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On this week’s Slate Culture Gabfest, the critics discuss the new film Baby Driver from director Edgar Wright, about a young man named Baby who works as a getaway driver. How does it fit into Wright’s oeuvre, and is there anything more below the very stylish surface? Next, they’re joined by Slate pop critic Jack Hamilton to pour over Jay Z’s new album 4:44 and consider what it adds to the narrative about Beyoncé and Jay Z. Finally, the gabbers dig into David Brooks’ latest op-ed about sandwiches and the American dream.
Links to some of the things we discussed this week:
- Baby Driver trailer
- Sam Adams’ review of Baby Driver in Slate
- Hot Fuzz
- Shaun of the Dead
- The World’s End
- Scott Pilgrim vs. the World
- Jack Hamilton’s review of 4:44 in Slate
- “Marcy Me” by Jay Z
- Just Around Midnight by Jack Hamilton
- “How We Are Ruining America” by David Brooks in the New York Times
- “David Brooks Almost Gets It” by Osita Nwanevu in Slate
Julia: Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi
Stephen: The musical Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812
Outro: “Prologue” from the original Broadway cast recording of Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812
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