The Bookshop

Emmy says:
I love that cardigan. And that jumper. That cape! I can’t stop staring at the metallic branches on the fabric, the gold outlined in brown on a taupe background … just stunning. The sounds of the water and the birds are so soothing. It’s like a holiday. Oh there’s a plot here too, one that doesn’t ruin itself by becoming a love story. The awkwardness of an introvert with determination is marvellously done. The halting conversation over a ineptly organised tea was perfect. The eyes not meeting the person being talked to. Did I mention that cape? I think I may have found a movie I will love watching over and over. If only the ending didn’t feel so abrupt compared to the rural life of the story beforehand. 9/10.

Jeff says:
A gorgeously shot film with excellent performances from all involved. Emily Mortimer carries the film well, with a quiet and understated performance of a woman who doesn’t quite understand why the rest of the world is being so rubbish. Bill Nighy is his usual self, but turned up to 11, in a perfect portrayal of a man who would rather not have to talk to people in person. The rest of the cast is just as good. The problem I had with the film was that it seems to stop so abruptly – and at the end of the second act. I feel like there’s a finale missing – but perhaps that was the source material, and ‘real life’ isn’t like that. Things do just ‘stop’. Still, it soured the film a little for me. 6/10.

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Deadpool 2

Emmy says:
Breaking the fourth wall at its finest. Well paced story with constant references to other movies and real world people. Lots of violence and explosions with large amounts of vehicle carnage. Highly enjoyable film. 9/10.

Jeff says:
Everything was perfectly Deadpool. Cable’s introduction was respectful, if not faithful, to the source material. The new characters were all worth the time, and I would love to see them again. A small number of the jokes went a beat too long or fell a little flat, but that’s still perfectly Deadpool. I had deliberately avoided learning too much about the story, and I’m glad – the surprises were brilliant. 9/10.

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Ready Player One

Emmy says:
A nice leisurely stroll through nostalgia. Enjoyed the mix of retro and futuristic game play. Avatars were varied and interesting to look at. Some great references that made me squeal just a bit. Pretty movie with a lighthearted feel. 7/10.

Jeff says:
This movie is well-executed and demands repeat viewings to catch all the references. Either that, or someone like Good Bad Flicks doing an “Every reference in Ready Player One” like he did for Cabin in the Woods. The story was the basic hero’s journey (“the one”), which might have been deliberate (as another game reference), but meant there wasn’t much emotional connection (unless I’m just jaded). An enjoyable movie that owes more to nostalgia and good CGI than story. 8/10.

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Avengers: Infinity War

Emmy says:
Aweful. 10/10.

Jeff says:
This is going to be the movie everyone is talking about without saying anything about it. If you spoil this for anyone, well I don’t condone violence but I would understand it. There are now two time periods: before you saw this movie, and afterwards. To try and give this a meaningful reaction: I can say the story is multi-stranded without being confusing; it elicited emotional responses from laugh out loud to cry real tears several times over; the actors are all at their best. I think this has instantly become the best Marvel film ever, and beats A Quiet Place for visceral reaction. We’ve lived with these characters for 10 years … how can it not? I sat through the credits in stunned silence. I still don’t know how to process it properly. 10/10.

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Rampage

Emmy says:
Very much enjoyed the monster upgrades and sense of humour from the characters. Not much in the way of story, but who needs that when you have a giant gorilla giving you the middle finger? 8/10.

Jeff says:
The movie seemed slow to get started, but that was because it started contained. If you’re sticking to one big set piece, then that’s the trade-off. The characters made sense in their motivations and it was refreshing to see real humour rather than constant over-seriousness in this sort of film. CGI was mostly done well, and the gorilla out-acted the Rock with more charisma and personality than I expected (real credit to the motion capture actor). For lovers of the source material you could see where they put it in the movie. Great end-credits song too!  Not a perfect movie, but perfectly enjoyable. 8/10.

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A Quiet Place

Emmy says:
An absolutely gorgeous movie, with limited music and dialogue, and a cast of only 6, I am amazed at what has been achieved here. Skilful playing of the audiences tension and brilliant directing have created a fleshed out story that has no need for flashbacks to explain the situation and only keeps you on the edge of your seat for 90 mins. 10/10.

Jeff says:
There are not enough superlatives for this film. A tense, tight horror/thriller that grabs you from the start and doesn’t let go – as trite as that sounds. We cringed and panicked at every noise – we were right there with the characters. This has excellent direction by John Krasinski (who also co-wrote it), and the hook of using a family familiar with sign language when sound gets you killed works really well – and the deaf family member is actually a deaf actress, so that’s awesome. The monsters work, surprisingly well, and the pacing is well-nigh perfect. The denouement is impeccable and that final scene had me almost literally out of my seat. 10/10 only because I can’t give it more. Possibly the best movie of 2018 so far.

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Isle of Dogs

Emmy says:
The artwork and animation were spot on, evoking the traditional styles of Japan and bringing life to a world of garbage. Being stuck in the doggo camp having the majority of human characters talking in non-subtitled Japanese was a great experience and made great use of physical features to portray emotion and intent. Greatly enjoyed the story and call this a win for all lovers of dogkind. 9/10.

Jeff says:
This is a strange and quirky film (it’s by Wes Anderson, so that’s expected). Having loved The Grand Budapest Hotel, and been excited by the trailer for Isle of Dogs, I think I might have anticipated it too much and come a way a little disappointed … it just wasn’t as “OMG! Wow!” as I expected. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a delightful film with impressive visuals, voice talent, and overall aesthetic. I’m curious how this will play in Japan, where the artifice of the language barrier won’t be obvious. The bilingual people sitting next to us clearly enjoyed it, so it will likely be fine. I loved it, but love The Grand Budapest Hotel more. 9/10.

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The Death of Stalin

Emmy says:
Brilliant cast, hilarious misadventures. Avoid watching the trailers! 7/10.

Jeff says:
Black comedy – didn’t shy away from acknowledging the brutality of the regime. I usually don’t have an issue with trailers and spoilers – but the trailer telegraphs the jokes in the movie making them less funny (they’re still funny though, and some of the best come as a surprise). 8/10.

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The Square (5 movies in 1 day #5)

Emmy says:
Repeatedly faced with scenario after scenario silently asking “would you do the right thing?” Confronting, brutally honest, and plumbs the depths of apathy. Once scenario even had me about to walk out due to its powerful impact. 10/10.

Jeff says:
Like the art it was about, that I would have liked to have seen more of, it’s open to interpretation and not really clear on the point it’s trying to make. Confronting, for the sake of confrontation, but not really saying anything. 7/10.

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