Someone Else's Movie

Norm Wilner


SOMEONE ELSE'S MOVIE is just what it says on the label: Each week, an actor, director, screenwriter, critic or industry observer will discuss a film that he or she admires, but had no hand in making. Hosted by Norm Wilner, senior film writer for NOW ...Show More

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James Hurst on Donnie Darko

1:49:10 | Jan 1st

Welcome 2019 by going back to 1988, as writer and producer James Hurst (Degrassi: The Next Generation, Flashpoint, Wynonna Earp, Frankie Drake Mysteries and more) unpacks the mysteries of Richard Kelly's Donnie Darko -- both versions! -- in an epic c...Show More

Justin McConnell on Christmas Evil

47:35 | Dec 25th, 2018

It's Christmas Day, and writer-director Justin McConnell -- whose new movie Lifechanger opens in Toronto, Ottawa and Calgary this Friday, December 28th before coming to VOD on New Year's Day -- is here to jingle the bells for Christmas Evil (aka You ...Show More

Peter Kuplowsky on Don't Let the Riverbeast Get You

1:01:32 | Dec 18th, 2018

Programmer, producer and occasional actor Peter Kuplowsky has long been a champion of outsider cinema, and that's why he's flying the flag for Charles Roxburgh and Matt Farley's 2012 creature feature Don't Let the Riverbeast Get You! Also, he's prese...Show More

Stuart Hughes on Days of Heaven

51:40 | Dec 11th, 2018

Actor Stuart Hughes, whom you may have seen in Orphan Black, Murdoch Mysteries, Republic of Doyle and It, and whom you should see in The Drawer Boy, now streaming on, celebrates the 40th anniversary of Terrence Malick's Days of Heaven by ...Show More

Michael Pugliese and Prem Singh on Rocky

44:41 | Dec 3rd, 2018

Prem Singh and Michael Pugliese -- who co-wrote and co-star in the true-life boxing drama Tiger, in theatres now -- throw down for Rocky, the movie that made Sylvester Stallone a star, won a few Oscars and launched a franchise that continues to this ...Show More

Ensign Broderick on The Swimmer

1:26:34 | Nov 27th, 2018

This episode isn't really about The Swimmer, Frank and Eleanor Perry's 1968 drama about the death of the American dream. It's just the hook for singer-songwriter Ensign Broderick -- whose new album Bloodcrush is in stores and online, and whose song "...Show More

Richard Clarkin on The Pledge

43:13 | Nov 20th, 2018

Actor Richard Clarkin of Great Great Great, Ordinary Days, Murdoch Mysteries and The Drawer Boy, which opens in Toronto this week, settles in to talk about The Pledge, Sean Penn's searing 2001 drama starring Jack Nicholson as a retired police detecti...Show More

Naomi Snieckus on The Zen Diaries of Garry Shandling

1:20:29 | Nov 13th, 2018

It's our 200th episode, and actor, writer, funny person and insightful podcaster Naomi Snieckus is here to help us celebrate it -- which makes perfect sense, since her choice of Judd Apatow's The Zen Diaries of Garry Shandling is all about self-knowl...Show More

Mark Little on The Monster Squad

1:08:41 | Nov 6th, 2018

Actor, writer and killer stand-up Mark Little has been a superfan of Fred Dekker's 1987 horror comedy The Monster Squad for his entire goddamn life, and now that Mark's new movie Room For Rent is available on iTunes -- and still playing theatrically ...Show More

Brett Simmons on Halloween II

1:04:04 | Oct 30th, 2018

In town to close the Toronto After Dark Film Festival with his slasher comedy You Might Be the Killer, writer-director Brett Simmons tackles Rick Rosenthal's Halloween II ... the first sequel to John Carpenter's horror masterpiece, but by no means th...Show More

Ruth Goodwin on Bend It Like Beckham

48:30 | Oct 23rd, 2018

Actor, writer and producer Ruth Goodwin -- who's finishing up a run of The Wolves at Streetcar Crowsnest in Toronto this week -- steps up for Bend It Like Beckham, Gurinder Chadha's 2002 sleeper starring Parminder Nagra, Keira Knightley and Jonathan ...Show More

Justin Decloux on Army of Darkness

1:08:21 | Oct 16th, 2018

Filmmaker and podcaster Justin Decloux -- who celebrates the Blu-ray debut of his new feature Impossible Horror next Tuesday, October 23rd, with a release party and screening at The Royal in Toronto -- steps up for Army of Darkness, Sam Raimi's goofy...Show More

Adam Nayman on Fargo

1:17:20 | Oct 9th, 2018

Author, critic and occasional actor Adam Nayman -- whose shiny new book The Coen Brothers: This Book Really Ties the Films Together is available now from Abrams -- steps up for Fargo, their Oscar-winning 1996 dramedy about people making very bad deci...Show More

Anna Hopkins on ET The Extra-Terrestrial

48:51 | Oct 3rd, 2018

Actor, writer and director Anna Hopkins -- whom you'll be seeing in Bad Blood when its second season starts up on Thursday, October 11th, and who's making the festival rounds with her short film The Give & Take -- stops in to share her love for E.T. ...Show More

Ross Sutherland on Network

50:04 | Sep 25th, 2018

Artist and filmmaker Ross Sutherland -- who's bringing his Imaginary Advice podcast to The Fest in Chicago this Monday, October 1st -- makes the case for Sidney Lumet's Network as a movie that was both utterly of its moment and somehow ahead of its t...Show More

Clio Barnard on Performance

19:39 | Sep 18th, 2018

TIFF 18 is over, so let's flash back to TIFF 17, when writer-director Clio Barnard premiered her new drama Dark River in the Platform program ... and slipped away from the press cycle to talk about Donald Cammell and Nicolas Roeg's groundbreaking 197...Show More

Akash Sherman on the Star Wars saga

1:31:20 | Sep 10th, 2018

What? An episode dropping on a Monday? That's because writer-director Akash Sherman's first feature Clara is making its world premiere at TIFF this very day, and we mark the occasion by talking about the Star Wars saga. Yup. All of it. Prepared for t...Show More

Leo Scherman on The Vanishing

59:59 | Sep 4th, 2018

As his first feature Trench 11 arrives on iTunes in the US and Canada today, writer-director Leo Scherman finds an unexpected connection to George Sluizer's The Vanishing, the 1988 thriller with the ending that just won't let go. Your genial host Nor...Show More

Grace Glowicki on Love

55:42 | Aug 28th, 2018

Grace Glowicki -- who co-stars in Cardinals this Friday at the TIFF Bell Lightbox in Toronto, and who'll be back at TIFF in September with Roney's short film Glitter's Wild Women -- sits down to talk about Love, and how its graphic sex scenes are Gas...Show More

Barry Stevens on 2001: A Space Odyssey

1:24:25 | Aug 21st, 2018

Documentary filmmaker Barry Stevens is in the studio to mark the 50th anniversary of 2001: A Space Odyssey just as Stanley Kubrick's visionary masterwork about humanity's place in the universe makes its IMAX 70mm debut. Your genial host Norm Wilner h...Show More

