Watched Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007) by an author from
Returning for his fifth year of study at Hogwarts, Harry is stunned to find that his warnings about the return of Lord Voldemort have been ignored. Left with no choice, Harry takes matters into his own hands, training a small group of students – dubbed 'Dumbledore's Army' – to defend themselves against the dark arts.

It’s hard to fault this film for the turgid story upon which it is based. In fact, the film actually excises a lot of the cruft. But even stripped to the bones very little actually happens to further the story.


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Watched Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988) by an author from
'Toon star Roger is worried that his wife Jessica is playing pattycake with someone else, so the studio hires detective Eddie Valiant to snoop on her. But the stakes are quickly raised when Marvin Acme is found dead and Roger is the prime suspect.

It surprises me to say that this looks as good as it ever did! Probably the main thing that dates this is the boob gags. In a kid’s film?

Possibly my favourite film noir.


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Watched Under Siege (1992) by an author from
Disgruntled ex-CIA operative Strannix, his assistant Krill and their group of terrorists seize the battleship with nuclear blackmail in mind. They've planned for every contingency but ignore the ship's cook, former Navy SEAL Casey Ryback -- an error that could be fatal.

I don’t have much to add to the reviews already on letterboxd.

There some crazy dialogue and stunt work but it’s done with such a straight face it sets this really unusual tone that I kind of dig.


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How exactly did “tad bit” enter the American English lexicon?!

Tad: a little bit; a small amount; a little; slightly

Bit: a small piece or amount of something; slightly

Drives me bananas. Although people do say “freezing cold” and “boiling hot”, though, I guess technically, some things boil at very low temperatures.