Rian Johnson’s Adventures in Moviegoing

Rian Johnson’s Adventures in Moviegoing

12 Episodes

The director of inventive indie hits like LOOPER and BRICK, Rian Johnson brought his unique sensibility to the multiplex with the 2017 blockbuster STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI. A passionate cinephile, he sat down with Alicia Malone to present a lineup of favorites that unsurprisingly reflect his fascination with dark science fiction and troubled psychological undercurrents. From a time-traveling short by Chris Marker to a dystopian epic by Rainer Werner Fassbinder and Shane Carruth’s sui generis head trip UPSTREAM COLOR, his selections display the same intelligent, inventive approach to genre that he brings to his own work.

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Rian Johnson’s Adventures in Moviegoing
  • Rian Johnson in Conversation

    Episode 1

    The director of STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI joins Alicia Malone to discuss his career, fascination with science fiction, and the films that have shaped his subversive approach to genre.

  • Rian Johnson on LA JETÉE

    Episode 2

  • La Jetée

    Episode 3

    Directed by Chris Marker • 1963 • France

    Chris Marker, filmmaker, poet, novelist, photographer, editor, and now videographer and digital multimedia artist, has been challenging moviegoers, philosophers, and himself for years with his complex queries about time, memory, and the rapid advancement ...

  • Rian Johnson on 8½

    Episode 4

  • Episode 5

    Directed by Federico Fellini • 1963 • Italy

    Marcello Mastroianni plays Guido Anselmi, a director whose new project is collapsing around him, along with his life. One of the greatest films about film ever made, Federico Fellini's 8 1/2 (Otto e mezzo) turns one man's artistic crisis into a grand e...

  • Rian Johnson on WORLD ON A WIRE

    Episode 6

  • WORLD ON A WIRE: Part 1

    Episode 7

    Directed by Rainer Werner Fassbinder • 1973 • Germany
    Starring Klaus Löwitsch, Barbara Valentin, Mascha Rabben

    WORLD ON A WIRE is a gloriously paranoid, boundlessly inventive take on the future from German wunderkind Rainer Werner Fassbinder. With dashes of Stanley Kubrick, Kurt Vonnegut, and Ph...

  • WORLD ON A WIRE: Part 2

    Episode 8

    Directed by Rainer Werner Fassbinder • 1973 • Germany
    Starring Klaus Löwitsch, Barbara Valentin, Mascha Rabben

    WORLD ON A WIRE is a gloriously paranoid, boundlessly inventive take on the future from German wunderkind Rainer Werner Fassbinder. With dashes of Stanley Kubrick, Kurt Vonnegut, and Ph...

  • Rian Johnson on F FOR FAKE

    Episode 9

  • F for Fake

    Episode 10

    Directed by Orson Welles • 1975 • France, Iran, Germany

    Trickery. Deceit. Magic. In F FOR FAKE, a free-form sort-of documentary by Orson Welles, the legendary filmmaker (and self-described charlatan) gleefully reengages with the central preoccupation of his career: the tenuous lines between illu...

  • Rian Johnson on STALKER

    Episode 11

  • Stalker

    Episode 12

    Directed by Andrei Tarkovsky • 1979 • Russian Federation

    Andrei Tarkovsky’s final Soviet feature is a metaphys­ical journey through an enigmatic postapocalyptic landscape, and a rarefied cinematic experience like no other. A hired guide—the Stalker—leads a writer and a professor into the heart...