The Projection Booth Podcast

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 500 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, Willem Dafoe, Michael Palin, Tim Rice, John Landis, 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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Special Report: Todd Melby on A Lot Can Happen ...
Mike talks with Todd Melby -- reporter, podcaster, author -- about his book A Lot Can Happen in the Middle of Nowhere: The Untold Story of the Making of Fargo. It's a terrific book that goes into a lot of details behind the scenes of one of the Coen Brothers' most successful films.
30 min
Special Report: Godzilla vs. Kong (2021)
On a special episode done in conjunction with Chris Stachiw's Kulturecast, we discuss Adam Wingard's Godzilla Vs. Kong, the latest entry in the "Legendary" Monsterverse. We talk about the sprawling story that's stuffed to the gills with some mediocre...
90 min
Special Report: Daniel T. Dorrance on The U.S. ...
Mike talks with Daniel T. Dorrance, the production designer of Lee Daniels' The United States v. Billie Holiday (2021). Mr. Dorrance also dishes about working on the Maze Runner sequels and Michael Mann's Collateral.
25 min
Special Report: Krimi Double Feature
Mike is joined by Prof. Nicholas Schlegel, author of the upcoming "German Popular Cinema and The Krimi Phenomenon: Dark Eyes of London” coming from Lexington Books, Rowman’s academic imprint - and Samm Deighan, author of the upcoming "The Legacy of World War II in European Arthouse Cinema" from McFarland Books - to discuss Krimi films.
98 min
Episode 513: A Buster Keaton Celebration
Heather Drain and Maurice Bursztynski join Mike to sing the praises of Buster Keaton. The trio looks at five of Keaton's films: The General, Sherlock Jr, Steamboat Bill Jr, Seven Chances, and One Week.
190 min
Special Report: Julien Temple on Crock of Gold ...
Mike speaks with director Julien Temple (Earth Girls are Easy) about his latest documentary film, Crock of Gold: A Few Rounds with Shane MacGowan. Produced by Johnny Depp, it's a documentary about the lead singer of The Pogues and his relationship to his native Ireland.
32 min
Episode 511: Never Cry Wolf (1983)
We're discussing Carroll Ballard's Never Cry Wolf (1983). Based on the novel by Farley Mowat, it's the story of Tyler (Charles Martin Smith), a bureaucrat who is sent into the Northern wilds to study wolves and their impact on the caribou population.
284 min
Special Report: Bonus Interview with Sam Hamm
More of our interview with Sam Hamm about his post-Never Cry Wolf career, focusing specifically on his take on The Fantastic Four and what his version would have been like.
23 min
Special Report: Bonus Interview with Richard Kl...
More from the interview with Richard Kletter as he discusses his work post Never Cry Wolf including a harrowing tale of The Man Who Fell to Earth TV Pilot.
16 min
Special Report: Zack Snyder's Justice League (2...
For a special live podcast, Chris Stachiw (The Kulturecast), Josh Haldey (1201 Beyond), and Mike joined up to discuss Zack Snyder's Justice League (2021): a film many years in the making. We discuss both the Joss Whedon and Zack Snyder versions,...
206 min
Special Report: SXSW Day 4
Wrapping up SXSW 2021 with an interview with Malcolm Ingram, director of Clerk, a documentary about filmmaker Kevin Smith.
23 min
Special Report: Graeme Clifford
Originally supposed to be part of our THE MAN WHO FELL TO EARTH episode, this is an interview with editor / director Graeme Clifford about his career, working on his own films (Gleaming the Cube, Frances, etc) as well as his work with Nic Roeg, Robert...
59 min
Special Report: SXSW 2021 Day 3
More about movies from SXSW 2021 including:- The Spine of Night featuring an interview with co-directors Morgan Galen King and Philip Gelatt- Swan Song featuring an interview with Udo Kier- Alien on Stage featuring an interview with...
60 min
Special Report: SXSW 2021 Day 2
On today's SXSW 2021 report I discuss the following: Witch Hunt - including an interview with Elle Callehan Paul Dood's Deadly Lunch Break - including an interview with director Nick Gillespe Offseason - Including an interview with...
67 min
Episode 512: Seven Beauties (1975)
Lina Wertmüller's 1975 film Seven Beauties stars Giancarlo Gianini as Pasqualino Settebellezze of Pasqualino of the Seven Beauties.
83 min
Special Report: SXSW 2021 Day 1
On a special episode of The Projection Booth we're looking at a handful of movies premiering at SXSW on March 16, 2021:
65 min
Episode 510: The Duke of Burgundy (2014)
For our 10th Anniversary we're looking at Peter Strickland’s 2014 film The Duke of Burgundy, the story of a couple, Cynthia and Evelyn, and their relationship in a world of women where lepidoptery seems to be the stock and trade of its denizens. The film examines the slow decline of Cynthia and Evelyn’s relationship.
160 min
Special Report: Pandemonium (1982)
We’re looking at Alfred Sole’s Pandemonium (1982) which stars Candice Azzara as Bambi, a witness to the horrific murder of her high school cheer leading squad who, years later, fulfills her lifelong dream of starting her own cheer leading camp at It Had To Be University.
149 min
Episode 509: The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant...
We’re looking at the 1972 film from Rainer Werner Fassbinder, The Bitter Tears of Petra Von Kant. It’s the story of love and loss for the titular Petra Von Kant (Margrit Carstensen) a fashion designer and her model/muse Karin (Hanna Schygulla). We see the beginnings and endings of that relationship as well as the fall out.
87 min
Special Report: A Ghost Waits (2020)
Mike talks to writer/director Adam Stovall and writer/actor MacLeod Andrews about their romantic comedy / horror film A Ghost Waits (2020). The film is available now via Arrow's streaming channel and will be available on blu-ray on May 3, 2021.
44 min
Episode 508: Mary & Max (2009)
We’re looking at the 2009 film from director Adam Elliot, Mary & Max, the story of two unlikely pen pals -- Mary Daisy Dinkle (Bethany Whitmore and Toni Collette) and Max Jerry Horovitz (Philip Seymour Hoffman) -- a lonely little girl from Australia...
148 min
Episode 507: Southland Tales (2006)
Southland Tales tells the sprawling story of a world in which alternative energy is a big business and teams up with the political police state. Meanwhile actor Boxer Santaros (Dwayne Johnson) has a schizophrenic break and thinks he's the character that he and part-time prophet/full time porn star Krista Now (Sarah Michelle Gellar) have created, Jericho Cane
141 min
Episode 506: Is There Sex After Death? (1971)
Alan and Jeanne Abel's Is There Sex After Death? is a mockumentary from 1971 that dares to ask the hard hitting questions with ridiculous answers. It’s a series of vignettes with some familiar faces like Buck Henry, Marshall Efron, Holly Woodlawn, Robert Downey, and more.
176 min
Special Report: Workhorse Queen (2021)
Mike talks with director Angela Washko and star Mrs. Kasha Davis about their new documentary, Workhorse Queen, which premieres at Slamdance 2021. It's the story of Mrs. Davis and her time on RuPaul's Drag Race and her life off stage.
34 min
Episode 505: White Sands (1992)
Jedidiah Ayres and Andrew Nette join Mike to look at the 1992 neo-noir film from director Roger Donaldson, White Sands. The film stars Willem Dafoe as Ray Dolezal, a small town Sheriff who tries to solve the murder of a man in his jurisdiction by assuming the dead man’s identity and getting embroiled in a world of arms dealing,
143 min
Special Report: Erin Vassilopoulos on Superior ...
Filmmaker Erin Vassilopoulos talks to Mike about her first feature, Superior, a follow-up to her 2015 short with Ani and Alessandra Mesa. The 2021 feature tells the story of two sisters -- one stuck in a humdrum suburban life while the other is a musician in deep trouble.
