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  • Purple Rose

    imagesNAME: ERIGBEMI SADEJU

    MATRIC NO: 15BE02312

    MAC215 MOVIE REVIEW 

     

    TITLE: Purple Rose

    PRODUCER: Pascal Amanfo

    DIRECTOR: Pascal Amanfo

    SCREEN PLAY :  Barbara Anakwa

    MAIN CAST: Nse Ikpe Etim and Eddie Watson 

    LOCATION(S): Kene-Bi Hotel, Pemisca Hotel, Sakumuno Beach, Kotoka International Beach (Nigeria/Ghana)

    DURATION: 1 hour, 50 minutes and 42 seconds.

    DATE OF RELEASE:  February 28, 2013

    MOVIE RATING (From 1 being poor and 10 being excellent) : 10

    REVIEWER: Erigbemi Sadeju, 15BE02312

    SYNOPSIS: 

    In Purple Rose, a movie featuring Nse Ikpe Etim, Eddie Watson and Roselyn Ngissah, Annette (Nse Ikpe Etim) is a journalist who journeys to see a man who can see the future for an article she is writing but instead, he tells her that she will never know what love is until she see a purple rose and hears the sound of a guitar. She is engaged to marry.

    She reunites with Dylan, an old childhood friend who is partly separated from his wife and child. One thing leads to another and they both begin to have sex and develop feelings for each other up until Annette’s fiancé, Ethan (Kweku Elliot) returns home for their wedding and Dylan’s wife, Ama (Barbara Anakwa) returns unannounced to fix their marital issues. 

    Is Annette’s wedding still going to hold despite her cheating and confused feelings?  Is Dylan going to be able to patch things up with his wife now that his heart desires another woman? 

    ELEMENTS OF PRODUCTION: 

    Sound Effect: The sound presence was very strong in the movie. Asides the fact that we were able to hear clearly all of the dialogue going on between the characters, the songs/sounds used for the scenes or specific scenes were all right and suited the scenes properly. 

    Shots/Angles: There was a showcase of different shots and angles in the movie although the medium shot, long shot and close up shot were the most used ones. 

     

    REVIEW:

    Every aspect of this movie surpasses the normal expectation of Nigerian movies. It is a lot more different from the kind of Nigerian movies we are used to where you can already foresee the end from the beginning. This movie had a twist to it. It was able to create a bubble and conflict of emotions in the viewers because you can clearly see what is morally wrong but for some reason it feels right to do it even though there are glaring consequences. The actors were able to bring to life their characters therefore putting up an outstanding act and carrying us along so we are able to feel all of their emotions and that had their viewers captivated and almost unable to decide if doing the morally right thing is more important than the genuine happiness that is being felt despite doing the wrong thing. 

    Purple Rose also taught us that love truly does have ups and down so if  two people are meant for each other, despite whatever problems they might encounter, they will still find a way back to each other somehow. The movie production, scripting, lighting, costume, make up were all very good and that goes to show that the Nigerian movie industry is getting better and they should be highly commended. Purple Rose is a movie I recommend for everyone to see.

    CONCLUSION:

     Purple Rose is one of the all round outstanding movies that has been produced in Nigeria because it stands out from all the normal Nigerian movies we are used to. The quality is also very high and impressive so I recommend Purple Rose for everyone. You won’t be disappointed. 

    My favourite quote is by Thomas (Pascal Amanfo) : “Then what would you say if I told you you’ll never truly know what that means till you hear the sound of a guitar and set your eyes on a purple rose?”

     

  • A Private Storm

    MOVIE TITLE: A PRIVATE STORM

    PRODUCER: VIVIAN EJIKE

    DIECTOR: LANCELOT ODUWA AND IKECHUKWU ONYEKA

    YEAR: 2010

    DURATION: 130 MINUTES

    LOCATION: NIGERIA

    GENRE: ROMANTIC DRAMA

    DATE OF RELEASE: 18 DECEMBER 2010

    MOVIE RATING: 7.3/10

    MAIN CAST: RAMSEY NOUAH, OMOTOLA JALADE EKEINDE, NGOZI EZEONU, UFUOMA EJENOBOR AND JOHN DUMELO

    REVIEWER: IBITAYO OREOLUWA

    ·         SYNOPSIS:

    Gina (Omotola Jalade Ekeinde) and Alex (Ramsey Nouah) seem like the ideal couple from the outside. Alex and Gina have the ultimate relationship – they are beautiful, they are rich, they are in love, what could possibly go wrong? Both are successful within their own rights and living a great lifestyle, however beneath the charade lays insecurity, bullying and physical abuse. His urge to always be in control of all aspect of Gina’s life is threatening their relationship. Alex is constantly beating his wife and accusing her of cheating on him despite no evidence to support his claims.

    ·         ELEMENTS OF PRODUCTION:

    SOUND EFFECT AND LIGHTNING: The sound effects were okay although it could have been better. The lightning was average.

