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{"content":{"id":1318,"title":"The Western Canon - Harold Bloom","body":"\u003cimg src=\"/uploads/43c.jpg\" class=\"card-image small\"\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003e\r\nFor the actual story of the Western Canon, try \u003ca href=\"https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_Books_of_the_Western_World\"\u003eGreat Books Of The Western World\u003c/a\u003e, a list of books (almost all public domain) that give a pretty good sampling of the development of Western thinking (including non-fiction like Euclid, for example, not just the fiction American English professors like). Better to go straight to the source.\r\n\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003e\r\nBloom presents his central thesis in a very convoluted, muddled, disorganized way, with a lot of statements meant to get quick emotional reactions, because the only way anyone could take his ideas seriously is with a lot of distractions.\r\n\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003e\r\nBloom has an obnoxious habit of assuming western civilization is only a product of the United States of America, and that any work in the western cannon is fundamentally a reflection of the political and social issues that were in vogue in the late twentieth century. It's such an anachronistic history that long sections about authors that died before the United States even existed come across like quaint meditations on Clinton's America vs. Reagan's America. What does Dante think about Iran-Contra? Does Shakespeare approve of the Stealth Bomber budget overruns? Aristotle stares at a bust of Homer and contemplates Magic Johnson's AIDS.\r\n\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003e\r\nHe accuses visible minorities and women of being only capable of resentment, but he was quite possibly the most resentful person who has ever lived, and had a weird and bitter obsession with successful black people. And, frankly, his female students were quite right to be resentful, as he bragged to his friends about sexually assaulting them.\r\n\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003e\r\nLate in the book he has a chapter called \"Borges, Neruda, and Pessoa: Hispanic-Portuguese Whitmen\". There are literally no words to describe how self-deludedly patriotic and naively parochial he is.\r\n\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003e\r\nHe's like an over-the-top parody of a cartoon of an Ivy League professor. It wouldn't surprise me if it were revealed that Harold Bloom never existed, and his entire life was just some elaborate joke.\r\n\u003c/p\u003e","publication_date":"2020-06-13T00:00:00.000Z","created_at":"2020-04-16T02:12:31.000Z","updated_at":"2020-07-07T17:48:59.000Z","user_id":1,"rating":1},"tags":"\u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=books\"\u003ebooks\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=hype\"\u003ehype\u003c/a\u003e \u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=the_nineties\"\u003ethe_nineties\u003c/a\u003e"}

The Western Canon - Harold Bloom

For the actual story of the Western Canon, try Great Books Of The Western World, a list of books (almost all public domain) that give a pretty good sampling of the development of Western thinking (including non-fiction like Euclid, for example, not just the fiction American English professors like). Better to go straight to the source.

Bloom presents his central thesis in a very convoluted, muddled, disorganized way, with a lot of statements meant to get quick emotional reactions, because the only way anyone could take his ideas seriously is with a lot of distractions.

Bloom has an obnoxious habit of assuming western civilization is only a product of the United States of America, and that any work in the western cannon is fundamentally a reflection of the political and social issues that were in vogue in the late twentieth century. It's such an anachronistic history that long sections about authors that died before the United States even existed come across like quaint meditations on Clinton's America vs. Reagan's America. What does Dante think about Iran-Contra? Does Shakespeare approve of the Stealth Bomber budget overruns? Aristotle stares at a bust of Homer and contemplates Magic Johnson's AIDS.

He accuses visible minorities and women of being only capable of resentment, but he was quite possibly the most resentful person who has ever lived, and had a weird and bitter obsession with successful black people. And, frankly, his female students were quite right to be resentful, as he bragged to his friends about sexually assaulting them.

Late in the book he has a chapter called "Borges, Neruda, and Pessoa: Hispanic-Portuguese Whitmen". There are literally no words to describe how self-deludedly patriotic and naively parochial he is.

He's like an over-the-top parody of a cartoon of an Ivy League professor. It wouldn't surprise me if it were revealed that Harold Bloom never existed, and his entire life was just some elaborate joke.

{"content":{"id":1151,"title":"War And Peace - Leo Tolstoy","body":"\u003cimg src=\"/uploads/3c1.jpeg\" class=\"card-image small\"\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003e\r\nThis has 559 characters. In my edition, that averages out to about one new character every two pages. I feel like this has a lot of characters for the same reason guys who don't need to haul heavy loads buy really big pickup trucks.\r\n\u003c/p\u003e","publication_date":"2020-03-06T00:00:00.000Z","created_at":"2020-02-26T03:57:16.000Z","updated_at":"2020-07-12T21:28:18.000Z","user_id":1,"rating":1},"tags":"\u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=books\"\u003ebooks\u003c/a\u003e \u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=war\"\u003ewar\u003c/a\u003e \u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=russia\"\u003erussia\u003c/a\u003e \u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=reviews\"\u003ereviews\u003c/a\u003e \u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=nineteenth_century\"\u003enineteenth_century\u003c/a\u003e"}

War And Peace - Leo Tolstoy

This has 559 characters. In my edition, that averages out to about one new character every two pages. I feel like this has a lot of characters for the same reason guys who don't need to haul heavy loads buy really big pickup trucks.

{"content":{"id":1127,"title":"The Alchemist - Ben Jonson","body":"\u003cimg src=\"/uploads/3d1.jpg\" class=\"card-image small\"\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003e\r\nI really want to like a play that starts with 'I fart at thee', but most of the humour doesn't really hit home.\r\n\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003e\r\nThe sort of people that praise this as a masterpiece and a work of genius also become visibly upset when the same type of humour is sold to a modern audience. I had English teachers who would endlessly whine and complain about Adam Sandler and the like, but is this monument of world literature really any different? The world of English majors and literary critics has a lot more to do with posturing than with actual books.\r\n\u003c/p\u003e","publication_date":"2020-02-27T00:00:00.000Z","created_at":"2020-02-17T23:34:37.000Z","updated_at":"2020-07-12T21:28:59.000Z","user_id":1,"rating":1},"tags":"\u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=books\"\u003ebooks\u003c/a\u003e \u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=reviews\"\u003ereviews\u003c/a\u003e \u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=comedy\"\u003ecomedy\u003c/a\u003e \u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=seventeenth_century\"\u003eseventeenth_century\u003c/a\u003e"}

The Alchemist - Ben Jonson

I really want to like a play that starts with 'I fart at thee', but most of the humour doesn't really hit home.

The sort of people that praise this as a masterpiece and a work of genius also become visibly upset when the same type of humour is sold to a modern audience. I had English teachers who would endlessly whine and complain about Adam Sandler and the like, but is this monument of world literature really any different? The world of English majors and literary critics has a lot more to do with posturing than with actual books.

{"content":{"id":1126,"title":"The Alchemist - Paulo Coelho","body":"\u003cimg src=\"/uploads/3b7.jpg\" class=\"card-image small\"\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003e\r\nI think the English translator must have been better than the original writer, because most English speakers I have met who have read this walked away with a positive impression. In Portuguese, Coelho often comes across as barely literate.\r\n\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003e\r\nThis is two books which alternate from chapter to chapter. The first book is about a boy looking for treasure. The second is a self-help book for narcissists who worry that they are not self-serving and manipulative enough. In the end (spoilers), the boy finds where the treasure should be buried and starts digging. Pretty soon he gives up and decides the actual treasure was the experiences he had along the way. Then he digs a bit more and finds some gold and gems and decides that the real treasure was actually getting really rich.\r\n\u003c/p\u003e","publication_date":"2020-02-26T00:00:00.000Z","created_at":"2020-02-17T17:50:17.000Z","updated_at":"2020-07-12T21:29:29.000Z","user_id":1,"rating":1},"tags":"\u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=reviews\"\u003ereviews\u003c/a\u003e \u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=books\"\u003ebooks\u003c/a\u003e \u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=brazil\"\u003ebrazil\u003c/a\u003e \u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=twentieth_century\"\u003etwentieth_century\u003c/a\u003e \u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=hype\"\u003ehype\u003c/a\u003e"}

The Alchemist - Paulo Coelho

I think the English translator must have been better than the original writer, because most English speakers I have met who have read this walked away with a positive impression. In Portuguese, Coelho often comes across as barely literate.

This is two books which alternate from chapter to chapter. The first book is about a boy looking for treasure. The second is a self-help book for narcissists who worry that they are not self-serving and manipulative enough. In the end (spoilers), the boy finds where the treasure should be buried and starts digging. Pretty soon he gives up and decides the actual treasure was the experiences he had along the way. Then he digs a bit more and finds some gold and gems and decides that the real treasure was actually getting really rich.

