Batman Begins (2005)

I liked in the first time. The second time, the new car smell had faded and it felt like it was hitting me over the head with the courage thing.



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.



Berserk: The Golden Age Arc 3 - The Advent (2013)

After hours of waiting for this series to get better, part three offers a really good plot twist, and great artwork. Then, out of nowhere, a tentacle rape scene. I wish I'd never wasted my time.



Memento (2000)

Fun idea for a movie, and a fun ending, but, man, a lot of this movie is just the guy pacing around, walking across rooms, walking down hallways, walking outside. Basically a short film needing an editor.



Lost in Translation (2003)

The visuals are great, music is great, Bill Murray and Scarlett Johansson are always fun to watch, but there's not much to the story or characters and there's a lot more style than substance.



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.



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)


Graphic Style: From Victorian To * - Seymour Chwast

Basically, a lot of good examples with some lightweight commentary. More famous pieces mixed in with some really interesting, odd, obscure gems that are, in some cases, seemingly ungooglable.