Pop Culture Odds and Ends – Read the Syllabus Edition

I don’t know if I’m losing my patience or my students this semester are particularly troublesome, but they are really trying to drive me crazy this semester. Not only do they not do the assigned readings and look disinterested during lecture, but they apparently have not even glanced at the syllabus based on the barrage of questions that I’ve received this week. They have their first exam tomorrow so that has really hyped up the inane questions. It’s great for regaling my friends and co-workers with tales of the lunacy – I even had a student who dropped my class asking me ridiculous questions because he didn’t realize that he had dropped the class – but it is no fun for my mental health. I suspect that I’m one and done after this semester and will be leaving my teaching career in the rear view mirror. Lecturers don’t get paid enough to put up with this foolishness.

So while I answer the same question 50 times, get yourself caught up with all the pop culture that you might have missed with this week’s roundup.




  • Ready Player One:


  • A Cobra Kai teaser:


  • Trust:


  • Collateral:


  • Silicon Valley, season 5:


  • The Dangerous Book for Boys:


  • Gringo:


  • Kings:


  • Lost in Space:


  • The Push:


  • Unbanned: The Legend of AJ1:


  • The Last Movie Star:


  • Jessica Jones, season 2:


  • Uncle Drew:


  • The Force of Sound:


  • Mary Magdalene:





Odds and Ends

Pop Culture Odds and Ends – Game 7 Edition

Pop-Culture-608x500I’ll admit that this year I kind of checked out on baseball. My Yankees just weren’t very good and I was a little emotionally exhausted from going to so many retirement ceremonies and final games for the players that I had been watching since I got into baseball. I needed a break; I didn’t go to a single Yankee game this year and the two games I did go to (Atlanta and Washington DC) I wasn’t all that engaged in. But I have to say that the playoffs have really drawn me back in, especially the Cubs historic run into the World Series. I love an underdog – I am a Buffalo Bills fan after all – so I’m always rooting for the Cubs to break their curse and finally win the Wold Series again. I don’t know that they’ll actually pull that off tonight as Cleveland has been more than a worthy opponent, but it’s been kind of thrilling to watch. My only complaint is that I am old and these games last too long. I’ve been exhausted for weeks. Whoever walks away the champion tonight, it’s been a fun ride and it has reinvigorated my love of baseball. Now the Yankees just have to be good next year. Hope spring eternal.

But even if you aren’t into baseball, you can still be excited since it’s also pop culture roundup day. And who doesn’t love that? As usual, I’ve scoured high and low to bring you the best that the world of pop culture had to offer in the last week. So get yourself caught up….and Go Cubs go!








  • Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk:


  • 24: Legacy:


  • Life:


  • Rules Don’t Apply:


  • The Crown:


  • Dreamland:


  • Split:


  • Frank & Lola:


  • The Eyes of My Mother:


  • xXx: The Return of Xander Cage:


  • Gifted:


  • David Blaine: Beyond Magic:


  • Fuller House, season 2:


  • 20th Century Woman:





Halloween Leftovers


Odds and Ends




Mashups and Supercuts

  • In honor of the World Series, a fictional Cubs/Indians mashup:


  • Tina Turner meets Queen:


  • Bryan Cranston does a dramatic reading of Little Mix’s song, “Shout Out To My Ex”:


  • Quantico’s Jay Armstrong Johnson paid tribute to Hocus Pocus:


  • The Ghostbusters theme played on pumpkins:


  • David S. Pumpkins makes every movie scarier:


  • SPOILERS A LEGO recreation of the deaths in The Walking Dead season premiere:


  • The Goonies recut as a thriller:


  • A Stranger Things Christmas:

Trailer Park Tuesday – Comic Con Edition


While working on tomorrow’s pop culture roundup it became abundantly clear that thanks to Comic Con, I had so many trailers to share that it should probably just be its own post. So today is a special post that rounds up many of the trailers that debuted in the last week; there’s some pretty cool stuff in here. I’m finally officially interested in Suicide Squad, which I’ve been a little meh on up to this point. A good trailer can do that. So see what you’ll have to look forward to by perusing this menagerie of trailers.

Suicide Squad:


Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice:


David Simon’s new miniseries for HBO, Show Me a Hero:


The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2:


A Comic-Con teaser for an upcoming Hannibal story line:


DC’s Legends of Tomorrow:


Season 6 of The Walking Dead:


Fear the Walking Dead:


Jake Gyllenhaal in Southpaw:


Con Man:


Some teasers for Fargo season 2:



The Man from U.N.C.L.E.:


The Bastard Executioner, the latest from Kurt Sutter:


Paul Giamatti & Damian Lewis in Billions:


Vikings season 4:


A trailer for the upcoming Sherlock special:


The Secrets of Pets:


Comedy Central’s Moonbeam City:


Ash v Evil Dead:


Ferrell Takes the Field:


Heroes Reborn:


Homeland season five:


Kate Winslet in The Dressmaker:


Amazon’s The Man in High Castle:


Season 2 of The Affair:




Doctor Who, series 9:


A very short teaser for American Horror Story: Hotel:


A&E’s Damien:


Childhood’s End on Syfy:


Disney’s The Finest Hours:


Colony, season one:


The Comic-Con Family Guy teaser:


The Expanse:




AMC’s Into the Badlands:




90 Minutes in Heaven: