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Weekly film podcast and WBEZ radio show from Chicago featuring in-depth reviews, top 5 lists and interviews. Hosted by Adam Kempenaar and Josh Larsen. Part of the Panoply Network.Weekly film podcast and WBEZ radio show from Chicago featuring in-depth revi

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#631: The Fate of the Furious / Top 5 Fast & Furious Moments

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 05:00:00 -0000

Just how big a deal is the "Furious" franchise? The 8th film in the street-racing saga managed to break an opening weekend box office record previously held by "The Force Awakens." So yeah: it’s big. So big, we're devoting the whole show to Alpha Dom and his ever-expanding crew. The Next Picture Show's Tasha Robinson and Genevieve Koski join Adam for a review of THE FATE OF THE FURIOUS, plus a replay of Adam and Josh's Top 5 Fast & Furious Moments from 2015.​

0:00-1:43 - Billboard
1:43-33:25 - Review: "The Fate of the Furious"
Lil Uzi Vert, "Go Off"
35:53-37:02 - Notes
37:02-1:13:36 - Top 5: Fast & Furious Moments (2015)
1:13:36-1:16:51 - Close

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#630: Rushmore / FS Madness Champ / Charlie Siskel (American Anarchist) Interview

Fri, 14 Apr 2017 05:00:00 -0000

Wes Anderson’s RUSHMORE was a minor indie hit during its initial run starting in late 1998, but it marked the arrival of a significant new directing talent, and established a brilliant new stage of Bill Murray’s career. Adam and Josh – who joins the show from Ebert Interruptus in Boulder, CO - give Anderson's film the Sacred Cow treatment and unveil your 2017 Filmspotting Madness champion. Also, Adam's interview with Charlie Siskel, co-director the Oscar-nominated "Finding Vivian Maier" and director of the new doc AMERICAN ANARCHIST. Siskel also shares his Top 5 Most Influential Docs.

0:00-1:29 - Billboard
1:29-35:09 - Sacred Cow: "Rushmore"
Cat Stevens, "The Wind"
38:33-1:00:22 - FS Madness Champion / Poll
The Rolling Stones, "I Am Waiting"
1:01:18-1:35:22 - Interview: Charlie Siskel
1:35:22-1:37:55 - Close   

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#629: The Discovery / FS Madness Final / Varda #4 - Vagabond

Thu, 06 Apr 2017 05:00:00 -0000

In 2014, first-time writer/director Charlie McDowell made a big impression (on Adam, anyway) with THE ONE I LOVE, a movie about a troubled marriage with surreal, Charlie Kaufman-esque flourishes. McDowell’s follow up - THE DISCOVERY, which stars Rooney Mara, Jason Segel and Robert Redford, also has a provocative sci-fi premise, this one about the consequences of scientists proving the existence of an afterlife. The film debuted to some acclaim this January at Sundance and is now being distributed exclusively on Netflix.

This week on the show, Adam and Josh mostly agree about the movie's failings, but still manage to get into a fight over Jesse Plemons. Plus, Filmspotting Madness Final Four results (The Godfather v 2001! Pulp Fiction v Empire Strikes Back!) and the Agnes Varda Marathon continues with the director's 1985 masterpiece VAGABOND.

0:00-1:16 - Billboard
1:16-29:08 - Review: "The Discovery"
Alt-J, "3WW"
30:08-53:20 - Notes / FS Madness
53:20-1:16:55 - Varda #4: "Vagabond"
1:16:55-1:27:55 - Close / Hot Mics

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#628 with Michael Phillips: Casablanca / FS Madness Final Four

Thu, 30 Mar 2017 05:00:00 -0000

CASABLANCA is one of the most enduring and beloved films of Hollywood’s Golden Age. Three-quarters of a century after its 1942 release, its famous lines, songs and faces have retained their power. But what does the film itself have to offer 21st-century audiences? (Spoiler: quite a lot actually.) In honor of its 75th anniversary, Adam, guest host Michael Phillips and film professor Katharine Fusco revisit the WWII-era classic with a Sacred Cow review. Plus, Michael mocks and then kinda sorta recommends Terrence Malick's "Song to Song," and the Filmspotting Madness Final Four is revealed.

0:00-2:01 - Billboard
2:01-42:32 - Sacred Cow: "Casablanca"
Dooley Wilson, "As Time Goes By"
43:58-51:15 - MP Review: "Song to Song"
51:15-1:11:26 - Filmspotting Madness
1:11:26-1:16:57 - Close / Outtake

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#627: Top 5 Kristen Stewart Scenes / FS Madness / Varda #3 - One Sings, The Other Doesn't

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 05:00:00 -0000

Kristen Stewart went from child actress to reticent star of the hugely successful TWILIGHT series to… well, we’ll see. But with strong work in a couple of notable indies and European films recently, her cult of fans is expanding. With Stewart's latest Oliver Assayas collaboration (PERSONAL SHOPPER) now in limited release, Adam and Josh devote this week’s Top 5 to a few of the actress's best moments on screen, plus a conversation with director Stephen Cone about his powerful response to "Shopper". Also, Filmspotting Madness Sweet 16 results, your Elite 8 matchups, and Agnes Varda's ONE SINGS, THE OTHER DOESN'T (1977).

0:00-2:05 - Billboard
3:44-15:16 - "Personal Shopper" w/ Stephen Cone
15:16-44:50 - Top 5 Kristen Stewart Scenes
Mitski, "Your Best American Girl"
51:10-1:18:50 - Filmspotting Madness
Mitski, "Once More To See You"
1:21:12-1:25:47 - JL Review: "Beauty and Beast" (2017)
1:25:47-1:50:02 - Varda #3: "One Sings, The Other Doesn't" 
1:50:02-1:54:32 - Close / Outtake

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#626 with Danny Boyle: Top 5 Boyle Characters / FS Madness / Varda #2 - The Creatures

Thu, 16 Mar 2017 05:00:00 -0000

TRAINSPOTTING wasn't a huge hit in its day, but the 1996 film made an impression on a generation of young film fans thanks to its visual flair, memorable soundtrack and quartet of talented stars. That quartet - lead by Ewan McGregor - is making a surprise comeback 20 years later with the release of T2 TRAINSPOTTING. Also back: director Danny Boyle. This week on the show, Boyle sits down with Adam to talk about how he approached the sequel, and contributes his own Top 5 Danny Boyle Characters. (Spoiler: they're all women.) Plus, a surreal chat with Tim Heidecker and Gregg Turkington from Adult Swim's "On Cinema," Filmspotting Madness Round 2 results and Film Comment's Violet Lucca drops in for week 2 of the Agnes Varda Marathon.

0:00-2:00 - Billboard
3:45-39:01 - Top 5 Danny Boyle Characters
Young Fathers, "Only God Knows"
40:37-1:01:17 - T2 / Boyle Characters, cont.
1:01:17-1:13:35 - Tim Heidecker and Gregg Turkington
1:13:35-1:42:55 - Filmspotting Madness
Young Fathers, "Low"
1:49:17-2:00:31 - Filmspotting Madness, cont.
2:00:31-2:25:44 - Varda #2: "The Creatures"
2:25:44-2:30:22 - Close

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#625: Logan / Filmspotting Madness / Varda #1 - La Pointe Courte

Thu, 09 Mar 2017 06:00:00 -0000

The tale of the once-great gunslinger forced out of retirement for one more job is a familiar one, but not one we’ve seen adopted by the superhero genre – until now. Marvel’s LOGAN is one part “Shane,” one part “Unforgiven," and if last weekend’s box office is any indication, we may see more like it. Adam and Josh share their mixed review, plus Round 1 results from Filmspotting Madness and the first film in the Agnes Varda Marathon - 1955's LA POINTE COURTE.

0:00-2:12 - Billboard
3:54-27:59 - Review: "Logan"
Marty Stuart & His Fabulous Superlatives, "Lost In the Desert"
29:56-39:34 - Notes
39:34-1:20:54 - Filmspotting Madness
Corinne Marchand, "Sans Toi" ("Cleo From 5 to 7")
1:23:50-1:41:37 - Varda #1: "La Pointe Courte"
1:41:37-1:44:15 - Close / Outtake

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#624: Get Out / Filmspotting Madness / Top 5 Pantheon Contenders

Thu, 02 Mar 2017 06:00:00 -0000

Who needs to be told how great The Godfather is? Or Citizen Kane? Or, um... Midnight Run? That was the logic back in the early days of the show - in 2005 - when Adam and original co-host/current producer/Midnight Run-lover Sam established the Filmspotting Pantheon: an eccentric mix of movie greats and personal favorites. For the show’s 12th anniversary, Adam and Josh dust off the Pantheon for Filmspotting Madness - a month-long tournament that will leave only one film reigning supreme. That, plus a review of surprise box office hit GET OUT.

0:00-1:49 - Billboard
1:49-43:42 - Top 5 Pantheon Contenders
Spoon, "Can I Sit Next To You"
46:51-1:03:10 - Notes
1:03:10-1:24:29 - Filmspotting Madness
Spoon, "Can I Sit Next To You"
1:25:42-1:30:59 - Donations
1:30:59-1:47:53 - Review: "Get Out"
1:47:53-2:00:38 - Filmspotting Madness, cont.
2:00:38-2:03:51 - Close / Outtake

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FS Fix: Bunuel #6 - That Obscure Object of Desire / Bunuel Awards

Wed, 01 Mar 2017 18:00:00 -0000

Luis Bunuel's puckish sensibility did not fail him in his old age. For the director's final film - 1977's THAT OBSCURE OBJECT OF DESIRE (made when he was 80) - Bunuel famously cast two actresses in the same role. The conceit allows him to explore some of his favorite themes - obsession, repression, desire, hypocrisy. It's also one of his funniest films. Adam and Josh have that review and wrap-up the marathon with 'Those Obscure Objects of Desire' - the Bunuel Marathon Awards. It's Catherine Deneuve v Jeanne Moreau! Fernando Rey v The Eyeball!

A special 12th anniversary episode of Filmspotting comes later in the week, with the 2017 Filmspotting Madness Selection Special and Adam and Josh's Top 5 Pantheon Contenders.     

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#623: 2017 Oscar Picks with Michael Phillips

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 06:00:00 -0000

This year’s Oscar ceremony is bound to get political, but how might Oscar voters send a message with their ballots? Adam and guest host Michael Phillips try to stay above the political fray during their Oscar preview special: who will win, who should win - and who got snubbed. Plus, Massacre Theatre and Michael shares some thoughts on Jordan Peele's GET OUT.

0:00-2:08 - Billboard3:33-29:35 - Oscar PicksGlen Hansard and Markéta Irglová, "Falling Slowly"32:23-47:33 - Notes / Massacre Theatre47:33-50:33 - Michael Recommends: "Get Out"55:45-1:24:58 - Oscar Picks, cont.1:24:58-1:30:46 - Close / Outtake 

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#622: John Wick / John Wick: Chapter 2 / Lego Batman Movie

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 06:00:00 -0000

When the Keanu Reeves revenge tale JOHN WICK opened back in 2014, it made a modest $80 million at the box office. But in the couple years since it has acquired something almost as valuable as money: cult status. That cult fervor was rewarded with a sequel: JOHN WICK: CHAPTER 2, with Reeves battling some of the world's deadliest killers. We dig into the Wick phenomenon with reviews of both the original and the new entry, plus thoughts on THE LEGO BATMAN MOVIE.

0:00-2:39 - Billboard
2:39-36:29 - Sacred Cow: "John Wick"
Tinariwen, "Assawt"
38:18-47:20 - Notes / Polls
47:20-57:10 - Review: "The Lego Batman Movie"
Tinariwen, "Sastanaqqam"
58:20-1:02:57 - Donations
1:02:57-1:23:04 - Review: "John Wick: Chapter 2"
1:23:04-1:28:55 - Close / Outtake

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#621: Top 5 Political Resistance Movies / The Battle of Algiers / Bunuel #5 - Tristana

Fri, 10 Feb 2017 06:00:00 -0000

With the opening weeks of the new administration marked by political protest, Adam and Josh invite critic Michael Sicinski to share his Top 5 Political Resistance Movies. Plus, they cross off a major shared blind spot – the seminal resistance film THE BATTLE OF ALGIERS (1966) – and discuss the next film in their Luis Bunuel Marathon, TRISTANA.

0:00-3:54 - Billboard
3:54-39:29 - Top 5: Political Resistance Movies
Souad Massi, "Bima el'taaloul"
40:30-52:56 - Notes / Massacre Theatre
52:56-1:12:10 - Blindspotting: "The Battle of Algiers"
Souad Massi, "Hadari"
1:13:08-1:20:19 - Donations
1:20:19-1:40:09 - Bunuel #5: "Tristana"
1:40:09-1:52:55 - Close / Hot Mics

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#620: 2017 Movie Preview / Oscar Talk / Bunuel #4 - Diary of a Chambermaid

Fri, 03 Feb 2017 06:00:00 -0000

The short version of Filmspotting's 2017 Movie Preview is easy: it starts with "Last" and ends with "Jedi." For a longer take, listen to this week's show, as Adam and Josh pose their top 5 questions about the new movie year. Plus, a little Oscar talk and Josh's recap of his time at the Sundance Film Festival. 

0:00-1:41 - Billboard
1:41-30:18 - 2017 Movie Preview
Japandroids, "Near To The Wild Heart Of Life" 
31:35-44:59 - Notes / Oscars Nominations
44:59-59:24 - Sundance Recap
Japandroids, "No Known Drink Or Drug" 
1:00:26-1:03:28 - Donations
1:03:28-1:46:29 - Bunuel #4: "Diary Of A Chambermaid"
1:46:29-1:52:43 - Close / Hot Mics ("Split")

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FS Revisited: Barry Jenkins & Naomie Harris / La La Land

Fri, 27 Jan 2017 07:00:00 -0000

With it's 14 Oscar nominations, the 2017 Best Picture Oscar seems LA LA LAND’s to lose. In the role of spoiler? The critically adored MOONLIGHT, director Barry Jenkins’ poetic and moving coming of age tale set in 1980s Miami. This week on the show, revisit Adam's conversation with Jenkins and Naomie Harris, one of the film’s Oscar-nominated stars. Plus, the December review of LA LA LAND. (And stick around post-credits for some ARRIVAL spoiler talk.)

0:00-1:46 - Billboard
3:36-26:55 - Interview: Barry Jenkins & Naomie Harris
26:55-40:00 - Review: "Moonlight"
"Another Day of Sun," La La Land
42:06-45:00 - Notes
45:00-1:10:40 - Review: "La La Land"
1:10:40-1:26:40 - Close / Spoiler talk: "Arrival"

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#619: 2016 Wrap Party Live (Scenes of the Year)

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 06:00:00 -0000

For Filmspotting's annual year-end Wrap Party, Adam, Josh and some very special guests set up camp on Chicago's South Side for a live show dedicated to some of the most memorable movie moments of 2016. Michael Phillips, Tasha Robinson and more share their favorite scenes of the year, plus live Massacre Theatre and the winner of the 2016 Golden Brick. 

0:00-1:00 - Billboard
1:00-16:27 - Intro / Opening Scene
16:27-46:34 - Funniest Scene / Music Moment
47:10-54:44 - Notes / Massacre Theatre
54:44-1:09:43 - Moving Moment
1:09:43-1:16:05 - Golden Brick Award
1:16:05-1:38:04 - Scene of the Year
1:38:04-1:46:54 - Close

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#618: Paterson / Fences / Top 5 Denzel Performances (Revisited)

Fri, 06 Jan 2017 06:00:00 -0000

The Filmspotting New Year's 'Fix' show has featured some memorable battles over the years (2015's "Wolf of Wall Street" v "American Hustle"; 2016's "Hateful Eight" v "The Revenant"), but the 2017 edition is a friendlier affair, with positive reviews of recent releases from Jim Jarmusch (PATERSON) and Denzel Washington (FENCES). Plus, we revisit of one of the highlights of 2016 - comedian/activist W. Kamau Bell's Top 5 Denzel Washinton Performances. 

0:00-2:36 - Billboard
2:36-54:22 - "Paterson," Golden Brick Feedback, "Fences"
"Car Cleveland," John Lurie ("Stranger Than Paradise")
56:16-1:28:48 - Top 5: Denzel Washinton Performances
1:28:48-1:32:34 - Close

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#617: Top 10 Films of 2016 (Pt. 2)

Fri, 30 Dec 2016 06:00:00 -0000

2016 was a tough year. We lost icons like Prince, David Bowie and just days ago Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds. And how about that not-divisive-at-all campaign season? So we’re due for a little silver lining. This week, with The Next Picture Show's Scott Tobias and Genevieve Koski, Adam and Josh celebrate the good that 2016 brought us with part two of the Top 10 Films of 2016 countdown.

0:00-1:08 - Billboard
1:08-1:03:55 - Top 10 of 2016: #5-3
"The Middle of the World," Moonlight
1:05:27-1:15:22 - Massacre Theatre
1:15:22-1:57:47 - Top 10 of 2016: #2-1
1:57:47-2:00:17 - Close

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#616: Top 10 Films of 2016 (Pt. 1)

Fri, 23 Dec 2016 06:00:00 -0000

A lot of usual suspects at the top of the box office charts in 2016: Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars, Disney and Harry Potter. And a lot of those movies? Not bad actually. But what are the year’s great films? The Next Picture Show's Scott Tobias and Genevieve Koski join Adam and Josh for part one of the Top 10 Films of 2016 Roundtable.

0:00-1:17 - Billboard
1:17-48:03 - Top 10 of 2016: #10-9
"Heptapod B," Arrival
48:56-1:51:54 - Top 10 of 2016: #8-6
1:51:54-1:55:51 - Close

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#615: Rogue One / 2016's Best Performances and More

Fri, 16 Dec 2016 06:00:00 -0000

There’s no such thing as a small Star Wars movie, but without a roman numeral anywhere in its title the new ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS STORY promises something different. But does it deliver on that promise? This week, a review of the season's most anticipated movie. Plus - ahead of next week's Top 10 of the year roundtable - Adam and Josh throw an old school year-end blowout, sharing their favorite 2016 performances, documentaries, music and more.

0:00-1:11 - Billboard
1:11-25:11 - Review "Rogue One"
"No Woman," Whitney
26:34-1:10:48 - 2016 Blowout
1:10:48-1:13:27 - Close

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#614: La La Land / Top 5 Musical Numbers / Golden Brick Finalists

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 06:00:00 -0000

It says something about the contemporary movie landscape that the prospect of a new live-action movie musical is as much of a curiosity as the high-profile appearance of a silent film back in 2011. Of course that 2011 silent - THE ARTIST - went on to win a Best Picture Oscar, which may bode well for director Damien Chazelle’s LA LA LAND, starring Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling. A review of LA LA LAND, plus Michael Phillips and guest Desiree Garcia (star of Chazelle's "Guy and Madeline on a Park Bench") share their Top 5 Movie Musical Numbers. 

