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Shakira (Face of Deceit)

Shakira (Face of Deceit)

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Shakira (Face of Deceit) ~2009
Story – Macdavies Odikah
Screenplay – Pascal Amanfo
Director – Pascal Amanfo

Starring:
Majid Michael – Richie
Mercy Johnson – Shakira
Ziggy Narteyson – Ansah
Eddie Nartey – Ben
Kofi Adjorlolo – Bobby
Biola Ige – Yvonne
Prince David Osei – Dan
Gavivina Tamakloe – Tom
Luckie E Lawson – Racheal
Micheal Odikah – Karim
Edmond Quarshie – Kwame
Martha Ankomah – Amanda
Dominic Demordzi – Mike
Wendy Mensah – Receptionist

Themes:
Deception
Infidelity

My Rating – 40%

Richie thought that his fiancée Yvonne was the love of his life that is until he discovered that she was having an affair with his boss. Unable to face reality he flees to his brother’s home and spends his nights drinking himself into a stupor at various bars. It is on the way home from a bar that he meets Shakira. It is a dark night and she throws herself in front of his car and orders him to drive. His involvement with Shakira turns into something much more dramatic than he could have ever imagined.

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This film is in 3 parts. The only reason I can surmise is greed. They did not need three parts to this at all. Much of the movie is watching Richie drinking himself into a stupor at home and in various bars. These scenes were much too long. We do not need to see all of this to deduce that Richie is distraught about his fiancée’s infidelity and using alcohol as an emotional crutch.

The film was really getting a bit boring until Shakira’s appearance. She really woke the film up when she stood up in front of Richie’s jeep in that micro dress, got in the vehicle and screamed, “DRIVE!” Be warned part one is more or less a waste of time and could have been edited down to 15 minutes.

Much has been written/ said about the titillating sexy scenes in this movie. I found it all a bit over staged and fake. At one point we see Shakira supposedly going down on Richie. Now tell me how can you be going down on a man and your head is positioned just below his neck, but yet he is writhing like you are doing something? Nonsense! I didn’t know that men’s genitalia were now growing from their chest areas. And to top it off all you would see is Mercy Johnson’s matted moving wig. NOT SEXY at all!
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So after we have the never ending Richie boozing scenes we now have to contend with Richie “thinking.” It was enough to send me to sleep. I’d nod off and dude would still be “thinking.”

From being cheated on by Yvonne Richie goes on to get involved with Shakira a married woman. I was amazed with the ease in which he got involved with a married woman. Does this show us the power of Shakira’s seduction skills? Or was Richie simply taking heed of his boss’ warning that “All women cheat,” and getting with the program?

Shakira tells Richie that her husband is a rapist. He falls for it but he should have realised that perhaps she was not telling the truth when he gets the opportunity to see/ hear them together. If I were Richie I would be thinking, “Wow he seems quite caring for a rapist.” Every time Richie was at the house their relationship seemed nothing but loving and caring. There was no evidence of maltreatment from him or resentment or fright from her.

One character that was grating on my nerves was Robby’s sister. She was atrocious. Her voice was like listening to someone scratching on a blackboard. She was screeching and shouting the whole time with the bird’s nest weave only adding to the atrocity of the whole situation. The character was a drug addict and the sniffing was waaaaaaaaaaay over the top. WE GET IT… She is a coke head!
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I cannot recommend this film because it was way too slow for my liking. The slow music, the never ending boozing and thinking were making me feel sleepy. I felt insulted that they made the movie into three parts when a lot of it was just unnecessary filler. It did pick up tremendously in part 3. That’s when the drama really started, however it was too little too late.

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The Prince’s Bride

The Prince’s Bride

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The Prince’s Bride ~ 2009
Story – Abdul Salam Mumuni
Screenplay – Frank Rajah Arase, Pascal Amanfo
Director – Frank Rajah Arase

Starring:
Yvonne Nelson – Solange
Jackie Appiah – Bernice
John Dumelo – Akila
Kalsoume Sinare – Mami
Gavivina Tamakloe – Owusu
Beverly Afaglo – Navida
Ingrid Elizabeth Alabi – Kalisha
Sika Da Diva – Nina
Roger Quartey – Kasim
Jessica Baah – Georgina
Soraya Mensah – Alicia
Eddie Coffie – Dr Kay
Louis Saah-Acquahman – Roger
Timothy Benthum – Fred
Emmy Akah – Brutus
Sylvester Tetteh – Obstacle
Joseph Baddoo – Obstacle
Fred Nuamah – Steve
Peter Pierre Korshie – Dr Alex
Ken Fiati – Male Mc
Adriana Addo – Female Mc

Themes:
Royalty
Jealousy
Spirit World
Death

My Rating 80%

Solange falls for the Prince heir to the throne of Mazuland after he takes her to the hospital following running her over with his car in the street. At first Solange thinks that he is an ordinary guy and verbally attacks him for knocking her down. She accuses him of attempted murder and then asks him in the hospital,

“Are you a drunk?”

