Scene from "Poker Face"

Media Diary (January 2023)

Hereโ€™s some stuff Iโ€™ve experienced lately (and not necessarily only new releases):

Poker Face (TV): Love her, love the style, love the format

The Whale (Movie): I thought it was fantastic, and his performance was truly remarkable

Feral Ministries (Podcast): Love her TikToks, love this podcast even more

The Last of Us (TV): Super gripping right out of the gate

Armageddon Time (Movie): A powerful and truly heartbreaking look at (in)justice in America

Slate Academy: Fascism (Podcast): Loved learning (and shuddering) about fascism’s roots and modern parallels

Tรกr (Movie): Loved being dropped into this world, and thought the ending was painfully real

Anne Rice’s Mayfair Witches (TV): We’ll see where it heads, but as an Anne Rice fanboy in my youth, I’m in

The Fabelmans (Movie): The cameo at the end is worth the entire price of admission

Paul T. Goldman (TV): Truly a journey

The Menu (Movie): A delight, and I’d honestly join a Hong Chau fan club

Madoff: The Monster of Wall Street (TV): Fascinating to hear all the crazy details

White Noise (Movie): Still not sure what I thought about it, but I’ll watch anything Noah Baumbach makes

Secrets of the Chippendales Murders (TV): Great companion to the recent series

Fire of Love (Movie): If you’re gonna go out together, I guess go hard

Don’t Pick Up The Phone (TV): I’d heard about one of these cases before, but didn’t know how widespread it was

Roald Dahl’s Matilda The Musical (Movie): Super fun, and Emma Thompson absolutely crushed it as Trunchbull

The Pale Blue Eye (Movie): Not life-changing, but was into the vibe and performances

Pumping Iron (Movie): Hadn’t seen this in forever, and had to tap back in now that I’m a total jock that’s been going to the gym for three weeks

Call Me Miss Cleo (Movie): OK, now I’m up to speed on all things Cleo

Perhaps most importantly, my wife, her cousins and I continued our momentum from last month and spent some serious time in the DJP extended universe (there may or may not also be a secret DJP review podcast now in existence, let me know if you want access).

These movies are all of course terrible and highly-problematic in their own special ways, but I’ll add my thoughts on each in emoji form:

Best Friends Genetically Modified (Movie): ๐Ÿฉบ๐Ÿ™ƒ

Love Waits (Movie): ๐Ÿ™…โ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿ†

Mission Improbable (Movie): ๐Ÿ˜ด๐Ÿ”ซ

The Unexpected Bar Mitzvah (Movie): ๐Ÿ•Ž๐Ÿ˜ฌ

Old Rugged Cross (Movie): ๐Ÿ˜ด๐Ÿ”ซ

Right To Believe (Movie): ๐Ÿณ๏ธโ€๐ŸŒˆ๐Ÿ˜ฌ

Gramps Goes To College (Movie): ๐Ÿ‘ด๐Ÿคฆโ€โ™‚๏ธ

In Gramps’ Shoes (Movie): ๐Ÿ‘ด๐Ÿ‘Ÿ๐Ÿ”ซ

Hearts Are Trump (Movie): ๐Ÿคฎ

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Kyle Ford

Husband. Father of several clowns. Product guy.