A SIMPLE FAVOR – This comic-noir is convoluted but never uncontrolled

Watching Blake Lively in the Paul Feig directed ‘A Simple Favor’, she finally came across as the woman who calls Ryan Reynolds her better half. She plays this snide martini-toting fashionista PR exec in this enjoyable “black comedy” which thrives on strong central performances but befuddles with its willfully schizophrenic tone, in this adaptation of… Read More A SIMPLE FAVOR – This comic-noir is convoluted but never uncontrolled

THE PREDATOR – Everyone’s calling it a mess, everyone’s right

Yes, ‘The Predator’ is a bit of a mess. Given Shane Black’s involvement, it pains me to admit this. It scores points for being a passable piece of counter-programming following months of largely PG-13 fare. But that was not enough to match my high expectations. There’s a lot of blood, guts, crass humor and machine… Read More THE PREDATOR – Everyone’s calling it a mess, everyone’s right

BLACKKKLANSMAN – Levity, despair hold hands in Spike Lee’s latest rallying cry

Spike Lee is in top form for his latest joint, ‘BlacKkKlansman’, and America seems to have caught up with his alarms and rhetoric on race some 30 years after ‘Do The Right Thing’. It’s a shame it took a toxic mass of agent orange in a Three Piece Suit for it to hit home. ‘BlacKkKlansman’… Read More BLACKKKLANSMAN – Levity, despair hold hands in Spike Lee’s latest rallying cry

THE EQUALIZER 2 – Thrills are sacrificed for heart in this uneven sequel

Thespian demigod Denzel Washington makes his sequel debut in the ‘The Equalizer 2’. He’s the apparent last man standing in old man action sub-genre. His return as the ruthless avenging vigilante, Robert McCall, whilst a novelty, isn’t immune to some albatrosses that held back similar sequels. The battle of recycling and refreshing a tried and… Read More THE EQUALIZER 2 – Thrills are sacrificed for heart in this uneven sequel

A PRAYER BEFORE DAWN – Finding nourishment in a gyre of violence

Intimacy. That’s the surprising sentiment that rung in my head after seeing ‘A Prayer Before Dawn’, an immersive prison drama based on a true story which charts a man’s tortured path to redemption. It is expertly told in the way it projects relations between characters that soothe and revile; comfort and violate. Our director, Jean-Stéphane… Read More A PRAYER BEFORE DAWN – Finding nourishment in a gyre of violence

YOU WERE NEVER REALLY HERE – A lean, brutal study of a tortured soul

Just under 90 minutes. That’s all the brilliant Lynne Ramsey needs to construct here frenzied cinematic figurine in ‘You Were Never Really Here’, which harnesses a mood evoking Nicolas Winding Refn’s ‘Drive’ whilst strongly channeling Scorsese’s ‘Taxi Driver’. At its core lies a painful longing for innocence in desperately hellish times examined on the canvas… Read More YOU WERE NEVER REALLY HERE – A lean, brutal study of a tortured soul

TANZANIA TRANSIT: A beautiful taste of an all too familiar foreign land

I originally penned this for a guest post on Dandano… enjoy. ‘Tanzania Transit’ may be one of my favourite films of 2018. Aside from the bonus of this documentary gifting me my first onscreen feel of Tanzania, it’s a train movie somewhat in the mould of South Korean director Bong Joon-ho’s Snowpiercer, which I really loved. Of course,… Read More TANZANIA TRANSIT: A beautiful taste of an all too familiar foreign land

Foreshadowing the fall of Jacob Zuma in THE GIANT IS FALLING

I originally penned this for a guest post on Dandano… enjoy. The giant fell. Today’s viewers of the 2016 South African documentary The Giant is Falling will be aware of this. Jacob Zuma resigned as South Africa’s President in February 2018 after unrelenting pressure from various citizen and political movements. However, with the benefit of hindsight/foresight, the… Read More Foreshadowing the fall of Jacob Zuma in THE GIANT IS FALLING

JURASSIC WORLD: FALLEN KINGDOM – Originality in this franchise nears extinction

I’m a little envious of kids today. Judging by the fifth Jurassic movie, ‘Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom’, it’s clear they are unlikely to wake up drenched in sweat and palpitating after being hounded by a T-Rex or a Raptor. When did the T-Rex become our friend? When did we get to a point where a Raptor swoops… Read More JURASSIC WORLD: FALLEN KINGDOM – Originality in this franchise nears extinction

ANNIHILATION – A mesmerising retort to creationism

Alex Garland’s ‘Annihilation’ is tapping into the highest echelons of science fiction, so much so that its distributor, Paramount, wanted nothing to do with and all but jettisoned into the hands of a streaming service. Adapted from a novel by Jeff VanderMeer, ‘Annihilation’  is overdosed on ambiguity and an intellectual vortex that transports us into… Read More ANNIHILATION – A mesmerising retort to creationism