Sunday Showdown: Cheznews Weekly Favourites


AaAAaaaahh!! There are so many things popping up it’s hard to pick favourites but someone’s got to do it, so here we go:


In “Mad Max” two rebels have 120 mins to strive to restore order to a stark reality where humanity is broken and everyone is fighting for the barest ‎necessity of survival. Max (Tom Hardy), a man who prefers action to words seeks peace following the loss of his wife and child in the aftermath of the chaos, and Furiosa (Charlize Theron), a woman of action who believes her path to redemption lies across the desert back to her childhood homeland.‎‎

George Miller’s “Mad Max” films didn’t just make Mel Gibson a star—they transformed post-apocalyptic entertainment with their insane actions, mind blowing stunts and singular vision of an increasingly desperate future. Three decades after the last film, “Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome,” Miller returns with something that isn’t quite a sequel, not a remake either, something in between we guess; the highly-anticipated “Mad Max: Fury Road.” With added pleasure of more vehicular wreckage and enough speed for the thrill seekers.

From it’s very first scenes, “Fury Road” promises vitality and adventure depicting the works of a veteran filmmaker at the top of his game, taking us above and beyond without the cheap special effects that have so often defined the current day blockbusters. Miller hasn’t just returned with a new installment in a money-making franchise. He returned to show the new generation the absurdity in their attempts to imitate a master.‎

‎Thrilling and exciting, it leaves no doubt MAD MAX:FURY ROAD IS more than just another action movie.

I came across this version of Wizkid’s ‘Ojuelegba’ and sounds like he’s got Skepta and Drake singing along with him, listen and tell me what you think, is that Drake or is that Drake?‎

VERDICT : you really got to hear this‎


Minions premiered at France’s Annecy International Animated Film Festival. The film, is written by Brian Lynch‎, and stars the three minions: Kevin, the leader of the gang; overeager and heterochromic Bob, who acts like a child (always with a toy added to the fact he is shorter than the others); and one-eyed Stuart‎. All three are voiced by Coffin, who co-directed the first two films (Despicable Me 1&2).

The narrator, ‎Geoffrey Rush explains during the opening sequence, the existence of minions. According to him they have been around for much longer than man, eagerly serving baddies wherever they can find them and have had past masters such as T. rex, an evil pharaoh, Dracula — whose 357th birthday celebration, thrown by the minions, comes to a predictably disastrous end when they throw open the curtains during the day — and Napoleon.‎

Unfortunately, the minions end up exiled to Antarctica cause of their uncanny habit of ruining everything in an amusing, charming way‎. After living in a cave for a few centuries, the minions become a severely depressed species — until Kevin (always the assumed leader) finally decides to venture out into the world again to look for a new villain to serve, and he takes Bob and Stuart on a trip to 1968 New York.

The 3D is a bit of a waste since in no particular scenes did the use of 3D add much, a la the roller-coaster and underwater car rides in the preceding films.‎

‎VERDICT : not as good as the other two films but definitely has it’s charms.


MUM DAD MEET SAM is back in the cinemas for all those who missed it’s premier last year, December.

‎Another epic story of boy meets girl… except Josiah Abiola is an only son of ‎a typical Nigerian family ‎and Samantha is the definition of an English rose. Will their love be enough to conquer a devious, manipulating ex girlfriend, an over protective, overdramatic mother and a dash of cultural barrier? Well hit the cinemas and find out…‎

VERDICT : a delicious blend of English awkwardness and African hilarity.


The Longest Ride is a 2015 American romantic drama‎ based on the bestselling novel by master storyteller Nicholas Sparks. The film is directed by George Tillman, Jr. and written by Craig Bolotin, the film stars Scott Eastwood, Britt Robertson, Jack Huston, Oona Chaplin, Alan Alda, Melissa Benoist, and Lolita Davidovich.

It centers around the star-crossed love affair between Luke (Scott Eastwood), a former champion bull rider looking to make a comeback from an unfortunate injury, and Sophia (Britt Robertson), a college student who is about to embark upon her dream job in New York City’s art world.‎

On their first date they encounter an older gentleman, Ira, who has crashed his car and they rescue him. As conflicting paths and dreams attempt to destroy their relationship, Ira ‎tells Sophia the story of how he met his late wife, Ruth; their stories interweave and form an unexpected connection, Ira Levinson’s memories of his own decades-long romance with his beloved wife deeply inspire the young couple.‎

VERDICT : Something for the romantics but a bit too long for even the most ardent romantic.


There has been so many divisions of the Cinderella story that frankly it’s getting short of nauseating. And yet, this year Disney presents another Cinderella story. #sighs

Hopeless fairy tale lover that i am, i held out hope that it would be different like their retelling of “Sleeping Beauty,”‎ where they added a delicious twist — taming one of fairytale’s most feared villain, ‘Maleficent’ — now that is a re-do that deserves an encore. Unfortunately, each of their Cinderella stories have largely remained the same, nothing new.
A‎ kind girl (Ella) raised by loving parents, loses her mother, loneliness prompts her father (Ben Chaplin) to marry a widow, Lady Tremaine (Cate Blanchett). But father takes ill on a business trip and passes away. Viola! Evil stepmother—resentful of her husband’s obvious love for his little girl. Lady Tremaine and her daughters Anastasia (Holliday Grainger) and Drisella (Sophie McShera) reduce Ella to little more than a servant, forcing her to live in the attic and do all the household chores. Yawns!‎

VERDICT: Disney, either you twerk it or leave it, if i wanted to re-acquaint myself with Cinderella, i will dig her from the attic, myself.

Hope, you enjoyed this weeks line-up, see you next Sunday, same time, same place.

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A graduate of UNN, from the dept of Foreign languages and literary studies. Chioma is passionate about ensuring that you get the latest information on events going on in the world, as they occur, uncut.

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