March 20, 2019

Guest Spot: Death of a Nation on God Awful Movies

I was thrilled to be a part of God Awful Movies, one of my favorite podcasts, to discuss one of the worst movies I've ever seen, Dinesh D'Souza's "documentary", Death of a Nation: Can We Save America A Second Time? (2018).

God Awful Movies is ostensibly a comedy podcast and listeners can hear exactly why The Projection Booth isn't a comedy podcast because I'm simply not funny at all.

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March 18, 2019

Special Report: The Fly (1986)

Special Guests: Emma Westwood, Stuart Cornfeld
Guest Co-Hosts: Bill Ackerman, Samm Deighan

Samm Deighan and Bill Ackerman join Mike to discuss The Fly. Released in 1986, David Cronenberg’s film stars Jeff Goldblum as scientist Seth Brundle, a man who meets a journalist, Veronica Quaife (Geena Davis). The film tells the tale of their relationship as they get together and become driven apart after an accident changes Brundle irreparably.

Special guests are Emma Westwood, author of the Devil's Advocates book on The Fly and producer Stuart Cornfeld who discusses his work on The Fly as well as Tropic Thunder, Mimic, and more.

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Buy The Fly: The Ultimate Connection on Blu-Ray
Read about David Cronenberg's Six Legs
Buy The Fly: Outbreak graphic novel
Read The Beetle and the Fly by David Cronenberg

Original Soundtrack - Howard Shore
"Human Fly" - The Cramps
"Return of the Fly" - The Misfits
"Drawing Flies" - Soundgarden
"Jeff Goldblum" - Neal Deters


March 13, 2019

Episode 407: Perfume - The Story of a Murderer (2006)

Special Guest: Andrew Birkin
Guest Co-Hosts: David Kittredge, Josh Stewart

Tom Tykwer's Perfume: The Story of a Murderer (2006) is based on the 1985 book by . The film tells the story of Jean-Baptiste Grenouille (Ben Whishaw), a man born without scent and an acute sense of smell. He goes on a quest to capture the most beautiful scent in the world...

David Kittredge and Josh Stewart join Mike to discuss the film and Parfum the recent Netflix series somewhat inspired by Süskind's novel. Writer discusses the writing of the film.

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Buy Perfume: The Story of a Murderer on DVD
Buy Perfume: The Story of a Murderer by Patrick Süskind

"Scentless Apprentice" - Nirvana
"Nearly Witches (Ever Since We Met...)" - Panic! At The Disco
"Du Riechst So Gut" - Rammstein
"Redhead Girl" - AIR


March 6, 2019

Episode 406: Body Double (1984)

Special Guests: Robert J. Avrech, Gregg Henry
Guest Co-Hosts: Bill Ackerman, Jim Vendiola

Brian De Palma’s 1984 film, Body Double  stars Craig Wasson as Jake Scully, an actor in a low budget vampire film. After a terrifying bout of claustrophobia he loses his job, his girl, and his home until fellow actor, Sam Bouchard (Gregg Henry) does Jake a favor by letting him apartment-sit at a posh pad. As an added bonus, there’s a woman across the way who performs a nightly ritual of self-pleasure and, well, Jake likes to watch. But, of course, things aren’t always what they seem in Hollywood.

Jim Vendiola and Bill Ackerman join Mike to discuss this mash-up of Alfred Hitchcock's Vertigo and Rear Window. Screenwriter and actor Gregg Henry talk about the behind-the-scenes of De Palma's exploration of voyeurism.

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Buy Body Double on Blu-Ray
Buy Double De Palma by Susan Dworkin
Buy De Palma on Blu-Ray
Visit the official Annette Haven website
Read Body Double: why Brian De Palma's pornographic fiasco is worth another peek
Read De Palma Does Hollywood by Travis Woods
Read Brian De Palma’s ‘Body Double’: A Hitchcockian Thriller Executed in Completely Original Style
Read more about Pehla Nasha (1993)
Read the story about Craig Wasson on Bitchy Actress's blog
Listen to our Vertigo episode
Listen to our Blow Out episode

Original Soundtrack by Pino Donnagio
"Mr. Zero Ban Gaya Hero" - Vinod Rathod
"Relax" - Frankie Goes to Hollywood


February 27, 2019

Episode 405: Super Fly (1972)

Guest Co-Hosts: Rob St. Mary, Chris Stachiw

We wrap up Black History Month 2019 with three white guys talking about one of the pillars of the blaxploitation pantheon, Super Fly (1972). Directed by Gordon Parks Jr., written by , and produced by Sig Shore, the film stars Ron O'Neal as Priest, a drug deal who’s looking to get out of the game. The film was derided for its glorification of drug use and lauded for its soundtrack by Curtis Mayfield.

Chris Stachiw and Rob St. Mary join Mike to discuss the film, its two very uneven sequels, and the 2018 remake from Director X.

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Buy Super Fly (1972) on Blu-Ray
Buy The Return of Superfly (1990) on DVD
Buy Superfly (2018) on DVD

"Pusher Man" - Curtis Mayfield
"Superfly" - Peter Duchin
"Freddie's Dead" - Fishbone
"Super Fly Meets Shaft" - John and Ernest
"Funky Super Fly (Pts 1 & 2)" - Bobby Williams
"Superfly" - Curtis Mayfield


February 21, 2019

Episode 404: Trouble Man (1972)

Special Guests: Robert Hooks, John D. F. Black, Mary Black
Guest Co-Hosts: Heather Drain, Maurice Bursztynski

Black History Month 2019 continues with a look at the 1972  film directed by Ivan Dixon and written by , Trouble Man . Robert Hooks stars as cool cat Mr. T. That’s T that rhymes with P and this cat is great at pool. He does his business out of a billiards parlor where he holds court like a Sicilian on the day of his daughter’s wedding. Mr. T runs afoul a plot hatched by Chalky and Pete (Ralph Waite & Paul Winfield), a salt and pepper team of criminals who put T on the outs with Big (Julius Harris) and the cops.

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Buy Trouble Man on Blu-Ray
Buy the Trouble Man soundtrack by Marvin Gaye
Buy the Trouble Man novelization by John D. F. Black
Listen to our episode on The Spook Who Sat By The Door

All songs taken from the soundtrack by Marvin Gaye


February 13, 2019

Episode 403: Get Rollin' (1980)

Guest Co-Hosts: Benjamin Buxton, Leon Chase

We continue Black History Month with the 1980 film from director J. Terrance Mitchell, Get Rollin'! It’s the story of three very colorful people and their lives in and around a roller rink in Brooklyn; Vinnie Vinzerrelli of the "Jigaboo Jammers", Pat The Cat, and Inez Daniels. At some point the film becomes less of a documentary and more of a drama about Vinzerrelli ‎ and Pat the Cat taking their roller boogie skills to England.

Filmmakers Benjamin Buxton (On the Rink) and Leon Chase (Suzy Hotrod: Roller Derby Star) join Mike to discuss rollerskating, Brooklyn in the late '70s, and more.

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Listen to Cinespia founder John Wyatt on Trailers from Hell
Check out the Skategroove website and the National African American Roller Skating Archives Project
Subscribe to the Getyoursk8on YouTube channel

"Skate Dancer" - Vinzerrelli
"A Roller Skating Jam Named "Saturdays" - De La Soul

Bonus Music Track by Grapefruit 45


on the rink from benjamin buxton on Vimeo.

February 6, 2019

Episode 402: House Party (1990)

Special Guest: Reginald Hudlin
Guest Co-Hosts: Jay Scott Smith, Patrick Bromley

We kick off Black History Month 2019 with Reginald Hudlin's House Party (1990). Starring Christopher Reid and Christopher Martin AKA Kid 'N Play, the film is about a House Party, the wild shenanigans surrounding it, and a whole lot more.

Jay Scott Smith of JSC Radio and Patrick Bromley of F! This Movie join Mike to discuss the ins-and-outs of House Party and the four other films it inspired. Special guest Reginald Hudlin dishes about the making of House Party, the glorious "Hey Love" commercial, Bebe's Kids, Boomerang, Black Panther and more.

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Buy House Party on DVD

"Ain't My Type of Hype" - Full Force
"Rollin' With Kid 'N Play" - Kid 'N Play