Tammy Gillis, who stars in the new drama Menorca -- now playing theatrically in Toronto and Winnipeg, and coming to iTunes May 9th -- takes some time to celebrate the chaotic joy of Bridesmaids, the 2011 comedy that vaulted Kristen Wiig from scene-stealer to A-lister (and Oscar-nominated screenwriter), gave director Paul Feig his first commercial hit and made Melissa McCarthy a household name. Your genial host Norm Wilner is all in.
With The Girl With All the Gifts now available on demand and coming to disc next week -- and his new novel The Boy on the Bridge in stores next month -- screenwriter and author Mike Carey digs into the muck of Curtis Hanson's L.A. Confidential, which marks its 20th anniversary this year. Your genial host Norm Wilner recorded this episode in London, surrounded by crisps.
With his new documentary Black Code opening in Toronto and Vancouver on Friday, Nick de Pencier shines a light on another non-fiction narrative, Donald Brittain's Oscar-nominated Volcano: An Inquiry Into the Life and Death of Malcolm Lowry. Your genial host Norm Wilner is feeling extra philosophical this week.
Recorded in a very high flat in London, actor, writer and producer Reece Shearsmith takes a break from shooting series four of Inside No. 9 to celebrate the delicious cruelties of Theatre of Blood, Douglas Hickox' 1973 revenge picture starring Vincent Price as an actor who finds an ingenious way to strike back at his critics. Your genial host Norm Wilner assures you he's never written an ill word about Reece Shearsmith.
He just dropped his comedy special Different Times and plays Mayor Tom Hogg in Filth City, so it's the perfect time for Pat Thornton to sit down and discuss the existential and literal chaos of Joel and Ethan Coen's 2009 comedy masterpiece A Serious Man. That's right, your genial host Norm Wilner calls it a masterpiece. What, you're going to argue?
With her first feature Never Eat Alone making its Toronto premiere at the TIFF Bell Lightbox this Saturday, March 25th, writer-director Sofia Bohdanowicz discusses the undeniable pull of Lars Von Trier's 2000 misery musical Dancer in the Dark -- yes, the one where Bjork goes to prison. Your genial host Norm Wilner is ... conflicted.
Writer-director Kevan Funk, whose first feature Hello Destroyer is now playing in Toronto and Ottawa before rolling out across Canada in the coming weeks, digs into the context and commentary of Todd Haynes' devastating 1995 drama Safe. Your genial host Norm Wilner had an immunity suit on hand in the studio.
With their powerhouse drama The Other Half arriving on VOD in Canada today and in American theatrical release this Friday, March 10th, co-stars Tatiana Maslany and Tom Cullen discuss a mutual favorite, Paul Thomas Anderson's 2007 American epic There Will Be Blood. Your genial host Norm Wilner is the first to do the Daniel Plainview voice ... but don't worry, everyone gets a turn.
Revered Canadian filmmaker Guy Maddin (Brand Upon the Brain!, My Winnipeg and most recently The Forbidden Room) dives into the muck and grime of Sam Peckinpah's Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia, the 1974 movie where Warren Oates drives around Mexico with a head in a sack and a thirst for bloody vengeance. Your genial host Norm Wilner is as surprised by this choice as you are.
Veteran stand-up comic and script supervisor (and nascent screenwriter) Daniela Saioni takes up the cause for Grosse Pointe Blank, the perpetually underrated 1997 action-comedy that may actually be John Cusack's finest hour. Your genial host Norm Wilner will take any opportunity to put George Armitage's name back into circulation, so that works out nicely.
You've seen her in everything from Sophie to The Strain, and now Natalie Brown -- starring in The Box, Jovanka Vuckovic's contribution to the horror anthology XX -- puts on her dancing shoes for a spin through Baz Lurhmann's 1992 debut Strictly Ballroom. Your genial host Norm Wilner just wants to learn the Bogo Pogo.
As Denis Villeneuve's Arrival rolls onto Blu-ray and DVD -- and rolls towards the Oscars later this month -- actor Mark O'Brien drops in to talk about another tale of seductive, impenetrable mystery: David Fincher's 1997 thriller The Game. Your genial host Norm Wilner may or may not be in on this.
As their charming comedy Almost Adults goes live on VOD platforms worldwide, writer Adrianna DiLonardo and director Sarah Rotella settle in to talk about Peter Jackson's gargantuan adaptation of The Lord of the Rings and the whole Middle-Earth thing. Your genial host Norm Wilner recorded this between second breakfast and elevenses.
She's in theaters in Miss Sloane and on TV screen in Mary Kills People, and now Grace Lynn Kung is in your ears to talk about Steven Spielberg's 1989 blockbuster Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, which turns out to be awfully relevant to the current political moment. Or maybe it's just one of those movies that will always be relevant. Your genial host Norm Wilner is open to either interpretation.
As Dim the Fluorescents has its second screening at Slamdance, co-star Naomi Skwarna stands up for the complex, messy humanity of Kenneth Lonergan's Margaret -- and all of Lonergan's work, really, which is why this episode includes sweves into You Can Count on Me and Manchester By the Sea. Your genial host Norm Wilner is up for it.
You've been good and you deserve a special Friday episode, so here's Dim the Fluorescents director Daniel Warth -- who'll be in Park City for its Slamdance world premiere tomorrow night -- on John Cassavetes' 1984 swan song Love Streams. Your genial host Norm Wilner can't believe this is the show's 100th episode. Where did the time go?
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.