Frank Ochieng

Frank Ochieng

""Just a man with a man's courage, you know...just a man who can never fail. So pure the heart as to find the golden gale..ohhhhhh" --from the opening theme to the motion picture "Flash Gordon" (1980) "A man has got to know his limitations" --Dirty Harry Callahan"

Agrees with the Tomatometer 90% of the time.

Biography:
Biography: Online film critic Frank Ochieng has been devoted to writing and discussing film over the last several years. An avid observer of pop culture whose passion lies in the medium of film and television, Ochieng has been involved in the aspects of media in the Boston-area for quite some time. Ochieng has also contributed film reviews and other miscellaneous movie material to other Internet outlets such as The Internet Movie Database (www.IMDB.com) via newsgroup participation, TheWorldJournal.com, MovieEye.com, Stephen Hunt's SF Crownsnest.com, World Voice News, Associated Content and filmcritic.com...just to name a few venues. Ochieng belongs to online critic circles such as The Online Film Critics Society, The Internet Film Critic Society, and The Internet Entertainment Writers Association. Aside from his online film credentials, Ochieng functioned as a co-editor/contributing writer/film critic for his fanzine publication The Voicemakers (1997-2003). He had made occasional appearances as a media critic/commentator for WMWM 91.7 FM college radio's "The Juke Joint" based out of Salem, Massachusetts as well as frequently guesting on Boston's WBZ Radio 1030 AM's "The Jordan Rich Show" in the "Movie/TV Night" segments (October 2003-present). Also, he previously co-produced and co-hosted his movie review access cable TV show called The Evaluators. Past endeavors include co-hosting cable TV shows such as Trivia Live! (Warner Cable, 1988) and Time To Review (1988-89). He has also previously contributed film reviews to print fanzines Raccoon Times (1996-98) and VGT Online Magazine (1998). From January 2005 to March 2007, Ochieng had written film reviews for the independent urban newspaper "The Boston Banner". Interestingly, he has been featured in such book publications as "Spike Lee: Film 14 (Bertz + Fischer, November 2006) and quoted in "Independent Film Distribution: How to Make a Successful End Run Around the Big Guys" (Michael Wiese Productions, November 2006). Ochieng continues to write film reviews and is an ardent media junkie. He is a proud 1989 graduate of Suffolk University in Boston, Massachusetts.
Favorites:
Frank's all-time favorite films: To Kill A Mockingbird, In the Heat Of The Night, M*A*S*H, Shaft, The Deer Hunter, Dog Day Afternoon, Scarface, A Soldier's Story, The Color Purple, Pulp Fiction, Midnight Cowboy Frank's favorite underappreciated films: Best Seller, Antonia's Line, At Close Range, Get On The Bus, The Cable Guy, Election, Time Bandits Frank's favorite disturbing performances by actors that should have copped the Academy Award: Ralph Fiennes in "Schindler's List", Danny Glover in "The Color Purple", Christopher Walken in "At Close Range", James Woods in "Best Seller", Sean Penn in "Calito's Way", Samuel L. Jackson for both "Pulp Fiction" and "Jungle Fever"
Publications:
Associated Content , Filmcritic.com , Movie Eye , rec.arts.movies.reviews , SF Crowsnest , TheWorldJournal.com , World Voice News
Total Reviews:
930
Total QuickRatings:
133
Location:
Based in Massachusetts (USA)

Listing Of All Reviews & Articles

Showing 51 - 100 of 930
Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
3/4 85% Ghost Town (2008) " Koepp strangely captures the cheeky charm and chippy imagination of Ghost Town that could have been deemed just another faceless formulaic fantasy." — Movie Eye
Posted Sep 19, 2008
2.5/4 45% Lakeview Terrace (2008) " ...conventional but compellingly caustic...LaBute's excitable exposition is passable enough to sustain the manufactured intrigue and tension" — Movie Eye
Posted Sep 18, 2008
1.5/4 13% The Women (2008) " Lame and saturated in the dour makeup of an afternoon soap opera, The Women is a transparent chick flick standing on its shaky high heels without much support." — Movie Eye
Posted Sep 13, 2008
2/4 51% The Family That Preys (2008) " Overstuffed and self-indulgent...The Family That Preys is nothing more than a busy-minded, shifty soap opera propelled by its empty-minded sense of indignation." — Movie Eye
Posted Sep 12, 2008
2/4 19% Righteous Kill (2008) " ...a synthetic, spineless suspense piece that cobbles together all the familiar ingredients of sensationalistic cynicism on the gaudy backs of a sneering DeNiro and edgy Pacino" — Movie Eye
Posted Sep 12, 2008
2.5/4 78% Burn After Reading (2008) " The Coens' brand of irreverent chuckles propels Burn After Reading as a stylistic and sassy sideshow for unredeemable rogues on the road to surrealistic scrutiny." — Movie Eye
Posted Sep 12, 2008
2/4 9% Bangkok Dangerous (2008) " The Pang Brothers' remake yearns to be sensationalistic and probing but falls short in its request for a slight redemptive actioner that sizzles with moral conflict and confusion." — Movie Eye
Posted Sep 9, 2008
1/4 1% Disaster Movie (2008) " Pointlessly rancid and redundant...Hopefully, Disaster Movie will indeed vanish as quickly as a three-second burp at a chili-eating contest." — Movie Eye
Posted Sep 8, 2008
1.5/4 41% The House Bunny (2008) " ...breezy and banal...hops nowhere particularly interesting. Overall, there's nothing whimsical, fuzzy or provocative about this chosen Bunny." — Movie Eye
Posted Sep 4, 2008
3/4 83% Tropic Thunder (2008) " Thunder is ambitiously blunt and blasphemous in its bombastic barbs of treasured absurdity...[a] calculated comedy drenched in volumes of manufactured viciousness and succulent screwball vibrancy." — Movie Eye
Posted Sep 4, 2008
2/4 41% Hancock (2008) " The special effects feel rather synthetic for a big-time summer blockbuster. When the smoke finally clears Hancock emerges as just another routine riff on the superhero genre" — Movie Eye
Posted Jul 6, 2008
3.5/4 96% WALL-E (2008) " Triumphant and teary-eyed, WALL-E withstands its mellifluous moments with a welcomed surge of honesty, impishness and introspection...smart, heart-warming and savvy in its observational radar." — Movie Eye
Posted Jun 28, 2008
3/4 57% Expired (2008) " Unconventionally quirky in its unassuming blue-collar bluntness, Expired is comically horrifying in its examination of lonely people living on the fringe of professional obscurity and personalized disarray." — Movie Eye
Posted Jun 27, 2008
3/4 —— Radio Cape Cod (2008) " Enriching, methodical and visually arresting, Radio Cape Cod is an unconventional narrative in that it correlates its amorous themes with the nuances of nature and scientific curiosities." — Movie Eye
Posted Jun 25, 2008
3/4 78% Kit Kittredge: An American Girl (2008) " Rozema delivers an elegantly spry children's tale about nostalgic hardship and growing pains in the overly sentimental but uniquely inspiring Kit Kittredge." — Movie Eye
Posted Jun 21, 2008
3/4 66% Brick Lane (2008) " ...an economically poignant melodrama about a young Muslim girl's fragile mindset and the journey that leads to her self-discovery...relentlessly affecting in mind and consciousness." — Movie Eye
Posted Jun 20, 2008
1/4 14% The Love Guru (2008) " The Love Guru is creatively awful. The feeling you derive from this dud is comparable to swallowing a bottle of bulky Viagra pills while nursing an inflamed strep throat." — Movie Eye
Posted Jun 19, 2008
2.5/4 51% Get Smart (2008) " Carell's wacky presence uplifts the modern-day gizmo-crazed Smart to a passable parade of pure inspired silliness that pays adequate homage to the iconic TV series." — Movie Eye
Posted Jun 18, 2008
