Welcome to the House of Crouse. It’s a full house today, all aces and no jokers. Kim Coates stops by to describe how he landed the biggest role of his life playing Tig on “Sons of Anarchy.” Then Ted Kotcheff talks about how and why he made “First Blood,” the movie that gave us Rambo. To close things off the aptly named The Amazing Randi swings by to talks about his wild life and working with Johnny Carson. It’s great stuff. C’mon in out of the heat and sit a spell with us.
Welcome to the House of Crouse. Last year Taylor Sheridan helped breathe new life into the western genre with the script to Hell or High Water. It was a hot and sweaty West Texas crime drama that earned four Oscar nominations. Before that he penned Sicario, the Emily Blunt, Benicio del Toro drama about an idealistic FBI agent working with an elite task force to stem the flow of drugs between Mexico and the US. His latest film, this time as both writer and director, is another neo-western but feels much different. “Wind River” is a wintry murder mystery set on a First Nations Reserve. Listen in and find out why he wouldn’t trust anyone but himself to direct this film. Then Wyatt Russell, son of Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell and star of the soon-to-be-released-on-DVD “Goon: Last of the Enforcers” swings by to talk hockey and having famous folks. It’s good stuff so c’mon in and sit a spell.
Welcome to the House of Crouse. This week the late, great George A. Romero puts an end to one of the most enduring film legends of all time. Then the former Vice President of the United States drops by to discuss his new documentary “An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power” and what to do when it gets so hot the street starts to melt. Stop by and sit a spell, it’s good stuff. Also, there is a great pun inhere somewhere about the pairing of the Zombie King and a man named Gore, but we are too tasteful to make it.
Welcome to the House of Crouse. We welcome two film directors to sit a spell at the HoC today. William Friedkin is a legend, the director of The Exorcist and The French Connection among many others. We don’t talk about those. Instead I asked him about one the most trangressive movies ever made, The Devils. Listen in to hear his opinion on why naked nuns may have cost Ken Russell a box office hit. Then Christopher Nolan brings his big brain over to talk about Dunkirk and why cinema matters. It’s good stuff, swing by.
Welcome to the House of Crouse. World War Z, Zombie Women of Satan and The Walking Dead owe a debt of gratitude to Night of the Living Dead. In 1968, the story of story of people trapped in a rural Pennsylvania farmhouse trying to survive an attack by reanimated ghouls dragged a bloody new horror genre into the marketplace. The film was directed by George A. Romero, man a kind and gentle man who became known as the King of the Zombies. He passed away this weekend at the too young age of 77. The House of Crouse pays tribute to the great man.
Welcome to the House of Crouse. It’s a full house this week with guests from the film and fashion world. Izzy Camilleri is here to talk about her healthy eating book “Izzy’s Eating Plan” but we also talk about how she designed one of the most iconic Canadian stage costumes of all time. Then Ali Weinstein stops by to chat about her film “Mermaids,” a look at the healing power of the mono-fin. Then, in one from the vault, we geek out with “War for the Planet of the Apes” director Matt Reeves. We talk movies and why “The Exorcist” still scares him today. It’s great stuff so c’mon in and sit a spell.
Welcome to the House of Crouse. The reality of the situation is that beloved actor James Cromwell is now a jailbird. The “Babe” star was sentenced to jail for refusing to pay fines related to his arrest at a protest at a New York power plant. When he swung by the HoC he talked about the beginnings of his political activism. Then, HoC pal Kris Abel stops by to talk about another kind of reality, virtual reality and a new project from “Ghostbusters” director Ivan Reitman. It’s good stuff so whatever your reality is, c’mon in and sit a spell.
Welcome to the House of Crouse. Julie Taymor brought the animals of The Lion King to life on Broadway, creating one of the biggest hits ever on the Great White Way. She’s the director of movies like “Frida” and “Across the Universe.” In “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” she blends the two, presenting a film of her acclaimed stage production. It’s beautiful, magical stuff and we spoke about it at length. Then the HoC pays tribute to the great Swedish actor Michael Nyqvist who recently passed away at age 56. The “Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” star talked about everything from Proust to George Clooney. It’s good stuff, so c’mon in and sit a spell.
Welcome to the House of Crouse. It’s Canada Day up Canada way. To celebrate we’re having a look back at the life and legacy of a voice that every Canadian knows. Peter Mansbridge, who steps down this week after a 50 year career with the CBC, talks about how he landed the gig that would make him famous and the first words he ever spoke on air. Then we look at the beginnings of the polar bear fighting superhero Captain Canuck. It’s good stuff so grab a plate of poutine and a glass of maple syrup and c’mon in and sit a spell.