Choose color scheme

Category Archives: Movie Evolution

  • STELLAR

    Stellar-198x282

     

    TITLE: STELLAR

    PRODUCER: UDAK ISONG OGUAMAHAM

    DIRECTOR: IKECHUKWU ONYEKA

    STORY AND SCREENPLAY: UDAK ISONG OGUAMAHAM AND ANTHONY KEHINDE JOSEPH

    MAIN CASTS: CHIOMA CHUKWUKA, OKEY UZOESHI, MOYO LAWAL

    LOCATION: NIGERIA

    DURATION: 01:29:09

    DATE OF RELEASE: 2015

    MOVIE RATING: 8

    REVIEWER: PETERS SHALOM CHINYERE (15BE02310)

    SYNOPSIS:

    Stellar, a woman that got separated after 17 years of marriage, because her husband claimed to not feel the marriage and the love anymore. She moved on with her life struggling to feed herself and her daughter and also to send her to school. While her ex-husband left her and moved in with his newly-found love. She later found a good job and fell in love with a man which was her director. 

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    ELEMENTS OF PRODUCTION: SHOTS IN THE MOVIE

    1.      LONG SHOT

     vlcsnap-2016-10-20-14h55m37s583

     

    2   MEDIUM SHOT

    vlcsnap-2016-10-20-14h44m26s712

     

     

    3   CLOSE SHOT

    vlcsnap-2016-10-20-14h52m42s358

     

     

     

     

     

    REVIEW:

    This movie about two tales, one fantasy and the other reality. Stella’s poverty after the separation from her husband was real. The movie became more interesting when she was found by the movie director and how through the help of her daughter won the lead role in a movie.

    This movie just explained or brought out the true nature of Nollywood movie industry, where directors take advantage of women, all in the name of making them famous in the movie industry. There was a scene where Stella walked in on a director trying to play some funny games with an actress and she retorted, ‘You have not made enough money to pay your fellow prostitutes to service you?’ Stella stated that some directors give the industry a bad name, but women who are party to the game should shoulder some of the blame. After all, it does take two to tango.

    Another thing about this movie was the executive producer, the actress. I could tell when an actress is a producer of a movie. When you see an unskilled actress in a lead role, it’s either she paid to be in the movie or she’s somehow connected to the filmmaker.

    I really loved the mother-daughter relationship, with Stella and her daughter, played by Jemima Osunade. They were best friends at times and then there moments when the daughter played the maternal role. So cute.

    The issue of romance, there wasn’t really enough romance, as Stella fought Benson all the time for most of the movie. But, things later ended well for them, but the movie should have used some passion.

    The video, audio and direction were okay, but at some point in time, the people working on set were making noise, that we could hear their voices and also there was a part where the music was too loud and I barely could hear what the casts were saying.

     

    CONCLUSION:

    The movie was a very nice one, it taught quite a number of things and the production and 

  • FISH GIRL

    v\:* {behavior:url(#default#VML);}
    o\:* {behavior:url(#default#VML);}
    w\:* {behavior:url(#default#VML);}
    .shape {behavior:url(#default#VML);}

    Normal
    0

    false
    false
    false

    EN-US
    X-NONE
    X-NONE

    /* Style Definitions */
    table.MsoNormalTable
    {mso-style-name:”Table Normal”;
    mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0;
    mso-tstyle-colband-size:0;
    mso-style-noshow:yes;
    mso-style-priority:99;
    mso-style-parent:””;
    mso-padding-alt:0cm 5.4pt 0cm 5.4pt;
    mso-para-margin-top:0cm;
    mso-para-margin-right:0cm;
    mso-para-margin-bottom:8.0pt;
    mso-para-margin-left:0cm;
    line-height:107%;
    mso-pagination:widow-orphan;
    font-size:11.0pt;
    font-family:”Calibri”,sans-serif;
    mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri;
    mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin;
    mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri;
    mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin;}

    MOVIE TITLE: Fish girl part 1

    PRODUCER: Okwudili Ejiofor

    DIRECTOR: Henry Mgbemele

    SCREEN PLAY: Henry Mgbemele

    MAIN CAST: Regina Daniels (Ebube), Don Brymo Uchegbu

    LOCATION: Asaba, Delta State

    DURATION: 1:23:32

    GENRE: Drama

    DATE OF RELEASE: 2016

    MOVIE RATING: 5 of 10

    REVIEWER: Onwochei Lucky 15BE02304

                                                        SYNOPSIS

     Ebube (Regina Daniels), a young and beautiful girl makes an encounter with a marine spirit, ugomiri, when she mistakenly trespassed on this entity’s path by going to the stream during an odd time of the day to fetch water. In anger, the marine spirit threatened to kill her, but she begs for compassion and promises to do whatever the spirit wants. The marine spirit then initiated her as her daughter and henceforth, always granted her many favours that makes her stand out successfully among her peers.

    Elements of production (notable camera shot, angles, movements etc.)

                                                        

                                                             REVIEW

    The movie is good fair element of production and a nice story. It tries to point out some superstitious occurrences in the society especially the rural areas. It tried to portray a particular culture in a given society which is the fishing festival, but the scene was not believable as it did not portray what a real festival should look like. Imagine a festival whereby only six men participated, no crowd was there to witness the event and it was just a man of all the elders in the community that rewarded the winner.

