Fri, 23 Sep 2016 06:00:00 -0000In the 1980s and '90s, Oliver Stone was one of the most vital and high-profile directors working in Hollywood. Platoon, JFK, Natural Born Killers and more collected awards - or controversy - but were never ignored. It’s been a while since Stone has demanded that kind of attention, but a new book about Stone by critic Matt Zoller Seitz aims to revive his reputation. This week, Seitz shares his Top 5 Oliver Stone Scenes. Plus, Adam and Josh give Stone’s '89 Oscar-winner BORN ON THE FOURTH OF JULY the Sacred Cow treatment and review Stone's latest, SNOWDEN.
Fri, 16 Sep 2016 05:00:00 -0000When a couple of American movie icons pair up, it’s sometimes a little surprising to realize that they’ve never worked together before. In the case of SULLY, it’s Clint Eastwood and Tom Hanks - and if the movie becomes an Oscar favorite, you can count on Adam and Josh fighting about it from now til February as the film sparks another debate. Plus, Filmspotting rolls out the red carpet for 'The Sad Tubas', honoring the best of the show's recent Contemporary Nordic Cinema Marathon.
Fri, 09 Sep 2016 05:00:00 -0000Earlier this year, the BBC polled movie critics worldwide for the best films of the 21st century. The resulting list has been the subject of debate ever since. Noticeably under-represented? Comedies. On this week's show, Adam and Josh try to remedy that oversight with their Top 5 Comedies of the 21st Century. Also, in honor of the late Gene Wilder, a Sacred Cow review of one of the 20th century’s great comedies: Mel Brooks’ YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN. Plus, Michael Phillips calls in from the Venice Film Festival with with some thoughts on the fest, Wilder and the BBC Top 100.
Fri, 02 Sep 2016 05:00:00 -0000Single dad moves to Germany for work bringing his reluctant, rap-obsessed teen son along with him. The Sundance-friendly plot made comic drama MORRIS FROM AMERICA a hit in Park City in January, but Chicago proves only half-friendly, with Adam and Josh splitting on director Chad Hartigan's new film. And since Josh was busy editing his book over the weekend, Adam had to turn to the Call-a-Critic line to help him with reviews of Ira Sach's LITTLE MEN (Village Voice's Alan Scherstuhl) and the Obama-first-date movie SOUTHSIDE WITH YOU (rogerebert.com's Odie Henderson). Plus, a farewell to comedy legend Gene Wilder, thoughts on the new thriller DON'T BREATHE, and the final film in the Contemporary Nordic Cinema Marathon, 2015 Cannes-winner RAMS from Iceland.
Fri, 26 Aug 2016 05:00:00 -0000Citizen Kane, Vertigo, The Godfather. 200 years from now, will anyone even remember these movies? Or are we currently overlooking the classics of the future? Writer Chuck Klosterman joins Adam and Josh on this special 600th episode to discuss his new book "But What If We’re Wrong? Thinking About the Present As If It Were The Past" and to take part in possibly the most challenging Top 5 in the history of the show: Movies Future Historians Will Remember. Plus, listeners help us celebrate #600 with favorite memories from our first 11+ years.
Fri, 19 Aug 2016 05:00:00 -0000As the Summer 2016 movie season winds down, some critics are already writing it off as the worst summer ever. Ever the optimists, they look ahead to fall with their Top 5 Fall Movie Questions. Plus, reviews of the acclaimed West Texas-set heist movie HELL OR HIGH WATER and new animated feature KUBO AND THE TWO STRINGS. Also, the sixth film in the Contemporary Nordic Cinema Marathon – 1001 GRAMS from Norway's Bent Hamer – and Adam nominates another Golden Brick contender.
Fri, 12 Aug 2016 05:00:00 -0000New Zealand director Taika Waititi got on a lot of people’s radars last year with his hilarious vampire mockumentary WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS. His follow-up, the charming coming of age story HUNT FOR THE WILDERPEOPLE, couldn’t be more different, but like SHADOWS is benefiting from great word of mouth. This week, Adam and guest host Tasha Robinson have a review of HUNT, and share the Top 5 Directors We'd Bankroll.
Fri, 05 Aug 2016 05:00:00 -0000Chicago critic and passionate comic-book fan Angelica Bastién joins Josh to consider DC's latest big-screen offering: SUICIDE SQUAD, starring Will Smith, Margot Robbie and Jared Leto. They also take on the challenge of naming the Top 5 Women Comic Book Characters (Done Right) and play a round of Massacre Theatre. Plus, Angelica sits through Josh’s mild recommendation of JASON BOURNE. (She’s not a fan.)
Fri, 29 Jul 2016 06:19:00 -0000Director Anna Rose Holmer had a Sundance hit earlier this year with her debut film THE FITS, a stunningly shot tale of a young girl coming to terms with the frightening reality of impending adolescence. On this week's show, a review of Holmer’s film, plus a 'Review Roundup' with thoughts on Michel Gondry's MICROBE & GASOLINE, the new doc NUTS! and STAR TREK BEYOND. Also the 5th film in our Contemporary Nordic Cinema Marathon - Aki Kaurismaki's "Le Havre."
Fri, 22 Jul 2016 12:36:00 -0000After facing a surprisingly hostile campaign from fans of the 1984 original, the new GHOSTBUSTERS has finally made it to theaters. But have Kristin Wiig, Melissa McCarthy and company made a film that can put that hostilty to rest? Adam and Josh review the Paul Feig-directed GHOSTBUSTERS reboot. Plus, Adam interviews James Solomon, the director of THE WITNESS, a new documentary about an infamous, decades-old murder case, and the Contemporary Nordic Cinema Marathon returns with a review of Susanne Bier's IN A BETTER WORLD.
Wed, 20 Jul 2016 19:00:00 -0000Collected here, reviews for the four Abbas Kiarostami films we've discussed on the show over the years. Our first was back in 2009, when then co-host Matty Robinson and Adam took a look at Kiarmostami’s A TASTE OF CHERRY as part of our Cannes Film Fest Winners marathon. Tasha Robinson, friend of the show and current co-host at The Next Picture Show, joined Adam for a review of CERTIFIED COPY in 2011. Then in 2012, Josh and Adam included 1990’s CLOSE UP in their Contemporary Iranian Cinema marathon. And finally, a review of Kiarostami’s final film, LIKE SOMEBODY IN LOVE from 2012. To hear Adam's conversation with film writer Tina Hassannia about the director’s legacy, which he recorded just days after learning of Kiarostami's passing, you can find that in episode 593 at filmspotting.dot.
Fri, 15 Jul 2016 13:00:00 -0000The 2016 box office has been dominated by the usual suspects - animated films from Pixar and Disney, caped crusaders, sequels. But with half the year behind us, Adam, Josh and guest Michael Phillips have stocked their Top 5 of 2016 (So Far) with a number of films that had trouble finding an audience during their original theatrical runs. With many of them new or soon to arrive digitally or on DVD, here's hoping they find the audiences they deserve.
Fri, 08 Jul 2016 15:36:00 -0000If you were paying any attention to the Sundance Film Festival back in January, it’s likely that you caught wind of a film that was being referred to as the ‘Daniel Radcliffe Farting Corpse Movie.’ There were reports of walk outs. Well that movie has an actual title - SWISS ARMY MAN - and it actually does star Daniel Radcliffe as a flatulent corpse. It also stars Paul Dano as a desperate castaway. This week, Adam and guest host Melissa Tamminga from Seattle Screen Scene have a review, and share their Top 5 ‘Body’ Movies. Plus, a conversation with Movie Mezzanine's Tina Hassannia about the legacy of the late Abbas Kiarostami.
Fri, 01 Jul 2016 05:00:00 -0000Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, James and the Giant Peach, Matilda – Roald Dahl’s children’s books are equal parts magical whimsy and sinister menace, and movie adaptations of Dahl's books have sometimes struggled to find the right balance. The latest to make it to the big screen is THE BFG, directed by none other than Steven Spielberg. This week, Tricia Bobeda from WBEZ’s Nerdette podcast joins Josh for a review. Plus, their Top 5 Children’s Book Adaptations.
Fri, 24 Jun 2016 05:00:00 -0000The films of director Nicolas Winding Refn (DRIVE, ONLY GOD FORGIVES) are known for their distinctive visual style and their often graphic depictions of violence. His latest - THE NEON DEMON - is no exception. DEMON stars Elle Fanning as a young model new to Los Angeles. Carnage ensues. This week, Adam talks with Winding Refn and Fanning, and he and Josh share a review of DE PALMA, a new documentary that reconsiders the work and career of another director whose films depict their share of carnage - Brian De Palma.
Fri, 17 Jun 2016 05:00:00 -0000Director Brian De Palma made his mark in the ‘70s alongside contemporaries like Martin Scorsese, Francis Ford Coppola and Steven Spielberg. But 40 years into his career, his legacy is less secure than his peers. A new doc - called, simply, DE PALMA - asks us to reconsider the director and his work. Adam and Josh do just that this week with a Blindspotting review of De Palma’s 1984 erotic thriller BODY DOUBLE. They also return to their Contemporary Nordic Cinema Marathon with Roy Andersson's YOU, THE LIVING.
Fri, 10 Jun 2016 05:00:00 -0000Back in 2001, Wes Anderson was known as the director of the modest indie hit RUSHMORE. Then came THE ROYAL TENENBAUMS, with its family full of failed former prodigies and iconic soundtrack. It arguably remains his most beloved film. But how does TENENBAUMS hold up 15 years later? Adam and Josh, along with former co-host (and notable TENENBAUMS skeptic) Sam Van Hallgren, have a Sacred Cow review. Plus, a little ahead of Father’s Day, the Top 5 (Non-Kids) Films To Show Your Kids.
Fri, 03 Jun 2016 16:00:00 -0000In music writer Steven Hyden's provocatively titled new book "Your Favorite Band is Killing Me: What Pop Music Rivalries Reveal About the Meaning of Life," he writes about The Beatles vs The Rolling Stones as a prototype of a certain kind of rivalry - the ubiquitous cultural behemoth vs the reactionary alternative. It's true that few movie rivalries can compete with a rivalry as epic as Beatles/Stones, but Adam and Josh have come up with five memorable cinematic battles - and they've invited Hyden to go into the trenches with them. That Top 5, plus a review of Terence Davies's SUNSET SONG, and Alison Willmore's Cannes Film Festival recap.
Fri, 27 May 2016 05:00:00 -0000If the long-anticipated THE LOBSTER didn't make it to U.S. theaters soon, Adam and Josh were threatening to transform into crustaceans in protest. Happily for everyone, the 2015 Cannes award winner from Greek director Yorgos Lanthimos ("Dogtooth") made it to Chicago in time for Filmspotting - along with guest Michael Phillips - to file its review. Also on the show, Adam's interview with MAGGIE'S PLAN writer/director Rebecca Miller and the second film in the Contemporary Nordic Cinema Marathon - Aki Kaurismaki's THE MAN WITHOUT A PAST (itself a Cannes award winner back in 2002). This episode also features some really lousy quacking.
Fri, 20 May 2016 05:00:00 -0000The buddy crime picture is a well-worn movie genre, but the right combination of players can still make it seem fresh. Enter THE NICE GUYS with Russell Crowe and Ryan Gosling. Writer/director Shane Black is no stranger to the buddy picture – his debut screenplay was 1987’s LETHAL WEAPON. Adam and Josh review Black's latest, and relive the glory days of MANNEQUIN (and LETHAL WEAPON) with their Top 5 Films of '87. Plus, Larsen recommends LAST DAYS IN THE DESERT.
Fri, 13 May 2016 12:25:09 -0000Comic artist Jacques Tardi is little known in the U.S but revered in his native France. His expressionistic, historical graphic novels are the inspiration for the new animated film APRIL & THE EXTRAORDINARY WORLD, which just opened in limited release. Adam and Josh review, plus preview the Chicago Critics Film Festival and discuss the first film in their Contemporary Nordic Cinema Marathon – Swedish director Roy Andersson's SONGS FROM THE SECOND FLOOR. This episode is brought to you by MUBI and Squarespace. 0:00-2:08 - Billboard / Sponsors 2:08-19:09 - "April & The Extraordinary World" 19:09-20:26 - Sponsors 20:26-32:58 - Notes / Massacre Theatre 32:58-49:52 - Chicago Critics Film Festival 49:52-53:22 - Donations 53:22-1:15:37 - "Songs from the Second FLoor" 1:15:37-1:27:31 - Close / Random Chatter MUSIC - Lykke Li LINKS / NOTES - MT winner: Elise Mugge - Josh's review of "April and the Extraordinary World" - Josh's review of "High-Rise" - Chicago Critics Film Festival - Adam's Top 5 CCFF Movies: Little Men, In a Valley of Violence, War On Everyone, Operator, Lo and Behold - Josh's review of "Songs from the Second Floor" - How to Design a Website for Your Film
Thu, 05 May 2016 15:06:20 -0000Even if you’re a comic book fan, it’s possible that you’re feeling some Marvel movie fatigue. But one of the surprising things about the dozen or so films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe is that two of the best films in the mega-franchise are Captain America movies. Maybe make that three. Adam and Josh review the shield-wielding patriot’s CIVIL WAR and ask their Top 5 Summer Movie Questions. Plus, some thoughts on Key and Peele's KEANU and a bonus JUNGLE BOOK review. This episode is brought to you by MUBI. 0:00-2:01 - Billboard / MUBI 2:01-27:45 - Review: "Civil War" Besnard Lakes, "Golden Lion" 28:29-40:56 - Notes / Polls 40:56-50:09 - Larsen Recs: "Keanu" Besnard Lakes, "Pressure of Our Plans" 50:58-55:48 - Donations 55:48-1:27:44 - Summer Movie Preview 1:25:49-1:43:30 - Close / "Jungle Book" MUSIC - The Besnard Lakes LINKS - Josh's review of "Civil War" - Josh's review of "Keanu" - Indiewire's 2016 Summer Movie Preview - Adam's Art of Memoir class - LEGO Adam and Josh - Ocean Research Project / The Sailing Channel
Fri, 29 Apr 2016 05:00:00 -0000When they finally get around to making Filmspotting: The Movie, it will be eligible for a future revisit of this week’s Top 5: Single Location Films. Maybe Adam and Josh can convince Jeremy Saulnier to direct. Call it "Beige Studio." That top 5, plus a review of Saulnier's GREEN ROOM, Massacre Theatre and Adam and Josh finally close the book on Filmspotting Madness 2016 with results from the impossibly close third-place contest between Wes Anderson and Martin Scorsese. This episode is brought to you by MUBI. 0:00-2:54 - Billboard / MUBI 2:54-26:17 - Review: "Green Room" Muhammad Seven, "The Beastly Ballad..." 26:17-48:52 - Prince / Notes 48:52-51:09 - Massacre Theatre Muhammad Seven, "Swampers at Fame" 52:12-55:53 - Donations / SVU Promo 1:14:10-1:25:49 - Top 5: Single Location Films 1:25:49-1:28:57 - Close MUSIC - Muhammad Seven LINKS - Josh's review of "Green Room" - Chicago Underground Film Fest - Filmspotting Madness Final Bracket - Adam's Art of Memoir class - Art of the Real on MUBI - The Dark Side of Disney doc - Soderbergh and Nichols Commentary
Fri, 22 Apr 2016 05:23:17 -0000Fans celebrated Back to the Future Day on Oct. 21, 2015, the date Doc, Marty and Jennifer traveled to from 1985. In that same spirit, fans of the ALIEN franchise have marked a movie date of their own. Taking inspiration from LV-426, the ex-moon where the crew of the Nostromo first encounter the famous xenomorph, April 26th has been deemed 'Alien Day.' We honor the occasion with a Sacred Cow review of Ridley Scott's 1979 classic. Plus, a conversation with GREEN ROOM writer/director Jeremy Saulnier, and the 2016 Filmspotting Madness champion is crowned. This episode is brought to you by MUBI. 0:00-2:43 - Billboard / Donations2:43-39:37 - Sacred Cow Review: "Alien"Prince, "Let's Go Crazy"40:48-47:03 - Notes47:03-1:07:08 - Filmspotting Madness: ChampionPrince, "Purple Rain"1:08:18-1:14:10 - Donations1:14:10-1:34:33 - Interview: Jeremy Saulnier1:34:33-1:37:35 - Close LINKS - Alien Day - Filmspotting Madness Voting - Filmspotting Madness Bracket - Adam's Art of Memoir class - Josh's review of "Alien" - Thomas Torrey's movie "Fare"
Fri, 15 Apr 2016 04:09:24 -0000Richard Linlaker’s last film was an ambitious Best Picture nominee that landed on just about every critic's 2014 Top 10 list. That was BOYHOOD. The trailer for his latest would have you thinking that it's a dumb sex comedy (not that there's anything wrong with that). Adam and Josh consider Linklater's 80s-set EVERYBODY WANTS SOME!! and look for signs of the Tao of Linklater among the beer, babes and baseball. Plus, their Top 5 Linklater Scenes and the championship round of Filmspotting Madness. 0:00-2:47 - Billboard / Donations2:47-33:50 - Review: "Everybody Wants Some!!"Van Halen, "Everybody Wants Some!!"34:37-39:22 - Notes39:22-53:41 - FS Madness: Final RoundNina Simone, "Just In Time"54:30 -1:26:13 - Top 5: Richard Linklater Scenes1:26:13-1:29:45 - Close / Outtake LINKS - Filmspotting Madness Voting - Filmspotting Madness Bracket - Josh's review of Everybody Wants Some!! - Peter Labuza's The Cinephiliacs
Wed, 13 Apr 2016 19:05:50 -0000Josh and Adam got so long-winded sharing their favorite Elaine May duo, funniest moment, picture and more that it's coming to you as a separate podcast. May aficionado Peter Labuza also returns to offer his choices for "The Blind Camels."
Fri, 08 Apr 2016 05:00:00 -0000Beloved by critics (including Adam and Josh), filmmaker Jeff Nichols made a bid for popular success in 2012 with MUD. But when MUD didn’t catch on with audiences, Nichols-watchers had to wait four long years for his return. Now he's back with MIDNIGHT SPECIAL, a Spielberg-meets-STARMAN sci-fi family drama starring Nichols regular Michael Shannon. Adam and Josh review, plus the Filmspotting Madness Final Four and some thoughts on the much-maligned ISHTAR, the final film in their Elaine May Marathon. This episode is brought to you by MUBI and Squarespace. 0:00-3:02 - Billboard / Sponsors3:02-29:32 - Review: "Midnight Special"Music: Lucero, "Young Outlaws"30:35-32:21 - Squarespace32:21-38:11 - Notes38:11-1:03:08 - FS Madness: Final 4Music: Lucero, "My Girl & Me in '93"1:03:59-1:09:56 - Donations1:09:56 -1:31:55 - May #4: "Ishtar"1:31:55-1:35:17 - Close MUSIC - Lucero LINKS - Filmspotting Madness Voting - Filmspotting Madness Bracket - Josh's review of Ishtar - The Far Side: Hell's video store - Elaine May talks about "Ishtar" - MUBI's Herzog: Ecstatic Truths - Adam's thoughts on "Remember"
Fri, 01 Apr 2016 20:13:14 -0000Adam talks accuracy in true stories, finding a 'way in' as an actor and more with the star and writer/director of the Hank Williams biopic I SAW THE LIGHT.
Fri, 01 Apr 2016 13:05:23 -0000With Josh away this week, Adam made elaborate plans for a special Justice League-inspired episode. Minus one Wonder Woman, he almost pulled it off. Michael Phillips joins Adam for BATMAN v SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE and sticks around to make a mockery of Filmspotting Madness. Then critics Chris Klimek and Glen Weldon (author of "The Caped Crusade: Batman and the Rise of Nerd Culture") drop in for the Top 5 Batman/Superman Movie Moments. This episode is brought to you by MUBI. 0:00-2:37 - Billboard / Sponsors 2:37-27:10 - Review: "Batman v Superman" Andrew Bird, "Left Handed Kisses" 28:21-35:42 - Notes / Brickspotting 35:42-1:00:45 - FS Madness - Rd. 2 Results Andrew Bird, "Capsized" 1:01:42-1:02:33 - SVU Promo 1:02:33 -1:47:18 - Top 5: Batman/Superman Moments 1:47:18-1:49:34 - Close MUSIC - Andrew Bird LINKS - Filmspotting Madness Voting - Filmspotting Madness Bracket - "...Batman v Superman surrounded by terrorism" - Michael's "Krisha" review - Michael's Jeff Nichols interview - "Born to Be Blue" Trailer - Chris Klimek - Glen Weldon's "The Caped Crusade" - Lois Lane auditions
Fri, 25 Mar 2016 05:00:00 -000010 CLOVERFIELD LANE finds a woman holed up in a bunker with John Goodman. But is the monster inside or outside? Adam and Josh review, and try to get back on Terrence Malick's good side after their KNIGHT OF CUPS dismissal by sharing their Top 5 Malick Images. Plus, the Filmspotting Madness Sweet 16 is revealed!
Thu, 17 Mar 2016 23:55:25 -0000Since returning in the late '90s with "The Thin Red Line," director Terrence Malick has spent the past couple of decades producing enigmatic masterpieces – or becoming a self-parody, depending who you ask. KNIGHT OF CUPS is Malick’s enigmatically-titled latest starring Christian Bale. Josh and Adam discuss in hushed tones and unveil the director's edition of Filmspotting Madness. Plus, the third Elaine May Marathon movie, MIKEY AND NICKY. This episode is brought to you by MUBI and Squarespace. 0:00-2:18 - Billboard / Sponsors2:18-23:51 - Review: "Knight of Cups"M Ward, "Girl from Conejo Valley"24:55-27:21 - Sponsors27:21-1:02:57 - Notes / FS Madness - Round 1 M Ward, "Time Won't Wait"1:04:06 - 1:14:03 - Donations / SVU Promo1:14:03 -1:34:42 - May #3: "Mikey & Nicky"1:34:42-1:36:57 - Close MUSIC - M. Ward NOTES ... LINKS - Josh's review of Knight of Cups - Premium: "The Hateful Revenant" - "The Flick" at Steppenwolf - Filmspotting Madness - Evana's Squarespace site - CineMatsuri Japanese Film Fest - Josh's review of Mikey and Nicky - Olive Films
Fri, 04 Mar 2016 13:38:10 -0000Debuting last weekend on Netflix, CROUCHING TIGER, HIDDEN DRAGON: SWORD OF DESTINY has lost original director Ang Lee, but star Michelle Yeoh has returned, along with fight choreographer - and now director - Yuen Woo-Ping. Can they bring the magic back, too? Josh and Adam discuss, and are joined by critic and podcaster Sean Gilman, who shares his Top 5 Wuxia Films. This episode is brought to you by MUBI and Audible. 0:00-3:03 - Billboard / Sponsors3:03-27:10 - Review: "Sword of Destiny"Brian Fallon, "Nobody Wins"28:26-30:13 - Sponsors30:13-50:53 - Notes / PollsBrian Fallon, "A Wonderful Life"51:48 - 58:27 - Donations / SVU Promo58:27 -1:20:20 - Top 5: Wuxia Films1:20:20-1:24:52 - Close MUSIC - Brian Fallon NOTES LINKS - Josh's review of Sword of Destiny - Premium: The Hateful Revenant - Sean Gilman - 30 Essential Wuxia Films - "American Werewolf in College"
Fri, 26 Feb 2016 14:47:12 -0000On his honeymoon, a man falls for another woman. The marriage is a bust, but the movie isn't. It's Elaine May's THE HEARTBREAK KID. On this week's show, Adam and Josh continue their May Marathon with the 1972 comedy starring Charles Grodin and Cybill Shepherd (and a great, Oscar-nominated turn by May's daughter Jeannie Berlin as the jilted wife). Plus, what happened when Josh found himself in a dark room with THE WITCH, Adam's trip to Broadway and the Top 5 Films of 1972. This episode is brought to you by MUBI. 0:00-2:47 - Billboard / Sponsors2:47-31:04 - Elaine May #2: "The Heartbreak Kid"31:04-33:56 - Listener VoicemaillsMusic: Hamilton, "Alexander Hamilton"35:03-41:19 - Sponsors41:19-51:18 - Notes / Massacre Theatre51:18-1:03:25 – Recommendations: "The Witch" / "Hamilton"Music: Hamilton, "My Shot"1:04:44 - 1:05:49 - Promo1:05:49 -1:36:09 - Top 5: 1972 Movies1:36:09-1:39:19 - Close MUSIC - Hamilton NOTES - MT winner: Ryan McQuade LINKS - Josh's review of The Heartbreak Kid - Josh's reviews of The Witch - YouTube: The Heartbreak Kid - "The Mysterious Elaine May" - "The Beer Doctor's" Oscar pairings
Fri, 19 Feb 2016 14:33:15 -0000Filling in for Adam and Josh this week, the Chicago Tribune's Michael Phillips and Tasha Robinson from The Verge/Next Picture Show chat about the 17th century-set horror film THE WITCH and potty-mouthed superhero DEADPOOL – plus 2016's most baffling Oscar picks. 0:00-2:37 - Billboard / Sponsors 2:37-24:39 - Review: "The Witch" The Cactus Blossoms, "Change Your Ways or Die" 25:45-31:55 - Polls 31:55-44:12 – Review: 'Deadpool" The Cactus Blossoms, "If I Can't Win" 45:18 - 46:11 - SVU Promo 46:11 -1:14:49 - Top 5: Baffling Oscar Picks 1:14:49-1:18:34 - Close
Fri, 12 Feb 2016 17:04:27 -0000‘Funny looking’ is a perfectly good way to describe, say, Steve Buscemi in FARGO – or countless other memorable characters that make up the Coen Bros. universe. With their latest, HAIL, CAESAR!, Josh and Adam consider the whole funny looking bunch and force themselves to pick their Top 5 Coen Bros. Characters. Plus, a review of HAIL, CAESAR!, Massacre Theatre and more! This episode is brought to you by Squarespace. 0:00-3:17 - Billboard / Sponsors3:24-33:19 - Review: "Hail Caesar!"Music: Josh Rouse, "You Walked Through the Door"33:19-46:58 - Notes / Massacre Theatre46:58-53:48 – Top 5: Coen Bros Characters.Music: Josh Rouse, "Some Days I’m Golden All Night"1:03:00-1:11:19 - Donations1: 11:19 -1:33:46 - Top 5: Coen Characters cont.1:33:46-1:36:02 - Close MUSIC - Josh Rouse NOTES Massacre Theatre winner: Beth Etter, Twin Cities, MN CORRECTIONS - Yes, Adam said "Llewyn" Moss when he meant "Llewelyn" Moss. LINKS - Mike Nichols quote about directing - Josh's review of "Hail, Caesar!" - Indiewire's Best Coen Brothers Characters - Rolling Stone's 25 Best Coen Characters - Kevin B. Lee's "Big Short" video essay - Laura's Squarespace quilting website - Mary-marry-merry merger - Kate chiding Rooney on Kimmel
Fri, 05 Feb 2016 07:53:40 -0000After carbo-loading for weeks and buying a pair of matching running shorts, Adam and Josh set off on the latest Filmspotting Marathon: a four-part look at the work of comedy legend Elaine May – a director unfortunately best known for one of the biggest box office failures of the 1980s: "Ishtar." This week, a review of May's 1971 debut A NEW LEAF starring May and Walter Matthau. Plus, the Top 5 Comedies About the Rich. This episode is brought to you by MUBI and Squarespace (code FILM). 0:00-1:57 - Billboard / Sponsors1:57-41:29 - Elaine May #1: "A New Leaf"Music: Little Legend, "Crooked My Nose"42:25-45:03 - Sponsors45:03-1:06:20 - Notes / PollsMusic: Little Legend, "My Best George Carlin"1:07:16-1:03:10 - Donations / SVU Promo1:13:32-1:46:01 - Top 5: Comedies About the Rich1:46:01-1:47:45 - Close MUSIC - Little Legend LINKS / NOTES - NY Times Jacques Rivette obit - Peter Labuza's The Cinephiliacs - American Masters: Mike Nichols - Josh's review of A New Leaf
Fri, 29 Jan 2016 14:34:39 -0000It’s January and the movie year is full of promise. Full of promise – and questions. Questions like: Who wins in a battle between Batman and Superman? Or, Will the new Terrence Malick approach the greatness of "The Tree of Life?" What about Batman v. Terrence Malick? The 2016 Movie Preview continues with Adam, Josh and special guest Genevieve Koski from The Next Picture Show podcast sharing their Top 5 Movie Questions of 2016. Plus, a review of the Oscar-nominated 45 YEARS and Josh's thoughts on SON OF SAUL. This episode is brought to you by MUBI and Squarespace (code FILM). 0:00-3:24 - Billboard / Sponsors3:24-30:11 - Review: "45 Years"The Noise FM, "Crooked Smile"31:29-33:02 - Sponsors33:02-48:52 - Notes / Massacre Theatre48:52-53:48 - Larsen Recs: "Son of Saul"The Noise FM, "Scam Artist"54:46-1:03:10 - Donations1:03:10-1:49:25 - 2016 Preview (Pt 2)1:49:25-1:52:25 - Close MUSIC - The Noise FM LINKS - Josh's review of 45 Years - Josh's review of Son of Saul - Music Box 70mm Festival - Calgary Cinematheque's Squarespace site - Stephanie's husband w/ Werner Herzog - Genevieve Koski (@GenevieveKoski) - The Next Picture Show
Fri, 22 Jan 2016 13:58:21 -0000In the tradition of their Wolf of Wall Street vs. American Hustle battle a couple years back, Adam and Josh again find themselves on opposite sides of a pair of high-profile, late-year releases: Quentn Tarantino's THE HATEFUL EIGHT and Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu's THE REVENANT. On this week's show, that 12-round bout, and a look ahead at the new year in film with the Top 5 Most Anticipated Films of 2016. This episode is brought to you by MUBI, Squarespace (code FILM) and Vermont College of Fine Art MFA. 0:00-3:20 - Billboard / Sponsors3:20-47:33 - "Revenant" vs. "Hateful Eight"Music: David Bowie, "Cat People"48:22-52:13 - Sponsors / SVU52:13-1:09:26 - Notes / PollsMusic: David Bowie, "Life on Mars?"1:10:58-1:20:21 - Donations / Sponsor1:20:21-1:47:00 - 2016 Preview (Pt 1)1:47:00-1:49:23 - Close MUSIC - David Bowie LINKS - Josh's review of The Hateful Eight - Josh's review of The Revenant - Hateful Eight and The Revenant bring the pain... - Revenant and The Hateful Eight go to hell - Hipster Misogyny: The Betrayal of The Hateful Eight - Michael Phillips on Alan Rickman - Adam Sternbergh on Hans Gruber - Kevin Smith on Rickman (starts at 56:32) - Taylor's Squarespace site
Fri, 15 Jan 2016 17:20:48 -0000Live from Mayne Stage in Chicago, it's Filmspotting’s 2015 Wrap Party presented by WBEZ! Adam, Josh and an All-Star roster of special guests share their favorite moments from the year in film. Plus, an epic musical edition of Massacre Theatre, improvised songs by Abraham Levitan and the announcement of the 2015 Golden Brick Winner. This episode is brought to you by Audible and Vermont College of Fine Art MFA. 0:00-2:14 - Billboard / Sponsors 2:14-25:13 - Opening Scenes / Moving Moments 25:13-48:14 - Massacre Theatre / Funniest Moments Act I Musical Recap 49:52-52:51 - Sponsors / SVU Promo 52:51-1:22:00 - Musical Moments / Action Scenes 1:22:00-1:32:48 - 2015 Golden Brick Award 1:32:48-1:50:55 - Scenes of the Year Act II Musical Recap 1:52:51-1:56:13 - Close MUSIC - Abraham Levitan NOTES - MT winner: Chris Birkhimer, San Marcos, TX LINKS - Host and guest choices - "Inside The Most OMG Scene In “Creed”
Fri, 08 Jan 2016 06:00:00 -0000One of the most acclaimed movies of 2015 tells the story of an ordinary encounter between two strangers in an ordinary Cincinnati hotel room. Less ordinary? They’re puppets. ANOMALISA, written and co-directed by Charlie Kaufman is an unusual – and ambitious – stop-motion animated film from the creator of SYNECDOCHE, NEW YORK. In this special fix edition of Filmspotting, Adam and Josh review ANOMALISA and note the passing of legendary cinematographers Haskell Wexler and Vilmos Zsigmond. 0:00-25:21 - Review: "Anomalisa"25:21-35:18 - Notes / Poll LINKS - Josh's Anomalisa review
