Category Archives: Podcasting!

At Last, Completion

I’ve been looking forward to releasing this week’s episode of Someone Else’s Movie for quite some time now; Claire Armstrong recorded it early last winter, the same week as Daniel Warth and Naomi Skwarna, and that was fifty episodes ago, before they took Dim the Fluorescents to its world premiere at the Slamdance Film Festival, where it won a richly deserved audience award.

(The film finally opens in Toronto this Friday, and you should go see it; it’s great.)

The other reason I’ve been itching to release this episode is that Claire picked Never Let Me Go, Mark Romanek’s deceptively placid drama in which Keira Knightley, Carey Mulligan and Andrew Garfield (among others, as you’ll notice in the photo) play lifelong friends raised for a purpose they must never fully understand. It’s a mood piece that’s as chilling as it is heartbreaking, and we get into that from any number of angles. Give it a listen, but only after you’ve seen the movie. Spoilers abound, obviously.

Subscribe on Apple PodcastsGoogle Play or Stitcher, or download this week’s episode directly from the web. And if you’re feeling supportive and want to leave a review up on the podfetcher of your choice … well, that would be very much appreciated.

Oh Hai, Cover Story

So James Franco’s The Disaster Artist is finally opening, and my oral history about its production is the cover story in this week’s NOW.

This was one of the weirdest and most ambitious things I’ve ever pitched to the paper — and, perhaps not surprisingly, a lot of work to pull together — and guess what, I’m really happy with how it came out.

So, to borrow a phrase from that Tommy guy, go read it and have a fun. And then go see The Disaster Artist, which is so much better than it might have been. And maybe also listen to Jason Connery’s episode of Someone Else’s Movie where we talked about The Room; we had a fun there, too.

Milestones are Meaningless

… well, not entirely meaningless, since Someone Else’s Movie drops its 150th episode today, not even two and a half years after its launch. That’s several entire days of listening content dropped into people’s ear-holes! Nuts, right?

Well, this week’s episode is the shortest one I’ve yet released, thanks to the seat-of-the-pants nature of grabbing Paul Scheer during his TIFF stop for The Disaster Artist (which opens Friday, and more about that real soon).

But you know what they say about quality and quantity, and Paul was all in for Bowfinger, Steve Martin and Frank Oz’ charming — and almost forgotten — 1999 satire about Hollywood hangers-on, guerilla cinema and, um, Scientology. It’s a quick listen, but a sharp one. Do check it out.

You can download the episode straight from the web, but it’d be really appreciated if you subscribed to the show on Apple PodcastsGoogle Play or Stitcher. It would help the show immensely, which is something I need now that some jerk from Atlanta is stealing my concept (and my guests) and doing a terrible job of it.

Please and thank you? C’mon. You get 150 episodes of content, most of which are pretty great if I do say so myself.

In Love with the World

This week on Someone Else’s Movie, we get a little philosophical and a little existential, as director Jamie M. Dagg brings Ron Fricke’s globetrotting epic Baraka to the show.

It’s the first non-narrative feature in 149 episodes (which, neato) and Jamie’s willingness to explore what the film means to him, and how it affected him at a key point in his life, makes for a really engrossing conversation.

I know I say this a lot, but I’m really proud of what the podcast has become and the conversations it’s allowed me to have, and this episode is a pretty good example of why.

Listen for yourself! Subscribe on Apple Podcasts or Google Play or Stitcher, or get it straight from the source. And then you should see Jamie’s new movie Sweet Virginia, in theatres and on VOD right now in the US and coming to Canadian theatres and VOD next Friday. It’s really quite good.

Breaking The Ice

I’ve been trying to get Jennifer Baichwal to do an episode of Someone Else’s Movie ever since I first conceived of the show, and this week you get to find out why: She’s always been a great interview, cerebral and inquisitive and wry, and the way she applies her personality to David Cronenberg’s The Dead Zone makes for an absolutely wonderful hour of conversation.

I will say nothing else, except that this is one of those perfect pairings of guest and movie, unpacking things about both Jen and Cronenberg’s film that might not have been unpacked otherwise. It was a pleasure, and I’m just sorry the sound is a little echoey; we couldn’t record in my studio and had to use a boardroom. Hopefully you’ll be able to get past it.

Have you subscribed yet? Why not? The show’s right there on Apple Podcasts and Google Play and Stitcher, or you can just download this episode directly from the web. It’s not too late. It’s not too late. Hurry up!

A Separation

This week’s episode of Someone Else’s Movie is tied to a new theatrical release, but at a slight remove: My guest, director Brendan Prost, chose Nights and Weekends, the first directorial venture of Lady Bird‘s Greta Gerwig.

The difference is that Lady Bird is her solo debut; Gerwig co-directed this one with her co-star Joe Swanberg, and it’s excellent — a moody, deeply felt study of two people whose relationship snaps under the strain of a long-distance separation, played out in two stark, sad sections.

Wanna listen? Of course you do. So go subscribe  on Apple PodcastsGoogle Play or Stitcher or download this episode directly from the web. And maybe check out Brendan’s films too; they’re quite good, and they’re available at his website for your viewing pleasure.

Lauren Lee Smith Says No To Drugs

Hey, look! It’s a special bonus Friday episode of Someone Else’s Movie! Isn’t that great?

In the shortest episode yet released (which is totally my fault, or rather Google’s for betraying me), my guest is Lauren Lee Smith, of CSI and Trick R Treat and now the new CBC show Frankie Drake Mysteries, and the subject is Requiem for a Dream, Darren Aronofsky’s searing addiction nightmare.

(You know, that fun one where Ellen Burstyn, Jared Leto, Jennifer Connelly and Marlon Wayans chart the course of their own destruction. It’s ever so much fun.)

Anyway. Even in the abbreviated time frame, Lauren offers considerable insight and perspective, and it makes for a pretty vivid conversation. You should check it out!

But how? Well, subscribe to the show on Apple PodcastsGoogle Play or Stitcher or download this episode straight from the website. See? That was easy!

Magnificent Octopuses

I’ve been hoping to book Michael Dowse for an episode of Someone Else’s Movie ever since I launched the podcast, and it finally came together on the press day for his new Viceland series, FUBAR: Age of Computer

I am very happy about this, particularly since he picked a great movie to talk about: Heaven’s Gate, Michael Cimino’s initially reviled, ultimately celebrated epic Western. Thirty-seven years after its disastrous, studio-killing release, we have enough distance to talk about it as a piece of cinema rather than a pop-culture punchline.

It’s a good conversation. Wanna hear it? Subscribe to the show on Apple PodcastsGoogle Play or Stitcher or download the episode directly from the web. That’s all I’ve ever asked of you.

Family Business

On this week’s episode of Someone Else’s Movie, I welcome actor-producer Paula Brancati — who’s currently running for her life in Netflix’ Slasher: Guilty Party — to talk about Francis Ford Coppola’s genre-defining blockbuster The Godfather.

This is one of those episodes that I wish had been a lot longer, both because the Godfather movies can be unpacked more or less forever — yes, even the third one — and because Paula was such a lively, invested presence. But what we got was pretty great too.

Wanna listen? Of course you do. Subscribe to the show on Apple PodcastsGoogle Play or Stitcher, or download it directly from the web. And have a cannoli or something. You’ve earned it.

Buddies in Arms

This week on Someone Else’s Movie , French-born, Toronto-based actor, writer and producer Florian François — whose new series Rencontres is available now on Bell Fibe TV1 — drops in to discuss Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano’s 2011 smash Intouchables.

I have to admit, it’s not a film I ever expected anyone to bring to the show — for all of its success, it’s kinda lightweight — but Florian makes a good case for it, and I’m glad we got to talk it through. So check it out!

You know how this works:  Subscribe to the show on Apple PodcastsGoogle Play or Stitcher, or download it straight from the website. And bonne écouter!

I probably got that wrong.