PODCAST! Ep. 31: Some free speech about 'free speech,' Cineplex, the anti-abortion film Unplanned, The Lion King and more

No, I’m not real.

No, I’m not real.

Some regulars off on vacation, but the conversation continues.

Liam Lacey and Karen Gordon are joined by our producer Miranda McCabe for a talk about Unplanned, the controversial anti-abortion film Cineplex didn’t plan for. Pllus The Lion King, the latest CGI “realist” version of an animated classic, and Stuber, the latest from Canadian comedy king Michael Dowse (FUBAR, Goon).

PODCAST! Ep. 28.: Two weeks of devil dolls, tear-jerking toys, dogs and what a Chinese trade war could mean to the movies

Chucky in CHILD'S PLAY.jpg

In this episode, Karen Gordon, Liam Lacey, Kim Hughes, Thom Ernst, Bonnie Laufer and Jim Slotek talk about evil dolls - fictional ones like Chucky and Annabelle, and a real-life possessed Big Bird that Jim had to exorcise when it started talking to him in the middle of the night. (Thom and Bonnie kind of liked Chucky, by the way).

Toy Story 4 is a four-hankie ton of fun. Liam reviews a cool doc on service dogs and a Cannes winner about a mob-connected dog groomer, and wonders why his own pooch is so untalented.

And we talk about reports that Trump’s trade war with China could have severe repercussions for Hollywood’s bottom line and production pipeline.

PODCAST! Ep. 27: Props for two Cancon films, why Gwyneth can't remember what she's in, and reboot, reboot, reboot


In attendance: Liam Lacey, Karen Gordon and Jim Slotek. 

We talk about why it’s not that surprising Gwyneth Paltrow couldn’t remember she was in a Spider-Man movie (it was bound to happen to a Marvel movie actor eventually).

We also rant about reboots like Shaft and Men in Black: International (and its cheap-laughs little alien sidekick) and extoll The Dead Don’t Die, Patricia Rozema’s Mouthpiece and Jamie Kastner’s terrific doc about Indigenous art fraud, There Are No Fakes.

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


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. 17: Why Dumbo doesn't fly, Apple bites back, and what we'd do with the Canadian Screen Awards

Nothing personal, Dumbo

Nothing personal, Dumbo

In this week’s ep., we discuss whether elephants can fly and why Dumbo doesn’t. We’ve got a clip of Danny DeVito talking up his role as The Ringmaster, Apple has entered the streaming fray against Netflix and Disney, and we wonder whether “cutting the cord” will some day be as expensive as cable. And the Canadian Screen Awards this weekend, try to drum up interest in Canadian movies the public mostly hasn’t had a chance to see yet. We discuss how we’d fix this, and whether it’s even fixable.

PODCAST! EP. 12: A Valentine to our fave rom-coms, Oscar incompetence redux, and an impassioned defence of cinematography

By Jim Slotek, Liam Lacey, Karen Gordon and Thom Ernst

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PODCAST! EP. 11: Liam Neeson's words put in so much context, you'll be tired of context

Liam Neeson (Nels Coxman) and Tom Bateman (Viking) in COLD PURSUIT.jpg

This week featuring Jim Slotek, Karen Gordon and Kim Hughes. Some of us have interviewed Liam Neeson repeatedly over the years, and we talk at length about what might have been going through his head when he made his controversial revenge confession, at a junket interview no less. Despite liking Neeson, none of us are fans of his new movie-in-the-snow Cold Pursuit. Also, Kim watched Taraji P, Henson in What Men Want, and not only did she not enjoy it, she says she STILL doesn’t know what men want.

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..