Sunday, November 30, 2008
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Wednesday, November 26, 2008
REVIEW COMING SOON
PRELIMINARY GRADE A+
One just has to go see it...
Posted by Ms. Catwalq at 9:35 AM
Saturday, November 8, 2008
Starring: Baba Wande, Ayo Badmus and a whole bunch of amateurs
Directed by: Sola Aderounmu
Production Company: Brim Faze Productions, MAB Movie and Music Company
Language: Yoruba (no subtitles)
Synopsis: A couple are plunged into heartache when their first pregnancy turns into a two year ordeal. The wife's quest to be rid of her burden lands in so many precarious situations that almost tears both her family and that of her husband apart, not to talk of her marriage.
My grade: C. Very psychic. Baba Wande lit up the screen in all his scenes. Unfortunately, they were few and far between. The experienced actors were evident and comfortable and the effort of the amateurs was evident...maybe too much.
Should you watch it: yes, if only to watch the scene where Baba Wande meets his daughters suitor for some serious laughter.
Starring: Adebayo Salami, Funsho Adeolu, Any Akhigbe, Tunde Dickson and some other famous Yoruba actors
Directed by: Kunle Afod
Production company: Isolak Ventures, Alhaji Isola Saheed, Dickson Production, Mama Mistura Production
Language: Yoruba (with subtitles)
Synopsis: A cautionary tale of what could happen when a parent or parents exercise too much control over their children's lives and push them into relationships and lifestyles that they either would not choose or do not want but have to concede to because of the parental hold.
Grade: B-. The intimacy between the love birds were a bit nauseating but in all, it was a relatively good movie.
Should you watch it: yes.
So, I have dropped a few points in my IQ from some of the movies in listed above and have done absolutely no homework...but hey, one has to make some sacrifice....
Posted by Ms. Catwalq at 2:57 PM
Monday, November 3, 2008
I have been behind in my reviews. I have been meaning to put up posts but life has been so crazy...will get to it.
Posted by Ms. Catwalq at 11:26 PM
Saturday, October 11, 2008
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Posted by Ms. Catwalq at 11:18 AM
Sunday, September 7, 2008
WAS ABLE TO SEE TWO MOVIES THIS WEEKEND. THE FIRST WAS WOODY ALLEN'S "VICKY CHRISTINA BARCELONA" STARRING JAVIER BARDEM, PENELOPE CRUZ, SCARLETT JOHANSEN AND REBECCA HALL. SET IN SPAIN, IT IS DRY HUMOUR TYPE FLICK ABOUT TWO FRIENDS WHO TAKE A SUMMER VACATION IN SPAIN DURING WHICH THEY RUN INTO THIS EMOTIONALLY DAMAGED PAINTER AND HIS SOMEWHAT PSYCHOTIC WIFE.
VERDICT: I WAS LOST IN THE DIALOGUE. I FOUND ALOT OF WHAT WAS SAID UNBELIEVABLE AND CLICHED...WHICH IN MOST OF THE REVIEWS SOME PEOPLE SEEM TO THINK WAS DELIBERATE. I HOWEVER HAD MOMENTS WHEN I FOUND MYSELF CHECKING MY WATCH TO SEE HOW CLOSE I WAS TO THE END.
THE BEST PART OF THE MOVIE WERE FOR ME WHEN BARDEM AND CRUZ SHARED THE SCENES. THEIR RELATIONSHIP IS SO COMBUSTIBLE AND YET EXTREMELY ENTERTAINING. YOU ALMOST WANT THEM TO KEEP HURTING EACH OTHER FOR YOUR MORBID ENTERTAINMENT. JOHANSSEN LOST ME. I DON'T KNOW WHY THEY THINK SHE CAN ACT.
ITS STRONG MOMENTS THOUGH PRESENT WERE FEW AND FAR BETWEEN.
THEN I SAW NICHOLAS CAGE IN "BANGKOK DANGEROUS", AN ACTION FLICK SET IN THAILAND ABOUT A HITMAN WHO GOES THERE TO COMPLETE HIS LAST JOB AND FINDS HIMSELF EMBROILDERED IN MUCH MORE THAN HE BARGAINED FOR.
