You can’t keep a good podcaster down! In fact you can’t keep a mediocre one down either, which is why I am once again guest hosting on a podcast that might be new to your ears, The Projection Booth. During episode 35 of their podcast, which is available on their site (click here), iTunes, and other venues, hosts Cashiers du Cinemart‘s Mike White and Mondo Film & Video Guide‘s Justin and I talk about Akira Kurosawa’s 1963 crime drama High and Low. To be honest, I basically talked their ears off about the film since it’s one that, in Kurosawa’s filmography, I feel is simultaneously ignored, but some people consider “genius”. I personally feel that the film falls somewhere in Kurosawa’s second tier of films – listen to the episode to find out which ones I feel are top tier – but one whose value should not be ignored from both a technical standpoint and as an example of a polemical film with its look at the crime of kidnapping and class structure in post-war Japan. Hear more of this high-falutin’ talk by downloading the episode!
I’d also recommend checking out The Projection Booth’s other episodes. They’ve slowly become my favorite genre film podcast because of their informed and light hearted commentary and array of industry guests. Their episode covering Walter Hill’s seminal 1979 film The Warriors alone reunited a good chunk of the movie, if only by voice.