THE CLOVERFIELD PARADOX emerges to besmirch the hallowed Cloverfield name

There is an ideal dimension out there where all films get released in the manner of horror Sci-Fi film ‘The Cloverfield Paradox’. You wake up one day and hear X studio has its film screening in theatres or streaming on demand. No exhausting hype (*cough Black Panther*), no spoilery trailers, minimalist marketing controversy. It’s all… Read More THE CLOVERFIELD PARADOX emerges to besmirch the hallowed Cloverfield name

SIN BIN OF THE CITY – A visit to a working museum to racism

Watching the 2017 documentary short, ‘Sin Bin of the City’, which reflects on the racially charged 1981 Toxteth Riots in Liverpool, I was struck by was the initial lack of or absence of faces to the voices of the oppressed blacks on the Merseyside. I’m used to the average documentary serves up the standard face… Read More SIN BIN OF THE CITY – A visit to a working museum to racism

BRAVEN – Momoa stars as intensity and emotion elevate this action thriller

‘Braven’ marks the first real turn of interest from Jason Momoa; the first time I’ve seen him play something resembling benign and vulnerable. It’s also the first time I’ve seen him with a shirt on and his strapping biceps covered for most of a film. Director Lin Oeding, in his debut effort, goes for nostalgia… Read More BRAVEN – Momoa stars as intensity and emotion elevate this action thriller

YESTERDAY – Life on the fringe in South Africa via the confluence of poverty and illness

Every now and then, I come across a film operating outside the conventional constraints of the horror genre that leaves me in a state of distress. The anxiety served up in Denis Villeneuve’s 2013 film ‘Prisoners’ readily comes to mind. It made the idea of caring of caring for one’s kids a terrifying prospect evoking… Read More YESTERDAY – Life on the fringe in South Africa via the confluence of poverty and illness

Black Panther and Ryan Coogler’s definition of Africa

The rambling below contains spoilers to Black Panther!!! Just how angry is Ryan Coogler, If he is at all? That’s been one of the questions on my mind having seen ‘Black Panther’. Marvel gave Coogler the keys to the Black Panther vehicle and he took them to the promised land, delivering an incredibly personal film, … Read More Black Panther and Ryan Coogler’s definition of Africa

BLACK PANTHER – Coogler’s tragic longing for the Black American utopia

My biggest fear going into ‘Black Panther’ was that director Ryan Coogler would serve up a righteous narrative fuelled by Fela’s ‘Water No Get Enemy’. A story riding milking the idea of the untouched African country, untainted by European occupiers and firmly in control of its destiny. Conceived by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby in… Read More BLACK PANTHER – Coogler’s tragic longing for the Black American utopia

MOM AND DAD – Crazy Nick Cage warns of the vortex of regret that is parenthood

Buried in the craziness of ‘Mom and Dad’ is an earnest exploration of parental angst and midlife crises. But that’s just the bonus that comes with the package. The label promises an epidemic causing parents to murder their kids and it delivers on that front with gleeful mordancy. The central conceit has a mysterious signal… Read More MOM AND DAD – Crazy Nick Cage warns of the vortex of regret that is parenthood

PROUD MARY – …More like ‘Sorry Mary’

The month of lowered standards continues with the Taraji P. Henson-led quasi-Blaxploitation action thriller, ‘Proud Mary’, directed by Babak Najafi. My most important takeaway from; the classic eponymous Tina Turner hit from 1970 (originally performed by Creedence Clearwater Revival in 1969) does not play as the most alluring soundtrack for a shootout. But that’s the least… Read More PROUD MARY – …More like ‘Sorry Mary’

THE SHAPE OF WATER – Del Toro’s sputtering machine of empathy is worth cherishing

A sour trace of disappointment lingered after seeing Guillermo del Toro’s latest film, ‘The Shape of Water’. After months of consuming short bursts of adulation, leading to me constructing my own fanciful masterpiece in my head, a possible spiritual sequel to del Toro’s own ‘Pan’s Labyrinth’, the slow realisation that ‘The Shape of Water’ was… Read More THE SHAPE OF WATER – Del Toro’s sputtering machine of empathy is worth cherishing

THE COMMUTER – Death, taxes and passable action in January

‘Murder on the Orient Express’ meets ‘Non-Stop’, with a dash of ‘Taken’. To be honest, you could describe ‘The Commuter’ as a remix of every action flick Liam Neeson has starred in. His performances in these films seem to be on the same wavelength; broken, grizzled veteran given an opportunity for valour and redemption. In… Read More THE COMMUTER – Death, taxes and passable action in January