What to watch and read this weekend: Spirit Halloween, Suspect and moreEach week, the guests and hosts on NPR's Pop Culture Happy Hour share what's bringing them joy. This week: Spirit Halloween videos, the podcast Suspect, and more.
For the last few years, my favorite end-of-summer tradition has been comedian Demi Adejuyigbe's September 21st videos. If you don't know Demi, he is a TV writer and a funny person and just an all around delight on Twitter (@electrolemon), where he does these choreographed productions to the tune of Earth, Wind and Fire's song "September." He's said this year's video is his last.-Stephen Thompson
I have a new early fall tradition, and that is the musician and comedian Nick Lutsko and his Spirit Halloween videos. Last year, he recorded a song that was ostensibly supposed to be the theme for a Spirit Halloween store. If you've never seen a Spirit Halloween store, it's kind of what you'd imagine: It's a pop-up Halloween store full of skeletons and animatronics and stuff you put in your yard. And so, he created his own theme that kind of spirals off into this whole critique of Jeff Bezos, all in the span of about two minutes.
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Of course, he wound up getting contacted by Spirit Halloween to do a sequel in which he purchased many thousands of dollars worth of animatronics, set them up in his basement and shot the second one. A couple of weeks ago, he completed the Halloween trilogy with "Spirit Halloween Planet."
Getting Nick Lutsko's Spirit Halloween theme stuck in my head is just going to be a part of this season, probably for the duration of my life. And for that, I'm very, very happy. - Stephen Thompson
I don't understand how The Departed came out 15 years ago, but it is streaming on HBO Max and it is just very strangely a comfort movie for me.
You're getting villainous Matt Damon, which I think is still a little bit rare in terms of his public and movie persona, and you're getting what I think is the best Leonardo DiCaprio performance. It's the movie that's very easy for me to fall back into. Of course, that includes appreciating the very pointed commentary that Martin Scorsese is making about the people we trust and the mistakes we make and trusting them. -Roxana Hadadi
The podcast Suspect
I've been listening to the true-crime podcastSuspect — just like a lot of other people — and although I can't say it necessarily breaks new ground in true-crime podcasting, if you're looking for a listen that's gripping, it certainly will fit the bill. -Linda Holmes