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  • Naomi

    NAOMI

     

                                                

     

    PRODUCER: JOHN OKAFOR

     

    DIRECTOR: ADIM WILLIAMS

     

    MAIN CAST: KENNETH OKONKWO, OMOTOLA JAJADE EKEINDE, EMEKA ROLLAS, JOE NWODO

     

    DURATION: 1:48:53

     

    SCREEN PLAY: ADIM WILLIAMS

     

    GENRE: MELODRAMA

     

    LOCATION: LAGOS

     

    RATINGS: 5/10

     

    MOVIE REVIEWER: OMOIKE TOLUWANI 14BE016609

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

      SYNOPSIS:

     

    The movie is centered on two brothers Uzor and Daniel who plan to kill Nduka and take over his wealth. Their plan is interrupted by Naomi, his wife who finds out their dubious ways of stealing money from Nduka. They kill Naomi but her spirit hunts them and would not allow them to rest until they are exposed.

     

    REVIEW:

     

    Nduka, (Kenneth Okonkwo) a rich man from Lagos goes to the village to visit his family. On getting there, his uncle leaves his two sons Uzor (Emeka Rollas) and Daniel (Joe Nwodo) in the hands of Nduka to train but the boys have other plans in mind. Naomi (Omotola Ekeinde) his wife who later has a son for him dies two months later owing to the fact that she discovered documents of the dubious acts of her husband’s brothers. She was killed in other to ensure her husband does not find out about the scam.

     

    CRITICS:

     

    I do not understand why someone wearing white will not have traces of blood on her garment after being stabbed more than once. The blood on the knife? Was that really blood or tomato paste?

     

    Continuity error: the first scene when Nduka was asked when he was going to get married and the next scene was when he was already married and his wife Naomi was pregnant.

     

    The scene when the brothers met on the road and discovered their secret document was missing. Daniel left his own car on the road and entered Uzor’s car and they went to the house. They came back to meet the car still there. How is that possible?

     

    When Naomi was killed and the brothers were leaving, her spirit came out of her body and started their car. Since when did ghosts start chasing car? I thought they were meant to have spiritual powers.

     

    In all I would recommend this movie who just had a bad day and needs to relax and get back to his/her mood. I RECOMMEND.

     

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  • Devil in a Dress

     

    Devil In A Dress

     

     

    PRODUCER: KAFUL DANKU

     

    DIRECTOR: PASCAL  AMANFO

     

    MAIN CAST: UTI NWACHUKWU, MAJID MICHELLE, KAFUL DANKUL, ROSELYN NIGISSAH

     

    DURATION: 1:33:00

     

    YEAR:2014

     

    MOVIE:RATING: Using a scale of 1 to 10, this movies gets a 7 from me

     

    SCREEN PLAY: PASCAL AMANFO

     

    GENERE: COMEDY

     

    LOCATION: LAGOS

     

    REVIEWER: UKA TOBI ONYINYE [14BE016622]

     

        SYNOPSIS:

     

    The movie is based on humor and focus on three unrepentant playboys lives who are forever changed when they cross paths a young beautiful lady who is single and calls herself not a professional prostitute but a complicated sophisticated hustler, with a killer body and the smile of a saint  that could actually handle multiple guys in a skilled way, and still have her way through.

     

    No other way could have been used to tell a better story than the romantic comedy approach about the movie titled “Devil In A Dress”.

     

       REVIEW:

     

    The movie takes us through the mystery of life and its occasional complex presentation of rational truth. Sheila a gorgeous, elegant and skilful lady is every man”s fanasty who at the very point made us to realize that it was all a  game of chess.

     

    The acting skills which was acted by different characters was perfectly impressive, all the characters in the movie performed excellently well to mention a few , the lead character Kafui Danku did marvelously with the role she played. One lady versus several guys, yet she was able to find her way through, she had the woman power and displayed it in a professional way all through the movie, she acted brilliantly. Another actress who nailed it was Roselyn Nigssah, she had a limited appearance and was full of enthusiasm and wildness. Her choice of words and acting dexterity demonstrated in the movie made it more side-splitting and fun. Lastly is the lady”s guy Majid Michel who managed the crisis that ensued between himself and his numerous girl lovers. It takes only a good actor like him to manage these conflicts.

