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January 12, 2022

Episode 555: The North Avenue Irregulars (1979)

Special Guests: Bruce Bilson, Don Tait, Edward Herrmann
Guest Co-Hosts: David Kittredge, Rod Lott

David Kittredge and Rod Lott join Mike to look at the 1979 film The North Avenue Irregulars. Based on the non-fiction book by Reverend Albert Fay Hill, the film stars Edward Herrmann as Reverend Mike Hill, a minister who arrives with his two children at their new congregation to find a rather wacky group of women who help run the church. When one of them loses the church’s money on some illegal gambling Hill tries to get it back. Humiliated and chagrined by the mob who run the gambling there, Hill teams up with the Treasury Department in order to take down crime with his team of irregulars.

Interviews include director Bruce Bilson, screenwriter , and actor Edward Herrmann.

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"Pass a Little Love Around" - The Strawberrry Shortcakes


January 5, 2022

Episode 554: A Clockwork Orange (1971)

Special Guests: Mike Kaplan, Andrew Biswell
Guest Co-Hosts: Rob St. Mary, Yaniv Eidelstein

We kick off 2022 with a look at Stanley Kubrick's A Clockwork Orange (1971). Based on the 1962 book by , the film stars Malcolm McDowell as Alex DeLarge, a teenager in the squalor of a futuristic London town where there ain’t no law & order. He’s a juvenile delinquent who eventually gets pinched for his crimes. While in prison he undergoes an experimental treatment that removes his free will but puts him on the straight and narrow only to find that all those he stepped on on his path to incarceration remember him... and not too fondly.

Your friend and faithful narrator comes to you with gorgeousness and gorgeousity made digital with my droogs, Rob St. Mary and Yaniv Eidelstein. Meanwhile, our guests include publicist Mike Kaplan and Anthony Burgess biographer Andrew Biswell.

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"La Gazza Ladra" - Wendy Carlos
"Alex Descends Into Hell For A Bottle Of Milk/Korova 1" - U2
"Freedom of Choice" - DEVO
"Ninth Symphony, Fourth Movement (Abridged)" - Ludwig Van Beethoven


January 3, 2022

Special Report: The Jeff Goldblum Interview

Special Guests: Jeff Goldblum

It's been a long time coming but here's the interview I managed to do with Jeff Goldblum just about his career and movies in general. Be warned that the sound quality isn't great. I worked alone and with some audio folks to try and clean it up as best as possible. I hope you manage to enjoy it!

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"Caravan" - Jeff Goldblum & The Mildred Snitzer Orchestra


December 31, 2021

2021 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 2021 so things may change in a few months.

Also, it's time for the annual musical mix of songs from or inspired by 2021's episodes. Enjoy!

Most Downloaded Episodes:

  1. Episode 522: The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
  2. Episode 517: Escape from New York (1981)
  3. Episode 525: Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977)
  4. Special Report: Alien Resurrection (1997)
  5. Episode 523: Planet of the Apes (1968)
  6. Episode 503: The Blues Brothers (1980)
  7. Special Report: Carrie (1976)
  8. Episode 516: Assault on Precinct 13 (1976)
  9. Special Report: Superman (1978)
  10. Episode 526: Time Bandits (1981)

Least Downloaded Episodes:

  1. Episode 521: Eternity and a Day (1998)
  2. Episode 519: Cuties (2020)
  3. Episode 512: Seven Beauties (1975)
  4. Episode 548: Chameleon Street (1989)
  5. Special Report: Gone in Sixty Seconds (1974)
  6. Episode 520: Khrustalyov, My Car! (1998)
  7. Episode 504: Duets (2000)
  8. Episode 534: Dakan (1997)
  9. Episode 515: Under the Flag of the Rising Sun (1972)
  10. Episode 542: Witching & Bitching (2013)

