Category Archives: Podcasting!

Unspoken Truths

After three years of recording Someone Else’s Movie, I’ve noticed that there are two kinds of episodes. There are the ones where the conversation is loose and wide-ranging,  and the ones where a chosen work leads someone to explore their own identity in a more directly focused way.

This week, it’s the latter, as director Adam Garnet Jones — who made last year’s excellent Great Great Great with Sarah Kolasky — uses Jane Campion’s The Piano as a lever into his own identity, having discovered the film as a kid and bonded to it hard. (I saw it in my thirties, so my experience of it was very different.)

It’s a really good conversation; I love it when these opportunities present themselves and we can really burrow into what movies mean to people. Please enjoy it!

You can subscribe to the show on Apple PodcastsGoogle Play or Stitcher, or download it straight from the web. You know the deal. And go watch Great Great Great on iTunes; it’s really good.

Super Dark Times

This week on Someone Else’s Movie, I welcome Eric Johnson — the magnificent bastard of Steven Soderbergh’s The Knick and James Foley’s Fifty Shades sequels — to the studio, almost a year after talking him out of liking Life Is Beautiful on that episode of Black Hole Films. Hey, he’s been busy.

But it was worth the wait, because Eric picked one of the best films of this new century, Alfonso Cuaron’s Children of Men. And it made for a great episode, with the conversation touching on dystopian storytelling, Cuaron’s tactile style, the understated genius of Clive Owen and the metaphors that have only grown more relevant since the film’s release.

I really don’t know what else to tell you. Just listen. You can subscribe to the show on Apple PodcastsGoogle Play or Stitcher, or download the episode directly from the web.

I’m really happy with this one. Please enjoy it.

Wise Men Say

This week on Someone Else’s Movie, producer and distributor Avi Federgreen — whose Indiecan Entertainment just released its 100th feature, Monolith — drops in to talk about a movie I legitimately did not expect him to choose.

Specifically, he picked Some Kind of Wonderful, the movie John Hughes and Howard Deutch made after Pretty in Pink and which is basically Pretty in Pink with the genders flipped and a better ending.

Avi being Avi, the conversation also veers into the problems facing Canadian cinema — which is a subject that’ll come up again this week, as it happens — but I think you’ll see how the connections work, even with the rain delay.

Where can you get it? Why, simply subscribe on Apple PodcastsGoogle Play or Stitcher, or download it directly from the web. And then you can enjoy it, and you will be happy. People should be happy.

Ugly America

This week on the NOW site, I catch up with fellow Ryersonian Jason Jones — we were there at the same time, just a building away from each other — about his convulsively funny TBS comedy The Detour, which just launched its third season up here on the Comedy Network.

Have you seen the show? You probably haven’t seen the show. You should see the show. It’s kind of amazing, what he’s doing.

Also, I’m all over the audioscape this weekend: You can hear me discussing Oscar’s apparent embrace of horror — or at least genre — on CBC’s Day 6,  and on the indie side, Rad asked me to be the first guest on his brand new podcast, which he has yet to officially name. We talked about the Oscars too.

Ah, it’s the weekend. Listen to everything!

That’ll be the day.

This week’s guest on Someone Else’s Movie has the most imposing resume of anyone who’s ever done the show: In some five decades as an actor, Stephen McHattie has racked up credits on everything from Kojak and Starsky and Hutch to The X-Files and Orphan Black, and that’s just a sampling. Remember Pontypool? Yeah, that’s the stuff.

This week he’s in Peter Lynch’s avant-garde Toronto mystery Birdland, which gave me the chance to put him on the podcast. And Stephen swung hard, picking John Ford’s revolutionary Western The Searchers and really digging into it — after some gentle coaxing, that is.

Wanna listen? Of course you do. Subscribe on Apple PodcastsGoogle Play or Stitcher, or download it straight from the site. And giddy up.

“And of course Alice goes back there all the time.”

Sunday marked the second anniversary of Alan Rickman’s death, and guess what? I’m still not over it.

Which is why, when Halifax blogger, screenwriter and podcaster Carsten Knox said he wanted to tackle Anthony Minghella’s Truly Madly Deeply on his episode of Someone Else’s Movie, the episode turned out to be a little more personal than either of us expected … perhaps because I knew Minghella a little, and I’m still not over his death, either.

Anyway. It’s a great conversation about art, love and mortality and I think I only choked up twice. We recorded it when Carsten was in town early last summer, and this seemed like the perfect time to release it.

Care to listen? Subscribe on Apple PodcastsGoogle Play or Stitcher, or download it directly from the web. And, well, enjoy it.

Thirteen Years Later, And Fetch Still Ain’t Happening

This week on Someone Else’s Movie, I get to hang out with Catherine Reitman and talk about sketch writing, risky performances, comedy heroes and our mutual love of Mean Girls, which somehow has all of those things despite being a high-school comedy and thus trapped in one of the most rigid cinematic subgenres. (But then, Tina Fey is a goddamn genius.)

It’s a good conversation, if a teeny bit rushed because we did it in the middle of a press day for the new season of Workin’ Moms, which returns tonight at 9:30 pm on CBC. (I’m not obliged to tell you that or anything, I just like the people who make the show and would like you to watch it.)

Wanna hear it? Subscribe on Apple PodcastsGoogle Play or Stitcher, or download the episode straight from the web. I would recommend subscribing, though, because then you get next week’s episode automatically, and the week’s after that, and so on. It’s just easier, honestly.

The Fog of War

Happy new year, one and all! You didn’t get me anything? That’s okay, I have a brand-new episode of Someone Else’s Movie for you! This should not come as a surprise, since it’s Tuesday and that’s just how I roll.

This week, Marvin Kaye — an actor, writer and producer who created Less Than Kind and turns up most unexpectedly as the Burly Russian in The Shape of Water — joins me to talk about his abiding love for Bruce Beresford’s merciless Breaker Morant, the Australian courtroom drama that became an international art-house hit for reasons I’ve never been able to fathom. We talk about that, and plenty of other stuff, so give it a listen!

You can get the episode in all of the usual ways: Subscribe on Apple PodcastsGoogle Play or Stitcher, or just go straight to the show site and stream or download it as you please. So get to it, please and thank you.

Merry Christmas, Archibald Buttle!

It’s not exactly a holiday episode, but this week’s Someone Else’s Movie does have the feel of a warm fireside conversation — mainly because there actually was a fire going in the corner of the studio, but also because my guest is someone I’ve known for a very long time.

My film school buddy Alexandra Hooper — now a Toronto set decoration buyer who works on giant things like The Expanse and The Shape of Water and Downsizing — joins me to talk about Terry Gilliam’s Brazil, which we saw together thirty years ago and which she credits with helping her figure out what she wanted to do with her life. So that’s nice.

You can listen in all of the usual ways: Subscribe on Apple PodcastsGoogle Play or Stitcher, or download it directly from the web. And enjoy it! It’s a good one!

Fincher Forever

There’s no holiday episode of Someone Else’s Movie this year, though I did contribute to a holiday edition of Jeremy Lalonde’s Black Hole Films this week that finds me watching The Muppet Christmas Carol with Jeremy, Paul Sun-Hyung Lee and their kids. That’s a fun one, you should listen to it. But as far as a Christmas SEMcast goes, we’ll always have Kristian Bruun.

This week, Elsewhere, NY director Jeffrey P. Nesker joins me to mark the 25th anniversary of David Fincher’s Alien 3,  and to give that much-maligned sequel a chance to look a little better in the rear-view mirror. I’m into it.

You know how to listen: Subscribe to the show on Apple PodcastsGoogle Play or Stitcher, or download the episode straight from the web. And if you enjoy it, please tell people! It’s all we have!