Slamdance 2013 Review: FYNBOS Is A Brilliantly Anti-Cathartic Piece Of Cinema

A young white woman in high heels walks down a street in a black working-class neighborhood. Though clearly on edge, she walks with a purpose. She pauses at a row of trash cans. Clothes billow in the wind, threaded on... More »
  

Haunting First Trailer For Berlin And Slamdance Selected Thriller FYNBOS

Selected for both the Berlin and Slamdance film festivals following a world premiere in Durban, award winning commercial director Harry Patramanis has crafted a unique and haunting dramatic thriller with his debut feature, Fynbos.A real estate developer, on the brink... More »
By Todd Brown   
  

Witness The Peculiar World Of Fantasy Coffins In PAA JOE: DEAD NOT BURIED

Why spend eternity in a box when you can spend it in a lion? That's a very fundamental question for Paa Joe, a Ghanaian craftsman of 'fantasy coffins'. And what, praytell, is a fantasy coffin? It's a coffin that's more... More »
By Todd Brown   
  

African Folk Tales Come To Life In KWAKU ANANSE

If you - like me - first became aware of African trickster spirit Ananse through Neil Gaiman's Anansi Boys, here's your chance for something a little bit more authentic.Akosua Adoma Owusu's Ghanaian short film Kwaku Ananse comes supported by the... More »
By Todd Brown   
  

South Africa Gets Its GREASE On With Box Office Hit PRETVILLE

It's got singing, dancing and bobby sox and a week into its South African theatrical run, the Afrikaans language, 50s set musical Pretville is proving tough to beat. Clearly taking a page from the Grease playbook, Pretville has opened to... More »
By Todd Brown   
  

Seattle Film Fest to Become Hotbed for African Film

There's no shortage of festivals in the world and with an increasing array of diverse programs and sidebars to choose from, covering an enormous breadth of cinema, it is a little surprising that the bod of work of an entire... More »
  

We Now Have a FORUM Again, Ho Ho Hooo!

A few weeks back Twitch closed down its old forum, creating a new one in its place. And here it is: at the top right of the Twitch Facebook page. Just hit the "TTF" button. Why the move to Facebook?... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  

Angola Never Looked Sexier Than In THE GREAT KILAPY Trailer!

Effectively blending history and politics with a darkly humorous crime thriller, Angolan director Zeze Gamboa's second feature looks to be suave, sexy and oozing with cool. Set in the mid-1970s, on the eve of Angola's independence from Portugual, O... More »
  

TIFF 2012 Review: REBELLE (War Witch) is Bloody and Compassionate

Let us start off by saying that Kim Nyugen's Rebelle, is easily the best Canadian war film ever produced.  I know, you say that there aren't many Canadian war films made outside of National Film Board documentaries and that big... More »
  

Review: THE AMBASSADOR, More Than a Great Documentary Stunt

(With Drafthouse Films releasing The Ambassador in New York today and in other selected U.S. cities on Friday, we revisit our review from HotDocs.) Either Mads Brügger has balls the size of grapefruits or there is mondo chicanery going on... More »
  

Fantasia 2012 Review: THE AMBASSADOR

Either Mads Brügger has balls the size of grapefruits or there is mondo chicanery going on in The Ambassador.  Well, it's a given that there is trickery happening, so the thing to figure out is who the trick is on: The Central... More »
  

Put A Little Trouble In Your Hat With The Stellar Trailer For Dance Doc THE AFRICAN CYPHER

South African director Bryan Little is about to show you the streets of Soweto like you've never seen them. As the home to some incredibly talented young men responding to a difficult environment through dance. Little's The African Cypher is... More »
By Todd Brown   
  

Super Slick Trailer For South African Psycho-Sexual Thriller SLEEPER'S WAKE

Adapted from an acclaimed novel, Barry Berk's Sleeper's Wake presents something international audiences are not at all used to seeing come out of Africa: A dark, slickly shot psycho sexual thriller that promises to stand with the best of them.John... More »
By Todd Brown   
  

MIFF 2012: The Dark Side of Cinema

The internet is buzzing right now with thoughts on the 61st Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF), one of the biggest and oldest film festivals in the world. Many thought provoking and hype-fused articles have surfaced with the official public availability of... More »
  

Sydney 2012: Day 3 Trailer of the Day - UNDER AFRICAN SKIES

My pick for today's Sydney Film Festival trailer of the day is Under African Skies, which focuses on Paul Simon's seminal album Graceland. About Under African Skies: Paul Simon returns to South Africa to reunite with the musicians, including Ladysmith Black... More »
By Hugo Ozman   
  

A Crook. A Cop. A Body Swap. They're COPPOSITES!

the body swap comedy. It's one of the most bizarrely resilient sub-genres in film history. They're all basically the same and yet they pop up over and over again around the world, presumably because they give their stars a chance... More »
By Todd Brown   
  

Blu-ray Review: Shaky Cam Mayhem in Joburg With SAFE HOUSE

The CIA thriller Safe House uses a lot of sleight-of-hand in the attempt to create the illusion that there's more movie there than is actually, you know, there. Denzel Washington is along to lend the necessary gravitas to this story... More »
  

Review: THE DICTATOR Not Altogether Great, But Still Retains Power

Here we have a fish-out-water story which transports the protagonists from their far-away homeland, to New York City. The CG may not be the best, and it plays more than a bit blue. No, I'm not talking about THE SMURFS,... More »
By Jim Tudor   
  

HotDocs 2012: THE AMBASSADOR Review

Either Mads Brügger has balls the size of grapefruits or there is mondo chicanery going on in The Ambassador.  Well, it's a given that there is trickery happening, so the thing to figure out is who the trick is on: The... More »
  

African Men Shoot Their Machine Guns From Trucks And Think Smiling is Stupid

Though I had absolutely nothing to do with making this, consider it a sort of impromptu follow up to my previous editorial about Think Like A Man and Hollywood's bias against casting minorities in significant parts. Check the video below... More »
By Todd Brown   
  
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