Billboard Hot Rock Songs – Week of October 28, 2017

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Each week, I check out the Billboard Hot Rock Songs chart, and then I rearrange the top 25 based on my estimation of their quality. I used to rank all 25, now I just rank the cream of the crop.

Original Version
1. Portugal. The Man – “Feel It Still”
2. Imagine Dragons – “Thunder”
3. Imagine Dragons – “Beliver”
4. Tom Petty – “I Won’t Back Down”
5. Tom Petty – “Free Fallin'”
6. The Revivalists – “Wish I Knew You”
7. Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers – “Mary Jane’s Last Dance”
8. Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers – “Learning to Fly”
9. Theory of a Deadman – “Rx (Medicate)”
10. Tom Petty – “You Don’t Know How It Feels”
11. Thirty Seconds to Mars – “Walk on Water”
12. The Killers – “The Man”
13. Tom Petty – “Runnin’ Down a Dream”
14. Zach Williams – “Old Church Choir”
15. Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers – “American Girl”
16. Foo Fighters – “The Sky is a Neighborhood”
17. Fall Out Boy – “The Last of the Real Ones”
18. Linkin Park – “One More Light”
19. Vance Joy – “Lay It on Me”
20. Judah & the Lion – “Suit and Jacket”
21. The Lumineers – “Angela”
22. Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers – “Don’t Do Me Like That”
23. U2 – “You’re the Best Thing About Me”
24. Tom Petty – “Wildflowers”
25. Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers – “Don’t Come Around Here No More”

Jmunney’s Revision
1. Don’t Come Around Here No More
2. Runnin’ Down a Dream
3. I Won’t Back Down
4. American Girl
5. Don’t Do Me Like That
6. Free Fallin’
7. Learning to Fly
8. Feel It Still
9. The Sky is a Neighborhood
10. Mary Jane’s Last Dance
11. You Don’t Know How It Feels
12. The Man
13. You’re the Best Thing About Me
14. Lay It on Me

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Billboard Hot 20 – Week of October 28, 2017

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Each week, I check out the Billboard Hot 100, and then I rearrange the top 20 based on my estimation of their quality. I used to rank all 20, now I just rank the cream of the crop.

Original Version
1. Post Malone ft. 21 Savage – “Rockstar”
2. Cardi B – “Bodak Yellow (Money Moves)”
3. Logic ft. Alessia Cara and Khalid – “1-800-273-8255”
4. Taylor Swift – “Look What You Made Me Do”
5. Portugal. The Man – “Feel It Still”
6. J. Balvin and Willy William ft. Beyoncé – “Mi Gente”
7. Sam Smith – “Too Good at Goodbyes”
8. Imagine Dragons – “Thunder”
9. Demi Lovato – “Sorry Not Sorry”
10. French Montana ft. Swae Lee – “Unforgettable”
11. Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee ft. Justin Bieber – “Despacito”
12. Charlie Puth – “Attention”
13. Imagine Dragons – “Believer”
14. 21 Savage – “Bank Account”
15. Yo Gotti ft. Nicki Minaj – “Rake It Up”
16. Liam Payne ft. Quavo – “Strip That Down”
17. Maroon 5 ft. SZA – “What Lovers Do”
18. Ed Sheeran – “Shape of You”
19. Shawn Mendes – “There’s Nothing Holdin’ Me Back”
20. Lin-Manuel Miranda ft. Artists for Puerto Rico – “Almost Like Praying”

Jmunney’s Revision
1. Feel It Still
2. Mi Gente
3. Unforgettable

This is a Movie Review: The Killing of a Sacred Deer

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CREDIT: Jima (Atsushi Nishijima)/A24

I give The Killing of a Sacred Deer 3 out of 5 Bleeding Eyeballs: http://newscult.com/movie-review-killing-sacred-deer-disturbingly-unforgettable-horror-director-lobster/

Halt and Catch Fire Season 4 Review

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CREDIT: Tina Rowden/AMC

I give Halt and Catch Fire 4.7 out of 5 Things: http://newscult.com/halt-catch-fire-season-4-review-radar-gem-cements-one-best-dramas-century/

SNL Review October 14, 2017: Kumail Nanjiani/P!nk

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CREDIT: Rosalind O’Connor/NBC

My letter grades for each sketch and segment is below. My in-depth review is on NewsCult: http://newscult.com/snl-love-itkeep-itleave-kumail-nanjianipnk/

Trump Rally – B-

Kumail Nanjiani’s Monologue (BEST OF THE NIGHT) – B+

Bank Breakers – B-

Kellywise – B-

Office Halloween Party – C+

New York Film Festival Women’s Roundtable – B

P!nk performs “What About Us?” – B-

Weekend Update
The Jokes – B
Ivana Trump – C

Chatsworth House Check-In – C

Nursing Home – B

P!nk performs “Beautiful Trauma” – C+

Call Center – B

This Is a Movie Review: Blade Runner 2049

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CREDIT: Stephen Vaughan/Alcon Entertainment/Warner Bros.

When I write pre-release reviews, I include a list of similar titles, genres, etc. to indicate whether or not the movie being reviewed is worth recommending. I do not usually do that for my quicker reviews, but I feel compelled to do so for Blade Runner 2049. To wit: Blade Runner 2049 is recommended if you like Fringe, Orphan Black, the Futurama episode “A Clockwork Origin,” and of course, the original Blade Runner. They all play around with questions of identity and being godlike in the creation of new life. I wonder if they influenced Denis Villeneuve and company. Of course, they were all probably influenced by the original. Except for Blade Runner itself. Although that would be an interesting philosophical claim to say that a movie influenced itself.

I loved the hologram sex scene.

I give Blade Runner 2049 80% Existence out of 100 Replicants.

This Is a Movie Review: The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected)

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CREDIT: Atsushi Nishijima/Netflix

I give The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected) 4 out of 5 Ex-Wives: http://newscult.com/movie-review-noah-baumbach-adam-sandlers-sensibilities-align-perfectly-meyerowitz-stories-new-selected/

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