June 19, 2018

Episode 369: Detroit Rock City (1999)

Special Guests: James Campion, Tim Sullivan, Carl V. Dupre, Lin Shaye, Adam Rifkin
Guest Co-Hosts: Heather Drain, Josh Stewart

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.

Returning from the Never Too Young To Die episode are co-hosts Josh Stewart and Heather Drain join Mike on this deluxe episode of the show which features director Adam Rifkin, screenwriter , producer Tim Sullivan, actress Lin Shaye, and James Campion author of Shout It Out Loud: The Story of Kiss's Destroyer and the Making of an American Icon.

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Bonus Interview with Adam Rifkin:
Listen to "TPB Special Report: Adam Rifkin & Penn Jillette building Director's Cut" on Spreaker.

Buy Detroit Rock City on DVD
Watch Adam Rifkin's Director's Cut
Listen to James Campion's podcast
Read Detroit Rock Sissies from "Mad Magazine"

"Detroit Rock City" - Flies on the Square Egg
"Detroit Rock City" - Mattias IA Eklundh
"Detroit Rock City" - Piano Dreamers Perform
"Detroit Rock City" - Dem Brooklyn Bums
"Detroit Rock City" - Hayseed Dixie
"Detroit Rock City" - KISS


June 5, 2018

Episode 368: Twelve Monkeys (1995)

Special Guest: Dahlia Schweitzer
Guest Co-Hosts: Jedidiah Ayres, Tony Black

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 Jetée, Terry Gilliam's Twelve Monkeys (1995) is based on a script by .

Tony Black and Jedidiah Ayres join Mike to discuss this twisted time travel story. Dahlia Schweitzer -- author of Going Viral: Zombies, Viruses, and the End of the World -- discusses the prevalence and significance of the disease narrative at the time of Twelve Monkeys's release.

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Read the original Twelve Monkeys screenplay
Listen to Tony Black's The X-Cast
Buy Peckerwood by Jedidiah Ayres

"Introduccion" From Suite Punta Del Este - Paul Buckmaster
"Sleepwalk" - B.J. Cole


June 2, 2018

Special Report: 25th Chicago Underground Film Festival

Special Guest: Bryan Wendorf

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.

Visit https://cuff.org.

Read Twenty-Five Years of the Chicago Underground by David Hudson

"Chi-Town" - The Cribs
"Chicago Seemed Tired Last Night" - Hold Steady

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May 30, 2018

Episode 367: Wanda (1970)

Guest Co-Hosts: Jordan Blossey, Roxy MacDonald

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 . It's the personal story of a woman at wits ends who seems adrift in her own life.

Buy Wanda on DVD
Buy Suite for Barbara Loden by Nathalie Leger
Read Who Was Barbara Loden? by Kate McCourt
Read Conversation on Wanda by Barbara Loden
Read Barbara Loden: “A Woman Telling Her Own Story Through That of Another Woman” by Richard Brody
Read "Fictions and Realities: On The Margins Of Barbara Loden's Wanda & Nathalie Léger's Supplément À La Vie De Barbara Loden" by Judit Karácsonyi
Listen to The Projection Booth episode on The Swimmer
Listen to the "Dead Blondes: Barbara Loden" episode of You Must Remember This

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"Is that all there is?" - Peggy Lee


May 22, 2018

Episode 366: The Dark Crystal (1982)

Special Guest: Brian Jay Jones
Guest Co-Hosts: Kat Ellinger, El Goro

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.

El Goro of the Talk Without Rhythm podcast and Kat Ellinger of Diabolique Magazine discuss all the various versions of the revolutionary film with Mike while guest Brian Jay Jones -- author of Jim Henson: The Biography -- talks about Henson's career from his early days of puppeteering to his experimental films and beyond.

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Buy The Dark Crystal: The Ultimate Visual History by Caseen Gaines
Download The Darker Crystal fan edit
Download The Dark Crystal workprint
Read about The Third Eye TV series
Read about Lidsville

"Overture" - Trevor Jones
"Trip Like I Do" - The Crystal Method


May 19, 2018

Special Report: EgoFest 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... Hosting updates, recent guest hosting gigs, how much of an old fart Mike is, Icepick to the Moon, Survival of the Film Freaks, Mike's love of Rotten Tomatoes, upcoming episodes, and more.

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The Kulturecast podcast
The Kolchak Tapes
Icepick to the Moon: A Documentary about Fred Lane
Survival of the Film Freaks
Read about Mission: Caligula (Penthouse Reveals Plans for New 'Caligula' Cut)
Moviate Film Festival
Chicago Underground Film Festival
TromaDance Detroit
Carnal Cinema Blog
Projection Booth Patreon
Rate and review The Projection Booth on iTunes

"Danger is My Beer" - Rev. Fred Lane
"Dial 'O' for Bigelow" - Rev. Fred Lane
"Rubber Room" - Rev. Fred Lane


Tribulation 99: Alien Anomalies Under America (1992) by Craig Baldwin from Philo Drummond on Vimeo.

May 16, 2018

Episode 365: Charley Varrick (1973)

Special Guest: Andy Robinson
Guest Co-Hosts: Heather Drain, Maurice Bursztynski

Loosely based on the novel The Looters by , 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.

Actor Andy Robinson discusses his career from playing Scorpio in Dirty Harry to Larry Cotton in Hellraiser to Garak in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.

Co-hosts Maurice Bursztynski and Heather Drain talk about the appeal of Walter Matthau and Joe Don Baker, the films of Don Siegel, and much more.

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Buy Charley Varrick on Blu-Ray (Region B)
Buy Stepping into the Light: Sources of an Actor's Craft by Andy Robinson

"Last of the Independents" - Rory Gallagher


May 10, 2018

Episode 364: Demolition Man (1993)

Special Guests: Peter M. Lenkov, Fred Dekker, Daniel Waters, David L. Snyder
Guest Co-Hosts: Laura Helen Marks, Chris Bricklemyer

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. Of course, it's up to John Spartan to bring Simon Phoenix to justice again.

Stallone superfan Professor Laura Helen Marks and Outside the Cinema's Chris Bricklemyer join Mike to discuss this disarmingly charming sci-fi action film. Guests include three of the many writers of the film from original scribe to to . We also hear from the incredible production designer David L. Snyder.

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Bonus: More with David L. Snyder

Buy Demolition Man on Blu-Ray
Buy Demolition Man (the novelization) by Robert Tine
Buy The Original Movie Game
Buy Alice in Pornoland: Hardcore Encounters with the Victorian Gothic by Laura Helen Marks
Support The Projection Booth on Patreon

"Demolition Man" - The Police
"Demolition Man" - Def Leppard
"Demolition Man" - Manfred Mann's Earth Band
"Demolition Man" - Rizzle Kicks
"Demolition Man" - Grace Jones