The Nigerian Movie Industry (Nollywood) – The Origin (History)

Here is an abridged version (yet richly enlightening) from one of the articles i wrote concerning this subject matter.

Film exhibition began to thrive during the Colonial era, with Glover Memorial Hall playing host to a range of memorable films viewed by “potential Nigerians”, in August 1903. However, the non-availability of proper records reflecting the title of the debut film exhibited has created a lapse in the precedent stock. Notwithstanding the lacuna, the way had been paved for the exhibition of more foreign films at the Hall and other designated venues.

The emotionally traumatizing “Master – Servant” relationship, evident in the constant assaults, batteries, intimidation, segregation, victimization, carried out by the Colonial masters on the colonized, with darkened clouds of resentment, vengeance, thirst for freedom, giving way to splattering drops of such thoughts, instinctively projected through the colonized intermittent in-subordinate actions, began to spread amongst the blacks. The British knew they had to thread with caution if they still wanted to play “god” in their lives when films such as Tales of Manhattan, Trailer horn, Tarzan series began to stir up a revolution in the hearts of Blacks across the globe.

Aware of the lethal power of insurgency which could be unleashed through the Film medium, the British out of fear for their lives and possible loss of the Queen’s sovereignty took the bull by the horn, and swiftly created a Colonial Film Censors Board (FCB) in 1933 to censor and classify films before they were released for visual consumption by the public. Following the establishment of the board, Films such as “The primitive, primitive man, Dixie, Buffalo Bill, The Keys of the Kingdom, Sleepy Town Girl were tagged ‘suitable’ to be watched, while Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, Clive of India, The Isle of Forgotten Sins, House of Frankenstein were considered unsuitable for viewing.

The Censor’s body underwent a transformation process into the Federal Board of Film Censors (FBFC) from the aforementioned, and the laws from which the transformed body derived its powers ranged from the 1948 Cinematograph Laws of Nigeria, the Cinematograph Laws of 1963, to the 1963/64 Cinematograph Law and Regulations. The present National Film and Video Censors Board came into existence by virtue of decree, now Act 85 of 1993. The advent of Nigeria’s Independence (1960) and the Republican status (1963), heralded the dawn of a new era in all sectors.

“The Yoruba Travelling Theatre Group” of the 60’s and 70’s can be referred to as the “Fountain Head” of movie productions in Nigeria. The veterans with great Theatrical skills and great performances took their works beyond the stage, and dove into the sea of film productions using the Celluloid format. Notable film makers on the Roll call of Honour during the Celluloid boom era of the 70’s include Ola Balogun, Eddie Ugbomah, late Herbert Ogunde, Adeyemi Afolayan a.k.a Ade Love (father of Kunle Afolayan of the Irapada fame), Ladi Ladebo, Moses Adejumo, Adebayo Salami and Afolabi Adesanya.

The list of documented films produced during the 70’s era and transcending somewhat into the 80’s is simply astonishing and goes to show that the Movie Industry has been around much longer, contrary to the ‘1992 belief syndrome’ most have been injected with. Such works include Kongi Harvest (1971), Alpha (1972), Bull Frog in the Sun (1974), Amadi (1975), Ajani Ogun (1975), Muzik Man (1976), Bisi, Daughter of the River (1977), Ija Ominira (1978), Aiye (1979), Kadara (1980), Jaiyesimi (1980) Efunsetan Aniwura (1981), Cry Freedom (1981),Ija Orogun (1982) Owo L’Agba (1982)

The cost of producing films in that era was financially back breaking, with Nigerians further frustrating the efforts of the filmmakers by opting to watch films of occidental and oriental origin at the Cinemas and Exhibition centres, rather than the locally produced ones. The Cowboy films were exhilarating to watch while the Chinese films paraded amongst others, the Legendary “Bruce Lee” in (Lo Wei’s, The Big Boss (1971), Fist of Fury (1972), Way of the Dragon (1972), Enter the Dragon (1973), The Game of Death released in 1978) who exhibited Martial Arts dexterity, obviously a fighting technique alien, yet fascinating to us at that time.

Indian films in the late 60’s and well into the 70’s paraded renowned names like Rajesh Khanna, Dharmendra Singh Deol, Mumtaz, Amitabh Bachchan, Anil kapoor, Hema Malini, and produced hits such as “Bobby”, “Sholay”, “Kabhi Kabhi”, “Dharamveer”, “Amar Akbar Anthony”. Their stars displayed great acting skills against the backdrop of love themes, and ear pleasing songs coupled with synchronized dance steps, produced with sound and special effects, though incomparable with what obtains today bought over the indigenes loyalty for their movies.

