Jan 4, 2018
Maurice Sendak’s beloved children’s picture book left an indelible mark on generations of kids, and Luke and James are among them. They begin this combo book/film episode by discussing their relationship with the original material, then talk about the text itself, drawing out new meaning from their now adult perspectives. Next, they move on to Spike Jonze’s documentary called “Tell Them Anything You Want: A Portrait of Maurice Sendak” which deeply affected them both. Through it, they discuss the life and legacy of the Sendak, and what it means to find joy in creative work when all else fails. In the last half of the episode, Luke and James delve into Spike Jonze’s 2009 Film. Their talk turns from artistry and imagination to symbolism and hidden meanings, as well as the difficulties the performers faced in their suits and the pushback the director faced in making the film he ultimately wanted to create.