FIVE FINGERS FOR MARSEILLES – Stimulating South African western with a great sense of mood

The window to one’s soul is through the eyes, we are told time and time again. But sometimes the hands of a man can paint an accurate portrait of his essence as South African director Michael Matthews shows in his 2017 debut feature ‘Five Fingers for Marseilles’. He does so in a manner that recalledContinue reading “FIVE FINGERS FOR MARSEILLES – Stimulating South African western with a great sense of mood”

CLOSE – An emotional core seasons this gritty bodyguard thriller

January, action and 90-minute running times. Just a few of my favorite things. After weeks of mulling over prestige products as we enter Oscar season, spending time with Noomi Rapace in Netflix’s bodyguard thriller ‘Close’, was a welcome reprieve for aficionados of the genre, even if the film itself isn’t breaking new grounds. It doesn’tContinue reading “CLOSE – An emotional core seasons this gritty bodyguard thriller”

GLASS – An insipid failure in character with utter contempt for superheroes

The shatter and brittle puns should be out in full force. ‘Glass’ was not good. Following a week where John Wick laced its boots to enter the echelon of masterful trilogy’s, M. Night Shyamalan’s sneaky superhero trilogy proved to have too much of glass jaw to go the distance. It’s all about expectations. The worldContinue reading “GLASS – An insipid failure in character with utter contempt for superheroes”

LIONHEART – Nnaji’s tidy debut is unlikely to outgrow its Netflix subplot

The Genevieve Nnaji-directed ‘Lionheart’ opens with the intersection of violence and the mundane I hope a Nigerian filmmaker tackles one day. The eponymous transport company, based in Enugu, is overrun by men demanding payment for helping fill seats in their buses. They troop in with a sense of entitlement roughing up workers as onlookers standContinue reading “LIONHEART – Nnaji’s tidy debut is unlikely to outgrow its Netflix subplot”

THE GODFATHER – Family, power and violence collide in this astonishing epic

In a previous life, before what we could call, for want of a better word, my cinematic rebirth (or my Scorsese phase), I associated ‘The Godfather’ with bloodied silk sheets, the grisly image of a decapitated horse’s head and the visceral shrieks of a grown man that put Jamie Lee Curtis to shame. I can’tContinue reading “THE GODFATHER – Family, power and violence collide in this astonishing epic”

Family, trauma mesh with immense sensitivity in the stunning LEAVE NO TRACE

‘Leave No Trace’ is one of those films I will never truly appreciate till I have a kid. The world of cinema has seen countless portrayals heartfelt parent-child relationships and I am still at the phase where siding with the children in the equation comes more naturally. But it’s clear writer/director Debra Granik is tellingContinue reading “Family, trauma mesh with immense sensitivity in the stunning LEAVE NO TRACE”