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Material Girl

Material Girl

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Material Girl ~ 2009
Story – Abdul Salam Mumuni
Screenplay – Phil Efe Bernard
Director – Frank Rajah Arase
Producer Abdul Salam Mumuni
A Venus Films Production

Starring:
John Dumelo – Greg
Yvonne Nelson – Cassie
Kofi Adjorlolo – Jake
Gavivina Tamakloe – Jake
Amanobea Dodeo – Jessica
Jme Orighoye – Nicole
Eve Asare – Nicky
William Opare – Uncle Jamey
Fred Amagi – Hon Attah
Brenda Osei Bonsu – Missy
Abieku Segoe – Jasper
Dan Tei Mensah – Elvis
Gifty Temang – Anne
Louis Saah-Acquaman – Gateman

Themes Explored:
Materialism
Greed
Infidelity

My Rating – 64%

Cassie is a bad girl who makes her money by picking up men, seducing them and robbing them, or keeping them as sugar daddies. She also uses the money to take care of her sick mother’s hospital bill even though her mother hates the method in which her daughter obtains  money.

Cassie’s immorality seems to have no limits and on the one hand she plays the hero saving a woman who she finds having a seizure in the road, taking her to the hospital and then on the other hand she uses that act of bravery to gain access into the woman’s life, and proceeds to have an affair with the woman’s husband. Jake and his wife of 29 years’ marriage now hangs in the balance and his  involvement with Cassie has devastating consequences for all parties involved.

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The guy who Cassie rips off in the beginning of the movie was a big fool. You call someone that you are doing a business transaction with and immediately start spilling all the details of the contract without even so much as a “hello.” Who does that? You would at least expect to hear murmurs of agreements like mmhmmm or something!

The guy who has his phone stolen by Cassie is confronted by the guy who Cassie robbed, his business associate. He tells him, “You instructed me to bring the money to the hotel and you had me robbed.” Huh when was he instructed? Did Cassie get a man on the phone or is he referring to the time when he spoke to himself? Later he goes onto say, “I called you and you said you couldn’t talk.” Did she deepen her voice or what? We learn the rest of the instructions were through text. Mumu you are going to be heaving large sums of money and not even talk to the person you are doing business with? Nonsense!
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The sex scene between Jake and Cassie was awfully bad. Here is this man who has the fine new hot thing in his bed, and granted maybe he just wanted to tear it up but it was horrible to watch his going at it like he wanted to kill her. YESSSSS that it what it looked like rather than a lustful devouring. While the whole scene seemed a bit fake to me Yvonne played it well and we see the downside in sex for money. The material things make you happy but what you have to do to get it doesn’t. We see a solitary tear at the corner of her eye.

There was great chemistry between John and Yvonne. The kissing was intense. One scene spring to mind in particular; and that would be after the two bump into each other in the supermarket after which he turns up uninvited at her home. He showed a great display of arrogance and self confidence and it only served to enhance his sexiness. Cassie throws Greg down on the sofa after he tries to kiss her. He doesn’t miss a beat and goes in for the kiss again. Hmm I was even felling like he was about to kiss me… oh wishful thinking.

If he were taller he would have been even more formidable and it would have given him more of a macho edge. Having him tower over Yvonne as opposed to stand eye to eye to her would have made the character even more powerful.

Yvonne smashes every outfit that she wears in this movie… From scene to scene her dressing is fantastic. Indeed she is a material girl, and it shows, from the clothes, to the shoes, to the earrings… Everything is absolutely on point.
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I liked the movie and would recommend watching it. We learn something about consequences for one’s actions. You live a fast life and that surely will be your downfall. It was entertaining but I was disappointed that after watching 3 parts I did not feel like the movie really ended. I felt that the ending was a little over the top and rushed.

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The King is Mine

The King is Mine

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The King Is Mine ~ 2009 
Story – Abdul Salam Mumuni
Screenplay – Abdul Salam Mumuni
Director – Frank Rajah Arase
Producer – Abdul Salam Mumuni
A Venus Films Production

Starring :
Jackie Appiah – Rose
Nadia Buari – Louisa
John Dumelo – King Duala
Kofi Adjorlolo – Agyemang
Kalsum Sinari – Esther
Eddie Nartey – Justice
Amanorbei Opoku Boakye –
Eve Asare – Cecilia
Luckie E Lawson – Queen Serwa
Helen Asante – Sandy
Omar de 1st – Clint
Roger Quartey – Messenger
Moses Lamptey – Boateng

Themes:
Royalty
Sibling Rivalry
Jealousy

My Rating – 39%

The King has chosen Rose to be his new bride, despite the fact that she already hs a fiance. It is a love triangle in that while the King is after Rose, Rose’s sister Louise is after him. Louise is bitter that the King chose her sister when she was the one that firstly expressed interest in him. When it becomes apparent that the Prince has no interest in her whatsoever the already fraught relationship between the sisters reaches breaking point. Although Rose is at first reluctant to begin a relationship with the King she eventually relents, dumping her fiance and seemingly really falling in love. This relationship with the King is soon in jeapoardy at the hands of her jealous and vengeful sister.

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Here I am going to list all the questions I had while watching this movie, since I had so many:

Why do Jackie’s eyes keep changing colour? Not only is she Rainbow Brite in her dressing, but now her eyes too?

We see the King handing Jackie a Cerruti 1881 box with a piece of jewellery in it. They may have been founded in 1881 but they sure didn’t have boxes like that in 1881! The modern day jewellery does not seem to go with the olden day set. So when on earth is the movie supposed to be set?

The shakespearian language used would suggest it is set in olden times but then if in fact the movie is set in modern times as the jewellery would suggest then why wouldn’t the King just to a DNA test on Jackie’s baby once it was born?

The digital camera used in the movie by the maid to photograph Louisa and Justice further adds to the cunfusion as to when the movie is supposed to be set. So when is the movie supposed to be set I ask?

Queen Serwa tries to persuade the king to save their so called “loving marriage” but what kind of love or affection have we seen between them? In fact there is no chemistry between them and we never even see him speak fondly of her.

Why can’t Queen Serwa be sent away? She was not born into royalty so shouldn’t the King have a say on who should and shouldn’t be his wife?

The King went to all lengths to make Lousia his after growing bored with Rose so why does he not even want to make love to her to the extent that she says she has to force him? After he is forced he is angry with her and himself… WTF?

Louisa begs her brother Justice to impregnate her. I was inceredulous. At this point I am thinking, naaa that can’t be her brother, maybe I got something wrong somewhere, until I hear him say, “this is incest.” They are about to get busy in order for him to impregnate her and she starts kissing him softly. Er why would she be doing all that if he is just trying to impregnate her? Even prostitutes generally don’t kiss. It is supposed to be a means to an end so whats up with all the romancing?

Rose is walking around the place constantly tap tap tapping her wig. Why didn’t Jackie just take the darn thing off and have a good itch instead of doing all that during filming?

Why would Rose have a kid for the King with no marriage? Wasn’t the whole point that she become his wife?

At the end of the movie Louisa is rolling around on the dirt floor wearing a sack dress about to be executed and what do we see on her head but a brand new looking shiny Louis Vuitton scarf? What was that about? It looks so misplaced.

The bit where Louisa stabs herself did not make any sense to me. Wasn’t she just saying how much she wanted to live and begging for her life to be spared? As she is about to be saved she stabs herself and with the knife in her manages to give this whole eloquent speech on pity. Nonsense.

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I would not recommend the movie. I did however enjoy the soundtrack and recognised the the voice of the guy singing from some of their other movies. It is not as fast paced or dramatic and Frank and Abdul’s other offerings which added to the poor execution and stiff feel makes it quite an uninteresting watch. It it watchable only if you are interested in carrying out a spot the absurdity exercise.

The Dons in Town

The Dons in Town

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The Dons in Town ~ 2009
(Also known as Pirates of the Night)
Story – Christopher Ozoemena
Screeenplay – Phil Efe
Director – Moses Ebere

Starring:
Prince David Osei – Bernard (also credited as Justin)
Gavivina Tamakloe – Lord Boka
Majid Michel – Hakeem
John Dumelo – Mike
Amanorbea Opoku Boakye – Akorfa
Abieku Segoe – Chief Titus
Eddie Coffie – Pastor James
Brenda Osei Bonsu – Stacey
Eve Asare – Chrystal
William Opare – ASP
Rukaya Mashood – Eve
Eddie Afram Owusu – Landlord
Louis Saah-Acquahman – Akwesi
Roger Quartey – Desmond
Moses Lamptey – Mr Addo

Themes:
Poverty
Chronic Unemployment
419
Greed
Charms

My Rating – 60%

Hakeem is a graduate with a 1st class degree in Computer Science. Three years after graduation he has not found a job and lives off his girlfriend Evelyn. The big dreams that he had before graduation have not materialised and things come to a head when he catches his girlfriend Evelyn in bed with her boss in the house that they live in together. In a fit of rage after she seems so nonchalant about her wicked act he attempts strangling her. He is imprisoned because of this and only freed after his mother offers a bribe after selling family heirlooms.

One day Hakeem is out drinking when his wallet is stolen. The shopkeeper is infuriated and demanding payment, believing that Hakeem is trying to rip him off. The argument between the two spills out onto the road and it is here that Hakeem comes across his old friend Mike who comes to his rescue by paying his bill.

Mike tries to persuade Hakeem into join his 419 crew. Hakeem stands his ground and refuses on that day but later relents. He has a rethink when his mother’s house is ransacked for goods by the landlord in return for debt that his mother has owed for 2 years. His manhood is insulted by the fact that this man could come and treat his mother like that and curse out his non working status in the process. He has reached breaking point and takes the initiative to reach out to Mike.

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First thing is first. Let me take a deep breath. I think I am in love with John Dumelo. I get the same feeling when I see him on screen that I used to get with Nonso. Brutha is fi-ya!
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What sort of fool was Evelyn? You just got caught with a next man and you are telling your man,

“I wasn’t expecting you this early… Stop running around wearing this betrayed look.”

Eiwoooo! She didn’t even have the decency to rendezvous in a hotel and then she is giving back chat! The chick that played Evelyn, Rukaya Mashood was a baaaaad actress. Not bad as in good but bad as in awful. Not the worse I’ve seen, lemme not call names before the offended start flooding my blog, but pretty low down on the totem pole in terms of a convincing performance.

The actress that played Stacey, Brenda Osei Bonsu was pretty good, I don’t remember seeing her before. The only thing I had a problem with was the way her accent kept changing. Did anyone else notice how her accent changed at the end of Part 1. It went extremely British all of a sudden and from there it would switch from scene to scene. Weird! Why didn’t anyone tell her to stay in character? I wonder ooo!
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From fast paced and engaging the movie got a bit boring for me in Part 2. It turned into being about this whole spiritual battle. The dons go to have a spiritual bath to protect their 419 business. What arrant nonsense? We see how chronic employment can affect the mind of young men. We see the change from the beginning of the movie where the men were talking about legit jobs to the greed that consumes them to the extent that they speak about 419 as though it is a legit business. After a 4.5 million jackpot after fleecing a mugu, Mike is talking about taking the “business” to the next level.

A big peeve that I had with this movie was that there were too may pointless scenes. Minutes upon minutes showing us thinking scenes and shopping scenes. Three long ass shopping scenes in one movie is too much. We get that the dons now have money. WE GET IT! WE GET IT WE GET IT!!!
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The movie was for the most part enjoyable to watch (most of all part 1.) On top of that you have my two major eye candies of the moment Majid and John starring together. Does it get better than that? At the end of the movie I saw The End of the Dons in Town advertised, and so the movie continues. On the trailer shown we see the dons getting super extravagant. No doubt there will be a big fall to come. I think a continuation is going to be too much more of the same so I don’t think I will be bothering with that. Nevertheless I would recommend this movie.

Girls Collection

Girls Collection

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Girls Collection ~ 2009
(Girls Connection ~ 2008)
Story – Abdul Salam Mumuni
Screenplay – Tchidi Chikere
Director – Tchidi Chikere

Starring:
Yvonne Nelson – Imelda
Vicky Zugah – Mabel
Beverly Afaglo – Doris
Nana Ama McBrown – Vanessa
Kofi Adjorlolo – Prince Daramola
Irene Opara – Madam Joy
Gavivina Tamakloe – Mr Frederick
Eddie Nartey – Casmir
William Opare – Silas
Roger Quartey – Frank
Eve Asare – Cutie
Elizera Ofori – Cleopatra
Ingrid E Alabi – Jennifer
Mumi E Botchey – Araba
Nii Saka Brown – Douglas
Diana Ghartey – Araba Maame
Simon P Tettevi – Bulus
Jackson K Adam – Thomas
Ish Thompson – Bala
Sandra Asare – Reception
Prince Osei – Dr Cliff
Tchidi Chikere – Ted
Omar De 1st – Bruce

Themes:
Prostitution
Poverty

My Rating – 72%

This movie tells the tale of different girl’s and their lives in prostitution. The girls live in a huge house with Madam Joy who “arranges” rich and influential men for them. We see the story surrounding each girl and how they fell into the game as well as the consequences suffered as a result of the lifestyle.

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Last Victory

Last Victory

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Last Victory ~ 2008
Story – Macdavies Odikah & Micheal Martins Odikah
Screenplay – Pascal Amanfo
Director – Iyke Odife

Starring:
Ebube Nwagbo – Demola
Tony Umez – Lanre
Jackie Appiah (Agyeman) – Paris
Kofi Adjorlolo – Enyinnaya
George Williams – Bankole
Grace Nortey – Wunmi
Vivien Achor – Paris
Emmanuel Armah – Kelvin
Samuel Mensah – Dike
Gifty Temang – Brenda
Nneka Chris – Jessica
Roselyn Ngissah – Claribel
Louis Saa-Acquahman – Cornel
Ziggy Nartteyson – Rabia
Omar de 1st – Doctor
Raaba Mensah – Chioma
Eva Asare – Maid
Henry Adu Amoyaw – John
Williams Opare – LPO

Themes:
Murder
Revenge
Jealousy
Justice

My Rating: 60%

Kelvin and Bankole were business partners but a fall out over money resulted in Bankole going to Kelvin’s home in the middle of the night and gunning down him, his wife, daughter and house help down in front of their home in cold blood. The bodies are found not long after the shooting by Kelvin’s brother Enyinnaya and his wife.

All is not lost and it is discovered that Kelvin’s 8 year old daughter Jessica is still alive. After hospital treatment she makes a full physical recovery, although haunted by the turn of events that night. It is suggested that a change of scene will do her good and so she is shipped off to an uncle in America where she remains until returning back for a visit 22 years later, however she has come back for a reason other than to see family.

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I started watching this movie on about 5 different occasions and actually turned it off every time. Why? The beginning is confusing. We see Kelvin and Bankole discussing business matters, but exactly what the issue is that made one go and assassinate the other’s whole family I couldn’t really get a grasp of. We then cut to a scene with Kelvin’s brother and this too was a bit confusing, in fact I even thought that the movie was a continuation of something else. In fact it may well be!

After rewinding a few times I finally “got it” and I am glad that I took the times to persevere through the first few scenes because the movie was worth watching despite the few flaws.

Enyinnaya played by Kofi was excellent in his role as the grieving brother, as was the actress that played his wife in the movie. After his brother dies we see a scene where he and his wife consoling each other. This scene is very touching and believable from the tears welling up in the eyes to the subtle built up to understated sobs. These two had great chemistry together and flowed naturally.
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One thing that got me confused was why the film was supposedly set in Ghana (They kept mentioning Accra and Kumasi) but the characters names were either English or Nigerian. Why didn’t they just set it in Nigeria since everybody seemed to be Nigerian anway? When the police come to Enyinnaya’s house to investigate his brother’s murder, he is asked about his brother’s business partners. He mentions some in Dubai which prompts the officer to ask,

“No Nigerian partners?”

Why would the police ask about Nigeria partners? What would the relevance be? Or is this just an error?
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One thing that I saw as a major flaw in he  film was where the policeman investigating the murder case comes and wants to talk to Jessica (which they were first of all calling Princess, in fact I thought that was her name until she came back as an adult) about her parents murders. The one who is the policeman is now calling himself a “psychologist.” Is this how multitasking happens in Naija? His form of therapy is to tell Princess to close her eyes, that he has a surprise for her, only to then pull a gun on her and tell her to open them. Which kin of NONSENSE be this? The policeman/ psychologist then analyses the situation,

“For a normal child this could be a piece of metal.”

Er Noooooooo it would be a freaking gun for a “normal” child even if they hadn’t come face to face with one like Jessica had. Most kids would know that it was a gun that is capable of killing. He continues with his useless nonsense psychological analysis,

“Suddenly it’s an object of fright.”

WHY THE HELL WOULDN’T IT BE??? GUNS KILL!!!

And there is even more nonsense,

“Except that child has been through a terrifying experience, like seeing her mummy and daddy lying dead before her.”

Hold up! So that would be mean a gun is an object of fright, unless you parents have been gunned down? Which would mean she would be happy to see a gun, but she wasn’t she jumped and was scared. In any case gunned down parents or not… a gun is an object for fright for anyone. Hmmm… These are meant to be profound words of wisdom from a PSYCHOLOGIST. It does not even make sense. Whoever wrote that crap needs to pay attention to detail and make sure their sentences tie up with one another and MAKE SENSE.

The PSYCHOLOGIST then gives his advice,

“This child needs special care maybe a change of environment would help.”

DUUHHH… Talk about stating the obvious! Who needs a psychologist to tell them a kid that just saw her parents gunned down in front of her needs special care? This whole scene was extremely insulting to the viewer and poorly thought out.
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What is a toddler? I thought a toddler is between 12 months and 3 years at a push. After all isn’t a toddler called so because they are toddling (learning to walk) An 8 year old child is waaaay past toddler age. Throughout the movie the young pre-America Jessica of 8 years old is referred to as a toddler. People should learn the meanings of words before they start using them anyhow.

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Once you got into it the movie it was enjoyable. For that reason alone I would recommend it, however something funny was going on with the names, where the names in the credits weren’t necessarily the names in the film and the fact that Jessica/ Princess was referred to as a toddler. I have a feeling that perhaps the movie was filmed at different times, hence these discrepancies. The first part was somewhat predictable in that I knew the reason for putting Jessica and Tony together, however there was a nice twist at the end that I didn’t see coming that tied up all the other subplots in the movie.