HOSTILES – This brutal Western stops just short of being great

We are introduced to Scott Cooper’s ‘Hostiles’ with a solemn quote from D.H. Lawrence, assuring me that I was about to immerse myself in one of my favourite things in cinema – the Western that attempts to cut to the core of man’s tortured existence. What follows D.H. Lawrence’s affirmation of man’s marriage to violence… Read More HOSTILES – This brutal Western stops just short of being great

READY PLAYER ONE – Spielberg crafts an ugly romance with pop-culture porn

‘Ready Player One’ is much more than the love letter to gaming culture some corners of the internet would have you believe. The earlier suggestions from some that this could be the “Black Panther for gamers” were ridiculous. Whilst its director, Stephen Spielberg, has admitted his affinity for the 80 with regards to the influences… Read More READY PLAYER ONE – Spielberg crafts an ugly romance with pop-culture porn

GRINGO – A Nigerian accent and Beatlemania add some spice to this frenzied mess

There is a not quite explained comic charm behind the Nigerian accent. ‘Gringo’, a dark comedy directed by Nash Edgerton, is the latest film to support that hypothesis. Just before this, Black Panther gave us Winston Duke’s M’Baku, who has emerged as an unlikely breakout star and fan favourite. Just like you go for a… Read More GRINGO – A Nigerian accent and Beatlemania add some spice to this frenzied mess

THE CLOVERFIELD PARADOX emerges to besmirch the hallowed Cloverfield name

There is an ideal dimension out there where all films get released in the manner of horror Sci-Fi film ‘The Cloverfield Paradox’. You wake up one day and hear X studio has its film screening in theatres or streaming on demand. No exhausting hype (*cough Black Panther*), no spoilery trailers, minimalist marketing controversy. It’s all… Read More THE CLOVERFIELD PARADOX emerges to besmirch the hallowed Cloverfield name

SIN BIN OF THE CITY – A visit to a working museum to racism

Watching the 2017 documentary short, ‘Sin Bin of the City’, which reflects on the racially charged 1981 Toxteth Riots in Liverpool, I was struck by was the initial lack of or absence of faces to the voices of the oppressed blacks on the Merseyside. I’m used to the average documentary serves up the standard face… Read More SIN BIN OF THE CITY – A visit to a working museum to racism

BRAVEN – Momoa stars as intensity and emotion elevate this action thriller

‘Braven’ marks the first real turn of interest from Jason Momoa; the first time I’ve seen him play something resembling benign and vulnerable. It’s also the first time I’ve seen him with a shirt on and his strapping biceps covered for most of a film. Director Lin Oeding, in his debut effort, goes for nostalgia… Read More BRAVEN – Momoa stars as intensity and emotion elevate this action thriller

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 evoking… Read More 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, … Read More 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 in… Read More 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 signal… Read More MOM AND DAD – Crazy Nick Cage warns of the vortex of regret that is parenthood