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Izu Ojukwu’s ‘76’ Is One Of The Must-See Movies Of The Year

Six years after the Nigerian Civil war, ‘76’ follows the story of Captain Dewa (Ramsey Nouah) a soldier whose honour is tested when his co-officers plan to execute a coup and in the process, try to involve him against his will. The movie tries to shed light on the heroism of Soldiers’ wives and how the decisions their husbands make directly or indirectly have great impacts on their lives in general. Suzy (Rita Dominic) is Dewa’s heavily pregnant wife faced with a dilemma of fighting to save her husband or leaving him to face the repercussion of his actions.

‘76’ is a project well done after spending about six years in making and been shot on the 16mm in order to reflect perfectly the period the story took place. The Direction by Ojukwu was nothing short of superb as it oozed out from every scene and sequence. The movie was shot in Mokola barracks, Ibadan and a great attention to detail was ensured so we didn’t have to see recent billboards or anything to insinuate the actual year it was shot as is common in way too many Nollywood period pieces.

The Cinematography by Yinka Edward was exceptional and the Afrocentric scores were well fit for every scene though some scenes had dialogue blurred out because the background score was higher. The acting performances were remarkable from Ramsey to Dominic to the faces we have never seen on screen before especially Eunice (Memry Savanhu); the dirty dancing neighbour of the Dewa’s and Aunty Mary (Ada Ofoegu) who made us believe their every action and nuance without a think through.

While Emmanuel Okomanyi’s screenplay had the originality of an adaptation; the first act of the movie seemed to be a particular cause for concern as it crawled and nothing seemed to happen. This could be attributed to Emeka Ojukwu’s editing that felt like several unsynchronizing montages playing out. This flaw was however corrected in the later parts of the first act and the movie in general. The scene where Dewa escapes from his co-officers during a festival was a tad too confusing and didn’t quite add up; but aside that ‘76’ had way too many glorious moments for the minor flaws to hold sway. If this prediction is anything to go by then ‘76’ will definitely be a major contender at every award it will be submitted for in 2017 – covering all notable categories I daresay. The movie has already garnered critical acclaim from the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), British Film Festival (BFI) and the just concluded Africa International Film Festival (AFRIFF).    

 

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Claire Danes And Mandy Patinkin Take Us Through Season 6 In New Homeland Trailer

Don’t let the poster fool you, Carrie is just as unstable as we know her to be. With new episodes starting Sunday January 15 at 9pm ET/PT, it sure is going to be a great start to the year. From our earlier stories, we’ve kept you up to date with everything Homeland, however, recent stories have surfaced and we’ve come to know that the entire season will take place between Election Day and the inauguration.

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With Trump winning the presidential elections, the showrunners might have made changes to the script we thought will materialize a few weeks ago. Along with the poster, the cable network has released a four-minute clip which shows behind the scenes featurette of the new season and what we expect along with narrative and insight provided by Claire Daines and Mandy Patinkon (One of our three favorite people).

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Westworld Is Gearing Up To Be A Worthy Successor To HBO’s Game Of Thrones

Earlier this year, it became clear HBO are winding down the clock on the Game of Thrones. Ever since that announcement was made, lovers of the fantasy drama created by David Benioff and D. B. Weiss have waited for something special to make an appearance on their Tv screens. For most of us, that wait ended on the 2nd of October when the same network brought to life Westworld: A show based on the 1973 film of the same name, which was written and directed by American novelist Michael Crichton. Westworld is created by Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy, and produced by J. J. Abrams, Jerry Weintraub and Bryan Burk. With Academy award winner Anthony Hopkins leading the cast, it’s no wonder why the show has already been renewed for a second season. But that isn’t where that ends, according to entertainment weekly, the showrunners have as much as 5 years’ worth of materials to keep the show running.

"It wasn’t about getting the first 10 [episodes] done, it was about mapping out what the next 5 or 6 years are going to be, we wanted everything in line so that when the very last episode airs and we have our show finale, five or seven years down the line, we knew how it was going to end the first season." Said James Marsden while explaining why the network halted production for a few weeks.

LIFELIKE ROBOTS DESIGNED TO FEEL AND FUCTION PLAYING PARTS IN LITTLE NARRATIVES

Westworld is a technologically advance western-themed park where visitors pay $40,000 a day to enjoy all the park has to offer; Adventure, sex, mystery, you name it. The park plays home to humanoid robots synthetically generated to look, act, and function as all humans do. They all play different roles in the park as some believe themselves to be actual gunslingers, prostitutes, and outlaws… That is, until the newer builds (Operating systems or layers of codes the humanoid robots are built to run on) are installed on the hosts and the repercussions severe. The robots are built to function and in the case of any programming error or in-park accident, they are wiped clean inside and out leaving no memory of previous lives or builds.

The park is run by Robert Ford (Anthony Hopkins) and owned by a mysterious company which goes by Delos destination. Robert Ford, the co-creator of the park is more interested in the hosts and how he can get them closer to humanity if possible whereas, Delos’ main concern is the intellectual property being destroyed by the ever-tinkering mind of Ford who plays God in this pulsating show. During the course of this show, the most recurrent questions you will have to answer will be “Just how many hosts are on this show and are they limited to in-park activities? i.e. Are there hosts outside of the park?”

 

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The latest instalment of the show gave us an insight to how deep that question goes as one of the most human entities on the show was revealed to actually be a host designed to kill at command – giving rise to another question, has Ford created the ultimate build all along? How many times are we expecting this? After all, we also thought Teddy Flood was a guest. With the central idea the show is built upon, this could go on and on.

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But if Bernard is a host, we need this explained...

Or is Ford even more evil than we think?

There was a murder on the last episode… So how to get away with murder will be to create a double for the dead… The dead being Theresa whom Ford earlier confronted but refused to back off. If we’re getting a new Theresa, that will confirm Ford’s comment saying the board has at several times sent people to reprimand him but every time he manages to evade being fired perhaps courtesy of a board member or employee who has been swapped out for a body double.

Bernard having found out he is a host will be a real talking point for the next few episodes. He will be left to confront his morality, existence and loyalty while sourcing information to feed back to his maker. With the show nearing its finale, there have been quite a number of fan theories to suggest the show should have a befitting end.

 

Let’s also not forget that Maeve is up to something.

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‘Lucifer’ Steals Nine Extra Episodes On Its Way To Yet Another Season Renewal

The Devil has taken one step further in spreading his gospel by picking up a season renewal off Fox.

Variety reports the show played by the charming Tom Ellis which is just 6 episodes into its second season has been given a nod for a third instalment as well as nine extra episodes of runway.

Lucifer which stars Tom Ellis as the witty, self-indulging and charming prince of darkness who got bored of following his dad’s rules and decided to come to LA where he works hours solving murder cases has been welcome quite alright since its commencement earlier this year.

The Tv show isn’t too big on ratings and we are well aware of that but its sophomore season has proven to be just enough for showrunners Joe Henderson, Ildy Modrovich and director Len Wiseman to press for an early renewal which the network eventually gave in to.

Lucifer continues to deliver, with great blasts of dark humor and ambitious storytelling. The show has turned out to be a true wicked pleasure, the perfect companion to Gotham, and we couldn’t be more pleased to order these nine additional episodes.” said Fox entertainment president David Madden after the renewal.

While the far future might not look too promising, Jerry Bruckheimer and Jonathan Littman have good reason to be excited even as much as the rest of us, especially after the kind of episode we saw on Monday.


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“Homeland” Season 6 Trailer, Air Date, News and Updates

We promised to keep you in the loop and we’re keeping our promise. The sixth season of the political thriller, Homeland returns January 15, 2017 and according to Inquisitr, might be the best season yet. It’s hard to top the previous season but the Showtime series is coming back in full gear.

Moving away from Germany and what transpired, the new season is set in New York with Carrie moving to Brooklyn following the events in Berlin. Thankfully, Peter manages to survive and moves to New York to fully recover from the physical and psychological damages he suffered in Berlin… Albeit in a sense, a fresh start. The new Peter is a completely different man from the one we know.

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Carrie and Saul will continue to have a complicated relationship as Carrie will continue to work outside the CIA (She works for an organization that helps support Muslims who are being discriminated against) while Saul continues to play a more involved role in the CIA.

“There has been a split that they’ve been working on repairing over the course of the last couple of seasons to varying degrees of success. Saul has committed himself even more fully to the agency, and Carrie rejects some fundamental principles of it. That’s very difficult to reconcile, but they are so profoundly bonded. That’s something they’ll never be able to rid themselves of, but she’s matured to a very different place than he has.” Claire Daines on her relationship with Saul.

The sixth season will feature a presidential election with a female president played by Elizabeth Marvel. According to IndieWire, Alex Gansa revealed that the fictional president will not be modeled after any specific elected or running presidential nominee.

Similar to Berlin, Carrie will work with Saul as a rogue agent to help investigate terrorist activities.

“Peter Quinn will be in therapy during Homeland Season 6. One of the reasons Carrie choose to relocate to New York was to be with Quinn. Therefore, their relationship may develop and we are likely to see a lot more of the on/off couple. Quinn will be out of action, but he will also show the audience what happens to causalities of war both physically and psychologically. While Quinn and Carrie bond over their troubled past, it is also a source of conflict between the two government agents.” Inquisitr

Since we are back in the United States, the showrunners also revealed we are likely to run into old faces and characters from earlier seasons.


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Curtis Graham’s ‘Oloibiri’ Tolerably Captures The Plight Of Niger-Deltans

After ‘Black November’ a good number of the Nigerian audience should have inferred that we have seen the last of movies trying to push or send a message for the Niger Delta about the bad effects of crude oil discovery in their lands but writer, Samantha Iwowo had something coming.

‘Oloibiri’ tells the story of Boma (Richard M. Damijo), a first-class Geology graduate who feels angered and agonized for the damage that the foreign oil exploration companies are causing in their lands with impunity (He quits his big shot oil company job). Following a new exploration company (Fore Shore) coming to mine more oil from the land and the government paying no attention to their cries and sufferings, Boma decides to start a movement by becoming a militant. ‘Oloibiri’ is based on true events and captures the abandonment of the historical town of Oloibiri (the first town where oil was discovered in Nigeria in 1956). It captures what the lives of the people were (mostly happy and rustic) before and after the discovery of the ‘black gold’ in their land.

A DECENT MOVIE THAT ASKED A LOT OF QUESTIONS BUT FAILED TO PROVIDE ANY ANSWERS

The beauty of ‘Oloibiri’ emanates from the tour de force performances by the lead Nigerian cast. Olu Jacobs leads the pack as Elder Timipre, RMD and Ivie Okujaye following suit.

The acting from the European cast aside Mr. Powell (William R. Moses) was well below average. Iwowo’s screenplay was well researched and contained witty dialogue, but the story in itself felt like a rehash: one that could have been less hurriedly written (not sure if the editing led to this). ‘Oloibiri’ aimed to ask questions like; whose fault exactly is the problem the Niger-delta region is facing; is it the likes of Elder Timipre (Olu Jacobs) who fled the land abroad to avoid certain circumstances or out of grief? Or the village Elders who connive with these companies to reap where they do not sow? Or the companies who explore without considering the harmful effects on the lives of the people? These questions were asked but the answers were left to our imaginations. Characters were not properly developed mostly. The first thirty minutes dragged and the end was abrupt though conclusive.

The makeup was another cause for concern as the obviously painstakingly choreographed gunshot scenes were not given proper make up attention: not that it was poor but just not good enough. The escape at the closing scene was the most unconvincing part of the movie.

‘Oloibiri’ attempts to send a message we know, but in movies that have historic backgrounds like this one, great consideration is also given to the story and how it plays out, especially when the story is known too well. The evidently big budget and spot on locations and set was not enough to save this movie from Nollywood’s current plagues.


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Seyi Babatope’s ‘When Love Happens Again’ Entertains But Suffers From The ‘Idiot Plot’ Syndrome

Not every day we see sequels since Nollywood gained shape and started churning out better movies. Babatope’s new movie is a sequel to 2014 ROMCOM ‘When love Happens’ and follows the supposed ‘happily ever after’ relationship of Mo (Weruchia Opia) and her boyfriend Tobe (Udoka Onyeka). Mo starts her own event planning management and gets a meaty contract from a ‘Billionaire Playboy’ client Lade Adenuga (Folajimi Akinsola) that requires she travels over to Washington D.C to give an African touch to their big merger event. Surprisingly or rather expectedly, Tseju (Oreka Godis) tags along and follows her friend for this trip leaving Tobe behind in Lagos.

Babatope clearly had good intentions with his story and was rather driven with the success and persuasions from fans of the first instalment to do a second instalment (usually it is better to give fans an entirely different flick than doing a sequel). As usual, the script was written by a trio of writers Babatope Inclusive and had very well written dialogue and witty lines but that was that in the movie ─ witty lines. If the movie was shot in the early 2000’s or 90’s it may not have fallen into the category of ‘idiot plot’ movies but this is 2016 and in as much as a sequel was not an entirely bad idea; how about giving it more thought and develop the characters better?

‘Idiot plots’ are common in horror movies where one or all the characters are deliberately created to be stupid in order not to avoid the conflict or evil that they meet so they are stuck in the situation till the end, then the survivor gets an epiphany and then becomes the hero.

