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  • Love & Friendship

    Love & Friendship 2016

    ★★★★ Watched 15 Jul, 2016

    Reputation is everything in Austen's world and Love & Friendship came with a particularly high one, with critics gushing in praise since its Sundance premiere. A period drama with a bold storytelling style, and with a confident performance from Kate Beckinsale as Lady Susan at its heart, L&F deserves a long line of suitors. Tom Bennett's goofy Sir James Martin is hilarious, and Xavier Samuel measured and memorable as Reginald DeCourcy. It has perfect pace and uses ideal Irish locations standing in as Engish county estates - one of my favourites of 2016 without doubt.

  • Weiner

    Weiner 2016

    ★★★★½ Watched 12 Jul, 2016

    TIP OF THE WEINER. WEINER'S SECOND COMING. WEINER EXPOSED. MEET CARLOS DANGER. Those New York Post splash headlines alone would make for an entertaining gallery exhibition. Anthony Weiner's story is pure documentary gold, and what good fortune (and skill) Josh Kriegman and Elyse Steinberg had in being able to mine it.

    A former Congressman with passion, imagination and a certain charisma - qualities which contributed both to his success and his downfall - Weiner is seen bidding for a Lazarus-style…

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  • Cloud Atlas

    Cloud Atlas 2012

    ★★★½ Watched 22 Feb, 2013

    My Top 20 most memorable (for a variety of reasons) Cloud Atlas characters:

    20. Dr Henry Goose (Tom Hanks) - whiskery 19th-century quack with dubious intent and even more questionable dental hygiene (which may explain why he values other people's teeth so highly).

    19. Ovid (Halle Berry) - balding, pointy-bearded, cyber-eyed back-street surgeon / locksmith. Appropriately named as Berry's transformation is one of the greatest metamorphosis moments in the whole movie.

    18. Older Ursula (Susan Sarandon) - 66 years old…

  • Much Ado About Nothing

    Much Ado About Nothing 2012

    ★★★★ Watched 14 Apr, 2013

    A rom-com! In black and white! Filmed at his own house in bloody Santa Monica! With all his mates in it! And the screenwriter's almost 450 years old! Well, of all the self-indulgent, pretentious pet projects we've seen from fashionable Hollywood directors down the years, this has to be right up there...

    Twenty minutes into Much Ado About Nothing, and the above concerns were still lingering. What an incredible house though, I thought - actually the perfect filming location, even…