Category Archives: Podcasting!

Find Your Squad

This week on Someone Else’s Movie, my guest is actor Tammy Gillis, who stars in the indie drama Menorca, which opened in Toronto last week. I have some issues with the film but her performance isn’t one of them, and it was a pleasure to sit down with her for the show.

Tammy picked Bridesmaids, the blockbuster that vaulted Kristen Wiig and Melissa McCarthy to the A-list (and the Oscar ballot) and demonstrated that, duh, funny movies that showcase funny women have no trouble drawing an audience. Although I’m sure there are a dozen studio executives willing to explain how the Ghostbusters remake proves this was a non-repeatable phenomenon.

Anyway, we get into all that. Give it a listen! Subscribe on iTunesGoogle Play oStitcher, or download it straight from the site. And enjoy!

L.A. After Dark

This week on Someone Else’s Movie, we’re back in London to talk to screenwriter and author Mike Carey, a fellow who appreciates the value of a deep dive into a well-constructed environment, having written both the book and film versions of the ingenious zombie picture The Girl with All the Gifts.

Mike picked L.A. Confidential, marking the second time this year someone’s brought a Curtis Hanson picture onto the show. And it’s a very good conversation, touching on casting, tone, texture, the film’s fumbled theatrical release and subsequent critical canonification. Plus we talk about comic books a little. That’s his thing.

You know how to hear it: Subscribe on iTunesGoogle Play oStitcher, or download the episode straight from the show site. And if you missed The Girl with All the Gifts during its brief theatrical run, it’s now available on demand and coming to Blu-ray and DVD next week. Don’t miss out. It’s terrific.


Living in Oblivion

This week on Someone Else’s Movie, documentary filmmaker Nick de Pencier — whose new project Black Code opens in Toronto and Vancouver this Friday after a nice long run on the festival circuit — reaches back into the archives of the National Film Board to discuss Donald Brittain’s Volcano: An Inquiry Into the Life and Death of Malcolm Lowry, which was nominated for an Oscar in 1976 and then overwritten in the public consciousness by John Huston’s terrific adaptation of Lowry’s novel Under the Volcano a few years later.

Go get it! Subscribe on iTunesGoogle Play oStitcher, or grab it right here at the SEMcast site.

And if you’d like to see Brittain’s movie, it’s streaming for free on the NFB’s website and YouTube. Or you can spin up the second disc of Criterion’s Under the Volcano, which I’m sure you bought years ago. You seem like a good person.

Stage, Fright

This week’s episode of Someone Else’s Movie was recorded high over London, and it’s a goodie: None other than Reece Shearsmith -tackles the voluptuous horrors of Douglas Hickox’ Theatre of Blood, in which Vincent Price plays a Shakespearean actor who’ll stop at nothing to avenge himself upon the critics who failed to recognize his genius.

The choice provides ripe ground for a conversation on all manner of creative pursuits, and the irony that an actor and a critic are sitting down together to discuss a work about actors and critics was not lost on either of us. Also, I’m in awe of Shearsmith’s talents  (like friend of the show Alice Lowe, he’s a comic with a distinctive voice who’s been part of a lot of things I love, including the cinema of Edgar Wright and Ben Wheatley) and it was just plain delightful to be in a room with him.

So give it a listen, then! It’s available on iTunesGoogle Play oStitcher, or downloadable directly from the show site. Go get it, and enjoy.

Consider The Parking Lot

This week’s episode of Someone Else’s Movie is the first time the show gets to tackle the work of Joel and Ethan Coen, and we do it through my very favorite of their films.

Pat Thornton, a wonderful comic and actor who’s been getting a lot of attention for his performance in Filth City — though he deserves at least as much for his new Comedy Network special Different Times — picked A Serious Man, their almost-autobiographical 2009 farce about a Minnesota academic whose world collapses into chaos over a few weeks in 1967. And we have a great time digging into it, and into the Coens’ filmography in general.

Come on along! Be cool like us! Subscribe on  iTunesGoogle Play oStitcher, or just grab it straight from the site. And enjoy!

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?