Media Diary (January 2022)

Some stuff I’ve experienced lately (and not necessarily only new releases):

Ozark (TV): Easily one of the best shows currently “airing”

The Last Duel (Movie): Really enjoyed this

Harsh Reality: The Story of Miriam Rivera (Podcast): I can’t believe this reality show ever aired (nah, of course I can)

The Righteous Gemstones (TV): This show has no right to be this great

The Tragedy of Macbeth (Movie): Beautiful and haunting

Public Speaking (Movie): Finally got around to seeing this, what a legend

The Gilded Age (TV): Definitely along for the ride

The Card Counter (Movie): Super compelling

King in The Wilderness (Movie): An unflinching look at a great man

Peacemaker (TV): Those opening credits!

Street Gang: How We Got To Sesame Street (Movie): I read the book years ago, and this was a great refresher

Somebody Somewhere (TV): I love its strange energy and on-target capturing of small Midwestern town vibes

The Super Bob Einstein Movie (Movie): This guy was the best

Snowpiercer (TV): TIME TO GET BACK ON THE TRAIN, FOLKS 🚆

Mr. Saturday Night (Movie): What a career

30 Years of Garbage: The Garbage Pail Kids Story (Movie): Was fascinating to see the motley crew involved in their creation

The Puppet Master: Hunting the Ultimate Conman (TV): I can’t believe how long this guy kept (and is still keeping!) people under his spell

Jagged (Movie): What an album

Pharma Bro (Movie): Man, this guy

Secrets of Playboy (TV): As you might have guessed, it wasn’t all sunshine and roses at the mansion

American Gadfly (Movie): Amazing how far these teens got!

The Murders at Starved Rock (TV): An interesting case that’s of special interest to those of us that grew up in Illinois

Auto Focus (Movie): Greg Kinnear was amazing

Punch-Drunk Love (Movie): I’d seen this before years ago, but enjoyed it a great deal this time around

Inherent Vice (Movie): This was fine (and had some light Lebowski vibes), but wasn’t mindblowing

Crime Scene: The Times Square Killer (TV): Gruesome, but offers a fascinating look at Times Square’s sordid past

Postcards from Babylon: Evangelicals in the Shadow of Christian Nationalism (Movie): Guys, I think Christian Nationalism might be bad

Doctor Who: Eve of The Daleks (TV): The holiday special was definitely an improvement from the horrible Flux series

Gentlemen Broncos (Movie): This got fairly terrible reviews at the time, but I found it to be pretty solid

The World According to Jeff Goldblum (TV): If Disney+ keeps putting ’em out, I’ll keep watching ’em

Children of Men (Movie): Thought this was fine, but didn’t get into it as much as I expected

Dead Asleep (Movie): What a wild case

JFK Revisited: Through The Looking Glass (Movie): I was obsessed with JFK when I was younger, so this was a welcome return

Media Diary (December 2021)

Some stuff I’ve experienced lately (and not necessarily only new releases):

Licorice Pizza (Movie): Really enjoyed this

Yellowjackets (TV): Unexpectedly gripping

Please Scream Inside Your Heart (Book): A year in review for what was quite a year

The Power of The Dog (Movie): Great sinister vibe

Landscapers (TV): Excellent lead performances from both

Spider-Man: No Way Home (Movie): Nailed it

The Line (TV): Compelling and disturbing

Don’t Look Up (Movie): Way too close to home, but definitely enjoyed it

Station Eleven (TV): Who doesn’t want to watch a show about a pandemic right now?

The United States of Insanity (Movie): Don’t mess with the Juggalos

Beanie Mania (Movie): These people weren’t messing around

The Book of Boba Fett (TV): Up in that Sarlacc!

It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia (TV): “Dee in a bog” alone justified the season

tick, tick…BOOM! (Movie): Andrew Garfield was fantastic in this

My Beautiful Broken Brain (Movie): David Lynch alert!

Tiger King: The Doc Antle Story (TV): I can’t believe they pumped out another series, but I was of course there for it

Listening To Kenny G (Movie): Watching the jazz critics try to be polite was solid gold

Voir (TV): Cool little visual essays

The Real Charlie Chaplin (Movie): A complicated guy, to say the least

Candyman (Movie): Enjoyed it, though now I need to re-watch the original

Power On: The Story of Xbox (TV): Had just enough corporate shenanigans to keep me interested

The Matrix Resurrections (Movie): Felt like a swing and a miss

Slugfest (TV): Love how weird they went with Dr. Strange in the ’70s

Being The Ricardos (Movie): Generally entertaining, though not mindblowing

Reno 911!: The Hunt For QAnon (Movie): Definitely had its moments

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Media Diary (November 2021)

Some stuff I’ve experienced lately (and not necessarily only new releases):

Midnight Mass (TV): Totally captivated by this

The Shrink Next Door (TV): Loved the podcast, loving the show

The French Dispatch (Movie): Fantastic, though I’d watch Wes Anderson shoot paint drying

Hooked (Podcast): A harrowing story of bank robberies and OxyContin

Joe Pera Talks With You (TV): Still one of my favorites

Last Night in Soho (Movie): Great vibes, cool story

Operator (Podcast): A fascinating look at the ’90s phone sex industry

How To With John Wilson (TV): Back, and still so, so good

The Great (TV): Huzzah!

Ghostbusters: Afterlife (Movie): Enjoyed this

One Year: 1995 (Podcast): Already off to a gripping start with a crazy Oklahoma City bombing story

The Beatles: Get Back (TV): Have only finished part one, but it’s fascinating to watch the tensions rise

The Wheel of Time (TV): Just started, but pretty solid so far, and didn’t expect there to be sweet beasts

Eternals (Movie): Was generally into it, but think I liked Shang-Chi a bit more

Dr. Brain (TV): Once he brain-synced with a dead cat, I was in

Slow Burn (Podcast): All about the L.A. riots this season, history sure does rhyme

Love Life (TV): A really great new season, better than the first one

The Curse of Von Dutch (TV): A wild ride

The Informant: Fear and Faith In The Heartland (Movie): This guy is insanely brave

This Is Critical (Podcast): Some fresh air after Trumpcast

Hawkeye (TV): Off to a great start!

Brian Wilson: Long Promised Road (Movie): Enjoyed the Comedians in Cars vibe

The World According To Jeff Goldblum (TV): Delightful as always

Doctor Who (TV): Not gonna lie, this new mini-season has been a bit rough

Tiger King (TV): More of a “check-in” than a new season, but I’ll take what I can get