African Cinema, Film Reviews

Mati Diop’s ATLANTICS is a textured supernatural mystery about love and longing

It’s unfair the amount of baggage I took to 'Atlantics', French-Senegalese director Mati Diop debut feature. This film has already appeared in some best of 2019 lists after winning the Grand Prix at this year’s Cannes Film Festival where Diop, became the first black woman director to be in contention for the Cannes Film Festival's… Continue reading Mati Diop’s ATLANTICS is a textured supernatural mystery about love and longing

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THE IRISHMAN is a haunting epic about the passage of time and the erosion of humanity

The profound final shot of Martin Scorsese’s gangster epic 'The Irishman' evokes key elements in the codas to the first two Godfather films. Traces of fear and regret, loneliness and longing, loss and retribution are conjured in the haunting ending simultaneously piercing bone and marrow with laser precision only leave a seed that explodes into… Continue reading THE IRISHMAN is a haunting epic about the passage of time and the erosion of humanity

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21 BRIDGES falls short of a gripping story but endears with its genre thrills

'The Fugitive', 'Serpico' and 'The French Connection' are some of the films cited as influences by Chadwick Bosman, star of thriller '21 Bridges'. These are lofty ambitions that this Russo Brothers produced film does not quite hit. To be honest, on final product, it doesn’t really look like it had any intention of committing the… Continue reading 21 BRIDGES falls short of a gripping story but endears with its genre thrills

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FORD V FERRARI is a slick ode to the resonance of pure craft

An ode to passion and a tribute to pure craftsmanship is what director James Mangold drives at in his thrilling and entertaining historical film about a monumental period in motorsport. Peel away the first layer though and it’s clear shots are being fired. In this fraught time in movie business where many feel Cinema (with… Continue reading FORD V FERRARI is a slick ode to the resonance of pure craft

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Sembène shed a light on the massacre France refused to recognise in CAMP DE THIAROYE

“Long live victory! Long live France!” These the first words we hear blurted out in Ousmane Sembène’s revisionist recount of the tragic massacre of mostly Senegalese soldiers at the eponymous Camp at Thiaroye on November 30, 1944, upon orders from French officials. It’s the first detail the sets the tone for a film that aggressively… Continue reading Sembène shed a light on the massacre France refused to recognise in CAMP DE THIAROYE

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Like much of Ghanaian society, our cinema is still swayed by the colonial tide

Over 60 years on from the onset of independence, the stench of colonisation still emanates from various facets of Africa’s being. Colonialism manifested in complex social constructions that are both universal and unique. The tagging of indigenous traditions as anathemas, the detachment or forced blending of peoples, the exploitation of our land and its glorious… Continue reading Like much of Ghanaian society, our cinema is still swayed by the colonial tide

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EL CAMINO provides the coda to Breaking Bad we didn’t know we needed

One night six years ago I went to bed after the Breaking Bad finale ‘Felina’ knowing Jess Pinkman was free. There was a level of warmth and enduring satisfaction that reminded me Jesse was always the heart of the show, taking the mantle from Bryan Cranston’s iconic Walter White, who was dragged into the abyss… Continue reading EL CAMINO provides the coda to Breaking Bad we didn’t know we needed

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BOYS NO DEY CRY: Behind the film hoping to start uncomfortable conversations among Ghanaian men

The minds behind ‘Boys No Dey Cry’, a short film that made a mark with some men because of its theme of toxic masculinity, did not set out to be a 12-minute therapy session. They only sought to start “an uncomfortable conversation.” ‘Boys No Dey Cry’ tells the story of Joojo (Papa Osei Akoto), a… Continue reading BOYS NO DEY CRY: Behind the film hoping to start uncomfortable conversations among Ghanaian men

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The descent into mad violence may be JOKER’s most compelling quality

“We are all clowns.” It’s one of the defining statements of Todd Phillip’s grim take on an iconic fictional villain. It’s a message that transcends the screen and, one level reminds us that the world got crazier as we droned on in oversized shoes. On the other hand, it’s almost an incendiary call to action… Continue reading The descent into mad violence may be JOKER’s most compelling quality

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RAMBO: LAST BLOOD is a soulless goodbye to a beloved icon

John Rambo was a totem of my childhood and an institution that cast a large shadow over action cinema for decades. Over the course of four films, the character crystalised by Sylvester Stallone morphed from a tragic and affecting portrait of a casualty of the Vietnam War to a slice of ‘80s pulp pro-American propaganda… Continue reading RAMBO: LAST BLOOD is a soulless goodbye to a beloved icon