Austin Powers (1997)

When it came out, I was in my early teens and the perfect age to appreciate this kind of humour. Watching it again, more than twenty years later, the Dr. Evil scenes still hold up well, the rest is so-so. A lot of the jokes are about how the nineties are darker and edgier than the innocent 60s but, in retrospect, the 90s seem like one of the nicer decades, while the 60s had Vietnam, political assassinations, cold war, the rapid escalation of conflict in Northern Ireland...



Harry Potter And The Deathly Hollows The Movie Part One (2010)

It's pretty hard to write about this movie in 2019 without feeling the crushing weight of Harry Potter as cultural phenomena, or the franchise's increasingly-desperate and bizarre 'wizards poop their pants' social media presence. But here goes:

This was the best of the Potter movies. Not as stylish as Azkaban, but also no time travel. It took a lot of risks that payed off, and has some really great, memorable moments you'd never except from the seventh movie in a franchise. On the other hand, they might have been best to spread out the risk-taking a bit, because the the next one is so disappointingly bland and by-the-numbers that it ruins this one by association.



Patriot Games (1992)

The characters suspensefully twiddle their thumbs for about an hour and a half, then there's a nice action scene.



Spiderman: Shattered Demensions (2010)

A game I got on sale years ago. Not bad for what I payed, and not bad for a game based on a property. A few parts were extremely fun, but the more tedious parts dragged it down enough that I never made to to the end, putting it off again and again until I stopped thinking about it entirely.



Looper (2012)

Mostly good. Dumb ending.



Airplane! (1980)

I was obsessed with Zucker/Abrahams/Zucker films as a kid. Watching them again, years later, there are a few very, very good jokes, hidden among thousands of rapid-fire dumb gags. It's the "throw mud at a wall" approach to comedy.



12 Angry Men (1957)

It's fine and nice and enjoyable but I really don't get all the hype. I wouldn't call it the best Sidney Lumet movie. I wouldn't even call it the best Ed Begley Sr. movie.



Disenchantment - Season 1

This was a bit weak, but it shows potential, especially the last two episodes. It's not as good as season one of Futurama, but better than, say, season one of the Simpsons. I'm not going to wholeheartedly recommend this, but I'll definitely watch season two.



A Few Good Men (1992)

It's a pretty good movie, in spite of the fact that it can be edited down to two minutes and thirty seconds without losing any of the plot or characterization.