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On this week’s Slate Culture Gabfest, the critics are joined by Brow Beat editor Sam Adams to discuss Jackie, the new film starring Natalie Portman and directed by Pablo Larraín. Is it a successful portrayal of iconic first lady Jackie Kennedy, or is Portman’s acting overblown? Next, the critics discuss the new Netflix series 3%, a Brazilian-made Netflix original series set in a post-apocalyptic world, and dissect how the show succeeds in telling a dystopian narrative without a massive Hollywood budget. Last, the critics talk about Laura Miller’s piece in Slate, “How Video Games Change Us,” an exploration of Battlefield 1, its World War I setting, and whether violence in video games actually makes us crueler people.
Links to some of the things we discussed this week:
- Trailer for Jackie
- The films of Pablo Larraín
- 3% on Netflix
- The Hunger Games
- “How Video Games Change Us” by Laura Miller in Slate
- Assassination Generation by Dave Grossman and Kristine Paulsen
- Battlefield 1
- “Video Games Can Never Be Art” by Roger Ebert
- Valiant Hearts
- Don’t Starve
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Outro: “Finale Ultimo” from the musical Camelot
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