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

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#734: Toy Story 4 / Top 5 Toy Story Scenes w/Griffin Newman

With Josh on vacation,, Adam recruits Toy Story super-fan Griffin Newman (Blank Check podcast, Amazon's "The Tick") for a review of the Forky-tastic TOY STORY 4 and the Top 5 Toy Story Scenes. Plus, some Best of the Year (So Far) talk, and Griffin shows off his acting chops in Massacre Theatre.

0:00 - Billboard
1:12 - Review: "Toy Story 4"
32:38 - Spoilers: "Toy Story 4"
Robert Goulet, "You've Got a Friend in Me"
50:20 - Next Week / Notes
58:04 - Griffin talks "Blank Check"
1:05:59 - Polls (Toy Story + Best of the Year So Far)
1:13:29 - Top 5: Toy Story Scenes
2:07:51 - Close / Outtake ("Forky")

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2019-06-21
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#733: The Dead Don't Die / Last Black Man in San Francisco / Rocketman

Jim Jarmusch has made a surreal, existential western ("Dead Man"), a Zen samurai/mobster movie ("Ghost Dog") and a meditation on art disguised as a vampire movie ("Only Lovers Left Alive"). And now... zombies. With his new THE DEAD DON'T DIE, Jarmusch again exploits genre conventions as a means to explore his fears and obsessions. And this time, those fears and obsessions are pretty explicitly America in the age of Trump.

Also on the show, a conversation with Joe Talbot and Jimmie Fails, the director and star of Sundance award-winner ? and early Golden Brick frontrunner ? THE LAST BLACK MAN IN SAN FRANCISCO. Plus, Adam weighs in on ROCKETMAN.

0:00 - Billboard
1:20 - Review: "The Dead Don't Die"
Bill Callahan, "Young Icarus"
24:58 - Adam on "Rocketman"
34:57 - Next Week / Notes / Madness 2020
46:46 - Massacre Theatre54:02 - Interview: Joe Talbot and Jimmie Fails
1:28:02 - Close

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2019-06-14
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#732: Fight Club at 20 / Top 5 David Fincher Scenes

FIGHT CLUB, the third film in our 9 From '99 series was initially met with lukewarm critical and box office response but developed a cult following on home video and is now pretty widely considered one of the best films of the '90s. That reputation has a lot to do with David Fincher, who has spent the last couple of decades cementing his reputation as one of the best working directors. A skilled craftsman and legendary perfectionist, Fincher's films are always a pleasure to look at, but for their Top 5 Fincher Scenes, Adam and Josh focus on the ways in which the director's style ? even at its flashiest ? serves the story and his characters.

0:00 - Billboard
1:15 - 9 From '99: "Fight Club"
Pixies, "Where Is My Mind"
31:37 - Next week / Passes / Meetups / Notes
48:32 - Polls
56:26 - Top 5: David Fincher Scenes
1:49:37 - Close

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2019-06-07
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#731: Booksmart / Top 5 Female Friendships

A raunchy/sweet comedy in the "Superbad" mold, Olivia Wilde's BOOKSMART mixes genre clichés and clever updates as it follows its high-achieving heroines on a one-night odyssey to shed their by-the-book images and make it to The Year's Biggest Party. Adam and Josh have lots of praise for leads Beanie Feldstein and Kaitlyn Dever and the talented ensemble ? and for some of the formal inventiveness that Wilde brings to her directing debut.

And then Adam and Josh go on the run with Thelma and Louise for the Top 5, assembling an all-star crew of the movies' best female pals along the way.

0:00 - Billboard
1:20 - Review: "Booksmart"
Leikeli47, "Bad Gyal Felx"
26:01 - Next week / Notes
34:58 - Massacre Theatre
42:52 - Top 5: Female Friendships
1:21:30 - Close

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2019-05-31
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#730: Top 5 Films of 1979 / Alien

Of the films celebrating 40th anniversaries in 2019, only Francis Ford Coppola's "Apocalypse Now" can really compete with ALIEN's critical stature and influence, but Adam and Josh make the case for several more films from '79 that deserve to be remembered with this week's Top 5 ? including films from directors Andrei Tarkovsky, Carol Ballard, Woody Allen... and Jim Henson. Plus, a revisit of their 2016 Sacred Cow review of Ridley Scott's sci-fi/horror classic. 

0:00 - Billboard
1:21 - Top 5: Films of 1979
Peter Allen, "Everything Old Is New Again"
1:03:08 - Next week / Notes
1:07:19 - New Poll
1:11:35 - Sacred Cow: "Alien"
1:47:09 - Listener Feedback ("Alien")
1:54:43 - Close

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2019-05-24
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#729: Top 5 Keanu Moments / John Wick 3

The Tao of Whoa.

Whether you love or hate the JOHN WICK franchise - or even if you're completely indifferent to it - it has given us all the chance to appreciate the particular genius of Keanu Reeves. For those of us who grew up watching him, the former duuude and earnest action star has matured into an actor of depth and vulnerability with a singular sense of physical grace. Whether Keanu's talents are put to their best use in the new JOHN WICK: CHAPTER 3 - PARABELLUM is up for debate, which Adam and Josh do in their review. Then it's the TOP 5 KEANU MOMENTS, a career-spanning appreciation of The One, from Ted "Theodore" Logan to Mr. Wick himself.

Plus Massacre Theatre and Josh's recommendation of the new doc "Our Time Machine," which is currently playing the Chicago Critics Film Festival.   

0:00 - Billboard
1:09 - Review: "John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum"
Josh Ritter, "Old Black Magic"
28:25 - Donations
30:32 - Josh recs: "Our Time Machine"
34:03 - Next week / Notes
40:27 - Massacre Theatre
48:03 - Top 5: Keanu Moments
1:28:42 - Close / Outtake

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2019-05-17
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#728: Chicago Critics Film Festival / Donen #4 - Two for the Road

May's week-long CCFF doubles as a shortlist for potential Golden Brick candidates.

Now in its 7th year, the Chicago Critics Film Festival prides itself on bringing the best of the fest circuit to Chicago. With 15 or so features that have played the likes of Toronto, Sundance and SXSW, the week-long fest is a chance for Chicago audiences to catch up with some of the most buzzed-about independent films of the year. It's also a great chance for Filmspotting to put some titles on its Golden Brick radar. Adam and Josh share their Top 5 Most Anticipated CCFF Movies and get additional insight into the fest from Chicago critic - and CCFF programmer - Steve Prokopy.

Also on the show: Adam on KNOCK DOWN THE HOUSE and the final film in the Stanley Donen Marathon, 1967's TWO FOR THE ROAD. Plus, "The Fizzies" - the Donen Marathon Awards.

0:00 - Billboard
1:13 - Preview: Chicago Critics Film Festival
Henry Mancini, "Two for the Road"
24:20 - Adam recs: "Knock Down the House"
30:53 - Next week / Notes
39:48 - Polls: Summer Preview / Best of '79
48:57 - Donen #4: "Two for the Road"
1:06:38 - "The Fizzies": Donen Awards
1:32:53 - Close

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2019-05-10
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#727: Summer Movie Preview / Donen #3 - Charade

Spidey & Wick & Hobbs & Shaw. And Pikachu.

