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Andrea’s Film Review – The Boss Baby 2: Family Business

The Boss Baby 2: Family Business ⭐️⭐️ Review by Andrea Carnevali The Templeton brothers have become adults and drifted away from each other, but a new boss baby with a cutting-edge approach is about to bring them together again – and inspire a new family business. On in cinemas now. To quote one of the […]

Andrea’s Film Review – After Love (2020)

After Love (2020) ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Andrea’s Film Review Set in the port town of Dover, Mary Hussain suddenly finds herself a widow following the unexpected death of her husband. A day after the burial, she discovers he has a secret just twenty-one miles across the English Channel in Calais. Available on the BFI player. The downside of […]

Andrea’s Film Review – Tick Tick Boom!

Tick Tick Boom! ⭐️⭐️⭐️ Review by Andrea Carnevali On the cusp of his 30th birthday, a promising young theatre composer navigates love, friendship and the pressures of life as an artist in New York City. On in cinemas now. Tick Tick Boom is the latest directorial effort from Manuel Lin-Miranda (the genius behind the Broadway […]

Andrea’s Film Review – 7 Prisoners

7 Prisoners ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Review by Andrea Carnevali An impoverished teen seeking to escape the clutches of a human trafficker must weigh living up to his moral code against his struggle to survive. New on Netflix. Mateus, a young boy from a very poor family somewhere in the Brazilian countryside, accepts a job in São Paolo, […]

Andrea’s Film Review – Ghostbusters: Afterlife

Ghostbusters – Afterlife ⭐⭐⭐ Review by Andrea Carnevali The next chapter in the Ghostbusters story. In Ghostbusters: Afterlife, when a single mother and her two kids arrive in a small town, they begin to discover their connection to the original Ghostbusters and the secret legacy their grandfather left behind. Out in cinemas Friday 19 November 2021. […]

Andrea’s Film Review – Red Notice

Red Notice ⭐️⭐️⭐️ Review by Andrea Carnevali An Interpol agent tracks the world’s most wanted art thief. Netflix. One of the most enjoyable things about this shamelessly disposable heist/action/comedy is to see how critics (pretty much every single one of them) are slashing it to pieces on one side, while at the same time audiences […]

Andrea’s Film Review – King Richard

King Richard ⭐️⭐️⭐️Review by Andrea Carnevali Armed with a clear vision and a brazen, 78-page plan, Richard Williams (Will Smith) is determined to write his two daughters, Venus and Serena, into history. Out in cinemas Friday 19 November 2021. King Richard is certainly not going to revolutionise the ‘sport/biopic’ movie sub-genre. Over the years we’ve seen […]

Good COP or Bad COP – What can you do for your home to address climate change?   

Guest blog by Chiswick architect Paul Vick, who was at COP26 Green Zone in Glasgow on The Built Environment Day The bigger picture on climate change is global and can be rather overwhelming. With increased extreme climate change particularly abroad (forest fires, drought, flooding seeing famine, migration, increased conflict over scarce resources et al), the […]

Andrea’s Film Review – Eternals

Eternals ⭐️⭐️⭐️Review by Andrea Carnevali After the return of half the population in Avengers: Endgame (2019) ignites “the emergence”, the Eternals – a race of immortal beings with superhuman powers, created by the Celestials who have secretly lived on Earth for over 7,000 years – reunite to protect humanity from their evil counterparts, the Deviants. […]

Andrea’s Film Review – Dune

Dune ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️Review by Andrea Carnevali Paul Atreides, a brilliant and gifted young man born into a great destiny beyond his understanding, must travel to the most dangerous planet in the universe to ensure the future of his family and his people. As malevolent forces explode into conflict over the planet’s exclusive supply of the most […]

Andrea’s Film Review – Censor

Censor ⭐️⭐️Review by Andrea Carnevali After viewing a strangely familiar video nasty, Enid, a film censor, sets out to solve the past mystery of her sister’s disappearance, embarking on a quest that dissolves the line between fiction and reality. Now available on Mubi, via Amazon. After hearing glorious reviews from critics and horror fans alike, […]

Andrea’s Film Review – The Guilty

The Guilty ⭐️⭐️⭐️Review by Andrea Carnevali A demoted police officer assigned to a call dispatch desk is conflicted when he receives an emergency phone call from a kidnapped woman. Watch it on Netflix. The Guilty (2021) is the American remake of a Danish film from 2018 with the same title which won the Sundance Audience […]

Andrea’s Film Review – The Rescue (12A)

The Rescue ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Review by Andrea Carnevali The Rescue chronicles the dramatic 2018 rescue of 12 Thai boys and their soccer coach, trapped deep inside a flooded cave. Screenings at Chiswick Cinema Friday 12 & Monday 15 November 2021 When you watch a documentary which follows a story you thought you knew from news, and […]

Students accused of academic misconduct need better support

An enlightened university should offer all accused students expert representation, advice and support, says Daniel Sokol On 27 June, Alastair Hall, a 22-year-old radiography student at the University of Portsmouth, was found dead in his room in student halls. He had killed himself. A month earlier, the university had launched an investigation into suspected plagiarism […]

Chiswick Auctions holds a series of auctions around the theme of travel

From the days of the Grand Tour, travel has always provided a huge source of inspiration for art, photography, design and literature. Chiswick Auctions has a series of auctions coming up this autumn, across a range of their specialist departments, around the theme of travel. Image above: Johan Zoffany, The Tribuna of the Uffizi, 1772-77. The […]

Chiswick RNLI: View from the Tideway

By Jan Harris, Education Volunteer Did you know that the crews of the Chiswick Lifeboat station, many of whom are volunteers, are on duty 24/7 to rescue people whose lives may be in danger in the River Thames? But there are other volunteers like me who support them in their work – Education Volunteers – […]

Scramble to get rid of old cars as Chiswick becomes part of ULEZ zone

By Beccy Bollard People who live in Chiswick who own older, more polluting cars will face fines of £12.50 a day for every day they drive their vehicle unless they take action now. Over the past few weeks, select Chiswick residents have received letters from Transport For London warning them that their car will likely […]

The New Climate War – The Fight to Take Back Our Planet

Image above: cover of The New Climate War by Michael E. Mann by Nanette van der Laan Drive less, fly less and turn off the lights. These are some of the ways we’ve been told that we can save the planet. But, as the pandemic has shown, our individual actions help very little when it […]

Chiswick Cheese Market, Sunday 19 September 2021

Guest blog by Donna Freed Our 19 September Cheese Market is set to be the best yet! We are hosting our first Cheesewick event to coincide with the next Cheese Market on 19 September, an exploration of Irish cheese with the Queen of Irish Cheese, Marianne Kelly of Heritage Cheese (who will be selling their […]

Upstaged by a Muppet

Images aboave: Anthony Burgess, author of A Clockwork Orange; Kermit of The Muppets Why no blue plaque for Anthony Burgess? By Torin Douglas It was a bit of a week for Anna Eavis, curatorial director at English Heritage. She organises the London Blue Plaques scheme and some weeks ago she accepted my invitation to brave […]

Chiswick Horticultural and Allotment Society Autumn Show

Dennis Flaherty, Chairman of the Chiswick Horticultural and Allotment Society, writes Blessed with warm weather, the Autumn Show last Saturday was, as usual, thanks to Mike Flinders and his band of merry helpers, a great success. Although the numbers of entrants and entries were slightly down on 2019 when we had our last live show, […]

Pub in the Park 2021 Gallery

Thanks to Frank Noon for the photographs. Support The Chiswick Calendar The Chiswick Calendar CIC is a community resource. Please support us by buying us the equivalent of a monthly cup of coffee (or more, if you insist). Click here to support us. We publish a weekly newsletter and update the website with local news and information […]

September 2021 Flower Market Anniversary Gallery

Thanks to Anna Kunst for the photographs. Read more stories on The Chiswick Calendar See also: Flower Market Gallery from July 2021 See also: Flower Market Gallery from June 2021 Support The Chiswick Calendar The Chiswick Calendar CIC is a community resource. Please support us by buying us the equivalent of a monthly cup of […]

Afghan refugees: can I make a difference?

Guest blog by James Thellusson My daughter suggested Unicef. My son was for donating to Care4Calais, a refugee charity he has volunteered for. ‘At least, we know they make a difference,’ he said. It was Thursday morning, the day after the BBC Question Time Special on Afghanistan. The programme had made us feel ashamed and […]

Emery Walker’s House opens its first exhibition

Image above: Emery Walker’s house, in Hammersmith; photograph Peter Dazeley Guest blog by Lucinda MacPherson Emery Walker’s house has opened its first exhibition, displaying examples of some of the most beautiful private press books ever published and illustrating Walker’s revolutionary book printing techniques & legacy in his former home in Hammersmith. The new exhibition space […]

Chiswick Auctions is on the look out for silver

Image above: An early 20th century Iraqi silver and niello cigarette case, Basra dated 1938, sold for £350 including premium It’s amazing how something picked up as a souvenir is valued by the buyer, kicks around in the family for a few generations, loses its personal sentimental value but can be worth a small fortune in monetary […]