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  • The Grandmaster 2013

    ★★★ Watched 07 Dec, 2014

    My first taste of a Wong Kar-wai movie - have particularly wanted to see In the Mood for Love but just haven't got round to it to date. Was really looking forward to The Grandmaster as I'm a sucker for Asian martial arts cinema, having swooned over Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, House of Flying Daggers, Hero and Curse of the Golden Flower. However, I have to say I was disappointed. Visually, it's often stunning - the opening fight scene in…

  • The Wind Rises 2013

    ★★★½ Watched 08 Jun, 2014

    When you've achieved as much in your career as Miyazaki has, you're entitled to a pet project and this is certainly more than just a flight of fancy. Yet this animated paean to aviation is tough to fall for, while its subtle exploration of war guilt is hard to reconcile with the artistic beauty on display.

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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…