Episodes

328: NEW! The conversation continues with Craig Mazin (Creator/Writer/Exec Producer ' The Last of US') Including our talk on the incredible episode 3!

Jan. 30, 2023

Our conversation with Craig Mazin continues. This is the full episode including our conversation on episode 3 starring Nick Offerman & Murray Bartlett. We are thrilled to welcome back creator/writer/director/exec producer Cr…

327: Our Sundance Film Festival 2023 recap! With Ryan McQuade of AwardsWatch, Insession Film

Jan. 29, 2023

Ryan McQuade of AwardsWatch and InSession Film joins Christina to talk about what they saw at the 2023 Sundance Film Festival. Their favorite films, trends and filmmaker discoveries of the year! Learn more about your ad choi…

326: 2023 Oscar nominations! Reactions, surprises, snubs and more with Erik Anderson & Ryan McQuade, AwardsWatch.com

Jan. 24, 2023

Erik Anderson & Ryan McQuade ( AwardsWatch.com ) join Christina to talk about their reactions to the 2023 Oscar nominations! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

325: A podcast special! Masterclass with Tom Hanks & Rolf Lassgård and producers Rita Wilson & Fredrik Wikström Nicastro. 'A Man Called Otto'

Jan. 21, 2023

A podcast special! In Dec 2022 Christina moderated a live event: 'A Man Called Otto' Masterclass with Tom Hanks & Rolf Lassgård ('Ove' of the Swedish original 'En Man Som Heter Ove') as well as with producers Rita Wilson & F…

324: Craig Mazin: Creator/Writer/Exec Producer 'The Last of Us'. Part 1

Jan. 19, 2023

We are thrilled to welcome back creator/writer/director/exec producer Craig Mazin (The Last of Us, HBO)! Last time Mr Mazin was on Pop Culture Confidential we talked about his masterpiece 'Chernobyl'. He's back with the TV a…

323: Abbott Elementary's breakout star Janelle James!

Jan. 9, 2023

Emmy, Golden Globe & Critics Choice nominated for her role on the ABC hit sitcom 'Abbott Elementary', actor Janelle James on Pop Culture Confidential! Ms. James talks to Christina about her incredible performance as Principa…

322: The most anticipated movies/shows premiering the first half of 2023! With Matt Neglia (Next Best Picture)

Jan. 3, 2023

HAPPY NEW YEAR. Cocaine Bear, Oppenheimer, Barbie! The Last of Us & Succession! Christina and Matt Neglia (Editor-in-Chief @ NextBestPicture.com ) talk about some of their most anticipated films & shows releasing the first h…

321: Our Best, and Worst, Films of 2022! With Erik Anderson (AwardsWatch)

Dec. 21, 2022

Editor-in-Chief of AwardsWatch Erik Anderson joins us for our end of the year best, and worst, film experiences 2022! Happy Holidays! Twitter: @awards_watch Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

320: The Best of 2022. Dee Wallace, E.T. 40 years!

Dec. 16, 2022

We revisit our episode with icon Dee Wallace & celebrate E.T. 40 years! Ms Wallace talks about her iconic roles, from Cujo to E.T., the Spielberg classic celebrating 40 years this year! Her role as Mary, the kids' mom in E.T…

319: Actor Sheila McCarthy. On the powerful themes, questions & truths of "Women Talking"

Dec. 6, 2022

Actor Shelia McCarthy (Greta) joins us to talk about the upcoming 'Women Talking', a powerful new film written/directed by Sarah Polley and based on the novel by Mariam Toews. We talk about McCarthys' emotional and compelli…

318: So, what did we think?! Ryan McQuade (AwardsWatch, InSession Film) is back to discuss Spielberg's The Fabelmans!

Dec. 4, 2022

A while ago, on episode 304, we dove deep into Steven Spielberg's most personal movies and how his family has so often been a part of his storytelling. Now Ryan McQuade (AwardsWatch, InSession Film) joins Christina again to …

317: Revisit. The best of 2022! A conversation with the great Keke Palmer ('Nope')

Dec. 2, 2022

We revisit our conversation with the multi-talented actor Keke Palmer! We talk about her critically acclaimed performance in Jordan Peele's horror-sci fi 'NOPE', how her 20 year career & experiences growing up as a child sta…

316: Hollywood on Hollywood. 'Babylon' and a deep dive into movies about the industry! With critic Zoë Rose Bryant