{"content":{"id":1078,"title":"Hopscotch - Julio Cortázar","body":"\u003cp\u003e\r\nA dark, seedy, erotic Choose Your Own Adventure. \r\n\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cbr\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003e\r\nTo strangle the little faubourienne you have turned into your whore, turn to page 235!\r\n\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003e\r\nTo smoke clove cigarettes and discuss people who haven't read Mauriac, turn to page 431!\r\n\u003c/p\u003e","publication_date":"2020-01-23T00:00:00.000Z","created_at":"2020-01-08T04:20:05.000Z","updated_at":"2020-01-08T04:20:46.000Z","user_id":1,"rating":1},"tags":"\u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=books\"\u003ebooks\u003c/a\u003e \u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=reviews\"\u003ereviews\u003c/a\u003e \u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=argentina\"\u003eargentina\u003c/a\u003e \u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=france\"\u003efrance\u003c/a\u003e \u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=twentieth_century\"\u003etwentieth_century\u003c/a\u003e \u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=drama\"\u003edrama\u003c/a\u003e"}

Hopscotch - Julio Cortázar

A dark, seedy, erotic Choose Your Own Adventure.


To strangle the little faubourienne you have turned into your whore, turn to page 235!

To smoke clove cigarettes and discuss people who haven't read Mauriac, turn to page 431!

{"content":{"id":1012,"title":"Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman! - Richard Feynman","body":"\u003cp\u003e\r\nI like Math, and because a lot of Math people like physics, someone I knew recommended me a few hard and soft physics books to get me interested.\r\n\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003e\r\nI was on board until I got to this one. Most of it is obnoxiously arrogant. The rest is psychotic. The chapter \"You Just Ask Them\" - where he rants about how women are \"worthless bitches\" and deserve to be abused and should have sex with him whether they want to or not - reads like the unapologetic confession of a serial killer after the police start discovering bodies.\r\n\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003e\r\nAnd, it turns out, Feynman was so aggressively sexually abusive towards his students - even by the standards of the 60s and 70s - that he inspired numerous protests.\r\n\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003e\r\nI want to make something abundantly clear: If you like this or think that it's clever, you are a person with serious mental health issues, and you are possibly dangerous to yourself and others. You need to seek professional help from a psychologist.\r\n\u003c/p\u003e","publication_date":"2019-12-20T00:00:00.000Z","created_at":"2019-10-26T00:06:10.000Z","updated_at":"2019-11-23T17:56:11.000Z","user_id":1,"rating":1},"tags":"\u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=reviews\"\u003ereviews\u003c/a\u003e \u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=books\"\u003ebooks\u003c/a\u003e \u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=science\"\u003escience\u003c/a\u003e \u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=hype\"\u003ehype\u003c/a\u003e"}

Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman! - Richard Feynman

I like Math, and because a lot of Math people like physics, someone I knew recommended me a few hard and soft physics books to get me interested.

I was on board until I got to this one. Most of it is obnoxiously arrogant. The rest is psychotic. The chapter "You Just Ask Them" - where he rants about how women are "worthless bitches" and deserve to be abused and should have sex with him whether they want to or not - reads like the unapologetic confession of a serial killer after the police start discovering bodies.

And, it turns out, Feynman was so aggressively sexually abusive towards his students - even by the standards of the 60s and 70s - that he inspired numerous protests.

I want to make something abundantly clear: If you like this or think that it's clever, you are a person with serious mental health issues, and you are possibly dangerous to yourself and others. You need to seek professional help from a psychologist.

