THE WAY (Icon). Martin Sheen and his son, director Emilio Estevez, walk the 800k Camino de Santiago, the famed pilgrimage, in the company of three bores, which is penance in itself. This sincere picturesque home movie, a Christian travelogue, is for the traveller who likes to do his travelling whilst sitting at home in an armchair. Sheen plays a grieving dad who sprinkles his dead son’s ashes along the route.
POINT BLANK (Sony). No, not the 1967 classic American John Boorman film, but a modern French thriller, excitingly directed by Fred Cavaye and edited at a fantastically fast-pace, with a great chase sequence in the Paris metro plus some, admittedly hilarious absurdities when the hero’s girl friend goes into labour at a most inconvenient moment.
POTICHE (StudioCanal). This old-fashioned and very thin and very stagey French farce (it is based on a boulevard play), has a strong feminist message awkwardly tacked on at the end. Catherine Deneuve is a trophy wife who takes over her husband’s strike-ridden umbrella factory and turns it around completely.
HARAKIRI (Eureka). Classic Japanese Samurai film, directed by Kobayshi Masaki, is set in 1630 when times were hard and the Samurai, unable to find work, would demand the right to commit harakiri (not for the squeamish) and hope they would be refused and offered charity instead. Things go disastrously wrong for one poor young man and the Samurai code of honour is found to be brutally inhuman and hypocritical. There is a riveting performance by Titsuya Nakadai as his avenger.
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Campaigns & Issues
Independent Age’s comments on the Autumn Statement
Independent Age Chief Executive, Janet Morrison said:
Increase in State Pension Age
"Independent Age accepts the logic for an increase in the State Pension Age, but for it to work we need measures to allow older people to work more flexibly as they approach retirement age, for example, to work part-time or in different roles.
"We also need to remember that, as now, not all individuals will be healthy enough to work until retirement age so we will need to look carefully about how we support people who do need to retire earlier.”
Raising state pension age is a betrayal of future generations
Britain’s biggest pensioners’ organisation, the National Pensioners Convention (NPC) has described today’s announcement by the Chancellor, George Osborne, to raise the state pension age as a “betrayal of future generations” based on inaccurate assumptions about life expectancy.
Dot Gibson, NPC general secretary said: "Contrary to the Chancellor’s claims, the Office for National Statistics has revealed that life expectancy is actually falling.
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Win a copy of NOW! That's What I Call Movies
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Featuring the iconic Bryan Adams’ ‘(Everything I Do) I Do It For You’, taken from Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, through to the Whitney Houston’s smash hit ‘I Will Always Love You’ taken from the 1992 film Bodyguard.
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Health & Wellbeing
Coffee may reduce the rise of prostate cancer
Recent research has demonstrated that there is a significant inverse relationship with coffee consumption and the development of nonaggressive, aggressive and fatal prostate cancer.
The study is of significance because Prostate Cancer is the most common cancer in men with over 40,000 new cases diagnosed every year.
Property & Finance
Autumn Statement overlooks chronic shortage of retirement housing in UK
Chancellor George Osborne’s Autumn Statement today was a missed opportunity to address some of the biggest housing problems in Britain.
Whilst there were a couple of housing announcements – namely that people living overseas will have to pay Capital Gains Tax for future gains on second homes bought in the UK from April 2015 and the pledge of £1bn of loans to ‘unblock’ large housing developments, other big issues were overlooked.
The Chancellor has demonstrated he is keenly aware that Britain has an ageing population - by raising the retirement age because of increased life expectancy, yet he continues to ignore the need for specialist retirement housing, currently in chronic short supply.
Leisure and Lifestyle
Having a dog is great – for your social life
Having a dog is good for your social life, adding an average of three friends to your social circle, according to new research.
The findings emerged from a detailed study carried out among 1500 dog owners, which discovered sharing casual greetings, anecdotes and tips on canine care on the daily walk opens new doors socially.
For one in twenty dog owners their pooches have led them to befriend more than 10 people they would not have met had it not been for their four legged friends.
Driving home for Christmas
Chris Rea’s song 'Driving Home for Christmas' is a one that resonates with many of us at this time of the year.
While it’s the time to spend with family and friends, many of us will be embarking on a car journey home before we enjoy the festive cheer.
But before you make that journey home, it’s important to do a few checks to the car.
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