Entertainment To-Do List: Week of 1/7/22

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Pivoting (CREDIT: FOX/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
A Hero (January 7 in Theaters, January 21 on Amazon)

TV
RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 14 Premiere (January 7 on VH1)
Search Party Season 5 (January 7 on HBO Max) – Final Season Alert!
A Discovery of Witches Season 3 Premiere (January 8 on Sundance Now, Shudder, and AMC+) – I’ll probably wait until it airs on AMC proper, though.
Pivoting Series Premiere (January 9 on FOX) – Eliza Coupe in a sitcom that looks like it has some bite to it.
The Righteous Gemstones Season 2 Premiere (January 9 on HBO)
Superman & Lois Season 2 Premiere (January 11 on The CW)

Music
-The Weeknd, Dawn FM

Jmunney’s Favorite Songs of 2020

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CREDIT: YouTube Screenshots

Damn, there were plenty of songs that made me go “Damn” in 2020. Check ’em out below!

1. U.S. Girls, “4 American Dollars”: What can I say, I love a good song about economic enlightenment that you can totally shake your little butt to.
2. Miley Cyrus, “Midnight Sky”: Miley is a rock star for the ages. It’s 100% official.
3. Doja Cat, “Say So”: Pure neon-soaked euphoria.
4. Cannons, “Fire for You”: Listen to the words she’s using: “I was on fire for you.” It feels like that to some of us sometimes, doesn’t it?
5. Dua Lipa, “Don’t Start Now”: Oh wow, that’s a lot of disco in the top 5. It’s back, baby! “Don’t Start Now”? More like “Don’t Stop Ever!”
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Best Musical Artists of the 2010s

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One more list! One more list!

My Best of the 2010s list-making journey has finally come to a close! (Or has it? … For now, it has at least. The future will come as it may, and it may just surprise you, and me.) All this week, I’ve been posting my rankings of a few categories that I was inspired to put together after submitting them to a Best of the 2010s polls that I’m participating in with some of my fellow cultural aficionados. To wrap it all up, I guide you along to the realm of music and lyrics, as I present the Best Musical Artists of the 2010s.

My criteria was similar to that of my choices for Best Film Directors. I considered a combination of how much I enjoyed their musical output as well as how much – and how well – they influenced the industry at large.

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Jeff’s Wacky SNL Review: Daniel Craig/The Weeknd

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CREDIT: Rosalind O’Connor/NBC

History shall remember that on March 7, 2020 (and in the wee hours of March 8), Daniel Craig hosted Saturday Night Live for the second time and The Weeknd performed as the musical guest for the third time. The last time March 7 fell on a Saturday, in 2015, Chris Hemsworth hosted and Zac Brown Band were the musical guest. And the last March 7 Saturday before that was in 2009, during which Dwayne Johnson hosted and Ray LaMontagne was the musical guest. (I was studying abroad in Australia at the time.) An encore presentation of that episode aired in the SNL Vintage time slot last night. Interestingly enough, Dwayne Johnson hosted once again on March 28, 2015, the very next episode after the Hemsworth/Zac Brown one. But right now, we’re here to discuss the Craig/Weeknd show. Let’s get to it!

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Billboard Hot 20 – Week of April 28, 2018

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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. Drake – “Nice for What”
2. Drake – “God’s Plan”
3. Bebe Rexha and Florida Georgia Line – “Meant to Be”
4. Post Malone ft. Ty Dolla $ign – “Psycho”
5. Zedd, Maren Morris, and Grey – “The Middle”
6. BlocBoy JB ft. Drake – “Look Alive”
7. Ed Sheeran – “Perfect”
8. Lil Dicky ft. Chris Brown – “Freaky Friday”
9. Cardi B, Bad Bunny, and J Balvin – “I Like It”
10. Nicki Minaj – “Chun-Li”
11. Migos ft. Drake – “Walk It Talk It”
12. Bruno Mars and Cardi B – “Finesse”
13. Camila Cabello – “Never Be the Same”
14. Bazzi – “Mine”
15. Cardi B – “Be Careful”
16. Rich the Kid – “Plug Walk”
17. The Weeknd – “Call Out My Name”
18. The Weeknd and Kendrick Lamar – “Pray for Me”
19. Camila Cabello ft. Young Thug – “Havana”
20. Imagine Dragons – “Whatever It Takes”

Jmunney’s Revision
1. Pray for Me
2. Havana
3. Never Be the Same
4. Call Out My Name

