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65% #Outof100 – Sky Atlantic’s Guerrilla

If I take away all expectation, disappointment and confusion, the series isn’t all bad. There are a few strong moments. Everyone acts brilliantly Martello-White, Pinto, Ceesay, Mosaku, Ashton the whole cast in fact, stand out in various parts. But I’d say, British TV gatekeepers, we definitely need more of our stories told. We definitely need more series’ that depict our British Black history accurately and if you can’t make it there is an abundance of British Black storytellers who are more than ready.

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75% #OutOf100 – Fast & Furious 8: Fate of the Furious

Who knew I’d enjoy this quite so much! I must admit, I saw the trailer for Fast & Furious 8 before a screening of Get Out and rolled my eyes. I mean how many ways can you film speeding cars? No, I’m not a fan of car chase scenes. Yes, I’m absolutely okay with sexist comments about girls not getting it being applied here. But I’ve always hated films which rely heavily on cars speeding unnecessarily through the streets, knocking over people, water cans and strategically placed watermelons! They’re predictable, boring and obvious plot fillers. Enter 2001’s Fast & Furious, call a car chase a race and...

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90% #OutOf100 – Six Rounds by Marcus Flemmings

Six Rounds pulls no punches in setting the tension right from the start by stating the riots that occurred in the London boroughs in 2011 was sparked by the murder of an unarmed Mark Duggan by a Metropolitan police officer, a tragedy which still strikes an uneasy chord in many people. This initial tension cleverly intensifies in the next scene which reminiscent of the opening sequence in Raging Bull (1980); Martin Scorsese’s cinematic masterpiece; shifts focus onto two Boxers in a ring slugging it out trying to be first in landing the penultimate deciding blow. A duelling theme definitely seems to be intrinsically woven throughout the piece...

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75% #OutOf100 – City of Tiny Lights Starring Cush Jumbo & Riz Ahmed. In Cinemas Friday April 7th

So my new crush is Riz Ahmed. A little obvious because he’s Hollywood’s new darling. But he’s British so we claim him first. Since the days of Shifty (2008) Mr. Ahmed has come a long way from Wembley. City of Tiny Lights, set in West London is the film adaptation of British author, Patrick Neate’s crime-thriller novel of the same name. Neate’s  novel synopsis is as follows: Tommy Akhtar is a Ugandan Asian cricket fan, devoted son, and not very successful private investigator with offices over his brother Gundappa’s mini-cab firm in deepest West London. He’s just woken up from his...

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80% #OutOf100 – New Sci-Fi, Life Starring Ariyon Bakare, Ryan Reynolds & Jake Gyllenhaal

Well I liked it. More than I expected to. Reading the pre-news about the latest sci-fi, Life didn’t offer up anything that made me think, ooh this will be different from the others that have come before it. The synopsis: Astronauts (Jake Gyllenhaal, Rebecca Ferguson, Ryan Reynolds) aboard the International Space Station are on the cutting edge of one of the most important discoveries in human history: the first evidence of extraterrestrial life on Mars. As members of the crew conduct their research, the rapidly evolving life-form proves far more intelligent and terrifying than anyone could have imagined.  Pretty straight...

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