SOLID 2/5 IF I'M GOING TO BE HONEST

‘When love happens again’ as a romantic comedy suffers this syndrome a lot; while it was not supposed to be slapstick. On Mo’s trip to D.C they are suspicions everywhere (from blogs mostly) that she and Lade are having a relationship, Tobe’s best friend Eyinna (Eyinna Nwigwe) incites this and keeps reminding his friend that ‘his babe has followed another man and he is here looking’ and this to him and oddly or of course? A series of ‘she is not answering my calls’, and other quite awkward scenarios make him take a three-day leave from work to travel over to D.C to refute the cheating rumours or surprise her? (We can’t point). Then Eyinna who is jobless also tags along and follows his friend; getting a free ticket from his cousin and they travel (Tobe empties his account to make this 3-day trip for love). The absurdities did not end there ─ it is unfortunately impossible to give a deep sigh in writing.

The acting was particularly impressive: Opia with her usual gusto reprised the role remarkably; Oreka and Marie Humbert’s characters were also impressively played. However, Udoka as the new Tobe was rather wooden. Time and again, Udoka proves he is better behind the camera than at the front: he’s short films can prove that. He easily comes out as tense in his performances as we’ve seen in ‘Wives on Strike’ and this one, He and Gideon Okeke are equally not great actors but for this character ─ Gideon owned it. The story would have done fine without Emeka’s character (Funny Bone Chibuna): he’s scenes were obviously to add humour which Eyinna had already done so naturally that an Emeka character being maybe an unfunny person would have been fine. No background story was given on what he was into and why he was doing the whole ‘Alhaji’ thing or why ‘phones and laptops, in parts were around in his house’ (Yahoo boy? definitely not). Emeka’s scene with online comedian (Chief Obi) was more of a distraction than humour.

The subplot where Jennifer’s (Dianna Yekini) character formerly played by Beverly Naya is reintroduced leaving Yekini to play three scenes was unnecessary as it did not move or add to the plot. The choice of locations was apt and daring (especially on the sidewalks of D.C) with lots of people and noise: this though affected the sound mix a couple of times.

Babatope is a seasoned filmmaker who audiences love but a sequel to a very good movie was not one of his best choices: filmmaking is all about making mistakes and fixing them so this movie should not be a major cause of worry because the first instalment and ‘Lunch Time Heroes’ have already cemented his name properly so audiences will definitely jump on his next project forgiving and forgetting he ever fell for the ‘sequel trap.’

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Ay Makun Sets Another Standard For Nollywood With ‘A Trip To Jamaica’

The first review of a movie can usually give box office rakings a good or bad effect – this does not seem to be the case of AY’s latest comedy flick. The first review released for the movie was nothing to write home about. It was a scathing review that could easily make anyone strike off the movie from their itinerary. The trailer was nothing close to exciting or stimulating and the movie’s first instalment ‘30 Days in Atlanta’ was not in any way mind-blowing. A ‘trial will convince you’ is simply what will attract many naysayers to see this one; fortunately so many Nigerians seem to fall under this category.

‘A trip to Jamaica’ chronicles more adventures of Akpors. The movie tells the story of Akpors customarily played by (AY Makun) and his fiancée Bola (Funke Akindele) who travel across the Atlantic to visit a cousin Abigail (Nse Ekpe Etim) and her extremely wealthy husband (Dan Davies); what ensues after is far from what the comedic duo bargained for. The movie did not try to do too much. Akpors was his usual self, maybe funnier than the Akpors in the first instalment. Funke Akindele did give the movie major spice as most Jenifa’s Diary fans will troop in to see this movie because of her but may be letdown being that she isn’t  the ‘Jenifa’ from the series rather a little toned down version, who speaks better English. AY and Akindele make a fine pair for good humour.  The fact that the ‘Jenifa’ character was not reprised was a breath of fresh air: as it would have played down what the character has become and make the movie a bit too lowbrow. However, it is likely that some of the series fans would have rather seen a ‘Jenifa’ than a ‘Bola’. Nse carried her character well enough; from the scene at the airport, it was easy to tell something was wrong─ a nuanced portrayal that was engaging enough to send a message.

Sound was a major problem as most of the scenes played out with discordant soundtracks. The Director Robert Peters clearly put some effort into his craft as most of the scenes were glitzy and beautifully shot. ‘A trip to Jamaica’ has a totally different plot from its predecessor, it happened to have more intriguing and less clichéd subplots. It is not the kind of movie that will leave anyone in stitches from start to finish, as the really funny scenes were countable: five or so. This seems to be a major issue for most of the viewers but what movies guarantee hundred percent laughs? Even stand up comedy shows don’t. Aside the comedy, there was a human side to the story of fear, betrayal and romance that was well played out and the end was not evidently predictable, that is good kudos for comedy if you ask me.

Whether we like it or not, AY’s latest movie will be a box office hit as reports have claimed the movie has already raked in over 80 million naira in its first ten days of release, making it the highest grossing Nigerian movie yet for this year. The mere fact that the movie hasn’t been released in Ghana and Jamaica already proves it will break a bigger record than its first instalment as the movie features Ghanaian and Jamaican heartthrobs Chris Attoh and Paul Campbell.

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Africa Needs To Stop Ruining Good Hollywood Movies

There is no doubt Africa’s movie scene has seen some great improvements over the last decade... At least that is what recent popular movies will suggest. I’m here to tell you not to believe the hype... or do, but not too much. In the midst of all the said improvements we are making in our movie sector, there are some movie makers who have really taken it upon themselves to bring down the glory of the continent by releasing unspeakable evil in form of movies. Whoever said the Godfather needed a reboot?

All of the African movies that end up doing really well on charts are movies of original concepts and although resources are limited here, we make do with what we have and more often than not, we produce good movies. But when a movie producer from Uganda thinks he has the right to continue the Terminator series by taking Skynet on a cross continent jump, you can only assume the end result will be far from pleasing.

I can’t say how bad, I’ll let you be the judge of that.

 

Godfather

How do you take an award winning movie adaptation of an award winning book then turn it into this? I’m so glad this isn’t a Nollywood movie.

Spider Girl

I don’t know who said it was a good idea for us to have our own Spider Girl, but whoever did this, i’m not forgiving him.

Jugunnu

This is the Yoruba kingdom’s take on the Kung-fu movie Drunken Master... Not a Hollywood movie but a classic nonetheless. Just watch it for yourself.

Terminator

Forget skynet and realistic cyborgs, this is the real deal.

Typical Ugandan Action Movie

At this point, you really cannot blame us for trying with our little resources. Come to think of it, an exhaust pipe and a frying pan makes a good machine gun.

B14

This is the last in our dear collection... You’ll see why.

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BOVI’s Feature Length Debut Film ‘It’s Her Day’: Arguably The Best Romantic Comedy Of 2016 So Far

It’s her day is one of those movies that one may not take too seriously or place in a movie itinerary even though the trailer gave signs of an original concept and a few laughs. It’s the type of movie you get compelled to see after a number of good reviews or when you get to the cinema without checking movie show times and you are left with no choice; give this comedian a fair chance with your money and then you enter the theatre reluctantly and get blown away by what you least expect: a fresh ROMCOM idea and a brilliant screenplay written by Bovi himself which boasts of a surprisingly good cast and one thing good cinema must have ─ unexpected plot twists and suspense.

The story revolves around Victor (Bovi Ugboma) and the entire wealthy Hernandez family including the family’s butler (Femi Durojaiye), Omonigho (Gregory Ojefua) Bovi’s best man to be and a surprisingly impressive Aunty Fowe (Najite Dede). ─ The house’ viewers will understand what ‘surprising’ stands for; the over-priced  wedding fixer (Adunni Ade) coming each day with a fresh bill and list for the wedding; an unforgiving Ex (Omoni Oboli) and a host of other particularly good extras.

Bovi’s love interest out of the four daughters of the Hernandez is Nichole (Ini Dima-Okojie) a pompous returnee who agrees to marry Bovi (they both studied at the same school in the U.K).  She wants a fairy tale wedding, He promises the family and his friend that he can ‘chest’ the bills like a man and then the bills start rolling. The movie is the first to capture all the behind the scene tricks of weddings on social media pages and blogs these days. The acting is very commendable specially the lead actor Bovi who studied theatre arts but has never really shown his acting skills this much aside from stand up comedy. The overegged acting from a couple of the rookies didn’t in any way mar the savour of this comedy. With Mildred Okwo behind the casting direction there was little wonder why the movie was so adroitly cast.

One hour forty minutes did not seem enough for the little premise that was the story -- the pace never draggy. It was hard to believe Bovi wrote this screenplay, because the lines came with so much artistry resembling a Tunde Babalola piece of work. The story threw jabs when needed for example in the scene where a Nigerian designer who is described as making menswear that are more expensive than Armani is called out; the audience echo the name MAI ATAFO without hesitation and when Bovi’s character says he hates Bovi as a comedian that was Bovi playing the humble card. The scenes with Omoni and Bovi seemed to have been reserved for the best lines; for example when Bovi reminds her that he is ‘child-like not childish’ and the date scene when she sermonises him for what he has become and tells him ‘I ordered those words for you’ instead of food?

The Director Aniedi Anwah has vision and an eye for what he wanted from his characters, which they usually delivered. Nothing about the humour in ‘It’s her day’ felt lowbrow or cliché. The way the action sequences played out will definitely keep you guessing till the very end: when the movie plays a prank on our imagination twice before the closing credits roll.  Since Omoni’s Okafar’s Law; Kemi Adetiba’s The wedding party and Ay’s A trip to Jamaica are yet to be released, it is fair to infer that ‘it’s her day’ is the best comedy of the year yet.

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Steve Gukas’ “93 DAYS” Pays An Unforgettable Tribute To The Heroes Of The Ebola Virus In Nigeria

Every Nigerian can remember vividly the tension that arose in the country when the Ebola Disease found its way to our doorsteps with the caution it added upon many, the source of amusement it caused to a fair number, and the pain and loss it caused a few−the intense pain which most Nigerians did not know. Some even went as far as debating the fact that the disease actually made it to our borders: arguing that it was only a political gambit to help promote the campaign for second term of the then government.

The Director Steve Gukas (A Place in the Stars, Keeping Faith) was among the many who understood this pain and the urgency which birthed the idea to tell the story he told. Then he engaged Paul .S. Rowlston to carry out a proper research into the lives of both the living and fallen heroes of the virus and write a sophisticated screenplay to resonate the events that happened. The opening scene shows an aerial shot of Lagos; the complexities and congestion of this city. The artistic voice over of Somkhele Idlahama (Dr Ada Igonoh) playing like music in the background as she is taken to the Quarantine center. ‘Moments that can change your life forever’ closing the scene and ushering the audience into this emotionally gripping tale.

When Patrick Sawyer (Keppy Ekpeyong) a Liberian-American collapses at Muritala Muhammed International Airport, he is quickly rushed to the First Consultant Medical Centre Obalende. He is down with fever-like symptoms and in denial of contact with any Ebola Victim in his home country. Keppy reignited the distaste we had for Mr. Sawyer with good expressions and niceties−but inconsistency in a flawed accent bludgeoned the actor’s skill. Against his denial of contact with any living or dead Ebola victim, the team at First Consultants ably led by the impeccable Bimbo Akintola (Dr. Ameyo Adadevoh) who’s every gesture, expression and demeanor embodied this woman many Nigerians never knew−aside a picture or two from the internet. The story delves not only into her devoted life at work but the caring and mild-spoken mother and wife that she was at home. The vigilance of the First Consultants team, leads to an early detection that Mr. Sawyer indeed had the Ebola Virus Disease. Now it is a race against time to contain the disease from breaking out into a megacity with a population of over 21 million persons.

The movie starts off with a swift pace; drawing the audience in from the scene a troubled Mr. Sawyer is rushed into a car for the hospital. The minor introductions into the lives of the main cast did not distract the audience as it helped us start to sympathize with the characters; knowing   the story and how the true events turned out, it was still impossible to lose focus from the big screen. The movie took a parabolic path from Act I, taking the audience through the journey with so many characters and overwhelming performances, from the second Act we are drawn into the full crisis. Seeing the entire human story behind this story we thought we truly knew. From Zara Udofia (Nurse Justina’s) fear and worry for her unborn child; to Francis Onwuchei (Dr. Abaniwo) steadfastly praying with his wife and reading his bible in another scene; to Gideon Okeke (Dr. Morris) going from the excited doctor relaxing with his brother to the troubled man begging his little nephew not to come close, though his performance was affected by the lack of consistency in his Igbo accent, the character still resonated. These scenes put the audience in a lachrymose mood just like the characters; no tears yet, just heavy eyes.

Then the projectile finally completed the parabolic course by Act III. The surprisingly humorous scene were a profusely bleeding Nurse Justina is brought to the hospital and the Driver (Kayode Olaiya) makes us forget the sorrows of the characters with the way he reacts to the fact that his passenger had the disease.  After this scene, the third act fully delves the audience into the characters’ depression and dismay.

Danny Glover’s (Dr. Benjamin Ohiaeri) emblematic presence gave the movie its touch but his utterances usually felt labored and inaudible. Franca Brown (Dr. Igonoh’s mother) graced us with her presence in 3 scenes after such a long time been off screen with  a performance devoid of  words but only expressions, that will give the similarly short Oscar winning screen times of Judy Dench and Beatrice Straight a run for their money. In that Bimbo Akintola reminded us of her artistry, Somkhele Idhalama shined so bright with her performance that she deserves every best Supporting Actress nod and award for 2017. The third act was where the tears were allowed to roll−were all the tension and sorrow was allowed to flow. When eventually Dr Igonoh wailed in her death bed, the audience followed suit. The tension well developed and carried by the screenplay till the projectile completed its parabolic path. With the victory of the first survivor igniting the audience once more and the eulogy of the fallen heroes at the closing scene; taking the audience back and forth the joys and pains caused by this deadly virus leading seamlessly to a riveting and very conclusive finish.

