The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel - Season One

I didn't think I'd like this, but I gave it a chance anyway, because I'd heard a lot of good things and Jen Kirkman is one of the writers. I'm glad I did watch it, because it was pretty much perfect. Even when it was bad, it was good.



Ikiru/To Live (1952)

Touching and nice and beautiful in a way only old movies can be.



Schindler's List (1993)

The idea of a Hollywood film about the most horrible event in human history used to bother me. It bothers me still that Spielberg, after making this film, decided that he owned WWII and the Holocaust, and started criticizing others for making the sorts of films he built his career on. On the other hand, not everyone is going to be able to sit down a read a book about the Holocaust (it's not easy), so this is a movie to make sure people remember. I also like the fact that an anti-Nazi movie is always hovering around the top of the IMDB 250.



After Life (2019)

The ads were full of comedians and jokes, so I assumed it was a sitcom. It turns out it's a depressing drama about a man who is suicidal and takes heroin, which feels like a dirty trick because I would never, in a million years, watch something like that knowing what it was beforehand. It kind of seems like the sort of pointless, easy drama that's written to win an Oscar, but it can't even do that because it's a TV show.



Good Will Hunting (1997)

The plot of this movie is that Will Hunting is a genius but he doesn't want to do genius things. Everyone he talks to tells him to go away because you can't be a genius in Boston. Apparently the only way to be a genius is to leave a city full of world-renown universities. Eventually everyone nags him enough and he gets in his car and drives off to genius land. I think the song that plays as he drives off is "Don't Stop Thinking About Tomorrow", but it's been a while since I've seen it so I might be remembering that wrong.



Broken Flowers (2005)

Boring.



Angel's Egg (1985)

A disturbing, artsy 80s anime about a girl walking around with an egg. What more could you ask for?



12 Angry Men (1957)

It's fine and nice and enjoyable but I really don't get all the hype. I wouldn't call it the best Sidney Lumet movie. I wouldn't even call it the best Ed Begley Sr. movie.



Boy (2010)

Underneath the quirkiness and humour and beautiful scenery, there's a heart-breaking story about parenthood, responsibility, and substance abuse. I love it and I wish I'd never seen it. Taika Waititi is the greatest filmmaker of the decade.