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Synopsis

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.

Episodes

  • #778: Top 5 Trip Series Scenes / Trip to Greece

    #778: Top 5 Trip Series Scenes / Trip to Greece

    22/05/2020 Duration: 02h37min

    With Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon taking their fourth and final trip abroad with the new TRIP TO GREECE, Adam and Josh consider the series' most memorable reflections on mortality, family obligations, career insecurity—oh yeah, and all those hilarious impressions. Plus, thoughts on the late Lynn Shelton. 0:00 - Billboard 1:02 - Top 5: Trip Series Scenes Brett Shady, "Let Your Burden Be" 26:37 - RIP Lynn Shelton 36:01 - Next Week / Notes 43:46 - Polls 58:00 - Review: "The Trip to Greece" 1:06:33 - Trip Series Scenes, cont. 1:30:46 - Outro / Outtake Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • #777: The Dark Knight Trilogy (Nolan #4)

    #777: The Dark Knight Trilogy (Nolan #4)

    15/05/2020 Duration: 02h38min

    After scoring $2B and change at the box office and near-universal praise from audiences and critics, the only black mark on Christopher Nolan's DARK KNIGHT TRILOGY is its dubious influence on the superhero movies that followed in its wake. For the fourth installment of the Nolan "Oeuvre-view," Adam and Josh revisit the trilogy, starting with a 15th anniversary consideration of "Batman Begins." Plus, Massacre Theatre and a new Golden Brick nominee: Lara Gallagher's "Clementine." 0:00 - Billboard 1:11 - "Batman Begins" The Jam, "Batman Theme" 30:34 - JL recommends "Clementine" 34:01 - Next Week/Notes 42:10 - Massacre Theatre 49:06 - "The Dark Knight" / "Dark Knight Rises" 1:30:18 - Outro Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • #776: Ghostbusters v Gremlins (8 From 84) / Bette Davis #4 - Now, Voyager

    #776: Ghostbusters v Gremlins (8 From '84) / Bette Davis #4 - Now, Voyager

    08/05/2020 Duration: 02h54min

    Back in '84, GHOSTBUSTERS was a bigger hit than GREMLINS (#2 and #4 at the box office, respectively), and it's got the more memorable cast—and quotes ("dogs and cats living together, mass hysteria!"); but is it the more interesting film? Adam and Josh agree that Joe Dante's darkly funny creature feature works as a clever satire of consumerism and American exceptionalism, disagreeing only over the movie's aesthetic, which Adam at one point refers to as "rinky dink." (Josh is having none of it.) And the Bette Davis Marathon comes to a conclusion with 1942's NOW, VOYAGER, starring Davis as a deeply repressed Boston woman with serious mommy issues ("Psycho" meets "She's All That" according to Adam). Plus, "The Peepers," the Davis Marathon Awards. 0:00 - Billboard 1:11 - 8 From '84: "Ghostbusters" v "Gremlins" Ray Parker, Jr., "Ghostbusters" 55:48 - Next Week/Notes/Poll 1:07:33 - Davis #4: "Now, Voyager" / Davis Awards 1:47:56 - Outro Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • #775: Top 5 Moviegoing Experiences

    #775: Top 5 Moviegoing Experiences

    01/05/2020 Duration: 02h33min

    With movie theaters shuttered and many of us housebound, Adam and Josh look back over a lifetime of going to the movies with their Top 5 Moviegoing Experiences—from big screen introductions to Han and Indy to formative encounters with the works of Spike Lee, Tarantino and the Coen Brothers. Listeners, too, contribute their own favorite moviegoing memories. 0:00 - Billboard 1:00 - Top 5: Moviegoing Experiences The Drifters, "Saturday Night at the Movies" 46:17 - Next Week/Notes 52:34 - Massacre Theatre 1:00:34 - Top 5: Moviegoing Experiences, cont. 1:27:08 - Outro  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • #774: Nolan #3 - Insomnia / Blow the Man Down / True History of the Kelly Gang

