Like much of Ghanaian society, our cinema is still swayed by the colonial tide

Over 60 years on from the onset of independence, the stench of colonisation still emanates from various facets of Africa’s being. Colonialism manifested in complex social constructions that are both universal and unique. The tagging of indigenous traditions as anathemas, the detachment or forced blending of peoples, the exploitation of our land and its gloriousContinue reading “Like much of Ghanaian society, our cinema is still swayed by the colonial tide”

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 classContinue reading “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 itsContinue reading “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.Continue reading “UNA – A complex uncomfortable child abuse drama”

ROTI – Loss, grief and reincarnation 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 ofContinue reading “ROTI – Loss, grief and reincarnation 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. TheContinue reading “BATMAN: MASK OF THE PHANTASM – A portrait of the tragic existence of the Dark Knight”

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 authenticContinue reading “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 aContinue reading “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, anContinue reading “THE BAD BATCH – Undeniably a visual feast despite wanting for a compelling story”

FREE FIRE – Our director seems to be the only one having fun here

Free Fire assembles the tetchiest brand of characters cinema screens have seen in a while. Most of them seem to have gotten out of bed with ill intent, or at the very least, the desire to just vex someone. The problem for them is this film centres on an arms deal in a warehouse so, needlessContinue reading “FREE FIRE – Our director seems to be the only one having fun here”