April 19, 2018
Doc et Zoé dans Kafou

Kafou (Bruno Mourral, 2017)

Kafou 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 et de l’intégrer à notre cinéma, et de noter pour la postérité les réalités contemporaines en Haïti.
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?
July 24, 2011
Tree of Life

The Tree of Life, or how to fail at the impossible

The world is whole beyond human knowing. -Wendell Berry The Tree of Life, Terrence Malick’s latest creation, is years in the making, its genesis dating before distribution of his last movie, The New World, in 2005. Having already generated a substantial amount of ink in the media, and hot on the heels of its highly publicized win of the Palme […]
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 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 and […]
October 1, 2010

The African diaspora: Colonialism and displacement

The transatlantic slave trade was one of the most disruptive acts in history, separating Africans from their backgrounds, traditions, and identities. This has had a significant impact on diaspora films.
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.
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 […]