March 20, 2018

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. Anything that involves Our Lady Lupita (you know her as Lupita Nyong’o) get me psyched. I adore Lupita—and the fact that she can actually spit some bars is icing on a fine cake. If you follow me on Facebook, you know that I’m obsessed with the 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.   First, let me say that Spectre […]
May 5, 2015

Seven Pounds (Gabriele Muccino, 2008)

WHAT IT IS: An engineer, haunted by the memory of an unforgivable past act, tries to earn his redemption by helping people in need.   HOW IT IS: After 2006’s The Pursuit of Happyness, Smith and Muccino team up for another high-concept drama, this time structured as a mystery. Although sporting an interesting premise, Seven Pounds fails to deliver in […]
January 30, 2015

Honeymoon (Leigh Janiak, 2014)

Paul and Bea, a newlywed couple, vacation at the bride’s family cabin for their honeymoon. But, even though the chosen setting is remote and bucolic, strange happenings cast a shadow on the freshly minted couple.  What is most impressive (and refreshing) with Honeymoon is the director’s perspective. Without any spoilers, the big reveal has a lot to do with the […]
January 30, 2015

Live (Noboru Iguchi, 2014)

In Live, a young Japanese man is forced to participate in a murderous race to save his mother, fighting against similar victims hoping to save their loved ones, a novel relating the same premise as his only guide. Even stranger, the novel’s principal character has his name. Now I haven’t had the change to see Dead Sushi (Noboru Iguchi, 2012) […]
April 2, 2014

12 Years a Slave (Steve McQueen, 2013)

A big point of contention with historical films on slavery (or The Black Experience, as it’s sometimes naively called) is the way Hollywood films miss the mark on communicating that experience to a mainstream global audience. These movies usually revolve around African or African Diaspora characters and their history between the start of the slave trade in the 16th century to the […]
January 3, 2014

Fantasia 2013 bits IV

I’ll give it my all… tomorrow (Yuichi Fukuda, 2013) Tired of his mundane existence and office work, a forty something quits his long-standing job to pursue his dream of becoming a superstar comic book creator. Billed as an ode to procrastination, I’ll give it my all… tomorrow is an underwhelming comedy. One could claim that it is involuntarily a meta […]
December 20, 2013

Fantasia 2013 bits III

Saving General Yang (Ronny Yu, 2013) Betrayed by a fellow general and captured behind enemy lines, the seven sons of the eponymous General Yang leave their family’s stronghold to save their father from an enemy out for revenge, and bring him home. With director Ronny Yu at the helm, and based on a popular Chinese tale, Saving General Yang lives […]
December 20, 2013

Fantasia 2013 bits II

Sweetwater (Logan Miller, 2013) A religious leader, accustomed to being the only authority in a small town in the far west, is confronted by the new sheriff in town and a newly arrived couple who question his power. This is what a great movie should be: great performances, a strong screenplay, a moody direction and cinematography: but also references the […]
December 20, 2013

Fantasia 2013 bits I

Rurouni Kenshin (Keishi Ohtomo, 2012) For our readers new to the character, the film is the story of Kenshin, a samurai who, in penance for his past sins, dedicates his life to helping the innocent with a reverse-edge blade, a weapon that can never kill. I’m a huge fan of the anime series, and although it was loads of fun […]
December 16, 2013

HK: Forbidden Hero (Yûichi Fukuda, 2013)

The best thing about HK: Forbidden Hero, other than the fact that it’s one of the most entertaining films of 2013, is the joy of having to explain its premise to people, 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 its […]