Sananab

{"content":{"id":1456,"title":"Civilization II (1996)","body":"\u003cimg src=\"/uploads/495.jpg\" class=\"card-image small\"\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003e\r\nI spent an obscene amount of time playing this game. This one was a major life-destroyer for me. Sometimes I would think I was over it for a year or two and get dragged back in. If you've never played a Civ game before, start here. It's one of the only times they managed to find the right balance between gameplay and bells and whistles.\r\n\u003c/p\u003e","publication_date":"2020-08-08T00:00:00.000Z","created_at":"2020-06-09T21:30:36.000Z","updated_at":"2020-08-08T00:38:08.000Z","user_id":1,"rating":5},"tags":"\u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=games\"\u003egames\u003c/a\u003e \u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=reviews\"\u003ereviews\u003c/a\u003e \u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=strategy\"\u003estrategy\u003c/a\u003e \u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=the_nineties\"\u003ethe_nineties\u003c/a\u003e \u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=twentieth_century\"\u003etwentieth_century\u003c/a\u003e"}

Civilization II (1996)

I spent an obscene amount of time playing this game. This one was a major life-destroyer for me. Sometimes I would think I was over it for a year or two and get dragged back in. If you've never played a Civ game before, start here. It's one of the only times they managed to find the right balance between gameplay and bells and whistles.

{"content":{"id":1393,"title":"36th Chamber of Shaolin (1978)","body":"\u003cimg src=\"/uploads/46f.jpg\" class=\"card-image small\"\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003e\r\nOne of those movies I can watch again and again. An extremely good introduction to Chia-Liang Liu and to Shaw Brothers.\r\n\u003c/p\u003e","publication_date":"2020-07-15T00:00:00.000Z","created_at":"2020-05-16T21:04:28.000Z","updated_at":"2020-07-15T00:34:47.000Z","user_id":1,"rating":5},"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=martial_arts\"\u003emartial_arts\u003c/a\u003e \u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=the_seventies\"\u003ethe_seventies\u003c/a\u003e \u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=twentieth_century\"\u003etwentieth_century\u003c/a\u003e \u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=action\"\u003eaction\u003c/a\u003e \u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=china\"\u003echina\u003c/a\u003e"}

36th Chamber of Shaolin (1978)

One of those movies I can watch again and again. An extremely good introduction to Chia-Liang Liu and to Shaw Brothers.

{"content":{"id":1391,"title":"Forbidden Planet (1956)","body":"\u003cimg src=\"/uploads/46e.jpg\" class=\"card-image small\"\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003e\r\nA loose adaptation of Shakespeare's The Tempest, staring a very young Leslie Nielsen. In spite of being from the golden age of cheesy sci-fi, it is extremely polished and well-done. The aesthetics are incredible. \u003ca href=\"https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oNKhju6Pryg\"\u003eHere's an example\u003c/a\u003e. My secret dream is to one day play a computer game from the Hidden Planet universe.\r\n\u003c/p\u003e","publication_date":"2020-07-14T00:00:00.000Z","created_at":"2020-05-15T15:50:59.000Z","updated_at":"2020-07-14T03:13:46.000Z","user_id":1,"rating":5},"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=science_fiction\"\u003escience_fiction\u003c/a\u003e \u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=the_fifties\"\u003ethe_fifties\u003c/a\u003e \u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=twentieth_century\"\u003etwentieth_century\u003c/a\u003e"}

Forbidden Planet (1956)

A loose adaptation of Shakespeare's The Tempest, staring a very young Leslie Nielsen. In spite of being from the golden age of cheesy sci-fi, it is extremely polished and well-done. The aesthetics are incredible. Here's an example. My secret dream is to one day play a computer game from the Hidden Planet universe.

