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Episode 2: Rian Johnson Revealed With his Sundance hit film BRICK, writer-director Rian Johnson attempted to convey his powerful reactions to the work of Dashiell Hammett. Thus, BRICK is a deeply personal film; though it may be evident that a Hammettesque script propels its action, its nuances can only be appreciated when a familiarity with Johnson is achieved. In this episode, Rian reveals how his personal experience, gourmand taste in movies, and willingness to heed his cast allowed him to leap-frog the conventions of film noir, and craft his eclectic hard-boiled debut. This podcast is brought to you by Clute and Edwards of www.noircast.net. To leave a comment on this episode, or make a donation to the podcast, please visit "Behind the Black Mask: Mystery Writers Revealed" at btbm.libsyn.com.
Direct download: BTBM_2006_08_15.mp3
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Comments[2]

  • A very enjoyable interview indeed. Brick is one of a kind, and it really came through well why. With that said I\'m going to dig right into a couple of quick points I\'d like to make. With OOtP I\'ve never really felt that there was much need to go above 30 minutes per episode (I wouldn\'t mind, but there isn\'t much need). Here I did though. Perhaps in part because you were now three people talking instead of two. In any case I felt there was much more that could\'ve been discussed, and you had to cut a couple of subjects short. Given the time limit you did a pretty good job of covering several areas in some detail. It\'s just that a podcast loses some of it\'s strengths when time is a limiting factor. Of course if whoever you\'re interviewing hasn\'t got more time there\'s nothing you can do about it. And it\'s not certain that the forthcoming episodes need to be longer. But when possible it\'s something I suggest you think about. If there are technical issues involved you could split up an interview over two episodes. I could live with that, if it\'s a good split. I\'m assuming you conducted this interview over the phone? When you do it\'s even more important that you don\'t interrupt whoever happens to be talking, even for a second. He\'s harder to hear than you are. You managed it fine most of the time, but one of you got a bit excited for a few moments. Even if you agree with a point that\'s being made you shouldn\'t say so until the guy who\'s speaking has finished. Those were really my only points of criticism. Looking forward to the next episode!

    posted by: Harald the Swede on 2006-08-17 17:33:00

  • I too enjoyed the interview. Thank you for your efforts on this podcast. I\'d like to say that as long as the material is good, I have no objection to listening to something significantly longer than 30 minutes. I\'d encourage you to not dwell too long on the length. My wishlist of Interviews: Rupert Holmes Don Winslow Thomas Perry John Burdette Laura Lippman Michael Koryta Mark Frost

    posted by: Michael on 2006-10-04 22:04:00

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