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 – The Final Countdown Edition


Election 2016 is almost over and I couldn’t be happier about that. I’m a political scientist and I usually eat up presidential elections with a spoon, but I’ve been ready for this election to be over pretty much since it began. I’m so disinterested that I’m not even going to be home for the final debate tonight; while everyone else is watching that sh*tshow, I’ll be seeing Louis C.K. perform standup, which is a much better way to spend an evening. The only potential downside to the election ending is that it will eliminate a topic of small talk around the office; I’m not a morning person and I don’t particularly enjoy pointless chitchat, so I’m not even that bummed for that to be coming to a close as well.

I would, however, be sad if the pop culture roundup came to an end and lucky for all of you that doesn’t look like its going to happen. So take a break from the election and get yourself caught up on the pop culture that you might have missed.








  • Rouge One:


  • Martha & Snoop’s Potluck Dinner Party:


  • Big Little Lies:


  • Operator:


  • Into the Inferno:


  • The Boss Baby:


  • Assassin’s Creed:


  • The Autopsy of Jane Doe:


  • The Escape:











Odds and Ends

Mashups and Supercuts

  • 10 most emotional movies of all time:


  • 25 impressions in 2.5 minutes:


  • A 1920s cover of Madonna’s “Material Girl”:


  • Run, Tom Cruise. Run:


  • Arrested Development fact-checks the presidential debate:


  • There’s Something About Mary recut as a psychological thriller:


  • And finally, “Bohemian Rhapsody” sung by 2016 movie characters:

Pop Culture Odds and Ends – Early Bird Edition


I’m on the road early Wednesday morning because I’m an idiot who only takes one day off of work and then runs myself ragged trying to maximize my time. Of course, this means that I come back to the office not all that relaxed or refreshed, but it allows me to do a lot of stuff and stretch my budget. Remind me that I thought this was a smart idea when I’m falling asleep at my desk on Thursday.

So you are getting the pop culture roundup earlier than normal; I couldn’t leave you all hanging. So while I’m catching the 6:55 am train to NYC, get yourself caught up on all the pop culture that you might have missed.





Time for some trailers….

  • Hidden Figures:


  • Rogue One:


  • Moonlight:


  • Arrival:


  • Allied:


  • Bad Santa 2:


  • Scream Queens season 2:


  • Mr. Church:


  • High Maintenance:


  • Tell Me How I Die:


  • Atlanta:


  • Rob & Chyna:


  • Don’t Breathe:


  • Paranoid:


  • The Evolution of Punk:


  • Under the Shadow:


  • War on Everyone:


Britney Spears Comeback


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

  • Pac-Dog:


  • Stranger Things meets It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia:


  • DMX names all of Jerry’s girlfriends on Seinfeld: