Monthly Archives: October 2020

Mark Tonderai on The Straight Story



With his new film Spell coming out on demand this Friday, director Mark Tonderai (Hush, House at the End of the Street) is here to talk about David Lynch’s radically conventional 1999 drama, the one where Richard Farnsworth drives a riding mower across the American heartland and meets a lot of really nice people. Your genial host Norm Wilner is all revved up for this one.


Wayne Wang on Jeanne Dielman, 23 Quai des Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles



With his new film Coming Home Again arriving in virtual release today, director Wayne Wang muses on the debt he owes to Chantal Akerman’s Jeanne Dielman, 23 Quai des Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles — a singular experiment in location and duration built around a deliberately opaque Delphine Seyrig performance. Your genial host Norm Wilner can’t wait to peel back the layers on this one.


Jessica Reynolds on Thirteen



Rage! Rebellion! Hormones! Actor and writer Jessica Reynolds, who stars opposite Jared Abrahamson and Don McKellar in The Curse of Audrey Earnshaw — just released on VOD tackles the emotional storm that is Catherine Hardwicke’s 2003 Sundance breakout Thirteen. Your genial host Norm Wilner is sure this will go fine.


Jennifer Abbott on They Live



Filmmaker Jennifer Abbott has two documentaries playing (virtually) at the Planet in Focus festival this week: The Magnitude of All Things and The New Corporation: The Unfortunately Necessary Sequel. But she still made the time to talk about They Live, the subversive John Carpenter masterwork that only grows more prescient with every election cycle. Your genial host Norm Wilner packed extra bubblegum for this.


Kodi Smit-McPhee on Mr Nobody



Kodi Smit-McPhee — whom you may remember from The Road, Let Me In, Slow West and a few X-Men movies, and who stars in the new time-travel thriller 2067 — dials in from Australia to ponder the many lives of Jared Leto in Jaco Van Dormael’s reality-scrambling Mr. Nobody. Your genial host Norm Wilner did not see this in his future.