Film Features, Film Reviews

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… Continue reading An unforgettable Tom Hardy ramps up the absurdist intensity in VENOM

African Cinema, Film Features

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

African Cinema, Film Features

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… Continue reading TOUKI BOUKI – A surreal love affair with Africa heading nowhere

African Cinema, Film Features, Film Reviews

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… Continue reading SEMBENE! – The tragedy of African Cinema

African Cinema, Film Features, Film Reviews

THE BOY KUMASENU, VIA SOME 50s PROPAGANDA

November was the month that smiled on me, allowing me my first slice of the African Film Society’s Classics in the Park series. Under the still Osu night with a cool breeze forcing its way from the sea, the curiously christened 'Akola Boni' Park serves as the monthly meeting point of some cinephiles and culture… Continue reading THE BOY KUMASENU, VIA SOME 50s PROPAGANDA

African Cinema, Film Features

THE RELEGATION OF SETTING TO MERE PROPS

For the initiated, it will be no hot take to say there are criminally underused elements in Ghanaian filmmaking. When was the last time you saw a film from the point of view of an aging protagonist (hell, middle aged), our screen writers have seemingly decided they do not exist. How about a film anchored… Continue reading THE RELEGATION OF SETTING TO MERE PROPS

African Cinema, Film Features

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… Continue reading REACHING FOR THE PROMISE OF THE BLACK STAR INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

African Cinema, Film Features

‘WHAT HAVE YOU DONE FOR ME LATELY’ GH CINEMA?

So it turns out I don’t care much for Ghanaian cinema. The sages among us say actions speak louder than words. My actions in the first two quarters of this year have indicated that I have subliminally affirmed Ghanaian cinema as something I can live without. Rebecca is the sole Ghanaian production I’ve seen in… Continue reading ‘WHAT HAVE YOU DONE FOR ME LATELY’ GH CINEMA?

Film Features, Film Reviews

MY A to Z OF FILM

Having your favorite 5 or 10 films ever is a bit of cliché but nonetheless a cliché I too would like to indulge in. The problem is as someone who has only really been in to film for the better part of the last 7 years I feel like I should be looking to experience… Continue reading MY A to Z OF FILM

Film Features

ABRAHAM ATTAH; A UNICORN IN THE WORLD OF FILM

The past film year has been pretty good to Abraham Attah considering a year ago today his acting ambitions were probably next to nil. I bet he was a regular football loving kid who loved his fair share of small poles and four corners (do kids still play that). Indeed when he was approached to… Continue reading ABRAHAM ATTAH; A UNICORN IN THE WORLD OF FILM