Late Again

… well, this isn’t Tuesday. Jeez. But things have been pretty busy this week. Turns out it’s actually pretty difficult to produce an audio tour if you’ve never done one before! But I’m getting ahead of myself.

Let’s start with this week’s episode of Someone Else’s Movie, in which I’m joined by Scott Miller Berry — a filmmaker and Toronto film programmer who’s currently one of the team behind this week’s Rendezvous with Madness film festival — to discuss Lizzie Borden’s 1983 agit-pop classic Born in Flames, which turns out to be scarily relevant to the present day.

(Seriously: A story about women being radicalized into direct action by a patriarchal, quasi-totalitarian American government? Nah, no one could connect to that in 2021.)

Give it a listen, and you’ll see what I mean: Subscribe on Apple PodcastsGoogle Play and Stitcher to get the episode instantly, or download it directly from the web.

And then you can move on to not one but three episodes of NOW What, because I have been delinquent in my blogging.

In last Friday’s episode, I talk to Jordan Tannahill about his master class at the Toronto International Festival of Authors (and the growing divide between Canada’s literary lions and the new generation that’s increasingly uncomfortable with certain attitudes among the Old Ones); you’ll also get my TIFF interview with Denis Villeneuve about his attempts to reframe the narrative of Dune in a more conscious manner.

Then there’s that audio tour I mentioned, a Haunted Toronto walk narrated by the Faculty of Horror duo of Andrea Subissati and Alexandra West, who bring just the right edge of self-awareness to the stories of tragic histories lurking behind the facades of the city’s spookiest sites. Also, creepy music!

Fun fact: A twenty-minute audio piece can nearly three full days to get right, with all the moving parts. But we got there.

And then you can catch up to today’s shiny new episode, where I chat with Alex and Andrea about their show and how it’s evolved over the six years they’ve been doing it. You should check it out sometime, it’s both informative and fun. And for the second segment, I talk to Edgar Wright about the lifelong obsessions that led to him making Last Night in Soho, the influence of English thrillers on giallo cinema and writing the film in collaboration with friend of SEMcast Krysty Wilson-Cairns.

You may also wish to check out my review of Last Night in Soho, which also appears in capsule form in today’s What to Watch digest along with looks at Antlers and Snakehead; I also owe you links to last week’s edition, and the full-length reviews of The French Dispatch (fine) and Apple’s Invasion (pointless) that ran on the web. And of course the November lookaheads are slithering out: So far we’ve covered Netflix, Amazon and Disney+, with CBC Gem and Crave dropping any minute now.

Sorry to have kept you waiting. Things will be back on track next week, I promise.

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