            Also, the costumes were not really good and the after effects used were not enhanced. The river goddess did not appear to be realistic, everything about her costume were not looking natural and I think they have to work on that aspect because they tried in some other aspect such as sound and picture quality.  

    The movie title ‘fish girl’ was not portrayed in this part 1. I am sure many people would be expecting to see Ebube transform into a fish or mermaid but nothing of such was portrayed.

     

                                         ELEMENTS OF PRODUCTION

    AUDIO: The movie has a very good sound and nice synchronization of the lip movement and the sound.

    PICTURE QUALITY: This movie has good camera quality. In fact it was shot in HD with lighting and background in perfect concord.

    CASTING AND SCREENPLAY: The story seems to be interesting but was not properly told especially with the use of transitions. Though the majority of the cast in the movie are not popular actors, they tried but they still need to upgrade their acting skill. The major character (Regina Daniels) did a good job though.

                                                              

                                                            CAMERA SHOTS

    Most of the shots used were Medium Shots (MS) and long shots (LS)

    Medium shot;Screenshot (33)

    •                       Screenshot (20)

    Long shot: Screenshot (16)

     

    Extreme long shot: Screenshot (21)

     

    Over the shoulder shot: Screenshot (31)

                                                    

                                                        

                                                            CAMERA ANGLES

     

    Low angle:                        Screenshot (27)

                                                   Screenshot (22)

     

    Mid angle:                             Screenshot (32)

                                              

    CONCLUSION: The production team tried a lot especially with the picture quality owing to the fact that they are upcoming and likewise the cast used in this movie; Practice makes perfect. I am expecting better movies from this production team.

    Favourite quote: by Ebube’s hater who later turned her (Ebube’s) friend, Nonye “you know there is no reward for a singer in the fishing festival” this she said, mocking Ebube of not being a good dancer fit for the festival which holds reward for the best female dancer and best fisherman.

     

     

     

  • A FEW GOOD MEN

    A-Few-Good-Men

    TITLE: A FEW GOOD MEN

    PRODUCER: FEMI JACOBS, TOLU SHOLANKE

    DIRECTOR: EJIRO ONOBRAKPOR

    SCREENPLAY: EJIRO ONOBRAKPOR

    MAIN CAST: JOSEPH BENJAMIN, KATE HENSHAW, ANTHONY MONJARO, OREKA GODIS

    LOCATION: LAGOS ISLAND, LAGOS, NIGERIA

    DURATION: 1HR 9MINS.

    DATE OF RELEASE: 2014

    MOVIE RATING: 8/10

    REVIEWER: SEGUN-BABATUNDE TOLUWANI O. 15BE02314

    SYNOPSIS:

    Fred is a successful banker, who feels is in love with his girlfriend, Ivie. Unfortunately, she dumps him for “being too nice” and he falls into a state of depression. The feelings of love rekindle for his best friend, Toks. Toks and Ada are two great friends of his that help him out of his depressive state. While Fred has feelings for Toks, Ada has feelings for Fred, and Toks is dating Wale, one of Fred’s friends. Domestic violence is an issue some women in this movie face. Together, Fred and his friends take measures against it.

    EXTREMELY LONG SHOTS: 

    Screenshot_2016-10-12-07-51-42

    Screenshot_2016-10-12-08-01-07

    Screenshot_2016-10-12-08-00-59

    LONG SHOTS:

    Screenshot_2016-10-12-08-14-04

    Screenshot_2016-10-12-08-14-30

    Screenshot_2016-10-12-08-57-00

    MEDIUM SHOTS:

    Screenshot_2016-10-12-08-36-38

    Screenshot_2016-10-12-09-05-58

    CLOSE UP SHOTS:

    Screenshot_2016-10-12-07-58-14

    Screenshot_2016-10-12-08-57-18

     Screenshot_2016-10-12-09-09-43

    OVER THE SHOULDER SHOTS:

    Screenshot_2016-10-12-07-56-17

    Screenshot_2016-10-12-08-06-21

    Screenshot_2016-10-12-08-22-50

     LOW ANGLE SHOTS:

    Screenshot_2016-10-11-22-08-23

    Screenshot_2016-10-12-07-53-53

    Screenshot_2016-10-12-08-31-04

    Screenshot_2016-10-12-08-31-12

    REVIEW:

    Ejiro Onobrakpor is a genius. For him to have been able to come up with something as brilliant as this, I give him thumbs up.

    The producers are multi-talented. Femi Jacobs, the very famous actor is an excellent producer as well. There’s also Tolu Sholanke. Who would have thought that a lawyer could be a movie producer?

    The idea behind this movie is not to rub the relationship of various couples in our faces, and make us want to love and be loved. No! This movie goes beyond that. It teaches a lesson and it sends a message.

