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English, Cinema, 1 season, 110 episodes, 6 days, 23 hours, 6 minutes
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“...affable, insightful film analysis since 2005."–NY Times / New + classic reviews and top 5s. Also on WBEZ Chicago.
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#971: Austin Butler, Jeff Nichols (The Bikeriders), Tuesday

Austin Butler talks about how he finds a character, and director Jeff Nichols shares his favorite thing about making movies. Plus, a Golden Brick nod for “Tuesday” starring Julia Louis-Dreyfus.  (Timecodes will not be precise with ads; chapters may start early.) Opening (00:00:00-00:02:29) Interview: Jeff Nichols (00:02:30-00:25:19) Interview: Austin Butler (00:25:20-00:39:32) Review: “The Bikeriders” (00:39:33-00:57:38) Review: “Tuesday” (00:57:39-01:14:09) Next Week, Notes, Polls (01:14:10-01:26:04) Notes/Links: “The People’s Joker” Screening in Spring Green, WI https://www.slowpokelounge.com/events/peoples-joker Feedback: Email us at [email protected]. Ask Us Anything and we might answer your question in bonus content. Support us: -Join the Filmspotting Family for bonus episodes and complete archive access. http://filmspottingfamily.com -T-shirts (and more) on sale at the Filmspotting Shop. https://filmspotting.net/shop Contact us: https://letterboxd.com/filmspotting https://twitter.com/filmspotting https://facebook.com/filmspotting https://letterboxd.com/larsenonfilm https://twitter.com/larsenonfilm https://facebook.com/larsenonfilm Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
6/21/20241 hour, 35 minutes, 8 seconds
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#970: Hit Man, Inside Out 2, Ghostlight

Richard Linklater’s sexy gun-for-hire flick “Hit Man” arrived on Netflix last weekend, and Adam and Josh debate the merits of the film and its star, Glen Powell. Plus Josh on “Inside Out 2” and Adam on the Chicago burbs-set “Ghostlight.” (Timecodes will not be precise with ads; chapters may start early.) Opening (00:00:00-00:02:30) Review: “Hit Man” (00:02:31-00:32:43) Reviews: “Inside Out 2” (JL), “Ghostlight” (AK) (00:32:44-00:41:51) Next Week, Notes (00:41:52-00:48:13) Massacre Theatre (00:48:14-00:56:07) Spoiler Talk: “Hit Man” 00:56:07-01:11:35) Notes/Links: This is episode is brought to you in part by NIKKI GLASER: SOMEDAY YOU’LL DIE, the comedian and actress’s second hour-long HBO special, now streaming on Max. “The People’s Joker” Screening in Spring Green, WI https://www.slowpokelounge.com/events/peoples-joker Feedback: Email us at [email protected]. Ask Us Anything and we might answer your question in bonus content. Support us: -Join the Filmspotting Family for bonus episodes and complete archive access. http://filmspottingfamily.com -T-shirts (and more) on sale at the Filmspotting Shop. https://filmspotting.net/shop Contact us: https://letterboxd.com/filmspotting https://twitter.com/filmspotting https://facebook.com/filmspotting https://letterboxd.com/larsenonfilm https://twitter.com/larsenonfilm https://facebook.com/larsenonfilm Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
6/14/20241 hour, 19 minutes, 19 seconds
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From the Archive: Top 5 Richard Linklater Scenes

With Linklater's "Hit Man" currently steaming up home movie screens, we're sharing a 2016 Top 5 devoted to the director's most memorable movie moments. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
6/12/202435 minutes, 44 seconds
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From the Archive: Lord of the Rings Trilogy, Top 5 LOTR Scenes

With the “Lord of the Rings” trilogy back in theaters, we share Adam and Josh’s 2018 reappraisal of Peter Jackson’s Oscar-winning films, including their picks for the Top 5 "Rings" Scenes. (Timecodes will not be precise with ads; chapters may start early.) Opening (00:00:00-00:01:06) Sacred Cow Review: “Lord of the Rings” Trilogy (00:01:07-00:37:51) Top 5: “Lord of the Rings” Scenes (00:37:52-01:19:45) Notes/Links: Top 5 Lord of the Rings Scenes https://www.filmspotting.net/top-5-lists-archive/2018/5/17/cykldv958gtt0gl54zm2bfw4xoia3d “The People’s Joker” Screening in Spring Green, WI https://www.slowpokelounge.com/events/peoples-joker Feedback: Email us at [email protected]. Ask Us Anything and we might answer your question in bonus content. Support us: -Join the Filmspotting Family for bonus episodes and complete archive access. http://filmspottingfamily.com -T-shirts (and more) on sale at the Filmspotting Shop. https://filmspotting.net/shop Contact us: https://letterboxd.com/filmspotting https://twitter.com/filmspotting https://facebook.com/filmspotting https://letterboxd.com/larsenonfilm https://twitter.com/larsenonfilm https://facebook.com/larsenonfilm Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
6/7/20241 hour, 22 minutes, 30 seconds
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#969: Furiosa with Michael Phillips, Top 5 Movies for Graduates

Michael Phillips joins Adam to review “Furiosa,” director George Miller’s latest entry in the Mad Max saga starring Anya-Taylor Joy and Chris Hemsworth. Plus, a revisit of 2022’s Top 5 Movies for Graduates.  (Timecodes will not be precise with ads; chapters may start early.) Opening (00:00:00-00:02:20) Review: “Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga” (00:02:20-00:33:15) Next Week, Notes (00:33:16-00:41:15) Polls, Feedback (00:41:15-00:51:38) Top 5: Movies for Graduates (00:51:39-02:03:34) Notes/Links: “The People’s Joker” Screening in Spring Green, WI https://www.slowpokelounge.com/events/peoples-joker Thomas McAvoy’s Top 200 List https://drive.google.com/file/d/1eQyY8O_L0GruDo3ytvBLpfBgm7iGDylQ/view Feedback: Email us at [email protected]. Ask Us Anything and we might answer your question in bonus content. Support us: -Join the Filmspotting Family for bonus episodes and complete archive access. http://filmspottingfamily.com -T-shirts (and more) on sale at the Filmspotting Shop. https://filmspotting.net/shop Contact us: https://letterboxd.com/filmspotting https://twitter.com/filmspotting https://facebook.com/filmspotting https://letterboxd.com/larsenonfilm https://twitter.com/larsenonfilm https://facebook.com/larsenonfilm Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/31/20242 hours, 11 minutes, 14 seconds
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#968: I Saw the TV Glow, Wyler Marathon Awards

After earning raves at Sundance and SXSW, Jane Schoenbrun’s haunting and insightful new film has made it to theaters. Adam and Josh have a review and hand out their William Wyler Marathon Awards.  (Timecodes will not be precise with ads; chapters may start early.) Review: “I Saw the TV Glow” (00:02:19-00:26:29) Next Week, Notes (00:26:30-00:31:24) Massacre Theatre (00:31:25-00:39:20) Wyler Marathon Awards (00:39:21-01:16:16) Notes/Links: Mitchell Beaupre on “I Saw the TV Glow” https://letterboxd.com/mitchell/film/i-saw-the-tv-glow/ William Wyler Marathon https://www.filmspotting.net/marathons Feedback: Email us at [email protected]. Ask Us Anything and we might answer your question in bonus content. Support us: -Join the Filmspotting Family for bonus episodes and complete archive access. http://filmspottingfamily.com -T-shirts (and more) on sale at the Filmspotting Shop. https://filmspotting.net/shop Contact us: https://letterboxd.com/filmspotting https://twitter.com/filmspotting https://facebook.com/filmspotting https://letterboxd.com/larsenonfilm https://twitter.com/larsenonfilm https://facebook.com/larsenonfilm Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/24/20241 hour, 20 minutes, 53 seconds
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From the Archive: "Mad Max: Fury Road"

With "Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga" coming to theaters this weekend, we share Adam and Josh's May 2015 review of "Mad Max: Fury Road." Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/22/202435 minutes, 27 seconds
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#967: Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes, Roman Holiday (Wyler #6), Wildcat

The latest “Planet of the Apes” entry isn’t without fresh ideas, but Adam and Josh still miss Andy Serkis’s Caesar. They’ve got praise, though, for Ethan Hawke’s inventive Flannery O’Connor biopic, "Wildcat," and they’re joined by Michael Phillips for a post-screening conversation about 1953’s “Roman Holiday.”    (Timecodes will not be precise with ads; chapters may start early.) Open (00:00:00-00:01:57) Review: “Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes” (00:01:58-00:24:54) Review: “Wildcat” (00:24:55-00:37:24) Chi Critics Film Fest Notes (00:37:25-00:41:24) Next Week, Notes, Polls (00:41:25-00:54:04) Wyler #6: “Roman Holiday” w/Michael Phillips (00:54:05-01:38:47) Notes/Links: William Wyler Marathon https://www.filmspotting.net/marathons Feedback: Email us at [email protected]. Ask Us Anything and we might answer your question in bonus content. Support us: -Join the Filmspotting Family for bonus episodes and complete archive access. http://filmspottingfamily.com -T-shirts (and more) on sale at the Filmspotting Shop. https://filmspotting.net/shop Contact us: https://letterboxd.com/filmspotting @filmspotting on Threads https://twitter.com/filmspotting https://facebook.com/filmspotting https://letterboxd.com/larsenonfilm @larsenonfilm on Threads https://twitter.com/larsenonfilm https://facebook.com/larsenonfilm Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/17/20241 hour, 47 minutes, 11 seconds
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#966: Challengers, The Fall Guy

Adam and Josh catch up with Luca Guadagnino’s exhilarating pro-tennis-set “Challengers,” plus thoughts on Ryan Gosling and Emily Blunt in David Leitch’s “The Fall Guy.”  (Timecodes will not be precise with ads; chapters may start early.) Open (00:00:00-00:01:48) Review: “Challengers” (00:01:49-00:43:25) Review (JL): “The Fall Guy” (00:43:26-00:47:47) Next Week, Notes, Polls (00:47:48-00:57:39) Listener Feedback (00:57:40-01:06:01) Massacre Theatre (01:06:02-01:11:55) Close, New Releases (01:11:56-01:15:10 Notes/Links: William Wyler Marathon https://www.filmspotting.net/marathons Mother’s Day with “Roman Holiday” at The Music Box https://musicboxtheatre.com/films-and-events/roman-holiday Feedback: Email us at [email protected]. Ask Us Anything and we might answer your question in bonus content. Support us: -Join the Filmspotting Family for bonus episodes and complete archive access. http://filmspottingfamily.com -T-shirts (and more) on sale at the Filmspotting Shop. https://filmspotting.net/shop Contact us: https://letterboxd.com/filmspotting https://twitter.com/filmspotting https://facebook.com/filmspotting https://letterboxd.com/larsenonfilm https://twitter.com/larsenonfilm https://facebook.com/larsenonfilm Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/10/20241 hour, 17 minutes, 55 seconds
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From the Archive: "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes" (2014)

With the fourth film in the series - "Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes" - coming to theaters this weekend, we dig into the archives for this 2014 conversation about number two in the series, "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes." Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/8/202430 minutes, 42 seconds
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#965: Summer Movie Preview, The People’s Joker

30 films, 14 matchups. Adam and Josh discuss the most intriguing titles coming to theaters between May and Labor Day. Plus, a review of the wildly inventive and hilarious “The People’s Joker.” (Timecodes will not be precise with ads; chapters may start early.) Open (00:00:00-00:01:43) Summer Movie Preview (00:01:44-00:40:30) Brickspotting: “The People’s Joker” (00:40:31-00:51:40) Notes, Polls (00:51:41-01:02:15) Summer Movie Preview, cont. (01:02:16-01:35:08) Close, New Releases (01:35:08-01:39:49) Notes/Links: The People’s Joker https://www.thepeoplesjoker.com/ Chicago Critics Film Fest https://www.chicagocriticsfilmfestival.com/ William Wyler Marathon https://www.filmspotting.net/marathons “Roman Holiday” at The Music Box https://musicboxtheatre.com/films-and-events/roman-holiday Feedback: Email us at [email protected]. Ask Us Anything and we might answer your question in bonus content. Support us: -Join the Filmspotting Family for bonus episodes and complete archive access. http://filmspottingfamily.com -T-shirts (and more) on sale at the Filmspotting Shop. https://filmspotting.net/shop Contact us: https://letterboxd.com/filmspotting https://twitter.com/filmspotting https://facebook.com/filmspotting https://letterboxd.com/larsenonfilm https://twitter.com/larsenonfilm https://facebook.com/larsenonfilm Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/3/20241 hour, 43 minutes, 34 seconds
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From the Archive: Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace

Menace-skeptic Adam and Menace-defender Josh revisited "The Phantom Menace" for their 9 From '99 series back in 2019. George Lucas's divisive "Star Wars" prequel is back in theaters for its 25th anniversary. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/1/202434 minutes, 38 seconds
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#964: The Mummy at 25, Funny Girl (Wyler #5), We Grown Now

Back in ’99, Josh was a fan of “The Mummy.” Film snob Adam skipped it. With the movie back in theaters for its 25th anniversary, they give it a fresh look. Plus, Barbra Streisand in her film debut “Funny Girl” and a Golden Brick nod for the Chicago-set “We Grown Now.” (Timecodes will not be precise with ads; chapters may start early.) Open (00:00:00-00:02:25) Review: “The Mummy” at 25 (00:02:26-00:34:44) Preview: Chicago Critics Film Fest (00:34:45-00:45:04) Brickspotting: “We Grown Now” (00:45:05-00:48:44) Notes, Massacre Theatre (00:48:45-00:57:40) Wyler #5: “Funny Girl” (00:57:41-01:35:29) Close, New Releases (01:35:30-01:38:16) Notes/Links: Chicago Critics Film Fest https://www.chicagocriticsfilmfestival.com/ William Wyler Marathon https://www.filmspotting.net/marathons Filmspotting Presents Mother’s Day with “Roman Holiday” at The Music Box https://musicboxtheatre.com/films-and-events/roman-holiday Feedback: Email us at [email protected]. Ask Us Anything and we might answer your question in bonus content. Support us: -Join the Filmspotting Family for bonus episodes and complete archive access. http://filmspottingfamily.com -T-shirts (and more) on sale at the Filmspotting Shop. https://filmspotting.net/shop Contact us: https://letterboxd.com/filmspotting @filmspotting on Threads https://twitter.com/filmspotting https://facebook.com/filmspotting https://letterboxd.com/larsenonfilm @larsenonfilm on Threads https://twitter.com/larsenonfilm https://facebook.com/larsenonfilm Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/26/20241 hour, 42 minutes, 1 second
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From the Archive: Alien (1979)

Adam and Josh's 2019 conversation about Ridley Scott's "Alien," which is being re-released on April 26 ("Alien Day") for its 45 anniversary. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/24/202437 minutes, 27 seconds
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#963: Civil War, Ben-Hur (Wyler #4), ‘50s Madness Champ

Is Alex Garland’s new film a warning or mere provocation? Adam and Josh discuss. Plus, the William Wyler Marathon continues with the 1959 biblical epic “Ben-Hur” and we crown a ‘50s Madness Champ.  (Timecodes will not be precise with ads; chapters may start early.) Open (00:00:00-00:02:19) Review: “Civil War” (00:01:58-00:34:16) Next Week / Notes (00:34:17-00:42:28) ‘50s Madness Champ (00:42:29-01:01:51) Wyler #4: “Ben-Hur” (01:01:52-01:27:06) Close, New Releases (01:27:07-01:31:40) Notes/Links: Filmspotting Madness https://www.filmspotting.net/madness William Wyler Marathon https://www.filmspotting.net/marathons Filmspotting Presents Mother’s Day with “Roman Holiday” at The Music Box https://musicboxtheatre.com/films-and-events/roman-holiday Chicago Critics Film Fest https://www.chicagocriticsfilmfestival.com/ Feedback: Email us at [email protected]. Ask Us Anything and we might answer your question in bonus content. Support us: -Join the Filmspotting Family for bonus episodes and complete archive access. http://filmspottingfamily.com -T-shirts (and more) on sale at the Filmspotting Shop. https://filmspotting.net/shop Contact us: https://letterboxd.com/filmspotting @filmspotting on Threads https://twitter.com/filmspotting https://facebook.com/filmspotting https://letterboxd.com/larsenonfilm @larsenonfilm on Threads https://twitter.com/larsenonfilm https://facebook.com/larsenonfilm Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/19/20241 hour, 35 minutes, 25 seconds
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Filmspotting Presents: The Film That Blew My Mind - Kristen Johnson on All That Jazz

Director and legendary cinematographer Kirsten Johnson is known for nonfiction work that is inventive, artful, expressive, and maximal. The same can be said of the film that blew her mind -- Bob Fosse’s All That Jazz. The semi-autobiographical film brings us Joe Gideon (Roy Scheider), a peripatetic creative force working simultaneously to mount a major Broadway production and complete post-production on a feature film, all while maintaining a lifestyle fueled by cigarettes, pills, one-night stands, and Visine, and still finding time for his adoring 12-year old daughter, Michelle. We learn why the iconic film first transfixed Kirsten, and how she continues to be inspired by Fosse’s ingenious use of dance, documentary, theater, music, and more. Host John Cooper shares his personal ties to the film, calling on his days in New York’s theater scene of the 1970s. And co-host Tabitha Jackson (a.k.a. Wife of Kirsten) does her level best to maintain her professional distance as the conversation unfolds. Listen and subscribe to The Film that Blew My Mind on Apple Podcasts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/12/202453 minutes, 59 seconds
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#962: Ex Machina in the Age of AI, Mrs. Miniver (Wyler #3), ‘50s Madness Finals

With Alex Garland’s “Civil War” on the horizon, Adam and Josh take another look at the writer/director’s prescient AI thriller “Ex Machina.” Plus, a spirited debate over 1942’s “Mrs. Miniver” and a finals matchup in Filmspotting Madness—Best of the ‘50s.  (Timecodes will not be precise with ads; chapters may start early.) Open (00:00:00-00:02:19) Review: “Ex Machina” (00:02:20-00:51:47) R.I.P. Louis Gossett Jr, M. Emmett Walsh / Dune 2 Feedback (00:51:48-01:03:36) ‘50s Madness Finals (01:03:37-01:13:30) Wyler #3: “Mrs. Miniver” (01:13:31-01:54:55) Close, New Releases (01:54:55-01:57:48) Notes/Links: Filmspotting Madness https://www.filmspotting.net/madness William Wyler Marathon https://www.filmspotting.net/marathons Josh at Ebert Interruptus 2024 https://www.colorado.edu/cwa/ Boulder Meetup w/Josh https://www.filmspotting.net/events Feedback: Email us at [email protected]. Ask Us Anything and we might answer your question in bonus content. Support us: -Join the Filmspotting Family for bonus episodes and complete archive access. http://filmspottingfamily.com -T-shirts (and more) on sale at the Filmspotting Shop. https://filmspotting.net/shop Contact us: https://letterboxd.com/filmspotting @filmspotting on Threads https://twitter.com/filmspotting https://facebook.com/filmspotting https://letterboxd.com/larsenonfilm @larsenonfilm on Threads https://twitter.com/larsenonfilm https://facebook.com/larsenonfilm Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/5/20242 hours, 1 minute, 33 seconds
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#961: Road House at 35, Road House ‘24, Godzilla x Kong, ‘50s Madness Final Four

With the release of a new “Road House” starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Adam and Josh debate the merits of the ‘89 original (there are many merits!), along with recommendations of “Godzilla x Kong” and the doc “Ennio” about composer Ennio Morricone. Plus, the Final 4 round of Filmspotting Madness—Best of the '50s.     (Timecodes will not be precise with ads; chapters may start early.) Open (00:00:00-00:03:40) Review: “Road House” at 35 (00:03:41-00:45:54) Review: “Road House” (‘24) (00:45:55-01:01:12) Review (JL): “Godzilla x Kong” (01:01:13-01:05:04) Review (AK): “Ennio” (01:05:05-01:09:04) Next Week / Notes (01:09:05-01:19:36) ‘50s Madness - Final 4 (01:19:37-01:33:20) Close, New Releases, Outtake (01:33:21-01:36:06) Notes/Links: Filmspotting Madness https://www.filmspotting.net/madness William Wyler Marathon https://www.filmspotting.net/marathons Josh at Ebert Interruptus 2024 https://www.colorado.edu/cwa/ Feedback: Email us at [email protected]. Ask Us Anything and we might answer your question in bonus content. Support us: -Join the Filmspotting Family for bonus episodes and complete archive access. http://filmspottingfamily.com -T-shirts (and more) on sale at the Filmspotting Shop. https://filmspotting.net/shop Contact us: https://letterboxd.com/filmspotting @filmspotting on Threads https://twitter.com/filmspotting https://facebook.com/filmspotting https://letterboxd.com/larsenonfilm @larsenonfilm on Threads https://twitter.com/larsenonfilm https://facebook.com/larsenonfilm Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/29/20241 hour, 39 minutes, 51 seconds
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From the Archive: Godzilla ('54) v Kong ('33)

With "Godzilla x Kong" coming to theaters this weekend, we go to the archives for this 2021 conversation (inspired by "Godzilla v Kong") which has Adam and Josh pitting the two classic monster movies against each other. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/25/202458 minutes, 8 seconds
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#960: Love Lies Bleeding, The Best Years of Our Lives (Wyler #2), ‘50s Madness (Elite 8)

Adam and Josh praise Rose Glass’s nasty new noir “Love Lies Bleeding” and are knocked out by 1946’s “The Best Years of Our Lives,” William Wyler’s incisive and moving Best Picture winner. Plus, the Elite 8 of ‘50s Filmspotting Madness. (Timecodes will not be precise with ads; chapters may start early.) Open (00:00:00-00:04:01) Review: “Love Lies Bleeding” (00:04:02-00:28:20) Next Week / Notes (00:28:21-00:33:20) ‘50s Madness - Elite 8 (00:33:21-00:48:28) Wyler #2: “The Best Years of Our Lives” (00:48:29-01:35:33) Close, New Releases (01:35:34-01:39:27) Notes/Links: Filmspotting Madness https://www.filmspotting.net/madness William Wyler Marathon https://www.filmspotting.net/marathons Josh at Ebert Interruptus 2024 https://www.colorado.edu/cwa/ Feedback: Email us at [email protected]. Ask Us Anything and we might answer your question in bonus content. Support us: -Join the Filmspotting Family for bonus episodes and complete archive access. http://filmspottingfamily.com -T-shirts (and more) on sale at the Filmspotting Shop. https://filmspotting.net/shop Contact us: https://letterboxd.com/filmspotting @filmspotting on Threads https://twitter.com/filmspotting https://facebook.com/filmspotting https://letterboxd.com/larsenonfilm @larsenonfilm on Threads https://twitter.com/larsenonfilm https://facebook.com/larsenonfilm Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/22/20241 hour, 43 minutes, 12 seconds
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#959: Eternal Sunshine at 20, Dodsworth (Wyler #1), ‘50s Madness (Sweet 16)

For its 20th anniversary, Adam and Josh take a deep dive into the intricate world of 2004’s “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.” Plus the first film in the William Wyler Marathon and the Sweet 16 round of ‘50s Filmspotting Madness.     (Timecodes will not be precise with ads; chapters may start early.) Open / Oscars (00:00:00-00:06:47) Sacred Cow: “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind” at 20 (00:06:48-00:59:28) Golden Brickspotting: “Frida” (00:59:29-01:02:36) Next Week/Notes (01:02:37-01:07:11) ‘50s Madness - Sweet 16 (01:07:12-01:30:53) Wyler #1: “Dodsworth” (01:30:54-02:10:55) Close, New Releases (02:10:55-02:15:07) Notes/Links: Filmspotting Madness Josh at the University of Michigan-Dearborn Josh at Make Believe Seattle (“Devil’s Backbone”) Josh at Ebert Interruptus 2024 Vulture’s Movies Fantasy League Golden Bricks Feedback: Email us at [email protected]. Ask Us Anything and we might answer your question in bonus content. Support us: -Join the Filmspotting Family for bonus episodes and complete archive access. http://filmspottingfamily.com -T-shirts (and more) on sale at the Filmspotting Shop. https://filmspotting.net/shop Contact us: https://letterboxd.com/filmspotting @filmspotting on Threads https://twitter.com/filmspotting https://facebook.com/filmspotting https://letterboxd.com/larsenonfilm @larsenonfilm on Threads https://twitter.com/larsenonfilm https://facebook.com/larsenonfilm Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/15/20242 hours, 19 minutes, 52 seconds
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#958: Dune: Part Two (+Spoiler Talk), ‘50s Madness (Rd. 2)

There is much to discuss about Part Two of Denis Villeneuve’s “Dune” adaptation, including a deep dive on “worm juice” in spoiler talk. Plus, Rd. 2 matchups in ‘50s Madness.  (Timecodes will not be precise with ads; chapters may start early.) Open (00:00:00-00:02:10) Review: Dune: Part Two (00:02:10-00:43:00) Next Week/Notes (00:43:01-00:54:48) ‘50s Madness - Rd. 2 (00:54:49-01:16:07) Close, New Releases (01:16:08-01:18:52) Spoiler Talk: Dune: Part Two (01:18:52-01:42:38) Notes/Links: Filmspotting Madness Josh at the University of Michigan-Dearborn Josh at Make Believe Seattle (“Devil’s Backbone”) Josh at Ebert Interruptus 2024 Feedback: Email us at [email protected]. Ask Us Anything and we might answer your question in bonus content. Support us: -Join the Filmspotting Family for bonus episodes and complete archive access. http://filmspottingfamily.com -T-shirts (and more) on sale at the Filmspotting Shop. https://filmspotting.net/shop Contact us: https://letterboxd.com/filmspotting @filmspotting on Threads https://twitter.com/filmspotting https://facebook.com/filmspotting https://letterboxd.com/larsenonfilm @larsenonfilm on Threads https://twitter.com/larsenonfilm https://facebook.com/larsenonfilm Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/8/20241 hour, 45 minutes, 23 seconds
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#957: Oscars Special with Michael Phillips, ‘50s Madness (Rd. 1)

Michael Phillips (Chicago Tribune) drops by the Filmspotting Mojo Dojo Casa studio to talk Oscar picks and Round 1 of Filmspotting Madness—Best of the 1950s. (Timecodes will not be precise with ads; chapters may start early.) Open (00:00:00-00:04:25) Oscar Picks: Supporting Actress/Actor (00:04:26-00:27:16) Oscar Picks: Actor/Actress (00:27:17-00:54:21) Oscar Picks: Director/Picture (00:54:22-01:12:09) Next Week / Notes (01:12:09-01:18:58) ‘50s Madness - Rd. 1 (01:18:58-01:43:36) Close, New Releases (01:43:37-01:47:29) Promos: Babbel.com/filmspotting for 50% off your subscription. Notes/Links: Filmspotting Madness Oscar Cocktails Menu Josh at the University of Michigan-Dearborn Josh at Make Believe Seattle (“Devil’s Backbone”) Josh at Ebert Interruptus 2024 Feedback: Email us at [email protected]. Ask Us Anything and we might answer your question in bonus content. Support us: -Join the Filmspotting Family for bonus episodes and complete archive access. http://filmspottingfamily.com -T-shirts (and more) on sale at the Filmspotting Shop. https://filmspotting.net/shop Contact us: https://letterboxd.com/filmspotting @filmspotting on Threads https://twitter.com/filmspotting https://facebook.com/filmspotting https://letterboxd.com/larsenonfilm @larsenonfilm on Threads https://twitter.com/larsenonfilm https://facebook.com/larsenonfilm Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/1/20241 hour, 50 minutes, 15 seconds
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#956: Revisiting Dune, ‘50s Madness Play-Ins and Blind Spots

With the release of the “Dune” sequel just a week away, Adam and Josh revisit “Dune: Part One” and take care of some ‘50s blind spots ahead of Filmspotting Madness—Best of the 1950s.   (Timecodes will not be precise with ads; chapters may start early.) Open (00:00:00-00:02:58) “Dune: Part One” Rewatch (00:02:59-00:35:01) Next week, notes (00:35:02-00:41:27) Polls [Best Coens Decade] (00:41:28-00:48:31) ‘50s Madness - Play-Ins (00:48:32-01:05:57) “Tokyo Story,” “Anatomy of a Murder” (01:05:58-01:26:22) Close, New Releases (01:26:22-01:29:19) Feedback: Email us at [email protected]. Ask Us Anything and we might answer your question in bonus content. Support us: -Join the Filmspotting Family for bonus episodes and complete archive access. http://filmspottingfamily.com -T-shirts (and more) on sale at the Filmspotting Shop. https://filmspotting.net/shop Contact us: https://letterboxd.com/filmspotting @filmspotting on Threads https://twitter.com/filmspotting https://facebook.com/filmspotting https://letterboxd.com/larsenonfilm @larsenonfilm on Threads https://twitter.com/larsenonfilm https://facebook.com/larsenonfilm Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2/23/20241 hour, 32 minutes, 4 seconds
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#955: Top 5 Tokyo Movies, Perfect Days (w/Spoilers), How To Have Sex

Wim Wenders’s Oscar-nominated “Perfect Days” inspires Adam and Josh to share their Top 5 films set in Tokyo, plus a Golden Brick nod for the coming-of-age film “How To Have Sex” and some “Perfect Days” spoiler talk.  (Timecodes will not be precise with ads; chapters may start early.) Open (00:00:00-00:02:16) Top 5: Tokyo Movies (00:02:17-00:46:01) Review: “Perfect Days” (00:46:02-01:11:10) Next Week, Notes (01:11:11-01:16:48) Massacre Theatre (01:16:49-01:24:46) Brickspotting: “How To Have Sex” (01:24:47-01:45:08) Close, New Releases (01:45:09-01:48:13) Spoiler Talk: “Perfect Days” (01:48:14-02:10:03) Feedback: Email us at [email protected]. Ask Us Anything and we might answer your question in bonus content. Support us: -Join the Filmspotting Family for bonus episodes and complete archive access. http://filmspottingfamily.com -T-shirts (and more) on sale at the Filmspotting Shop. https://filmspotting.net/shop Contact us: https://letterboxd.com/filmspotting @filmspotting on Threads https://twitter.com/filmspotting https://facebook.com/filmspotting https://letterboxd.com/larsenonfilm @larsenonfilm on Threads https://twitter.com/larsenonfilm https://facebook.com/larsenonfilm Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2/16/20242 hours, 13 minutes, 48 seconds
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#954: Rear Window vs. Vertigo, Inside The Yellow Cocoon Shell

With “Rear Window” turning 70 this year, Adam and Josh give the double Sacred Cow treatment to a pair of Hitchcock masterpieces from the ‘50s.  (Timecodes will not be precise with ads; chapters may start early.) Open (00:00:00-00:01:00) Sacred Cow: “Rear Window” (00:01:01-00:59:12) Brickspotting (JL): “Inside The Yellow Cocoon Shell” (00:59:13-01:06:25) Next Week, Notes, Poll (01:06:26-01:13:05) Poll Results [Best ‘50s Hitchcock] (01:13:06-01:18:33) Sacred Cow: “Vertigo” (01:18:34-01:56:53) “Rear Window” or “Vertigo”? (01:56:54-02:05:09) Feedback: Email us at [email protected]. Ask Us Anything and we might answer your question in bonus content. Support us: -Join the Filmspotting Family for bonus episodes and complete archive access. http://filmspottingfamily.com -T-shirts (and more) on sale at the Filmspotting Shop. https://filmspotting.net/shop Contact us: https://letterboxd.com/filmspotting @filmspotting on Threads https://twitter.com/filmspotting https://facebook.com/filmspotting https://letterboxd.com/larsenonfilm @larsenonfilm on Threads https://twitter.com/larsenonfilm https://facebook.com/larsenonfilm Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2/9/20242 hours, 13 minutes
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#953: American Fiction (w/Spoilers), Rustin, Sundance 2024

Reviews of newly minted Oscar nominees “American Fiction” and “Rustin,” plus Adam’s thoughts on a couple of Sundance standouts. (Timecodes will not be precise with ads; chapters may start early.) Open (00:00:00-00:01:58) Review: American Fiction (00:01:59-00:28:35) Next week, Notes (00:28:36-00:32:14) Sundance ‘24 - Ibelin, A Real Pain (00:32:15-00:46:02) Massacre Theatre (00:46:03-00:50:13) Review: “Rustin” (00:50:14-01:05:18) “American Fiction” Spoilers (01:05:19-01:14:16) Promos: Babbel.com/filmspotting for 55% off your subscription. Notes/Links: Sundance 2024 Award Winners Feedback: Email us at [email protected]. Ask Us Anything and we might answer your question in bonus content. Support us: -Join the Filmspotting Family for bonus episodes and complete archive access. http://filmspottingfamily.com -T-shirts (and more) on sale at the Filmspotting Shop. https://filmspotting.net/shop Contact us: https://letterboxd.com/filmspotting @filmspotting on Threads https://twitter.com/filmspotting https://facebook.com/filmspotting https://letterboxd.com/larsenonfilm @larsenonfilm on Threads https://twitter.com/larsenonfilm https://facebook.com/larsenonfilm Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2/2/20241 hour, 21 minutes, 8 seconds
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#952: 2024 Movie Preview - Folie à Deux Edition

