Author Melissa Maerz discusses her book Alright, Alright, Alright: The Oral History of Richard Linklater’s Dazed and Confused. It’s a terrific behind-the-scenes look at the stories behind the 1993 film. Get the book here: https://amzn.to/3mZGO3W Download the rest of the shows at https://ChristopherMedia.net
For the 500th episode of The Projection Booth, Skizz Cyzyk and Jeff Meyers join Mike to discuss Terry Gilliam’s Brazil. A film with as fascinating a story behind and in front of the camera, Brazil tells the story of Sam Lowry (Jonathan Pryce), an office drone who dreams of flying away with the love of his life (Kim Greist). This episode includes the second part of our interview with Michael Palin (the first part will be heard later in 2021).
Maurice Bursztynski and Skizz Cyzyk join Mike to discuss Staci Layne Wilson’s documentary about The Ventures — one of the best instrumental bands of the 20th Century. Formed in the late ’50s and still going today, The Ventures are most famous for their versions of “Walk, Don’t Run” and the Hawaii 5-0 theme. The documentary goes beyond the hits to show the influence that The Ventures have had for the last sixty years.
Wrap up 2020 with a slice of self-indulgence! It’s the 10th Ego Fest where Mike answers listener mail, gives some updates about the podcast, and talks to some very special guests. Enjoy!
On this special episode Mike talks to Jennifer Trainer, director of the 2019 documentary Museum Town, a look at how a contemporary art museum saved a former mill town. Visit https://www.museumtownmovie.com/ for more information!
We’re looking at a film about the end of the ‘60s, Bruce Robinson’s Withnail & I. Released in 1987, the film stars Richard E. Grant as the titular Withnall — an acerbic drunk who, along with the titular, I (Paul McGann) — go on holiday by mistake. It’s an examination of a friendship between two out of work actors. Jon Cross and Vincenzo Natali join Mike to talk about the movie while actor Ralph Brown (Danny the drug dealer) and Kim Leggatt (co-director of An Accidental Studio, a documentary about Handmade Films) discuss the making of the film.
Jonathan Owen and Samm Deighan join Mike to look at three films by Lindsay Anderson that all star Malcolm McDowell as Michael “Mick” Travis. In If…. Mick is the leader of a student revolution. In O Lucky Man he’s a coffee salesman. And, in Britannia Hospital he’s an investigative reporter. We’ll be talking about how Mick changes through the three films along with their possible connections and contradictions. David Wood, star of If…. and author of Filming If…. discusses his role in the groundbreaking British film.
On this special episode of The Projection Booth, Mike talks to author Sydney L. Stern about her latest book, The Brothers Mankiewicz: Hope, Heartbreak, and Hollywood Classics. Buy it at: https://amzn.to/2Ly6lEp
We’re looking at Miguel Llanso’s Crumbs (2015), the story of a post apocalyptic future where items from the past are given special significance as our hero, Candy (played by Daniel Tadesse), goes on a quest, first to see the witch and then to see Santa Claus. Chris Stachiw and Mark Begley join Mike to talk about Crumbs as well as Llanso’s Jesus Shows You the Way to the Highway from 2019.
Lee H. Katzin’s The Phynx (1970) is a story of espionage, intrigue, rock and roll, and the generational divide. It’s about a fake rock band, the titular Phynx, who are sent on the road to infiltrate Albania whose evil government has been kidnapping America’s elderly celebrities. Mike Sullivan and Terry Frost join Mike to discuss the film as well as other generation gap movies like Skidoo, Sextette, and more. Interviews include writer/producer Bob Booker and actors Lou Antonio and Larry Hankin.