Recorded live in New York City, actor Mark Gagliardi -- whom you may know as Croach the Tracker on The Thrilling Adventure Hour, or as himself on Drunk History and We Got This With Mark and Hal -- shares his entirely genuine love for Nicholas Hytner's 2000 theater-kid melodrama Center Stage. Your genial host Norm Wilner can see the appeal.
In the first of two episodes recorded earlier this month in New York City, Jean Grae drops by the show to discuss Fight Club, and how she finds inspiration from David Fincher's rebellious counterculture comedy, which really puts the "cult" in "cult cinema". Your genial host Norm Wilner is Jack's intense curiosity.
Somebody finally picked Jaws! And it's actor Paul Sun-Hyung Lee, who stars in the new CBC comedy Kim's Convenience! The result is a journey through Steven Spielberg's 1975 blockbuster -- you know, the one with the shark -- with a full appreciation for its thrilling energy, thoughtful character work and timeless power. This is the episode your genial host Norm Wilner has been waiting for.
His excellent new documentary The Stairs opens this Friday at the TIFF Bell Lightbox in Toronto, and Hugh Gibson marks the occasion by talking about Nicholas Meyer's Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country, the last big-screen adventure of the original series cast. No, Generations doesn't count. Your genial host Norm Wilner will explain why.
At TIFF for the North American premiere of his new film BrOTHERHOOD, actor, screenwriter and director Noel Clarke goes deep on Quentin Tarantino’s 1994 indie blockbuster Pulp Fiction – the film that changed the face of American cinema, made Samuel L. Jackson a movie star and made John Travolta great again. Your genial host Norm Wilner has no complaints about this.
Actor-writer-producer Kristin Wallace -- whose new film Moments of Clarity opens theatrically in Toronto this Friday -- takes advantage of the post-TIFF lull to revisit Ridley Scott's 1991 buddy movie Thelma & Louise. Your genial host Norm Wilner is riding shotgun.
She's bringing her directorial debut Prevenge from Venice to TIFF, but Alice Lowe will always have a special place in her heart for Jim Henson's Labyrinth -- and for David Bowie's weirdly sexy Goblin King. In an episode recorded earlier this year in London, she discusses all of that and more as your genial host Norm Wilner tries to distract a cranky baby.
As he prepares for the world premiere of his new movie Weirdos at TIFF this Friday, screenwriter (and actor, and director, and playwright, and living legend) Daniel MacIvor stops in to talk about Sunday Bloody Sunday, John Schlesinger's quietly searing 1971 drama starring Peter Finch, Glenda Jackson and Murray Head as a man, a woman and the lover they share. Your genial host Norm Wilner actually made tea for this one.
Fan Expo is coming to Toronto, so author Sam Maggs -- who'll be there Friday through Sunday, signing copies of The Fangirl's Guide to the Galaxy and promoting her new book Wonder Women: 25 Innovators, Inventors and Trailblazers Who Changed History -- brings some true Browncoat love for Serenity, Joss Whedon's 2005 big-screen sequel to his beloved space western Firefly. Your genial host Norm Wilner aims to misbehave.
Writer-director John Magary, whose film The Mend was one of the best pictures you didn't see last year, celebrates the curious hybrid of horror and social satire that is Mike Nichols' 1994 Wolf -- you know, the one where Jack Nicholson and James Spader have a literal pissing contest over Michelle Pfeiffer. Your genial host Norm Wilner cannot help but encourage him.
As his new film Edge of Winter makes its way into North American theatres, director Rob Connolly takes the podcast to Toontown for a conversation about Robert Zemeckis' delightful 1988 blockbuster Who Framed Roger Rabbit. Your genial host Norm Wilner doesn't see a single weasel in the room, no sir.
With his new feature How Heavy This Hammer opening in Toronto and Vancouver this week, filmmaker Kazik Radwanski drops by the studio to talk about Stroszek, Werner Herzog's singular 1977 tale of alienation, despair and dancing chickens. Your genial host Norm Wilner keeps the impression to a respectful minimum.
New York chef Andrew Carmellini -- who designed the dishes in Simply Irresistible before setting off on the path that led to Locanda Verde, The Dutch, Lafayette, Bar Primi, Little Park and the soon-to-be-opening Leuca -- celebrates The Blues Brothers the only way he can: Through the music, man. Your genial host Norm Wilner regrets not wearing sunglasses.
Beloved actor Enrico Colantoni -- of Galaxy Quest, Veronica Mars, Flashpoint, Remedy and the new psychological thriller The Dark Stranger, available today on DVD and on demand -- brings the love for Martin Brest's 1988 action comedy Midnight Run and the perfection of a still-youthful Robert De Niro. Your genial host Norm Wilner wants to know where he gets his sunglasses.
With his wilderness thriller The Interior newly available on demand and on disc, filmmaker Trevor Juras sits down to discuss another study of creeping dread in the great outdoors: Werner Herzog's 2005 documentary Grizzly Man. Honestly, your genial host Norm Wilner would have just stayed home.
Actor-filmmaker Connor Jessup, who stars in Blackbird, American Crime and the upcoming Closet Monster, stands up for Hirokazu Kore-eda's Still Walking, a 2008 drama about a very specific day in the lives of a Japanese family. Your genial host Norm Wilner is really happy about this, because more people should know about this movie.
Writer and comedian Ian MacIntyre (Degrassi: Next Class, Inspector Gadget, George of the Jungle) has been a fan of Ghostbusters almost all of his life, so what better time to bring him into the basement for an appreciation of Ivan Reitman's 1984 comedy? Incidentally, you'll be happy to hear your genial host Norm Wilner has mostly recovered from his cold.
With her awesome space adventure series Killjoys kicking off its second season on Syfy and Space this Friday, writer-producer Michelle Lovretta pulls herself away from the edit bay to talk about another space adventure: James Cameron's Aliens, the 1986 sequel that rewrote the rules for an entire franchise. Your genial host Norm Wilner apologizes for his terrible cold.
This episode is a goodie for a couple of reasons: First, the guest is comedian and writer Dana Gould, who's worked on two of the greatest sitcoms ever produced, The Simpsons and Parks and Recreation. Second, the movie is Stanley Kubrick's Dr. Strangelove, or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb, which remains as vital a cinematic satire now as it was five decades ago. Your genial host Norm Wilner just tries not to get in the way.
His retro action thriller Gridlocked arrives on Blu-ray, DVD and VOD today, but director Allan Ungar is taking a moment to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Michael Bay's The Rock -- the movie where Nicolas Cage yells at Sean Connery and lives to tell the tale. Your genial host Norm Wilner was surprised to realize there's a Michael Bay movie he can discuss non-sarcastically.
The Before Trilogy. Sure, Richard Linklater's decades-spanning walk-and-talk cycle is an ambitious pick, but filmmaker Maureen Judge is up to the challenge; with her new documentary My Millennial Life streaming on TVO.org, she tackles the love story of Jesse and Celine from a number of interesting angles. Your genial host Norm Wilner implores you not to listen to this episode if you haven't seen the movies.
With his new movie Borealis opening the Brooklyn Film Festival this Friday (and newly available for rental and purchase on iTunes Canada), actor-screenwriter-producer Jonas Chernick takes a moment to savor the joys of Swingers, the movie that made Jon Favreau and Vince Vaughn indie idols and launched Doug Liman's mostly magnificent directorial career. Your genial host Norm Wilner thinks this choice is so money.
Actor-producer Carolina Bartczak, whom you're about to see opposite Michael Fassbender in X-Men Apocalypse, brings Pedro Almodovar's Volver into the basement to feast upon its swooning visuals, its complex script and Penelope Cruz' unforgettable performance. Your genial host Norm Wilner has been there.
You've seen her on stage, you've heard her on The Dork Forest and The Jackie and Laurie Show and you'll catch her on Netflix in Lady Dynamite this Friday, May 20th; now, Jackie Kashian sits down to celebrate Holiday Inn, Fred Astaire and Bing Crosby's run through the calendar to the songs of Irving Berlin. Your genial host Norm Wilner has to be the one to bring up the blackface sequence.
As her new film The People Garden opens for a limited run at the TIFF Bell Lightbox, actor and filmmaker Nadia Litz sinks deep into the world of Klute, Alan J. Pakula's singular New York thriller starring Jane Fonda and Donald Sutherland as two very different people united by an inexplicable disappearance. Your genial host Norm Wilner can't get over the footage of New York in the early 70s.