Good Time, Great Talk

In this week’s episode of Someone Else’s Movie, it’s my distinct pleasure to talk to Dave Merheje, a very funny person who ventures into serious-ish acting opposite Daisy Ridley in Rachel Lambert’s Sometimes I Think About Dying, which is on Hoopla in Canada and on Kanopy and Mubi in the US. (It’s very good, and you should see it.)

And what movie did Dave want to talk about? Good Time, the chaotic 2017 feature from Josh and Benny Safdie in which Robert Pattinson plays Connie, a young man who spends a hectic day racing around New York like a toxic pinball, trying to gather the bail money for his brother after a robbery goes sideways. But that’s the thing with Connie: Everything he does goes sideways, and over the course of the film we watch him heedlessly derail or destroy the fortunes of pretty much everyone he encounters.

It’s a pretty potent angle for a character study, and Dave and I found plenty to discuss about the Safdies’ cinema, Pattinson’s career choices, and Dave’s path to the screen. The Varsity 7 also comes up. (If you know, you know.)

Join the fun! You can find the podcast at the usual locations — Apple PodcastsSpotify, possibly YouTube by now — or just download the episode directly from the web and listen to it while you pinball around the Bronx ruining people’s lives. And check out Rachel’s episode on Midnight Cowboy, too. It’s very good.

And then catch up on Shiny Things, why don’t you? Last week I caught up to a lot of catalogue releases, covering the new 4K editions of American Gigolo, Mute Witness, Purple Rain and South Park: Bigger, Longer and Uncut in one dispatch and TwisterMatinee and U.H.F. in another. Sounds like something you’d want to read, doesn’t it? Subscribe and make it happen!

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