Watched Atomic Blonde (2017) from letterboxd.com
An undercover MI6 agent is sent to Berlin during the Cold War to investigate the murder of a fellow agent and recover a missing list of double agents.

I think this is a bit under-rated. On first viewing, the plot seems a bit too complicated. You spend a little too much time trying to figure it out and miss what is right in front of your eyes. There’s quality visuals, amazing stunt work and a great soundtrack that’s well used, not just chucked on.

By and large the players are very solid. My biggest criticism would only be that McAvoy and Toby Jones are not exactly stretching themselves. Sofia Boutella plays her tiny part fantastically.

Fortunately, though, the plot is over-explained at the end, so you don’t really need to pay that much attention. However, with a bit more guile in the application and quite a lot less John Wick gunplay, this would actually be a very passable espionage tale.

Still, there is something that holds it back from being excellent. Just not really sure what it is.

★★★★

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Watched Home Alone 2: Lost in New York (1992) from letterboxd.com
Instead of flying to Florida with his folks, Kevin ends up alone in New York, where he gets a hotel room with his dad's credit card—despite problems from a clerk and meddling bellboy. But when Kevin runs into his old nemeses, the Wet Bandits, he's determined to foil their plans to rob a toy store on Christmas eve.

Was never going to be as good as the first one but we all had fun watching it!

★★★

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Watched https://letterboxd.com/film/godzilla-2014/1/ from letterboxd.com

This needed to follow the old disaster movie format of having a bunch of key characters we follow through out. It ties itself in unbelievable knots to put Brody where the action is. He’s not even a very sympathetic character and makes a succession of dumb decisions.

In fact, the entire movie is a cavalcade of plot holes and nonsensical decision making.

★★

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Watched Death Race 2000 (1975) from letterboxd.com
In a boorish future, the government sponsors a popular, but bloody, cross-country race in which points are scored by mowing down pedestrians. Five teams, each comprised of a male and female, compete using cars equipped with deadly weapons. Frankenstein, the mysterious returning champion, has become America's hero, but this time he has a passenger from the underground resistance.

This offered a lot more than I expected! To quote another reviewer: “a neat satire dealing with government, entertainment, and media.”

This predates a bunch of mainstream, dystopian features that share similar themes, like The Running Man and, much later, The Hunger Games. But the tone is much more Robocop, than either of those. Though this sits apart from all of those as much more of a B-movie “exploitation” flick.

It is quite cheesy and has a significant sprinkling of late 70s nudity. However, I reckon it’s worth a watch if you like this sort of thing.

★★★½

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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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