    COSTUME: The costumes used were to plain and normal except in the case of the dresses bought for Gina by Alex. The hair stylist did okay but could have picked hair extensions of better quality for the character. Makeup was okay.

    PICTURE QUALITY: The picture quality was great but there were minor problems. There was also a part in the movie when it was blurry.

    ·         SHOTS AND ANGLES:

    MEDIUM SHOT – 

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     ·         REVIEW:

    In all fairness, the movie was good but there were some errors that were too obvious. Some of them are:

    Factual Error:

    After a drunken night, Jay (John Dumelo) wakes up still holding his wine glass and only pours it when we gets up. Did he sleep all night holding his glass?

    When Gina (Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde)’s friend, Uju, comes to the boutique, Gina (Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde) shows her a ring which she’s wearing on her ring finger while she is supposedly engaged.

    Continuity Error:

    During the argument downstairs, Gina (Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde) has earrings on but after running quickly up the stairs away from Alex (Ramsey Nouah) and locking herself in the bathroom, her earrings disappear. Did she remove them on the way up?

    Are we supposed to assume that they had repaired the black Range Rover that Alex (Ramsey Nouah) and Uju had an accident in as it was used in the next driving scene?

    Grammatical Error:

     “Just like the leopard, u people cannot change your spot.” – Alex (Ramsey Nouah)

    Sound Error:

    When Alex (Ramsey Nouah) is pressing the doorbell at Uju’s apartment, Uju says something to Gina (Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde) but there’s no audio at all.

    Conclusion:

    The movie is good. The casting was great and I would recommend this movie for anyone to watch. It creates awareness for domestic violence. We see the cycle of violence and making it up that traps so many women. When Alex is nice he can be super nice but then the downside is that he gets angry and jealousy easil. We also see the history behind Alex’s violence and how his past has affected his present state.

    Girls should be careful what they wish for. You never know what is really going on in someone’s life so there is no reason to be jealous of anyone for anything

  • FIFTY

    NAME: ODEKPE PEACE UDOKA

    MATRIC NO: 15BE02292

    TOPIC: MOVIE REVIEW

     

    TITLE: Fifty

    PRODUCER: Tope Oshin Ogun

    DIRECTOR: Biyi Bandele

    STORY BY/ SCREENPLAY BY: Bola Agbaje / Kemi Adesoye

    MAIN CASTS: Nse Ikpe-Etim as Kate

                              Ireti Doyle as Elizabeth

                              Omoni Oboli as Maria

                              Dakore Akande as Tola

    LOCATION(S): Nigeria

    DURATION: 101 minutes

    DATE OF RELEASE: 17 October 2015 (BFI)

                                          13 December 2015 (Lagos)

                                          18 December 2015 (Nigeria)

    MOVIE RATING (scale 1-10):

    REVIEWER: Odekpe Peace Udoka, 15BE02292

    SYNOPSIS:

                Fifty captures few pivotal days of four women at the pinnacle of their careers. Tola, Elizabeth, Maria and Kate are four friends forced at the midlife to take inventory at their personal lives, while juggling career and family against the backdrops of the neighborhoods of Lagos.

                Tola is a reality TV star whose marriage to lawyer Kunle never stood a chance thanks to an invidious family secret. Elizabeth is a celebrated obstetrician whose penchant for younger men has estranged her from her daughter. Maria, a forty nine-year old has an affair with a married man that results in an unexpected pregnancy and Kate’s battle with a life-threatening illness has plugged her into religious obsession.

    ELEMENTS OF PRODUCTION:

    ·           VIDEO: The movie ‘fifty’ has a very good video quality which enables the viewers to enjoy the movie and poses as a form of encouragement for the viewers.

    ·         AUDIO: The audio quality of the movie is very good. It is without breakage and it matches the movement of the mouth which if occurs, is a very quick ‘turn-off’ for the viewers of the movie. It is clear and audible.

    ·         LIGHTING: The lighting of the movie was superb and enabled clear views even in the dark.  

    ·         VIDEO ANGLES AND SHOTS: These are the several positions taken by the camera, either still or in motion.

    CLOSE-UP SHOTS

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    EXTREMELY CLOSE-UP SHOT

     

     

    ESTABLISHMENT SHOT

                         

     

     

    MEDIUM SHOTS

     

    OVER THE SHOULDER SHOT

    REVIEW: (Your critical analysis of the movie)

                Fifty is a very classic and sophisticated movie that has, in my own view, brought light and beauty to Nigeria.

    ·         CHOICE OF ACTORS/ACTRESS: The wonderful choice of actors in relation to their role is good. All related characters had a little resemblance to make the movie more realistic. For Example, Tola, a reality TV star, and her son, Jamal, had a sort of resemblance to forecast the roles. Also, Elizabeth, the celebrated obstetrician and her Daughter had a form of resemblance.  

    ·         CODE MIXING AND CODE SWITCHING: This movie had a juggle of both perfectly polished English and the pidgin language; also, the Yoruba language was included. For example, the conversation between Elizabeth and Maria in Elizabeth’s office. This helps and intends to promote and include the Cultural values and language, even in a sophisticated movie.

    ·         INTERLOCKED RELATIONSHIPS: The twisted relationship between all four women and other characters is a very creative idea still, they knew all.

    ·         FINISHING POINT: The movie ‘Fifty’ does not have a pleasant nor expected end. The movie ended without ratifying all the problems faced by different persons in the movie. Everything happened so quick without adequate explanation on how or when they happened but the results of these unseen actions were seen in the movie.

    ·         COSTUME: Though, there were mostly sophisticated roles to play but Ankara was used by all four women and additional characters to showcase the Nigerian culture as intended by code mixing and switching.

     

    CONCLUSION: (summarize your write up and end with your favorite quote from the movie)

                This movie is a very nice and wonderful experience. It is a ‘must watch’ indeed. Every element of production present was perfectly organized and portrayed. From the lighting to the video, audio and so on, all were on point.

    Tola, the reality TV star who was referred to a “Drama Queen” and does not want any inclusion of her family in her reality show ‘Rich and Famous Tola’ because of her big family secret.

    Elizabeth, the celebrated obstetrician could be called the middle man. She had a particular relationship between all other three women and was the communication method between them.

    Maria, being pregnant, tries to get the father of her baby wen realized that she cannot get rid of it. It was very surprising to know who the father was.

    Kate, the diligent church goer and refuses to but her priorities right with the excuse that “God comes first” ends up with a deadly disease and her “…life is falling apart…”

    this brings me to my best part of the movie, which is a conversation between Kate and her husband and her husband answered;

                “…We may as well move into the church and come home once a week…”

    This movie is a must watch and should be seen by the world to tell them, not all Nigerian Movies are lame and poorly produced. Thank You.  

     

     

  • ALICE MY FIRST LADY

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    TITLE: ALICE MY FIRST LADY

    PRODUCER: CHINNY AHANEKU

    DIRECTOR: CHINNY AHANEKU

    SCREEN PLAY: CHINNY AHANEKU

    MAIN CAST: CHINNY AHANEKU, THELMA CHUKWU, NKIRU SYLVANUS, JOSEPH OKECHUKWU, PATIENCE OZOKWOR

    LOCATION: NIGERIA                                              

    DURATION: TWO HOURS, NINE MINUTES

    DATE OF RELEASE: 2006

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

    REVIEWER: KANAYO JANE ESOSA 15BE02283

    SYNOPSIS:

    Alice my first lady is a funny and action-filled movie. If you love village movies you will love this one. Alice is a young woman who doesn’t know that she has been living with a curse since she was 11 years old. She fights her way through to get what he wants, inflicting hurt to anyone who crosses her path. She has a beautiful daughter and a loving husband but then if she doesn’t get what she wants, she will find her way until she gets.

    ELEMENTS OF PRODUCTION:

    OVER THE SHOULDER

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      LONG SHOT

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    MEDIUM SHOT

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    REVIEW:

    Alice Amadi Okoye played by Chinny Ahaneku is a well known figure in her community and a bad egg of her family.  She is one of the two wives living in the village with her husband (Amadi), one daughter ( Thelma Chukwu), two other step kids and husbands second wife. She causes commotion all over the village, she wants to fight anyone who offends her. Anywhere she goes, that trouble seeking syndrome follows her. She is not at peace with herself, her family, and her entire community. She is a drama queen and knows how to stir up quarrels. Although she gets married to a man named Amadi Okoye played by Joseph Okechukwu who loves her ignoring several advices from his family members not to go through with the wedding. He ends up regretting his decision because the love of his life turned him into a “house boy”.

    Is Alice under some sort of spell? What would be the end of her hate and anger towards everyone?. This is the part that gets interesting for the viewers alone.

    COSTUME:

    The costumes used in the movie matched the characters completely. They made use of English and Traditional wears to reflect the Engli-Igbo (English and Igbo) movie.

    CHARACTERS:

    Alice (Chinny Ahaneku) is not only a great female writer and director but also a good actress. She is a young version of Patience Ozokwor. She did a great job in putting herself in the character, she was very energetic.

    Thelma Chukwu was very impressive acting as the daughter of Alice. She was very articulate and also acted natural. She never supported her mother (Alice) in her wrong doings.

    Akunne (Comfort Bruno) suffered in the hands of Alice. She was the second wife of Amadi (Joe Chukwu). She was a quiet, kind hearted woman.

    Amadi (Joe Okechukwu) is a very loving and ever caring husband. He showered Alice all the love he could give. He genuinely loved her. But the love wasn’t mutual. He was patient enough to tolerate all the bad deeds of Alice until he had had enough.

    Patience Ozokwor: She plays Alice’s aunty in-law (Alice’s husband’s aunty). She hated Alice.

    LIGHTING:

    In the movie, the environment was well lit; the background could be seen very clearly. However, when it was night, the characters were not seen clearly and the expressions on their faces were not really seen. The background wasn’t well lit.

    SOUND AND MUSIC:

    The Sound was clear, free from noises especially from the background. The music mostly used was ominous (indicating that something bad is going to happen).

    CONCLUSION:

    A movie that should be rated one of the best movies ever made. The Engli-igbo (English and Igbo) made the film a delight to watch whether you understand Igbo or not. It’s one of those films you will like to watch over and over again. Watching this movie is worth your time and money. When part 1 is over, viewers will definitely crave to get part 2.

     

  • A Journey in a circle

    A journey in Circle

    Executive Producer – Mike Bamiloye & Gloria Bamiloye

    Producer – Damilola Mike-Bamiloye

    Director – Mike Bamiloye

    Script writer – Damilola Mike-Bamiloye

    Main Cast – Anthony Alale, Nneka Eze, David Aanu-Ademola,

    Location – Nigeria

    Duration – 1 hour 34 minute 56 seconds.

    Date of release – 2013

    Movie Rating scale – 8

    Reviewer – Ajayi Udochukwu

    Synopsis – In the movie, Jimmy, a man with a hidden past, is married to a woman named Jummy. Unfortunately their marriage is unfruitful and so they adopted a boy named Emmanuel. Jimmy keeps a lot of secret from his wife but later on in the film Jimmy’s secrets are exposed. Because of the overwhelming shock that Jummy gets, she lives Jimmy. Jimmy confesses his secret and amends all of his past deeds. While trying to amend his past deeds, he discovers that Emmanuel is his biological son. With Jimmy past amended, things finally turn out well for him and his family.

    Elements of Production

    Camera shots –
    Long Shot
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     Medium shot

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    Close up shot

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    Camera Angle

    Mid- Angle                                                                          Low Angle

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    Review – This film, another of Mount Zion film production, is one of the best film they have ever produced. I can boldly say that from the beginning of the film to the end of the film it was wonderful produced and directed by expert producer and director. The actors and actresses acted their roles like professional cast; even the two children that acted in the film acted well although one of children in an attempt to act a particular scene did something that looked weird for that kind of situation. The cast also applied the right facial expression when dealing with emotions. Also the crew members all did an excellent job in making the production of the film good.   

         I would have given the film an excellent rating of 10, but there are few errors that I noticed within the production of this film which I would be pointing out shortly. But first of all I would like to point out the good and unique aspect of this film.

        Starting with the tittle of the film, unlike some Nigerian films that once you see the tittle of the film, you can be able to predict how the film would end, this film with the tittle “journey in a circle” does not enable one to be able to predict how the movie would end.

        Moving on to the first scene of the film which was a flash back scene, a scene where a girl was been raped. The director used this flash back scene to create a suspense in the minds of its viewers. This suspense last up to the end of the film. We do not get to know who was involved in the rape or the victim of the rape until the latter part of the film.

       The background music that was used for the film was composed very well to the extent I looked for where I could download the music so that I could play it over and over again. The music does not really give us a clue to how the film would end like some cliché Nigerian films does.

        The audio aspect of this film was well recorded properly; you could hear the voice of the cast clearly. The lighting of this film was well manage and controlled. The camera operators took the right camera shot for each particular scene. The quality of the visuals of this film was also good.

        Another part where suspense was applied in the film was at the ending part where Jimmy was to receive the report of his last interview. As the employers/interviewers were about to announce their decision, there is a cut in the continuity of the scene. The next scene we see is Jimmy coming back home with the mood which depicted sadness and frustration. It is not until after jimmy recount what the interviewers said to him that we know that he was employed.

        Now I will like to point out the few mistake made in the film. The first error I spotted in the film, was the weird reaction made by one of the children. When Emmanuel said that he was just talking to his father before the other child came in, the other child looked towards the back of the chair that was to close to the wall to see if the father was standing there. She also looked downwards towards the under of the chair to see if her friend’s father was there. This reaction by the child was not necessary and so the director should have noticed and corrected this action. Also another part of the movie that there was an error is the place where Jimmy exclaims that Emmanuel was in his house, the surrounding sounds suddenly changed making it obvious that the other part of the scene was shot over and over again till the actor got the action right. Apart from this two minor errors, I feel the movie was great and a product of professional cast and crew members.

    Conclusion – This film is a well-produced Christian film with focus. It inculcate good morals into the life of a person watching it. Some of the lessons an individual can learn from this film is the need to be sincere to one’s spouse/partner in marriages and relationships. It also increases the faith of a Christian in believing that despite an individual is abandoned or forgetting by one’s friends or family member, God is always there to take care of us. Favourite Quote – “When a woman cries, it does not change a thing; but when a man cries it changes everything” by Jummy (Nneka Eze)

     

  • Code of silence

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    TITLE: CODE OF SILENCE

    PRODUCER: Emem Isong Misodi

    DIRECTOR: Emem Isong Misodi

    SCREENPLAY: Bola Aduwo        

    MAIN CAST: Ini Edo, Kofi Adjorlolo, Patience Ozokwor, Makida Moka

    LOCATION: Lagos state Nigeria

    GENRE: Tragic -comedy

    DURATION: 1:46:12( One hour forty six minutes and twelve seconds)

    DATE RELEASE: August 26,  2015

    MOVIE RATING: 6/10

    REVIEWER: Sheyin Prudence Chiat -15BE02315

    ELEMENTS OF PRODUCTION:

    AUDIO: The audio quality of the movie is good but was weak at some point

    SOUND EFFECT: The sound effect was in tuned with the screen play

    CAMERA SPEED: The camera speed was used was normal motion for most of the movie and slow for the action part

    CAMERA SHOTS:

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    This is an over shoulder angle it was used a couple of times.

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    SYNOPSIS: This movie is a tragic-comedy that focuses on the social evil of rape and the battle line it draws for the victim in her psychological warfare to regain herself in a world of inevitable stigmatization.Adamma(Makida Moka ) a medical student in valley view university is raped by Chief (Kofi Adjorlolo) a senatorial candidate in her community. She goes into depression as her family is torn between speaking up for justice and sweeping the issue under the carpet for the tear of stigmatization will this community that has long been plagued by the phantom limb of rape friendly friend refuge from its painful sensation and will Adamma finally regain herself and come out of the shadows of grief will her family and the community put aside the irritating scar of rape she has to live with and reaccept her as she is?

     

    REVIEW:  Code of silence was a really good story but it was an alright movie it is quite exceptional and not kind of ‘’cliché ‘’ Nigerian movies are used to. it brings up a lot of valid questions from the scenarios and these questions most times weren’t answered.

    It could have dug deeper emotionally. For instance, in the scene after the rape , as a viewer you feel like you should be crying but the scene is not set up to allow you to arrive at that point emotionally, her mother didn’t seem to be so worried and after four hours of her brother not seeing her didn’t still notice that she wasn’t at home, the only one who was really worried was her aunt.

    We get a lot of surface time and time spent on societal perception-which isn’t bad but doesn’t necessarily allow the viewer to feel with the victim. We see Adamma sad and we see her quiet but you don’t feel her sadness or feel her quiet. The one character whose emotions we were able to see was that of the brother, played by Shawn Faqua.by the end, you could see how he had changed from the loving playful brother to an emotionally distraught wreck. On the flip side for Adamma, the main victim, was not enough time was spent on that.

    The most beautiful aspect of this movie is the use of upcoming actors and actress to play the major role in the movie.

    FACTUAL ERROR: shortly before she was carried and then taken to chief her brother was walking at her back and the car passed him before getting to her but yet the brother didn’t see when the car stopped and took her.

    However  code of silence is a memorable movie  despite the shortcomings because it does not follow the same formula, and also used to display media propaganda , it cries for justice on victims of rape because after all she went through she got justice, it inspires to fight against rape and victims of rape, to also put aside discrimination and measures to sex safety.

    The movie was also used to display public awareness on dangers of un-protected sex.

    Conclusion: code of silence is a must watch movie that rape victims should watch and also the society at large. It is a worthy watch the first time but in order to be worth watching again, a little more is needed.

  • While You Slept

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    WHILE YOU SLEPT

    Producer: Emem Isong and Ini Edo

    Director: Desmond Elliot

    Screenplay (Written by): Kehinde Joseph

    Main Cast: Ini Edo Ehiagwina, Joseph Benjamin, Venita Akpofure and Bobby Michael

    Location: Lagos, Nigeria and Jos, Nigeria

    Duration: 2 hours 1 minute 1 second (02:01:01)

    Date of Release: March 20, 2015

    Movie Rating: 8

    Reviewer: Ogunyinka Oyinkansola Amazing-Grace, 15BE02295 

    Synopsis: In the movie, “While You Slept”, a young wife, Kimberly (Ini Edo) suddenly finds herself a widow at her husband, Emeka’s (Bobby Michael) sudden and mysterious death. About a year after Emeka’s death, a strange woman, Najite (Venita Akpofure) shows up claiming to be Emeka’s secret second wife and that she has a son for him. Kimberly becomes more confused and finds the claim very hard to believe. She then determines to discover what actually led to her husband’s death and how true Najite’s story is with the help of her new friend, Tega (Joseph Benjamin).

    Elements of Production

    Some of the shots used include: 

    1.) Long Shot (LS)

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    2.) Medium Shot (MS)

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    3.) Close-up Shot (CU)  

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    Some of the angles used include:

    1.) High Angle

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    2.) Low Angle

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    3.) Point of View (POV-Subjective)

     

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    Review: “While You Slept” is a remarkable and interesting movie that doesn’t follow the Nigerian movie cliché of telling a story that would be so predictable at several points in the movie. In terms of the screenplay and storyline, the movie was on point and the lighting was quite good in all the scenes. 

