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Title: Numb

Genre: Short Film

Director: Tosin C. Ogwe

Year: 2013

Title: Make A Move

Genre: Drama

Director: Niyi Akinmolayan

Year: 2014

AMBO winner Ivie Okujaiye’s debut as a producer Make a Move was met with very high expectations. Unfortunately, the movie disappoints with its averagely choreographed sequences, script loopholes and unconvincing acting by most of the cast which make Ivie and Tina Mba look like they’re trying too hard. Tuface and Omawumi don’t really do more than just make an appearance which requires them to be themselves. The lighting, set design and costume could have done with some improvement. On a positive note though, the movie makes a case against domestic abuse. For Ivie, it’s one step forward, two steps back.

Reviewed by Isabella Akinseye

Title: My Delusion

Genre: Short Film

Director: Okuns Osanyade

Year: 2013

Title: The Number One Fan

Genre: Drama

Director: Moses ‘Sneeze’ Inwang

Year: 2014

Pretty faces, beautiful sets, celebrity razzmatazz and funny accents characterise Juliet Ibrahim’s debut production – The Number One Fan. Add poor acting, average directing, inconsistent lighting choices and hilarity to the mix and you have pretty much summed up the whole movie. Ayo Makun aka Ay does not do much too help than make a joke of his character as a police detective and invariably, the movie. An emergency back story is introduced to bring the film to an end leaving some of the major issues unresolved. A mix of melodramatic and comedic moments, unfortunately, did not make for exciting viewing.

Reviewed by Isabella Akinseye

Title: Artist Hustler

Genre: Documentary

Director: Taiwo Badejo

Year: 2012

Title: Half of A Yellow Sun

Genre: Romantic Drama

Director: Biyi Bandele

Year: 2014

Biyi Bandele’s Half of A Yellow Sun attempts to tell a love story with the backdrop of the Biafran war. I don’t know whether it is because we are watching the edited version in Nigeria but his adaptation of the novel leaves me yearning for more – more love, more war and more emotion. It seems like some of the foreign actors came on set to look pretty, recite lines and pack up their bags. The Nigerian cast fare better. The music, set design and costume all score big points but don’t make up for the predictable screenplay and unexciting directing.

Reviewed by Isabella Akinseye

Title: The Day They Came

Genre: Short Film

Director: Genesis Williams

Year: 2013

Title: Verdict

Genre: Short Film

Director: Stanlee Ohikhuare

Year: 2014

As expected, Stanlee doesn’t fail to fully portray his message with as less elements as possible. Here, Stanlee gives an absurdist treatment to the absurd explanation given by the US Army on the rape and death of La Vena Johnson. However, this Oscar befitting short film fails to take into due consideration the primary audience. With near perfect acting and directing, Stanlee might have just wasted resources on an issue that holds little or no importance to his immediate community. Unless if his immediate community is the Army of the United States of America. Aside that, this is a masterpiece.

Reviewed by Innocent Ekejiuba.

Title: The Rise of the Eagles

Genre: Documentary

Director: Biola Kazeem

Year: 2014

Title: Sensitive Skin (1&2)

Genre: Documentary

Director: Wana Wana

Year: 2014

Sensitive Skin explores primarily the life and challenges of Gloria a patient of Psoriasis and secondarily the documentary focuses on the emotional challenges of sensitive skin conditions. But even when the documentary was seeking to be the voice of people living with sensitive skin conditions, it fails to offer alternatives for the not-so-enlightened and not-so-wealthy persons. This simply asks: Is the documentary fixated on showing the life of a lady who is fortunate enough to manage her condition or is it aimed at helping those emotionally destroyed by sensitive skin conditions to rise stronger as the theme song Stronger preaches?

Reviewed by Innocent Ekejiuba.

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