Billboard Hot Rock Songs – Week of October 29, 2016

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Each week, I check out the Billboard Hot Rock Songs chart, and then I rearrange that top 25 based on my estimation of their quality.

Original Version
1. twenty one pilots – “Heathens”
2. twenty one pilots – “Ride”
3. Lil Wayne, Wiz Khalifa, & Imagine Dragons with Logic, Ty Dolla $ign ft. X Ambassadors – “Sucker for Pain”
4. Coldplay – “Hymn for the Weekend”
5. X Ambassadors – “Unsteady”
6. Fitz and the Tantrums – “HandClap”
7. The Lumineers – “Ophelia”
8. Disturbed – “The Sound of Silence”
9. Bastille – “Good Grief”
10. Green Day – “Bang Bang”
11. twenty one pilots – “Cancer”
12. Cage the Elephant – “Trouble”
13. Red Hot Chili Peppers – “Dark Necessities”
14. Kings of Leon – “Waste a Moment”
15. Zach Williams – “Chain Breaker”
16. blink-182 – “Bored to Death”
17. The Head and the Heart – “All We Ever Knew”
18. Beck – “Wow”
19. Phantogram – “You Don’t Get Me High Anymore”
20. Skillet – “Feel Invincible”
21. Metallica – “Moth Into Flame”
22. Avenged Sevenfold – “The Stage”
23. Judah & the Lion – “Take It All Back”
24. Panic! at the Disco – “Bohemian Rhapsody”
25. Kings of Leon – “Reverend”

Jmunney’s Revision
1. You Don’t Get Me High Anymore
2. Wow
3. Unsteady
4. Dark Necessities
5. Ride
6. Trouble
7. Good Grief
8. The Stage
9. Reverend
10. Moth Into Flame
11. Ophelia
12. Waste a Moment
13. Take It All Back
14. Cancer
15. Hymn for the Weekend
16. All We Ever Knew
17. Bang Bang
18. The Sound of Silence
19. Heathens
20. Feel Invincible
21. Sucker for Pain
22. Bohemian Rhapsody
23. HandClap
24. Bored to Death
25. Chain Breaker

Billboard Hot 20 – Week of October 29, 2016

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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. The Chainsmokers ft. Halsey – “Closer”
2. The Weeknd ft. Daft Punk – “Starboy”
3. twenty one pilots – “Heathens”
4. DJ Snake ft. Justin Bieber – “Let Me Love You”
5. Bruno Mars – “24K Magic”
6. D.R.A.M. ft. Lil Yachty – “Broccoli”
7. Major Lazer ft. Justin Bieber and MØ – “Cold Water”
8. Shawn Mendes – “Treat You Better”
9. Sia ft. Sean Paul – “Cheap Thrills”
10. Ariana Grande ft. Nicki Minaj – “Side to Side”
11. Zay Hilfigerrr & Zayion McCall – “Juju on That Beat (TZ Anthem)”
12. gnash ft. Olivia O’Brien – “i hate u, i love u”
13. The Chainsmokers ft. Daya – “Don’t Let Me Down”
14. Calvin Harris ft. Rihanna – “This Is What You Came For”
15. Kiiara – “Gold”
16. twenty one pilots – “Ride”
17. Drake ft. WizKid and Kyla – “One Dance”
18. Rihanna – “Needed Me”
19. Adele – “Send My Love (to Your New Lover)”
20. Hailee Steinfeld and Grey ft. Zedd – “Starving”

Jmunney’s Revision
1. Gold
2. Starboy
3. Cheap Thrills
4. Side to Side
5. Needed Me
6. Cold Water
7. Ride
8. Broccoli
9. Closer
10. 24K Magic
11. i hate u, i love u
12. Starving
13. Let Me Love You
14. Don’t Let Me Down
15. Send My Love (to Your New Lover)
16. One Dance
17. This Is What You Came For
18. Heathens
19. Treat You Better
20. Juju on That Beat (TZ Anthem)

Son of Zorn 1.4 Review: “The Weekend Warrior”

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SON OF ZORN:  L-R:  Zorn (voiced by Jason Sudeikis) and Johnny Pemberton in the "The Weekend Warrior" episode of SON OF ZORN airing Sunday, Oct. 16 (8:31-9:00 PM ET/PT on FOX).  ©2016 Fox Broadcasting Co.  Cr:  FOX

“I’ve been pantsed. I’ve been pantsed many times. And it is not hilarious.”

The Simpsons 28.4 Review: “Treehouse of Horror XXVII”

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THE SIMPSONS: In the midst of a major drought, Mr. Burns introduces a Hunger Games-style contest in which Springfield’s children fight each other for a day in Burns’ personal reservoir. Meanwhile, Lisa’s imaginary best friend, Rachel, is jealous of Lisa’s real best friends and starts killing them. Moe tells Bart that the barflies are actually covert agents and that he wants Bart join their team in Homer’s place in the all-new “Treehouse of Horror XXVII” episode airing Sunday, Oct. 16, (8:00-8:31 PM ET/PT).

“Lou stands for lousy obstinate… um, uh, help me out here, Lou.”

SNL Review October 15, 2016: Emily Blunt/Bruno Mars

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My letter grades for each sketch and segment is below. My in-depth review is on NewsCult:

Second Presidential Debate – B

Emily Blunt’s Monologue – B-

Escorts – C

Melanianade – B-

Ann Arbor Short Film Festival (BEST OF THE NIGHT) – A-

Chonk – B-

Bruno Mars performs “24K Magic” – B+

Weekend Update
The Jokes – BOlya Povlatsky – B
Laura Parsons – B

Burger King Drive-Thru – B+

The Sink – B

Honda Robotics Lounge – B-

Melania Moments – B

Bruno Mars performs “Chunky” – B

The Great British Bake Off – C

Hamster Cage – B-

What Won TV? – October 9-October 15, 2016

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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 – Last Week Tonight with John Oliver
Monday – Full Frontal with Samantha Bee
Tuesday – Most people don’t realize Atlanta‘s quality is another universe. Don’t be dumb.
Wednesday – The Goldbergs
Thursday – Better Things
Friday – Time to a deliver an Eric Andre Show finale! (Time to a deliver an Eric Andre Show finale!)
Saturday – That part in the Ann Arbor Short Film Festival (SNL) when everyone in the crowd stood up to get on the stage

This Is a Movie Review: The Girl on the Train

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We’re not going to hold the The Girl on the Train to the same standard as Gone Girl, are we? No, because individual films are their own things, but still, comparisons can be illuminating. And these two female-led/female-titled page-to-screen sensations go together more than just superficially. Both films have plenty to say about being pegged into gender roles, and how unreliable narrators can obscure the truth of those messages, but on the Train gives itself much less room to explore those ideas than Gone does. It either thinks they will stand clearly enough on their own or does not realize how much they are there in the first place. So what we are left with is an excellent lead performance in an adequately pulpy, but mostly disposable thriller.

I give The Girl on the Train 70 Vodka Swills out of 100 Truth Revelations.

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