Thus, the Movie Founding Fathers began to face the challenges of recouping their investments, which gradually became virtually an impossible task, an anthem they constantly rendered much to the discomfort of potential financers. They counted their losses and licked their wounds sustained in the financial battle with every film they released. The deluge of VCRS in the 80’s created a paradigm shift from the Cine to the VHS format, which made productions easier, faster and cheaper by a milestone in comparison to the former. Cinema houses and other Exhibition centres were finally shut down and the Baton of Cine film making slipped from the hands of the Founding founders as they attempted to hand over the movie baton to the next generation within the stipulated Baton Exchange Zone. The dream of becoming a re-nowned Movie Industry was shattered when the flow of the Film Relay cycle was broken.

Home Videos were produced which served as an alternative to the cinemas, and the name naturally stems from the fact that you could seat within the comfort of your home and watch the movies produced in the VHS format via your VCR. Film Makers capitalized on the gains of the Home Video concept offered, and began producing movies using the Yoruba language as the means of communication. However, the year “1992” has overtime been widely accepted as the triggering period of Home Video productions, with Ken Nnebue’s “Living in Bondage” said to be the first movie made for commercial purposes using the Igbo/English language.

The movie no doubt struck the “Movie Well”, which invoked a mass exodus of people from other spheres into the art of movie productions, having seen the opportunities that lay in the Gold mine region. Thus, did the Home Video Industry tagged “Nollywood” emerge.

The fact that “Living in Bondage” was ascribed with the honour of being the first movie made for commercial purposes and the one upon which the Home Video revolution was allegedly founded on, culminating into Nollywood, didn’t go unchallenged. Late Alade Aromire before his death, ignited a controversial fire, insisting that his and not Ken’s movie ought to have been conferred with such an honour. When confronted by a reporter on the issue he’d stated that Ken had produced over 40 Yoruba movies, and had started with “Aje N’yami”.

There had been a flourishing movie industry before he came on board, so ken couldn’t have started it.

The confusion stems from the Censors board of the day, whose hands were amputated by the Law it drew its powers from, (1963/64 Cinematograph Law and Regulations). The powers conferred on it to regulate the Industry did not extend to “Home Video”. The present National Film and Video Censors Board (NFVCB) did not exist till 1994. On this raging issue, Late Alade Armoire produced movies such as Ekun, Omije (pts 1-3), Obirin Asiko, Ayo ni o, Adun, Orire which were released to the public between 1985 and 1991.

Ken Nnebue still insists that his movie “Living in Bondage” was the first Home Video movie made for commercial purposes. His stand on the matter is rather shaky, having prior to the production of Living in Bondage sponsored commercial movies in Yoruba language such as Ina Ote, Aje N’iyami and others. Let’s not forget the barrage of Yoruba TV dramas that were mass produced on VHS tapes and sold to the public before 1992. One can’t fail to mention the legendary Eddie Ugbomah’s movie “The Great Attempt” (1989), which would have made history as the 1st Nigerian cine movie in the video tape format to have been censored by the defunct Federal Board of Film Censors (FBFC) based on a “special concession” granted him officially by the permanent secretary of the Federal Ministry of Information and Culture at that time.

Unfortunately the strong contents projected in the movie were considered unsuitable for public viewing by the Board, hence the movie was never released. Tunde Alabi -Hundeyin’s “Iyawo Alhaji” is officially on record as the first commercial (direct to exhibition hall) video film to be censored and classified by the NFVCB in 1994 at the National Theatre, (Cinema Hall) Iganmu. Despite the controversial fire raised, the global publicity given to “Living in Bondage” over the years invariably imputed the movie into our memory banks as the flag bearer of the Home Video revolution of all times. People, irrespective of Nationality, race, gender, and tribe are confronted with challenges on a daily basis. Some of these problems are of a global nature, while others are peculiar to various societies. Movies offer people the opportunity of telling their own stories, free from alien interference.

Nigerian movie producers leveraged on this and produced movies projecting our lifestyle, culture, local fashion, burning issues, problems plaguing our society, irrespective of the choking stench of tribalism perceived in all sectors. Movies were made for the viewing pleasure of Nigerians initially, (before the mass exportation craze), with messages to inspire, motivate, reprove, and correct anomalies especially in the Political, Social systems, to eschew violence and all forms of evil.

