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Arts & Culture

A Big, Dumb Paean To Big, Dumb Action Movies

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The Fate of the Furious

The "Fast and Furious" franchise includes eight feature films and two short films, and it looks like it's about to include a series of spinoff films. It's Universal Pictures's highest-grossing film franchise with a combined box office nearing $5 billion.

Uhh, how did that happen?

This hour, we take a serious, public radio look at a series -- and a genre -- of films that serious public radio tends to ignore.

And: Slate's Stephen Metcalf joins us to talk about the masterwork of the action film form: "Die Hard."

GUESTS:

  • Stephanie Merry - Pop culture reporter for The Washington Post
  • Stephen Metcalf - Slate's critic at large
  • Bob Mondello - NPR's senior arts critic

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Colin McEnroe and Chion Wolf contributed to this show.

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Jonathan is a producer for ‘The Colin McEnroe Show.’ His work has been heard nationally on NPR and locally on Connecticut Public’s talk shows and news magazines. He’s as likely to host a podcast on minor league baseball as he is to cover a presidential debate almost by accident.

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