posted by owen on 2008-Apr-20.
I've been watching african movies on dvd since my cable company's feed was hyjacked by the latest monopoly - cream and bastards. I'm hooked on them like a baby on a well endowed milk machine - a monkey on a swing. There is no hesitation in these films for men to head butt women, jealous sisters marrying there dead sister's husbands, women fighting over men in supermarkets - its not the typical regurgitant I am accustomed to seeing on american cable or on profile for the last twenty one years. Cinderella gets her fair share of bad treatment.
African films live on a whole different set of rules; women typically stay at home, have babies and then get murdered or betrayed in some unusually conniving way. Only to return as ghosts to set things right. There are also a lot less curse word and they place a lot of emphasis on morals and ethics. Cursing is replaced with long sensitions of crying, well bawling would be a better word to describe the river of H2O that percipitates when anyone dies or gets slapped - did I mention how they like to slap alot? One girl got headbutted once, shot, burned with acided, given a letal injection and slapped at least once by every character in the movie, all because she was in love with the dude that president's daughter wanted. It was very painful to watch - I loved it - pure drama.
The films I've been watching seem to be from Ghana. Which may explain why the director keeps using the same actors over and over again - not that I'm complaining cause there apparently is no shortage of leading ladies with healthy backend support, thickness, camera crews, etc. Hair extentions are abundant but not quite as annoying as the fact that EVERY MOVIE IS A TWO PART SERIES. It is as if they can never finish slapping anybody in a hour and a half. Nothing is worst than watching part 1 and having the possiblity of NEVER SEEING THE CONCLUSION! I am enjoying still, if not only to see who will get murdered or slapped next, how and when the father will catch the son sleeping with his mistress who happens to be his wife's sister. The plot is never the same, which is good.