Sodas & Popcorn: Top 10 Nollywood Movies Of 2013.


Good day people and welcome to today’s episode of our “Year In Review” series. 2013 saw a lot of Nigerian movies released to cinemas and online in the form of the good, the bad and the ugly and of course, the exceptional. Something very impressive about the industry this year was the fact that a lot of these film makers tried new things and made bold movies. These, I believe, are signs that the best is yet to come for the Nigerian movie industry a.k.a Nollywood.

Among the exceptional, we have decided to pick out the outstanding 10. Big kudos to the entire Sodas & Popcorn team that made this happen (M.Y, Priye and Kiki) and our friend at Nollysilver Screen Isabella.

So without any further stories, we present to you in no particular order The Top 10 Nollywood Movies Of 2013. (Limited to Online releases and Cinema releases)

Some of the best films are the ones based on true life stories. Murder at Prime Suites is based on the story of Cynthia Osokogu who was lured to a hotel by her Facebook friends and murdered. While the movie is a faction (combination of fact and fiction), it puts the big issues on the screen to prevent other people from falling victim. For a change, the police are bad (in a good way) and Joseph Benjamin is not playing the lover boy.

Read the review here

The Meeting

Probably the most talked about Nigerian movie on the internet in 2013, The meeting is a romantic drama set in Abuja about a corporate executive who finds himself at the mercy of political patronage, bureaucratic red-tape and his tender heart when he embarks on a one day business trip to Abuja to secure a government contract.
The meeting is definitely one of the best movies ever made. Why you may ask? It’s simple. It has a very original ‘Nigerian story’ and one of the best screen plays I have seen in a while. A story of love, tribalism, preferential treatment which has loads of comical spectacles. Who would have thought that Rita Dominic could give us so much to laugh about? Thumbs up to the screenwriter, director, producer and the cast.

Finding Mercy


Desmond Elliott directs the romantic drama about two friends who find themselves in a complicated situation with a motherless baby. The beautiful thing about this movie is the chemistry and outstanding performance by the leads, Blossom Chukwujekwu and Rita Dominic. The movie had a brilliant blend of various emotions and for a three hour long movie, no scene was a waste and there wasn’t a boring moment for me. It’s sad when it should and when the hearts gets heavy, Uti and Biola Williams pop in to lift our spirits.

 Journey To Self

The best movies start from one very important thing, a lovely story and an aptly written dialogue. When the dialogues have been gotten right, take up very impressive and talented actresses and hand these roles to them. What follows is a movie with a lot of professionalism, a tight cast, lovely locations, intelligent directing, impressive visuals, and most of all, a story with a strong purpose and message which entertains while having most of the scenes shot in just one location.

Read the review here

The Contract

The contract was a romantic movie which saw a team up of the three most popular movie industries of Africa featuring Hlomla Dandala(South Africa), Joseph Benjamin(Nigeria) and Yvonne Okoro(Ghana). Although it had some cliches from some of the most popular romantic movies, it was a funny, romantic and dramatic movie. I had a great time seeing the solid performance from Yvonne Okoro and the lovely chemistry she shared with Hlomla Dandala.

Read the review here

 

The Awakening

Awakening like ‘Journey to Self’ was one movie which was on my waiting list forever. And when I finally saw it, I wasn’t disappointed. Telling the story of a man who has premonitions of events and a lady who seemed to have no connection with the man, Awakening not only tells a good story, but it shows some of the best use of animation, suspense and action sequences in a Nigerian movie. We definitely look forward to Mr James Omokwe’s next project and we hope it is as good as, if not better than awakening.

Read the review here

 Torn

How many movies treat sensitive issues like mental disorder without turning the whole thing into a comedy with over the top dramatisation? Not many. And that is why Torn makes the list. The truth is that people with such issues might sometimes appear to be normal to the outside world. The soundtrack (in particular, the theme song) of this movie scores top marks.

Read the review here.

The Gods Are Still Not to Blame

For people who enjoy reading books, having them adapted to screen is always something to look forward to. Even though, you know what happens, you are silently hoping for something to be injected so you can savour the story all over again. The Gods Are Still Not to Blame gives a timeless classic (Oedipus Rex) a contemporary African treatment. You can’t watch this film and not appreciate our African heritage – from the costume to the music.

Read the review here.

Desperate House Girls

Probably you ask why a movie titled ‘Desperate Housegirls’ which we obviously know where that name came from should be ranked as one of the best Nollywood movies in the year 2013?

Hilarious? Check

Talented Cast? Check

Authentic Script? Check

Impressive set locations? Check

Quality Production? Check

See it for yourself and you my friend would add to my checklist.

Still not convinced, read the full review here.