Dune: Part 2 v Furiosa. Linklater v Soderbergh. Adam and Josh preview the 2024 movie year via ten death-match polls. (Timecodes will not be precise with ads; chapters may start early.) Open (00:00:00-00:04:56) 2024 Movie Preview: Folie à Deux (00:04:57-00:33:27) 2023 Golden Brick Winner (00:33:28-00:40:47) R.I.P. Tom Wilkinson, Norman Jewison; 2024 Show Preview (00:40:48-00:53:55) New Poll [‘50s Hitchcock] (00:53:56-00:58:02) 2024 Movie Preview, cont. (00:58:03-01:25:38) Notes/Links: Golden Brick Award Feedback: Email us at [email protected]. Ask Us Anything and we might answer your question in bonus content. Support us: -Join the Filmspotting Family for bonus episodes and complete archive access. http://filmspottingfamily.com -T-shirts (and more) on sale at the Filmspotting Shop. https://filmspotting.net/shop Contact us: https://letterboxd.com/filmspotting @filmspotting on Threads https://twitter.com/filmspotting https://facebook.com/filmspotting https://letterboxd.com/larsenonfilm @larsenonfilm on Threads https://twitter.com/larsenonfilm https://facebook.com/larsenonfilm Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
1/26/20241 hour, 32 minutes, 59 seconds
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#951: Best Scenes of 2023 with Michael Phillips, Mia Lee Vicino, and Tran Ahn Hung

Adam and Josh head west for the 2023 Wrap Party, sharing their favorite scenes of the year, along with Michael Phillips (Chicago Tribune) and Mia Lee Vicino (Letterboxd), with a special appearance by “The Taste of Things” director Tran Ahn Hung. (Timecodes will not be precise with ads; chapters may start early.) Open (00:00:00-00:05:15) Welcome/Opening Scenes with Hung (00:05:16-00:23:30) Funniest Scenes with Mia (00:23:31-00:38:03) Most Moving Moments (00:38:04-00:50:05) Best Music Moments with Michael (00:50:05-01:07:34) Scenes of the Year with Michael (01:07:35-01:35:50) Notes/Links: Mia Lee Vicino on Letterboxd, Twitter, Instagram Michael Phillips at The Chicago Tribune, Twitter Isaac Feldberg’s “Iron Claw” tweet Promos: Regal Unlimited (use code FILMSPOT23) Feedback: Email us at [email protected]. Ask Us Anything and we might answer your question in bonus content. Support us: -Join the Filmspotting Family for bonus episodes and complete archive access. http://filmspottingfamily.com -T-shirts (and more) on sale at the Filmspotting Shop. https://filmspotting.net/shop Contact us: https://letterboxd.com/filmspotting @filmspotting on Threads https://twitter.com/filmspotting https://facebook.com/filmspotting https://letterboxd.com/larsenonfilm @larsenonfilm on Threads https://twitter.com/larsenonfilm https://facebook.com/larsenonfilm Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
1/19/20241 hour, 42 minutes, 52 seconds
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#950: Ferrari, Maestro, Wonka, The Color Purple

It’s the 2023 movie orphans show, with reviews of late-year releases from Michael Mann (“Ferrari”) and Bradley Cooper (“Maestro”), along with thoughts on a pair of new musicals, Paul King’s “Wonka” and Blitz Bazawule's adaptation of the Tony-winning THE COLOR PURPLE. (Timecodes will not be precise with ads; chapters may start early.) Open (00:00:00-00:04:54) Review: “Ferrari” (00:04:55-00:34:32) Review: “Maestro” (00:34:33-00:57:14) Notes, Polls (00:57:15-01:07:52) Review: “Wonka” (01:07:53-01:18:07) Review: “The Color Purple” (01:18:08-01:24:18) Notes/Links: Filmspotting Live in L.A. on Jan. 13 Josh’s reviews of Ferrari, Maestro, Wonka, A Color Purple Promos: Babbel.com/filmspotting for 55% off your subscription. Regal Unlimited (use code FILMSPOT23) Feedback: Email us at [email protected]. Ask Us Anything and we might answer your question in bonus content. Support us: -Join the Filmspotting Family for bonus episodes and complete archive access. http://filmspottingfamily.com -T-shirts (and more) on sale at the Filmspotting Shop. https://filmspotting.net/shop Contact us: https://letterboxd.com/filmspotting @filmspotting on Threads https://twitter.com/filmspotting https://facebook.com/filmspotting https://letterboxd.com/larsenonfilm @larsenonfilm on Threads https://twitter.com/larsenonfilm https://facebook.com/larsenonfilm Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
1/12/20241 hour, 31 minutes, 59 seconds
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One Week Away From Filmspotting Live in L.A.

Adam shares new details about our upcoming live show in L.A., including guest updates and important ticketing information. All tickets must be purchased online before noon PT on the 13th. The 2023 Wrap Party is presented by Regal Unlimited (use code FILMSPOT23). Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
1/5/20242 minutes, 26 seconds
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#949: The Best Films of 2023 w/Michael Phillips and Marya E. Gates

Adam, Josh, and guests Michael Phillips and Marya E. Gates hash out the best of what all agree is among the richest movie years in recent memory. (Timecode will not be precise with ads; chapters may start early.) Open (00:00:00-00:07:55) Best of ‘23 - Consensus Films of the Year (00:07:55-01:43:22) Notes, Best of ‘23 Scores, Poll Results (01:43:22-01:59:49) Golden Brick Award Finalists (01:59:49-02:09:19) Best of ‘23 - #1 Films of the Year (02:09:19-02:42:18) Best of ‘23 - Outlier Picks (02:42:18-03:16:06) Notes/Links: Filmspotting Live in L.A. on Jan. 13 Marya E. Gates Michael Phillips Yahav Winner’s “The Boy” at The New Yorker  Promos: Babbel.com/filmspotting for 55% off your subscription. Regal Unlimited (use code FILMSPOT23) Feedback: Email us at [email protected]. Ask Us Anything and we might answer your question in bonus content. Support us: -Join the Filmspotting Family for bonus episodes and complete archive access. http://filmspottingfamily.com -T-shirts (and more) on sale at the Filmspotting Shop. https://filmspotting.net/shop Contact us: https://letterboxd.com/filmspotting @filmspotting on Threads https://twitter.com/filmspotting https://facebook.com/filmspotting https://letterboxd.com/larsenonfilm @larsenonfilm on Threads https://twitter.com/larsenonfilm https://facebook.com/larsenonfilm Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
12/22/20233 hours, 26 minutes, 14 seconds
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Bonus Sampler: '23 Chicago Film Critics Ballots

Enjoy an excerpt from this month's bonus episode where Adam and Josh followed up their Performances of the Year episode with more categories from their Chicago Film Critics Association ballots. Join the Filmspotting Family Chicago Film Critics Association Winners Filmspotting Live in L.A. on Jan. 13 Promos: Regal Unlimited (use code FILMSPOT23) Feedback: Email us at [email protected]. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
12/21/202313 minutes, 39 seconds
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#948: The 30 Best Performances of 2023

Fresh from submitting their Chicago Film Critics Association ballots, Adam and Josh share their favorite film performances of the year. (Timecode will not be precise with ads; chapters may start early.) Open (00:00:00-00:01:48) Supporting Actor (00:01:48-00:12:07) Supporting Actress (00:12:07-00:24:54) Notes, Massacre Theatre (00:24:54-00:42:15) Lead Actor (00:42:15-00:57:02) Lead Actress (00:57:02-01:12:08) Notes/Links: Chicago Film Critics Assoc. Winners Filmspotting Live in L.A. on Jan. 13 Robert Downey Jr.’s Third Act Promos: Regal Unlimited (use code FILMSPOT23) MONSTER, from director Hirokazu Kore-eda, is now playing in select theaters nationwide. Find showtimes and get tickets at https://wellgousa.com/films/monster  Feedback: Email us at [email protected]. Ask Us Anything and we might answer your question in bonus content. Support us: -Join the Filmspotting Family for bonus episodes and complete archive access. http://filmspottingfamily.com -T-shirts (and more) on sale at the Filmspotting Shop. https://filmspotting.net/shop Contact us: https://letterboxd.com/filmspotting @filmspotting on Threads https://twitter.com/filmspotting https://facebook.com/filmspotting https://letterboxd.com/larsenonfilm @larsenonfilm on Threads https://twitter.com/larsenonfilm https://facebook.com/larsenonfilm Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
12/15/20231 hour, 19 minutes, 6 seconds
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#947: Poor Things, May December, Napoleon, Four Daughters, Fallen Leaves

Playing catchup ahead of their year-end Top 10s, Adam and Josh dig into the latest from Yorgos Lanthimos, Todd Haynes, Ridley Scott, and more. (Timecode will not be precise with ads; chapters may start early.) Open (00:00:00-00:01:05) “Saltburn” (JL) (00:01:05-00:05:42) “Poor Things” (00:05:42-00:16:57) “May December” (00:16:57-00:27:28) “Napoleon” (00:31:28-00:41:17) Notes, Polls (00:41:17-00:52:07) “Four Daughters” (00:52:07-01:07:04) "Fallen Leaves” (01:07:04-01:14:52) Notes/Links: Filmspotting Live in L.A. on Jan. 13 “Nobody Plays a Bad Actress Better Than Natalie Portman” Promos: Get 15% off your next gift at uncommongoods.com/FILMSPOTTING Regal Unlimited (use code FILMSPOT23) Feedback: Email us at [email protected]. Ask Us Anything and we might answer your question in bonus content. Support us: -Join the Filmspotting Family for bonus episodes and complete archive access. http://filmspottingfamily.com -T-shirts (and more) on sale at the Filmspotting Shop. https://filmspotting.net/shop Contact us: https://letterboxd.com/filmspotting @filmspotting on Threads https://twitter.com/filmspotting https://facebook.com/filmspotting https://letterboxd.com/larsenonfilm @larsenonfilm on Threads https://twitter.com/larsenonfilm https://facebook.com/larsenonfilm Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
12/8/20231 hour, 22 minutes, 10 seconds
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Bonus Show Sampler: Horror Movie Draft, 2024 Marathons

Monthly bonus shows are just one of the perks of joining the Filmspotting Family. Enjoy these excerpts from two of our most recent episodes. For as little as $5/month, get access to bonus content, early and ad-free listening, our weekly newsletter, event discounts, and more. Notes/Links: Filmspotting Live in L.A. on Jan. 13 Promos: Regal Unlimited (use code FILMSPOT23) Feedback: Email us at [email protected]. Ask Us Anything and we might answer your question in bonus content. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
12/6/202324 minutes, 18 seconds
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From the Archive: Alien at 40, Top 5 Joaquin Phoenix Performances

With Ridley Scott’s “Napoleon” in theaters, we revisit a 2019 Sacred Cow review of the director’s “Alien” and, from earlier this year, the Top 5 Joaquin Phoenix Performances.   -Notes: Live in L.A.(03:20) -Sacred Cow Review: “Alien” (05:59) -Top 5 Joaquin Phoenix Performances (40:43) (Times may not be precise with ads) Notes/Links: Filmspotting Live in L.A. on Jan. 13 Promos: Regal Unlimited (use code FILMSPOT23) Feedback: Email us at [email protected]. Ask Us Anything and we might answer your question in bonus content. Support us: -Join the Filmspotting Family for bonus episodes and complete archive access. http://filmspottingfamily.com -T-shirts (and more) on sale at the Filmspotting Shop. https://filmspotting.net/shop Contact us: https://letterboxd.com/filmspotting @filmspotting on Threads https://twitter.com/filmspotting https://facebook.com/filmspotting https://letterboxd.com/larsenonfilm @larsenonfilm on Threads https://twitter.com/larsenonfilm https://facebook.com/larsenonfilm Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
12/1/20231 hour, 30 minutes, 49 seconds
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#946: The Holdovers, Essential Werner Herzog

Alexander Payne reunites with Paul Giamatti for the period holiday comedy "The Holdovers" which is one of the director’s best and one of the best of the year.   -Review: “The Holdovers” (05:43) -The Essential Werner Herzog” (23:59) (Times may not be precise with ads) Promos: Notes/Links: Werner Herzog's "Every Man for Himself and God Against All" Refocus Film Festival Feedback: Email us at [email protected]. Ask Us Anything and we might answer your question in bonus content. Support us: -Join the Filmspotting Family for bonus episodes and complete archive access. http://filmspottingfamily.com -T-shirts (and more) on sale at the Filmspotting Shop. https://filmspotting.net/shop Contact us: https://letterboxd.com/filmspotting @filmspotting on Threads https://twitter.com/filmspotting https://facebook.com/filmspotting https://letterboxd.com/larsenonfilm @larsenonfilm on Threads https://twitter.com/larsenonfilm https://facebook.com/larsenonfilm Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
11/24/20231 hour, 20 minutes, 7 seconds
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#945: The Killer, Fincher Ranked, The Marvels

David Fincher’s THE KILLER has more on its mind than mere genre thrills. Adam and Josh have a review of Fincher’s 12th feature and dig into spoilers. Plus, THE MARVELS, and Fincher Ranked.  -Review: “The Killer” (01:55) -Review (JL): “The Marvels” (35:42) -Next Week / Notes / Massacre Theatre (42:00) -David Fincher Ranked (57:16) -Spoiler Talk: “The Killer” (1:05:54) (Times may not be precise with ads) Promos: Babbel.com/filmspotting for 55% off your subscription. Get 15% off your next gift at uncommongoods.com/FILMSPOTTING Notes/Links: -David Fincher, ranked (Josh) -David Fincher, ranked (Adam) -Filmspotting Guide to the Archives Feedback: Email us at [email protected]. Ask Us Anything and we might answer your question in bonus content. Support us: -Join the Filmspotting Family for bonus episodes and complete archive access. http://filmspottingfamily.com -T-shirts (and more) on sale at the Filmspotting Shop. https://filmspotting.net/shop Contact us: https://letterboxd.com/filmspotting @filmspotting on Threads https://twitter.com/filmspotting https://facebook.com/filmspotting https://letterboxd.com/larsenonfilm @larsenonfilm on Threads https://twitter.com/larsenonfilm https://facebook.com/larsenonfilm Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
11/17/20231 hour, 40 minutes, 33 seconds
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#944: Priscilla, Sofia Coppola Ranked, Fingernails

Adam and Josh debate whether Sofia Coppola’s “Priscilla” is a new kind of biopic or just more of the same. Plus, Jessie Buckley and Riz Ahmed in “Fingernails.”  -Review: “Priscilla” (02:31) -Sofia Coppola Ranked (37:08) -Next Week / Notes / Polls (41:28) -Review: “Fingernails” (01:08:00) (Times may not be precise with ads) Promo: Get 15% off your next gift at uncommongoods.com/FILMSPOTTING Notes/Links: -Sofia Coppola, ranked (Josh) -Filmspotting Guide to the Archives Feedback: Email us at [email protected]. Ask Us Anything and we might answer your question in bonus content. Support us: -Join the Filmspotting Family for bonus episodes and complete archive access. http://filmspottingfamily.com -T-shirts (and more) on sale at the Filmspotting Shop. https://filmspotting.net/shop Contact us: https://letterboxd.com/filmspotting @filmspotting on Threads https://twitter.com/filmspotting https://facebook.com/filmspotting https://letterboxd.com/larsenonfilm @larsenonfilm on Threads https://twitter.com/larsenonfilm https://facebook.com/larsenonfilm Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
11/10/20231 hour, 33 minutes, 55 seconds
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#943: Anatomy of a Fall, All Dirt Roads Taste of Salt, Theater Camp

Praise for star Sandra Hüller in director Justine Triet’s slippery, sophisticated courtroom drama that puts a woman and her marriage on trial.  -Review: “Anatomy of a Fall” (03:47) -Brickspotting: “All Dirt Roads Taste of Salt” “Theater Camp” (40:37) -Next Week / Notes / Massacre Theatre (50:17) -Spoiler Talk: “Anatomy of a Fall” (01:00:51) (Times may not be precise with ads) Notes/Links: -Scorsese on Letterboxd -Adam on “The Shining” -”Hasan Minhaj’s Emotional Truths” -Hasan Minhaj Responds to The New Yorker -Golden Bricks  -Filmspotting Guide to the Archives Feedback: Email us at [email protected]. Ask Us Anything and we might answer your question in bonus content. Support us: -Join the Filmspotting Family for bonus episodes and complete archive access. http://filmspottingfamily.com -T-shirts (and more) on sale at the Filmspotting Shop. https://filmspotting.net/shop Contact us: https://letterboxd.com/filmspotting @filmspotting on Threads https://twitter.com/filmspotting https://facebook.com/filmspotting https://letterboxd.com/larsenonfilm @larsenonfilm on Threads https://twitter.com/larsenonfilm https://facebook.com/larsenonfilm Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
11/3/20231 hour, 44 minutes, 16 seconds
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#942: Killers of the Flower Moon, Scorsese Ranked

