Culture Gabfest on Riverdale, Hell or High Water, and this year’s Super Bowl ads.

Take a Dark Detour to Riverdale

Take a Dark Detour to Riverdale

Slate's weekly roundtable.
Feb. 8 2017 3:44 PM

The Culture Gabfest “Archie Got Hot” Edition

Slate’s Culture Gabfest on Riverdale, Hell or High Water, and this year’s Super Bowl ads.

ILLO_gabfest-podcast1

Listen to Culture Gabfest No. 438 with Stephen Metcalf, Dana Stevens, and Julia Turner with the audio player below.

Advertisement

And join the lively conversation on the Culturefest Facebook page.

Go to slate.com/cultureplus to learn more about Slate Plus and join today.

This week on Slate Plus, Stephen, Dana and Julia are joined by Slate’s Christina Cauterucci to revisit whether we should punch Nazis.

On this week’s Slate Culture Gabfest, the critics discuss the new CW show Riverdale, a dark, racy reboot of the Archie comics. Is it a fresh take on the franchise, or just a Twin Peaks knockoff? Then the gabbers discuss the Oscar-nominated movie Hell or High Water, a neo-Western starring Chris Pine and Jeff Bridges, and how this movie flew under the radar this summer. Finally, Slate’s Seth Stevenson joins the show to discuss this year’s Super Bowl ads, and why they weren’t as sticky in the minds of viewers this year.

Advertisement

Links to some of the things we discussed this week:

The Slate Culture Gabfest is brought to you by ThirdLove, the lingerie brand using real women’s measurements to design better-fitting bras. Try one of their best-selling bras for free for 30 days by visiting thirdlove.com/CULTURE.

And by Rocket Mortgage from Quicken Loans. When it comes to the big decision of choosing a mortgage lender, work with one that has your best interests in mind. Use Rocket Mortgage for a transparent, trustworthy home loan process that’s completely online at QuickenLoans.com/CULTURE.

And by the hit SHOWTIME Original Series BILLIONS, starring Emmy winners Damian Lewis and Paul Giamatti. BILLIONS returns Sunday, Feb. 19 with new episodes every Sunday at 10/9 central. Download the SHOWTIME app now to start your free trial.

Endorsements

Advertisement

Dana: Novelist Rabih Amaleddine, @rabihalameddine, and Cambodian filmmaker Rithy Panh, @RPanh

Stephen: Lindsey Buckingham’s work in Fleetwood Mac, and his videos playing guitar

Outro: “Walk a Thin Line,” by Fleetwood Mac

You can email us at culturefest@slate.com.

This podcast was produced by Benjamin Frisch. Our intern is Daniel Schroeder.

Follow us on Twitter. And please like the Culture Gabfest on Facebook.

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.