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  • Love & Mercy

    Love & Mercy 2014

    ★★★★ Watched 06 Jul, 2015

    With the younger and older Brian Wilson (Paul Dano and John Cusack) being the two troubled heroes of Love & Mercy, there are also two villains - Wilson's father, Murry (Bill Camp), and his doctor, Eugene Landy (Paul Giamatti). It's the dynamics of these relationships that really drive the film and make the story of the Beach Boys genius stand out from other musical biopics.

    There's no doubt that Murry Wilson set his sons on the road to fame and fortune…

  • Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief

    Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief 2015

    ★★★★ Watched 02 Jul, 2015

    "You don't get rich writing science fiction. If you want to get rich, you start a religion."

    L. Ron Hubbard's money-making scheme is almost admirable - it's just another view of the American dream, albeit one that became more warped over time. So many of us are looking to improve ourselves, to follow a path that might provide meaning to our existence. Enlightenment is a tasty carrot for anyone to chase, let alone the more suggestible members of our society.…

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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…