Watched Ms. Marvel (2022) from
A great student, avid gamer, and voracious fan-fic scribe, Kamala Khan has a special affinity for superheroes, particularly Captain Marvel. However, she struggles to fit in at home and at school — that is, until she gets super powers like the heroes she’s always looked up to. Life is easier with super powers, right?

Swings hard for style over substance and pretty much pulls it off. The recap at the start of E6 contains the whole “story”, so it’s disappointing on that front.

Iman Vellani is a wonderful Ms Marvel. To be honest, the only bit of casting I didn’t warm to was Bruno 🤷‍♀️

The multigenerational story of Kamala’s maternal heritage really worked for me.


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Watched Venom (2018) from
Investigative journalist Eddie Brock attempts a comeback following a scandal, but accidentally becomes the host of Venom, a violent, super powerful alien symbiote. Soon, he must rely on his newfound powers to protect the world from a shadowy organization looking for a symbiote of their own.

My expectations for this movie were rock bottom. But this movie knows exactly what it is and goes for it.

It’s based on a comic about a dude that bonds with an alien, symbiotic lifeform. Others have tried to “elevate” this type of source material and failed.

This doesn’t try to be anything more than it is (total nonsense) and on that basis it fully succeeds.

I’ve not seen Michelle Williams in anything since Brokeback Mountain. She’s great.


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Watched Prince of Darkness (1987) from
A research team finds a mysterious cylinder in a deserted church. If opened, it could mean the end of the world.

First watch. It’s 35 years old but I’ve not seen anything quite like that before.


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Watched Jacob's Ladder (1990) from
After returning home from the Vietnam War, veteran Jacob Singer struggles to maintain his sanity. Plagued by hallucinations and flashbacks, Singer rapidly falls apart as the world and people around him morph and twist into disturbing images. His girlfriend, Jezzie, and ex-wife, Sarah, try to help, but to little avail. Even Singer's chiropractor friend, Louis, fails to reach him as he descends into madness.

The people behind the Denzel version of The Manchurian Candidate loved this movie, I reckon.

But, this is actually a story about the power of love, I guess.


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