Get obsessed with us. Five days a week, Pop Culture Happy Hour serves you recommendations and commentary on the buzziest movies, TV, music, books, videogames and more. Join arts journalists Linda Holmes, Glen Weldon, Stephen Thompson, and Aisha Harris - plus a rotating cast of guest pop culture aficionados. The Happy Hour team leaves room at the table for exploring a range of reactions and opinions on every bit of the pop universe. From lowbrow to highbrow to the stuff in between, they take it all with a shot of cheer.
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Minions: The Rise Of Gru And What's Making Us Happy
Minions: The Rise Of Gru is the fifth film in the animated Despicable Me series. Set in the late 1970s, the new movie chronicles the early days of the supervillain Gru (voiced again by Steve Carell) and his relationship with the silly yellow babbling banana-loving henchmen who do his bidding.
Three Songs To Help You Fall Asleep
There are songs you want to groove to, and songs you want to pump up to. But sometimes, you just want something for the come down at the end of a long day. If you're having trouble sleeping in silence, or are just looking for some new songs to throw into your bedtime rotation, we've got you covered.
The Black Phone
In the supernatural horror film The Black Phone, Ethan Hawke plays the Grabber, a sinister masked figure who abducts a series of teenage boys in a Colorado suburb. When 13-year-old Finney (Mason Thames) gets grabbed, he's locked in a dank basement, waiting to be murdered, when suddenly a disconnected telephone on the wall starts to ring.
2022 BET Awards
Sunday's BET Awards were a four-hour celebration of Black culture, with a heavy emphasis on music. The night was packed with live performances from Latto and Jack Harlow, and surprise guests Mariah Carey and Brandy, and featured a lavish tribute to Lifetime Achievement Award winner Sean "Diddy" Combs.
Marcel The Shell With Shoes On
The new film Marcel The Shell With Shoes On tells the story of a tiny shell who searches for his long-lost family. He's voiced by Jenny Slate and rendered using stop-motion animation. Based on a series of viral YouTube shorts, the feature-length movie is directed by Dean Fleischer Camp, who also appears on-screen as a filmmaker who discovers and interviews Marcel while living in an Airbnb.
Elvis And What's Making Us Happy
The legacy of Elvis Presley is often reduced to gaudy iconography and tales of excess: the white jumpsuit, Las Vegas, drugs. So what happens when director Baz Luhrmann takes on the man, the myth, the legend? You get the dizzying biopic Elvis. Austin Butler stars as "the King of Rock and Roll," and Tom Hanks plays Elvis' shady longtime manager Colonel Tom Parker.
Great in theory and execution except for…
Stephen Thompson is always so annoyingly out of touch. His take on the audience for Harry Styles’s third album is “you grew up loving One Direction and now you’re 30”. I’m 33 and was a fully grown adult when One Direction was big and didn’t care about them at all. We grew up in the late 90s boy band world. Harry Styles himself is only 28! Thompson just sees everyone who is younger than he is as “youth”.
He got his job because of his parents and only keeps up with what comes out because he has to. Time to get a new music person. Literally anyone else will be great.
You Lost Me
I used to love this podcast, but with every listen the addition of politically-biased commentary, constant emphasis on “diversity” and “inclusion,” and overall pretentiousness forced me to unsubscribe. Which is truly a shame, because I used to love seeing a movie and then listening to the thoughts of the panel. Unsubscribed.
Always enjoy the insightful takes on this show! It always makes me rethink my own opinions on pop culture!!