    #774: Nolan #3 - Insomnia / Blow the Man Down / True History of the Kelly Gang

    24/04/2020 Duration: 01h27min

    Expectations were high back in 2002 for Christopher Nolan's INSOMNIA, the follow-up to his mind-bending breakthrough "Memento." But despite solid reviews and decent box office, the film has been largely forgotten by Nolan fans—including Adam and Josh. They revisit the director's third feature this week as part of their Nolan Oeuvre-view, finding a film with lots of familiar Nolan touches—and a somewhat divisive lead performance by Al Pacino. Plus, reviews of three new films: Justin Kurzel's TRUE HISTORY OF THE KELLY GANG, Tayarisha Poe's SELAH AND THE SPADES, and Danielle Krudy & Bridget Savage Cole's BLOW THE MAN DOWN—one of which gets both Adam and Josh's blessing as a 2020 Golden Brick candidate. 0:00 - Billboard 1:06 - Reviews: "Kelly Gang," "Selah and the Spades," "Blow the Man Down" Disq, "Daily Routine" 26:28 - Next Week/Notes 50:20 - Nolan Oeuvre-view #3: "Insomnia" 1:18:54 - Outro Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • #773: Top 5 Things Were Streaming During Quarantine / Bette Davis #3 - Dark Victory

    #773: Top 5 Things We're Streaming During Quarantine / Bette Davis #3 - Dark Victory

    17/04/2020 Duration: 02h38min

    With Adam and Josh cooped up at home and spending lots (and lots) of quality time with their families in front of the tv, this week's Top 5 is devoted to highlights from their Adventures in Streaming. Plus the third film in their Bette Davis Marathon, 1939's DARK VICTORY. 0:00 - Billboard 1:09 - Top 5: Things We're Streaming During Quarantine "Give Me Time For Tenderness" (from "Dark Victory") 57:15 - Next Week/Notes 1:09:01 - Massacre Theatre 1:11:35 - Bette Davis Marathon #3: "Dark Victory" 1:31:07 - Outro  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • #772: Never Rarely Sometimes Always / Nolan #2 - Memento / Madness Champion

    #772: Never Rarely Sometimes Always / Nolan #2 - Memento / Madness Champion

    10/04/2020 Duration: 02h53min

    Eliza Hittman's second feature, "Beach Rats," got the director some attention in 2017, but her latest - NEVER RARELY SOMETIMES ALWAYS - came out of Sundance this year as one of the fest's most celebrated titles. In their review, Adam and Josh talk about the movie's patience and attention to detail along with the subtle brilliance of star Sidney Flanigan's performance. Christopher Nolan's breakout film was also a Sundance hit. 2001's MEMENTO, the director's second feature, went on to become a box office success and an Oscar nominee. Continuing their Nolan "Oeuvre-view," Adam and Josh revisit the film that put the director on the map and find it just as surprising and astonishing as they did almost 20 years ago. Plus, the winner of this year's Filmspotting Madness: Best of the 2010s. 0:00 - Billboard 1:33 - Review: "Never Rarely Sometimes Always" Waxahatchee, "Can't Do Much" 30:40 - Next Week / Notes 35:22 - Filmspotting Madness: Champion 50:31 - Patreon / New Poll 1:02:12 - Nolan "Oeuvre-view" #2: "Memento" 1:

  • #771: Nolan #1 - Following / Bette Davis #2 - Jezebel / Madness Finals

    #771: Nolan #1 - Following / Bette Davis #2 - Jezebel / Madness Finals

    03/04/2020 Duration: 02h37min

    Christopher Nolan’s films are events—smart, ambitious and original. But before he made "Interstellar," "Dunkirk" or his "Dark Knight" trilogy—even before "Memento"—Nolan made the 70-minute indie thriller FOLLOWING. This week, Adam and Josh start their Nolan "Oeuvre-view" with Nolan's '99 debut, which gives tantalizing clues of the director he'll become and the stories he'll go on to tell. Bette Davis won a much-deserved Oscar for her performance in 1938's JEZEBEL. The William Wyler-directed drama set in ante-bellum New Orleans is the second film in our Davis Marathon. Plus, Filmspotting Madness: Best of the 2010s comes down to the final two. 0:00 - Billboard 1:07 - Nolan "Oeuvre-view" #1: "Following" Ernie Hendrickson, "Dystopian Dreams" 32:39 - Next Week/Notes 35:08 - Filmspotting Madness Finals 55:37 - Bette Davis #2: "Jezebel" 1:31:10 - Outro  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • #770: Purple Rain - Spinal Tap - Stop Making Sense (8 From 84) / Madness Final 4

    #770: Purple Rain - Spinal Tap - Stop Making Sense (8 From '84) / Madness Final 4

    27/03/2020 Duration: 01h20min

    PURPLE RAIN was one of the highest-grossing films of 1984, but Prince's semi-autobiographical screen debut hasn't aged as well as its music has. The opposite is true of THIS IS SPINAL TAP and STOP MAKING SENSE, which were only modestly successful at the time of their release but have become two of the most celebrated rock films of all time. Adam and Josh continue their 8 From '84 series with a look at the rock trio—plus Filmspotting Madness: Best of the 2010s gets down to the Final 4. 0:00 - Billboard 1:12 - Filmspotting Madness Final 4 20:25 - 8 From '84: "Stop Making Sense" "This Is Spinal Tap" Prince, "Purple Rain" 40:28 - Next Week/Notes 43:46 - 8 From '84: "Purple Rain" 1:13:14 - Outro  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • #769: 1930s Starter Pack / Bette Davis #1 - Of Human Bondage / Madness Elite 8

    #769: 1930s Starter Pack / Bette Davis #1 - Of Human Bondage / Madness Elite 8

    20/03/2020 Duration: 02h33min

    Chaplin, Cagney, Garbo and Grant all make Adam and Josh's 1930s "Starter Pack," 10 films to introduce you – or get you better acquainted with – arguably the greatest movie decade. Plus, the first film in our four-film Bette Davis Marathon, 1934's OF HUMAN BONDAGE, and the Elite 8 of Filmspotting Madness: Best of the 2010s. 0:00 - Billboard  1:04 - Top 5: 1930s Starter Pack Fred Astaire, "Cheek to Cheek" 43:40 - Notes  52:28 - Filmspotting Madness Elite 8 1:06:51 - Bette Davis Marathon #1: "Of Human Bondage" 1:26:33 - Outro / Outtake Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • The Process: Guillaume Rocheron (1917)

    The Process: Guillaume Rocheron (1917)

    18/03/2020 Duration: 19min

    This episode is presented by the Academy Award-Winning film 1917. Available now on Digital streaming and on Blu-ray and DVD March 24th. Sam Mendes' acclaimed WWI film was a hugely ambitious undertaking for all involved, including Oscar-winning visual effects supervisor Guillaume Rocheron ("Ad Astra," "Life of Pi"). In this edition of Filmspotting: The Process, Rocheron describes the unique challenges that the film's "single-shot" approach created, and how his VFX team collaborated with Mendes and cinematographer Roger Deakins to bring some of the film's most memorable scenes to life. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • #768: First Cow / Onward / Madness Sweet 16

    #768: First Cow / Onward / Madness Sweet 16

    13/03/2020 Duration: 01h25min

    With FIRST COW, Kelly Reichardt returns to the 19th century Oregon Territory of her most acclaimed film, "Meek's Cutoff." An early film of the year candidate, Adam and Josh praise Reichardt's parable about capitalism and self-invention for its detail, its performances and its mouth-watering "oily cakes." Plus: where Pixar's ONWARD lands in a ranking of the studio's features; Filmspotting Madness continues with a (Coen-less) Sweet 16; and the next Filmspotting Marathon is announced. 0:00 - Billboard 0:59 - Review: "First Cow" U.S. Girls, "4 American Dollars" 30:15 - Next Week/Notes 42:00 - Filmspotting Madness, Sweet 16 1:03:53 - Review: "Onward" 1:17:52 - Outro  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • #767: Top 20 Films of the 2010s (Pt. 2) / Invisible Man / Madness Rd. 2

    #767: Top 20 Films of the 2010s (Pt. 2) / Invisible Man / Madness Rd. 2

    06/03/2020 Duration: 02h03min

    PTA. Wes. Malick. The Coens. Of course they made the cut. But who else? This week, Adam and Josh complete a task a decade in the making with their top 10 films of the decade. Plus, quick reviews of THE INVISIBLE MAN and WENDY, and Rd. 2 of Filmspotting Madness: Best of the 2010s. 0:00 - Billboard  1:13 - #6-10 Films of the 2010s 15:59 - Filmspotting Madness, Rd. 2 39:13 - Notes Nicholas Britell, "The Middle of the World" 49:01 - Reviews: "The Invisible Man," "Wendy"  1:03:24 - #1-5 Films of the 2010s 1:55:27 - Outro Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • #766: Top 20 Films of the 2010s (Pt. 1) / Madness Rd. 1

    #766: Top 20 Films of the 2010s (Pt. 1) / Madness Rd. 1

    28/02/2020 Duration: 02h57min

    Work from Abbas Kiarostami, Sofia Coppola, Spike Lee – and a couple of former Golden Brick winners – all make the cut as Adam and Josh start their countdown of the top 20 films of the last decade. Plus, Filmspotting Madness 2020: Best of the 2010s kicks off with 32 ("How dare you!!!" "Why???") first-round matchups. 0:00 - Billboard 1:06 - Films of the 2010s – #16-20 22:06 - Filmspotting Madness Rd. 1 43:18 - Notes Nicholas Godin, "What Makes Me Think Of You" 59:52 - Films of the 2010s – #11-15 1:49:43 - Outro  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • #765: Top 10 Performers of the 2010s

    #765: Top 10 Performers of the 2010s

    21/02/2020 Duration: 02h44s

    It was the decade we discovered Jennifer Lawrence, Adam Driver and Lupita Nyong'o. The decade we watched actors like Scarlett Johansson and Joaquin Phoenix realize their full potential. The decade we continued to be blessed by the existence of Tilda Swinton. As a prelude to their Top 20 films of the decade, Adam and Josh consider their Top 10 Performers of the 2010s. 0:00 - Billboard 1:11 - Top 10 Performers of the Decade Beach Bunny, "Cuffing Season" 46:12 - Next Week/Notes 1:03:07 - Top 10 Performers of the Decade, cont. 1:52:45 - Outro  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • #764: Live in Chicago / Oscars / Birds of Prey / The Assistant

    #764: Live in Chicago / Oscars / Birds of Prey / The Assistant

    14/02/2020 Duration: 02h17min

    Filmspotting celebrated its 15th anniversary over the weekend with a 35mm-screening of Howard Hawks' RIO BRAVO at Chicago's venerated Music Box Theatre. After singing the praises of Dude, The Duke, Feathers and Stumpy during their post-film talk, Adam and Josh, along with Michael Phillips and producer Sam Van Hallgren, took questions from the audience that ranged from the practical to the philosophical. Also on the show, Josh recommends the "rotten cotton candy" aesthetic of the new HARLEY QUINN: BIRDS OF PREY and Adam praises the sinister hush of THE ASSISTANT. Plus, thoughts on "Parasite's" big night at the Oscars. 0:00 - Billboard 1:11 - "Parasite's" historic night 12:33 - JL: "Birds of Prey" / AK: "The Assistant" Dean Martin & Ricky Nelson "My Rifle, My Pony & Me" 25:21 - Kirk Douglas / Notes 38:20 - Filmspotting Madness 2020: Play-In Round 53:26 - Live in Chicago 2:10:00 - Outro Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • #763: Top 5 Jeff Bridges Scenes / Starman (8 From 84)

