Sunday, January 24, 2021     Volume: 21, Issue: 47
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Santa Maria Sun / Film

This weeks review
A VIGILANTE
BEST WISHES, WARMEST REGARDS: A SCHITT’S CREEK FAREWELL
BINGABLE: ABANDONED (2016)
BINGEABLE: BARRY
BINGEABLE: FLEABAG
BINGEABLE: NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC DOCUMENTARIES
BINGEABLE: OUTLANDER (2014-present)
BINGEABLE: STRANGER THINGS 3
BINGEABLE: THE SINNER (SEASON 2)
BLAST FROM THE PAST: RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK (1981)
BLAST FROM THE PAST: THE MATRIX
BLAST FROM THE PAST: THE PRESTIGE (2006)
BLAST FROM THE PAST: WILD AT HEART (1990)
BORAT SUBSEQUENT MOVIEFILM
DA 5 BLOODS
ENOLA HOLMES
FIRST COW
GUILTY PLEASURES: CHEER (2020)
HAPPIEST SEASON
HAVE A GOOD TRIP: ADVENTURES IN PSYCHEDELICS
HEARST CASTLE: BUILDING THE DREAM
HONEST THIEF
I’M THINKING OF ENDING THINGS
LYING AND STEALING
MANK
SHUT UP LITTLE MAN! AN AUDIO MISADVENTURE (2011)
SOUL
SUPERINTELLIGENCE
THE BIGGEST LITTLE FARM
THE MIDNIGHT SKY
THE OPERATIVE
THE PROFESSOR AND THE MADMAN
THE PROM
THE TRIAL OF THE CHICAGO SEVEN
THE WOLF OF SNOW HOLLOW
TREAD
TV REVIEW: BATES MOTEL
TV REVIEW: BEST LEFTOVERS EVER!
TV REVIEW: BOSCH
TV REVIEW: DEFENDING JACOB
TV REVIEW: EVIL
TV REVIEW: FEAR CITY
TV REVIEW: HELL ON WHEELS (2011-2016)
TV REVIEW: HOMECOMING
TV REVIEW: I KNOW THIS MUCH IS TRUE
TV REVIEW: I MAY DESTROY YOU
TV REVIEW: I’LL BE GONE IN THE DARK
TV REVIEW: JULIE AND THE PHANTOMS
TV REVIEW: LENOX HILL
TV REVIEW: LITTLE AMERICA
TV REVIEW: LOVECRAFT COUNTRY
TV REVIEW: MRS. AMERICA
TV REVIEW: RAMY
TV REVIEW: RUN
TV REVIEW: SPACE FORCE
TV REVIEW: TABOO
TV REVIEW: THE BOYS
TV REVIEW: THE END OF THE F***ING WORLD
TV REVIEW: THE FLIGHT ATTENDANT
TV REVIEW: THE GREAT BRITISH BAKING SHOW (SEASON 11)
TV REVIEW: THE LAST KINGDOM
TV REVIEW: THE MIDNIGHT GOSPEL
TV REVIEW: THE MORNING SHOW
TV REVIEW: THE MOST DANGEROUS ANIMAL OF ALL
TV REVIEW: THE PLOT AGAINST AMERICA
TV REVIEW: THE QUEEN’S GAMBIT
TV REVIEW: THE THIRD DAY
TV REVIEW: THE VOW
TV REVIEW: TREADSTONE (2019)
TV REVIEW: UNDONE
TV REVIEW: WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS
TV REVIEW: ZEROZEROZERO
UNDERRATED: BATMAN BEGINS (2005)
UNDERRATED: THE BATTERED BASTARDS OF BASEBALL (2014)
WONDER WOMAN 1984

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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