Sight & Sound’s “Greatest Films of All Time” list, Bunheads, and Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee: Slate’s Culture Gabfest weighs in.
Slate’s Culture Gabfest on Sight & Sound’s Top Films List, Bunheads, and Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee
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Aug. 8 2012 11:14 AM

The Culture Gabfest: Don’t Look Down Edition

Slate's podcast about Sight & Sound’s list of top films, the ABC Family series Bunheads, and Seinfeld’s Web series Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee.


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On this week’s Culture Gabfest, the Gabfesters are joined by Slate culture critic June Thomas. They first ponder Sight & Sound’s “Greatest Films of All Time” list, which has been issued once a decade since 1952, and wonder how such a venerable entity holds up in today’s web-based, list-crazed era. The Gabfesters then discuss Bunheads, the new multigenerational show from Gilmore Girls creator Amy Sherman-Palladino, its witty dialogue and its delightful (but sometimes irritating) affectations. Finally, the critics discuss Jerry Seinfeld’s new Web series Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee and whether glossy production values, a vintage car collection and capitalizing on the popularity of the “comedians chatting with each other” format is a winning combination.

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


  • June’s picks: Friday Night Comedy from BBC’s Radio 4, particularly the News Quiz and Now Show episodes that have aired every other day during the London 2012 Olympics and use the games as the basis for live topical comedy. And the best stationery store in North America, Papeterie Nota Bene in Montréal.
  • Dana’s pick: Lauren Child’s Charlie and Lola, the books as well as the animated series.
  • Julia’s pick: Unique brand Pretzel Shells, hollow rods of pretzel with the inside blah of the pretzel removed. All crunch, no filling!

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Dana Stevens is Slate’s movie critic.

June Thomas is a Slate culture critic and editor of Outward, Slate’s LGBTQ section. 

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