Rambo Movies in Order

The Rambo movies may be continuing without the actor who launched them. Sylvester Stallone recently announced his retirement from the John Rambo character. However, there has been some discussion that following the success of 2008’s ‘Rambo’, that the studio may continue the Rambo movie franchise without him. With Stallone’s involvement with the series looking to be over, it is a good time to summarise his Rambo movies in order. Stallone has been involved in all four movies that have been made so far, First Blood, Rambo: First Blood Part II, Rambo III, and Rambo.

First Blood (1982):

The first of the ‘Rambo’ movies, First Blood, was based on the novel of the same name by David Morrell. It is sometimes known as ‘Rambo: First Blood’. The film introduces the character John Rambo as played by Sylvester Stallone. It establishes Rambo as a Vietnam veteran who is trying to find his place in a society that doesn’t want him. He clashes with Sheriff Teasle, who sees him only as a drifter he doesn’t want in his town. He arrests Rambo, but post traumatic stress from his time as a prisoner of war causes Rambo to panic. He injures various deputies and escapes. A man hunt ensues, where Rambo is revealed to be a killing machine, and the local police and volunteer army are no match for him. Eventually Rambo’s mentor and former commander, Colonel Trautman shows up and convinces Rambo to surrender.

Rambo: First Blood Part II (1985):

John Rambo is in a prison labour camp for his crimes in First Blood. Colonel Trautman visits him and offers him the opportunity of a Presidential pardon in exchange for help documenting the existence of prisoners of war still in Vietnam. Instead of just photographing the prisoners, Rambo rescues one and the person in charge, Murdock, refuses to have him picked up in the helicopter and Rambo is captured. Rambo escapes, rescues all the prisoners and destroys all of Murdock’s equipment. Afterwards he refuses to go back to America and walks off into the distance. Officially George P. Cosmatos directed Rambo: First Blood Part II, but it was revealed afterwards that Stallone actually had most of the directorial control.

Rambo III (1988):

Now John Rambo lives in Thailand and is once again visited by Colonel Trautman. Trautman is planning a mission delivering weapons to Afghanistan fighters in their war against the Russians. Rambo refuses as he has had enough of war. However, later he finds out that Trautman has been captured and so he goes in and successfully rescues him.

Rambo (2008):

In Stallone’s last outing as John Rambo, the character is still in Thailand. Now he sells snakes to a village near the Burmese border. He eventually agrees to take them into Burma on his boat, event though he believes no good can come from them taking medical supplies into the war torn region. He has stopped believing things can change. As with Trautman in Rambo III, he once again finds out the missionaries have been captured and goes in and successfully rescues two of them with the help of some mercenaries. At the end of the movie he finally returns to America, to a ranch that looks to be owned by his father.

Analysis: Leadership Principles From the Movie ‘Battleship’

One of the much awaited movies in 2012 ‘Battleship’ showcased to the world not only how advanced America is in terms of weaponry, but also in battle strategies and leadership skills. The movie as well tells of probabilities that aliens might as well advanced in warfare than they do. But also portrayed was how prepared they are to combat against whatever that poses threats to the nation. Apart from its being action-packed, it also put on display some leadership principles significant to running an organization.

The story was about an exceptional individual (Alex Hopper), with very low decision making skills, and a-pain-in-the-butt to his brother (Stone Hopper) who always gets him out of trouble every time he does a mess. Until the last hitch that he got into where he broke into a store just to buy a Chicken Burrito by force to impress a beautiful girl who happened to be the daughter of the Admiral Shane. Alex was forced by his brother Stone to join the navy in hopes that enlisting him to the exercise is a good alternative course of action and would give his life a self-worth.

Upon aliens’ attack to the planet, all those who were in the exercise were terrified for they knew not what they will end up with. But one thing is apparent to all, the exercise is over and they need to prepare for the real battle, the real combat which they are not there and prepared for. As a result, the crews went on panic but the captains remained calm and decisive which enabled them to give orders and got their crews back on track to continue taking and executing commands.