Marvel burnout. "Booksmart" hype. Will Smith's genie. Detective Pikachu. And of course the astonishingly worded "Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw." These subjects and more all come up in Adam and Josh's Top 5 Summer Movie Questions. Plus, Adam on Robert "Born to Be Blue" Budreau's STOCKHOLM and doc director Penny Lane's HAIL SATAN? And... fizzy and charming or frivolous and artificial? Adam and Josh debate the third film in their Stanley Donen Marathon, 1963's CHARADE.

0:00 - Billboard
1:18 - Summer Movie Preview
Henry Mancini, Charade (Main Theme)
33:39 - Adam recommends: "Stockholm" / "Hail Satan?"
43:19 - Next week / John Singleton / Notes
49:31 - Massacre Theatre
57:02 - Donen #3: "Charade"
1:20:54 - Close

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2019-05-03
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#726: Avengers: Endgame / Beyoncé's Homecoming / Donen #2 - Funny Face

Can the MCU mothership stick the landing?

After earning a probably undeserved reputation for being hard on the MCU, Adam and Josh return from their ENDGAME screening speaking the language of converts: the final chapter of this decade-in-the-making MCU story not only manages to tie up its multiple story threads, but does so in an entertaining and, yes, moving way. Adam and Josh also make time to recommend Beyoncé's new HOMECOMING concert doc and Sam Rockwell and Michelle Williams in FOSSE/VERDON. Plus, the second film in the Stanley Donen Marathon, 1957's FUNNY FACE with Audrey Hepburn and Fred Astaire.

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1:12 - Review: "Avengers: Endgame"
23:02 - "Endgame" spoiler talk
Beyoncé, "Freedom" (Live at Coachella)
50:59 - Josh recs: "Homecoming"
55:26 - Adam recs: "Fosse/Verdon"
58:42 - Next week / Notes
59:54 - Polls (MCU / Summer Preview / Madness '20)
1:12:05 - Donen #2: "Funny Face"

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2019-04-26
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#725: Her Smell / Donen #1 - On the Town

In Alex Ross Perry's HER SMELL, Elisabeth Moss gives a performance that, for Adam and Josh, evokes Gena Rowlands' iconic work in "A Woman Under the Influence" and a punk-rock Lady Macbeth. Moss's Becky Something is the drug-addled, manic and abusive lead singer of a '90s-era rock band that's fallen on hard times. It's also, according to Adam, the best film of the year so far.

Also on the show: 1949's ON THE TOWN, the first in a four-film Stanley Donen Marathon. Plus, Josh's report from this year's Ebert Interruptus.

0:00-1:07 - Billboard
1:07-26:13 - Review: "Her Smell"
26:37-38:17 - Spoilers: "Her Smell"
On the Town, "On the Town"
38:58-39:45 - Donations
39:45-53:07 - Next week / Ebert Interruptus / Notes
53:07-55:28 - Massacre Theatre
55:28-1:18:46 - Donen #1: "On the Town"
1:18:46-1:21:31 - Close    

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2019-04-19
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#724: Claire Denis / High Life / Madness Champ

The 70 year-old French director of "Beau Travail," "35 Shots of Rum" and last year's "Let the Sunshine In" is having a moment. After 30 years of critically-acclaimed work, Claire Denis remains largely unknown in the U.S. That could change with her latest, HIGH LIFE, an existential sci-fi film starring Robert Pattinson and Juliette Binoche. Denis was in Chicago for a recent screening of the film, giving Adam and guest host Scott Tobias a rare chance to sit down with Denis and talk about how "High Life" fits into her sensuous and provocative body of work and how, among other things, Stephen Hawking's writing contributed to the universe she created on screen. She also plays along with the Filmspotting Five, where she admits to loving ok-maybe-not-your-least-favorite-Wes-Anderson-movie-but-few-people's-favorite (not even Josh's).

Also on the show: Adam and Scott join the chorus of critics - and moviegoers - who have found themselves surprisingly charmed by the DCEU's SHAZAM. Plus, the crowning of the 2019 Filmspotting Madness champion.

0:00-1:17 - Billboard
1:17-28:22 - Interview: Claire Denis
Bad Bad Hats, "Wide Right"
29:04-32:53 - Next week / Notes
32:53-48:48 - Madness: Champion / Polls
48:48-55:56 - Review: "Shazam"
Bad Bad Hats, "Dunno Why"
56:49-1:15:08 - Review: "High Life"
1:15:08-1:19:00 - Close 

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2019-04-12
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#723: Top 5 Overlooked Films of the 2000s / Madness Final / Assassination of Jesse James

As the 2019 edition of Filmspotting Madness comes to a close, Adam and Josh share some favorite titles that didn't make the 64-film bracket. Their Top 5 Overlooked Films of the 2000s features some under-seen comedies starring Jack Black, Seann William Scott and Mark Duplass; docs and "docu-fantasias" from Steve James and Guy Maddin; and less familiar titles from A-list directors like Ridley Scott and Robert Zemeckis. Plus, the Madness championship matchup is revealed, and a Sacred Cow review of Andrew Dominik's 2007 meditative western THE ASSASSINATION OF JESSE JAMES BY THE COWARD ROBERT FORD.

0:00-1:16 - Billboard
1:16-39:11 - Review: "Assassination of Jesse James..."
Hembree, "Culture"
39:53-49:48 - R.I.P Agnes Varda / Next week / Notes
49:48-1:02:52 - Madness: Final 4 Results / Championship
Hembree, "Almost"
1:03:35-1:07:31 - Donations
1:07:31-1:54:22 - Top 5: Overlooked Movies of the 2000s
1:54:22-1:58:22 - Close

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2019-04-05
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#722: Dumbo / Final 4 Madness / Top 5 Movie Circus Acts

Big Top Tim Burton remakes the Disney classic.

With Adam out of town, Michael Phillips joins Josh for a review of the new DUMBO, plus Filmspotting Madness Final 4 matchups and the Top 5 Movie Circus Acts. Also, Michael shares thoughts on HOTEL MUMBAI, and Josh has 2019's first Golden Brick recommendation: A.T. White's STARFISH.

0:00-1:08 - Billboard
1:08-27:30 - Review: "Dumbo"
Betty Noyes, "Baby Mine"
28:11-32:43 - Next week / Notes
32:43-36:10 - Michael on "Hotel Mumbai"
36:10-38:21 - Josh recommends: "Starfish"
38:21-47:40 - Madness: Elite 8 Results / Final 4
David Bromberg, "Sharon"
48:38-1:21:02 - Top 5: Movie Circus Acts
1:21:02-1:24:17 - Close

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2019-03-29
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#721: Us / Elite 8 Madness / Cassavetes #4 - Opening Night

Jordan Peele is not done scaring us.

