Have you seen God’s Country yet? You should see God’s Country. And not just because this week’s episode of Someone Else’s Movie features one of its stars, the actor Joris Jarsky … though you know what, that’s as good a reason as any.
Joris picked Norman Jewison’s Moonstruck, the 1987 romantic comedy that became a pop-culture touchstone, won Oscars for Cher, Olympia Dukakis and John Patrick Shanley and somehow played Toronto for New York without insulting both cities. I was surprised that it was Joris’ pick, given the sort of work he does as an actor, but in retrospect it makes a lot of sense … and it ties into his God’s Country character in an unexpected but entirely logical way.
Give it a listen! Subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Stitcher or wherever and get the episode right away, or download it directly from the web. And then, y’know, go see God’s Country. It’s rolling into its second week at the Lightbox, and it’s really good.
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