New Ghostbusters Theme


I’ve found all the hullabaloo about the new all-female Ghostbusters reboot to be a little disheartening. A lot of it smacks to me of misogyny, some of it thinly veiled but a lot of it loud and proud about its belief that a comedy starring four women is doomed. I get that people have strong feelings about Ghostbusters from their childhood, but it seems silly to be so dismissive of the new movie without even having seen it. There’s an awful lot of hyperbole floating around about something that is sight unseen beyond a few trailers. Granted, the trailers haven’t bowled me over, but I’d rather have a fun movie that has crappy trailers than vice versa. Ghostbusters isn’t one of my sacred cows – it was an enjoyable yet inessential part of my youth – so maybe I’m just more open to the idea than other people, but I’m willing to give the reboot the benefit of the doubt, especially because of all the people involved. I generally enjoy anything that Paul Feig takes on and trust him enough to not to completely desecrate the memory of a movie from the 80s. He’s got a solid cast to work with in Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Leslie Jones and Kate McKinnon, so the tools are there to make a great comedy.  Ghostbusters may be a total and compete abject failure, but I’m at least going to give it a chance.

My open-mindedness extended to news that the new Ghostbusters theme song was going to be performed by Fall Out Boy and Missy Elliott. Now on paper, that certainly is a weird combination; at best, that sounds like a good idea from the early 2000s when we were all more into that pop punk/emo vibe that Fall Out Boy exudes. But I’ve learned that even I don’t always see the potential in things and that just because something doesn’t sound appealing doesn’t mean that it ultimately won’t work; putting Doritos on a bagel with cream cheese sounds like a terrible idea, but I assure you that sh*t is straight up delicious. #BallstonBagel

So when the new version of the Ghostbusters theme dropped yesterday, I was more than willing to give it a fair shake, despite all signs pointing to this being a bad idea and an affinity for the Ray Parker Jr. original that surpasses my loyalty to the actual movie that it was the theme for. I was ready to be wowed by the creative genius of the pairing and the innovative reimagining of such impressive lyrics as “Bustin’ makes me feel good.” Alas, the new Ghostbusters theme is just straight up garbage:


OK – straight up garbage may be a little harsh, but that isn’t great. Missy Elliott definitely makes it better, as she makes everything better, but I just can’t with whatever it is that Fall Out Boy is doing with this song. I don’t know if it’s too self-serious, too punk, or just not the right tempo, but I barely got through the whole song. I’ll give them credit for trying to make the song their own, but I kind of wish that they had kept it to themselves rather than sharing it with the world. Repetition is a powerful tool so perhaps this song will wear me down the more I hear it, but right now my first impression, hot take is not favorable. I’m hoping that this will be the only misstep in the reboot, that they got their mistake out of the way with this nonsense so that everyone will get riled up and then the movie will be fine.


I’m not sure when exactly I became a Pollyanna; perhaps my contrarian nature has overridden my usual skepticism and since there is so much backlash against this film I feel the need to defend it or at least not presuppose that it will be bad.

What are your thoughts on the new theme song? Does this make you worried about the film? Do you think it’s great and I’m crazy? Sound off in the comments.


Pop Culture Odds and Ends – Jury Duty Edition


Well my luck finally ran out. Yesterday I came home to a jury summons in my mailbox. I have no idea when it actually arrived, as I have a bad habit of forgetting to check my mail since I pay all my bills online and unless it’s Christmas or my birthday I don’t receive much of interest. I could ask for a six month extension, but I’d have to actually call someone to do that and that just seems like too much of a hassle. There’s no real reason that I can’t do this next week, so I might as well just go and get it over with. I actually think being on a jury might be interesting, but the idea of being out of work for a prolonged time gives me anxiety. I have a hard enough time taking more than two days off to actually go on vacation. If it’s a couple of days I’ll be fine, but with my luck I’ll wind up on a case like the O.J Simpson trial.

