Talking apes and Jedi Knights are cool, but how do they impact Hollywood as a whole? That's the kind of stuff we talk about on Popcorn Culture - a mixed-bag-exploration of movies, TV shows, and pop culture buzz that we love, as well as those that we love slightly less.
Popcorn Culture - Supercut: Masculinity on Screen
From Rock Hudson to Cary Grant, to modern day stars such as Brad Pitt and Tom Cruise, masculinity on screen has both stayed the same, and shifted in major ways. On the one hand, handsome macho heartthrobs will always have their place, but modern day iterations of male stars include actors who are starting to expand and play with the idea of what it means to be a bankable male star (think Robert Pattinson, Michael Cera and Jonah Hill). In this Supercut, we dive deep into masculine representation on screen and how things have changed.
Popcorn Culture - Throwback Tuesday: Spartacus
I am Spartacus! The movie that spawned that iconic line (and meme), is one of the exemplars of the swords and sandals genre, and starred Kirk Douglas in one of his most memorable roles. It also has parallels to the civil rights movement in 1950s American History. In this episode, the gang discuss Spartacus and how it holds up over the decades.
Popcorn Culture - Supercut: Documentaries
There is a lot more to documentary filmmaking than the National Geographic nature films many of grew up with - and the rise of the Internet and streaming services have made documentaries much more accessible to a wider audience. This week, we dedicate our Supercut to documentary films, everything from the unobtrusive, fly-on-the-wall kind to activism cinema.
Popcorn Culture - Review: The Social Dilemma
In a year that has seen most of us turn to social media for connection and entertainment, The Social Dilemma made quite a (chilling) splash. The docudrama, directed by Jeff Orlowski, looks at the rise of social media and exposes the damage it has caused to society - including the exploitation of users for financial gain, enabling increased surveillance, its impact on mental health, its use in politics, and the rampant spreading of fake news and conspiracy theories. We review the film and discuss whether its changed the way we see and engage with social media.
Popcorn Culture - Throwback Tuesday: The Social Network
Yep, not only has Facebook been around a long time, it’s been around long enough that a biopic of its founder is celebrating its 10th year anniversary. So join us in feeling bewilderingly aged as we revisit the David Fincher-helmed, Aaron Sorkin-penned film from 2010 that examines Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg’s (Jesse Eisenberg) rise to success - and the relationships he severed along the way. A critical and commercial hit when it came out, The Social Network was nominated for eight Academy Awards, and also stars Andrew Garfield, Justin Timberlake, and Armie Hammer.
Popcorn Culture - Supercut: Gender Swaps in Movies and TV
The idea of a female James Bond has sparked intense (for lack of a better word) online debate on multiple occasions, with many firmly believing that the gender of a character should never be swapped. But fan backlash and gatekeeping aside, what are the ups and downs of changing the genders of well-known characters? On this Supercut, we discuss gender swapping of our favorite on-screen characters, if they're ever done for the right reasons, and if gender really plays an important role in the identity of these characters themselves.