• Blue Jasmine – film review

    This weekend The Grey and I watched Blue Jasmine, the film written and directed by Woody Allen, for the second time and loved it even more. Cate Blanchett plays a New York socialite who falls from grace and turns to her adopted sister, Ginger, (played by Sally Hawkins who I’m a big fan of) who lives in a shabby San Francisco apartment and is a single mum with two young boys. Jasmine, as the Cate Blanchett figure decides to call herself, is deeply troubled and in denial about what has actually happened to her and is a dreadful judge of character alluding to men with social status rather than those…

  • Film review: Pride without a fall

    The Grey and I opted for the film Pride last weekend. Reviews were not raving but with a sterling cast and based on a true but very unlikely story, we thought it worth a punt. That and the fact that I managed to get us the best seats in the house – F1 and F2 – don’t tell anyone. When we got there the local car park was surprisingly empty and I began to wonder if we were in for a howler but the cafe of the Kino was pretty buzzy and it was the last film on Sunday starting after 8.30pm so we braced ourselves. It turned out to…

  • Looking For Hortense

    I love French films and the current offering, Looking for Hortense or Cherchez Hortense, is no exception. Kristin Scott Thomas is brilliant in the film. As an actor, she never seems to stop working!  As far as I can make out she’s been in 67 French and English speaking films including 3 films already this year! Jean-Pierre Bacri and Kristin Scott Thomas play a well-off Parisian couple with an adolescent son who provides a lot of the humour. Jean-Pierre is a professor of Chinese culture teaching a class for business executives preparing to work in China and Kristin plays an avant-garde theatre director. Their marriage is not in a good…