Podcast

Filmspotting

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.

Episodes

  • #748: American Beauty at 20 / Contemporary Chinese Cinema #1 - Let The Bullets Fly

    Oct 18 2019

    Back in '99, the trailers and movie posters for AMERICAN BEAUTY implored us to "look closer." For their 9 From '99 review, Adam and Josh give the divisive Best Picture winner the closer look it asked for, but they don't always like what they see. Is the movie hypocritical and mean-spirited? Is it merely an overwrought sitcom? Or is it redeemed by its sincerity and the strength of its supporting cast?Also on the show, Adam's conversation with Godfrey Cheshire, author of the new book "Conversation...more

  • #747: Joker / Chicago International Film Festival Preview

    Oct 10 2019

    Between its late-August premiere at the Venice Film Festival (where it won the festival's top prize) and its release in theaters here in the States, Todd Phillips' JOKER has provoked every possible response, with some calling it among the best films of the year and others calling it the absolute worst – not to mention the much-discussed fears that the movie was "dangerous." No surprise then that when Adam and Josh finally got around to seeing it, they split – not just on the film itself, but on ...more

  • #746: Ad Astra / Top 5 Steppenwolf Member Movie Performances

    Sep 27 2019

    It's always good news when an acclaimed director announces a new project, but it's somehow especially thrilling when that project is set in space. We started 2019 with two highly anticipated space missions: Claire Denis' HIGH LIFE with Robert Pattison (reviewed back on ep. 724) and James Gray's AD ASTRA, which has Brad Pitt traveling across the solar system to locate his missing father - and save the planet. In their review, Adam calls it the best film of the year, while Josh calls it "the most ...more

  • #745: Top 5 Judy Garland Moments / Hustlers

    Sep 20 2019

    50 years after Judy Garland's death at the tragically young age of 47, the movie musical legend is largely remembered for one iconic film role - Dorothy Gale in The Wizard of Oz. But Garland appeared in - and often starred in - nearly 40 films in her 30-year career; a career Adam and Josh attempt to come to terms with - along with the Chicago Tribune's Michael Phillips - for their Top 5 Judy Garland Moments.Plus, Adam and Michael spend a few minutes on HUSTLERS starring Jennifer Lopez and Consta...more

  • #744: Eyes Wide Shut at 20 / Top 5 Kubrick Scenes

    Sep 13 2019

    Back in 1999, it was hard to watch EYES WIDE SHUT without thinking about Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman as a real-life married couple participating in some sadistic form of therapy. Twenty years later, it's maybe still a little distracting, but it's easier to see the pair's performances in the greater contexts of their respective careers – and, in particular, how effective the casting of the cocky, entitled Cruise is as Dr. Bill Harford, a man who sees his confidence reduced to rubble by the end o...more

  • #743: IT Chapter Two / Fall Movie Preview

    Sep 06 2019

    Adam and Josh left 2017's blockbuster IT at least mildly curious for more, but is the sequel film's almost three-hour running time and the addition of A-listers like Jessica Chastain, James McAvoy and Bill Hader enough to satisfy that curiosity? This week, Filmspotting returns to Derry and to director Andy Muschietti's epic - or at least epic in length - IT CHAPTER TWO. Plus, the Fall Movie Preview in the form of Adam and Josh's Top 5 Questions About the Fall Movie Season.    0:00 - Billboard1:2...more

  • #742: Being John Malkovich at 20 / Dietrich-Von Sternberg #4 - The Scarlet Empress

    Aug 30 2019

    In 1999, BEING JOHN MALKOVICH marked the auspicious debut of two geniuses: screenwriter Charlie Kaufman ("Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind," "Synecdoche, NY") and director Spike Jonze ("Where the Wild Things Are," "Her"). 20 years later, the movie remains surprising and innovative, and its concerns - artistic fulfillment and artistic exploitation - feel as current as ever. Adam and Josh revisit MALKOVICH as part of their 9 From '99 series, and wrap up their Marlene Dietrich-Josef von Sternb...more

  • #741: Where'd You Go, Bernadette / Dietrich-Von Sternberg #3 - Shanghai Express

    Aug 23 2019

    Initial critical response to Richard Linklater's WHERE'D YOU GO, BERNADETTE was not great, earning some of the worst reviews of his 30-year career. But Adam and Josh find plenty to recommend in both Linklater's direction and star Cate Blanchett's performance. Listener feedback has them crunching numbers to determine this decade's defining actress, plus a look ahead to September's Toronto International Film Festival and the third film in the Marlene Dietrich-Josef von Sternberg Marathon, 1932's S...more

  • #740: The Nightingale / Dietrich-Von Sternberg #2 - Morocco

    Aug 16 2019

    Making a film that details the violence – specifically, the sexual violence – that colonialism wrought in places like Tasmania in the early 19th century is an honorable endeavor that also makes for a very difficult viewing experience. Adam and Josh find lots to admire in Kent's THE NIGHTINGALE, but question whether the director's decision to make the film so explicit makes it a better one. That review, plus Dietrich in drag and some tough notes for a young Gary Cooper in 1930's MOROCCO, the seco...more

  • #739: The Blair Witch Project at 20 / Dietrich-Von Sternberg #1 - The Blue Angel

    Aug 09 2019

    Benefiting from an ingenious viral marketing campaign, THE BLAIR WITCH PROJECT wasn't just a massive hit at the box office in 1999, it was a cultural phenomenon – two things that made it difficult to reckon with as a work of art at the time. But 20 years later, the myth that shrouded the movie has lifted, and Adam and Josh discuss the merits of a film that relies on some of our most fundamental fears to generate its scares. That review part of the 9 From '99 series.Plus, the first film in our Ma...more

  • #738: Hobbs & Shaw / Top 5 Fast & Furious Moments

    Aug 02 2019

    The Fast & Furious franchise has come a long, long way since its street-racing origins, and its latest entry, HOBBS & SHAW (from "John Wick" co-director David Leitch), continues the series' evolution into a James Bond/Jason Bourne/Avengers hybrid. And Adam and Josh are mostly on board for Jason Statham's and Dwayne Johnson's comic bickering and Idris Elba's "Black Superman." But when the movie makes a play for sentimentality late in the film, one host feels the movie comes to a screechin...more

  • #737: Once Upon a Time in Hollywood / Top 10 Tarantino Characters

    Jul 26 2019

    Why am I Mr. Pink?Adam and Josh sift through the rogues' gallery of memorable QT creations for their Top 10 Tarantino Characters and discuss the director's latest, the surprisingly melancholic ONCE UPON A TIME IN HOLLYWOOD.0:00 - Billboard1:23 - Review: "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood"Nancy Sinatra, "Bang Bang"36:07 - Next week / Notes46:45 - Poll results ("Favorite Tarantino") / New Poll ("MCU Phase 4")1:00:27 - Top 10: Tarantino Characters1:49:58 - Close Learn more about your ad choices. Visit ...more

  • Interview: Riley Stearns ("The Art of Self-Defense")

    Jul 25 2019

    THE ART OF SELF-DEFENSE is director Riley Stearns' second film. His first - 2014's FAULTS - concerned a man (Leland Orser) hired to de-program a young woman (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) after she joins a cult. SELF-DEFENSE continues Stearns' fascination with groupthink and charismatic leaders by moving the action to a karate dojo led by Alessandro Nivola's eccentric sensei. Jesse Eisenberg and Imogen Poots also star. Stearns talks about his own experience with martial arts and the importance of bei...more

  • #736: Midsommar / Top 5 Horror Movie Performances

    Jul 19 2019

    Guest critics Tasha Robinson (The Next Picture Show, The Verge) and Angelica Jade Bastién (Vulture) join Josh for a lively debate over of Ari Aster's MIDSOMMAR (or is that MidsommAR?) and the Top 5 Horror Movie Performances.  0:00 - Billboard1:44 - Review: "Midsommar"28:58 - "Midsommar" SpoilersMagnet, "Maypole"38:20 - Review: "The Farewell"43:52 - Next Week / Notes46:34 - Massacre Theatre53:56 - Next Picture Show / Best of the Year So Far 58:55 - Top 5: Horror Movie Performances1:45:29 - Close ...more

  • FS Revisited: Top 5 Classic Rock Moments in Movies

    Jul 12 2019

    Whether used ironically or to provide insight - or just to make characters look really, really cool - classic rock has been memorably employed by some of the best directors of the rock era. Joining Adam and Josh for their Top 5 Classic Rock Moments in Movies is writer and critic Steven Hyden, author of the book "Twilight of the Gods: A Journey to the End of Classic Rock." 0:00 - Billboard1:07 - Top 5: Classic Rock MomentsDonovan, "Atlantis"25:02 - Top 5: Classic Rock Moments cont.1:02:03 - Close...more

  • FS Revisited: Pulp Fiction / Top 5 of 1994

    Jul 05 2019

    Back in 2012, Josh was only a couple months into his role as new co-host, when Adam suggested the Best of '94 Top 5. The reconsideration of PULP FICTION was an after-thought - and something new: the first Sacred Cow review. Adam and Josh agree that Tarantino's iconic sophomore effort is the best film of '94, but quibble over whether there's any real substance to the film's dazzling style. 0:00 - Billboard1:10 - Sacred Cow: "Pulp Fiction"The Statler Brothers, "Flowers on the Wall"30:35 - Top 5 of...more

  • #735: Top 5 Films of 2019 So Far

    Jun 28 2019

    Marvel is – again – dominating the box office with "Avengers Endgame" and "Captain Marvel," but for the Top 5 Films of 2019 So Far, Adam and Josh dig a little deeper. Plus, a (spoilers!) mini-battle over Woody's soul and the ending of "Toy Story 4," a terrible accents edition of Massacre Theatre edition and more.This episode is presented by CNN's Original Series The Movies. Tune in starting Sunday, July 7 at 9 pm. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

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

    Jun 21 2019

    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 - Billboard1:12 - Review: "Toy Story 4"32:38 - Spoilers: "Toy Story 4"Robert Goulet, "You've Got a Friend in Me"50:20 - Next Week / Notes58:04 - Griffin talks "Blank Check"1:05:59 - Polls (Toy Story ...more

  • #733: The Dead Don't Die / Last Black Man in San Francisco / Rocketman

    Jun 14 2019

    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 dir...more

  • #732: Fight Club at 20 / Top 5 David Fincher Scenes

    Jun 07 2019

    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 thei...more

  • #731: Booksmart / Top 5 Female Friendships

    May 31 2019

    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 f...more

  • #730: Top 5 Films of 1979 / Alien

    May 24 2019

    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 - Billboard1:21 - Top 5: Film...more

  • #729: Top 5 Keanu Moments / John Wick 3

    May 17 2019

    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 Ada...more

  • #728: Chicago Critics Film Festival / Donen #4 - Two for the Road

    May 10 2019

    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 ra...more

  • #727: Summer Movie Preview / Donen #3 - Charade

    May 03 2019

    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...more

  • #726: Avengers: Endgame / Beyoncé's Homecoming / Donen #2 - Funny Face

    Apr 26 2019

    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. ...more

  • #725: Her Smell / Donen #1 - On the Town

    Apr 19 2019

    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'...more

  • #724: Claire Denis / High Life / Madness Champ

    Apr 12 2019

    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...more

  • #723: Top 5 Overlooked Films of the 2000s / Madness Final / Assassination of Jesse James

    Apr 05 2019

    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 ...more

  • #722: Dumbo / Final 4 Madness / Top 5 Movie Circus Acts

    Mar 29 2019

    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 - Billboard1:08-27:30 - Review: "Dumbo"Betty Noyes, "Baby Mine"28:11-32:43 - Next week / Notes32:43-36:10 - Michael on "Hotel Mumbai"36:10-38:21 - Josh recommends...more

  • #721: Us / Elite 8 Madness / Cassavetes #4 - Opening Night

    Mar 22 2019

    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 hi...more

  • #720: Transit / Sweet 16 Madness / Cassavetes #3

    Mar 15 2019

    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, w...more

  • #719: Captain Marvel / Rd. 2 Madness (Best of the 2000s)

    Mar 08 2019

    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 c...more

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

    Mar 01 2019

    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 ("Kil...more

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

    Feb 22 2019

    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...more

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

    Feb 15 2019

    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 ma...more

  • #715: The Lego Movie 2 / Velvet Buzzsaw / Miss Bala

    Feb 08 2019

    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 ...more

  • #714: Glass / The Sixth Sense

    Feb 01 2019

    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 ...more

  • #713: 2019 Movie Preview / Oscar Nominations

    Jan 25 2019

    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 - Billboard1:13-13:57 - 2019 Movie PreviewKing Princess, "1950"14:48-15:42 - Donations15:42-33:15 - Oscar Nominations33:15-38:53 - Next Week / "9 From '99" / Notes38:53-43:45 - Massacre Theatre43:45-48:08 - Poll results: 2019 Most Anticipated King Princess, "Femme Fatale"49:09-52:06 - Donations52:06-1:18:47 -...more

  • #712: Scenes of the Year - 2018 Wrap Party

    Jan 18 2019

    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 - Intro0:43-23:50 - Opening Scenes23:50-47:22 - Music Moments w/Michael Phillips47:22-1:04:24 - Funniest Scenes w/Tasha Robinson1:04:24-1:18:59 - Moving Momen...more

  • Best of 2018: Ethan Hawke / Bo Burnham

    Jan 04 2019

    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 - Intro1:00-27:16 - Interview: Ethan HawkeBlaze Foley, "Clay Pigeons"28:08-58:29 - In...more

  • #711: (Pt. 2) Top 10 Films of 2018

    Dec 27 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 ...more

  • #710: (Pt. 1) Top 10 Films of 2018

    Dec 21 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 - Intro1:11-46:53...more

  • #709: If Beale Street Could Talk / Into the Spider-Verse / Shoplifters

    Dec 14 2018

    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 ...more

  • #708: Roma / The Favourite

    Dec 07 2018

    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 upbrin...more

  • #707: The Ballad of Buster Scruggs / Creed II / Burning

    Nov 30 2018

    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 19t...more

  • #706: Q&A - Minding the Gap / Golden Brick Preview

    Nov 16 2018

    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 th...more

  • #705: Widows / Bohemian Rhapsody / Wildlife

    Nov 09 2018

    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 ...more

  • #704: Suspiria / Top 5 Uses of Color

    Nov 02 2018

    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 Ku...more

  • #703: New On Netflix (Hold The Dark, Private Life)

    Oct 26 2018

    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...more

  • #702: Halloween ('78) / Halloween ('18)

    Oct 19 2018

    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 "Suspir...more

  • #701: First Man / Top 5 Movie Flights

    Oct 12 2018

    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 - Billboard4:19-35:07 - Review: "First Man"Phosphorescent, "Beautiful Boy"38:24-43:...more

  • #700: A Star Is Born / Top 5 Movie Duets

    Oct 05 2018

    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'...more

  • #699: Lost In Translation 15th Anniversary / The Sisters Brothers

    Sep 28 2018

    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 an...more

  • #698: Lawrence of Arabia / Top 5 David Lean Moments

    Sep 21 2018

    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...more

  • #697: The Predator / Burt Reynolds Tribute (Deliverance)

    Sep 14 2018

    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 Bes...more

  • #696: Ethan Hawke Interview / Top 5 Hawke Moments

    Sep 07 2018

    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 reconside...more

  • #695: Minding the Gap / Madeline's Madeline / Art House Roundup

    Aug 31 2018

    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 ...more

  • #694: Crazy Rich Asians / Top 5 Things We've Learned Podcasting (About Movies)

    Aug 24 2018

    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 - Billboard1:51-30:20 - Review: "Cr...more

  • #693: BlacKkKlansman / Top 5 Spike Lee Shots

    Aug 17 2018

    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 Strugg...more

  • #692: The Dark Knight 10th Anniv. / HBO's Sharp Objects

    Aug 10 2018

    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 ...more

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

    Aug 03 2018

    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 acclai...more

  • #690: Top 5 Films of 2018 (So Far)

    Jul 27 2018

    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 - Billboard5:19-36:33 - Top 5: Films of 2018 (So Far)Chance the Rapper, "Work Out"37:53-44:47 - Next Week / Notes / New Poll44:47...more

  • #689: Bo Burnham (Eighth Grade) / Top 5 Struggling Adolescents

    Jul 20 2018

    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...more

  • #688: Sorry to Bother You / Top 5 Worst Movie Jobs / Ant Man & The Wasp

    Jul 13 2018

    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 t...more

  • FS Revisited: The Terminator / Top 5 Films of 1984

    Jul 06 2018

    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 - Billboard1:14-34:18 - Sacred Cow: "The Terminator"The Ramones, "Too Tough To Die"35:16-1:12:47 - Top 5: Films of 19841:12:47-1:13:58 - Close   Lea...more

  • #687: Top 5 Women in Westerns / Damsel

    Jun 29 2018

    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 ("Kumik...more

  • #686: Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom / Top 5 Movie Chrises

    Jun 22 2018

    It isn't enough that we've been blessed with four hunky dudes named Chris, all with solid acting chops and charisma to spare - we had to go ahead and rank them. On this week's show, Adam and Josh battle over the relative merits of Evans, Hemsworth, Pine and Pratt - and welcome another age-appropriate Chris to the club - as they offer a very special "Power Ranking" Top 5: Actors (between the ages of 35 and 39) Named Chris. Plus. a review of the Pratt-starring JURASSIC WORLD: FALLEN KINGDOM, direc...more

  • #685: Incredibles 2 / Top 5 Pixar Performances / Hereditary

    Jun 15 2018

    Pixar has done a lot of things right over the past 23 years (note the studio's 80% average Metacritic rating), but among its greatest accomplishments is its consistently inspired voice casting. Tom Hanks' Woody works so well not just because of the actor's familiarity, but because Woody also taps into the decency, good humor - and occasional comic hysteria - that define Hanks's on-screen persona. On this week's show, Adam and Josh celebrate that genius ear for casting with their Top 5 Pixar Perf...more

  • #684: Top 5 Classic Rock Moments in Movies

    Jun 08 2018

    Whether used ironically or to provide insight - or just to make characters look really, really cool - classic rock has been memorably employed by some of the best directors of the rock era. Joining Adam and Josh for their Top 5 Classic Rock Moments in Movies is writer and critic Steven Hyden, author of the new book "Twilight of the Gods: A Journey to the End of Classic Rock."   0:00-1:40 - Intro3:15-26:07 - Top 5: Classic Rock Moments in MoviesDonovan, "Atlantis"29:05-31:14 - Notes31:14-1:07:44 ...more

  • #683: Almost Famous / Steven Hyden

    Jun 01 2018

    With rock writer and cultural critic Steven Hyden dropping by to discuss his new book, "Twilight of the Gods: A Journey to the End of Classic Rock," Adam and Josh decided it was as good a time as any to revisit rock-critic-turned-filmmaker Cameron Crowe's ode to '70s rock ALMOST FAMOUS. As a meditation on criticism and the critic's relationship with artists, Adam and Josh agree that the movie is as authentic, moving and funny today as it was almost 20 years ago. They also agree on some minor qui...more

  • #682: Solo: A Star Wars Story / Paul Schrader / Deadpool 2

    May 25 2018

    40 (movie) years after Han Solo first boasted about his 12-parsec Kessel Run, the new SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY finally lets us take the ride. But is it enough to justify the movie's existence? And what if your new Han isn't among the five best things about his own movie? Yes, Adam and Josh have issues with "Solo," but also some praise for the excellent supporting cast, at least one great action set-piece and Chewbacca, of course. Also on the show, recommendations for DEADPOOL 2 and the new doc CH...more

  • #681: Lord of the Rings 15th Anniversary / Top 5 LOTR Scenes

    May 18 2018

    Released in consecutive Decembers beginning in 2001, Peter Jackson’s colossal adaptation of Tolkien’s LORD OF THE RINGS trilogy reached its conclusion in 2003 with "The Return of the King" which went on to win 11 Oscars, including Best Picture and Best Director. Despite enjoying the first installment just fine, Adam never made time for "Two Towers" or "Return," which didn't stop him from spending much of the last fifteen years taking digs at the films and the people who loved them (people like J...more

  • #680: Tully / Top 5 Too-Real Parenting Moments

    May 11 2018

    "It's the most terrifying day in your life, the day the first one is born." Bill Murray bringing the truth in Sofia Coppola's "Lost in Translation" - just one of the films referenced in this week's Top 5: Too-Real Parenting Moments. As real-life parents of four (Adam) and two (Josh), this week's list has a more confessional quality to it than most. And it's all inspired by TULLY, the very good new film from Diablo Copy and Jason Reitman, previous collaborators on "Juno" and "Young Adult."  0:00-...more

  • #679: Summer Movie Preview / You Were Never Really Here / The Rider

    May 04 2018

    The massive success of "Black Panther" and "Avengers: Infinity War" may have made the concept of a “summer” blockbuster season irrelevant, but there will still be summer and there will still be summer movies. And despite Marvel's early box office dominance, big movies await in the form of high profile sequels for "Jurassic World," "Deadpool" and "The Incredibles." Oh, and a little "Star Wars Story" about Han Solo arriving on Memorial Day. For their look ahead at the upcoming slate of releases, A...more

  • #678: Avengers: Infinity War / Top 5: Filmspotting's Avengers

    Apr 27 2018

    With the first decade of the MCU coming to a close with AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR (and its 2019 sequel), Adam and Josh are forced to reckon with the fact that 19 films into Marvel's uneven series, they've developed some affection for many of its Chrises, er, characters. And, oh my, are there so many characters. And while Josh at various points refers to the film as "exhausting" and "a long con," Adam defends directors Anthony and Joe Russo ("Captain America: Civil War") for bringing discipline and ...more

  • #677: Lean on Pete / Top 5 Horse Scenes

    Apr 20 2018

    UK writer-director Andrew Haigh has spent the first part of his career quietly defying expectations. With his feature breakout "Weekend," he crafted an intimate tale about two young gay men spending a weekend getting to know each other. For his 2015 follow-up, "45 Years," Haigh turned his focus to an aging husband and wife haunted by the past. (Charlotte Rampling was nominated for an Oscar for her performance.) And now Haigh's latest takes another surprising turn, with his adaptation of the Will...more

  • Minnelli Marathon Awards - The Garlands

    Apr 18 2018

    After working through six films spanning nearly two decades in the career of Vincente Minnelli, Adam, Josh and guest Nathaniel Myers roll out the red carpet for "The Garlands," the best of the marathon awards, including their favorite Supporting and Lead Performances, Scene, "Minnelli Moment" and Picture. For the full Minnelli lineup and conversations, visit the Marathons page at filmspotting.net.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • #676: A Quiet Place / Top 5 Quiet Scenes / FS Madness Champ

    Apr 13 2018

    It's a little surprising to see nice guy "Office"-alum John Krasinski directing a monster movie, but Adam and guest-host Michael Phillips agree that his A QUIET PLACE is a tense, finely-crafted film that feels a little like a Western and a well-observed family drama – even as it's scaring the pants off you. Krasinksi's movie also exploits its smart premise to potent effect: its monsters hunt by sound, so everyone - including the audience - is on aural high alert. For this week's Top 5, Adam and ...more

  • Minnelli Marathon #6 - Some Came Running

    Apr 11 2018

    Guest-host Michael Phillips says of Minnelli that no one shot better wide-screen Cinemascope compositions and calls the director's SOME CAME RUNNING - based on James Jones's 1957 novel - "one of the great adaptations of a truly lousy book." (RUNNING is based on James Jones's follow-up to "From Here To Eternity.") In the film, which was nominated for 5 Oscars, Frank Sinatra plays a slumping novelist back in his small Indiana hometown for the first time in 16 years. He's torn between two women - c...more

  • #675: Ready Player One / Top 5 Movie Homages / FS Madness Final

    Apr 06 2018

    Is there a four-hour cut of READY PLAYER ONE? Adam and guest host Tasha Robinson (TheVerge.com, Next Picture Show) have no idea, but it would help explain some of the narrative shortcuts in Spielberg's visually impressive adaptation of the Ernest Cline bestseller. The good news about the story's leap to the big screen is an improvement on the fun, but slight source material and some electrifying moments of nostalgia-fueled fun. Adam and Tasha also go on an Easter Egg hunt of sorts, with their To...more

  • Minnelli Marathon #5 - Lust for Life

    Apr 04 2018

    Vincente Minnelli's 1956 Van Gogh biopic starring Kirk Douglas as the tortured artist is as bold and emotionally vivid as one of the painter's visionary canvases. Which is to say that, yeah, it lacks a bit of subtlety now and then. But Douglas gives an intense and painfully vulnerable performance as Van Gogh, alongside memorable turns by James Donald as Vincent's long-suffering but loyal brother Theo, and Oscar-winner Anthony Quinn as a belligerent, larger-than-life Paul Gaugin. Learn more about...more

  • #674: Isle of Dogs / Top 5 Wes Anderson Scenes / FS Madness Final Four

    Mar 30 2018

    In 2007, Wes Anderson took his act overseas to India for "The Darjeeling Limited," and was accused by some of cultural insensitivity. Anderson's latest - the stop-motion animated ISLE OF DOGS - is set in Japan, and some of those same criticisms have resurfaced. While acknowledging its critics, Josh deems the setting "crucial" to the film's power and anoints it an early front-runner for his film of the year. But does (relative) Anderson-skeptic Adam follow his co-host's lead? A review of "Dogs," ...more

  • #673: Unsane / FS Madness Elite 8

    Mar 23 2018

    When Steven Soderbergh returned to feature filmmaking last year with the low budget heist caper "Logan Lucky," it was just another chapter in the mercurial director’s career. Blockbuster filmmaker. Indie auteur. Soderbergh has done it all. He shot his latest - the psychological thriller UNSANE featuring Claire Foy ("The Crown") - on an iPhone 7. Fresh from their screening, Adam and Josh offer up some "still processing" thoughts. Plus, results from the Sweet 16 matchups - "Fargo" v "Before Sunris...more

  • Minnelli Marathon #4 - The Band Wagon

    Mar 21 2018

    "Professor" Michael Phillips returns for a conversation about one of his favorite Minnelli films, the 1953 musical THE BAND WAGON. The plot has Fred Astaire as a washed up song and dance man who gets paired with Cyd Charisse's anxious ballerina for a doomed stage musical based on the Faust legend. With Astaire and Charisse and a script by the same duo that wrote "Singin' in the Rain," expectations were high. But despite a few stand-out numbers - go ahead and YouTube "Dancing in the Dark", and th...more

  • #672: Miller's Crossing / FS Madness Sweet 16

    Mar 16 2018

    Note: your "Coen Brothers Ranked" lists may need some readjusting. Especially if you haven't seen - or haven't seen in a long while - the Coens densely plotted and impeccably cast third feature, MILLER'S CROSSING. The period gangster picture was a revelatory experience in Josh's early cinematic life, but it had been a couple decades since his last visit. Likewise for Adam. After getting unceremoniously bounced in the first round of the Best of the 90s Filmspotting Madness tournament, they decide...more

  • Minnelli Marathon #3 - The Bad and the Beautiful

    Mar 14 2018

    Take a quick look through Vincente Minnelli's directing credits and one thing becomes clear: he only worked with the best. In his 1952 Hollywood melodrama THE BAD AND THE BEAUTIFUL, Minnelli gets a simultaneously charming and sinister performance from Kirk Douglas as a movie producer who'll do anything for his art. And - even better - Lana Turner as a starlet struggling with drink and depression. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • #671: A Wrinkle in Time / Filmspotting Madness (Round 2)

    Mar 09 2018

    It's been a week since their review of "Annihilation," but it feels like Adam and Josh never quite escaped The Shimmer. Ava DuVernay's visually adventurous adaptation of the beloved (and "unfilmable") sci-fi/fantasy kids novel shares some of the apocalyptic themes of Alex Garland's film - as well as some of its ability to confound. While agreeing that DuVernay managed to make something personal out of her 100-million-dollar, effects-driven film, they disagree about just how successful that somet...more

  • Minnelli Marathon #2 - Meet Me in St. Louis

    Mar 07 2018

    Vincente Minnelli's first collaboration with future wife Judy Garland was the 1903-set MEET ME IN ST. LOUIS, the second film in Filmspotting's six-film Minnelli Marathon. Coming a year after his 1943 debut "Cabin the Sky," the movie charts a year in the life of the Smith family, happily settled in the title city and eagerly anticipating the 1904 World's Fair. Despite its reputation as one of the great MGM musicals, Adam and Josh admit to some disappointment at the film's lack of stakes and its n...more

  • #670: Annihilation / FS Madness (Best of the '90s)

    Mar 02 2018

    Adam and Josh exchange theories about "Ex Machina" director Alex Garland's latest mind-bender, ANNIHILATION, which continues Garland's sci-fi exploration of what it means to be human. (That's one theory, anyway.) After giving the movie a thorough, spoiler-free working over, they dive into some spoiler talk and discuss the movie's ending in detail. (Fear not! They give you plenty of warning - and a music break - before getting spoiler-y.) Then it's into the mouth of madness as they walk you throu...more

  • Minnelli Marathon #1 - Cabin in the Sky

    Feb 28 2018

    Filmspotting's six-film Minnelli Marathon kicks off with the director's 1943 debut CABIN IN THE SKY. Despite the folk musical's troubling racial characterizations, the all-black musical is redeemed by astonishing performances from Ethel Waters, Eddie "Rochester" Anderson, and Lena Horne, along with memorable numbers for the likes of Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, John William "Bubbles" Sublett, and tap-dancer Bill Bailey. The movie also offers an early showcase of Minnelli's brilliant camerawo...more

  • #669: Titanic / Top 5 Overlooked '90s Movies

    Feb 23 2018

    "Pulp Fiction," "Goodfellas," "Fargo"... some ‘90s movies moved seamlessly from best of the year, to best of the decade, to best of all time. But as the '90s recede further into the past, lesser-known (but also great) films are at risk of being forgotten. In anticipation of this year's edition of Filmspotting Madness, Adam and Josh recommend some overlooked '90s movies from Jane Campion, Spike Lee, John Sayles and more, and split on their Sacred Cow review of James Cameron’s TITANIC.0:00-2:20 - ...more

  • #668: Black Panther / Top 5 Superhero-Director Combos (We'd Like To See)

    Feb 16 2018

    The inspired pairing of Ryan Coogler and BLACK PANTHER has the hosts in pitch mode as Adam and Josh offer up the superhero projects they'd like to see on the big screen, including the directors - and stars - who should make them happen. Plus, the 4th annual Filmspotting Madness gets underway with the announcement of a handful of play-in matches. 0:00-1:24 - Intro1:24-27:41 - Review: "Black Panther"Kendrick Lamar, "Black Panther"28:36-37:46 - Next Week / Notes37:46-47:37 - Massacre Theatre47:37-1...more

  • #667: Darkest Hour / Top 5 Gary Oldman Performances

    Feb 09 2018

    In the 30 years since his turn as the temperamental Sid Vicious in Alex Cox's '86 punk biopic "Sid and Nancy," Gary Oldman has brought an intense commitment - sometimes flamboyant, theatrical level of commitment - to dozens of memorable roles. This week, Adam and Josh review Oldman's Oscar-nominated turn as Winston Churchill in Joe Wright's DARKEST HOUR and share a top 5 devoted to the chameleonic actor's most essential cinematic creations.0:00-1:04 - Intro1:04-30:00 - Review: "Darkest Hour"The ...more

  • #666: Top 5 Films of 1983 / Videodrome

    Feb 02 2018

    1983 had De Palma's "Scarface," "Eddie Murphy in "Trading Places" (and "Delirious"!), four Tom Cruise movies and the final film in the original "Star Wars" trilogy, but for their Top 5 of '83, Adam and Josh look to auteurs from here and abroad - and Wally World, of course. Plus, a Blindspotting review of David Cronenberg's prescient techno-horror film, starring a sleazy James Woods along with Blondie's Debbie Harry. And stick around for "Bar-Hopping with Adam: Tampa Bay Edition" in the post-cred...more

  • #665: Oscar Nominations / Revisiting Last Jedi / Paddington 2

    Jan 26 2018

    With so much good news to celebrate with this year's Oscar nominations, Adam and Josh talk through the nominees for "the big six" awards, along with a few of their wish list and long-shot favorites that didn't make the cut. Listeners then chime in with their thoughts on THE LAST JEDI, with the hosts reflecting on their second helping of Rian Johnson's divisive entry into the Star Wars saga. Plus, Adam adds his voice to the chorus of praise for the consensus best film of the new year so far, PADD...more

  • #664: 2018 Movie Preview / Phantom Thread

    Jan 19 2018

    With the ink hardly dry on their year-end lists, Adam and Josh offer up a 2018 Preview in the form of their top 5 questions about the new movie year. Conspicuously absent from those best of '17 lists? Paul Thomas Anderson's PHANTOM THREAD. Fresh off a second viewing, the hosts give the film the lovingly in-depth review it deserves. Plus, Massacre Theatre, the return of Larsen Recommends and, in the post-credits "Hot Mics" segment, bonus thoughts on "I, Tonya" and "The Greatest Showman."0:00-1:23...more

  • #663: Best Movie Moments of 2017

    Jan 12 2018

    Despite staying in-studio this time, Adam and Josh continue the tradition of making the first show of the new year a celebratory, post-Top 10 "Wrap Party," with a blissful recounting of their favorite movie moments of 2017. In addition to sharing their favorite scenes of the year (along with opening scenes, funniest scenes, music and most moving moments), they also reveal the winner of the 2017 Golden Brick Award. And stick around for the post-credits "Hot Mics" segment for Adam's story about wa...more

  • #662: (Pt. 2) Top 10 Films of 2017

    Dec 29 2017

    With their 'outlier' picks behind them, Adam and Josh - joined by guests Tasha Robinson (The Verge) and Michael Phillips (Chicago Tribune) - get down to business in part two of the Top 10 Films of 2017 countdown with their consensus choices for the best films of the year. Consensus, that is, with the exception of a pair of films that also happen to be among the most divisive films of '17. (Trigger warning for those of you who don't like to hear mommy and daddy fight.)0:00-1:52 - Intro2:49-52:17 ...more

  • #661: (Pt. 1) Top 10 Films of 2017

    Dec 22 2017

    With Michael Phillips and Tasha Robinson joining Adam and Josh for the Top 10 Films of 2017 countdown, the roundtable devotes part one to 'The Outliers' - picks unique to each host's list. Before getting to next week's "Consensus" choices, find out who has a soft spot for body-swapping anime, who isn't afraid to put a rom-com in their top ten, and who has a thing for... rats.     0:00-1:58 - Intro4:01-48:51 - Top 10: OutliersDaniel Hart, "Little Notes" (A Ghost Story)50:45-54:40 - Notes54:40-1:0...more

  • #660: The Last Jedi / Call Me By Your Name

    Dec 15 2017

    If 2015’s “The Force Awakens” was an explicit attempt to resurrect the rousing adventure and sly humor of the original Star Wars, then it was reasonable to assume that the latest installment in the franchise - Rian Johnson's THE LAST JEDI - might follow in the footsteps of the series’ darkest chapter: “The Empire Strikes Back.” On this week’s show, Adam and Josh discuss a film that finds clever ways to acknowledge what has come before, while making a mark as a fresh, stylish and distinct new ent...more

  • #659: Top 5 Best Worst Movies / The Disaster Artist / The Shape of Water

    Dec 08 2017

    It’s not easy to make a good movie, never mind a great one. But it may be even harder to make a truly terrible movie. 2003’s "The Room" is one such terrible movie that is so bad it's become legend - and a favorite at midnight movie screenings. It's also the subject of the new James Franco-directed (and starring) film THE DISASTER ARTIST, which tells the story of how "The Room" came to be. This week, reviews of "Artist" and THE SHAPE OF WATER, a wondrous new Cold War-era fairy tale from Guillermo...more

  • #658: Top 5 Movie Years / There Will Be Blood / Coco / Mudbound

    Dec 01 2017

    Great movie years usually come down to a memorable Best Picture matchup. In 1939, it was "Gone With the Wind" versus "The Wizard of Oz." In '94, "Pulp Fiction" versus Forrest Gump." And a decade ago - in 2007 - it was the Coen Bros’ "No Country for Old Men" versus Paul Thomas Anderson’s THERE WILL BE BLOOD. On this week's show, Adam and Josh honor the 10th anniversary of '07 with a Sacred Cow review of the PTA masterpiece and share their own Top 5 Movie Years. (Have a seat, 1939, you and Scarlet...more

  • Revisiting The Force Awakens / Rian Johnson

    Nov 24 2017

    Back in December 2015, Adam and Josh weren't even allowed to share the location of their "Force Awakens" screening. Stakes were high. Their review - posted just minutes after the critic's embargo was lifted - was overall positive, but notably non-specific. In anticipation of "The Last Jedi," they revisit the J.J. Abrams-directed film and that early review to see how they hold up. Plus, the show's interview with "The Last Jedi" director Rian Johnson recorded live at Filmspotting's 500th episode c...more

  • #657: Lady Bird / Justice League / Top 5 Female-Directed Debuts

    Nov 17 2017

    Back in 2010, actress Greta Gerwig was the loopy, optimistic lifeforce in Noah Baumbach’s otherwise bitter and cynical “Greenberg.” She went on to co-write and star in a pair of Baumbach films before making her own directing debut this fall with LADY BIRD. The autobiographical film is set in 2002 and stars Saoirse Ronan as the strong-willed Gerwig stand-in with Laurie Metcalf as her equally tough mom. Ronan's "Lady Bird" may be an iconoclast, but Adam and Josh are only too happy to conform to th...more

  • #656: Wonderstruck / Killing of a Sacred Deer / Faces Places

    Nov 10 2017

    With a deluge of great stuff heading to theaters over the next couple of weeks, Adam and Josh devote this week’s show to the latest from three great directors: Todd Haynes ("Carol," "Far From Heaven") brings his experimental rigor to the adaptation of Brian Selznick's novel-with-pictures WONDERSTRUCK; former Golden Brick-winner Yorgos Lanthimos delivers Kubrick-inspired horror with THE KILLING OF A SACRED DEER; and the 89-year-old French New Wave pioneer Agnes Varda ends a decade-long hiatus wit...more

  • #655: Thor: Ragnarok / Top 5 Superhero Costumes

    Nov 03 2017

    With new superhero movies making their way to screens every couple of months, less devoted fans of the genre start to look for a more compelling reason to check out the latest installment. Like handing the reins of Marvel's new "Thor" movie to a director best known for a vampire mockumentary. On this week’s show, a review of director Taika Waititi’s THOR: RAGNAROK (long may you reign, Jeff Goldblum), and Adam and Josh go shopping for post-Halloween discounts with their Top 5 Superhero Costumes.0...more

  • #654: Night Of The Living Dead (1968) / Top 5 Horror Debuts

    Oct 27 2017

    In 1968, a Pittsburgh-based TV commercial director scrounged together a hundred thousand bucks and shot a quickie horror film that went on to gross $30 million over nearly five decades of re-releases. It also more or less invented a new movie monster. Yes, there were zombie movies before George Romero’s NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD, but - important distinction - Romero’s were the first to feast on human flesh. This Halloween weekend, Adam and Josh revisit "Dead" for a Sacred Cow review and share the...more

  • #653: The Meyerowitz Stories / Top 5 Noah Baumbach Characters

    Oct 20 2017

    The characters in writer/director Noah Baumbach’s films are neurotic, hyper-articulate and often have unresolved issues with their dads. It’s true of movies like "The Squid and the Whale" and "Margot at the Wedding," and it’s true of his latest, THE MEYEROWITZ STORIES, with Dustin Hoffman as the bad dad, and Ben Stiller, Adam Sandler and Elizabeth Marvel as his dysfunctional kids. Like the good dads they are, Adam and Josh dote on MEYEROWITZ and share their Top 5 Baumbach Characters. Plus, Massa...more

  • #652: The Florida Project / Sean Baker

    Oct 13 2017

    One of the surprising success stories of 2015 was “Tangerine,” an indie shot on iPhones about a pair of transgender prostitutes who spend their Christmas Eve tracking down a disloyal pimp. Directed by Sean Baker, “Tangerine” went from Sundance sensation in January to critical darling by year’s end. Baker’s new film, THE FLORIDA PROJECT, is set among the “Hidden Homeless” of Disney-adjacent Orlando. This week, Josh and guest Michael Phillips join the chorus of praise for FLORIDA and Adam sits dow...more

  • Blade Runner 2049

    Oct 04 2017

    Thirty-five years after the original “Blade Runner” brought its influential tech-noir vision of the future to movie screens, the highly anticipated sequel has finally arrived. Michael Phillips joins Josh for a review.0:00-3:58 - Billboard3:58-34:21 - Review: "Blade Runner: 2049"34:21-36:20 - Close Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • #651: American Made / Top 5 Tom Cruise Performances

    Sep 29 2017

    Tom Cruise has been cranking out high-profile motion pictures at the rate of one a year for over three decades now. In his latest, AMERICAN MADE, he plays an ‘80s-era pilot who ends up working for the CIA - and a Columbian drug cartel. Adam and Josh are positive on the Doug Liman-directed film, and consider the star's long, impressive career with their Top 5 Cruise Performances.0:00-1:52 - Billboard1:52-26:10 - Review: "American Made"John Williams, "End Credits" (Far & Away)28:00-34:29 - Lis...more

  • #650: Kingsman: The Golden Circle / Kogonada

    Sep 22 2017

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

  • New Argentine Cinema #5 - Wild Tales

    Sep 20 2017

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

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

    Sep 15 2017

    Since his startling 1998 debut "Pi," Darren Aronofsky has used his intense, visceral style to tell stories about damaged and obsessive characters. Even his foray into big-budget filmmaking was no exception - Russell Crowe’s Noah battles some of the same demons as Natalie Portman’s ballet dancer in “Black Swan” (or Mickey Rourke's broken warrior in "The Wrestler"). This week, Josh and guest host Michael Phillips review of Aronofsky’s latest, the Jennifer Lawrence-starring psychological thriller “...more

  • New Argentine Cinema #4 - The Headless Woman

    Sep 13 2017

    In the spirit of Bunuel's surrealist critiques of the bourgeoisie, Lucrecia Martel's 2008 film continues her own indictment of Argentina's upper class with the story of a woman who may or may not have committed vehicular homicide. Adam and Josh discuss Martel's gift for inviting the audience to find empathy with an often unsympathetic figure.     Up next: Damián Szifrón's Oscar-nominated "Wild Tales."And coming Friday, Sept. 15: Josh and Michael Phillips review Darren Aronofsky's  "mother!" and ...more

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

    Sep 06 2017

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

  • #647: Blade Runner / Top 5 Films of 1982

    Sep 01 2017

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

  • New Argentine Cinema #3 - La Ciénaga

    Aug 30 2017

    Following the inspired narrative flights of "Extraordinary Stories" and the fleet-footed absurdism of "Castro," the New Argentine Cinema Marathon takes Adam and Josh to The Swamp. Lucrecia Martel's celebrated debut film from 2001 abounds in fetid unease and the dread of impending catastrophe. They admire Martel's vision and control of tone, but question the effectiveness of the film's resolution. Up next: Martel's "The Headless Woman" (2008)And coming Friday, Sept. 1: Sacred Cow review of "Blade...more

  • #646: Fall Movie Preview / Logan Lucky

    Aug 25 2017

    With new films from George Clooney ("Suburbicon"), Taika Waititi ("Thor: Ragnarok") and Darren Aronofsky (the Jennifer Lawrence-starring "mother!") scheduled for release before Thanksgiving, Adam and Josh assemble their Top 5 Fall Movie Questions.  Plus, a split review on Steven Soderbergh's new NASCAR-set heist movie, LOGAN LUCKY, and a slapstick edition of "Hot Mics."0:00-1:05 - Billboard2:04-27:03 - Review: "Logan Lucky"Matt Pond PA, "Still Summer"28:01-35:58 - Jerry Lewis / Notes35:58-47:16 ...more

  • New Argentine Cinema #2 - Castro

    Aug 24 2017

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

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

    Aug 18 2017

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

  • New Argentine Cinema #1 - Extraordinary Stories

    Aug 16 2017

    Adam and Josh kick off their New Argentine Cinema Marathon with Mariano Llinas's epic and intricately plotted 2008 film that's as much about storytelling as it is an achievement in storytelling itself. At over four hours and featuring dozens of characters, Llinas maintains incredible control over his unwieldy beast of a movie. This episode is presented by MUBI. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • FS Revisited: Reservoir Dogs / Top 5 Films of 1992

    Aug 11 2017

    When RESERVOIR DOGS came out 25 years ago, Adam and Josh were movie geek teenagers. They were bound by their DNA to love it. But Does Quentin Tarantino’s debut still hold up? In this 2015 episode of the show, they reacquaint themselves with Mr. Blonde, Mr. Pink and the rest of the gang for a Sacred Cow review of DOGS, plus share their Top 5 Films of 1992.0:00-1:32 - Billboard1:32-40:58 - Sacred Cow: "Reservoir Dogs"Sandy Rogers, "Fool for Love"41:47-1:17:42 - Top 5: Films of 19921:17:42-1:19:00 ...more

  • #644: Detroit / Top 5 Films of 1967

    Aug 04 2017

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

  • #643: Valerian / Top 5 Alien Worlds

    Jul 28 2017

    You might be able to figure out your tolerance for the new VALERIAN AND THE CITY OF A THOUSAND PLANETS by the title alone. Got a soft spot for Flash Gordon and hallucinogenic drugs? This one might be for you. Directed by Luc Besson, the ambitious French filmmaker behind "The Fifth Element" and 2014's "Lucy," VALERIAN is the most expensive film ever made in France. The good news: the money is up there on the screen for all to see (for better and for worse). Don't know about hallucinogenic drugs, ...more

  • #642: Dunkirk / Top 5 Films of 2017 (So Far) / War For The Planet of the Apes

    Jul 21 2017

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

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

    Jul 14 2017

    Spidey’s back. Again. After suffering through a disappointing reboot in 2012 (and its 2014 sequel), the webslinger returns - this time under the guidance of Tony Stark. SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING finds Peter Parker in his natural habitat: high school - mostly to its benefit. Adam and Josh offer their review, plus some contrarian thoughts on Edgar Wright's BABY DRIVER and raves for David Lowery’s Sundance hit A GHOST STORY.0:00-4:30 - Billboard / Donations4:30-31:17 - Review: "A Ghost Story"John Spen...more

  • #640: The Beguiled / Top 5 Sofia Coppola Scenes

    Jun 30 2017

    Almost 15 years after its release, "Lost in Translation" remains Sofia Coppola’s best-known and best-loved film. But with the four films she's made since then, she's compiled one of the most distinctive filmographies of the 21st century. THE BEGUILED is a very Coppola remake of the 1971 Don Siegel/Clint Eastwood collaboration set during the Civil War at a Virginia girls' school. It stars Nicole Kidman, Elle Fanning, Colin Farrell and Coppola regular Kirsten Dunst, and it won Coppola the Best Dir...more

  • Kumail Nanjiani ("The Big Sick")

    Jun 23 2017

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

  • Ana Lily Amirpour ("The Bad Batch")

    Jun 21 2017

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

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

    Jun 16 2017

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

  • #638: Wonder Woman / Top 5 Movie Religious Experiences / Trey Shults

    Jun 09 2017

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

  • #637: War Machine / Top 5 Movie Military Leaders

    Jun 02 2017

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

  • #636: Top 5 Films of 1984 / The Terminator

    May 26 2017

    1984 was a banner year for crane kicks, mogwais and bustin' ghosts, but it also saw the debut of Arnold Schwarzenegger's T-800, better known as THE TERMINATOR. Adam and Josh give James Cameron's seminal sci-fi thriller the Sacred Cow treatment, resulting in a surprisingly heated review. Plus, the Top 5 Films of 1984. 0:00-1:35 - Billboard2:21-35:28 - Sacred Cow: "The Terminator"The Ramones, "Too Tough To Die"37:07-55:28 - Notes / Massacre Theatre55:28-1:01:43 - Listener FeedbackKenny Loggins, "F...more

  • #635: Alien: Covenant / Top 5 Alien Attacks

    May 19 2017

    Anticipation was high back in 2012 when director Ridley Scott returned to the "Alien" franchise with “Prometheus.” Despite a somewhat mixed response from audiences and critics, the 79-year-old Scott finds himself back aboard a doomed spacecraft with ALIEN: COVENANT. The return of the xenomorphs to the big screen is also the inspiration for this week’s Top 5: Alien Attacks. 0:00-2:28 - Billboard2:28-33:12 - Review: "Alien: Covenant"Deep Purple, "Space Truckin'"36:29-59:17 - Notes 59:17-1:07:29 - ...more

  • #634: Top 5 Jonathan Demme Moments / Something Wild

    May 12 2017

    When the great Jonathan Demme passed away in April, he left behind one of the most acclaimed and diverse filmographies in American cinema. Demme will always be remembered for the Oscar-winning "Silence of the Lambs," but his 1986 cult road trip comedy SOMETHING WILD may be an even better representative of what made him so special. This week, Adam and Josh catch up with that Demme blindspot and – with a little help from some friends – share their Top 5 Jonathan Demme Moments.    0:00-4:42 - Billb...more

  • Varda Marathon #6: The Beaches of Agnes / "The Cleos"

    May 11 2017

    Adam and Josh wrap up their Agnes Varda Marathon with a conversation about the director's cinema- and life-affirming 2008 memoir THE BEACHES OF AGNES, followed by "The Cleos" - their awards for the series' best performances, scenes, picture and more.0:00-17:23 - Review: "The Beaches of Agnes"17:23-38:07 - The Cleos Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • #633: Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 / Summer Movie Preview

    May 05 2017

    Summer used to have a monopoly on superheroes, fast cars and stuff you bring your kids to, but "Beauty and the Beast," "Fate of the Furious" and "Logan" have already come and made their millions. So what do we have to look forward to when we need to escape the heat? Well, first up, it's GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 2. Adam and Josh review the James Gunn-directed sequel, and preview their most anticipated movies of the season with their Top 5 Summer Movie Questions.0:00-2:01 - Billboard2:01-26:37...more

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

    Apr 28 2017

    The movies have taken us on great adventures over the years, both real and imagined: through the deepest jungle, across perilous oceans, to distant planets - and beyond. But which of those cinematic adventures would you actually participate in if given the chance? This week, the Top 5 Movie Expeditions Adam and Josh would sign up for, along with their review of James Gray’s new movie adventure THE LOST CITY OF Z. Plus, Steve Prokopy drops by to preview the Chicago Critics Film Festival.0:00-2:00...more

  • Varda Marathon #5: The Gleaners and I

    Apr 27 2017

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

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

    Apr 21 2017

    Just how big a deal is the "Furious" franchise? The 8th film in the street-racing saga managed to break an opening weekend box office record previously held by "The Force Awakens." So yeah: it’s big. So big, we're devoting the whole show to Alpha Dom and his ever-expanding crew. The Next Picture Show's Tasha Robinson and Genevieve Koski join Adam for a review of THE FATE OF THE FURIOUS, plus a replay of Adam and Josh's Top 5 Fast & Furious Moments from 2015.​0:00-1:43 - Billboard1:43-33:25 -...more

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

    Apr 14 2017

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

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

    Apr 06 2017

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

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

    Mar 30 2017

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

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

    Mar 23 2017

    Kristen Stewart went from child actress to reticent star of the hugely successful TWILIGHT series to… well, we’ll see. But with strong work in a couple of notable indies and European films recently, her cult of fans is expanding. With Stewart's latest Oliver Assayas collaboration (PERSONAL SHOPPER) now in limited release, Adam and Josh devote this week’s Top 5 to a few of the actress's best moments on screen, plus a conversation with director Stephen Cone about his powerful response to "Shopper"...more

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

    Mar 16 2017

    TRAINSPOTTING wasn't a huge hit in its day, but the 1996 film made an impression on a generation of young film fans thanks to its visual flair, memorable soundtrack and quartet of talented stars. That quartet - lead by Ewan McGregor - is making a surprise comeback 20 years later with the release of T2 TRAINSPOTTING. Also back: director Danny Boyle. This week on the show, Boyle sits down with Adam to talk about how he approached the sequel, and contributes his own Top 5 Danny Boyle Characters. (S...more

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

    Mar 09 2017

    The tale of the once-great gunslinger forced out of retirement for one more job is a familiar one, but not one we’ve seen adopted by the superhero genre – until now. Marvel’s LOGAN is one part “Shane,” one part “Unforgiven," and if last weekend’s box office is any indication, we may see more like it. Adam and Josh share their mixed review, plus Round 1 results from Filmspotting Madness and the first film in the Agnes Varda Marathon - 1955's LA POINTE COURTE.0:00-2:12 - Billboard3:54-27:59 - Revi...more

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

    Mar 02 2017

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

  • Buñuel #6 - That Obscure Object of Desire / Buñuel Awards

    Mar 01 2017

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

  • #623: 2017 Oscar Picks with Michael Phillips

    Feb 24 2017

    This year’s Oscar ceremony is bound to get political, but how might Oscar voters send a message with their ballots? Adam and guest host Michael Phillips try to stay above the political fray during their Oscar preview special: who will win, who should win - and who got snubbed. Plus, Massacre Theatre and Michael shares some thoughts on Jordan Peele's GET OUT.0:00-2:08 - Billboard3:33-29:35 - Oscar PicksGlen Hansard and Markéta Irglová, "Falling Slowly"32:23-47:33 - Notes / Massacre Theatre47:33-5...more

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

    Feb 17 2017

    When the Keanu Reeves revenge tale JOHN WICK opened back in 2014, it made a modest $80 million at the box office. But in the couple years since it has acquired something almost as valuable as money: cult status. That cult fervor was rewarded with a sequel: JOHN WICK: CHAPTER 2, with Reeves battling some of the world's deadliest killers. We dig into the Wick phenomenon with reviews of both the original and the new entry, plus thoughts on THE LEGO BATMAN MOVIE. 0:00-2:39 - Billboard2:39-36:29 - Sa...more

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

    Feb 10 2017

    With the opening weeks of the new administration marked by political protest, Adam and Josh invite critic Michael Sicinski to share his Top 5 Political Resistance Movies. Plus, they cross off a major shared blind spot – the seminal resistance film THE BATTLE OF ALGIERS (1966) – and discuss the next film in their Luis Bunuel Marathon, TRISTANA.0:00-3:54 - Billboard3:54-39:29 - Top 5: Political Resistance MoviesSouad Massi, "Bima el'taaloul"40:30-52:56 - Notes / Massacre Theatre52:56-1:12:10 - Bli...more

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

    Feb 03 2017

    The short version of Filmspotting's 2017 Movie Preview is easy: it starts with "Last" and ends with "Jedi." For a longer take, listen to this week's show, as Adam and Josh pose their top 5 questions about the new movie year. Plus, a little Oscar talk and Josh's recap of his time at the Sundance Film Festival. 0:00-1:41 - Billboard1:41-30:18 - 2017 Movie PreviewJapandroids, "Near To The Wild Heart Of Life" 31:35-44:59 - Notes / Oscars Nominations44:59-59:24 - Sundance RecapJapandroids, "No Known ...more

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

    Jan 27 2017

    With it's 14 Oscar nominations, the 2017 Best Picture Oscar seems LA LA LAND’s to lose. In the role of spoiler? The critically adored MOONLIGHT, director Barry Jenkins’ poetic and moving coming of age tale set in 1980s Miami. This week on the show, revisit Adam's conversation with Jenkins and Naomie Harris, one of the film’s Oscar-nominated stars. Plus, the December review of LA LA LAND. (And stick around post-credits for some ARRIVAL spoiler talk.)0:00-1:46 - Billboard3:36-26:55 - Interview: Ba...more

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

    Jan 20 2017

    For Filmspotting's annual year-end Wrap Party, Adam, Josh and some very special guests set up camp on Chicago's South Side for a live show dedicated to some of the most memorable movie moments of 2016. Michael Phillips, Tasha Robinson and more share their favorite scenes of the year, plus live Massacre Theatre and the winner of the 2016 Golden Brick. 0:00-1:00 - Billboard1:00-16:27 - Intro / Opening Scene16:27-46:34 - Funniest Scene / Music Moment47:10-54:44 - Notes / Massacre Theatre54:44-1:09:...more

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

    Jan 06 2017

    The Filmspotting New Year's 'Fix' show has featured some memorable battles over the years (2015's "Wolf of Wall Street" v "American Hustle"; 2016's "Hateful Eight" v "The Revenant"), but the 2017 edition is a friendlier affair, with positive reviews of recent releases from Jim Jarmusch (PATERSON) and Denzel Washington (FENCES). Plus, we revisit of one of the highlights of 2016 - comedian/activist W. Kamau Bell's Top 5 Denzel Washinton Performances. 0:00-2:36 - Billboard2:36-54:22 - "Paterson," G...more

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

    Dec 30 2016

    2016 was a tough year. We lost icons like Prince, David Bowie and just days ago Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds. And how about that not-divisive-at-all campaign season? So we’re due for a little silver lining. This week, with The Next Picture Show's Scott Tobias and Genevieve Koski, Adam and Josh celebrate the good that 2016 brought us with part two of the Top 10 Films of 2016 countdown.0:00-1:08 - Billboard1:08-1:03:55 - Top 10 of 2016: #5-3"The Middle of the World," Moonlight1:05:27-1:15:22 ...more

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

    Dec 23 2016

    A lot of usual suspects at the top of the box office charts in 2016: Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars, Disney and Harry Potter. And a lot of those movies? Not bad actually. But what are the year’s great films? The Next Picture Show's Scott Tobias and Genevieve Koski join Adam and Josh for part one of the Top 10 Films of 2016 Roundtable.0:00-1:17 - Billboard1:17-48:03 - Top 10 of 2016: #10-9"Heptapod B," Arrival48:56-1:51:54 - Top 10 of 2016: #8-61:51:54-1:55:51 - Close Learn more about your ad choices. ...more

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

    Dec 16 2016

    There’s no such thing as a small Star Wars movie, but without a roman numeral anywhere in its title the new ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS STORY promises something different. But does it deliver on that promise? This week, a review of the season's most anticipated movie. Plus - ahead of next week's Top 10 of the year roundtable - Adam and Josh throw an old school year-end blowout, sharing their favorite 2016 performances, documentaries, music and more.0:00-1:11 - Billboard1:11-25:11 - Review "Rogue One"...more

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

    Dec 09 2016

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

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

    Dec 02 2016

    In most teen coming of age movies, it’s usually the boys who do the coming of age. But in THE EDGE OF SEVENTEEN, the focus is squarely on the girls. First-time feature director Kelly Fremon Craig’s film has been praised by critics, but mostly ignored by audiences. Adam and Josh share some praise of their own and TCM's Marya E. Gates calls in to share her picks for the Top 5 Teen Girl Movies Directed by Women. Plus: some post-credits ARRIVAL spoiler talk.  0:00-1:23 - Billboard1:23-30:49 - Review...more

