This Movie's About You



Every week, host Thom Ernst (formerly of TVO's Saturday Night at the Movies) and Louis Marrone invite a new guest to talk about their favourite double bill.


  • Episode 78 - James ED Stewart

    Episode 78 - James ED Stewart

    26/05/2018 Duración: 34min

    Yes we have James Stewart on This Movie’s About You. And no, it’s not some kind of digital wizardry that has taken known Jame Stewart clips and cleverly rearranged them so it sounds like we’re having an actual conversation. That’s a different James Stewart. This is the real, still very much with us, highly active in the Canadian film industry, king of 3-D technology, James Stewart. I’ve known James for many upon many years, so having him as a guest on the show is a no brainer. What did make it a tough go was getting James at the right time when he wasn’t busy working on his film, FOXED!, making a living by providing his clients with the best 3-D technology has to offer, and giving TED talks. The movie’s he choses aren’t 3-D - but they rightfully should be.

  • Episode 77 - Richard Rotter

    Episode 77 - Richard Rotter

    20/05/2018 Duración: 32min

    Richard Rotter - filmmaker and Burning Man enthusiast. This is one of those interviews where the interviewee is more on the ball than Louis and me…or rather, than me. It’s the Burning Man thing. Sure we’re here to talk about Richard's career, his inspirations and his chosen double bill, but I couldn’t get past his love of the Burning Man festival (event?). Even Louis has to pry me away from my obsession in order to let Richard do his thing. But listen carefully. As Louis, who is admittedly Hangry (angry due to hunger), brings us back on track - Richard reveals a keen sense of managing…that is, he shows great skill in directing Louis and I away from our obsessions and our hangriness and into a very thoughtful (and I think amusing) interview.

  • Episode 76 - Joel Thomas Hynes

    Episode 76 - Joel Thomas Hynes

    13/05/2018 Duración: 49min

    Let’s just start this brief intro by letting you know that at the end of this interview, Joel Thomas Hynes picks up his acoustic guitar and plays not one, but two songs. The songs are as captivating as you might imagine a Joel Thomas Hynes performance to be, but I assure that the journey to that point is equally fascinating. Hynes gives us a frank and honest interview. I doubt he could do it any other way. This one is electric. From talking about his books, his family, his work, his acting and even his ego. Oh yeah, and he also has picked two movies as his favourite double bill. This one is unplugged yet still manages to be electric.

  • Episode 75 - Rob Firing

    Episode 75 - Rob Firing

    05/05/2018 Duración: 39min

    I know plenty of people who think of themselves as steak connoisseurs, but I know only one person who actually is a steak connoisseur. Rob Firing knows his steaks - he also knows the literary world in both capacities as an author and an agent. Rob’s latest book, Steak Revolution, is a beautiful, photographed (most of the pics are Rob’s), hard cover cook book celebrating the fine art of cooking steak. So, it’s of little surprise, at least to me, that one of Rob’s movie choices is an independent gem about the culinary arts. His second film (and I’m purposefully leaving out the titles in hopes you’ll be curious enough to listen in) is a wonderful French thriller, of sorts, that dates back to when Rob was in his early teens dropping in on the UofT student film screenings. The films lead us seamlessly through a conversation about restaurant etiquette, high-school cliques, being different, and really good steaks. I suggest you listen to this one during lunch.

  • Episode 74 - Sarah Mercey

    Episode 74 - Sarah Mercey

    15/04/2018 Duración: 31min

    You know Sarah Mercey’s work: Ratatouille, Ferdinand, Wall-e, Toy Story 3, Brother Bear, Lilo & Stitch, Cars…the list goes on. Sarah is one of the top animators in the industry, and one of few women who've made an impact in the field of film animation. However, her movie choices are not animated, at least not animated in the traditional sense. With her double-bill, Shakespeare in Love and Moulin Rouge, reveals Sarah to be a bit of a romantic with a taste for period pieces and costume dramas. But there is far more to these films than just pretty prose and fancy wardrobes just as there is far more to Sarah than talent, ambition and success. Louis and I have a lot of fun with Sarah and dare I say that we get a bit animated ourselves in this interview.

