Slate’s Culture Gabfest on About Elly, movie trailers, and Gwyneth Paltrow’s SNAP challenge.

Have Movie Trailers Gotten Better or Just Louder and More Revealing?

Have Movie Trailers Gotten Better or Just Louder and More Revealing?

Slate's weekly roundtable.
April 22 2015 11:02 AM

The Culture Gabfest “About Lightning” Edition

Slate’s Culture Gabfest on About Elly, movie trailers, and Gwyneth Paltrow’s SNAP challenge.

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This week on Slate Plus, listen to Steve, Mike, and Julia debate the use of the historical present tense and explore the other tenses they have known and loved.

On this week’s Slate Culture Gabfest, the critics discuss About Elly: the newly released movie from Iranian director Asghar Farhadi. How does this story speak to both global and Iranian audiences? Next up, Gwyneth Paltrow recently took the SNAP challenge and vowed to live for a week on the amount of money that food stamp recipients receive. Is she an entitled snot or an empathic spokeswoman? Finally, what makes a good movie trailer? The critics weigh in, and also discuss the recent spate of high-profile leaks and previews.  

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

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Endorsements:

Steve: George Blaustein’s “Letter From Amsterdam” and “On Horseshit” on n+1

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Outro: Skeet Surfin’ from the opening scene of Top Secret

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Stephen Metcalf is Slate’s critic at large. He is working on a book about the 1980s.

Mike Pesca is the host of the Slate daily podcast The Gist. He also contributes reports and commentary to NPR.

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