I AM NOT A WITCH – Nyoni’s debut sears the conscience of a toxic status quo

By the time I had sat through Zambian-Welsh director Rungano Nyoni’s debut film, ‘I Am Not a Witch’, there was a small cloud of guilt hovering over my head. It’s to do with how hilarious I found this film about ingrained misogyny and blatant human rights abuses. It’s really down to Nyoni’s clever approach; makingContinue reading “I AM NOT A WITCH – Nyoni’s debut sears the conscience of a toxic status quo”

BAD TIMES AT THE EL ROYALE is an overstuffed but healthy dose of pulp-noir

Has the El Royale seen anything but bad times? We hope the answer is no. Otherwise, what’s the damn point of a film. Last seen receiving acclaim for the slightly overrated ‘The Martian’, writer-director Drew Goddard is now overseeing a thriller that is way more ambitious than it needs to be. Set around the junctionContinue reading “BAD TIMES AT THE EL ROYALE is an overstuffed but healthy dose of pulp-noir”

BADLUCK JOE – This bloated romp really should’ve been all about Patapaa

I reckon there is an alternate version of Ramesh Jai’s ‘Badluck Joe’ loafing in the cloud. This unmade script is a deft satire about the cynical machinations and mafias that spawn around grief when the rights to oversee funeral rites are at stake, in addition to a juicy inheritance of course. This unmade version isn’tContinue reading “BADLUCK JOE – This bloated romp really should’ve been all about Patapaa”

HEREDITARY – Deep down, I’m thankful this deeply upsetting film wasn’t perfect

When ‘Hereditary’ hit its peak in an unmissable moment that petrifies the soul, I was thrust through a torrid gateway to a suffocating dimension of childhood regret and trauma. If you are anything like me, chances are you were seized by palpitations and fits as an unforgiving bout PTSD took hold. First-time director Ari AsterContinue reading “HEREDITARY – Deep down, I’m thankful this deeply upsetting film wasn’t perfect”

An unforgettable Tom Hardy ramps up the absurdist intensity in VENOM

There’s a scene in ‘Venom’ in which Tom Hardy’s Eddie Brock, a hapless investigative reporter, enters a high-end restaurant looking for his ex-girlfriend, Anne (Michelle Williams). He’s recently bonded with the titular symbiote after some espionage gone wrong and he thinks he is going insane. His hulking frame is soaked in sweat and the brashContinue reading “An unforgettable Tom Hardy ramps up the absurdist intensity in VENOM”