Thu, 24 Dec 2015 06:00:00 -0000The 2015 box office has been dominated by the usual spectacle – JURASSIC WORLD, THE AVENGERS and now THE FORCE AWAKENS – but there is less consensus than usual on the best films of the year. And that includes our Top 10 Films of 2015 roundtable. For the first time in the nine years that Scott Tobias and Michael Phillips have been dropping by for Filmspotting's year-end countdown, no single film made it onto all four lists. This week, the Top 5 of 2015, plus Massacre Theatre and more. This episode is brought to you by MUBI , Harry's (code FILMSPOTTING) and Vermont College of Fine Art MFA. 0:00-3:16 - Billboard / Sponsors3:16-47:01 - Top 10 of 2015 (#5-3)"The Times," Carol47:51-51:23 - Squarespace / Vermont MFA36:10-1:02:30 - Notes / Massacre Theatre1:02:30-1:43:15 - Top 10 cont. (#2-1)1:43:15-1:46:41 - Close MUSIC - Carter Burwell, Carol NOTES - MT Winner: Zak Santucci, Queens, NY LINKS - 2015 Wrap Party Live tickets - Full top 10 lists with guest picks - Scott Tobias (Full Top 10) - Michael Phillips
Fri, 18 Dec 2015 14:31:35 -0000End of year movie talk is usually dominated by a few prestige pictures, but does anyone care about prestige with a new STAR WARS in theaters? Sure you do. Michael Phillips and Scott Tobias join Adam and Josh for the Top 10 Films of 2015 roundtable - and ok, a little Star Wars talk. This episode is brought to you by Squarespace (code FILM), Vermont College of Fine Art MFA and MUBI. 0:00-3:57 - Billboard / Sponsors 3:57-33:54 - Top 10 of 2015 "Rohan," The Assassin 34:57-36:10 - Squarespace 36:10-47:57 - "The Force Awakens" / Notes 47:57-55:38 - Polls "We Used To Dance," While We're Young 56:08-57:49 - VT MFA 57:49-1:37:44 - Top 10 of 2015 cont. 1:37:44-1:41:40 - Close MUSIC - Doudou N'Diaye Rose / James Murphy LINKS - Michael Phillips - Scott Tobias (Full Top 10) - 2015 Wrap Party Live tickets - Golden Brick Finalists - Village Voice Critics Poll - Indiewire Critics Poll - Chicago Film Critics Winners
Wed, 16 Dec 2015 08:01:00 -0000Are you looking for "the most non-specific, superficial" review of STAR WARS: EPISODE VII - THE FORCE AWAKENS? Then step on board the Millennium Falcon with Josh and Adam for a spoiler-free conversation – until the 22 minute mark, anyway. :00-21:51 Review: "The Force Awakens"21:52-22:31 Break22:32-30:36 Spoiler Talk
Fri, 11 Dec 2015 06:30:05 -0000If a movie has you sticking around for the credits, chances are you’re looking for an answer to the question: who WAS that? Every year the movies introduce us to someone – or something – we’ve never seen before. Adam and Josh share their Top 5 Discoveries of 2015 – among them: "Anchorman" director Adam McKay, great director? Lots of debate on that one during their review of THE BIG SHORT starring Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling and Brad Pitt. Plus, Larsen Recommends CHI-RAQ. This episode is brought to you by MUBI, Harry's (code FILMSPOTTING) and Vermont College of Fine Art MFA. 0:00-4:25 - WBEZ Promo / Billboard / Sponsors 4:25-28:00 - Review: "The Big Short" Sharon Jones..., "World of Love" 29:22-31:54 - VT MFA / Harry's 31:54-39:46 - Notes / Golden Brick Finalists 39:46-43:56 - JL Recommends: "Chi-raq" Sharon Jones... "8 Days of Hannukah" 45:15-58:11 - Sponsor / Donations / SVU Promo 58:11-1:29:46 - Top 5: Discoveries of 2015 1:29:46-1:33:08 - Close MUSIC - Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings LINKS - 2015 Wrap Party Live tickets - Golden Brick Finalists - Josh's review of The Big Short - Josh's review of Chi-Raq - The First King of Hollywood - Setsuko Hara obituary
Fri, 04 Dec 2015 16:00:34 -0000It may not be quite as momentous as Hitchcock and Truffaut getting together in 1962, but on this week's show, Adam speaks with HITCHCOCK/TRUFFAUT director Kent Jones about the legacy of Truffaut's seminal film book about the Master of Suspense. Plus, Adam and Josh take care of the holiday shopping for the budding film snob in your life with their own Top 5 Film Books. This episode is brought to you by MUBI, Audible and Vermont College of Fine Art MFA. 0:00-2:42 - Billboard / Sponsors 2:42-28:51 - Interview: Kent Jones Music: Ryan Adams, "Bad Blood" 29:56-31:51 - Audible / MUBI 31:51-42:58 - Notes / Massacre Theatre 42:58-51:15 - Polls Music: Ryan Adams, "Blank Space" 52:22-1:01:43 - Donations 1:01:43-1:29:26 - Top 5: Film Books 1:29:26-1:32:17 - Close / Outtake MUSIC - Ryan Adams NOTES - MT winner: Brian Fontanilla, San Leandro, CA LINKS - Hitchcock/Truffaut info - Chicago Serbian Film Festival
Wed, 02 Dec 2015 14:49:50 -0000Based on a true story and made in the same decade as Hitchcock masterpieces "Strangers on a Train," "Rear Window" and "Vertigo," 1956's THE WRONG MAN with Henry Fonda is an often overlooked title in the Hitchcock filmography – as it was until recently by Adam and Josh, who discuss for this special Blindspotting prelude to Adam's conversation with HITCHCOCK/TRUFFAUT director Kent Jones and their Top 5 Film Books. LINKS - Josh's review of The Wrong Man
Fri, 27 Nov 2015 06:00:00 -0000We hope you haven’t had your fill of leftovers because on this week’s show Josh and Adam start their look back at the year in film with their annual Thanksgiving Golden Brick Preview. They revisit reviews for three of their favorite overlooked or under-seen movies of 2015 and announce the films that have made the shortlist for this year’s Golden Brick Award. This episode is presented by Squarespace (use code FILM). 2:13-24:34 - Review: "Buzzard" Chance Jones, "Love Still Wild" 27:04-28:01 - SVU Promo 28:01-45:36 - Review: "What We Do..." Chance Jones, "Alone With Him" 46:43-52:49 - Golden Brick Shortlist 52:49-1:18:43 - Review: "Slow West" 1:18:43-1:20:46 - Close / Outtake MUSIC - Chance Jones LINKS / NOTES - Golden Bricks Shortlist
Fri, 20 Nov 2015 13:29:39 -0000The HUNGER GAMES series could have settled for pleasing its YA fan base, but its success at the box office – and (mostly) with critics – shows a greater ambition. Or at least really good judgment in the casting of Jennifer Lawrence. Adam and Josh have a review of the series finale, MOCKINGJAY – PART 2, plus the Top 5 Dramatic Ensemble Movies and some thoughts on the stellar ensemble in Tom McCarthy's SPOTLIGHT. This episode is brought to you by MUBI. 0:00-2:18 - Billboard / MUBI 2:18-24:34 - Review: "Mockingjay – Part 2" The Dead Weather, "I Feel Love (Every Million Miles)" 25:47-44:25 - Notes / Polls 44:25-54:24 - Review: "Spotlight" The Dead Weather, "Impossible Winner" 55:27-59:35 - Donations 59:35-1:28:16 - Top 5: Ensemble Movies 1:28:16-1:31:33 - Close / Outtake MUSIC - The Dead Weather LINKS - Josh's "Mockingjay - Part 2" review - Hunger Games Name Generator - Clip: James Bond Jr. - Josh's "Spotlight" review - Roosmania.ca - Klosterman on "Dazed and Confused"
Fri, 13 Nov 2015 14:16:22 -0000Daniel Craig’s James Bond is more serious, more human and more haunted than his predecessors. Does that make him the best? (Yes, actually it does.) Craig’s fourth and latest outing as Bond, SPECTRE, topped the box office in its opening weekend. Adam and Josh review and share their Top 5 Bond Tropes with the help of special guest Bond expert Chris Klimek. This episode is brought to you by MUBI and Harry's (use code FILMSPOTTING). 0:00-2:26 - Billboard / Sponsors 2:26-27:27 - Review: "Spectre" Shirley Bassey, "Goldfinger" 28:27-30:45 - Promo: Harry's 30:45-42:28 - Notes / Massacre Theatre 42:28-44:33 - Brickspotting: "Heart of a Dog" Nancy Sinatra, "You Only Live Twice" 45:15-52:01 - Donations / SVU Promo 52:01-1:21:25 - Top 5: James Bond Tropes 1:21:25-1:25:47 - Close / Outtake NOTES - MT winner: Rochelle Fetters MUSIC - Bond Themes LINKS - Josh's Spectre review - The Next Picture Show - Michael Phillips on "Heart of a Dog" - Matt Singer ranks every Bond - Chris Klimek - Klimek's "Spectre" review - Klimek on the history of SPECTRE
Fri, 06 Nov 2015 06:00:00 -0000The Cannes Film Festival has awarded a Best Director Prize since the festival’s second year, 1946. For this week’s Top 5, Adam and Josh pick their favorite winners of the Prix de la mise en scène and review the film that won this year's prize, THE ASSASSIN, from Taiwan's Hou Hsiao-Hsien. Plus, some thoughts on Paul Thomas Anderson's JUNUN. This episode is brought to you by MUBI. 0:00-2:51 - Billboard / MUBI 2:51-20:57 - Review: "The Assassin" The Surface of the Deep, "Poetry" 21:57-38:19 - Notes / Polls 38:19-45:55 - AK Recommends: "Junun" Jonny Greenwood, et al, "Roked" (Junun) 46:30-53:13 - Donations 53:13-1:21:17 - Top 5: Cannes Director Winners 1:21:17-1:24:06 - Close MUSIC - The Surface of the Deep LINKS - Josh's "Movies Are Prayers" Tumblr - Labuza's interview w/ Hou Hsiao-Hsien - "Junun" on MUBI - John DeCarli's review of "Junun" - Cannes Best Director Winners
Fri, 30 Oct 2015 05:00:00 -0000Twenty-five years ago, the movies gave us Schwarzenegger on Mars, “Best Director Kevin Costner,” and iconic performances like Kathy Bates’ Annie Wilkes, Julia Roberts’ Hooker with a Heart of Gold Vivian Ward, and of course Joe Pesci’s career-defining performance as Harry Lime in HOME ALONE (oh yeah, and GOODFELLAS)... Adam and Josh share their Top 5 Films of 1990, plus a "Blind Cow" review of Tim Burton's cult classic EDWARD SCISSORHANDS. This episode is brought to you by MUBI. 0:00-2:59 - Billboard / MUBI 2:59-25:58 - 'Sacred Cow' Review: "Edward Scissorhands" They Might Be Giants, "Whistling in the Dark" 26:54-27:49 - SVU Promo 27:49-41:01 - Notes / Massacre Theatre 41:01-50:54 - Top 5 1990 Movies They Might Be Giants, "Istanbul" 51:36-58:37 - Donations / Sound Ops Promo 58:37-1:13:31 - Top 5 cont. 1:13:31-1:16:35 - Close MUSIC - They Might Be Giants NOTES - MT winner: Ashley Adum LINKS - Josh's "Movies Are Prayers" Tumblr - "Before Neorealism" screening - Alex in Philly links - Recommend Belgian films
Fri, 23 Oct 2015 05:00:00 -0000Josh and guest host Michael Phillips (Chicago Tribune) are visited by the 'Ghost of Fights over Guillermo del Toro Movies Past' for their divisive review of CRIMSON PEAK. Plus, their takes on Steven Spielberg's BRIDGE OF SPIES and the Top 5 Cold War Movies. This episode is brought to you by MUBI and Squarespace (code FILM). 0:00-4:35 - Billboard / MUBI 4:35-25:17 - Review: "Crimson Peak" Murder By Death, "Solitary One" 26:22-27:23 - Squarespace 27:23-37:52 - Notes / Polls 37:52-47:16 - Review: "Bridge of Spies" Murder By Death, "Last Thing" 48:27-1:18:51 - Top 5: Cold War Movies 1:18:51-1:24:03 - Close / Outtake MUSIC - Murder By Death LINKS - Josh on "Crimson Peak" - Michael on "Crimson Peak" - Josh on "Bridge of Spies" - Michael on "Bridge of Spies"
Fri, 16 Oct 2015 12:25:05 -0000How hard is it to make two great films in a row? Turns out, most legendary directors have done it. The show's recent Ridley Scott Death Match poll between "Alien" ('79) and "Blade Runner' ('82) was the inspiration for this week’s Top 5: Back-To-Back Movies. Plus, a review of Danny Boyle's STEVE JOBS starring Filmspotting Madness Champion(tm) Michael Fassbender. This episode is brought to you by MUBI. 0:00-3:17 - Billboard / MUBI 3:17-30:01 - Review: "Steve Jobs" Music: EL VY, "Paul is Alive" 31:02-31:57 - SVU Promo 31:57-42:18 - Notes / Massacre Theatre 42:18-51:55 - Top 5: Back-To-Back Movies Music: EL VY, "Return to the Moon" 42:18-51:55 - Donations 53:10-1:27:38 - Top 5 cont. 1:27:38-1:30:41 - Close / Outtake MUSIC - EL VY NOTES - MT winner: Bianca Soto LINKS - D.C. Immigration Film Fest - Dark Side of Disney - Lukas in Belgium's site - What Died At Altamont - Bergman's legacy
Fri, 09 Oct 2015 06:17:35 -0000Telluride, Venice, Toronto, New York… they’ve had their fun. Now it’s Chicago’s turn, as the Fall film festival season sweeps into the Windy City for the 51st annual Chicago International Film Fest. Josh and Adam—with the help of Chicago filmmaker Stephen Cone—sort through the fest's 130 feature titles to offer a few of their most anticipated screenings. Plus, a completely likable review of Ridley Scott's completely likable THE MARTIAN. This episode is brought to you by MUBI and Audible.com. :00-2:38 - Billboard / Squarespace 2:38-21:17 - Review: "The Martian" Music: Ne-Hi, "Turncoat" 22:29-24:42 - MUBI 24:42-37:50 - Notes / Polls 37:50-57:34 - Stephen Cone / Top 5: CIFF Preview Music: Ne-Hi, "Drag" 58:36-1:13:18 - CIFF Preview, cont. 1:13:18-1:16:51 - Close / Outtakes MUSIC - Ne-Hi LINKS - Josh's review of "The Martian" - Henry Gamble's Birthday Party - Phillips' profile of Stephen Cone - "Junun" on MUBI - Kent Jones' Selected Criticism - Top 5 Anticipated CIFF Movies
Fri, 02 Oct 2015 05:00:21 -0000Adam and Josh held out hope that Tasha Robinson and Dana Stevens might come crashing into the studio to share THEIR Top 5 Breaking Up the Boys' Club Movies. Alas, that didn't happen, but that didn't stop the guys from revealing their lists along with a review of SICARIO starring Emily Blunt and Benicio del Toro. This episode is brought to you by MUBI. :00-4:08 - Billboard / MUBI 4:08-33:08 - Review: "Sicario" Le Butcherettes, "Shave the Pride" 34:14-35:09 - SVU Promo 35:09-43:15 - Notes 43:15-52:34 - Massacre Theatre Le Butcherettes, "Stab My Back" 53:45-56:38 - Donations 56:38-1:24:22 - Top 5: Breaking Up the Boys' Club Movies 1:24:22-1:28:56 - Close / Outtake MUSIC - Le Butcherettes LINKS - Josh's review of "Sicario" - More on Adam's issue with Sicario here (spoilers) - Adam on The Cinephiliacs - PTA's "Junjun" on MUBI - "Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead" Passes - Quartet Macabre info
Fri, 25 Sep 2015 05:08:22 -0000Master of Disguise Johnny Depp goes Southie as infamous Boston gangster Whitey Bulger in the new film BLACK MASS. Josh and Adam eat some chowdah and take some pitchez of the local cullah before reviewing "Mass" and sharing their Top 5 Neighborhood Movies. Plus, Josh's take on some of the films he saw at the Toronto International Film Festival. This episode is brought to you by MUBI and Squarespace (use code FILM). :00-2:52 - Billboard / Sponsors 2:52-28:30 - Review: "Black Mass" Chuck Prophet,"Truth Will Out" 30:00-31:42 - Squarespace 31:42-46:38 - Notes / Polls 46:38-55:48 - JL: TIFF Recap Chuck Prophet, "Guilty as a Saint" 57:10-59:12 - Notes 59:12-1:29:05 - Top 5 Neighborhood Movies 1:29:05-1:31:47 - Close MUSIC - Chuck Prophet LINKS - Josh's review of "Black Mass" - "The Primary Instinct" - "How Green Was My Valley" essay - Andras' Squarespace site
Thu, 17 Sep 2015 22:42:44 -0000For a director who was once called “The Next Spielberg,” M. Night Shyamalan has fallen on hard times. In the decade since the success of THE SIXTH SENSE, UNBREAKABLE and SIGNS, Shyamalan has seen diminishing returns at the box office and with critics. Josh and Adam assess whether Shyamalan has changed his luck with the low-budget horror film THE VISIT. Plus, the Top 5 Movie House Guests and a few thoughts on THE MEND. This episode is brought to you by MUBI. :00-2:04 - Billboard / MUBI 2:04-27:08 - Review: "The Visit" Keith Richards, "Amnesia" 28:30-47:47 - Notes / Massacre Theatre 47:47-52:29 - AK Recommends: "The Mend" Keith Richards, "Trouble" 53:25-59:49 - Donations / SVU Promo 59:40-1:26:08 - Top 5: House Guests 1:26:08-1:29:53 - Close / Outtake MUSIC - Keith Richards LINKS - Josh's review of "The Visit" - "99 Homes" Passes - Slate Culture Gabfest in Chicago - Hands of Uncle Charlie
Fri, 11 Sep 2015 05:00:00 -0000Live from the rooftop of Nakatomi Plaza, it's Filmspotting, where Adam and Josh welcome special guests Ebby Calvin “Nuke” LaLoosh, Prince Akeem of Zamunda and Chicago gang boss Jimmy Serrano. Yes, it's the Top 5 Films of 1988, plus Depp v Depp (v Depp) and a review of Alex Ross Perry's QUEEN OF EARTH. This episode is brought to you by MUBI and Harry's (use code FILMSPOTTING). :00-3:00 - Billboard / Sponsors 3:00-20:56 - Review: "Queen of Earth" Pixies, "Where is My Mind" 22:17-24:03 - Harry's 24:03-43:19 - Notes / Polls Pixies, "Bone Machine" 44:30-53:00 - Donations 53:00-1:18:33 - Top 5: Films of 1988 1:18:33-1:22:36 - Close / Outtake MUSIC - The Pixies LINKS - Josh's review of "Queen of Earth" - Adam on InSession Film podcast - "Superstar: The Karen Carpenter Story"
Fri, 04 Sep 2015 02:29:45 -0000If the summer and year-end movie seasons are all about expectation, fall… is all about surprises. Hopefully, good ones. The Chicago Tribune's Michael Phillips (and his trusty light saber) joins Adam and Josh for a double dose of Top 5s this week – Most Anticipated Fall Movies and Questions about the impending season. Plus, a review roundup with thoughts on QUEEN OF EARTH, MERU, DIGGING FOR FIRE and PHOENIX. This episode is brought to you by MUBI and Audible.com. Get Matthew McConaughey’s performance of “Summer Farmer” as a free download through Sept. 30. :00-3:14 - Billboard / Audible-MUBI 3:14-32:33 - Fall Movie Preview, Pt. 1 Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, "S.O.B." 33:39-34:37 - Audible 34:37-48:12 - Notes / Massacre Theatre 48:12-1:04:21 - Review Roundup Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, "Wasting Time" 1:05:18-1:06:12 - SVU Promo 1:06:12-1:32:56 - Fall Movie Preview, Pt. 2 1:32:56-1:36:20 - Close / Outtake MUSIC - Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweat NOTES - MT winner: Ryan Ervin LINKS - Michael Phillips on Wes Craven
Fri, 28 Aug 2015 05:00:00 -0000Of current actor-director combos, Greta Gerwig and Noah Baumbach are significant for their writing partnership – and for Gerwig’s impact on Baumbach’s choice of subjects. Since hooking up with the 32 year-old Gerwig, Gen-Xer Baumbach has started training his eye on 20-something millennials – first in 2012’s "Frances Ha" and with the new MISTRESS AMERICA. Adam and Josh review Baumbach and Gerwig's latest, and revisit their Top 5 Desert Island Directors. This episode is brought to you by MUBI and Squarespace (use code FILM). :00-2:35 - Billboard / MUBI 2:35-28:20 - Review: "Mistress America" The Staves, "Teeth White" 29:31-31:41 - Squarespace 31:41-46:29 - Notes / Polls The Staves, "Make It Holy" 47:48-58:35 - Donations 58:35-1:39:04 - Top 5: Desert Island Directors 1:39:04-1:41:38 - Close MUSIC - The Staves LINKS - Josh's "Mistress America" review - Michelle's Squarespace site - Ricardo's movie: "El Cumpleaños de Joaquín"
Fri, 21 Aug 2015 05:00:00 -0000With 2012's ACT OF KILLING, director Joshua Oppenheimer delivered one of the most acclaimed, innovative - and harrowing - documentaries in recent memory. His follow-up, THE LOOK OF SILENCE, is less formally ambitious, but returns Oppenheimer to familiar territory – Indonesia's bloody anti-Communist purge that left hundreds of thousands dead in the mid-1960s. Adam and Josh review "Silence," give last week's director/muse poll another shot, and revisit their Top 5 Haunted Past Movies. This episode is brought to you by MUBI. :00-4:17 - Billboard / MUBI 4:17-37:42 - Review: "The Look of Silence" The Aches, "Judas" 39:01-55:07 - Notes / Massacre Theatre 55:07-59:20 - Review: "M:I – Rogue Nation" The Aches, "Prodigals" 1:00:31-1:07:07 - Donations / SVU Promo 1:07:07-1:32:43 - Top 5: Haunted Past Movies 1:32:43-1:35:53 - Close / Outtake MUSIC - The Aches NOTES - MT winner: Joseph Erikson LINKS - Josh's "Look of Silence" review - Nigel's interview w/ Karina Longworth - Apu Trilogy coming to Criterion - A WALK IN THE WOODS Tickets
Fri, 14 Aug 2015 05:30:20 -0000Since his death in 2008 at age 46, a kind of cult has developed around writer David Foster Wallace. For proof, look no further than the existence of THE END OF THE TOUR, the Sundance hit starring Jason Segel as Wallace, along with Jesse Eisenberg as Rolling Stone reporter David Lipsky. The film – from SPECTACULAR NOW director James Ponsoldt – documents Lipsky's five-day interview with Wallace following the celebrated publication of the author’s INFINITE JEST. Adam and Josh review THE END OF THE TOUR and revisit their Top 5 Movies About Writers. This episode is brought to you by MUBI. :00-2:56 - Billboard / MUBI 2:56-33:08 - Review: "The End of the Tour" R.E.M., "Strange Currencies" 34:06-45:54 - Notes / Polls Tracey Ullman, "They Don't Know" 46:31-56:33 - Donations 56:33-1:21:56 - Top 5: Movies About Writers (Revisited) 1:21:56-1:26:21 - Close / Outtake MUSIC - The End of the Tour Soundtrack LINKS - Josh's "End of the Tour" review
Fri, 07 Aug 2015 05:00:00 -0000Back in March, Adam and Josh celebrated Filmspotting's 10th anniversary with the Top 10 Blind Spots – significant oversights in their ongoing film educations. #3 on Adam's list was David Lean's 1965 epic DOCTOR ZHIVAGO, which gets a special "Blindspotting" review this week in honor of its 50th anniversary and the recent passing of star Omar Sharif. Plus, the Top 5 Small Moments in Big Movies. This episode is brought to you by MUBI. :00-3:02 - Billboard / MUBI 3:02-37:56 - Review: "Doctor Zhivago" Wilder Embry, "Pretty Things" 39:24-53:39 - Notes / Massacre Theatre 53:39-1:04:08 - FS Recommends Wilder Embry, "It" 1:05:17-1:11:03 - Donations / SVU Promo 1:11:03-1:42:16 - Top 5 Small Moments... 1:42:16-1:45:30 - Close / Outtake MUSIC - Wilder Embry NOTES - MT winner: Rance Craft, Austin LINKS - Josh's "Doctor Zhivago" review - You Must Remember This - The Cinephiliacs - "Call Me Lucky" - "Tangerine" - Harold Ramis Collaborations
Fri, 31 Jul 2015 05:00:00 -0000Former Dissolve Managing Editor Genevieve Koski joins Scott Tobias for week #2 of The Dissolve's Filmspotting residency. It's also week #2 of putting a positive spin on the end of their former online home... Scott and Genevieve get optimistic with their Top 5 Exciting Movie Trends. Plus, a review of MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE – ROGUE NATION and some thoughts on the new indie THE STANFORD PRISON EXPERIMENT. This episode is brought to you by MUBI. :00-2:32 - Billboard / MUBI 2:32-28:44 - Review: "M:I – Rogue Nation" Heartless Bastards, "Gates of Dawn" 30:05-39:12 - Notes / Polls 39:12-52:57 - Review: "Stanford Prison Exp." Heartless Bastards, "Journey" 54:22-1:10:35 - Top 5: Exciting Movie Trends 1:10:35-1:13:32 - Close LINKS - "Jurassic World" and high heels
Fri, 24 Jul 2015 05:00:00 -0000For two years, members of The Dissolve staff put blood, sweat and tears into running their great film site – and all you get is a lousy top 5 list. Dissolvers Scott Tobias and Keith Phipps fill in for Adam and Josh, sharing the Top 5 Things We Learned At The Dissolve. Plus, reviews of SOUTHPAW with Jake Gyllenhaal and the indie transgender comedy TANGERINE. This episode is brought to you by MUBI and by Squarespace (code FILM). :00-2:32 - Billboard / MUBI 2:32-15:49 - Review: "Southpaw" Courtney Barnett, "Pedestrian at Best" 17:02-18:50 - Sponsor: Squarespace 18:50-25:14 - Notes / Massacre Theatre 25:14-36:51 - Review "Tangerine" Courtney Barnett, "Depreston" 38:10-38:59 - SVU Promo 38:59-53:34 - Top 5: Things We Learned At... 53:34-57:52 - Close MUSIC - Courtney Barnett NOTES - MT winner: Melanie Purser LINKS - The Dissolve on Facebook - Dissolve spinoff "The Solute" - Oscilliscope Labs' "Musings" Tumblr - Stanley Kubrick's favorite movies - Jessef's Squarespace site - Aaron's Squarespace site
Fri, 17 Jul 2015 02:05:30 -0000It-Girl Amy Schumer falls for potential Manic Pixie Dream Guy Bill Hader... but will Adam and Josh swoon for the Schumer-penned/Judd Apatow-directed TRAINWRECK? Plus, the movies' Top 5 Comedy Ensembles. This episode is brought to you by MUBI. :00-3:49 - Billboard / MUBI 3:49-25:40 - Review: "Trainwreck" Jason Isbell, "It Takes a Lifetime" 27:04-37:11 - Notes / Polls Jason Isbell, "24 Frames" 38:29-44:00 - Donations / Promo: Sound Ops 44:00-1:10:54 - Top 5: Comedy Ensembles 1:10:54-1:14:30 - Close / Outtake MUSIC - Jason Isbell LINKS - Grammar Girl on 'whole nother' - Josh's "Trainwreck" review
Fri, 10 Jul 2015 03:44:11 -0000With nothing but "Mission Impossible" sequels and a "Vacation" reboot ahead, Adam and Josh turn back and share their Top 5 Films of 2015 (So Far). Plus, a few thoughts on LOVE & MERCY and THE TRIBE. This episode is brought to you by MUBI / Harry's (use code FILMSPOTTING). :00-3:07 - Billboard / Harry's-MUBI 3:07-25:43 - Top 5: Films of 2015 (So Far) "Main Title," It Follows 26:29-28:32 - Sponsor: Harry's 28:32-35:55 - Massacre Theatre 35:55-45:58 - "Love & Mercy," "The Tribe" "Ava," Ex Machina 46:55-55:17 - Donations / SVU Promo 55:17-1:26:25 - Top 5: Films of 2015 cont. 1:26:25-1:30:12 - Close / Outtake NOTES - Farewell to The Dissolve! News that came down the morning after we taped this episode. - MT winner: Eric McConnell LINKS - Josh's "The Tribe" review - It Follows: Anatomy of a Scene - "Man From Reno" - A.V. Club's halftime superlatives - The Music of "Ex Machina"
Fri, 26 Jun 2015 14:25:04 -0000DOPE was a hit with audiences at this year's Sundance Film Festival... Adam and Josh, not so much. Plus, a few thoughts on David Gordon Green's latest starring Al Pacino, MANGLEHORN... and grab your box of chocolates, some hakuna matata and a little hope for the Top 5 Films of 1994 (Revisited). This episode is brought to you by MUBI / Squarespace (use code FILM). :00-2:38 - Billboard / MUBI 2:38-21:09 - Review: "Dope" Digable Planets, "9th Wonder (Blackitolism) 22:32-24:26 - Squarespace 24:26-34:28 - Polls / James Horner 34:28-44:02 - Review: "Manglehorn" Nas, "The World is Yours" 45:18-46:12 - SVU Promo 46:12-1:21:10 - Top 5: Films of 1994 1:21:10-1:25:03 - Close / Outtake LINKS - Josh's "Dope" review - Josh's "Manglehorn" review - Samuel's Squarespace site - Kagan's Squarespace site - "Jack and Jill's" final gag - Adam's "Crisis of Faith" class
Fri, 19 Jun 2015 11:49:39 -0000Pixar has made heroes out of mute robots, anxious clown fish, a foodie rat and an irritable 80 year-old man. For their next mission, they go outside... in. Is the new INSIDE OUT a return to form for the once peerless animation studio? Josh and guest host Michael Phillips from the Chicago Tribune share their eview and revisit their Top 5 Actor-Director Pairs. This episode is brought to you by MUBI. :00-2:59 - Billboard / MUBI 2:59-28:55 - Review: "Inside Out" Girlpool, "Ideal World" 30:22-40:54 - Notes / Massacre Theatre Girlpool, "Before the World Was Big" 42:10-1:17:44 - Top 5: Actor-Director Pairs 1:17:44-1:22:51 - Close MUSIC - Girlpool NOTES - MT winner: Adolfo Acosta LINKS - Josh's "Inside Out" review - Michael's "Inside Out" review - Michael and Heidi's "Goodfellas" video - Adam's "Crisis of Faith" class
Fri, 12 Jun 2015 05:00:00 -0000It's been a couple decades since Steven Spielberg first choppered us to Isla Nublar, but Jurassic Park... is back open for business. The long-awaited fourth Jurassic installment comes along just in time for all hell to break loose. Josh and Adam review JURASSIC WORLD and revisit the Top 5 Movie Locations We Wish We Could Visit. Plus, Larsen Recommends Melissa McCarthy in SPY. This episode is brought to you by MUBI. :00-3:19 - Billboard / MUBI 3:19-26:22 - Review: "Jurassic World" Dawes, "Things Happen" 27:40-41:06 - Polls / Notes 41:06-46:23 - Larsen Recommends: "Spy" Dawes, "All Your Favorite Bands" 47:38-50:43 - Donations / SVU Promo 50:43-1:23:57 - Top 5: Movie Locations... 1:23:57-1:26:55 - Close MUSIC -Dawes NOTES - JURASSIC PARK is currently ranked 10th among Adam's favorite Spielberg films. LINKS - Josh's "Jurassic World" review - Josh's "Spy" review - Adam's boring Crowe rankings - Trailer: "A Little Chaos" - Chicago Jewish Film Festival - Adam's "Crisis of Faith" class
Fri, 05 Jun 2015 05:09:40 -0000Hawaii - the setting for Cameron Crowe’s ALOHA - is about 2,600 miles away from Seattle, which is the setting of his directorial debut, SAY ANYTHING... Is that also about how far apart the two films are in terms of quality? Josh and Adam answer that question with a Sacred Cow review of the movie that solidified John Cusack as an '80s icon. Plus, Massacre Theatre and a replay of the Top 5 Movies of 1989. This episode is brought to you by MUBI. :00-2:58 - Billboard / MUBI 2:58-36:44 - Review: "Aloha/Say Anything" The Replacements, "Within Your Reach" 37:55-49:28 - Notes / Massacre Theatre 49:28-1:10:11 - Top 5: Films of 1989 Music: Public Enemy, "Fight the Power" 1:11:02-1:45:53 - Top 5: Films of 1989 cont. 1:45:53-1:49:39 - Close / Outtake BONUS - Nothing this week, sorry NOTES/LINKS - MT winner: Rich Yates - Josh on "Say Anything..." - Josh on "Aloha" - Alan Scherstuhl's "Aloha" review - Pacific Northwest FS Meetup
Fri, 29 May 2015 05:57:46 -0000Director Brad Bird has given us an Iron Giant, a Mr. and Mrs. Incredible, and a Rat Chef… what awaits in TOMORROWLAND? Subbing in for Josh and Adam, Screencrush's Matt Singer and Buzzfeed's Alison Willmore – also the hosts of Filmspotting: SVU – review Bird's latest and share their Top 5 Streaming Sci-Fi Movies. This episode is brought to you by MUBI. :00-2:27 - Billboard / MUBI 2:27-28:55 - Review: "Tomorrowland" Hot Chip, "Love is the Future" 30:13-45:50 - Cannes Recap 45:50-53:39 - Polls Hot Chip, "Huarache Lights" 54:50-1:37:31 - Top 5: Streaming Sci-Fi 1:37:31-1:41:40 - Close / Outtake MUSIC - Hot Chip LINKS - Alison at Cannes - Pacific Northwest FS Meetup
Fri, 22 May 2015 17:04:41 -0000The last time we saw "Mad" Max Rockatansky, he was played by Mel Gibson and battling a spectacularly-coiffed Tina Turner. Max is back with Tom Hardy as the new road warrior. "Relatively Rational" Adam and "Mildly Miffed" Josh review MAD MAX: FURY ROAD. Plus, Adam recommends PITCH PERFECT 2 and the Top 5 Car Scenes (Revisited). This episode is brought to you by MUBI & Squarespace (code FILM). :00-2:40 - Billboard / MUBI 2:53-36:28 - Review: "Mad Max: Fury Road" Pitch Perfect 2, "Kennedy Center Perf." 37:06-39:51 - Squarespace 39:51-46:27 - Adam Recs: "Pitch Perfect 2" 46:27-52:22 - Massacre Theatre 52:22-1:04:21 - Top 5: Car Scenes Pitch Perfect, "Bellas Finals" 1:05:10-1:14:17 - Donations 1:14:17-1:35:55 - Car Scenes cont. / Feedback 1:35:55-1:38:10 - Close MUSIC - "Pitch Perfect" soundtracks NOTES - MT winner: Simon Vanderveen LINKS - Josh's review of "Mad Max" - A. Sarkeesian on "Fury Road" - Response to Sarkeesian - The Thoroughfare - Trevor's Filmspotting Lego Studio
Fri, 15 May 2015 12:32:34 -0000A Grand Jury Prize winner at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, SLOW WEST has a lot to recommend: it’s beautifully shot, is occasionally darkly funny, and its star just might be the best actor in the business. Josh and Adam review Michael Fassbender's latest and count down their Top 5 Movie Posters – with the help of design expert Sam Smith. This episode is brought to you by MUBI. :00-2:40 - Billboard / MUBI 2:40-28:55 - Review: "Slow West" yMusic, "Bladed Stance" 30:11-37:23 - Polls / Notes 37:23-51:39 - Interview: Sam Smith yMusic, "Everness" 52:38-1:01:34 - Donations / SVU 1:01:34-1:37:57 - Top 5: Movie Posters 1:37:34-1:41:34 - Close MUSIC - yMusic NOTES/LINKS - Josh's review of "Slow West" - Top 5 Movie Posters - Sam Smith - Brandon Schaefer - The Poster Boys - Movie Poster of the Day - 'Making of Under The Skin Poster' - Smith on Under The Skin poster - Ringwald/This American Life Ep. - Breakfast Club Oral History - Turan on Golden Age posters
Fri, 08 May 2015 05:00:00 -0000Tasha Robinson (The Dissolve) sits in for Adam this week, playing the brilliant and quick-witted Tony Stark to Josh's earnest do-gooder Steve Rogers. The dynamic duo – not to be confused with that Dynamic Duo – review AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON and share their Top 5 Most Anticipated Movies of Summer 2015. This episode is brought to you by MUBI and A24's Ex Machina. :00-3:08 - Billboard / MUBI 3:08-31:20 - Review: "Avengers: Age of Ultron" Calexico, "Bullets and Rocks" 32:24-33:48 - PleasureTown Promo 33:48-42:31 - Notes / Massacre Theatre 42:31-52:42 - Top 5: Summer Movie Preview Calexico, "Cumbia de Donde" 53:26-1:09:52 - Summer Movie Preview cont. 1:09:52-1:14:07 - Close BONUS - Nothing this week, sorry MUSIC - Calexico NOTES - MT winner: Ross Brattin, NYC LINKS - Erbland's piece on "Ultron" and "Man of Steel" - The Dissolve's Summer Movie Preview - Josh on "Avengers: Age of Ultron" - Adam on "Avengers: Age of Ultron" - Adam's Most Anticipated Summer Movies - Pacific Northwest FS Meetup
Fri, 01 May 2015 12:18:19 -0000When RESERVOIR DOGS came out in 1992, Josh and Adam were movie geek teenagers – bound by their DNA to love it. But does Quentin Tarantino's debut hold up more than 20 years later? It's another Filmspotting Sacred Cow review... Plus, the Top 5 Films of 1992. This episode is brought to you by MUBI, Harry's (code FILMSPOTTING) and A24's Ex Machina. :00-2:52 - Billboard / Harry's-MUBI 2:52-43:01 - Review: "Reservoir Dogs" Sandy Rogers, "Fool for Love" 44:10-47:51 - A24-Harrys / Nerdette Promo 47:51-56:53 - Polls / Notes 56:53-1:09:55 - Top 5: Films of 1992 Paul Westerberg, "Dyslexic Heart" 1:11:08-1:20:40 - Donations / SVU 1:20:40-1:45:15 - Top 5: 1992 cont. 1:45:15-1:48:44 - Close / Outtake BONUS - It Follows (Check back) MUSIC - Soundtracks: "Reservoir Dogs," "Singles" LINKS/NOTES - Noel Murray on "Singles" - Rosenbaum on "The Player" - Josh's review of "Reservoir Dogs" - More AK on "Reservoir Dogs" - Chicago Critics Film Fest - Footcandle Film Festival - Pacific Northwest FS Meetup - Top 5 Films of 1992
Fri, 24 Apr 2015 05:00:00 -0000Hop aboard the Filmspotting double decker bus for a tour of the movies' most famous and beloved homes... beloved by the hosts, anyway. Inspired by their review of Alex Garland's directing debut EX MACHINA, Josh and Adam share their Top 5 Movie Houses. Plus, Massacre Theatre and more. This episode is brought to you by MUBI.com / Squarespace (code FILM) / Casper (code FILMSPOTTING). :00-3:01 - Billboard / Casper-MUBI 3:01-36:30 - Review: "Ex Machina" Music: Damien Jurado, "Metallic Cloud" 37:37-39:18 - Casper 39:18-49:44 - Notes 49:44-57:29 - Massacre Theatre Music: Damien Jurado, "Jericho Road" 58:29-1:03:46 - Squarespace / Donations 1:03:46-1:31:40 - Top 5: Movie Houses 1:31:40-1:34:56 - Close / Outtake MUSIC - Damien Jurado NOTES - MT winner: Aaron Schweighardt - How did Adam fail to mention that Vikander is dating Michael Fassbender? Great question. LINKS - Josh's review of "Ex Machina" - Chicago Critics Film Fest - The Contrarians - Pop Pilgrims: Tenenbaum House - Inside Cameron's house - Samantha's site
Fri, 17 Apr 2015 05:54:38 -0000With Adam and Josh trading in their sensible family sedans for a pair of matching convertibles, their wives suggested they reveal their Top 5 Midlife Crisis Movies. Plus, a review of Noah Baumbach's latest, WHILE WE'RE YOUNG, a conversation with Steve Prokopy about the upcoming Chicago Critics Film Festival, and the Filmspotting Madness champion is crowned. This episode is brought to you by MUBI.comand Shutterstock (code FILM415). :00-3:43 - Billboard / Shutterstock-MUBI 3:43-33:00 - Review: "While We're Young" Ron Sexsmith, "Before The Light Is Gone" 33:56-36:19 - Shutterstock 36:19-51:33 - Notes / Chicago Critics Fest 51:33-1:04:25 - Filmspotting Madness / Polls Music: Ron Sexsmith, "Getaway Car" 1:05:29-1:13:05 - Donations / SVU Promo 1:13:05-1:44:45 - Top 5: Midlife Crisis Movies 1:44:45-1:48:30 - Close MUSIC - Ron Sexsmith LINKS/NOTES - Josh on "While We're Young" - Chicago Critics Film Fest
Fri, 10 Apr 2015 05:00:00 -0000Having gone from Furious novices to completists in the past couple of weeks, Josh and Adam are all revved up to discuss the latest installment, FURIOUS 7, and share their Top 5 Fast & Furious Moments. Plus, the Filmspotting Madness championship round matchup is set! We talkin' or we racin'? We're definitely just talkin'. This episode is brought to you by MUBI.com. :00-3:07 - Billboard / MUBI 3:07-35:38 - Review: "Furious 7" 2 Chainz and Wiz Khalifa, "We Own It" 36:36-49:38 - Notes / Massacre Theatre 49:38-1:02:19 - Filmspotting Madness Don Omar, Busta Rhymes..., "How We Roll" 1:03:02-1:11:27 - Donations 1:11:27-1:45:33 - Top 5: Fast & Furious Moments 1:45:33-1:49:04 - Close / Outtakes NOTES - Emile Ardolino had a significant career - MT winner: Stephanie Smith LINKS - Josh's review of "Furious 7" - Alison Willmore's F&F Ranking - Nicolas Curcio's EP - "Fast Five" Canyon Jump - Ryan's Blindspot Series
Fri, 03 Apr 2015 14:44:10 -0000Coming to you from an old, abandoned orphanage... Adam and guest host Michael Phillips discuss IT FOLLOWS, the new indie horror movie that has garnered a lot of buzz for its handling of familiar material – sex, teens and a supernatural killer. Plus, the Top 5 21st Century Horror Movies and a conversation with pop culture writer Mark Harris about 'what scares us now'. This episode is brought to you by MUBI.com and Audible. :00-3:03 - Billboard / Sponsors 3:03-28:26 - Review: "It Follows" Laura Marling, "Howl" 29:40-31:47 - Audible 31:47-47:41 - Notes / FS Madness 47:41-59:42 - Interview: Mark Harris Laura Marling, "False Hope" 1:00:33-1:01:28 - SVU Promo 1:01:28-1:44:23 - Top 5: 21st Century Horror Movies 1:44:23-1:47:32 - Close MUSIC - Laura Marling NOTES - Audible recs: Silver Screen Fiend, Girl in a Band, Five Came Back: A Story of Hollywood and the Second World War LINKS - Michael Phillips - Mark Harris - "Scared Senseless: The Indie Horror..." - Playlist: Best Horror Films... - Criticwire Survey: Best Horror Film...
Fri, 03 Apr 2015 03:44:43 -0000Satyajit Ray rated 1964's THE LONELY WIFE as his best film. Josh and Adam disagree with the master director – but only a little. The final film in the remarkable Ray Marathon is up, plus The Mitras, Filmspotting's awards for the marathon's Best Picture, Shot and more. LINKS - Josh on "The Lonely Wife" - Forum reviews of Ray films
Fri, 27 Mar 2015 05:00:00 -0000If Josh is "The Brain," what does that make Adam – Vice Principal Vernon? Filmspotting commemorates the 30th anniversary of John Hughes' classic THE BREAKFAST CLUB with a Sacred Cow discussion. Plus, the Elite Eight of Filmspotting Madness is revealed, and the guys hit 88 mph in the DeLorean to share their Top 5 Films of 1985. This episode is brought to you by MUBI.com. :00-2:41 - Billboard / MUBI 2:41-46:22 - Sacred Cow: "The Breakfast Club" Simple Minds, "Don't You Forget About Me" 47:30-54:11 - Notes 54:11-1:04:01 - Filmspotting Madness Cyndi Lauper, "The Goonies 'R' Good Enough" 1:04:51-1:10:59 - Donations / Promo: It's All True 1:10:59-1:42:01 - Top 5: Movies of 1985 1:42:01-1:48:03 - Close / Outtakes BONUS - "Unforgiven" Feedback LINKS - Josh's review of "The Breakfast Club" - Kapelos full interview (Check back) - Atlantic article on the films of 1985 - Filmspotting Madness Rd. 3
Fri, 20 Mar 2015 07:53:20 -0000As a director, Kenneth Branagh has done Shakespeare, Mary Shelley and Marvel. But how does he handle Disney? Josh and Adam discuss CINDERELLA with Lily James and Cate Blanchett, and share their Top 5 Movies About Royalty. Plus, the Sweet 16 matchups for Filmspotting Madness are revealed. This episode is brought to you by MUBI.com and Squarespace (code FILM). --Check back-- MUSIC - Jayne Trimble NOTES - MT winner: John Newfry, Chicago LINKS - Josh's review of "Cinderella" - Tasha Robinson's take on "Cinderella" - Filmspotting Madness: Round 2 - David's Squarespace site - A.O. Scott's "Ran's" video
Thu, 19 Mar 2015 19:53:58 -0000Another Ray film, another Ray masterpiece. Filmspotting's Satyajit Ray Marathon continues with a discussion of 1963's THE BIG CITY. 0-35:52 – Review: "The Big City" LINKS - Josh on "The Big City" - Forum reviews of Ray films
Fri, 13 Mar 2015 05:00:00 -0000Bill Murray vs. Tilda Swinton... Emma Stone vs. Sam Rockwell... Just a couple of the first-round matchups in Filmspotting Madness, a month-long battle royale to determine Filmspotting Nation’s favorite working actor. Adam and Josh kick off the tournament and share their Top 5: Characters on the Fringe. Plus, a review of BUZZARD, a new indie in which an unruly office temp fights the power while wearing a customized Power Glove. This episode is brought to you by MUBI.com and Shutterstock (code FILM315). :00-3:24 - Billboard / Sponsors 3:24-24:38 - Review: "Buzzard" Colleen Green, "TV" 25:45-28:40 - Shutterstock 28:40-35:10 - Notes 35:10-43:01 - Larsen (Doesn't) Rec: "Chappie" 43:01-1:00:12 - Filmspotting Madness Colleen Green, "I Can't Pay Attention" 1:01:24-1:07:23 - Donations 1:07:23-1:47:05 - Top 5: Characters on the Fringe 1:47:05-1:50:06 - Close MUSIC - Colleen Green NOTES - Joel Potrykus's Top 10 Fringe Character Movies (in alphabetical order): Basket Case, Breathless, Buffalo '66, Gummo, Made in Britain, Naked, Pickpocket, Repo Man, Stranger Than Paradise, Taxi Driver LINKS - Josh's review of "Buzzard" - Joel Potrykus at The Music Box - Chicago Critics Film Festival - Filmspotting Madness: Round 1
Fri, 06 Mar 2015 06:00:00 -0000How do you celebrate 10 years of talking about movies? You talk about the ones you’re embarrassed you’ve never seen, of course. Adam and Josh confess their Top 5 (or 50) Blind Spots. Plus, a review of director David Cronenberg’s latest, MAPS TO THE STARS, and another edition of Brickspotting. This episode is brought to you by MUBI.com. :00-3:20 - Billboard / MUBI 3:20-27:25 - Review: "Maps to the Stars" FS Flashback: "Love Lift Us Up..." (2005) 28:42-46:56 - Notes / Massacre Theatre 46:56-1:07:06 - 10th Anniversary Poll FS Flashback: "Terrier Style" (2012) 1:08:34-1:17:03 - Donations / SVU Promo 1:17:03-1:53:47 - Top 5: Blind Spots 1:53:47-1:56:52 - Close / Outtake BONUS - 2015 Preview feedback CORRECTIONS / NOTES - Josh meant Truffaut, not Godard. - "Videodrome" was actually Cronenberg's fifth feature. - Massacre Theatre winner: Dan O'Hara, Evergreen Park, IL LINKS - Josh on "Maps to the Stars" - "Spock's Voyage Home" - "Wild Canaries" Official Site - Adam on "The Last Five Years" - Sight & Sound's Top 250 - "Movies to Become More Literate" - "85 Films You Need to See..." - Adam's full Blindspotting list - European Union Film Festival
