An unforgettable Tom Hardy ramps up the absurdist intensity in VENOM

There’s a scene in ‘Venom’ in which Tom Hardy’s Eddie Brock, a hapless investigative reporter, enters a high-end restaurant looking for his ex-girlfriend, Anne (Michelle Williams). He’s recently bonded with the titular symbiote after some espionage gone wrong and he thinks he is going insane. His hulking frame is soaked in sweat and the brash… Read More An unforgettable Tom Hardy ramps up the absurdist intensity in VENOM

Disillusion, apathy and dysfunction; TOUKI BOUKI’s foreshadowing of our existential cul de sac

When did Africans start to lose faith in Africa? How long did it take the buoyant flames of colonialism to be quenched by the decadence of the elite and an underestimation of neocolonialism? Probably in the mid-’60s, and judging by the golden age of Senegalese cinema, this sentiment became truly entrenched in the ‘70s; with… Read More Disillusion, apathy and dysfunction; TOUKI BOUKI’s foreshadowing of our existential cul de sac

TOUKI BOUKI – A surreal love affair with Africa heading nowhere

Djibril Diop Mambety envisions a fantastical world without consequences for his protagonists in his 1973 film, Touki Bouki. But there is an air of melancholy underpinning the narrative because the characters appear to be cogs in a cycle of nothingness. Mambety’s sometimes non-linear narrative coupled with peculiar editing and overly kinetic transitions point towards a… Read More TOUKI BOUKI – A surreal love affair with Africa heading nowhere

SEMBENE! – The tragedy of African Cinema

The 2015 documentary, Sembene! is a welcome tribute to the father of African cinema, Ousmane Sembene. We spend a chunk of the film soaking in co-director (alongside Jason Silverman), Samba Gadjigo’s reverence for the Senegalese filmmaker as he recounts the impact of Sembene, decades before they eventually met. “When I was 14 I dreamed of… Read More SEMBENE! – The tragedy of African Cinema

REACHING FOR THE PROMISE OF THE BLACK STAR INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

As cinephile cupping a flickering candle of hope for of an awakening of Ghanaian cinema, 2016 has basically been walk through a tart blizzard whipped up by the forces of mainstream GH cinema’s frivolity. But I look up in the horizon and see perhaps some easement in the Black Star International Film Festival (BSIFF). I… Read More REACHING FOR THE PROMISE OF THE BLACK STAR INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL