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written 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.

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  1. You seemed to have pretty much summed it up here. I watched 2 and they got clawing. It's too graphic for me.

    by Tami 2008-Apr-20 

  2. So you're into head butting then? Have you tried it? Its quite painful both to the head butter AND to the buttee. Then again, maybe I never did it right.

    Its definitely something I won't be trying twice though.

    by Mad Bull 2008-Apr-21 

  3. people hardly headbutt nowadays it seems to have gone out of style. all this shooting and punching is boring [sceptical]

    by owen 2008-Apr-22 

  4. @ Tami, while. I get the gist of what you are saying the word is actually "cloying" "To cause distaste or disgust by supplying with too much of something originally pleasant, especially something rich or sweet; surfeit."
    You need to rep. UWI better than that

    by RichiePoo 2008-Apr-22 

  5. oh snap!

    by owen 2008-Apr-23 

  6. I've been realizing that these African movies have been getting very popular as of late. My favourite, "The Gods must be crazy".

    by Leon 2008-Apr-26 

  7. The Gods Must Be Crazy is not an "African" movie, but a Hollywood production with some Africans in it.

    by twovthree 2008-Apr-28 

  8. you have to watch some Nollywood sometime though --unbelievably entertaining--Nigerian producers know drama

    by Gods Child 2008-May-02