On this week’s episode of Someone Else’s Movie, I welcome Irish filmmaker Emer Reynolds — who after a quarter-century as an editor and documentarian just made her first feature, Joyride, with none other than Olivia Colman.
Joyride is avalable on digital and on demand today, which was the perfect opportunity for Emer and I to chat about a film she holds very close to her heart: Denis Villeneuve’s breakout genre drama Arrival, the one where Amy Adams and Jeremy Renner play two very different people trying to communicate with an enigmatic extraterrestrial race that’s just made first contact with Earth.
Actually, given the structure of the story “first” is debatable. Add in the fact that one of Emer’s documentaries is about the Voyager probe, and you’ve got a pretty engaging episode, I think. Check it out! Subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Stitcher and/or Spotify, or download the episode directly from the web, and enjoy the ride.
Then go catch up on your Shiny Things reading, because last week I reviewed MPI’s new 4K edition of The Texas Chain Saw Massacre and Arrow Video’s limited Blu-ray release of Sammo Hung’s action comedy extravaganza Millionaires’ Express! (I admit it; it was a very weird double feature.)
And if you’re looking for something to do on Saturday evening, come down to TIFF and catch the 6:30 pm screening of Ashley McKenzie’s Queens of the Qing Dynasty, because Ash and I will be doing a post-screening Q&A and that’ll be fun. If you already have plans, Connor Jessup is there for Friday night’s Q&A, and Sarah-Tai Black is set for Sunday night’s, so those will be good too.
See? March isn’t a total dead zone.