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

Media Diary (October 2021)

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

Squid Game (TV): Believe the hype, this is crazily dark and entertaining

No Time To Die (Movie): Big thumbs up, a great way to end the Daniel Craig era (and really the Bond era to date)

Succession (TV): Still impossibly good

Dune (Movie): Really enjoyed the new version, and also went back to re-watch the David Lynch original (which has its moments!)

Dopesick (TV): A compelling look at a tragic topic (with Michael Keaton elevating everything as usual)

The Many Saints of Newark (Movie): It was great to be back in this world for a short time

Curb Your Enthusiasm (TV): All hail the king

Four Hours at The Capitol (Movie): Legitimately terrifying

The Way Down: God, Greed and the Cult of Gwen Shamblin (TV): I’m obviously an absolute sucker for this kind of stuff

Venom: Let There Be Carnage (Movie): Better than the first one (more over-the-top, plus you can’t go wrong with Woody)

Scenes From a Marriage (Movie): Loved the remake, and also enjoyed this gender-swapped original version

Love on The Spectrum (TV): I find this show incredibly charming

15 Minutes of Shame (Movie): A fascinating look at public shaming from someone who knows a bit about it

The Velvet Underground (Movie): Interesting, but didn’t blow my mind as some reviews had led me to expect

The Problem With Jon Stewart (TV): Still finding its legs, but covering important stuff

Dave Chappelle: The Closer (Movie): Obviously this is clouded in controversy, but you certainly can’t accuse him of shying away from public conversation

Monsters Inside: The 24 Faces of Billy Milligan (TV): What a ride

Introducing, Selma Blair (Movie): Deep respect to her for being this open about her condition