Confusion Na Wa

Hardly do you see a Nollywood movie which touches intelligently on sensitive issues dealing with our society the way Confusion Na Wa did. The nonlinear movie which while watching it brought to mind the exceptional works of Quentin Tarantino such as Pulp fiction and Inglorious Basterds, has been swimming in awards since its release late in 2013. Confusion Na Wa deals with issues ranging from morality, corruption, infidelity, hypocrisy and the list goes on. What I loved the most about the movie was the dialogue and performances. The duo of Kenneth Gyang and Tom Rowlands-Rees definitely set a high bar for themselves with their debut feature as Cinema Kpata Kpata and the world awaits their next work eagerly.

Read the review here

So there you have it folks. The Top 10 Nollywood Movies Of 2013. Click here to see other reviews in the year in review series such as  the top 10 Hollywood flicks of the year and Top 10 Movies To Look Out For In 2013. Thanks to everyone of our readers out there and we say a happy new year to you all.

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44 Comments on Sodas & Popcorn: Top 10 Nollywood Movies Of 2013.
  • Yetty January 1, 2014 at 3:15 pm

    Unforgivable that movie left me speechless
    But the list is legit

  • wendu January 1, 2014 at 3:18 pm

    totally agree with the reviews , especially desperate house girl. At first I was hesitant to watch but out of boredom I did and was blown off by the acting , story line etc. Kudos to all that made it happen

  • Lizzie January 1, 2014 at 4:55 pm

    I totally agree with the meeting and desperate house girl is all you said and more. Haven’t seen the others though, will rectify if they are on Iroko tv. Another original script treating an every day issue is After the Proposal by Uche Jombo featuring Patience Ozokwor et al. you can check it out.

  • FJD January 1, 2014 at 5:19 pm

    Nija stepping up real ime

  • FJD January 1, 2014 at 5:20 pm

    *,

  • Tobenna January 1, 2014 at 5:41 pm

    Half of the Yellow Sun?

    • Sodas & Popcorn January 2, 2014 at 5:25 am

      Thanks for the comment. Half of a yellow sun hasn’t been released in Nigeria yet. It was only screened at festivals abroad. Believe me, just like you,we are waiting eagerly for the movie.

  • Nafisah January 1, 2014 at 7:44 pm

    Really people no comment! But if its some gossip item or some over the top wedding every one will be rushing to add their own two cents. let’s give credit where credit is due, at least Nollywood is beginning to put out movies that are not embarrassing, we should encourage and applaud their efforts, and hope that the industry gets better, as it will have a great impact on Nigeria’s economy if it does

  • Miss Eke Adugbo January 1, 2014 at 7:48 pm

    I did see confusion na wa and thought it was fantastic! I should endeavor to see more of Bollywood movies.happy new year y’all.

  • karim January 1, 2014 at 7:51 pm

    Hmm. These films or moviews are a must watch. I can’t wait to lay hands and eye on them

  • samuelohis.blogspot.com January 1, 2014 at 9:11 pm

    i agree o ,nice movie desperate huz wife pls visit my blog
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    • nkem January 2, 2014 at 9:09 am

      desperate house girls oga. dont go get the wrong movie

    • nkem January 2, 2014 at 9:11 am

      dont go get the wrong movie. its desperate house girls oga.

  • Beulah January 1, 2014 at 10:28 pm

    Dry biased list! How will it see comments when it is not a true refection of what they people think. And how did they come about this list? Did they do a research of the cinemas at the box office to know or just decide to promote a few of their indie friends by putting their names on the list? *Hisssss! I have seen a lot of films that came out last year and were great and are not on this list. People, do your own research and don’t allow some biased characters with axes to grind think/speak for you!

    • Nollywood Reinvented January 2, 2014 at 8:28 pm

      Wow! I just love how there must always be someone who thinks that everyone is getting paid for every and anything or that folks are being biased. Please dear Beulah, drop the negativity and see the movies listed then come and tell me that you don’t agree or make a valid argument without trying to straw man the entire post bikonu

    • Sodas & Popcorn January 3, 2014 at 10:06 am

      Hi Beulah, we can’t possibly spot all the good movies in a year and its a top 10, they all can’t fit in, I know movies like unforgivable, misfit, false and Alan poza are good contenders, but we can only do so much… So please let’s know the good movies you saw, share with us so we can see them too. Thanks

  • En0 January 1, 2014 at 10:50 pm

    Great movies…I really like The Meeting.
    Nollywood is seriously stepping up!
    We hope to see better movies in 2014.

    proudlynigerian.net

  • Anon January 1, 2014 at 10:57 pm

    I had high expectations for ‘The Awakening’ cos of the original screen play until the tough wanna be policeman pulled his badge and I saw LSPD like seriously why cant Nollywood be more original, also the main girl in the movie cannot act for shit, O.C Ukeje saved the movie for me tho *I love him*
    Torn and Desperate House Girls were just okay, The Meeting was the best for me.

  • Louisville chick January 1, 2014 at 11:07 pm

    Thanks to Uche Jumbo, Desmond Eliot, Rita Dominic and many others. They made watching Nigerian movie fun.