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

    Nov 23 2016

    Movies can entertain us, transport us and move us, but can they heal us? That’s the question Adam, Josh and Michael Phillips wrestled with as they considered titles for their Top 5 Movies that Console and Restore Hope. That Top 5 and more recorded live at Schubas Tavern as part of the first annual Chicago Podcast Festival.0:00-0:55 - Billboard0:55-25:06 - Top 5: Movies That Console and Restore HopeMusic: Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings, "I'm Still Here"26:38-1:03:09 - Top 5, cont.1:03:09-1:08:5...more

  • 2016 Golden Brick Preview Special

    Nov 18 2016

    With Thanksgiving approaching, Adam and Josh give a shout out to some of the year's best overlooked movies. Along with the shortlist for the 2016 Golden Brick Award (many of which are available to rent or stream), hear replays of Adam's interview with THE WITNESS director James Solomon and July's review of THE FITS.0:00-1;11 - Billboard1:11-28:39 - Review: "The Fits"Music: Glen Phillips, "Grief and Praise"29:42-44:13 - Golden Brick Shortlist44:13-45:36 - Interview: James Solomon1:18:10-1:20:52 -...more

  • #611: Loving / Arrival / Hacksaw Ridge

    Nov 11 2016

    Aliens come to movie screens in a few different ways. Sometimes they come in peace; sometimes they come to destroy; and sometimes… well sometimes they just come. In ARRIVAL, the new sci-fi film from SICARIO director Denis Villeneuve, they do just come - and it’s up to Amy Adams' language specialist to figure out why. On this week's show, Josh and guest host Michael Phillips have a review. Plus, thoughts on Jeff Nichols’ LOVING and Mel Gibson's HACKSAW RIDGE.0:00-1:48 - Billboard1:48-23:43 - Revi...more

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

    Nov 04 2016

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

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

    Oct 28 2016

    The clown under the bed. The shadow on the other side of the shower curtain. The elevator filled with blood. Scary movies make an impression - and never more so than when you’re a kid. This week on the show, Adam and Josh tap into their own earliest fears for this week’s Top 5: Childhood Movie Scares with special guest Ti West ("House of the Devil" "In a Valley of Violence"). Plus, a Sacred Cow review of 1984’s NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET.0:00-1:08 - Billboard1:08-28:50 - Sacred Cow: "Nightmare on E...more

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

    Oct 21 2016

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

  • #607: Conversation with Steve James

    Oct 14 2016

    Back in June, IDA and Chicago's Kartemquin Films invited Adam to host a career-spanning conversation with documentary filmmaker Steve James ("Hoop Dreams," "The Interrupters"). This excerpt from that talk covers James' early life growing up in Hampton, VA, and his films STEVIE (2002) and AT THE DEATH HOUSE DOOR (2008), plus the James-produced PBS series about immigration THE NEW AMERICANS (2004).  0:00-1:11 - Billboard1:11-25:24 - Interview: Steve JamesShovels & Rope, "The Last Hawk"26:22-28...more

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

    Oct 07 2016

    Director Nate Parker came out of Sundance in January with an award-winning debut film and talk of being an Oscar front-runner. Things got more complicated over the summer when revelations about Parker’s past turned attention away from the film and onto him. Parker’s film THE BIRTH OF A NATION, about Nat Turner’s 1831 slave rebellion, opens this weekend. Adam and Josh have a review. Plus, their most anticipated titles playing this year's Chicago International Film Festival (Oct 13-27).0:00-1:15 -...more

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

    Sep 30 2016

    Denzel Washington has been nominated for an Oscar in every decade since the ‘80s. He’s been a consistently bankable star for just about that long, too. And yet, do we still take Denzel for granted? With Washington’s THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN remake currently in theaters, special guest W. Kamau Bell joins Adam and Josh to look back on the actor’s career with the Top 5 Denzel Washington Performances. Plus, the first pair of films in the latest Filmspotting Marathon, devoted to the career of the Spanis...more

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

    Sep 23 2016

    In the 1980s and '90s, Oliver Stone was one of the most vital and high-profile directors working in Hollywood. Platoon, JFK, Natural Born Killers and more collected awards - or controversy - but were never ignored. It’s been a while since Stone has demanded that kind of attention, but a new book about Stone by critic Matt Zoller Seitz aims to revive his reputation. This week, Seitz shares his Top 5 Oliver Stone Scenes. Plus, Adam and Josh give Stone’s '89 Oscar-winner BORN ON THE FOURTH OF JULY ...more

  • #603: Sully / Nordic Cinema Marathon Awards

    Sep 16 2016

    When a couple of American movie icons pair up, it’s sometimes a little surprising to realize that they’ve never worked together before. In the case of SULLY, it’s Clint Eastwood and Tom Hanks - and if the movie becomes an Oscar favorite, you can count on Adam and Josh fighting about it from now til February as the film sparks another debate. Plus, Filmspotting rolls out the red carpet for 'The Sad Tubas', honoring the best of the show's recent Contemporary Nordic Cinema Marathon.0:00-0:59 - Bill...more

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

    Sep 09 2016

    Earlier this year, the BBC polled movie critics worldwide for the best films of the 21st century. The resulting list has been the subject of debate ever since. Noticeably under-represented? Comedies. On this week's show, Adam and Josh try to remedy that oversight with their Top 5 Comedies of the 21st Century. Also, in honor of the late Gene Wilder, a Sacred Cow review of one of the 20th century’s great comedies: Mel Brooks’ YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN. Plus, Michael Phillips calls in from the Venice Film...more

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

    Sep 02 2016

    Single dad moves to Germany for work bringing his reluctant, rap-obsessed teen son along with him. The Sundance-friendly plot made comic drama MORRIS FROM AMERICA a hit in Park City in January, but Chicago proves only half-friendly, with Adam and Josh splitting on director Chad Hartigan's new film. And since Josh was busy editing his book over the weekend, Adam had to turn to the Call-a-Critic line to help him with reviews of Ira Sach's LITTLE MEN (Village Voice's Alan Scherstuhl) and the Obama-...more

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

    Aug 26 2016

    Citizen Kane, Vertigo, The Godfather. 200 years from now, will anyone even remember these movies? Or are we currently overlooking the classics of the future? Writer Chuck Klosterman joins Adam and Josh on this special 600th episode to discuss his new book "But What If We’re Wrong? Thinking About the Present As If It Were The Past" and to take part in possibly the most challenging Top 5 in the history of the show: Movies Future Historians Will Remember. Plus, listeners help us celebrate #600 with...more

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

    Aug 19 2016

    As the Summer 2016 movie season winds down, some critics are already writing it off as the worst summer ever. Ever the optimists, they look ahead to fall with their Top 5 Fall Movie Questions. Plus, reviews of the acclaimed West Texas-set heist movie HELL OR HIGH WATER and new animated feature KUBO AND THE TWO STRINGS. Also, the sixth film in the Contemporary Nordic Cinema Marathon – 1001 GRAMS from Norway's Bent Hamer – and Adam nominates another Golden Brick contender.0:00-1:50 - Billboard / D...more

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

    Aug 12 2016

    New Zealand director Taika Waititi got on a lot of people’s radars last year with his hilarious vampire mockumentary WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS. His follow-up, the charming coming of age story HUNT FOR THE WILDERPEOPLE, couldn’t be more different, but like SHADOWS is benefiting from great word of mouth. This week, Adam and guest host Tasha Robinson have a review of HUNT, and share the Top 5 Directors We'd Bankroll.0:00-1:30 - Billboard2:17-30:02 - Review: "Hunt for the Wilderpeople"Hockey Dad, "J...more

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

    Aug 05 2016

    Chicago critic and passionate comic-book fan Angelica Bastién joins Josh to consider DC's latest big-screen offering: SUICIDE SQUAD, starring Will Smith, Margot Robbie and Jared Leto. They also take on the challenge of naming the Top 5 Women Comic Book Characters (Done Right) and play a round of Massacre Theatre. Plus, Angelica sits through Josh’s mild recommendation of JASON BOURNE. (She’s not a fan.)0:00-3:27 - Billboard / Donations3:27-27:33 - Review: "Suicide Squad"The Julie Ruin, "Hello Tru...more

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

    Jul 29 2016

    Director Anna Rose Holmer had a Sundance hit earlier this year with her debut film THE FITS, a stunningly shot tale of a young girl coming to terms with the frightening reality of impending adolescence. On this week's show, a review of Holmer’s film, plus a 'Review Roundup' with thoughts on Michel Gondry's MICROBE & GASOLINE, the new doc NUTS! and STAR TREK BEYOND. Also the 5th film in our Contemporary Nordic Cinema Marathon - Aki Kaurismaki's "Le Havre." 0:00-1:12 - Billboard1:12-24:03 - Re...more

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

    Jul 22 2016

    After facing a surprisingly hostile campaign from fans of the 1984 original, the new GHOSTBUSTERS has finally made it to theaters. But have Kristin Wiig, Melissa McCarthy and company made a film that can put that hostilty to rest? Adam and Josh review the Paul Feig-directed GHOSTBUSTERS reboot. Plus, Adam interviews James Solomon, the director of THE WITNESS, a new documentary about an infamous, decades-old murder case, and the Contemporary Nordic Cinema Marathon returns with a review of Susanne...more

  • Abbas Kiarostami: The Filmspotting Reviews

    Jul 20 2016

    Collected here, reviews for the four Abbas Kiarostami films we've discussed on the show over the years. Our first was back in 2009, when then co-host Matty Robinson and Adam took a look at Kiarmostami’s A TASTE OF CHERRY as part of our Cannes Film Fest Winners marathon. Tasha Robinson, friend of the show and current co-host at The Next Picture Show, joined Adam for a review of CERTIFIED COPY in 2011. Then in 2012, Josh and Adam included 1990’s CLOSE UP in their Contemporary Iranian Cinema marath...more

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

    Jul 15 2016

    The 2016 box office has been dominated by the usual suspects - animated films from Pixar and Disney, caped crusaders, sequels. But with half the year behind us, Adam, Josh and guest Michael Phillips have stocked their Top 5 of 2016 (So Far) with a number of films that had trouble finding an audience during their original theatrical runs. With many of them new or soon to arrive digitally or on DVD, here's hoping they find the audiences they deserve.  MUSIC- Michael Kiwanuka Learn more about your ...more

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

    Jul 08 2016

    If you were paying any attention to the Sundance Film Festival back in January, it’s likely that you caught wind of a film that was being referred to as the ‘Daniel Radcliffe Farting Corpse Movie.’ There were reports of walk outs. Well that movie has an actual title - SWISS ARMY MAN - and it actually does star Daniel Radcliffe as a flatulent corpse. It also stars Paul Dano as a desperate castaway. This week, Adam and guest host Melissa Tamminga from Seattle Screen Scene have a review, and share ...more

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

    Jul 01 2016

    Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, James and the Giant Peach, Matilda – Roald Dahl’s children’s books are equal parts magical whimsy and sinister menace, and movie adaptations of Dahl's books have sometimes struggled to find the right balance. The latest to make it to the big screen is THE BFG, directed by none other than Steven Spielberg. This week, Tricia Bobeda from WBEZ’s Nerdette podcast joins Josh for a review. Plus, their Top 5 Children’s Book Adaptations.  0:00-1:18 - Billboard2:07-26:02...more

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

    Jun 24 2016

    The films of director Nicolas Winding Refn (DRIVE, ONLY GOD FORGIVES) are known for their distinctive visual style and their often graphic depictions of violence. His latest - THE NEON DEMON - is no exception. DEMON stars Elle Fanning as a young model new to Los Angeles. Carnage ensues. This week, Adam talks with Winding Refn and Fanning, and he and Josh share a review of DE PALMA, a new documentary that reconsiders the work and career of another director whose films depict their share of carnag...more

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

    Jun 17 2016

    Director Brian De Palma made his mark in the ‘70s alongside contemporaries like Martin Scorsese, Francis Ford Coppola and Steven Spielberg. But 40 years into his career, his legacy is less secure than his peers. A new doc - called, simply, DE PALMA - asks us to reconsider the director and his work. Adam and Josh do just that this week with a Blindspotting review of De Palma’s 1984 erotic thriller BODY DOUBLE. They also return to their Contemporary Nordic Cinema Marathon with Roy Andersson's YOU,...more

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

    Jun 10 2016

    Back in 2001, Wes Anderson was known as the director of the modest indie hit RUSHMORE. Then came THE ROYAL TENENBAUMS, with its family full of failed former prodigies and iconic soundtrack. It arguably remains his most beloved film. But how does TENENBAUMS hold up 15 years later? Adam and Josh, along with former co-host (and notable TENENBAUMS skeptic) Sam Van Hallgren, have a Sacred Cow review. Plus, a little ahead of Father’s Day, the Top 5 (Non-Kids) Films To Show Your Kids.0:00-1:36 - Billbo...more

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

    Jun 03 2016

    In music writer Steven Hyden's provocatively titled new book "Your Favorite Band is Killing Me: What Pop Music Rivalries Reveal About the Meaning of Life," he writes about The Beatles vs The Rolling Stones as a prototype of a certain kind of rivalry - the ubiquitous cultural behemoth vs the reactionary alternative. It's true that few movie rivalries can compete with a rivalry as epic as Beatles/Stones, but Adam and Josh have come up with five memorable cinematic battles - and they've invited Hyd...more

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

    May 27 2016

    If the long-anticipated THE LOBSTER didn't make it to U.S. theaters soon, Adam and Josh were threatening to transform into crustaceans in protest. Happily for everyone, the 2015 Cannes award winner from Greek director Yorgos Lanthimos ("Dogtooth") made it to Chicago in time for Filmspotting - along with guest Michael Phillips - to file its review. Also on the show, Adam's interview with MAGGIE'S PLAN writer/director Rebecca Miller and the second film in the Contemporary Nordic Cinema Marathon - ...more

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

    May 20 2016

    The buddy crime picture is a well-worn movie genre, but the right combination of players can still make it seem fresh. Enter THE NICE GUYS with Russell Crowe and Ryan Gosling. Writer/director Shane Black is no stranger to the buddy picture – his debut screenplay was 1987’s LETHAL WEAPON. Adam and Josh review Black's latest, and relive the glory days of MANNEQUIN (and LETHAL WEAPON) with their Top 5 Films of '87. Plus, Larsen recommends LAST DAYS IN THE DESERT.0:00-1:45 - Billboard / Sponsors1:45...more

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

    May 13 2016

    Comic artist Jacques Tardi is little known in the U.S but revered in his native France. His expressionistic, historical graphic novels are the inspiration for the new animated film APRIL & THE EXTRAORDINARY WORLD, which just opened in limited release. Adam and Josh review, plus preview the Chicago Critics Film Festival and discuss the first film in their Contemporary Nordic Cinema Marathon – Swedish director Roy Andersson's SONGS FROM THE SECOND FLOOR. This episode is brought to you by MUBI ...more

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

    May 05 2016

    Even if you’re a comic book fan, it’s possible that you’re feeling some Marvel movie fatigue. But one of the surprising things about the dozen or so films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe is that two of the best films in the mega-franchise are Captain America movies. Maybe make that three. Adam and Josh review the shield-wielding patriot’s CIVIL WAR and ask their Top 5 Summer Movie Questions. Plus, some thoughts on Key and Peele's KEANU and a bonus JUNGLE BOOK review.  This episode is brought to...more

  • #583: Green Room / Top 5 Single Location Films

    Apr 29 2016

    When they finally get around to making Filmspotting: The Movie, it will be eligible for a future revisit of this week’s Top 5: Single Location Films. Maybe Adam and Josh can convince Jeremy Saulnier to direct. Call it "Beige Studio." That top 5, plus a review of Saulnier's GREEN ROOM, Massacre Theatre and Adam and Josh finally close the book on Filmspotting Madness 2016 with results from the impossibly close third-place contest between Wes Anderson and Martin Scorsese. This episode is brought to...more

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

    Apr 22 2016

    Fans celebrated Back to the Future Day on Oct. 21, 2015, the date Doc, Marty and Jennifer traveled to from 1985. In that same spirit, fans of the ALIEN franchise have marked a movie date of their own. Taking inspiration from LV-426, the ex-moon where the crew of the Nostromo first encounter the famous xenomorph, April 26th has been deemed 'Alien Day.' We honor the occasion with a Sacred Cow review of Ridley Scott's 1979 classic. Plus, a conversation with GREEN ROOM writer/director Jeremy Saulnie...more

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

    Apr 15 2016

    Richard Linlaker’s last film was an ambitious Best Picture nominee that landed on just about every critic's 2014 Top 10 list. That was BOYHOOD. The trailer for his latest would have you thinking that it's a dumb sex comedy (not that there's anything wrong with that). Adam and Josh consider Linklater's 80s-set EVERYBODY WANTS SOME!! and look for signs of the Tao of Linklater among the beer, babes and baseball. Plus, their Top 5 Linklater Scenes and the championship round of Filmspotting Madness. ...more

  • Elaine May Marathon Awards - The Blind Camels

    Apr 13 2016

    Josh and Adam got so long-winded sharing their favorite Elaine May duo, funniest moment, picture and more that it's coming to you as a separate podcast. May aficionado Peter Labuza also returns to offer his choices for "The Blind Camels."  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

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

    Apr 08 2016

    Beloved by critics (including Adam and Josh), filmmaker Jeff Nichols made a bid for popular success in 2012 with MUD. But when MUD didn’t catch on with audiences, Nichols-watchers had to wait four long years for his return. Now he's back with MIDNIGHT SPECIAL, a Spielberg-meets-STARMAN sci-fi family drama starring Nichols regular Michael Shannon. Adam and Josh review, plus the Filmspotting Madness Final Four and some thoughts on the much-maligned ISHTAR, the final film in their Elaine May Marath...more

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

    Apr 01 2016

    Adam talks accuracy in true stories, finding a 'way in' as an actor and more with the star and writer/director of the Hank Williams biopic I SAW THE LIGHT.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

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

    Apr 01 2016

    With Josh away this week, Adam made elaborate plans for a special Justice League-inspired episode. Minus one Wonder Woman, he almost pulled it off. Michael Phillips joins Adam for BATMAN v SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE and sticks around to make a mockery of Filmspotting Madness. Then critics Chris Klimek and Glen Weldon (author of "The Caped Crusade: Batman and the Rise of Nerd Culture") drop in for the Top 5 Batman/Superman Movie Moments.  This episode is brought to you by MUBI.   0:00-2:37 - Billb...more

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

    Mar 25 2016

    10 CLOVERFIELD LANE finds a woman holed up in a bunker with John Goodman. But is the monster inside or outside? Adam and Josh review, and try to get back on Terrence Malick's good side after their KNIGHT OF CUPS dismissal by sharing their Top 5 Malick Images. Plus, the Filmspotting Madness Sweet 16 is revealed!This episode is brought to you by MUBI and Squarespace.0:00-2:47 - Billboard / Sponsors2:47-21:36 - Review: "10 Cloverfield Lane"21:36-36:20 - 10 Cloverfield SpoiledMason Jennings, "Two Do...more

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

    Mar 17 2016

    Since returning in the late '90s with "The Thin Red Line," director Terrence Malick has spent the past couple of decades producing enigmatic masterpieces – or becoming a self-parody, depending who you ask. KNIGHT OF CUPS is Malick’s enigmatically-titled latest starring Christian Bale. Josh and Adam discuss in hushed tones and unveil the director's edition of Filmspotting Madness. Plus, the third Elaine May Marathon movie, MIKEY AND NICKY. This episode is brought to you by MUBI and Squarespace.  ...more

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

    Mar 04 2016

    Debuting last weekend on Netflix, CROUCHING TIGER, HIDDEN DRAGON: SWORD OF DESTINY has lost original director Ang Lee, but star Michelle Yeoh has returned, along with fight choreographer - and now director - Yuen Woo-Ping. Can they bring the magic back, too? Josh and Adam discuss, and are joined by critic and podcaster Sean Gilman, who shares his Top 5 Wuxia Films. This episode is brought to you by MUBI and Audible. 0:00-3:03 - Billboard / Sponsors3:03-27:10 - Review: "Sword of Destiny"Brian Fal...more

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

    Feb 26 2016

    On his honeymoon, a man falls for another woman. The marriage is a bust, but the movie isn't. It's Elaine May's THE HEARTBREAK KID. On this week's show, Adam and Josh continue their May Marathon with the 1972 comedy starring Charles Grodin and Cybill Shepherd (and a great, Oscar-nominated turn by May's daughter Jeannie Berlin as the jilted wife). Plus, what happened when Josh found himself in a dark room with THE WITCH, Adam's trip to Broadway and the Top 5 Films of 1972. This episode is brought...more

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

    Feb 19 2016

    Filling in for Adam and Josh this week, the Chicago Tribune's Michael Phillips and Tasha Robinson from The Verge/Next Picture Show chat about the 17th century-set horror film THE WITCH and potty-mouthed superhero DEADPOOL – plus 2016's most baffling Oscar picks. 0:00-2:37 - Billboard / Sponsors 2:37-24:39 - Review: "The Witch" The Cactus Blossoms, "Change Your Ways or Die" 25:45-31:55 - Polls 31:55-44:12 – Review: 'Deadpool" The Cactus Blossoms, "If I Can't Win" 45:18 - 46:11 - SVU Promo 46:11 -...more

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

    Feb 12 2016

    ‘Funny looking’ is a perfectly good way to describe, say, Steve Buscemi in FARGO – or countless other memorable characters that make up the Coen Bros. universe. With their latest, HAIL, CAESAR!, Josh and Adam consider the whole funny looking bunch and force themselves to pick their Top 5 Coen Bros. Characters. Plus, a review of HAIL, CAESAR!, Massacre Theatre and more! This episode is brought to you by Squarespace.   0:00-3:17 - Billboard / Sponsors3:24-33:19 - Review: "Hail Caesar!"Music: Josh ...more

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

    Feb 05 2016

    After carbo-loading for weeks and buying a pair of matching running shorts, Adam and Josh set off on the latest Filmspotting Marathon: a four-part look at the work of comedy legend Elaine May – a director unfortunately best known for one of the biggest box office failures of the 1980s: "Ishtar." This week, a review of May's 1971 debut A NEW LEAF starring May and Walter Matthau. Plus, the Top 5 Comedies About the Rich. This episode is brought to you by MUBI and Squarespace (code FILM).   0:00-1:5...more

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

    Jan 29 2016

    It’s January and the movie year is full of promise. Full of promise – and questions. Questions like: Who wins in a battle between Batman and Superman? Or, Will the new Terrence Malick approach the greatness of "The Tree of Life?" What about Batman v. Terrence Malick? The 2016 Movie Preview continues with Adam, Josh and special guest Genevieve Koski from The Next Picture Show podcast sharing their Top 5 Movie Questions of 2016. Plus, a review of the Oscar-nominated 45 YEARS and Josh's thoughts on...more

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

    Jan 22 2016

    In the tradition of their Wolf of Wall Street vs. American Hustle battle a couple years back, Adam and Josh again find themselves on opposite sides of a pair of high-profile, late-year releases: Quentn Tarantino's THE HATEFUL EIGHT and Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu's THE REVENANT. On this week's show, that 12-round bout, and a look ahead at the new year in film with the Top 5 Most Anticipated Films of 2016. This episode is brought to you by MUBI, Squarespace (code FILM) and Vermont College of Fine...more

