Blade Runner 2049 review; Neon-noir

Blade Runner 2049 is an exceptionally crafted visual treat. Building upon the world that the original Blade Runner had already created, we see Villeneuve explore interesting ways that blend cutting-edge cool with very tangible technological realities already present in our present world i.e holograms. Environmentally, Blade Runner 2049 envisions a world more polarized than today;…

A Ghost Story review; A symphony of tenderness and meaning

Imagine those who left us behind still sit beside us at the dinner table and watch over us as we sleep. David Lowery’s evocative A Ghost Story is a first look into the melancholic and soul-defining existence of the after-life. Even with a distinctive visual style which captures the expansive nature of the real life…

The Beguiled; A harrowing look at our inability to accept our own nature.

Sofia Coppola’s The Beguiled is a softly beguiling and bewitching experience. The undercurrents of human nature and darkness course through the film’s steely and static frames. She has previously stated her desire to tell the story of The Beguiled through the lens of the female perspective. The result is interesting. Some believe Sofia Coppola portrays…

Dunkirk review; War personified

Dunkirk is Christopher Nolan’s latest film about the Allied Forces and their struggle to evacuate after German Forces have cornered them in Dunkirk. Facing torrential air attacks, Christopher Nolan’s film is a contained spectacle of tension and anxiety. Accurately mirroring the dread and horror of war, Dunkirk bends and threatens to break into a spiral…

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…

Alien Covenant review; David, the son of god.

Alien Covenant begins with a shot of David,looking at Michelangelo’s David sculpture and surmising the irony of his creation while playing softly, Wagner’s Das Rheingold: Entry Of The Gods into Valhalla. ‘If you created me,then who created you?’ ‘You created me but you will eventually die. And I won’t’. Then, as David pours Weyland his…

Cannes 2017 lineup preview; Damn I wished I was there!

This year’s Cannes lineup is looking like it’s going to be a special one. Cannes has always been the artistic one compared to the other awards but they usually still feature a big name or two from Hollywood. This year’s selection finally embraces the Cannes uniqueness and verve as it’s jam packed full of quiet…

The Void review; Cosmic fear

The Void is a crazy horror-house steeped in the overarching horrors of the supernatural unknowns, paying homage to the pastiche of practical effects in horror. I haven’t seen many old horror films but many have pointed out how it’s very much old-school in style so ardent horror fans, this one might interest you. But it…

Get Out review; Stay woke

Get Out is Jordan Peele’s comedy-horror satire that highlights the underlying racism against Blacks in modern America. Peele draws from everyday conversational tropes that seem innocent enough (and they might very well be) and turns them into a frighteningly comedic and entertaining horror-thriller. Get Out┬ácalls to attention a conscious/unconscious effort to segregate, objectify and disempower…

Personal Shopper review; A coming-of-age ghost enigma

Personal Shopper is not a very accessible experience. But in its place is an originality whose effect still seeps into my interpretation, and it lingers long after the viewing experience. This is a special film. Olivier Assayas’ ghost-drama film bears the slow-burning realist trademarks of European cinema but often dabbles in many different tonal shifts…