The Projection Booth Podcast

The Projection Booth Podcast

By The Projection Booth

The Projection Booth has been recognized as a premier film podcast by The Washington Post, The A.V. Club, IndieWire, Entertainment Weekly, and Filmmaker Magazine. With over 400 episodes to date and an ever-growing fan base, The Projection Booth regularly attracts special guest talent eager to discuss their past gems, including Elliott Gould, John Waters, Ed Harris, Luke Wilson, Chris Elliott, Ellen Burstyn, Bruce Dern, Nicholas Meyer, William Friedkin, Julie Taymor, Joe Dante, and more. The podcast features discussions of films from a wide variety of genres with in-depth critical analysis.

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Episode 490: Motel Hell (1980)

It takes all kinds of critters to make Farmer Vincent's fritters!Heather Drain and Ben Buckingham join Mike to talk about Kevin Connor's 1980 horror/comedy starring Rory Calhoun and Nancy Parsons, Motel Hell.Connor discusses his work on the film as well as his earlier work while Frank Cotolo dishes about working with Wolfman Jack.
21/10/203h 13m

Special Report: Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated (2010-2013)

On this special episode of The Projection Booth we’re not talking about a movie for once but, instead, we’re looking at Scooby Doo! Mystery Incorporated. It was the eleventh incarnation of the Scooby gang and it ran from 2010 to 2013 with a total of 52 episodes spread over 156 weeks. It was also one of the best and most self-referential animated series that I’ve ever seen. Producer Mitch Watson shares some behind-the-scenes stories about the creation of the show and the challenges it faced. Father Malone (You've Never Seen) and Carol Borden (The Cultural Gutter) discuss the show with Mike.
16/10/202h 55m

Episode 489: The Company of Wolves (1989)

#Shocktober2020 continues with a look at Neil Jordan’s The Company of Wolves. It's a melange of tales based on the writings of Angela Carter which intertwine and layer upon one another. At the heart is a re-telling of the Little Red Riding Hood tale but there’s more… much more… than that.Kat Ellinger and Heather Drain join Mike to discuss the film and women's burgeoning sexuality. This episode features an interview with James Gracey, author of the Devil's Advocates book about The Company of Wolves.
14/10/202h 24m

Special Report: Nightbreed (1990)

On this special episode we’re looking at Clive Barker’s Nightbreed. It’s the story of Aaron Boone (Criag Sheffer). He dreams of a place called Midian, an underground world of monsters. His psychiatrist, Doctor Decker (David Cronenberg) also wants to go there but to destroy all the monster life. Tim Luz and Samm Deighan join Mike to look at the various cuts of the film and its storied history.
09/10/201h 40m

Episode 488: Poltergeist (1982)

We kick off Shocktober 2020 with a look at Tobe Hooper's 1982 film Poltergeist. It'ss the story of a suburban family beset by supernatural forces.Vincenzo Natali and Christine Makepeace join Mike to discuss hauntings, the pedigree of the film, the sequels, and 2015 remake.
07/10/205h 14m

Special Report: The Antenna (2019)

On this special episode of The Projection Booth we’re looking at the 2019 film from director Orçun Behram, The Antenna (2019). The film stars Ihsan Önal as Mehnet, a overseer of an apartment building in Turkey. We begin the film on the day when a new satellite dish is being installed that is part of a new era for the country where the government can now broadcast directly to its citizens’ televisions. Let’s just say that this isn’t the utopia that was promised. Mark Begley and David Rodgers join Mike to talk about this film which plays in select theaters starting October 2, 2020 and digital platforms starting October 20, 2020.
02/10/201h 28m

Episode 487: Fruit of Paradise (1969)

We conclude Czechtember 2020 with a look at Vera Chytilova’s Fruit of Paradise. This may be the most experimental and unusual movies we’ve covered as part of Czechtember. It’s a re-telling of the Adam and Eve story directed by Chytilova and co-written by her and Ester Krumbachova. Kat Ellinger and Samm Deighan join Mike to discuss this experimental narrative and squeeze oranges.
30/09/201h 25m

Episode 486: Birds, Orphans, and Fools (1969)

We continue #Czechtember 2020 with the 1969 Slovakian film Birds, Orphans, and Fools by Juro Jakubisco. It’s a story of three young people in the turbulent year and place of 1968 Slovakia. There are birds, the characters are orphans, and they often play the fool as we experience a slice of their lives. Kat Ellinger and Jonathan Owen join Mike to discuss the film, Jakubisco's other work, and his fellow Slovakian filmmakers.
23/09/201h 32m

Special Report: Forman Vs. Forman (2019)

On this special episode of The Projection Booth, Mike talks to Helena Trestíková (aided by the film's rep, Daniel Vadocký) -- half of the directing team behind the 2019 documentary Forman Vs. Forman -- about her life in occupied Czechoslovakia, her 45 year career as a documentary filmmaker, and the importance of Milos Forman.
18/09/2031m 49s

Episode 485: Morgiana (1972)

#Czechember2020 continues with a look at Juraj Herz’s Morgiana. Released in 1972 the film stars Iva Janzurova as both Victoria and Clara Tragen, two sisters who are driven apart by their father’s will and the jealousy of Clara by Victoria. We’ve talked about Herz in the past including his incredible film The Cremator. And, for as subversive as that film was, it was Morgiana that got him into more trouble. Bill Buckingham and Kat Ellinger join Mike to discuss this wonderfully gothic horror film.
16/09/201h 41m

Special Report: Oldboy (2003)

On this special episode of The Projection Booth we're looking at Park Chan-wook's Oldboy (2003). Based loosely on the manga by Garon Tsuchiya and Nobuaki Minegishi, the film tells the tale of Oh-Dae-Su (Choi Min-sik), a salaryman who gets abducted and held in a cell for 15 years. Just as he's abducted without explanation he's freed just the same. From there the film becomes a mystery where Oh-Dae-Su tries to find not just who abducted him but why.John Atom and Bill Ackerman join Mike to discuss the original manga, the 2006 Indian remake Zinda, the 2013 Spike Lee version, and the Brian DePalma film Obsession (1976).
11/09/202h 2m

Episode 484: Tomorrow I'll Wake Up and Scald Myself with Tea (1977)

We continue Czechtember 2020 with a look at Jindrich Polak’s Tomorrow I Will Wake Up and Scald Myself with Tea (1977). From a script co-written by Milos Macourek, the film stars Petr Kostka as both Jan and Karel Bures, twin brothers, one of who has helped invent a rocket that allows people to travel through time. A group plans to rent out a rocket just for them and, rather than going back to do a little sport hunting in the time of the dinosaurs like Ray Bradbury’s A Sound of Thunder, they want to go back to 1944 and speak to one Adolf Hitler… Jim Donahue and Noel Thingvall join Mike to discuss the film while Jonathan Owen speaks about the strange history of the film's screening on the BBC.
09/09/202h 16m

Episode 483: All My Good Countrymen (1969)

We're doing something a little different for Czechtember 2020 with two commentary track episodes. First up, a discussion of Vojtech Jasný's All My Good Countrymen (1969), a tragic tale of a group of friends in post-WWII Czechoslovakia. Spencer Parsons and Chris Stachiw join Mike to discuss Jasny's lyrical film which was banned by Czech authorities. We also talk about the unofficial "remake", The Moravian Land (1978) and the sequel, Return to Paradise Lost (1999).
02/09/202h 2m

Special Report: Fantasia 2020 Part 1

On this special episode of The Projection Booth Mike gives a few capsule reviews of titles playing at this year's Fantasia film festival: Class Action Park, Feels Good Man, Tiny Tim - King for a Day, Clapboard Jungle, Hail to the Deadites, Monster Seafood Wars, Traveling Cat Chronicles, Survival Skills, Patrick, The Columnist. This episode also features an interview with the director of The Columnist, Ivo Van Aarte.
30/08/2049m 56s

Special Report: Jaws (1975)

Just when you thought it was safe to download a podcast... On this special episode of The Projection Booth we are looking at Steven Spielberg’s Jaws. Based on the novel by Peter Benchley, Jaws is the story of Sheriff Martin Brody -- a former New York City cop who’s moved to the idyllic island community of Amity. All is going well in his white picket world until a Great White Shark picks the waters around Amity as a feeding ground. Jamie Benning (Inside Jaws) and Chris Sasser (Shark City) join Mike to discuss the film that defined what a "blockbuster summer hit" was. Screenwriter Carl Gottlieb (The Jaws Log) and John LeMay (Jaws Unmade) discuss the making of Jaws as well as the many sequels, rip-offs, and inspired films in Jaws's wake.
28/08/202h 57m

Special Report: Amy Stoch on the Bill & Ted films

On this special episode of The Projection Booth, Mike talks to Amy Stoch about her time on Star Search, working with James Arness, and playing Missy / Mom in the three Bill & Ted films. Party on.
28/08/2031m 37s

Episode 482: F for Fake (1973)

F for Fake, the 1973 essay film from Orson Welles is a story of art forgery, the phony autobiography of Howard Hughes, and quite a bit of sleight of hand from our humble narrator, Mr. Welles himself.Peter Flynn and Spencer Parsons join Mike to discuss hoaxes, magic tricks, and the power of editing.
26/08/201h 56m

Special Report: Michael Almereyda on Tesla (2020)

On this special episode of The Projection Booth, Mike spoke to writer/director Michael Almereyda about his latest film, Tesla (2020) which stars Ethan Hawke as the titular inventor. Almereyda's Tesla script was one of the first things he wrote and was initially optioned in the early '80s. But, good ideas never die!
21/08/2028m 54s

Episode 481: All That Jazz (1979)

It’s showtime, folks! On this episode we’re talking about Bob Fosse’s 1979 film All That Jazz. It’s definitely not an autobiographical picture about a choreographer slash director (Roy Scheider) who’s working on his previous film about a groundbreaking stand-up comedian (Cliff Gorman) while rehearsing his next Broadway sensation. It’s definitely not about Fosse facing down the specter of mortality and expressing it the best way he knows how. David Kittredge and Emma Westwood join Mike to discuss the film. Interviews include editor Alan Heim, actress Deborah Geffner, and our old friend Keith Gordon.
19/08/203h 42m

Special Report: Charles Mruz on Gamemaster (2020)

On this special episode, Mike talks with Charles Mruz about his 2020 documentary Gamemaster -- the story of game development, play, and how games bring us together. Gamemaster is now available to rent/buy/stream on most major streaming platforms.
14/08/2029m 16s

Special Report: Morgana (2019)

On this special episode of The Projection Booth we're discussing the film from co-directors Josie Hess and Isabel Peppard, Morgana (2019). It's the story of Morgana Muses, a former housewife who found her path to self expression and fulfillment via making personal, often very adult, films.Lisa Vandever and Kevin Heffernan join Mike to talk about this powerful documentary.
13/08/201h 24m

Episode 480: Enemy Mine (1985)

We’re discussing the 1985 film from Wolfgang Petersen, Enemy Mine. Based on a novella by Barry Longyear, the film stars Dennis Quaid as Davidge and Lou Gossett Jr. as Jerry. The two are of different races -- one human, one drac -- who find themselves stranded on a hostile world.Corine and Tim Luz from the Cinemaspection podcast join Mike to discuss the odd journey of Enemy Mine from novella to finished film including the initial work by original director Richard Loncraine.
12/08/203h 11m

Special Report: Suzi Q (2019)

In a special cross-over with the See/Hear Podcast, we're discussing Suzi Q (2019) a documentary from Liam Firmager about Detroit's own Suzi Quatro, who left the States early in her career and became more of a rock star in the UK and Australia while not charting as high as she should in her home country. She became known more in the U.S. thanks to her many appearances on Happy Days as the character Leather Tuscadero. The film looks at her career overall, showing what a wild ride it’s been. Leon Chase and Maurice Bursztynski join Mike to talk about the documentary, Quatro, and more.
10/08/202h 3m

Special Report: Scott Smith on The Burnt Orange Heresy (2020)

On this special episode of The Projection Booth, Mike talks with author/screenwriter Scott Smith about his latest film, The Burnt Orange Heresy -- an adaptation of Charles Willeford's wonderful book about a sociopathic art critic. Mr. Smith also discusses his earlier work from A Simple Plan to The Ruins to Siberia.
07/08/2020m 31s

Episode 479: Runaway (1984)

We are looking at the 1984 film from writer/director Michael Crichton, Runaway. It’s the tale of Jack Ramsay (Tom Selleck) a member of the Runaway unit who takes care of errant robots. He’s a single dad with a son and a robot at home and a new partner on his team, Karen Thompson (Cynthia Rhodes). He’s put on a case which leads him to the dastardly Luther (Gene Simmons). Carol Borden (The Cultural Gutter) and Josh Stewart join Mike to discuss this quasi-futuristic tale.
05/08/201h 26m

Special Report: Commando (1985)

On this special episode of The Projection Booth we’re looking at the 1985 film from director Mark L. Lester, Commando. The film stars Arnold Schwarzenegger at PEAK Schwarzenegger. The film really defines 80s action movies -- hyper violence, a killer soundtrack, and corny one-liners. The only things missing are gay panic and a good dose of misogyny. Ti Singh (In Search of the Last Action Heroes) and Chris Stachiw (The Kulturecast) join Mike to discuss action films, Schwarzenegger, the unmade sequel, the Russian remake, and more.
30/07/202h 27m

Episode 478: The Lion Has Seven Heads (1970)

We conclude Cinema Novo month with a look at Glauber Rocha’s The Lion has Seven Heads, though, this movie seems to be post-Cinema Novo and wasn’t even made in Brazil. Instead, this film was made after Rocha was exiled from Brazil and shot in Brazzaville in the Democratic Republic of Congo along with help from French and Italian producers. Chris Stachiw and Heather Drain join Mike to discuss this dense political treatise about colonialism.
29/07/201h 5m

Special Report: Better Off Dead (1985)

On this special episode we're discussing Better Off Dead (1985) from writer/director Savage Steve Holland. The film stars John Cusack as Lane Myer, a high school student obsessed with his girlfriend, Beth. When Beth breaks up with him -- throwing Lane over for Roy Stalin, a jock douchebag who can ski the most dangerous mountain around -- Lane attempts suicide several times… like you do in a good comedy. Jess Byard and Mike "McBeardo" McPadden, author of Teen Movie Hell, join Mike to discuss the film and its fast follow-up, One Crazy Summer.
24/07/203h 37m

Episode 477: Macunaíma (1969)

Cinema Novo month continues with a look at Joaquim Pedro de Andrade’s Macumaia. Based on the 1928 Modernist novel of the same name by Mário de Andrade (no relation). Some see the Cinema Novo movement ending around 1967 while others say that it simply entered another phase. Regardless, Macunaima is unlike any other movie we’ve discussed this month so far and it might be in the running as a favorite film overall. It’s wild, colorful, and filled with enough subtext to choke a horse. Chris Stachiw and David Kittredge join Mike to discuss this wild tale of jungle and urban life in Brazil in 1969.
22/07/201h 7m

Special Report: Celebrity Crush (2019)

On this special episode of The Projection Booth, Mike talks to writer/director/actor Oliver Robins about his latest film, Celebrity Crush (2019). The film stars Robins as a celebrity who is kidnapped by an obsessive fan after a one night fling at a convention. Hear the rest of our interview with Mr. Robins on our Poltergeist episode in October!
17/07/2030m 17s

Episide 476: Entranced Earth (1967)

Cinema Novo month continues with a look at Glauber Raucha’s Terra em Transe also known as Entranced Earth or Land of Anguish. It’s the story of the mythical country of El Dorado where the events seem to oddly parallel the political upheaval of Brazil from 1960 to 1966. It was initially banned by the Brazilian government until enough public outcry allowed it to be shown domestically as well as in film festivals.
15/07/201h 6m

Special Report: The Beaver Trilogy (& Part IV) (2000/2015)

On this very special episode of The Projection Booth we're looking at the films of Trent Harris, specifically The Beaver Trilogy (2000) which includes a documentary segment about Utah native "Groovin' Gary" along with two narrative remakes (starring Sean Penn and Crispen Glover in the Gary role). We also look at the documentary about The Beaver Trilogy from director Brad Besser called The Beaver Trilogy Part IV.Bill Ackerman and Rahne Alexander join Mike to discuss the Beaver Trilogy films as well as Harris's Rubin & Ed and Plan 10 From Outer Space
10/07/201h 57m

Episode 475: Black God, White Devil (1964)

Cinema Novo month continues with a look at Glauber Rocha's Black God, White Devil (and its follow-up, Antonio Das Mortes). It's two stories in one as our main character, Manuel, kills his boss and then goes on the run, becoming a follower of Sebastian (the Black God of the title) before eventually becoming a follower of Corisco (the White Devil). Ken Stanley and Chris Stachiw join Mike to discuss Rocha's work before and after the political coup that changed Brazilian history.
08/07/201h 12m

Episode 474: Vidas Secas (1963)

We are kicking off a month of shows discussing the Cinema Novo movement from Brazil with a look at Nelson Pereira dos Santos’s 1963 film Vidas Secas. Also known as Barren Lives, the film is based on a 1938 novel by Graciliano Ramos. It’s the story of a family trying to survive in the scraggly countryside of Northeast Brazil. We join them as they search for a place to live, a way to put food on their table, and how to make enough money to buy a leather bed. Chris Stachiw and Trevor Gumbel join Mike to try and unpack this "First Wave" Cinema Novo film.
01/07/2053m 39s

Episode 473: Can Dialectics Break Bricks? (1973)

Can Dialectics Break Bricks? is the 1973 film from Rene Vienet which is a re-dubbing of the 1972 film Crush. The film re-tells re-tells the story of Crush as the story of a bunch of rotten bureaucrats who have oppressed the working class long enough. The workers look forward to a day when the landlords will all hang, priests will be cut in two and the churches will be burned to the ground. Spencer Parsons and Rob St. Mary join Mike to to discuss the Situationist movement, detournement, and its modern implications.
24/06/202h 30m

Episode 472: Pink Narcissus (1971)

We’re looking at the 1971 film from James Bidgood, Pink Narcissus. It’s a wordless film which tells the story of a young hustler played by Bobby Kendall who engages in a series of fantasies throughout an evening. The film was shot on 8mm but still presents a lush, fantastic color palette and incredible sets that are even more incredible when the viewer remembers that this was all shot in Bidgood’s Hell’s Kitchen apartment. Maitland McDonagh and David Kittredge join Mike to discuss lyrical pornography, New York real estate, and the importance of finishing projects.
17/06/201h 13m

Episode 471: Viva La Muerte (1971)

Jess Byard and Heather Drain join Mike to discuss the Panic Movement and Fernando Arrabal's freshman film, Viva La Muerte. It's the surrealistic tale of Fando, a boy whose mother sold his father out to the fascists during the Spanish Civil War.
10/06/201h 16m

Episode 470: The Magic Garden of Stanley Sweetheart (1970)

Daniel Kremer and Jarrod Labine join Mike to discuss The Magic Garden of Stanley Sweetheart. Based loosely on Robert T. Westbrook’s book of the same name, the film follows the exploits of the unlikely-named protagonist who’s not very likable, Stanley Sweetheart (Don Johnson). He fancies himself an underground filmmaker and Lothario. The film follows him on his exploits as he navigates life, women, and the scene in 1970’s New York. Our episode features interviews with Robert Westbrook, actress Linda Gillen, and actor Brandon Maggart.
03/06/203h 8m

Special Report: Don's Plum (2001)

Bro, on this special episode of The Projection Booth we're looking at the 2001 movie from R. D. Robb, Don's Plum. The film remains officially unreleased in the U.S. while available legally in other parts of the world. The film stars a group of young actors known as "The Pussy Posse" including Leonardo DiCaprio and Tobey Macguire. It's about a group of guys who bring their dates to the titular diner where they talk, boast, and engage in bathroom-bound monologues. Mike Sullivan (Shock Cinema, Cinema Sewer) and Andrew Rausch (My Best Friend's Birthday: The Making of a Tarantino Film) join Mike to boast, debase women, and talk about the history of the film. Producer Dale Wheatley provides insights from behind-the-scenes.
01/06/202h 41m

Episode 469: Lips of Blood (1973)

French Month concludes with a look at Jean Rollin's Lips of Blood (1975). The film stars Jean-Loup Philippe as Frederic, a man who, one night at a party, sees a photograph of a gothic castle that triggers a memory. He suddenly recalls a time when he was young when a young woman gave him shelter for the night. After that he's plagued by visions of her and feels the need to reconnect. Maitland McDonagh and Samm Deighan join Mike to talk about Rollin, cinemafantastique, and Suck Me, Vampire.
27/05/201h 41m

Episode 468: Le Corbeau (1943)

French Month continues with a look at Henri-Georges Clouzot’s Le Corbeau. Also known as The Raven, the film was released in 1943 and made by Continental Films, a German company operated in France during World War II. It’s the story of the small town of Saint Robin which is plagued by a poison pen letter writer who torments citizens with scandalous details of their lives, turning people against one another and casting a net of suspicion across the entire region. Special guest Judith Mayne (Woman at the Keyhole) discusses Occupation Cinema in general and Le Corbeau in particular. Kat Ellinger and Ken Stanley help Mike unpack this incredibly fascinating film.
20/05/202h 21m

Special Report: Time Warp - The Greatest Cult Films of All-Time (2020)

On this special episode of The Projection Booth we’re looking at a new series called Time Warp: The Greatest Cult Films of All Time. Directed by Danny Wolf, the title might tip you off that this is a documentary about cult movies with an audacious title and scope. Rod Lott and Chris Stachiw join Mike to discuss this 5 1/2 hour, 3 part series.
18/05/201h 36m

Episode 467: Last Year at Marienbad (1961)

French Month continues with a look at Alain Renais's Last Year at Marienbad (1961). Based on a script by Alain Robbe-Grillet, the film tells the tale of three characters, M, A, and X, as they wander the halls and grounds of a vast hotel in Marienbad. What are their relationships? What are they doing in Marienbad? How does this film take apart everything that we think we know about narrative storytelling? We'll try to figure some of that out as we go along. Jim Vendiola and Samm Deighan join Mike to discuss this challenging film.
13/05/201h 44m

Special Report: Andrew Ahn on Driveways (2019)

On this special episode, Mike talks with director Andrew Ahn (Spa Night) about his latest film, Driveways. It's a touching story of a mother and son who are cleaning up a relative's house after her death. The son makes friends with their new neighbor, played by Brian Dennehy in one of his final performances.
08/05/2033m 49s

Episode 466: Le Doulos (1962)

We kick off French Month with a look at Jean-Pierre Melville’s Le Doulos. The second of his several and seminal gangster films, Le Doulos is the story of two men -- Silien (Jean-Paul Belmondo) and Faugel (Serge Reggiani). They are denizens of the underworld where loyalty and honor are everything. When a burglary Faugel has planned goes awry he thinks that it’s Silien who set him up. Is Silien the titular “Doulos,” an informer?Samm Deighan and Ken Stanley join Mike to wax fondly about Jean-Pierre Melville and his rich career.
06/05/201h 50m

Episode 465: The Hourglass Sanatorium (1973)

We wrap up Polish Month on the Projection Booth with a look at Wojciech Has's Hourglass Sanatorium. Based on a 1937 book from Bruno Schulz, the 1973 film stars Jan Nowiki as Josef, a man who travels to the titular sanatorium to see his father who is somewhere between life and death. Things only get stranger from there.
29/04/201h 23m

Episode 464: Goto, Island of Love (1969)

Polish month continues with a look at Walerian Borowczyk's Goto, Island of Love. Released in that magical year of 1969, the film tells the tale of a thief (Guy Saint-Jean) on the Island of Goto which is ruled over by Governor Goto III (Pierre Brasseur). After being pitted in armed combat and somehow surviving he is put in charge of the Governor’s dogs, boots, and the killing of flies.Daniel Bird (Camera Obscura: The Walerian Borowczyk Collection) and Kat Ellinger join Mike to discuss Borowczyk's live action feature debut as well as his early shorts.
22/04/202h 17m

Special Report: Banana Split (2018)

On this special episode of The Projection Booth, Mike talks to director Ben Kasulke who's had a long career as a cinematographer, working often with Lynn Shelton, Guy Maddin, and Todd Rohal. Ben's feature debut, Banana Split, is an endearing coming-of-age story and is now available on Amazon Prime.
20/04/2043m 44s

Episode 463: Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (2005)

Released in 2005, Shane Black’s KISS KISS BANG BANG stars Robert Downey Jr. as Harry Lockhart, a two-bit thief who lucks his way into a Hollywood audition which puts him on a very crooked path of playing a detective along with Val Kilmer as Gay Perry. The film pays homage to pulp detectives of old by way of the slick writing style of Black in his directing debut.
15/04/202h 7m

Special Report: The Many Lives of James Bond

On this special report, author Mark Edlitz talks with Mike about his latest book, The Many Lives of James Bond: How the Creators of 007 Have Decoded the Superspy.
10/04/2044m 48s

Episode 462: Third Part of the Night (1970) / The Devil (1972)

We continue Polish Month with a look at two films from Andrzej Żuławski. First up is his feature debut, Third Part of the Night (1970) which is a horror thriller regarding lice, the apocalypse, and doubles. We also discuss The Devil (1972) in which a man jailed for regicide is freed, given a straight razor, and pointed to all the people he feels have betrayed him. Samm Deighan and Rondo-Award Winner Kat Ellinger join Mike to discuss these early works in Andrzej Żuławski's filmography.
08/04/202h 12m

Announcement: Watch Parties during Lockdown

Every Friday while we're in Lockdown, I'll be doing a triple feature of movies over at -- You'll need to download the Kast App and sign up for an account but it's free.
06/04/206m 44s

Special Report: Joseph Lanza on The Texas Chain Saw Massacre

On this special episode of The Projection Booth, Mike talks with Joseph Lanza, author of The Texas Chain Saw Massacre: The Film That Terrified a Rattled Nation.
03/04/201h 2m

Episode 461: Knife in the Water (1962)

On this episode we’re looking at a pair of films from Roman Polanski. First up we’re discussing the 1962 film Knife in the Water. It’s about a couple, Andrej and Krystyna, who run across a young man without a name. After that we discuss another film with a trio of characters, 1994's Death and the Maiden.
01/04/201h 37m

Episode 460: The Cow (1969)

We continue our examination of the films of 1969 with a look at Dariush Merhjui’s The Cow. The film stars Ezzatolah Entezami as Hassan, a man with a very high status in his village. He’s the proud owner of the sole cow. When he goes away for a morning his cow mysteriously dies and the rest of the villagers conspire to cover this up by telling him that the animal has run away. Let’s just say that Hassan doesn’t take the news so well….
27/03/201h 4m

Special Report: Tommy (1975)

On this special episode of The Projection Booth we’re looking at Ken Russell’s Tommy. Released in 1975 this is an interpretation of The Who’s Rock Opera of the same name which stars Roger Daltry as the titular Tommy. After witnessing a scene of his mother and her lover killing his father, Tommy is rendered psychosomatically blind, deaf, and mute. He becomes a wiz at pinball, starts a religion, and is eventually brought low as a false prophet.
19/03/203h 36m

Episode 459: They Shoot Horses, Don't They? (1969)

Our examination of 1969 continues with our first American film we’ve discussed this year, They Shoot Horses, Don’t They? Directed by Sydney Pollack and based on a novel by Horace McCoy, the film stars Michael Sarrazin as Robert and Jane Fonda as Gloria, a pair who get thrown together in a marathon dance contest during the Great Depression.
18/03/201h 34m

Special Report: Covid-19 Update 3.17.2020

Just a quick update about some things discussed on Ego Fest 9 along with some other updates on the show. Unless my health or the health of co-hosts changes, things should go on as planned for the podcast. Here's hoping we can provide some entertainment during this stressful time.
17/03/207m 28s

Episode 458: L'Amour Fou (1969)

Our look at 1969 continues with a discussion of Jacques Rivette’s L’Amour Fou. The story of a director, Sebastien, and an actress, Claire. We watch them work together on the play Andromaque -- seeing the crafting of the production via behind-the-scenes 16mm footage as well as the 35mm film cameras that capture the real behind-the-scenes footage of Sebastien and Claire’s fizzling relationship. Jonathan Owen and Samm Deighan join Mike to discuss this four hour epic which marks a radical change in Rivette's filmmaking.
11/03/201h 47m

Special Report: Ego Fest IX (2020)

Heather Drain joins Mike to take listener questions, rail against the Rondos, and give a peek behind the podcast curtain as we celebrate nine years of The Projection Booth.
09/03/202h 35m

Episode 457: The Big Dig (1969)

Our appreciation of 1969 continues with a look at The Big Dig. Also known as The Blaumilch Canal, the film was written and directed by Ephraim Kishon and stars Bomba Tzur as the titular Blaumilch, an escaped mental patient with a mania for digging. When he finds a jack hammer in downtown Tel Aviv he kicks off a chain of events that demonstrates the absurdity of bureaucracy.
04/03/201h 55m

Episode 456: Fuego (1969)

Our exploration of 1969 continues this week as we head from Europe to Argentina to check out Armando Bo’s FUEGO. It’s the story of Laura who’s played by the one and only Isabel Sarli. She is a woman driven by her passions. After she marries Carlos, played by Bo, she realizes what a hopeless nymphomaniac she is. Heather Drain and Rod Lott join Mike in discussing this South American firecracker of a film.
26/02/201h 17m

Episode 455: Seed of Man (1969)

It's less than two minutes to midnight on the Doomsday Clock. Our Eastern Neighbors are being quarantined from the corona virus. And here we are talking about the end of the world as shown in 1969 by director Marco Ferreri. The Seed of Man / Il seme dell'uomo stars Marzio Margine as Cino and Anne Wiazemsky as Dora, the only lovers left alive after a plague has wiped out most of the world's population. The two live in a seaside home where Cino has a museum of trivial objects. He feels that he has to repopulate the world but Dora has other ideas.
19/02/201h 49m

Episode 454: The Laughing Woman (1969)

Our appreciation of 1969 continues with a look at Piero Schivazappa’s Femina Ridens / The Laughing Woman. Also sometimes known as The Frightened Woman, the film stars Phillipe Leroy as Sayer, the head of a charity foundation, and Dagmar Lassander as Maria, one of his employees. She she expresses an interest in writing an article about male sterilization, he takes that as his cue to invite her to his house and enslave her. What else can a good chauvinist do?Elric Kane and Kat Ellinger join Mike to discuss the film, Niki de Saint-Phalle, Men's Rights, and more.
12/02/201h 27m

Episode 453: Blind Beast (1969)

Our appreciation of 1969 continues with our second look at an adaptation of Edowaga Rampo’s work, Blind Beast. Directed by Yasuzo Masumura, the film stars Mako Midori as Aki Shima, a model, and Eiji Funakoshi as Michio, a blind sculptor who becomes obsessed with her. He and his mother kidnap Aki and keep her in his warehouse studio where the two become engaged in a game of cat and mouse as he tries to create a new form of art that only the blind can appreciate.
05/02/201h 20m

Episode 452: Horrors of Malformed Men (1969)

Our appreciation of 1969 continues with a look at Teruo Ishii’s Horrors of Malformed Men. Based on the writings of Edogawa Ranpo, the movie tells the tale of Hirosuke Hitomi played by Teruo Yoshida. When we first see him, he’s locked up in an insane asylum. And things only go downhill from there… Ben Buckingham and Jess Byard join Mike to delve into the ero-guro.
29/01/202h 3m

Episode 451: Venus in Furs (1969)

Taking its title from the notorious book by Leopold von Sacher-Mascoch, Jess Franco's Venus in Furs (1969) stars James Darren as Jimmy Logan, a musician who can blow a cool horn. He finds the corpse of a woman he had seen at a party, the mysterious Wanda (Maria Rohm). When Wanda shows up -- alive and seducing -- shortly thereafter, Jimmy becomes obsessed with her, despite his loving relationship with chanteuse Rita (Barbara McNair). Brad Jones and Samm Deighan join Mike to discuss Franco's film as well as an alternate cut of the movie along with a few other adaptations of the Sacher-Masoch story.
22/01/201h 24m

Episode 450: Porcile (1969)

Our examination of 1969 continues with a look at Pier Paolo Pasolini's Porcile. Based on a play Pasolini wrote, the film cross-cuts between an Italian enclave in Germany in 1967 and a rogue cannibal in an unknown time around Mt. Etna. Ken Stanley and Jonathan Owen join Mike to dissect this oblique film.
16/01/201h 45m

Episode 449: Z (1969)

Based on a book by Vasilis Vasilikos, Costa-Gavras’s Z (1969) stars Yves Montand as a political activist who is killed after a rally. The film also stars Jean-Louis Trintignant as the investigator of the incident who manages to uncover a vast conspiracy.Keith Gordon and Eric Cohen join Mike to discuss this political thriller which is a thinly veiled re-telling of the events in Greece of 1963 and the assassination of Grigoris Lambrakis.
08/01/201h 16m

Episode 448: Eros + Massacre (1969)

We're kicking off our discussion of the films of 1969 with a look at Yoshishige Yoshida's Eros + Massacre. The film tells two parallel stories - one in the early 1920s and the other in contemporary 1969. Samm Deighan and Chris Stachiw join Mike to smugly discuss the film. We're joined by special guest Professor Dick Stegewerns author of Kiju Yoshida and ATG - The Reluctant Partner.
01/01/202h 4m

Special Report: Brainstorm (1983)

For the last episode in our Sci-Fi December series it's a five hour journey into Douglas Trumbull's Brainstorm (1983) which stars Christopher Walken as scientist Michael Brace who has helped in the discovery of a new technology that records the sensations of a person and allows for playback directly into another person's brain. Interviews include Trumbull, actress Louise Fletcher, screenwriters Bruce Joel Rubin, Philip Messina, Robert Stitzel, and author Joseph Maddrey. Co-hosts Samm Deighan and David Kittredge join Mike to discuss the film, the tragedy that overshadowed it, and its spiritual sequel, Strange Days (1995).
30/12/195h 16m

Episode 447: Kin-Dza-Dza (1986)

Sci Fi December continues with a look at the 1986 film from Georgiy Daneliya, Kin Dza Dza. It’s the story of two men who are transported to the planet Pluke where they have to navigate the barren landscape and strange cultures of the people there. Jennifer Handorf and Dan Martin join Mike to unpack the rituals and anthropological implications of Pluke as well as dicuss the 2013 animated remake, Ku! Kin-Dza-Dza.
25/12/191h 33m

2019 Year End Music Mix

It's that time! Here's the 2019 Year End Music Mix that was inspired by episodes of The Projection Booth from the last year. Find the full track listing at Rock on Detroit, Rock on Chicago, Wheaties: The Breakfast of Champions.
20/12/193h 14m

Episode 446: Millennium (1989)

Sci-Fi December rolls along with a look at 1989’s Millennium. Directed by Michael Anderson, the film stars Kris Kristofferson as an airline disaster investigator who stumbles onto something unexpected at the site of a mid-air collision. It will lead him into a tangled web of time traveling shenanigans. Jedidiah Ayres and Chris Bricklemyer join Mike to discuss the film, John Varley's source novel, and more.
18/12/191h 8m

Episode 445: Creation of the Humanoids (1960)

Sci-Fi December continues with a look at The Creation of the Humanoids. Copyrighted 1960, the film was directed by Wesley Barry and written by Jay Simms. It plays like a stage play about a post-Apocalyptic world in which androids are a large part of society and human beings fear being replaced by them.Jennifer Handorf and Dan Martin join Mike to discuss the film, science fiction as allegory, and intentional versus accidental genius.
11/12/191h 30m

Episode 444: The Man Who Fell to Earth (1976)

We kick off sci-fi December with a look at Nicolas Roeg’s The Man Who Fell to Earth (1976). Based on the book by Walter Tevis, the film stars David Bowie as Thomas Jerome Newton, a strange man who appears in the office of a patent attorney with some big ideas that help him start on the road to untold wealth. Along the way he meets colorful characters such as Candy Clark as Mary Lou, a hotel worker, and Rip Torn, as Professor Bryce, a lascivious pedagogue. Samm Deighan and Skizz Cyzyk join Mike to discuss the film. Interviews include Candy Clark, Sam Umland and Susan Compo.
04/12/193h 5m

Special Report: Stew Buck on Uncovering Wolfen

On this special episode Mike talks to Stew Buck, the writer/director/producer of a pair of upcoming documentaries -- A World War II Fairy Tale: The Making of Michael Mann's "The Keep" and Uncovering Wolfen.
01/12/1933m 42s

Episode 443: Double Indemnity (1944)

Noirvember 2019 wraps up with Billy Wilder's Double Indemnity (1944). With a screenplay co-written by Wilder and Raymond Chandler and based on a story by James M. Cain, the film is one of the seminal works of film noir. It stars Fred MacMurray as fast-talking Walter Neff, an insurance agent who gets played for a dope by a dame. The dame in question, Phyllis Dietrichsen, is played by the one and only Barbara Stanwyk. The two cook up an insurance scam to pay off big after they bump off her husband. Keith Gordon and Kat Ellinger join Mike to discuss Double Indemnity, it's 1973 remake, the adult adaptation Eruption (1977), Body Heat (1981), and the Body Heat/Double Indemnity mash-up, Jism (2003).
27/11/191h 47m

Episode 442: The Conversation (1974)

Noirvember 2019 continues with a look at The Conversation (1974). Sandwiched between the first two Godfather films, The Conversation is writer/director Francis Ford Coppola’s paean to European art films of the 1960s, most notably Antonioni’s Blow-Up. Instead of swinging London, however, The Conversation is set in San Francisco and stars Gene Hackman as Harry Caul, a schlubby nudnik whose life revolves around audio surveillance, his own privacy, and violating the privacy of others. Vincenzo Natali (In the Tall Grass) and Jamey Duvall (Movie Geeks United) join Mike to discuss the film and its spiritual sequel Enemy of the State.
20/11/191h 43m

Special Report: Overwhelm the Sky (2019)

Daniel Kremer returns to the Projection Booth as a director rather than a co-host with a discussion of his film Overwhelm the Sky (2019) along with the film's lead actor, Alexander Hero.
16/11/1954m 7s

Episode 441: The Reckless Moment (1949)

We continue Noirvember 2019 with a look at Max Ophul’s The Reckless Moment. Released in 1949, the film tells the story of Lucia Harper (Joan Bennett), a mother who’s out to protect her family from the forces of evil including Ted Darby, a swindler who’s making moves on her 17 year old daughter. Mrs. Harper will go to extremes to keep her family safe. Cullen Gallagher and Samm Deighan join Mike to discuss the film. Our interview this week is with Lutz Bacher, author of Max Ophuls in the Hollywood Studios.
13/11/192h 26m

Episode 440: The Big Combo (1955)

We kick-off Noirvember 2019 with a look at Joseph H. Lewis’s The Big Combo (1955). Written by Philip Yordan, the film stars Cornel Wilde as Lt. Leonard Diamond. He’s a cop with a soft spot for Susan Lowell (Jean Wallace), the main squeeze of Mr. Brown (Richard Conte). Diamond and Brown play a strange game of cat and mouse as Diamond seems to pursue justice while Brown is a psychopathic thug who thinks he’s anything but. Jedidiah Ayres and Brian Hoyle join Mike to discuss the film and posit just what that big combo of the title can mean.
06/11/191h 44m

Special Report: Another State of Mind (1984)

The 1984 film from Adam Small and Peter Stuart, Another State of Mind, documents an international tour by two west coast punk bands, Youth Brigade and Social Distortion; capturing the attitudes, ethos, and lifestyles of the time.
01/11/192h 42m

Special Report: Messiah of Evil (1973)

On a very special episode of The Projection Booth, Bill Ackerman and Maitland McDonagh join Mike to discuss Willard Huyck and Gloria Katz's Messiah of Evil. Released under a number of titles (including The Second Coming), the film is a creepy, atmospheric horror film about a young woman who goes in search of her father only to find something far-more-sinister than she could have ever imagined.
31/10/192h 18m

Episode 439: Dead Heat (1988)

We wrap up #Shocktober2019 with an episode on Mark Goldblatt’s 1988 film Dead Heat. The film stars Treat Williams as Roger Mortis who, along with his partner Doug Bigelow (Joe Piscopo) investigate a perplexing case that throws them into the world of the supernatural.
30/10/193h 1m

Episode 438: Rosemary's Baby (1968)

#Shocktober2019 continues with a look at Roman Polanski's Rosemary's Baby (1968). Based very faithfully on the book by Ira Levin, the film stars Mia Farrow as the titular Rosemary who, with her husband Guy (John Cassavetes) move to a new apartment in New York where some strange things play out. Suzen Tekla Kruglinska and Kat Ellinger join Mike to talk about this seminal film as well as its made-for-TV sequel movie, unrelated sequel book, and TV remake.
23/10/192h 29m

Music Mix: Rosemary's Baby

A music mix to go along with our Rosemary's Baby episode. For the full playlist see
22/10/191h 13m

Episode 437: Wolfen (1981)

#Shocktober2019 continues with a look at the 1981 movie from director Michael Wadleigh, Wolfen. Based loosely on the 1978 book by Whitley Streiber, the film stars Albert Finney as Dewey Wilson, a world weary New York City cop who is assigned the macabre murder of real estate mogul Peter Vanderveer. Initially thought to be a terrorist plot, Wilson is assigned a psychologist, Neff (Diane Venora), to aid in his pursuit. They soon learn that they’re facing something much more sinister… and much older… Stephen Graham Jones (Mongrels) and Jedidiah Ayres (Peckerwood) join Mike to discuss the film along with author Whitley Strieber, producer Rupert Hitzig, director John D. Hancock, and composer Craig Safan.
16/10/193h 24m

Special Report: Candice (2019)

On this special episode of The Projection Booth, Mike talks with filmmaker Sheona McDonald about her work including her latest documentary, Candice, all about the life of feminist, actress, filmmaker, and activist Candida Royalle (nee Candice Marion Vadala). Learn more at
15/10/1928m 10s

Special Report: Always in Season (2019)

On this special episode of The Projection Booth, Mike talks to filmmaker Jacqueline Olive about her documentary Always in Season (2019) which tells the stories of Lennon Lacy, a young man found hanging near his home in 2014, as well as historic cases of lynchings from America's not-so-distant past.
12/10/1937m 27s

Episode 436: Fade to Black (1980)

#Shocktober2019 continues with a look at the 1980 film from director Vernon Zimmerman, Fade to Black. The film stars Dennis Christopher as Eric Binford, a youth who spends too much of his time watching and obsessing about movies. Unfortunately, Eric’s a little mentally unstable thanks in part to his family which consists of his harridan Aunt Stella. Heather Drain and Bill Ackerman join Mike to discuss the film. Interviews include stars Dennis Christopher and Tim Thomerson, composer Craig Safan, and producer Irwin Yablans. Betcha didn't know that, did ya?
09/10/194h 12m

Special Report: Die Laughing (1980)

On this special episode, Maurice Bursztynski and David Kettridge join Mike to discuss the 1980 film Die Laughing. It stars Robbie Benson as Pinsky -- a cab driver by day and folk singer/songwriter by night who gets involved in a web of international intrigue when a secret-bearing monkey comes into his life. Director Jeff Werner and co-star Carel Struycken share their experiences working on the film.
04/10/192h 41m

Special Report: James D. Stern

On this special episode of The Projection Booth, Mike talks to filmmaker James D. Stern about his work as a producer and director on Broadway, television, and at the movies. Stern has produced works as diverse as Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle, Self/Less, Snowden, Murder Mystery, American Chaos, and Looper.
03/10/1928m 4s

Episode 435: World War Z (2013)

Dahlia Schweitzer and Patrick Bromley join Mike to kick off Shocktober 2019 with a look at World War Z. It's not necessarily based on Max Brooks’s book of the same name though he gets a credit at the beginning. It’s a zombie apocalypse film starring Brad Pitt that takes Pitt around the world looking for the cause of and cure for a zombie plague. Special guest Dr. Sarah Juliet Lauro, author of The Transatlantic Zombie: Slavery, Rebellion, and Living Death, discusses zombies in a global context.
02/10/191h 36m

Special Report: Loves of a Blonde

On this special episode of The Projection Booth, Kevin Heffernan and Samm Deighan join Mike to discuss Milos Forman's Loves of a Blonde. A mix of professional and non-professional actors, the film tells the tale of Andula (Hana Brejchova), one of hundreds of women that work in a factory who is introduced to an "eligible male" via a government-sponsored dance. The track was originally produced for Second Run as the audio commentary for their A Blonde in Love blu-ray release.
30/09/191h 28m

Special Report: Moseby Confidential

On this special episode of The Projection Booth, Mike talks with author Matthew Asprey Gear about his latest work Moseby Confidential: Arthur Penn’s Night Moves and the Rise of Neo-Noir. Gear examines how Penn's film worked among the neo-noirs of the '70s as well as how screenwriter Alan Sharp injected a lot of his biography into the work.
27/09/1940m 4s

Episode 434: Shop on Main Street (1965)

We conclude Czechtember 2019 with a look at Jan Kadar and Elmar Klos’s The Shop on Main Street. Also known as the Shop on High Street, the film was released in 1965 and written by Ladislav Grosman, based on his own story and book. The film tells the tale of Tono, a carpenter who has been refused from working on his little town’s major building project. Instead, he’s assigned to be the Aryan face of a Jewish shop run currently by Mrs. Lautman, a nearly deaf and partially blind widow.
25/09/191h 45m

Special Report: 3 Days with Dad (2019)

On this special report, Mike talks to actress Lesley Ann Warren and writer/director/producer/actor Larry Clarke about the new film 3 Days with Dad.
24/09/1953m 11s

Special Report: Yannick Bisson on Hellmington

Known chiefly for the role he's played for over a decade, the Victorian Toronto detective Murdoch, Yannick Billson speaks to Mike about his role in the popular TV show as well as some of his other work including the 2018 horror film Hellington and 2019's A Perfect Plan.
19/09/1915m 57s

Episode 433: The Joke (1969)

Czechtember 2019 continues with a look at Jaromil Jires’s The Joke. Shot in 1968 and released in 1969, the film was adapted by Jires and Milan Kundera, the author of the book of the same name. It tells the tale of Ludvik who was ousted from the Communist party after the youthful indiscretion of making a joke. He spends the rest of his life feeling the effects of this including hatching a plan for revenge on the university student who ousted him that takes 15 years to fulfill.
18/09/191h 11m

Special Report: D. Harlan Wilson on J.G. Ballard

As part of the University of Illinois's Masters of Modern Science Fiction series, D. Harlan Wilson has written a literary biography of J.G. Ballard examining the themes and progression of Ballard's fiction and (fictional) biographical work.
17/09/1959m 4s

Special Report: Ego Fest 8

It's time for Ego Fest 8 in which Mike answers your burning questions, get some advice and then promptly ignores it, and gives thanks to the Projection Booth's Patreon donors.
15/09/1947m 50s

Episode 432: The Ear (1970)

Banned before it was even released, Karel Kachyňa’s The Ear is a study in paranoia. When Anna and Ludvic return home from a party they find that their front gate is unlocked and their home is open. Someone's been there but they don't know who or why and they spend the rest of the night trying to figure out if they will be part of the recent purge within The Party.
11/09/191h 46m

Special Report: Jeffrey Combs in Nevermore

On this special episode of The Projection Booth, Mike talks to Jeffrey Combs about his one man play Nevermore, an evening with Edgar Allan Poe. Mr. Combs will be performing the play at the Sleepy Hollow Film Festival on Saturday October 12 2019. Find out more at
09/09/1932m 15s

Special Report: More American Graffiti (1979)

Released in 1979, Bill Norton’s More American Graffiti reunites most of the original cast of George Lucas’s 1973 film save for Richard Dreyfus. Rather than looking at a single night, the film spans four New Years Eves across the lives of five main characters.
08/09/192h 17m

Episode 431: End of August at the Hotel Ozone (1967)

We’re kicking off Czechtember 2019 with a look at Jan Schmidt’s End of August at the Ozone Hotel. Released in 1967 the film is another in a collaboration between Schmidt and screenwriter Pavel Juracek who we discussed on our Case for a Rookie Hangman episode. Juracek wrote the screenplay which has a group of women trying to survive in the post nuclear apocalypse. The film moves at a slow but determined pace and should not be viewed if you’re sensitive to animal cruelty.
04/09/1952m 1s

Special Report: The Power of Grayskull

On this special episode of The Projection Booth, Mike talks to Randall Lobb the co-director of Power of Grayskull: The Definitive History of He-Man and the Masters of the Universe. Lobb has already directed a documentary on the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and is working on a Conan documentary, A Riddle of Steel. Learn more at
02/09/1956m 42s

Episode 430: The Fall (2008)

Released in 2008, Tarsem Singh's The Fall is a very loose remake of the 1981 Bulgarian film Yo Ho Ho. The film stars Lee Pace as Roy, a stunt man who’s had an accident that has left him paralyzed from the waist down. While at the hospital he befriends a little girl named Alexandria who’s played by Catinca Untaru. The film goes between the two of them at the hospital and a wild world of imagination crafted by the pair as a way to keep their minds off their boredom and pain.
29/08/192h 43m

Episode 429: Plump Fiction (1997)

Based loosely on Quentin Tarantino and Roger Avary’s Pulp Fiction, Plump Fiction (1997) stars Paul Dinello and Tommy Davidson as a salt and pepper hit man team. Dinello has been asked by his boss to take out the boss’s wife, Mimi Hungry -- played by Julie Brown -- to show her a good time.
24/08/191h 34m

Episode 428 - The Apocalypse Series (1998-2001)

Dan Martin and Jennifer Handorf join Mike to discuss a quartet of films made between 1998 and 2001; Caught in the Eye of the Storm, Revelation, Tribulation, and Judgement. They tell a sprawling tale of the biblical End Times from the Rapture to the rise of the AntiChrist. There's also some Virtual Reality and Mr. T thrown in for good measure.
16/08/193h 4m

Episode 427: The Secret of NIMH (1982)

Based on a book by Richard C. O’Brien, Don Bluth's Secret of NIMH (1982) is the animated tale of Mrs. Brisby, the widow with several children, one of whom is very sick and can not be moved. This is a problem as the Brisby family needs to move due to the impending plowing of their home.
11/08/192h 22m

Episode 426: Solaris (1972)

Released in 1972, Andrei Tarkovsky's Solaris is the second of three adaptations of Stanislav Lem's 1961 book of the same name. The film tells the tale of Kris Kelvin (Donatas Banionis) who travels to a station orbiting the planet Solaris, a sentient ocean that seems to be able to read the unconscious thoughts of those on the station and conjure up living embodiments of someone from the astronauts' past, with varying results.Keith Gordon and Rob St. Mary return to The Projection Booth to discuss the Tarkovsky film, the 1968 TV movie, and the Steven Soderbergh adaptation.
31/07/191h 59m

Special Report: Solo - A Star Wars Story (2018)

Ron Howard's Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018) is the origin story of Han Solo (Alden Ehrenreich) when he was a little scamp on Corellia and all the things that put him on the path to be the Han Solo we all loved... before he was horrifically murdered by his own son.Chris Bricklemyer and Josh Stewart join Mike to discuss the oft-maligned and troubled Star Wars film. VFX Supervisor and Co-Producer Rob Bredow talks about his book Making Solo: A Star Wars Story.This episode uses clips from MauLer's Solo "review".
28/07/192h 4m

Episode 425: It Happened Here (1964)

Kevin Brownlow and Andrew Mollo’s It Happened Here tells the story of Pauline, a nurse who lives in a world where the Nazis took over the UK during World War II. At first she goes along with the rule of the Reich until she witnesses -- and unwittingly participates in -- their cruelty, prompting her to join the British Resistance. Wynter Tyson and Caelum Vatnsdal join Mike to discuss alternate histories, Sinclair Lewis's It Can't Happen Here, and when fascist aliens took over the United States.This episode features the first part of our interview with cinematographer Peter Suschitzky.
24/07/191h 51m

Episode 424: Krull (1983)

Released in 1983, Krull was directed by Peter Yates and written by Stanford Sherman. The film stars Ken Marshall as Colwyn, a somewhat brash young warrior who is betrothed to Lysette Anthony as Lyssa. The two are to form an alliance between two kingdoms -- to unite their armies in hopes of defeating The Beast and his Slayers, ruthless extra terrestrials bent on taking over their world. But when their wedding is crashed, Lyssa is taken and Corwyn has to lead a rag tag group to rescue her.Noel Thingvall and Samm Deighan join Mike to discuss the storied production of Krull as well as other fantasy films of the early '80s including The BeastMaster, Dragonslayer, Willow, Legend and more.This episode features the second half of our interview with cinematographer Peter Sushitzky.Dedicated to the memory of Freddie Jones.
17/07/191h 51m

Special Report: Film Safari 2019

On this special episode of The Projection Booth, Mike talks to film freak Andrew Leavold (The Search For Weng Weng, The Last Pinoy Action King) who wants to be your guide for some far-out movie locations. Hear his pitch for two "Film Safaris" to Mexico and Spain where you can walk in the same steps of The Man with No Name or your favorite lucha libre. Listen to the episode, watch the video, and drop Andrew an email at andrewleavold@gmail.com
16/07/1931m 17s

Episode 423: Annihilation (2018)

Writer/director Alex Garland's Annihilation (2018) stars Natalie Portman as Lena, a biologist, who has lost her husband to a place called Area X. She is a part of a team that goes into Area X, perhaps in search of answers, or for something more. Tony Black and Chris Stachiw join Mike to discuss the film, its odd release, and much more.
10/07/191h 42m

Episode 422: The Omega Man (1971)

Boris Sagal's The Omega Man (1971) stars Charlton Heston as Robert Neville -- possibly the last man on earth after a plague which has killed the majority of the population, leaving pockets of albino mutants who can’t stand the sun. They’re known as The Family and lead by the one and only Anthony Zerbe as Matthias. They’ve vowed to kill Neville if it’s the last thing they do…Maurice Bursztynski and Andrew Nette join Mike to discuss The Omega Man as well as the two other filmed adaptations of Richard Matheson's I Am Legend. Joyce Corrington (The Omega Man) and Mark Protosevich (I Am Legend) discuss adapting Richard Matheson's work for the screen.
03/07/193h 35m

Episode 421: Belladonna of Sadness (1973)

Released in 1973. Eiichi Yamamoto’s Belladonna of Sadness is an animated story of Jeanne and Jean, two poor young people in France during the Middle Ages who get married. However, when the Jean can’t pay the local ruler ten cows in tribute for their wedding, the ruler decides to take his payment out of Jeanne via by deflowering her. This sets the tone for the film and our young couple’s relationship. Hell's Belles Heather Drain and Kat Ellinger join Mike to discuss the film, feminism, witchcraft, and self-empowerment.
26/06/191h 28m

Episode 420: But I'm A Cheerleader (1999)

We're looking at Jamie Babbit’s But I’m A Cheerleader. Released in 1999, the film stars Natasha Lyonne as Megan, the titular cheerleader who seems to have some very “unnatural urges” according to her parents, teachers, and friends. She’s sent to a camp where she gets re-educated in the ways of heterosexuality.
19/06/191h 41m

Special Report: The Lavender Scare (2019)

On this special episode of The Projection Booth, Mike talks to Josh Howard the director of The Lavender Scare (2019) a documentary about the systematic purge of gays and lesbians from the government in the 1950s and how the injustices they faced helped spur the Gay Liberation Movement. Learn more at
18/06/1919m 50s

Episode 419: Minority Report (2002)

We conclude our back to back discussions of Philip K Dick adaptations with a look at 2002’s Minority Report. Directed by Steven Spielberg, the film was originally set as a sequel to Total Recall (1990). It's the story the chief of pre-crime (Tom Cruise) -- a unit of the police that uses psychics to arrest people before they commit the crimes they are predicted to do. When he's fingered for an impending murder of a man he doesn't even know, things get complicated. Tim and Corinne Luz of the Cinemaspection podcast join Mike to discuss the film. Screenwriter Scott Frank talks about his work on the film as well as his work on The Wolverine, Logan, The Lookout, Hoke, and more.
12/06/192h 34m

Episode 418: Total Recall (1990)

We’re kicking off back to back discussions of Philip K Dick adaptations with a look at 1990’s Total Recall. Directed by Paul Verhoeven, the film spent years in turnaround until Arnold Schwarzenegger was attached and got the thing made. It's the story of a common construction worker who dreams of life on Mars. When he learns of a procedure that can implant memories of being on Mars, things get a little complicated. Rob St. Mary and Jedidiah Ayres join Mike to discuss the complicated road which Total Recall took to get to the silver screen. Screenwriter Gary Goldman reveals how he helped shape the film to make it the success it ultimately became.
05/06/192h 57m

