CHIRP Radio Podcast: Split Reel
Split Reel: It’s Raining Superheroes!
For that segment of Nerd Culture which longed for the day when Hollywood studios would pump out an endless stream of big-budget superhero flicks... that day has arrived. And once again, the story is "Be careful what you wish for." When a certain genre...
Split Reel: The Films of Quentin Tarantino (with guest Katherine Rife)
It's been nearly 20 years since writer/director Quentin Tarantino's second film, "Pulp Fiction," cemented his status as a Hollywood icon and inspired a whole theatrical wave of wise-cracking gangsters. A B-movie junkie, Tarantino has drawn from...
Split Reel: Cultural “Sophistication” (with Guest Leonard Pierce)
We live in an age where we have nearly limitless access to not only mass media, but also the critical dissection of said culture via the internet. What sort of impact has this had on our "sophistication" regarding film, television, and music? And what...
Looking back at “The Terminator”
Released in 1984, the unheralded The Terminator not only propelled director James Cameron and actor Arnold Schwarzenegger to stardom, but would eventually become recognized as a landmark work that would influence cinema for decades to come. Sitting at...
Race and Visual Imagery (w/guest Maurice Berger)
It’s long been said that perception becomes reality, and for much of our nation’s history, mass media has not been kind to minorities — in particular, the African-American community. FromBirth of a Nation(where the Ku Klux Klan were portrayed as...
The “War on Terror” and PopularCulture
What were the “flash points” which signified the “War on Terror” was having a concrete impact on popular culture? If the Hollywood norm over the past decade has been to showcase films that highlight the failures of American policy rather than champion...
Generation X in Cinema (with guest ChristinaLee)
How has Generation X been defined in film over the past few decades, from the landmark John Hughes films of the ’80s through the “slacker” movies of the ’90s and beyond? What distinct qualities do Gen X films possess which differentiate them from...
Crime Cinema (with guest LeonardPierce)
It’s been over four years since the infamous “Cut to Black” finale ofThe Sopranospolarized America — while many vociferously protested the lack of closure, some argued that the ambiguous (or perhaps not?) closing was simply the last in a long line of...
Late-Night Comedy and American Politics, w/guest RussellPeterson
How much of our political information is gathered through the filter of comedic shows? What does it mean when the writers forSaturday Night Liveseemingly have a concrete impact on the way that our elected officials are being perceived? No format in...
The Second Golden Age of Horror, w/guest KendallPhillips
George A. Romero. Wes Craven. John Carpenter. These three icons revolutionized the horror genre of cinema during the late 1960s and ’70s via films likeNight of the Living Dead, The Hills Have Eyes,andHalloween— movies that were particularly attuned to...
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