Kitty Green's debut fiction feature, THE ASSISTANT, is CJ's Best Film of 2020. Kitty talks to CJ about the film from her home in NYC. This episode interrogates specific themes, scenes, moments and motifs in the film: the discussion will be most valuable if you watch THE ASSISTANT first.
CJ and podcaster Shahir Daud from THE ONLY PODCAST ABOUT MOVIES discuss THE GODFATHER CODA: THE DEATH OF MICHAEL CORLEONE in relation to the first two GODFATHER movies, Coppola's re-working of THE GODFATHER PART THREE, and whether it all works.
Maziar Lahooti, debut feature director of 2020 Australian dystopian black comedy BELOW, joins CJ to talk about all aspects of making the film, from helping to adapt the original stage play, re-conceptualising his central location after a budget cut just prior to shooting, and getting the most entertaining Australian performance of the year out of Anthony LaPaglia.
Alexandra Heller-Nicholas joins CJ Johnson to discuss Promising Young Woman in the context of "Rape-Revenge Films", which is the title of one of her many books. NOTE: This episode features frank discussion about the portrayal of sexual assault and rape in cinema. SPOILER ALERT: Once we begin discussing the film in detail we will give a spoiler alert.