0:00-1:41 - Billboard
1:41-30:18 - Review "La La Land"
"City of Stars," Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone ("La La Land")
31:35-44:59 - Notes / Massacre Theatre
44:59-59:24 - Golden Brick Finalists
"Cheek to Cheek," Ella Fitzgerald
1:00:26-1:03:28 - Donations
1:03:28-1:46:29 - Top 5: Musical Numbers
1:46:29-1:52:43 - Close

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#613: The Edge of Seventeen / Top 5 Teen Girl Movies Directed By Women with Marya E. Gates

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 06:00:00 -0000

In most teen coming of age movies, it’s usually the boys who do the coming of age. But in THE EDGE OF SEVENTEEN, the focus is squarely on the girls. First-time feature director Kelly Fremon Craig’s film has been praised by critics, but mostly ignored by audiences. Adam and Josh share some praise of their own and TCM's Marya E. Gates calls in to share her picks for the Top 5 Teen Girl Movies Directed by Women. Plus: some post-credits ARRIVAL spoiler talk. 

0:00-1:23 - Billboard
1:23-30:49 - Review "The Edge of Seventeen"
"Vanity," Mica Levi (Jackie)
31:44-45:26 - Notes / Polls
45:26-57:01 - Golden Brickspotting
"The End," Mica Levi (Jackie)
57:59-1:02:30 - Donations
1:02:30-1:36:14 - Top 5: Teen Girl Movies Directed By Women
1:36:14-1:53:07 - Close / Spoiler Talk: "Arrival"

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#612: Top 5 Movies That Console and Restore Hope / Live at Chicago Podcast Festival

Wed, 23 Nov 2016 19:00:00 -0000

Movies can entertain us, transport us and move us, but can they heal us? That’s the question Adam, Josh and Michael Phillips wrestled with as they considered titles for their Top 5 Movies that Console and Restore Hope. That Top 5 and more recorded live at Schubas Tavern as part of the first annual Chicago Podcast Festival.

0:00-0:55 - Billboard
0:55-25:06 - Top 5: Movies That Console and Restore Hope
Music: Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings, "I'm Still Here"
26:38-1:03:09 - Top 5, cont.
1:03:09-1:08:58 - Close

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2016 Golden Brick Preview Special

Fri, 18 Nov 2016 06:00:00 -0000

With Thanksgiving approaching, Adam and Josh give a shout out to some of the year's best overlooked movies. Along with the shortlist for the 2016 Golden Brick Award (many of which are available to rent or stream), hear replays of Adam's interview with THE WITNESS director James Solomon and July's review of THE FITS.

0:00-1;11 - Billboard
1:11-28:39 - Review: "The Fits"
Music: Glen Phillips, "Grief and Praise"
29:42-44:13 - Golden Brick Shortlist
44:13-45:36 - Interview: James Solomon
1:18:10-1:20:52 - Close

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#611: Loving / Arrival / Hacksaw Ridge

Fri, 11 Nov 2016 06:00:00 -0000

Aliens come to movie screens in a few different ways. Sometimes they come in peace; sometimes they come to destroy; and sometimes… well sometimes they just come. In ARRIVAL, the new sci-fi film from SICARIO director Denis Villeneuve, they do just come - and it’s up to Amy Adams' language specialist to figure out why. On this week's show, Josh and guest host Michael Phillips have a review. Plus, thoughts on Jeff Nichols’ LOVING and Mel Gibson's HACKSAW RIDGE.

0:00-1:48 - Billboard
1:48-23:43 - Review: "Loving"
Charles Bradley, "God Bless America"
25:08-39:01 - Notes / Massacre Theatre
39:01-51:50 - Review: "Hacksaw Ridge"
Charles Bradley, "Changes"
53:10-1:08:05 - Review: "Arrival"
1:08:05-1:12:10 - Close / Outtake

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#610: Barry Jenkins and Naomie Harris (Moonlight) / Doctor Strange / Tower / Bunuel Marathon #3

Fri, 04 Nov 2016 05:00:00 -0000

Director Barry Jenkins and playwright Tarell McCraney grew up in the same neighborhood in 1980s-era Miami. MOONLIGHT, based on an autobiographical story by McCraney, brought Jenkins back to his roots. And that return to his home turf has paid off: MOONLIGHT has been the toast of the festival circuit all this fall. This week, Adam's interview with Jenkins and actress Naomie Harris. Plus, quick reviews of two more new releases - Marvel's DOCTOR STRANGE and TOWER, a newly minted Golden Brick nominee that Adam calls one of the best films of the year.

0:00-1:06 - Billboard
1:06-23:46 - Interview: Barry Jenkins and Naomie Harris
23:46-36:51 - Review: "Moonlight"
Anderson .Paak, "Get 'Em Up"
37:59-48:40 - Notes / Polls
48:40-57:35 - Reviews: "Doctor Strange," "Tower"
Anderson .Paak, "The City"
58:33-1:08:28 - Donations
1:08:28-1:26:00 - Buñuel #3: "Death in the Garden"
1:26:00-1:29:02 - Close

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#609: Top 5 Childhood Movie Scares with Ti West / A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)

Fri, 28 Oct 2016 05:00:00 -0000

The clown under the bed. The shadow on the other side of the shower curtain. The elevator filled with blood. Scary movies make an impression - and never more so than when you’re a kid. This week on the show, Adam and Josh tap into their own earliest fears for this week’s Top 5: Childhood Movie Scares with special guest Ti West ("House of the Devil" "In a Valley of Violence"). Plus, a Sacred Cow review of 1984’s NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET.

0:00-1:08 - Billboard
1:08-28:50 - Sacred Cow: "Nightmare on Elm Street" (1984)
Alice Cooper, "Welcome to My Nightmare"
30:18-45:51 - Notes / Massacre Theatre
45:51-1:14:15 - Top 5: Childhood Movie Scares w/Ti West
Dio, "Dream Evil"
1:15:24-1:40:48 - Top 5, cont.
1:40:48-1:43:05 - Close

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#608: Kelly Reichardt (Certain Women) / CIFF Roundup / Bunuel Marathon #2

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 05:00:00 -0000

For certain film lovers, a new Kelly Reichardt film is an event. Spare and deliberately paced movies like WENDY AND LUCY and MEEK’S CUTOFF are treasured for their detail and observation - and for their focus on the lives of women. Reichardt’s latest - CERTAIN WOMEN - continues in that tradition, with a trio of loosely connected stories starring Laura Dern, Michelle Williams and Kristen Stewart. This week, a review of WOMEN, plus Adam's interview with Reichardt and the third film in the Luis Bunuel marathon - 1954's ROBINSON CRUSOE.