  • Episode 73 - Cassaundra Sloan

    Episode 73 - Cassaundra Sloan

    04/04/2018 Duración: 33min

    Cassaundra Sloan decides to spend her birthday celebrating with us on This Movie’s About You. And since my birthday is fast approaching, I consider this a kind of gift to me as well. Caussaundra is an actor whose most recent appearance is in Ingrid Veninger’s Porcupine Lake. Already you know she keeps good company - drawing the attention of Veninger is a point in your favour. However, one quickly gets the feeling that Cassaundra, as young as she is (22 as of the podcast) stands well enough on her own accord. That doesn’t prevent her from acknowledging the talents of people like Veninger - or like the person she chooses to make up her ideal double-bill - Ellen Page. Her double bill is JUNO and WHIP IT.

  • Episode 72 - Molly McGlynn

    Episode 72 - Molly McGlynn

    25/03/2018 Duración: 29min

    Molly McGlynn - No matter what you say, Molly McGlynn is an amazing name. This is the third and final interview from the Kingston Canadian Film Festival. The interview is done on stage in front of an anticipating audience awaiting the screening of Molly’s film, Mary Goes Lightly. Molly directs what I believe to be (correct me if I’m wrong, folks) a semi-autobiographical tale of an addiction councellor caught up in her own addictions - and then confronted to make ammends with an estranged, but now dying, father. Of course some talk of the film arises, but mostly, we’re hear to chat about Molly’s double-movie bill and the things those films say about her.

  • Episode 71 - Cory Bowles

    Episode 71 - Cory Bowles

    17/03/2018 Duración: 29min

    Cory Bowles is our guest this week. He’s the writer/director behind the electrifying, but controversial film Black Cop - a movie about a Black Police Officer turning the tables on black profiling, doling out unnecessary harrassment of white folks. It’s distrubing (some find it funny), and it’s powerful. Cory is no doubt a man who’s concerns and interest revolve around his community and the experiences that plague his community. He’s also a thoughtful talent who’s strength of work is not only clear up on screen - whether he’s directing or acting in the iconic Canadian East Coast series, Trailer Park Boys. We have a lot of fun with Cory, our second interview at the Kingston Canadian film festival. This one is taped before a packed us prior to the screening of Black Cop.

  • Episode 70 - Mark Little

    Episode 70 - Mark Little

    11/03/2018 Duración: 29min

    Mark Little is our guest! That’s it. That’s all I need to say. And the exclamation mark used at the end of the first sentence is completely and wholly and entirely warranted. Mark Little is our guest and we’re thrilled. …But, for those who might not know who Mark Little is…a bit of background. He’s a comic (first and foremost) an actor and writer (I actually don’t know if he’s a writer but how can you be this talented and funny and not write)? Little’s appearance marks our first in a series of interviews coming from the Kingston Canadian Film Festival. Marks double bill is Wizard of Oz with Return to Oz. Take a listen…this one is one of the best!

  • Episode 69 - Charlie Kerr

    Episode 69 - Charlie Kerr

    01/03/2018 Duración: 36min

    Actor, musician, Charlie Kerr, is open about his take on love and relationships. At one point in the interview, he comes close to labeling himself as a serial monogamist. I’m not sure how accurate that assessment is. Maybe it's not serial monogamy but simply a youthful approach to enjoying his time with whoever he’s with. Or, perhaps, he simply loves love. Whatever it is, it plays well into Charlie’s choice for a double bill: Sarah Polley’s Take This Waltz and Edgar Wright’s Scott Pilgrim Vs. the World. Combing all of these things about Charlie, his openness, his youthful approach to romance, and his love of love, makes Charlie Kerr the ideal guest for This Movie’s About You

