STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI: – Part epic blockbuster, part character study telling us it’s okay to move on

Is the idea the balance the burden humanity must bear? At its philosophical best, this is one of the questions ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ poses, venturing into territory the canon has explored. This is one of the beats that makes the central conflict of the Star Wars universe an infinitely compelling experience and provided… Read More STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI: – Part epic blockbuster, part character study telling us it’s okay to move on

HYENAS – Mambety’s prescient portrait of faux morals in a decaying society

Hyenas (Hyènes) is the story of a wealthy woman’s return to her penurious hometown after decades away. The idea of her homecoming is a vignette Africa is well aware of. Her riches are enticing and her people are swelling with optimism. But reprieve is to come at a high price for this community. She offers… Read More HYENAS – Mambety’s prescient portrait of faux morals in a decaying society

COCO – Music, family and memory making Pixar great again

I spent half of Coco teary-eyed and there was this whirlwind of joy within me. Pixar’s still got that exceptional touch and its working on our hearts and minds in full force. It takes a smart combination of factors to truly set Coco apart as possibly an all-timer, prime among them the magical realism of… Read More COCO – Music, family and memory making Pixar great again

JUSTICE LEAGUE – The DCU is all smiles at the expense of Batman and us

Justice League tries so hard to distance itself narratively and tonally from the earlier films in the DC cinematic universe, save for Wonder Woman. You could say it largely succeeds, but to who’s benefit? I will argue no one. There are no winners when you serve the campiest Bruce Wayne/Batman since George Clooney and his… Read More JUSTICE LEAGUE – The DCU is all smiles at the expense of Batman and us

WIND RIVER – Snow, silence and a dash of violence

Taylor Sheridan is quite the enthralling storyteller. His attraction and empathy with life on the peripheries of society continue with his latest film, Wind River. After only playing scribe to the chilling Sicario and the gritty Hell or High Water, Sheridan is in the director’s chair for the second time in his career overseeing thriller… Read More WIND RIVER – Snow, silence and a dash of violence

Fearfully learning we have a lot in common with the other side in A GHOST STORY

A Ghost Story, Directed and written by David Lowery, is a film simultaneously about the passage and stillness of time. It’s a film that seems to harbours a certain fixation on the mundane despite (or because of) the separation enforced. It serves as a confluence for sentiment and existential angst. Above all, it’s a film… Read More Fearfully learning we have a lot in common with the other side in A GHOST STORY

BLADE RUNNER 2049 – A biblical epic wrapped in a shroud of rich ambiguity

The question of what it means to be human and existential angst will never be exhausted by the medium of film. Pinocchio, AI, Ex Machina and, hell, even Alien: Covenant, ring to mind as the sizzling hot Denis Villeneuve ventures into the purest of sci-fi worlds, creating the most reverent follow up to Ridley Scott’s Blade… Read More BLADE RUNNER 2049 – A biblical epic wrapped in a shroud of rich ambiguity