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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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Mud (Frank’s Take) (film review).

April 26, 2013 | By | Reply More
Mud (Frank’s Take) (film review).

Impeccably whimsical, observational, moody and soul-searching, writer-director Jeff Nichols’s downhome drama ‘Mud’ slings its share of southern charm and tension as it presents a different kind of coming-of-age tale that radiates with absolute certainty. Triumphant and thought-provoking, ‘Mud’ also places a noteworthy stamp on the cinematic prominence of star Matthew McConaughey whose movie career has […]

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Pain & Gain (Frank’s Take) (film review).

April 26, 2013 | By | Reply More
Pain & Gain (Frank’s Take) (film review).

Filmmaker Michael Bay continues to tap into the spinal cord of his frenetic flicks that toss around manufactured cheese and chills with forceful and frivolous flair regardless of the noisy or nonsensical factor. Bay faithfully follows this very same familiar formula with the action-comedy crime caper ‘Pain & Gain’ that takes an impish and raucous […]

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In the House (Frank’s Take) (film review).

April 21, 2013 | By | Reply More
In the House (Frank’s Take) (film review).

French filmmaker Francois Ozon has always dipped his toes into the provocative pools of persuasion regarding various titillating subject matters. While exploring a variety of genres that ranged from employment-related satire (‘Potiche’) to psychosexual thrillers (‘Water Drops On Burning Rocks’), Ozon has maintained a targeted concentration on the sensationalistic elements of his edgy cinematic stories. […]

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The Lords Of Salem (Frank’s Take) (film review).

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The Lords Of Salem (Frank’s Take) (film review).

Heavy metal-hedonist-turned-horrormeister Rob Zombie’s bombastic B-movie schlock ‘The Lords Of Salem’ is not what one would call a crowning achievement in the flaccid filmography of the macabre moviemaker. In the twisted tradition of Zombie’s deranged ditties such as ‘House Of 1,000 Corpses’, ‘The Devil’s Rejects’ and of couple of throwaway thrills in his ‘Halloween’ installments, […]

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Oblivion (Frank’s Take) (film review).

April 19, 2013 | By | Reply More
Oblivion (Frank’s Take) (film review).

The boisterous space-aged yarn ‘Oblivion’ is a post-apocalyptic popcorn pleaser that may be met with mixed reception depending on your definition of tolerance for rousing, recycled sci-fi cinema. On one hand, the positive outlook is that ‘Oblivion’  boasts what moviegoers routinely expect from a typical Tom Cruise vehicle — a flashy actioner with hotshot Tom […]

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Scary Movie 5 (Frank’s Take) (film review).

April 13, 2013 | By | Reply More
Scary Movie 5 (Frank’s Take) (film review).

Quite honestly, we needed another ‘Scary Movie installment much like an aging shaggy dog needs to open up his own flea-infested hotel. Still, it did not stop the powers-that-be to cram another random and pointless sequel down the throats of moviegoers at the box office. Sure, one can make an argument that the reason behind […]

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Disconnect (Frank’s Take) (film review).

April 12, 2013 | By | Reply More
Disconnect (Frank’s Take) (film review).

Director Henry Alex Rubin’s (‘Murderball’) provocative and powerful cybercrime saga ‘Disconnect’ actually makes a solid connection in the cautionary fable of unpredictability regarding the computerized age of technology information. Gripping, informative, unsettling and rousing, ‘Disconnect’ is a dripping drama that weaves a cynical web regarding the way we live our lives so dependently online to […]

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Antiviral (Frank’s Take) film review.

April 12, 2013 | By | Reply More
Antiviral (Frank’s Take) film review.

The creepy creativity does not fall far from the twisted tree in the filmmaking realm of writer-director Brandon Cronenberg. Brandon, son of Canadian auteur David Cronenberg (‘Videodrome’, ‘The Fly’), illustrates the fright-oriented frivolity of the ‘family business’ in the gloom-and-doom medical thriller ‘Antiviral’. The younger Cronenberg does not disappoint as the trademark trappings of his […]

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The Company You Keep (Frank’s Take) (film review).

April 9, 2013 | By | Reply More
The Company You Keep (Frank’s Take) (film review).

Hollywood icon and filmmaking legend Robert Redford gets right down to the real nitty-gritty as a roaring liberal lion on the run in the stilted political thriller ‘The Company You Keep’. Based on the 2003 Neil Gordon novel of the same name, Redford’s big screen adaptation wants to shrewdly delve into the radicalism involving aging […]

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Evil Dead (Frank’s Take) film review.

April 8, 2013 | By | Reply More
Evil Dead (Frank’s Take) film review.

One thing is for certain: ‘Evil Dead’ — both the 1981 Sam Raimi-directed original and the Fede Alvarez-directed 2013 reboot — will definitely please those warped fright fanatics looking for that exuberant guilty pleasure gore to appease their bloodthirsty palates. With the raucous reputation for nightmarish nuances that were a proud and perverse staple that […]

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