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.
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”.