January 15, 2019

Episode 399: To Be or Not to Be (1942)

Special Guest: Joseph McBride
Guest Co-Hosts: Lutz Bacher, Ken Stanley, Paula Guthat

We conclude our discussion about Ernst Lubitsch with a discussion of his 1942 film To Be or Not To Be, the story of Joseph and Maria Tura (Jack Benny and Carole Lombard), two actors in Poland who are in a current run of Shakespeare’s Hamlet though working on a new play called Gestapo. The new play never happens on stage but they’re able to act it out in real life after Poland falls to the Nazis. The film is one of the first films to openly lampoon Nazis, made in a time before Pearl Harbor -- though released afterward -- in a time when mocking Nazis wasn’t as acceptable as it should have been.

Recorded at the studios of Podcast Detroit, Paula Guthat, Ken Stanley, and Lutz Bacher join Mike to talk about this stellar comedy of manners. In the first of a two-part interview, Joseph McBride talks about his latest book, How Did Lubitsch Do It?

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Links:
Buy To Be or Not To Be on Blu-Ray
Buy The Mel Brooks Collection on DVD
Buy Fireball: Carole Lombard and the Mystery of Flight 3 by Robert Matzen
Buy The Big Screen Comedies of Mel Brooks by Robert Alan Crick
Buy How Did Lubitsch Do It? by Joseph McBride
Buy Herbert Marshall: A Biography by Scott O'Brien
] Buy Kay Francis - I Can't Wait To Be Forgotten - Her Life on Film and Stage by Scott O'Brien
Buy Ernst Lubitsch's American Comedy by William Paul
Buy Ernst Lubitsch: Laughter in Paradise by Scott Eyman
Read Ernst Lubitsch: 10 essential films by David Parkinson
Visit the Ernst Lubitsch fan site

Music:
"To Be or Not to Be (The Hitler Rap)" - Mel Brooks

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January 11, 2019

Episode 398: Trouble in Paradise (1932)

Special Guest: Joseph McBride
Guest Co-Hosts: Lutz Bacher, Ken Stanley, Paula Guthat

The first of two episodes focusing on Ernst Lubitsch, this week we're discussing Trouble in Paradise (1932). The film stars Herbert Marshall as Gaston, a gentleman thief who initially connects with Lily (Miriam Hopkins), a highly skilled pickpocket, before the two begin the long con with Madame Mariette Colette (Kay Francis), the owner of a Parisian perfume company. Unfortunately for Gaston, and Lily, and Madame Colette, things aren’t so easy when it comes to the fleecing...

Recorded at the studios of Podcast Detroit, Paula Guthat, Ken Stanley, and Lutz Bacher join Mike to talk about this stellar comedy of manners. In the first of a two-part interview, Joseph McBride talks about his latest book, How Did Lubitsch Do It?

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Links:
Buy Trouble in Paradise on DVD
Buy How Did Lubitsch Do It? by Joseph McBride
Buy Herbert Marshall: A Biography by Scott O'Brien
] Buy Kay Francis - I Can't Wait To Be Forgotten - Her Life on Film and Stage by Scott O'Brien
Buy Ernst Lubitsch's American Comedy by William Paul
Buy Ernst Lubitsch: Laughter in Paradise by Scott Eyman
Read Ernst Lubitsch: 10 essential films by David Parkinson
Visit the Ernst Lubitsch fan site

Music:
"Trouble In Paradise" - Charles Agnew
"Trouble in Paradise" - The Crests

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January 8, 2019

Episode 397: Big Trouble in Little China (1986)

Special Guests: Sandy King Carpenter, W.D. Richter
Guest Co-Hosts: Vincenzo Natali, Tony Black

John Carpenter's Big Trouble in Little China (1986) tells the story of Wang Chi (Dennis Dun), a restaurateur whose finance, Miao Lin (Suzee Pai), gets kidnapped by the nefarious forces of David Lo Pan (James Hong), a seemingly innocent old man who is actually the embodiment of the evil spirit of Lo Pan, a demon who needs a woman with green eyes in order to become corporeal again and begin his reign of terror on earth.

And, there are some other white people involved in the story, too.

Tony Black and Vincenzo Natali join Mike to discuss this bizarre mash-up of Chinese mysticism and American action that only could write.

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Links:
Buy Big Trouble in Little China on Blu-Ray
Buy The Official Making of Big Trouble in Little China by Tara Bennett & Paul Terry
Learn more about Storm King productions
Learn more about the Big Trouble comic books

Music:
Music from the Original Soundtrack recording

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December 27, 2018

Episode 396: Fat City (1972)

Special Guest: Stacy Keach
Guest Co-Hosts: Heather Drain, Jedidiah Ayres

Based on a book by and adapted by , Fat City (1972) was directed by John Huston and stars Stacy Keach as Tully, an over the hill fighter who says he wants to pick himself up and revive his career after he meets Ernie (Jeff Bridges), a kid who seems to have a lot of promise in the boxing world. We see their stories parallel and contrast one another as we watch Fat City unfold.

Jedidiah Ayres and Heather Drain join Mike to discuss this wonderfully downbeat film.

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Links:
Read A Day On The Set Of Fat City, John Huston's Cult Classic by Grover Lewis
Read John Huston Part 3: Fat City (1972) by William Hare

Music:
"If" - Bread
"Unchained" - Van Halen
"Help Me Make It Through The Night" - Kris Kristofferson

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December 24, 2018

Special Report: Surfer© Teen Confronts Fear (2018)

Special Guests: Douglas Burke, Carol Connors
Guest Co-Hosts: Timon Singh

Timon Singh of The Bristol Bad Film Club joins Mike to discuss the 2018 film from writer/director/actor/producer/etc. Douglas Burke, Surfer: Teen Confronts Fear. It's the story of Sage (Sage Burke), a teen who confronts his fear of the ocean with help from the astral projection/squid + electricity incarnation of his father. There's military intrigue, inspirational monologues, and lots and lots of surfing.

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Links:
Learn more about Carol Connors
Be sure to LIKE the Surfer: Teen Confronts Fear Fan Page
Read People Are Saying This Christian Surfing Movie Is the Next 'The Room' by Grant Pardee
Read ‘Surfer: Teen Confronts Fear’ Delivers an Incompetent, Bizarre and Worthy Successor to ‘The Room’ by Andrew Todd

Music:
"To Know Him Is To Love Him" - The Teddybears
"Hey Little Cobra" - The Rip Chords
"Theme From Rocky" - Bill Conti
"Go It Alone" - Carol Connors
"With You I'm Born Again" - Billy Preston
"Lonely Surfer Girl" - Carol Connors

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December 18, 2018

Episode 395: The Saragossa Manuscript (1965)

Guest Co-Hosts: Samm Deighan, Rob St. Mary

Based on a novel from the early 19th century book by , The Saragossa Manuscript / Rekopis znaleziony w Saragossie (1965) tells the rather oblique tale of Alphonse Van Worden (Zbigniew Cybulski), a Walloon captain of the guard, and his circular adventures in the region of Zaragoza which is in modern day Spain.

Rob St. Mary and Samm Deighan join Mike to discuss Wojciech Has and the multilayered nature of The Saragossa Manuscript.

Links:
Read about The Duchess of Avila
Read Martin Schell's Saragossa Manuscript outline

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Music:
Title Theme by Krzysztof Penderecki

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December 13, 2018

2018 Year End Wrap Up: EgoFest VII + Top Ten + Music Mix

Answering questions, thanking patrons, giving updates, and talking smack.... it's Ego Fest VII just in time to wrap up 2018.

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Top 10 Episodes of 2018:
  1. Episode 356: Falling Down (1993)
  2. Episode 353: Kiss Me Deadly (1955)
  3. Episode 364: The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962)
  4. Episode 351: Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid (1973)
  5. Episode 354: The Maltese Falcon (1941)
  6. Episode 363: Demolition Man (1993)
  7. Episode 352: Marnie (1964)
  8. Episode 375: Society (1989)
  9. Episode 366: The Dark Crystal (1982)
  10. Episode 384: Suspiria (1977)
Links:
See our list of 2019 episodes on the Facebook Group
Support The Projection Booth Patreon

Music:
"Dirty Back Road" - Technicolor Odyssey
"Strobe Light" - The B-52s

2018 Music Mix:


2018 Music Mix Track Listing
NameArtistEpisode
Children of the RevolutionT-RexZPG / Children of Men
Demolition ManGrace JonesDemolition Man
Kill the PoorDead KennedysSociety
Dream PoliceCheap TrickWho Wants to Kill Jessii?
Detroit Rock CityKISSDetroit Rock City
Antichrist SuperstarMarilyn MansonBegotten
Fiend Without a FaceMisfitsFiend Without a Face
Kiss Me DeadlyGeneration XKiss Me Deadly
Easy Rider, 1970Chris SikelianosThe Last Movie
Knocking On Heaven's DoorBob DylanPat Garrett & Billy The Kid
Freedom Isn't FreeTrey ParkerAn American Carol
The Last Of The IndependantsRory GallagherCharley Varrick
Fifth Horseman Of The ApocalypseUltimate SpinachThe Fifth Horseman is Fear
The Court Of The Crimson KingKing CrimsonZPG / Children of Men
Mother Sky (Reedited From Soundtracks)CanDeep End
Magic And EcstasySnakefingerExorcist II: The Heretic
Theme Of The MackWillie HutchThe Mack
Public ImagePublic Image LimitedThe Public Image is Rotten
Mr.Vampire ThemeJie'er ChoirMr.Vampire
Love & CraigslistRuthCraigslist All-Stars
The Lunatics (Have Taken Over The Asylum)Fun Boy ThreeWinter Kills
VigilanteFront Line AssemblyFalling Down
Fly AwayLenny KravitzThe Getaway
The Look Of LoveDusty SpringfieldFat City
The Long GoodbyeJohn Williams / Dave Grusin TrioThe Long Goodbye
Sleep WalkSanto & Johnny12 Monkeys
(The Man Who Shot) Liberty ValanceGene PitneyThe Man Who Shot Liberty Valance
PsychoEddie NoackPsycho
Dial "O" For BigelowFred LaneEgo Fest VI
Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate The PositiveJohnny MercerL.A. Confidential
God Rest Ye Merry GentlemenJimmy SmithKings & Deperate Men
And Her Tears Flowed Like WineAnita O'dayThe Big Sleep
Is That All There Is?Peggy LeeWanda
The Dark Crystal OvertureTrevor JonesThe Dark Crystal
Suspiria (Main Theme)GoblinSuspiria
MarnieBernard HerrmannMarnie
Yojimbo SuiteMasaru SatohYojimbo
Bloody ChristmasJerry GoldsmithL.A. Confidential
Maltese FalconWarner/Chappell ProductionsThe Maltese Falcon
Farewell, My LovelyYeong-Wook JoMurder, My Sweet
L'amour m'emporte, WalzeVeronika KincsesThe Earings of Madame De…
The MorrowMichael NymanGattaca
Dita SaxováLuboš FišerDita Saxova
Parallax TestMichael SmallThe Parallax View
Piece for Tape RecorderClimax Golden TwinsSession 9
The Big SleepThe GatheringThe Big Sleep
MuseNicolas JaarThe Color of Pomegranates
The DisputeVladimír HirschMarketa Lazarova
Addio Zio TomRiz OrtolaniMandingo
Winterreise - Zwölf Lieder Von Franz Schubert, S561 - No 12 - Im DorfeFranz LisztThe Piano Teacher
End theme from ScarecrowFred MyroScarecrow
End CreditsLalo SchifrinMan on a Swing

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