Slate’s Culture Gabfest on Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, Nailed It!, and the Scarlett Johansson trans casting controversy.

Can a Reality Baking Show Also Be a Postmodern Masterpiece?

Can a Reality Baking Show Also Be a Postmodern Masterpiece?

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July 11 2018 11:31 AM

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Slate’s Culture Gabfest on Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, Nailed It!, and the Scarlett Johansson trans casting controversy.

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This week, the critics discuss Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, the latest installment in the Jurassic Park film series, directed by J. A. Bayona. How does the movie hold up when compared with the rest of the franchise? Then, the gabbers turn to Netflix’s baking show Nailed It!, examining how it treats classic reality TV tropes and debating whether it’s mindless fluff or a bona fide postmodern masterpiece. Finally, Slate's Evan Urquhart joins the panel to unpack the controversy surrounding Scarlett Johansson's casting as a trans man in the upcoming movie Rub & Tug.

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Endorsements:

Dana: Herdwick Shepherd and Kinderhook Farm on Instagram and Yorkshire Shepherdess on Twitter

Julia: Wedding dress shopping and This Could Hurt by Jillian Medoff

Stephen: Bogart by Ann Sperber, In a Lonely Place by Dorothy B. Hughes, and “For You” by Bruce Springsteen

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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.