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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

Spectre (Sam Mendes, 2015)

Spectre is visually and technically flawless. The film is shot in stunning locations, and its photography is breathtaking.

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March 3, 2011
Legendary Assassin

Legendary Assassin (Chung Chi Li and Jacky Wu, 2008)

In Legendary Assassin, following the murder of a triad boss, an assassin is trapped on the small island where the deed occurred due to weather conditions.
September 30, 2010

Central Station and the Cinema Novo tradition

Brazil has one of the most interesting cinematography in the art’s history. From the first screening of the omnigraph in Rio de Janeiro on July 8, 1896, to the present industry sustained by the state film enterprise Embrafilme, through the Bela Época and the Cinema Novo movement, Brazil’s film history is shaped by its different movements and production periods. Brazil’s […]
March 26, 2010

Cloverfield (Matt Reeves, 2008)

WHAT IT IS: In the middle of good-bye celebrations, a group of twenty-somethings film a monster attack on Manhattan with their hand-held camera. HOW IT IS: Marketed as a ground-level monster movie, Cloverfield fails at its every opportunity. A high-concept stretched to the running time (an hour and a half that feels like three), it is the child of J.J. […]
September 7, 2011
Detective Dee

Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame (Tsui Hark, 2010)

Although Hark makes good use of his limited budget, Dectective Dee’s script feels convoluted, while the actors perform as if they’re in a campy picture.
February 16, 2011

The King’s Speech (Tom Hooper, 2010)

WHAT IT IS: The true story of King George VI of England, his uncharacteristic rise to the throne and his battle to control a lifelong speech impediment in the early days of radio. HOW IT IS: The King’s Speech isn’t at all unexpected. From its solid but safe acting to its period elements, everything here screams Oscars. I was expecting to […]
December 20, 2013
Sweetwater

Fantasia 2013 bits II

Reviews bits of the Fantasia Film Festival.
September 30, 2013
The Human Race

The Human Race (Paul Hough, 2013)

The Human Race is an atypical survival horror film containing some sci-fi elements and archetypal characters in inventive genre-bending situations.
March 26, 2010
Behind the Mask

Behind The Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon (Scott Glosserman, 2006)

Behind the Mask supposes that the horror stories that haunt Elm Street or Crystal Lake are elaborate hoaxes which elevate their authors to legendary status.
January 30, 2015
Honeymoon

Honeymoon (Leigh Janiak, 2014)

Honeymoon is like the edge of a blade, which could turn out quite dull or sharp as hell. Riding that edge is what makes the film so appealing.
April 20, 2010
Rough Cut

Rough Cut (Hun Jang, 2008)

Rough Cut constructs a dual history of characters, mirror images of one another, distorted through time, in a film within a film.
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.
March 22, 2010
City of God

City of God (Fernando Meirelles, 2002)

A reviewer compared City of God to Goodfellas (Martin Scorsese, 1990) and many parallels could be made between the two. As they both fall into the genre of gangster films, they depict violence in a raw, uninhibited way, in a realist fashion. City of God, with its documentary-style aesthetic—camera shakes, voice-over narration, etc., uses that realism to emphasize its story’s […]