A weekly exploration of the 24 frame per second illusion of motion we call radio.

 

This show was produced by John Schnall, and aired on WFMU for a few years. Here's a list of all the episodes produced, along with synopses, etc.
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The Nutty Professor
The very first episode was devoted to Jerry Lewis, setting the tone for what's to come...

Sunset Blvd.
The Billy Wilder film, with Gloria Swanson and Bill Holden.

Videoboop
This show combined the film Videodrome with Betty Boop cartoon soundtracks.

Hercules in Bayonne
An epic adventure right in our own backyard. Features the hit "No Mortal is Superior to Hercules."

JFK 2 - The Sequel
In which Oliver Stone surmises that John F. Kennedy was never shot, but instead went on to have zany adventures...

Panic In The Year Zero
Ray Milland and nuclear anniolation.

It's A Colorized Life
This one gets to the heart of what the holiday season is all about: endless repetition...

The Lost Weekend
Ray Milland goes on a bender.

Indian Movies
A hodgepodge of indian soundtrack material.

Eureka!
I tried to make this show as incomprehensible as the Roeg film the dialog's taken from. One confused but happy listener got it, and called. The rest simply changed the station...

My Dinner With Henny
This one's a true story, about an aging comic and attempts to animate "doctor" jokes. Take my strife, please.

Who's Afraid Of Virginia Woolf?
Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor, at home with friends.

The Texas Chainsaw Love Story
Love will keep us together...

Spagettio Westerns
Italian western trailers combined with Ennio Morricone's music.

Tex Avery
Cartoon soundtrack stuff.

The Greatest Show On Earth
Actually, the most pretentious Cecil B. DeMille epic on earth.

Freaks!
Todd Browning, via the Ramones

Casablanca
You must remember this...

Mad Love
The Peter Lorre film.

Mad Love part 2
This one's based on a true story of obsessive love and Menudo.

Interview With A Vampire
What, you think he only gave one interview???

Evil Dead Part 2
An epic in modern horror, if you ask me...

Frankenthon
Kenneth Branagh turns to desperate measures to get his film off the ground.

Fly In The Ointment
I climb onto a soapbox for an hour, leaving few stones unturned.

The Day The Clown Cried
Jerry Lewis' never completed political statement painstakingly recreated for radio.

Outtakes
Outtakes from various animated film sound recording sessions, turned into a symphony of annoying noises.

The Last 15 Seconds Of King Kong
Oh no. It wasn't the airplanes. It was beauty killed the beast.

Whatever Happened To Baby Jane?
"I've written a letter to daddy..."

Stuttgart '94
Interviews from a German animation festival.

The Hawaiian Man With The X-Ray Eyes
Ray Milland in a hula skirt.

I Was A Teenage Frankenstein
Notice how these "teenage" films concentrate on weird hair growth and bad skin? What's that all about?

Horror!
Trailers!

Lynch 4 Your Ears
Early David Lynch soundtrack material.

Nauseau
'Nuf said...

The Dark Side Of The Exorcist
1973's two biggest hits in one handy package.

Orlando
Who's afraid of this Virginia Woolfe story? Clearly not filmmaker Sally Potter, Tilda Swinton, Billy Zane, and Quentin Crisp, who plays the Queen of England...

Consenting Adult
An indifferent tv film is given the Midnight Matinee treatment, with delightful results.

Blade Runner: The Director's Other Cut
Alternate editing.

Zombies
The Magic Island, The Serpent and the Rainbow, and commuting to New York from New Jersey.

Myra Breckenridge
Proving that one of the worst films can make a pretty darned uninteresting episode of Midnight Matinee!

Warner Brothers Hodgepodge
A record collection of early Warner Brothers stuff is the impedus here.

The Silence Of The Jams
Drawing from John Schnall's previous radio experiment, the Telephone Jam.

Brazil
Terry Gilliam's epic. No surprises here, but the music's nice.

The Jayne Mansfield Story
Starring Loni Anderson and Arnold Schwartzenegger.

The Itchy And Scratchy Show
A collection of soundtracks from classic I and S cartoons. For the die-hard fans only, alas.

The Sexy Man And The Monkey
The true story of Dean Martin, via Jerry Lewis's autobiography.

The Stand
A Steven King tv miniseries is given the treatment.

Plunderphonic Caberet
"Life is disappointing..."

Bigfoot
Until Steven Speilberg ruined the genre with "Harry and the Hendersons", a movie about Bigfoot was guaranteed to be truly mind-bogglingly awful. Here are some of the most annoying.

Annecy '95
Another animation festival, this time in France.

Inside Job
Readings from a book this time, an expose of the S and L scandal, which just weren't meant to be mixed with music. Neither entertainng nor educational, just like radio should be...

Einstein on the Beach-Blanket-Bingo
Philip Glass scores a Frankie and Annette flick.

A Clockwork Orange
Madness, murder and Beethoven.

Citizen Chang
Two roving reporters use Martial Arts to hunt down the meaning of Chang's enigmatic last words.

A Face In The Crowd
Andy Griffith in a strong early film appearance.

Midnight Matinee Murder Mystery
Who dunnit? Or, more acurately, who didn't have a better idea for a radio show this week?

Street Of Crocodiles
Animated film by the Brothers Quay, and the book it's based on.

Naked Lunch
William Burroughs via David Cronenberg. Exterminate rational thought, gentlemen.

Escalator Over The Hills Are Alive With The Sound Of Music
Carla Bley and Paul Haynes opus combined with a spoon full of sugar, in the most delightful way.

The Christmas That Almost Wasn't
That is, almost wasn't a completely painful experience with the relatives...

Barney And Friends
He's cute, he's cuddly, he sings songs, he stomps Tokyo...

White Narcissus
For those whose best friend is a sheet of glass with silver on one side. No pain, no gain...

Lanza-Mania
Rare and non-existant recordings take us back to those turbulent times when
one man's music was taking the country by storm.

It's A Good Life
The Twighlight Zone episode, done Midnight Matinee style.

I've Never Been To Me
"I've no doubt you dream about the things you never do..."

The Invisible Man: The Musical
What if Andrew Lloyd Weber took a stab at this story?

War Of The Worlds
Imagine if Orsen Welles tried to pull that one off today...

Kafka For Tots
Lotte Lenya reads children's stories, sort of...

Hellraiser
Not for the squemish.

Broadway Danny Rose
"Life is bigger than you and, while I don't mean to be didactic or facietous in any manner, you are not me..."

Jim Carey In The Mask
Portrait of an egomanic.

The Shining
Stanley Kubrick's adaptation of Stephen King's story. A Midnight Matinee favorite...

Gone With The Wind
Frankly, my dear..

My Yiddisha Monster
Be afraid. Oy, should you be afraid... Mel Brooks finds his roots.



The Barber of Seville
This show is based on the funniest joke ever. Find out more from my friend
DEREK.

Cobra
In which Droopy the Dog replaces Sly Stallone, but noone really seems to notice.

Quincy
The famous "punk rock" episode.

Eraserhead A Go-Go
Dance, mutant baby, dance!

King Of Tragedy
Allen Irwin, the king of the disaster film, has seen better days...

Marathon '96
As in WFMU Marathon show. Well, I wanted this list to be complete!

Mad Mad Mad Monster Party
The Ranken and Bass animated film made for a nice post-marathon bash.

9 1/2 Commandments
Slaves to love, indeed...

The Joy Of Painting
Learn painting from a master. Lesson one: Happy Little Clouds...

I, Claudius
The decline and fall of the Roman Empire, via PBS (tote bags optional)

Immortal Beloved Kombat
In this corner, the rulers of the universe. In that corner, a deaf composer...

Terminator Tango
Ahnold learns to dance.

A Touch of Mambo
Charlton Heston as a Mexican? An Orsen Welles classic with a mambo beat.

Dead Alive
"Your mother ate my dog!"

I Was A Teenage Werewolf
In which Michael Landon has a really bad hair day.

Hair
"Remember, I'm not just some hippie living in Central Park, I'm also a client."
Features Homer Simpson singing the title song.

The Making Of Midnight Matinee
What to do when running out of films to rework? Do what the pros do; make a "Making of" documentary.

The Last Wave
Drink up, dreamers, you're running dry.

Barton Fink
"We want that Barton Fink feeling. A lot of writers have that Barton Fink feeling, but you, being Barton Fink, have it in spades. Want a drink?"

ReAnimator Ska
Stuart Gordon's horror classic with a ska beat. Features a song sung entirely in screams. Just right for that frat party at Miskatonic U...

Thelma And Lewis
Two pals go across country fleeing the law. Of course, in this case, one of them is Jerry Lewis...

The Last Temptation Of Bryce
In which a WFMU pre-marathon mailer is left in the wrong hands, resulting in the gospel according to dj Bryce.

Alien Autopsy: Fact Or Fiction?
You be the judge.

Se7en
"What if the Seven Deadly Sins were stranded on a desert island?" And it was just supposed to be a three hour tour...

To Kill A Mockingbird
It's a sin tequila mockingbird...

Vertigo
Hitchcock to make you dizzy, with music by Dizzy.

Davey and Goliath
Now in my day, when a kid's dog starts telling him what to do, we have the kid locked up...

Macarena: The Forbidden Dance
The hits just keep on coming, don't they?

The Manchurian Candidate
Senators, impeachment, dresses stained (with blood...). At least in this version we get cool brainwashing scenes and Frank Sinatra.



Hamlet
Let's teach you mugs some culture...
Starring Larence Olivier, with Alicia Silverstone as Ophelia.

The Wizard of Oz
A girl from Kansas, a dog named Toto, and an obsessive need to loop every bit of dialog that comes along...

The Abominable Dr. Phibes
The movie who's sequel contained Midnight Matinee's closing theme. Some very catchy tunes emerged here.

The Last Picture Show
And, in fact, it was.

Or was it?

I Fall To Pieces: The Patsy Cline Story
In the summer of 2008 WFMU celebrated their anniversary with a week of special programming featuring Radio Greats from WFMU's history. Obviously mistaking "Radio Greats" with "Grating Radio", they invited me back for another episode of Midnight Matinee. Armed only with Patsy Cline's signature song and a listing of Billboard's top hits (the "I" section), I answered the call.

Caberet
Midnight Matinee gives 'em the old razzle-dazzle.

One Flu Shot Over The Cuckoo's Nest
In this episode of Midnight Matinee, Jack Nicholson and company are told to roll up their left sleeves and given a shot of loops and dialog.

(watch this link while listening to the show for a mind-altering experience).

Paris, Taxes
Will Harry Dean Stanton and Natasha Kinsky file their taxes jointly, or separately? Tune in to find out.

The Forbidden Zone
Living in the Sixth Dimension just got a tad rougher. An ambitious episode of Midnight Matinee, featuring cover versions of every major song in the movie.

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Hercules in Bayonne
The Texas Chainsaw Love Story
Casablanca
The Day The Clown Cried
The Dark Side Of The Exorcist
Orlando
The Sexy Man And The Monkey
Einstein on the Beach Blanket Bingo

Citizen Chang
Barney And Friends
White Narcissus
Lanza-Mania
I've Never Been To Me
Hellraiser
The Shining
My Yiddisha Monster
The Barber of Seville
9 1/2 Commandments
The Joy Of Painting
Immortal Beloved Kombat
Terminator Tango
A Touch of Mambo

ReAnimator Ska
Alien Autopsy: Fact Or Fiction?
Se7en
Davey and Goliath
The Manchurian Candidate
Hamlet

I Fall To Pieces

One Flu Shot Over The Cuckoo's Nest

Paris Taxes

The Forbidden Zone

The Jayne Mansfield Story
The Shining
I Was A Teenage Werewolf

Don't Give Me Today's World
No Mortal Is Superior To Hercules

I Fall To Pieces

Hercules in Bayonne
It's A Colorized Life
Casablanca
The Dark Side Of The Exorcist
Consenting Adult
The Jayne Mansfield Story
Plunderphonic Caberet
Einstein on the Beach-Blanket-Bingo
Naked Lunch
Lanza-Mania
The Invisible Man: The Musical
Hellraiser
9 1/2 Commandments
Terminator Tango
Davey and Goliath
Hamlet

The Abominable Dr. Phibes
The Last Picture Show

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