Billboard Hot 20 – Week of April 21, 2018

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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. Drake – “Nice for What”
2. Drake – “God’s Plan”
3. Bebe Rexha and Florida Georgia Line – “Meant to Be”
4. Post Malone ft. Ty Dolla $ign – “Psycho”
5. BlocBoy JB ft. Drake – “Look Alive”
6. Zedd, Maren Morris, and Grey – “The Middle”
7. Ed Sheeran – “Perfect”
8. Cardi B, Bad Bunny, and J Balvin – “I Like It”
9. Lil Dicky ft. Chris Brown – “Freaky Friday”
10. Bruno Mars and Cardi B – “Finesse”
11. Cardi B – “Be Careful”
12. Migos ft. Drake – “Walk It Talk It”
13. Rich the Kid – “Plug Walk”
14. Bazzi – “Mine”
15. Camila Cabello – “Never Be the Same”
16. Camila Cabello ft. Young Thug – “Havana”
17. The Weeknd and Kendrick Lamar – “Pray for Me”
18. XXXTentacion – “Sad!”
19. Migos – “Stir Fry”
20. The Weeknd – “Call Out My Name”

Jmunney’s Revision
1. Pray for Me
2. Havana
3. Never Be the Same
4. Call Out My Name

Billboard Hot 20 – Week of April 14, 2018

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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. Drake – “God’s Plan”
2. Bebe Rexha and Florida Georgia Line – “Meant to Be”
3. Post Malone ft. Ty Dolla $ign – “Psycho”
4. The Weeknd – “Call Out My Name”
5. Blocboy JB ft. Drake – “Look Alive”
6. Zedd, Maren Morris, and Grey – “The Middle”
7. Ed Sheeran – “Perfect”
8. Bruno Mars and Cardi B – “Finesse”
9. Lil Dicky ft. Chris Brown – “Freaky Friday”
10. Migos ft. Drake – “Walk It Talk It”
11. Camila Cabello ft. Young Thug – “Havana”
12. Bazzi – “Mine”
13. Rich the Kid – “Plug Walk”
14. Camila Cabello – “Never Be the Same”
15. The Weeknd and Kendrick Lamar – “Pray for Me”
16. Cardi B – “Be Careful”
17. Migos – “Stir Fry”
18. XXXTentacion – “Sad!”
19. Kendrick Lamar and SZA – “All the Stars”
20. Offset and Metro Boomin – “Ric Flair Drip”

Jmunney’s Revision
1. Pray for Me
2. All the Stars
3. Havana
4. Never Be the Same
5. Call Out My Name

SNL Review October 1, 2016: Margot Robbie/The Weeknd

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SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE -- "Margot Robbie" Episode 1705 -- Pictured: (l-r) Colin Jost, Michael Che, and Cecily Strong as Cathy Ann during Weekend Update on October 1, 2016 -- (Photo by: Will Heath/NBC)

SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE — “Margot Robbie” Episode 1705 — Pictured: (l-r) Colin Jost, Michael Che, and Cecily Strong as Cathy Ann during Weekend Update on October 1, 2016 — (Photo by: Will Heath/NBC)

This review was originally posted on News Cult in October 2016.

Love It

Season 42 starts off satisfying enough, but with only occasional moments of sustained hilarity. For the sketch of the night, I am going with Family Feud: Political Edition, on the strength of two of the best SNL impressions of all time. Darrell Hammond’s take on Bill Clinton as the ultimate hedonist will never get old, while Larry David’s Bernie Sanders takes the inanities of the Feud (he passes, because playing seems like a hassle) and SNL parodies of the Feud (the whole thing is just hello’s) to task.

Michael and Colin have weeks’ worth of election news and athletic protests to motivate them for an on-fire Weekend Update…Cecily Strong’s recurring Cathy Anne character benefits from her migration from sketches to Update, as she drops by to present her take as an illuminating but frequently incoherent (“predator of Obamacare”?) undecided voter.

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9 Best Music Videos of 2015

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I almost exclusively picked dance videos this year. Go figure.

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1. Missy Elliott ft. Pharrell, “WTF” [Director: Dave Meyers] – If more music videos were reminiscent of Being John Malkovich, this would have been a harder decision.

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The Best Albums of 2015 That I Listened To

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As my best albums list is the “Best Albums I Listened To” as opposed to just the “Best Albums,” it is more pointedly subjective than my other best of lists. I usually do not listen to enough albums each year to really be able to definitively say which are the absolute greatest. Thus, instead of focusing on objective critical analysis, I am concentrating more on my own personal experiences with each of these entries.

Currents

1. Tame Impala, Currents – The Australian psychedelic rockers’ latest gets my top spot because it is one of those vaunted albums in which I wanted to listen to every track over and over, both as a whole and individually. Tame Impala’s previous release, Lonerism, is one of my favorite albums of all-time; I am counting my blessings that its follow-up is now in the same category.

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