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{"content":{"id":1349,"title":"Black Beauty - Anna Sewell","body":"\u003cimg src=\"/uploads/455.jpeg\" class=\"card-image small\"\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003e\r\nThis is nearly 300 pages of descriptions of people being cruel to animals (unsettling), and better techniques for raising horses (boring). I appreciate what this book is, and what it was trying to do, but the unsettling/boring roller-coaster ride was too much for me, and I didn't make it through.\r\n\u003c/p\u003e","publication_date":"2020-06-26T00:00:00.000Z","created_at":"2020-04-27T15:30:39.000Z","updated_at":"2020-07-06T01:43:34.000Z","user_id":1,"rating":2},"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=animals\"\u003eanimals\u003c/a\u003e \u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=the_seventies\"\u003ethe_seventies\u003c/a\u003e \u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=nineteenth_century\"\u003enineteenth_century\u003c/a\u003e"}

Black Beauty - Anna Sewell

This is nearly 300 pages of descriptions of people being cruel to animals (unsettling), and better techniques for raising horses (boring). I appreciate what this book is, and what it was trying to do, but the unsettling/boring roller-coaster ride was too much for me, and I didn't make it through.

{"content":{"id":1325,"title":"Travelling Heroes: Greeks and Their Myths in the Epic Age of Homer - Robin Fox Lane","body":"\u003cp\u003e\r\nThe author looks for every shred of evidence he can find about contact with other cultures in the Greek dark ages. While he defends his theories pretty well, they still seem pretty speculative. Sometimes his conclusions are interesting and his enthusiasm is infectious. More often, it's very dry. Once every few dozen pages he sneaks in a truly awful/excellent joke. I don't regret reading it, but I couldn't recommend it.\r\n\u003c/p\u003e","publication_date":"2020-06-17T00:00:00.000Z","created_at":"2020-04-18T16:14:23.000Z","updated_at":"2020-04-18T16:14:23.000Z","user_id":1,"rating":2},"tags":"\u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=ancient\"\u003eancient\u003c/a\u003e \u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=greece\"\u003egreece\u003c/a\u003e \u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=archaic\"\u003earchaic\u003c/a\u003e \u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=books\"\u003ebooks\u003c/a\u003e \u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=reviews\"\u003ereviews\u003c/a\u003e"}

Travelling Heroes: Greeks and Their Myths in the Epic Age of Homer - Robin Fox Lane

The author looks for every shred of evidence he can find about contact with other cultures in the Greek dark ages. While he defends his theories pretty well, they still seem pretty speculative. Sometimes his conclusions are interesting and his enthusiasm is infectious. More often, it's very dry. Once every few dozen pages he sneaks in a truly awful/excellent joke. I don't regret reading it, but I couldn't recommend it.

{"content":{"id":1411,"title":"The Midnight Gospel","body":"\u003cp\u003e\r\nI would give this a perfect score if they re-released it with the stoner philosophy edited out.\r\n\u003c/p\u003e","publication_date":"2020-05-22T00:00:00.000Z","created_at":"2020-05-21T23:23:42.000Z","updated_at":"2020-07-12T21:24:13.000Z","user_id":1,"rating":2},"tags":"\u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=cartoons\"\u003ecartoons\u003c/a\u003e \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=the_twenties\"\u003ethe_twenties\u003c/a\u003e"}

The Midnight Gospel

I would give this a perfect score if they re-released it with the stoner philosophy edited out.

{"content":{"id":1122,"title":"Tim Burton Batman (1989)","body":"\u003cimg src=\"/uploads/3b5.jpg\" class=\"card-image small\"\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003e\r\nI don't agree with Scorsese about superhero movies, but I have to admit that this one really helps his case. The individual scenes are all very good, but they don't actually coalesce into any kind of story, only the vague outline of something resembling a plot. It's like a short film anthology. Jack Nicholson plays the same character he always plays. There's a bunch of good music by Prince, which is awesome but doesn't fit the movie in any way.\r\n\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003e\r\nIt was always one of the weaker superhero movies, but it's worse today: Batman and the Joker are totally played out, and their weird creepy fans have destroyed whatever appeal they still have left after so much overexposure.\r\n\u003c/p\u003e","publication_date":"2020-02-24T00:00:00.000Z","created_at":"2020-02-16T00:44:53.000Z","updated_at":"2020-07-12T21:41:54.000Z","user_id":1,"rating":2},"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=comic_books\"\u003ecomic_books\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_eighties\"\u003ethe_eighties\u003c/a\u003e"}

Tim Burton Batman (1989)

I don't agree with Scorsese about superhero movies, but I have to admit that this one really helps his case. The individual scenes are all very good, but they don't actually coalesce into any kind of story, only the vague outline of something resembling a plot. It's like a short film anthology. Jack Nicholson plays the same character he always plays. There's a bunch of good music by Prince, which is awesome but doesn't fit the movie in any way.

It was always one of the weaker superhero movies, but it's worse today: Batman and the Joker are totally played out, and their weird creepy fans have destroyed whatever appeal they still have left after so much overexposure.

{"content":{"id":1112,"title":"Modern Art - Sam Hunter et al.","body":"\u003cimg src=\"/uploads/3b0.jpg\" class=\"card-image small\"\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003e\r\nBlarg. Sometimes this book has a lot of interesting things to say, which kept me reading. A lot of the time, they're just blandly listing off as many artists as possible. This is a very frustrating book, because it could have been really good if the authors had just focused in a bit more.\r\n\u003c/p\u003e","publication_date":"2020-02-19T00:00:00.000Z","created_at":"2020-02-10T19:38:55.000Z","updated_at":"2020-07-12T21:42:29.000Z","user_id":1,"rating":2},"tags":"\u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=books\"\u003ebooks\u003c/a\u003e \u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=paintings\"\u003epaintings\u003c/a\u003e \u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=sculpture\"\u003esculpture\u003c/a\u003e \u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=reviews\"\u003ereviews\u003c/a\u003e"}

Modern Art - Sam Hunter et al.

Blarg. Sometimes this book has a lot of interesting things to say, which kept me reading. A lot of the time, they're just blandly listing off as many artists as possible. This is a very frustrating book, because it could have been really good if the authors had just focused in a bit more.

{"content":{"id":1095,"title":"Diodorus Siculus: The Library of History, Volume V","body":"\u003cp\u003eThis one mainly deals with the Peloponnesian War and boy is it a slog. Except the part about the Sicilian expedition. I came away feeling like I knew less about that war than when I started.\u003c/p\u003e","publication_date":"2020-02-07T00:00:00.000Z","created_at":"2020-01-29T01:55:23.000Z","updated_at":"2020-07-12T21:43:15.000Z","user_id":1,"rating":2},"tags":"\u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=history\"\u003ehistory\u003c/a\u003e \u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=ancient\"\u003eancient\u003c/a\u003e \u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=greece\"\u003egreece\u003c/a\u003e \u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=books\"\u003ebooks\u003c/a\u003e \u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=reviews\"\u003ereviews\u003c/a\u003e"}

Diodorus Siculus: The Library of History, Volume V

This one mainly deals with the Peloponnesian War and boy is it a slog. Except the part about the Sicilian expedition. I came away feeling like I knew less about that war than when I started.

{"content":{"id":1092,"title":"The Twilight Saga: Eclipse (2010)","body":"\u003cimg src=\"/uploads/3a3.jpg\" class=\"card-image small\"\u003e\r\n\u003cbr\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003e\r\nThis is the one where nothing really happens, except there's some evil lady in the snow, but the characters only vaguely care about her because of their love triangle.\r\n\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003e\r\nThis is my favourite Twilight movie, though, because of Jasper's accent. Jasper looks like an awkward, uncomfortable Harpo Marx. In the first two movies he doesn't speak much, but when he does it's with a neutral North American accent. Then, all the sudden, in this movie, he has a thick Foghorn Leghorn accent and spends the next three films screaming things like, \"AH DO DECLARE\". It is hilarious beyond words. In my heart, Jasper's accents are truly the stars of this franchise.\r\n\u003c/p\u003e","publication_date":"2020-02-05T00:00:00.000Z","created_at":"2020-01-25T22:17:12.000Z","updated_at":"2020-02-05T00:40:05.000Z","user_id":1,"rating":2},"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=romance\"\u003eromance\u003c/a\u003e"}

The Twilight Saga: Eclipse (2010)


This is the one where nothing really happens, except there's some evil lady in the snow, but the characters only vaguely care about her because of their love triangle.

This is my favourite Twilight movie, though, because of Jasper's accent. Jasper looks like an awkward, uncomfortable Harpo Marx. In the first two movies he doesn't speak much, but when he does it's with a neutral North American accent. Then, all the sudden, in this movie, he has a thick Foghorn Leghorn accent and spends the next three films screaming things like, "AH DO DECLARE". It is hilarious beyond words. In my heart, Jasper's accents are truly the stars of this franchise.

