Episode 73: Samantha Mathis

Today's guest is one of the reasons why I fell in love with movies and started working on solving the mysteries behind my own mental health. As many of you know, PUMP UP THE VOLUME had a monumental impact on me and shed some light on the depression I experienced as a teenager. The delightful Samantha Mathis played Nora in that film, but her entire catalog of performances throughout the years is beyond impressive.

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James Laczkowski
Remembering Voices + Visions

Not an official new episode but just feeling nostalgic about past moments featuring some memorable guests. The show will return sooner than later hopefully with a much anticipated new guest, but V+V will definitely be sporadic since I might be returning to school in the summer.

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Episode 72: Meredith Danluck

For the last episode of 2018, I present to you a delightful conversation with filmmaker Meredith Danluck. Her latest film is STATE LIKE SLEEP, starring two of my favorite actors working today: Katherine Waterston and Michael Shannon. The story surrounds grief with a central mystery about a widow trying to uncover secrets from her husband's past.

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Episode 71: Dreaming Of A Weird Christmas

Before an official new interview episode arrives next week, I wanted to gift a Christmas treat for the listeners.. I love Christmas music and always love finding hidden treasures out there. Back in the days of the 365 Day Project presented by WFMU, I did my fair share of sharing the truly bizarre thrift store finds from various sources. Everything from weird commercials, cassette tape recordings, and anything that people uncovered that were considered lost then found. Inspired by what friend and podcaster Patrick Ripoll did with Halloween and the great Andy Cirzan too.

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Episode 70: Bridey Elliott

Had the immense pleasure of interviewing an extremely talented young filmmaker named Bridey Elliott. You may have heard of her sister, Abby Elliott, or have had the pleasure of growing up watching her dad, Chris Elliott, like I did. Bridey's feature-length debut, CLARA'S GHOST, opens on VOD today on December 7th, and I highly recommend giving it your time especially if you too have a wacky family.

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Episode 69: Carly Stone & Duncan Skiles

The New Romantic is a 2018 Canadian romantic dramedy, written and directed by one of today's guests, Carly Stone. It stars the luminous, lovely Jessica Barden and manages to deconstruct the dating scene. The Clovehitch Killer is a 2018 mystery thriller, written and directed by my other guest, Duncan Skiles. Like many of us, he developed a fascination with the horrors of the world, taking a cue from Zodiac to tell a Hardy Boys-like tale of fractured family and suspicious minds.

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Episode 68: Jim + Patrick Review Suspiria & Halloween (2018)

I've been in a horrible funk so I put out the call (or the "Pat" signal) to my dear old friend Patrick Ripoll to stop by for pizza, cannoli and some good old fashioned conversation. We turned on the mics to do what we do best - ramble on about movies. This time we focus on two recent horror releases in particular. David Gordon Green's 2018 sequel HALLOWEEN and Luca Guadagnino's remake of SUSPIRIA. Fair warning, we spoil both so hopefully you've seen them by now, and you probably should.

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Episode 67: Yoni Wolf (Why?)

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.

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Episode 66: CIFF Wrap-Up + The Return Of Olivia Lilley!

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!

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