So Long, My Son review; Personhood under siege

To say I was blown away is an understatement. Spanning three generations of family and the tumultuous shifts of history from The Cultural Revolution to the One-child policy to the rapid economic expansion of modern China, this is a staggering film that is at once intensely personal and tremendously steeped in the wider socio-economic forces…

I Lost My Body review; The best animated film of 2019.

I Lost My Body is one of this year’s more profound films. Its creative use of animation brilliantly expounds on surprisingly deep and abstract themes of fate, choice and personal agency. The main narrative unfolds alongside the metaphysical journey of the ‘moving hand’, combining the brutal corporeal realities of life with a whimsical sense of…

Tully review; A raw depiction of motherhood and depression.

I’m not sure I’ve seen a film touch on the topic of post-partum depression with such grace and empathy. Being a male myself, I doubt I can ever fully appreciate the joy and pains of motherhood and all that it entails from nurturing life inside the womb to theĀ  process of raising a child in…

Wonder Woman review; Diana’s significance in our world today.

Being slightly skeptical of what DC can achieve after the very disappointing, haphazard and contrived Batman V Superman, I’m happy to say that Wonder Woman not only pleasantly surprised me with strong direction and voice but came out smashing with thorough characterization of one of the most iconic superheroes in the DC universe. It kept…

A bubbly post for Christmas

Merry Christmas Eve everyone :)) It’s fifteen minutes into Christmas over here…and I always stay up a little later well ya know…Santa is a busy guy okay! He can’t possibly make an appearance in every house RIGHT?! *defends Santa like a child* Anyhow, Christmas this year has been extremely hectic. Talk about 12 days of…

The Childhood Of A Leader; Interesting,obscure but lacking.

One could go about analyzing all the different aspects of The Childhood Of A Leader and find yourself as clueless as before. The moody atmosphere sets up the story but the story is evidently lacking. Brady Corbet uses instances of mischief and tantrums to justify his point…his point being that such uncontrolled behavioural problems are…

Pete’s Dragon; Something different this way comes

Pete’s Dragon is Disney’s awesome new film that has in abundance, the breath of fire and emotion that it’s counterpart, The BFG, lacked. The opening 5 to 7 minutes is exceptionally beautiful. We’re led into Pete’s story and his character crises hits us so early its honestly quite a surprise. Openings aren’t usually this attuned…

Pan’s Labyrinth: Fauntastical

No that wasn’t a typo. In Pan’s Labyrinth, a creature known as a faun comes out from the veiny undergrowth of Guillermo Del Toro’s fairy-tale. He has eyes that unsettle and horns that make you wary of his nature. He is ridiculously conceived, looking like a cross-breed between a tree and a goat. Such is…

The Jungle Book review: My childhood, relived.

It is truly something to watch a remake of one of your favourite childhood animated films. What enraptured me as a kid was how incredible it was that Mowgli, no less a young boy like me, could be so at one with the wild. As a kid, I embraced TJB’s innocent idealism and the nurture…

The Little Prince: For the young at heart

Antoine De-Saint Exupery, the author of ‘Un Petit Prince’ or The Little Prince, published his novella in 1943 to much acclaim and surprise. It was neither a children’s book nor a strictly adult one, combining a multi-fold of stories within stories that would only capture the wildest of imaginations. I was quite taken aback by…

Zootopia: Welcome to the urban jungle

Zootopia’s poster somehow foreshadowed a frightening possibility that it could follow in the footsteps of Madagascar, which would render it a failure no doubt. There were some serious pre-conceived notions and worries I had before entering the cinema, some of it as a result of my distaste towards really bad animal animated films and utterly…