Pop Culture Odds and Ends – Digging Out of the Snow Edition

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I foolishly thought that we might make it through this winter without too much fuss, but Mother Nature had other ideas in mind and decided to dump a fair amount of snow on us in a very short window of time. I’ve certainly been through much worse snow storms and other parts of the country have received way more snow this year, but after the relative tranquility of this winter (weather-wise, at least) it was a bit jarring to have to remember how to drive on partially plowed roads. I thankfully live in an apartment complex so my only responsibility is cleaning off my car, but I remember the struggle that was having on-street parking during a snow emergency. I don’t miss those days of shoveling your car out only to have it plowed back in ten minutes later. I hate snow in general, but I didn’t even mind the storm Sunday since I had nowhere that I had to be. I took that as a cue to stay put and work my way through the pileup on my DVR. It was relaxing. I don’t need there to be any more snow for the rest of the season, though. We’re good.

Also good – this week’s roundup. I took advantage of the snow day to get caught up on all the pop culture that I had missed and now I share that bounty with you. There’s a little bit of something for pretty much everyone, so dig into the pop culture bounty and see what you discover.

Television

 

 

Movies

Trailers

  • It Comes At Night:

 

  • The LEGO Ninjago Movie:

 

  • Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt:

  • Julie’s Greenroom:

 

  • Personal Shopper:

  • Feud:

  • The Circle:

 

  • Bill Nye Saves the World:

 

  • Girlboss:

  • The Beguiled:

 

  • The Marine 5: Battleground:

  • Billions, season 2:

 

  • The White Princess:

 

  • Underground, season 2:

 

  • Everything, Everything:

 

  • The Bad Batch:

 

  • Unlocked:

 

  • Carpool Karaoke: The Series:

 

  • Ghost in the Shell:

 

  • The Ticket:

 

  • Beach Rats:

 

  • All Eyez On Me:

Music

Theater

Stand-up

Books

 

Odds and Ends

Mashups and Supercuts

  • Harry Potter and Voldemort: A Love Story:

 

  • “All-Star” recreated in Windows XP:

 

  • Carly Rae Jepsen and Lil Yachty cover “It Takes Two”:

 

  • Barack Obama in NBA 2K17:

  • The Mad Max cars with Pixar eyes is unsettling:

 

  • The Stranger Things theme mashed up with The Weeknd’s “Starboy”:

 

  • Beauty and Lord Voldemort:

 

  • Tom Cruise falling through movies:

  • A vintage cover of “What Is Love”:

 

 

Pop Culture Odds and Ends – Going on Vacation Edition

I’m going on vacation tomorrow, which is a really big deal because I haven’t been on a proper vacation in well over a year. I manage to cram a lot into the occasional day off or long weekend, but being out of the office for 4 whole days is practically unheard of. Of course, because I am me, I actually have a lot of anxiety about this vacation as we have no set plans and I am going with some people that I’ve never met before (friends of friends). For an introverted type-A planner, this has been a real challenge. But after being sick for the last week, it will be nice to enjoy some warm weather and celebrate my friend’s birthday. Letting the chips fall where they may is not my ideal, but I’m working on being more go with the flow. We’ll see what happens.

This will likely be the only post until next Wednesday, as I’ve been going to bed ridiculously early to try and get as healthy as possible before this trip and my pop culture consumption has been limited to just trying to keep up to date on my DVR. But hopefully there is enough pop culture goodness in this week’s roundup to tide you over until I return.

 

 

Time for some trailers…..

  • The LEGO Batman Movie:

 

 

  • Game of Thrones, season 6:

 

  • War Dogs:

 

  • Me Before You:

 

  • Voltron: Legendary Defender:

 

  • The Conjuring 2:

 

  • Alice Through the Looking Glass:

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

  • Bruce Springsteen and Eddie Vedder performed “Bobby Jean” in Seattle:

 

  • Batman and Superman rap “Mama Said Knock You Out”:

 

  • A 1950s R&B cover of “Cry Me A River”:

 

  • Disturbed plays “Sound of Silence”:

 

  • Jurassic Park as a nature documentary:

 

  • And finally, Bert and Ernie do a little “Regulate”:

Yes We Can(s)

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For the last few years, the NYS Museum in Albany has featured a “Canstruction” exhibit, where teams create sculptures out of canned goods as a fundraiser for the Food Pantries for the Capital District. It’s something that always sounds like a fun thing for me to check out and which I routinely forget about until after the exhibit has closed. I probably would have forgotten about the exhibit again this year, except I happened to be over by the State Museum for an appointment earlier last week and saw promotions for it. Since the museum isn’t that far from my office, I decided that I would just pop over there on my lunch hour to check it out – admission to the State Museum is free and I knew the exhibit wasn’t going to be large enough that I couldn’t see all of it in the time allotted. Yesterday seemed as good a day as any to do it, though in retrospect, going to the kid-friendly museum on a day that local schools were on break and the weather was dreary may not have been the smartest time to go. The museum was very busy and there were kids everywhere, but I still managed to get in and out quickly, snapping some photos along the way. I also hadn’t fully planned ahead that I was going to the exhibit, so I hadn’t brought a can good to donate. Though you aren’t obligated to do so, I would have felt pretty crappy if I didn’t, so I wound up donating the can of soup that was supposed to be my lunch (I stopped and grabbed something on the way back to the office, so it wasn’t a huge sacrifice).

The theme this year was heroes, so many of the sculptures had a definite pop culture bend. There were a lot of superheroes and animated film characters in the mix:

Woody and Buzz Lightyear from Toy Story

Woody and Buzz Lightyear from Toy Story

 

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Batman

 

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Emmet from The LEGO Movie

 

Batman, Wonder Woman, Iron Man and Hulk

Batman, Wonder Woman, Iron Man and Hulk – Marvel and DC apparently teamed up

 

Captain America

Captain America

 

Wall-E

Wall-E

 

Some other contestants took a different spin on the theme:

Guitar Hero

Guitar Hero

 

Neil Armstrong

Neil Armstrong

 

Rosie the Riveter

Rosie the Riveter

 

Veterans

Veterans

 

I was pretty impressed with not only the creativity on display, but also the workmanship of the sculptures. Some of them were harder to figure out than others – I must have stood in front of the “Guitar Hero” sculpture for a few minutes trying to get the visual. It wasn’t until I stepped further away from it and was at the right angle that I could process what they were going for. I was never good at the magic-eye posters either; I never saw whatever the hidden picture was.

 

In the end, I voted for The LEGO Movie sculpture, though I was tempted to show Rosie the Riveter some love because, you know, girl power. But Emmet was just too fun and well done for me to ignore. I’m glad that I took the time to finally check out the exhibit; it was a nice little diversion from the work day and supported a good cause. All the children that were running around really seemed to get a kick out of it too, plus there was a section for kids to create their own small canstruction projects. I’ll definitely make a point to check out the exhibition next year and see what interesting creations the teams come up with.

Canstruction 2015 runs through April 16th at the NYS Museum. Bring a canned good to vote for your favorite sculpture and support the Food Pantries for the Captial District. Admission is free.