Monthly Archives: August 2016

Sam Maggs on Serenity

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 — brings some true Browncoat love for Serenity, Joss Whedon’s 2005 big-screen sequel to his beloved space western Firefly. Your genial host Norm Wilner aims to misbehave.

John Magary on Wolf

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 Spader have a literal pissing contest over Michelle Pfeiffer. Your genial host Norm Wilner cannot help but encourage him.

Rob Connolly on Who Framed Roger Rabbit

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 doesn’t see a single weasel in the room, no sir.

Kazik Radwanski on Stroszek

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 host Norm Wilner keeps the impression to a respectful minimum.

Andrew Carmellini on The Blues Brothers

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 the only way he can: Through the music, man. Your genial host Norm Wilner regrets not wearing sunglasses.