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  • Best of Enemies

    Best of Enemies 2015

    ★★★★★ Watched 07 Feb, 2016

    Considering I came to this documentary knowing very little about Gore Vidal and nothing at all Bill Buckley, I come away from it feeling I understand both men very well indeed. A enthralling insight into diametrically opposed minds, politically and culturally, and what should be a set text for study of television debate and discourse (or the lack of it) in modern times.

  • 45 Years

    45 Years 2015

    ★★★★½ Watched 02 Feb, 2016

    Surely it won't be long now before Andrew Haigh is offered a big budget drama. With Weekend, the TV series Looking and 45 Years, Haigh has demonstrated a perceptive eye and ear for human relationships. From the one-night stand to the long marriage, the 'on-again off-again' to the 'taking it slowly', each connection is given time and space on screen to breathe; the camera trained carefully to capture glances, reactions and silences. In 45 Years, the comfort and familiarity of…

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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…