Peele's "Get Out" was one of the defining films of 2017. A huge box office success early in the year, it went on to be nominated for Best Picture, and won Peele an Oscar for Best Original Screenplay. So if that?s your directing debut... how exactly do you follow that up? With US, Peele sticks with horror and proves that his talent for juggling scares with comedy and social commentary was no fluke. Adam and Josh talk about Peele's mastery of horror craft and his film's stellar cast, in particular Lupita Nyong'o as a trauma survivor whose family becomes the target of a home invasion. And if you've seen the film, stick around for an extended SPOILER conversation about US.

Also on the show: Filmspotting Madness Best of the 2000s Sweet 16 results and Elite 8 matchups; the final film in the John Cassavetes Marathon (1977's OPENING NIGHT); and "The Blue Hats," the Cassavetes Marathon Awards.         

0:00-1:05 - Billboard
1:05-21:02 - Review: "Us"
21:02-42:07 - Spoilers: "Us"
Karen O and Dangermouse, "Turn The Light"
43:02-48:57 - Next week / Notes
48:57-1:08:10 - Madness: Sweet 16 Results / Elite 8
Le Tigre, "What's Your Take On Cassavetes"
1:03:37-1:27:59 - Cassavetes #4 - "Opening Night"
1:27:59-1:55:12 - Cassavetes Awards 
1:55:12-1:57:27 - Close

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2019-03-22
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#720: Transit / Sweet 16 Madness / Cassavetes #3

The director of 2014's "Phoenix" returns with a boldly enigmatic thriller.

German director Christian Petzold?s ?Phoenix? was a ?Vertigo?-inspired thriller set in the aftermath of the Holocaust. It received some of the best reviews of 2014. For his latest,  TRANSIT, Petzold evokes Kafka, Orwell and Kielslowski for another wartime thriller that isn't afraid to disorient and perplex. In the third round of Filmspotting Madness - Best of the 2000s - the effect is less disorienting and more enraging, with listeners threatening to leap into the Madness Incinerator (tm) with beloved films that have been forced to exit the tournament. And the third film in the John Cassavetes Marathon - 1976's (and 1978's!) THE KILLING OF A CHINESE BOOKIE.   

0:00-1:09 - Billboard
1:09-22:05 - Review: "Transit"
Lizzo, "Cuz I Love You"
23:01-29:36 - Next week / Notes
29:36-1:02:44 - Madness: Rd. 2 Results / Sweet 16 Matchups
Lizzo, "Good As Hell"
1:03:37-1:34:05 - Cassavetes #3 - "The Killing of a Chinese Bookie"
1:34:05-1:37:38 - Close

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2019-03-15
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#719: Captain Marvel / Rd. 2 Madness (Best of the 2000s)

Marvel's first female-led feature is also one its best.

Indie duo Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck ("Half Nelson," "Sugar") were a surprising choice to lead a Marvel movie, especially one with so much riding on its success. But Adam and Josh agree that the pair's CAPTAIN MARVEL is a mostly effective marriage of effects-driven action, empathetic character-building and clever scripting. The movie also benefits from some ace supporting performances - performances so good that Brie Larson's Captain Marvel can occasionally seem overmatched. That review, plus Josh loses his faith in humanity (or at least the humanity of Filmspotting listeners) when he hears first-round results of Filmspotting Madness - Best of the 2000s. Things don't get any easier with the Rd. 2 matchups. 

0:00-1:03 - Billboard
1:03-26:39 - Review: "Captain Marvel"
Teen, "Popular Taste"
27:35-33:36 - Adam recommends: "Apollo 11"
33:36-40:06 - Next Week / Notes
40:06-1:11:03 - Madness: Rd. 1 Results
Teen, "Only Water"
1:12:06-1:28:55 - Madness: Rd. 2 Matchups
1:28:55-1:30:58 - Close

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2019-03-08
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#718: Filmspotting Madness (Best of the 2000s) / Cassavetes #2 - A Woman Under...

64 films. Only one survives. Welcome to the Madness.

In the 2018 edition of Filmspotting Madness ? Best of the 90s ? the championship round had "Fargo" facing off against "Pulp Fiction." The Coen Brothers' "Fargo" pulled out a surprise victory over Tarantino's decade-defining masterpiece. So what surprises await us in this year's contest? The Coens are back with another strong entry ? 2007's Best Picture-winning "No Country for Old Men" ? but will their primary competitor be Tarantino again ("Kill Bill," "Inglourious Basterds")? Or maybe Paul Thomas Anderson ("There Will be Blood")? Or Christopher Nolan ("The Dark Knight")? And maybe don't rule out Michel Gondry's Charlie Kaufman-penned "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind."

This week on the show, Adam and Josh talk through this year's bracket with their Top 5 Easiest and Hardest First-Round Madness votes. Plus, the second film in the John Cassavetes Marathon, 1974's "A Woman Under the Influence."

0:00-1:10 - Billboard
41:53-42:34 - FS Madness: Rd. 1 Matchups
Strand of Oaks, "Ruby"
51:56-59:24 - Next Week / Notes
45:22-52:36 - Stanley Donen / Oscars Recap
52:36-1:15:15 - FS Madness: Rd. 1 Matchups, cont.
Strand of Oaks, "Goshen '97"
1:16:16-1:47:37 - Cassavetes #2: "A Woman Under..."
1:47:37-1:50:51 - Close / Outtake

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2019-03-01
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#717: Top 5 Movies About Suburbia (w/Jessica Harper) / Cassavetes #1 - Faces

Worse than a coven of witches? The 'Burbs.

"Suspiria" star Jessica Harper has appeared in over 20 films since the mid-'70s, but she's also had a career as a singer-songwriter and children's book author. Her latest venture has her turning to memoir in the form of a 10-part podcast called "Winnetka," named for the Chicago suburb where she and her five siblings came of age in the '50s and '60s. Harper's podcast tells the story of that suburban upbringing, in particular the darkness and secretiveness that existed below the picture-perfect appearances. Harper discusses "Winnetka," and joins Adam and Josh for the Top 5 Movies About Suburbia. Plus - 13 years in the making - the Cassavetes Marathon gets underway with 1968's "Faces," starring Gena Rowlands, John Marley and Oscar-nominees Lynn Carlin and Seymour Cassel. 

0:00-1:26 - Billboard
1:26-51:02 - Top 5: Movies About Suburbia
Sharon Van Etten, "Seventeen"
51:56-59:24 - Next Week / Notes
59:24-1:04:42 - Massacre Theatre
1:04:42-1:27:19 - Cassavetes Marathon #1: "Faces"
1:27:19-1:29:59 - Close

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2019-02-22
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#716: The Matrix / Top 5 Slow-Motion Scenes (Since "The Matrix")

Taking the red pill 20 years later.

For the second film in their "9 From '99" series, Adam and Josh reconsider the Wachowski Sisters' seminal sci-fi film, which, while a popular and critical success in its release year, has only grown in estimation both as a film and as a way of thinking and talking about reality. Plus: Christopher Nolan, Todd Haynes, Rian Johnson and Lars von Trier make the Top 5 Slow-Motion Scenes (Since "The Matrix"); Best of '99 poll results; and Adam and Josh announce the matchups for the play-in round of Filmspotting Madness 2019: Best of the 2000s. (Vote here!)

0:00-1:08 - Billboard
1:08-33:02 - 9 From '99 #2: "The Matrix"
Ex Hex, "Cosmic Cave"
33:49-40:00 - Poll Results: Best of '99
40:00-47:07 - Next week / Notes
47:07-1:00:12 - Filmspotting Madness: Play-In Round
Ex Hex, "Tough Enough"
1:01:07-1:36:52 - Top 5: Slow-Motion Scenes
1:36:52-1:41:53 - Close / Outtake

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2019-02-15
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#715: The Lego Movie 2 / Velvet Buzzsaw / Miss Bala

Jokes and gender politics in the new Lego sequel.

"The Lego Movie" was Josh's #1 film of 2014. Dan Gilroy's "Nightcrawler" made Adam's Top 10 of the same year. Five years later, Emmet Brickowski and the rest of the master builders return for THE LEGO MOVIE 2 - and Gilroy is back, too, with the art scene satire VELVET BUZZSAW, another darkly satirical take on a Los Angeles subculture. Also on the show: Josh's thoughts on Catherine Hardwicke's MISS BALA, Massacre Theatre and an announcement about the next Filmspotting Marathon.   

0:00-1:17 - Billboard
1:17-15:19 - Review: "The Lego Movie 2"
Beck, "Super Cool" (feat. Robyn and The Lonely Island)
15:46-25:13 - Next Week / Notes
25:13-35:50 - Massacre Theatre
Ken Nordine, "Sound Museum"
36:32-41:00 - Donations
41:00-59:56 - Review: "Velvet Buzzsaw"
59:56-1:06:51 - Spoilers: "Velvet Buzzsaw"
1:06:51-1:09:35 - Close

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2019-02-08
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#714: Glass / The Sixth Sense

That thing where your superpower is seeing dead people.

On this week's show, a double-dose of divisive auteur M. Night Shyamalan, whose new film GLASS is either "profoundly dumb" or "like opening a brand new comic book for the first time and not knowing what you're going to get." And then later, Adam and Josh kick off their "9 from '99" series with Shyamalan's blockbuster THE SIXTH SENSE, which they mostly agree has held up pretty well, thanks in large part to the Oscar-nominated performances by Toni Collette and Haley Joel Osment. Plus, a new poll question and news about the next Filmspotting Marathon (which you can help us choose).

0:00-1:11 - Billboard
1:11-28:48 - Review: "Glass"
28:48-39:01 - "Glass" Spoilers
Michel Legrand, "Generique" (from "The Umbrellas of Cherbourg")
39:32-49:06 - Next Week / Notes
49:06-52:03 - New Poll: Best of 1999
Michel Legrand, "Twin Song" (from "The Young Girls of Rochefort")
53:00-1:25:27 - 9 from '99 #1: "The Sixth Sense"
1:25:27-1:27:53 - Close / Outtake

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2019-02-01
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#713: 2019 Movie Preview / Oscar Nominations

The new movie year is all promise and possibility.

Adam and Josh pose their Top 5 Questions About 2019. Plus the good, the bad and the bewildering of this week's Oscar nominations.

0:00-1:13 - Billboard
1:13-13:57 - 2019 Movie Preview
King Princess, "1950"
14:48-15:42 - Donations
15:42-33:15 - Oscar Nominations
33:15-38:53 - Next Week / "9 From '99" / Notes
38:53-43:45 - Massacre Theatre
43:45-48:08 - Poll results: 2019 Most Anticipated
King Princess, "Femme Fatale"
49:09-52:06 - Donations
52:06-1:18:47 - 2019 Movie Preview, cont.
1:18:47-1:21:27 - Close

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2019-01-25
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#712: Scenes of the Year - 2018 Wrap Party

The laughs, the tears, the rhapsodies and the shallows that made 2018 such a memorable movie year.

Michael Phillips and Tasha Robinson - and a full house at Chicago's Logan Center for the Arts - join Adam and Josh for the Live 2018 Wrap Party, celebrating the 2018 movie year with their favorite moments from the last twelve months.

0:00-0:43 - Intro
0:43-23:50 - Opening Scenes
23:50-47:22 - Music Moments w/Michael Phillips
47:22-1:04:24 - Funniest Scenes w/Tasha Robinson
1:04:24-1:18:59 - Moving Moments
The Mountain Goats, "This Year"
1:19:51-1:24:57 - Golden Brick Award
1:24:57-1:44:46 - Scenes of the Year w/Michael & Tasha
1:44:46-1:52:08 - Massacre Theatre / Close

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2019-01-18
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Best of 2018: Ethan Hawke / Bo Burnham

Two of our favorite 2018 conversations.

Adam talks to Ethan Hawke about parenting, raising daughters, falling in love, the illusion of fear - oh, and his very good 2018 film BLAZE, about Texas singer-songwriter Blaze Foley. Plus, Adam's interview with EIGHTH GRADE director Bo Burnham, who reflects on what makes star Elsie Fisher so great and what motivated the successful comic to make his debut film. 

0:00-1:00 - Intro
1:00-27:16 - Interview: Ethan Hawke
Blaze Foley, "Clay Pigeons"
28:08-58:29 - Interview: Bo Burnham
58:29-59:52 - Close

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2019-01-04
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#711: (Pt. 2) Top 10 Films of 2018

You can't have consensus without a little misguided dissent. True of climate change research - and of the films discussed on part two of Filmspotting's Top 10 of 2018 roundtable. Adam, Josh and guests Michael Phillips (Chicago Tribune) and Tasha Robinson (The Next Picture Show) debate Paul Schrader's FIRST REFORMED (three yays, one hard nay), Alfonso Cuarón's ROMA (three yays, one "I wish I was a yay"), Spike Lee's BLACKKKLANSMAN and more, including - more dissent! - four unique #1 films of the year.

0:00-1:21 - Intro
1:21-52:49 - Top 10: Consensus Picks
Kaoru Watanabde, "Taiko Drumming"
53:16-1:00:05 - Poll results: Best of '18
1:00:05-1:23:27 - Top 10: Consensus Picks, cont.
1:23:27-1:28:17 - Close

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2018-12-27
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#710: (Pt. 1) Top 10 Films of 2018

Indie horror, broad comedy and, yes, Marvel, all among the "outlier" picks in part one.

With guests Michael Phillips and Tasha Robinson filling out the roundtable, Adam and Josh start their conversation about the best films of 2018 with their "outlier" picks - films that, for the most part, only made one of their lists. Plus, Best of '18 voicemails from the directors of two of last year's best films, and the three finalists for the 2018 Golden Brick Award are announced.

0:00-1:11 - Intro
1:11-46:53 - Top 10: The Outliers
Mowg, "Burning"
47:33-48:33 - Donations
48:33-53:17 - Notes
53:17-1:02:40 - Golden Brick Finalists
1:02:40-1:32:34 - Top 10: The Outliers, cont.
1:32:34-1:37:02 - Close

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2018-12-21
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#709: If Beale Street Could Talk / Into the Spider-Verse / Shoplifters

Barry Jenkins' follow-up to "Moonlight" has the lush romanticism of "In the Mood for Love."

In the absurd rush to catch up with the best of the year before the end of the year, it's nice when a film forces you into its own patient rhythm. Even better when it looks and sounds as good as IF BEALE STREET COULD TALK, the latest from director Barry Jenkins. Along with that, Adam and Josh have a review of the Palme d'Or-winning SHOPLIFTERS from Japan's Hirokazu Kore-eda, and recommendations for Golden Brick-worthy films from directors Alice Rohrwacher ("Happy as Lazzaro"), Jennifer Fox ("The Tale"), Sandi Tan ("Shirkers") and Jim Cummings ("Thunder Road"). Plus, Massacre Theatre and Adam's thoughts on the new SPIDER-MAN: INTO THE SPIDER-VERSE.

0:00-1:05 - Billboard
1:05-22:53 - Review: "If Beale Street Could Talk"
Nicholas Britell, "Eden (Harlem)"
23:29-24:11 - Donations
24:11-40:36 - Next Week / Notes
40:36-51:38 - Golden Brickspotting
51:38-59:27 - AK Recommends: "Into the Spider-Verse"
59:27-1:06:11 - Massacre Theatre
1:06:11-1:15:58 - CFCA Awards
1:15:58-1:18:38 - Close      

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2018-12-14
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#708: Roma / The Favourite

Seeing the Fellini in Cuarón and the Kubrick in Lanthimos.

Adam and Josh break out the high praise for their reviews of Alfonso Cuarón's ROMA and Yorgos Lanthimos's THE FAVOURITE ? both films in the conversation for the best of 2018, and both departures of sorts for the directors. For "Roma," Cuarón returns to his native Mexico for the first time since 2001's "Y Tu Mama Tambien," while taking on writing, directing, shooting and co-editing jobs to tell the personal story of his middle class upbringing in early '70s Mexico City. Lanthimos, who has spent his career so far making chilly and darkly funny contemporary fables, time travels to early 18th century England and the reign of Queen Anne for his latest, a costume drama that proves to be a perfect playground for the director's bleak wit and gimlet-eyed view of humanity. Those reviews, plus Josh on Golden Brick contender HALE COUNTY THIS MORNING, THIS EVENING and the Best of 2018 listener poll.

0:00-1:10 - Billboard
1:10-20:14 - Review: "The Favourite"
Nino Rota, "Roma" (Theme)
20:53-21:37 - Donations
21:37-24:26 - Next Week / Notes
24:26-35:26 - Golden Brickspotting: "Hale County This Morning..."
35:26-39:47 - Polls [Best of 2018, Cuaron's Best]
39:47-1:00:40 - Review: "Roma"
1:00:40-1:03:43 - Close

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2018-12-07
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#707: The Ballad of Buster Scruggs / Creed II / Burning

The 15th best film the Coens have ever made. Or maybe the 12th best. Possibly higher.

When news first broke about the new Coen brothers project for Netflix, it looked like it was going to be a limited-run series and not a proper film. This was all perfectly well and good, but how would that work with existing rankings of the Coens' filmography? Turns out we needn't have worried. THE BALLAD OF BUSTER SCRUGGS is not a series, but an anthology film made up of six distinct stories, all set in the 19th century American west, all peppered with the Coens' trademark wordplay and all deeply concerned with death. Adam and Josh debate whether the anthology's morbid preoccupation is ultimately nihilistic or hopeful, but they agree that the film is leavened by moments of grace (and some really good jokes). Plus, Adam on CREED II and a review of Lee Chang-dong's BURNING.     

0:00-1:14 - Billboard
1:14-33:46 - Review: "The Ballad of Buster Scruggs"
Willie Watson & Tim Blake Nelson, "When A Cowboy Trades His Spurs For Wings"
34:44-35:14 - Donations
35:14-38:59 - Next Week / Live Show
38:59-43:37 - In Memoriam: Roeg, Bertolucci, Jay
43:37-52:29 - Polls [Oscar Follow-Ups, Alfonso Cuaron]
52:29-58:49 - Adam Recommends: "Creed II"
58:49-1:10:38 - Review: "Burning"
1:10:38-1:13:45 - Close / Outtake

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2018-11-30
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#706: Q&A - Minding the Gap / Golden Brick Preview

With year-end fast approaching, Adam and Josh talk through the current crop of nominees for the show's Golden Brick Award, which goes to the overlooked or underseen film of the year. Also on the show, Adam's conversation with Bing Liu, Joshua Altman and Diane Moy Quon ? the director, editor and one of the producers ? of one of those Brick nominees, MINDING THE GAP. Adam and Josh also revisit their review from earlier this year of Chloe Zhao's THE RIDER, another nominee and, like "Gap," one of the standout films of the year.

0:00-1:16 - Billboard
1:16-31:56 - "Minding the Gap" Premiere Q&A
Baker Man, "Approach"
32:44-39:44 - Golden Brick Preview
39:44-55:16 - Review: "The Rider"
55:16-58:39 - Close

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2018-11-16
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#705: Widows / Bohemian Rhapsody / Wildlife

Queen Viola. Queen Carey. And... Queen.

Oscar-winner Viola Davis heads the ace ensemble for Steve McQueen's ("12 Years A Slave") new Chicago-set heist thriller WIDOWS, writer Gillian Flynn's adaptation of a BBC miniseries from the 80s. Adam and Josh dig McQueen's take on a corrupt Chi-town, but debate his handling of some of the performances. They're in more agreement on actor Paul Dano's assured directing debut, WILDLIFE, which stars the always-great-but-maybe-never-greater Carey Mulligan along with Jake Gyllenhaal. And while Adam can't argue with the critical consensus on the new Queen biopic BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY, he can recommend the band's legendary 1985 Live Aid performance... which is available in all its glory online.

0:00-2:40 - Billboard
4:14-34:45 - Review: "Widows"
Queen, "Killer Queen"
35:25-45:31 - Next Week / Movie Passes / Notes
45:31-52:37 - Massacre Theatre
52:37-1:00:11 - Adam on "Bohemian Rhapsody"
Queen, "I Want To Break Free"
1:00:50-1:03:15 - Donations
1:06:11-1:22:27 - Review: "Wildlife"
1:22:27-1:25:50 - Close / Outtake     

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2018-11-09
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#704: Suspiria / Top 5 Uses of Color

This episode is sponsored by the color red.

