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.
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 Sewer) and Ashley West (The Rialto Report) join Mike to discuss the film and its backstory.
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 Kane sisters. I don’t think that I need to say it but…. Wackiness ensues. Interviews include John Amero, Kurt Mann, LaRue Watts, and Larry Revene. April Hall of The Rialto Report and Heather Drain join Mike to discuss this amazing musical.
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 Nelson and Rahne Alexander join Mike to discuss the controversial film, its litigious advertising campaign, and its odd sequel (which co-stars Eric Edwards). Rhonda Jo Petty talks about making the film and her relationship with co-star John Holmes.
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.
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/
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, TV show, and other similar buddy cop films. Interviews include director Baker, screenwriter Rockne S. O'Bannon, and star Peter Jason.
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/
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.
We’re kicking off a month of discussing adult films with a look at Gerard Damiano's Memories within Miss Aggie. Released in 1974, the film tells the tale of our titular Miss Aggie (Deborah Ashira), a woman of indeterminate age who lives in a remote cottage with her companion, Richard (Patrick L. Farrelly). She struggles to recall the circumstances that brought her to this place and time which leads us to a series of flashbacks where we learn about Miss Aggie though she remembers herself as different women as she relives the past. Ashley West and Samm Deighan join Mike to discuss this very unusual film and fantastic follow-up to The Devil in Miss Jones.
We’re wrapping up “Frenchuary” with a look at Luis Bunuel’s Belle de Jour. Based on the 1928 novel by Joseph Kessel, the film was released in 1967 and stars Catherine Deneuvre as our titular bell. That’s the name she’s given when the normally straight-laced Severine secretly lives out her submissive fantasies at a Paris brothel.... Or does she? Samm Deighan joins Mike to discuss the dream-like film.
On this special episode, Mike talks with author Ian Nathan about his work, specifically his latest book, The Coppolas: A Movie Dynasty. The book is available at https://amzn.to/3uS5WBr
On this special episode, Mike talks with Manuel Arija de la Cuerda about his delightfully odd spiritual comedy, Ultrainocencia (AKA Ultrainnocence). It's a terrific, low budget movie about two men who use dance to communicate with a larger spiritual world.
French month continues with a look at Louis Malle's Black Moon (1975). The film tells the story of Lily (Cathryn Harrison), a girl on the brink of womanhood who's on the run from a war between men and women. She takes refuge in a country estate populated by a strange old women (Therese Giehse), Brother Lily (Joe Dallesandro) and Sister Lily (Alexandra Stewart). She makes the flowers scream and antagonizes a unicorn in this surrealistic tale. Kat Ellinger and Aaron Peterson join Mike to discuss the film while Professor Hugo Frey talks about Louis Malle.
On this special episode, Mike talks to Junta Yamaguchi about his feature film debut, Beyond the Infinite Two Minutes, a time travel comedy from Japan. Find out more at Third Window Films: https://thirdwindowfilms.com/films/beyond-the-infinite-two-minutes/
We kick off a month of discussing French films with a look at Jean-Pierre Melville's Le Circle Rouge (The Red Circle). The film stars Alain Delon and Gian-Maria Volente as two criminals who cross paths. Along with Yves Montand, the three men execute a daring heist before the fickle finger of fate touches them. Samm Deighan and Andrew Leavold join Mike to discuss the film. Mike also speaks with author Rui Nogueira about his Melville on Melville book.
John Walker and James Lawrence join Mike to look at the 2013 film from Ridley Scott, The Counselor. Written by Cormac McCarthy, the film is a sprawling sun-baked neo-noir wherein our titular Counselor (Michael Fassbender) gets involved in the drug trade only to set off a spiral of tragic events. Boasting a stunning cast of celebrities, the film was not well received upon its theatrical release. Professor Steven Frye (Understanding Cormac McCarthy) joins us to discuss the author's work.
On this special episode of The Projection Booth, Mike talks with Regan Linton and Brian Malone about their documentary Imperfect (2021) in which a differently-abled theater troupe from Denver puts on a production of Chicago. The film plays this week at the Slamdance film festival. Find out more at https://imperfectfilm.com/
Samm Deighan and Trevor Gumbel join Mike to discuss Lina Wertmuller’s 1974 film Swept Away. Also known as Overwhelmed by an unusual fate in the blue sea of August, it’s the story of Gennarino (Giancarlo Giannini) and Rafaella (Mariangela Melato). She’s a bourgeoisie on vacation with her husband who has nothing good to say about anything, especially the service on her yacht which Gennarino provides. They get separated from the ship and end up on a deserted island where they fight to survive and fight with one another. We'll be discussing the Guy Ritchie remake as well as Marco Ferreri's 1972 film La Cagna which shares some similarities with Wertmuller's film.
David Kittredge and Rod Lott join Mike to look at the 1979 film The North Avenue Irregulars. Based on the non-fiction book by Reverend Albert Fay Hill, the film stars Edward Hermann as Reverend Mike Hill, a minister who arrives with his two children at their new congregation to find a rather wacky group of women who help run the church. When one of them loses the church’s money on some illegal gambling Hill tries to get it back. Humiliated and chagrined by the mob who run the gambling there, Hill teams up with the Treasury Department in order to take down crime with his team of irregulars. Interviews include director Bruce Bilson, screenwriter Don Tait, and actor Edward Herrmann.
Oh, my brothers, your friend and faithful narrator comes to you with gorgeousness and gorgeousity made digital with an episode on Stanley Kubrick's A Clockwork Orange (1971). My droogs, Rob St. Mary and Yaniv Eidelstein, join me in the discussion while our guests include publicist Mike Kaplan and Anthony Burgess biographer Andrew Biswell.
It's been a long time coming but here's the interview I managed to do with Jeff Goldblum just about his career and movies in general. Be warned that the sound quality isn't great. I worked alone and with some audio folks to try and clean it up as best as possible. I hope you manage to enjoy it!
Chris Bricklemyer (Outside the Cinema) and Scott Weinberg (The Overhated Podcast) join Mike to wrap up 2021 with a discussion of Mike Hodges's 1980 film Flash Gordon. The episode features interviews with John Walsh (Flash Gordon: The Official Story of the Film) and the original screenwriter of the film, Michael Allin (Enter the Dragon, Truck Turner, etc).
On this special episode of The Projection Booth, Mike talks with Carla Gutierrez and Claudia Raschke the editor and cinematographer of Julia (2021), a documentary about famed chef Julia Child who revolutionized televised cooking.
Maitland McDonagh and Mark Begley join Mike to talk about Bob Clark’s 1974 film Black Christmas. It’s the story of a sorority house where a killer has sneaked into the attic and slowly picks off several of the sisters in-between harassing them with wild phone calls. Interviews include actor Art Hindle, author Simon Fitzjohn (Bob Clark: I'm Going to Kill You!), Paul Downey & David Hastings (It's My, Billy: Black Christmas Revisited).
Director Chris McKim celebrates the confrontational and controversial artist David Wojnarowicz in the 2020 documentary Wojnarowicz: F*ck You, F*ggot F*cker. On this special episode Mike speaks with McKim along with producers Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato.
Rob St. Mary and Maitland McDonagh join Mike to look at the 1999 film from director David Fincher, Fight Club. Based on the book by Chuck Palahniuk, the film stars Edward Norton as an office drone who becomes addicted to self-help groups until he starts his own. However, we are not allowed to talk about it. Interviews on this episode include author Chuck Palahniuk, producer Ross Grayson Bell, and screenwriter Jim Uhls.
Mike spoke with Alexander Fee of the Japan Society New York about the Flash Forward series currently happening. Find out more at: https://www.japansociety.org/arts-and-culture/films/flash-forward-japanese-films