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Five Cool Things and Jurassic Park: Fallen Kingdom

This week's cool things include John Denver singing with the Muppets, a classic James Bond film, Wilco, samurai, and more.
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Winter is no longer coming, but is here, and with a vengeance. I woke up to temperatures in the teens this morning. Oklahoma always has wonky weather. We get broiling hot in the summer and freezing cold in the winter and the wind always blows. Which makes it perfect for staying inside and enjoying some cool pop culture, so here’s five cool things I consumed this week. John Denver & The Muppets - A Christmas Together In 1979, John Denver joined the Muppets for a Christmas special on ABC. As far as I can tell, it only aired once and

Five Cool Things and The Avengers: Infinity War Trailer

Cool things this week include The Punisher, two films by Werner Herzog, an animated moving castle and more.
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I cut the cord many years ago. Netflix and my DVD collection do me just fine, thank you very much. Until it doesn’t and I start looking for other means to get the videos I want, morally solid or not. I had an Amazon Prime account before I ever used their streaming services, but after purchasing an Amazon Fire box, I use that aspect of the service regularly. Recently, I’ve also started using a third service, but I like switching those around. I started with Filmstruck, which is run by Turner Classic Movies and the Criterion people, and offers up

Five Cool Things and an Incredibles Sequel

Cool things this week include Thor: Ragnarok, Logan Lucky, a Samurai comic, a couple of good TV shows.
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Thursday was Thanksgiving here in the United States. It has always been one of my favorite days of the year. There is a great feast of delicious food, and I get to see family members I don’t get to see all that often. It is a joyous time, yet as I get older it brings on nostalgia and a little bit of sadness. This year was especially melancholy as it was the first year without my Uncle Mike and Aunt Linda, both who succumbed to cancer in the last year. Thanksgiving is also very different now than it was when

Five Cool Things and Dragon's Lair

This week's pop culture consumption includes some classic films, some modern films, more Doctor Who, and a video game from my youth.
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Last week, I feared I was going to get sick like the rest of my family, which put me to bed earlier than usual and kept me from consuming as much pop culture as I normally do. That sickness never came to pass (keeping fingers crossed, continuously knocking on wood) and this week saw me watching a slew of movies, some great, some not so much. So lets get started. Casablanca I cannot remember the first time I watched Casablanca. It seems to have always existed in my memories. It's not that I watched it at a really early age

Five Cool Things and R.E.M's Automatic for the People

I'm enlisting a little help this week, and away we go.
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Sickness has been passing through my family. Both my parents got crazy sick a couple of weeks ago. Then my wife got a bad cold earlier this week and now my daughter has been running a fever the last couple of days. I fear I am next. Every little cough or sniffle I get freaks me out. I’m guzzling orange juice and eating zinc tablets like they were candy. It's also put me in bed earlier than normal in the belief that more rest might keep me from getting really sick. This in turn has meant less late-night movie-watching, but

Five Cool Things and The Disaster Artist

This week's cool things include replicants, man-eating plants, mind hunters, and more.
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My wife and I are not party people. We are much more comfortable sitting at home, watching movies, playing games, or reading. But once a year we throw a great big pumpkin-carving party. We invite all of our friends over. We make big batches of soup and chili. I make a special Halloween playlist. We decorate the house. We go all out. Except for this year. I don’t know if it was the unseasonably warm weather we’ve been having all this Autumn or that I’ve been really busy at work or what, but this year I just wasn’t feeling it.

Five Cool Things and The Square (2017)

This week's cool things include Wonder Woman's creator, a Hitchcock comedy, and even stranger things.
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Last week, I noted that I somehow managed to watch quite a few movies even though my in-laws were in town. Well, this week they left and I didn’t watch very many films at all. I spent a little too much time binge-watching a Netflix show to refresh my memory before watching Season Two. I did watch a couple of movies and read a couple of books so let;s get started. Stranger Things If I might be a hipster for a moment, I liked Stranger Things before Stranger Things was cool. Netflix, as is there way, just kind of put

Five Cool Things and The Tragically Hip

Cool things this week include two remakes, Grateful Deed members covering the Beatles, Italian horror, and more.
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My in-laws came in for a visit this week. They are lovely people and I always enjoy their time here, but it definitely changes the way I consume my pop culture. Normally, that means that I wind up watching a lot less movies as we tend to do activities or visit instead of turning on the TV. This week we kept ourselves pretty busy in the afternoons/early evenings but were wore out by the time I put the daughter to bed. Which meant we watched a movie pretty much every late evening. Let’s get to it, shall we? The Breaking

