The Projection Booth Podcast

The Projection Booth Podcast

The Projection Booth has been recognized as a premier film podcast by The Washington Post, The A.V. Club, IndieWire, Entertainment Weekly, and Filmmaker Magazine. With over 500 episodes to date and an ever-growing fan base, The Projection Booth regularly attracts special guest talent eager to discuss their past gems, including Elliott Gould, John Waters, Ed Harris, Luke Wilson, Chris Elliott, Ellen Burstyn, Bruce Dern, Willem Dafoe, Michael Palin, Tim Rice, John Landis, William Friedkin, Julie Taymor, Joe Dante, and more. The podcast features discussions of films from a wide variety of genres with in-depth critical analysis. Follow us on Twitter @proboothcast and visit us at www.projectionboothpodcast.com

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July 23, 2021 81 min
Director Jon Spira talks to Mike about his career including his latest film, the 2021 documentary Hollywood Bulldogs: The Rise and Falls of the Great British Stuntmen. Keep up with Jon at jonspira.co.uk
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Spaghetti Western Month continues with a look at Sergio Sollima’s 1966 film The Big Gundown.?It’s the story of Jonathan Corbett (Lee Van Cleef),?a bounty hunter who is being wooed to run for the US Senate.?To cement his law & order image, he’s asked to pursue the criminal Cuchillo (Tomas Milian).?? Mike Malloy and Beth Accomando join Mike to discuss Sollima’s Western trilogy.
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Filmmaker, author, artist Ethan Minsker talks about his 2018 film Man in Camo as well as some of his previous work and his upcoming documentaries on Scooter LaForge and Film Threat magazine.?? Learn more at http://www.ethanminsker.com/
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July 14, 2021 102 min
Spaghetti Western month continues with a look at Sergio Corbucci's The Great Silence (1968). The film stars Jean-Louis Trintingant as the titular Silence, a mute gunfighter who shoots the thumbs off his enemies. He's pitted against the appropriately named Loco (Klaus Kinski) in a snow-bound Utah town in one of the most nihilistic films you may enjoy.  Maitland McDonagh and Ivo Ritzer join Mike to discuss the film and, unfor...
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July 7, 2021 80 min
Spaghetti Western month kicks off with the psychedelic western horror film Matalo (Kill Him!) from Cesare Canivari. The film tells the story of a stage coach robbery, a ghost town, and some outlaws who look like they escaped the Manson Family.  Cullen Gallagher and Chris Stachiw join Mike to discuss this unusual film. 
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Mike talks to author Justin Berger about his book, The Empire Strikes Back Unauthorized Timeline 1975-2020 which puts the whole effort of putting together TESB as well as the marketing and post-release life of the film.
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Sci-Fi Month continues with a look at Planet of the Apes from 1968. It's the story of a quartet of astronauts who travel to a distant world where evolution seems to have gone awry.  Richard Hatem and Edward G. Pettit join Mike to discuss the original quintet of POTA films as well as the Burton misfire and the recent trilogy.
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2021 marks the 50th anniversary of Mel Stuart's Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory. Mike spoke to Paris Themmen about his role as Mike Teavee as well as his time on Jeopardy and his adventures while backpacking the world. Get your copy of Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory at https://amzn.to/3djPaBr
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It's the big takeover! Skizz Cyzyk and Mike White took over the See Hear Podcast to talk about The Sparks Brothers documentary from Edgar Wright. Enjoy and subscribe to See Hear via https://seehearpodcast.blogspot.com/
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Sci-Fi Month continues with a look at Steven Spielberg's 1977 film Close Encounters of the Third Kind. It’s really three stories in one. In the first it’s former cartographer David Laughlin (Bob Balaban) who’s been recruited to help French scientist Claude Lacombe (Francois Truffaut) investigate a strange series of alien visitations. The second concerns Julian Guiler (Melinda Dillon) whose little boy, Barry, is kidnapped by ali...
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June 19, 2021 122 min
We continue Sci-Fi Month with a look at the 1981 film from director Terry Gilliam, Time Bandits.  It’s the story of a band of god’s workers who have stolen a map that allows them to travel through time.  Along the way they meet a young lad named Kevin (Craig Warnock) whose parents ignore him.  He joins the titular Time Bandits on their adventures as they run from god and into the arms of Satan.
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Mike talks with writer Mishna Wolff about her feature film debut, Werewolves Within (2021). Based on the Ubisoft video game, it's the story of Finn (Sam Richardson), the new sheriff of a dysfunctional town where not everyone is who they say they are. 
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Mike talks with writer/director Prano Bailey-Bond about her feature film debut, Censor (2021). It's the story of Enid (Niamh Algar), a censor during the UK's "video nasty" era who's sister has gone missing.
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June 13, 2021 65 min
Here's more from the interview with Jim Bloom that wasn't included in the Empire Strikes Back episode. Hear Jim discuss his long and storied career.
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June 9, 2021 88 min
Sci Fi Month continues on The Projection Booth with a look at Gary Nelson’s 1979 film, The Black Hole.  It’s the story of a group of astronauts who, after an unscheduled course correction, run across the missing ship The Cygnus, which is in stasis just outside of a black hole.   It’s something of a re-telling of 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea with Maximlian Schell playing Captain Nemo by way of Dr. Hans Reinhardt.   El Goro (Talk W...
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Mike talks with Susan Sandler, the director of Julia Scotti: Funny That Way. It's a look at Julia Scotti, a trans comedian. It's a "warts and all" documentary about Scotti and her journey to where she is today.
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We're kicking off Sci-Fi Month with a look at the sequel to Star Wars, The Empire Strikes Back (1980). It's Irvin Kershner's continuation of the Star Wars story and perhaps one of the best sequels ever made. Chris Bricklemyer (Outside the Cinema) and Jamie Benning (The Filmumentaries Podcast) join Mike to discuss this beloved film.  Interviews include Associate Producer Jim Bloom, Cinematographer Peter Suschitzky, Edito...
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May 29, 2021 22 min
Mike talks with Filippo Meneghetti about his 2019 film Two of Us. It's the story of Barbara (Nina Dorn) and Martine (Madeleine Girard), a couple who have kept their relationship secret from Martine's family. 
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Mike talks with co-directors Jen Rainin and Rivkah Beth Medow along with Franco Stevens about their documentary, Ahead of the Curve. It's the story of how Stevens created the first mainstream lesbian magazine in the United States via her creativity, tenacity, and a string of good luck at the track. Learn more at https://curvemagmovie.com/
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Released in 1974, Gone in Sixty Seconds was directed, written by, and stars H. B. Halicki as Maindrian Pace. He’s an accident investigator by day… and a car thief by day too. He gets charged with stealing 48 cars for the unscrupulous Mr. Villas. All of the cars are given female nicknames and it’s the car named Eleanor that seems to haunt him as he and his crew get to work filling a very tall order. El Goro (Talk Without Rhythm) and...
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