What I’ve been (binge) listening to…

So I finished Shittown in a few days this week.  The only impediment to a total binge listen was, oh yeah, that pesky job of mine.  Anyway, Shittown is from the people behind Serial although there is a different narrator/reporter.  I’m glad because I don’t think Sarah Koenig wouldn’t have been as effective for this story.

I can’t even cover it all here because there are so many twists and turns but I urge you to listen.

SPOILERS/SPOILERS/SPOILERS/You’ve been warned!

The podcast is 7 segments of about an hour or less.  This true story starts out with a random email to the reporter a few years ago from a named John B. McLemore.  John wants the reporter and PBS to investigate an alleged murder in the small Alabama town of Woodstock where he lives, which he believes was covered up because the perpetrator was from a wealthy family.  Throughout the podcast, John refers to Woodstock as “Shittown” and “this shittown” and various other expletives that only increased my enjoyment of it, especially given John’s Southern accent.

Ironically, the reporter goes to Shittown to investigate, and it turns out the victim didn’t die, but was injured, and there was a thorough police investigation in which no charges were filed.  At the end of the second episode, it appears the podcast will take a turn to look at police and governmental corruption in Shittown, when the reporter learns that John killed himself by drinking cyanide.

The podcast then addresses what happens as a result of John’s unexpected death.  Unfortunately, he didn’t leave a will and was “unbanked”.  Cousins from Florida are the next of kin and there’s a dispute between them and a friend of John’s named Tyler Goodson as to belongings on John’s property, as well as the care and custody of John’s mother, who has dementia.

 

 

What I’ve been (binge) listening to…

I’m back!

Hiatus/vacation is officially over.  It’s good to be back to reality I guess.  I was intent on posting over the break but I needed to unplug.  I also intended to do a “best of 2015” list of something or other but those have been done to death so I figured who cares.  I’m all about looking ahead, not in the past.

Anyway, lots to discuss today.  If you follow me on twitter, I broke up with both The Good Wife and Downton Abbey this week.  I don’t do new year’s resolutions, rather, I set goals, and one of my goals for 2016 was to reduce my screen time by focusing only on shows that I really enjoy.  Sorry but GW and DA don’t cut it for me anymore.  I was one of the original Downton watchers on PBS from the beginning when no one else watched because it was set in “olden times” and there were accents.  Then of course everyone jumped on the Downton bandwagon and the show went downhill.  I still love the Dowager Countess but not enough to overcome the boring ass tribulations of Bates/Anna, etc.

As for GW, the season started off with a lot of promise, setting up a battle between Eli and Margo Martindale.  However, Margo’s talent has been wasted this season and I’m tired of waiting for something to happen.

Psyched for the Golden Globes tomorrow night.  I would love it if Game of Thrones won for best show but I have a feeling Mr. Robot will win.  Don’t get me wrong I loved Mr. Robot but it’s no GOT.  I wouldn’t mind if Narcos won either but Mr. Robot for me was a little too niche to win overall.

I started watching an interesting show on Discovery this week called “The Killing Fields”.  It’s a true story following a cold case investigation of an 18  year old murder in Louisiana.  It reminds me of “The First 48” without the annoying narrator.  I’m intrigued so far and convinced that the owner of the dive bar knows more than he’s saying.

The first episode of American Crime this week was also intriguing.  It’s strange to see the actors playing different roles this season but so far I like it.  Regina King is always great as is Felicity Huffman.  I like this show because it addresses race in an intelligent way and also in ways that don’t sensationalize it (yes I’m talking about you members of the media!).

That’s what’s going on here today.  I’m working on my next post about “Making a Murderer”, which I hope to have up soon.  I will note that I watched it the weekend it was released, weeks before everyone else jumped on the bandwagon.  Am I a trendsetter or what?

One last thing, I finally listened to season one of Serial.  I knew in the first 10 minutes of episode one that he did it!

I’m back!