THE BURIAL OF KOJO heading to Netflix; Ava DuVernay’s ARRAY acquires Blitz Bazawule’s debut film

Probably the most captivating piece of Ghanaian cinema since Kwaw Ansah was is in his prime is heading for Netflix. Blitz ‘The Ambassador’ Bazawule’s ‘The Burial of Kojo’ has been acquired by Ava Duvernay’s production company ARRAY (Array Releasing) for distribution and will hit start streaming on March 31. This marks the 22nd acquisition forContinue reading “THE BURIAL OF KOJO heading to Netflix; Ava DuVernay’s ARRAY acquires Blitz Bazawule’s debut film”

HIGH FLYING BIRD – Soderbergh shakes all the tables in this slick sports drama

Steven Soderbergh’s ‘High Flying Bird’, produced by Netflix, is among other things a politically charged heist movie. Yes, on the surface it’s a sports drama about the minutia of an NBA lockout and how an agent and a prized client navigate their way through it, but we are working with an incredibly smart and layered screenplayContinue reading “HIGH FLYING BIRD – Soderbergh shakes all the tables in this slick sports drama”

CLOSE – An emotional core seasons this gritty bodyguard thriller

January, action and 90-minute running times. Just a few of my favorite things. After weeks of mulling over prestige products as we enter Oscar season, spending time with Noomi Rapace in Netflix’s bodyguard thriller ‘Close’, was a welcome reprieve for aficionados of the genre, even if the film itself isn’t breaking new grounds. It doesn’tContinue reading “CLOSE – An emotional core seasons this gritty bodyguard thriller”

LIONHEART – Nnaji’s tidy debut is unlikely to outgrow its Netflix subplot

The Genevieve Nnaji-directed ‘Lionheart’ opens with the intersection of violence and the mundane I hope a Nigerian filmmaker tackles one day. The eponymous transport company, based in Enugu, is overrun by men demanding payment for helping fill seats in their buses. They troop in with a sense of entitlement roughing up workers as onlookers standContinue reading “LIONHEART – Nnaji’s tidy debut is unlikely to outgrow its Netflix subplot”

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 chainContinue reading “OKJA – ‘Taken’ for animal lovers, but with infinitely more heart”

FILM-CAP; NETFLIX RACISM, HELLBOY, WORST COMIC BOOK MOVIE

This week there isn’t much news on the local film scene which I imagine will happen a lot. I saw Pieces of Me this week which was alright, solid stuff for Fiifi Coleman in his debut feature and you can check out my review. We can however start with some good old racism. Kelly OsborneContinue reading “FILM-CAP; NETFLIX RACISM, HELLBOY, WORST COMIC BOOK MOVIE”