Watched https://letterboxd.com/film/black-hawk-down/1/ from letterboxd.com

Although the overall tone of this movie is that of a tragedy, and does emphasise that a lot of people died for no good reason, it still takes a little too much pleasure in the violence.

I also feel it does a disservice to Shughart and Gordon. The crew of Super 64 all survived the crash, not just Durant. Knowing they were defending four men, not just one, three of whom were helpless, casts their efforts in a different light.

★★★★

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Watched GoodFellas (1990) from letterboxd.com
The true story of Henry Hill, a half-Irish, half-Sicilian Brooklyn kid who is adopted by neighbourhood gangsters at an early age and climbs the ranks of a Mafia family under the guidance of Jimmy Conway.

It’s a great film but, honestly, I don’t much like these stories. People have these weirdly romantic notions about the Mafia. Never seemed to occur to anyone, they wrote their own history…

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Watched Slumberland (2022) from letterboxd.com
A young girl discovers a secret map to the dreamworld of Slumberland, and with the help of an eccentric outlaw, she traverses dreams and flees nightmares, with the hope that she will be able to see her late father again.

I liked it but it upset our 7 y/o so maybe do your research first…

★★★½

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Watched The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012) from letterboxd.com
Bilbo Baggins, a hobbit enjoying his quiet life, is swept into an epic quest by Gandalf the Grey and thirteen dwarves who seek to reclaim their mountain home from Smaug, the dragon.

Ten years later it’s easier to look past the technical misjudgments and plot contrivances. Armitage and Freeman are both great.

★★★

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Watched The Final Destination (2009) from letterboxd.com
After a young man's premonition of a deadly race-car crash helps saves the lives of his peers, Death sets out to collect those who evaded their end.

Having said of the last installment “where could you go wrong?”

Well, here most of the foreshadowing is replaced with premonitions and that doesn’t work as well.

Still, there are some wildly inventive fatalities and the finale does actually take it up a notch.

★★★

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Played Firewatch: Out now for Windows, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Mac, and Linux (Firewatch)
Firewatch is a first-person single-player mystery set in the Wyoming wilderness, where your only emotional lifeline is the person on the other end of a handheld radio.

I played this back in August 2021 and just found some screenshots. I enjoyed it as a game but my over-riding memory is this:

Julia gets offered a job at Yale. Yale is in Connecticut, two thousand miles away. It's a great job: associate department chair. She wants to move. You absolutely do not.  A) Convince her not to take the job. B) Agree if she commutes back and forth.

Basically, the protagonist is a shit.

Also, very, very lazy effort on the stars:

They've tiled an image for the stars...

Watched Urban Legend (1998) from letterboxd.com
A college campus is plagued by a vicious serial killer murdering students in ways that correspond to various urban legends.

I had very fond memories of this but, actually, it’s pretty bad. There is a super high body count, though!

★★

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Watched Werewolf by Night (2022) from letterboxd.com
On a dark and somber night, a secret cabal of monster hunters emerge from the shadows and gather at the foreboding Bloodstone Temple following the death of their leader. In a strange and macabre memorial to the leader’s life, the attendees are thrust into a mysterious and deadly competition for a powerful relic—a hunt that will ultimately bring them face to face with a dangerous monster.

Excruciatingly and infuriatingly average

★★★

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