PodCast and Curious
By Charisse L'Pree
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A Fast and Furious Podcast The Fast and Furious films have grossed over $5B in box office sales and established a cultural phenomenon in the United States and around the world. Despite this unprecedented popular response, the critical analysis of these movies by academics remains minimal. Explore the cultural impact of Fast and Furious through the lens of pop culture history, media theory, and representations of race, class, and gender with the Ambassador of Pop Culture, Bob Thompson, and Charisse L'Pree, professors at the Newhouse School at Syracuse University.
||CleanCreate Curious||The final film in the series, Fate of the Furious starts in Cuba on Dom and Letty's honeymoon and ends in New York City with the next generation of family. In our final discussion, we talk about the redemption of the Shaw family, Cipher, the...||10/3/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanCurious 7||We discuss the seventh film in the franchise, the first film post-Justin Lin, the last to feature Paul Walker, and the theme of of shadows and ghosts. Directed by James Wan and on the other narrative side of Tokyo Drift, we also speculate on possible...||10/3/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanCritical & Curious 6||In this installment of the conversation we talk about the franchise's transition to absurd, over-the-top, 1980s television, from the opening credits to the oldest soap opera trick in the book: amnesia. We also talk about the representation of villains..||10/3/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanCritical and Curious 5: Media Heist||The fifth discussion addresses the evolution of the franchise as the family comes together in Rio. We talk about the self-awareness of the franchise as well as the representation of Brazil, fatherhood, and the introduction of Hobbs as Dom's even twin...||10/3/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanCritical & Curious||In the fourth installment, we discuss the franchise's transition to the revenge film genre, the biblical references in Letty's resurrection as an automobile, and Dom's embodiment of the Lone Ranger as his Charger rears for battle. We also talk about...||10/3/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Critical and The Curious: Theoretical Drift||In the third conversation, we discuss the visualization of Tokyo, the inescapable concept of a gaijin, and the way class privilege manifests in the series. As the first of four films in the franchise directed by Justin Lin, we talk about the film as a..||10/3/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean2 Critical 2 Curious||In the second installment, we talk about what John Singleton brings to the franchise, diverse representations of Black masculinity in Rome and Tej, and Brian's trip east from LA to Miami in the 2 Fast 2 Furious Turbo Charged Prelude (2003). Profs...||10/3/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Critical and The Curious||In the first discussion, we explore what makes the Fast and Furious franchise so endearing, including automotive ballet and bromances, the lack of the "damsel in distress," and Racer X, the inspirational 1998 article from VIBE Magazine. We also...||10/1/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
I didn’t think I’d be so hooked. It’s smart. It’s insightful. It’s better than movies.