Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Miss Tilii 2013 End of Year Movie Awards

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So after much time dissecting and re-watching all the movies again to make sure my decisions were concrete and final, I now have the list for my 2013 End of Year Awards. I must say this is a much shorter list unlike 2008 Miss Tilii awards,  because personally I feel, there weren't many good movies, or should i say not many enough for me to put in the various categories as i did in 2008/9.

For these awards i penned together, I actually recognised movies i have actually sat and watched (sometimes twice to make sure i caught everything) .  I am only recognising movies which were released in 2013 that people watched. I am not silly enough to call names of movies yet to be released like some 419 Movie Awards shows do - example (Ghana Movie Awards did mentioning Northern Affair in their many categories when the movie is yet to be watched by the masses. The movie was premiered a week before the awards - so unless one attended the premiere, no one has seen it yet. #GoFigure) 
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In 2013 I immersed myself in not just english movies but igbo movies as well. As you all well know my favourite movie themes in nollywood is the traditional village set movies (NOT the "Coming To America" Royal Hooplas - I HATE THOSE, I mean how many royal theme stories can you tell??? its boring!!!), because i feel they acting is more real and less pretense (no fake slangs and what not).
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The list below is my own selection (as the title states "MsTilii's), you don't have to agree with me. We can agree to disagree. 
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This Year my policy is absolute zero tolerance for mediocre movies. I know that has been my policy from the beginning but this year I am even more strict than before. Go hard or Go Home. If you are not giving me or the audience top notch perfection with top notch excellent script and acting all through and through, I am sorry to say, I will call you out. I am extremely sick and tired of all the mediocre movies and acting. I am so tired. 
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Bear in Mind, that my ONLY favourite movies for 2013 were 4 movies, as I have listed below. I would not consider any other movie, my best. So my choice all year in 2013 were only 4 movies - Thats It. I didnt miss anything, I watched all the movies that came out (some overhyped before released), and I have nothing to say about it. #TheyWereNotGoodEnough!!!!!
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Miss Tilii 2013 End of Year Recognitions (Awards)
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BEST MOVIE 2013 
  • The Meeting (starring: RIta Dominic etc)
  • The Contract (starring: Yvonne Okoro etc)
  • Family War (starring: Bob Manuel Odukwu, Chioma Akpotha and & Ebere Okaro)
  • Family Man (starring: Mike Ezerounye, Uche Elendu, Oge Okoye etc)
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WORST MOVIE 2013 
  • To many to list
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BEST ACTRESS 2013 
  • Rita Dominic. (movie: THE MEETING)
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BEST ACTOR 2013 
  • Uche Udoputa (movie: BROTHERS WAR )
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BEST BREAKTHROUGH "NEW" ACTRESS 2013 
  • Tamara Etiemo. (movie: DESPERATE HOUSE-GIRLS)
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BEST BREAKTHROUGH "NEW" ACTRESS 2013 (Igbo Movies)
  • Chizzy Alichi (movie: UDARAUGO/OBINWA )
(with great direction, she could shine in english movies too)
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BEST BREAKTHROUGH "NEW" ACTOR 2013
  • None!!!
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MOST IMPROVED ACTRESS IN 2013
  • ChaCha Eke (movie: TEARS OF MERCY; OR RESTFUL SOUL)
  • Eve Esin (movie: SAVE MY SOUL OR BEFORE THE KING/KINGS OFFER )
  • Eniola Badmus (movie: VOICE OF A MOTHER )
  • Nuella Njubigbo (movie: STUBBORN HE GOAT / MY UNCLES PICTURE )
  • Mary Remmy (movie: SCARLET WOMAN)
  • Rachael Okonkow (movie: UDARAUGO/OBINWA )
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MOST IMPROVED ACTOR IN 2013
  • Ken Erics (movie: THE ILLITERATE)
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BEST BREAKTHROUGH "YOUNG" ACTRESS OF 2013
  • Eki Okoro (movie: LIVING NIGHTMARE OR VOICE OF A MOTHER )
  • Chinenye Nnebe (movie: LIVING NIGHTMARE OR VOICE OF A MOTHER)
  • Echelon Mbadiwe (movie: LIVING NIGHTMARE OR VOICE OF A MOTHER )
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UPCOMING ACTRESS WITH THE GREATEST POTENTIAL (2013)
  • Chizzy Alichi (movie: UDARAUGO/OBINWA )
  • Mary Lazarus (movie: DESPERATE HOUSE-GIRLS)
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UPCOMING ACTOR WITH THE BEST POTENTIAL (2013)
  • Blossom Chukwujekwu (movie: FINDING MERCY)

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The below category in 2009 i use to call it Worst Actor/Worst Actress, but I decided to change the title to tone it down a notch, constructively :) :LOL - basically if you look on my blog, on the left hand panel, on the list i called "DRIVE BY" - everyone on that list should all be on the below list, however the few names i have mentioned below are an emergency.
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ACTRESS NEEDING AN EMERGENCY INTENSIVE ACTING COURSE
  • Chika Ike (movie: in EVERY damn movie)
  • Rukky Sanda (movie: in EVERY damn movie)
  • Monalisa Chinda (movie: Weekend Getaway)
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ACTOR NEEDING AN EMERGENCY INTENSIVE ACTING COURSE
  • Morris Sesay 
(words cannot describe this gentleman's atrocious acting, most of the time, like Rukky Sanda, he chooses to star in movies he co finance/produce, and them starring in their own movie, Effs up the whole damn movie)
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What I expect in 2014/2015

In 2014/2015 I expect better scripted movies than the previous years,  better directed movies, sensible titles and movies made in one part only not 4 parts. I expect a complete boycott of ALL mediocre movies.  I expect more of our african movies to be of such good substance and quality that it makes it to international film festivals not one or two movies but 10s and 20s. 
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I expect the FFR  Babes (aka Fcuk For Roles Actresses aka mediocre actresses) to stay off our movie screens and away from every movie location and allow the real talent to audition. 20 inch weave, some hazel contacts and fake acquires accents is just not gonna cut it. Keep it moving. :) and stop wasting the audience's time.
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I expect some veterans actors/actresses who have been in the game for at least 10yrs and still not giving us great performances to consider taking some time off, and investing in some acting school to polish their skills. Kenyan actress Lupita Nyong'o (Hollywood new IT girl) invested in Yale and see where she is now. Her money was not spent on cars, weaves, bags and red bottom shoes to pose on red carpet etc etc. She actually invested well into attending an acting school and it paid off. 
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I expect to see more good traditional movies - english or non english and I expect improved subtitles.  I wanna go back to the good ole days eg Tchidi Chikere Blood Sisters, All my Life etc those type of scripts. 
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I expect my two most anticipated movies Lions of 76 and Half of a Yellow Sun to be released so we can all watch it. 
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I expect to see more new male actors in the scene, who have phenomenal acting skills or potential. Have the looks, the eloquence and great acting skills to match. 
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I have hope in Artus Frank to improve on his delivery skills. To me he is not as bad an actor as Leila Djansi said - he has grown over time, but still not there yet. He is not my favourite but he knows how to pull you into his character and make it believable, excerpt sometimes its hard for me to understand when he speaks. His pronunciation of words seem a lil off sometimes. It simply has to do with accents and am sure he can work on it. He still hasnt  had one specific breakthrough memorable movie yet. However I saw him in a few village movies in 2013 and he did "good".
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Finally I expect this new actress called Adunni Ade (up and coming) i just found on youtube to break out into the Nollywood scene. She has a lot of potential. She can act in yoruba as well as english movies . I hope Funke Akindele can cast her in her new Jenifa Series. I will write a piece on her later this month.   

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Gosh Oh How I Love me some Lupita Nyong'o - Congrats Lupita!

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I mean i cant describe how beautiful i find her, I mean can she be anymore beautiful and she is talented, articulate, and so smart. I love her - this is my new babe actress from here on. Kenya must be very proud but the whole of Africa is very proud especially with her recent oscar nomination. Oh how i wish she wins.
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SHE WINS CRITICS CHOICE AWARD FOR BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS 
(MORE AWARDS TO COME)
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Lesson to all upcoming actors and actresses, spend less money on weaves and red bottom shoes and producing crap (cough cough yvonne nelson, rukky sanda etc etc etc) and invest in taking some courses in Yale or some good acting school. She invested in learning from a great ivy league and it paid off.  

