Category Archives: Weekly Recap
This week’s “What the Hell Happened” subject was best known for playing bad-boys in high school horror movies like Scream and The Craft. But guess what? That was more than twenty years ago! Yeah, we’re all getting older. Our man Skeet has transitioned in television. He still plays a bad boy on Riverdale, the CW’s edgy take on Archie comics. But now he’s playing Jughead’s bad dad. Although to be fair, none of the parents on that show are very good. Even in his role as a murder suspect, Ulrich was still more likable than a lot of other adult characters on the show.
Yep, time goes by fast. To paraphrase Ferris Bueller, if you don’t stop by Le Blog and look around you might miss something. If you did, don’t worry. The weekly recap has got you covered.
Josie and her band-mates look confused and maybe even a little disgusted. Perhaps they are wondering why it’s taken so long for a new “What the Hell Happened?” article to appear here at the site. If so, they wouldn’t be the first. It’s been almost a year since the more recent article on Top Gun and Witness star, Kelly McGillis. During that time the most persistent question from readers has been some variation of “Are you ever going to write another WTHH article?” For the last eleven months or so, I have been assuring readers that the series would return and this week it finally did with What the Hell Happened to Rachel Leigh Cook?
Spider-Man, Spider-Man. Does whatever a spider can. Which apparently includes topping the box office. It’s not surprising that Sony’s latest Spidey reboot set in the Marvel cinematic universe opened in the #1 spot this weekend. That was pretty much expected. But the movie, which is well-liked by critics and audiences, is currently on track to have the studio’s second highest opening weekend of all times behind Spider-man 3. It was a good week for Spidey fans because in addition to a new take on their favorite wall-crawler, we had Spider-Man related content here at Le Blog.
This is how I feel every time I look at my blogging schedule. Where does the time go? It seems like only yesterday I was dropping Men Without Hats jokes into my weekly recap (for no apparent reason) and here it is a week later and I have to recap another week of activity here at the blog. I have a really aggressive blogging schedule lined up for the next couple of months, so I may need to hop into that DeLorean at rev it up to 88 if I’m going to keep up with it. But for now, we’ll go back in time one week and cover everything you may have missed here at Le Blog.
We’re in the final days of June, roughly halfway through the year. It’s officially summertime and I am told the time is right for dancing in the street. We frown on that sort of behavior around here. Safety first, people. There are safer places to dance. And I’m dangerously close to a Men Without Hats reference, so I’m going to switch gears. You can dance if you want to. Just leave your friends behind while I recap this week’s activity here at Le Blog.
Happy Father’s Day, everyone.
The blog belatedly celebrated the Alien franchise this week. This was more by chance than design. Jeffthewildman ranked the Alien movies after watching the latest entry from Ridley Scott. Completely separate from that, I had an interview with Alien star Sigourney Weaver from the Movieline archives. You run both of those in the same week and voila – you have a theme.
But it wasn’t all chestbursters and xenomorphs here at Le Blog. After the jump, get ready for a recap.
Will you look at that! It turns out WB can make a good movie based on a DC Comics superhero. It just took a woman’s touch. Wonder Woman, that is. Diana Prince’s solo adventure took the top spot at the box office for two weeks in a row which is convenient for me because I missed the weekly recap while I was out of town last Sunday. That makes this week’s recap a not-quite double-sized affair. While it’s covering two week’s worth of material, the weeks in question were a bit light on content given my absence. So before we jump into the recap, I want to give an extra big shout out to all the contributors who made sure there was something here for you guys to read. Take a bow Jestak, Daffy, Jeffthewildman and Kevthewriter.
I hope all of you are enjoying the holiday weekend. I suspect Johnny Depp and the folks at Disney are smiling. The fifth movie in the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise topped the box office over the Memorial Day weekend. It appears Johnny Depp isn’t box office poison after all. At least not when he’s playing Jack Sparrow. Pirates is just the latest good news for Disney. While the weekend’s other big release, Baywatch, is falling short of expectation, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 continues to perform well and the studio’s live action Beauty and the Beast became one of the few movies to gross over half a billion dollars domestically. Without adjustments for inflation, it’s the eighth highest grossing movie in US history!
Let’s get out our treasure maps and see if we can dig up this week’s recap of activity here at Le Blog.
You may have noticed that I am more than a little excited for tonight’s Twin Peaks revival. It’s not just because Twin Peaks was my favorite TV show for a short while. There are plenty of TV shows that I liked that I don’t want to see brought back for more. But Twin Peaks was different. Not only was the show revolutionary, but it also became a cautionary tale. The creators of shows which were inspired by David Lynch were quick to point out that they would not fall into the same traps as Twin Peaks did. If someone said a show was pulling a Twin Peaks, they typically meant that the writers were jerking the audience around. That the story hadn’t been properly plotted out in advance and was being made up on the fly. The creators of Lost were quick to claim that they weren’t pulling a Twin Peaks although arguably the ending up doing exactly that.
My point is that Twin Peaks wasn’t just a great TV show. It was also a show that squandered it potential. As a fan, I have spent the last twenty-five years thinking about what might have been if only David Lynch and Mark Frost had been more involved in the show’s second season or if ABC hadn’t sentenced the show to death on Saturday nights or forced Lynch to reveal the show’s central secret before he was ready to do so. Starting tonight, Twin Peaks has a shot at redemption. That doesn’t mean tying up the series in a big bright bow. If you’re a Lynch fan, you know better than to expect something like that. But hopefully this third season will bring closure to something that was at its best strange and wonderful.
Speaking of which, it’s been another strange and wonderful week here at Le Blog. Why don’t you grab a damn fine cup of joe and enjoy the weekly recap
Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms out there. Hope you are enjoying your day. As the site’s gift to you, I have compiled the mother of all weekly recaps. Tell dad to take care of the kids and get dinner ready while you enjoy this summary of the week’s activity her at Le Blog. Which will probably be brief because I have to take care of the kids and get dinner ready.
During the first week of May, we celebrated National Star Wars day. This year is a special one for middle-aged nerds like myself as it is the 40th anniversary of the release of the original movie (not A New Hope. Never A New Hope. It was Star Wars, George. Just Star Wars.) If you were around at the time, you remember that Star Wars was everywhere in 1977. It turned pop culture on its ear. Bill Murray played memorable tribute to the John Williams score with his lounge singer character, Nick. Murray made the Star Wars theme singable when he put lyrics to the music. Last year, when The Force Awakens mined the original movie for inspiration, cast member Oscar Isaac revisited Murray’s lyrics with an updated accoustic version of the song. Here it is for your enjoyment. Sing along as we dig into this week’s recap.
In the new movie, The Circle, Tom Hanks was watching Emma Watson’s every move. But audiences weren’t. The movie opened in a disappointing fourth place at the box office. But hey, there’s always Beauty and the Beast 2, right? Observant readers may have noticed that today isn’t Sunday. A busy weekend and a sick kid pushed this week’s recap back a day. I’m a day late and possibly a dollar short. Let me check my pocket for change. In the meanwhile, here’s your recap of last week’s coverage here at Le Blog.
Today is the last day to grab a Unicorn Frappuccino at your local Starbucks. For the unaware, this colorful frozen drink is a promotional product which has become an internet sensation. Starbuck unleashed this fruity, pixie-dusted, sweet-and-sour beverage on an unsuspecting public for less than a week. The resulting feeding frenzy lead to many locations selling out of the ingredients necessary to make the drink. On Friday night, I was informed that my oldest daughter just had to have one. So off we went in search of a unicorn. In this week’s recap, I’ll be covering all of the goings-on here at Le Blog as well as a few details about my week outside of the site.