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June 22, 2022

Episode 576: Pootie Tang (2001)

Episode 576: Pootie Tang (2001) Guest Co-Hosts: Mike McGranahan, Josh Stewart

It's time to sine your pitty on the running kine with our episode all about Pootie Tang (2001). Written and directed by (rightfully) disgraced comedian Louis C.K., the film stars Lance Crouther as the titular Mr. Tang, a performer, poet, and potter who learns a lesson about himself and the evil corporate empire run by Dick Lecter (Robert Vaughn).

Mike McGranahan and Josh Stewart join Mike to discuss this maligned masterpiece. Sa da tay!

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Buy Pootie Tang on Blu-Ray
Read How to understand ''Pootie Tang'' by Liane Bonin

Music:
"Ode To Pootie" - Tara Jeffers/Qiana Drew/Lorria Richards
"Pootie Tangin" - 702

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June 8, 2022

Episode 575: Popeye (1980)

Special Guests: Allan F. Nicholls, Paul Dooley, MacIntyre Dixon
Guest Co-Hosts: Paul Zimmerman, Father Malone

We’re looking at the 1980 film from director Robert Altman and writer , Popeye. Based on the King Syndicate comic by E.C. Segar, it’s the story of a mariner (Robin Williams) who comes to the port town of Sweethaven looking for his father. He finds a town under the control of a mysterious man known only as The Commodore who has left his right hand man, Bluto (Paul L. Smith), in charge of the city which is plagued with ruffians and an overzealous tax collector. He meets the Oyl family, a dysfunctional group whom he must redeem in order to find his father and true happiness.

Father Malone and Paul Zimmerman join Mike to discuss the film while interviews include Allan F. Nicholls, Paul Dooley, and MacIntyre Dixon.

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Become a supporter of The Projection Booth
Buy Popeye on Blu-Ray
Buy The Art and History of Popeye by R.C. Harvey
Buy Popeye: An Illustrated Cultural History by Fred M. Grandinetti
Buy Movie Dad: Finding Myself and My Family, On Screen and Off by Paul Dooley

Music:
"It's Not Easy Being Me" - Harry Nilsson
"Everybody's Got To Eat" - Paul Dooley
"Sailin'" - Shelley Duvall & Robin Williams
"He Needs Me" - Shelley Duvall
"Popeye Twist" - The Tornados

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June 1, 2022

Special Report: The Butthole Surfers Movie

Special Report: The Butthole Surfers Movie Special Guests: Tom Stern, Noa Durban

Mike speaks with producer and director Tom Stern about their upcoming feature documentary, The Butthole Surfers Movie. The film looks at the groundbreaking alternative art band The Butthole Surfers.

The film is still in the funding stages. Donate at the film's official website.

Music:
"Moving to Florida" - The Butthole Surfers
"Human Cannonball" - The Butthole Surfers

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May 30, 2022

Special Report: May-hem


Along with our regularly scheduled episodes, May and April have brought a bevy of special episodes. If you haven't listened already, enjoy this wide array of interviews!

Dan Mirvish on 18 1/2 (2022)

Stuart Pankin on Deep in the Forest (2022:

Ceci Cleary on To Leslie (2022):

George Stevens Jr. on My Place in the Sun:

Gigi Gaston on 9 Bullets (2022):

Mike Hugo on Hypochondriac (2022:

Riley Stearns on Dual (2022):

May 25, 2022

Episode 574: Brief Encounters (1967) and The Long Farewell (1971)

Episode 574: Brief Encounters (1967) and The Long Farewell (1971) Special Guest: Jane Taubman
Guest Co-Hosts: Gianna D'Emilio, Alistair Pitts

We conclude our month of discussions about Soviet Cinema with a double feature from Kira Muratova, Brief Encounters (1967) and The Long Farewell (1971). Brief Encounters got a very limited release while The Long Farewell was shelved before release. Both films finally got their day in the sun as the Cold War began to thaw.

In Brief Encounters, two women are in love with the same man. The film has a real New Wave feel to it with a fractured timeline and rough production. In The Long Farewell we see a mother, Yevgeniya, become more and more estranged from her son after he spends a summer with his father.

Jane Taubman joins us to discuss Muratova's work while Gianna D'Emilio and Alistair Pitts provide insight on these challenging films.

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Buy Kira Muratova: The Filmmaker's Companion by Jane Taubman
Buy Brief Encounters on DVDr
Stream The Long Farewell

Music:
"Gorodskoy romans" - Vladimir Vysotsky
"Ohota na volkov" - Vladimir Vysotsky

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May 23, 2022

Special Report: Doug Mand & Dan Gregor on Chip 'N Dale

Special Report: Doug Mand & Dan Gregor on Chip 'N Dale Special Guests: Dan Gregor, Doug Mand

Upright Citizens Brigade members and discuss their career from their early days, shorts, "How I Met Your Mother", Most Likely to Murder, and their latest work, Chip 'N Dale: Rescue Rangers (2022). They talk about the long gestation of their latest project as well as some of the challenges of working with a vast array of intellectual property.

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Visit Dan Gregor's vimeo page

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Music:
"Rescue Rangers Theme" - Jonathan Young

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May 18, 2022

Episode 573: Three Poplars on Plyuschikha Street (1968)

Guest Co-Hosts: Gianna D'Emilio, Alistair Pitts

We continue our month of discussing Soviet Cinema with a look at Tatyana Lioznova's Three Poplars on Plyuschikha Street (1968). Written by , it’s the story of Nyura (Tatyana Doronina), a country woman who comes to the big city of Moscow to see her sister in law. There she meets Sasha (Oleg Efremov), a taxi driver. They share stories and a song on the way to Plyuschikha Street. He offers to take her to the movies and she agrees but things go wrong.

Gianna D'Emilio and Alistair Pitts join Mike to discuss this heart-breaking film.

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Buy Three Poplars on Plyuschikha Street on DVD-R

Music:
"Tenderness" - Maya Kristalinskaya

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May 13, 2022

Special Report: Ed Glaser on How the World Remade Hollywood

Special Guest: Ed Glaser

On this special episode Mike talks with Ed Glaser, host of the Deja View YouTube series and author of How the World Remade Hollywood: Global Interpretations of 65 Iconic Films from McFarland Books. It's a terrific book which looks at unusual foreign interpretations of American films.

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Visit Ed's YouTube Channel

Music:
"Hey Mickey" - Pim

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