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

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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.

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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. 23: Avatar and Star Wars and Avatar and Star Wars (kill me now)

Starting this Christmas, every Christmas but one until 2027 will have either an Avatar sequel or a Star Wars sequel. We discuss being force-fed these Disney owned properties like foie gras geese.

A look at Christmas future, courtesy of our new Disney overlords.

A look at Christmas future, courtesy of our new Disney overlords.

And with Pokemon Detective Pikachu opening this week (grab those paycheques Ryan Reynolds!), we talk about how toys came to be content, and the extreme weirdness (and in some cases, perviness) of Japanese pop culture that makes it tempting for Hollywood to appropriate. And some other stuff, including the Canadian movie Ordinary Days, and Mena Massoud, the actor who’s playing the title role in Disney’s new Aladdin .

PODCAST! EP. 18: Pet Sematary, Shazam, The Joker, and are the studios conspiring against Netflix?

An extremely grumpy cat from Pet Sematary

An extremely grumpy cat from Pet Sematary

Why did we hate the new Pet Sematary when so many critics didn’t? What does it take to translate Stephen King properly to the screen? We talk about the new Joker trailer, and Is Batman now too grim for escapist times? Whose Captain Marvel is it, anyway? Are the studios colluding against Netflix? And is this the greatest breakup line ever? (From the Canadian Millennial anti-romance Acquainted), “We became adults together, but those adults don’t owe those children anything.”)

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.