Brooklyn 99 - Season 5


A PreHistory Of The Far Side - Gary Larson

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



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.



Arrested Development Season 5, Part One


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.



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 the translation being free, Long is one of the most readable Ancient Greek-to-English translators there has ever been.



Shutter Island (2010)

Horror movies set the bar so low that the good ones get called thrillers. This one is extra scary if you've recently quit smoking, because not only is everyone smoking in nearly every scene, but they do tight close-ups of lit cigarettes, burning away their delicious, smoky goodness.



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 Godfather (1972)

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



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.



Monet - Mike Venezia

My ten-year-old is in love with this book. She found it randomly at the school library, and ended up doing a very enthusiastic book report on it, where she dressed as an elderly Monet. Getting a ten-year-old to love impressionism is pretty impressive.



The Jerk (1979)


Clone High

Fifteen years later, this 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.



Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017)

Do you remember Star Wars being fun, good-looking action-adventure movies with a lot of one-liners, and a main character who was kind of a whiner? Then you will like this movie. Maybe it was a little too busy compared with the originals, but after watching it a second time, maybe not.


Would you describe Star Wars as a "life-defining event" or in some way personally important to you? Have you watched the originals so many times that you've memorized all the dialogue, and don't experience any happiness watching them, besides the warm comfort of familiarity? Is Star Wars an unfeeling, unresponding, but safe and predictable surrogate mother to you? Then apparently you will hate this movie so much that you will burn your own possessions and join a social media white supremacist group.