Media Diary (December 2020)

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

Mank (Movie): Enjoyed this, which of course led me back to…

Citizen Kane (Movie): It had been a while, and it still (of course) rules

The Sopranos (TV): Slowly but surely correcting the embarrassing fact that I never watched this

Zappa (Movie): What a wild journey

Wonder Woman 1984 (Movie): Eh, it was fine

Soul (Movie): Enjoyed it, but this tweet about sums up my take

Heaven’s Gate: The Cult of Cults (TV): I feel like the castration proposal should’ve set off a few more flags

F For Fake (Movie): Orson in a sweet cloak is my spirit animal

An American in Paris (Movie): That guy can dance

The Bee Gees: How Can You Mend a Broken Heart (Movie): Raised my respect level

The Stand (TV): Started a little slow, but I’m on board

The Last Blockbuster (Movie): Really want to make a pilgrimage

The Road To Wellville (Movie): Hadn’t seen this in years, and it’s still incredibly weird…

Nothing But Trouble (Movie): Not as weird as this absolute legend though

Alabama Snake (Movie): Fascinating and creepy

Gaslight (Movie): Young. Angela. Lansbury.

Happy Happy Joy Joy: The Ren & Stimpy Story (Movie): Interesting story, wouldn’t want to have worked there

My Octopus Teacher (Movie): Can’t believe he took that night dive (shudder)

Belushi (Movie): Tragic

My Psychedelic Love Story (Movie): I’d be annoyed by these people in seconds

Run (Movie): Pretty solid, can never go wrong with Sarah P.

Baby God (Movie): Liberties were taken

Media Diary (November 2020)

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

The Good Lord Bird (TV): Loved the style, loved the subject matter

The Last Picture Show (Movie): Young Randy Quaid blew both of our minds

The Comedy Store (TV): The origin story for so many comics

The Trial of the Chicago 7 (Movie): History rhymes

A Teacher (TV): Uncomfortable but compelling

White Noise (Movie): Such dangerous fools 😠

The Mandalorian (TV): This season is unbelievably good

537 Votes (Movie): At the time I was young and clued out about the wild Miami backstory

The Reagans (TV): A really interesting look at their rise to power

Totally Under Control (Movie): Absolutely maddening 🦠

Moonbase 8 (TV): Pretty funny, can’t go wrong with this cast

Dick Johnson is Dead (Movie): What a great guy for going along with this

His Dark Materials (TV): I never know how to feel about this show, I think this season is a little better? 🤷‍♂️

Hidden Figures (Movie): Finally saw this, math baller alert!

My Next Guest Needs No Introduction With David Letterman (TV): Great as always

The Right Stuff (Movie): Had shockingly never seen the original, but now I can’t remember which events were in this version vs. the miniseries

The Real Right Stuff (Movie): As if it wasn’t already clear to me, these guys were unbelievably brave/nuts

Inside Pixar (TV): Really cool to get a look at their process

Tesla (Movie): Not great

Hillbilly Elegy (Movie): Really not great

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