Thursday, November 11, 2021

Noirvember Discussions With Mike White & Andrew Nette

I had a blast hanging out with Mike White and Andrew Nette this week on The Projection Booth podcast discussing John Boorman's adaptation of Richard Stark's The Hunter - Point Blank. Mike's had the two of us on the podcast for Noirvember selections the last few years and it's always a good time. For today's Noirvember recs I'm linking to some more Projection Booth appearances with host Mike White and guest Andrew Nette.

Point Blank
episode - We discuss the 1967 John Boorman film starring Lee Marvin as Walker as well as Brian Helgeland's 1999 adaptation of The Hunter - Payback starring Mel Gibson as Porter. We get into the differences between Donald Westlake (writing as Richard Stark's) source novel and the various versions of the movies. Along the way we briefly discuss other Stark/Parker adaptations including Jean-Luc Godard's Made in U.S.A. from The Jugger, Gordon Flemyng's The Split from The SeventhMise √† sac directed by Alain Cavalier from The Score, Taylor Hackford's Parker from Flashfire and John Flynn's The Outfit and Terry Bedford's Slayground from the books of the same name.

To Live & Die in L.A
. episode - Mike and Andrew barely tolerate me while we talk about the 1985 William Friedkin adaptation of Gerald Petievich's novel of the same name starring William Peterson and Willem Dafoe. On the episode we touch briefly on other Petievich adaptations including James B. Harris' Boiling Point from Money Men and Clark Johnson's The Sentinel from the book of the same name. The episode includes a terrific interview with Willem Dafoe.

Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang
episode - We discuss Shane Black's 2005 directorial debut loosely adapted from Brett Halliday's Bodies are Where You Find Them starring Robert Downey Jr., Val Kilmer and Michelle Monaghan. and lines are sharply drawn on the ranking of other Black properties like Lethal Weapon, The Long Kiss Goodnight, The Last Boy Scout and The Nice Guys. These discussions get lively when we disagree. This episode includes a great interview with Shane Black.

White Sands
episode - Nette, White and I on and on about Roger Donaldson's 1992 high desert noir starring Willem Dafoe, Mickey Rourke, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio and Samuel L. Jackson. Nette and I finally agree on something that Mike does not: how absolutely hard Donaldson's remake of The Big Clock - No Way Out - rocks.This one includes an interview with writer Daniel Pyne.

Of course Mike always has great guests on The Projection Booth and covers plenty of other noir films - you should check them out and consider supporting The Projection Booth's patreon.

And Andrew's excellent crime-centric site Pulp Curry ought to be on your regular reading list if you enjoy Hardboiled Wonderland.

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