The Shawshank Redemption (1994): Set in a male prison, run by a corrupt warden, sadistic guards and some predatory inmates. Rated as 4/5.
Bed Among the Lentils: an Alan Bennett monologue starring the incomparable Maggie Smith. Rated as 4+/5
Still Alice (2014): The story of a highly intelligent university lecturer’s descent into Alzheimer's Disease and the impacts it had on her family. Rated as 2/5.
Foyle’s War (Series 1, episode 3, 2002): An episode of the series set during WWII, involving Detective Chief Inspector Foyle, aided by his Sergeant, Paul Milner, and his driver, Samantha Stewart.
Carrie (1952): A melodrama from the 1950s starring Laurence Olivier and Jennifer Jones. A bit of nostalgia with plenty of twists and turns. Rated as 3/5.
Three Pines (2013): Based on a book, Gamache and his loyal inspector Jean-Guy Beauvoir investigate the murder of a much-loved retired schoolteacher. Rated as 3/5.
Stan and Ollie (2018): a fictionalised biography of the comedy partnership of Stan Laurel & Oliver Hardy which started in 1927. Rated as 2+/5.
Colossal (2017): It is a sci-fi fantasy about Gloria (Anne Hathaway) who moves back to her hometown after a relationship breakdown/job loss.
The One and Only Ivan (2020): An animated film based on best-selling author Katherine Applegate's award-winning 2013 book about Ivan, the headline act at a mall-based circus run by ringmaster Mack. Rated as 4/5
We are continuing with this approach for the class as the group is enjoying the variety of films and comments. We would welcome anyone who wishes to participate by sharing thoughts about films they have watched and interested in hearing comments about films others have watched. You can send me a message on firstname.lastname@example.org. Contributions are due by 14 October for our next “class”.