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Author Archive: FrankOchieng

Frank Ochieng has contributed film reviews to SF Crowsnest off and on since 2003. He has been published in other various movie site venues throughout the years. Ochieng has been part of The Online Film Critics Society (OFCS) and had written film reviews for The Boston Banner newspaper (USA) and frequently is a media/entertainment panelist on WBZ NewsRadio 1030 AM on "The Jordan Rich Show" in Boston, Massachusetts/USA.

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Transcendence (film review by Frank Ochieng).

April 20, 2014 | By | Reply More
Transcendence (film review by Frank Ochieng).

Cinematographer-turned-director Wally Pfister (a close film-making collaborator with movie mastermind Christopher Nolan) decides to take on the realm of technology cynicism in the somnolent sci-fi techno-thriller ‘Transcendence’. There certainly has been attempts to provide shrewd commentary on the weary connection between man’s progressive manipulation and the technological tendencies that shape our societal sensibilities. However, ‘Transcendence’ feels structurally stiff and […]

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A Haunted House 2 (film review by Frank Ochieng).

April 19, 2014 | By | 1 Reply More
A Haunted House 2 (film review by Frank Ochieng).

We needed the insipid horror-comedy ‘A Haunted House 2′ much like a porcupine needs an insulin needle to poke somebody in the gut. Nevertheless, this flaccid frightfest of so-called cheap chuckles is the sequel to the inexplicably modest successful ‘A Haunted House’ where the throwaway satire made for tired silliness and shock. Unapologetic in its random and shapeless shenanigans, ‘A […]

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Oculus (film review by Frank Ochieng).

April 13, 2014 | By | Reply More
Oculus (film review by Frank Ochieng).

Moviegoers may indeed take a hard and horrific look at themselves in the revealing mirror courtesy of co-writer/director Mike Flanagan’s raucous reflection supernatural thriller ‘Oculus’. Consequently, ‘Oculus’ breaks no noteworthy ground in the horror genre of hedonistic haunted house showcases. Still, Flanagan’s titillating tale of a macabre and mysterious mirror, traumatic childhood memories and parental abandonment issues just has […]

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Captain America: The Winter Soldier (film review by Frank Ochieng).

April 5, 2014 | By | Reply More
Captain America: The Winter Soldier (film review by Frank Ochieng).

One certainly cannot go wrong when presenting Marvel Comics super-heroes on the big screen as these action-packed gems mean big business at the box office. Okay…maybe with an exceptional dud here and there ( ‘Thor: The Dark World’ anyone?) the Stan Lee universe continues to rule at the cinema complexes worldwide with larger than life […]

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Noah (film review by Frank Ochieng).

April 2, 2014 | By | 1 Reply More
Noah (film review by Frank Ochieng).

The one thing that persists in director/co-writer Darren Aronofsky’s cinematic arsenal is his innate ability for conveying sturdy and perplexing character studies at the center of his stories no matter how small or large. In the biblical epic ‘Noah’, filmmaker Aronofsky provides a magnetic scope for his imaginative take on one of the Bible’s heralded seaman and […]

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Divergent (film review by Frank Ochieng).

March 24, 2014 | By | Reply More
Divergent (film review by Frank Ochieng).

Surprise, surprise…Hollywood is back in copycat mode once again as it sniffs out yet another opportunity to piggyback on a current film genre with momentum. In this case, the action-packed chronicles of a young diva dystopian drama in the tradition of the highly popular ‘The Hunger Games’ franchise that is meant to tap into the mindset of […]

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Uwantme2Killhim? (2013) (film review by Frank Ochieng).

March 10, 2014 | By | Reply More
Uwantme2Killhim? (2013) (film review by Frank Ochieng).

Director Andrew Douglas’s cyberspace teen crime caper ‘Uwantme2KILLhim?’ is refreshingly imaginative and quite compelling in its suspenseful skin. Usually a majority of intriguing dramas involving wayward high schoolers or elusive local criminals and terrorists or the befuddled law enforcement authorities that try to crack the escalating proceedings incriminating disenfranchised youths end up more often than not following […]

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Son Of God (2014) (film review by Frank Ochieng).

March 9, 2014 | By | Reply More
Son Of God (2014) (film review by Frank Ochieng).

There is no direct attempt to be blasphemous about the spiritual and inspirational vibes that are embedded in the ambitious fabric of director Christopher Spencer’s religious melodrama ‘Son Of God’. One of the worst gestures that can transpire is awkwardly debating the merits of Christian beliefs and offending those that either maintain their faith-based convictions or not. […]

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300: Rise Of An Empire (film review by Frank Ochieng).

March 9, 2014 | By | Reply More
300: Rise Of An Empire (film review by Frank Ochieng).

Ask for a pointless and testosterone-driven banal bloodbath and you shall receive…at least the monotonous and myopic ‘300: Rise Of An Empire’ is satisfying in that respect. Fanboys worldwide may cry foul when detesting the so-called insufferable and humorless movie reviewers that dare to tear into this ancient carnage caper that looks to continue stroking the favorable […]

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Mr. Peabody & Sherman (film review by Frank Ochieng).

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Mr. Peabody & Sherman (film review by Frank Ochieng).

Babyboomers may understandably embrace their nostalgic childhood roots when being treated to the simple cartoon tale of a boy and his dog…wait…make that a reversal sentiment of a dog and his boy as demonstrated in the glossy and slick animated feature film. Naturally, ‘Mr. Peabody & Sherman’ originated from the creative world of Jay Ward Productions that brought […]

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