DECADES FROM NOW, historians will look back at a period rife with global, financial, and ecological headaches—and
think, Welp, at least they had Bing Bong. Throughout the year, we needed pop-culture pick-me-ups like never before, and thankfully, there were plenty of movies, TV shows, and ADD-amplifying memes available to comfort, distract, and occasionally confound us when we needed ’em. Some of them Mad Max-imal, others smaller than a memory orb—that helped make it all bearable. The Knick Bleeds Out Beautifully. If you haven’t seen Season 2 of The Knick … well, stop reading, and go watch Season 2 of The Knick (for real; spoilers ahoy!). But if you are up-to-speed on Steven Soderbergh’s turn-of-the-century set medical drama—in which Clive Owen plays a brilliant but drug-addled surgeon.
The Ladies of Magic Mike XXL Steal the Spotlight. The first Magic Mike was one of the weirder blockbusters in recent history: A fizzy, flesh-peddling tale of male-stripper American-dreaming that also happened to be an empathetic examination of modern-day capitalism. Still, it was surprising just how quickly this summer’s follow-up pivoted from its pecs-and-sex premise and instead focused on the behind-the-scenes (and in-the-seats) women who really run the show. The Rock Hulks Out in Furious 7. The latest installment in the hard-driving action franchise will likely be remembered for the way it skillfully (and tastefully) said farewell to the late Paul Walker (and for the way cars fall from the sky. But few moments elicited as many whoops and hollers as the moment when Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s badly bruised federal agent—who’s spent much of the movie in a hospital bed, watching The Hulk.
John Travolta Gets Confused. Quentin Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight may not have been a laugh riot, but the writer-director was inadvertently responsible for one of the year’s most hilarious memes, which found John Travolta’s dumbstruck Pulp Fiction character Vincent Vega stumbling around within various pop-culture landscapes; or appearing just as confused as the rest of us during Interstellar. Thank you much for modern popular culture transmitted via mass media and aimed particularly at younger people.
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