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  • The Handmaiden

    The Handmaiden

    ★★★★½

    Ravishing.

  • Manchester by the Sea

    Manchester by the Sea

    ★★★★

    "Taking refuge in traditional masculinity is a coping mechanism that works only so much as it deadens a man and his emotions." - Jared Yates Sexton, October 2016

    The above taken from a New York Times article titled 'Donald Trump's Toxic Masculinity'. What would the character of Manchester by the Sea's Lee Chandler have made of it? An average Joe from small-town America, his life weighed down by a tragedy that would drown any one of us in sorrow. Chandler…

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  • Cloud Atlas

    Cloud Atlas

    ★★★½

    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

    ★★★★

    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…