Suspiria (2018)

100 Movies before we move: #36

Emmy says:
The dancing in this was incredible. Absolutely outstanding. Costumes and sets were well utilised and had the feel of 1970’s Berlin. The story had me feeling like a confused bystander only catching parts of each plot line. Did not understand anyone’s motivation. Does make me want to see the original. 7/10.

Jeff says:
I was not particularly interested in seeing this, but I knew Emmy would. Horror and dancing were always going to win. It had both, and both were done very well. The story was lacking an explanation (that I believe was given in the sequels to the original). Remaking Dario Argento’s work was always going to be challenging and they did a very good job. Not easy to watch, not easy to understand, but easy to appreciate the talent that went into making it. 7/10.

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Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald

100 Movies before we move: #35

Emmy says:
I enjoyed the details put into each of the beasts and their interactions with the world. A lot of tie-ins to the HP series, not that they added any value. Feels like the middle act and not a stand alone movie. 8/10.

Jeff says:
The film opened with a sequence that was so full of blur, motion, and CG that it was hard to tell what was happening. Sadly, that was not an aberration. Bad camera work (shaky cam at times there was no reason for it), little plot, and no reason (apart from exposition for all the links to names we know from Harry Potter). The main characters were still people I could care about, and the creatures were cool, but sadly I couldn’t say either about the story. 6/10.

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Bohemian Rhapsody

100 Movies before we move; #31

Emmy says:
I sang and cried my way through this. A massive reminder of how much a part of my childhood Queen was. I miss you. 10/10.

Jeff says:
This movie had such a troubled production – I could write an entire article on it, but others have done it already. As a result, I didn’t have high hopes – I knew the music would be killer though. Even though I see where the dramatisation happened, and where the drama was amped-up for story, I was blown away. The band looked like Queen, they sounded like Queen. The music left me a weeping puddle. The recreation of Live Aid at Wembley Stadium was something to behold. Can Rami Malek have the Best Actor Oscar and Lady Gaga Best Actress? Two movies with incredible music, in a row, being much better than I dared hope. This was far superior to A Star is Born (2018) though. 10/10.

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A Star is Born (2018)

100 Movies before we move: #30

Emmy says:
Lady Gaga gave a stellar performance with both the acting and singing. Bradley Cooper did some great music performances, but I felt the acting was lagging. Maybe co-writing the screenplay, some of the songs, singing acting and directing was Cooper biting off more than he can chew. I certainly felt like that was a very long 2 hours. With that said, very strong ending. 7/10.

Jeff says:
Well, apart from telling us things we already know (Lady Gaga is one hell of a singer AND she can act), this movie also tells us something else: Bradley Cooper can act, he can write songs and sing, and he might even be able to direct … but he can’t do all of that at the same time. This movie flags when Cooper is the central point of the scene … and that happened a lot. It’s a pity, because the music was amazing. 7/10.

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King of Thieves

100 Movies before we move #29

Emmy says:
Watching all these veteran actors was hilarious. Backed by an awesome soundtrack and hectic editing it was definitely a treat. The camera work was intuitive and took you through the story smoothly. 8/10.

Jeff says:
King of Thieves is a strange film. Half heist film, half police procedural, but without enough of either to form a coherent story. The apparent protagonist didn’t get the good ending, and the one who got the good ending exited before the finale. Based on a real event, it was interesting and entertaining because of the actors involved; shot well; but the story itself was confused and therefore unsatisfying. 7/10.

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Red Joan

100 Movies before we move: #28

Emmy says:
Loved this artfully told story. The costumes were delightful. The camera work was great and used the outdoor scenery to great effect. 9/10.

Jeff says:
A classic cold war spy thriller with the twist of spy being an old lady when caught. Detailed recreation of the 30s and 40s, with the same attention to detail provided for 2000 when the framing narrative was set. It seems almost unbelievable, but this sort of thing actually did happen. A well told story. 8/10.

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Halloween (2018)

10 Movies before we move: #26

Emmy says:
Enjoyed the acting. The tension generated was sporadic and abated between episodes which is not how I enjoy horror. The implacable chase Michael gives in previous movies is missing from this one, oh there’s some, but the meshing with cat like movement has not been a good choice. 7/10.

Jeff says:
I’m going to start by saying: this is my third favourite Halloween movie, after Halloween H20: 20 Years Later and Halloween (1978). It had a lot of great elements to it, but it was disjointed. There were awesome riffs and callbacks to earlier films (even Halloween III: Season of the Witch) and it was great to see Jamie Lee Curtis kick ass.  There always needed to be one of these films where the tables were turned on Michael – and now we have that. I suspect this is going to be the beginning and end of Continuity C, and I’m okay with that. We don’t need more Halloween … we have the movies we need. 8/10.

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The Seagull

100 Movies before we move: #15

Emmy says:
A walk through melancholia with just enough highs to illustrate the low you are visiting. A great cast support this Russian story and bring terrible life to the humanity within. 8/10.

Jeff says:
This is not the movie I was expecting. I am aware of Anton Chekhov, but I didn’t know The Seagull at all. The trailer intrigued and the cast looked excellent … and that much was true. However, this is a story of thoroughly unlikable characters who don’t notice how damaging their actions are to the people around them. Everyone is so self-absorbed (none more so than Irina, played amazingly by Annette Benning), they even talk AT each other rather than with. I can’t say I enjoyed this film, but it was very well made and the cast did a superb job of making me hate their characters (which I think was the point?) 7/10.

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Westwood: Punk, Icon, Activist

100 Movies before we move: #14

Emmy says:
A fun glimpse into the legend that is Vivienne. Great details with the get up and go possessed by the woman and the beliefs held by her. 8/10.

Jeff says:
An intriguing look into the story of an icon of fashion. The insight into the times when she wasn’t an icon of fashion – because the establishment didn’t want to recognise her – was fascinating. There’s a lot of material covered, but there was a lack of coherence that made it hard to follow at times. This seems to be a deliberate choice (the movie is framed around Westwood not wanting to deliver a standard biography, but it was distracting. The stories, fashions, and causes were all there though – but not all that deeply, the movie could have done with being longer to spend more time fleshing out details. Worth watching though. 7/10.

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Bad Times at the El Royale

100 Movies before we move: #10

Emmy says:
Going in to this movie I was disappointed with how much the trailer had spoiled. I was completely surprised by what actually happened. The writing, direction and casting come together in an almost magical way, set on a backdrop of stunningly curated music. The story grabbed me and I loved the way it was presented by different views. An absolute must see. 10/10.

Jeff says:
I have been looking forward to seeing this since the first trailer. The style was incredible to look at and I wanted to know how the film worked. Like Emmy said, the trailer was actually misleading – the story it seems to suggest isn’t actually what we got. What we got was so much better. The cast was brilliant, the late 60’s vibe was on point. The music was amazing – and that included times when it was Cynthia Erivo singing without musical accompaniment (wow, can she sing). Writer/Director Drew Goddard (who’s only other feature film directing credit is Cabin in the Woods which he co-wrote with Joss Whedon) has decided me on seeing anything he directs. This neo-noir thriller is worth everyone’s time. 10/10

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The Predator

100 Movies before we move: #6

Emmy says:
Don’t look at the plot. Or the intestines. 6/10.

Jeff says:
Directed and co-written by Shane Black (who was an actor in the first Predator film), this joke-heavy entry in the franchise has a lot of problems. I would usually not want to talk about plot holes (one person’s plot hole is another person’s “obvious explanation”, but there were more than a few un-explainable events (mostly involving Olivia Munn’s character). There were, however, good jokes and the action was well shot if mostly generic. There was some good characterisation and even some unexpectedly touching relationships. However, overall the movie did not live up to the standard of the previous films that the score and callbacks desperately wanted to remind us of. I also agree with Movie BobStop trying to make us like the Predator. 7/10.

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Venom

100 Movies before we move: #5

Emmy says:
This film took a bit to get off the ground, but once airborne the ride was fun. Great visuals with host and symbiote conversation. Keen for more story now that Venom is established. 8/10.

Jeff says:
Going into this, I was expecting to end up comparing it to Upgrade. While one of the set pieces had some similarities, it wasn’t enough to be disruptive. There were other action sequences that felt like other properties – right up to (and including) the final fight scene that felt like I was watching squishy Transformers (and not in a good way). The development of characters was done fairly well, although trying to make a compelling bad (human) guy was not as successful as they might have hoped. It’s a testament to the writing that there was actually chemistry between an actor and a voice. Enjoyable, and I would be happy with a sequel, but next time I hope they dial down the CG (or the quick cuts) in the final set piece – it doesn’t work for Transformers either. 8/10.

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