A UNITED KINGDOM – A tame, but charming intro to Botswana’s ‘First’ Family

What would happen if I brought a white woman home and said; Mama, she’s the one. It’ll be fine I guess. There would be some eyebrows raised, with increasing murmurs the further you got from nuclear family, but it’ll be fine. However, when it becomes a matter of general scrutiny; the optics of a chief… Read More A UNITED KINGDOM – A tame, but charming intro to Botswana’s ‘First’ Family

ALIEN: COVENANT – Brilliant on its terms, if you can buy into them

I now get the Prometheus gripes. Despite being thoughtful and absorbing on a philosophical level, I acknowledged that Ridley Scott’s first Alien prequel was a slippery slope, but a slippery slope I was content to run up and down on. But as we closed in on the denouement of the second Alien prequel, Alien: Covenant, I… Read More ALIEN: COVENANT – Brilliant on its terms, if you can buy into them

GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 2 – Pencil it down as your next Fathers’ Day film

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 presents a Marvel antagonist that does not want for depth – It’s been a while since such a rare sighting and weird this point is one of the takeaways from this MCU space opera. I was almost starting to come to terms with the fact that maybe, just maybe, Marvel… Read More GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 2 – Pencil it down as your next Fathers’ Day film

COLOSSAL – I dare you to show me a weirder monster movie out there

Colossal may be one of the more bizarre films I see in 2017. Ballsy even, but not because there is some unworldly execution on the part of our director, Nacho Vigalondo. Simply because it goes all out on its preposterous conceit whilst somehow managing to stay grounded in character and real-world struggles. So what is… Read More COLOSSAL – I dare you to show me a weirder monster movie out there

THE FATE OF THE FURIOUS – We can officially stop taking this franchise seriously

I wasn’t sure before, but I am now – we no longer have to take the Fast and Furious films seriously. I could deal with the luxury sports cars flying from sky scraper to sky scraper. I could deal with cars bursting out of the cockpits of exploding planes. I could deal with characters speaking… Read More THE FATE OF THE FURIOUS – We can officially stop taking this franchise seriously

Ousmane Sembene’s CEDDO – Everyone wants a piece of the Africa action

One of the earliest sequences in 1977’s Ceddo involves a barter of men for goods. A man in this 18th-century Senegalese village with a rifle strapped on his shoulder, leads two men, presumably ceddo (outsiders) like a pair of antelopes, to a white trader who happens to barter in you regular stuff like yams, chickens, maize… Read More Ousmane Sembene’s CEDDO – Everyone wants a piece of the Africa action

SEMBENE! – THE TRAGEDY OF AFRICAN CINEMA

The 2015 documentary, Sembene! is a welcome tribute to the father of African cinema, Ousmane Sembene. We spend a chunk of the film soaking in co-director (alongside Jason Silverman), Samba Gadjigo’s reverence for the Senegalese filmmaker as he recounts the impact of Sembene, decades before they eventually met. “When I was 14 I dreamed of… Read More SEMBENE! – THE TRAGEDY OF AFRICAN CINEMA