How Alexandra became A Man

Why can’t Kevin come to Nigeria to marry Alexandra? Why must it be Alexandra traveling all the way to live with him in America? Alex should have exercised her woman power over Kevin by agreeing to marry her only if he comes to take her hand in marriage in Nigeria. At least, that would have put Kevin’s sincerity and love to some test. But Alexandra plays to the normal assertion that the woman is a weaker sex. Her going to America shows that she has some inferiority complex about her marriage worth. She feels some complex about her own country and holds America and its people in an esteem that not all of them deserves. She plays to the stereotype that most Nigerian youths are desperate to leave their own country for a greener pasture abroad. She presents herself a weak woman. But Alex is a good lady. Mistake not weakness for malfeasance. She is just a woman in search of genuine love.

 

Thanks to the monster in Kevin, otherwise, the real man in Alexandra would not have come out to ask for justice. In her fight for freedom and justice, Alex becomes a man. The road to becoming a man is such a rough and tough one. The woman in her has to be shredded off by the cold hands of Kevin. She has to experience sex slavery in order to come to terms with her fear and weakness. Her becoming a man is further expressed in the deep-seated quest for protection and vengeance especially as she seeks to do this by enrolling in the U.S army.

 

Her military training heartens her about self-defense and quest for justice. When eventually Kevin comes to snuffle her out, she stands up and not only defends herself but also kills him. The death of Kevin is symptomatic of the coming to life of the man in Alexandra. She now feels so safe that she no longer needs to rush back to Nigeria for protection. She is man enough to protect herself from any aggression – psychological or physical.

 

Alexandra’s fight for freedom and justice brings some credibility to the meaning of her name. Alexandra is the feminine form of Alexander which means “defender of men.” The name was known to have been in Britain since 13th century. It was made more famous by the matrimonial union that happened between the future King of England, Edward VII and the Princess of Denmark, Alexandra.

 

In this movie, we can aptly consent to the twist in the meaning of the name and label her “defender of women.” Her attainment of self-dense and justice is also an achievement for women all around the world, women who suffer all forms of oppression and servitude. Her story is a bright light of hope in the dark dungeon of oppressiveness. We may even adjudge her to be Alexander the Great for her taming of her demons.

 

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"Alexandra," a vintage cinematic product of two woods

The vintage cinematic and thespian quality of this sort is what you get when Nollywood teams with Hollywood in the execution of a story that takes two different settings and demands the best of acting from Rob Hays, Vivica Fox, Ada Ameh, Fredda Steffl, Joseph Benjamin and others. The acting helps leaven the already fascinating story. It’s easy to catch the bug from Fredda Steffl, the producer who plays Alexandra. She comes real. Rob Hays’ acting brings with it some brutality expected of a psycho. He so fits into it you are convinced that is the way he is away from the cameras. But that is acting.  You can’t doubt the directorial proficiency of Robert Peters as he reaches into his big bag of cinema experience in making this movie a filmic reality.

Alexandra is a warning on the dangers of online dating. The virtual world is yet to be the real world. It is doubtful if the virtual reality would ever be the actual reality. This is because people easily hide away behind that world to present themselves in sparkling colours which they are not in any way close to in actual physical reality. The meeting of Kevin and Alexandra in this virtual space underpins the modern man’s embrace of virtuality as reality. It is with this belief in mind that Alexandra and Kevin fall in love. But there is more to falling in love online than meets the eye because the interface of connection is the screen. Screen is a liar. It has the capacity to make things more beautiful than they appear. There are so many photoshopped images that fly around online while in reality the people in the pictures are not as pretty as they look. The screen is fantasy. It is the screen age.

Yet we cannot minimize the power of the screen and the world it presents to us in the creation of the bond of two people over some distances. Prior to this time, Alexandra cannot be in Nigeria and have such a relationship with Kevin who stays in the U.S. So the virtual world makes long distance love a reality. But is the internet enough tool of bond? Can it effectively sustain the love it births?

Alexandra lands in the U.S some months later and discovers that Kevin is a sex slave master. He appears green from afar but he is red in reality. Alex endures all sorts of abuse day and night with nobody to cry to. Every moment in and around the house is monitored by Kevin’s cameras. The house and its environ come to be a prison for Alex.

When Alex finds the escape route with the help of one of Kevin’s friends, Joseph Benjamin, she seeks revenge in her own way. She joins the U.S army and as time goes on feels armed enough to tame Kevin who kills his own friend because he helps Alex out of his prison. What Alexandra does next shows freedom is not enough. She is bent on establishing the fact that to cement your freedom, some bold drastic steps have to be taken. What she does to quench her fear and reify her freedom would leave your mouth agape for a long time.

The suspense in this movie is biting. It’d take you from love to hostility, then freedom and vengeance. The scene where Benjamin takes the poisoned drink would leave you cringing. The scenes of several abuses would get your dander up as much as you travel through pity and fear for the central character. 

There is no unnecessary lighting, the sound and picture quality comes clean and clear. There is an accurate understanding of the two settings explored in the course of the story line as the movie scenes shuttle between Nigeria and the U.S.

When you are done seeing this movie, you begin to nod. It’s as a result of the cinematic exploration of that side of you that wants an escape from your country so that you can find a knight in an American. You get scared of leaving Nigeria in the name of the promises of a distant love. You even fear the internet the more. You realize how unreal and callous the virtual reality is.

Alexandra was premiered in the U.S. on the 21st of April 2018. It is set to be released in Nigeria on the fourth of May 2018. Brace up for the exposition of this shattering little secret.

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International Dance Day Is Here Again!

 

Do you love to dance? Who doesn’t? Dance is an expression of inner peace, joy, creativity, spirituality and sound health. Through dance, you can put a phone call through to your inner being and your creator. No wonder there is a lot of dancing in different religions and cultures around the world. 

Most books and movies ride on the wheels of dance element to further make their statements clearer to the audience. The list is endless but we would love you to go out and see our movies where dance is used as a tool of entertainment, ritual and identity. The youths in the movie "Blockers" constantly have parties where they dance to express what the home environment deprives them of. A character in "Jumanji: welcome to the Jungle" uses dance to distract the enemies thereby having the opportunity to overcome them. Even when she fights, her moves are dance steps. Such is the power of dance.

Chinua Achebe, the great African novelist once wrote, “The world is like a Mask dancing. If you want to see it well, you do not stand in one place.” Dance is perception; a way of seeing the world. You cannot effectively see this world if you embrace stasis, if you stand rooted to a boring spot, thus, you must move. Nothing moves in and out of your life unless you move and in your moving, things begin to move. Dance then is movement of thoughts, ideas, and parts of your body in order to reify your dreams.

April 29 is the International Dance Day. It is the day specifically set aside for the celebration of dance and dancers around the world. The dance committee of International Theatre Institute set up the dance festival in honour of Jean-George Noverre (1727 – 1810) who is regarded as the author of modern ballet. Ballet is just a type of dance, there are other types such as salsa, rumba, polka, fandango etc. On such a day as International Dance Day, all around the world, people get some education about the concept of dance as dance festivals are held. People dance and appreciate the health, social, cultural, artistic and spiritual benefits of dance. A Gala celebration takes place in a city chosen by the ITI Executive Council. This year’s venue is Havana, Cuba. The celebration houses a keynote speech by a selected author, other speeches from prominent individuals, spirit-lifting dance performances etc. ITI is a body that totally supports UNESCO so that the world can best understand and appreciate the values of dance as a crucial aspect of the arts.


It takes a lot to dance; that is why people sweat when they dance. You just have to free your soul. Empty yourself of all the burdens in your spirit. When people dance, they dance away the malice, the quarrels, and the war battling with their souls. They consciously spin with the earth. You may not be able to make it to Havana, Cuba for this year’s celebration but you can be a participant by dancing in your own little corner of the Earth. You can search online for the videos of the events and share. You can encourage the ones who have lost their limbs (physical and psychological) to get up and learn how to dance again. You can remind the world of great dancers in history – King David, Rudolf Nureyev, Anna Pavlova, Michael Jackson, Prabhu Deva etc. 

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Silverbird Cinemas in agreement with CJ4DPLEX redefines movie experience in West Africa

Movie experience would never be the same again in West Africa as CJ 4DPLEX teams with Silverbird Cinemas to bring 4DX theaters to two locations in Nigeria - Silverbird cinemas Ikeja, Lagos and Abuja. This was announced on the 25th of April 2018 at the just concluded CinemaCon convention in Seoul.

This is the first of its kind in West Africa. This further adds credence to the mighty presence of the Silverbird Group as it continues to bring new innovations to how people experience movies.

 

"We are extremely pleased to announce our new partnership with Silverbird Cinemas as a very successful CinemaCon closes. Silverbird is known for its innovation and we are grateful to be recognized by them, and excited to bring 4DX to moviegoers in West Africa,” said Byung-Hwan Choi, CEO of CJ 4DPLEX

"We are truly excited to be bringing 4DX to Nigeria and be the first to do so in West Africa. At Silverbird Cinemas, we have earned the reputation of creating & sustaining a fun and exciting movie-going experience with customers and our partnership with CJ 4DPLEX ensures we not only continue to do just that but we keep evolving and take that experience to the next level," Jared Murray Bruce, the executive director of Silverbird Group stated.

CJ 4DPLEX is the first 4Dcinema company in the whole of the world. It has international branches in Beijing and Los Angeles while its headquarters is in Seoul.  Confidently, the Silverbird Group can say to Africa, “welcome to the beautiful cinematic future.”

 

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We’ve finally got our first look at Tom Hardy’s Venom and....well, this should blow you away.

Several times, the unstructured alien, symbiote has possessed Spider Man who also divested the evil being of himself on several occasions because he understands the weakness of the extraterrestrial being. Spider man once tamed the alien with noise, at another time, he did it with fire.

Yet, this terrible enemy is still alive and in this new movie, it will find a home in Eddie Brock. Only the vile combination of two malevolent entities can result in the bitter birth of Venom. No wonder Symbiote tells Eddie Brock in the comics that inspired the series... "You're Eddie Brock, I'm the symbiote. Together we are VENOM.

The Equalizer 2

Antoine Faqua’s action thriller “Equalizer 2” is a movie you can’t wait to see. This is where the 2014 antecedent movie of the same name continues and this promises to be such a bad filmic adventure as you will find yourself holding your chest as the equalizing events unfold.

Who is the equalizer? Who will be equalized? Find out as this giant hit hits the screens July 20, 2018. Starring in this beautiful movie are Denzel Washington, Ashton Sanders, Pedro Pascal, Melissa Leo, and Bill Pullman.

Sometimes justice isn't enough. Watch Denzel Washington in the new trailer for The Equalizer 2, in cinemas - Releases - July 20, 2018

Why "Blockers" is a lesson in parenting

Blockers, Kay Cannon’s directorial movie debut is not only high on humour but also intelligence so that you don’t just get to laugh alone, you also get to see daylight on informed mind-brightening scenes. Your analytical antennae are made to point northward and your sense of empathy is given some kicks. And to think that this is the first time Kay Cannon, the writer of “Pitch Perfect” franchise would try her hands on directing, it’s not such a bad attempt. You won’t even know if you are not told as the expertise she brings to this movie does not give her up as a beginner.

The performances of the cast would certainly keep your eyes glued to the screen as you giggle through the well-lit scenes that beam with such unspeakable cinematic brilliance. The acting prowess of Leslie Mann, Ike Barinholtz, John Cena, Kathryn Newton, Geraldine Viswanathan, Gideon Adlon, Graham Philips and the likes lends some creative energy to the movie.

The engaging pillar stone of this riveting comedy is in the wit-coated plot that follows the reactions of parents who get the word that their teenagers have a pact to willingly give themselves up for being deflowered at the prom. What eventually happens as these jealous overprotective parents make daring moves to thwart what they deem senseless act?

The parents’ moves to prevent their children from having sex is an attempt at preventing them from adulthood as experiencing sexual intercourse is expected to be an initiation into adulthood. These parents find it hard to believe that their children would make such silly agreement as it was not like that in their own days. Many things are becoming unthinkable but parents must learn to let their children lead their lives as constant monitoring will keep widening the ancient generational gap between parents and their children. No doubts parents and young people around the world would connect easily with the core of this prom-night comedy which not only exposes certain parental pitfalls but also shows the way forward.

 

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"Pacific Rim Uprising" demonstrates the humanitarian essence of science & technology as the world celebrates International Day of Human Space Flight

The United Nations General Assembly, at its 65th session on the seventh day of April 2011, declared 12th of April of every year as the International Day of Human Space Flight in acknowledgment and celebration of the giant step that humanity took on the 12th of April 1961 when the Soviet Citizen, Yuri Gagarin made that historical Vostok 1 space flight. In one hundred and eight minutes, Gagarin completed the remarkable revolution round the earth in Vostok 3KA space shuttle.

It’s the first significant step into the space era when science and technology is enhanced by man’s relationship with the outer space. The results are all over us today. Humanity has undoubtedly utilized its access to space in the expansion and development of the science of connectivity as the present human world feeds largely on how much it is able to shrink up and connect every part of the globe so that the true global village dream is better realized.

However, mankind cannot completely boast of a totally connected world for the purpose of peaceful and scientific and humane interactions in its exploration of the outer space, because there are people who also want to key into this idea to make a mess of the world.  The arts have given us a bite of such malfeasances in the conflict between the world-saving protagonists and malicious antagonists of several works of arts. The movie world has quite a number of them. The latest we have is in Steven S. Deknight’s “Pacific Rim Uprising,” a brilliant sci-fi revealing how man-stimulated monsters from the outer space invade the world. Thank goodness, the likes of John Boyega, Scot Eastwood and the rest of the team have the Science & technology and the mental might to combat the monsters. If not for the help of the ingenious application of science & technology for the advancement and protection of humanity, there is no way the young team could have risen to the apocalyptic threat posed by the giant monsters. "Pacific Rim Uprising" is therefore a potent reminder of all the dreams dreamt for the forward movement of humanity.

As the world celebrates the International Day of Human Space Flight, we should remember all the technologies made possible by the exploration of the outer space; we should remember to find means to further humanize these technologies so that humanity can be protected and preserved; we should remember no matter the giant step we take in utilizing the space to human advancement, if we cannot build the love ship that will make us explore the human spirit to our advantage, then we will continue to harm ourselves with our inventions.

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"Acrimony," more than just a word

Tyler Perry must have deeply sensed the growing number of women going through stuffs. He must have had a close-range experience of how African-American Women are specially labelled for fighting back in relationships. If not, he wouldn’t sum up the wars that happen in relationships with the word “Acrimony.”

This word strangely brings to mind other similar-sounding words such as “alimony” and “palimony” but while these two words are synonyms, “acrimony” is in a different semantic league as it describes an emotional state of a betrayed lover. Oxford Advanced Learner’s Dictionary describes acrimony as “angry bitter feelings or words.” This is an encapsulation of what happens in toxic relationships.  Words in dictionaries are mere words until they are pungently dramatized on the stage of our emotions, then the real meanings emerge and give us dimensions of interpretations and essences. Tyler Perry feels at home dramatizing “acrimony” in a powerful way, in the way many of us –men, women and even children – can understand.

Perry and his inclination for black women’s traumas

Tyler Perry has such a penchant for dramatizing the agonies of Black women. With cinematic masterpieces such as Diary of a Mad Black Woman,” and “Why did I Get Married?” he has demonstrated how faithfully he can stay with the spirit of the titles of his movies. “Acrimony” also promises to be a heart-wrenching story of the experiences of a Black woman in the hands of her husband. 

The meaning of the movie is evocatively enlivened by the brilliance of Taraji P. Henson’s character interpretation. In fact, her personality alone is enough to drive this franchise to a safe harbor. And her acrimony is contagious; it’s all over on the scenes where she appears as well as where she does not appear. She has the character strength that is stimulating and domineering enough to control the atmosphere of every set. She would make you feel the acrimony like her story is your life, like everything is happening to you right away. And this is what makes her adorable in this movie. Taraji glides from one emotional state to another so seamlessly that you cannot but ride with her on the crest of the emotional war. She does not stop at just acting the role, she becomes the character and lives the life of that character. In every step; you see the pain, in every smile; you see the bitterness, in every puff of her cigarette; you see how she lives the anger. Every word seethes with anguish of betrayal.

Lyriq Bent, a fantastic Jamaican-Canadian actor who is best known for his moving display in “The Book of Negroes,” “Saw,” and “Rookie Blue” does not fall short in his interpretation of the emotionally demanding role. He certainly brings all those vintage acting to the set of “Acrimony.” The way he tries defending himself comes real. How he is able to row between two women reeks of the antics of a visceral sensual game master and an adorable gentle man.

“Acrimony” easily comes off as a portentous thrilling tale of love and betrayal – an expression of Tyler Perry’s cinematic competence.

 

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"Pacific Rim Uprising" Shows The Way To Future Art Of War

 

Although Sun Tsu gives his perspectives on how to war in his best-selling book “Art Of War,” the movie, “Pacific Rim Uprising” aptly redefines the art of war.  “Pacific Rim Uprising” marks a great leap in technological advancement as it puts forward the advanced ways of fighting the monsters of now and the future. Very soon, soldiers would no longer need to face unnecessary dangers at war as they would only need to wear some apparatus that would enable them control a scientific body. The body can stand the heat of war so long the controllers don’t get hurt.

Steven S. Deknight’s Pacific Rim Uprising exposes humanity’s tendency for heroic deeds. The heroes of this century and the next would not necessarily be physical giants but geeks of science and technology. This movie is a success at redefining how to tackle the monsters that assail the present and future of man. The kajia in this movie are the metaphors for human worries. The way to tame them all is not a tactless head on collision with them but technology.

The heroes of the movie step up and put on their technological armour to do some future-determining battle for the future of man. Once they wear their armour, what we see is a giant robot – swift, skillful, and agile – heading for the kagia who are nuts on the idea of destroying the human world. They can perform series of tasks that a normal ordinary person won't dare perform.

As powerful as the jagers become when they put on the extra ordinary armour, when they themselves are hurt, they cannot do anything with the robot again. It takes two people to control one robot. Once one of the people is hurt, it would take the other person an unspeakable amount of energy to lift the robot from the ground. The Robots also work with the strength of the mind and body.

We can't wait to see that future where science and technology will be the new face of warfare. But until then, let's take what we can from the future projection that "Pacific Rim Uprising" offers.

Anytime the jagers come up against the kajia in a deadly confrontation, the sound track on whose wings the young warriors ride would jumpstart you in your seat. You’d feel a push that encourages you to join the jagers and help save the world. One of the most inspiring moments happens when the final battle is about to take place and Stacker Pentecost (John Boyega) delivers his short adrenaline-pumping speech to the cadets. Oh Lord, you just want to want to join them. It’s such a noble duty to be on expedition with the world-saving team using the most extra ordinary weapons of war that humanity is gradually coming to terms with.

Good news: You can now join the team in cinemas!

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"Peter Rabbit" wins the hearts of parents and children at private screening

 

“Peter Rabbit” works its ways into the hearts of the parents and their children at the private screening which takes place at Silverbird Galleria, 133, Ahmadu Bello Way, Victoria Island, Lagos on the twenty fourth of March 2018.

It’s a pleasant surprise for the guests who grace the occasion with the preconceived notion that “Peter Rabbit” is a kid-only movie. It turns out that the movie not only has lots of fun-filled moments for children but also tickles the adult sensibilities with memorable and thought-altering nuggets which every family needs to rest upon for a sustainable survival.

Some of the parents even go as far as quoting and paraphrasing many of the lines they find stimulating in the movie. The children generally fall for the titular character, Peter Rabbit and trust them, they have fascinating reasons for doing so.

Little Sara remembers something from the movie as she tries voicing her experience “His friends put some carrot on the truck.” She then goes on to say “I like the movie.”

Jason is so enthralled by the titular character that when he is asked what he likes about the movie, he simply says “Peter Rabbit. He is a nice guy.” Kester Ebohon says he likes the main character, Peter Rabbit, because, “he is funny.” Joshua also likes Peter Rabbit but for a different reason, “I like Peter Rabbit because he is courageous.” Christabel likes “Peter Rabbit’s sisters because they support their brother.” Soraya says “I like the movie because it is funny. I like Peter Rabbit because he is the main character.” Mimi Aramide Philips says, “The movie is nice and I love it. I love it because of Peter Rabbit who is funny and brave.

Omeyi Yangs, the found of EveryMums, “It was a lovely movie. I like that it was very engaging, very funny and had a lot of lessons as well: tolerance, patience, forgiveness. So for me it was good that the movie taught its lessons in a way that a little child could understand. My children are here. They are all excited. We had a great time. Thank you for having us.”

A parent, Hauwa Tokosi, expresses her surprise, endorses the movie for the family, and shares her favourite line from the movie, “The film is very interesting. A good watch for the family. I enjoyed it even though when I was coming I thought it was just going to be fun for my son but it turned out that I enjoyed it. There was a line that says sharing does not mean that you are losing. Peter was holding too much unto the lady. He felt he was going to lose the lady but it was just about sharing and I told my son at that point that when you share your toys, it does not mean that you are losing your toys.”

Dolapo Olunloyo, “The movie is awesome. I had a god time. It’s full of humour. It’s enjoyable. I love peter Rabbit, I like Thomas McGregor. They are the two characters that got me laughing all through. It’s a good movie for the whole family to see. I told my daughter when we were watching it, there are ways in which you apologize. It’s always nice to say I am sorry.”

Modupe Fidelis describes the movie, “The best thing about watching a movie like this is you can come with the kids. It’s totally P.G, very funny, lots of fun. It also teaches you about tolerance, living together as one. I urge everyone who has not seen it to go to the cinemas nationwide, to see the movie, Peter Rabbit. Absolutely fantastic.”

Maryan BT, the founder of Seven & Playground is exceptionally surprised that the movie’s target is not limited to the children but adults as well. She does not get to see the trailer so she doesn’t know what to expect. Her words, “This movie is interesting and funny. To be honest, before I came to watch it, I didn’t watch the trailer so I didn’t know what to expect. I thought it would be a very kiddy movie but it’s a movie for all ages. Adults can enjoy it. It’s interesting. It’s hilarious. I was laughing so hard. It was also very simple enough for children to understand and grasp the meaning and the lesson behind it. As you can see, I’m here with my four year old. I have an eight year old. I came with a bunch of kids. All of them enjoyed it. All of them were laughing. It’s a great entertainment for the family. I think the main lesson for me is tolerance.”

Helen Ibru says, “It was hilarious. Honestly. It was a good time for the family. The kids loved it. The adults loved it. I think it’s a film that will work very well both with young and old. Even if you are different, you can find a way to work together.”

 

Yetty Williams from Lagos mums stamps the movie for general viewership as she airs her views on different aspects of the movie, “The movie was fantastic. I think the adults were laughing more than the children. It was interesting, different, and clean. It’s nice to have a movie you can see with your children and not worry they can’t watch it with you. What I learnt from the movie is to be in touch with how you are feeling. What you go through affects your behavior. Peter Rabbit is dealing with a lot of things and that’s why he behaves the way he does. But when he understands why he behaves that way, he is able to ask for forgiveness and clean up the mess he had created and love that was waiting to flourish was then able to happen. Adults should come and see this movie. There is a lesson for everybody in it. I laughed more than I have done seeing a lot of movies.”

