Yearly Archives: 2018

Justin McConnell on Christmas Evil

It’s Christmas Day, and writer-director Justin McConnell — whose new movie Lifechanger opens in Toronto, Ottawa and Calgary this Friday, December 28th, before coming to VOD on New Year’s Day — is here to jingle the bells for Christmas Evil (aka You Better Watch Out), Lewis Jackson’s 1980 Yuletide psychodrama. Your genial host Norm Wilner knows if he’s been bad or good.

Peter Kuplowsky on Don’t Let the Riverbeast Get You

Programmer, producer and occasional actor Peter Kuplowsky has long been a champion of outsider cinema, and that’s why he’s flying the flag for Charles Roxburgh and Matt Farley’s idiosyncratic 2012 creature feature Don’t Let the Riverbeast Get You! Also, he’s presenting Dial Code Santa Claus with Justin Decloux this Thursday, December 20th, at The Royal in Toronto, so your genial host Norm Wilner thought this was a nice excuse to get him on the show.

Stuart Hughes on Days of Heaven

Actor Stuart Hughes, whom you may have seen in Orphan BlackMurdoch MysteriesRepublic of Doyle and It, and whom you should see in The Drawer Boy, now streaming on, celebrates the 40th anniversary of Terrence Malick’s Days of Heaven by delving into its impressionistic depths. Your genial host Norm Wilner has been looking forward to this one for a while.

Michael Pugliese and Prem Singh on Rocky

Prem Singh and Michael Pugliese — who co-wrote and co-star in the true-life boxing drama Tiger, in theatres now — throw down for Rocky, the movie that made Sylvester Stallone a star, won a few Oscars and launched a franchise that continues to this very day. Your genial host Norm Wilner, on the other hand, is famous for his glass jaw.

Ensign Broderick on The Swimmer

This episode isn’t really about The Swimmer, Frank and Eleanor Perry’s 1968 drama about the death of the American dream. It’s just the hook for singer-songwriter Ensign Broderick — whose new album Bloodcrush is in stores and online, and whose song “Accidence” powers the new short by Guy Maddin, Evan Johnson and Galen Johnson — to talk about the film music he finds most meaningful. And it turns out your genial host Norm Wilner is just fine with that.

Richard Clarkin on The Pledge

Actor Richard Clarkin of Great Great Great, Ordinary DaysMurdoch Mysteries and The Drawer Boy, which opens in Toronto this week, settles in to talk about The Pledge, Sean Penn’s searing 2001 drama starring Jack Nicholson as a retired police detective obsessed with finding a killer of young girls. Your genial host Norm Wilner is always up for a journey into the heart of darkness.

Naomi Snieckus on The Zen Diaries of Garry Shandling

It’s our 200th episode, and actor, writer, funny person and insightful podcaster Naomi Snieckus is here to help us celebrate it — which makes perfect sense, since her choice of Judd Apatow’s The Zen Diaries of Garry Shandling is all about self-knowledge as a conduit to comedy. Your genial host Norm Wilner apologizes in advance for all of the personal material.

Mark Little on The Monster Squad

Actor, writer and killer stand-up Mark Little has been a superfan of Fred Dekker’s 1987 horror comedy The Monster Squad for his entire goddamn life, and now that Mark’s new movie Room For Rent is available on iTunes — and still playing theatrically in Winnipeg and Ottawa! — he has an excuse to talk about it for an hour. Your genial host Norm Wilner has some questions about nards.

Brett Simmons on Halloween II

In town to close the Toronto After Dark Film Festival with his slasher comedy You Might Be the Killer, writer-director Brett Simmons tackles Rick Rosenthal’s Halloween II … the first sequel to John Carpenter’s horror masterpiece, but by no means the last. Your genial host Norm Wilner is all in, even though he totally knows this won’t be the end of Michael Myers.

Ruth Goodwin on Bend It Like Beckham

Actor, writer and producer Ruth Goodwin — who’s finishing up a run of The Wolves at Streetcar Crowsnest in Toronto this week — steps up for Bend It Like Beckham, Gurinder Chadha’s 2002 sleeper starring Parminder Nagra, Keira Knightley and Jonathan Rhys-Meyers in a culture-clash comedy. Your genial host Norm Wilner doesn’t know a striker from a winger, but whatever.