    A Few Good Men may be a romantic movie, but it also teaches a lesson. When people hear “romantic movie”, what comes to mind is kissing, perfect relationship, love and all that between the cast members. Funny, how this movie hardly displays such scenes. The movie basically sends a message – Good men are hard to find these days. So, ladies, cherish what you’ve got. He could be the one. We see strangers turn to friends, friends turn to lovers, friends turn to enemies, lovers turn to enemies, and even strangers turn to lovers. –Twisted, I know! In this movie, we learn that nothing is at it seems.

    The best part was towards the end. I thought it was just going to end with the people finding their perfect match. No, it wasn’t just that. They have a cause, a motive, an aim. They are fighting for women and their rights. They end up fighting against domestic violence in relationships and homes. Those that weren’t tagged as good men in the movie are those that exhibited some sort of abuse to their partners.

    The music in the movie was okay. Loving Me and Missing Rib both performed by Dr. Foy fit the movie perfectly. They came at the right time and fit the scene perfectly. Truth is, I can’t get the song out of my head.

    Joseph Benjamin did well playing the role of the heart broken. We see the pain, the tears, the feeling of depression. I think he should have won African Actor of the Year again in 2014 for this movie. As the broken hearted, as the lover boy, he did well. Even as the very courageous friend. I’m one of his fans and I always appreciate his efforts.

    Deyemi Okanlawon was given that “bad guy” role to play, and to be honest, he didn’t mess up. After seeing him act in the EbonyLife series; Dowry, I’ve been a huge fan of his.

    This is the first movie I’ve seen Oreka Godis star in and she didn’t do too bad. Apparently, this isn’t the first one she’s acting in. It’s good to know she’s a great actress as well as an outstanding On-Air-Personality.

    Kate Henshaw was given the role of a 30 year old single lady to play and she did it well. Her character, Ada really doesn’t care what men think of her. Her own is just to continue her work and believe that her man would come. She is the woman of faith, very successful and hardworking. Ada is my favourite character- patriotic, successful, hardworking, Christian, patient… the list goes on.

    The other actors and actresses in this movie did very well to make this movie outstanding. I really like Otas Bazuaye who did well in making me laugh when he appeared. Who could forget his special catchphrase “Sanctified!”

    CONCLUSION: Kudos to all those who made an effort in putting this movie together, from the producer, to the costumer.  They really did do a good job. A Few Good Men is a movie I’d recommend to anyone looking for a good Nigerian movie. We can learn one or two from this movie.

    My favourite quotes from the movie:

    ·         “I love you, but I’m not in love with you.” – Ivie

    ·         “Men are not worth the heartache.” – Ada

    ·         “I’m a beautiful, hardworking, Christian girl. I don’t need a man to be secure.” – Ada

    ·         “Love is a strong word Wale. You don’t misuse it or abuse it.” – Toks

    ·         “The arms that stroke your cheeks hit with so much hate.” – Ada

     

  • BONDS OF LOVE

    TITLE: BONDS OF LOVE

    PRODUCER

    DIRECTOR: Micheal Jaja

    SCREENPLAY: Chuks Obiora

    MAIN CAST: Genevieve Nnaji, Emeka Ike, Amaechi Muonagor, Ify Afuba

    LOCATIONS(S): Enugu

    DURATION: 1:46:01

    RELEASE DATE:

    MOVIE RATING (1 being very poor and 10 being excellent): 3

    REVIEWER: Anyim Chibuike Pius (15BE02260)

     

    SYNOPSIS: In the aftermath of her mothers death, Sandra (Genevieve Nnaji) goes rogue and becomes rebellious to both her father Chief Roland Okezie (Amaechi Muonagor) and her stepmother, Edah (Ify Afuba). Sandra grows wilder despite pleas by her parents for her to change her character. 

    Growing more agitated by her behaviour, Chief Ronald denies Sandra of her car and freezes her bank account. Left with no money, she begins to see the reality of life and falls in love with Michael. As their love grows, Michael encourages Sandra to change her ways and subsequently fixes her relationship with her parents. 

     

    ELEMENTS OF PRODUCTION

    CAMERA SHOTS

    2. Long Shot1. Extremely Long Shot (Ex Ls)

    1. Extremely Long shot

     

    2. Long Shot (LS)

    2. Long Shot

     

     

    3. Medium Shot (Ms)

    3. Medium Shot)

     

    4. Big close up (BCU)

    4. Big close up 

     

    CAMERA ANGLES

    1. Extreme High Angle Shot

    5. Extreme HA

     

    2. High Angle

    6. High Angle

     

    3. Mid Angle

    7. Mid Angle

     

    4. Low Angle

    8. Low Angle

     

    5. Point of View

     

     9. Point of View

     

     

    REVIEW:

    I feel that Bonds of Love was a disaster. The plot is sentimental, the video quality bad, the production plagued by technical glitches and the acting raw and looking like something that was shot after a maximum of two rehearsals. The following are some reasons why I consider the film a disaster: 

     

    PREDICTABILITY: Each time I leave a cinema after a movie, I feel pleased and look forward to seeing movies again. Unfortunately, Bonds of Love fed me with so much drama which in turn gave me nothing but predictable plots and resolutions. It was very hurting. I strongly believe that what makes a good movie is not the number of star characters but rather, how the plot systematically beat the imagination of viewers in the course of events.

     

    CHARACTERS: As is common in Nollywood, the cast of Bonds of Love is filled with high profile, sloppy, unrepentant and un-dynamic actors/actresses. When I saw Emeka Ike, I knew to expect a lover boy role and with Amaechi Muonagor, a wealthy and angry man. I can honestly say I don’t know Genevieve enough to have make any assumptions about her role.

     

    VIDEO QUALITY: The movies was produced with a very little video quality that I had to question if the movies were shot a decade ago.

     

    LIGHTING: The lighting of the movie was very poor. Add the poor lighting to the horrible camera quality and you’ll understand the torture I went through. 

     

    SOUNDTRACK: On different occasions, the beginning of the songs played in the movie begun and ended abruptly. It would have been more forgivable if the the songs were horrible but faded in or out.

     

    SOUND EFFECTS:

    I believe that a good film should approximate reality, but when the director ignored the fake and unconvincing slaps administered by Chief Ronald, the situation became absurd. In place of any actual slaps, the Chief beats the air on numerous occasions while poorly placed and recorded ‘slap effect’ filled the void. The same goes for all the times when Sandra screamed. The sound came either before or after she came in contact with the cause of her pain/surprise.

     

    TIME KILLING: Bonds of Love showed so many unconnected scenes and dedicate several minutes on these scenes. Clichés of time killing scenes are often seen in the parties Susan threw. I feel it is irrelevant for a movie that is rarely up to two hours of normal time to be split into several parts.

     

    CONCLUSION: It is futile if Nollywod keeps producing and releasing movies every Monday morning when they lack the qualities movies need to stand. Though media personalities say that the industry has been politicised, I believe a better entertainment industry is need to uplift the image of the entertainment world of Nigeria and Africa. Quite simply,  we need good movies.

     

    FAVOURITE QUOTE: “Woman. What do you want me to do?” – Chief Ronald Okezie

  • Beyond Beauty part 1

    Screenshot_2016-10-19-15-44-42~2

     

    TITLE: BEYOND BEAUTY (PT 1)

    PRODUCER: ANDY BEST

    DIRECTOR: ANDY CHUKWU

    SCRIPT/PRODUCED BY: ANDY IKECHUKWU NNADI

    MAINCAST: VICTOR OSUGWU (LOUIS), EMEKA ENYECHA (JASPA), CHARITY EKE (LETICIA)

    DURATION: 45:48(FORTY FIVE MINUTES, FORTY EIGHT SECONDS)

    LOCATION: OWERRI, NIGERIA

    DATE OF RELEASE: APRIL 16, 2016

    MOVIE RATING: (FROM 1 BEING POOR AND 10 EXCELLENT) 7/10

    REVIEWER: OBASOHAN ESOSA ISAAC

    SYNOPOSIS: looking at the movie beyond beauty you would notice that there are two sides to the story, one talks about a boy named jasper (Emeka Enyecha) who prefers having a business rather than going to school, jaspa was advised by his parents to go to school, but jaspa refuses giving them reasons why he should not go to school. Jaspa felt it was a waste of time going to school for 4years and coming out without a good job, so jaspa intends to drop out from school and become a business man. After much efforts by both parents and friends. Towards the end of the movie jaspa loses both parents. How will he survive?

    The second part of the story talks about two lovers Louis (victor osugwu), Leticia (charity eke), Louis who is a keke driver  and Leticia who owns a clothing shop, were not supported by friends, family and neighbors in their love relationship. Everybody believed Louis a keke driver could not have such a babe like Leticia, they believed there was more to it. How will the two lovers cope with the forces against their relationship? Is the love real?

    ELEMENTS OF PRODUCTION

    SOUND EFFECTS:  the sound effect used in the movie was ok, due to fact that there were little errors, such as action before the sound in some parts.

    LONG SHOT (LS)

     Screenshot_2016-10-19-15-23-11

    MEDIUM SHOT

     Screenshot_2016-10-19-15-26-59

    MID ANGLE

     Screenshot_2016-10-16-09-53-43

    LOW ANGLE

     Screenshot_2016-10-19-15-28-02

    HIGH ANGLE

     Screenshot_2016-10-19-15-34-09

    REVIEW

                    This movie beyond beauty is no difference in what is happening in our society or around us. There are situations where children don’t listen to the advice of parents, especially those from very rich background, where most things are done for them. Jaspa(Emeka Enyecha) put his hope on his parents riches now towards the end he loses both parents, how is he going to cope, so most children today in our society depend on parents riches, they don’t intend to work for theirs, which is very dangerous and risky. Now what if those parents are not there how will they survive?

     Also in the beginning of the movie jaspa’s father talks about the meaning of jaspa saying jaspa was one of the wise men that paid homage to Jesus and he said jaspa was not making use of his name. He said jaspa was a wise man but he was not showing any wisdom, but jaspa argues that the decision he was taking was wise. What am I trying to bring out of this? What am trying to say is that children should try and listen to their parents. Most children who never had parents or who had parents that never had time for them have become wayward and useless. In this our generations now children and parents are now the same, you cant differentiate them, because there is no respect.

    CONCLUSION

    Parents train up your child the way he should grow, because wherever they go they are the ambassadors of your family, so whatever they do will hither add positively or negatively to your family. So be mindful of your kids. And to children learn to obey and trust your parents because they want the best for you, don’t be like jaspa.

    FAVOURITE QUOTE

    “Do you know jaspa was one of the wisest men in the bible, he paid homage to the lord Jesus”.

    9

  • Saworoide

    SAWOROIDE

     Title:-Saworoide (Yoruba Movie)

    Producer:-Tunde Kelani

    Director:-Tunde Kelani

    Screenplay:-Akinwumi Isola

    Main cast:-Kola Oyewo, Kunle Bamitefa, Bukky Wright, Kunle Afolayan

    Location:-Osun State

    Duration:-Part 1 and 2 – One hour, Forty Four minutes and eight seconds (1:44)

    Date of Release:-1999

    Movie Rating:-Eight (8)

    Reviewer:-David-Ayabiogbe, Timothy – 15BE02266

    Synopsis:-Saworoide by Tunde Kelani

    The King of Jogbo, Lapite, has decided to make money rather than serve as he ascends the throne. Lapite eliminates all forms of opposition by harassing them into exile.

    The rightful heir to the throne Adebolu is killed and Ayangalu, the official drummer who escapes into exile raises Adebola, the only child of Adebolu. Lapite takes a new wife as he embarks on an exploitation of the resources of forest trees.

    The townspeople are ruthlessly forced to stop their protest. In desperation, the youths decided to employ violence and seize the royal crown which by tradition must not leave the palace.

    Lapite, in desperation seeks military aid by engaging Lagata a retired military officer. Lagata kills Lapite and over thrones his kingdom. The youths turn to Amawomawo, the chief priest for help and he works with the drummer to get the Saworoide played on the day of coronation, which causes Lagata to die mysteriously. Adebola becomes king eventually.

    Elements of Production

    Extreme close shot – It was used at the beginning of the movie when the camera was placed closed to the drum.

    Long shot – This was used to show the center of the village when people were jubilating.

    High Angle – This is when the camera was placed diagonally on Lagata when he was reading a speech to people.

    saworoide(1)

    Close up shot

    saworoide

    Long shot

    vlcsnap-2010-10-28-17h28m08s60

    Medium shot

    Review

    The movie paid highly attention to detail and the use of sweet sounding songs and chants drives home a few points. Saworoide thrives on very witty performances from the main characters. The movie consists of many legendary Yoruba film actors. Kola Oyewo, who seems to have appeared the most times, brings A-game with every scene, portraying qualities of villain with such cleverness. Lere Piamo and Larinde Akinleye’s performances as greedy eye-servicing chiefs are very good. Also, Adebayo Faleti entertains us with his proverbial songs and sarcasm.

    The subtitle of Saworoide is accurately done, though not so perfect. Compared to the translations done in our present day indigenous movies were incantations are subtitled as “INCANTATIONS,” Saworoide does a complete work in order to carry the non-Yoruba audience along, and does it very well.

    Saworoide also shines more light on the great and impressive beauty of tradition, the myth of folklore and the allure of African art in a way that isn’t forced. One of the examples of tradition in the movie is that the royal crown must not leave the palace. The movie was able to merge Yoruba culture into one hour forty-five minutes without rendering us confused.

    There is some certain negativity about the movie also. For example, there are parts in the subtitle that would have been better off not seen. An example is the scene where certain people dance without any words spoken and is subtitled as ‘Arapa and Arese are dancing. An Arapa advance towards her opponent…….This information only belongs on the script and not our screens. 

    The sound of the gunshot and wounds are evidently poorly executed, the blood seeming like wet paint diluted with water. That Baba Opalaba remains at one spot throughout the entire movie, from Lapite’s ascension on the throne to Lagata’s ascension fifteen years later without aging seems so ridiculous. Pertaining to age, the only obvious signs that fifteen years have passed are the characters of Arapa and Arese. Everyone looks identical with their fifteen-years-ago selves.

      

    Conclusion:-Notwithstanding the flaws, Saworoide is an all time Yoruba Classic that ridicules the corrupt practices in government. The movie teaches a lesson. No leader or person should side-step any correct installation procedure.

    Favorite quote – White cloth longs for indigo dye, first part of a statement cries for the second. 

     

  • OKON THE TROUBLEMAKER

     

    TITLE: Okon the Trouble Maker

    Screenshot_2016-10-19-19-49-00-1

    PRODUCER: Ifechi E. Akudinobi

    EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: Ifechi E. Akudinobi

    DIRECTOR: Duro Micheal (D.G.N) Mr. Magic

    SCREENPLAY: Duro Micheal

    MAIN CAST: Bishop Umoh Ime, Amaechi Muonagor, Duro Micheal, Wisdom Anele

    LOCATION: Nigeria

    DURATION: 43 minutes 56 seconds

    GENRE: Comedy

    DATE RELEASED: 2014

    MOVIE RATING (1 being very poor and 10 being excellent): 5

    REVIEWER: Egbuka Ezinnayamaka – 15be02271

    SYNOPSIS:

    The movie OKON THE TROUBLEMAKER, starring Bishop Umoh Ime, Amaechi Muonagor, Duro Micheal and Wisdom Anele is about Akiri (Bishop Umoh Ime), a troublesome man who is a menace to his father, Mgbede (Amaechi Muonagor). He goes to school and is a less than average student.