{"content":{"id":961,"title":"The Sopranos - All Seasons","body":"\u003cimg src=\"/uploads/337.jpg\" class=\"card-image small\"\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003e\r\nI imagine that at most meetings that happen at HBO, someone ends up writing \"Darker and Edgier\" on a whiteboard, and then underlines in three or four times for emphasis, and then says, \"Did you even read my email? I asked for darker and edgier.\"\r\n\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003e\r\nThis is the most overrated show of all time. The first season was okay, except the by-the-numbers mafia plot and that characters were mostly stolen from things Scorsese and others had done years or decades earlier.\r\n\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003e\r\nAfter season one's story arc, about a quarter of the episodes were bottom-tier soap opera, and three quarters were gimmicky one-offs (\"Imagine a mafioso at an X! What a incongruous situation for a mobster to be in lol!!\"). Imagine Mr. Ed but instead of a horse it's a psychologist and instead of Wilbur it's a bunch of characters stolen from much better stories. That's being generous to the Sopranos. Once in a while, Mr. Ed's jokes would actually land.\r\n\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003e\r\nEven worse than the show was the theme song, which is the bottom of the barrel of white guys ripping of old blues. It's the soundtrack to the life of a middle manager who wears jean jackets and flannel on casual Fridays, and has a blonde ponytail, and snorts coke, and asks you to recommend him an ashram as a thinly-veiled pretence for recommending you \u003ci\u003ehis\u003c/i\u003e favourite ashram. He says he likes the song because it reminds him of how he likes to live his life: intensely.\r\n\u003c/p\u003e","publication_date":"2019-11-02T00:00:00.000Z","created_at":"2019-10-02T22:36:29.000Z","updated_at":"2020-07-12T21:32:25.000Z","user_id":1,"rating":1},"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=mafia\"\u003emafia\u003c/a\u003e \u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=crime\"\u003ecrime\u003c/a\u003e \u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=sitcoms\"\u003esitcoms\u003c/a\u003e \u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=dark_and_edgy\"\u003edark_and_edgy\u003c/a\u003e \u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=music\"\u003emusic\u003c/a\u003e \u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=overrated\"\u003eoverrated\u003c/a\u003e"}

The Sopranos - All Seasons

I imagine that at most meetings that happen at HBO, someone ends up writing "Darker and Edgier" on a whiteboard, and then underlines in three or four times for emphasis, and then says, "Did you even read my email? I asked for darker and edgier."

This is the most overrated show of all time. The first season was okay, except the by-the-numbers mafia plot and that characters were mostly stolen from things Scorsese and others had done years or decades earlier.

After season one's story arc, about a quarter of the episodes were bottom-tier soap opera, and three quarters were gimmicky one-offs ("Imagine a mafioso at an X! What a incongruous situation for a mobster to be in lol!!"). Imagine Mr. Ed but instead of a horse it's a psychologist and instead of Wilbur it's a bunch of characters stolen from much better stories. That's being generous to the Sopranos. Once in a while, Mr. Ed's jokes would actually land.

Even worse than the show was the theme song, which is the bottom of the barrel of white guys ripping of old blues. It's the soundtrack to the life of a middle manager who wears jean jackets and flannel on casual Fridays, and has a blonde ponytail, and snorts coke, and asks you to recommend him an ashram as a thinly-veiled pretence for recommending you his favourite ashram. He says he likes the song because it reminds him of how he likes to live his life: intensely.

{"content":{"id":838,"title":"Berserk: The Golden Age Arc 2 - The Battle for Doldrey (2012)","body":"\u003cp\u003e\r\nI didn't think the first one was that good, but I thought it had potential. This one was boring, stupid, and was weighted down with subplots that did nothing to drive the story forward. I wouldn't recommend any of these movies, but if you're really set on watching them, at least do yourself a favour and miss this one.\r\n\u003c/p\u003e ","publication_date":"2019-08-24T00:00:00.000Z","created_at":"2019-07-26T02:27:34.000Z","updated_at":"2019-07-26T03:39:21.000Z","user_id":1,"rating":1},"tags":"\u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=reviews\"\u003ereviews\u003c/a\u003e \u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=anime\"\u003eanime\u003c/a\u003e \u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=movies\"\u003emovies\u003c/a\u003e \u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=action\"\u003eaction\u003c/a\u003e"}

Berserk: The Golden Age Arc 2 - The Battle for Doldrey (2012)

I didn't think the first one was that good, but I thought it had potential. This one was boring, stupid, and was weighted down with subplots that did nothing to drive the story forward. I wouldn't recommend any of these movies, but if you're really set on watching them, at least do yourself a favour and miss this one.

{"content":{"id":831,"title":"After Life (2019)","body":"\u003cp\u003e\r\nThe ads were full of comedians and jokes, so I assumed it was a sitcom. It turns out it's a depressing drama about a man who is suicidal and takes heroin, which feels like a dirty trick because I would never, in a million years, watch something like that knowing what it was beforehand. It kind of seems like the sort of pointless, easy drama that's written to win an Oscar, but it can't even do that because it's a TV show.\r\n\u003c/p\u003e","publication_date":"2019-08-18T00:00:00.000Z","created_at":"2019-07-19T18:16:20.000Z","updated_at":"2019-07-19T18:16:20.000Z","user_id":1,"rating":1},"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=the_10s\"\u003ethe_10s\u003c/a\u003e \u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=drama\"\u003edrama\u003c/a\u003e"}

After Life (2019)

The ads were full of comedians and jokes, so I assumed it was a sitcom. It turns out it's a depressing drama about a man who is suicidal and takes heroin, which feels like a dirty trick because I would never, in a million years, watch something like that knowing what it was beforehand. It kind of seems like the sort of pointless, easy drama that's written to win an Oscar, but it can't even do that because it's a TV show.

