Praise for a year that was stuffed.
I’m thankful that you and your partners in crime have been able to make a go of this listener-supported model and that the great podcasts will keep flowing!
First off, Dave, a big thank you for all your work...especially The Filmcast, which has been a mainstay listen of mine for years now. (No other pod about the movies has quite the combo of intelligent analysis, heartfelt passion for film, and genuine cameraderie among Those Who Talk. You guys are the BEST!)
It’s been a tough goddamn year, in some personal ways for me and some universal ways for all of us who have been living through the ongoing hellishness of our country’s multiple crises. I mean: it’s been a LOT. I try to stay engaged politically (doing what I can to fight for what’s right and good), and to take care of myself and my loved ones as I do my regular job. But I’ve NEEDED to lose myself at times, in watching or listening to stuff...often stuff that I find out about through your recommendations, or things I hear about from from friends, or reviews that I read. I suppose my consumption rate of TV and movies has gone up in alignment with my levels of stress, and I try to be forgiving of myself for this. Frankly, art (both high and low) has kept me going during these perilous times, and I shouldn’t apologize for this.
So here’s a short list of pop culture stuff that has moved me of made me laugh or just gotten me through:
TV - THE LEFTOVERS (I was late to this), DERRY GIRLS S3, BARRY S3, THE DROPOUT, BETTER CALL SAUL S6, STATION ELEVEN, JULIA, THE OLD MAN, THE PATIENT, THE REHEARSAL, THE BABY, reruns of LAW AND ORDER
Movies - EVERYTHING EVERYWHERE ALL AT ONCE (a movie hadn’t knocked me out like that in a long time), PREY, THE WOMAN KING, NOPE, BARBARIAN, FIRE ISLAND, X, TAR, EMERGENCY, THE MENU, and...my annual re-watch of MURIEL’S WEDDING.
Music - new albums from Bob Dylan, Elvis Costello, Weyes Blood, Carsie Blanton, Cécile McLorin Salvant, Miranda Lambert, Big Thief, Samara Joy, Joan Armatrading, Wilco
Thanks again, Dave. Good wishes to you and yours for the year ahead, with many cultural riches yet to be explored.
Matthew in Boston
Twitter (for now): @cdmatthewmurphy
Hive Social: @CDMatthew
Thankful for these tv highlights this year:
- +1 to Andor and HOTD, enjoyed following along those with your coverage :)
- The Rehearsal
- Mindy Kaling’s expanding comedy empire (Never Have I Ever and The Sex Lives of College Girls are both reliably funny)
- Agents of Shield -- sort of a guilty pleasure binge. Has an amazing slow burn romance over the many seasons, at least one all timer episode in “4,722 Hours” and a good playfulness with genre
- Daredevil seasons 1 and 3, which i rewatched and imho they’re cooler than basically anything else in the MCU
- The Righteous Gemstones
Andor as a show! But I have really enjoyed all of your podcasts this year. I have always enjoyed your content Dave but I feel that these last few years you have only gotten better. Happy Thanksgiving!
Andor will be on the top of many lists. It’s incredible sci fi that just happens to have stormtroopers show up here n there. Top Gun Maverick on streaming :) is a bonus. The Filmcast is also up there near the top. You guys make all that stuff a little bit better because not only do we consume it, we get to listen to you fellas chat about it. Have a good weekend all.
House of the Dragon