Culture Gabfest: Moonrise Kingdom and Wes Anderson, Film Scores, Howard Shore

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June 6 2012 12:36 PM

The Culture Gabfest, “Movies on the Radio Live” Edition

Listen to Slate's show about Moonrise Kingdom and Wes Anderson, film scoring 101, and film composer Howard Shore.


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This week's Culture Gabfest comes to you from New York Public Radio’s The Greene Space where the Gabfesters team up with David Garland, host of WQXR’s Movies on the Radio, for a joint live show. Our critics first discuss Moonrise Kingdom and how Wes Anderson uses music in his movies. They then provide a music-in-the-movies master class featuring clips from several films and discussion about their scores. Finally, our critics reach the Academy Award-winning film composer Howard Shore in New Zealand via Skype to ask him about his creative process and his work on The Hobbit, Return of the King, Crash, Hugo, and more.

You can also view the live show in its entirety at WQXR.

Here are some of the film clips we discussed in this week’s show:

3. Magnolia 

You can watch Gromek's death scene here.

And here are some links to the things we discussed this week:


Stephen’s picks: John Updike’s short story “The Alligators,” Philip Roth’s “The Conversion of the Jews,” and Paul Fussell’s essay “Thank God for the Atom Bomb

Dana’s picks: The website OpenCulture and the podcast Filmspotting, on which Dana will be a guest on June 6 for their first ever live show to celebrate their 400th episode

Julia’s pick: tUnE-yArDs’ “Bizness” from their album w h o k i l l

Outro: tUnE-yArDs’ “Bizness”

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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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