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North of Normal

103 episodes - English - Latest episode: about 1 month ago - ★★★★★ - 1 rating

Hosted by Andrew Hunter Scholey, North of Normal invites a different guest bi-weekly to come and discuss Canadian films, their impact, and what they say about Canada. * Intro and Outro music by Dad vs Son ( * Follow North of Normal on Instagram (@northofnormalpod) and Twitter (@northnormalpod) * This podcast is dedicated to Rae Perigoe

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Episode 99: "The Cat Came Back" (1988)

April 09, 2024 22:00 - 1 hour - 65.8 MB

James Thornton and Andrew Hunter Scholey sit down to discuss the beloved animated film "The Cat Came Back" (1988) as well as the career of animator/director Cordell Barker. Intro/Outro music for this episode is by Old Reverend Randell. Listen to his work here: Thanks Randy!

Episode 98: "eXistenZ" (1999)

March 26, 2024 00:00 - 2 hours - 90.1 MB

Turns out host Andrew Hunter Scholey and returning Cronenberg series co-host Skyler Greencorn have a lot to say about "eXistenZ" (1999).

Episode 97: "Goon" (2011)

March 12, 2024 01:00 - 1 hour - 60.8 MB

This episode: two people who are not sports fans discuss a film about Hockey. It's host Andrew Hunter Scholey and James Thornton having the chat.

Episode 96: "The Boy in Blue" (1986)

February 26, 2024 22:00 - 52 minutes - 36.4 MB

After gremlins caused a bunch of technical issues, host Andrew Hunter Scholey eventually sat down with Colin Everett to discuss the early Nicolas Cage-starring rowing epic, "The Boy In Blue" (1986)! Flustered and saltier than normal, they discuss Nic Cage (obviously), the film's subject-- rower Ned Hanlan-- and how hard it is to find any information on this film. Where do they land on this obscure and nearly forgotten piece of a Hollywood legend's career? One way to find out.....

Bonus Episode: Interview with Douglas Bowie

February 26, 2024 22:00 - 58 minutes - 39.6 MB

Host Andrew Hunter Scholey is fortunate to have a chat with screenwriter and playwright Douglas Bowie about his involvement with the 1986 biopic "The Boy In Blue".

Episode 95: "Therapy Dogs" (2022)

February 13, 2024 01:00 - 1 hour - 64.4 MB

This episode, North of Normal is delighted to sit down and have a chat with Ethan Eng. Ethan is the co-writer and director of the incredible film "Therapy Dogs" (2022), a film about creativity and high school. Check out Ethan's film and join Ethan and host Andrew Hunter Scholey as they go into the film's background, the process of making such a unique film, and what it's like when your art goes out into the world after living with it for a long time.

Episode 94: "BlackBerry" (2023)

January 30, 2024 01:00 - 2 hours - 85 MB

This episode, North of Normal is thrilled to have Matthew Kieswetter returning to discuss "BlackBerry" (2023)! With host Andrew Hunter Scholey, they discuss their relationships with technology, what this film has to say about Matthew's hometown of Waterloo, and what is up with that whole Vampires thing?

Episode 93: "Stories We Tell" (2012)

January 10, 2024 22:00 - 1 hour - 77.7 MB

It's New Years Day 2024. Andrew Hunter Scholey and Melissa Jean Miller are hanging about. They are up and motivated after the previous evening's festivities and are going to discuss Sarah Polley's amazing third feature, "Stories We Tell" (2012).

Episode 92: "The Saddest Music in the World" (2003)

December 27, 2023 17:00 - 1 hour - 56.6 MB

In this episode we have Ryan Barnett on to venture back into the world of Winnipeg director, Guy Maddin! Ryan is the host of his own podcast about Canadian media titled "Once Upon A Time In Hollywood North" that everyone should listen to. However, in this episode we delve into "The Saddest Music in the World" (2003)!

Episode 91: "Anne of Green Gables" (1985)

December 11, 2023 22:00 - 2 hours - 84.2 MB

Melissa Jean Miller returns to help host Andrew Hunter Scholey tackle the most beloved Canadian film ever made. How does it hold up almost 40(!) years later? How does it compare to the many adaptations of the beloved novel (of which there are many)? What is Hunter's opinion of a children's book about an orphan girl that is over a century old after reading it for the first time? These questions and many other things are addressed in this massive breakdown of a Canadian classic.