3/4 87% Kung Fu Panda (2008) " Willingly raucous and revved up for your escapist consideration do welcome this plump yet profoundly prancing panda into your thrill-seeking heart." — TheWorldJournal.com
Posted Jun 17, 2008
1.5/4 37% You Don't Mess with the Zohan (2008) " Director Duggan serves up a scattershot satire that is about as funny as a Palestinian landmine at an Israeli kiddie birthday party. Broad, offensive and thinly veiled..." — Movie Eye
Posted Jun 16, 2008
2/4 50% Sex and the City (2008) " It's too bad that the false sense of high heel empowerment never registers as soundly as our resident money-styling maidens look to achieve in this beleaguered City." — Movie Eye
Posted Jun 16, 2008
3/4 67% The Incredible Hulk (2008) " Explosive and visually arresting in its colorful swagger...a reactive and revolving roller-coaster ride of demolishing proportions." — Movie Eye
Posted Jun 15, 2008
3/4 78% Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008) " Outlandishly spry and equipped with Ford's deadpan spunk. The formula is daringly familiar because Spielberg's action-packed narrative hasn't missed a step." — Movie Eye
Posted May 23, 2008
2.5/4 63% The Art Of Travel (2008) " Travel is an ambitious, involving and extensive travelogue that challenges the imagination. [A] feasible fable that allows one to remain contemplative and connected" — Movie Eye
Posted May 6, 2008
3/4 48% The Tree of Life (2008) " ...absorbing, mysterious, lyrical and distinctively titillating...a moody masterpiece that is thrillingly alarming...[a] tale of wandering hedonism and anguish" — World Voice News
Posted May 5, 2008
3.5/4 75% Road to Victory (2009) " Resourcefully intriguing, sentimental and cunningly relevant, Road to Victory juggles its revolving subject matters with effortless candor and consideration." — Movie Eye
Posted May 1, 2008
4/4 100% Taxi to the Dark Side (2007) " Utterly engrossing and captivating in its inquisitive scope. Provocative and polarizing, Taxi invites us to eavesdrop on a movement of mistrust and mischievous mayhem" — World Voice News
Posted Mar 3, 2008
2/4 16% Jumper (2008) " Pared-down with flat-footed characterizations, tacked on scenic shots of worldly venues and a choppy script that isn't disciplined enough to tap into our escapist imaginations, Jumper is a toothless travelogue that treks up the wrong charted route." — TheWorldJournal.com
Posted Mar 2, 2008
2/4 22% The Eye (2008) " The cornea-deprived caper The Eye definitely sports a blurry vision in the meager horror B-movie sweepstakes...never sees clearly in its search for doomsday enlightenment." — TheWorldJournal.com
Posted Feb 19, 2008
2/4 22% Welcome Home Roscoe Jenkins (2008) " Welcome Home Roscoe Jenkins feels like a rudimentary retread of previously outrageous "black attack" farces... needlessly cluttered, unfocused and pointless..." — World Voice News
Posted Feb 19, 2008
1.5/4 11% Fool's Gold (2008) " The "fool's gold" in this case is the money being thrown down by the clueless moviegoer to see this trivial travelogue...Gold has no distinctive shine to its glitter" — Movie Eye
Posted Feb 17, 2008
2/4 22% Mad Money (2008) " [A] pointless payday for director Khourie's banal blank check comedy...a straining pseudo-hysterical heist flick that has all the giddy appeal of an empty bank draft." — World Voice News
Posted Jan 20, 2008
3.5/4 97% Once (2007) " Carney's Once is definitely not enough...thoroughly inspirational, lyrical, charming and cheeky...a winning spark that ignites the lovelorn imagination." — TheWorldJournal.com
Posted Dec 15, 2007
3.5/4 86% Starting Out in the Evening (2007) " Wagner's penetrating narrative is poetically stimulating in its smart approach to its dialogue-driven excellence and standout performances." — World Voice News
Posted Dec 15, 2007
