Remember Drive? Nicolas Winding Refn’s hyper-stylish slow burn was hands down the coolest movie of 2011, and catapulted Ryan Gosling from “that Disney Channel guy” to the refreshingly un-problematic, strikingly handsome, girls-want-to-date/be-him, guys-want-to-be/date-him “Hey Girl” movie star he is today. Drive was the rare movie that inflated style so high above substance that it became substantive in the process. In Winding Refn’s hands, a simple plot with what couldn’t have been more than five pages of dialog became something wholly memorable by virtue of its singular vision. It was awesome.
Anyway. Ryan Gosling. He’s promoting his new excellent movie The Nice Guys and during a deep dive interview with Evening Standard, he dropped this gem of a quote: “I think women are better than men. They are stronger, more evolved. You can tell especially when you have daughters and you see their early stages, they are just leaps and bounds beyond boys immediately.”
Well! He won’t be getting any Men’s Rights Activist support with quotes like that, but it’s a very on brand statement for someone who has a happy history of being pro-women, and open about his appreciation for growing up surrounded by women. “When my mother and I walked to the grocery store, men would circle the block in cars,” he went on to say. “It was very, very scary, especially as a young boy. Very predatory – a hunt.”
It’s a good thing Gosling likes women, because he’s got two daughters of his own now — Esmerelda and Amada — with his longtime girlfriend Eva Mendes. He started dating Mendes in 2011 which, hey, was the same year Drive came out. Remember how good Drive was? Let’s watch the trailer.
Jason is the cofounder of the iconic non-profit Invisible Children which was founded to increase awareness of the horrendous activities of the LRA in Central Africa. Jason was also the director of the iconic Kony 2012 film that took the world by storm. In this two-part interview Jason and Branden talk about what it means to create a movement, what Jason experienced during his breakdown and subsequent recovery, and Jason’s experience in the world of theater.
Aharon Rabinowitz is the head of marketing for Red Giant based in New York City. During our conversation, we discussed the importance of work life balance, his start as a production intern at Sesame Street and why artist’s feel personally offended when you reject their work.
United gets their cheap on, fake news, and Trump hired who?
Welcome to Episode IV. This week, Dan spends some time with his favorite singer/songwriter, Matthew Perryman Jones. Matthew and Dan talk about panic attacks, growing up in Atlanta, the way music is informed by pain and suffering and the way music gives freedom.
If you have spent any time watching television in the last decade you have most likely heard one of Mattew’s songs on shows like Grey’s Anatomy, Pretty Little Liars, One Tree Hill and many others. His insightful writing and voice have drawn comparisons to Leonard Cohen and Jeff Buckley, and he is on the short list of songwriters who skillfully weave the deeply philosophical and the vivid utterly human without ever losing sight of either.
To get his new album Cold Answer, (which features the three songs from him you heard on this episode), visit MPJmusic.com.
Branden sits down with writer and speaker Tyler Huckabee days after Donald Trump was elected President of the United States to talk about empathy, justice, listening, and where we go from here.
Special Election Edition, President Trump to legalized weed and everything in between.
This week we reflect on the election and discuss our strategies for staying sane.
Luca and Ilenia are the founders of Illo, a studio based in Turin, Italy. During our conversation, we discussed their self-driving video bot named Algo, how Illo was formed and how they’ve crafted a unique office culture.
This week we discuss Beyonce’s night at the CMAs, last minute election plans and how SNL might save us all.
We appreciate everyone sticking with us through this long hiatus but are planning our return even as we speak, with a bunch of new goodies and an updated format. In the meantime, here’s a brief primer on Marvel’s Sorcerer Supreme, Doctor Strange — just so you can go into the movie knowing what you’re getting yourself into.