18 min
Special Report: Ryan Cudahy on Mount Skylight
On this special episode, Mike talks with producer Ryan Cudahy about his latest project, a feature version of Mount Skylight. Find out more at
19 min
Special Report: The Bill & Ted Trilogy (1989-2020)
On a special crossover event with The Kulturecast, Chris Stachiw and Josh Stewart join Mike to discuss the Bill & Ted Trilogy from Excellent Adventure to Face the Music.
271 min
Special Report: Rodney Ascher on A Glitch in th...
Rodney Ascher (Room 237, Nightmare) returns to The Projection Booth to discuss his new film, A Glitch in the Matrix which premieres at the 2021 Sundance Film Festival before being released to streaming platforms on Feb 8, 2021.Learn more at:...
19 min
Episode 504: Duets (2000)
Musical Month concludes with a look at Bruce Paltrow's DUETS. Written by John Byrum, the film stars Paul Giamatti, Maria Bello, Huey Lewis, Andre Braugher, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Scott Speedman in a drama about the world of karaoke.
195 min
Special Report: Jeff Lieberman on Day of the Li...
Mike talks with writer/director Jeff Lieberman about his memoir, Day of the Living Me: Adventures of a Subversive Cult Filmmaker from the Golden Age. The book is full of great behind-the-scenes stories of Lieberman's films (Squirm, Blue Sunshine, Just Before Dawn, Satan's Little Helper, etc.) as well as some other amazing tales.
38 min
Episode 503: The Blues Brothers (1980)
Musical month continues with a look at John Landis’s 1980 film The Blues Brothers. It’s the story of Jake and Elwood Blues, two musicians who need to get $5,000 in order to pay the back taxes on the orphanage where they grew up learning to be white blues singers.
223 min
Special Report: Bonus Interview with Laila Nabulsi
This is more of the interview with Laila Nablusi where we discuss her work on Nothing Lasts Forever, Prizzi's Honor, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas and some things hopefully happening in 2021! Hear the rest of our interview with Ms. Nablusi on our...
24 min
Special Report: Alien Resurrection (1997)
On this special episode of The Projection Booth, we're looking at Alien Resurrection, it's the next chapter (some might say last chapter) of the Alien Saga started by Ridley Scott back in 1979. Released in 1997, we re-join Ellen Ripley (Sigourney Weaver) five years after Alien 3 but 200 years after the events portrayed in David Fincher's film.
205 min
Bonus Interview; Pitof on Vidocq, Catwoman, an...
The second unit director and visual effects supervisor of Alien: Resurrection, Pitof, discusses his work on Vidocq, Catwoman, and more.
60 min
Episode 502: Hair (1979)
Gil Kenan and Lee Gambin join Mike to discuss Milos Forman’s Hair (1979), an adaptation of the groundbreaking tage play from 1968. It’s the story of Berger, played by Treat Williams, and his friends who meet and interact with Claude Hooper Bukowski, played by John Savage, a hayseed who’s on his way to Vietnam by way of a trip to New York City to see the sights before heading off to war.
207 min
Episode 501: Evita (1996)
We kick off Musical Month with a look at Andrew Lloyd Webber & Tim Rice's EVITA along with the 1996 screen version from director Alan Parker, starring Madonna, Antonio Banderas, and Jonathan Pryce.
137 min
Special Report: Melissa Maerz on Alright, Alrig...
Author Melissa Maerz discusses her book Alright, Alright, Alright: The Oral History of Richard Linklater’s Dazed and Confused. It's a terrific behind-the-scenes look at the stories behind the 1993 film.
23 min
Episode 500: Brazil (1985)
For the 500th episode of The Projection Booth, Skizz Cyzyk and Jeff Meyers join Mike to discuss Terry Gilliam's Brazil. A film with as fascinating a story behind and in front of the camera, Brazil tells the story of Sam Lowry (Jonathan Pryce), an office drone who dreams of flying away with the love of his life (Kim Greist).
115 min
Special Report: The Ventures - Stars on Guitars...
Maurice Bursztynski and Skizz Cyzyk join Mike to discuss Staci Layne Wilson's documentary about The Ventures -- one of the best instrumental bands of the 20th Century. Formed in the late '50s and still going today,
84 min
Special Report: Ego Fest X
Wrap up 2020 with a slice of self-indulgence! It's the 10th Ego Fest where Mike answers listener mail, gives some updates about the podcast, and talks to some very special guests. Enjoy!
118 min
Special Report: Jennifer Trainer on Museum Town...
Mike talks to Jennifer Trainer, director of the 2019 documentary Museum Town, a look at how a contemporary art museum saved a former mill town.
25 min
Episode 499: Withnail & I (1987)
We're looking at a film about the end of the ‘60s, Bruce Robinson's Withnail & I. Released in 1987, the film stars Richard E. Grant as the titular Withnall -- an acerbic drunk who, along with the titular, I (Paul McGann) -- go on holiday by mistake....
158 min
Episode 498: Mick Travis Trilogy (1969-1982)
Jonathan Owen and Samm Deighan join Mike to look at three films by Lindsay Anderson that all star Malcolm McDowell as Michael “Mick” Travis. In If.... Mick is the leader of a student revolution. In O Lucky Man he’s a coffee salesman. And, in Britannia Hospital he’s an investigative reporter. We’ll be talking about how Mick changes through the three films along with their possible connections and contradictions.
190 min
Special Report: Sydney L. Stern on The Brothers...
Mike talks to author Sydney L. Stern about her latest book, The Brothers Mankiewicz: Hope, Heartbreak, and Hollywood Classics.
32 min
Episode 497: Crumbs (2015)
Miguel Llanso's Crumbs (2015) is the story of a post apocalyptic future where items from the past are given special significance as our hero, Candy (played by Daniel Tadesse), goes on a quest, first to see the witch and then to see Santa Claus.
125 min
Episode 496: The Phynx (1970)
Lee H. Katzin's The Phynx (1970) is a story of espionage, intrigue, rock and roll, and the generational divide. It's about a fake rock band, the titular Phynx, who are sent on the road to infiltrate Albania whose evil government has been kidnapping America's elderly celebrities.
163 min
Special Report: Bonus Interview with Larry Hankin
As a bonus for our episode on The Phynx, here's more of the interview with Larry Hankin where he discusses his early days in The Committee, on Laverne & Shirley, in Escape from Alcatraz, and more.
69 min
Special Report: Jonathan Melville's A Kind of M...
Jonathan Melville returns to podcast to discuss his latest book, A Kind of Magic: The Making of the Original 'Highlander'. It's an exhaustive book about Russell Mulcahey's 1986 film.
50 min
Episode 495: To Live & Die in L.A. (1985)
#Noirvember2020 concludes with a look at William Friedkin's To Live & Die in L.A. (1984). The film pits Treasury agent William Petersen as Richard Chance against Willem Dafoe as artist and forger Rick Masters.
155 min
Episode 495: To Live & Die in L.A. Bonus Inter...
More from editor M. Scott Smith as he discusses working on The Crow, Mobsters, Darkman, and My Name is Bruce.
40 min
Special Report: John Badham's On Directing, Vo...
John Badham returns to the podcast to discuss the latest edition of his invaluable guide, On Directing. Mike also talks with Mr. Badham about the Blu-Ray release of his film The Hard Way.
25 min
Special Report: Zappa (2020)
Yaniv Eidelstein and Skizz Cyzyk join Mike to discuss the latest documentary feature by Alex Winter, ZAPPA. It’s a two plus hour look at composer, musician, artist, singer, agent provocateur Frank Zappa.
84 min
Special Report: Du-BEAT-e-o (1984)
On this special episode we’re looking at the 1984 film from director Alan Sacks, Du-Beat-E-O. It’s a movie as unusual as its name. It’s the multi-layered story of a director -- the titular Du Beat E O played by Ray Sharkey -- who is given a chore to put together a film about the band The Runaways.
152 min
Episode 494: The Friends of Eddie Coyle (1973)
We continue Noirvember 2020 with a look at Peter Yates’s The Friends of Eddie Coyle. Based on the novel by George V. Higgins, the film stars Robert Mitchum as the titular Coyle, an over-the-hill small time crook who’s trying to get by in the milieu of Boston’s underground.
81 min
Special Report: Glenn Kenny on Made Men - The S...
On this special episode, Mike talks with author Glenn Kenny about his new book, Made Men, the Story of Goodfellas, a terrific tome all about Martin Scorsese's seminal 1990 gangster film.
40 min
Episode 493: Ride the Pink Horse (1947)
Noirvember 2020 continues with a look at Robert Montgomery’s Ride the Pink Horse. Adapted from the novel of the same name by Dorothy B. Hughes, the film also stars Montgomery as Lucky Gagin, a man who comes to the small town of San Pablo, New Mexico during their annual fiesta….
88 min
Episode 491: The Big Clock (1947)
#Noirvember 2020 kicks off with a look at John Farrow's The Big Clock (1947). Based on the 1946 novel by Kenneth Fearing, it's the story of George Stroud (Ray Milland) an editor at Crimeways magazine and employee of Earl Janoth (Charles Laughton).
94 min
Special Report: The Brood (1979)
We're looking at David Cronenberg's The Brood. It's the story of the Carveth family and how the sins of the past visit the children of the next generation. Frank Carveth (Art Hindle) and his wife Nola (Samantha Eggar) have separated.
149 min
Bonus Interview: Stephen Bissette on Comics
I couldn't speak to Stephen Bissette about his monograph on The Brood without also asking him about his decades working in the comic book industry. He dishes a bit about his beginnings, his work on Swamp Thing, and more.
36 min
Episode 491: The Frighteners (1996)
We conclude #Shocktober2020 with a look at Peter Jackson’s The Frighteners. Made between Heavenly Creatures and the Lord of the Rings series, the film was a signal to Hollywood that Peter Jackson could play by the rules. It’s the story of Frank Bannister (Michael J. Fox), a man with a gift that he can commune with the dead.
158 min
Episode 490: Motel Hell (1980)
Heather Drain and Ben Buckingham join Mike to talk about Kevin Connor's 1980 horror/comedy starring Rory Calhoun and Nancy Parsons, Motel Hell.
193 min
Special Report: Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporate...
We’re not talking about a movie for once but, instead, we’re looking at Scooby Doo! Mystery Incorporated. It was the eleventh incarnation of the Scooby gang and it ran from 2010 to 2013 with a total of 52 episodes spread over 156 weeks. It was also one of the best and most self-referential animated series that I’ve ever seen.
175 min
Episode 489: The Company of Wolves (1989)
#Shocktober2020 continues with a look at Neil Jordan’s The Company of Wolves. It's a melange of tales based on the writings of Angela Carter which intertwine and layer upon one another. At the heart is a re-telling of the Little Red Riding Hood tale but there’s more… much more… than that.
144 min
Special Report: Nightbreed (1990)
We’re looking at Clive Barker’s Nightbreed. It’s the story of Aaron Boone (Criag Sheffer). He dreams of a place called Midian, an underground world of monsters. His psychiatrist, Doctor Decker (David Cronenberg) also wants to go there but to destroy all the monster life.
100 min
Episode 488: Poltergeist (1982)
We kick off Shocktober 2020 with a look at Tobe Hooper's 1982 film Poltergeist. It'ss the story of a suburban family beset by supernatural forces.