    Akiri, however, falls in love with another student, Lucy (Ogbuka Adaogo) who is very studious. He tries his best to win over her affection. The outcomes, however, are very humorous.

    ELEMENTS OF PRODUCTION:

    SOUND EFFECTS: The sound in the movie was very audible. There was however no depiction of scenes through background music which could have heightened the movie’s general aesthetic.

    CAMERA MOVEMENTS: In the movie, Vertical movement was used and executed properly in the scene where Akiri was with his friends seated on a bench.

    SHOTS AND ANGLES: A variety of camera shots and angles were made use of.

    -LONG SHOT

    Screenshot_2016-10-19-19-28-25-1

    -MEDIUM SHOT

    Screenshot_2016-10-19-20-08-59-1

    -HIGH ANGLE

    Screenshot_2016-10-19-19-01-42-1

    -MID ANGLE

    Screenshot_2016-10-19-20-15-23-1

    -LOW ANGLE

    Screenshot_2016-10-19-20-15-04-1

    REVIEW

    It is a very jovial movie and in general entertaining. There is a good control of the camera and sound is audible. The storyline is not easily predictable, however, the screenplay was poorly written.

    Most actors implemented the script very well. Some, however, fell short as their characters lacked life. It is a feel good movie.

    THE LIGHTING EFFECT: The lighting is suitable for the genre (comedy). It is bright but not too bright. The lighting however does not change in accordance to the scenes and is too consistent.

    THE SOUND EFFECT: The sound is audible but just average.

    CONCLUSION

    The movie is an easy going one and not too serious. It is centered on Akiri aka Okon and his struggle to get by and win love.

     

    FAVOURITE QUOTE: By Mgbede (Amaechi Muonagor)- “When I see you, I see a nonentity”

  • Fusion

     

    Movie Premiere Nigeria Flyer-700678

    TITLE: Fusion

    PRODUCER: Darlington Abuda

    DIRECTOR: Niyi Towolawi

    SCREEN PLAY: Patrick ‘Konaige’ Nnamani

    MAIN CAST: Ayo ‘AY’ Makun, Ireti Doyle, Victor Olaitan, Yvonne Jegede, Beverly Naya, Peggy Ovire, Seun Akindele, Bucci Franklin and Onoge Tega Ben

    GENRE: Romantic Comedy

    LOCATION(S): Lagos (Ikoyi, Victoria Island, Lekki)

    DURATION: 1:33:58 (1 hour, 33 minutes and 58 seconds.)

    DATE OF RELEASE: Friday, April 15. 2016

    MOVIE RATING: from 1 being poor and 10 being excellent). The movie rating is 5.

    REVIEWER: Awotiku Oluwabusola Rachael 15BE02262

    SYNOPSIS

    Fusion is a romantic comedy that explores the unfolding realities of life that newlyweds experience as they negotiate the dynamic curves thrown at them by the experience called MARRIAGE. The aftermath of the honeymoon when 3 couples return home to find out that living together comes with unique pros and cons which their period of courtship did not prepare them for. The new dynamics of married life is a bit too overwhelming for the couples to manage the associated risks and issues that marriage brings along. For the experienced couples who know that every home has its rule and that not every rule suits every home.

    ELEMENTS OF PRODUCTION

    Pictures: the picture quality was great and the cinematography was on point in the movie. The movie industry is Nigeria is definitely getting this right.

    Make Up: The makeup was quite good in the movie but they can do better.

    Costume: the costumes were used effectively in the movie but some details were just off. For example, three brides who claimed to have come from different places wore the same wedding dress. Was it a coincidence or fate? Doesn’t seem like it to me.

    Lightning and sound effects: the lightning wasn’t that bad but the sound was the major problem here. The sound wasn’t too fantastic, their conversations weren’t too clear and their voices seemed a bit to high pitched. The music itself was not going well and almost pissed me off. Of course, Nigerian movies always have this particular problem with sound effects.

    Shots:

    Extremely long shot

    Screenshot_2016-10-17-06-23-55

     

    Long shot

     

    Screenshot_2016-10-17-06-23-02

     

     

     

     

    Medium shotScreenshot_2016-10-17-05-51-33

     

    Angles:

    Extremely high angle

    Screenshot_2016-10-17-05-54-11

     

    High angle

    Screenshot_2016-10-17-06-11-12-1

     

    Mid angle

    Screenshot_2016-10-17-06-13-16-1

     

     

    Low angle

    Screenshot_2016-10-17-06-22-09

     

    POV ( Point of view)

    Screenshot_2016-10-17-06-00-13-1

     

    Horizontal movement was used in the movie when the guy who AY thought was cheating with his wife opened the door for a lady to create suspicion but it wasn’t AY’s wife. In all, this movie needs to gather feedbacks and target their work better.

