Watched Bodies Bodies Bodies (2022) from letterboxd.com
When a group of 20-somethings gets stuck at a remote mansion during a hurricane, a party game gone very, very wrong ends with a dead body on the ground and fake friends at every turn as they try to find the killer among them.

You get to the dénouement and you’re, like, “Oh. Haha! That’s neat.”

And… well, that’s about it. “Lite” might be the word I’d choose.

★★★

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I use Facebook only because a number of Groups I am part of insist on using it. Somehow, Facebook has decided that I like soccer and it just keeps surfacing the most banal crap about it. So depressing.

Huge list of things I could or should be doing with my time off work. Instead, today, I have been mosty cleaning up my gmail… Why?!

Watched Trollhunters: Rise of the Titans (2021) from letterboxd.com
The Guardians of Arcadia reunite to battle the nefarious Arcane Order, who've reawakened the primordial Titans.

This was never going to be good but I didn’t expect it to be this bad.

If you like your typical Japanese anime, you might enjoy the interminable parade of “one last chances” and Deus ex machina on offer here but, otherwise, it’s incredibly tedious.

The film and the series are filled to the brim with great concepts that result in wonderful visuals but the story, if you can even called it that by the end, just wears thinner and thinner, to the point where it actually gives up… and starts over.

★★

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Watched Backdraft (1991) from letterboxd.com
Firemen brothers Brian and Stephen McCaffrey battle each other over past slights while trying to stop an arsonist with a diabolical agenda from torching Chicago.

Unarguably the best film about fire fighters. I’m sure fire fighting has changed a great deal in thirty years but you still got to love them: you call, they come.

However, the “sex scene” might rival Top Gun’s in its unsexiness. Though I do like the shot of them riding the fire truck after. The soundtrack gets a bit cringe during the funeral too.

On the plus side, the effects are still amazing and everyone apart from Jennifer Jason Leigh is on at least decent form. Although  Donald Sutherland is a bit hammy, and doesn’t scary me quite as much as he did when I was a kid, Ronald Bartel is still a terrifying character.

★★★★

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I wrapped my Christmas gifts before 6pm on Christmas Eve. This is a personal record.

I like how people that have retired early to make the most of their health are “economically inactive” https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-64083802

Watched Troll (2022) from letterboxd.com
Deep inside the mountain of Dovre, something gigantic awakens after being trapped for a thousand years. Destroying everything in its path, the creature is fast approaching the capital of Norway. But how do you stop something you thought only existed in Norwegian folklore?

Fairly simple fun. I love that it’s a Norwegian story, set in Norway. So nice to be away from US coastline!

In terms of production, it feels a bit like the “Spooks” TV show at times. I hate Spooks. So, that’s not great.

There’s strong Cloverfield, Skull Island and, of course, Troll Hunter vibes, which you could consider either a poor imitation or a fun new combination.

None of these make it a bad movie. There’s just not much to recommend this.

(Original audio with subs)

★★½

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