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Media Update 5/7/20

May 7, 2020

Buzzfeed Unsolved: Supernatural

I was thinking about John Keel’s descriptions of Men in Black and I started to poke around for amusing alien docuseries. The first one I found was way too earnest and forceful. This one is lighter fare and a lot funnier. The series follows Ryan Bergara and Shane Madej of Buzzfeed as they travel and explore allegedly supernatural locales. They seem to focus on three major areas which are ghosts, demons, and extraterrestrials. Ryan is a true believer who freaks out a lot on location and works hard to try to convince himself and Shane. Shane is a skeptic and an adherent of science and practical application of facts. The only area that they are even remotely close to overlapping is with extraterrestrials. Shane believes that aliens are out there but doubts that they have visited Earth. The great thing is their chemistry. Ryan is excitable but not put out when Shane does not believe him. Shane is not a stick in the mud and is very willing to go along on any adventure that Ryan dreams up. They are a great team and allow the user to figure out which side they land on. Each episode is only about 10 minutes at most. I definitely recommend it and I will be following up on their other series.


I had heard good things about this series from friends on Twitter and I am a big fan of both weirdness and Nick Offerman. The first thing I noticed about the show is how cool the visuals are from an art design direction. The show is beautiful but also eerie in its alienness. I was not disappointed if I wanted weird because I definitely got it. The show deals with bleeding-edge technology, some of which is stuff that maybe humans should not really dabble in. The show follows a mystery of a disappearance from a cult-like technology company. The show has an almost unbearable tension and a maddening mystery that I really want to get to the bottom of. Offerman is great as the charismatic yet creepy leader of the company, a shaggy-looking digital messiah and/or demon. Sonoya Mizuno is so excellent as an extremely bright young woman who is trying to parse what happened to her missing boyfriend. I definitely recommend this movie but it is not for the faint of heart.

The Endless

I had seen this movie sitting on my Netflix queue for a long time now. I had thought about using it for my yearly Halloween event but I kept setting aside. It is also not as much a horror movie as it is a science fiction thriller. There are definitely horror elements but it would not fit in as well with the usual October fare. This movie is about two young men who survived a UFO death cult but now want to investigate to see what exactly happened back then. The movie is very low budget which actually really adds to the creepiness. Writer/Director/Actor Justin Benson and Director/Actor Aaron Moorehead are great as the two brothers whose lives did not get any better after leaving a cult. The rest of the cast is full of eccentric weirdos who slowly reveal a bigger mystery to the brothers. The movie is also darkly comedic at times, blowing off a little tension here and there with some welcome humor. The music, cast, writing, and imagery lead to a crazy mystery that I found myself desperately curious about. I definitely recommend this movie.

Music of the Week:
High Visions – When I’m Dead, Just Throw Me in the Trash

Atsuko Chiba – Fata Morgana

Scary Potter – Wey

Lil Pøøch – Drag Me Down

Shampoos – Nightrider

Weekly Update:
– This week’s theme is “Exploring the Strange”
– I watched more Prodigal Son Season 1
– I watched more Bojack Horseman Season 6
– I watched more Scream Queens Season 1
– I watched more Rizzoli and Isles Season 3
– I watched more Elementary Season 2
– I watched more Bob’s Burgers Season 10

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