IT COMES AT NIGHT – A creeping shadow of harrowing torment awaits

Writer-Director Trey Edward Shults understands what true horror is. His It Comes at Night leaves you in no doubt the thing you should fear the most stares at you every morning. Perhaps, the only thing worse is the person who refuses to acknowledge this paradigm, kind of like the whiners who went into this master class… Read More IT COMES AT NIGHT – A creeping shadow of harrowing torment awaits

DETROIT – A chilling and prescient ordeal of blood and fire

There are some parallels between Jordan Peele’s dark comedy Get Out and Katherine Bigelow’s Detroit. At the centre of the latter, a film set in the heat of the 1967 Detroit riots and uprising, is the incendiary matter of race relations, made even more so by the portrayals of vicious police brutality and at its… Read More DETROIT – A chilling and prescient ordeal of blood and fire

UNA – A complex uncomfortable child abuse drama

How much hate should we harbour for the paedophile Una presents to us? That’s the only feeling that needs calibrating as we contextualize the vice hovering above the two central characters in this film by first-time director Benedict Andrews. The strong performances on show may have you dithering for a minute – second chances right.… Read More UNA – A complex uncomfortable child abuse drama

ROTI – Loss, grief and reincarnatoin according to Afolayan

Nigerian director Kunye Afolayan explores grief and its manifestations in his latest film, Roti. A husband and wife have their son stripped away from them by death in a manner that seems cruelly foreshadowed by the gods. The mother, Diane (Kate Henshaw) has suffered a slew of miscarriages and still births over the course of… Read More ROTI – Loss, grief and reincarnatoin according to Afolayan

BATMAN: MASK OF THE PHANTASM – A portrait of the tragic existence of the Dark Knight

Did the world go comatose on how great Batman: Mask of the Phantasm is, or am I just astounded this animated film I watched countless times as a child is actually the most compelling Batman story? Mask of the Phantasm is directed by Eric Radomski and Bruce Timm, the minds behind the iconic ’90s animated series. The… Read More BATMAN: MASK OF THE PHANTASM – A portrait of the tragic existence of the Dark Knight

WAR FOR THE PLANET OF THE APES – Glorious western motif battles suffocating spectacle

It is hard for me to look back on Matt Reeves’ War for the Planet of the Apes and not feel some simmering disappointment. The hype was contagious, expectations were sky high and I was primed to declare War for the Planet of the Apes the resolution to one of the finest film trilogies. But… Read More WAR FOR THE PLANET OF THE APES – Glorious western motif battles suffocating spectacle

SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING – Time for a hero resembling that stubborn teenager in your life

Spider-Man: Homecoming opens with a quick origin story of its antagonist, Michael Keaton’s Adrian Toomes aka Vulture. With his roots out of the way, little time is devoted to unravelling the genesis of key components of the story. Instead, director John Watts oversees what was promised – a proper high school coming-of-age vibe sporting authentic… Read More SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING – Time for a hero resembling that stubborn teenager in your life

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… Read More TOUKI BOUKI – A surreal love affair with Africa heading nowhere

THE BAD BATCH – Undeniably a visual feast despite wanting for a compelling story

Ana Lily Amirpour’s brilliant indie debut feature, A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night, was to die for. Tagged an Iranian vampire western, the 2015 film served up a flawless pastiche dish and a delightful convergence of differing periods and genres of cinema. Her follow-up, The Bad Batch, sports a bigger budget, high-profile names, an… Read More THE BAD BATCH – Undeniably a visual feast despite wanting for a compelling story

OKJA – ‘Taken’ for animal lovers, but with infinitely more heart

Has cinema seen a child more driven and unyielding than the protagonist in South Korean director Bong Joon-ho’s Okja. Probably not. The incredible bond between this South Korean girl and her special pig sees her morph into Jason Bourne at times, when a giant firm looks to use her friend, the titular Okja, to launch its chain… Read More OKJA – ‘Taken’ for animal lovers, but with infinitely more heart