The Cinema Club met at my house last week to watch Blue Jasmine on pay-per-view. We thought the acting was fabulous; Cate Blanchett does a modern day Blanche du Bois with outstanding panache, and I loved seeing Sally Hawkins finally have the opportunity to shine in such a major role (if you haven’t seen her in Happy-Go-Lucky, you’re missing out on a real treat). Blue Jasmine is an incredibly engrossing film that captures the breakdown of a fragile woman’s life perfectly, but like all of the Oscar contenders this year, it doesn’t half leave you feeling flat afterwards. Can no one make beautiful, well acted and thoughtful films about positive subjects any more? Or does only misery or corruption get you on the list of nominees, I wonder? – Rachel