{"content":{"id":1147,"title":"The Tombs Of Atuan - Ursula K. Le Guin","body":"\u003cimg src=\"/uploads/3bf.jpg\" class=\"card-image small\"\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003e\r\nThis is one of the greatest things I've ever read in my life.\r\n\u003c/p\u003e","publication_date":"2020-03-04T00:00:00.000Z","created_at":"2020-02-23T18:57:50.000Z","updated_at":"2020-07-12T21:21:38.000Z","user_id":1,"rating":5},"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=fantasy\"\u003efantasy\u003c/a\u003e \u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=usa\"\u003eusa\u003c/a\u003e \u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=the_seventies\"\u003ethe_seventies\u003c/a\u003e"}

The Tombs Of Atuan - Ursula K. Le Guin

This is one of the greatest things I've ever read in my life.

{"content":{"id":1038,"title":"The Addams Family (1991)","body":"\u003cimg src=\"/uploads/37a.jpg\" class=\"card-image small\"\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003e\r\nThe greatest remake of all time.\r\n\u003c/p\u003e","publication_date":"2019-12-19T00:00:00.000Z","created_at":"2019-11-21T23:29:14.000Z","updated_at":"2020-07-12T21:21:46.000Z","user_id":1,"rating":5},"tags":"\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=movies\"\u003emovies\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_nineties\"\u003ethe_nineties\u003c/a\u003e \u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=grey\"\u003egrey\u003c/a\u003e \u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=black\"\u003eblack\u003c/a\u003e"}

The Addams Family (1991)

The greatest remake of all time.

{"content":{"id":984,"title":"Bojack Horseman - Season 4","body":"\u003cimg src=\"/uploads/34a.jpg\" class=\"card-image small\"\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003e\r\nProbably the absolute high-point of one of the best shows ever made. Can you believe that nobody won an award for this? Not even Wendie Malick?\r\n\u003c/p\u003e","publication_date":"2019-11-15T00:00:00.000Z","created_at":"2019-10-20T03:02:00.000Z","updated_at":"2020-07-12T21:21:57.000Z","user_id":1,"rating":5},"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"}

Bojack Horseman - Season 4

Probably the absolute high-point of one of the best shows ever made. Can you believe that nobody won an award for this? Not even Wendie Malick?

{"content":{"id":971,"title":"Hell Or High Water (2016)","body":"\u003cimg src=\"/uploads/341.png\" class=\"card-image small\"\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003e\r\nSurprisingly good neo-western. Probably the best western since the 70s.\r\n\u003c/p\u003e","publication_date":"2019-10-19T12:00:00.000Z","created_at":"2019-10-03T19:03:53.000Z","updated_at":"2020-07-12T21:24:44.000Z","user_id":1,"rating":5},"tags":"\u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=western\"\u003ewestern\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=usa\"\u003eusa\u003c/a\u003e \u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=the_tens\"\u003ethe_tens\u003c/a\u003e \u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=not_the_hotel\"\u003enot_the_hotel\u003c/a\u003e"}

Hell Or High Water (2016)

Surprisingly good neo-western. Probably the best western since the 70s.

{"content":{"id":894,"title":"The Godfather: Part II (1974)","body":"\u003cimg src=\"/uploads/2fd.jpg\" class=\"card-image small\"\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003e\r\nYowza, this is good! This used to be considered a rare example of a good sequel, now Google 'good prequel' or 'best prequel' and this is all people can seem to think of.\r\n\u003c/p\u003e","publication_date":"2019-09-19T00:00:00.000Z","created_at":"2019-08-20T17:46:37.000Z","updated_at":"2020-07-12T21:22:35.000Z","user_id":1,"rating":5},"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=twentieth_century\"\u003etwentieth_century\u003c/a\u003e \u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=seventies\"\u003eseventies\u003c/a\u003e"}

The Godfather: Part II (1974)

Yowza, this is good! This used to be considered a rare example of a good sequel, now Google 'good prequel' or 'best prequel' and this is all people can seem to think of.

