Midnight Run (1988)

Extremely fun action/comedy/road movie. Charles Grodin is a seriously overlooked comedic talent and this is probably the funniest movie of the decade, for whatever that's worth. The ending is painful 80s'ish, but whatever.



Coen Brothers #4: The Hudsucker Proxy


Fun. Especially the visuals and Jennifer Jason Leigh' fast-talking reporter.

Also the first Coen Brothers film to be a long tribute to a mostly-forgotten era of pop culture, which is mostly a good thing, although those movies seem to be the ones that polarize the fans the most. I'm a movie buff, but I'm guessing more than half the references went over my head. With this category of Coen film, it's best not to expect much, and just sit back and enjoy the spectacle.



Red Dwarf - Season 3

This season is the awkward transition from a half-horror show about isolation, hopelessness, and hatred, into something a little less bleak, and more adventure/concept-oriented. This includes a horrible redesign of the set, a stupid new intro sequence that replaced the iconic original, and the crew suddenly remembering that they have an undisclosed number of large shuttles, most of which are destroyed over the course of the season. Also, Kryten becomes a regular - it's hard to image the show without him - and the show starts its hilarious tradition of shrugging off cliffhangers.


"Marooned" (more old-Red Dwarf style) and "Timeslides" (more new-Red Dwarf style) are as good as anything the show has ever done. The rest of the episodes are a bit weak and gimmicky, but, on the other hand, how could you not love female Holly? Or the rewind gags? Or Alphabetti Spaghetti? In spite of being a bit of a low point for the show, they manage to slip in some of the greatest sitcom moments of all time into the worst episodes.



Children's Hospital - Season 7

As much as I enjoyed this, it was probably the right call to make this the last season. Seasons 3-6 where perfect and so was most of this one, but a few pretty weak filler episodes did creep in. Still, it was a lot more good than bad, and I really loved the final episode.



Coen Brothers #2: Raising Arizona (1987)

The first Coen comedy. A 90-minute redneck joke is a bit much, but the actors play their roles with so much conviction, it's impossible not to love their characters.

Holly Hunter is always good but is never in good movies, so this is the closest we can get to seeing her with the career she should have had.



Coen Brothers #1: Blood Simple (1984)

The Coens got off to a really good start with this one. I think the only person whose thrillers are close to as intense as the Coen brothers' is Scorsese. Anyway, if you like scary movies and you haven't seen this, go watch it now.



Mass Effect 2 (2010)

It was fun and all, but it lacked some of that sweet RPGness from the first game. And the rawness of the first game. And the sense of exploration and place (the hubs are scaled back and a lot of the missions feel almost like rail shooters). And it doesn't have the story telling or atmosphere of I or III. And the main villain is a pointless non-entity who keeps repeating the stupidest lines. And the ending is some dumb heavy metal thing. But it's fun and has fun characters so why not have some wacky filler in the middle?



Prometheus (2012)

The internet made me feel bad for liking this. I'm not sure why I let them influence me; the only movies the internet likes are the Dark Knight, all MCU movies, and the Star Wars franchise but none of the individual Star Wars movies.

Anyway, I'm supposed to hate this because, in the film, some characters in their 20s make an irrational decision under duress, which I am supposed to find unrealistic. I'd say this is about as good as the seventh movie in a franchise is going to get.



Children's Hospital Season 2

Slightly funnier than season 1, but not the comedy freight train it became in season 3.

It's absolutely mind-blowing to think that this parody of Grey's Anatomy ran its full seven seasons and ended over two years ago, while Grey's still blindly stumbles on, killing off characters as fast as they're introduced.