Ewoma Luther-Abegunde, the marketing executor for the Silverbird Film Distribution, while responding to question about why it’s important for Silverbird Film Distribution to preview this movie before it opens in the cinemas, says, “What we’ve just done today is something that is also happening worldwide. This movie is not only releasing in our territory. Internationally, premieres are being held for Peter Rabbit. And so today, everyone that has had the opportunity to see this movie before it opens on Friday 30th of March now has an idea of what to expect. From all we’ve seen, it is obvious that this is a very interesting movie.”

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"Pacific Rim Uprising" Beats Popular Expectations At The Exclusive Screening

“Pacific Rim Uprising” Beats Popular Expectations At The Exclusive Screening

 

Silverbird Galleria hosts a classic screening of the new Pacific Rim Uprising movie as the guests heap accolades on the skillfully executed cinematic venture which is deemed as a better shot at exploring the scientific intricacies of the modern world using the medium of a blood-pumping story line to philosophize on the possible future adversities which could threaten humanity.

Deyemi Okanlawon, a well-known Nollywood actor describes the movie thus: “Pacific Rim Uprising, the first part was amazing, this part even better. Our boy, John Boyega absolutely wonderful. He is Nigerian so you can only expect the best. He should just wait for us that are home based, we are coming for them too. The movie opens our minds to the fact that no matter what the challenges we face, we can overcome.”

John Smith, a movie fan explains his view: “I think it’s a very interesting movie, much better than part one. John Boyega should have worked on his stomach muscle to at least have six packs. But all in all, it’s a very good movie, an alternative from Wakanda. On the scale of black people doing good stuff, this is a good stuff.”

Ihezue Ugochi, MBGN 2017 has this to say: “The movie is really amazing. The actions are punctuated with comic relief in the right places. I am really impressed. I can’t wait to see the part three. If I were to be a character in this movie, it’d be the character of John Boyega. He is the captain, the leader and I like to be a leader. The part that really gets to me is where it is put to the audience that we should never give up. No matter how many times you fall, keep standing.”

Rachael Isaac who represents “The Movie Road Show” which airs on Nigerian info fm says: “I saw some African fabrics at the second scene. The producer wore Ankara. I like the use of African fabrics. Of course I like the fact that they open the movie with wizkid’s song Daddy Yo. I also like the fact that we have more of young actors calling the shots. Good picture. The villain is funny. I like the comic twist to the character of the villain. Then there is something that stays with me in what John Boyega tells the teenage girl. It boils down to it’s not what people think of you but what you think of yourself. Self-confidence. I’d love to play the role of the villain.”

Ore Williams, an AIT music plus reporter explains her view of the movie: “Obviously this part two is an improvement on part one. The graphics, the pictures are just on a different level. This one has a nice story line and I like the fact that Africans are being recognized on the international stage where movie making is concerned. The line that hits me most is the part where a character says the world is going to an end. If that were to happen in reality, what would we do?”

Dolapo Inioluwa gives a different but relatable perspective: “Actually, the movie is engaging. This is the first science fiction movie that pins me to my seat till the end. I find connections in the movie. The game virtual reality….. That’s quite millennial. I think this movie should be pg. rated because kids can see it, families can see it, and there is no sexual or linguistic obscenity throughout the movie.”

The movie officially opens in cinemas on Friday 23rd of March 2018.

 

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"Pacific Rim Uprising" Gets An Exclusive Screening Today

 

Steven S. Deknight’s “Pacific Rim Uprising” is scheduled to be officially screened today (March 20, 2018)  at Silverbird Galleria, 133 Ahmadu Bello Way Victoria Island Lagos Nigeria at 7 p.m. The event welcomes specially invited dignitaries from all walks of life. It promises to be a beautiful cinematic experience as this will be the first time the movie will be screened in this part of the world.

The movie explores the challenges of a world besieged by monsters ready to pull every living soul into the bottomless pit of destruction. An army of young brave warriors is commissioned to end the imminent apocalypse. This brave army is led by the gallant Jake Pentecost (John Boyega) who is bent on making a new history. How will these brave young warriors of the new world order bring an end to this threatening menace? How are they able to redefine the art of war? Is the world of man eventually wiped out by the monsters? You can be sure to find out in this heroic cinematic masterpiece.

Other actors starring in this awe-inspiring movie are Scott Eastwood, Tian Jing, Rinko Kikuchi, Adria Arjona, Burn Gorman etc.

The movie is billed to be in cinemas on the 23rd of March 2018. It’s a must see.