    REVIEW

    In Fusion, a romantic comedy directed by Niyi Towolawi, three newlywed couples are greeted by the rude shock of changes in their life. The first couple Ngozi (Yvonne Jegede) and Emeka (Bucci Franklin) struggle with balancing marriage and career, the second couple Ufuoma (Peggy Ovire) and Ovie (AY Makun) battled with interference in marriage from Ufuoma’s wealthy parents while the third couple Keji (Beverly Naya) and Bayo (Seun Akindele) had recurring battles over the controlling influence of Bayo’s mother on him and his total reliance on her support for living.

    The plot of the movie was wonderful but the way they acted the movie was not so good with the plot. I was so excited when reading the plot that I proceeded to watch the movie but to my disappointment, the acting performance was not up to par. The Director of the movie definitely did not demand the best of the A-list actors/actresses paraded in the movie. It was supposed to be a romantic comedy but throughout the movie, I didn’t feel anything was romantic there and actually I didn’t even laugh.

    It became boring after the honeymoon part and confusing with too much repetition and unnecessary scenes. The continuity of the movie was also not so good. Sometimes, you wonder how one thing led to the other. Introducing several characters in the movie confused me a whole lot. At some point at the honeymoon resort, one could hear voices in the background that clearly could not depict a resort with only three couples and their hosts.

    If the movie was a romantic comedy, I guess they do have a reason for putting the famous comedian, AY in the movie so that the movie could be spiced up but AY was unable to fulfill his duties because I didn’t find anything funny in the movie. They attempted some jokes but it was all too boring and dry.

    The cinematography and A-list actors could have had anyone fooled, but the acting and the sound definitely reduced the rating of this movie. Also, I don’t know what happened in the movie for it to have the title “Fusion” as the title wasn’t corresponding with the way they acted in the movie. In the end, it was not worth it. Mr. Director, this was not good enough, better luck next time. For the producers, if you must spend money on a movie production, ensure you get everything right to produce a timeless movie.

    CONCLUSION

    The movie was barely okay, but there was a message passed across that love is not the only ingredient required to sustain a marriage. Trust, patience and commitment are required alongside Love. If there’s commitment in a marriage, no matter the challenges, it will grow because “the butterfly was once a caterpillar.”

    Men in the society should also know that “Women are secretive but not to harm men, they need to keep the secret so as to be complete”.

     

  • Okon Goes to School

    download

    TITLE: OKON GOES TO SCHOOL

     

    PRODUCER: UDUAK ISONG OGUAMANAN

     

    DIRECTOR: LANCELOT IMASUEN

     

    SCREENPLAY: UDUAK OGUAMANAM

    ANTHONY KEHINDE

     

    MAJOR CAST: IME BISHOP UMOH

    MOSES ARMSTRONG

    OBONGAWAN BENNET JAMES

    BELINDA EFFAH

     

    LOCATION: UYO, AKWA -IBOM STATE AND LAGOS

     

    YEAR OF RELEASE: 2013

     

    DURATION: 1 HOUR, 51 MINUTES AND 47 SECONDS

     

    GENRE: COMEDY

     

    MOVIE RATING: 7/10

     

    SYNOPSIS

    Okon ,an illiterate leaves his family in the village and goes to Lagos in search of  “Greener Pastures” after winning a fortune in a lottery but Okon is carried away by his fortune and he spends all his money on drinks and women. Okon finally realizes that he is back to the bottom after all his effort to make money in Lagos are fruitless.Okon then leaves Lagos and goes to Uyo, where he enrols in a university to be educated and to learn money management, Okon realises that School is not a bed of roses as he comes in contact with different issues like cultism and more women trouble. Okon uses his crazy antics to survive in this Rib-Cracking movie.

     

    ELEMENT OF PRODUCTION

    SOUND: The Sound wasn’t perfect but audible enough to be heard and understood. Although, the Sound tracks were amusing and catchy, most of them were in Efik (Akwa-Ibom native language)

     

    LIGHTING: The Lighting was not that good but it is a 2013 movie, I guess much isn’t expected.

     

    COSTUME: The costume was okay and I like the fact that it portrayed the characters really well. Ime Bishop was always looking tattered and Moses Armstrong looked like a well-educated professor that he was. I was also able to identify the touts, the receptionists and bankers just by looking at the dressing.

     

    MEDIUM SHOT

    images (2)

     

     

    LONG SHOT

     

    images (1)

     

     

     

    OVER THE SHOULDER

    Screenshot_2016-10-20-01-55-06

     

     

     

    LOW ANGLE

    Screenshot_2016-10-20-01-56-07

     

     

     

    HIGH ANGLE

    Screenshot_2016-10-20-01-56-23

     

    REVIEW

    While watching this movie, I could barely concentrate because it was absolutely amusing and I loved the arrangements of the scenes. It was straight to the point, not too serious and well organized.

    I liked the casts in the movie because they all knew their parts so well and I couldn’t think of anyone that would fit the part better, especially “OKON”, he was perfect for the role and I don’t think anyone would have done it better. His “stupidity” cannot be compared.

