Pop Culture Odds and Ends – Headed Back to the Classroom Edition

Because I don’t already have enough on my plate, I’ve decided to teach a course next semester at a local college. This used to be not only my bread and butter but my chosen career until I burned myself out, dropped out of grad school, and started working a regular 9-5 gig. It was the right choice and while I have no desire to finish up my PhD, the lure of teaching introduction to American government at this time was too interesting an opportunity to turn down. And, of course, the extra stew will come in handy now that I have car payments to make.  Thankfully I’ve taught this class over 20 times so while I haven’t had a class since 2007, the prep work should be fairly minimal as I just have to update my lecture notes.  At least that is what I keep telling myself.

So while I get caught up on all that has changed in American politics in the last decade (it’s been quiet, right?), get yourself caught up on all the pop culture that you may have missed with this week’s roundup.




  • Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom:


  • The international trailer for Black Panther:


  • Ready Player One:


  • Annihilation:


  • 15:17 to Paris:


  • The second season of Jessica Jones:


  • Doctor Who: Twice Upon a Time:


  • The Last Five Years:


  • Corporate:


  • The Terror:


  • The Clapper:


  • Maze Runner: The Death Cure:


  • Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse:


  • Insidious: The Last Key:


  • Bright:


  • A teaser for the WarGames reboot:


  • Death Standing:


  • Homeland, season 7:


  • The Detour, season 3:






Award Season

Odds and Ends

Mashups and Supercuts

  • Lin-Manuel Miranda performs Hamilton in three minutes:


  • A bad lip reading of Stranger Things:


  • Christmas Carpool Karaoke:


  • The cast of Netflx’s One Day at a Time reboot recreate the opening credits of the original show:


  • Call Me By Your Name meets Monsters University:


  • Star Wars characters sing “MMMBop”:


Chance the Rapper does the weather for WGN:


  • Jimmy Kimmel Live! presents “Lannister on the Bannister”:


  • Peanuts meets Riverdale on The Tonight Show:


Pop Culture Odds and Ends – Sick and Tired Edition

Somehow I am sick again – or sick still. I can’t really tell anymore. I feel like I have been coughing and sneezing non-stop for weeks now. I’m healthy enough to be functional and go about my daily life, but sick enough that I generally feel “meh” about doing much of anything. I was looking forward to spending last weekend hitting up the cinema and catching up on some of the movies that I’ve missed, but instead I spent almost the entire weekend sleeping or trying to will myself to get out of bed or off the couch. I am sick and tired of being sick and tired. The day that I’m not sniffling or downing cough drops like candy will be a happy day indeed.

So while I look into getting an IV drip of vitamin C, catch yourself up on all the pop culture that you might have missed with this week’s roundup.




  • Teaser for Jurassic Word: Fallen Kingdom:


  • New trailer for season 4 of Black Mirror:


  • HBO/The Ringer’s Andre the Giant Documentary:


  • You Were Never Really Here:


  • Good Girls:


  • Here and Now:


  • A teaser trailer for HBO’s Barry:


  • Amazon’s Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan:


  • Wormwood:


  • Black Lightning:


  • Altered Carbon:


  • Midnight Sun:






Odds and Ends

Mashups and Supercuts

  • Cookie Monster channels his inner Busta Rhymes:


  • Chris Pratt and Chris Stapleton sing “(I’ve Had) The Time of My Life”:


  • The Tonight Show brings you “Robert Mueller’s Comin’ to Town”:


  • A mashup of 2017 movie trailers (I have missed A LOT):


Pop Culture Odds and Ends – Using Up Vacation Time Edition

This year, I find myself in the surprising position of having to use up vacation time before the end of the year. I’ve never taken a ton of vacation – the last time I took one full week off was way back in 2010 – but this has never been an issue before. Normally I take an average of 10-15 days off for the year, but thanks to the craziness at work I’ve taken a total of four vacation days in 2017. I’m also accumulating time faster, thanks to my promotion, which means I have to burn off some days in the next month. However, since I just purchased a new car and it’s the holidays, it’s not really in my budget to go anywhere other than perhaps a day trip to NYC. So I’m planning a staycation, which is hopefully good news for all of you since that means I have time to go to the movies, catch up on streaming series, and maybe even write so that regular blog posts can once again resume. Honestly, I’m looking forward to a day of Netflix from my bed possibly more that I would be a trip to Hawaii.

So while I look forward to a gloriously lazy pop culture-filled few days off, get yourself caught up on what you might have missed with this week’s roundup.




  • Avengers: Infinity War:


  • 12 Strong:


  • All The Money In The World:


  • Paddington 2:


  • Black Mirror, season 4:


  • Drunk History, season 5:


  • The Mercy:


  • Smallfoot:


  • A new season of HBO’s High Maintenance:


  • El Camino Christmas:


  • Journeyman:


  • Mary Magdalene:


Best Friend From Heaven (I can’t even believe this is a real movie):





Odds and Ends

Mashups and Supercuts

  • Sharing Things:


  • The National covered another Bob’s Burgers song:


  • Bono, Sean Penn, and Chris Martin performed a Frank Sinatra song on Jimmy Kimmel Live!: