Avengers: Infinity War (2018)

They did a really good job. If I had tried writing this, it would probably have just been Thanos ordering an everything bagel, and then being really disappointed.



Man Down - Season 1

An over-the-top combination of violent slapstick and the most miserable of British humour.

It takes a handful of sturdy, reliable sitcom tropes and twists them into near-unrecognizability. The entire cast is brilliant, the writing is excellent, and Roisin Conaty's blind enthusiasm brilliantly offsets the rest of the show. Even with a rocky first episode, I couldn't recommend this strongly enough.



The Castle (1997) (The Good/Australian One)

Australia has been hiding the masterpiece America has been trying to make since the 30s. This makes everything Frank Capra did look pretty poor by comparison. Extra points for having an unrecognizably young Eric Bana.



Snowpiercer (2013)

Frankenstein (Shelly's) as a violent B-movie, in the best way possible. If Logan's Run or The Omega Man were about iniquity and futility.



Scorsese #5: Taxi Driver (1976)

It would be pretty easy to say this is the greatest psychological thriller of all time. The handful of movies that come close always have something a bit cartoonish to them, but what drives Taxi Driver is an unrelenting sense of disturbing realism. It's also aged well; out-there serial killers feel like freak occurrences, but unhinged, isolation-maddened, wannabe-super heroes are all over nowadays.



Man Down, 1st Christmas Special

What an amazing and beautiful cast this was.



Childrens Hospital - Season 3

All the things that made this show work came into some kind of mystical, sacred balance in Season 3. Even the worst episodes are brutally, unforgivingly funny.



Andrew Graham Renaissance

A six part series on the Renaissance, which apparently has never been rerun or released on DVD *cough*. All I could find on it was a review from the Telegraph which is ranty, dishonest, and poorly-argued even by "Hitler was left-wing" Telegraph standards. ("standards").


Pleasantly-written narration, good camera work, and tasteful pacing make this both extremely relaxing and extremely exciting. I couldn't recommend it more strongly.



John Wick: Chapter 2 (2017)

I thought there wasn't much reason to have a John Wick sequel, but this turned out to be an Empire Strikes Back-level followup. The plot is excellent and the performances are outstanding. It's more stylized than the first, sometimes to the point of being extremely beautiful. Both of these movies have been extraordinary, and this is shaping up to be the trilogy of the decade.