    #763: Top 5 Jeff Bridges Scenes / Starman (8 From '84)

    07/02/2020 Duration: 02h57min

    Since his breakout in 1971's "The Last Picture Show," Jeff Bridges has been nominated for seven Oscars and won one. Among his credits is one of the most beloved film characters of the past couple of decades ("The Dude"). And yet, do we still underappreciate him? On this week's show, Adam and Josh consider the incredible variety of the actor's work through the lens of their Top 5 Bridges Scenes. And they kick off the 8 From '84 series with John Carpenter's STARMAN, featuring the Best Actor-nominated Bridges and Karen Allen. *Filmspotting has launched on Patreon* 0:00 - Billboard 1:07 - 8 From '84 Review: "Starman" Jeff Bridges, "Hold On You" (from "Crazy Heart") 32:01 - Filmspotting on Patreon 46:59 - Next week / Notes 56:40 - Polls [Best of '84 / 2010s Acting Duos] 1:07:03 - Top 5: Jeff Bridges Scenes 1:51:09 - Outro  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • #762: 2020 Oscars Special with Michael Phillips

    #762: 2020 Oscars Special with Michael Phillips

    31/01/2020 Duration: 02h59min

    Will the Academy choose to remember 2019 as the year of PARASITE, MARRIAGE STORY and LITTLE WOMEN – or of 1917 and JOKER? The Chicago Tribune's Michael Phillips joins Adam and Josh for a preview of the 2020 Oscars, with picks for who will win, who should win and who should have been nominated. 0:00 - Billboard 1:12 - Oscar picks: Supporting / Screenplays Jessie Buckley, "Glasgow (No Place Like Home)" 1:00:04 - Next Week/Notes 1:08:48 - Massacre Theatre 1:12:00 - Donations 1:12:51 - Oscar picks: Lead / Director / Picture 1:51:07 - Outro / Outtakes Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • #761: 2020 Movie Preview

    #761: 2020 Movie Preview

    24/01/2020 Duration: 01h11min

    We ignore rumor and speculation and confine our 2020 Movie Preview to the current movie year (see you in 2021, Joel Coen's "Macbeth"!). New stuff from Christopher Nolan, Denis Villeneuve, Wes Anderson and other high-profile directors will – we hope – help us deal with a relative lack of 2019 MVPs Adam Driver and Florence Pugh. And we announce the follow-up to last year's 9 From '99 series: 8 From '84. 0:00 - Billboard 1:14 - 2020 Preview Bombay Bicycle Club, "Is It Real" 29:43 - 8 From '84 / Notes 43:16 - 2020 Preview cont. 1:30:18 - Outro  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • #760: Best Scenes of 2019 / Oscar Nominations / Golden Brick Winner

    #760: Best Scenes of 2019 / Oscar Nominations / Golden Brick Winner

    17/01/2020 Duration: 02h48min

    It's tradition here on Filmspotting to devote the first episode of the new year to all the stuff we loved about last year. It's the annual Wrap Party, with Adam and Josh sharing their picks for the best opening scene, the funniest and most moving scene, the best music moment and scene of the year. Plus, reaction to this week's Oscar nominations, Josh's thoughts on the new anime film WEATHERING WITH YOU, and the winner of the 2019 Golden Brick Award. 0:00 - Billboard 1:22 - Opening Scene / Funniest Scene Michael Nyman, "Musique à Grand Vitesse: 1st Region" 26:42 - Oscar Nominations 34:41 - Next week / Notes 40:27 - Josh recommends: "Weathering With You" 42:48 - Golden Brick Winner 52:52 - Donations 54:16 - Moving Moment / Music Moment / Scene of the Year 1:40:41 - Outro  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

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