Well, Nobody's Perfect...

Well, Nobody's Perfect...

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A weekly roundup of news, ideas, facts and arguments from the world of film hosted by the Toronto International Film Festival's resident film nerds Rob Kraszewski and Geoff MacNaughton featuring special guests from filmmakers to critics and talent from the film world.

Episodes

Ep. 42: Vlog Day Afternoon: A Conversation with Morgan Spurlock and Corey Vidal  

This week Rob and Geoff celebrate Amy Schumer's upcoming role as Barbie (1:05), discuss Lin-Manuel Miranda's mission to adapt 'The Kingkiller Chronicle' (3:15), and make some early predictions for award season as the critic's lists begin to appear (6:40). Then documentary film maker Morgan Spurlock (SUPER SIZE ME, WHERE IN THE WORLD IS OSAMA BIN LADEN)and YouTube sensation Corey Vidal drop by to talk with Geoff about their new film VLOGUMENTARY. The three discuss how YouTuber's are changing the media landscape (16:20), why people underestimate the amount money being made by Vloggers (24:10), and why the next J.J. Abrams or Steven Spielberg will come from the YouTube community (30:00).

Ep. 41: Set Phasers to Delighted: A Conversation with Nicholas Meyer  

This week Rob and Geoff pick apart the trailer for Martin Scorsese's upcoming film SILENCE (1:30), predict the impact of Netflix's new 'download' feature (6:10), and wonder why on earth Adam McKay wants to make a film about Dick Cheney (8:35). Then, the two boldly go where no podcast has gone before, as they sit down with filmmaker Nicholas Meyer (STAR TREK II: THE WRATH OF KHAN, THE SEVEN-PER-CENT SOLUTION, TIME AFTER TIME) to talk about why he enjoys working in 'fan fiction' (13:00), why he originally had no interest in Star Trek (28:00), the trick to writing a screenplay in 12 days (34:30), and why he blocked working with Gene Roddenberry from his memory (38:05).

Ep. 40. Werner Herzog on Kinski, North Korea, and Netflix  

With Geoff back from California, he and Rob dive right into the big news of the week including the resurrection of Stanley Kubrick's unrealized film NAPOLEON (0:50), and a somewhat lacklustre opening weekend for the new Harry Potter spin-off, FANTASTIC BEASTS AND WHERE TO FIND THEM (5:30). Then, Rob fulfills a lifelong dream as he sits down for a conversation with the legendary filmmaker Werner Herzog (GRIZZLY MAN, RESCUE DAWN, AGUIRRE: THE WRATH OF GOD). Werner breaks down why the distinction of "best working actor" is a two horse race between Michael Shannon and Joaquin Phoenix (12:00), talks about the experience of filming in North Korea (16:40), and weighs the pros and cons of releasing a film on Netflix (23:45).

Ep. 39: Rob Reiner on Trump, LBJ, and Fart Jokes  

This week Geoff sits down with comedy legend, and political activist Rob Reiner(SPINAL TAP, THE PRINCESS BRIDE, WHEN HARRY MET SALLY). The two discuss Reiner's new biopic LBJ (9:00), why Donald Trump scares him more then any of his classic villains (11:35), his friendship with Albert Brooks (17:45), and his hand in the first televised fart joke (23:40). **Please note that this interview was recorded before the latest American Presidential Election**

Ep. 38: Jordan Sowunmi on 'Atlanta' and 'Insecure'  

With Geoff on the west coast, Rob and Kyle sit down and talk about Chance the Rapper's pizza themed debut film SLICE (3:00), and try to make sense of the upcoming Oliver Assayas and Sylvester Stallone collaboration (7:30). Then, culture writer and DJ, Jordan Sowunmi calls in to reflect on ATLANTA'S excellent first season (12:35), breakdown the brilliance of HBO's INSECURE (22:45), and explain what makes PAPER BOI such a banger (34:50).

Ep. 37: The Godfathers of Troll: A Conversation with Mike Mitchell and Walt Dohrn  

This week Rob and Geoff discuss Josh Trank's early release from Hollywood Jail (1:25), celebrate Donald Glover's casting as L'il Lando Calrissian (5:30), and look ahead to the potential cultural phenomenon that is Netflix's THE CROWN (12:45). Then, Director, Mike Mitchell and Co-Director, Walt Dohrn of the new DreamWorks feature TROLLS drop by the pod to talk about their careers in animation, working with Justin Timberlake, Anna Kendrick and John Cleese, and the lessons they learned from DEUCE BIGALOW...wait for it...MALE GIGOLO (15:55).