  • Episode 68 - Norm Wilner

    Episode 68 - Norm Wilner

    20/02/2018 Duración: 38min

    Sometimes all you need from a film critic is a lesson in how to love movies. That entails a lot of things — like an appreciation for a performance, or a certain style, or ambiance or any of a multitude of things a film critic considers when writing up their review. One of the best in the business of igniting people’s passion for cinema is Toronto’s Now Magazine critic, Norman Wilner. I know Norm pretty well. We share the same enjoyment of film, we show up at a lot of the same functions, the same screenings and film festivals, and we are both active members of the Toronto Film Critic’s Association. I like Norm. It’s easy to — as you will notice when listening to this episode. He has that rare quality among critics of being informed yet curious, opinionated yet open, and, perhaps his most endearing quality, a genuinely pleasant, affable nature. I knew it was going to be great to sit down and talk about his favourite double bill. I don’t know how much Louis and I managed to get out of Norm in turns of p

  • Episode 67 - Kate Fenton

    Episode 67 - Kate Fenton

    16/02/2018 Duración: 35min

    Kate Fenton is the guest this week on TMAY. She’s been directing an original musical called Journey 2016: A Living History of the Revitalization of Regent Park - a production that appeals to Louis’ conscientious socio-politico and urban economic concerns as well as his resolve to address human rights issues…and it appeals to my love of musicals. Kate’s work with Regent Park residents on the musical is captured on film in director Moze Mossanen’s feature documentary, My Piece of the City which, if you’re in Toronto, you can see on February 24 & 25, 2pm at the Bell Lightbox. That makes Kate the director of a play who stars in a movie - not a stretch since Kate is also a filmmaker, a comic (stand-up and sketch), and an acting coach. She also has some pretty good insights into movies, as you’ll hear for yourself when you listen to Kate on This Movie’s About You.

  • Episode 66 - Lee Maracle

    Episode 66 - Lee Maracle

    11/02/2018 Duración: 35min

    Sometimes I just don’t do enough research before starting an interview. You might think that basic research is the first thing taught in Interviewing 101 yet I have always thought that you can know too much going into an interview. Take this interview with Indigenous Activist, author Lee Maracle when I discover who her grandfather is. The moment is real. I am truly taken by surprise and the result I think is a fresh, lively, and genuinely inspired conversation with Indigenous royalty. I come into this interview excited because of one thing - Lee chose Little Big Man as one film in her double bill. Little Big Man has long been one of my favourite movies. I couldn’t wait to hear what an accomplished Indigenous author and activist had to say about the film. All that is here in this episode of TMAY, but there is so much more. This is one interview I am not going to ever forget and Louis and I hope it’ll be one you’ll find equally engaging.

  • Episode 65 - Andy Boorman

    Episode 65 - Andy Boorman

    02/02/2018 Duración: 32min

    Former TMAY guest (and I like to think of him as a friend) Daily Planet cohost, Dan Riskin tweeted — “I’m a big fan of Andy Boorman. I can’t wait to hear this one.” Well, Dan, I understand your enthusiasm. Andy Boorman is a comic and a good one. And like many comics, particularly one’s capable of examining the human condition, the state of the world, and have a steady grasp of life around them - Andy is thoughtful as well as funny. There’s a deadpan delivery to Boorman’s approach to the interview which I think plays well when tuning into the podcast. I don’t think Dan Riskin is going to be disappointed - Andy delivers.

  • Episode 64 - Rehaset

    Episode 64 - Rehaset

    26/01/2018 Duración: 31min

    Rehaset is a gift to This Movie’s About You. She’s a playwright, a singer, a storyteller — an artist. I couldn’t begin to start labeling exactly in what area she excels because she seems to excel in so many areas. Her movie choices strike me as a bit odd — as you’ll notice when you listen to the podcast - I don’t even try to cover my ignorance — but thank goodness I don’t, because Rehaset seems energized by any opportunity to enlighten and probably challenge. I probably make a bit of a fool out of myself in this interview — being so outrageously charmed and impressed by this young artist. But the fact is — she is charming, and she is strong and has a lot to say and offer. I challenge anyone not to walk away from a conversation with her and not want to hear more. Her film choices are Annie (the John Huston one) and The Sound of Music - and her take on these films even has me reconsidering my stand on how these movies fit into the echelon of cinema.

