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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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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).

    Godzilla vs. Kong

    Godzilla vs. Kong

    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
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    • 1 hr 10 min
    Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar

    Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar

    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. 
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    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.
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    • 53 min
    Flashback: The Apartment (1960)

    Flashback: The Apartment (1960)

    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)

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    • 1 hr 13 min
    Zack Snyder’s Justice League

    Zack Snyder’s Justice League

    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. 
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    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.

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    • 49 min
    Coming 2 America

    Coming 2 America

    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.  
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    • 1 hr 3 min
    Saint Maud

    Saint Maud

    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
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    • 55 min

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The hipster friends you gladly left behind

First of all people need to chill with the whole “Inkoo uses the word like too much!” criticism. Plenty of people do and it doesn’t alter the quality of their inputs.

That being said the quality of the inputs on this show can be severely lacking. I was surprised that they reviewed The Witcher after having only seen 1 or 2 episodes. How on earth can you know anything about a show after having seen so little of it? And yet they were so confident in their criticisms. This is a recurring theme. I also find that the main criticism of many, many films and shows is that something is too “stylized” or “twee”. I can understand that being a valid criticism when that is all a film or show has to offer but if a well written and well acted film/show is heavily stylized I don’t think it needs to be remarked on constantly. I also don’t think it’s a valid enough criticism to deem a film to be “good” or “bad”. In all honesty some of the regulars on this show remind me of my overly hipster friends in high school who were so above everything that it made them insufferable. I found it particularly rude that in your Uncut Gems episode Willa repeatedly referred to the gem mine as being in “Africa” despite the fact that other hosts and guests referred to it as Ethiopia and it was obvious in the film that it was Ethiopia. This is a form of erasure. If I was talking about a coal mine in England but I kept referring to it as Europe that wouldn’t do much to paint a picture, would it? Not to mention Willa’s treatment of Nichole during the Bridgerton episode. I think Willa needs to examine some ingrained biases.

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