Life begins at 60?
Since I retired I have become a writer, flower arranger,judge for Yorkshire in Bloom assisted in and presented on a local radio station, volunteer on an allotment for adults with disabilities and help to run a social enterprise with profits going to mental health charities etc etc
I live in West Yorkshire and spend much of the summer at the Yorkshire coast.
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“The cinema is truth 24 frames-per-second” ― Jean-Luc Godard
Until recently, I hadn’t been to
the cinema (or the pictures as I still call it) for ages but I’ve made up for
that recently.There are no spoilers in
what follows.Any and all recommended
for their acting and screenplay.
Death of Stalin (2017)
This film, from director/Co-writer Armando
Iannucci of I’m Alan Partridge fame, and chronicles the chaos that follows
after the death of Stalin.This film is
so funny you have to keep reminding yourself that these events actually
The following were screened as part of the
Leeds International Film Festival:
Directed by Ofir Raul Graizer, this film
tells of Thomas, a young German baker, who has an affair with a married Israeli
man who spends a lot of time in Berlin on business.When Thomas finds out Oren was killed in a
car accident, he travels to Israel and gets himself involved in the life of his
lover’s widow.Quite a slow film, but it
keeps your interest to know what will transpire.
Florida Project (2017)
Directed by Sean Baker, this film tells of
poor families who live in Florida motels and how the streetwise children bring
themselves up with the hotel manager (Willem Dafoe) keeping an eye out for
them.The acting of the children was
Were Never Really Here (2017)
Directed by Lynne Ramsey (of We need to
Talk about Kevin), this is an action movie about a hired gun (Joaquin Phoenix).This film wasn’t my choice but it was well
put together but rather bloodthirsty for my liking.
Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool
Directed by Paul McGuigan
with a cast including Jamie Bell Annette Bening and Julie Walters, this drama
takes the story of American film star Gloria Grahame who finds romance in
Liverpool.Based on the book of the true
story of the author, Peter Turner.
The film below was shown as part of the UK
International Jewish Film Festival
Women’s Balcony (2016)
The directors of this Israeli film are Emil
Ben-Shirmon andShlomit Nehama
synagogue in Jerusalem turns into a battleground between husbands and wives,
when a new ultra orthodox rabbi decrees that it will not include a women’s
balcony meaning women would not be able to attend religious services. Naturally
the women win the fight!
Good films are like buses; none for ages then all come along at once. I much prefer the independent films and cinemas to the blockbusters at the mulltiscreens. For one, the audiences are much more appreciative and better behaved! Have you seen any good films lately?
Over the years I have had a bash at this without
much success.I’m not the hoarder
portrayed in those television programmes, more that I have a “just in case”
mentality. Recently, however, I’m having a really
good go at it and realise that you have to feel ready to succeed, no matter
what all the self help articles say. Since retiring I have reconfigured my
wardrobe, pruned my total number of clothes and thought carefully before
purchasing new pieces.Now I can see at
a glance what I have in the wardrobe, I wash and wear throughout the season and
no one has ever remarked on how often I have worn a certain item.Some of the clothes were not “quite right” on
me or perhaps the life style I aspired to and they had to go to the charity shop
and maybe they suit someone else better.I haven’t been able to cull my collection of scarves and handbags yet. At my age, I have accepted that there are
some skills I will never master and some pending projects which will never come
to fruition so that paraph…