Tag: drama

The Disappointments Room (film review by Frank Ochieng).

September 12, 2016 | By | Reply More
The Disappointments Room (film review by Frank Ochieng).

So here we go again…another derivative suburban haunted house horror showcase featuring a harried heroine’s beleaguered state of mind from the wicked walls within her household’s creepy confines. The aptly entitled ‘The Disappointments Room’ is the latest flaccid floorboard frightfest that tries to turn its predictable creaks into gloomy gold. Instead, ‘The Disappointments Room’ is yet another redundant […]

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When The Bough Breaks (film review by Frank Ochieng).

September 11, 2016 | By | Reply More
When The Bough Breaks (film review by Frank Ochieng).

The woefully generic ‘When The Bough Breaks’ has the gloss factor going for it to a certain extent. Truthfully, its presentable package of panicky polish includes a stylish suspense piece highlighting an attractive cast involved in familiar dramatic cable-TV inspired shrugs and false jolts. Of course, the creepy cradle falls in the mediocre ‘When The Bough Breaks’ when the […]

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Transcendence (film review by Frank Ochieng).

April 20, 2014 | By | Reply More
Transcendence (film review by Frank Ochieng).

Cinematographer-turned-director Wally Pfister (a close film-making collaborator with movie mastermind Christopher Nolan) decides to take on the realm of technology cynicism in the somnolent sci-fi techno-thriller ‘Transcendence’. There certainly has been attempts to provide shrewd commentary on the weary connection between man’s progressive manipulation and the technological tendencies that shape our societal sensibilities. However, ‘Transcendence’ feels structurally stiff and […]

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Pompeii (2014) (film review by Frank Ochieng).

February 22, 2014 | By | Reply More
Pompeii (2014) (film review by Frank Ochieng).

Filmmaker Paul W. S. Anderson’s misguided molten-driven melodrama Pompeii is not as explosive in conception as one would imagine based upon its manufactured, boisterous presentation. The heavy-handed histrionics involving ‘Pompeii’s main ‘rock’ star (yes, that would be the infamous Mt. Vesuvius that spewed its way into legendary mythology) meshed together with the customary presence of wayward gladiators, a toothless […]

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Winter’s Tale (2013) (film review by Frank Ochieng).

February 14, 2014 | By | Reply More
Winter’s Tale (2013) (film review by Frank Ochieng).

Naturally, love is all around now that the seasonal Valentine’s Day spirit is floating in the air. Of course, this means that Hollywood’s opportunistic pulse wants to tap into moviegoers’ affectionate hearts at the expense of box office-bound lovers everywhere. Thus, the emergence of writer-director Akiva Goldman’s whimsical romancer ‘Winter’s Tale’, a bloated and sugary supernatural […]

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Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (a film review by Frank Ochieng).

January 24, 2014 | By | Reply More
Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (a film review by Frank Ochieng).

The late Tom Clancy’s literary works chronicling the dynamic adventures of his beloved spy-hero Jack Ryan certainly has been decent espionage escapism for diehard fans of the big screen adaptations throughout the years. Any Clancy enthusiast can readily name the previous Jack Ryan vehicles off the cuff that include the ditties ‘The Hunt For Red October’, […]

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All Is Lost (film review by Frank Ochieng).

December 4, 2013 | By | Reply More
All Is Lost (film review by Frank Ochieng).

Survivalist tales at the movies are kind of tricky to execute because you are basically asking the audience to invest in a lone protagonist up against the unpredictable perils of a natural disaster. The film needs to command the attention span of its viewers if a character study of adverse proportions were to steer the […]

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12 Years A Slave (film review by Frank Ochieng).

November 28, 2013 | By | Reply More
12 Years A Slave (film review by Frank Ochieng).

On those rare, bold and special occasions cinema has a definitive way of capturing the historical hideousness of human despair and demoralization. To examine the underlining evilness and atrocities of humanity and package it in a two hour-plus pathos-ridden presentation of stark and revealing entertainment is indeed an artistic achievement to say the least. The […]

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Gravity (film review) by Frank Ochieng.

November 21, 2013 | By | Reply More
Gravity (film review) by Frank Ochieng.

If anything else, the movie-going experience should pander to our visual expectations in the omnipresent genre of Science Fiction. The technological excellence, the sheer opulence of the state-of-the-art special effects, the spell-binding tension, the imagination and wonderment of a compelling narrative, the overall sophistication of escapist entertainment, intriguing and charismatic lead performers all make for […]

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Shadow Dancer (film review) by Frank Ochieng.

November 18, 2013 | By | Reply More
Shadow Dancer (film review) by Frank Ochieng.

The taut political suspense thriller ‘Shadow Dancer’ spins a tale of terrorism that works fabulously on the nerves. Armed with gritty performances by leads Andrea Riseborough (‘Oblivion’, ‘Disconnect’) and Clive Owen, ‘Shadow Dancer’ is skillfully punctuated by intense twists and turns that make up this compelling drama about the hostile climate between the British government […]

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