314 min
Special Report: The Antenna (2019)
We’re looking at the 2019 film from director Orçun Behram, The Antenna (2019). The film stars Ihsan Önal as Mehnet, a overseer of an apartment building in Turkey. We begin the film on the day when a new satellite dish is being installed that is part of a new era for the country where the government can now broadcast directly to its citizens’ televisions. Let’s just say that this isn’t the utopia that was promised.
88 min
Episode 487: Fruit of Paradise (1969)
We conclude Czechtember 2020 with a look at Vera Chytilova’s Fruit of Paradise. This may be the most experimental and unusual movies we’ve covered as part of Czechtember. It’s a re-telling of the Adam and Eve story directed by Chytilova and co-written by her and Ester Krumbachova.
85 min
Episode 486: Birds, Orphans, and Fools (1969)
We continue #Czechtember 2020 with the 1969 Slovakian film Birds, Orphans, and Fools by Juro Jakubisco. It’s a story of three young people in the turbulent year and place of 1968 Slovakia. There are birds, the characters are orphans, and they often play the fool as we experience a slice of their lives.
92 min
Special Report: Forman Vs. Forman (2019)
Mike talks to Helena Trestíková (aided by the film's rep, Daniel Vadocký) -- half of the directing team behind the 2019 documentary Forman Vs. Forman -- about her life in occupied Czechoslovakia, her 45...
31 min
Episode 485: Morgiana (1972)
#Czechember2020 continues with a look at Juraj Herz’s Morgiana. Released in 1972 the film stars Iva Janzurova as both Victoria and Clara Tragen, two sisters who are driven apart by their father’s will and the jealousy of Clara by Victoria.
101 min
Special Report: Oldboy (2003)
We're looking at Park Chan-wook's Oldboy (2003). Based loosely on the manga by Garon Tsuchiya and Nobuaki Minegishi, the film tells the tale of Oh-Dae-Su (Choi Min-sik), a salaryman who gets abducted and held in a cell for 15 years. Just as he's abducted without explanation he's freed just the same. From there the film becomes a mystery where Oh-Dae-Su tries to find not just who abducted him but why.
122 min
Episode 484: Tomorrow I'll Wake Up and Scald My...
We continue Czechtember 2020 with a look at Jindrich Polak’s Tomorrow I Will Wake Up and Scald Myself with Tea (1977). From a script co-written by Milos Macourek, the film stars Petr Kostka as both Jan and Karel Bures, twin brothers, one of who has helped invent a rocket that allows people to travel through time.
136 min
Episode 483: All My Good Countrymen (1969)
We're doing something a little different for Czechtember 2020 with two commentary track episodes. First up, a discussion of Vojtech Jasný's All My Good Countrymen (1969), a tragic tale of a group of friends in post-WWII Czechoslovakia.
122 min
Special Report: Fantasia 2020
Mike gives a few capsule reviews of titles playing at this year's Fantasia film festival: Class Action Park, Feels Good Man, Tiny Tim - King for a Day, Clapboard Jungle, Hail to the Deadites, Monster Seafood Wars, Traveling Cat Chronicles, Survival Skills, Patrick, The Columnist.
49 min
Special Report: Jaws (1975)
Just when you thought it was safe to download a podcast...
177 min
Special Report: Amy Stoch on the Bill & Ted films
Mike talks to Amy Stoch about her time on Star Search, working with James Arness, and playing Missy / Mom in the three Bill & Ted films. Party on.
31 min
Episode 482: F for Fake (1973)
F for Fake, the 1973 essay film from Orson Welles is a story of art forgery, the phony autobiography of Howard Hughes, and quite a bit of sleight of hand from our humble narrator, Mr. Welles himself.
116 min
Special Report: Michael Almereyda on Tesla (2020)
Mike spoke to writer/director Michael Almereyda about his latest film, Tesla (2020) which stars Ethan Hawke as the titular inventor. Almereyda's Tesla script was one of the first things he wrote and...
