Tag: drama

Dallas Buyers Club (film review) by Frank Ochieng.

November 18, 2013 | By | Reply More
Dallas Buyers Club (film review) by Frank Ochieng.

Disturbing, poignant and brilliantly acted, the potent impact of ‘Dallas Buyers Club’ certainly is a shocking triumph as both social commentary and absorbing entertainment. Additionally, the artistically dark cinematic roles for Matthew McConaughey continue to impress and engage critics and moviegoers alike. From 2011’s vastly underrated ‘Killer Joe’ to this year’s nuanced turn in ‘Mud’, […]

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How I Live Now (film review) by Frank Ochieng.

November 15, 2013 | By | Reply More
How I Live Now (film review) by Frank Ochieng.

There is nothing like pandering to that elusive teen crowd at the box office when dispersing adolescent angst with worldwide wartime woes. Hey, at least this minor melodrama does not casually feature CGI-enhanced shirtless vampires or bespectacled boy wizards, right? Nevertheless, director Kevin MacDonald (‘The King Of Scotland’) is making the pledge of serving up […]

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In A World… by Frank Ochieng (film review).

November 9, 2013 | By | Reply More
In A World… by Frank Ochieng (film review).

The attempt to satirise certain aspects of Hollywood in the movies tends to have that certain hit-and-miss quality. Basically, one is either on the mark with precise scathing or may be overwrought with exaggeration. In filmmaker Lake Bell’s touching and affectingly quirky comedy ‘In A World…’, she demonstrates a perceptive knack for examining the off-kilter artistry […]

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Blue Caprice (film review) by Frank Ochieng.

September 14, 2013 | By | Reply More
Blue Caprice (film review) by Frank Ochieng.

‘Blue Caprice’ is a different kind of riveting horror movie of sorts. No, it does not feature the CGI visibility of hideous creatures out for random bloodthirsty vengeance. It does, however, showcase the invisible monster within the damaged human psyche that craves spontaneous carnage without any definitive rhyme or reason. In most over-the-top horror films […]

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Closed Circuit (film review) by Frank Ochieng.

September 9, 2013 | By | Reply More
Closed Circuit (film review) by Frank Ochieng.

The premise for ‘Closed Circuit’ looked quite promising: a sophisticated political thriller steeped in conspiracy, mayhem and mystery. One was sure that director John Crowley’s (‘Boy A’) stiff-minded intriguing narrative would stand out above the rest of the derivative and crowded suspense capers that invade the big screen from time to time. Although it is […]

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Passion (film review) by Frank Ochieng.

September 3, 2013 | By | Reply More
Passion (film review) by Frank Ochieng.

The problem with some legendary filmmakers is that when they let their guard down slightly and dip into uncharacteristic mediocrity the red flags start to wave. Could this be the case for an immensely revered movie mastermind such as Brian DePalma whose cinematic touch in the cinema scene from the 70s and 80s were among […]

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Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters by Frank Ochieng (film review).

August 28, 2013 | By | 1 Reply More
Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters by Frank Ochieng (film review).

The refreshing twist about ‘Percy Jackson: Sea Of Monsters’ is that it is a children’s nautical fantasy geared to introducing the youngsters to a hearty taste of Greek mythology. After all, the majority of kiddie capers do not always have to include cuddly 3-D animated animals, talking cars, dancing dinosaurs or impish wizards and witches […]

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Elysium by Frank Ochieng (Film Review).

August 26, 2013 | By | 2 Replies More
Elysium by Frank Ochieng (Film Review).

There is no doubt about the majestic vision and scope that South African filmmaker Neill Blomkamp holds for his illuminating sci-fi spectacles that skillfully hint at innovation and introspection. More important, writer-director Blomkamp’s hypnotic landscape narratives provide social commentary depth that is handily thought-provoking and profound. Naturally, Blomkamp proved this very same sentiment when he […]

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You’re Next by Frank Ochieng (film review ).

August 25, 2013 | By More
You’re Next by Frank Ochieng (film review ).

One can make the argument that the home invasion thriller feels rather familiar in the wake of this particular genre’s omnipresence at the box office. With offerings such as this year’s ‘The Purge’ or even referencing something as nostalgic as the Jodie Foster-Kristen Stewart vehicle ‘Panic Room’ from a few years back you would wonder […]

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The Mortal Instruments: City Of Bones by Frank Ochieng (film review).

August 25, 2013 | By | Reply More
The Mortal Instruments: City Of Bones  by Frank Ochieng (film review).

Well, the search for the next ‘Twilight’ phenomenon continues desperately as Hollywood coughs up yet another pretender in the clunky supernatural serial ‘The Mortal Instruments: City Of Bones’. When will the movie studios realise that these futile attempts to fill the void with these tepid teenybopper fantasy romancers featuring the arbitrary inclusion of ‘tween triangular […]

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