Adam and Josh go long and spoiler-y - on the new Scorsese, and do their best to rank their favorite of the director’s features.  -Review: “Killers of the Flower Moon” (03:10) -”Killers of the Flower Moon” with Spoilers (18:44) -Next Week / Notes / Polls (49:56) -”Killers of the Flower Moon” with Spoilers, cont. (01:09:51) -Scorsese, Ranked (01:33:42) (Times may not be precise with ads) Notes/Links: The Filmspotting Guide to the Archives Josh's Fear Not! Talk at Facets, Chicago (10.28) Feedback: Email us at [email protected]. Ask Us Anything and we might answer your question in bonus content. Support us: -Join the Filmspotting Family for bonus episodes and complete archive access. http://filmspottingfamily.com -T-shirts (and more) on sale at the Filmspotting Shop. https://filmspotting.net/shop Contact us: https://letterboxd.com/filmspotting @filmspotting on Threads https://twitter.com/filmspotting https://facebook.com/filmspotting https://letterboxd.com/larsenonfilm @larsenonfilm on Threads https://twitter.com/larsenonfilm https://facebook.com/larsenonfilm Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
10/27/20231 hour, 52 minutes, 19 seconds
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#941: Top 5 Movies Siskel & Ebert Got Wrong with Matt Singer

Adam, Josh, and guest Matt Singer (“Opposable Thumbs: How Siskel & Ebert Changed Movies Forever”) wrangle with Gene and Roger over reviews of movies past.  -Interview: Matt Singer (06:13) -Top 5: Movies Siskel & Ebert Got Wrong (19:33) -Next Week / Notes / Massacre Theatre (01:20:10) -Top 5, cont (01:37:03) (Times may not be precise with ads) Notes/Links: Matt Singer “Opposable Thumbs: How Siskel & Ebert Changed Movies Forever” Surprising Movies That Got Thumbs Down From Siskel & Ebert Josh's Fear Not! Talk at Facets, Chicago (10.28) Feedback: Email us at [email protected]. Ask Us Anything and we might answer your question in bonus content. Support us: -Join the Filmspotting Family for bonus episodes and complete archive access. http://filmspottingfamily.com -T-shirts (and more) on sale at the Filmspotting Shop. https://filmspotting.net/shop Contact us: https://letterboxd.com/filmspotting @filmspotting on Threads https://twitter.com/filmspotting https://facebook.com/filmspotting https://letterboxd.com/larsenonfilm @larsenonfilm on Threads https://twitter.com/larsenonfilm https://facebook.com/larsenonfilm Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
10/20/20232 hours, 22 minutes, 54 seconds
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#940: The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar and More Dahl Shorts

Wes Anderson follows up this year’s “Asteroid City” with four short films, all adapted from Roald Dahl stories, for Netflix.  -Review: “The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar,” “The Swan” (03:24) -Next Week / Notes / Polls (52:12) -Review: “The Rat Catcher,” “Poison” (01:15:18) (Times may not be precise with ads) Promo: Babbel.com/filmspotting for 55% off your subscription. Notes/Links: Refocus Film Festival, Iowa City (Code: “Herzog”, 10.15) Josh's Fear Not! Talk at Facets, Chicago (10.28) Feedback: Email us at [email protected]. Ask Us Anything and we might answer your question in bonus content. Support us: -Join the Filmspotting Family for bonus episodes and complete archive access. http://filmspottingfamily.com -T-shirts (and more) on sale at the Filmspotting Shop. https://filmspotting.net/shop Contact us: https://letterboxd.com/filmspotting @filmspotting on Threads https://twitter.com/filmspotting https://facebook.com/filmspotting https://letterboxd.com/larsenonfilm @larsenonfilm on Threads https://twitter.com/larsenonfilm https://facebook.com/larsenonfilm Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
10/13/20231 hour, 54 minutes, 13 seconds
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#939: The Creator, Chicago Int’l Film Festival Preview

Is Gareth Edwards’ Humans vs. A.I. movie the original piece of Hollywood filmmaking that we’ve been waiting for? Plus, a road map for getting the most out of the 59th annual Chicago International Film Festival. -Review: “The Creator” (03:59) -Next Week / Notes / Polls (32:55) -Massacre Theatre (43:40) -Preview: Chicago International Film Festival (54:28) (Times may not be precise with ads) Notes/Links: Top 5 Chicago Film Festival Picks Chicago International Film Festival (Oct. 11-22) An Evening With Josh Larsen, Calgary Public Library (Wednesday, Oct. 4) Refocus Film Festival, Iowa City (Code: “Herzog”, Sunday, Oct. 15) Josh's Fear Not Talk at Facets, Chicago (Saturday, Oct. 28) Feedback: Email us at [email protected]. Ask Us Anything and we might answer your question in bonus content. Support us: -Join the Filmspotting Family for bonus episodes and complete archive access. http://filmspottingfamily.com -T-shirts (and more) on sale at the Filmspotting Shop. https://filmspotting.net/shop Contact us: https://letterboxd.com/filmspotting @filmspotting on Threads https://twitter.com/filmspotting https://facebook.com/filmspotting https://letterboxd.com/larsenonfilm @larsenonfilm on Threads https://twitter.com/larsenonfilm https://facebook.com/larsenonfilm Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
10/6/20231 hour, 26 minutes, 27 seconds
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#938: Flora and Son, Stop Making Sense, No One Will Save You

John Carney has given us a musical love story (“Once”), a musical coming-of-age story (“Sing Street”), and now, with the new “Flora and Son”, a musical story about the trials and tribulations of parenting. That review, thoughts on the new Hulu thriller "No One Will Save You," and a revisit of a 2020 conversation about the newly re-released “Stop Making Sense.” -Review: “Flora and Son (02:34) -Review (AK): “No One Will Save You” (29:05) -Next Week / Notes / Polls (36:32)  -Review (2020): “Stop Making Sense” “This Is Spinal Tap” (52:59) (Times may not be precise with ads) Promo: Babbel.com/filmspotting for 55% off your subscription. Notes/Links: An Evening With Josh Larsen, Calgary Public Library (Wednesday, Oct. 4) Refocus Film Festival, Iowa City (Sunday, Oct. 15) Josh's Fear Not Talk at Facets, Chicago (Saturday, Oct. 28) Feedback: Email us at [email protected]. Ask Us Anything and we might answer your question in bonus content. Support us: -Join the Filmspotting Family for bonus episodes and complete archive access. http://filmspottingfamily.com -T-shirts (and more) on sale at the Filmspotting Shop. https://filmspotting.net/shop Contact us: https://letterboxd.com/filmspotting @filmspotting on Threads https://twitter.com/filmspotting https://facebook.com/filmspotting https://letterboxd.com/larsenonfilm @larsenonfilm on Threads https://twitter.com/larsenonfilm https://facebook.com/larsenonfilm Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
9/29/20231 hour, 22 minutes, 23 seconds
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#937: Top 5 Music Docs, The Last Waltz at 45

With “Stop Making Sense” back in theaters, Adam and Josh share their Top 5 Music Docs, and give Scorsese’s celebrated ‘78 concert doc “The Last Waltz” the Sacred Cow treatment. -Top 5: Music Docs (05:32) -Next Week / Notes (36:06) -Massacre Theatre (42:17)  -Sacred Cow Review: “The Last Waltz” (50:04) -Top 5 Music Docs, cont. (01:23:26) (Times may not be precise with ads) Notes/Links: -An Evening With Josh Larsen, Calgary Public Library (Wednesday, Oct. 4) -Refocus Film Festival, Iowa City (Sunday, Oct. 15) -Scorsese’s Tribute to Robbie Robertson -“Danko/Manuel” by Jason Isbell -"Richard Manuel Is Dead” by Counting Crows Feedback: Email us at [email protected]. Ask Us Anything and we might answer your question in bonus content. Support us: -Join the Filmspotting Family for bonus episodes and complete archive access. http://filmspottingfamily.com -T-shirts (and more) on sale at the Filmspotting Shop. https://filmspotting.net/shop Contact us: https://letterboxd.com/filmspotting @filmspotting on Threads https://twitter.com/filmspotting https://facebook.com/filmspotting https://letterboxd.com/larsenonfilm @larsenonfilm on Threads https://twitter.com/larsenonfilm https://facebook.com/larsenonfilm Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
9/22/20231 hour, 47 minutes, 58 seconds
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#936: Dazed and Confused at 30, I Am Not A Witch (African Cinema #5)

30 years later, Richard Linklater’s “Dazed and Confused” is even better than you remember. Plus, 2017’s “I Am Not A Witch” from Zambian-Welsh director Rungano Nyoni, and the African Cinema Marathon Awards. -Sacred Cow Review: “Dazed and Confused” (04:29) -Next Week / Notes (39:06) -Polls (Linklater, John Carney) (43:05)  -African Cinema Marathon #5: “I Am Not A Witch” (56:21) -African Cinema Marathon Awards (01:23:49) (Times may not be precise with ads) Notes/Links: -"Black Girl" Is a Ghost Story https://www.publicbooks.org/sembenes-black-girl-is-a-ghost-story/ Feedback: Email us at [email protected]. Ask Us Anything and we might answer your question in bonus content. Support us: -Join the Filmspotting Family for bonus episodes and complete archive access. http://filmspottingfamily.com -T-shirts (and more) on sale at the Filmspotting Shop. https://filmspotting.net/shop Contact us: https://letterboxd.com/filmspotting @filmspotting on Threads https://twitter.com/filmspotting https://facebook.com/filmspotting https://letterboxd.com/larsenonfilm @larsenonfilm on Threads https://twitter.com/larsenonfilm https://facebook.com/larsenonfilm Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
9/15/20231 hour, 56 minutes, 58 seconds
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#935: Midnight Run at 35, Yeelen (African Cinema #4)

The Filmspotting Pantheon contains distinguished titles like “Vertigo,” “Do The Right Thing,” and “The Godfather.” Also? The 1988 action comedy “Midnight Run.” Adam and Josh investigate with a revisit. -Sacred Cow Review: “Midnight Run” (03:42) -Next Week / Notes (53:42) -Massacre Theatre (49:03)  -African Cinema Marathon #4: “Yeelen” (01:06:03) (Times may not be precise with ads) Promo: Babbel.com/filmspotting for 55% off your subscription. Notes/Links: Jonathan Rosenbaum’s A Few Ways of Looking at Midnight Run Feedback: Email us at [email protected]. Ask Us Anything and we might answer your question in bonus content. Support us: -Join the Filmspotting Family for bonus episodes and complete archive access. http://filmspottingfamily.com -T-shirts (and more) on sale at the Filmspotting Shop. https://filmspotting.net/shop Contact us: https://letterboxd.com/filmspotting @filmspotting on Threads https://twitter.com/filmspotting https://facebook.com/filmspotting https://letterboxd.com/larsenonfilm @larsenonfilm on Threads https://twitter.com/larsenonfilm https://facebook.com/larsenonfilm Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
9/8/20231 hour, 35 minutes, 29 seconds
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#934: Fall Movie Preview, Touki Bouki (African Cinema Marathon #3)

 As they consider the fall movie slate, Adam and Josh look past some of the bigger releases for questions about the season’s potential hidden gems. -Fall Movie Preview (05:08) -Next Week / Notes / Polls (47:39) -African Cinema Marathon: “Touki Bouki” (01:01:51) (Times may not be precise with ads) Notes/Links: Beyond the Canon: Touki Bouki + Breathless Feedback: Email us at [email protected]. Ask Us Anything and we might answer your question in bonus content. Support us: -Join the Filmspotting Family for bonus episodes and complete archive access. http://filmspottingfamily.com -T-shirts (and more) on sale at the Filmspotting Shop. https://filmspotting.net/shop Contact us: https://letterboxd.com/filmspotting @filmspotting on Threads https://twitter.com/filmspotting https://facebook.com/filmspotting https://letterboxd.com/larsenonfilm @larsenonfilm on Threads https://twitter.com/larsenonfilm https://facebook.com/larsenonfilm Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
9/1/20231 hour, 33 minutes, 3 seconds
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#933: Bottoms, Risky Business at 40

Emma Seligman (“Shiva Baby”) wields satirical feminism in her raunchy, violent, and hilarious new high school comedy BOTTOMS; and Josh and guest host Marya E. Gates discover surprising depths in RISKY BUSINESS, which turns 40 this year.   -Review: “Bottoms” (02:23) -Next Week / Notes (24:30) -Massacre Theatre (30:13) -Sacred Cow Review: “Risky Business” (38:03) (Times may not be precise with ads) Promo: FACTORMEALS.com/filmspotting50 and use code filmspotting50 to get 50% off. Notes/Links: Marya E. Gates [Substack | Twitter | Instagram] Roger Ebert reviews “Risky Business” Feedback: Email us at [email protected]. Ask Us Anything and we might answer your question in bonus content. Support us: -Join the Filmspotting Family for bonus episodes and complete archive access. http://filmspottingfamily.com -T-shirts (and more) on sale at the Filmspotting Shop. https://filmspotting.net/shop Contact us: https://letterboxd.com/filmspotting @filmspotting on Threads https://twitter.com/filmspotting https://facebook.com/filmspotting https://letterboxd.com/larsenonfilm @larsenonfilm on Threads https://twitter.com/larsenonfilm https://facebook.com/larsenonfilm Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
8/25/20231 hour, 16 minutes, 11 seconds
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#932: The Fugitive at 30 with Michael Phillips, Top 5 Movies of 1993

Not the most acclaimed film of ‘93, but maybe the most surprisingly acclaimed. Josh and guest Michael Phillips on the lasting appeal of Harrison Ford, Tommy Lee Jones, and one of the great Chicago-set movies. And from the archive, the Top 5 Movies of 1993, recorded in 2013.  -Review: “The Fugitive” at 30 (03:02) -Next Week / Notes (28:55) -Polls (31:45) -Top 5 of 1993 (40:47) (Times may not be precise with ads) Promo: Grab your EXCLUSIVE NordVPN Deal by going to https://nordvpn.com/filmspotting to get a Huge Discount off your NordVPN Plan + a Bonus Gift!  Notes/Links: Michael Phillips interviews “Fugitive” director Andrew Davis Rolling Stone’s Oral History of “The Fugitive” Feedback: Email us at [email protected]. Ask Us Anything and we might answer your question in bonus content. Support us: -Join the Filmspotting Family for bonus episodes and complete archive access. http://filmspottingfamily.com -T-shirts (and more) on sale at the Filmspotting Shop. https://filmspotting.net/shop Contact us: https://letterboxd.com/filmspotting @filmspotting on Threads https://twitter.com/filmspotting https://facebook.com/filmspotting https://letterboxd.com/larsenonfilm @larsenonfilm on Threads https://twitter.com/larsenonfilm https://facebook.com/larsenonfilm Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
8/18/20231 hour, 32 minutes, 22 seconds
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#931: Mailbag (Oppenheimer, Actor-Director Duos), Black Girl (African Cinema #2)

It’s an old-school Listener Feedback segment as Adam and Josh respond to recent emails. Plus, a tribute to William Friedkin, the second African Cinema Marathon installment, and Adam shares some personal and professional news. -RIP William Friedkin (07:23) -Mailbag (16:01) -Adam’s Announcements (44:26) -Next Week / Notes / Giveaway (58:05) -Massacre Theatre (01:01:29) -African Cinema Marathon #2: “Black Girl (01:10:38) (Times may not be precise with ads) Promo: Babbel.com/filmspotting for up to 55% off your subscription. Grab your EXCLUSIVE NordVPN Deal by going to https://nordvpn.com/filmspotting to get a Huge Discount off your NordVPN Plan + a Bonus Gift!  Notes/Links: Joe George on Christopher Nolan’s “Wordless Humanism”  African Cinema Marathon African Cinema in The Film Foundation's Restoration Screening Room Film Forum's SEMBÈNE Series Starts Sept. 8 UNESCO African Film Heritage Project Teaser Feedback: Email us at [email protected]. Ask Us Anything and we might answer your question in bonus content. Support us: -Join the Filmspotting Family for bonus episodes and complete archive access. http://filmspottingfamily.com -T-shirts (and more) on sale at the Filmspotting Shop. https://filmspotting.net/shop Contact us: https://letterboxd.com/filmspotting @filmspotting on Threads https://twitter.com/filmspotting https://facebook.com/filmspotting https://letterboxd.com/larsenonfilm @larsenonfilm on Threads https://twitter.com/larsenonfilm https://facebook.com/larsenonfilm Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
8/11/20231 hour, 45 minutes, 58 seconds
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#930: Top 5 Jump Scares, Talk To Me, Cairo Station (African Cinema #1)

