This week, Karen takes over as host as the gang discusses summer blockbusters. They are joined by film critic and writer Alonso Duralde to discuss which summer films they’re most excited for, which ones they aren’t, and which ones just shouldn’t have been made. Margaret tells us what she expects from the perfect summer blockbuster. We find out what the logistics are for a hit film’s international release, and the gang takes on the DC versus Marvel movie debate. Plus the panel discusses summer releases that don’t have explosions and muscles but rather heart and wit.
We are treated to some awesome recommendations from the gang, from season two of Master of None (watch out for a few tiny spoilers!) to a biography of Harvey Kurtzman, the creator of Mad Magazine. And as always, the gang tells us what their jam of the week is.
Don’t forget to check out Alonso’s writing at The Wrap magazine or his super smart and hilarious movie criticism podcast Linoleum Knife. You can also follow him on Twitter if you want (you definitely want to!).
With Karen Tongson, Margaret Wappler, Wynter Mitchell, and Alonso Duralde.
Karen: Wave Hello, Say Goodbye – Soft Cell
Margaret: 2 Good 2 Be True – Nite Jewel
Wyter: Believe in It – Michael McDonald
Alonso: Here Is My Butt – Saturday Night Live
Each week we’ll add everyone’s jams to this handy Spotify playlist.
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Harvey Kurtzman: The Man Who Created Mad and Revolutionized Humor in America
Produced by Christian Dueñas and Kara Hart for MaximumFun.org
In this episode...
- Karen Tongson
- Wynter Mitchell
- Margaret Wappler
- Alonso Duralde
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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