Monthly Archives: November 2018

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.