  • Onivie January 2, 2014 at 1:39 am

    I’m about to watch Finding Mercy, looking forward to it!!!

  • Onivie January 2, 2014 at 1:40 am

    I love this list, about to see Finding Mercy and looking forward to it. Looks like Joseph Benjamin was pretty busy this year!

  • Karo January 2, 2014 at 6:59 am

    I long lost interest in Nollywood films but with the kind of cover photos I just saw, I think I better go get them. Let me watch and see how interesting they are.

    http://www.karosstoryblog.blogspot.com

  • stella January 2, 2014 at 8:48 am

    LOVE THE CONTRACT KUDOS YVONNE GOOD JOB!

  • Olivia Ruth January 2, 2014 at 11:54 am

    So I somewhat agree with the list. I have been watching Nollywood movies since I was 12 and I have keenly followed since the earliest ones like “Living in bondage and “The Oath”. My big fear with lists like this is that we’ll start hyping only “a select set” of movies and then other movies that are just as good will be left in the sidelines. For example, just because Rita Dominic is in a movie does not guarantee that it’ll be a good movie – although I must say her performance in “The Meeting” was stellar! One of the reasons Nollywood has done really well is because at a point in time every Nigerian film had a fair fighting chance, but with this our new celebrity culture, I worry that the same 10 / 15 people will begin to monopolize what we’ll start to label as “good movies” and we won’t see (as often) the new raw talent that allowed Nollywood to break through! Well, I guess this whole process applies to a lot of things in the world. But I hope that’s not how Nollywood turns out. Looking forward to amazing Nigerian movies in 2014.

    • Nollywood Reinvented January 2, 2014 at 8:35 pm

      I love the part where you say that “this process applies to a lot of things in the world” because it genuinely does and it affects us all even when we’re fully conscious of it it still does.

    • Sodas & Popcorn January 3, 2014 at 10:01 am

      Dear Olivia, unfortunately, that’s how it is…everywhere, there are cabals and clicks. We are not even happy about some of these things, but we are movie critics, its not our business the monopoly and business decisions made, what we can do is criticize such decisions and advice them. Thanks for the comment, its a very valid observation.

    • Sopono January 4, 2014 at 6:46 am

      There is a star system everywhere in the world. Good movies without popular faces just need to spend more money promoting. I have watched all but Torn and Gods are not to Blame.

  • trufactoid January 2, 2014 at 12:06 pm

    The Meeting!!!!!

  • Funmie January 2, 2014 at 4:25 pm

    Where is Njoku? Help us begggg him to give paying irokotv plus subscribers d remainder (lol) of these movies. We have 2/3 outta 10 #sigh

    P.s – every list us biased.

  • whocares January 2, 2014 at 5:08 pm

    I am always on the search for Nigerian movies to watch and this is an excellent review not a list. Can you have monthly reviews of movies? or quarterly reviews? This is good, and my laptop may blow up from over heating as I am going to look for these movies now.

    • Sodas & Popcorn January 3, 2014 at 6:11 am

      Hello whocares, thanks for the comment. The thing is for a monthly roundup, you will need to have seen a whole lot of movies but I think we can work with quarterly review. You can follow us on twitter twitter.com/sodas_popcorn or facebook facebook.com/Sodasandpopcorn and you can ask for movie recommendations.

  • Stephanie January 3, 2014 at 2:16 am

    wow…am actually ashamed of myself. Ve actually not watched any of the movies der. And i tot i watched 9ja movies last yr *covers face*

  • Ady January 3, 2014 at 11:48 am

    the list is unacceptable without the Broken, it should be number one. finding mercy is crap

  • jojo January 5, 2014 at 5:56 am

    guys which website to watch the meeting

  • Seanord January 27, 2014 at 2:03 pm

    The Meeting was my best for the year…the three main cast did it for me…in short everybody including that Linda’s bf…I so love that film

  • Savannah January 28, 2014 at 9:28 pm

    Thanks for the list! With the way Nollywood pump out movies, its hard for an American girl to keep up! Much love to Mother Africa and my sisters & brothers!

  • BC February 3, 2014 at 6:55 pm

    Broken with Nse Ikpe Etim. Now thats a movie.

  • marsatto February 23, 2014 at 11:33 am

    the list wud av been perfect if broken starring nse etim was there…dat movie made me cry

  • NaijaUkgirl March 6, 2014 at 4:19 pm

    What about “On Bended Knees” with Chioma & Chet?
    Lovely, Lovely movie!! Best I’ve seen in a long time!

  • CO March 21, 2014 at 6:44 am

    Love the picks. Would like to add “volunteers”, not sure it is 2013 though, but a great movie! Kudos to the writer!

  • Tosin May 3, 2014 at 9:25 am

    So excited to see the film reviews and best of-s. Thank you.

    • Sodas & Popcorn
      Sodas & Popcorn September 18, 2014 at 8:35 am

      You are welcome Tosin

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