Who could forget that time a Russian prince flirted it up with Maggie Smith? Because we didn't. We catch up on all the upstairs and downstairs drama from the Crawley household and recap this "soap opera with accents" so you're ready to see the film.
They say it’s the golden age of television—but who is going to take home the gold? We may not know whether voters love Fleabag as much as Courtenay and Shannon, but the PCF team will make sure you know about this year’s Emmy-nominated comedies, dramas, and limited series.
Praise be! Before Margaret Atwood's sequel to The Handmaid's Tale, PCF takes you on an alarming trip through the dystopian world of Gilead, as portrayed in the '85 novel and the Hulu series. And remember...nolite te bastardes carborundorum.
Fire up those Letters to Cleo albums, dust off your hacky sacks, and get a totally radical makeover because we are about to party like it's 1999! This episode, we discuss some of our favorite teen movies from the pre-Y2K era.
Can you say nostalgia? Great! This week, we're revisiting some of our favorite childhood cartoons from the titan of kids entertainment: Nickelodeon. So sit down in your list'ning chair and listen to this podcast!
Look what you made us do. In anticipation of Taylor Swift's upcoming album, Lover, the PCF crew gives us a rundown on all the love stories (#hiddleswift4eva), bad blood, and smash hits that turned a teenage singer/songwriter/cat lady into a major celebrity. Are you ready for it?
Look at the big brain on you, coming here for Pop Culture recaps. This week, we fill you in the hit indie film of the 90s, Pulp Fiction. Plus, catch our review of Disney's live-action remake of The Lion King.
Join us as we take a little break from pop culture–footnoting this week and play a little game called "KEY-Words with Friends." We test our memories of past episodes by trying to guess the film from the keywords on its IMDB page. How much do YOU remember?
Haven't seen Spider-Man: Far From Home yet? We got you with this brief overview of Spider-Man's comics, alternate-dimension doppelgangers, TV shows, & movies. Basically, it's everything you need to know before you head to the theater, plus a little extra.
Not sure what you need to know going into Toy Story 4? Well, you've got a friend in us! This week, we sit down to talk about how Toy Story changed the animated film game and share all the plot details you need to enjoy the latest installment.
Are you recognizable only as deja vu, and dismissed just as quickly? Pop Culture Footnotes rolls up with the black Ray-bans on, just in case you've been neuralized and forgotten the MIB franchise. We're the first, last, and only line of defense against any questions you have going into MIB: International.
You're about to enter another dimension. A dimension not only of sound but of mind. A journey into a wondrous podcast whose boundaries are that of imagination. Next stop, our episode on The Twilight Zone...featuring our friend, Beto!
We at Pop Culture Footnotes are getting geared up for the release of Detective Pikachu this weekend. And what better way to get pumped up than by having Andrew explain the worldwide phenomenon of Pokémon? Take a listen!
Should old pop culture be forgot and never brought to mind? Certainly not! That's why Shannon, Courtenay, and Andrew have come together this week to bring you a recap of the biggest pop culture moments from 2018. Happy New Year, everyone!
Happy Holidays from all of us here at Pop Culture Footnotes! To celebrate, we're covering a longtime holiday pop culture favorite: Tchaikovsky's The Nutcracker. Yeah, we covered a ballet. We classy like that.
Buffalo gals, won't you come out tonight and dance by the light we shed on Christmas classic, It's a Wonderful Life? Join Courtenay, Shannon, and this week's guest Andrew as we dive into what makes this movie such an iconic part of the holidays.
In every pod that must be done, there is an element of fun. Finding that fun was a snap this week, thanks to our guest Shannon. Join your practically perfect hosts as we explain everything you need to know about Mary Poppins before the new movie comes out!
We're getting ready for the release of Mary Queen of Scots this month with a little history refresh. What was the deal with that king with all the wives? Are Bloody Mary and Mary Queen of Scots the same person? Is Elizabeth I officially our hero? Let us be your Tudor tutors, with answers to all this and more on this week's episode!
It's a bright cold day in November and the clocks are striking...one, I guess. With the recent elections and all the politics talk, we figured the time was right to cover the oft-referenced George Orwell classic, 1984. Enjoy!
Happy Thanksgiving! We at PCF have a lot to be grateful for & we're celebrating those things this week—along with our motley crew of guests. Thanks again to Tana, Heidi, Genevieve, Whitney, Lenore, Andrew, Erin, Mikayla, & all our other contributors!
Don't stop us now because Courtenay, Shannon, & guest David Stauffer are going to "take you out tonight" with some facts & info about '80s rock band, Queen. Come join us on this bicycle race & we will rock you. Bohemian Rhapsody.
If you're like us & want to make Halloween stretch as long as possible, we've got just the thing for you. Shannon & Courtenay run amok, amok, amok, amok & even take a quiz to find out which Sanderson sisters they are. Happy Halloween!
What makes a vampire a vampire? Can they handle direct sunlight? Are they susceptible to stakes, garlic, and/or decapitation? Tana helps us get to the bottom of it all as we discuss various pop culture depictions of vampires.
Join us for this very special episode, in which Shannon and our guest, Whitney, indulge Courtenay's taste for all things NASA! Be sure to listen so you know what's up before you go see First Man this weekend!
We're joined by our children's literature expert Heidi to talk about children's author Roald Dahl. We discuss the life, work, and impact of this great man and share some of our top favorite moments from his books.
To be or not to be? That is the question—at least according to William Shakespeare's Hamlet. This week, we're joined by Erin to discuss the tragedy of the Prince of Denmark, as well as notable adaptations, parodies, and references.
What happens when you strand 15–16 people on a beach & make them compete for a million dollars? Reality TV gold, that's what. Join Courtenay, Shannon, and guest Genevieve as we discuss the grandpappy of all reality shows: Survivor!
This week, Courtenay, Shannon, & Andrew gear up for Matt Groening's new show! Is an hour and a half long enough to cover everything you need to know about The Simpsons? Not even close. But we do cover the top 10 episodes (according to Andrew) so...
Happy birthday to us! This week, we celebrate our 1 year anniversary with a discussion of Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey. Listen in as Shannon, Courtenay, and guest Andrew explain all those references to space fetuses. :)
Who lives, who dies, who tells the story of Hamilton? PCF does, of course. Join Shannon & Courtenay as we continue our discussion of Hamilton. We finish off the plot, discuss the cultural impact of the play, & more. Check it out!
Tune in as we discuss Broadway super hit Hamilton! Shannon explains the plot, shares info about the production, & shows off a Hamilton-themed intro! Does Shannon have rap skills to rival Lin-Manual Miranda himself? Listen to find out!
Mamma Mia 2 came out earlier this week, so we asked Tana back to talk to us about ABBA, jukebox musical (and movie) Mamma Mia, and cover groups. Is Pierce Brosnan's singing voice as bad as the internet says? Listen here to find out!
Happy Bastille Day! Courtenay and Shannon are celebrating this the Frenchest of holidays by talking about Sophia Coppola's Marie Antoinette. Is this movie as good/bad as fans/detractors claim? Find out here!
Best shark attack in a movie? Most improbable escape from a shark? Courtenay, Shannon, and guest Brittney sink their teeth in it to get ready for Shark Week, with our first-ever awards show for shark movies: The Sharkies! Also, Andrew from Pop Pop Culture gate crashes our episode and makes some good jokes, I guess.
Happy 4th of July from PCF! This week, our friend Alex helps us celebrate Independence Day by talking about 90s classic Independence Day. PS: Be sure to tune in around the 33-minute mark to hear Shannon's take on the show-stopping inspirational speech from the movie! #presidentbillpullman #bestpresidentever
Refugees, resistance, and Nazis—oh my! No, it's not today's headline. It's 1944 "Best Picture" winner, Casablanca! Join PCF as we discuss quotable lines, memorable scenes, & the movie's influence on 1960s counter-culture. Here's lookin' at you, kid.
We got so caught up in whether we could, we didn't stop to think if we should! Gear up for Fallen Kingdom with our recap of the Jurassic Park films. Courtenay, Shannon, & guest Whitney cover plot & the most meme-worthy scenes & lines.
What's the best Pixar movie ever? That's what Courtenay, Shannon, and guest Derrick intend to discover this week. We go through our ultimate Pixar bracket, weighing story, moral lessons, and likability.
This week, Karla comes back to wrap up our Beatles discussion—everything from Magical Mystery Tour to "The End" & beyond. BTW, to hear our sweet playlist of Beatles music and covers, hit up Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/user/7y0zpf4ykijab4tmb9bwqauzu/playlist/5RYwd4rTbrpBmKFrQS8pDl?si=IoRt9ZPhQMGl_wKMmKvVBA
In honor of Memorial Day, we sat down with Lenore to discuss our favorite war movies. We'd like to share our appreciation for all those who have laid down their lives to defend freedom and the rights of mankind around the world. While we are celebrating an American holiday, we know that Americans are not and have never been alone in this fight. On behalf of everyone at Pop Culture Footnotes, thank you.
This week on PCF, we get geared up for Ocean's Eight by discussing the original Ocean's Eleven (starring the Rat Pack) & the recent Ocean's trilogy. Plus, Shannon shares some inside knowledge about her hometown, Vegas. Check it out!