Five Cool Things and The Last Jedi Trailer

This week's cool things include Italian horror, Brian De Palma horror, feminist horror, and a Jedi.
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Hi, remember me? I’m your local writer who talks about new releases and cool things each week. Except for the last couple of weeks when I’ve been absent. A big thanks to Gordon for filling in. I won’t bore you with the details except to say it's been crazy in my real life with work, a busted computer and, well, memory lapses. Let's just say this Tuesday came and I actually thought I’d written a Pick of the Week until I realized that Baby Driver was out and I hadn’t mentioned it. Then I looked it up and I hadn’t

Five Cool Things and Tom Petty

A bright end to a week that got off to a rough start.
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I am taking over the reigns this week, the start of which was pretty brutal with the tragic loss of life in Las Vegas and the death of beloved rocker Tom Petty. But bleak news shouldn't stop people from finding good in the world, so here are the cool things I found solace in this week. Daredevil vs. Spider-Man I collect Marvel's Essential line that collects old issues in trade paperbacks, and while reading Daredevil Volume 1, I encountered the two-parter (Issues # 16-17) where ol' Webhead guest stars. Naturally, they have the traditional fight against each other as heroes

Five Cool Things and Annihilation

This week's cool things include Body Double, Cafe Society, Wilco, and more.
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My wife had a birthday this week. I don’t want to complain that my wife’s birthday screws up my ability to consume pop culture, but it kind of does. Don’t get me wrong, if given the choice between spending quality time with my family and watching a show or movie, I’ll always choose the family (though if possible I try to enjoy the two things together) but when you are trying to write a weekly article on the pop-culture things you enjoyed this week, it's hard not to wish (just a little bit) that there was less cake and more

Five Cool Things and Joan Crawford

Cool Things I (re)discovered this week include Swiss Family Robinson, E.T., Hawkeye, Lost at Sea, and Blow-Up.
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I don't know about you but I spend inordinate amounts of time searching for something to watch. You will regularly find me standing in front of my movie shelves trying to decide which one I should put in. Or, as is the case more often these days, you’ll find me scrolling through Netflix or Amazon Prime trying to make that same decision. The perpetual question I must ask myself is whether I want to watch something new or that I have previously viewed. There is comfort in watching something again. Knowing what happens enables you to either catch things you

Five Cool Things and The Shape of Water

Cool things I discovered this week include a new season of Top of the Lake, an old Doctor Who, and a red band Guillermo del Toro trailer.
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I watched one movie every day in the month of August. This is quite unusual for me as I usually average about 15 movies a month. I’m back in my normal track this month as there is just too much good TV out there to only watch movies. So much TV that I made a pact with myself awhile back that I would not watch any new shows until I’d caught up with all the ones I’m currently watching. As you’ll see I’ve already broken that pact. Top of the Lake: China Girl Top of the Lake was originally intended

Five Cool Things and Don Williams

Cool things this week include two neo-noirs, a classic Doctor Who, Close Encounters, and a Handmaid's Tale.
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Just jumping right in... Close Encounters of the Third Time There is a scene relatively early in Close Encounters where an alien ship has landed outside a farmhouse in rural Indiana. The mother, panicked, is rushing about the house closing all the windows and locking the doors. Her son, just a toddler, opens the front door. We see nothing outside the door, just dazzling bright lights and then it cuts to a shot of the boy's face bathed in light, full of wonder. In a sense, that one moment exemplifies the entire film, maybe even Steven Spielberg’s entire career. His

Five Cool Things And Hurricane Harvey

Five cool things this week include seeing Castle in the Sky on the big screen, the entire Phantasm series on the little screen plus Arrow Video's release of Re-Animator, and the comics Paper Girls and The Boys.
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As a semi-professional movie reviewer (meaning I get some free perks, but not an actual pay check), I try to find a balance between the things I agree to write about and the things I simply want to enjoy. Sometimes, those things are one and the same. Other times, I find myself carefully watching some god-awful thing pencil in hand, taking notes because, well, that’s what semi-professionals do. This week provided me with a little of both. Castle in the Sky One of those perks is getting press passes to various Fathom Events. Recently they’ve been showing Studio Ghibli films

Five Cool Things and a Solar Eclipse

Cool things this week include new trailers for Suburbicon and The Punisher, plus Hopscotch, Married to the Mob, and The Love of a Woman.
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Another week, another five cool things. The eclipse dominated the headlines this week. I didn't have any special glasses but my wife made one of those homemade viewers out of a cereal box. Then my neighbor let me borrow his welding shield. Not sure if that's an approved way of viewing or not. I guess you'll find out next week if I call out sick due to blindness. Until then here's five cool things I consumed this week. Hopscotch I had never heard of this spy caper until last week when I caught sight of it in my Pick of

Five Cool Things and Crimetown

This week's cool things include Star Wars, the 50th anniversary of a classic, a Norwegian crime novel, and more.
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After a long day of work, I typically want to do nothing but lay on the couch, watch a movie, and relax. Last week with the wife and child away, that’s pretty much what I did. It was kind of awesome. And yet there is a realization that this is not the healthiest way to live. It is certainly not the best way to raise a child. With the family back this week and with school starting up again, the wife and I created little nightly schedule that attempts to limit the amount of television in our lives. We have

Five Cool Things and a New Cat

This week's five cool things include an atomic Charlize Theron, Christopher Nolan's war film, a haunted house, and more.
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My wife took my daughter to Kentucky to visit her family this week. As anyone who has been in a long-term relationship can tell you, sometimes it's nice to be left alone. I love my family dearly and now that I’m at the tail end of their absence, I miss them madly, but it's been kind of cool to relive my bachelor years. For me, this has mostly meant watching lots of movies and TV shows. In the nine days they’ve been gone, I’ve watched 11 movies and caught up on about half a dozen shows. Here's five of them.

Five Cool Things and Glacier National Park

After a nice vacation, I'm back with five cool things.
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A big thanks to Gordon for handling some of my duties while I was gone. The family and I took a vacation in Glacier National Park. It is an astoundingly beautiful place and I highly recommend it to anyone who is able to go. It is also a really long ways from my Oklahoma home. It is roughly 1,700 miles one way from my house. That’s about 25 hours of drive time, not counting pit stops for gas, lunch and the occasional - my ass is hurting so bad I just have to get out and stand up for awhile.

Five Cool Things and San Diego Comic-Con 2017

There were cool things all over San Diego this weekend.
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Mat, the normal curator for this coulmn, and his family have gone on vacation, but with San Diego Comic-Con having happened over the weekend, there were too many cool things not to draw attention to some of them. For example: Brigsby Bear While upcoming superhero movies dominated the Con, the one that looked the most interesting was this strange film from Kyle Mooney and friends about a young man obsessed with a television show that features the titular character. Attendees were treated to the first twelve minutes or so just as Kyle's character's life is about to be forever altered

Five Cool Things and Ready Player One

This week's cool things include Search Party, Castlevania, Stranger Things, and more.
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As I’m desperately searching for cool things to write about each week, I’ve come to realize that while I’m discovering a lot of new TV shows I’m rarely completing them. Scroll through the archives and you’ll find me talking about starting a new show or a new season of an old show, but ask me if I made it through the season and likely I’ll be answering in the negative. Once I’ve written about something, I have to move on and find something else. This article would be boring if I just wrote about one show every week. Maybe someday

Five Cool Things and Edgar Wright

Cool things I consumed this week include the Cornetto Trilogy, Baby Driver, and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
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Edgar Wright’s Baby Driver came out last week. I made plans with my cousin to see it on Tuesday afternoon. So of course I spent all day Monday watching the Cornetto Trilogy. What else is a guy supposed to do on a long weekend? I didn’t actually plan it that way, but after finishing up a little work Monday morning, I thought it would be fun to throw on Shaun of the Dead as a way to hype myself up for Baby Driver. When I finished it, the wife was happily sewing something and the daughter was busy upstairs playing

Five Cool Things and Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle

Cool things this week include a Jumanji sequel, classic Doctor Who, a Death Note movie and more.
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Another week, another five cool things. GLOW I spoke a couple of weeks back about the trailer to the new Netflix series GLOW and now it's finally dropped. I’ve only made it one episode in, but so far I’m digging it. They definitely get the look and feel of the early '80s just exactly perfect. Marc Maron is great as the down-on-his-luck producer trying to throw some misfit ladies together and make them wrestle for ratings. I’m not quite as sold on Alison Brie’s performance yet, but I’m rooting for her. It's not quite figured out its tone just yet.

