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  • Palio

    Palio 2015

    ★★★★½ Watched 21 Sep, 2015

    Don't fancy riding the Palio race much, but Cosima Spender's documentary is so intense (and interesting) it's the next best thing. Sport at its most traditional, most gripping, most corrupt - and most crazy. Molto bueno...

  • The Godfather

    The Godfather 1972

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 06 Sep, 2015

    Always a joy to read the IMDb trivia section after a re-watch and come across some previously unknown nugget of info e.g. the games of 'mooning' on set: "Eventually, Brando was crowned best prankster, designated by a heavyweight-style leather belt with the title 'Moon Champion'."

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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…