A TRULY FANTASTIC MOVIE WHICH SHOWS NIGERIA'S STRUGGLE WITH THE DEADLY VIRUS AND THE FEAR IT BROUGHT ALONG

‘93 days’ explores a true story in the true Nigerianness of the story; depicting Nigerians as a people that can stand strong in times of crisis. Contrary to certain quarters, 93 days is not the ‘moralistic simplistic’ saga of Nigerians trying to portray themselves as saints and Liberia as the devil instead, it tells a factual tale that for once depicts the sentimental religiosity of Nigerians in a positive light; from Dr. Abaniwo and his wife praying like no tomorrow, to Dr. Igonoh placing her phone as it plays a gospel song to the dying nurse in her ward: all a breath of fresh air from what is lavishly obtainable these days from modern Nigerian literature.

This masterpiece has with no doubt created a spot for Steve Gukas’ name in the classical history books of Nigerian filmmaking−when eventually we have one.

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Interesting Facts About Some Of Your Favourite Shows

From the sharp dressers in Suits to the far less self conscious men in Silicon Valley, we decided to give a critical look into some of your favourite TV shows to reveal things you probably never knew about them.

 

Game Of Thrones Loves Cameos

Everybody watches Game of Thrones. All through the six seasons so far, the show has drawn millions of viewers who manage to miss every hidden cameo appearance by their favourite artists.

Asides Icelandic bands Sigur Ros, and Of monsters and men appearing on the show, Will champion of Coldplay played a part entertaining the guests at the famous red wedding. The show also has seen show runners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss appear. David Benioff’s parents also took some time off to act in the show.

 

 

Silicon Valley’s Peter Gregory

We all know Peter Gregory, the billionaire angel investor who saved Pied Piper from the fund crisis. Well, as we all know, Peter was played by Christopher Evan Welch who didn’t make it to the second season because he died. What we do not know is that Christopher Welch had been battling lung cancer since 2010. Just a day after receiving information that he landed the Peter Gregory role, he got news from his doctor that the lung cancer had spread to his brain and would eventually kill him.

If you knew about the show back then, this shouldn’t be news to you but if you’re late to the party, you probably aren’t aware of this.

Welch went on to shoot five episodes before he died in December 2013. Unsurprisingly, his character, Peter Gregory also died and left HBO to figure out how the show would proceed... As it later turned out, they did a good job with that.

 

 

The Walking Dead Has Some Interesting Stats

In a post Zombie apocalypse world, the word Zombie is never mentioned and up until I gave up on the show, no one ever called zombies zombies instead they call them walkers, lurkers, roamers, floaters.... you know, anything goes, just not zombies.

Actors who play zombies on this show have to go to zombie school to learn how to move and act like one. And after each show, the zombies have lunch/dinner together away from the actual people.

 

 

Modern Family Has Quite The Cast

The acting on Modern Family is probably one of the reasons why I fell in love with the show. The cast features some pretty interesting people playing pretty interesting roles. Take for example, Luke Dunphy. Luke is portrayed by Nolan Gould who surprisingly is a boy genius. Hard to believe yeah? Well, Gould has been a member of Mensa since he was 4 years old (Mensa is the largest and oldest high IQ society in the world). He has an IQ of 150 and graduated from high school when he was 13 years old.

Another thing you might not know is that Cam isn’t gay. Eric Stonestreet who plays the role of Cam is straight in real life. Julie Bowie (Claire Dunphy) who gives 100% energy in her acting wears a pacemaker. The actress has been wearing one since her 20s because of heart problems while Gloria (Sofia Vergara) was diagnosed with thyroid cancer in 2000 when she was 28 years old, but had a full recovery after treatment.

 

 

Homeland

Obama’s favourite Tv Show, Homeland has quite the opening credit... Some of the images used are actually photos of Claire Danes as a kid. The fictional character Carrie Mathison was actually supposed to be Claire and was supposed to be played by Halle Berry but after she turned the role down, the writers had to change the fictional name because Claire Danes got the role. She also told the Entertainment Weekly that she was the one who decided Carrie had Bipolar 1.

The show is based on an Israeli show called Hatufim which is Hebrew for Kidnapped or Adbducted.

 

 

Family Guy

Family Guy, a franchise worth over $2billion was the first animated program to earn an Emmy nomination for best outstanding comedy since the Flinstones. The show focuses on Peter Griffin and his family of 5 if we include his Dog and his baby Stewie for whom the writers pick when they want his sayings to be understood by other family members.

Quagmire who was modelled after Bob Hope is actually 68 years old according to his license which revealed he was born in 1948.

In every episode, someone yells What The Hell. This is part of a running joke by the writers and most of the time, Lois always ends up saying it to Peter.

Family Guy creator, Seth MacFarlane had a ticket for Flight 93, the plane that was heroically reclaimed from hijackers and crashed into a field in Pennsylvania on the famous 9/11. Seth MacFarlane was supposed to be on board that plane. His agent mistakenly told him the wrong boarding time and he got to the airport too late. Waiting for the next plane, he saw the news that the flight had been hijacked and crashed and turned to the guy next to him and said: Oh my god, that was the flight I was supposed to be on.

The show has gathered a lot of hate and has been cancelled multiple times. Along with that, it has been named worst TV show of the week at least 44 times by the Parents TV council.

 

 

Narcos

According to producer Eric Newman, Narcos was supposed to be a full-length feature movie but when they began talking about how in-depth they wanted to get into the backstories of the main characters, the team knew straight away there will be way too much content to pack into a 2 hour screentime.

Brazilian actor Wagner Moura had to learn Spanish to play the Escobar role so he took classes at a local university and read everything that had ever been printed about Pablo Escobar.

Escobar used $2,500 worth of rubber bands a month just to keep his money in bundles and although 10% of his hidden cash was eaten by rats, he lost billions in dollars but that never made a difference in his overall worth. He made so much money that he had to buy a private jet specifically to transport money. It is believed that while on the run, he had to set fire to $2 million just to keep his cold daughter warm... I think I’ve made my point on how rich he was.

 

 

Suits

Every single suit Harvey wears is designed by Tom Ford and he wears up to 10 looks in every episode. The women wear Dior, Victoria Beckham, Prada, Zac Posen and Burberry.

The show was originally called A Legal Mind and if you ever wonder why Harvey and Donna have such amazing chemistry, that’s because they have known each other for over 20 years and it was upon Harvey’s recommendation that Sarah Rafferty got to play Donna.

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Mr Robot Is Watching And So Should You

I was watching an episode of Mr Robot last night and I realised most people (Nigerians) don’t watch the show or don’t even know about it but I’m a good person and I don’t keep good things to myself, hence this post.

 Yeah, I know the title is cheesy but take my word for it that the title is the only cheesy thing about it. Fine, don’t take my word, it has a 98% rating on rotten tomatoes, still not sure? Last time I checked Wikipedia, it has been nominated for 31 awards, and has won multiple awards including ‘Golden Globe for Best Television Drama Series’. In 2016, it received 6 Emmy nominations, including one in the ‘Outstanding drama series’ category.

            Apart from the fact that Rami Malek puts in an outstanding performance as the lead role, it has a really great storyline. The direction on the show is also top notch. The show manages both expectations and suspense expertly, at no point in the show are you really scared of the mortality of the major actors a la Game of Thrones but at the same time you’re not so sure if they are 100% safe. A mere knock on the door in Mr Robot can have the same quality of suspense as that of a character having a gun to his head on another show.

Mr Robot is a drama-thriller television series, created by Sam Esmail. It follows Elliot Anderson a cyber-security engineer at Allsafe who suffers from Social anxiety disorder and clinical depression. He’s a cyber-security engineer by day and a hacker by night. He connects to people by hacking them. He was recruited to join a group of hacktivists called fSociety by a man named Mr Robot to take down the largest corporation in the world, E corp, which happens to be AllSafe most important client. (Wikipedia)

 

“What I’m about to tell you is top secret, a conspiracy bigger than all of us, there’s a powerful group of people out there that are secretly running the world, I’m talking about the guys no one knows about, the guys that are invincible, the top 1% of the top 1%, the guys that play God without permission and now I think they’re following me.” – Elliot

That was the opening line of the opening scene of the pilot and it has gotten amazing since then. I think one of the major selling point of the show is that you don’t know what you think you know. E.g

 

It also sorts of messes with your head and makes you question reality.

 

 

 

 

Sam Esmail does a really great job with this show, especially with the mysteries and how secrets are revealed. 

I’m going to stop now so I don’t post anymore spoilers. Mr Robot is watching and so should you. 

 

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10 Awesome Shows To Keep You Busy During The Long Sallah Break

One of our favourite holidays is around the corner. Everyone in Nigerian anticipates Sallah. Not just for the two day break we get off our daily routine. Sallah is a time to care and share, and thanks to the benevolence of our muslim brothers, even the Christians can look forward to this time of the year with glee.

Unfortunately because of the constant economical decline and price fluctuation of food stuff, I suspect this Sallah break may not be as extravagant as it used to be in years past.

If you’re alone in the world with no muslim friend to share some of the meaty goodness Sallah has to offer or you just simply don’t feel the need to go out, we have prepared you a TV show all-you-can-eat buffet comprising of some of the best things to see on TV.

 

BoJack Horseman

Bojack Horseman is a Netflix original that focuses on the life of a humanoid horse – BoJack who is famous for a TV show he did in the 90’s. Drowning in a puddle of self hate and emotional ruins, BoJack is forced to confront his past mistakes one after the other.

The shows starts off like the regular satirical cartoon but slowly turns into this very deep show about a horse whose childhood was a mess and his 15 minutes of fame filled with regrettable decisions and no regard for the next person.

 

Stranger Things

Another Netflix original, Stranger Things is a must watch for you.

Set in 1983 and filled with popular culture references, Stranger things enters the minds of four or would I say three geeky high school kids considering that one was abducted 15 minutes into the first episode by an alien from an alternate dimension opened by the scientists at Hawkins. This alien drags Will into a different dimension the kids call the “Upside Down” and they are left with trying to find a gate to the other dimension and save their friend who somehow still communicates with his mother Joyce.

 

Narcos

Yet again, Netflix.

Narcos follows the life of Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar and his ordeal with the Drug Enforcement Agency behind his tails. A definite watch if you love movies like American Gangster.

 

Silicon Valley

HBO’s Silicon Valley is a pretty lovely show about tech entrepreneurs trying to build a brand in the very dense Valley filled with hugely successful companies modelled after real life organizations. As nerdy as this might sound, it isn’t BBT nerdy and can be enjoyed by tech noobs too.

 

Lucifer

Lucifer on FOX, I’m sure you’ve seen that somewhere. Lucifer which was a DC Comic book for as long as I can remember has recently been turned into a show with the leading role played by the elegant and charming Tom Ellis.

Lucifer follows the life of Satan in L.A. living undercover with his sidekick Mazikeen and his brother trying to get him back to hell. The second season kicks off in a few days and oh God, how excited I am for this. You can watch the trailer here.

 

The Preacher

When Seth Rogen decides to direct anything, you can expect weirdness. The Preacher follows the life of a preacher and his search for God in a world inhabited by “holy, hellish, and everything-in-between characters”.

Jesse Custer fulfils his late father’s wish and decides to take over his church but this soon becomes difficult when his body becomes home to a dark and cryptic force.

 

Rick and Morty

Take away all the unnecessary Pop Culture iterations from your favourite cartoon show. In fact take away all of it and fill it with absolutely anything you think up, mash it up with an incredible plot and science-y things; that is Rick and Morty.

Rick and Morty is a show about genius outlaw Rick Sanchez *burp* who moves into his daughter’s *burp* *burp* home and decides to use their garage as his laboratory. Follow Rick and his grandson Morty as they go on insane, mind bending and time looping adventures. *burp*

 

Madoff (Miniseries)

Richard Dreyfuss plays the role of Bernie Madoff in an absolute rocker of a 4 episode show. The show shows the rise and fall of Bernie and captures everything about his personal life including his family’s battle with cancer.

Madoff's Ponzi scheme, which had global consequences, is considered the largest financial scam in the history of the U.S. as the former investment adviser stole 50 billion dollars during his time of operation. He is currently locked up and serving a 150 year jail time with no hope of release.

 

The Get Down

The Get Down is a music-driven drama that documents the emergence of a new art form. Set in the late 1970s, when New York was at the brink of bankruptcy and disco was dying out, the rise of hip-hop is told through the lives, art, music and dance of a group of young people in the South Bronx.

Behind the show is the multi-talented Baz Luhrmann and a team of collaborators -- Oscar-winner Catherine Martin, legendary MC Nas, Grandmaster Flash, Pulitzer-winning playwright Stephen Adly Guirgis, and hip-hop historian Nelson George.

 

Billions

U.S. Attorney Chuck Rhoades goes after hedge fund king, Bobby "Axe" Axelrod in a battle between two powerful New York figures. The show which is somewhat based on the activities of crusading federal prosecutor of financial crimes in the southern district of New York, is a high intensity drama between two men who try to use their intelligence, resources, power and influence to outsmart each other.

