108 episodes

A philosopher, an actor/musician, and a sci-fi writer (often with entertainment industry guests) talk about media and how we consume it: TV, film, music, novels, games, comics, comedy, theater, podcasts, online video, and more. Most of what (other) people like is pretty weird when you think about it, so thinking about it is what we do.

Pretty Much Pop: A Culture Podcast Mark Linsenmayer

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.8 • 33 Ratings

A philosopher, an actor/musician, and a sci-fi writer (often with entertainment industry guests) talk about media and how we consume it: TV, film, music, novels, games, comics, comedy, theater, podcasts, online video, and more. Most of what (other) people like is pretty weird when you think about it, so thinking about it is what we do.

    PMP#101: The “Conjuring” Retroverse

    PMP#101: The “Conjuring” Retroverse

    Mark, Erica, and Brian delve into this 8-film horror franchise started by James Wan in 2013 through The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It. Do their demons scare us, and do their Catholic defenses provide a convincing antidote? Is it OK to valorize the Warrens, the supernatural detectives who were most likely hucksters in real life?

    For more, visit prettymuchpop.com. Hear bonus content for this episode at patreon.com/prettymuchpop.

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    • 46 min
    PMP#100: Directing Comedies w/ Heather Fink

    PMP#100: Directing Comedies w/ Heather Fink

    Director/writer/sound operator Heather Fink joins Mark, Erica, and Brian to discuss the role of the director in making a good comedy, covering TV vs. film, sex scenes, not telling actors how to read their lines, editing, and more.

    For more, visit prettymuchpop.com. Hear bonus content for this episode at patreon.com/prettymuchpop.

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    • 49 min
    PMP#99: The Music of Your Youth w/ Jon Lamoreaux (The Hustle podcast)

    PMP#99: The Music of Your Youth w/ Jon Lamoreaux (The Hustle podcast)

    To what degree to our childhood favorites persist into adulthood? Are we doomed to love the songs of our generation best? What causes the generation gap in musical tastes?

    Mark, Erica, Brian, plus Jon, the host of The Hustle Podcast share their nostalgia and discuss "guilty pleasures," the different pre-critical stages at which songs burrow themselves into our brains, aging pop stars, film soundtracks, and more.

    For more, visit prettymuchpop.com. Hear bonus content for this episode at patreon.com/prettymuchpop.

    • 50 min
    PMP#98: The Spirit of Captain America w/ Anthony LeBlanc

    PMP#98: The Spirit of Captain America w/ Anthony LeBlanc

    What is it for a super-hero to represent America? Recent Captain America media includes racial critique, and Mark, Erica, Brian and Anthony discuss The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, Truth: Red, White & Black, comic runs by Ta-Nehishi Coates and Nick Spencer, and more.

    For more, visit prettymuchpop.com. Hear bonus content for this episode at patreon.com/prettymuchpop.

    • 51 min
    PMP#97: The Girl in the Wooder: Our Mare of Easttown Show!

    PMP#97: The Girl in the Wooder: Our Mare of Easttown Show!

    What distinguishes this small-town Pennsylvania murder mystery from the many other crime dramas on TV? Mark, Erica, and Brian discuss the plot structure, casting, and other creative choices and try to figure out how the show relates to Broadchurch, The Undoing, etc.

    For more, visit prettymuchpop.com. Hear bonus content for this episode at patreon.com/prettymuchpop.Sponsor: Visit hellofresh.com/14pretty and use code 14pretty for up to 14 free meals plus free shipping.

    • 48 min
    PMP#96: Modernizing D&D w/ Amanda McLoughlin (Join the Party)

    PMP#96: Modernizing D&D w/ Amanda McLoughlin (Join the Party)

    What's the status of Dungeons & Dragons and other table-top role-playing games in pop culture? Fantasy settings are no longer just for the ultra-geeky, but role-playing may still seem foreign.

    Mark, Erica, and Brian are joined by the host of Join the Party to discuss acting out your fantasy, RPG basics, real-play podcasts, racism ("kill all orcs!"), and more.

    For more, visit prettymuchpop.com. Hear bonus content for this episode at patreon.com/prettymuchpop.

    • 53 min

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4.8 out of 5
33 Ratings

33 Ratings

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