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On this week’s Slate Culture Gabfest, the critics discuss Sofia Coppola’s new film The Beguiled, based on the book by Thomas P. Cullinan about a women’s boarding house in the late–Civil War South. They question whether the movie’s dedication to its aesthetic is a strength or weakness and dive into the controversy surrounding the lack of black characters. Next, the critics review Get Me Roger Stone, a documentary about a major Republican operative who’s been around since the Nixon era, and his continued influence on today’s politics. Finally, in honor of the iPhone’s 10th anniversary, the gabbers look back at how the phone has changed over the years and how the culture, in turn, has been changed by it.
Links to some of the things we discussed this week:
- Trailer for The Beguiled
- Dana’s review of The Beguiled in Slate
- The 1971 film The Beguiled, starring Clint Eastwood and Geraldine Page
- Marie Antoinette
- The Virgin Suicides
- The Bling Ring
- “Sofia Coppola’s ‘The Beguiled’ Controversy and What We Expect From White Directors” by Ira Madison III
- “The Beguiled: A Sly Ode to the Sensuality of Deceit” by Stephanie Zacharek
- Get Me Roger Stone
- “How Trump Adviser Roger Stone Became Washington’s Sleaziest Political Operator” by Jacob Weisberg in Slate
- “The iPhone Turns 10: A Visual History of Apple’s Most Important Product” by James Vincent in the Verge
- “iPhone at 10: How It Changed Everything” by Alex Hern in the Guardian
Dana: The Met Cloisters
Julia: The app RoboKiller
Outro: “Money for Nothing” by Dire Straits
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