Mission Impossible: Fallout (2019)

Super-fun, super-dramatic spy movie. Even Henry Cavill somehow doesn't seem to suck, although that might just be good editing. Pretty impressive that the sixth movie in an extremely irregular franchise would be the best one.



The Dark Knight Rises (2012)




The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966)

Fun.



Bob Hope Christmas Special (1964)

Bob Hope spends December touring East Asia, finishing with a Christmas in Vietnam, where things were already pretty grim. This is pretty solid early-middle Bob Hope. He wasn't young and hungry, but he still hadn't given up on being funny like in the 70s, and he was decades away from this trainwreck. Great music, great as a piece of history, the jokes are not bad.



Event Horizon (1997)

I watched this dozens of times as a kid. Watching it again, it's not perfect: it has too many cheap scares, it's a bit of an Alien rip-off (in spite of having no aliens), and it looks like a cutscene from an old point-and-click game (which is a good thing and a bad thing). But, man, there's still a unique charm and sense of place that's uncomparable. Especially impressive considering it had production difficulties and was rushed to the screen. Give it a watch but be forgiving.



Fight Club (1999)

I like this movie, but I wish I didn't. You don't want to be the guy who really likes Fight Club.



Lucy (2014)

This is a big, professionally-made movie that's based around the idea that humans only use 10% of their brains. Except that's a dumb myth from the 1800s and makes the movie impossible to enjoy.

What's even more frustrating is that there's a lot of craftmanship and talent here and, with a bit of a rewrite, it probably could have been one of the great science fiction films of all time, instead of a cringefest. If only one of the hundreds of people who worked on this had pointed out the error, at any point during the film's making...

This is also at least the third movie where Scarlett Johansson has ascended to a higher plane of reality, and I'd be curious to know why producers and Johansson herself think of her that way.



The Godfather: Part II (1974)

Yowza, this is good! This used to be considered a rare example of a good sequel, now Google 'good prequel' or 'best prequel' and this is all people can seem to think of.



Modern Art In The Common Culture

The author dances on a fine line between insightful and cartoonish. His writing style is so awful that every time he quoted someone else, I felt a sensation of relief, as if I were going on a pleasant little vacation.