My theory is that even if I do have to go in that I’m unlikely to actually be picked for a jury because of my background – my doctoral studies were in public law and I used to teach classes on civil liberties and constitutional law. Honestly, they are probably better off without me because there is a legitimate chance that I might go all Runaway Jury on them.


Worst case scenario, I can borrow from the Liz Lemon playbook:

jury duty

So while I look into borrowing someone’s Princess Leia costume, entertain yourself with this week’s pop culture roundup. I’ve pulled together the best that the world of pop had to offer to help you get caught up on some of the stuff you might have missed.






Time for some trailers….

  • Ghostbusters international trailer:


  • Season two of Another Period:


  • Yoga Hosers:


  • Norman Lear: Just Another Version of You:


  • Vice Principals:


  • Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee, season 8:


  • Man vs Snake:


  • Atlanta:


  • Julia’s Greenroom:


  • Phantom Boy:


  • Breaking A Monster:


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

  • Every Stanley Kubrick reference on The Simpsons:


  • A 1920s style cover of “Never Forget You”:


  • A Whiplash remix:


  • Guy Fieri eating to Johnny Cash’s “Hurt”:


  • Rebel Wilson was Ursula at The Little Mermaid at the Hollywood Bowl:


  • Metallica performed the national anthem before game 4 of the Stanley Cup playoffs:


  • This low-budget version of the Game of Thrones opening credits is terrible, but charming:


  • Blink 182 on the ukulele:


  • A supercut of movie moments that will make you cry:






Pop Culture Odds and Ends – It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia Edition


I decided to spend part of my Memorial Day weekend on a quick getaway to Philadelphia. I’ve only been to Philly a handful of times prior and I was primarily there for a singular purpose (baseball game or concert), so I haven’t done any of the more touristy things that one would do or really gotten the chance to explore the city. I managed to fit in a lot in my brief 26 hours in the city, crossing off old standbys like visiting Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell. I also managed to soak up a little pop culture by running briskly jogging up the Rocky steps in front of the Philadelphia Museum of Art.


Not far from the steps is the Rocky statue. Pro tip – the couple that seems to be organizing tourists and offering to take photos don’t actually have any official capacity to do so. They are just people hustling for money and will yell at you if you don’t tip them.

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I also checked out Eastern State Penitentiary, which I went to just because I thought it looked cool and would be interesting (which it was), but also turned out to be the filming location for the movie 12 Monkeys, as well as various music videos. This means Brad Pitt, Bruce Willis, and I were all occupied the same space, though sadly not at the same time.


The prison has been featured on MTV’s Fear and on Ghost Hunters. I’m usually a pretty tough nut to crack – I love horror movies and am never scared by them – but this place legitimately freaked me out a little. It’s oddly beautiful, but there is also a very creepy vibe that hovers over the entire place.

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Hospital wing #Philly

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It doesn’t help that you are wandering around with headphones on, so your senses are a little off and you aren’t as aware of your surroundings. I found it fascinating, but I also am pretty sure that there is no way in hell you could talk me into going back for their Terror Behind the Walls tours during Halloween.


But enough about my travels. On to more important things – the pop culture roundup. As always, I’ve found the best that the world of pop culture has to offer. So while I catch up after my mini-getaway, get yourself up to speed on the pop culture that you might have missed.





Time for some trailers…..

  • The Infiltrator:


  • BoJack Horseman, season 3:


  • The Space Between Us:


  • Marauders:


  • Sharknado: The 4th Awakens:


  • The Little Prince:


  • Roadies:


  • The Fundamentals of Caring:


  • Wiener-Dog:


  • James Franco’s Mother, May I Sleep With Danger:


  • Monster Trucks:




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As always, we end with the mashups and supercuts:




  • X-Men meets Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous:


  • I’d probably like Star Wars if this was representative of the Storm Troopers:


  • Bruce Springsteen and Bono sing “Because the Night”:


  • Obama sings Rihanna:


  • The first and last appearance of characters in Tarantino films:


  • A vintage jazz version of Biggie’s ”Juicy”:


  • And finally, Finding Nemo told in emoji: