Ava DuVernay’s adaptation of Madeline L’Engle’s seminal classic A Wrinkle in Time is in theaters now. Jake and Meredith sit down to discuss where the film soars and where the film sinks and what that means for the future of DuVernay, who has proven herself to be one of the most interesting directors working today.
This week on Pop and Schlock LIVE, Jake and Meredith sit down to discuss Duncan Jones’ MUTE now streaming on Netflix. The film stars Alexander Skarsgard, Paul Rudd and Not Luke Wilson.
The film is not perfect, which makes for some good discussion. We hope you enjoy the episode!
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Annihilation is pretty much Jake’s cup of tea. Nevermind the fact that Jake doesn’t like tea. Meredith is more ambivalent. This episode deals with some of the themes and arguments brought up in the Black Mirror episode and ponders whether internal narratives can be translated to a filmed medium. Also they fancast Jake into the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Black Panther is one of the best films of the year so obviously this is one of our best episodes of the year. We brought on local Houston artists and Black Panther enthusiasts Isaiah Broussard and Stephen Patrick Kelly to talk about what made the film work, why it was so special, and somehow work in a tangent about why the X-Men don’t work when Spider-Man is also around.
Isaiah Broussard is an independent cartoonist from Houston, Texas. His work, “Crackers & White Wine” was named Houston’s best political webcomic by Houston Press. He also creates the comic all-ages comedy/horror comic “Transyltown” and is the illustrator of the wacky superhero/adventure comic “Help Wanted!” and the manga/anime inspired “Fight School High School”. He is currently crafting an afro-futurist sci-fi short story called “The Funktastic Adventure.”
You can find Isaiah’s work at the links listed below.
Stephen Patrick Kelly is an artist and creator from Houston, TX. He is responsible for the webcomics Shane Longshadow is Hungry and Man Up, Kid! He describes himself as “Black, Bearded, and Dependable.”
Jake likes sci-fi. Meredith likes sci-fi. They don’t like it when people try to dismiss things that are sci-fi for being sci-fi. A discussion on the versatility of the genre, fan entitlement, conventions, tropes, and why Speed Racer is the pinnacle of cinematic achievement ensue.
Sci-fi is like orange juice; some people like a little pulp. The recent surprise release of Julius Onah’s The Cloverfield Paradox became a major talking point on the web this week and we sat down to talk about why the backlash seemed so severe. We get into the nature of science fiction and also the way distribution models for film are wildly evolving and what we can expect to see in the coming years when it comes to streaming.
This week we sit down to discuss representation in media. How important is accuracy? Does it distract from indigenous stories if filtered through a caucasian lens? Is it okay to make fun of Irish people? Listen to find out!