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Junk Filter: a podcast about strange and overlooked artifacts from the worlds of film, music and popular culture with a generous side order of jokes and politics. Hosted by Jesse Hawken with guests from the worlds of Politics Twitter and Film Twitter. Original music for the program by Marker Starling. Follow us now on Twitter: @junkfilterpod
 
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Robyn Citizen, TIFF’s Senior Manager of Festival Programming, returns to the program to discuss (in great spoilery detail) a Spooky Szn classic, the film noir / horror hybrid Angel Heart, an extremely controversial film in 1987, branded with the X rating by the MPAA before director Alan Parker removed 10 seconds of sex and violence. Like The Sixth …
 
Recovering Maritimer, avant-cinephile and fellow Bond head Liam Daly joins the show from Ottawa to review the Daniel Craig 007 era, a 15 year reign that has just ended with the release of the long-delayed No Time To Die. Relatively unknown at the time he was announced as the new James Bond, Daniel Craig became a major movie star after 2006’s Casino…
 
Access the entire 80 minute episode (and additional bonus episodes) by becoming a patron of Junk Filter: https://www.patreon.com/posts/57121333 Street Fight Radio’s Bryan Quinby joins the show from Columbus, Ohio to discuss Jody Hill’s black comedy Observe and Report. Misunderstood in 2009 as a mean-spirited comedic spin on Taxi Driver and King of …
 
I spoke to Tyler Shipley, author of Canada in the World: Settler Capitalism and the Colonial Imagination, about where the Canadian left is supposed to go after the election, and whether the NDP should be the primary vehicle for progressive political change in this country. Support the show on Patreon. Catch TRRS live on Monday, Wednesday and Friday…
 
Chapo Trap House’s Will Menaker joins us from Brooklyn to discuss the career of veteran writer-director Paul Schrader, whose latest work The Card Counter is the latest iteration of a story Schrader has told many times over his long career, in true Auteurist tradition: an immersion into a dark subculture from the anguished perspective of God’s Lonel…
 
Dan Boeckner of Operators and Wolf Parade and co-host of The Bottlemen podcast returns to Junk Filter for an episode about one of the great underseen films of the eighties, Ivan Passer’s 1981 California neo-noir Cutter’s Way, based on the crime novel Cutter and Bone by Newton Thornburg. One rainy night in Santa Barbara, Richard Bone (Jeff Bridges) …
 
Access the entire 82 minute episode (and additional bonus episodes) by becoming a patron of Junk Filter: https://www.patreon.com/posts/56088312 Veteran boom operator Sean Armstrong (who worked on every episode of Hannibal!) joins the podcast to discuss Chris Smith’s 1999 film American Movie, a work by a determined documentary filmmaker about a dete…
 
I talked to Duncan Kinney of the Progress Report about Alberta, Jason Kenney, the election, and his very serious Senate campaign. Support the show on Patreon subscribe to the new podcast feed: https://api.substack.com/feed/podcast/473204.rss apple podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-rob-rousseau-show/id1584204650 Get on the email li…
 
The writer and playwright Ashley Naftule returns to the pod from Scottsdale Arizona for a look at the work of the ambitious Australian filmmaker Andrew Dominik, who has made only 4 films so far, each of high quality, each in their own way about outlaws. Chopper (2000), a comedic biopic of the notorious and unrepentant Aussie criminal / tabloid folk…
 
It's episode 1 of The Rob Rousseau Show audio edition, with Jesse Hawken of Junk Filter Pod. please make sure you subscribe on the new feed or you'll miss future episodes! new podcast feed: https://api.substack.com/feed/podcast/473204.rss apple podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-rob-rousseau-show/id1584204650…
 
I kicked off coverage of the upcoming Canadian election with Jesse Hawken of Junk Filter Pod. Support the show on Patreon subscribe to the new podcast feed: https://api.substack.com/feed/podcast/473204.rss apple podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-rob-rousseau-show/id1584204650 Get on the email list at trrs.substack.com…
 
The hosts of the Hit Factory Podcast, Aaron Casias and Carlee Gomes, join us from San Francisco to discuss two Val Kilmer films. Made as David Mamet was getting redpilled post-9/11, his bizarre 2004 thriller Spartan has a stripped-down screenplay comprised mostly of jargon and commands and features a terrific performance from Kilmer as an army rang…
 
Access the entire 93 minute episode (and additional bonus episodes) by becoming a patron of Junk Filter: https://www.patreon.com/posts/55330993 Author Jacob Bacharach returns to the pod to discuss Hal Ashby’s evergreen social satire Being There (1979), adapted from the novel by Jerzy Kosinski. featuring Peter Sellers in his greatest performance as …
 
This episode features one of my favorite podcast/radio guys Bryan Quinby, the co-host of Street Fight Radio and The P.O.D. Kast. We talk a bit about his experience at this year's Gathering of the Juggalos and then get into a bunch of rock music he's loved over the years including Korn, Radiohead, The Cars, Ty Segall, King Khan & BBQ Show, Type O Ne…
 
Violet Lucca, web editor for Harper's Magazine and the host of the publication's podcast, is the special guest for an in-depth discussion of Terry Zwigoff’s 2001 comedy Ghost World, based on a running segment within Daniel Clowes’ comic book series Eightball. The screenplay by Clowes and Zwigoff was the first comic book adaptation to be nominated f…
 
This episode features the comic book writer Sam Humphries and it's basically a freeform "dudes hanging out" episode of the show. We talk about a lot of things including experiences at shows, Prince, U2, Radiohead, Beck, 90s drum and bass, collecting imports, the importance of preserving live venues, and an awful but memorable experience I had at a …
 
Yes, you read that right. It's the last episode of 49th Parahell. Moving forward I am going to be doing all my interviews and commentary on my live show on Twitch, with an audio version coming soon, so this week I brought back several friends of the show to talk about Doug Ford, the pandemic, Quebec's social solidarity, Joe Biden, Canada's relation…
 
This episode features returning champ Larry Fitzmaurice, the author of the excellent music criticism newsletter Last Donut of the Night. This time around we discuss his recent essay about "pop's new emotionalism" starting around 2017, which serves as a good springboard into some other adjacent topics in music and music writing over the past few yea…
 
Access the entire 87 minute episode (and additional bonus episodes) by becoming a patron of Junk Filter: https://www.patreon.com/posts/54704122 Toronto-based writer and content strategist Karen Geier (The Guardian, Vice, The Cut) joins the podcast to discuss Shira Piven’s 2015 comedy-drama Welcome To Me, about a mentally ill woman obsessed with tel…
 
Los Angeles-based writer actor and producer Zandy Hartig joins the pod for a conversation about Paul Thomas Anderson’s 2017 historical romance Phantom Thread. Anderson's first film shot entirely outside of the United States, Phantom Thread is a hybrid of his detailed historical recreations like There Will Be Blood and The Master fused with Punch-Dr…
 
Access the entire 132 minute episode (and additional bonus episodes) by becoming a patron of Junk Filter: https://www.patreon.com/posts/45-genius-of-54253436 Toronto-based musician Marker Starling, who does the original music for the podcast, is my special guest for a very in-depth and supersized conversation about the Burt Bacharach and Hal David …
 
This episode features the photographer Laura June Kirsch, whose forthcoming book Romantic Lowlife Fantasies collects a body of work in which she documented DIY music scenes, musical subcultures, and music festivals from 2008-2016. We talk about her background in photographer, her approach to environmental portraiture, and how photography has change…
 
Comedy writer Ursula Lawrence (Drunk History, Adam Ruins Everything) returns to the podcast from Madison, Wisconsin to discuss the cultural influence of Oliver Stone’s JFK (1991), which 30 years ago revolutionized visual language in American cinema; a hybrid of classic all-star Hollywood filmmaking and experimental film techniques with its mixture …
 
Access the entire 85 minute episode (and additional bonus episodes) by becoming a patron of Junk Filter: https://www.patreon.com/posts/53826690 Toronto-based writer and podcasting king Will Sloan returns to the podcast to discuss the final films of director Jerry Lewis, Hardly Working (1980) and Cracking Up (a.k.a. Smorgasbord, 1983) as well as his…
 
Author and political commentator Jared Yates Sexton returns to Junk Filter to discuss the Marvel Cinematic Universe and its association with the U.S. Military-Industrial Complex. I have seen very few of these MCU films, uncomfortable as I am with the partnership between Disney/Marvel and the U.S. Department of Defense, but for the pod I watched the…
 
This is a hangout episode featuring Jill Krajewski, a music critic and senior social editor for Vice. We talk about Halsey's forthcoming collaboration with Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross of Nine Inch Nails, the abuse allegations against Marilyn Manson and Rhye, St. Vincent, Jack Antonoff, late period U2, and the "Dave Grohl industrial complex."…
 
BC-based film writer Meg Shields returns to the podcast for a conversation about her favourite movie, John Boorman’s Excalibur (1981), the definitive screen version of the legend of King Arthur. Reportedly Zack Snyder’s favourite film too, Excalibur kickstarted a wave of sword and sorcery movies in the early eighties. Filmed entirely on location in…
 
Access the entire 89 minute episode (and additional bonus episodes) by becoming a patron of Junk Filter: https://www.patreon.com/posts/53154024Returning guest Zach Vasquez (Crooked Marquee, The Guardian) comes back to discuss another LA Neo-noir, Bill Duke’s 1992 crime classic Deep Cover, on the eve of its arrival to the Criterion Collection.One of…
 
