Monthly Archives: February 2017

Guy Maddin on Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia

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 Mexico with a head in a sack and a thirst for bloody vengeance. Your genial host Norm Wilner is as surprised by this choice as you are.

Daniela Saioni on Grosse Pointe Blank

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 Wilner will take any opportunity to put George Armitage’s name back into circulation, so that works out nicely.

Natalie Brown on Strictly Ballroom

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 Ballroom. Your genial host Norm Wilner just wants to learn the Bogo Pogo.

Mark O’Brien on The Game

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 genial host Norm Wilner may or may not be in on this.

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

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. Your genial host Norm Wilner recorded this between second breakfast and elevenses.