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 – The Bills are in the Playoffs (!!!) Edition

It finally happened – the Buffalo Bills are once again going to the playoffs. I honestly didn’t know if I would ever get to experience this as a fan; I wasn’t part of the #BillsMafia when they last made a playoff appearance in 1999 and there wasn’t much in my time as a fan to give me much hope. Up until this year, I had only seen one winning season as a fan. Going into the game Sunday, I was trying not to get my hopes up – a lot of things had to go right for the Bills to end their playoff drought. And if years of watching the Bills have taught me anything, it’s that things rarely go right for us. So New Year’s Eve was quite the emotional roller coaster; people at the bar were watching me watch the game because I’m pretty sure I had at least one nervous breakdown. Even when the Bengals scored their final touchdown to knock out the Ravens, I refused to celebrate until the clock hit zero and the game was official – and then I started crying and hugging people (including total strangers). That’s what being part of a tortured fan base will do to you.

I have no idea how far the Bills will actually make it in the playoffs, but just getting this particular monkey off their back is really enough for me. Sorry Seattle Mariners – you now wear the playoff drought crown. You have my sympathies.

So while I figure out if I should set up a GoFundMe page to get me to the playoff game in Jacksonville, catch yourself up on the pop culture that you may have missed over holiday break.

Television

Movies

Trailers

  • Overboard:

 

  • End of the F**cking World:

 

  • A Futile and Stupid Gesture:

 

  • Death Wish:

 

  • Mom and Dad:

 

  • Euphoria:

 

  • Step Sisters:

 

  • The Looming Tower:

 

  • Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again:

 

  • Scorched Earth:

 

  • Roseanne:

 

  • Fifty Shades Freed:

 

  • Den of Thieves:

 

  • Paddington 2:

 

  • Slender Man:

 

  • Channel Zero: Butcher’s Block:

 

  • Half Magic:

Music

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Stand-Up

Books

Theater

Odds and Ends

Mashups and Supercuts

  • Ed Sheeran covers Eric Clapton’s “Layla”:

 

  • Watch Gaten Matarazzo’s band cover Paramore:

 

  • Sean Astin reprises his three greatest film roles:

 

  • Did Karl Pilkington predict two storylines from Black Mirror season 4? *spoilers*

 

  • LEGO Stranger Things:

 

  • Star Wars meets “War Pigs”:

 

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  • Every Stan Lee cameo ever:

 

  • Lake Street Dive covers “Take On Me”:

 

 

Pop Culture Odds and Ends – Sick and Tired Edition

Somehow I am sick again – or sick still. I can’t really tell anymore. I feel like I have been coughing and sneezing non-stop for weeks now. I’m healthy enough to be functional and go about my daily life, but sick enough that I generally feel “meh” about doing much of anything. I was looking forward to spending last weekend hitting up the cinema and catching up on some of the movies that I’ve missed, but instead I spent almost the entire weekend sleeping or trying to will myself to get out of bed or off the couch. I am sick and tired of being sick and tired. The day that I’m not sniffling or downing cough drops like candy will be a happy day indeed.

So while I look into getting an IV drip of vitamin C, catch yourself up on all the pop culture that you might have missed with this week’s roundup.

Television

Movies

Trailers

  • Teaser for Jurassic Word: Fallen Kingdom:

 

  • New trailer for season 4 of Black Mirror:

 

  • HBO/The Ringer’s Andre the Giant Documentary:

 

  • You Were Never Really Here:

 

  • Good Girls:

 

  • Here and Now:

 

  • A teaser trailer for HBO’s Barry:

 

  • Amazon’s Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan:

 

  • Wormwood:

 

  • Black Lightning:

 

  • Altered Carbon:

 

  • Midnight Sun:

 

Music

Theater

Books

Podcasts

Odds and Ends

Mashups and Supercuts

  • Cookie Monster channels his inner Busta Rhymes:

 

  • Chris Pratt and Chris Stapleton sing “(I’ve Had) The Time of My Life”:

 

  • The Tonight Show brings you “Robert Mueller’s Comin’ to Town”:

 

  • A mashup of 2017 movie trailers (I have missed A LOT):