It Never Goes Away

In this week’s episode of Someone Else’s Movie, I welcome writer-director Kyle Armstrong — whose new film Hands That Bind just landed in theaters and on digital in the US and Canada — to discuss a film he can’t get out of his head: Lodge Kerrigan’s excruciating 2004 drama Keane, starring Damian Lewis as a man in a perpetual state of crisis.

And I know where Kyle is coming from: Keane has haunted me too, ever since I saw it nearly twenty years ago, both for Lewis’ layered, tormented performance and Kerrigan’s refusal to tell us exactly what’s going on inside the character’s head. It’s a masterful film, and the circumstances of its production are plenty interesting too; we get into all of that in the course of the episode. So you should listen to it — and then catch up to Kyle’s movie, to see if you can detect the echoes.

To get it, just subscribe at the usual locations — Apple PodcastsGoogle PlaySpotify — or download the episode directly from the web and listen to it while you pace around the nearest bus depot.

You should also catch up to the latest editions of Shiny Things: Most recently, I reviewed Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning, Part One, Blue Beetle and Strays, now that they’re all on disc, and sunk into Arrow Video’s excellent new 4K restoration of Peter Weir’s Witness.

Which, if you’re a subscriber, you already knew! But if you’re not, well, you can fix that easily enough. Really, this doesn’t need to be a thing.

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