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

JOHN WICK: CHAPTER 3 – PARABELLUM -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 open… Read More JOHN WICK: CHAPTER 3 – PARABELLUM -An elegant homage to everything we love about action 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 Anders… Read More HOTEL MUMBAI – Unflinching terror attack thriller soured by upsetting levity

US – Dripping in juicy subtext but lacking the lean precision of ‘Get Out’

The idea of rapper M.anifest’s record ‘Invisible’ was front and centre in my mind as the thesis of Jordan Peele’s stunning sophomore effort, ‘Us’ was rather bizarrely laid before us. I had just been put on to M.anifest’s song a few days prior, in which he reflects on the repressed of the social strata. Peele… Read More US – Dripping in juicy subtext but lacking the lean precision of ‘Get Out’

Joseph Otsiman: The Burial of Kojo actor on trusting the process and elevating Ghanaian cinema

It is no surprise Joseph Otsiman looks up to Britsh actor Daniel Day-Lewis. The Takoradi-bred actor has proven to be just as picky as the three-time Oscar winner. He has also tried to walk the method acting path of the acclaimed British thespian. Unlike most of his colleague actors, Otsiman has just three films under… Read More Joseph Otsiman: The Burial of Kojo actor on trusting the process and elevating Ghanaian cinema

Ejiofor crafts an altar to science and resistance in THE BOY WHO HARNESSED THE WIND

“Democracy is like imported cassava. It rots quickly.” This sentiment nods to the underlying decay that forms the poignant subtext of Chiwetel Ejiofor’s feature debut ‘The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind’. Based on a true story, Ejiofor’s project, as expected, does what it says on the can, serving bouts of inspiration and dignity but there… Read More Ejiofor crafts an altar to science and resistance in THE BOY WHO HARNESSED THE WIND

ALITA: BATTLE ANGEL – Our heroine is here to kick ass and that should be enough

What makes Alita so special? It’s the only real question I had going into Robert Rodriguez’s ‘Alita: Battle Angel’. My loose knowledge of this Anime/Manga adaptation had me looking towards the likes of ‘Akira’, ‘Ghost in a Shell’ and even ‘Blade Runner’ as I tried to measure expectations. The lengthy development period had me primed… Read More ALITA: BATTLE ANGEL – Our heroine is here to kick ass and that should be enough

COLD PURSUIT – Liam Neeson leads this jet black revenge flick

So, Liam Neeson dug a deep hole for himself ahead of the release of his latest film ‘Cold Pursuit’. Friends and colleagues have had to assure me that it will all be alright in the end for Neeson, that tanking the publicity for ‘Cold Pursuit’ and admitting to a racist blood lust wouldn’t drown out… Read More COLD PURSUIT – Liam Neeson leads this jet black revenge flick

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