beautifully shot movies that entertained and impressed us this year.
Henshaw and Afolayan give great performances of grief-stricken parents
on a journey of recovery, with Henshaw absorbing herself into the
character, so much that her pain is almost real.
treatment of a sensitive topic such as mental illness is applaudable.
It takes away spiritualism and tackles mental instability in the best
9. “Through the Eyes”
8. “Picture Perfect”
movie employs the depth of emotions needed to engage the audience while
it focuses on classism, friendship, fate, love, redemption and beauty
movie lives up to its title. It also makes proper use of indigenous
language to entertain and elicit its laugh-out-loud moments.
ending leaves you with a sense of satisfaction – one of those that tug
at your heartstrings without trying to shove an unnecessary love story
down your throat.
7. “Bariga Sugar”
day, 10-year-old Jamil and his mother Hanatu move into the brothel.
Often neglected, lonely and socially awkward, Ese and Jamil begin an
6. Hell or High Water
movie doesn’t justify, support or condemn homosexuality. It simply
starts a necessary conversation about homophobia, sexuality and religion
take a different turn for him when he has to confront his sexuality –
an act that breaks him spiritually, emotionally and psychologically.
tells the story of the universal and overwhelming pressure women and
even men, face to get married, with Dakore Akande leading a star-studded
exhausted topic in Nigeria, “Isoken” still fleshes out the issue of
marital pressure in all of its raw, hilarious, messy, and complicated
explores a lot of topical issues. Maybe not in-depth, but enough to
kick off conversations on various social media platforms.
with powerful messages, “Hakkunde” focuses on self-actualization,
relationships, and the role of ignorance in societal development.
3. “Slow Country”
follows the story of a homeless teenage mother, Kome, who finds herself
trapped in prostitution and drug trafficking for seven years in order
to secure a good life for her son.
basis of stunts and special effects, “Slow Country” is a visual
delight. It is rich with apt acting and stunning cinematography.
every movie has a moral lesson and “Slow Country” is one of those
without one. It’s simply a well-made action thriller that highlights the
plight of some single mothers and prostitutes.
2. “A Hotel Called Memory”
Memory” is a Nigerian movie with no dialogue, creating room for various
interpretations and capable of lodging itself in your memory for a very
fearlessly breaks down cliche of genres in the Nigerian film industry.
Without dialogue, the actors are left with just gestures, movements and
expressions to tell the story and connect with the audience – a task
they succeed at.
thing about “A Hotel Called Memory” is its breathtaking visuals. A magic
created by just the director and his cameraman, using natural light
with a Sony A7S camera on a 45mm swing shift with tilt lenses.
the brutality that comes with violence, and still finds a way to play
it simultaneously with funny scenarios and witty conversations.
movie features an ensemble cast that inadvertently merges together to
give viewers a clear understanding of their different characters.
with violence and humour, the comedy/crime-heist about a money-strapped
manager of a shady Petrol Station, who decides to rob his employers,
but along the line finds out in a sudden twist that he is not alone in
his ambition, is an entertaining watch.
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