There's a Tiger King-shaped hole in this thread, I reckon. Anyone else into it? I feel it's one of those 'believe the hype' phenomena. Every major character is one or more things out of: a psychopath, a conman, a gangster, a cult leader, a reformed meth addict or a decidedly unreformed sex addict. One of the less interesting, controversial or repugnant people whom the story involves is Mario Tabraue, the Cuban cocaine kingpin who was supposedly the real-life prototype for Tony Montana in Scarface. And everyone is a relentlessly zealous self-promoter in that way that only Americans really can be. The title character, Joe Exotic, comes across relatively sympathetically (despite being obviously an unstable fruitloop and a horrible exploiter of animals) compared to his nemesis, Carole Baskin, who styles herself a big cat 'rescuer', despite pretty clearly running a petting zoo that is fundamentally the same sort of business as Joe's, even if the conditions for the animals are perhaps somewhat better. Then there's "Doc" Antle - his doctorate is in "mystical science" - who runs his operation with the help of a whole harem of concubine-slaves, who in addition to working from dusk till dawn also have to sleep with him, and for the wage of $100 a week, plus cockcroach-infested board. (Joe pays his band of misfits the princely sum of $150 a week, but at least they don't have to shag him - he presumably gets all the action he needs from his two husbands, one of whom has a tattoos:teeth ratio that makes him look like a Russian mobster, while the other arrived to work at the zoo as a fresh-faced and notionally heterosexual 19-year-old. Carole, meanwhile, wouldn't do anything as exploitative as pay starvation wages to her staff: her operation is entirely run by volunteers!)
The whole thing is violently American and totally compelling, if you can cope with the animal cruelty - watching a minutes-old tiger cub being dragged away from its mother by some lackey with a metal pole is genuinely heartbreaking. Highly recommended nonetheless.
just finished Swedish crime drama "before we die", by the same writing team behind "kalifat". unsure after the first episode but it really took off from there. intense story of a Croatian organized crime family in Stockholm that looks to control the heroin trade in Europe, and a young swedish guy who inflilltrates.
Watched a couple episodes of midnight gospel now, good tip thanks wash. Sometimes the animation is a little distracting, but I appreciate what they are trying to do. Art director is Jesse moynihan who did a few interezting comics a few years back (tho I never actually finished the one I bought)