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 fansContinue reading “ONCE UPON A TIME IN HOLLYWOOD is a beautiful lament teetering on masterpiece status”

THE KITCHEN – This listless crime drama refuses to get its hands dirty

Allow me second to wipe this clown makeup off. Your boy thought ‘The Kitchen’ was going to be 2019’s Widows. Why the high expectations? Maybe its because it was adapted from a DC Vertigo comic. Or maybe it was just the cast which included three exciting actresses; Tiffany Haddish, Elisabeth Moss and Melissa McCarthy, whoContinue reading “THE KITCHEN – This listless crime drama refuses to get its hands dirty”

I AM MOTHER presents clever musings on nature, nurture and humanity

It’s always a great sign when piece of sci-fi cinema leaves you with chill-inducing ideas to mull over. Netflix’s ‘I am Mother’, the largely contained feature debut from filmmaker Grant Sputore, gets a load of credit on this front. On the flip side, ‘I Am Mother’ also leaves you with fists clenched because of theContinue reading “I AM MOTHER presents clever musings on nature, nurture and humanity”

FINYE – Oppression lies behind every corner in Souleymane Cissé’s jagged allegory

Souleymane Cissé never strays far from the essence of African cinema in his 1982 film ‘Finye’. A spirit of rebellion is the connective tissue that holds the various layers of the portrait of urban Mali he constructed in his third feature. That spine of resistance is all we have to hold ‘Finye’s’ clunky narrative together.Continue reading “FINYE – Oppression lies behind every corner in Souleymane Cissé’s jagged allegory”

ANNA – Besson’s nadir will be remembered as a soulless anachronistic mess

My first impulse after ‘Anna’ was to dismiss it as entirely trash. Then I calmed down, slept on it for a day and decided most of it was merely bland leaving the screenplay as the sole disastrous component. Even though I had set my bar right in the core of the earth’s crust, somehow this aggressive trollContinue reading “ANNA – Besson’s nadir will be remembered as a soulless anachronistic mess”

THE DELIVERY BOY sports a flawed emotional core too embroiled in the trauma Olympics

A sense of self-preservation unites the central characters in Adekunle Nodash Adejuyigbe’s thriller ‘The Delivery Boy.’ A Muslim extremist youth with a burning blood lust is being hounded by a mob. Nearby, a sex worker emerges triumphant after a scuffle over her pay. But she soon takes flight, moving as fast as her pumps willContinue reading “THE DELIVERY BOY sports a flawed emotional core too embroiled in the trauma Olympics”

Theological inspiration and Kaiju pulp wrestle flat human drama in GODZILLA: KING OF THE MONSTERS

Of my many cinematic regrets, not seeing Garth Edwards’ ‘Godzilla’ on the big screen towers over my other qualms. Procrastination, always a thief of time, can also be a thief of joy. Edwards’ 2014 film angles the titan as an awe-inspiring deity impossible to comprehend but deserving of our worship. Edwards did not think usContinue reading “Theological inspiration and Kaiju pulp wrestle flat human drama in GODZILLA: KING OF THE MONSTERS”

JOHN WICK: CHAPTER 3 – PARABELLUM is an elegant homage to everything we love about action cinema

There is a poetic coda to ‘John Wick Chapter 2’; which sets the thrilling agenda for the third entry in what must be, pound for pound, the pinnacle of action cinema. Our hero, the perpetually zen merchant of death John Wick (Keanu Reeves) has just been made aware he has an hour until an openContinue reading “JOHN WICK: CHAPTER 3 – PARABELLUM is an elegant homage to everything we love about action cinema”

AVENGERS: ENDGAME is the alpha and the omega of blockbuster cinema

‘Avengers: Endgame’ says thank you to comic book movie fans for over a decade of support by milking more bundles of cash from them. I’m sorry but I had to give my inner Grinch some air. The essence of ‘Endgame’ is something I tend to reject; the idea of cinema becoming product and placing fanContinue reading “AVENGERS: ENDGAME is the alpha and the omega of blockbuster cinema”

HOTEL MUMBAI – Unflinching terror attack thriller soured by upsetting levity

If I had bet the house on the most upsetting thing in a film about the Mumbai terror attack in India being the atrocities depicted, I would be homeless. ‘Hotel Mumbai’ packs a harrowing punch, strong enough to engage emotions in the manner Paul Greengrass does as he recounts the mass murder committed by AndersContinue reading “HOTEL MUMBAI – Unflinching terror attack thriller soured by upsetting levity”