Undone - Season One

I watch Amazon Prime a fair deal, but all they ever advertize me is the Jonas Brothers reunion. In the last year I have received publicity for pretty much nothing else. I have no idea why their algorithm thinks that's the only thing I would ever want to watch. Judging from the laborious animation technique and cast and hot show creator, Undone must have cost a fortune, but Prime decided that it just wasn't worth advertizing Undone or any other show when I could be watching this 00s boy band thing I've been trying to ignore for what seems like an eternity.

Anyway, this is very good with beautiful visuals, and well-written characters, and excellent performances from everyone. Also it's very sad so don't watch it unless you want to be bummed out.



Daily Links

Some classic Comics Curmudgeon from 2005.



Hopscotch - Julio Cortázar

A dark, seedy, erotic Choose Your Own Adventure.


To strangle the little faubourienne you have turned into your whore, turn to page 235!

To smoke clove cigarettes and discuss people who haven't read Mauriac, turn to page 431!



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.