Tamara Podemski on The Band's Visit

42:22 | Aug 14th, 2018

Actor and writer Tamara Podemski, currently starring in the new thriller Never Saw It Coming, is here to confess her love for The Band's Visit, Eran Kolirin's 2007 charmer that somehow became a Broadway smash. Your genial host Norm Wilner has to be h...Show More

Corey Mintz on Big Night

1:19:24 | Aug 10th, 2018

Now that friend of the show Corey Mintz is a podcaster himself -- check out his new series Taste Buds on the Canadaland network! -- he makes a triumphant return to celebrate Big Night, Stanley Tucci and Campbell Scott's wonderful 1996 movie about bro...Show More

Randall Okita on Kids

1:02:43 | Aug 7th, 2018

Filmmaker Randall Okita -- whose first feature The Lockpicker arrives on iTunes later this month following screenings across Canada -- is in the studio to talk about Kids, Larry Clark's 1995 indie about oversexed youth that Harvey Weinstein turned in...Show More

Neville Pierce on Seven

54:33 | Jul 31st, 2018

The show returns to London so journalist and filmmaker Neville Pierce -- whose latest short, Promise, just arrived on Vimeo -- can discuss the life-changing impact and technical virtuosity of David Fincher's Seven. Your genial host Norm Wilner agrees...Show More

Brent Hodge on Superbad

58:50 | Jul 24th, 2018

It's construction season, but that won't stop Brent Hodge, director of I Am Chris Farley, The Pistol Shrimps and the brand-new Freaks and Geeks: The Documentary, from discussing Superbad, the 2007 comedy that legitimized writer-producers Seth Rogen a...Show More

Megan Abbott on Double Indemnity

45:12 | Jul 17th, 2018

With her new novel Give Me Your Hand arriving this week, author and television writer Megan Abbott celebrates on the 1944 noir masterpiece that is Billy Wilder's Double Indemnity. Fred MacMurray as kind of a heel! Barbara Stanwyck as a seductress in ...Show More

Geoff Redknap on No Country for Old Men

1:11:20 | Jul 10th, 2018

With his remarkable drama The Unseen newly available on iTunes, Geoff Redknap settles in for a conversation about Joel and Ethan Coen's Oscar-winning No Country for Old Men, the film that made bowl cuts scary again. Your genial host Norm Wilner just ...Show More

Olunike Adeliyi on Boyz N the Hood

51:18 | Jul 3rd, 2018

You've seen her in Saw 3D, Flashpoint and Workin' Moms, and she currently plays the ferocious Kali in the new feature film Darken. Now listen to actress Olunike Adeliyi discuss Boyz N the Hood, and how John Singleton's Oscar-nominated breakout change...Show More

Rebecca Addelman on The Graduate

49:25 | Jun 26th, 2018

With her first feature Paper Year playing theatrically in Toronto, Ottawa and Vancouver (and available across Canada on iTunes and Google Play), writer-director Rebecca Addelman drops in to talk about The Graduate, Mike Nichols' indelible 1967 satire...Show More

Sook-Yin Lee on Ali - Fear Eats the Soul

58:06 | Jun 19th, 2018

Her second feature Octavio Is Dead! opens in Toronto and Regina this Friday, so broadcaster and filmmaker Sook-Yin Lee is here to dive into the simple, stark power -- and, regrettably, the present-day relevance -- of Rainer Werner Fassbinder's 1973 d...Show More

Emily Gagne and Danita Steinberg on Scream

1:07:50 | Jun 12th, 2018

Do you like scary movies? Emily Gagne and Danita Steinberg, hosts of the new podcast We Really Like Her!, bring the love for Wes Craven's Scream, the 1996 movie that taught us all to be afraid of crank calls and department-store ghost costumes. Your ...Show More

Antoine Bourges on La Captive

51:23 | Jun 5th, 2018

Before writer-director Antoine Bourges brings his first feature Fail to Appear to Toronto's TIFF Bell Lightbox this week, he stops into the studio to discuss the austere allure of Chantal Akerman's 2000 Proust adaptation La Captive -- a choice that l...Show More

John Hodgman on Murder on the Orient Express

49:51 | May 29th, 2018

For our 175th episode, we welcome author, actor and fake Internet judge John Hodgman -- whose lovely book Vacationland is out in paperback today! -- to the studio to talk about Murder on the Orient Express, Kenneth Branagh's opulent Agatha Christie a...Show More

Kyle Rideout on Amelie

41:35 | May 22nd, 2018

With his new film Adventures in Public School is on iTunes and Amazon Video in the US, and available for pre-order on iTunes in Canada, Kyle Rideout drops in to talk about the lush, digitally enhanced beauty of Jean-Pierre Jeunet's Amelie. Which expl...Show More

Michael Melski on The Changeling

40:51 | May 15th, 2018

As his new film The Child Remains expands across Canada, writer-director Michael Melski turns his thoughts to Peter Medak's 1980 chiller The Changeling, and how effective a horror film can be with one great actor and a few carefully calibrated scares...Show More

Peter Lynch on The Conversation

53:04 | May 8th, 2018

Are you listening closely? Birdland director Peter Lynch digs deep into The Conversation, Francis Ford Coppola's note-perfect 1974 thriller about surveillance, paranoia and the strange watchability of Gene Hackman in an ugly plastic raincoat. Your ge...Show More

Frederic Bohbot on JFK

49:05 | May 1st, 2018

Oscar-winning documentary producer Frederic Bohbot -- whose first dramatic film Boost is now available on iTunes -- does his best to unpack the tangled conspiracies and complex filmmaking of Oliver Stone's JFK. Your genial host Norm Wilner resists th...Show More

Sophy Romvari on Cameraperson

57:39 | Apr 24th, 2018

Her new short Pumpkin Movie has its Canadian premiere at Hot Docs this Thursday, April 26th, so filmmaker Sophy Romvari is here to discuss Kirsten Johnson's masterful 2016 essay film Cameraperson. Never seen it? Your genial host Norm Wilner thinks yo...Show More

Mark Raso on The Talented Mr Ripley

51:11 | Apr 17th, 2018

With his new film Kodachrome arriving on Netflix this Friday -- and opening theatrically in major U.S. cities -- filmmaker Mark Raso digs deep into the mysteries of The Talented Mr. Ripley, Anthony Minghella's 1999 adaptation of Patricia Highsmith's ...Show More

Ajuawak Kapashesit on GoodFellas

45:30 | Apr 10th, 2018

As far back as he can remember, actor Ajuawak Kapashesit has always loved GoodFellas. And with his new movie Indian Horse opening across Canada this Friday, it seemed like the perfect time for him to tell us about that. Your genial host Norm Wilner b...Show More

Saul Dibb on A Prophet

53:59 | Apr 3rd, 2018

This week, the podcast goes to London so director Saul Dibb -- whose striking WWI drama Journey's End expands across Canada this Friday -- can share his love for A Prophet, Jacques Audiard's knockout drama starring Tahar Rahim as a young man trying t...Show More

Andy King on Airplane!

55:17 | Mar 27th, 2018

With The Amazing Gayl Pile launching its fourth season on CBC Digital this Thursday, co-star Andy King -- actor of Fargo, director of Filth City -- stops in to talk about the seminal comedic experience that was Jim Abrahams, David Zucker and Jerry Zu...Show More

Zak Tatham on Sorcerer

45:02 | Mar 20th, 2018

Peter Kuplowsky's What The Film Festival returns to Toronto this weekend, and alumnus Zak Tatham -- who screened Space Breakers there back in 2016 -- drops by to talk about his love for William Friedkin's Sorcerer, the gripping, intense remake of Clo...Show More

Andrew Phung on Best of the Best and everything else

1:30:56 | Mar 13th, 2018

The podcast is three years old today, and to celebrate here's actor and improv god Andrew Phung -- now a two-time Canadian Screen Award winner for Kim's Convenience -- to talk about the 1989 martial-arts movie Best of the Best, as well as pretty much...Show More

J. Miles Dale on The Big Lebowski

52:58 | Mar 6th, 2018

He just shared a Best Picture Oscar win with Guillermo Del Toro, and now you can hear veteran Toronto producer J. Miles Dale celebrate the 20th anniversary of The Big Lebowski, the beloved Coen Brothers comedy that reimagines classic film-noir tropes...Show More

Samora Smallwood on Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

1:17:05 | Feb 27th, 2018

The Academy Awards are upon us, which works out nicely because Samora Smallwood -- whom you may know from Amazon's The Shelter, and who'll you'll be seeing in the new seasons of The Expanse and Shadowhunters: The Mortal Instruments -- wants to discus...Show More

Charlie Kerr on Boy

51:45 | Feb 20th, 2018

Actor, playwright and musician Charlie Kerr (Lost Solace, After Wrestling) comes by the studio to celebrate the bittersweet charms of Boy, the 2010 breakout of some weirdo from New Zealand called Taika Waititi. Your genial host Norm Wilner just wants...Show More

Adam Garnet Jones on The Piano

59:56 | Feb 13th, 2018

With his second feature Great Great Great newly available on iTunes, director Adam Garnet Jones digs into the lasting impact of Jane Campion's The Piano, which made a massive impression on him when he needed it most. Your genial host Norm Wilner is h...Show More

Eric Johnson on Children of Men

1:08:26 | Feb 6th, 2018

Actor Eric Johnson takes a break from menacing Dakota Johnson in Fifty Shades Freed to talk about the dystopian, ever-more-relevant masterpiece that is Alfonso Cuarón's Children of Men. Your genial host Norm Wilner is fully on board.

Avi Federgreen on Some Kind of Wonderful

53:17 | Jan 30th, 2018

Producer and distributor Avi Federgreen -- whose Indiecan Entertainment just released its 100th feature, Monolith -- settles in for a conversation about an unlikely inspiration: Some Kind of Wonderful, the John Hughes-scripted reversal of his own Pre...Show More

Stephen McHattie on The Searchers

43:21 | Jan 23rd, 2018

Stephen McHattie has appeared in everything from Hill Street Blues to Pontypool to Watchmen to Orphan Black; his latest picture is Peter Lynch's Birdland, available Friday on VOD in the US and Canada. He wanted to talk about John Ford's landmark West...Show More

Carsten Knox on Truly Madly Deeply

51:59 | Jan 16th, 2018

Visiting from Halifax, Carsten Knox -- critic, screenwriter and host of the Flaw in the Iris and Lens Me Your Ears podcasts -- pops by to talk about the emotional wallop of Anthony Minghella's Truly Madly Deeply, and the complex magic of Juliet Steve...Show More

Catherine Reitman on Mean Girls

29:54 | Jan 9th, 2018

As Workin' Moms returns for a second season Tuesdays at 9:30 pm on CBC, creator and star Catherine Reitman brings some love for Lindsay Lohan, Tina Fey, Mark Waters and everyone else associated with the hit 2004 comedy Mean Girls. Your genial host No...Show More

Marvin Kaye on Breaker Morant

51:45 | Jan 2nd, 2018

He created Less Than Kind and Hit On Me, he plays the Burly Russian in Guillermo del Toro's The Shape of Water and now actor-writer-producer Marvin Kaye rings in the new year with a conversation about Bruce Beresford's devastating 1980 war drama Brea...Show More

Alexandra Hooper on Brazil

44:34 | Dec 19th, 2017

Happy dystopian holidays! Your genial host Norm Wilner welcomes old friend and top set decoration buyer Alexandra Hooper -- whose work is showcased this month in Guillermo Del Toro's The Shape of Water and Alexander Payne's Downsizing -- to talk abou...Show More

Jeffrey P. Nesker on Alien 3

1:09:29 | Dec 12th, 2017

You didn't think we were going to miss the opportunity to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Alien 3, did you? Elsewhere, NY director Jeffrey P. Nesker is looking to rehabilitate David Fincher's moody monster movie, and your genial host Norm Wilner is...Show More

Claire Armstrong on Never Let Me Go

51:57 | Dec 5th, 2017

Dim the Fluorescents is finally opening in Toronto, so here's co-star Claire Armstrong on the subtle, potent notes of Never Let Me Go, Mark Romanek's eerily calm adaptation of Kazuo Ishiguro's disquieting novel about lifelong friends with a very spec...Show More

Paul Scheer on Bowfinger

18:59 | Nov 28th, 2017

It's the 150th episode of the show, and this week's guest is very special indeed: it's Paul Scheer, of Human Giant and The League and How Did This Get Made and James Franco's instant cult movie The Disaster Artist! And he's here to talk about his lov...Show More

Jamie M Dagg on Baraka

52:41 | Nov 21st, 2017

His new movie Sweet Virginia is in theatres and on VOD in the U.S., and coming to Canada on December 1st, so it's the perfect time for director Jamie M. Dagg to discuss the way Ron Fricke's large-format documentary Baraka changed his understanding of...Show More

Jennifer Baichwal on The Dead Zone

1:10:00 | Nov 14th, 2017

Documentarian Jennifer Baichwal, whose new documentary Long Time Running captures the Tragically Hip on their heart-rending final tour, dives into The Dead Zone to unpack the philosophy and psychology of David Cronenberg's terrific Stephen King adapt...Show More

Brendan Prost on Nights and Weekends

56:00 | Nov 7th, 2017

Filmmaker Brendan Prost (Spaces and Reservations, Sensitive Parts) brings the love for Nights and Weekends, the 2008 collaboration between Greta Gerwig and Joe Swanberg that really ought to be better remembered. Your genial host Norm Wilner gets all ...Show More

Lauren Lee Smith on Requiem for a Dream

20:34 | Nov 3rd, 2017

It's a special Friday bonus episode with Lauren Lee Smith, whose new series Frankie Drake Mysteries premieres Monday November 6th on CBC! And she wants to talk about Darren Aronofsky's Requiem for a Dream! And we only have 20 minutes! Your genial hos...Show More

Michael Dowse on Heaven's Gate

33:56 | Oct 31st, 2017

In anticipation of FUBAR: Age of Computer's premiere on Viceland this Friday, November 3rd, director Michael Dowse (It's All Gone Pete Tong, Goon, The F Word) celebrates Michael Cimino's magnum opus Heaven's Gate. Your genial host Norm Wilner apologi...Show More

Paula Brancati on The Godfather

48:16 | Oct 24th, 2017

Actor and producer Paula Brancati -- currently running for her life in Slasher: Guilty Party -- embraces her Sicilian heritage by settling in with Francis Ford Coppola's genre-defining blockbuster The Godfather. Your genial host Norm Wilner is happy ...Show More

Florian Francois on Intouchables

40:41 | Oct 17th, 2017

French-born, Toronto-based actor, writer and producer Florian François -- whose new series Rencontres is available now on Bell Fibe TV1 -- drops in to discuss Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano's 2011 smash Intouchables, which paired François Cluzet a...Show More

Vincenzo Natali on Blade Runner

1:16:04 | Oct 10th, 2017

With Denis Villeneuve's sequel bringing it all back up again, writer-director Vincenzo Natali (Cube, Splice, the best episodes of Hannibal) settles in with Blade Runner, the 1982 thriller that redefined science-fiction cinema for a generation -- and ...Show More

Sarah Kolasky on Morvern Callar

37:46 | Oct 3rd, 2017

Sarah Kolasky, star of the new drama Great Great Great -- which she co-wrote and co-produced with director Adam Garnet Jones, and which opens this Friday after Wednesday night screenings at Landmark theaters across Canada -- digs into the emotional p...Show More

Rick Roberts on Eraserhead

55:28 | Sep 26th, 2017

Actor Rick Roberts snuck away from rehearsals for the Soulpepper production of Waiting For Godot -- playing at the Young Centre for the Performing Arts in Toronto through Saturday October 7th -- to dig deep into the industrial and philosophical muck ...Show More

Alex Larsen on Princess Mononoke

41:27 | Sep 19th, 2017

Just days after Joseph Kahn's Bodied won the Grolsch Midnight Madness People's Choice Award at TIFF, here's screenwriter Alex Larsen -- who based the script on his own life as battle rapper Kid Twist -- to celebrate the wonders of Hayao Miyazaki's lu...Show More

Ronnie Rowe Jr on La Haine

25:23 | Sep 12th, 2017

He's the star of the new film Black Cop, which has its world premiere at TIFF tonight (Tuesday September 12th) and screens twice more over the course of the week, and Ronnie Rowe, Jr. is on the podcast to talk about Mathieu Kassovitz' 1995 breakout L...Show More

Molly McGlynn on American Beauty

53:50 | Sep 8th, 2017

Her first feature Mary Goes Round premieres at the Toronto International Film Festival tomorrow -- that's Saturday, September 9th -- so there's no better time for writer-director Molly McGlynn to drop in and talk about her love for American Beauty, w...Show More

Ron Hawkins on The Third Man

1:02:49 | Sep 5th, 2017

In advance of The Lowest of the Low's new album Do The Right Now dropping this Friday, September 8th -- and the Low launching said album with a concert at the Danforth Music Hall on Saturday September 9th -- occasional soundtrack composer and full-ti...Show More

Jason Deline on Batman '66

58:27 | Aug 29th, 2017

There's no better guest to take us into Fan Expo than actor Jason Deline, who brings his profound love for Batman: The Movie -- and its star, the late Adam West -- into the studio. Your genial host Norm Wilner has Bat-Shark-Repellent standing by, bec...Show More

Luke Lalonde on Adaptation

1:08:42 | Aug 22nd, 2017

Musician Luke Lalonde makes his acting debut in Pavan Moondi's Sundowners (opening in Toronto this Friday, August 25th, at TIFF Bell Lightbox), so he drops in to discuss Spike Jonze's amazing Adaptation., the one where Charlie Kaufman writes himself ...Show More

Alexander Carson on Distant Voices, Still Lives

1:03:08 | Aug 15th, 2017

With his first feature O, Brazen Age! arriving on iTunes today, writer-director Alexander Carson stops in to discuss Terence Davies' autobiographical 1988 drama Distant Voices, Still Lives and its profound impact on his own artistic development. Your...Show More

Kelly McCormack on Phantom of the Paradise

1:12:42 | Aug 8th, 2017

Actor, writer and producer Kelly McCormack -- currently killing it as Zeph on Killjoys and Eloida on The Neddeaus of Duquesne Island -- brings big love for Brian de Palma's Phantom of the Paradise, the 1974 cult classic that reimagines Faust for the ...Show More

William Oldroyd on Cache

57:38 | Aug 1st, 2017

With his first feature Lady Macbeth in theaters in the U.S. and Canada, it's the perfect time for director William Oldroyd to drop in and talk about his fascination with Michael Haneke's Cache, the 2005 thriller in which Daniel Auteuil and Juliette ...Show More

Dave McKean on Street of Crocodiles

30:47 | Jul 25th, 2017

Filmmaker, illustrator, author and performer Dave McKean shines a light on Street of Crocodiles, a stop-motion short by the Brothers Quay that he counts as a key discovery on his own artistic evolution. Your genial host Norm Wilner is delighted that ...Show More

Kat Angus on John Carpenter's The Thing

1:11:32 | Jul 18th, 2017

Buzzfeed Canada senior staff writer and co-host of the I Hate It But I Love It podcast Kat Angus throws down for John Carpenter's The Thing -- the 1982 remake-cum-reinvention that stands as one of the genre's greatest, and features Kurt Russell with ...Show More

Jon Ronson on Let the Right One In

47:05 | Jul 11th, 2017

Author, documentarian and occasional screenwriter Jon Ronson -- co-writer of the brilliant Okja, now streaming everywhere on Netflix -- steps up for Tomas Alfredson's masterful 2008 drama Let the Right One In, in which a bullied little boy is befrien...Show More

Brendan Canning on Melancholia

46:15 | Jul 4th, 2017

With Broken Social Scene's new album Hug of Thunder coming out on Friday, it seemed like the perfect time to bring Brendan Canning on for a chat about Melancholia, Lars Von Trier's 2011 allegory about clinical depression and the end of the world. You...Show More

Matt Braunger on The Exorcist III

21:05 | Jun 30th, 2017

Following up on Adam Barken's look at The Ninth Configuration earlier this week, actor and comedian Matt Braunger sneaks away from a set at Comedy Bar to talk about William Peter Blatty's other directorial effort, 1990's The Exorcist III. Following G...Show More

Adam Barken on The Ninth Configuration

57:35 | Jun 27th, 2017

As Killjoys returns for its third season this Friday on Syfy and Space, writer-producer Adam Barken takes a deep dive into the murky depths of The Ninth Configuration, the first directorial effort from William Peter Blatty, creator of The Exorcist. Y...Show More

Jonny Sun on the Cornetto Trilogy

1:10:00 | Jun 20th, 2017

This week, Jonny Sun -- playwright, Twitter cult leader and author of the new book Everyone's A Aliebn When Ur An Aliebn Too, available June 27th -- drops by in advance of his North American tour to chat about Edgar Wright and Simon Pegg's Shaun Of T...Show More

Allana Harkin on When Harry Met Sally ...

1:01:25 | Jun 13th, 2017

How does Allana Harkin, correspondent and producer on Full Frontal with Samantha Bee, unwind? She immerses herself in the pleasures of When Harry Met Sally ..., the 1989 comedy in which Billy Crystal, Meg Ryan, Nora Ephron and Rob Reiner came togethe...Show More

Varun Saranga on The Royal Tenenbaums

56:38 | Jun 6th, 2017

Actor Varun Saranga -- who joins the Western weirdoes of Wynonna Earp when that show starts its second season this Friday on Space and SyFy -- spends a rainy day discussing his love for The Royal Tenenbaums, the 2001 family drama that cemented Wes An...Show More

Michael O'Shea on Heavenly Creatures

1:00:59 | May 30th, 2017

As his unsettling first feature The Transfiguration rolls through theatres in the U.S. and Canada, writer-director Michael O'Shea drops by to discuss Peter Jackson's piercing Heavenly Creatures, the unforgettable 1994 psychodrama that put Jackson and...Show More

Ryan Dillon on Up

58:16 | May 23rd, 2017

Is Up the perfect Pixar movie? Comedian and actor Ryan Dillon thinks so, and he's here this week to make his case for Pete Docter's spectacular tale of unlikely adventure. Your genial host Norm Wilner finds it hard to argue against any movie with a t...Show More

Tom Bennett on Predator

48:22 | May 16th, 2017

As the world prepares to mark the 30th anniversary of Predator next month, actor Tom Bennett -- who delighted audiences as Sir James Martin in Whit Stillman's Love & Friendship -- gets to the chopper to celebrate John McTiernan's first perfect action...Show More

Jason Connery on The Room

54:03 | May 9th, 2017

With his latest feature Tommy's Honour set to open in Toronto, Vancouver and Montreal on Friday, actor-turned-filmmaker Jason Connery girds himself to explore the mystery of

Lewis Bennett on Stand By for Tape Back-Up

32:44 | May 5th, 2017

It's a special Friday bonus episode! Director Lewis Bennett -- whose documentary The Sandwich Nazi opens today in Toronto -- stops by to share his love for Ross Sutherland's remarkable Stand By for Tape Back-Up, which you can stream for free at stand...Show More

Rachel Wilson on Terms of Endearment

56:49 | May 2nd, 2017

Rachel Wilson, who stars opposite Dylan Bruce and Kristian Bruun in First Round Down (opening theatrically in Toronto this Friday), shares her love for James L. Brooks' Oscar-winning 1983 dramedy Terms of Endearment. You know the one. Your genial hos...Show More

Tammy Gillis on Bridesmaids

42:27 | Apr 25th, 2017

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-st...Show More

Mike Carey on LA Confidential

48:12 | Apr 18th, 2017

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...Show More

Nick de Pencier on Donald Brittain's Volcano

43:41 | Apr 11th, 2017

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 geni...Show More

Reece Shearsmith on Theatre of Blood

53:37 | Apr 4th, 2017

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 Vincen...Show More

Pat Thornton on A Serious Man

55:03 | Mar 28th, 2017

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 ...Show More

Sofia Bohdanowicz on Dancer in the Dark

1:11:11 | Mar 21st, 2017

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,...Show More

Kevan Funk on Safe

1:00:51 | Mar 14th, 2017

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 h...Show More

Tatiana Maslany and Tom Cullen on There Will Be Blood

1:34:22 | Mar 7th, 2017

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 ...Show More

Guy Maddin on Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia

52:21 | Feb 28th, 2017

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 Mexi...Show More

Daniela Saioni on Grosse Pointe Blank

1:01:23 | Feb 21st, 2017

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 Wil...Show More

Natalie Brown on Strictly Ballroom

49:54 | Feb 14th, 2017

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 Ballr...Show More

Mark O'Brien on The Game

36:05 | Feb 10th, 2017

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 genia...Show More

Adrianna DiLonardo and Sarah Rotella on The Lord of the Rings trilogy

54:32 | Feb 7th, 2017

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....Show More

Grace Lynn Kung on Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade

1:08:21 | Jan 31st, 2017

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 curren...Show More

Naomi Skwarna on Margaret

1:30:05 | Jan 24th, 2017

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 Ca...Show More

Daniel Warth on Love Streams

45:43 | Jan 20th, 2017

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 ...Show More

Jamie Kastner on The Producers

1:01:44 | Jan 17th, 2017

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 ...Show More

Matt Watts on The Heartbreak Kid

54:21 | Jan 10th, 2017

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 sti...Show More

Phillip Iscove on Wonder Boys

53:27 | Jan 3rd, 2017

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 a...Show More

Aaron Costa Ganis on The Fisher King

48:05 | Dec 27th, 2016

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 genia...Show More

Kevin Seccia on The Magnificent Seven

44:50 | Dec 20th, 2016

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...Show More

Whit Stillman on The Gay Divorcee and Wagon Master

43:19 | Dec 13th, 2016

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...Show More

Raoul Bhaneja on Lawrence of Arabia

1:19:31 | Dec 6th, 2016

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 ...Show More

Joey Klein on James White

47:08 | Nov 29th, 2016

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 disintegrati...Show More

Becky Johnson on Badlands

55:30 | Nov 22nd, 2016

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 violenc...Show More

Douglas Trumbull on How the West Was Won

40:56 | Nov 18th, 2016

What's this? A special Friday bonus episode? And it features living legend Douglas Trumbull on how the experience of seeing How the West Was Won in glorious Cinerama led him to dedicate his life to expanding our conception of cinema? Your genial host...Show More

Torri Higginson on Wings of Desire

49:25 | Nov 15th, 2016

She stars in CBC's family drama This Life and can be seen this Friday in the theatrical release The History of Love, but right now actor Torri Higginson wants to share her love for Wim Wenders' compassionate masterwork Wings of Desire. And you should...Show More

Dan Payne on Seven Psychopaths

59:01 | Nov 8th, 2016

You saw him under several pounds of makeup in Star Trek Beyond as Enterprise security guard Wadjet, but this week actor Dan Payne is just his ordinary, enthusiastic self as he discusses Martin McDonagh's 2012 caper comedy Seven Psychopaths. Your geni...Show More

Lucas Neff on All the President's Men

1:17:38 | Nov 1st, 2016

The U.S. election is just a week away, so it's the ideal time for actor Lucas Neff (Fear, Inc., I Love You Both, ABC's upcoming Downward Dog) to discuss the still sadly relevant All the President's Men. And if you're in Toronto on Thursday November 3...Show More

Mark Gagliardi on Center Stage

53:44 | Oct 25th, 2016

Recorded live in New York City, actor Mark Gagliardi -- whom you may know as Croach the Tracker on The Thrilling Adventure Hour, or as himself on Drunk History and We Got This With Mark and Hal -- shares his entirely genuine love for Nicholas Hytner'...Show More

Jean Grae on Fight Club

1:18:44 | Oct 18th, 2016

In the first of two episodes recorded earlier this month in New York City, Jean Grae drops by the show to discuss Fight Club, and how she finds inspiration from David Fincher's rebellious counterculture comedy, which really puts the "cult" in "cult c...Show More

