After winning an Oscar for writing the film "12 Years a Slave," John Ridley created the award-winning series "American Crime" and the new Showtime miniseries "Guerrilla." He's also releasing a documentary coinciding with the 25 anniversary of the L.A. riots called, "Let It Fall." He and Brendan discuss the director's own experience during the riots, the creative choices behind constructing the documentary's narrative, and more.
Back in 1994, director Danny Boyle and screenwriter John Hodge made the hit indie thriller "Shallow Grave." Then followed it up with a high-energy adaptation of the Irvine Welsh novel "Trainspotting." His latest film is a "Trainspotting" sequel and the award-winning director talks with Rico about revisiting the characters after two decades, the unanticipated cultural impact of the first film, and more.
You may know Jordan as half of the comedy duo behind "Key & Peele," but his latest project has a totally different tone. It's a horror movie he wrote and directed called "Get Out." Hear our extended interview, where talks about his transition to writing and directing horror, making a serious exploration of racism, and his deep love of Disney.
Damien Chazelle's latest movie, "La La Land," has been nominated for 14 Academy Awards, tying it with "All About Eve" and "Titanic" for the most nominations of all time. His previous movie was the Oscar-winning jazz-infused film "Whiplash." Chazelle explains what attracts him to art forms "on the precipice of extinction" and why the industry underestimates musicals.
Playwright/actor/rapper extraordinaire Lin-Manuel Miranda is our guest of honor this week. His latest Broadway musical, "Hamilton," broke box office records and earned him a bunch of Tonys, a Grammy and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama. He also co-wrote songs for the Disney animated film "Moana," one of which is up for an Oscar. In a chat with Rico, the multi-hyphenate talks about his creative process for "Moana," shares how he honed his freestyle rap game, and explains why Bowie was the "uber-villain" of his childhood.
John Early and Kate Berlant are stand-up comedians, actors, and absurd video-makers. The comedy duo teases their new project while listing their favorite tales of the (failed) pursuit of fame.
In his latest documentary, the filmmaker examines the prose of the late, great author James Baldwin and uses Baldwin's unfinished manuscript as a springboard to start a discussion about the racial divide in America.
NFL star Steve Gleason was a safety for the New Orleans Saints. But not long after retiring from the NFL, he was diagnosed with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, also known as ALS or Lou Gehrig's disease. He began recording video diaries for his son, which has been assembled into a documentary by director Clay Tweel. Clay shares candid moments from making the doc and explains the decision behind its honest portrayal of life with the disease.
In 2014, Ava DuVernay she earned raves for her civil rights drama "Selma," which was up for an Oscar for Best Picture. Her latest project is a documentary that's on the shortlist for Oscar consideration. It's called "13th," and it's a scathing primer on how America came to incarcerate more people than any other country on Earth, many of whom happen to be of color. The director examines why the criminal justice system captures her imagination, before revealing the surprising film she's seen many, many times.
Mike Mills got his start in the music biz, but he's probably best known for his feature film "Beginners." The director explains how his mother's life inspired Annette Bening's character in his latest film, shares lessons star Greta Gerwig learned from his sister and tells us how he's still trying to impress his wife.