1 year ago 🏆 for day 361, 2019 with 902 words.

My recent media diet (Dec 2019)

Previously: February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November

Time to catch up with things I've been watching/enjoying! I am shamelessly copying Kottke's format, with some minor changes.


6 Underground: Look, I'll watch anything with Ryan Reynolds in it, but even I have my limits. This is a bad movie; Kirstine wrote about it in this post. I turned it off after 10 minutes.

Ad Astra: I'm trying hard to feel anything about this movie and I mostly don't? It was... fine? Watchable? Nothing special? Meh. (B-)

Cats: Yes, it's bad. But I'm surprisingly uncynical about it. I wrote more about it in this Twitter thread. (D)

Friends with Benefits: I don't know, I loved this movie back when it came out, but this time I just wasn't in the mood for it I guess. Turned it off after 30 minutes.

Help for the Holidays: I got a tip from Rex about this Hallmark movie but no sorry I can't watch Hallmark movies, they drive me up the wall. Turned it off after 15 minutes.

Marriage Story: On one hand, I think this is a good movie. On the other hand, it gave me extreme "my parents are fighting" vibes that stressed me out so much I had to turn it off after an hour and read the rest of the story on Wikipedia.

The Fugitive: This was also... fine... ish. I just had enough interest to finish it, but it really only worked in the quieter moments; the action sequences sucked. (B-)

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker: Fuck you, J.J. Abrams (and Disney). I wrote about it more in this post with spoilers. (C)

TV shows

{For All Mankind (season 1, eps 8-10)](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/For_All_Mankind_(TV_series)): I continue to have very feelings about this show. It's uneven and is still trying to find its focus and has trouble balancing things. The final episode of the season was pretty good, though. Here's hoping for a better season 2; it has potential. (B)

His Dark Materials (Season 1, eps 5-8): The second half of the season was better than the first. Like a lot of shows these days, this first season feels very much like a prequel of bigger things to come, which irks me; nevertheless, I mostly enjoyed it. The characters are great, the story is, well, okay at best, the visuals are amazing (and I mean, they better be, the BBC said it's its most expensive show ever). (A-)

Hjem til Jul / Home for Christmas (Season 1/Miniseries?): This Norwegian Netflix Christmas special show raises the bar in the genre. Decent writing, great characters, relatable lead, beautiful setting. It's far better than any of the things Netflix produced for the holidays. It's a completeish story that leaves just enough open for another season next year; I really hope that happens. (A)

See (Season 1, ep 8): The season finale was bad, much like the previous seven episodes. So much wasted potential. The worst thing is, I'm invested enough emotionally that I'll at least check out next season's opener. (D)

Silicon Valley (Season 6, eps 6-7): Despite a very uneven, mostly disappointing season they managed to pull off a very satisfying ending to the show, and I applaud the creators for that. (A-)

Star Trek: Short Treks ("The Girl Who Made the Stars," "Ephraim and Dot"): They were good. That's all. Can't wait for Picard in less than a month. (A-)

The Morning Show (Season 1, eps 8-10): Episode 8 was very uncomfortable, just not quite the way the creators intended; it was way too heavy-handed. This show does not do nuance well. On the other hand, the season finale was mostly satisfying and entertaining; and again, I watch this show because most of the time it's entertaining as fuck. That's all I want from it. I can't wait for the next season. (A-)

The Expanse (Season 4): This was a frustrating watch. I love this show, but this season they spread themselves way too thin running four storylines at the same time, and all of them suffered because of that. Many of said storylines were frustrating as well, and one notable person was acting entirely out of character this season. Much of what happened felt like table setting for the next season — which is definitely happening — so I really hope all this pays off next year. (B-)

The Mandalorian (Season 1, eps 5-8): Baby Yoda continues to be very cute. Episode 6 was a gem. The final two-parter was a mixed bag; the second half considerably better than the first. This is, in so many ways, a very old-school show, but I feel like it finally founds its footing and now I'm genuinely excited for the next season. (A-)

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (Season 3): The other frustrating watch this month. It also spread itself too thin, very uneven, had storylines that led pretty much nowhere, and so on. There were plenty of good and funny moments for sure; Amy and Daniel Sherman-Palladino write better stand-up than most people. Ultimately, however, I was really pissed off by its ending, which I thought and still think is just bad writing and out of character for everyone involved. (B-)

Patriot Act wrapped up its fifth season and continues to be great; be sure to watch the Deep Cuts on youtube.


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