Monthly Archives: July 2021

Michael Sarnoski on Spider-Man

With his remarkable Nicolas Cage drama Pig making its way into theatres across North America, we grab director and co-writer Michael Sarnoski for a few minutes to talk about his love for Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man, the 2002 blockbuster that cast Tobey Maguire as everyone’s favorite wall-crawler and laid the template for comic-book movies going forward … though no one knew that at the time. Your genial host Norm Wilner thinks you should see Pig, by the way.

Gemma Files on The Borderlands

Award-winning horror author and screenwriter Gemma Files (Experimental Film, the new collection In That Endlessness, Our End) burrows deep into the theological inquiry of Elliot Goldner’s 2013 found-footage creeper The Borderlands, which was released in North America as Final Prayer. Your genial host Norm Wilner is a little worried about the implications of all this Lovecraftian horror, but let’s see where this goes.

Katherine Cullen on Bottle Rocket

Writer and performer Katherine Cullen — who’s spending this month with Britta Johnson remounting their 2017 play Stupidhead! as a series of live audio broadcasts from July 7th to 16th, and then as in-person performances on porches and backyards from July 20th to August 1st — is here to celebrate Bottle Rocket, the 1996 indie that brought Wes Anderson, Owen Wilson and Luke Wilson onto the film scene. Your genial host Norm Wilner is trying to process the fact that Bottle Rocket is 25 years old now.