Pop Culture Odds and Ends – So Much for the Lull Edition

I had high hopes that I was going to be able to keep kicking out reviews and posts at the rate I established at the beginning of the year, but sadly the post-holiday calm I was enjoying has evaporated and its back to the usual craziness. Working full-time, teaching, and somehow getting sick again is putting a real crimp in my leisure activities. So there are a lot of posts in the hopper – I just need to find the time to get them out of my head and down on paper. Believe me – I have a lot of thoughts about Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.

But at least you always have the pop culture roundup. As usual, I’ve spent the last week culling the best info that the world of pop culture has to offer. So get yourself caught up with the latest installment of the week in pop.




  • Ant-Man and The Wasp:


  • Mute:


  • The Cured:


  • Unsane:


  • Hereditary:


  • The Ritual:


  • Submergence:


  • Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again:


  • Andre the Giant:


  • On My Block:


  • When We First Met:


  • Looking Glass:


  • The Hurricane Heist:


  • I Kill Giants:


  • Total Bellas, season 3:





Award Season

Odds and Ends

Mashups and Supercuts

  • A James Corden/Helen Mirren rap battle:


  • The Lady Bird trailer – if everyone screamed:


  • Adele dressed up as Dolly Parton – and it was glorious:




Pop Culture Odds and Ends – Oscar Death Race Edition

The Academy Award nominations were announced on Tuesday and despite my very lackluster year of attending movies, I’m in pretty good shape going into this year’s Oscar Death Race. Once I cross three movies off my list – Dunkirk, The Phantom Thread, and The Post – I’ll have take care of most of the major categories and perhaps can spend more time focusing on my usual Waterloo (foreign films and documentaries). Most of the docs this year appear to be on streaming services, so I’ll focus my energies on tracking down the foreign films to the best of my ability. Of course, now that I’m working full-time and teaching a class two nights a week, my energies, such as they are, will probably be pretty limited.

So while I plot my best plan of attack, get yourself caught up on all the pop culture news that you might have missed with this week’s roundup.




  • Super Troopers 2:


  • No one is quite sure what this Dundee: The Son of A Legend Returns Home trailer is all about:


  • Thank goodness Last Week Tonight with John Oliver is finally coming back:


  • Heathers:


  • Rampage:


  • Paterno:


  • Tomb Raider:


  • Succession:


  • Queer Eye:


  • The Mechanism:


  • Season three of Ash vs. Evil Dead:


  • Pacific Rim: Uprising:


  • Seven Seconds:


  • A trailer for a Harry Potter mobile game:


  • This Is Not Happening:


  • The Terror:


  • The Death of Stalin:


  • Dear Dictator:


  • Psychokinesis:






Award Season

Odds and Ends

Mashups and Supercuts

  • This Friends reunion movie parody trailer is racking up views:


  • A poem by H.P. Lovecraft has the same meter as Billy Joel’s “Piano Man”:


  • Watch Breaking Bad in one minute:

Pop Culture Odds and Ends – It’s All About Perspective Edition

As I’m sure you’ve heard over the past few weeks from anyone who lives in the Northeast, it’s been pretty freaking cold here. Like, potentially hell has frozen over cold. I almost exclusively wear dresses to at work and I’ve had to cave to the temperatures by wearing pants more in the past week than I have in perhaps the last five years combined. It’s been brutal. But the funny thing about it being so cold for so long is that everyone’s perspective has totally changed. I walked outside yesterday morning and it felt glorious; I didn’t even bother with a hat or gloves and all seemed right with the world.

It was only 30 degrees.

This Friday there is supposed to be a high of 50 and I guarantee you that it’s going to feel like a tropical vacation. Who cares if it rains all day – it’s not snowing and the air won’t hurt my face. That now qualifies as a win.

So while I contemplate whether it’s time to break out my sundresses again (it’s not), get yourself caught up on all the pop culture that you may have missed with this week’s roundup.




  • Black Panther:


  • Patrick Melrose:


  • Our Cartoon President:


  • Game Over, Man!:


  • Blockers:


  • Red Sparrow:


  • Trust:


  • Truth or Dare:


  • Atlanta, season 2:


  • Winchester:


  • Nostalgia:


  • The Strangers: Prey at Night:


  • One Day at a Time, season 2:


The Night Sitter:


  • Mosaic:


  • Kickboxer: Retaliation:







Award Season

Odds and Ends

Mashups and Supercuts

  • “Smells Like Teen Spirit” in a major key:


  • Sally Hawkins and James Corden parody The Shape of Water:


  • Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep play each other’s famous roles:


  • Arnold Schwarznegger saying the same line in different movies:


  • SpongeBob and company do a little Dr. Dre: