Inveresk Film Review

Decided to view some films people have mentioned recently.

Steve Jobs was one of the worst films I have seen.

Lots of American shouting and arguing, difficult to understand what they were saying and even harder to understand what they were meaning.  Very repetitive.

I nearly walked out but I was in a very comfy sofa seat at the Dominion so stayed thinking there might be an interesting ending.  There wasn’t.



Brooklyn is based on Colm Tóibín‘s novel about a young Irish girl emigrating to New York.  She falls in love with an Italian plumber and marries him.

Her sister dies back in Ireland and the mother is devastated with her husband dead also and her other daughter so far away.

Saoirse returns to Ireland and gets a job and a boy friend to everyone’s satisfaction.  She is torn between the two sides of the Atlantic.

It is a lovely film and you will have to watch it to see the ending.  Probably more for the ladies but I had a tear in my eye and enjoyed it.


Can’t be bothered with Spectre.  I understand it is too long, too violent and too noisy.  Shame as I loved the original James Bond movies and went to the same ones several times.

Loved Sean Connery and had the pleasure of playing golf with him at Lyford Cay, Nassau, in an all Edinburgh four.  Rather dour and serious playing golf, single figure man.  Too good for me.


Freddy Lawson


John and I just saw Brooklyn today at Ocean terminal.  It was great.

Alice Chute


On a similar note The lady in the van is outstanding. Maggie Smith amazing. Very beautifully drawn film and I loved the well-meaning lefties from Camden – very much of the time.

Suffragette amazing!

Linda Kirkwood


Suffragette is a must see, most haunting film I’ve seen in ages and completely agree with Linda about the lady in the van, having just been to see it last night.

Becca Duncan


Brilliant film.  A little slow.  About a lady tramp taking advantage of a timid playwright in London.

Brings a tear to your eye about the wasted life of a concert pianist.  Well worth seeing.  A few home truths about ourselves in our seventies plus.

The Lady in the Van is a 2015 British drama film adapted by Alan Bennett from his 1999 hit West End play of the same name, which was nominated at the 2000 Olivier Awards for Play of the Year. It is directed by Nicholas Hytner, who directed the original production at the Queen’s Theatre in London. Starring Maggie Smith and Alex Jennings, it tells the true story about an elderly woman called Mary Shepherd who lived in a battered van on Bennett’s driveway for 15 years.[3] It was shown in the Special Presentations section of the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival.[4]

Smith has played Shepherd twice before, in the original 1999 theatrical production, which scored her a Best Actress nomination at the 2000 Olivier Awards, and in a 2009 Radio 4adaptation.

Fred Lawson

Been to the movies again.  This time at the decadent time of 9.30 am to see Suffragette.

Meryl Streep stars as upper crust Emily Pankhurst and Helena Bonham Carter as Edith, a chemist who makes explosives.

Having heard mixed reviews I am very glad I went.  Even the MCPs (Male Chauvinist Pigs) of you out there would be sympathetic to their cause.

I struggled with the cockney accents (put on I suppose). It was a film about our true history including the death of Emily Davison who through herself under the horses at the Derby in the presence of King George V in 1910.

Emotional and controversial with regard to the violence of the women blowing up pillar boxes etc and the reaction of the police, but the got their way.  Even Saudi Arabia is giving votes to women.

Interestingly it is the first time a film has been shot inside the House of Commons and Helen B-C is a great grandaughter of Asquith, the opposing PM of the time with Lloyd George as Chancellor of the Exchequer.

Fred Lawson


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