WHO AM I ?

By Ali Baylay

Whenever one gets to the point in life when one cannot identify him or herself, that person might be losing it. Simply put, he or she has lost the handle on life and is going down the life’s deep curve. I must present you with three main characters in this movie and you pick whose lost grip on life. Hillary, a romantic juggernaut or a gigolo, shuttles between two affluent women. One who’ll give him anything he wants even as he runs in and out of her life at will. Then another who hits him with her car and take him home to her bed but also ends in the arm of her sister.

Hillary, a common hustler, is rescued from a bunch of market hoodlums by (name) but when she takes another look at him, good as he looks, he ends in her bed. She feeds him, romance with him, cloth him, romance with him some more. He even beats a one time lover of her’s, and there he becomes her protector. He’s eventually thrown out, well, temporarily out of her apartment because, he doesn’t know himself. As he walks from (name) he’s struck by another woman’s car. Not so serious injury, but ended up in her bed too, and also goes ahead and lays her sister too. And here too, he’s thrown out on to the street, but still acts like an idiot who doesn’t know himself.

Hillary is a man who can kiss the girls and make them cry, and he knows it so he flaunts with what he gets. Don’t ask me what he gets but he has it because soon, the two women are vying for his attention again, because they don’t know themselves. But oh, our gigolo comes to the end of his rope when he backhands (name) to death and while he panics over her, (name) arrives on the scene, and with a little tussle over her gun pointed at him, he’s shot dead.

Thematic use of music bears rhetorical elements to film, the same way proverbs and poetic verses are used in our compositions, but by the same token, when music or such devices aren’t used measuredly they disrupt that essence. The theme song, “Who am I?” do not give the story much chance to explain itself and sometimes even gets in the way, by being so lavishly loud and  overused.

 

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Battleman

By Ali Baylay

Starring: Van Vicker, Chika Ike,Queen Nwaokoye; Screenplay: Tchidi Chikere; Make up: Kingsley Godwin; Costume: Chinela Nwagboso; Editor: Nelson Joe; Director: Tchudi Chikere; Producer: Paul Ejike Afube; 124 mins C 2010.

Austin (Van Vicker) gets home from war torn Liberia amidst joy as he’s welcomed home by both his wife Laura (Chika Ike) and little son. He’s been gone two years now. His son has grown and Laura’s libido gone amok. In the bed room the first night after two years, Laura’s disappointed when Austin doesn’t want to have sex with him:

LAURA

(In shock)

It can’t be this bad…Can it? I’m your wife!

AUSTIN

(Begging but firm)

Not now.

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The AMAA 6th Edition Awards

By David Ajiboye

THE 6th edition of African Movie Academy Awards (AMAA) held last recently in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State, Nigeria saw Kunle Afolayan’s movie The Figurine emerged the top winner of the night, claiming all of five awards. However, Afolayan, who only yesterday returned from the New York African Film Festival to attend the event, did not get the coveted Best Director Award. Ghana’s Shirley Frimpong-Manso, director of The Perfect Picture clinched the award. Ramsey Nouah, who’s away in the US,  missed the event, but was able to give his acceptance speech (for winning Best Actor in a leading role) after Kunle Afolayan placed a call to his mobile phone and placed the phone on speaker.

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My Fantasy

By Ali Baylay

A DEVINE TOUCH PRODUCTION. Starring: John Dumelo, Tonto Dikeh, Jibola Dabo, Ashley Nwosu; Production Manager: Emeka Ojiafor; Story/Screenplay: Chisom Juliet Okereke; Editor: Okiki David; Continuity:  Winning Team; Executive Producers: Kingsley Okereke, Emeka Igwemba; Director: Theodore Anyanji. 130 mins. c2009

Even though My Fantasy is a movie based on phantasma, you’ll ask yourself where on earth such power in one person exists as in Sir Rufus, when he could imprison another citizen at will.  I guess this will only happen in Nollywood or Gollywood where conventional statutory law does not apply. But it’s all good to see strange bed fellows like Gollywood and Nollywood, team together on a project such as My Fantasy. Nollywwod has a trait of getting the job done in a record time before the sun sets, and Gollywood with a Knack for quality, to a large extent in shots.

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AMAA 2010: Malawi’s Flora Suya In Top Race for Best Actress Award

By David Ajiboye

Malawian top actress, Flora Suya, is a top contender in this year’s Best Actress category at the African Movie Academy Awards (AMAA), scheduled to take place on Saturday,  April 10, in Yenagoa, the Bayelsa State capital. Suya’s role in the movie, Season of a Life, earned her the nomination, alongside other A-list actresses like Ghanaian Jackie Appiah, Lydia Forson, Naa Ashorkor Mensah-Doku, Stephanie Okereke and Bimbo Akintola, who just got her first nomination at AMAA for her excellent performance in the movie Bond and Fred Amata’s Freedom in Chain.

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Restore My Love

By Ali Baylay

Executive Image Movies &Franco Films: Starring: Emeka Ike, Juliet Ibrahim, Emeka Akolo, Charity Eke, Nora Ugo; Production Manager: Chininso Okoli; Producer/Exec. Producer: Kenneth Okonkwo; Editor: Ilo Collins E.; Director:Emeka Muangwu; Principal Locations: Ghana/Nigeria. 112 mins; c2009.

What if God grants you the most wonderful, beautiful, obedient, god-fearing , respectful and hardworking wife and because of  a preconceived notion about certain types of women, especially those who work in the banks, as planted in your  mind by a friend who has a philandering wife, you become suspicious of your own. Being pumped up you become impatient and jealous, and drives her out of the relationship. In exchange, you end up with the most crude, gross and unorthodox girl, who wouldn’t tolerate caress or foreplay in bed because, it is the work of the devil.

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Show Of Shame At ANTP’S Election

BY DAVID AJIBOYE

outgoing president,Jide Kosoko

If it were to be in a sane atmosphere, several members of the Association of Nigerian Theater Practitioners (ANTP) will have to adopt several methods to apologize to their numerous fans for their shameless acts during the botched national election of the association held at Ibadan last week.

Some members of the association had thrown caution to the wind and hurled abuses at each other, which degenerated into a level that the electoral officers had to invite mobile policemen to  bring the situation under control.

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