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  • Lilting 2014

    ★★★★½ Watched 20 Aug, 2014

    There are several very different and difficult human experiences in Lilting - coping with the intense sense of loss after the death of a soul-mate, communicating through a language barrier, coming out to parents, trying to form meaningful relationships again in older life, etc. What Hong Khaou has achieved is making a movie that meets these obstacles as challenges head on and finds the drama in the struggle, without allowing the quicksand of sadness to envelop the viewer. Ben Whishaw…

  • What If 2013

    ★★★ Watched 14 Aug, 2014

    Zoe Kazan and Daniel Radcliffe make a cute, slightly confused, 'can we just be friends' couple. However, a funny screenplay lifts this rom-com only slightly above its standard formulaic roots.

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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…