LENS ME YOUR EARS is a film podcast where Halifax multimedia reporter Stephen Cooke and I watch a new movie in cinemas or on a streaming service and compare and contrast it with older movies — by genre, filmmaker, or sometimes actor. The podcast drops once every two weeks.
This is what we’ve been up to.
Our newest episode is a meandering look at summer movies — that is, movies set in the summer, or where the season plays a key role. We springboard off two new releases, The Bob’s Burgers Movie now in cinemas and Fire Island on Disney +.
Then we go back in time to watch The Swimmer (1968), Life is Sweet (1990), (500) Days of Summer (2009), and Adventureland (2009), amongst other mentions, including Beach Blanket Bingo (1965)!
I don’t expect this will be our final Summer Movie episode. There are way too many to even scratch the surface in a single episode.
On the previous episode we did an MCU round-up, with reviews of Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness — with a sideline review of the oddly similar (but superior) Everything Everywhere All at Once — The Eternals, Spider-Man: No Way Home and Morbius, amongst others.
If you go further back, you’ll find an episode on Viking movies, led by a chat about The Northman before we discuss pictures like Prince Valiant (1954), The Vikings (1958), The 13th Warrior (1999), Beowulf and Grendel (2005), and Valhalla Rising (2009).
We also did a recent episode on disaster movies, one on movies by Texas auteur Richard Linklater, and one on movies where Toronto plays Toronto. On that one we talked about the wonderful Turning Red.
That’s just the start. Stephen and I have been co-hosting LENS ME YOUR EARS since 2015, we’ve got dozens of episodes to enjoy. The podcast is available where all good podcasts are found, including on Spotify and at Apple Podcasts — and every second Tuesday at 5pm on CKDU 88.1FM in Halifax.