On the Basis of Sex

Emmy says:
A very powerful and informative movie. Showcasing a woman as individual as RBG is no small achievement and Felicity Jones excelled. This is wonderfully scripted and directed and should become mandatory viewing for all. 10/10.

Jeff says:
After seeing RBG I wasn’t sure how a dramatic retelling could hold up to reality. It was amazing. Felicity Jones embodied RBG down to the Brooklyn accent and small things like the way she holds her jaw. I think everyone should watch this, then watch RBG for the rest of the story. Even knowing what happens, this was a gripping tale. It was told very well. Armie Hammer was also excellent. 10/10.

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Glass

Emmy says:
Brilliant performance from James McAvoy, I am astonished at his physical performance. Wonderful piece of narrative backed by an emotive soundtrack. A definite Must-See (as long as you’ve watched Unbreakable and Split). 10/10.

Jeff says:
I have to be honest – I struggled for a while with how I felt about this movie. It was an interesting premise with engaging, well acted, characters – James McAvoy is once again incredible – but something nagged at me the whole time. I think it was mostly Sarah Paulson’s doctor who I spent most of the movie thinking “how hard do you have to work to deny something so obvious?” After the movie, however, I had another problem: this made me like Split less. As it’s own movie, I loved Split – just as I did Unbreakable all those years ago – but trying to shoehorn them into one story made me retrospectively dislike the film that didn’t seem like a superhero movie when I watched it. If this was the plan all along, then I think it was a disservice to the previous movies. If it was the product of an afterthought while making Split, then it should have stayed a thought. Also, once again, M Night Shyamalan doesn’t seem to know how to end a movie. 8/10.

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Mary Queen of Scots

Emmy says:
Amazing attention to detail with the sets and costumes. Wonderful script showing the multitude sides of people, in such a believable way. Hair and makeup is spectacular. Highly enjoyable. 9/10.

Jeff says:
This was, overall, a good movie that is not done justice by the trailer. It is also not done justice by the written intro and outro, or the ‘start at the end and then go back narrative device. The acting is well done, the costumes look amazing (and I hope they’re properly researched), and the harshness of life was neither prettied up nor overly wallowed in. Well worth watching, but I wish the director/producers had more faith in their audience. 9/10.

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Mary Poppins Returns

100 Movies before we move: #59

Emmy says:
Magical! Practically Perfect in Every Way! I absolutely adore this movie and believe that it’s better than the original. 10/10.

Jeff says:
So, as I pointed out in our review of Mary Poppins, I don’t have the nostalgia wave to ride for this movie. I thought the first was a wreck of a story pasted around a series of set piece musical numbers. This movie is the remix of the same idea – but they’ve got the story down better and modern technology has improved the look and theatrics available. This is an amazing spectacle that looks like what they wanted the original to be, but couldn’t pull off. The call backs are not on the nose, and the new numbers play to the strengths of Lin Manuel Miranda and Emily Blunt. The costumes were incredible, the songs delightful, and the story was much more serviceable … but were we really there for the story? 10/10.

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How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World

100 Movies before we move: #58

Emmy says:
A sweet tale about life with dragons and the perils that entail. Wonderfully animated yet again with marvellously detailed sets and characters. Highly enjoyable. 9/10.

Jeff says:
Like catching up with an old friend, revisiting Berk is just as good every time. This series is a modern classic and deserves as place in every home. While this episode had some moments where it dragged a little, and some of the characters’ decisions were a little questionable, it is still a joyous and rollicking adventure. 9/10.

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The Favourite

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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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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