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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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