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This week, the critics discuss the new film Lady Bird, starring Laurie Metcalf and Saoirse Ronan as a mother and daughter. Does Greta Gerwig’s solo directorial debut do enough to establish Gerwig’s voice, or does it fall into the realm of formulaic twee? Then, the gabbers talk about the Netflix series Alias Grace, based on a novel by Margaret Atwood, and examine its Canadian roots and its take on 19th-century true crime. Finally, they critics turn to the anniversary of Rolling Stone magazine, discussing its co-founder and publisher Jann Wenner, the magazine’s impact on the culture, and how it shaped each of their lives.
Links to some of the things we discussed this week:
- Lady Bird trailer
- Dana’s review of Lady Bird in Slate
- “Greta Gerwig’s Nearly Perfect Lady Bird Marks the Arrival of a Major Directorial Debut Talent” by David Edelstein in Vulture
- “Greta Gerwig’s ‘Lady Bird’ Is Big-Screen Perfection” by A.O. Scott in the New York Times
- Pretty in Pink
- Frances Ha
- “Greta Gerwig Is a Director, Not a Muse” by Noreen Malone in Vulture
- “Greta Gerwig’s Radical Confidence” by Christine Smallwood in the New York Times
- Alias Grace on Netflix
- Alias Grace by Margaret Atwood
- Rolling Stone: Stories From the Edge on HBO
- Sticky Fingers by Joe Hagan
- “Looking for Jann Wenner” in the New Yorker
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