Slate’s Culture Gabfest on Phantom Thread, the Met’s David Hockney exhibit, and bullet journaling.

Phantom Thread Is a Sumptuous, Noisy Feast

Phantom Thread Is a Sumptuous, Noisy Feast

Slate's weekly roundtable.
Feb. 7 2018 12:46 PM

The Culture Gabfest “Abrasive Toast Scrape” Edition

Slate’s Culture Gabfest on Phantom Thread, the Met’s David Hockney retrospective, and bullet journaling.

Phantom Thread (2017)

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This week, the critics discuss Paul Thomas Anderson’s Phantom Thread, starring Daniel Day-Lewis as a dressmaker and Vicky Krieps as his rebellious muse. The clothes and camerawork are gorgeous, but what will Oscar voters make of the film’s ending? Next, the gabbers head over to the Metropolitan Museum of Art to tour the David Hockney exhibit. Curator Ian Alteveer teaches them about the cold wonder of Hockney’s work and explains how a curator puts together a retrospective of a living artist. Finally, the critics welcome June Thomas to the studio to discuss bullet journaling, the origins of the fad, and the aimless fun of clean lines and fancy pens.

Links to some of the things we discussed this week:



Dana: The Star Wars Bad Lip Reading video “SEAGULLS! (Stop It Now)

Julia: Arlo Finch in the Valley of Fire by John August, and the podcast Launch


Stephen: The Daily podcast, and the band Girlpool

Outro: 123” by Girlpool

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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.