    Although the lighting and sound wasn’t really great, I really enjoyed the movie and I recommend it for everyone, this comic relief movie was able to capture the importance of Education and also show that people only care about what the Government can offer them not what they can offer the Government.

    I would have really loved to see Okon well polished and educated, instead he was left by his wife, rejected by his school Crush and left to go through the struggle of life alone. I was sorry for him.

     

    FAVORITE QUOTE:” Inyanmi” – Efik for Oh My Goodness. This was Okon’s favourite saying.

    CONCLUSION

    This movie is a must watch for everyone, especially people who love comedy movies. I love that Imeh Bishop was able to keep up with his crazy antics from the beginning to the end of the movie without being a bore or losing the whole concept of the movie. I totally adore that the movie captured the fact that Education is really important and illiteracy shouldn’t be an excuse for Stupidity. Although I wanted to see Imeh Bishop performing well in school (speaking plain English and not being a total nuisance) and probably winning the heart of his class crush, the movie was GREAT.

  • OYENUSI

    maxresdefault

     

     

    TITLE: OYENUSI

    PRODUCER: Sharafadeen Olabode

    DIRECTOR: Seun Olaiya

    MAIN CAST: Odunlade Adekola, Muyiwa Ademola, Kemi Afolabi, Dele Odule, Joke Muyiwa, Bigval Jokotoye.

    LOCATIONS: Lagos State, Ibadan (Oyo state)

    DURATION: 1hr 17mins 3 seconds

    DATE OF RELEASE: 2014

    MOVIE RATING: 7

    REVIEWER: Oyedeji Temiloluwa Lawrence 15be02307

     

                                 SYNOPSIS

     Oyenusi is a true life story of an armed robber who was fearless, arrogant and very powerful; he put fear in people and preferred to be called President or Governor depending on his mood. This made the authorities (specifically a police woman detective) look for the source of his power since he could not be killed, it was found and he was killed by a firing squad.

     

                                        REVIEW

     When I watched the movie, I was very entertained but when I read the true story, I was quite disappointed in the movie because they didn’t do their research well before embarking on the movie production. The actors, directors and make up in fact every other thing in this story was excellent but the story itself didn’t quite tell us why he considered to be a full time notorious armed robber; From the movie, he was so greedy from his childhood days that he ate a concoction his herbalist guardian, Dele Odule, prepared to cure a patient who had the spirit of theft. This made his greed aggravate into pilferage, such that he became so notorious for this act.

     I wasn’t born in the time of Oyenusi, but when I read about him he wasn’t a doctor, he didn’t even finish secondary school, he fancied himself being called doctor real life, whereas the movie pictured him as an educated person a medical doctor who also had diabolical powers he used to heal people but had a defect i.e. to steal people’s things.

     Oyenusi was painted as a man without any feelings from the beginning of this movie but according to history his first robbery was when he snatched a car and sold it for four hundred naira to help his broke girlfriend. The only part that was somehow in line with snatching a car and selling the car was when he gave the police detective a stolen car.

     And then according to history, when the source of his powers was discovered, Oyenusi the strong-hearted villain did not beg; instead, he was smiling even when he was shot, but in the movie, this man who never feared anybody was begging for his. Well, the director should be blamed for not doing a good research.

     The actors were exceptional though; Odunlade Adekola’s acting skills looked very mature as he looked to have stepped up in his vocals, gestures and gesticulations. His comic and raw acting skills brought life to the movie so much so that one will be carried away from noticing the flaws in the movie. For example, the court scene where he shot, Kemi Afolabi, the police inspector, was pure drama. It should be put on replay as Odun and Muyiwa’s supportive role, made the scene interesting to watch.

       Although, the crew faulted in some part but their good works surpass their faults.

     

     

    ELEMENTS OF PRODUCTION

     

    SOUNDS AND PROPS

      The props and sound of the movie was faulty in some aspects. For example, Dele Odule, Mr. Adekanmi’s shirt was sparkling white after a hard day’s work as a teacher in one of the scenes. Also, Oyenusi’s ally and principal partner, JB, had some scenes where his beards were all black in color while it is supposed to have a grey divide as posited in major scenes of the movie. The sound track was melodious enough to chronicle an epic movie and as its unconventional use of adventurous beats and renaissance vocals made the film more suspense-filled.

    SCREENPLAY

      The font sizes of the sub-titles were also not regular, making it tough for a person in a seating far to read. But the fact that they acknowledge that the non yorubas will also be interested in the movie therefore providing a subtitle is excellent.

    SETTING

      The greatest flaw of the movie is that it was shot in a modern day setting with the picture of President Jonathan on the wall of the police commissioner’s office in one of the scenes. How can an historical 1970’s story that be told in with the settings of present day? Funny right? Even the cars used were too cool for 1971

     The adverts too were too much making it clear that Yoruba movie production still has a long way to go.

    SHOTS AND ANGLES

      Here are some shots from the movie

     1. Close shot

     CLOSE UP

     

     

    2. Long shot

    long shot

     

    3. Medium shot

    medium shot

     

     CONCLUSION

     This movie has potentials of a cinema creation if well researched, written and screen played. Should the time be set in consonance with the historical 1971 Oyenusi, the movie would have been a blockbuster.