The Top 5 Jump Scares that messed Adam and Josh up. Also, thoughts on the new horror film “Talk To Me,” Ira Sachs’s “Passages,” and a marathon review of 1958’s “Cairo Station.”   -Top 5: Jump Scares (09:15) -Review (JL): “Talk To Me” (1:02:27) -Review (AK): “Passages” (1:08:26) -Next Week / Notes / Poll (1:12:40) -African Cinema Marathon #1: “Cairo Station” (1:24:36) (Times may not be precise with ads) Notes: -Josh’s Fear Not: A Christian Appreciation of Horror Movies -“Venomous, Sexy, Queer Romance Passages Lives in the Fallout of a Narcissist’s Dalliance” -Cairo Station on YouTube -African Cinema Marathon -The Filmspotting Guide to the Archives -Filmspotting Pantheon Promo: Filmspotting is presented by Fandango! Find times, read reviews, AND buy tickets to your favorite theater--fast and easy on the Fandango app or Fandango.com. Grab your EXCLUSIVE NordVPN Deal by going to https://nordvpn.com/filmspotting to get a Huge Discount off your NordVPN Plan + a Bonus Gift! It’s completely risk free with Nord’s 30 day money-back guarantee! Feedback: Email us at [email protected]. Ask Us Anything and we might answer your question in bonus content. Support us: -Join the Filmspotting Family for bonus episodes and complete archive access. http://filmspottingfamily.com -T-shirts (and more) on sale at the Filmspotting Shop. https://filmspotting.net/shop Contact us: https://letterboxd.com/filmspotting @filmspotting on Threads https://twitter.com/filmspotting https://facebook.com/filmspotting https://letterboxd.com/larsenonfilm @larsenonfilm on Threads https://twitter.com/larsenonfilm https://facebook.com/larsenonfilm Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
8/4/20231 hour, 55 minutes, 46 seconds
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#929: Barbie, Oppenheimer

For the most anticipated double feature in years - Greta Gerwig's BARBIE and Christopher Nolan's OPPENHEIMER - Adam and Josh praise two very different films for treating their subjects with similar complexity.  -Review: “Barbie” (03:20) -Brickspotting (JL): “Earth Mama” (30:27) -Next Week / Notes / Massacre Theatre (36:02) -Review: “Oppenheimer” (52:03) -”Oppenheimer” Spoiler Talk (01:09:37) (Times may not be precise with ads) Resources: -Alicia Wilkinson's "Oppenheimer" review https://www.vox.com/culture/23800888/oppenheimer-review-physics-donne-trinity-christopher-nolan-fission-fusion-manhattan-project Promo: Filmspotting is presented by Factor Meals. Go to FACTORMEALS.com/filmspotting50 and use code filmspotting50 to get 50% off. Filmspotting is presented by Fandango! Find times, read reviews, AND buy tickets to your favorite theater – fast and easy on the Fandango app or Fandango.com. Feedback: Email us at [email protected]. Ask Us Anything and we might answer your question in bonus content. Support us: -Join the Filmspotting Family for bonus episodes and complete archive access. http://filmspottingfamily.com -T-shirts (and more) on sale at the Filmspotting Shop. https://filmspotting.net/shop Contact us: https://letterboxd.com/filmspotting @filmspotting on Threads https://twitter.com/filmspotting https://facebook.com/filmspotting https://letterboxd.com/larsenonfilm @larsenonfilm on Threads https://twitter.com/larsenonfilm https://facebook.com/larsenonfilm Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
7/28/20231 hour, 40 minutes, 11 seconds
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#928: M:I – Dead Reckoning Part One, Mission: Impossible Ranked

With its show-stopping stunts, the long-awaited seventh film in the “Mission: Impossible” series - DEAD RECKONING PART ONE - delivers the goods. But has the series - and its star - become too meta for their own good?  -Review: M:I Dead Reckoning Part One (02:40) -Mission: Impossible Ranked (24:55) -Next Week / Notes / Poll (39:00) -Christopher Nolan Oeuvre-view Awards [2020] (50:31) (Times may not be precise with ads) Promo: Filmspotting is presented by Fandango! Find times, read reviews, AND buy tickets to your favorite theater--fast and easy on the Fandango app or Fandango.com. Feedback: Email us at [email protected]. Ask Us Anything and we might answer your question in bonus content. Support us: -Join the Filmspotting Family for bonus episodes and complete archive access. http://filmspottingfamily.com -T-shirts (and more) on sale at the Filmspotting Shop. https://filmspotting.net/shop Contact us: https://twitter.com/filmspotting https://facebook.com/filmspotting https://letterboxd.com/filmspotting https://twitter.com/larsenonfilm https://facebook.com/larsenonfilm https://letterboxd.com/larsenonfilm Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
7/21/20231 hour, 44 minutes, 52 seconds
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#927: Top 5 Actor-Director Duos (Since 2000)

Lots of directors have favorite actors. But for their Top 5 Actor-Director Duos since 2000, Adam and Josh choose the definitive collaborations of the last 20-plus years.   -Top 5: Actor-Director Duos (02:37) -Next Week/Notes (45:56) -Massacre Theatre (51:31) -Top 5, cont. (57:01) (Times may not be precise with ads) Promo: Filmspotting is presented by Fandango! Find times, read reviews, AND buy tickets to your favorite theater – fast and easy on the Fandango app or Fandango.com. Feedback: Email us at [email protected]. Ask Us Anything and we might answer your question in bonus content. Support us: -Join the Filmspotting Family for bonus episodes and complete archive access. http://filmspottingfamily.com -T-shirts (and more) on sale at the Filmspotting Shop. https://filmspotting.net/shop Contact us: https://twitter.com/filmspotting https://facebook.com/filmspotting https://letterboxd.com/filmspotting https://twitter.com/larsenonfilm https://facebook.com/larsenonfilm https://letterboxd.com/larsenonfilm Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
7/14/20231 hour, 37 minutes, 2 seconds
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#926: Dial of Destiny, Top 5 Indiana Jones Moments

Adam and Josh praise Harrison Ford’s farewell to Indy with their review of DIAL OF DESTINY and narrow down their favorite scenes in the franchise with their Top 5 Indiana Jones Moments.  -Top 5: Indiana Jones Moments (01:52) -Next Week/Notes/Poll (48:52) -Review: “Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny” (01:03:20) (Times may not be precise with ads) Promo: AMANDA Opens July 7th at The IFC Center in NY and the Laemmle Royal in Los Angeles More at CinemaMadeinItaly.com Feedback: Email us at [email protected]. Ask Us Anything and we might answer your question in bonus content. Support us: -Join the Filmspotting Family for bonus episodes and complete archive access. http://filmspottingfamily.com -T-shirts (and more) on sale at the Filmspotting Shop. https://filmspotting.net/shop Contact us: https://twitter.com/filmspotting https://facebook.com/filmspotting https://letterboxd.com/filmspotting https://twitter.com/larsenonfilm https://facebook.com/larsenonfilm https://letterboxd.com/larsenonfilm Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
7/7/20231 hour, 37 minutes, 34 seconds
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#925: Asteroid City, Past Lives

The space race and method acting collide in Wes Anderson’s '50s-set ASTEROID CITY, and former sweethearts reunite in Celine Song’s acclaimed debut PAST LIVES. -Review: “Asteroid City” (01:42) -Notes (38:21) -Massacre Theatre (40:30) -Review: “Past Lives” (47:42) (Times may not be precise with ads) Promo: FACTORMEALS.com/filmspotting50 and use code filmspotting50 to get 50% off your first box. Feedback: Email us at [email protected]. Ask Us Anything and we might answer your question in bonus content. Support us: -Join the Filmspotting Family for bonus episodes and complete archive access. http://filmspottingfamily.com -T-shirts (and more) on sale at the Filmspotting Shop. https://filmspotting.net/shop Contact us: https://twitter.com/filmspotting https://facebook.com/filmspotting https://letterboxd.com/filmspotting https://twitter.com/larsenonfilm https://facebook.com/larsenonfilm https://letterboxd.com/larsenonfilm Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
6/23/20231 hour, 14 minutes, 29 seconds
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#924: Top 5 Movie Characters Who Shaped Us with Aisha Harris, Elemental

Aisha Harris’s new book - “Wannabe: Reckoning With the Pop Culture that Shapes Me” - inspires this week’s show. Adam, Josh, and Aisha share the Top 5 Movie Characters Who Shaped Us. Plus, Josh’s take on Pixar’s ELEMENTAL. -Interview: Aisha Harris (02:01) -Top 5: Characters Who Shaped Us (10:13) -Review (JL): Pixar’s “Elemental” (56:40) -Notes/Polls (1:00:45) -Top 5, cont. (1:17:35) (Times may not be precise with ads) Notes/Corrections: Resources/Links: “Wannabe: Reckonings with the Pop Culture that Shapes Me” https://www.harpercollins.com/products/wannabe-aisha-harris?variant=40679574437922 Upcoming in-person events with Aisha Harris https://twitter.com/craftingmystyle/status/1658526875629797376?s=20 "There was no one better to watch a movie with than Casey Tourangeau" https://drive.google.com/file/d/1dq56B-YAhI41dBCSXgaA_9JRXDY6KF83/view Casey Tourangeau's 5-Star Films https://letterboxd.com/c_redmond/list/caseys-five-star-films/ Feedback: Email us at [email protected]. Ask Us Anything and we might answer your question in bonus content. Support us: -Join the Filmspotting Family for bonus episodes and complete archive access. http://filmspottingfamily.com -T-shirts (and more) on sale at the Filmspotting Shop. https://filmspotting.net/shop Contact us: https://twitter.com/filmspotting https://facebook.com/filmspotting https://letterboxd.com/filmspotting https://twitter.com/larsenonfilm https://facebook.com/larsenonfilm https://letterboxd.com/larsenonfilm Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
6/16/20231 hour, 57 minutes, 50 seconds
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#923: Pride Top 5 – LGBTQ+ Movies, Sight & Sound Marathon Awards, Close to Vermeer

Adam and Josh celebrate Pride Month with the Top 5 LGBTQ+ Movies that were formative in shaping their understanding of queer life. Plus, ‘The BFIs’ recognize the best of the Sight & Sound Top 100 Marathon. -Pride Top 5: LGBTQ+ Movies (02:01) -Next Week/Notes (31:28) -Review (AK): “Close To Vermeer” (39:42) -Massacre Theatre (44:42) -Top 5, cont. (56:18) -Sight & Sound Top 100 Awards (1:16:00) (Times may not be precise with ads) Notes/Corrections: -”All That Heaven Allows” made the Sight & Sound Critcs’ Top 250 – not the Top 100. Resources/Links: “Garp, Forty Years Later” https://www.theparisreview.org/blog/2019/08/23/garp-forty-years-later/ “The Top 175 Essential Films of All Time for LGBT Viewers” https://www.advocate.com/arts-entertainment/film/2014/06/23/top-175-essential-films-all-time-lgbt-viewers “Kenneth Anger Never Cooled Off” https://www.vulture.com/2023/05/kenneth-anger-filmmaker-obituary-appreciation.html 826CHI: A Nonprofit Creative Writing, Tutoring, and Publishing Center https://www.826chi.org/ “The Grace of Keanu Reeves” https://www.rogerebert.com/features/bright-walldark-room-february-2016-the-grace-of-keanu-reeves-by-angelica-jade-basti%C3%A9n “Oscar Nominee Chris Sarandon Remembers His Groundbreaking Role in Dog Day Afternoon” https://gwynnew.tumblr.com/post/129721633114/oscar-nominee-chris-sarandon-remembers-his Feedback: Email us at [email protected]. Ask Us Anything and we might answer your question in bonus content. Support us: -Join the Filmspotting Family for bonus episodes and complete archive access. http://filmspottingfamily.com -T-shirts (and more) on sale at the Filmspotting Shop. https://filmspotting.net/shop Contact us: https://twitter.com/filmspotting https://facebook.com/filmspotting https://letterboxd.com/filmspotting https://twitter.com/larsenonfilm https://facebook.com/larsenonfilm https://letterboxd.com/larsenonfilm Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
6/9/20232 hours, 5 minutes, 11 seconds
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#922: Across the Spider-Verse, A Brighter Summer Day (Sight & Sound #6), Lynch/Oz

 This week, a pair of very different, but also surprisingly similar, coming-of-age stories: the electrifying new “Across the Spider-Verse” and Edward Yang’s ‘91 masterpiece “A Brighter Summer Day.” Plus Adam on the new doc “Lynch/Oz.”   -Review: “Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse (02:28) -Review (AK): “Lynch/Oz” (29:29) -Next Week/Notes (38:14) -Polls (45:19) -Marathon Review: “A Brighter Summer Day” (55:26) (Times may not be precise with ads) Feedback: Email us at [email protected]. Ask Us Anything and we might answer your question in bonus content. Support us: -Join the Filmspotting Family for bonus episodes and complete archive access. http://filmspottingfamily.com -T-shirts (and more) on sale at the Filmspotting Shop. https://filmspotting.net/shop Contact us: https://twitter.com/filmspotting https://facebook.com/filmspotting https://letterboxd.com/filmspotting https://twitter.com/larsenonfilm https://facebook.com/larsenonfilm https://letterboxd.com/larsenonfilm Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
6/2/20231 hour, 41 minutes, 24 seconds
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#921: Top 5 Films of 2023 (So Far) with Michael Phillips

Michael Phillips drops in for a look back at the first half of the year in film, including praise for "Showing Up," Nicole Holofcener's "You Hurt My Feelings," "Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret" and more.  -Top 5 Films of 2023 (So Far) (03:29) -Next Week/Notes (46:16) -Massacre Theatre (55:30) -Top 5 Films of 2023, cont. (01:00:22) (Times may not be precise with ads) Resources/Links: -”Living With the Men of Paul Schrader’s ‘Man in a Room’ Trilogy” https://www.nytimes.com/2023/05/21/movies/master-gardener-paul-schrader-joel-edgerton-oscar-isaac-ethan-hawke.html -”Showing Up: A Masterwork About an Artist’s Life” https://www.newyorker.com/culture/the-front-row/showing-up-reviewed-a-masterwork-about-an-artists-life Feedback: Email us at [email protected]. Ask Us Anything and we might answer your question in bonus content. Support us: -Join the Filmspotting Family for bonus episodes and complete archive access. http://filmspottingfamily.com -T-shirts (and more) on sale at the Filmspotting Shop. https://filmspotting.net/shop Contact us: https://twitter.com/filmspotting https://facebook.com/filmspotting https://letterboxd.com/filmspotting https://twitter.com/larsenonfilm https://facebook.com/larsenonfilm https://letterboxd.com/larsenonfilm Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/26/20231 hour, 43 minutes, 50 seconds
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#920: Master Gardener, BlackBerry, Marker's Sans Soleil (Sight & Sound #5)

What seemed like a one-off, late-career masterpiece from ‘70s icon Paul Schrader (2017’s “First Reformed”) has now become a loose series of films about solitary men struggling with past sins. Where does the new MASTER GARDENER rank among the director’s “Man in a Room” trilogy? -Review: “Master Gardener” (04:49) -Review (AK): “BlackBerry” (30:46) -Next Week/Notes (39:03) -Marathon Review: “Sans Soleil” (42:41) (Times may not be precise with ads) Resources/Links: -"Cinematographer Kirsten Johnson discovers what it means to examine the world as she reflects on her profession” https://www.salon.com/2017/10/22/twenty-five-years-of-the-world-on-film/ Feedback: Email us at [email protected]. Ask Us Anything and we might answer your question in bonus content. Support us: -Join the Filmspotting Family for bonus episodes and complete archive access. http://filmspottingfamily.com -T-shirts (and more) on sale at the Filmspotting Shop. https://filmspotting.net/shop Contact us: https://twitter.com/filmspotting https://facebook.com/filmspotting https://letterboxd.com/filmspotting https://twitter.com/larsenonfilm https://facebook.com/larsenonfilm https://letterboxd.com/larsenonfilm Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/19/20231 hour, 17 minutes, 3 seconds
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#919: Summer Movie Preview, Tarkovsky’s Mirror (Sight & Sound #4)

New films from Christopher Nolan, Greta Gerwig, and Wes Anderson may be the auteur-driven must-sees of the summer, but Adam and Josh go deeper for their Top 5 Summer Movie Questions.   -Summer Movie Preview (02:51) -Next Week/Notes, Polls (43:43) -Marathon Review: “Mirror” (56:15) (Times may not be precise with ads) Resources/Links: -“Greta Lee Couldn’t Touch Teo Yoo While Filming Past Lives” https://www.vulture.com/2023/01/sundance-2023-vulture-spot-greta-lee-celine-song.html Sponsor: “L’Immensità” – Now Playing in Select Theaters. More at CinemaMadeinItaly.com. Feedback: Email us at [email protected]. Ask Us Anything and we might answer your question in bonus content. Support us: -Join the Filmspotting Family for bonus episodes and complete archive access. http://filmspottingfamily.com -T-shirts (and more) on sale at the Filmspotting Shop. https://filmspotting.net/shop Contact us: https://twitter.com/filmspotting https://facebook.com/filmspotting https://letterboxd.com/filmspotting https://twitter.com/larsenonfilm https://facebook.com/larsenonfilm https://letterboxd.com/larsenonfilm Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/12/20231 hour, 41 minutes, 34 seconds
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#918: Is Guardians Vol. 3 the Worst MCU Film? Plus, MCU Villains Draft

It's been six years since the last "Guardians of the Galaxy" movie, and while Josh finds VOL. 3 wildly misguided, Adam will slow-motion strut with the crew. Plus, Draft Day for Killmonger and Thanos.   -Draft: MCU Villains (02:16) -Review: “Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 3” (50:13) -Massacre Theatre (01:10:24) -Chicago Critics Film Fest w/Steve Prokopy (01:13:01) (Times may not be precise with ads) Resources/Links: -Who won the MCU Villains Draft? https://poll.fm/12220581 -MCU Ranked, Adam  https://letterboxd.com/filmspotting/list/ranked-marvel-cinematic-universe/ -MCU Ranked, Josh https://letterboxd.com/larsenonfilm/list/marvel-cinematic-universe-ranked/ -Chicago Critics Film Festival https://www.chicagocriticsfilmfestival.com/ -Doc10 Film Festival https://www.doc10.org/ Feedback: Email us at [email protected]. Ask Us Anything and we might answer your question in bonus content. Support us: -Join the Filmspotting Family for bonus episodes and complete archive access. http://filmspottingfamily.com -T-shirts (and more) on sale at the Filmspotting Shop. https://filmspotting.net/shop Contact us: https://twitter.com/filmspotting https://facebook.com/filmspotting https://letterboxd.com/filmspotting https://twitter.com/larsenonfilm https://facebook.com/larsenonfilm https://letterboxd.com/larsenonfilm Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/5/20231 hour, 30 minutes, 39 seconds
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#917: Top 5 Joaquin Phoenix Performances, Beau Is Afraid, R.M.N.

