Good People

An image of Karine Vanasse, smilingAn image of Talia Ryder and Sidney Flanigan in Never Rarely Sometimes AlwaysKarine Vanasse is one of the people I’ve wanted to get on Someone Else’s Movie ever since I came up with the idea for the podcast — she’s smart, she’s sensitive, she’s passionate about cinema. She’s just a generally lovely person, and I knew she’d be a great guest.

It took six and a half years to make it happen, and we only had half an hour, but I’m very happy with the way her episode turns out, and I think you’ll be happy too.

Karine wanted to talk about Never Rarely Sometimes Always, the quietly devastating Eliza Hittman abortion drama that was one of the best movies I saw last year, as well as one of the very last movies I saw in a theatre (twice!) before the world shut down.  I was more than happy to have that conversation, and my only regret is that we didn’t get to keep talking. We could have gone a lot longer.

You know what to do:  Subscribe on Apple PodcastsGoogle Play and Stitcher to get the episode instantly, or download it directly from the web.

And then you can check out today’s episode of NOW What, where Richard and I talk to union activist Jennifer Scott about how her organization Gig Workers United is trying to stop Uber from changing labor laws to give people even fewer options than they currently have. It’s depressing, I know, but there’s a sense that the good guys might win this one … or at least fight it to a draw.

Oh, and also I wrote this week’s NOW 40 at 40, finally telling the story of how we came to put Emma Stone on our 2010 TIFF cover. I tried to recapture just a silver of the white-knuckle panic we were all feeling before it came together, but honestly you don’t need that anxiety right now.

And once you’ve read that, you can check out the latest episode of Jeremy Lalonde’s Black Hole Films, which finally delivers on the challenge left hanging at the end of last month’s 48 HRS. episode: That’s right, rockers, we’re celebrating Streets of Fire! Or more precisely I am, while Jeremy, Rob Scarborough and an especially flabbergasted Marilla Wex try to make sense of Walter Hill’s magnum opus while I fire trivia points at them because I’m the only person on the planet who watched the feature-length documentary that came with Shout! Factory’s Blu-ray.

It’s a blast. Enjoy it!

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