Slate’s Culture Gabfest on Ghostbusters, Pokémon Go, and the New York Times Magazine’s profile on Chuck Close.

Was the Ghostbusters Reboot Set Up to Fail?

Was the Ghostbusters Reboot Set Up to Fail?

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July 20 2016 12:17 PM

The Culture Gabfest “Gotta Bust ’Em All” Edition

Slate’s Culture Gabfest on Ghostbusters, Pokémon Go, and the New York Times Magazine’s profile on Chuck Close.

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On this week’s Slate Culture Gabfest, we discuss Paul Feig’s remake of the 1984 cult hit Ghostbusters. The critics disagree over whether the urge to protect the movie from sexist trolls skews their perception of how good it actually is. Next up, Pokémon Go has seemingly taken over the world: By the second day after its release, it had already been uploaded onto more than 5 percent of all Android phones in the U.S. Can the gabbers resist the addictive draw of the game? Finally, the critics differ on their reading of Wil S. Hylton’s Chuck Close profile in the New York Times Magazine. What makes a satisfying celebrity profile?


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Dana: Abbas Kiarostami’s interview on Close-Up and the augmented reality app SkyView

Julia: The “Pumpkin Dance” video from KXVO


Stephen: The novels of Iris Murdoch and a video of Elvis Costello and Sting talking about “Roxanne” and “Alison.”

Outro: “Ghostbusters” by Ray Parker Jr.

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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, the former editor in chief of Slate, is a regular on Slate’s Culture Gabfest podcast.