Tag: fantasy

Beauty And The Beast (Le Belle et Le Bete) (film review by Frank Ochieng)

September 25, 2016 | By | Reply More
Beauty And The Beast (Le Belle et Le Bete) (film review by Frank Ochieng)

It seems as if big screen dueling cinematic fairy tales are the trend within the last few years at the box office. Back in 2012 movie audiences were bombarded by the ‘Snow White’ avalanche when filmmaker Rupert Sanders’s ‘Snow White And The Huntsman’ had the share the releasing spotlight with director Tarsem Singh’s ‘Mirror Mirror’, although Singh’s whimsical narrative had […]

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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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Almost Human (2013) (film review by Frank Ochieng)

March 5, 2014 | By | Reply More
Almost Human (2013) (film review by Frank Ochieng)

Writer-director-photographer Joe Begos certainly shows a passion for low budget horror flicks, particularly the variety from the 1980s where these vintage frightfests were cheaply made gross productions but rich in guilty pleasure gore. In fact, ‘Almost Human’ (not to be confused or mistaken for the Fox-TV show of the same name) is set in the late 1980s […]

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Vampire Academy (film review by Frank Ochieng).

February 8, 2014 | By | Reply More
Vampire Academy (film review by Frank Ochieng).

The giddy vampire vixens showcased in director Mark Waters’s horror fantasy ‘Vampire Academy’ do not seem to have any considerable choppers while sinking their fangs into this tepid teen tart suspense piece. The impish promotional tagline for the film’s motto is ‘they suck at school’ which devilishly registers. Unfortunately, ‘Vampire Academy’ sucks beyond its bloody walls of academia as […]

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Knights Of Badassdom (film review by Frank Ochieng).

January 27, 2014 | By | Reply More
Knights Of Badassdom (film review by Frank Ochieng).

The 2011 horror comedy ‘Knights Of Badassdom’s behind-the-scenes shenanigans may unintentionally rival the cheeky antics you see in front of the camera. The fact that this impish medieval fright farce is finally getting its release in 2014 after sitting on the back burners for three-plus years collecting dust in Hollywood makes for interesting speculation. The backstory as to […]

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I, Frankenstein (film review by Frank Ochieng).

January 25, 2014 | By | Reply More
I, Frankenstein (film review by Frank Ochieng).

Sure, horror movies are supposed to be hideous by nature…you know…grotesque, macabre, twisted, unhinged and off-the-wall. However, co-writer/director Stuart Beattie’s  disjointed disaster ‘I, Frankenstein’ gives another unforgivable meaning to the word hideous to the point of dismissive ridiculousness. Let us just say that ‘Frankenstein’ creator Mary Shelley would never imagine the iconic monster man being inexplicably trapped in such crappy […]

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The Legend Of Hercules (film review by Frank Ochieng).

January 18, 2014 | By | Reply More
The Legend Of Hercules (film review by Frank Ochieng).

Greek mythology’s famous strongman ironically fails to bust out of director Renny Harlin’s weak-kneed and corroded costume drama ‘The Legend Of Hercules’, a relentlessly cheesy and boisterous action B-movie where the Mighty One flexes his monotonous muscles to no avail. This rather strained and clichéd swords-and-sandals saga does manage to pile on the silly-minded sauciness […]

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The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug (film review by Frank Ochieng).

December 16, 2013 | By | 1 Reply More
The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug (film review by Frank Ochieng).

Avid moviegoers are once again reacquainted with the imaginative scope of J.R.R. Tolkien’s festive wonderworld in writer-director Peter Jackson’s frenetic follow-up to ‘The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey’. In ‘The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug’, Jackson revisits his style of elaborate escapist cinema, the visual vitality and expansive storytelling methods to convey Tolkien’s visionary landscape of […]

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The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (film review) by Frank Ochieng.

November 23, 2013 | By | Reply More
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (film review) by Frank Ochieng.

‘The Hunger Games: Catching Fire’ does what a formidable sequel should to do in concept…capitalise on the enormous success of its predecessor and leave the audience wanting more in the second serving. Well, director Francis Lawrence (‘I Am Legend’, ‘Water For Elephants’) ensures that the middle chapter for this frenetic film franchise will maintain its […]

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About Time by Frank Ochieng (film review).

November 13, 2013 | By | Reply More
About Time by Frank Ochieng (film review).

‘About Time’ should not be considered an entirely different kind of romancer for filmmaker Richard Curtis. After all, the active movie mind behind such light-hearted and gentle comedic gems such as his directing/writing credits for ‘Love Actually’ and screenwriting for ‘Bridget Jones’ Diary’, ‘Four Weddings And A Funeral’ and ‘Notting Hill’ demonstrates that Curtis certainly […]

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