Category Archives: Podcasting!

Twirling Ever Downward

This week on Someone Else’s Movie, I welcome Toronto filmmaker Sofia Bohdanowicz, whose first feature Never Eat Alone has its hometown premiere at the Lightbox on Saturday.

Sofia picked Lars Von Trier’s Dancer in the Dark, a movie which she loves, and which I continue to find frustrating and confusing some 17 years after its release. And so our conversation spins out in a number of different directions, covering the breadth of Von Trier’s cinema, the rise of a certain other look-at-me filmmaker, the responsibility a director has to his (or her) actors and a digression about pizza and Toni Erdmann which I just couldn’t bear to clip out.

It was a blast, and I hope you enjoy it. And if you’re in town, check out Sofia’s movie on Saturday night; she’s a really intriguing talent, and she’s amassing a very strong body of work. (Also, Dexter wuvs her.)

You know where to  go: Subscribe  on  iTunesGoogle Play and Stitcher, plug the show into your favorite podfetcher, or download it right from the site.  Enjoy it! And try to imagine Matt Besser’s Bjork seething in the corner while you listen.

Breathing Room

In the beginning, I worried that Someone Else’s Movie was a little limited as a concept — what happens when we run out of good movies to talk about? — but as the show rolls into its third year, the choices are only getting more interesting.

This week, for instance, Hello Destroyer writer-director Kevan Funk picked one of my top films of the ’90s, and a movie that isn’t talked about nearly often enough: Todd Haynes’ Safe, the skin-crawling social satire-cum-horror movie starring Julianne Moore as a California woman whose comfortable life is shredded when she develops a mysterious illness.

It’s a great movie and it made for a terrific conversation, so obviously you should go and listen to it. Find it on  iTunesGoogle Play and Stitcher, or just go straight to the source. And enjoy it!

Tat and Tom and Daniel and Me

This week’s episode of Someone Else’s Movie is really special, in more ways than one. Regular listeners know that Tatiana Maslany is basically the reason the podcast exists — it was a digression about Under the Skin during a phone interview with her about Cas and Dylan that ultimately led me to the concept. (Well, that and a subsequent conversation with Seymour Bernstein.)

Anyway, it took two years — she’s busy and all — but I finally got her for the podcast, along with her partner Tom Cullen, with whom she co-stars in Joey Klein’s crushingly intimate The Other Half , which comes to VOD in Canada today and arrives in American theatrical release on Friday.

They picked There Will Be Blood, Paul Thomas Anderson’s epic 2007 study of a ferocious oil baron carving his way across America in the early decades of the 20th century. It’s a hell of a movie, and a hell of an episode — we got all hopped up on sugar and jumped right into Daniel Day-Lewis impressions, basically. It was as good a conversation as I’ve ever had for this show, and almost exactly two years to the day after launching the podcast I’m delighted to be able to share it with you.

You know the drill, right? You can find it on iTunesGoogle Play and Stitcher, or download it right from the site. Please do that. This one’s a joy.

A Down and Dirty Picture

This week’s episode of Someone Else’s Movie is an unexpected delight as Guy Maddin, legend of Canadian avant-garde cinema, tackles Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia, the sweat-soaked feast of flesh, blood and torqued machismo from American maverick Sam Peckinpah.

Guy is a pretty thoughtful sort, so the conversation takes some fascinating turns, including a dip into the way Peckinpah’s inchoate politics feel right at home in the present day. I had a great time with this one, and I expect you will too.

You know how this works: You can subscribe to the show on iTunesGoogle Play and Stitcher, or download this individual episode directly from the web. And enjoy it! Or else.

Ten, Twenty, Thirty

This week’s episode of Someone Else’s Movie is kinda neat, in that it features me talking to an actual film professional who’s also an actual friend.

I’ve known Daniela Saioni for thirty years, ever since we met in film school; I dropped out to pursue writing, and she stuck with the program and built a great career as a script supervisor and occasional writer, with side gigs as a stand-up comic and storyteller. So when the opportunity came up to get her on the podcast, how could I refuse?