Episode 90: "Neighbours" (1952)

November 28, 2023 12:00 - 1 hour - 78.1 MB

This one is a doozy. Tackling a giant of Canadian cinema, Andrew Hunter Scholey and James Thornton sit down to discuss Norman McLaren. Possibly the most influential filmmaker in Canadian history, there is a lot to unpack. To discuss Norman one has to discuss the history of the National Film Board of Canada and it's impact on Canadian film. His pioneering animation techniques and the state of animation in North America in the 1930's to the 1960s. And that's just to start. Oh, and they eventua...

Episode 89: "Crash" (1996)

November 14, 2023 00:00 - 1 hour - 69.3 MB

Skyler Greencorn returns to discuss one of David Cronenberg's most controversial films, "Crash" (1996). With host Andrew Hunter Scholey, they discuss "the sex car crash film", the psychology of the car and driving as well as a couple of odd film comparisons for good measure. How does this film age, and is it still shocking over twenty years later? Gotta listen for all of that.

Episode 88: "Ravenous" (2017)

October 30, 2023 21:00 - 1 hour - 43.8 MB

For a Halloween episode, Andrew Hunter Scholey and Colin Everett spun the big wheel of Canadian horror and it landed the 2017 Quebecois zombie film, "Ravenous". What are their opinions of a film neither had seen before? How does this film copy too closely and break the zombie formula at the same time? One way to find out.....

Episode 87: "Beast Wars" (1996-1999)

October 16, 2023 22:00 - 1 hour - 76.6 MB

Regular co-host (and big Transformers fan) James Thornton has been after Andrew Hunter Scholey for years to talk about Beast Wars, as well as Vancouver animation studio Mainframe. So Hunter-- for the first time-- sat down and watched some Beast Wars episodes James had picked out. How did that go? How confused did Hunter get? How do copyright rules make things even more confusing? One has to listen to this huge deep dive to find out!

Episode 86: "Take This Waltz" (2011)

September 26, 2023 12:00 - 1 hour - 64 MB

In this episode, Melissa Jean Miller returns to discuss the second film of Sarah Polley's directorial carrier, "Take This Waltz" (2011).  Along with host Andrew Hunter Scholey, they discuss and work through their complicated feelings of the film as well as what the show tagline "our relationship with film" really means when being honest with film discussion. Oh, and did you know that there is an amazing Feist song in this film that has never been released? Yep that's a thing. 

Episode 85: "Chowboys: An American Folktale" (2018)

September 05, 2023 01:00 - 1 hour - 42.8 MB

First time guest Glen Carabin joins host Andrew Hunter Scholey to discuss the 2018 Astron-6 short film, "Chowboys: An American Folk Tale" (2018)! They get around to doing a surprising deep dive into all things snowy cowboy cannibalism (and capitalism?). Before that, they talk about Glen's independent comic book Dart Mouth, Glen making short films in his youth and of course.... Zombie Santa Claus. Chowboys is available on Astron-6's youtube page.

Episode 84: "Of Unknown Origin" (1983)

August 15, 2023 17:00 - 1 hour - 47.5 MB

In this episode, James Thornton returns and wants to talk about a movie where Peter Weller fights a giant rat! Of course since it happens to be a Canadian film, host Andrew Hunter Scholey agreed. They also talk about the NFB documentary, "Ratopolis" (1973). Topics include.... Rats! But also discuss VHS box art, the crazy career of director George P. Cosmatos, and Peter Weller playing a yuppie fighting a giant rat.

Episode 83: "I've Heard the Mermaids Singing" (1987)

August 01, 2023 15:00 - 1 hour - 50 MB

Once again Mellisa Miller joins Andrew Hunter Scholey to discuss this landmark of Canadian and Queer Cinema, "I've Heard the Mermaids Singing" (1987). Topics covered are the background and career of writer/director Patricia Rozema, what it means to be an artist, and what early exposure to Japanese food was like in the 80s.

Episode 82: "Siege" (1983)

July 18, 2023 01:00 - 1 hour - 41.9 MB

Colin Everett returns with host Andrew Hunter Scholey to discuss "Siege" (1983): a hidden gem of a low budget film shot in the early days of the Halifax film scene. Topics include film preservation, the role police play in our society, and avoiding crowds on Canada day.

Episode 81: "Blood and Donuts" (1995)

June 26, 2023 22:00 - 1 hour - 49.2 MB

James Thornton is back to discuss the Toronto-set "Blood and Donuts" (1995) with host Andrew Hunter Scholey. They also discuss vampires and their evolution in media, as well as what David Cronenberg was up to as an actor in the early 90s.

Episode 80: "PG: Psycho Goreman" (2020)

June 12, 2023 21:00 - 1 hour - 67.1 MB

After a couple of years of trying, long time guests James Thornton and Skyler Greencorn finally assemble with host Andrew Hunter Scholey to have a chat about "PG: Psycho Goreman" (2020).

Episode 79: "Away from Her" (2006)

May 30, 2023 08:00 - 1 hour - 70.3 MB

With this episode, Melissa Miller returns to discuss with host Andrew Hunter Scholey the early acting career and the feature directing debut of Sarah Polley.

Episode 78: "Jesus of Montreal" (1989)

May 15, 2023 21:00 - 1 hour - 75.8 MB

This episode, Matthew Kieswetter returns to have a sprawling chat with host Andrew Hunter Scholey about the 1989 Denys Arcand film, "Jesus Of Montreal".

Episode 77: "Léolo" (1992)

May 02, 2023 02:00 - 1 hour - 51.5 MB

This week host Andrew Hunter Scholey is joined by Ed Brisson to discuss an important landmark film of Quebec cinema, "Léolo" (1992).

Episode 76: "Bambi Meets Godzilla" (1969)

April 17, 2023 23:00 - 1 hour - 55.7 MB

In this episode host Andrew Hunter Scholey is joined by returning North of Normal guest James Thornton to talk a really long time about 90 seconds of animation.

Episode 75: "Quest for Fire" (1981)

April 04, 2023 10:00 - 1 hour - 63.6 MB

James Thornton is back with host Andrew Hunter Scholey to discuss the epic caveman tale, "Quest For Fire" (1981).

Episode 74: "M. Butterfly" (1993)

March 21, 2023 00:00 - 1 hour - 59.8 MB

Returning guest, Skyler Greencorn, returns with host Andrew Hunter Scholey to continue their series on David Cronenberg! They arrive at 1993 when David released one of his least discussed and possibly most underrated films with "M. Butterfly".

Episode 73: "Ivy League Killers" (1959)

March 06, 2023 22:00 - 42 minutes - 29 MB

This episode of North of Normal has a very special guest, Julia Borisenko. Julia is the sister of Don Borisenko, the star of "Ivy League Killers" (1959). So join us as we sit down not just to discuss "Ivy League Killers", but also Don's life and acting career. And also to have a little taste of what it was like to be around the early days of modern Canadian cinema!

Episode 72: "Pontypool" (2008)

February 21, 2023 00:00 - 1 hour - 48.8 MB

North of Normal regular, Colin Everett, returns to discuss with host Andrew Hunter Scholey the 2008 language horror film, "Pontypool".

Episode 71: "Blood Quantum" (2019)

February 06, 2023 23:00 - 1 hour - 62.5 MB

Syler Greencorn returns to have an energetic (sometimes off the rails) discussion with host Andrew Hunter Scholey about the zombie horror film Blood Quantum. They discuss the passing of the films creator and major loss to cinema, Jeff Barnaby. White people discussing indigenous art. As well as the fine art of mulching zombies with a giant snowblower.

Episode 70: "The Void" (2016)

January 17, 2023 00:00 - 1 hour - 48.2 MB

James Thornton returns for the first discussion of 2023 to discuss the 2016 film, "The Void".

Episode 69: "Scarborough" (2021)

December 19, 2022 22:00 - 1 hour - 67.3 MB

Host Andrew Hunter Scholey is joined by guest Melissa Miller to have a sprawling conversation about the Canadian Screen Award winning film, "Scarborough" (2021).

Episode 68: "Paul à Québec" (2015)

December 07, 2022 01:00 - 1 hour - 45.2 MB

This week, host Andrew Hunter Scholey is joined by David Howsan-Jan, from the comic book podcast "Got The Runs", to discuss both the film and the graphic novel it's based on, "Paul à Québec" (2015). Check out comic book podcast "Got the Runs" here!

Episode 67: "The Canadian Conspiracy" (1985)

November 23, 2022 20:00 - 1 hour - 54 MB

Host Andrew Hunter Scholey is joined by return guest James Thornton to dive headlong into "The Canadian Conspiracy" (1985)!

Episode 66: "The Silent Partner" (1978)

October 03, 2022 21:00 - 1 hour - 47.2 MB

Host Andrew Hunter Scholey is joined by return guest Colin Everett to discuss the 1978 bank heist, "The Silent Partner".

