“Pornography makes our movies more real” – Nollywood actor, Benson Okonkwo speaks
For my dad, it was all about the latest jazz record he bought. For my mom, she was fine with ABBA and she could never stop listening to Tina Turner’s “Private Dancer.” My older brother was eager to listen to Queen’s “Play the Game” or that album by A-ha (“Take On Me” anyone?). But for me, I just to listen to Men Without Hats’ “Rhythm Of Youth” which had their most famous hit, “The Safety Dance,” on it. We may not have been able to do the Safety Dance in the car, but we sure as hell could listen to it! Anyway, it was either that or “Mr. Roboto” by Styx. Still, looking back, it’s a wonder how we ever put up with those long car drives which took us farther from civilization than any teenager could endure. There were only so many times that I could play with my Kermit The Frog hand puppet and have him lip sync to Juice Newton’s “Queen of Hearts.” I envy today’s generation as they now have the benefit of watching a movie in the car while their parents leave them with just about enough leg room in the back so they don’t complain too much. I tell ya, my brother and I could have used one of those in the car back then. It would have caused a lot of physical battles between us as he probably wouldve wanted to watch Das Boot while I would have wanted to watch The Great Muppet Caper for the 7,000th time, but it sure would have kept us entertained. Now if you are about to embark on a day or days long car ride with your families or friends and have one of these players in your car, you need to be prepared with the right DVD’s and Blu-rays to watch. Mind you, were not just talking about the best movies necessarily.
As users follow more “Taste Buddies,” they will see more films being ranked by those who share their interests, creating a kind of domino effect as users see the films others are ranking and add their own ratings or comments. With the site just out of beta, the number of users is still relatively small, but niche communities should become more distinct as more people join. Like the other movie sites, Rinema also allows users to create and search through lists of films, including AFI collections, Roger Ebert picks, and lists created by other Rinema users. All of the lists include thumbnail images of film posters to give users an idea of the movies included. Lists are another way to find large groups of movies to rank, which should help new users quickly find and rate all of their favorite films. Check out the video about the Sight & Sound poll to learn more about some of the classic movies you’ll find on many of Rinema’s lists of iconic films. Rinema bills itself as a “Goodreads for movies,” and its crisp visual orientation and easy-to-use database should make it popular with cinephiles who like to keep track of the movies they see and compare their opinions with other fans. With more than 170,000 movies included in its database, Rinema can keep users busily checking films and loading their streaming and DVD queues for a very long time. International users should be aware that, unlike iCheckMovies, Rinema uses the English language names for films, which should actually make it easier to rate foreign films without having to know their original titles. Visit the Rinema website to create a free user identity and get started rating films. Cruise the leaderboards or use the “find friends” option to get more out of the site by connecting with other cinephiles. Jennifer Garlen writes as the Huntsville and National Classic Movies Examiner.
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A flashback explaining how Riddick wound up on this inhospitable rock does away with the entirety of The Chronicles of Riddick in two minutes. When Riddick traps a dingo-thing pup and tames it, the animal, which has the wide eyes of a Disney character, becomes such a precocious and playful creature that I kept waiting for Riddick to name it Marley (Riddick also manages to somehow teach the beast English, since he can say Bring me my reserves, and the adorable hyena-thing understands exactly what he means). Then the plot kicks in, and Riddick starts to fall apart. Two packs of bounty hunters come looking for Riddick, who is wanted across the galaxy, preferably dead. They are all B-movie stock types. There is the calm, authoritative one (Matt Nable), who doesnt want to kill Riddick, only to speak to him about something. There is the Hispanic hothead (Jordi Molla) who is prone to hissy fits and speaks in such a thick Spanish accent that you can barely make out what hes saying. There is the attractive, butch lesbian (Battlestar Galacticas Katee Sackhoff), who is just as tough as any of the guys. There is the black one (Bokeem Woodvine), who serves no discernible purpose other than to prove that African-Americans exist in the future, too. There is the religious one (Nolan Gerard Funk), who is constantly breaking out into prayer when he should be wielding a gun. Diesel disappears from the movie for a dangerously long stretch while his would-be hunters bicker and argue and trade insults, adding nothing to the films ridiculously bloated two-hour running time except irritation. Unlike true science fiction, Riddick doesnt have a single intriguing idea or concept.
