This Is a Movie Review: Get Out

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Get Out did not have me getting out of my seat from fright, which is unsurprising because I generally don’t get too scared at horror movies. But I imagine most people will not be frightened, as its techniques are less about jump scares (though it does have those) or general dread than about mindbending. Its signature concept (“the sunken place”) is a killer example.

This is basically cultural appropriation as body horror. Knowing that it is from Jordan Peele makes it easy – and sensible – to say that this concept could have started as a comedy sketch that evolved into a fright flick. And indeed, as the reveal plays out, it is clear that this actually has been done as comedy before.

I have a slight problem with a couple of moments that are endemic to the evil genius genre, in which small mistakes inexplicably give the hero a fighting chance. But I don’t want to quibble too much, because this is a clever extreme dramatization of a real societal fear, which is what the best horror movies do.

I give Get Out 18 Awkwardly Casually Racist Remarks out of 20 Days.

Billboard Hot Rock Songs – Week of March 5, 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.

Original Version
1. twenty one pilots – “Heathens”
2. twenty one pilots – “Ride”
3. Fitz and the Tantrums – “HandClap”
4. Imagine Dragons – “Believer”
5. X Ambassadors – “Unsteady”
6. Kaleo – “Way Down We Go”
7. Lil Wayne, Wiz Khalifa, & Imagine Dragons with Logic, Ty Dolla $ign ft. X Ambassadors – “Sucker for Pain”
8. Rag’n’Bone Man – “Human”
9. twenty one pilots – “Heavydirtysoul”
10. Zach Williams – “Chain Breaker”
11. The 1975 – “Somebody Else”
12. The Lumineers – “Cleopatra”
13. Green Day – “Still Breathing”
14. Highly Suspect – “My Name is Human”
15. Judah & the Lion – “Take It All Back”
16. Kings of Leon – “Waste a Moment”
17. The Revivalists – “Wish I Knew You”
18. blink-182 – “She’s Out of Her Mind”
19. NEEDTOBREATHE – “Testify”
20. John Mayer – “Love on the Weekend”
21. Linkin Park ft. Kiiara – “Heavy”
22. Shinedown – “How Did You Love”
23. Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness – “Fire Escape”
24. The xx – “On Hold”
25. Skillet – “Stars”

Jmunney’s Revision
1. Human
2. My Name is Human
3. Way Down We Go
4. Unsteady
5. Heavydirtysoul
6. Somebody Else
7. On Hold
8. Ride
9. Heathens
10. Fire Escape
11. How Did You Love
12. Wish I Knew You
13. Waste a Moment
14. Cleopatra
15. Heavy
16. Believer
17. Take It All Back
18. Still Breathing
19. HandClap
20. Stars
21. She’s Out of Her Mind
22. Love on the Weekend
23. Sucker for the Pain
24. Testify
25. Chain Breaker

Billboard Hot 20 – Week of March 4, 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.

Original Version
1. Ed Sheeran – “Shape of You”
2. Zayn and Taylor Swift – “I Don’t Wanna Live Forever (Fifty Shades Darker)”
3. Migos ft. Lil Uzi Vert – “Bad and Boujee”
4. Katy Perry ft. Skip Marley – “Chained to the Rhythm”
5. The Chainsmokers ft. Halsey – “Closer”
6. Machine Gun Kelly x Camila Cabello – “Bad Things”
7. Bruno Mars – “That’s What I Like”
8. Rihanna – “Love on the Brain”
9. The Weeknd ft. Daft Punk – “I Feel It Coming”
10. Big Sean – “Bounce Back”
11. The Chainsmokers – “Paris”
12. Drake – “Fake Love”
13. Bruno Mars – “24K Magic”
14. The Weeknd ft. Daft Punk – “Starboy”
15. Alessia Cara – “Scars to Your Beautiful”
16. Rae Sremmurd ft. Gucci Mane – “Black Beatles”
17. Maroon 5 ft. Kendrick Lamar – “Don’t Wanna Know”
18. Lady GaGa – “Million Reasons”
19. Shawn Mendes – “Mercy”
20. KYLE ft. Lil Yachty – “iSpy”

Jmunney’s Revision
1. Chained to the Rhythm
2. Scars to Your Beautiful
3. Black Beatles
4. Starboy
5. I Feel It Coming
6. Love on the Brain
7. Closer
8. Million Reasons
9. Shape of You
10. 24K Magic
11. That’s What I Like
12. Paris
13. Bad and Boujee
14. Bounce Back
15. I Don’t Wanna Live Forever (Fifty Shades Darker)
16. iSpy
17. Bad Things
18. Fake Love
19. Don’t Wanna Know
20. Mercy

This Is a Movie Review: Bitter Harvest

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I give Bitter Harvest 2 out of 5 Soviet Memories:

Son of Zorn 1.13 Review: “All Hail Son of Zorn”

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SON OF ZORN:  Artemis Pebdani in the "All Hail Son of Zorn" season finale episode of SON OF ZORN airing Sunday, Feb. 19 (8:30-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX.  ©2017 Fox Broadcasting Co.  Cr:  FOX

Uppy-downy or side-by-side?

The Simpsons 28.15 Review: “The Cad and the Hat”

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THE SIMPSONS: - When Bart betrays Lisa, he has to deal with his Guilt—literally. Meanwhile, Springfield is in awe when it is revealed that Homer is a chess savant, on the all-new “The Cad and the Hat” episode airing Sunday, Feb. 19, (8:00-8:30 PM ET/PT). THE SIMPSONS ™ and © 2016 TCFFC ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. THE SIMPSONS ™ and © 2016 TCFFC ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. CR: FOX.

“Er, uh, it’s not cleaner. We just lowered our safety standards.”

What Won TV? – February 12-February 18, 2017

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In this feature, I look back at each day of the past week and determine what shows “won TV” for the night. That is, I consider every episode of television I watched that aired on a particular day and declare which was the best.


Sunday – Bob’s Burgers
Monday – The Young Pope is not so young anymore.
Tuesday – New Girl
Wednesday – Man Seeking Woman – I think he found her..
Thursday – Baskets
Friday – Jeopardy!
Saturday – SNL Vintage

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