June 19, 2019

Episode 420: But I'm a Cheerleader (1999)

Special Guest: Jamie Babbit
Guest Co-Hosts: Joshua Grannell, Cassandra Baker

Released in 1999 Jamie Babbit’s But I'm a Cheerleader stars Natasha Lyonne as Megan, the titular cheerleader who seems to have some very “unnatural urges” according to her parents, teachers, and friends. She's sent to a camp where she gets re-educated in the ways of heterosexuality and proper gender roles.

Joshua Grannell and Cassandra Baker join Mike to discuss But I'm a Cheerleader as well as 2018's duo of conversion therapy films, Boy Erased and The Miseducation of Cameron Post.

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Buy But I'm a Cheerleader on DVD
Visit the official Jamie Babbit website
Visit the official Peaches Christ website

"Laisse Tomber Les Filles" - France Gall


June 12, 2019

Episode 419: Minority Report (2002)

Special Guest: Scott Frank
Guest Co-Hosts: Corinne Luz, Tim Luz

We conclude the second part of our conversation about adaptations with a conversation about Minority Report (2002). Believe it or not but this is the first time we’ve directly discussed a film directed by Steven Spielberg on the show! The film stars Tom Cruise as John Anderton, the chief of the country’s first pre-crime division where he and his team arrest people before they commit the crimes prognosticated by a trio of psychics. When the psychics pick him as the perpetrator of an impending murder, Anderton begins to question the validity of the pre-crime system.

Tim and Corinne Luz of the Cinemaspection podcast join Mike to discuss the film. Screenwriter talks about his work on the film as well as his work on The Wolverine, Logan, The Lookout, Hoke, and more.

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Buy Minority Report on Blu-Ray
Buy Minority Report the TV Show
Buy Minority Report and Other Stories by Philip K. Dick

"Minority Report" - Los Straightjackets


June 4, 2019

Episode 418: Total Recall (1990)

Special Guest: Gary L. Goldman
Guest Co-Hosts: Jedidiah Ayres, Rob St. Mary

We’re kicking off back to back discussions of adaptations with a look at 1990's Total Recall. Directed by Paul Verhoeven, the film spent years in turnaround until was attached and got the thing made. It's the story of a common construction worker who dreams of life on Mars. When he learns of a procedure that can implant memories of being on Mars, things get a little complicated.

Rob St. Mary and Jedidiah Ayres join Mike to discuss the complicated road which Total Recall took to get to the silver screen as well as the wretched Len Wiseman remake and the strange television spin-off. Screenwriter reveals how he helped shape the film to make it the success it ultimately became.

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Buy Total Recall on Blu-Ray
Buy We Can Remember It for you Wholesale and Other Classic Stories by Philip K. Dick
Listen to our episode on The Fly
Listen to our episode on Blade Runner
Listen to our episode on Big Trouble in Little China

Original Score - Jerry Goldsmith
"Total Recall: The Musical (Mountains of Mars" - Jon and Al


May 28, 2019

Episode 417: Emperor of the North Pole (1973)

Guest Co-Hosts: Cullen Gallagher, Noel Thingvall

Based loosely on the writings of and , Robert Aldrich's Emperor of the North Pole 1973 tells the story of two hobos in the American Northwest during the Great Depression -- A Number One (Lee Marvin) and Cigaret (Keith Carradine). The two have a very uneasy relationship with one another and a completely antagonistic relationship with Shack (Ernest Borgnine), a railwayman who doesn’t want any freeloaders on his train.

Noel Thingvall and Cullen Gallagher join Mike to discuss riding the rails, Robert Aldrich, and much more.

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Buy Whatever Happened to Robert Aldrich?: His Life and His Films by Alain Silver and James Ursini
Buy Lee Marvin: Point Blank by Dwayne Epstein
Buy Ernie: The Autobiography by Ernest Borgnine

"A Man and a Train" - Marty Robbins


May 26, 2019

Special Report: Taking Tiger Mountain Revisited (2019)

Special Guest: Tom Huckabee
Guest Co-Hosts: Heather Drain, Chris Stachiw

On this special episode of The Projection Booth we're looking at the 2019 film Taking Tiger Mountain Revisited. It's an update of the 1983 film Taking Tiger Mountain which stars a young Bill Paxton as Billy Hampton, a man who’s been brainwashed and sent to a patriarchal country by a group of militant females in order to assassinate its leader and stop the widespread human traffic in which the leader indulges.

