Episodes
On this special episode Mike talks with George Stevens Jr., filmmaker and founder of the AFI, Kennedy Center Honors, and Co-Chairman of the President's Committee on the Arts and Humanities about his new book, My Place in the Sun: Life in the Golden Age of Hollywood and Washington which is available for purchase at https://amzn.to/3sAFaLI
Published 05/16/22
On this special episode Mike talks with Ed Glaser, host of the Deja View YouTube series and author of How the World Remade Hollywood: Global Interpretations of 65 Iconic Films from McFarland Books. It's a terrific book which looks at foreign interpretations of American films. Get your copy today at https://amzn.to/3vZJBSw
Published 05/13/22
We continue our month of discussing Soviet Cinema with a look at Elem Klimov's Welcome, or No Trespassing (1964). It’s the story of a group of kids at a summer camp where one boy, Kostja Inockin (Viktor Kosykh), breaks from the pack and swims a little too far. He’s immediately expelled by Director Dynin (Evgeniy Evstigneev) but later Inockin returns. Alistair Pitts and Gianna D'Emilio join Mike to discuss this fast-paced, whimsical political allegory.
Published 05/11/22
Mike speaks with director Matt Eskey about his documentary The Mojo Manifesto: The Life & Times of Mojo Nixon.
Published 05/09/22
Mike talks with author Andrew J. Rausch about his 2019 book My Best Friend's Birthday which documents the early days of Quentin Tarantino's acting and filmmaking including the titular film from Tarantino and Craig Hamann.
Published 05/06/22
We are kicking off a month of discussions around Soviet cinema with a look at the 1962 film, The Amphibian Man. It’s the story of a love triangle between the daughter of a poor man, Guitierre (Anastasiya Vertinskaya) who has been promised to the rich Don Pedro (Mikhail Kozakov). She’s saved from a shark attack by the titular Amphibian Man, whose real name is Ichthyander (Vladimir Korenev). Of course, Guitierre and Ichthyander fall in love and should really be together. Can they escape from...
Published 05/04/22
Mike speaks with filmmaker Gina Gaston about her latest film, 9 Bullets (2022). The film stars Lena Headey as Gypsy, a burlesque dance who must go on the run to save a neighbor boy (Dean Scott Vazquez).
Published 05/02/22
We’re wrapping up Screwball month with a look at Frank Capra’s Arsenic and Old Lace. Released in 1944, though shot several years before that, the film stars Cary Grant as Mortimer Brewster, a drama critic and avowed bachelor who has found the love of his life in Elaine Harper (Priscilla Lane) who lives right next door to his kind-hearted aunts, Abby and Martha. There’s just one thing…. Abby and Martha have a terrible habit of poisoning their single, lonely old men boarders. Sylvia Hubbard...
Published 04/29/22
On this special report, Mike talks with Mike Hugo, the editor of Hypochondriac (2022). The film is the story of a young potter whose life begins to unravel thanks to childhood trauma. Hugo also discusses his early career and his meticulous process.
Published 04/27/22
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 as Jerry and Lucy Warriner, a couple who break up before the first act is even over. They would have a clean break apart from their both wanting custody of their dog, Mr. Smith, and that they both still may love one another. Kat Ellinger and Aaron Peterson join Mike to discuss the film as well the 1953 interpretation of Richman's play,...
Published 04/20/22
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 as Jerry and Lucy Warriner, a couple who break up before the first act is even over. They would have a clean break apart from their both wanting custody of their dog, Mr. Smith, and that they both still may love one another. Kat Ellinger and Aaron Peterson join Mike to discuss the film as well the 1953 interpretation of Richman's play,...
Published 04/20/22
Mike spoke to writer/director Riley Stearns about his latest film, Dual, which opens theatrically in the U.S. on April 15, 2022.
Published 04/15/22
Mike spoke to writer/director Riley Stearns about his latest film, Dual, which opens theatrically in the U.S. on April 15, 2022. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Published 04/15/22
Screwball month continues with a look at Gregory la Cava’s My Man Godfrey. Based on the novel and co-written by Eric Hatch, the film stars William Powell as the titular Godfrey. He’s a forgotten man, living in a Hooverville in New York City where he’s picked up by a bunch of swells out on a scavenger hunt. Bringing in a forgotten man will net a lot of points and help Irene Bullock (Carole Lombard) win the game. In return, she hires Godfrey as a butler to the wacky Bullock family. And, of...
Published 04/13/22
Screwball month continues with a look at Gregory la Cava’s My Man Godfrey. Based on the novel and co-written by Eric Hatch, the film stars William Powell as the titular Godfrey. He’s a forgotten man, living in a Hooverville in New York City where he’s picked up by a bunch of swells out on a scavenger hunt. Bringing in a forgotten man will net a lot of points and help Irene Bullock (Carole Lombard) win the game. In return, she hires Godfrey as a butler to the wacky Bullock family. And, of...
Published 04/13/22
We are kicking off a month of screwball comedy discussion with a look at Howard Hawks’s 1941 film Ball of Fire. Written by Billy Wilder and Charles Brackett, the film stars Gary Cooper as one of an octet of professors who are writing an encyclopedia. Cooper is writing an article on slang only to find that he’s very deficient. In an effort to bolster his research he comes across Sugarpuss O’Shea (Barbara Stanwyck ). The moll of a vicious gangster, she’s on the lamb and holes up with the...
Published 04/06/22
It's that time, folks... It's another Ego Fest and Mark Begley (Wake Up Heavy) joins Mike in The Projection Booth to ask your burning questions. This special episode also features interviews with Kevin Gootee about the Gutting the Sacred Cow podcast and Dan Gardner of the RunPee app (where you can get 5 free Pee Coins with promo code ProjectionBooth). Get the scoop on what goes into making an episode of your favorite podcast. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Published 04/04/22
We conclude our look at adult films with the raunchiest we've covered so far, New Wave Hookers (1985), a film from the Dark Brothers mired in controversy. Starring Jack Baker and Jamie Gillis, it's the story of two men who share a dream of becoming pimps and hypnotizing women into doing their bidding via the power of new wave music. The film also features Ginger Lynn and originally featured Traci Lords before it broke that she was underage at the time of making it. Robin Bougie (Cinema...
Published 04/01/22
We continue our march through March with a look at the adult classic Blonde Ambition. Released in 1981, the film 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. One fateful evening they encounter the dashing Stephen Carlisle III (played by Eric Edwards), a prince of sorts who carries not a glass slipper but a valuable jewel -- and, wouldn’t you know it, a duplicate of a worthless replica owned by the...
Published 03/30/22
Our exploration of adult films continues with a look at Little Orphan Dusty. The credits say the film was co-directed by Bob Chinn and Jacoov Jacoovi thought there’s a little controversy about that. Released in 1978, the film stars Rhonda Jo Petty as the titular Dusty, a woman attacked by a gang of bikers who eventually is rescued by Frankie (John Holmes), an artist who tries to help Dusty after a traumatic rape. Unfortunately, those bikers are really damned persistent... Jill...
Published 03/23/22
Coverage of MOMI's First Look festival continues with an interview with Pawel Lozinski about his latest documentary feature, The Balcony Movie, in which the director interviews a wide array of people who pass by under his Warsaw balcony. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Published 03/18/22
Filmmaker Mattie Do discusses her career -- from being a ballet instructor to suddenly directing horror features in Laos. She also tells Mike about her latest feature, The Long Walk, which is available on Digital now and will be coming out on Blu-Ray via Vinegar Syndrome. Find out more at https://www.facebook.com/thelongwalkfilm/ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Published 03/18/22
On this special episode we’re looking at the 1988 film from Graham Baker, Alien Nation. When an alien ship comes to America, depositing a quarter of a million “newcomers” who try to live out the American dream. Among them is Detective Sam Francisco (Mandy Patinkin). He’s partnered with specist cop Matthew Skyes (James Caan). Together, the two of them solve a mystery that may jeopardize the human and newcomer relations forever. Cecil Trachenberg and Josh Stewart join Mike to discuss the film,...
Published 03/16/22
On this special episode of The Projection Booth, Mike speaks with Eric Hynes and Edo Choi, curators of the Museum of the Moving Image's First Look film festival. They discuss the mission of the festival while highlighting just a few of the many titles playing at the 2022 event.  Find out more at https://movingimage.us/ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Published 03/14/22
Mature March continues with a look at Young, Hot 'n Nasty Teenage Cruisers (1977). Directed by Tom Denucci and Johnny Legend the film is a hodgepodge of storylines and clips that plays like an X-rated American Graffiti as we follow a few characters through a long night of hi-jinks narrated by DJ Mambo Reavus (played by Legend himself). Heather Drain and Anthony King join Mike to discuss the film while star Serena talks about the making of it. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit...
Published 03/09/22