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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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House Of Gold

House Of Gold

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House of Gold ~ 2009
REPACKAGED AS: LOVE COMES BACK (2008)
Story – Nana Ama Mcbrown & Chugbo V Aniowo
Screenplay – Nana Ama McBrown
Director – Nana Ama McBrown

Starring:
Omar Sheriff Captan – Henry
Kofi Adjorlolo – Papa Mona
Jackie Appiah – Anna
Nana Ama McBrown – Mona
Abdul Rahim Abu – John
Akwasi Amo – Nat
Barbara Ofosu – Young Mona
Fred Owusu Boakye – Young John
Steven A Aseidu – Washing Bay Owner
Isaac Asare – Postman

Themes:
Marriage of Convenience

My Rating 7%

Henry has been working in a company for ten years as a manager. One day he is approached by his boss who offers him his only child, Mona in marriage, as a sort of bonus for his loyalty to the company. Mona’s father leaves Henry to think over the idea, as Henry is shocked upon hearing the suggestion. He ends up taking up the offer in the end but is unhappy in the marriage and so hires a young hunk to seduce his wife. He wants a divorce but does not want to be the one to initiate it, perhaps because of some financial loss he may incur.

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Let me just say that this movie is just abysmally bad, as bad as Van Vickers’s Friday Night bad. BAD BAD BAD. We are talking about the same sort of levels. If you read this and then go on and watch it you cannot say that you were not warned! You only have yourself to blame. The opening scene is the best bit about what I watched. From there it is just downwards.

Henry is shocked about being offered his boss’ daughter. It doesn’t seem like much of a reward, or else we would see him jumping for joy or at least looking pleased. From this scene the film fast forwards ahead. We can assume it is years but it isn’t really made clear. There is no transition. We see Henry enter his compound to face and angry wife who approached him screaming about some “cheap wine” that he bought her.

It is unexpected and no reason is given to why his wife is like this. We do not even find out that they are married until later on. I suppose this scene is supposed to show us, the viewer how unbearable Mona is for Henry to deal with, so this will excuse his behaviour when he later puts the wheels in motion to end the marriage.
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From here we have a whole 7/8 minutes or so of Henry cruising the streets in his car, playing Tupac Shakur and bobbing his head. Yes I love Tupac, but if I want to listen to him I have his albums that I can listen to at my leisure. To watch this in a movie is very boring to say the least. I got the feeling that this whole thing was to showcase the car. 3 seconds is enough oooo! We have seen the car. Yes it’s a very nice car. Convertible… oooh. Wow! Lovely. We do not need to see endless driving. We do not need to see the opening of the gate and the car’s grand entrance into the compound and we do not need to see the entire process of the closing of the convertible roof. Which kind of nonsense is this?

Henry goes to a carwash and decides that he wants to hire the guy who is washing cars, John to seduce his wife. He doesn’t let him know straight away, only stating that he wants him to carry out a “mission.” I guess this whole mystery of the task at hand was to create suspense, but it just seemed stupid and poorly thought out. The guy is going to quit his job to go with a random guy with no inkling of the task at hand? Yeah right. Ok.

He approaches the owner and asks him why John is washing cars. Is it not a job? What kind of stupid question is that? It is so out of place for Henry to ask the car wash owner that as John did not do anything to dazzle Henry with any brilliance. They only greet each other so what could he possibly have deduced from that? Henry at no point even mentions any attributes that elevates the guy above car washer status. It would have made sense if he hired him on physical appearances, but that is never hinted towards.

John becomes the driver and car washer and we learn that he and Mona have some history, dating during their school days. Mona is still acting crazy smashing things. It is very strange it doesn’t even make sense why she is always angry. At one point they have the seducer John washing Henry’s car. He is wearing a cowry shell necklace, batty riders, (no lie dude is wearing butt skimming jean cut offs) one tight vest and contact lenses. WTF??? Looking like some exotic dancer FOR MEN. Mona smashes a glass at him while he is washing the car looking like he’d be more at home on a skripper pole and I’m not surprised. The whole thing is a mess.
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Even though Mona and John are married they don’t sleep in the same room. One night she asks John to come to bed and he tells her,

“Darling I always tell you it’s not good for people living under the same roof to sleep in the same room.”

WTF??? I have never heard of such a thing. Nana Ama McBrown how did you think you could just put that in a script and not give any explanations with regards to it?

Speaking of the script it was awful. The speech didn’t flow; it was not natural at all. The story was jumping all over the place and not making a whole lot of sense (up to where I watched at least.) The onscreen picture was so overexposed and bright that Nana Ama’s face looked like a big fat moon most of the time.

