Slate’s Culture Gabfest on Sight & Sound’s Top Films List, Bunheads, and Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee

Slate's weekly roundtable.
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.

PODCAST_culture-gabfest_click

Listen to Culture Gabfest No. 203 with Dana Stevens, June Thomas, and Julia Turner by clicking the arrow on the audio player below:

And join the lively conversation on the Culturefest Facebook page here:

The sponsors of today’s show are Ting.com and Audible.com. Go to Gabfest.ting.com and save $50 on a device purchase. Get a free audiobook from Audible’s collection of more than 100,000 titles and a subscription to a daily audio digest when you sign up for a 30-day free trial at www.audiblepodcast.com/culturefest.

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:

Endorsements:

  • 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!

You can email us at culturefest@slate.com.

This podcast was produced by Dan Pashman. Our intern is Sally Tamarkin.

Follow us on the new Culturefest Twitter feed. And please Like the Culture Gabfest on Facebook.

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.

TODAY IN SLATE

Medical Examiner

The Most Terrifying Thing About Ebola 

The disease threatens humanity by preying on humanity.

I Bought the Huge iPhone. I’m Already Thinking of Returning It.

Scotland Is Just the Beginning. Expect More Political Earthquakes in Europe.

Students Aren’t Going to College Football Games as Much Anymore

And schools are getting worried.

Global Marches Demand Action on Climate Change

Politics

Blacks Don’t Have a Corporal Punishment Problem

Americans do. But when blacks exhibit the same behaviors as others, it becomes part of a greater black pathology. 

Why a Sketch of Chelsea Manning Is Stirring Up Controversy

How Worried Should Poland, the Baltic States, and Georgia Be About a Russian Invasion?

Moneybox
Sept. 19 2014 1:11 PM Americans' Inexplicable Aversion to the 1990s
  News & Politics
Weigel
Sept. 20 2014 11:13 AM -30-
  Business
Business Insider
Sept. 20 2014 6:30 AM The Man Making Bill Gates Richer
  Life
Quora
Sept. 20 2014 7:27 AM How Do Plants Grow Aboard the International Space Station?
  Double X
The XX Factor
Sept. 19 2014 11:33 AM Planned Parenthood Is About to Make It a Lot Easier to Get Birth Control
  Slate Plus
Tv Club
Sept. 21 2014 1:15 PM The Slate Doctor Who Podcast: Episode 5  A spoiler-filled discussion of "Time Heist."
  Arts
Brow Beat
Sept. 21 2014 2:00 PM Colin Farrell Will Star in True Detective’s Second Season
  Technology
Future Tense
Sept. 19 2014 5:03 PM White House Chief Information Officer Will Run U.S. Ebola Response
  Health & Science
Bad Astronomy
Sept. 21 2014 8:00 AM An Astronaut’s Guided Video Tour of Earth
  Sports
Sports Nut
Sept. 18 2014 11:42 AM Grandmaster Clash One of the most amazing feats in chess history just happened, and no one noticed.