The Godfather (1972)

I wish I didn't like this movie because "The Plodfather" would have been a pretty solid dis.



Meditations - Marcus Aurelius
Every moment... do what thou hast in hand with perfect and simple dignity, and feeling of affection, and freedom, and justice; and to give thyself relief from all other thoughts.

Marcus Aurelius, before and after being made Roman emperor, made notes to himself on how to treat people, how to deal with stress, why to stay honest. He was called the last good emperor by Gibbon, and he seemed to follow his own advice about avoiding luxury, as he spend most of his career camped near the border, supervising Rome's defences.


This was apparently never meant to be published, and it shows. It's pretty rough around the edges and occasionally repetitive, but I've also found it a constant source of motivation and stress-relief throughout my life. In a time where most people claiming to offer advice and motivation are blatant scam artists, this book is a treasure.


I would especially advise you to read the public domain George Long translation. Along with being free (public domain), it's very readable and pleasant.



The Founder (2016)

I like it because it's sneaky.



Brooklyn 99 - Season 5


Kim's Convenience - Season 1

The cast is perfect, the writers obviously take a great deal of care with the characters, and the jokes are really funny. My first fit of uncontrollable laughter was at the beginning of episode 2. It's pretty rare to see a great family sitcom - I can't think of any offhand - and it's especially rare to see a sitcom where all the parts fit together perfectly right from the beginning.



The Jerk (1979)


Arrested Development Season 5, Part One


Andrew Graham Renaissance

A six part series on the Renaissance, which apparently has never been rerun or released on DVD *cough*. All I could find on it was a review from the Telegraph which is ranty, dishonest, and poorly-argued even by "Hitler was left-wing" Telegraph standards. ("standards").


Pleasantly-written narration, good camera work, and tasteful pacing make this both extremely relaxing and extremely exciting. I couldn't recommend it more strongly.



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.



Clone High

Fifteen years later this still holds up really well, in spite of the odd dated pop culture reference and the Jack Black episode you can comfortably skip. Maybe the sharpest parody ever made.



Prometheus Bound - Aeschylus

POMETHEUS BOUND, AN ANCIENT PLAY ONE OF THE OLDEST WE HAVE, ABOUT A SIMPLE MAN WHO WAS HORRIFICALLY PUNISHED BY THE POWERS THAT BE FOR THE TERRIBLE CRIME OF TRYING TO BRING LIGHT TO THE COMMON PEOPLE. IN THE WORDS OF AESCHYLUS "NO GOOD DEED GOES UNPUNNISHED" I CANNOT TELL YOU HOW MUCH CONSOLATION I FIND IN THESE SLIM PAGES.



The Dirty Dozen (1967)

During WWII, twelve soldiers are offered commuted sentences if they can survive a suicide mission behind enemy lines.


This is a genre that used to produce some of the best action movies of all time (this, The Wild Bunch, half the good Shaw Brothers films, Aliens), and which Hollywood has relentlessly been trying to revive, with the results ranging in quality from Suicide Squad to Rogue One. What that says about the modern world is beyond me.


Anyway, this is one of the top action films of all time, and the cast is unbelievable. Go watch this.



The Sarah Silverman Program - Season 1

It's hard to explain how good this is. Imagine a vulgar cartoon, like South Park or all the ones they've been putting on Netflix, but imagine it without the self-importance and/or lazy snarkiness. Imagine it with characters you like, instead of punchline delivery machines. And the head writer is Dan Harmon, of Ricky and Morty and Community. If that sounds appealing to you at all, then go out and watch this and you will not be disappointed.



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.



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.



Kim's Convenience - Season 2

Kim's Convenience is still going strong for season two. Along with great character arcs, some of the jokes make me cry with laughter. One gag in particular had me laughing uncontrollably for days afterward every time I thought about it.



A PreHistory Of The Far Side - Gary Larson

Phil Collins' favourite book, according to Desert Island Discs.