There was a lot of badly matched music in the movie. I can see that they tried to use it to build up tension but it failed miserably. The music was too bold for a lot of the scenes and Omar Sheriff was generally lacking in passion and conviction. Dude was just reading lines. The sound was poor. There were times when the sound would be cut off completely for a second or two and very often there was loud background noise like wind and traffic.
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I would not recommend this movie, even if I were paid to. I almost got to the end of part 1 before I gave up. I cannot even express the awfulness of this movie fully. Just do not even bother with it. It’s not even worth it for a laugh

Friday Night

     

Friday Night

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Friday Night – 2008
Story – Adjoa Van Vicker & Diana Morris
Screenplay – Van Vicker
Director – Van Vicker

Starring:
Van Vicker – Pape
Nana Ama McBrown – Missy
Livingston Kwane Lotsu – Andre
Omar de 1st – Rashid
Fred Magma Johnson – Kobi
Gloria Osei-Sarfo – Abigail
Ziggy Nartteyson – Gambo
Patrick Sarfor – Jake
Maame Gyamfua Asibey – Brenda
Janet Osei-Sarfo – Bernice
Nii Offei Dodo – Stick
Gloria Nyarko – Abena
Sunita Tetteh – Christabel
Edmond Quarshie – Hotel Manager
Bright Alogbaya – Sunshine

Themes:
Prostitution
Pimping
Marriage
Infidelity

My Rating: 8%

This the blurb from the back cover of the movie:

Childhood friends Pape, Koby and Rashid, now married have made an outing every Friday Night, a tradition in their lives, even though their wives try to talk them out if it. What they do at these outings is “unimaginable”. Koby has a grudge that he must settle with Pape so he honours a deal with a notorios pimp Jake the Shadow to get one of his whores Missy in trouble to get back at Pape. Missy on the other hand wasnt to buy back her freedom, like her friend Debra in order to pursue a singing career, but Jake has a plan in motion.

It was a perfect hook up but on the wrong night.

Friday Nights can be freaky.

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The reason that I have copied the synopsis fromt the back movie cover is that I could not finish watching this movie, and to the point I had got up to I could not really tell what the general gist of the story was except there was a pimp, some hoes and a dude cheating on his wife.

I was looking forward to watching this… Van Vicker’s attempt at writing and directing a movie… I wish I could say that it was a great effort but I can’t. It was torturous watching this absolute drivel. If you look at it the concept isn’t bad but the execution was horrible,  a complete waste of a story. I started with an open mind but only 11 minutes in and I was ready to be finished.

The begining alone should have contained some scene to draw viewers in and make us want to keep watching, instead we are stuck with a club scene with loud music and no dialogue. I got bored very quickly and my patience was wearing thin but I persevered.

We see a scene with Andre in his bedroom in his marital home. One of the girl’s he met from the club the night before calls him on his cell. He starts shouting at her that she shouldn’t have called him. His wife then walks in and he hangs up on her changing the conversation as if he is talking to a business associate that needs to meet up with him urgently. his wife is suspicious and while he is pretending to talk on the phone calls it. Of course it rings and he is BUSTED!

So what does he go and tell his wife as his excuse for lying,

“It was this stupid girl from the club last night – You know how they are. She said she was lonely.”

What kind of idioticness is this? What man is going to say that, a man that is supposedly trying to show that he is sorry. I would imagine they would at least pretend that they were trying to get rid of someone that had been after them for a while. I mean what is a married man doing giving his number to a chick in the club only LAST NIGHT anyway?

The wife then does some exaggerated talk to the hand type of gesture. The whole scene is so dreadful, fake and terribly acted.

There is another scene that was also kinda weird. The prostitute Missy has run away from her pimp and is in the gym. The camera focuses on her and Brenda. Brenda keeps looking over at Missy and smiling in a suggestive way. It looks to me like Brenda is a lesbian trying to prey on Missy. When the exercise class is over Brenda goes over to Missy and they start talking. The exchange is as if they are strangers, however within minutes they are talking about things that would suggest that contrary to being strangers they actually know each other very well. This is the height of bad execution.

Maame Asibey who played Brenda acted like she needed to be in a pantomime. Everything she said was as if there were an exclamation mark after it and her eyebrows were constantly raising as if she were suprised. Nana Ama Mcbrown was decent, but what good is decent with everything else around you being so bad?

Half an hour in a gave up and switched it off. Perhaps it gets better but I really didn’t care enough to plough through. I would not recommend this at all. On the plus side Livingston Lotsu (with the dreads) was a nice piece of eye candy.

Beautiful Soul

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Beautiful Soul
Story – Tchidi Chikere
Screenplay – Tchidi Chikere/ Genevieve Nnaji
Director – Tchidi Chikere

 

Starring:
Genevieve Nnaji – Olivia
Yul Edochie – Geoffrey
Tchidi Chikere – David
Ali Nuhu – Okon
Nana Ama Agyeman McBrown – Comfort
Livinus Nnochiri – Obi
Chiejina Ephraim – Samson
Lotachi Johnson Oloto – Barbie
Romeo. I. Romeo – Dr Thomas
Nike Anyado – Jonathan
Ndidi Okafor – Romina
Wulford Ajayi – Charles
Mary Umoh – Irene
Jennifer Ekwu – Nancy
Sara Yakuba – Prisca
Oma Olean – Bar Joe
Ilaya Precious Fejiro – Nurse
Victor Ede – Gateman

 

Themes:
Love
Unrequited Love
Altruism
Social Class
Greed

MY RATING – 78%

“Please sit down, you know that I hate it when you stand around looking like servants”

“But Madam, that’s what we are.”

The film opens with Olivia, the madam of the house presenting her four servants with a pay off check of 6 million naira. We learn that since her mother, who employed the servants died she has been alone with only the servants in the house.

We also learn that she has sickle cell anaemia and may be soon to die, hence the reason for the pay off to the house staff. Olivia claims to want to do “something else” with her life, not feeling fulfilled with her current state.

The servants accept the cheques and then approach her concerned, not knowing what to do with such an extraordinary amount of money. It is as if their positions had them resigned to a life of servitude. Olivia even tells them,

“Do you guys want to die as servants, don’t you aspire to do anything better with your lives.”

Olivia plans to go away to live a more simple “normal” life having being raised in a wealthy family. She asks her boyfriend Geoffrey to go along with her, and he agrees. She departs almost immediately, leaving the servants distressed and in tears. It is a touching moment and shows us that love and humanity amongst humans knows now social class.

Olivia is humble and does not treat people differently because of status or what they have. We see this again when she hails a taxi in the road to go and pick up Geoffrey to start their new life together. When she gets out of the taxi to go and get Geoffrey she leaves her luggage in the car. The driver David asks her if she would like to take her luggage with her to which she replies no. He then tells her,

“but people are not supposed to leave taxi drivers with their luggages.”

To which she simply states,

“that is my biggest fault. I’m too trusting.”

When Olivia goes to get Geoffrey she is told that he has “travelled” effectively abandoning her, leaving only a note. She is shaken and tells the taxi driver to take her “anywhere.” Meanwhile we find out that Geoffrey did not in fact go anywhere and was actually inside the house simply avoiding Olivia. His reasoning being that he did not want to “gamble with his future” by being with a “sick and dying girl.”

Olivia makes the journey alone and checks into a hotel before going to Lugbe settlement, a poor community a whole world away from what she is used to. She passes by a woman called Comfort’s house where she sees a notice requesting a governess for her daughter Barbie. She is interviewed on the spot and acquires the job despite her inexperience. Olivia, Comfort and Barbie connect on sight and so begins Olivia’s new life.

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WHY’s?

1) Why, midway through part one a pink blurry dot about the size of a fingertip appears on the bottom centre of the screen. It stays for about a minute and then reappears on and off throughout the rest of part one and part two. Does anyone watch these movies for errors before putting them out? It was clear to me it was a problem on the lens of ONE certain camera as only certain outside shots were affected.

2) Why when at David’s house was Barbie the little girl wearing some HIGH HEELS? That child couldn’t have been more than 8!

3) Why was there an epilogue at the end of part 1 telling the viewer what happened next when there was a part 2? That got me confused! We are told in the epilogue that Comfort found out that Olivia was in fact the benefactor, however when part 2 comes along Olivia arranges for Geoffrey’s friend Okon to pose as the benefactor so that epilogue was NONSENSICAL! I’m assuming it was going to be one part and then minds wee changed. Who knows? All I do know is that I found that very very messy.

4) (This is actually a how!) How many flippin plane crashes happen in Nigeria? We learn that Olivia’s mother died in a plane crash. I have lost count of the times I have seen this as a cause of death in Nollywood!

Overall I enjoyed the film. It was beautiful in its simplicity. We learn how one persons kindness and humility can touch a person for a lifetime, despite only being connected for a short time. Despite its flaws it was emotionally charged and almost moved me to tears on more than one occasion. Genevieve played her role beautifully, and the title was most definitely appropriate. I would have scored it higher if not for the epilogue shenanigan.