Johnny

Johnny Mad Dog (2008)

Johnny Mad Dog first published by Film4 Summary: Children lose their innocence in an unnamed, wartorn African state.   Review: With his first feature-length film, the documentary Carlitos Medellin (2004), Jean-Stéphane Sauvaire showed the devastation inflicted on the lives of young people by endless factionalisation and conflict in Colombia. While his second feature, Johnny Mad Dog, is…

Monos

Monos (2019)

Monos first pupblished by VODzilla.co The first word uttered in Monos is the name Rambo. Yet while the film is set in a milieu of guerrilla warfare where former Green Beret John Rambo (of the First Blood franchise) would be right at home, his namesake (Sofia Buenaventura) is a quiet child (who turns 15 during…

Beasts of No Nation

Beasts of No Nation (2015)

Beasts of No Nation first published by Sight & Sound, December 2015 Review: [contains spoilers] We hear children chanting a childish song, and see them playing in a dusty field, their game framed through a screenless television set. “It is starting like this,” says the voice-over of young Agu (extraordinary newcomer Abraham Attah), who, with the…