Original air date: March 11, 2019
Directors: Neil Gibbons and Rob Gibbons
Writers: Steve Coogan, Neil Gibbons, and Rob Gibbons

Rating: 9/10

This is a fantastic episode that has some wonderful slips of the tongue with Alan accidentally saying something quite sexual, which is one of the highlights of this season. Though nothing compares with him saying that someone used to bring homeless men off in the street, from the previous episode.

Alan does a deep dive on corporal punishment in schools, going back to his youth school.

With an all-star cast and rather unflattering hairstyles on the women, The Maltese Falcon is a seminal film noir. Bogart gives basically a career-defining performance as the smooth private detective Sam Spade.

The Terminal is a hard movie not to enjoy. It’s also probably a hard movie to love. It’s Steven Spielberg’s least ambitious film in at least a few decades, and it’s got way too much of his signature schmaltz.

But it gets the casting right with Tom Hanks.

Original air date: April 25, 2004
Director: John Patterson
Writer: Michael Imperioli

Rating: 8/10

Tony and Carmela seem like they’re just about ready to get back together here, when Tony shows up to Carmela’s father’s 75th birthday party.

Technically they do get together, I guess, physically, anyway.

Original air date: May 8, 1989
Director: Rob Bowman
Writer: Maurice Hurley

Rating: 9/10

The return of Q is also the introduction to the Borg, so it’s pretty easy to see why this is a great and also important episode for the series.

Original air date: March 4, 2019
Directors: Neil Gibbons and Rob Gibbons
Writers: Steve Coogan, Neil Gibbons, and Rob Gibbons

Rating: 10/10

What an episode. Just magical. This one is so great, so funny, and for so many reasons.

Permanent host, John Baskell, has died, leaving Alan giving an “off the cuff” speech in his memory that he’s been rehearsing all day, and even Simon refers to it on television that he was practicing it in the car.

Yes, I am a hater. While I grew up loving Michael Jordan in the ’90s, with family from Chicago, I’ve grown to really hate the guy over the years. I just think he’s an asshole for a lot of reasons, and his shoe line has done more to exploit the African American community than nearly any government policy.

Because of this, I’m going to have a pretty different opinion on this documentary than most. I can definitely understand why people like this. Is it well made? Yes. Is it amazing to see what Jordan did throughout his brilliant career? Yes…

Nigel Bach’s Bad Ben series has been a mostly pretty fun roller coaster of good and bad. I guess none of the movies are technically all that good, but a good half of them have been pretty fun.

Even some of the lesser movies (and I do consider this a lesser movie in the series) have offered us some good Nigel moments. Again, there is just something naturally very funny about his particular brand of casual bad acting.

Original air date: May 17, 1989
Director: Aaron Lipstadt
Writers: Donald P. Bellisario and Scott Shepard (story by Donald P. Bellisario, Scott Shepard, and Tom Blomquist)

Rating: 6/10

Sam is a private detective this time around. And one that allegedly looks like Humphrey Bogart (really, he doesn’t, but whatever), they’re having fun with some old gangster movies and film noirs.

Patrick J Mullen

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