Chris Stachiw and Heather Drain (who wrote the liner notes for the upcoming Etiquette Pictures release of Taking Tiger Mountain Revisited) join Mike for a brief discussion of the film, Alan Nourse's The Bladerunner, William S. Burroughs's Blade Runner: A Movie, Brian Eno's Taking Tiger Mountain (By Strategy), and more. The film's co-director, Tom Huckabee joins Mike for an interview. Apologies for the audio quality of the second half of the recording.

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Order Taking Tiger Mountain Revisited on Blu-Ray

"Here Come the Warm Jets" - Brian Eno
"Taking Tiger Mountain by Strategy - Brian Eno


May 24, 2019

Special Report: McBeardo's Teen Movie Hell

Special Guest: Mike "McBeardo" McPadden

Mike "McBeardo" McPadden has done it again; trawling through the sludge of a film subgenre to find the commonalities while holding up both the gems and the most execrable examples of teen flicks in his latest book, Teen Movie Hell: A Crucible of Coming-of-Age Comedies from Animal House to Zapped!.

On this special episode of The Projection Booth, Mike talks to McBeardo about teen movies from the more goofy and subversive (Joysticks, Hamburger: The Motion Picture, Lemon Popsicle) to the mainstream (Sixteen Candles, Ferris Bueller's Day Off, The Breakfast Club) and so much more.

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McBeardo Movie Gigs:
June 20 Chicago, Music Box TheatreHOT DOG: THE MOVIE
July 17 or 24 Chicago, Music Box Theatre LITTLE DARLINGS and THE LAST AMERICAN VIRGIN
July 27 Philadelphia, PhilaMOCAVALLEY GIRL
July 31 Austin, Alamo DrafthouseTHE LAST AMERICAN VIRGIN
August 10 Boston, Coolidge Corner Theater MEATBALLS
August 18 Brooklyn, Alamo DrafthouseTHE LAST AMERICAN VIRGIN
August 20 Yonkers, Alamo DrafthouseTHE BURNING (Heavy Metal Movies event)
October Los Angeles, Alamo DrafthouseTBA

"Kicking Up a Fuss" - Blow-Up
"Tryin' to Kill a Saturday Night" - Keane


May 23, 2019

Episode 415: The Mad Max Series

Special Guests: Mike Thompson, Ben Buckingham
Guest Co-Hosts: Roger Ward, Vernon Wells, Virginia Hey, Bruce Spence, Luke Buckmaster, Hugh Keays-Byrne

On this epic episode of The Projection Booth, we remember the road warrior, the man we called Mad Max. In the roar of an engine, he lost everything and became a shell of a man, a burnt-out desolate man, a man haunted by the demons of his past, a man who wandered out into the wasteland. And it was here, in this blighted place, that he learned to live again.

Ben Buckingham and Mike Thompson join Mike White to discuss the ever-shifting landscape of George Miller’s Mad Max series from its audacious beginning as a bikie exploitation / revenge Mad Max (1979) to the post-apocalyptic Western Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior (1981) to the troublesome Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome (1985) and concluding (?) with the spectacular Mad Max: Fury Road (2015).

Interviews feature actors from three of the four films — Roger Ward, Vernon Wells, Virginia Hey, Bruce Spence, Hugh Keays-Byrne — as well as writer Luke Buckmaster, author of Miller and Max.

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Bonus: Stone (1974):

Bonus: The Man from Hong Kong (1975):


May 17, 2019

Episode 416: Daughters of Darkness (1971)

Special Guest: Danielle Ouimet
Guest Co-Hosts: Kat Ellinger, Heather Drain

It seemed a fairly ordinary night when Stefan (John Karlen) and his wife Valerie (Danielle Ouimet), two young, normal, healthy kids on their honeymoon. They stop in Belgium on their alleged way to England where they check into a nearly abandoned hotel. There they encounter the mysterious Countess Bathory (Delphine Seyrig) and her assistant Ilona (Andrea Rau). From there, some strange things start to happen in Harry Kümel's Daughters of Darkness (1971).

Kat Ellinger -- author of the Devil's Advocates book on Daughters of Darkness -- and Heather Drain join Mike to discuss lesbian vampires, Blood and Roses, The Velvet Vampire, and more.

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Buy Daughters of Darkness on Blu-Ray

"Accident Et Cymbalum" - François de Roubaix
"Daughters Of Darkness Opening" - François de Roubaix