     

     The lightening, quality of production, and picture quality was very remarkable, but in the technical aspect  the sound effect was very poor. The only part which was irrelevant in the movie was the narration aspect , already the storyline was acted  which was enough to be understood what the movie is all about. Nevertheless the movie was fun watching and full of creativity.

     

     I therefore conclude on a very good note that the movie “Devil in a dress” is a film that creates amusement, and sets your day in a happy mood.

     

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  • THE KINGDOM 2

    Name of reviewer: Osugo john

     

    The Kingdom 2

     

     

    Year of release: 2014  

     

    Duration; 01:46:24

     

    Producer: Christopher Ozoemena

     

    Director: Ifeanyi Ikpoenyi

     

    Major actors Eucharia Anunobi , Clem Ohameze, Van Vicker

     

    SYNOPSIS

     

    This movie is about the kingdom and palace that is at peace until the arrival of the prince ( Van Vicker). Unfortunately, driven by revenge, the prince wrecks havoc on the entire kingdom. He begins by killing the daughters of the king, then the King( Clem Ohameze) by torturing him emotionally, reminding him of his evil deeds. Serving him a great dose of wickedness 

     

     

    REVIEW 

    The movie is a very interesting and suspense filled movie. The actors try their bests to tell the story of wealth, scandals and revenge and are able to do that successfully. Also the movie soundtrack is in line with the movie which is surprisingly, unlike most nollywood movies, overbearing. I would rate the movie 100% but for the fact that the acting is sloppy. In some scenes, the actors look like they are rehearsing. Finally, the various types of shots and camera placements were not adopted and the gunshots and blood scenes, they could have done better.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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  • THE KINGDOM 2

    Name of reviewer: Osugo john

     

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    Year of release: 2014  

     

    Duration; 01:46:24

     

    Producer: Christopher Ozoemena

     

    Director: Ifeanyi Ikpoenyi

     

    Major actors Eucharia Anunobi , Clem Ohameze, Van Vicker

     

    SYNOPSIS

     

    This movie is about the kingdom and palace that is at peace until the arrival of the prince ( Van Vicker). Unfortunately, driven by revenge, the prince wrecks havoc on the entire kingdom. He begins by killing the daughters of the king, then the King( Clem Ohameze) by torturing him emotionally, reminding him of his evil deeds. Serving him a great dose of wickedness 

     

     

    REVIEW 

    The movie is a very interesting and suspense filled movie. The actors try their bests to tell the story of wealth, scandals and revenge and are able to do that successfully. Also the movie soundtrack is in line with the movie which is surprisingly, unlike most nollywood movies, overbearing. I would rate the movie 100% but for the fact that the acting is sloppy. In some scenes, the actors look like they are rehearsing. Finally, the various types of shots and camera placements were not adopted and the gunshots and blood scenes, they could have done better.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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  • MAAMI

     

    Tunde Kelani’s MA’AMI review by Peter Joyce Adewunmi

    The movie Ma’ami is a screen adaptation of Femi Osofisan’s play Ma’ami by Tunde Babalola; it was produced and directed by Tunde Kelani. The main casts in the movie are Funke Akindele (Ma’ami), Wole Ojo (grown up Kashy), and Ayomide Abatti (young Kashy). The movie portrayed the beauty of Lagos state and also the traditional Abeokuta, the movie lasted for one hour thirty two minutes and forty five seconds. The movie premiered on the 4th of June 2011 and was released in the cinema on the 3rd of February 2012 in Nigeria. The movie rating on a scale of 1-10 with 1 as very poor and 10 as extremely good is at the rate of 9 because it is a very awesome movie that touches the core of one’s heart, basically this movie has everything a reasonable movie should have, action (though not much), tiny romance, suspense (lots of suspense), a little crime and the best part is the message it sends. The genre of the movie is drama. The production company responsible for the movie is Mainframe film and television production.

    Synopsis

     The movie is basically about an Arsenal footballer Kashimawo who returns to Nigeria two days before the 2010 world cup and sets to make peace with the memories he has about his country before playing for them in the world cup while at keeping the country on hold. In the series of flashback the movie introduces us to MA’AMI (Funke Akindele) his mother who although poor did all she could for her son so he could go to school, she lied, embarrassed herself and made some rash decisions just to feed her son and send him to school at the same time trying to hide the secret of who his father is from him, despite all their problems she didn’t give up and made sure she taught her son how to be a good person.

    Elements of production

    Lightening: the lightening of the movie was perfect for the setting, it had the traditional/ flashbacks look although it was colored.