Paul Sun-Hyung Lee on Jaws

1:04:03 | Oct 11th, 2016

Somebody finally picked Jaws! And it's actor Paul Sun-Hyung Lee, who stars in the new CBC comedy Kim's Convenience! The result is a journey through Steven Spielberg's 1975 blockbuster -- you know, the one with the shark -- with a full appreciation fo...Show More

Hugh Gibson on Star Trek VI The Undiscovered Country

1:16:00 | Oct 4th, 2016

His excellent new documentary The Stairs opens this Friday at the TIFF Bell Lightbox in Toronto, and Hugh Gibson marks the occasion by talking about Nicholas Meyer's Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country, the last big-screen adventure of the origina...Show More

Noel Clarke on Pulp Fiction

44:04 | Sep 27th, 2016

At TIFF for the North American premiere of his new film BrOTHERHOOD, actor, screenwriter and director Noel Clarke goes deep on Quentin Tarantino’s 1994 indie blockbuster Pulp Fiction – the film that changed the face of American cinema, made Samuel L....Show More

Kristin Wallace on Thelma and Louise

51:46 | Sep 20th, 2016

Actor-writer-producer Kristin Wallace -- whose new film Moments of Clarity opens theatrically in Toronto this Friday -- takes advantage of the post-TIFF lull to revisit Ridley Scott's 1991 buddy movie Thelma & Louise. Your genial host Norm Wilner is ...Show More

Alice Lowe on Labyrinth

1:03:07 | Sep 12th, 2016

She's bringing her directorial debut Prevenge from Venice to TIFF, but Alice Lowe will always have a special place in her heart for Jim Henson's Labyrinth -- and for David Bowie's weirdly sexy Goblin King. In an episode recorded earlier this year in ...Show More

Daniel MacIvor on Sunday Bloody Sunday

51:11 | Sep 6th, 2016

As he prepares for the world premiere of his new movie Weirdos at TIFF this Friday, screenwriter (and actor, and director, and playwright, and living legend) Daniel MacIvor stops in to talk about Sunday Bloody Sunday, John Schlesinger's quietly seari...Show More

Sam Maggs on Serenity

54:47 | Aug 30th, 2016

Fan Expo is coming to Toronto, so author Sam Maggs -- who'll be there Friday through Sunday, signing copies of The Fangirl's Guide to the Galaxy and promoting her new book Wonder Women: 25 Innovators, Inventors and Trailblazers Who Changed History --...Show More

John Magary on Wolf

49:56 | Aug 23rd, 2016

Writer-director John Magary, whose film The Mend was one of the best pictures you didn't see last year, celebrates the curious hybrid of horror and social satire that is Mike Nichols' 1994 Wolf -- you know, the one where Jack Nicholson and James Spad...Show More

Rob Connolly on Who Framed Roger Rabbit

39:03 | Aug 16th, 2016

As his new film Edge of Winter makes its way into North American theatres, director Rob Connolly takes the podcast to Toontown for a conversation about Robert Zemeckis' delightful 1988 blockbuster Who Framed Roger Rabbit. Your genial host Norm Wilner...Show More

Kazik Radwanski on Stroszek

45:48 | Aug 9th, 2016

With his new feature How Heavy This Hammer opening in Toronto and Vancouver this week, filmmaker Kazik Radwanski drops by the studio to talk about Stroszek, Werner Herzog's singular 1977 tale of alienation, despair and dancing chickens. Your genial h...Show More

Andrew Carmellini on The Blues Brothers

47:18 | Aug 2nd, 2016

New York chef Andrew Carmellini -- who designed the dishes in Simply Irresistible before setting off on the path that led to Locanda Verde, The Dutch, Lafayette, Bar Primi, Little Park and the soon-to-be-opening Leuca -- celebrates The Blues Brothers...Show More

Enrico Colantoni on Midnight Run

1:02:35 | Jul 26th, 2016

Beloved actor Enrico Colantoni -- of Galaxy Quest, Veronica Mars, Flashpoint, Remedy and the new psychological thriller The Dark Stranger, available today on DVD and on demand -- brings the love for Martin Brest's 1988 action comedy Midnight Run and ...Show More

Trevor Juras on Grizzly Man

48:05 | Jul 19th, 2016

With his wilderness thriller The Interior newly available on demand and on disc, filmmaker Trevor Juras sits down to discuss another study of creeping dread in the great outdoors: Werner Herzog's 2005 documentary Grizzly Man. Honestly, your genial ho...Show More

Connor Jessup on Still Walking

1:18:03 | Jul 12th, 2016

Actor-filmmaker Connor Jessup, who stars in Blackbird, American Crime and the upcoming Closet Monster, stands up for Hirokazu Kore-eda's Still Walking, a 2008 drama about a very specific day in the lives of a Japanese family. Your genial host Norm Wi...Show More

Ian MacIntyre on Ghostbusters

1:16:05 | Jul 5th, 2016

Writer and comedian Ian MacIntyre (Degrassi: Next Class, Inspector Gadget, George of the Jungle) has been a fan of Ghostbusters almost all of his life, so what better time to bring him into the basement for an appreciation of Ivan Reitman's 1984 come...Show More

Michelle Lovretta on Aliens

57:37 | Jun 28th, 2016

With her awesome space adventure series Killjoys kicking off its second season on Syfy and Space this Friday, writer-producer Michelle Lovretta pulls herself away from the edit bay to talk about another space adventure: James Cameron's Aliens, the 19...Show More

Dana Gould on Dr Strangelove, or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb

1:10:08 | Jun 21st, 2016

This episode is a goodie for a couple of reasons: First, the guest is comedian and writer Dana Gould, who's worked on two of the greatest sitcoms ever produced, The Simpsons and Parks and Recreation. Second, the movie is Stanley Kubrick's Dr. Strange...Show More

Allan Ungar on The Rock

47:50 | Jun 14th, 2016

His retro action thriller Gridlocked arrives on Blu-ray, DVD and VOD today, but director Allan Ungar is taking a moment to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Michael Bay's The Rock -- the movie where Nicolas Cage yells at Sean Connery and lives to tel...Show More

Maureen Judge on the Before Trilogy

57:37 | Jun 7th, 2016

The Before Trilogy. Sure, Richard Linklater's decades-spanning walk-and-talk cycle is an ambitious pick, but filmmaker Maureen Judge is up to the challenge; with her new documentary My Millennial Life streaming on, she tackles the love story ...Show More

Jonas Chernick on Swingers

1:18:23 | May 31st, 2016

With his new movie Borealis opening the Brooklyn Film Festival this Friday (and newly available for rental and purchase on iTunes Canada), actor-screenwriter-producer Jonas Chernick takes a moment to savor the joys of Swingers, the movie that made Jo...Show More

Carolina Bartczak on Volver

42:59 | May 24th, 2016

Actor-producer Carolina Bartczak, whom you're about to see opposite Michael Fassbender in X-Men Apocalypse, brings Pedro Almodovar's Volver into the basement to feast upon its swooning visuals, its complex script and Penelope Cruz' unforgettable perf...Show More

