Book Club Film Review

Had Friday night view of this on DVD. It is about a group of post menopausal women reading 50 shades at their book club. The reading of 50 shades triggers the women to take greater interest in their sex lives. It is 15 rated so, it does not get explicit. Not great acting, but easy watching with fizz and popcorn for a Friday night.

July Summary

Finished more books this month than any month so far in 2019. Because had more time to read as holiday, finished Three Wishes which been reading for months when at my parents and listened to One Day on audio book.

British Isle Cruise Summary


What happened that night by Shalia Flanagon. Read whilst visiting Ireland.

What happened that Night book review

The Girl who came home, a fictional book about the Titanic which heard al ot about on holiday as cruised from Southampton to Cobh and Belfast.

Anyone read any fictional stories based upon the Titanic – Review of the Girl who came home

Three Wishes by Liane Moriarity.

This was a reread which still enjoyed second time round. It is about grown up triplets. It is a good story around interesting complex characters. I like the touch of the little chapters interspersed, through book where there is anecdotes from people with no real connection to the triplets that remember them being so noticeable as triplets.

Cuckoo by Sophie Drapper. A reasonable thriller.

My name is Emma Barton. Like Olive Kitteridge by same author, it is a book where not much happens, knowing this was author’s style, unlike with Olive then I could accept and enjoy as was not waiting for anything in particular to happen. Aesthetically my copy’s front cover consisted of two leaves with a cut out square on top cover to peek at second cover.

One day. Love this book. Would have loved a sequalae but in absence of a sequalae I have attempted to imagine what happened next and document by writing blog as Dexter’s daughter; Jasmine To help me write Jasmine’s blog I have been listening to it on audio book. I have also dipped into my battered copy. In the process of research I discovered this year was 10th anniversary of One Day being published and a anniversary addition has been published with a yellow cover and extract of Nicholas’s new book (not read it yet).

Listening to One Day I have found it more amusing than the two times I have read it.

Links to the blog posts so far that I have written for Jasmine’s blog are in the attached and there will be more during August.


First Man

Yesterday – loved it!

Yesterday Film Review

Christopher Robin

Watched this in background; I guess it was charming if cliched story of Christopher Robin as a stressed out adult rediscovering childhood joys through his old friend’s Winnie Poo and go.

Yesterday Film Review


Such a good film! It had: fabulous music, strong plot featuring both; romance, and comedy, it was thought provoking and poignant with quality acting. My review which goes into these points in more detail is spoiler free until just at the end which I have clearly labelled.


Music 🎶



Thoughts provoked

SPOILER ALERT 🚨 The ending

Music 🎶

As the show is all about Beetles music, as long as you don’t mind Beatles music. For me it was the Beatles songs I like best; the rockier ones some are slower and for me a bit dreary. There is such a range of Beatles songs, that it is hard to hate everyone and if you do then this world where they have influenced so much, is a tough one for you. Admittedly as a teenager I was taken to Liverpool, and a tour that included Beatles sites. I can not remember which sites, but I can remember being bored and unimpressed by Casbah but then, I did not know it’s history so could not imagine it’s former atmosphere. As it was I was there in dimly lit, unglamorous basement with hardly anyone else and a small cut out of Beatles on stage. Later that same summer, there was a series of programmes about the Beatles which I refused to watch with my parents.

Subsequently, I have been to Abbey Road, Penny Lane, Paul Mcartney and John Lennon’s childhood homes.


No spoiler, as you get from the trailer, that this is about a world where seemingly only one person remembers the Beatles he is called Jack.. How this happens is not explained in detail; this is not a sc fun movie. You just have to accept and not question how it happens that no one else around him remembers the Beatles and then go with the flow of the film. There is a romance strand to the film. Comedy comes from Jack parents. For example, in one scene Ed Sherran calls round and the Dad is oblivious.


Himesh Patel is sterling as Jack. Lily James’s character seemed very similar to that in Geurnsey potato pie; sweet and gentle. Sarah Lancaster is so talented at accents in this she does a Liverpudlian accent. Ed Sherran playing himself managed to do it un-self-consciousnessly and therefore did not distract from the plot.

Thought provoking

In a world where many young people want to be famous this raises questions about the impact of fame.

It is also thought provoking thinking about how the world could be different without the Beatles and how the lives of the Beatles members would be different if they had not become famous. I have had to google some of the references from the film.

The film states there would not be coke cola without the Beatles.

The above article gives more examples, to what is mentioned in the film such as no Linda Mcartney sausages kand Stella Mcartney fashion and no Thomas Tank with Ringo’s voice; which has soothed so many autistic children. The film also mentions no Harry Potter without Beatles but not been able to find the logic behind them.

It is debatable the affect not having the Beatles would have had on the music scene. They were just one band. But no other band in history have had so many songs. They can claim many firsts; appearing in own films, double albums etc… but surely without Beatles someone else would have got there first.

Without the Beatles there would be no Wonderwall360 blog or instragram. As without the Beatles there would be no Oasis. Liam would not have a son called Liam. Noel would not have had fish called Lennon and Mcartney.

The ending

Overall feel good film.


It was a lovely touch that in the film John got to 78years and counting and happy. A happy ending in itself. Then of course Jack gets his girl after twists and turns.

First Man (on the moon) Film Review

It is apt that in the month of the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing, I watched the film First Man which is based on the biography of that first man on the moon Neil Armstrong (20thJuly1969). I learnt from the film about the death of Armstrong’s daughter and colleagues in training incidents. At the time of watching, I did not know it was based upon a biography and found it a little dull; it seems they did not cherry pick from the biography or glamorise; poor special effects and lack of drama. Of course you know Armstrong is going to land on the moon, so you are not on edge of seat, waiting to see. Strangely the landing itself seemed a very minor part of the film ( or it may be I had switched off by this part at the end).

Although I was relieved to get to the end, I was left with thoughts of how remarkable the feat was given the lives lost to achieve the landing. However, I felt the story of the first landing on the moon could have been put across in a better way than basing it on a biography. Basing it on Armstrong’s biography means I was not enlightened as to the roles Buzz Aldrin’s and Michael Collins in actual landing

Supercalifraglicous? Mary Poppin Returns film review

If you hate musical films then you are unlikely to like this musical film. Some who like musicals or who can really get into the spirit of the film may find it enchanting. others will be les enthusiastic , perhaps you need t go with low exceptions, be a child or go with a child to get the most out of it. If you go expecting to hear the classics like Supercalifraglistic, you will be disappointed as the they are not in the film.

Personally I did not mind the musical numbers, but was not wowed by them. Perhaps I have been spoiled by the musicals of the preceding January’s: La La aLand and The Greatest showman; Poppins did not seem to be on the same scale.
It was a long film, but did not drag for me . I can not find much to specifically criticise; found some of the acting in the beginning before Poppin’s arrival a little wooden, I’m not a fan of animation and the film contained some animated scenes. Overall, it was a pleasant viewing experience, i just felt like others have said not completely wowed.

The Favourite Film Review

I was not sure I was going to like this film, being a period drama, but it was better than my other options such as transformer film (my friend had already seen my first choice Mary Poppins … more on that hopefully this week). However this is no Pride in Predjuice or Downton abbey (such a relief not to watch that for two hours on Christmas Day). It is slightly bizarre; especially the ending, comical and I have seen it described as a period romp. It is more of a satire of a period drama than actually being a period drama, so don’t be put off by the costumes. Equally do not go expecting an accurate history lesson. It is about a genuine Queen Anne who was Queen 1702 – 1708.

Feminists may like the focus on three females. Three women playing mind and other games with each other. Queen Anne switching her favouritism over two of her servants; Sarah and Abigail both battling each other to be her favourite and therefore have power over England. It is good to see a Queen of that time receiving and taking advice from women rather than men. For any men (or women) that like the idea of women together; it does happen but subtly.

The Ending ….


Near the end Abigail who has had the other servant Sarah banished and is feeling smug, sickeningly puts her foot on top of one of Queen Anne’s beloved rabbits. She makes the rabbit yelp before releasing it, but Queen Anne hears. To put Abigail in her place again, Queen Anne makes Abigail go down on her. I looked away for a minute at this point and when I looked at the screen it was all black. I wondered if it was the end or technical issue as it seemed very sudden. I have had to ask my friend / read up on it to find out what happened. Apparently it went from Abigail going down on Queen Anne to the screen filling with images of rabbits. Online people are proposing different theories for the rabbits which the Queen had one for each child that she had lost in pregnancy or shortly after birth. Perhaps they symbolise how the Queen was using Abigail for her pleasure; as though she was merely a certain battery operated toy rather than an actual person to love?

November Summary


Read two Maureen Lee. Liked the first that I read best: The house by Princess Park. It told the story of Ruby’s birth just as World war 1 ended. It then picks up different part of her and her many descendants stories; from bringing up children during World War One onwards onto millennium new year eve. The other was Stepping Stones.

The fell walker by Michael Wood. Loved that was set in Keswick in the Lake District and referenced places I know. Some suspense was built as regards the murderer. I enjoyed the narrative of the journalist Ben, but was not keen by this being interrupted by a different narrative strand. I did not fully buy the logic to the conclusion of the murder mystery. Certain plot devices near the end which were meant to be, dramatic seemed far fetched, yet it was too inevitable how the situation would conclude.


Bohemian Rhapsody: learnt about the band Queen which, was just before my time and was also entertained, so can not ask for much more.

Titanic: Movie Review {20 years later}

Feel so old; something else that I can remember from 20 years ago! I first saw it at the cinema – just the once; it is not often I rewatch films, so I was not one of the people that went to the cinema  countless times to watch it. However, I have rematched it once a few times after I first saw it. Last night I saw Titanic the musical and I think I would watch the film again.

I think the actual story of the Titanic and the mix of characters that was potentially on it, means it has great potential for stories. I think the story of the Titanic film was good.


via Titanic: Movie Review {20 years later}

Titanic film review

Tully: does it matter how post natal depression handled?

Been wanting to see, since saw trailer. Trailer shows an exhausted Mum with a newborn and two older children, getting a night nanny. The night nanny seems far too good to be true; you know there is going to be a twist. The film keeps you guessing almost to the end before revealing.

It has been criticised for not saying that the boy was autistic and the Mother had post natal depression, but I like that a person is not just their condition. Yes it romanticises post natal depression and does not make it clear how to handle / treat BUT this is not a documentary or educational film; it is a film for entertainment.

It entertained me! It has additionally prompted discussions about post natal depression.