{"content":{"id":881,"title":"Pee-Wee's Big Adventure (1985)","body":"\u003cimg src=\"/uploads/2f1.jpg\" class=\"card-image small\"\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003e\r\nStill the greatest road movie ever made.\r\n\u003c/p\u003e\r\n","publication_date":"2019-09-07T00:00:00.000Z","created_at":"2019-08-08T02:22:03.000Z","updated_at":"2020-07-06T23:50:09.000Z","user_id":1,"rating":5},"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=road_movies\"\u003eroad_movies\u003c/a\u003e \u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=comedy\"\u003ecomedy\u003c/a\u003e \u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=adventure\"\u003eadventure\u003c/a\u003e \u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=amazing_larry\"\u003eamazing_larry\u003c/a\u003e \u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=large_marge\"\u003elarge_marge\u003c/a\u003e"}

Pee-Wee's Big Adventure (1985)

Still the greatest road movie ever made.

{"content":{"id":898,"title":"Lord Of The Rings: Return Of The King The Movie (2003)","body":"\u003cimg src=\"/uploads/300.jpg\" class=\"card-image small\"\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003e\r\nStill an impressively good adaptation of an impossible-to-adapt book. It still feels so fresh, and the special effects still work so well, that it's hard to think that this is sixteen years old.\r\n\u003c/p\u003e","publication_date":"2019-09-05T12:00:00.000Z","created_at":"2019-08-20T18:30:02.000Z","updated_at":"2020-07-12T21:22:49.000Z","user_id":1,"rating":5},"tags":"\u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=reviews\"\u003ereviews\u003c/a\u003e \u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=fantasy\"\u003efantasy\u003c/a\u003e \u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=action\"\u003eaction\u003c/a\u003e \u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=movies\"\u003emovies\u003c/a\u003e"}

Lord Of The Rings: Return Of The King The Movie (2003)

Still an impressively good adaptation of an impossible-to-adapt book. It still feels so fresh, and the special effects still work so well, that it's hard to think that this is sixteen years old.

{"content":{"id":897,"title":"Beetlejuice (1988)","body":"\u003cimg src=\"/uploads/2ff.jpg\" class=\"card-image small\"\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003e\r\nI 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 once every few years for the rest of my life.\r\n\u003c/p\u003e","publication_date":"2019-09-04T12:00:00.000Z","created_at":"2019-08-20T18:12:30.000Z","updated_at":"2020-07-12T21:23:12.000Z","user_id":1,"rating":5},"tags":"\u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=movies\"\u003emovies\u003c/a\u003e \u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=comedy\"\u003ecomedy\u003c/a\u003e \u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=tim_burton\"\u003etim_burton\u003c/a\u003e \u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=reviews\"\u003ereviews\u003c/a\u003e"}

Beetlejuice (1988)

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 once every few years for the rest of my life.

{"content":{"id":878,"title":"Inception (2010)","body":"\u003cimg src=\"/uploads/29.jpg\" class=\"card-image\" style=\"border: 2px solid white\"\u003e","publication_date":"2019-08-30T12:00:00.000Z","created_at":"2019-08-06T22:44:42.000Z","updated_at":"2019-08-06T22:44:42.000Z","user_id":1,"rating":5},"tags":"\u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=scary\"\u003escary\u003c/a\u003e \u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=suspense\"\u003esuspense\u003c/a\u003e \u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=action\"\u003eaction\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=tens\"\u003etens\u003c/a\u003e \u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=christopher_nolan\"\u003echristopher_nolan\u003c/a\u003e"}

Inception (2010)

{"content":{"id":859,"title":"The History Of The Mohammedan Dynasties In Spain, Volume 2 - Al-Maqqari","body":"\u003cimg src=\"/uploads/2df.jpg\" class=\"card-image small\"\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003e\r\nAlthough the Muslims in medieval Spain left behind an expansive literature, little of it has been translated into English (although quite a bit has been translated into Spanish and French). Not only is this a readable and interesting history, but the translator has included a lot of well-chosen excerpts of other works in the appendix. It also deals extensively with the Almohads and the last Emirate of Granada, which both tend to be neglected in English-language scholarship.\r\n\u003c/p\u003e","publication_date":"2019-08-13T12:00:00.000Z","created_at":"2019-08-04T17:50:08.000Z","updated_at":"2020-07-12T21:23:39.000Z","user_id":1,"rating":5},"tags":"\u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=middle_ages\"\u003emiddle_ages\u003c/a\u003e \u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=religion\"\u003ereligion\u003c/a\u003e \u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=war\"\u003ewar\u003c/a\u003e \u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=fifteenth_century\"\u003efifteenth_century\u003c/a\u003e \u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=spain\"\u003espain\u003c/a\u003e \u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=portugal\"\u003eportugal\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"}

The History Of The Mohammedan Dynasties In Spain, Volume 2 - Al-Maqqari

Although the Muslims in medieval Spain left behind an expansive literature, little of it has been translated into English (although quite a bit has been translated into Spanish and French). Not only is this a readable and interesting history, but the translator has included a lot of well-chosen excerpts of other works in the appendix. It also deals extensively with the Almohads and the last Emirate of Granada, which both tend to be neglected in English-language scholarship.

{"content":{"id":808,"title":"I Think You Should Leave with Tim Robinson - Season One","body":"\u003cimg src=\"/uploads/2b0.png\" class=\"card-image small\"\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003e\r\nEven 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.\r\n\u003c/p\u003e","publication_date":"2019-07-27T00:00:00.000Z","created_at":"2019-06-29T18:50:08.000Z","updated_at":"2020-07-12T21:24:01.000Z","user_id":1,"rating":5},"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=sketch_comedy\"\u003esketch_comedy\u003c/a\u003e"}

I Think You Should Leave with Tim Robinson - Season One

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.

{"content":{"id":646,"title":"Childrens Hospital - Season 5","body":"\u003cimg src=\"/uploads/21e.jpg\" class=\"card-image small\"\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003e\r\nThis 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.\r\n\u003c/p\u003e","publication_date":"2019-06-10T00:00:00.000Z","created_at":"2019-04-12T18:35:24.000Z","updated_at":"2020-07-12T21:21:14.000Z","user_id":1,"rating":5},"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=childrens_hospital\"\u003echildrens_hospital\u003c/a\u003e \u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=japan\"\u003ejapan\u003c/a\u003e \u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=war\"\u003ewar\u003c/a\u003e"}

Childrens Hospital - Season 5

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.

{"content":{"id":663,"title":"Mass Effect 3 (2012)","body":"\u003cp\u003e\r\nI only played the Mass Effect games years after this was released, so the original incomplete ending wasn't a big issue for me. Super fun, much more consistent expansions, incredible atmosphere of war and finality. I hate to be one of \u003ci\u003ethose\u003c/i\u003e Canadians, but I loved starting the game in Vancouver (and the weird fact that Bioware is located in Edmonton, of all places). I appreciate that they would put so much effort into building such a complex universe and so many unusually well-developed characters, and end it so finally that there is no real opportunity for a meaningful sequel.\r\n\u003c/p\u003e","publication_date":"2019-05-25T00:00:00.000Z","created_at":"2019-04-25T21:00:30.000Z","updated_at":"2019-04-25T21:02:15.000Z","user_id":1,"rating":5},"tags":"\u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=mass_effect\"\u003emass_effect\u003c/a\u003e \u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=games\"\u003egames\u003c/a\u003e \u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=reviews\"\u003ereviews\u003c/a\u003e \u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=sci-fi\"\u003esci-fi\u003c/a\u003e \u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=canada\"\u003ecanada\u003c/a\u003e"}

Mass Effect 3 (2012)

I only played the Mass Effect games years after this was released, so the original incomplete ending wasn't a big issue for me. Super fun, much more consistent expansions, incredible atmosphere of war and finality. I hate to be one of those Canadians, but I loved starting the game in Vancouver (and the weird fact that Bioware is located in Edmonton, of all places). I appreciate that they would put so much effort into building such a complex universe and so many unusually well-developed characters, and end it so finally that there is no real opportunity for a meaningful sequel.