Slate’s Culture Gabfest on 99 Homes, Wesley Morris on identity, and Dana Stevens’ cinematic tour through Tokyo.

99 Homes Is Basically Magic Mike Without the Stripping

99 Homes Is Basically Magic Mike Without the Stripping

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Oct. 14 2015 2:59 PM

The Culture Gabfest “If Only Garfield Had Taken His Clothes Off” Edition

Slate’s Culture Gabfest on 99 Homes, Wesley Morris on identity, and Dana Stevens’ cinematic tour through Tokyo. 

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Culture Gabfest's Julia Turner, left, Dana Stevens, Stephen Metcalf

Photo illustration by Lisa Larson-Walker. Photo by Steve McFarland.

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On this week’s Slate Culture Gabfest, the gabbers review 99 Homes, an indie film about the aftermath of the 2008 subprime mortgage crisis. Is it sophisticated economic commentary or a heavy-handed morality tale? Next up, Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist Wesley Morris joins to discuss his recent piece in the New York Times Magazine about the ways that 2015 has profoundly confronted us with the fluidity of identity. How did we get to this point, and are we actually there? Finally, our own Dana Stevens wrote a piece for Slate about her recent trip to Japan. How did her travels intersect with Japanese cinema?

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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.