For his remake of the Dario Argento cult horror classic SUSPIRIA, Luca Guadagnino ("Call Me By Your Name") keeps the '70s German dance academy setting, but adds a lot of real-world political upheaval to the original's bloody witches' brew. Adam and Josh debate the effectiveness of Guadagnino and company's intellectual approach to the story's giallo origins. Plus: there are color movies and then there are movies that have color. Giants of world cinema Kurosawa, Bergman and Hitchcock knew how to flaunt it, but so do an emerging class of young filmmakers who make savvy use of the cinematic palette.

0:00-1:57 - Billboard
3:25-30:01 - Review: "Suspiria"
Thom Yorke, "Suspirium"
30:54-41:16 - Next Week / Notes
41:16-48:59 - Polls (Musical Biopics / Best Picture Follow-ups)
Kay Thompson, "Think Pink" (from "Funny Face")
49:38-51:38 - Donations & Thank Yous
53:50-1:29:23 - Top 5: Uses of Color
1:29:23-1:33:02 - Close / Outtake      

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2018-11-02
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#703: New On Netflix (Hold The Dark, Private Life)

With his thoughtful takes on the revenge and violent thriller genres, "Blue Ruin" and "Green Room" director Jeremy Saulnier has emerged as one of most exciting young directors of the last decade. His latest, HOLD THE DARK, is an enigmatic thriller set in a remote Alaskan village. Skipping theaters entirely, it debuted on Netflix in September. Likewise, director Tamara Jenkins teamed with the streaming service for the long-awaited follow-up to her acclaimed 2007 film, "The Savages." Adam and Josh find much to recommend in both films, along with thoughts on the latest from Nicole Holofcener (THE LAND OF STEADY HABITS, also on Netflix), Marielle Heller (CAN YOU EVER FORGIVE ME?) and Frederick Wiseman (MONROVIA, INDIANA).   

0:00-2:09 - Billboard
3:54-21:44 - Review: "Hold The Dark"
21:44-35:49 - "Hold The Dark" Spoilers
Billie Eilish, "You Should See Me In A Crown"
36:36-48:33 - Next Week / Notes
48:33-55:37 - Massacre Theatre
55:37-1:10:23 - Recommendations: "Can You Ever Forgive Me?" "The Land of Steady Habits" "Monrovia, Indiana"
Billie Eilish, "Copycat"
1:11:03-1:26:19 - Review: "Private Life"
1:26:19-1:28:55 - Close

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2018-10-26
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#702: Halloween ('78) / Halloween ('18)

For their Sacred Cow review of John Carpenter's HALLOWEEN, Adam and Josh took another look at a film about which they're both already on record: there's Josh's 2007 first encounter, which resulted in one of only four negative reviews logged on Rotten Tomatoes. And then there's Adam's 2005 watch, which was part of the second ever Filmspotting Marathon. He named it the best film of that eight-part Horror Marathon, which included titles like "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre" and Dario Argento's "Suspiria." All these years later, they both had had some quibbles with those earlier takes.

Also on the show, thoughts on David Gordon Green's new "Halloween" sequel, plus the Filmspotting poll and more.   

0:00-2:30 - Billboard
3:44-34:00 - Review: "John Carpenter's Halloween" 
John Carpenter, "Laurie's Theme"
34:32-43:47 - Next Week / Notes
43:47-50:48 - Polls [Horror Remakes / Music Biopics]
50:48-1:06:54 - Review: "Halloween" (2018)
1:06:54-1:09:29 - Close

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2018-10-19
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#701: First Man / Top 5 Movie Flights

Wunderkind director Damien Chazelle follows up his Oscar-winning "La La Land" with FIRST MAN, a Neil Armstrong biopic that avoids easy mythologizing to tell the story of an obsessive, grieving everyman who made history. This week on the show, Adam and Josh have a review of Chazelle's film and share their Top 5 Movie Flights - scenes that capture the thrill and terror (and chorus girls!) of aviation.     

0:00-2:41 - Billboard
4:19-35:07 - Review: "First Man"
Phosphorescent, "Beautiful Boy"
38:24-43:52 - Next Week / Notes
43:52-51:40 - Massacre Theatre
Phosphorescent, "C'est la vie"
52:53-59:30 - Donations
59:30-1:40:08 - Top 5: Movie Flights
1:40:08-1:44:15 - Close / Hot Mics

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2018-10-12
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#700: A Star Is Born / Top 5 Movie Duets

Bradley Cooper's A STAR IS BORN is the fourth adaptation of the tale - fifth if you count 1932's George Cukor-directed "What Price Hollywood." The story of a hard-drinking industry veteran discovering and grooming a young starlet (or singer) also has a strong awards pedigree, with those previous incarnations accumulating a total of 19 Oscar nominations. For his directing debut, Cooper isn't dabbling, and it seems like the gamble has paid off. Early reviews have been strong, including for Cooper's star: acting novice (if legit superstar) Lady Gaga. On this week's show, Adam and Josh join the new Star's fan club, but do they love it enough to satisfy the movie's most ardent fans? Also: the Chicago Tribune's Michael Phillips comes aboard for a preview of the Chicago Int'l Film Festival (Oct 10-21) and the Filmspotting Top 5: Movie Duets.       

0:00-1:41 - Billboard
2:57-38:40 - Review: "A Star Is Born"
Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga, "Shallow"
42:51-56:07 - Next Week / Notes
56:07-1:05:00 - Polls [Musical Dramas / Horror Sequels & Remakes]
1:05:00-1:23:09 - Preview: Chicago Int'l Film Festival
Bugs Bunny & Elmer Fudd, ""What's Up Doc?"
1:23:54-2:32:05 - Top 5: Movie Duets
2:32:05-2:37:55 - Close 

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2018-10-05
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#699: Lost In Translation 15th Anniversary / The Sisters Brothers

In 2003, Sofia Coppola's sophomore effort was a surprise box office hit, making over $119 million worldwide. It was nominated for Best Picture and Best Director, and won Coppola a Best Original Screenplay Oscar. By criteria that are more difficult to measure, Bob and Charlotte's platonic Tokyo romance is just really meaningful to a lot of people. While Josh takes another look and what has long been his favorite Coppola, Adam brings a fresh pair of eyes to a film that underwhelmed him a decade and a half ago. That Sacred Cow review of LOST IN TRANSLATION and a review of the new THE SISTERS BROTHERS, featuring the dream pairing of Joaquin Phoenix and John C. Reilly as a pair of outlaw brothers in a film directed by Jacques Audiard ("A Prophet"). Plus, Josh's hearty recommendation for TEA WITH THE DAMES, and Adam's report on his rousing screening of INDIANA JONES AND THE LAST CRUSADE in 70mm.