28 min
Episode 481: All That Jazz (1979)
It’s showtime, folks! On this episode we’re talking about Bob Fosse’s 1979 film All That Jazz. It’s definitely not an autobiographical picture about a choreographer slash director (Roy Scheider) who’s working on his previous film about a...
222 min
Special Report: Charles Mruz on Gamemaster (2020)
Mike talks with Charles Mruz about his 2020 documentary Gamemaster -- the story of game development, play, and how games bring us together.
29 min
Special Report: Morgana (2019)
We're discussing the film from co-directors Josie Hess and Isabel Peppard, Morgana (2019). It's the story of Morgana Muses, a former housewife who found her path to self expression and fulfillment via making personal, often very adult, films.
84 min
Episode 480: Enemy Mine (1985)
We’re discussing the 1985 film from Wolfgang Petersen, Enemy Mine. Based on a novella by Barry Longyear, the film stars Dennis Quaid as Davidge and Lou Gossett Jr. as Jerry. The two are of different races -- one human, one drac -- who find themselves stranded on a hostile world.
191 min
Special Report: Suzi Q (2019)
In a special cross-over with the See/Hear Podcast, we're discussing Suzi Q (2019) a documentary from Liam Firmager about Detroit's own Suzi Quatro, who left the States early in her career and became more of a rock star in the UK and Australia while not charting as high as she should in her home country. She became known more in the U.S. thanks to her many appearances on Happy Days as the character Leather Tuscadero. The film looks at her career overall, showing what a wild ride it’s been.
123 min
Special Report: Scott Smith on The Burnt Orange...
Mike talks with author/screenwriter Scott Smith about his latest film, The Burnt Orange Heresy -- an adaptation of Charles Willeford's wonderful book about a sociopathic art critic. Mr. Smith also discusses his earlier work from A Simple Plan to The Ruins to Siberia.
20 min
Episode 479: Runaway (1984)
We are looking at the 1984 film from writer/director Michael Crichton, Runaway. It’s the tale of Jack Ramsay (Tom Selleck) a member of the Runaway unit who takes care of errant robots. He’s a single dad with a son and a robot at home and a new partner on his team, Karen Thompson (Cynthia Rhodes). He’s put on a case which leads him to the dastardly Luther (Gene Simmons).
86 min
Special Report: Commando (1985)
We’re looking at the 1985 film from director Mark L. Lester, Commando. The film stars Arnold Schwarzenegger at PEAK Schwarzenegger. The film really defines 80s action movies -- hyper violence, a killer soundtrack, and corny one-liners. The only things missing are gay panic and a good dose of misogyny.
147 min
Episode 478: The Lion Has Seven Heads (1970)
We conclude Cinema Novo month with a look at Glauber Rocha’s The Lion has Seven Heads, though, this movie seems to be post-Cinema Novo and wasn’t even made in Brazil. Instead, this film was made after Rocha was exiled from Brazil and shot in Brazzaville in the Democratic Republic of Congo along with help from French and Italian producers.
65 min
Special Report: Better Off Dead (1985)
We're discussing Better Off Dead (1985) from writer/director Savage Steve Holland. The film stars John Cusack as Lane Myer, a high school student obsessed with his girlfriend, Beth. When Beth breaks up with him -- throwing Lane over for Roy Stalin, a jock douchebag who can ski the most dangerous mountain around -- Lane attempts suicide several times… like you do in a good comedy.
217 min
Episode 477: Macunaíma (1969)
Cinema Novo month continues with a look at Joaquim Pedro de Andrade’s Macumaia. Based on the 1928 Modernist novel of the same name by Mário de Andrade (no relation). Some see the Cinema Novo movement ending around 1967 while others say that it simply entered another phase. Regardless, Macunaima is unlike any other movie we’ve discussed this month so far and it might be in the running as a favorite film overall. It’s wild, colorful, and filled with enough subtext to choke a horse.
