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On Slate's Spoiler Specials, Slate critics, such as Dana Stevens and Willa Paskin, discuss new movies and TV shows in spoiler-filled detail. We dissect twist endings, plot holes, and other secrets you won't read in reviews. WARNING: This podcast contains spoilers (duh).

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    The Waves: What Reality TV Says About Us

    Play Episode Listen Later May 20, 2022 30:08

    On this week's episode of The Waves, historian and original Waves host, Marcia Chatelain is joined by sociologist Danielle Lindemann to talk all things reality TV. They discuss Danielle's new book, True Story: What Reality TV Says About Us and why we don't take reality television as seriously as we should. Later in the show they talk about why women are more successful at monetizing their reality TV brand and how the genre takes us on a tour of the class system. In Slate Plus: Is The Bachelorette feminist? Recommendations Marcia: The True Crime Obsessed podcast, Let the Women Do the Work Danielle: The Netflix series Selling SunsetPodcast production by Cheyna Roth with editorial oversight by Shannon Palus and Alicia Montgomery. Send your comments and recommendations on what to cover to thewaves@slate.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness

    Play Episode Listen Later May 13, 2022 54:39

    This week's Spoiler Specials takes on Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. Film critic Dana Stevens is joined by Slate senior editor Sam Adams to spoil the Marvel film that stars Benedict Cumberbatch, Elizabeth Olsen, and Chiwetel Ejiofor. Directed by Sam Raimi, the first action scene takes place at the wedding of Doctor Stephen Strange's (Benedict Cumberbatch) ex (Rachel McAdams) being interrupted by a one-eyed octopus creature from space that's chasing after America Chavez (Xochitl Gomez). It's an explosive start to a film that has some of the best –and the worst– of what Marvel movies are famous for. Read Sam's review of the movie.  Note: As the title indicates, this podcast contains spoilers galore. Email us at spoilers@slate.com. Podcast production by Jasmine Ellis. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Decoder Ring: The Sideways Effect

    Play Episode Listen Later May 6, 2022 39:09

    Hey, Spoiler Specials listeners, Dana Stevens here. If you haven't heard the Slate podcast Decoder Ring yet, I urge you to check it out. Hosted by our friend Willa Paskin, each episode cracks a different cultural mystery by examining its history and why it still matters today. In their new season they look at how men's razors went from one...to two...to five blades! They explore how "method acting" became so misunderstood—there's more to it than just Jared Leto behaving badly. And now, we present their latest which I loved. It follows the unlikely path of a 2004 indie flick from director Alexander Payne...off the screen and onto our restaurant menus. Decades later, the American wine industry is still under the influence of “The Sideways Effect." Make sure to subscribe to Decoder Ring wherever you listen, and I hope you enjoy this episode! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 29, 2022 40:33

    This week's Spoiler Specials takes on The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent. Film critic Dana Stevens is joined by Keith Phipps to spoil this action-packed comedy, starring Nicolas Cage as a struggling actor who is desperate to get back on the A list. Nicolas Cage plays Nick Cage, with Tiffany Haddish, Pedro Pascal, and Neil Patrick Harris co-starring. Dana and Keith tell listeners if this self-referential romp went deep enough. Read Dana's review of the movie.  Note: As the title indicates, this podcast contains spoilers galore. Email us at spoilers@slate.com. Podcast production by Jasmine Ellis. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Bridgerton (Season 2)

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 15, 2022 45:29

    On this week's Spoiler Specials, Slate's Marissa Martinelli and Rebecca Onion spoil season 2 of the Netflix hit Bridgerton. It's wedding season again, and this time, it's Lord Anthony Bridgerton's (Jonathan Bailey) turn to marry. But for the Viscount, finding a wife is more about one's duty to the family line than love. And Lord Bridgerton thinks he's found the perfect match in Edwina Sharma (Charithra Chandran). But will her sister Kate (Simone Ashley) approve? With all the drama that unfolds, how will Lady Whistledown keep up with this season's shenanigans? Read Rebecca's review of the second season.  Note: As the title indicates, this podcast contains spoilers galore. Email us at spoilers@slate.com. Podcast production by Jasmine Ellis. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Deep Water

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 1, 2022 37:12

    On this week's Spoiler Specials, Slate's movie critic Dana Stevens is joined by Slate's Jeffrey Bloomer and Dan Kois to spoil Deep Water.  The film opens with marital unease between Vic Van Allen (Ben Affleck) and his wife Melinda (Ana de Armas). Melinda has constant flirtations that Vic moodily tolerates … until he doesn't.  Note: As the title indicates, this podcast contains spoilers galore. Email us at spoilers@slate.com. Podcast production by Cleo Levin Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Turning Red

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 18, 2022 43:43

    On this week's Spoiler Specials, Slate movie critic Dana Stevens and former Slate staff writer Karen Han spoil Turning Red, directed by Domee Shi. When 13-year-old Meilin (Rosalie Chiang) starts to experience puberty, she turns into a giant red panda. Little does she know that the matriarchal side of her family has a connection to this mythical creature. Her mother, Ming (Sandra Oh), also has a story about turning into a giant bear when she experiences intense emotions. Will this new revelation bring Meilin and Ming closer? And what will the teenager's friends think when they find out about her new gift? Read Dana's review of the movie.  Note: As the title indicates, this podcast contains spoilers galore. Email us at spoilers@slate.com. Podcast production by Jasmine Ellis. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    The Batman

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 4, 2022 43:41

    On this week's Spoiler Specials, Slate movie critic Dana Stevens and senior editor Sam Adams spoil The Batman.  After a high-ranking Gotham City politician is murdered in his apartment by a masked figure, Bruce Wayne (Robert Pattinson) investigates the crime alongside police detective James Gordon (Jeffrey Wright). It turns out that the murderer is the Riddler (Paul Dano), who is determined to expose the corruption in Gotham's government by any means necessary. Will the Riddler succeed, or will his plan fall apart?  How does Robert Pattinson's Bruce Wayne compare to the others? And was it necessary for this movie to be three hours long?  Read Dana's review of the movie.  Note: As the title indicates, this podcast contains spoilers galore. Email us at spoilers@slate.com. Podcast production by Jasmine Ellis. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Marry Me

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 18, 2022 43:47

    On this week's Spoiler Specials, Slate movie critic Dana Stevens and staff writer Heather Schwedel spoil the new rom-com Marry Me.  Superstar Kat Valdez (Jennifer Lopez) decides to marry her fiancé Bastian (Maluma) in front of a live audience after their successful song “Marry Me” becomes a hit. Before they can say “I do,” things are turned upside down and Kat learns that Bastian isn't as faithful as he seems. In a plot twist, Kat decides to marry concert attendee Charlie (Owen Wilson) after spotting him in the crowd. Is this marriage real, and could it possibly last?  You can read Dana's review of the movie here.  Note: As the title indicates, this podcast contains spoilers galore. Email us at spoilers@slate.com. Podcast production by Jasmine Ellis. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Scream (2022)

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 4, 2022 47:50

    On this week's Spoiler Specials, Slate staffers Jeffrey Bloomer, Sam Adams, and Josh Levin spoil the latest Scream movie.  After high-schooler Tara Carpenter (Jenna Ortega) is attacked and hospitalized by Ghostface, her estranged sister Sam (Melissa Barrera) comes back to town with her boyfriend Ritchie (Jack Quaid). The reunion causes a surprising family secret to be revealed. More mayhem ensues as old characters return to the Scream fold. Who is the new Ghostface—and is this franchise dead? CORRECTION: After this episode was taped, Jeffrey Bloomer realized that he had misspoken about the familial connections of a key character in Scream 4: That person was Sidney's cousin, not her niece. You can read Bloomer's review of the movie here. Note: As the title indicates, this podcast contains spoilers galore. Email us at spoilers@slate.com. Podcast production by Jasmine Ellis. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    The Lost Daughter

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 21, 2022 54:11

    On this week's Spoiler Specials, Slate staffers Allegra Frank and Rebecca Onion spoil The Lost Daughter.  Leda Caruso (Olivia Colman) is a college professor on a sunny holiday in Greece. When she meets Nina (Dakota Johnson) and her young daughter on the beach, her observations prompt dark memories of her own early motherhood. Note: As the title indicates, this podcast contains spoilers galore. Produced by Asha Saluja and Jasmine Ellis. To listen to Spoiler Specials and other Slate podcasts with zero ads, read unlimited articles on Slate.com, and support Slate's journalism, sign up for Slate Plus now. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Spider-Man: No Way Home

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 7, 2022 66:23

    On the Spoiler Special podcast, Slate critics discuss movies, the occasional TV show, and, once in a blue moon, another podcast, in full spoiler-filled detail. This week, Slate staffers Allegra Frank and Sam Adams spoil Spider-Man: No Way Home. Peter Parker (Tom Holland) is grappling with being identified as Spider-Man. This not only has consequences for him, but also his girlfriend, Michelle “MJ” Jones-Watson (Zendaya), and his best friend Edward “Ned” Leeds (Jacob Batalon) who are rejected from MIT. This inspires Peter to approach Dr. Stephen Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) for help. But what happens when it all goes sideways?  You can read Allegra Frank and Sam Adams's guide to the movie here. Note: As the title indicates, this podcast contains spoilers galore. Email us at spoilers@slate.com. Podcast production by Jasmine Ellis. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    The Matrix Resurrections

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 24, 2021 53:55

    On the Spoiler Specials podcast, Slate critics discuss movies, the occasional TV show, and, once in a blue moon, another podcast, in full spoiler-filled detail. This week, Slate movie critic Dana Stevens is joined by Vox editor-at-large and co-creator of the podcast Arden, Emily VanDerWerff. Twenty years after the events of The Matrix Revolutions, Thomas Anderson, also known as Neo (Keanu Reeves) is once again confronted with a decision to forgo his ordinary life and open his mind to The Matrix.  Note: As the title indicates, this podcast contains spoilers galore. Slate is having a holiday sale! For a limited time, we're offering our annual Slate Plus membership at $25 off for your first year. With Slate Plus, you can listen to Spoiler Specials and other Slate podcasts with zero ads, read unlimited articles on Slate.com, and support Slate's journalism. Sign up for Slate Plus now. And if you're already a member, consider giving the gift of Plus to a fellow Slate fan and they'll receive all the benefits of membership." Email us at spoilers@slate.com. Podcast production by Asha Saluja with help from June Thomas Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Power of the Dog

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 10, 2021 44:28

    On the Spoiler Specials podcast, Slate critics discuss movies, the occasional TV show, and, once in a blue moon, another podcast, in full spoiler-filled detail. This week, Slate movie critic Dana Stevens is joined by Slate features editor Jeffrey Bloomer to spoil the latest Jane Campion movie, Power of the Dog. When domineering rancher Phil (Benedict Cumberbatch) meets his brother's new wife Rose (Kirsten Dunst) and her son Peter (Kodi Smit-McPhee), he takes an instant dislike to them. Phil tirelessly mocks his new family members until Peter makes an unexpected discovery.   Note: As the title indicates, this podcast contains spoilers galore. To listen to Spoiler Specials and other Slate podcasts with zero ads, read unlimited articles on Slate.com, and support Slate's journalism, sign up for Slate Plus now. Email us at spoilers@slate.com. Podcast production by Cleo Levin. Hosts Dana Stevens is Slate's movie critic. You can read her review here.  Jeffrey Bloomer is Slate's features editor. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    House of Gucci

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 26, 2021 51:07

    On the Spoiler Specials podcast, Slate critics discuss movies, the occasional TV show, and, once in a blue moon, another podcast, in full spoiler-filled detail. This week, Slate movie critic Dana Stevens is joined by Slate staff writer Heather Schwedel and New Yorker staff writer Rachel Syme to spoil the latest movie from Ridley Scott, House of Gucci. When Patrizia Reggiani (Lady Gaga), a woman whose glamor belies her working-class lifestyle, meets Maurizio Gucci (Adam Driver) at a party, she senses an opportunity for something more. The film follows their romance as it grows, and then morphs into something more sinister. Note: As the title indicates, this podcast contains spoilers galore. To listen to Spoiler Specials and other Slate podcasts with zero ads, read unlimited articles on Slate.com, and support Slate's journalism, sign up for Slate Plus now.  Email us at spoilers@slate.com. Podcast production by Cleo Levin. Hosts Dana Stevens is Slate's movie critic. You can read her review here.  Heather Schwedel is a Slate staff writer. Rachel Syme is a New Yorker staff writer. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Eternals

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 12, 2021 48:22

    On the Spoiler Specials podcast, Slate critics discuss movies, the occasional TV show, and, once in a blue moon, another podcast, in full spoiler-filled detail. This week, Slate movie critic Dana Stevens is joined by Slate senior editor Sam Adams and Slate editorial assistant Nadira Goffe to spoil the newest Marvel film, Eternals. The Eternals, a group of immortal beings with superpowers, reunite following an unexpected tragedy to fight the evil Deviants. Note: As the title indicates, this podcast contains spoilers galore. To listen to Spoiler Specials and other Slate podcasts with zero ads, read unlimited articles on Slate.com, and support Slate's journalism, sign up for Slate Plus now.  Email us at spoilers@slate.com. Podcast production by Cleo Levin. Hosts Dana Stevens is Slate's movie critic. You can read her review here.  Sam Adams is a Slate senior editor.  Nadira Goffe is Slate's editorial assistant.  Sam and Nadira both contributed to “The Casual Marvel Fan's Guide to Eternals” Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Dune

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 29, 2021 46:22

    On the Spoiler Specials podcast, Slate critics discuss movies, the occasional TV show, and, once in a blue moon, another podcast, in full spoiler-filled detail. This week, Slate movie critic Dana Stevens is joined by Slate senior editor Sam Adams to spoil the new adaptation of the 1965 sci-fi novel Dune. In the year 10,191, Paul Atreides, along with his family and people, must travel to a dangerous planet at the behest of the emperor of the universe. Once there, violence explodes and Paul must test his training and power to survive. Note: As the title indicates, this podcast contains spoilers galore. To listen to Spoiler Specials and other Slate podcasts with zero ads, read unlimited articles on Slate.com, and support Slate's journalism, sign up for Slate Plus now. For a limited time only, you can get $25 off your first year. Email us at spoilers@slate.com. Podcast production by Cleo Levin. Hosts Dana Stevens is Slate's movie critic. You can read her review here.  Sam Adams is a Slate senior editor. You can read his breakdown of the ways to see the movie here.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Midnight Mass

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 15, 2021 66:12

    On the Spoiler Special podcast, Slate critics discuss movies, the occasional TV show, and, once in a blue moon, another podcast, in full spoiler-filled detail. This week, Slate senior editor Sam Adams is joined by Laura Miller, a books and culture columnist for Slate, to spoil the new Mike Flanagan miniseries Midnight Mass. Riley Flynn returns to his home on an offshore fishing village to find that the local priest has been replaced by a newcomer. The arrival of the magnetic Father Paul Hill brings religious fervor to the town, along with mystery and monstrosity.  Note: As the title indicates, this podcast contains spoilers galore. To listen to Spoiler Specials and other Slate podcasts with zero ads, read unlimited articles on Slate.com, and support Slate's journalism, sign up for Slate Plus now. For a limited time only, you can get $25 off your first year. Email us at spoilers@slate.com. Podcast production by Cleo Levin and Asha Saluja  Hosts Sam Adams is a Slate senior editor. You can read his review here.  Laura Miller is a books and culture columnist for Slate.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    The Many Saints of Newark

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 1, 2021 52:21

    On the Spoiler Special podcast, Slate critics discuss movies, the occasional TV show, and, once in a blue moon, another podcast, in full spoiler-filled detail. This week, Slate's movie critic Dana Stevens is joined by Rolling Stone's chief TV critic and host of the popular podcast Too Long, Didn't Watch, Alan Sepinwall to spoil the new Sopranos prequel film, The Many Saints of Newark.  The film follows a young Anthony Soprano, growing up in a very tumultuous era in Newark, N.J. Caught up in the changing times is the uncle he idolizes, Dickie Moltisanti, whose influence over his nephew will help shape the impressionable teenager into the all-powerful mob boss: Tony Soprano. Note: As the title indicates, this podcast contains spoilers galore. Email us at spoilers@slate.com. Podcast production by Morgan Flannery.  Hosts Dana Stevens is Slate's movie critic. You can read her review here.  Alan Sepinwall is Rolling Stone's chief TV critic and host of the popular podcast Too Long, Didn't Watch. You can read his review here. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 17, 2021 59:20

    On the Spoiler Special podcast, Slate critics discuss movies, the occasional TV show, and, once in a blue moon, another podcast, in full spoiler-filled detail. This week, Slate's senior editor Allegra Frank is joined by fellow Slate senior editor, Sam Adams, to spoil Marvel's Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings.  Shang-Chi is living a quiet, normal life in San Francisco working as a valet parking attendant with his best friend Katy when suddenly he's confronted by his dark past. He soon realizes that it's up to him and his friends to save the world from ancient soul-eating demons.  Note: As the title indicates, this podcast contains spoilers galore. Email us at spoilers@slate.com. Podcast production by Morgan Flannery.  Hosts Allegra Frank is Slate's senior editor. You can read her review here.  Sam Adams is Slate's senior editor and editor of Slate's culture blog Brow Beat. You can read his review here. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    The White Lotus

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 4, 2021 62:10

    On the Spoiler Special podcast, Slate critics discuss movies, the occasional TV show, and, once in a blue moon, another podcast, in full spoiler-filled detail.  This week, Slate's movie critic Dana Stevens is joined by Slate contributor Isaac Butler and The New Yorker staff writer Rachel Syme to spoil Mike White's The White Lotus. What happens when a group of extremely privileged and wealthy people arrive at The White Lotus Resort in Hawaii for a week of relaxation in the sun? The answer is nothing good.   Note: As the title indicates, this podcast contains spoilers galore. Email us at spoilers@slate.com. Podcast production by Morgan Flannery.  Hosts Dana Stevens is a movie critic at Slate. You can hear her talk more about The White Lotus here.  Isaac Butler is the co-host of Slate's Working podcast. You can listen to his interview with the show's composer here. Rachel Syme is a staff writer at The New Yorker. You can read her piece about the show here. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    The Suicide Squad

