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Wednesday, 27 November 2013

Of Cocks and Hens - 9ice and Bloggers

Drama Drama Drama, while its works well for some people, it goes awfully wrong for others.

This dude is at it again, yes o. Apparently he hasn't learnt anything from all the bad press and drama trailing him which axed his vibrant career. Remember the never to be forgotten public drama he started of "omoge mi ati padi mi cock and hen-ing lolly pops" which many still feel was too much info for the public... plus who d heck publicly says that about their legal omoge? 

Dude hadn't recovered from that bad press, then went and got himself into baby mama issues. Y'all remember that miss Godis who popped out one time when he & omoge were having marriage issues? The miss had twin girls for him and he publicly denied the paternity of the girls only to wake up 2 weeks after the denial to post pictures of the girls claiming fatherhood, hian! 
When asked why he denied in the first place, he said: eh, he had his reasons for denying the paternity at first. And then opened his mouth to publicly tell us that he didn't know his dad until he was 22yrs and didn't meet his mum until he was 18yrs and when he asked them why they hadn't been in there in his life, they gave him their reasons! thus: "When the twins grow up & ask me questions, I will tell them why I denied them in the first place!"

Anyways, the new drama is his serious warning via twitter. Truth be told, he has a valid point and is indeed making sense as per the whole free upload and download thing killing the artistes and reducing cds sales, but the manner of approach was wrong!

For a guy whoz career in the last 3 years has been quite shaky (some may say spiraling downwards), we expect he would have learnt from all the previous dramas and bad press and then develop a better approach to handling public interaction especially with my colleagues (fellow bloggers)....

My advise to Him; honey sugar bun, if you keep this up no endorsement will come, no show/concert by any reputable company will come, it is the music scene - you can and will be replaced and not missed one bit. Daryln remember you have put up that your house for sale... and please eh, no more "kangaroo hopping-grasshopper flinging-high on something cheap dancing" abeg, abi you want the few of us who are still praying for you & ur career revival to be put to shame? Lemme not even comment on the sillyness of another double album (covers face with hands) ahan, haba brother 9ice!

Lastly if all these dramas have been publicity stunts then your publicity team sucks biiiiiiiig time. FIRE THEM NOW.
If it has all been you and you have no publicity team, then oga, please get a team fast because you need to be re-branded and re-introduced to us. Too many bad press for you and it ain't helping your pockets. Bills dey wey you must foot.

Lemme know your thoughts people, muah.

Monday, 25 November 2013

No, You Are Not a Cinephile (Movie Head) If You Haven't Seen Any of These



...So I was on a date recently with this nice "I too know it all" guy who talked endlessly. Anyways in order to make for a more interesting convo, he asked what I was into, I answered I loved movies and voila just like that; he said he was into movies too! If he had just stopped at that point, that would have been cool, but no Mr. Know it all decided to impress me with his movies skills especially when I said I loved the action-sci-fi-epic-adventure genres.

Long story short, crowning an evening of movie goofs was:"oooh I loved Tom Cruise in The Bourne Movies and Bruce Willis in Inglorious Basterds". I asked if he was sure about the said actors and movies and he answered: "of course I am. hehehe and you said you are into movies, haven't you seen The Bourne Triology and I.B (Inglorious Basterds)". He then proceeded to telling me about some movies which I am sure are yet to be released because they sure as heaven aren't The Bourne Movies or I.B either lol.

Just incase you are wondering these are the goofs
a. The Bourne Film Series has 4 movies to it so it is not a Trilogy
b. Matt Damon starred in the 1st 3 Bourne Movies and Jeremy Renner starred in the last film released last year...Not Tom Cruise
c. Inglorious Basterds starred Brad Pitt amongst other fine cast members. Nope, my daryln Bruce Willis did not star or even make a cameo in the movie. 


The intent of this post is not to ridicule my date, but to let y'all fine people know that you should not falsely rep yourself. I wonder what he would have said if I mentioned I was into action comics and animes?!

With the humility of a thorough bred naija lived gal, I'm going to sentence list some movies here. These movies are the movies I feel any one who calls his/herself a Cinephile must have seen. I have seen all the listed movies and more. The list is to help guide any naija person from knowing if you are a movie buff or not. No, no nollywood movies; no romance, horror or dry drama movies here.
So if you have seen at least 80% of the listed movies and more (which are not listed) then yes you surely can state you are into movies *grin*

PS: I didn't count the numbers of movies, I am just going to list as the flow comes to me. Also, this is not a list of must see movies, it is a list of movies I feel are so general (mainstream) that anyone who boasts of loving movies should have seen at least 80% of these....

