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Movie recommendations please !
I've watched some newish movies recently ... 

The Last Word – Shirley MacLaine and Amanda Seyfried. A crusty old doyen of the advertising world decides she wants her obituary written and approved before she shuffles off this mortal coil. The obit writer has to discover who this woman really is underneath the prickly exterior. It’s a feelgood, fairly improbable yet predictable romp, and good escapist fun for all that, with a couple of interwoven parallel threads of self-discovery. Shirley MacLaine is a great actress and her character, who among other things becomes a DJ at the age of 81, is a big fan of The Kinks, Eddie Cochran and high fidelity sound.
 
The Post – leads by Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks, both of whom are such incredible chameleons. She plays Katherine Graham, the first female publisher of a major American newspaper, The Washington Post – Hanks plays the editor, Ben Bradlee. Based on fact (largely), it’s about the disclosure of the Vietnam War documents, the classified Pentagon Papers through the press, just prior to the Watergate affair. The New York Times got there first and had been silenced by the Supreme Court when documents were revealed to the Post and Graham had to decide whether or not to run the story just as they were launching the company on the stock exchange. A serious dilemma for a woman who wasn’t taken all that seriously and a good portrait of the era and the stereotypes of that time. Tom Hanks plays his part with real finesse and Meryl Streep is brilliant, as always.
 
Viceroy’s House – Hugh Bonneville, Gillian Anderson, Manish Dayal, Huma Qureshi and Michael Gambon in major roles. Based on the final days of the raj, when Lord Louis Mountbatten and his wife Edwina held the posts of Viceroy and Vicereine. It deals with the divisions between Hindu and Muslim, the territorial debates and the tactical geographical partition of India. Terrible business – thousands and thousands of people were displaced and died while men wielding power in other countries, never having set foot on the subcontinent, determined their fate. The internal factions and their leaders were not blameless either. Not in depth enough for a full understanding of the whole scenario but enough to spark interest if one is inclined to want to discover more. An impossible romance is also part of the picture and Lady Mountbatten is portrayed in a fairly good light which apparently fits with the work she really did do to try and alleviate some of the suffering. Nice soundtrack by A.R. Rahman - as it should be.
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Movie recommendations please ! - by SteveO - 13-12-2013, 19:32
RE: Movie recommendations please ! - by Lovely Linda - 19-09-2017, 03:08
RE: Movie recommendations please ! - by Lovely Linda - 15-10-2017, 01:33
RE: Movie recommendations please ! - by Lovely Linda - 29-11-2017, 02:00
RE: Movie recommendations please ! - by Ruby - 28-05-2018, 20:52
RE: Movie recommendations please ! - by Ruby - 29-05-2018, 13:52
RE: Movie recommendations please ! - by Ruby - 04-06-2018, 21:38
Movie recommendations please ! - by Jerome - 19-02-2016, 08:38

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