Overrated

{"content":{"id":1062,"title":"Weekly Links","body":"\u003cul\u003e\r\n\u003cli\u003e\r\nTerence Tao: \u003ca href=\"https://arxiv.org/abs/1909.03562\"\u003eAlmost all orbits of the Collatz map attain almost bounded values\u003c/a\u003e. I only made it a few pages in, but I feel privileged to share the same universe as this guy, and that conjecture.\r\n\u003c/li\u003e\r\n\u003cli\u003e\r\n\u003ca href=\"http://www.weirduniverse.net/blog/comments/weirdo_the_cat_killing_superchicken\"\u003eWeirdo the cat-killing superchicken\u003c/a\u003e.\r\n\u003c/li\u003e\r\n\u003cli\u003e\r\nSandi Metz, who is an excelling programming writer, once came up with \u003ca href=\"https://thoughtbot.com/blog/sandi-metz-rules-for-developers\"\u003efour rules\u003c/a\u003e for object-oriented programming. I've been more-or-less trying to stick to them for a while now. Good or not good?\r\n\u003c/li\u003e\r\n\u003cli\u003e\r\nI'm obsessed with movies that can be edited down to \u003ca href=\"https://sananab.ca/q?reverse=true\u0026tag=perfect_edits\"\u003eless than three minutes\u003c/a\u003e without losing any plot points or characterization. Someone managed do the same to \u003ca href=\"https://youtu.be/uh02zvHHPzw\"\u003ethe entire run of the Sopranos\u003c/a\u003e.\r\n\u003c/li\u003e\r\n\u003cli\u003e\r\n\u003ca href=\"https://uproxx.com/movies/tom-hanks-interesting-things/\"\u003eTom Hanks MegaFacts\u003c/a\u003e. Includes him rapping while doing a Harry Morgan impression??\r\n\u003c/li\u003e\r\n\u003cli\u003e\r\nJohn Waters has been releasing a list of his \u003ca href=\"https://www.artforum.com/contributor/john-waters\"\u003efavourite movies of the year\u003c/a\u003e every year for two decades. Watching these is a new life goal.\r\n\u003c/li\u003e\r\n\u003c/ul\u003e","publication_date":"2019-12-15T00:00:00.000Z","created_at":"2019-12-14T18:43:21.000Z","updated_at":"2019-12-16T00:21:55.000Z","user_id":1,"rating":null},"tags":"\u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=weekly_links\"\u003eweekly_links\u003c/a\u003e \u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=mathematics\"\u003emathematics\u003c/a\u003e \u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=programming\"\u003eprogramming\u003c/a\u003e \u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=perfect_edits\"\u003eperfect_edits\u003c/a\u003e \u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=tv\"\u003etv\u003c/a\u003e \u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=overrated\"\u003eoverrated\u003c/a\u003e \u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=food\"\u003efood\u003c/a\u003e \u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=movies\"\u003emovies\u003c/a\u003e"}

Weekly Links

{"content":{"id":1021,"title":"Avengers: Endgame (2019)","body":"\u003cimg src=\"/uploads/36d.jpg\" class=\"card-image small\"\u003e\r\n\u003cul\u003e\r\n\u003cli\u003e\r\nIt was entertaining enough, but not very substantial. Once the new car smell wears off, this will be the one Avengers movie people skip, even if it is the highest grossing. Like Avatar among James Cameron films.\r\n\u003c/li\u003e\r\n\u003cli\u003e\r\nThey wanted an emotionally resonant movie with very serious scenes, and time travel. Those two don't match. Time travel never really makes sense in a plot, which is fine for a fun Star Trek one-off, but a disaster when you try to do something serious. Time travel is also a lazy and boring way to write yourself out of a corner.\r\n\u003c/li\u003e\r\n\u003cli\u003e\r\nThe characters have long conversations about how they can't create alternate realities or change the past and they also kill 2014 Thanos, so how did the snap happen? Iron Man's dying wish must have been extremely complicated and specific.\r\n\u003c/li\u003e\r\n\u003cli\u003e\r\nCaptain America's shield gets destroyed because they needed a scene with emotional resonance and it is fine a few minutes later because they needed emotional resonance. I can't believe the same people that made Infinity Wars made this. This is the 'Dark Knight Rises' of Marvel films.\r\n\u003c/li\u003e\r\n\u003c/ul\u003e","publication_date":"2019-11-03T12:00:00.000Z","created_at":"2019-11-02T18:48:42.000Z","updated_at":"2020-07-12T21:45:57.000Z","user_id":1,"rating":3},"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=comic_books\"\u003ecomic_books\u003c/a\u003e \u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=action\"\u003eaction\u003c/a\u003e \u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=overrated\"\u003eoverrated\u003c/a\u003e"}

Avengers: Endgame (2019)