Ep. 36: I Screen Dead People: Talking Horror and Halloween with Colin Geddes  

It's an extra spooky/scary week on WNP as Rob and Geoff are joined by Ultra 8 Pictures Founder, and TIFF Midnight Madness Programmer, Colin Geddes. Colin talks about how he got the best job in the world (2:00), his favourite Midnight Madness moments from the last 25 years (13:30), and then gives the guys a short masterclass in horror, giving them a shortlist of the best Halloween films (24:30), as well as some gateway films for those who don't quite 'get' the horror genre (29:15). The three also talk about the difference between 'horror' and 'terror' (31:30), and wonder how to find great films following the extinction of the video store (42:00).

Ep. 35: Getting Dark with Black Mirror's Charlie Brooker  

You want it darker? You got it. This week Rob and Geoff venture into the shadows, discussing Abbi Jacobson and Dave Franco's new heroin drama (1:30), Michelle Williams' upcoming turn as Janis Joplin (5:00), and the Coen brothers' exploration of the 'Dark Web'. Then, BLACK MIRROR creator and show-runner Charlie Brooker drops by to chat with Rob about the show's much anticipated third season (out this Friday on Netflix). The two also get into the differences between British and North American TV (15:45), the creepiness of predicting the future (25:40), and why, with all the advances in technology, we're still stuck sitting on the toilet (37:25).

Ep. 34: A Conversation with Jonathan Demme  

This week Rob and Geoff talk discuss glorious trailer for Jordan Peele's new horror adventure GET OUT (2:05), and wonder how a Guy Richie helmed ALADDIN could possibly work (5:10). Then, acclaimed director Jonathan Demme (SILENCE OF THE LAMBS, STOP MAKING SENSE, RACHEL GETTING MARRIED) drops by for a conversation with Rob (10:50). The two talk about the the art of the concert film, bringing a documentary approach to narrative filmmaking, and the making of Jonathan's excellent new concert film JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE + THE TENNESSEE KIDS (out now on Netflix).

Ep. 33: Paul Schrader  

Fresh from the great outdoors, Rob and Geoff search for optimism in the 42nd SNL season premier (2:05), evaluate the cast of Kenneth Branagh's MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS remake (6:15), and get excited about an upcoming collaboration between Emma Thompson and Mindy Kaling (10:15). Then, legendary filmmaker Paul Schrader (TAXI DRIVER, RAGING BULL, AMERICAN GIGILO) drops by to talk about his new film DOG EAT DOG (16:30), not seeing a movie until he was 17 (19:25), creating Travis Bickle (23:00), and why his partnership with Martin Scorsese had to come to an end (25:15).

Ep. 32: How to Dress Well: A Conversation with Bill Nighy  

With the Emmy's in our rearview, Rob and Geoff take a look at some of the best new TV shows debuting this Fall, including: ATLANTA (8:00), EASY (11:40), DESIGNATED SURVIVOR (13:35), and INSECURE (18:05). Then, star of the screen and British icon, Bill Nighy (LOVE ACTUALLY, STATE OF PLAY, UNDERWORLD) drops by for a chat with Rob (26:30). The two discuss the joys of playing a vampire (33:30), Bill's favourite Sci-fi novels (35:20), and even get into a little style advice (38:00). NO TRAINERS WITH YOUR SUIT, LADS!

Ep. 31: A Conversation with Steve James  

With another TIFF in the books, Rob and Geoff sit down to discuss some of their highlights from the second half of this year's festival including Damien Chazelle's LA LA LAND (2:20), THE GIRL WITH ALL THE GIFTS (4:15), and masterclassing with the brilliant Jill Soloway (7:45). Then WNP producer Kyle Fulton sits down with renowned documentarian Steve James (HOOP DREAMS, LIFE ITSELF) to talk about the appeal of Allen Iverson (15:30), spending 8 years on HOOP DREAMS (20:15), and the process of making his excellent new film ABACUS: SMALL ENOUGH TO JAIL (25:20).

Ep. 30: A Conversation with James Gunn and Greg McLean  

Rob and Geoff meet up mid-festival to dicuss some of their favourite films thus far including: Denis Villeneuve's ARRIVAL(1:50), Barry Jenkin's MOONLIGHT (3:10), and Werner Herzog's INTO THE INFERNO (6:40). Then Geoff welcomes filmmakers James Gunn (GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY) and Greg McLean (WOLF CREEK) into the studio (17:05) to talk about their outrageously enjoyable new film THE BELKO EXPERIMENT, the pros and cons of working with your friends, and the things they'd rather be doing than writing scripts.

