Category Archives: Podcasting!

It’s Not The Despair, It’s The Hope

After the goofy highs of last week’s episodeSomeone Else’s Movie takes a turn for the serious with writer/director Alexander Carson stopping by to talk about Terence Davies’ autobiographical masterwork Distant Voices, Still Lives.

This isn’t to say it’s a bad episode, or even a weak one — it’s just a little more thoughtful than usual. Sandy was up for a deep dive, and I’m really happy with what came out. Give it a listen, and think about your own life choices while you’re at it.

You’ve already subscribed, haven’t you? If not, go do that on Apple PodcastsGoogle Play oStitcher, or download it straight from the web.. And enjoy it. I certainly did.

Oh, and in other podcast activity you can hear me on this week’s episode of Black Hole Films, discussing the masterwork that is Dog Day Afternoon with honored SEMcast guests Jonas Chernick and Jeremy LaLonde. It’s a good one, and you can find it right here.

Coke Sweat Fantasia

This week on Someone Else’s Movie I’m joined by actor, writer and producer Kelly McCormack — currently stealing scenes as Zeph on Killjoys and perverting CBC’s web space with The Neddeaus of Duquesne Island — for a lively conversation about Brian de Palma’s 1974 Phantom of the Paradise.

It’s a really fun episode, equal parts cinema theory and theater-kid enthusiasm as we pinwheel through the movie, its influences, the other films in its orbit and much, much more. Kelly’s tale of her first encounter with the film is one of my absolute favorite stories ever told on this podcast.

So go get it! Subscribe right now on Apple PodcastsGoogle Play oStitcher,or grab this specific episode directly from the show’s website. And enjoy! The Phantom commands it.

Surveillance Tapes

On this week’s episode of Someone Else’s Movie, director William Oldroyd — whose Lady Macbeth just opened at the Lightbox last weekend, and is quite good — drops by to discuss Michael Haneke’s Caché. Neat, huh?

It’s the first time anyone’s brought a Haneke film onto the show, so naturally the conversation ranges across his entire filmography. I think you’ll enjoy it, even if you share my opinion that Haneke is an incredibly uneven filmmaker. (That said, Caché is one of his very best, and I was delighted to be able to talk about it.)

You know the drill, right? Subscribe on Apple PodcastsGoogle Play oStitcher, or download it directly from the web. Everybody’s doing it! Be like everybody!

Also, I made my glorious return to the Toronto Mike’d podcast yesterday as part of his Kick Out the Jams program. Jams were indeed kicked, and you can listen to me doing the aforementioned kicking right here. Enjoy!

Dark and Dangerous

This week’s episode of Someone Else’s Movie is a little shorter than usual. My guest chose a short film; I should have seen that coming.

The guest is Dave McKean, an illustrator, artist and filmmaker I’ve admired for decades; the film is Street of Crocodiles, a 1987 short work from the Brothers Quay that remains one of their oddest and most disturbing works three decades later.  And we had a really good chat about it.

Wanna join us? Subscribe to the show on Apple PodcastsGoogle Play oStitcher, or download the episode straight from the web. And enjoy! Try not to have nightmares, though. Just try.

“It’s Weird And Pissed Off, Whatever It Is”

This week’s episode of Someone Else’s Movie is an awfully fun one, as Buzzfeed senior staff writer and podcast pal Kat Angus joins me to talk about our mutual love for The Thing.

And there’s a lot of love: John Carpenter’s 1982 masterwork remains the high-water mark for horror remakes that honor the original while blazing their own magnificent trail.  (The only other film that comes close is Cronenberg’s The Fly, which so totally reinvents its source as to be almost unrecognizable.)

Kurt Russell is awesome. Keith David is also awesome. Everybody else is pretty good too. And as minimalistic studies in alienation and paranoia, it offers plenty of avenues for conversation. Strap in and enjoy the ride!

All the usual options are in place. You can subscribe to the show on Apple PodcastsGoogle Play oStitcher, or download it straight from the web. Just make sure there are no dogs wandering the halls before you put on your headphones.

Unbreakable Bonds

This week on Someone Else’s Movie, I travel to the Upper West Side of Manhattan for a chat with author, journalist and screenwriterJon Ronson, who’s someone I’ve been hoping to get on the podcast pretty much ever since I started it.

And with the release of Okja last month and the imminent arrival of his new podcast project The Butterfly Effect, this seemed like the perfect time to grab him. Also I was in New York, so it just made sense.

Jon picked Tomas Alfredson’s exquisite Swedish coming-of-age drama Let the Right One In, which is also an exquisite horror movie, and if you haven’t seen it you should absolutely chase it down before you listen to the episode, for there are spoilers aplenty for both that and Okja.

But once you’re prepared, though, jump right in! You can subscribe to the podcast on iTunesGoogle Play Music and Stitcher, or grab this week’s episode directly from the show site. However you listen, please enjoy it. Jon’s great, and this conversation was everything I hoped it would be.

Deep Impact

This week on Someone Else’s Movie, I’m joined by self-described local musician  Brendan Canning, who took an afternoon off from mixing Broken Social Scene’s new record Hug of Thunder for a chat about Lars Von Trier’s Melancholia.

It is a profoundly chill conversation, given the subject matter, but that’s kind of Brendan’s charm. And if you follow this episode with Sofia Bohdanowicz’ look at Dancer in the Dark, you’ll enjoy a fairly thorough look at Von Trier’s artistry and personality from two very different perspectives.

You can find Brendan’s episode on iTunesGoogle Play Music and Stitcher, or just download it straight from the web. But if you subscribe on the podcatcher of your choice, you don’t have to do all the clicking every week. And isn’t that better for everyone?

The Devil You Say

Bonus Friday Blattysode! As promised, here’s the second half of this week’s Someone Else’s Movie spotlight on William Peter Blatty, with actor and comedian Matt Braunger — whom you may have seen as an especially pissy SHIELD scientist on the second season of Agent Carter — jumping on the very strange pleasures of The Exorcist III in a shorter (and noisier) conversation than usual.

Go to it! And also check out Braunger’s stand-up; he’s a monster, and Shovel Fighter is one of my favorite comedy albums of the last decade.

You know what to do, right? Subscribe on iTunesGoogle Play Music oStitcher, or download it directly from the web. And try not to freak out when we talk about that scene. It can’t hurt you. I’m almost certain of this.

Lost Soldiers and Dog Princes

It’s William Peter Blatty Week on Someone Else’s Movie! That’s right, it’s my show and I can do whatever the hell I want and this week I’m releasing two episodes that tackle the Exorcist author at his weirdest.

Today, Killjoys writer-producer Adam Barken takes a deep dive into the murky depths of The Ninth Configuration, that movie where Stacy Keach shows up at a secluded castle to play psychiatrist and possibly unlock the secrets of the universe. (Killjoys starts its third season this Friday, and it’s a blast, so this was an excellent excuse to hang out with Adam.)

Go listen! Subscribe on iTunesGoogle Play Music oStitcher, or download the episode directly from the web. And don’t forget to check back on Friday to see who I got to do The Exorcist III. The answer will surprise you!

A Song of Blood And Ice Cream

This week’s episode of Someone Else’s Movie is a collision of things I love, as playwright, author and low-key Twitter cult leader Jonny Sun — whose book Everyone’s A Aliebn When Ur A Aliebn Too comes out next week — joins me to celebrate Edgar Wright and Simon Pegg’s Cornetto Trilogy.

Yup, it took more than two years but I finally get to talk about my beloved Shaun of the Dead. And Hot Fuzz. And The World’s End. And it turns out Jonny’s just as fond of these films and that creative partnership as I am — but really, how could he not be? — which made for a really swell conversation.

Check it out! You can find it at all the usual spots: Subscribe on iTunesGoogle Play Music oStitcher, or just download it directly from the web. And go buy Jonny’s book, and catch him on tour this summer! He’s a sweetheart, he’d love to see you.