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

Media Diary (April 2020)

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

Ozark (TV): Staggeringly good, and that last scene in the season 3 finale was 😬

Bad Education (Movie): Totally enjoyable

Unorthodox (TV): A fantastic show, couldn’t stop watching

Beastie Boys Story (Movie): I wasn’t super familiar with their history, and it’s amazing

Mrs. America (TV): Depressing subject matter done extremely well

Rams (Movie): What a career

The Last Dance (TV): While I’m about as far from a sports fan as you can get, I did grow up in Chicago in the ’90s, so this is catnip (and is also really good)

More Quibi Shows (Uh, Quibi): I wrote about a bunch of shows at their launch, but also into Agua Donkeys, Run This City, Dummy, The Stranger, Survive and Nikki Fre$h

Slow Burn (TV): I enjoyed the podcast, and am enjoying the show

Tales From The Loop (TV): Still early with this, but pretty interesting

Atlanta’s Missing and Murdered: The Lost Children (TV): Such a crazy story (and still compelling, even after the podcast and second season of Mindhunter)

California King (Podcast): All hail the kings

Gaming Historian (YouTube): Really impressed by these segments (and I’ll never tire of the subject matter)

Happy People: A Year in the Taiga (Movie): I’d last like 20 minutes in this environment

Rabbit Hole (Podcast): A chilling journey into YouTube radicalization

The Searchers (Movie): Despite the critical acclaim, I’d probably rank Unforgiven higher 🤷‍♂️

Run (TV): Pretty entertaining (and with short episodes! 🙌)

Shtisel (TV): Just started this (a recommendation from a friend after I tweeted about Unorthodox), but I’m already on board

‘Rona Recs

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During happier times, I did a few “what’s in my bag?”-style product recommendation posts, so I figured I’d continue the tradition, this time with an “items or services that I’ve found helpful during the age of Corona” focus:

Anker Soundcore Life Q20 Headphones: Got these based on a good Wirecutter review, and they’ve been a) great and b) essential in a house with five people and like 600 animals

Tushy Classic: Your butthole will be delighted

eero WiFi System: I’ve had this in place for a while, but it’s been extremely solid under heavy use across countless household devices

HelloFresh: We’ve used Blue Apron in the past as well (also good), but these kits have been invaluable during quarantine, and I’ve actually found myself semi-enjoying the act of cooking from time to time

PillPack: A huge help if you have recurring medication needs and want to avoid unnecessary pharmacy trips

Quibi: I posted some initial show picks a bit ago (with more to come in my upcoming April media diary), but I’ve definitely found these quick story bites worming their way into my daily routine

TikTok: I continue to be delighted by this whole scene, especially on the Corona meme front (shameless plug: sign up for my free newsletter to get my weekly TikTok favorites)

Quick Bites

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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)