Entertainment To-Do List: Week of 2/26/21

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Tom & Jerry (CREDIT: Warner Bros/YouTube Screenshot)

Every week, I list all the upcoming (or recently released) movies, TV shows, albums, podcasts, etc. that I believe are worth checking out.

Movies
The Father (Theaters) – Olivia Colman plays Anthony Hopkins’ father
The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run (March 4 on Paramount+) – This is the day CBS All Access rebrands as Paramount+.
Tom & Jerry (Theaters and HBO Max) – Colin Jost in the Wedding of the Century!
The Vigil (Theaters and On Demand)

TV
RuPaul’s Drag Race: Corona Can’t Keep a Good Queen Down (February 26 on VH1)
-78th Golden Globe Awards (February 28 on NBC)

Music
-Alice Cooper, Detroit Stories – Loved him on The Muppet Show; glad to see he’s still making music.

Jeff’s Wacky SNL Review: Regé-Jean Page/Bad Bunny

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SNL: Bad Bunny, Regé-Jean Page, Melissa Villaseñor (CREDIT: YouTube Screenshot)

Here’s something I’ve never done before: written a review of an SNL episode hosted by Regé-Jean Page with musical guest Bad Bunny. (How Bad is he?!) Here’s to new experiences!

I got up early on Sunday morning, enjoyed some heart-shaped Honey Nut Cheerios, visited the bathroom a few times, and got to watching the comedy.

If the real Britney Spears were to host a talk show, do you think it would go a little something like Oops, You Did It Again (Grade: “Oops”? Or Maybe It Was on Purpose?). For the purposes of the people who wrote this week’s cold opening, the answer is “Yes.” Much of this sketch was more stuck in the muckety-muck than it was ha-ha, but Pete Davidson as Andrew Cuomo was just plain-old counterintuitively inspired.

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Entertainment To-Do List: Week of 2/19/21

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Superman & Lois (CREDIT: DC/YouTube Screenshot)

Every week, I list all the upcoming (or recently released) movies, TV shows, albums, podcasts, etc. that I believe are worth checking out.

Movies
Nomadland (Theaters and Hulu)

TV
Superman & Lois Series Premiere (February 23 on The CW)
Punky Brewster Revival Series Premiere (February 25 on Peacock) – I’ve never watched the original, but I liked the Peacock Saved by the Bell reboot, so I might check out this one too.

Jeff’s Wacky SNL Review: Regina King/Nathaniel Rateliff

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SNL: Nathaniel Rateliff, Regina King, Beck Bennett (CREDIT: YouTube Screenshot)

For the third episode in a row, SNL has two guests making their Studio 8H debuts, and for the third review in a row, I’m making mention of that fact. The host is Regina King, who’s probably better known for her dramatic work nowadays, but she’s sitcom royalty to a lot of people thanks to her time on 227. That’s a show I’ve never seen an episode of, though I have seen all 6 of her guest appearances on The Big Bang Theory. And as for musical guest Nathaniel Rateliff, I’m more familiar with him when he’s credited with his backing band the Night Sweats, but it seems like his music is pretty dang similar even when he’s flying solo.

This episode aired in the midst of the Australian Open, which is something I also enjoy watching.

I’ll start with the cold opening (a very cold place to start), which was Tucker Carlson Tonight (Grade: 1 Coup out of 2 Coos), which, indeed, featured a Tucker Carlson, and indeed, aired during the night.

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Entertainment To-Do List: Week of 2/12/21

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Kenan (CREDIT: NBC/YouTube Screenshot)

Every week, I list all the upcoming (or recently released) movies, TV shows, albums, podcasts, etc. that I believe are worth checking out.

Movies
Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar (On Demand) – A new comedy classic.
Judas and the Black Messiah (Theaters and HBO Max)
Minari (February 12 in Theaters, February 26 On Demand)

TV
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver Season 8 Premiere (February 14 on HBO)
Momma Named Me Sheriff Season 2 Premiere (February 14 on Adult Swim)
Young Rock Series Premiere (February 16 on NBC)
Kenan Series Premiere (February 16 on NBC) – Kenan Thompson is still on SNL, but he’s also got his own sitcom now.

Music
-The Pretty Reckless, Death by Rock and Roll

I Liked These 5 Super Bowl LV Commercials

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People who are known for making me laugh made me laugh in these ads. Makes sense.

5. Bud Light Legends: I appreciate a sense of history.

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Jeff’s Wacky SNL Review: Dan Levy/Phoebe Bridgers

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SNL: Phoebe Bridgers, Dan Levy, Aidy Bryant (CREDIT: YouTube Screenshot)

When I woke up on the morning of Sunday, February 7, 2021, I was expecting there to be some fresh snow on the ground. Instead it didn’t start falling until a couple of hours later. So my viewing of the Dan Levy/Phoebe Bridgers SNL was a mix of overcast and wet and white. Both of these people are making their Studio 8H debuts with this episode, which makes sense, as they achieved their fame relatively recently. By the way, Phoebe’s a pretty cool name, innit? It sounds like you could just sing it over and over throughout the day. No wonder she’s a musician!

Okay, I declare that it’s now time to review the sketches, the first of which was the cold opening, having to do with the Super Bowl Pre-Game (Grade: 2/5 Q-Pons), in which some SNL cast members pretended to be NFL broadcasters saying this and that, and that and this.

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Entertainment To-Do List: Week of 2/5/21

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Malcolm & Marie (CREDIT: Netflix)

Every week, I list all the upcoming (or recently released) movies, TV shows, albums, podcasts, etc. that I believe are worth checking out.

Movies
Bliss (February 5 on Amazon) – Owen Wilson and Salma Hayek are living in a simulation
A Glitch in the Matrix (Theaters and On Demand) – The latest documentary from Rodney Ascher is living in a simulation.
Malcolm & Marie (Streaming on Netflix) – As played by John David and Zendaya.

TV
The Snoopy Show (February 5 on Apple TV+)
-Puppy Bowl XVII (February 7 on Animal Planet)
-Super Bowl LV (February 7 on CBS)

Music
-John Carpenter, Lost Themes III: Alive After Death
-Foo Fighters, Medicine at Midnight
-Hayley Williams, FLOWERS for VASES / descansos

Jeff’s Wacky SNL Review: John Krasinski/Machine Gun Kelly

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SNL: Machine Gun Kelly, John Krasinski, Heidi Gardner (CREDIT: YouTube Screenshot)

It’s the end of January, and Saturday Night Live has finally aired its first new episode of 2021. I’ll let you numerologists determine what significance those digits have as far as SNL is concerned…

Host John Krasinski and musical guest Machine Gun Kelly are both making their Studio 8H debuts (as will be all the recently announced guests for the coming weeks). Krasinski was actually supposed to host back in March 2020, but that is now neither here nor there.

Here’s where my head was at while watching this episode: most days, I wake up and write my dreams from the night before down in a dream journal, but I didn’t remember them this morning, so I didn’t have to arrange my dream scribbling around my SNL viewing as I normally do. But then later while I was running, a dream came back to me, so I had to pivot a bit. But it was a pretty easy pivot.

Vaccines are being rolled out, but the pandemic is still ongoing, so my reviews will continue to be spaced out.

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The Tim and Eric Sketches I Can’t Stop Watching

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I’m a HUGE fan of Misters (Tim) Heidecker and (Eric) Wareheim, but I didn’t fully feel that fandom until after Awesome Show, Great Job! ended its original run. So up until quite very recently, I hadn’t seen a single episode in its entirety (with the exception of the 10 Year Anniversary Special).

So I rectified that in the past year by watching ’em all! (Great job.) And wouldn’t you know it, there were certain sketches that I just had to watch over and over again. The short run times (sometimes sub-one minute) certainly help with that rewatchability. So in the interest of spreading joy out in the world, I decided that I would list the top 10 Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job! sketches I just can’t stop watching!!

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