Crazy Rich Asians

Film #6 of the ‘we forgot to go to the cinema’ movie weekend. We were going to watch McQueen and found out we were too late … we didn’t want that to happen for the other movies on our list.

Emmy says:
A love story with riches that gets the socialites bitchy. The highs do have their lows and the characters are colourful. 9/10.

Jeff says:
An enjoyable, if somewhat predicable, rom-com who’s main point seems to be that being super-rich doesn’t make you a better person – you have to be a better person already. While not hugely revelatory, it was effectively done. There were characters I was sure were going to turn heel who didn’t, and some who I thought were lovely that weren’t. Even with the appalling excesses of the super-rich there were people who I was happy to see more of, and that’s almost all you can ask for in a movie like this. While there were wreckers, the movie had no real villain, and that was to it’s credit as well. A lot of fun, and the music was awesome. 9/10.

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Christopher Robin

Film #5 of the ‘we forgot to go to the cinema’ movie weekend. We were going to watch McQueen and found out we were too late … we didn’t want that to happen for the other movies on our list.

Emmy says:
New and nostalgic, fun and enjoyable, needed more hunny. 8/10.

Jeff says:
Nostalgia only goes so far. The drawn out opening, showing Christopher Robin going from child to adult, dragged when we already knew he’d be Ewan McGregor. Once the story got started, it flowed much better and even bounced along in places. The moral was excellent, but the execution faltered a little. The design of the toys was spectacular as well as brilliantly animated and voice cast. 8/10.

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The Insult

Film #4 of the ‘we forgot to go to the cinema’ movie weekend. We were going to watch McQueen and found out we were too late … we didn’t want that to happen for the other movies on our list.

Emmy says:
An intriguing look at life lived in a feeling of war. 9/10.

Jeff says:
The Insult wasn’t a film who’s trailer grabbed me. I had just seen Beirut, and I wasn’t sure what could be added to the story of Lebanon. I was very wrong. This is a contemporary piece about how old wounds, unaddressed, fester. I struggled at first to empathise with two hard heads who refused to back down. By the end, I felt I understood both men and why they reacted the way they did. A compelling look at a situation I am clearly under-informed about. 9/10.

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BlacKkKlansman

Film #3 of the ‘we forgot to go to the cinema’ movie weekend. We were going to watch McQueen and found out we were too late … we didn’t want that to happen for the other movies on our list.

Emmy says:
An incredible movie that makes you listen to both black and white sides. The film elicits strong emotional responses. 10/10.

Jeff says:
Everyone should see this movie. While the “plot” that is central to Act 3 was fictionalised for the movie, the rest is essentially a true story. A powerful tale told mostly through their words but still gripping and deeply moving. In case the point being made was too subtle, the real life footage at the end is devastating (be warned). 10/10.

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Ladies in Black

Film #2 of the ‘we forgot to go to the cinema’ movie weekend. We were going to watch McQueen and found out we were too late … we didn’t want that to happen for the other movies on our list.

Emmy says:
A mesmerising journey through Australia’s enchanting 1950’s. 10/10.

Jeff says:
This film took Bruce Beresford 30 years to make. It was worth it. This is a delightful film centred around the lives of women working for a department store in Sydney in the 1950’s. While that might not sound interesting, the lives of these women – their families, their dreams and aspirations, starting to deal with a changing demographic and what that means – was both emotional and uplifting in parts and sometimes at the same time. While there were obviously negatives for some in Sydney in the 50’s that this film doesn’t explore, this film was honest in the lives of the people represented. A truly wonderful film. 10/10.

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The House with a Clock in Its Walls

Film #1 of the ‘we forgot to go to the cinema’ movie weekend. We were going to watch McQueen and found out we were too late … we didn’t want that to happen for the other movies on our list.

Emmy says:
The costumes and sets are glorious and are perfect for the splendiferous lines delivered throughout. I was magnificently entertained. 9/10.

Jeff says:
A gorgeous and stylish film, this movie starts strongly but starts to flag as the magic in the story replaces the magic of storytelling. The acting is fantastic, but the material is more like a long Goosebumps episode. Apparently the books this is based on predate Harry Potter, Miss Peregrine and all the other special magic child kids books, but on screen it seems derivative which is unfortunate. In the end, I loved everything that didn’t involve the villain (who was a detraction from the otherwise delightfully whimsical story). 8/10.

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