Podcast: I chat to Jason Woliner about his captivating, hilarious & weirdly heartwarming series.
Really enjoyed the conversation. And the show really was fascinating. It's truly hard to argue against a guy who turned an unusual, but not wholy unexpected relationship failure into a literal action film through sheer determination. He's clearly not the best decision maker, but that is beside the point. There was something so addictive about watching this man charmingly drive everyone a little nuts, all while living out his life's work.
Really interesting interview. I was glad he talked about the scene where he put the psychic on blast. It was the only part of the doc that was clearly biased, which disappointed me. Even though I agree that she’s a shyster.
Oh my gosh I’m on episode 1 and I’m completely dumbfounded
This gets me a new series to watch. Thank you! Also, your newsletter is perfect. I love that the content varies so much...always interesting.
What an interesting interview despite never seeing or being likely to see the film. Best bit for me was about “white people seeing themselves as default norms”. This belief is at the base of so much of our social difficulties.
Amazing timing—finally getting around to watching now. Can’t wait to finish and listen to the chat.
Probably goes without saying but the most interesting pieces to read are the ones you’re most naturally drawn to, so for that reason alone this is exactly the kind of content I’m into. But for other reasons, too. Like how this is the best new show no one is talking about. (Although I’m kind of the target audience, I think—this and The Rehearsal are a couple of my favorite things I’ve seen lately.)
Oh my goddddd I just finished the doc and I am blown away. I hadn’t heard of it before you mentioned it in Webworm, so thank you. What a masterpiece. And your interview is the icing on the cake.
Great content and conversation as always David. Love your view of the world in my world. My world is bigger now.
Looking at The Rehearsal now. 🤞🏻Paul T shows here soon.
Keep up the lovely work/life.
I binged this show after seeing your post on Webworm pop up - so thank you David for introducing me to this weird, wonderful and wacky series, I loved it!! Listening to this podcast was a fantastic way to end the experience. The interview was so great and I loved listening to the director talk a bit more about his perspective on it all and his friendship with Paul. I particularly loved the chat about his choice to include himself a small bit in the series even though it was not something he would normally do - I felt that getting to see his reactions (that montage was fantastic!) was a great addition to the series and I’m so glad he made that choice - getting to see some of their relationship and interactions really helped give some great context.
That series was the maddest thing I’ve ever watched and I’m so impressed with how Jason pulled it off with kindness. Paul’s story makes me really nervous about generative AI and what it might do to people that are already susceptible to maladaptive daydreaming.
Wow!!! I downloaded and ended up staying up way too late last night binge watching. It’s so good! It’s an absolutely incredible journey we go on with Paul and Jason. I loved it. Also, I was so endeared to Paul when he was presented with the interview with Cadillac and took it, and apologised! When do we ever see that!!! Such an awesome recommendation, thank you! I need more!
I saw the preview for this show a week ago and wasn't sure what it was even about. Then, I got your email and decided to binge it last night so I could listen to the interview today. You're right, this was totally compelling! There were so many times when I wanted to cringe, but it never crossed that line into true discomfort. I think my favorite parts were the real actors and how well some of them delivered the "unique" dialogue trying to make it into something authentic. Thanks for the recommendation and the interview with the director. He was the best character in the series. You could tell he wanted to be respectful to everyone, but also understood the absurdity of the whole story.
You may want to move the spoiler warning up a little sooner!
Can’t wait to read when i’ve finished watching this.
‘White supremacy’ abounds in the western world yet it is mostly invisible to those who are white as it is the only lens many wear. It takes some grappling to realise that our own way of being is not everyone else’s. Having children of a different culture opened my eyes to behaviour I would never have believed happened if I wasn’t so close to it.
I hadn't even *heard* of this documentary before you started posting about it and now I'm seeing ads all over the place 😅😅😅. Will report back with my thoughts after I've watched/listened to the interview. I know you're very eager to hear what *I*, a stranger, have to say 😅😉