Media Diary (September 2020)

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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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Media Diary (August 2020)

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

Bill & Ted Face the Music (Movie): You’ve been missed, Wyld Stallyns 🎸

The Vow (TV): I have an unquenchable appetite for NXIVM material

Kottke Ride Home (Podcast): A fantastic new show in partnership with an Internet legend

Mapleworth Murders (Quibi): So weird, so charming

Yes, God, Yes (Movie): An entertaining and cringeworthy look at evangelical purity culture

First Person (TV): Speaking of Kottke (his recommendation), this was riveting

Nice White Parents (Podcast): A fascinating (and depressing) look at the role of white parents in NYC schools

Don’t Look Deeper (Quibi): This was one of the better Quibi shows

Howard (Movie): A sad story, but those songs

High Score (TV): I mean, obviously 🎮

Strong Songs (Podcast): This guy really knows his stuff

Sex Next Door (Quibi): A peek into the lives of Seattle sex workers

The Seventh Seal (Movie): Had never seen (no Death playing Twister though, so obvious weak point)

Ted Lasso (TV): Kinda old-school, but enjoyable

Nice One! (Quibi): Fast and funny

Money Plane (Movie): See tweet, it was everything I needed it to be 💰✈️

Lovecraft Country (TV): Really interested to see where this goes

#FreeRayshawn (Quibi): Just started, but pretty solid

American Dharma (Movie): Just in time for his arrest!

(Un)Well (TV): I can’t turn away from this type of content

The Fugitive (Quibi): Fairly average, with some good Kiefer sassiness

The Swamp (Movie): Always interesting to see how the other half lives

Bad Ideas With Adam Devine (Quibi): Had its moments

Joker: Put on a Happy Face (Movie): A fun look through the characters’s history that reminded me just how dark The Killing Joke really is 😬



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Media Diary (July 2020)

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

Fear City: New York vs. The Mafia (TV): Man this was good

Los Espookys (TV): An absolute delight, can’t wait for more

Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created the World’s Most Dangerous Man (Book): Bleak, bleak, bleak

Hamilton (Movie): Was generally familiar with the soundtrack but had never seen the play (wow!)

Love on The Spectrum (TV): Found this fascinating, funny and moving

Catch and Kill: Lies, Spies, and a Conspiracy to Protect Predators (Book): Have just started, on my wife’s enthusiastic recommendation

Mucho Mucho Amor: The Legend of Walter Mercado (Movie): Man, what a life!

Die Hart (Quibi): To be clear, this isn’t great, but it does have Travolta raging around in a warehouse, so 🤷‍♂️

I’ll Be Gone in The Dark (TV): Chilling

Welcome To Chechnya (Movie): Absolutely sickening what these poor people have to endure

Unsolved Mysteries (TV): Back in action!

Greyhound (Movie): I respect Hanks’ powerful “old man trying to keep it together” energy in this

Brave New World (TV): Just starting this, but like the vibe

Hello America (Quibi): Has the occasional decent bit, but definitely still finding its sea legs

Terminator: Dark Fate (Movie): I enjoyed this more than I expected (big, dumb, goofy and fun)

Corporate (TV): This show is so hilariously grim, glad it’s back

Mr. Jones (Movie): This hit a little too close to home in 2020 America

Tickled (Movie): So amazingly weird (The Tickle King followup is also good)

Home Movie: The Princess Bride (Quibi): Had its moments

The Two Popes (Movie): 2 Furious

We Are Freestyle Love Supreme (Movie): I have a low “hanging out with theater people” threshold, but was cool to see longtime friends reuniting

Life Size Toys (Quibi): Eh

The Resurrection of Jake The Snake (Movie): I went on a little bit of a wrestling documentary binge this month, including this…

Nature Boy (Movie): This…

Macho Man: The Randy Savage Story (Movie): This…

Warrior: The Ultimate Legend (Movie): This…

Born to Controversy: The Roddy Piper Story (Movie): This…

The Life and Times of Mr. Perfect (Movie): Aaaand this 🤼



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Media Diary (June 2020)

