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This Odd Situation with Mike Mills & David Byrne
Topics covered include: the world of childhood, collaborators as playmates, blasting Remain in Light on loop, Mike’s innate desire to give everyone a hug, being allergic to bullshit, the Wim Wenders Easter eggs in C’mon C’mon, black and white movies as their own species, bingeing Hitchcock movies during the pandemic, David being a little dictator on the set of Stop Making Sense, putting ‘fringe’ into a different context, the pretentiousness of thinking that being a graphic designer would be radical, and finding new ways to enchant yourself, again and again.
|Nov 24, 2021|
Practical Magic with David Lowery & Elijah Wood
Topics covered include: the importance of letting your movie breath, hate-cutting The Green Knight, the fall of Troy, Grail mythology, a mom’s helpful nudge, old-fashioned movie magic, the epic oner from Eternal Sunshine, concentric circles of production and release, vegan animatronic boar entrails, New Zealand film crews (the best), mainlining horror movies in October, and why genre is the perfect playground for emerging filmmakers.
|Oct 27, 2021|
Stories We Tell with Lee Isaac Chung & Viet Thanh Nguyen
Topics covered include: career trajectories, seeing yourself through your children’s eyes, the traveling circus energy of a film set, paying to play, knowing failure, making art for yourself, the impact of the Hollywood stereotypes we grow up with, American hang-ups about the Vietnam War, the legendary Park Chan-wook, whether Isaac would make a Marvel movie, the artistry of Minari, and why every immigrant story should be considered an epic.
|Apr 14, 2021|
The Rest Is History with Kelly Reichardt & Kenneth Lonergan
Topics covered include: following Todd Haynes to Portland, cattle politics, the nature of the “American Experiment,” why it’s so hard to make a good period piece, lessons from Lyndon Johnson, whether Mark Ruffalo could effectively play an evil person (answer: yes), the randomness of art, the actor/movie star dichotomy, bad old movies versus bad new movies, and why it’s always better when there’s a dog.
|Jan 26, 2021|
All The Ways To Be with Bryan Washington & Ocean Vuong
Topics covered include: the purity of poetry, radical okay-ness, the alternate version of Ocean’s life as a straight man, why love wasn't a question in Memorial, the power of saying no, learning to choose yourself, the exoticism of suburbia, the upside of being small, letting another artist expand upon your vision through adaptation, and why being a writer is less a career than a miracle.
|Dec 21, 2020|
This Is Getting Good with Tim Heidecker, John C. Reilly, Fred Armisen & Jonathan Krisel
Topics covered include: Zoom culture, petty arguments, band name trends through the decades, the humble origins of Moonbase 8, rethinking “independent” television, the demoralizing experience of pitching a show to Amazon and Netflix accompanied by a 30 person chorus, learning to trust Ravi, whether A24 needs help with money, and why you sometimes need a couple years of distance to fall in love with something you made.
|Nov 24, 2020|
Animal Instincts with Nathan Fielder & Alexa Demie
Topics covered include: embracing your animal essence, what high school is really like, the Euphoria chili scene, learning cinematography from reality TV, the secret to acting like Nathan, fairy portals, approaches to cat parenting, the kindness of strangers, and crying so hard you laugh.
|Oct 28, 2020|
Everything Is Available with Nicholas Braun & Nicholas Britell
Topics covered include: performance anxiety, living in the body of a character, the annual Gathering of the Juggalos, how Cousin Greg got his rich vocabulary, Britell’s early gigs writing telephone hold music, getting out of your own head, and why you should just keep going when it feels good.
|Oct 14, 2020|
It Only Matters To Me with Janicza Bravo & Joi McMillon
Topics covered include: finding your creative collaborators, strip club breakfast buffets, editing as the final draft of a script, the Sundance party scene, why bad notes are better than no notes, meaningful nudity on screen, getting paid the least for doing the most, and what it’s like making a naughty movie when you’re a prude.
|Sep 23, 2020|
Seduce And Destroy with Josh Safdie, Benny Safdie & Paul Thomas Anderson
Topics covered include: hot mics, shooting in airports pre-9/11, "movie star grapes," Josh seeing Sandler in Punch Drunk Love at age 18, writing a script that feels like there is no script at all, His Royal Highness Darius Khondji, the firecracker scene in Boogie Nights, the feeling when it all works artistically, post-filmmaking blues, losing the Ziegfeld theater in NYC, and why it just makes sense to ship a precious gem inside of a fish.
|Dec 23, 2019|
BONUS: Ari Aster & Robert Eggers Extended Conversation
Bergman Mission Accomplished. Here's the extended version of last week’s Deep Cuts with Ari Aster & Robert Eggers.
The Sacrifice (1986) dir. Andrei Tarkovsky
Cries and Whispers (1972) dir. Ingmar Bergman
Autumn Sonata (1978) dir. Ingmar Bergman
Persona (1966) dir. Ingmar Bergman
The Master (2012) dir. Paul Thomas Anderson
The Virgin Spring (1960) dir. Ingmar Bergman
Shame (1968) dir. Ingmar Bergman
Winter Light (1963) dir. Ingmar Bergman
Fanny and Alexander (1982) dir. Ingmar Bergman
Scenes from a Marriage (1973) dir. Ingmar Bergman
Smiles of a Summer Night (1955) dir. Ingmar Bergman
Andrei Rublev (1973) dir. Andrei Tarkovsky
Through a Glass Darkly (1961) dir. Ingmar Bergman
Ivan’s Childhood (1963) dir. Andrei Tarkovsky
Hour of the Wolf (1968) dir. Ingmar Bergman
From the Life of the Marionettes (1981) dir. Ingmar Bergman
Carrie (1976) dir. Brian De Palma
The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover (1989) dir. Peter Greenaway
The Snowman (1982) dir. Dianne Jackson, Jimmy T. Murakami
Blue Velvet (1986) dir. David Lynch
A Clockwork Orange (1971) dir. Stanley Kubrick
Mary Poppins (1964) dir. Robert Stevenson
Conan the Barbarian (1982) dir. John Milius
Legend (1986) dir. Ridley Scott
Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977) dir. George Lucas
Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) dir. Steven Spielberg
Nosferatu (1922) dir. F.W. Murnau
The Bostonians (1984) dir. James Ivory
Maurice (1987) dir. James Ivory
The Seventh Seal (1957) dir. Ingmar Bergman
Lost Highway (1997) dir. David Lynch
The Dark Knight (2008) dir. Christopher Nolan
A Life in Suitcases (2005) dir. Peter Greenaway
The Falls (1980) dir. Peter Greenaway
Sawdust and Tinsel (1953) dir. Ingmar Bergman
The Silence (1963) dir. Ingmar Bergman
Seventh Samurai (1954) dir. Akira Kurosawa
Last Year at Marienbad (1963) dir. Alain Resnais
|Jul 25, 2019|
Deep Cuts with Ari Aster & Robert Eggers
Topics covered include: chasing the Bergman closeup, preferred aspect ratios, why Hereditary is unabashedly a horror movie, talking to press while intoxicated, the “trick” of Midsommar, the scene from Carrie that still gives Ari nightmares, dealing with the consequences of an A24 marketing stunt you did not consent to, the silver lining on a ‘D’ Cinemascore, why films are meant to be watched more than once, and the magic of being in dialogue with other filmmakers across history—and becoming more yourself in the process.
|Jul 17, 2019|
All In The Family with Ramy Youssef & Awkwafina
Topics covered include: lies we tell our families, the gift of cold hard cash, visiting Disney as an adult, pet monkeys (dream versus reality), Murakami, the Malcolm X watch, LA car culture, universality through specificity, connecting the dots, and the longing to know the places our parents' parents once called home.
