Todd Phillips’ JOKER

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Join Frank, Tim, and Nate discuss Todd Phillip’s box office hit, JOKER, which is currently the highest-grossing rated R film of all time. Discussed in length is the film, and its commentary on American culture, Joaquin Phoenix’s transformative performance, Robert De Niro’s sublime turn, and the film’s Oscar chances. We hope you enjoy!

Todd Phillips and Lawrence Sher on WAR DOGS


Podcasting Them Softly is beyond thrilled to present an extremely entertaining chat with filmmaker Todd Phillips and cinematographer Lawrence Sher, as they discuss their new political action-comedy-drama WAR DOGS! This was a true honor to speak with Todd and Larry as they’ve become a major collaborative force over the last decade, working on some of the funniest movies that have been released (THE HANGOVER TRILOGY, DUE DATE), and with WAR DOGS, the creative duo appear to be taking on an even meatier story, this time one that’s based on real-life escapades of gun running in the Middle East. Listen in for tidbits on the casting process, the challenge of getting a movie like this made in today’s filmic landscape, and their approach to a project that was shot in multiple countries with a large scope and exciting action! Big thanks to Todd and Larry for their time, and we hope you enjoy this terrific discussion with two supremely talented artists!



unnamed (1)Podcasting Them Softly is thrilled to present our latest addition to Cinematographer’s Corner — a chat with veteran director of photography Lawrence Sher! Lawrence is one of the premiere shooters of studio comedies, having collaborated with director Todd Phillips on The Hangover trilogy, the edgy road-trip comedy Due Date, and this summer’s awesome looking political action comedy War Dogs, which stars Jonah Hill and Miles Teller. Other cinematography credits include Dan in Real Life, I Love You, Man, The Dictator, Paul, indie favorite Kissing Jessica Stein, and Garden State and Wish I Was Here for filmmaker Zach Braff. And later this year in November, he’ll be making his directorial debut with the all-star comedy Bastards, which features Owen Wilson, JK Simmons, Glenn Close, Katie Aselton, Ving Rhames, Bill Irwin, Harry Shearer, and Ed Helms. Lawrence‘s work behind the camera is always stylish and smart, with a frequent use of the 2.35:1 aspect ratio in a genre that typically favors the more standard and less dynamic 1.85:1, while consistently demonstrating a fundamental understanding of how to properly maximize comedy in every shot while still paying attention to bold visual texture. This is an extremely fun discussion, and we hope you enjoy!