Jackie Kashian on Holiday Inn

58:56 | May 17th, 2016

You've seen her on stage, you've heard her on The Dork Forest and The Jackie and Laurie Show and you'll catch her on Netflix in Lady Dynamite this Friday, May 20th; now, Jackie Kashian sits down to celebrate Holiday Inn, Fred Astaire and Bing Crosby'...Show More

Nadia Litz on Klute

52:23 | May 10th, 2016

As her new film The People Garden opens for a limited run at the TIFF Bell Lightbox, actor and filmmaker Nadia Litz sinks deep into the world of Klute, Alan J. Pakula's singular New York thriller starring Jane Fonda and Donald Sutherland as two very ...Show More

David Bezmozgis on Holy Motors

47:49 | May 3rd, 2016

His new movie Natasha opens the Toronto JewishFilm Festival on Thursday and goes into theatrical release inToronto and Vancouver on Friday, so this seemed like the perfecttime to get author and filmmaker DavidBezmozgis into the basement to talk about...Show More

Jay Cheel on Superman III

1:04:19 | Apr 26th, 2016

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 predece...Show More

Kristine Cofsky on Rachel Getting Married

46:23 | Apr 22nd, 2016

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. Y...Show More

Ferdia Walsh-Peelo on The Revenant

35:10 | Apr 19th, 2016

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 hos...Show More

The Blaine Brothers on Trainspotting

1:32:16 | Apr 12th, 2016

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 W...Show More

Sean Garrity on Naked Lunch

1:01:57 | Apr 5th, 2016

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. Burrough...Show More

Matt Hansen on Field of Dreams

57:35 | Mar 29th, 2016

With the 2016 baseball season starting up, screenwriter Matt Hansen (Zoom) brings Phil Alden Robinson's Field of Dreams into the basement for a conversation about magic realism, mysterious voices and emotional honesty. Your genial host Norm Wilner mi...Show More

Aaron Hillis on Ishtar

54:12 | Mar 22nd, 2016

Journalist and filmmaker Aaron Hillis -- who also runs Video Free Brooklyn, one of New York's last surviving video stores -- sits down to discuss the singular genius of Elaine May's underrated 1987 comedy Ishtar, starring Warren Beatty and Dustin Hof...Show More

Jeremy LaLonde on Annie Hall

1:17:15 | Mar 15th, 2016

SEMcast is a year old! Holy crap, right? And to help us celebrate the occasion, filmmaker Jeremy LaLonde -- whose new comedy How to Plan an Orgy in a Small Town opens the Canadian Film Festival in Toronto March 30th -- comes to the basement with a st...Show More

Robert Budreau on Raging Bull

42:56 | Mar 8th, 2016

With his new Chet Baker biopic Born to Be Blue opening in Toronto this Friday and rolling out in the US later this month, writer-director Robert Budreau picks a hell of a bruiser: Raging Bull, Martin Scorsese and Robert De Niro's 1980 study of self-d...Show More

Christopher Warre Smets on Out of Sight

58:45 | Mar 1st, 2016

With his short film This Is Not What You Had Planned just added to the National Screen Institute's Online Short Film Festival, writer-director Christopher Warre Smets tackles Steven Soderbergh's Out of Sight -- the movie that saved George Clooney's c...Show More

Adam Benzine on Primer

51:09 | Feb 23rd, 2016

Before he takes his documentary Claude Lanzmann: Spectres of the Shoah to the Academy Awards later this week, journalist and filmmaker Adam Benzine steals a moment to celebrate Shane Carruth's singular 2004 time-travel drama Primer. Your genial host ...Show More

Jennifer Liao on Scott Pilgrim vs the World

1:07:23 | Feb 16th, 2016

With her new movie End of Days, Inc. opening in Toronto on Friday, director Jennifer Liao brings Edgar Wright's 2010 Scott Pilgrim vs. the World into the basement to celebrate its giddy spirit, its goofy romantic heart and its authentic Toronto locat...Show More

Sarah Gadon on Cléo from 5 to 7

49:48 | Feb 9th, 2016

Fresh from the set of 11/22/63, actor and filmmaker Sarah Gadon brings some serious theory -- and no small amount of personal perspective -- to Agnès Varda's breakthrough 1962 drama Cléo from 5 to 7. Your genial host Norm Wilner is totally on board.

Ben Lewis on Tootsie

56:09 | Feb 2nd, 2016

Actor, writer and director Ben Lewis (Zero Recognition) tackles the farce structure and thorny gender politics of Sydney Pollack's 1982 Tootsie, the comedy that put Dustin Hoffman in a dress to make him a better man. Your genial host Norm Wilner refr...Show More

Christine Horne on A Star Is Born

47:56 | Jan 26th, 2016

Actor Christine Horne tackles George Cukor's 1954 showbiz melodrama A Star Is Born -- you know, the one where Judy Garland and James Mason play a co-dependent Hollywood couple -- and examines her own hero worship of Garland along with her love of the...Show More

Maxwell McCabe-Lokos on Salo, or The 120 Days of Sodom

1:10:30 | Jan 19th, 2016

Actor and filmmaker Maxwell McCabe-Lokos -- who co-stars in the Sundance Midnight premiere Antibirth -- descends into the horror and debauchery of Pier Paolo Pasolini's infamous 1975 allegory Saló, or The 120 Days of Sodom. Your genial host Norm Wiln...Show More

Warren P. Sonoda on The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai

1:06:53 | Jan 12th, 2016

Warren P. Sonoda, whose new movie The Masked Saint is in US theaters now and coming to Canada on January 22nd, outs himself as a faithful Blue Blaze Irregular with his love of W.D. Richter's The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai: Across the Eighth Dimens...Show More

Steven McCarthy on Under the Skin

51:37 | Jan 5th, 2016

With his short film O Negative screening January 15th at the Lightbox as part of Canada's Top Ten, actor/director Steven McCarthy dissects Jonathan Glazer's chilling Under the Skin -- an experimental study in alienation that's unrelenting as it is st...Show More

Ennis Esmer on Three Amigos!

49:25 | Dec 29th, 2015

It's the last episode of 2015, and Ennis Esmer finds a sliver of time between episodes of Blindspot and Red Oaks to salute Three Amigos, John Landis' affectionate 1986 tribute to silent movies, the premise of Seven Samurai and the chemistry of Steve ...Show More

A Very Kristian Bruun Christmas

1:06:18 | Dec 15th, 2015

Our first Christmas episode brings Kristian Bruun -- who co-stars in the Murdoch Mysteries holiday special airing on CBC December 21st -- back into the basement to discuss his favorite holiday movies and explore his own relationship with the season. ...Show More

Nick Mancuso on 8½

48:08 | Dec 8th, 2015

Actor, producer, voice of Billy in Black Christmas -- Nick Mancuso has done it all, and now he brings one of his greatest artistic inspirations, Federico Fellini's 8½, into the basement for an aria on cinema, Italy and the craft of acting. Your genia...Show More

Lauren Collins on Obvious Child

57:51 | Dec 1st, 2015

Lauren Collins, a Degrassi veteran who spins her TV stardom for comedy in the short film Zero Recognition, brings Gillian Robespierre's 2014 indie Obvious Child into the basement for a conversation about rom-coms, social mores, smart character writin...Show More