Ep. 29: Mo Money Mo Skyfalls  

This week, a very sleep deprived Rob and Geoff discuss Richard Linklater's pseudo-sequel to THE LAST DETAIL (1:20), and offer their love and guidance to Daniel Craig in the midst of his £150 million dilemma (5:15). They also take a look at some of the more buzzed about films looking for buyers at this year's TIFF (9:00), question the totally unnecessary revival of the 'SHANGHAI' franchise (16:45), and following the news that FOX is developing an "X-Files Type Comedy", pitch what dramatic TV shows they would like to see reworked as sitcoms (19:50).

Ep. 28: The 'What If' Episode  

This week Rob and Geoff discuss Dan Harmon script doctoring DOCTOR STRANGE (1:35), Doug Liman swapping Marvel for DC (3:40), and the Alicia Silverstone comeback we've all been praying for (10:20). Then, inspired by the news that David Schwimmer narrowly missed out on MEN IN BLACK, the two count down some of greatest 'What Ifs' in film history (16:20).

Ep. 27: Summer Films Don't Stick Around: A Lament for the Blockbuster  

After taking a moment to bid farewell to The Hip, Rob and Geoff analyze Lin Manuel Miranda's post-HAMILTON career plans (2:20), question the demand for yet another SHERLOCK HOLMES franchise (6:30), and wonder if Tom Cruise still deserves that 'Tom Cruise money' (9:15). The two then take a deep dive into this year's mediocre crop of Summer films (15:25), talk about some of their all-time great movie going Summers (20:05), and make bets on which upcoming films might end the slump (27:10).

Ep. 26: Céline Dreams & Keanu Cheese (A TIFF CanCon Preview with Magali Simard)  

This week Rob and Geoff discuss the ceiling for a David Fincher helmed sequel to WORLD WAR Z (1:35), and break down the bananas cast for OCEAN'S EIGHT (5:00). Then TIFF Programmer Magali Simard drops by the pod to talk about the excellent slate of Canadian films at this year's festival (12:00). The three chat about great new films from old favourites (Anne Émond's NELLY, Deepa Mehta's ANATOMY OF VIOLENCE), promising debuts (Kevin Funk's HELLO DESTROYER), and the demand for a Céline Dion biopic.

Ep. 25: Children of a Lesser Squad  

Fresh off his run in with the streetcar tracks, Geoff joins Rob to talk about the extremely flawed SUICIDE SQUAD (2:00), Brie Larson's directorial debut (7:55), and the dangers that come with reinterpreting Steve McQueen (9:50). The two also discuss Robert De Niro's upcoming move to television (12:30), take a closer look at John Turturro's brilliant performance in THE NIGHT OF (13:40), and try to make sense of the puzzling SNL cast shake-up (16:40).

Ep. 24: Mel Gibson's Beaver Sized Baggage  

This week, following the announcement of Tom Clancy's THE DIVISION, Rob and Geoff wonder if a 'prestige video game movie' could be possible (1:20), talk about THE ROCKETEER sequel everyone was clamouring for (wait, what?) (5:30), and marvel over Channing Tatum's rebirth as a Merman in the SPLASH reboot (9:50). They also wonder if Mel Gibson deserves another chance after watching the trailer for HACKSAW RIDGE (11:20), debate the potential of SUICIDE SQUAD (17:15), and close by discussing the qualities of a good biopic following some cast additions to RICHARD PRYOR (22:55).

Ep. 23: Festival Express (Featuring TIFF's Michael Lerman)  

This week Rob and Geoff start by recapping the highs and lows from this year's Comicon, including the surprisingly good KONG: SKULL ISLAND trailer, the incredibly dope BLACK PANTHER cast unveiling, and the glory that is the bearded Batman. Then TIFF's Acting Head of Programming, Michael Lerman, drops buy to talk with Rob about this year's festival slate. Michael offers his take on some of the most anticipated films in this year's festival (Damien Chazelle's LA LA LAND, Feng Xiaogang's I AM NOT MADAME BOVARY, and Jeff Nichols' LOVING), and points to some excellent movies from new directors (Onur Tukel's CATFIGHT, Vikram Ghandi's BARRY, and Katherine Dieckmann's STRANGE WEATHER). The two also celebrate the unlikely union of Jonathan Demme and Justin Timberlake, and discuss who they would pick 1st overall in a 'Concert Film' fantasy draft.

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