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This week, the critics discuss Ready Player One, a new Spielberg film about a dystopic future where people escape into a virtual world called the OASIS. The movie is immersed in ’80s pop culture, but does it ever rise above reference-bait? Then, they talk about Barry on HBO starring Bill Hader and Henry Winkler, a new series that follows a hit man who finds himself in a Los Angeles acting class. Finally, the gabbers discuss Cannes banning Netflix from the competition, and Steven Spielberg’s support of this choice.
Links to some of the things we discussed this week:
- Ready Player One trailer
- “Ready Player One Is a Feat of State-of-the-Art Pop Culture Navel-Gazing” by Inkoo Kang in Slate
- Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
- Willa Paskin’s review of Barry in Slate
- “Steven Spielberg Thinks Netflix and Other Services Shouldn’t Compete for Oscars: ‘You’re a TV Movie’ ” by Andrew Roberts in Uproxx
Sam: The Weight of These Wings by Miranda Lambert
Dana: The Brandenburg Duets
Outro: “Midnight at the Oasis” by Maria Muldaur
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This podcast was produced by Benjamin Frisch. The production assistant is Daniel Schroeder.