Carpenter’s The Thing and Politics of Paranoia

In the thirty-fifth episode of The Pop Culture Lens podcast, Christopher Olson and I welcome friend of the podcast, and unofficial third host, Joe Belfeuil to discuss the influential horror film that is John Carpenter’s The Thing (1982). https://ThePopCultureLens.podbean.com/mf/web/93ft23/Ep35_The_Thing.mp3 In this episode, the three discuss how the narrative and craft of the film has inspired […]

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The Pop Culture Lens on Frank Sinatra

In the twenty-eighth episode of The Pop Culture Lens podcast, Christopher Olson and I welcome back friend of the podcast and unofficial fourth co-host Clelia Sweeney to discuss the classic iconography of Frank Sinatra. In this episode, the conversation considers how Sinatra’s identity changed through the various stages of his career, but also how those changes […]

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The Pop Culture Lens on Yojimbo (1961)

In the twenty-seventh episode of The Pop Culture Lens podcast, Christopher Olson and I welcome back friend of the podcast Joe Belfeuil to discuss Akira Kurosawa’s samurai classic Yojimbo (1961). In this episode, the conversation focuses on the film’s position as a transnational and transcultural pop culture text that acts as a link in a […]

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The Pop Culture Lens on Wes Anderson

In the twenty-first episode of The Pop Culture Lens podcast, Christopher and I welcome friend of the podcast Shane Tilton, an assistant professor of multimedia journalism at Ohio Northern University, to discuss filmmaker Wes Anderson by focusing on his films Rushmore and Moonrise Kingdom. In this episode, our conversation focuses on whether or not to […]

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Nicolas Winding Refn and the Construction of a Stable Masculinity: Part IV

Christopher Olson continues his discussion of the construction of masculinity in the films of Nicolas Winding Refn by analyzing the violent portrayal of the main characters.  Does this type of portrayal glorify or condemn such violence?  Stay tuned for Olson’s thoughts on just that issue.  Nicolas Winding Refn and the Construction of a Stable Masculinity: […]

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