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

June 2, 2019 | By | Reply More
Ma (2019) [a film review by Frank Ochieng].

Mother Nature has a stormy forecast of hackneyed horror cloudiness on the pseudo-suspenseful radar courtesy of director Tate Taylor’s sketchy macabre maternal thriller ‘Ma’ that cryptically encourages its youth to “get home safe”. On paper, ‘Ma’ should be elevated from its generic goosebump DNA given the promising premise of its potential high-wire, shifty shenanigans. Taylor enlists his […]

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The Curse Of La Llorona (2019) [a film review by Frank Ochieng]

April 21, 2019 | By | Reply More
The Curse Of La Llorona (2019) [a film review by Frank Ochieng]

  While the protagonists in director Michael Chaves flimsy frightfest ‘La Llorona’ feel the so-called ominous curse at large, some moviegoers may feel their own brand of cursing courtesy of a hackneyed horror film that revisits the tired tale of macabre mythology. However, ‘The Curse Of La Llorona’ has somewhat of an excuse to exist given […]

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Happy Death Day 2U [2019] (a film review by Frank Ochieng).

February 16, 2019 | By | Reply More
Happy Death Day 2U [2019] (a film review by Frank Ochieng).

Due to the unexpected success of the original 2017’s ‘Happy Death Day’ outing the cheekily fun and frolicking fright farce was tasty frosting on the cutthroat cake. Crafty, creepy and oddly clever director Christopher Landon’s menacing romp was refreshingly twisted in its off-kilter skin. In fast forwarding to 2019’s sequel ‘Happy Death Day 2U’, Landon is back at […]

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

January 30, 2019 | By | Reply More
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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The Divergent Series – Allegiant (2016) film review by Frank Ochieng.

March 21, 2016 | By | Reply More
The Divergent Series – Allegiant (2016) film review by Frank Ochieng.

The first compulsion is to reach for an unflattering label when dubbing the third installment of the ‘Divergent’ series as ‘the poor man’s Hunger Games’. Sure, the comparison was inevitable but all the ‘Divergent’ editions had to do was prove that the unfair comparing and contrasting were wrong. Well, the knockoff status was indeed warranted and unfortunately this copycat YA […]

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Inherent Vice trailer (that’s not nice).

December 10, 2014 | By | Reply More
Inherent Vice trailer (that’s not nice).

Inherent Vice,” is the seventh feature from Paul Thomas Anderson and the first film adaption of a Thomas Pynchon novel. When private eye Doc Sportello’s ex-old lady suddenly out of nowhere shows up with a story about her current billionaire land developer boyfriend whom she just happens to be in love with, and a plot […]

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The Numbers Station (Frank’s Take) (film review).

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

The figures simply do not add up in director Kasper Barfoed’s sleepy-eyed spy thriller T’he Numbers Station’. Uneventful and sluggish, ‘The Numbers Station’ is a grainy actioner that is embedded in blandness and mechanical follow-the-dots intrigue…not an ideal portrait for the supposedly riveting spycraft genre. The premise is rather original but Barfoed’s draggy narrative feels […]

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Sinister (film review) – Frank’s Take.

October 15, 2012 | By | Reply More
Sinister (film review) – Frank’s Take.

Director/co-writer Scott Derrickson (‘The Exorcism Of Emily Rose’) creates a slow burn of macabre-oriented mayhem in the creepy caper ‘Sinister’. Derrickson and fellow scriber C. Robert Cargill churn out a traditional yet hackneyed horror showcase that marches to the beat of the same dreary drum. ‘Sinister’ features the conventional atmospherics of titillating tactics concerning a […]

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V/H/S film review (Frank’s Take).

October 10, 2012 | By | Reply More
V/H/S film review (Frank’s Take).

It is one thing to grasp the copycat concept of capitalising on a clever trend in horror moviemaking and extending the gruesome appeal into something more mainstream and profitable. However, when the so-called trend is beaten to death at the hands of clumsy opportunists looking to milk the genre for what it is worth then […]

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