Author: Fridous Adetutu

Nollywood is significantly evolving, especially with the bold recent horror entry of Dare Olaitan’s Ile Owo, and the well-crafted story in Yahoo+ making it to cinemas; perhaps there’s still hope. Even though Nollywood plots are frequently mundane, a few have proven to stand out and have shown that it is possible to find compelling stories in the industry. Like most Nollywood movies, Vanity loses its rein way before the film reaches midway. Directed by Chukwuemeka Nwabunze, the drama follows the story of a young lady, Ifekili (Jemima Osunde), who leaves her home in Enugu and relocates to Lagos after marrying Kobi (Uzor Anikwe).…

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The Gray Man, the highly anticipated Netflix original spy film, is an adaptation of Mark Greeney’s 2009 novel of the same name. Directed by Anthony and Joe Russo (Captain America), The Gray Man is Netflix’s most expensive original movie to date. With these esteemed filmmakers who have helmed a number of superhero films in the MCU in charge, viewers would undoubtedly dive into The Gray Man gleefully. The movie does deliver to some extent in a thrilling ride with few action set pieces, but if you go in with the expectation of seeing an upgrade of a spy movie like…

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Fear is the first primal instinct of every being. It is a tool considered one of the most effective methods to subdue the will of humans. It is a fundamental emotion that helps humans ensure their survival and continuation of the species. It has been used for emotional and cognitive effects in most art forms, from film to TV, one of them being Stranger Things. Created in 2016 and spanning 4 seasons, Stranger Things uses fear to create an immersive experience for the viewers, and through the show, we see how people in power use their position to manipulate others…

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After Avengers: Endgame, Marvel Cinematic Universe has been working on breathing new life into the numerous films that have come after Thanos’ tyranny. Marvel Studios wants its audience to believe they’ve still got it. We were hoodwinked with No Way Home; then there came the visually beautiful but ludicrously pointless Eternals amongst others, and Marvel’s finest Doctor, Dr. Strange’s terrific return in the Multiverse of Madness, which led us to believe that there might still be hope despite the multiple abysmal MCU releases post-Thanos. Thor: Love and Thunder is a blatant nearly unrecognizable charade that shows how far the legendary MCU has fallen. ‘Jurassic…

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Over the years, the horror genre has not been extensively explored by Nollywood. However, Dare Olaitan (Dwindle) breaks this barrier with his new horror movie, Ile Owo, which the director has said leans more into the psychological thriller realm. Olaitan’s Ile Owo takes us into the world of Akanni Owo, a man who has everything but wishes to live forever. He meets with Fijabi (Bisola Aiyeola), a witch who informs him that although his soul has already been claimed, she can still intervene to spare his sons from death, an inevitable human end. But there is a catch; a ritual must take place…

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The South African film industry is one of the most creative in the world today. With the production of exciting projects like Queen Sono, Blood and Water, Savage Beauty, How to Ruin Christmas, and many others, it isn’t exaggerated to mention them when it comes to how they enthusiastically showcase the art of filmmaking. Collision, like a slew of other South African films on Netflix, has been added to the list. The South African film, Collision, is one of those films that attempts to spark a socially conscious discussion on class marginalization and the harsh reality that immigrants seeking a…

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Jurassic World: Dominion is the sixth movie in the Jurassic Cinematic Universe. This world explores Dinosaur species that once roamed the earth millions of years ago. Nearly 30 years since the inception of Jurassic World by Steven Spielberg in 1993, Jurassic World: Dominion will likely mark the final chapter in the franchise. But with the inconsistencies that plague the previous movies in the franchise, one can only hope that a new awakening in the franchise will revitalize the failures of the previous ones as Dominion marks the end of this trilogy. ‘Top Gun 2’ Review: Cinema’s Favourite Fighter Pilot Reaches New…

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After the long-awaited return of the fourth season of Netflix’s sci-fi series, Stranger Things, fans again welcome old faces and new ones. With the plethora of characters that have graced our screen in this bloody, dark affair the series has given us over the years, it is only necessary to rank some side characters (good and evil). Redefining Masculinity on ‘Bel-Air’— Defining Moments Here is a ranking of our favourite Stranger Things side characters from worst to best: Dr. Brenner Scientists always have a reason to conduct the evilest experiments, and for Dr Brenner (Matthew Modine), it’s exploiting little kids…

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Over time, the South African dramas I’ve seen are well-crafted stories that are thought-provoking and have compelling characters. With series like Queen Sono, Blood and Water, Jiva and many others, I’d always go into any of their dramas with high hopes. The latest South African Netflix series, Savage Beauty, is no different. The six-episode drama is a story of revenge, betrayal, and power. It revolves around Zinhle (Rosemary Zimu), a young woman with a troubled past, a burden that she and her siblings share. Her arduous past tracks back to the CEO of a worldwide beauty brand, Don Bhengu (Dumisani…

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In the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the 2021 series Loki shed little light on the multiverse. At the same time, Spider-Man: No Way Home depicted the unknown catastrophe that could descend with the multiverse. In No Way Home, we saw how three iterations of Spider-Man and its villains from another dimension came crashing into Peter’s (Tom Holland) life because Dr. Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) cast a wrong spell. After the mayhem the multiverse caused in No Way Home, Strange once again gets dragged into the realm of the complex multiverse in The Multiverse of Madness. Strange encounters a mysterious girl, America Chavez…

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