About This Show
Bi-weekly podcast, with bonus episodes and interviews throughout, that center around the work of one movie director per show. Hosted by Jim Laczkowski with a rotating line-up of guests and friends. Pop Culture Club is a spin-off show that will be getting its own .rss feed very soon!
Most Recent Episode
Bonus Episode: Allan Moyle (Pump Up The Volume)
2 days ago
CROSS-POSTED as an official Pop Culture Club episode Well everyone, after a couple of months of waiting in anticipation, I was able to get a hold of Allan Moyle. "Who?!" you might ask. Well, he's responsible for films such as TIMES SQUARE, EMPIRE RECORDS, NEW WATERFORD GIRL, and many more. But the film that has a special place in my heart, as listeners should know, is his 1990 teenage rebellion masterpiece PUMP UP THE VOLUME. At the time of viewing this movie, I wasn't the biggest fan of Christian Slater, my music taste was limited, and I was going through my first experience of severe depression. Then my favorite film critic, Nick Digilio of WGN Radio, reviewed PUMP in the summer of 1990. I went to see it, and my life was forever changed. It didn't cure me of depression obviously, but it helped and gave me a renewed sense of hope. A faith that cinema and art could also become a therapeutic, enlightening experience. I felt a connection to the character and to the material for the first time in my life to where I saw myself on-screen and knew I wanted to discover more music and movies to feel that kind of awe and euphoria again. So for all these reasons, I spend the beginning of our conversation revealing a lot of what I went through to Allan Moyle. He was taken aback, and the "interview" became more of a friendly conversation about my experiences, his current state of mind, what it was like making PUMP, and a whole lot more. In fact, I wouldn't be surprised if there's another conversation on the horizon since we barely scratched the surface behind Allan's incredible career. 00:00 - 04:02 - Introduction 04:03 - 48:56 - Interview with Allan Moyle 48:57 - 51:16 - Outro I decided that this interview was too special to only include it as a Pop Culture Club episode which is why I shared it in the Director's Club feed as well. Until next time, please send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org, and subscribe to PCC and visit http://popcultureclub.net. The next interview is also a special one, and it'll be up on Friday. I talk with the great Adam Schlesinger (Fountains of Wayn