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.

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Buy eXistenZ on DVD
Buy the eXistenZ novelization by "John Luther Novak" (AKA Christopher Priest)
Buy the eXistenZ soundtrack by Howard Shore
Buy The Cinema of David Cronenberg: From Baron of Blood to Cultural Hero Buy The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldrich by Philip K. Dick
Buy The Days of Perky Pat by Philip K. Dick
Listen to The Thirteenth Floor episode
Listen to the Blade Runner episode
Listen to the Popcorn Poops podcast

"TranscendenZ By Pilgrlmage" - Howard Shore
"Freedom of Choice" - DEVO


Special Guests: Faran Tahir

Mike speaks with actor Faran Tahir about his early days and more recent roles in Iron Man, Star Trek, Escape Plan, "Once Upon a Time", and more.

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"Iron Man" - Ramin Djawadi

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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.

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Subscribe to Masters of Cinema Cast
Subscribe to Master of Cinema Cast on iTunes


Guest Co-Hosts: Daniel Bird, Maitland McDonagh

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.

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Buy The Red Shoes on DVD
Buy A Life in Movies by Michael Powell
Buy Michael Powell: International Perspectives on an English Film-maker by Ian Christie (Editor)
Buy the books of Maitland McDonagh
Buy Tenebrae on Blu-Ray
Read an interview with Daniel Bird by Samm Deighan

"Red Shoes" - Tom Waits
"The Red Shoes" - Kate Bush


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.

Tom Jennings and Ken Stanley join Mike to discuss this humanist film.

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Buy La Grande Illusion on Blu-Ray
Buy In Search of La Grande Illusion: A Critical Appreciation of Jean Renoir's Elusive Masterpiece by Nicholas Macdonald
Read Anarchist films of Nick Macdonald from '70s to get first Chicago showings by Michael Phillips
Listen to Masters of Cinema Cast
Listen to 24 Frames Cast
Listen to Ken's Loud Band

"Le Petit Navire" - June Tabor
"Frou Frou" - Franck Pourcel


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.

We talk to the author of the They Live Cultography, D. Harlan Wilson, as well as producer Sandy King, and actors Peter Jason and Keith David.

F! This Movie's Patrick Bromley and Talk Without Rhythm's El Goro join Mike to discuss this politically-charged film as well as Pizzagate, Wrestlemania, Shepard Fairey's use of wrestling, skateboarding, and politics via the "Andre the Giant Has a Posse" phenomenon, and morning in America.

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Buy They Live on Blu-Ray
Buy They Live (Cultography) by D. Harlan Wilson
Buy They Live (Deep Focus) by Jonathan Lethem
Buy Mitch O'Connell's The Real Donald Trump Revealed T-shirts
Listen to 8 O'Clock in the Morning by Ray Nelson
Read Nada by Ray Nelson and Bill Wray
Visit the official John Carpenter website
Visit Storm King Productions
Visit the official Peter Jason website
Visit the official Keith David website
Visit the official D. Harlan Wilson website
Visit the official Rowdy Roddy Piper website
Visit the official Ray Nelson website
Visit Obey Giant - The Art of Shepard Fairey
Learn more about Wallflower Press
Listen to the Talk Without Rhythm podcast
Listen to the F! This Movie podcast
Read John Carpenter Is Fighting With Internet Nazis Over His Cult Classic They Live by Sidney Fussell
Read more about Les Hoffman, Felix Hoffman, and Albert Hoffman
Read 33 Things We Learned From John Carpenter’s and Roddy Piper’s They Live Commentary by Rob Hunter
Read Larger than life: An oral history of WrestleMania III by Adam Graham and Tony Paul
Listen to our episode on The Thing
Hear more Keith David on the Requiem for a Dream episode
Hear more about Other Side of the Wind

"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


Special Guests: Nancy Andrews

On this special episode, Mike talks with Nancy Andrews the director of The Strange Eyes of Dr. Myes (2015), a short film cum feature cum web series.

Watch the series at thestrangeeyesofdrmyes.com.

"Lab Lite" - Soundtrack

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Mike joins Jon Cross at the After Movie Diner to discuss Jack Hill's often overlooked black 'n' white film about existential angst, succeeding at any cost, and Figure-8 racing, Pit Stop (1969)

Recently released by Arrow on a glorious, cleaned up blu-ray the film stars Brian Donlevy, the enigmatic Richard Davalos, Ellen Burstyn , Hill favorite Sid Haig and is an absolute treat for lovers of great cinematography, awesome soundtracks and crashing cars.

Mike and Jon Cross discuss the film, Jack Hill's career, politics, podcasting, Mike's beef with Quentin Tarantino, the story of cinema, and much, much more!

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