0:00-1:23 - Billboard
1:23-21:03 - Interview: Kelly Reichardt
21:03-35:39 - Review: "Certain Women"
Deap Vally, "Smile More"
36:58-48:28 - Notes / Polls
48:28-1:08:35 - CIFF recap
Deap Vally, "Teenage Queen"
1:09:41-1:15:42 - Donations
1:15:42-1:32:51 - Buñuel #2: "Robinson Crusoe"
1:32:51-1:47:15 - Close / Hot Mics

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#607: Conversation with Steve James

Fri, 14 Oct 2016 05:00:00 -0000

Back in June, IDA and Chicago's Kartemquin Films invited Adam to host a career-spanning conversation with documentary filmmaker Steve James ("Hoop Dreams," "The Interrupters"). This excerpt from that talk covers James' early life growing up in Hampton, VA, and his films STEVIE (2002) and AT THE DEATH HOUSE DOOR (2008), plus the James-produced PBS series about immigration THE NEW AMERICANS (2004).  

0:00-1:11 - Billboard
1:11-25:24 - Interview: Steve James
Shovels & Rope, "The Last Hawk"
26:22-28:23 - Notes
28:23-52:47 - Steve James, cont.
52:47-54:45 - Close

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#606: The Birth of a Nation / Chicago Film Festival Preview

Fri, 07 Oct 2016 05:00:00 -0000

Director Nate Parker came out of Sundance in January with an award-winning debut film and talk of being an Oscar front-runner. Things got more complicated over the summer when revelations about Parker’s past turned attention away from the film and onto him. Parker’s film THE BIRTH OF A NATION, about Nat Turner’s 1831 slave rebellion, opens this weekend. Adam and Josh have a review. Plus, their most anticipated titles playing this year's Chicago International Film Festival (Oct 13-27).

0:00-1:15 - Billboard
1:15-30:40 - Review: "Birth of a Nation"
Chance the Rapper, "How Great"
31:53-44:22 - Notes / Massacre Theatre
44:22-47:12 - Top 5: CIFF Preview
Chance the Rapper, "Blessings"
48:12-55:51 - Donations
55:51-1:24:02 - Top 5: CIFF Preview, cont.
1:24:02-1:27:31 - Close / Outtake

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#605: Top 5 Denzel Performances with W. Kamau Bell / The Magnificent Seven / Bunuel Marathon #1

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 07:00:00 -0000

Denzel Washington has been nominated for an Oscar in every decade since the ‘80s. He’s been a consistently bankable star for just about that long, too. And yet, do we still take Denzel for granted? With Washington’s THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN remake currently in theaters, special guest W. Kamau Bell joins Adam and Josh to look back on the actor’s career with the Top 5 Denzel Washington Performances. Plus, the first pair of films in the latest Filmspotting Marathon, devoted to the career of the Spanish-born surrealist Luis Bunuel - his 1929 collaboration with Salvador Dali UN CHIEN ANDALOU and 1930's L'AGE D'OR. 

0:00-1:12 - Billboard
1:12-35:47 - Top 5: Denzel Performances
W. Kamau Bell, "How Did You Know It Was Racism?"
36:60-51:59 - Notes / Polls
51:59-1:10:51 - Review: "Magnificent Seven"
Pixies, "Debaser"
1:12:05-1:17:20 - Donations
1:17:20-1:34:43 - Bunuel #1
1:334:43-1:36:59 - Close

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#604: Top 5 Oliver Stone Scenes w/ Matt Zoller Seitz / Born on the Fourth of July

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 06:00:00 -0000

In 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.

0:00-1:27 - Billboard
1:27-37:13 - Sacred Cow: "Born on the Fourth..."
Dawes, "Picture of a Man"
38:39-48:55 - Notes / Massacre Theatre
48:55-1:00:02 - Review: "Snowden"
Dawes, "For No Good Reason"
1:01:21-1:47:53 - Top 5: Oliver Stone Scenes
1:47:53-1:50:31 - Close / Outtake

-The Oliver Stone Experience

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#603: Sully / Nordic Cinema Marathon Awards

Fri, 16 Sep 2016 05:00:00 -0000

When 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.

0:00-0:59 - Billboard
0:59-30:03 - Review: "Sully"
Frankie Lee "American Dreamer"
31:19-42:59 - Notes / Polls
42:59-1:14:46 - Nordic Marathon Awards
1:14:46-1:24:52 - Close / Hot Mics

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#602: Top 5 Comedies of the 21st Century / Young Frankenstein

Fri, 09 Sep 2016 05:00:00 -0000

Earlier 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.

0:00-1:18 - Billboard
1:18-23:24 - Sacred Cow: "Young Frankenstein"
Young Frankenstein, "Puttin' on the Ritz"
24:38-39:59 - Notes / Massacre Theatre
39:59-1:07:09 - Michael Phillips 
Walk Hard, "Walk Hard"
1:07:44-1:13:46 - Donations
1:13:46-2:09:57 - Top 5: 21st Century Comedies
2:09:57-2:12:22 - Close

-Josh on "Young Frankenstein"
-BBC's 21st Century's 100 Greatest Films
-Comedies shut out of BBC's greatest films

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#601: Morris From America / Southside with You / Nordic #7 - Rams

Fri, 02 Sep 2016 05:00:00 -0000

Single 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 ('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.  

0:00-3:35 - Billboard / Donations
3:35-22:13 - Review: "Morris from America"
Dream Wife, "Heartbreaker"
23:15-44:47 - Notes / Polls
44:47-55:54 - Review: "Southside With You"
55:54-1:00:21 - Review: "Don't Breathe"
1:00:21-1:13:14 - Review: "Little Men"
Dream Wife, "Kids"
1:14:24-1:28:28 - Nordic #7: "Rams"
1:28:28-1:40:18 - Close / Hot Mics

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#600 w/ Chuck Klosterman: Top 5 Movies Future Historians Will Remember

Fri, 26 Aug 2016 05:00:00 -0000

Citizen 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.

0:00-3:23 - Billboard / Donations
3:23-34:47 - Movies Future Historians Will Remember
"I'm Glad Trouble Don't Last Always"
35:44-1:13:59 - Top 5, cont.
"Last Night I Dreamed My Birthday"
1:15:18-1:49:20 - Defining Show Moments
1:49:20-1:52:39 - Close

-Luke Winslow-King

-"But What If We're Wrong"
-"Which Rock Star Will Historians...."
-Filmspotting Reviews: The Complete List
-The Cinephiliacs Episode #83

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#599: Fall Movie Preview (2016) / Hell or High Water / Nordic #6 - 1001 Grams

Fri, 19 Aug 2016 05:00:00 -0000

As 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.

0:00-1:50 - Billboard / Donations
1:50-37:03 - Fall Movie Preview
Townes Van Zandt, "Dollar Bill Blues"
38:11-44:05 - Notes / Corrections
44:05-51:41 - Quick Takes: "Kubo" / "The Phenom"
51:41-58:15 - Massacre Theatre
58:15-1:07:36 - Review: "Hell or High Water"
Chris Stapleton, "Outlaw State of Mind"
1:08:39-1:20:31 - Nordic #6: "1001 Grams"
1:20:31-1:36:34 - Close / Hot Mics

-"Disorder" director Alice Winocour wrote "Mustang," not direct it.

-Josh's review of "Hell or High Water"
-Josh's review of "Kubo"
-Indiewire's 34 Indie Films To See This Season
-Are You Ready For Mel Gibson's Comeback?

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#598: Hunt for the Wilderpeople / Top 5 Directors We'd Bankroll

Fri, 12 Aug 2016 05:00:00 -0000

New 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.

0:00-1:30 - Billboard
2:17-30:02 - Review: "Hunt for the Wilderpeople"
Hockey Dad, "Jump the Gun"
28:48-45:40 - Notes / Polls
45:40-58:00 - "Don't Think Twice" / "Hell or High Water"
Hockey Dad, "I Need A Woman"
58:44-1:01:04 - Donations
1:01:04-1:42:29 - Top 5: Directors We'd Bankroll
1:42:29-1:51:05 - Close / Hot Mics

-The Next Picture Show
-"Charlie Kaufman Reflects On His Career"
-Noel Murray's "Certain Women" review

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#597: Suicide Squad / Top 5 Women Comic Book Characters (Done Right) / Jason Bourne

Fri, 05 Aug 2016 05:00:00 -0000

Chicago 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.)

0:00-3:27 - Billboard / Donations
3:27-27:33 - Review: "Suicide Squad"
The Julie Ruin, "Hello Trust No One"
28:41-36:35 - Notes / Massacre Theatre
36:35-40:08 - Larsen Recommends: "Jason Bourne"
The Julie Ruin, "Mr. So And So"
41:03-1:09:57 - Top 5: Women Comic Book Characters
1:09:57-1:12:32 - Close

-Angelica’s Keanu Reeves essay
-Josh’s "Suicide Squad" review
-Josh’s "Jason Bourne" review

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#596: The Fits / Star Trek Beyond / Le Havre

Fri, 29 Jul 2016 06:19:00 -0000

Director 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." 

0:00-1:12 - Billboard
1:12-24:03 - Review: "The Fits"
Lucy Dacus, "Map On A Wall"
28:42-53:38 - Notes / Polls
53:38-1:12:50 - Nordic #5: "Le Havre"
Lucy Dacus, "I Don't Want To Be Funny Anymore"
1:13:52-1:19:03 - Donations
1:19:03-1:40:27 - Review Roundup
1:40:27-1:57:51 - Close / Hot Mics

-"The Fits" theatrical release info
-Josh's review of "The Fits"
-Josh's review of "Star Trek Beyond"
-Matt Singer's "Star Trek Beyond" review
-Josh's review of "Microbe and Gasoline"
-Billy Ray Brewton's "Show Yourself"

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#595: Ghostbusters / James Solomon Interview (The Witness) / In A Better World

Fri, 22 Jul 2016 12:36:00 -0000

After 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.  

0:00-1:15 - Billboard
2:42-24:53 - Review: "Ghostbusters" (2016)
Music: The Heavy, "A Ghost You Can't Forget"
26:06-41:19 - Notes / Massacre Theatre
41:19-1:04:20 - Nordic #4: "In A Better World"
Music: The Heavy, "The Apology"
1:05:28-1:38:09 - Interview: James Solomon
1:38:09-1:50:18 - Close / Hot Mics

-Josh's review of "Ghostbusters"
-Wendy Fox Weber's "Ghostbuster's review
-Josh's review of "In A Better World"
-"The Witness" Official Site

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Abbas Kiarostami: The Filmspotting Reviews

Wed, 20 Jul 2016 19:00:00 -0000

Collected 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

0:00-0:55 - Intro
0:55-11:31 - "Taste of Cherry"
11:31-28:30 - "Certified Copy"
28:30-41:42 - "Close Up"
41:42-1:01:39 - "Like Someone in Love"

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#594: Top 5 Films of 2016 (So Far)

Fri, 15 Jul 2016 13:00:00 -0000

The 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.  

Michael Kiwanuka

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#593: Swiss Army Man / Kiarostami Tribute / Top 5 'Body' Movies

Fri, 08 Jul 2016 15:36:00 -0000

If 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.

0:00-1:15 - Billboard
1:55-28:57 - Review: "Swiss Army Man"
Music: Martha "Precarious (Supermaket Song)"
29:43-44:02 - Notes / Massacre Theater
44:02-1:13:54 - Interview: Tina Hassannia on Abbas Kiarostami
Music: Martha "Ice Cream and Sunscreen"
1:15:03-2:02:14 - Top 5: 'Body' Movies
2:02:14-2:19:05 - Close / Hot Mics

-Melissa at Seattle Screen Scene
-Tina Hassannia
-Tina's Abbas Kiarostami Appreciation
-Women in the Films of Kiarostami
-"The Cinema of Abbas Kiarostami"
-Godfrey Cheshire on "Close-Up"

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#592: The BFG / Top 5 Children's Book Adaptations

Fri, 01 Jul 2016 05:00:00 -0000

Charlie 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.  

0:00-1:18 - Billboard
2:07-26:02 - Review: "The BFG"
Music: Cat's Eyes, "Girl in the Room"
27:08-37:55 - Notes / Polls
37:55-45:40 - Interview: Nerdette Podcast
Music: Cat's Eyes, "Names on the Mountains"
46:45-1:22:26 - Top 5: Children's Book Adaptations
1:22:26-1:28:38 - Close / Hot Mics

-Josh's review of The BFG

-Nerdette's interview with Lindy West

-Christopher Harris' The Juggernaut podcast

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#591: Nicolas Winding Refn and Elle Fanning / De Palma

Fri, 24 Jun 2016 05:00:00 -0000

The 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.