 

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Niyi Akinmolayan Shows Off Craft And Progression With ‘The Arbitration’

The Arbitration tells the story of Gbenga (O.C Ukeje) and his former employee Dara (Adesua Etomi) who had an affair, after the affair ended and Dara leaves the company, she sues Gbenga and accuses him of rape and then an arbitration panel is constituted to find out the truth. The movie boasts of a great cast consisting of O.C Ukeje , Adesua Etomi, Somkele Inyamah, Ireti Doyle, Sola Fosudo and Lota Chukwu E and Gregory Ojefua.

The movie opens with a series of montages and a ‘there are three sides to every story’ caption which will be better understood before the closing credits of the movie. The Arbitration is a legal drama of about 100 minutes that has so many artistic and aesthetic values and aside the story or the plot, the movie in all ramification proved that a group of wonderful actors and very good editing could enchant the audience to sit that long viewing long sessions of serious dialogue, plenty expressions and a little action.

The movie tries to address ‘what rape actually constitutes’ and also educate Nigerians on what an arbitration in contrast to a law court entails. Ireti Doyle (Funlayo Johnson) stole the show in this production with her expressions, diction and grace, Adesua Etomi (Dara) and O.C Ukeje (Gbenga) had a great chemistry as though it was made in heaven; very natural and believable all along. Somkhele Inyamah (Omawunmi Horsefall) who played the inexperienced lawyer also came out in flying colours been that this will count as her first major film to the larger audience, the acting in general was very well put together and believable.

Niyi Akinmolayan (Make a Move, Out of Luck) has actually shown how much of a great director he is with the progression in his movies’ craft potential over time, more like a director that attempts to learn new things and get better with every movie he works on. The soundtracks required an album of its own because it was actually one of the elements that made the movie tick, each well suited and giving life to every scene. The audience can easily tell that a lot of attention was given to the soundtracks and sound editing and anthill studios will surely get all that credit.

VISUALLY, THE ARBITRATION WAS BEAUTIFUL AND THE SOUNDTRACKS, EVEN BETTER

The story was fresh: not quite like anything explored before in Nollywood. ‘The arbitration’ format of judging cases is something many Nigerians are unaware of and ‘the arbitration’ did a good job on the story telling. The pace was fast enough and kicked off from the start. The fact that the screenplay deals a lot with the information technology industry especially and law makes it a tad bit difficult for the everyday viewer to digest but the flow of the story makes it totally impossible to fall asleep or take a bow from the theatre though greater attention was given to the IT aspects of the script compared to the legal side of things: many lawyers will agree.

The highest credit will definitely go to Victoria Akujobi, AMVCA winner for ‘Reflections’ who also did the video editing, this will get nods from Awards next year definitely because at the end of the day, the transitioning and the flow of the montages in the flash backs aside the good performances brought to the table was what did make the audience enjoy the entire movie.    

 

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Honest Trailers Is Celebrating Its Emmy Nomination By Making Fun Of Other Emmy Nominees

This March, the TV Academy decided to include a shortform category which is good news if you are a YouTuber. This category goes beyond YouTube producers to Adultswim artistes and other video making outlets available in today’s world. Among the nominees for an Emmy in the Short form category is the ScreenJunkies’ Honest Trailer series.

If you don’t already watch Honest Trailers then you haven’t been using YouTube like you should be. Honest Trailers takes everything disappointing in a movie and uses them to create an actual honest trailer of the movie complete with proper score, cinematic effects and actual movie narrations of the typical movie narrator guy. The channel has grown rapidly since its inception and has over 5.6 million subscribers. The ScreenJunkies brand has huge support from celebrities and just recently featured Ryan Reynolds in their Deadpool parody video.

 

So how does Honest Trailers celebrate their nomination? They create a trademark hilarious clip saying funny but true things about other Emmy nominees. This perhaps is the first time a nominee makes fun of other nominees if you discount animated comedy shows. Risky? Brilliant? Only time will tell.

NOBODY REALLY WATCHES THIS MANY SHOWS TBH, PERHAPS THEY HAVE A POINT.

"With more than 400 scripted shows on television, no voter on earth has time to watch them all, so instead of just voting for your friends this year...”

In the video above, Honest Trailers rips into all your favourite shows in typical ScreenJunkies manner and reveal details like the fact that Blackish is made by the creator of America's Next Top Model, or that two seasons into Better call Saul and everybody still calls him Jimmy isn't really working well with the title name.

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Another George R.R. Martin Show Is Around The Corner

The man who brought us the masterpiece that is Game of Thrones could have his works hanging around a lot longer than we expect. Having been announced that our beloved Game of Thrones would be coming to an end in 2018 with the coming seasons apparently shorter, a lot of fans have turned attention to other shows in preparation of the inevitable. However, news has gotten to us that George R.R. Martin is teaming up with Universal Cable Productions to bring us another fantasy world created by the genius.

The superhero show titled Wild Cards was created alongside Melinda M. Snodgrass in 1987 and according to verge is set in an alternate history which began following the outbreak of an alien virus that mutates its victims but survivors can be crippled or gain superhuman powers. The series spans over twenty anthologies, in which individual authors contribute short stories to a much larger narrative. Wild Cards was expected about 5 years ago when Syfy Films bought the screen rights for the movie adaptation but somehow, that didn’t materialize.

Martin mentioned he will not be involved in the show because of his exclusive deals with HBO however, his co-creator, Melinda will be one of the executive producers for the show.

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Why Everyone Is Talking About Stranger Things

I have to be completely honest, I usually don’t take television show recommendations from friends let alone twitter and the reason is simple; The Flash, Gotham and Empire, which was why I knew I was on to something when I took a particular interest in Stranger Things off a thread compiled by one of my followers. I saw the poster and immediately made a mental note to check it out. A couple of days went by without me implementing – much to the delight of my bad habit but just like in the show, something kept calling me; something I had no choice but to answer to. So with a heart full of hope and a head full of doubts I decided to binge watch this show and to my surprise, how good the episodes turned out to be left me agog for the next one.

Set in 1983 and filled with popular culture references, Stranger things enters the minds of four or would I say three geeky high school kids considering that one was abducted 15 minutes into the first episode by an alien from an alternate dimension opened by the scientists at Hawkins. This alien drags Will into a different dimension the kids call the “Upside Down” and they are left with trying to find a gate to the other dimension and save their friend who somehow still communicates with his mother Joyce.

Will’s mother Joyce is played by Winona Ryder who made no mistake in all 8 episodes. Joyce having lost her husband to the city stays alone with her two kids and has to work at a grocery store everyday even on Christmas and Thanksgiving Day to make sure the boys lacked nothing. Undoubtedly the star of the show so far, Joyce remained unhinged and edgy as expected and even when the show got crazy, it really never was anything near her own crazy. The scene where she had to take in two weeks advance to get Christmas lights in an attempt to communicate with her son remains one of my favourites. Thought crazy, Joyce was alone with no one to share her beliefs until Chief Police Hooper who lost his daughter to cancer earlier before the incident began stumbles upon the secret laboratory and blows their cover open. Hooper bonds with Joyce and they both begin a series of investigation which would lead to Will’s discovery.

There’s no way i can talk about this show without making mention of Eleven, aka L. It’s sweet when a character can win your heart with as little as 50 words all season; she barely said anything but her eyes did most of the talking.

Eleven was taken from her mother who was a volunteer in the Hawkin test programs. Unknown to her mother, she was pregnant at the time of the test and before L was born, she was taken away. She somehow develops super telekinesis abilities and is taken to be groomed into some weapon. She runs away through the sewer and finds herself mixed up with Will’s friends Lucas, Dustin and Mike to complete the quartet and assist in the search for Will.

You’d be surprised to find that in the middle of all this mess, there’s still the triangular love thing happening. Intelligent and attractive Nancy falls in love with charming bad boy Steve and during a party night she loses her tag along friend to the alien. In an attempt to find her, she teams up with nerdy-timid Jonathan Byers, Will’s brother and Steve gets jealous... LIKE C’MONNNN CAN’T YOU SEE THERE’S BIGGER FISH TO FRY?

The rest of the supporting characters really did a good job.

Everyone was brilliant. Lucas’ scepticism, Dustin’s appetite for adventure and other things, even mad scientist Dr. Martin Brenner was excellent. Although Netflix haven’t started the renewal process for a second season, I honestly can’t wait for this one to return.


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Game Of Thrones Is Coming To An End Season 8 But Here Are Some Brilliant Spinoff Ideas

With the end coming soon for Game of Thrones, there have been talks or rather speculations about a soon to be spinoff to keep the beautiful franchise afloat. With the show runners David Benioff and Dan Weis revealing that the show would indeed come to an end after its eighth season and even considering shorter final two seasons for the remaining two, it leaves fans waiting to see if there would indeed be a spinoff sometime soon.

 

Asked about the possibility of a spinoff, David Benoiff and Dan Weis remained adamant they were simply just rumors.

“I know that [HBO programming president] Mike [Lombardo] made off-the-cuff comments to that effect,” says Weiss.

“No. If that were to happen it would have to come from [Benioff and Weiss] really feeling something, or [author George R.R. Martin] really feeling that it was the right thing to do. Not knowing how this particular story ends, I don’t know. There are plenty of characters, secondary characters, [that] you could build a world around. We’re always going to be drawn to a strong creative vision. But we are not going to do that unless we feel their passion. “

(Lombardo told reporters at the Television Critics Assn. press tour in January that “there’s enormous possibility to be mined” in a prequel.)

Lombardo’s position remains unchanged and comes as a relief to most of us here because in as much as we would love to see and explore certain terrains of the show which have been in the dark, most spinoffs end up been conceptualized and focused mostly on raking in huge cash for the cable companies.

With Lombardo confirming that this isn’t an option yet, at least till the show is over, here are a few unexplored parts of the show people want a little light shed on.

Prequel one could be the rule of Daenarys’ father aka The Mad King, it would definitely be great to see him in action, as well as Robert Baratheon's rebellion. This would bring back dead characters Robert, Dany’s brother Viserys Targaryen, and Ned and Catelyn Stark. Additionally, a two handed Jaime Lannister would be a big character, as he served in The Mad King’s Guard, eventually assassinating him to save the Kingdom. 

Prequel two could be the way of the North as a lot of viewers believe we were snatched away from the peaceful protocols the north observed too early. This of course will bring back over 80% of the Stark family who have been killed including their wolves and of course two-legged Brandon.

We know that a lot of fans we disappointed with the decision to end the season sooner than we expected and with the possibility of a spinoff not in the table for discussion yet, let’s just enjoy what is left of the show.

 

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Lucifer Is Coming Back This September And Here Is The Trailer To Go

Having told you earlier in June that our beloved Supernatural show Lucifer had been renewed for a second season slated for fall 2016, we are following that up with more good news for #TeamLucifer, At the San Diego comic convention, there were some great trailers at display for both film and TV show viewers and we brought you our pick of the bunch from the Film section.

There was just about enough time to squeeze in a trailer for the second season of Lucifer as well as a release date which isn’t too far away, here is the season trailer for Lucifer which returns on the 19th of September.

“We got picked up for Season 2, so obviously. What they came up with for Season 1 worked and was successful and it worked well enough to get us a second season that looks like it’s going to be longer than the first season.” D.B. Woodside, who stars as angel Amenadiel.

The TV show created by Tom Kaponis scored high with the viewers rating it 7.6/10. Rotten tomatoes gave the season one a 49% and IMDB an 8.4 out of 10 based on 42,800 user votes.

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The Best Trailers From Comic-Con 2016

Comic-Con, the popular gathering of Comicbook followers and men with no chance of ever getting laid anytime soon took to San Diego and has already seen some pretty crazy exclusives from both Marvel and DC. It's a bit of a challenge for fans who are struggling to keep up with the recent upsurge in Comicbook movie adaptations.

We did a round up of all the exclusive trailers you should be seeing from the recent craze.

 

Justice League 2017

 

Wonder Woman 2017

 

Suicide Squad 2016

 

King Arthur: Legend of the Sword

 

Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them 2016

 

The LEGO Batman Movie 2017

 

Kong: Skull Island 2017

 

Blair Witch 2016

 

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Rebecca: A Two Man Love Tale That Just Manages To Captivate

Now Award seasons are over in Nigeria and Ghana, it was worth the wait to see how some highly anticipated movies faired in the awards before actually seeing them and Shirley Frimpong-Manso’s REBECCA is one of the few.


REBECCA tells the story of a egotistic city man Clifford (Joseph Benjamin) who keeps to this mother’s death wishes and travels home to marry a timid looking village girl Rebecca (Yvonne Okoro) to whom he is betrothed, on their way home they get lost in the middle of nowhere and he gets to realise that this girl he has married just a few hours earlier is anything but ordinary. The synopsis could be deceiving and make you believe this one is a usual cliché but the well put together trailer will pique your interest and make you want to see it.

Shirley Frimpong who co-produced and Directed this movie with Ken Attoh and also wrote the screenplay can only be described as an unconventional risk taker, who just hears voices in her head and begins to pen over a hundred pages of screenplay based on fresh dialogue between two casts and one scene with different cuts, for a film market like ours in this part of the world it is a heavy risk that only she and maybe Leila Djansi can pull.

Seeing the trailer of this movie, you could be drawn to believe that the screenplay and the performances of both casts should be award winning but when you see this picture you will get to understand why not. The dialogue was fresh and worth listening to from Clifford’s perspective but for a supposed village girl who we get to learn was trained to read and write by a ‘village teacher’ her use of words were rather too heavy and probably will give Joke Sylvia’s choice of words a run for its money, how about use simpler terms like ‘happy’ in lieu of ‘excited’ and ‘tall grasses’ instead of ‘shrubs’, this would have brought a proper imbalance in the dialogue of the cast which was what was expected but this was not offered even in the scene where Clifford asks ‘ how did you learn to speak so well?’ this simply did not cover up for this major shortcoming, reason why the script which had great potential did not get any nods at the major awards this year.

