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Episode 518: Hard-Boiled (1992)
We’re looking at John Woo’s 1992 film, Hard-Boiled, the story of a hot-handed supercop, Tequila, (Chow Yun-Fat), and an undercover cop -- either Alan or Tony depending on what version you watch, played by Tony Leung. Tony and Tequila are working two sides of the same case involving the dastardly Johnny Wong (Anthony Wong). More than being a case of cops and robbers, the film is a farewell to the Hong Kong that Woo once knew and a farewell before emigrating to the U.S. for the next phase of his career.
Beth Accomando and Jess Byard join Mike to discuss this action-packed thriller.
Episode 517: Escape from New York (1981)
On the second of our two-part discussion about John Carpenter films we discuss Escape from New York. It's the story Snake Plissken (Kurt Russell), a former war hero turned disillusioned criminal in an America that has turned into a police state. When the President's plane crashes in the prison colony that was once Manhattan, Snake is sent in after him.
Interviews include co-screenwriter Nick Castle, actress Adrienne Barbeau, and production designer Joseph Alves.
Special Report: Superman (1978)
You will believe that a podcast can try to discuss one of the first major big-budget forays into the world of superheroes via Richard Donner's Superman (1978). James Lawrence of The Iron Sequel and Mike Thompson join Mike White to examine the film and its impact.
Special guests Jeff East (Clark Kent) and Sarah Douglas (Ursa) reminisce about their experiences on the troubled production.
Episode 516: Assault on Precinct 13 (1976)
We kick off a two-part discussion of John Carpenter with a look at his first proper feature film, Assault on Precinct 13. Father Malone (Dark Destinations) and Aaron Peterson (Hollywood Outsider) join Mike to look at the film and all of its various remakes (Ghosts of Mars, District B13, etc).
Troy Howarth talks about his new books, Assault on the System: The Nonconformist Cinema of John Carpenter, and Tommy Wallace discusses his work on Assault on Precinct 13 as well as many of his follow-up films.
Episode 515: Under the Flag of the Rising Sun (1972)
Rob St. Mary returns to The Projection Booth to discuss Kinji Fukasaku's 1972 anti-war film, Under the Flag of the Rising Sun. The film stars Sachiko Hidari as the widow of Sgt. Katsuo Togashi who died in WWII. His death certificate is unclear about how he died and, thus, she can't claim survivor benefits.
The authorities are either unable or, more likely, unwilling to help her so she investigates her husband's death, tracking down his fellow soldiers and unraveling a Rashomon-like story of what might have really happened to him.
Along with Rob, Chris Stachiw joins Mike to talk about Fukasaku's film as well as Clint Eastwood's Flags of Our Fathers / Letters from Iwo Jima double feature. Subtitler and filmmaker Linda Hoaglund provides insight on Fukasaku's motivations during her interview.
Special Report: Bruce Campbell's Evil Dead II Watch Party
Bruce Campbell provides live commentary on THE EVIL DEAD II on Saturday, April 24, 2021, at 6 PM PST/9 PM EST!
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