Bob Hope Christmas Special (1964)

Bob Hope spends December touring East Asia, finishing with a Christmas in Vietnam, where things were already pretty grim. This is pretty solid early-middle Bob Hope. He wasn't young and hungry, but he still hadn't given up on being funny like in the 70s, and he was decades away from this trainwreck. Great music, great as a piece of history, the jokes are not bad.



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.



Pee-Wee's Big Adventure (1985)

Still the greatest road movie ever made.



Pulp Fiction (2014)

I've been slowly working my way down reviewing the IMDB top 250 movies. Most people have an opinion on this by now. It's still a fine movie but, after the Bruce Lee thing, Taratino has turned from young, cool Elvis to Fat Elvis. Since this movie is idiosyncratic and auteurish, part of its appeal has be lost by Tarantino becoming so lame.



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 every few years for the rest of my life.



Dave Chappelle: Sticks & Stones

In the summer of 1999, I was lucky enough to see Dave Chappelle at an outdoor comedy festival. That was right around the time when people were starting to call him the greatest comedian of all time. It was pretty routine, in many places at that time, for large groups of conservatives to picket movie theatres, TV affiliates, and venues for any kind of live performances, because anything that wasn't G-Rated was considered an attack on God and family. That was mainstream conservative back then.

Around the same time, I read a book by Robert Anton Wilson that said, "It only takes 20 years for a liberal to become a conservative without changing a single idea." At the age of 15, I thought that was so ridiculous and impossible that I got angry.

Time has proven me wrong: The left-wing media are almost 100% outraged by this, while Fox News et al. are praising it, although he's still fundamentally the same comedian as he was twenty years ago, when no one would have ever mistaken him for a conservative.

Anyway, this isn't his best special, and it's not his worst. The super-secret hidden epilogue is good.



Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt - Season 4

I guess they decided to quit while they were ahead, because this was the funniest season yet.



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)


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.