angst and midlife crises. But that’s just the bonus that comes with the package. The label promises an epidemic causing parents to murder their kids and it delivers on that front with gleeful mordancy. The central conceit has a mysterious signalContinue reading “MOM AND DAD – Crazy Nick Cage warns of the vortex of regret that is parenthood”