September 19, 2018

Episode 382: Marketa Lazarova (1967)

Guest Co-Hosts: Kat Ellinger, Samm Deighan

Czechtember 2018 continues with a discussion of František Vláčil's Marketa Lazarová (1967). Based on the book by , the film is an epic tale of fighting tribes in the 13th Century in the area that would become Czechoslovakia. The film is named after the maiden Marketa Lazarova (Magda Vásáryová) who befalls one of the many brigands in the sweeping, beautiful, black and white film.

Daughters of Darkness's Samm Deighan and Kat Ellinger join Mike to discuss the film, sheep, and abduction.

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The Dispute - Vladimír Hirsch


September 13, 2018

Special Report: The Public Image is Rotten (2018)

Special Guests: Martin Atkins, Bill Laswell, Tabbert Fiiller
Guest Co-Hosts: Skizz Cyzyk, Chris Cummins

On this special episode of The Projection Booth, we discuss the 2018 documentary on musical group Public Image Limited and John Lydon, The Public Image is Rotten.

We hear from PiL drummer Martin Atkins, bassist and producer Bill Laswell, and the director of The Public Image is Rotten, Tabbert Fiiller.

Crusty punks Chris Cummins and Skizz Cyzyk join Mike reminisce about "the good old days" and complain about the music the kids are listening to today...

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Bonus: Music Mix

Order Memories - My Time With Public Image Ltd by Martin Atkins
Buy John Lydon's Metal Box: The Story of Public Image Ltd by Phil Strongman
Buy Public Image Limited by Clinton Heylin
Visit the Jah Wobble website
ju Visit the Keith Levene website
Read an interview with Jeanette Lee
Visit the Fodderstmpf: PiL Fansite
Visit Public Image Live
Visit the Dark Circle Room

"Vampire" - PiL
"Have a Nice Day" - PiL
"Radio Four" - PiL
"Theme" - PiL
"Careering" - PiL
"Hymie's Him" - PiL


September 11, 2018

Episode 381: Dita Saxová (1968)

Guest Co-Host: Chris Stachiw

Czechtember 2018 continues with a look at Antonín Moskalyk’s Dita Saxová (1968). Adapted by (Diamonds in the Night, Transport from Paradise) and based on his novel, the film is the story of our titular Dita Saxova (Krystyna Mikolajewska), a survivor of Nazi death camps who carries with her survivor’s guilt. She moves from one relationship to another without seeming to have a care in the world, though this ultimately doesn’t seem to be the case.

Chris Stachiw of Kulture Shocked joins Mike to discuss this devastating film.

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Buy Dita Saxova on DVD
Buy Dita Saxova by Arnost Lustig
Read Spotlight on the Czechoslovak New Wave Revisited: Dita Saxová (1967) by Rowena Santos Aquino
Read about the making of Dita Saxova

"Suite from Dita Saxová" - Luboš Fišer


September 10, 2018

Special Report: Hal (2018)

Special Guests: Nick Dawson, Amy Scott

On this special report, Mike talks to author (Being Hal Ashby) and filmmaker Amy Scott about the her documentary about filmmaker Hal Ashby... Hal (2018).

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"If You Want to Sing Out, Sing Out" - Cat Stevens


September 7, 2018

Guest Spots: Talk Without Rhythm & Kulturecast

This week on the Talk Without Rhythm Podcast I'm joined by the great Mike White of the Projection Booth to discuss two films that deal with the dehumanization of women in modern society in very, VERY different ways - 1981's The Incredible Shrinking Woman and 1995's Safe.

Chris is joined by The Projection Booth's Mike White to start Documentary Month with a look at Jesus Camp, a documentary described by some as "the scariest movie ever made". The film follows pastor Becky Fischer as she puts on the Kids on Fire summer camp in North Dakota to preach her message to evangelical children from across the country. It's an interesting look at the religious base in America as they attempt to indoctrinate the youth into their mindset both politically and spiritually.

Listen to "Jesus Camp" on Spreaker.

Chris is joined by The Projection Booth's Mike White once again to finish out Documentary Month with a look at This Film is Not Yet Rated, a look at the secretive Motion Picture Association of America (the MPAA). The film takes a look at the inherent hypocrisy and censorship that the association levels against filmmakers who want their films released. It's a lighter film than any of the month's previous films and one drives a dagger straight into the heart of film censorship.

Listen to "This Film is Not Yet Rated" on Spreaker.

September 4, 2018

Episode 380: ...and the Fifth Horseman Is Fear (1965)

Guest Co-Hosts: Kat Ellinger, Ben Buckingham

Zbyněk Brynych’s 1965 film The Fifth Horseman is Fear stars Miroslav Macháček as Dr. Braun. The film is ostensibly set during the Nazi occupation of Prague where Dr. Braun isn’t practicing medicine. Instead he’s cataloging the items the Nazis have pilfered from Jews who we can assume have been sent to the slaughter. This is never spoken aloud nor are a lot of other things. Instead, the film is rife with a sense of overwhelming dread that manifests in several interesting ways.

Kat Ellinger and Ben Buckingham join Mike in this first #Czechtember2018 entry.

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Buy The Fifth Horseman is Fear on DVD
Read Whom Did Jan Forget? by Tomáš Uher at
Read a profile of Zbyněk Brynych
Read The Fifth Horseman Is Fear DVD review
Read The Screen: Every Sound Is a Threat:Czech 'Fifth Horseman Is Fear' Arrives Courage and Honor in Prague Under Nazis by Renata Adler

"Fifth Horseman Of The Apocalypse" - Ultimate Spinach


September 3, 2018

Special Report: The Writer with No Hands (2017)

Special Guests: William Westaway, Matthew Alford
Guest Co-Host: Rod Lott

Directed by William Westaway, The Writer with No Hands (2014/2017) tells the story of writer and professor and his investigation into the strange case of Hollywood screenwriter Gary DeVore (Running Scared, Raw Deal, Traxx).

Rod Lott (Bookgasm, Flickattack) joins Mike to tackle this film.

Buy The Writer with No Hands on iTunes
Buy The Writer with No Hands by Matthew Alford
Like The Writer with No Hands on Facebook
Read The Mystery of the Dead Hollywood Screenwriter Whose Hands Were Never Found by Thomas Gaine

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"No Hands" - Lowly
"Look Ma No Hands" - Hicksville
"No Hands" - Severe Illusion


August 28, 2018

Episode 379: Gattaca (1997)

Special Guest: Xander Berkeley
Guest Co-Hosts: Chris Cummins, Skizz Cyzyk

Written and directed by Andrew Niccol, Gattaca (1997) stars Ethan Hawke as Jerome Morrow...or is he? He’s actually Vincent Freeman, a naturally occurring person in a world where people can be genetically engineered... for a price. This creates a new elite class where genes determine privilege. Vincent impersonates Jerome through a rather elaborate scheme in order to fulfill his dream of leaving this planet and becoming an astronaut.

Chris Cummins and Skizz Cyzyk join Mike to discuss the film while interviewee Xander Berkeley talks about his role in Gattaca as Dr. Lamar as well as his work in Mommy Dearest, Leaving Las Vegas, Safe, Barb Wire, and more.

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Read Extrapolating Race in GATTACA: Genetic Passing, Identity, and the Science of Race by David Kirby
Read Passing Me By: African American Women and 'Passing' As a Film Genre by Matt Mazur

"The Morrow" - Michael Nyman
"Don't Bother Me / Gene Machine" - Bad Brains