Go Joe

In the event that you haven’t already voted early, or (while unlikely) are somehow still undecided, I implore you to vote for Joe Biden on Tuesday.

He certainly wasn’t my first choice (I was a Warren guy), nor is he perfect by any stretch, but this is arguably the most important election in our country’s history, and he’s the clear choice to keep us from a fascist future that’s honestly too bleak to truly process.

Setting aside Donald Trump’s staggering list of cruelties, collusions, corruptions and crimes, here are five clear-cut reasons to check the Biden/Harris box…

1. COVID-19: Unlike his opponent, Biden takes the threat seriously, and is willing to make the tough decisions to get us through this fiasco.

2. Climate Change: Biden understands the staggering gravity of what we face, and the important of taking decisive action.

3. Civil Rights: Whether it’s the birtherism that spawned his campaign, the eroding of LGBTQ rights or dangerous “stand back and stand by”-style comments to white supremacists, Trump has made the country a far more hostile place for far too many Americans.

4. Misinformation: As Nicholas Kristof puts so well: “He replaces accepted facts with lies, baseless accusations, support for QAnon and even a conspiracy theory that President Barack Obama had SEAL Team 6 killed instead of Osama bin Laden. In both supporters and opponents, Trump nurtures hate. He is what Proverbs 6:19 calls ‘a person who stirs up conflict in the community.'”

5. Immigration and Asylum: Trump’s ghastly track record speaks for itself, and is an absolute slap in the face to America’s noble reputation as a beacon of hope around the world.

I wish everyone well over the next few guaranteed-to-be-insane days (and don’t forget to take care of yourself). Let’s do this. Let’s save our country.

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: