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On this week’s Slate Culture Gabfest, the gabbers discuss Hail, Caesar!, a new film directed by the Coen brothers about Hollywood fixer and studio executive, Eddie Mannix. Do the film’s small moments and great performances add up to an interesting movie? Next up, guest Wesley Morris joins to parse Beyoncé’s video “Formation,” which blew up the Internet this weekend. Is it an anthem for capitalism or for radical change? Finally, Seth Stevenson brings the gabbers the Super Bowl 50 ad report. What made an impression, what fell flat, and what is a puppy monkey baby?
Links to some of the things we discussed this week follow:
- Hail, Caesar!
- Barton Fink
- Karina Longworth’s You Must Remember This episode on Eddie Mannix
- A Serious Man
- Sullivan’s Travels
- Syreeta McFadden’s piece on “Formation” in the Guardian
- The “Formation” video, and Leon Neyfakh’s piece in Slate
- Beyoncé’s “Crazy in Love” and “Run the World (Girls)”
- Beyoncé: Life Is but a Dream on HBO
- “We Slay: Part 1” by Dr. Zandria Felice Robinson on the academic blog New South Negress
- Seth Stevenson’s piece on the best and worst Super Bowl ads in Slate
- The Heinz ketchup puppy ad
- The Persil laundry detergent ad
- Peyton Manning’s post-game Budweiser comments
- The Super Bowl babies ad for the NFL
- Helen Mirren’s and Amy Schumer’s Budweiser ad
- Mountain Dew’s unholy trinity: the puppy monkey baby
- The Dorito ultrasound ad
- The Axe body spray “Find Your Magic” ad
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Dana: The software Scrivener
Julia: Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk by Ben Fountain
Seth: The Aubrey-Maturin series by Patrick O’Brian
Outro: “Formation” by Beyoncé
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