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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Episode 407: Perfume - The Story of an Murderer...
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...
130 min
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...
199 min
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.
115 min
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...
175 min
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.
56 min
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...
119 min
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.
170 min
Episode 400: The Rutles - All You Need is Cash ...
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.
165 min
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.
131 min
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...
132 min
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.
185 min
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.
25 min
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...
39 min
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.
97 min
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...
145 min
Special Report: Alicia Malone on 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.
30 min
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.
67 min
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.
52 min
Episode 394: Psycho (1960)
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.
151 min
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...
164 min
Special Report: Rüdiger Suchsland on Hitler's H...
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.
87 min
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,...
146 min
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...
126 min
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...
42 min
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."
127 min
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.
88 min
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.
176 min
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.
71 min
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.
108 min
Episode 386: Begotten (1990)
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,
82 min
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).
60 min
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…
165 min
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...
80 min
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.
60 min
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.
72 min
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.
25 min
Special Report: Love, Gilda (2018)
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.
22 min
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.
307 min
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.
50 min
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...
77 min
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.
150 min
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).
23 min
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).
46 min
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...
54 min
Episode 380: ... And The Fifth Horseman Is Fear...
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.
95 min
Special Report: The Writer with No Hands (2014/...
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.
103 min
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...
92 min
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.
151 min
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 fiancee and side piece. It’s a rather unsettling coming-of-age story in the twilight days of swinging London.
94 min
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.
58 min
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.
277 min
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.
203 min
Special Report: 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...
66 min
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.
124 min
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...
75 min
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.
46 min
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.
143 min
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.
125 min
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...
179 min
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
68 min
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.
177 min
Episode 372: 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.
86 min
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.
36 min
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.
152 min
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).
130 min
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.
296 min
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.
138 min
Special Report: The 25th Chicago Undergound Fil...
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.
54 min
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.
56 min
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...
36 min
Episode 366: The Dark Crystal (1982)
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.
143 min
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...
64 min
Episode 365: Charley Varrick (1973)
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.
135 min
Bonus Interview: David L. Snyder
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.
65 min
Episode 363: The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (...
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).
218 min
Episode 363: Demolition Man (1993)
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.
175 min
Episode 362: Winter Kills (1979)
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
143 min
Episode 361: The Color of Pomegranates (1961)
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.
155 min
Special Report: Michael Galinsky and Suki Hawle...
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).  
47 min
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.
62 min
Episode 360: Man On A Swing (1974)
Directed by Frank Perry, the film was written by David Zelag Goodman and based on the book Girl on the Volkswagen Floor by William Arthur Clark, Man On A Swing (1974) .
98 min
Episode 359: ZPG (1972) & Children of Men (2006)
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).
136 min
Episode 358: An American Carol (2008)
We’re looking at the Conservative comedy, 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).
163 min
Episode 357: Mandingo (1975)
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.
108 min
Episode 356: Falling Down (1993)
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.
203 min
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.
20 min
Episode 355: L.A. Confidential (1997)
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.
136 min
Episode 354: The Maltese Falcon (1941)
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.
113 min
Episode 353: Kiss Me Deadly (1955)
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.
167 min
Episode 352: Marnie (1964)
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.
106 min
Episode 351: Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid (1973)
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.
172 min
Special Report: King Cohen: The Wild World of F...
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.
90 min
Episode 350: A Better Tomorrow (1986)
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.
236 min
Special Report: A Few Good Men (1992)
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.
49 min
Special Report: Theo Anthony on Rat Film (2017)
Mike talks to Theo Anthony about his unusual documentary work, Rat Film from 2017.
26 min
Episode 349: The Lure (2015)
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.
82 min
Episode 348: Tom of Finland (2017)
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.
73 min
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.
21 min
Episode 347: Who Killed Teddy Bear? (1965)
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.
60 min
Episode 346: Fire Walk with Me Redux / Twin Pea...
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")
207 min