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149 minutes | 2 days ago
Episode 508: Mary & Max (2009)
We’re looking at the 2009 film from director Adam Elliot, Mary & Max, the story of two unlikely pen pals -- Mary Daisy Dinkle (Bethany Whitmore and Toni Collette) and Max Jerry Horovitz (Philip Seymour Hoffman) -- a lonely little girl from Australia and a middle aged man with Asperger's Syndrome in New York City.Writer/director Adam Elliot discusses the origins of Mary & Max while Maurice Bursztynski joins Mike to discuss this amazing film.
142 minutes | 9 days ago
Episode 507: Southland Tales (2006)
Southland Tales tells the sprawling story of a world in which alternative energy is a big business and teams up with the political police state. Meanwhile actor Boxer Santaros (Dwayne Johnson) has a schizophrenic break and thinks he's the character that he and part-time prophet/full time porn star Krista Now (Sarah Michelle Gellar) have created, Jericho Cane. Also in the mix are Roland and Ronald Taverner (Seann William Scott), a cop and his twin who may hold the secret to ending the world. David Kittredge and Rob St. Mary join Mike to discuss the film. The episode also features an interview with writer/director Richard Kelly.
177 minutes | 16 days ago
Episode 506: Is There Sex After Death? (1971)
Alan and Jeanne Abel's Is There Sex After Death? is a mockumentary from 1971 that dares to ask the hard hitting questions with ridiculous answers. It’s a series of vignettes with some familiar faces like Buck Henry, Marshall Efron, Holly Woodlawn, Robert Downey, and more. Heather Drain and Skizz Cyzyk join Mike to discuss pranks, Jenny Abel's Abel Raises Cain, and much more.Be sure to listen to the end of the episode.
35 minutes | 18 days ago
Special Report: Workhorse Queen (2021)
Mike talks with director Angela Washko and star Mrs. Kasha Davis about their new documentary, Workhorse Queen, which premieres at Slamdance 2021. It's the story of Mrs. Davis and her time on RuPaul's Drag Race and her life off stage. Find out more at http://workhorsequeen.com/
144 minutes | 23 days ago
Episode 505: White Sands (1992)
Jedidiah Ayres and Andrew Nette join Mike to look at the 1992 neo-noir film from director Roger Donaldson, White Sands. The film stars Willem Dafoe as Ray Dolezal, a small town Sheriff who tries to solve the murder of a man in his jurisdiction by assuming the dead man’s identity and getting embroiled in a world of arms dealing, We speak to the film's screenwriter, Daniel Pyne (The Hard Way, The Sum of All Fears, Where's Marlowe?) about the film's journey from page to screen.
19 minutes | 23 days ago
Special Report: Erin Vassilopoulos on Superior (2021)
Filmmaker Erin Vassilopoulos talks to Mike about her first feature, Superior, a follow-up to her 2015 short with Ani and Alessandra Mesa. The 2021 feature tells the story of two sisters -- one stuck in a humdrum suburban life while the other is a musician in deep trouble. Find out more at https://www.erinvassilopoulos.com/
20 minutes | a month ago
Special Report: Ryan Cudahy on Mount Skylight
On this special episode, Mike talks with producer Ryan Cudahy about his latest project, a feature version of Mount Skylight. Find out more at https://www.facebook.com/mtskylightfilm/
272 minutes | a month ago
Special Report: The Bill & Ted Trilogy (1989-2020)
On a special crossover event with The Kulturecast, Chris Stachiw and Josh Stewart join Mike to discuss the Bill & Ted Trilogy from Excellent Adventure to Face the Music. Interviews include writer Chris Matheson and actors Alex Winter, William Sadler, and Dan Shor.
19 minutes | a month ago
Special Report: Rodney Ascher on A Glitch in the Matrix (2020)
Rodney Ascher (Room 237, Nightmare) returns to The Projection Booth to discuss his new film, A Glitch in the Matrix which premieres at the 2021 Sundance Film Festival before being released to streaming platforms on Feb 8, 2021.Learn more at: https://www.aglitchinthematrixfilm.com/watch-at-home/
196 minutes | a month ago
Episode 504: Duets (2000)
Musical Month concludes with a look at Bruce Paltrow's DUETS. Written by John Byrum, the film stars Paul Giamatti, Maria Bello, Huey Lewis, Andre Braugher, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Scott Speedman in a drama about the world of karaoke. Emily Intravia (The Feminine Critique) and Maurice Bursztynski (See Hear) join Mike to discuss the film's incredibly troubled production history. Our interview subjects, Byrum and producer Kevin Jones, give the behind-the-scenes scoop.
39 minutes | a month ago
Special Report: Jeff Lieberman on Day of the Living Me
Mike talks with writer/director Jeff Lieberman about his memoir, Day of the Living Me: Adventures of a Subversive Cult Filmmaker from the Golden Age. The book is full of great behind-the-scenes stories of Lieberman's films (Squirm, Blue Sunshine, Just Before Dawn, Satan's Little Helper, etc.) as well as some other amazing tales. Day of the Living Me is available where better books are sold: https://amzn.to/2M0bFRw Get Remote Control on Blu-Ray from http://jeffliebermandirector.com/
223 minutes | a month ago
Episode 503: The Blues Brothers (1980)
Musical month continues with a look at John Landis’s 1980 film The Blues Brothers. It’s the story of Jake and Elwood Blues, two musicians who need to get $5,000 in order to pay the back taxes on the orphanage where they grew up learning to be white blues singers. Suzen Tekla Kruglinska (Rosemary's Baby 6:66) and Brad Jones (The Cinema Snob) join Mike for a discussion of The Blues Brothers (and Blues Brothers 2000) along with special guests Laila Nablusi (president of The Blues Brothers), Steven Williams (Trooper Mount), and co-writer/director John Landis.
24 minutes | a month ago
Episode 503: The Blues Brothers Bonus Interview with Laila Nabulsi
This is more of the interview with Laila Nablusi where we discuss her work on Nothing Lasts Forever, Prizzi's Honor, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas and some things hopefully happening in 2021! Hear the rest of our interview with Ms. Nablusi on our Blues Brothers episode.
205 minutes | a month ago
Special Report: Alien Resurrection (1997)
On this special episode of The Projection Booth, we're looking at Alien Resurrection, it's the next chapter (some might say last chapter) of the Alien Saga started by Ridley Scott back in 1979. Released in 1997, we re-join Ellen Ripley (Sigourney Weaver) five years after Alien 3 but 200 years after the events portrayed in David Fincher's film. El Goro and Mike Thompson join Mike (White) to discuss the strange hybrid of American Joss Whedon's script and French Jean-Pierre Jeunet's sensibilities. Interviews include actors Leland Orser and Gary Dourdan, and second unit director & special effects supervisor Pitof.
61 minutes | a month ago
Bonus Interview; Pitof on Vidocq, Catwoman, and more.
The second unit director and visual effects supervisor of Alien: Resurrection, Pitof, discusses his work on Vidocq, Catwoman, and more.
208 minutes | a month ago
Episode 502: Hair (1979)
Gil Kenan and Lee Gambin join Mike to discuss Milos Forman’s Hair (1979), an adaptation of the groundbreaking tage play from 1968. It’s the story of Berger, played by Treat Williams, and his friends who meet and interact with Claude Hooper Bukowski, played by John Savage, a hayseed who’s on his way to Vietnam by way of a trip to New York City to see the sights before heading off to war. Special guests include actor Miles Chapin and screenwriter Michael Weller.
138 minutes | 2 months ago
Episode 501: Evita (1996)
We kick off Musical Month with a look at Andrew Lloyd Webber & Tim Rice's EVITA along with the 1996 screen version from director Alan Parker, starring Madonna, Antonio Banderas, and Jonathan Pryce. Todd in the Shadows and Paul Mow join Mike to discuss the stage and screen versions while Sir Tim Rice discusses the versions of Evita that we almost saw in movie theaters.
24 minutes | 2 months ago
Special Report: Melissa Maerz on Alright, Alright, Alright
Author Melissa Maerz discusses her book Alright, Alright, Alright: The Oral History of Richard Linklater’s Dazed and Confused. It's a terrific behind-the-scenes look at the stories behind the 1993 film.Get the book here: https://amzn.to/3mZGO3W
116 minutes | 2 months ago
Episode 500: Brazil (1985)
For the 500th episode of The Projection Booth, Skizz Cyzyk and Jeff Meyers join Mike to discuss Terry Gilliam's Brazil. A film with as fascinating a story behind and in front of the camera, Brazil tells the story of Sam Lowry (Jonathan Pryce), an office drone who dreams of flying away with the love of his life (Kim Greist). This episode includes the second part of our interview with Michael Palin (the first part will be heard later in 2021).
85 minutes | 2 months ago
Special Report: The Ventures - Stars on Guitars (2020)
Maurice Bursztynski and Skizz Cyzyk join Mike to discuss Staci Layne Wilson's documentary about The Ventures -- one of the best instrumental bands of the 20th Century. Formed in the late '50s and still going today, The Ventures are most famous for their versions of "Walk, Don't Run" and the Hawaii 5-0 theme. The documentary goes beyond the hits to show the influence that The Ventures have had for the last sixty years.
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