Controlled Chaos

On this week’s episode of Someone Else’s Movie, I welcome Toronto filmmaker Cavan Campbell — whose new short Receiver just shared the Air Canada prize at the Reel Asian film festival — for a conversation about Peter Bogdanovich’s What’s Up, Doc?, the movie where Barbra Streisand pesters Ryan O’Neal into all manner of wackiness.

It’s all here: The mechanics of the door-slamming farce, the immeasurable value of Madeline Kahn, the strangely progressive value system at play in the script by Buck Henry, Robert Benton and David Newman — and  talk about a murderers’ row of comedy writers, huh?

You should listen! Subscribe on Apple PodcastsGoogle Play and Stitcher and get the episode immediately, or download it directly from the web. And then help yourself to a couple of episodes of NOW What, both focusing on pandemic survival tips: Last Friday, I talked to Karen K. Ho about the pitfalls of doomscrolling, and today Glenn and I discussed ways to avoid pandemic fatigue with Jan Caruana and Renna Reddie.

Want to just sit and read? Here’s last Friday’s What to Watch guide, and today’s review of The LEGO Star Wars Holiday Special, which, eh. And I made some recommendations for this year’s Reel Asian festival, which is running through Thursday. Check ’em out! That’s where Cavan’s short is playing!

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