Daniela picked Grosse Pointe Blank, John Cusack and George Armitage’s perpetually underrated action-comedy masterpiece that marks its 20th anniversary this year. And given that the film is about a 10th anniversary class reunion, it seemed even more apt for our conversation.

Are you excited yet? Well, go get it! It’s on iTunesGoogle Play and Stitcher, or right here at the show site. This one’s a lot of fun, but then how could it not be?

Dance Hall G’days

This week on Someone Else’s Movie I’ve got a special Valentine’s Day treat planned, all bright colors and vivid motion,

Natalie Brown, an actor you’ve seen in all kinds of stuff including The StrainSophie and How to Plan an Orgy in a Small Town — and currently starring in Jovanka Vuckovic’s segment of XX, in theaters Friday — is on to talk about Strictly Ballroom, the Australian sensation that conquered the festival circuit in 1992 and established director Baz Luhrmann as a creative force to be reckoned with. (Shame about Australia, though.)

Have a listen! Subscribe on iTunesGoogle Play and Stitcher, or download the episode directly from the site. And enjoy, why not? Bogo Pogos for everyone!

We’re All In On It, Aren’t We?

I told you there was more to come, and here it is: A bonus Friday episode of Someone Else’s Movie! 

Today, actor and filmmaker Mark O’Brien — who co-stars with Amy Adams and Jeremy Renner in Denis Villeneuve’s Arrival — settles in with David Fincher’s The Game, just in time for its 20th anniversary. Remember The Game? Sure you do.

Wanna listen? Subscribe on iTunesGoogle Play and Stitcher, or download the episode directly from the site. And have a good weekend!

The Road Goes Ever On

It’s time for another major blockbuster trilogy on Someone Else’s Movie — and this time it’s Peter Jackson’s gargantuan adaptation of The Lord of the Rings, as brought to you by Adrianna DiLonardo and Sarah Rotella, who are respectively the writer and director of the new comedy Almost Adults, which drops on various VOD platforms today.

Given that this podcast runs roughly a tenth of the length of the abbreviated trilogy, we do not cover every single aspect of the films. (Also, we digress into conversations about the Hobbit movies, high-frame cinema and Ian McKellen’s wonderfulness, as you do.) But we have a good time, and it’s a fun episode.

As always, you can subscribe to the podcast on iTunesGoogle Play and Stitcher, or download the episode straight from the site. Go forth and enjoy.

Perfect Timing

It is a remarkable coincidence that this week’s episode of Someone Else’s Movie should center on Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, which vaulted back into the collective pop consciousness earlier this month thanks to the whole Richard Spencer thing.

Seriously. Grace Lynn Kung picked the movie back in December, and recorded the episode weeks before Trump’s inauguration, when that guy was punched in the face for being a Nazi. And we’d always planned to release it this week, once Mary Kills People was airing on Global. I guess the moral arc of the universe does bend toward justice, or something.

Anyway. Grace was a great guest, and Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade is a hell of a lot of fun to talk about. You can subscribe on iTunesGoogle Play and Stitcher, or download the episode straight from the site. However you get it, please enjoy yourself. Indy would want it that way.

The Blight Man Was Born For

The Oscar nominations are upon us, and Kenneth Lonergan’s Manchester By the Sea is looking like a strong contender. And I swear, it’s pure coincidence that this week’s episode of Someone Else’s Movie celebrates Lonergan’s previous film, Margaret — with inevitable digressions into the films before and after it.

That’s just the luck of the draw: My guest, journalist and actor Naomi Skwarna, picked the movie back in December, and it just so happens that her movie Dim the Fluorescents is playing at Slamdance this very night.

I would maybe feel less awkward about this if the episode wasn’t, you know, really good. Which it absolutely is. Hopefully you’ll have seen at least one version of Margaret before listening, but if not the movie is out there — on disc, and on various streaming services — waiting to be discovered.

So get to it! The episode awaits you on iTunesGoogle Play and Stitcher, and of course you can always download it straight from the site. Please enjoy.