The Thrill: Talking nostalgia with Prozzak, and feminist films

Maclean’s pop-culture podcast takes on nostalgia’s reign in pop culture with James Bryan of 2000s pop band Prozzak, and more!



This week, on Maclean’s pop-culture podcast—Adrian Lee, Emma Teitel and Julia De Laurentiis Johnson—we look at this moment for nostalgia in pop culture. Why is there so much of it? And is it a bad thing? To talk about it, we brought in an artist who triggered a lot of nostalgia for our hosts: James Bryan, perhaps best known as Milo of the 2000s Canadian pop duo Prozzak. Then, we’ll talk about Mad Max: Fury Road and Pitch Perfect 2. What worked—and what didn’t—in these movies receiving plenty of praise for their feminist bona fides?

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The Thrill: Talking nostalgia with Prozzak, and feminist films

  1. As usual this episode of The Thrill was somewhat upsetting. The discussion of nostalgia only served to confirm the shortsightedness of young people. As we age we ALL like the things we liked as kids in a new way. Nostalgia isn’t a thing you see, it is a feeling.

    The discussion of whether or not Mad Max was feminist or whether it was feminist enough was also rather upsetting. First of all Mad Max is not “for men” as one of our hosts was so quick to point out. If you can’t see even a sparkle of merit in a spectacular film made by an auteur because it’s just an action movie or whatever then you are missing the point. You don’t need a specific gender to watch the film, think about it, and ponder the questions that it asks. Instead of “is this feminist or not?” why not ask why the claim that is in fact feminist caused such a stir on the internet? Why not ask if and how it challenges any norms? Why not discuss the subversive elements of the film?The hosts might consider employing some intersectional thinking in the future.

    Best regards,

    Barry BlueJeans

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