Rank #1: Quentin Tarantino, Vol. II
The one and only auteur is back with his 9th film, another stone cold classic, "Once Upon a Time...in Hollywood", this time teaming up two iconic movie stars for the first time, Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt.
Quentin returns to "Happy Sad Confused" to discuss where this story came from, why he's content to soon retire from feature film directing, and discuss what may end up being his last slew of projects--including a new "Kill Bill" story and a "Star Trek" film!
Rank #2: Timothee Chalamet
On this episode of "Happy Sad Confused", TImothee opens up to Josh about his career aspirations, his acting idols, and how he almost ended up playing Spider-Man.
Plus Timothee and Josh talk about the film that is launching Chalamet into the stratosphere, this universally loved, "Call Me By Your Name".
Rank #3: Christian Slater (plus Sam Heughan, Vol. II)
And then there's the main event, an extensive trip down memory lane with the great Christian Slater. Currently starring alongside Glenn Close in "The Wife", Christian is all too happy to open up about his extraordinary career, from "Heathers" and "Pump Up the Volume", to his resurgence in recent years thanks to "Mr. Robot". Plus Josh and Christian hatch a plan for the actor to re-team with Winona Ryder for "Stranger Things"! Are you listening, universe?
Rank #4: Quentin Tarantino
Rank #5: Anna Kendrick
Rank #6: Jon Stewart
Rank #7: Joe & Anthony Russo, Vol. II (Avengers: Infinity War Spoiler Interview!)
Still there? Great. On this special edition of "Happy Sad Confused", Josh asks all the big and small questions you can imagine about the game changer that is the newest film in the MCU. For the first time, directors Joe and Anthony Russo can spill all the secrets of their much discussed new film. And it's all right here in this spoiler filled conversation.
Rank #8: Sam Heughan
Rank #9: Shia LaBeouf
Rank #10: Anthony & Joe Russo, Vol. III (Avengers: Endgame Spoiler Special!)
Rank #11: John Krasinski
Rank #12: Miles Teller, Sebastian Stan
Rank #13: Anna Kendrick
Rank #14: Christopher Nolan
In this rare conversation (this may in fact be Nolan’s first podcast), the “Inception” and “Memento” helmer talks about his early influences, from George Lucas to Ridley Scott, and what he’d have wanted to talk to Stanley Kubrick about had the two ever met.
Of course, Nolan’s new film, “Dunkirk” is discussed at length, plus talk of how the Dark Knight trilogy evolved, Nolan’s dreams of a James Bond flick, and whether he’ll ever dust off that Howard Hughes script.
Rank #15: Jesse Eisenberg
Rank #16: Guillermo del Toro
This week Josh chats with Guillermo the morning after his film received a huge standing ovation at the Toronto Film Festival. The "Pan's Labrynth" filmmaker discusses the themes behind "The Shape of Water", how he almost shot it in black and white, why "Crimson Peak" was such a blow to him, plus "Star Wars" and "Fantastic Voyage"!
Rank #17: Paul Rudd & Justin Theroux
First there's the important stuff. Paul and Justin have re-teamed for a 4th time on screen with their new film, "Mute", a sci-fi noir from the mind of Duncan Jones. But these two can riff on anything and Josh takes full advantage in this chat. Among the topics broached: that distinctive NPR voice, how challenging the luge really is, that time Paul was in a Hong Kong action movie, their favorite underrated comedies, and yes, flatulence.
Rank #18: Taika Waititi
All of which is to say, this is a fun episode of "Happy Sad Confused" with Waititi visiting Josh to talk about his thrilling new film, "Thor: Raganrok". Josh and Taika talk about the the influences on the film (and Taika himself), including "Flash Gordon" and "Big Trouble in Little China", why the director may take on "Akira" and what amazing flashback scene almost ended up in the Thor sequel.
Rank #19: Aubrey Plaza
In this chat, Aubrey talks about her heady show "Legions" (now in it's second season on FX), why Bill Murray recently called her up, what 80s sitcom she was obsessed with, and her secret script she's working on that's inspired by "Mrs. Doubtfire"!