Drinking Buddies (R) Drinking Buddies is helped enormously by its relaxed pacing, exuberant alt-rock soundtrack and photogenic lead players, all of whom are still young enough to drink copious glasses of hoppy libations without one broken blood vessel or expanding waistline. Wilde and Johnson are particularly convincing as opposite-sex buds who are so in synch that they raise their glasses at the same time. Ann Hornaday Winnie Mandela (R) In truth, the casting is probably the only reason Winnie Mandela is in theaters today. Despite the marquee names and their obvious talent, the film feels like a made-for-TV movie. Its slight and episodic, with a weirdly scrupulous ambivalence about its subject, whom it seems torn between loving and loathing. Michael OSullivan 1/2 Riddick (R) Riddick can be cheesy and silly, not to mention excessively violent, but its also fun. The story moves quickly along, and even when the outcome is plain, the journey remains entertaining. Diesel looks like an oaf but makes for a winning anti-hero. Stephanie Merry Adore (R) Adapted by the playwright Christopher Hampton ( Dangerous Liaisons , Atonement ), the film adheres to Lessings own spare, unyielding prose a framework Fontaine regrettably festoons with vapid beauty shots and longingly pretty gazes. Ann Hornaday Follow the Leader (Unrated) As a portrait of baby politicos, Follow the Leader contains some fascinating insights. While still in high school, Nick suffers a classic example of mudslinging, when his campaign Web site for student body president is hacked and replaced by mocking material. Maybe all politics is just like high school, the film suggests. Michael OSullivan Terraferma (R) The movie excels at atmospherics, including a strings-heavy soundtrack and the evocative sounds of open water, whether its a faint whale call or the underwater sloshing of an old boat drifting over waves. The cinematography is similarly expressive. One early image sticks out: A panorama captures Filippo dancing around the bow of his grandfathers boat as it scoots along the shimmery water. Stephanie Merry The Ultimate Life (PG) such sloppy attention to period detail is the least of the films worries. Such gaffes will likely not be noticed by viewers, most of whom will have fallen asleep by that point. Michael OSullivan Afternoon Delight (R) Afternoon Delight doesnt break new ground when it comes to midlife-crisis analysis for the minivan set. Soloway steers clear of broad, wacky scenarios that easily could have steered Delight down more mainstream avenues. When Rachel invites McKenna into her home as a live-in nanny, the movie asks complicated questions and waits for us to find our own answers. Sean OConnell Instructions Not Included (PG-13) Although mostly a predictable comedy about parental ineptitude, Instructions not Included takes a surprisingly dark turn toward the end.
I think pornography makes our movies more real. And for that reason I am in support of it. If you take a good look at Hollywood movies for example, you will notice that it is rampant and it means nothing to them. Its like acting normal roles, first and foremost. Its a movie and you act exactly what is in your script. Or you can say that you are interpreting the script given to you. And there are restrictions, beside kissing and touching here and there. What we do in Nollywood is not porn. Nigerian movies are not made for everyone, besides, the regulatory body gives approval before such films are shown. Also there are age restrictions to viewing such films When asked if he could marry a girl who has exposed her nudity in a a sex scene, he retorted Love is blind. It can take you anywhere as long as the chemistry is there. So I can marry any lady as long as the love is there.
Pornography makes our movies real – Benson Okonkwo
Events Calendar Posted Sep 06, 2013 @ 05:10 PM Business News WHAT: Ipswich drive-in double feature, sponsored by the Recreation and Culture Department WHEN: Saturday, Sept. 7, 7:30 p.m. Rain date: Saturday, Sept. 14. Gates open at 7 p.m. Weather cancellation will be posted on the Recreation and Culture Departments Facebook page. WHERE: Ipswich Crane Beach parking lot, at the end of Argilla Road MOVIES: Field of Dreams, at 7:30 p.m. and The Perfect Storm, at 9:30 p.m. View from cars or from beach chairs. The Ipswich High School Interact Club will be selling concessions. TICKETS: Suggested donation, $20 per carload.
All thanks to the vacuum created by the postponement of big ticket movies like Ram Charan’s Yevadu and Pawan Kalyan’s Atharintiki Daredi, due to the ongoing agitations for and against the proposed bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh. The delay in release has proved to be a blessing in disguise for the small budget film producers, who seized the moment and released their movies. While a handful of films managed to break even, many disappeared into the oblivion. But the bright spot is that a lot of films that were languishing in the labs, finally managed to see the light of day. Generally, a big star film releases in more than 1500 screens (of the 1800 existing) in the state. This makes it difficult for small filmmakers to find theatres willing to screen their movie. So, when a small budget movie releases in the few available theatres, the chances of it going unnoticed are higher and hence the producers prefer to wait for the right time, even as the interests on the monies raised to make the film, keeps adding up. “Big producers go for huge releases in a bid to maximise BO returns. So, the best time to release small budget films is when there are no big movies around. Many small films are now getting a lot of theatres, for the same reason,” says Adivi Sai Kiran, producer and director. He added that the makers are hoping the audience will come and watch these films at a time when there is a question mark over the release of big movies.
