Welcome to the first of who-knows-how-many of these 'Quarantine Media Logs' that I'll be doing!
I know everybody is beating you over the head with streaming recommendations right now, rattling off movies and television by the dozen - and that may be a bit overwhelming - so that's not necessarily my goal here at all. There will be no forcing of any movies or television shows on you here! All I'm gonna do is tell you what I watched (or listened to) while we're all stuck practicing social distancing (with a little blurb about how I felt about whatever it may be) and let you make up your own mind on whether or not you wanna check these things out.
'The Belko Experiment' - Fun little psychological thriller here written by James Gunn! I'd say it was a pretty enjoyable watch. Not worth going out of your way to see, but if you catch it on FX or something, toss it on!
'Star Wars: Episode IX - The Rise of Skywalker' - Listen, I'm not interested in the social discourse on this one right now. If you liked it, you liked it. If not, oh well. Go look at Baby Yoda. I love it and have a blast with 'The Rise of Skywalker' every time I watch it.
'Sex Drive' - This one is an almost completely forgotten comedy from the late-00s, and I've never understood why it wasn't more popular! It's fucking hilarious! Seth Green steals the show in one of my favorite of his roles ever. We watched this because Trent had never seen it.
'The Lighthouse' - We gave this one about a half hour before pulling the plug. I love A24 and my guy Robert Battinson, but this was just waaaaay too artsy-fartsy for the Fox/Ryan household.
'Swallow' - After swinging and missing on 'The Lighthouse' - this was practically a home run. I don't know even if it was a good movie or even a bad movie, but was so incredibly fucked up and disturbing that we were locked in throughout and enjoying ourselves…while screaming at the television. It's basically an intense character study of someone that'd be on TLC's 'My Strange Addiction' and features an amazing performance from the lead actress, Haley Bennett.
'The Social Network' - Another one of my favorites Trent had never seen, and I gotta say, it's one of those movies that may just get better every time you watch it. Justin Timberlake is so god damn cool in that flick.
'Big Time Adolescence' - This is a Hulu Original (got Hulu this weekend and am still in the honeymoon phase with it) and I thought it was really well done. It kinda played out more like a television show than a movie in a lot of ways, which was a bit weird, but Pete Davidson is really good in it and if you dug Jonah Hill's 'mid-90s' you'll probably dig this.
'Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace' - We watched this one together last night, LIVE on the Lights, Camera, Barstool YouTube page…
It was a blast. I think we're gonna start doing these streams a few times a week with various personalities from the Barstool Office (KB & Nick will be on Thursday's stream) - so throw the channel a subscribe to be informed when we're going live!
'Dave' - This is Lil Dicky's new show. There's only three episodes out so far, but I've been really enjoying it for what it is, which is like a weird mix of 'Curb Your Enthusiasm', 'Master of None', 'Atlanta', and memes. Lil Dicky's comedic timing is just impeccable, and as expected, there's some classic Dicky raps.
'High Fidelity' (2020) - Alright, real talk here - 'High Fidelity' was far and away my favorite watch of the quarantine so far. It stars Zoë Kravitz in the lead role (the one John Cusack plays in the movie) of Rob, a Brooklyn-based record store owner with a messssssy lovelife. It's a show full of heartbreak and great music and it's fucking tremendous. Watched the entire first season in one sitting, and I'll probably do it again before this quarantine is over. I'm so scary in love with Zoë Kravitz that when she plays Catwoman I fear for my sanity.
'Nathan For You' - So far, if I've needed something to throw on in the background while I blog, it's usually been the early seasons of 'Nathan For You'. I've seen a lot of this stuff, so I can sorta half pay attention and still get a buncha laughs out of it. He's a genius and a King Weird Brain.
'Family Guy' - If I've needed something else to put on in the background while I blog, it's been Family Guy. Family Guy is the best. It's been one of my favorite shows forever. They've actually been running Season 17 on TV lately, and it's crazy to me that more people aren't still talking about Family Guy, because Family Guy is still very funny.
Here's some of the albums I've been listening to in quarantine…
One of the best pop punk albums I've heard in quite some time, duking it out with 'Brave Faces Everyone' by Spanish Love Songs for my "Album of the Year" (so far) as we speak!
C'mon - I shouldn't have to sell ya on this one.
Noel Gallagher's first solo album post-Oasis - jokingly referred to by fans as the 'Ninth Oasis Album' due to how many songs had already been leaked as Oasis demos. I don't love what Noel's up to now musically, but I do love this album!
I blogged about the Red Hot Chili Peppers' performance at Slane Castle earlier in the week, it's had me on suuuuuuuch a 'By The Way' kick since. What a fucking great album. Somebody quarantine the Chili Peppers together in the studio right now.
Recent discovery from me here in Stand Atlantic, but I've probably listened to their debut 'Skinny Dipping' over a dozen times at this point. Amazing female-led pop punk band I can't get enough of right now.
I'll be back in a few days with another one of these things! Send me some recommendations until then, especially if they're Hulu!