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This week, the critics discuss the new Netflix series Mindhunter, starring Jonathan Groff as Holden Ford, an FBI agent during the early days of serial killer investigations, and parse how it differs from standard crime procedurals. Then, Chris Molanphy joins the conversation to talk about the new hit “Rockstar” by Post Malone and explore nihilism in today’s hip-hop songs. Finally, the gabbers discuss Martin Scorsese’s guest column in the Hollywood Reporter about Rotten Tomatoes and question the validity of his claims.
Links to some of the things we discussed this week:
- “Rockstar” by Post Malone feat. 21 Savage
- “ ‘Numb the Pain With Money’: How Hip-Hop Turned Nihilistic” by Tirhakah Love in the Guardian
- “Let It Rock” by Kevin Rudolf feat. Lil Wayne
- “Party Like a Rock Star” by the Shop Boyz
- “Black Beatles” by Rae Sremmurd feat. Gucci Mane
- “Bodak Yellow” by Cardi B
- “White Iverson” by Post Malone
- “Martin Scorsese on Rotten Tomatoes, Box Office Obsession and Why ‘Mother!’ Was Misjudged” by Martin Scorsese in the Hollywood Reporter
- “Attacked by Rotten Tomatoes” by Brooks Barnes in the New York Times
Julia: “Me & You & Jackie Mittoo” by Superchunk
Outro: “Mindkilla” by Gang Gang Dance
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