Media Diary (July 2021)

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

Schmigadoon! (TV): Generally delightful

Black Widow (Movie): Overall pretty solid, and you can’t go wrong with Rachel Weisz

The Gates of Europe: A History of Ukraine (Book): A comprehensive examination of a complicated country

One Year (Podcast): Really interesting stories, all from 1977

Summer of Soul (Movie): What a show!

Winter on Fire: Ukraine’s Fight For Freedom (Movie): A fascinating look at a crazy time

Casablanca (Movie): I’d watched this years ago, but really enjoyed this viewing

Ted Lasso (TV): Glad to have him back

No Sudden Move (Movie): Suddenly Matt Damon appeared

The Music Man (Movie): It had been a while, and it’s still probably my favorite musical

Oklahoma! (Movie): It had been even longer since I’d last seen this, and Jud was sweatier than ever in HD

Behind The Attraction (TV): Put it in my veins

Media Diary (June 2021)

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

Mare of Easttown (TV): Loved this a great deal

The Sparks Brothers (Movie): What a delight, and what a career

F9: The Fast Saga (Movie): LUDACRIS. IN. SPACE.

Loki (TV): Some cool Doctor Who vibes

In The Heights (Movie): Fantastic, and the songs were killer

Dave (TV): This season’s already super weird, and I’m here for it

Bo Burnham: Inside (Movie): Really impressive

Lisey’s Story (TV): Enjoying the haunting atmosphere

Synecdoche, New York (Movie): Kinda blew my mind

Physical (TV): Something tells me this won’t end well for the husband

Joe Versus The Volcano (Movie): What a weird, lovely movie (I’d seen it as a kid, but remembered almost nothing)

1971: The Year That Music Changed Everything (TV): Heck of a year

Anomalisa (Movie): Crazily realistic (despite being animated), especially the sex scene

Mike Tyson: The Knockout (TV): No mention of Glass Joe

Rocketman (Movie): Thought this was done very well

The Underground Railroad (TV): Just started, but it’s (as expected) pretty powerful

The Witches (Movie): Fine, but not as good as the original

Salt Fat Acid Heat (TV): I found this super relaxing and compelling

Pamela’s Prayer (Movie): “Recommended” by my wife and her cousins, this was truly something to behold

Media Diary (May 2021)

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

Halston (TV): Fabulous

The Breathing Room (Podcast): A much-needed point of view

The Handmaid’s Tale (TV): In great form this season

Hacks (TV): Loving this so far

Slow Burn (Podcast): How we got Iraq so wrong

Mortal Kombat (Movie): I didn’t hate it

Pray, Obey, Kill (TV): A fascinating look at murder in a Swedish religious group

Shrill (TV): Looked forward to every episode

The Sons of Sam: A Descent Into Darkness (TV): Creepy stuff

The Crime of The Century (TV): Absolute madness

Special (TV): Love this show’s POV

Deadwood (TV): Years ago I watched only the first season, remedying that with a full binge

Mythic Quest (TV): Charming as ever

Sasquatch (TV): Bigfoot always gets the blame