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Dancing with Ryan

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So, I’ve been dancing with Ryan McNeil, the host of the wonderful blog The Matinee and the equally wonderful podcast The Matineecast.

No, no, no, don’t worry! You don’t need to alarm our better halves – it’s not THAT kind of dancing and we’ve got an ocean keeping us apart.

But we’ve been doing a podcast together, the 53rd episode of The Matineecast, and this made me think of dancing. It felt as natural and well synchronized as one of the classical numbers with the difference that we were improvising. But even if it wasn’t rehearsed, it felt as if we clicked for some reason. Perhaps Canadians and Swedes just go particularly well together?

You can listen to the show at Ryan’s website or you can download it from iTunes.

Apart from a short interview, where you get to know me a little better, there’s also a longer discussion about We Need to Talk about Kevin. In the final section we recommend five movies we’ve watched recently. The theme in this show is smaller movies – foreign, old or low-budget, movies you may or may not have heard of.

I had a blast doing the show and I hope some of this joy can be shared by the listeners.

Thank you Ryan for inviting me!

The Matineecast episode 53

Written by Jessica

February 27, 2012 at 1:38 pm

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  1. Many thanks for the dance. It was one of my favorite episodes of the seventy-some-odd shows I’ve done, and one that made me re-think my stance on return guests.

    Here’s to solid Swedish-Canadian diplomacy!

    Ryan McNeil

    February 27, 2012 at 3:16 pm

    • Great show guys!

      Ryan: When you bring Jessica back you need to have a trivia game on it though. =)

      Joel Burman

      February 27, 2012 at 3:38 pm

      • Shush you Joel! Don’t put ideas into his head. The Matinee is one of the few game free podcasts we have and I hope it will remain that way!


        February 27, 2012 at 3:52 pm

    • Our only little mishap was that it turned out that I couldn’t match your icehockey knowledge. But apart from that I think we made a beautiful duo and I’d be ever so happy if I got the chance to another dance at some point in the future. Rest assured I’ll watch your upcoming shows from the sideline, as always. Cheers!


      February 27, 2012 at 3:51 pm

  2. Way to shame Ryan about Cube. And it doesn’t look like he’s de-shamed himself yet. The nice thing about being American is it’s kind of hard for people to shame you about domestic films as no one is really expected to have seen all American films.


    February 27, 2012 at 6:16 pm

    • I *did* finally watch CUBE on Thursday night, I just didn’t log it on Letterbox or the like since I wanted to keep the reveal within the podcast.

      The odd thing is that Canadian films have SUCH a hard time latching on with the Canadian public. I’d wager you find more locals that haven’t seen much domestic films than those who have. I do plan on addressing my ignorance down the road, but it’s one of a dozen different watching projects I have kicking around in my head.

      Ryan McNeil

      February 27, 2012 at 6:30 pm

      • Corey keeps telling me that Canadian films are bad and I keep proving him wrong. But I think I manage just to pick the good ones. The bad ones never reach Sweden.


        February 27, 2012 at 8:50 pm

        • Corey’s not entirely wrong. It seems like the ratio of good to bad Canadian films is wickedly slanted in the wrong direction. There’s a bit of a stigma to them that’s built up over time that works against selling the average Canadian filmgoer on supporting homegrown product.

          Ryan McNeil

          February 27, 2012 at 10:18 pm

      • Agreed! Swedish bloggers are awful on covering Swedish films (me included)!

        Joel Burman

        February 27, 2012 at 9:42 pm

    • It wasn’t intentional, I swear!


      February 27, 2012 at 8:49 pm

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