Episode 135: Girls Trip with Alonso Duralde

This week, we are joined by film critic and host of the Linoleum Knife podcast Alonso Duralde! Alonso will be with us for the next couple of months while Margaret is on maternity leave, bringing his particular knowledge of film and the industry to the show. . But this week: Girls Trip. The movie stars Regina Hill, Jada Pinkett-Smith, Queen Latifah, and breakout star Tiffany Haddish. There is so much to talk about with this movie, the first of which is of course Tiffany Haddish’s hilarious performance. Does Hollywood know what to do with her next? They talk about the role of blackness and black female friendship in this movie, and why it’s important to have more of these films, as well as more clever ones, being made. And finally, and probably most importantly, they talk about the role that black hair plays in the movie, and what each of the character’s hair styles tells you about their personality.
Guy is all about The Beaverton, which is Canada’s answer to The Onion, and Wynter is all about the Jason Bateman led Netflix series Ozark. Plus, Karen catches up on Queen Sugar and Alonso is still watching Degrassi. Plus, we hear what the panel is listening to this week.

Episode notes

This week, we are joined by film critic and host of the Linoleum Knife podcast Alonso Duralde! Alonso will be with us for the next couple of months while Margaret is on maternity leave, bringing his particular knowledge of film and the industry to the show. But this week: Girls Trip. The movie stars Regina Hall, Jada Pinkett-Smith, Queen Latifah, and breakout star Tiffany Haddish. They discuss Tiffany Haddish’s hilarious performance in this movie, but does Hollywood know what to do with her next? They talk about the role of blackness and black female friendship in this movie, and why it’s important more of these films get made. And finally, and probably most importantly, they talk about the role that black hair plays in the movie, and what each of the character’s hair styles tells you about their personality.

Guy is all about The Beaverton, which is Canada’s answer to The Onion News Network, and Wynter is all about the Jason Bateman led Netflix series Ozark. Plus, Karen catches up on Queen Sugar and Alonso is still watching Degrassi. Plus, we hear what each of the panelists is listening to this week.

With Guy Branum, Wynter Mitchell, Alonso Duralde, and Karen Tongson.

Jams:

Guy – Cars That Go Boom – L’Trimm
Alonso – Better The Devil You Know – Kylie Mynogue
Wynter – Idolize Me – Yellow Alex
Karen – Way Back – TLCand

Each week we’ll add everyone’s jams to this handy August Spotify playlist.

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  • Guy Branum
  • Alonso Duralde
  • Karen Tongson
  • Wynter Mitchell

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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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