Slate’s Culture Gabfest on Searching, Ariana Grande’s Sweetener, and Burt Reynolds’ legacy.

Is Searching’s Gimmick Contrived or Clever?

Is Searching’s Gimmick Contrived or Clever?

Slate's weekly roundtable.
Sept. 12 2018 12:46 PM

The Culture Gabfest “God’s Laptop” Edition

Slate’s Culture Gabfest on Searching, Sweetener, and Burt Reynolds’ legacy.

John Cho in Searching (2018)
John Cho in Searching.

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This week, Julia, Dana, and Steve unpack Searching, a new thriller starring John Cho that unfolds entirely within a computer screen, looking at how it reckons with our relationship to technology—and to movies themselves. Next, they take on Ariana Grande’s album Sweetener, with the help of Hit Parade’s Chris Molanphy. Finally, the hosts reflect on the career and legacy of Burt Reynolds, the definitive star of the 1970s, and how the response to his death varies between genders and generations.

Links to some of the things we discussed this week:

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Endorsements:

Dana: Amazon Smile

Julia: H&M’s William Morris collection and the Mr. Men books (with some caveats)

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Stephen: “Motion Sickness” by Phoebe Bridgers, John Coltrane’s Lush Life, and seeing Richard Thompson live

Outro: “If We Dance” by Barbatula

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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.