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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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#650: Kingsman: The Golden Circle / Kogonada

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 05:00:00 -0000

In 2015, the comic book adaptation “Kingsman: The Secret Service” opened to divisive - but mostly favorable - reviews. Some critics appreciated the movie’s hyper-violent reimagining of a Bond-esque spy agency; others found it sadistic and in poor taste. Adam and Josh... skipped it entirely. This week, they caught up with it for a review of the new sequel “Kingsman: The Golden Circle.” Plus, Adam's interview with Kogonada, director of "Columbus," the acclaimed new film starring John Cho (and some famous Modernist buildings).

0:00-4:02 - Billboard
4:02-30:30 - Review: "Kingsman: The Golden Circle"
Dead Pretties, "Confidence"
32:59-41:58 - Cruise Poll / Listener Feedback
41:58-53:02 - Massacre Theatre: Impenetrable Accent Edition
53:02-1:22:31 - Interview: Kogonada
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New Argentine Cinema #5 - Wild Tales

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 17:00:00 -0000

Damian Szifron's 2015 Oscar nominee "Wild Tales" proves to be a perfect - and entertaining - bookend to a marathon that started with Mariano Llinas' 2008 film "Extraordinary Stories." Though very different in style and tone, both films successfully juggle multiple narratives and show their young writer-directors to be promising talents to keep an eye on.

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#649: mother! / Top 5 Aronofsky Scenes / Kogonada's FS Five

Fri, 15 Sep 2017 05:00:00 -0000

Since his startling 1998 debut "Pi," Darren Aronofsky has used his intense, visceral style to tell stories about damaged and obsessive characters. Even his foray into big-budget filmmaking was no exception - Russell Crowe’s Noah battles some of the same demons as Natalie Portman’s ballet dancer in “Black Swan” (or Mickey Rourke's broken warrior in "The Wrestler"). This week, Josh and guest host Michael Phillips review of Aronofsky’s latest, the Jennifer Lawrence-starring psychological thriller “mother!”. Then Adam drops back in for the Top 5 Aronofsky Scenes. Plus, the Filmspotting Five with "Columbus" director Kogonada.   
0:00-1:41 - Billboard
1:41-26:30 - Review: "mother!" (w/ Michael Phillips)
Feist, "Any Party"
28:17-44:41 - Next week / MT Music Fun / Crushing Linklater
44:41-55:50 - Polls: Aronofsky / Tom Cruise
55:50-1:03:43 - Filmspotting Five: Kogonada
Feist, "Pleasure"
1:05:15-1:06:55 - Donations
1:06:55-1:46:11 - Top 5: Aronofsky Scenes
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New Argentine Cinema #4 - The Headless Woman

Wed, 13 Sep 2017 20:00:00 -0000

In the spirit of Bunuel's surrealist critiques of the bourgeoisie, Lucrecia Martel's 2008 film continues her own indictment of Argentina's upper class with the story of a woman who may or may not have committed vehicular homicide. Adam and Josh discuss Martel's gift for inviting the audience to find empathy with an often unsympathetic figure.     

Up next: Damián Szifrón's Oscar-nominated "Wild Tales."
And coming Friday, Sept. 15: Josh and Michael Phillips review Darren Aronofsky's  "mother!" and the Top 5 Aronofsky Scenes with Josh and Adam.

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#648: It (2017) / Top 5 Stephen King Scares

Wed, 06 Sep 2017 07:00:00 -0000

Stephen King’s first book - “Carrie” - came out in 1974. Brian DePalma's film followed two years later. Then came Kubrick's "The Shining" in '80. Since then, there’s hardly been a year without a King movie adaptation, including two prominent ones this year - THE DARK TOWER and this weekend’s IT, featuring one of King’s most memorable creations: Pennywise the Clown. This week, fresh from a screening, Adam and Josh offer thoughts on IT, and share King-induced childhood traumas with their Top 5 Stephen King Movie Scares. Plus a (sort of) Musical Massacre Theatre and another new Golden Brick nomination - director Kogonada's COLUMBUS.     

0:00-1:55 - Billboard
3:37-34:23 - Review: "It" (2017)
EMA, "I Wanna Destroy"
40:29-45:08 - Next week / Argentine Marathon / Correction
45:08-52:50 - Massacre Theatre
52:50-1:04:15 - Brickspotting: "Columbus"
EMA, "Blood and Chalk"
1:05:12-1:48:59 - Top 5: Stephen King Movie Scares
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#647: Blade Runner / Top 5 Films of 1982

Fri, 01 Sep 2017 05:00:00 -0000

Attack ships on fire, glittering c-beams, an alien in a bike's basket passing over a full moon. We've seen some things, too, Roy Batty. The Chicago Tribune's Michael Phillips joins Adam and Josh for a Sacred Cow review of Ridley Scott's seminal sci-fi noir (we chose THE FINAL CUT," if you're curious) and the Top 5 Films of 1982. Plus, listeners weigh in on our '82 Death Match - Blade Runner vs E.T. - and Michael recalls seeing "An Officer and a Gentleman" with his college girlfriend (and her grandparents).

0:00-1:51 - Billboard
1:51-37:43 - Sacred Cow: "Blade Runner"
"End Credits", Vangelis (Blade Runner)
38:42-39:32 - Donations
39:32-45:10 - Brickspotting: "Lemon," "Brigsby Bear"
45:10-55:38 - Next week / Argentine Marathon / Listener Feedback
55:38-1:03:54 - Polls ("Blade Runner" v "E.T.")
1:03:54-1:20:28 - Top 5: Films of 1982
"Up Where We Belong," Joe Cocker & Jennifer Warnes
1:21:23-2:00:20 - Top 5 cont.
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New Argentine Cinema #3 - La Ciénaga

Wed, 30 Aug 2017 17:00:00 -0000

Following the inspired narrative flights of "Extraordinary Stories" and the fleet-footed absurdism of "Castro," the New Argentine Cinema Marathon takes Adam and Josh to The Swamp. Lucrecia Martel's celebrated debut film from 2001 abounds in fetid unease and the dread of impending catastrophe. They admire Martel's vision and control of tone, but question the effectiveness of the film's resolution.

Up next: Martel's "The Headless Woman" (2008)
And coming Friday, Sept. 1: Sacred Cow review of "Blade Runner" and the Top 5 Films of 1982 w/ Michael Phillips

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#646: Fall Movie Preview / Logan Lucky

Fri, 25 Aug 2017 05:00:00 -0000

With new films from George Clooney ("Suburbicon"), Taika Waititi ("Thor: Ragnarok") and Darren Aronofsky (the Jennifer Lawrence-starring "mother!") scheduled for release before Thanksgiving, Adam and Josh assemble their Top 5 Fall Movie Questions.  Plus, a split review on Steven Soderbergh's new NASCAR-set heist movie, LOGAN LUCKY, and a slapstick edition of "Hot Mics."

0:00-1:05 - Billboard
2:04-27:03 - Review: "Logan Lucky"
Matt Pond PA, "Still Summer"
28:01-35:58 - Jerry Lewis / Notes
35:58-47:16 - Massacre Theatre
47:16-58:46 - Top 5: Fall Movie Preview
Matt Pond PA, "A Spark"
59:40-1:35:33 - Fall Preview, cont.
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New Argentine Cinema #2 - Castro

Thu, 24 Aug 2017 17:00:00 -0000

Jacques Tati and Hal Hartley are offered as possible reference points for Alejo Moguillansky's Samuel Beckett-inspired CASTRO from 2009, the second film in Filmspotting's New Argentine Cinema Marathon.   Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

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#645: The Trip to Spain / Safdie Bros. (Good Time) / The Glass Castle

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 05:00:00 -0000

Adam reveres the Coogan/Brydon "Trip" movies. Josh? Hadn't seen them. Until now. With Josh finally up to speed on Caine, Pacino, Connery and sixteen other* impersonations (along with Coogan and Brydon's career anguish and existential dread) - he and Adam review the third installment, THE TRIP TO SPAIN. Plus, Adam's interview with Josh and Benny Safdie, directors of the Robert Pattinson-starring GOOD TIME, and Josh's thoughts on WHOSE STREETS? and the new memoir-turned-movie THE GLASS CASTLE. Oh, and the return of "Hot Mics!"

0:00-1:53 - Billboard
1:53-31:37 - Review: "The Trip to Spain"
John Mark Nelson, "Little Notions"
35:10-54:07 - "Whose Streets?" / Notes / Polls
54:07-59:35  - "The Glass Castle"
John Mark Nelson, "Where Does That Leave Us Now"
1:00:21-1:09:38 - Donations
1:09:38-1:38:57 - Interview: Safdie Bros.
1:38:57-1:51:34 - Close / Hot Mics

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New Argentine Cinema #1 - Extraordinary Stories

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 21:00:00 -0000

Adam and Josh kick off their New Argentine Cinema Marathon with Mariano Llinas's epic and intricately plotted 2008 film that's as much about storytelling as it is an achievement in storytelling itself. At over four hours and featuring dozens of characters, Llinas maintains incredible control over his unwieldy beast of a movie.

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FS Revisited: Reservoir Dogs / Top 5 Films of 1992

Fri, 11 Aug 2017 05:00:00 -0000

When RESERVOIR DOGS came out 25 years ago, Adam and Josh were movie geek teenagers. They were bound by their DNA to love it. But Does Quentin Tarantino’s debut still hold up? In this 2015 episode of the show, they reacquaint themselves with Mr. Blonde, Mr. Pink and the rest of the gang for a Sacred Cow review of DOGS, plus share their Top 5 Films of 1992.

0:00-1:32 - Billboard
1:32-40:58 - Sacred Cow: "Reservoir Dogs"
Sandy Rogers, "Fool for Love"
41:47-1:17:42 - Top 5: Films of 1992
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#644: Detroit / Top 5 Films of 1967

Fri, 04 Aug 2017 05:00:00 -0000

In "The Hurt Locker" and "Zero Dark Thirty," Oscar-winning director Kathryn Bigelow explored the complexities of post-9/11 warfare. For her latest - DETROIT - she stays stateside but finds herself in another war zone. Looking back five decades to the summer of 1967, Bigelow's film documents the racial tensions and police violence that exploded into the Detroit riots. A review of DETROIT, plus news on a new Filmspotting Marathon and Adam and Josh share their Top 5 films of the landmark film year of '67.

0:00-1:23 - Billboard
1:23-30:27 - Review: "Detroit"
Simon & Garfunkel, "Mrs. Robinson"
33:01-53:33 - Notes / Massacre Theatre
53:33-58:58 - Donations
58:58-1:36:23 - Top 5: Films of 1967
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#643: Valerian / Top 5 Alien Worlds

Fri, 28 Jul 2017 05:00:00 -0000

You might be able to figure out your tolerance for the new VALERIAN AND THE CITY OF A THOUSAND PLANETS by the title alone. Got a soft spot for Flash Gordon and hallucinogenic drugs? This one might be for you. Directed by Luc Besson, the ambitious French filmmaker behind "The Fifth Element" and 2014's "Lucy," VALERIAN is the most expensive film ever made in France. The good news: the money is up there on the screen for all to see (for better and for worse). Don't know about hallucinogenic drugs, but one of your  hosts does have a fondness for Flash Gordon, and finds enough in Valerian to recommend it. The other one is Josh. Flash, Ming the Merciless and Planet Mongo also make their way into this week's Top 5: Alien Worlds. Cue the Queen.

0:00-1:48 - Billboard
1:48-29:20 - Review: "Valerian and the City..."
B-52s, "Planet Claire"
32:31-35:25 - Donations
35:25-46:18 - Notes / Polls
46:18-1:20:28 - Top 5: Alien Worlds
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#642: Dunkirk / Top 5 Films of 2017 (So Far) / War For The Planet of the Apes

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

Christopher Nolan films are many things, but they are rarely straightforward (or short). So DUNKIRK - based on the legendary WWII rescue effort - comes as something of a surprise. Clocking in at a tidy hour 49 minutes, Nolan's latest is a lean, (sort of) old-fashioned war picture. Still vibrating from Hans Zimmer's score, Adam and Josh share their post-screening thoughts on the film and - live from a small town Wisconsin bookstore - reveal their Top 5 Films of 2017 (So Far). Plus, Josh's take on WAR FOR THE PLANET OF THE APES, and we note the passing of George Romero and Martin Landau.

0:00-2:03 - Billboard
2:03-47:54 - Top 5: Films of 2017 (So Far)
Pieta Brown, "Stopped My Horse"
51:22-1:08:24 - Notes / Massacre Theatre
1:08:24-1:16:52 - Larsen Recs: "War for the Planet of the Apes"
Pieta Brown, "Once Again"
1:17:52-1:39:44 - Review: "Dunkirk"
1:39:44-1:43:16 - Close / Outtake 

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#641: Spider-Man: Homecoming / Baby Driver / A Ghost Story

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

Spidey’s back. Again. After suffering through a disappointing reboot in 2012 (and its 2014 sequel), the webslinger returns - this time under the guidance of Tony Stark. SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING finds Peter Parker in his natural habitat: high school - mostly to its benefit. Adam and Josh offer their review, plus some contrarian thoughts on Edgar Wright's BABY DRIVER and raves for David Lowery’s Sundance hit A GHOST STORY.

0:00-4:30 - Billboard / Donations
4:30-31:17 - Review: "A Ghost Story"
John Spencer Blues Explosion, "Bellbottoms"
34:07-58:30 - Notes / Polls
58:30-1:12:33 - Review: "Baby Driver"
Queen, "Brighton Rock"
1:15:51-1:31:53 - Review: "Spider-Man: Homecoming"
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#640: The Beguiled / Top 5 Sofia Coppola Scenes

Fri, 30 Jun 2017 05:00:00 -0000

Almost 15 years after its release, "Lost in Translation" remains Sofia Coppola’s best-known and best-loved film. But with the four films she's made since then, she's compiled one of the most distinctive filmographies of the 21st century. THE BEGUILED is a very Coppola remake of the 1971 Don Siegel/Clint Eastwood collaboration set during the Civil War at a Virginia girls' school. It stars Nicole Kidman, Elle Fanning, Colin Farrell and Coppola regular Kirsten Dunst, and it won Coppola the Best Directing Prize at Cannes back in May. This week, Coppola skeptic Angelica Jade Bastien (Vulture) joins Josh for a review of the film along with their Top 5 Sofia Coppola Scenes.

0:00-1:25 - Billboard
1:25-28:25 - Review: "The Beguiled"
Siouxsie & The Banshees, "Hong Kong Garden"
29:30-38:46 - Notes / Massacre Theatre
38:46-1:07:41 - Top 5: Sofia Coppola Scenes
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Kumail Nanjiani ("The Big Sick")

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 05:00:00 -0000

Kumail Nanjiani may be a familiar face to fans of HBO’s "Silicon Valley" or "Portlandia," but the very funny and surprisingly moving THE BIG SICK should make him a familiar face to many more. The film - co-written with Nanjiani's wife Emily V. Gordon - tells the story of their unusual courtship, which, along with family tensions and cultural differences, also included a life-threatening illness that struck Gordon while the two were dating. 

Nanjiani talks about the art of co-writing a screenplay with your spouse (spoiler: it helps to have Judd Apatow mentor you), the most difficult scene he's ever had to shoot, and he shares his Top 5 Most Influential Movies. Plus, he and Adam chat about their college days - that they nearly spent together and answers the Filmspotting Five. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

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Ana Lily Amirpour ("The Bad Batch")

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 07:00:00 -0000

Ana Lily Amirpour got lots of attention for her 2014 Iran-set vampire movie "A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night." She's back this year with "The Bad Batch," a Sergio Leone-inspired western with cannibals and a double-amputee for a protagonist (Suki Waterhouse). The new movie features a cast that includes Jim Carrey, Keanu Reeves and Jason Momoa. Adam and Amirpour talk the relativity of badness, the consequences of seeing inappropriate movies at an early age and their favorite Keanu performances. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

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#639: It Comes At Night / Top 5 Movies About Grief

Fri, 16 Jun 2017 05:00:00 -0000

Writer/director Trey Edward Shults knocked a lot of us out last year with his indie debut KRISHA. This year, he comes to the multiplex with IT COMES AT NIGHT, an unnerving - and unconventional - horror film that has impressed critics and frustrated some audiences. Shults’ film is as much about loss as it is about scares, so along with a review of his film, Adam and guest host Michael Phillips share their Top 5 Movies About Grief. Plus thoughts on the late Glenne Headley and Adam's recommendation of the Sundance hit "Band Aid."

0:00-3:57 - Billboard
3:57-31:42 - Review: "It Comes At Night"
Angelica Garcia, "The Devil Can Get In"
34:12-40:18 - Adam Recommends: "Band Aid"
40:18-52:27 - Polls
Angelica Garcia, "Orange Flower"
54:30-56:33 - Donations
56:33-1:41:45 - Top 5: Movie About Grief
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#638: Wonder Woman / Top 5 Movie Religious Experiences / Trey Shults

Fri, 09 Jun 2017 07:00:00 -0000

As the first superhero movie directed by and starring a woman, WONDER WOMAN went into its opening weekend with more baggage than its male-centric peers. It came out of the weekend with critical raves and record box office - and at least one member of the Larsen household practicing Diana-inspired high-kicks. On this week's show, Adam and Josh - bound by the Lasso of Hestia - share their takes, then confess their Top 5 Movie Religious Experiences. Plus, Adam's conversation with "Krisha" director Trey Shults, whose new film "It Comes At Night" opens this weekend.

0:00-1:56 - Billboard
1:56-31:17 - Review: "Wonder Woman"
Secret Sisters, "You Don't Own Me Anymore"
34:06-46:43 - Notes / Massacre Theatre
46:43-1:14:27 - Interview: Trey Shults
Secret Sisters, "Tennessee River Runs Deep"
1:17:36-2:03:20 - Top 5: Movie Religious Experiences
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#637: War Machine / Top 5 Movie Military Leaders

Fri, 02 Jun 2017 05:00:00 -0000

Inspired by Gen. Stanley McChrystal's dramatic fall from grace in 2010 following an unflattering Rolling Stone profile, the new WAR MACHINE from Netflix puts a scowling Brad Pitt in McChrystal's boots for its Afghanistan-set satire. Despite an impressive ensemble cast, Adam and Josh agree that the film has a challenging time finding the right tone. But they also agree that a trio of actors best known for iconic work in the '80s make the most of their screen time. That review, plus the Top 5 Movie Military Leaders.

0:00-2:42 - Billboard
2:42-28:15 - Review: "War Machine"
Black Sabbath, "War Pigs"
30:42-46:42 - Cannes / Notes
46:42-55:57 - Polls
Malcolm Arnold, "Bogey's March"
58:33-1:00:36 - Donations
1:00:36-1:40:07 - Top 5: Movie Military Leaders
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#636: Top 5 Films of 1984 / The Terminator

Fri, 26 May 2017 05:00:00 -0000

1984 was a banner year for crane kicks, mogwais and bustin' ghosts, but it also saw the debut of Arnold Schwarzenegger's T-800, better known as THE TERMINATOR. Adam and Josh give James Cameron's seminal sci-fi thriller the Sacred Cow treatment, resulting in a surprisingly heated review. Plus, the Top 5 Films of 1984.

0:00-1:35 - Billboard
2:21-35:28 - Sacred Cow: "The Terminator"
The Ramones, "Too Tough To Die"
37:07-55:28 - Notes / Massacre Theatre
55:28-1:01:43 - Listener Feedback
Kenny Loggins, "Footloose"
1:02:21-1:04:58 - Donations
1:04:58-1:42:21 - Top 5 Films of 1984
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#635: Alien: Covenant / Top 5 Alien Attacks

Fri, 19 May 2017 07:00:00 -0000

Anticipation was high back in 2012 when director Ridley Scott returned to the "Alien" franchise with “Prometheus.” Despite a somewhat mixed response from audiences and critics, the 79-year-old Scott finds himself back aboard a doomed spacecraft with ALIEN: COVENANT. The return of the xenomorphs to the big screen is also the inspiration for this week’s Top 5: Alien Attacks. 

0:00-2:28 - Billboard
2:28-33:12 - Review: "Alien: Covenant"
Deep Purple, "Space Truckin'"
36:29-59:17 - Notes
59:17-1:07:29 - Polls
Ella Fitzgerald, "Two Little Green Men In a Flying Saucer"
1:11:43-1:47:03 - Top 5: Alien Attacks
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#634: Top 5 Jonathan Demme Moments / Something Wild

Fri, 12 May 2017 06:00:00 -0000

When the great Jonathan Demme passed away in April, he left behind one of the most acclaimed and diverse filmographies in American cinema. Demme will always be remembered for the Oscar-winning "Silence of the Lambs," but his 1986 cult road trip comedy SOMETHING WILD may be an even better representative of what made him so special. This week, Adam and Josh catch up with that Demme blindspot and – with a little help from some friends – share their Top 5 Jonathan Demme Moments.
0:00-4:42 - Billboard
4:42-32:23 - Blindspotting: "Something Wild"
David Byrne, "Loco de Amor"
34:06-53:41 - Notes / Massacre Theatre
Talking Heads, "Once in a Lifetime"
54:32-1:39:10 - Top 5: Demme Moments
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Varda Marathon #6: The Beaches of Agnes / "The Cleos"

Thu, 11 May 2017 05:00:00 -0000

Adam and Josh wrap up their Agnes Varda Marathon with a conversation about the director's cinema- and life-affirming 2008 memoir THE BEACHES OF AGNES, followed by "The Cleos" - their awards for the series' best performances, scenes, picture and more.

0:00-17:23 - Review: "The Beaches of Agnes"
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#633: Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 / Summer Movie Preview

Fri, 05 May 2017 05:00:00 -0000

Summer used to have a monopoly on superheroes, fast cars and stuff you bring your kids to, but "Beauty and the Beast," "Fate of the Furious" and "Logan" have already come and made their millions. So what do we have to look forward to when we need to escape the heat? Well, first up, it's GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 2. Adam and Josh review the James Gunn-directed sequel, and preview their most anticipated movies of the season with their Top 5 Summer Movie Questions.

0:00-2:01 - Billboard
2:01-26:37 - Review: "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2"
Sam Cooke, "Bring It On Home To Me"
28:06-41:07 - Notes
41:07-50:22 - Polls
ELO, "Mr. Blue Sky"
47:08-1:24:51 - Summer Movie Preview
1:24:51-1:28:52 - Close

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#632: Top 5 Movie Expeditions (We'd Sign Up For) / The Lost City of Z

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 05:00:00 -0000

The movies have taken us on great adventures over the years, both real and imagined: through the deepest jungle, across perilous oceans, to distant planets - and beyond. But which of those cinematic adventures would you actually participate in if given the chance? This week, the Top 5 Movie Expeditions Adam and Josh would sign up for, along with their review of James Gray’s new movie adventure THE LOST CITY OF Z. Plus, Steve Prokopy drops by to preview the Chicago Critics Film Festival.

0:00-2:00 - Billboard
2:00-27:15 - Review: "The Lost City of Z"
Fionn Regan, "The Meetings of the Waters"
28:55-39:25 - Notes / Massacre Theatre
39:25-51:10 - Chicago Critics Film Fest
Fionn Regan, "Book of the Moon"
56:58-1:24:35 - Top 5: Movie Expeditions (We'd Sign Up For)
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Varda Marathon #5: The Gleaners and I

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 03:00:00 -0000

French New Wave pioneer Agnes Varda has long displayed a curiosity about people who live on society's fringes. In her 2000 doc "The Gleaners and I," the director focuses her camera on communities (and some memorably eccentric individuals) that belong to the French tradition of gathering up what's left behind after a harvest. Documenting the various gleaners, pickers and dumpster-divers becomes a meditation on the creative process itself as Varda becomes a subject of her own film.

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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)
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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
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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"
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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
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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" 
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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"
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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"
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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.
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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!

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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.

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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"
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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"
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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"
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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"
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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.
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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
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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"
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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"
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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"
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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.
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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.
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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
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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
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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
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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 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

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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
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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"
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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
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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"
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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"
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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"
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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.  

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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"
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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

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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"
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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 / Sponsors1:45-24:55 - Review: "The Nice Guys"24:55-36:27 - Notes / Polls36:27-43:57 - Larsen Recs: "Last Days..."43:57-47:14 - Donations47:14-1:19:25 - Top 5: Films of 19871:19:25-1:34:53 - Close / Hot Mics1987 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 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [...]

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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 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

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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 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

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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 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

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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" Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

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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 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

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Elaine May Marathon Awards - The Blind Camels

Wed, 13 Apr 2016 14:05:00 -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."  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

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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" Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

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

Fri, 01 Apr 2016 15:13:00 -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.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

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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 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

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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 / Sponsors2:47-21:36 - Review: "10 Cloverfield Lane"21:36-36:20 - 10 Cloverfield SpoiledMason Jennings, "Two Dollar Man"37:25-39:35 - Sponsors39:35-47:53 - Notes / Massacre Theatre47:53-1:18:57 - FS Madness - Rd. 1 ResultsMason Jennings, "Future King"1:20:12 -1:56:35 - Top 5: Malick Images1:56:35-1:59:13 - Close / OuttakeMUSIC- Mason JenningsNOTES- MT winner: Justin SimsLINKS- 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 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [...]

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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 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

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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" Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

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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 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

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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 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

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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 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

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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 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

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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 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

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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 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [...]

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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” Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

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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 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

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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 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

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