Nicolas Winding Refn and Cliff Martinez on the Primal Melding of Music and Image

Refn—through the platform of provocative filmmaking and his desire for big, sexy music—made people stop and notice Cliff Martinez.

Alex Honnold: The Rock Whisperer

He’s the only person to have scaled Yosemite monster-wall El Capitan without ropes, a feat detailed in the Oscar-winning doc “Free Solo.”

Jeff Bridges: Rediscovering Fire with The Dude

In their thoughtful climate change documentary, Jeff Bridges + director Susan Kucera ask: If our evolutionary traits are killing us, how do we change?

Asperger’s Are Us Accidentally Combine Comedy and Heart

With an HBO mini-series and a second retirement in their imminent future, the comedy troupe take us behind the scenes of their beloved act.

Josh Gondelman Is a Cozy Cardigan

The writer/comedian is really nice. Like, suspiciously nice.

“The New Negroes” Takes the Black Renaissance to Comedy Central

Open Mike Eagle and Baron Vaughn’s new show presents a platform for black, left-of-mainstream acts.

Investigating Jena Friedman’s Deadpan Brand of Feminist Humor

The comedian and “Soft Focus” creator talks sexual harassment in gaming, how to joke about topics like campus rape, and sitting down with John McAfee, who was surrounded by guns.

In Nick Broomfield’s “Marianne & Leonard,” Cohen’s Muse Finally Gets Her Day in the Sun

The documentarian speaks about his deep-dive into the famous couple’s fraught romantic history.

Speaking with Satanic Temple Co-Founder Lucien Greaves at Sundance Made Me Want to Join His Reasonable Religion

“Hail, Satan?” premiered at Sundance last weekend. But don’t worry—these guys don’t actually worship Satan.

Deleting the Male Gaze: Isa Mazzei Gives Horror an Upgrade in “Cam”

A former camgirl flipped the script in writing and co-creating a new horror flick inspired by her own experiences, available now on Netflix.  

Children of Women: Yalitza Aparicio and Marina de Tavira’s Trip to “Roma”

Alfonso Cuarón’s follow-up to “Gravity” is Netflix’s first big play for Best Picture. Its star had never acted before.

D’Arcy Carden Will Tickle Your Funny Bone

The actress best-known as a bubbly tour guide in heaven is learning a lot from playing non-human.

Paul Dano and the Importance of Being Earnest

Our FLOOD 9 cover story on the offbeat (and oft-beat) actor and first-time director.

Colluding with Rob Rogers and Tenacious D’s Jack Black and Kyle Gass

Our FLOOD 9 cover conversation between ex–Pittsburgh Post-Gazette political cartoonist and an irreverent rock duo.

Deerhoof’s Ed Rodriguez Is a Very Easy Scare

The experimental rock vets put their spin on two creepy classics from “The Shining”’s soundtrack—and Rodriguez, who took the helm on the project, might have been the most spooked out of everyone involved.  

Soul Skaters: The Young Stars of “mid90s”

The five leads of Jonah Hill’s new film are, for the most part, skateboarders first and actors second. But being a skater doesn’t mean just one thing anymore.

Haddonfield, Revisited: John Carpenter’s Walk Back to “Halloween,” Forty Years Later

What many consider the scariest movie ever made started as a casual idea tossed out to a young filmmaker who understood the terror inherent within our own homes. That filmmaker also knew how to play the synthesizer. 

In Conversation: Bing Liu’s Skate Doc “Minding the Gap” Is About a Lot More Than Skating

The first-time filmmaker on becoming a documentarian-of-all-trades—and trying not to miss anything.

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