James Ponsoldt, the director of The Spectacular Now, joins The Lunch Podcast this week, concurrent with the film’s release to DVD and Blu-Ray this Tuesday the 14th. After dining on Miracle Mile, Ponsoldt and I talked about everything — filming in his hometown, film over digital, casting realistic teen actors, keeping things just the right kind of sweaty, ‘real’ independent films versus the counterfeit of same, his upcoming not-quite-bio-pic about David Foster Wallace and how his attempts to make real, honest films has taught him that the MPAA is the strangest gatekeeper our pop culture has.

Let us know what you thought of the podcast here, or you can find us on twitter @TheLunchPodcast; you can find the show on iTunes, as well.

The Lunch is back for the 2013-2014 season thanks to the sponsorship of Snoot Entertainment.