Film review: This Is Where I Leave You

Based on Jonathan Tropper’s novel of the same name, this 2014 film is about a family of grown-up children returning home for their father’s funeral.   Director, Shawn Levy, is best known for Date Night, with Tina Fey, and the Night At The Museum films, with Ben Stiller. However viewers expecting a caper will find most of the high jinks take place within the sharply … Continue reading Film review: This Is Where I Leave You


Why I love Weeds

In a prim Californian suburb, looking much like those in the Brady Bunch or Desperate Housewives, Nancy Botwin, played by Mary Louise-Parker, is trying to get by. Any similarity with any other show ends there.   I didn’t get it when I watched it as a non-widow. Maybe I was expecting Mary Louise-Parker to be playing her character, Amy Gardner, from The West Wing. Weeds … Continue reading Why I love Weeds

Our favourite widowers on film

Our favourite widowers on film (today anyway)

Sam Baldwin, played by Tom Hanks, in Sleepless in Seattle   Andrew Shepherd, Played by Michael Douglas, in The American President   Sean Maguire, played by Robin Williams, in Good Will Hunting   Daniel, played by Liam Neeson, in Love Actually   Graham, played by Jude Law, in The Holiday   Quoyle, played by Kevin Spacey, in The Shipping News   Drover, played by Hugh … Continue reading Our favourite widowers on film (today anyway)

Film review of Truly Madly Deeply

Film review: Truly Madly Deeply

This is how the UK did intelligent, romantic comedies before Four Weddings and a Funeral.   Back in the very early nineties, things were a bit more shabby. Emotions were intense, plants looked unhealthy, people shouted a lot and no one looked as if they were coming from or headed to a career in modelling.   Nina, played by Juliet Stevenson, is stuck in a … Continue reading Film review: Truly Madly Deeply