Pop Culture Odds and Ends – August 9, 2017 Edition

I have nothing clever or interesting to share this week, so we’ll get right to the reason that you’re here – the pop culture roundup. As always, I’ve curated the best that the world of pop culture has to offer to keep you up to date on things you might have missed. Enjoy!

Television

Movies

Trailers

  • Mother!:

 

  • Death Wish:

 

  • Goodbye Christopher Robin:

 

  • American Horror Story: Cult:

 

  • Narcos, season 3:

 

  • Disjointed:

 

  • The Gifted:

 

  • The Deuce:

 

  • Top of the Lake: China Girl:

 

  • Leatherface:

 

  • Stratton:

 

  • Mr. Robot, season 3:

 

  • Bodied:

Music

Stand-up

Theater

Books

Odds and Ends

Mashups and Supercuts

  • “Baby Got Back” gets a country make-over:

 

  • Chris Martin turned Linkin Park’s “Crawling “ into a ballad:

 

  • A newly discovered video of Möterhead covering David Bowie:

 

  • Kendrick Lamar’s “Humble” if he rapped about syrup sandwiches:

 

  • A heavy metal cover of The Simpsons theme:

 

  • The cast of Game of Thrones sings “Ice Ice Baby”:

Pop Culture Odds and Ends – Let’s All Go To The Movies Edition

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You may have noticed that movie reviews lately have been few and far between on the blog. That’s because for some reason I just haven’t been going to the movies as often as I used to. There’s absolutely no good reason for this, other than the fact that up until recently there haven’t been a lot of movies that I have been all that psyched to see. Now there’s a bunch of movies that I’m looking forward to, but now I need to try and squeeze them all in before they disappear from the cinema. I’m woefully behind on my early Oscar Death Race prep; while most of the movies that are likely to be nominated haven’t been released yet, I should have been trying to get some of the potential foreign films and documentaries out of the way. Moonlight is a shoe-in for a bunch of nominations, but the showtimes have made it difficult for me to see. Thankfully most television shows wrap up their fall season next week (if they haven’t already), so I can fully commit to returning to the mulitplex on a more regular basis. I love going to the movies when I’m there, but sometimes getting myself to the theater is the larger battle. But I do love a challenge and I’ve never actually completed the Oscar Death Race of seeing ALL the nominees in every category, so that’s a motivator. So get ready for a barrage of movie reviews; that used to be the bread and butter of the blog so we’re going back to basics.  And now that it’s in writing, I can’t back out.

And now…..on to the weekly pop culture roundup……

Television

 

Movies

Trailers

  • Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2:

 

  • Sherlock series 4:

 

  • The Belko Experiment:

 

  • Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events:

 

  • The Circle:

 

  • Spectral:

 

  • Fist Fight:

 

  • Big Little Lies:

 

  • Office Christmas Party:

 

  • Sleight:

 

  • Death Stranding:

 

  • The Autopsy of Jane Doe:

 

  • Legion:

 

  • The Mummy:

 

  • Season 2 of Con Man:

 

  • Nashville season 5:

 

  • Transformers: The Last Knight:

 

  • Almost Paris:

 

  • Chasing Cameron:

 

  • Floyd Norman: An Animated Life:

 

Music

Theater

Books

Stand-Up

Odds and Ends

 

Mashups and Supercuts

  • What if Wes Anderson directed The Witch:

 

  • Wheatus’ “Teenage Dirtbag” in the style of Janis Joplin:

 

  • Chance the Rapper’s favorite improvised noises:

 

  • A mashup of movies that were released in 2016:

 

  • The apocalypse, as told by movies:

 

  • A metal remix of “All I Want for Christmas is You”:

 

  • Literal Bohemian Rhapsody:

 

Pop Culture Odds and Ends – Give Something Back Edition

I’m not really sure how this happened, but in a little over two weeks it’s Christmas. Maybe it’s because the unofficial Christmas season starts so darn early that it lapses me into a false sense of security and then suddenly – bam! – the holidays are here. I’m lucky in that Christmas is a pretty low stress holiday for me – I don’t have a ton of people to shop for and I’m already done – but getting myself into the Christmas spirit takes some effort. When there are no children in your family and you see your relatives on the reg, it takes a little more work to get me excited about this time of year. The fact that the arrival of the holiday season also means that winter is coming certainly doesn’t help.  I have some things up my sleeve to try and move things along, but one way that I plan to gin up some holiday yule (that doesn’t involve actual gin) is to make sure to give something back to others.

I try to be charitable throughout the year, but around the holidays a lot more opportunities present themselves. This is both a blessing and a curse, since it also means that there are a lot of worthwhile causes competing for your limited time and money. That’s what appealed to me about this local story about a little girl, the sole survivor of a fire that killed the rest of her family, who wants Christmas cards. Such a small and easy thing to do that will bring joy to someone who deserves to have a nice Christmas. I promised to help try and promote this, so anyone who wants to contribute by sending her a card, the address is in the linked story.

Another simple way I give back is the weekly pop culture roundup. Sure, I’m addressing the very first world problem of people falling behind on pop culture, but we all have to play to our strengths. As usual, I’ve searched the Internet high and low to find the best that the world of pop culture had to offer in the last seven days. The pop culture machine is beginning to slow down a little with the holiday season, but there’s still plenty of goodness to be found. So get yourself all caught up on the world of pop with this week’s roundup.

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Time for some trailers……

  • Game of Thrones, season 6 tease:

 

  • Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice:

 

  • Netflix’s Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny:

 

  • The Nice Guys:

 

  • Chelsea Does:

 

  • Season 11 of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia:

 

  • Eye in the Sky:

 

  • Zoolander 2:

 

  • HBO’s J. Cole Forest Hills Drive: Homecoming:

 

  • American Crime Story: The People v O.J. Simpson:

 

  • Jane Got a Gun:

 

  • Final Fantasy VII Remake:

 

  • Powers, season 2:

 

 

 

 

As always, we end with the supercuts and mashups……

  • A tribute to 2015 cinema:

 

  • A bluegrass cover of Macklemore’s “Downtown”:

 

  • Here’s Prince covering “Creep” at 2008 Coachella:

 

  • Notorious B.I.G. meets Star Wars:

 

  • Grand Theft Auto meets Mario Kart:

 

  • Sisters – The Farce Awakens:

 

  • “Hotline Blink” – Drake meets Blink-182:

 

  • What if Kevin Burns directed Captain America: Civil War?

 

  • Movie characters sing Adele:

 

  • And finally – ALF and Weezer, together at last: