His new documentary The Skyjacker's Tale opens in Toronto on Friday, January 20th, so what better excuse for filmmaker Jamie Kastner to spend an hour talking about Mel Brooks' 1968 bad-taste masterpiece The Producers? That's right! None better! Your genial host Norm Wilner promises not to sing "Prisoners of Love", even though he knows the whole song by heart.
With Michael: Every Day returning to CBC this Sunday, January 15th, actor and writer Matt Watts sits down to talk about his love for -- and fascination with -- Elaine May's excruciating 1972 comedy The Heartbreak Kid. Your genial host Norm Wilner still has the scars from the Farrelly Brothers remake.
As Sleepy Hollow starts up its fourth season this Friday on Fox, co-creator and executive producer Phillip Iscove drops in to burnish the reputation of Curtis Hanson's underrated character comedy Wonder Boys. Your genial host Norm Wilner wishes you all a happy 2017.
It's the last episode of 2016, and actor Aaron Costa Ganis -- who co-stars in the new drama Lazy Eye -- sees this grim year out with Terry Gilliam's The Fisher King, which remains distressingly relevant a quarter-century after its release. Your genial host Norm Wilner is always up for a Gilliam picture.
As Antoine Fuqua's remake arrives on disc, writer and CaseFiles of Columbo co-host Kevin Seccia reminds us why John Sturges' first run at The Magnificent Seven remains so satisfying -- and it's not just because Steve McQueen is so damn magnetic. Your genial host Norm Wilner apologizes for telling the "Gus Van Sant's Psycho" story again.
Oscar-nominated screenwriter and director Whit Stillman reaches across the decades to program an RKO Studios double feature: Mark Sandrich's 1934 Astaire-Rogers musical The Gay Divorcee and John Ford's 1950 Western Wagon Master. Your genial host Norm Wilner went all the way to the Upper East Side to secure this holiday treat.
He shares the screen in Miss Sloane with Jessica Chastain, Michael Stuhlbarg and Sam Waterston, but right now Raoul Bhaneja just wants to gaze at the majesty of David Lean's essential 1962 epic Lawrence of Arabia. Your genial host Norm Wilner cannot blame him.
Before his new drama The Other Half opens in Toronto and Vancouver this Friday, writer-director Joey Klein drops in to talk about his admiration for James White, Josh Mond's harrowing 2015 character study starring Christopher Abbott as a disintegrating New Yorker doing his best to care for his dying mother. Your genial host Norm Wilner is ready to go deep on this one.
Actor and improviser Becky Johnson, currently onstage in Toronto's Second City revue Come What Mayhem, celebrates the seductive pull of Terrence Malick's Badlands in an episode that winds through philosophy, grace and the human fascination of violence. Your genial host Norm Wilner couldn't be happier with that.
What's this? A special Friday bonus episode? And it features living legend Douglas Trumbull on how the experience of seeing How the West Was Won in glorious Cinerama led him to dedicate his life to expanding our conception of cinema? Your genial host Norm Wilner hopes you don't mind.
She stars in CBC's family drama This Life and can be seen this Friday in the theatrical release The History of Love, but right now actor Torri Higginson wants to share her love for Wim Wenders' compassionate masterwork Wings of Desire. And you should listen to her, because your genial host Norm Wilner is feeling like love and compassion are in pretty short supply these days.
You saw him under several pounds of makeup in Star Trek Beyond as Enterprise security guard Wadjet, but this week actor Dan Payne is just his ordinary, enthusiastic self as he discusses Martin McDonagh's 2012 caper comedy Seven Psychopaths. Your genial host Norm Wilner really hopes there's an America left to enjoy this episode.
The U.S. election is just a week away, so it's the ideal time for actor Lucas Neff (Fear, Inc., I Love You Both, ABC's upcoming Downward Dog) to discuss the still sadly relevant All the President's Men. And if you're in Toronto on Thursday November 3rd, come see your genial host Norm Wilner introduce a screening of Alan J. Pakula's perfect political procedural at the Revue Cinema with Brendan Canning!
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.