by Anne Hunt
The story of male strippers may seem like a strained plot device but, for whatever reason, it worked. Flowing much more like a character piece than a titillating semi-porn film, it worked and brought Channing Tatum’s abs into our world. Now Gregory Jacobs takes the helm from Steven Soderbergh in the sequel to the 2012 hit Magic Mike which comes (sorry) to cinemas this weekend and here’s why you should go see it.
by Mahesh Subramaniam
Iceland is known for its sunless winters and scenes that bounce from dark autumn Iceland to bright sunny Florida. Within this exaggerated the isolation of Iceland, we get see how much the citizens were missing. Baldvin Zophoniasson delivers a different perspective of Iceland in Life in a Fishbowl. Based in the gloomy backdrop of the counties 2008 economic crash, it centres itself around three characters whose lives externally contrast each other's but internally mirror one another's struggles.
by Robbie Jones
Every year, the East End Film Festival shows some really great stuff. Unfortunately, some of the films don’t always hit the mark. That’s definitely the case with Kristjan Thor’s (Best name ever) second feature film, Astraea.
When a disease nearly wipes out the entire human race, a telepathic young girl named Astraea (Nerea Duhart) has a vision that convinces her there are survivors in Northern Canada. She goes on five thousand mile journey with her half brother (Scotty Crowe) in the snowy wilderness, hoping to rebuild life as she knew it. They stumble across a couple living in Maine, and stay with them, though Astraea yearns to keep exploring, in hopes of finding her family.
by Jo Johnstone
A religious hoax may seem like an odd topic for a film. From crying Madonnas to Jesus found on a slice of toast, there have been some crazy ones over the years. It would seem to be the focus of a cheesy goofball comedy. Yet in Ghadi, director Amin Dora has created a film filled with wit and warmth set against an elaborate deception about a young boy.
Playing at this year’s East End Film festival Ghadi was a contender for Lebanon’s submission to the Academy Awards. The film is a quirky yet touching look at the life of one man and how the arrival of his youngest child changes his life and his community.
by Cookie N Screen
Who doesn’t love a good horror movie, aye?
Well, I know many of us on I’m With Geek - well - don’t. Yes, your gangly group of nerds like to run behind the sofa every time something gory comes on the screen, clutching on to our cuddly Batman toys and wishing that the caped crusader could come save us. Yet despite wanting to piss myself every time I watch a film, I do love the fear and the crawling nauseating elements to it so much so that the news of Film4 FrightFest 2015’s line-up is extremely exciting.
by Aly Lalji
Think of The Terminator. What’s the first thing that springs to mind? Is it the ten bar drum beat intro followed by the catchy keyboard melody? Is it the T-1000 sprouting out its liquid metal knifed arms? Or is it the anticipation of Arnie uttering “I’ll be back?” Whatever your best memory of the Terminator franchise is, Arnold Schwarzenegger is back…literally.
At last, the fifth Terminator instalment is here and it has an interesting premise bringing something fresh to the table. Already Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines is now considered ancient history and Terminator Salvation is barely recalled, no pun intended. It just demonstrates that the franchise cannot be successful when Arnie was too busy being The Governator instead of The Terminator.
by Aly Lalji
It was a time of soul, funk and afros. Black leather jackets, dark shades and the swagger attitude meant that you could join a party of courage but controversy would be the only possible outcome.
With The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution, Stanley Nelson Jr has directed his documentary with flair. His passion to tell the true story of The Black Panthers educates the viewer with a pivotal moment of 1960’s American history. However, the documentary is practically biased, favouring the Panther movement and making the police the antagonistic force.
by Robbie Jones
It’s a small world, isn’t it?
There are connections and ties amongst the people we know that we never even knew about. Sometimes, it’s a nice surprise, to know that you have friends in common with the people you love. Sometimes, it’s not so great, as shown in Elsewhere NY, Jeffrey P. Nesker’s new film showing at the East End Film Festival.
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