2/4 52% Margot at the Wedding (2007) " Synthetically dull, manipulative and emotionally clunky, Baumbach's mawkish melodrama is a pretentious and garrulous character study that sits idly in its moping gibberish." — World Voice News
Posted Dec 7, 2007
2/4 36% Reservation Road (2007) " George sustains this lightweight soap opera with the predictable pap of a Lifetime channel movie...this particular Road is certainly under construction." — Movie Eye
Posted Dec 6, 2007
3/4 82% Talk to Me (2007) " Hysterically potent, thought-provoking and deliciously nostalgic. Overall, the proposed chatter is warranted in the movingly impish Talk to Me." — TheWorldJournal.com
Posted Dec 6, 2007
3/4 89% Waitress (2007) " Despite Shelly's twist of disturbing fate, WAITRESS will be a memorialized nod of a little gem of a film that delivered a slice of pie to our hungry, entertaining expectations" — Movie Eye
Posted Dec 6, 2007
3/4 94% Juno (2007) " Cunningly perceptive and hip in its irresistible skepticism about the comforts and uncertainties of love, Juno is enchantingly bright and breezy in its effecting resonance." — World Voice News
Posted Dec 6, 2007
2/4 21% Fred Claus (2007) " The anemically kooky coal-in-the-stocking comedy feebly employs the same tactics. The toothless slapstick Fred Claus is merely "ho ho ho" and a bottle of dumb!" — Movie Eye
Posted Nov 9, 2007
3/4 79% A Mighty Heart (2007) " Absorbingly touching and terrifying, A Mighty Heart is an intimate film but has the gutsy and reflective ingredients of sorrow, introspection and outrage." — World Voice News
Posted Nov 7, 2007
2/4 33% Martian Child (2007) " Unfortunately for Martian Child this has more maple sap pouring out of it than a neglected Vermont tree looking for a good tapping." — TheWorldJournal.com
Posted Nov 6, 2007
2/4 51% Bee Movie (2007) " A spelling bee. A busy bee. A killer bee. But a Seinfeld bee? Sorry Jerry, your hapless honey-seeking hero doesn't create much of an animated buzz." — World Voice News
Posted Nov 4, 2007
3/4 80% American Gangster (2007) " American Gangster dares to look in the menacing mirror and reflect the scabrous priorities that define some handsomely yet disillusion others hauntingly." — World Voice News
Posted Nov 2, 2007
1.5/4 17% Saw IV (2007) " Stultifying in its pseudo-sensationalistic schlock, this numbingly and nightmarish narrative has no legitimate creepy conviction beyond flexing its meaningless, morose muscles" — World Voice News
Posted Nov 1, 2007
2.5/4 64% Dan in Real Life (2007) " Heartwarming, quirky and quietly affecting...the overall package is peppered with an easy-going dosage of reflective schmaltz...warm, inviting and actively spirited..." — World Voice News
Posted Nov 1, 2007
2/4 47% Rendition (2007) " ...housing top-notch actors and their hefty paychecks but nothing else beyond the obviousness of the melodramatic malarkey it spouts with empty conviction." — World Voice News
Posted Oct 23, 2007
3/4 94% Gone Baby Gone (2007) " [A] tortured morality play that takes place on the salacious sidewalks where bluebloods and bombastic blue-collared souls equally pound the pavement in cynical unity." — World Voice News
Posted Oct 23, 2007
2.5/4 51% 30 Days of Night (2007) " Bleak, bombastic and belligerent, Slade's blood-busting bohemians will indeed take a caustic chunk out of your imaginative horrifying souls." — World Voice News
Posted Oct 20, 2007
3/4 64% Things We Lost in the Fire (2007) " Surprisingly, this insightful tearjerker is padded with expressive layers well beyond the average made-for-television sentiments because of the penetrating performances." — World Voice News
Posted Oct 20, 2007
1.5/4 9% The Comebacks (2007) " Let's face it, folks...we need another repetitive spoof movie like a piglet needs dirty fingernails...never registers beyond aping its lazy connect-the-dots jocularity." — World Voice News
Posted Oct 20, 2007
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