ITS A HIGH TIME WE STOP PRAISING MEDIOCRITY (bad acting, bad producing, nonsensical scriptwriting, foolish titles, several parts etc) THAT HAS BOMBARDED IN AFRICAN MOVIES AND LETS PROOF TO THE WORLD AFRICA HAS WAY MORE GREAT TALENTS SUCH AS LUPITA. I HOPE SHE IS INSPIRING MANY.
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I love Lupita, She is a Natural Beauty, No Weaves - no Fakes, just Natural Beauty coupled with talent. I mean am so tempted to even cut my perm short and go natural like hers. She is a role model for black beauty.  I mean watch her interviews, very well poised articulate, funny and everything. SHE IS A TRUE STAR. Hollywood cant get enough of her. 
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She is making Kenya Proud and all of Africa very proud..
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Thank You Lupita.
Short Bio 
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Lupita Nyong’o was born in 1983 in Mexico but raised in Kenya. She has five siblings. Her father is Peter Anyang’ Nyong’o, a politician serving in the Kenyan Senate and her mother is Dorothy Nyong’o. Her cousin Isis was named one of Africa’s most powerful women in Forbes in 2012 for being the vice president and managing director of African operations of InMobi, the world’s largest independent mobile advertising network. Her other cousin Tavia Nyong’o is an associate professor at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. Nyong’o has worked on the production teams of critically acclaimed films including The Constant Gardener (2005) directed by Fernando Mereilles and The Namesake (2006) directed by Mira Nair. 
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During her summer break from Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts, she flown back to Nairobi to work as a production runner on the set of The Constant Gardener. “Ralph Fiennes was a pivotal influence on me,” she told the New York Post. “He asked me, ‘So what is it you want to do?’ I very shyly, timidly admitted that I wanted to be an actor. He sighed, and he said, ‘Lupita, only be an actor if you feel there is nothing else in the world you want to do – only do it if you feel you cannot live without acting.’ She took his advice and never looked back. 
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Soon she enrolled at the prestigious Yale School of Drama to brush up on her acting. In May 2012 – three weeks before graduating from Yale – she landed her first film role as Patsey in “12 Years a Slave”. “Never in my wildest dreams did I believe that I’d be involved with a project of this magnitude right after graduating from drama school,” said Lupita. Lupita’s debut feature-length film was creating, producing, directing and editing “In My Genes” – her final thesis project at Hampshire college, where she graduated in 2007. 
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In My Genes addresses the personal and societal challenges that people with albinism face as members of one of the most hyper-visible and misunderstood minority groups of Kenya’s predominantly black society through the experiences of eight individuals from different cultural and socio-economic backgrounds. 
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Nyong’o starred in the 2008 short film “East River”, directed by Marc Grey and shot in Brooklyn, New York. She moved back to Nairobi in August 2008 and produced the award-winning MTV Music Video, Little Things We Do, song created and performed by celebrated Wahu and Bobby Wine. Apart from her passion for film and video, Lupita also has over ten years experience in stage acting. She enjoys and practices capoeira and attempts to play the harmonica. In November 2009 she starred in the Kenyan television miniseries “Shuga” as Ayira. 
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She joined the Yale School of Drama in September 2009 for a Master of Fine Arts in Acting. At Yale she appeared in many stage productions, including Gertrude Stein’s Doctor Faustus Lights the Lights, Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya, and Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew and The Winter’s Tale. Lupita will next be featured in Liam Neeson’s upcoming film “Non-Stop”, set to be released on February 28, 2014.
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Thursday, January 9, 2014

Happy Birthday To A Very Special Person - Omari Hardwick


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An Actor, A Renowned Poet, A Producer and an a true ATLien  - Omari Hardwick. Wishing you a wonderful Birthday. This is your year brotha, more doors are going to open. Congratulations to the huge success of Being Mary Jan Premiere on BET on Jan 7th 2014 but most of all Happy Birthday.

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