With his new documentary How to Build a Time Machine about to make its world premiere at Hot Docs on May 2nd, filmmaker Jay Cheel distracts himself by talking about Richard Lester's Superman III, which broke from the cosmic seriousness of its predecessors to let Christopher Reeve's Man of Steel have a little fun. Your genial host Norm Wilner really needed this after Batman V Superman: Death of Joy.
In a special Friday bonus episode, actor and photographer Kristine Cofsky -- whose new film No Men Beyond This Point opens in Toronto tomorrow, and drops on iTunes next week -- brings big love for Jonathan Demme's 2008 drama Rachel Getting Married. Your genial host Norm Wilner always cries at fake weddings.
Ferdia Walsh-Peelo, star of John Carney's new period musical Sing Street, crafts a love song to The Revenant, Alejandro G. Inarritu's Oscar-winning tale of a fur trapper on an epic quest for vengeance against them what done him wrong. Your genial host Norm Wilner chokes it down like bison liver.
Filmmaker siblings Chris and Ben Blaine, creators of the remarkable new film Nina Forever, dive deep into Danny Boyle's 1996 breakout Trainspotting in an extra-long, extra-great episode recorded on location in London, England. Your genial host Norm Wilner is delighted that you can hear birds chirping through the studio window.
With his new film Borealis opening in Toronto on Friday, and rolling out across Canada in the weeks to come, director Sean Garrity brings us our first David Cronenberg joint, and it's a good one: Naked Lunch, the surrealistic 1991 William S. Burroughs adaptation that launched the second act of Cronenberg's career -- and showed us Peter Weller had a damn fine deadpan. Your genial host Norm Wilner went easy on the bug powder for this episode.