|Jun 12, 2019|
A Bigger Canvas with Martin Scorsese & Joanna Hogg
Topics covered include: Bob Fosse's influence, the magic of Singing In The Rain (1952), strategies for evading journalists' questions, sequels that aren't really sequels, the CGI challenge of youthifying De Niro, Pesci, and Pacino in The Irishman, and the piece of advice from Arthur Penn that Marty will never forget: “Don't lose that amateur status.”
|May 15, 2019|
Shooting Stars with Rian Johnson & Claire Denis
Topics covered include: shooting a prison movie in space, the dark romance of L.A., good bread, why Claire went crazy working for Wim Wenders, films that must be viewed in the dark, shooting with yellow light, the romanticization of film stock, Tarkovsky’s Stalker, and the alchemy of cinema.
|Apr 22, 2019|
Don't Be A Stranger with Jonah Hill & Michael Cera
Topics covered include: the surreal experience of overnight fame, Spanish movie marketing, establishing boundaries, theater people, drinking beers with Elaine May, Jonah's fear of winged animals, on-demand pushups, degenerate gambling, and why everyone should own a digital copy of Mid90s.
|Jan 08, 2019|
Sound On with Daniel Lopatin & Mica Levi
Topics covered include: the process of scoring a film, growing up in a house filled with music, cinematic rhythm, cheesy scores, creating the sounds of an urban nightmare, and why electronic music is the best game ever.
|Dec 03, 2018|
Acting Your Age with Elsie Fisher & Molly Ringwald
Topics covered include: the highs and lows of being a young actor, Elsie’s audition for Eighth Grade, Bo Burnham’s Vine career (RIP), why social media should have stopped at Myspace, the impossibility of not saying “Um” and “Like,” Dungeons & Dragons, the Golden State Killer, coming-of-age on screen, and why we never stop craving connection—regardless of age.
|Nov 01, 2018|
The More You Know with Fred Armisen & Jason Schwartzman
Topics covered include: the nuances of American Sign Language, Icelandic stand-up comedy, fairies, trolls, superhuman athleticism, archaic medical treatments, and what Fred would do if he could travel back in time without altering history.
|Oct 01, 2018|
Catch And Release with Ethan Hawke & Alia Shawkat
Topics covered include: their new film Blaze, summers in Nova Scotia, art that tells the truth, the beauty of beginner’s mind, Alia’s painting, career advice from Steve McQueen, and the importance of giving it all away.
|Aug 29, 2018|
This Is How It Should End with Paul Schrader & Sofia Coppola
Topics covered include: Paul's unexpected career trajectory, ambiguous endings, stealing from the best, the challenges of writing without "nighttime additives," and what it took for Paul to finally make First Reformed—the movie he’s been waiting his whole life to make.
|May 30, 2018|
True Obsession with John Early & Toni Collette
Topics covered include: Toni Collette, Toni Collette, and falling in love with Toni Collette at age 10 after renting Clockwatchers from a Nashville Blockbuster.
|Apr 26, 2018|
High Anxiety with Jerrod Carmichael & Bo Burnham
Topics covered include: the internet, teenagers today, how to talk about a moment that is already a parody of itself, the FKA Twigs/Anderson .Paak/Spike Jonze Apple ad, whether or not Deadpool gets it, why Jerrod hasn’t seen Bottle Rocket, the filmmaking of Steve McQueen, Jerrod and Bo’s dispositional differences, Snoop Dogg’s new gospel album, the performance of an interview, and the value of not being present.
|Mar 29, 2018|
All the Way Home with Barry Jenkins & Greta Gerwig
Topics covered include: Elena Ferrante, medieval triptychs, things that make Greta uncomfortable as a viewer, shooting through fog machines, the skirts of Isadora Duncan, fast-talking ladies, Grey Gardens, the possibility of a giant bad mess, budgetary constraints, Sacramento, the special birthday plate, and the YMCA aerobics class on 14th Street where Greta discovered her calling.
|Feb 28, 2018|