As someone who intentionally studies the pop culture of bygone eras, I’m occasionally accused of being old-fashioned, out of touch, or retro.  It is, as the Pythons would say, “a fair cop”, as I’m as likely to want to talk about 1967’s ‘Fatman, The Human Flying Saucer’ as I am last year’s blockbuster Batman movie.  But even so, there are still new things that become sudden favorites, leap to the top of my consciousness and stay there: Case in point, IFC’s ‘Brockmire,’ starring Hank Azaria.  Three episodes in, it leapt to the top of my viewing habits, combining a really great cast with fun plotting and mockery of the broadcast arts, and even the sportsY parts don’t throw a fat, uncoordinated nerd out of the show, leading to today’s brand-new query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) would actually watch Azaria and Amanda Peet read ‘Hi & Lois’ cartoons on a blank stage, asking: What’s the last shiny, new pop-culture to become one of your sudden favorites?

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Once upon a time, there was a young nerd from the Midwest, who loved Matter-Eater Lad and the McKenzie Brothers... If pop culture were a maze, Matthew would be the Minotaur at its center. Were it a mall, he'd be the Food Court. Were it a parking lot, he’d be the distant Cart Corral where the weird kids gather to smoke, but that’s not important right now... Matthew enjoys body surfing (so long as the bodies are fresh), writing in the third person, and dark-eyed women. Amongst his weaponry are such diverse elements as: Fear! Surprise! Ruthless efficiency! An almost fanatical devotion to pop culture!And a nice red uniform.

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  1. Trollhunters and Voltron: Legendary Defender.

    Only started watching Trollhunters because my brother and nephew kept asking me to, and I had not expected to enjoy it anywhere close to how much I did. What began as “I’ll watch an episode or two here or there so I can at least understand what they keep talking about” became a binge watch marathon because I was hooked.

    Voltron also surprised me. I grew up loving the original Voltron as a kid, but haven’t really enjoyed the continuations and reboots that came out since, and I had the same expectations for the new series and figured I would at least see how bad they screwed it up this time and watch two or three episodes. By the end of the first two episodes it became one of my favorites, and it might have even surpassed the original Voltron as my favorite incarnation of the franchise.

  2. Malone_hasco on

    New type of Japanese rock bands, like Wagakki Band, Babymetal and Band-Maid. Good stuff, high quality music videos too.

  3. Legion. It just so damn good. It’s the best portrayal of mutants on the screen, and how I wish the x-men movies were done. Well worth a watch and a re-watch.

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