Justifying One’s Love

On this week’s episode of Someone Else’s Movie, documentary filmmaker Kevin Hegge — who’s getting ready for a special Pride Month screening of his New Romantics documentary Tramps! this Thursday at the Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema — joins me to talk about a seminal film in his personal development: Madonna: Truth or Dare, Alek Keshishian’s 1991 fly-on-the-wall look at the Blonde Ambition tour.

It’s a film, and a subject, that meant a lot to Kevin — and still does, really — and we dig into that, as well as the impact of the film on the larger culture, over the course of the episode. Also, I have a piece of Truth or Dare trivia that I’ve been sitting on for years and years, and I finally get to drop it! That’s always fun.

You can subscribe on  Apple PodcastsGoogle PlayStitcher and/or Spotify, or download it directly from the web like Kevin would have done in the ’90s. Imagine how long that would have taken!

And then, get caught up on the latest editions of Shiny Things. I tackled John Wick: Chapter 4 over the weekend, and later today I’ll be posting a look at Criterion’s new 4K edition of The Rules of the Game and Paramount’s UHD upgrade of the Star Trek: Strange New Worlds first-season set. Have you subscribed? Please subscribe, I need the validation.

Finally, I want to direct you to a new story in Toronto Metropolitan University’s Review of Journalism about the end of NOW Magazine. Anthony Milton has been working on it for a very long time — he interviewed me for it last September — and though the print version came out in April it’s just been published online this week. It covers nearly a decade of the paper’s decline, with input from quite a few of us, and it’s very much worth reading.

Also, I have to admit I’m delighted to be described as “a jovial, well-spoken man with an easy smile”, which tells you how much better I was doing after leaving NOW for TIFF. A year earlier it would have been more along the lines of “a wild-eyed depressive who can’t put three sentences together”.

Better days.

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