It’s 1969. Four guests check into the El Royale Hotel: a priest (Jeff Bridges), a vacuum salesman (Jon Hamm), a singer (Cynthia Erivo), and a hippie (Dakota Johnson). They all – save one – have something mysterious going on behind the scenes and the hotel itself is not what it appears to be. When they check in, there’s a storm a-brewin’.
Join Guy, Karen, Margaret, and producer/film festival programmer/Who Shot Ya contributor and now Pop Rocket guest Drea Clark as they pick apart Drew Goddard’s neo-noir ensemble Bad Times at The El Royale. They get into the movie’s twists, turns, non-linear construction, Cynthia Erivo’s breakout performance, and how it’s kind of like Quentin Tarantino’s Pulp Fiction, but not nearly as macho.
Drea is all about a long read article from The Texas Monthly called The Love Story that Upended the Texas Prison System about the alliance and romantic relationship between a lawyer and an inmate that ultimately brought attention to a nationwide scandal and disrupted the system of abuse of prisoners in Texas.
Margaret is all about the second season of the Slate podcast Slow Burn, which covers the impeachment of former president Bill Clinton.
Karen is all about The LA Dodgers pulling ahead of the Milwaukee Brewers (as of last Wednesday) in the National League Championship Series.
Guy is all about Glenn Close’s performance in her new movie The Wife.
That’s My Jam
Karen – Trashcan Sinatras – All Night
Margaret – Alvvays – In Undertow.
Drea – Tierra Whack – MUMBO JUMBO
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In this episode...
- Guy Branum
- Karen Tongson
- Margaret Wappler
- Drea Clark
About the show
Pop Rocket is a high-octane weekly discussion of the culture we all love to love. Join host Guy Branum and panelists Wynter Mitchell, Karen Tongson, and Margaret Wappler for smart, funny, sometimes sweary chat about everything great in entertainment. Combining comic, journalistic, academic, and digital media expertise, the Pop Rocket team will keep you up-to-date on what’s most exciting in pop culture this week.
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