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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences presents the 93rd Academy Awards on April 25, 2021.  Is your favorite feature film of 2020 on the list?  Don’t fret if you haven’t seen all or most of them because on this episode of Pop Life, Joe Lee sits with Kendall R. Phillips, professor in the department of Communications and Rhetorical Studies in the College of Visual & Performing Arts at Syracuse University and author of the books Controversial Cinema: The Films that Outraged America and Projected Fears: Horror Films and American Culture to discuss this year’s slate of nominated films.  The two chat about the films within the context of diversity and inclusion, the global pandemic, and video streaming platforms.

  

Gone are the days when you had to wait for Christmas movies and specials like A Charlie Brown Christmas or A Christmas Carol to get scheduled for a one-and-done airing by the big three networks.  Today, outlets like the Hallmark Channel and streaming services like Netflix combined have more content than you can watch in an entire year.  Does the proliferation of this content make it less special?  Who are the major players?  What are the new classics?  Pop Life host Joe Lee is joined by Syracuse University Newhouse professor and popular TV expert, Bob Thompson, to discuss this and more.  


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Planning to limit your public engagement this Halloween?  If you need ideas for at-home entertainment, this episode of Pop Life promises to help you make it spooky and safe. 

Joe Lee is joined by Kendal R Phillips, professor of Communications & Rhetorical Studies at Syracuse University and author of the book Projected Fears: Horror Films and American Culture, to discuss a few movies and shows to explore for a haunting good time during the global pandemic.


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Lovecraft Country, a dark fantasy horror show adapted from the Matt Ruff novel of the same title, premiered on HBO this past Sunday.  It explores the conjunction between the horror fiction of H. P. Lovecraft and racism in the United States during the Jim Crow era as experienced by black science-fiction fan Atticus Turner and his family. 

Pop Life host Joe Lee and guest Kendall R. Phillips, Syracuse University professor of Communications and Rhetorical Studies, explore the mythological universe and the connected themes of H.P. Lovecraft, the Lovecraft Country novel by Matt Ruff, and the new HBO series Lovecraft Country, and what we can expect from the series this season.


Dystopian movies and novels have been all the rage recently, and you might feel like if you've seen or read one of them you've seen all they have to offer. Well here's a twist that might pique your interest. What if I told you this one takes place during the second ice age and is set on a train that travels the world?

On this episode of Pop Life, Joe Lee chats with Dr. Kendall R. Phillips, Professor of Communications and Rhetorical Studies at Syracuse University about the movie and now televistion series, Snowpiercer. Can the plot from the movie survive as a series? How do the two compare? What should we expect if we're tuning into the series without having seen the movie? You'll hear that and more on this episode of Pop Life.


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The coronavirus known as COVID-19 is now a pandemic and causing major disruption to our lives in ways we haven’t experienced before.  With many of us being encouraged to practice social distancing, major events and cultural gatherings are being postponed and cancelled.  Concerts, movies, sporting events and more, have been cancelled.  It's requiring many of us to find other ways to entertain ourselves amid self-quarantine efforts. 

On this episode of Pop Life Joe Lee is joined Dr Kendall R. Phillips, Professor of Communications and Rhetorical Studies at Syracuse University to reccomend some worthwhile pop culture items to help pass the time.

It's still very early in 2020, but it's never too early to jump into some award show conversation. On Sunday February 9th, the film industry will honor the best work from the past year with the 92nd Academy Awards, commonly known as The Oscars.

On this episode of Pop Life Joe Lee is joined Dr Kendall R. Phillips, Professor of Communications and Rhetorical Studies at Syracuse University to preview the best pictures nominees for the upcoming Oscars.