Josh and Benny Safdie’s Adventures in Moviegoing

Josh and Benny Safdie’s Adventures in Moviegoing

15 Episodes

The undisputed kings of kinetic, adrenaline-rush cinema that unfolds at the heart-stopping pace of a New York minute, Josh and Benny Safdie have been keeping audiences on the edge of their seats (and on the verge of a panic attack) for over a decade with whirlwind character studies like UNCUT GEMS, GOOD TIME, and HEAVEN KNOWS WHAT. In this edition of Adventures in Moviegoing, the brothers sit down to discuss everything from how their father’s love of film shaped their upbringing (and made Dustin Hoffman a surrogate screen dad) to their deep-cut-heavy list of the best New York movies (there’s a lot). The films they’ve chosen to present include slice-of-life gems from Mike Leigh (MEANTIME) and Billy Woodberry (BLESS THEIR LITTLE HEARTS); a gritty thriller from Elaine May (MIKEY AND NICKY); and self-reflexive revelations from Krzysztof Kieślowski (CAMERA BUFF) and Jafar Panahi (THE MIRROR), all of which reflect the abiding humanism that courses through the duo’s own work.

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Josh and Benny Safdie’s Adventures in Moviegoing
  • Josh and Benny Safdie’s Adventures in Moviegoing Teaser

    Episode 1

  • Josh and Benny Safdie in Conversation

    Episode 2

    The directors of UNCUT GEMS and GOOD TIME discuss their favorite cinematic fathers, the all-time best New York movies, and why they consider filmmaking inherently pathological.

  • Josh and Benny Safdie on THE NAKED CITY and IN A LONELY PLACE

    Episode 3

  • The Naked City

    Episode 4

    Directed by Jules Dassin • 1948 • United States
    Starring Barry Fitzgerald, Howard Duff, Dorothy Hart

    “There are eight million stories in the Naked City,” as the narrator immortally states at the close of this breathtakingly vivid film and this is one of them. Master noir craftsman Jules Dassin a...

  • Josh and Benny Safdie on MIKEY AND NICKY

    Episode 5

  • Mikey and Nicky

    Episode 6

    Directed by Elaine May • 1976 • United States

    Elaine May crafted a gangster film like no other in the nocturnal odyssey MIKEY AND NICKY, capitalizing on the chemistry between frequent collaborators John Cassavetes and Peter Falk by casting them together as small-time mobsters whose lifelong re...

  • Josh and Benny Safdie on CAMERA BUFF

    Episode 7

  • Camera Buff

    Episode 8

    Directed by Krzysztof Kieślowski • 1979 • Poland

    A reflexive meditation on art and documentary and a key film in Krzysztof Kieślowski’s career, CAMERA BUFF follows a factory worker's growing obsession with filmmaking after he captures the birth of his daughter on his new 8 mm camera.

  • Bless Their Little Hearts

    Episode 9

    Directed by Billy Woodberry • 1984 • United States
    Starring Nate Hardman, Kaycee Moore, Angela Burnett

    Scripted and shot by Charles Burnett, Billy Woodberry’s slice-of-life revelation is a key masterpiece of the LA Rebellion, the black independent-cinema renaissance that emerged from UCLA’s film...

  • Josh and Benny Safdie on MEANTIME

    Episode 10

  • Meantime
    1:47:22
    Episode 11

    Meantime

    Episode 11

    Directed by Mike Leigh • 1984 • United Kingdom
    Starring Tim Roth, Phil Daniels, Gary Oldman

    A slow-burning depiction of economic degradation in Thatcher’s England, Mike Leigh’s MEANTIME is the culmination of the writer-director’s pioneering work in television. Unemployment is rampant in London’s...

  • Josh and Benny Safdie on CLOSE-UP

    Episode 12

  • Close-up
    1:37:55
    Episode 13

    Close-up

    Episode 13

    Directed by Abbas Kiarostami • 1990 • Iran
    Starring Hossein Sabzian, Abolfazi Ahankhah, Mahrokh Ahankhah

    Internationally revered Iranian filmmaker Abbas Kiarostami has created some of the most inventive and transcendent cinema of the past thirty years, and CLOSE-UP is his most radical, brilliant...

  • Josh and Benny Safdie on THE MIRROR

    Episode 14

  • The Mirror

    Episode 15

    Directed by Jafar Panahi • 1997 • Iran
    Starring Mina Mohammad Khani, Aida Mohammadkhani, Kazem Mojdehi

    Iranian master Jafar Panahi explores the interplay of imagination and reality in this slyly inventive meta-film marvel. When her mother is late to pick her up from school, first grader Mina (Mi...