{"content":{"id":864,"title":"Berserk: The Golden Age Arc 3 - The Advent (2013)","body":"\u003cp\u003e\r\nAfter hours of waiting for this series to get better, part three offers a really good plot twist, and great artwork. Then, out of nowhere, a tentacle rape scene. I wish I'd never wasted my time.\r\n\u003c/p\u003e","publication_date":"2019-08-17T12:00:00.000Z","created_at":"2019-08-05T16:37:09.000Z","updated_at":"2019-08-18T00:30:02.000Z","user_id":1,"rating":1},"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=anime\"\u003eanime\u003c/a\u003e \u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=action\"\u003eaction\u003c/a\u003e"}

Berserk: The Golden Age Arc 3 - The Advent (2013)

After hours of waiting for this series to get better, part three offers a really good plot twist, and great artwork. Then, out of nowhere, a tentacle rape scene. I wish I'd never wasted my time.

{"content":{"id":824,"title":"Get Smart - All Seasons","body":"\u003cimg src=\"/uploads/2be.jpg\" class=\"card-image small\"\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003e\r\nI 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.\r\n\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003e\r\nWow 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.\r\n\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cdiv class=\"card-image-caption\"\u003e(too busy this weekend for links, sorry. enjoy these queued up posts and see you next week)\u003c/div\u003e\r\n","publication_date":"2019-08-12T00:00:00.000Z","created_at":"2019-07-13T13:55:23.000Z","updated_at":"2020-07-12T21:34:04.000Z","user_id":1,"rating":1},"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=aged_poorly\"\u003eaged_poorly\u003c/a\u003e"}

Get Smart - All Seasons

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.

(too busy this weekend for links, sorry. enjoy these queued up posts and see you next week)
{"content":{"id":787,"title":"Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World (2010)","body":"\u003cp\u003e\r\nMy least favourite type of music, by far, is 00s indie rock. I would rather have the sides of my head gouged out than hear extremely privileged white kids whine about their girl problems and pass cringey affectations off as quirky. And here we have, just as the trend was mercifully ending, a movie about a quirky indie rock singer with girl problems.\r\n\u003c/p\u003e","publication_date":"2019-07-08T00:00:00.000Z","created_at":"2019-06-12T00:08:20.000Z","updated_at":"2020-07-12T21:35:20.000Z","user_id":1,"rating":1},"tags":"\u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=music\"\u003emusic\u003c/a\u003e \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=edgar_wright\"\u003eedgar_wright\u003c/a\u003e"}

Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World (2010)

My least favourite type of music, by far, is 00s indie rock. I would rather have the sides of my head gouged out than hear extremely privileged white kids whine about their girl problems and pass cringey affectations off as quirky. And here we have, just as the trend was mercifully ending, a movie about a quirky indie rock singer with girl problems.

{"content":{"id":626,"title":"Grimm's Household Tales - Jacob Grimm and Wilhelm Grimm","body":"\u003cp\u003e\r\nThe most famous collection of fairy tales, but a long way from being the best. The stories and their messages are weird and unbalanced - not just by the standards of the day - and there are also a couple of antisemitic stories that rob it of whatever value it might have had.\r\n\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003e\r\nWhen I point something like that out, someone inevitably makes a \"it was normal back then\" argument, but I've never seen antisemitic stories in any other old folk tale collections and, according to one of the world's top experts, Maria Tatar, no other German collection from the 19th century has any similar stories. Besides that, story books like this are one of the first things to define what normal means for people, and should be held to a very high standard. I'd bet you bottom dollar that most people involved in implementing the Holocaust were introduced to the existence of Jews through this very book. A stain on the genre. A piece of garbage that's best left forgotten.\r\n\u003c/p\u003e","publication_date":"2019-06-05T00:00:00.000Z","created_at":"2019-04-06T14:53:14.000Z","updated_at":"2020-07-12T21:37:27.000Z","user_id":1,"rating":1},"tags":"\u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=books\"\u003ebooks\u003c/a\u003e \u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=reviews\"\u003ereviews\u003c/a\u003e \u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=folk_tales\"\u003efolk_tales\u003c/a\u003e \u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=germany\"\u003egermany\u003c/a\u003e \u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=overrated\"\u003eoverrated\u003c/a\u003e"}