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 20, 2021 53:36

    On the Spoiler Special podcast, Slate critics discuss movies, the occasional TV show, and, once in a blue moon, another podcast, in full spoiler-filled detail.  This week, Slate staff writer Karen Han is joined by Slate's senior editor Sam Adams to spoil James Gunn's The Suicide Squad, a soft reboot of the original 2016 Suicide Squad.  What happens when the US government brings together a few of the world's most dangerous supervillains to save the day? You get chaos, blood, gore and The Suicide Squad.   Note: As the title indicates, this podcast contains spoilers galore. Email us at spoilers@slate.com. Podcast production by Morgan Flannery.  Hosts Karen Han is a staff writer at Slate. You can read her review here. Sam Adams is a senior editor at Slate and editor of Slate's culture blog, Brow Beat.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Old

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 6, 2021 60:53

    On the Spoiler Special podcast, Slate critics discuss movies, the occasional TV show, and, once in a blue moon, another podcast, in full spoiler-filled detail. This week, Slate's senior editor Allegra Frank is joined by Slate's web editor Nitish Pahwa to spoil Old, the new thriller directed by M. Night Shyamalan.  When a family takes a relaxing tropical vacation, they make a terrifying discovery. As the children play in the sand on a nearby secluded beach, their parents notice that in the span of just a few hours, their children have suddenly aged. It's not long before the parents realize that they themselves are aging too! It's a race against time as they attempt to escape the beach before it's too late. But can they find a way out?    Note: As the title indicates, this podcast contains spoilers galore. Email us at spoilers@slate.com. Podcast production by Morgan Flannery.  Hosts Allegra Frank is a senior editor at Slate.  Nitish Pahwa is a web editor at Slate and you can read his review here.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Space Jam: A New Legacy

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 23, 2021 51:10

    On the Spoiler Special podcast, Slate critics discuss movies, the occasional TV show, and, once in a blue moon, another podcast, in full spoiler-filled detail. This week, Slate's senior editor Allegra Frank is joined by Slate staff writer, Karen Han, to spoil Space Jam: A New Legacy, the long-awaited sequel to the original 1997 Space Jam starring Michael Jordan.  This time, LeBron James finds himself trapped in digital space by a rogue AI villain. In order to get back home and save everyone, LeBron must team up with the Looney Tunes gang to win the ultimate high-stakes basketball game and save the day.    Note: As the title indicates, this podcast contains spoilers galore. Email us at spoilers@slate.com. Podcast production by Morgan Flannery.  Hosts Allegra Frank is a senior editor at Slate.  Karen Han is staff writer at Slate and you can read her review here.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Black Widow

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 9, 2021 46:11

    On the Spoiler Special podcast, Slate critics discuss movies, the occasional TV show, and, once in a blue moon, another podcast, in full spoiler-filled detail. This week, Slate's movie critic Dana Stevens is joined by Slate staff writer, Karen Han, to spoil Black Widow, the new Marvel origin story for one of it's Avengers, Black Widow.   Who was Black Widow before she became the beloved and troubled hero we've all come to know over the years?  Note: As the title indicates, this podcast contains spoilers galore. Email us at spoilers@slate.com. Podcast production by Morgan Flannery.  Hosts Dana Stevens is Slate's movie critic and you can read her review here. Karen Han is staff writer at Slate. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Luca

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 25, 2021 45:02

    On the Spoiler Special podcast, Slate critics discuss movies, the occasional TV show, and, once in a blue moon, another podcast, in full spoiler-filled detail. This week, Slate staff writer Karen Han is joined by Slate's movie critic Dana Stevens to spoil Luca, the new animated film from Pixar.  Set in a beautiful seaside town on the Italian Riviera, a young boy named Luca is experiencing an unforgettable summer filled with gelato, pasta and endless scooter rides. Luca shares these adventures with his newfound best friend, but all the fun is threatened by a deeply-held secret: he is a sea monster from another world just below the water's surface. Note: As the title indicates, this podcast contains spoilers galore. Email us at spoilers@slate.com. Podcast production by Morgan Flannery.  Hosts Karen Han is staff writer at Slate. Dana Stevens is a movie critic at Slate and you can read her review here. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    In the Heights

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 11, 2021 57:46

    On the Spoiler Special podcast, Slate critics discuss movies, the occasional TV show, and, once in a blue moon, another podcast, in full spoiler-filled detail. This week, Slate's movie critic Dana Stevens is joined by associate editor at Slate Marissa Martinelli and Slate's new editorial intern Sofia Andrade to spoil In the Heights, the new film adaptation of Lin-Manuel Miranda's play of the same name.  Set in Washington Heights, New York, a kaleidoscope of dreams rallies a vibrant and tight-knit community. At the intersection of it all is a magnetic bodega owner (Anthony Ramos) who dreams and sings about a better life. Note: As the title indicates, this podcast contains spoilers galore. Email us at spoilers@slate.com. Podcast production by Morgan Flannery.  Hosts: Dana Stevens is Slate's movie critic and you can read her review of the film here. Marissa Martinelli is Slate's associate editor  Sofia Andrade is Slate's editorial intern  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Cruella

    Play Episode Listen Later May 28, 2021 43:32

    On the Spoiler Special podcast, Slate critics discuss movies, the occasional TV show, and, once in a blue moon, another podcast, in full spoiler-filled detail. This week, Slate’s movie critic Dana Stevens is joined by Slate staff writer, Dana Stevens, to spoil Cruella, the new Disney live-action origin story for one of it’s most infamous villains, Cruella de Vil.   Who was Cruella before she became the Cruella we all know and hate? This teen-friendly backstory holds the answers.  Note: As the title indicates, this podcast contains spoilers galore. Email us at spoilers@slate.com. Podcast production by Morgan Flannery.  Hosts Dana Stevens is Slate’s movie critic.  Karen Han is staff writer at Slate and you can read her review here. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Woman in the Window

