Category Archives: Podcasting!

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.

“Twelve Years And Three Months.”

On this week’s episode of Someone Else’s Movie , I have a really great conversation with Allana Harkin about her cinematic security blanket: When Harry Met Sally.

I first became aware of Allana as a member of the Atomic Fireballs, the Toronto sketch troupe she co-founded with Samantha Bee, and have been delighted to see her go global as a producer and correspondent on Sam’s Full Frontal, so this was a total pleasure. Grab a black-and-white cookie and join us, won’t you?

Subscribe to the podcast on iTunesGoogle Play Music oStitcher, or download the episode straight from the site. And enjoy it. That’s what it’s for.

Family Resemblance

On this week’s episode of Someone Else’s Movie, I prepare for the return of Wynonna Earp by sitting down with Varun Saranga, who’s joining the show this season as … well, you’ll find out on Friday along with everybody else.

Varun picked The Royal Tenenbaums, marking the first time we’ve tackled Wes Anderson on the show — and I’m really happy for the chance to dive into his precisely ordered universe, especially since this particular film is one of Anderson’s most beloved.

You know what to do, right? Subscribe to the podcast on iTunesGoogle Play Music oStitcher, or download the episode directly from the web.

Enjoy, and you should also enjoy Wynonna Earp if you aren’t already; I really love that weird little show, and I’m delighted to have it back. You can catch up to the first season on Netflix, or at the Syfy and Space websites.  So, you know, do that.

“It’s Mummy! She’s terribly hurt!”

On this week’s episode of Someone Else’s Movie, writer-director Michael O’Shea — whose solid first feature The Transfiguration just played a limited run at The Royal — goes all in on Peter Jackson’s Heavenly Creatures, the marvelous 1994 psychodrama that launched the careers of Kate Winslet and Melanie Lynskey and forced the world to take Jackson and Fran Walsh seriously as artists rather than young splatterpunks.

The film’s fallen into relative obscurity these days, so I’m especially glad to have the chance to bring it back into the conversation. And Mike was a most enthusiastic guest, spilling over with ideas and observations and maybe winding Dexter up a little too much in the first few minutes; I apologize for the audible jingling.

Anyway, get on that. Subscribe to the podcast on iTunesGoogle Play Music oStitcher, or download the episode straight from the web. And should you find yourself longing to watch Heavenly Creatures again afterward … well, that’s easily and inexpensively addressed.

Soaring

This week’s episode of Someone Else’s Movie is the direct result of a New York Times Facebook post asking people to name the best post-2000 Pixar film.

I went for Ratatouille, because it just is, while Ryan Dillon, an actor, comedian and Twitter buddy, went for Up. The resulting back-and-forth led to me booking him on this episode, where he delves into Pete Docter’s 2009 masterwork, and more broadly into Pixar’s library and legacy.

It’s a good one, and I’m very proud of myself for discussing the first ten minutes of Up without bursting into tears. I am clever and smart.

Go get it! Subscribe to the podcast on iTunesGoogle Play Music oStitcher, or download the episode directly from the website. And enjoy! Dug would be so disappointed if you missed out.

If It Bleeds …

I’ve been sitting on this week’s episode of Someone Else’s Movie for a couple of months, and I am just so glad to be able to share it with you today. Just, seriously, so glad.

It’s been thirty years since Predator landed in movie theatres, and bless his heart, Tom Bennett chose it for his episode. And he was a delightful guest, engaging with his own innocent discovery of the first of John McTiernan’s perfect action trilogy and getting into all sorts of wonderful tangents. This one was so much fun.

Also, if you haven’t seen Whit Stillman’s Love & Friendship yet, what are you waiting for? Tom’s amazing in it.

You can subscribe to the show on iTunesGoogle Play Music oStitcher, or download the episode directly from the web. Go get it! It’s right heah! What ah you waiding foah?

For Art’s Sake

This week’s episode of Someone Else’s Movie was a delight to put together for a number of reasons — for one thing, Dexter loved Jason Connery so much that he wouldn’t leave his side, ultimately falling asleep on him and snoring audibly through a chunk of the episode. (It’s not that distracting, I hope.)

But more than that, Jason’s choice — Tommy Wiseau’s infamously confounding cri de coeur The Room — led to a really compelling conversation about art and trash, intention and execution, and all sorts of other stuff that only comes up when people dig seriously into the nature of art. I had a great time on this one, and I think you will too.

So here’s the deal: Subscribe on iTunesGoogle Play Music oStitcher, or download the episode directly from the newly revamped show site. I hope you enjoy it more than those poor people in the flower shop enjoyed Johnny’s drop-in.

Be Kind, Rewind

Surprises are nice things. So here’s a special Friday bonus episode of Someone Else’s Movie, in which The Sandwich Nazi director Lewis Bennett brings Stand By for Tape Back-Up to the show.

It’s a most welcome choice; I loved Ross Sutherland’s remarkable VHS mixtape when I saw it at the 2015 edition of Hot Docs — the same festival at which Lewis first screened The Sandwich Nazi, as it happens — and since no further theatrical play was forthcoming, I’m delighted to be able to discuss it here.

Haven’t seen it? I kinda figured. You can catch up to it right now on Vimeo or at the film’s website before you listen to the episode. And you should. It’s great.

And speaking of the episode, you can get it the same way you always get it: Subscribe right now on iTunesGoogle Play oStitcher, or download it straight from the show site. Get on that, and enjoy!

The Voice

I am on other people’s podcasts this week!

Somehow, everyone’s schedules worked out in a way that scatters my sputtering, long-winded presence across the internet in multiple MP3 files.

There’s really no escape. If you run one way, I’m on the latest episode of Jeremy LaLonde’s Black Hole Films trying to convince Jeremy and his guests Eric Johnson and Jessica Greco that Roberto Benigni’s Life is Beautiful is an abomination unto the eyes of humanity …

… and if you run another way, there I am on Kat Angus and Jocelyn Geddie’s I Hate It But I Love It podcast, offering a deep dive into M. Night Shyamalan’s alien-invasion masterwork Signs. 

Masterwork? Yeah, I went there. Lock and load, folks. Unless you’re sick of listening to me, which is also entirely understandable at this point.

All The Feels

On this week’s episode of Someone Else’s Movie, actress Rachel Wilson — whose new movie First Round Down pairs her up with Orphan Black buddies Dylan Bruce and Kristian Bruun — steps up for for Terms of Endearment. And that’s great, because James L. Brooks’s 1983 Oscar-winner has kinda sunk into obscurity over the last decade or so, and that’s terribly unfair.

Yeah, it’s a low-key sort of picture, but it’s a very good one — sharply written, perfectly cast and unexpectedly moving. So there’s plenty to talk about.

… well, get to it! Subscribe to the show on iTunesGoogle Play oStitcher, or grab it straight from the show site. The Greenway girls await you.