For the performances, at some point you can notice that the Director was trying ceaselessly to extract the characters from the cast rather than the cast doing it for themselves, you could feel Rebecca look sometimes as though her attention was divided, it felt like she did not do  a proper research on the character in order not to simply explore Rebecca’s complexities but to also show that proper ‘village side’ that would have given her an easy award nod, Yvonne Okoro probably felt she could do it and just went ahead being that the character seemed easy to interpret. Joseph Benjamin did impress at some points but overall it was the usual Benjamin Joseph the one we have seen over and again.

As stated earlier, the efforts of the Director were visible in this picture, no wonder the AMVCA nomination, the sound and video editing was very properly done and would have been a tough one been that this was a one long scene movie that has great potential to be tedious but it managed not to be so much of a bore with the dialogue. The choice of music scores was also very brilliant and added taste to every scene a score was required. However, the scene where a supposed wild animal was chasing them was in all candour a joke, an unapologetic joke that could have been better thought out and executed. Highlights were the ‘sex in the rain scene’ and the scene where we could hear Shirley through Rebecca when Clifford asks ‘ are you a virgin?’ and she retorts ‘are you?’ It felt painstaking to watch before  the climax but the end, the very end of this movie saved the day, the happenings and the very last dialogue between Rebecca and Clifford was enough to pardon any of the flaws one could have put together viewing this the movie.

 

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Kunle Afolayan’s ‘The CEO’ Promises A Lot But Turns Out A Letdown

Over the past years Mr Afolayan has proven himself to be one of the most renowned filmmakers from Nigeria and Africa as a whole, churning out unforgettable master-class movies like Irapada, Phone Swap, October1 and most recently The CEO.


The CEO is mostly shot in a resort in Lagos, Nigeria and showcases the series of events that ensue when a multinational company (Transwire Limited) decide to pick a new CEO to run the firm by hosting top executives for the position at a beach resort in order to pick the next boss, what starts out as cordial leads to the top executives trying to outdo themselves to be named The CEO. 

The movie opens with a scene where Kola (Wale Ojo) is running for dear life and is apprehended by the Police, that scene was supposed to welcome us into this promising journey but then weak direction is offered, when the Production Designer (Pat Nebo) who is not an actor grips Kola and the other officers stand by, a little scuffle is expected, a little more than what Afolayan offered, more direction and takes were required to give the audience the desired effect of believability. The movie boasts of a very rich Pan-African cast which was the desired effect as an African cinema harmonising movie aside the cast, the movie had varied shots from Kenya, Morocco, Ivory Coast, France and the overall production was done in Nigeria.

The CEO had great performances, each country not only representing their countries as characters to become THE CEO but providing heavy weight acting representing their countries in the real as well. Angelique Kidjo proved that her prowess exceeds music as the austere consultant, Dr. Zimmerman, Wale Ojo and the Ivorian actress Eloise (Aurelia Eliam) triumphed in this production but overall the casting choices by Kunle Afolayan was hundred percent apt, aside for the Superintendent (Hilda Dokubo) who seemed  a little bit heavy on the eye with over-acting.  Riikard (Nico Panagio) the South African executive is an honourable mention and of course Lisa (Kemi  Lala Akindoju) who should not have been casted for the role because of the nature but managed to pull through.

The screenplay was written by Nigeria’s finest and supposedly highest paid screenwriter Tunde Babalola, the lines in the dialogue were crisp and rich and without seeing his name attached  to this production, it is well easy to tell that the script was penned by a professional in the field but the story in itself was faulty with the whodunit style we have seen in his previous work (October 1) with Mr Afolayan which felt more believable with the pieces in place but past the climax when the executives begin to die and a clearer picture is set, a lot of questions are raised like how did the Kenyan executive Jomo (Peter King)  die? What happened is clear cut but the end does not seem to add up to what we are supposed to believe and why the killer was eliminating the executives also left a loose end even with all the scenes at the end trying to offer answers but still the question did not feel answered, this did not create an ‘inception like ambiguity’ which was supposed to be the effect but it arose corniness, trying to make the audience sell their belief as though it was a comedy, this did not arise the ‘I need to see this movie a second time to grasp the picture’ it felt more like a letdown. Then the aspect of predictability to Kunle’s Whodunit style, when the silhouette of the killer was revealed, it was not difficult to guess ‘who’ like we saw also in October 1.

The scores for this picture was done by a Hungarian orchestra, so only a Hollywood standard was expected and delivered, although the score that ended this movie again was a letdown, this is supposed to be a world class African cinema uniting production not an Asaba flick, and that closing scene deserved a better score of class standard but was offered a Frank Edwards kind of track, not all music is fit for scoring movies, the director should know better. The stunt direction was a major woe in this production, the scene where the culprit scuffles with Kola was to be very honest, poor.

The sermon the killer attempted to preach about the Nigerian market in such heated up scene did not add taste whatsoever, however the beach scuffle appeared better executed but the cringe-worthiness of the first scuffle overrode it. The CEO has a big budget and had great potential but lost a bit as a result of Mr. Kunle following the script subjectively hook, line and sinker.

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Sorry Guys, No Homeland This Year

Is Peter Quinn going to die? Is Carrie going to settle for Billionaire paradise? Is Saul still technically a good guy? Are we even done with Germany?

The fifth season of Homeland aired on October 4, 2015 and the debut alone drew over 1.6 million viewers. The final episode aired on the 20th of December 2015 and we got news that Showtime had renewed the TV show for a sixth season which was initially slated for fall 2016. However, weeks ago, Showtime confirmed that the show which always comes alive during the fall season is going to undergo a rescheduling and starting from the sixth season, will begin to air winter.

That sucks but if it makes you feel better, Showtime is nearing a renewal for the seventh and eighth season.

Considering how brilliant the previous season was, this came as a shock to me and if you take a look at the ratings which reflected accurately the brilliance in the fifth season, this tectonic shift isn’t the way to go now. According to IMDB, Homeland has a score of 8.4/10 based on over 224,600 user votes, 265 reviews from viewers, and 115 reviews from critics. According to Metacritic, the fifth season of the drama series has a score of 76 out of 100 based on 17 reviews from critics, whereas the audience rated the fifth series at 7.5 out of 10 basing on 98 user ratings. According to Rotten Tomatoes, “Homeland” illustrates the same indicators. “Homeland” Season 5 has an average score of 8 out of 10 and 87% approval rating based on 33 reviews from critics, while the viewers rated the fifth season at 4.2 out of 5 with a 87% approval rating based on 426 votes.

 

When and what do we expect from season 6?

According to announcements from Claire Danes, Season 6 will begin January 2017 and will cover the transitional period between Election Day and the inauguration, and will lead to a female president been declared winner. Claire said that she does not hint at Hillary Clinton but C’mon.... Everyone wants to see that.

 

 

 

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These 5 Movies will Change Your Mind About Falling In Love

Think love is all sunshine and rainbows? Think again because these days, we’re even more susceptible to heartbreaks. The following movies show couples who fall deeply in love only to fall out of it for a lot of crazy reasons; some justifiable, some senseless and some for no reason at all.

If you’re in love or hoping to land the perfect relationship, you have to watch the following movies to learn a few things.

 

The Great Gatsby (2013)

This movie is an adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s 1925 novel. Leonardo Dicaprio plays Jay Gatsby, a billionaire known for throwing the most outrageous parties every week. Gatsby lives just across the bay from Daisy Buchanan, a woman he had a romantic relationship with years ago. Gatsby revealed he threw those lavish parties in hopes of her making an appearance which she did eventually.

Daisy who is married to an unfaithful and undeserving husband Tom decides to continue her love affair with Jay who treats her way better than Tom ever did. In an attempt to clear up this mess, the involved parties organized a seat down which didn’t end the way they intended. Gatsby and Daisy leave in the same car with Daisy behind the wheels. That night, Daisy accidentally kills Myrtle who happens to be Tom’s lover and although Daisy clearly committed the crime, Gatsby decides to take the blame for it and tells Daisy not to bother.

Seeking revenge for the death of his wife, Tom gets told by George that the car belonged to Gatsby and that he suspected Gatsby was Myrtle's lover.

The next morning, Gatsby hears the phone ringing and, thinking it is Daisy, climbs out of the pool. He is shot and killed by George; the green light on Daisy's dock is the last thing he sees.

Gatsby’s funeral was pretty sad, other than the media and Nick who narrated the entire story, there was no one present... not even Daisy who he threw those lavish parties for, who he took the blame for.

 

Gone Girl (2014)

If any movie shows how quickly love expires, it’s gone girl. Former New York-based writer Nick Dunne (Ben Affleck) and Amy (Rosamund Pike) fell in love so quickly and decided to get married but what happens five years into the union?

They paint a picture of a happy home to the public while their marriage looks all the more feeble as the days go. On the day of their five year anniversary, Amy decides to go hiding leaving a trail of crazy and scary hints and evidences littered all in separate places for Nick and the police to have fun with. Nick who was an unfaithful companion becomes the prime suspect in her disappearance and although he wasn’t guilty, a series of over the top transactions and ridiculously well planned evidences painted him a disturbed man with a good enough reason to kill his wife who had made the world think she was pregnant. 

 

Blue Valentine (2010)

Blue Valentine shows a married couple, Dean Pereira (Ryan Gosling) and Cynthia "Cindy" Heller (Michelle Williams), shifting back and forth in time between their courtship and the dissolution of their marriage several years later. With Dean who was a house painter and Cindy a nurse at a clinic, the movie shifts between present and past trying to uncover what went wrong between a young high school dropout and a pre-med student living with her parents.

The past shows how Dean decides to take responsibility for a child that wasn’t his all in the name of love while the present shows how Dean’s lack of ambition and Cindy’s retreat into self-absorption cause potentially irreversible cracks in their marriage.

 

Take This Waltz (2011)

Michelle Williams (againnnn) is torn between the husband Lou (Seth Rogen) whom she loves and a new man Daniel (Luke Kirby) in her life, whom she's unable to ignore.

Margot meets Daniel on a business trip and they hit it off immediately, she reveals to him that she was married.

Five years of marriage and Margot, a 28-year-old freelance writer struggles with her feelings for Lou. In an interesting turn of events, Daniel happens to be living down the road from Margot’s house which makes things a bit tricky for her struggling marriage. As the film progresses, Margot interacts more with Daniel and ultimately leaves her husband to be with him.

 

Revolutionary Road (2008)

The movie adaptation of Richard Yates' 1961 novel sees Titanic shipmates, Frank (Leonardo DiCaprio) and April Wheeler (Kate Winslet) always see themselves as far-removed from the conventionality of suburbia. Yet that is exactly what creeps up on them when they buy a house in Connecticut. He toils 10 hours a day in a job he hates, while she, as a 1950s homemaker, yearns for fulfillment and passion. Rebelling against the torpor of their lives, the couple plan an escape that may push them to their limits while raising two children.

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Game Of Thrones Recap: Fire, Ice And Everything Nice

Ever been so moved by the sheer brilliance of what you had seen a week ago, or by the prospect of what you’re about to witness that you let the 145 second theme song blare out in the background while you passionately sing out loud knowing well that this is going to be the last time for a long time? That was me watching the season finale of Game Of Thrones.

Everything about the finale was perfect; the cinematography, the plots, the scripting, the score and the attention to the little details which in general has been the hallmark of this amazing Tv show. I might say “Oooh, not another long wait” but the happenings in the season finale are more than enough to chew on for 10 months.

I had a hard time picking a title for this post but this really does it and don’t worry, my other title options are coming as sub headings in this pulsating recap.

 

The Weight Of The Crown

 

Right from the start of this episode, you could sense something special was cooking up especially with the awkward silence hanging in the air, it was Sir Loras and Cersie’s trial day and just one of them was present and you can guess who that was.

Sir Loras had confessed to his crimes and was willing to join the seven fully aware he would be giving up his Tyrell name, his lordship in Highgarden and his bloodline. Missing from the trial was the queen mother herself and her son who she stopped from attending – You could already put two and two together, this wasn’t a trial, it was the greatest plot in the history of television overseen by Cersie herself. Curious and furious, Margaery  who got nervous a little too late demanded that the building be cleared out but the high sparrow wasn’t having any of that, a decision that cost all present their lives and made Cersie a few new enemies. The type that call out for blood right away.

The idea was simple, kill them all... the means, cruel even by her standards. She unleashed a weapon four seasons old as she blew the citadel up with wildfire. At that point, my thought was “Really, Cersie, you don’t need more enemies now, DAENERYS IS COMING”. Having seen what happened from the throne room miles away, King Tommen does what he thought logical; drop the crown and take your own life... This is not a game for little kids.

After the death of the king, Cersie having run out of male children to make king was crowned queen all over the seven kingdoms. That would be a good thing but trust me, her reign will be short...death is coming for her across the seas on both sides.

 

Ice: His Name Is Jon

 

Having secured the North, Jon and his half... or is it step now? Ooh, wth? Jon and his stelf sister Sansa made their way to Winterfell. Surveying the great dinning, Jon took a trip down memory lane telling Melisandre how he used to be with the true born Starks. Sir Davos made his way into the scene forcing Melisandre to confess to her earlier crimes working with Stanis. Jon hearing all of that banishes her from the North and that could well be the end of her role on this show.

