Culture Gabfest: Margin Call, Homeland, and Pauline Kael

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Oct. 26 2011 11:31 AM

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Listen to Slate's show about the new Wall Street drama Margin Call, Showtime’s Homeland, and the critical legacy of Pauline Kael.

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In this week's Culture Gabfest, our critics Stephen Metcalf, Dana Stevens, and Julia Turner review the new Wall Street drama Margin Call and Showtime’s new series Homeland. For their final segment, they discuss the life and influence of New Yorker film critic Pauline Kael.

Here are some links to the things we discussed this week:

Dana’s review of Margin Call, at Slate.
The New Yorker’s David Denby asserts Margin Call is “easily the best Wall Street movie ever made.
A New York Times feature piece on Margin Call.
An interview with Margin Call star Zachary Quinto.
The Wall Street Journal describes Margin Call as a “nuanced take on Wall Street scandal.
Slate’s David Haglund on the new Showtime series Homeland.
’s June Thomas and David Haglund debate the merits of Homeland.
An interview with Homeland star Claire Danes, at The Wall Street Journal.
The official site of Showtime’s Homeland.
The New York Times’ film critics discuss the legacy of Pauline Kael.
NPR on Kael.
Pauline Kael’s most scathing reviews.
Pauline Kael’s famous reviews of Bonnie and Clyde ($) and Last Tango In Paris.

The Culture Gabfest weekly endorsements:

Dana’s pick: The Forsyte Saga Miniseries (2002).
Julia’s pick: “Superbass” by Nicki Minaj.
Steve’s pick: Black Cab Sessions, Lazy Lady Farm Cheese, and the Grazin’ Diner in Hudson, New York.


Outro: “Superbass” by Nicki Minaj.

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Stephen Metcalf is Slate's critic at large. He is working on a book about the 1980s.

Dana Stevens is Slate's movie critic.

Julia Turner is the editor in chief of Slate and a regular on Slate's Culture Gabfest podcast.



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