To protect the nation from uninvited visitors that were beginning to create damages on the dry lands, and such situation left no choice to the commanders but to attack. Now, the captains’ order to assault requires a far greater demand of courageous soldiers and crews to operate the ‘destroyer’ designed but turned out not enough to protect the planet against terror. As anticipated, each ship on the ocean under the command of the assigned captains tried to launch missiles to attack the threatening and unexpected enemy from nowhere. However, it was unsuccessful and such move to strike right there and then turned out to be a terrible idea instead that caused lives of those who were navigating the warships with only a few survivors.

Among the survivors that hopped in the ship that was later on under the command of the new captain (Alex Hopper) were another captain (Nigata) and some of his wounded men from a badly crushed ‘destroyer’. Now the ship is contained with diverse personalities and culture, therefore, with different types of ideas and brilliance. Without knowing the real capacity and agenda of the enemy, Hopper, now the newly appointed captain in command in the warship, tried to formulate a strategy in attack to the enemies. But he knew his plans seem not to work out against the aliens when captain Nigata barged in to propose a very competitive strategy better than his.

Water Displacement, the strategy Nigata proposed of which he claims to be evidently effective because of years of experience of using it. For the sake of everybody, Hopper decided to give him the benefit of doubt letting him explain how the strategy works. And later, he found out the suggested approach sounds interesting and beneficial not only to those who are in the warship, but including those that are on the dry lands whose trust for protection are afforded to them.

The scenario in the movie looks very similar as that of what is happening in real life – in corporations and organizations. This article focuses on displaying some entrepreneurial principles particularly in leadership.

“Captain, My chair is your chair sir!”

While none of them on board had any idea as to how the Water Displacement in application works, Captain Alex Hopper, after hearing the nitty-gritty of strategy, offered no insights nor tried to question as to how many percent the approach will win victory over the enemies. Caring not about his pride of being the captain in command or what his men would say, without a second thought, Hopper gave way to the captain Nigata to take over the strategizing momentarily. “Captain, my chair is your chair sir” Hopper whispered. Such act of courage to forsake pride for the benefit of all is never been easy. That’s one requirement for leadership.

Gary Moulton, a CEO liken leadership as that of the soil that’s full of nutrients necessary to sustain a plant’s growth. According to him, entrepreneurial also involves – more importantly – leadership that helps individual to grow and soon leads and not just end up stagnant. To be a good leader, one must first be a good follower and when he becomes one, he must be willing to accept the fact that leadership is “stepping up and stepping aside”, not the other way around. Stepping up, because leaders really have to be on the higher ground to pull someone up, and stepping aside because he has to anticipate long before that the ones he trains will follow his tracks and become like him.

In contrast, according to experts, too many companies manage to establish a work environment in their organizations under a poor leadership and as a result, employees are badly affected which in consequence translate them into unsatisfied employees. Because of poor leadership, employees begin to suffer from unfair labor practices of management which is strictly prohibited by and violation in the labor law. This is one of the reasons why every organization should be under a good leadership or else, chaos will happen.

Team work and unity in one purpose

To prevent chaos in organization, a good leader should know and be willing to work in teams. He must encourage team work towards achieving one specific goal! Captain Hopper, not only gives orders, but also worked in teams and that was prevalent when he let the Captain Nigata offer suggestions in answer to the crisis they were undergoing. And one good principle the movie exhibited to the viewers is working with unity as a team towards one purpose is extremely effective than strategies alone.

For instance, in the field of Human Resource Management, Training & Development is one of the important activities an HR manager conducts in an organization. It is done to ensure work momentum and productivity of the employees in the business and counter possible problems that each employee may have been facing for a considerable period of time. However, Training & Development will just be as good as nothing, a waste of time, and money if the direct head or team leaders assigned to closely monitor the employees will not function as they are directed to. Hence, no matter how useful and powerful a strategy is, it will not function as what it is designed for without someone to use and make it work the way it should. In reality, tons of companies are guilty of this predicament to date ending up wasting time and resources.

Ultimately, leadership as “stepping up and stepping aside” means letting go of your pride to listen and give way to ideas that are more effective and efficient than that of yours, and working in teams with brilliant ideas setting aside yours that don’t seem work for a moment.

Download Full DVD Movies In Minutes

It used to take hours to download full DVD movies. Technology has progressed so quickly that with the powerful computers and high speed internet connection we have, it is possible to download full DVD movies in a matter of minutes. This is one reason why downloading movies online is becoming a popular online activity. Other reasons for its newfound popularity are of course the convenience and cheaper costs over movie tickets and DVD rentals. People can now catch their favorite movie at home at any time they wish. To download full DVD movies online is something which you might want to consider.

