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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, Jul ...
 
“The Night Stalker” AKA “Kolchak: The Night Stalker” is a seminal show that has lead to an entire subgenre of entertainment, “The Paranormal Investigator.” From “Scooby Doo” to “Supernatural” (and beyond), the paranormal investigator came to prominence with “The X-Files” but this show and many others owe a debt to the man in the blue suit, Carl Kolchak.
 
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As a cross-over with The Kulturecast, Chris Stachiw joins Mike to discuss Denis Villeneuve's Dune (2021), a rather dour, joyless adaptation of Frank Herbert's seminal sprawling sci-fi story. The film stars Timothée Chalamet as Paul Atreides, a young man who is seen as a savior by the native people of Arrakis, also known as Dune.…
 
#Shocktober2021 continues with a look at Paul Wendkos’s The Mephisto Waltz (1971). Based on the novel by Fred Mustard Stewart, the film stars Alan Alda as Myles Clarkson, a pianist turned author along with Jacqueline Bisset as Myles’s wife Paula who isn’t a big fan of Myles’s new friend, the crotchety professional pianist Duncan Ely (Curd Jürgens),…
 
#Shocktober2021 continues with a look at Álex de la Iglesia’s 2013 film Witching & Bitching (AKA Las brujas de Zugarramurdi). It’s the story of two men (Hugo Silva and Mario Cassas) who rob a gold re-buyer along with one of the men’s sons. On the run from the cops they cross paths with a trio of witches in the spooky village of Zagurramurdi. Chaos …
 
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. They’re a knock-off Martin & Lewis team and they’re found on a little island in the Pacific that is populated by stock footage of A…
 
We’re wrapping up Czechtember 2021 with a look at Jiri Menzel’s Capricious Summer. Released in 1968, it’s based on a book by Vladislav Vancura, it’s the story of three men on holiday who spend most of their time philosophizing and avoiding one woman while trying to woo another and getting nowhere. Kat Ellinger and Jonathan Owen join Mike to discuss…
 
#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(!). Gil Kenan and Kat Ellinger join Mike to discuss the film while author Hermína Franková (and her granddaughter, Hana Frank) discuss the writing …
 
#Czechtember2021 continues with a look at Václav Vorlícek's 1977 comedy What Would You Say to a Nice Plate of Spinach? The film stars Vladimir Mensik and Jiri Sovak as a couple of nogoodniks who get involved in some industrial espionage to steal parts of a machine that ages, de-ages, and shrinks creatures. Just don't eat any spinach before undergoi…
 
Czechtember continues with a look at Otakar Vavra’s Witchhammer. Based on the 1963 book by Václav Kaplický, the film looks at the paranoia of a witch hunt in Moravia during medieval times. And, being released in 1970, the film also looks at the persecution of women as well as show trials in the Communist system. Samm Deighan and Rahne Alexander joi…
 
It's that time! 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. Mike answers listener questions, thanks Patreon donors, jaws on about how the sausage is made, and reads some bad reviews.由The Projection Booth
 
On this special episode 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. The film stars Gabriel Byrne as Brass Balls Ben London, the man who’s been lef…
 
African Cinema month continues with a look at Dakan. Directed by Mohammed Camara, it’s the story of two young men -- Manga and Sori -- in Guinea who are in love. Everyone and everything tries to tell them that they shouldn’t love one another including Manga’s mother and Sori’s father. Chris Stachiw and Spencer Seams join Mike to discuss the controv…
 
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. Spencer Seams and Chris Stachiw join Mike to discuss the film while Professor Kenneth Harrow discusses his career writing about African films.…
 
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. Ben Buckingham and Spencer Seams join Mike to discuss Mambety's Touki Bouki and Hyenas (1992).…
 
We conclude Spaghetti Western month with Damiano Damiani’s Quien Sabe from 1966. Released in the US as A Bullet for the General, it’s the story of a Mexican revolutionary, El Chuncho, (Gian Maria Volente), and his relationship with his brother El Santo (Klaus Kinski), and a gringo named Chucho names Nino,(Lou Castel). Samm Deighan and Andrew Leavol…
 
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. Mark Begley and Heather Drain join Mike to discuss the three official Sabata films and four of the knock-offs which have little to nothing to do with the titular gunfighter.…
 
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). Mike Malloy and Beth Accomando join Mike to discuss …
 
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 enjo…
 
Spaghetti Western month kicks off with the psychedelic western horror film Matalo (Kill Him!) from Cesare Canivari. The film tells the story of a stage coach robbery, a ghost town, and some outlaws who look like they escaped the Manson Family. Cullen Gallagher and Chris Stachiw join Mike to discuss this unusual film.…
 
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. Richard Hatem and Edward G. Pettit join Mike to discuss the original quintet of POTA films as well as the Burton misfire and the recent trilogy.…
 
Project MK-Ultra is the now declassified code name given to a program of experiments on human subjects that were designed and undertaken by the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), some of which were illegal. The Project aimed to develop a truth serum using drugs such as LSD during interrogations resulting in brainwashing and psychological contr…
 
Sci-Fi Month continues with a look at Steven Spielberg's 1977 film Close Encounters of the Third Kind. It’s really three stories in one. In the first it’s former cartographer David Laughlin (Bob Balaban) who’s been recruited to help French scientist Claude Lacombe (Francois Truffaut) investigate a strange series of alien visitations. The second con…
 
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. Along the way they meet a young lad named Kevin (Craig Warnock) whose parents ignore him. He joins the titular Time Bandits on their adventures as t…
 
Since the 18th century, numerous attempts to locate the hidden treasures buried on Oak Island have ceased due to Death, Bankruptcy, Booby Traps & Spicy Tacos!? Who set these traps and when will they finally dig deep enough to reap the rewards of the Money Pit? Tune in this week as we explore the history of Oak Island on another episode of The Booth…
 
Sci Fi Month continues on The Projection Booth with a look at Gary Nelson’s 1979 film, The Black Hole. It’s the story of a group of astronauts who, after an unscheduled course correction, run across the missing ship The Cygnus, which is in stasis just outside of a black hole. It’s something of a re-telling of 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea with Maxim…
 
We're kicking off Sci-Fi Month with a look at the sequel to Star Wars, The Empire Strikes Back (1980). It's Irvin Kershner's continuation of the Star Wars story and perhaps one of the best sequels ever made. Chris Bricklemyer (Outside the Cinema) and Jamie Benning (The Filmumentaries Podcast) join Mike to discuss this beloved film. Interviews inclu…
 
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. Learn more at https://curvemagmovie.com/…
 
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 …
 
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. Agatha Luz (Cinemaspection) and John Atom (Heroic Purgatory) join Mike to discuss the films while …
 
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 discusses the Doctor's Plat while producer Guy Seligmann talks about working with German.…
 
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