Watched Blue Thunder (1983) from
Los Angeles, California. Officer Murphy, a veteran Metropolitan Police helicopter pilot suffering from severe trauma due to his harsh experiences during the Vietnam War, and Lymangood, his resourceful new partner, are tasked with testing an advanced and heavily armed experimental chopper known as Blue Thunder.

The stunts in this are outrageous. The insurance must have cost a fortune.

While the story might just be your standard conspiracy, maybe it still has a little bite today. My knowledge of 80s LA geography is a bit shaky but I’m pretty sure of “the plan”.

There is some pretty jarring sexism throughout though.


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Watched Oblivion (2013) from
Jack Harper is one of the last few drone repairmen stationed on Earth. Part of a massive operation to extract vital resources after decades of war with a terrifying threat known as the Scavs, Jack’s mission is nearly complete. His existence is brought crashing down when he rescues a beautiful stranger from a downed spacecraft. Her arrival triggers a chain of events that forces him to question everything he knows and puts the fate of humanity in his hands.

There is something about this that stops it being great that I can’t quite put my finger on. All the elements are there, it just doesn’t quite happen.

The production design and costumes for the maintenance team is pretty much worth a star on its own, though.


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Watched Top Gun: Maverick (2022) from
After more than thirty years of service as one of the Navy's top aviators, Pete Mitchell is where he belongs, pushing the envelope as a courageous test pilot and dodging the advancement in rank that would ground him.

I obviously I don’t watch enough “mindless” blockbusters any more. Either that or it just started out a bit too Poe-faced. Maybe it was the very real flight scenes that threw me?

By the time I realised what I was watching it was a bit too late to enjoy it as intended. I’ll need to watch it again!


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Watched Finding 'Ohana (2021) from
Two Brooklyn siblings' summer in a rural Oahu town takes an exciting turn when a journal pointing to long-lost treasure sets them on an adventure, leading them to reconnect with their Hawaiian heritage.

This works for me across the board. Whether as a Goonies homage, a weird anti-tourism commentary, family bonding drama or a fun family film.

It is WAY too long but, for me, there were some moments that made that worthwhile.


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