Moving to the Movies

WE ARE YET TO SEE THE MOVIES 2019 PROMISED AND THE ANXIETY IS BUILDING.

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Source: Unsplash

So January just ended like 2 days ago and February is beaming its light of love upon each one of us. However, 2019 is yet to start as far as I am concerned because it is yet to deliver on its entertainment promises. If you are movie lover you would immediately get where this is going.

In 2018 there was quite a buzz around movies to look forward, now this is 2019 and the anxiety is up to my gut and it’s about to jump out of my throat and I speak not for myself alone but for the love of Africans as we are still basking in the euphoria of the block buster movie – Black Panther.

There are so many movies to see this year and soon Africans would be moving to the movies. We would literally carry our blankets and water bottles to the cinemas as soon as these movies hit the screens.

These are the movies I remember and i’m looking forward to; so feel free to add the movie you are waiting for in the comment section below.

  1. Spiderman - Far From Home

2. Lion King

3. Game of Thrones - Season 8

4. Avengers 4 - End Game

5. Glass

6. Dumbo

7. Men in Black 4

8. Fast and Furious: Hobbs and Shaw

9. Madeas Family Funeral

So are you with me on this one?

Music Marries Movies

MUSICIANS ARE BEGINNING TO TAKE UP LEAD ROLES IN AFRICAN MOVIES

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Source: Unspalsh

It always makes me happy when two separate entities are joined together in holy matrimony. Well in this case, I’m not sure how holy this matrimony is but I like the idea of a joining. Although this trend I’m about to reveal is the norm in many European countries and the Americas, but it is largely a new trend in this part of the world and it is highly welcomed.

I’m sure you must have noticed that your favourite music stars aren’t just gracing your TV screens in their music videos but have begun to unlock their hidden talent in acting. These musicians have begun to take up lead roles in African movies and they are doing a fantastic job, I must say.

Especially in Nigeria, musicians used to stay away from taking up movie roles but right now not anymore. Two block buster movies form the Nigerian movie industry a.k.a Nollywood has seen this trend to full swing. First was “The wedding party” which had Nigerian music icons Banky W and Ikechukwu grace the screens,

Source: Ayola.tv

Source: Ayola.tv

and second was “King of Boys” which had Ill bliss and Reminisce join the list of Nigerian actors. By the way, if you haven’t seen any of those movies you are doing yourself a total disfavor.

Source: Pulse

Source: Pulse

We TINK that in the nearest future we are going to see music artists compete with actors for roles in more African movies. This is definitely going to lead to a speedy and more healthy development in the industry.

This is sure an exciting trend to keep an eye on.

Nolly or Bolly?

IF YOU WERE ASKED TO PICK BETWEEN BOLLYWOOD AND NOLLYWOOD MOVIES, WHICH WOULD YOU PICK?

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Source: Pexels

The movie making industry in Nigeria commonly referred to as the Nollywood is a catalogue of trends. Nearly the entire African population are movie lovers; little wonder why we practically shut down roads and businesses to join the long queues at cinemas whenever a new movie is released.

In the 19th century when movie viewing wasn’t really a thing (you could argue this because I wasn’t born then and neither were you), the first set of film screened in Nigeria was at the Glover Memorial hall in Lagos in August 1903. The earliest feature film was Palaver which was done in 1926, produced by Geoffery Barkas and was the first to feature Nigerian actors in a speaking role.

Furthermore, in 1972 the indigenization decree was issued by then head of state Yakubu Gowon, which led to a massive boom in the film making industry and after some years this gave birth to one of the biggest block busters in Nigerian history, the Living in Bondage movie, I’m sure Nigerians remember this.

So why am I telling you all of this?

The Nollywood industry has come a long way and has seen tremendous progress. The trend spotted is the eagerness to improve the quality of production. Picture and sound quality has greatly improved, however they have neglected the need for great screen writing.

While conducting a research I asked a couple of people, “If you were asked to choose between watching a Nollywood movie and a Bollywood movie, which would you pick”? A greater number picked the Bollywood movie saying that, both industries have greatly improved in their productions but the story telling in Bollywood is way better than its counterpart. They also added that if story telling gets better in Nollywood they are sure to change that decision immediately.

What do you TINK? Leave your comment in the box below.

Nollywood Goes to Netflix

NIGERIAN ACTRESS, GENEVIEVE NNAJI MAKES IT TO NETFLIX WITH HER MOVIE ‘LION HEART’, GOOD THING OR BAD THING?

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Source: OkayAfrica

I have always been a fan of the Nigerian movie industry, Nollywood; not only because of patriotism but also because of the level of excellence that’s being exhibited within the industry. I have followed through with the evolution of movies within the shores of the country and I must say the progress is obviously commendable.

As the industry continually attracts recognition from international movie powerhouses, the industry continually attains new feats daily. Very recently, one of Nigeria’s A list actress Genevieve Nnaji attained a laudable feat with the production of her movie ‘Lion Heart’ as Netflix announces acquisition of rights to stream the Nollywood movie to its subscribers.

This has been blowing up on social media for some time now.

Source: Bella Naija

Source: Bella Naija

Lion Heart, a movie which showcases the A list actress’ prowess as well as Kanayo .O. Kanayo, Pete Edochie, Onyeka Owenu, Nkem Owoh and many others. The movie is about a young lady who assumes the office of acting managing director after her father (the company owner) suffers a heart attack during a meeting. Shortly after, her uncle shows up to usurp power over her and faces steep opposition from someone who intended to acquire the company through every means available. As a result of misappropriation of funds the uncle runs the company into near bankruptcy and the young lady tasks herself with the responsibility of saving the company.

I personally love the story, and the acting was superb, but is this move to Netflix good or bad for this movie?

Entrance into Netflix offers not just the movie but the industry more international recognition, it also opens the movie to a wider range of viewership as Netflix currently has over 100 million subscribers globally. It also imposes the willingness to greatly improve the quality of movies on producers for their audience, which means Nigeria is set to see better screen plays, video and sound productions, acting, and so on.

However, this move may take a toll on the movie’s revenue generation as subscribers to Netflix would be able to watch the movie free. Also, it opens the movie to heavy pirate activities. Mo Abudu’s ‘Wedding Party’ grossed well over N450M as it was able to guard the asset from pirate activities and also allowed viewers to enjoy all the hype built around the movie in the cinemas.

So, Nollywood going to Netflix, is it good or bad? Just TINK.