‘Popstar: Never Stop Stopping’ Review: A Fun But Flawed Excercise in Satire

SNL comedians have a rocky history at the movies: from the sketches turned into films that inevitably flop, to the actors themselves failing to translate into movie stars (with a few notable exceptions, of course). The Lonely Island (Andy Samberg, Jorma Taccone and Akiva Schaffer) have already experienced big screen failure with Hot Rod (2007), but are taking another stab at the big screen with a pop star parody in Popstar: Never Stop Stopping. 

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No One Told Me One Direction Sounded Like This

A few days ago, I was in my friend’s car when One Direction’s song “History” came on the radio. “This is such a weird song,” I declared. “They’re a boyband, why are they releasing some this campfire singalong?” The song ended, I moved on with my day.

A few days later I came across a blog post lamenting One Direction’s breakup (didn’t this happen months ago?) with a look at their best songs over the years. I clicked on an old SNL performance and got this.

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Summer Sixteen: Song of the Summer

Song of the summer is a weird phenomenon. Last year, everyone declared OMI’s “Cheerleader” the winner of the title. It’s probably true – it was played a lot – but as I traversed across Canada & Europe it was The Weeknd’s “Can’t Feel My Face” that I heard about 50 times a day in every country. The song of the summer is ubiquitous but also subjective, and definitely varies from country to country (in England it was probably Little Mix’s “Black Magic,” which I literally never heard anywhere else).

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