    Also, I think the cast were picked well and I wouldn’t want to see any other person acting any of the roles. The audio was also quite good except for the call Kimberly (Ini Edo) had in her room after destroying things in frustration.  I couldn’t quite hear what the person on the other end of the line was saying. The soundtracks used were okay however and the costume designer did a splendid job of selecting costumes for the cast according to their roles.

    The movie made good use of the elements of suspense and surprise when it left the audience wondering and trying to guess what exactly it was that Najite (Venita Akpofure) had left in the envelope for Kimberly (Ini Edo) when she (Najite) visited her (Kimberly) at home. Personally, I never would have guessed what its contents were until I saw them.

    If not for the few flaws I noticed, I would have rated the movie a 10.

    I was a bit confused when I saw Kimberly (Ini Edo) on makeup in the morning while making breakfast. Another makeup slipup was Kimberly’s (Ini Edo’s) nightmare scene. She had makeup on even though she supposedly just woke up from sleep. Did she sleep with makeup on or something? These must have been a few careless mistakes that the makeup artist and the director did not take note of.

    Also, at some point, the movie seemed to be dragging on. For instance, at the scenes where Kimberly (Ini Edo) went to the gym for the first and second times, the exercise sessions were just too long before the actual dialogue began. The idea would still have been gotten if those exercise sessions hadn’t taken so much time.

    In general and except for its few flaws, the movie is a must-watch and one that I will definitely recommend to anyone who wants to watch a good Nigerian movie. 

    Conclusion

    “While You Slept” is an emotional movie that sensitizes people about obsession (the kind that can make a person do crazy things) and on the menace of women whose aim are to break homes for their own selfish reasons. 

    My favourite quote in the movie was made in the second to the last scene when Kimberly (Ini Edo) was addressing Najite (Venita Akpofure): “Yet, I am the one…the one person he loved.” He, in this quote refers to Emeka (Bobby Michael), Kimberly’s (Ini Edo’s) late husband. It is my favourite quote because I think it was the most appropriate response to Najite’s insults and reference to Kimberly’s inability to give birth to a child.

  • Blackbird

     

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    PRODUCER:Henry Okoro

     

    DIRECTOR:Kabat Egbon

     

    EDITOR:Okey Benson

     

    DURATION:2 Hours,39 minutes,58 seconds

                                                                                         

    YEAR:2015

     

    GENRE:Tragedy

     

    MOVIE RATING:8/10

     

    MAIN CAST:Ik Ogbona,Alex Ekubo,Mike Godson

     

    REVIEWER:Ukwuegbu Benny Chimgozirim,15be02320

     

    LOCATIONS: Safeway hospital,Harmer Brook Associates Nig.Ltd,Red Bricks Estate Residence.

     

                                                   SYNOPSIS

    The movie BLACKBIRD  is tragic. It centres on three young men-Chuks(Ik Ogbona),Babs(Alex Ekubo) and Rahim(Mike Godson) struggling to make a living. Despite their level of education, they are unable to secure a job. Chuks and Babs finally get a job which leads to disaster……

    Rahim,a young graduate struggles to make a living by doing ‘kole-kole’(picking up dirts from the street)in order to raise money for his mother who has ovarian cancer.Her health keeps getting worse as Rahim is expected to bring the highest amount of money.Seekenat(Nkechi Emmanuel),Rahim’s younger sister sleeps with big daddy(Victor Olaotan) in order to raise some money from her mother.She brings the highest amount of money and her father gives all the praises to her,saying he would have sent her to school instead of Rahim.

    Rahim decides to seek shelter elsewhere and lands in house of Chuks and Babs who are also going through the same struggle to make ends meet.

    Seekenat tells her brother that her friend’s uncle(big daddy) gave her the money and he is sells drugs.Rahim tells her to connect him and his friends.She tells big daddy and he invites them over.When they arrived,he asks them for the meaning of ‘china white’,they were all giving funny answers.Big daddy laughs,gives them some money and tells them to go make research on  ‘china white’.After deep thoughts and research,they find out that ‘china white’ has to do with drug trafficking.Chuks and Babs accept the offer,knowing the consequences and then what becomes of Rahim?How will he survive and take care of his mother who now has leukemia??…A must watch!!

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    ELEMENTS OF PRODUCTION

    SOUND EFFECT: Sound was properly used.

    LIGHTING: The lighting was good and accurate for each scene.

    COSTUME: The costumes used in the movie was appropriate. It showed the state of each character in the movie. E.G:Rahim’s oversized shirt, trouser and bathroom slippers showing his state of poverty.

     

    DIMENSION OF SHOT

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    Camera placement:

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    REVIEW

    This movie-Blackbird is lit. From the producer to the director, down to the cast,you all  did great jobs. It is different from other Nigerian movies where you can predict the end from the name or beginning. I couldn’t count how many times I predicted that Rahim would join Chuks and Babs in trafficking drugs for big daddy even when he was left with no other option.

