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Episode #15 – Roundtable Discussion with The Projection Booth

Episode #15

First Horror Film
“He goes home, back to the cave. The first thing he does, he does a drawing of the mammoth. And he thinks, ‘ Boom! The first monster movie.”

In this special episode, Erik, Nick and Chris have a roundtable with Mike White and Rob St. Mary, hosts of the fantastic The Projection Booth podcast. The guys all discuss the question on whether or not film is still relevant. Over the last decade, technological, social, economic and aesthetic changes have forced filmmakers, studios, audiences, critics and scholars to address not only how cinema as an art form has been altered (especially with regards to its consumption), but how it remains germane in society’s collective conscious. No other art form has the potential to touch us in the same manner as cinema so the discussion is both timely and engaging.

Links:

The Projection Booth podcast

Why Does Film Matter? – a pdf from Intellect Publishing that helped guide our discussion and gives perspectives from important writers and filmmakers on this topic.

Steven Soderberg’s Impassioned Plea for Common Sense in the Industry: 

Episode #13 – 007 James Bond Special & Skyfall Revisited

Episode #13

Note:  We had severe audio difficulties that were unknown to us until we were in post.  As a result, we have had to makes some edits to the content.  We sincerely apologize for this calamity and are taking measures to ensure that this does not happen again.

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2012 marked the 50th Anniversary of James Bond on Film.  Join Erik, Nick and Chris they discuss all things Bond: the legacy and continuing relevance of this famed literary and cinematic character.  As a lifelong Bond fanatic, I (Nick) am very proud of our discussion (audio warts and all) and our discussion of last year’s spectacular SKYFALL.  Cue Bond Theme – play us out Monty…

Links mentioned:

Bond at 50 (SFX series – impeccable retrospective)

James Burlingame’s book on Music in Bond films

One of the Bond theme song compilation albums

Alamo Drafthouse Phone Message Video

Articles mentioned in Segment 2 on Audiences in the theater:

Audiences in Horror Films

From Russia with Love isn’t unsophisticated. You are.

Episode #7: Star Trek with Mark Clark

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MarkIn episode seven, we talk to Mark Clark, author of Star Trek FAQ 2.0: Everything Left to Know About The Next Generation, the Movies, and Beyond (Unofficial and Unauthorized), about his books and about the Trek universe in general.

This is also our first completely clean episode. No “F” words or anything else. Don’t get used to it, though.

Links mentioned:

Mark’s blog post about Star Trek: Into Darkness.

“Honest Trailers” Star Trek trailer.

 

That’s a Wrap! Co-host, Nicholas Schlegel, Interviewed about his Forthcoming Book on Spanish Horror

Hello Everyone.

Nick Schlegel here with a link to a wonderful interview I participated in while I was recently in Manhattan for the Music & The Moving Image Conference  While there, my friends Eddie Samuelson and Eric Cohen of The Cinefiles and This is Infamous provided an evening of fine dining and libation–Brooklyn Roof-Top Style!  The result is the above interview about Spanish Horror Films and the Spanish film industry in general during the late 1960s and 70s when horror production surged tremendously during Spain’s new transition from dictatorship to democracy.  I hope you enjoy it half as much as I had making it.  My book is currently undergoing revisions and should see publication early next year.  🙂

Episode #6 – Linklater’s “Before Midnight” and Special Guests Mark Clark & Bryan Senn on their book “Sixties Shockers”

Episode #6

BEFORE-MIDNIGHT-stillsRichard Linklater’s “Before” Trilogy began in 1995 with his magical Before Sunrise, continued 9 years later with his entracte Before Sunset and on June 13th, 2013 we witnessed the release (also 9 years later) of the third installment: Before Midnight.  Join us as we discuss this beloved trilogy of films–their longevity, their impact and the spell that they have collectively cast over us.

sixties shockersAnd, in segment two, Nick interviews authors Mark Clark and Bryan Senn on their collaboration “Sixties Shockers: A Critical Filmography of Horror Cinema, 1960-1969.”  The authors discuss why they chose to undertake the massive project of canonizing this genre in this particular decade, the collaboration process and the possibility of another volume – Seventies Shockers?  Eighties Shockers?  Tune in!!

 

 

 

Links mentioned:

Chuck Tryon’s Review

The Up Series

Episode #5 – Film Adaptations: Our Favorites

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Robert Bloch’s “Psycho” – 1959 (1st ed.)

The translation process from page to screen is endemic to the industry and is of particular importance to the public when the source is a beloved and/or bestselling novel, novella or graphic novel. (Harry Potter, The Lord of the Rings, Little Women, A Clockwork Orange, The Da Vinci Code, Watchmen, 300, Gone With The Wind, Of Mice and Men, Les Miserables, Lolita, etc).  This adaptation process incurs tremendous (and often, misguided) debate as to what was ultimately “better” — the film or the novel, when in fact, comparison of these two very different mediums requires proper contextualization. Our mission in Episode #5 is to each list our favorite three adaptations from novel to screen and also provide a snapshot of what we think makes for an “effective” translation from one medium to another.

Theodore Roszak's "Flicker" (1st ed.)
Theodore Roszak’s “Flicker” – 1991 (1st ed.)

We also take some time to acknowledge some titles that we would love to see successfully adapted into motion pictures (or conversely, fear that they will be unsuccessfully adapted!).  In the case of Nick and Erik, a prime contender in this category is Theodore Roszak’s complex, ambitious and classically “oh-so-hard-to-adapt” novel about the very nature of cinema, 1991’s “Flicker.”  In the final summary, some things are lost in translation and some things are gained.  These are two very different mediums that are often measured commensurately.  When a literary source is adapted into a film, comparisons are inevitable, but in our estimation, it’s not which “version” is “better”, it’s more about whether the story is well-suited for its new cinematic interpretation and is the essence translated from one medium to another?

Links Mentioned:

The Journal of Adaptation

Gods and Monsters: a novel Nick has wanted to read based on the strength of the film:

 

Episode #4 – Film Noir with Special Guest David J. Hogan

Episode #4

That’s a Wrap! proudly welcomes author and historian David J. Hogan to discuss his new book Film Noir FAQ.

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In this episode we talk about film noir as a genre, as well as our favorite film and femmes fatales.

EDITOR’S NOTE: We had a small recording problem that will become evident towards the end of the episode. It sounds like Nick and Erik are talking over David, but this is an error in the recording software. Most of it is fixed, and it is still easily listenable; it simply sounds like we are being rude at times, when we are not.

From the Film Noir FAQ description:

Film Noir FAQ celebrates and reappraises some 200 noir thrillers representing 20 years of Hollywoods Golden Age. Noir pulls us close to brutal cops and scheming dames, desperate heist men and hardboiled private eyes, and the unlucky innocent citizens that get in their way. These are exciting movies with tough guys in trench coats and hot tomatoes in form-fitting gowns. The moon is a streetlamp and the narrow streets are prowled by squad cars and long black limousines. Lives are often small but peoples plans are big — sometimes too big. Robbery, murder, gambling; the gun and the fist; the grift and the con game; the hard kiss and the brutal brush-off. Film Noir FAQ brings lively attention to story, mood, themes, and technical detail, plus behind-the-scenes stories of the production of individual films. Featuring numerous stills and postersmany never before published in book formhighlighting key moments of great noir movies. Film Noir FAQ serves up insights into many of the most popular and revered names in Hollywood history, including noirs greatest stars, supporting players, directors, writers, and cinematographers. Pour a Scotch, light up a smoke, and lean back with your private guide to film noir.

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Nick’s Favorite Femme Fatale: Jane Greer

That’s A Wrap! Episode #1

Episode #1

Our first podcast was recorded this weekend. There were a few technical difficulties (we are still learning) but we are upgrading our equipment and expect far less snags with our next show. Nevertheless, the show came together seamlessly and we anticipate years of happy and full episodes with our upcoming guests.

PerksOur fist show is dedicated to Nick’s fierce advocacy of 2012′s The Perks of Being a Wallflower. Nick takes the lead and lays out his argument as to why he feels this is such a profound piece of filmmaking & further–why he had such an intense reaction and connection to it. Erik and Chris lend their comments, critique and reactions to his analysis and then come to offer their own. Where do they come down on their verdict? Tune in!

After a brief interlude, we begin our second segment in which we discuss Roger and debate the career of film journalism’s most famous film critic, the late Roger Ebert of The Chicago Sun Times.  Join us here at the Wrap Party after each episode for links, drinks and fun!

 

Links mentioned:

The Ecstasy of Filmmaker Werner Herzog

Jurassic Park 3D

Why 3D Doesn’t Work and Never Will. Case Closed.

The Tree of Life

Chicago Reader: Ebert Off Camera