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May 22, 2024

Episode 686: The Hudsucker Proxy (1994)

Episode 686: The Hudsucker Proxy (1994) Guest Co-Hosts: Rahne Alexander, David Kittredge

Released in 1994, The Coen Brothers' The Hudsucker Proxy stars Tim Robbins as Norville Barnes, a graduate of Muncie Indiana’s business school.  He gets a job at Hudsucker Industries whose CEO, Waring Hudsucker (Charles Durning), happens to join the great hereafter the day Norville begins work.  After a mix-up, Barnes goes all the way from the mail room to the boardroom and becomes the new interim head of the corporation. 

Rahne Alexander and David Kittrredge join Mike to discuss the ins, the outs, and the what-have-yous about this oft-overlooked tribute to classic screwball comedies told only in the way that the Coen Brothers (and Sam Raimi) could tell it.

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Music:
"Spartacus (Suite No. 2); Adagio Of Spartacus And Phrygia" - Aram Khachaturian

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May 17, 2024

The Shabby Detective: Corky Romano (2001)

The Shabby Detective: Corky Romano (2001) Chris Stachiw and Mike White are taking a break between the third and fourth seasons of The Shabby Detective: Yet Another Columbo Podcast and discussing one of Peter Falk's later roles as the patriach of the Romano family which includes Paulie (Peter Berg) and Peter (Chris Penn) along with black sheep Corky (Chris Kattan).

We discuss Kattan's career, the panning of Corky Romano (2001), and some of the films from Kattan's fellow SNL alumni.

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May 16, 2024

Episode 685: The Miracle of Morgan's Creek (1944)

Special Guest: Stuart Klawans
Guest Co-Hosts: Ian Brownell, Otto Bruno

Ian Brownell and Otto Bruno join Mike for a discussion of and his 1944 film The Miracle of Morgan's Creek which stars Betty Hutton as Trudy Kockenlocker, a woman who really helps support the troops going off to World War Two. When she finds herself married to an unknown soldier and pregnant in her small town, she eyes 4F local Norval Jones (Eddie Bracken).

Author Stuart Klawans talks about his outstanding book, Crooked, but Never Common: The Films of Preston Sturges , before the guys also visit Sturges's Hail the Conquering Hero (1944).


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Music:
"Hail to the Conquering Hero" - James Darren

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May 8, 2024

Episode 684: Tango & Cash (1989)

Episode 684: Tango & Cash (1989) Special Guests: Randy Feldman, Peter MacDonald
Guest Co-Hosts: Lizzie Bassett, Chris Winterbauer

Comedy month continues with a film that could be categorized as "pure action" film has a hard time being taken seriously, Tango & Cash (1989). Directed by Andrey Konchalovskiy, Albert Magnoli, and more, the film stars Sylvester Stallone as the stockbroker cum supercop Ray Tango and Kurt Russell as slobby supercop Gabriel Cash. Yes, they're an odd couple of cops who get sent up the river by crime boss Jack Palance.

Chris and Lizzie of the What Went Wrong podcast join Mike to discuss the film while original screenwriter, , and producer Peter MacDonald talk about the making of Tango & Cash.

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Music:
"Tango At The Office" - Harold Faltermeyer
"Bus Chase - Cocaine" - Harold Faltermeyer

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May 2, 2024

Special Report: Spider-Man 2 (2004) (LIVE)

Guest Co-Host: Dan Merritt

As part of #Spider-Mondays, Mike was invited to do a live podcast at the Redford Theatre in Detroit after the screening of Spider-Man 2 (2004). He was joined by Dan Merritt of Green Brain Comics in Dearborn, Michigan. The two discussed director Sam Raimi's best entry in the Spider-series -- if not the best Spider-Man film of the bunch.

Thanks to the Motor City Cinema Society and the Redford Theatre for making this possible.

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Music:
"Spider-Man Theme" - Ugress

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May 1, 2024

Episode 683: Bowfinger (1999)

Episode 683: Bowfinger (1999) Guest Co-Hosts: Kevin Lehane, Rob St. Mary

We’re kicking off a month discussing comedy films with a look at Frank Oz's Bowfinger. Released in 1999, the film was written by and stars as the titular Bowfinger, a struggling filmmaker who, along with his group of misfit artists, makes a movie around the unknowing presence of unstable superstar Kit Ramsey, played by Eddie Murphy.

Kevin Lehane and Rob St. Mary join Mike to keep it together.

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Music:
"The Magic Store" - Paul Williams
"Chocolate Rain" - Tay Zonday

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April 24, 2024

The Chasing Chevy Chase Podcast

The Chasing Chevy Chase Podcast
Mark Begley (Wake Up Heavy), Chris Stachiw (The Kulturecast), and Mike White (The Projection Booth) host the Chasing Chevy Chase Podcast! Join us on an exciting journey through the illustrious career of this comedy icon as we explore his groundbreaking roles, behind-the-scenes stories, and timeless contributions to the world of entertainment.

Each episode of the Chasing Chevy Chase podcast brings you expert analysis, and nostalgic reflections on Chevy Chase's most iconic characters in classic films like National Lampoon's Vacation, Caddyshack, and Fletch.

On our official first episode we're discussing Joe Camp and his Benji Empire which includes the film Oh! Heavenly Dog (1980) in which Chevy plays a private dick who is killed on a case and gets sent back to Earth not as Warren Beatty but Benji the dog.  He tries to solve the case of his own murder and continue wooing Jane Seymour

Episode 0: Foul Play:

Episode 1: Oh! Heavenly Dog:

Episode 2: Caddyshack:

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Episode 682: Demons (1970)

Episode 682: Demons (1970) Guest Co-Hosts: Samm Deighan, Emily Intravia

We conclude a month of discussing Japanese films with a look at Toshio Matsumoto's 1971 film Demons AKA Shura AKA Pandemonium.  The story of the film is part of the fabric of the larger 47 Ronin narrative and is the story of a ronin (Katsuo Nakamura) who is cheated by a geisha and how he carves a bloody path for revenge.

Emily Intravia and Samm Deighan join Mike to discuss this breathtaking, disturbing film.

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Music:
"Shura No Hana" - Meiko Kaji

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