    Comic relief was also used to ease tension-When big daddy asked them for the meaning of ‘china white’.

    A scene in this movie looked fake-When Chuks girlfriend asked him what kind of drug he supplies. From his response, an adult could easily tell that he is into drug trafficking and yet she didn’t suspect anything.

    Rahim’s father would have done a better job rather than just criticize Rahim and praise Seekenat.We didn’t see his impact as the head of the family. The movie also didn’t tell us what happened to him…if he died, stayed alive to enjoy Rahim’s wealth. He just faded out.

    It is captivating and suspense filled.

    The lighting,sound,costumes were perfect. I must also commend the director for selecting the right set of people for each role especially the main actors of the movie.

     FAVORITE QUOTES:

    -Life has different meanings to different people, ‘it is pleasure to some’; while to others, ‘it is a game of survival’.

    -‘‘Giving up is never an option, crime is neither. Patience and hard work are sure keys to achieving your dreams.’’

    CONCLUSION:              

     This movie is a didactic one and also portraying the theme of survival; surviving despite all odds.

  • THE ARBITRATION

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    TITLE:  THE ARBITRATION

     

    YEAR: 2016

     

    PRODUCER:  NAZ ONUZO, OMOTAYO ADEOLA, ZULU OYIBO

     

    EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: NAZ ONUZO, OMOTAYO ADEOLA, ZULU OYIBO, KENE OKWUOSA

     

    DIRECTOR: NIYI AKINMOLAYAN

     

    SCREENPLAY: NAZ ONUZO

     

    MAIN CAST: OC UKEJE, ADESUA ETOMI, IRETI DOYLE SOLA FOSUDA, LOTA CHUKWU, SOMKELE IDHALAMA

     

    WRITTEN BY: CHINAZO ONUZO

     

    LOCATION: LAGOS, NIGERIA

     

    MOVIE RATINGS: 8/10

     

    GENRE: DRAMA

     

    DURATION: 1H 40MINS (100 MINS)

     

    DATE OF RELEASE: AUGUST 12, 2016

     

    REVIEWER: OLUWADAMISI OLUWAFAYO           15BE02301

     

    SYNOPSIS:

    “The Arbitration” captures the life of Gbenga Sanni and Dara Olujobi, who had a two year long affair. However, the affair comes to an end when Gbenga finds out that his wife is pregnant.

    Dara, who happens to be Gbenga’s employee quits her job in his company.

    Years after, Dara claims Gbenga raped her after they had concluded the affair. She also demands the shares he promised her in his company.

    Will the Arbitration panel find out the truth and rule in her favour or not?

    ELEMENTS OF PRODUCTION:

     

    CAMERA SHOTS:-

     

    The movie made use of several common types of shots, framing and picture composition such as establishing wide shot, wide shot, long shot, medium shot and close-up shot.

     

    Establishing Wide Shot (EWS): The shot was much closer to the characters but still much further away than a wide shot. The characters are visible here, but the emphasis is very much on placing their environment.

     

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    Wide Shot (WS): In the wide shot, the characters take up the full frame. Obviously the characters don’t take up the whole width and height of the frame. This means that it is the closest the camera can get without losing any of the characters.

     

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    Long Shot (LS): The cameramen literally the entire body of the characters, with the head near the top of the frame and the feet near the bottom. Plenty of the background details emerge when the focus is on the characters, which are notable.

     

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    Medium Shot (MS): This shot contains a figure from the knees/waist up and is normally and is normally used for dialogue scenes, or to show some detail of action.

     

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    Close-Up (CU): In close-up shot shows very little background, and concentrates on either a character, or a specific detail of the scene.

     

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    Extreme Close-Up (ECU): It is simply an extreme version of the close-up, generally magnifying beyond what the human eye would experience in reality.

     

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    ANGLE:-

     

    The Cameraman makes use of the angles and movements combine to create a sequence of images to make meaning of the scenes in the movie such as the mid angle, low angle and high angle.

     

    High Angle: This angle is actualised by the elevation of the camera above the action using a crane to give a general overview. It makes the characters and surrounding objects seem smaller, and less significant.

     

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    Mid Angle: it is also known as the EYE LEVEL. It is a fairly neutral shot; the camera is positioned as through it is a character that is actually observing a scene.

     

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    Low Angle: This angle shot increases height and gives a sense of speeded motion. Low angle helps to give a sense of confusion to a viewer, of powerlessness within the action of a scene.

     

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    SOUND EFFECTS:

     

    The Arbitration sound effects were superb. Several sound effects were used namely; ambiences, discrete effects and so on.

     

    Ambiences: It was used to provide a sense of place and perhaps of time.

     

    Discrete (spot) Effects: The movie also made of discrete effects to indicate individual events; from what, how, and how much.

     

    Dialogue: the dialogue sound was not forgotten either, the characters voices were able to help indicate who each character was. Also the voice contrast also helps the listener/viewer to easily identify and differentiate the voices of the characters.