The North is up for taking and Baelish wants to have it with Sansa by his side but that’s just hopeful talk as the North agree to Jon being the White wolf who avenged the red wedding.

By the way, who is Jon?

In another one of Brandon’s time travel epistles, he goes back this time to see who Jon Snow really is. Apparently, Ned Stark the man of honour isn’t Jon’s father, but rather Ned is an uncle to Jon who is son to Lady Lyanna, Ned’s sister... ugh, I’m sure there must have been a better, less complicated way to put this.

 

In other less interesting news, Arya strikes Walder Frey off her list as she puts an end to his pervy little run on the show. Also, Sam Tully has found the well of infinite knowledge, where he shall drink and learn to become a maester.

 

Fire: The Red Capes Are Coming

 

After the whole thing in Kings Landing, Olenna Tyrell is out for revenge as she sets up a meeting with the Dawnish who have as good a reason as any to want Cersie’s head in a spike... Who set up this meeting you might ask, well, Lord Varys. The only other dickless person on the show that isn’t a soldier.

Why did he set it up? Lol, easy... Daenerys who has acquired ships, dragons, dickless fighters, Dothraki fighters, and the wisdom of Tyrion her queen hand is going to do either of the following:

  • Join forces with the two houses and storm Kings landing all dragons blazing
  • Wait for Cersie to battle the other two united houses and attack when she’s out of resources

Either way, Cersie is in deep deep shit.

 

 

 

 

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What Does The Game Of Thrones Finale Trailer Tell Us About What Happens Next

If you don't know, well now you do. The season is coming to an end on sunday and we have to endure another horrifying year until it graces our tv screens again..

Looking ahead to the epic conclusion to what has been for me, one of the best seasons politically in the show, the only question i have now, are we looking at an all female ruling?

Have a peek of what the finale has for us.

 

I once asked our twitter users what they felt Game Of Thrones would be like in the end, I got some very interesting answers, the most impressive of them all was a suggestion that things would return to the way they were at the beginning with the Starks ruling over the North, the Lannisters being once again powerful and being friends with the Starks once more, Kings Landing been controlled by a mad king who somehow has dragons to spare but somehow losing his life later on.

In an interesting turn of events, the Starks took back the North last Sunday and i fear my Twitter follower might be on to something. I'm not here for all that though, let's see what Sunday looks like.

 

Here we see the bastard behind the Red Wedding, Walder Frey and Jamie having a "peaceful talk". Jamie who has been a friend to the Starks (at least to some extent) is joining forces with the Freys... or is that a double agent set up just initializing? could Jamie be the one to kill off that selfish old bastard?

 

This one is pretty intense stuff, we see Loras Tyrell getting ready to atone for his sins and of course, just like Cersie, he has gotten the buzzcut treatment too. Is this all part of his sister's plan to free all the Tyrells from the grasp of Cersie by hiding them under the protective arms of the new law in town?

 

"Are you afraid? Good. You're in the great game now, and the great game is terrifying."

The smartest shortest man to walk the streets of Westeros, or rather the seven kingdoms, Tyrion. In this scene, he basically is telling Daenerys about what she has gotten into, the bloody game... There is no turning back, a great woman once said "You either win, or you die"

 

Finally, we hear Sir Davos screaming at Melisandre in front of Jon Snow "Tell him what you did to her". The obvious bit here is that he was making reference to the Baratheon daughter she burned alive at the stake. Her reaction is pitiful really.

She looked ashamed, a woman who had lost fate in her practice for the longest time but found a new reason to believe in her one true Lord again. Sad stuff.

 

 

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Pulp Fiction And 20 Other Intriguing Movies To See Before You Die

I was going through my timeline a couple of days ago and stumbled upon a thread. It was supposed to be a thread showing mind bugling, intellectual and intriguing Sci-fi movies ever to be released. Seeing movies like Now You See Me and Lucy, I felt the list lacked some punch but in fairness to my follower, he did mention it was his pick so I decided to make my own list of intriguing movies you must see before you begin your journey into the afterlife. Most of these movies you know; others, I really doubt it but if you’re not one to let a good movie suggestion pass you by, I suggest you read this because most of the movies on this list are guaranteed to change your thinking.

I present to you, in no particular order, my personal favourite 21 mind bugling movies of all time.

 

A Beautiful Mind (2001)

 

A human drama inspired by events in the life of John Forbes Nash Jr., and in part based on the biography "A Beautiful Mind" by Sylvia Nasar. From the heights of notoriety to the depths of depravity, John Forbes Nash Jr. experienced it all. A mathematical genius, he made an astonishing discovery early in his career and stood on the brink of international acclaim. But the handsome and arrogant Nash soon found himself on a painful and harrowing journey of self-discovery.

 

Source Code (2011)

 

 Jake Gyllenhaal, a U.S. Army captain is sent into a computed reality to try and stop a train bombing from happening... after his supposed death.

 

Cloud Atlas (2012)

 

A beautiful story about time, destiny and how pattern repeats itself all through different generations.

 

Primer (2004)

 

Intellectual engineers Aaron (Shane Carruth) and Abe (David Sullivan) build and sell error-checking technology with the help of their friends Robert (Casey Gooden) and Phillip (Anand Upadhyaya). But when Aaron and Abe accidentally invent what they think is a time machine, Abe builds a version capable of transporting a human and puts the device to the test. As the two friends obsess over their creation, they discover the dark consequences of their actions.

 

Donnie Darko (2001)

 

In a funny, moving and distinctly mind-bending journey through suburban America, one extraordinary but disenchanted teenager is about to take Time's Arrow for a ride. After surviving a freak accident, Donnie (Jake Gyllenhaal) begins to explore what it means to be alive, and in short order to be in love, he uncovers secrets of the universe that give him a tempting power to alter time and destiny.

 

Shutter Island (2010)

 

The implausible escape of a brilliant murderess brings U.S. Marshal Teddy Daniels (Leonardo DiCaprio) and his new partner (Mark Ruffalo) to Ashecliffe Hospital, a fortress-like insane asylum located on a remote, windswept island. The woman appears to have vanished from a locked room, and there are hints of terrible deeds committed within the hospital walls. As the investigation deepens, Teddy realizes he will have to confront his own dark fears if he hopes to make it off the island alive.

 

Momento (2000)

 

Leonard (Guy Pearce) is tracking down the man who raped and murdered his wife. The difficulty, however, of locating his wife's killer is compounded by the fact that he suffers from a rare, untreatable form of memory loss. Although he can recall details of life before his accident, Leonard cannot remember what happened fifteen minutes ago, where he's going, or why.

 

The Forgotten (2004)

 

Julianne Moore stars as Telly Paretta, a grieving mother struggling to cope with the loss of her 8-year-old son. She is stunned when her psychiatrist (Gary Sinise) reveals that she has created eight years of memories about a son she never had. But when she meets a man (Dominic West) who has had a similar experience, Telly embarks on a search to prove her son's existence, and her sanity.

 

The Matrix Trilogy (1999)

 

Neo (Keanu Reeves) believes that Morpheus (Laurence Fishburne), an elusive figure considered to be the most dangerous man alive, can answer his question -- What is the Matrix? Neo is contacted by Trinity (Carrie-Anne Moss), a beautiful stranger who leads him into an underworld where he meets Morpheus. They fight a brutal battle for their lives against a cadre of viciously intelligent secret agents. It is a truth that could cost Neo something more precious than his life.

 

Exam (2009)

 

Eight candidates try to find out the answer to a single question standing between them and their dream jobs.

 

12 Angry Men (1957)

 

Following the closing arguments of a murder trial, 12 jury members must come up with a verdict on whether or not an inner-city teen must die for his deeds. A task that soon gets swayed by personal issues.. Don't watch the 1997 remake of this movie, it is bullocks.

 

Interstellar (2014)

 

In Earth's future, a global crop blight and second Dust Bowl are slowly rendering the planet uninhabitable. Professor Brand (Michael Caine), a brilliant NASA physicist, is working on plans to save mankind by transporting Earth's population to a new home via a wormhole. But first, Brand must send former NASA pilot Cooper (Matthew McConaughey) and a team of researchers through the wormhole and across the galaxy to find out which of three planets could be mankind's new home.

 

Edge Of Tomorrow (2014)

 

When Earth falls under attack from invincible aliens, no military unit in the world is able to beat them. Maj. William Cage (Tom Cruise), an officer who has never seen combat, is assigned to a suicide mission. Killed within moments, Cage finds himself thrown into a time loop, in which he relives the same brutal fight -- and his death -- over and over again. However, Cage's fighting skills improve with each encore, bringing him and a comrade (Emily Blunt) ever closer to defeating the aliens.

 

Last Year At Marienbad (1961)

 

In this unconventional French drama, a group of unnamed aristocrats interact at a palatial château, resulting in an enigmatic tale told partially in flashback. X (Giorgio Albertazzi) is convinced that he has met the beautiful A (Delphine Seyrig) before in the Czech resort town of Marienbad, and implies they had a romantic relationship. M (Sacha Pitoeff), who may be A's husband or boyfriend, confronts her mysterious suitor, leading to conflict and questions about the truth behind his story.

 

Time Lapse (2014)

 

Three friends discover a photo machine that shows pictures a day into the future. After they use it for personal gain, disturbing and dangerous photos begin to develop.

 

Pulp Fiction (1994)

 

Vincent Vega (John Travolta) and Jules Winnfield (Samuel L. Jackson) are hitmen with a penchant for philosophical discussions. In this ultra-hip, multi-strand crime movie, their storyline is interwoven with those of their boss, gangster Marsellus Wallace (Ving Rhames) ; his actress wife, Mia (Uma Thurman) ; struggling boxer Butch Coolidge (Bruce Willis) ; master fixer Winston Wolfe (Harvey Keitel) and a nervous pair of armed robbers, "Pumpkin" (Tim Roth) and "Honey Bunny" (Amanda Plummer).

 

The Shining (1980)

 

Jack Torrance (Jack Nicholson) becomes winter caretaker at the isolated Overlook Hotel in Colorado, hoping to cure his writer's block. He settles in along with his wife, Wendy (Shelley Duvall), and his son, Danny (Danny Lloyd), who is plagued by psychic premonitions. As Jack's writing goes nowhere and Danny's visions become more disturbing, Jack discovers the hotel's dark secrets and begins to unravel into a homicidal maniac hell-bent on terrorizing his family.

 

Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World (2010)

 

As bass guitarist for a garage-rock band, Scott Pilgrim (Michael Cera) has never had trouble getting a girlfriend; usually, the problem is getting rid of them. But when Ramona Flowers (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) skates into his heart, he finds she has the most troublesome baggage of all: an army of ex-boyfriends who will stop at nothing to eliminate him from her list of suitors.

 

Vanilla Sky (2001)

 

Tom Cruise and Cameron Crowe reunite after "Jerry Maguire" for "Vanilla Sky," the story of a young New York City publishing magnate who finds himself on an unexpected roller-coaster ride of romance, comedy, suspicion, love, sex and dreams in a mind-bending search for his soul.

 

Contact (1997)

 

In this Zemeckis-directed adaptation of the Carl Sagan novel, Dr. Ellie Arroway (Jodie Foster) races to interpret a possible message originating from the Vega star system. Once first contact with an extraterrestrial intelligence is proven, Arroway contends with restrictive National Security Advisor Kitz (James Woods) and religious fanatics bent on containing the implications of such an event. An incredible message is found hidden in the signal, but will Arroway be the one to answer its call?

 

Inception (2010)

 

Dom Cobb (Leonardo DiCaprio) is a thief with the rare ability to enter people's dreams and steal their secrets from their subconscious. His skill has made him a hot commodity in the world of corporate espionage but has also cost him everything he loves. Cobb gets a chance at redemption when he is offered a seemingly impossible task: Plant an idea in someone's mind. If he succeeds, it will be the perfect crime, but a dangerous enemy anticipates Cobb's every move.

 

 

That's that as far as my mind bugling movie list goes.

Hope you like it.

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Game Of Thrones Recap: The Most Intense Episode Of Anything Yet

Warning: this post contains spoilers from the sixth season of this Tv show.

 

The previous episode saw some interesting things happen, particularly with the Stark Girl. If that episode was Ghana Jollof, the episode which aired yesterday is definitely Nigerian for Stark fans. Following what seems like a Stark redemption, this last episode saw viewers bid farewell to one of the most evil things to happen to Tv show lovers since The Walking Dead’s Governor and The X-Files’ Cigarette-Smoking man.

Asides that, there’s a whole lot happening over in Meeren with Daenery’s dishing out one of her usual... You know, smart talk, proud talk, in-the-face-of-death but somehow managing to pull it off sort of scenes.

Meeren

We should kick things off with Meeren where Aunty Daenery’s finally reunites with her people albeit in a rather unwanted circumstance. The masters had come for what they felt was theirs. After consulting or rather condemning Tyrion, they agree to have a peaceful talk with the masters about surrendering. That somehow turned into Daenery’s showing off her dragons, ending the war (which probably just lasted 8 hours anyway) and showing off her newly acquired Dothraki army.

Theon and Yara managed their escape from uncle Eulon. On getting to Meeren where things have calmed down a little, they were met by Tyrion who made sure he got back at Theon for those dwarf jokes he told back in the first season. After they explained their plight and reminding all participants of their parental misfortune, Khaleesi agreed to help them take back the Salt throne in exchange for a few hundred ships and peaceful fellowship with the rest of the kingdoms.

 

The Royal Pain

 

Fina-fucking-ly Ramsay gets what’s coming.

