July 2019 Media Consumption

MOVIES:

  • Toy Story 4 - Josh Cooley

  • The Lion King - Jon Favreau

  • The Lion King - Rob Minkoff, Roger Allers (REWATCH)

  • Under the Silver Lake - David Robert Mitchell

  • Once Upon A Time… In Hollywood - Quentin Tarantino

TV:

  • Big Little Lies (Season 2) - 1x

  • Euphoria (Season 1) - 6x

  • Chef’s Table (Season 3) - 1x

BOOKS:

 

June 2019 Media Consumption

MOVIES:

  • Muscle Shoals - (REWATCH) - Greg 'Freddy' Camalier

  • Game of Thrones (Season 6) - 1x

TV:

  • Big Little Lies (Season 2) - 3x

BOOKS:

  • Between Here and the Yellow Sea - Nic Pizzolatto

 

Why Do We Write?

Have you ever felt something inside that makes you simultaneously hate yourself and prevent you from getting things done? Yet you persist on, wondering why you write.

Writer’s block is the worst.

But we do it to make sense of something.

May 2019 Media Consumption

MOVIES:

  • Fatal Attraction - Adrian Lyne

  • Free Solo - Jimmy Chin

  • The Virgin Suicides - Sofia Coppola (REWATCH)

  • Basic Instinct - Paul Herhoeven

  • My Best Friend’s Wedding - PJ Hogan

  • Wall-E - Andrew Stanton (REWATCH)

  • The Witches of Eastwick - George Miller

  • True Grit - Joel & Ethan Coen (REWATCH)

TV:

  • Game of Thrones (season 8) - 2x

  • Barry (Season 2) - 1x

  • Chef’s Table (Season 5) - 1x

  • Chef’s Table (Season 6) - 1x (REWATCH)

  • Killing Eve (Season 1) - 2x

BOOKS:

 

March 2019 Media Consumption

MOVIES:

  • Roma - Alfonso Cuarón

  • Remastered: Who Killed Jam Master Jay? - Brian Oakes

  • Miss Sharon Jones! - Barbara Kopple

  • Leaving Neverland pt 1 - Dan Reed

  • Triple Frontier - JC Chandor

  • What We Do In The Shadows - Taika Waititi

  • Cold War - Paweł Pawlikowski

TV:

  • Relatable - Ellen DeGeneres

  • Better Caul Saul (Season 1) - 3x

  • Chef’s Table (Season 2) 2x

  • Larry Charles’ Dangerous World of Comedy 1x

BOOKS:

  • Born Standing Up - Steve Martin

 

February 2019 Media Consumption

MOVIES:

  • Jeremiah Tower: The Last Magnificent - Lydia Tenaglia

  • Weiner - Josh Kriegman & Elyse Steinberg (rewatch)

  • Trump Rally - Sean Dunne (rewatch)

  • ReMastered: The Two Killings of Sam Cooke - Kelly Duane

  • Velvet Buzzsaw - Dan Gilroy

  • Shut Up And Play The Hits - Will Lovelace, Dylan Southern

TV:

  • Trigger Warning w/ Killer Mike (Season 1) - 6x

  • True Detective (season 3) - 8x

  • The Wire (season 2) - 1x

  • Chef’s Table (season 3) - 1x

  • Ugly Delicious (season 1) - 1x

  • Counterpart (Season 2) - 10x

  • Chef’s Table (Season 6) - 1x

  • Larry Charles’ Dangerous World of Comedy (Season 1) - 3x

BOOKS:

  • The Book of Leon: Philosophy of a Fool - Leon Black

 

January 2019 Media Consumption

MOVIES:

  • Fyre - Chris Smith

  • 3 Mics - Neal Brennan

TV:

  • Comedians of the World (Season 1) 1x

BOOKS:

  • Can’t Hurt Me - David Goggins

  • The Beastie Boys Book - Michael Diamond & Adam Horovitz

 

December 2018 Media Consumption

MOVIES:

  • The House - Andrew Jay Cohen

  • Her - Spike Jonze (REWATCH)

  • One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest - Milos Foreman (REWATCH)

  • The Life & Music of Robert Johnson - Peter W. Meyer

  • Michael Clayton - Tony Gilroy (REWATCH)

  • Michael Clayton - Tony Gilroy (REWATCH)

TV:

  • Baskets (Season 1) - 8x

BOOKS:

  • Let’s Go (So We Can Get Back) - Jeff Tweedy

  • Every Man A Menace - Patrick Hoffman

 

My Favorite Albums of 2018

  1. Jeff Tweedy - Warm

  2. Twin Shadow - Caer

  3. Ty Segall - Freedom's Goblin

  4. Prince - Piano & A Microphone 1983

  5. Pusha T - Daytona

  6. Ssion - O

  7. Kurt Vile - Bottle It In

  8. Young Fathers - Cocoa Sugar

  9. Courtney Barnett - Tell Me How You Really Feel

  10. Khruangbin - Con Todo El Mundo

  11. Christine and the Queens - Chris

  12. Shakey Graves - Can't Wake Up

  13. Blake Mills - Look

  14. Jon Hopkins - Singularity

  15. Black Thought - Streams of Thought Vol. 1

  16. Parquet Courts - Wide Awake!

  17. Black Panther Soundtrack

  18. Anderson .Paak - Oxnard

  19. Kamasi Washington - Heaven and Earth

  20. Grouper - Grid of Points

  21. The Arctic Monkeys - Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino

  22. Vince Staples - FM!

  23. Unknown Mortal Orchestra - Sex & Food

  24. Nas - Nasir!

  25. Chromeo - Head Over Heels

November 2018 Media Consumption

MOVIES:

  • Anchorman - Adam McKay (REWATCH)

  • The Ballad of Buster Scruggs - Joel & Ethan Coen

  • Ran - Akira Kurosawa

  • Yellow Submarine - George Dunning

  • RBG - Betsy West, Julie Cohen

  • Widows - Steve McQueen

  • The Ballad of Buster Scruggs - Joel & Ethan Coen (REWATCH)

TV:

  • Fargo (Season 2) 4x

BOOKS:

  • The Trial - Franz Kafka

  • Kiss Me Like A Stranger: My Search for Love and Art - Gene Wilder

  • David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants - Malcolm Gladwell

 

A Sense of Community

I’ve been neglecting these more introspective postings for a while. Namely because it’s unclear to me if anyone reads them. I like to imagine there is someone out there who might.

To be alive today involves a constant negotiation with the superficial appearance of any given moment. Twitter replies, IG stories, news feeds, etc. To participate in the narrative of events, you must devote your attention to these ephemeral moments of pride, outrage and disgust. Most interactions with close friends seem to boil back down to this narrative at play, blurring the lines of distinction to whether independent ideas can still be tangible. If the human race was a television show, the ratings would be at an all-time high. We navel-gaze at our own follies and/or fortunes. We’re capable of being dramatic, hilarious, complex, disgusting, ill-fated - and watching it all unravel is wildly addictive.

We can set limits on how much access we will allow ourselves to use these services but it might only deepen the craving for what becomes forbidden. We love to hear ourselves complain much more than we do trying to devise a solution.

And if we’re making broad generalizations, Americans love to gripe about rising tax rates as if it’s an imposition of Satanic forces leeching off of their hard-earned livelihoods. To some, lower taxes means more money to spend freely as an individual, and therefore mitigating excess spending by a large inefficient government. I understand the intention. While that’s all good and well, we Americans still pay some amount of money to Uncle Sam. Taxes still exist. And right now, I don’t feel good about where any of my tax dollars are going. Try spending a day in one of your community’s underfunded public schools (I’ll bet there’s more than one option near you to choose from) and ask yourself if your tax dollars are being put to good use. Yet, a majority of us seem to accept these failures to innovate our most critical institutions as collateral damage that comes with the times; nothing to do about it. Call your senators. Donate money to the ACLU. Go to rallies. Post an impassioned couple hundred words on your Instagram. Then what? Do you see people taking the streets decrying “taxation without representation"?

This is where I bow out. I so no clear path to a solution for our deeply disabled society when all anyone can do is yell at one another. I’ve been to my share of rallies and believe that change is possible. But I’m pressing pause on cosigning with any organization claiming to represent my best interests. The only feelings of hope and positive energy that I’ve ever experienced came via tight-knit communities of people who care enough to show a little empathy to one another. Tribes. We don’t have to agree about everything, but we can at least understand our mutual respect for why we choose to coexist in a given circumstance.

In the past few months, I’ve felt so beaten down by the onslaught of information forced upon me, I’ve been hesitant to write much of anything. Especially anything with a real point-of-view. I’ve made things, but I’ve felt unable to truly buckle myself into the driver’s seat like I have been able to in the past. I aim to seek these places where a tribe mentality can still thrive and create opportunity for progressive thought. If you know of any, please send them to Jordan@jordanharo.net

October 2018 Media Consumption

MOVIES:

  • Lawrence of Arabia - David Lean

  • History of The Eagles - Alison Ellwood

  • 22 July - Paul Greengrass

  • When Harry Met Sally - Rob Reiner

  • In The Mood For Love - Wong Kar-wai

  • House of 1000 Corpses - Rob Zombie

  • The Brood - David Cronenberg

TV:

  • The Americans (Season 5) 4x

  • The House on Haunted Hill (Season 1) 1x

BOOKS:

  • The Chapo Guide to Revolution: A Manifesto Against Logic, Facts, and Reason - Felix Biederman, Will Menaker, Matt Christman, Virgil Texas, Brendan James

 

September 2018 Media Consumption

MOVIES:

  • Starship Troopers - Paul Verhoeven (REWATCH)

  • Max Max: Fury Road - George Miller (REWATCH)

  • Wings of Desire - Wim Wenders

  • Scanners - David Cronenberg

  • The Old Man and The Gun - David Lowery

  • Raising Arizona - Joel & Ethan Coen (REWATCH)

  • Mistaken For Strangers - Tom Berninger

  • American Animals - Bart Layton

TV:

