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:

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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.

Television

Movies

Trailers

  • 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:

 

Music

Stand-Up

Theater

Odds and Ends

Mashups and Supercuts

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

Pop Culture Odds and Ends – Halloween Hangover Edition

I am not actually hungover from Halloween – I didn’t do much of anything to celebrate the day. I like Halloween a lot – what’s not to like about a holiday that centers around free candy? – but I didn’t have the energy to do much of anything other than pain my nails in a festive way.

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I did get a visit from my first trick or treater in over a decade; my baby nephew paid a visit to show off his third Halloween costume. That kid is the Diana Ross of Halloween. I didn’t even watch any scary movies. I did manage to swing by the store early this morning before work to try and stock up on some discounted candy, but sadly the pickings were kind of slim. Christmas candy was already out; there is no time to dwell on the ghosts of holidays past.

So I rely on my co-workers to bring in their kids’ candy, get yourself caught up on all the pop culture that you might have missed with this week’s roundup.

Television

Movies

Trailers

  • Mudbound:

 

  • Marvel’s Runaways:

 

  • Ghost Stories:

 

  • Ash vs. Evil Dead, season 3:

 

  • War Dog: A Soldier’s Best Friend:

 

  • Slice:

 

  • A Christmas Story Live!:

 

  • Total Divas, season 7:

 

  • Channel Zero:

 

  • 9-1-1:

 

  • Den of Thieves:

 

  • No Activity:

 

Music

Theater

Books

Halloween

Odds and Ends

Mashups and Supercuts

  • A jazz cover of “Thriller”:

 

  • A Metallica and Frozen mashup:

 

  • The Stranger Things theme mashed up with Ariana Grande:

 

  • Sherriff Jim Hopper dancing to various tunes in my new favorite Twitter account:

 

  • Sesame Street is getting in on Stranger Things 2 as well:

 

  • A compilation of the gruesome deaths in the Saw movies:

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.

Television

Movies

Trailers

  • 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:

 

Music

Theater

Books

Stand-up

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: