2019 is here and along with comes some interesting choices for watching and reading. It seems that a lot of the big buzz this month was over both of the Fyre Festival documentaries. One produced by Netflix and another from Hulu.
In short, I think the Hulu documentary was better at asking the larger story of what happens when you take social media to its logical conclusion. At the same time the Netflix documentary has better footage from the event and seems to be more polished (Note that Jerry Media served as a producer of the documentary. They’re the company behind the social media marketing of the Festival. So of course Netflix had access to more behind the scenes footage.)
Here’s what I watched and read in January.
Movies I Watched this Month
- ”Alpha Go” Surprisingly moving. Paints a good picture of the limits of artificial intelligence.
- ”Jiro Dreams of Sushi” Unbelievable dedication.
- ”Fyre” Absolutely stressful to watch. Of the two documentaries on this fiasco, this is the better of the two.
- ”Fyre Fraud” Not as good as the Netflix one, however it gives you a sense of history behind the whole operation.
Books I Read this Month
- “Atomic Habits” by James Clear There’s been a lot of good buzz about this book and I think it lives up to the hype. While I don’t think there’s anything that will blow your mind, it is a good primer on how habits are formed and how they can be broken.
- ”One Small Step Can Change Your Life” by Robert Maurer Felt slightly derivative. Not much new material.
TV I Watched this Month
- ”The Grand Tour” I love every moment of this show.