In Rachel Boynton's "Big Men", Nigerian journalist, Patrick Naagbanton, tells us with conviction: "Everyone is striving to be a big man or big woman. I mean there is a savage struggle for wealth." And this indeed proves to be true when it comes to speculating for big oil in (or from) Ghana, Nigeria and the USA. Although, I must add that the documentary "Big Men" is, categorically, about how (only) men tussle for recognition, power and money derived from the oil business. You will find a noticeable absence of women's perspectives (in this ubiquitous tale of resource speculation and inequality), except for the three lone voices of the filmmaker, a random local newscaster, and the then (2009-2011) minister of culture and attorney general of Ghana, Betty Mould-Idrissu. This does leave the viewer wondering, where have all the women gone in this "savage struggle" for black gold?
Joe Cornish's "Attack the Block" is a fast paced and absolutely funny film about a posse of London teens who protect their housing block from a mass of marauding aliens. John Boyega is brilliant as Moses, the leader of the pack; as too are the other young actors, including the lovable 'wannabe bad boy teens' Sammy Williams (Probs) and Michael Ajao (Mayhem). Be sure to watch it, especially if your sides can take so many bare laughs.