Hey, here's something that's probably way better than whatever you were planning on doing this afternoon: A hour-long conversation between six directors, five of whom were behind some of the best movies of 2013. There's J.C. Chandor (All Is Lost), Paul Greengrass (Captain Phillips), Nicole Holofcener (Enough Said), Steve McQueen (12 Years a Slave), Spike Jonze (Her), and John Lee Hancock (Saving Mr. Banks). The Film Stage has the rundown about part of the interview, with directors discussing their influences—

They open up about the influences that transformed them into film lovers, with McQueen discussing Jean Vigo‘s Zéro de conduite, Greengrass recalling an early viewing of David Lean‘s Doctor Zhivago, while Chandor talks about how he wept during Steven Spielberg‘s E.T. For Holofcener, she talks about Martin Ritt‘s Conrack, while John Lee Hancock remembers his parents’ love for Lonely are the Brave and Brian’s Song. Lastly, Spike Jonze recalls the details of the worlds in Star Wars, while appreciating the shifting tones of Being There and Fargo. (Via.)

—but right at the start of the video, the filmmakers are talking about if they read the reviews of their films. As someone who writes about movies, OBVIOUSLY I FIND THIS FASCINATING (your mileage may vary). Regardless, I think we can all agree that Spike Jonze has buttoned up his jacket like it's a cape with sleeves, for some reason.


I can't figure out how to embed the thing, and I'd rather watch it than keep trying to figure it out, so that's what I'm going to do. You can join me and watch it at the Los Angeles Times, if you're so inclined.