The Pop Culture Lens

The Pop Culture Lens header image 1

Episode 30: Being John Malkovich (1999)

October 30th, 2016

In the thirtieth episode of The Pop Culture Lens podcast, Christopher Olson and CarrieLynn Reinhard conclude the Halloween season by welcoming friend of the podcast, and fellow podcaster, Jim Laczkowski to discuss the existential film, Being John Malkovich (1999).

In this episode, the conversation considers how the film portrays insecurity, which is a common theme in screenwriter Charlie Kaufman's works. Beyond that, the trio considers how existential the film is in its treatment of insecurity, gender, identity, and the meaning of life. Ultimately, the discussion determines that the message of the movie focuses on how people need to develop empathy and connect with those around them, otherwise existential horrors could be anyone's fate.

You can join Jim in his conversations about film at his Director's Club podcast and his discussions about pop culture at his Pop Culture Club podcast.

Many thanks goes out to production assistant, Jean-Michel Berthiaume, for helping produce this episode.

As always, you are encouraged to become a part of this conversation by visiting any of the podcast's social media sites. You can also talk with Christopher Olson on Twitter (@chrstphrolson) and at his academic blog And you can talk to CarrieLynn Reinhard on Twitter (@mediaoracle) and at her website