This week’s episode of Someone Else’s Movie, I get to revisit an old favorite with a new friend.
The new friend is filmmaker Renuka Jeyapalan, a veteran of episodic television whose charming first feature Stay the Night is opening in Toronto and Vancouver this Friday. (You should also seek out the anthology drama she co-directed, Ordinary Days, written by friend of the show Ramona Barckert.)
And the old favorite is The Verdict, Sidney Lumet’s 1982 courtroom drama built around Paul Newman’s quietly devastating performance as a miserable alcoholic determined to bring a medical malpractice case to a jury for reasons he can’t quite articulate. It’s the best Newman ever was, which is saying something, and obviously we go into that in detail. But there’s a lot more to our conversation, and I think you’ll enjoy it.
And then you can get caught up on last week’s Shiny Things newsletters, which wound up spilling into this week because that damn Columbia Classics Vol. 3 boxed set took so much time to get through. (I also reviewed the home editions of Top Gun: Maverick and Nope, as promised.) Have you subscribed yet? You should subscribe! And you can do that right here. Take advantage of the 14-day free trial, why not?
Also, the Secret Movie Club is back! We inaugurated our new Tuesday night slot at the Lightbox last night with the Toronto premiere of Luca Guadagnino’s Bones and All, and we’re working to line up something at least as impressive for our next screening on December 13th. Get your tickets now! Come on! I’m using exclamation points and everything!