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.

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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

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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!

Special Guests: Mermaid Cindy, John Athanason
Guest Co-Hosts: Carol Borden, David Rodgers

Released in the United States as The Lure , Agnieszka Smoczynska's 2015 film Corki Dancingu is the story of two mermaids, Golden (Michalina Olszanska) and Silver (Marta Mazurek), who join the world of humans as singers at a dinner club. To say the least, the have a little trouble fitting in.

Carol Borden (The Cultural Gutter) and David Rodgers (Bingecast) join Mike to discuss this modern take on Hans Christian Andersen's The Little Mermaid and Friedrich de la Motte Fouqué's Ondine. Guests include John Athanason of Weeki Wachee State Park as well as a real life mermaid!

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"The Housefly 3" - The Lure Soundtrack
"The Loop" - The Lure Soundtrack
"Abracadabra" - The Lure Soundtrack


Special Guests: Dome Karukoski, Pekka Strang, Seumas F. Sargent, Jessica Grabowsky
Guest Co-Host: Maitland McDonagh

Finnish artist Touko Laaksonen redefined gay erotica with his intricate, fetishistic drawings of muscle-bound uniformed men. Dome Karukoski's 2017 bio-pic Tom of Finland explores the life of Laaksonen (Pekka Strang) and his legacy.

Maitland McDonagh (120 Days Books) joins Mike to discuss Tom of Finland, Daddy and the Muscle Academy, and more.

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"Tom of Finland" - Cat Rapes Dog
"You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real) - Sylvester


Special Guests: Marc Meyers

Mike talks to director Marc Meyers about his film My Friend Dahmer (2017). Based on the graphic novel by , the film tells a humanistic story about one of America's most notorious serial killers.

Now open at theaters across the USA.

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"Mad World" - Gary Jules



Guest Co-Hosts: Heather Drain, Terry Frost

Directed by Joseph Cates and written by and , Who Killed Teddy Bear? (1965) stars Sal Mineo as Lawrence Sherman, a waiter at a nightclub and Juliet Prowse as bartender Norma Dain. Someone has an unhealthy obsession with Norma and keeps making obscene phone calls to her.

Heather Drain and Terry Frost join Mike to talk about this sleazy thriller.

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"Who Killed Teddy Bear" - Josie Cotten
"Under the Wires" - The Cramps