Mike talks with actress Tami Stronach from her early days and starring as The Childlike Empress in The Neverending Story (1984) to her dance and theater career as the co-founder of The Paper Canoe Company.
Special Guest: Ernest Mathijs Guest Co-Hosts: Jessica Kramer, Dustin Kramer
eXistenZ, the 1999 film from writer/director David Cronenberg stars Jennifer Jason Leigh as Allegra Geller, a game designer who has been marked for death by a faction known as the “Realists”. After an assassination attempt she escapes with her ineffectual bodyguard, a PR nerd named Ted Pikull played by Jude Law. The pair eventually test out Allegra’s new game, eXistenZ, in order to make sure her biomass game pod is still functional. From there the film traverses many layers of game play, making viewers question what’s real and what’s part of play.
Dustin & Jessica Kramer of the Popcorn Poops podcast join Mike to discuss existentialism, Sigmund Freud, Philip K. Dick, The Matrix, and more.
Mike guested on the Masters of Cinema Cast with host Tom Jennings to discuss Sam Fuller's Pickup on South Street.
From Masters of Cinema:
"If you refuse to cooperate you'll be as guilty as the traitors who gave Stalin the A-bomb."
"Are you waving the flag at ME?!"
Samuel Fuller's sensational film noir, Pickup on South Street casts a steely eye at America in the dawn of the Cold War, and brings 1950s New York City alive on the screen in a manner rarely equaled in the annals of film.
In one of his greatest roles, Richard Widmark plays Skip McCoy, a seasoned pickpocket who unknowingly filches some radioactive loot: microfilm of top-secret government documents. Soon after, Skip finds himself mixed up with federal agents, Commie agents, and a professional stool pigeon by the name of Moe (played by Thelma Ritter in her finest role this side of Rear Window).
With its complex ideology, outrageous dialogue, and electric action sequences, Pickup on South Street crackles in a way that only a Sam Fuller movie can, and is widely considered one of the director's finest achievements.
Daniel Bird and Maitland McDonagh join Mike to discuss the 1948 film from Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger, The Red Shoes. The film centers on the tumultuous world of dance, namely ballet. We follow Julian Craster (Marius Goring) and Vicky Page (Moira Shearer) through triumphs and misfortunes.
A favorite of Martin Scorsese, the film is a triumph of melodrama and includes several breathtaking dance sequences, most notably an adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen's The Red Shoes.
Special Guest: Nick Macdonald Guest Co-Hosts: Tom Jennings, Ken Stanley
Set during World War One, Jean Renoir's La Grande Illusion (1937) stars Jean Gabin as Lt. Marechal, an airman who, along with Captain Boeldieu (Pierre Fresnay), are shot down by Captain Rauffenstein, who’s played by
Erich von Stroheim. The two Frenchmen then spend most of the rest of the film in POW camps, primarily Hallbach and Wintersborn where they meet an array of fellow prisoners.
Special Guests: D. Harlan Wilson, Sandy King, Peter Jason, Keith David Guest Co-Hosts: El Goro, Patrick Bromley
On this special episode of The Projection Booth, we're giving you a choice: either put on the podcast, or start eating a trash can.
Yes, we're talking about John Carpenter's They Live (1988) wherein a man with no name -- or a name that means nothing -- Nada ("Rowdy" Roddy Piper) comes to Los Angeles looking for work only to find a vast conspiracy instead.
"Return to Church" - John Carpenter & Alan Howarth
"Wake Up" - John Carpenter & Alan Howarth
"Back Alley" - John Carpenter & Alan Howarth
"Transport Station" - John Carpenter & Alan Howarth
"For Everybody" - "Rowdy" Roddy Piper
"With Hoffman Lenses We Will See The Truth" - Set Your Goals
"They Live" - Reign of Zaius
"Obey, Consume... Escape" - Jon of the Shred