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  • Stonewall

    Stonewall 2015

    ★★½ Watched 08 Aug, 2016

    What's the worst thing about Stonewall? There are several contenders, but for me it's the moment after Danny throws the brick and screams 'No Trevor! It's the only way! Gay Power! Come on!" Until that moment, you could almost, almost (and I'm being very generous) have forgiven the movie's clunky dialogue and 'reframing' of history. If Roland Emmerich felt the only way to tell this story was via a straight-acting all-American white male central character, then it's up to him…

  • Holding the Man

    Holding the Man 2015

    ★★★★ Watched 07 Aug, 2016

    Keep watching beyond the credits to hear the voice of Timothy Conigrave himself - a poignant end to this well-handled adaptation. To see on screen an Australian perspective about growing up gay, obstacles and attitudes to their love, and then the devastating effects of AIDS feels like a particularly important addition to the gay drama / romance genre - all set against the 'macho' culture and homophobia which Conigrave and John Caleo were confronted by. Now on Netflix UK.

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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…