Reviews of movies and TV focused on women

Tag: Maggie Smith

  • Downton Abbey: A New Era review

    Downton Abbey: A New Era review

    Downton Abbey: A New Era has so many things happening, and so many happy endings, that you don’t notice that the 2022 spinoff from the popular TV series is over two hours long. The time is bursting with a big cast, lots of changes, and the continued emphasis on the continuity of family brought up […]

  • Downton Abbey (2019), clever capers and royal visits

    Downton Abbey (2019), clever capers and royal visits

    Downton Abbey has spun off two movies from the popular TV series. This one, from 2019, is about a royal visit from King George V (Simon Jones) and Queen Mary (Geraldine James) that set the residents of Downton Abbey atwitter. It featured a delightful minor rebellion from the servants quarters that made the story fun.

  • Review: Tea with the Dames

    Review: Tea with the Dames

    The delightful 1 hour and 24 minutes you spend with Tea with the Dames will make you smile until your face hurts.

  • Review: Ladies in Lavender

    Review: Ladies in Lavender

    Ladies in Lavender is a throwback to the distant past. Ladies in Lavender was set in 1936 on the coast of Cornwall, but filmed in 2004.

  • Surprise! Old People are Underrepresented in Film

    Surprise! Old People are Underrepresented in Film

    A new study from the Media, Diversity and Social Change Initiative at the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism provides the data showing what we all know already – older people are ignored, underrepresented, or trivialized in film.

  • Review: Sweet Bean (An)

    Review: Sweet Bean (An)

    Sweet Bean is also titled An (the Japanese name for bean paste) and Sweet Red Bean Paste. No matter what you call this Japanese film, Sweet Bean is a warm, loving film about three people and food.

  • Review: The Lady in the Van

    Review: The Lady in the Van

    The Lady in the Van is a sweet comedy starring Maggie Smith as the lady in question and Alex Jennings as Alan Bennett and Alan Bennett. Alan Bennett is the real life playwright whose existence was invaded by a mysterious and eccentric lady in a van for 15 years. Alan talked to himself, hence Alex […]

  • Reprint: A Good Year for Elder Actors

    Reprint: A Good Year for Elder Actors

    [This post originally appeared at Time Goes By, written by Ronni Bennett. Thanks to Ronni for allowing me to reprint it here.] Not infrequently, I grumble out loud around here about how few roles, especially major roles, there are in film for elder actors. Our generation doesn’t get much representation on what in our youth […]

  • Watch This: Trailer for The Lady in the Van

    Watch This: Trailer for The Lady in the Van

    The Lady in the Van stars Maggie Smith as a homeless woman, Mary Shepherd, who parks her van in a man’s driveway and leaves it there for 15 years. Alex Jennings plays writer Alan Bennett, the man whose driveway is appropriated. It’s based on a real story. The film is based on a play by […]

  • Review: My Old Lady

    Review: My Old Lady

    For some reason, the previews for My Old Lady led me to expect a comedy. Maybe with a bit of romance thrown in. Well, there was a bit of romance and a bit of comedy, but it was really a serious drama about family pain, neglect, trauma, and ultimately love.

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