2019 media log


I didn’t really track my media consumption in 2019 - most of this was pulled together from watch history in various platforms, and from memory. So, likely huge gaps in there. My non-work reading was pretty sci-fi focused - I need to branch out a bit there, maybe after book 9 of Expanse comes out…

Anyway. Here’s most of the media I consumed in 2019.


Movies

In theatre1

  • Joker2
  • Star Wars: Rise of Skywalker34

On demand

  • Captain Marvel
  • Avengers Endgame3
  • John Wick 3: Parabellum

Netflix

  • FYRE: The Greatest Party That Never Happened
  • The Hangover
  • The Hangover: Part II
  • Going in Style
  • Won’t You Be My Neighbor?
  • Murder Mystery
  • The Great Hack
  • Between Two Ferns: The Movie
  • El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie

Amazon

  • Shutter Island

TV5

  • John Wick
  • John Wick 2
  • Alien
  • Aliens
  • Alien 3
  • Prometheus
  • Alien Covenant
  • Shawshank Redemption
  • Apocalypse Now
  • The Matrix 1-36
  • Star Wars 1-66

Books

Work

  • Crucial Conversations: Tools for Talking When Stakes Are High - Kerry Patterson et al.
  • Radical Candor - Kim Scott

Not-work

  • Brief Answers to the Big Questions - Stephen Hawking
  • Everything Change, Volume II
  • The Three-Body Problem - Cixin Liu
  • Robert Charles Wilson
    • Spin
    • Axis
  • James SA Corey
    • Cibola Burn
    • Nemesis Games
    • Babylon’s Ashes
    • Persepolis Rising
    • Tiamat’s Wrath
    • Auberon
  • Exhalation - Ted Chiang

TV5

Netflix

  • Travelers (season 3)
  • Conan Without Borders
  • Ellen DeGeneres: Relatable7
  • One Strange Rock
  • The Umbrella Academy
  • Sick Note (season 1)
  • Santa Clarita Diet (seasons 1-3)
  • Stranger Things (season 3)
  • Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee (2019)8
  • Orange Is the New Black (season 7)
  • The Good Place (seasons 2-3)9
  • Living with Yourself (season 1)
  • The Office (misc episodes - mostly because The Boy™ is on his 9th binge of the show…)
  • My Next Guest Needs No Introduction With David Letterman (season 2)8
  • Grace and Frankie (seasons 1-5)
  • Lost in Space (season 2)

Amazon

  • The Expanse (seasons 1-4) - easily one of the best sci fi shows ever made for tv.
  • American Gods (season 1 and a bit of 2)10
  • The Tick (seasons 1-2)
  • The Grand Tour (some misc episodes)

Apple TV+11

  • For All Mankind
  • See
  • The Morning Show

sci-fi channel

  • Star Trek: Discovery (season 2)

HBO12

  • Westworld (season 2)
  • Chernobyl
  • Game of Thrones313
  • Band of Brothers14

AMC

  • Walking Dead15

  1. I didn’t get to be in theatres much this year - chemo makes it less attractive to be sitting in a crowded room with a hundred strangers coughing and breathing the same air and hoping my immune system doesn’t bork… ↩︎

  2. We saw this as a family on opening night. Amazing. It was an ugly, ugly movie, but it needs to be watched. We all sat in stunned silence for a few minutes at the end. Not a movie you enjoy, but it was incredibly powerful. Joaqin Phoenix deserves an oscar for this. ↩︎

  3. it was a thing. it’s over. for now. ↩︎ ↩︎ ↩︎

  4. interesting, how every planet has breathable atmosphere with no respiration gear needed. and how does a planet somehow being stuck in the middle of an obstacle course even work? and the bad guys somehow need a navigation tower to even know which way is up, but the good guys just go full throttle with no problems. and every species somehow looks like a person or a horse in a suit - no diversity in body plans, chemistry, sensory organs. and where were the factories for making the star destroyers, or the cities to house the workers, or the supply chain management logistics centres or the garbage dump. etc. etc. ↩︎

  5. I didn’t document any of this, so live tv is mostly missing. Lots of reality tv stuff in there because that’s what you watch so you can spend time with your person. Lots of filler crap that’s watched only as background noise while doing other things. ↩︎ ↩︎

  6. portions of, anyway - I always seem to watch, but never actually watch and have it on as background and never actually finish watching ↩︎ ↩︎

  7. I’m definitely not a fan - she’s just so insufferable and mean at times - but with a smile so haha funny - but this was interesting. ↩︎

  8. I’m so impressed by their interviews - they obviously enjoy what they’re doing. But they get a little full of themselves and talk way more than they should. Shut up and let the guests talk already. ↩︎ ↩︎

  9. I need to catch up on this one. Such a good show, and funny. Well written. Great acting. Actual thinking about philosophy in a way that makes it just invisible. ↩︎

  10. I gave up on this one. It was just too relentlessly brutal and self-congratulatory. Interesting, but another one that felt like grinding XP. There is no prize for finishing that side quest. ↩︎

  11. I had to replace my old macbook air for work, and my new laptop came with 1 year of AppleTV+ subscription. I’ve been really impressed by the shows so far. I may have to replace my old AppleTV (which is no longer compatible with AppleTV+) to watch AppleTV+ on my TV without having to hook my laptop up via HDMI because the HDMI output from the AppleTV+ app on my iPad seems flakey. ↩︎

  12. I cancelled our HBO subscription after GOT ended. Not out of protest, but good lord we pay a lot for cable tv and I need to trim that. ↩︎

  13. This was a trainwreck, but I had to watch it to the end. What a waste. Nothing mattered. Which could have been an interesting message, given how many lead characters were killed throughout the series to show nobody is safe. But to end it with literally nothing in the entire show mattering? Just the chaos ladder and people riding it out. Stupid. Even worse than the stupid ending to Battlestar Galactica. ↩︎

  14. I usually watch as much of this as I can fit in when they air it around Remembrance Day. ↩︎

  15. another train wreck that I gave up on somewhere. Just so boring and monotonous and into itself. Watching this feels like grinding XP in some stupid game that wasn’t fun to begin with, but somehow has you stuck doing monotonous chores for some unknown reason because you can’t just stop, can you? yes. you can. I did. another colossal waste. ↩︎

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