{"content":{"id":1084,"title":"Doctor Strange (2016)","body":"\u003cimg src=\"/uploads/39b.jpg\" class=\"card-image small\"\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003e\r\nIt has nice CGI but, other than that, it's an extremely predictable, by-the-books, middle-of-the-road, run-of-the-mill, average superhero movie. The climax involves him boring the bad guy into giving up and I sympathize.\r\n\u003c/p\u003e","publication_date":"2020-01-28T00:00:00.000Z","created_at":"2020-01-10T12:56:16.000Z","updated_at":"2020-07-12T21:43:50.000Z","user_id":1,"rating":2},"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=comic_books\"\u003ecomic_books\u003c/a\u003e \u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=action\"\u003eaction\u003c/a\u003e"}

Doctor Strange (2016)

It has nice CGI but, other than that, it's an extremely predictable, by-the-books, middle-of-the-road, run-of-the-mill, average superhero movie. The climax involves him boring the bad guy into giving up and I sympathize.

{"content":{"id":1026,"title":"Interstellar (2014)","body":"\u003cimg src=\"/uploads/371.jpg\" class=\"card-image small\"\u003e\r\n\u003cbr\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003e\r\nI always really enjoy this movie until the last ten minutes, which are remarkably bad. How can such a good movie turn around so fast? It's almost like some kind of a expensive and elaborate practical joke.\r\n\u003c/p\u003e","publication_date":"2019-12-07T00:00:00.000Z","created_at":"2019-11-07T20:45:49.000Z","updated_at":"2019-11-07T20:45:49.000Z","user_id":1,"rating":2},"tags":"\u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=christopher_nolan\"\u003echristopher_nolan\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=science_fiction\"\u003escience_fiction\u003c/a\u003e"}

Interstellar (2014)


I always really enjoy this movie until the last ten minutes, which are remarkably bad. How can such a good movie turn around so fast? It's almost like some kind of a expensive and elaborate practical joke.

{"content":{"id":1019,"title":"Man Of Steel (2013)","body":"\u003cimg src=\"/uploads/36b.jpg\" class=\"card-image small\"\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003e\r\nOn my world \"Zack Snyder\" means \"It will be boring and stupid but I'll still watch it anyway for some reason\".","publication_date":"2019-12-01T00:00:00.000Z","created_at":"2019-11-01T16:01:31.000Z","updated_at":"2020-07-12T21:44:07.000Z","user_id":1,"rating":2},"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=comic_books\"\u003ecomic_books\u003c/a\u003e \u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=action\"\u003eaction\u003c/a\u003e \u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=dcu\"\u003edcu\u003c/a\u003e"}

Man Of Steel (2013)

On my world "Zack Snyder" means "It will be boring and stupid but I'll still watch it anyway for some reason".

{"content":{"id":942,"title":"Kingsman: The Golden Circle (2017)","body":"\u003cimg src=\"/uploads/324.jpg\" class=\"card-image small\"\u003e\r\n\u003cbr\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003e\r\nKingsmen could have been the next James Bond but what is this? It's like they had a brainstorming session, and decided to go with every single idea they'd jotted down, leading to about two dozen malformed, dangling subplots awkwardly mashed together into something horrible and nearly unwatchable. The sad part is, there's a 90-minute rough draft buried somewhere in there that could have been worked into something really good.\r\n\u003c/p\u003e","publication_date":"2019-10-22T00:00:00.000Z","created_at":"2019-09-24T21:30:32.000Z","updated_at":"2019-10-22T00:37:52.000Z","user_id":1,"rating":2},"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=action\"\u003eaction\u003c/a\u003e \u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=spy\"\u003espy\u003c/a\u003e"}

Kingsman: The Golden Circle (2017)


Kingsmen could have been the next James Bond but what is this? It's like they had a brainstorming session, and decided to go with every single idea they'd jotted down, leading to about two dozen malformed, dangling subplots awkwardly mashed together into something horrible and nearly unwatchable. The sad part is, there's a 90-minute rough draft buried somewhere in there that could have been worked into something really good.

{"content":{"id":938,"title":"Lucy (2014)","body":"\u003cimg src=\"/uploads/320.jpg\" class=\"card-image small\"\u003e\r\n\u003cbr\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003e\r\nThis is a big, professionally-made movie that's based around the idea that humans only use 10% of their brains. Except that's a dumb myth from the 1800s and makes the movie impossible to enjoy.\r\n\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003e\r\nWhat's even more frustrating is that there's a lot of craftmanship and talent here and, with a bit of a rewrite, it probably could have been one of the great science fiction films of all time, instead of a cringefest. If only one of the hundreds of people who worked on this had pointed out the error, at any point during the film's making...\r\n\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003e\r\nThis is also at least the third movie where Scarlett Johansson has ascended to a higher plane of reality, and I'd be curious to know why producers and Johansson herself think of her that way.\r\n\u003c/p\u003e","publication_date":"2019-09-19T12:00:00.000Z","created_at":"2019-09-18T21:59:29.000Z","updated_at":"2019-09-18T22:00:38.000Z","user_id":1,"rating":2},"tags":"\u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=france\"\u003efrance\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=science_fiction\"\u003escience_fiction\u003c/a\u003e \u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=action\"\u003eaction\u003c/a\u003e"}

Lucy (2014)


This is a big, professionally-made movie that's based around the idea that humans only use 10% of their brains. Except that's a dumb myth from the 1800s and makes the movie impossible to enjoy.