67 min
Special Report: Celebrity Crush (2019)
On this special episode of The Projection Booth, Mike talks to writer/director/actor Oliver Robins about his latest film, Celebrity Crush (2019). The film stars Robins as a celebrity who is kidnapped by an obsessive fan after a one night fling at a convention.
30 min
Episide 476: Entranced Earth (1967)
Cinema Novo month continues with a look at Glauber Raucha’s Terra em Transe also known as Entranced Earth or Land of Anguish. It’s the story of the mythical country of El Dorado where the events seem to oddly parallel the political upheaval of...
66 min
Special Report: The Beaver Trilogy (& Part IV) ...
On this very special episode of The Projection Booth we're looking at the films of Trent Harris, specifically The Beaver Trilogy (2000) which includes a documentary segment about Utah native "Groovin' Gary" along with two narrative remakes (starring...
117 min
Episode 475: Black God, White Devil (1964)
Cinema Novo month continues with a look at Glauber Rocha's Black God, White Devil (and its follow-up, Antonio Das Mortes). It's two stories in one as our main character, Manuel, kills his boss and then goes on the run, becoming a follower of Sebastian (the Black God of the title) before eventually becoming a follower of Corisco (the White Devil).
72 min
Episode 474: Vidas Secas (1963)
We are kicking off a month of shows discussing the Cinema Novo movement from Brazil with a look at Nelson Pereira dos Santos’s 1963 film Vidas Secas. Also known as Barren Lives, the film is based on a 1938 novel by Graciliano Ramos. It’s the story of a family trying to survive in the scraggly countryside of Northeast Brazil. We join them as they search for a place to live, a way to put food on their table, and how to make enough money to buy a leather bed.
53 min
Episode 473: Can Dialectics Break Bricks? (1973)
Can Dialectics Break Bricks? is the 1973 film from Rene Vienet which is a re-dubbing of the 1972 film Crush. The film re-tells re-tells the story of Crush as the story of a bunch of rotten bureaucrats who have oppressed the working class long enough. The workers look forward to a day when the landlords will all hang, priests will be cut in two and the churches will be burned to the ground.
150 min
Episode 472: Pink Narcissus (1971)
We’re looking at the 1971 film from James Bidgood, Pink Narcissus. It’s a wordless film which tells the story of a young hustler played by Bobby Kendall who engages in a series of fantasies throughout an evening. The film was shot on 8mm but still presents a lush, fantastic color palette and incredible sets that are even more incredible when the viewer remembers that this was all shot in Bidgood’s Hell’s Kitchen apartment.
73 min
Episode 471: Viva La Muerte (1971)
Jess Byard and Heather Drain join Mike to discuss the Panic Movement and Fernando Arrabal's freshman film, Viva La Muerte. It's the surrealistic tale of Fando, a boy whose mother sold his father out to the fascists during the Spanish Civil War.
76 min
Episode 470: The Magic Garden of Stanley Sweeth...
Daniel Kremer and Jarrod Labine join Mike to discuss The Magic Garden of Stanley Sweetheart. Based loosely on Robert T. Westbrook’s book of the same name, the film follows the exploits of the unlikely-named protagonist who’s not very likable, Stanley Sweetheart (Don Johnson). He fancies himself an underground filmmaker and Lothario. The film follows him on his exploits as he navigates life, women, and the scene in 1970’s New York.
188 min
Special Report: Don's Plum (2001)
Bro, on this special episode of The Projection Booth we're looking at the 2001 movie from R. D. Robb, Don's Plum. The film remains officially unreleased in the U.S. while available legally in other parts of the world. The film stars a group of young actors known as "The Pussy Posse" including Leonardo DiCaprio and Tobey Macguire. It's about a group of guys who bring their dates to the titular diner where they talk, boast, and engage in bathroom-bound monologues.
161 min