0:00-1:04 - Billboard
2:45-28:39 - Review: "The Sisters Brothers"
Caroline Rose, "Money"
29:27-35:28 - Next Week / Notes
35:28-42:26 - Massacre Theatre
42:26-45:11 - JL Recommends:  "Tea With the Dames"
45:12-51:01 - AK Recommends: "Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade" (in 70mm)
Roxy Music, "More Than This"
51:52-1:21:09 - Sacred Cow: "Lost In Translation"
1:21:09-1:24:41 - Close

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2018-09-28
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#698: Lawrence of Arabia / Top 5 David Lean Moments

A new 70mm print of David Lean's 1963 Best Picture-winning epic just wrapped up a run at Chicago's Music Box Theatre. Having survived their recent "4D" screening (temperamental A/C on a blisteringly hot late-summer day), Adam and Josh return from Lean's "Arabia" in awe of the director's widescreen compositions, his revelatory transitions and the film's complicated take on hero worship and British exceptionalism. That Sacred Cow review, plus more praise for Lean with the Filmspotting Top 5: David Lean Moments.   

0:00-1:26 - Billboard
2:25-30:37 - Sacred Cow: "Lawrence of Arabia"
Maurice Jarre, "Main Title" (Lawrence of Arabia)
31:49-37:19 - Next Week / Notes
37:19-47:25 - Polls (Historical Epics / Musical Dramas)
Maurice Jarre, "Then It's a Gift (End Title)" (Dr. Zhivago)
47:59-51:26 - Donations
51:26-1:27:09 - Top 5: David Lean Moments
1:27:09-1:30:01 - Close

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2018-09-21
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#697: The Predator / Burt Reynolds Tribute (Deliverance)

As long as there are people to remember Burt Reynolds, they're most likely to recall the goofy, charismatic, hard-driving star of movies like "Smokey and the Bandit" and "Cannonball Run," and the benevolent despot of the late-'70s porn scene in his Oscar-nominated role in "Boogie Nights." But it's possible that none of those Reynolds performances would have existed without his star-making turn in 1972's DELIVERANCE. Reynolds' death gives Adam and Josh a chance to catch up with John Boorman's Best Picture-nominated film in a 'Blindspotting' review. Plus, a 'funny voices' edition of Massacre Theatre, and a review of the new THE PREDATOR. written and directed by Shane Black ("Kiss Kiss Bang Bang," "The Nice Guys").   

0:00-2:26 - Billboard
5:26-23:55 - Review: "The Predator"
Mountain Man, "Rang Tang Ring Toon"
25:35-31:10 - Next Week / Notes
31:10-42:50 - Massacre Theatre
44:50-1:23:04 - Burt Reynolds Tribute: "Deliverance"
1:23:04-1:26:15 - Close

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2018-09-14
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#696: Ethan Hawke Interview / Top 5 Hawke Moments

With the critical reappraisal of Ethan Hawke in full swing after a career-best performance in Paul Schrader's "First Reformed," Adam and Josh commemorate "The Hawkessance" with a consideration of the actor's long and varied career, from Todd Anderson's "sweaty-toothed madman" to Rev. Toller's existential despair (and all those Sunrises and Sunsets in between). Joining Adam and Josh for the Top 5 Ethan Hawke Moments is Keith Phipps, Next Picture Show co-host and author of his own recent reconsideration of Hawke. Plus, Adam's interview with Hawke, who talks about BLAZE, his new biopic about Texas singer-singwriter Blaze Foley, and also about the importance of letting your kids make their own mistakes.           

0:00-1:39 - Billboard
2:29-35:30 - Interview: Ethan Hawke
Blaze Foley, "Clay Pigeons"
37:10-48:18 - Next Week / Notes
48:18-57:13 - Polls (Hawke's best / Historical Epics)
Nina Simone, "Just in Time"
1:00:02-2:05:47 - Top 5: Ethan Hawke Moments
2:05:47-2:09:05 - Close

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2018-09-07
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#695: Minding the Gap / Madeline's Madeline / Art House Roundup

With a lull in the late-summer movie schedule, Adam and Josh play catch-up on a few acclaimed new indie features - and Filmspotting Golden Brick candidates - including the Kartemquin Films-produced doc MINDING THE GAP, director Josephine Decker's Sundance hit MADELINE'S MADELINE and the experimental sports doc JOHN MCENROE: IN THE REALM OF PERFECTION. Plus, Josh's thoughts on the Brick-worthy NIGHT COMES ON and the critically-reviled puppet noir THE HAPPYTIME MURDERS. Also, Massacre Theatre and a clarification on that confusing Ethan Hawke poll question

0:00-2:00 - Billboard
3:13-31:19 - Review: "Minding the Gap"
Taylor Janzen, "Pretend That It's Not There"
33:05-36:39 - Golden Brickspotting: "Night Comes On"
36:39-46:03 - Next Week / Notes
46:03-53:48 - Massacre Theatre
53:48-59:58 - Josh on "Happytime Murders"
Taylor Janzen, "Waiting Room"
1:01:14-1:07:23 - Donations
1:07:23-1:35:53 - Reviews: "Madeline's Madeline," "Realm of Perfection"
1:35:53-1:39:53 - Close / Outtake

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2018-08-31
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#694: Crazy Rich Asians / Top 5 Things We've Learned Podcasting (About Movies)

In anticipation of the show's 700th episode, Adam and Josh - and fellow podcast veteran Dave Chen from the /Filmcast - consider what a decade-plus podcasting about movies has taught them. (In short: gratitude, humility, and getting by on less sleep.) Dave also joins the conversation about the new CRAZY RICH ASIANS, a hit at the box office and the first Hollywood studio-backed film in 25 years to feature a predominantly Asian and Asian-American cast. 

0:00-1:51 - Billboard
1:51-30:20 - Review: "Crazy Rich Asians"
Ruby Ibarra, "Us"
34:00-46:21 - Next Week / Notes
46:21-54:19 - Polls (Happytime Murders / Ethan Hawke)
Ruby Ibarra, "Here"
56:37-1:50:47 - Top 5: Things We've Learned Podcasting (About Movies)
1:50:47-1:54:16 - Close

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2018-08-24
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#693: BlacKkKlansman / Top 5 Spike Lee Shots

Master filmmaker, trickster, provocateur, Spike Lee has been making bold and timely films for over three decades now. And with his latest, BLACKkKLANSMAN, he's also made one of his best. On this week's show, Adam and Josh give Lee the career retrospective treatment with the Filmspotting Top 5: Spike Lee Shots, along with a review of the outstanding and thought-provoking KLANSMAN. Plus, a special wish-fulfillment edition of Massacre Theatre and some listener feedback on episode 689's Top 5 Struggling Movie Adolescents. 

0:00-3:10 - Billboard
4:48-45:53 - Review: "Blackkklansman"
Crooklyn Dodgers, "Crooklyn"
49:54-58:25 - Next Week / Notes
58:25-1:06:21 - Massacre Theatre / Listener Feedback
Public Enemy, "He Got Game"
1:09:01-1:51:50 - Top 5: Spike Lee Shots
1:51:50-1:54:00 - Close

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2018-08-17
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#692: The Dark Knight 10th Anniv. / HBO's Sharp Objects

THE DARK KNIGHT turns ten this summer, and in the years since it won critical raves and dominated the 2008 box office, its reputation, influence and iconic status have only grown. But what does it look like after a decade of superhero movies made in its shadow? Adam and Josh give the Sacred Cow treatment to Christopher Nolan's film and - with the help of listeners - engage in a spirited debate about which film deserves the title of "Best Superhero Movie Ever." Plus, Adam's conversation with the writer and stars of HBO's SHARP OBJECTS.

