• Gabe Powers

Episode 29: Existential State Manipulation, feat. Jim Laczkowski of Director’s Club Podcast

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What if you could change your physical form with the power of your mind? What if you knew a guy that could alter reality with his dreams? What if you could record your life and death to a virtual reality cassette tape? Worry not, dear friends, because, this month, Gabe and returning guest Jim Laczkowski of the Director’s Club Podcast watched three movies that will answer these and many more questions – Ken Russell’s Altered States (1980), David Loxton & Fred Barzy’s Lathe of Heaven (1980), and Douglas Trumbull’s Brainstorm (1983). Then Gabe found a cool-sounding phrase to describe the whole thing: Existential State Manipulation. It only ended up applying to two of the movies, but just go with it, alright? Awesome.


00:00 – Intro

06:32 – Altered States

43:03 – Lathe of Heaven

1:12:52 – Brainstorm

1:41:07 – Outro



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