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100 Movies Before We Move: #52

End of 2018 Movie Madness: #5

Emmy says:
A myopic look at courtly manipulation. Beautiful costuming and interesting dialogue. I feel the fish-eye lens was overused, but did help with the feeling of only seeing a small part. 7/10.

Jeff says:
Decadence and scandal abound. I don’t know how accurate the story is, but it was filmed spectacularly. Use of wide angle and fish eye lenses add a warped perspective that fits perfectly. The use of silences and odd sounds further put the viewer on edge. Somewhat more accessible than The Lobster, but still a challenge to sit through. Almost the only sympathetic characters are the animals. Not your usual period drama, so be warned. 7/10.

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Vice

100 Movies Before We Move: #51

End of 2018 Movie Madness: #4

Emmy says:
This film has left me raw. I’m not au fait with politics and I had no idea about what was shown here. Hair and makeup have done an outstanding job with making the actors look like the footage used throughout. An uncomfortable movie. 10/10.

Jeff says:
Once again, the most successful medium for explaining the state of the world is comedy. Vice gets you on board with the humour, but the message is deadly serious. An important movie that, while having an angle, isn’t afraid to admit it. Anyone wondering why the U.S. is the way it is today should watch this. 10/10.

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Holmes and Watson

100 Movies Before We Move: #50

End of 2018 Movie Madness: #3

Emmy says:
The entire film was spent attempting jokes. None really landed and there was barely any breath between them so the tone never varied. It was a struggle to sit through. 1/10

Jeff says:
I don’t know how they managed to get so many cameos from good actors for this rubbish. I didn’t realise until recently that Holmes and Watson was going to be a “comedy”. Had I known it was this kind, I would have skipped this. I laughed only once (literally) at an obscure pop culture reference. Possibly the worst film I’ve seen this year. The only reason we didn’t walk out was to give you this review. Go watch Without a Clue instead of this. 1/10.

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Cold War

100 Movies Before We Move: #49

End of 2018 Movie Madness: #2

Emmy says:
Filmed as a series of moments throughout the lives of the two main characters, this movie takes us on a 15 year long journey. The black and white film and the 4:3 screen ratio keeps the focus of the audience on the purpose of the moment. The director has used reflections in many scenes to exquisite effect. The music and singing are potent and transport the audience through emotional wastelands. 8/10.

Jeff says:
I do not quite know what to make of Cold War. It is a beautifully shot film; and the culture, songs and dances are amazing; but I struggle a little with the story. Too much is left unsaid. The writer and director created this as a tribute to his parents (who the main characters are based on), and the love is clear even as he acknowledges they are flawed. Worth watching even if I felt like I needed more explained. 8/10.

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Ralph Breaks The Internet

100 Movies Before We Move: #48

End of 2018 Movie Madness: #1

Emmy says:
So in love with the depiction of the internet in this film. The variety of characters and animations are wonderful. The story is vibrant while still delivering a message. Music and references are used brilliantly. 10/10.

Jeff says:
While the ending was a little heavy-handed on the message, this is a kids film so it can be forgiven. The pop culture references are on point (done better than Ready Player One) and Disney’s ability to make fun of itself shows how far it’s come. An excellent story with something for everyone. Make sure you stay for the post-credit sequence. 10/10.

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Misery

100 Movies before we move: #47

Emmy says:
For a novel that is 90% inside a character’s mind this film is a brilliant translation. Unfortunately, the novel made me feel real terror and I wanted that to be visible on screen. Paul showed fear and despair but I didn’t see the horror in his eyes. Apart from that the characters were fantastically realised and created a great movie. 8/10.

Jeff says:
There is a good reason why this film rates high on the list of Stephen King adaptations. Once again Rob Reiner does an excellent job of bringing King’s characters to life. King  is often hard to translate, especially when there is a lot of inner monologue (like in this book), but William Goldman’s script managed to find ways to overcome that issue without resulting to voice-over. James Caan did an admirable job as the writer, but I felt that he didn’t quite have the face to show true horror – he was too ready to smirk. Kathy Bates won an Oscar for her role, and deserved it. Not as scary as the book, but that was always going to be a big ask. 9/10.

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IT (2017)

100 Movies before we move: #46

Emmy says:
Masterfully realised characters by actors I’m eager to follow the progress of. Amazingly detailed sets with a great attention to 80s aesthetic. The horror of the monster was beautifully translated, with a stellar interpretation of the book. 10/10.

