Episode 81: Keith Gordon + Underrated 80s Films

Another special bonus episode from the former host of this here show. So you might remember him as Arnie from Christine and that's where I first became aware of the terrific talent of one Keith Gordon. He's been on Voices + Visions / Director's Club a few times now, thus beginning a yearly tradition where we check in, talk about what he's been up to, but also take the opportunity to nerd out about cinema. Get out a notepad to jot down some of the titles discussed on this episode!

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James Laczkowski
Episode 80: Micah Kehrein

Awareness and intelligence surrounding transgender inclusion within libraries comes courtesy of today’s incredibly articulate and empathic guest by the name of Micah Kehrein. They are responsible for a lot of terrific collaborative efforts alongside peers and fellow co-workers when it comes to ensuring the transgender community is welcome within the library. Kehrein believes that public libraries must explicitly center equity and social justice in order to truly provide access for all. Once they have completed the MLIS program, Kehrein hopes to go back to their roots and practice radical, welcoming librarianship in rural America.

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James Laczkowski
Episode 79: Aisling Franciosi

The Nightingale is definitely a film I will watch again by the end of the year since I wasn't prepared for the impact it had on me the first time. During the interview with Aisling, I expressed a lot surrounding some of the violence portrayed on screen. She talks about preparing for that level of intensity, creating a strong dynamic with co-star Baykali Ganambarr, and what she hopes audiences will get out of seeing this remarkable performance in what will be one of the year's most-talked about films.

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Director's Club: Once Upon A Time... In Hollywood

Surprise surprise! A return to my old show is now up. 90 minutes on the latest from Tarantino. We dive into an in-depth conversation about Tarantino’s latest film. Give it a listen since I haven’t podcasted in quite awhile! Spoiler alert: I didn’t like the film as much as everyone else seems to?!?

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Episode 78: I Turn 41

It's appropriate that this is Episode 78, since I was born in 1978. And just like last year, my dear friend and fellow podcaster Patrick Ripoll returns for a very special episode of this show. Around the month of May, I ask Patrick to return to a microphone to talk a variety of topics. We play catch up on our lives, talk about our latest projects, play a wonderfully entertaining trivia game, and review two movies that we've assigned to one another.

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Episode 77: Alex Ross Perry

A few years back, I had the pleasure of talking with Alex Ross Perry for my then-titled Pop Culture Club podcast. We spoke about QUEEN OF EARTH and the greatness of Elisabeth Moss. For his 6th feature film, he recruits one of our very best actresses working today once again for HER SMELL. It’s the story of a rock star addict played by Elisabeth Moss, who is on the edge of self-destruction. This time a familiar story is beautifully filtered hrough the lens of a true original who continues to write emotionally powerful films.

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Episode 76: Amy Seimetz

This is easily one of my most anticipated guests to have on the show so far. Granted we focus mainly on the fact that she's starring in the new re-imagining of Stephen King's Pet Sematary, directed by Kevin Kolsch and Dennis Widmyer, which just opened today in theaters everywhere. But for those who know me personally, a film that she starred in a few years ago, is actually my 2nd favorite of all time. Shane Carruth's Upstream Color has had a monumental impact on me in a myriad of ways so of course, towards the end, I had to inquire further. Most folks might know her as Jane Ives from Stranger Things but check out her extensive IMDB page!

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Episode 75: Larry Fessenden + Flashback Interview!

The one, the only character actor/writer/director Larry Fessenden joins me to talk about his latest film DEPRAVED, his own take on the Frankenstein myth, the many “stats” that horror fans know and love, as well as his production company Glass Eye Pix. In addition, we flashback to the past back in 2015 when I interviewed writer/director Alex Ross Perry about his film QUEEN OF EARTH, since his latest film HER SMELL is opening in the next month or two!

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