What Won TV? – August 21-August 27, 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.

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Sunday – Last Week Tonight with John Oliver
Monday – A rerun of the Jeopardy! Teachers Tournament
Tuesday – Blood Orange’s performance of “Augustine/Thank You” on Conan
Wednesday – Mr. Robot
Thursday – RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars
Friday – A saucy Eric Andre Show
Saturday – N/A

Billboard Hot Rock Songs – Week of September 3, 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. twenty one pilots – “Stressed Out”
5. Coldplay – “Hymn for the Weekend”
6. X Ambassadors – “Unsteady”
7. Disturbed – “The Sound of Silence”
8. Green Day – “Bang Bang”
9. The Lumineers – “Ophelia”
10. Fitz and the Tantrums – “HandClap”
11. Panic! at the Disco – “Bohemian Rhapsody”
12. Ben Rector – “Brand New”
13. Kaleo – “Way Down We Go”
14. Red Hot Chili Peppers – “Dark Necessities”
15. blink-182 – “Bored to Death”
16. Bishop Briggs – “River”
17. The 1975 – “The Sound”
18. Cage the Elephant – “Trouble”
19. Bastille – “Good Grief”
20. Action Bronson, Mark Ronson & Dan Auerbach – “Standing in the Rain”
21. Beck – “Wow”
22. Skillet – “Feel Invincible”
23. Panic! at the Disco – “Don’t Threaten with a Good Time”
24. Young the Giant – “Something to Believe In”
25. Bon Jovi – “This House is Not for Sale”

Jmunney’s Revision
1. River
2. Wow
3. The Sound
4. Way Down We Go
5. Unsteady
6. Dark Necessities
7. Standing in the Rain
8. Something to Believe In
9. Ride
10. Trouble
11. Good Grief
12. Stressed Out
13. Don’t Threaten Me with a Good Time
14. Ophelia
15. Hymn for the Weekend
16. The Sound of Silence
17. Bang Bang
18. Heathens
19. Feel Invincible
20. Sucker for Pain
21. Bohemian Rhapsody
22. HandClap
23. This House is Not for Sale
24. Brand New
25. Bored to Death

Billboard Hot 20 – Week of September 3, 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. Sia ft. Sean Paul – “Cheap Thrills”
3. Major Lazer ft. Justin Bieber and MØ – “Cold Water”
4. twenty one pilots – “Heathens”
5. Calvin Harris ft. Rihanna – “This Is What You Came For”
6. twenty one pilots – “Ride”
7. Drake ft. Kyla and WizKid – “One Dance”
8. The Chainsmokers ft. Daya – “Don’t Let Me Down”
9. Justin Timberlake – “Can’t Stop the Feeling!”
10. Adele – “Send My Love (to Your New Lover)”
11. Rihanna – “Needed Me”
12. Shawn Mendes – “Treat You Better”
13. Ariana Grande – “Into You”
14. Drake ft. Rihanna – “Too Good”
15. DJ Khaled ft. Drake – “For Free”
16. Lil Wayne, Wiz Khalifa, & Imagine Dragons with Logic, Ty Dolla $ign ft. X Ambassadors – “Sucker for Pain”
17. Desiigner – “Panda”
18. Charlie Puth ft. Selena Gomez – “We Don’t Talk Anymore”
19. DJ Snake ft. Justin Bieber – “Let Me Love You”
20. Flume ft. Kai – “Never Be Like You”

Jmunney’s Revision
1. Cheap Thrills
2. Never Be Like You
3. Needed Me
4. Into You
5. Cold Water
6. Ride
7. Closer
8. Let Me Love You
9. Don’t Let Me Down
10. Send My Love (to Your New Lover)
11. Can’t Stop the Feeling!
12. Too Good
13. One Dance
14. This Is What You Came For
15. Panda
16. For Free
17. We Don’t Talk Anymore
18. Heathens
19. Sucker for Pain
20. Treat You Better

What Won TV? – August 14-August 20, 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.

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Sunday – Last Week Tonight with John Oliver
Monday – Olympics, featuring King of the 800 David Rudisha
Tuesday – Difficult People
Wednesday – Mr. Robot
Thursday – The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore, because we should not confuse cancellation with failure
Friday – The Eric Andre Show
Saturday – Olympics: the 4×400‘s were fun

Billboard Hot Rock Songs – Week of August 27, 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. twenty one pilots – “Stressed Out”
5. Coldplay – “Hymn for the Weekend”
6. X Ambassadors – “Unsteady”
7. Panic! at the Disco – “Bohemian Rhapsody”
8. Disturbed – “The Sound of Silence”
9. Ben Rector – “Brand New”
10. The Lumineers – “Ophelia”
11. Fitz and the Tantrums – “HandClap”
12. Red Hot Chili Peppers – “Dark Necessities”
13. blink-182 – “Bored to Death”
14. Kaleo – “Way Down We Go”
15. Bishop Briggs – “River”
16. Skillet – “Feel Invincible”
17. The 1975 – “The Sound”
18. Bastille – “Good Grief”
19. Cage the Elephant – “Trouble”
20. Beck – “Wow”
21. Action Bronson, Mark Ronson & Dan Auerbach – “Standing in the Rain”
22. Panic! at the Disco – “Don’t Threaten Me with a Good Time”
23. Green Day – “Bang Bang”
24. Grimes – “Medieval Warfare”
25. BANKS – “Gemini Feed”

Jmunney’s Revision
1. River
2. Gemini Feed
3. Wow
4. Way Down We Go
5. The Sound
6. Unsteady
7. Dark Necessities
8. Standing in the Rain
9. Ride
10. Trouble
11. Good Grief
12. Don’t Threaten Me with a Good Time
13. Medieval Warfare
14. Ophelia
15. Stressed Out
16. Bang Bang
17. Hymn for the Weekend
18. Heathens
19. Feel Invincible
20. Sucker for Pain
21. The Sound of Silence
22. Bohemian Rhapsody
23. HandClap
24. Brand New
25. Bored to Death

Billboard Hot 20 – Week of August 27, 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. Sia ft. Sean Paul – “Cheap Thrills”
2. Major Lazer ft. Justin Bieber and MØ – “Cold Water”
3. Calvin Harris ft. Rihanna – “This Is What You Came For”
4. twenty one pilots – “Heathens”
5. Drake ft. WizKid and Kyla – “One Dance”
6. The Chainsmokers ft. Halsey – “Closer”
7. twenty one pilots – “Ride”
8. The Chainsmokers ft. Daya – “Don’t Let Me Down”
9. Justin Timberlake – “Can’t Stop the Feeling”
10. Rihanna – “Needed Me”
11. Adele – “Send My Love (to Your New Lover)”
12. DJ Snake ft. Justin Bieber – “Let Me Love You”
13. Ariana Grande – “Into You”
14. Shawn Mendes – “Treat You Better”
15. Lil Wayne, Wiz Khalifa, & Imagine Dragons with Logic, Ty Dolla $ign ft. X Ambassadors – “Sucker for Pain”
16. Desiigner – “Panda”
17. Drake ft. Rihanna – “Too Good”
18. DJ Khaled ft. Drake – “For Free”
19. Charlie Puth ft. Selena Gomez – “We Don’t Talk Anymore”
20. Meghan Trainor – “Me Too”

Jmunney’s Revision
1. Cheap Thrills
2. Needed Me
3. Into You
4. Cold Water
5. Ride
6. Closer
7. Let Me Love You
8. Send My Love (to Your New Lover)
9. Don’t Let Me Down
10. Can’t Stop the Feeling!
11. Too Good
12. One Dance
13. This Is What You Came For
14. Me Too
15. We Don’t Talk Anymore
16. Heathens
17. Panda
18. For Free
19. Sucker for Pain
20. Treat You Better

This Is a Movie Review: Café Society

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Latter-day Woody Allen films have a tendency to use narration as a crutch to make their themes obvious and their plots overly clear. But somehow the voiceover of Café Society (courtesy of Allen himself) won me over. As the story moves away from the glitz of 1930s Hollywood towards the gangster-run business of New York, the compressed approach that results from the heavy narration allows the deadly violence to work as comedy. Indeed, Café Society works best when it focuses on Woody’s specialty of nihilist existentialism. (A conversation about fear of death, or lack thereof, is a highlight.) And with Jesse Eisenberg managing the best Woody Allen impression of any Woody avatar, the connections to the classics are enough to get by.

I give Café Society a B- in Jewish Philosophy 201.

 

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