Darren Aronofsky’s Noah Needed Much Better Animals

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April 2 2014 12:33 PM

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Slate’s Culture Gabfest on Noah, Doll & Em, and the end of Television Without Pity.

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On this week’s episode, the critics discuss Darren Aronofsky’s Noah, starring Russell Crowe, Jennifer Connelly, and Emma Watson. Heavy-handed on the CGI—and attempted allegorical resonances with modern life—the film brings the book of Genesis to the big screen. Next the gabbers turn to the HBO miniseries Doll & Em, starring Emily Mortimer as herself, and Dolly Wells as her best friend-cum-personal assistant. Is the series more than another smug send-up of celebrity culture? And finally, the critics eulogize Television Without Pity, a website that developed the art of the episode recap. Where do websites go when they die, and what does cultural preservation look like in the Internet age?

Links to some of the things we discussed this week follow:

Endorsements:

Dana: Donating to the Wayback Machine, a vast attempt to preserve Internet culture with more than 404 billion Web pages saved.

Julia: Episodes, a send-up of Hollywood starring Matt LeBlanc on Showtime.

Steve: Aretha Franklin’s “April Fools” on Young, Gifted, and Black and the Oscar-winning documentary 20 Feet From Stardom.

Outro: “April Fools” by Aretha Franklin

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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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