FIRST REFORMED – This angst-fuelled study sees Christianity in its darkest hour

There are Christian films, tons of them actually; largely dogmatic, largely cosmetic. Then there are films about Christianity; films that probe at the faith and calling many of us, including myself, hold dear with a confluence of cinematic dexterity and earnest spirituality. Paul Schrader’s powerful ‘First Reformed’ is firmly in the latter; unrelenting its explorationContinue reading “FIRST REFORMED – This angst-fuelled study sees Christianity in its darkest hour”

A SIMPLE FAVOR – This comic-noir is convoluted but never uncontrolled

Watching Blake Lively in the Paul Feig directed ‘A Simple Favor’, she finally came across as the woman who calls Ryan Reynolds her better half. She plays this snide martini-toting fashionista PR exec in this enjoyable “black comedy” which thrives on strong central performances but befuddles with its willfully schizophrenic tone, in this adaptation ofContinue reading “A SIMPLE FAVOR – This comic-noir is convoluted but never uncontrolled”

THE PREDATOR – Everyone’s calling it a mess, everyone’s right

Yes, ‘The Predator’ is a bit of a mess. Given Shane Black’s involvement, it pains me to admit this. It scores points for being a passable piece of counter-programming following months of largely PG-13 fare. But that was not enough to match my high expectations. There’s a lot of blood, guts, crass humor and machineContinue reading “THE PREDATOR – Everyone’s calling it a mess, everyone’s right”