LENS ME YOUR EARS: The Occult, Alien Invasions, and Roger Ebert’s Great Movies

Movie maestro Stephen Cooke and I got together in November and December at the CKDU studios in Halifax to record a few new episodes of our podcast Lens Me Your Ears.


They air on every second Tuesday at 5:30pm, or you can listen to them here on iTunes and on Stitcher.


On the episode on magic, we springboard off Doctor Strange and Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them. Stephen and I didn’t see eye-to-Eye of Agamotto on these pictures before we take a dive into Hammer Horror, other British occult horror like The Wicker Man, and a couple of more recent pictures like The Craft and The Witch


We break up the usual format of the podcast to take a look back at a few movies from legendary critic Roger Ebert’s Great Movies list, including Wings of Desire—which leads us to other Wim Wenders films, including The American FriendJohnny Guitar and other Nicholas Ray pictures, and Sam Fuller’s The Big Red One, starring Mark Hamilltaking us to a conversation about WWII movies.


And having seen Arrival, we talk alien invasion movies. Stephen goes back to the classics in the genre, giving some love to The War Of The Worlds and The Day The Earth Stood Still, as well as talking about some newer, less-well-known pictures like Communion and Slither.


About the author


Carsten Knox is a massive, cheese-eating nerd. In the day he works as a journalist in Halifax, Nova Scotia. At night he stares out at the rain-slick streets, watches movies, and writes about what he's seeing.