The tactical use of the English language as the communication tool, marketing strategies and execution through the use of trailers via T.V, Posters (now banned in Lagos State), recorded a boost in sales, and expanded the viewership base beyond the shores of our Nation to countries such as Ghana, Togo, South Africa, Kenya, U.S.A and even the U.K.. Unfortunately, the movies churned out at an alarming rate were technically deficient in key areas considered as germane in the production process.

The popular “shoe string budget” tag has become synonymous with the Industry’s antecedent of making movies on extremely low budgets compared to other movie bodies in other countries, ($10- $15,000 initially), but currently stretches to $25,000, with a microscopic number of producers further stretching the seemingly financial limit to N 7,10,20 Million and more. The movies were and are still shot dominantly between 10-12 days, via Beta cam (now HDV cameras), were produced in the VHS format (now VCD & DVD), replicated in mass and sold by the Marketers who also doubled as Distributors.

Over a thousand movies were being churned out yearly by producers and utterly amazed by the staggering statistical data of movie productions, the International movie spotlight was shone on the Multi Million naira Industry “Nollywood”. The Industry’s net worth as at 2008 stood between an estimated $250 and $300 Million dollars. It is worthy of note that a Global cinema survey, conducted in 2006 by the UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS) and released sometime in May 2009, ranked Nollywood as the second largest producing movie body in the world behind Bollywood and ahead of Hollywood based on the numerical data of the movies produced.

Ever Wonder How You Could Buy That Huge Movie Theater Display?

Promotional movie standups are usually never for sale to the general public since they are for advertisement purposes only.

However, there are private sellers who provide the opportunity to make any highly collectible movie standee available for purchase if you know where to look.

These types of standees, or better known as standups, are generally made out of thick durable cardboard materials and often come in several different pieces to be constructed into one larger display. After all the pieces are put together the display is able to stand on its own with little or no additional support. For simpler models they will come as one large piece but for the more complicated designs there will be many additional components to piece together, like a jigsaw puzzle, before the final display can be revealed to consumers. You will often see these showcased prominently in theatres in advance of a film release to let the general public know what to expect before the movie comes out.

Movie theater displays range all the way from a small desk or counter top display to a very large theater lobby sized display and almost any other size and shape that are in-between. Moreover, many current displays are not only extremely huge but are now including many new gimmicks such as moving parts, 3D holograms, audio and video additions, flashy lighting and even interactive components for movie goers to enjoy. All these things add up to a much more involved experience for the viewer who is contemplating whether to see the actual movie or not.

Even though a movie standup is frequently found in the lobbies of a theater they are beginning to pop up in video stores, shopping malls and even on the streets in front of retailer stores. Of course, special promotional events or movie openings will also include them but those particular occasions usually only display them for a very limited time period. Furthermore, these are not only limited to the movie industry but also the music industry as well. Many famous musicians have also had their likeness created into one of these displays since both the movie and music industry plays a huge collaborative role in the entertainment industry together. Because of this you will also find them in music stores or retailers now as well.

There is no doubt that it is absolutely awesome to own a cool movie theater display from your favourite film. Imagine displaying one of these movie standups in your bedroom, living room, office or even your own personal home theater room. The possibilities are vast and not only is placing a movie standee in these locations a great decoration piece but they are also interesting conversation starters should you hold parties or gatherings in your home or office.

5 Successful Dating Tips from Movie "Hitch"

To excel in the dating game it is important to be guided by the player and they don’t come much better than date doctor Alex Hitchens in short ‘Hitch’. So we took his word as a piece of gospel when he said that ‘With no guile and no game there is no girl’. These are few of the tips from his movie ‘Hitch’ to help you guys to see the forest through the sleaze.

Principle 1: No woman wakes up saying god I hope I don’t get swept off my feet today

No species after bacteria existed on the planet that doesn’t require admiration from the fellow species. Women are on the top of this ladder so not only they want it but also all of it. Did I say women are high on vanity chart (don’t tell your prospect this).

If she tell you that she is going through a very bad time or need personal space or Hitch personal favorite that I’m really into my career right now. What she really meant is get off me now or try harder stupid. Which one is it for you to decide?

Principle 2: 90% of what you say is ain’t coming out of your mouth.

Body language plays a major role initially so try to be better at it. For a fact 60% of all human communication is body language and 30%is your tone so basically 90% of what you say ain’t coming out of your mouth. People keep on preparing and worrying about the 10% of it while neglecting the rest 90%, which play a major role in securing the first date. Work on the 90% and let the 10% be taken care on the first date.

Principal 3: Beautiful doesn’t know what she wants until she sees it.

Well this is true for all of us but more for those busty beautifuls who until now spend all their faculties on building those curves as elegant as a F1 track. Testimony to that ask Christian Kerembu or Celine Dion. Take your pick whom do you prefer.

Principle 4: Be what you are, you have something to offer to her which no other man can.

The most common mistake that most guys commit is try to be somebody else to impress the women of their dreams. Most fail at it without guessing so try to be what you are. You cannot use what you do not have, so if you are shy then be shy.

She may not want the whole true but she does want to see the real you. She may not want to see all at once but she does want to see it. So be yourself as she said yes to you when she could have said no.

Principle 5: Give her space and maintain a vision

On first date, key is to hang back and give her plenty of space. If she lingers on a photograph move on but maintain vision. Domestic dreams on private time when you are with her be with her. Women respond when you respond to them. Therefore, when she speaks just listen to her as when your turn will come you will have better things to say than I like your mouth. Please stop imagining how she looks naked.

So get off from the couch now and try few of these tonight in the club and have time of your life.

What Makes A Good Movie

Art is reflection of our society and life and movies are often regarded as modern expressions of art. They make us laugh and cry and we often love to quote them, they edify us enlighten us.

Every year numerous movies are made in the entertainment industries but all are not liked: some top the charts while others are kicked out of the box office. Some become the hot topic of discussion for the critics while others just escapes their notice, in short some get a thumps up while others a thumps down.

But how many of these, which get a positive feedback, are actually good movies? Well it is not that simple to answer, as it seems. The topic is very much subjective. What seems good to some may not be the same for the others. What appears enjoyable to a few others might be enjoyable for others. Then what exactly is a good movie? To generalize it, we can say that those movies, which are liked by the mass and not by some class category of people, could be considered as a good movie. But what are the traits that are needed for a movie to qualify as a good one. First of all a movie should provide good entertainment. They are of course others:

Touch our feelings: A movie should touch our heart and make us talk or think about it instead of just becoming a time pass. It should have the capacity to teach and inspire us and provoke us emotionally.

Educative: It should be able to let us know about something new. Nowadays movies are considered to be one of the most effective educational tools used to teach or educate people regarding certain issues. In short a good movie should have some educative value for the masses.

Mirror of the society: A good movie must also provide some elements of encouragement and inspire people towards successfully overcoming barriers. Movies are regarded as the mirror of life. Every story of a movie is more or less inspired by our life, by what happens around us.

But this is not all; there are some other factors also which contribute in making a movie, to be considered as good. Following are the points:

The Plot: This is the most important part of the movie. Without a good plot a movie fails to attract and retain the viewers in the theaters. Even if they were drawn to it initially for some reasons, people would loose interest sooner than later.

The Characters: The second most significant factor of any good movie is the characters of the story. Without them there would be no story and no plot. Characters should be such, that the audience likes them. Be it a positive character or negative one. They should have some qualities to which the people can relate.

Actors: We need good actors to make a good movie. Actors, who can justify the characters and make them, come alive in front of the audience. They must be able to portray the characters well so that people say that the characters are made keeping them in mind. They should blend themselves into the characters.

Script: Without dialogues movies look dead. Script is the life of movies so they should be very strong and appealing. They can even make people come and see the movie repeatedly.

Last but not the least, visual display of a movie with beautiful scenes and sceneries can also influence and draw people to the theaters.

The 2012 Movie Analysis

The 2012 movie, an edge-of-your-seat, mindless escapism created by veteran apocalypse director Roland Emmerich, though of poor plot structure and underdeveloped characters, is the perfect thrill for anybody who likes to see the earth smattered into tiny pieces or people running desperately for their insignificant lives. It has lots of visual candy, lots of plausible premises, and lots of goings-on that keep the entire movie moving ’til the end. It’s not executed at its best, however, and while the extent of destruction is much larger and more horrific than what we’ve ever seen before, this doesn’t make up for the incapacity of the movie to deliver a strong story.

The movie has been criticized negatively because of the reasons aforementioned a lot of times, however, and this article is not going to bash the movie any further. The 2012 movie, inconsistencies aside, is a plausible and genuine outlook of the future should the date of destruction, December 21, 2012, comes. It mashes up all the general theories regarding 2012, and presents possible outcomes and solutions to save not only humanity, but its virtues and its long-recorded history. Here is a list of what happened in the 2012 movie that could also happen in the real 2012 apocalypse:

1) The global destruction of the movie is based on the “Earth’s Crust Displacement Theory” and in the movie, it’s stated that neutrinos are bursting within the Earth’s core, causing the crusts to be rapidly displaced. The neutrino explosion is in turn supposedly caused by the peaking of the solar flares in the Sun.

2) In 2010, international leaders begin a massive, secret project intended to ensure humanity’s survival, by building futuristic arks designed to hold 400,000 people. Additional funding for the project is raised by selling tickets to the private sector for €1 billion per person, effectively cutting off the chances of majority of people to survive.

3) By 2011 they start to secretly move humanity’s valuable treasures under the guise of protecting them from terrorist attacks, such as the Mona Lisa, to save humanity’s history as well.

4) The Mesoamerican Long Count Calendar, or the Mayan Calendar, is referenced in the movie.

5) Earthquakes of intensified magnitudes wreak havoc all over the globe as a result of crust displacement. Huge buildings are destroyed, bridges are split in two, major cities are literally broken in pieces.

6) Yellowstone Caldera, a volcano in the USA, erupts, sending massive igneous stones skyrocketing in the air, resembling meteors and asteroids.

7) A mega tsunami destroys several key cities, including Washington, D.C., which kills the president of the United States.

8) The arks save the people who luckily got in. The water levels recede, new lives are beginning and a new civilization and world order is created.

If yIf you look beyond the inefficacy of the 2012 movie to show great story material that can match its great cinematography, the creators indeed have made a future that is not far from what we, as a species, are bound to do just so we can survive. The arks are very welcome options if ever those destructive events occur, especially the mega tsunami. However, these are not the only things that could happen in December 21, 2012 – we have to take into account that radiations, asteroids, or other similar stuff are also predicted to happen, so we can’t count in an ark to save us all.

In the most general sense, the 2012 movie is simply a message to all of our subconscious minds to be prepared and be vigilant even in the dreariest of moments. We are humans, and we are gifted with the ability to hope for the future, to fight for it. If and when the 2012 movie indeed comes out of the screens and into our lives, we shall be prepared, we shall come out conquerors, we always do.

4 Excellent Films Commemorating the Battle of Little Big Horn

In honor of June 26, we would like to recommend the following historically “accurate” films: Son of the Morning Star, Little Big Man, Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee, and American Experience’s Emmy award winning documentary Last Stand at Little Big Horn

Between June 25 and 26, 1876, a combined force of Lakota and Northern Cheyenne led the United States 7th Cavalry into a battle near the Little Bighorn River in what was then the eastern edge of the Montana Territory. The engagement is known by several names: the Battle of Greasy Grass, the Battle of Little Big Horn, and Custer’s Last Stand. Perhaps the most famous action of the Indian Wars, it was a remarkable victory for Sitting Bull and his forces. They defeated a column of seven hundred men led by George Armstrong Custer; five of the Seventh’s companies were annihilated and Custer himself was killed in the engagement along with two of his brothers and a brother-in-law. Known as the battle that left no white survivors, Little Big Horn has inspired more than 1,000 works of art, including over 40 films. Here are four of the best…

Son of the Morning Star

Based on the 1984 best selling historical novel by Evan S, Connell, Son of the Morning Star won five Emmys when it first aired in 1991. Focusing on the life and times of General George Armstrong Custer, it takes up Custer’s life near the end of the American Civil War, follows him through his involvement in famous Indian wars, and culminates with the battle of Little Big Horne. I particularly like this version because it attempts to get beyond the stereotypes and introduce you to the real man; it provides an excellent introduction to the personalities involved and the events leading up to and following the battle.

Little Big Man,

The 1970 film Little Big Man, directed by Arthur Penn and starring Dustin Hoffman, was based on Thomas Berger’s 1964 fictionalized “historical” novel by the same name. Admittedly adjusted history, it tells the satirical, fictional and picaresque story of Jack Crabb; a white boy orphaned in a Pawnee raid and adopted by a Cheyenne warrior, he eventually becomes the only white survivor of the Battle of Little Big Horn. It is considered a “Revisionist Western” because Native Americans receive a sympathetic treatment that was uncommon for Western films in previous decades. Revisionist or not, I simply adore this wickedly humorous film about one man’s life revolving through the kaleidoscope of cultures that made up the American “Wild” West, and I recommend it with all my heart.

