Todd Grotenhuis

Dec 2021

2021 Recommendations - Watching 📺

  • Your local theater - enjoyed (even via streaming) renditions of Tuesdays with Morrie, Cyrano, and A Christmas Carol
  • See Season 1 - terrifying, mesmerizing, and incredible
  • Rememory - contemplative and crushing
  • Dear White People Season 2 - very well done
  • Resident Alien Season 1 - Alan Tudyk is great in this mishmash of all the genres into a single show
  • John Oliver on Raids - Raids are devastating and almost never necessary.
  • John Oliver on Sponsored Content - All ad-driven news creates perverse incentives, but sponsored content is particularly bad
  • Canadians rescue the USA national anthem - brilliant use of harmony
  • The Sinner Season 3 - more terribly haunting than the first two seasons, combined
  • The Commute: Walking 90km to Work - another incredibly documentary from Beau Miles
  • Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Season 1 - in release order of Trek shows, this is my favorite, so far
  • Kim’s Convenience Seasons 1–2 - fun sitcom, though it got a little formulaic by season 3 and we got tired of the “people didn’t communicate” trope as the main plot driver
  • Endeavour Season 5 - I love the attention to atmosphere in this series. It feels like a (modern) history lesson every time, too. Warning: every episode of this show seems to end on a melancholy note, literally and figuratively.
  • I Am Mother - I’d love to discuss this sci-fi suspense!
  • The Falcon and the Winter Soldier Season 1 - This felt like the most “comic book” of the MCU so far, due to the everybody having to fight everybody, etc. Great preaching from Sam at the end of the season.
  • Venom - utterly ridiculous and a lot of fun
  • Blade - rewatched this; interesting to hear Blade will be coming into the MCU
  • Fantastic Planet - totally original french animated scifi from 1973
  • Mr. Show Seasons 1–3 - some of this didn’t age well, but I love sketch comedy and their take on the Python-esque surreal sketch transitions
  • Tenet - this was an instant purchase
  • Line of Duty Season 1 - What a wild ride! I had to space these out because they were so provocative, complex, and intense. Season 2 not recommended.
  • A Black Lady Sketch Show Season 2 - Not as good as season 1, but still good sketch comedy
  • Love, Death & Robots Season 2 - Not as mind-altering as Season 1, but still full of incredible experiments
  • Self/less - Good, interesting. Would have been even better with more of a Christopher Nolan treatment and less of a Product Placement treatment.
  • 🎶 Welcome to the Internet - “could I interest you in everything all of the time?“ Lots of good critique in this hilarious self-produced music video. Full special here.
  • Primal Fear - Very late to the party on this one. Surprised I didn’t see this back when it came out, as it was definitely my kind of movie. A little dated and a little predictable, but still very enjoyable and worth a discussion.
  • 🎶 Tiny Desk Concert: clipping. - this is the first actual tiny desk concert, and the start of my obsession with clipping. (Stay tuned for Listening Recommendations)
  • The Suicide Squad - Ludicrous, gory, and hilarious. I’m not much of a DC guy, but this was some wicked fun.
  • 🎶 Marc Rebillet and Madison McFerrin - incredible looping and improv chemistry
  • Middleditch & Schwartz - long-form improv comedy
  • Ted Lasso Season 2 - not as good as season 1, but still challenging, human, and funny
  • Foundation Season 1 - Unnecessarily brutal at at times (and I mean the storytelling, not the content…some details don’t need to be on the screen), but otherwise very good
  • Soul - Heartbreaking at times, but a beautiful movie

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