Slate’s Culture Gabfest on “Gangnam Style,” Coming of Age Movies, and Other Listener Questions

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Dec. 26 2012 10:57 AM

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On this week’s Culturefest, our critics gab a little differently by answering listener questions on a wide range of topics, including the difference between actors and be-ers and how to evaluate movie performances, the hit video “Gangnam Style,” and what resemblance, if any, Steve bears to Niles Crane. (Spoiler alert: not much.) They also discuss their own favorite coming of age movies, last reads on hypothetical death row, and sexiest moments on film.

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

Dana’s pick: The New York Times Magazine’s process piece about Jerry Seinfeld and the theory and making of comedy by Slate pop critic Jonah Weiner.

Julia’s pick: “The Innocent Man,” Pamela Colloff’s incredible and anguishing two-part article in Texas Monthly about a man who spent 25 years in prison after being falsely convicted of murdering his wife.

Stephen’s pick: From the golden age of Jack Nicholson, a movie that never broke through as one of his iconic performances but is well worth watching, The Last Detail.

Outro: “Spanish Pipedream” performed by The Avett Brothers

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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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