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January 15, 2021

Special Report: Alien Resurrection (1997)

Special Guests: Gary Dourdan, Leland Orser, Pitof
Guest Co-Hosts: El Goro, Mike Thompson

On this special episode of The Projection Booth, we're looking at Alien: Resurrection, it's the next chapter (some might say last chapter) of the Alien Saga started by Ridley Scott back in 1979. Released in 1997, we re-join Ellen Ripley (Sigourney Weaver) five years after Alien 3 but 200 years after the events portrayed in David Fincher's film.

El Goro and Mike Thompson join Mike (White) to discuss the strange hybrid of 's American script and Jean-Pierre Jeunet's French sensibilities.

REDEMPTION DAY is now available in select theaters, on demand and digital.

01:27:15 - Gary Dourdan discusses his latest film Redemption Day along with his role of Christie in Alien: Resurrection

01:45:32 - Leland Orser talks about his roles in Se7en, Very Bad Things, Escape from L.A. and more

02:18:46 - Pitof talks about his work with Jeunet & Caro

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Bonus Interview: More with Pitof

Buy the Alien Series on Blu-Ray
Buy Memory: The Origin of Alien on Blu-Ray
Buy The Alien: Resurrection Novelization by A.C. Crispin
Buy Making of Alien: Resurrection by Andrew Murdock

Original Soundtrack - John Frizzell


January 13, 2021

Episode 502: Hair (1979)

Special Guests: Michael Weller, Miles Chapin
Guest Co-Hosts: Gil Kenan, Lee Gambin

Gil Kenan and Lee Gambin join Mike to discuss Milos Forman's Hair (1979), an adaptation of the groundbreaking stage play from 1968. It’s the story of Berger (Treat Williams) and his friends who meet and interact with Claude Hooper Bukowski (John Savage), a hayseed who’s on his way to Vietnam by way of a trip to New York City to see the sights before heading off to war.

Special guests include actor Miles Chapin and screenwriter .

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Bonus: Forman Vs. Forman

Buy Hair on Blu-Ray
Buy Turnaround: A Memoir by Milos Forman
Buy 88 Keys: The Making of a Steinway Piano by Miles Chapin and Rodica Prato
Watch Let the Sun Shine In on Vimeo
Buy Let the Sun Shine In: The Genius of HAIR by Scott Miller
Buy Hair: The Story of the Show that Defined a Generation by Eric Grode
Buy We Can Be Who We Are by Lee Gambin

"Sodomy" - Original Movie Soundtrack
"Air" - Original Movie Soundtrack
"Ain't Got No" - Nina Simone
"Easy to be Hard" - Original Movie Soundtrack
"The Flesh Failures / Let the Sunshine In" - Original Movie Soundtrack


January 6, 2021

Episode 501: Evita (1996)

Special Guest: Sir Tim Rice
Guest Co-Hosts: Paul Mow, Todd Nathanson

We kick off Musical Month with a look at Alan Parker's Evita (1996). Based on the stage musical by Andrew Lloyd Webber and , it's the story of Eva Duarte, a girl (Madonna) from the backwaters of Argentina who makes her way to Buenas Aires, climbing the social ladder until she ends up with Colonel Juan Peron (Jonathan Pryce) who soon becomes the country's fascist dictator.

Todd in the Shadows and Paul Mow join Mike to discuss the stage and screen versions while Sir Tim Rice discusses the versions of Evita that we almost saw in movie theaters.

Listen/Download Now:

Buy Evita on Blu-Ray
Buy Evita: The Original Cast Recording on CD
Buy Evita: The Original Broadway Cast on CD
Buy Oh What a Circus by Tim Rice
Learn more about The Ghostlight Theater
Subscribe to the Song Vs. Song podcast

"Es El Pueblo" - Nelly Omar
"Down Thru' Summer" - Ross Hannaman
"Rainbow Tour" - Swedish Cast
"Don't Cry for Me Argentina" - The Mike Flowers Pops
"What's New, Buenas Aires?" - Evita: The Original Broadway Cast


"Queen of Hearts"(Evita Perón) (Documentary) from Carlos Pasini-Hansen on Vimeo.

December 31, 2020

2020 Year End Wrap-Up

It's that time again. Time to look at the last year's worth of episodes and see the "winners" and "losers". Keep in mind that these were as of December 2020 so things may change in a few months.

Also, it's time for the annual musical mix of songs from or inspired by 2020's episodes. Enjoy!

Most Downloaded Episodes:

  1. Episode 488: Poltergeist (1982)
  2. Special Report: Jaws (1975)
  3. Special Report: Commando (1985)
  4. Episode 463: Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (2005)
  5. Special Report: Time Warp - The Greatest Cult Films of All-Time (2020)
  6. Special Report: Better Off Dead (1985)
  7. Episode 451: Venus in Furs (1969)
  8. Special Report: Tommy (1975)
  9. Special Report: The Brood (1979)
  10. Special Report: Oldboy (2003)

Least Downloaded Episodes:

  1. Episode 497: Crumbs (2015)
  2. Special Report: Du-BEAT-e-o (1984)
  3. Special Report: Zappa (2020)
  4. Episode 496: The Phynx (1970)
  5. Episode 493: Ride the Pink Horse (1947)
  6. Episode 487: Fruit of Paradise (1969)
  7. Episide 476: Entranced Earth (1967)
  8. Special Report: The Antenna (2019)
  9. Episode 478: The Lion Has Seven Heads (1970)
  10. Episode 494: The Friends of Eddie Coyle (1973)

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2020 Music Mix Track Listing
Livin' In The Sunlight, Lovin' In The Moonlight Tiny Tim Special Report: Fantasia 2020 Part 1
Psyche Rock Pierre Henry Episode 449: Z (1969)
The Lost Mother Land (Part 1) The Apryl Fool Episode 448: Eros + Massacre (1969)
Phantom From The Past Manfred Mann Episode 451: Venus in Furs (1969)
Main TitleToei Mark Episode 452: Horrors of Malformed Men (1969)
Femina Ridens Soundtrack Stelvio Cipriani Episode 454: The Laughing Woman (1969)
End of the World Aphrodite's Child Episode 455: Seed of Man (1969)
Title Theme Humberto Ubriaco & Armando Bó Episode 456: Fuego (1969)
בלדה לאיש הפשוט Edna Goren Episode 457: The Big Dig (1969)
March of the Pigs Nine Inch Nails Episode 450: Porcile (1969)
The Best Things in Life are Free Bonnie Bedelia Episode 459: They Shoot Horses, Don't They? (1969)
I'm Free The Who Special Report: Tommy (1975)
For All the Cows The Foo Fighters Episode 460: The Cow (1969)
Ballad for Bernt Krzysztof Komeda Episode 461: Knife in the Water (1962)
Winstyucie Andrzej Korzyński Episode 462: Third Part of the Night (1970) / The Devil (1972)
Galgalim Cracow Klezmer Band Episode 465: The Hourglass Sanatorium (1973)
Le Doulos Paul Misraki Episode 466: Le Doulos (1962)
Final Francis Seyrig Episode 467: Last Year at Marienbad (1961)
Mr. Kiss Kiss Bang Bang Akira Tana with Annie Sellick Episode 463: Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (2005)
Strange Movies The Troggs Special Report: Time Warp - The Greatest Cult Films of All-Time (2020)
Poison Pen Bauhaus Episode 468: Le Corbeau (1943)
Lèvres de Sang Demon Vendetta Episode 469: Lips of Blood (1973)
Sweet Gingerbread Man Sammy Davis Jr. Episode 470: The Magic Garden of Stanley Sweetheart (1970)
Ekkoleg Grethe Agatz Episode 471: Viva La Muerte (1971)
Toreador del Amor Tuxedomoon Episode 472: Pink Narcissus (1971)
Bushes of Love Bad Lip Reading Episode 473: Can Dialectics Break Bricks? (1973)
Antonio das Mortes Ramiro Musotto Episode 475: Black God, White Devil (1964)
Rebel Rebel Seu Jorge Episide 476: Entranced Earth (1967)
Macunaima Iara Rennó Episode 477: Macunaíma (1969)
Song from The Lion Has Seven Heads Reinhard Kolldehoff Episode 478: The Lion Has Seven Heads (1970)
Please Don't Keep Me Waiting Olivia Newton John Special Report: The Beaver Trilogy (& Part IV) (2000/2015)
Everybody Wants Some Van Halen Special Report: Better Off Dead (1985)
We Fight For Love The Power Station Special Report: Commando (1985)
Smalltown Boy Bronski Beat Episode 479: Runaway (1984)
Devil Gate Drive Suzi Quatro Special Report: Suzi Q (2019)
Bye Bye Life Ben Vereen & Roy Scheider Episode 481: All That Jazz (1979)
F For Fake (Verites Et Mensonges) Orson's Theme Michel Legrand Episode 482: F for Fake (1973)
Original Soundtrack John Williams Special Report: Jaws (1975)
Titulková melodie (Zítra vstanu a opařím se čajem) Filmový Symfonický Orchestr Episode 484: Tomorrow I'll Wake Up and Scald Myself with Tea (1977)
Morgiana (Opening Titles) Luboš Fišer Episode 485: Morgiana (1972)
If I Had a Hammer Peter, Paul & Mary Special Report: Oldboy (2003)
Haunted House Jumpin' Gene Simmons Episode 488: Poltergeist (1982)
Johnny Get Angry Joanie Sommers Special Report: Nightbreed (1990)
Little Red Riding Hood Sam the Sham and the Pharohs Episode 489: The Company of Wolves (1989)
Feel In My Heart (The Words Get Stuck In My Throat) Kipp Hamilton Special Report: Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated (2010-2013)
Timothy The Buoys Episode 490: Motel Hell (1980)
Don't Fear the Reaper Blue Oyster Cult Episode 491: The Frighteners (1996)
We're All Crazy Now Joan Jett Special Report: Du-BEAT-e-o (1984)
To Live & Die in LA Wang Chung Episode 495: To Live & Die in L.A. (1985)
How About A Little Hand (For The Boys In The Band) The Boys in the Band Episode 496: The Phynx (1970)
Lucky Man Emerson, Lake & Palmer Episode 498: Mick Travis Trilogy
Brazil Geoff & Maria Muldaur Episode 500: Brazil (1985)

December 30, 2020

Episode 500: Brazil (1985)

Special Guest: Sir Michael Palin
Guest Co-Hosts: Jeff Meyers, Skizz Cyzyk

For the 500th episode of The Projection Booth, Skizz Cyzyk and Jeff Meyers join Mike to discuss Terry Gilliam's Brazil (1985). A film with as fascinating a story behind and in front of the camera, Brazil tells the story of Sam Lowry (Jonathan Pryce), an office drone who dreams of flying away with the love of his life (Kim Greist).

This episode includes the second part of our interview with Michael Palin (the first part will be heard later in 2021).

Listen/Download Now:

Buy Brazil on Blu-Ray
Buy Brazil by Paul McAuley
Buy The Battle of Brazil by Jack Matthews

"Brazil" - The Coaster
"Brazil" - Geoff & Maria Muldaur


December 28, 2020

Special Report: The Ventures - Stars on Guitars (2020)

Special Guests: Staci Layne Wilson
Guest Co-Hosts: Maurice Bursztynski, Skizz Cyzyk

Maurice Bursztynski and Skizz Cyzyk join Mike to discuss Staci Layne Wilson's documentary The Ventures: Stars on Guitars (2020) about one of the best instrumental bands of the 20th Century. Formed in the late '50s and still going today, The Ventures are most famous for their versions of "Walk, Don't Run" and the Hawaii 5-0 theme. The documentary goes beyond the hits to show the influence that The Ventures have had for the last sixty years.

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Buy The Ventures: Stars on Guitar on DVD
Get Garage Sales's Pointless Summer on CD
Read Josie Cotton meets The Ventures

"Penetration" - The Ventures
"Walk, Don't Run" - The Ventures


December 26, 2020

Special Report: Ego Fest X (2020)

Special Guests: Rob St. Mary, Mondo Justin

We're wrapping up 2020 with the 10th Ego Fest! There's a sneak peek at what we're covering in January, discussion about our removal from Spotify, and a whole lot more. Rob St. Mary stops by to ask a bunch of questions that he wants answered immediately.

Mondo Justin dishes about what he's been up to since he left The Projection Booth including his 12 hour podcast on Tough Guys Don't Dance.

Mike talks a bit about the recent passing of Mike "McBeardo" McPadden and reads the shout outs due to all Patreon donors.

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Visit the Mike "McBeardo" McPadden Memorial Fund
Read Kat Ellinger's obituary for McBeardo
Listen to Bill Ackerman's interview with McBeardo
Buy Tomorrow I Will Wake Up and Scald Myself with Tea on Blu-Ray
Buy Massacre at Central High on Blu-Ray
Buy American Tiger on Blu-Ray
Buy Survival of the Film Freaks on Blu-Ray
Support The Projection Booth on Patreon

"The Happy Organ" - Dave 'Baby' Cortez
"Wild Weekend" - The Rebels
"Underwater" - The Frogmen
"Classical Gas" - Mason Williams

Bonus: Mike on The Kulturecast's Lord of the Rings episode:
Listen to "The Lord of the Rings Trilogy" on Spreaker.

December 23, 2020

Episode 499: Withnail & I (1987)

Special Guests: Ralph Brown, Kim Leggatt
Guest Co-Hosts: Jon Cross, Vincenzo Natali

We're looking at a film about the end of the ‘60s, Bruce Robinson's Withnail & I. Released in 1987, the film stars Richard E. Grant as the titular Withnall -- an acerbic drunk who, along with the titular, I (Paul McGann) -- go on holiday by mistake. It's an examination of a friendship between two out of work actors.

Jon Cross and Vincenzo Natali join Mike to talk about the movie while actor Ralph Brown (Danny the drug dealer) and Kim Leggatt (co-director of An Accidental Studio, a documentary about Handmade Films) discuss the making of the film.

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Hear more Ralph Brown on The Perfect Organism Podcast

Buy Withnail & I on Blu-Ray
Buy Bruce Robinson Q & A by Alistair Owen
Buy Withnail & I: Everything You Ever Wanted To Know But Were Too Drunk To Ask by Thomas Hewitt-Mcmanus
Buy Withnail & I by Kevin Jackson
Buy the Withnail and I screenplay by Bruce Robinson
Buy With Nails: The Film Diaries of Richard E. Grant by Richard E. Grant
Buy Withnail and Us: Cult Films and Film Cults in British Cinema by Justin Smith

"Marwood Leaves" - Dundas / Wentworth
"Cheval Blanc" - Dundas / Wentworth
"Voodoo Chile (Slight Return)" - Jimi Hendrix