Pop Culture Odds and Ends – Goodbye 2014 Edition

We are in the last moments of 2014 and I have to say that overall it has been a pretty good year for pop culture. There have of course been some low water marks – I’m still annoyed by the How I Met Your Mother finale – but overall there have been plenty of great shows, movies, music, webseries and books to consume in the last 365 days. Thank goodness for that or I’d be out of business.

I’m not doing a traditional end of the year post – there are plenty of those out there to be found – but since the links are a little light this week because of the holidays, I thought I’d pause to highlight some of my favorite pop culture of 2014.

Favorite movieGuardians of the Galaxy. Considering I have not one but two Groot bobbleheads in my office and the Guardians of the Galaxy mixtape had been in heavy rotation much of 2014, this was a no-brainier. There were better and more important movies that came out in 2014, but Guardians is the movie that was the most fun that I had in a theater all year. I’m so happy for all of Chris Pratt’s success; couldn’t have happened to a nicer guy.

Honorable mention: Birdman, Wild, 22 Jump Street, The LEGO Movie, Chef, Gone Girl, The Imitation Game

Dishonorable mention: Let’s Be Cops, Sex Tape, The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Bad Words.

Favorite TV ShowGame of Thrones

Honorable mention: The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon, The Colbert Report, An Honorable Woman, Mad Men, Orange is the New Black, True Detective, The Americans

Favorite ConcertBeyoncé and Jay Z

Honorable mention: Bruno Mars, Steve Martin, Edie Brickell and the Deep Canyon Rangers, Boston Calling (which I meant to blog about but never got around to)

Favorite Stand-Up Show: Jim Jefferies

Honorable mention: Comics Come Home, Kids in the Hall

Favorite Pop Culture Experience: The Wire Reunion

Honorable mention: Central Perk, Kevin Smith, Serial

Favorite Blog Posts: Peter Pan Live, Drinking Songs, American Horror Story: Freak Show, Robin Williams, Your Cheating Heart

Thank you for following my pop culture adventures with me this year; I am truly appreciative of all the support the blog receives. And now….on to the pop culture roundup……..

  • John Oliver’s show will return next year, but he popped by with a video to remind us why New Year’s Eve is the worst (he’s not wrong):

 

  • Christmas is over, but it’s never too late to enjoy The Rock doing Christmas karaoke in a onesie:

 

  • Actually, Maury Povich pretty much won Christmas:

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  • Some New Jersey pranksters were inspired by Christmas Vacation:

 

  • Before he was killing zombies walkers, Daryl Dixon was in a Radiohead video:

 

Trailers

  • The Longest Ride, yet another Nicolas Sparks movie:

 

  • Kevin Costner in McFarland, USA:

 

  • A promo for the Oscars:

 

  • A look at the second season of Penny Dreadful:

 

  • Kat Dennings in To Write Love on Her Arms:

 

  • Jackie Chan in Dragon Blade:

 

  • Here’s a trailer for Wolf Hall:

 

  • Selma Hayek and some guns in the trailer for Everly:

 

  • There was a mini-Scrubs reunion:

Reunited and it feels so good.

A post shared by Zach Braff (@zachbraff) on

 

  • See Nicki Minaj in her high school acting class:

 

As always, we end with the mashups and supercuts:

  • Here’s a Miami Vice cocaine supercut:

 

  • The best news bloopers of 2014:

 

  • A supercut of movie explosions:

 

  • Taylor Swift is apparently “obsessed” with this mashup of two of her songs:

 

  • And finally, The Big Lebowski meets True Detective:

 

Best wishes for a happy, healthy and pop culture filled 2015!

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