Ali (2001) is directed Micheal Mann and stars Will Smith, Jon Voight, Jaime Foxx, Mario Van Peebles and Nona Gaye. It is a Biopic account of the life of legendary boxer Muhammed Ali between the period of 1964-1975. Here’s another one that shot for greatness and unfortunately didn’t quite hit the mark. The last film […]Read More Ali: Banter, Bans and Bouts
*Warning: this film is very explicit, viewer discretion is advised* Straight outta Compton (2015) is directed by F.Gary Gray and stars O’Shea Jackson Jr, Corey Hawkins, Jason Mitchell, R.Marcos Taylor and Paul Giamatti. The film is based on the true life story of the legendary and controversial hip-hop group NWA and the rise and fall […]Read More Straight Outta Compton: Contracts, Cussing and Controversy
The Message (1976) is directed by Moustapha Akkad and stars Anthony Quinn,Irene Papas,Johnny Sekka,Micheal Ansara and chronicles the life of the Islamic Prophet Muhammed from the early days of Islam until his death in the year 632 CE. Religious epics. Probably the only genre that a film can be hailed as a cinematic masterpiece, horrible […]Read More The Message: Sacred Faces, Holy Spaces and Desert Places.
Too big to fail (2011) is directed by Curtis Jackson (no, not 50 Cent) and is based on the book of the same name written by Andrew Ross Sorkin about the financial crisis of 2008. It stars William Hurt, Topher Grace, James Wood,Paul Giamatti, Cynthia Nixon and others. This movie is short. In fact, it […]Read More Too Big to Fail: Bankruptcy, Bailouts and the Brothers Lehman.
Malcolm X (1992) is Directed by Spike Lee (Inside Man) and is based on the Autobiography of the same name. It stars Spike Lee himself, Denzel Washington as the Titular Character, Angela Bassett, Delroy Lindo, Al Freeman Jr, Albert Hall and Kate Vernon. It chronicles the life of the controversial civil rights leader from his […]Read More Malcolm X: Civil Rights, Harlem Nights and Mecca Sites.
Kingdom of Heaven (2005) is directed by the legendary Ridley Scott and boasts a stellar cast including Eva Green, Orlando Bloom, Edward Norton, Brendan Gleeson and Ghassan Massoud. The film also has brilliant appearances by Jeremy Irons and Liam Neeson, and a fun pre-fame extra role played by none other than Nikolaj Coster-Waldau. The film […]Read More Kingdom of Heaven: Swords,Sand and Saladin.
Cleopatra (1963) is a somewhat fictionalised narrative about the legendary Egyptian Queen, her relationships with Julius Caesar and Mark Antony and the eventual fall of Egypt to Octavian. The movie was directed by Joseph L. Mankiewkz stars Rex Harrison as Julius Caesar, Richard Burton as Mark Antony and Rowdy McDowell as Octavian. The titular role […]Read More Cleopatra. Pomp,circumstance and myth.
Argo directed and starring Ben Affleck is the true story revolving around the 1979-1981 Iranian hostage crisis. The film centres around the Canadian/CIA mission to free six Americans seeking asylum in the Canadian ambassador’s house under the guise of making a fake movie of the same name. Such stories simply write themselves, and the obvious […]Read More Argo: Farsi, Filming and Fooling.