Fri, 27 Feb 2015 06:00:00 -0000With the release of the new mock documentary WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS, about a trio of New Zealand Vampires, Adam and Josh share their Top 5 Mockumentary Moments. Plus, a review of SHADOWS and a few thoughts on the Oscars. This episode is brought to you by MUBI.com. :00-2:18 - Billboard / MUBI 2:18-19:53 - Review: "What We Do..." Spinal Tap, "Stonehenge" 20:56-41:47 - Notes / Polls 41:47-55:45 - Top 5: Mockumentary Moments The Folksmen, "A Mighty Wind" 56:55-59:56 - Donations 59:56-1:22:35 - Top 5 cont. 1:22:35-1:26:56 - Close LINKS - Josh on "What We Do..." - The Dissolve on "Real Life" - Orson Welles's last film
Wed, 25 Feb 2015 17:15:14 -0000Filmspotting continues its look at Satyajit Ray's work with a discussion of their first non-Apu film, 1958's THE MUSIC ROOM. 0-28:20 – Review: "The Music Room" NOTES - Were there really two different guys from Houston named Ben whose feedback was mentioned on the show? Nope... same Ben, which somehow Adam and Josh didn't catch. LINKS - Josh on "The Music Room" - Cinema Revival Festival - Forum reviews of Ray films
Fri, 20 Feb 2015 06:00:00 -0000Do Adam and Josh's "singular tastes" include an appreciation for the much-hyped adaptation of E.L. James' FIFTY SHADES OF GREY? Join them in the Filmspotting playroom to find out. Plus, the Top 5 Movies We Had To Review and two new recommended movies – SONG OF THE SEA and MATT SHEPARD IS A FRIEND OF MINE. This episode is brought to you by MUBI.com. :00-3:07 - Billboard / MUBI 3:07-28:06 - Review: "Fifty Shades of Grey" Nikki Lane, "Sleep With a Stranger" 29:04-40:06 - Notes / Massacre Theatre 40:06-47:10 - JL & AK Recommend Nikki Lane, "Right Time" 48:36-56:20 - Donations / SVU 56:20-1:26:38 - Top 5: Movies We Had To Review 1:26:38-1:28:57 - Close MUSIC - Nikki Lane NOTES - MT winner: Matt Peterson LINKS - Josh on "Fifty Shades" - Wally Shawn as Pee-wee Herman - Matt Shepard Is A Friend of Mine - "My Years with Apu" - Cheap Charts
Fri, 13 Feb 2015 06:52:49 -0000With the divisive "American Sniper" a surprise awards season success, Filmspotting takes a trip back a couple of decades - back to the mythic Old West - for a Sacred Cow review of Clint Eastwood’s Best Picture-winning UNFORGIVEN. Plus, the Chicago Tribune’s Michael Phillips drops by to help us handicap the 2015 OSCARS. This episode is brought to you by MUBI.com and Shutterstock (code FILM215). :00-3:05 - Billboard / Sponsors 3:05-44:47 - Sacred Cow: "Unforgiven" Shakey Graves, "Dearly Departed" 45:59-48:59 - Shutterstock 48:59-57:01 - Notes / Polls 57:01-1:10:27 - Oscar Picks Shakey Graves, "Hard Wired" 1:11:36-1:16:33 - Donations 1:16:33-1:45:20 - Oscar Picks, cont. 1:45:20-1:50:09 - Close BONUS - More Oscar picks MUSIC - Shakey Graves LINKS - Josh's review of "Unforgiven" - Dissolve Movie of the Week: "Unforgiven" - "Oscars 2015: Video Evidence"
Wed, 11 Feb 2015 20:41:31 -0000Adam and Josh close out their look at Satyajit Ray's "Apu Trilogy" – but fortunately not their exploration of Ray's work – with a discussion of THE UNVANQUISHED (1957) and THE WORLD OF APU (1959). 0-33:32 – Review: Unvanquished + World of Apu LINKS - Josh on "The Unvanquished" - Josh on "The World of Apu" - Forum reviews of Ray Marathon films
Fri, 06 Feb 2015 06:00:00 -0000Holed up in the Canadian Ambassador's residence waiting for Ben Affleck to save them, Josh and Adam share their Top 5 Rescue Scenes. Plus, a review of the Wachowski's latest sci-fi extravaganza (slash absurd future camp classic?) JUPITER ASCENDING, Josh's report from his trip to the 2015 Sundance Film Festival and Adam recommends THE DUKE OF BURGUNDY. This episode is brought to you by MUBI.com, Harry's.com (code FILMSPOTTING) and Squarespace (code FILM). :00-3:36 - Sponsors / Billboard 3:36-30:52 - Review: "Jupiter Ascending" alt-J, "Left Hand Free" 32:12-34:01 - Harry's 34:01-46:19 - Notes / Massacre Theatre 46:19-59:00 - Sundance / "Duke of Burgundy" alt-J, "Every Other Freckle" 1:00:23-1:04:01 - Donations / SVU Promo 1:04:01-1:35:06 - Top 5: Rescue Scenes 1:235:06-1:38:42 - Close / Outtake MUSIC - alt-J NOTES - MT winner: Jeff Haynes LINKS - Josh on"Jupiter Ascending" - Josh's 2015 Sundance ranked - Michael Sheen's infamous laugh
Fri, 30 Jan 2015 06:00:00 -0000BLACKHAT is a bona fide critical and box office bomb... But its director, Michael Mann, made "Thief," "The Insider" and "Heat," so Josh and Adam are reviewing it anyway. Plus, Pt. 2 of Filmspotting's 2015 Movie Preview poses the biggest questions surrounding the upcoming year in cinema... And Adam (tries to) recommend Godard's GOODBYE TO LANGUAGE 3D. This episode is brought to you by MUBI.com – get a free month of movies! :00-3:04 - Billboard / MUBI 3:04-31:55 - Review: "Blackhat" Ex Hex, "Don't Wanna Lose" 33:05-47:38 - Notes / Polls 47:38-54:13 - "Goodbye to Language" Ex Hex, "New Kid" 55:08-59:03 - Donations 59:03-1:25:05 - Top 5: 2015 Preview 1:25:05-1:27:24 - Close MUSIC - Ex Hex LINKS - Josh on "Blackhat" -Speed of Causality: Mann's "Blackhat" - On Tour: "Jersey Boys" and "American Sniper" - Brody on "Goodbye to Language" - Stephen's best films of 2014 - Int'l Online Critics Poll Results
Wed, 28 Jan 2015 16:23:01 -0000Adam and Josh discuss the first film in their (long-awaited) Satyajit Ray Marathon – Ray's breathtaking and heartbreaking 1955 debut, PATHER PANCHALI. 0-22:50 – Review: Pather Panchali LINKS - Josh on "Pather Panchali"
Fri, 23 Jan 2015 06:00:00 -0000It's a (woefully civil) showdown over Clint Eastwood's AMERICAN SNIPER, plus thoughts on the (woefully misguided) Oscar nominations, and Josh and Adam take their best shot at predicting what will eventually be their favorite films of the new year with their 2015 Movie Preview. This episode is brought to you by MUBI.com – get a free month of movies! :00-3:13 - Billboard / Mubi 3:13-27:57 - Review: "American Sniper" Decemberists, "Better Not Wake the Baby" 29:05-48:18 - Oscar Nominations / Notes 48:18-54:54 - Massacre Theatre Decemberists, "Make You Better" 55:50-1:00:34 - Donations / SVU Promo 1:00:34-1:24:24 - Top 5: 2015 Movie Preview 1:24:24-1:27:15 - Close MUSIC - The Decemberists CORRECTIONS - The Untitled Austin Terrence Malick Project doesn't actually star Ben Affleck; but it does star Fassbender AND Gosling! NOTES - MT winner: Katherine Stevens LINKS - Josh on "American Sniper" - Movies.com's 20 Oscar snubs - Ehrlich on Aniston's "Cake"
Fri, 16 Jan 2015 06:00:00 -0000With the future of humanity depending on them, Josh and Adam recorded this episode from inside a time-traveling telephone booth in order to compile their Top 5 Historic Event Movies. Plus, your hosts have a dream of a biopic that doesn't worshipfully lionize its central character. Does SELMA deliver? This episode is brought to you by Audible and MUBI.com – get a free month of movies! :00-3:04 - Billboard / Audible-Mubi 3:04-30:20 - Review: "Selma" D'Angelo, "The Door" 31:14-33:51 - Audible 33:51-51:10 - Notes / Polls 51:10-58:29 - Adam Recs: "Most Violent Year" D'Angelo, "Back to the Future" 59:24-1:01:59 - Donations / Nerdette 1:01:59-1:34:32 - Top 5: Historic Events 1:34:32-1:37:38 - Close BONUS - Films of the Decade So Far MUSIC - D'Angelo NOTES - Audible rec: Matthew Modine's "Full Metal Jacket Diary" LINKS - Josh's review of "Selma" - Max O'Connell's rules - Best Films of the Decade So Far - More on Best of the Decade
Fri, 09 Jan 2015 06:00:00 -0000The Oscars are still more than a month away, but Filmspotting's ballots are in for the best performances of 2014. Plus, a review of Mike Leigh's MR TURNER. This episode is brought to you by Shutterstock (code FILM115) and MUBI.com – get a free month of movies! :00-2:30 - Sponsors / Billboard 2:30-25:43 - Review: "Mr. Turner" Jeremy Messersmith, "Ghost" 27:02-28:49 - Shutterstock 28:39-38:32 - Notes / Massacre Theatre 38:32-57:32 - Top 5: Performances of 2014 Jeremy Messersmith, "It's Only Dancing" 58:45-1:09:00 - Donations / SVU Promo 1:09:09-1:33:04 - Performances of 2014, cont. 1:33:04-1:36:17 - Close MUSIC - Jeremy Messersmith NOTES - MT winner: Colin Hinckley LINKS - Ray Marathon Lineup - Josh's review of "Mr. Turner" - The Critical Press - "The Wire" crime scene - Ben's 2014 film montage
Wed, 24 Dec 2014 23:08:56 -0000Somehow "Left Behind" didn't make the cut in Pt. 1 of Filmspotting's Top 10 Films of 2014. But there are five picks remaining and four critics – including Michael Phillips (Chicago Tribune) and Scott Tobias (The Dissolve) – who might just end the suspense for Nic Cage. This episode is brought to you by MUBI.com – get a free month of movies! :00-3:23 - Billboard / Pleasure Town 3:23-46:18 - Top 10 of 2014: #5-3 "Andrew Void," Under the Skin 46:49-47:33 - SVU Promo 47:33-1:24:28 - Top 10 of 2014: #2-1 1:24:28-1:26:28 - Close MUSIC - Scores curated by Sam Smith LINKS - All host and guest picks - Scott Tobias - Scott's "Birdman" review - Michael Phillips - The Tribe - Trailer
Fri, 19 Dec 2014 06:00:00 -0000- 10-9-8-7-6... It's part one of Filmspotting's Top 10 Films of 2014 countdown, featuring special guests Michael Phillips from the Chicago Tribune and The Dissolve’s Scott Tobias. Plus, Mr. Brick himself, Rian Johnson, announces the winner of this year’s Golden Brick award. :00-2:28 - Billboard / Donations 2:28-31:15 - Top 10 of 2014: #10-9 "Canto At Gabelmeister's Peak," Grand Budapest... 31:47-45:09 - Polls / Golden Brick Winner "The Rest Of My Life," Mood Indigo 46:19-1:26:21 - Top 10 of 2014: #8-6 1:26:21-1:29:28 - Close MUSIC - Scores curated by Sam Smith BONUS CONTENT - Worst Movies of 2014 LINKS - Michael Phillips - Scott Tobias - Melissa's "Under the Skin" theory - Sam Smith's posters podcast - Slate's 25 Best Podcast Episodes - Golden Bricks Page - Scott on "Wolf of Wall Street"
Fri, 12 Dec 2014 06:18:43 -0000What was the best shot of 2014? How about the best performances by actors we take granted? Filmspotting covers all its end-of-year bases with the Top 5 "Best of the Rest" – everything Josh and Adam loves about the year in movies... except the movies themselves. Plus, a review of Paul Thomas Anderson's INHERENT VICE. :00-2:34 - Billboard / Donations 2:34-35:09 - Review: "Inherent Vice" Willis Earl Beal, "Nobody Knows" 36:28-45:35 - Notes / Massacre Theatre 45:35-1:02:19 - Top 5: "Best of the Rest" Willis Earl Beal, "Wavering Lines" 1:03:38-1:04:32 - SVU Promo 1:04:32-1:31:48 - "Best of the Rest" cont. 1:31:48-1:34:35 - Close MUSIC - Willis Earl Beal NOTES - Correction: Pretty sure Peter Sarsgaard is not the progeny of Stellan Skarsgard. LINKS - Josh on "Inherent Vice"