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31 of The Best Podcast Episodes for Rian Johnson. A collection of podcasts episodes with or about Rian Johnson, often where they are interviewed.

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31 of The Best Podcast Episodes for Rian Johnson. A collection of podcasts episodes with or about Rian Johnson, often where they are interviewed.

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INCREMENT VICE - EPISODE #25: “...that one day in the rain...” with Rian Johnson

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The mystery of Shasta Fay Hepworth bookends Inherent Vice. Despite a few brief memories and cameos, she primarily anchors either end of the story, suffusing the long stretch of two hours and 30 minutes in between with the dusting of her starstuff, as if she is this universe’s Big Bang and Big Crunch—the story cannot begin, nor end, without her; but even further, the story is her, a strange supercosmos of Shasta Fay. Sprinkled throughout this long tale is the history of Doc and Shasta, the two once-young lovers who, in the words of their narrator, “each gradually located a different karmic thermal.”

And at the exact moment of the film’s halfway point, Shasta reappears as a postcarded memory, in the film’s—and Paul Thomas Anderson’s—most heartrending moment, soaked in sweet melancholy like only PTA can orchestrate it, a memory that sends Doc hurtling towards the dark heart of Golden Fang, but how?

Was the postcard a secret message from Shasta, coded in lovetalk, to help him locate the Fang? Was it simply a note of lovesick regret, and his flash to return to the scene simply a moment of coincidental luck? Is the appearance of the Fang’s headquarters here, where Doc and Shasta once kissed, some brutal metaphor for time sweeping away their love? Or was the postcard simply a hallucination sent forth from some blood-kinked, cell-deprived fold of Doc’s overtaxed cerebellum?

What’s real, and what is simple hope?

What is a true memory, and what is the fictional story we tell ourselves to survive it?

That’s a question our host wrestles with today, while talking to someone who’s no stranger to tales of mystery and love and time and space…

About the Guest - RIAN JOHNSON

Rian Johnson is the writer-director behind BRICK, THE BROTHERS BLOOM, LOOPER, STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI (the best STAR WARS, if you're keeping track of that kind of thing), and KNIVES OUT. He also directed your favorite episodes of BREAKING BAD. Beginning with episode 26, he will be the new host of INCREMENT VICE, and is looking forward to interviewing KNIVES OUT 2: KNIVES HARDER scribe Travis Woods.

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May 15 2020 · 1hr 16mins
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68 · Daniel Craig in Rian Johnson's "The Baroness"

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International woman of mystery "The Baroness", who, unlike many of her male counterparts actually maintains her secret identity and mission-ready status faces off against her longtime nemesis Blowfinger alongside her trusty but wholly impractical Afghan hounds against the backdrop of a world shrugging out of the carefree '60s and into the Welsh-Argentinan Cold War using cunning, political savoir-faire, and haute couture.
— "The Baroness: The Ecstasy Connection" by Paul Kenyon
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Apr 16 2020 · 33mins

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"To Knives, With Love" (with Rian Johnson)

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Love Is Blind might be Netflix's most insane reality show yet, Harvey Weinstein gets convicted, Donald Trump hates Parasite, Mike Bloomberg whines about his vandalized campaign offices, and Los Angeles City Council candidate Nithya Raman joins to discuss the city's homelessness and housing crises. Plus, Ira's knives have never been more out... Rian Johnson joins to talk about his love of genre films and how to survive social media as a creator. 

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Feb 26 2020 · 1hr 31mins
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Episode 59 - Rian Johnson

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Today we talk the infamous Rian Johnson.
Feb 23 2020 · 2hr 7mins
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Star Wars: the Last Jedi (2017) by Rian Johnson

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Today we talk about the 2017 film Star Wars: the Last Jedi by Rian Johnson and our thoughts on it.

Hosted by Nathaniel Avila and Timbrel Hildebrand

Feb 08 2020 · 29mins
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Knives Out - Rian Johnson Q&A

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Writer/Director Rian Johnson discusses his latest film KNIVES OUT with moderator Kara Warner and takes questions from the audience.

Recorded at the Landmark in Los Angeles on 12/1/19.

Acclaimed writer and director Rian Johnson (Brick, Looper, The Last Jedi) pays tribute to mystery mastermind Agatha Christie in Knives Out, a fun, modern-day murder mystery where everyone is a suspect. When renowned crime novelist Harlan Thrombey (Christopher Plummer) is found dead at his estate just after his 85th birthday, the inquisitive and debonair Detective Benoit Blanc (Daniel Craig) is mysteriously enlisted to investigate. From Harlan’s dysfunctional family to his devoted staff, Blanc sifts through a web of red herrings and self-serving lies to uncover the truth behind Harlan’s untimely death. With an all-star ensemble cast including Chris Evans, Ana De Armas, Jamie Lee Curtis, Don Johnson, Michael Shannon, Toni Collette, LaKeith Stanfield, Katherine Langford and Jaeden Martell, Knives Out is a witty and stylish whodunit guaranteed to keep audiences guessing until the very end.

Dec 08 2019 · 38mins
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Knives Out by Rian Johnson - Movie Special

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We discuss the brand new murder mystery film Knives Out by writer-director Rian Johnson for our final episode of 2019. With a colourful cast, a clever puzzle and a tasteful balance between following and breaking genre conventions, Knives Out pains a modern murder mystery like no other. As acclaimed mystery writer Harlan Thrombey (Christopher Plummer) dies on the night of his 85th birthday, excessively Tennessean detective Benoit Blanc (Daniel Craig) is summoned to solve a case as the truth takes him for a joyride around present-day Massachusetts. We also speak with the film's production designer David Crank on how the incredible sets of the film came together.
Dec 07 2019 · 30mins
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"Knives Out" Director Rian Johnson [SPOILERS]

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Spoiler Warning: Rian Johnson gets into the nuts and bolts of how he built his modern day Agatha Christie whodunit, the murder mystery "Knives Out."
Dec 05 2019 · 30mins
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Costa Book Prize shortlist, Rian Johnson on Knives Out, art theft

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We exclusively reveal and analyse the 2019 Costa Book Prize shortlist. Critics Alex Clark and Sarah Shaffi discuss the books chosen in the five categories: novel, first novel, poetry, biography and children's fiction. Category winners will appear on the programme in January and Front Row will announce the overall prize-winner on 28 January 2020
Rian Johnson is the director of new film Knives Out - a murder comedy with an all-star cast. His previous work includes Star Wars: The Last Jedi and sci-fi film Looper. He tells us how he copes with a Gothic whodunnit set in the real world in the present day?
Is art theft on the rise? There seem to have been a spate of high profile thefts from art galleries recently - Dresden, Dulwich, Tretyakov, even the solid gold toilet at Blenheim Palace. How can institutions make their collections accessible to the public whilst also keeping the priceless works of art secure? We ask art security expert Charley Hill
Presenter: Kirsty Lang. Producer: Oliver Jones
Nov 26 2019 · 28mins
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#57: Rian Johnson talks to Mark about his brilliant new film Knives Out

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Rian Johnson talks to Mark about his brilliant new film Knives Out

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Nov 26 2019 · 23mins