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 actionContinue reading “The descent into mad violence may be JOKER’s most compelling quality”

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 propagandaContinue reading “RAMBO: LAST BLOOD is a soulless goodbye to a beloved icon”

AD ASTRA’s gloss wears off with time but Brad Pitt’s class is unmatched

I’ve calmed down a bit since I rushed out of my ‘Ad Astra’ screening to Twitter to all but declare it my film of the year. As the excitement simmered away and I organised my thoughts for this piece, sanity prevailed and ‘Ash is the Purest White’ resumed its place atop that list pending ‘Joker’Continue reading “AD ASTRA’s gloss wears off with time but Brad Pitt’s class is unmatched”

BOYS NO DEY CRY – Tragedy and dysfunction colour this affecting portrait of modern Ghana

It only took 12 minutes for Albert Donkor to construct the most vivid portrait of Ghanaian society in a good while. Very textured and brimming with empathy, this story by JoeWackle Kusi and Ricky Ansong, is a tacit critique of a dysfunctional society that has failed on the political, religious and familial front. ‘Boys NoContinue reading “BOYS NO DEY CRY – Tragedy and dysfunction colour this affecting portrait of modern Ghana”

READY OR NOT, here the blood-sucking rich people come

The year is 2019 and the uprising against capitalist scum is being led by a bloodied bride in a ripped wedding dress in a pair of worn Chuck Taylors. Running at a cool 95 minutes, ‘Read or Not’, also known as ‘Fucking Rich People’ is a class satire that never shies away from caustic punchContinue reading “READY OR NOT, here the blood-sucking rich people come”

ONCE UPON A TIME IN HOLLYWOOD is a beautiful lament teetering on masterpiece status

It’s fitting that the first Quentin Tarantino film I saw on the big screen, the first of his films I have seen with a crowd, was one about Tinseltown. The novelties in Tarantino’s ninth film extend to the makeup of the film, which, for the most part, swaps the swagger and gratifying pulp his fansContinue reading “ONCE UPON A TIME IN HOLLYWOOD is a beautiful lament teetering on masterpiece status”

THE KITCHEN – This listless crime drama refuses to get its hands dirty

Allow me second to wipe this clown makeup off. Your boy thought ‘The Kitchen’ was going to be 2019’s Widows. Why the high expectations? Maybe its because it was adapted from a DC Vertigo comic. Or maybe it was just the cast which included three exciting actresses; Tiffany Haddish, Elisabeth Moss and Melissa McCarthy, whoContinue reading “THE KITCHEN – This listless crime drama refuses to get its hands dirty”

I AM MOTHER presents clever musings on nature, nurture and humanity

It’s always a great sign when piece of sci-fi cinema leaves you with chill-inducing ideas to mull over. Netflix’s ‘I am Mother’, the largely contained feature debut from filmmaker Grant Sputore, gets a load of credit on this front. On the flip side, ‘I Am Mother’ also leaves you with fists clenched because of theContinue reading “I AM MOTHER presents clever musings on nature, nurture and humanity”

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”

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 trollContinue reading “ANNA – Besson’s nadir will be remembered as a soulless anachronistic mess”