Ahead, 11 movies that have the most to gain from this year’s TIFF. 1 “Labor Day” Paramount Jason Reitman’s fifth feature film debuted to some strong reviews at the Telluride Film Festival , but the family drama was overshadowed by “12 Years A Slave,” “Gravity” and even “Prisoners.” Paramount still has plenty of time to turn “Labor Day” into a major awards contender — the film isn’t set for release until December — but a good showing in Toronto could go a long way toward making Reitman’s Oscar hopeful stand out among high profile year-end releases like “American Hustle,” “Saving Mr. Banks” and “The Monuments Men.” 2 “Gravity” AP Critics in Venice and Telluride have already pulled muscles praising Alfonso Cuaron’s “Gravity,” as did James Cameron . The Warner Bros. release might be one wave of huzzahs away from being a locked-in Best Picture contender. 3 “12 Years A Slave” Fox Searchlight Steve McQueen’s film, another Telluride debut , got through its first wave of festival reviews unscathed. If everything follows according to that path in Toronto (and then again in New York one month later), expect any and all early Oscar buzz to reverberate around the Fox Searchlight release. 4 “The Invisible Woman” Sony Pictures Classics Because Sony Pictures Classics needs another Oscar contender in a year when the studio already has “Before Midnight,” “Blue Jasmine” and “Foxcatcher” on its plate, here’s Ralph Fiennes’ “The Invisible Woman.” Early praise out of Telluride was focused on Felicity Jones’ lead role, with at least one major critic already placing her in the thick of the Best Actress race . That category is crowded this year, so if Jones is going to end up alongside the likes of Cate Blanchett, Kate Winslet, Judi Dench and Sandra Bullock, she’ll need some effusive reviews out of Toronto to stand a chance. 5 “Dallas Buyers Club” Focus Features If Jones needs a Toronto boost, then so does Matthew McConaughey. The 2012 comeback star certainly looks the part of a future Oscar nominee in the trailer for “Dallas Buyers Club,” but the Best Actor category is overflowing with big names like Chiwetel Ejiofor, Tom Hanks, Forest Whitaker, Michael B. Jordan, Christian Bale, Benedict Cumberbatch, Robert Redford, Bruce Dern, Hugh Jackman, Michael Fassbender and Leonardo DiCaprio.
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I think pornography makes our movies more real. And for that reason I am in support of it. If you take a good look at Hollywood movies for example, you will notice that it is rampant and it means nothing to them. Its like acting normal roles, first and foremost. Its a movie and you act exactly what is in your script. Or you can say that you are interpreting the script given to you. And there are restrictions, beside kissing and touching here and there. What we do in Nollywood is not porn. Nigerian movies are not made for everyone, besides, the regulatory body gives approval before such films are shown. Also there are age restrictions to viewing such films When asked if he could marry a girl who has exposed her nudity in a a sex scene, he retorted Love is blind. It can take you anywhere as long as the chemistry is there.
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Overall Impact to Disney In order to understand the overall impact of these movies to Disney, we have to open the company’s books and look at some numbers. According to Disney’s latest annual report , Disney generated $42 billion in revenues, of which, $5.83 billion came from the movie studio segment and $3.25 billion came from consumer products which are basically toys, baby products, books and other licensed gift items related to Disney’s movies. Keep in mind that Disney’s total box office revenue in 2012 was $4.2 billion, which means about $1.63 billion in movie revenues (in addition to the $3.25 billion in licensed product sales) came outside of the box office. The operating income was as high as $722 million for the studio movies, which yields an operating margin of 12.38%. For the licensed products, the operating profit was $937 million and the operating margin was 28.89%. Combined together, the two operations generated $9.08 billion in revenues, $1.66 billion in operating income and 18.27% in operating margin. In comparison, Lions Gate ( LGF ) generated $2.71 billion in revenues and $249 million in operating income (9.18% in operating margin), and Dreamworks ( DWA ) generated $749 million in revenues and an operating loss of $62 million (negative operating margin). Sony’s ( SNE ) movie segment generated $7.35 billion in revenues and $479.82 million in operating profit, giving the company an operating margin of 6.53%. Compared to its peers, Disney’s movies are much more profitable, especially after considering the fact that Disney sells a lot of licensed merchandise that are related to its movies. In conclusion, Disney’s movie business is far more profitable than the analysts and investors give it credit for. Looking at box office numbers alone is often misleading because Disney movies make money in many different ways outside of movie theaters including but not limited to DVD sales, rentals, related product sales, TV royalties, advertisement revenues, and some movies even end up becoming rides at Disney’s theme parks! Source: Disney: Movies Are Far More Profitable Than Given Credit For Disclosure: I am long DIS . I wrote this article myself, and it expresses my own opinions.