Sam Adams is a Senior Editor at Slate magazine, where he writes about culture and edits Slate's TV coverage. He is also a film, TV, and music writer for Rolling Stone, Indiewire, the Los Angeles Times, and the Philadelphia Inquirer. His writing has appeared in Entertainment Weekly, Boston Globe, Philadelphia Inquirer, Dissolve, Salon, and the Hollywood Reporter. He is a member of the New York Film Critics Circle and the National Society of Film Critics. Adams received a B.A. in English Language and Literature from Phillips Exeter Academy, and a B.A. in English Literature from Swarthmore College.
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, Sam Adams is joined by Benjamin Frisch, Rachelle Hampton and Daniel Schroeder to discuss The Witcher, Netflix’s popular new show about a monster hunter. This show isn’t the first adaptation from Andrzej Sapkowski’s work; video games based on The Witcher have been released starting in 2007. Geralt of Rivia (Henry Cavill) is a monster hunter with supernatural powers. But, what exactly is a witcher? How will the Law of Surprise bring people together? Will Geralt ever find the girl in the forest who he is destined to find? And what kind of transformation comes at the cost of removing one’s womb? 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.HostsSam Adams is a Slate senior editor and the editor of Slate’s culture blog, Brow Beat.Benjamin Frisch is the producer of Slate's Culture Gabfest and the author of the graphic novel The Fun Family.Rachelle Hampton is a Slate editorial assistant.Daniel Schroeder is a Slate podcast producer and freelance writer. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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, Sam Adams and Marissa Martinelli discuss Cats, the movie adaptation of Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical, which was based on poems by T.S. Eliot. Many jokes have been made about Tom Hooper’s Cats, mostly stemming from the “digital fur technology.” After the premiere, Universal Pictures released an updated version with “some improved visual effects.” But the 1981 musical wasn’t free from criticism either - yet it was still a hit. Does the movie adaptation have more of a plot? Does the star-studded cast add to the many cat introductions? Which cat at the jellicle ball will be picked for another life? And what exactly does jellicle mean? You can read Marissa Martinelli’s review here. You can read Dana Stevens’ review here. You can read Violet Kim interview with Cats’ ‘feline movement expert’ here and read the investigation into how many times the Cats in Cats Say “Cats” here.  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.HostsSam Adams is a Slate senior editor and the editor of Slate’s culture blog, Brow Beat.Marissa Martinelli is a Slate assistant editor. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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 is joined by Forrest Wickman, Sam Adams and Marissa Martinelli to discuss Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. Director J.J. Abrams seemed committed to fan service; even if it made the final episode of the Skywalker saga worthy of some eyerolls. Well, committed to fans - except those shipping Poe and Finn - despite the film touting the franchise's first same-sex kiss. With the final battle looming, will Rey discover who she really is? Will she be persuaded by Kylo Ren to join the dark side? Or will they join forces? And how does ‘forcetiming’ play into all of this?   You can read Sam Adams’ review here. 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.HostsDana Stevens is Slate’s movie critic.Forrest Wickman is Slate’s culture editor.Sam Adams is a Slate senior editor and the editor of Slate’s culture blog, Brow Beat.Marissa Martinelli is a Slate assistant editor. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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, Jeffrey Bloomer and Heather Schwedel discuss Uncut Gems. Howard Ratner (Adam Sandler), owner of a small jewelry store in Manhattan, racked up a gambling debt while the rest of his life is collapsing. He’s trying to avoid creditors when his shop receives an illegal gem from Ethiopia. This rock, Ratner thinks, is his ticket out of debt. He temporarily trades Kevin Garnett, of the Boston Celtics, the rock for Garnett’s NBA Championship. Ratner pawns the ring to bet on the championship game. Will The Celtics win? Will Garnett get his ring back? Will Ratner finally get out of debt?  You can read Dana Stevens’ review here. 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 Rosemary Belson. HostsDana Stevens is Slate’s movie critic.Jeffrey Bloomer is a Slate senior editor. He edits and writes for the human interest and culture sections.Heather Schwedel is a Slate staff writer. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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