Five Cool Things and Game of Thrones: Season 7

Cool things I discovered this week include La La Land, Catwoman comics, and a new Game of Thrones trailer.
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I work from home which has all kinds of advantages. One being that I don't have a boss with prying eyes constantly checking out what I've got pulled up on my screen. Nerd that I am what I've got pulled up on one of my screens is usually a comic book. Whenever I need a short break I pull one up and read a few pages. Day after day, week after week I've been able to read quite a few comics. Got two read this week which is nice because the movie watching took a bit of a hit. But

Five Cool Things and Anita Pallenberg

Cool things this week include Sherlock, Legends of Tomorrow, Black Panther, Shotgun Stories, David Sedaris, and the Rolling Stones.
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Summer has come to Oklahoma which means it's hot. Damn hot. Too hot to do anything but sit inside and watch movies and TV, which is exactly what I did this week. So let's get to it. Sherlock: "The Six Thatchers" The newest season of Sherlock has been out a little while but I’m just now getting to it. It comes out so sporadically (its been on since 2010 but is only in its fourth season) that my memory of what happened last time is always fuzzy. This episode focuses on Mary, John’s wife, who I barely remember as a

Five Cool Things and Wonder Woman Getting Spanked

Cool things this week also include Bruce Springsteen, The Godfather, American Gods, and Alfred Hitchcock.
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I spent much of last week catching up on all the DC films to prepare myself for the release of Wonder Woman. We had planned to see it on Saturday, but we all got ourselves too excited and wound up catching it Friday night. More on that in a moment. The rest of the week was brimming with lots of cool things. So many in fact, I had to spend a little time narrowing down exactly what I wanted to talk about. Which is my definition of a great week. So let's get to it. Wonder Woman This is the

Five Cool Things and Foo Fighters

Cool things I consumed this week include Xenomorphs, superheroes, and Tatiana Maslany dancing in her undies.
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I try to go into movies cold, knowing as little as possible about them. I might watch a trailer and read the blurb, but there is something really nice about letting a film unfold before you without expectation. That’s really hard to do in this age of anticipation. We are pummeled with so much information about a movie long before it opens I sometimes feel like I’ve seen it before I walk into the theater. This is especially true with big summer blockbusters and comic-book movies. This week I caught a couple of movies I’d been avoiding because the culture

Five Cool Things and The Gifted

Cool things this week include Alfred Hitchock's Sabotage, a new X-Men series, Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling, Bloom County, and more.
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Its been a tough week around here. Last weekend, the cat we’ve had for 12 years went into kidney failure, and we had to put her down. It was like losing a family member. My heart still aches. To clear my head and move away from those thoughts, I watched a lot of movies, read some funny books, and generally tried to be excited about pop culture. Here's the coolest five things I discovered this week. Sabotage I have this weird fear of early Hitchcock films. Mostly, this is due to my mother purchasing me one of those cheap-o boxed

Five Cool Things and Chris Cornell

Cool things this week include Arrival, Burden of Dreams, Foreign Correspondent, Bob Dylan, and Blow Out.
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It was a good week for movies in the Brewster house. I watched a couple of things I’ve been wanting to see for a long while and a couple of others I didn’t know I wanted to see until I sat down and watched them. There was a good comic book, too, and some really good music. I’ll hash it down to five cool things so let's get to it. Arrival Ever since I heard there was an alien-invasion movie whose hero was a linguist (played by the always wonderful Amy Adams), I knew this was a movie I wanted

Five Cool Things and Blade Runner 2049

Cool things this week include the Hulk, Blade Runner, Midnight Special, a new Wolverine, more aliens, and the Grateful Dead.
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My wife came down with something nasty last week. I’m sure I've complained in these pages about the numerous times my entire family was passing around The Crud a few months back. For awhile, it felt like we were experiencing the plague around here. We’ve had a few glorious weeks of good health of late so it was crushing to see her sick again. For awhile, it seemed like I was going to escape this round. Last Thursday, I started writing this article rejoicing that I had not gotten sick. Then I got sick. My lymph nodes swelled, the muscles

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