Lauren FootComment

OUR LIST 2018

Lauren FootComment
OUR LIST 2018

OUR LIST 2018

MOVIES WE'VE SEEN THIS YEAR

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one

JUMANGI

December 31/January 1,  Chinook Centre, Calgary, Alberta

We went to see the late night showing of Jumangi on New Years Eve with my parents and my Nana. We celebrated New Years Eve in the theatre. I got a feeling toward the end of the movie and looked at my phone and it was 12:01am. We whispered happy new year to one another and kept watching.

REVIEW

We both really enjoyed the film. I hated the original because it was so scary but this one was so funny and such a fresh take on the story. If you're looking for a comedy, this is a great movie to see.

Nick's Rating : 7/10

Lauren's Rating: 7/10


two

CALL ME BY YOUR NAME

January 5, International Village Cinema, Vancouver, B.C.

We went to see Call me by your name before going to pick my brother and his wife up from the airport after their Christmas Holiday. We went to the theatre and it was an incredibly rainy day. We were running late as we both got stuck at work and had to make the earlier showing so we could get to the airport in time to pick up my brother and Jamie. The theatre was busier than I have ever seen a theatre in my entire life. It looked like people were lined up Noah's Arc. Nick and I made it into the theatre just before the movie started and we ended up in the second row from the front. 

review

This movie is not only at the top of my list for this year, it's at the top of my list period. I couldn't have loved it more. The performances were outstanding, the story was beautiful and so relatable, the scenery was out of control. Who wants to go to Italy now? I do! I loved the soundtrack especially anything by Sufjan Stephens and Love My Way by the Psychedelic Furs. I have been listening to those songs every minute of everyday since we saw the film. My favourite part of the film was the refreshing take on a love story between two men. There was no antagonist, we just got to watch their love unfold like any other love story and was a beautiful thing. michael stuhlbarg's monologue at the end of the film was one of the most beautiful monologues I have ever heard and it was such an important message. I loved it!!

At this point my ranking of Oscar films:

1. Dunkirk

2. Call Me By Your Name

3. Lady Bird

 

At this point Nick;s ranking of Oscar films:

1. Dunkirk

2. Call Me By Your Name

3. Lady Bird

 

Nick's Rating: 9.5/10

Lauren's Rating: 10/10


three

I, TONYA

January 9, International Village Cinema, Vancouver, B.C.

It is officially Oscar season so Nick and I were trying to see all of the oscar nominated films. We felt like a comedy and thought I, Tonya fit the bill. 

review

This was an excellent film. The performances were fantastic. The scene with Margot Robbie in front of the mirror? Am I right? Amazing. Allison Janney also knocked it out the park as such an unlikeable mom. It was very interesting to get more incite on the whole Tonya Harding story. This truly the goodfellas of figure skating. 

At this point my ranking of Oscar films:

1. Dunkirk

2. Call Me By Your Name

3. Lady Bird

4. I, Tonya

At this point Nick;s ranking of Oscar films:

1. Dunkirk

2. Call Me By Your Name

3. Lady Bird

4. I Tonya

 

Nick's Rating: 8.5/10

Lauren's Rating: 8.5/10


four

THE POST

January 21, 5th Ave Cinemas, Vancouver, B.C.

My parents were in town and we are all movie buff's so we went to see The Post.

REVIEW

We all thought it was very well done and culturally relevant. Meryl Streep's performance was a unique one for her as the character she was playing was very different from her norm. 

 

At this point my ranking of Oscar films:

1. Dunkirk

2. Call Me By Your Name

3. Lady Bird

4. The Post

5. I, Tonya

At this point Nick;s ranking of Oscar films:

1. Dunkirk

2. Call Me By Your Name

3. Lady Bird

4. The Post

5. I Tonya

 

Nick's Rating: 9/10

Lauren's Rating: 8/10


five

THE SHAPE OF WATER

January 23, International Village Cinema, Vancouver, B.C.

It was Telus Tuesday (Cheap Movie Night) and the oscar nominations had just been released that morning so we decided to go the movies. The next film on our list was the shape of water. It ended up being quite an exciting experience. We got to the theatre about 40 minutes before the movie started but there was a Canucks hockey game on and Nick couldn't find parking. I got out of the car and went up to the theatre to get our tickets and our seats while he was looking for a parking spot. It took him so long to find parking that he missed the first 10 minutes of the movie.

review

We both enjoyed it but Nick was pretty stressed out by the parking experience so he didn't think as highly of it as I did. I really appreciated the nods to racism and sexism that were present in the film. Nick was pretty distracted by Micheal Shannon's character. He really hated him. We loved how original the film was. It truly is a fairytale for adults. 