Enigmatic, tortured, funny. It’s the Oscar-winning actor’s best from his '90s breakthrough to his partnerships with Shyamalan, Gray, PTA—and Todd Phillips. -Top 5: Joaquin Phoenix Performances (03:21) -R.I.P. Harry Belafonte (28:00) -Review (JL): “R.M.N.” (30:53) -Review: “Beau Is Afraid” (50:59) -Top 5, cont. (01:18:07) (Times may not be precise with ads) Resources/Links: -Joaquin Phoenix on David Letterman (Feb. 2009) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L2M6hRfCp0k -”What’s Really Going On In Beau Is Afraid” https://slate.com/culture/2023/04/beau-is-afraid-movie-ending-explained-maybe.html Feedback: Email us at [email protected]. Ask Us Anything and we might answer your question in bonus content. Support us: -Join the Filmspotting Family for bonus episodes and complete archive access. http://filmspottingfamily.com -T-shirts (and more) on sale at the Filmspotting Shop. https://filmspotting.net/shop Where else you can find us: https://twitter.com/filmspotting https://facebook.com/filmspotting https://letterboxd.com/filmspotting https://twitter.com/larsenonfilm https://facebook.com/larsenonfilm https://letterboxd.com/larsenonfilm Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/28/20231 hour, 43 minutes, 53 seconds
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#916: How to Blow Up a Pipeline, ’60s Madness Champ, Jason Isbell Doc, and Ali: Fear Eats The Soul

Daniel Goldhaber's "How to Blow Up a Pipeline" shows impressive craft and is fueled by real generational anxiety about the climate crisis, but does his approach answer any questions or just raise new ones? -Review: "How To Blow Up A Pipeline" (03:48) -Review (AK): “Jason Isbell: Running With Our Eyes Closed” (34:10) -Filmspotting Madness—Best of the ‘60s Champ (48:59) -Marathon: “Ali: Fear Eats The Soul” (01:03:22) (Times may not be precise with ads) Resources/Links: -”Daniel Goldhaber: 5 Genre Movies That Continue To Inspire Me” https://aframe.oscars.org/what-to-watch/post/daniel-goldhaber-5-genre-movies-that-continue-to-inspire-me -Filmspotting Madness https://filmspotting.net/madness -Ebert Interruptus at the Conference on World Affairs https://www.colorado.edu/cwa/attend/cwa-week/2023-schedule -RSVP for the Filmspotting/Interruptus Meetup on April 14 in Boulder https://forms.gle/g94gesMV8Nrpccxu9 Feedback: Email us at [email protected]. Ask Us Anything and we might answer your question in bonus content. Support us: -Join the Filmspotting Family for bonus episodes and complete archive access. http://filmspottingfamily.com -T-shirts (and more) on sale at the Filmspotting Shop. https://filmspotting.net/shop Where else you can find us: https://twitter.com/filmspotting https://facebook.com/filmspotting https://letterboxd.com/filmspotting https://twitter.com/larsenonfilm https://facebook.com/larsenonfilm https://letterboxd.com/larsenonfilm Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/14/20231 hour, 39 minutes, 31 seconds
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#915: New Releases with Michael Phillips, Kelly Reichardt (Showing Up)

Michael Phillips (Chicago Tribune) joins Adam for reviews of Ben Affleck’s “Air” and more new releases. Plus Adam’s conversation with Kelly Reichardt about her latest starring Michelle Williams, “Showing Up.” -Review: "Air: Courting a Legend" (04:14) -Review: “Paint” (17:32) -Review: “Pretty Baby: Brooke Shields” (30:37) -Filmspotting Madness Finals (51:05) -Interview: Kelly Reichardt (01:03:00) -Review: “Showing Up” (01:17:42) (Times may not be precise with ads) Resources/Links: -”Bob Ross: Happy Accidents, Betrayal, & Greed” https://www.rogerebert.com/reviews/bob-ross-happy-accidents-betrayal-and-greed-movie-review-2021 -Ceramicist Cynthia Lahti https://www.cynthialahti.com/ -Sculpter Michelle Segre http://michellesegre.com/ -Filmspotting Madness https://filmspotting.net/madness -Ebert Interruptus at the Conference on World Affairs https://www.colorado.edu/cwa/attend/cwa-week/2023-schedule -RSVP for the Filmspotting/Interruptus Meetup on April 14 in Boulder https://forms.gle/g94gesMV8Nrpccxu9 Feedback: Email us at [email protected]. Ask Us Anything and we might answer your question in bonus content. Support us: -Join the Filmspotting Family for bonus episodes and complete archive access. http://filmspottingfamily.com -T-shirts (and more) on sale at the Filmspotting Shop. https://filmspotting.net/shop Where else you can find us: https://twitter.com/filmspotting https://facebook.com/filmspotting https://letterboxd.com/filmspotting https://twitter.com/larsenonfilm https://facebook.com/larsenonfilm https://letterboxd.com/larsenonfilm Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/7/20231 hour, 40 minutes, 23 seconds
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#914: John Wick: Chapter 4 - Endurance Test or Series’ Best, '60s Madness, Imitation of Life ('59)

John Wick 4's 169-minute run time could be seen as a betrayal of its lean and mean origins or a welcome embrace of its byzantine mythology and increasingly ambitious action set pieces. And maybe a little of both. -Review: "John Wick: Chapter 4" (02:33) -Filmspotting Madness Final 4 (41:20) -Marathon Review: "Imitation of Life" (56:59) (Times may not be precise with ads) Resources/Links: -How 'John Wick 4' Pulled Off That Incredible Stairwell Scene https://screencrush.com/john-wick-4-stairwell-scene-breakdown/ -Filmspotting Madness https://filmspotting.net/madness -Ebert Interruptus at the Conference on World Affairs, April 12-14 https://www.colorado.edu/cwa/attend/cwa-week/2023-schedule -RSVP for the Filmspotting/Interruptus Meetup on April 14 in Boulder https://forms.gle/g94gesMV8Nrpccxu9 Feedback: Email us at [email protected]. Ask Us Anything and we might answer your question in bonus content. Support us: -Join the Filmspotting Family for bonus episodes and complete archive access. http://filmspottingfamily.com -T-shirts (and more) on sale at the Filmspotting Shop. https://filmspotting.net/shop Where else you can find us: https://twitter.com/filmspotting https://facebook.com/filmspotting https://letterboxd.com/filmspotting https://twitter.com/larsenonfilm https://facebook.com/larsenonfilm https://letterboxd.com/larsenonfilm Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/31/20231 hour, 44 minutes, 57 seconds
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#913: Books That Should Be Adapted Into Movies with Kristen Lopez and ‘60s Madness Elite 8

The new book from film writer Kristen Lopez asks, “But Have You Read The Book?” Kristen joins Adam and Josh for a conversation about books they have read—that they also want to see adapted for the big screen. Interview: Kristen Lopez (01:04) Top 5: Books That Should Be Adapted Into Movies (13:51) R.I.P Lance Reddick (55:55) Filmspotting Madness Elite 8 (01:02:42) Top 5, cont. (01:16:07) (Times may not be precise with ads) Resources/Links: Kristen Lopez https://twitter.com/Journeys_Film But Have You Read the Book? https://www.runningpress.com/titles/kristen-lopez/but-have-you-read-the-book/9780762480982/ What book adaptation would you greenlight? https://twitter.com/filmspotting/status/1636138273834774530?s=46&t=WwWE0uwNvZmA2VKUx-mzhA Filmspotting Madness https://filmspotting.net/madness Ebert Interruptus at the Conference on World Affairs, April 12-14 https://www.colorado.edu/cwa/attend/cwa-week/2023-schedule RSVP for the Filmspotting/Interruptus Meetup on April 14 in Boulder https://forms.gle/g94gesMV8Nrpccxu9 Offer: Babbel.com/filmspotting for up to 55% off your subscription. Feedback: Email us at [email protected]. Ask Us Anything and we might answer your question in bonus content. Support us: Join the Filmspotting Family for bonus episodes and complete archive access. http://filmspottingfamily.com T-shirts (and more) on sale at the Filmspotting Shop. https://filmspotting.net/shop Where else you can find us: https://twitter.com/filmspotting https://facebook.com/filmspotting https://letterboxd.com/filmspotting https://twitter.com/larsenonfilm https://facebook.com/larsenonfilm https://letterboxd.com/larsenonfilm Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/24/20232 hours, 4 minutes, 19 seconds
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#912: The Big Lebowski at 25 (New Sh*t Has Come To Light), '60s Madness, Rodeo, and Sansho the Bailiff

25 years ago, the Coen Brothers followed up their Oscar-winning "Fargo" with a stoned shaggy dog riff on film noir. It bombed at the box office only to become a beloved cult film. Also like their best, everything matters. 'Sacred Cow' Review: "The Big Lebowski" (05:04) 'Brickspotting' Review (JL): "Rodeo" (47:39) Filmspotting Madness Rd. 3 (01:04:34) 'Marathon' Review: "Sansho the Bailiff" (01:27:24) (Times may not be precise with ads) Resources/Links: Sight & Sound Top 100 (Blindspots) Marathon https://www.filmspotting.net/marathons Filmspotting Madness https://filmspotting.net/madness “Showing Up” Chicago Screening https://www.chicagofilmfestival.com/event/showing-up/ Filmspotting Guide to the Archives https://letterboxd.com/wjmclaughlin/list/the-filmspotting-guide-to-the-archives/ Adam’s Coen Bros. Ranked https://letterboxd.com/filmspotting/list/coen-bros-ranked/  Josh’s Coen Bros. Ranked https://letterboxd.com/larsenonfilm/list/coen-brothers-ranked/ Filmspotting’s Coen Bros. Reviews https://www.filmspotting.net/coens Adam on Blank Check (Millions) https://audioboom.com/posts/8261950-millions-with-adam-kempenaar But Have You Read the Book? https://www.runningpress.com/titles/kristen-lopez/but-have-you-read-the-book/9780762480982/ Feedback: Email us at [email protected]. Ask Us Anything and we might answer your question in bonus content. Support us: Join the Filmspotting Family for bonus episodes and complete archive access. http://filmspottingfamily.com T-shirts (and more) on sale at the Filmspotting Shop. https://filmspotting.net/shop Where else you can find us: https://twitter.com/filmspotting https://facebook.com/filmspotting https://letterboxd.com/filmspotting https://twitter.com/larsenonfilm https://facebook.com/larsenonfilm https://letterboxd.com/larsenonfilm Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/17/20232 hours, 1 minute, 32 seconds
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#911: Is Creed III Worthy of Jonathan Majors? Plus Scream VI and '60s Madness Rd. 2

It takes a star of great confidence to play opposite the electrifying Jonathan Majors. And while CREED III's Michael B. Jordan is up to the challenge of his rival, can the same be said about the movie itself? Review: "Creed III" (03:02) Review (JL): "Scream VI" (29:23) Filmspotting Madness Rd. 2 (42:17) (Times may not be precise with ads) Resources/Links: Filmspotting Madness https://filmspotting.net/madness Chicago Critics Film Festival https://www.chicagocriticsfilmfestival.com Feedback: Email us at [email protected]. Ask Us Anything and we might answer your question in bonus content. Support us: Join the Filmspotting Family for bonus episodes and complete archive access. http://filmspottingfamily.com T-shirts (and more) on sale at the Filmspotting Shop. https://filmspotting.net/shop Where else you can find us: https://twitter.com/filmspotting https://facebook.com/filmspotting https://letterboxd.com/filmspotting https://twitter.com/larsenonfilm https://facebook.com/larsenonfilm https://letterboxd.com/larsenonfilm Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/10/20231 hour, 20 minutes, 48 seconds
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#910: '23 Oscars Special with Michael Phillips and ’60s Madness Rd. 1

Adam and Josh compare Oscar ballots with the Chicago Tribune's Michael Phillips, sharing picks for who will win, who should win, and who should have been nominated in the Supporting and Lead Actor and Actress categories (02:49). Then they introduce some of the Rd. 1 matchups in Filmspotting Madness 2023: Best of the 1960s (01:06:34) and announce the lineup for the year's first Filmspotting Marathon - Sight & Sound Top 100 Blind Spots (01:30:33) - before making their choices for Best Director and Best Picture (01:36:49). Time codes may not be precise due to dynamically-inserted ads. Click here to Ask Us Anything and we might answer your question in Filmspotting Family bonus content. Learn more about Filmspotting Family benefits. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/3/20232 hours, 4 minutes, 45 seconds
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#909: Mean Streets and Badlands Turn 50, plus '60s Madness Play-Ins

Coming on the heels of the era-defining “The Godfather” in ’72, the 1973 movie year had a lot to live up to. But if Adam and Josh’s Top 5 of 1973 (02:56) is any indication, it more than delivered. Featuring early-career masterpieces from Terrence Malick, Martin Scorsese and, yes, George Lucas, plus the decade’s most terrifying horror film, influential films from abroad, and so much more, ’73 not only met the standard set a year earlier, but makes a claim as one of the best of the decade. Also on the show, the return of Filmspotting Madness (47:53), which this year has us determining the best film of the ’60s. Then, Adam and Josh share Best of ’73 poll results (01:08:14), before returning to the Top 5 for their final two picks (01:14:18). Time codes may not be precise due to dynamically-inserted ads. Click here to Ask Us Anything and we might answer your question in Filmspotting Family bonus content. Learn more about Filmspotting Family benefits. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2/24/20231 hour, 43 minutes, 26 seconds
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#908: Top 5 Magic-est Mike Moments, Quantumania, Magic Mike's Last Dance

With Steven Soderbergh's sly, sexy, and exuberant contribution to the musical genre coming to a close with the release of the third and, presumably, final film in the Magic Mike trilogy, Adam and Josh see the series off with the Top 5 Magic-est Mike Moments (01:15), a celebration of the films' many memorable dance sequences. Plus Josh's review of the new "Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania" (21:47), and Adam's thoughts on "The Integrity of Joseph Chambers (28:15)," the latest from former Brick nominee Robert Machoian ("The Killing of Two Lovers"). They also play some Massacre Theatre (39:50) and weigh in on "Magic Mike's Last Dance" (45:57) – with one considering it a worthy, if lightweight, follow-up to 2015's XXL; the other declaring it quite possibly the worst film Soderbergh has ever made – before sharing their final two Magic-est Mike Moments (59:26). Time codes may not be precise due to dynamically-inserted ads. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2/17/20231 hour, 16 minutes, 53 seconds
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#907: Hitchcock's Psycho Still Thrills and Oscars Homework

