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Santa Maria Sun / Film

This weeks review
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AD ASTRA
BINGABLE: ABANDONED (2016)
BINGABLE: DON’T F**K WITH CATS: HUNTING AN INTERNET KILLER (2019)
BINGEABLE: Barry
BINGEABLE: CASA DE LAS FLORES
BINGEABLE: FLEABAG
BINGEABLE: GRACE AND FRANKIE
BINGEABLE: NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC DOCUMENTARIES
BINGEABLE: OUTLANDER (2014-present)
BINGEABLE: PRIDE AND PREJUDICE (1995)
BINGEABLE: RUSSIAN DOLL
BINGEABLE: STRANGER THINGS 3
BINGEABLE: THE PEOPLE V. O.J. SIMPSON: AMERICAN CRIME STORY
BINGEABLE: THE SINNER (SEASON 2)
BIRDS OF PREY (AND THE FANTABULOUS EMANCIPATION OF ONE HARLEY QUINN)
BLAST FROM THE PAST: COOL RUNNINGS (1993)
BLAST FROM THE PAST: FISH TANK (2009)
BLAST FROM THE PAST: HOUSE
BLAST FROM THE PAST: OLDBOY
BLAST FROM THE PAST: RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK
BLAST FROM THE PAST: ROBOCOP
BLAST FROM THE PAST: THE MATRIX
BLAST FROM THE PAST: THE PRESTIGE (2006)
BLAST FROM THE PAST: WILD AT HEART
BLAST FROM THE PAST: YOU’VE GOT MAIL
BLOODSHOT
DOCTOR SLEEP
EMMA
FORD V FERRARI
GUILTY PLEASURE: THE HANGOVER
GUILTY PLEASURES: CHEER (2020)
GUILTY PLEASURES: GIRL MEETS WORLD (2014-2017)
HATEWATCH: 92ND ACADEMY AWARDS (2020)
HATEWATCH: NAILED IT!
HATEWATCH: THE WITCHER (2019)
HEARST CASTLE: BUILDING THE DREAM
I STILL BELIEVE
JOJO RABBIT
JOKER
KNIVES OUT
LITTLE WOMEN
MOTHERLESS BROOKLYN
ONCE UPON A TIME … IN HOLLYWOOD
ONWARD
THE ART OF RACING IN THE RAIN
THE BIGGEST LITTLE FARM
THE CALL OF THE WILD
THE GENTLEMEN
THE HUNT
THE INVISIBLE MAN
THE LIGHTHOUSE
THE PEANUT BUTTER FALCON
THE WAY BACK
TV REVIEW:
TV REVIEW: LITTLE FIRES EVERYWHERE
TV REVIEW: SELF MADE: INSPIRED BY THE LIFE OF MADAM C.J. WALKER
TV REVIEW: TABOO
TV REVIEW: WESTWORLD (Season 3 debut)
UNCUT GEMS
UNDERRATED: BATMAN BEGINS
UNDERRATED: DOUBLE DRAGON (1994)
UNDERRATED: INSOMNIA
UNDERRATED: SHUTTER ISLAND
UNDERRATED: THE BATTERED BASTARDS OF BASEBALL
UNDERRATED: THE FALLING
YESTERDAY
ZOMBIELAND: DOUBLE TAP

BINGABLE: ABANDONED (2016)

PHOTO BY PHOTO COURTESY VICELAND

BINGABLE: ABANDONED (2016)


Where is it playing?: Hulu, Amazon Prime

What's it rated?: TV-14

User Rating: 0.00 (0 Votes)

On prom night my senior year of high school, a few of my friends and I bailed on a low-key gathering we were at to explore the remnants of an amusement park that had closed three years prior.

Much of the infrastructure remained in place, but everything else was different. The roller coaster’s tracks still stood tall, but they were missing the sound of roaring carts. The water slides still twisted and turned, but now they led to empty pools. It was oddly surreal taking all this in, while walking through a previously bustling park that I visited countless times throughout my formative years.

There’s something alluring about visiting spaces that people once occupied. I imagine this feeling is what drove professional skateboarder and videographer Rick McCrank to host the documentary series Abandoned, which aired on Viceland in 2016 and is now on Hulu.

Throughout the series, McCrank explores abandoned malls in northeast Ohio, empty schools in St. Louis, and desolate fishing villages along Canada’s east coast, among other locations. All of these spaces are beautifully shot. I seriously can’t overstate how much I enjoyed just looking at this show; it’s visually stunning.

But more important than the scenery are the people you meet in each episode. McCrank visits with locals who still cherish and occupy these empty spaces that most people have long moved past. They talk about the location’s glory days, what caused it to fall into such a state of disrepair, and whether or not there’s any hope in saving it.

It’s these conversations with the people who still care about these spaces that really make the show for me. It becomes more than a show depicting abandoned buildings, and more of a series about hope and resiliency. This is emphasized in the closing sequence of each episode, which features a clip of each person McCrank meets staring defiantly into the camera. After hearing these people’s stories—which were almost always tragic—it’s an incredibly powerful moment.

Despite the often-heavy subject matter, McCrank usually keeps things light with his awkward sense of humor. The episodes are also broken up with sequences of McCrank skating through these abandoned spaces. Given that I didn’t know who he was prior to watching the show, it was somewhat jarring the first time McCrank started cruising through an empty Ohio mall, but a quick Google search connected the dots.

Skating ends up becoming an important part of the show. In multiple episodes, McCrank meets up with people who’ve turned abandoned spaces into makeshift skate parks, such as a group of kids McCrank meets up with in New Orleans who’ve built ramps and other features in an area left abandoned after Hurricane Katrina.

But overall, this isn’t a show about skating or abandoned buildings. More than anything, Abandoned is a show about people.

—Zac Ezzone








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