Steve McQueen tackles the true story of a kidnapped and enslaved freeman in 12 Years a Slave
Although there has been a cornucopia of talented black actors in film since the early days of Paul Robeson, black directors are something of a rarity. Black art-house directors even more so. Even many of the cult classic Blaxploitation films of the seventies were directed by white directors like Jack Hill. This is not to [...]
Denis Villeneuve’s Prisoners is a taut, atmospheric thriller that will leave you captive
In a few weeks I will be wrapping up a trilogy of film reviews of South-Korea-invades-Hollywood. Interestingly, I could easily begin a new series entitled Quebec-invades-Hollywood with Villeneuve’s Prisoners, Jean-Marc Vallée’s The Dallas Buyers Club, and Ken Scott’s Delivery Man. However, fans of Quebec cinema shouldn’t be at all surprised by this turn of events. With the critical and commercial success of films like Villeneuve’s Incendies, Vallée’s Cafe de Flore, and Scott’s Starbuck, it was only a matter of time before Hollywood sniffed blood.