Author: Jeremiah John

Chima (Timini Egbuson) in a conversation with Jubril (Paul Utomi), out of desperation, describes Nigeria as a sea of sadness, and that is what director Utomi set out to do with Country Hard. This film is a montage of a day in the life of seven individuals, all of whom are the main characters. Films with multiple main characters/POV are not the order of the day but are not unusual in film business. Very few filmmakers have dabbled with this style of storytelling. Quentin Tarantino is one of such with Pulp Fiction (1994) and The Hateful Eight (2015). Another notable…

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When I learnt Nigeria was submitting a movie for the 2019 Oscars International Feature Film (IFF) category, I was beyond psyched as this was the second consecutive time, the first being Lionheart (2018). I assumed being Oscar-ready meant we were growing and that is true. However, after a second watch of The Milkmaid, I began to question our reasons for choosing The Milkmaid, an ambitious movie that drags in runtime and execution. ‘Anikulapo’ Review: Kunle Afolayan Thrills Viewers with New Epic Official Poster Written, produced and directed by Desmond Ovbiagele (Render to Caesar), The Milkmaid follows the story of Aisha…

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Eagle Wings is one of the most exploratory films Nollywood has put out, this time with the support of the Federal government. Nollywood has not enjoyed much investment from non-industry players, including the government. In Jonathan Haynes’ 2016 book, “Nollywood: The Creation of Nigerian Film Genres”, he raises the fact that this failure to reinvest in the film industry is a familiar pattern. It is amazing and alarming that Nollywood has been able to achieve international recognition without much external support. Recently, Nollywood started enjoying the patronage of industry players, especially streaming giants like Netflix and Amazon Prime Video, and…

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Everything from the conception of Bel-Air has set it apart from Will Smith’s The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. The show doesn’t go down the regular route most classical remakes take, trying to milk the nostalgia of long-time fans. The show goes on to tell a story fit for its modern audience. Much more than a modern, darker take on the comedy classic, it tells a different story, one that encapsulates men. Bel-Air is a healthy addition to the library of films that are dedicated to rediscovering masculinity and it doesn’t do this in isolation, it does this in the presence…

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The first episode of True Story is titled “The King of Comedy”, the same as the 1983 Martin Scorsese comedy, The King of Comedy. Like Scorsese’s, there is a creepy fan and no Rupert Rupkin, just Kid (Kevin Hart), a billion-grossing actor and comedian, and Carlton (Wesley Snipes), his brother. True Story, a mini series created by Eric Newman (Narcos: Mexico), is not a true story. 4 episodes were directed by Hanelle Culpepper ( Star Trek: Discovery) while three were directed by Stephen Williams (Lost, The Teacher Ate My Homework).  Beware: this review might contain bits of spoilers Related: Five…

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In Halle Berry’s directorial debut, Bruised, the first scene opens with a POV of Jackie Justice taking the beating of her life for a couple of minutes. Not able to take the beating any longer, she skips the octagon – the fighting ring. In this project that ought to have been directed by Nick Cassavetes, Halle Berry is Jackie Justice. It is the story of a disgraced MMA fighter.    Related: ‘King Richard’ Review: An Ace in Acting Performances It has been four years since Jackie Justice forfeited a major fight, now she lives with her manager-boyfriend, Desi (Adan Canto), who…

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The Pursuit of Happyness (2006) gave the world a closer view of Will Smith’s acting prowess, having been more widely known for his comical role from his 90s Fresh Prince days. King Richard is another movie where the audience is presented with such rich acting, not just from Will Smith, acing the titular role, but the entire cast. Directed by Reinaldo Marcus Green (Monsters and Men), King Richard is a biopic looking at the role Richard Williams played in setting up his daughters, Serena and Venus, for success in the tennis world. Related: Tom Hanks’s Best Performances—Ranked The movie starts…

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Alter Ego is one of the less than a dozen movies Omotola Jalade has appeared in, in the last decade. This Moses Inwang (Lockdown) picture since its theatrical release in 2017 has found its way to Netflix’s vast library. The movie is about Adaora Igwe’s life ambition to champion the cause of the less privileged sexually abused children, which she does both in and out of courtrooms. She even employs her wits to reach perpetrators that seem untouchable. The drama also stars Kunle Remi, Jide Kosoko, Tina Mba, Esther Oyibo, and Michael Okon. Related: ‘Happiness Ever After’ Review: South African…

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  A lot of people have been pissed with the way things were left off in the Home Alone franchise, especially because of the other three movies that were added to the series. With this 2021 Disney+  addition, there are now six movies in the franchise. The first five films were released under 20th Century Fox. The rights to the Home Alone franchise have since belonged to Disney, following Disney’s 2019 acquisition of 21st Century Fox. Home Sweet Home was directed by Dan Mazer (Borat, The Dictator). The movie is set in Alabama just like the first two in the franchise, which is…

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