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Fabafterfifty: Film Reviews

  1. Review of Churchill – the film

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    Review by Ceri Wheeldon Stills credit: © Graeme Hunter Pictures. There has been so much written about Winston Churchill, and so many portrayals of him in Film and TV, that you have to wonder how a film could bring anything fresh to its audience. Interestingly, focuses on just part of Churchill’s history…the build up to the D-Day landings.  Brian Cox’s portrayal of Churchill is superb  and believable. The film starts some three years after the Blitz at a time when everyone , including Churchill , is fatigued by the war.  The Americans have joined the war effort and Churchill is no longer centre stage – that mantle has been passed to Montgomery. The sacrifices Clementine Churchill had to make We see Churchill managing his frustration at coming...
  2. A visit to the Churchill War Rooms

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    Article by Geoff Moore The Churchill Cabinet War Rooms museum London.Picture by: www.thetraveltrunk.net Time travelling back 73 years was the impression I had when I visited the Churchill Cabinet War Rooms in London. Being allowed to walk around inside the sealed glass rooms of the museum in Whitehall has been an amazing experience. Even the smell within them is different. Every item on display was as they were left back in 1945 on the day Japan surrendered. The key moment for the Allies and Churchill was probably D-Day and it was in those rooms deep under London that history was made, planned and recorded. Being there many...
  3. The Sense of an Ending Film Review

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    Review by Ceri Wheeldon The Sense of an Ending is an adaptation of the novel by Julian Barnes – I hadn’t read the book, so I watched the film with fresh eyes . Jim Broadbent plays the character of Tony, who is divorced, running a small camera shop as he eases into retirement. Tony seems to be emotionally detached from those around him, living a quiet, orderly existence. Out of the blue he discovers that he is left a diary in the will of somebody he has not seen for decades. Why he should be left the diary, and why the contents are relevant to him, he has no idea. The bequest takes  him back to the past, with lots of flashbacks to the 1960s – and his...
  4. Meryl Streep talks about her role as Florence Foster Jenkins

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    Article by Ceri Wheeldon If you haven’t yet seen Florence Foster Jenkins…it’s not too late. Starring Meryl Streep  as Florence and Hugh Grant as her husband, it follows the rise (and fall) of socialite Florence, who believes she can sing and realises her ambition to sing at Carnegie Hall – with not quite the reception she had anticipated. Here is what Meryl had to say about playing this fascinating character! The film is full of humour and warmth. Meryl Steep as always is superb, and Hugh Grant, despite all his character’s faults , is still likeable as Florence’s husband. As he says in the film ‘Ours is a very happy home’ ….despite his lifestyle which most would find difficult to condone, although as the...
  5. Exclusive clip from the upcoming film I’ll See You in my Dreams

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    We have an exclusive clip from the upcoming I’ll See You in my Dreams, in cinemas on 12th February, Digital Download on the 22nd February and on DVD from 29th February.   A celebration of embracing later life the film explores friendship, love, and everything in-between and stars the sublime Blythe Danner as Carol who, after the death of her beloved dog, starts to find the everyday activities that have given her life structure – her regular bridge game, gardening, a glass of wine or two- have suddenly lost their luster. With the support of her three loyal girlfriends, Carol embarks on a journey to embrace the world again, by re-connecting with her daughter, striking up an unlikely friendship with her pool maintenance man and pursuing a new love...
  6. Baroness Shirley Williams on the film Testament of Youth

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    Article by Ceri Wheeldon When I was invited to a private screening of Testament of Youth with a Q&A beforehand with Baroness Shirley Williams I jumped at the chance . The film is an incredibly moving account based on the book  and letters by Vera Brittain (Shirley’s mother) of her experience during World War One and the impact of the war on her and her family, the losses suffered and her experience as a nurse on the front line. Vera was an incredibly courageous young woman – very much here own person, who went against everything that was expected of her  at the time by her parents and society. Brought up in an environment where her expected role was to ‘marry well’, she fought...
  7. Film Review: The Love Punch with Emma Thompson and Pierce Brosnan

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    Review by Ceri Wheeldon Not a serious film at all – but it did show how women can really embrace midlife! A divorced couple are forced back together to recover the money stolen from them – and all their future – but separate plans for their respective retirements disappear . The plot is a bit far fetched – but the film is light hearted and all good fun. As most of it filmed in the South of France the setting is lovely – who can resist the blue sea of the Cote d’Azur  and I enjoyed working out where the various scenes were shot – as I have been fortunate enough to spend quite a lot of time in the area  (there are occasions when having a French husband has advantages!) The underlying theme throughout the...
  8. As Robert Redford’s film, All Is Lost is released, we look back at his career highlights

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    Article by FabafterFifty Robert Redford is one of my all-time favourite actors. He starred in one of my favourite films, Out of Africa. As his latest film, All is Lost, is released, we take a look at his career which has spanned more than 50 years. It was while watching Indecent Proposal with my mother that I realised that love truly is blind, as she happened to whisper to me 2 he has more wrinkles than your father2. Not the first thing that would naturally come to mind if you compared Robert Redford to my lovely, but shall we say , follicly challenged father!   Robert Redford Career Highlights Robert Redford is one of the few actors in Hollywood that has had contestant involved in Hollywood for the duration of his career. Embarking on...
  9. Arbitrage – film review and my own red carpet experience!

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    Article by Ceri Wheeldon When I received an invite to the film premiere of Arbitrage with Richard Gere, how could I possibly say no?!  I had in fact already seen the film (at a press review), but the opportunity to see it again , with Richard Gere himself in attendance and experience the red carpet treatment would be fun. The Arbitrage film: A grown up film with a strong storyline, covering grown up issues and a good twist at the end. Richard Gere, Susan Sarandon take the lead roles as a long term married couple , living  what appears to be a gilded life – Richard Gere as a billionaire banker, and Susan as his wife who...
  10. Film Review and competition: Albert Nobbs (with Glenn Close). Win the DVD

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    Review by Ceri Wheeldon I have tremendous respect and admiration for Glenn Close as an actress. Having seen her play the lead role in Albert Nobbs, it is easy to see why she was nominated for an Oscar for the role. For those unfamiliar with the film , Glenn Close plays the part of a woman having to live as a man to survive in 19th century Ireland. Throughout the film you can feel her pain as she constantly lives in fear of being discovered and fights the isolation living her life as a man brings, but with a dream of escaping from the lonely situation she finds herself in. Not a ‘feel good’ film, but a film which highlights the lengths women had to go to in order...
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