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All about movies with DESTROYER screenwriter, PHIL HAY on AEWCH 58!

5 Feb
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Friends, 
At the opening of 2019, I’m reviewing the state of something in 2019: what’s on the scene now and what to look for in the coming year! This week, it’s the State of Movies, 2019 and to that end I talk with the amazing screenwriter Phil Hay, whose most recent film, Destroyer, features Nicole Kidman as a messed up cop, seeking revenge, in what I think is her best performance ever.
He’s also one of the writers behind the amazing horror film The Invitation. Phil creates these incredible movies with his wife, the director Karyn Kusama*, and his writing partner, Matt Manfredi. Phil once said, “To me, the main thing that I believe qualifies you to be a writer is that you’re really interested in other people.” And for Phil, includes his characters, the audience, and other filmmakers past and present. I’m so excited to share this conversation with you.
Phil and I talk: how genre films and how they’re overtaking moviemaking in general, the challenge of making challenging movies; the importance of truly female characters rather than women playing male roles; why we need a reappraisal of Phil/Karyn/Matt’s excellent (yeah, I said it) sci-fi movie starring Charlize Theron, Aeon Flux; how going to the theater pre-internet, without knowing what was playing, created a different way of watching; liking the movies we don’t like; horror audiences as the ideal audiences; portrayals of processing grief; the problem and promise of the cult; why cult-like statements can be useful; patriarchy as a narrative that is so boring that we need to overturn it; and finally, why Destroyer is such an amazing movie; and finally, why Destroyer is such an amazing movie!
*PS, sorry for mispronouncing Karyn’s name at the top. It’s KAH-rin, not CARE-in. Duh, Conner.
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Support AGAINST EVERYONE WITH CONNER HABIB on PATREON! New video, new benefits, new goals, and more!

1 Dec

Friends –

I’m so excited to announce the official relaunch of my patreon! I’ve decided to focus more and more on my podcast and truly make it my full time job. That means I need more patrons.

I appreciate how many of you subscribe to this website for updates; please do take a minute to sign up for the patreon and to watch the video above.

If each of you just donated a dollar a month to my mission – creating a smarter, more thoughtful world through deep and accessible conversations — we’d truly make a huge change in getting this mission out there.

This relaunch is a culmination of everything I’ve learned over a year + of podcasting and patreon-ing.

There are new benefits (t-shirts, the Against Everyone online salon), new goals (800 patrons by 1/31), and new episodes of AEWCH TWICE a week (Tuesdays and solo episodes on Saturdays). Also, the video is pretty funny.

Please do support the show so I can make this full time job…my full time job. And also, you’ll be supporting a 5-8 year scholarly work research project that I’m embarking on at the end of January (details soon!)

Thank you, and, as always,

Love

CH

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Conner on How To Break Up With A Country and why We Deserve Better (AEWCH Ep 9!)

29 Sep
Hello friends,
I know it’s weird to say, “wow, I’m on Episode 9 already!” instead of waiting for Episode 10 to say it.
But I dunno, for some reason, I’m just very excited that I’ve made it this far. I love my small but mighty web series, and I’m happy the subscribers are growing. Are you one?
Each time I record a show, I write the lecture, practice it, record it, make notes for my editor, post it, post the show notes, send these emails out, post a blog, and promote it. Wowzah. This is, of course a not-so-subtle-plea for you to support the show via my patreon
Episode 9, How To Break Up With A Country or We Deserve Better is all about the antagonistic and increasingly outmoded relationship with the state. I bring in writers like Rebecca Solnit and Zygmunt Bauman to talk through some of this. I also do a long bit on why stop signs kinda suck.
In this ep:
  • Yes We Can! Campaign slogans as evidence of dwindling nationalism: 2:15
  • We unveiled the rotted roots of our system, but pretended it was just bad apples: 4:45
  • Centrism is what happens when you walk into the realm of evil and it benefits you 7:10
  • Stop signs as evidence that the state doesn’t work 10:15
  • We handle disasters well. The state? Not so much.: 13:00
  • “…it takes powerful forces to keep…paradise at bay…”: 16:25
  • What this cute Argentine taught me about governments: 17:20
  • The “election” of 2016.: 21:15
  • Voting matters, but HOW does it matter?: 22:25
  • “We are at the start of a long and torturous process…”: 28:10
Thanks for hanging with me on this journey, for watching my show, and for being awesome.
Love,
CH

 

AGAINST EVERYONE with CONNER HABIB EPISODE 1 – Against Everyone OR The Vision Is Always A Fact

6 Jun

Hello everyone and here we go!

The first episode of my brand new web series, Against Everyone with Conner Habib, is now up! Against Everyone with Conner Habib is a show about ideas, and how the most profound ideas emerge from thinking in multiple disciplines at once. My series brings serious, deep, and intense concepts to you in accessible, interesting, and usable ways. Each month there are at least two episodes. One (like the first episode) is a mini-lecture from me, and another is me in conversation with a great thinker/rebel/artist/weirdo of our time.

EPISODE 1: AGAINST EVERYONE or THE VISION IS ALWAYS A FACT

In Episode 1, I talk about:

  • How pleasure and political resistance meet
  • A long-forgotten thinker who can enrich our perspective of the present day
  • What having sex on the sidewalk has to do with activism
  • Your miserable friend and why they’re so miserable
  • Superman vs bombs
  • Planets having sex with one another

and so much more!

Please sign up for my Patreon to support the show.

With your contribution, you can get

  • a downloadable audio version of the show
  • bonus episodes only available to patrons
  • membership in the monthly Conner Habib Book Club
  • personalized video postcards
  • chat sessions with me

and more!

You can also find the show notes there. Please also share with your friends, family, animal companions, and preferred objects. Use the hashtag #AEWCH when you do.

Love!

CH