African Cinema, Film Reviews

Sembène shed a light on the massacre France refused to recognise in CAMP DE THIAROYE

“Long live victory! Long live France!” These the first words we hear blurted out in Ousmane Sembène’s revisionist recount of the tragic massacre of mostly Senegalese soldiers at the eponymous Camp at Thiaroye on November 30, 1944, upon orders from French officials. It’s the first detail the sets the tone for a film that aggressively… Continue reading Sembène shed a light on the massacre France refused to recognise in CAMP DE THIAROYE

African Cinema, Film Reviews

Like much of Ghanaian society, our cinema is still swayed by the colonial tide

Over 60 years on from the onset of independence, the stench of colonisation still emanates from various facets of Africa’s being. Colonialism manifested in complex social constructions that are both universal and unique. The tagging of indigenous traditions as anathemas, the detachment or forced blending of peoples, the exploitation of our land and its glorious… Continue reading Like much of Ghanaian society, our cinema is still swayed by the colonial tide

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EL CAMINO provides the coda to Breaking Bad we didn’t know we needed

One night six years ago I went to bed after the Breaking Bad finale ‘Felina’ knowing Jess Pinkman was free. There was a level of warmth and enduring satisfaction that reminded me Jesse was always the heart of the show, taking the mantle from Bryan Cranston’s iconic Walter White, who was dragged into the abyss… Continue reading EL CAMINO provides the coda to Breaking Bad we didn’t know we needed

African Cinema, Film Reviews

BOYS NO DEY CRY: Behind the film hoping to start uncomfortable conversations among Ghanaian men

The minds behind ‘Boys No Dey Cry’, a short film that made a mark with some men because of its theme of toxic masculinity, did not set out to be a 12-minute therapy session. They only sought to start “an uncomfortable conversation.” ‘Boys No Dey Cry’ tells the story of Joojo (Papa Osei Akoto), a… Continue reading BOYS NO DEY CRY: Behind the film hoping to start uncomfortable conversations among Ghanaian men

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The descent into mad violence may be JOKER’s most compelling quality

“We are all clowns.” It’s one of the defining statements of Todd Phillip’s grim take on an iconic fictional villain. It’s a message that transcends the screen and, one level reminds us that the world got crazier as we droned on in oversized shoes. On the other hand, it’s almost an incendiary call to action… Continue reading The descent into mad violence may be JOKER’s most compelling quality

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RAMBO: LAST BLOOD is a soulless goodbye to a beloved icon

John Rambo was a totem of my childhood and an institution that cast a large shadow over action cinema for decades. Over the course of four films, the character crystalised by Sylvester Stallone morphed from a tragic and affecting portrait of a casualty of the Vietnam War to a slice of ‘80s pulp pro-American propaganda… Continue reading RAMBO: LAST BLOOD is a soulless goodbye to a beloved icon

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AD ASTRA’s gloss wears off with time but Brad Pitt’s class is unmatched

I’ve calmed down a bit since I rushed out of my 'Ad Astra' screening to Twitter to all but declare it my film of the year. As the excitement simmered away and I organised my thoughts for this piece, sanity prevailed and ‘Ash is the Purest White’ resumed its place atop that list pending 'Joker'… Continue reading AD ASTRA’s gloss wears off with time but Brad Pitt’s class is unmatched

African Cinema, Film Reviews

BOYS NO DEY CRY – Tragedy and dysfunction colour this affecting portrait of modern Ghana

It only took 12 minutes for Albert Donkor to construct the most vivid portrait of Ghanaian society in a good while. Very textured and brimming with empathy, this story by JoeWackle Kusi and Ricky Ansong, is a tacit critique of a dysfunctional society that has failed on the political, religious and familial front. ‘Boys No… Continue reading BOYS NO DEY CRY – Tragedy and dysfunction colour this affecting portrait of modern Ghana

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READY OR NOT, here the blood-sucking rich people come

The year is 2019 and the uprising against capitalist scum is being led by a bloodied bride in a ripped wedding dress in a pair of worn Chuck Taylors. Running at a cool 95 minutes, ‘Read or Not’, also known as ‘Fucking Rich People’ is a class satire that never shies away from caustic punch… Continue reading READY OR NOT, here the blood-sucking rich people come

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ONCE UPON A TIME IN HOLLYWOOD is a beautiful lament teetering on masterpiece status

It’s fitting that the first Quentin Tarantino film I saw on the big screen, the first of his films I have seen with a crowd, was one about Tinseltown. The novelties in Tarantino’s ninth film extend to the makeup of the film, which, for the most part, swaps the swagger and gratifying pulp his fans… Continue reading ONCE UPON A TIME IN HOLLYWOOD is a beautiful lament teetering on masterpiece status