HILLARY CLINTON OPENS UP
John Horn sat down with Hillary Clinton and filmmaker Nanette Burstein at the Sundance Film Festival, where a four-part Hulu documentary about the former First Lady and Secretary of State had its premiere. The series is now streaming on Hulu. Clinton talks about about fighting a lifetime of sexism, the 2020 election, and answers the question: Did she pay for Bill Clinton's sins?
THE INVISIBLE TRUTH
Leading the box office last weekend was “The Invisible Man.” It’s the latest cinematic re-imagining of the classic H.G. Wells story. It stars Elizabeth Moss as a woman who thinks she’s finally free from her controlling and abusive husband when she’s told that he has committed suicide. She soon finds herself being hunted in a way that’s very hard to prove. Moss’ character is brutalized but not believed. And the themes of abuse and gaslighting echo some of what the #MeToo movement has brought more sharply into focus. But director and screenwriter Leigh Whannel says all that came later. First there was a casual meeting with Universal. He relays his story to John Horn.
KISS: MORE THAN A ROCK BAND
While rock pioneers KISS are on their final tour, The Frame contributor Paul Ratliff, a lifelong fan, wanted to explore the emotional bond he and other fans have to the band— a bond that often goes beyond the makeup and theatrics.
SWEET LAND: WHOSE LAND IS THIS LAND
Yuval Sharon doesn't stage his operas in traditional theater spaces. “Hopscotch” took place in cars driving around Los Angeles. In “Invisible Cities,” people listened to the opera on headphones as they moved through L.A.’s Union Station. His latest piece, “Sweet Land,” is a collaborative, open-air opera about colonialism and displacement. Set in the Los Angeles State Historic Park, just north of downtown, the opera is an examination of what it means to be an American.
THE ABSURDITY OF "GREED"
Steve Coogan stars in Greed, a satire about income inequality told through the story of a fictional fashion mogul. He's got blow-dried locks, a perma-tan, blindingly white fake teeth, and a young girlfriend — and he's throwing an elaborate birthday party for himself on a Greek island. The film is written and directed by Michael Winterbottom, who has partnered with Coogan numerous times, including on "The Trip" movies. Coogan talks with John Horn about how they put real world issues of exploited garment workers in Asia and Syrian refugees in Greece alongside this flamboyant billionaire in an effort to get people to think about the super rich and super poor.
SONG EXPLODER: VAGABON
When Laetitia Tamko started making her second album under the name Vagabon, she really wanted to produce the entire thing on her own. It would be a new sound, and producing was still a relatively new skill to her, but she wanted to tackle it head-on, and do it all herself. On the song, “Water Me Down,” Laetitia actually has a co-producer, Eric Littmann. It’s the one exception to her otherwise entirely self-produced album. In this excerpt from the Song Exploder podcast, she breaks down how she and Littmann made the song, and why it was worth making that exception.