You were promised a second episode this week, so here it is! Sarah Goodman, writer-director of the brand-new Toronto indie Porch Stories, brings Kelly Reichardt's 2010 frontier drama Meek's Cutoff into the basement to unpack its ambiguities, allegories and alienation while your genial host Norm Wilner talks about knitting.
Enjoy it! And if you're in Toronto on Sunday, June 21, maybe catch the 6:45 pm screening of Porch Stories at the TIFF Bell Lightbox? Just a suggestion.
As the third season of Orphan Black winds up this Saturday, actor Ari Millen arrives to discuss Henry Bean's 2001 psychodrama The Believer - and his fascination with Ryan Gosling's breakout performance. Your genial host Norm Wilner wonders whether any parts of Gosling's character were incorporated into the Castor boys.
This is one of two full-length episodes arriving this week: Check back Thursday (June 18th) for the second! You've been good, you might as well be rewarded.
With his first feature Slow West coming to theatres and premium VOD this week, writer-director John Maclean brings Roman Polanski's 1974 masterwork Chinatown into the basement, the better to explore its murky, ugly depths. Your genial host Norm Wilner is happy to be his diving buddy.
As their excellent horror romance Spring arrives on disc and VOD, Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead arrive in the basement to talk about Cameron Crowe's Oscar-winning 2000 cinematic memoir Almost Famous. Your genial host Norm Wilner does his best not to seem uncool.
Greetings! This week, former animator and current brilliant cartoonist Faith Erin Hicks (The Last of Us: American Dreams, The Adventures of Superhero Girl) nerds out on the old-fashioned B-movie goodness of Ron Underwood's 1990 monster mash Tremors -- and honestly, how could she not? Your genial host Norm Wilner even allowed himself to be lured out of the basement for this one.
Hallo! This week, Kiva Reardon -- film critic and editor of the very worthy cléo journal -- finds the humor in the racism, sexism and general awfulness of Sacha Baron Cohen and Larry Charles' transgressive 2006 spectacle Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan. Your genial host Norm Wilner says: "You like, is nice."
As her first feature Wet Bum starts rolling into theaters, writer-director Lindsay MacKay brings Lynne Ramsay's 1999 drama Ratcatcher into the basement. Your genial host Norm Wilner is considerate enough to bring up neither bums nor rats.
Welcome back! This week, screenwriter Elan Mastai (The F Word, aka What If -- oh, you know, the one where Daniel Radcliffe pines for Zoe Kazan) shines a light on Noah Baumbach's post-collegiate character piece Kicking and Screaming. Your genial host Norm Wilner writes down all of Elan's clever observations so he can say them later at parties.
This week's guest, food writer and occasional video star Corey Mintz, brings John Hughes' 1987 road comedy Planes, Trains & Automobiles to the basement. Your genial host Norm Wilner is along for the ride.
Actress Stephanie Belding -- late of Remedy -- discusses Destin Daniel Cretton's terrific 2013 indie Short Term 12, starring Brie Larson and John Gallagher Jr. as social workers in a residential treatment facility for volatile teens. Your genial host Norm Wilner is there for her.
Orphan Black's Kristian Bruun shares his love of Luc Besson's 1997 space opera The Fifth Element -- and some insight into the life of a working Canadian actor -- in our first super-sized episode. Your genial host Norm Wilner is still trying to figure out what Gary Oldman was wearing on his head.
Tommie-Amber Pirie, whose new "non-rom-com" Pretend We're Kissing is in theaters now, dissects Meryl Streep's performance and Carrie Fisher's barbed Hollywood commentary in Mike Nichols' 1990 dramedy Postcards from the Edge. Your genial host Norm Wilner is there also.
Film critic turned filmmaker and Sad YouTube curator Mark Slutsky celebrates the craftsmanship of John Frankenheimer's 1998 Euro-thriller Ronin while your genial host Norm Wilner does his best not to make too many jokes at Sean Bean's expense.
Actor and writer Aaron Abrams (Hannibal, The L.A. Complex) champions the cynical clockwork perfection of Bill Murray and Howard Franklin's 1990 heist comedy Quick Change. Your genial host Norm Wilner is more than happy to get on this particular blaftoni.
In the first episode of Someone Else's Movie, humorist and author Anne T. Donahue discusses David O. Russell's 2013 Oscar contender American Hustle with your genial host Norm Wilner. This would be fine, except that Russell's trademark blend of chaotic, confrontational comedy gives Norm hives. Join them, won't you?