Beetlejuice (1988)

I don't understand why this isn't the most beloved movie ever made, up there with the Godfather and Star Wars. Maybe the world wasn't ready. Maybe humanity just doesn't deserve this. I'll be happy to watch this every few years for the rest of my life.



Schindler's List (1993)

The idea of a Hollywood film about the most horrible event in human history used to bother me. It bothers me still that Spielberg, after making this film, decided that he owned WWII and the Holocaust, and started criticizing others for making the sorts of films he built his career on. On the other hand, not everyone is going to be able to sit down a read a book about the Holocaust (it's not easy), so this is a movie to make sure people remember. I also like the fact that an anti-Nazi movie is always hovering around the top of the IMDB 250.



Inception (2010)


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.



The History Of The Mohammedan Dynasties In Spain, Volume 2 - Al-Maqqari

Although the Muslims in medieval Spain left behind an expansive literature, little of it has been translated into English (although quite a bit has been translated into Spanish and French). Not only is this a readable and interesting history, but the translator has included a lot of well-chosen excerpts of other works in the appendix. It also deals extensively with the Almohads and the last Emirate of Granada, which both tend to be neglected in English-language scholarship.



Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt - Season 4

I guess they decided to quit while they were ahead, because this was the funniest season yet.



I Think You Should Leave with Tim Robinson - Season One

Even the best sketch comedy tends to be pretty filler-heavy, but this small handful of short episodes is perfect. Watch the first episode and tell me you hate this.



Childrens Hospital - Season 5

This season starts with Dr. Blake Downs coming back from the dead and Childrens Hospital temporarily relocating to an army base in Japan. Dr. Sprat becomes a secret agent, Sy fakes a five-star restaurant to hoodwink a famous hospital reviewer, and it all comes together in a violent, gory battle of compatriot against compatriot. I hate that I have seen every episode of this show because I miss new Childrens Hospital so badly.



Mass Effect 3 (2012)

I only played the Mass Effect games years after this was released, so the original incomplete ending wasn't a big issue for me. Super fun, much more consistent expansions, incredible atmosphere of war and finality. I hate to be one of those Canadians, but I loved starting the game in Vancouver (and the weird fact that Bioware is located in Edmonton, of all places). I appreciate that they would put so much effort into building such a complex universe and so many unusually well-developed characters, and end it so finally that there is no real opportunity for a meaningful sequel.