Watched Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008) by an author from
Set during the Cold War, the Soviets – led by sword-wielding Irina Spalko – are in search of a crystal skull which has supernatural powers related to a mystical Lost City of Gold. After being captured and then escaping from them, Indy is coerced to head to Peru at the behest of a young man whose friend – and Indy's colleague – Professor Oxley has been captured for his knowledge of the skull's whereabouts.

I really wanted to give this a fair shot but it speaks volumes that the best parts of this film are those without the action/adventure in them.

Nothing emphasises this more than John Williams score, which appears to have been written for something MUCH more exciting than we’re seeing on the screen.

I’m sure there are those that don’t like this because they somehow overlooked the paranormal elements of the original triology but I actually quite like that part.

It’s very disappointing.


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My kids have entered the stage of enjoying YouTube content consisting of grown men getting over excited and shouting about entirely ephemeral events/occurances.

Watched Willy's Wonderland (2021) by an author from
When his car breaks down, a quiet loner agrees to clean an abandoned family fun center in exchange for repairs. He soon finds himself waging war against possessed animatronic mascots while trapped inside Willy's Wonderland.

This is just bad. In every way.

Actually, there’s some effective visuals and lighting but nothing you’ve not seen before.

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Thousands of women die every year in childbirth because of crappy maternity care, even in “developed” countries.

No-one gives a shit.

Some rich assholes do one of the most dangerous things imaginable and people are obssessed. Fuck those guys.

Watched Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse (2023) by an author from
After reuniting with Gwen Stacy, Brooklyn’s full-time, friendly neighborhood Spider-Man is catapulted across the Multiverse, where he encounters the Spider Society, a team of Spider-People charged with protecting the Multiverse’s very existence. But when the heroes clash on how to handle a new threat, Miles finds himself pitted against the other Spiders and must set out on his own to save those he loves most.

To be honest… I was all kind of a lot to take in…

My main take away was that Karan Soni got so much more then a crisp high five.

erse, 2023

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Watched The Avengers (2012) by an author from
When an unexpected enemy emerges and threatens global safety and security, Nick Fury, director of the international peacekeeping agency known as S.H.I.E.L.D., finds himself in need of a team to pull the world back from the brink of disaster. Spanning the globe, a daring recruitment effort begins!

I don’t know if I’ve aged or it has but doesn’t quite have the magic it did. I guess we’ve seen a lot of the character since they were introduced too,..


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Watched Bad Day for the Cut (2017) by an author from
A middle-aged Irish farmer, who still lives at home with his mother, sets off on a mission of revenge when the old lady is murdered.

The tone is a lot less bleak and brutal than maybe it could, or should, have been. I can only assume this got an 18 cert in the UK for the repeated use of the c-word. Certainly there is nothing overly graphic. To be honest, it plays out more like the finale of TV series than a movie.

Nigel O’Neill plays his part, as Donal, very well. I imagine it’s hard to establish much menancing intent when you’re wearing a fleece and wellies but he pulls it off. Susan Lynch also manages to be deeply unpleasant with little screen time.

The story is nothing new but Donal’s deeply pragmatic approach to each challenge is quite refreshing.


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