Slate’s Culture Gabfest on The Night Of, Kiarostami’s Close-Up and cosmetic surgery in Hollywood.

The Irresistible Suspense of HBO’s The Night Of

The Irresistible Suspense of HBO’s The Night Of

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July 13 2016 3:20 PM

The Culture Gabfest “Calamities Ensue” Edition

Slate’s Culture Gabfest on The Night Of, Abbas Kiarostami’s Close-Up, and cosmetic surgery in Hollywood.

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On this week’s Slate Culture Gabfest, the critics discuss HBO’s new crime drama miniseries, The Night Of, starring Riz Ahmed. Is this the best crime drama series of the year? Next up, in light of the director’s recent death and Dana’s endorsement of Close-Up last week, Julia and Steven address their mutual cultural blindspot: the cinema of Abbas Kiarostami. The critics talk about why this movie has earned its place in cinematic history. Last, the gabbers focus on Owen Gleiberman’s heavily criticized article in Variety on Renée Zellweger’s apparent plastic surgery and uncover the issues at the heart of Gleiberman’s argument.

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Julia: The Crucible on Broadway, and Julia’s very own cultural blindspot, The Crucible by Arthur Miller.

Stephen: Clive James on Lauren Mayberry and Mayberry’s band CHVRCHES.

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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.