Nino Charmaine's List of Movies every Cinephile Must Have Seen

"Casablanca, My Fair lady, Star Wars (both the old and newer versions), Saving Private Ryan, The Good The Bad and The Ugly, Armageddon, Schindler's List, Black Samurai, To kill a Mockingbird, Pulp Fiction, Goodfellas, E.T - Extra Terrestrial, The God Father Trilogy, Die Hard (1-5), Forest Gump, Sound of Music, Inception, King Kong, Indiana Jones (especially raiders of the lost ark, Rocky Film Series, Dark Knight Trilogy, Million Dollars Baby, The Usual Suspects, Finding Nemo, Toy Story Trilogy, Equilibrium [Gun Kata (the only fight style I've wished was real so I could learn it) at its best, awww Christian Bale, sigh], The Bourne Movies (1-4), Inglorious Basterds, Bambi, The Departed, The Pianist, Alien, Terminator, Silence of the Lambs, Citizen Kane, Fifth Element, American History X, Pitch Perfect, Fast and Furious Films (1-6 especially fast 5), Brave Heart, The King's Speech, Gladiator, A few Dollars More, Memento, The Exorcist, Good Will Hunting, Avatar, 8th Mile, Missing in Action, The Sixth Sense, The Big Lebowski, I Robot, 40 Year Old Virgin, A fist full of Dollars, What Happens in Vegas, When in Rome, The Matrix Trilogy, Mean Girls, I am Legend, Top Squad, Seven Lucky Kids, Kick Boxer, Wreck-It-Ralph, Tower Heist, A Thousand Words, Scary Movie, Ted, American Pie, 1408, Avengers, Sin City, White Chicks, The Last House on the Left, King of the Kick Boxer, Final Destination, Bridget Jones Diary, Cast Away, Armour of God, The Hobbit, Gravity, Transformers, Bad Boys, Kill Bill, Training Day, 300, James Bond Film Series (at least 15 of all 23 of them), Happy Feet, Tangled (Well Basically all Walt Disney Princesses Films), Salt, Rambo Film Series, Iron Man, Dark Angel, Shooter, Mission Impossible Film series, Expendables (1 & 2), American Psycho, Transformers (1-3), The Myth, The Mummy (with Bredan Fraser and Rachael Weisz), White House Down, Rush Hour, Crouching Tiger Hidden Draggon, X-men film series (Although I prefer the animation)... Last but not the least... and this is a true test of if you really are; a movie buff or better still a Cinephile - The Lord of the Rings Trilogy {those who know me know that I'd have to be insane to leave this off my list. This film is consistent in all three movies and proved that it is possible to make sequels that would thrump the first movie. Most trilogies loose it at the second & third films but The LOTR went captivatingly more tantalising  especially with the third movie. I am looking forward to meeting a naija bred person who would upstage my super fan status of The LOTR (both the books and movies). For a book that was conclusively deemed unfilmable, I can gun duel anyone who says this isn't the greatest Trilogy ever - draws gun; anyone?}

I am an unapologetic movie head, movie buff, film freak, Cinephile etc. Infact I have only met a few people who have seen as many and even much more movies than I have and have met even fewer who share same movie eye as I do. The movies listed above flowed for the following reasons: badass-ness, music, cinematography, directing, camera angles, revolutionary stories/effects/characters, Music, Exceptional Acting etc.

Andy Chills beautifully sums it up about The LOTR when he said: "Peter Jackson had taken an unfilmable book, and turned into a cinematic masterpiece. This is the truest trilogy (me: ever made), as the story flows seamlessly from one movie to the next. Touching, awe inspiring and altogether badass and winner of 17 bloody Academy Awards, I/We (Andy and I) hereby declare The Lord of the Rings as the single greatest trilogy of all time" 


There goes my list. I sure would love to know what y'all think and which movies you feel I should add (surely this list isn't exhaustive and was written straight from the head).
Feel free to comment... I'm excitedly waiting...

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Wednesday, 6 November 2013

2013... Movies so far (No not Nollywood)

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True Confession... one of the reasons I looked forward to the year 2013 was the impressive line up of movies waiting to be released in 2013 lol. There were revived careers, comebacks, sequels, prequels, stand alones, documentaries, comedies, animations, sci-fi, action, thrillers, adventures, true life stories etc.
I love movies, and its a wonder I haven't done any write up on movies yet!

As the year draws to an end gradually, it would be a crime if anyone says the movie line up for this year wasn't impressive. C'mon not with movies like White House Down, We are the Millers, Man of Steel (even though I'm not a fan of Supes), Parker, World War Z, Chinese Zodiac (you gotta love Jackie), Elysium, Hansel & Gretchel, Red 2 (the gang's back), 2 Guns (who knew a white guy could out-talk Eddie Murphy and Chris Tucker put together! Fantastic Mark, fantastic character interpretation), Iron Man 3, The Heat, The Wolverine, Top Cat The Movie (boy twas soo cool seeing TC again), After Earth, Smurfs 2, Pacific Rim, Epic, Fast 6, G.I. Joe, Retaliation, Monsters University, Olympus Has Fallen, Riddick, Die Hard 5, Now You See Me, Despicable Me 2, The Last Stand, R.I.P.D, Percy Jackson 2...

Thor our handsome favourite Asgardian god returns for a fight down with the army of Malekith in "Thor 2 (The Dark World Spot)" which will be showing in Cinemas across Nigeria starting tomorrow November 7th 2013. I can't wait to see the handsome Chris and his blonde locks (yes most of the hair he spots in this movie are his unlike the wig he wore in Thor 1 and the Avengers) on the big screen again. Anyways, of all the movies showing in 2013, the one I looked forward to the most is this


To me, "The Lord of the Rings" is the awesomest movie EVER since the advent of Movie/Film making. And so I looked forward to seeing how Jackson would top his LOTR trilogy (which is worldwide acclaimed to be one of the best Trilogy ever) with the prequel "The Hobbit". He didn't disappoint, the movie wasn't bad but what I loved was that he successfully fueled our hunger to see more and that's where the part 2 tagged "The Desolation of Smaug" comes in. Ah an, with a trailer like this who wouldn't look forward to seeing the movie when it opens in December?!

Anyways, they recently did a "Hobbit Fan Event". If you missed it, Meriah Doty writing for Yahoo Movies captured it all here (I advise you view it cos you get to see a sweet extended version of the movie trailer) http://movies.yahoo.com/blogs/movie-talk/gandalf-potty-mouth-6-other-hobbit-fan-event-003229723.html?soc_src=mediacontentsharebuttons

Other Movies awaiting release but which I'm looking forward to seeing before the year runs out are Disney's Frozen, Home Front, Black Nativity and Immigrant.

Happy Thanksgiving to all our readers in Liberia as you celebrate tomorrow. Cheers