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John Rhys-Davies on Tolkien



It’s another Friday bonus episode! Beloved actor and gleeful raconteur John Rhys-Davies joins us to discuss Dome Karukoski’s literary origin story Tolkien, which stars Nicholas Hoult as the young J.R.R. and Lily Collins as his lifelong love Edith. Your genial host Norm Wilner apologizes for the lack of Elvish ballads.


Ben Blacker on Gremlins



Brace yourself for the mega madness, because writer, producer and podcaster Ben Blacker (Supernatural, The Thrilling Adventure HourThe Writers PanelDead Pilots Society) is here for a super-sized episode on Gremlins, Steven Spielberg and Joe Dante’s unclassifiable, relentlessly weird creature-feature Christmas movie. Your genial host Norm Wilner has his blender at the ready.


Kacey Rohl on All That Jazz



With her new movie White Lie arriving on digital and on demand today, actor Kacey Rohl (HannibalArrow, The Magicians) is here to discuss Bob Fosse’s autobiographical 1979 dazzler All That Jazz. Your genial host Norm Wilner did the whole “Showtime, folks!” thing before the podcast.


Athina Rachel Tsangari on Atlantics



One of the key figures of the New Greek Cinema and now working on the charming new British series TrigonometryAthina Rachel Tsangari (Attenberg, Chevalier) is here to share her love for Mati Diop’s first feature Atlantics, the haunting love story that beguiled festival audiences around the world. Your genial host Norm Wilner is eager to find out what it has to do with the Netflix crime show Ozark.


Sean Cisterna on Life Is Beautiful



With his new drama From the Vine arriving on digital and on demand this Friday, July 10th, filmmaker Sean Cisterna is here to discuss his love for Life Is Beautiful, the Oscar-winning Holocaust fable that made a household name of its director-star Roberto Benigni … and makes your genial host Norm Wilner break out in hives.


Peter Sarsgaard on Nights of Cabiria



Time for another Friday bonus episode, as actor and producer Peter Sarsgaard — currently on your screens in Agnieszka Holland’s Mr. Jones and the Netflix anthology series Homemade — discusses his lifelong fascination with Giulietta Masina’s performance in Federico Fellini’s Nights of Cabiria. Your genial host Norm Wilner is honored to lead the parade.


Semi Chellas on The Rider



Emmy-nominated, Gemini-winning writer-producer Semi Chellas — whose directorial debut American Woman arrives on digital and on demand today — saddles up for a discussion of The Rider, Chloé Zhao’s hybrid 2017 drama about a young horseman trying to figure out his future. Your genial host Norm Wilner still isn’t sure how this led to a Marvel movie.


Agnieszka Holland on Stalker



Hey, everybody! It’s a bonus Friday minisode featuring Oscar-nominated filmmaker Agnieszka Holland — director of Europa EuropaThe Secret Garden, Washington Square and the newly released historical drama Mr. Jones — on the alluring, enduring mysteries of Andrei Tarkovsky’s 1979 odyssey Stalker. Your genial host Norm Wilner is happy to be in the Zone with her.


Li Dong on Ocean’s Eleven



His first feature Stealing School just landed on digital and on demand, and writer-director Li Dong is here to talk about Steven Soderbergh’s Ocean’s Eleven, in which the recent Oscar winner and his very famous friends respun the Rat Pack caper picture into cinematic cotton candy. Your genial host Norm Wilner hopes you’ll buy in.


Aisling Chin-Yee on Do the Right Thing



With her feature debut The Rest of Us arriving on digital and on demand today, producer-director Aisling Chin-Yee is here to explore the life-changing impact of Spike Lee’s masterpiece Do the Right Thing — a film that’s sadly just as relevant now as it was 31 years ago. Your genial host Norm Wilner is here to listen.