     

     REVIEW:

     “The Arbitration” is a new movie directed by the distinguished Niyi Akinmolayan.

    The movie tells the story of two lovers played by the handsome and artistic, Oc Ukeje alongside beautiful and renowned actress, Adesua Etomi.

    The two leads portrayed their character to the best of their abilities.

    The entire cast were awesome from the veteran actor, Sola Fosudo and actress, Irtei Doyle, who played the roles of the Arbitrator and Gbenga’s lawyer respectively.

     

    They indeed reminded us through their delivery of why they are older and wiser in the movie business.

     

    Other talented actors such as Beverly Naya, Somkele Idhalama and  Lota Chukwu also interpreted their characters in The Arbitration tremendously.

     

    Chinaza Onuzo, the script writer did a great job with the plot which is unarguably possible in reality.

     

    The use of flashbacks in the movie gives viewers detailed explanations of events that lead to constitution of the arbitration panel.

     

    However, the movie’s trailer misleads viewers. It tells the story about the affair between Gbenga and Dara plus Dara’s rape accusations but conveniently excludes the plot of Dara to get the shares Gbenga promised her.

     

    But the overall delivery of the cast and production crew was excellent.

     

    CONCLUSION: The Arbitration is an interesting story that will easily keep curious viewers glued to their seat from the beginning to the very end of the movie.

    FAVOURITE QUOTE: My favourite quote in the movie, The Arbitration was made by Somkele Idhalama, the rookie lawyer who represented Dara. I love this quote the most because she showed passion and originality when she said it, “he doesn’t get to rape you and have it be ok”.

  • THE IGNITION

     

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    TITLE: THE IGNITION

    PRODUCER: DAMILOLA MIKE-BAMILOYE

    DIRCTOR: JOSEPH YEMI ADEPOJU

    SCREENPLAY: DAMILOLA MIKE-BAMILOYE

    MAINCAST: DAMILOLA MIKE-BAMILOYE AND CHIOMA NWANGUWA

    LOCATION: AGODI GARDENS, IBADAN.

    DURATION: I: 40 mins

    DATE OF RELEASE:  March 2016.

    MOVIE RATING: 9/10

    REVIEWER: OYENIYI OLUWABUSAYO                         15BE02309

    SYNOPSIS: —The IGNITION is a story told from Christian background and principles. It tells us about how Shola who owns a “faulty” car who is in love with Ngozi, who has an epileptic condition. They soon got engaged; having a wonderful relationship till Shola throws in the towel due to her “epilepsy” and leaves Ngozi heartbroken. 

     

    ELEMENTS OF PRODUCTION: THE MEDIUM SHOT WAS THE MASTER OF ALL SHOT IN THIS MOVIE.

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       Screenshot (176)-1     LONG SHOT.

    Screenshot_2016-10-15-13-53-24-1    ESTABLISHING SHOT.

     

    CAMERA ANGLES:

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      Screenshot (163)-1    LOW  ANGLE. 

    REVIEW: This movie is an exception of what we expect from the Mount Zion Faith international Ministries. The Ignition is relative to our present age and well flavored with moderate spirituality. This movie is loaded with precise, concise messages while still having deep meaning.

    The ignition is a quite hilarious mixed with a tale of deceit that occurred in the movie. The chemistry between Shola and Ngozi at the beginning of the movie was intoxicating, Love laced with anxiety was clearly written on their faces.

    The mood and actions of each scene was in sync with the locations used. They were all nice and beautiful especially Ibadan garden where Shola and Ngozi met at different intervals.

    The subtitle of the movie was correct with no error, even having all the necessary punctuation mark. Not only the subtitle, but the pronunciations of words by the cast were correct and clear.

    The audio was sharp, clear and the effects were well attributed to its action. Camera shots and movement were great and a clear presentation of every act was shown. The lightings were on point BRAVO to Joshua Mike-Bamiloye.

    The movie appreciated the African culture and nature with the environment. The African culture particularly, the inter-cultural association of Shola and Ngozi. The movie also gave a glance of how a suitor is received in an Igbo land, the bride price “challenges“, music, dressing, food and the native environment also.

    Having appreciated the movie, some issues that need clarification would be addressed.

    I feel the proper costume for an event occurring in the film was not 100% achieved. I can’t imagine a lady wearing native wear for a date, while the man is on suit. I feel it’s kind of weird and not nice at all.

    The ability for Shola to sight Ngozi’s picture on Daniel phone at a distance on the table, is questionable.

    CONCLUSION: I salute Damilola Mike-Bamiloye for creating a wonderful short movie for the youths and giving the Mount Zion movies a new look. I appreciate the other hand that created this great movie.  I advise that every youth should watch and learn from.

    FAVOURIT QUTOES: Satan will fight every union that has a destiny to fulfill. 

    I don’t know what the future holds for me, but I know who holds my future.