Pop Culture Odds and Ends – Ho Ho Ho Edition

One of the luxuries of having a small family is that I don’t have that many people to shop for, so I’ve basically been done with my Christmas shopping since the end of November. But now we enter the phase that I hate – the wrapping of the presents. Everything that I have purchased is sitting in my living room, quietly taunting me and begging to be prettied up with festive paper.  I blame the cat for putting off wrapping – and admittedly he does get in the way – but it really is my least favorite part of gift giving.  Everything is relatively boxy this year, so it isn’t even much of a challenge, and yet I’ve been kicking this particular task down the road for weeks. If it wasn’t for the fact that my nephew seems to enjoy unwrapping gifts everyone might have been receiving their present in gift bags (best case scenario) or plastic bags from the store (which I am pretty sure I have done in the past). I need an elf.

So while I try to see if I even have tape, get yourself caught up on the pop culture that you might have missed with this week’s roundup.





  • Ocean’s 8:


  • The Commuter:


  • The Polka King:


  • Early Man:


  • Sicario 2: Soldado:


  • The Nutcracker and the Four Realms:


  • Mortal Engines:


  • Our Cartoon President:


  • Laddie: The Man Behind the Movies:


  • Gringo:







Awards Season

Best of 2017

Odds and Ends

Mashups and Supercuts

  • Jimmy Kimmel, Jimmy Fallon, and Stephen Colbert sang a Christmas carol:


  • Ed Sheeran and Anne-Marie cover “Fairytale of New York”:


  • This guy reads The Night Before Christmas as different celebrities:


  • Run the Jewels apparently syncs up well with Diner, Drive-Ins, and Dives:

  • Darlene Love, Anna Kendrick, Jimmy Fallon, and The Roots cover “Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)” on kid instruments:


Pop Culture Odds and Ends – Tom Petty Edition

I was mid-call with a co-worker when I saw the news. “Hold on,” I said. “Gotta call you back – Tom Petty is dead.” It turns out that when I saw that tweet Petty had not actually died yet, but the news still broke my heart. I think it broke everyone’s heart, because I don’t know a damn person who didn’t like Tom Petty. Petty was an everyman rocker who churned out hits like nobody’s business. Put on “American Girl” in a room full of people and I guarantee you you’ll hear murmurs of what a great tune it is and that people will start singing along. I’ve liked Tom Petty for as long as I can remember and it makes me so sad that he’s no longer with us.  I’ve seen Petty and the Heartbreakers perform, but I’m kicking myself for not going to see them on their 40th anniversary tour. Monday was already a very sad day after the mass shooting in Vegas, but losing Petty on top of that just made it worse. I don’t have much of a vinyl collection, but one of the few records I do own is Full Moon Fever. I played it Monday night in tribute.

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R.I.P., Tom Petty. You will be missed.

And now….on to the pop culture roundup.




  • Father Figures:


  • The Babysitter:


  • Paddington 2:


  • Wonder Wheel:


  • The Leisure Seeker:


  • Creep 2:


  • Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, season 3:


  • Shameless, season 8:


  • The Death of Stalin:


  • Darkest Hour:


  • Star Trek Discovery:


  • The Killing of a Sacred Deer:


  • Annihilation:


  • Geostorm:


  • Red Dead Redemption II:






Odds and Ends

Mashups and Supercuts

  • A Broadway-themed version of “Despacito”:


  • Lorde covers “In the Air Tonight”:


  • Stranger Things reimagined as a romantic comedy:


  • A capella covers of Star Trek TV theme songs:


  • Mean Girls reimagined as a forbidden lesbian romance:

Pop Culture Odds and Ends – Three Day Weekend Edition

I am taking this Friday off from work, which will be my 3rd vacation day of the year and my first since May. So this week, I am firmly embracing the philosophy of Stanley from The Office:


Honestly, all I’m trying to do is survive this week. I don’t even care that it’s my birthday – my eyes are on the prize, and that prize is walking out of the office for a three day weekend.

So while I figure out how to run out the next 48 hours, kick back and get yourself caught up on all the pop culture that you might have missed with this week’s installment of the roundup.




  • The Shape of Water:


  • Better Watch Out:


  • All I See Is You:


  • Gilbert:


  • Coco:


  • The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson:


  • Tragedy Girls:


  • Jack Ryan:


  • Cook Off!:


  • All The Money in the World:


  • Breathe:


  • Just Getting Started:


  • Search Party, season 2:


  • Five Foot Two:


  • Tomb Raider:


  • Parts Unknown:


  • Tokyo Project:


  • Tales From the Tour Bus:


  • Gotham, season 4:


  • Dealt:




Odds and Ends

Mashups and Supercuts

  • Lil Wayne covered the Friends theme song for the NFL:


  • Pennywise dropped by Grand Theft Auto V:


  • A glam rock cover of Nine Inch Nail’s “Hurt”:


  • Chris Pine singing “I Will Survive”:


  • Miley Cyrus does a grown-up cover of her Hannah Montana-era songs:


  • Thor: Ragnarok gets an 80s trailer edit:


  • And if anyone makes this for my birthday, I will kill them: