One Sentence Oscar Movie Reviews

Don’t call it a comeback.


No seriously…..don’t. I have no idea if this post is a one-off or a tentative return to the world of pop culture blogging. The myriad reasons that I went on a “temporary break” that turned into nearly a year-long hiatus haven’t changed, but I have missed this. So no labels.

But whatever this, I couldn’t let the Academy Awards happen without me saying something. It’s just how I’m built. So since there is a lot of ground to cover and I don’t have much time to do it, here are my very efficient, one-sentence thoughts about all of this year’s Best Picture contenders:


  • Bohemian Rhapsody – A good performance (Rami Malek as Freddie Mercury) in a very mediocre movie.



  • Black Panther – The most fun I had at the theater this year – Wakanda forever! (Full review can be found here – remember when I reviewed movies?)



  • The Favourite – Not as funny as I was expecting and definitely won’t be everyone’s cup of tea, but filled with strong female performances.



  • BlacKKKlansman – I hadn’t watched a Spike Lee joint in a while, but I really enjoyed BlacKKKlansman – depressing this story is still so relevant, but uniformly great performances from the cast.



  • Green Book – I ride or die for Mahershala Ali, but this movie is problematic.



  • Vice – I’m usually here for whatever Adam McKay is laying down and this is no exception – I enjoyed his storytelling and I’ll be damned if Christian Bale didn’t become Dick Cheney.



  • A Star is Born – Frankly I think this one is overrated, but I’ll admit “Shallow” is a banger.



  • Roma – Still sitting in my Netflix queue since subtitles requires a level of focus that I have not been capable of lately.

As for the actual Oscar ceremony, I’m not even sure I’m going to watch this year. This isn’t a year where I have strong feelings one way or another about the movies nominated – I don’t hate anything with the passion that I previously did War Horse or Extremely Loud & Incredible Close nor was I enchanted with anything quite like the years Moonlight and Birdman won. Basically I have no real rooting interest and the Academy has really gone out of their way to make the ceremony unwatchable – no host, constantly changing their mind about what will or will not be in the telecast – so I think I may just watch Twitter for the highlights.  I am far more invested in the season finale of True Detective, which will be airing at the same time (side bar – we all think Amelia is dodgy, right?).

Have thoughts about this year’s Best Picture nominees? Share them in the comments.

And forever long this lasts…….it’s good to be back.



Pop Culture Odds and Ends – Out Like A Lamb Edition

While upstate New York has burned me before, I’m going out on a limb and say that I think Spring is officially on its way. Thank goodness for that, since though the snow hasn’t been to terrible here, it feels like winter has been going on forever and I’m ready for some warmer temperatures and not having to make tentative plans pending the weather. I don’t do well being cooped up, though it is admittedly good for my bank account. Of course now that I’ve said this, we’ll probably get a foot of snow dropped on us.

So while I hope it’s almost time to put away my winter jacket for the season, get yourself caught up on the pop culture that you might have missed with this week’s installment of the roundup.




  • Deadpool 2:


  • Won’t You Be My Neighbor?:


  • The Rain:


  • Tag:


  • Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger:


  • Under the Silver Lake:


  • Terminal:


  • Nightflyers:


  • The Titan:


  • The Spy Who Dumped Me:


  • Into the Badlands:


  • Kodachrome:


  • Come Sunday:


  • Action Point:


  • Fear the Walking Dead, season 4:


  • Being Serena:


  • Succession:


  • The House with a Clock in Its Walls


  • Troy: Fall of a City:


  • Cobra Kai:


  • The Devil and Father Amorth:





Odds and Ends

Mashups and Supercuts

  • The Office reimagined as cartoon characters:


  • Lin-Manuel Miranda and Ben Platt mashed up songs from their Broadway musicals:


  • The history of TV theme songs:


  • “Feel Good, Inc.” meets The Simpsons steamed hams:


  • The Office describes Kanye West albums:

Pop Culture Odds and Ends – Pi Day Edition

Today is Pi Day (March 14 = 3.14), though since I’ve lost the ability to keep track of the date I am unprepared to celebrate today. I’m actually not a huge pie fan – there are some pies that I like but it isn’t my go to dessert – though perhaps I can swing by a restaurant this evening to get a slice to go. I hate to miss out on food related celebrations.  Had I been in NYC today, I would have grabbed a slice of crack pie from Milk Bar, which is probably my all-time favorite (key lime and pumpkin are close seconds). Now I’ve made myself hungry.

Also pretty tasty – this week’s pop culture roundup. So get yourself caught up on all the pop culture that you may have missed in the last week – and feel free to have a slice of pie while doing so.




  • Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald:


  • Santa Clarita Diet, season 2:


  • The documentary RBG, which I will watch multiple times:


  • Your new favorite show, Making It:


  • A Series of Unfortunate Events, season 2:


  • The Handmaid’s Tale, season 2:


  • Rampage:


  • Eight Grade:


  • The Grinch:


  • The final season of The Americans:


  • Andre the Giant:


  • Sorry to Bother You:


  • Game Over, Man!:


  • The Outlaw Johnny Black:


  • Show Dogs:


  • Paradox:





Odds and Ends

Mashups and Supercuts

  • Tommy Wiseau auditions to play the Joker:


  • A bad lip reading of Star Wars: