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On this week’s Culturefest, our critics are joined by Slate columnist Dan Engber to discuss Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit and whether its increased frame rate ruins the movie … or if the movie was already a ruin to begin with. The Gabfesters then discuss the entertainment appeal of the A&E series Duck Dynasty and what its popularity might say about the state of the white working class in America. Finally, they consider personality typology and the relevance of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator at 50.
Here are some links to the things we discussed this week:
- Dana Stevens’ review for Slate of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.
- Dan Engber’s defense of The Hobbit’s increased frame rate for Slate.
- The Slate Spoiler Special for Life of Pi.
- The J.R.R. Toklein collection The Silmarillion, which details the universe in which The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit take place.
- 5 Things You Should Know About 48 Frames Per Second.
- The Vulture round-up of how critics described The Hobbit at 48 FPS.
- The Ents from The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers.
- Tricia Romano for the Daily Beast on Duck Dynasty and "redneck TV.”
- The TV show The Beverly Hillbillies.
- The series Here Comes Honey Boo Boo, discussed on Culturefest Episode 206.
- Fredrick Wiseman’s 1968 documentary High School.
- The documentarians Albert and David Maysles.
- The free online version of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator used by Dana, Julia, and Stephen to discover their types.
- Lillian Cunningham for the Washington Post on the history and future of the Myers-Briggs.
Julia’s pick: Season 2 of the British drama series The Hour, to be watched as you wait for Mad Men to return.
Outro: “Tractor Rape Chain” by Guided by Voices
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