  • It was entertaining enough, but not very substantial. Once the new car smell wears off, this will be the one Avengers movie people skip, even if it is the highest grossing. Like Avatar among James Cameron films.
  • They wanted an emotionally resonant movie with very serious scenes, and time travel. Those two don't match. Time travel never really makes sense in a plot, which is fine for a fun Star Trek one-off, but a disaster when you try to do something serious. Time travel is also a lazy and boring way to write yourself out of a corner.
  • The characters have long conversations about how they can't create alternate realities or change the past and they also kill 2014 Thanos, so how did the snap happen? Iron Man's dying wish must have been extremely complicated and specific.
  • Captain America's shield gets destroyed because they needed a scene with emotional resonance and it is fine a few minutes later because they needed emotional resonance. I can't believe the same people that made Infinity Wars made this. This is the 'Dark Knight Rises' of Marvel films.
{"content":{"id":961,"title":"The Sopranos - All Seasons","body":"\u003cimg src=\"/uploads/337.jpg\" class=\"card-image small\"\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003e\r\nI imagine that at most meetings that happen at HBO, someone ends up writing \"Darker and Edgier\" on a whiteboard, and then underlines in three or four times for emphasis, and then says, \"Did you even read my email? I asked for darker and edgier.\"\r\n\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003e\r\nThis is the most overrated show of all time. The first season was okay, except the by-the-numbers mafia plot and that characters were mostly stolen from things Scorsese and others had done years or decades earlier.\r\n\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003e\r\nAfter season one's story arc, about a quarter of the episodes were bottom-tier soap opera, and three quarters were gimmicky one-offs (\"Imagine a mafioso at an X! What a incongruous situation for a mobster to be in lol!!\"). Imagine Mr. Ed but instead of a horse it's a psychologist and instead of Wilbur it's a bunch of characters stolen from much better stories. That's being generous to the Sopranos. Once in a while, Mr. Ed's jokes would actually land.\r\n\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003e\r\nEven worse than the show was the theme song, which is the bottom of the barrel of white guys ripping of old blues. It's the soundtrack to the life of a middle manager who wears jean jackets and flannel on casual Fridays, and has a blonde ponytail, and snorts coke, and asks you to recommend him an ashram as a thinly-veiled pretence for recommending you \u003ci\u003ehis\u003c/i\u003e favourite ashram. He says he likes the song because it reminds him of how he likes to live his life: intensely.\r\n\u003c/p\u003e","publication_date":"2019-11-02T00:00:00.000Z","created_at":"2019-10-02T22:36:29.000Z","updated_at":"2020-07-12T21:32:25.000Z","user_id":1,"rating":1},"tags":"\u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=tv\"\u003etv\u003c/a\u003e \u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=reviews\"\u003ereviews\u003c/a\u003e \u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=mafia\"\u003emafia\u003c/a\u003e \u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=crime\"\u003ecrime\u003c/a\u003e \u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=sitcoms\"\u003esitcoms\u003c/a\u003e \u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=dark_and_edgy\"\u003edark_and_edgy\u003c/a\u003e \u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=music\"\u003emusic\u003c/a\u003e \u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=overrated\"\u003eoverrated\u003c/a\u003e"}

The Sopranos - All Seasons

I imagine that at most meetings that happen at HBO, someone ends up writing "Darker and Edgier" on a whiteboard, and then underlines in three or four times for emphasis, and then says, "Did you even read my email? I asked for darker and edgier."

This is the most overrated show of all time. The first season was okay, except the by-the-numbers mafia plot and that characters were mostly stolen from things Scorsese and others had done years or decades earlier.

After season one's story arc, about a quarter of the episodes were bottom-tier soap opera, and three quarters were gimmicky one-offs ("Imagine a mafioso at an X! What a incongruous situation for a mobster to be in lol!!"). Imagine Mr. Ed but instead of a horse it's a psychologist and instead of Wilbur it's a bunch of characters stolen from much better stories. That's being generous to the Sopranos. Once in a while, Mr. Ed's jokes would actually land.

Even worse than the show was the theme song, which is the bottom of the barrel of white guys ripping of old blues. It's the soundtrack to the life of a middle manager who wears jean jackets and flannel on casual Fridays, and has a blonde ponytail, and snorts coke, and asks you to recommend him an ashram as a thinly-veiled pretence for recommending you his favourite ashram. He says he likes the song because it reminds him of how he likes to live his life: intensely.

{"content":{"id":626,"title":"Grimm's Household Tales - Jacob Grimm and Wilhelm Grimm","body":"\u003cp\u003e\r\nThe most famous collection of fairy tales, but a long way from being the best. The stories and their messages are weird and unbalanced - not just by the standards of the day - and there are also a couple of antisemitic stories that rob it of whatever value it might have had.\r\n\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003e\r\nWhen I point something like that out, someone inevitably makes a \"it was normal back then\" argument, but I've never seen antisemitic stories in any other old folk tale collections and, according to one of the world's top experts, Maria Tatar, no other German collection from the 19th century has any similar stories. Besides that, story books like this are one of the first things to define what normal means for people, and should be held to a very high standard. I'd bet you bottom dollar that most people involved in implementing the Holocaust were introduced to the existence of Jews through this very book. A stain on the genre. A piece of garbage that's best left forgotten.\r\n\u003c/p\u003e","publication_date":"2019-06-05T00:00:00.000Z","created_at":"2019-04-06T14:53:14.000Z","updated_at":"2020-07-12T21:37:27.000Z","user_id":1,"rating":1},"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=folk_tales\"\u003efolk_tales\u003c/a\u003e \u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=germany\"\u003egermany\u003c/a\u003e \u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=overrated\"\u003eoverrated\u003c/a\u003e"}

Grimm's Household Tales - Jacob Grimm and Wilhelm Grimm

The most famous collection of fairy tales, but a long way from being the best. The stories and their messages are weird and unbalanced - not just by the standards of the day - and there are also a couple of antisemitic stories that rob it of whatever value it might have had.

When I point something like that out, someone inevitably makes a "it was normal back then" argument, but I've never seen antisemitic stories in any other old folk tale collections and, according to one of the world's top experts, Maria Tatar, no other German collection from the 19th century has any similar stories. Besides that, story books like this are one of the first things to define what normal means for people, and should be held to a very high standard. I'd bet you bottom dollar that most people involved in implementing the Holocaust were introduced to the existence of Jews through this very book. A stain on the genre. A piece of garbage that's best left forgotten.

{"content":{"id":662,"title":"Trainspotting (1996)","body":"\u003cp\u003e\r\nThe city I live in is crowded with heroin addicts and none of them look as cool or sexy as in this movie. And they're definitely not jacked like the one guy is. And they never wear sexy short-sleeved clothing because they want to hide their track marks. And they don't have sexy haircuts, or haircuts at all. Instead of cool music and fun and thrills, a more realistic movie would feature a scar-covered homeless person with tangled hair locking himself in a smelly public bathroom stall for most of the day, because that way no one will disturb his high. Probably the most unrealistic thing about this movie is a heroin addict being disgusted with a filthy public toilet.\r\n\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cbr\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003e\r\nI'd probably be willing to forgive that if the movie was really good, but it's just another failure of a 90s Tarantino rip-off, that only barely gets by on visuals\r\n\u003c/p\u003e","publication_date":"2019-04-26T12:00:00.000Z","created_at":"2019-04-24T14:37:28.000Z","updated_at":"2019-04-26T13:13:37.000Z","user_id":1,"rating":1},"tags":"\u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=bullshit\"\u003ebullshit\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=overrated\"\u003eoverrated\u003c/a\u003e"}

Trainspotting (1996)

The city I live in is crowded with heroin addicts and none of them look as cool or sexy as in this movie. And they're definitely not jacked like the one guy is. And they never wear sexy short-sleeved clothing because they want to hide their track marks. And they don't have sexy haircuts, or haircuts at all. Instead of cool music and fun and thrills, a more realistic movie would feature a scar-covered homeless person with tangled hair locking himself in a smelly public bathroom stall for most of the day, because that way no one will disturb his high. Probably the most unrealistic thing about this movie is a heroin addict being disgusted with a filthy public toilet.


I'd probably be willing to forgive that if the movie was really good, but it's just another failure of a 90s Tarantino rip-off, that only barely gets by on visuals

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8 Mile (2002)

A perfect, innocent rap angel is oppressed and beset all sides by the evil devil people who surround him and live only to ruin and destroy him. An unbiased depiction of Eminem's early life.

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Jet Force Gemini (1999)

What is he holding?

First you watch a bunch of great-looking cutscenes, then create a save slot (press one button, looks really cool), then sit back for some more cutscenes. Then walk for about 15 seconds, then talk to a guy who offers to show you a long cutscene (psychically). Then your character walks across a large field. Then, after nearly an hour invested, the gameplay finally starts and it is awful.

There's not much going on in terms of level design or game mechanics, so they just made the controls difficult - hyper sensitive and your aim is constantly dragging - to disguise the fact. This is what happens when you spend all your budget on cutscenes.

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Super Mario RPG (1996)


I've not liked video games before, but this gave me a special kind of profound disappointment, not commensurate with the ~$5 I payed for it on the Wii Store (RIP).

I spent roughly twenty years hearing about how great this is and hearing it called a classic. It's the same boring Mario look and the same boring Mario plot (Bowser kidnaps the Princess... with a twist). It's the most tedious gameplay a JRPG has ever had, and in a genre that's driven by story, you can't do much with characters whose personalities are one word or less.