Media Diary (October 2020)

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

David Byrne’s American Utopia (Movie): Wildly brilliant 🤩

A Wilderness of Error (TV): Fascinating, and great to see Errol Morris in front of the camera!

Big Rad Wolf (Quibi): Good night “sweet” prince, this was one of your best

Last Looks (Quibi): Great format and interesting stories

Borat Subsequent Moviefilm (Movie): I mean the father/daughter dance scene alone 😮

Fargo (TV): No idea where the crazy nurse storyline is going, but I’m on board

50 States of Fright (Quibi): These generally goofy stories were enjoyable across both “seasons”

Murder Unboxed (Quibi): Also an interesting short-form concept

American Murder: The Family Next Door (Movie): Totally gripping (and horrifying)

Seduced: Inside the NXIVM Cult (TV): Just when I mourned the end of one NXIVM doc, another presents itself 🎁

The Expecting (Quibi): Generally not bad, but the ending felt weak

Console Wars (Movie): Obviously

The Right Stuff (TV): I’m enjoying this, and fully owning the fact that it’s 100% a “dad show” 🚀

Wireless (Quibi): An interesting concept with so-so execution

The Assistant (Movie): They nailed the atmosphere, but it left me wanting a little more on the storytelling side

Song Exploder (TV): As a fan of the podcast, I loved how it was adapted for the screen

Kingdom of Silence (Movie): What a sad story, and I had no idea about his past embedded Bin Laden work 🤯

How To With John Wilson (TV): Just started this, but I’m super into his vibe

Rebecca (Movie): I’ve actually never seen the Hitchcock original (😱), but generally enjoyed watching this with my wife and (over Zoom) sister-in-law

The Comey Rule (TV): Basically what I expected (and tbh kinda wanted) it to be

Archive (Movie): Decent, not life-changing

Let’s Get Freaky

As if the upcoming election (and its inevitable aftermath) isn’t terrifying enough, we’re also approaching Halloween! 🎃👻🕷️

In the event that you’re looking for yet another excuse to hide under the covers, I present this list of fifteen terrifying and/or disturbing movies for your “second half of October” viewing pleasure:

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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