Watched Moon Knight (2022) from letterboxd.com
When Steven Grant, a mild-mannered gift-shop employee, becomes plagued with blackouts and memories of another life, he discovers he has dissociative identity disorder and shares a body with mercenary Marc Spector. As Steven/Marc’s enemies converge upon them, they must navigate their complex identities while thrust into a deadly mystery among the powerful gods of Egypt.

Far surpassed my admittedly low expectations. Like the Mandalorian, “new” characters seem the way to go.

What I liked most about this was the chunk in the middle, where you could almost forget it was the MCU. But the VERY MCU conclusion wasn’t unwelcome, either.

★★★★

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Watched Thor (2011) from letterboxd.com
Against his father Odin's will, The Mighty Thor - a powerful but arrogant warrior god - recklessly reignites an ancient war. Thor is cast down to Earth and forced to live among humans as punishment. Once here, Thor learns what it takes to be a true hero when the most dangerous villain of his world sends the darkest forces of Asgard to invade Earth.

Watched this with my children (7/10), their first MCU film, and saw it with new eyes.

I’ve always felt it was a bit hammy and tongue-in-cheek, and maybe it is, but that just made it better for the kids. The generally light tone and total lack of subtext worked really well for them.

Decent live action films aimed at kids are now few and far between but they both enjoyed it and I enjoyed watching it with them.

★★★★

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Watched Blue Thunder (1983) from letterboxd.com
Los Angeles, California. Officer Murphy, a veteran Metropolitan Police helicopter pilot suffering from severe trauma due to his harsh experiences during the Vietnam War, and Lymangood, his resourceful new partner, are tasked with testing an advanced and heavily armed experimental chopper known as Blue Thunder.

The stunts in this are outrageous. The insurance must have cost a fortune.

While the story might just be your standard conspiracy, maybe it still has a little bite today. My knowledge of 80s LA geography is a bit shaky but I’m pretty sure of “the plan”.

There is some pretty jarring sexism throughout though.

★★

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Watched Oblivion (2013) from letterboxd.com
Jack Harper is one of the last few drone repairmen stationed on Earth. Part of a massive operation to extract vital resources after decades of war with a terrifying threat known as the Scavs, Jack’s mission is nearly complete. His existence is brought crashing down when he rescues a beautiful stranger from a downed spacecraft. Her arrival triggers a chain of events that forces him to question everything he knows and puts the fate of humanity in his hands.

There is something about this that stops it being great that I can’t quite put my finger on. All the elements are there, it just doesn’t quite happen.

The production design and costumes for the maintenance team is pretty much worth a star on its own, though.

★★★★

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Watched Top Gun: Maverick (2022) from letterboxd.com
After more than thirty years of service as one of the Navy's top aviators, Pete Mitchell is where he belongs, pushing the envelope as a courageous test pilot and dodging the advancement in rank that would ground him.

I obviously I don’t watch enough “mindless” blockbusters any more. Either that or it just started out a bit too Poe-faced. Maybe it was the very real flight scenes that threw me?

By the time I realised what I was watching it was a bit too late to enjoy it as intended. I’ll need to watch it again!

★★★

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Watched Finding 'Ohana (2021) from letterboxd.com
Two Brooklyn siblings' summer in a rural Oahu town takes an exciting turn when a journal pointing to long-lost treasure sets them on an adventure, leading them to reconnect with their Hawaiian heritage.

This works for me across the board. Whether as a Goonies homage, a weird anti-tourism commentary, family bonding drama or a fun family film.

It is WAY too long but, for me, there were some moments that made that worthwhile.

★★★½

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