How right, but mostly how wrong, does Hollywood get it when it comes to capturing artists in film? Margaret Wappler asks these very questions of her esteemed panel. And this, the panel is comprised of LA Times staff writer Carolina Miranda, who covers visual arts, culture and architecture, media scholar and TV critic Sarah Kessler–filling in for her under-the-weather wife Karen Tongson–and Cal Arts professor and visual artist David P Earle, who is better known to Pop Rocket listeners as father to Silas and husband to our very own Margaret Wappler.
From Mike Leigh’s Mr. Turner to Antonio Banderas’s Golden Globe-nominated performance in Genius: Picasso, the crew highlights all the tired tropes Hollywood can’t resist when depicting artists. They’ll tell you about the films that get it right, and the films that get it deliciously wrong. Plus, why are all the portrayals of Andy Warhol on the big screen so…different? Was the real Andy Warhol more like Crispin Glover in The Doors or David Bowie in Julian Schnabel’s Basquiat? Does Salma Hayek really do Frida justice? And which actress nails the stereotype of the insufferable, pretentious artist on the head? Join us as we try to suss out: is art about art art, or t-shirt at the giftshop bullshit?
Sarah is all about Valerie Solanas’s SCUM Manifesto with forward by Michelle Tea.
Carolina is all about narco-novelas, in particular Netflix’s Narcos: Mexico starring Diego Luna.
David is all about his algorithmically generated list of top songs of 2018 from Spotify.
Margaret is all about the 18th century period piece The Favourite, a feminist reimagining of Queen Anne’s court starring Rachel Weisz, Emma Stone, and Olivia Colman.
That’s My Jam
Sarah – Laura Branigan – Gloria
David – Saba – LOGOUT
Margaret- Katzù Oso – Crazy4luvinU
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In this episode...
- Carolina Miranda
- Sarah Kessler
- David Earle
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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