The third chapter in a continuing series between Junk Filter in Toronto and Matthew Perpetua’s Fluxpod in Brooklyn, Danpilled III is about vibin’ in a Steely Dan t-shirt as we start to emerge from the pandemic into the promise of a Danpilled Summer. Matthew and I choose at least one good summer song from each of Steely Dan's golden age albums plus …
 
In celebration of the first day of summer, and in advance of this week's upcoming Junk Filter episode Danpilled III: Danpilled Summer, I have unlocked this bonus Patreon content on the public Junk Filter feed, the sequel to Episode 24, courtesy of Matthew Perpetua's Fluxpod. This time Matthew and I go EVEN DEEPER down the Steely Dan rabbit hole by …
 
Access the entire 88 minute episode (and additional bonus episodes) by becoming a patron of Junk Filter: https://www.patreon.com/posts/52691451 In our first episode with a South American guest, writer and podcaster Gus Lanzetta joins the pod from São Paulo, Brazil to discuss Vin “The Movies” Diesel on the eve of the worldwide release of F9. Gus has…
 
Here's the second half of my hangout episode with Sean T. Collins, which was originally only available for Patreon subscribers. We talk about a lot of things in this one, including Primal Scream, Peaches, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Cake, Moby, Deftones, Kenny Rogers, Kiss, The Killers, Benny Mardones, Queens of the Stone Age, Foo Fighters, Live, …
 
Ottawa-based author and political commentator David Moscrop, whose work has appeared in the Washington Post and Maclean’s, joins the pod to talk about an underseen film noir classic, Elia Kazan’s Panic in the Streets. Shot entirely on location in New Orleans, Kazan’s film depicts a heroic public health official (Richard Widmark) and a determined po…
 
Access the entire 82 minute episode (and additional bonus episodes) by becoming a patron of Junk Filter: https://www.patreon.com/posts/52243824 Comedian and podcasting queen Sooz Kempner joins the pod from Surrey, England to discuss Garry Marshall’s 1990 smash hit Pretty Woman, which made a massive star out of Julia Roberts and created a new templa…
 
The uncovering of a mass grave outside a former "residential school" in Kamloops has made international headlines and once again forced people in what we know as Canada to talk about the brutal violence, cruelty and genocide that this nation is founded on and continues to engage in. Harbinger Media board member Kai Nagata and Kolin Sutherland-Wilso…
 
Molly O'Brien from And Introducing and Rebecca Alter from Vulture join me to discuss the past, present, and future of fast food/pop star collaborations. We talk about BTS, J Balvin, and Travis Scott's meals with McDonald's, Shawn Mendes' Chipotle burrito bowl, and Mariah Carey's cookies, and game out what other musicians and chains should do in the…
 
The very funny Toronto comedian, writer and podcaster Michael Balazo joins the show for a discussion of David Bowie’s American odyssey in the seventies, as captured by two film projects. The 1975 BBC documentary Cracked Actor followed Bowie on his Diamond Dogs tour and revealed a frail, drug-fueled, isolated rock star, which inspired Nicolas Roeg t…
 
Returning guests John Semley and Will Sloan join the pod to celebrate actor, author and activist Charles Grodin, a comedy hero of ours who passed away this week at age 86. With special attention paid to his legendary talk show appearances on Carson and Letterman in character as a belligerent and uncooperative guest, his two highly influential film …
 
Access the entire 81 minute episode (and additional bonus episodes) by becoming a patron of Junk Filter: https://www.patreon.com/posts/51486104 Toronto’s own Adam Jackson (a former contributor to Vice and Noisey) strikes a victory for Reply Guys everywhere by talking himself onto the podcast as a guest to discuss the late DMX as a screen actor. We …
 
Toronto-based playwright and author David Demchuk (The Bone Mother) joins the pod to discuss Michael Verhoeven’s The Nasty Girl (1990), a coming-of-age tale based on a true story about a precocious and tenacious young student who enrages her small German town as she relentlessly endeavours to uncover what life was really like there during the Third…
 
Forced expulsions in the Jerusalem neighborhood of Sheikh Jarrah have led to another cycle of Palestinian opposition and brutal repression by the Israeli government. Why does only one side of this "conflict" have the right to defend itself? How has Canada contributed to this situation? Is there a positive shift happening in the way that people in m…
 
Vanity Fair writer Erin Vanderhoof is on the show to chat about the post-Brexit wave of indie bands in the U.K. and Ireland, including Black Midi, Courting, Shame, Yard Act, Legss, etc. You can read my article about the emerging scene – which is largely focused on Squid, Drying Cleaning and Black Country, New Road - over at NPR. Erin and I recorded…
 
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