March 20, 2018
Black Panther movie

Black Panther: A Perspective

I’ve been away from the Kinoreal blog for a while, and I’ve missed writing it. Movies are the way I make sense of life, how I endeavour to understand the complex issues that affect me daily. Maybe I haven’t been motivated enough by any of the recent movies to add to the discussion. Black Panther has changed that. Although not […]
February 27, 2018

On the dopeness of Black Panther

I’ve been excited about Black Panther from the moment I heard about it. It's now a record-breaking release. So why are we so extra with this movie?
November 15, 2015

Spectre (Sam Mendes, 2015)

After the tragic death of M and to honour her memory, James Bond uncovers a conspiracy of influential individuals called Spectre, a secret society responsible for strategic terrorist attacks around the world. As Bond strives to thwart their plans, fundamental changes are affecting the secret services back home, leaving Bond to fend for himself.  


April 20, 2010

Adrift In Tokyo (Satoshi Miki, 2007)

WHAT IT IS: Unable to repay his student loans, a law student in Tokyo has to accompany the debt collector on a tour of the city to wipe his slate clean. HOW IT IS: In a cluster of bizarre scenes and odd situations, Adrift in Tokyo makes us experience its city, from its empty residential streets to its Metropolis-like allure; […]
November 26, 2010

Kuroneko (Kaneto Shindo, 1968)

in its new restoration, Kuroneko (Kaneto Shindo, 1968) is one of those gems, a ‘60s Japanese horror film with a sharp aesthetic.
December 16, 2013
Hentai Kamen in action

HK: Hentai Kamen (Yûichi Fukuda, 2013)

Apart from the fact that it’s one of the most entertaining films of 2013, the best thing about HK: Hentai Kamen is the joy of having to explain its premise to people, to witness their flabbergasted stare and assure them that “it’s really, really good”. Actually, it is really good because its parody comes from a place of love for […]
March 3, 2011

Terminator: Salvation (McG, 2009)

WHAT IT IS: In a very imminent future, John Connor is the leader of a branch of the human resistance against Skynet, an artificial intelligence bent on wiping out humanity from existence. HOW IT IS: Early on — as soon as exposition starts in fact, Terminator Salvation starts to fail in its attempt to create a new starting point for […]
October 1, 2010
Ousmane Sembene and African cinema

African cinema, Ousmane Sembene and the Western gaze

In its perspectives and traditions, African cinema draws the spectator into its narrative, nurturing a symbiotic relationship with life itself.
March 11, 2013
Gyo: Tokyo Fish Attack

Gyo: Tokyo Fish Attack (Takayuki Hirao, 2012)

Adapted from Junji Ito's manga, Gyo tells the story of a modern-day Japan attacked by poisonous fish with mechanical legs, converting the population into organic masses excreting putrid gas, as they make their way inland.
November 24, 2010
My Fantasia 2010

My Fantasia 2010: Preamble

I look forward to Fantasia every year. I am one of those who check the festival’s website daily hoping to make my selection for this year’s festival.
October 23, 2013
Key of Life

Key of Life (Kenji Uchida, 2012)

Key of Life’s premise is very close to Rough Cut’s (Hun Jang, 2008). It effectively mixes comedy and drama, resulting in a striking aesthetic blend.
October 22, 2013
Louis Koo in Drug War

Drug War (Johnny To, 2012)

Drug War's writing is sharp and gripping, surprising us at every turn, setting up great action scenes, brilliantly directed by Johnny To.
November 28, 2010

Overheard (Felix Chong and Alan Mak, 2009)

Thanks to Love in a Puff, I’m looking forward to Overheard. Since it is a Hong Kong film from Alan Mak, one of the directors of Infernal Affairs, I don’t bother to read the synopsis online before buying my ticket. By the pictures in the Fantasia program, I surmise that it’s a star-studded cat-and-mouse psychological thriller, in the vein of […]
March 29, 2010
Gone Baby Gone

Gone, Baby, Gone (Ben Affleck, 2007)

WHAT IT IS: Boston: A private investigator is enlisted to find a little girl who’s been abducted in his old neighborhood. HOW IT IS: In his directorial debut, Ben Affleck borrows from many of the great living directors, from Eastwood to Van Sant. Most notable is the latter’s influence in the cinema vérité shots. A Bostonian himself, Affleck’s neighborhood seems […]
April 20, 2010

Love Exposure (Shion Sono, 2008)

Hoping for a closer relationship with his heartbroken father, his father a recently anointed priest in the Catholic Church, their relationship limited to the confessional, Yu Tsunoda begins to master the art of photographing women’s undergarments with masterful “pervert” techniques or, let me be clearer, photographing strangers and passers-by using “pervert gymnastics” to catch a glimpse under women’s dresses. Forced […]