Let’s try this again…shall we.
I’ve previously tried to get this feature back on track, but life, the universe and everything got in my way.
Still, I enjoy having a space to clear my pop culture palate, so I’m going to try again.
That being said, let’s take a look at what I’ve been into recently, pop culturally speaking.
Yeah, I’m late to the party on this one. Showtime’s Yellowjackets is a nasty combination of True Detective, Lord of the Flies and, of all things, Heathers. The show seeks to answer the question “what happens when a group of teenage girls survive a plane crash in the wilderness and aren’t rescued for 18 months?” PTSD happens. We are led to believe cannibalism happens. We know for a fact that Juliette Lewis happens. The wife and I are half way done with the first (only) season of the show and I’m really looking forward to seeing where the next five episodes go.
I know I read some, but not all of Kurt Buseik’s 12 issue maxi-series when it first came out in 1998, but I was still a newlywed and my comics consumption was at an all-time low. I finally circled back to the series as an empty nester. This one is not for the casual/MCU Avengers fan. A masterful tale that includes so much time travel even I was getting confused toward the end, Busiek dives deep into the Avengers’ multi-decade history and pulls on inconsistent threads in a way that makes them makes sense. I think. This one is for diehards only.
With this year’s Academy Award nominations imminent, the wife and I have been trying to do some advance viewing. This weekend that meant Nightmare Alley was on tap. Guillermo del Toro’s stylish noir isn’t likely to win any Oscars, but it a solid watch for any fan of the genre and/or star Bradley Cooper. While the ending is pretty well telegraphed, the performances are all solid and the vibe is spot on. Plus, if there has ever been a modern actress who was born to play a femme fatale, its Cate Blanchett