African Cinema, Film Reviews

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

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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 troll… Continue reading ANNA – Besson’s nadir will be remembered as a soulless anachronistic mess

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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 will… Continue reading THE DELIVERY BOY sports a flawed emotional core too embroiled in the trauma Olympics

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

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

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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 fan… Continue reading AVENGERS: ENDGAME is the alpha and the omega of blockbuster cinema

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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… Continue reading HOTEL MUMBAI – Unflinching terror attack thriller soured by upsetting levity

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

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

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