Well, the festival is over — and I was genuinely surprised to see The Eyes of Tammy Faye miss out on the People’s Choice award. I figured the gimmick of Chastain’s makeup, and the fact that she delivers a genuinely great performance underneath it, would be an unbeatable one-two punch, but it didn’t even make the final three; the prize went to Kenneth Branagh’s Belfast, with Scarborough and The Power of the Dog as runners-up. Color me shocked.
At least I can return to normal life now, and that means releasing this week’s episode of Someone Else’s Movie, which brings Between Waves director and co-writer Virginia Abramovich onto the show to tackle the corkscrew genius of Christopher Nolan’s Memento, which … look, it’s been out for 21 years, if you haven’t seen it at this point that’s on you.
Subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Google Play and Stitcher to get the episode instantly, or download it directly from the web, and then check out Virginia’s movie. It’s got a slippery beauty that’s really striking.
I’m also on this week’s episode of Black Hole Films, joining Jeremy Lalonde, his son Ephraim, Paul Sun-Hyung Lee and Chris Smets to talk about Shin Godzilla, Hideaki Anno’s extremely disturbing take on Toho’s greatest monster. (This was my first at-home, in-person recording since March 6, 2020, and it was weirdly emotional. But in a good way, I think.)
And then there’s everything else: In last week’s episode of NOW What, I convened a panel about the history of alt-weeklies with my old bosses Michael Hollett and Susan G. Cole, as well as Tim Redmond of the San Francisco Bay Guardian; I also chatted with Michael Showalter about directing The Eyes of Tammy Faye, and that’s fun too.
And the Emmys happened! Here’s me talking about them (in standard definition, the horror) on CP24 yesterday.
If you’re more into reading, have some reviews! There’s last week’s What to Watch guide, featuring reviews of The Eyes of Tammy Faye, The Nowhere Inn, Blue Bayou and the new season of Sex Education, and also my stand-alone review of Clint Eastwood’s decent-enough Cry Macho. Also, NOW just put my Fall Guide lookaheads for movies and television online, so you can check those out as well if you’re curious about what I think will be worth watching in the coming months.
And of course there’s opinion aplenty in my TIFF dispatches, which I realize I should probably assemble for your convenience right here: Day 1, Day 2, Day 3, Day 4, Day 5, Day 6, Day 7, Day 8, Day 9. Enjoy, I hope? At the very least, I hope they make your life a little bit easier.