I’m not the biggest fan of Luca Guadagnino, so any time someone picks one of his films for an episode of Someone Else’s Movie I worry I’ll end up being … difficult.
Fortunately, Jump, Darling writer-director Phil Connell picked A Bigger Splash, which is easily my favorite of Guadagnino’s films, with Ralph Fiennes and Tilda Swinton at their most eccentric and committed. So that made things easier.
And then go catch up to the latest episode of NOW What, as Enzo and I check in with Dr. Jennifer Kwan and see where things stand for everyone a year into the pandemic, and why it looks like we might finally be able to imagine coming out of this thing sooner rather than later. Basically, it’s the vaccines. But there’s other stuff to be optimistic about too!
I also turn up on the 200th episode of Black Hole Films today, as Jeremy marks the milestone by assembling an ambitious Zoom room of myself, Ken Cuperus, Dan Grant and Noah Taylor to tackle Fred Zinneman’s magnificent Western High Noon. It’s a good conversation, and thanks to a technical glitch I ended up playing host for a few minutes. It was an honor.
Rather read than listen? Well, I wrote this week’s NOW 40 at 40, celebrating Ingrid Randoja’s 1998 cover interview with Jeff Bridges for The Big Lebowski, and I take a look at this morning’s dual announcements from the Canadian Film Fest and Hot Docs, which both promise some good stuff without forcing anyone to leave the house.
… speaking of which, I went to the eye doctor today, which necessitated my first journey on public transit since March 11th, 2020. Anniversaries, man.