Jeff says:
We saw this in the cinema, but that doesn’t mean we can’t watch it again! This time, after reading the book (via Audible) more recently, things stick out. The changes to the story are more noticeable, but they still don’t detract from it. The characters are all well done, even if a 134 minute running time doesn’t give enough space to develop them all properly. The effects are excellent and the sets are incredible. An instant classic, and deservedly so, I can’t wait for Chapter Two. 10/10.

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Bird Box

100 Movies before we move: #45

Emmy says:
Great monster concept. I’m not sure it was done justice. The story was well told, but the suspense and anxiety were not transferred to the audience. The end doesn’t feel like a good choice for the story. Enjoyable 7/10.

Jeff says:
I have questions. I’m not sure how easy it is to run through a forest, or row on a river, when you’re not allowed to see. I get that a cloth blindfold gives you light/dark recognition … but I expected a lot more falling over. This movie tried to convey the tension caused by fear of the unknown by not explaining anything to the audience. This meant some developments weren’t earned by the narrative (not even a hand-waved justification). An interesting concept, although it suffers a little coming after A Quiet Place. Good acting from most of the cast, but fairly predictable. 7/10.

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Aquaman

100 Movies before we move: #44

Emmy says:
A fantastic visual display. Gorgeous settings and detailed costumes and creatures. I don’t feel I was given enough information about the kingdoms and would be happy to see a follow up that expands on this lore. 7/10.

Jeff says:
This is possibly the best DCEU film after Wonder Woman. While that’s a low bar, it’s actually high praise. This was a fun movie that didn’t take itself too seriously (thanks to James Wan’s direction, no doubt). The lead cast were fine, but not exceptional; the dialogue was fine, with some witty banter that wasn’t too forced. The special effects were top-rate (with WETA involved, what do you expect?) and more coherent that often happens with this sort of film. While the essentially invincible people from Justice League were still happening, it actually looked like real people fighting this time. Worth the time to watch it – still not at Marvel’s level, but a fun ride. 9/10.

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Bumblebee

#100Moviesbeforewemove: #43

Emmy says:
It’s radical! A live-action transformer that looked and acted like pieces of metal, and yet conveyed such a range of emotion without the ability to speak. I loved the Autobot / Decepticon fight sequences: so much action and collateral damage that enhanced the realism. So much fun! 9/10.

Jeff says:
This is the live-action Transformers film I’ve been waiting for! This had everything I wanted to see, and more. The fan service is delightful but subtle – as with all good fan service, it adds to the enjoyment if you get the reference without ruining the experience for those who don’t. The acting from the humans is on point. The direction for the fight sequences was epic – AND you could actually follow it! Michael Bay could learn something here. Without a doubt, this is my favourite live-action transformers movie – and might even top the 1986 animated film (but that has a lot of nostalgia value making it hard to judge). 10/10.

My colleagues at work gave me a cinema gift card as part of my farewell present (they know what works for me). This is what we spent it on – and it was definitely worthy. Thank you, guys.

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Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

100 Movies before we move: #42 (this was not on purpose, but awesome!)

Emmy says:
Let’s do this one more time. A totally exquisite visual sensation. The various art styles work together so well in this. Loved the story. So much re-watch value. 10/10.

Jeff says:
The number 42 features prominently in this film, so this being the 42nd “movie before we move” is an unintentional bonus that this movie deserves. This film was amazing! While it takes some time to get used to, the art style is gorgeous and the styles being tied to the characters and the comics origin of the source material is on point. This movie is moving, funny, meaningful, delightful, heart-breaking, and uplifting. I want to see more of these characters, and more of this kind of work. Go see this! 10/10.

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The Lobster

100 Movies before we move: #41

Emmy says:
Uncomfortable and monotone. 4/10.

Jeff says:
What on earth did we just watch? This was recommended to us, and I’m not sure I understand why – it was strange and unpleasant. Good actors delivered lines with no emotion or range, so it must have been a deliberate choice on the director’s part. Was it to represent how numb people are to life when they’re forced to find someone to partner with? Is this film about how we’re all still alone even when we’re not? I’m not sure. Some movies over-explain … this one did not have that problem. A narration that is stilted and doesn’t make sense as a story-telling device still makes no sense as a story telling device even when we find out why it was delivered in the way it was. I like the idea, and the commitment to an aesthetic, but this was hard to watch at times.  6/10.

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