Vera Drake: Films in 50 words-ish

Suffering less than most from Leigh’s tendency to err on the side of caricature, Vera Drake is a tender, often comic portrait of 1950s Britain; optimism’s emerging alongside consumerism; rationing’s created a burgeoning black market. And well-meaning, naïve Vera’s unthinking willingness to ‘help girls out’ opens her to exploitation and ultimately rips her Continue reading

Detox in 28 days… or by ‘Misery Monday’

‘A Cardiff University academic has pinpointed this Monday – 24 January – as the most depressing day of the year: a dark cocktail of foul weather, failed resolutions and overdue Christmas bills’, warned Saturday’s Independent, before launching into a vast array of useless tips on how to survive it from people without ordinary Continue reading