Winner of TIFF 2015's Toronto City Award for Best Canadian First Feature, Sleeping Giant writer-director Andrew Cividino comes to the basement to discuss the themes, structure and digital wonders of Robert Zemeckis' Contact. Your genial host Norm Wilner had yet to see The Walk at the time of recording.
Filmmaker Nimisha Mukerji (65_Red Roses, Blood Relative) brings Tyler Measom and Justin Weinstein's documentary An Honest Liar into the basement, marking the first time a guest has chosen to discuss a non-fiction film. (No, Borat doesn't count.) The life and secrets of James Randi are explored, along with the nature of documentary filmmaking itself, as your genial host Norm Wilner does his best to keep it real.
As he brings his documentary Hurt to TIFF, filmmaker Alan Zweig stops by to talk about The Friends of Eddie Coyle, Peter Yates' minimalist crime picture featuring Robert Mitchum, a great cast of 1970s character actors and an approach to the genre that had never quite been attempted before. Your genial host Norm Wilner rides shotgun.
Actress-writer-producer Katie Boland is bringing two films to TIFF later this week -- she produced the short film Boxing and has a supporting role opposite Ethan Hawke in the Chet Baker drama Born to Be Blue -- so it was really nice of her to carve out the time to talk about Michel Gondry and Charlie Kaufman's rapturous, melancholic 2004 comedy. Your genial host Norm Wilner promised himself he wouldn't cry.
Strange Empire star Cara Gee, who swears she does not like musicals, loves Jesus Christ Superstar. How did Norman Jewison's 1973 adaptation of Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber's rock opera force its way into her heart? Listen to this week's episode and find out! Your genial host Norm Wilner does not sing, but might bust out his Ian McKellen impression. It's all kind of a blur.