THE TRIAL OF THE CHICAGO 7 is a timely political drama lacking conviction

Chants of “the whole world is watching” linger after sitting for Aaron Sorkin’s timely ‘The Trial of the Chicago 7’. Having absorbed news on protest movements all week; from Nigeria to Belarus to Hong Kong, this chant rings even truer and may score my future engagements with fiery citizen power. However, the conviction of protestorsContinue reading “THE TRIAL OF THE CHICAGO 7 is a timely political drama lacking conviction”

OCTOBER 1: Revisiting the tortured foundations of a nation in Kunle Afolayan’s layered totem of neo-Nollywood

Nigerian Cinema has come a long way in the last decade. It has seen blossoming global exposure thanks to streaming, improved aesthetics and a growing sense that it could nail the three pillars of the business of film. The only thing missing is the prestige associated with some of the iconic forbearers of African cinema.Continue reading “OCTOBER 1: Revisiting the tortured foundations of a nation in Kunle Afolayan’s layered totem of neo-Nollywood”

Black trauma resides at the heart of the incendiary DA 5 BLOODS

Is Spike Lee influenced by the pioneers of African cinema? As his 21st joint, the buoyant, pulsating yet tragic ‘Da 5 Bloods’, overwhelmed me, the tip of Lee’s incisive creative and didactic spear here, the excellent Delroy Lindo’s Paul seemed to be in conversation with one of the more devastating characters from Ousmane Sembene’s catalogue;Continue reading “Black trauma resides at the heart of the incendiary DA 5 BLOODS”

BAMAKO puts the World Bank and IMF on trial as the soul of Africa withers on the margins

There are some uber aggressive didactics on display as Mauritanian-born Malian director Abderrahmane Sissako drags totems of neoliberalism; the World Bank and the IMF before a tribunal that is still going on till this day. The surrealism and idealism of the trial at the centre of 2006’s ‘Bamako’ waver between tedious and electric. But blinkContinue reading “BAMAKO puts the World Bank and IMF on trial as the soul of Africa withers on the margins”

The latest #ARRAYMatinee gives us another excuse to revisit THE BURIAL OF KOJO

Easily the most accomplished Ghanian film of the last decade and one of my favourites from 2019, Blitz Bazawule’s ‘The Burial of Kojo‘ will be screened as part of an #ARRAYMatinee Netflix watch party on Wednesday, May 13, at 8 PM or 1PM PST on Netflix. Bazawule, a Guggenheim and TED fellow, will Join theContinue reading “The latest #ARRAYMatinee gives us another excuse to revisit THE BURIAL OF KOJO”

Revisiting Sembene’s XALA and the generations of Africa betrayed by our inept elite

The lacerating guile of Ousmane Sembene and his utter contempt for the African elite-cum-politician remain the most appealing banner of his 1975 masterwork ‘Xala’. As its 45th-anniversary approaches, the only things that keep it from being a beat for beat reflection Africa’s contemporary reality are its allegorical and satirical packaging. For Sembene, faith in mostContinue reading “Revisiting Sembene’s XALA and the generations of Africa betrayed by our inept elite”

ALOE VERA offers some charm in its vibrant retort to irrational tribalism

Frenzy on the staircase. A packed cinema lobby and sold-out screenings. No, Disney did not spring a Black Panther sequel on us out of the blue. It was Peter Sedufia’s latest feature, ‘Aloe Vera’, that holds the torch as the biggest film released in Ghanaian cinemas so far in 2020. The support from the GhanaianContinue reading “ALOE VERA offers some charm in its vibrant retort to irrational tribalism”

SPENSER CONFIDENTIAL is a tepid waste of its two leads’ potential

As the years go by, it seems Mark Wahlberg’ grasp on the quasi-B movie star mantle is getting tighter and tighter. Netflix’s ‘Spenser Confidential’ is the latest uninspiring exhibit in this argument after films like ‘Mile 22’, ‘Contraband’ and ‘Broken City’. His partner in crime over the years, as he is here, has been directorContinue reading “SPENSER CONFIDENTIAL is a tepid waste of its two leads’ potential”

How Mati Diop’s ATLANTICS quietly offers the closure our forbearers never got during slavery

This piece contains spoilers for Atlantics Did we bury the lede after soaking in Mati Diop’s stunning debut feature film ‘Atlantics’? Rooted in the painful reality of modern sub-Saharan Africa the defining theme of the story for me has grown to be loss; loss of youth, loss of love, loss of dignity, loss of agencyContinue reading “How Mati Diop’s ATLANTICS quietly offers the closure our forbearers never got during slavery”

BIRDS OF PREY offers a fantabulous emancipation and a hoard of trashy men

‘Birds of Prey: The Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn’ and Men are Trash. Yes, men are trash, the incendiary dog whistle known to bring out the savage in many a folk online, should have been part of the gloriously eccentric title because zero fucks were given for the feelings of the so-called superior sex.Continue reading “BIRDS OF PREY offers a fantabulous emancipation and a hoard of trashy men”