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Slate’s Culture Gabfest on Blade Runner 2049, Season 4 of Transparent, and Harvey Weinstein.

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This week, the critics discuss the new film Blade Runner 2049, directed by Denis Villeneuve. It’s been 35 years since the original Blade Runner. How does the sequel stack up against the revered sci-fi classic? Then the gabbers turn their attention to the latest season of Amazon’s Transparent, which follows the Pfefferman family to Israel. They explore how the series has evolved over the past four years and talk about the political discourse that Transparent has embraced. Finally, the critics tackle the sexual abuse allegations against Harvey Weinstein, the Hollywood culture that made his actions possible, and the way forward for the film industry. [Editor’s note: Ronan Farrow’s New Yorker piece with additional allegations against Harvey Weinstein was published while this episode was taping. As a result, it is not referenced in our conversation.]


Links to some of the things we discussed this week:



Dana: “ ‘Our Minds Can Be Hijacked’: the Tech Insiders Who Fear a Smartphone Dystopia” by Paul Lewis in the Guardian, and the campaign for a new Buster Keaton Studios commemorate plaque on Indiegogo

Isaac: Not Two by Amir ElSaffar and Rivers of Sound, and My Favorite Thing is Monsters Vol. 1 by Emil Ferris

Stephen: Tom Petty singing “Cry to Me” live, Sunhee’s Farm & Kitchen in Troy, New York, and the band Yumi Zouma

Outro: “Persephone” by Yumi Zouma

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