Pop Culture Odds and Ends – Grading Hell Edition

So this week has basically been a perfect storm of crap – work has been tremendously busy and stressful as I’m juggling a lot right now and I also had to grade all the exams for the class that I’m teaching which is a huge time suck. Add to that the fact that I haven’t been sleeping well and some stuff going on in my personal life (not me, but many of my friends are having a rough week) and I’m pretty much living this meme right now:


I honestly forgot that yesterday was even Wednesday, which gives you a pretty good idea where my head is at. So with apologies, here is your slightly delayed installment of this week’s pop culture roundup.




  • Fahrenheit 451:

  • Wreck-It Ralph 2:


  • Rest in Power: The Trayvon Martin Story:


  • The Zen Diaries of Garry Shandling:


  • Flint Town:


  • Paterno:


  • The Outsider:


  • The Week Of:


  • Roxanne Roxanne:


  • Yardie:





Odds and Ends

Mashups and Supercuts

  • Watch Daveed Digg as a rapping carrot on Sesame Street:

Pop Culture Odds and Ends – New Car Edition

I bought a new car this week, which would be relatively uneventful except that this is the first time that I’ve ever purchased a car. My hand was kind of forced when the Carolla I have been driving for the last 15 years didn’t start Friday morning. This wasn’t completely unexpected, as the car has been slowly marching toward potentially very costly repairs for a while now – I already knew I needed new tires and there was clearly something going on with the muffler/exhaust based on how loud my car was and the faint smell of exhaust that I couldn’t escape. So I bit the bullet Monday and got a new set of wheels. This is only the third car that I’ve ever owned since I turned 16, so it has been a definite adjustment for me – this is the first time I’ve had a car with power windows and locks, let alone heated seats, a backup camera, and Bluetooth. My mind is kind of blown.

Perhaps less mind-blowing is this week’s pop culture roundup. As is the norm, I’ve scoured the Internet to collect the best stories that the world of pop has to offer. So while I try to figure out how to use cruise control, get yourself caught up on everything that you might have missed.




  • I, Tonya:


  • Downsizing:


  • The Post:


  • Pottersville:


  • Peter Rabbit:


  • Sherlock Gnomes:


  • Star Wars: The Last Jedi:


  • Fifty Shades Freed:


  • Counterpart:


  • Coco:


  • The Crown, season 2:





Odds and Ends

Mashups and Supercuts

  • John Stamos, Weird Al and Finn Wolfhard performed Wily Wonka at the Hollywood Bowl:


  • Perfect Stranger Things:


  • Thor: Ragnarok 4D:


Pop Culture Odds and Ends – Back from New Orleans Edition


Apparently my going on vacation has caused Hell to freeze over, because I returned from my trip to New Orleans to the winter weather that we largely avoided all winter. Let me tell you, nothing brings you back to reality faster than having to clear your car off  in a hoodie at the airport at 2 am. That’s too bad too because I had a really fun time in New Orleans. The weather was mostly great and there are a ton of things to do. Most of the people we encountered were super friendly; other than one kind of cranky Uber driver, we had a good time meeting new people. We did all the things that you need to do in New Orleans – Bourbon Street, Cafe Du Monde, the Garden District, etc. – and ate and drank all sorts of wonderful things. I’d definitely go back to scratch off the few things on my list that we didn’t manage to squeeze in. It’s going to be hard to get used to not having etoufee and crawfish on the regular.

But all good things must come to an end so now it’s back to work and blogging. Having to write the pop culture roundup this week actually helped me catch up on what I’d missed while I was away. So while I adjust to these wintery conditions and life back on Eastern time, check out some of the pop culture that might have slipped through the cracks.


Time for some trailers….

  • The BFG:


  • Top Gear:


  • Mother’s Day:


  • Captain America: Civil War:


  • Salem, season 3:


  • Search Party red band trailer:


  • Power:


  • I Am Wrath:


  • Memoria:


  • All The Way:


  • Blackway:


  • Blood Father:


  • Swiss Army Man:


  • Grace and Frankie:



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

  • The Path of a Lightsaber:


  • Mortal Kombat fatalities:


  • Chris Hemsworth reads the lyrics to Rihanna’s “Work”:


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  • Father John Misty covered Rihanna:


  • Amy Schumer pitches Lin-Manuel Miranda on her new musical:


  • And finally, Kanye meets Beethoven: