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 569: The Awful Truth (1937)
Screwball month continues with a look at Leo McCarey’s The Awful Truth (1937). Based on the play by Arthur Richman, the film stars Cary Grant and Irene Dunn.
73 min
Special Report: Riley Stearns on Dual (2022)
Mike spoke to writer/director Riley Stearns about his latest film, Dual, which opens theatrically in the U.S. on April 15, 2022.
21 min
Episode 568: My Man Godfrey (1936)
Screwball month continues with a look at Gregory la Cava’s My Man Godfrey. The film stars William Powell and Carole Lombard.
117 min
Episode 567: Ball of Fire (1941)
We kick off a month of discussing Screwball Comedies with Kat Ellinger. We discussing Howard Hawks's Ball of Fire with Maitland McDonagh.
121 min
Special Report: Ego Fest 12
It's that time, folks... It's another Ego Fest and Mark Begley (Wake Up Heavy) joins Mike in The Projection Booth to ask burning questions.
208 min
Episode 566: New Wave Hookers (1985)
We conclude our look at adult films with the raunchiest we've covered so far, New Wave Hookers (1985), a film mired in controversy.
81 min
Episode 565: Blonde Ambition (1981)
Released in 1981, Blonde Ambition was years in the making. It stars Suzy Mandel and Dory Devin as Sugar and Candy Kane, sisters who have a song and dance act in a podunk town.
217 min
Episode 564: Little Orphan Dusty (1978)
Co-directed by Bob Chinn and Jacoov Jacoovi, Little Orphan Dusty stars Rhonda Jo Petty and John Holmes in a melodrama... with bikers!
78 min
Special Report: Pawel Lozinski on The Balcony M...
Coverage of MOMI's First Look festival continues with an interview with Pawel Lozinski about his 2021 documentary feature, The Balcony Movie.
36 min
Special Report: Mattie Do on The Long Walk (2019)
Filmmaker Mattie Do discusses her career -- from being a ballet instructor to suddenly directing horror features in Laos.
41 min
Special Report: Alien Nation (1988)
Cecil Trachenberg and Josh Stewart join Mike to discuss the 1988 film from Graham Baker, Alien Nation.
198 min
Special Report: MOMI's 2022 First Look Festival
Mike speaks with Eric Hynes and Edo Choi, curators of the Museum of the Moving Image's First Look film festival.
50 min
Episode 563: Young, Hot 'N' Nasty Teenage Crui...
Mature March continues with a look at Young, Hot & Nasty Teenage Cruisers from directors Tom Denucci and Johnny Legend.
82 min
Episode 562: Memories within Miss Aggie (1974)
We’re kicking off a month of discussing adult films with a look at Gerard Damiano's Memories within Miss Aggie (1974)
71 min
Episode 561: Belle de Jour (1967)
Samm Deighan joins Mike to discuss Luis Bunuel's 1967 adaptation of Joseph Kessel's novel, Belle de Jour.
100 min
Episode 560: I Can't Sleep (1994)
Judith Mayne and Cullen Gallagher join Mike to discuss Clair Denis's I Can't Sleep (1994).
80 min
Special Report: Ian Nathan on The Coppolas: A M...
Mike talks with author Ian Nathan about his work, specifically his latest book, The Coppolas: A Movie Dynasty.
48 min
Special Report: Ultrainocencia (2021)
Mike talks with Manuel Arija de la Cuerda about his delightfully odd spiritual comedy, Ultrainocencia (AKA Ultrainnocence).
30 min
Episode 559: Black Moon (1975)
Black Moon tells the story of Lily (Cathryn Harrison), a girl on the brink of womanhood who's on the run from a war between men and women.
121 min
Special Report: Beyond the Infinite Two Minutes...
Mike talks to Junta Yamaguchi about his feature film debut, Beyond the Infinite Two Minutes, a time travel comedy from Japan.
16 min
Episode 558: The Red Circle (1970)
Samm Deighan and Andrew Leavold join Mike to discuss The Red Circle. Mike also speaks with author Rui Noguiera about his Melville on Melville book.
99 min
Episode 557: The Counselor (2013)
John Walker and James Lawrence join Mike to look at the 2013 film from Ridley Scott, The Counselor.
126 min
Special Report: Imperfect (2021)
Mike talks with Regan Linton and Brian Malone about their documentary Imperfect (2021).
27 min
Episode 556: Swept Away (1974)
Samm Deighan and Trevor Gumbel join Mike to discuss Lina Wertmuller’s 1974 film Swept Away.
111 min
Episode 555: The North Avenue Irregulars (1979)
When the minister of a new congregation finds that crime has taken over the community he recruits a few parishioners to take down the mob.
160 min
Episode 554: A Clockwork Orange (1971)
We kick-off 2022 with a look at Stanley Kubrick's A Clockwork Orange (1971) with Yaniv Eidelstein and Rob St. Mary.
190 min
Special Report: Jeff Goldblum
It's been a long time coming but here's the interview I managed to do with Jeff Goldblum just about his career and movies in general.
54 min
Episode 553: Flash Gordon (1980)
Chris Bricklemyer and Scott Weinberg join Mike to wrap up 2021 and discuss Mike Hodge's 1980 film Flash Gordon.
172 min
Special Report: Julia (2021)
Mike talks with Carla Gutierrez and Claudia Raschke the editor and cinematographer of Julia (2021)
57 min
Special Report: The Matrix Resurrections (2021)
In a special cross-over episode with The Kulturecast, Mike and Chris talk about the latest entry in the Matrix series, Matrix Resurrections.
57 min
Episode 552: Black Christmas (1974)
Maitland McDonagh and Mark Begley join Mike to talk about Bob Clark’s 1974 film Black Christmas.
238 min
Special Report: Wojnarowicz (2020)
Director Chris McKim celebrates the confrontational and controversial artist David Wojnarowicz in the 2020 documentary Wojnarowicz: F*ck You, F*ggot F*cker.
45 min
Episode 551: Fight Club (1999)
Rob St. Mary and Maitland McDonagh join Mike to look at the 1999 film from director David Fincher, Fight Club.
232 min
Special Report: Alexander Fee on The Japan Society
Mike spoke with Alexander Fee of the Japan Society New York about the Flash Forward series currently happening.
19 min
Episode 550: Just One of the Guys (1985)
Directed by Lisa Gottlieb, Just One of the Guys (1985) stars Joyce Hyser as Terry Griffith, a reporter for her school paper.
132 min
Episode 549: The Matrix (1999)
Released in 1999, The Wachowsky Siblings's The Matrix stars Keanu Reeves as Thomas “Neo” Anderson, a cubicle jockey who is looking for meaning in his life by way of the notorious hacker Morpheus (Laurence Fishburne).
135 min
Special Report: Lost Highway (1997)
We conclude #Noirvember 2021 with a special episode about David Lynch’s Lost Highway.
165 min
Episode 548: Chameleon Street (1989)
After winning the Sundance film festival in 1990, Wendell B. Harris's Chameleon Street took too long to come out
143 min
Special Report: These Fists Break Bricks
Mike talks with Grady Hendrix and Chris Poggiali about their new book These Fists Break Bricks which looks at the phenomena of how martial arts influenced American popular culture
56 min
Episode 547: The Lady from Shanghai (1947)
Noirvember 2021 continues with a look at Orson Welles’s The Lady from Shanghai. It’s the story of Michael O’Hara (Orson Welles), a sailor who falls in with a weird group of people.
102 min
Special Report: Out of the Blue Interview
Mike talks with John Alan Simon and Elizabeth Karr about the restoration of Dennis Hopper's Out of the Blue.
24 min
Episode 546: Point Blank (1967)
Noirvember 2021 continues with a look at John Boorman’s POINT BLANK. Released in 1967, the film was based on the 1962 novel by Donald Westlake writing as Richard Stark.
133 min
Episode 545: The Silent Partner (1978)
Noirvember 2021 kicks off with a look at Daryl Duke’s The Silent Partner. Released in 1978, it was from a screenplay by Curtis Hanson and based on the book Think of a Number by Anders Bodelsen.
121 min
Special Report: Carrie (1976)
We’re wrapping up #Shocktober 2021 with a look at Brian De Palma’s Carrie. Based on the novel by Stephen King, the film stars Sissy Spacek as the titular Carrie White
244 min
Special Report: Jez Conolly & Emma Westwood on ...
Mike spoke with Jez Conolly and Emma Westwood about their Constellations book on John Frankenheimer's Seconds (1966).
51 min
Episode 544: The Medusa Touch (1978)
Shocktober 2021 continues with a look at Jack Gold’s The Medusa Touch. It’s the story of John Morlar (Richard Burton) a man with a special gift who is "murdered" in the first few minutes of the film.
66 min
Special Report: Ed Lachman on The Velvet Underg...
Mike spoke with cinematographer Ed Lachman about his latest work with Todd Haynes, The Velvet Underground.
26 min
Special Report: Dune (2021)
As a cross-over with The Kulturecast, Chris Stachiw joins Mike to discuss Denis Villeneuve's Dune (2021),
76 min
Episode 543: The Mephisto Waltz (1971)
Shocktober 2021 continues with a look at Paul Wendkos’s The Mephisto Waltz.
116 min
Special Report: Lynne Sachs
Mike spoke with filmmaker Lynne Sachs about her career including an octet of films that are currently showing on The Criterion Channel.
28 min
Episode 542: Witching & Bitching (2013)
Shocktober 2021 continues with a look at Alex de la Iglesia’s 2013 film Witching and Bitching (AKA Las brujas de Zugarramurdi).
72 min
Episode 541: Bela Lugosi Meets a Brooklyn Goril...
We are kicking off Shocktober 2021 with a look at William Beaudine’s Bela Lugosi Meets a Brooklyn Gorilla (1952) which stars Bela Lugosi (as you may have guessed) as well as comedy duo Sammy Petrillo and Duke Mitchell.
119 min
Episode 540: Capricious Summer (1968)
Kat Ellinger abd Jonathan Owen join Mike to wrap up Czechtember 2021 with a look at Jiri Menzel’s Capricious Summer.
80 min
Episode 539: Oil Lamps (1971)
Kat Ellinger and Jonathan Owen join Mike to discuss Juraj Herz's Oil Lamps (1971), a tragic fin de siecle melodrama,
69 min
Episode 536: Girl on a Broomstick (1972)
#Czechtember2021 continues with a look at Václav Vorlícek's Girl on a Broomstick, the story of a young witch who would rather escape to the world of human beings than be stuck in detention for 300 years(!).
117 min
Episode 538: What Would You Say to a Nice Plate...
#Czechtember2021 continues with a look at Václav Vorlícek's 1977 comedy What Would You Say to a Nice Plate of Spinach?
75 min
Bonus Interview; Roger Donaldson
Mike speaks to director Roger Donaldson about his work, including White Sands.
18 min
Episode 537: Witchhammer (1970)
Based on the 1963 book by Václav Kaplický, Witchhammer looks at the paranoia of a witch hunt in Moravia during medieval times.
82 min
Special Report: Ego Fest XI (2021)
Aaron Peterson (The Hollywood Outsider) and Mark Begley (Wake Up Heavy) help Mike pull back the curtain and discuss the inner-workings of The Projection Booth.
106 min
Episode 535: I Am Not A Witch (2017)
We conclude African Cinema month with a look at 2017's I Am Not A Witch in which a little girl lives with a group of witches in Zambia while being exploited by a government official.
69 min
Special Report: Mad Dog Time (1996)
We’re looking at the 1996 film from writer/director/actor Larry Bishop, Mad Dog Time (AKA Trigger Happy). Released in the wake of Pulp Fiction, it’s something of a metaphysical gangster film with one of the most astounding casts ever put together.
131 min
Episode 534: Dakan (1997)
African Cinema month continues with a look at Mohammed Camara's Dakan (1997)., the the story of two young men -- Manga and Sori -- in Guinea who are in love.
76 min
Episode 533: Daratt (2006)
African Cinema month continues with a look at Mahamat-Saleh Haroun's 2006 film Daratt (AKA Dry Season) in which a young orphan, Atim, is set on a path of vengeance by his grandfather.
129 min
Episode 532: Touki Bouki (1973)
African Cinema Month kicks off with a look at Djibril Diop Mambéty’s Touki Bouki (1973). Also known as The Journey of the Hyena, it’s the story of two young people, Mory and Anta, who dream of leaving their Dakar and going to Paris.
80 min
Episode 531: A Bullet for the General (1966)
We conclude Spaghetti Western month with Damiano Damiani’s Quien Sabe from 1966 (released in the US as A Bullet for the General).
78 min
Special Report: Clark Collis on You've Got Red ...
Author Clark Collis talks to Mike about his first book, You've Got Red On You: How Shaun of the Dead was Brought to Life, a terrific look at the making of Edgar Wright's second feature film.
57 min
Episode 530: Sabata (1969)
Spaghetti Western Month continues with a look at the Sabata films. The first and third films star Lee Van Cleef as Sabata, a bounty killer with a penchant for gadgets.
112 min
Special Report: Hollywood Bulldogs (2021)
Director Jon Spira talks to Mike about his career including his latest film, the 2021 documentary Hollywood Bulldogs: The Rise and Falls of the Great British Stuntmen.
79 min
Episode 529: The Big Gundown (1968)
Spaghetti Western Month continues with a look at Sergio Sollima’s 1966 film The Big Gundown. It’s the story of Jonathan Corbett (Lee Van Cleef), a bounty hunter who is being wooed to run for the US Senate. To cement his law & order image, he’s asked to pursue the criminal Cuchillo (Tomas Milian).
104 min
Special Report: Ethan Minsker is The Man in Ca...
Filmmaker, author, artist Ethan Minsker talks about his 2018 film Man in Camo as well as some of his previous work and his upcoming documentaries on Scooter LaForge and Film Threat magazine.
67 min
Episode 528: The Great Silence (1968)
Spaghetti Western month continues with a look at Sergio Corbucci's The Great Silence (1968). The film stars Jean-Louis Trintingant as the titular Silence, a mute gunfighter who shoots the thumbs off his enemies. He's pitted against the appropriately named Loco (Klaus Kinski) in a snow-bound Utah town in one of the most nihilistic films you may enjoy.
97 min
Episode 527: Matalo! (1970)
Spaghetti Western month kicks off with the psychedelic western horror film Matalo (Kill Him!) from Cesare Canivari.
74 min
Special Report: Justin Berger on The Empire Str...
Mike talks to author Justin Berger about his book, The Empire Strikes Back Unauthorized Timeline 1975-2020 which puts the whole effort of putting together TESB as well as the marketing and post-release life of the film.
47 min
Episode 523: Planet of the Apes (1968)
Sci-Fi Month continues with a look at Planet of the Apes from 1968. It's the story of a quartet of astronauts who travel to a distant world where evolution seems to have gone awry.
141 min
Special Report: Paris Themmen on Willy Wonka
2021 marks the 50th anniversary of Mel Stuart's Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory. Mike spoke to Paris Themmen about his role as Mike Teavee as well as his time on Jeopardy and his adventures while backpacking the world.
21 min
Special Report: The Sparks Brothers (2021)
It's the big takeover! Skizz Cyzyk and Mike White took over the See Hear Podcast to talk about The Sparks Brothers documentary from Edgar Wright.
64 min
Episode 525: Close Encounters of the Third Kind...
Sci-Fi Month continues with a look at Steven Spielberg's 1977 film Close Encounters of the Third Kind.
224 min
Episode 526: Time Bandits (1981)
We continue Sci-Fi Month with a look at the 1981 film from director Terry Gilliam, Time Bandits. It’s the story of a band of god’s workers who have stolen a map that allows them to travel through time.
116 min
Special Report: Mishna Wolff on Werewolves With...
Mike talks with writer Mishna Wolff about her feature film debut, Werewolves Within (2021). Based on the Ubisoft video game, it's the story of Finn (Sam Richardson), the new sheriff of a dysfunctional town where not everyone is who they say they are.
19 min
Special Report: Prano Bailey-Bond on Censor (2021)
Mike talks with writer/director Prano Bailey-Bond about her feature film debut, Censor (2021). It's the story of Enid (Niamh Algar), a censor during the UK's "video nasty" era who's sister has gone missing.
21 min
Bonus Interview: Jim Bloom
Here's more from the interview with Jim Bloom that wasn't included in the Empire Strikes Back episode. Hear Jim discuss his long and storied career.
63 min
Episode 524: The Black Hole (1979)
Are you ready to take a trip past the limits of human imagination? Sci-Fi Month continues with a look at Gary Peters's The Black Hole (1979).
83 min
Special Report: Susan Sandler on Julia Scotti: ...
Mike talks with Susan Sandler, the director of Julia Scotti: Funny That Way. It's a look at Julia Scotti, a trans comedian. It's a "warts and all" documentary about Scotti and her journey to where she is today.
28 min
Episode 522: The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
We're kicking off Sci-Fi Month with a look at the first sequel to Star Wars, The Empire Strikes Back (1980).
282 min
Special Report: Two of Us (2019)
Mike talks with Filippo Meneghetti about his 2019 film Two of Us. It's the story of Barbara (Nina Dorn) and Martine (Madeleine Girard), a couple who have kept their relationship secret from Martine's family.
20 min
Special Report: Ahead of the Curve (2020)
Mike talks with co-directors Jen Rainin and Rivkah Beth Medow along with Franco Stevens about their documentary, Ahead of the Curve. It's the story of how Stevens created the first mainstream lesbian magazine in the United States via her creativity, tenacity, and a string of good luck at the track.
38 min
Special Report: Gone in Sixty Seconds (1974)
Released in 1974, Gone in Sixty Seconds was directed, written by, and stars H. B. Halicki as Maindrian Pace. He’s an accident investigator by day… and a car thief by day too. He gets charged with stealing 48 cars for the unscrupulous Mr. Villas. All of the cars are given female nicknames and it’s the car named Eleanor that seems to haunt him as he and his crew get to work filling a very tall order.
92 min
Episode 521: Eternity and a Day (1998)
Theodoros Angelopoulos's 1998 film, Eternity and a Day, stars Bruno Ganz as Alexandros, a poet who thinks he’s at the end of his life. He rescues an Albanian refugee boy (Ahilleas Skevis) who lives on the street and wipes windshields for spare change.
111 min
Episode 520: Khrustalyov, My Car! (1998)
Gianna D'Emilio and Spencer Parsons join Mike to talk about Aleksei German's Khrustalyov, My Car! (1989). Set against the death of Stalin and the last days of his Doctor's Plot, the film is a dizzying display of filmmaking. Prof. Jonathan Brent...
158 min
Special Report: Bill Morrison on Let Me Come In
Experimental filmmaker Bill Morrison discusses his latest work, Let Me Come In, which is part of the 2021 TCM Classic Film Festival.
18 min
Episode 519: Cuties (2020)
Judith Mayne and Angela Mac join Mike to discuss the controversial 2020 film from Maïmouna Doucouré, Cuties. It's the story of Amy (Fathia Youssouf), a young immigrant girl from Senegal living in Paris and desperate to fit in with the girls she sees...
77 min
Episode 518: Hard-Boiled (1992)
We’re looking at John Woo’s 1992 film, Hard-Boiled, the story of a hot-handed supercop, Tequila, (Chow Yun-Fat), and an undercover cop -- either Alan or Tony depending on what version you watch, played by Tony Leung. Tony and Tequila are working two...
95 min
Episode 517: Escape from New York (1981)
On the second of our two-part discussion about John Carpenter films we discuss Escape from New York. It's the story Snake Plissken (Kurt Russell), a former war hero turned disillusioned criminal in an America that has turned into a police state....
192 min
Special Report: Superman (1978)
You will believe a podcast will try to talk about Superman...
193 min
Episode 516: Assault on Precinct 13 (1976)
We kick off a two-part discussion of John Carpenter with a look at his first proper feature film, Assault on Precinct 13. Father Malone (Dark Destinations) and Aaron Peterson (Hollywood Outsider) join Mike to look at the film and all of its various...
178 min
Episode 515: Under the Flag of the Rising Sun (...
Rob St. Mary returns to The Projection Booth to discuss Kinji Fukasaku's 1972 anti-war film, Under the Flag of the Rising Sun. The film stars Sachiko Hidari as the widow of Sgt. Katsuo Togashi who died in WWII. His death certificate is unclear about...
121 min
Special Report: Bruce Campbell's Evil Dead II W...
Bruce Campbell provides live commentary on THE EVIL DEAD II on Saturday, April 24, 2021, at 6 PM PST/9 PM EST! Buy your tickets now!
33 min
Special Report: Bill Leimbach on Walkabout to ...
Mike talks to director Bill Leimbach about his career including the Oscar-Nominated Raoni, as well as the documentary about David Gulpilil, Walkabout to Hollywood, and much more.
35 min
Episode 514: Kelly's Heroes (1970)
We're not gonna hit you with any negative waves about this odd, star-studded heist/war film, Kelly's Heroes. Samm Deighan and Bill Ackerman join Mike to discuss this Brian G. Hutton film from 1970 wherein Clint Eastwood leads a band of soldiers behind enemy lines in order to pilfer a cache of Nazi gold.
169 min
Speical Report: Thorsten Thielow on Boys State ...
Mike talks with cinematographer Thorsten Thielow about his career, spotlighting the 2020 documentary Boys State. Visit for more information.
30 min