Show Notes

This week, as the conclusion to the 2020 election season looms, and everyone anxiously awaits the results, we examine the grotesque incompetence, selfishness and venality of Donald Trump and others in his administration, as evidenced by their response to the coronavirus pandemic, through the lens of Alex Gibney's latest documentary, Totally Under Control (made with co-directors Ophelia Harutyunyan and Suzanne Hillinger). New guest host Shilyh Warren makes her debut to help us express our outrage. Then, Chris interviews filmmakers Eli B. Despres, Josh Kriegman and Elyse Steinberg about their profile of the ACLU, The Fight, which we previously reviewed in Episode 906. Listen in and then, please, if you have not done so, already ? VOTE!

Group Review Documentary:

TOTALLY UNDER CONTROL (Alex Gibney/Ophelia Harutyunyan/Suzanne Hillinger, 2020)

Available on VOD from NEON.

Film Featured in Interview Portion:

THE FIGHT (Eli B. Despres/Josh Kriegman/Elyse Steinberg, 2020)

Available on VOD from Magnolia Pictures.

Other Films Mentioned:

Links to reviews by Christopher Llewellyn Reed:?


  • 00:43 ? Intro
  • 04:18 ? Group Discussion of TOTALLY UNDER CONTROL
  • 20:12 ? Chris interviews Eli B. Despres, Josh Kriegman and Elyse Steinberg of THE FIGHT
  • ??38:40 ? Doc Talk
  • 49:45 ? Closing and End Credits



Artwork by Hilary Campbell

Intro music by Jeremiah Moore

Transitional music by BELLS? (thanks to Christopher Ernst)

Editing and shownotes by Christopher Llewellyn Reed