Monthly Archives: November 2019

Erin Berry on Dune



Writer, producer and director Erin Berry — whose second feature Majic just had its Canadian premiere at the Blood in the Snow festival in Toronto — celebrates the 35th anniversary of Dune, the David Lynch epic that was supposed to be Universal’s big Christmas event picture of 1984, and decidedly was not. Your genial host Norm Wilner double-checked the correct pronunciation of “Arrakis” for this.


Matt Gallagher on Moneyball



Filmmaker Matt Gallagher — whose award-winning documentary Prey makes its network and streaming premiere on TVOntario and TVO.org tonight, Tuesday November 19th, at 9 pm — chooses Bennett Miller’s 2011 sports drama Moneyball, the one where Brad Pitt and Jonah Hill reinvent baseball with statistics. Your genial host Norm Wilner is not a sports guy, which may explain the preceding synopsis.


Jonathan Gross on The Flamingo Kid



Journalist turned writer (Seinfeld‘s “The Fusilli Jerry”), producer (First Round Down) and distributor (Unobstructed View) Jonathan Gross drops in to discuss his very personal connection to Garry Marshall’s 1984 dramedy The Flamingo Kid, the one where Matt Dillon is a Brooklyn kid who takes a summer job as a Long Island cabana boy. Your genial host Norm Wilner is willing to hear the spiel.


Roland Emmerich on Close Encounters of the Third Kind



Producer and director Roland Emmerich — you know, the guy who made Stargate, Independence Day and The Day After Tomorrow, and whose new WWII picture Midway opens everywhere this Friday, November 8th — takes some time out of the Midway press tour to talk about Steven Spielberg’s 1977 first-contact epic Close Encounters of the Third Kind, which literally changed the course of his life and career. Fun fact: Your genial host Norm Wilner had the same experience.


New Frequency Podcast: The Gravy Train



Hello, listeners! You’ve heard Norm complain about politics often enough that he thought you might appreciate the new Frequency podcast The Gravy Train. It’s an eight-part series hosted by The Big Story‘s Jordan Heath-Rawlings, considering the career and legacy of Toronto mayor Rob Ford: His rise, his disastrous reign, and the proof-of-concept he provided for global populism. This is episode one, “Suburbs”, in which Jordan charts Rob’s path to political office. If you like it, subscribe wherever you get your podcasts to hear the whole miserable story.