6 Unmissable Films This April
Written by: Violet Myers
Who doesn’t love a trip to the movies? It’s cheaper than a musical, more ethical than a public execution and where else can you see Michael Fassbender’s bare naked member splashed across a 25 foot screen? Seriously, is there anywhere? I need to know… It’s for a… friend.
Nudity of a modern day Adonis aside, here are six films coming out this April that we just can’t wait for.
Directed by Toby Tobias, starring Iggy Pop.
A campy noir thriller, which is a directional debut for Toby Tobias. Starring Iggy pop as a half blind, ageing rock star in an incredible Daniel Day Lewis style turn, that’s so out of character he’s sure to be beating away Oscar nominations with a stick.
Elvis & Nixon
Directed by Liza Johnson, starring Kevin Spacey and Michael Shannon.
Can you guess which one Spacey’s playing? Sadly, it seems we may have to wait a few more years to see Spacey putting on his blue suede shoes. Based on a somewhat true story, this ludicrous comedy about a meeting between the President of the United States and the King of rock and roll promises to be as funny as it is bonkers
Directed by Sebastien Silva, starring Kristin Wiig.
After success and critical acclaim for his 2013 thriller ‘Magic Magic’ Sebastien Silva returns with an offbeat comedy, sure to be the funniest film about infertility since ‘Children of Men’. When Polly (Wiig) decides she’s ready to become a mother, her gay best friend Freddy (Silva) steps up to the turkey baster.
Whisky, Tango, Foxtrot
Directed by Glenn Ficarra and John Requa, starring Tina Fey, Martin Freeman, Margot Robbie.
Based on the bestselling memoir ‘The Taliban Shuffle’ Fey plays Kim Baker, an American reporter sent to Afghanistan to cover the war… are you laughing yet? From the directing team that brought you ‘I Love You Phillip Morris’ and ‘Bad Santa’ the dark comedy promises plenty of wit, explosions and observations about being a white woman in a Muslim war torn country.
Florence Foster Jenkins
Directed by Stephen Frears, starring Meryl Streep
Following the success of ‘Philomena’ and ‘The Queen’, Stephen Frear’s shows his talents once more for directing wonderful female characters of a certain age. Streep plays possibly her most sympathetic and loveable character to date as the tone deaf heiress who’s only wish is to sing.
The Jungle Book
Directed by Jon Favreau, starring Scarlett Johansson, Idris Elba, Billy Murray
With an all-star cast and featuring music from Richard M. Sherman, the composer who wrote the original 1967 soundtrack, Jon Favreau brings Rudyard Kipling’s classic to life.
By gum there are a lot of winter markets this year. Fueled by sickly sweet mulled wine and overpriced pulled pork sliders, we’ve managed to wade our way through the murky waters of winter markets and find some decent looking ones round this here part of town. Don’t let our Grinch-esq vibes put you off (I’m more of a Pancake Day person myself) because, if you’re into markets, you’ll probably like these. Read on, if you’re merrier than us.
Take a short walk along Finsbury Park’s own sunset strip and you’ll find MoseyHome, an interiors retailer and styling consultancy who have invited us to collaborate with them on an exciting new series titled 'Style My Shop', in which they invite some of London's most talented interiors experts to quite literally style their shop. Interiors porn at it's finest.
Why was the snowman sad? Because he had a meltdown. Much like us, every year, when winter comes. It’s cold, it’s dark, and we know Christmas is on its way. But hey, it’s not all bad – the events round this time of year can be pretty swell. So don your scarf-shawl-blanket and get your frolic on, it’s time for fairy lights, scarfing mulled wine and stuffing your face!
Touch, taste, smell, hear and create art. Smith & Sinclair, purveyors of the Edible Cocktail, presents The Flavour Gallery: a multi-sensory adventure that’ll seduce your senses and tickle your taste buds beyond all imagination. Ooh matron!
Brush the cobwebs off your sexy banana costume; it’s that time of year to make a tit of yourself in fancy dress again. We’ve rounded up the most spine-chilling Halloween happenings in North London and, trust us, they sound horrendous. Be afraid, be very afraid.
God bless the Queen... of Hoxton. Or, more specifically, their rooftop - which happens to be one of our favourites in this here city of London. These guys are well known for creating beautiful, seasonal pop-ups which have included the Nordic Viking themed 'Skye Halla' and the Neverland inspired 'Bangarang'. This winter make way for 'The Moroccan Medina', a sky high hideaway inspired by the romanticism of the beguiling ancient city of Marrakesh.
Next time you need a caffeine hit why not take it from a cup brewed from Jamaican beans grown under a canopy of rainforest-preserving trees, whilst eating a home made vegan banana bread as you sit among an array of sweetly scented blooms. Welcome to Mento, Finsbury Park.
Pilgrim, the newest kid to Hackney's pop-up scene, is a unique dining experience inspired by the Camino de Santiago pilgrimage. This six course tasting menu includes regional dishes with a contemporary twist not yet seen before in London.
Recent times have seen an unnerving surge in right-wing politics. President Trump’s campaign to ‘make America great again’ saw him make the audacious promise to ‘build a wall’. France saw the uneasy ascent of Marine Le Pen’s National Front in its general elections and Germany’s AfD, (the first openly nationalist party in almost six decades) celebrated an unprecedented third place victory in its recent elections.
Summer is officially over. We're not sure it ever began in the first place. I guess that's one of the few downsides of living in London (other than crippling debt, tube strikes and Boris Johnson), but I digress... Magic Roundabout Old Street is raising the bar for winter, transforming the site into a tented, heated, 'Decades' inspired wonderland.
Guess who’s back, back again. Fat Macy’s back, tell a friend. No, really. Tell everyone about it. Fat Macy's supper club came back into our lives and this time around they had their Middle Eastern Feast on at the cute as a button Luminary Bakery in Stoke Newington, with a menu inspired by Ottolenghi and the #CookForSyria campaign.
Getting shouted at by a burly prison guard with a buzz cut and an offensively loud American accent isn't usually the way one wishes to begin one's night. Nevertheless, as I clamber into a very large (cheers guys) orange jumpsuit, the guard shoves a bottle of Conkers Gin wrapped in a thin towel (no fluffy Egyptian cotton here lads), into my now somewhat clammy hands. Whispering hastily at me to not get caught by the warden I'm ushered off in single file into the depths of Alcotraz.
If you haven’t heard the news yet, the world’s first black bookshop is back. Yes, after months of campaigning for funding and volunteers, New Beacon Books has reopened after threat of closure with a brand new refurb to boot. Established in 1966 by John La Rose and Sarah White, New Beacon Books is the UKs longest running independent bookshop specialising in African-Caribbean literature, cards and artwork.
London cocktail week is upon us. To be honest I can think of nothing worse than strapping on a wristband, carrying around a guidebook and queuing up for something that just needs to be brought to my sorry, tired old lips immediately. Apparently this year however, Drink Up London have released an app that eliminates all of the above nonsense. Get your ticket, download the app and get enjoying your £6 cocktails all week long. Just remember to flash your digital pass to the bartender first.