 

At this point my ranking of Oscar films:

1. Dunkirk

2. Call Me By Your Name

3. Lady Bird

4. The Post.

5. I, Tonya,

6. The Shape of Water

At this point Nick;s ranking of Oscar films:

1. Dunkirk

2. Call Me By Your Name

3. Lady Bird

4. The Post

5. I Tonya,

6. The Shape of Water

 

Nick's Rating: 7.5/10

Lauren's Rating: 8/10


SIX

PHANTOM THREAD

January 26, 5th avenue cinemas, Vancouver, B.C.

It was a drizzly and dark Friday in Vancouver during Oscar season so Nick and I decided to tick one more Oscar nominated film off of our list. Nick is an enormous fan of Paul Thomas Anderson and Daniel Day Lewis so this was a must-see on our list. I am on my wedding diet and have eliminated movie theatre popcorn from my life at the moment. For me it often feels like I might as well just rip out my heart and soul instead. Luckily, Nick and I sat next to the loudest popcorn eater we have ever come across in our lives. How do I paint this picture for you? Okay, it was as if he had died three hundred years ago and had just come back to life and the large bag of buttery popcorn that sat in his lap was the only thing standing between him and dying again.  Just when I was about to turn around and remind him to breathe, Daniel Day Lewis's character went on a rant  about hating anyone that made unnecessary noise. The whole theatre fell more in love with Daniel Day Lewis as he managed to tear this guy a new one and he wasn't even in the room.  We stopped in at Novo, the italian restaurant next door for a big glass of red wine and to discuss the film. We've never done that before but I think we may have started a new tradition.

 

review

The movie was filled with phenomenal performances, master level direction and a storyline that kept you equal parts thrilled, laughing and shocked all at once. The movie did go on a little longer than necessary. I felt they could have got to the end a little faster but that could have been because I drank an entire large diet coke to myself and was stuck in the middle of a row with no way to escape. 

 

At this point my ranking of Oscar films:

1. Dunkirk

2. Call Me By Your Name

3. Lady Bird

4. The Post

5. I Tonya,

6. The Shape of Water

7. Phantom Thread

At this point Nick's ranking of Oscar films:

1. Dunkirk

2. Phantom Thread

3.Call Me By Your Name

4. Lady Bird

5. The Post

6. I Tonya,

7. The Shape of Water

 

Nick's Rating: 9/10

Lauren's Rating: 8/10 (Daniel's Performance is a 10/10


SEVEN

CHARADE

January 28, Park Theatre, Vancouver, B.C.

It was a rainy Sunday afternoon in Vancouver and one of my favourite Audrey Hepburn movies was playing at Park theatre. For those of you who haven't been to Park Theatre, please go out of your way to go. It's my favourite cinema in the city. We stopped in a Pronto the cutest Italian restaurant across the street before hand and grabbed a coffee and a light lunch before the movie. Once we finished lunch we rushed over the theatre to watch Audrey Hepburn and Cary Grant in Charade. I have been an enormous Audrey Hepburn fan for my entire life and I had never seen one of her movies on anything larger than my tv screen. It was honestly one of my favourite experiences at the cinema ever if not my favourite.

 

review

First off, I highly recommend going to see these old films being screened again. It was so cool to see a film of the past back up on the big screen. Seeing Audrey Hepburn in her stunning outfits on such a large scale was one of my favourite moments. I am a cinephile and there is something so special about seeing an old movie get brought back to life on the big screen. The film has always been one of my favourites. I always forget how it ends and I've seen it so many times.

Nick's Rating: 8.5/10

Lauren's Rating: 10/10


EIGHT

DARKEST HOUR

February 4, Langley Colossus Theatre, Vancouver, B.C.

Nick and I had been trying to see 'Darkest Hour' for so long. Finally we decided we would drive out to Langley to go see it with my brother Kyle and my sister-in-law Jamie. We drove out and arrived quite early so we grabbed a bite to eat at a salad bar around the corner from the theatre. 

 

review

The movie was phenomenal. I was expecting it to be good but I wasn't expecting to like it as much as I did. We all left the theatre praising the film, the direction and of course Gary Oldman's performance. We were saying it's amazing how cinema has managed to paint such a vivid picture of World War II with movies like 'The King's Speech', 'Dunkirk', 'Darkest Hour', 'The Imitation Game' and even the Netflix series 'The Crown'. The characters felt familiar and were well explained. We all felt that 'Dunkirk' really enhanced our enjoyment of 'Darkest Hour' as it gave weight to the experience of the soldiers and civilian ships involved in the evacuation. Another highlight of the film for us was the striking and imaginative visuals that we had never seen in a film before.

 

At this point my ranking of Oscar films:

1. Dunkirk

2. Call Me By Your Name

3. Lady Bird

4. Darkest Hour

5. The Post

6. I Tonya,

7. The Shape of Water

8. Phantom Thread

 

At this point Nick's ranking of Oscar films:

1. Dunkirk

2. Phantom Thread

3.Call Me By Your Name

4. Darkest Hour

5. Lady Bird

6. The Post

7. I Tonya,

8. The Shape of Water

 

Nick's Rating: 8.75/10

Lauren's Rating: 9.5/10