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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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Mary Poppins Returns [2018] (a film review by Frank Ochieng).

February 5, 2019 | By | 1 Reply More
Mary Poppins Returns [2018] (a film review by Frank Ochieng).

One is not sure whether it is foolish or challenging to revisit the vintage magic, festivity and wonderment of the 60s classic musical ‘Mary Poppins’ to serve up for the millennium-age masses. It is only human nature for Poppins purists to compare and contrast the beloved Julie Andrews-starring vehicle with whatever modern-day remake that dares to invoke the bouncy […]

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Miss Bala [2019] (a film review by Frank Ochieng).

February 4, 2019 | By | Reply More
Miss Bala [2019] (a film review by Frank Ochieng).

Clearly, enlisting the vivacious actress Gina Rodriguez as an exotic, harried heroine out to kick some Mexican baddie tail in the action and adventure cross-border crime caper ‘Miss Bala‘ was a no-brainer. Gorgeous, gung-ho and gamey, Rodriguez seems like the perfect choice to entice both genders to the box office as they witness her badass beauty self […]

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Horror Noire: A History of Black Horror [2019] (a film review by Frank Ochieng)

February 3, 2019 | By | Reply More
Horror Noire: A History of Black Horror [2019] (a film review by Frank Ochieng)

One of the familiar clichés that have always been identified in mainstream horror cinema is that ‘the black guy or gal is always the first to get killed or tormented‘. Well, for once the black targets in the revealing and refreshingly insightful documentary ‘Horror Noire: A History of Black Horror’ earns their staying power with a […]

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Escape Room (2019) (a film review by Frank Ochieng)

January 31, 2019 | By | Reply More
Escape Room (2019) (a film review by Frank Ochieng)

The formulaic frightener ‘Escape Room’ is certainly not worth entering for its cheap, collapsed creepiness. This half-baked horror sideshow will make its audience feel trapped inside this low-budget toothless thriller that is about as riveting as its generic movie title.  This is a by-the-numbers banal boofest that is short on imagination but long on cutthroat contrivances. Whatever […]

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The Final Wish (2019) (a film review by Frank Ochieng).

January 30, 2019 | By | Reply More
The Final Wish (2019) (a film review by Frank Ochieng).

‘The Final Wish’ is strangely contemplative in its attempt to shine an eerie light on the mysteries of death and estrangement. Director Timothy Woodward Jr. (‘Silencer’, ‘Hickok’) delivers a familiar frightfest theme but oddly its presentation is ambitious enough to overlook the occasional stand-by terror-ridden tropes. Indeed, Woodward’s gory gem is more of the psychological […]

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Widows (2018) (a film review by Frank Ochieng)

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Widows (2018) (a film review by Frank Ochieng)

Oscar-winning director Steve McQueen (’12 Years a Slave’) commits a notable heist of his own that has nothing to do with his capable feminine felons’ gutsy gumptions in the gritty urban crime caper ‘Widows’. McQueen’s big score is assembling an all-star cast in this ultra-slick theft thriller, a casting heist of a different hue worth […]

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Deadpool 2 (2018) (a film review by Frank Ochieng)

January 12, 2019 | By | Reply More
Deadpool 2 (2018) (a film review by Frank Ochieng)

Deadpool rules! Okay, admittedly this is an unconventional way to segue into a film review without sounding like a giddy fanboy. Nevertheless, the costumed glib-sounding gladiator is back on the scene in ‘Deadpool 2’ up to his usual trivial tricks in the Marvel Universe. After making a sensational splash as the wise-cracking warrior with the […]

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Bumblebee (2018) (a film review by Frank Ochieng)

January 12, 2019 | By | Reply More
Bumblebee (2018) (a film review by Frank Ochieng)

Filmmaker Michael Bay finally did right by the ‘Transformers’ movie series regarding his monotonous, massive mechanical misfits. Instead of helming another insipid instalment after directing the previous six clash-and-clang clunkers he had sense enough to step behind the scenes with a producing credit. This time around Travis Knight (Kubo And The Two Strings’) calls the […]

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Blade Runner 2049 (a film review by Frank Ochieng).

October 9, 2017 | By | Reply More
Blade Runner 2049 (a film review by Frank Ochieng).

Hail to the Science Fiction gods as they came to their senses and granted upon the eagerly movie-going masses the long-awaited arrival of a stunning and opulent ‘Blade Runner’ sequel. Perhaps we should praise the understated genius and visionary mastermind Ridley Scott for his 1982 directorial accomplishment in serving up what appeared to be an underappreciated and […]

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Better Watch Out (a film review by Frank Ochieng).

October 6, 2017 | By | Reply More
Better Watch Out (a film review by Frank Ochieng).

The holidays are approaching as we prepare to reach the end of the year but director/co-writer Chris Peckover wants to beat the chaotic Christmas rush by offering some creepy coal in his cinematic stockings.- Most notably, a merry-minded macabre middle finger to the Yuletide season in the charmingly twisted and creatively corrosive suburban home invasion […]

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