August 2016

Es ist etwas faul in der Nachbarschaft - who you gonna listen to? Im neuen Lichtspielplatz-Podcast beschäftige ich mich zusammen mit Dr. Wily mit dem GHOSTBUSTERS-Remake von Paul Feig. Das betrachten wir zunächst mal ganz losgelöst von allem, was davor und rundherum passiert ist - und dann kümmern wir uns um Remake-Fragen, Ikonographie, Forderungen nach "Fandienst" und unsere kollektive Kindheit. Ach ja, und um den gruseligsten Geist überhaupt: Das Internet.

Viel Spaß!

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TALKING PICTURES is an interview series in which I talk to the people behind some of my favorite movies. From cult movie directors to character actors, from seasoned veterans to brilliant newcomers, from celebrated artists to filmmakers who haven't received the recognition they deserve - these folks have made some great movies and have lots of fascinating stories to tell.

Back in the Nineties, I came across a comedy on German television starring Bill Pullman that was called U-BOOT ACADEMY - a film that seemed to be in the same vein as the POLICE ACADEMY movies, with lovably goofy characters and a delightfully silly kind of humor. Even though Michael Winslow had a small part in it, the film actually didn't have anything to do with the ACADEMY series, as I later found out - its original title was GOING UNDER. Regardless of its connection or lack thereof to the ACADEMY movies, I loved the film - its visual gags, its crazy ideas, its Zucker-style absurdity. Pullman was in his wonderful early comedy mode, and the film (which I've always seen in its dubbed version, which adds quite a lot of puns) remains endlessly quotable.

Over the years, I've always kept an eye out for other films made by GOING UNDER's director, Mark W. Travis. While Mark has worked extensively in television and theatre, GOING UNDER remains his only feature film. However, Mark went on to become a well-regarded teacher, doing acting and directing workshops all over the world, and releasing several books on directing, e.g. THE FILM DIRECTOR'S BAG OF TRICKS. You can find out more about him on his website.

After revisiting the film and writing about it (here - a German-language review, though, like most entries in this blog), I decided to contact Mark and interview him about the film. I was surprised to hear that there was a lot of behind-the-scenes drama in post-production, and the finished film isn't what Mark wanted at all ...

The mp3 file can be downloaded HERE.
The Talking Pictures podcast can be found on iTunes: HERE.

Photo of Mark W. Travis (C) Mark W. Travis.
Special thanks to Dr. Wily, my Lichtspielplatz podcasting partner for audio editing. The music was created by Clark Kent.