Episode 65: "Prom Night" (1980)

September 12, 2022 21:00 - 1 hour - 47 MB

James Thornton is back sooner than expected due to a last minute rescheduling. Host Andrew Hunter Scholey said he could pick whichever Canadian film he wanted and James picked the slasher film Prom Night! So here we are. Talking about Prom Night.

Episode 64: "Fido" (2006)

August 29, 2022 21:00 - 1 hour - 47.2 MB

In this episode, James Thornton returns to discuss horror comedy gem "Fido" (2006) with host Andrew Hunter Scholey! Looking to take in some theatre? If you happen to be in the Halifax area September 9th or 10th and would like to see James' Fringe play, check out the link below!

Episode 63: "Kids in the Hall: Comedy Punks" (2022)

August 15, 2022 23:00 - 1 hour - 61.7 MB

Joining host Andrew Hunter Scholey, Alex Gagne returns to discuss the new documentary "The Kids In The Hall: Comedy Punks" (2022) and all things Kids In The Hall!

Bonus Episode: "Cronenberg Rankings" (1975-1991)

August 01, 2022 21:00 - 1 hour - 65.4 MB

In this special bonus episode Andrew Hunter Scholey and regular co-host Skyler Greencorn are joined by listener/Cronenberg aficionado Matthew Kieswetter to discuss and rank the films of David Cronenberg that have been covered so far on in Cronenberg series.

Episode 62: "Naked Lunch" (1991)

July 25, 2022 21:00 - 1 hour - 61.6 MB

Continuing on their journey through the works of Canadian filmmaker David Cronenberg, host Andrew Hunter Scholey and guest Skyler Greencorn discuss "Naked Lunch" (1991).

Episode 61: "Jacob Two-Two Meets the Hooded Fang" (1978,1999)

June 27, 2022 21:00 - 1 hour - 50.5 MB

James Thornton returns to discuss both the "Jacob Two-Two Meets the Hooded Fang" movie adaptations (1978, 1999) and briefly on the 2003-2006 animated series.

Episode 60: "Crimes of the Future" (2022)

June 13, 2022 21:00 - 1 hour - 44.5 MB

Andrew Hunter Scholey is joined by Skyler Greencorn and Jayne Ferguson for an impromptu spoiler free discussion recorded directly after seeing David Cronenberg's latest, "Crimes Of The Future" (2022).

Episode 59: "Polytechnique" (2009)

May 30, 2022 21:00 - 1 hour - 45.7 MB

Host Andrew Hunter Scholey and guest Andrew Fraser discuss "Polytechnique" (2009).

Episode 58: "Highpoint" (1982)

May 16, 2022 21:00 - 56 minutes - 39.2 MB

Joined by return guest, Colin Everett, host Andrew Hunter Scholey dives into "Highpoint" (1982).

Episode 57: "Winter Kept Us Warm" (1965)

May 02, 2022 21:00 - 1 hour - 46.8 MB

Andrew Hunter Scholey is joined by return guest and author Robert Joseph Greene to discuss the groundbreaking Canadian film, "Winter Kept Us Warm" (1965).

Episode 56: "Dead Ringers" (1988)

April 18, 2022 23:00 - 1 hour - 67.5 MB

Andrew Hunter Scholey and  Skyler Greencorn continue their exploration of the works of David Cronenberg with "Dead Ringers" (1988).

Episode 55: "Love That Boy" (2003)

April 04, 2022 21:00 - 1 hour - 47.9 MB

In this episode, host Andrew Hunter Scholey is joined by author Robert Joseph Greene and return guest Andrea Dorfman, the writer and director of "Love That Boy" (2003).

Episode 54: "Last Night" (1998)

March 21, 2022 21:00 - 1 hour - 73.9 MB

Skyler Greencorn joins host Andrew Hunter Scholey for an epic recording delving into Hunters favourite film: "Last Night" (1998)!

Episode 53: "Slings and Arrows - Season 3" (2006)

March 07, 2022 22:00 - 1 hour - 71.6 MB

Continuing the exploration of Canadian television series, "Slings and Arrows", host Andrew Hunter Scholey is joined by Alex Gagne to look at Season 3 (2006). This episode recorded and edited by Andrew Hunter Scholey.

Episode 52: "Cannibal Girls" (1973)

February 22, 2022 00:00 - 1 hour - 47.8 MB

A surprise episode! Host Andrew Hunter Scholey is joined by return guest James Thornton to discuss "Cannibal Girls" (1973). This episode is in tribute to the recently passed director and producer Ian Reitman who directed this wonderful little slice of life.  This episode recorded and edited by Andrew Hunter Scholey.