With his remarkable Nicolas Cage drama Pig making its way into theatres across North America, we grab director and co-writer Michael Sarnoski for a few minutes to talk about his love for Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man, the 2002 blockbuster that cast Tobey Maguire as everyone’s favorite wall-crawler and laid the template for comic-book movies going forward … though no one knew that at the time. Your genial host Norm Wilner thinks you should see Pig, by the way.
Award-winning horror author and screenwriter Gemma Files (Experimental Film, the new collection In That Endlessness, Our End) burrows deep into the theological inquiry of Elliot Goldner’s 2013 found-footage creeper The Borderlands, which was released in North America as Final Prayer. Your genial host Norm Wilner is a little worried about the implications of all this Lovecraftian horror, but let’s see where this goes.
Writer and performer Katherine Cullen — who’s spending this month with Britta Johnson remounting their 2017 play Stupidhead! as a series of live audio broadcasts from July 7th to 16th, and then as in-person performances on porches and backyards from July 20th to August 1st — is here to celebrate Bottle Rocket, the 1996 indie that brought Wes Anderson, Owen Wilson and Luke Wilson onto the film scene. Your genial host Norm Wilner is trying to process the fact that Bottle Rocket is 25 years old now.
Actor and filmmaker Josh Ruben — whose new horror-comedy Werewolves Within is in theaters now and coming to IFC Films Unlimited this Friday, July 2nd — has been haunted by Clive Barker’s Nightbreed for a very long time … too long, perhaps. But now he’s ready to unpack the effect Barker’s 1990 monster mash had on his developing imagination. Your genial host Norm Wilner is here to guide him.
Director Ilya Naishuller — who followed his 2015 breakout Hardcore Henry by turning Bob Odenkirk into an action star in the immensely satisfying Nobody, now available on disc and digital — takes a break from his next production to salute the swaggering mayhem of The Way of the Gun, the 2000 directorial debut of Oscar-winning screenwriter Christopher McQuarrie. Your genial host Norm Wilner had forgotten all about that one.
Author, actor, poet and hip-hop pioneer Saul Williams — who stars in and scores Charles Officer’s Akilla’s Escape, now available on VOD across North America — takes the mic for Lovers Rock, the second and best feature in Steve McQueen’s Small Axe film cycle. Your genial host Norm Wilner thinks you’ll enjoy this one.
With his directorial debut Queen of Spades arriving on VOD next week, writer and producer Patrick White (Jack Brooks, Monster Slayer) is here to spread the love for Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, the Oscar-winning animated experience from directors Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey and Rodney Rothman that brought Miles Morales to the big screen and expanded our conception of what comic-book movies can do. Your genial host Norm Wilner is still team Spider-Ham, though.
Singer and songwriter Lowell turns screenwriter and composer with the horror movie Bloodthirsty, which earned her two Canadian Screen Awards nominations for best score and best original song; now that it’s available on VOD, she’s here to talk about another kind of monster movie: The Host, Bong Joon-ho’s delirious 2006 thriller about a dysfunctional Seoul family brought together by the rampage of an angry fish monster. Your genial host Norm Wilner knows how it feels.
Toronto screenwriter and producer Alyson Richards — whose latest project, the queer survival thriller The Retreat, is freshly available on VOD — is here to celebrate Richard Donner’s beloved 1985 adventure comedy The Goonies in all of its messy, frenetic glory. Your genial host Norm Wilner has some questions.
Award-winning actor, producer and all-around great person Karine Vanasse — star of Emporte-Moi, Polytechnique, Cardinal and the brand-new animated adventure Felix and the Treasure of Morgaa — discusses the intimate power of Eliza Hittman’s 2020 drama Never Rarely Sometimes Always, and the sad reality that stories like this still need to be told at all. Your genial host Norm Wilner is just sorry this episode isn’t three hours long.