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2020 Music Mix Track Listing
On This Night of a Thousand Stars,Eva, Beware of the City, Buenos AiresEvita Soundtrack Evita
The Flesh Failures / Let the Sunshine InOriginal Movie Soundtrack Hair
Everybody Needs Somebody to LoveThe Blues Brothers The Blues Brothers
Try a little tendernessPaul Giamatti & Arnold McCuller Duets
God Gave Rock & Roll To You Part IIKISS The Bill & Ted Trilogy (1989-2020)
Mary JaneThe Profiteers Is There Sex After Death?
Wave of Mutilation (UK Surf)The Pixies Southland Tales
Perpetuum MobilePenguin Cafe Orchestra Mary & Max
Smoke Gets In Your EyesThe Platters The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant
Door No. 2Cat's Eyes The Duke of Burgundy
Oh Bondage Up YoursX-Ray Spex SXSW Coverage (Poly Styrene: I Am a Cliché)
Ding Ding (Featuring The Flash)The Auralnauts Zack Snyder's Justice League
Dead Eyes of LondonUncle Acid & the Deadbeats Krimi Double Feature
Monkey Vs. RobotJames Kochalka Superstar Godzilla Vs. Kong
Burning BridgesThe Mike Curb Congregation Kelly's Heroes
Assault On Precinct 13 (Main Title)John Carpenter Assault on Precinct 13
Superman (It's Not Easy)Five for Fighting Superman: The Movie
Main TitleJohn Carpenter Escape from New York
Hard-Boiled OvertureMicahel Gibbs Hard Boiled
Seagulls! (Stop It Now)Bad Lip Reading The Empire Strikes Back
The HuntJerry Goldsmith Planet of the Apes
Main ThemeJohn Barry The Black Hole
Main Title And Mountain VisionsThe Electric Moog Orchestra Close Encounters of the Third Kind
This Town Ain't Big Enough for the Both of UsSparks The Sparks Brothers
Dream AwayGeorge Harrison Time Bandits
The ChaseMario Migliardi Matalo!
Il Grande SilenzioAnima Morte The Great Silence
Run, Man, RunMain Theme- Ennio Morricone The Big Gundown
TitoliMarcello Giombini Sabata
Ya Me Voy (Titles)Luis Bacalov A Bullet for the General
Paris...ParisJosephine Baker Touki Bouki
Dans L'areneWasis Diop Daratt
C'est si bonDean Martin Mad Dog Time
SaxanaPetra Cernocká Girl on a Broomstick
Coz takhle dát si spenátJiri Schellinger What Would You Say to a Nice Plate of Spinach?
Too SoonDuke Mitchell Bela Lugosi Meets a Brooklyn Gorilla
Main TitleJerry Goldsmith The Mephisto Waltz (1971)
Murder and AftermathMichael J Lewis The Medusa Touch
CarriePino Donaggio Carrie
Sweet JaneThe Velvet Underground The Velvet Underground
Tænk på et tal Bent Fabricius-Bjerre The Silent Partner
End TitleJohnny Mandel Point Blank
Lady from ShanghaiTav Falco's Panther BurnsThe Lady from Shanghai
Perfect DrugNine Inch Nails Lost HIghway
Ultrasonic Sound by Hive The Matrix
Medula OblongataThe Dust Brothers Fight Club
Flash GordonQueen Flash Gordon

Episode 553: Flash Gordon (1980)

Special Guests: John Walsh, Michael Allin
Guest Co-Hosts: Chris Bricklemyer, Scott Weinberg

We’re wrapping up 2021 with a look at Mike Hodges's Flash Gordon (1980) which stars Sam J. Jones as the titular fair-haired hero who is transported to the planet Mongo along with travel agent Dale Arden (Melody Anderson) and scientist Hans Zarkoff (Topol). There they encounter Ming the Merciless (Max Von Sydow) who wants to destroy the earth just for kicks.

Chris Bricklemyer (Outside the Cinema) and Scott Weinberg (The Overhated Podcast) join Mike to discuss the film. The episode features interviews with John Walsh (Flash Gordon: The Official Story of the Film) and the original screenwriter of the film, (Enter the Dragon, Truck Turner, etc).

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"The Kiss" - Flash Gordon Soundtrack
"Flash's Victory" - Flash Gordon Soundtrack
"Flash" - Queen


December 29, 2021

Special Report: Julia (2021)

Special Guests: Carla Gutierrez, Claudia Raschke

On this special episode of The Projection Booth, Mike talks with Carla Gutierrez and Claudia Raschke, the editor and cinematographer of Julia (2021), a documentary about famed chef Julia Child who revolutionized televised cooking.

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"Keep On Cooking" - PBS Digital Studios


December 22, 2021

Episode 552: Black Christmas (1974)

Special Guests: Simon Fitzjohn, Art Hindle, Paul Downey, David Hastings
Guest Co-Hosts: Maitland McDonagh, Mark Begley

Maitland McDonagh and Mark Begley join Mike to talk about Bob Clark’s 1974 film Black Christmas. It’s the story of a sorority house where a killer has sneaked into the attic and slowly picks off several of the sisters in-between harassing them with wild phone calls.

Interviews include actor Art Hindle, author Simon Fitzjohn (Bob Clark: I'm Going to Kill You!), Paul Downey & David Hastings (It's Me, Billy: Black Christmas Revisited).

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"Black Christmas" - MDC

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December 20, 2021

Special Report: Wojnarowicz (2020)

Special Guests: Chris McKim, Randy Barbato, Fenton Bailey

Director Chris McKim celebrates the confrontational and controversial artist David Wojnarowicz in the 2020 documentary Wojnarowicz: F*ck You, F*ggot F*cker. On this special episode Mike speaks with McKim along with producers and .

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"Crime Drama" - 3 Teens Kill 4