Pop Culture Odds and Ends – Oscars Fail Edition

The Academy Awards were Sunday and my general feeling about it this year could be summed up in the following GIF:

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For the first time in probably at least 15 years, I didn’t even watch the telecast and though I had extra time for the Oscar death race this year, thanks to the Olympics, I somehow managed to put in my worst performance ever. Not only did I miss out on the usual elusive categories like best foreign film and the shorts, I didn’t even complete the major categories, including Best Picture; in the end, my indifference to Dunkirk won out over my desire to see all the nominated films.  For me, I generally wasn’t all that enamored with a lot of the nominees that I did watch; I was rooting for Get Out and Ladybird to do well, but I didn’t have a strong opinion about most of the other films. I didn’t even hate any of them (a la War Horse); when most of them ended, I thought “that was fine” and that was the end of it. I’m hoping that this was just an overall “meh” year for movies and not a sign that I’ve lost interest in this entire endeavor. That would make me really sad.

So while I contemplate if this means I’ve having some sort of existential crisis, get yourself caught up with this week’s installment of the pop culture roundup.

Television

Movies

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Trailers

  • Sweetbitter:

 

  • Mary Poppins Returns:

 

  • The final season of House of Cards:

 

  • Most Likely to Murder:

 

  • Yellowstone:

 

  • Lost in Space:

 

  • Christopher Robin:

 

  • Legion season 2:

 

  • Muppet Guys Talking:

 

  • Wild Wild Country:

 

  • Marvel’s Cloak and Dagger:

 

  • Prospect:

 

  • Tully:

 

  • Chappaquiddick:

 

  • WarGames, season one:

 

  • Roseanne:

 

  • The Endless:

 

  • Book Club:

 

  • Cobra Kai:

 

  • Scary Love:

  • Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery:

 

Music

Books

Theater

Awards Season

Stand-up

Odds and Ends

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Mashups and Supercuts

  • “The Hamilton Polka” by Weird Al:

  • Steve Buscemi auditions for all the Best Picture nominees:

Pop Culture Odds and Ends – Grading Hell Edition

So this week has basically been a perfect storm of crap – work has been tremendously busy and stressful as I’m juggling a lot right now and I also had to grade all the exams for the class that I’m teaching which is a huge time suck. Add to that the fact that I haven’t been sleeping well and some stuff going on in my personal life (not me, but many of my friends are having a rough week) and I’m pretty much living this meme right now:

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I honestly forgot that yesterday was even Wednesday, which gives you a pretty good idea where my head is at. So with apologies, here is your slightly delayed installment of this week’s pop culture roundup.

Television

Movies

Trailers

  • Fahrenheit 451:

  • Wreck-It Ralph 2:

 

  • Rest in Power: The Trayvon Martin Story:

 

  • The Zen Diaries of Garry Shandling:

 

  • Flint Town:

 

  • Paterno:

 

  • The Outsider:

 

  • The Week Of:

 

  • Roxanne Roxanne:

 

  • Yardie:

 

Music

Stand-Up

Theater

Odds and Ends

Mashups and Supercuts

  • Watch Daveed Digg as a rapping carrot on Sesame Street:

Pop Culture Odds and Ends – Read the Syllabus Edition

I don’t know if I’m losing my patience or my students this semester are particularly troublesome, but they are really trying to drive me crazy this semester. Not only do they not do the assigned readings and look disinterested during lecture, but they apparently have not even glanced at the syllabus based on the barrage of questions that I’ve received this week. They have their first exam tomorrow so that has really hyped up the inane questions. It’s great for regaling my friends and co-workers with tales of the lunacy – I even had a student who dropped my class asking me ridiculous questions because he didn’t realize that he had dropped the class – but it is no fun for my mental health. I suspect that I’m one and done after this semester and will be leaving my teaching career in the rear view mirror. Lecturers don’t get paid enough to put up with this foolishness.

So while I answer the same question 50 times, get yourself caught up with all the pop culture that you might have missed with this week’s roundup.

Television

Movies

Trailers

  • Ready Player One:

 

  • A Cobra Kai teaser:

 

  • Trust:

 

  • Collateral:

 

  • Silicon Valley, season 5:

 

  • The Dangerous Book for Boys:

 

  • Gringo:

 

  • Kings:

 

  • Lost in Space:

 

  • The Push:

 

  • Unbanned: The Legend of AJ1:

 

  • The Last Movie Star:

 

  • Jessica Jones, season 2:

 

  • Uncle Drew:

 

  • The Force of Sound:

 

  • Mary Magdalene:

 

Music

Theater

Books

Odds and Ends