If you’re a podcast listener and a fan of film, allow me to humbly offer some seasonal fun for your ears!
On FLAW IN THE IRIS: THE FILM PODCAST, this month’s episodes have been all about the best movies of the past 10 years. Up now is my conversation on that subject with Helen O’Hara, Empire Magazine’s Editor-at-Large and freelance film journalist. She is also the author of books about film, including The Ultimate Superhero Movie Guide. I met her at the Picturehouse Central Cinemas in London in early December where she provided a fairly spontaneous list of her picks for the best of the decade, which I especially appreciated since she’s not really a list-y person.
Also new on the podcast is a conversation with filmmaker and cinephile Lisa Buchanan about her passion for Todd Haynes’ Carol. I also talked to cartoonist and comic book store manager Dave Howlett about his list of the best 13 films of the decade—and for sure a few MCU films are featured, but there’s a whole lot more besides.
Coming soon on FITI: THE FILM PODCAST is a chat with Ryan McNutt about a feature on his list of the best of the decade, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, where he makes a compelling case on why it’s superior in almost every way to Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker, while I do my best to offer a contrary opinion. I’ll also be speaking to film scholar and filmmaker Jesse Hiltz about some of the best hard science-fiction films of the past 10 years. Those episodes will be available before the new year rolls around..
On the podcast I co-host with arts writer Stephen Cooke, LENS ME YOUR EARS, we have our end-of-2019 episode up now, and it’s on stealth Christmas movies. Those are films that include Christmas content, but veer away from the typical treacle. Considered are action adventure movies like Lethal Weapon, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, and Iron Man 3—so the Shane Black filmography—as well as The Lion In Winter, In Bruges, and Tangerine. LENS ME YOUR EARS is also on Apple Podcasts and Stitcher, and it can also be found on Spotify,
If you’re reading this in advance of Christmas and you live in Nova Scotia, I’ll be on CTV Morning Live on Tuesday, December 24th, talking about this very subject—the alternate Christmas movie.
Thanks for reading the blog, and listening to the podcast(s). All the best for the season, and the new year ahead.