Monthly Archives: May 2019

Kulap Vilaysack on Attack the Block



Writer, producer, actor and podcaster Kulap Vilaysack — whose moving personal documentary Origin Story is now streaming on Amazon Prime Video — throws down for the retro delights of Joe Cornish’s Attack the Block, the 2011 SF thriller that pitted John Boyega, Jodie Whitaker, Franz Drameh and Nick Frost against an invasion of gorilla-wolf aliens. Your genial host Norm Wilner thinks you’ll like the way this one turned out.


Robin McKenna on Dead Man



Filmmaker Robin McKenna, whose new documentary Gift is playing at the Carlton Cinema in Toronto right now, rides for the dreamy landscapes and flowing score of Jim Jarmusch’s entrancing alt-Western Dead Man. Your genial host Norm Wilner is happy to saddle up for this one.


Ramona Barckert on Can You Ever Forgive Me



Writer and producer Ramona Barckert — whose new film Ordinary Days is now playing in Toronto, Halifax and Edmonton — stops by on a rainy day to discuss Marielle Heller’s Can You Ever Forgive Me? and the spiky pleasure to be had in watching Melissa McCarthy and Richard E. Grant engage in petty larceny. Not that your genial host Norm Wilner would ever condone such behavior, of course.


Jocelyn Geddie on Carrie



Writer, performer and future podcast prom queen Jocelyn Geddie (The BeavertonI Hate It But I Love It) throws down for the queasy high-school horror movie that is Brian de Palma’s Carrie — the first big-screen Stephen King adaptation, and one that still packs a hell of a punch. Your genial host Norm Wilner wasn’t expecting to laugh quite so hard for this one.