Battle ready Jon Snow discussed strategies with Davos before the war knowing well that not only did Ramsay have Rickon prisoner, he had two times as much men as Jon did and the safety of a castle. After an attempt at a peace treaty which Ramsay turned down unsurprisingly, Sansa angrily left uttering these words as she turned away. “You’re going to die tomorrow Lord Bolton, sleep well”

For the first time, I agreed with Lady Sansa, she meant it... Then again we remember the secret letter she wrote to a secret someone, guess you probably know who by now.

The night before the battle, the usual doubt creeps in as Jon went to Melisandre to clear out a few things which included if the Lord Of Light brought him back to life to die again, or take another bastard along with him.

The Battle came and this time, it was glorious.

Ramsay being a tease released Rickon to his half brother allowing him run well over 200 meters before bringing him down with an arrow to the back of the chest.

Jon Snow following eagerly waiting to receive his brother had already charged close enough to the enemy for him to turn back after Rickon’s death, he had to charge forward into a sea of a thousand leading men all mounted on horses and ready to kill. Thankfully, his men arrived and the battle began. On foot, Jon did as much as he could, taking down every little piece of crap that had the guts to strike at him.

 

After a couple of minutes, the ground was littered with bodies, stark fighters, Bolton fighters and wild folk alike. That was when the royal thorn decided it was time, enclosing all that was left of the resistance in a man-trap consisting of men and spears and shields and men and spears and shields.

That’s the thing about a battle, you fight to the finish, especially not after 5,700 men have died. Knowing they had all but lost, the still fought their way through the traps killing barely 20 men.

It looked like all hope was lost but Alas, she came... Sansa, riding on a horse with Peter Little finger by her side eager to win back her trust. Behind them were men he had acquired from Sansa’s spoiled little relative to end the battle which he did and left Ramsay scampering away on his horse to fight from behind the walls of his castle.

BOOM BOOM BOOM, three knocks on the door was all the door could take from the giant wildling before Ramsay was trapped and Jon knocked the air out of his body.

It all ended up with Sansa feeding him to his beloved hounds who he hadn’t fed in seven days.

 

 

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Lucifer Is Coming Back Sooner Than You Think

The first season of the TV show “Lucifer” aired on FOX on January 25, 2016 and has since then gathered a lot interest from viewers and critics. Seeing the show gain over 7 million viewers, FOX in April decided to renew the TV show for a sophomore season. The show centres around Lucifer Morningstar, the devil himself on a vacation in Los Angeles after getting bored of doing his “Dad’s” dirty works. He finds himself in a tangled mess with his crime fighting – detective sidekick Chloe Decker while trying to run a successful night club and avoid been coaxed into returning to hell by his angel brother (Amenadiel) who believes the writing in the first season earned it a second instalment.

“We got picked up for Season 2, so obviously. What they came up with for Season 1 worked and was successful and it worked well enough to get us a second season that looks like it’s going to be longer than the first season.” D.B. Woodside, who stars as angel Amenadiel.

The TV show created by Tom Kaponis scored high with the viewers rating it 7.6/10. Rotten tomatoes gave the season one a 49% and IMDB an 8.4 out of 10 based on 42,800 user votes.

 

Release date

As earlier mentioned, the crime dramedy was renewed for another season this April and despite mixed reviews from critics, it comes as no surprise because people who actually watch it rate it highly enough. FOX has yet to announce the release date for the sophomore season but according to rumours, it is scheduled to return this fall.

 

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Game Of Thrones Recap:Arya's Fate Revealed

Picking up from where we Game of Thrones left you last week, Sunday night’s episode was rather dominated by intense confrontations and as usual, a little bit of blood here and there. Where do we begin with this?

 

Arya

Last week, we were handed a series of possible outcomes from our friends on Reddit, surprisingly, one of them panned out accurate at least to a fair point. Arya did indeed get stabbed, manoeuvred her way out of danger and ended up fighting the waif in total darkness but not as straightforward as we presumed. Nearly bleeding to death, she took a stop at Lady Crane’s show and got the help she needed at her house only to wake up the next day to find her helper in a pool of blood – the waif had come to complete the task at hand and Arya had no place to hide, she had to run... run far away to her hideout where she had tucked away her sword for the longest time. Totally secluded and in darkness, Arya did what she was trained to do; take down the waif.

Now a girl has a name, her name is Arya Starkof Winterfell and she’s going home.

 

Jamie Lannister and Brienne of Tarth were reunited in what was supposed to be a night to forget as fate made them temporary enemies who were to fight to the death. Fortunately, a bold confrontation between Jamie and Lord Edmure Tully saw them remain friends for the time being.

 

Into the woods

After the bloody massacre last week, the Hound set out to find justice the only way he knows. He sought and found the outlaw members on the brotherhood, killed all four with an axe and later helped hang the rest.

 

Meeren

Honestly, I’m getting a little tired of Daenerys and her over the top entrances, I’m watching this episode and thinking “Oh God, not again”

Just when Tyrion thought he had the city under control, the slave masters decide to make an angry comeback to disrupt Grey Worm and Missandei making jokes.

 

King’s Landing

It’s always one mess or the other here. The queen mother finally unleashes Gregor "The Mountain" Clegane on one of those spiritual fanatics and of course it ended in blood, not just any sort of death, the Mountain sort of death, the head bashing, eye popping, head smashing sort. This definitely will attract some form of punishment but one can hardly tell what its going to be considering how things over there ended when Tommen calls an unexpected meeting in the throne room but banishes his mother to the gallery.

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Game Of Thrones: Arya Stark's Fate, Three Equally Terrifying Theories

Warning: this post contains spoilers from the sixth season of this Tv show.

 

If you thought season five signalled the ending of funeral arrangements in the Stark family, think again. The last episode of the tv show saw Arya (Maisie Williams) brutally stabbed by the waif after the nameless girl snuck up on her disguised as an old woman. Arya did manage an escape by throwing herself helplessly over the side of the bridge and staying totally submerged under water till the waif presumed her dead and left. With several stab wounds, she managed to drag herself back into the streets of Braavos where a couple of things could happen to her.

A couple theories have sprung from nowhere as regards this issue as some believe Arya’s actions before the incident suggested she saw it coming and played her cards beforehand. Reddit user iPlayNL wrote

“We are led to believe Arya got stabbed, however there are some problems with what happened on this episode, First off, Arya seemed different from the start. Her scene with the merchant, her walk all seemed very confident, which is unusual after the events this season. … Also, where did she get the money from? Why was she not carrying Needle [her sword] with her? How come after all she knew about the faceless man she just stood there on a bridge not paying any attention?”

Expanding on this postulate, another Redditor gave us Arya’s interaction with Lady Crane as an indication that she planned it all along with the help of the actress to pull off an escape believable enough to fool the waif.

“So I believe she has 1 or more pigs blood pouches around her body. She knows where and how to do this because last episode… she saved the actress. The actress then provided her help to make the scene on the bridge large and realistic. … She then leaves the water and leaves a trail of blood…. to lead her [enemies] to her. Expecting an unarmed (because she choose not to show needle during the fight scene) and injured girl; they will instead walk down a dark alley and be met with an uninjured girl who knows how to fight in the dark and carrying a sword.” Passingwisdom wrote.

Now here is another “Angu”

Some believe the person stabbed wasn’t even Arya but rather Jaqen H’ghar to begin with. Pointing to the obvious fact that Arya must have been with her sword, froschkonig wrote “She wasn’t aware that [Jaqen] said not to make her suffer, so making a big show of her suffering doesn’t make sense. It was [Jaqen] testing the waif, and by stabbing her in the stomach and not just slashing the throat, she disobeyed orders just like arya did. [Jaqen] is gonna lay some faceless justice down.”

Now these are just theories but whatever the case turns out to be, episode eight is going to be grand.

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Game Of Thrones Recap: Brandon Explains What Hodor Means In A Sad Sad Episode

With the entire Of monsters and men announced to be making appearances on yesterday’s episode, everyone knew it was going to be special. A tale of destiny, a tale of love and a tiny bit of betrayal, episode 5 really ties a lot of loose ends.

Following what seems to be a Stark redemption themed season, Sansa Stark finally grows a pair has she stands up to face the one guy who has manipulated her and coaxed her into staying with the Boltons. Peter Baelish definitely got what was coming to him but don’t be too quick to right him off – a part of me wished Lady Brienne had thrust her sword into his two faced head once and for all.

Brandon Stark remains with the gods as he tests his limits delving further into time. In his travels, he stumbles upon how the white walkers were created and who did the creating and for what purpose.

As the Iron born search for a rightful heir to the throne, Theon backs his sister up with a beautiful speech as she lays claim to the throne following her father’s death even though the Salt throne has never had a queen. Seems like a straightforward decision but Yara Greyjoy’s pep talk was cut short when her uncle Eulon Greyjoy demanded the throne be given to him even after admitting to murdering the late king. In an interesting turn of events, Eulon is made king while Yara and Theon flee with their loyal bunch from Eulon who vows to murder them both.

Following from previous seasons, we’ve come to expect zero empathy from Daenerys Targaryen towards Sir Jorah Mormont who has sworn by his life to protect and love her. Even though I think this is the last we will ever see of him, their scene together in this episode is the most heart warming scene I’ve seen on this show for two seasons... (I wouldn’t want to spoil this for you).

Talking about love, the romance brewing between Tormund the wildling leader and Lady Brienne has become more obvious for all to see.

In what would be the most thought provoking happening in this episode, Brandon reveals what Hodor means in one of his travels. He reveals the source of the name “Hodor” which is short for “Hold the door” which apparently was Hodor’s destiny... To die while holding the door for Brandon to leave... and live.

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From These Indications, The Next Game Of Thrones Episode Is Going To Be Lit

Oh crap, not these guys again. We haven't seen any sign of them this season but if their introduction is going to pick up from where they stopped last season then we're in for a treat.
How does little finger always manage to sniff out where poor sansa is, got a feeling she would be the one to end his little run.
Jon Snow preparing for battle against one of the major families, something he hasn't done in years.... sorry seasons.
Mama the mama.
Arya Stark learning the ways of the many faced god after getting her sight back.
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D'banj Set To Have His Own Reality Tv Show

Yeah, we are talking about the same D’banj... D’banj has just recently revealed he is going to be featuring in a couple of Hollywood movies – not Nollywood, Hollywood. Now, you might ask why D’banj isn’t venturing into our local movie industry. I’ll answer you by simply reminding you that D’banj has always loved the finer things in life.

D’banj joins a list of other notable Nigerian musicians who act (Davido, Falz, Tiwa Savage e.t.c.)

D’banj who currently hosts the MTV-produced show -LipSync Battle Africa told South African radio host, Anele Mdoda that he’ll be trying his hands in movies in coming years.

“Once you say you’re an entertainer‚ you don’t want to limit yourself‚” D’banj said.

“So yes‚ I’m going into Hollywood. It might be here in South Africa where I’ll be having a reality show about me.I told you I might be on Isidingo soon.”

Make of this whatever you want but I’m eager to see what Banga Lee has for us.

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Dawn Of Justice, A Visual Spectacle

Before i begin, i would like to apologise because what you’re about to read contains spoilers you could do without if you haven’t seen the movie but i guess that’s part of the reason you are here; to see what you will be getting yourself into if you’re thinking of purchasing a ticket.

We’ve been spoiled by the Marvel franchise over recent years and the first hour and a half of this movie shows you why we shouldn’t take that for granted. DC fans have had to wait years to see their beloved Justice League take centre stage and go toe to toe with Marvel’s Avengers. With Dawn of Justice signalling the beginning of a new era of DC movies, one would assume it’s going to be DC DC DC from here.

A movie that quite frankly begins just after over one hour of screen time, Dawn of justice is a slow burner. I personally had a hard time watching the first half of this movie which shuffles between lengthy scenes scarce of any proper dialogue which wouldn’t be so bad if we weren’t inside Batman’s hallucinations half of the time.

The movie begins with Thomas and Martha Wayne’s funeral then turns focus to Superman’s glorious beginning and reign as “God”, a title that received full criticism right away from people who barely managed to stay alive from the large scale destruction caused by Clark Kent during his first few moments on earth. Then comes Lois Lane, award winning journalist who is willing to go to the ends of the world trying to prove to the world that her superhero boyfriend isn’t who the world thinks he is.

It began to look like there wasn’t going to be any action in this one and i remember thinking to myself how bad this review was going to make the movie look, but one stupid Wayne financial employee, one court hearing, one silly Jessie Eisenberg character and 5 cool Superman landings was all it took for before Bruce realizes he had to end Superman’s reign. Realizing this, it was time for a trademark Batman scene showing Billionaire Bruce lift some weights and do a few pull-ups like he was fighting a mere mortal.

It seems like a mismatch if you’re going to think about it logically with Clark being in his prime and Bruce in his 40’s but trust Superman to rely so much on his physical strength, he forgets to think at all... For the love of God, if you’re going to get hit by gaseous Kryptonite the first time, one would think you should evade the next shot instead of trying to catch it, you’re certainly fast enough.

Seeing this movie really made me think about how awesome the possibility of Man of Steel 2 would have been instead of this - what’s the word now... over-glorified superhero matchup which gets a little irritating when Batman completely steals the show.

Fortunately, things would get interesting and soon too as Batman puts aside his bruised ego to team up with Superman and Wonder woman when Lex creates Doomsday from the remains of Zod. A move that probably saved this movie as the whole “Batman vs Superman” thing was shoved aside pretty quick... If you follow the Justice League animations, you wouldn’t be surprised to see Batman completely missing from the fight the instant there’s an extra-terrestrial superpower on board. I wouldn’t be too critic if i said the only thing good about this movie are the fight scenes which got better as the movie progressed.