Grimm's Household Tales - Jacob Grimm and Wilhelm Grimm

The most famous collection of fairy tales, but a long way from being the best. The stories and their messages are weird and unbalanced - not just by the standards of the day - and there are also a couple of antisemitic stories that rob it of whatever value it might have had.

When I point something like that out, someone inevitably makes a "it was normal back then" argument, but I've never seen antisemitic stories in any other old folk tale collections and, according to one of the world's top experts, Maria Tatar, no other German collection from the 19th century has any similar stories. Besides that, story books like this are one of the first things to define what normal means for people, and should be held to a very high standard. I'd bet you bottom dollar that most people involved in implementing the Holocaust were introduced to the existence of Jews through this very book. A stain on the genre. A piece of garbage that's best left forgotten.

{"content":{"id":561,"title":"Metal Gear Solid (1998)","body":"\u003cimg src=\"/uploads/1d8.jpg\" class=\"card-image small\"\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003e\r\nIt's the sort of twitchy, old-school game where you're guaranteed to die every couple minutes, without warning, even if you're good. That's fine. Some of those old games are fun. Every time you die, the phone rings. You start to associate the sound of the phone ringing with unexpected death. The problem is, the phone also frequently rings when you DON'T die, and the NPCs just want to chat with you. I don't think English has a word to describe the unpleasantness of a machine training you to have Pavlovian reaction of instant annoyance to a certain sound, and then using that reaction to fuck around with you.\r\n\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003e\r\nBeyond that, its visuals are dull, its gameplay is repetitive. At one point, for no reason, a naked, unconscious woman has her butt sticking up in the air, which seems more like a joke about a Japanese game developer than something a Japanese game developer would actually do.\r\n\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003e\r\nI tried to write about how stupid a character Revolver Ocelot is, but every description I came up with made him sound awesome, so I'll just leave you with \u003ca href=\"https://youtu.be/5__sYccTqLI\"\u003ethis video\u003c/a\u003e.\r\n\u003c/p\u003e","publication_date":"2019-05-29T12:00:00.000Z","created_at":"2019-02-22T18:28:18.000Z","updated_at":"2020-07-12T21:38:00.000Z","user_id":1,"rating":1},"tags":"\u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=reviews\"\u003ereviews\u003c/a\u003e \u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=video_games\"\u003evideo_games\u003c/a\u003e \u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=japan\"\u003ejapan\u003c/a\u003e \u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=usa\"\u003eusa\u003c/a\u003e \u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=action\"\u003eaction\u003c/a\u003e \u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=ps1\"\u003eps1\u003c/a\u003e \u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=thriller\"\u003ethriller\u003c/a\u003e \u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=spy\"\u003espy\u003c/a\u003e"}

Metal Gear Solid (1998)

It's the sort of twitchy, old-school game where you're guaranteed to die every couple minutes, without warning, even if you're good. That's fine. Some of those old games are fun. Every time you die, the phone rings. You start to associate the sound of the phone ringing with unexpected death. The problem is, the phone also frequently rings when you DON'T die, and the NPCs just want to chat with you. I don't think English has a word to describe the unpleasantness of a machine training you to have Pavlovian reaction of instant annoyance to a certain sound, and then using that reaction to fuck around with you.

Beyond that, its visuals are dull, its gameplay is repetitive. At one point, for no reason, a naked, unconscious woman has her butt sticking up in the air, which seems more like a joke about a Japanese game developer than something a Japanese game developer would actually do.

I tried to write about how stupid a character Revolver Ocelot is, but every description I came up with made him sound awesome, so I'll just leave you with this video.