Episode 417: Emperor of the North Pole (1973)

Based loosely on the writings of Jack London and Leon Ray Livingston, Robert Aldrich's Emperor of the North Pole (1973) tells the story of two hobos in the American Northwest during the depression -- A Number One (Lee Marvin) and Cigaret (Keith Carradine). The two have a very uneasy relationship with one another and a completely antagonistic relationship with Shack (Ernest Borgnine), a railwayman who doesn’t want any freeloaders on his train.
28/05/191h 13m

Special Report: Taking Tiger Mountain Revisited (2019)

On this special episode of The Projection Booth we’re looking at the 2019 film Taking Tiger Mountain Revisited. It’s an update of the 1983 film Taking Tiger Mountain which stars a young Bill Paxton as Billy Hampton, a man who’s been brainwashed and sent to a patriarchal country by a group of militant females in order to assassinate its leader and stop the widespread human traffic in which the leader indulges.
26/05/191h 59m

Special Report: McBeardo's Teen Movie Hell

Mike "McBeardo" McPadden has done it again; trawling through the sludge of a film subgenre to find the commonalities while holding up both the gems and the most execrable examples of teen flicks in his latest book, Teen Movie Hell.
24/05/1940m 25s

Episode 415: The Mad Max Series

On this epic episode of The Projection Booth, we remember the road warrior, the man we called Mad Max. In the roar of an engine, he lost everything and became a shell of a man, a burnt-out desolate man, a man haunted by the demons of his past, a man who wandered out into the wasteland. And it was here, in this blighted place, that he learned to live again. Ben Buckingham and Mike Thompson join Mike White to discuss the ever-shifting landscape of George Miller’s Mad Max series from its audacious beginning as a bikie exploitation / revenge Mad Max (1979) to the post-apocalyptic Western Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior (1981) to the troublesome Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome (1985) and concluding (?) with the spectacular Mad Max: Fury Road (2015). Interviews feature actors from three of the four films — Roger Ward, Vernon Wells, Virginia Hey, Bruce Spence, Hugh Keays-Byrne — as well as author Luke Buckmaster, author of Miller and Max.
23/05/196h 45m

Episode 416: Daughters of Darkness (1971)

It seemed a fairly ordinary night when Stefan and his wife Valerie, two young, normal, healthy kids on their honeymoon. They stop in Belgium on their alleged way to England where they check into a nearly abandoned hotel. There they encounter the mysterious Countess Bathory and her assistant Ilona. From there, some strange things start to happen in Harry Kumel’s Daughters of Darkness (1971).
17/05/192h 39m

Special Report: Other Side of the Wind Redux

On this special episode of The Projection Booth we're looking at Orson Welles's The Other Side of the Wind again. Way back in May 2015, four years ago, it was still something of a dream that this film would ever get completed and shown to the world. There were rumors but there had been rumors before. Ken Stanley and Rob St. Mary join Mike to discuss Orson Welles's latest film along with special guests Bob Murawski, Josh Karp, and Joseph McBride.
12/05/193h 26m

Special Report: Other Side of the Wind Redux: Bob Murawski

As part of the Other Side of the Wind Redux episode, Mike talked with Academy Award-winning editor Bob Murawski about his early days in Michigan, working on Sam Raimi's films, Grindhouse Releasing, and more.
11/05/1947m 54s

Episode 414: Outland (1981)

Peter Hyams’s Outland (1981) plays like a Western in space with Sean Connery as Marshall W.T. O’Neil, the head lawman at a rough and tumble mining colony where a mysterious series of deaths puts him at odds with the powers that be.
02/05/191h 40m

Special Report: Cinetopia 2019

On this special episode of The Projection Booth, Mike talks to festival director Ariel Wan about the 2019 Cinetopia Film Festival. The fest takes place in Ann Arbor, Bloomfield Twp, Dearborn, Detroit, and Royal Oak between May 10 - 19, 2019. For more information visit
01/05/1926m 41s

Special Report: A Woman's Work - The NFL's Cheerleader Problem

On this special episode of The Projection Booth, Mike talks to director Yu Gu, former Oakland Raiderette Lacy Thibodeaux-Fields, and former Buffalo Jill Maria Pinzone about the documentary A Woman's Work: The NFL'S Cheerleader Problem which tackles the startling pay inequity of the National Football League.
28/04/1920m 11s

Episode 413: M (1931)

Fritz Lang's M (1931) is the story of a child murderer (Peter Lorre) in Berlin during the last years of the Weimar Republic. When the police fail to capture the terror of Berlin it's up to the criminal underworld to do the job.
23/04/191h 48m

Episode 412: The Passover Plot (1976)

We get passionate about a film with a very inflammatory title, The Passover Plot. Released in 1976 the film was directed by Michael Campus and based loosely on a book by Hugh J. Schonfield. It’s basically another retelling of The Passion PlaySpencer Parsons and Chris Bricklemyer join Mike to talk about Zalman King playing Jesus, Donald Pleasence chewing scenery, and food that's good enough for Jehovah.
18/04/191h 23m

Special Report: Be Natural: The Untold Story of Alice Guy-Blaché (2018)

On this special episode of The Projection Booth Mike talks with filmmaker Pamela B. Green about her documentary film Be Natural: The Untold Story of Alice Guy-Blaché, a look at an under-discussed pioneering female filmmaker.
17/04/1925m 39s

Special Report: The Age of Disenchantments

On this special episode, Mike talks to author Aaron Shulman about his book The Age of Disenchantments: The Epic Story of Spain's Most Notorious Literary Family and the Long Shadow of the Spanish Civil War and the El Desencanto (Jaime Chávarri, 1976). Both the book and the movie deal with the Paneros of Madrid, Spain -- a fascinatingly dysfunctional family.
15/04/1938m 50s

Episode 411: American Tiger (1989)

Sergio Martino’s American Tiger (1989 ) is the story of Scott Edwards a rickshaw driver in Miami, Florida who becomes embroiled in a supernatural mystery involving VHS tapes, Asian mysticism, Jonestown, and the dark lord Satan himself.
10/04/191h 16m

Episode 410: Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988)

Directed by Robert Zemeckis, Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988) is based very loosely on a book by Gary K. Wolf. It tells the tale of Eddie Valiant (Bob Hoskins), a hard boiled detective who gets hired by the head of a movie studio, R.K. Maroon, to take some photos of our titular Roger Rabbit’s wife (Kathleen Turner) playing patty cake with the head of a place called Toontown. It’s a story of intrigue, murder, and animation.
03/04/192h 27m

Special Report: Freep Film Festival 2019

Mike talks with Steve Byrne, Arts and Entertainment Editor of The Detroit Free Press and Executive Director of the Freep Film Festival, the documentary-focused fest that runs from April 10-14, 2019. In the spotlight are films such as Boy Howdy! The Story of Creem Magazine, Bathtubs Over Broadway, and Detroit Tigers: The Roar of '84. Mike is scheduled to moderate the following post-screening Q&As:Thursday April 11 at 9PM at Cinema Detroit: Live From the Astroturf: Alice CooperSaturday April 13 at 6PM at Emagine Royal Oak: Live From the Astroturf: Alice CooperSunday April 14 at 3PM at the Community Arts Auditorium, Wayne State University: Bob Lazar: Area 51 & Flying Saucers
02/04/1929m 6s

Episode 409: Heaven (1998)

Scott Reynolds's, Heaven (1998) is a New Zealand film that features crime, sex, and the supernatural. It's the story of our titular Heaven (Daniel Edwards), a transsexual, precognitive stripper who works for a violent member of the underworld, Stanner (Richard Schiff). Moreover, it’s the story of gambler Richard Marling (Martin Donovan), his wife and her lover, a psychiatrist. And, believe it or not, both of those storylines are all tied together into one larger story.Filmmakers Spencer Parsons and David Kittredge discuss the film with Mike. Actors Daniel Edwards and Jeremy Birchall discuss the making of Heaven while author Chad Taylor talks about the inspiration for his book and revisiting the characters in The Church of John Coltrane.
01/04/193h 15m

Episode 408: Me & Him (1988)

Directed by Doris Dörrie, Me and Him (1988) is based on the novel Two: A Phallic Novel by Alberto Moravia and stars Griffin Dunne as Bert Uttanzi, a man who has a very active relationship with his penis. On the day of his 35th birthday he begins hearing directly from his penis, voiced by Mark Linn-Baker. Bert is an architect who’s trying to get his plans for a new marina built. He’s overly dedicated to his work while his penis tries to get him to care more about the carnal pleasures in life. Heather Drain and Adam Spiegelman join Mike to discuss the film, talking genitals, and the dumb super powers.
21/03/191h 38m

Special Report: The Fly (1986)

Samm Deighan and Bill Ackerman join Mike to discuss The Fly. Released in 1986, David Cronenberg’s film stars Jeff Goldblum as scientist Seth Brundle, a man who meets a journalist, Veronica Quaife (Geena Davis). The film tells the tale of their relationship as they get together and become driven apart after an accident changes Brundle irreparably. Special guests are Emma Westwood, author of the Devil's Advocates book on The Fly and producer Stuart Cornfeld who discusses his work on The Fly as well as Tropic Thunder, Mimic, and more.
18/03/193h 48m

Episode 407: Perfume - The Story of an Murderer (2006)

Tom Tykwer's Perfume: The Story of a Murderer (2006) is based on the 1985 book by Patrick Süskind. The film tells the story of Jean-Baptiste Grenouille (Ben Whishaw), a man born without scent and an acute sense of smell. He goes on a quest to capture the most beautiful scent in the world... David Kittredge and Josh Stewart join Mike to discuss the film and the recent Netflix series somewhat inspired by Süskind's novel. Writer Andrew Birkin discusses the writing of the film.
12/03/192h 10m

Episode 406: Body Double (1984)

Brian De Palma’s 1984 film, Body Double stars Craig Wasson as Jake Scully, an actor in a low-budget vampire film. After a terrifying bout of claustrophobia he loses his job, his girl, and his home until fellow actor does Jake a favor by letting him apartment-sit at a posh pad. As an added bonus, there’s a woman across the way who performs a nightly ritual of self-pleasure and, well, Jake likes to watch.
06/03/193h 19m

Episode 405: Super Fly (1972)

We wrap up Black History Month 2019 with three white guys talking about one of the pillars of the blaxploitation pantheon, Super Fly (1972). Directed by Gordon Parks Jr., written by Philip Fenty, and produced by Sig Shore, the film stars Ron O'Neal as Priest, a drug deal who’s looking to get out of the game. The film was derided for its glorification of drug use and lauded for its soundtrack by Curtis Mayfield. Chris Stachiw and Rob St. Mary join Mike to discuss the film, its two very uneven sequels, and the 2018 remake from Director X.
27/02/191h 55m

Episode 404: Trouble Man (1972)

Black History Month 2019 continues with a look at the 1972 film directed by Ivan Dixon and written by John D. F. Black, Trouble Man . Robert Hooks stars as cool cat Mr. T. That’s T that rhymes with P and this cat is great at pool. He does his business out of a billiards parlor where he holds court like a Sicilian on the day of his daughter’s wedding. Mr. T runs afoul a plot hatched by Chalky and Pete (Ralph Waite & Paul Winfield), a salt and pepper team of criminals who put T on the outs with Big (Julius Harris) and the cops.
21/02/192h 55m

Episode 403: Get Rollin' (1980)

Get Rollin'! (1980) is the story of three very colorful people and their lives in and around a roller rink in Brooklyn; Vinnie Venzerrelli of the "Jigaboo Jammers", Pat The Cat, and Inez Daniels.
13/02/1956m 9s

Episode 402: House Party (1990)

Jay Scott Smith and Patrick Bromley join Mike to discuss the 1990 film from writer director Reginald Hudlin, House Party. Starring Christopher Reid and Christopher Martin, AKA Kid N’ Play, the film is about a House Party and the wild shenanigans surrounding it. It’s also about a lot more than just that and we’ll be discussing the ins-and-outs of the film and the four other films it inspired.
05/02/191h 59m

Episode 401: F/X (1986)

Robert Mandel's F/X (1986) -- also sometimes known as FX: Murder by Illusion -- is the story of Rollie Taylor (Bryan Brown), a movie special effects man who is hired by two government agents (Cliff DeYoung & Mason Adams) to stage the public assassination of a mob boss (Jerry Orbach) who’s turned state's evidence. What better way to keep the mob off the tail than by “killing him”? But things don’t turn out as easy as that.Jedidiah Ayres and Adam Schartoff join Mike to discuss F/X, its sequel, and the spin-off TV series. Special guests include director Robert Mandel, writer Alan Ormsby, and actor Cliff DeYoung.
29/01/192h 50m

Episode 400: The Rutles - All You Need is Cash (1978)

For the 400th episode of The Projection Booth, Maurice Bursztynski and Skizz Cyzyk join Mike to discuss the 1978 made-for-TV movie The Rutles: All You Need is Cash. Directed by Gary Weis and Eric Idle, this mockumentary tells the tale of the incredible smash hit band The Rutles, their meteoric rise to fame and incredible influence on the music business.The Rutles were the brainchild of writer/comedian Eric Idle of Monty Python, Rutland Weekend Television, (and more), and musician Neil Innes of The Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band.
22/01/192h 45m

Episode 399: To Be or Not To Be (1942)

We conclude our discussion about Ernst Lubitsch with a discussion of his 1942 film To Be or Not To Be, the story of Joseph and Maria Tura (Jack Benny and Carole Lombard), two actors in Poland who are in a current run of Shakespeare’s Hamlet though working on a new play called Gestapo. The new play never happens on stage but they’re able to act it out in real life after Poland falls to the Nazis. The film is one of the first films to openly lampoon Nazis, made in a time before Pearl Harbor -- though released afterward -- in a time when mocking Nazis wasn’t as acceptable as it should have been. Recorded at the studios of Podcast Detroit, Paula Guthat, Ken Stanley, and Lutz Bacher join Mike to talk about this stellar comedy of manners. In the first of a two-part interview, Joseph McBride talks about his latest book, How Did Lubitsch Do It?
15/01/192h 11m

Episode 398: Trouble in Paradise (1932)

The first of two episodes focusing on Ernst Lubitsch, this week we're discussing Trouble in Paradise (1932). The film stars Herbert Marshall as Gaston, a gentleman thief who initially connects with Lily (Miriam Hopkins), a highly skilled pickpocket, before the two begin the long con with Madame Mariette Colette (Kay Francis), the owner of a Parisian perfume company. Unfortunately for Gaston, and Lily, and Madame Colette, things aren’t so easy when it comes to the fleecing...Recorded at the studios of Podcast Detroit, Paula Guthat, Ken Stanley, and Lutz Bacher join Mike to talk about this stellar comedy of manners. In the first of a two-part interview, Joseph McBride talks about his latest book, How Did Lubitsch Do It?
11/01/192h 12m

Episode 397: Big Trouble in Little China (1986)

John Carpenter's Big Trouble in Little China (1986) tells the story of Wang Chi (Dennis Dun), a restaurateur whose finance, Miao Lin (Suzee Pai), gets kidnapped by the nefarious forces of David Lo Pan (James Hong), a seemingly innocent old man who is actually the embodiment of the evil spirit of Lo Pan, a demon who needs a woman with green eyes in order to become corporeal again and begin his reign of terror on earth. And, there are some other white people involved in the story, too. Tony Black and Vincenzo Natali join Mike to discuss this bizarre mash-up of Chinese mysticism and American action that only W.D. Richter could write.
08/01/193h 5m

Special Report: Bill Duke

On this special episode of The Projection Booth, Mike talks with writer/actor/director Bill Duke about his new memoir, Bill Duke: My 40-Year Career on Screen and behind the Camera, as well as some of his roles in films such as Car Wash, Commando, Predator, Payback, and more. Learn more at
31/12/1825m 41s

Special Report: Vernon Wells

On this special episode of The Projection Booth, Mike talks with actor/producer Vernon Wells about some of his classic roles -- Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior, Commando, Circuitry Man, Fortress -- as well as his recent work in City of Gold and the upcoming SOS.
30/12/1839m 43s

Episode 396: Fat City (1972)

Based on a book by and adapted by Leonard Gardner, Fat City (1972) was directed by John Huston and stars Stacy Keach as Tully, an over the hill fighter who says he wants to pick himself up and revive his career after he meets Ernie, played by Jeff Bridges, a kid who seems to have a lot of promise in the boxing world. We see their stories parallel and contrast one another as we watch Fat City unfold. Jedidiah Ayres and Heather Drain join Mike to discuss this wonderfully downbeat film.
27/12/181h 37m

Special Report: Surfer© Teen Confronts Fear (2018)

Timon Singh of The Bristol Bad Film Club joins Mike to discuss the 2018 film from writer/director/actor/producer/etc. Douglas Burke,Surfer: Teen Confronts Fear. It's the story of Sage (Sage Burke), a teen who confronts his fear of the ocean with help from the astral projection/squid + electricity incarnation of his father. There's military intrigue, inspirational monologues, and lots and lots of surfing.
25/12/182h 25m

Special Report: The Female Gaze

On this special episode, Mike talks to Alicia Malone about her book, The Female Gaze. Malone has curated an impressive list of films directed by female filmmakers over the first century of cinema.Buy it via Amazon at
22/12/1830m 22s

Episode 395: The Saragossa Manuscript (1965)

Based on a novel from the early 19th century book by Jan Potocki, The Saragossa Manuscript (1965) tells the rather oblique tale of Alphonse Van Worden, a Walloon captain of the guard, and his circular adventures in the region of Zaragoza which is in modern day Spain. Rob St. Mary and Samm Deighan join Mike to discuss Wojciech Has and the multilayered nature of The Saragossa Manuscript.
18/12/181h 7m

2018 Music Mix

Frustrated DJ Mike White returns with a compilation of tunes featured in or inspired by the Projection Booth's 2018 episodes:Name — ArtistChildren of the Revolution — T-RexDemolition Man — Grace JonesKill the Poor — Dead KennedysDream Police — Cheap TrickDetroit Rock City — KISSAntichrist Superstar — Marilyn MansonFiend Without a Face — MisfitsKiss Me Deadly — Generation XEasy Rider, 1970 — Chris SikelianosKnocking On Heaven's Door — Bob DylanFreedom Isn't Free — Trey ParkerThe Last Of The Independants — Rory GallagherFifth Horseman Of The Apocalypse — Ultimate SpinachThe Court Of The Crimson King — King CrimsonMother Sky (Reedited From Soundtracks) — CanMagic And Ecstasy — SnakefingerTheme Of The Mack — Willie HutchPublic Image — Public Image LimitedMr.Vampire Theme — Jie'er ChoirLove & Craigslist — RuthThe Lunatics (Have Taken Over The Asylum) — Fun Boy ThreeVigilante — Front Line AssemblyFly Away — Lenny KravitzThe Look Of Love — Dusty SpringfieldThe Long Goodbye — John Williams / Dave Grusin TrioSleep Walk — Santo & Johnny(The Man Who Shot) Liberty Valance — Gene PitneyPsycho — Eddie NoackDial "O" For Bigelow — Fred LaneAc-Cent-Tchu-Ate The Positive — Johnny MercerGod Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen — Jimmy SmithAnd Her Tears Flowed Like Wine — Anita O'dayIs That All There Is? — Peggy LeeThe Dark Crystal Overture — Trevor JonesSuspiria (Main Theme) — GoblinMarnie — Bernard HerrmannYojimbo Suite — Masaru SatohBloody Christmas — Jerry GoldsmithMaltese Falcon — Warner/Chappell ProductionsFarewell, My Lovely — Yeong-Wook JoL'amour m'emporte, Walze — Veronika KincsesThe Morrow — Michael NymanDita Saxová — Luboš FišerParallax Test — Michael SmallPiece for Tape Recorder — Climax Golden TwinsThe Big Sleep — The GatheringMuse — Nicolas JaarThe Dispute — Vladimír HirschAddio Zio Tom — Riz OrtolaniWinterreise - Zwölf Lieder Von Franz Schubert, S561 - No 12 - Im Dorfe — Franz LisztEnd theme from Scarecrow — Fred MyroEnd Credits — Lalo Schifrin
13/12/182h 48m

Special Report: Ego Fest VII

Answering questions, thanking patrons, giving updates, and talking smack.... it's Ego Fest VII just in time to wrap up 2018.
13/12/1852m 42s

Episode 394: Psycho (1960)

On this episode we are discussing Alfred Hitchcock’s 1960 film Psycho. The film stars Janet Leigh as Marion Crane, an unmarried woman who’s in love with Sam Loomis (John Gavin), a man under the debt of his deceased father and living ex-wife. In a move of desperation, she sees an opportunity to change her circumstances and takes it in the form of 40,000 dollars. Christine Makepeace (The Feminine Critique) joins Mike to discuss Psycho and its legacy, sequels, Turkish remake and more. Alexandre Philippe, the director of 78/52, talks about his fascinating documentary which takes apart the famous Psycho shower scene.
11/12/182h 31m

Episode 393: Roommates (1981)

Co-written by Chuck Vincent and Rick Marx, Roommates (1981) tells the tale of a trio of women trying to make their way in New York City. The film stars Samantha Fox as Billie, a former prostitute trying to make it in the straight world, Kelly Nichols as Sherry, a model from California with a drug problem, and Veronika Hart, as Joan, an aspiring actress from the Midwest. Heather Drain and Ashley West join Mike to discuss this harrowing adult film. Interviews include writer Rick Marx, cinematographer Larry Revene, and star Jane Hamilton (AKA Veronika Hart).
04/12/182h 44m

Special Report: Rüdiger Suchsland on Hitler's Hollywood

On this special episode of The Projection Booth, Mike talks with director Rüdiger Suchsland about his two documentaries; From Caligari to Hitler and Hitler's Hollywood. The films trace the decline of Weimar cinema and the rise of propaganda as the national cinema of Germany during WWII.
29/11/181h 27m

Episode 392: The Long Goodbye (1973)

We wrap up #Noirvember and our Philip Marlowe journey for the year with Robert Altman's The Long Goodbye (1973). Adapted by Leigh Brackett, one of the two main writers from Howard Hawks’s The Big Sleep, the film stars Elliott Gould as Philip Marlowe, a man now out of time with the world. Eric Cohen and Terry Frost join Mike to discuss Philip Marlowe's place in the now and the Japanese mini-series of The Long Goodbye.
27/11/182h 26m

Episode 391: The Big Sleep (1946)

We continue our #Noirvember coverage with a discussion of The Big Sleep. The first proper Philip Marlowe book by Raymond Chandler, it was the second appearance of Marlowe on screen, this time portrayed by Humphrey Bogart.Terry Frost and Eric Cohen join Mike to discuss the pre-release version of Howard Hawks's film, how Bogart portrayed Marlowe, and the 1978 re-interpretation of the source material by Michael Winner. Dahlia Schweitzer returns to The Projection Booth to discuss her upcoming book, L.A. Private Eyes.
20/11/182h 6m

Special Report: Michael Kallio

Local boy Michael Kallio packed up and moved to the big city, Los Angeles, and made good with feature films, shorts, music videos, and more. Hear him talk about his career from being a hand double for John Saxon to working with Bruce Campbell to remastering his early features such as Hatred of a Minute to an upcoming documentary about Gunnar Hansen, My Dinner With Leatherface.
17/11/1842m 1s

Episode 390: Murder My Sweet (1944)

We continue our #Noirvember2018 coverage with the first in a trio of Raymond Chandler adaptations -- Edward Dymytrk’s Murder My Sweet. Based on the second of Chandler's Philip Marlowe novels, Farewell My Lovely, the film stars Dick Powell "as you've never seen him before." Terry Frost and Eric Cohen join Mike to discuss the 1944 film and the 1976 adaptation. Tom Williams, the author of A Mysterious Something in the Light; the Life of Raymond Chandler, provides insight on Chandler's career in and out of Hollywood.
13/11/182h 7m

Episode 389: The Getaway (1972)

#Noirvember2018 kicks off with the 1972 film from director Sam Peckinpah, The Getaway. Based on the novel by Jim Thompson and adapted by Walter Hill, the film stars Steve McQueen as Doc McCoy and Ali MacGraw as Carol McCoy, two young lovers with nothing better to do than rob a bank with the duplicitous Rudy Butler and the barely-a-character Jack Dodson. Let’s just say that things don’t go as well as they should. Maitland McDonagh and Aaron Carruthers join Mike to discuss the 1972 film, the 1994 remake with Alec Baldwin, Kim Bassinger, Michael Madsen, and Phil(!) Hoffman as well as Thompson's original book.
06/11/181h 29m

Episode 388: Session 9 (2001)

Directed by Brad Anderson and co-written by Anderson and Stephen Gevedon, Session 9 was released in 2001 and stars Peter Mullen as the head of a team of guys who are taking out the asbestos from a psychiatric institution. As the story unfolds we learn more about Gordon as well as one of the patients of the asylum whose story mirrors his. Axel Kohagen and Jedidiah Ayres join Mike to discuss the film, its five male leads, and madness.
30/10/182h 56m

Special Report: Craigslist Allstars (2016)

Winner of the "Spirit of CUFF" award at the 2018 Chicago Underground Film Fest, Samira Elagoz's Craigslist Allstars is a documentary in which the filmmaker meets with fifteen different strangers and allows their stories to unfold. Filmmaker Haley McCormick (D A N C E R) and writer Carol Borden (The Cultural Gutter) join Mike to discuss the film and the strange rituals in which men and women engage. Learn more at
26/10/181h 11m

Episode 387: Mr. Vampire (1985)

Released in 1985, the original Mr. Vampire was directed by Ricky Lau and stars Lam Ching-Ying as a Taoist priest who battles the forces of evil along with his two inept students. This became a blueprint for dozens of other films -- some of them under the Mr. Vampire moniker and others not. We discuss the “official” Mr. Vampire movies as well as the unofficial entries, some copycat films, and many other jiangshi movies along the way. Samm Deighan (Daughters of Darkness) and El Goro (Talk without Rhythm) join Mike to battle the forces of evil. Get your sticky rice ready!
23/10/181h 49m

Episode 386: Begotten (1990)

This week we are discussing E. Elias Merhige’s Begotten. Released in 1990, the film is an experimental narrative. It’s about… well, I’m not sure what it’s really all about but I hope we come to some sort of consensus by the end of the episode,Heather Drain and Ben Buckingham join Mike to discuss experimental films, music videos, and much more.
21/10/181h 22m

Special Report: Survival of the Film Freaks (2018)

Mike talks to co-directors Kyle Kuchta (Fantasm) and Bill Fulkerson (Outside the Cinema) about their documentary, Survival of the Film Freaks (2018). Find out where the documentary is playing via the Survival of the Film Freaks Facebook page:
20/10/181h 0m

Episode 384: Suspiria (1977)

We kick off #Shocktober2018 with a discussion of Dario Argento’s 1977 film Suspiria. The film stars Jessica Harper as Suzy Banyon, a young dancer who travels from New York to Germany to attend a prestigious dance academy to not do lot of dancing but, instead, to become embroiled in a mystery… Maitland McDonagh (Broken Mirrors/Broken Minds) and Rob St. Mary join Mike in the discussion of the original film (and the 2018 re-imagining). Special guests include Alexandra Heller-Nicholas, author of the Devil's Advocate book for Suspiria and musicologist Clare Nina-Norelli who talks about the wonderful Goblin score.
09/10/182h 45m

Episode 385: Fiend Without a Face (1958)

Shocktober 2018 begins with the 1958 film from director Arthur Crabtree, Fiend without a Face. Written by Herbert J. Leder and based loosely on a story by Amelia Reynolds Long, the movie stars Marshall Thompson as Major Cummings, an Army officer stationed at that pivotal American/Canadian border where he’s investigating the strange goings on in and around his base. Unfortunately, he’s got a case of Brains Gone Wild...Maitland McDonagh and Troy Howarth join Mike to discuss this classic sci-fi film as well as some other naughty brain movies.
03/10/181h 20m

Special Report: The Predator (2018)

On this special episode, Mike shares an episode of The Kulturecast where he joins hosts Chris and Eric to discuss the latest film from Shane Black that continues the saga of the Predator. Be sure to visit for more of The Kulturecast!
26/09/181h 0m

Episode 383: Who Wants to Kill Jessii? (1966)

We wrap up #Czechtember2018 with a look at Vaclav Vorlicek’s Who Wants to Kill Jessie? (1966) The film was co-written by Vorlicek and Milos Macourek and concerns a couple, Henry and Rosie. Rosie is a prestigious scientist who has discovered how to manipulate dreams -- though there are some unexpected consequences. While Henry makes his own discovery as he reads a comic series about Jessie and sees her anti-gravitational gloves, just the thing to help him out at his job. Jonathan Owen and Jim Laczkowski join Mike to discuss this inventive and hilarious Czech film.
26/09/181h 12m

Special Report: Mario van Peebles on Armed (2018)

On this special episode of The Projection Booth, Mike talks with the writer/director/star of Armed (2018), Mario van Peebles -- who also talks a bit about his roles in Baadasssss!, Heartbreak Ridge, Ali, and more.
21/09/1825m 26s

Special Report: Love, Gilda (2018)

On this special episode of The Projection Booth, Mike talks to director Lisa D'Apolito about her feature documentary debut, Love, Gilda (2018), a portrait of Detroit's own Gilda Radner who took the world by storm in the 1970s and whose legacy continues to make a difference today.Visit for more information.
21/09/1822m 51s

Special Report: Exorcist II - The Heretic (1977)

On this special episode of The Projection Booth we fly upon the wings of a demon as we discuss John Boorman’s 1977 film Exorcist II: The Heretic. It’s been a few years since we’ve seen Regan MacNeil, the little girl who, on the cusp of womanhood, was possessed by a demon in William Friedkin’s 1973 film. She’s back... And so’s the demon, Pazuzu…This time the titular exorcist is Father Philip Lamont (Richard Burton) who is investigating what happened to the ill-fated Father Merrin (Max Von Sydow) with the help of Dr. Gene Tuskin (Louise Fletcher) and her hypnosis machine. Heretical super-fans Samm Deighan (Diabolique Magazine) and David Kittredge (who's directing a documentary about Exorcist II) join Mike (who did a commentary track on the new Scream Factory blu-ray release) to look at the film, how it came to be, and its fate after release. Professor Brian Hoyle (The Cinema of John Boorman) and writer Paul Talbot (The Unmaking of Exorcist II) join the fray to try and explain this cinematic oddity.
20/09/185h 7m

Special Report: Art House Theater Day 2018

On this special episode of The Projection Booth Mike talks to Art House Theater Day co-directors Gabe Chicoine (Austin Film Society) and Lawren Desai (a/perture cinema). They discuss what AHTD is, how it came to be, and what patrons can expect at the September 23, 2018 event that takes place at select independent theaters across the USA. Mike also talks to Joseph A. Ziemba (Bleeding Skull) about one of this year's AHTD selections, SCHLOCK, as well as other films from the American Genre Film Archive. To find out more about Art House Theater Day visit
18/09/1850m 42s

Episode 382: Marketa Lazarova (1967)

Czechtember 2018 continues with a discussion of František Vláčil’s Marketa Lazarova. Based on the book by Vladislav Vančura, the film is an epic tale of fighting tribes in the 13th Century in the area that would become Czechoslovakia. The film is named after the maiden Marketa Lazarova who befalls one of the many brigands in the sweeping, beautiful, black and white film.
17/09/181h 17m

Special Report: The Public Image is Rotten (2018)

On this special episode of The Projection Booth, we discuss the 2018 documentary on musical group Public Image Limited and John Lydon, The Public Image is Rotten.We hear from PiL drummer Martin Atkins, bassist and producer Bill Laswell, and the director of The Public Image is Rotten, Tabbert Fiiller.Crusty punks Chris Cummins and Skizz Cyzyk join Mike reminisce about "the good old days" and complain about the music the kids are listening to today...
14/09/182h 30m

Special Report: Susanne Bartsch - On Top (2018)

On this special episode of The Projection Booth, Mike talks to Anthony&Alex, the directing team behind the new documentary, Susanne Bartsch: On Top (2018).For more information visit:
11/09/1823m 51s

Special Report: Hal (2018)

On this special report, Mike talks to author Nick Dawson (Being Hal Ashby) and Amy Scott about the new documentary about filmmaker Hal Ashby... Hal (2018). Learn more at
10/09/1846m 58s

Episode 381: Dita Saxova (1968)

Czechtember 2018 continues with a look at Antonin Moskalyk’s Dita Saxova. Released in 1968, the film was adapted by Arnost Lustig and based on his novel. The film is the story of our titular Dita Saxova, a survivor of Nazi death camps who carries with her survivor’s guilt. She moves from one relationship to another without seeming to have a care in the world, though this ultimately doesn’t seem to be the case.
09/09/1854m 22s

Episode 380: The Fifth Horseman Is Fear (1965)

Zbyněk Brynych’s 1965 film The Fifth Horseman is Fear stars Miroslav Macháček as Dr. Braun. The film is ostensibly set during the Nazi occupation of Prague where Dr. Braun isn’t practicing medicine. Instead he’s cataloging the items the Nazis have pilfered from Jews who we can assume have been sent to the slaughter. This is never spoken aloud nor are a lot of other things. Instead, the film is rife with a sense of overwhelming dread that manifests in several interesting ways. Kat Ellinger and Ben Buckingham join Mike in this first #Czechtember2018 entry.
02/09/181h 35m

Special Report: The Writer with No Hands (2014/2017)

On this special episode of The Projection Booth we’re discussing the documentary film The Writer with No Hands. Directed by William Westaway, the film tells the story of writer and professor Matthew Alford and his investigation into the strange case of Hollywood screenwriter Gary DeVore. Rod Lott (Bookgasm, Flickattack) joins Mike to tackle this film.
02/09/181h 43m

Episode 21: Traxx (1988) Redux

As part of the research for The Writer with No Hands episode, Mike went back into the archive to re-tool an oldie and a goodie, TRAXX (1988). Written by Gary DeVore and directed by Jerome Gary, Traxx (1988 ) stars Shadoe Stevens as the titular action hero who comes to a town beleaguered by baddies (including Robert Davi as Aldo Palucci). He cleans up crime with gusto, verve, and an endless amount of bullets. But Traxx really wants to give up his live as a one-man army to become the next Famous Amos.
30/08/181h 32m

Episode 379: Gattaca (1997)

Written and directed by Andrew Niccol, Gattaca (1997) stars Ethan Hawke as Jerome Morrow… or is he? He’s actually Vincent Freeman, a naturally occurring person in a world where people can be genetically engineered…. for a price. This creates a new elite class where genes determine privilege. Vincent impersonates Jerome through a rather elaborate scheme in order to fulfill his dream of leaving this planet and becoming an astronaut. Chris Cummins and Skizz Cyzyk join Mike to discuss the film while interviewee Xander Berkeley talks about his role in Gattaca as Dr. Lamar as well as his work in Mommy Dearest, Leaving Las Vegas, Safe, Barb Wire, and more.
27/08/182h 31m

Episode 378: Deep End (1970)

Jerzy Skolimowski's Deep End (1970) stars John Moulder-Brown as Mike, a fifteen year old drop-out who finds work at a public bath where he takes care of the male patrons while Jane Asher plays Susan, the female attendant. Mike becomes obsessed with Jane while she juggles her fiance and side piece. It’s a rather unsettling coming-of-age story in the twilight days of swinging London. Alicia Malone (The Female Gaze) and Jonathan Owen (Avant-garde to New Wave: Czechoslovak Cinema, Surrealism and the Sixties) join Mike to discuss the film along with other coming-of-age films.
22/08/181h 34m

Special Report: Timon Singh on Born to Be Bad

Timon Singh of the Bristol Bad Film Club joins Mike to talk about his book, Born To Be Bad: Talking to the Greatest Villains in Action Cinema and the documentary, In Search of the Last Action Heroes, which he's producing and Oliver Harper is directing.
22/08/1858m 19s

Special Report: The Last Movie (1971)

On this special episode of The Projection Booth we’re looking at Dennis Hopper’s The Last Movie. Barely released by Universal Pictures in 1971, the film stars Hopper as Kansas -- a man as middle-American as his name. He’s in Peru as a stunt man for a Western. When the cast and crew packs up and goes back to Hollywood, he stays behind where the natives form a sort of cargo cult around movie-making, holding up Kansas as their god, savior, and their sacrifice. Mike talks to Craig Rogers and David Marriott from Arbelos Films who have restored The Last Movie and have re-released the film. He speaks to author Jessica Hundley, editor of Dennis Hopper: Photographs 1961-1967, John Buck Wilkin who performed music on both The Last Movie and Lawrence Schiller & L. M. Kit Carson's The American Dreamer. Finally, he speaks with Nick Ebeling, the director of Along for the Ride and its subject, Satya De La Manitou.Nick Dawson and Ben Buckingham join Mike to discuss the film as well as its fascinating history.
20/08/184h 37m

Episode 377: The Parallax View (1974)

Alan J. Pakula's, The Parallax View (1974) stars Warren Beatty as reporter Joe Frady. After a mysterious series of deaths, Frady gets embroiled in an investigation that leads him to The Parallax Corporation, a shady company that finds and recruits sociopaths in order to use them as assassins.Interviews this episode include actor William Daniels and his wife Bonnie Bartlett, author Barna Donovan (Conspiracy Films: A Tour of Dark Places in the American Conscious), and filmmaker Shane O'Sullivan (RFK Must Die).Jess Byard and Chris Stachiw join Mike to discuss the Loren Singer book, the Lorenzo Semple Jr. script, the David Giler rewrite and the eventual final product.
15/08/183h 23m

Dan Mirvish on Bernard & Huey

Mike talks to filmmaker and Slamdance co-founder Dan Mirvish about his latest feature film, Bernard & Huey. Based on a comic series and script by Jules Feiffer (Little Murders, Carnal Knowledge, Popeye), the film stars Jim Rash and David Koechner as our titular characters.
09/08/181h 6m

Special Report: The Piano Teacher (2001)

Based on the 1983 book by Elfriede Jelinek, Michael Haneke’s The Piano Teacher (2001) stars Isabelle Huppert as our titular pedagogue. She’s a woman trapped in a harrowing relationship with her mother. She is abused and belittled at home only to turn around and do the same to her students. Things change when she meets Walter Klemmer (Benoît Magimel) who is a bit obsessed with his prickly piano teacher, leading to a mutually dissatisfying relationship between the pair. Jared Bauer (Show Me The Meaning) and Chris Stachiw (The Kulturecast) join Mike to discuss this harrowing film.
05/08/182h 4m

Episode 376: The Mack (1973)

Michael Campus's The Mack (1973) stars Max Julien as Goldie, a man who was set up and goes to jail only to come out and fulfill his dream of becoming the baddest pimp in town. He’s got the mob, the cops, black nationalists, and fellow pimps to contend with… it’s a rags to fur and velvet story. Jon Cross (The After Movie Diner) and Moe Porne (No-Budget Nightmares) join Mike to discuss this classic blaxploitation film.
05/08/181h 16m

Special Report: The Rabbi Goes West (2018)

On this special episode, Mike talks to Gerald Peary about The Rabbi Goes West, a new documentary that Peary and his co-director Amy Geller are completing via funding with Kickstarter. Go to to learn more.
31/07/1846m 34s

Episode 375: Society (1989)

Jay Bauman and Terry Frost join Mike to look at the 1989 film from director Brian Yuzna, Society. The film stars Billy Warlock as Bill Whitney, a suburban teen who feels that things are amiss in his life.
30/07/182h 23m

Episode 374: Kings and Desperate Men (1981)

Two terrorists -- Daniel Kremer and Jonathan Marlow -- break into The Projection Booth to discuss the 1981 Canadian thriller Kings and Desperate Men. Produced by, directed by, and starring Alexis Kanner, the movie is the story of an arrogant talk show host -- played by Patrick McGoohan. He and his family are taken hostage by a handful of gun-wielding terrorists. The main terrorist -- played by Kanner -- goes on the air with McGoohan’s character and they engage in tense battle of words.
24/07/182h 5m

Special Report: Mission Caligula (2018)

On this special episode of The Projection Booth, Maitland McDonagh and Rob St. Mary return to discuss recent developments in the sordid history of Caligula (1979) via the documentary Mission Caligula (2018) and interviews with filmmaker Alexander Tuschinski and Penthouse CEO Kelly Holland.
22/07/182h 59m

Special Report: Rock Steady Row (2018)

On this special episode, director Travis Stevens and writer Bomani Story join Mike to discuss the 2018 film Rock Steady Row. This modern play on the Yojimbo / Fistful of Dollars story pits a freshman against two rival frats at Rock Steady University. Find out more at
20/07/181h 8m

Episode 373: Yojimbo (1961)

Released in 1961, Akira Kurosawa’s Yojimbo was an international sensation and put jettisoned star Toshiro Mifune into the pantheon of cinematic badasses. It’s the story of merchants who manipulate two factions of gangsters in a small town. Our main character -- a man with no name -- comes to the town and after sizing things up decides that he’ll make a bit of money playing both sides against one another. Along the way we discover that perhaps he’s not the unscrupulous amoral bastard he pretends to be. Eric Cohen and Jordan Blossey join Mike to discuss Yojimbo, it's sequel Sanjuro and a few other "Yojimbo movies" as well as Sergio Leone's A Fistful of Dollars, Dashiell Hammett's Red Harvest, Walter Hill's Last Man Standing and a raft of other similar films.
17/07/182h 57m

Figures in a Landscape (1970)

Robert Shaw and Malcolm McDowell are two men on the run from mysterious forces in Joseph Losey's Figures in a Landscape. Adapted by Shaw from a novel by Barry England, the film is something of an artsy action movie. Heather Drain and Cullen Gallagher join Mike to discuss the film... and learn a bit about themselves along the way.
10/07/181h 26m

Special Report: 7 Splinters in Time (2018)

On this special episode of The Projection Booth, Mike talks to writer/director Gabriel Judet-Weinshel and actor Edoardo Ballerini about the sci-fi film noir 7 Splinters in Time, a movie nine years in the making. Available via iTunes on July 13, 2018, keep up with the film at
05/07/1836m 29s

Episode 371: Scarecrow (1973)

The crows are laughing at our episode about 1973's Scarecrow. The film stars Al Pacino and Gene Hackman as two drifters who join forces to head to Pittsburgh by way of Detroit to start a car wash. Jamey Duvall (Movie Geeks United) and Bill Ackerman (Supporting Characters, From the Neighborhood) join Mike to discuss the film. Special guests include director Jerry Schatzberg and writer Garry Michael White (no relation).
03/07/182h 32m

Episode 370: The Earrings of Madame de... (1953)

Max Ophuls's 1953 film The Earrings of Madame de... revolves around a pair of earrings, the titular woman who owned them (Danielle Darrieux), the man who gave them to her (Charles Boyer), and the man who gives them to her again (Vittorio De Sica). Ken Stanley and Paula Guthat join Mike to talk about this beautiful and heart-breaking film. Susan White, author of The Cinema of Max Ophuls, discusses Ophuls's career.
27/06/182h 10m

Episode 369: Detroit Rock City (1999)

Detroit Rock City (1999) from director Adam Rifkin is the story of four friends and their desperate quest to get from Cleveland to Detroit to see KISS play live at Cobo Arena in 1978. They're faced with a series of challenges that threaten to keep them from seeing Gene, Paul, Ace, and Peter play the hits. Returning from the Never Too Young To Die episode are co-hosts Josh Stewart and Heather Drain join Mike on this deluxe episode of the show which features director Adam Rifkin, screenwriter Carl V. Dupré, producer Tim Sullivan, actress Lin Shaye, and James Campion author of Shout It Out Loud: The Story of Kiss's Destroyer and the Making of an American Icon.
18/06/184h 56m

Episode 368: Twelve Monkeys (1995)

James Cole (Bruce Willis) may or may not be a time traveler sent from our future to learn about our present. Inspired by Chris Marker's La Jetee, Terry Gilliam's Twelve Monkeys is based on a script by David Webb and Janet Peoples. Tony Black and Jedidiah Ayres join Mike to discuss this twisted time travel story. Dahlia Schweitzer -- author of Going Viral: Zombies, Viruses, and the End of the World -- discusses the prevalence and significance of the disease narrative at the time of Twelve Monkeys's release.
05/06/182h 18m

Special Report: The 25th Chicago Undergound Film Festival

Mike talks to Bryan Wendorf, director of the Chicago Underground Film Festival, about the history of the fest and the events surrounding their 25th anniversary where Mike will be one of the judges.For tickets and showtimes visit
02/06/1854m 33s

Episode 367: Wanda (1970)

Jordan Blossey and Roxy MacDonald join Mike to discuss Barbara Loden’s WANDA. Released in 1970 the film was written by, stars, and was directed by Loden. It’s the personal story of a woman at wits ends who seems adrift in her own life.
30/05/1856m 34s

Special Report: Time Trap (2017)

On this special episode of The Projection Booth, Mike talks to directors Mark Dennis and Ben Foster about their latest feature, Time Trap (2017). It's the story of a handful of young friends who discover a mysterious cave where time passes differently...
23/05/1836m 58s

Episode 366: The Dark Crystal (1982)

Special Guest: Brian Jay JonesGuest Co-Hosts: Kat Ellinger, El GoroJim Henson and Frank Oz's The Dark Crystal (1982) is a dark fantasy story of Jen, one of two remaining gelflings in the world of Mithra. He goes on a quest to reunite a shard with the titular Dark Crystal in order to restore balance to his world.El Goro of the Talk Without Rhythm podcast and Kat Ellinger of Diabolique Magazine discuss all the various versions of the revolutionary film with Mike while guest Brian Jay Jones -- author of Jim Henson: The Biography -- talks about Henson's career from his early days of puppeteering to his experimental films and beyond.
22/05/182h 23m

Special Report: Ego Fest VI

EgoFest VI? That's a lotta ego. Yes, it's that time where I brag and boast and occasionally say something that may be of use to listeners of the Projection Booth. On this episode you'll learn more about... Hosting updates, recent guest hosting gigs, how much of an old fart Mike is, Icepick to the Moon, Survival of the Film Freaks, Mike's love of Rotten Tomatoes, upcoming episodes, and more.
19/05/181h 4m

Episode 365: Charley Varrick (1973)

Special Guest: Andy RobinsonGuest Co-Hosts: Heather Drain, Maurice BursztynskiLoosely based on the novel The Looters by John Reese, Don Siegel's Charley Varrick (1973) stars Walter Matthau as the titular Varrick, who, when he robs a backwater bank, accidentally gets embroiled with the mob.Actor Andy Robinson discusses his career from playing Scorpio in Dirty Harry to Larry Cotton in Hellraiser to Garak in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.Co-hosts Maurice Bursztynski and Heather Drain talk about the appeal of Walter Matthau and Joe Don Baker, the films of Don Siegel, and much more. 
16/05/182h 15m

Bonus: David L. Snyder Interview

Presenting the rest of the interview we did with art director / production designer David L. Snyder from our Demolition Man episode.  Mr. Snyder discusses his work on films such as Blade Runner, Pee Wee's Big Adventure, The Idolmaker and more. For more about Mr. Snyder visit his website at
15/05/181h 5m

Episode 364: The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962)

Special Guests: Kenneth E. Hall, Joseph McBrideGuest Co-Hosts: Jon Cross, Ben BuckinghamWe travel back to the days of yesteryear with a look at the 1962 film from director John Ford, The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance. The film stars Jimmy Stewart as Ransom Stoddard, a lawyer who comes out west only to get robbed by the titular Liberty Valance (Lee Marvin). The film also stars John Wayne as Tom Doniphan, a man of action and the living embodiment of "The Old West".Joseph McBride and Kenneth E. Hall discuss the works of John Ford while Jon Cross and Ben Buckingham join Mike to talk about Liberty Valance and revisionist Westerns.
10/05/183h 38m

Episode 363: Demolition Man (1993)

Special Guests: Peter M. Lenkov, Fred Dekker, Daniel Waters, David L. SnyderGuest Co-Hosts: Laura Helen Marks, Chris BricklemyerDirected by Marco Brambilla and produced by Joel Silver, the Demolition Man (1993) stars Sylvester Stallone as hot shot supercop John Spartan. When he's set up to look like a mass murderer by his nemesis Simon Phoenix (Wesley Snipes), the two are sent to cryo-prison where they’re put on ice until the distant future year of 2032 where Phoenix breaks out of jail and the namby pamby cops of the future have no idea how to handle him. Of course, it's up to John Spartan to bring Simon Phoenix to justice again.Stallone superfan Professor Laura Helen Marks and Outside the Cinema's Chris Bricklemyer join Mike to discuss this disarmingly charming sci-fi action film. Guests include three of the many writers of the film from original scribe Peter M. Lenkov to Fred Dekker to Daniel Waters. We also hear from the incredible production designer David L. Snyder.
03/05/182h 55m

Episode 362: Winter Kills (1979)

Special Guest: William RichertGuest Co-Hosts: Jeff Meyers, Matthew SoceyBased on the 1974 novel by Richard Condon, William Richert's Winter Kills (1979) tells the tale of Nick Kegan (Jeff Bridges), half brother of President Tim Kegan who was assassinated in Philadelphia in February 1960. When he receives a deathbed confession from the man who allegedly shot President Kegan, Nick goes down the rabbit-hole, trying sort out the truth from the lies and obfuscations of everyone around him, including his father, Pa Kegan (John Huston).William Richert discusses the making of the film -- a story which rivals the on-screen antics. Matthew Socey and Jeff Meyers join Mike to talk about comic conspiracy films.
25/04/182h 23m

Episode 361: The Color of Pomegranates (1961)

Special Guests: Daniel Bird, James SteffenGuest Co-Host: Larry ReveneWe're looking at Sergei Parajanov’s The Color of Pomegranates. Released in 1969, the film is something of a look at the life of Armenian ashugh Sayat Nova told in a very oblique and beautiful way.Director and DP Larry Revene joins Mike to talk about this poetic film. Daniel Bird, director of The World is a Window: The Making of The Color of Pomegranates and James Steffen, the author of The Cinema of Sergei Parajanov, discuss the making of the film as well as the cuts imposed by Russian censors.
19/04/182h 35m

Special Report: Michael Galinsky and Suki Hawley on All the Rage

Mike talks to filmmakers Michael Galinsky and Suki Hawley  about their careers from their early narrative work (Half Cocked) to their documentary Horns & Halos to their most recent work, All The Rage (Saved by Sarno).
13/04/1847m 39s

Special Report: Daniel Roebuck on Getting Grace

Mike talks to Daniel Roebuck about his early days (Cavegirl, River's Edge), working with Don Coscarelli and Rob Zombie, as well as his latest venture -- co-writing, directing, producing, and starring in Getting Grace, a poingnant story of hope and redemption.  Find out more at
12/04/181h 2m

Episode 360: Man On A Swing (1974)

Directed by Frank Perry, the film was written by David Zelag Goodman and based on the book Girl on the Volkswagen Floor by William Arthur Clark, Man On A Swing (1974) stars Cliff Robertson as detective Lee Tucker who investigates the mysterious murder of a young woman. When things are at a stalemate with the case, he’s approached by Franklin Willis, played by Joel Grey, an alleged psychic with uncanny insights into the case.Justin Bozung returns to The Projection Booth to discuss Frank Perry and the production of Man On A Swing while writer Dennis Tafoya and film scholar Scout Tafoya talk with Mike about this unusual film.
03/04/181h 38m

Episode 359: ZPG (1972) & Children of Men (2006)

Special Guest: Mei FongGuest Co-Hosts: Keith Gordon, Christine MakepeaceWhile we often talk about a few movies on every episode -- one main film and some supporting works, sequels, and so on -- we're spotlighting two movies on this episode: Michael Campus's Z.P.G. (1972) and Alfonso Cuaron's Children of Men (2006). Z.P.G. (Zero Population Growth) stars Oliver Reed as Russ McNeil and and Geraldine Chaplan as his wife Carol. The film is set the near future where global resources have been strained and the environment has paid the price for the blight of human beings which have polluted the air so much that they live under a shroud of smog. The film was inspired by Paul Ehrlich's 1968 clarion call, The Population Bomb which warned of overpopulation.Alfonso Cuaron's Children of Men is a very loose adaptation of P.D. James's 1992 novel. The film stars Clive Owen as Theo Faron who's biding his time on planet earth as the population is dying -- or killing itself off. No babies have been born in over 18 years which has exacerbated social strife, leading to terrorism, mass suicide, and refugee crises.
28/03/182h 16m

Episode 358: An American Carol (2008)

Special Guests: Myrna SokoloffGuest Co-Hosts: Mike Sullivan, Rob St. MaryWe’re looking at the Conservative ccmedy, An American Carol 2008. The child of Charles Dickens and Bill O'Reilly, the film tells the tale of Michael Malone -- a stand-in for filmmaker Michael Moore (Kevin P. Farley). He's a liberal know-nothing who’s inflamed hate against the Land that We Love and is visited by four ghosts -- well, three ghosts and a contemporary country singer -- to try and convince him to love country music and stop complaining about gun control, global warming, unjust wars, and other bleeding-heart liberal causes.Directed by David Zucker (Airplane!, Top Secret), the film was co-written by Myrna Sokoloff, as a reaction to Hollywood intolerance.Rob St. Mary returns to the show along with Mike Sullivan to discuss the film, satire, and falafels.
20/03/182h 44m

Episode 357: Mandingo (1975)

Guest Co-Hosts: Paul Talbot, Greg KlymkiwWe're heading to Falconhurst and looking at the unlikely hit film Mandingo (1975), the book series that informed it and its sequel, and the knock-offs in its wake. Richard Fleischer's film stars Ken Norton as Mede, the titular Mandingo, while James Mason and Perry King are the father and son who run Falconhurst, a slave-breeding plantation.Greg Klymkiw (UFO Doggies, Careful) and writer Paul Talbot (Mondo Mandingo: The Falconhurst Books and Films) join Mike to discuss Mandingo, it's sequel Drum, and several other sordid slavery-themed films (including the remarkable Addio Zio Tom).
14/03/181h 48m

Episode 356: Falling Down (1993)

Special Guests: Timothy Harris, Ebbe Rowe Smith, Joel SchumacherGuest Co-Hosts: Jamey Duvall, Aaron PetersonWe're discussing the 1993 film from Joel Schumacher, Falling Down. Written by Ebbe Roe Smith, the film stars Michael Douglas as a white guy who's wound a little too tight and finally snaps.Aaron Peterson and Jamey Duvall join Mike on an episode that's not for libtards, snowflakes, or cucks.The episode features interviews with director Joel Schumacher, writter Ebbe Roe Smith, and producer Timothy Harris.
07/03/183h 23m

Special Report: Pam Grier on Bad Grandmas

On this special episode, Mike talks briefly to Pam Grier about her career from Beyond the Valley of the Dolls to Bad Grandmas.
04/03/1820m 19s

Episode 355: L.A. Confidential (1997)

Special Guest: James EllroyGuest Co-Hosts: Rich Edwards, Eric CohenEric Cohen and Rich Edwards return to take a ride in a convertible time machine, be-bopping back to the year 1997 to look at Curtis Hanson's L.A. Confidential. Starring more folks from down under than you can shake a boomerang at, this jazzy flick plays with many classic noir tropes while playing fast and loose with the third book of James Ellroy's L.A. Quartet.We examine how Hanson and co-writer Brian Helgeland masterfully condensed Ellroy's compelling and complicated story to craft a Neo-Noir that some rank among the best. The film features dazzling performances from "newcomers" Russell Crowe and Guy Pearce.
28/02/182h 16m

Episode 354: The Maltese Falcon (1941)

Guest Co-Hosts: Richard Edwards, Eric CohenWritten and directed by John Huston in his directorial debut, The Maltese Falcon (1941) stars Humphrey Bogart as gumshoe Sam Spade who unravels the mystery of the titular black bird.Eric Cohen and Richard Edwards join Mike to discuss the original Dashiell Hammett story, the two other film adaptations of The Maltese Falcon, and the 1975 sequel.
21/02/181h 53m

Episode 353: Kiss Me Deadly (1955)