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

Da 5 Bloods (Movie): Really enjoyed

I May Destroy You (TV): Fearless

Slow Burn: David Duke (Podcast): Still need to catch up on Season 3, but this look into Duke’s rise is gripping/horrifying

Original Cast Album: Company (Movie): Love this entire vibe

Undertaker: The Last Ride (TV): I’m a sucker for stories about old wrestlers

Blow-Up (Movie): Fascinating, still thinking about the creepiness of the park scene at night

Swallow (Movie): Was obviously gonna watch this, and my wife was obviously gonna tap out

Perry Mason (TV): So far, so good (especially the vintage LA setting)

Burn Motherfucker, Burn! (Movie): Speaking of LA, this was a compelling look at Watts and Rodney King

Shirley (Movie): I’ll watch Elisabeth Moss in pretty much anything

Quiz (TV): An interesting story, and weird to see Tom from Succession with a British accent

Lost Soul: The Doomed Journey of Richard Stanley’s Island of Dr. Moreau (Movie): Sneaking back onto your own set as a masked extra (after being fired) earns absolute baller status

60 in 6 (Quibi): Great use of the short format (by an obviously top-notch existing brand)

Bully. Coward. Victim. The Story of Roy Cohn (Movie): This guy was something else

Space Force (TV): It got pretty mediocre reviews, but I found it to be generally fine

Harold and Maude (Movie): Loved it, and went on a bit of a Hal Ashby bender as a result…

Being There (Movie): Loved this even more…

Hal (Movie): Learned more about Ashby’s story (and sad later years)

Royalties (Quibi): Just alright, but has its moments, and the accompanying music videos are pretty solid

Andre The Giant (Movie): What a legend

On The Record (Movie): Sad stories of music industry abuse

13th (Movie): Should be required viewing, especially given the events of the past month or two

AKA Jane Roe (Movie): The interesting journey of the woman at the center of Roe v. Wade

Kirby Jenner (Quibi): Also just alright, but part of my ongoing attempt to be at least peripherally aware of the various Kardashians

Spaceship Earth (Movie): A story that I’d followed a little as a kid, but never knew the extensive history behind the founding group

Wisconsin Death Trip (Movie): My kind of strange, and I think Sarah should be the compulsive window smasher woman for Halloween



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Media Diary (May 2020)

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

The Great (TV): An absolute delight

The Invisible Man (Movie): Way better than I expected

Dithering (Podcast): Love the content, the business model, the fixed (short!) length and the included periodic Stratechery episodes in the feed

Blackballed (Quibi): I was vaguely aware of the story when it unfolded, but this mini-documentary is fascinating

Homecoming (TV): Tore through this second season

Jojo Rabbit (Movie): Great tone, really enjoyed

Wind of Change (Podcast): Have just started this, but what an insane hook

Reno 911! (Quibi): Glad to have the gang back

I Know This Much Is True (TV): Mesmerizing and depressing

Scandalous: The True Story of the National Enquirer (Movie): The seeds of how our current reality started to crystallize

Jeffrey Epstein: Filthy Rich (TV): Bleak, but riveting

What We Do In The Shadows (Movie): Fantastic!

What We Do In The Shadows (TV): Also fantastic!

Snowpiercer (Movie): Tremendous

Snowpiercer (TV): Nowhere near as tremendous, but sticking with it to see how things shake out

TFW NO GF (Movie): Should be required viewing if you’re raising children in 2020

Upload (TV): Really enjoyed this

The Maltese Falcon (Movie): Peter Lorre’s character is definitely a highlight

Love Life (TV): Off to a good start

Capone (Movie): Balls-out insane (and worth a watch, despite the reviews)

History 101 (TV): An extremely entertaining and varied set of topics

High Noon (Movie): Didn’t change my life

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: Kimmy vs. The Reverend (TV? Movie? Game?): I’d missed them!

Rainman Twins (TV): An interesting look at two identical savants

Disney Gallery: The Mandalorian (TV): Sure it’s a giant ad for various Disney properties, but man if it isn’t entertaining

Useless Celebrity History (Quibi): Not amazing, but a quick way to learn about various celebs I’d probably have otherwise ignored