Episode 26: John McNaughton, Courtney Hunt, Walt Dohrn & Mike Mitchell

FORMERLY POP CULTURE CLUB:  Once again, couldn't resist including this Pop Culture Club episode in the Director's Club feed due to the level of talent involved. And hey, they happen to be directors as well of course, and very good ones. The introduction finds me reflecting on baseball, The Cubs, and the city of Chicago which segways nicely into my first guest who is from the South Side. John McNaughton got his start early on in theater, and then collaborated with talented actors to make the truly disturbing HENRY: PORTRAIT OF A SERIAL KILLER. Most of our conversation is about the making of that seminal horror film, but couldn't resist asking John about working with Bill Murray again as well.

Secondly, I talked to Courtney Hunt who had a huge breakthrough success with FROZEN RIVER. Her latest films stars Keanu Reeves as a defense attorney who is struggling with the ethics of his position, all while trying to solve a murder case involving a young adult. I truly thought this film was a step-above most courtroom dramas so don't let that deter you from seeing it. Courtney made a lot of great points surrounding the theme of the reliability of memory as well as what it's like being a woman in the industry.

Finally, the last of the conversations involves a duo -- the minds behind the latest animated sensation from Dreamworks, TROLLS.  Lots of great songs and a few big laughs were had. This one is definitely going to bring a smile to your child's face. I thoroughly enjoyed talking with directors (and voice actors) Walt Dohrn & Mike Mitchell, the latter of which is also responsible for the underrated SKY HIGH.  Essentially, you have a buffet of talent to listen to here, and I promise there isn't a dull moment.  Enjoy this special episode along with many more to come!

00:00 - 11:03 - Introduction / World Series
11:04 - 35:33 - John McNaughton Interview (HENRY)
35:34 - 52:00 - Courtney Hunt Interview (THE WHOLE TRUTH)
52:01 - 01:06:16 - Mike Mitchell & Walt Dohrn (TROLLS)
01:06:17 - 01:08:00 - Outro

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