Slate’s Culture Gabfest on The Florida Project, Atlanta Monster, and “Worst Roommate Ever.”

The Beauty and Brutality of The Florida Project

The Beauty and Brutality of The Florida Project

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Feb. 28 2018 1:23 PM

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Slate’s Culture Gabfest on The Florida Project, Atlanta Monster, and “Worst Roommate Ever.”

The Florida Project (2017)

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This week, the critics discuss The Florida Project, starring Willem Dafoe and newcomers Brooklynn Prince and Bria Vinaite. Did the film, about the residents of a motel off the highway to Disney World, deserve more recognition from the Academy? Next, the gabbers talk about the new podcast Atlanta Monster, which investigates the Atlanta child murders from 1979–1981, and unpack why it isn’t satisfying. Finally, they discuss the New York Magazine story “Worst Roommate Ever.”

Links to some of the things we discussed this week:

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Endorsements:

Dana: Filmstruck, and What Are We Doing Here? by Marilynne Robinson

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Stephen: Shallow Grave and Crimetown

Outro: “Rhode Island Is Famous For You” by Blossom Dearie

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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.