HIGH FLYING BIRD – Soderbergh shakes all the tables in this slick sports drama

Steven Soderbergh’s ‘High Flying Bird’, produced by Netflix, is among other things a politically charged heist movie. Yes, on the surface it’s a sports drama about the minutia of an NBA lockout and how an agent and a prized client navigate their way through it, but we are working with an incredibly smart and layered screenplay… Read More HIGH FLYING BIRD – Soderbergh shakes all the tables in this slick sports drama

FIVE FINGERS FOR MARSEILLES – Stimulating South African western with a great sense of mood

The window to one’s soul is through the eyes, we are told time and time again. But sometimes the hands of a man can paint an accurate portrait of his essence as South African director Michael Matthews shows in his 2017 debut feature ‘Five Fingers for Marseilles’. He does so in a manner that recalled… Read More FIVE FINGERS FOR MARSEILLES – Stimulating South African western with a great sense of mood

CLOSE – An emotional core seasons this gritty bodyguard thriller

January, action and 90-minute running times. Just a few of my favorite things. After weeks of mulling over prestige products as we enter Oscar season, spending time with Noomi Rapace in Netflix’s bodyguard thriller ‘Close’, was a welcome reprieve for aficionados of the genre, even if the film itself isn’t breaking new grounds. It doesn’t… Read More CLOSE – An emotional core seasons this gritty bodyguard thriller

GLASS – An insipid failure in character with utter contempt for superheroes

The shatter and brittle puns should be out in full force. ‘Glass’ was not good. Following a week where John Wick laced its boots to enter the echelon of masterful trilogy’s, M. Night Shyamalan’s sneaky superhero trilogy proved to have too much of glass jaw to go the distance. It’s all about expectations. The world… Read More GLASS – An insipid failure in character with utter contempt for superheroes

LIONHEART – Nnaji’s tidy debut is unlikely to outgrow its Netflix subplot

The Genevieve Nnaji-directed ‘Lionheart’ opens with the intersection of violence and the mundane I hope a Nigerian filmmaker tackles one day. The eponymous transport company, based in Enugu, is overrun by men demanding payment for helping fill seats in their buses. They troop in with a sense of entitlement roughing up workers as onlookers stand… Read More LIONHEART – Nnaji’s tidy debut is unlikely to outgrow its Netflix subplot

THE GODFATHER – Family, power and violence collide in this astonishing epic

In a previous life, before what we could call, for want of a better word, my cinematic rebirth (or my Scorsese phase), I associated ‘The Godfather’ with bloodied silk sheets, the grisly image of a decapitated horse’s head and the visceral shrieks of a grown man that put Jamie Lee Curtis to shame. I can’t… Read More THE GODFATHER – Family, power and violence collide in this astonishing epic

Family, trauma mesh with immense sensitivity in the stunning LEAVE NO TRACE

‘Leave No Trace’ is one of those films I will never truly appreciate till I have a kid. The world of cinema has seen countless portrayals heartfelt parent-child relationships and I am still at the phase where siding with the children in the equation comes more naturally. But it’s clear writer/director Debra Granik is telling… Read More Family, trauma mesh with immense sensitivity in the stunning LEAVE NO TRACE

YEELEN – Souleymane Cissé leaves us spellbound with sublime visuals and staunch mysticism

I feel some guilt for simmering desire within for some major studio to announce a remake of Souleymane Cissé’s 1987 fantasy film ‘Yeelen’. After a second viewing, I was certain the backing of even a moderate budget will imbue the needed spectacle worthy of Cissé’s confident vision. Like most fantasy or sci-fi filmmakers from the… Read More YEELEN – Souleymane Cissé leaves us spellbound with sublime visuals and staunch mysticism

THE BURIAL OF KOJO – Blitz Bazawule shows much more than promise in his lavish debut

It’s not an exercise in hyperbole to say ‘The Burial of Kojo’ was my most anticipated film of the year. It goes without saying that the Ghanaianess of this production anchored this sentiment. But it’s also to do with being roped in behind the curtain as Writer-Director Samuel ‘Blitz’ Bazawule (Blitz the Ambassador) rallied film… Read More THE BURIAL OF KOJO – Blitz Bazawule shows much more than promise in his lavish debut