Special Guests: Max Allan CollinsGuest Co-Hosts: Kevin Heffernin, Andrew NetteBased on the 1952 Mickey Spillane novel, Robert Aldrich's Kiss Me Deadly (1955) stars Ralph Meeker as Mike Hammer, a hardboiled gumshoe who gets dragged into a mystery involving a glowing case, duplicitous dames, and two-fisted violence.Max Allan Collins, director of Mike Hammer's Mickey Spillane, talks about his career and working on Mickey Spillane's posthumous work.Writer Andrew Nette and Professor Kevin Heffernan join Mike to discuss paranoia, the cold war, and much more.
13/02/182h 47m

Episode 352: Marnie (1964)

Special Guests: Tony Lee Moral, Tippi HedrenGuest Co-Hosts: Tania Modleski, Susan WhiteHow do you solve a problem like Marnie?Released in 1964 , Alfred Hitchcock's Marnie stars Tippi Hedren as the titular heroine -- or perhaps anti-heroine -- an itinerant thief who gets caught and essentially blackmailed into marriage with Mark (Sean Connery) who thinks that Marnie is broken and takes it upon himself to "fix" her, diving deep into her childhood trauma.Tania Modleski (The Women Who Knew Too Much: Hitchcock and Feminist Theory and Susan White (The Cinema of Max Ophuls) join Mike to unravel the red-tinged mystery of the film.Author and filmmaker Tony Lee Moral (Hitchcock and the Making of Marnie) and Tippi Hedren (Tippi: A Memoir) discuss the behind-the-scenes of the contentious production.
24/01/181h 46m

Episode 351: Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid

Released in 1973 in a truncated form, Sam Peckinpah’s Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid has had a long, contentious history. We’ll be talking about that as well as the film itself in which Kris Kristofferson plays the titular Billy the Kid. He’s the friend and eventual enemy of James Coburn as Pat Garrett. The film stars a host of familiar faces and character actors with this speaking to the passing of the torch from one generation of Westerns to the next... Or perhaps snuffing that flame.Author Mike Faloon and artist David Lambert join Mike discuss Peckinpah's film. Interviews include screenwriter Rudy Wurlitzer (Two Lane Blacktop), Bob Dylan scholar David Wolf, and author/editor Paul Seydor (The Authentic Death and Contentious Afterlife of Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid: The Untold Story of Peckinpah's Last Western Film).
18/01/182h 52m

Special Report: King Cohen: The Wild World of Filmmaker Larry Cohen (2017)

Special Guests: Steve Mitchell, Larry CohenOn a special episode of The Projection Booth, Mike talks with filmmaker Steve Mitchell about his 2017 documentary King Cohen: The Wild World of Filmmaker Larry Cohen. Mike also speaks to the film's subject, Larry Cohen, about his work on "Branded" and "Columbo" as well as several of his films.
02/01/181h 30m

Episode 350: A Better Tomorrow (1986)

Special Guests: Karen Fang, Kenneth E. Hall, Barna William DonovanGuest Co-Hosts: Beth AccomandoAfter a brief hiatus, The Projection Booth returns with a discussion of John Woo's A Better Tomorrow (1986). The film is seen as a hallmark of the “heroic bloodshed” subgenre of action films, doing for gunplay what a generation of Hong Kong films had done with swords.The film tells the tale of Ho (Ti Lung), a criminal whose younger brother, Kit (Leslie Cheung), is a police officer. He's betrayed by a fellow gangster (Waise Lee) and sent up the river. When he returns to Hong Kong he wants to stay on the right side of the law which is more difficult than it should be.The film speaks to loyalty, brotherhood, and put Chow Yun-Fat on the map as a bankable action star.Cinema Junkie's Beth Accomando and Mike wax fondly about the glory days of HK Cinema, twin brothers, strange sequels, and the true colors of a hero.
26/12/173h 56m

Special Report: A Few Good Men (1992)

You want podcasters? On this special episode, five podcasters discuss Rob Reiner's 1992 film A Few Good Men.  Written by Aaron Sorkin (and tweaked for the screen by William Goldman), the film stars Tom Cruise, Demi Moore, Jack Nicholson, and a slew of other familiar faces in this tense courtroom drama about masculinity, patriotism, honor, and duty. The episode is hosted by Jay and TJ of the We've Seen That podcast along with Joanna Langfield from The Movie Minute and occasional Projection Booth co-host Jon Cross from the After Movie Diner.
12/12/1749m 42s

Special Report: Theo Anthony on Rat Film (2017)

Mike talks to Theo Anthony about his unusual documentary work, Rat Film from 2017.
26/11/1726m 13s

Episode 349: The Lure (2015)

Special Guests: Mermaid Cindy, John AthanasonGuest Co-Hosts: Carol Borden, David RodgersReleased in the United States as The Lure , Agnieszka Smoczynska's 2015 film Corki Dancingu is the story of two mermaids, Golden (Michalina Olszanska) and Silver (Marta Mazurek), who join the world of humans as singers at a dinner club. To say the least, the have a little trouble fitting in.Carol Borden (The Cultural Gutter) and David Rodgers (Bingecast) join Mike to discuss this modern take on Hans Christian Andersen's The Little Mermaid and Friedrich de la Motte Fouqué's Ondine. Guests include John Athanason of Weeki Wachee State Park as well as a real life mermaid!
17/11/171h 22m

Episode 348: Tom of Finland (2017)

Special Guests: Dome Karukoski, Pekka Strang, Seumas F. Sargent, Jessica GrabowskyGuest Co-Host: Maitland McDonagh Finnish artist Touko Laaksonen redefined gay erotica with his intricate, fetishistic drawings of muscle-bound uniformed men. Dome Karukoski's 2017 bio-pic Tom of Finland explores the life of Laaksonen (Pekka Strang) and his legacy.Maitland McDonagh (120 Days Books) joins Mike to discuss Tom of Finland, Daddy and the Muscle Academy, and more.
11/11/171h 13m

Special Report: Marc Meyers on My Friend Dahmer

Mike talks to director Marc Meyers about his film My Friend Dahmer (2017). Based on the graphic novel by Derf, the film tells a humanistic story about one of America's most notorious serial killers.Now open at theaters across the USA.
10/11/1721m 36s

Episode 347: Who Killed Teddy Bear? (1965)

Guest Co-Hosts: Heather Drain, Terry FrostDirected by Joseph Cates and written by Arnold Drake and Leon Totayakan, Who Killed Teddy Bear? (1965) stars Sal Mineo as Lawrence Sherman, a waiter at a nightclub and Juliet Prowse as bartender Norma Dain. Someone has an unhealthy obsession with Norma and keeps making obscene phone calls to her.Heather Drain and Terry Frost join Mike to talk about this sleazy thriller.
02/11/171h 0m

Episode 346: Fire Walk with Me Redux / Twin Peaks The Return

Special Guests: Chrysta Bell, Claire Nina NorelliGuest Co-Hosts: Christine Makepeace, John WalkerIs it future...? Or is it past...? It's a bit of both as we revisit David Lynch's Fire Walk With Me (1992) along with "Twin Peaks" Season 3 (AKA "Twin Peaks: The Return") on this final #Shocktober2017 episode. We speak specifically about the Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me - Teresa Banks and the Last Seven Days of Laura Palmer fan edit as well as Mark Frost's The Secret History of Twin Peaks.Interviews feature Chrysta Bell, who played Agent Tammy Preston, and Claire Nina Norelli, author of the 33 1/3 book Angelo Badalamenti's Soundtrack from Twin Peaks.Podcasters John Walker of Movie Schmovie and Christine Makepeace of the Feminine Critique join Mike to drink full and descend to attempt to put the latest incarnation of "Twin Peaks" in context. What year is it?
25/10/173h 27m

Episode 345: TerrorVision (1986)

Special Guests: Ted Nicolaou, Diane Franklin, Gerrit GrahamGuest Co-Hosts: Josh Hadley, Moe P0rneShocktober 2017 continues with a look at the offbeat horror comedy TerrorVision (1986). Written and directed by Ted Nicolaou, the film centers on the Putterman Family who, while father Stan -- Gerrit Graham -- is installing a new satellite dish and accidentally receive a distant transmission of a horrific hungry monster which proceeds to feast on the family including wife Rachel (Mary Woronov), son Sherman (Chad Allen), grandpa )Bert Remsen), daughter Suzy (Diane Franklin), and her metal head boyfriend O.D. (Jon Gries).Podcasters Moe P0rne (No Budget Nightmares) and Josh Hadley (Lost in the Static) join Mike to discuss this classic of Charles Band's Empire empire.
19/10/172h 42m

Episode 344: The Tenant (1976)

Guest Co-Hosts: Alex Winter, Jamey DuvallShocktober 2017 continues with a the 1976 film from Roman Polanski, The Tenant . Adapted from a book by Roland Topor (Fantastic Planet), the film also stars Polanski as Trelkovsky, a man in need of a new apartment. He finds one where the previous occupant has defenestrated herself. After her death, he's able to move in and finds that his neighbors don't like him being noisy... in fact, they don't like him being him at all. Some put this alongside Polanski's Repulsion and Rosemary's Baby as his “apartment trilogy” in which explores the terrors of urban paranoia.Jamey Duvall of Movie Geeks United! and writer/director/actor Alex Winter join Mike to discuss what many consider to be Polanski's most personal film.
10/10/171h 37m

Episode 343: Mad Love (1935)

Special Guests: Gregory W. Mank, Stephen D. YoungkinGuest Co-Host: Samm DeighanShocktober 2017 kicks off with Karl Freund's final film as a director and Peter Lorre's film film in America, Mad Love (1935). Based upon Maurice Renard 's The Hands of Orlac, the film shifts focus from the titular Orlac to Dr. Gogol, a cunning physician who specializes in some questionable procedures. He’s fascinated by the actress Yvonne Orlac (Frances Drake) and, rebuffed in his advances, manages to enter her life after he backhandedly helps her husband, concert pianist Stephen Orlac (Colin Clive), by giving him a new pair of hands after his have been crushed in an accident. But what kind of gift are the hands of a murderer on a master musician?Samm Deighan joins Mike to discuss the unusual American debut from Peter Lorre along with special guests Gregory W. Mank (Hollywood Cauldron: Thirteen Horror Films from the Genre's Golden Age) and Stephen D. Youngkin (The Lost One: A Life of Peter Lorre).
03/10/172h 33m

Episode 342: Happy End (1966)

Guest Co-Hosts: Ben Buckingham, Kat EllingerWe wrap up the first Czechtember series with a film from director Oldrich Lipský, 1966's Happy End, an experimental comedy (which is as unusual as that sounds) that puts scenes in opposite order and runs motion backward from the death of our main character (Vladimír Menšík) while he gives the voice-over account of life from birth. Of course, this provides us with constant ironic juxtapositions.The film was co-written by Lipský and Milos Macourek, the screenwriter behind some of the best comedies out of Czechoslovakia in the '60s and '70s.Kat Ellinger and Ben Buckingham join Mike to discuss Happy End and other favorite Czech comedies.
26/09/171h 21m

Episode 341: The Cremator (1968)

Guest Co-Host: Samm DeighanCzechtember continues with a look at Juraj Herz's The Cremator (AKA Spalovac mrtvol). Released in 1968, the year of the Prague Spring, the film stars Rudolf Hrusínský as Karl (or Roman) Kopfrkingl, a man dedicated to the idea of liberating the soul from the body through the practice of cremation.Samm Deighan joins Mike to discuss collaborators and the madness that gripped the world in the 1930s and '40s.
20/09/171h 44m

Special Report: Patty Farmer on 'Starring the Plaza'

On this special episode, Mike talks with author Patty Farmer about her work including her latest books, Starring the Plaza and Playboy Laughs. Find out more at
15/09/1733m 54s

Episode 340: Case for a Rookie Hangman (1970)

Special Guest: Peter HamesGuest Co-Hosts: Kat Ellinger, Kevin HeffernanCzechtember continues with a look at Pavel Jurácek's Case for a Rookie Hangman (AKA Prípad pro zacínajícího kata) from 1970. Very loosely based on the third part of Jonathan Swift's Gulliver's Travels, the film tells the tale of Lemuel Gulliver (Lubomír Kostelka) in the land of Balnibarbi, a surrealistic landscape where Lemuel has a hard time finding his footing, literally.Kat Ellinger and Kevin Heffernan join Mike to discuss the malleability of Swift's satire and The Key to Determining Dwarfs, or The Last Travel of Lemuel Gulliver.Links:Buy Case for a Rookie Hangman on DVDBuy Gulliver's Travels by Jonathan SwiftBuy The Czechoslovak New Wave by Peter HamesBuy Avant-garde to New Wave: Czechoslovak Cinema, Surrealism and the Sixties by Jonathan Owen
12/09/172h 15m

Special Report: The Running Man (1987)

Special Guests: Steven E. de Souza, Kurt Fuller, George Linder, Rob CohenGuest Co-Hosts: Andrew Nette, Aaron PetersonSet in the distant year of 2017, The Running Man (1987) is set in a dystopian world where reality television rules the airwaves and the most popular show pits criminals against muscle-bound, spandex-clad "stalkers". Based loosely on a novella by "Richard Bachman" (AKA Stephen King), the film stars Arnold Schwarzenegger as Ben Richards, a man framed as "The Butcher of Bakersfield" and thrown Running Man game, hosted by Killian (Richard Dawson), and featuring a cadre of killers including Jesse Ventura, Jim Brown, Professor Toru Tanaka, and more.Andrew Nette and Aaron Peterson join Mike to discuss the film, its odd production history, and the resonance to today's world. We also discuss the work of Robert Sheckley and his influence on "people hunting people" films including The Million Game, The Price of Peril, The Tenth Victim and Freejack.
10/09/173h 55m

Episode 339: Closely Watched Trains (1966)

Special Guests: Jiri Menzel, Peter HamesGuest Co-Hosts: Jonathan Owen, Samm DeighanWe kick off the first annual "Czechtember" with a look at the most-easily accessible films of the Czech New Wave, the charmingly disarming 1966 film Closely Watched Trains (AKA Ostre Sledované Vlaky or Closely Observed Trains). Co-written and directed by Jirí Menzel and based upon Bohumil Hrabal's novella, the film stars Václav Neckár as Milos Hrma, a young man from a family of eccentrics. Not wanting to work too hard, he gets a job at the local railway station where he's mentored by the earthly Hubicka (Josef Somr) and Nazi-sympathizer Zednicek (Vlastimil Brodský).Samm Deighan and Jonathan Owen (author of Avant-garde to New Wave: Czechoslovak Cinema, Surrealism and the Sixties) join Mike to discuss Menzel's subversive film and the way it plays with "sex comedy" themes against the backdrop of Nazi-occupied Czechoslovakia.
05/09/172h 33m

Episode 338: The Swimmer (1968)

Special Guests: Justin Bozung, Kate Buford, Preston Neal JonesGuest Co-Hosts: Rob St. Mary, Elric KaneThe 1968 film by Frank and Eleanor Perry, The Swimmer (based on the John Cheever short story of the same name), stars Burt Lancaster as Ned Merrill, a Connecticut executive who decides to head back home by swimming through the pools of his neighbors, a "river" which he names "Lucinda" after his wife. Along the way, Ned is met with drinks, laughs, reminders of his affairs that went sour, and maybe even reminders that what he pretends to be may be no more.Elric Kane and co-host emeritus Rob St. Mary join Mike to discuss the trouble production and ground-breaking ideas of The Swimmer.Links:Buy The Swimmer on Blu-RayRead The Swimmer: A prophetic modernist fable set in a fading Eden by Michael AtkinsonRead An Analysis of "The Swimmer" by John Cheever by Rebekah NydamWatch Man Fed Up with Commute Swims to WorkRead The Swimmer by John Cheever
29/08/174h 45m

Episode 337: Intacto (2001)

Special Guest: Andrés M. KoppelGuest Co-Hosts: Jamey Duvall, Heather DrainWe're up all night to get lucky as we discuss the 2001 film from director and co-writer Juan Carlos Fresnadillo, Intacto which stars Leonardo Sbaraglia as Tomás, a man who survives a plane crash and who may just be the luckiest man in the world. He's found by Federico (Eusebio Poncela), who introduces him to an underground world where luck is something of a commodity and the man who rules over this kingdom, Samuel Berg (Max von Sydow).Co-hosts Jamey Duvall and Heather Drain discuss the film as well as other related movies like 13, Fearless, and The Cooler.
22/08/171h 55m

Special Report: Michael Lucker on Crash! Boom! Bang!

Special Guest: Michael LuckerOn this special episode, Mike talks with writer Michael Lucker about his career in Hollywood (including co-writing the screenplay for A Vampire in Brooklyn) as well as his recent book, CRASH! BOOM! BANG! How to Write Action Movies.Links:Buy CRASH! BOOM! BANG! How to Write Action Movies by Michael LuckerVisit Lucky Dog FilmworksRead An Oral History of A Vampire in BrooklynVisit Michael Wiese Productions
21/08/1733m 13s

Special Report: Albert Pyun on Interstellar Civil War (2017)

Special Guests: Albert PyunOn this special episode, Mike talks with writer/director Albert Pyun about his latest film, the sci-fi epic Interstellar Civil War: Shadows of the Empire (2017). They also discuss Pyun's dementia and how he was able to use this as an artistic method in the creation of his film.Links:Visit the official Albert Pyun websiteBe sure to LIKE Interstellar Civil War on FacebookListen to our Captain America episodeListen to our Mean Guns episode
18/08/1727m 2s

Episode 336: THX-1138 (1971)

Special Guests: Brian Jay Jones, Matthew Robbins, Maggie McOmie, Bruce Chesse, Sid HaigGuest Co-Hosts: Jay Bauman, Chris BricklemyerThe first feature film from director George Lucas, THX-1138 (1971) features a world in which love is outlawed and mind-altering drugs are mandatory. The film stars Robert Duvall as the titular THX-1138 and Maggie McOmie as LUH-3417 as roommates who eventually develop into something much more despite the totalitarian regime in which they live.Co-written by Walter Murch, the film ponders materialism, religion, and love.Chris Bricklemyer (Outside the Cinema, Are You Serious?) and Jay Bauman (Red Letter Media) join Mike to discuss Lucas's freshman film, how its themes would echo in his other work, and how he revised it in the 2004 "director's cut."
16/08/174h 2m

Episode 335: The Bellboy (1960)

Special Guests: Shawn LevyGuest Co-Hosts: Craig Bierko, Peter FlynnThe 1960 directorial debut from Jerry Lewis, The Bellboy, also stars Lewis in the titular role. He's Stanley, a put upon hotel worker at the Fountainbleu hotel in Miami. The film doesn’t necessarily have a three act plot per se but is more an opportunity for a string of gags.Filmmaker Peter Flynn and actor Craig Bierko join Mike to discuss The Bellboy as well as many other aspects of Lewis's career. Special guest Shawn Levy is the author of King of Comedy: The Life and Art of Jerry Lewis.
09/08/172h 8m

Episode 334: La Marge (1976)

Special Guests: Jeremy Richey, Noël Véry, Michael LevyGuest Co-Hosts: Daniel Bird, Samm DeighanAlso known as The Streetwalker, The Margin, and sometimes even as Emmanuel 77, La Marge film stars Joe Dallesandro as Sigismond, a loving husband who leaves his wife and child to head to Paris. While there he learns of the sudden, unexpected death of his aforementioned family and spends a few days living in fringes of society, spending most of his time with Diana, played by Sylvia Kristel, a prostitute. The 1976 film is one of several adaptations of André Pieyre de Mandiargues by director Walerian Borowczyk.Samm Deighan and Daniel Bird school Mike in the work of Walerian Borowczyk with the help of Jeremy Richey (author of the upcoming Sylvia Kristel in the Seventies: From Emmanuelle to Chabrol), cinematographer and cameraman Noël Véry, and Walerian Borowczyk's assistant, Michael Levy.
02/08/174h 1m

Episode 333: Akira (1988)

Special Guest: Jonathan ClementsGuest Co-Hosts: El Goro, Chris CumminsBased on his manga of the same name, and released two years before the end of the comic series, Katsuhiro Otomo’s Akira (1988) tells the tale of Kaneda -- a teenage punk in a motorcycle gang -- and Kei -- a member of an underground resistance -- and their adventures in NeoTokyo. They enter into a world of psychics including the titular Akira, the little boy with incredible powers that lead to the devastating explosion that opens the film.Special guest Jonathan Clements, author of Anime: A History, provides Mike with some much-needed background on Japanese animation while co-hosts El Goro and Chris Cummins describe their love of Otomo's groundbreaking film.Links:Buy Akira on Blu-RayBuy Akira, the mangaVisit the School Girl Milky Crisis blogCheck out the books of Jonathan ClmenetsVisit the Akira wikiVisit the Talk Without Rhythm podcastRead Chris Cummins's articles on Den of Geek
25/07/172h 45m

Episode 332: Visitor Q (2001)

Special Guest: Tom MesGuest Co-Hosts: Kevin Heffernan, Patrick BromleyWritten by Itaru Era, the 2001 movie from prolific director Takashi Miike Visitor Q tells the story of a family in disarray. The unemployed father (Ken'ichi Endô) a former newsman who laid off after an unfortunate incident, the mother (Shungiku Uchida) a heroin addict who prostitutes herself for money to get a fix, the son (Jun Mutô) is a victim of bullying who then bullies his own mother, and the daughter (Fujiko) who has left home to become a prostitute as well. When the titular Visitor Q (Kazushi Watanabe) shows up... things change.Special guest Tom Mes, author of Agitator: The Cinema of Takashi Miike, discusses Miike's career. Co-Hosts Patrick Bromley and Kevin Heffernan join Mike to examine Visitor Q as well as François Ozon's Sitcom and Pier Paolo Pasolini's Teorema (1968).
19/07/172h 16m

Special Report: CinemAbility (2013)

Special Guest: Jenni GoldGuest Co-Hosts: Sean Gray, Steve ByrneOn a special episode of The Projection Booth Steve Byrne and Sean Gray join Mike to discuss the documentary film CinemAbility (2013). Directed by Jenni Gold and co-written by Samuel Reed, the film looks at the long history of portraying disabilities on screen.Links:Visit the official CinemAbility websiteRead 14 Cisgender Actors in Transgender Roles from The Hollywood ReporterRead ‘Blind’ Director Addresses Backlash Over Casting Alec Baldwin And Not Disabled Actor In Lead Role by Michael MailerBe sure to visit the Is This Venue Accessible websiteCheck out the Freep Film Festival
17/07/171h 42m

Special Report: I'm Gonna Git You Sucka! (1988)

Special Guests: Antonio Fargas, Peter McCarthyGuest Co-Host: Chris CumminsKeenan Ivory Wayans's I'm Gonna Git You Sucka (1988) is at once a parody of and follow-up to Blaxploitation films of the 1970s. In it, Wayans stars as Jack Spade, the new blood trying to take down Mr. Big (John Vernon) with a team of classic heroes like John Slade (Bernie Casey), Hammer (Isaac Hayes), Slammer (Jim Brown), Kung Fu Joe (Steve James) and Fly Guy (Antonio Fargas).Chris Cummins joins Mike to discuss the film. Special guests include actor Antonio Fargas (Putney Swope, Cleopatra Jones) and producer Peter McCarthy (Tapeheads, Roadside Prophets).
14/07/172h 12m

Episode 331: The Cook The Thief His Wife & Her Lover (1989)

Guest Co-Hosts: Ken Stanley, Samm DeighanPeter Greenaway's The Cook The Thief His Wife & Her Lover (1989) tells the tale of Albert Spica (Michael Gambon), a monstrous gangster putting on airs as a gourmand. This loutish brute is the co-owner of a restaurant where he, his wife Georgina (Helen Mirren) and his crew are regulars. Also a frequent patron at the restaurant is Michael (Alan Howard), a book dealer who is secretly Georgina’s lover.Samm Deighan and Ken Stanley join Mike to discuss this controversial film as well as Greenaway's other work.
11/07/171h 52m

Episode 330: Arrebato (1979)

Guest Co-Host: Elric KaneElric Kane joins Mike to discuss the 1979 film from director Ivan Zulueta, Arrebato. The film stars Eusebio Poncela as Jose, a director who’s dissatisfied with his own work. He soon meets Pedro (Will More), a filmmaker of a different sort.
04/07/171h 29m

Special Report: Torchbearer (2016)

Special Guest: Zach DasherGuest Co-Hosts: David Pace-Bonello, Chris BricklemyerOn this special episode of The Projection Booth we’re looking at the 2016 documentary from director Steve Bannon, Torchbearer. The film stars Phil Robertson, better known as “The Duck Commander”, and is an hour-long sermon which warns against the perils of secularism. This is the ninth film from Bannon as director, though he’s taken a bit of a break from filmmaking as he’s now advising the current President.Special guest Zach Dasher recounts the making of the film.David Pace-Bonello and Chris Bricklemyer join Mike to discuss the film, political correctness, and much moreVisit the official Torchbearer websiteListen to the JungleGate podcast seriesLearn more about The Movie Game
03/07/172h 22m

Special Report: Don "The Dragon" Wilson

Special Guests: Don "The Dragon" WilsonMike talks to action star Don "The Dragon" Wilson about his careers in acting and kickboxing. They discuss the Bloodfist series, Red Sun Rising, Batman and Robin, and his latest work with director Michael Baumgarten, Paying Mr. McGetty and The Martial Arts Kid.Links:Follow Don Wilson on Facebook
29/06/171h 12m

Episode 329: On the Silver Globe (1988)

Special Guest: Daniel Bird Guest Co-Hosts: Heather Drain, Joe YanickInitially begun in 1977 and not released until (1988, Andrzej Zulawski, On the Silver Globe, is based on a series called The Lunar Trilogy by Zulawski's great uncle Jerzy.Joe Yanick and Heather Drain join Mike in an attempt to unravel the Polish sci-fi epic.
28/06/172h 14m

Episode 328: Over the Edge (1979)

Special Guests: Charlie Haas, Tim Hunter, Vincent Spano, Andy Romano, Harry NorthupGuest Co-Hosts: Heather Drain, Leon ChaseJonathan Kaplan's Over the Edge (1979) tells the story of a group of disaffected youths growing up in the sterile confines of a remote suburb. Their folks dig on that almighty dollar, seeking to continue to build up the cookie cutter homes of New Granada, even if it means knocking down the local rec center, the only place the kids have to congregate in any sort of civilized manner.This episode features interviews with co-writers Charlie Haas and Tim Hunter along actors Vincent Spano, Andy Romano, and Harry Northup.Leon Chase and Heather Drain join Mike to reminisce about the film and their younger days.Buy Over the Edge on DVDBuy The Enthusiast: A Novel by Charlie HaasVisit Harry Northup's Times Times 3 blogListen to our episode on Pump Up the VolumeListen to the Talk Without Rhythm episode on Over The Edge + Pump Up the VolumeVisit the official Leon Chase websiteVisit the official Heather Drain website
25/06/175h 21m

Special Report: American Psycho (2000)

Special Guests: Mary Harron, Guinevere Turner, Roberta Hanley Guest Co-Hosts: David Rodgers Paula Guthat Based on the controversial book by Bret Easton Ellis, American Psycho (2000) tells the tale of Wall Street's Patrick Bateman (Christian Bale), his murderous rampage, and the world of the late 1980s Manhattan.The episode features interviews with one of the original screenwriters, Roberta Hanley, along with the film's director, Mary Harron and co-screenwriter / actress Guinevere Turner.David Rodgers and Cinema Detroit's Paula Guthat join Mike to discuss yuppie scum and how American Psycho still resonates today.Buy American Psycho on DVDBuy American Psycho by Bret Easton EllisBuy American Psycho (Original London Cast Recording)Read In Defense of American Psycho 2 by Chris AlexanderRead How Mary Harron made a feminist film out of American Psycho by Joe Blevins
20/06/173h 54m

Episode 327: Wings of Desire (1987)

Guest Co-Host: Joe YanickWings of Desire, the 1987 film from Wim Wenders, stars Bruno Ganz as Damiel and Otto Sander as Cassiel, two angels out of many that watch over Berlin. They are immortal observers, watching the goings-on of the myriad people around them. Yet, they can never experience the full world in which the humans live. They know not taste, touch, feeling, or love...Small Screen Cinema's Joe Yanick joins Mike to discuss Peter Falk, the sequel Faraway, So Close!, and the American remake City of Angels on this episode. Buy Wings of Desire on Blu-RayBuy books by Wim WendersVisit the official Wim Wenders website
13/06/171h 27m

Special Report: The Fabulous Allan Carr (2017)

Special Guests: Jeffrey Schwarz On this special episode of The Projection Booth, Mike talks with Jeffrey Schwarz about his latest documentary, The Fabulous Allan Carr (2017) which follows the life and career of producer and caftan enthusiast Allan Carr. We discuss his triumphs like Grease and La Cage aux Folles as well as Grease 2 and Can't Stop the Music. Visit the official The Fabulous Allan Carr websiteBe sure to like The Fabulous Allan Carr on FacebookFollow @allancarrmovie on TwitterBuy Party Animals: A Hollywood Tale of Sex, Drugs, and Rock 'n' Roll Starring the Fabulous Allan Carr by Robert HoflerBuy The Guttenberg Bible: A Memoir by Steve Guttenberg
12/06/1751m 1s

Special Report: Jeremiah Tower - The Last Magnificent (2016)

Special Guests: Lydia TenagliaOn this special episode of The Projection Booth, Mike talks to Lydia Tenaglia about her film Jeremiah Tower: The Last Magnificent (2016), a documentary about culinary pioneer Jeremiah Tower and his travels and travails.Ms. Tenaglia also shares stories of her early career; working on medical reality shows (Trauma: Life in the ER) and her role in bringing Anthony Bourdain to television.Links:Visit the official Jeremiah Tower: The Last Magnificent websiteVisit the official Zero Point Zero websiteBuy Kitchen Confidential by Anthony Bourdain
09/06/1756m 13s

Episode 326: John Dies at the End (2012)

Special Guest: Glynn TurmanGuest Co-Hosts: Thomas Barker, Chris StachiwBased on a book by David Wong, Don Coscarelli's John Dies at the End (2012) stars Chase Williamson as a character named David Wong while Rob Mayes plays the titular John. The film chronicles the otherworldly adventures of Dave and John as they ingest a new drug, Soy Sauce, and travel to other dimensions.Special guest Glynn Turman plays Detective Lawrence Appleton in the film. He discusses his "accidental" career and his groundbreaking appearance in "Peyton Place" as well as some of his favorite roles in Cooley High, The Serpent's Egg, and more.Buy John Dies at the End on Blu-RayBuy John Dies at the End by David WongFollow Don Coscarelli on TwitterLike Don Coscarelli on FacebookVisit the official David Wong websiteVisit the John Dies at the End Magnet websiteVisit the movie websiteVisit the Phantasm websiteListen to the Shock Wave interview with Don Coscarelli
06/06/171h 43m

Special Report: Jad Smith on Alfred Bester

Special Guests: Jad SmithOn this special episode of The Projection Booth, Mike talks with Professor Jad Smith about his book, Alfred Bester, part of the University of Illinois Press series, Masters of Science Fiction.Bester, a master craftsman of prose, is best known for his seminal sci-fi books The Stars My Destination and The Demolished Man.Links:Buy Alfred Bester by Jad SmithBuy The Stars My Destination by Alfred BesterBuy The Demolished Man by Alfred Bester
05/06/1756m 44s

Episode 325: One-Eyed Jacks (1961)

Special Guest: Toby Roan Guest Co-Hosts: Paul Zimmerman, Jamey Duvall Based on Charles Neider's book The Authentic Death of Hendry Jones, One-Eyed Jacks (1961) tells the tale of Rio AKA The Kid, played by Marlon Brando, and Dad Longsworth, played by Karl Malden. The two are outlaws who take very different paths, the Kid being a "noble" criminal while Dad eventually becomes a servant of the law. We watch them spar in the coastal Californian city of Monterrey where the tumultuous water serves as a metaphor for the raging emotions inside each man.The film was originally supposed to have been a powerhouse production with Sam Peckinpah writing the adaptation, Stanley Kubrick directing, and Brando as the star. But things don't always work out the way they're supposed to. Instead, this became the first and only film that Brando directed.Jamey Duvall and Paul Zimmerman join Mike to discuss Brando, Westerns, and more. Special guest Toby Roan is the author of the upcoming A Million Feet Of Film: The Making Of One-Eyed Jacks.Buy One-Eyed Jacks on Blu-RayBuy The Authentic Death of Hendry Jones by Charles NeiderVisit 50 Westerns from the '50sHear more of Jamie Duvall at Movie Geeks United!Read My Dinners with Demme by Paul Zimmerman
01/06/172h 14m

Special Report: Steven Shainberg on Rupture

Special Guest: Steven ShainbergOn this special episode, Mike talks with director Steven Shainberg about his career from The Big Hit (1996) to Secretary (2002), to Fur (2006) to his latest, Rupture (2016) starring Noomi Rapace, Michael Chiklis, and Peter StormareBuy Rupture on streaming videoListen to our episode on Secretary
30/05/171h 14m

Special Report: Cinetopia 2017

Mike talks with Brian Hunter about the line-up for Cinetopia 2017, the annual film festival which takes place in Ann Arbor and Metro Detroit.  For more information visit
29/05/1745m 1s

Special Report: Nineteen Eighty Four (1984)

Special Guest: Michael Radford Guest Co-Hosts: Samm Deighan, Emily Intravia On this special episode of The Projection Booth we discuss Michael Radford's 1984 version of George Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four starring John Hurt as Winston Smith, Suzanna Hamilton as Julia, and Richard Burton as O'Brien.Emily Intravia of the Feminine Critique podcast and Samm Deighan of the Daughters of Darkness podcast join Mike to discuss Radford's 1984 as well as several other TV and film adaptations from the 1950s.Buy Michael Radford's 1984 on DVDRead 1984 by George OrwellBuy Michael Anderson's 1984 on DVDBuy V for Vendetta by Alan MooreListen to the Daughters of Darkness podcastListen to the Feminine Critique podcast
28/05/173h 18m

Episode 324: The Lost One (1951)

Special Guests Stephen YoungkinGuest Co-Hosts: Samm Deighan, Daniel Bird In The Lost One (AKA Der Verlorene) (1951) we find Peter Lorre as Dr. Karl Rothe (AKA Dr. Karl Neumeister), working at a displaced persons camp after World War II. When a figure from his past, Hösch (AKA Nowak) (Karl John), appears at the camp the two men reminisce about their shared history during the war.The film is a tense film noir by way of the German trümmerfilm (rubble film) and the only feature directed by Peter Lorre.Daniel Bird and Samm Deighan join Mike to discuss The Lost One, Fritz Lang's M, and much more.Links:Buy The Lost One on DVD-RBuy The Lost One: A Life of Peter Lorre by Stephen D. YoungkinBuy Crime and Punishment on DVDKeep up with Samm Deighan at Diabolique magazineListen to the Supporting Characters interview with Daniel Bird
24/05/172h 26m

Special Report: Karen Lunder on Gifted (2017)

Special Guest: Karen LunderMike talks to producer Karen Lunder about some of her work from the early days of working on Todd Solondz's Happiness, John Tucker Must Die and Mr. Woodcock to her recent string of successes including The Founder, Eye in the Sky, and Arrival.Ms. Lunder and Mike focus on the 2017 film from director Marc Webb and writer Tom Flynn, Gifted, which stars Mckenna Grace, Chris Evans, and Octavia Spencer.Links:Visit the official Gifted websiteVisit the official Film Nation website
18/05/1746m 36s

Episode 323: The Ninth Configuration (1980)

Special Guest: Stacy Keach Guest Co-Hosts: Samm Deighan, Heather Drain Written and directed by William Peter Blatty, The Ninth Configuration (1980) has been known at points and was based on his novel Twinkle Twinkle Killer Kane. The film stars Stacy Keach as Col. Hudson Kane, a new psychiatrist at an unusual retreat for men who have cracked up during the Vietnam War. Also at this fog shrouded castle is Captain Billy Cutshaw (Scott Wilson), an astronaut who freaked out before his mission to the moon. The two men are at odds about the world, especially around the question of faith.Heather Drain and Samm Deighan join Mike to discuss the Blatty, The Exorcist, Legion, and starting a Joe Spinell street gang.Buy The Ninth Configuration on Blu-RayBuy The Ninth Configuration by William Peter BlattyBuy Demons Five, Exorcists Nothing: A Fable by William Peter BlattyBuy All in All: An Actor's Life On and Off the Stage by Stacy KeachVisit the official Stacy Keach websiteHear Tom Atkins's recollections of working on The Ninth ConfigurationRead more about Ed FlandersVisit the Ninth Configuration fan site
17/05/172h 49m

Special Report: Who is Arthur Chu? (2017)

Special Guests: Scott Drucker, Yu GuGuest Co-Hosts Rod Lott Rod Lott joins Mike to discuss the 2017 documentary Who Is Arthur Chu?? The film is ostensibly about "Jeopardy" champion Arthur Chu but goes into larger discussions of race, gender, nerd culture, and more.Mike speaks to filmmakers Yu Gu and Scott Drucker about the creation of and response to the film.Links:Visit the official Wh0 is Arthur Chu websiteFollow Arthur Chu on TwitterVisit the official Arthur Chu websiteVisit the The Final WagerVisit the J ArchiveRead No Girls Allowed: The Lasting Rules of GamerGate and Toxic Misogyny by Sam RiedelRead I’m not “that creepy guy from the Internet”: How Gamergate gave the geek community a bad name by Arthur ChuFollow Ken Jennings on TwitterListen to the Slanted Screen episode
14/05/171h 34m

Episode 322: Mommie Dearest (1981)

Special Guests: Rutanya Alda, Justin BozungGuest Co-Hosts: Terry Frost, Joshua GrannellBased on the scandalous memoir by Christina Crawford, Frank Perry's Mommie Dearest (1981) gave the world a powerhouse performance by Faye Dunaway as Joan Crawford.On this episode of The Projection Booth, Joshual Grannell and Terry Frost join Mike to discuss the movie and its reception. Guests this episode include actress Rutanya Alda who gives a behind-the-scenes account of the shooting of the film and Justin Bozung who is currently writing a book about director Frank Perry.Buy Mommie Dearest on DVDBuy The Mommie Dearest Diary: Carol Ann Tells All by Rutanya AldaBuy Mommie Dearest by Christina CrawfordBuy Looking for Gatsby by Faye DunawayVisit the Concluding Chapter of Crawford websiteVisit the official Peaches Christ websiteVisit the Paleo Cinema websiteVisit the Martian Drive-In Podcast
10/05/173h 11m

Special Report: Stories from the Trenches, The Official Sam Firstenberg Book

Special Guests: Marco Siedelmann, Sam FirstenbergOn a special episode of The Projection Booth, Mike talks to author Marco Siedlmann about his upcoming book, Stories from the Trenches: The Official Sam Firstenberg Book as well as the subject of the book himself, Sam Firstenberg, the director of films sch as American Ninja, American Samurai, Cyborg Cop, and Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo.Links:More about The Untold, In-Depth, Outrageously True Story of Shapiro Glickenhaus EntertainmentRead about other books by Marco Siedelmann
06/05/171h 23m

Episode 321: Wanda Whips Wall Street (1981)

Special Guest: Larry ReveneGuest Co-Hosts: Kevin Heffernan, Heather Drain In Larry Revene's Wanda Whips Wall Street (1981), Veronica Hart stars as Wanda Brandt, a serious business woman who plies her feminine wiles while taking over Tyler Industries, despite investigators Lou Perrini (Jamie Gillis) and Ed Drummond (Ron Jeremy) being hot on her trail...Professor Kevin Heffernan and Heather Drain join Mike in discussing the film as well as it's 1984 re-cut version, Stocks and Blondes.Be sure to read the interview with Wanda's screenwriter Rick Marx.Buy Wanda Whips Wall Street on DVDBuy Stocks and Blondes on DVDBuy Wham Bam $$ Ba Da Boom! : Mob wars, Battles and a View from the Trenches by Larry ReveneBuy Life in a Film Can by Larry ReveneRead Casey Scott's review of Stocks and BlondesRead Knot and Gender blog by Kevin HeffernanRead The Crawling Eye Cult Media Blog by Kevin HeffernanVisit the Mondo Heather website
02/05/172h 8m

Ego Fest 5: Planet Ego

Special Guests: "Mondo" Justin Bozung, Rob St. Mary, Chris StachiwGuest Co-Hosts: Heather DrainIt's been over a year since we've pulled back the curtain and done an "Ego Fest." Rather than discussing a specific film, this episode is all about The Projection Booth itself. It's the real dirt, off the record, on the QT, and very hush-hush.Heather Drain joins Mike to answer listener questions, thank Patreon Donors, go off-topic, and kvetch.Read the interview with Mike White on Outward Film NetworkRead Those movie nerds behind the video-store counter are back — and they’re doing podcasts by Stephanie MerryListen to Heather on The Pop Culture ClubListen to Mike and Heather on the Supporting Characters podcastRead Kong: Skull Island – why do Hollywood blockbusters have such Trump-like politics? by James Robert Douglas
30/04/174h 59m

Special Report: Tami Stronach

Special Guest: Tami StronachMike talks with actress Tami Stronach from her early days and starring as The Childlike Empress in The Neverending Story (1984) to her dance and theater career as the co-founder of The Paper Canoe Company.Links:Follow Tami on TwitterLearn more about Beanstalk JackGet the Beanstalk Jack album on Bandcamp
28/04/1720m 55s

Episode 320: eXistenZ (1999)

Special Guest: Ernest MathijsGuest Co-Hosts: Jessica Kramer, Dustin KramereXistenZ, the 1999 film from writer/director David Cronenberg stars Jennifer Jason Leigh as Allegra Geller, a game designer who has been marked for death by a faction known as the “Realists”. After an assassination attempt she escapes with her ineffectual bodyguard, a PR nerd named Ted Pikull played by Jude Law. The pair eventually test out Allegra’s new game, eXistenZ, in order to make sure her biomass game pod is still functional. From there the film traverses many layers of game play, making viewers question what’s real and what’s part of play.Dustin & Jessica Kramer of the Popcorn Poops podcast join Mike to discuss existentialism, Freud, Philip K. Dick, The Matrix, and more.Buy eXistenZ on DVDBuy the eXistenZ novelization by "John Luther Novak" (AKA Christopher Priest)Buy the eXistenZ soundtrack by Howard ShoreBuy The Cinema of David Cronenberg: From Baron of Blood to Cultural Hero Buy The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldrich by Philip K. DickBuy The Days of Perky Pat by Philip K. DickListen to the Popcorn Poops podcast
25/04/172h 35m

Special Report: Faran Tahir

Mike speaks with actor Faran Tahir about his early days and more recent roles in Iron Man, Star Trek, Escape Plan, Once Upon a Time, and more.Follow Faran Tahir on Twitter at
24/04/1731m 23s

Episode 319: The Red Shoes (1948)

Guest Co-Hosts: Daniel Bird, Maitland McDonaghDaniel Bird and Maitland McDonagh join Mike to discuss the 1948 film from Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger, The Red Shoes. The film centers on the tumultuous world of dance, namely ballet. We follow Julian Craster (Marius Goring) and Vicky Page (Moira Shearer) through triumphs and misfortunes.A favorite of Martin Scorsese, the film is a triumph of melodrama and includes several breathtaking dance sequences, most notably an adaptation of Hans Christian Anderson's The Red Shoes.\
20/04/171h 43m

Episode 318: La Grande Illusion (1937)

Special Guest: Nick MacdonaldGuest Co-Hosts: Tom Jennings, Ken Stanley Set during World War One, Jean Renoir's La Grande Illusion (1937) stars Jean Gabin as Lt. Marechal, an airman who, along with Captain Boeldieu (Pierre Fresnay), are shot down by Captain Rauffenstein, who’s played by Erich von Stroheim. The two Frenchmen then spend most of the rest of the film in POW camps, primarily Hallbach and Wintersborn where they meet an array of fellow prisoners.Tom Jennings and Ken Stanley join Mike to discuss this seminal humanist film.
17/04/172h 34m

Special Report: They Live (1988)

Special Guests: D. Harlan Wilson, Sandy King, Peter Jason, Keith DavidGuest Co-Hosts: El Goro, Patrick BromleyYes, we're talking about John Carpenter's They Live (1988) wherein a man with no name -- or a name that means nothing -- Nada ("Rowdy" Roddy Piper) comes to Los Angeles looking for work only to find a vast conspiracy instead.We talk to the author of the They Live Cultography, D. Harlan Wilson, as well as producer Sandy King, and actors Peter Jason and Keith David.F! This Movie's Patrick Bromley and Talk Without Rhythm's El Goro join Mike to discuss this politically-charged film as well as Pizzagate, Wrestlemania, Shepard Fairey's use of wrestling, skateboarding, and politics via the "Andre the Giant Has a Posse" phenomenon, and morning in America.
11/04/174h 18m

Special Report: The Strange Eyes of Dr. Myes

Special Guests: Nancy AndrewsOn this special episode, Mike talks with Nancy Andrews the director of The Strange Eyes of Dr. Myes (2015), a short film cum feature cum web series.Watch the series at
09/04/1743m 4s

Epiosde 317: Kissed (1996)

Based on Barbara Gowdy's short story We So Seldom Look on Love, Lynne Stopkewich's Kissed (1996) is an unusual love story wherein Sandra Larson (Molly Parker) has an attraction to death while Matt (Peter Outerbridge) is attracted to Sandra.Axel Kohagen and Rob St. Mary join Mike to discuss necrophilia, zombies, and more.Links:Buy Kissed on DVDBuy We So Seldom Look on Love by Barbara GowdyRead Fuck Dead by Peter Bowen from Filmmaker MagazineRead The Films of Lynne Stopkewich by Jason AndersonVisit the official Barbara Gowdy websiteBuy My Friend Dahmer by DerfBuy Apocalypse Culture by Adam Parfrey
04/04/173h 19m

Special Report: Miranda Bailey

Mike talked with writer/producer/director/actress  Miranda Bailey about some of her past and future projects including Swiss Army Man, Super, Don't Thing Twice, Diary of a Teenage Girl, and The Pathological Optimist. Find out more about Ms. Bailey at
01/04/1722m 54s

Episode 316: Doctor Detroit (1983)

Special Guests: Michael Pressman, Carl Gottlieb, Robert Boris, Glenne HeadlyGuest Co-Hosts: Heather Drain, Aaron PetersonWe wrap up '80s month with a housecall from Doctor Detroit (1983), the story of mild-mannered professor, Clifford Skridlow (Dan Aykroyd) and how he transforms into super-pimp Doctor Detroit.Based on the short story "Detroit Abe" by Bruce Jay Friedman, Mike talks to screenwriters Robert Boris and Carl Gottlieb along with director Michael Pressman. This episode also includes the third and final part of the interview with actress Glenne Headly.Aaron Peterson and Heather Drain join Mike to discuss this unusual comedy.Links:Buy Doctor Detroit on DVDBuy The Collected Short Fiction of Bruce Jay Friedman by Bruce Jay FriedmanHear more of Robert Boris on the Electra Glide in Blue episodeKeep up with Heather Drain at Mondo HeatherBe sure to check out The Hollywood OutsiderListen to Remake This Movie Right
29/03/172h 40m

Special Report: Freep Film Festival 2017

Special Guest: Steve ByrneMike talks with Steve Byrne of the Detroit Free Press about the 2017 Freep Film Festival, the documentary-focused fest that runs from March 30-April 2, 2017.In the spotlight are films such as 12th & Clairmount, The 24 Hour War, Eero Saarinen: The Architect Who Saw the Future, The Force, Making Waves: Battle for the Great Lakes, Tickling Giants and On the Sly: The Search for the Family Stone.Mike is scheduled to moderate the post-screening Q&A with director Michael Rubenstone at the Cinema Detroit screening 5:30 PM on Saturday April 1.
26/03/1734m 41s

Episode 315: Beverly Hills Cop (1984)

Special Guest: Daniel Petrie Jr., Steven Berkoff, Ronny Cox, John Ashton, Harold Faltermeyer, Steven E. de Sousa, Guest Co-Host: Elric Kane, Chris CumminsIn Martin Brest's Beverly Hills Cop (1984), Eddie Murphy stars as Detroit police officer Axel Foley. He pursues the killers of his childhood friend to Beverly Hills where the local constabulary find his methods questionable.We talk to screenwriter Daniel Petrie Jr, actors John Ashton, Ronny Cox, and Steven Berkoff along with composer Harold Faltermeyer. As an added bonus, we talk to the original writer of Beverly Hills Cop III, Steven E. de Sousa.Mike's joined by Chris Cummins and Elric Kane to discuss the Beverly Hills Cop series as well as the Sylvester Stallone offshoot, Cobra.Buy the Beverly Hills Cop collection on Blu-RayVisit the official Harold Faltermeyer websiteVisit the official Ronny Cox websiteVisit the official John Ashton websiteVisit the official Steven Berkoff websiteFollow Steven E. de Sousa on TwitterFollow Elric Kane on TwitterFollow Chris Cummins on Twitter
21/03/174h 3m

Episode 314: Joysticks (1983)

Special Guests: Greydon Clark, Jon GriesGuest Co-Hosts: Chris Cummins, Heather DrainAre you ready for some Totally Awesome Video Games?!?We head to the arcade this week to discuss Greydon Clark's teen comedy Joysticks (1983) wherein the local gaming establishment is threatened by Mr. Rutter (Joe Don Baker). The film includes an incredible cast, featuring Jon Gries as King Vidiot.Heather Drain and Chris Cummins join Mike to discuss their favorite games, arcades, and making their money the hard way... one quarter at a time.Links:Buy Joysticks on DVDBuy On The Cheap: My Life in Low Budget Filmmaking by Greydon ClarkVisit the official Greydon Clark websiteFollow Jon Gries on TwitterVisit the official Heather Drain websiteRead articles from Chris Cummins on Den of GeekRead the Joysticks review on House of Self IndulgenceVisit the Jim "Dorfus" Greenleaf YouTube Channel
14/03/173h 27m

Episode 313: Making Mr. Right (1987)

Special Guest: Susan Seidelman, Ann Magnuson, Glenne Headly, Laurie Frank, Floyd ByarsGuest Co-Host: Beth Accomando, Miguel RodriguezIn Susan Seidelman's Making Mr. Right (1987), Frankie Stone (Ann Magnuson) is an ad executive whose new client, ChemTec, needs a major PR campaign in order to make the Ulysses robot (John Malkovich) palatable to the American public.Laurie Frank and Floyd Byars penned this sci-fi romantic comedy.The episode features the second of the three-part interview with actress Glenne Headly. Hear the first part on the Dick Tracy episode.Beth Accomando and Miguel Rodridguez join Mike to discuss this delightfully quirky film.Links:Buy Making Mr. Right on DVDVisit the official Ann Magnuson websiteVisit the Frank Picture GalleryRead Beth Accomando's film reviewsVisit the Horrible Imaginings Film Festival website
07/03/174h 5m

Episode 312: Never Too Young to Die (1986)

Special Guests: Gil Bettman, David Worth, Peter KwongGuest Co-Hosts: Heather Drain, Josh Stewart"I kinda wanted it to be Rocky Horror Picture Show meets Rambo" - Director Gil BettmanAn outstanding example of '80s Action Cinema, Never Too Young to Die (1986) stars John Stamos as Lance Stargrove, the "son of Bond", who teams up with Peter Kwong and Vanity to take down the evil intersex rock-n-roll cult leader Velvet Von Ragnar Gene Simmons.The brainchild of Steven Paul (Baby Geniuses, Slapstick of Another Kind, The Double 0 Kid), the film is getting a Blu-Ray release in April, 2017.Josh Stewart and Heather Drain join Mike to discuss this outrageous film.
28/02/172h 57m

Episode 311: The Cars that Ate Paris (1974)

Special Guests: Jonathan Rayner, Hal McElroy, Terry Camilleri, Bruce SpenceGuest Co-Hosts: Ben Buckingham, Kevin HeffernanPeter Weir's The Cars That Ate Paris (1974) stars Terry Camilleri as Arthur Waldo, a meek man whose brother dies in a car accident outside of Paris, Australia -- a town whose economy relies on scavenging on the wrecks they create.Also released (in a truncated form) as The Cars That Eat People, the film is the first feature from Peter Weir and was produced by Jim and Hal McElroy.Ben Buckingham and Kevin Heffernan join Mike to discuss the film, Mad Max 2, and more.Buy The Cars That Ate Paris on DVDBuy The Films of Peter Weir by Dr. Jonathan RaynerLearn more about Mapping Cinematic NorthsLearn more about FilmurbiaVisit the Peter Weir CaveVisit the Trench websiteVisit Kevin Heffernan's Knot and Gender blogVisit Kevin Heffernan's The Crawling Eye: A Bloodshot Look at International Genre Film, Television, and Cult Media
20/02/174h 35m

Episode 310: Chilly Scenes of Winter (1979)

Special Guests: Joan Micklin Silver, John Heard,Amy Robinson, Griffin Dunne, Mark Metcalf Guest Co-Hosts: Daniel Kremer, Bill AckermanIn Joan Micklin Silver's Chilly Scenes of Winter (1979) John Heard plays Charles, a lovelorn man who pines for Laura (Mary Beth Hurt), who's taking a break from her relationship with Ox (Mark Metcalf).Produced by Metcalf, Amy Robinson, and Griffin Dunne, the film was initially released as Head Over Heels with a ridiculous advertising campaign that didn't capture the true spirit of the movie. Fortunately, the film was given another chance with a new ending and its proper title.Bill Ackerman and Daniel Kremer (who's writing a book about Joan Micklin Silver) join Mike to discuss the film, which is finally getting a proper Blu-Ray release.Buy Chilly Scenes of Winter on Blu-RayBuy Chilly Scenes of Winter by Ann BeatieBuy Sidney J. Furie: Life and Films by Daniel Kremer
14/02/173h 59m

Special Report: Greg Travis on Dark Seduction

Special Guest: Greg TravisFilmmaker Greg Travis discusses his career from his days doing stand-up, to his acting (Watchmen, Starship Troopers, Showgirls), and the 30 years-in-the-making Dark Seduction.Links:Buy Dark Seduction on DVDBuy Dark Seduction on iTunesBuy Dark Seduction on Google Play
13/02/1743m 39s

Episode 309: Puzzle of a Downfall Child (1970)

Special Guests: Jerry Schatzberg, Barry PrimusGuest Co-Hosts: Bill Ackerman, Daniel KremerJerry Schatzberg's Puzzle of a Downfall Child (1970) stars Faye Dunaway as Lou Andreas Sand, a model who has been used up and discarded by the fashion industry. Her former photographer and lover, Aaron (Barry Primus) interviews Lou, allowing screenwriter Carole Eastman to take the audience back and forth in a fracture time structure, allowing us to see the pieces of the puzzle that is Lou.Bill Ackerman and Daniel Kremer join Mike to discuss this fascinating and difficult-to-find film.Buy Puzzle of a Downfall Child on DVD (PAL, Reg.2)Visit the official Jerry Schatzberg websiteBuy Looking for Gatsby by Faye DunawayBuy Sidney J. Furie: Life and Films by Daniel KremerListen to Supporting Characters from Bill Ackerman
07/02/172h 27m

Special Report: Future Shock - The Story of 2000 AD (2014)

Special Guests: Paul Goodwin, Sean HoganGuest Co-Host: Josh HadleyBritain's ground-breaking 2000 AD comic introduced a raft of vital artists and writers along with indelible characters like Judge Dredd, Halo Jones, Strontium Dog, and more. The documentary Future Shock! The Story of 2000 AD (2014) tells the story of the ups and downs of this influential work.Director Paul Goodwin and producer Sean Hogan discuss the creation of Future Shock!.Josh Hadley joins Mike to reminisce about comics and the film adaptations of various 2000 AD stories.Links:Buy or Rent Future ShockFollow FutureShockDoc on TwitterVisit the official Future Shock websiteVisit the official 2000 AD website
02/02/172h 14m

Episode 308: Stalker / Сталкер (1979)

Special Guest: Geoff DyerGuest Co-Hosts: Elric Kane. Joe YanickAndrei Tarkovsky 's Stalker (1979) is a deceptively simple film about three men who venture into the verdant and mystical "Zone" in search of a room where their innermost desires will come true. Based loosely on Roadside Picnic by Boris and Arkadiy Strugatskiy, the film becomes a meditative experience about art, religion, and logic.Elric Kane and Joe Yanick join Mike to discuss this unusual "science fiction" film.Buy Stalker on DVDBuy Roadside Picnic by Arkady Strugatsky and Boris StrugatskyBuy Zona: A Book About a Film About a Journey to a Room by Geoff DyerBuy Roadside Picnic, read by Robert ForsterVisit the official Geoff Dyer website
31/01/172h 19m

Special Report: Ted Raimi

Fellow Detroiter Ted Raimi discusses how he got into acting, what it's like having Michigan recreated in New Zealand, his work in Lunatics a Love Story, and much more in this interview.Learn more about Ted at his website:
26/01/1729m 8s

Episode 307: The Rocking Horse Winner (1949)

Special Guest: Maitland McDongahThe 1949 adaptation of D.H. Lawrence's short story, The Rocking Horse Winner (adapted and directed by Anthony Pélissier) is an intense family melodrama shot like a horror film. The film stars John Howard Davies as Paul Grahame, a young boy desperate to bring his mother happiness.Maitland McDonagh joins Mike to discuss this poignant work. Links:Buy The Rocking Horse Winner on DVDRead The Rocking Horse WinnerVisit the official D.H. Lawrence websiteBuy Maitland McDonagh's books
24/01/171h 13m

Inauguration Special: The Intruder (1962)

Special Guest: Jason V. BrockGuest Co-Host: Elric Kane, Chris StachiwOn this special episode of The Projection Booth, we're looking at the 1962 film from Roger Corman, The Intruder. The film stars William Shatner as Adam Cramer, a stranger who comes to the Southern town of Caxton, a town on the brink of school integration. Cramer is there to stop integration or, moreover, he’s there to stir up trouble.The film was written by Charles Beaumont who based the screenplay on his own novel of the same name.Elric Kane and Chris Stachiw join Mike to discuss this remarkable and disturbing film that demonstrates how a demagogue can rise to power by stoking the fires of fear and hatred.Links:Buy The Intruder on DVDBuy The Intruder by Charles BeaumontBuy Charles Beaumont: The Short Life of Twilight Zone's Magic Man on DVDVisit Jasunni ProductionsVisit Kulture ShockedVisit Shock Wave
20/01/172h 13m

Bonus Interview: Miguel Ferrer

Sadly, Miguel Ferrer has passed away.  For some reson I have been sitting on the remainder of our interview with him from the Robocop episode. Hear the rest at
19/01/1749m 10s

Episode 306: Fantastic Planet (1973)

Guest Co-Hosts: Vincenzo Natali, Jeffrey BabcockVincenzo Natali and Jeffrey Babcock join Mike to look at the 1973 film from René Laloux, Fantastic Planet . Also known as La Planète Sauvage, this animated film was based on a book by Stefan Wul called Oms en série with visuals designed by Roland Topor of the Panic Movement. The film tells the tale of a world where exist as pets and pestilence to the Draags, 39 feet high blue-skinned creatures who enjoy meditation.Links:Buy Fantastic Planet on Blu-RayBuy Fantastic Planet by Stefan WulRead Looking back at the animated films of Rene Laloux by Aliya WhiteleyLearn more about the Panic Movement
17/01/171h 31m

Episode 305: Bonus Interview: Stu Phillips

Here's more from the composer of the Beyond the Valley of the Dolls soundtrack, Stu Phillips. Find out more about Stu at
10/01/171h 6m

Special Report: Steven Okazaki on Mifune The Last Samurai

Director Steven Okazaki discusses his latest documentary, Mifune: The Last Samurai.  The film highlights Toshiro Mifune's samurai films, especially those he made with Akira Kurosawa.Learn more at Strand Releasing:
09/01/1723m 16s

Episode 305: Beyond the Valley of the Dolls (1970)

Russ Meyer's first of two films for 20th Century Fox is a swinging quasi-sequel to Jacqueline Susann's tawdry Valley of the Dolls. Written by Roger Ebert, Beyond the Valley of the Dolls (1970) tells the tale of a female rock group who move out to Hollywood only to find it a cess-pool of broken dreams where only the strong and pure of heart survive.Interviews include Doyle Green (Lips, Hits, Tits, Power: The Films of Russ Meyer), Dolly Read-Martin (Kelly), Marcia McBroom(Pet), Erica Gavin (Roxanne), John Lazar (Ronnie "Z-Man" Barzell), Stu Phillips (Composer), and Lynn Carey (Vocals).Joining Mike this week are Heather Drain and Jordan Blossey.
08/01/175h 34m

Special Report: Producer Randall Emmett on Silence

Special Guest: Randall EmmettMike talked to producer Randall Emmett about his career (Narc, Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans, Lone Survivor) and the long journey Martin Scorsese's Silence (2016) took to get to the silver screen. Visit Randall Emmett's websiteDownload the Silence screenplayLearn more about Masahiro Shinoda's version of Silence (1971)
05/01/1730m 55s

Episode 304: Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill! (1965)

Special Guests: Dean DeFino, Jimmy McDonoughGuest Co-Hosts: Beth Accomando, Miguel RodriguezLadies and gentlemen, welcome to violence, the word and the act.A trio of busty go-go dancers (Tura Santana, Haji, Lori Williams) kill a man in the desert and kidnap his girlfriend before attempting to rob a lascivious old man and his two sons in the heated melodrama Faster, cat! Kill! Kill! (1965) from auteur Russ Meyer.Beth Accomando and Miguel Rodriguez of the Horrible Imaginings Film Festival join Mike to discuss this paean to female power and fast cars. Guest Dean DeFino is the author of the Cultography on Faster, cat! Kill! Kill!, while Jimmy McDonogh penned Big Bosoms and Square Jaws: The Biography of Russ Meyer, King of the Sex Film.Buy Faster cat Kill Kill on DVDBuy Big Bosoms and Square Jaws: The Biography of Russ Meyer, King of the Sex Film by Jimmy McDonoghBuy Faster, cat! Kill! Kill! (Cultographies) by Dean DeFinoLearn more about the Cultography seriesVisit the official Russ Meyer websiteListen to the Cinema Junkies podcastBe sure to LIKE The Film Geeks
01/01/172h 39m

Episode 303: The Lone Wolf & Cub Saga

Special Guest: Marc WalkowGuest Co-Hosts: Geoff Todd, Axel KohagenThe Lone Wolf & Cub Films (also known as the Babycart Films, the Kozure Okami Films, the Shogun Assassin series and more) are six movies released from 1972-1974 starring Tomisaburo Wakayama as Ogami Itto, the Shogun's decapitator. After he's framed by the villainous Yagyu clan, he travels the countryside with his young son in a tricked-out baby cart as an assassin and son for hire. Adapted from the manga by author Kazuo Koike, the films are both gorgeously contemplative and gory bloodbaths.Geoff Todd and Axel Kohagen join Mike to discuss the original manga, the television adaptations, the 1989 follow-up film, the 1992 reboot, and a handful of influences that the films have had on American popular culture.Buy Lone Wolf & Cub on Blu-RayBuy the manga from Kazuo KoikeBuy the TV series from Kuroto Kagigumi Buy Assassin on the Road to Hell (LW&C 7) on DVDMusic from Hideakira Sakurai and Kunihiko Murai
01/01/172h 8m

Special Report: The Thing (1982)

Special Guests: John Kenneth Muir, Jez Conolly, Dean Cundey, Joel Polis, Thomas G. WaitesGuest Co-Hosts: El Goro, Patrick BromleyInitially lambasted by critics, John Carpenter's The Thing (1982) was a brilliant adaptation of John W. Campbell's novella Who Goes There?. The film tells the story of a dozen men in Antarctica who are infiltrated by an alien shapeshifter.Interviews include authors John Kenneth Muir (The Films of John Carpenter), Jez Conolly (Devil’s Advocates: The Thing), actors Joel Polis (Fuchs), Thomas G. Waites (Windows), and cinematographer Dean Cundey.Patrick Bromley of the F This Movie podcast and El Goro of the Talk Without Rhythm podcast join Mike on this very special episode.Links:Buy The Thing on Blu-RayBuy The Films of John Carpenter by John Kenneth MuirBuy Devil's Advocates: The Thing by Jez ConnellyBuy The Thing (BFI Modern Classics) by Anne BillsonVisit Stuart Cohen's website
23/12/164h 34m

Episode 302: Lemon Popsicle (1978)

Special Guests: Boaz Davidson, Zachi Noy, Diane FranklinGuest Co-Hosts: Oren Shai, Heather DrainLemon Popsicle (AKA Eskimo Limon AKA Going All the Way) is a heartfelt 1978 coming-of-age sex comedy written and directed by Boaz Davidson and produced by Menahem Golan and Yoram Globus.Mike talks with writer/director Boaz Davidson, star Zachi Noy, and star of the Lemon Popsicle remake, Last American Virgin, Diane Franklin.Oren Shai and Heather Drain join Mike to discuss the original film, the American remake, and the 8(!) other films in the series. Find Lemon Posicle on DVDBuy Last American Virgin on DVDBuy Diane Franklin:The Excellent Adventures of the Last American, French-Exchange Babe of the 80s by Diane FranklinBuy The Lemon Popsicle Book by Roy Mitchell and Paul SuttonFollow Diane Franklin on TwitterVisit the Diane Franklin websiteVisit the Lemon Posicle Fan SiteVisit Oren Shai's websiteVisit Heather Drain's websiteHear the interview with Oren Shai and Webb Wilcoxen about The Frontier
18/12/163h 4m

Episode 301: Run of the Arrow (1957)

Special Guests: Samantha Fuller, Christa Fuller, Paul TalbotGuest Co-Hosts: Joseph Maddrey, Cullen GallagherSam Fuller's Run of the Arrow (1957) tells the tale of O'Meara (Rod Steiger) the man who shot the last bullet of the Civil War. Disenfranchised by Reconstruction, he heads west to live with the Sioux (lead by Charles Bronson). Relevant in 1957 when the U.S. was tearing itself apart over Civil Rights, the film is still as relevant in today's tumultuous times.Filmmaker Samantha Fuller discusses A Fuller Life (2013), the documentary about her father's life, while Christa Fuller offers insight about the making of Run of the Arrow. Paul Talbot, author of Bronson's Loose!: The Making of the Death Wish Films, discusses Charles Bronson's career and the times he played Native Americans in film.Joining Mike are film scholar Cullen Gallagher and Joseph Maddrey, author of The Quick, the Dead and the Revived: The Many Lives of the Western Film.92vm9nds
11/12/163h 0m

Episode 300: Highlander (1986)

Special Guests: Russell Mulcahy, Gregory WidenGuest Co-Hosts: Mike Thompson, Josh HadleyThere should be only one?The Projection Booth celebrates our 300th episode with Russell Mulcahy's Highlander (1986), a science fiction/fantasy film in which immortals fight through time until only two remain -- Connor MacLeod (Christopher Lambert) and The Kurgan (Clancy Brown). Though originally a box office flop, the film found new life on cable and VHS before spawning a bizarre franchise.The film's director, Russell Mulcahy, and original screenwriter, Gregory Widen, discuss their relationship with Highlander. Josh Hadley and Mike Thompson join Mike White in unravelling the many incarnations of the film's progeny.Buy Highlander on DVDBuy Highlander II: The Renegade Cut on DVDBuy Women of Darby Pop #1 (featuring Mike Thompson)Visit Highlander Worldwide websiteVisit the unofficial Highlander websiteRead Mike Thompson's Highlander II articleFind more of Josh Hadley at 12:01 Beyond4cca2xsf
06/12/163h 18m

Episode 299: The Chase (1946)

Special Guest: Francis M. Nevins Jr.Guest Co-Hosts: Maitland McDonagh, Cullen GallagherNoirvember 2016 concludes with a look at Arthur D. Ripley's The Chase (1946). Adapted by Philip Yordan from a Cornell Woolrich novel, the film tells the tale of Chuck Scott (Robert Cummings) a down-on-his-luck veteran who ends up working for gangster Eddie Roman (Steve Cochran) before falling for Roman's wife (Michèle Morgan) and stealing away with her to Cuba.Cullen Gallagher and Maitland McDonagh join Mike to discuss The Chase, Cornell Woolrich, and more.Links:Buy The Chase on Blu-RayBuy Cornell Woolrich: First You Dream, Then You Die by Francis M. Nevins Jr.Buy books from Maitland McDonaghRead more from Cullen at Pulp Serenade
29/11/161h 50m

Episode 298: Stranger on the Third Floor (1940)

Special Guest: Stephen D. YoungkinGuest Co-Hosts: Maitland McDonagh, Samm DeighanDirected by Boris Ingster with a screenplay by Frank Partos , Stranger on the Third Floor (1940) defines the stylistic conventions that would come to be known as film noir. The movie stars John McGuire as a hot shot reporter and Margaret Tallichet as his best gal (who eventually becomes the protagonist). He's framed for a murder committed by the man only known as "The Stranger" (Peter Lorre).Maitland McDonagh and Samm Deighan join Mike to discuss this first entry in the film noir pantheon as well as what it helped spawn. Author Stephen D. Youngkin joins the program to talk about the captivating Peter Lorre.Links:Buy Stranger on the Third Floor on DVDBuy The Lost One: A Life of Peter Lorre by Stephen D. YoungkinBuy books from Maitland McDonaghHear more from Samm Deighan on the Daughters of Darkness podcastVisit the Diabolique Magazine website
22/11/161h 56m

Music Mix: 2016 Wrap Up / Music Mix

2016 has been one heck of a year for The Projection Booth. I've continued to strive for some stellar interviews as well as guest co-hosts while covering an eclectic mix of new, old, popular, and obscure films. Thanks to all of those guests and co-hosts, and thanks especially to everyone who's listened to the show.As I did last year, I've put together a compilation of music from nearly every episode (omitting some specials) from 2016. It's as eclectic as I like the show to be. I hope folks find it enjoyable!Find the tracklist at The Projection Booth
18/11/164h 38m

Episode 297: Decoy (1946)

Guest Co-Hosts: Maitland McDonagh, Christa FaustDifficult to find on home video for many years, Jack Bernhard's Decoy (1946) stands as a highly off-beat film noir in which Margot Shelby (Jean Gillie) plays the consummate femme fatale with designs on the $400,000 her lover, Frankie (Robert Armstrong), has hidden. She needs to break him out of jail in order to get her hands on the money and does so by allowing him to be executed, only to bring him back from the dead...Writers Christa Faust and Maitland McDonagh join Mike to discuss this usual film.Links:Buy Decoy on DVD (Film Noir Set)Buy Decoy on DVD (Double Feature)Read a great article about DecoyBuy Maitland McDonagh's booksVisit the official Christa Faust website
15/11/161h 5m

Special Report: The Frontier (2015)

Special Guests: Oren Shai, Webb WilcoxenGuest Co-Host: Jared CaseThe Frontier (2015) is a retro neo-noir in which Laine (Jocelin Donahue), a woman on the run, finds her way to a diner/hotel where the owner, Luanne (Kelly Lynch) hosts an amalgam of shady characters.Film archivist Jared Case joins Mike to speak to director Oren Shai and co-writer Webb Wilcoxen about this new film.Links:Buy The Frontier on Blu-RayVisit the official The Frontier websiteVisit The Frontier on Kino LorberBe sure to LIKE The Frontier on Facebook
14/11/1642m 44s

Special Report: The Greasy Strangler (2016)

One of the most delightfully unusual movies of the decade, Jim Hosking's The Greasy Strangler (2016) is the tale of Big Ronnie (Michael St. Michaels) and Big Brayden (Sky Elobar), a father and son with a tense and greasy relationship. Trouble starts when Janet ( Elizabeth De Razzo), a disco tourist, enters the picture...Skizz Cyzyk joins Mike to talk about this hilarious film.Links:Buy The Greasy Strangler on Blu-RayBuy the Greasy Strangler soundtrackVisit the official Jim Hosking websiteCheck out Jim Hosking's Vimeo pageBe sure to LIKE The Greasy Strangler on Facebook
11/11/1659m 37s

Episode 296: Mulholland Dr (2001)

Special Guests: Laura Harring, Patrick FischlerGuest Co-Hosts: Jedidiah Ayres, Erik MarshallDavid Lynch's Mulholland Drive (2001) lived a double life as a television pilot and feature film. A neo-noir that plays with themes of identity, roleplaying, and obsession, the film stars Naomi Watts as innocent ingénue Betty Elms and Laura Elena Harring as Rita, a woman with a past hidden from herself.Mike talks to Patrick Fischler and Laura Harring about their roles in Mulholland Drive (and a lot more). Professor Erik Marshall and author Jedidiah Ayres help elucidate the mystery of Mulholland Drive.Links:Buy Mulholland Dr on Blu-RayBuy the Mulholland Dr soundtrackRead the Mulholland Dr scriptVisit an invaluable Mulholland Dr websiteBuy books from Jedidiah AyresRead Jedidiah Ayres's blogHear more of Erik Marshall on the That's A Wrap podcastListen to the Rena Riffel interviewListen to the Frannk Collison interview
08/11/163h 1m

Episode 295: Existo (1999)

Special Guests: Coke Sams, Bruce Arnston, J. Clarke Gallivan, Justin LloydGuest Co-Hosts: Skizz Cyzyk, Scott CalonicoIn Coke Sams's Existo (1999), the Moral Majority runs the U.S. while artists like Existo (Bruce Arnston) and Maxine (Jackie Welch) hide out in The Sewer, an underground club run by Colette Watchuwill (Gailard Sartain).Brought to us by some of the folks behind the Ernest films, Bruce Arnston, Coke Sams, and J. Clarke Gallivan, Existo is a hyperbolic, hysterical musical that is perfect viewing for this election cycle.Skizz Cyzyk and Scott Calonico join Mike to discuss Existo as well as the Ernest P. Worrell (Jim Varney) phenomenon.
01/11/162h 45m

Special Report: In Search of Lost Films

Mike talks with author Phil Hall about his book, In Search of Lost Films, an invaluable resource for fans of film history. Published by BearManor Media, Hall writes about a few of the better-known lost films but, moreover, delves into dozens of obscure titles as well as several sequences of better-known films that have yet to be recovered.The book is now available!Buy In Search of Lost Films by Phil HallHear more of Phil Hall at the Online Movie ShowLearn more about Finding Kukan
28/10/1638m 3s

Episode 294: Pontypool (2008)

Special Guests: Bruce McDonald, Tony BurgessGuest Co-Host: Maurice BursztynskiMrs. French's cat is missing.In a rather different take on the typical zombie story, Bruce McDonald's Pontypool (2008) has the English language as the infectious agent which drives people mad. Written by Tony Burgess (and based on his novel, Pontypool Changes Everything), the film stars Stephen McHattie as Grant Mazzy, a shock jock from the big city now working in backwater Ontario with his audio engineer Laurel-Ann (Georgina Reilly) and producer Syndey Briar (Lisa Houle).Mike discusses Pontypool with See Hear's Maurice Bursztynski.Buy Pontypool on DVDBuy Pontypool Changes Everything by Tony BurgessBuy the audio version of Pontypool Changes EverythingListen to the CBC Radio PlayVisit the official Claude Foisy website Visit the official Bruce McDonald websiteFollow Tony Burgess on TwitterFollow Bruce McDonald on TwitterListen to Maurice's band, the Ice HaloesListen to the I'm In Love With That Song podcast
25/10/163h 10m

Special Report: PIN (1988)

Special Guests: Caelum Vatnsdal, Sandor Stern, Andrew Neiderman, Cynthia PrestonGuest Co-Hosts: Paul Corupe, Elric KaneAdapted from a novel by Andrew Neiderman, Sandor Stern's Pin (1988) stars Terry O'Quinn as a doctor who speaks to his children Leon (David Hewlett) and Ursula (Cynthia Preston) through the anatomical dummy, Pin.Guests on this Shocktober bonus episode include Caelum Vatnsdal, author of They Came From Within: A History Of Canadian Horror Cinema, as well as director Sandor Stern, author Andrew Neiderman, and actor Cynthia Preston.Canuxplotation's Paul Corupe and Shock Waves's Elric Kane join Mike to discuss this eerie Canadian thriller.Buy Pin on DVDBuy They Came From Within: A History Of Canadian Horror Cinema by Caelum VatnsdalBuy Pin by Andrew NeidermanVisit the official Sandor Stern websiteVisit the official Andrew Neiderman websiteVisit the official Cynthia Preston websiteFollow Cynthia Preston on TwitterFollow Elric Kane on TwitterFollow Paul Corupe on Twitter
23/10/162h 52m

Episode 293: Martyrs (2008)

On this Shocktober episode, the subject of "New French Extremity" films are under discussion, specifically Pascal Laugier's Martyrs (2008).Alexandra West, co-host of The Faculty of Horror podcast (and author of Films of the New French Extremity: Visceral Horror and National Identity) and Elric Kane of the Shock Waves podcast join Mike to discuss Pascal Laugier's film along with the 2015 remake.Buy Martyrs (2008) on DVDBuy Martyrs (2015) on Blu-RayBuy Films of the New French Extremity: Visceral Horror and National Identity by Alexandra WestRead Fille Finale: The Final Girl in New French Extremity by Alexandra WestRead FLESH & BLOOD: SEX AND VIOLENCE IN RECENT FRENCH CINEMA by James Quandt (Subscription Required)Hear more of Elric Kane on Killer POV
18/10/161h 50m

Special Report: Killer Party (1986)

On this Shocktober special, Kat Ellinger of the Daughters of Darkness podcast and Jim Laczkowski of the Directors Club podcast (among others) join Mike to discuss the 1986 horror comedy from director William Fruet, Killer Party in which a trio of young women (Elaine Wilkes, Joanna Johnson, Alicia Fleer) rush a sorority with horrific results including hazing, murder, and demonic possession.Writer Barney Cohen talks about Killer Party, Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter, and the unmade Spiderman film.Links:Buy Killer Party on DVDHear more of Jim Laczkowski on the Pop Culture Club and the Now Playing Network
17/10/161h 11m

Episode 292: The Shining (1980)

Special Guests: Douglas Milsome, Garrett Brown, Rodney Ascher, Rob AgerGuest Co-Hosts: Keith Gordon, Vincenzo NataliAdapted from a novel by Stephen King, Stanley Kubrick The Shining (1980) tells the tale of Jack (Jack Nicholson), Wendy, (Shelley Duvall) and Danny (Danny Lloyd) Torrance, a family who spend a winter at the Overlook Hotel in Colorado. Jack plans on writing a book but, instead, battles the inner demons of alcoholism and anger, slowly going mad perhaps with the help of the ghosts of the Overlook...Directors Keith Gordon and Vincenzo Natali join Mike to discuss Stanley Kubrick and The Shining as well as the many interpretations of the films (as presented in works like Rodney Ascher's Room 237 and Rob Ager's Collative Learning series).Along with Ascher and Ager, cameraman Douglas Milsome and Steadicam operator (and inventor) Garrett Brown reminisce about working with Stanley Kubrick.
11/10/164h 21m

Bonus Interview: Chris Gore on the Future of Film Threat

Chris Gore dishes about the next steps after the recent successful fundraiser for Film Threat including a new project with Rob St. Mary...
11/10/1614m 4s

Special Report: Doomed: The Untold Story of Roger Corman's the Fantastic Four

In 1994, Roger Corman rushed to start the production of The Fantastic Four -- an adaptation of Marvel's quartet of superpowered beings who (somewhat) represented the four elements of earth (The Thing), Air (Invisible Girl), Fire (The Human Torch) and water (Mr. Fantastic).  The documentary Doomed: The Untold Story of Roger Corman's the Fantastic Four  tells the story of the making of -- and ultimate fate of -- the 1995 film.Interviews include writer/director Marty Langford, actor Carl Ciarfalio, and embedded journalist Chris Gore.
09/10/162h 24m

Episode 291: Night of the Creeps (1986)

Special Guests: Fred Dekker, Tom AtkinsGuest Co-Hosts: Heather Drain, Maitland McDonagh"What is this? A homicide, or a bad B-movie?"Fred Dekker's Night of the Creeps (1986) is a love letter to science fiction movies of the '50s. It's the story of Chris (Jason Lively) and JC (Steve Marshall), two friends who accidentally unleash a zombie plague from outer space onto their college campus. It's up to them, Cynthia (Jill Whitlow), and the grizzled Detective Cameron (Tom Atkins) to stop it.Maitland McDonagh and Heather Drain join Mike to discuss this wonderful film. Interviews feature writer/director Fred Dekker and star Tom Atkins
04/10/162h 48m

Episode 290: Duck Soup (1933)

Special Guest: Robert S. Bader, Robert Weide, Joseph AdamsonGuest Co-Host: Rob St. Mary, Jon CrossDirected by Leo McCarey, Duck Soup (1933) was the last of the four Marx Brothers' run at Paramount. A send-up of politics and warmongering, Duck Soup is an anarchic collection of sight gags, wordplay, and surrealism in which Groucho Marx plays Rufus T. Firefly, the man who will save Freedonia from disaster, despite the efforts of Chicolini (Chico Marx) and Pinky (Harpo Marx), two Sylvanian spies.Guest this week include Robert S. Bader (author of Four of the Three Musketeers: The Marx Brothers on Stage), Robert Weide (producer of Marx Brothers in a Nutshell) and Joseph Adamson (author of Groucho, Harpo, Chico and Sometimes Zeppo: A History of the Marx Brothers and a Satire on the Rest of the World).Rob St. Mary and Jon Cross join Mike to discuss Duck Soup and the Marx Brothers. 
27/09/163h 45m

Episode 289: Sonny Boy (1989)

Special Guests: Robert Martin Carroll, Graeme Whifler, Michael BostonGuest Co-Hosts: Maitland McDonagh, Mike MalloyProduced by Ovidio Assonitis, Sonny Boy 1989 stars David Carradine and Paul L. Smith as Pearl and Slue, two desert-dwellers who end up "adopting" Sonny Boy (Michael Boston). Slue turns his boy into a feral killing machine in something of a Frankenstein tale.Screenwriter Graeme Whifler, director Robert Martin Carroll, and star Michael Boston share the history of this fascinating film.Mike Malloy, author of the upcoming David Carradine: The Lost Auteur, and Maitland McDonagh join Mike White in discussing Sonny Boy.Support The Projection Booth on PatreonLike The Projection Booth on FacebookFollow The Projection Booth on Twitter  
20/09/163h 15m

Special Report: Christopher Lloyd at Fanexpo 2016

Rescued from the brink of disaster, the audio of Mike's Q&A with Christopher Lloyd from FanExpo 2016 may be a little rough around the edges but is, hopefully, still enjoyable.Mr. Lloyd discusses working in the theater, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, Andy Kaufman, Back to the Future, and more.Thanks to FDBK for cleaning up the audio files as best he can.
16/09/1638m 57s

Episode 288: The Mafu Cage (1978)

Directed by Karen Arthur, The Mafu Cage (1978) stars Carol Kane and Lee Grant as Cissy and Ellen, two sisters who live together in a large, sprawling house.  Ellen is a scientist with a potential boyfriend and a world outside the house while Cissy lives in the house and, really, in her own head.  Mike talks with director Karen Arthur about her early career.Josh Johnson and Kier-La Janisse join the discussion of this oft-overlooked film.
13/09/161h 42m

Bonus Episode: Oliver Stone on Snowden

Mike is joined by Matt Zoller Seitz (author of The Oliver Stone Experience) to talk with Oliver Stone about his work from his recent Snowden film (starring Joseph Gordon Levitt) to his early days with Seizure and The Hand.  The Oliver Stone Exerience is available September 13, 2016.Snowden opens on September 16, 2016.
12/09/1632m 28s

Episode 287: Straw Dogs (1971)

Special Guest: Gordon Williams, David WeddleGuest Co-Host: Maitland McDonagh, Eric J. PetersonNo stranger to controversy, Sam Peckinpah's Straw Dogs (1971) examines the nature of man, marriage, and more. The film stars Dustin Hoffman as David Sumner, a mathemetician who moves to the south of England with his native wife, Amy (Susan George) where he upsets the status quo. The situation erupts in violence and terror.Maitland McDonagh and Eric J. Peterson join Mike to discuss Peckinpah's film as well as Rod Lurie's 2011 remake. A few Turkish remakes also are compared to the original and U.S. remake.The author of the book Straw Dogs was based on, The Siege at Trencher's Farm, Gordon Williams, and the author of If They Move... Kill 'Em!, David Weddle, discuss the background of the film.
07/09/163h 28m

Special Report 86: A Thousand Cuts

On this special episode of The Projection Booth, Mike spoke with Jeff Joseph and Dennis Bartok about their new book A Thousand Cuts: The Bizarre Underground World of Collectors and Dealers Who Saved the Movies, available via the University of Mississippi Press.September 5, 2016Special Report: A Thousand CutsSpecial Guest: Dennis Bartok, Jeff JosephMike talked with Jeff Joseph and Dennis Barok about their book A Thousand Cuts: The Bizarre Underground World of Collectors and Dealers Who Saved the Movies, now available via the University of Mississippi Press.Links:Buy A Thousand Cuts by Jeff Joseph and Dennis BartokLearn more about CineliciousRead more about film collecting at David Bordwell's website
05/09/1652m 35s

Episode 286: Vertigo (1958)

Special Guests: Patrick McGilligan, Dan AuilerGuest Co-Hosts: Tania Modleski, Susan WhiteAlfred Hitchcock's Vertigo is a tale of obsession which has sparked an obsession in many of its viewers. Jimmy Stewart stars as John "Scottie" Ferguson, a disgraced detective who's hired by an old friend to follow his wife, Madeline (Kim Novak), who seems to have become possessed by a spirit from San Francisco's past.Professors Tania Modleski and Susan White (no relation) join Mike to discuss the film which was ranked as the best film in the world in a 2012 Sight & Sound poll. Authors Patrick McGilligan (Alfred Hitchcock: A Life in Darkness and Light) and Dan Auiler (Vertigo: The Making of a Hitchcock Classic)
30/08/162h 33m

Bonus Interview: Derrel Maury

Mike spoke to Derrel Maury about his work with Norman Lear and in Happy Days and Joanie Loves Chachi, among other things.
26/08/1637m 39s

Episode 285: Massacre at Central High (1976)

Special Guests: Derrel Maury, Rex Sikes, Jeffrey Winner, Robert Carradine, Andrew StevensGuest Co-Hosts: Heather Drain, Doug TilleyRene Daalder's Massacre at Central High is the story of David (Derrel Maury), a new kid at school, who falls in with his old friend Mark (Andrew Stevens), where he finds that the so-called cool kids are running the school with an iron fist. Mark is seemingly the level-headed one amongst the quartet of bullies who intimidate everyone else. As Spoony says, the scene around here is a real bummer.The episode includes interviews with Derrel Maury, Robert Carradine, Andrew Stevens, Rex Sikes, and Jeffrey Winner. Doug Tilley and Heather Drain join Mike to discuss this fascinating take on Lord of the Flies.Thanks again to Casey Scott for providing "Crossroads".
24/08/163h 20m

Episode 284: The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (1964)

Special Guests: Nino Castelnuovo, Anne E. DugganGuest Co-Host: Ken Stanley, Rob St. MaryJacques Demy's The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (Les parapluies de Cherbourg) tells the story of two young lovers, Geneviève (Catherine Deneuve) and Guy (Nino Castelnuovo), and their ill-fated romance in a wall-to-wall musical with a score by Michel Legrand.Ken Stanley and Rob St. Mary join Mike to discuss the film as well as other films from Jacques Demy. Big thanks to Simone Oppi for helping with translations with Mr. Castelnuovo!Errata:: Mike speaks a bizarre mélange of Spanish and Italian. For example, the phrase for "of course" in Italian is "corso" not "por supuesto".
17/08/162h 5m

Bonus Interview: Catriona MacColl

Special Guest: Catriona MacCollCatriona MacColl talked with Mike about her work with Jacques Demy (Lady Oscar) and Lucio Fulci (The Beyond, City of the Living Dead, and The House by the Cemetery) and more.
16/08/1652m 10s

Episode 283: The Hidden (1987)

Special Guest: Jack SholderGuest Co-Host: Jamie Sammons, Eric J. PetersonIn Jack Sholder's The Hidden, Tom Beck (Michael Nouri) is a supercop who gets paired with odd duck FBI Agent Lloyd Gallagher (Kyle MacLachlan) to investigate a string of strange crimes where seemingly ordinary people go nuts, indulging in fast cars, loud music, and more.Director Jack Sholder discusses the early part of his career at New Line Cinema including his work on Alone in the Dark, A Nightmare on Elm Street 2 and The Hidden.Jamie Sammons (née Jamie Jenkins) and Eric J. Peterson join Mike to discuss the film.
10/08/162h 44m

Special Report: 2 Lava 2 Lantula (2016)

Special Guest: Steve GuttenbergMike spoke to Steve Guttenberg about his role in the Lavalantula series as well as President Bill Clinton's love of the Police Academy series and more on this special episode.The second Lavalantula film, 2 Lava 2 Lantula, premieres on the SyFy network on Saturday August 6, 2016 at 9PM EST.
05/08/1611m 29s

Episode 282: Dick Tracy (1990)

Special Guests: Glenne Headly, Garyn G. Roberts, Dan KamplingGuest Co-Hosts: Jared Case, Frank SantopadreWarren Beatty's Dick Tracy is a beautiful recreation of the four-color world of Chester Gould's square-jawed detective. It's also something of an uneasy marriage of Stephen Sondheim songs, Madonna, and a cavalcade of character actors as Gould's "Rogues Gallery."Interviews feature Glenne Headly who plays Tracy's love interest, Tess Trueheart, as well as author Garyn G. Roberts, and Dick Tracy afficianado Dan Kampling. We also hear just a bit of executive producer Floyd Mutrux from a previous interview.Jared Case and Frank Santopadre join Mike to debate if the film ultimately works.
03/08/163h 5m

Episode 281: The First Nudie Musical (1976)

Special Guest: Bruce KimmelGuest Co-Host: Angela Mac, Trevor GumbelReleased in 1976, The First Nudie Musical starsStephen Nathan as Harry Schecther, a down on his luck filmmaker who's reluctantly entered the world of ography to keep his father’s studio solvent. He gets the bright idea to shoot a musical and, at the behest of his backers, a nudie musical at that. With the help of his assistant, Rosie (Cindy Williams) and without the help of the wet-behind-the-ears director foisted upon him, John Smithee (writer/co-directorBruce Kimmel), we see the production of Come, Come Now the titular first nudie musical.Angela Mac and Trevor Gumbel join Mike to discuss this fun-filled film.
27/07/161h 59m

Special Report: Movie Freak

Special Guest: Owen GleibermanGuest Co-Host: Rod LottOn this special episode of The Projection Booth, Mike talks with film critic Owen Gleiberman about his memoir, Movie Freak: My Life Watching Movies, which tells the story of Gleiberman's love of movies, his years at Entertainment Weekly, his family and love life, as well as his friendship with Pauline Kael.Rod Lott joins Mike in discussing the book as well as the place Entertainment Weekly once held for them.
25/07/1649m 42s

Episode 280: Sugar Hill (1974)

Special Guest: Paul Maslansky, Don Pedro Colley, Joy BosticGuest Co-Host: Heather Drain, Chris StachiwIn Paul Maslansky's Sugar Hill, Diana "Sugar" Hill (Marki Bey) summons Baron Samedi (Don Pedro Colley), a voudou spirit, and his army of zombies to exact revenge on Morgan (Robert Quarry) and his racist thugs.Interviews include director Maslansky, star Colley, and vodun/voudou scholar Joy Bostic.Heather Drain and Chris Stachiw join Mike to discuss this horror/blaxploitation film.
20/07/162h 36m

Bonus Interview: Paul Maslansky

Special Guest: Paul MaslanskyAs part of the discussion of Paul Maslansky's sole directorial effort, Sugar Hill, Mike talked to Mr. Maslansky about his long and storied career as a producer, focusing on Race with the Devil, Damnation Alley, and The Silent Flute.
19/07/161h 10m

Special Report: Korla (2015)

Special Guests: John Turner, Eric ChristensenGuest Co-Host: Rob St. MaryIncredibly skilled at the keyboard, Korla Panditcame into the houses of California housewives during the '50s with his hypnotic stare and tunes. The documentary film Korla tells the story of Pandit's life and the secret with which he lived for years. Special guests director John Turner and producerEric Christensen talk about making the documentary.Rob St. Mary joins Mike to discuss the film, exotica music, and moreSupport The Projection Booth on PatreonLike The Projection Booth on FacebookFollow The Projection Booth on Twitter.
18/07/161h 8m

Episode 279: House (1977)

Guest Co-Hosts: Rob St. Mary, Miguel RodriguezNobuhiko Obayashi's House (1977) is a surrealistic ghost tale from Japan that explores the dangers of domesticity and loss.Rob St. Mary and Miguel Rodriguez join Mike in discussing the film and its resurgence in recent years.Support The Projection Booth on PatreonLike The Projection Booth on FacebookFollow The Projection Booth on Twitter
13/07/161h 25m

Special Report: Sorority Babes in the Slimeball Bowl-O-Rama (1988)

Special Guest: David DeCoteauOn a special episode of The Projection Booth, Mike talked with David DeCoteau about a handful of films from his staggering filmography including Sorority Babes in the Slimeball Bowl-O-Rama (which has been re-released on Blu-Ray), Little Miss Innocent,A Talking Cat!?!, and more.Support The Projection Booth on PatreonLike The Projection Booth on FacebookFollow The Projection Booth on Twitter
12/07/1648m 50s

Special Report: The Love Witch (2016)

Special Guest: Anna BillerGuest Co-Host: Heather DrainThe Love Witch is the latest film from writer/director (and so much more) Anna Biller. Samantha Robinson stars as Elaine, a woman who might as well face it, she's addicted to love. The film addresses some important issues, delivered in a candy-coated wrapper.Heather Drain joins Mike to discuss the film, as well as Biller's previous feature, Viva.Support The Projection Booth on PatreonLike The Projection Booth on FacebookFollow The Projection Booth on Twitter
11/07/161h 30m

Episode 278: Eyes Without A Face (1960)

Special Guest: Kate InceGuest Co-Host: Maitland McDonagh, Alexandra WestGeorges Franju's Eyes Without a Face (1960) is an atmospheric "anguish story" about a young woman who's lost her face and the overbearing father who works to give her a new one.Special Guest Kate Ince, author of the French Film Directors book Georges Franju, relates Franju's career and themes. Maitland McDonagh and Alexandra West join Mike to discuss this influential film.Support The Projection Booth on PatreonLike The Projection Booth on FacebookFollow The Projection Booth on Twitter
06/07/161h 57m

Special Report: Raiders! The Story of the Greatest Fan Film Ever Made (2015)

Special Guest: Tim Skousen & Jeremy CoonGuest Co-Host: Rod LottRaiders! The Story of the Greatest Fan Film Ever Made documents the making of the shot-for-shot remake of Raiders of the Lost Ark by a group of high school kids from Mississippi.Filmmakers Tim Skousen & Jeremy discuss the making of the documentary about the making of the fan film about Raiders of the Lost Ark.Rod Lott of FlickAttack and Bookgasm returns to the Projection Booth to discuss the doc, the fan film, Raiders of the Lost Ark, and a lot more.Note:Cleveland Smith: Bounty Hunter has a release date of 1982, a year after The Evil Dead.
04/07/161h 29m

Episode 277: Celine and Julie Go Boating (1974)

Jacques Rivette's Celine and Julie Go Boating(1974) tells a story of friendship, adventure, and magic between two women (Juliet Berto andDominique Labourier) in Paris.Interviews this week include Jonathan Rosenbaum(Rivette: Texts and Interviews) and Mary Wiles (Contemporary Film Directors: Jacques Rivette).Heather Drain ( and Chris Stachiw (Kulturecast) join Mike to unwrap the candy that is Celine and Julie Go Boating.
29/06/162h 28m

Episode 276: Valerie and Her Week of Wonders (1970)

Continuing our discussion of fairy tales in films, we discuss Jaromil Jires's film Valerie and Her Week of Wonders, the story of a young woman coming of age.And who better to join Mike in discussing the film than Kevin Heffernan, Axel Kohagen, and Nicholas Schlegel?This week's special guest, Peter Hames, is the author of several books about the Czech and Slovak New Wave.Support The Projection Booth on PatreonLike The Projection Booth on FacebookFollow The Projection Booth on Twitter
22/06/161h 55m

Special Report: Tickled (2016)

Special Guest: David Ferrier, Dylan ReeveOn this special episode, Mike talks to Dylan Reeveand David Ferrier about their documentary Tickled, a fascinating look at the world of competitive tickling... and so much more.Links:Visit the official Tickled websiteRead "That was the guy from the movie!" from Confused MonologuesThe hilarious attack site
17/06/1627m 59s

Episode 275: Some Call It Loving (1973)

Special Guest: James B. HarrisGuest Co-Host: Heather Drain, Aaron PetersonWhen Robert Troy (Zalman King) buys a "sleeping beauty" (Tisa Farrow) at a carnival and introduces her to the playscape of fantasy roleplay in which he lives every day, things don't necessarily work out inSome Call it Loving, a beautiful and unusual film from 1973.Writer/director James B. Harris discusses the genesis of the film as well as his work with Stanley Kubrick on The Killing, Paths of Glory, One-Eyed Jacks, and more. He also compares the volatility of Timothy Carey to Richard Pryor.Heather Drain and The Hollywood Outsider's Aaron Peterson join Mike in discussing the film as well as other interpretations of the Sleeping Beauty tale.Support The Projection Booth on PatreonLike The Projection Booth on FacebookFollow The Projection Booth on Twitter
15/06/162h 9m

Episode 274: Apocalypse Now (1979)

Special Guest: Fax BahrGuest Co-Host: Paul Zimmerman, Rich EdwardsWe get off the boat and go all the way on this episode about Francis Ford Coppola's landmark 1979 Vietnam film Apocalypse Now. Based on a script by John Milius, the making of the film is nearly as fascinating as the film itself. To that end, Fax Bahr, director of Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker's Apocalypse discusses the creation of the fascinating and illuminating documentary about Apocalypse Now.Professor Rich Edwards and former Film Threateditor Paul Zimmerman join Mike to examine the film, the "Redux" version, the nearly five-hour assembly version, and many of the parodies that the film has inspired from Porklips Now to Apocalypse Pooh and more. Support The Projection Booth on PatreonLike The Projection Booth on FacebookFollow The Projection Booth on Twitter
08/06/162h 46m

Episode 273: UHF (1989)

Special Guest: Jay LeveyGuest Co-Host: Skizz Cyzyk, Cecil Trachtenberg"Weird Al" Yankovic stars as the hapless George Newman who turns his life around when he stumbles into owning a TV station in UHF. Somewhat lost among the blockbusters of 1989, the film has since been hailed as a comedy classic.Director/co-writer Jay Levey discusses creating parody videos, managing Weird Al, and the creation of UHF.Filmmaker Skizz Cyzyk and Good/Bad Flicks' Cecil Trachtenberg, two Close Personal Friends of Al, join Mike to discuss the film and Weird Al's career. Support The Projection Booth on PatreonLike The Projection Booth on FacebookFollow The Projection Booth on Twitter
02/06/162h 18m

Special Report: Cinetopia 2016

Mike talked with Brian Hunter of the Cinetopia Film Festival about the 2016 line-up, events, and guests.The festival takes place around Southeast Michiganfrom Ann Arbor to Detroit to Redford to Bloomfield from June 3 to June 12, 2016. Links:Visit the official Cinetopia website
01/06/1630m 58s

Special Report:The Dying of the Light (2015)

Special Guest: Peter FlynnGuest Co-Host: Chris BricklemyerOn this special episode, director Peter Flynndiscusses his 2015 documentary about the art of projection, The Dying of the Light.Outside the Cinema and Are You Serious's Mr. Chris joins Mike to reminisce about days and nights in the multiplex. Support The Projection Booth on PatreonLike The Projection Booth on FacebookFollow The Projection Booth on Twitter
31/05/162h 13m

Episode 272: Barton Fink (1991)

Special Guest: Christopher MurneyGuest Co-Hosts: Adam Schartoff, Rob St. MaryAlso known as "How to Get Ahead in Hollywood,"Joel and Ethan Coen's Barton Fink proved a critical darling but a box office failure. The film stars John Turturro as the playwright for the Common Man andJohn Goodman as his neighbor at the Hotel Earle.Rob St. Mary and Filmwax Radio's Adam Schartoff return to The Projection Booth to discuss the film.This episode features the second part of our interview with actor Christopher Murney.Support The Projection Booth on PatreonLike The Projection Booth on FacebookFollow The Projection Booth on Twitter
25/05/161h 31m

Special Report: Death Game Redux

Special Guest: Dyan TraynorWho would have thought that there were things left unsaid in the first episode about Death Game?On this very special episode, Mike fills in a few things that were learned about Peter Traynor'sDeath Game and Eli Roth's Knock Knock. He also gets the inside scoop from Dyan Traynor about her father's work.Additionally, the episode boasts a "table read" of the original script of Mrs. Manning's Weekend by Jo Heims from an original screenplay by Tony Overman and Michael Ross.The Cast:(Agatha) Jackson: Heather DrainDonna: Rahne Alexander George Manning: Dave Pace-Bonello Harvey / Delivery Man: John WalkerKaren Manning / Mrs. Phipps: Marisa Young
23/05/162h 21m

Episode 271: Wake in Fright (1971)

Based on the novel by Kenneth Cook, Ted Kotcheff's Wake in Fright stars Gary Bond as a teacher in the Outback who loses all his money and goes on a wild, bloody holiday.Maurice Bursztynski of the See/Hear and Love That Album podcast and Maitland McDonagh join Mike to discuss the film. The episode also features interviews with director Ted Kotcheff, editor Anthony Buckley, and actor Jack Thompson.
18/05/163h 43m

Special Report: The Slanted Screen (2006)

Special Guest: Jeff AdachiGuest Co-Host: Rita SuJeff Adachi's The Slanted Screen (2006) examines the portrayal of Asian men in American popular film and television. Mike is joined by Rita Su to discuss the documentary, whitewashing, yellowface, and inscrutable "Orientals".Support The Projection Booth on PatreonLike The Projection Booth on FacebookFollow The Projection Booth on Twitter
16/05/161h 15m

Episode 270: Stage Fright (1950)

Special Guest: Patrick McGilliganGuest Co-Hosts: Tania Modleski, Filip ÖnellSeen as one of the "lesser" of Alfred Hitchcock's films, Stage Fright (1950) is a fascinating update of the themes explored in Murder! (1930) as well as a interesting take on the reliability of narrators.Joining Mike this week are Professor Tania Modleski (author of The Women Who Knew Too Much) and Filip Önell. Returning for another interview is author Patrick McGilligan, author of Alfred Hitchcock: A Life in Darkness and Light. The second part of the interview with Mr. McGilligan can be heard on the upcoming Vertigo episode.Support The Projection Booth on PatreonLike The Projection Booth on FacebookFollow The Projection Booth on Twitter
11/05/162h 11m

Episode 269: The Dybbuk (1937)

Special Guest: Yossi ChajesGuest Co-Host: Daniel Bird, John WalkerBased on Sholom Ansky's 1904 play, Michal Waszynski's 1937 Yiddish-language Polish film, The Dybbuk, tells the story of a broken promise and its consequences.Joining Mike to discuss this expressionistic horror/romance film are movie scholar Daniel Bird and Movie Schmovie's John Walker. Special guest Yossi Chajes, author of Between Worlds, discusses Kabbalah and Dybbuks.Support The Projection Booth on PatreonLike The Projection Booth on FacebookFollow The Projection Booth on Twitter
04/05/162h 11m

Special Report: The Nitrate Picture Show 2016

Special Guest: Jared CaseOn a special episode of The Projection Booth, Mike talks with Jared Case, one of the head honchos of the Nitrate Picture Show festival at the George Eastman House in Rochester, New York. The festival spotlights the wonders of film, particularly explosive nitrate stock. Hear why the Nitrate Picture Show is the world's most dangerous film festival.Links:Visit the official Nitrate Picture Show websiteSupport The Projection Booth on PatreonLike The Projection Booth on FacebookFollow The Projection Booth on Twitter
28/04/1646m 31s

Episode 268: Hard to Be a God (2015)

Based on a book by the Strugatsky Brothers, Hard to Be a God is a three hour medieval sci-fi film fromAleksei German wherein the inhumanity of man comes to the fore. The material was also the source of Peter Fleischmann's 1989 film Es ist nicht leicht ein Gott zu sein.
27/04/161h 54m

Episode 267: Smile (1975)

Get on your sash and listen to the discussion ofMichael Ritchie's Smile, a send-up of beauty pageants and small-town America from 1975.  We talked to a few of the stars of the film: Bruce Dern, Nicholas Pryor, Barbara Feldon, Denise Nickerson, and Annette O'Toole. Joining Mike in the discussion is The Cultural Gutter's Carol Borden and The Crawling Eye's Kevin Heffernan.Support The Projection Booth on PatreonLike The Projection Booth on FacebookFollow The Projection Booth on Twitter
20/04/162h 26m

Bonus Interviews: The Cast of Smile

As a bonus to our coverage of Michael Ritchie's Smile, here's more of the interviews with Annette O'Toole, Denise Nickerson, Barbara Feldon, and Nicholas Pryor.
18/04/161h 27m

Episode 266: Ed Wood (1994)

Special Guests: Larry Karaszewski, Mike Starr,Lydia Kavina, Andrew J. RauschGuest Co-Hosts: Rob St. Mary, Steve SholtesCan your heart stand the shocking truth about Ed Wood? This week's discussion focuses on Tim Burton's 1994 film starring Johnny Depp and Martin Landau about the hapless B-movie director Edward D. Wood Jr.Guests include the film's co-writer, Larry Karaszewski, actor Mike Starr, musician Lydia Kavina, and author Andrew J. Rausch.Rob St. Mary returns for the episode along with composer/musician Steve SholtesErrata:Mike mistakenly credited Roberta Findlay for Doris Wishman's Let Me Die a Woman.Yes, Bela Lugosi played Frankenstein in the 1943 Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man but definitely not in the more famous and successful 1931Frankenstein.
13/04/162h 59m

Episode 265: Elvira: Mistress of the Dark (1988)

On a very surprising episode of The Projection Booth, Mike discusses James Signorelli's Elvira Mistress of the Dark with Josh Hadley and John Pilate. The film stars Cassandra Peterson as Elvira, a horror hostess desperate to break into Vegas. She's thwarted by the "good" people of Falwell, MA including her Uncle (William Morgan Sheppard) and henchmen.This episode features interviews with actor Frank Collison and screenwriter Sam Egan. Also, be sure to check out the bonus interview with William Morgan Sheppard.
06/04/162h 10m

Bonus Interview: William Morgan Sheppard

As part of the coverage of Elvira: Mistress of the Dark, Mike spoke with actor William Morgan Sheppard, briefly touching upon a few points in his storied career. Mr. Sheppard speaks about his work on "Max Headroom", The Prestige, Wild at Heart, Gettysburg, The Dirty Dozen: Next Mission, Shogun, and more.
04/04/161h 34m

Episode 264: Bad Timing - A Sensual Obsession (1980)

Special Guests: Nicolas Roeg, Yale Udoff,Anthony LawsonGuest Co-Hosts: Elric Kane, Adam LongNicolas Roeg's Bad Timing tells the story of two people, Alex Linden (Art Garfunkel) and Milena Flaherty (Theresa Russell), who get together when maybe they shouldn't have.Guests include director Nic Roeg, screenwriter Yale Udoff, and editor Tony Lawson.Elric Kane of Killer POV and Adam Long of Movie Geeks United join Mike to discuss this sensual obsession.
30/03/163h 17m

Episode 263: Science Crazed (1991)

Guest Co-Hosts: Josh Johnson, Angela MacFrom the land of Canada and the depths of time comes the low-budget horror film Science Crazed in which a scientist creates a fiend with only one thing on its mind... murder.Mike's joined by Josh Johnson and Angela Mac to proselytize about this very odd film.Links:Buy Science Crazed on DVDRead the Canuxploitation reviewRead the Daily Grindhouse reviewLike Science Crazed on Facebook
23/03/1654m 53s

Special Report: Room Full of Spoons (2016)

Special Guest: Rick HarperGuest Co-Host: Adam SpiegelmanOn a special joint Projection Booth / Proudly Resents crossover, Adam Spiegelman joins Mike to talk about Room Full of Spoons, a documentary from Rick Harper that chronicles the making and impact of Tommy Wiseau's magnum opus, The Room.Links:Visit the official Room Full of Spoons websiteBuy The Disaster Artist by Greg SisteroBuy The Room on DVDVisit Proudly Resents
21/03/161h 9m

Episode 262: Secretary (2002)

Special Guest: Judy Dodge Cummings, Claire CavanahGuest Co-Host: Rachel Kramer BusselAdapted by Erin Cressida Wilson from a short story by Mary Gaitskill, Steven Shainberg's Secretarystars Maggie Gyllenhaal as a young woman from a dysfunctional family who goes to work for Mr. Grey (James Spader), a lawyer with a penchant for kink. Erotica writer and editor Rachel Kramer Bussel joins Mike to discuss Secretary and 50 Shades of Grey. Interviews include the co-founder of Babeland, Claire Cavanah, and the author of Self-Injury: The Ultimate Teen Guide, Judy Dodge Cummings.Links:Buy Secretary on DVDBuy Self-Injury: The Ultimate Teen Guide by Judy Dodge CummingsBuy Secretary by Erin Cressida WilsonBuy Bad Behavior (stories) by Mary Gaitskill
16/03/162h 26m

Episode 261: Night of the Comet (1984)

"I don't go around the Writer's Guild building much because there's too many people out to kill me." - Thom EberhardtIn Night of the Comet, a cosmic visitor wipes out nearly everyone on Earth save sisters Reg and Sam who discover a handful of other survivors; most of them psychos, zombies, or scientists.For the fifth anniversary of The Projection Booth it was fitting to cover a movie where a projection booth save our lead character's life. Jon Abrams of The Daily Grindhouse and Angela Mac join Mike to discuss the film. The episode features interviews with director Thom Eberhardt, and stars Catherine Mary Stewart and Kelli Maroney.
09/03/163h 32m

Episode 260: The Changeling (1980)

Special Guest: Peter MedakGuest Co-Host: Axel Kohagen, Andrew JupinPeter Medak's The Changeling stars George C. Scott as a professor / composer who lost his wife and daughter in a tragic auto accident. He moves into a new house where spooky things are afoot.Axel Kohagen and We Hate Movies's Andrew Jupin join Mike to discuss this chilling 1980 film.Support The Projection Booth on PatreonLike The Projection Booth on FacebookFollow The Projection Booth on Twitter
02/03/161h 29m

TPB: Pump Up the Volume

Pump Up the Volume stars Christian Slater as Hard Harry, a pirate DJ who rants about life as a high school student and the injustices of the world.
24/02/162h 24m

TPB: Special Report: The Ghost of Peter Sellers

As part of our episode on The Changeling, Mike talked with director Peter Medak about his upcoming documentary feature, The Ghost of Peter Sellers, about the nightmarish making of 1973's Ghost in the Noonday Sun.
19/02/1623m 0s

TPB: Sholay

Sholay may be the most popular Indian film ever released. Beth Watkins of Beth Loves Bollywood and Todd Stadtman, author of Funky Bollywood: The Wild World of 1970s Indian Action Cinema, join Mike in discussing the film.
17/02/161h 27m

TPB: Demon Seed

Maitland McDonagh and Bill Ackerman join Mike in discussing Donald Cammell's Demon Seed. Adapted from a book by Dean Koontz, it's the story of technology run amok. We speak to actor Gerrit Graham and Cammell scholars Rebecca and Sam Umland.
10/02/162h 27m

TPB: Demon Seed Bonus: Gerrit Graham

As part of our coverage of Demon Seed, Mike spoke to actor, writer, songwriter Gerrit Graham about CHUD II, Star Trek: Voyager, Used Cars, Phantom of the Paradise, Class Reunion, Home Movies, Beware! The Blob, Seinfeld, and more.
08/02/161h 7m

TPB: Looker

In Looker, writer/director Michael Crichton examined the allure of advertising. Model/filmmaker Marjorie Conrade and writer Heather Drain join Mike in discussing digitized images, beauty standards, subliminal messages and mustaches.
03/02/161h 43m

TPB: Hudson Hawk

Catch the Excitement! Catch the Adventure! Catch the Hawk! Hudson Hawk, that is. Directed by Michael Lehmann, the 1991 Bruce Willis vanity project was considered by many at the time to be disaster.
27/01/162h 19m
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