  • Episode 63 - David Galbraith

    Episode 63 - David Galbraith

    18/01/2018 Duración: 31min

    Professionally his name is Dr. David Galbraith. I know him as my old friend, David, older sibling to my good friend Julie (who I did an informal improv theatrical piece with). When I last saw Dave - circa 1977 - he was studying Marine Biology at the University of Guelph. Subsequently, I incorrectly associate him with Guelph University and Marine Biology despite his well documented achievements as head of the science department at the Royal Botanical Gardens (Canada). Part of that irrational is because David, knowing me to be a film buff, invited me to see A W.C. Fields movie and a Marx Brothers movie at the UofG film club — or film department — who can remember? It was 1977. The effect of seeing those films on a big screen, with an audience, help catapult me from being merely a fan of film to turning film into something of a career. Asking David (Dr. Galbraith, rather) to join us on TMAY is a natural extension of that friendship that began so many years ago, and of a key moment in my film education. Th

  • Episode 62 - Kyp Harness

    Episode 62 - Kyp Harness

    13/01/2018 Duración: 38min

    I haven’t seen Kyp Harness in years. He was practically a regular on my CIUT show, About Town (which was affectionately dubbed by my friends as About Thom). Back then Kyp was a musician, and he still is but now he’s also an author. He has penned a book on Charlie Chaplin and another on Laurel and Hardy. I didn’t even know he liked the movies. He also recently published a novel called Wigford Rememberies. Kyp brings his knowledge of film classic and otherwise to the TMAY. And then, just like old times, he brings out his guitar and plays us a song — and for me — it’s as if all those years that come between CIUT and now have faded away. Forgive me if I get a bit nostalgic on this one.

  • Episode 61 - Earl Pastko

    Episode 61 - Earl Pastko

    06/01/2018 Duración: 32min

    One of the best experiences I’ve had with Canadian cinema is Bruce MacDonald’s ground-breaking film, HIGHWAY 61. The film stars my (now) friend Valerie Buhagiar (who did our podcast a few months back) and this week’s guest, Earl Pastko - the devil himself. Now Earl is as far removed from the devil as Scrooge McDuck is from Santa Clause, but he plays the devil so nicely in HIGHWAY 61 that it’s hard to think of him as anyone else. The curse of a good actor. Pastko is one of those Canadian performers I’ve been wanting to meet for a long time. And when I discover that one of his film picks is CUTTER’S WAY, a movie I adore but thought no one has heard of — well, that just seals the deal. Pastko is great.

  • Episode 60 - Marie Bodine

    Episode 60 - Marie Bodine

    29/12/2017 Duración: 34min

    It takes no time at all to recognize that Marie Bodine is a seasoned podcaster. She has a podcast of her own for you to check out. Marie’s a blast of positive energy that lifts everyone up to the next level. This is a lively and fun conversation — and if Marie ever wants to come back, there will always be a place for her.

  • Episode 59 - Aaron Martin

    Episode 59 - Aaron Martin

    26/12/2017 Duración: 32min

    Aaron Martin is the creative mind behind the most audacious, and compulsively addictive series on Netflix. SLASHER is a horror series with a different cast and story-line each season. For horror lovers (me) this is television paradise — an eight hour long horror mystery film. There are two seasons up on Netflix now and if there is a George Romero in heaven, there will be a third. I couldn’t wait to meet Aaron. Anyone who could create something like SLASHER (at least one grizzly murder per episode and often more) is someone I have to know. But like most people who venture into dark areas, Martin seems to have a surprisingly gentle demeanor. And the movies he picks are not necessarily the genre films you might expect — or at least ones I expected. And despite my admiration for his work, and for the man — we do have the occasional disagreement — but that just makes this podcast all the more fun to listen to.

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