Nelson George on Sparkle

36:46 | Nov 24th, 2015

Nelson George -- whose latest documentary, A Ballerina's Tale, is now available for pre-order on iTunes -- brings the original version of Sparkle into the basement to explore the curious cultural moment that produced a blaxploitation melodrama about ...Show More

Michael McNamara on Dont Look Back

57:30 | Nov 17th, 2015

Producer and director Michael McNamara -- whose new film The Trick with the Gun has its theatrical premiere in Toronto this Thursday (November 19) before going live on Vimeo on Demand this Friday (November 20) -- brings D.A. Pennebaker's Dont Look Ba...Show More

Milcho Manchevski on Amadeus

38:34 | Nov 10th, 2015

It's our second straight Best Picture winner, as Milcho Manchevski -- director of the terrific Macedonian drama Before the Rain, and subject of the new archival collection Monograph -- brings the artistry and joy of Milos Forman's extravagant 1984 dr...Show More

Natalie Merchant on All About Eve

47:30 | Nov 3rd, 2015

Singer/songwriter Natalie Merchant, whose new documentary Paradise Is There: A Memoir is playing in theatres and available this Friday in the deluxe edition of The New Tigerlily Recordings, comes to the basement to discuss (and perform selected dialo...Show More

Steven Hoban on The Cabin in the Woods

50:25 | Oct 27th, 2015

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 sma...Show More

Gabriel Carrer on Point Break

1:00:11 | Oct 20th, 2015

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 ...Show More

Ingrid Veninger on A Woman Under the Influence

1:04:57 | Oct 13th, 2015

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. ...Show More

Alex Ross Perry on Somewhere

49:35 | Oct 6th, 2015

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 fat...Show More

Andrew Cividino on Contact

1:04:57 | Sep 29th, 2015

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 Wil...Show More

Nimisha Mukerji on An Honest Liar

1:01:33 | Sep 22nd, 2015

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 ...Show More

Alan Zweig on The Friends of Eddie Coyle

1:06:11 | Sep 15th, 2015

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 tha...Show More

Katie Boland on Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

50:52 | Sep 8th, 2015

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 o...Show More

Cara Gee on Jesus Christ Superstar

56:10 | Sep 1st, 2015

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 a...Show More

Adam Macdonald on The Devil's Rejects

50:53 | Aug 25th, 2015

With his feature film Backcountry opening across Canada this Friday, August 28th -- and arriving on Blu-ray and DVD in the US next week - writer-director Adam Macdonald professes his love for Rob Zombie's 2005 sophomore picture The Devil's Rejects, a...Show More

Bridey Elliott on Rosemary's Baby

44:06 | Aug 18th, 2015

In this week's episode, the show goes to New York City to talk to comedian-actress Bridey Elliott, whose new movie Fort Tilden is rolling into theatres. And she's picked one of the greatest horror movies ever made: Roman Polanski's Rosemary's Baby, s...Show More

Pat Mills on Working Girl

38:27 | Aug 11th, 2015

With his comedy Guidance opening at the TIFF Bell Lightbox this week -- and rolling into the U.S. later this month -- writer-director-star Pat Mills brings Mike Nichols' 1988 comedy Working Girl into the basement to discuss the appeal of a good under...Show More

Pavan Moondi on Groundhog Day

47:22 | Aug 4th, 2015

With his second feature Diamond Tongues opening at the TIFF Bell Lightbox this Friday, August 7th, filmmaker Pavan Moondi brings Harold Ramis' delightful Groundhog Day into the basement for a conversation about philosophy, destiny, comedy and the per...Show More

Chandler Levack on Can't Hardly Wait

59:15 | Jul 28th, 2015

In this week's episode, screenwriter, filmmaker and Feminist Live Read pioneer Chandler Levack brings Deborah Kaplan and Harry Elfont's 1998 teen-party classic Can't Hardly Wait into the basement, discussing its remarkable cast, its clever investigat...Show More

Scott Thompson on Gentlemen Prefer Blondes

46:13 | Jul 21st, 2015

As he returns to Hannibal for the back half of what may be its final season, actor-comedian Scott Thompson -- a podcaster himself with the Scott Free Podcast -- takes a moment to celebrate the magic that is Marilyn Monroe and Jane Russell in Howard H...Show More

Comic-Con Adjacent Splintersode with Kiva Reardon and Faith Erin Hicks

57:02 | Jul 14th, 2015

In our very first splintersode, your genial host Norm Wilner presents some deleted digressions from our episodes with Kiva Reardon and Faith Erin Hicks! Those conversations took pop-culture detours that couldn't be accommodated within the parameters ...Show More

Matt Austin Sadowski on Back to the Future

1:31:46 | Jul 7th, 2015

As his movie Pretend We're Kissing arrives on iTunes and various VOD platforms, writer-director Matt Austin Sadowski comes to the basement to mark the 30th anniversary of Robert Zemeckis' time-travel sensation. Your genial host Norm Wilner is all too...Show More

Mike Wilner on Bull Durham

58:17 | Jun 30th, 2015

You may have noticed that this week's guest has the same last name as your genial host Norm Wilner. This is because Toronto Blue Jays broadcaster Mike Wilner is, in fact, Norm's younger brother. But he totally qualifies to be on the show, because he ...Show More

Marilla Wex on Kingsman: The Secret Service

1:02:27 | Jun 23rd, 2015

Actor, playwright and official British person Marilla Wex is exactly the right person to tackle Matthew Vaughn's ultraviolent Bond riif Kingsman: The Secret Service. And really, who better to sing the praises of Sweary Colin Firth, Evil Samuel L. Jac...Show More

Sarah Goodman on Meek's Cutoff

49:11 | Jun 18th, 2015

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, allegori...Show More

Ari Millen on The Believer

45:11 | Jun 16th, 2015

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 an...Show More

John Maclean on Chinatown

46:21 | Jun 9th, 2015

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 Wilne...Show More

Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead on Almost Famous

53:50 | Jun 2nd, 2015

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 ...Show More

Faith Erin Hicks on Tremors

29:28 | May 26th, 2015

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 -...Show More

Kiva Reardon on Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan

49:12 | May 19th, 2015

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 ...Show More

Lindsay MacKay on Ratcatcher

41:25 | May 12th, 2015

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.

Elan Mastai on Kicking and Screaming

1:04:02 | May 5th, 2015

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 ...Show More

Corey Mintz on Planes, Trains & Automobiles

1:00:03 | Apr 28th, 2015

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.

Stephanie Belding on Short Term 12

50:03 | Apr 21st, 2015

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...Show More

Kristian Bruun on The Fifth Element

1:08:00 | Apr 14th, 2015

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...Show More

Postcards from the Edge with Tommie-Amber Pirie

32:16 | Apr 7th, 2015

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 Wil...Show More

003 Ronin with Mark Slutsky

48:13 | Mar 31st, 2015

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.

002 Quick Change with Aaron Abrams

42:19 | Mar 24th, 2015

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 blaft...Show More

001 American Hustle with Anne T. Donahue

39:28 | Mar 13th, 2015

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 chaoti...Show More