End Credits: How to Talk to Girls at Parties

Plus: The Cured and Anon

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Taking inspiration from Neil Gaiman’s short story of the same name, How to Talk to Girls at Parties is a rather messy punk sci-fi affair set in the 1970s. After a gig and eager to continue their fun, two young punks, Vic and Enn, head to a strange, colourful latex-laden after-party. Here Enn meets Zan (Elle Fanning), a curious girl whom he falls for. But Zan and the rest of the party are aliens. Padding out the short story with some low budget effects, forbidden love and a punks vs aliens war, there are some interesting ideas but the film sadly lacks substance.

First zombies were slow and shuffling, then they were fast. We’ve had strong zombies, blind zombies, horde zombies, and now, in The Cured, we get smart zombies, well, ex-zombies. Living with what he did before he was cured from zombiehood, the formerly infected Senan (Sam Keeley) is trying to put his life back together. Living with his widowed sister in law (Ellen Page) and her son, the family face prejudice for “taking in a monster”. An intriguing and original take on the zombie genre, The Cured is full of ups and downs but, as all is not at it first seems, things occasionally fall apart.

Finally, Anon is a sci-fi thriller set in the near future where privacy doesn’t exist and memories are recorded to prevent crime. Investigating a series of murders Sal Frieland (Clive Owen) comes across a woman who somehow has no identity (Amanda Seyfried). Initially he suspects she’s the perpetrator but it turns out she may be the next victim in this GDPR nightmare.

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