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Author: Akua Gyamfi

85% #OutOf100: Thor: Ragnarok is Silly, Over the Top and Really Quite Good.

Thor: Ragnarok is the third instalment of the Thor narrative after, Thor (2011) and Thor: The Dark World (2013) and it’s the fifth time we’ve seen Thor on screen – he appears in Avengers Assemble (2012) and Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015). I do love Marvel films, and the whole superhero thing, but not overly invested. When Thor was next to be adapted I was mostly happy that Idris Elba was cast as the all seeing Norse God, Heimdall. This is when colourblind casting works. (Quiet geeks). I’m not even going to pretend that I remember all the threads and tales of Thor’s journey as the superhero who looks like he belongs on...

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65% #OutOf100 – Sweet Country an Interesting Take on Racism in 1920s Australia.

Overall, I’m not sure if I liked this film. I spent a lot of time watching it with my brow furrowed. There are some brilliant fleeting scenes. Notably when you look at empty the IMDB pages of the Aborigine actors in this film, it’s a reminder of who is not represented in the major arts. But, the story is important, if only to once again shed light on the injustices the western world has put indigenous people across the globe through. That said, I’m getting tired of seeing people of colour in epic narratives depicting their suffering at the hands of angry White Fellas.

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91% #OutOf100 – Dee Rees Pulls off a Slow Burning Soulful Film with Mudbound #LFF2017

First of all watching Mary J. Blige on the big screen in an epic film like this, is a little bit emotional, like watching your best homegurl living out the dreams you know she’s been harbouring since you met in primary school. It’s also a bit surreal to see someone you’ve grown up with; used to them vocally soundtracking the highs and lows of your life, delivering such a soulful character as Blige serves us Florence Jackson. Although Florence has more scenes in silence than actually speaking, she evokes the absolute woman we think the Queen of Hip Hop...

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#TBB10 With Rising Star Isis Davis – Winner of two 2017 British Urban Film Festival Awards

Isis Davis is a proud West Londoner from humble beginnings. As an actress, her career has moved from short films including Crack, Notting Hill Girl and Cover Me (nominated for Best Short in this year’s BUFF Awards) to TV series’ that spread across the UK and America including most recently, Guilt for Lionsgate, and Electric Dreams produced for Channel 4 with Sony which is now being advertised and will be aired later this month. From these successes, Isis has been signed by LA Manager Brendan Thomas at Authentic. Her one woman show This Is Who I Am, that she put...

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90% #OutOf100 – IT Reboot is Almost Everything We Wanted. In UK Cinemas NOW

I’ve already spoken about IT by Stephen King ranking in the top 5 of my top 10 all time favourite novels. I’ve also discussed how much I frickin hate horror films. But because of my whole fan of Stephen King anomaly thing I’ve been eagerly anticipating this latest film adaptation since hearing the rumours IT was going to happen. Thanks to a preview screening at the BFI this week, I have watched IT and I’m glad to say I survived and I’m quite satisfied. (Side note, the BFI will be honouring Stephen King and his films with a dedicated Stephen King...

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#TBB10 Gets to the ‘Dead Truth’ with Filmmaker Josh Burton

Josh Burton is the man behind, ‘the world’s first entirely one man made cinematically released film.’

Burton’s one-man-made independent feature length film The Dead Truth, which he wrote, produced, filmed, directed, edited, and acted in, by himself, will bring you a literal roomful of continuous drama, as well as a light touch of humour, all through a spiral of deceit and compelling storytelling.

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70% #OutOf100 – ‘Everything, Everything’ Starring Amandla Stenberg Is a Sweet YA Film Not for Parents

So this film is not, I repeat NOT for parents. It’s also not for film critics, thinking critically. For Everything, Everything you need to suspend a few things. Adapted from the popular YA novel of the same name by Nicola Yoon, Everything, Everything tells the tale of Maddy (Amandla Stenberg) a smart, curious and imaginative 18-year-old who is unable to leave the protection of the hermetically-sealed environment within her house because of an illness. Olly (Nick Robinson) is the boy next door who won’t let that stop them from being together. Gazing through windows and talking only through texts, Maddy and...

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