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.
Great cast. Sometimes everything comes together and works but, most of the time, it varies weirdly between cringey, hilarious, boring, touching, and cheesy. I admire the effort (A+), but I'd have rather not wasted my time.
Still the greatest road movie ever made.
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.
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.
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.
I guess they decided to quit while they were ahead, because this was the funniest season yet.
I had fond memories watching reruns of this as a child and I caught a couple episodes at 2:00 AM when working a graveyard shift a few years ago. It seemed funny and inoffensive so I decided to watch the series through.
Wow is this show racist! I don't mean standards-of-the-day racist. I watch a lot of old-timey sitcoms and this one is unusual. Mchale's Navy used a racial slur almost every single episode, and still managed to be a lot less racist than this. Even Love Thy Neighbour had a faint pretence of give and take. This is mocking and smug, like one of those cartoons from the 30s. It's a shame, because the non-race episode are often pretty good, but there's a certain point where I just can't enjoy it knowing what kind of people are behind it.
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.
One of the most unfairly-forgotten sitcoms of all time, involving some of the writers from Cheers. In spite of a rocky first few episodes, it holds up much better than most sitcoms from the same era. Also, it takes place in Nantucket and, in one episode, they have an almost-unrecognisable Megan Mullally play the girl from the limerick.
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...
- I haven't seen the new Alan Partridge, but I have seen this, and it is good.
- Weird Universe discovered these instructions for resetting a GE smart bulb, which seems like a parody, but is apparently totally legit. Laziness if often more difficult and tiring than alternative. I'm pretty happy walking over to the light switch.
- A story of a man who accidentally forged an ancient golden crown.
- Sega Channel and other early experiments in online consoles. I was a kid when Sega Channel happened. Lots of people had Segas but no one's parents were shelling out for Sega Channels. Those commercials, though.
- CSS pattern generator. Pixel art is fun.
- My new favourite 404 page.
- Radio Finland has been running a Latin news service for 30 years. In Canada, they used to play it as about two or three in the morning. It was very neutral world news, with a charmingly disproportional amount of Finnish politics. They'd been threatening to cancel it for years and finally it happened. Some people are trying to continue it in their free time and I wish them the best of luck.
- I quit watching SNL in the Jimmy Fallon years, for obvious reasons. Now I'm finding out that - thanks to Jimmy Fallon - I missed out on all kinds of great gems, like Meet Your Second Wife.
- The standard C library has a simple reversible encryption function called memfrob which XORs a string with 42.
- Someone went through the effort of writing a graphical operating system in Common LISP. Can you imagine doing that?
- "The worst morale boosting gesture I've experienced"
- There's a gigantic culture of programmers with whom I have no contact whatsoever. I don't understand their lives, which seem gruesome and difficult and cursed, even though they seem endlessly optimistic and perfectly happy. It's like when you find out that a lot of poverty-torn developing countries have low suicide rates. In DOTNET, Math.Round opens the browser print dialog.
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.
- The Best Of Mae West.
- A X86 Assembler in 256 lines of code.
- The Onion has been funnier than normal lately. Example.
- It looks like Google will not back down on neutering ad blockers in future versions. No surprise, as Google's main source of income (last I checked) was ads. Chrome's been getting slow as well but all my stuff is there, so no matter how good Firefox is getting (and it is), it's a real pain switching over...
- You only need a very small subset of Vim to be productive. Vim is so massive, though, that I doubt one person could actually learn it all. Oddball, useful Vim tricks.
- Jupiter's red spot is shrinking.
Not as consistently good as The Lego Movie, but a still a lot better than it has any right to be.