Monthly Archives: May 2017

Michael O’Shea on Heavenly Creatures



As his unsettling first feature The Transfiguration rolls through theatres in the U.S. and Canada, writer-director Michael O’Shea drops by to discuss Peter Jackson’s piercing Heavenly Creatures, the unforgettable 1994 psychodrama that put Jackson and Fran Walsh on the world-cinema map and introduced audiences to Kate Winslet and Melanie Lynskey. Your genial host Norm Wilner is awfully happy about this choice, even if he knows it won’t end well.


Ryan Dillon on Up



Is Up the perfect Pixar movie? Comedian and actor Ryan Dillon thinks so, and he’s here this week to make his case for Pete Docter’s spectacular tale of unlikely adventure. Your genial host Norm Wilner finds it hard to argue against any movie with a talking dog.


Tom Bennett on Predator



As the world prepares to mark the 30th anniversary of Predator next month, actor Tom Bennett — who delighted audiences as Sir James Martin in Whit Stillman’s Love & Friendship — gets to the chopper to celebrate John McTiernan’s first perfect action movie. Your genial host Norm Wilner recorded this one high above London, which may explain the echo.


Lewis Bennett on Stand By for Tape Back-Up



It’s a special Friday bonus episode! Director Lewis Bennett — whose documentary The Sandwich Nazi opens today in Toronto — stops by to share his love for Ross Sutherland’s remarkable Stand By for Tape Back-Up, which you can stream for free at standbyfortapebackup.com . Your genial host Norm Wilner encourages you to do this.


Rachel Wilson on Terms of Endearment



Rachel Wilson, who stars opposite Dylan Bruce and Kristian Bruun in First Round Down (opening theatrically in Toronto this Friday), shares her love for James L. Brooks’ Oscar-winning 1983 dramedy Terms of Endearment. You know the one. Your genial host Norm Wilner promises to keep it together.