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  • Nightcrawler 2014

    ★★★★½ Watched 21 Oct, 2014

    If Rupert Pupkin was The King of Comedy, then Lou Bloom is the King of TV News. He is the Nightcrawler of the title in Dan Gilroy's directorial debut, and like Pupkin he is a slightly creepy but thoroughly fascinating character creation, brought to life by the excellent Jake Gyllenhaal.

    Bloom is an enterprising Californian thief, one that demonstrates signs of (perhaps) autism or at least severe social awkwardness and a lack of moral boundaries. Left to fend for himself…

  • Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? 1966

    ★★★★½ Watched 20 Oct, 2014

    My Monday afternoon movie choice. In all honesty, I felt far too sober to be spending time in the company of George and Martha, but the crackling energy and unhinged emotional confrontations certainly kicked off my week in memorable fashion.

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  • 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 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…