Bury My heart at Wounded Knee,

HBO’s 2007 adaptation of Bury My heart at Wounded Knee, a 1970 classic of Native American history by Dee Alexander Brown, recounts the struggle of the Indian Wars from the perspectives of three people: Charles Eastman, a young Sioux doctor who received his medical degree from Boston University in 1889; Sitting Bull, who led the combined forces at Little Big Horn and refused to submit to U.S. government policies that stripped his people of their dignity, identity, and sacred land; and Senator Henry Dawes, one of the men responsible for the government’s Indian affairs policy. The story line begins with the American Indian victory at Little Big Horn in 1876 and continues though to the shameful slaughter of Sioux warriors at Wounded Knee, South Dakota, on December 29, 1890. If the film has any fault, it’s that it attempts to explain the whole deeply complex fourteen-year struggle in just over two hours. It manages to do an excellent job at providing an educational and entertaining overview for future investigation.

The American Experience: Last Stand at Little Big Horn

The American Experience: Last Stand at Little Big Horn takes the time to explore this controversial battle from two perspectives: The Lakota Sioux, Cheyenne, and Crow who had lived on the Great Plains for generations, and the white settlers who were moving west across the continent. Using journals, oral accounts, Indian ledger drawings and archival footage, James Welch and Paul Stekler combined their talents to create one of the most balanced documentaries about this event ever produced. Their efforts won them a much-deserved Emmy.

Money For Reviews – Get Paid to Review Movies

Before I begin I’d like to ask you a few questions, just answer them in your head. First of all, how many movies do you think you have watched in your life time? Second, how many hours did you waste on boring, uninteresting, unoriginal, poorly thought, just downright BAD movies? Well it makes sense there are so many movie reviewers, since there is such a high demand for quality movie reviews, because of the never ending supply of poorly written, directed, etc. movies. I’ve been getting paid to write movie reviews since I was 16, and honestly I got paid pennies writing for newspapers and magazines than I’m getting now. How? Publishing the reviews my self, on the internet.

Everyone knows where the moneys at: the internet. What everyone doesn’t know, is how do you take advantage of this? How do you make a dime on the net, there are so many frauds and scams, you can’t find any legitimate way to earn online. How can you get paid to review movies?

The Big Picture: Every time I surf over to websites that allow users to post there own personal movie reviews, and I see hundreds (sometime thousands) of reviews posted for any given movie, I get a good belly laugh. A lot of these articles are high quality, insightful, well written reviews. With a descent understanding of article marketing, these reviewers could be making a KILLING off this talent. But because no one has told them about it, and they haven’t bothered to run a quick Google search, they are getting ziltch for something that could literally be there primary source of income.

Getting paid good money for your movie reviews isn’t about the way you write them or on what movies you write about. It’s about where you post them, it’s about applying article marketing principles. Article marketing is a mixture of SEO (Search Enginge Optimization), simple internet marketing, and just plain resourcefulness. The idea is, your reviews will get indexed on Google for terms like “[Insert Movie Here] Review.” So for example you write a review for Hellboy 2, and you apply the article marketing techniques, and you see some descent results. Your article “Hellboy 2 Review” gets indexed on the third spot, so when someone searches for “Hellboy 2 review” your article is right in front of there eyes.

This article in this scenario, will probably earn about 250$/month until Hellboy 2 is no longer in theatres, once it hits DVD the article will make roughly 100$/month, and after that it will make about 40-50$/month.

As you can see, you could make hundreds, sometimes thousands of a single well written review.

The Facts

Who’s paying me?

The owners of these movies! After every review you leave an affiliate link, this is simply a URL that has your user name embedded. If someone purchases some movie tickets for that movie, you get a commission. If you rated the movie poorly, simply leave a second link for a movie that you would recommend instead.

Is this going to cost me anything?

Nope, your reviews are submitted to article banks and blogging sites such as EzineArticles or Squidoo.

Do I need my own website?

No. Again, you will be submitting these to blogging services and article submission websites.

How much can I expect to earn?

Well that all depends on you, and how much time your willing to invest, and how seriously you wish to take it. Even a poorly written review will make at least 20 – 30$ per month. Pump out 10 reviews in a day, and at the minimum you added 300$ to your monthly income.

