Dec 182022

I wrote this in March 2021 and never published it. I have no idea why. It’s not just about COVID and now it’s sort of dated as I have watched a lot of other things since. Maybe this should be a recurring theme. And given the implosion of Twitter, we should all go back to blogging anyway. So, here’s the original post unchanged:

I’ve had some life changes that have meant that I have more time and control over evening television lately. It’s meant that I’ve had time to watch more of what I want instead of compromising with the other three members of the household.

Here’s what I can recall watching over the last month or so:

  • Fargo
    • I hadn’t finished the first season on FX but I thought it was great at the time and always wanted to go back to it.
    • The subsequent seasons (3) have been a mixed bag but it’s all generally pretty good. I think season 2 was my least favorite of the four so far.
  • Gonzo
    • Learned some things about early Hunter that I didn’t know, but he sure did become a victim of his own success. I didn’t know about his Jimmy Buffett connection
  • Speedwalking
    • Europeans generally do a much better job of coming of age movies than Americans. This is another example.
  • Haunting of Bly Manor
    • Henry Thomas does an interesting British accent
    • It’s appropriately creepy. Waiting to see if my daughter wants to join
  • Cobra Kai
    • First season was great. We’ve stalled on the second season. I don’t think it’s as good. In fact, now that I’ve watched the entire season, the finale was really just terrible. Even my 11 year old agreed. I don’t think we’ll watch the third season.
  • Ozark
    • First season was great. The exchange in the car between Bateman and Linney when he describes his take on her lover’s demise sold me on it or they might’ve lost me. It’s a mixed bag but still recommended. I’ll watch the fourth season when it arrives
  • El Camino – interesting add on to Breaking Bad. I shouldn’t have waited so long to watch this.
  • Gits – I ended up re-watching some of Hype because that’s where I remember seeing the most about Mia Zapata. I was not into them at the time. Super tragic about her and how that affected the band. At least they caught the dirtbag who killed her.
  • I’m Now – Mudhoney – confirmed my love for this band.
  • Mentors – legendary from t-shirts of people like Scott Ian and James Hetfield. Who knew El Duce could actually play.
  • Rambo – Last Blood – super violent and not all that great.
  • D.O.A. – covered most of the Sex Pistols US tour including the Dallas and San Antonio dates
  • Skinhead movie with Tim Roth
  • Game of Thrones
  • Squid and the Whale
    • I forgot that he also did Marriage Story which I watched in March as it became clear I was about to embark on my own divorce (the catalyst for all of this freedom to watch what I want for the first time in as long as I can remember)
    • The dad is insufferable but Jeff Daniels does a good job.
  • Various YouTube things. Mostly:
    • First We Feast (aka Hot Ones)
    • 3 Years Apart
    • Two Minutes to Late Night (with Gwarsenio Hall)
  • Ratched
    • Lily convinced me to watch this one. She’s an American Horror Story fan and it seems like stylistically, they’re related
    • It’s supposed to be a prequel to One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, but it’s very loose in my opinion. Very Kubrick influenced in the visuals
  • Great British Baking
    • This is the one that I and both younger kids can watch together. We just finished the most recent season where Peter won. We’ve watched a few other seasons in the past. I miss Sandy. I can’t imagine anyone other than Prue and Noel.
 Posted by on December 18, 2022 at 10:29 pm

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