MCU #2: The Incredible Hulk (2008)

In spite of supposedly hating filming this, Edward Norton delivers a pretty good performance. It's an enjoyable film, until the big final sequence, where it segues into a generic superhero climax that doesn't fit the story or the character.


Of the 20 MCU films out right now, this is the only one that seems to have been completely, totally forgotten. It's like it's vanished from the face of the universe. Not coincidentally, this is the only phase one movie to have gone with a typical action film director, instead of a weird, risky unusual choice.



Childrens Hospital - Season 3

All the things that made this show work came into some kind of mystical, sacred balance in Season 3. Even the worst episodes are brutally, unforgivingly funny.



Live And Let Die (1973)


This has my vote for worst James Bond movie. Even a campy movie like Moonraker has its charms and some good action sequences.


James Bond is completely out-of-place in a blaxploitation film. Roger Moore is bland and obnoxious; he was never the best Bond, but he's a lot more watchable in any other Bond film. Every scene is flat and tiresome and misses the mark. In the dramatic climax, the main villain gets blown up like a balloon (pictured).


In the very last scene, we find out that the moral of the story is that Voodoo is real, even though Voodoo was pretty tangential to the plot. It's like if Godfather ended with Michael turning to the camera and saying, "I guess what we've all learned in these last few months is that oranges are delicious".



Swan's Way - Marcel Proust

I must be some kind of idiot, because when I read about bored rich people being bored of boring situations, I don't quiver with excitement.



Decline and Fall - Evelyn Waugh

I got to the racist chapter, and that was a it for me.


Why bother trying to decode the author's intentions? Maybe he didn't mean it and was trying to say something about his characters? I tried to convince myself of that for the first few pages, but by the end of the chapter telling myself that would be nothing but wilful blindness. Maybe it was more acceptable back then - I almost always get a 'standards of the day' lecture when I write something like this - but does that mean we should shrug it off? Five years later Hitler was a quite popular writer and normal by the standards of the day.


Trash is trash, no matter how much you analyse it or pretend that seeing it through ten layers of witty detachment makes it any better.



John Wick: Chapter 2 (2017)

I thought there wasn't much reason to have a John Wick sequel, but this turned out to be an Empire Strikes Back-level followup. The plot is excellent and the performances are outstanding. It's more stylized than the first, sometimes to the point of being extremely beautiful. Both of these movies have been extraordinary, and this is shaping up to be the trilogy of the decade.



Jen Kirkman - I'm Gonna Die Alone (And I Feel Fine)

I'd never really heard of Jen Kirkman until I started listening to Pod F. Tomkast, where the funniest part of the show was when the host would call her up and she would tell a ten minute story that had me in tears every time. That lead me to watching this, which turned her into one of my all-time favourite comedians.



Fallout 2 (1998)
Roughly the point where I lost interest in the game.

When I was about 15, a friend of mine strongly encouraged me to play this. It's too bad, because I probably would have liked it if I'd played it back then. Now a complicated RPG feels like doing chores, and what teenage me would have thought was dark and edgy seems bland and drab.



Filth (2013)

A boring checklist of edgy things you've seen a million times.