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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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    • TV & Film
    • 3.3, 420 Ratings

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).

Customer Reviews

3.3 out of 5
420 Ratings

420 Ratings

aliga75 ,

I liked 2/3

Two of the hosts were great, Kang was awful. I am positive that any movie she likes would be a terrible, joyless, man-bashing bore. Nothing but assumed misogyny, skewed perceptions, and more “likes” than necessary. “Once upon a time in Hollywood” will be my only listen of this podcast.

Cliff Da1ton ,

Great Movie Bad Review (Once Upon...)

Speech impediment girl ruined the show and just wanted to here herself talk

Messi Beckenbauer ,

Shallow discussions by film buffs who don’t do any digging or research

I listened to their conversation about Once Upon A Time In Hollywood ...

This is a movie that is in part a fantastical re-imagining of the Sharon Tate murder in which Tarantino glee-fully time travels his 2 leads, DiCaprio and Pitt, into the path of the murderous Manson clan on that fateful night. (He did a similar thing to Hitler and much if the Nazi leadership in Inglourious Basterds).

The directors and the viewer watch everything with very firm pre-knowledge of who the bad guys are. But some of the pod-casters act like there is some kind of moral discussion to be had about the violence depicted. You could have a more weightly moral conversation about a Batman comic book.

ei. Pitt at the Spahn Ranch. The smallest bit of digging around by the poscasters would reveal that the long haired Mansonite who knifes Pitt’s car tire is supposed to be real life Steven Grogan, who had earlier in 1969, murdered one of the ranchers at Spahn ranch under orders from Manson. That is a fact we as viewers have as we watch Pitt bloody the actor who plays Grogan in a gruesomely one-sided fist fight.

Its a morally un-ambiguous, good-smashing-evil scene if you bother to take into account any of the factual backstory that Tarantino is obviously working with, something these talkers unfortunately don’t bother to dig in to.

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