Lois Lane got a little too much screen time, Wonder Woman had a bit more than the cameo appearance we were promised which i’m forever grateful for cause the movie looked like it could use another hero.

Apart from the first half of this movie being extremely painful to watch, there is the issue of Lex Luthor, who i’m afraid doesn’t fit well into any version of Lex Luthor i’m familiar with... he just seemed to be off, too edgy. Starting off with a few good lines and a villainous laugh that got my interest from the start, he became less appealing very quickly.

Then for the grandmaster of all movie spoilers in the history of theatre, Superman probably dies in this movie...Yes, he actually dies... pierced straight through the chest by Doomsday meters away from a foot long Kryptonite. The movie ends with his funeral by the way.

I wouldn’t be so quick to compare this with the Avengers or Iron Man 3, i mean, the acting was top notch and the writers could have done a better job but coming from Man of steel, you could say it’s a step in the right direction. If i’m going to recommend this to a friend, it would have to be because of its visual splendour and kickass fight scenes and hey, it’s the only time Batman and Superman go head on so i guess you just have to see this.

Overall, if you think of BvS and its effect on the DC franchise you will feel slightly encouraged when you take a look at the line-up of Superhero movies coming from them and with this level of visual beauty, up is the way to go.

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Uru Eke’s Attempt At Producing Fails To Pack A Punch

Remember me tells the story of Harida a young woman who has an uncanny gift of foreseeing events that are going to happen. In the wake of mysterious events taking place in her life, her husband David who works for a multinational organisation stumbles upon some incriminating evidence on one of the company’s projects involving an illegal land deal in the boarders of Cameroon, this spins off into a series of events that tests Harida’s gift and has her risking her own life.

The story practically attempts to do an exposition on corruption in ‘high places’ and the length they will go in hiding their mess. Uru Eke’s first attempt at producing has good intentions but a good number of things didn’t seem to play out properly. Izu Ojukwu the ace director of Alero’s Symphony was the able D for this picture and he just seemed to overlook certain basics, the scene where a frightened and screaming Harida (Uru Eke) saw those vultures or whatever the poor visual effects aimed to deliver in her room and Martin (Eyinna Nwigwe) came in to support her, as opposed to what is expected, he kept his stare on Harida all through even though she kept looking at a direction that screamed danger, he was supposed to have being conscious of the direction and the character  and the scene where Harida and Michael Tamuno (O.C Ukeje) were on the run and had to hide initially, for people running for dear lives, they should have at least had their voices lower and should have appeared more like people who just escaped death, since the aim of movie making is believability at its core. The acting didn’t  impress honestly, with David (Femi Jacobs) who plays Harida’s husband practically re-enacting his role as Mr M from the meeting and Uru Eke failing to emote enough as one will expect from someone who just lost two key persons in her life and O.C Ukeje’s character Michael was an extension of the Confusion na wa guy with no pidgin, his scruffiness not adding any value to the fact he was supposed to be an  investigative journalist, this could get him an AMAA and AMVCA nomination since he is favourite to those awards for anything. Among the cast Eyinna Nwigwe, Chigurl and Anthony Monjaro stood out in the portrayals of their characters. The cinematography was most apt for this picture though a bit too dark in a few scenes, the scripting was tight and heavy on rich dialogue, the music scores was also well suited especially the last scenes where orchestras were played.

One could hand Uru Eke a cookie for her attempt but certain little pieces should have been better put in place, example how did O.C Ukeje’s character make it back into the corporation even after he was sent out? And why did the movie end so abruptly? That piece is the basic part of any picture and it was taken for granted, it felt rushed at the end. Heroic movies like this always give that gallant lasting impression that heaves the attention of the audience with smiles and not leave them disappointed, it is fair to break conventions in film making but this has to still be done to please the audience, the title not connecting with the movie was enough convention already shattered.

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Cinematic Review Of Mildred Okwo's ‘Surulere’ (Patience Pays)

Surulere is one movie I have honestly anticipated since sometime last year when I saw some BTS photos and I mean it’s Mildred Okwo’s third film (I should have easily said second film but FYI, 30 days was her first, who knew?) but honestly the reason I wanted to see this movie was not because of the movie in itself, trailer and all but because of how much of a great movie ‘the meeting’ was, I mean Mildred had already carved a large niche for herself with that one but above all the MAINEST reason I had to see SURULERE was because of the heart wrenching and unbelievable review I had read were the movie was captioned a ‘disappointing pot of hot mess’ that review left me piqued and curious knowing well enough that mama glazed lens is not your average Nigerian get-rich-quick producer.

Surulere is a comedy that tells the story of a young timid graduate, Arinze (Seun Ajayi) desperate to beat his financial burdens in the process, he meets a financial go getter, Omosigho (Beverly Naya) their meeting shoots off a series of events that pressure Arinze into a get rich quick scheme. This movie was well directed by Mildred Okwo, it had very commendable shots of Lagos without necessarily choking us with any particular distraction (Lekki- Ikoyi bridge precisely), that was a breath of fresh air, Nollywood cinema goers will understand this, the angles at which many scenes were shot from was also a beauty to watch, the acting in this movie was top notch in every regard, Seun Ajayi didn’t remind us whatsoever that he was a new kid on the block with his AMVCA worthy portrayal of Arinze, another thing worth commending about him was he not trying hard to be funny though it was a comedy, that made his character more believable and hilarious and also a breath of fresh air that O.C Ukeje was not given the role, LOL. I won’t say I’m not a fan of Beverly’s acting though it should have been added to the story that she was a returnee from the U.K or something, she literally was trying too hard to sound Nigerian, Kemi Lala Akindoju proved herself worthy of Kunle Afolayan’s words, she was superb in her role as beauty and the landlady though I didn’t quite get why she played both roles, but for whatever reason, it was easy to overlook, Gregory Ojefua (the boss) was exceptional with his portrayal, Nwinna Nwigwe showed us how versatile he could be with roles and Tope Tedela’s fruity character was sure a hilarious one to watch though I felt he was a little uncomfortable with his role so that stiffened him a bit but hey!!! He was superb all the same. Rita Dominic who co- produced this movie graced us with a cameo without having to play a major role were she won’t fit in like majority of her counterparts in the industry who must play lead in their production regardless of the character’s specification that was quite remarkable to say the least. The screenplay written by Richard Odilu was far from banal and very relatable. The cinematography was not captivating however. The music scores in this one were just wonderful, every scene was well scored this added more value to the movie.

In all, Surulere is a wonderful piece of comedy that proves itself in its own right with a few easy to overlook goofs like the scene were the movie’s scripts are sprawled on the floor in the office, aside that, nothing was over the top and it is worth every piece of your money, it is nothing close to disappointing let alone a pot of mess. Go and see it and thank me later.

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Cinematic review of Mo Abudu's Fifty

Being one of the most anticipated movies of 2015, Fifty was one movie I had to see to complete my list of Nigerian movies to see this year. After seeing the trailer which i considered undeniably enticing, i journeyed to the theatre with a very open mind for the best.

Fifty captures a few pivotal days in the lives of four Nigerian women at the pinnacle of their careers. Tola, Elizabeth, Maria and Kate, four friends forced at midlife to take inventory of their personal lives while juggling careers and family against the sprawling backdrops of the upper middle-class neighbourhoods of Ikoyi and Victoria Island of Lagos. They live and work in the resurgent, ever-bustling, 24-hour megacity of Lagos. The movie had a brilliant cast which consisted of heavy weights such as Ireti Doyle, Nse Ikpe-Etim, Dakore Akande, Omoni Oboli , Wale Ojo, Emmanuel Ikubese among others, the acting performances were top notch and didn’t fail to impress in any way, out of the leads Nse Ikpe and Dakore Akande stood out for me especially Nse who I thought was exceptional and very believable with her role. The movie was adeptly directed by Biyi Bandele (half of a yellow sun). The screenplay was tight and was written by Bola Agbaje, Kemi Adesoye and Biyi Bandele who are all professionals in the script department. The sound, cinematography and picture quality were wonderful, the production value of this movie was beautiful, it had the most eye catching and memorable aerial shots of Lagos, apparently that was one of the main purposes for this movie to show you ‘the Lagos Hollywood will never show you’ the movie also had musical guest appearances from King Sunny Ade, Tiwa Savage, Waje, Nneka and Femi Kuti, this brought a lot of entertainment to this movie, one I haven’t seen in anything from Nollywood. As always the movie wasn’t without flaws, one very notable fault in the movie was the ages of the casting choices among the leads aside Ireti Doyle, ages that apparently didn’t reflect the title of the movie which was the main reason the story was produced by Mo Abudu, this error sparked a lot of questions that left me confused and amused at the same time, an error that has been very common in the industry and again some of the scenes had unnatural dialogues seeming like a pre read.

Overall this movie was apparently a big budget movie which didn’t fail to impress the audience but like I always say, a little more attention to small details like the age of casting choices or simply changing the title to ‘forty’ or anything else but fifty would have made this movie a knockout, all the same, this movie is one that you should see if you still haven’t.

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Cinematic Review Of Niyi Akinmolayan's 'Out Of Luck'

I went to see ‘out of luck’ for quite a  number of reasons; I had seen the trailer sometime which thought it was ‘dope’ and for the cast which I thought was brilliant, also to compensate myself for not seeing the department and when love happens which were blockbusters that happen to have been produced by the same person as ‘out of luck’ and lastly because I had read that the ‘screenplay was brilliant with no loose ends’, a remark that sparked my interest since i recently started working on my first script and I thought I could learn a thing or two.

The movie revolves around a young lottery operator (Tope Tedela) and his girlfriend (Linda Ejiofor) as their lives are turned upside down when a local gangster (Femi Branch) insists he be paid out on a lottery he did not win. Their attempt to pay the gangster takes them on a thrill ride from the slums of Lagos Island to the mansions of Ikoyi and back again. This movie has what I may call an ensemble cast with each actor being as brilliant and important as the other, Niyi Johnson (which i hadn’t known till this movie) and Chigurl did justice with comic relief while Femi Branch, the notable villain stood out for me. The direction by Niyi Akinmolayan was as good as it could get though the last faceoff scene could have been better executed. The screenplay which was written by Chinaza Onuzo was also not bad with ‘no loose ends’ but I didn’t quite get how you pass on your admission into a university like UI to your brother – This was a Katniss Everdeen move but this time, for something good. Forgive me if I’m wrong, but even if this happens or has ever happened, the story could have at least done a little explaining, making it more believable and how in heaven will a Nigerian go back to a bar in the slum with his rich brother when he knows his biggest problem is still very much at large and frequents there? That felt cheesy. Then again I don’t know whose fault this is but the scene showing the admission forfeiture had the brothers looking like kids too young to be considering university admission. The picture quality was smooth just like majority of ‘New Nollywood’ films but the sound quality wasn’t as good and the camera shots were shaky.

Overall this movie was quite interesting but would have been better if just a little more attention was given to a few minor details. Average viewers may not necessarily point out the minor faults in the movie so if you still haven’t seen it, try, it is worth your money.

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Cinematic review of Moses Inwang's Last 3 digits

Let us start from here, I saw road to yesterday not with high hopes of something way above the ordinary or anything of that sort because I had read some reviews already and one silly girl had spoiled it a bit for me on the movie’s instagram page, but just like majority of Nigerian cinema goers who appreciate the revolutionized Nollywood, I was happy for a Genevieve come back since it has been quite a while we saw her on the big screen. Well, let me not bore you with too much story and get down to business but FYI, this is a ‘user review’ not a ‘critic review’, fans of IMDb will know what I mean.

Road to yesterday is a road trip movie that tells a story mostly in flash backs about a couple who agreed to travel for a funeral and in the process started coming to terms with the many issues that have bedevilled their relationship and marriage. I wouldn’t want to go too hard, but for a comeback and a first production from ‘the entertainment network’ which happens to be Genny’s production company this movie was too flat and bland. I wouldn’t judge the script writers (Emil Garba and Ishaya Bako) for this one, since the story was from the executive producer herself (Genevieve Nnaji) who had the writers apparently dancing to her own tune but just for the records, every storyteller and writer know that the beginning of every piece MUST never be joked with, this movie was an exception. The acting had people talking in my screen room, the lead actor lacked this naturalness and flexibility, most scenes with him felt like a pre-read, though aunty Genny brought it on well here and there but you know what happens when palm oil stains one finger, Chioma Omeruah aka ‘Chigurl’ did her best with comic relief and Majid Michel was good, Ebele Okaro Onyiuke and Deyemi Okanlawon were what I tagged ‘expensive extras’. The able Director (Ishaya Bako) couldn’t have done more to salvage this movie, he did his best. The cinematography, picture and sound quality were quite commendable. One of my best scenes was the cemetery scene mostly because the aerial view was beautiful. Overall this movie had people in my theatre leaving before it even climaxed, hisses and na wa! was rife in the theatre and ensuing scenes were also well predicted as we went along, I kept on encouraging the girl by me to ‘be strong’ a twist was coming, this never happened.

The only advice I’ll give as one who believes in the ‘New Nollywood’ is that for next time, the story and characters be more complex, twisted and complicated so it leaves an imprint in the mind of the audience and the story should not have the very talented Genevieve snoozing in her comfort zone. If you missed Genevieve as much as I did you can go see this one, continuously seeing her face should palliate all that disappointment you should be feeling!

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