April 19, 2018

Kafou (Bruno Mourral, 2017)

J’ai eu le privilège d’assister à la présentation du film haïtien Kafou dans le cadre du 34e Festival Vues d’Afrique et je dois avouer que le film est un tournant dans le cinéma haïtien. Il y a dans le film une volonté de changement, un effort de décrier les abus de la société haïtienne, de faire honneur à notre culture […]
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 […]
June 3, 2011

In defence of criticism: The case of The Hangover part II

Culture is only true when implicitly critical, and the mind which forgets this revenges itself in the critics it breeds. Criticism is an indispensable element of culture. -Theodor Wiesengrund Adorno In his recent column, filmmaker Matthew Toffolo makes a point of attacking film criticism because, as he puts it: “Most critics really don’t get it.” As I read his uninspired […]
October 1, 2010

The African diaspora: Colonialism and displacement

Africa has been a battleground for the anti-colonial struggle because the continent has been desired by foreign powers for centuries. One of the most disruptive colonial acts was the transatlantic slave trade, which uprooted Africans, separating them from their ethnic backgrounds, traditions, and identities. This relocation, on a massive scale gave birth to the African Diaspora, which, like the Africans […]
October 1, 2010

Ousmane Sembene, african cinema and the Western gaze

I was introduced to African cinema during my studies at Concordia University when, in a film history class, I was touched by one of the most poignant, engaging, and thought-provoking works I had ever witnessed. With Guelwaar, my perspective changed, not only as what type of filmmaker I wanted to be but also what kind of man I needed to […]
October 1, 2010

Election (Alexander Payne, 1999)

I discovered Alexander Payne with Election. There are some movies that change your perception of what is possible, what is allowed. From time to time, you go to the theatre with no expectations and come out baffled by an object of pure beauty. Just like I was when I saw David Lynch’s Lost Highway, Robert Zemeckis’s Contact or P.T. Anderson’s […]
October 1, 2010

What is independent cinema?

What is independent cinema? Critics and film scholars have wrestled with this definition for most of cinema’s existence. Is it fair to consider a film independent when the whole distribution machine is dependent on Hollywood? These four filmmakers are all considered independent. In the book Personal Visions, they talk about their troubles with the system and the limits of their […]
October 1, 2010

Come Drink With Me (King Hu, 1966)

Hong Kong has one of the most eclectic and progressive film industries in the world. This little island has proven time and time again that popular fare can coexist with artful intentions. King Hu, director of the wuxia pian (or martial arts sword-fighting movie) classic Come Drink With Me, is a legend, within Asia and in western critic circles, for […]
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 […]
September 28, 2010

Coming Home, the melodrama and social change

The melodrama has been used to depict realist situations in literature, theatre and film. Some would argue that the development of characters in a melodrama is simplistic and predictable, falling into the constraints of the genre while others would argue to the contrary. Coming Home, a revisionist melodrama about the Viet Nam War starring Jane Fonda, has been criticized for […]
September 28, 2010

Cronenberg’s discourse through Videodrome and eXistenZ

David Cronenberg’s filmography is recognized as a strange and visceral experience. It speaks, to employ psychoanalytic terms, directly to our id, that part of us that is irrational, at its worst bringing to the surface an illogical fear and, at its mildest, a discomfort in the spectator. A reoccurring theme in the filmmaker’s oeuvre is that of man and of […]