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 Nov 2, 2018


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 Date
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.
May 27, 2020
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.
May 20, 2020
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.
May 18, 2020
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.
May 13, 2020
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.
May 08, 2020
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.
May 06, 2020
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.
Apr 29, 2020
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.
Apr 22, 2020
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.
Apr 20, 2020
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.
Apr 15, 2020
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.
Apr 10, 2020
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.
Apr 08, 2020
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.
Apr 06, 2020
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.
Apr 03, 2020
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.
Apr 01, 2020
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….
Mar 27, 2020
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.
Mar 19, 2020
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.
Mar 18, 2020
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.
Mar 17, 2020
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.
Mar 11, 2020
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.
Mar 09, 2020
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.
Mar 04, 2020
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.
Feb 26, 2020
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.
Feb 19, 2020
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.
Feb 12, 2020
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.
Feb 05, 2020
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 Rampo, 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.
Jan 29, 2020
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.
Jan 22, 2020
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.
Jan 16, 2020
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.
Jan 08, 2020
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.
Jan 01, 2020
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).
Dec 30, 2019
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.
Dec 25, 2019
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.
Dec 20, 2019
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.
Dec 18, 2019
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.
Dec 11, 2019
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.
Dec 04, 2019
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.
Dec 01, 2019
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).
Nov 27, 2019
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.
Nov 20, 2019
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.
Nov 16, 2019
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.
Nov 13, 2019
Episode 440: The Big Combo (1955)
Nov 06, 2019
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.
Nov 01, 2019
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.
Oct 31, 2019
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.
Oct 30, 2019
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.
Oct 23, 2019
Music Mix: Rosemary's Baby
A music mix to go along with our Rosemary's Baby episode. For the full playlist see
Oct 22, 2019
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.
Oct 16, 2019
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
Oct 15, 2019
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.
Oct 12, 2019
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?
Oct 09, 2019
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.
Oct 04, 2019
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.
Oct 03, 2019
Episode 435: World War Z (2013)
Oct 02, 2019
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.
Sep 30, 2019
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.
Sep 27, 2019
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.
Sep 25, 2019
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.
Sep 24, 2019
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.
Sep 19, 2019
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.
Sep 18, 2019
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.
Sep 17, 2019
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.
Sep 15, 2019
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.
Sep 11, 2019
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
Sep 09, 2019
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.
Sep 08, 2019
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.
Sep 04, 2019
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
Sep 02, 2019
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.
Aug 29, 2019
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.
Aug 24, 2019
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.
Aug 16, 2019
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.
Aug 11, 2019
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.
Jul 31, 2019
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".
Jul 28, 2019
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.
Jul 24, 2019
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.
Jul 17, 2019
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
Jul 16, 2019
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.
Jul 10, 2019
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.
Jul 03, 2019
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.
Jun 26, 2019
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.
Jun 19, 2019
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
Jun 18, 2019
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.
Jun 12, 2019
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.
Jun 05, 2019
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.
May 28, 2019
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.
May 26, 2019
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.
May 24, 2019
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.
May 23, 2019
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).
May 17, 2019
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.
May 12, 2019
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.
May 11, 2019
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.
May 02, 2019
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
May 01, 2019
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.
Apr 28, 2019
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.
Apr 23, 2019
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 Play Spencer 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.
Apr 18, 2019
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.
Apr 17, 2019
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.
Apr 15, 2019
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.
Apr 10, 2019
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.
Apr 03, 2019
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 Cooper Saturday April 13 at 6PM at Emagine Royal Oak: Live From the Astroturf: Alice Cooper Sunday April 14 at 3PM at the Community Arts Auditorium, Wayne State University: Bob Lazar: Area 51 & Flying Saucers
Apr 02, 2019
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.
Apr 01, 2019
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.
Mar 21, 2019
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.
Mar 18, 2019
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.
Mar 12, 2019
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.
Mar 06, 2019
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.
Feb 27, 2019
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.
Feb 21, 2019
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.
Feb 13, 2019
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.
Feb 05, 2019
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.
Jan 29, 2019
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.
Jan 22, 2019
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?
Jan 15, 2019
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?
Jan 11, 2019
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.
Jan 08, 2019
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
Dec 31, 2018
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.
Dec 30, 2018
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.
Dec 27, 2018
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.
Dec 25, 2018
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
Dec 22, 2018
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.
Dec 18, 2018
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 — Artist Children of the Revolution — T-Rex Demolition Man — Grace Jones Kill the Poor — Dead Kennedys Dream Police — Cheap Trick Detroit Rock City — KISS Antichrist Superstar — Marilyn Manson Fiend Without a Face — Misfits Kiss Me Deadly — Generation X Easy Rider, 1970 — Chris Sikelianos Knocking On Heaven's Door — Bob Dylan Freedom Isn't Free — Trey Parker The Last Of The Independants — Rory Gallagher Fifth Horseman Of The Apocalypse — Ultimate Spinach The Court Of The Crimson King — King Crimson Mother Sky (Reedited From Soundtracks) — Can Magic And Ecstasy — Snakefinger Theme Of The Mack — Willie Hutch Public Image — Public Image Limited Mr.Vampire Theme — Jie'er Choir Love & Craigslist — Ruth The Lunatics (Have Taken Over The Asylum) — Fun Boy Three Vigilante — Front Line Assembly Fly Away — Lenny Kravitz The Look Of Love — Dusty Springfield The Long Goodbye — John Williams / Dave Grusin Trio Sleep Walk — Santo & Johnny (The Man Who Shot) Liberty Valance — Gene Pitney Psycho — Eddie Noack Dial "O" For Bigelow — Fred Lane Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate The Positive — Johnny Mercer God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen — Jimmy Smith And Her Tears Flowed Like Wine — Anita O'day Is That All There Is? — Peggy Lee The Dark Crystal Overture — Trevor Jones Suspiria (Main Theme) — Goblin Marnie — Bernard Herrmann Yojimbo Suite — Masaru Satoh Bloody Christmas — Jerry Goldsmith Maltese Falcon — Warner/Chappell Productions Farewell, My Lovely — Yeong-Wook Jo L'amour m'emporte, Walze — Veronika Kincses The Morrow — Michael Nyman Dita Saxová — Luboš Fišer Parallax Test — Michael Small Piece for Tape Recorder — Climax Golden Twins The Big Sleep — The Gathering Muse — Nicolas Jaar The Dispute — Vladimír Hirsch Addio Zio Tom — Riz Ortolani Winterreise - Zwölf Lieder Von Franz Schubert, S561 - No 12 - Im Dorfe — Franz Liszt End theme from Scarecrow — Fred Myro End Credits — Lalo Schifrin
Dec 13, 2018
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.
Dec 13, 2018
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.
Dec 11, 2018
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).
Dec 04, 2018
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.
Nov 29, 2018
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.
Nov 27, 2018
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.
Nov 20, 2018
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.
Nov 17, 2018
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.
Nov 13, 2018
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.
Nov 06, 2018
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.
Oct 30, 2018
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
Oct 26, 2018
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!
Oct 23, 2018
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.
Oct 21, 2018
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:
Oct 20, 2018
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.
Oct 09, 2018
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.
Oct 03, 2018
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!
Sep 26, 2018
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.
Sep 26, 2018
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.
Sep 21, 2018
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.
Sep 21, 2018
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.
Sep 20, 2018
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
Sep 18, 2018
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.
Sep 17, 2018
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...
Sep 14, 2018
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:
Sep 11, 2018
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
Sep 10, 2018
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.
Sep 09, 2018
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.
Sep 02, 2018
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.
Sep 02, 2018
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.
Aug 30, 2018
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.
Aug 27, 2018
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.
Aug 22, 2018
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.
Aug 22, 2018
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.
Aug 20, 2018
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.
Aug 15, 2018
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.
Aug 09, 2018
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.
Aug 05, 2018
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.
Aug 05, 2018
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.
Jul 31, 2018
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.
Jul 30, 2018
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.
Jul 24, 2018
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.
Jul 22, 2018
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
Jul 20, 2018
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.
Jul 17, 2018
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.
Jul 10, 2018
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
Jul 05, 2018
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).
Jul 03, 2018
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.
Jun 27, 2018
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.
Jun 18, 2018
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.
Jun 05, 2018
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
Jun 02, 2018
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.
May 30, 2018
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...
May 23, 2018
Episode 366: The Dark Crystal (1982)
Special Guest: Brian Jay Jones Guest Co-Hosts: Kat Ellinger, El Goro Jim 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.  
May 22, 2018
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.
May 19, 2018
Episode 365: Charley Varrick (1973)
Special Guest: Andy Robinson Guest Co-Hosts: Heather Drain, Maurice Bursztynski Loosely 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.   
May 16, 2018
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 
May 15, 2018
Episode 364: The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962)
Special Guests: Kenneth E. Hall, Joseph McBride Guest Co-Hosts: Jon Cross, Ben Buckingham We 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.  
May 10, 2018
Episode 363: Demolition Man (1993)
Special Guests: Peter M. Lenkov, Fred Dekker, Daniel Waters, David L. Snyder Guest Co-Hosts: Laura Helen Marks, Chris Bricklemyer Directed 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.  
May 03, 2018
Episode 362: Winter Kills (1979)
Special Guest: William Richert Guest Co-Hosts: Jeff Meyers, Matthew Socey Based 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.  
Apr 25, 2018
Episode 361: The Color of Pomegranates (1961)
Special Guests: Daniel Bird, James Steffen Guest Co-Host: Larry Revene We'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.
Apr 19, 2018
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).  
Apr 13, 2018
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 
Apr 12, 2018
Episode 360: Man On A Swing (1974)
Special Guest: Justing Bozung Guest Co-Hosts: Dennis Tafoya, Scout Tafoya 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.
Apr 03, 2018
Episode 359: ZPG (1972) & Children of Men (2006)
Special Guest: Mei Fong Guest Co-Hosts: Keith Gordon, Christine Makepeace While 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.
Mar 28, 2018
Episode 358: An American Carol (2008)
Special Guests: Myrna Sokoloff Guest Co-Hosts: Mike Sullivan, Rob St. Mary We’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.  
Mar 20, 2018
Episode 357: Mandingo (1975)
Guest Co-Hosts: Paul Talbot, Greg Klymkiw We'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). 
Mar 14, 2018
Episode 356: Falling Down (1993)
Special Guests: Timothy Harris, Ebbe Rowe Smith, Joel Schumacher Guest Co-Hosts: Jamey Duvall, Aaron Peterson We'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.
Mar 07, 2018
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.
Mar 04, 2018
Episode 355: L.A. Confidential (1997)
Special Guest: James Ellroy Guest Co-Hosts: Rich Edwards, Eric Cohen Eric 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.  
Feb 28, 2018
Episode 354: The Maltese Falcon (1941)
Guest Co-Hosts: Richard Edwards, Eric Cohen Written 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.
Feb 21, 2018
Episode 353: Kiss Me Deadly (1955)
Special Guests: Max Allan Collins Guest Co-Hosts: Kevin Heffernin, Andrew Nette Based 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.  
Feb 13, 2018
Episode 352: Marnie (1964)
Special Guests: Tony Lee Moral, Tippi Hedren Guest Co-Hosts: Tania Modleski, Susan White How 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.  
Jan 24, 2018
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). 
Jan 18, 2018
Special Report: King Cohen: The Wild World of Filmmaker Larry Cohen (2017)
Special Guests: Steve Mitchell, Larry Cohen On 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.  
Jan 02, 2018
Episode 350: A Better Tomorrow (1986)
Special Guests: Karen Fang, Kenneth E. Hall, Barna William Donovan Guest Co-Hosts: Beth Accomando After 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.  
Dec 26, 2017
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.
Dec 12, 2017
Special Report: Theo Anthony on Rat Film (2017)
Mike talks to Theo Anthony about his unusual documentary work, Rat Film from 2017.
Nov 26, 2017
Episode 349: The Lure (2015)
Special Guests: Mermaid Cindy, John Athanason Guest Co-Hosts: Carol Borden, David Rodgers Released 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!  
Nov 17, 2017
Episode 348: Tom of Finland (2017)
Special Guests: Dome Karukoski, Pekka Strang, Seumas F. Sargent, Jessica Grabowsky Guest 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.  
Nov 11, 2017
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.
Nov 10, 2017
Episode 347: Who Killed Teddy Bear? (1965)
Guest Co-Hosts: Heather Drain, Terry Frost Directed 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.
Nov 02, 2017
Episode 346: Fire Walk with Me Redux / Twin Peaks The Return
Special Guests: Chrysta Bell, Claire Nina Norelli Guest Co-Hosts: Christine Makepeace, John Walker Is 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?  
Oct 25, 2017
Episode 345: TerrorVision (1986)
Special Guests: Ted Nicolaou, Diane Franklin, Gerrit Graham Guest Co-Hosts: Josh Hadley, Moe P0rne Shocktober 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.
Oct 19, 2017
Episode 344: The Tenant (1976)
Guest Co-Hosts: Alex Winter, Jamey Duvall Shocktober 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.
Oct 10, 2017
Episode 343: Mad Love (1935)
Special Guests: Gregory W. Mank, Stephen D. Youngkin Guest Co-Host: Samm Deighan Shocktober 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).
Oct 03, 2017
Episode 342: Happy End (1966)
Guest Co-Hosts: Ben Buckingham, Kat Ellinger We 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.  
Sep 26, 2017
Episode 341: The Cremator (1968)
Guest Co-Host: Samm Deighan Czechtember 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.
Sep 20, 2017
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
Sep 15, 2017
Episode 340: Case for a Rookie Hangman (1970)
Special Guest: Peter Hames Guest Co-Hosts: Kat Ellinger, Kevin Heffernan Czechtember 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 DVD Buy Gulliver's Travels by Jonathan Swift Buy The Czechoslovak New Wave by Peter Hames Buy Avant-garde to New Wave: Czechoslovak Cinema, Surrealism and the Sixties by Jonathan Owen  
Sep 12, 2017
Special Report: The Running Man (1987)
Special Guests: Steven E. de Souza, Kurt Fuller, George Linder, Rob Cohen Guest Co-Hosts: Andrew Nette, Aaron Peterson Set 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.
Sep 10, 2017
Episode 339: Closely Watched Trains (1966)
Special Guests: Jiri Menzel, Peter Hames Guest Co-Hosts: Jonathan Owen, Samm Deighan We 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.
Sep 05, 2017
Episode 338: The Swimmer (1968)
Special Guests: Justin Bozung, Kate Buford, Preston Neal Jones Guest Co-Hosts: Rob St. Mary, Elric Kane The 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-Ray Read The Swimmer: A prophetic modernist fable set in a fading Eden by Michael Atkinson Read An Analysis of "The Swimmer" by John Cheever by Rebekah Nydam Watch Man Fed Up with Commute Swims to Work Read The Swimmer by John Cheever  
Aug 29, 2017
Episode 337: Intacto (2001)
Special Guest: Andrés M. Koppel Guest Co-Hosts: Jamey Duvall, Heather Drain We'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.
Aug 22, 2017
Special Report: Michael Lucker on Crash! Boom! Bang!
Special Guest: Michael Lucker On 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 Lucker Visit Lucky Dog Filmworks Read An Oral History of A Vampire in Brooklyn Visit Michael Wiese Productions  
Aug 21, 2017
Special Report: Albert Pyun on Interstellar Civil War (2017)
Special Guests: Albert Pyun On 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 website Be sure to LIKE Interstellar Civil War on Facebook Listen to our Captain America episode Listen to our Mean Guns episode
Aug 18, 2017
Episode 336: THX-1138 (1971)
Special Guests: Brian Jay Jones, Matthew Robbins, Maggie McOmie, Bruce Chesse, Sid Haig Guest Co-Hosts: Jay Bauman, Chris Bricklemyer The 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."
Aug 16, 2017
Episode 335: The Bellboy (1960)
Special Guests: Shawn Levy Guest Co-Hosts: Craig Bierko, Peter Flynn The 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.
Aug 09, 2017
Episode 334: La Marge (1976)
Special Guests: Jeremy Richey, Noël Véry, Michael Levy Guest Co-Hosts: Daniel Bird, Samm Deighan Also 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.
Aug 02, 2017
Episode 333: Akira (1988)
Special Guest: Jonathan Clements Guest Co-Hosts: El Goro, Chris Cummins Based 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-Ray Buy Akira, the manga Visit the School Girl Milky Crisis blog Check out the books of Jonathan Clmenets Visit the Akira wiki Visit the Talk Without Rhythm podcast Read Chris Cummins's articles on Den of Geek
Jul 25, 2017
Episode 332: Visitor Q (2001)
Special Guest: Tom Mes Guest Co-Hosts: Kevin Heffernan, Patrick Bromley Written 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).
Jul 19, 2017
Special Report: CinemAbility (2013)
Special Guest: Jenni Gold Guest Co-Hosts: Sean Gray, Steve Byrne On 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 website Read 14 Cisgender Actors in Transgender Roles from The Hollywood Reporter Read ‘Blind’ Director Addresses Backlash Over Casting Alec Baldwin And Not Disabled Actor In Lead Role by Michael Mailer Be sure to visit the Is This Venue Accessible website Check out the Freep Film Festival
Jul 17, 2017
Special Report: I'm Gonna Git You Sucka! (1988)
Special Guests: Antonio Fargas, Peter McCarthy Guest Co-Host: Chris Cummins Keenan 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).
Jul 14, 2017
Episode 331: The Cook The Thief His Wife & Her Lover (1989)
Guest Co-Hosts: Ken Stanley, Samm Deighan Peter 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.
Jul 11, 2017
Episode 330: Arrebato (1979)
Guest Co-Host: Elric Kane Elric 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.
Jul 04, 2017
Special Report: Torchbearer (2016)
Special Guest: Zach Dasher Guest Co-Hosts: David Pace-Bonello, Chris Bricklemyer On 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 more Visit the official Torchbearer website Listen to the JungleGate podcast series Learn more about The Movie Game  
Jul 03, 2017
Special Report: Don "The Dragon" Wilson
Special Guests: Don "The Dragon" Wilson Mike 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  
Jun 29, 2017
Episode 329: On the Silver Globe (1988)
Special Guest: Daniel Bird Guest Co-Hosts: Heather Drain, Joe Yanick Initially 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.
