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50 minutes | 2 days ago
Special Report: Jonathan Melville's A Kind of Magic: The Making of the Original Highlander
Jonathan Melville returns to podcast to discuss his latest book, A Kind of Magic: The Making of the Original 'Highlander'. It's an exhaustive book about Russell Mulcahey's 1986 film. Buy the book here: https://amzn.to/2HbC1xB
155 minutes | 7 days ago
Episode 495: To Live & Die in L.A. (1985)
#Noirvember2020 concludes with a look at William Friedkin's To Live & Die in L.A. (1984). The film pits Treasury agent William Petersen as Richard Chance against Willem Dafoe as artist and forger Rick Masters. Based on the novel of the same name by Gerald Petievich, it’s an unexpected cat and mouse story bathed in the harsh light of Los Angeles.Jedidiah Ayres and Andrew Nette join Mike to discuss the film, Boiling Point, Wang Chung, and more.
40 minutes | 7 days ago
Episode 495: To Live & Die in L.A. Bonus Interview
More from editor M. Scott Smith as he discusses working on The Crow, Mobsters, Darkman, and My Name is Bruce.
26 minutes | 8 days ago
Special Report: John Badham's On Directing, Volume 2
John Badham returns to the podcast to discuss the latest edition of his invaluable guide, On Directing. Mike also talks with Mr. Badham about the Blu-Ray release of his film The Hard Way.
84 minutes | 9 days ago
Special Report: Zappa (2020)
On this special episode Yaniv Eidelstein and Skizz Cyzyk join Mike to discuss the latest documentary feature by Alex Winter, ZAPPA. It’s a two plus hour look at composer, musician, artist, singer, agent provocateur Frank Zappa.
152 minutes | 12 days ago
Special Report: Du-BEAT-e-o (1984)
On this special episode we’re looking at the 1984 film from director Alan Sacks, Du-Beat-E-O. It’s a movie as unusual as its name. It’s the multi-layered story of a director -- the titular Du Beat E O played by Ray Sharkey -- who is given a chore to put together a film about the band The Runaways. At the same time we hear a postmortem of the film as we’re watching it unfold courtesy of a running fictive director’s commentary. Adam Spiegelman (Proudly Resents) and Heather Drain (Mondo Heather) join Mike to discuss the history of the show as well as one of its participants -- El Duce of The Mentors. Interviews include co-writer Mark Sheffler, musician Mark Wheaton, and director Alan Sacks.
81 minutes | 14 days ago
Episode 494: The Friends of Eddie Coyle (1973)
We continue Noirvember 2020 with a look at Peter Yates’s The Friends of Eddie Coyle. Based on the novel by George V. Higgins, the film stars Robert Mitchum as the titular Coyle, an over-the-hill small time crook who’s trying to get by in the milieu of Boston’s underground. The film is rich with incredible character actors like Peter Boyle, Richard Jordan, Alex Rocco, and more.Andrew J. Rausch and Eric J. Peterson join Mike to discuss the film as well as crime writing and the Boston beat.
41 minutes | 15 days ago
Special Report: Glenn Kenny on Made Men - The Story of Goodfellas
On this special episode, Mike talks with author Glenn Kenny about his new book, Made Men, the Story of Goodfellas, a terrific tome all about Martin Scorsese's seminal 1990 gangster film. Get the book at https://amzn.to/2Kj23Ab
88 minutes | 21 days ago
Episode 493: Ride the Pink Horse (1947)
Noirvember 2020 continues with a look at Robert Montgomery’s Ride the Pink Horse. Adapted from the novel of the same name by Dorothy B. Hughes, the film also stars Montgomery as Lucky Gagin, a man who comes to the small town of San Pablo, New Mexico during their annual fiesta….Jedidiah Ayres and Carol Borden join Mike to discuss the various adaptations of Ride the Pink Horse. Sarah Weinman discusses Dorothy B. Hughes's career.
95 minutes | a month ago
Episode 491: The Big Clock (1947)
#Noirvember 2020 kicks off with a look at John Farrow's The Big Clock (1947). Based on the 1946 novel by Kenneth Fearing, it's the story of George Stroud (Ray Milland) an editor at Crimeways magazine and employee of Earl Janoth (Charles Laughton). When a woman that both Stroud and Janoth have been sleeping with is murdered, Stroud is put on the case to find out who was last seen with the victim. And, of course, that last person looks a lot like him.Terry Frost and Tim Luz join Mike to discuss the film as well as it's official... and unofficial remakes.
149 minutes | a month ago
Special Report: The Brood (1979)
On this special episode of The Projection Booth we're looking at David Cronenberg's The Brood. It's the story of the Carveth family and how the sins of the past visit the children of the next generation. Frank Carveth (Art Hindle) and his wife Nola (Samantha Eggar) have separated. She’s under the care of Dr. Hal Raglan (Oliver Reed). He's the head of the Somafree clinic and has mastered the art of psychoplasmics where negative thoughts and feelings are manifested physically. This is the second part of a two-part conversation about Cronenberg’s early features. You can hear the first part via Mark’s podcast, Wake Up Heavy.
36 minutes | a month ago
Bonus Interview: Stephen Bissette on Comics
I couldn't speak to Stephen Bissette about his monograph on The Brood without also asking him about his decades working in the comic book industry. He dishes a bit about his beginnings, his work on Swamp Thing, and more. Hear the rest of our interview on The Brood episode.
158 minutes | a month ago
Episode 491: The Frighteners (1996)
We conclude #Shocktober2020 with a look at Peter Jackson’s The Frighteners. Made between Heavenly Creatures and the Lord of the Rings series, the film was a signal to Hollywood that Peter Jackson could play by the rules. It’s the story of Frank Bannister (Michael J. Fox), a man with a gift that he can commune with the dead. He uses this to bilk the people of Fairwater out of money by haunting houses via his dead friends. Unfortunately for Frank and the rest of Fairwater there’s a serial killer who plagues the city in hopes of scoring a record number of kills. Chris Stachiw and Jeff Meyers discuss the film with Mike while Production Designer Grant Major and co-star Jeffrey Combs talk about the making of the movie.
193 minutes | a month ago
Episode 490: Motel Hell (1980)
It takes all kinds of critters to make Farmer Vincent's fritters!Heather Drain and Ben Buckingham join Mike to talk about Kevin Connor's 1980 horror/comedy starring Rory Calhoun and Nancy Parsons, Motel Hell.Connor discusses his work on the film as well as his earlier work while Frank Cotolo dishes about working with Wolfman Jack.
176 minutes | 2 months ago
Special Report: Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated (2010-2013)
On this special episode of The Projection Booth we’re not talking about a movie for once but, instead, we’re looking at Scooby Doo! Mystery Incorporated. It was the eleventh incarnation of the Scooby gang and it ran from 2010 to 2013 with a total of 52 episodes spread over 156 weeks. It was also one of the best and most self-referential animated series that I’ve ever seen. Producer Mitch Watson shares some behind-the-scenes stories about the creation of the show and the challenges it faced. Father Malone (You've Never Seen) and Carol Borden (The Cultural Gutter) discuss the show with Mike.
145 minutes | 2 months ago
Episode 489: The Company of Wolves (1989)
#Shocktober2020 continues with a look at Neil Jordan’s The Company of Wolves. It's a melange of tales based on the writings of Angela Carter which intertwine and layer upon one another. At the heart is a re-telling of the Little Red Riding Hood tale but there’s more… much more… than that.Kat Ellinger and Heather Drain join Mike to discuss the film and women's burgeoning sexuality. This episode features an interview with James Gracey, author of the Devil's Advocates book about The Company of Wolves.
101 minutes | 2 months ago
Special Report: Nightbreed (1990)
On this special episode we’re looking at Clive Barker’s Nightbreed. It’s the story of Aaron Boone (Criag Sheffer). He dreams of a place called Midian, an underground world of monsters. His psychiatrist, Doctor Decker (David Cronenberg) also wants to go there but to destroy all the monster life. Tim Luz and Samm Deighan join Mike to look at the various cuts of the film and its storied history.
315 minutes | 2 months ago
Episode 488: Poltergeist (1982)
We kick off Shocktober 2020 with a look at Tobe Hooper's 1982 film Poltergeist. It'ss the story of a suburban family beset by supernatural forces.Vincenzo Natali and Christine Makepeace join Mike to discuss hauntings, the pedigree of the film, the sequels, and 2015 remake.
88 minutes | 2 months ago
Special Report: The Antenna (2019)
On this special episode of The Projection Booth we’re looking at the 2019 film from director Orçun Behram, The Antenna (2019). The film stars Ihsan Önal as Mehnet, a overseer of an apartment building in Turkey. We begin the film on the day when a new satellite dish is being installed that is part of a new era for the country where the government can now broadcast directly to its citizens’ televisions. Let’s just say that this isn’t the utopia that was promised. Mark Begley and David Rodgers join Mike to talk about this film which plays in select theaters starting October 2, 2020 and digital platforms starting October 20, 2020.
84 minutes | 2 months ago
Episode 487: Fruit of Paradise (1969)
We conclude Czechtember 2020 with a look at Vera Chytilova’s Fruit of Paradise. This may be the most experimental and unusual movies we’ve covered as part of Czechtember. It’s a re-telling of the Adam and Eve story directed by Chytilova and co-written by her and Ester Krumbachova. Kat Ellinger and Samm Deighan join Mike to discuss this experimental narrative and squeeze oranges.
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