Rank #1: (Episode 143) "I Love You, Now Die: The Commonwealth v. Michelle Carter" Journalist: Jesse Barron.
Journalist Jesse Barron shares his insight on this very difficult and complex case.
In July 2014, 18-year-old Conrad Roy died by suicide in his car at a parking lot in Fairhaven, Mass. Police soon discovered a series of alarming text messages from his girlfriend, 17-year-old Michelle Carter, that seemed to encourage him to kill himself. This discovery sparked sensational headlines nationwide, leading to a trial that raised difficult questions about technology, social media and mental health, while asking if one person can be held responsible for the suicide of another.
In 2012, teens Michelle Carter and Conrad Roy fell in love. They lived hours apart and met in person no more than five times, but exchanged thousands of texts over a two-year period. After Roy was found dead in his car in July 2014, what appeared to be a standard case of suicide by carbon-monoxide intoxication took a shocking turn when investigators discovered alarming text messages on his phone. Carter, 17 at the time, had urged Roy to kill himself, even after he had second thoughts and removed himself from his car.
Directed by Erin Lee Carr (HBO’s At the Heart of Gold: Inside the USA Gymnastics Scandal and Mommy Dead and Dearest) I Love You, Now Die explores the complicated relationship between Carter and Roy, drawing on some of the thousands of texts they exchanged over two years to chronicle their courtship and its tragic consequences. Featuring unprecedented access to the families, friends and communities that were forever changed by this unusual case, the documentary explores the changing nature of the justice system today, following a story that has wider implications for society at large, both online and in real life. The film presents a well-rounded look at a bizarre tale that was a deadly convergence of mental illness, loneliness, pop culture and technology.
In July 2017, Michelle Carter was charged with involuntary manslaughter in the suicide of Roy. In August 2017, she was found guilty and began her 15-month prison sentence in February 2019, following a failed appeal.
I Love You, Now Die includes footage from Michelle Carter’s trial, where the filmmakers had the only camera allowed in court and supplied the pool camera for this historic case. It also features interviews with key individuals in the story, including: Conrad Roy’s immediate family; Joseph Cataldo, Michelle Carter’s defense attorney; Dr. Peter Breggin, an expert witness for the defense; police detectives; and journalists who covered the case extensively.
The documentary premiered at this year’s South by Southwest Film Festival.
I Love You, Now Die is directed and produced by Erin Lee Carr; produced by Andrew Rossi; co-producer, Alison Byrne; original music, Ian Hultquist; cinematographer, Bryan Sarkinen; editor, Andrew Coffman; executive producer, Sheila Nevins; senior producer, Sara Bernstein.
Jul 28 2019
Rank #2: (Episode 140) "12 Years a Slave" Actor: Kelsey Scott.
Kelsey Scott is an Emmy Award nominated actor and writer that has appeared in such Television and Films as- True Detective, Fear the Walking Dead and the Academy Award winning 12 Years a Slave.
Meet the beautiful and talented: Kelsey Scott.
Jun 27 2019
Rank #3: (Episode 111) "The A-Team" Actor: Dirk Benedict.
Dirk Benedict was born in Montana on March 1st, 1945. He was raised in the country, far away from anything connected with movies or acting. He gathered his first experiences in acting (on a dare) in a college production of "Showboat" where he got the main part. His father, a lawyer, died when Dirk was 18, which was hard for him to take. While working on Georgia Georgia(1972) in Sweden, he made the first contact with a macrobiotic diet and changed his eating habits drastically. He was 26 at that time. A few years later, doctors found that he had cancer of the prostate. He refused to accept the usual treatment and moved away to a secluded cottage. Dirk managed to cure himself from cancer by following the rules of his macrobiotic diet. When he got his part as "Starbuck" in Battlestar Galactica (1978), the doctors stated that he was in good health. Dirk's main successes were "Battlestar Galactica" and The A-Team (1983) in which he played "Templeton - The Face - Peck".
Meet: Dirk Benedict.
Jan 16 2019
Rank #4: (Episode 131) "Pulp Fiction" Actor: Paul Calderon.
Paul Calderon was born on a remote farm with no electricity or runningwater high in the beautiful, ruggedmountains of Puerto Rico. He movedas a kid from that wild freedom to theshock of NYC where he honed his senseof drama in the tenements and toughstreets of the Lower East Side andSpanish Harlem. After a stint playingsemi-pro baseball, his dream of going pro was shattered by a shoulder injury. Later he joined the Army, serving inGermany for several years while hestruggled to find a new dream.Back in the States he went to acting schoolunder the GI Bill, studying with Sonia Moore,Kim Stanley, Bobby Lewis, Irene Moore andWynn Handman. As a writer he publishedseveral short stories, optioned screenplays,and was a co-writer of Abel Ferrara's cultclassic "Bad Lieutenant", in which heco-starred opposite Harvey Keitel.He was made a member of the Actors Studioin 1984, and eight years later was one of the founding members of LAByrinth Theater Co.,where as writer/director he helped mentorsuch talent as Philip Seymour Hoffman,Stephen Adly Guirgis, Sam Rockwell,David Zayas, Lauren Velez & Manny Perez.As an actor he has had the honor andgreat fortune of working with some of the greatest talent of our time - Robert DeNiro, Al Pacino, Robert Redford, Sidney Lumet,Spike Lee, Nick Nolte, Gerard Depardeiu,Christopher Walken, Steven Soderbergh, Steve Buscemi, Martin Scorcese, Edy FalcoTim Roth, Ellen Burstyn, Quentin TarantinoSydney Pollack, Melissa Leo, Woody Allen,Alejandro Inaurritu and George C. Wolfe. He's won numerous awards for his theater,film and television work, including an Obiefor his performance in "Blade to the Heat" at the Public Theater, and a SAG Awardnomination for his part in the ensemblecast of Boardwalk Empire's final season.For many years he's been on the faculty of NYU Tisch Graduate Film School,The Lee Strasberg Institute, andThe School of Visual Arts.
May 22 2019
Rank #5: (Episode 157) "The Righteous Gemstones" Actor: Tony Cavalero.
Tony Cavalero is a fantastic actor with over 75 credits in his IMDB filmography.
His most recent work includes the Motley Crue movie "The Dirt" as Ozzy Osbourne and his portrayal as Keefe Chambers in HBO's "The Righteous Gemstones" is legendary.
Meet the very talented, kind and AWESOME: Tony Cavalero!
Nov 02 2019
Rank #6: (Episode 165) "Miracle" Patrick O'Brien Demsey.
Patrick's iconic role as Mike Eruzione of the epic 1980 United States Olympic Hockey Team in "Miracle"... the greatest sports story in the history of modern day sports-continues to impact thousands of athletes and dreamers from professional athletes to those children just starting to realize what "dreaming" is.
Welcome the awesome, talented and very cool...Paddy Demsey.
Dec 29 2019
Rank #7: (Episode 134) "Game of Thrones" Actor: Tim Plester.
Tim Plester is an actor, playWrite and documentarian.
His filmography includes Game of Thrones, After Life and Bohemian Rhapsody.
Meet the very kind and talented: Tim Plester.
May 31 2019
Rank #8: (Episode 166) "The Crown" Actor: Jason Watkins.
Jason Watkins is an English stage, film and television actor. He played the lead role in the two-part drama The Lost Honour of Christopher Jefferies, for which he won the BAFTA TV Award for Best Actor. His most recent performance as Prime Minister Harold Wilson in "The Crown" is absolutely phenomenal, and personally speaking my favorite performance of the year.
Jason is very kind, immensely talented, has a wonderful sense of humor and I consider myself extremely fortunate in having the opportunity to converse with him.
Meet Jason Watkins.
Jan 02 2020
Rank #10: (Episode 152) Legendary Talk Show Host: Richard Bey.
Richard Bey is a legendary innovator of the day time talk show format.
He also remains one of the pioneers of reality television.
Please welcome the very kind and talented: Richard Bey.
Sep 23 2019
Rank #11: (Episode 138) "Man of Steel" Actor: Julian Richings.
Julian M. Richings is an English-born Canadian actor.
His work includes:
Man of Steel, The Red Violin, Open Range, Cube, The Witch, Percy Jackson, Supernatural, Wrong Turn, Orphan Black and so many more.
Meet the very talented and kind, Julian Richings.
Jun 19 2019
Rank #12: (Episode 159) "Star Wars" Academy Award Winning Editor: Paul Hirsch.
Paul Hirsch is an academy award winning editor who has been editing movies for over 50 years.
His Filmography includes Star Wars: A New Hope (Academy Award Winner), The Empire Strikes Back, Carrie, Ferris Bueller's Day Off and so many more.
Meet the legendary Paul Hirsch.
Nov 12 2019
Rank #13: (Episode 146) "There's Something About Mary" Actor: W. Earl Brown.
W.Earl Brown is a fantastic actor whose work includes "There's Something About Mary", "Deadwood", "Draft Day" and "True Detective". Along with his acting accomplishments he's a very talented musician avid Chicago Bears fan and all around solid human being.
Please welcome the versatile and talented, W. Earl Brown.
Aug 15 2019
Rank #14: (Episode 163) "Castle Rock" Actor: Mathilde Dehaye.
In 2019, she's been portraying Amity in the J.J. Abrams & Stephen King series, Castle Rock.
Meet the very talented and fearless: Mathilde Dehaye.
Dec 17 2019
Rank #15: (Episode 162) "The Devil Next Door" Director: Daniel Sivan.
A Cleveland grandfather is brought to trial in Israel, accused of being the infamous Nazi death camp guard known as Ivan the Terrible...
Director Daniel Sivan and I talk about his much talked about Documentary.
Dec 10 2019
Rank #16: 20 Minute Movie Review: "The Rise of Skywalker"
Film Guru Darek Thomas breaks down "The Rise of Skywalker"
Dec 22 2019
Rank #17: (Episode 158) "Stranger Things" Actor: Jerri Tubbs.
Jerri Tubbs is an American actress known for her roles in Stranger Things, Into the Badlands and Ozark, among others. She will be playing the role of Margo in the upcoming 10th season of AMC’s The Walking Dead.
Jerri is originally from Newburgh Indiana. She grew up in San Jose, California and moved to Los Angeles to study acting at UCLA. Upon receiving her MFA in Acting, she trained with the celebrity acting coach Ivana Chubbuck at her studio in Hollywood. Her television and film credits include The Passage, Under the Dome, Valor, Logan Lucky and Pure Country, Pure Heart. Jerri was also recently cast in the Emmy-nominated series Cobra-Kai.
Meet the very cool and talented: Jerri Tubbs.
Nov 06 2019
Rank #18: (Episode 153) "The Breakfast Club" Actor: John Kapelos.
Meet: John Kapelos.
Oct 11 2019
Rank #19: (Episode 149) "The Peanut Butter Falcon" Directors: Tyler Nilson and Michael Schwartz.
The amazing story that led to one of it not the BEST movie of 2019.... "The Peanut Butter Falcon"
Meet the amazing, talented, and kind: Tyler Nilson and Michael Schwartz.
Aug 30 2019
Rank #20: (Episode 160) "Family Ties" Actor: Scott Valentine.
Born in Saratoga, New York Scott Valentine over came early adversity, to star in one of the greatest family shows (Family Ties) of all time and build a very strong filmography in short period of time.
Meet the very cool, very kind: Scott Valentine.
Nov 26 2019