Welcome to the first Week In Review post! In each of these posts we will be recapping what important stuff has happened this week in Pop Culture, as well as discussing it like we know what we are talking bout when really we have no idea what any of it means. If you want more information on anything read here, click the bold text!
TV This Week
Kicking us off this week was the news that Comedy Central show Key & Peele would be ending its long running sketch show after this currently running 5th season. Now, I am a huge fan of Key & Peele, some of my favorite sketches of all time have come from that show (I mean, who doesn’t call the one Aaron they know A-A-Ron?) but I feel that much like any sketch show, there is a time where the sketches won’t be as good as they used to be, and while the 5th season is still mostly hilarious, I feel that now is the right time to end on a high note rather than fade out slowly after 40 years (cough SNL cough)
We also found out this week that the much loved Netflix show BoJack Horseman will be returning for a third season in 2016. BoJack Horseman is one of my standout shows of 2015 so far, with a 2nd season that was equal parts laugh out loud and depressingly sad, so it was a welcome surprise that the show was picked up so soon after the second season airing, unlike some other Netflix shows that still have no idea about their future (Sense8).
Meanwhile, there were also a renewal for MTV’s Scream series while NBC unceremoniously canned Welcome To Sweden early on in it’s sophomore run and Cinemax announced Banshee will be ending after its upcoming 4th season. There is also news coming out today that the former hosts of Top Gear, Jeremy Clarkson, James May and Richard Hammond, have signed on for an Amazon series that will not be Top Gear but most likely very suspiciously similar to it. A 2nd Gear, if you will.
Movies This Week
The biggest talking point this week was the absolute failure of Adam Sandler’s newest attempt at “comedy” with new release Pixels failing hard at the box office. Despite a decent $24M opening, it is clear that the public is starting to wise up to Sandler, who arguably has not made a decent movie since 2006’s Click.
In new releases this week, we were treated to the shitting on of a classic movie franchise, as the new reboot/sequel of the National Lampoon’s Vacation series was released. The aptly titled Vacation has a mere 27% on Rotten Tomatoes. However, the film could still perform decently in the box office, but that remains to be seen.
However, it must also be noted of the shooting that occurred in Louisiana in the past week during a showing of Trainwreck, where three were tragically killed and 6 more were wounded. It’s very sad stuff and a shame that stuff like this continues to happen in the US.
Elsewhere this week we also found out that Tommy Lee Jones will be joining Matt Damon in the upcoming Bourne sequel as well as finding out that somehow the timeless classic Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 is the highest grossing Sony film of 2015, with only a $105M intake.
Music This Week
This week saw the release of Josh Pyke’s 5th album, But For All These Shrinking Hearts, which was released today to mostly positive reviews. We were also treated to a new Avalanche City music video for Inside Out, the lead single off of the upcoming sophomore album, We Are For The Wild Places, due out in Australia August 7th.
Details have also emerged of Yoko Ono’s upcoming effort Yes, I’m A Witch, Too, due out January 22nd, 2016 and featuring such bands as Death Cab For Cutie and Portugal the Man.
Finally, we also saw a unique effort by the citizens of Cesena, Italy, who have tried to draw the Foo Fighters to their city to play by performing Learn To Fly with over 1000 people playing along. It’s an impressive attempt, and one that hopefully pays off.
That’s all for this week! Did I miss anything? Drop a line in the comments and help me look out for more stuff by tweeting relevant things to me at @CalBehrendt.