Nov. 22, 2022

Film critic Zoë Rose Bryant joins us to talk about Damien Chazelle's "Babylon", the upcoming epic about 1920's Hollywood starring Brad Pitt & Margot Robbie. Plus a deep dive into the most essential films about Hollywood, fro…

315: Writers Will Tracy (Succession) & Seth Reiss (The Onion) on their delicious, new satire 'The Menu', starring Ralph Fiennes & Anya Taylor-Joy

Nov. 15, 2022

Writers Will Tracy (Succession) & Seth Reiss (The Onion) join us to talk about their excellent, dark satire 'The Menu', starring Ralph Fiennes & Anya Taylor-Joy. In theatres Nov 18th! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit …

314: Laura Poitras, director 'All The Beauty And The Bloodshed'. On photographer Nan Goldin's life and her fight to 'take down' the billionaire Sackler family.

Nov. 11, 2022

Academy Award winning director Laura Poitras joins us to talk about her urgent and powerful documentary 'All The Beauty And The Bloodshed' that portrays the life of groundbreaking photographer & activist Nan Goldin. Godin su…

313: Weird Al! We revisit our talk with Weird Al Yankovic, icon & parody king!

Nov. 8, 2022

‘Weird: The Al Yankovic Story’ , a parody of “based on true story biopics,” has premiered on The Roku Channel and we thought this is was perfect time to revisit our fun conversation with ”Weird Al”! We are thrilled to be joi…

312: We deep dive into The Banshees of Inisherin! with Ryan McQuade (AwardsWatch, InSessionFilm)

Nov. 1, 2022

So feckin' good! Ryan McQuade (Executive Editor Awardswatch.com , Editor/Co-Host InSessionFilm ) joins us for a deep-dive into Martin McDonagh's critically acclaimed new feature The Banshees of Inisherin. We talk about the p…

311: Actors Tom Hollander & Leo Woodall talk White Lotus 2, the new Italian season and the sexual politics of the 1 %!

Oct. 28, 2022

The wait is finally over! The second season of The White Lotus , Mike White's Emmy winning, genius satire about wealth, privilege and class premieres soon. We talk to actor Tom Hollander ( Pirates of the Caribbean, In the L…

310: Jump scares and spine chillers! A horror deep-dive with film critic William Bibbiani.

Oct. 20, 2022

Had a fantastic time talking about the horror genre with film critic & podcast host William Bibbiani (The Wrap, The Critically Acclaimed Network)! We talk about how and why 2022 horror is making a killing at the box office, …

309: The exciting race towards the Oscars 2023! Erik Anderson (AwardsWatch) is with us to cover it all.

Oct. 13, 2022

Editor-in-chief Erik Anderson of AwardsWatch.com joins us again to cover the exciting race towards the Oscars 2023! What are this years Oscar-race narratives? We talk Brendan Fraser, Blanchett, Spielberg, love us some Banshe…

308: A talk with actor Lane Factor 'Cheese' on the groundbreaking, hit show 'Reservation Dogs',

Oct. 8, 2022

17 year old Lane Factor is a rising star! He was only 14 when he auditioned and got the part in the groundbreaking, hit show "Reservation Dogs". We talk about his role as 'Cheese', his Native American background, working wit…

307: Our 'Blonde' discussion with culture reporter Candice Frederick!

Oct. 3, 2022

Candice Frederick, Senior Culture Reporter @huffpost joins Christina for a discussion on the film 'Blonde', based on a novel by Joyce Carol Oates, directed by Andrew Dominik and starring Ana de Armas as Marilyn Monroe.

306 Best of: It's a Daisy Edgar-Jones year! A conversation with the star of 'Where the Crawdads Sing'.

Oct. 1, 2022

Actor Daisy Edgar-Jones ('Normal People', 'Fresh', 'Under the Banner of Heaven') joins us to talk about her film 'Where the Crawdads Sing', based on the global best seller. Also, on working with producer Reese Witherspoon, p…

305 Best of: Our conversation with actor Ebon Moss-Bachrach ("The Bear'.) On his incredible performance as Richie, chaos, love & found family.

Sept. 29, 2022

Revisit our interview with actor Ebon Moss-Bachrach! He joins Christina for an exclusive deep-dive into this summers' TV hit, 'The Bear'! A conversation about his incredible performance, "cousin" Richie, how a frustrating ch…