The Lunch from Sundance with David Fear of Esquire.com

3490490fc6ee4f8982d4e2cf142a95d2This week, The Lunch comes to you from Park City, Utah, where Esquire.com/Village Voice/Film Comment contributor David Fear (@davidlfear on twitter) joins regular host James Rocchi to discuss some of the standout films of the first half of the Festival – Whiplash, Boyhood, The Raid II, Infinitely Polar Bear and many moreas well as digressions about awful titles, Blackfish, the joys of a good Elk steak at 7,000 feet, the delights of moviegoing at Sundance and even an acapella theme for this special on-the-road edition.

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The Lunch is back for the 2013-2014 season thanks to the sponsorship of Snoot Entertainment.

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The Lunch with Shane Carruth of ‘Upstream Color’

UpstreamA year ago, Shane Carruth was debuting his mind-bending, heartbreaking Upstream Color at Sundance; in this episode of The Lunch, host James Rocchi and Carruth talk about filmmaking, self-doubt, subtlety vs. over-explanation, time-travel, mind-worms and silence … and, of course, much more after a very L.A. lunch of salads at La Mill Coffee …

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The Lunch with Michael Rosenbaum, Writer-Director of ‘Back in the Day’

BITDMichael Rosenbaum joins The Lunch Podcast this week talking about the new film Back In The Day, which not only features him in the lead as part of a talented cast (including Morena Baccarin, Harland Williams, Isiah Mustafa and many more) but also marks his debut as a feature-length screenwriter and director. We dined at Greenblatt’s in West Hollywood, and talked about topics ranging from his decision to shoot in his hometown, trying to bring back the art of the tasteful poop joke, the mythical Italian taste treat known as the Stromboli, why your indie film’s title can’t start with ‘O,’ and many and various other topic while discussing his debut as a feature-film director. Back in the Day will be in theaters on Friday the 17th, and is currently available on video-on-demand.

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The Lunch with James Ponsoldt, Director of ‘The Spectacular Now’

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James Ponsoldt, the director of The Spectacular Now, joins The Lunch Podcast this week, concurrent with the film’s release to DVD and Blu-Ray this Tuesday the 14th. After dining on Miracle Mile, Ponsoldt and I talked about everything — filming in his hometown, film over digital, casting realistic teen actors, keeping things just the right kind of sweaty, ‘real’ independent films versus the counterfeit of same and how his attempts to make real, honest films has taught him that the MPAA is the strangest gatekeeper our pop culture has.

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The Lunch with ‘American Hustle’ Co-Writer Eric Singer

HustleLunchEric Singer, the co-writer of American Hustle (alongside director David O. Russell) joins The Lunch Podcast this week; after dining at Hugo’s in West Hollywood, Singer and I discussed everything from his childhood cinema ‘gateway drug,’ The Z Channel, to what it’s like to interview a retired professional con man for three weeks; other topic discussed include the script’s 16-year genesis, how truth is both stranger but also less plausible than fiction, great breakfasts in West Hollywood, his work as a collaborator with Russell, the role of music in his writing process and, finally, the true origin of the phrase ‘science oven.’

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The Lunch with Todd Gilchrist of The Wrap/Forbes on 2013′s Best Films … and Waffles

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Todd Gilchrist, freelance film journalist and reviewer for The Wrap and Forbes, joins us this week on The Lunch Podcast to contrast and compare his Top Ten with James’ and finish up the year; the conversation also includes notes on Only God Forgives vs. Drive, what Her says about love and high-waisted pants, Upstream Color‘s gorgeous muddy metaphysics, Russian formalist criticism, Chuck Pahlaniuk’s most dangerous idea, black-and-white cinematography, and the odd real-life ripples Catching Fire is creating — as well as talking about waffles whether tips and tricks for making at home or L.A.’s best places to get them when you don’t feel like cooking. You can find Todd on twitter at @mtgilchrist

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The Lunch with ‘Gravity’ Co-Writer Jonás Cuarón

GravLunchJonás Cuarón joins this episode of The Lunch Podcast from the Chateau Marmont in L.A. to talk about – among other things —  Gravity, the film he wrote with his father Alfonso Cuarón. Growing up, the son of the director of Children of Men and Y tu Mama Tambien thought that the visual arts or fiction might be his chosen path that diverged from his dad’s world: “I just love storytelling.” Now, he’s a filmmaker, part of the year’s biggest critical successes — and one that’s also earned hundreds of millions worldwide from thrilled, enthralled audiences. As well  as some discussion of Gravity, the conversation includes notes on outer space, squash soup, La Jetée, still photography, great L.A. dining, Spielberg’s Duel, the good and bad of test screenings and his own work as a director from his upcoming feature to his recent Iceland-shot short film, the Gravity companion-piece Aningaaq.

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The Lunch Post-LAFCA Awards with Alonso Duralde, Amy Nicholson and Karina Longworth

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In a special The Lunch Podcast recorded literally right after Sunday’s L.A. Film Critic’s Awards Voting Meeting, James is joined by fellow LAFCA members Alonso Duralde (The Wrap), Amy Nicholson (L.A. Weekly) and Karina Longworth (Freelance) to talk not only about the winners of this year’s LAFCA awards (which can be found at LAFCA.net) but also the other nominees, the films that couldn’t catch a break and their take on why for both winners and losers. You can find our guests on Twitter @ADuralde, @TheAmyNicholson and @karinalongworth, and credit for the above image goes to Nathaniel Rogers, @nathanielr.

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The Lunch with Justin Chang, Chief Film Critic for Variety: Down to the Wire on 2013 …

JustinChangHeadshotJustin Chang is the chief film critic for the venerable-but-lively trade publication Variety; this week on The Lunch, Justin joins regular host and fellow critic James Rocchi to talk about three films of 2013 that any serious film-lover should see before the year’s out — as well as each our arguments why those movies deserve to be looked at, challenging some of their critics as well, ranging from Blue is the Warmest Color to The Spectacular Now, Upstream Color to The Grandmaster, In a World and Before Midnight. James and Justin also talk about two 2013 movies that, while hardly perfect got thrown under the bus this year and attempt to save those films from tire marks and undercarriage bruises … Justin can be read at Variety.com, and found on twitter @JustinCChang

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The Lunch with Director Shaul Schwartz of ‘Narco Cultura’

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Shaul Schwartz was a photojournalist who spent decades covering global hotspots — but after covering the drug war in Mexico, he made the jump to documentary filmmaking with his new film, Narco Cultura. Contrasting the work of a CSI police officer in Juarez, Mexico who spends time cleaning up the human slaughter of the war on drugs and the career of a L.A.-based member of the popular group Buknas de Culiacan, ‘Narco Corridos’ who sings songs glorifying the drug chieftains of Mexico, Narco Cultura looks at the pop culture of crime … and at what happens when crime becomes its own culture. Currently in theaters, Narco Cultura  will expand into more markets in the coming weeks; see the film’s official website for more information. 

 

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The Lunch is back for the 2013-2014 season thanks to the sponsorship of Snoot Entertainment.

 

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