After a string of lush, star-filled productions in the ‘50s, Alfred Hitchcock went small(er) and sinister with Psycho, which went on to become Hitchcock's best-known film and one of the most influential films of the last sixty years. For this Sacred Cow deep dive (02:04)—reviewed in anticipation of the upcoming Best of the '60s edition of Filmspotting Madness—Filmspotting considers a picture that remains unnerving and full of mystery even after a half-century of critical analysis. Plus, listeners weigh in on M. Night Shyamalan's hit-and-miss career (52:33), and Adam and Josh turn in their Oscars homework (1:02:08) with thoughts on ALL QUIET ON THE WESTERN FRONT, Andrea Riseborough in TO LESLIE, and Best Documentary Feature nominee NAVALNY. Time codes may not be precise due to dynamically-inserted ads. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2/10/20231 hour, 24 minutes, 46 seconds
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#906: Top 5 Shyamalan Moments / Knock at the Cabin

M. Night Shyamalan is on the short list of big-budget filmmakers who reliably bring original stories to the multiplex, which means that enthusiasm for his new work can be somewhat out of step with his recent track record. But with their Top 5 Shyamalan Moments (01:13), Adam and Josh prove that the director's best work is deserving of close attention. Working with ace collaborators like cinematographers Roger Deakins and Tak Fujimoto, composer James Newton Howard, and actors such as Bruce Willis and Toni Collette, Shyamalan exhibits a gift for patience and craft that - at his best - distinguishes him from his peers. Along with that Top 5, Adam and Josh have an on-air production meeting about next week's Madness '23-inspired show (40:26), shake the dust off for their first Massacre Theatre of the new year (46:21), and share some thoughts on Shyamalan's latest, KNOCK AT THE CABIN (48:59), before returning to the Top 5 (01:07:40). Time codes may not be precise due to dynamically-inserted ads. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2/3/20231 hour, 39 minutes, 5 seconds
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#905: 2023 Movie Preview / Skinamarink

Gerwig, Nolan, Wes, Scorsese. The new movie year is full of promise. For their 2023 MOVIE PREVIEW, Adam and Josh look to avoid getting burned by the promise of films that disappear from the movie schedule like desert mirages (will we finally see you this year, Kelly Reichardt's "Showing Up"?) and try to keep their hopes afloat for a year that appears even more IP-heavy than normal (Barbie! Wonka! Spidey! Indy!). Per tradition, the preview takes the form of the Top 5 Questions About the 2023 Movie Year. Plus, Josh submits the new SKINAMARINK for Golden Brick consideration. 1:08 - 2023 Movie Preview 31:58 - Brickspotting (JL): "Skinamarink" 37:09 - Next Week / Notes / Polls 45:17 - 2023 Movie Preview, cont. 1:09:29 - Outro Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
1/27/20231 hour, 18 minutes, 36 seconds
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Reaction Shot: 2023 Oscar Nominations

Pleasant surprises, notable snubs, and some conflicted feelings about diversity and representation were all part of the conversation for this "Reaction Shot" to the 2023 Oscar nominations. Note: Michelle Yeoh is the first person who identifies as Asian to ever be nominated for best actress; some previously nominated actresses may have hidden their Asian ancestry. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
1/24/202329 minutes, 54 seconds
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#904: Scenes of the Year w/Griffin Newman, Dana Stevens, Alison Willmore and Matt Singer

Delayed nearly three years by the pandemic, but, in many ways, 18 years in the making, the show's live NYC debut was worth all the waiting. Joined by Slate's Dana Stevens and Griffin Newman from the Blank Check podcast, plus Matt Singer (ScreenCrush) and Alison Willmore (Vulture), formerly of Filmspotting: SVU, Adam and Josh brought the year-end Wrap Party to the stage at Brooklyn's Bell House in front of a packed house. In addition to their picks for opening scene, funniest and most moving moment, best music moment, and scene of the year, the show also features Matt breaking into song, a provocative "Top Gun: Maverick" theory from Alison, and Dana Stevens directing Griffin Newman and "Wicked"'s Jeff Heimbrock in a very special edition of Massacre Theatre. 1:08 - Intro 12:41 - Opening Scenes 28:02 - Moving Scenes 43:09 - Funniest Scenes w/Griffin Newman 1:05:33 - Music Moments w/Alison Willmore and Matt Singer 1:37:48 - 2022 Golden Brick Award 1:41:45 - Scenes of the Year w/Dana Stevens 2:08:16 - Outro Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
1/20/20232 hours, 15 minutes, 35 seconds
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#903: White Noise / Top 5 Noah Baumbach Characters

With the help of regular collaborators Adam Driver and Greta Gerwig, Noah Baumbach leaves the big city - and reality - behind for his ambitious adaptation of Don DeLillo's WHITE NOISE. An absurdist meditation on death nested in a consumerist satire (or vice versa?) that riffs on Elvis, Hitler, car crashes, pharmaceuticals, marriage, and family life, Adam and Josh agree that Baumbach's big swing is a mostly successful one. Also on the show, a revisit of 2017's Top 5 Noah Baumbach Characters (originally paired with "The Meyerowitz Stories") and thoughts on the passing of five-time Oscar-nominated cinematographer Owen Roizman. 1:08 - Review: "White Noise" 34:58 - Polls / Notes / Owen Roizman 49:44 - Top 5 Noah Baumbach Characters (2017) 1:23:56 - Outro Times may fluctuate due to inserted ads. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
1/13/20231 hour, 30 minutes, 15 seconds
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#902: Top 10 Films of 2022 with Michael Phillips and Marya Gates

In 2005, Filmspotting established an elite list of the top films of the year. Its purpose was to teach the lost art of filmmaking and to ensure that the handful of films that made the list were the best in the world.  They succeeded. Today, Filmspotting calls it the films of the year roundtable.  Listeners call it: TOP TEN. This year, guest critics Michael "Fiddlesticks" Phillips and Marya "Zig Zag" Gates join Adam and Josh to name the best of the best: the Top 10 Films of 2022. In addition to ten consensus picks that appeared on two or more lists, the roundtable shares their outlier picks, and stumbles into a longer-than-planned conversation about Damien Chazelle's new "Babylon." Plus, the finalists for the 2022 Golden Brick Award. 1:23 - Top 10 of 2022: Consensus Picks 1:07:42 - Golden Brick Finalists 1:13:07 - Top 10 Consensus, cont. 2:15:49 - "Babylon" 2:34:06 - Poll Results: Best of '22 2:37:45 - Top 10 of 2022: Outliers 3:03:00 - Outro Times may fluctuate due to inserted ads. LINKS Top 10 Films of 2022 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
12/22/20223 hours, 13 minutes
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Avatar: The Way of Water

It's been so long since the first "Avatar" that it came out two years before Josh was even on the show. But back in 2009, Josh was a fan of James Cameron's 3D game-changer. And he wasn't alone. The film, despite its lack of cultural cache a dozen years later, was a critical as well as a box office success. Adam, on the other hand, was one of the film's harshest critics. Will Cameron's return to Pandora have Adam seeing the error of his ways? Or will Josh start to question his loyalty to the Na'vi? LINKS Give the gift of a Filmspotting membership Use code FILMSPOTTING (by 12/25) for 20% off at lilcinephile.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
12/13/202243 minutes, 42 seconds
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#901: Best Performances of 2022 / Sight & Sound / Guillermo del Toro's Pinocchio / Empire of Light

With Adam and Josh facing a deadline for submitting their Chicago Film Critics Association best of the year ballots, they use this episode to hash out their picks for the best supporting and lead performances of the year—from heavy hitters like Cate Blanchett, Colin Farrell, and Michelle Yeoh to the stars of lesser-seen films like “Aftersun,” “Causeway,” and “Decision to Leave.” Plus reviews of Guillermo del Toro’s stop-motion PINOCCHIO adaption, and Sam Mendes’ 80s-set ode to movies and movie theaters, EMPIRE OF LIGHT. Adam and Josh also weigh in on the recent publication of Sight & Sound’s once-a-decade Greatest Films of All Time list. 0:56 - Best Performances of 2022 (Supporting) 33:33 - Sight & Sound’s Greatest Films of All Time 55:44 - Review: “Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio” 1:06:19 - Review: “Empire of Light” 1:27:31 - Next Week / Notes / Massacre Theatre 1:35:15 - Best Performances of 2022 (Lead) 1:52:46 - Outro Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
12/9/20222 hours
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Greatest film of all time? You better believe it belongs in the conversation. From Sept. 2020, Adam and Josh discuss their first experience with Chantal Akerman's masterpiece as part of their Overlooked Auteurs Marathon. RELATED LINKS Filmspotting's (Unofficial) Sight & Sound Ballots Filmspotting Family Top 100 Poll Results Filmspotting Sight & Sound List Companion Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
12/4/202233 minutes, 55 seconds
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#900: The Fabelmans / The Eternal Daughter / Sr.

With THE FABLEMANS, what appeared to be Steven Spielberg’s portrait of the filmmaker as a young man turns out to be a more complicated autopsy of a family coming apart at the seams—that happens to have a budding filmmaker there to document it. Adam and Josh have lots of praise for Spielberg, his co-conspirator/co-screenwriter Tony Kushner, and the film’s cast, but a few minor issues may reflect a weakness that appears more broadly in the director’s work. Director Joanna Hogg has worked almost exclusively in an autobiographical vein: her acclaimed 2019 film “The Souvenir” and last year’s sequel “The Souvenir, Part II,” had Hogg revisiting and re-examining her film student days. Her latest, THE ETERNAL DAUGHTER, continues the director’s audacious self-reflexivity, this time casting Tilda Swinton in a double role as Hogg surrogate Julie and also as Julie’s mother, Rosalind. Hogg’s film is both a meta-meditation on what it means to be an artist—and a ghost story. Plus, Adam recommends Sr., a new doc about filmmaker - and Robert Downey Jr.’s dad - Robert Downey, Sr. 1:06 - Review: "The Fablemans" 36:35 - Next Week / Notes  43:44 - Polls 51:22 - Review: “The Eternal Daughter" 1:03:01 - Review (AK): “Sr.” 1:08:41 - Outro Times may fluctuate due to ads Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
12/2/20221 hour, 15 minutes, 7 seconds
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#899: The Art of Adaptation with David Kajganich (Bones and All)

Luca Guadagnino's BONES AND ALL is a coming-of-age story with an unusual twist: cannibalism. Starring Timothée Chalamet and Taylor Russell, the film was adapted by writer David Kajganich from a 2015 novel by Camille DeAngelis. Kajganich had previously written adaptations for Guadagnino's "A Bigger Splash" (based on the 1969 Jacques Deray film "La Piscine") and his 2018 remake of Dario Argento's cult horror film "Suspiria." In his conversation with Adam, Kajganich talks about how his background as a novelist made him uniquely qualified for adaptation work; how to write (and how not to write) exposition; and the surprising subtext of "Bones and All" that the book's author asked him to preserve. And producer Sam Van Hallgren joins Adam for a conversation – recorded live at Iowa City FilmScene's Refocus Film Festival – about some of the best recent book-to-screen adaptations. 1:05 - Interview: David Kajganich ("Bones and All") 41:02 - Next Week / Notes 42:44 - Book-to-Screen Adaptations w/Sam Van Hallgren (Live) 1:41:55 - Outro Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
11/23/20221 hour, 47 minutes, 47 seconds
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#898: Glass Onion / Wakanda Forever / She Said / Nanny

For the second installment in his "Knives Out" series, Rian Johnson leaves the family squabbling behind for a trip to a luxury island where murder most foul befalls the filthy rich. GLASS ONION: A KNIVES OUT MYSTERY shows Johnson hasn't lost his ability to pair social commentary with crackerjack entertainment. Unfortunately, director Ryan Coogler’s return to the “Black Panther” franchise is a less successful venture. While Coogler does right by the late Chadwick Boseman, his WAKANDA FOREVER is over-burdened by the demands of the MCU and let down by uninspiring and occasionally indecipherable effects work. Also on the show, Golden Brick nominations for Nikyatu Jusu's Sundance-winning NANNY and David Siev's BAD AXE, a documentary about the director's immigrant family's life in small-town Michigan. Plus reviews of Zoe Kazan and Carey Mulligan in SHE SAID and the new doc LOVE, CHARLIE: THE RISE AND FALL OF CHARLIE TROTTER. 1:08 - Reviews: "Glass Onion," "Black Panther: Wakanda Forever" 34:13 - Brickspotting: “Nanny," "Bad Axe" 49:53 - Next Week / Notes 1:02:52 - Massacre Theatre 1:10:08 - Reviews: "She Said," "Love, Charlie" 1:18:57 - New Releases / Credits Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
11/18/20221 hour, 26 minutes, 13 seconds
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#897: Top 5 Father-Daughter Duos / Aftersun / Weird

Director Charlotte Wells's AFTERSUN documents a holiday that 11-year-old Sophie takes with her loving but troubled father (played by Paul Mescal). The debut feature is one of the best and most sneakily heart-rending films of the year. It also inspires this week's Top 5: Father-Daughter Duos, with Adam and Josh sharing picks from Ozu, Nolan, Bogdanovich, and Spike Lee, along with a pair of inventive docs made by daughters about their dads. Plus Adam's review of WEIRD: THE AL YANKOVIC STORY. 1:22 - Top 5 Father-Daughter Duos 30:26 - Review (AK): “Weird: The Al Yankovic Story" 36:29 - Next Week / Notes  46:38 - Polls 55:08 - Review: “Aftersun" 1:19:12 - Top 5 Father-Daughter Duos, cont. 1:39:12 - Outro Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
11/11/20221 hour, 46 minutes, 29 seconds
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A Conversation About the New Filmspotting Family

Josh, Sam, and Adam discuss the launch of the new Filmspotting Family membership platform and how you can help support and grow the show. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
11/9/202215 minutes, 10 seconds
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#896: Armageddon Time / Causeway / Wendell & Wild / Triangle of Sadness / Descendant

Adam and Josh cover lots of new releases on this week's show, including James Gray's guilt-ridden coming-of-age film ARMAGEDDON TIME and Ruben Östlund's eat-the-rich Palme d'Or-winner TRIANGLE OF SADNESS, along with a return to form from Jennifer Lawrence in CAUSEWAY (with Brian Tyree Henry); Henry Selick's new stop-motion collaboration with Jordan Peele WENDELL & WILD; and new docs about the secret history of Africatown, Alabama (the not-to-miss DESCENDANT), the early 2000s indie rock scene (MEET ME IN THE BATHROOM), and jazz great "Satchmo" (LOUIS ARMSTRONG'S BLACK & BLUES). 1:06 - Review: "Armageddon Time" 28:04 - Reviews (AK): “Causeway," "Descendant" 40:29 - Review (JL): “Wendell & Wild" 44:02 - New doc recs (AK): “Meet Me in the Bathroom," "Louis Armstrong's Black & Blues" 48:56 - Next Week / Notes  59:31 - Massacre Theatre 1:05:31 - Review: “Triangle of Sadness" 1:16:59 - Outro Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
11/4/20221 hour, 24 minutes, 46 seconds
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#895: Top 5 Bromances / The Banshees of Inisherin / Ticket To Paradise

In Martin McDonagh's new THE BANSHEES OF INISHERIN, Colin Farrell and Brendan Gleeson play a couple of longtime friends whose relationship takes a sudden and mysterious turn. Along with their review of the film - one of the year's best - Adam and Josh consider the long history of Movie Bromances, from classic noirs and westerns to a beloved fantasy epic to a couple of notable (but possibly forgotten?) comedies from the early 2000s. Josh also has a report from his TICKET TO PARADISE date night. 0:58 - Top 5: Movie Bromances Mike Schank, "Mr. Bojanges" 34:27 - Next Week / Notes / R.I.P. Robbie Coltrane 39:09 - Polls 48:44 - Review: "The Banshees of Inisherin" 1:02:46 - Top 5, cont. 1:37:10 - Outro / Outtake Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
10/28/20221 hour, 30 minutes, 4 seconds
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#894: Top 5 Cops In Love / Decision To Leave

Korean auteur Park Chan-wook's DECISION TO LEAVE is something of a departure for a director best known for the violent and sexual provocations of films like "Oldboy," "The Handmaiden," and "Stoker." His latest involves a murder, but Park's camera is more attentive to the mounting attraction between Hae-joon's married police detective and the victim's wife, played by Tang Wei. Park's film inspires this week's Top 5: Cops In Love, which gives Adam and Josh a chance to give director Kathryn Bigelow some love, along with titles from Jane Campion, Peter Weir, Martin Scorsese, and Otto Preminger. 1:14 - Top 5: Cops In Love 32:12 - Next Week / Notes 39:58 - Massacre Theatre 44:35 - Review: "Decision to Leave" 58:23 - Top 5, cont. 1:16:17 - Outro Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
10/21/20221 hour, 22 minutes, 30 seconds
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#893: TÁR / Amsterdam

Director Todd Field ("In The Bedroom," "Little Children") returns after a sixteen-year hiatus with TÁR, the most acclaimed film of his career and possibly of the year. Cate Blanchett stars as an accomplished composer and conductor who faces a personal crisis that could derail her career. Gender politics, identity politics, the "Me Too" movement, cancel culture: the movie circles around these issues without necessarily being about any of them. In their review, Adam and Josh praise the film's complexity and intelligence along with what may be the definitive Blanchett performance. Plus, a review of David O. Russell's latest, AMSTERDAM, a film that is "very wobbly right from the start, regains its balance but is still teetering, and then? Things absolutely collapse." Plus, Blanchett v Swinton and the battle of the seasonably appropriate stop-motion features. 1:20 - Review: "TÁR" 42:03 - Next Week / Notes / Angela Lansbury 48:31 - Polls 57:07 - Review: “Amsterdam" 1:09:19 - Outro With ‘Tár,’ Todd Field Returns to Directing. Where Has He Been? Sam smartly points out that TÁR is also an anagram for ART. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
10/14/20221 hour, 16 minutes, 29 seconds
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From Chicago, this is Filmspotting.

Weekly film podcast featuring in-depth reviews, top 5 lists, interviews, and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
10/7/20221 minute, 32 seconds
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#892: Most Anticipated at Chicago Film Festival / Quotable '80s Movies / God's Creatures

The 58th annual Chicago International Film Festival closes out the fall fest season with screenings of highly anticipated titles from Sarah Polley, Rian Johnson, Martin McDonagh, Park Chan-wook, Noah Baumbach, and others. But with 90+ features playing over CIFF's ten days - many of them available via streaming - there are countless under-the-radar films worth checking out. Adam and Josh highlight some of those titles in their fest preview. Plus, a review of Anna Rose Holmer ("The Fits") and Saela Davis's GOD'S CREATURES, and listeners respond to our request to name the most quotable movie of the '80s. 0:00 - Billboard 1:03 - Preview: Chicago Int'l Film Festival 26:44 - Feedback: Quotable '80s Movies 41:24 - Next Week / Notes  51:09 - Massacre Theatre 59:19 - Review: “God's Creatures" 1:13:19 - Outro Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
10/7/20221 hour, 19 minutes, 26 seconds
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#891: Don't Worry Darling / Top 5 Utopias Gone Wrong

Caught up in a storm of bad press following its festival debut earlier in the month, Olivia Wilde’s highly anticipated DON’T WORRY DARLING finally opened in theaters and was met with mostly scornful reviews. But the movie has its defenders—including Josh. So he and Adam get to spar over the movie’s handling of its social critique and get into some spoilers to discuss its provocative? infuriating? ending. Plus, private Edens, corporate paradises, and rainforest idylls: it’s the Top 5 Utopias Gone Wrong. 0:00 - Billboard 1:00 - Top 5: Utopias Gone Wrong 28:09 - Next Week / Notes  37:37 - Polls 46:57 - Review: “Don't Worry Darling" 56:10 - “Don't Worry Darling" SPOILER TALK 1:08:08 - Top 5: Utopias Gone Wrong, cont. 1:27:11 - Outro Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
9/30/20221 hour, 33 minutes, 49 seconds
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#890: Top 5 Movie Queens / The Woman King / Moonage Daydream

With the passing of Queen Elizabeth II in the news and Her Majesty Viola Davis currently on screens in Gina Prince-Bythewood’s THE WOMAN KING, Adam and Josh devote this week’s Top 5 to a consideration of movie monarchs. Making the cut: film royalty like Bette Davis and Katherine Hepburn and a certain teen queen who wants us all to eat cake. That Top 5, plus reviews of “The Woman King” and the trippy new Bowie doc “Moonage Daydream.” 0:00 - Billboard 1:08 - Top 5 Movie Queens 32:33 - Review (AK): “Moonage Daydream” 40:41 - Next Week / Notes  48:14 - Massacre Theatre 53:09 - Review: “The Woman King” 1:03:29 - Top 5 Movie Queens, cont 53:09 - Review: “The Woman King” 1:21:12 - Outro Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
9/23/20221 hour, 26 minutes, 57 seconds
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#889: Blonde / Double Indemnity (Stanwyck #6) / Hockeyland

Andrew Dominik's long-in-the-works Marilyn Monroe tale BLONDE (based on the 1999 novel by Joyce Carol-Oates), offers a nightmarish portrayal of the actress and icon that avoids some of the pitfalls of celebrity biopics (thanks in part to its impressive formal approach) while running headlong into others. Mostly in agreement on the film, Adam and Josh remain divided on a few things, including the central performance by Ana de Armas. Also on the show, the sixth and final film in the Summer of Stanwyck Marathon, DOUBLE INDEMNITY, and the Stanwyck Marathon Awards. Plus, Adam recommends the new doc HOCKEYLAND. 0:00 - Billboard 1:06 - Review: "Blonde" 35:41 - Review (AK): "Hockeyland" 40:47 - Next Week / Notes / R.I.P. Jean-Luc Godard 45:41 - Polls (Fall Movies / Comedies) 55:53 - Summer of Stanwyck #6: "Double Indemnity" 1:24:44 - Stanwyck Marathon Awards 1:51:34 - Outro Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
9/16/20221 hour, 58 minutes, 16 seconds
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#888: Three Thousand Years of Longing / Honk For Jesus. Save Your Soul / Ball of Fire (Stanwyck #5)

When George Miller's THREE THOUSAND YEARS OF LONGING premiered at the Cannes Film Festival earlier in the year, it was met with some pans, some shrugs, and some raves (including a six-minute standing ovation). Most agreed, however, that it was an unexpected departure from a director whose previous film was "Mad Max: Fury Road." An intimate and intellectual dialogue-driven drama between stars Tilda Swinton and Idris Elba for much of its runtime, it occasionally blossoms into a fantastic, millennia-spanning tale. While both Adam and Josh admired much of what Miller was attempting, only one of them managed to get and stay on the director's eccentric wavelength. That review, plus Josh's review of the new comedy HONK FOR JESUS. SAVE YOUR SOUL, and the fifth film in the Summer of Stanwyck Marathon, Howard Hawks' BALL OF FIRE (1941), with Barbara Stanwyck as a worldly showgirl who goes into hiding with eight buttoned-up bachelor academics (including Gary Cooper). 0:00 - Billboard 1:11 - Review: "Three Thousand Years of Longing" 28:32 - Review (JL): "Honk For Jesus. Save Your Soul." 32:11 - Next Week / Notes 39:36 - Massacre Theatre 45:22 - Stanwyck Marathon #5: "Ball of Fire" (1941) 1:08:27 - Outro Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
9/2/20221 hour, 14 minutes, 59 seconds
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#887: Top 5 Fall Movie Questions

The fall movie season has lots of intriguing titles that raise all sorts of questions. De Armas as Marilyn. Black Panther without Chadwick Boseman. Spielberg in autobiographical mode. This week, it's a Fall Movie Preview in the form of Adam and Josh's five most pressing questions. Plus, their picks for the 5 Most Anticipated Films of the Fall. 0:00 - Billboard 1:07 - Top 5: Fall Movie Questions 18:04 - Next Week / Notes 37:11 - Polls 42:41 - Top 5 Questions, cont. / Top 5 Most Anticipated 1:06:25 - Outro Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
8/26/20221 hour, 12 minutes, 58 seconds
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#886: Bodies Bodies Bodies / Meet John Doe (Stanwyck #4)

If Dutch director Halina Reijn's BODIES BODIES BODIES doesn't remain the definitive snapshot of Zillennial life in the early 2020s, that won't be the fault of the ace ensemble, featuring standout performances from Rachel Sennott ("Shiva Baby"), Maria Bakalova ("Borat Subsequent Movifilm"), or Amandla Stenberg ("The Hate You Give"). Josh and guest critic Marya E. Gates praise the cast along with the film itself for its incisive observations about the chronically online generation. Later in the show, Josh is joined by the Chicago Tribune's Michael Phillips to talk about Frank Capra's surprisingly bleak MEET JOHN DOE (1941), with Gary Cooper as a down-on-his-luck ballplayer who becomes a populist hero and current marathon subject Barbara Stanwyck as the conflicted newspaper columnist who created him—and maybe loves him. 0:00 - Billboard 1:07 - Review: “Bodies Bodies Bodies” (w/Marya E. Gates) 36:21 - Next Week / Notes 40:05 - Massacre Theatre 48:02 - Stanwyck #4: “Meet John Doe” (w/Michael Phillips) 1:16:43 - Outro Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
8/19/20221 hour, 21 minutes, 59 seconds
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#885: A24 10th Anniversary Draft / Prey

Indie distributor A24 started memorably, if modestly, back in 2012 and 2013, with titles like Harmony Korine's "Spring Breakers" and Sofia Coppola's "The Bling Ring." Within the next couple of years, they'd launched the directing careers of Alex Garland ("Ex Machina") and Robert Eggers ("The Witch"). Then in 2016, they went ahead and - very memorably - won the Oscar for Best Picture with Barry Jenkins' "Moonlight." And they haven't slowed down since. David Lowery's "A Ghost Story," Greta Gerwig's "Lady Bird," Sean Baker's "The Florida Project," and Ari Aster's "Hereditary" are just a fraction of the acclaimed titles released by the company in its first ten years. To celebrate the occasion, Adam and Josh hold the debut Filmspotting Draft: ten A24 titles each, no shared picks, no trades, no fighting. Listen and then cast a vote for who built the better roster. Also on the show, a review of the new entry in the "Predator" franchise, PREY. 0:00 - Billboard 1:11 - A24 Draft 43:07 - Review: "Prey" 59:02 - Next Week / Notes 1:04:39 - Polls 1:11:48 - A24 Draft, cont. 1:42:37 - Outro Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
8/12/20221 hour, 49 minutes, 31 seconds
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#884: Top 5 Brad Pitt Performances / Bullet Train

When Brad Pitt arrived on screen 30+ years ago, he was a pretty face with a surprising sinister side. That brief turn in Ridley Scott's "Thelma and Louise" proved to be a template for the actor's diverse and increasingly accomplished film career. For proof of Pitt's growth as an actor, look no further than the very existence of this week's TOP 5 PITT PERFORMANCES, featuring long-time Pitt skeptic Adam's mea culpa. And for proof of the high quality of the Pitt filmography, consider that Adam and Josh share only one title between them. Also on the show, Adam's thoughts on Pitt in the new BULLET TRAIN from director David Leitch. 0:00 - Billboard 1:04 - Top 5: Brad Pitt Performances 42:40 - Review (AK): "Bullet Train" 48:31 - Next Week / Notes 52:58 - Massacre Theatre 58:07 - Top 5, cont. 1:20:10 - Outro The Pitt Reviews Fight Club at 20 (2019) Babel (2006) Oceans 13 (2007) The Assassination of Jesse James By The Coward Robert Ford (2007) The Assassination... (2019 Reappraisal) Burn After Reading (2008) The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2009) Inglourious Basterds (2009) The Tree of Life (2011) Moneyball (2011) Killing Them Softly (2012) 12 Years A Slave (2013) The Big Short (2015) War Machine (2017) Once Upon a Time in Hollywood (2019) Ad Astra (2019) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
8/5/20221 hour, 28 minutes, 36 seconds
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#883: Nope / The Gray Man / The Lady Eve (Stanwyck #3)

With their potent mix of horror, comedy, and social satire, the films of Jordan Peele are the rare Hollywood films that succeed in entertaining while also puzzling, sending audiences out of the theater sifting through clues in an attempt to find meaning. Peele's latest - NOPE - is no exception, with Adam and Josh sharing their own theories about the director/prophet's wild west sci-fi that's loaded with themes of trauma, spectacle, race, and the movie industry's complicity in all those things. Also, there are some scares. And some laughs. Adam and Josh get spoiler-y in the second half of the review to sort out some lingering questions. Adam also recommends the Russo Brothers' new THE GRAY MAN, and the Summer of Stanwyck continues with Preston Sturges's 1941 screwball classic THE LADY EVE, starring Stanwyck and Henry Fonda. 0:00 - Billboard 1:05 - Review: "Nope" 25:01 - "Nope" Spoilers 46:20 - "The Gray Man" 50:32 - Notes / Polls 1:09:33 - Stanwyck #3: "The Lady Eve" 1:40:22 - Outro Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
7/29/20221 hour, 47 minutes, 51 seconds
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#882: Thor: Love & Thunder / Top 5 Chris Power Ranking

Taika Waititi helming another Thor movie was always going to mean a great deal of silliness along with whatever planetary crisis the MCU brain trust cooked up, but with THOR: LOVE & THUNDER, the question has become: how much silliness is too much? Put another way: how many goats is too many goats? Adam defends his 1-star Letterboxd review and Josh (sort of ) defends Waititi. With its two movie Chrises (Hemsworth and Pratt), "Love and Thunder" also gives us an opportunity to revisit 2018's TOP 5 CHRIS POWER RANKING, with Adam and Josh offering their revised rankings at the end of the show. Plus Josh shares thoughts on the new GKids feature THE DEER KING and has a Golden Brick-spotting review of Saul Williams and Anisia Uzeyman's NEPTUNE FROST. 0:00 - Billboard 1:19 - Review: "Thor: Love & Thunder" Saul Williams, "Binary Stars" 29:10 - Golden Brickspotting (JL): "Neptune Frost" 33:10 - Review (JL): "The Deer King" 35:52 - Notes / Polls 48:04 - Top 5: Chris Power Rankings (2018) 1:26:39 - Chris Power Rankings Redux (2022) 1:39:48 - Outro Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
7/15/20221 hour, 47 minutes, 14 seconds
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#881: Stanwyck #2 - Stella Dallas / Marcel the Shell With Shoes On / Top 5 Movie Mother-Daughters

As a social climber turned selfless mother in the heartbreaking 1937 melodrama STELLA DALLAS, Barbara Stanwyck earned the first of her four Oscar nominations. And two films into their Stanwyck Marathon, Adam and Josh remain in awe of both the actress's power and her subtlety. The film itself offers a still-potent critique of class as its heroine is forced to choose between her own identity and her beloved daughter. It also gives us an opportunity to revisit 2013's Top 5 Movie Mother-Daughters, with Adam and Josh considering the memorable mothers and daughters that have come to screens in the intervening decade (lookin' at you, Greta Gerwig). Plus, Josh reviews the new stop-motion animated charmer MARCEL THE SHELL WITH SHOES ON. 0:00 - Billboard 1:04 - Stanwyck #2: "Stella Dallas" 33:28 - Review (JL): "Marcel The Shell With Shoes On" 38:20 - Next Week / Notes 43:07 - Massacre Theatre 49:44 - Top 5: Movie Mother-Daughters 1:20:17 - Outro Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
7/8/20221 hour, 27 minutes, 18 seconds
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#880: Stanwyck #1 - Baby Face (1933) / 1930s Starter Pack

The frank sexuality of 1933's BABY FACE has made it one of the defining films of Hollywood’s precode era, with new Filmspotting marathon subject Barbara Stanwyck as Lily Powers, a young woman who escapes the abuse and exploitation facing her at home for the big city, where she acquires money and status by exploiting her own sexual power. Adam and Josh agree that Stanwyck is electrifying and the movie’s precode directness is a lot of fun while considering how successfully it pulls off its balance of proto-feminism provocation and sentimentality. The launch of the Stanwyck Marathon also offers a chance to revisit the 1930s Starter Pack, which has Adam and Josh sharing their favorite comedies, musicals, action, and horror films from that rich decade. 0:00 - Billboard 1:01 - Stanwyck #1: “Baby Face” (w/SPOILERS) 36:03 - Polls / Notes 51:07 - Top 5: 1930s Starter Pack 1:36:12 - Outro Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
7/1/20221 hour, 43 minutes, 54 seconds
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#879: Top 5 Movie Summers / Elvis / Lightyear

The summer movie season offers the promise of a special kind of escape. With our brains and bodies fried from the heat, we go to the multiplex less for the subtlety of great cinema and more for big pleasures: belly laughs, impossible action sequences, jump scares, and explosions. Lots and lots of explosions. But which movie years best delivered on that promise? This week, Adam and Josh break out the spreadsheets to determine the Top 5 Movie Summers of all time (or at least since 1975), and Josh weighs in on Baz Luhrmann's ELVIS and Pixar's LIGHTYEAR. 0:00 - Billboard 1:20 - Top 5 Movie Summers 30:28 - Reviews (JL): "Elvis," "Lightyear" 39:10 - Next Week / Notes 44:10 - Massacre Theatre 49:51 - Top 5 Movie Summers, cont. 1:10:50 - Outro Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
6/24/20221 hour, 18 minutes, 19 seconds