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On this week’s Slate Culture Gabfest, the gabbers review 99 Homes, an indie film about the aftermath of the 2008 subprime mortgage crisis. Is it sophisticated economic commentary or a heavy-handed morality tale? Next up, Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist Wesley Morris joins to discuss his recent piece in the New York Times Magazine about the ways that 2015 has profoundly confronted us with the fluidity of identity. How did we get to this point, and are we actually there? Finally, our own Dana Stevens wrote a piece for Slate about her recent trip to Japan. How did her travels intersect with Japanese cinema?
Links to some of the things we discussed this week follow:
- The link for tickets to see the Slate live shows
- 99 Homes
- Rahmin Bahrin’s films Man Push Cart, Chop Shop, Goodbye Solo, and At Any Price
- Magic Mike
- Boiler Room
- The Red Riding trilogy
- The Social Network
- The Wolf of Wall Street
- Glengarry Glen Ross
- “The Year We Obsessed Over Identity” by Wesley Morris in the New York Times Magazine
- Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
- Cloud Atlas
- Love and Theft by Eric Lott
- The Key and Peele sketch “Negrotown”
- Dana’s review of Tangerine
- “Found in Translation,” Dana’s Slate piece about Japan
- La Jetée, the legendary Tokyo bar for filmmakers and movie lovers
- Local Hero, the movie set in Pennan, Scotland
- Red Beard
- Lost in Translation
- “Alison” by Elvis Costello
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