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Author Archive: FrankOchieng

Frank Ochieng has contributed film reviews to SF Crowsnest off and on since 2003. He has been published in other various movie site venues throughout the years. Ochieng has been part of The Online Film Critics Society (OFCS) and had written film reviews for The Boston Banner newspaper (USA) and frequently is a media/entertainment panelist on WBZ NewsRadio 1030 AM on "The Jordan Rich Show" in Boston, Massachusetts/USA.

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Hot Tub Time Machine 2 (film review by Frank Ochieng).

February 22, 2015 | By | Reply More
Hot Tub Time Machine 2 (film review by Frank Ochieng).

At one point you could actually find some ounce of redeeming quality in the original ‘Hot Tub Time Machine’ where the movie demonstrated its playful foolishness for unexpected thoughtful insight involving a bunch of weary dudes in stagnation with their sub par lives. The gimmick of an unlikely hot tub magically transporting these silly-minded saps back in […]

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Seventh Son (film review by Frank Ochieng).

February 13, 2015 | By | 1 Reply More
Seventh Son (film review by Frank Ochieng).

The mundane medieval movie ‘Seventh Son’ is indicative of the cinema wasteland that the beginning of a brand new movie season trudges in after the New Year arrives. In any event, ‘Seventh Son’ is in good company (or is that bad company?) with flaccid fare such as the sci-fi eyesore ‘Jupiter Ascending’ and the meatless melodrama ‘The Boy Next Door’ joining the parade […]

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Kingsman: The Secret Service (film review by Frank Ochieng).

February 12, 2015 | By | Reply More
Kingsman: The Secret Service (film review by Frank Ochieng).

The kinetic super-spy caper ‘Kingsman: The Secret Service’ will serve as a boisterous blueprint for those teen fanboys out there that will fancy an elaborate overload of James Bond-esque high-powered hedonism. It certainly does not hurt that the high-wire hysteria as showcased in the twitchy ‘Kingman’ is based upon the acclaimed comicbook series by Mark Millar and Dave Gibbons. […]

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Jupiter Ascending (film review by Frank Ochieng).

February 7, 2015 | By | 1 Reply More
Jupiter Ascending (film review by Frank Ochieng).

It is safe to declare the sci-fi soap opera ‘Jupiter Ascending’ an epic in the making. Now wait and let us finish this thought process…an epic disastrous dud disguised as a big-budgeted, glossy Science Fiction vehicle with manufactured melodramatic momentum in the realm of outer space. In reality, ‘Jupiter Ascending’ is a bombastic and bloated bore of an outlandish […]

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Project Almanac (film review by Frank Ochieng).

February 1, 2015 | By | 1 Reply More
Project Almanac (film review by Frank Ochieng).

Look…one can never have enough time travel movies for our escapist needs, correct? After all, the possibilities are endless in terms of how filmmakers could explore the surreal dynamics of different dimensions thus allowing audiences to suspend their disbelief and engage in the wonderment of SF exuberance. So the question remains: can first-time director Dan […]

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Predestination (film review by Frank Ochieng).

January 24, 2015 | By | Reply More
Predestination (film review by Frank Ochieng).

Robert Heinlein’s classic short story ‘All You Zombies’ gets the big screen treatment as the basis for the Science Fiction time travel thriller ‘Predestination’, a notably imaginative film noir that craftily elevates the genre into an alluring confection. Australian cinematic siblings the Spierig Brothers (as in Michael and Peter) dutifully direct and adapt Heinlein’s Science Fiction […]

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The Boy Next Door (film review by Frank Ochieng).

January 24, 2015 | By | 1 Reply More
The Boy Next Door (film review by Frank Ochieng).

These days one can find busy singer/dancer/actress Jennifer Lopez performing her judging duties on the small screen with the longtime singing competition ‘American Idol’. However, the still radiant and curvaceous ‘JLo’ found some time to gravitate back to the big screen and revisit the overplayed ‘woman in peril’ genre with her latest generic psychological thriller in director […]

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Taken 3 (film review by Frank Ochieng).

January 24, 2015 | By | Reply More
Taken 3 (film review by Frank Ochieng).

The rugged and feisty Liam Neeson (as on-screen alter ego ex-CIA operative Bryan Mills) is back in fighting form for a third and supposedly final go-around in ‘Taken 3′. This tired and tepid action-packed crime thriller is directed by French filmmaker Olivier Megaton (‘Taken 2’, ‘Transporter 3’) with screenwriting credits attributed to ‘Taken’ producer Luc Besson and Robert […]

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Science Fiction Gold: Hunt for the “Reel” Deal of the Prestigious Golden Guy.

January 20, 2015 | By | Reply More
Science Fiction Gold: Hunt for the “Reel” Deal of the Prestigious Golden Guy.

January 15, 2015. Well the Oscar nominees for the 87th Academy Awards were recently announced. The representation of Science Fiction, fantasy and cyber thrillers/computer intrigue were acknowledged in various categories for consideration. For SFCrowsnest readers that have an obvious affinity for the genres mentioned (not to mention a decent liking for the glitz of Oscar gold) […]

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At The Devil’s Door (film review by Frank Ochieng).

January 18, 2015 | By | Reply More
At The Devil’s Door (film review by Frank Ochieng).

Writer-director Nicholas McCarthy’s ‘At The Devil’s Door’ is a fright vehicle that dutifully tingles from time to time but somehow still feels strained in its creepy convictions. McCarthy, whose 2012 low-budget horror gem ‘The Pact’ demonstrated a surprisingly taut scare showcase with armed potential, delivers a dread-ridden drama that curiously does not seem to pack a psychological punch as […]

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