Article marketing is your key to success in the field of paid movie reviews. It’s literally the only way to go, unless you get a job working for a national newspaper, this is the highest paying way to get paid for movie reviews.

The Top 10 Best Action Anime Movies

Anime movies are a real delight to watch. They combine all real life elements similar to a motion picture. Yet, the absence of real-life people or real-life objects is what makes them so special and also powerful. Like real motion pictures, anime movies are of similar length and have a strong story to support the playtime. While anime movies can be of different genres, we will discuss only the action anime movies here. The basic essence of action anime films is so profound that they have easily reserved their place in the hearts of anime lovers. As my top anime advice, let us discuss the 10 best action anime movies, which have been tagged as classics and trendsetters by anime lovers and have since created a cult following them.

Akira

Imagine a film made in 1988 still cherished by fans all over the world and equally accepted by the new generation. Well, the movie Akira is what’s being talked about. Directed by Katsuhiro Otomo, who created the manga of the same name, Akira is an epic animated science fiction action cult classic film, which takes place in a futuristic Neo Tokyo. A secret military project creates psionics called espers, which inadvertently leads to the destruction of Neo Tokyo. The main character Akira was the first and most powerful esper, whose psychic power led to the destruction of Tokyo during World War III. It is considered as one of the greatest science fiction movies to ever be made and is definitely one of the top action anime movies.

Ghost in the Shell

Ghost in the Shell is an anime cult action film directed by Mamoru Oshii based on the manga of the same name by Masamune Shirow. Set in the dystopian future, it follows the story of Motoko Kusanagi, a public security officer of Section 9 assigned to track down a mysterious ghost hacker titled as the “Puppet Master”. The film follows the quest of Motoko on her new assigned mission, which leads her to the mysterious Project 2501 created by the corrupt Section 6, which in turn was responsible for the creation of the antagonist. It is considered to be a benchmark for science fiction films and is hence rightfully tagged as one of best action anime movies.

Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust

The movie follows the story of D, a bounty hunter hired to bring back a young girl named Charlotte, who has been kidnaped by a noble vampire named Meier Link. The film is based on the novel Demon Deathchase, the third in Hideyuki Kikuchi’s Vampire Hunter D series. If you are a fan of hardcore anime action, then this film will surely satisfy you with loads of demon slaying action.

Ninja Scroll

A critically acclaimed Japanese animated action film, released in 1993. Ninja Scroll depicts the events of a bloody battle, set in feudal Japan, between a ninja and the eight devils of Kimon. The film was written and directed by Yoshiaki Kawajiri. The anime movie has gained immense popularity due to its narrative style of the journey of the protagonist Koichi Yamadera, a ninja, whose character is inspired from the Japanese folk hero Yagyu Jubei Mitsuyoshi.

Princess Mononoke

If you only expect plenty of action in a film, then Princess Mononoke is your choice of an action anime movie. Set in the late Muromachi period, the story revolves around a young Ashitaka, the last prince of the Emishi tribe, determined to restore peace between the forest spirits and humans, who consume the forest’s resources. Princess Mononoke is considered to be one of the best action anime movies until today. It gradually became the highest grossing film of all time till the release of Titanic later in the same year.

Cowboy Bebop – The Movie

Hardcore anime lovers are well acquainted with the name “Cowboy Bebop” for the television series, that ran through 1998-1999 and won million hearts with its 26 limited episodes. Based on the same storyline between episode 22 and 23, Cowboy Bebop – The Movie follows the story of the space bounty hunter crew on the spaceship named Bebop, assigned to take down a chemical terrorist threatening to destroy the planet Mars with an unknown pathogen. Directed by Shinichiro Watanabe and produced by Sun Studios, Cowboy Bebop is considered a classic in the world of action anime movies.

Street Fighter II – The Animated Movie

Ever imagined to recreate a game into a movie? The creators of this movie did this thing in reality by making a film based on the popular fighting game series of the same name. The film is written by Kenichi Imai and directed by Gisaburo Sugii. It follows the story of Ryu, a street fighter taking on a crime lord named Bison, who is bent to defeat the greatest fighters of the world. The film has a large following ever since and serves as an inspiration for the live-action film starring Van Damme.

Appleseed

Created by “Ghost in the Shell” fame, Masamune Shirow, Appleseed is a computer animated science fiction action film featuring some eye-catching animation. The film revolves around the former Deunan Kute, who embarks to restore peace with her cyborg partner in a post-apocalyptic Utopian city “Olympus”, whose population consists of genetically modified clones called Bioroids and humans in about the same proportions. The artificial Bioroids, who have hardly any feelings like anger or fear, were created with the intention to balance the human society and bring peace. But certain organizations are against it and want to disrupt the balance and peace once more. Appleseed and also its successor Appleseed – Ex Machina are definitely must watchs for all fans, who love action, science fiction and epic soundtrack.

Sword of the Stranger

Sword of the Stranger is directed by Masahiro Ando and produced by Bones, the same studio co-producing the classic Cowboy Bebop – The Movie. The film follows the story of a young boy named Kotaro and his dog as they meet a retired ronin, Nanashi, while running away from mysterious swordsmen hunting them for mysterious reasons. While avoiding to draw his sword ever again, Nanashi is caught between morality and commitment as he agrees to take Kotaro to a remote Buddhist temple. Sword of the Stranger is my top anime tip. It is a masterpiece for its genre. Everybody, who likes Samurai and Sword films, atmospheric soundtrack and top-notch animations, will love Sword of the Stranger.

Fist of the North Star

The last to include in our list, but not the least, is Fist of the North Star. Like most other anime action movies, it is an adaptation of a manga series of the same name. With violent elements, similar to the manga and set in a post-apocalyptic world, the story is based on the protagonist Kenshiro, who goes in search of his wife Yuria after being heavily defeated by his former friend Shin. The film is directed by Toyoo Yashida, who also directed the first film of the Vampire Hunter D Series.

Movie Vs Book – Which Do You Prefer?

If you asked anyone today the following question; “Movie vs book, which do you prefer?” The popular answer would be a movie if the demographic were 21 or under. Since movies are far and above a much sexier entertainment medium, most people would rather be entertained with a higher level experience that combines visual and audio effects to stimulate the senses.

There is no doubt that movies and film have penetrated deep into our society and culture. Movies can stimulate and influence attitudes and drive major behaviors across a mass audience. Whether blockbuster action films or love stories that tug at our heart strings, movies try to deliver a promise that the audience will be taken into another place and time where fantasy and reality are easily crossed.

The question then becomes, is a Movie really a better entertainment medium for those who have read the book? Most often than not, the customer would say “No, the book was better”. This then begs the question, why are we biased toward a story that resides on plain white paper as better entertainment than any studio can muster on the big screen with mega budgets and high profile stars? The answer is imagination.

When reading a book, we are so engrossed into the story line that our mind’s eye has crafted a picture and emotional response that is highly intense and real. With this in mind, a movie production would be hard pressed to match what we already have formed within our mental file cabinet.

So why don’t more people read “a good book” on a lazy afternoon, rather than plunk down 10 bucks on a quick fix? The answer is time. Comparatively speaking, the amount of time an individual needs to escape into a good book is a much more significant commitment. With time being a major factor, we are naturally drawn into the marketing machine that influences our decision to make a minor time commitment of a couple of hours vs several days.

In conclusion, when asked “Movie vs Book, which is better?” the book will probably be the answer most given.

Dracula – 1931 – The Differences Among Characters in the Novel and Those in the Movie

‘Dracula,’ one of the most famous novels ever written, had been produced as a movie in 1931. The movie in itself earned a lot of fame till Frankenstein eclipsed it. However, there are significant differences among the characters in the movie with the original novel.

The primary character Count Dracula remains the same. Bela Lugosi plays the role and does a great job.

Mina Murray of the novel become Mina Seward. And poor Dr. John Seward, the failed suitor of Lucy in the original novel, now becomes the father of Mina. And hey presto, Lucy still remains a friend of Mina.

Jonathan Harker, Mina’s fiance in the novel, remains the same in the movie.

Renefield of the movie is significantly different from Renefield of the novel. In the novel, Renefiled is merely another patient in Dr. Seward’s asylum. He eats and kills creepy creatures. And he beings Dracula inside the asylum of Dr. Seward accepting Dracula’s baits. However, in the movie, he is almost a servant to Dracula. He does some of Dracula’s lease papers, sends them to Transylvania, gets bitten by Draula and that gives him the power to bite and drink the blood of other people. And he eventually gets to bite a real woman before getting thrashed to death by Dracula for leading Jonathan and Van Helsing to where he was living (hiding).

Van Helsing is similar in the novel and the movie. He is still the nice caring person.

And then there is Martin, the person in charge of caring for Renefield. He provides an angle of comedy in the movie and appears in some of the more interesting scenes.