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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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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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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