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.
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"I don't trust authority. If your job is to tell me what to do, I think that's weird." Dan Harmon, the brain behind "Community," "Rick and Morty" and Harmontown.
Comedian Andy Daly on playing all-American archetypes with a David Lynchian dark side.
Dave Karger is unique among the ever-growing pack of 'Oscar experts.' He knows movies, yes. But what sets him apart is his historical sense of the Oscars.
Oscar nominee Bruce Dern shares his thoughts on Cannes, the Kardashians, and the 'opera of life.' Contains explicit language .
Phil Lord and Christopher Miller on what it was like being nerds before the Internet made it cool, and starting a hunger strike in India.
"They were professional chameleons, yet they had to stay true to who they were as artists." Director Morgan Neville talks about his Oscar-nominated documentary.
"Brooklyn Nine-Nine" co-creators and comedy veterans Daniel Goor and Michael Schur on "MASH," Stephen Merchant and "Hill Street Blues."
He's got the Critics Choice, Golden Globe, and DGA Awards for Best Director. Is an Oscar in the cards for Alfonso Cuarón?
Director Kenneth Branagh talks about why Shakespeare and action movies have more in common than you think.
Playwright, screenwriter and actor Tracy Letts talks about being a 'Natural Born Dramatist.'
Contains explicit language. Charles Lane, creator of "Sidewalk Stories" on how he went from hating silent movies, to making one, in black and white.
Comedian Nick Kroll talks about 'sketchuational comedy' and explains what a Martuna/Tunatini is. WARNING: Contains adult content.
Following "Django Unchained" and "The Great Gatsby," actor Leonardo DiCaprio continues to explore the corruption of the American Dream in "The Wolf of Wall Street."
Actor Don Cheadle and creator Matthew Carnahan talk about ushering in the third season of "House of Lies" on Showtime.
Oscar-winning actress Anjelica Huston reflects on her relationship with her father, director John Huston, and why she hasn't had much luck directing movies.
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David O. Russell talks about music, cliches, and Jennifer Lawrence in a neck brace. Recorded live at Film Independent at LACMA.
Elvis Mitchell is an American film critic and host of KCRW's nationally syndicated pop culture and entertainment show, The Treatment, since its inception in 1996. Mitchell was born in Highland Park, Michigan and graduated in 1980 from Wayne State University, where he majored in English. He has served as a film critic for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, where he received the 1999 AASFE award for criticism, the LA Weekly, the Detroit Free Press, and the New York Times. He served for a number of years as a pop culture commentator for Weekend Edition on NPR.
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The theme track is Chocolate Elvis by Tosca.
(compilation CD 'Abstract Vibes' on Quango Records, Cat# 162-448 015-2)