Join Courtenay, Shannon, & this week's guest Jenn as we dive into The English Patient (both the book and the film). We contemplate the overall skeeziness of the characters & wonder how in the heck did this movie win so many awards. You don't have to be English to watch this movie, but you sure do have to be patient.
Happy Birthday, Harper Lee! This week, we're discussing one of the great American novels: To Kill a Mockingbird. Join Courtenay, Shannon, and guest Whitney as we discuss the book and its sequel, Go Set a Watchman.
Avengers: Infinity War comes out this week! Join Courtenay, Shannon, & Andrew from @poppopculture as we discuss the third and final phase of the MCU. And if you haven't seen Thor: Ragnarok or Black Panther, yet...SPOILERS!
Heidi returns to help Courtenay & Shannon celebrate the birthday of renowned children's author J.M. Barrie. We discuss his most famous work, Peter Pan, as well as some of our favorite and (in Courtenay's case) least favorite adaptations.
What would you do if we sang out of tune? Because we do—a lot. Get ready to join Courtenay, Shannon, and this week's guest, Karla, as we discuss arguably the greatest musical act of all time: The Beatles.
We're only a few weeks away from the release of Avengers: Infinity War! Time to get excited with this episode of PCF, where we discuss Phase 2 of the MCU with special guest, Andrew. Avengers, assemble!
To celebrate the release of Isle of Dogs this week, we're covering Wes Anderson. Courtenay, Shannon, and guest Mindy go over all Wes' films and give you everything you need to know about this iconic director's style.
New episode is up! The new Tomb Raider movie is coming out March 16th, so this week, Courtenay, Shannon, and guest Mikayla are recapping the old Angelina Jolie Tomb Raider movies. Now you don't have to watch them. Ever! Lucky you...
Get ready for the film release of A Wrinkle in Time with PCF! This week, Courtenay, Shannon, and guest Heidi discuss author Madeleine L'Engle, the book's plot, and what makes Wrinkle one of the most celebrated & banned books ever.
New episode! Shannon has a particular set of skills; skills she's putting to good use this week, filling us in on each category of Oscars nominees so you can impress everyone with your knowledge of the Academy's inner workings.
It's Shannon's favorite time of the year—Oscar season! If you didn't get around to seeing all 9 films up for Best Picture this year, we've got you covered. We recap the 2018 nominees, including plot and why each film is nominated.
It's the end of our Harry Potter rampage! Join us as we go over plot for the final installment in the HP series and discuss how the Harry Potter phenomenon has affected pop culture in the 10+ years since the last book came out.
Join us as we continue our Harry Potter spree! This episode, we spend a whole hour just talking about Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. Rest assured, we have taken Courtenay's mic away from her for a while. Enjoy!
We continue on our Harry Potter streak this week with this episode, which covers the plot for Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire and Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. And apologies about the audio quality—Death Eaters interfered with our recording equipment. Stupefy!
Kick off the new year with PCF! We're ringing in 2018 with one of our favorites, Harry Potter. Join Courtenay, Shannon, & Tana as we discuss books 1–3, try unsuccessfully to keep the run time down, and deal with terrible equipment. Expecto patronum!
We're still coming down after the holidays, so we figured we'd round out the season with action movie classic, Die Hard! Join us as we break down the plot, share our favorite parodies, and discuss what makes this film one of the best action movies of all time.
Happy Holidays from Pop Culture Footnotes! On this very special Christmas episode, we act as your personal ghosts of Christmas Past, Christmas Present, and...I guess Christmas future, guiding you through Charles Dickens' classic story, A Christmas Carol. God bless us every one!
Don't get scared now! Our gift to you this holiday season is this episode about Christmas classic, Home Alone. Join us as we talk plot, play trivia games, and discuss what makes this franchise such a big part of the holidays for so many people.
The Last Jedi comes out this week. Are we so excited we're practically reduced to tears? No. Why would you even ask that? Regardless of who's crying and who's not, we at PCF are here to fill you in on everything (we think) you need to know to go and see the next installment of the Star Wars saga.
Curious about James Franco's new movie? Find out what it's all about with our sum-up of the best worst film ever made: The Room. Shannon tells us about the film's overly complicated plot, Tana puts us through our paces with a trivia game, and we generally have a rollicking good time!
Some ideas are indeed bulletproof, including the idea that Alan Moore's classic V for Vendetta deserves a podcast episode. Join Courtenay, Shannon, and Tana as we celebrate Guy Fawkes day with a discussion about the man, the mask, and the ideas they both represent.
Get ready for the new season of Stranger Things by getting caught up on season 1. Courtenay, Shannon, & Tana go over the plot from season 1, discuss '80s references from the show, and dive a little deeper into why this Netflix phenomenon resonates so strongly with its audience.