ALL I CAN SAY IS SHAHKRIT YARMNAM!!!!!!!
Posted by Ms. Catwalq at 8:31 PM
Sunday, August 3, 2008
Anyone in the know of grants I can apply for film projects developments?
Posted by Ms. Catwalq at 6:14 PM
Monday, June 30, 2008
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Thursday, June 26, 2008
I have received my latest batch of Indian movies from Desicompany. I borrowed this movie because of the male lead, Fardeen Khan. It was horrible.
I am sorry for the spoiler. Aditya (Fardeen Khan) cheats on his wife with employee, Geeta (Esha Deol) who imagines that he will leave wife for her. He doesn't. They fight. She dies. Then she begins to hunt him. And for almost two hours, i try not to cry as I realise I have just flushed $3.50 down the toilet.
Low budget, D- movie....
Posted by Ms. Catwalq at 9:21 PM
Sunday, June 22, 2008
I just finished THE BLOOD OF FLOWERS, a sweeping tale set in seventeenth century Iran detailing the life of a young woman with a talent and love for carpet making and the ill fortune of loosing her father and thus the source of dowry to provide her with a marriage.
This is the kind of book that makes me question if indeed, I do possess the talent and skill to make it as a successful writer. The words flowed like melted butter and transported me easily to the very time and place of the narrator's tale. It subtlely blends fiction and myth to provide insight as to what life would have been like and might still be like for a young woman's whose entire existence is dependent upon the protection that alliance with a man can provide; either as a daughter or as a wife.
The book written by Iranian born and American raised Anita Amirrezvani has been shortlisted for the 2008 Orange Prize for Fiction.
Posted by Ms. Catwalq at 12:26 AM
Friday, June 6, 2008
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Friday, May 30, 2008
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Tuesday, May 20, 2008
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Friday, May 16, 2008
Wednesday, April 9, 2008
I put up the link to the original post on the Anambra state condom ban and it was broadcast as part of the news on Current TV. Go here, to look at the comments to the broadcast....
Posted by Ms. Catwalq at 9:20 AM
Tuesday, April 1, 2008
Comment and Vote on the Current TV website so that it can be considered for airing.
Posted by Ms. Catwalq at 11:23 AM
Saturday, March 29, 2008
U can go on Current TV to leave your comment and to vote for it to make TV
Posted by Ms. Catwalq at 9:41 AM
Friday, March 28, 2008
Sunday, March 9, 2008
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In addition, we'll be hosting a live **Secret Village Show** atthe Soho Revue Bar in London - March 13th to celebrate the album release.
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Sunday, March 2, 2008
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Sunday, February 24, 2008
There might come an unfortunate time in one's life when one might behold a sight so ghastly or have an experience so traumatic that you know that it will take a lifetime of therapy and prayers to restore you to the whole being that you once were. For me last night, it was sitting down to watch Jhoom Baraber Jhoom
The cast is refreshingly unknown and earthy. The music was wonderful and the suspense in the game scenes were just appropriate that even though I had a good idea how the movie was supposed to end, the plot took me on a few turns that made me think that maybe my assumption was wrong. I wished I could have met the characters in real life and at one point the ridiculous thought popped into my head that maybe, I could join a sports training camp. Then after seeing what they had to go through, I changed my mind. I think I am going to watch it again. SRK was amazing but most of all, so where the girls who made up the cast of the hockey team. I did not even know that there were oriental looking people of Indian citizenship....shows you how much I know about the country.
Then I finished up the night (or morning) with Rani Mukerji in a movie that touched so close to home in its simplicity and honesty that I was near moved to tears. No, the movie was not soo great but the story, i understood implicitly of a family where the man lives in the misplaced glory of his past and the wife is left to shoulder the burdens of keeping up appearances. I understood implicitly the daughter who flees to the city in search of a means to save her family from ruin and in the process herself is led to self ruin in a society that does not care that it rips its underdog to pieces while it indulges itself. And the hypocritical and pretentious image it projects.