0:00-2:09 - Billboard
3:05- 45:56 - Sacred Cow: "The Dark Knight?
Black Puma, "Black Moon Rising"
49:02-1:08:31 - Next Week / Polls / Best Superhero Movie
1:08:31-1:46:47 - Interview: Gillian Flynn, Patricia Clarkson, Chris Messina
1:46:47-1:49:22 - Close / Outtake

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2018-08-10
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#691: Mission: Impossible - Fallout / Top 5 Tom Cruise Performances (Revisited)

The "M:I" franchise is over 20 years old, with its sixth installment - MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE - FALLOUT - currently in theaters. But ageless star Tom Cruise and his collaborators show no signs of slowing down when it comes to being a reliable source for action movie spectacle. Adam and Josh consider the near maniacal insistence on verisimilitude of writer/director Christopher McQuarrie and his star, and whether "Fallout's" focus on humanizing Ethan Hunt makes them regret Hunt didn't get more acclaim on their Top 5 Tom Cruise Performances.

0:00-3:07 - Billboard / Donations
3:08- 27:10 - Review: "Mission: Impossible - Fallout?
Carolina Story, ?We Were Young Once Too"
28:23-31:39 - Next Week / Polls [Best Superhero Movie]
31:40-1:27:45 - Top 5: Cruise Performances (Revisited)
1:27:45-1:32:37 - Close

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2018-08-03
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#690: Top 5 Films of 2018 (So Far)

At the halfway point of the year in movies, Adam and Josh agree on their two favorite movies, but share some surprising and diverse picks to round out their Top 5 Films of 2018 (So Far). Plus, listeners weigh in with their picks for the best of the year so far, and the new Filmspotting poll gives you just two options for best superhero movie... of all time. 

0:00-4:34 - Billboard
5:19-36:33 - Top 5: Films of 2018 (So Far)
Chance the Rapper, "Work Out"
37:53-44:47 - Next Week / Notes / New Poll
44:47-1:11:39 - Top 5: Films of 2018 (So Far), cont.
1:11:39-1:13:44 - Close

*Correction: Simon Russell Beale plays Lavrenti Beria in "The Death of Stalin" not Nikita Kruschev (who is played by a very good Steve Buscemi).

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2018-07-27
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#689: Bo Burnham (Eighth Grade) / Top 5 Struggling Adolescents

When Bo Burnham's EIGHTH GRADE debuted at Sundance in January, the response was mostly ecstatic - but also a little perplexed. How had a 27 year-old male stand up comic pulled off such a sincere and moving depiction of a teenage girl's middle school anxiety? How - and why? This week on the show, Adam gets to ask that very question in his interview with Burnham, as the two talk about the value of seeing human stories on the big screen and the genius of the film's star, newcomer Elsie Fisher. Plus, Adam's thoughts on the new Eugene Jarecki doc THE KING and his interview with fellow Iowan Andrew Sherburne, co-director of the new doc SAVING BRINTON. All that and this week's Filmspotting Top 5: Struggling Adolescents.

0:00-1:57 - Billboard
1:57-36:11 - Interview: Bo Burnham
36:11-42:36 - Reaction: "Eighth Grade"
Zac Clark, "Drugs"
43:38-55:31 - Next Week / Notes
55:31-1:01:51 - Massacre Theatre
1:01:51-1:07:12 - AK Recommends: "The King"
1:07:12-1:19:46 - Interview: Andrew Sherburne ("Saving Brinton")
Zac Clark, "Love You Later"
1:21:12-1:23:45 - Donations
1:23:45-2:01:21 - Top 5: Struggling Adolescents
2:01:21-2:04:06 - Close     

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2018-07-20
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#688: Sorry to Bother You / Top 5 Worst Movie Jobs / Ant Man & The Wasp

Comedy, social satire, dystopian nightmare: rapper, producer, political activist Boots Riley's debut film SORRY TO BOTHER YOU has a lot on its mind. And that's a good thing. Adam and guest Michael Phillips have a review of Riley's film, including some spoiler talk on the movie's divisive ending. Plus, Michael's thoughts on ANT MAN AND THE WASP, a review of director Debra Granik's LEAVE NO TRACE, the long-awaited follow-up to her 2010 film "Winter's Bone," and a Top 5 first: two picks come from the same movie (bold move, Phillips). It's the Top 5 Worst Movie Jobs.

0:00-2:54 - Billboard
2:54-33:25 - Reviews: "Ant Man," "Sorry to Bother You"
33:25-41:46 - "Sorry" Spoiler Talk
Caleborate, "Soul" (feat. Big K.R.I.T.)
42:42-1:00:05 - Next Week / Polls [Best Performances/Films of '18 (So Far)]
1:00:05-1:13:28 - Review: "Leave No Trace"
Caleborate, "Bankrobber"
1:14:15-1:17:46 - Donations
1:17:46-1:57:48 - Top 5: Worst Movie Jobs
1:57:48-2:00:59 - Close  

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2018-07-13
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FS Revisited: The Terminator / Top 5 Films of 1984

1984 was a banner year for crane kicks, mogwais and bustin' ghosts, but it also saw the debut of Arnold Schwarzenegger's T-800, better known as THE TERMINATOR. On this episode from May 2017, Adam and Josh give James Cameron's seminal sci-fi thriller the Sacred Cow treatment, resulting in a heated split review. Plus, the Top 5 Films of 1984.

0:00-1:14 - Billboard
1:14-34:18 - Sacred Cow: "The Terminator"
The Ramones, "Too Tough To Die"
35:16-1:12:47 - Top 5: Films of 1984
1:12:47-1:13:58 - Close  

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2018-07-06
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#687: Top 5 Women in Westerns / Damsel

Sure, movie westerns are mostly about dudes on horseback quick-drawing pistols in small, dusty cow-towns, but some of the best films in the genre feature memorable turns by actresses in key roles, like Grace Kelly and Katy Jurado in "High Noon," Angie Dickinson in "Rio Bravo" - and Madeline Kahn in "Blazing Saddles." This week on the show, Josh and the AV Club's Katie Rife share their Top 5 Women in Westerns along with a review of DAMSEL, the oddball new western from the Zellner Brothers ("Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter"), starring Robert Pattinson and Mia Wasikowska.

0:00-2:12 - Intro
2:55-18:56 - Review: "Damsel"
18:56-24:29 - "Damsel" Spoilers
Nikki Lane, "Companion"
27:12-33:30 - Next week / Passes / Meetups
33:30-40:39 - Massacre Theatre
42:38-1:22:17 - Top 5: Women in Westerns
1:22:17-1:25:47 - Close

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2018-06-29
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