March Film Picks
Appropriate Behaviour (Released 6th March)
This alternative and unique comedy is the debut feature of writer, director and star Desiree Akhavan. Born to Iranian parents, Akhavan taps into her real life experiences to document Shirin’s struggle in pinning down her identity, as she tries to be true to herself while also pleasing her deeply traditional parents. As an unconventional take on both LGTB and ethnicity struggles, Appropriate Behaviour provides a refreshing new angle among the ultra hipster streets of Brooklyn.
Chappie (Released 6th March)
Any film from District 9 director Neill Blomkamp is worth investigating, with his latest, Chappie, delving into the well-trodden world of artificial intelligence. Set in a near future South Africa, a decommissioned police droid is stolen and reprogrammed so that it becomes sentient (think Ex Macina). With Blomkamp at the helm and a strong cast including Hugh Jackman, Dev Patel, Sigourney Weaver and Sharlto Copley as the voice of Chappie, sci-fi fans will be hoping for an improvement on Blomkamp’s last offering, Elysium, especially given his recent appointment as the director of the highly anticipated Alien sequel.
The Gunman (Released 20th March)
Coming from the French director of the first Taken film, this is certainly one for full-throttle shoot ’em up fans. It may feel like we’ve been here several hundred times before, but with Sean Penn, Idris Elba, Ray Winstone and Javier Bardem featuring, this action-packed thriller looks set to deliver on some levels at least. Penn plays a former Special Forces soldier suffering from PTSD, who is forced to flee as he attempts to clear his name. There is plenty of globetrotting, a Taken-style kidnapping and probably a rather high body count; what more could you want?