Monthly Archives: December 2015

Ennis Esmer on Three Amigos!

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 Martin, Chevy Chase and Martin Short. Your genial host Norm Wilner just tries not to shoot the Invisible Swordsman.

A Very Kristian Bruun Christmas

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. Your genial host Norm Wilner supplies the fruitcake.

Nick Mancuso on 8½

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 genial host Norm Wilner is the audience.

Lauren Collins on Obvious Child

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 writing and the magic that is Jenny Slate. Your genial host Norm Wilner is on the same page. #StandWithPP