100 Streets (2016)

100 Streets
Director: Jim O’Hanlon
Writer: Leon Butler
Cast: Idris Elba, Gemma Arterton, Tom Cullen, Ryan Gage, Kierston Wareing, Franz Drameh, Ken Stott, Charlie Creed-Miles, Ashley Thomas
Seen on: 6.4.2017

Within a few blocks in London, different lives intersect. Emily (Gemma Arterton) and Max (Idris Elba) have had better times as a couple. As former rugby player Max descends into drugs, adultery and aggression, Emily finds herself a new old lover in Jake (Tom Cullen). Meanwhile cab driver George (Charlie Creed-Miles) and his wife Kathy (Kierston Wareing) are trying to have a baby, but have to opt for adoption which proves to be a new challenge. And Kingsley (Franz Drameh) has been sentenced to community service at the local cemetery with caretaker Terrence (Ken Stott) who sees Kingsley’s artistic potential.

Before stumbling on 100 Streets, I thought, “A film with Idris Elba and Gemma Arterton aka two of the hottest people currently on earth who also happen to be talented as fuck and favorites of mine? HOW HAVE I NEVER HEARD OF THIS?” Having seen the film now, I know: some films are deservedly unheard of.

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Weekend (2011)

Director: Andrew Haigh
Writer: Andrew Haigh
Cast: Tom Cullen, Chris New, Jonathan Race, Laura Freeman
Part of: identities Festival

After hanging out with his best friend Jamie (Jonathan Race), Russ (Tom Cullen) spontaneously hits up a club where he meets Glen (Chris New). They head back to Russ’s together. But what starts as a simple one night stand quickly develops into an intense and intimate weekend spent together.

There were some good parts to Weekend. It just got a little boring with all the reflection and discussing (even if it was pretty intelligent) and the absence of an actual plot.


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