Episode 14

Published on:

14th Aug 2023

Why Does Brad (from the Pop Culture Yearbook Podcast) view Ted Demme's Beautiful Girls (1996) as a Minnesota Film?

Brad from the Pop Culture Yearbook Podcast is our guest to talk about the 1996 Ted Demme film, Beautiful Girls, which features the acting talents of Timothy Hutton, Noah Emmerich, Michael Rapaport, Mira Sorvino, Martha Plimpton, Laruen Holly, Rosie O'Donnell, Uma Thurman, Matt Dillon, and Natalie Portman. The soundtrack is equally stacked featuring songs from Pete Droge, The Afghan Whigs, Howlin' Maggie, Chris Issak, Ween, and Neil Diamond's "Sweet Caroline".

We discuss

  • Why Brad feels like this is a Minnesota movie even though it takes place in Massachusetts
  • Afghan Whigs' frontman Greg Dulli's very busy 1994-1996
  • The weird storyline with Natalie Portman and why it's problematic
  • Why the movie doesn't exactly feel like it's set in the '90s

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Soundtrack Your Life
A podcast about soundtracks and why they're important to us.
Twice a month, Nicole Barlow and Ryan Pak take a look at a soundtrack. Whether it be a song, a band, or a connection to a specific scene, They discuss personal connections to the soundtrack, with a guest.

Episodes are released on 2nd and 4th Mondays of each month.

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Ryan Pak

Ryan has a degree in Film Studies, and he’s a musician. So, Soundtrack Your Life is the perfect intersection of his two main passions. Plus, he’s an avid music fan—hunting down rare songs from his favorite bands has familiarized him with many obscure soundtracks over the years. It's been so gratifying for him to hear fellow film and music enthusiasts share their stories of why they love soundtracks!