Pop Culture Odds and Ends – The Plague Edition

Apparently a plague has settled in to my office, as pretty much everyone on staff has some degree of sickness. In an ideal world, everyone would get to stay home when they aren’t feeling 100%, but unfortunately that’s not the world we’re living in so the echoes of hacking coughs permeate my building. I don’t know if cough drops count as a food group, but I’ve pretty much been sustaining myself on them for most of this week. I started drinking hot toddys over the weekend which didn’t do much to prevent me from getting sick, but certainly diminished how much I cared about it.

So while I get IDed for the hundredth time buying cold medicine, get yourself caught up on the pop culture that you might have missed with this week’s roundup.




  • Game Night:


  • The Greatest Showman:


  • A Deadpool 2 teaser:


  • Early Man:


  • The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story:


  • Dark:


  • Waco:


  • Kaleidoscope:





Odds and Ends

Mashups and Supercuts

  • A SpongeBob SquarePants rap song:


  • Lion King auditions:


  • A cockatoo performs a Queen medley:


  • A street performer plays a cover of the Harry Potter theme song on a glass harp:


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 – Pumpkin Spice edition

Every August, while everyone else is trying to make the most of what’s left of the summer, I’m anxiously anticipating what I consider the herald of better days – the arrival of pumpkin spice season. This has been especially true this year, since my summer kind of stunk. I have no idea what this autumn will bring, but whatever it is will be vastly improved by sipping some pumpkin coffee and beer and discovering all the new ridiculous ways that companies are cashing in on the popularity of the pumpkin spice trend. I had my first pumpkin coffee on August 21st and I will rid this pony as long as I can. Then the dreaded peppermint season commences and I can go back to being miserable.

So while I settle in to being basic for the next few months, get yourself caught up on all the pop culture that you might have missed  in the last week.




  • Super Troopers 2:


  • Tulip Fever:


  • Black Mirror, season 4:


  • Heathers (TV series):


  • Little Evil:


  • The Cuckoo’s Calling:


  • Last Flag Flying:


  • One Mississippi, season 2:


  • Gunpowder:


  • Brawl In Cell Block 99:


  • BoJack Horseman, season 4:


  • Literally Right Before Adam:


  • Killing Gunther:


  • The Opposition with Jordan Klepper:


  • Tim & Eric’s Bedtime Stories:





Odds and Ends

Mashups and Supercuts

  • A (fake) trailer for High School Musical 4:


  • The trailer for the second season of Martha & Snoop’s Potluck Dinner Party channels Ghost:


  • Sesame Street parodies “Despacito”: