Guest Co-Hosts: Richard Edwards, Eric Cohen

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.

Eric Cohen and Richard Edwards join Mike to discuss the original story, the two other film adaptations of The Maltese Falcon, and the 1975 sequel.

Buy The Maltese Falcon by Dashiell Hammett
Buy Dashiell Hammett: A Life at the Edge by William F. Nolan
Read Wim Wenders Discusses Painful ‘Hammett’ Collaboration With Coppola, Friendship With Nicholas Ray by Edward Davis

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"Main Title - The Maltese Falcon" - The Global Stage Orchestra
"The Maltese Falcon" - Warner Chappell Productions


Special Guests: Max Allan Collins
Guest Co-Hosts: Kevin Heffernan, Andrew Nette

Based on the 1952 novel, Robert Aldrich's Kiss Me Deadly (1955) stars Ralph Meeker as Mike Hammer, a hard-boiled gumshoe who gets dragged into a mystery involving a glowing case, duplicitous dames, and two-fisted violence.

Max Allan Collins, director of Mike Hammer's Mickey Spillane, talks about his career and working on Mickey Spillane's posthumous work.

Writer Andrew Nette and Professor Kevin Heffernan join Mike to discuss paranoia, the cold war, and much more.

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Buy Kiss Me Deadly on Blu-Ray
Buy Kiss Me, Deadly by Mickey Spillane

"Kiss Me Deadly" - Generation X
"Kiss Me Deadly" - Thee Jenerators


Special Guests: Tony Lee Moral, Tippi Hedren
Guest Co-Hosts: Tania Modleski, Susan White

How do you solve a problem like Marnie?

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.

Tania Modleski (The Women Who Knew Too Much: Hitchcock and Feminist Theory and Susan White (The Cinema of Max Ophuls) join Mike to unravel the red-tinged mystery of the film.

Author and filmmaker Tony Lee Moral (Hitchcock and the Making of Marnie) and Tippi Hedren (Tippi: A Memoir) discuss the behind-the-scenes of the contentious production.

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Buy Marnie on Blu-Ray
Buy The Girl on DVD
Buy Marnie by Winston Graham
Learn more about Marnie at The Hitchcock Zone
Read Marnie is a Cure for Hitchcock Mania by Richard Brody

Marnie Soundtrack - Bernard Herrmann
"Marnie" - Robert Schwimmer
"Marnie" - Nat King Cole



Special Guests: Rudy Wurlitzer, David Wolf, Paul Seydor
Guest Co-Hosts: David Lambert, Mike Faloon

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. The film stars a host of familiar faces and character actors with this speaking to the passing of the torch from one generation of Westerns to the next... Or perhaps snuffing that flame.

Author Mike Faloon and artist David Lambert join Mike discuss Peckinpah's film. Interviews include screenwriter (Two Lane Blacktop), Bob Dylan scholar David Wolf, and author/editor Paul Seydor (The Authentic Death and Contentious Afterlife of Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid: The Untold Story of Peckinpah's Last Western Film).

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Buy Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid on DVD
Buy Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid by Bob Dylan
Listen to the One-Eyed Jacks episode



Special Guests: Steve Mitchell, Larry Cohen

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.

Follow King Cohen on Twitter
Buy Larry Cohen: The Radical Allegories of an Independent Filmmaker by Tony Williams
Buy Larry Cohen: The Stuff of Gods and Monsters by Michael Doyle
Like King Cohen on Facebook
Listen to our episode on Bone

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"White Lightning" - James Brown
"The Boss" - James Brown


Special Guests: Karen Fang, Kenneth E. Hall, Barna William Donovan
Guest Co-Hosts: Beth Accomando

After a brief hiatus, The Projection Booth returns with a discussion of John Woo's A Better Tomorrow (1986). The film, a hallmark of the “heroic bloodshed” subgenre of action films, did for gunplay what a generation of Hong Kong films had done with swords.

The film tells the tale of Ho (Ti Lung), a criminal whose younger brother, Kit (Leslie Cheung), is a police officer. He's betrayed by a fellow gangster (Waise Lee) and sent up the river. When he returns to Hong Kong he wants to stay on the right side of the law which is more difficult than it should be.

The film speaks to loyalty, brotherhood, and put Chow Yun-Fat on the map as a bankable action star.

Cinema Junkie's Beth Accomando and Mike wax fondly about the glory days of HK Cinema, twin brothers, strange sequels, and the true colors of a hero.

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Promos: 1:27:00
In the Mouth of Dorkness
Popcorn Poops
Badasses, Boobs, & Bodycounts
Proudly Resents

Karen Fang, author of John Woo's A Better Tomorrow: 1:31:00
Music: "Fatherly Advice - The Trip To Taiwan" - Joseph Koo

Kenneth E. Hall, author of John Woo: The Films: 2:08:00
Music: "Fatherly Advice - The Trip To Taiwan" - Joseph Koo

Barna William Donovan, author of The Asian Influence on Hollywood Action Films: 2:34:00
Music: "A Better Tomorrow II Theme Song - Instrumental (Reprise)" - Joseph Koo

Discussion 2: 3:13:00
Trailer: Pat Garrett & Billy The Kid: 3:40:00

Outro Music: 3:50:00
"當年情" - Leslie Cheung
"Birdy's Flight (From Not One Of Us)" - Peter Gabriel

Buy A Better Tomorrow on DVD
Buy the other Better Tomorrow movies on DVD
Buy Bullet in the Head on Blu-Ray
Listen to our episode on The Killer
Read more about the composite version of Bullet in the Head | Download



Frustrated DJ Mike White strikes again with a collection of some of the songs used (or almost used) throughout the 2017 run of The Projection Booth.

Track List
Song Artist Episode
Faster Pussycat Kill Kill Bossweeds Faster Pussycat Kill Kill
Sweet Talkin' Candy Man The Carrie Nations Beyond the Valley of the Dolls
Ten Et Tiwa Alan Goraguer Fantastic Planet
Guts Herman Stein The Intruder
Meditation Eduard Artemyev Stalker
Judge Yr'self Manic Street Preachers Future Shock
The Model Kraftwerk Puzzle of a Downfall Child
Hazy Shade of Winter The Bangles Chilly Scenes of Winter
Theme From The Cars that Ate Paris Bruce Smeaton The Cars that Ate Paris
Never Too Young to Die Iren Koster Never Too Young to Die
Happy Together The Turtles Making Mr. Right
Joysticks Ray Knehnetsky & Milo Angelo Adamo Joysticks
Axel F Crazy Frog Beverly Hills Cop
Theme from Dr. Detroit DEVO Dr. Detroit
I Love the Dead Alice Cooper Kissed
They Live Reign of Zaius They Live
Frou Frou Frank Pourcel La Grande Illusion
Red Shoes Tom Waits The Red Shoes
Freedom of Choice DEVO Existenz
The Neverending Story Limahl Tami Stronach Interview
The Big One Alan Tew Wanda Whips Wall Street
Joan Crawford Blue Oyster Cult Mommie Dearest
San Antone Denny Brooks Ninth Configuration
Lost One Roots The Lost One
Oceania, 'Tis For Thee Dominic Muldowny 1984
Ballad of One Eyed Jacks Johnny Burnette One Eyed Jacks
Magic Night The Village People The Fabulous Allan Carr
What's On Your Mind (Pure Energy) Information Society Wings of Desire
Hip to be Square Huey Lewis American Psycho
Hello There Cheap Trick Over the Edge
On The Other Side Of The Moon (from The Silver Globe) Andrzej Korzyñski On the Silver Globe
The Man Comes Around Johnny Cash Torchbearer
Ansiedad Negativo Arrebatos
I Eat Cannibals Toto Coelo The Cook The Thief His Wife & Her Lover
This Beat is Military K9 Posse I'm Gonna Git You Sucka
The Capsule's Pride (Bikes) Bwana Akira
A Glass of Champagne Sailor La Marge
Bellboy Stomp Guided by Voices The Bellboy
Crucify Me Moev THX-1138
Is It Luck? Primus Intacto
Guardian Angel Juno Reactor The Swimmer
Jumping someone else's Train The Cure Closely Watched Trains
(Restless Heart) Running Away With You [Extended] John Parr The Running Man
Spalovač mrtvol Zdeněk Liška The Cremator
I Just Can't Be Happy Today The Damned Happy End
These Hands The Damned Mad Love
The Tenant Japan The Tenant
Terrorvision The Fibonaccis TerrorVision
Laura Palmer's Theme Xiu Xiu Fire Walk with Me Redux / Twin Peaks The Return
Who Killed Teddy Bear Josie Cotton Who Killed Teddy Bear?
Czary Mary Balladi I Romanze The Lure
A Better Tomorrow Theme (Instrumental) Joseph Ko A Better Tomorrow

Usually I have quite the dilemma when announcing the most-downloaded episodes of the year as there's always those last few episodes of the year. This time around I've only got one more episode slated to come out for 2017 but have had a few weeks break from new episodes so the dust has settled.

That said, here are the most-downloaded 2017 episode of the year, starting with our most popular episode on John Carpenter's They Live:
  1. They Live (1988)
  2. Beverly Hills Cop (1984)
  3. American Psycho (2000)
  4. THX-1138 (1971)
  5. The Running Man (1987)
  6. Akira (1988)
  7. Fire Walk with Me Redux / Twin Peaks The Return
  8. Mommie Dearest (1981)
  9. Beyond the Valley of the Dolls (1970)
  10. The Swimmer (1968)
I'm never surprised to see what's tickled the fancies of people but I'm always surprised at what doesn't make the list. As I always say, these episodes may be a good place to start but I encourage folks to check out the other episodes as well.
Meanwhile, here are the least-downloaded episode of the year starting with the lowest number:
  1. Who Killed Teddy Bear? (1965)
  2. Tom of Finland (2017)
  3. Happy End (1966)
  4. Case for a Rookie Hangman (1970)
  5. Arrebato (1979)
  6. The Rocking Horse Winner (1949)
  7. The Lure (2015)
  8. Torchbearer (2016)
  9. Intacto (2001)
  10. The Cremator (1968)
That's just about the entire Czechtember line-up!

Here's something I've never done before... These are the episodes from 2017 that I had the most fun putting together for whatever reason that weren't listed above:
  1. The Cars that Ate Paris (1974)
  2. Over the Edge (1979)
  3. Making Mr. Right (1987)
  4. The Lost One (1951)
  5. The Ninth Configuration (1980)
  6. La Grande Illusion (1937)
  7. Kissed (1996)
  8. Wanda Whips Wall Street (1980)
  9. The Intruder (1962)
  10. La Marge (1976)
Thanks to everyone who keeps the show going!