The Purge: Election Year

100 Movies before we move: #64

Emmy says:
Really enjoyed the religious aspect to this film. I’m glad this idea is being explored in multiple directions. Less gore and more costumes, including gold plated firearms. 8/10.

Jeff says:
The first film was a home invasion story; the second was a urban war zone. This film zooms out further to be a religio-political action thriller. This series does an excellent job of showing the problem with people expecting to “get theirs”. When everyone is out for their rights, and not thinking of their responsibilities to society, it breaks down. All too scarily real. As much as I like political thrillers, this one lagged a little. The series is about the day itself – the more than it’s outside that 12 hours the harder it is to maintain tension. 7/10.

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The Purge: Anarchy

100 Movies before we move: #63

Emmy says:
A much better exploration of the core idea. Good suspense and emotional turmoil. 8/10.

Jeff says:
Swapping the home invasion scenario for the urban war zone paid-off. It helps having a bigger budget. Good background and world building while maintaining the gritty realistic action. Some of the thoughts I had in the first film, about what people might really do (not everyone just wants to kill for the fun of it) was actually explored here, which shows the filmmakers are thinking about what they’re creating. I’m now looking forward to the rest of this series. 8/10.

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The Purge

100 Movies before we move: #62

Emmy says:
Brilliantly sinister, Rhys Wakefield is a marvel to watch. Nice gore effects, weak storyline. 7/10.

Jeff says:
This is a movie (and franchise) I wasn’t sure I wanted to watch. I’m not a fan of gore and jump scares for their own sake (I want something more intelligent) – and that’s the sort of thing I’ve associated with Blumhouse. With recent offerings like Happy Death Day and Get Out I’ve been re-evaluating – and this movie has received a lot of praise in some quarters.

While, at heart, a home invasion film (with good effects for the budget) there’s a larger story that is both very intriguing and at the same time under-served by this film. If there’s going to be a bigger story then it needs to be more than a framing device at the start and end. Then again, that’s also what the sequels are for. Good acting, good action, let’s see what the rest of the series is like. 8/10.

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Mile 22

100 Movies before we move: #61

Emmy says:
Absolutely amazed at the combat sequences in this movie, they are choreographed in realistic detail and use unique techniques. The direction and editing of those sections let down the skill that’s on display, shaky cam is not necessary when the fighting is frenetic already. Story line is a bit weak and I feel like the payoff was cheap, massively enjoyed the fighting. 8/10.

Jeff says:
Quite a lot to like in this film – excellent fight scenes (both hand-to-hand and gun) showing realistic damage and improvisation. Unfortunately the cinematography, story, and obvious set-up for the start of a series let it down. Too many movies are made with the hope for a sequel. The world this takes place in is enough for a sequel – this story should have been more self-contained. The ending, setting up the sequel, let down the movie by being a whimper instead of a bang. 7/10.

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The Children Act

100 Movies before we move: #60

Emmy says:
Another wonderful character study by Ian McEwan translated to screen. A harrowing journey of life as a Justice and the relationships around her. Magnificent performances. 10/10.

Jeff says:
Emma Thompson once again shows her incredible poise and stature in a film that is all about showing emotion through the cool British reserve. Admirable performances from the rest of the cast, and an engaging and heart-breaking story told with delicacy for all sides of the central argument. 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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Mary Shelley

100 Movies before we move: #57

Emmy says:
A frivolous journey through a volatile life with stunning costumes and florid verbiage. Entertaining and enjoyable, if not accurate to the historical timeline. 8/10.

Jeff says:
Beautifully set, costumed, and shot, this film is sadly too enamoured of itself. While the highlights of Mary Shelley’s late teens are all there, they are out of sequence and re-purposed for the poetry of the story. While creative licence is to be expected, some of the changes don’t add to the story and therefore make little sense in having been made. There are also some key details mentioned but not explored. Mary Shelley deserves better than this shallow dalliance. 6/10.

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The Meg

100 Movies before we move: #56

Emmy says:
Much fun, many laughs. So silly but had some great creature effects. Lighthearted entertainment. 7/10.

Jeff says:
This movie is everything you think it’s going to be – for good and ill. Dumb, fun, good special effects but predictable dialogue. I’m sad the Meg DIDN’T jump out of the water to eat a helicopter though, it seems like it should have. 7/10.

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McQueen

100 Movies before we move: #55

Emmy says:
This trip through Alexander McQueen’s life is almost as voyeuristic as his shows. Beautifully woven from interviews and archive footage. 9/10.

Jeff says:
Even when I had no interest in fashion, I knew the name Alexander McQueen. A legend in his own (tragically short) life, McQueen’s story is well told and well suited to his style of creativity. More about the man than the garments, this documentary is intimate and emotional. Worth seeing whether you are a fashionista or don’t even know how to pronounce haute couture. 10/10.

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The Fifth Element

100 Movies before we move: #54

Emmy says:
The costumes are my favourite part of this film, evocative of a different world. The characters are wonderfully defined and acted. A fun jaunt through the perils of world devastation. 8/10.

Jeff says:
I have always loved this movie. The action, the story, the jokes, the killer soundtrack … even Ruby Rhod. I think, when it came out, it was when I first discovered the idea of a designer being recognisable for the type of look they create (Jean-Paul Gaultier in this case).  There is so much to love here, and Movies with Mikey has even suggested that it’s a better Die Hard movie than some of the official Die Hard movies. While it has aged a little in the 22 years since it first came out, it’s still fun to revisit – and not just for the Diva Dance sequence. 8/10.

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Mary Poppins

100 Movies before we move: #53

Emmy says:
A Most Marvellous Movie. Watching for the first time in over a decade I have an understanding of filming and editing that has let me see the skill this movie has in combining live action with animation and the displaying of the carpet bag’s misleading dimensions and the aerial antics. The singing and dancing is magnificent and talented. 10/10.

Jeff says:
Strangely, I have never watched Mary Poppins before. We’re going to watch the new movie on Monday, so it seemed like a good idea to see the original first. At the risk of being thrown into the fireplace, it wasn’t as good as I was led to believe. I suspect this has to do with time: my age means I’m not as wowed by the song and dance numbers (which were fantastic, to be honest) alone; and advances in cinema (and high-def TVs) make the special effects looked jarringly obvious. My main problem, though, was the story. While there was a narrative, it was a mess. Action films are rightly criticised for having little plot except to get to the next set piece, and this is what happened here: the story (such as it was) is only a vehicle to arrive at the next number. It bothered me. Still, the set pieces were delightful and for its time the effects were very clever. 8/10.

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