What’s Next for (Pop) Culturally Informed

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Oh… hey there, guys.

So, yes. It’s been a while, thanks to new jobs, shows, and a myriad of other excuses, but whatever. (Pop) Culturally Informed is getting back on its feet and launching more content to clog your newsfeeds!

Nina will, of course, resume her Game of Thrones recaps after its premiere on April 24, and is planning on writing separate pieces about how that show is working with its truly weird adaptation struggles. She’ll also be talking about the state of comedy on TV (spoiler alert: it’s good).

Ben is planning on writing some thinkpieces about summer blockbusters and segments about how pop culture is interfering with the current presidential election circus.

We’ll also resume coverage of big pop culture news with tidbits here and there, and, if time allows, will give ICYMI another shot (but don’t hold out much hope for that one, kids). We’ll also be publishing opinion pieces  so we can keep shoving our feelings in your face.

Okay, then! Gird your loins or whatever! New content coming soon.

Oscar Predictions: The Kids Are All White

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N: Well, here we are. The Superbowl of Movies is back, so of course, we’re here to pre-judge it, make a bunch of predictions, insist they won’t come true, and then I’ll cry about Jon Hamm. He’s not even nominated, but that’s just something I do from time to time.

B: Take your Jon Hamm sadness and stick it up your Trumbo, THIS IS THE OSCARS, PEOPLE. Will Sylvester Stallone get some Oscar love? Will Leonardo DiCaprio yet again be torn asunder at the mercy of the Oscar Gods? Who in the hell will actually win Best Picture? In what is one of the most unpredictable races in recent Oscar history, it’s time for us to make our presumptions, and pick who should/will win this Oscar Sunday!

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Best Picture Profile: The Martian

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As we come closer to the Academy Awards, we’ll be posting short profiles of each Best Picture nominee, attempting, in our own ways, to not only sum up what the movie is about, but why we believe it scored one of the eight coveted nominations, and why it could possibly take home the big prize come Oscar night. Enjoy!

“Journey to the Unknown” is definitely an apt description of The Martian, which is, quite literally, a film about a man journeying into a hostile environment he understands but needs to learn to navigate. Matt Damon stars as Mark Watney, a botanist accidentally left behind and presumed dead on the surface of Mars, completely alone at a base camp previously occupied by his entire team.

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Best Picture Profile: Room

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As we come closer to the Academy Awards, we’ll be posting short profiles of each Best Picture nominee, attempting, in our own ways, to not only sum up what the movie is about, but why we believe it scored one of the eight coveted nominations, and why it could possibly take home the big prize come Oscar night. Enjoy!

As Ben discussed in his first Best Picture Profile of the year, we usually try to find some kind of theme to unify the Best Picture nominees, and this year, we settled on “Journey to the Unknown,” since we feel that, in one way or another, each of these films features characters struggling to come to grips with a new reality, new information, or anything that lies beyond what they already know.

It should go without saying, then, why Room falls squarely into that category, perhaps more so than any other film this year, in that this movie focuses on two people trapped in the tiniest of spaces, one of whom only finds out that the unknown exists at all just before he’s thrown into it headfirst.

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Golden Globes Predictions: Who Might Win, How We Feel About It & Nina Cries About Jon Hamm

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B: Drunk people. Ricky Gervais. Spotlight. These are a few of the things that will likely be featured heavily tonight, at the Always-Pointless Golden Globes tonight. Nina, what are you most looking forward to, other than a few shots of whiskey?

N: Well, definitely that last part, but it would also be nice to see Jon Hamm win again, and beyond that, just see what totally weird choices the HFPA goes with this year. Remember The Affair, guys? (No. No, you do not.)

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2015 Roundup: All The TV We Loved This Year

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When Ben and I gathered to discuss our favorite TV shows this year, we had a LOT to say, partly because, well, this was a banner year for TV. We saw the end of beloved series like Mad Men and Parks & Recreation, we saw new, excellent series enter the fray like Master of None, and current shows like The Leftovers go through a top-to-bottom transformation. Here, we list our favorite things that happened on TV this year.

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