I’ve had a lot of special guests that I consider to be personal heroes on this show before, and today’s is no exception. Yoni Wolf, frontman for the excellent band Why?, as well as the host of The Wandering Wolf podcast was kind enough to talk with me for a half hour before sound check. He is currently back on the road for the Alopecia 10th anniversary tour, playing that amazing record in its entirety. It remains a personal favorite of mine since its release.
After a brief rundown of this year’s Chicago International Film Festival, returning guest and multi-talented artist Olivia Lilley joins me to talk all-things theater. We do discuss the differences between how film directors work as opposed to her own approach, which is unconventional but truly groundbreaking and special. Her latest play NEVERLAND opens this weekend at the Prop Theater!
After the usual rambly intro about heavy thoughts, things lighten up with a great conversation featuring two members of The Pauses, a band I've grown to truly love. Tierney + Jason are the main songwriters alongside drummer Nathan, and I was happy to learn more about their history, process, and influences. We touch upon a lot of the inspiration that Tierney + Jason had while writing their excellent new record, Unbuilding, which I encourage everyone to buy ASAP.
A couple years in to my time as a customer service clerk at Box Office Video, a new chain opened up down the road called Family Video. Despite being able to rent movies for free, every now and again, I ventured down to the competition and really enjoyed the experience of renting from them. Cut to many years later in the age of streaming, Netflix, and RedBox, and that same video store chain, Family Video, is alive and kicking. Inspired by a recent article by Matt Fagerholm, I was able to correspond and interview the Regional Vice President of Family Video. Bill Mohler joins me today for a half hour to talk about the history of the video store, how Family Video has managed to stay open all these years, and their upcoming 40th anniversary celebration!
Hi everyone. Jim here. Returning for a very personal 40-minute outpouring of emotion about how hard things have been, some recent realizations, and slowly being able to reach out with honesty. It might be a bit long-winded and indulgent, but I wanted to share my truest thoughts and feelings as of late, as I've struggled more than usual but trying to find light at the end of a long, dark tunnel. Hope you get something out of this and do feel free to reach out with support, questions or suggestions!
Keith Gordon who you might remember from such films as CHRISTINE, DRESSED TO KILL, BACK TO SCHOOL and many more, decided to focus primarily on directing in the late 80s / early 90s. I wanted to have him back on to discuss the experience of directing one of my favorite shows on TV, LEGION, since I couldn't have been more excited about his work on the recent (and divisive) season 2 finale. We then transition into a thorough conversation on overlooked films from the decade of the 90s as well as a brief foray into Keith's favorite Coen Brothers film. It's a must-hear for fans of Keith's past podcast appearances as well as cinephiles looking to add some titles to their queue. Thank you so much for listening and again, thank you to the great Keith Gordon for his third appearance on the podcast(s).
Director Matthew Ross worked with actors like Michael Shannon on FRANK & LOLA previously, which captured the attention of Keanu Reeves who saught him out to work on a script by A SIMPLE PLAN's Scott Smith entitled SIBERIA. I talked with Matthew about what it's like working with Keanu Reeves, Scott Smith's screenplay, as well as some of the hurdles of the filmmaking process. Immediately after, you'll hear some Cinepocalypse coverage since I was able to snag an interview with director Johnny Kervorkian as well as producer Jack Tarling about their terrific Christmas sci-fi horror tale AWAIT FURTHER INSTRUCTIONS, which has been compared to both Black Mirror & THE THING.