Hopscotch Friday is an informed and impassioned pop culture binge. What does that mean? Well, it means we’ll review stuff and give you a good idea of what’s good, what’s bad, and what’s probably worth a cheeky watch anyway. Importantly, we also give you the *why*. Online we mostly focus on movies and DVDs. But we also like music, games, telly, comics…you name it. If you like what you hear, give us a shout at hopfriday@gmail(.com). Join Stevie and Emmet O'Cuana each week for a bit of pop culture pillow talk.
Episode 136: In Search of Darkness part III with David Weiner
Director David Weiner is back to toll the bells for the end of the In Search of Darkness part III campaign over on In Search of Darkness Part III - Ends Midnight Halloween! – CreatorVC Studios Inc (80shorrordoc.com)
Listeners have until Halloween midnight to get their order in for a copy of the film - as well as a chance to get your name in the credits (and some juicy sounding merch as well.
Emmet asks David Weiner about our nostalgia for horror movies, the thrill of discovering gross out catharsis in a VHS case hidden away at the back of a video store - and recent resurrected iconic horror franchises such as Hellraiser and Halloween.
Episode 135: Lightyear
This episode we have a chat about Lightyear: the controversy and culture war nonsense, and the quiet existentialism of Buzz's mission to return home.
Episode 134: Jurassic World Dominion
The dinos are back - but so are the old crew.
And everyone looks just so tired!
Episode 133: Stranger Things season 4
Phew! Finally, we get round to discussing all things Stranger Things season 4. From the Eddie of it all, to the mushrooming cast and the changes to the kinds of horror being depicted onscreen, we dig in.
Episode 132: Our Flag Means Death
The loosely adapted tale of Blackbeard and Stede Bonnet - Our Flag Means Death - has proven to be a fan favourite. Stevie and Emmet discuss - also a cat gets involved.
As Emmet mentions, The Dollop and Last Podcast On The Left have also covered this material.
Episode 131: Superstore
This episode is not a review of Matt Reeves's The Batman. It's a review of season 1 to 6 of Superstore on NBC. ....although you could be fooled!
Stevie and Emmet discuss how this workplace comedy used the format to raise issues with unionism, corporate America - and the COVID pandemic. How successful is Justin Spitzer's show in dealing with these storylines?
Listen on to find out!
(also Emmet keeps talking about Epix's From!).
Quite a good absorbing listen on Pop Culture
You don’t come across a podcast on this subject matter too often. Much of the time you find a very restricted & almost repetitive nature to discussion in Pop Culture. Uniquely and thankfully, the pair discuss what’s missing in Pop Culture analysis; that is to say the eclectic & broader spectrum of topics which have been too often overlooked for the very narrowly defined range of analysis that have overwhelmed any discussion on the subject.
That’s not to say they pass over movies or current events in entertainment, but rather they include their considered discourse on such wide and varied things like festivals, literature, the arts, and alcohol to name a few.
The pair are quite enjoyable and engrossing to listen to as you unknowingly become swept up in their infectious enthusiasm almost immediately; which is always a good sign.
There’s a solid, but not intimidating backlog of podcasts to browse through. Have a listen.
Incisive, intelligent commentary about pop-culture without forgetting the FUN!
This is the pop culture podcast I've been looking for.
The hosts are intelligent, articulate, speak with confidence, objectivity and insight on their chosen subject, while also - just as importantly - being lively, relatable and funny.
Such a refreshing show.