{"content":{"id":701,"title":"Tuca And Bertie (2019)","body":"\u003cimg src=\"/uploads/248.png\" class=\"card-image small\"\u003e\r\n\u003cbr\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003e\r\nI think it's tacky to review something when I'm obviously so far out of the intended target demo. I don't want to be like some wilfully-naive critic who complains that an action movie isn't a nuanced drama, or that a comedy isn't a nuanced drama, or that a children's movie isn't a nuanced drama, etc., etc., etc..\r\n\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003e\r\nOn the other hand, the marketing went after Bojack Horseman fans, heavily referenced its behind-the-scenes connections with Bojack, and did not let on, in the slightest, how different a show this was, so I'm sure I'm not the only person to have accidentally watched this.\r\n\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003e\r\nIt's supposed to be the trials and tribulations of two female friends in the city, but there's not much character development and the jokes are so-so. Every frame looks like it was designed to sell \"Live Laugh Love\" merchandise. I wouldn't be surprised if Facebook starts getting flooded with Bertie and Tuca memes about which diseases vaccinations cause.\r\n\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003e\r\nA lot of hype was made over multi-ethnic casting. And wow, all the Asians play meek, work-driven geeks and the Black actress plays a sassy idiot who digs through and is covered in garbage. This is a show made by an affluent white woman with the obvious target demo of affluent white women who say \"I'm not racist but...\"\r\n\u003c/p\u003e","publication_date":"2019-05-06T00:00:00.000Z","created_at":"2019-05-06T00:08:09.000Z","updated_at":"2019-05-06T13:53:15.000Z","user_id":1,"rating":1},"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=hype\"\u003ehype\u003c/a\u003e"}

Tuca And Bertie (2019)


I think it's tacky to review something when I'm obviously so far out of the intended target demo. I don't want to be like some wilfully-naive critic who complains that an action movie isn't a nuanced drama, or that a comedy isn't a nuanced drama, or that a children's movie isn't a nuanced drama, etc., etc., etc..

On the other hand, the marketing went after Bojack Horseman fans, heavily referenced its behind-the-scenes connections with Bojack, and did not let on, in the slightest, how different a show this was, so I'm sure I'm not the only person to have accidentally watched this.

It's supposed to be the trials and tribulations of two female friends in the city, but there's not much character development and the jokes are so-so. Every frame looks like it was designed to sell "Live Laugh Love" merchandise. I wouldn't be surprised if Facebook starts getting flooded with Bertie and Tuca memes about which diseases vaccinations cause.

A lot of hype was made over multi-ethnic casting. And wow, all the Asians play meek, work-driven geeks and the Black actress plays a sassy idiot who digs through and is covered in garbage. This is a show made by an affluent white woman with the obvious target demo of affluent white women who say "I'm not racist but..."

{"content":{"id":662,"title":"Trainspotting (1996)","body":"\u003cp\u003e\r\nThe city I live in is crowded with heroin addicts and none of them look as cool or sexy as in this movie. And they're definitely not jacked like the one guy is. And they never wear sexy short-sleeved clothing because they want to hide their track marks. And they don't have sexy haircuts, or haircuts at all. Instead of cool music and fun and thrills, a more realistic movie would feature a scar-covered homeless person with tangled hair locking himself in a smelly public bathroom stall for most of the day, because that way no one will disturb his high. Probably the most unrealistic thing about this movie is a heroin addict being disgusted with a filthy public toilet.\r\n\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cbr\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003e\r\nI'd probably be willing to forgive that if the movie was really good, but it's just another failure of a 90s Tarantino rip-off, that only barely gets by on visuals\r\n\u003c/p\u003e","publication_date":"2019-04-26T12:00:00.000Z","created_at":"2019-04-24T14:37:28.000Z","updated_at":"2019-04-26T13:13:37.000Z","user_id":1,"rating":1},"tags":"\u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=bullshit\"\u003ebullshit\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=overrated\"\u003eoverrated\u003c/a\u003e"}

Trainspotting (1996)

The city I live in is crowded with heroin addicts and none of them look as cool or sexy as in this movie. And they're definitely not jacked like the one guy is. And they never wear sexy short-sleeved clothing because they want to hide their track marks. And they don't have sexy haircuts, or haircuts at all. Instead of cool music and fun and thrills, a more realistic movie would feature a scar-covered homeless person with tangled hair locking himself in a smelly public bathroom stall for most of the day, because that way no one will disturb his high. Probably the most unrealistic thing about this movie is a heroin addict being disgusted with a filthy public toilet.


I'd probably be willing to forgive that if the movie was really good, but it's just another failure of a 90s Tarantino rip-off, that only barely gets by on visuals