Pirates are a safe bet, right? Pirates, cutlass’, bandanas and some awesome boat plundering and things automatically start to reek of smash hit. Pirates are for pop culture of the sea, what zombies are for the mainland. See also pop culture of the air: flaming seagulls of wrath, and pop culture of the forest: That guy Tom Cruise plays in Legend. You can’t go wrong with pirates. Still, you can’t say I didn’t make a darn good try.