BTW, the original first edition book cover of Nightmare Alley is really cool IMO. Do you like it?
But anyway, the whole thing collapses because his girlfriend is a retarded ditz who breaks character in the middle of an act? I look forward to the 1947 movie, then!! (Paul C said the new movie was "characteristically underwhelming")
The most celebrated thing in the new Joel Coen Macbeth is the opening scene with Kathryn Hunter playing the three witches as one crow/Gollum-like person. It's a pretty cool scene. The 1971 and 2015 versions both trim the stuff prior to "Speak if you can!"
La Dolce Vita is the kind of historically super-important film that I sort of hate watching, a bit for the reasons I never liked The Last Picture Show. I watched it twice, but I watch everything twice.
Zelda II: Hoo boy. I played it a couple times in my NESticle days--probably 1998 or so--and it was of course with guides and emulator savestates. I'm guessing I wouldn't have lasted too long without those things--I'd probably still be playing the damn thing 25 years later without having completed it. The idea of combing every square of the map is the kind of OCD thing even *I* can't stomach. Come to think of it, the constant overworld battles randomly popping up are probably meant to make you not do that.
The big fighting advice for the vast majority of enemies in the game is "Treat It Like An Iron Knuckle," trying to jump towards the enemy, stab right before you land in front of its head, then jump away, repeat, repeat.
The main thing I remember about the final dungeon is that every strategy guide points out you don't have to explore like half of it.
Suffice to say that the Thunderbird and Link's Shadow are harder bosses than Ganon was!!!
The "GAME OVER--RETURN OF GANON" screen was always a laugh.
Rygar: Heard of it, but I don't know much about it.
When I stop and think about it, I don't think any NES "deep cuts" are favorites of mine. (Arkanoid doesn't count, since it's just Break Out.)
I almost wanted to jokingly name Kid Icarus, which I really love, but which apparently didn't sell worth a crap in 1986 compared to Metroid and which has survived on critical reputation, unless KI being a character in Captain N helped out. It too is a reasonably challenging game with dungeons full of rooms you don't actually need to explore!!