Shining a Light on Cinematography: A Conversation with Graham Willoughby – IP 133

If you’ve ever been struck by the beauty that fills the screen while watching a particular film or television show you have the cinematographer to thank. The cinematographer – or Director of Photography – is responsible for helping the director achieve their vision; and whether the goal is to create an eye catching effect or to simply make natural light look ‘natural’ on film, the cinematographer commands a unique combination of creative intuition and technical expertise to achieve success.

This week- Amita and Sean speak with Graham Willoughby, the cinematographer of a number of incredible documentaries including the Oscar winning 20 Feet from Stardom and the hit doc of the summer, Won’t You Be My Neighbor? Graham discusses the road that led him to be one of the most sought after non-fiction DPs working today. He also discusses television projects he has worked on (Abstract, Wyatt Cenac’s Problem Areas) and how he manages to work in a number of different genres including music, biography and comedy.

And in the latest Big Sell, Amita reviews the Frank Ocean-centric podcast Dissect and Big Sells Sean a song and video combo by the group Ibeyi.

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Check out Sean’s overly precious, non-collaborative Afropunk Warm Up 2018 Playlist

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Oscars 2018 Special – IP 113

Inside Pop’s annual Oscars wrap up is here! Listen to get our take on the fashion, the snubs, the rightful victories, the highlights and the awkward moments. We’ll rate Jimmy Kimmel’s performance as host and also discuss our favorite musical performances of the night.

Who was the presenter that left Sean speechless? Which acceptance speech made Amita stand-up and cheer? Listen to this special Oscars episode to find out!

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Oscar Nominations, Black Panther, Kelela – IP 108

It’s been a long, strange, sometimes underwhelming trip to the Oscar Nominations but we’re here to share our immediate reactions. We give you our thoughts on why certain movies are heading to the red carpet and others got snubbed and we also try to make sense of why the film Three Billboards Outside of Ebbing, Missouri has become a frontrunner. We celebrate nominations for Get Out, The Big Sick, Logan, Mudbound and Lady Bird and share our gratitude to whomever was genius enough to book Tiffany Haddish to announce the nominations.

Plus, Sean makes his case for why Black Panther should have received an Oscar nomination THIS year! He’s not joking!

And we end the show with The Big Sell. Sean rates Amita’s Big Sell from last time, Kelela’s “Frontline,” and then Big Sells Amita an article by Alissa Wilkinson (one of his favorite culture critics) on the backlash against Three Billboards Outside of Ebbing, Missouri. Read it HERE

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Black Mirror, The Chi, Forgotten Films of 2017 with Dave Karger, Pop Culture Resolutions – IP 106

Did you resolve to put more time and energy into staying on top of the best pop culture stories of the week? Lucky for you, The Pop Insiders are here to help you keep that resolution with our brand new episode!

First, we give our spoiler free reviews of the new Lena Waithe Showtime drama – The Chi (please feel free to listen and then correct our pronunciation of the title of this show) and the first episode of the new season of Black Mirror.

Then we speak with IMDb special correspondent and frequent Today Show awards commentator – Dave Karger – about the movies of 2017 that may not be front-runners for the big awards, but are definitely worthy of your attention. From Detroit to Wonderstruck to Downsizing, Dave will tell you why you should give these flicks a second – or maybe first chance.

We also share our pop culture resolutions for the new year and hold each other accountable for how successful we were in keeping our 2017 resolutions.

And the Big Sell returns – Sean recommends (wait for it) a new new age song (nope that isn’t a typo) to start Amita’s year off on an optimistic and blissful note.

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Top Fashionable Females on TV, March Madness Bracket Winner, The White Helmets – IP 69

We conclude our pop culture themed Women’s History Month segments with an interview with Esta Fiesta, host of the Poised N Polished podcast! We talk to Esta about her top 3 fashionable female characters on TV and discuss fashion and feminism.

Next, the conclusion of our inaugural March Madness bracket dedicated to Amita’s celebrity husbands contains a surprising finale. Wait until you hear who she chooses to be her ultimate celeb husband.

And we discuss Sean’s Big Sell from last week, the Oscar winning documentary short, The White Helmets.

Tweet us who you would have picked to win the March Madness bracket @Popinsiders and let us know your favorite fashionable female on TV.

Links:

Poised N Polished on iTunes

Esta Fiesta’s Blog – Living Fiesta

 

Oscars 2017 Recap, Get Out, Sampha – IP 65

Dozens of hours spent in the dark have all lead to TONIGHT. Listen to hear our immediate reaction to Hollywood’s Biggest Night as we help you figure out WTF happened during the last minutes of the show!!! Bonnie & Clyde give La La Land the award for Best Picture (no surprise to anyone) but then a producer for La La Land declares that Moonlight is the actual winner. Huh? Are you confused? Elated? Concerned for Faye Dunaway? So are we! Listen to hear us make sense of it all! Plus red carpet moments, rating Jimmy Kimmel as host, and declaring the winner of our Long Distance Popcast VS Inside Pop Oscar Ballot  – we’ll give you our unique perspective on the 89th Annual Academy Awards.

