Well, Nobody's Perfect...

Well, Nobody's Perfect...


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.


Ep. 49: Introducing 'TIFF Long Take"  

Well, Nobody's Perfect is winding down, but fear not, Rob and Geoff are moving on up to a shiny new podcast, 'TIFF Long Take'. On the inaugural episode, Rob and Geoff sit down with Walt Hickey, FiveThirtyEight.com's Chief Culture Writer, to find out how you can use data to win your Oscar Pool this Sunday. The three discuss the data model that Walt has built to find the probable winners (3:55), why the Golden Globes aren't a great indicator of Oscar success (6:45), why 'La La Land' is a shoe in for Best Picture (10:35), what categories are primed for an upset (17:00), and why an Oscar nomination doesn't always translate to box office success (23:40).

Ep. 48: Nacho Vigalondo on 'Colossal'  

This week Rob and Geoff break down the big acquisitions made at Sundance (1:45), scrutinize James Cameron's decision to rejoin the TERMINATOR franchise (3:35), and talk about the big winners and losers following the Oscar nominations (7:15). Then, director Nacho Vigalondo drops by (14:00) to talk about his upcoming film COLOSSAL, what casting Anne Hathaway means for a small film, and why he'd love to drop a monster in the middle of a Paul Greengrass film.

Ep. 47: Fatima AlBanawi and Hisham Fageeh on 'Barakah Meets Barakah'  

This week Rob and Geoff celebrate André Holland's addition to the cast of the new Steve McQueen film (1:20), look ahead to the newly announced Louis C.K. and Albert Brooks cartoon cop show (2:50), and break down some of the hottest sales titles at this year's Sundance Film Festival including Taylor Sheridan's WIND RIVER, Kumail Nanjiani and Emily Gordon's THE BIG SICK, and Gillian Robespierre's LANDLINE (4:20). Then, stars of the new film BARAKAH MEETS BARAKAH, Fatima AlBanawi and Hisham Fageeh stop by to chat with Rob about how they got involved with Saudi Arabia's first romcom (9:00), finding a balance between being commercially viable and subversive (14:05), and what their hopes are for the future of Saudi Arabian cinema (19:40).

Ep. 46: Nick Cannon on 'King of the Dancehall', Jamaica, and Drake  

This week Rob and Geoff debate whether Christian Bale or Woody Harrelson should mentor a young Han Solo (1:30), look ahead to Yorgos Lanthimos' new AMC series ON BECOMING A GOD IN CENTRAL FLORIDA (4:00), and discuss the MVP's and surprises from this year's Golden Globe Awards (8:20). Then actor, musician and entrepreneur Nick Cannon drops by for a talk with Rob. The two chat about Nick's latest directorial effort KING OF THE DANCEHALL (18:35), filming in Kingston (21:25), the artists on his Dancehall playlist (24:50), and wanting to cast Drake in a future project (28:45).

Ep. 45: 2017 Preview  

Rob and Geoff wrap up the year by looking ahead to their most anticipated new movies and TV coming 2017. On the TV side, the two discuss David Simon's new HBO drama THE DEUCE (2:05), NicK Stoller's FRIENDS FROM COLLEGE (3:50), FX's TABOO (5:20), Netflix's OZARK (7:25), and Bill Hader's new HBO comedy BARRY (8:40). The conversation then switches to film, as the guys chat about their hopes for John Cameron Mitchell's HOW TO TALK TO GIRLS AT PARTIES (10:55), Ridley Scott's ALIEN: COVENANT (12:15), Christopher Nolan's DUNKIRK (13:45), Kathryn Bigelow's 'Untitled Detroit Riots project' (15:30), and Denis Villeneuve's BLADE RUNNER: 2049 (16:50).

Ep. 44: 2016 Year in Review  

This week, Rob and Geoff look back on the themes and trends that shaped film and television in 2016, and revisit some of their favourite interviews from WNP's inaugural season. - Jay Baruchel on the challenges/advantages of making films in Canada (2:12). - Matt Johnson on his approach to funding new Canadian filmmakers (10:55). - Magali Simard on why "Golden Age TV" is too easy (15:29). - Werner Herzog on the pros and cons of working with Netflix (18:15). - Jordan Sowunmi on the importance of ATLANTA and INSECURE (22:05) - Bonnie Arnold on building animated worlds (28:25). - Mike Mitchell and Walt Dorn on how ADVENTURE TIME and Hayao Miyazaki influenced TROLLS (32:56). - Shane Smith on the emergence of VR in documentary filmmaking (37:55). -Charlie Brooker on accidentally predicting the future (43:50).

Ep. 43: Errol Morris on The B-Side, Gates of Heaven, and Philip Glass  

This week Rob and Geoff break down the good, the bad, and the downright weird from this year's Golden Globe nominees (1:35), and discuss the best and worst case scenarios for ROGUE ONE (7:40). Then, celebrated documentary filmmaker Errol Morris (GATES OF HEAVEN, THE THIN BLUE LINE) comes by to speak with Rob. The two discuss Errol's new film THE B-SIDE (13:20), his fascination with tabloid stories (19:30), why he's a fan of the Netflix model (25:20), and his collaborations with Philip Glass (37:50).

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.

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