Author: olamideadio

Perhaps not. Maybe, as some have rightly hypothesized, we have given the audience far too much credit than deserved. After all, there is no proper yardstick to measure this audience’s intelligence or to prove that it expects anything great of its industry. What we have is an audience that has become comfortable with mediocrity and has accepted it consistently from its filmmakers—from the director to every department involved in the process. When our filmmakers went on that infamous streak of replicating the format of the box office hit film, The Wedding Party 2, directed by Niyi Akinmolayan, the audience defended…

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The Girl in the Yellow Jumper is a Ugandan film that follows the bizarre experiences of a hitchhiker, Jim (Michael Wawuyo Jr), given a ride by a police officer, Patrick (Maurice Kirya). Jim was kidnapped and recounts his experiences to the officer on the long ride from the deserted road back to the city. The film is written and directed by Loukman Ali, an eclectic filmmaker, evidenced in the various narrative styles in the film.  Related: The 10 Best Nollywood Movies of 2021 Official poster. Via Netflix The beauty of the story—Uganda’s first film on Netflix, and an ambitious project…

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Tanwa Savage is a 2021 film written and directed by Geshin Salvador. It stars Uzor Arukwe (Jola), Linda Osifo (Zainab), Bimbo Ademoye (Tosin), and Nkechi Blessing Sunday (Ngozi) as the principal characters. With an improbable premise straight out of classic Nollywood, the film is a dramedy that pushes itself with some admirable chutzpah. Jola and his wife, Zainab, have struggled to have a child. His father, played by Segun Arinze, advises him to have an extramarital affair for a child. Jola, heeding his father’s advice a tad too much, impregnates two women—one of them, Tosin, his wife’s close friend. His…

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The Matrix has been rebooted with old characters given new roles, new villains to protect the system, and the old villains suffering the responsibility of deus ex machina. The Matrix Resurrections stars an aging cast in a soft reboot that, paradoxically, lacks the elements that made the old trilogy successful and also has too much of the old trilogy; a lack of restraint here, too much of it elsewhere. Directed by Lana Wachowski, the film has amazing writers in Lana herself, Aleksandar Hemon, and David Mitchell, but it still suffers the Hollywood reboot curse. A perfectly healthy movie franchise has…

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It varies; the legend of how Aki (Chinedu Ikedieze) and Pawpaw (Osita Iheme) met. One posits that they met as far back as 1997 at an audition, each shocked at the existence of the other, both certain they were twins from different mothers. Another more recent, more pragmatic account follows that they were both ‘discovered’ by the late veteran Nollywood producer, Chukwuka Emelionwu who, confident he’d discovered a pair of generational talents, hired a scriptwriter to write a script around the duo and then subsequently produced the film, Aki Na Ukwa (2003), promptly placing them into stardom. They would go…

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A Naija Christmas is Kunle Afolayan’s latest film in his bumper Netflix deal. With a declamatory title, the film pursues personal ambition and weighs that against what Christmas means in a Nigerian setting. The versatile Kunle Afolayan returns from Swallow with a romantic comedy, something simpler with familiar tropes. Kemi Adesoye, who previously worked with the director on The Figurine and Phone Swap, serves as the screenwriter. Both minds have, here, produced something easily digestible for the family this Christmas. The tropes are familiar and usually, that is a kinder way of calling a work cliché; and while the concept…

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At some point in the first act, anyone familiar with Kayode Kasum’s works would already suspect Soole wouldn’t end well. The movie has the marker of a typical Kasum film; star-studded; overcrowded front seat characters; an interesting but preposterous premise; a trying but failing cast; garish lighting; and a recognition of directorial potential—or, sometimes, a total lack of it. By the third act, we are certain the film has suffered the fate of most Kasum’s works; convoluted into a gordian knot: yet another mediocre film sinking into his filmography. Related: Best Nollywood Actresses and Actors in 2021 Official poster. Via…

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