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August 15, 2022

Special Report: Inspector Ike (2020)

Inspector Ike (2020) Special Guests: Graham Mason, Ikechukwu Ufomadu

On this special report, Mike spoke with director Graham Mason and star Ikechukwu Ufomadu about their 2020 film Inspector Ike, one of the best films of 2022 and a must-watch for "Columbo" fans.

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August 10, 2022

Episde 583: Black Lizard (1962)

Episde 583: Black Lizard (1962) Special Guest: Earl Jackson
Guest Co-Hosts: Carol Borden, Samm Deighan

Carol Borden (The Cultural Gutter) and Samm Deighan (Twitch of the Death Nerve) join Mike to discuss two adaptations of 's Kurotokage. The 1962 was adapted by Kaneto Shindô and directed by Umetsugu Inoue while the 1968 was adapted by Masashige Narusawa and directed by Kinji Fukasaku. Both were based on the stage play version by Yukio Mishima.

Professor Earl Jackson discusses the strange bedfellows behind these amazing films about a criminal mastermind who squares off against the Japanese Sherlock Holmes.

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Black Lizard's Song - Toshirô Mayuzumi
"Song of the Black Lizard" - Pink Martini


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August 3, 2022

Episode 582: Morons from Outer Space (1985)

Episode 581: Morons from Outer Space (1985) Special Guest: Griff Rhys Jones
Guest Co-Hosts: Jon Spira, Cecil Trachenburg

We conclude Sci-Fi July with a look at Mike Hodges’s Morons from Outer Space (1985). Written by and Mel Smith, the film tells the tale of a quartet of less-than-bright intergalactic travelers who crash land on Earth. The film lampoons the idea that we of Earth may be visited by beings from outer space only to find that they’re not as enlightened as we’d fancy them to be.

Cecil Trachenburg and Jon Spira join Mike to laud the film while Griff Rhys Jones discusses how disappointing he found the experience.

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"Morons From Outer Space" The Morons


July 27, 2022

Episode 581: The Incredible Shrinking Man (1957)

Episode 581: The Incredible Shrinking Man Guest Co-Hosts: Emily Intravia, John Atom

We continue Sci-Fi July with a look at Jack Arnold’s The Incredible Shrinking Man (1957). Based on the book by, and adapted by, , the film tells the story of Scott Carey (Grant Williams), a man who goes through a mysterious fog bank on the ocean only to find that it’s caused his body to inexplicably shrink.

John Atom and Emily Intravia join Mike to discuss the film and its 1981 remake, The Incredible Shrinking Woman.

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"Five Foot One" - Iggy Pop
"Galaxy Glue" - Linda November


July 20, 2022

Episode 580: Code 46 (2003)

Episode 580: Code 46 (2003) Special Guests: Frank Cottrell-Boyce, Andrew Eaton
Guest Co-Hosts: Jedidiah Ayres, Dylan Davis

Directed by Michael Winterbottom, written by , and produced by Andrew Eaton, Code 46 (2003) stars Tim Robbins as William Geld, a fraud investigator who travels to Shanghai to interview the employees of The Sphinx, a company that produces letters of transit. Meanwhile, Samantha Morton plays Maria Gonzalez, the forger of these papers. The two have a connection... a very deep connection... which will eventually doom their relationship.

Jedidiah Ayres and Dylan Davis join Mike to discuss this interesting science fiction tale.

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All music from the Code 46 soundtrack


July 13, 2022

Episode 579: Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979)

Special Guests: Alan Dean Foster, Jon Povill, Walter Koenig
Guest Co-Hosts: A.J. Black, Trevor Gumbel

Sci Fi July begins with the first entry in the Star Trek film franchise, Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979). After a decade without a live-action version of Star Trek the crew reunite to embark on a very familiar mission: a Gene Roddenberry special where a god-like creature judges humanity to be lacking.

Our episode features interviews with story writer , associate producer Jon Povill, and actor Walter Koenig.

A.J. Black and Trevor Gumbel join Mike to discuss the unusual path to the big screen the film took as well as how it forges a link between "TOS" and "TNG".

Correction: It was Star Trek: Voyager that lead UPN, not Star Trek: The Next Generation (which was syndicated).

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All Music From Star Trek: The Motion Picture Original Soundtrack Remastered & Expanded by Jerry Goldsmith


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July 7, 2022

Rankin on Bass: The Bushido Blade (1981)

Special Guests: Benni Korzen, Mike Starr
Co-Hosts: Chris Stachiw, Richard Hatem

The Rankin on Bass podcast is still going strong so I wanted to share our most recent episode with Projection Booth listeners:

On episode 21 of the Rankin on Bass podcast we're discussing "Tom" Kotani's The Bushido Blade (1981). Written by , it's the fictionalized account of Commodore Perry (Richard Boone) and his crew making a treaty with Japan. The film fractures into essentially three storylines featuring Frank Converse, Timothy Patrick Murphy, and Mike Starr in his first film role.

Interviews include a snippet of an earlier interview with Starr as well as a new interview with producer Benni Korzen who worked on the live action Rankin & Bass pictures going all the way back to The Enchanted World of Danny Kaye.

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July 6, 2022

Episode 578: Whoops Apocalypse (1986)

Whoops Apocalypse (1986) Special Guests: David Renwick, Brian Eastman
Guest Co-Hosts: Josh Hadley, Mike Sullivan

Mike Sullivan and Josh Hadley join Mike to discuss the 1986 comedy Whoops Apocalypse. Loosely based on the 1982 British TV series of the same name, it’s a story of chicanery and political intrigue centered on the obscure and fictional British territory of Santa Maya. A power struggle around this small island leads to heightened tensions between the UK, US, and USSR.

Producer Brian Eastman and co-writer discuss the mini-series and feature versions of Whoops Apocalypse.

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"Party at Ground Zero" - Fishbone
"Land of Confusion" - Genesis
"Whoops Apocalypse" - John Otway