Category Archives: Podcast

October 08

Changing Reels Ep. 29 – Under the Shadow

Living in post-revolutionary Tehran in the 1980s has not been easy for Shideh. With her dreams of becoming a doctor fading away due to her political activism during the war, she spends most of her time taking care of her daughter Dorsa while her husband pursues his medical career on the front lines. As the […]

September 25

Changing Reels Ep. 28 – Creed

Ryan Coogler’s Creed, much like its protagonist Adonis Johnson Creed, strives to carve out its own path while dealing with the weight of his legacy. The seventh film in the Rocky franchise, not only pays homage to the films in the series that came before it, but forges its own identity while carrying the torch […]

September 21

TIFF interview with The Crescent’s Seth A. Smith and Danika Vandersteen on Frameline

In part three of Frameline’s coverage of the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), Barbara Goslawski and I spoke to director Seth A. Smith and actress Danika Vandersteen about their film, The Crescent, which screened in the Midnight Madness programme. We also discuss a few other films that screened at the festival this year including: The […]

September 14

TIFF Interviews with Yassmina Karajah, Linsey Stewart, Mouna Traoré and Dan Browne on Frameline

In part two of Frameline’s coverage of the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), Barbara Goslawski and I spoke with some fierce women who made great contributions to the Short Cuts programme. It was a pleasure to sit down with directors Yassmina Karajah (Rupture), Linsey Stewart (Bickford Park), and actress Mouna Traoré (The Drop In). We […]

September 06

TIFF Interview with Connor Jessup and Luis De Filippis on Frameline

This year I have the honour of co-hosting Frameline’s coverage of the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF). In the most recent episode, Barbara Goslawski and I spoke with directors Connor Jessup (known more for his acting work in American Crime and Closet Monster) and Luis De Filippis about their great short films, Lira’s Forest and […]

August 27

Changing Reels Ep. 26 – The Wedding Banquet

To placate his meddling Taiwanese parents, Wai-Tung agrees to a marriage of convenience with a struggling artist Wei Wei. What he failed to mentioned to his parents is that he is already in a loving relationship with Simon. Things spiral out of control for Wai-Tung when his parents decide to make a surprise visit to […]

August 15

Talking One False Move on Forgotten Filmcast

I had the pleasure of joining Todd Liebenow, the brains behind Forgotten Films, on his show Forgotten Filmcast to discuss Carl Franklin’s gem One False Move. Starring Bill Paxton and Billy Bob Thornton (who also co-wrote the script), the film is a captivating drama about a small-town police chief who attempts to stop a group […]

August 12

Changing Reels Ep. 25 – The Lunchbox

The possibility of love opens for two lonely souls when the world’s most efficient delivery system makes a rare mistake. In this episode we talk love, the need for connection, the vibrancy of Mumbai and much more in Ritesh Batra delightful film The Lunchbox. We also take time to discuss our short film picks of […]

July 30

Changing Reels Ep. 24 – C.R.A.Z.Y.

A young man tries to come to terms with his sexuality in a household where his father refuses to truly see him for who he is. Sound like a standard coming-of-age tale? Think again. In the hands of director Jean-Marc Vallée, C.R.A.Z.Y. is a vibrant exploration of youth, sexuality, family and music. Basking in the […]

July 15

Changing Reels Ep. 23 – The Visitor

The complexities of American life are on our minds today as we dive into the somber side of patriotism. Exploring the post-9/11 world of Tom McCarthy’s wonderful film The Visitor, we discuss everything ranging from the immigrant experience to the possibility of finding love in the most unexpected places. We also reflect on the Bush […]

July 06

Talking Baby Driver on the LAMBcast

As the summer movie season is in full swing, I stopped by the LAMBcast podcast to discuss Edgar Wright’s latest hit Baby Driver. While I was not over the moon with the film like some other critics have been, that does not mean there is not plenty to enjoy and discuss. Give the show a […]

June 30

Changing Reels Ep. 22 – Step Up 3D and Take the Lead

Time to put on your best footwear as we hit the floor, and the streets, with a dance filled doubled feature. Skipping the short film segment this week, don’t worry it will return in our next episode, we dive into the worlds of Step Up 3D and Take the Lead. While both films did not […]

June 25

Talking The B-Side: Elsa Dorfman’s Portrait Photography on Frameline

A few days ago, I had the pleasure of appearing on the radio program Frameline to talk about Errol Morris’ latest documentary The B-Side: Elsa Dorfman’s Portrait Photography. Hosted by Barbara Goslawski, Frameline airs on Regent Radio, a local station in Toronto, most Thursday evenings from 6 PM to 7 PM. The show can be […]

June 16

Changing Reels Ep. 21 – Wonder Woman

Breaking records at the box office, and sparking tons of thought-provoking articles in the process, Wonder Woman has become the must-see movie of the summer. In this special episode we are joined by freelance film critic Kristen Lopez to discuss the representation of women in the film, the role of minorities, how the acceptance of […]

June 04

Changing Reels Ep. 20 – Magic Mike XXL

What do male strippers and diversity in cinema have in common? It turns out a whole lot. This week we kick off the summer by taking a joyous road trip with the boys from Magic Mike XXL. In diving into Gregory Jacobs’ film, we touch on topics such as female empowerment, racial and gender depictions, […]

May 31

Talking Inside Out Film Festival on Frameline

A few days ago, I had the pleasure of appearing on the radio program Frameline to talk about a few of the titles playing the Inside Out Film Festival. Hosted by Barbara Goslawski, Frameline airs on Regent Radio, a local station in Toronto, most Thursday evenings from 6 PM to 7 PM. Below you can […]

May 21

Changing Reels Ep. 19 – Paris is Burning

As the 2017 Inside Out Film Festival draws nearer, we continue our celebration of LGBT cinema with Jennie Livingston’s Paris is Burning. Currently streaming on Netflix, Livingston’s critically acclaimed 1990 documentary focuses on the end of the “Golden Age” of New York City’s drag balls. Touching on themes of racism, poverty, body image and family, […]

May 07

Changing Reels Ep. 18 – Pariah

How does a teenager come to terms with her sexual identity in an environment that refuses to acknowledge who she really is? This is the predicament that 17-year-old Alike finds herself in as she tries to navigate an overbearing mother, a father in denial and her own quest to find a relationship. We celebrate LGBT […]

April 21

Changing Reels Ep. 17 – The Wailing

What happens when a cop, a shady shaman, a Japanese stranger and a mysterious woman collide? Well, let’s just say things don’t go well for the village caught in the middle. In this episode of Changing Reels we attempt to decipher the various themes permeating Na Hong-jin’s gloriously disturbing horror film The Wailing. Before jumping […]

April 10

Changing Reels Ep. 16 – Memories of Murder

Two vastly different cops are tasked with trying to solve Korea’s first serial murder case ever in Bong Joon-ho’s 2003 film Memories of Murder. A visually captivating crime drama that festers in one’s mind, the film’s blend of mystery and dark comedy will keep you on the edge of your seats. In discussing the film, […]