Waitrose & Partners Weekend Issue 613

37 SEE IT NOW Anna Smith BEST BOOK CHOSEN BY CHRIS PATTEN Peer and former Conservative Party chairman The World of Yesterday STEFAN ZWE IG The great Jewish-Viennese intellectual describes European civilisation in the early years of the 20th century, and recounts fearfully the early assaults on the values of an open society by fascism. The day after he sent it to his publisher, both he and his wife committed suicide. He thought that night had descended on Europe – even before the Wannsee Conference plotted the murder of six million Jews. Movie reviews from the critic and broadcaster strange goings on Daniel Kaluuya, Keke Palmer and Brandon Perea NEW RELEASES Writer-director Jordan Peele nailed it with horror hits Get Out and Us, and his latest, Nope (in cinemas) is another unsettling social thriller. Daniel Kaluuya and Keke Palmer star as OJ and EmeraldHaywood, siblings who train horses for Hollywood productions. After their father dies inmysterious circumstances, they spot strange phenomena on their remote ranch, and invest in security cameras, hoping to achieve what Emerald calls the ‘Oprah shot’ – the image that will make them famous. It’s an intriguing set up and Peele’s superb filmmakingmakes the build-up suspenseful, darkly funny and thought-provoking. This has plenty to say about racial identity, power, themedia, commerce and also our relationship with animals. Oscar nominee Steven Yeun (Minari) has a fascinating role as a former child star who runs a nearby tourist attraction, while newcomer Brandon Perea puts in an engaging turn as Angel, the tech guy with a nose for a paranormal mystery. With nods toHitchcock and Spielberg, this pays homage to classic thrillers, sci-fis and westerns, while providing a simultaneous critique of the industry that has long sidelined those Peele is putting centre stage. He builds a challengingmessage into a slow-burning, atmospheric story with gripping set pieces. It’s slightly less exciting than his previous films, but it’s still a very impressive, intelligent big screen experience that challenges you to ponder on what you’re looking at, and why. The animation Where is Anne Frank (in cinemas) looks at the famous wartime diary froman unusual angle, supposing that the diarist’s imaginary friend, Kitty, has come to life in the present day. Kittymagically appears in the Anne FrankHouse in Amsterdamand is confused that she can’t find her friend. As she travels the city, asking questions, she discovers Anne’s incredible legacy, and also hears the stories that Anne wrote to her while in hiding. Director Ari Folman’s last animation, Waltz with Bashir, was an adult watch, but this PG certificate story seems aimed at older kids and teens. It’s a novel way to tell them the Frank story, and it makes poignant parallels with themodern world. A charming tale, Blind Ambition (in cinemas) is a documentary about four Zimbabwean refugees who became sommeliers. Joseph, Marlvin, Pardon and Tinashe were working as waiters in South Africa when they independently discovered a love of wine tasting, and decided to forma team to enter theWorldWine Tasting Championships in France. Blind Ambition is a lively, entertaining doc with plenty of characters, though the contest story takes second place to the real heart of the film– traumatised immigrants who found their calling in the unlikeliest of circumstances. New to home viewing is Benediction, a period drama detailing several decades in the life of poet Siegfried Sassoon (Jack Lowden). Directed by Terence Davies, it’s an educational insight in his life, moving elegantly fromwartime poignancy to post-war partying with enjoyable supporting turns, including Jeremy Irvine as Ivor Novello. A classy choice. @annasmithjourno. Mark Kermode is away JOIN THE PARTY AT THE NOTTING HILL CARNIVAL Get ready to party as the Notting Hill Carnival makes its big comeback next week (27-29 August), for the ärst time in three years. It’s London’s biggest street party, stretching through the streets of W10 and W11 and attracting more than a million spectators. Elaborate åoats and up to 50,000 costumed performers and bands take part in a loud, exuberant, colourful parade, with sound stages along the way playing everything from samba to hip hop. There are loads of food stalls too, sizzling with Caribbean åavours. If you haven’t had a can of Red Stripe, some jerk chicken and a dance by the time you reach the end, you haven’t been there. It’s free to watch, no ticket needed, and Sunday is family day, with the main parade on bank holiday Monday. Download the free Notting Hill Carnival app before you go – it’s a live, GPS-tracked map of the route, showing all the food vendors, toilets, transport links and sound systems. nhcarnival.org NorthWales serving 300 gelato and sorbet flavours. Their famous five are vanilla, strawberries and cream, mint choc chip, chocolate, and jelly baby. redboatgelato.co.uk Nicholls, Neston: This 75-year-old Cheshire parlour overlooks the Dee Estuary and serves flavours including cinder to ee, panna cotta and Turkish delight and traditional treats such as rumand raisin. nichollsicecream.co.uk Nardini’s, Largs: Look through a window and watch the ice creambeingmade at this much-loved Clydeside Italian café, with quirky flavours such as Scottish tablet and peach and passion fruit cheesecake. nardinis.co.uk HEAR JAMIE’S WEDDING TALK Former Made in Chelsea star Jamie Laing (left) joins Nick Grimshaw and Angela Hartnett for this week’s Dish podcast fromWaitrose. He reveals plans for his forthcoming wedding to costar Sophie Habboo as Angela prepares a watermelon, roasted pepper and mozzarella salad while Nick uncorks aMirabeau rosé. waitrose.com/dish