Monthly Archives: October 2018

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.

Justin Decloux on Army of Darkness

Filmmaker and podcaster Justin Decloux — who celebrates the Blu-ray debut of his new feature Impossible Horror next Tuesday, October 23rd, with a release party and screening at The Royal in Toronto — steps up for Army of Darkness, Sam Raimi’s goofy 1993 adventure that wrapped up his Evil Dead trilogy with a lot more comedy than people were expecting. Your genial host Norm Wilner has his boomstick at the ready.

Adam Nayman on Fargo

Author, critic and occasional actor Adam Nayman — whose shiny new book The Coen Brothers: This Book Really Ties the Films Together is available now from Abrams — steps up for Fargo, their Oscar-winning 1996 dramedy about people making very bad decisions in Minnesota. Your genial host Norm Wilner agrees with him one hundred percent.

Anna Hopkins on ET The Extra-Terrestrial

Actor, writer and director Anna Hopkins — whom you’ll be seeing in Bad Blood when its second season starts up on Thursday, October 11th, and who’s making the festival rounds with her short film The Give & Take — stops in to share her love for E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial, Steven Spielberg’s 1982 classic about a boy and his alien. Your genial host Norm Wilner feels exactly the same way about it, which is nice.