By far my favourite podcast.
Griffin Newman is an actor (Arthur in The Tick) and David Sims is a film critic for The Atlantic.
It started out as two friends who began a Star Wars podcast and it sort of warped into a look at the filmographies of various film directors who achieve early success and are then given a series of blank cheques to make any passion project they want, sometimes those cheques clear and sometimes they bounce, ba-by.
I started listening about 4 years ago when they began their mini-series on Christopher Nolan. Each weekly episode concentrates on each film in order.
Nancy Meyers was good as was Jonathan Demme and Ang Lee. They’ve done loads of directors: The Wachowskis, Spielberg, Bigelow, Miyazaki, Burton, Ephron, loads!
I think I’ve listened to every single episode. At the start of the pandemic I had my phone in my back pocket and just had old eps playing the whole time. My pals Griffin and David kept me company.
They’ve just completed the March Madness voting which was a series of Twitter polls. Fucking disaster this year. Who knew that Twitter was full of complete arses? Bots were used and some guests were abused (apparently, I didn’t see anything like that. I just placed my vote and chipped the hell out).
Anyway, Gore Verbinski vs John Carpenter was the final and Carpenter won! They’ll go through his entire filmography at some point this autumn. I was hoping for Karyn Kusama. Wong Kar-wai or Jane Campion came close and they would have been great.
On the main feed they’ve just finished Musker and Clements. It was awesome. Very surprised by how much I loved The Little Mermaid and Moana. A pair of terrific films.
Elaine May is up next (April is May)
On the patreon episodes they’re going through the OG Star Trek films (more of a watchalong thing on those episodes). The Twilight series won the patreon-side vote. That should be good as director Chris Weitz is a semi-regular guest now.
They’re getting some pretty big guests now as it’s getting so popular. Jamie Bell was excellent on the Contact episode a few months back. Paul Scheer and Jason Mantzoukas were brilliant on one recently too.
My favourite guests are their old film-nerd mates though. Emily Yoshida and Shirley Li are my best regulars.
I’ve not even mentioned Producer Ben yet. Shit! He’s so great.
Anyway, I think there are a few DiSer listeners out there so we can use this as a nice place to chat about it if you like