PODCAST! Ep. 26: Fat-shaming Godzilla (we say he's just big-boned), Rocketman rocks and we relive our film fest jury experiences

Burning it off on the Godzilla diet.

Burning it off on the Godzilla diet.

In this, Original-Cin’s 26th podcast, Jim, Karen, Liam, Bonnie and Thom discuss Godzilla: King of the Monsters (and the Twitter “take” that he’s become fat) Bonnie and Karen enthuse about the Elton John biopic Rocketman (bit is it gay enough?), and we talk about our experiences as jurors at festivals ranging from the Toronto International Film Festi to the Italian Contemporary Film Fest to the Toronto Japanese Film Fest.

Did I mention some people think Godzilla’s gotten fat?

PODCAST! Ep. 24: Liam's Cannes memories, John Wick's balletic killing spree and some words about Tim Conway

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After years reporting from the Croisette, Liam Lacey talks about the weirdness of Cannes and its role as a promoter and influencer. We also talk about the escalating death count and increasingly complicated plot of John Wick, Keanu Reeves’ likability, and the new film’s assassin roles for female and gender non-binary actors. We also take a few moments to appreciate Tim Conway.

And Jim Slotek talks about the Swedish space film Aniara, an existential experience that suggests a dour Scandinavian Gilligan’s Island, with plenty of booze and orgies.

PODCAST! EP. 10: We talk RAZZIES - and are these Oscars the most incompetently run awards in history?

The Happytime Murders: A Worst Movie Contender

The Happytime Murders: A Worst Movie Contender

A lot more silliness than usual in this episode. Jim Slotek, Kim Hughes, Karen Gordon and Bonnie Laufer talk about the RAZZIE Awards, some of our worst experiences in the theatre this year and puppet sex. We talk about the latest fumble by the Oscar producers - asking three of the four Best Song nominees to stand down and not perform (basically telling them they don’t have a change of winning). And we suss the Screen Actors Guild Awards, and the now favourite status of Rami Malek, Glenn Close and Mahershala Ali.

PODCAST! Ep. 4 - Maybe "Nobody" IS the best person to host the Oscars

Ex-future Oscar host Hart: Can I get a retweet?

Ex-future Oscar host Hart: Can I get a retweet?

In Episode Four of our series of podcasts, Jim, Karen, Liam, Bonnie and moderator Gene Valaitis ponder an Oscars broadcast that hosts itself, why Jim calls the Golden Globes’ Hollywood Foreign Press “Eurotrash,” and the big $100,000 Rogers prize the Toronto Film Critics Association is handing over to the best Canadian film (and the pressure that comes with that).

Also, a round-up of the first busy holiday weekend that will see a dozen movies released by Christmas Day, and a major thumbs up for Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse.

PODCAST! Ep. 3 - The critics were wrong about Bohemian Rhapsody (or so say some of us!)

Rami Malek as Freddie Mercury in Bohemian Rhapsody

Rami Malek as Freddie Mercury in Bohemian Rhapsody

This week, our entire gang of opinionated folk - Karen Gordon, Kim Hughes, Liam Lacey, Bonnie Laufer and Jim Slotek - are on hand to talk about Bohemian Rhapsody, and why so many people have bought so many tickets (a half-billion dollars worth) to a movie so many critics told them not to see.

We also talk the scabrous Canadian comedy The Go-Getters and why TIFF and other influential guardians of Canadian content have so little respect for our funny side. We’ve got a few words about Amazon shelving Woody Allen’s already-filmed A Rainy Day In New York, Kevin Hart taking the Oscar host job that nobody wanted, and why we need to see movies on Christmas Day to get away from our relatives.

PODCAST! Ep. 2 - Yes to Roma! Hooray for Dames! Death to cellphone users!

Dame Maggie Smith: A Dame we love

Dame Maggie Smith: A Dame we love

In the second episode of Original-Cin’s podcast series, our bloggers talk about: the beauty and Oscar-worthliness of Alfonso Cuarón’s Roma, the loveliness of the fly-on-the-wall doc Nothing Like A Dame, the heroism of the last living Nuremberg prosecutor Ben Ferencz in the doc Prosecuting Evil, a Canadian romance for science nerds (Clara), how audiences are shutting down cellphone users with extreme prejudice, what should be done about theatre latecomers, and whether loud snackers are really annoying..

The Original-Cin Podcast: Bonnie Laufer called Chevy Chase a what-now?

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At Original-Cin, we’ve got a career total of 15,000-plus celebrity interviews under our belts and thousands of movie reviews.

In our debut podcast, moderated by Gene Valaitis of Empire Digital, we talk about how we came together, our best and worst interviews, awards season and what to see this week. Hear who’s behind what you’ve been reading.

And oh yeah, hear first-hand how Bonnie Laufer lost it with Chevy Chase, and how Jonah Hill lost it with Jim Slotek.