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{"content":{"id":1033,"title":"Arrival (2016)","body":"\u003cp\u003e\r\nBetter than Contact.\r\n\u003c/p\u003e","publication_date":"2019-12-14T00:00:00.000Z","created_at":"2019-11-15T02:25:53.000Z","updated_at":"2019-11-15T02:25:53.000Z","user_id":1,"rating":4},"tags":"\u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=reviews\"\u003ereviews\u003c/a\u003e \u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=movies\"\u003emovies\u003c/a\u003e \u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=science_fiction\"\u003escience_fiction\u003c/a\u003e"}

Arrival (2016)

Better than Contact.

{"content":{"id":981,"title":"Addams Family Values","body":"\u003cimg src=\"/uploads/348.webp\" class=\"card-image small\"\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003e\r\nFrom the days when sequels were almost always quickly-made, low-budget, and sloppy. The script feels like a first draft, the Addams Mansion lost most of its furniture, the Addams graveyard had all of its tombs replaced with generic tombstones, and Raul Julia is pushed into the background in spite of the fact that he's Raul Julia. The Joan Cusack main story doesn't really come together, but the subplot involving the kids being sent to summer camp turns out so well that I'm going to (reluctantly) recommend it anyway.\r\n\u003c/p\u003e","publication_date":"2019-11-12T00:00:00.000Z","created_at":"2019-10-14T20:49:23.000Z","updated_at":"2021-02-01T17:04:51.000Z","user_id":1,"rating":4},"tags":"\u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=reviews\"\u003ereviews\u003c/a\u003e \u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=horror\"\u003ehorror\u003c/a\u003e \u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=comedy\"\u003ecomedy\u003c/a\u003e \u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=movies\"\u003emovies\u003c/a\u003e \u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=twentieth_century\"\u003etwentieth_century\u003c/a\u003e \u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=the_nineties\"\u003ethe_nineties\u003c/a\u003e"}

Addams Family Values

From the days when sequels were almost always quickly-made, low-budget, and sloppy. The script feels like a first draft, the Addams Mansion lost most of its furniture, the Addams graveyard had all of its tombs replaced with generic tombstones, and Raul Julia is pushed into the background in spite of the fact that he's Raul Julia. The Joan Cusack main story doesn't really come together, but the subplot involving the kids being sent to summer camp turns out so well that I'm going to (reluctantly) recommend it anyway.

{"content":{"id":943,"title":"MST3K: The Gauntlet (2018)","body":"\u003cimg src=\"/uploads/326.jpg\" class=\"card-image small\"\u003e\r\n\u003cbr\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003e\r\nMore consistent than The Return. More consistent than the original show. If they can make six good episodes every year or two, I'm a happy man.\r\n\u003c/p\u003e","publication_date":"2019-10-23T00:00:00.000Z","created_at":"2019-09-25T22:45:32.000Z","updated_at":"2019-09-26T02:57:35.000Z","user_id":1,"rating":4},"tags":"\u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=reviews\"\u003ereviews\u003c/a\u003e \u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=movies\"\u003emovies\u003c/a\u003e \u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=tv\"\u003etv\u003c/a\u003e \u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=twentieth_century\"\u003etwentieth_century\u003c/a\u003e"}

MST3K: The Gauntlet (2018)


More consistent than The Return. More consistent than the original show. If they can make six good episodes every year or two, I'm a happy man.

{"content":{"id":983,"title":"The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel - Season One","body":"\u003cimg src=\"/uploads/349.jpg\" class=\"card-image small\"\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003e\r\nI didn't think I'd like this, but I gave it a chance anyway, because I'd heard a lot of good things and \u003ca href=\"https://sananab.ca/posts/361\"\u003eJen Kirkman\u003c/a\u003e is one of the writers. I'm glad I did watch it, because it was pretty much perfect. Even when it was bad, it was good.\r\n\u003c/p\u003e","publication_date":"2019-10-20T00:00:00.000Z","created_at":"2019-10-19T04:06:32.000Z","updated_at":"2020-07-12T21:22:07.000Z","user_id":1,"rating":4},"tags":"\u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=reviews\"\u003ereviews\u003c/a\u003e \u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=tv\"\u003etv\u003c/a\u003e \u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=comedy\"\u003ecomedy\u003c/a\u003e \u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=drama\"\u003edrama\u003c/a\u003e \u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=twentieth_century\"\u003etwentieth_century\u003c/a\u003e \u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=the_fifties\"\u003ethe_fifties\u003c/a\u003e \u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=standup\"\u003estandup\u003c/a\u003e"}

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel - Season One

I didn't think I'd like this, but I gave it a chance anyway, because I'd heard a lot of good things and Jen Kirkman is one of the writers. I'm glad I did watch it, because it was pretty much perfect. Even when it was bad, it was good.

{"content":{"id":936,"title":"Ikiru/To Live (1952)","body":"\u003cimg src=\"/uploads/31e.jpg\" class=\"card-image small\"\u003e\r\n\u003cbr\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003e\r\nTouching and nice and beautiful in a way only old movies can be.\r\n\u003c/p\u003e","publication_date":"2019-10-17T00:00:00.000Z","created_at":"2019-09-17T02:06:55.000Z","updated_at":"2019-09-17T02:07:09.000Z","user_id":1,"rating":4},"tags":"\u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=twentieth_century\"\u003etwentieth_century\u003c/a\u003e \u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=japan\"\u003ejapan\u003c/a\u003e \u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=movies\"\u003emovies\u003c/a\u003e \u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=reviews\"\u003ereviews\u003c/a\u003e \u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=drama\"\u003edrama\u003c/a\u003e \u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=the_fifties\"\u003ethe_fifties\u003c/a\u003e"}

Ikiru/To Live (1952)


Touching and nice and beautiful in a way only old movies can be.

{"content":{"id":928,"title":"Mission Impossible: Fallout (2019)","body":"\u003cimg src=\"/uploads/318.jpg\" class=\"card-image small\"\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003e\r\nSuper-fun, super-dramatic spy movie. Even Henry Cavill somehow doesn't seem to suck, although that might just be good editing. Pretty impressive that the sixth movie in an extremely irregular franchise would be the best one.\r\n\u003c/p\u003e","publication_date":"2019-10-10T00:00:00.000Z","created_at":"2019-09-10T01:12:33.000Z","updated_at":"2020-08-27T15:13:46.000Z","user_id":1,"rating":4},"tags":"\u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=movies\"\u003emovies\u003c/a\u003e \u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=action\"\u003eaction\u003c/a\u003e \u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=spy\"\u003espy\u003c/a\u003e \u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=reviews\"\u003ereviews\u003c/a\u003e"}

Mission Impossible: Fallout (2019)

Super-fun, super-dramatic spy movie. Even Henry Cavill somehow doesn't seem to suck, although that might just be good editing. Pretty impressive that the sixth movie in an extremely irregular franchise would be the best one.

{"content":{"id":923,"title":"The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966)","body":"\u003cp\u003e\r\nFun.\r\n\u003c/p\u003e","publication_date":"2019-10-05T00:00:00.000Z","created_at":"2019-09-05T21:48:44.000Z","updated_at":"2020-07-12T21:24:54.000Z","user_id":1,"rating":4},"tags":"\u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=reviews\"\u003ereviews\u003c/a\u003e \u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=movies\"\u003emovies\u003c/a\u003e \u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=western\"\u003ewestern\u003c/a\u003e \u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=twentieth_century\"\u003etwentieth_century\u003c/a\u003e"}

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966)

Fun.

{"content":{"id":847,"title":"Corner Gas - Season One","body":"\u003cp\u003e\r\nNot bad, but, unless you're already a fan, jump to season two. Or just watch the last episode if you're not sure. The romance subplot was awful, but they picked up the fumble later on.\r\n\u003c/p\u003e","publication_date":"2019-09-30T00:00:00.000Z","created_at":"2019-08-03T02:42:27.000Z","updated_at":"2019-08-31T16:37:04.000Z","user_id":1,"rating":4},"tags":"\u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=sitcoms\"\u003esitcoms\u003c/a\u003e \u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=tv\"\u003etv\u003c/a\u003e \u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=canada\"\u003ecanada\u003c/a\u003e \u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=reviews\"\u003ereviews\u003c/a\u003e"}

Corner Gas - Season One

Not bad, but, unless you're already a fan, jump to season two. Or just watch the last episode if you're not sure. The romance subplot was awful, but they picked up the fumble later on.

{"content":{"id":915,"title":"Bob Hope Christmas Special (1964)","body":"\u003cp\u003e\r\nBob Hope spends December touring East Asia, finishing with a Christmas in Vietnam, where things were already pretty grim. This is pretty solid early-middle Bob Hope. He wasn't \u003ca href=\"https://youtu.be/nKgUq5dziEk\"\u003eyoung and hungry\u003c/a\u003e, but he still hadn't \u003ca href=\"https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QBw-710W-x4\"\u003egiven up on being funny\u003c/a\u003e like in the 70s, and he was decades away from \u003ca href=\"https://youtu.be/cZu-B_R5Ues\"\u003ethis trainwreck\u003c/a\u003e. Great music, great as a piece of history, the jokes are not bad.\r\n\u003c/p\u003e","publication_date":"2019-09-28T00:00:00.000Z","created_at":"2019-08-29T22:04:22.000Z","updated_at":"2019-09-28T04:36:11.000Z","user_id":1,"rating":4},"tags":"\u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=bob_hope\"\u003ebob_hope\u003c/a\u003e \u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=comedy\"\u003ecomedy\u003c/a\u003e \u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=stand_up\"\u003estand_up\u003c/a\u003e \u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=war\"\u003ewar\u003c/a\u003e \u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=tv\"\u003etv\u003c/a\u003e \u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=reviews\"\u003ereviews\u003c/a\u003e"}

Bob Hope Christmas Special (1964)

Bob Hope spends December touring East Asia, finishing with a Christmas in Vietnam, where things were already pretty grim. This is pretty solid early-middle Bob Hope. He wasn't young and hungry, but he still hadn't given up on being funny like in the 70s, and he was decades away from this trainwreck. Great music, great as a piece of history, the jokes are not bad.

{"content":{"id":877,"title":"Event Horizon (1997)","body":"\u003cimg src=\"/uploads/2ed.png\" class=\"card-image not-tall\"\u003e\r\n\u003cbr\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003e\r\nI watched this dozens of times as a kid. Watching it again, it's not perfect: it has too many cheap scares, it's a bit of an Alien rip-off (in spite of having no aliens), and it looks like a cutscene from an old point-and-click game (which is a good thing and a bad thing). But, man, there's still a unique charm and sense of place that's uncomparable. Especially impressive considering it had production difficulties and was rushed to the screen. Give it a watch but be forgiving.\r\n\u003c/p\u003e","publication_date":"2019-09-27T00:00:00.000Z","created_at":"2019-08-06T22:36:48.000Z","updated_at":"2019-08-29T05:00:48.000Z","user_id":1,"rating":4},"tags":"\u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=movies\"\u003emovies\u003c/a\u003e \u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=reviews\"\u003ereviews\u003c/a\u003e \u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=scary\"\u003escary\u003c/a\u003e \u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=horror\"\u003ehorror\u003c/a\u003e \u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=90s\"\u003e90s\u003c/a\u003e"}

Event Horizon (1997)


I watched this dozens of times as a kid. Watching it again, it's not perfect: it has too many cheap scares, it's a bit of an Alien rip-off (in spite of having no aliens), and it looks like a cutscene from an old point-and-click game (which is a good thing and a bad thing). But, man, there's still a unique charm and sense of place that's uncomparable. Especially impressive considering it had production difficulties and was rushed to the screen. Give it a watch but be forgiving.

{"content":{"id":901,"title":"Fight Club (1999)","body":"\u003cp\u003e\r\nI like this movie, but I wish I didn't. You don't want to be the guy who really likes Fight Club.\r\n\u003c/p\u003e","publication_date":"2019-09-20T00:00:00.000Z","created_at":"2019-08-21T00:06:15.000Z","updated_at":"2019-08-21T04:17:48.000Z","user_id":1,"rating":4},"tags":"\u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=movies\"\u003emovies\u003c/a\u003e \u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=reviews\"\u003ereviews\u003c/a\u003e \u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=twentieth_century\"\u003etwentieth_century\u003c/a\u003e \u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=music\"\u003emusic\u003c/a\u003e"}

Fight Club (1999)

I like this movie, but I wish I didn't. You don't want to be the guy who really likes Fight Club.

{"content":{"id":888,"title":"Netflix Jeopardy","body":"\u003cimg src=\"/uploads/2f7.png\" class=\"card-image small\"\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003e\r\nNetflix has been uploading classic Jeopardy episodes, and changing which episodes are available every few months. I enjoy this much more than I ever enjoyed Jeopardy on television, if only because I can easily skip over the contestant chit-chat section.\r\n\u003c/p\u003e","publication_date":"2019-09-13T00:00:00.000Z","created_at":"2019-08-19T21:06:54.000Z","updated_at":"2020-10-02T16:44:23.000Z","user_id":1,"rating":4},"tags":"\u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=tv\"\u003etv\u003c/a\u003e \u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=reviews\"\u003ereviews\u003c/a\u003e \u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=game_shows\"\u003egame_shows\u003c/a\u003e"}

Netflix Jeopardy

Netflix has been uploading classic Jeopardy episodes, and changing which episodes are available every few months. I enjoy this much more than I ever enjoyed Jeopardy on television, if only because I can easily skip over the contestant chit-chat section.

{"content":{"id":899,"title":"Pulp Fiction (2014)","body":"\u003cp\u003e\r\nI've been slowly working my way down reviewing the IMDB top 250 movies. Most people have an opinion on this by now. It's still a fine movie but, after the Bruce Lee thing, Taratino has turned from young, cool Elvis to Fat Elvis. Since this movie is idiosyncratic and auteurish, part of its appeal has be lost by Tarantino becoming so lame.\r\n\u003c/p\u003e","publication_date":"2019-09-06T12:00:00.000Z","created_at":"2019-08-20T18:41:45.000Z","updated_at":"2019-09-06T12:17:05.000Z","user_id":1,"rating":4},"tags":"\u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=reviews\"\u003ereviews\u003c/a\u003e \u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=movies\"\u003emovies\u003c/a\u003e \u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=comedy\"\u003ecomedy\u003c/a\u003e \u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=suspense\"\u003esuspense\u003c/a\u003e"}

Pulp Fiction (2014)

I've been slowly working my way down reviewing the IMDB top 250 movies. Most people have an opinion on this by now. It's still a fine movie but, after the Bruce Lee thing, Taratino has turned from young, cool Elvis to Fat Elvis. Since this movie is idiosyncratic and auteurish, part of its appeal has be lost by Tarantino becoming so lame.

{"content":{"id":914,"title":"Dave Chappelle: Sticks \u0026 Stones","body":"\u003cimg src=\"/uploads/30d.png\" class=\"card-image small\"\u003e\r\n\u003cbr\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003e\r\nIn the summer of 1999, I was lucky enough to see Dave Chappelle at an outdoor comedy festival. That was right around the time when people were starting to call him the greatest comedian of all time. It was pretty routine, in many places at that time, for large groups of conservatives to picket movie theatres, TV affiliates, and venues for any kind of live performances, because anything that wasn't G-Rated was considered an attack on God and family. That was mainstream conservative back then.\r\n\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003e\r\nAround the same time, I read a book by Robert Anton Wilson that said, \"It only takes 20 years for a liberal to become a conservative without changing a single idea.\" At the age of 15, I thought that was so ridiculous and impossible that I got angry.\r\n\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003e\r\nTime has proven me wrong: The left-wing media are almost 100% outraged by this, while Fox News et al. are praising it, although he's still fundamentally the same comedian as he was twenty years ago, when no one would have ever mistaken him for a conservative.\r\n\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003e\r\nAnyway, this isn't his best special, and it's not his worst. The super-secret hidden epilogue is good.\r\n\u003c/p\u003e","publication_date":"2019-08-29T12:00:00.000Z","created_at":"2019-08-29T04:54:26.000Z","updated_at":"2019-08-29T18:05:44.000Z","user_id":1,"rating":4},"tags":"\u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=reviews\"\u003ereviews\u003c/a\u003e \u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=tv\"\u003etv\u003c/a\u003e \u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=stand_up\"\u003estand_up\u003c/a\u003e \u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=comedy\"\u003ecomedy\u003c/a\u003e"}

Dave Chappelle: Sticks & Stones


In the summer of 1999, I was lucky enough to see Dave Chappelle at an outdoor comedy festival. That was right around the time when people were starting to call him the greatest comedian of all time. It was pretty routine, in many places at that time, for large groups of conservatives to picket movie theatres, TV affiliates, and venues for any kind of live performances, because anything that wasn't G-Rated was considered an attack on God and family. That was mainstream conservative back then.

Around the same time, I read a book by Robert Anton Wilson that said, "It only takes 20 years for a liberal to become a conservative without changing a single idea." At the age of 15, I thought that was so ridiculous and impossible that I got angry.

Time has proven me wrong: The left-wing media are almost 100% outraged by this, while Fox News et al. are praising it, although he's still fundamentally the same comedian as he was twenty years ago, when no one would have ever mistaken him for a conservative.

Anyway, this isn't his best special, and it's not his worst. The super-secret hidden epilogue is good.

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The Dark Knight (2008)

As good a superhero movie as the decade produced and a miracle of post-production. Its lustre has been pretty badly diminished by its horrible, horrible, horrible fans.

{"content":{"id":874,"title":"The Prestige (2006)","body":"\u003cimg src=\"/uploads/2ea.jpg\" class=\"card-image small\"\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003e\r\nFun! In the fifteen years after The Matrix, The Sixth Sense, and Fight Club hit it big within a few months of each other, there were about 4382094832 \"it reality real?\" movies and most of them were pretty awful, but this is everything a plot-twist movie should be: character-driven and fun to watch a second time.\r\n\u003c/p\u003e","publication_date":"2019-08-26T12:00:00.000Z","created_at":"2019-08-06T22:20:33.000Z","updated_at":"2020-07-12T21:23:32.000Z","user_id":1,"rating":4},"tags":"\u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=christopher_nolan\"\u003echristopher_nolan\u003c/a\u003e \u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=movies\"\u003emovies\u003c/a\u003e \u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=reviews\"\u003ereviews\u003c/a\u003e \u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=suspense\"\u003esuspense\u003c/a\u003e"}

The Prestige (2006)

Fun! In the fifteen years after The Matrix, The Sixth Sense, and Fight Club hit it big within a few months of each other, there were about 4382094832 "it reality real?" movies and most of them were pretty awful, but this is everything a plot-twist movie should be: character-driven and fun to watch a second time.