Behold, the Polka Dot Man

An image of actor and writer David Dastmalchian.An image of Tara Basro in the film Impetigore.Usually when I record an episode of Someone Else’s Movie, I’ve made sure to get the guest’s choice of film at least a couple of days beforehand so I can do any research or rewatching that might be necessary. But because my very special guest David Dastmalchian is shooting a movie in Berlin, and his publicists are in Los Angeles, and this all came together fairly quickly, I was unable to get his pick until we started recording.

Now, this has happened once or twice before, and because I’ve seen a lot of movies I’m usually able to roll with it. But this time, the guest chose a recent film that I managed to miss when it popped up on Shudder last summer: Joko Anwar’s Impetigore.

Fortunately, I’ve seen a couple of Anwar’s other movies and I have a sense of his aesthetic and his interests. Also fortunately, David was not only understanding of the situation but really into the idea of sharing a movie that my listeners might also have missed out on seeing. So we went for it, and we had a pretty great time. You might also enjoy it!

You know the drill: Subscribe on Apple PodcastsGoogle Play and Stitcher to get it instantly, or download it directly from the web. And then you can catch the very first two-part NOW What podcast we rolled out over the weekend, in which Rad assembles a really knowledgable panel to discuss the West Indian diaspora through the prism of the Toronto Caribbean Carnival, which used to be Caribana and which  the pandemic turned into a food-truck festival this year.

(There’s no podcast today, as we’re shifting to a weekly format with new episodes dropping every Friday.  It’ll be fun, I think!)

And then there’s everything else! I scratched off one more name on my Thrilling Adventure Hour cast list by chatting with Nathan Fillion about his role in The Suicide Squad for NOW’s YouTube page; my review of the film will be online tomorrow, if everything plays out as it should.

And of course there’s last week’s What to Watch page, and my longer reviews of Jungle Cruise and The Green Knight, and the monthly lookaheads for Netflix, Crave, Amazon, Disney+ and CBC Gem (later today).  But really, the most important thing I did last week was finally give a TED Talk: Jordan had me on an episode of The Big Story to talk about the precious miracle that is Ted Lasso, and how wonderful it is that Jason Sudeikis, Brendan Hunt and their collaborators made the show we all need right now.

Please watch Ted Lasso. It’ll make your life better. That is all.

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