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  • Son of Saul

    Son of Saul 2015

    ★★★★½ Watched 29 May, 2016

    It's often said that movies depicting human suffering (particularly when the subject matter is war) are the sort of film that you 'put yourself through'. Never has that been truer than with Son of Saul, due to its deliberately tightened camera focus and innovative sound work - you are Saul's eyes and ears as he moves through the awful agony of Auschwitz, from the grim tasks he has somehow made almost mundane to the horrors he manages to all but…

  • Florence Foster Jenkins

    Florence Foster Jenkins 2016

    ★★★★ Watched 25 May, 2016

    Her given first name was actually Narcissa - the sort of real-life detail which director Stephen Frears presumably skipped over lest he thought this hilarious account of Florence Foster Jenkins' operatic vanity project might become too preposterous. It's Streep-endous fun as you'd expect, with Meryl imbuing the elderly ingenue with warble, warmth and occasional crankiness. And although derision of the old dear is essential to the plot, the audience is shielded from it becoming too cruel by a comforting blanket…

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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…