Media Diary (September 2020)

Some things I’ve experienced lately, in no particular order, and not necessarily only recent stuff:

Ratched (TV): I want another season immediately

I’m Thinking of Ending Things (Movie): This generally blew my face off

Rage (Book): Starting to think that this Trump guy may have made a few mistakes 🤷‍♂️

The Boys (TV): Diabolically great as always

Class Action Park (Movie): Mindblowing

Challenger: The Final Flight (TV): Heartbreaking and maddening

Cuties (Movie): An important, emotional story (subsequently ruined by online morons)

The Three-Body Problem (Book): Have just started this, but am already being pulled into its world

We Are Who We Are (TV): An interesting look at military base teen culture

Feels Good Man (Movie): That poor, poor artist 💀

Helter Skelter: An American Myth (TV): I’m perpetually fascinated by the Manson story

The New York Times Presents (TV): I liked this when it was The Weekly, and I feel like it’s been even better since the reboot

King of The Cruise (Movie): Powerful vibes from this guy

I Am A Killer: Released (TV): Quite a story

Coastal Elites (Movie): An interesting embrace of COVID constraints

Raised By Wolves (TV): Have just started this, but 👍 so far

The Social Dilemma (Movie): There’s certainly much more to clarify/investigate for those that were shocked by this (I’ve heard criticism of the Hong Kong stuff specifically), but it’s a decent jumping-off point

The Third Day (TV): Also early with this, but I’m intrigued

Pure (TV): As someone with severe OCD (including “Pure-O” episodes), it’s awesome to see a show diving into this subject matter



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Media Diary (August 2020)

Some things I’ve experienced lately, in no particular order, and not necessarily only recent stuff:

Bill & Ted Face the Music (Movie): You’ve been missed, Wyld Stallyns 🎸

The Vow (TV): I have an unquenchable appetite for NXIVM material

Kottke Ride Home (Podcast): A fantastic new show in partnership with an Internet legend

Mapleworth Murders (Quibi): So weird, so charming

Yes, God, Yes (Movie): An entertaining and cringeworthy look at evangelical purity culture

First Person (TV): Speaking of Kottke (his recommendation), this was riveting

Nice White Parents (Podcast): A fascinating (and depressing) look at the role of white parents in NYC schools

Don’t Look Deeper (Quibi): This was one of the better Quibi shows

Howard (Movie): A sad story, but those songs

High Score (TV): I mean, obviously 🎮

Strong Songs (Podcast): This guy really knows his stuff

Sex Next Door (Quibi): A peek into the lives of Seattle sex workers

The Seventh Seal (Movie): Had never seen (no Death playing Twister though, so obvious weak point)

Ted Lasso (TV): Kinda old-school, but enjoyable

Nice One! (Quibi): Fast and funny

Money Plane (Movie): See tweet, it was everything I needed it to be 💰✈️

Lovecraft Country (TV): Really interested to see where this goes

#FreeRayshawn (Quibi): Just started, but pretty solid

American Dharma (Movie): Just in time for his arrest!

(Un)Well (TV): I can’t turn away from this type of content

The Fugitive (Quibi): Fairly average, with some good Kiefer sassiness

The Swamp (Movie): Always interesting to see how the other half lives

Bad Ideas With Adam Devine (Quibi): Had its moments

Joker: Put on a Happy Face (Movie): A fun look through the characters’s history that reminded me just how dark The Killing Joke really is 😬



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Media Diary (July 2020)

Some things I’ve experienced lately, in no particular order, and not necessarily only recent stuff:

Fear City: New York vs. The Mafia (TV): Man this was good

Los Espookys (TV): An absolute delight, can’t wait for more

Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created the World’s Most Dangerous Man (Book): Bleak, bleak, bleak

Hamilton (Movie): Was generally familiar with the soundtrack but had never seen the play (wow!)

Love on The Spectrum (TV): Found this fascinating, funny and moving

Catch and Kill: Lies, Spies, and a Conspiracy to Protect Predators (Book): Have just started, on my wife’s enthusiastic recommendation

Mucho Mucho Amor: The Legend of Walter Mercado (Movie): Man, what a life!

Die Hart (Quibi): To be clear, this isn’t great, but it does have Travolta raging around in a warehouse, so 🤷‍♂️

I’ll Be Gone in The Dark (TV): Chilling

Welcome To Chechnya (Movie): Absolutely sickening what these poor people have to endure

Unsolved Mysteries (TV): Back in action!

Greyhound (Movie): I respect Hanks’ powerful “old man trying to keep it together” energy in this

Brave New World (TV): Just starting this, but like the vibe

Hello America (Quibi): Has the occasional decent bit, but definitely still finding its sea legs

Terminator: Dark Fate (Movie): I enjoyed this more than I expected (big, dumb, goofy and fun)

Corporate (TV): This show is so hilariously grim, glad it’s back

Mr. Jones (Movie): This hit a little too close to home in 2020 America

Tickled (Movie): So amazingly weird (The Tickle King followup is also good)

Home Movie: The Princess Bride (Quibi): Had its moments

The Two Popes (Movie): 2 Furious

We Are Freestyle Love Supreme (Movie): I have a low “hanging out with theater people” threshold, but was cool to see longtime friends reuniting

Life Size Toys (Quibi): Eh

The Resurrection of Jake The Snake (Movie): I went on a little bit of a wrestling documentary binge this month, including this…

Nature Boy (Movie): This…

Macho Man: The Randy Savage Story (Movie): This…

Warrior: The Ultimate Legend (Movie): This…

Born to Controversy: The Roddy Piper Story (Movie): This…

The Life and Times of Mr. Perfect (Movie): Aaaand this 🤼



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