It's Halloween, so veteran producer (Ginger Snaps, Splice) and newly-minted director (A Christmas Horror Story) Steven Hoban descends into the basement with Drew Goddard's delightful monster mash-up The Cabin in the Woods for a conversation about smart storytelling, sympathizing with the right characters, and how to hide a thoughtful deconstruction of genre inside a workplace comedy. Your genial host Norm Wilner spent the entire time trying to solve this weird puzzle box.
Fresh from screening his new film The Demolisher at the Toronto After Dark Fillm Festival, writer-director Gabriel Carrer champions Kathryn Bigelow's adrenaline-junkie actioner Point Break, now almost a quarter-century old and still somehow the only movie where someone throws a dog at Keanu Reeves during a foot chase. Your genial host Norm Wilner hangs on for dear life.
In advance of the Toronto premiere of her new film He Hated Pigeons on Sunday, October 18th, writer-director-producer Ingrid Veninger comes to the basement with one of the all-time great American indies, John Cassavetes' A Woman Under the Influence. Your genial host Norm Wilner is almost ashamed of how quickly he brings up that time he had lunch with Gena Rowlands and Peter Falk.
With the Canadian premiere of his new movie Queen of Earth coming up in Toronto on October 13th, writer-director Alex Ross Perry takes a nice long look at Sofia Coppola's 2010 drama Somewhere and finds great comfort in its story of a super-famous father bonding with his tween daughter. Your genial host Norm Wilner thought he was the only one.