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Bruce McDonald on Quadrophenia



With his new feature Dreamland premiering on digital and on demand in Canada this Friday, May 29th — and in the US on June 5th — filmmaker Bruce McDonald joins us to talk about Quadrophenia, and how The Who’s kitchen-sink midnight movie set him on a course to create his own cinema. Your genial host Norm Wilner still doesn’t understand why those scooters need so many side mirrors.


Brendan Gall on Magnolia



Actor, writer and producer Brendan Gall (Blindspot, The Go-Getters, Friday’s new Netflix comedy The Lovebirds) is here to stand up for Paul Thomas Anderson’s Magnolia, the 1999 ensemble drama that remains unmatched in its scope — and its emotional intensity. Your genial host Norm Wilner is mostly here to talk about the frogs.


Shane Belcourt on Her



With his charming new film Red Rover landing on digital and on demand in the US and Canada today, director Shane Belcourt is here to talk about Spike Jonze’s Her, a movie that more or less predicted our present moment back in 2013 — and is still, somehow, ahead of its time. Your genial host Norm Wilner believes this was the performance that should have got Joaquin Phoenix his Oscar, by the way.


Jeff Barnaby on Bram Stoker’s Dracula



Writer-director Jeff Barnaby — whose Mi’kmaq zombie thriller Blood Quantum is now available on demand in Canada and streaming on Shudder in the rest of the world — embraces the pulpy Victorian horror of Francis Ford Coppola’s 1992 spectacle Bram Stoker’s Dracula with the pure heart of a fan. Your genial host Norm Wilner did not see this one coming.


Amy Jo Johnson on Captain Fantastic



Actor turned filmmaker Amy Jo Johnson — whose spiky second feature Tammy’s Always Dying debuts on VOD this Friday, May 1st — joins us to discuss Matt Ross’ Captain Fantastic, the 2016 road movie-slash-family drama that earned Viggo Mortensen his second Oscar nomination, introduced American audiences to a lad named George MacKay and started Amy Jo on the path to making her own stuff. Your genial host Norm Wilner is ready to take the ride.


Barry Sonnenfeld on The Long Goodbye



For our first isolation episode, Barry Sonnenfeld — cinematographer (Raising Arizona, When Harry Met Sally …), director (Get Shorty, Men in Black) and now author (Barry Sonnenfeld, Call Your Mother: Memoirs of a Neurotic Filmmaker) — joins us from Telluride to talk about The Long Goodbye, Robert Altman’s woozy 1973 spin on Raymond Chandler’s hard-boiled detective novel. Your genial host Norm Wilner was surprised at how well the whole remote-recording thing turned out.


Harvey Guillen on Titanic



What We Do in the Shadows breakout star Harvey Guillen celebrates the show’s return (this Wednesday! 9 pm! On FX!) with a tribute to James Cameron’s Titanic, the monster hit that paired Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet as young lovers trying to survive the greatest nautical disaster of their time. Your genial host Norm Wilner had no idea he’d be dropping this episode on the 108th anniversary of the sinking, truly.


Jessica Hinkson on Romance and Cigarettes



Actor and filmmaker Jessica Hinkson (Another Wolfcop, Jessica Jessica) is here to celebrate one of the oddest musicals ever made: Romance and Cigarettes, John Turturro’s wild attempt at infusing a working-class love triangle with the spirit of a jukebox musical — and starring James Gandolfini as a guy named Nick Murder. Your genial host Norm Wilner never thought anyone would pick this movie … and he’s so there for it.


Andy Kindler on The Big Picture



Feel nostalgic for cans of 35mm film and eating in restaurants as comedian and actor Andy Kindler (Raising Dad, Bob’s Burgers, the Thought Spiral podcast) steps up for The Big Picture, Christopher Guest’s 1989 comedy starring Kevin Bacon as a promising young director who discovers the last thing Hollywood wants him to do is make art. Your genial host Norm Wilner still wishes the Pez People had released an album.


Jess Salgueiro on One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest



This week, actor and writer Jess Salgueiro — of Letterkenny, Workin’ Moms, The Boys, MouthpieceI’ll Take Your Dead and most recently Canadian Strain, now available on digital in Canada — drops in to talk about One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, the 1975 Milos Forman drama where Jack Nicholson and Louise Fletcher faced off in a mental institution, and everybody won Oscars for their trouble. Your genial host Norm Wilner hopes everyone is safe and sound this week, by the way.