All posts by Jeff Lush

Ricardo Hoyos on Dumb and Dumber



Actor and musician Ricardo Hoyos — most recently seen beachside in Travis Knight’s Bumblebee — tackles the Farrelly brothers’ Dumb and Dumber and the manic delight that is the young, hungry Jim Carrey. Your genial host Norm Wilner popped out the cap in his tooth for this one.


John Ross Bowie on Topsy-Turvy



In town for the opening of Four Chords and a Gun, his new play about Phil Spector and The Ramones, actor and author John Ross Bowie finds a strange connection to his own work in Topsy-Turvy, Mike Leigh’s layered 1999 drama about Gilbert, Sullivan and The Mikado. Your genial host Norm Wilner is all ears.


Natty Zavitz on Love in the Afternoon



Writer-director Natty Zavitz, whose new film Acquainted just opened in Toronto and Vancouver, tackles the last of Eric Rohmer’s Six Moral Tales: Love in the Afternoon, the 1972 drama starring Bernard Verley as a happily married man drawn to the possibility of a new lover. Your genial host Norm Wilner dedicates this episode to the launch of the Criterion Channel.


Henry Gayden on LA Story



Fun fact: While Shazam! was shooting in Toronto last year, screenwriter Henry Gayden dropped by the studio late one night to talk about the eccentric, romantic miracle that is Steve Martin and Mick Jackson’s 1991 comedy L.A. Story. Your genial host Norm Wilner has the complete works of John Lillison right there on the coffee table.


Arturo Perez Torres on Y Tu Mama Tambien



With the big Canadian Screen Awards gala this Sunday night, The Drawer Boy co-director Arturo Perez Torres — who’s nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay — is here to talk about Alfonso Cuarón’s 2001 road movie Y Tu Mamá También, and how it influenced both his documentary and dramatic filmmaking. Your genial host Norm Wilner brought sunscreen and everything.


Tananarive Due on Get Out



Author, academic and filmmaker Tananarive Due stops in to discuss a film she knows backwards and forwards: Get Out, Jordan Peele’s Oscar-winning creeper about … well, you know what it’s about. With Peele’s follow-up Us opening this Friday, your genial host Norm Wilner feels it’s the perfect time to put this into your brain. 


Katie Douglas on The Selfish Giant



Katie Douglas — whom you might know from Mary Kills People and Every Day, and who stars in Danishka Esterhazy’s creepy new thriller Level 16 — bears witness to the piercing humanity of Clio Barnard’s 2013 drama The Selfish Giant. Your genial host Norm Wilner is right there with her.


Gord Rand on The Shining



Actor, playwright and now filmmaker Gord Rand — whose feature debut Pond Life makes its world premiere in Toronto at the Canadian Film Fest later this month, and who co-stars opposite Carolina Bartczak in the upcoming drama An Audience of Chairs — is here to tackle The Shining, Stanley Kubrick’s famously contentious 1980 adaptation of Stephen King’s novel. Which is handy, because your genial host Norm Wilner just finished trimming the hedge maze.


Adriana Maggs on The Adventure of Faustus Bidgood



Writer, producer and director Adriana Maggs — whose new drama Goalie opens in Toronto and Vancouver this Friday, March 1st — steps up for a lost Canadian classic: The Adventure of Faustus Bidgood, Mark and Andy Jones’ 1986 satire about the fantasy life of a Newfoundland bureaucrat. Your genial host Norm Wilner is just glad to know he’s not the only person who saw it.


Christy Garland on Election



Documentary filmmaker Christy Garland — whose new film What Walaa Wants screens in Toronto February 20th at the Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema before beginning a Canada’s Top Ten run at the TIFF Bell Lightbox March 1st — goes deep into Alexander Payne’s distressingly prophetic high-school satire Election. (You know, it’s the one where Matthew Broderick declares Reese Witherspoon his mortal enemy.) Your genial host Norm Wilner regrets not having cupcakes on hand.