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This week, the critics discuss Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, the latest installment in the Jurassic Park film series, directed by J. A. Bayona. How does the movie hold up when compared with the rest of the franchise? Then, the gabbers turn to Netflix’s baking show Nailed It!, examining how it treats classic reality TV tropes and debating whether it’s mindless fluff or a bona fide postmodern masterpiece. Finally, Slate’s Evan Urquhart joins the panel to unpack the controversy surrounding Scarlett Johansson’s casting as a trans man in the upcoming movie Rub & Tug.
Links to some of the things we discussed this week:
- Sam Adams’ review of Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom in Slate
- A Monster Calls
- The Culture Gabfest’s discussion of A Monster Calls in 2016
- Nailed It!
- Jacques Torres Chocolate
- “Why Scarlett Johansson Playing a Trans Man Is Not Only Offensive, but Unnecessary” by Evan Urquhart in Slate
- Alex Myers’ piece for Slate about how tales of women dressing up as men confuse trans issues
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