Pop Culture Odds and Ends – Thanksgiving Eve Edition

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I feel kind of sorry for the holiday Thanksgiving in that it has kind of been shoved to the wayside by Christmas. As soon as Halloween is over, all the Christmas decorations come out and we basically breeze right by Thanksgiving. Many of the radio stations here have already switched over to their 24 hour Christmas music format and everywhere you look there are reminders of jolly old St. Nick. Even Thanksgiving day gets the short end of the stick, as many people wrap up their family activities early to get in some early shopping. Thanksgiving really needs to get itself a publicist; it isn’t getting the attention that it deserves.

I’ll admit that in practice Thanksgiving isn’t my favorite holiday, but it is in theory. It’s one of the few holidays that is truly American and that doesn’t cut along religious lines. It’s a holiday for everyone and it allows people to pause and think about what they have to be thankful for. That doesn’t happen enough and it really should be a bigger deal, not just a holiday footnote. This has been a crappy year for a lot of people I know, but that’s what makes the reflection that Thanksgiving represents all the more necessary. It’s a chance to focus on what’s good rather than your problems and provides perspective. I’m thankful for a lot of things, but I don’t articulate that enough. Thanksgiving gives me a much needed reminder of that.

Of course Thanksgiving also means spending a lot of time with family, which can lead to plenty of stressful and awkward conversations. I’m sure there are people out there who have a Norman Rockwell-style idyllic celebration, but plenty of people don’t have that experience and spend a lot of time trying to stay away from certain topics of discussion (this year, I’m sure the election is a subject plenty of people are dreading). That’s where the pop culture roundup comes in. When there’s a lull in the conversation or conversations are veering into “danger Will Robinson” territory, pull up this week’s roundup on your smart phone as a distraction. There’s something in here for everyone.

Television

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Movies

 

Trailers

  • Silence:

 

  • Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life:

 

  • The Comedian:

 

  • Kong: Skull Island:

 

  • Barry:

 

  • Hidden Figures:

 

  • Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events:

 

  • Before I Fall:

 

  • Crashing:

 

  • When We Rise:

 

  • The first teaser of the final season of Girls:

 

  • It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, season 12:

 

  • The Man in the High Castle, season two:

 

  • The Last Face:

 

  • Smurfs: The Lost Village:

 

  • Cars 3:

 

  • Justice League Dark:

 

  • The Book of Love:

 

Music

 

Stand-Up

Books

Theater

Odds and Ends

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Mashups and Supercuts

  • Jimmy Fallon, The Roots, and Metallica play “Enter Sandman” on classroom instruments:

 

  • The Anchorman cast watches the Cubs win the World Series:

 

  • A vintage cover of “Bizarre Love Triangle”:

 

  • LeBron: The Musical :

 

  • Paul Blart: Mall Cop recut as a serious action movie:

 

  • LEGO Stranger Things:

 

  • The Rock and Lin-Manuel Miranda present Millennials: The Musical:

 

  • James Corden, Anna Kendrick, and Billy Eichner perform the soundtrack to growing up:

 

  • Someone compiles all the Suicide Squad scenes of the Joker into one supercut:

 

  • #Ham4Bey combines two of my favorite things: Hamilton and Beyoncé:

 

Happy Thanksgiving!!!

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