Downloading DVD movies was never this easy. Recently, the onset of legal movie download sites that promises high-quality DVD movies has made it possible for the man on the street to download full DVD movies for an affordable one-time download fee. Well if you do not wish to pay anything, you can always go to peer-to-peer sites and download free DVD movies off the internet, but know that that it is illegal to download movies with copyrights. One has to grapple with the poor picture and sound quality of these downloads and the risk of exposing your computer to malicious adware and spyware. The movie download sites would not cost you more than $50 and for that amount, you can download thousands of full DVD movies. For that kind of price, you really need not waste your time at free download sites.

Many studios are discovering that if they offer online services that allow you to download full DVD movies right from their servers, they could reach a wider audience and do more sales that way. There are also no inventory or production costs to worry about. Some have even resorted to allowing you to download DVD movies on rental. This can be a good option for you if you do not mind the cost as it is often a monthly subscription service or pay as you download.

Another advantage to download full DVD movies online at these paid membership sites is the increased convenience and lightning speed in downloading hard-to-find or old movies. It can be hard to find some of the old classics from the movie stores. But with the online search engines at movie download sites, you just need to key in the movie title and in a few seconds, you could be downloading the movie in DVD format already.

Professional movie download sites offer the DVD copy software and other tools to allow you to download full DVD movies and copy them to a single DVD disc. The quality of the DVD in terms of subtitles, audio, languages, and picture would not be lost as such. These are several sites with quick servers that allow for fast and uninterrupted downloading of movies. My advice to you is to use these download sites to save you time and effort which you should be spending on watching the movies you download.

There are many movie download sites in the market. There are factors you should consider when choosing a good one. I have mentioned a few in this article like the selection of DVD movies, the software bundle they provide and the downloading speeds and quality of DVD downloads. Read my movie blog to pick up more tips on how and where you can quickly download full DVD movies today.

Every Child Is Special: A Movie Review

Every Child Is Special is probably my first Bollywood movie. (I do not count Slumdog Millionaire because I have watched it only in parts and have not even gotten to the ending, haha.) Anyway, Every Child Is Special is a Hindi drama film released in 2007 (Taare Zameen Par, translation: Stars On Earth) produced and directed by Aamir Khan. It tells about a boy, Ishaan Awasthi, who was always getting in trouble at school for being so misbehaving and out of focus from his lessons. Too often, he would be caught by his teacher daydreaming and getting low grades. Because of this, his father sent him to boarding school, all alone and homesick with the hope of disciplining him. But the academic status of Ishaan did still not improve. Instead, he became withdrawn and lonely, far from the Ishaan who was active and fun-loving. Then came a new art teacher who would just change the way Ishaan would act towards school and learn to appreciate himself even more.

How can I not love this movie? Darsheel Safary is perfect for the role of Ishaan Awasthi. Safary, with his innocent eyes and face, made me laugh with his funny antics and at the same time rend my heart as he goes through the agony of enduring boarding school alone and away from his parents. From start to finish, the movie gripped my attention, and the musical portions added to my fascination. I cannot speak about the technical aspects of film-making as I am not knowledgeable of such, but for an easy to please movie fan like me, Every Child Is Special is one heart-touching movie.

***SPOILER ALERT***

Every Child Is Special is an eye opener as to the worth and significance of every child. The story deals with an issue that is as real as it is unrecognized – dyslexia. I first knew about dyslexia in the book, Pearl Harbor by Randall Wallace, but the movie has increased my education on this kind of ailment.

Every Child Is Special is a movie that can tug the heartstrings and at the same time bring hope that having dyslexia is not a desperate situation. Family support, patience, and love are central themes in this story, plus the primary focus on painting and art. The theory on multiple intelligences in education plays a major role in this movie and can be very informative to teachers and parents alike.

I really love this movie and I highly recommend this to everyone. My sister has also been nagging me to watch The Three Idiots. Maybe, tonight.

5 stars.

Hindi Movies (All Times HIT)

Bollywood has made a lot of movies over its existence period. There are some movies that cannot be missed and such movies deserve to be watched at least thrice over the course of your life time. These Bollywood movies are all time hits and you cannot give such movies a miss. Here we have compiled a list of the top Bollywood movies that are evergreen.

1. Kismet- 1943

Kismet presented some very bold themes in the movie and this was for the very first time in Bollywood that such themes were produced. This movie includes a single pregnant girl and an anti- hero. Kismet was so good that it ran in the movie halls for over 3 years and is one of the earliest super hits in Bollywood.

2. Mother India- 1957

This is a Bollywood classic movie that is a part of the pop culture called Mother India. It is an epic melodrama that revolves around the difficulties and hardships faced by many women in India. It is one of the first movies that dealt with women and the complete movie was about women and their difficulties.

3. Mughal-e-Azam- 1960

The tickets of this movie were sold at the most expensive rates during that period of time. It earned a lot of money because of its amazing story line and acting. Riots and fights were regular occurrence for fans who wanted to watch this movie in the Maratha Mandir.

4. Sholay- 1970

This was the biggest super hit of Bollywood in the 1970s. It had the best actors on screen, Amitabh Bachchan and Dharmendra. This movie only started picking up momentum during its third week after slumping in its first week.

5. Hum Aapke Hai Koun- 1994

This movie was the first melodrama romantic movie of the period of the 90s. This movie broke all the previous records and created new records because of its amazing and super talented cast. The script of this movie was also stupendous which made it very entertaining. It is the first Bollywood movie that had crossed the landmark 100 crore mark. These days 100 crores is not a big deal though.

There have many films that came and disappeared. However the above list of movies is something that cannot be ignored if you are into movies. You need to watch these movies in order to understand how great Bollywood was at one time. IT has evolved over a period of time but such movies are irreplaceable.

The History of Movie Reviews and Rating

Movie review ratings began around the year 1966 in the United States when Jack Valenti was president of the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA). This was a decade when there were changed American morals due to protesting, riots in the streets, women’s liberation and the change of social traditions.

As always, the arts were impacted greatly by these changes in society, resulting in the emergence of a new type of American movie that tended to be more open, and less restrained.

these changes brought controversy, first exhibited in the film “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf,” in which, for the first time on the screen, the word “screw” and the phrase “hump the hostess” were heard for the first time in a film. The MPAA’s general counsel and team conferred, resulting in the deletion of the word “screw” and retention of the phrase “hump the hostess.” Perhaps this was just the beginning of an unsettling new era in film.

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer’s film “Blow-Up” was in question because it was the very first time a major distributor was marketing a film with nudity, and the Production Code Administration (PCA) in California denied the seal of approval. The U.S. Supreme Court, in April 1968, upheld the constitutional power of states and cities, preventing the exposure of children to books and films that could not be denied to adults. This was the real blow-up between new social currents – the force of the film creators who were determined to make their films and the possible intrusion of government into the film making arena. It was time for a real solution.

Within weeks, discussions of Valenti’s plan for a movie rating system began with the president of the National Association of Theatre Owners (NATO) and with the International Film Importers & Distributors of America (IFIDA), an assembly of independent producers and distributors. Over time, many meetings were held, including other guilds with actors, writers, directors and producers, as well as craft unions, religious organizations, critics and the heads of MPAA member companies.

NATO then acknowledged the objective of creating a new and revolutionary approach to rating movies. The initial design called for four rating categories including G for General Audiences, all ages admitted; M for mature audiences – parental guidance suggested, but all ages admitted; R for Restricted, children under 16 would not be admitted without an accompanying parent or adult guardian, which was later raised to under 17 years of age; and X rated, meaning that no one under 17 could be admitted.

Modifications happened when everyone realized the M category for “Mature” was regarded by most parents as a sterner rating than the R category. This was changed from M to GP (meaning General audiences, Parental guidance suggested). The next year this became its current label, “PG: Parental Guidance Suggested.” By 1984, the PG category was split into two groupings, PG and PG-13, which meant a higher level of intensity than a film rated only PG. And by the year 1990, they included brief explanations of why a particular film received its R rating.

In summary, the initial mission of the movie review and rating system, which still exists, was to offer to parents some advance information about movies, so they can decide what movies they want their children to see or not to see.

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.