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Universal and Legendary studios build a classy set as they interview John Boyega on "Pacific Rim Uprising"

 

Just in few days, Pacific Rim Uprising is billed to hit the cinemas. As a part of preparation for the big release, Universal and Legendary created a movie location interview set where John Boyega was asked some questions about the movie. It is not just the interview that is attention catching, it is also the set. The set was something like the real movie set where some of the scenes were shot. Movie promotion would be a lot better if many other studios can borrow a leaf from Universal and Legendary. Looking at the backdrop for the interview alone would awaken your thirst for the forthcoming sequel. It was confirmed that building the set with all the exact props from the movie and using it for interviewing important figures around the movie is quite expensive (Time and Money) but it is a huge step toward better awareness creation for movies.

John Boyega explained what it felt like producing his first pocket-tearing Hollywood movie, his involvement with the editing, the surprising things he found out about movie making, what he picked from the initial test screenings, how he worked with the director, his other engagements and many more.

Other stars you are to watch out for in the much anticipated movie are Adria A jona, Scott Eastwood, Rinko kikuchi, and Tian Jing.

 

Release date: March 23, 2018

Watch out!

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Taraji P. Henson and Lyriq Bent Heat Things Up In Tyler Perry's New Movie: "Acrimony"

Here comes another mind-titivating cinematic output of Tyler Perry. Taraji P. Henson and Lyriq Bent nail this one with a topnotch synergic acting.

A new woman bursts into your marriage and introduces herself to you “I am Diana.” You find out your husband is cheating on you. This revelation fills you up with so much anger, resentment, and bitterness. But you won’t just fold your arms and watch. How Taraji Henson responds to the situation will blow your mind.

This family adventure of love and betrayal will arrest you, keep you on the edge of your seat and the tips of your toes. It’s simply an excellent dramatization of essential family issues that nobody can ignore.

In Cinemas come March 30, 2018.

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"Peter Rabbit": A battle for Love & Home

Will Gluck’s “Peter Rabbit” is an exciting, humour-coloured adventure 3D live-action/Computer Generated Image comic thriller inspired by Beatrice Potter’s anthropomorphic animal stories which are often centered on mischievous Peter Rabbit.

Mr. Thomas McGregor moves to the family house in the country side after the death of his uncle. He falls in love with Miss Bea whose house is just a stone’s throw away. Peter Rabbit who along with his siblings has enjoyed the affection of Miss Bea feels threatened that Mr. McGregor’s presence would not only ruin the love that Miss Bea showers on him but also destroy his freedom of space and claim his home. He thus declares war. Who wins this war? Mr. Thomas McGregor or Peter Rabbit and his siblings?

“Peter Rabbit,” is not only a strikingly entertaining comedy movie but also deeply replete with philosophical explorations of the concepts of home and love. You will certainly get massively entertained while being taught the significance of team work, family life, preservation of environment, care for animals and finding the line that connects all living and non-living things.

Hitting the cinemas this March

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Pacific Rim 2 Is Simply A Cinematic Wonder

An uprising is at hand. Mystical monsters are nuts on the idea of unleashing evil and destruction on the human world. Stacker Pentecost trains his son Jake so that he would be an ambassador of his philosophies when he is no more. But Jake Pentecost is lost in the underworld where he forgets his calling. He doesn’t believe he can be a hero like his father.

The Kajia are back! They are back to wipe clean the surface of the earth. Mori, Jake’s sister rises to the occasion as she leads an army of young doughty pilots who will bring justice to the earth and defeat the monsters. Mori finds a way to ring her brother in so that the evils rolling through the world are met with a formidable force of young people ready to be the saviours of the world. How will this clash between human-driven terrific mechanism and the beastly guests from the world beyond end?

Steven S. Deknight and T.S. Nowling’s story was written for the screen by Emily Carmichael, Kira Snyder, Steven S. DeKnight, and T.S. Nowling.

Starring in this awe-inspiring movie are John Boyega, Scott Eastwood, Tian Jing, Rinko Kikuchi, Adria Arjona, Burn Gorman etc.

You can’t afford to miss it this March.

 

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Fifty Shades Freed - A tale of Power and freedom

The third installment of the shades series is somewhere around the corner as “Fifty Shades
Freed” takes us through its crinkly and heterodox turns that leave the world questioning the
marital and sexual status quo.

“Fifty Shades Freed” could be adjudged a study in disparities artistically unified to not only
reflect the many psychological tinctures of sexual overtures but to chart new dimensions in the future of relations and sexuality.

You’d love the power statements oozing from one scene to another as car chases meld with being tracked down in the midst of sexual escapades and luxurious vacations etc. Jack Hyde is on a revenge mission. He is an erstwhile boss of Ana. He is sacked for sexually harassing Ana. He’d do anything to keep the new couple sorrowing. If he is not abducting a member of their family now, he is certainly sneaking into Ana’s big home with the hope of attacking her. Jack’s role gives the movie an upbeat action tint. Woven with this is Christian’s revelation that he is not ready to father a child. His fear? His children would damage the romance between him and Ana, his wife. How does a man become so green-eyed to the point of deciding against having children?