What's even more frustrating is that there's a lot of craftmanship and talent here and, with a bit of a rewrite, it probably could have been one of the great science fiction films of all time, instead of a cringefest. If only one of the hundreds of people who worked on this had pointed out the error, at any point during the film's making...

This is also at least the third movie where Scarlett Johansson has ascended to a higher plane of reality, and I'd be curious to know why producers and Johansson herself think of her that way.

{"content":{"id":930,"title":"Modern Art In The Common Culture","body":"\u003cp\u003e\r\nThe author dances on a fine line between insightful and cartoonish. His writing style is so awful that every time he quoted someone else, I felt a sensation of relief, as if I were going on a pleasant little vacation.\r\n\u003c/p\u003e ","publication_date":"2019-09-16T12:00:00.000Z","created_at":"2019-09-11T21:16:25.000Z","updated_at":"2019-09-16T19:52:04.000Z","user_id":1,"rating":2},"tags":"\u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=art_history\"\u003eart_history\u003c/a\u003e \u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=reviews\"\u003ereviews\u003c/a\u003e \u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=hype\"\u003ehype\u003c/a\u003e"}

Modern Art In The Common Culture

The author dances on a fine line between insightful and cartoonish. His writing style is so awful that every time he quoted someone else, I felt a sensation of relief, as if I were going on a pleasant little vacation.

{"content":{"id":891,"title":"Planet Terror (2007)","body":"\u003cimg src=\"/uploads/2fa.jpg\" class=\"card-image small\"\u003e\r\n\u003cbr\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003e\r\nIt feels like it should be good. I kept seeing things and thinking, \"Yes, what a good idea for this type of movie\", but it still manages to be so so boring.\r\n\u003c/p\u003e","publication_date":"2019-09-16T00:00:00.000Z","created_at":"2019-08-20T17:12:33.000Z","updated_at":"2019-09-16T02:11:46.000Z","user_id":1,"rating":2},"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=horror\"\u003ehorror\u003c/a\u003e"}

Planet Terror (2007)


It feels like it should be good. I kept seeing things and thinking, "Yes, what a good idea for this type of movie", but it still manages to be so so boring.

{"content":{"id":883,"title":"Derek - Season One","body":"\u003cp\u003e\r\nGreat 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.\r\n\u003c/p\u003e","publication_date":"2019-09-09T00:00:00.000Z","created_at":"2019-08-13T01:24:23.000Z","updated_at":"2019-09-10T04:02:07.000Z","user_id":1,"rating":2},"tags":"\u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=sitcoms\"\u003esitcoms\u003c/a\u003e \u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=comedy\"\u003ecomedy\u003c/a\u003e \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=tens\"\u003etens\u003c/a\u003e"}

Derek - Season One

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.

{"content":{"id":879,"title":"Gladiator (2000)","body":"\u003cp\u003e\r\nI get that most historical movies are about as accurate as this one is, but why use real names? Imagine if they made a movie about Jimmy Carter killing Gerald Ford, and then developing a violent blood feud with some made-up baseball player.\r\n\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003e\r\nAnyway, this movie is weird emotions porn and very boring.\r\n\u003c/p\u003e","publication_date":"2019-08-31T12:00:00.000Z","created_at":"2019-08-06T22:49:19.000Z","updated_at":"2019-09-01T14:57:49.000Z","user_id":1,"rating":2},"tags":"\u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=movies\"\u003emovies\u003c/a\u003e \u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=rome\"\u003erome\u003c/a\u003e \u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=ancient\"\u003eancient\u003c/a\u003e \u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=action\"\u003eaction\u003c/a\u003e \u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=reviews\"\u003ereviews\u003c/a\u003e \u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=tens\"\u003etens\u003c/a\u003e"}

Gladiator (2000)

I get that most historical movies are about as accurate as this one is, but why use real names? Imagine if they made a movie about Jimmy Carter killing Gerald Ford, and then developing a violent blood feud with some made-up baseball player.

Anyway, this movie is weird emotions porn and very boring.