I have been consuming A LOT of content over the past several months. I am going to try and break them down by category based on the platform I use to watch them (in alphabetical order). From there I am going to do my best to put them into sub categories, either the order in which I watched them or by genre or both.
Please note that this is not a ranking list but merely a recap because most of it is good. You should be able to tell by the length at which I’m able to talk about them and the enthusiasm I have for them. The ones with * are favorites.
The Grand Tour – Season three has allowed this series to really hit it’s stride. They’ve trimmed the fat of all the excess stuff we don’t need, mainly the Celebrity Brain Crash and now have a show that is even better than it already was.
Garage Rehab – I came into this reality/docu-series not realizing this was already season 2 or 3. However, despite the fact that basically every episode is the same, I love seeing the reveal of the new shops once Richard and his team are done with them.
Drunk History – Always good, always funny, keep it up.
Broad City – Though I was/am sad to see this series end, this final season was a very good one. I especially loved the first episode and hope to recreate their excursion when the weather gets nice.
The Other Two – This show is laugh-out-loud funny and the characters are really interesting and enjoyable. I hope it’s getting good viewership and ratings because it deserves to keep going. It’s rare to find a new show that’s actually good but this one delivers.
The Ride With Norman Reedus – I bescially love any travel show. Throw motorcycles in and I like it even more. Throw Norman Reedus in and I’m hooked. Thanks Kyra for telling me about it.
The Price of Everything* (documentary) – this was fantastic. I heard about it on one of the podcasts I listen to and I ended up really enjoying it.
Leaving Neverland (documentary) – this four hour saga really dragged the life out of me. As a, now former, Michael Jackson fan, I kept struggling with my feelings of the man and his personal life, and the man as a performer and an entertainer. It confirmed all of the fears I’d been putting aside and that I’d hoped weren’t true. This fucked with me for days.
Last Week Tonight (comedy/news)- it’s back, I’m watching week-by-week, it’s good as always.
Barry (comedy/drama) – it’s back, I’m watching week-by-week, it’s good as always.
Movies – In Theatres
Spider-Man: Into The Spiderverse* – This was one of the best movies, if not the best movie I saw last year. It really lived up to the hype and was visually unlike anything I’d seen before. I was to see it again and freeze every frame and screen shot it.
Glass – This was a fine ending to the Unbreakable trilogy
Captain Marvel – I went with a few of my friends. We universally agreed it was just fine.
Apollo 11* (documentary) – This was very good, emotional even. Right from the opening shot I was hooked. I had to keep reminding myself that this was not a Hollywood movie. The build up was perfectly paced and the imagery was beautiful. I wish I could have seen it in IMAX. The score was incredible and tense.
The Beach Bum – I was really hoping that despite it’s dumb movie exterior it would secretly be disguised as a deep well thought out comeback story. I was wrong.
Us* – despite the fact that the movie going experience was terrible, the movie itself was very good. I’d like to watch it again once it comes out on streaming services so I can take a deeper, non-distracted look, into this world.
Maniac* – I throughly enjoyed this series. I’m sad that this is the only season but at the same time, what more could they do? It was hard to tell at first, tonally, if it was meant to be taken seriously or as a joke. To be honest, I’m still not sure I know how to answer that. Regardless, it was the best series I watched in 2018.
Black Mirror: Bandersnatch – This was good. I only went through it once and I sort of wanted to explore it again, but, once I found the flow chart online, it kind of wet my whistle.
Carmen Sandiego – Though this is probably meant for kids, I actually really enjoyed this show. I kind of wish I was a teacher so that I could have used to the geography and history facts that were sprinkled into the show as part of a lesson plan. I also have a spoft spot for this IP because I grew up with this Carmen Sandiego adventure computer game that I loved.
Tidying Up With Marie Kondo – This spoke to me as I love the idea of minimalism and organization. However, I only watched maybe three episodes since they were all basically the same.
The Pixar Story (documentary) – If you’re a Disney or Pixar fan, you’ll enjoy getting a deeper look inside this studio and how everything came to be what it is today.
Sex Education* – I just finished the last episode of this show last night and I absolutely loved it. All of the characters were great, the acting was great, the story was great; I can’t think of a bad thing to say about it. Sex is always a fun and interesting topic, in fact, the show was surprisingly explicit, which was cool. I keep forgetting that Netflix is basically like HBO, they can do whatever they want. I am very excited that it got renewed for a second season.
Russian Doll* – I have one episode left to go on this one. Unlike most people, I don’t binge Netflix shows, but rather assign them a “watch day” and watch them weekly. Regardless, this show is high concept with drama and some comedy. It is a very enjoyable watch and I’m very curious to see how it ends.
Trigger Warning With Killer Mike – I’m a fan of Run the Jewels so I knew this would be good. That said, for some reason I stopped watching after two episodes. I will likely go back to this but my watch schedule has been so full, I haven’t made the time for it.
Ken Jeong: You Complete Me, Ho* (comedy special) – This was laugh out loud funny. It’s been a while since I watched it so I don’t remember a lot, but I do remember enjoying it.
Formula 1: Drive to Survive* – Despite the stupid title, this is a gripping docu-series. It might help that I started following F1 last year and attended the Monaco Grand Prix. Regardless, it gives great behind the scenes insight as to what drama takes place that we don’t usually see and why and how certain decisions are made. It does a good job of demystifying some of the major “characters” of the sport.
After Life* – This drama/comedy is heart wrenching at times while simultaneously being laugh out loud funny. As usualy, Gervais gives you new perspectives on the topics most people think they have a handle on.
Amy Schumer: Growing (comedy special) – To be honest, nothing has topped Amy’s debut special Mostly Sex Stuff. I think of jokes from that one all the time. That said, though this one was good, it didn’t crack me up.
Studio 54* (documentary) – I really love the idea of Studio 54 and it’s a moment in time in which I wish I could have existed. I think I would have thrived there. Between the music and the people and devil may care attitude, it all just looked so glamorous and fun. It also blows me away that these two guys, who are the age I am now when they opened, were able to find so much overnight success. On top of that, the music is and was great; check out Studio 54: The Documentary playlist on Spotify, you won’t regret it.
Love, Death + Robots* – I heard about this a while ago from one of the podcasts I listen to and now it’s finally out. Despite the fact that they were being wusses about the “gratuitous” violence, I really enjoyed them so far. Three Robots, The Witness, When The Yogurt Took Over, Beyond The Aquila Rift and Good Hunting are my favorites so far.
Our Planet – Just like Planet Earth and Blue Planet before it, Our Planet is another nature docu-series that is pure eye candy. Sure there is an environmental message as well and there are a lot of interesting facts about nature you’ll absorb along the way, but if for no other reason, watch this simply because it’s beautiful.
Everybody Street* (documentary) – This is a doc I’ve known about since 2013 but I was finally able to find the full thing for free online. The photography and photographers in this are all very good and it makes me want to do more “street photography.” Highly reccomend.
The Twilight Zone – This Jordan Peele series reboot is an interesting take on the classic premise. When did Peel decide to go dark and why didn’t he go sooner. Though this isn’t great like Get Out or Us, this was pretty good. I will admit that it won’t get me to pay for CBS All Access, but this was good nevertheless.