This all changes when she finds out that he is a prince. Her behaviour changes; She is bowled over and wants his contact details to right her wrongs. The Prince does not seem enthused and in the meantime falls in love with his late father’s best friend’s daughter Kalisha. On the day that he is to propose to her he finds out that she is betrothed to another. He is heartbroken but soon makes it his mission to replace that love with another.

It appears that he is going to choose Solange to love. He sends her a gift and then invites her out on a date, only to see Bernice, who was accompanying Solange to meet the Prince, and become completely besotted with her. Solange is understandably upset and embarrassed at the interest he is showing her friend, but tries to keep a brave face. It is when he turns up at the house that they share, the next day on Bernice’s birthday with a brand new car wrapped in a ribbon that Solange completely falls apart and plans to win back the Prince by any means necessary.

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I thought the movie opened well. A car crash is a sure fire way to catch someone’s attention. It had heavy impact and had me gripped straight away. Yvonne gets better and better each time I see her. Loved her performance as the woman scorned. I really felt for her when the Prince dumped her. I could feel her devastation and desperation even more when just before the prince was about to marry Bernice she declares her undying love for him. It is here that we find out that she engineered the accident at the start of the movie in an attempt to lure him.

I’m loving the new guy John Dumelo. I haven’t come across him before, but he is a nice piece of eye candy and a natural actor. Yaaaaay! He badly reminds me of Yul Edochie in his expressions and mannerisms. Jackie really showed her chops when she was playing the spirit version of her self. She did really well. The spirit scenes were reminiscent of My Everlasting Love with Oge Okoye and Rukky Sanda.
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WHY’s
Why now it has been decided to move on and to Bey’s sister Solange? What is up with that? Why leave out Matthew and Tina… may as well have the whole family involved

Why did Solange turn up to her date with the Prince wearing her Tiara and sash from her victory as Miss Legon Campus. Even if you were Miss World, how would you turn up to a date with your tiara and sash let alone you won one local uni beauty paegeant? Nonsense!

Why when the Prince came back with Solange’s laptop did they decide to do a close up of Yvonne’s hairy legs laying on the couch. Was that supposed to look sexy?

Why when Bernice’s eye got gouged out did they have her holding some fake googly eyes in her hands like they were popped out of her head? That was soooooo stooooooopid!!!

Why did Yvonne tell the hitman, “She’s my best friend I don’t want her dead. Why don’t you just make her blind and paralysed.” YEAH! Some friend you are!

Why the introduction of the girl Alicia that could see spirits? I thought she was meant to be Kalesha’s child but then she was too old. After the scene in the shop we don’t see her again, so what was the point of her?
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Overall I really liked this movie. There was a good mix of intrigue, suspense and drama. There were subplots and they all came together nicely. The timeline was a little messed up with Akila marrying Alicia’s daughter. She looked at least twenty and they said only 11 years had passed, so tops she should have been only 13, but luckily this cock up doesn’t happen to until the end so its not too distressing. This movie teaches us that what goes around will surely come around. Solange forced Bernice,  her friend out of the beauty pageant that Bernice would have probably won by hiring thugs kidnap her sister. In return the Prince picked her friend instead of her as a bride, and even after killing her friend he still had no desire for her, thus karma was revisited upon her. One to watch I say! Nollywood Production Watch Nigerian African Movies Movie Reviews Review Lagos Idumota

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.

My Last Wedding

My Last Wedding

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My Last Wedding ~ 2008
Story – Uchenna Mbunabo
Screenplay – Pascal Amanfo
Director – Pascal Amanfo

Starring:
Emeka Ike – Benny
Jackie Appiah (nee Agyemang) – Linda
Comfort Ugheoke – Tania
Francis Odega – Talambo
Austin Okwudiri – Dave
Michelle Ikegulu – Britney
Amanda Ebeye – Juliet
Mary Ranta – Tina
Petronella Chinenye – Lucia
Pascal Amnfo – Chris
Sly Iwueze – Derek
Benny Raphael – Debbie
Chigozie Wanobi – Smith

Themes Explored:
Promiscuity
Marriage
Mugu

My Rating – 46%

Benny played by Emeka Ike is known as Gameboy by all his pals. This is because of the skilful way in which he breaks women’s hearts by enticing them, playing with their emotions and then dumping them once the game is over for him. In the first scene we see Benny being confronted by two girls who are both under the impression that they bear the girlfriend tag. We see each girl demand that he claim them and get rid of the other. He, however rejects the BOTH of them and then orders them out of his house. Immediately afterwards we see him spitting game to another chick on the phone. What will it take for Benny to realise the error of his ways?

The other main character in the film is Linda, played by Jackie Appiah. We see her get jilted by her fiancé just hours before her wedding. She runs into the road after him to beg him to rethink and gets knocked over by a car and ends up in hospital

Please if anyone has seen this film I am confused about something. I swear the doctor told her friends,

“She’s dead.”

The friend then gasps and he goes on to list her minor injuries. We then see her resting on the sofa at home with the friend by her side. I rewound it a few times and heard the same thing. Why on earth did he say “She’s dead.” When she clearly was not? Did I misunderstand what took place?

Of course these two separate storylines merge and it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out what happens next!

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Casting Emeka Ike in the “player” role was laughable. He doesn’t play the callous tough man role too well, seeming more concerned with rolling his eyes which makes him look hella fruity. This role called for someone with some SWAG and Emeka just does not cut it. I was looking at all these idiot chicks falling for his lame lines and non charismatic delivery and simply thought, “YEAH RIGHT!”

37 minutes into part two and I get a big shock. The lady who needs to be given the title “Most Horrible Nollywood Actress” makes an appearance. Now not only am I pissed at her for her big face polluting my screen I am also pissed at myself because I look on the cover and lo behold she is there, granted the picture is tiny but I really should have checked more carefully to prevent a shocker like this. It is MICHELLE IKEGULU in all her dreadful glory! The accent, the pronunciation of TH as F and S as TH, the over the top non convincing acting. It is just awful, awful past the point of funny. She is lisping, unbearable and irritating, she encapsulates it all.

She arrives to come and see her fiancée Benny who she plans to come and marry not knowing that she is simply a mugu to him. In one scene she even attempts to cry, loud shrieking over the top crying with NO TEARS and shaking as if she were laughing. Wow! Whoever is allowing this chick to assault our eyes and ears like this, I beg you rethink now.

Jackie Appiah was wooden and didn’t put any feeling into the character. There were a whole load of waka pass girls to that were pretty awful too. Comfort Ugheoke that played Linda’s best friend Tania was as good as she could be playing the sidekick and she was very pretty with the most flawless skin. If she could work on her charisma she would be a force to be reckoned with. Austin Okwudiri too did a good job as Emeka’s best friend Dave. In fact the film would have been much much better if the two sidekicks had been given lead roles.

The standout performance in the movie for me was the gateman played by Francis Odega. Every scene he was in held my attention and more often that not had me in fits of laughter. In one scene Benny’s mugu Linda cooks him a meal that sends him into violent spasms of diarreah. In describing what happened to Benny he starts singing P Square,

“Look at the way she do me, do me, do me…”

It was also touching the way that Benny and the gateman Talambo interacted with genuine concern and respect for each other. I thought that this was very nice as too often we see house help getting abused and treated disrespectfully as if they are not human.

Funny Quote

Benny (Emeka Ike) on Linda (Jackie Appiah) to his friend Dave.

“You should see this girl she is a combination of Halle Berry, Jennifer Jordy and Beyonce.”

I don’t know who Jenifer Jordy is but I sure as hell know there ain’t anyone I know that would describe Jackie as a cross between Halle and Beyonce. Granted I know the suggestion is that she is a beautiful woman just like them but they are both close to white and she is not. Some chocolate women could have been used as examples to add a touch of realism.

Overall I would not recommend the film. The casting was poor. The storyline throughout was pretty much boring and predictable and most of the performances were below mediocre. I did however really like the ending. There was a good twist in there. Ikegulu was even in there speaking pidgin, which was not even too too bad. If they must insist on having her in films I say they make her speak pidgin and turn off the awful convoluted British accent. I would say buy this one at your own risk.

Faithful Betrayal

Faithful Betrayal

FAITHFUL BETRAYAL

 

Story: Uchenna Mbunabo

Screenplay: Pascal Amanfo & Chinedu Ayanwu

Director: Ikechukwu Onyeka



 

Starring:

Genevieve Nnaji – Clara

Muna Obiekwe – Morgan

Alex Usifo – Obiama

Kofi Adjorlolo – David

Vivienne Achor _ Belinda

Scot Roberts – Uche

Michelle Ikegulu – Susan

Comfort Ogheoke – Maureen

Chosen Udo – Kate


 

 

MY RATING: 45%

 

 

 

 

 

Wow!!! Genny Genny… what a disappointment!

 


 

Heiwoooooo! Clara marries a man old enough to be her father very much against her family’s wishes. She feels duty bound to him as he saved her life. Not long after he becomes an invalid and she starts to feel a pity rather than a romantic love for him, and starts having an affair with someone her own age.


 

This is a load of trash.

 

There is an English girl in that plays a detective. This girl is beyond annoying. Her speech is horrible. Who thought it would be a good idea to even ALLOW her to act in another film? (She is on the bottom left hand side of the cover, second to left.) It was torturous watching her pause repeatedly in an effort to try and remember her lines. Trust me she is as wooden as a big fat… TREE. They had her saying Sir as if she were a broken record, knowing full well that she has a lisp and sounds dreadful! I found out that her name is Michelle Ikegulu. I also saw her in My Everlasting Love with Rukky Sanda, where she was just as awful. I just knoooooooooow she HAS to be somebody’s relative from England.


 

The film was watchable but pointless and didn’t even end which means that there may well be a part 3 and more in the pipeline!


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