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COOL OR TOOL: The April Edition

A look back on the best and worst of April 2015 pop culture.

This is a game my friends and I play when we want a quick opinion on a thing or idea. For example, “Cool or tool: these shoes I just bought?” “Cool or tool: v-neck t-shirts?” “Cool or tool: v-neck sun burns?”

The game is simple. Cool means we like something, tool means we don’t. The words rhyme and that’s why we use them. No need to pull out a dictionary. Alright? Alright! So here’s what was cool/tool from the month of April.

BATMAN V SUPERMAN
Yes, this is the n-teenth super hero movie to come out in the past couple years. Yes, the trailer looks like the movie will be extraordinarily more grim than a typical super hero movie. Yes, I saw Ben Affleck in Daredevil, and yes I own it on DVD. Yes, I understand Zack Snyder took some frowned upon creative liberties in Man of Steel. No, I don’t care. The trailer was awesome and peaked my interest without giving away more of the plot than the title already does: Batman will be fighting Superman. Guess who wants to see that. This guy. COOL.

MUMFORD AND SON’S NEW SONG “SNAKE EYES”
Anyone remember when Bob Dylan stopped playing folks songs on his acoustic and started playing rock on an electric guitar? Remember how mad everyone got? Well, get ready for hipsters everywhere to start pouring out their PBR in honor of the death of the Mumford and Son’s they know and love. They went and committed the cardinal folk music sin: they’ve gone electric. Personally, I’m excited that M&S is changing up their style. The biggest complaint I’ve had of M&S after the release of their second album, “Babel”, was that all their songs sound the same. I thought “Snake Eyes” was an interesting change. But unfortunately, their signature song writing style of starting off quiet and finishing loud is still glaringly obvious. I’ll definitely give their new album “Wilder Mind” a listen, but “Snake Eyes” just isn’t for me. TOOL.

LAST MAN ON EARTH
The story revolves around main character Phil Miller who is seemingly the lone survivor of a wide spread pandemic. The show is off beat with a capital OFF BEAT–it comes with all the zaniness and unconventional humor you might expect from leading man and executive producer, Will Forte. It’s not everyone’s cup of tea, but the show’s quirkiness is refreshing. Not to mention leading lady, Kristen Schaal, is hysterical. As is Forte…obviously. There are a couple of weak spots (lookin’ at you January Jones), but in general I’m glad the show is getting picked up for a second season. COOL.

CLIPPERS BEATING THE SPURS IN THE PLAYOFFS
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TREVOR NOAH TAPPED AS NEXT HOST OF THE DAILY SHOW
This topic has been beaten to death lately, but here’s my two cents. The Daily Show is the foremost satirical comedy of American politics on television, and having a half white, half black South African who lived through Apartheid as host is the most compelling argument for any show on late night. COOL.

APRIL FOOLS’ DAY
Anyone else like drinking a glass of eggs when you were expecting orange juice? Great, glad we’re on the same page. TOOL.

SWAPPING OUT YOUR ROOMMATE’S TOOTHPASTE FOR ORAJEL AFTER ORANGE JUICE PRANK
COOL.

 

I’ve been described by some as ‘stately yet goofy’ and by others as ‘having a good vocabulary.’ Living in Austin. Working in a cubicle. Writing for fun.

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