But Ana experiences accidental pregnancy and breaks it to Christian who does not take it lightly. Ana would love to have control over her life. She’d love to have dinner with her friends outside her home. She would not love to have the bodyguards around but she has no choice as each time she exhibits her freedom tendencies, she runs into trouble with Christian. The last time she is out with one of her friends, Christian punishes her. He takes her into the Red room and gives her sex-laced mild pain to which she remarks, “Christian, this is not love. It’s revenge.” But that is one of the ways Christian believes he is loving her. And truly he loves her. “I wanted to give you the world,” he says.

The relations between the new couple is more of dominance tussle than it is cooperation and
collaboration expected in a family setting. Christian Grey’s wealth hands him the control he
desires over his wife’s life. This means she is expected to contribute nothing where finance is
concerned. Christian expects her to stay at home as a full time house wife but she says she would run mad if she has to do that. She keeps her job but doesn’t give her the power she really needs: who controls your spending, controls your life.

The sexual scenes also exude some level of dominance, especially with the style of sex that the couple employs. Their BDSM (bondage, discipline, dominance and submission, sadomasochism) sexual relationship does not give Ana the breathing space to be who she loves to be. Christian takes undue advantage of this kind of relationship to analyse their lives through sex. Not everything in a salubrious relationship should be viewed through the lens of sex. The Red Room, their play is a symbol of disillusionment, power, dependence, independence and sexual sovereignty.

Dakota Johnson’s shows us the exciting dimensions of Ana’s life as her acting compliments
Jamie Dornan’s stern responses on set. She has been described as the MVP of “Fifty Shades.”
Her monologues while almost completely naked and her innuendos during conversations with
Christian would make you wonder how she seamlessly moves through the scenes without taking herself too seriously.

Fifty Shades Freed” is made available for the screen by Niall Leonard, the husband of the
novelist E.L James whose novel (of the same name) was a NewYork bestseller. The movie
version is directed by James Foley.

PROUD MARY......

Taraji Henson plays a leading hit woman for the first time. There has never been that time when Taraji Henson played the leading hit woman in any movie. Yes, she took the role of an assassin in “Smoking Aces” but not as the lead character. Here she is in “Proud Mary,” where she is a badass unapologetic hit woman taking a full control of her life in a world long suppressed by senseless patriarchy. This therefore makes her one of the “hit lead” female characters to watch out for in 2018. The top three movies that enjoyed box office success in
2017 all featured female lead characters. This could inspire a lot more in that direction in 2018. With female-leading movie records of last year being considered, “Proud Woman” is poised to stand tall among the female-fronted films of 2018.

“Proud Mary” is not just a mere female-fronted movie, it is led by a black woman who doubles as an executive producer. Henson, who plays Mary accepts that the movie is a mouthpiece for all African American women who have been boxed to a dark corner. Having an African American woman at the fore front of this kind of movie is not what happens often. It hasn’t happened since 1970s. It’s not a norm to have this kind of movie because most managers of the companies that produce these movies don’t see the market value of giving an African American woman such matchless power. It took this long for these managers to realize that more women go to the movies than men. It is such a smart thing to appeal to women where movie making is concerned.

With this African American lady at the vanguard of “Proud Mary,” a statement of empowerment for women of colour and women in general is apodictically issued. Women would not always be at the rear of the car; they are taking over the driving wheel, determining their destinies. The way Mary kits up for each operation is symptomatic of the position of power that this movie keeps the women. She is well armed against any aggression. That is why she has the capability to tell the men in her life that she is no longer enjoying what she’s been doing for them. She wants to leave!

“Proud Mary” is an action thriller. Taraji Henson confessed she has dreamt all her life to one day be an action star. “That’s where the fun is, that’s where the checks are,” she said. She is also a good learner as she modeled Mary after the action stars that she admires: Pam Grier and Iceman (Richard Kuklinski). Henson’s favourite action stars are Liam Neeson and Keanu Reeves. She does not leave out James Bond.

She openly brought to the fore her desire to see women take over the driving seat of their lives in her response to what inspired the character of Mary, “Just all women trying to fight it out. It’s based on all kinds of women — women I know from the ’hood, women I know in my life, friends.”

So if you are a woman and looking forward to gaining control over your life,
“Proud Mary” is the movie to see.

Busted

The gripping movie reveals the intrigues of a gay couple’s love story. It tells the story of Queen Edwards, a girl born into a decent home where her father’s strict nature as well as her mother’s ignorance led her into the arms of a maid who lured her into lesbianism.

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