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A Big, Dumb Paean To Big, Dumb Action Movies

Jun 14, 2018

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 of more than $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, which originally aired on April 27, 2017.