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  • Hercules 2014

    ★★★ Watched 24 Jul, 2014

    "When the legend becomes fact, print the legend." So Jimmy Stewart was told in The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance - sometimes people prefer mythology to the cold facts. Brett Ratner has taken the reverse approach to this swords-and-sandals tale of Hercules, which takes the 'demigod' hero of Ancient Greece and shows us his life after the Labours.

    Adapted from a graphic novel, Hercules is a gun-show for hire - all muscle and mostly mercenary - with an 'A Team'…

  • Dawn of the Planet of the Apes 2014

    ★★★★½ Watched 17 Jul, 2014

    Action!
    Politics!
    Effects!
    Sociology!

    We've come a long way since Congo...

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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…