Interstellar (2014)

I always really enjoy this movie until the last ten minutes, which are remarkably bad. How can such a good movie turn around so fast? It's almost like some kind of a expensive and elaborate practical joke.



The New Cambridge Medieval History III - Ed. Timothy Reuter


Man Of Steel (2013)

On my world "Zack Snyder" means "It will be boring and stupid but I'll still watch it anyway for some reason".



Bojack Horseman - Season 4

Probably the absolute high-point of one of the best shows ever made. Can you believe that nobody won an award for this? Not even Wendie Malick?



Addams Family Values

From the days when sequels were almost always quickly-made, low-budget, and sloppy. The script feels like a first draft, the Addams Mansion lost most of its furniture, the Addams graveyard had all of its tombs replaced with generic tombstones, Raul Julia is pushed into the background in spite of the fact that he's Raul Julia. The Joan Cusack main story doesn't really come together, but the subplot involving the kids being sent to summer camp turns out so well that I'm going to (reluctantly) recommend it anyway.



Avengers: Endgame (2019)





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. Except that, 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.



MST3K: The Gauntlet (2018)

More consistent than The Return. More consistent than the original show. If they can make six good episodes every year or two, I'm a happy man.



Kingsman: The Golden Circle (2017)

Kingsmen could have been the next James Bond but what is this? It's like they had a brainstorming session, and decided to go with every single idea they'd jotted down, leading to about two dozen malformed, dangling subplots awkwardly mashed together into something horrible and nearly unwatchable. The sad part is, there's a 90-minute rough draft buried somewhere in there that could have been worked into something really good.