No, this movie will win no awards no break in no new ground as far as contents go. The story is too familiar and has been well played out b4 but it was still a delight to watch
I have loved Rani since Chori Chori and will continue to do so. The cast was well selected and once again, I was reminded of why I am no longer watching anything Aishwarya Rai-Bachan does since she married the man of my dreams, Abhishek.
It was a good night.
Jhoom: Don't even waste your time or that of your enemy if you have one. G-
Chak De: you might find that you want a copy on DVD. B+
Laaga Chaunari: You should see it. C+
Posted by Ms. Catwalq at 12:35 PM
Sunday, February 10, 2008
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Monday, January 28, 2008
Friday, January 25, 2008
Still, you might want to see it. It will be a neutral selection if no consensus can be reached when you and your girlfriends get to the cinema and your original choice is sold out or not showing. Ladies, please don't force your boyfriends to go see it. You might not like what they will force you to go see when it is their turn.
27 Dresses was okay.
Posted by Ms. Catwalq at 10:23 PM
Tuesday, January 22, 2008
Friday, January 11, 2008
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Wednesday, January 2, 2008
Welcome to the new year. It's so nice to see all your beautiful and somewhat bewildered faces when you discover this blog( for those that do not know that I manage three blogs)
I watched THROUGH THE FIRE last night, a film produced by Chuks Etolue of NigerAmerica Pictures. I was a bit skeptical to watch it because I had loaned it to friend and she had all but bashed the thing to the ground. Having seen the movie and knowing that she is from Barbados, I will say that I am sorry that she is upset because her country has no film industry of their own.
What grade will I give the film? Ans: B+. It was well written, well shot and most of the actors did well. The voice over of the narrator did not do it for me, the constant flash backs were kind of exhausting even if they were sharply done and some of the cast would have been better off with their natural accents.
Nonetheless, the Nigerian based cast headlined by Patience Ozonkwo were on point with Ozonkwo in her typical role of the mother-in-law from hell. The film also had an above average selection of US based actors, most of whom I am sure are friends and not actors but who did quite an impressive job of delivering on their roles.
The story was simple: a couple who have lost two kids at birth, transplant themselves under family opposition to their continued union to the United States with the hopes that access to better medical care will save the current pregnancy the wife is carrying. When they get there, things are not what they seem and the family has to make some tough decisions as they fight to keep their status, dignity and child. KPOM!!!
I understood the story, I commiserated with the characters and sat with the same amount of trepidation and hopelessness that they portrayed.
The soundtrack: Something I always focus on, was well put together and simple. There was no off key singer, with irritatingly descriptive lyrics sung in a wannabe-foreign, heavily Igbo accented voice. They got it right for suspense, tragedy and dramatic scenes. Was well done.
Wardrobe: Well put together. No one was not dressing in contradiction to their personality and body type. Although the black mesh shirt that the character Koffi wore in the final scenes is a no-no.
I would recommend that you go see it.
Also, I watched a couple of films by Oodua Afrik Films, a Yoruba film production company that is headlined by Ogogo. I am of the opinion that one day, I will hand a huge sum of money over and tell Taiwo Hassan (Ogogo) that he should just go ahead and make whatever he wants to make. I have been in his corner since Owo Blow and he has shown no indications that he wants me to leave so that is a producer that I will say, pay some attention to.
I like the simplicity of his stories. No one is sitting under some banana tree somewhere and fanning a shrine's fire to cause calamity. Most of his stories are about simple action and reaction. KPOM!!! Me, I likey very very much.
I saw Eni Akoko (First Person) and Ire Nwami Nitemi/ The Gold Digger ( I do not agree with the English title but hey, no be me get am for film). Two good films I tell you.
And I bought, started and finished Half Of a Yellow Sun. It was well written but I was not as spellbound as I had been with Purple Hibiscus. Something seemed forced about the story, in my opinion but it was still superbly written and worthy of all the accolades it had received. It was an OK read.
So, here is to a new year of bigger and better productions in TV, film and literature.
Posted by Ms. Catwalq at 11:24 AM