Review Of Joe Rogan's Career





Captain Fantastic (2016)

I don't expect movies to be realistic, but this was just too implausible. Surviving off hunting and gathering is highly-skilled, full-time work. Giving a group of kids a world-class education is highly-skilled, full-time work. I'm supposed to get angry at the characters who don't support him, but if an athletic handsome genius white male polymath with well-sculpted muscles, an encyclopedic knowledge survival skills, and an encyclopedic knowledge of the liberal arts came up with an impeccable, perfect pedagogical method in real life, I doubt it would be such an uphill battle for him.



Doom (1993)

It was revolutionary when it came out, but a million better (and less monochrome) shooters have come out in the meantime, making this feel pretty drab and boring.



Cambridge History Of Ancient China

The Cambridge histories set a pretty high standard, and the volume on the Han Dynasty (also co-edited by Michael Loewe) has been one of my favourite books for many years. Aside from that, pre-Imperial China is an extremely interesting topic, so my expectations for this were high and I was extremely disappointed.

Many of the writers are competent. Some have an axe to grind or a personal pet theory to promote, which is poison to a book like this. The absolute low point is the chapter by David Nivison, and I have no idea why the editors didn't reject it. It's full of polemical claims about dating and composition for which he almost never provides evidence (aside from phrases like "most scholars consider", which doesn't even fly on Wikipedia). When he does hint at what evidence he's using, his reasoning is generally circular (we know text A was written in century B because it has idea C. We know idea C comes from century B because it is recorded in text A). He's also sassy and arrogant, which wouldn't have annoyed me if he had actually done the work.

The two best chapters are the are those on the Spring and Autumn period by Cho-yun Hsu and early imperial China's relationship to pre-imperial China by Michael Loewe. Aside from that, there are better ways of familiarizing yourself with most of these topics.



The Wolverine (2018)

Wolverine goes to Japan and works his way down a checklist of Japan things, like seeing an a-bomb explode and runing through a pachinko parlour.



The Celebration (1998)

It's meant to be shocking and serious and definitely not entertaining. It's meant to provoke discussion but what discussion? There's not many people on the other side of these issues, and this movie isn't going to change any minds about anything.

It seems a little disingenuous when filmmakers do this, because film just isn't the right medium for these kinds of discussions. Film is the right medium for dinosaurs and explosions and spaceships. Do you honestly thing fewer kids are going to get raped because a few aficionados undertook the chore of sitting through an uncomfortable art film for an hour and a half?



Commedians in Cars Getting Coffee - Season 3

Some primitive part of my mind keeps thinking, "A funny person interviewing funny people. That will definitely be funny." and Seinfeld keeps proving me wrong again and again. It's like he's conducting some kind of experiment to punish people for liking comedy.



DC: The New Frontier, Volume 2

What starts off with a lot of potential turns into a checklist of DC heroes firing their lasers at a completely nondescript generic villain with no motivation. Will they fire their lasers hard enough? At first it seems like no they won't, but, in the end, yes they will.



Silence (2016)

Here are some Jewish people being massacred in Lisbon's main square. Notice the people up front. As key members of the Portuguese Inquisition, Portuguese Jesuits searched out hidden Jewish communities, who were massacred upon discovery. This went on from 1531 to 1773. The fact that the Portuguese Jesuit characters in this film were witnessing Buddhists doing to Christians what Jesuits did to Jews in Portugal was either intentional or unintentional irony, but Scorsese never lets on.

It's a very well-made movie, but the main character is not believable as a 17th century Jesuit. Every aspect of his character bleeds with modern thinking, and there's no getting past that for me.