The Treatment

Elvis Mitchell is widely known for his work as a New York Times film critic and television host of Turner Classic Movies’ Elvis Mitchell: Under The Influence. Mitchell’s weekly The Treatment podcast is much like his television show, wherein he spends half an hour in conversation with film directors, actors and others in the entertainment industry. Recent guests have included Quentin Tarantino, there to promote Inglourious Basterds and share some laughs with Mitchell at the expense of Valkyrie and its star Tom Cruise. Perhaps the most compelling subjects in the last year have been director Eli Roth (Hostel, Cabin Fever), whose argument that Hostel is his attack on unchecked capitalism and the “dumb American” abroad made for irresistible entertainment; and comedian Russell Brand, who was remarkable for his lack of pretension with his hilarious take on sexual escapades and a heroin addiction for which he hardly apologized. Recently, Mitchell showcased his ability to draw out compelling conversations with difficult subjects while interviewing director/comedian Bobcat Goldthwait about his recent work, World’s Greatest Dad (starring Robin Williams). Goldthwait demonstrated himself an all-around nice guy, self-effacing, smart as he revealed that his standup comedy act is not something he even enjoys, using it now only to raise funds for his foray into indie filmmaking.