February 2019 Media Consumption


  • 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


  • 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


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


December 2018 Media Consumption


  • 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)


  • Baskets (Season 1) - 8x


  • 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


  • 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)


  • Fargo (Season 2) 4x


  • 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


  • 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


  • The Americans (Season 5) 4x

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


  • 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


  • 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


  • 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


  • The Communist Manifesto - Karl Marx


August 2018 Media Consumption


  • 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)


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


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


July 2018 Media Consumption


  • 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


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


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


June 2018 Media Consumption


  • 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


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


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


May 2018 Media Consumption


  • 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


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


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


April 2018 Media Consumption


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


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


March 2018 Media Consumption


  • 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


  • 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


  • Survivor - Chuck Palahniuk


oscars 2018

The 90th Academy Awards has come to a close. How lucky are we that we get to celebrate movies, those who make them and the art of moviemaking on a stage nearly as big as the Super Bowl?

After my third rewatch, I still think Good Time should have been nominated for something though..

February 2018 Media Consumption


  • The Florida Project - Sean Baker
  • The Square - Ruben Östlund
  • Wind River - Tyler Sheridan
  • Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 - James Gunn
  • American Honey - Andrea Arnold
  • Black Panther - Ryan Coogler
  • 120 BPM - Robin Campillo
  • The Price of Gold - Nanette Burstein


  • I Love Dick (Season 1) - 4x
  • The End of the F *** ing World (Season 1) 8x
  • Chris Rock: Tamborine
  • American Crime Story (Season 2) 1x
  • My Next Guess Needs No Introduction with David Letterman 2x



January 2018 Media Consumption


  • Columbus - Kogonada
  • Battle of the Sexes - Jonathan Dayton, Valerie Faris
  • Stronger - David Gordon Green
  • The War Room - D. A. Pennebaker, Chris Hegedus [rewatch]
  • Phantom Thread - Paul Thomas Anderson
  • Force Majeure - Ruben Östlund
  • The Final Year - Greg Barker
  • The Hunt for the Wilderpeople - Taika Waititi
  • Good Time - Josh and Benny Safdie [rewatch]
  • Phantom Thread - Paul Thomas Anderson [rewatch]
  • Mother - Bong Joon-ho
  • Aliens - James Cameron
  • Paterson - Jim Jarmusch
  • The Apartment - Billy Wilder


  • Dave Chapelle: Equanimity & The Bird Revelation
  • The Show About A Show (2x)
  • Counterpart (Season 1) (2x)
  • Big Mouth (Season 1) (3x)
  • Mad Men (Season 5) (3x)



December 2017 Media Consumption


  • Schindler's List - Steven Spielberg
  • Ladybird - Greta Gerwig
  • The Heights - Ryan Booth
  • Icarus - Bryan Fogel
  • Coco - Lee Unkrich, Adrian Molina
  • Titanic - James Cameron Jake Kasdan
  • The Disaster Artist - James Franco
  • Orange County - Jake Kasdan
  • 8 1/2 - Federico Fellini
  • The Third Man - Carol Reed
  • The Problem With Apu - Michael Melamedoff
  • The Lost City of Z - James Gray
  • Call Me By Your Name - Luca Guadagnino
  • The Shape of Water - Guillermo del Toro


  • Mindhunter (Season 1) 8x
  • This Is Us (Season 1) 5x
  • The Wire (Season 1) 13x
  • Big Mouth (Season 1) 2x
  • The Crown (Season 1) 3x
  • Godless (Season 1) 2x
  • Wormwood (Season 1) 1x
  • Mozart in the Jungle (Season 1) 2x
  • Judd Apatow: The Return


  • All The Light We Cannot See - Anthony Doerr


My Top Movies of 2017

  1. Good Time
  2. A Ghost Story
  3. Call Me By Your Name
  4. Lady Bird
  5. Dunkirk
  6. For Ahkeem
  7. The Big Sick
  8. Coco
  9. Dina
  10. Logan
  11. Blade Runner 2049
  12. Get Out
  13. Baby Driver
  14. Okja
  15. Wonder Woman
  16. Spiderman Homecoming
  17. The Shape of Water
  18. Ingrid Goes West
  19. The Meyerowitz Stories

Have not seen:  Phantom Thread, Mudbound, Molly's Game, Star Wars, The Florida Project, The Post, I Tonya, Mother!, The Killing of the Sacred Deer, The Beguiled, 120 BPM

Considering the Density of Time and Experience

For a moment, consider how often our minds are tricked into neglecting memories come and gone. Healthy mindfulness encourages us to focus our intention on the present. This is a tried and true way to curtail anxiety; I have no criticisms there.

But sometimes it's easy to forget how much life we have all lived. Think about how much you've seen in your ____ years of life! You maybe only 10 years old and have already witnessed so much beauty hidden within the world. Sweet utterances from a friend that flash by your eyes like a soft breeze - gone with the wind as quick as it passed you. Or a lovely interaction with a kind stranger. Even a tragedy contains so much to learn and grow from. Sadly, the eloquence of the most special details within fading memories are even harder to picture. Wasted metaphors.. a graveyard of sonnets that flew by without the acknowledgement they may have deserved. Songs, paintings, films, smells can trigger it - bringing forth a treasure trove of emotion forged through experience to the forefront of our mind. It's easy to avoid paying attention at any given moment. I know this firsthand as a filmmaker; MY JOB is to suspend your belief and hack your mind for a moment. At least currently in my country, it's arguably more convenient to suspend reality than it is to nourish yourself. We have millions of solutions to view media made by someone else, but fewer options to educate ourselves. Yet, seemingly most people WANT to check out and forget about their lives for a little bit. Plus, some people are just too busy for honest emotional reflection. Maybe we do this out of protection and self-preservation? I don't know the answer. But consider what would an authentic emotional response be without one's own cocktail of memories, experiences, wishes, desires, hopes, scars, wounds, horrors, dreams?

If you ask me, it seems as if the key to mindfulness is within a healthy balance of appreciating the past, cherishing where you are now, and honoring your intention towards tomorrow. But I'm no yoga teacher so you probably shouldn't take my advice.