‘How It Ends’ Interview: Zoe Lister-Jones And Daryl Wein On Finding Humor And Insight In The End Of The World

How it Ends is not your typical movie about the end of the world. But then, when the filmmakers are Zoe Lister-Jones and Daryl Wein, why would you ever want it to be? Whether working together or separate, Lister-Jones and Wein have found humor in exploring the human relationships in films such as Lola Versus, Breaking Upwards, and a personal favorite, Band Aid.

How it Ends turns some of that focus inward, as Lister-Jones plays Liza, who journeys through a mostly-empty Los Angeles alongside the embodiment of her younger self played by Cailee Spaeny. Oh, and it’s the day before the world comes to an end. It sounds like a downer, but as Liza encounters the people who were important to her; friends, family, exes, there’s humor in the attempts to patch things up and finally get this life thing right for the first time.

I had the chance to talk with Zoe Lister-Jones and Daryl Wein about How it Ends. The film was shot last year during the pandemic, which caused a number of challenges, not the least of which was gathering the starry cast that includes Olivia Wilde, Fred Armisen, Helen Hunt, and many others. This was a lot of fun, and I hope you’ll check it out.

How it Ends is available in theaters and VOD now. Check out my review here and the interview below.

Travis Hopson has been reviewing movies before he even knew there was such a thing. Having grown up on a combination of bad '80s movies, pro wrestling, comic books, and hip-hop, Travis is uniquely positioned to geek out on just about everything under the sun. A vampire who walks during the day and refuses to sleep, Travis is the co-creator and lead writer for Punch Drunk Critics. He is also a contributor to Good Morning Washington, WBAL Morning News, and WETA Around Town. In the five minutes a day he's not working, Travis is also a voice actor, podcaster, and Twitch gamer. Travis is a voting member of the Critics Choice Association (CCA), Washington DC Area Film Critics Association (WAFCA), and Late Night programmer for the Lakefront Film Festival.