KCRW's The Treatment
By Elvis Mitchell, KCRW.com
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A "treatment," in Hollywood parlance, is a concise overview of a screenplay. On The Treatment, film critic Elvis Mitchell turns the tables and gives the "treatment" to some of the most influential and innovative forces creating movies and popular art and entertainment. Each week, Elvis speaks with an amazing array of guests, discussing everything from their inner conflicts to their interior design. With a straightforward style that understates his vast knowledge, Elvis is able to extract insights, issues and inspirations from even the most introverted guests. Conversations on The Treatment are mostly comfortable, sometimes contentious, but always fascinating.
||Peyton Reed: Ant-Man||Bringing competition to the big screen, director Peyton Reed discusses his start in filmmaking and his most recent challenges in properly representing the unlikely Marvel hero "Ant-Man."||7/28/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Kyle Patrick Alvarez: The Stanford Prison Experiment||After decades of Hollywood interest, director Kyle Patrick Alvarez discusses the process of finally acquiring, casting and completing his newest release, The Stanford Prison Experiment.||7/21/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Mark Christopher: 54, The Director's Cut||The director of the film 54 discusses the re-release of the cult-classic, debuting the version we were meant to see originally -- the director's cut.||7/14/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Sacha Jenkins: Fresh Dressed||The director of the film Fresh Dressed discusses the sociological evolution of fashion though hip hop.||7/6/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Kim and Roberto Benabib: The Brink||Co-creators Kim and Roberto Benabib talk about making global annihilation funny in their new series for HBO, The Brink.||6/29/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Rick Famuyiwa: Dope||Writer/director Rick Famuyiwa talks about breaking stereotypes with his Sundance hit, Dope.||6/22/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Abbi Jacobson & Ilana Glazer: Broad City||After a stellar Season 2, the creators and stars of Broad City reflect on where it all began.||6/16/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Dustin Hoffman: MasterClass||Dustin Hoffman, the ultimate Master of his craft, is now teaching a Master Class online.||6/10/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Nick Offerman: Gumption||Actor/humorist/author/woodworker Nick Offerman talks about his new book, Gumption: Relighting the Torch of Freedom with America's Gutsiest Troublemakers.||6/2/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Ben Wexler & Billy Crystal: The Comedians||Billy Crystal on a career full of chemistry, most recently with FX's The Comedians, joined by EP/showrunner Ben Wexler.||5/26/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Dee Rees: Bessie||Filmmaker Dee Rees' new film, Bessie, explores the story of the legendary blues performer Bessie Smith.||5/19/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Greg Berlanti: The Flash and Arrow||Prolific writer/producer Greg Berlanti (Arrow, The Flash) on how being Catholic and gay influences his storytelling.||5/13/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Helen Hunt: Ride||Helen Hunt learns to surf in her second feature, Ride, as writer, director and star.||5/6/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Nick Kroll: Adult Beginners||Nick Kroll talks about growing up in his new film as actor/writer and first time feature producer, Adult Beginners.||4/28/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Jane Lynch: See Jane Sing||Glee actress Jane Lynch hits the road with her one-person cabaret show, See Jane Sing.||4/22/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Kristen Stewart: Clouds of Sils Maria||Kristen Stewart has been a muse to the Beat Generation, a Knight, and a vampire. Now she's an assistant, in Olivier Assayas' new film, Clouds of Sils Maria.||4/15/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Mike Mignola: Hellboy in Hell||Comic book artist and Hellboy creator Mike Mignola talks about trusting his gut and creating a constant sense of play in his work.||4/7/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Matthew Weiner: Mad Men||Matthew Weiner reflects on Mad Men as its seventh and final season begins its final run.||4/1/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Paul Seydor: The Authentic Death and Contentious Afterlife of Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid||Editor and writer Paul Seydor on his latest book about Sam Peckinpah's last Western, Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid.||3/24/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Adam Carolla: Road Hard||Adam Carolla on taking a common sense approach to comedy in his co-directing debut, Road Hard.||3/17/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Rose McGowan: Dawn||Rose McGowan on starting fresh, with her directorial debut, Dawn.||3/9/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Scott McCloud: The Sculptor||Writer and illustrator Scott McCloud goes back to creating comics with his first graphic novel, The Sculptor.||3/4/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Nahnatchka Khan: Fresh Off the Boat||"I like the dichotomy of good people sometimes behaving badly," Nahnatchka Khan on her new series, Fresh Off the Boat.||2/25/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Damien Chazelle & J.K. Simmons: Whiplash||--||2/18/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Alejandro Gonzalez Iñárritu and Emmanuel Lubezki: Birdman||Birdman writer/director Alejandro Gonzalez Iñárritu and cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki talk to Elvis in front of a live audience.||2/12/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
Elvis is the King!
Elvis is a great interviewer because he really cares about the person he is talking with. His style is laidback but passionate. Because he is so trustworthy his shows are very insightful. My only complaint is they need more episodes!
Great to hear this show!
I agree with all the other reviews that regail Elvis' great interviewing prowess, but I also want to recommend this podcast to all the other folks out there like me whose local Public Radio affiliate doesn't broadcast The Treatment. The shows are insightful and highly entertaining! I'm glad I stumbled upon these broadcasts!
Take lessons from this guy....
Elvis knows the business well enough to give ideas and input to his subjects. He should be required listening for anyone wanting to become an interviewer.