Pop Culture Odds and Ends – Oscar Death Race Edition

The Academy Award nominations were announced on Tuesday and despite my very lackluster year of attending movies, I’m in pretty good shape going into this year’s Oscar Death Race. Once I cross three movies off my list – Dunkirk, The Phantom Thread, and The Post – I’ll have take care of most of the major categories and perhaps can spend more time focusing on my usual Waterloo (foreign films and documentaries). Most of the docs this year appear to be on streaming services, so I’ll focus my energies on tracking down the foreign films to the best of my ability. Of course, now that I’m working full-time and teaching a class two nights a week, my energies, such as they are, will probably be pretty limited.

So while I plot my best plan of attack, get yourself caught up on all the pop culture news that you might have missed with this week’s roundup.

Television

Movies

Trailers

  • Super Troopers 2:

 

  • No one is quite sure what this Dundee: The Son of A Legend Returns Home trailer is all about:

 

  • Thank goodness Last Week Tonight with John Oliver is finally coming back:

 

  • Heathers:

 

  • Rampage:

 

  • Paterno:

 

  • Tomb Raider:

 

  • Succession:

 

  • Queer Eye:

 

  • The Mechanism:

 

  • Season three of Ash vs. Evil Dead:

 

  • Pacific Rim: Uprising:

 

  • Seven Seconds:

 

  • A trailer for a Harry Potter mobile game:

 

  • This Is Not Happening:

 

  • The Terror:

 

  • The Death of Stalin:

 

  • Dear Dictator:

 

  • Psychokinesis:

 

Music

Theater

Stand-up

Books

Award Season

Odds and Ends

Mashups and Supercuts

  • This Friends reunion movie parody trailer is racking up views:

 

  • A poem by H.P. Lovecraft has the same meter as Billy Joel’s “Piano Man”:

 

  • Watch Breaking Bad in one minute:

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