Weekend Watches

It’s been nearly a month since I expanded my Kyle’s Junk Drawer email newsletter to twice a week for paid subscribers, and I’m excited to keep the ball rolling with the addition of a new “Weekend Watches” issue every Friday.

These issues will be short and sweet, and designed to help provide some guidance as you stare slack-jawed into the “what should I watch tonight?” pandemic void.

The first one will come out later this week, and (along with Wednesday issues) will be available to all existing paid subscribers. If you’re not already signed up, I’m bringing back the special discount for new subscribers through 9/30:

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Since (with much fanfare) Quibi finally launched on Monday, I’ve spent some time exploring its catalog, and wrapping my head around the high-budget/short-form concept.

All in all I’m generally pretty into it, and I thought I’d share my top picks from the initial lineup, for those interesting in kicking the tires (note that I’m setting aside Murder House Flip and Dishmantled, which both have amazing concepts, but beyond the hilarious hooks aren’t generally show genres that do it for me):

7) Chrissy’s Court: Not sure I’ll watch every episode, but pretty entertaining

6) Memory Hole: Some solid gold from pop culture’s past

5) Flipped: Can’t beat the cast

4) Most Dangerous Game: It’s got Christoph Waltz, what else do you need to know?

3) You Ain’t Got These: A really interesting look at sneaker culture

2) 50 States of Fright: As a “Quibi Insider” for pre-ordering (no biggie, commoners), I got early access to this, and it’s legitimately creepy

1) When The Streetlights Go On: Pretty solid right out of the gate (and as someone at the youngest end of Gen X, I’m a complete sucker for the time period)

Seclusion Queue

Since (I hope!) everyone’s doing their best to stay home during this craziness, I thought I’d gather together some past entertainment recommendation posts, along with some recent monthly media diary entries. Happy watching/listening, and hang in there:

Drop Everything And Watch

Private Screening

Greatest of All TV

Best of The Worst

My God, It’s Full of Stars

My Epic James Bond Post

City of Angels

When You Wake, Ring For Drake

Media Diary (February 2020)

Media Diary (January 2020)

Best of 2019

As usual, I haven’t been able to see/listen to everything I’d like, but here are my top five picks this year across movies, TV and podcasts…

Movies:


TV:


Podcasts:

Do You Really Think It Matters, Eddie?

Should you be in the market for any viewing recommendations, here’s a ranked list of my ten favorite holiday movies/shows (and yes, while It’s a Wonderful Life is a classic, you won’t find it on here since it wasn’t a childhood staple of mine). Ditto for The Star Wars Holiday Special, which is lifechanging, but which I only got into fairly recently. Onward…

10) Home Alone 2: Lost in New York

9) The Nightmare Before Christmas

8) Edward Scissorhands

7) A Charlie Brown Christmas

6) How The Grinch Stole Christmas!

5) A Christmas Story

4) Die Hard

3) Gremlins

2) Home Alone

1) National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation