Rewatchability is a comedic pop-culture podcast focusing on the movies and TV shows of the recent past. Each week, hosts J.M. McNab, Blain Watters, and Robert LaRonde profile a cherished property from their youths to see if it holds up to the scrutinous eye of today.-- everything from classics such as Jurassic Park, to forgotten oddities like Don’t Tell Mom the Babysitter’s Dead and movies featuring shipwrecks and Celine Dion ballads.
Rewatchability has been praised by the A.V. Club for its “fun and fresh commentary” and singled out by Paste Magazine for “taking nostalgia culture to task”. In 2015, Rewatchability was featured alongside You Must Remember This and KCRW’s The Business on a movie-themed episode of CBC Radio’s Podcast Playlist.
J.M. McNab is a Toronto-based writer, musician and filmmaker. He is a graduate of the York University Film & Video Program. His musical projects Key Witness and Vistavision have recorded three albums respectively, songs from which have appeared in movies and on television. J.M. has contributed writing to Exclaim, Yahoo Canada, and currently works as a writer and researcher for the popular humor site Cracked.com
Blain Watters has an MFA in Creative Writing and graduated from the CFC’s Prime Time Television Writer’s program. He has worked in the writer’s room on Lost Girl and Netflix/Rogers’ Between, where he co-wrote half of season one with showrunner Michael McGowan and also wrote the accompanying web series. His short films have premiered at the Milan and New York International Film Festivals. Sleeping Giant, a feature he wrote with director, Andrew Cividino, premiered in the Cannes Film Festival. Sleeping Giant was named best Canadian Film of the Year by the Toronto Star and was nominated for Best Feature at the 2016 Canadian Screen Awards. He has written graphic novellas for Feathertale Magazine, comedy for online sketch troupe, The Fauxhemians, and is a host of the pop-culture nostalgia podcast, Rewatchability. Blain is now in development on several projects, while producing a feature-length horror-musical, Haunters, with Smokebomb Entertainment.
Robert LaRonde is a writer, creator and performer of plays, films, music and podcasts. His plays have been read or performed at videofag, the Toronto Fringe Festival, Summerworks, the New Ideas Festival and the Boulder International Fringe Festival. He has an MA in Drama from University of Toronto and was part of the inaugural Soulpepper Playwrights Circle and the Toronto Public Library Playwrights Unit. With his band Dinosaur City, Robert has performed at the Toronto Fringe Festival, the Second City’s John Candy Box Theatre and at the Rivoli as part of Mullet’s Night Show.