Here's the eighth installment of the extraordinary long-game documentary with which filmmaker Michael Apted has checked in on a diverse group of British citizens every seven years since they were kids in 1964. We needn't be scholars of a class-stratified former empire to enjoy it, merely alert to the ominous and soul-stirring privilege of beholding how quickly other people's lives, and our own, fly by. Thus "a glimpse of Britain's future" becomes a survey of its recent past, most notably the global recession, which seems to have affected ... well, nearly everybody. It's a survey of evolving movie formats — from black-and-white to color, from grainy filmstock to crisp digital video — but the project is also increasingly a burden for its participants. At 49 Suzy said she'd stop, but here she is again, feeling loyal even though she hates it: "It's like reading a bad book; I'll still see it through." And here's Peter, who'd dropped out after some... More >>>