  • Neo Yokio (Season 1) - 1x

  • One Punch Man (Season 1) - 3x

  • Devilman Crybaby (Season 1) - 5x

  • This Is America (Season 1) - 1x

  • Ozark (Season 2) - 1x

  • Kidding (Season 1) - 1x

  • Succession (Season 1) - 10x

  • Maniac (Season 1) - 1x

BOOKS:

  • The Communist Manifesto - Karl Marx

 

August 2018 Media Consumption

MOVIES:

  • Best of Enemies - Morgan Neville, Robert Gordon
  • Heat - Michael Mann (REWATCH)
  • Cedar Rapids - Miguel Arteta
  • The Lives of Others - Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck (REWATCH)
  • M - Fritz Lang (REWATCH)
  • Red Desert - Michelangelo Antonioni 
  • Wild Tales - Damián Szifron
  • The Last Waltz - Martin Scorsese
  • Easy Rider - Dennis Hopper (REWATCH)

TV:

  • The Americans (Season 5) 3x
  • Who is America (Season 1) 6x

BOOKS:

  • Foundation - Isaac Asimov
  • Hillbilly Elegy - J.D. Vance

 

July 2018 Media Consumption

MOVIES:

  • Beasts of the Southern Wild - Benh Zeitlan (REWATCH)
  • Come Inside My Mind - Marina Zenovich
  • Death to Stalin - Armando Iannucci
  • Sorry to Bother You - Boots Riley
  • Three Identical Strangers - Tim Wardle
  • Eighth Grade - Bo Burnham
  • Antes de Irme - Mariana Sanguinetti

TV:

  • I Love Dick (Season 1) 1x
  • The Americans (Season 3) 5x
  • The Americans (Season 4) 13x
  • The Americans (Season 5) 1x

BOOKS:

  • Medium Raw - Anthony Bourdian
  • The Hike - Drew Magary
  • Create or Hate - Dan Norris

 

June 2018 Media Consumption

MOVIES:

  • Thief - Michael Mann
  • The Social Network - David Fincher (REWATCH)
  • Annihilation - Alex Garland
  • A Fantastic Woman - Sebastián Lelio
  • Won't You Be My Neighbor - Morgan Neville
  • Winter's Bone - Debra Granik
  • Dennis Rodman's Big Bang in Pyongyang - Colin Offland
  • The Purge - James DeMonaco

TV:

  • Westworld (Season 2) 1x
  • The Americans (Season 1) 10x
  • The Americans (Season 2) 5x
  • The Americans (Season 3) 3x

BOOKS:

  • Ready Player One - Ernest Cline
  • Kitchen Confidential - Anthony Bourdain
  • Tribes - Seth Godin

 

May 2018 Media Consumption

MOVIES:

  • Amateur - Ryan Koo
  • Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked the World - Catherine Bainbridge, Alfonso Maiorana
  • Iron Man 3 - Shane Black
  • Foreign Correspondent - Alfred Hitchcock
  • Paterno - Barry Levinson
  • Andre the Giant - Jason Hehir
  • The Carter Effect - Sean Menard
  • Rocky II - Sylvester Stallone
  • Shotcaller - Ric Roman Waugh
  • Sound City - Dave Grohl
  • First Reformed - Paul Schrader
  • A Quiet Place - Jon Krasinski

TV:

  • Atlanta (Season 2) 5x
  • Counterpart (Season 1) 5x
  • Barry (Season 1) 3x
  • The Americans (Season 1) 2x
  • Westworld (Season 2) 3x

BOOKS:

  • Poetics - Aristotle
  • The Once and Future Liberal - Mark Lilla

 

April 2018 Media Consumption

MOVIES:

  • Veronica - Paco Plaza
  • I, Tonya - Craig Gillespie
  • Get Out - Jordan Peele (REWATCH)
  • You Were Never Really Here - Lynne Ramsay

TV:

  • Atlanta (Season 2) - 2x
  • Barry (Season 1) - 5x
  • Westworld (Season 2) - 2x
  • Counterpart (Season 1) - 4x

 

March 2018 Media Consumption

MOVIES:

  • The Florida Project - Sean Baker
  • John Wick 2 - Chad Stahelski
  • A Most Violent Year - J.C. Chandor
  • The Negotiator - F. Gary Gray
  • Betting on Zero - Ted Braun
  • Before Sunrise - Richard Linklater
  • Good Time - Josh and Benny Safdie (REWATCH)
  • Alt Right: The Age of Rage - Adam Bhala Lough
  • Beigels Already - Debbie Shuter
  • Antichrist - Lars von Trier
  • Take Your Pills - Alison Klayman
  • Notes on a Scandal - Richard Eyre
  • Star Wars: The Last Jedi - Rian Johnson
  • The Armstrong Lie - Alex Gibney
  • Incident by a Bank - Ruben Östlund
  • Darkest Hour - Joe Wright

TV:

  • Atlanta (Season 2) 4x
  • The Wire (Season 2) 1x
  • Ugly Delicious (Season 1) 2x
  • The Americans (Season 1) 1x
  • Waco 6x
  • Flint Town - 1x
  • Barry (Season 1) 1x
  • Twin Peaks (Season 1) 1x
  • Schitt's Creek (Season 1) 3x

BOOKS:

  • Survivor - Chuck Palahniuk