July 17, 2018

Episode 373: Yojimbo (1961)

Guest Co-Hosts: Jordan Blossey, Eric Cohen

Released in 1961, Akira Kurosawa’s Yojimbo was an international sensation and put jettisoned star Toshiro Mifune into the pantheon of cinematic badasses. It’s the story of merchants who manipulate two factions of gangsters in a small town. Our main character -- a man with no name -- comes to the town and after sizing things up decides that he’ll make a bit of money playing both sides against one another. Along the way we discover that perhaps he’s not the unscrupulous amoral bastard he pretends to be.

Eric Cohen and Jordan Blossey join Mike to discuss Yojimbo, it's sequel Sanjuro and a few other "Yojimbo movies" as well as Sergio Leone's A Fistful of Dollars, Dashiell Hammett's Red Harvest, Walter Hill's Last Man Standing and a raft of other similar films.

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Buy Yojimbo & Sanjuro on Blu-Ray
Buy the Man with No Name trilogy on Blu-Ray
Buy Red Harvet by Dashiell Hammett
Read more about Hammett's Corkscrew
Buy Hammett: A Life on the Edge by William F. Nolan
Read about Machibuse: Incident at Blood Pass
Four Artists and a Man with No Name by Scherpschutter
West Meets East by Alexander Sesonske
A Comparison of 'Yojimbo', 'A Fistful of Dollars' and 'Last Man Standing'

Yojimbo Score - Masaru Satoh
A Fistful of Dollars Score - Ennio Morricone


July 10, 2018

Episode 372: Figures in a Landscape (1970)

Guest Co-Hosts: Cullen Gallagher, Heather Drain

Robert Shaw and Malcolm McDowell are two men on the run from mysterious forces in Joseph Losey's Figures in a Landscape (1970). Adapted by Shaw from a novel by , the film is something of an artsy action movie.

Heather Drain and Cullen Gallagher join Mike to discuss the film... and learn a bit about themselves along the way.

Buy Figures in a Landscape on Blu-Ray
Buy Figures in a Landscape by Barry England
Learn more about The Ghost of Peter Sellers
Watch Popeye in Goonland

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Score by Richard Rodney Bennett


July 5, 2018

Special Report: 7 Splinters in Time (2018)

Special Guests: Gabriel Judet-Weinshel, Edoardo Ballerini

On this special episode of The Projection Booth, Mike talks to writer/director Gabriel Judet-Weinshel and actor Edoardo Ballerini about the sci-fi film noir 7 Splinters In Time, a movie nine years in the making.

Available via iTunes on July 13, 2018, keep up with the film at their official Facebook page.

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"Order Out of Memory" - Max Gabriel


July 3, 2018

Episode 371: Scarecrow (1973)

Special Guests: Jerry Schatzberg, Garry Michael White
Guest Co-Hosts: Bill Ackerman, Jamey Duvall

The crows are laughing at our episode about 1973's Scarecrow. The film stars Al Pacino and Gene Hackman as two drifters who join forces to head to Pittsburgh by way of Detroit to start a car wash.

Jamey Duvall (Movie Geeks United) and Bill Ackerman (Supporting Characters, From the Neighborhood) join Mike to discuss the film. Special guests include director Jerry Schatzberg and writer (no relation).

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Buy Scarecrow on Blu-Ray
Visit the official Jerry Schatzberg website Visit the official Garry Michael White website
Read The Queer Subtext of New Hollywood Era Buddy Movies by Caroline Madden
Listen to Movie Geeks United
Listen to Supporting Characters
Listen to From the Neighborhood
Listen to our Puzzle of a Downfall Child episode

"Scarecrow" - Fred Myrow


July 2, 2018

Guest Spots: The Shining and Trouble Man

Shining 2:37
Mike was a guest on the Shining 2:37 episode which looks at Stanley Kubrick's The Shining in 2 minute 37 second chunks. On this episode Jack gets some advocaat spilled on his jacket...

It was Blaxploitation month on Chris Stachiw's Kulturecast when Mike joined the fray to discuss Ivan Dixon's Trouble Man:

Listen to "Trouble Man" on Spreaker.

June 27, 2018

Episode 370: The Earrings of Madame de... (1953)

Special Guest: Susan White
Guest Co-Hosts: Paula Guthat, Ken Stanley

Max Ophuls's 1953 film The Earrings of Madame de... revolves around a pair of earrings, the titular woman who owned them (Danielle Darrieux), the man who gave them to her (Charles Boyer), and the man who gives them to her again (Vittorio De Sica).

Ken Stanley and Paula Guthat join Mike to talk about this beautiful and heart-breaking film. Susan White, author of The Cinema of Max Ophuls, discusses Ophuls's career.

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Buy The Earrings of Madame de... on Blu-Ray
Buy Max Ophuls in the Hollywood Studios by Lutz Bacher
Watch Lucy Meets Charles Boyer

"Madame de ...: L'amour m'emporte, Walzer (arr. P. Bonneau)" - Veronika Kincses


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