Woman Talking, People Singing

Sarah Polley’s Women Talking heads to the Oscars this Sunday, which gives me the excuse to invite another member of its award-winning ensemble cast onto Someone Else’s Movie.

Meet Michelle McLeod, a Toronto actor who broke out a few years back as the lead of Pat Mills’ charming high-school comedy Don’t Talk to Irene — and who loves the 1968 fantasy musical comedy Chitty Chitty Bang Bang with her whole damn heart. So of course that’s what we talked about, as well as a few other things, in this very fun episode.

Check it out! Subscribe on Apple PodcastsGoogle PlayStitcher and/or Spotify,  or download the episode directly from the web. Also, Women Talking is available on Blu-ray and DVD as of today, and if you haven’t seen it yet, come on. What have I been doing here all winter?

You can also catch up on your Shiny Things reading, of course: Last week I covered Warner’s Training Day and Universal’s Violent Night (see what I did there?) and gloried in the textures of Shout! Factory’s 4K upgrades of The Boxtrolls and Kubo and the Two Strings, and there’s plenty more to come — so make sure you’re subscribed and you won’t miss any of it, okay?

And if you’re going to be in Toronto on Friday, we’re opening Chandler Levack’s wonderful first feature I Like Movies at the Lightbox, and I’ll be moderating a Q&A with Chandler and her leads Isaiah Lehtinen and Romina D’Ugo after the 7 pm screening. A new block of tickets just went on sale, so get on that. It’s worth it, I promise.

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