0:00-3:43 - Billboard / Donations
3:43-28:12 - Interview: Nicolas Winding Refn and Elle Fanning
Music: Case Lang Veirs, "Atomic Number"
40:25-56:50 - Notes / Massacre Theatre
56:50-1:20:24 - Review: "De Palma"
1:20:24-1:36:52 - Close / Hot Mics

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#590: Blindspotting - Body Double / You, The Living

Fri, 17 Jun 2016 05:00:00 -0000

Director 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. 

0:00-1:44 - Billboard
3:24-28:12 - Blindspotting Review: "Body Double"
Music: Band of Horses, "Country Teen"
31:26-50:41 - Notes / Polls
50:41-1:03:22 - FS Recommends: "Finding Dory," "Popstar," "Love & Friendship"
Music: Band of Horses, "Throw My Mess"
1:04:30-1:13:20 - Donations
1:13:20-1:32:16 - Nordic #3: "You, The Living"
1:32:16-1:47:03 - Close / Hot Mics

-Josh's "Body Double" review
-Josh's "You, The Living" review
-Sam's "Fantastic Mr. Fox" review
-The Forgetful Film Critic
-Tapped: A Treasonous Musical Comedy

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#589: The Royal Tenenbaums / Top 5 Non-Kids Movies You Should Show Your Kids

Fri, 10 Jun 2016 05:00:00 -0000

Back 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.

0:00-1:36 - Billboard
1:36-51:10 - Sacred Cow Review: "The Royal Tenenbaums"
51:10-1:01:22 - Notes / Massacre Theatre
1:01:22-1:32:40 - Top 5: (Non-Kids) Movies To Show Your Kids
1:32:40-1:37:36 - Donations
1:37:36-2:09:02 - Top 5 cont.
2:09:02-2:20:24 - Close / Hot Mics

Music used in this episode:
Nico, "These Days"
The Creation, "Making Time"

-The Royal Tenenbaums: My Favorite Film...
-Ty Burr: The Best Old Movies for Families 
-Northwestern Doc Media Screenings

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#588: Top 5 Movie Rivalries with Steven Hyden / Sunset Song

Fri, 03 Jun 2016 16:00:00 -0000

In 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.

0:00-3:14 - Billboard
3:14-59:18 - Top 5: Movie Rivalries
59:18-1:11:28 - Notes / Polls
1:11:28-1:22:35 - Cannes Recap
1:22:35-1:40:24 - Review: "Sunset Song"
1:40:24-1:43:12 - Close / Outtake

Music used in this episode:
Lynyrd Skynyrd, "Sweet Home Alabama" 
Neil Young, "Alabama"

-No Country vs. Blood Trailer
-Emerson on Coens, PTA and violence
-Emerson on Kael v Sarris
-Time Out New York on Chaplin v Keaton
-Cahiers du Cinema's 100 Greatest Films

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#587: The Lobster / Rebecca Miller / The Man Without a Past

Fri, 27 May 2016 05:00:00 -0000

If 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.

0:00-2:09 - Billboard / Sponsors
2:09-30:58 - Review: "The Lobster"
Music: Jacob the Horse, "Hitchcock Blond"
32:05-44:04 - Notes / Massacre Theatre
44:04-1:00:23 - Nordic #2: "The Man Without a Past"
Music: Jacob the Horse, "9191991"
1:01:13-1:08:29 - Donations
1:08:29-1:30:03 - Interview: Rebecca Miller
1:30:03-1:44:26 - Close / Hot Mics / Outtakes


Josh's "Lobster" review
Josh's "Past" review
Steve James In Conversation
Jacob the Horse "Hitchcock Blonde" video
Balinale Film Festival

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#586: The Nice Guys / Top 5 Films of 1987 / Last Days in the Desert

Fri, 20 May 2016 05:00:00 -0000

The 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.

0:00-1:45 - Billboard / Sponsors
1:45-24:55 - Review: "The Nice Guys"
24:55-36:27 - Notes / Polls
36:27-43:57 - Larsen Recs: "Last Days..."
43:57-47:14 - Donations
47:14-1:19:25 - Top 5: Films of 1987
1:19:25-1:34:53 - Close / Hot Mics

1987 music heard on this episode:
Guns 'N Roses, "Welcome to the Jungle"
N.R.G., "Instruments of Destruction"
U2, "In God's Country"
Starship, "Nothing's Gonna Stop Us"

Josh's review of "The Nice Guys"

Chicago Critics Film Festival

Adam's video Q&A with John Sayles

"Thinking In Pictures" by John Sayles

Josh's review of "Last Days in the Desert"

Ebert on "House of Games"

Adam's full 1987 ranked list

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#585: April and the Extraordinary World / Songs from the Second Floor

Fri, 13 May 2016 12:25:09 -0000

Comic 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

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#584: Captain America: Civil War / 2016 Summer Movie Preview / Keanu

Thu, 05 May 2016 15:06:20 -0000

Even 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

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#583: Green Room / Top 5 Single Location Films

Fri, 29 Apr 2016 05:00:00 -0000

When 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

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#582: Alien / Jeremy Saulnier (Green Room) / FS Madness Champion

Fri, 22 Apr 2016 05:23:17 -0000

Fans 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"

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#581: Everybody Wants Some!! / Top 5 Linklater Scenes / FS Madness Final

Fri, 15 Apr 2016 04:09:24 -0000

Richard 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

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Elaine May Marathon Awards - The Blind Camels

Wed, 13 Apr 2016 19:05:50 -0000

Josh 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."

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#580: Midnight Special / May Marathon #4 - Ishtar / FS Madness: Final 4

Fri, 08 Apr 2016 05:00:00 -0000

Beloved 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"

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Interview: Tom Hiddleston & Marc Abraham (I Saw The Light)

Fri, 01 Apr 2016 20:13:14 -0000

Adam 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.

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#579: Batman v Superman / Top 5 Batman-Superman Moments / FS Madness Elite 8

Fri, 01 Apr 2016 13:05:23 -0000

With 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

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#578: 10 Cloverfield Lane / Top 5 Malick Images / FS Madness: Sweet 16

Fri, 25 Mar 2016 05:00:00 -0000

10 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!
This episode is brought to you by MUBI and Squarespace.

0:00-2:47 - Billboard / Sponsors
2:47-21:36 - Review: "10 Cloverfield Lane"
21:36-36:20 - 10 Cloverfield Spoiled
Mason Jennings, "Two Dollar Man"
37:25-39:35 - Sponsors
39:35-47:53 - Notes / Massacre Theatre
47:53-1:18:57 - FS Madness - Rd. 1 Results
Mason Jennings, "Future King"
1:20:12 -1:56:35 - Top 5: Malick Images
1:56:35-1:59:13 - Close / Outtake

Mason Jennings

- MT winner: Justin Sims

Josh's review of 10 Cloverfield Lane
"Why Howard is the real victim in 10 Cloverfield Lane"
Filmspotting Madness Voting
Filmspotting Madness Bracket
Top 5 Terrence Malick Images
You Must Remember This site

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#577: Knight of Cups / FS Madness / May Marathon #4 - Mikey and Nicky

Thu, 17 Mar 2016 23:55:25 -0000

Since 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

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#576: Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny / Top 5 Wuxia Films

Fri, 04 Mar 2016 13:38:10 -0000

Debuting 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"

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#575: May Marathon #2 - The Heartbreak Kid / Top 5 Films of 1972

Fri, 26 Feb 2016 14:47:12 -0000

On 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

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#574: The Witch / Deadpool / Top 5 Baffling Oscar Picks

Fri, 19 Feb 2016 14:33:15 -0000

Filling 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

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#573: Hail, Caesar! / Top 5 Coen Bros. Characters

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

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#572: May Marathon #1 - A New Leaf / Top 5 Comedies About the Rich

Fri, 05 Feb 2016 07:53:40 -0000

After 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

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#571: 45 Years / 2016 Movie Preview (Pt. 2) / Son of Saul

Fri, 29 Jan 2016 14:34:39 -0000

It’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

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#570: The Hateful Eight vs. The Revenant / 2016 Movie Preview (Pt. 1)

Fri, 22 Jan 2016 13:58:21 -0000

In 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

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#569: 2015 Wrap Party Live From Mayne Stage

Fri, 15 Jan 2016 17:20:48 -0000

Live 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”

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Filmspotting Fix: Anomalisa

Fri, 08 Jan 2016 06:00:00 -0000

One 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

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#568: Top 10 Films of 2015 (Pt. 2)

Thu, 24 Dec 2015 06:00:00 -0000

The 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

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#567: Top 10 Films of 2015 (Pt. 1)

Fri, 18 Dec 2015 14:31:35 -0000

End 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

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Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Wed, 16 Dec 2015 08:01:00 -0000

Are 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

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#566: The Big Short / Top 5 Discoveries of 2015 / Chi-Raq

Fri, 11 Dec 2015 06:30:05 -0000

If 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

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#565: Top 5 Film Books / Kent Jones Interview (Hitchcock/Truffaut)

Fri, 04 Dec 2015 16:00:34 -0000

It 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

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Blindspotting: The Wrong Man (1956)

Wed, 02 Dec 2015 14:49:50 -0000

Based 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

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2015 Golden Brick Preview Special

Fri, 27 Nov 2015 06:00:00 -0000

We 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

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#564: Mockingjay – Part 2 / Top 5 Ensemble Movies / Spotlight

Fri, 20 Nov 2015 13:29:39 -0000

The 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 - - Klosterman on "Dazed and Confused"

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#563: Spectre / Top 5 Bond Tropes

Fri, 13 Nov 2015 14:16:22 -0000

Daniel 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

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#562: The Assassin / Top 5 Cannes Best Director Winners / Junun

Fri, 06 Nov 2015 06:00:00 -0000

The 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

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#561: Edward Scissorhands / Top 5 Films of 1990

Fri, 30 Oct 2015 05:00:00 -0000

Twenty-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

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#560: Crimson Peak / Bridge of Spies / Top 5 Cold War Movies

Fri, 23 Oct 2015 05:00:00 -0000

Josh 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"

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#559: Steve Jobs / Top 5 Back-To-Back Movies

Fri, 16 Oct 2015 12:25:05 -0000

How 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

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#558: The Martian / Chicago Film Festival Preview w/ Stephen Cone

Fri, 09 Oct 2015 06:17:35 -0000

Telluride, 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 :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

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#557: Sicario / Top 5 Breaking Up the Boys' Club Movies

Fri, 02 Oct 2015 05:00:21 -0000

Adam 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

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#556: Black Mass / Top 5 Neighborhood Movies / TIFF Recap

Fri, 25 Sep 2015 05:08:22 -0000

Master 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

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#555: The Visit / Top 5 House Guests / The Mend

Thu, 17 Sep 2015 22:42:44 -0000

For 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

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#554: Queen of Earth / Top 5 Films of 1988

Fri, 11 Sep 2015 05:00:00 -0000

Live 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"

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#553: Fall Movie Preview w/ Michael Phillips

Fri, 04 Sep 2015 02:29:45 -0000

If 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 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

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#552: Mistress America / Top 5 Desert Island Directors (Revisited)

Fri, 28 Aug 2015 05:00:00 -0000

Of 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"

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#551: The Look of Silence / Top 5 Haunted Past Movies / M:I - Rogue Nation

Fri, 21 Aug 2015 05:00:00 -0000

With 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

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#550: The End of the Tour / Top 5 Movies About Writers

Fri, 14 Aug 2015 05:30:20 -0000

Since 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

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#549: Doctor Zhivago (Blindspotting) / Top 5 Small Moments in Big Movies

Fri, 07 Aug 2015 05:00:00 -0000

Back 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

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#548: M:I - Rogue Nation / Top 5 Exciting Movie Trends / Stanford Prison Experiment

Fri, 31 Jul 2015 05:00:00 -0000

Former 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

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#547: Top 5 Things We Learned At The Dissolve / Southpaw / Tangerine

Fri, 24 Jul 2015 05:00:00 -0000

For 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

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#546: Trainwreck / Top 5 Comedy Ensembles (Revisited)

Fri, 17 Jul 2015 02:05:30 -0000

It-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

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#545: Top 5 Films of 2015 (So Far) / The Tribe / Love & Mercy

Fri, 10 Jul 2015 03:44:11 -0000

With 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"

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#544: Dope / Manglehorn / Top 5 Films of 1994 (Revisited)

Fri, 26 Jun 2015 14:25:04 -0000

DOPE 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

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#543: Inside Out / Top 5 Actor-Director Pairs

Fri, 19 Jun 2015 11:49:39 -0000

Pixar 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

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#542: Jurassic World / Spy / Top 5 Movie Locations We Wish We Could Visit (Revisited)

Fri, 12 Jun 2015 05:00:00 -0000

It'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

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