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Pop Culture Detective Screening

December 4, 2022 @ 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm

With Jonathan McIntosh
In cooperation with the Anchorage International Film Festival

Sunday, December 4, 2022
8:00 PM – 9:30 PM
Anchorage Museum Auditorium
625 C Street, Anchorage

IN-PERSON; No Registration Required

The Pop Culture Detective Agency is a media criticism project that creates long-form video essays that examine patterns relating to politics, masculinity, and sociology in entertainment.

We will be screening three videos, followed by a live Q&A with the creator.

Everyone Everywhere Needs Waymond (Runtime: 18:49): Everything Everywhere All At Once is a genre bending multiverse movie but it’s also one of the most challenging and subversive representations of masculinity in any genre.

Born Sexy Yesterday (Runtime: 18:14): Born Sexy Yesterday is a science fiction convention where the mind of what’s essentially a naive, yet highly skilled, girl is written into the body of a mature sexualized woman. Born sexy yesterday is about an unbalanced relationship dynamic, but it’s also very much connected to masculinity. The subtext of the trope is rooted in a deep seated male insecurity around experienced women and sexuality.

Wall-E As Sociological Storytelling (Runtime: 15:26): Pixar’s Wall-E serves as an excellent example of sociological storytelling. Social systems are one of the most important, and most misunderstood, concepts in McIntosh’s work on media and masculinity. In this video essay, McIntosh uses Wall-E’s Axiom star liner (and the board game Monopoly) to illustrate how social systems operate in our culture.

Jonathan McIntosh, known as the Pop Culture Detective, is an award-winning and nationally celebrated cultural critic and video essayist who has been featured in The New York Times, WIRED, Washington Post, LA Times, and NPR. He has been using online video tools to deconstruct popular entertainment for critical and educational purposes since before the invention of YouTube. His current project, The Pop Culture Detective Agency, works to build critical media literacy online through a series of long-form video essays exploring the intersections of politics, masculinity, and entertainment.

This event is supported, in part, by a grant from the Atwood Foundation.
Co-sponsors include the Anchorage International Film Festival and the Anchorage Museum.


December 4, 2022
8:00 pm - 9:30 pm
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