Yearly Archives: 2016

Aaron Costa Ganis on The Fisher King



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 genial host Norm Wilner is always up for a Gilliam picture.


Kevin Seccia on The Magnificent Seven



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 genial host Norm Wilner apologizes for telling the “Gus Van Sant’s Psycho” story again.


Whit Stillman on The Gay Divorcee and Wagon Master



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 Wilner went all the way to the Upper East Side to secure this holiday treat.


Raoul Bhaneja on Lawrence of Arabia



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 blame him. 


Joey Klein on James White



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 disintegrating New Yorker doing his best to care for his dying mother. Your genial host Norm Wilner is ready to go deep on this one.


Becky Johnson on Badlands



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 violence. Your genial host Norm Wilner couldn’t be happier with that.


Douglas Trumbull on How the West Was Won



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 Norm Wilner hopes you don’t mind.


Torri Higginson on Wings of Desire



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 listen to her, because your genial host Norm Wilner is feeling like love and compassion are in pretty short supply these days.


Dan Payne on Seven Psychopaths



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 genial host Norm Wilner really hopes there’s an America left to enjoy this episode.


Lucas Neff on All the President’s Men



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 3rd, come see your genial host Norm Wilner introduce a screening of Alan J. Pakula’s perfect political procedural at the Revue Cinema with Brendan Canning!