On this week’s episode of Someone Else’s Movie, I welcome writer-director Adrian Murray, whose small-scale psychodrama Retrograde opens across Canada this Friday. It was one of the highlights of last year’s Canadian Film Festival, even though I didn’t get to write about it, and now you finally get to see it!
But before that, listen to Adrian tackle Dazed and Confused, Richard Linklater’s breakout ramble through the lives of a bunch of teenagers in Austin on the last day of school in the early summer of 1976 — a movie that both of us underestimated on first viewing, but which we’ve come to appreciate as the movie that told us everything about who its director was, what sorts of stories he wanted to tell, and where he’d be taking us in the future. What a picture, you know?
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Oh, and if you’re knocking around Toronto on Sunday, you should know that we’re screening Kyle Edward Ball’s Skinamarink down at the Lightbox as this month’s See the North selection, which means the screening is free and Kyle will be joining us for a virtual Q&A afterward. Want to sink into a formless, disquieting video feed from hell for a hundred minutes on a balmy spring evening? Who wouldn’t, right? See you there.