    Play Episode Listen Later May 14, 2021 55:56

    On the Spoiler Special podcast, Slate critics discuss movies, the occasional TV show, and, once in a blue moon, another podcast, in full spoiler-filled detail. This week, Slate’s Brow Beat nights and weekends editor Matthew Dessem is joined by Slate books and culture columnist Laura Miller to spoil Woman in the Window, the new Netflix thriller based on the book by A. J. Finn.   Agoraphobic Dr. Anna Fox (Amy Adams) witnesses something she shouldn't while keeping tabs on the Russell family, the seemingly picture perfect clan that lives across the way. What could possibly go wrong?  Note: As the title indicates, this podcast contains spoilers galore. Email us at spoilers@slate.com. Podcast production by Morgan Flannery.  Hosts Laura Miller is a books and culture columnist for Slate Matthew Dessem is Slate’s Brow Beat’s nights and weekends editor Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Mortal Kombat

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 30, 2021 46:03

    On the Spoiler Special podcast, Slate critics discuss movies, the occasional TV show, and, once in a blue moon, another podcast, in full spoiler-filled detail. This week, Slate staff writer Karen Han is joined by Slate Brow Beat's nights and weekends editor, Matthew Dessem, to spoil Mortal Kombat, the new action/fantasy movie based on the 1990’s video game. Hunted by the fearsome warrior Sub-Zero, MMA fighter Cole Young finds sanctuary at the temple of Lord Raiden. Training with experienced fighters Liu Kang, Kung Lao and the rogue mercenary Kano, Cole prepares to stand with Earth's greatest champions to take on the enemies from Outworld in a high-stakes battle for the universe. You can read Karen’s review here. You can read Matt’s review here. Podcast production by Morgan Flannery.  Note: As the title indicates, this podcast contains spoilers galore. Email us at spoilers@slate.com. Slate Plus members get ad-free podcasts and access to exclusive shows like Dana Stevens’ classic movies podcast Flashback. Sign up now to listen and support our work. Hosts Karen Han is a Slate staff writer.  Matthew Dessem is Slate Brow Beat's nights and weekends editor Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Godzilla vs. Kong

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 16, 2021 70:46

    On the Spoiler Special podcast, Slate critics discuss movies, the occasional TV show, and, once in a blue moon, another podcast, in full spoiler-filled detail. This week, Slate’s senior editor Allegra Frank is joined by Brow Beat nights and weekends editor at Slate, Matthew Dessem, to spoil Godzilla vs. Kong, the new action-packed sci-fi movie from director Adam Wingard.   Kong and his protectors go on a perilous journey to find his true home but soon find themselves in the path of an enraged Godzilla as he cuts a swath of destruction across the globe. But the initial confrontation between the two titans is only the beginning of the deeper mystery that lies within the center of the earth. Note: As the title indicates, this podcast contains spoilers galore. Email us at spoilers@slate.com. Podcast production by Morgan Flannery.  Hosts Allegra Frank is a Senior Editor at Slate. Matthew Dessem is Slate’s Brow Beat’s nights and weekends editor Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 2, 2021 53:12

    On the Spoiler Special podcast, Slate critics discuss movies, the occasional TV show, and, once in a blue moon, another podcast, in full spoiler-filled detail. This week Slate’s movie critic Dana Stevens is joined by New Yorker staff writer Rachel Syme to spoil Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar, the new adventure-filled comedy by real life best friends and the writers who brought us Bridesmaids, Kristin Wiig and Annie Mumolo.  When lifelong best friends and roommates Barb (Annie Mumolo) and Star (Kristin Wiig) leave their Midwestern hometown for the first time ever, they embark on a vacation to Vista Del Mar, Florida. What starts out as a bit of harmless fun in the sun, quickly becomes the most unexpected, bizarre and even dangerous adventure of a lifetime for the pair. Will they ever be the same? Note: As the title indicates, this podcast contains spoilers galore. Email us at spoilers@slate.com. Podcast production by Morgan Flannery.  Slate Plus members get ad-free podcasts and access to exclusive shows like Dana Stevens’ classic movies podcast Flashback. Sign up now to listen and support our work. Hosts Dana Stevens is a movie critic at Slate. Rachel Syme is a staff writer at The New Yorker and you can read her review here. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Flashback: The Apartment (1960)

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 21, 2021 73:48

    In the new episode of Flashback, movie critics Dana Stevens and K. Austin Collins discuss the comedy The Apartment (1960), directed by Billy Wilder.   Other titles mentioned in the episode: Sunset Boulevard (1950) Butterfield 8 (1960) Conversations with Wilder Some Like It Hot (1959) Ace in the Hole (1951) Stalag 17 (1953) The Lost Weekend (1945) Double Indemnity (1944) Ball of Fire (1941) Ninotchka (1939) Nobody’s Perfect Brief Encounter (1946) Fast Times on Ridgemont High (1982) Dragnet Bonanza Columbo The Crowd (1928) Gaslight (1944) Children of Paradise (1946) Ikiru (1956) When Harry Met Sally (1989) Frances Ha (2013) Manhattan (1979) Billy Wilder Tapes Eve’s Bayou (1997) Dietrich & von Sternberg in Hollywood Wanda (1970) Alexandria…Why? (1979) The Silence of the Lambs (1991) Lawrence of Arabia (1962) Within Our Gates (1920) One From the Heart (1982) Email us at flashback@slate.com Production by Chau Tu. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Zack Snyder’s Justice League

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 19, 2021 49:37

    On the Spoiler Special podcast, Slate critics discuss movies, the occasional TV show, and, once in a blue moon, another podcast, in full spoiler-filled detail. This week Slate staff writer Karen Han is joined by Slate’s senior editor Sam Adams to spoil Zack Snyder’s Justice League, the new four hour artistic cut to its original counterpart. When Bruce Wayne (Ben Affleck) enlists newfound ally Diana Prince (Gal Gadot) to face a greater threat than ever before, they have to work quickly to recruit a team to stand against their new enemy. Can the world be saved by this unprecedented league of heroes? Or is it too late? Note: As the title indicates, this podcast contains spoilers galore. Email us at spoilers@slate.com. Podcast production by Morgan Flannery.  Slate Plus members get ad-free podcasts and access to exclusive shows like Dana Stevens’ classic movies podcast Flashback. Sign up now to listen and support our work. Hosts Karen Han is a staff writer at Slate and you can read her review here. Sam Adams is Slate’s senior editor and you can read his review here. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Coming 2 America

