The concept of the new Netflix documentary series "Pretend It's A City" is pretty simple: writer Fran Lebowitz speaks while Martin Scorsese (who is both director and on camera) listens and laughs.
Lebowitz's reflections on seven episodes are broken down into loose themes such as "Metropolitan Transit" and "Library Services", with the newer footage interspersed with clips from older interviews. That's pretty much all as far as structure goes. While Lebowitz shares a number of amusing anecdotes, there is no attempt to explore the wider arc of her career or explain why we see a show about her.
And yet, while discussing the latest episode of the Original Content Podcast, we both enjoyed the entire show.
Darrell describes Lebowitz as the consummate party guest, full of aphorisms and provocative opinions on everything from technology to sports to the New York subway. And there is something delightful about watching an accomplished director like Scorsese relax and have a good time.
On the other hand, it would be a little annoying if we didn't find Lebowitz's utterances as funny as Scorsese, and watching episode after episode meant that she'd eventually exhausted her reception. So it's probably best to enjoy the series individually rather than playing the whole thing at once.
In addition to reviewing Pretend It's A City, we also discussed Nielsen's ranking of the most popular streaming services of 2020.
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If you want to move on, the episode is broken down as follows:
0:34 listener email
5:46 Discussion about Nielsen streaming data
14:03 review of "imagine it's a city"