Plus – we review the new must see, must talk about, must tell everyone how much you love it movie of the moment – Jordan Peele’s Get Out! But – does the film live up to the hype? One of us thinks – mmmm, maybe not?

And The Big Sell returns after a week off. Amita rates and reviews Sampha’s new album, Process. And in an unprecedented move, Sean also rates his own Big Sell.

 

Oscars Special – Predictions & Party Etiquette – IP 64

We have an extra special episode this week featuring not one, not two, but three guests to discuss the Oscars!

Our podcast friends, Claudia Castillo and Matt McKee, hosts of Long Distance Popcast joined us for an Oscar Ballot Battle Royale- we all filled out separate Oscar Ballots and are competing against one another to see who will best predict the winners on Sunday night.

Then, we chat with friend of the podcast, Caroline Hand, about her predictions for Oscar night and share some very important etiquette tips for hosting or attending an Oscar Party.

This episode is filled to the brim with Oscar goodness and you don’t want to miss it (unless you’re Mel Gibson- sorry buddy, you’re not winning this year)

Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter on Oscar night to find out who will win the Oscar Ballot Battle and read our live twitter commentary during the awards show!

And please check out Long Distance Popcast on Twitter here and listen to their podcast here.

Super Bowl, Lady Gaga, Kristen Stewart on SNL, DGA Awards, Abbey Lincoln – IP 62

Ok- so the Patriots won the Super Bowl, but the real headliner was the high flying halftime show by Lady Gaga! We give you our Super Bowl Recap including some of our favorite commercials, the amazing rendition of “America The Beautiful” by the original Schuyler Sisters from Hamilton and of course Lady Gaga’s halftime show!

Then, we have your latest awards update with the winners of the Director’s Guild Awards. Listen to find out how the DGA winners will predict who gets to take home an Oscar!

Plus we give props to Kristen Stewart for her turn as host on SNL.

We also share some podcast love as we join fellow pop culture podcasters JojCast, and their 30 Day Movie Challenge!

All that and Amita gives her review and rating of Sean’s Big Sell- Jazz singer Abbey Lincoln and sells Sean on a viral dance video.

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SAG and PGA Awards, Black Mirror, Loving, Missy Elliott, Nile Rodgers, MILCK – IP 61

Awards season is in high gear and we have the latest winners from the Screen Actors Guild Awards and the Producers Guild Awards!
We discuss the outspoken SAG winners who took the opportunity to speak out on current events in unique and inspirational ways and Sean gets on his soap box about appreciating films regardless of awards recognition.

 

 

Then, we bring back our Late to the Party segment and talk about our delayed appreciation of Black Mirror and the films Loving and Kubo and the Two Strings. Amita also shares why Hell or High Water was not worth her wait. 

Also, we celebrate our love for Missy Elliott and her new video, I’m Better.

And once again we return to Sean’s House Of Hyperbole and hear about his experience sitting front row at his musical hero, Nile Rodgers, recent concert.

Finally, Sean gives Amita his review of last week’s Big Sell, and introduces his Big Sell- jazz singer, Abbey Lincoln.

 

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Links

Nile Rodgers makes a case for Chic’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction

Listen to Sean’s Best of Nile Rodgers’ playlist.

Check out Abbey Lincoln’s African Lady.

Oscar Nominations, TV Preview, Aziz Ansari on SNL, Women’s March, St. Beauty – IP 60

Buckle up because we’ve got another exciting installment of Inside Pop- featuring the best of Film, Television and Music this week!

First up, we analyze the recently announced Oscar Nominations and discuss whether Oscar is still so white, how the love for La La Land will affect the Oscar telecast and the best way to predict who will win.

 

 

 

 

Then, we give you our Late Winter / Early Spring preview and share inside info on tons of  shows including Twin Peaks, 24: Legacy, This Is Us, Fargo, Star Trek Discovery, The Good Fight and many more!

 

Plus, Amita reports on the experience of participating in the NYC Women’s March and she and Sean rate Aziz Ansari’s hosting skills on Saturday Night Live.

  

Finally, Amita rates Sean’s Big Sell from last week, two new singles from St. Beauty – the duo who are reaching new heights on Janelle Monae’s Wondaland record label.

 

Links:

Amita’s Big Sell: Watch the moving song captured at the DC Women’s March “I Can’t Keep Quiet” here.