Jun 28, 2017
Episode 328: Over the Edge (1979)
Special Guests: Charlie Haas, Tim Hunter, Vincent Spano, Andy Romano, Harry Northup Guest Co-Hosts: Heather Drain, Leon Chase Jonathan 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 DVD Buy The Enthusiast: A Novel by Charlie Haas Visit Harry Northup's Times Times 3 blog Listen to our episode on Pump Up the Volume Listen to the Talk Without Rhythm episode on Over The Edge + Pump Up the Volume Visit the official Leon Chase website Visit the official Heather Drain website
Jun 25, 2017
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 DVD Buy American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis Buy American Psycho (Original London Cast Recording) Read In Defense of American Psycho 2 by Chris Alexander Read How Mary Harron made a feminist film out of American Psycho by Joe Blevins  
Jun 20, 2017
Episode 327: Wings of Desire (1987)
Guest Co-Host: Joe Yanick Wings 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-Ray Buy books by Wim Wenders Visit the official Wim Wenders website
Jun 13, 2017
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 website Be sure to like The Fabulous Allan Carr on Facebook Follow @allancarrmovie on Twitter Buy Party Animals: A Hollywood Tale of Sex, Drugs, and Rock 'n' Roll Starring the Fabulous Allan Carr by Robert Hofler Buy The Guttenberg Bible: A Memoir by Steve Guttenberg  
Jun 12, 2017
Special Report: Jeremiah Tower - The Last Magnificent (2016)
Special Guests: Lydia Tenaglia On 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 website Visit the official Zero Point Zero website Buy Kitchen Confidential by Anthony Bourdain  
Jun 09, 2017
Episode 326: John Dies at the End (2012)
Special Guest: Glynn Turman Guest Co-Hosts: Thomas Barker, Chris Stachiw Based 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-Ray Buy John Dies at the End by David Wong Follow Don Coscarelli on Twitter Like Don Coscarelli on Facebook Visit the official David Wong website Visit the John Dies at the End Magnet website Visit the movie website Visit the Phantasm website Listen to the Shock Wave interview with Don Coscarelli  
Jun 06, 2017
Special Report: Jad Smith on Alfred Bester
Special Guests: Jad Smith On 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 Smith Buy The Stars My Destination by Alfred Bester Buy The Demolished Man by Alfred Bester
Jun 05, 2017
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-Ray Buy The Authentic Death of Hendry Jones by Charles Neider Visit 50 Westerns from the '50s Hear more of Jamie Duvall at Movie Geeks United! Read My Dinners with Demme by Paul Zimmerman
Jun 01, 2017
Special Report: Steven Shainberg on Rupture
Special Guest: Steven Shainberg On 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 Stormare Buy Rupture on streaming video Listen to our episode on Secretary  
May 30, 2017
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
May 29, 2017
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 DVD Read 1984 by George Orwell Buy Michael Anderson's 1984 on DVD Buy V for Vendetta by Alan Moore Listen to the Daughters of Darkness podcast Listen to the Feminine Critique podcast  
May 28, 2017
Episode 324: The Lost One (1951)
Special Guests Stephen Youngkin Guest 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-R Buy The Lost One: A Life of Peter Lorre by Stephen D. Youngkin Buy Crime and Punishment on DVD Keep up with Samm Deighan at Diabolique magazine Listen to the Supporting Characters interview with Daniel Bird
May 24, 2017
Special Report: Karen Lunder on Gifted (2017)
Special Guest: Karen Lunder Mike 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 website Visit the official Film Nation website
May 18, 2017
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-Ray Buy The Ninth Configuration by William Peter Blatty Buy Demons Five, Exorcists Nothing: A Fable by William Peter Blatty Buy All in All: An Actor's Life On and Off the Stage by Stacy Keach Visit the official Stacy Keach website Hear Tom Atkins's recollections of working on The Ninth Configuration Read more about Ed Flanders Visit the Ninth Configuration fan site
May 17, 2017
Special Report: Who is Arthur Chu? (2017)
Special Guests: Scott Drucker, Yu Gu Guest 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 website Follow Arthur Chu on Twitter Visit the official Arthur Chu website Visit the The Final Wager Visit the J Archive Read No Girls Allowed: The Lasting Rules of GamerGate and Toxic Misogyny by Sam Riedel Read I’m not “that creepy guy from the Internet”: How Gamergate gave the geek community a bad name by Arthur Chu Follow Ken Jennings on Twitter Listen to the Slanted Screen episode
May 14, 2017
Episode 322: Mommie Dearest (1981)
Special Guests: Rutanya Alda, Justin Bozung Guest Co-Hosts: Terry Frost, Joshua Grannell Based 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 DVD Buy The Mommie Dearest Diary: Carol Ann Tells All by Rutanya Alda Buy Mommie Dearest by Christina Crawford Buy Looking for Gatsby by Faye Dunaway Visit the Concluding Chapter of Crawford website Visit the official Peaches Christ website Visit the Paleo Cinema website Visit the Martian Drive-In Podcast
May 10, 2017
Special Report: Stories from the Trenches, The Official Sam Firstenberg Book
Special Guests: Marco Siedelmann, Sam Firstenberg On 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 Entertainment Read about other books by Marco Siedelmann
May 06, 2017
Episode 321: Wanda Whips Wall Street (1981)
Special Guest: Larry Revene Guest 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 DVD Buy Stocks and Blondes on DVD Buy Wham Bam $$ Ba Da Boom! : Mob wars, Battles and a View from the Trenches by Larry Revene Buy Life in a Film Can by Larry Revene Read Casey Scott's review of Stocks and Blondes Read Knot and Gender blog by Kevin Heffernan Read The Crawling Eye Cult Media Blog by Kevin Heffernan Visit the Mondo Heather website
May 02, 2017
Ego Fest 5: Planet Ego
Special Guests: "Mondo" Justin Bozung, Rob St. Mary, Chris Stachiw Guest Co-Hosts: Heather Drain It'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 Network Read Those movie nerds behind the video-store counter are back — and they’re doing podcasts by Stephanie Merry Listen to Heather on The Pop Culture Club Listen to Mike and Heather on the Supporting Characters podcast Read Kong: Skull Island – why do Hollywood blockbusters have such Trump-like politics? by James Robert Douglas  
Apr 30, 2017
Special Report: Tami Stronach
Special Guest: Tami Stronach Mike 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 Twitter Learn more about Beanstalk Jack Get the Beanstalk Jack album on Bandcamp  
Apr 28, 2017
Episode 320: eXistenZ (1999)
Special Guest: Ernest Mathijs Guest Co-Hosts: Jessica Kramer, Dustin Kramer eXistenZ, 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 DVD Buy the eXistenZ novelization by "John Luther Novak" (AKA Christopher Priest) Buy the eXistenZ soundtrack by Howard Shore Buy The Cinema of David Cronenberg: From Baron of Blood to Cultural Hero Buy The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldrich by Philip K. Dick Buy The Days of Perky Pat by Philip K. Dick Listen to the Popcorn Poops podcast
Apr 25, 2017
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
Apr 24, 2017
Episode 319: The Red Shoes (1948)
Guest Co-Hosts: Daniel Bird, Maitland McDonagh Daniel 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.\
Apr 20, 2017
Episode 318: La Grande Illusion (1937)
Special Guest: Nick Macdonald Guest 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.
Apr 17, 2017
Special Report: They Live (1988)
Special Guests: D. Harlan Wilson, Sandy King, Peter Jason, Keith David Guest Co-Hosts: El Goro, Patrick Bromley Yes, 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.  
Apr 11, 2017
Special Report: The Strange Eyes of Dr. Myes
Special Guests: Nancy Andrews On 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
Apr 09, 2017
Epiosde 317: Kissed (1996)
Special Guests: Barbara Gowdy, Lynne Stopkewich Molly Parker Gregory Middleton Guest Co-Hosts: Rob St. Mary, Axel Kohagen 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 DVD Buy We So Seldom Look on Love by Barbara Gowdy Read Fuck Dead by Peter Bowen from Filmmaker Magazine Read The Films of Lynne Stopkewich by Jason Anderson Visit the official Barbara Gowdy website Buy My Friend Dahmer by Derf Buy Apocalypse Culture by Adam Parfrey
Apr 04, 2017
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 
Apr 01, 2017
Episode 316: Doctor Detroit (1983)
Special Guests: Michael Pressman, Carl Gottlieb, Robert Boris, Glenne Headly Guest Co-Hosts: Heather Drain, Aaron Peterson We 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 DVD Buy The Collected Short Fiction of Bruce Jay Friedman by Bruce Jay Friedman Hear more of Robert Boris on the Electra Glide in Blue episode Keep up with Heather Drain at Mondo Heather Be sure to check out The Hollywood Outsider Listen to Remake This Movie Right  
Mar 29, 2017
Special Report: Freep Film Festival 2017
Special Guest: Steve Byrne Mike 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.
Mar 26, 2017
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 Cummins In 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-Ray Visit the official Harold Faltermeyer website Visit the official Ronny Cox website Visit the official John Ashton website Visit the official Steven Berkoff website Follow Steven E. de Sousa on Twitter Follow Elric Kane on Twitter Follow Chris Cummins on Twitter  
Mar 21, 2017
Episode 314: Joysticks (1983)
Special Guests: Greydon Clark, Jon Gries Guest Co-Hosts: Chris Cummins, Heather Drain Are 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 DVD Buy On The Cheap: My Life in Low Budget Filmmaking by Greydon Clark Visit the official Greydon Clark website Follow Jon Gries on Twitter Visit the official Heather Drain website Read articles from Chris Cummins on Den of Geek Read the Joysticks review on House of Self Indulgence Visit the Jim "Dorfus" Greenleaf YouTube Channel
Mar 14, 2017
Episode 313: Making Mr. Right (1987)
Special Guest: Susan Seidelman, Ann Magnuson, Glenne Headly, Laurie Frank, Floyd Byars Guest Co-Host: Beth Accomando, Miguel Rodriguez In 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 DVD Visit the official Ann Magnuson website Visit the Frank Picture Gallery Read Beth Accomando's film reviews Visit the Horrible Imaginings Film Festival website
Mar 07, 2017
Episode 312: Never Too Young to Die (1986)
Special Guests: Gil Bettman, David Worth, Peter Kwong Guest Co-Hosts: Heather Drain, Josh Stewart "I kinda wanted it to be Rocky Horror Picture Show meets Rambo" - Director Gil Bettman An 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.
Feb 28, 2017
Episode 311: The Cars that Ate Paris (1974)
Special Guests: Jonathan Rayner, Hal McElroy, Terry Camilleri, Bruce Spence Guest Co-Hosts: Ben Buckingham, Kevin Heffernan Peter 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 DVD Buy The Films of Peter Weir by Dr. Jonathan Rayner Learn more about Mapping Cinematic Norths Learn more about Filmurbia Visit the Peter Weir Cave Visit the Trench website Visit Kevin Heffernan's Knot and Gender blog Visit Kevin Heffernan's The Crawling Eye: A Bloodshot Look at International Genre Film, Television, and Cult Media
Feb 20, 2017
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 Ackerman In 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-Ray Buy Chilly Scenes of Winter by Ann Beatie Buy Sidney J. Furie: Life and Films by Daniel Kremer  
Feb 14, 2017
Special Report: Greg Travis on Dark Seduction
Special Guest: Greg Travis Filmmaker 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 DVD Buy Dark Seduction on iTunes Buy Dark Seduction on Google Play
Feb 13, 2017
Episode 309: Puzzle of a Downfall Child (1970)
Special Guests: Jerry Schatzberg, Barry Primus Guest Co-Hosts: Bill Ackerman, Daniel Kremer Jerry 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 website Buy Looking for Gatsby by Faye Dunaway Buy Sidney J. Furie: Life and Films by Daniel Kremer Listen to Supporting Characters from Bill Ackerman
Feb 07, 2017
Special Report: Future Shock - The Story of 2000 AD (2014)
Special Guests: Paul Goodwin, Sean Hogan Guest Co-Host: Josh Hadley Britain'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 Shock Follow FutureShockDoc on Twitter Visit the official Future Shock website Visit the official 2000 AD website  
Feb 02, 2017
Episode 308: Stalker / Сталкер (1979)
Special Guest: Geoff Dyer Guest Co-Hosts: Elric Kane. Joe Yanick Andrei 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 DVD Buy Roadside Picnic by Arkady Strugatsky and Boris Strugatsky Buy Zona: A Book About a Film About a Journey to a Room by Geoff Dyer Buy Roadside Picnic, read by Robert Forster Visit the official Geoff Dyer website
Jan 31, 2017
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:
Jan 26, 2017
Episode 307: The Rocking Horse Winner (1949)
Special Guest: Maitland McDongah The 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 DVD Read The Rocking Horse Winner Visit the official D.H. Lawrence website Buy Maitland McDonagh's books
Jan 24, 2017
Inauguration Special: The Intruder (1962)
Special Guest: Jason V. Brock Guest Co-Host: Elric Kane, Chris Stachiw On 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 DVD Buy The Intruder by Charles Beaumont Buy Charles Beaumont: The Short Life of Twilight Zone's Magic Man on DVD Visit Jasunni Productions Visit Kulture Shocked Visit Shock Wave
Jan 20, 2017
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
Jan 19, 2017
Episode 306: Fantastic Planet (1973)
Guest Co-Hosts: Vincenzo Natali, Jeffrey Babcock Vincenzo 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-Ray Buy Fantastic Planet by Stefan Wul Read Looking back at the animated films of Rene Laloux by Aliya Whiteley Learn more about the Panic Movement
Jan 17, 2017
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 
Jan 10, 2017
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:
Jan 09, 2017
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. 
Jan 08, 2017
Special Report: Producer Randall Emmett on Silence
Special Guest: Randall Emmett Mike 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 website Download the Silence screenplay Learn more about Masahiro Shinoda's version of Silence (1971)
Jan 05, 2017
Episode 304: Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill! (1965)
Special Guests: Dean DeFino, Jimmy McDonough Guest Co-Hosts: Beth Accomando, Miguel Rodriguez Ladies 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 DVD Buy Big Bosoms and Square Jaws: The Biography of Russ Meyer, King of the Sex Film by Jimmy McDonogh Buy Faster, cat! Kill! Kill! (Cultographies) by Dean DeFino Learn more about the Cultography series Visit the official Russ Meyer website Listen to the Cinema Junkies podcast Be sure to LIKE The Film Geeks
Jan 01, 2017
Episode 303: The Lone Wolf & Cub Saga
Special Guest: Marc Walkow Guest Co-Hosts: Geoff Todd, Axel Kohagen The 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-Ray Buy the manga from Kazuo Koike Buy the TV series from Kuroto Kagigumi Buy Assassin on the Road to Hell (LW&C 7) on DVD Music from Hideakira Sakurai and Kunihiko Murai  
Jan 01, 2017
Special Report: The Thing (1982)
Special Guests: John Kenneth Muir, Jez Conolly, Dean Cundey, Joel Polis, Thomas G. Waites Guest Co-Hosts: El Goro, Patrick Bromley Initially 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-Ray Buy The Films of John Carpenter by John Kenneth Muir Buy Devil's Advocates: The Thing by Jez Connelly Buy The Thing (BFI Modern Classics) by Anne Billson Visit Stuart Cohen's website  
Dec 23, 2016
Episode 302: Lemon Popsicle (1978)
Special Guests: Boaz Davidson, Zachi Noy, Diane Franklin Guest Co-Hosts: Oren Shai, Heather Drain Lemon 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 DVD Buy Last American Virgin on DVD Buy Diane Franklin:The Excellent Adventures of the Last American, French-Exchange Babe of the 80s by Diane Franklin Buy The Lemon Popsicle Book by Roy Mitchell and Paul Sutton Follow Diane Franklin on Twitter Visit the Diane Franklin website Visit the Lemon Posicle Fan Site Visit Oren Shai's website Visit Heather Drain's website Hear the interview with Oren Shai and Webb Wilcoxen about The Frontier  
Dec 18, 2016
Episode 301: Run of the Arrow (1957)
Special Guests: Samantha Fuller, Christa Fuller, Paul Talbot Guest Co-Hosts: Joseph Maddrey, Cullen Gallagher Sam 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
Dec 11, 2016
Episode 300: Highlander (1986)
Special Guests: Russell Mulcahy, Gregory Widen Guest Co-Hosts: Mike Thompson, Josh Hadley There 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 DVD Buy Highlander II: The Renegade Cut on DVD Buy Women of Darby Pop #1 (featuring Mike Thompson) Visit Highlander Worldwide website Visit the unofficial Highlander website Read Mike Thompson's Highlander II article Find more of Josh Hadley at 12:01 Beyond 4cca2xsf
Dec 06, 2016
Episode 299: The Chase (1946)
Special Guest: Francis M. Nevins Jr. Guest Co-Hosts: Maitland McDonagh, Cullen Gallagher Noirvember 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-Ray Buy Cornell Woolrich: First You Dream, Then You Die by Francis M. Nevins Jr. Buy books from Maitland McDonagh Read more from Cullen at Pulp Serenade
Nov 29, 2016
Episode 298: Stranger on the Third Floor (1940)
Special Guest: Stephen D. Youngkin Guest Co-Hosts: Maitland McDonagh, Samm Deighan Directed 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 DVD Buy The Lost One: A Life of Peter Lorre by Stephen D. Youngkin Buy books from Maitland McDonagh Hear more from Samm Deighan on the Daughters of Darkness podcast Visit the Diabolique Magazine website  
Nov 22, 2016
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
Nov 18, 2016
Episode 297: Decoy (1946)
Guest Co-Hosts: Maitland McDonagh, Christa Faust Difficult 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 Decoy Buy Maitland McDonagh's books Visit the official Christa Faust website
Nov 15, 2016
Special Report: The Frontier (2015)
Special Guests: Oren Shai, Webb Wilcoxen Guest Co-Host: Jared Case The 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-Ray Visit the official The Frontier website Visit The Frontier on Kino Lorber Be sure to LIKE The Frontier on Facebook
Nov 14, 2016
Special Report: The Greasy Strangler (2016)
Special Guest: Jim Hosking Guest Co-Host: Skizz Cyzyk 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-Ray Buy the Greasy Strangler soundtrack Visit the official Jim Hosking website Check out Jim Hosking's Vimeo page Be sure to LIKE The Greasy Strangler on Facebook
Nov 11, 2016
Episode 296: Mulholland Dr (2001)
Special Guests: Laura Harring, Patrick Fischler Guest Co-Hosts: Jedidiah Ayres, Erik Marshall David 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-Ray Buy the Mulholland Dr soundtrack Read the Mulholland Dr script Visit an invaluable Mulholland Dr website Buy books from Jedidiah Ayres Read Jedidiah Ayres's blog Hear more of Erik Marshall on the That's A Wrap podcast Listen to the Rena Riffel interview Listen to the Frannk Collison interview
Nov 08, 2016
Episode 295: Existo (1999)
Special Guests: Coke Sams, Bruce Arnston, J. Clarke Gallivan, Justin Lloyd Guest Co-Hosts: Skizz Cyzyk, Scott Calonico In 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.
Nov 01, 2016
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 Hall Hear more of Phil Hall at the Online Movie Show Learn more about Finding Kukan  
Oct 28, 2016
Episode 294: Pontypool (2008)
Special Guests: Bruce McDonald, Tony Burgess Guest Co-Host: Maurice Bursztynski Mrs. 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 DVD Buy Pontypool Changes Everything by Tony Burgess Buy the audio version of Pontypool Changes Everything Listen to the CBC Radio Play Visit the official Claude Foisy website Visit the official Bruce McDonald website Follow Tony Burgess on Twitter Follow Bruce McDonald on Twitter Listen to Maurice's band, the Ice Haloes Listen to the I'm In Love With That Song podcast
Oct 25, 2016
Special Report: PIN (1988)
Special Guests: Caelum Vatnsdal, Sandor Stern, Andrew Neiderman, Cynthia Preston Guest Co-Hosts: Paul Corupe, Elric Kane Adapted 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 DVD Buy They Came From Within: A History Of Canadian Horror Cinema by Caelum Vatnsdal Buy Pin by Andrew Neiderman Visit the official Sandor Stern website Visit the official Andrew Neiderman website Visit the official Cynthia Preston website Follow Cynthia Preston on Twitter Follow Elric Kane on Twitter Follow Paul Corupe on Twitter
Oct 23, 2016
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 DVD Buy Martyrs (2015) on Blu-Ray Buy Films of the New French Extremity: Visceral Horror and National Identity by Alexandra West Read Fille Finale: The Final Girl in New French Extremity by Alexandra West Read FLESH & BLOOD: SEX AND VIOLENCE IN RECENT FRENCH CINEMA by James Quandt (Subscription Required) Hear more of Elric Kane on Killer POV
Oct 18, 2016
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 DVD Hear more of Jim Laczkowski on the Pop Culture Club and the Now Playing Network  
Oct 17, 2016
Episode 292: The Shining (1980)
Special Guests: Douglas Milsome, Garrett Brown, Rodney Ascher, Rob Ager Guest Co-Hosts: Keith Gordon, Vincenzo Natali Adapted 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.
Oct 11, 2016
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...
Oct 11, 2016
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. Co-hosts Rod Lott and Rob St Mary join Mike to discuss the film and other "unmaking of" documentaries. Links: Visit the official Doomed: The Untold Story of Roger Corman's the Fantastic Fourwebsite Like DOOMED on Facebook Visit Visit  
Oct 09, 2016
Episode 291: Night of the Creeps (1986)
Special Guests: Fred Dekker, Tom Atkins Guest 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
Oct 04, 2016
Episode 290: Duck Soup (1933)
Special Guest: Robert S. Bader, Robert Weide, Joseph Adamson Guest Co-Host: Rob St. Mary, Jon Cross Directed 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.   
Sep 27, 2016
Episode 289: Sonny Boy (1989)
Special Guests: Robert Martin Carroll, Graeme Whifler, Michael Boston Guest Co-Hosts: Maitland McDonagh, Mike Malloy Produced 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 Patreon Like The Projection Booth on Facebook Follow The Projection Booth on Twitter      
Sep 20, 2016
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.
Sep 16, 2016
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.
Sep 13, 2016
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.
Sep 12, 2016
Episode 287: Straw Dogs (1971)
Special Guest: Gordon Williams, David Weddle Guest Co-Host: Maitland McDonagh, Eric J. Peterson No 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.
Sep 07, 2016
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, 2016 Special Report: A Thousand Cuts Special Guest: Dennis Bartok, Jeff Joseph Mike 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 Bartok Learn more about Cinelicious Read more about film collecting at David Bordwell's website
Sep 05, 2016
Episode 286: Vertigo (1958)
Special Guests: Patrick McGilligan, Dan Auiler Guest Co-Hosts: Tania Modleski, Susan White Alfred 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)
Aug 30, 2016
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.
Aug 26, 2016
Episode 285: Massacre at Central High (1976)
Special Guests: Derrel Maury, Rex Sikes, Jeffrey Winner, Robert Carradine, Andrew Stevens Guest Co-Hosts: Heather Drain, Doug Tilley Rene 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".
Aug 24, 2016
Episode 284: The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (1964)
Special Guests: Nino Castelnuovo, Anne E. Duggan Guest Co-Host: Ken Stanley, Rob St. Mary Jacques 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".  
Aug 17, 2016
Bonus Interview: Catriona MacColl
Special Guest: Catriona MacColl Catriona 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.
Aug 16, 2016
Episode 283: The Hidden (1987)
Special Guest: Jack Sholder Guest Co-Host: Jamie Sammons, Eric J. Peterson In 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.  
Aug 10, 2016
Special Report: 2 Lava 2 Lantula (2016)
Special Guest: Steve Guttenberg Mike 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.
Aug 05, 2016
Episode 282: Dick Tracy (1990)
Special Guests: Glenne Headly, Garyn G. Roberts, Dan Kampling Guest Co-Hosts: Jared Case, Frank Santopadre Warren 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. 
Aug 03, 2016
Episode 281: The First Nudie Musical (1976)
Special Guest: Bruce Kimmel Guest Co-Host: Angela Mac, Trevor Gumbel Released 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.
Jul 27, 2016
Special Report: Movie Freak
Special Guest: Owen Gleiberman Guest Co-Host: Rod Lott On 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. 
Jul 25, 2016
Episode 280: Sugar Hill (1974)
Special Guest: Paul Maslansky, Don Pedro Colley, Joy Bostic Guest Co-Host: Heather Drain, Chris Stachiw In 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.
Jul 20, 2016
Bonus Interview: Paul Maslansky
Special Guest: Paul Maslansky As 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.
Jul 19, 2016
Special Report: Korla (2015)
Special Guests: John Turner, Eric Christensen Guest Co-Host: Rob St. Mary Incredibly 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 more Support The Projection Booth on Patreon Like The Projection Booth on Facebook Follow The Projection Booth on Twitter .
Jul 18, 2016
Episode 279: House (1977)
Guest Co-Hosts: Rob St. Mary, Miguel Rodriguez Nobuhiko 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 Patreon Like The Projection Booth on Facebook Follow The Projection Booth on Twitter  
Jul 13, 2016
Special Report: Sorority Babes in the Slimeball Bowl-O-Rama (1988)
Special Guest: David DeCoteau On 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 Patreon Like The Projection Booth on Facebook Follow The Projection Booth on Twitter  
Jul 12, 2016
Special Report: The Love Witch (2016)
Special Guest: Anna Biller Guest Co-Host: Heather Drain The 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 Patreon Like The Projection Booth on Facebook Follow The Projection Booth on Twitter  
Jul 11, 2016
Episode 278: Eyes Without A Face (1960)
Special Guest: Kate Ince Guest Co-Host: Maitland McDonagh, Alexandra West Georges 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 Patreon Like The Projection Booth on Facebook Follow The Projection Booth on Twitter  
Jul 06, 2016
Special Report: Raiders! The Story of the Greatest Fan Film Ever Made (2015)
Special Guest: Tim Skousen & Jeremy Coon Guest Co-Host: Rod Lott Raiders! 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.
Jul 04, 2016
Episode 277: Celine and Julie Go Boating (1974)
Special Guest: Jonathan Rosenbaum, Mary Wiles Guest Co-Host: Heather Drain, Chris Stachiw 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.  
Jun 29, 2016
Episode 276: Valerie and Her Week of Wonders (1970)
Special Guest: Peter Hames Guest Co-Host: Nicholas Schlegel, Kevin Heffernan, Axel Kohagen  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 Patreon Like The Projection Booth on Facebook Follow The Projection Booth on Twitter  
Jun 22, 2016
Special Report: Tickled (2016)
Special Guest: David Ferrier, Dylan Reeve On 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 website Read "That was the guy from the movie!" from Confused Monologues The hilarious attack site
Jun 17, 2016
Episode 275: Some Call It Loving (1973)
Special Guest: James B. Harris Guest Co-Host: Heather Drain, Aaron Peterson When 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 Patreon Like The Projection Booth on Facebook Follow The Projection Booth on Twitter  
Jun 15, 2016
Episode 274: Apocalypse Now (1979)
Special Guest: Fax Bahr Guest Co-Host: Paul Zimmerman, Rich Edwards We 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 Patreon Like The Projection Booth on Facebook Follow The Projection Booth on Twitter  
Jun 08, 2016
Episode 273: UHF (1989)
Special Guest: Jay Levey Guest 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 Patreon Like The Projection Booth on Facebook Follow The Projection Booth on Twitter  
Jun 02, 2016
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
Jun 01, 2016
Special Report:The Dying of the Light (2015)
Special Guest: Peter Flynn Guest Co-Host: Chris Bricklemyer On 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 Patreon Like The Projection Booth on Facebook Follow The Projection Booth on Twitter  
May 31, 2016
Episode 272: Barton Fink (1991)
Special Guest: Christopher Murney Guest Co-Hosts: Adam Schartoff, Rob St. Mary Also 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 Patreon Like The Projection Booth on Facebook Follow The Projection Booth on Twitter  
May 25, 2016
Special Report: Death Game Redux
Special Guest: Dyan Traynor Who 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 Drain Donna: Rahne Alexander  George Manning: Dave Pace-Bonello  Harvey / Delivery Man: John Walker Karen Manning / Mrs. Phipps: Marisa Young
May 23, 2016
Episode 271: Wake in Fright (1971)
Special Guests: Ted Kotcheff, Anthony Buckley,Jack Thompson Guest Co-Hosts: Maitland McDonagh, Maurice Bursztynski 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.
May 18, 2016
Special Report: The Slanted Screen (2006)
Special Guest: Jeff Adachi Guest Co-Host: Rita Su Jeff 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 Patreon Like The Projection Booth on Facebook Follow The Projection Booth on Twitter  
May 16, 2016
Episode 270: Stage Fright (1950)
Special Guest: Patrick McGilligan Guest Co-Hosts: Tania Modleski, Filip Önell Seen 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 Patreon Like The Projection Booth on Facebook Follow The Projection Booth on Twitter  
May 11, 2016
Episode 269: The Dybbuk (1937)
Special Guest: Yossi Chajes Guest Co-Host: Daniel Bird, John Walker Based 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 Patreon Like The Projection Booth on Facebook Follow The Projection Booth on Twitter  
May 04, 2016
Special Report: The Nitrate Picture Show 2016
Special Guest: Jared Case On 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 website Support The Projection Booth on Patreon Like The Projection Booth on Facebook Follow The Projection Booth on Twitter  
Apr 28, 2016
Episode 268: Hard to Be a God (2015)
Special Guest: Daniel Bird Guest Co-Host: Carol Borden, Travis Crawford 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. Both films inform the discussion this week with Travis Crawford and The Cultural Gutter's Carol Borden. Support The Projection Booth on Patreon Like The Projection Booth on Facebook Follow The Projection Booth on Twitter  
Apr 27, 2016
Episode 267: Smile (1975)
Special Guests: Bruce Dern, Nicholas Pryor,Barbara Feldon, Denise Nickerson, Annette O'Toole Guest Co-Hosts: Carol Borden, Kevin Heffernan 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 Patreon Like The Projection Booth on Facebook Follow The Projection Booth on Twitter  
Apr 20, 2016
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.
Apr 18, 2016
Episode 266: Ed Wood (1994)
Special Guests: Larry Karaszewski, Mike Starr,Lydia Kavina, Andrew J. Rausch Guest Co-Hosts: Rob St. Mary, Steve Sholtes Can 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 Sholtes Errata: 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.
Apr 13, 2016
Episode 265: Elvira: Mistress of the Dark (1988)
Special Guests: Frank Collison, Sam Egan Guest Co-Hosts: Josh Hadley, John Pilate 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. Support The Projection Booth on Patreon Like The Projection Booth on Facebook Follow The Projection Booth on Twitter  
Apr 06, 2016
Bonus Interview: William Morgan Sheppard
Special Guest: 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.
Apr 04, 2016
Episode 264: Bad Timing - A Sensual Obsession (1980)
Special Guests: Nicolas Roeg, Yale Udoff,Anthony Lawson Guest Co-Hosts: Elric Kane, Adam Long Nicolas 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. 
Mar 30, 2016
Episode 263: Science Crazed (1991)
Guest Co-Hosts: Josh Johnson, Angela Mac From 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 DVD Read the Canuxploitation review Read the Daily Grindhouse review Like Science Crazed on Facebook
Mar 23, 2016
Special Report: Room Full of Spoons (2016)
Special Guest: Rick Harper Guest Co-Host: Adam Spiegelman On 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 website Buy The Disaster Artist by Greg Sistero Buy The Room on DVD Visit Proudly Resents
Mar 21, 2016
Episode 262: Secretary (2002)
Special Guest: Judy Dodge Cummings, Claire Cavanah Guest Co-Host: Rachel Kramer Bussel Adapted 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 DVD Buy Self-Injury: The Ultimate Teen Guide by Judy Dodge Cummings Buy Secretary by Erin Cressida Wilson Buy Bad Behavior (stories) by Mary Gaitskill
Mar 16, 2016
Episode 261: Night of the Comet (1984)
Special Guests: Thom Eberhardt, Catherine Mary Stewart, Kelli Maroney Guest Co-Hosts: Angela Mac, Jon Abrams "I don't go around the Writer's Guild building much because there's too many people out to kill me." - Thom Eberhardt In 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.
Mar 09, 2016
Episode 260: The Changeling (1980)
Special Guest: Peter Medak Guest Co-Host: Axel Kohagen, Andrew Jupin Peter 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 Patreon Like The Projection Booth on Facebook Follow The Projection Booth on Twitter  
Mar 02, 2016
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.
Feb 24, 2016
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.
Feb 19, 2016
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.
Feb 17, 2016
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.
Feb 10, 2016
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.
Feb 08, 2016
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.
Feb 03, 2016
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.
Jan 27, 2016
Special Report: Ego Fest IV
It's that time of the year again where Mike Whiteand Rob St. Mary open up the mics and update listeners to what's been going on in our personal lives and with the behind-the-scenes of the show. Learn about the new "rotating co-host" proposal and how to help spread the word about The Projection Booth. Links: Read about the Michigan Notable Book Award Give us your money via Patreon Keep up with Rob on The Detours podcast Let the folks at NPR know about the Projection Booth Learn more about the end of the dark ages of podcasting
Jan 22, 2016
TPB: Showgirls
Was Paul Verhoeven's Showgirls just awful dreck from the pen of Joe Eszterhas or a subversive masterpiece about the subjugation of women?
Jan 20, 2016
TPB: Death Game / Knock Knock
We discuss Peter Traynor's film, Death Game (AKA The Seducers AKA Mrs. Manning's Weekend), and Eli Roth's 2015 remake, Knock Knock.
Jan 18, 2016
TPB: Salvador
Oliver Stone's Salvador stars James Woods as fast-talking journalist Richard Boyle and James Belushi as his friend, Doctor Rock. It's kind of a "Fear and Loathing in Central America" with fewer drugs and more shooting of innocent bystanders.
Jan 13, 2016
TPB: The Last Dragon
Michael Schultz's The Last Dragon is the story of Leroy Green (Taimak), a young man on a quest to find wisdom who's beset by gangsters and the Shogun of Harlem.
Jan 06, 2016
TPB: Bonus Interview: Mke Starr
As a bonus for our Last Dragon episode, hear character actor Mike Starr dish about The Ice Harvest, Dumb and Dumber, Goodfellas, Cabin Boy, Freejack, and more.
Jan 03, 2016
Episode 251: Get Carter (1971)
Special Guests: Mike Hodges, George Armitage,Stephen Kay, John C. McGinley Guest Co-Hosts: Eric Zaldivar, Maitland McDonagh For the final episode of 2015, we look at Mike Hodges's 1971 feature film debut, Get Carterstarring Michael Caine as Jack Carter, a mobster from London who travels back to Newcastle after the suspicious death of his brother. We talk to Mike Hodges along with the director ofHit Man, George Armitage, and of the 2000 remake, Stephen Kay. We also discuss Get Carter with actor John C. McGinley. Mike is joined by Eric Zaldivarand Maitland McDonagh.
Dec 31, 2015
TPB: Get Carter Music Mix
As a bonus for our Get Carter episode, here's a collection of plays upon Roy Budd's terrific theme from Mike Hodges's film.
Dec 29, 2015
TPB: Bruce Dern on The Hateful Eight and Nebraska
For our upcoming episode on Michael Ritchie's Smile, Mike talked to actor Bruce Dern. He spoke about his love of running, and working with Alexander Payne in Nebraska and Quentin Tarantino in The Hateful Eight.
Dec 24, 2015
TPB: Boxing Helena
Obsession comes to the fore in Jennifer Chambers Lynch's controversial film Boxing Helena wherein Dr. Nick Cavanaugh (Julian Sands) aspires to win the love of the titular Helena (Sherilyn Fenn). Co-hosts: Heather Drain & Cecil Trachtenberg.
Dec 23, 2015
Special Report: Anthony James: Acting My Face
Special Guest: Anthony James On a special episode of The Projection Booth, Mike speaks to character actor Anthony James about his memoir, Acting My Face. The man who played criminals and misfits for most of his career is a thoughtful and charming man. Links: Buy Acting My Face: A Memoir by Anthony James.
Dec 21, 2015
TPB: 2015 Year End Music Mix
Frustrated DJ, Mike White, takes you through a year of The Projection Booth's "greatest hits"; songs that either were used for or speak to the movies covered throughout 2015.
Dec 18, 2015
TPB: Contact
After nearly a decade of development, Robert Zemeckis's Contact came to the silver screen in 1997. The film stars Jodie Foster as a SETI scientist who discovers a message from space. Mike is joined by Emily Intravia and Jamey Duvall.
Dec 16, 2015
Bonus Interview: William Fichtner
For a bonus to our Contact episode, here's more of our interview with William Fichtner who tells Mike about the favorite roles he's played in film (so far).
Dec 14, 2015
Episode 248: Phase IV (1974)
Special Guests: Michael Murphy, Mayo Simon, Brian Gascoigne Guest Co-Hosts: Robert Hubbard & Josh Hadley In a decade lousy with "nature strikes back" films (Grizzly, Night of the Lepus, Kingdom of the Spiders), visual designer turned filmmaker Saul Bass's Phase IV stands out as a hybrid of solid science fiction, nature documentary, and personal drama. This episode features interviews with the writer of Phase IV, Mayo Simon, along with actor Michael Murphy and composer Brian Gascoigne. Mike's joined in the discussion by writers Robert Hubbard and Josh Hadley.
Dec 09, 2015
Episode 247: Colossus - The Forbin Project (1970)
Special Guest: Eric Braeden Guest Co-Hosts: Maitland McDonagh, James Kruth, & Chris Bricklemyer This is the voice of world control. I bring you an episode of The Projection Booth about Colossus: The Forbin Project, the 1970 Joseph Sargent film based on a novel by D.F. Jones where man enslaves himself via a supercomputer. Eric Braeden sets the record straight on Piranha, The Rat Patrol, and Escape from the Planet of the Apes.
Dec 02, 2015
TPB: Shallow Grave
Noirvember 2015 concludes with a little murder among friends in Danny Boyle's 1994 feature debut Shallow Grave which stars Kerry Fox, Ewan McGregor, and Christopher Eccleston as three prats looking for a new flatmate.
Nov 25, 2015
TPB: Special Report: 20 Years of Madness
A group of Michiganders created the public accessshow, "30 Minutes of Madness". Jeremy Royce documented this phenomenon in his film 20 Years of Madness.
Nov 23, 2015
TPB: Elevator to the Gallows
Noirvember continues as we consider Louis Malle's debut feature film, Elevator to the Gallows AKA Ascenseur pour l'échafaud, which stars Jeanne Moreau as Florence and Maurice Ronet as Julien.
Nov 18, 2015
TPB: Special Report: In the Company of Legends
On this special episode, Mike talked with filmmakers Joan Kramer and David Heeley about their book, In the Company of Legends.
Nov 16, 2015
TPB: Alphaville
Noirvember continues as we look at Jean-Luc Godard's 1965 sci-fi philosophical Noir starring Eddie Constantine and Anna Karina, Alphaville.
Nov 11, 2015
TPB: Special Report: Manos The Hands of Fate Redux
On a rare "sequel episode" we return to Harold Warren's Manos: The Hands of Fate to check out the restored Blu-Ray release and talk to the creators of Manos Returns and Manos: The Hands of Felt.
Nov 09, 2015
TPB: Ghost Dog - Way of Le Samourai
Noir November returns with a quartet of unusual titles. We kick off the month with a double dose from Jim Jarmusch's Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai and Jean-Pierre Melville's Le Samourai.
Nov 04, 2015
TPB: Special Report: All Things Must Pass
The story of Tower Records is one of entrepreneurship. Colin Hanks examines the story in the 2015 documentary All Things Must Pass: The Life And Death Of Tower Records.
Nov 02, 2015
TPB: Haxan
Shocktober concludes with a look at the 1922 film by director Benjamin Christensen - Häxan, an odd artistic mash-up of what can only be described as a university slide show lecture, a documentary featuring reenactments, and a horror film.
Oct 28, 2015
TPB: Special Report: An Open Secret
On a special episode of The Projection Booth we look at Amy Berg's documentary An Open Secret, a hard-hitting expose about the exploitation of children in the entertainment industry.
Oct 26, 2015
TPB: The Entity
Based on a book by and adapted by Frank De Felitta, The Entity was directed by Sidney J. Furie and stars Barbara Hershey as Carla Moran, a woman haunted by a malevolent spirit that sexually terrorizes her.
Oct 21, 2015
TPB: The Beyond
Lucio Fulci's The Beyond stars Catriona MacColl as Liza who opens a hotel built on a hellmouth in Louisiana. This proximity to a center of evil only helps spur some pretty strange occurrences and maybe a few lapses in judgment along the way.
Oct 14, 2015
TPB: Homicidal
In William Castle's Homcidal, "Jean Arless" stars as Emily, a murderess who may herself be a victim of abuse. We're joined by Jeffrey Schwarz, director of Spine Tingler! The William Castle Story, to discuss the film.
Oct 07, 2015
TPB: Ten Canoes
Ten Canoes is a story about stories. It tells the multi-layered tale of brothers in an Australian aboriginal tribe. It's brought to us by director Rolf de Heer and cinematographer Ian Jones, one of several of their collaborations with actor David Gulpilil.
Sep 30, 2015
TPB: Special Report: I Lost It at the Video Store
On a special episode of The Projection Booth, Mike talks with Tom Roston about his new book, I Lost It at the Video Store, an oral history of working at or going to the video store.
Sep 28, 2015
TPB: Special Report: Sven-Ole Thorsen
Sven-Ole Thorsen has stories to tell. He spoke more with Mike about his work on the Conan films, Abraxas, Guardian of the Universe, Red Heat, and so much more.
Sep 24, 2015
TPB: Cleo/Leo
When a chauvinist pig (Scott Baker) gets shot for harassing women, he's reincarnated as a woman (Jane Hamilton) in order to learn a lesson about life. Chuck Vincent's Cleo/Leo is a terrific look at gender relations and institutional sexism.
Sep 23, 2015
TPB: The Death of Superman Lives: What Happened?
The fifth feature Superman film took a dozen years and millions of dollars to come to fruition. Along the way the film was almost made as Superman Lives written by Kevin Smith, Wesley Strick, and Dan Gilroy, directed by Tim Burton and starring Nicolas Cage.
Sep 18, 2015
TPB: Dr. Caligari
We're discussing Stephen Sayadian's 1989 film, Dr. Caligari. Co-written by Jerry Stahl, the film tells the tale of a patient at an asylum run by the granddaughter of the infamous German doctor.
Sep 16, 2015
TPB: Orlando Jones - FanExpo 2015
As mentioned on our recent EGO FEST III show, Mike led a couple of Q&A sessions at FanExpo Canada 2015. The first was with Orlando Jones. Mr. Jones discusses his work on MadTV, Sleepy Hollow, Evolution, and more.
Sep 14, 2015
TPB: Danny Trejo - FanExpo 2015
As mentioned on our recent EGO FEST III show, Mike led a couple of Q&A sessions at FanExpo Canada 2015. The second was with Danny Trejo. Mr. Trejo discusses his work on Con Air, Breaking Bad, Runaway Train, and more.
Sep 10, 2015
TPB: The Final Programme
We're discussing Robert Fuest's The Final Programme where Jerry Cornelius helps a cadre of shadowy figures steal the formula for his father's work which may save humanity from the end of the world...
Sep 09, 2015
TPB: Blue Collar
Just in time for Labor Day, we're looking at the 1978 film all about the working man, Blue Collar. Directed and co-written by Paul Schrader it tells the tale of three men working in our fair city of Detroit.
Sep 02, 2015
TPB: Special Report: Ego Fest III
Every once in a while we just turn on the mics and go. We answer listener emails, play some voicemails, and talk about how the Projection Booth sausage is made.
Aug 31, 2015
TPB: The Black Cat
The first big American studio film directed by Edgar G. Ulmer, The Black Cat stars Bela Lugosi and Boris Karloff in a taut game of life and death.
Aug 26, 2015
TPB: Bonus Episode: Just Desserts: The Making of Creepshow
On a special episode of The Projection Booth, Mike talks to Michael Felsher, whose Just Desserts: The Making of Creepshow which is now available for pre-order via IndieGoGo.
Aug 21, 2015
TPB: The Rocketeer
We discuss the 1991 comic book film The Rocketeer starring Billy Campbell. We look at the film's production with its writers (Paul DeMeo and Danny Bilson) and director (Joe Johnston). We also talk to the inimitable Jon Polito.
Aug 19, 2015
TPB: Bonus Interview: Joe Johnston
As part of our coverage of The Rocketeer we talked with director Joe Johnston about Jurassic Park III, Jumanji, October Sky, The Wolfman, Captain America: The First Avenger, and he gives his one and only statement about The Pagemaster.
Aug 17, 2015
TPB: Special Report: Straight Outta Compton
NWA court is now in order and we're discussing F. Gary Grey's Straight Outta Compton with producer Bill Straus.
Aug 14, 2015
TPB: Under the Skin
A woman stalks the streets of Glasgow, Scotland looking for men in Jonathan Glazer's Under the Skin. We're joined by Alexandra West of the Faculty of Horror podcast to dig into this enigmatic film.
Aug 12, 2015
TPB: Bonus Interview: Alexander Stuart
For our Under the Skin episode we're talking to screenwriter and novelist Alexander Stuart about technology and his latest work.
Aug 10, 2015
TPB: Solarbabies
Once "the kids' version of THX-1138", Alan Johnson's Solarbabies has seven orphans looking for salvation in a water-starved post-apocalyptic world. Conceived by the artist Metrov, the story behind the film may be more interesting than the movie itself.
Aug 05, 2015
TPB: Night Moves
Special Guest: Nat Segaloff (Arthur Penn: American Director), Guest Co-Host: Carol Borden (Cultural Gutter). Night Moves, the 1975 neo-noir, finds Harry Moseby (Gene Hackman) lost in a post-Watergate America.
Jul 29, 2015
TPB: Alien 3
We discuss one of the most maligned and misunderstood sequels around, David Fincher's Alien3. We're joined by Brad Jones, the Cinema Snob.
Jul 22, 2015
TPB: Bonus Interview: Lance Henriksen
In a bonus interview for our Alien3 episode, Lance Henriksen discusses his latest projects from Monday at 11:01 AM to Stung to Harbinger Down and more.
Jul 20, 2015
TPB: The Limey
The Limey - the 1999 film from director Steven Soderbergh - tells the tale of Wilson (Terence Stamp) - a recently released career criminal from the U.K. who heads to L.A. to figure out what happened to his daughter.
Jul 15, 2015
TPB: What She Said: The Art of Pauline Kael
Mike talked to filmmaker Rob Garver about the upcoming documentary What She Said: The Art of Pauline Kael. They discuss the importance of film criticism and Kael's controversial career.
Jul 12, 2015
Episode 229: Night Moves (1975)
Special Guest: Nat Segaloff Guest Co-Host: Carol Borden Arthur Penn's Night Moves (1975) stars Gene Hackman as Harry Moseby, a private eye trying to find himself in a post-Watergate America.  We're joined by Nat Segaloff, author of Arthur Penn: American Director and Carol Borden of the Cultural Gutter. Support The Projection Booth on Patreon Like The Projection Booth on Facebook Follow The Projection Booth on Twitter  
Jul 08, 2015
TPB: Punisher: War Zone
We look at the third Punisher incarnation, Punisher: War Zone. This candy-colored symphony of violence stars Ray Stevenson as the titular "super hero."
Jul 08, 2015
TPB: Special Report: Lost Soul
We look at David Gregory's documentary Lost Soul about the harrowing behind-the-scenes story of Richard Stanley and the making of 1996's The Island of Dr. Moreau.
Jul 06, 2015
TPB: Fear and Loathing in the Projection Booth
This week we're talking about a trio of films created from the works and character of the late doctor of Gonzo Journalism, Hunter S. Thompson: Where the Buffalo Roam, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, and The Rum Diary.
Jul 01, 2015
TPB: Special Report: Ed Asner
Legendary actor Ed Asner gave us some of his time to talk a bit about his career. his charity work, his support of unions, and pistol whipping Jack Lemmon.
Jun 29, 2015
TPB: Glengarry Glen Ross
We're going to talk about Glengarry Glen Ross, the film from James Foley based on the Tony- and Pulizer-winning play by David Mamet. Special Guests: James Foley, Ed Harris. Guest Co-Host: Chris Stachiw of Kulturecast.
Jun 24, 2015
TPB: Special Report: Ex-Dominatrix
On this special episode of The Projection Booth, Mike talks to Darren Cavanagh about his upcoming documentary, Ex-Dominatrix about Ira, one of Europe's most extreme dominatrices.
Jun 18, 2015
TPB: After Dark My Sweet
Based on a novel by hardboiled scribe Jim Thompson, James Foley's After Dark My Sweet is a neo-noir from 1990 starring Jason Patric, Bruce Dern, and Rachel Ward. The film tells the tale of Kevin "Kid" Collins, a punchdrunk palooka who falls in with a kidnapping scheme.
Jun 17, 2015
TPB: Rock N Roll High School
We're joined by a host of Rock 'N' Roll High School alumni from director Allan Arkush to cinematographer Dean Cundey to writers Joseph McBride, Russ Dvonch, and Richard Whitley to stars PJ Soles, Dey Young, Clint Howard and Mary Woronov. Our guest co-host, Adam Schartoff, is the co-host of Filmwax Radio.
Jun 10, 2015
TPB: Rock N Roll High School Bonus Interviews
Bonus interviews from our Rock 'N' Roll High School episode. Interviews included are: director Allan Arkush, cinematographer Dean Cundey, writers Russ Dvonch and Richard Whitley, and stars PJ Soles, Dey Young, and Clint Howard.
Jun 09, 2015
TPB: Bonus Interview: David Sherrill
Dave Sherrill recounts his role as Skank in The Wraith along with his early days at NYU, working with Clint Eastwood, threatening Johnny Depp, nearly being an MTV VJ, breaking in Nick Jonas, and much more in a wild bonus interview.
Jun 08, 2015
TPB: Cruel Story of Youth
Cruel Story of Youth, the 1960 film from Nagisa Oshima, tells the tale of two teens against the backdrop of the ANPO protests. The film was at the forefront of the Japanese New Wave cinema movement.
Jun 03, 2015
TPB: Brand X
Maudit May concludes with a discussion of Brand X by Wynn Chamberlain (AKA Win Chamberlain). This counter-culture comedy skewers advertising of the day (1970) and stars a host of Factory players such as Tally Brown, Taylor Mead, and Candy Darling.
May 27, 2015
TPB: Star Wars
Continuing our Maudit May series, we look at George Lucas's Star Wars (AKA Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope), the sci-fi film from 1977 that has been rendered unavailable in its original form due to its creator's tampering. We're joined by Outside the Cinema's Mr. Chris to get nostalgic and discuss how Star Wars may (or may not) have influenced our lives.
May 20, 2015
TPB: Star Wars Music Mix
In anticipation of our episode on Star Wars, we've put together a music mix of some favorite Star Wars-related tunes.
May 16, 2015
TPB: Nothing Lasts Forever
Maudit May continues with Tom Schiller's Nothing Lasts Forever which tells the story of Adam Beckett (Zach Galligan), a disillusioned young man who wants to be an artist. He gets everything he wants... just not in the way he expects it. The anachronistic film also stars Lauren Tom, Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, and Apollonia van Ravenstein.
May 13, 2015
TPB: Special Report: Dark Star - HR Giger's World
On this special episode we discuss Belinda Sallin's 2014 documentary Dark Star: HR Giger's World. We talk about HR Giger, his work, and his legacy.
May 11, 2015
TPB: The Other Side of the Wind
We're kicking off "Maudit May" with a discussion of Orson Welles's The Other Side of the Wind. A film some fifty years in the making, it has yet to be completed and released.
May 06, 2015
TPB: Altered States
Based on the book by and adapted for the screen by Paddy Chayefsky, Ken Russell's Altered States tells the tale of Edward Jessup, a scientist who's looking for answers to some of the big questions of life. Special Guests: Bob Balaban and Charles Haid. Guest co-host: Scott Clickers.
Apr 29, 2015
TPB: Splice
We discuss the 2009 film from Vincenzo Natali, Splice. Genetic scientists work for a pharmaceutical company making a new creature that could help lead to new drugs. Problems ensue...
Apr 22, 2015
TPB: Baby Baby Baby
On this special episode we're looking at three films -- Bad Boy Bubby, The Baby, and La Videa Lactee -- in which grown men either get treated like or actively choose to live like babies.
Apr 15, 2015
TPB: Logan's Run
Logan 5 (Michael York) and Jessica 6 (Jenny Agutter) live in the City of Domes where life seems idyllic with just one little catch: everyone dies at 30. We speak to Logan's Run authors William F. Nolan George Clayton Johnson about their landmark book. We discuss the film with Eric Cohen of The Cinefiles.
Apr 08, 2015
TPB: Requiem for a Dream
We talk about Darren Aronofsky's 2000 film, Requiem for a Dream. Special Guests: Ellen Burstyn, Keith David, Mark Margolis, & Christopher McDonald. Guest Co-host: Emily Intravia of the Feminine Critique.
Apr 01, 2015
TPB: Bonus Interview: Mark Margolis
Look at me, Hector, and listen to a bonus interview of The Projection Booth with Mark Margolis. Mr. Margolis looks back at his 40+ year career from The Opening of Misty Beethoven to "Columbo" to Scarface to The Cotton Club and more. Hear the rest of the interview on our Requiem for a Dream episode.
Mar 30, 2015