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 5, 2021 63:57

    On the Spoiler Special podcast, Slate critics discuss movies, the occasional TV show, and, once in a blue moon, another podcast, in full spoiler-filled detail. This week, Slate’s senior editor Allegra Frank is joined by Slate staff writer Rachelle Hampton to spoil Coming 2 America, the sequel to the 1988 hit comedy, Coming to America. Set in the royal country of Zamunda, newly-crowned King Akeem (Eddie Murphy) and his trusted confidante Semmi (Arsenio Hall) embark on an adventure that has them traversing the globe from their great African nation to the borough of Queens, New York - where it all began. Note: As the title indicates, this podcast contains spoilers galore. Email us at spoilers@slate.com. Podcast production by Morgan Flannery.  Slate Plus members get ad-free podcasts and access to exclusive shows like Dana Stevens’ classic movies podcast Flashback. Sign up now to listen and support our work. Hosts Allegra Frank is Slate’s senior editor. Rachelle Hampton is a staff writer at Slate.   Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Saint Maud

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 19, 2021 55:12

    On the Spoiler Special podcast, Slate critics discuss movies, the occasional TV show, and, once in a blue moon, another podcast, in full spoiler-filled detail. This week, Slate’s movie critic Dana Stevens is joined by Slate features editor Jeffrey Bloomer and New York Times correspondent Ruth Graham to spoil Saint Maud, the feature film debut from writer and director Rose Glass.  In this extremely eerie horror film, we meet Maud, (played by Morfydd Clark) a reclusive young nurse charged with the hospice care of Amanda, (Jennifer Ehle) a former dancer who has been diagnosed with cancer. At first, they find commonality in their religious beliefs. But will Maud’s newfound faith guide her and Amanda toward a path of healing? Or is something more sinister at play?  Note: As the title indicates, this podcast contains spoilers galore. Email us at spoilers@slate.com. Podcast production by Morgan Flannery.  Slate Plus members get ad-free podcasts and access to exclusive shows like Dana Stevens’ classic movies podcast Flashback. Sign up now to listen and support our work. Hosts Dana Stevens is a movie critic at Slate. Jeffrey Bloomer is Slate’s features editor. Ruth Graham is a New York Times correspondent.  You can read Jeffrey Bloomer’s review here You can reach Dana Stevens review here Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Bridgerton

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 5, 2021 63:03

    On the Spoiler Special podcast, Slate critics discuss movies, the occasional TV show, and, once in a blue moon, another podcast, in full spoiler-filled detail. This week, Slate’s TV critic Willa Paskin is joined by Slate writer and podcast host Nichole Perkins to spoil Bridgerton, the new period drama series on Netflix, produced by Shonda Rhimes.  In this re-imagined adaptation of the romance novels by Julia Quinn, eight close-knit siblings of the powerful Bridgerton family attempt to find love. But the age-old question remains: will they? Or won’t they?  Note: As the title indicates, this podcast contains spoilers galore. Email us at spoilers@slate.com. Podcast production by Morgan Flannery.  Slate Plus members get ad-free podcasts and access to exclusive shows like Dana Stevens’ classic movies podcast Flashback. Sign up now to listen and support our work. Hosts Willa Paskin is a Slate TV critic. Nichole Perkins is the writer and host of Slate’s new podcast This is Good for You.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Promising Young Woman

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 22, 2021 51:36

    On the Spoiler Special podcast, Slate critics discuss movies, the occasional TV show, and, once in a blue moon, another podcast, in full spoiler-filled detail. This week, Slate’s movie critic Dana Stevens is joined by Slate staff writer Karen Han to spoil Promising Young Woman, the feature film debut from writer and director Emerald Fennell.  In this visually captivating world, we meet Cassie, (played by Carey Mulligan) a wickedly smart and tantalizingly cunning young woman, living a secret double life by night. But is she a hero? Or a morally corrupt villain?  Note: As the title indicates, this podcast contains spoilers galore. Email us at spoilers@slate.com. Podcast production by Morgan Flannery.  Slate Plus members get ad-free podcasts and access to exclusive shows like Dana Stevens’ classic movies podcast Flashback. Sign up now to listen and support our work. Hosts Karen Han is staff writer at Slate. Dana Stevens is a movie critic at Slate. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Soul

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 8, 2021 45:04

    On the Spoiler Special podcast, Slate critics discuss movies, the occasional TV show, and, once in a blue moon, another podcast, in full spoiler-filled detail. This week, Slate’s Karen Han is joined by Slate writer and editor Dan Kois to spoil Soul, the new animated film from Pixar. After landing himself in the realm of the “great beyond”, middle school band teacher Joe Gardner tries desperately to make it back to Earth in time for his Jazz gig. But his journey takes a turn when he tries to help a new friend find their passion. Will Joe make it back to Earth and get to his gig on time? Or is he doomed to remain in the great beyond forever?  You can read Dan Kois review here. Note: As the title indicates, this podcast contains spoilers galore. Email us at spoilers@slate.com. Podcast production by Morgan Flannery.  Slate Plus members get ad-free podcasts and access to exclusive shows like Dana Stevens’ classic movies podcast Flashback. Sign up now to listen and support our work. Hosts: Karen Han is staff writer at Slate. Dan Kois is an editor and writer at Slate. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Flashback: Lawrence of Arabia (1962)

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 13, 2020 123:27

    Flashback is usually for Slate Plus members only. To listen to other episodes of the show, sign up for Slate Plus. In the new episode of Flashback, movie critics Dana Stevens and K. Austin Collins discuss the epic Lawrence of Arabia (1962), directed by David Lean. Other titles mentioned in the episode: Seven Pillars of Wisdom 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) Saving Private Ryan (1998) Ben Hur (1959) The Ten Commandments (1956) Marvel’s The Avengers (2012) The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957) The Lord of the Rings trilogy Doctor Zhivago (1965) Brief Encounter (1946) Ryan’s Daughter (1970) Dedicated Maniac Passage to India (1984) The Elephant Man (1980) Out of Sight (1998) A Man for All Seasons (1966) Nicholas and Alexandra (1971) Birth of a Nation (1915) The Searchers (1956) Suddenly, Last Summer (1959) Citizen Kane (1941) Prometheus (2012) There Will Be Blood (2008) Funny Girl (1968) Macbeth Casablanca (1943) The Parent Trap (1998) On the next episode: Nancy Meyers’ The Holiday (2006). Comments or suggestions? Email us at flashback@slate.com Production by Chau Tu. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Mank

