SUMMARY: Hi Seeners, it’s Dan Luke. This week’s episode of Ya Shoulda Seen this By Now is all about Making a Murderer. Frank Romano and I have a freewheeling conversation about my neighborhood being named the “hottest in the country,” if it’s OK to burn cats, and the Netflix documentary Making A Murderer. It’s an unfocused conversation with an ambiguous and biased conclusion — just like Making A Murderer! Remember the Taco Bell dog? I like Taco Bell dog.
SUMMARY: Man, it’s a real corker of an episode this week on Ya Shoulda Seen this By Now. Frank and Dan have a freewheelin’ conversation which includes the following:
- Dan’s new impression of comedian Marc Maron.
- An in-depth analysis and review of the Netflix documentary Tig.
- There’s also a super low energy conversation about pain and how pain shapes an artist. It literally feels like the hosts are about to fall asleep.
Anyway, check it out! I like dolphin.
“Frank texted me that he was going to watch the ‘Kobain doc'” —Dan
SUMMARY: Hello, and welcome to another episode of Ya Shoulda Seen This by Now! This episode is about the new Kurt Cobain documentary Montage of Heck. Frank and Dan discuss Cobain’s legacy, the modern renaissance of the documentary, and boners. It’s riveting stuff. I like trains.
“Let’s save Tom Cruise from his life of beautiful women that the Church of Scientology sends to fuck him.” — Dan
Frank and Dan discuss HBO’s Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief from acclaimed documentary filmmaker Alex Gibney, based on the book by Lawrence Wright. Both Dan & Frank enjoyed the doc but Dan thought it could have been a little bit more involving. Frank thinks he’s been too spoiled by The Jinx & Serial to feel satisfied by a 2-hour documentary. He wants more! More docs about Scientology! Let’s save Tom Cruise!
On February 9th, 2015, CBS News reported that NPR’s podcast Serial had been downloaded more than 68 million times. Since concluding its run on December 18th, 2014, Serial has occupied the #1 slot of the iTunes top podcasts list for four months. It took that spot even before it debuted. It broke records as the fastest podcast to reach 5 million downloads, and was lauded in the New York Times as “Podcasting’s first break out hit.” Serial was huge. You couldn’t miss it. I couldn’t either.
“One story, told week by week” was how Ira Glass explained Serial when it first aired on This American Life. It was all there in the title: Serial. As in serialized drama. In 2014, as consumers, we were living in a golden age of revitalized serialized drama, but this was a new slant on the staling formula – it was journalistic, even investigative.
Documentaries originated as an industrial medium for journalists to explain their findings. Now, they serve as creative powerhouses of opinion and entertainment. At first, a modern documentary could reach millions of people. Now, it can reach millions of people and their wallets. Still, despite the myriad of biased, entertainment focused documentaries that the last ten years of yielded–think Jesus Camp, Food Inc, and Supersize Me–I have never encountered something as morally bankrupt as Serial.The first red flag was how hard the team at This American Life worked to sell the premise of Serial. It was a serialized drama, to be dispersed one tantalizing bit at a time. It would feature cliffhangers. It would have villains. We would discover the truth along with our investigators. All of these things feel great to me with fictional drama. The problem with Serial was that it was real. This dramatic show, this tantalizing labyrinth of villains and cliffhangers was the real experiences of people that had been hurt and victimized in so many ways. To do it again in order to tell a riveting story seemed so unaware of it’s own irony that it felt like borderline parody.
“[Robert Durst] has the eyes of a dead cod.”-Dan
Frank and Dan talk about The Jinx. Then Dan reveals that he hates the podcast Serial and finds it to be extremely problematic. The two don’t see eye to eye. Speaking of eyes, Robert Durst has the dead eyes of a cod. Anyway, nothing is resolved in this episode and we all die alone.
Just by writing this blog post and releasing this podcast we’re probably going to be placed on an NSA watch list—or maybe not, I don’t know. Do you think you’re already on a watch list? I don’t think I am, but I only say that because I’m not that important. Yet, there are 1.2 million people (or were, very recently) on the NSA watch list. 1.2 million people on a watch list is incredibly frightening. Are there really that many possible threats to our national security? Am I just naive? Or is our country’s most secretive and powerful intelligence agency just batshit insane? Continue reading