Not quite “The Greatest Showman”

There’s something paradoxical about a 21st century film musical and even more so about “The Greatest Showman,” which is not the best or worst representation of what musicals are in 2017.

The lived-in excellence of “Patti Cake$”

“Patti Cake$,” a 2017 film about an overweight white woman’s quest to become a rap star in the slums of New Jersey has garnered immediate comparisons to “Hustle & Flow” and “8 Mile”.

Ghosts that we knew

Who invented the bedsheet ghost? The image of a ghost marked by donning a white sheet with holes for eyes is a classic and familiar concept.

Shadows on the Beach

“Beach Rats,” the winner of the best director award at this year’s Sundance film festival, is a filmic bildungsroman.

A charming but uneven murder mystery

I made the potentially problematic decision, to screen Sidney Lumet’s 1974 adaptation of “Murder on the Orient Express” a few days after watching the recent 2017 Kenneth Branagh directed version.

The discomfiting allure of “Atomic Blonde”

The new film “Atomic Blonde” is a hyperaware, pop-version of the excellent 2011 adaptation of the John le Carré Cold War spy novel “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy.”  For history and philosophy enthusiasts, the Cold War, with its dependence on subterfuge and paranoia, is a historical key to understanding the dubiousness of modern political affairs.

Ape-ocalypse Now

I kept experiencing a kind of cognitive dissonance while watching War for the Planet of the Apes, the last film in the rebooted trilogy.

There’s something about a war

Sofia Coppola’s new film, The Beguiled, begins like a fairy tale. The intertitle, pink and evocative, announce the time as three years into the American Civil War, we are in Virginia.

Television for an age of uncertainty

Today marks the beginning of the second half of the year. 2017 has been a chaotic year in political and cultural terms but the arts continue to trudge on, offering a wealth of material to examine in these turbulent times.

Adero

Few words are spoken in Adero, the new short film from Guyanese filmmaker Kojo McPherson.

The Guyanese Cinema Experience

With underwhelming new releases on offer this week, I opted to veto a review in favour of examining something more intriguing–the cinema experience itself.