Episode 123: cinematographer Linus Sandgren (“First Man”) + an update on the Oscar race with Gregory Ellwood

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This week on Pop Culture Confidential Oscar winning cinematographer Linus Sandgren talks about his incredible work on “First Man” Damien Chazelle’s new movie about Neil Armstrong.

American Hustle, Joy, Battle of the Sexes are just a few examples of Linus Sandgren work. He won the Oscar for his incredible cinematography on the musical" LA LA LAND" and now, in his second collaboration with Chazelle, he takes on the space film genre with "First Man” where he captures both the intimate, dangerous and awesome story of Neil Armstrong and the first moon landing.

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And: Gregory Ellwood covers movies and awards on The Playlist.net and is the host of the 4 Quadrant Podcast. Gregory joins us with an update on the Oscar race! From Lady Gaga’s star turn in “A Star is Born”, to Nicole Kidman’s in 2 powerful roles, Spike Lee is back and Christian Bale transforms himself, yet again, playing Dick Cheney in “Vice”… who are the frontrunners?

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Episode 122 writer Constance Grady: the Kavanaugh hearings and reflections in popular culture.

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This week on the show Constance Grady, culture writer @ VOX talks to us about the Kavanaugh hearings, Dr Christine Blasey Ford’s powerful testimony and reactions to the events. Plus how sexual politics and depictions of rape in popular culture, movies and television can provide us with some context.  Ms Grady is the author of the article ”The rape culture of the 1980s, explained by Sixteen Candles” We talk about this and how depictions of sexual assault and politics have been formed and changed, from Shakespeare to the films of John Hughes to Game of Thrones.

Episode 121: Björn Runge, director "The Wife”

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(photo Stellan Runge)

This week on the show our conversation with the award-winning Swedish director Björn Runge (The Wife). Glenn Close delivers a stunning, Oscar worthy performance in The Wife, a searing portrait of a marriage, intimately directed by Björn Runge. The film hits the zeitgeist on so many levels, particularly now at the height of the #timesup movement.  Björn Runge talks to us about marriage, compromises, how the film quite literally saved his life, working with his own wife editor Lena Runge, why he left the Swedish film industry after a frustrating period, working with the great Glenn Close and much more.

The Wife is based on a novel by Meg Wolitzer and adapted for the screen by Jane Anderson. Björn Runge directs. Starring Glenn Close, Jonathan Pryce, Christian Slater, Max Irons, and Annie Starke. The film is out in theaters in the US, UK. Premiering in Sweden in December.

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