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 11, 2020 58:51

    On the Spoiler Special podcast, Slate critics discuss movies, the occasional TV show, and, once in a blue moon, another podcast, in full spoiler-filled detail. This week, Slate’s Dana Stevens is joined by Slate’s Brow Beat’s nights and weekends editor Matthew Dessem to spoil Mank, the new film about the making of another film, Citizen Kane. Will Herman Mankiewicz, a troubled alcoholic (played by Gary Oldman), finish his script in time for his deadline? Will anyone like the film? And how does a California Governor's race fit into it all?   You can read Dana Stevens here. You can read Matthew Dessem’s review here. Note: As the title indicates, this podcast contains spoilers galore. Email us at spoilers@slate.com. Podcast production by Morgan Flannery.  Slate Plus members get ad-free podcasts and access to exclusive shows like Dana Stevens’ classic movies podcast Flashback. Sign up now to listen and support our work. Hosts Dana Stevens is Slate’s movie critic. Matthew Dessem is Slate’s Brow Beat’s night and weekends editor. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Happiest Season

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 27, 2020 53:35

    On the Spoiler Special podcast, Slate critics discuss movies, the occasional TV show, and, once in a blue moon, another podcast, in full spoiler-filled detail. This week, Christina Cauterucci and June Thomas discuss Happiest Season, a charming new Christmas rom-com from writer-director Clea DuVall that premiered on Hulu on Nov. 25. Harper Caldwell (Mackenzie Davis) invites her girlfriend, Abby (Kristen Stewart) home for Christmas. Right before they arrive, Harper shares that the people in her hometown, or even in her family, don’t know that she’s gay. And since her father is running for mayor, the couple has to keep their relationship a secret. How will Abby navigate the holiday season while hiding her authentic self? What impact will the holiday weekend have on the lovebirds and their relationship? Read Christina Cauterucci’s review. You can also check out past Spoiler Specials, and you can subscribe to the podcast on Apple Podcasts. Note: As the title indicates, spoilers galore. Email us at spoilers@slate.com. Podcast Production by Jasmine Ellis.  Hosts Christina Cauterucci is a Slate staff writer and co-host of the Outward podcast.  June Thomas is senior managing producer of the Slate Podcast network and co-host of the Working podcast. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Freaky

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 13, 2020 39:07

    On the Spoiler Special podcast, Slate critics discuss movies, the occasional TV show, and, once in a blue moon, another podcast, in full spoiler-filled detail. This week, Slate’s Sam Adams is joined by Slate’s new staff writer Karen Han to spoil Freaky, the new body-switching slasher film. Think Friday the 13th meets Freaky Friday. Will high school outcast, Millie (played by Kathryn Newton), find her way back into her own body? Or will she be stuck in the body of a 6’5 serial killer (played by Vince Vaughn) forever?  You can read Karen Han’s review here. Note: As the title indicates, this podcast contains spoilers galore. Email us at spoilers@slate.com. Podcast production by Morgan Flannery.  Slate Plus members get ad-free podcasts and access to exclusive shows like Dana Stevens’ classic movies podcast Flashback. Sign up now to listen and support our work. Hosts Sam Adams is an editor for Slate’s culture blog Brow Beat. Karen Han is a Slate staff writer. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Borat Subsequent Moviefilm

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 30, 2020 57:27

    On the Spoiler Special podcast, Slate critics discuss movies, the occasional TV show, and, once in a blue moon, another podcast, in full spoiler-filled detail. This week, Slate’s Dana Stevens is joined by Slate’s Sam Adams to spoil Borat Subsequent Moviefilm: Delivery of Prodigious Bribe to American Regime for Make Benefit Once Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan, Sacha Baron Cohen’s long awaited sequel to Borat. Can Borat find his way through America to deliver a very special gift to Vice President Mike Pence? How will Borat navigate COVID 19 in a foreign country? Is Borat still funny when nothing shocks us anymore in the year 2020?  You can hear Dana’s review on Culture Gabfest here. You can read Sam Adam’s review here. Note: As the title indicates, this podcast contains spoilers galore. Email us at spoilers@slate.com. Podcast production by Morgan Flannery.  Slate Plus members get ad-free podcasts and access to exclusive shows like Dana Stevens’ classic movies podcast Flashback. Sign up now to listen and support our work. Hosts Dana Stevens is a Slate movie critic. Sam Adams is an editor for Slate’s culture blog Brow Beat. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    The Haunting of Bly Manor

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 16, 2020 60:54

    Slate staffers Sam Adams and Laura Miller spoil The Haunting of Bly Manor.  An American governess (Victoria Pedretti) signs on two care for two orphaned children in a remote English mansion. But she finds the house is haunted by a malevolent presence, and the children may be as well. Sam Adams and Laura Miller break down Netflix’s followup to The Haunting of Hill House, which takes its inspiration from Henry James’ The Turn of the Screw and his other classic ghost stories. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Enola Holmes

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 2, 2020 40:45

    On the Spoiler Special podcast, Slate critics discuss movies, the occasional TV show, and, once in a blue moon, another podcast, in full spoiler-filled detail. This week, Slate’s Marissa Martinelli and Laura Miller spoil Enola Holmes.  Enola, who likes to remind people that her name spelled backwards is ‘alone,’ wakes up to find her mother missing. While Enola is determined to investigate her mother’s disappearance, it’s up to Mycroft and Sherlock to figure out what to do with their little sister. Can Enola outwit her intelligent brothers and break free from the stuffy, proper future Mycroft sets out for her?  Plus, Marissa and Laura delve into other, more transgressive, Holmes stories with female protagonists.  You can read Laura Miller’s review here. Note: As the title indicates, this podcast contains spoilers galore. Email us at spoilers@slate.com. Podcast production by Rosemary Belson.  Slate Plus members get ad-free podcasts and access to exclusive shows like Dana Stevens’ classic movies podcast Flashback. Sign up now to listen and support our work. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Tenet