    Audio: the audio was also good; there were no unnecessary background noise.

     

    Camera placements:

    Medium shot: medium shots were mostly used in the movie, for example when young Kashy was in the room with his mum and she was telling him the story of Tamogene – the tough guy.

    Long shot: this shot was also used in the play, like when the movie just started and the full body structure of some women along the road side where shown.

    Close up shot: this shot was used towards the end of the movie to draw attention to the fact that Kashy finally made peace with his past and agreed to play for Nigeria.

    Set design: The set design was perfect for the movie; the house he grew up in with his mum really portrayed the extent of their poverty and the hotel he stayed in when he became rich also showed the state of his wealth.

    Make up: the makeup artiste was creative and subtle, the facial make up was perfect, her creativity was shown in the way she used powder on young Kashy’s hair to signify that he had “lapalapa”.

    Costume: There was nothing special about the costume, nothing too flamboyant, the right clothing were worn in the right place, the dressing of Kashy’s father was hilarious though.

    REVIEW:

    The movie Ma’ami is an awesome movie; Tunde Kelani obviously outdid himself Ma’ami can be said to be the best movie he has ever produced.  The sequential arrangement of the movie was on point, the characters used; the movie was so dramatic and kept me at the edge of my seat rather my bed. Funke Akindele also showed us that her calling is acting and nothing else, let face the fact nobody can imagine her as an accountant Na. My personal opinion is that the movie was error, judgments, bad critic and other bad things free, the only thing that can be criticized in the movie is the time but it’s totally worth it.

    The movie received four nominations at the 7th African movies awards including, Best Nigerian movie, Achievement in Cinematography, Best Child Actor and Best Production Design.

     

    Conclusion

    The movie is a very interesting movie (if you didn’t get the gist of what I have been saying since morning), it is a must watch y’all have to go and download it ASAP if you haven’t seen it.

    Memorable part:

    Personally, I have many memorable parts but the most memorable one of all was at the end when Kashy came back to his mum’s grave to drop flowers, it was so heart wrenching, I hope I have a son that’s loves me as much as he loved his mum.

    Also another memorable part was when armed robbers stole her money in the cab and she came down started rolling on the floor and lamenting about how “those amateur robbers could steal her money”.

    Memorable quote:

    I actually have 3 best quotes from the movie, they are:

    1)    Kindness must be shared but we must not be foolish about it.

    2)  Kindness is like a baton in a relay race, when you receive it, you pass it on.

    3)  Life is a game, some want to eat, some end up being eaten, and some are there, just watching and clapping.

     

     

     

     

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  • Under Your Skin

     

    REVIEW OF THE MOVIE “ UNDER YOUR SKIN”

     

    TITLE: Under Your Skin

     

    PRODUCER: Uche Jombo Rodriguez

     

    DIRECTOR: Ike Nnaebue

     

    SCREENPLAY: Ike Nnaebue, Folake Amanfo, Andrea Chika

     

    MAIN CAST:

     

    Uche Jumbo – Ese

     

    Imeh Bishop Umoh – Bassey

     

    Jason Nwoga – Simon

     

    Chika Chukwu – Jessie

     

    Aisha Shaba – Kiki

     

    Ike Nnaebue – Kenny

     

    LOCATION: Lagos, Nigeria

     

    PRODUCTION COMPANY: UCHE JOMBO STUDIOS

     

    GENRE: COMEDY

     

    LANGUAGE: ENGLISH

     

    DURATION: 109 minutes 22 seconds

     

    YEAR OF RELEASE: 2014

     

    MOVIE RATING: 6/10

     

    REVIEWER: OMAGBITSE AMAJU PAMELA

     

    SYNOPSIS:

     

    “Under Your Skin” is a story about a man Simon who is confined to a wheelchair and carries out his anger at life. He moves into an apartment where he has a neighbor Ese who confronts him about the noise he makes as a result of his anger issues. He was astonished because he usually gets pity from other women but in this case it was different. He develops interest for the girl although her feelings were not mutual at that point. He usually sends his cook Bassey to borrow some ingredients as a way of getting closer to her of which he did later on. There was a series of mishaps and misunderstandings but they fell in love eventually.

     

    ELEMENTS OF PRODUCTION

     

    LIGHTENING : The lightening was not bad. No special lightening technique was used

     

    AUDIO: The audio department did a partially good job although they were unable to balance the background music with the voices of the actors and actresses. The background music even appeared to overshadow their voices at some points.

     

    CAMERA PLACEMENTS:

     

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              MEDIUM SHOTS

     

              LONG SHOTS

     

    ANGLES: Mid-angle, low angle and high angle

     

    SET DESIGN: The set designer did a pretty good job. The houses were beautifully arranged and Simon’s family house was arranged in such a way that their wealth is being showed-off.

     

    MAKEUP: There was nothing so special about the makeup. The hair and the nails fixed on Kiki did not really show off a sophisticated person.

     

    COSTUME: The costumes used in the movie were appropriate for each and every one of the cast. I believe the costumes made an emphasis on the role each of the cast played.

     

    REVIEW

     

    Most Nigerian movies are very predictable but the movie “Under Your Skin” stunned us with its creative motif which uses comedy to relief tension. The setting was quite impressive, the modern day reflected in it . The role Bassey played by Imeh Bishop Umoh even made the movie funnier. Jason Nwoga who acted as Simon has a pretty good diction which made him even more attractive despite him being on a wheelchair. The movie teaches that no matter how bad ones condition is, there will always be that one person who sees beyond your flaws. Uche Jombo did a good job putting together this movie although there were a few things that put me off.

     

    At the beginning of the movie, the background music appeared to be louder than the voices of the actors and actresses. Uche Jombo was being overly dramatic which put me off her character totally. Anyway I will recommend this movie to anyone who will like to have a laugh after a long day of work.

     

    CONCLUSION

    “Under Your Skin” is one Nigerian movie that is filled with laughter and creativity. A lesson learnt from this movie is that you should be comfortable in your own skin, there will always be that person that will overlook your flaw. This movie is a must watch !!

  • Iyore ‘The Return’

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    ELFREDA .O. ANENIH’S REVIEW OF FRANK RAJAH’S ARASE’S ‘IYORE, THE RETURN’

    PRODUCTION COMPANY: Raj and Heroes Films

    DIRECTOR: Frank Rajah Arase

    PRODUCER: Kwame Boadu

    SOUND DESIGNER: Bernie Anti

    EDITOR: Afra Marley

     

     CREDITED CAST

    Rita Dominic          -as-     Osarugwe

    Joseph Benjamin   -as-     Prince Azuwa

    Okawa Shaznay      -as-    Princess Ajoke/Amenze/Onaiwu

    Yemi Blaq                   -as-    Ovie

    Paul Obazele            -as-     Oba

    Bukky Wright           -as-     Queen Adekoya

    LOCATION:                                Benin Kingdom

    DURATION OF FULL MOVIE:             01:49:17

    DATE OF RELEASE:                     MAY 8, 2015

    MOVIE RATING:                     6 out of 10.

    REVIEWER:                      Anenih Elfreda Oseremen

    Iyore ‘The Return’ set around the ancient Benin kingdom is a mythical love tale transcending from one lifetime to another and growing stronger each time it is reenacted. Iyore tells the story of a beautiful lady Osarugwe (Rita Dominic), a high school history teacher who is married to Ovie (Yemi Blaq) in the 80’s but is in love with a crown prince of Benin Kingdom; Prince Azuwa (Joseph Benjamin) but it is forbidden because she is already a married woman though separated. The Prince Azuwa is to be married to Ajoke (Okawa Shaznay) a Yoruba Princess might be a Reincarnation of Amenze, one the Sacred Virgins of the Ancient Benin kingdom who had an affair and got pregnant for Edosa, the greatest warrior in the Ancient Benin kingdom and had to run away with him rather than being buried alive with the dying King.

    MY REVIEW

    Iyore, which also means Life after Life to me, is a wonderful movie. Following the works of Frank Rajah Arase over the years, one can attest to the very fact that proverbs do make a substantial portion of his royal art pieces; but its use in ‘Iyore, the return’ is exceptionally beautiful to watch.

    I was also impressed by the full display of rich custom and tradition of the Benin kingdom, because hardly do we see Nigerian movies that display that cultural heritage and therefore the movie to me is one of a kind. We could see the culture of the Benin people even for those who are not from Benin, but learning one or two things about the culture of the Benin Kingdom.

    The costumes were striking, right from the Ancient times in the movie up to the 80’s, the proper outfits of the Benin people, from the beads to the crowns and the props, they were all properly and carefully selected.

    The Script was the most capturing part of the movie, it is one thing to put together a script, it’s another thing to put together a beautiful script, I highly commend the script writer for a job well-done, it makes the viewer feel the action in the movie. The narration was a bit vague. It took a while before I could understand what was happening, because there were so many events happening all at the same time.

    Although the film generally has many strong points working for it, it struggles in its attempt to pull off an easy transition from setting to setting. It goes from past to present and back again over and over again which confuses the viewer.

    The film’s subtitle is poorly done and I feel should be revisited, there were countless errors in the subtitles of the movie making it look like proper attention wasn’t given to the subtitling of the movie and could have been left out because I felt it wasn’t necessary, except in the case whereby the actors were speaking in their dialect.

    Conclusion

    Overall, ‘Iyore’ movie would appeal to its audience, it has intelligently crafted a cultural piece that can stand as one of the best films to me in 2015. It is a wonderful and a must watch movie.

    ELEMENTS OF PRODUCTION

    CAMERA PLACEMENTS AND ANGLES

    CLOSE-UP SHOTS               close and detailed view of the action in the film.

    MEDIUM SHOTS                 subject in the middle distance, permitting some of the background to be seen.

    LONG SHOTS                        a relatively great distance in the movie, permitting a broad view of the scene.

     

  • make a move

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    MOVIE REVIEW: make a move

    PRODUCER: Ivie okunjaye

    DIRECTOR: Niyi Ankimolayan

    STARRING: Ivie Okujaye, Tina Mba, Beverly Naya, Wale Adebayo, Victor Godfery, Helga Sosthenes

    RELEASE DATE: June 6th 2014

    CINIMATOGRAPHY: Austin Nwaolie

    GERNES: Musical, Dance film

    LOCATION: LAGOS, NIGERIA

    DURATION: 1:40:31

    MOVIE RATING: from the scale of 1 to 10 I would give it a 5

    Continuity: dike okeh

    Reviewer: DIKE-OKOBAH JENNIFER

     

    Synopsis:   Make a move is an interesting proudly Nigerian movie that is all about a young girl Osas and her sister Esosa who are been bullied by their step-father Tunde  and their mother was ignorant, even when Osas was raped by Tunde, their mother was unaware and decided to remain in the dark even when she was told.

    Osas met a man at her place of work named Chuma and they become friends he also inspires her to follow her dream as a dancer she joins his dance group and they win a contract with popular stars 2face and Omawumi. Tunde on the other hand was beaten by some hoodlums whom he owed money and their mother finds out the truth and apologises for all her mistakes.

     

                  ELEMENTS OF PRODUCTION

    LIGHTING: There was no special kind of lighting technique used here. It seemed like they tried to play safe. The lights were just okay.

     PICTURE QUALITY: The picture quality was rather poor for a 2014 movie. They could have done much better.

     CAMERA SHOTS: The camera men here employed a variety of shots like:

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    REVIEW

     

     The movie was very interesting and also motivating to teenagers and children who are been harassed by their step-fathers or step-mothers and unable to follow their dreams to do whatever they find joy in doing. The movie shows the act of bravery and a lot of nerve, Osas (ivie okujaye) the lead actor was harassed by her step-dad Tunde (wale Adebayo) and even surprised the audience with her bravery, the story line was very interesting and also inspiring. This should be the first dance movie in Nigeria to bring foreign dance routines. Even Esosa (Helga Sosthenes) the younger sister to Osas was also brave even when her sister wasn’t there she still tried to remain strong. I really enjoyed the movie, it was really inspiring

     

       The make-up artist: The make-up artiste didn’t do a neat job at the beginning when Osas was beaten by Tunde, the injury didn’t look real.

     

    The continuity: The continuity was good apart from the part where Tunde came to attack Esosa and Osas and next they heard a gunshot and next scene Esosa is at the hospital with no injury 

    Costumes: for a 2014 dance movie the costume was not so good

    Dance coordinator: it is funny because this movie had no dance coordinator and it’s a dance movie it was not supposed to be so, it was very obvious because they did not perform well with their dance moves at all.

    The dance steps were not organised at all.

     

     Some grammatical errors made in the movie

    The head of the gang that beat Tunde up at the end of the movie said ‘’you thought you are smart’’ instead of you think you are smart and also ‘’we have find the idiot’’ instead of we have found the idiot

  • make a move