Batman: Mask of the Phantasm – A portrait of the tragic existence of the Dark Knight

Did the world go comatose on how great Batman: Mask of the Phantasm is, or am I just astounded this animated film I watched countless times as a child is actually the most compelling Batman story? Mask of the Phantasm is directed by Eric Radomski and Bruce Timm, the minds behind the iconic ’90s animated series. The… Read More Batman: Mask of the Phantasm – A portrait of the tragic existence of the Dark Knight

WAR FOR THE PLANET OF THE APES – Glorious western motif battles suffocating spectacle

It is hard for me to look back on Matt Reeves’ War for the Planet of the Apes and not feel some simmering disappointment. The hype was contagious, expectations were sky high and I was primed to declare War for the Planet of the Apes the resolution to one of the finest film trilogies. But… Read More WAR FOR THE PLANET OF THE APES – Glorious western motif battles suffocating spectacle

SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING – Time for a hero resembling that stubborn teenager in your life

Spider-Man: Homecoming opens with a quick origin story of its antagonist, Michael Keaton’s Adrian Toomes aka Vulture. With his roots out of the way, little time is devoted to unravelling the genesis of key components of the story. Instead, director John Watts oversees what was promised – a proper high school coming-of-age vibe sporting authentic… Read More SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING – Time for a hero resembling that stubborn teenager in your life

TOUKI BOUKI – A surreal love affair with Africa heading nowhere

Djibril Diop Mambety envisions a fantastical world without consequences for his protagonists in his 1973 film, Touki Bouki. But there is an air of melancholy underpinning the narrative because the characters appear to be cogs in a cycle of nothingness. Mambety’s sometimes non-linear narrative coupled with peculiar editing and overly kinetic transitions point towards a… Read More TOUKI BOUKI – A surreal love affair with Africa heading nowhere

THE BAD BATCH – Undeniably a visual feast despite wanting for a compelling story

Ana Lily Amirpour’s brilliant indie debut feature, A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night, was to die for. Tagged an Iranian vampire western, the 2015 film served up a flawless pastiche dish and a delightful convergence of differing periods and genres of cinema. Her follow-up, The Bad Batch, sports a bigger budget, high-profile names, an… Read More THE BAD BATCH – Undeniably a visual feast despite wanting for a compelling story

OKJA – ‘Taken’ for animal lovers, but with infinitely more heart

Has cinema seen a child more driven and unyielding than the protagonist in South Korean director Bong Joon-ho’s Okja. Probably not. The incredible bond between this South Korean girl and her special pig sees her morph into Jason Bourne at times, when a giant firm looks to use her friend, the titular Okja, to launch its chain… Read More OKJA – ‘Taken’ for animal lovers, but with infinitely more heart

PREDATOR – Revisiting my childhood dreadlocked bogeyman

After Alien: Covenant shifted cinematic tectonic plates, I thought seeing 1987’s Predator for the first time in almost 15 years was in order. Shane Black’s reboot is around the corner and you never know – there may be some dirty little secret at the centre of this franchise which alters our cinematic reality (and mind you, it… Read More PREDATOR – Revisiting my childhood dreadlocked bogeyman

WONDER WOMAN – Absorbs and inspires with its timely charge to goodness

Every now and then, I come across a film that makes me think of what Roger Ebert’s take on it would be. I feel this way after every new Scorsese release or any film that appeals earnestly to humanist sensibilities; like say, a Moonlight. Ebert came off as the glass half-full kind of guy and… Read More WONDER WOMAN – Absorbs and inspires with its timely charge to goodness

Pirates of the Caribbean: Salazar’s Revenge – The parodification of Johnny Depp continues

I weep internally now the consensus seems to be that Johnny Depp is the butt of hate and jokes, and justifiably so. How does the man who put in the brilliant shift as Donnie Brasco devolve into a mere bundle of pantomime drivel? I don’t know, but it happened and “forget about it” now feels… Read More Pirates of the Caribbean: Salazar’s Revenge – The parodification of Johnny Depp continues