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 18, 2020 78:15

    On the Spoiler Special podcast, Slate critics discuss movies, the occasional TV show, and, once in a blue moon, another podcast, in full spoiler-filled detail.  This week, Slate’s Sam Adams and Vox’s Film Critic Alissa Wilkinson spoil Tenet. Christopher Nolan’s time-bending thriller is visually spectacular yet incredibly confusing.  The main character, played by John David Washington, simply referred to as the Protagonist is a CIA operative who becomes entangled with Tenet, a secret organization that’s fighting a future that’s actively attempting to destroy the world. The Protagonist suddenly finds himself in a world where things, and even people, can be inverted to travel backwards through time. Can the Protagonist save the world before it’s too late? How does Nolan incorporate palindromes within the movie’s structure? And what parallels can be drawn to Bill & Ted?  Note: As the title indicates, this podcast contains spoilers galore. Read Sam Adams’ review here.  Read Alissa Wilkinson’s review here.  Need more explanation? Check out Sam’s explainer here.  Check out Alissa’s fascinating palindrome piece here.  Email us at spoilers@slate.com. Podcast production by Rosemary Belson.  Slate Plus members get ad-free podcasts and access to exclusive shows like Dana Stevens’ classic movies podcast Flashback. Sign up now to listen and support our work. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    I'm Thinking of Ending Things

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 4, 2020 67:24

    On the Spoiler Special podcast, Slate critics discuss movies, the occasional TV show, and, once in a blue moon, another podcast, in full spoiler-filled detail. This week, Slate’s Dana Stevens and Matthew Dessem spoil I’m Thinking of Ending Things. Charlie Kaufman starts the film following a young couple, Lucy (Jessie Buckley) and Jake (Jesse Plemons) driving on a snowy evening to meet and have dinner with Jake’s parents. Lucy is already second guessing the trip since she doesn’t know if she wants to stay with Jake, who oddly seems to physically react when she thinks about breaking things off with him. Kaufman intersects their journey with the experiences of a janitor at a high school. Things start to get weird when the couple arrives at Jake’s childhood home. As the movie progresses, the characters become untethered from time and the film calls into question if Lucy and Jake even exist. And what does the janitor have to do with anything? Note: As the title indicates, this podcast contains spoilers galore. Email us at spoilers@slate.com. Podcast production by Rosemary Belson.  Slate Plus members get ad-free podcasts and access to exclusive shows like Dana Stevens’ classic movies podcast Flashback. Sign up now to listen and support our work. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    I May Destroy You

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 25, 2020 53:06

    On the Spoiler Special podcast, Slate critics discuss movies, the occasional TV show, and, once in a blue moon, another podcast, in full spoiler-filled detail. This week, Slate’s Television Critic Willa Paskin is joined by Vulture Staff Writer Angelica Jade Bastién to spoil I May Destroy You. Michaela Coel is at the heart of this series. Besides writing and producing the show, she directed many episodes and plays the main character, Arabella Essiedu. Coel covers consent, rape, friendship, and empathy, in a complex, yet compelling, way that really humanizes Arabella.  Arabella is a young writer and influencer working on her second book when her drink was drugged and raped while at a bar in London. The series follows her as she works through the aftermath of her assault. Does Arabella regain her full memories of her sexual assault? Will she be able to finish her book? Will she accept the help from another acquaintance who she believes to have raped her? How does she use fantasy to imagine a better resolution for herself than reality can give her?  You can read Willa’s review here.  You can read Angelica’s review here.  Note: As the title indicates, this podcast contains spoilers galore. Email us at spoilers@slate.com. Podcast production by Rosemary Belson. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    An American Pickle

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 7, 2020 42:53

    On the Spoiler Special podcast, Slate critics discuss movies, the occasional TV show, and, once in a blue moon, another podcast, in full spoiler-filled detail. This week, Dana Stevens, Slate’s movie critic, is joined by Isaac Butler, writer, theater director, and co-host of Slate’s podcast Working, to spoil An American Pickle. Seth Rogen stars as Herschel Greenbaum, a man who wakes up after being preserved in pickle brine for a century, and Ben Greenbaum, Herschel’s only living descendant. Can Herschel adapt to the contemporary world? Will Ben and Herschel bond despite generational and value differences? How convincing is Seth Rogen as both of these men? You can read Marissa Martinelli’s interview with An American Pickle’s prop master here. You can read Matthew Dessem’s piece on pickle related catastrophes here.  Note: As the title indicates, this podcast contains spoilers galore. Email us at spoilers@slate.com. Podcast production by Rosemary Belson. Slate Plus members get ad-free podcasts and access to exclusive shows like Dana Stevens’ classic movies podcast Flashback. Sign up now to listen and support our work. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Palm Springs

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 24, 2020 51:45

    On the Spoiler Special podcast, Slate critics discuss movies, the occasional TV show, and, once in a blue moon, another podcast, in full spoiler-filled detail. This week, Slate’s movie critic Dana Stevens is joined by Willa Paskin, Slate’s television critic, and Sam Adams, a senior editor at Slate and the editor of Slate’s culture blog, Brow Beat, to spoil Palm Springs. At first, Palm Springs seems like a fun wedding rom-com until Nyles (Andy Samberg) is shot with a bow and arrow while fooling around in the desert with Sarah (Cristin Milioti). Injured, he crawls into a nearby cave and tells Sarah not to follow him. She ignores his warning and is pulled into his infinite time loop. Will she follow Nyles’ lead and make peace with the situation? Why is Nyles being hunted? Why is Sarah so desperate to find a way out? And what is with those dinosaurs?  You can read Sam’s interview with the theoretical physicist who consulted on the movie here.  Note: As the title indicates, this podcast contains spoilers galore. Email us at spoilers@slate.com. Podcast production by Rosemary Belson.  Slate Plus members get ad-free podcasts and access to exclusive shows like Dana Stevens’ classic movies podcast Flashback. Sign up now to listen and support our work. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

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