  • #569: 2015 Wrap Party Live From Mayne Stage

    Jan 15 2016

    Live from Mayne Stage in Chicago, it's Filmspotting’s 2015 Wrap Party presented by WBEZ! Adam, Josh and an All-Star roster of special guests share their favorite moments from the year in film. Plus, an epic musical edition of Massacre Theatre, improvised songs by Abraham Levitan and the announcement of the 2015 Golden Brick Winner. This episode is brought to you by Audible and Vermont College of Fine Art MFA. 0:00-2:14 - Billboard / Sponsors 2:14-25:13 - Opening Scenes / Moving Moments 25:13-48:...more

  • Filmspotting Fix: Anomalisa

    Jan 08 2016

    One of the most acclaimed movies of 2015 tells the story of an ordinary encounter between two strangers in an ordinary Cincinnati hotel room. Less ordinary? They’re puppets. ANOMALISA, written and co-directed by Charlie Kaufman is an unusual – and ambitious – stop-motion animated film from the creator of SYNECDOCHE, NEW YORK. In this special fix edition of Filmspotting, Adam and Josh review ANOMALISA and note the passing of legendary cinematographers Haskell Wexler and Vilmos Zsigmond. 0:00-25:2...more

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

    Dec 24 2015

    The 2015 box office has been dominated by the usual spectacle – JURASSIC WORLD, THE AVENGERS and now THE FORCE AWAKENS – but there is less consensus than usual on the best films of the year. And that includes our Top 10 Films of 2015 roundtable. For the first time in the nine years that Scott Tobias and Michael Phillips have been dropping by for Filmspotting's year-end countdown, no single film made it onto all four lists. This week, the Top 5 of 2015, plus Massacre Theatre and more. This episod...more

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

    Dec 18 2015

    End of year movie talk is usually dominated by a few prestige pictures, but does anyone care about prestige with a new STAR WARS in theaters? Sure you do. Michael Phillips and Scott Tobias join Adam and Josh for the Top 10 Films of 2015 roundtable - and ok, a little Star Wars talk. This episode is brought to you by Squarespace (code FILM), Vermont College of Fine Art MFA and MUBI. 0:00-3:57 - Billboard / Sponsors 3:57-33:54 - Top 10 of 2015 "Rohan," The Assassin 34:57-36:10 - Squarespace 36:10-4...more

  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens

    Dec 16 2015

    Are you looking for "the most non-specific, superficial" review of STAR WARS: EPISODE VII - THE FORCE AWAKENS? Then step on board the Millennium Falcon with Josh and Adam for a spoiler-free conversation – until the 22 minute mark, anyway.   :00-21:51 Review: "The Force Awakens"21:52-22:31 Break22:32-30:36 Spoiler Talk Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

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

    Dec 11 2015

    If a movie has you sticking around for the credits, chances are you’re looking for an answer to the question: who WAS that? Every year the movies introduce us to someone – or something – we’ve never seen before. Adam and Josh share their Top 5 Discoveries of 2015 – among them: "Anchorman" director Adam McKay, great director? Lots of debate on that one during their review of THE BIG SHORT starring Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling and Brad Pitt. Plus, Larsen Recommends CHI-RAQ. This episode is brought t...more

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

    Dec 04 2015

    It may not be quite as momentous as Hitchcock and Truffaut getting together in 1962, but on this week's show, Adam speaks with HITCHCOCK/TRUFFAUT director Kent Jones about the legacy of Truffaut's seminal film book about the Master of Suspense. Plus, Adam and Josh take care of the holiday shopping for the budding film snob in your life with their own Top 5 Film Books. This episode is brought to you by MUBI, Audible and Vermont College of Fine Art MFA.   0:00-2:42 - Billboard / Sponsors 2:42-28:5...more

  • Blindspotting: The Wrong Man (1956)

    Dec 02 2015

    Based on a true story and made in the same decade as Hitchcock masterpieces "Strangers on a Train," "Rear Window" and "Vertigo," 1956's THE WRONG MAN with Henry Fonda is an often overlooked title in the Hitchcock filmography – as it was until recently by Adam and Josh, who discuss for this special Blindspotting prelude to Adam's conversation with HITCHCOCK/TRUFFAUT director Kent Jones and their Top 5 Film Books.   LINKS - Josh's review of The Wrong Man Learn more about your ad choices. Vi...more

  • 2015 Golden Brick Preview Special

    Nov 27 2015

    We hope you haven’t had your fill of leftovers because on this week’s show Josh and Adam start their look back at the year in film with their annual Thanksgiving Golden Brick Preview. They revisit reviews for three of their favorite overlooked or under-seen movies of 2015 and announce the films that have made the shortlist for this year’s Golden Brick Award. This episode is presented by Squarespace (use code FILM). 2:13-24:34 - Review: "Buzzard" Chance Jones, "Love Still Wild" 27:04-28:01 - SVU ...more

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

    Nov 20 2015

    The HUNGER GAMES series could have settled for pleasing its YA fan base, but its success at the box office – and (mostly) with critics – shows a greater ambition. Or at least really good judgment in the casting of Jennifer Lawrence. Adam and Josh have a review of the series finale, MOCKINGJAY – PART 2, plus the Top 5 Dramatic Ensemble Movies and some thoughts on the stellar ensemble in Tom McCarthy's SPOTLIGHT. This episode is brought to you by MUBI. 0:00-2:18 - Billboard / MUBI 2:18-24:34 - Rev...more

  • #563: Spectre / Top 5 Bond Tropes

    Nov 13 2015

    Daniel Craig’s James Bond is more serious, more human and more haunted than his predecessors. Does that make him the best? (Yes, actually it does.) Craig’s fourth and latest outing as Bond, SPECTRE, topped the box office in its opening weekend. Adam and Josh review and share their Top 5 Bond Tropes with the help of special guest Bond expert Chris Klimek. This episode is brought to you by MUBI and Harry's (use code FILMSPOTTING).   0:00-2:26 - Billboard / Sponsors 2:26-27:27 - Review: "Spectre" S...more

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

    Nov 06 2015

    The Cannes Film Festival has awarded a Best Director Prize since the festival’s second year, 1946. For this week’s Top 5, Adam and Josh pick their favorite winners of the Prix de la mise en scène and review the film that won this year's prize, THE ASSASSIN, from Taiwan's Hou Hsiao-Hsien. Plus, some thoughts on Paul Thomas Anderson's JUNUN. This episode is brought to you by MUBI. 0:00-2:51 - Billboard / MUBI 2:51-20:57 - Review: "The Assassin" The Surface of the Deep, "Poetry" 21:57-38:19 - Notes...more

  • #561: Edward Scissorhands / Top 5 Films of 1990

    Oct 30 2015

    Twenty-five years ago, the movies gave us Schwarzenegger on Mars, “Best Director Kevin Costner,” and iconic performances like Kathy Bates’ Annie Wilkes, Julia Roberts’ Hooker with a Heart of Gold Vivian Ward, and of course Joe Pesci’s career-defining performance as Harry Lime in HOME ALONE (oh yeah, and GOODFELLAS)... Adam and Josh share their Top 5 Films of 1990, plus a "Blind Cow" review of Tim Burton's cult classic EDWARD SCISSORHANDS. This episode is brought to you by MUBI.   0:00-2:59 - Bil...more

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

    Oct 23 2015

    Josh and guest host Michael Phillips (Chicago Tribune) are visited by the 'Ghost of Fights over Guillermo del Toro Movies Past' for their divisive review of CRIMSON PEAK. Plus, their takes on Steven Spielberg's BRIDGE OF SPIES and the Top 5 Cold War Movies. This episode is brought to you by MUBI and Squarespace (code FILM). 0:00-4:35 - Billboard / MUBI 4:35-25:17 - Review: "Crimson Peak" Murder By Death, "Solitary One" 26:22-27:23 - Squarespace 27:23-37:52 - Notes / Polls 37:52-47:16 - Review: "...more

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

    Oct 16 2015

    How hard is it to make two great films in a row? Turns out, most legendary directors have done it. The show's recent Ridley Scott Death Match poll between "Alien" ('79) and "Blade Runner' ('82) was the inspiration for this week’s Top 5: Back-To-Back Movies. Plus, a review of Danny Boyle's STEVE JOBS starring Filmspotting Madness Champion(tm) Michael Fassbender. This episode is brought to you by MUBI. 0:00-3:17 - Billboard / MUBI 3:17-30:01 - Review: "Steve Jobs" Music: EL VY, "Paul is Alive" 31:...more

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

    Oct 09 2015

    Telluride, Venice, Toronto, New York… they’ve had their fun. Now it’s Chicago’s turn, as the Fall film festival season sweeps into the Windy City for the 51st annual Chicago International Film Fest. Josh and Adam—with the help of Chicago filmmaker Stephen Cone—sort through the fest's 130 feature titles to offer a few of their most anticipated screenings. Plus, a completely likable review of Ridley Scott's completely likable THE MARTIAN. This episode is brought to you by MUBI and Audible.com. :00...more

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

    Oct 02 2015

    Adam and Josh held out hope that Tasha Robinson and Dana Stevens might come crashing into the studio to share THEIR Top 5 Breaking Up the Boys' Club Movies. Alas, that didn't happen, but that didn't stop the guys from revealing their lists along with a review of SICARIO starring Emily Blunt and Benicio del Toro. This episode is brought to you by MUBI. :00-4:08 - Billboard / MUBI 4:08-33:08 - Review: "Sicario" Le Butcherettes, "Shave the Pride" 34:14-35:09 - SVU Promo 35:09-43:15 - Notes 43:15-52...more

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

    Sep 25 2015

    Master of Disguise Johnny Depp goes Southie as infamous Boston gangster Whitey Bulger in the new film BLACK MASS. Josh and Adam eat some chowdah and take some pitchez of the local cullah before reviewing "Mass" and sharing their Top 5 Neighborhood Movies. Plus, Josh's take on some of the films he saw at the Toronto International Film Festival. This episode is brought to you by MUBI and Squarespace (use code FILM). :00-2:52 - Billboard / Sponsors 2:52-28:30 - Review: "Black Mass" Chuck Prophet,"T...more

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

    Sep 17 2015

    For a director who was once called “The Next Spielberg,” M. Night Shyamalan has fallen on hard times. In the decade since the success of THE SIXTH SENSE, UNBREAKABLE and SIGNS, Shyamalan has seen diminishing returns at the box office and with critics. Josh and Adam assess whether Shyamalan has changed his luck with the low-budget horror film THE VISIT. Plus, the Top 5 Movie House Guests and a few thoughts on THE MEND. This episode is brought to you by MUBI. :00-2:04 - Billboard / MUBI 2:04-27:08...more

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

    Sep 11 2015

    Live from the rooftop of Nakatomi Plaza, it's Filmspotting, where Adam and Josh welcome special guests Ebby Calvin “Nuke” LaLoosh, Prince Akeem of Zamunda and Chicago gang boss Jimmy Serrano. Yes, it's the Top 5 Films of 1988, plus Depp v Depp (v Depp) and a review of Alex Ross Perry's QUEEN OF EARTH. This episode is brought to you by MUBI and Harry's (use code FILMSPOTTING). :00-3:00 - Billboard / Sponsors 3:00-20:56 - Review: "Queen of Earth" Pixies, "Where is My Mind" 22:17-24:03 - Harry's 24...more

  • #553: Fall Movie Preview w/ Michael Phillips

    Sep 04 2015

    If the summer and year-end movie seasons are all about expectation, fall… is all about surprises. Hopefully, good ones. The Chicago Tribune's Michael Phillips (and his trusty light saber) joins Adam and Josh for a double dose of Top 5s this week – Most Anticipated Fall Movies and Questions about the impending season. Plus, a review roundup with thoughts on QUEEN OF EARTH, MERU, DIGGING FOR FIRE and PHOENIX. This episode is brought to you by MUBI and Audible.com. Get Matthew McConaughey’s perfor...more

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

    Aug 28 2015

    Of current actor-director combos, Greta Gerwig and Noah Baumbach are significant for their writing partnership – and for Gerwig’s impact on Baumbach’s choice of subjects. Since hooking up with the 32 year-old Gerwig, Gen-Xer Baumbach has started training his eye on 20-something millennials – first in 2012’s "Frances Ha" and with the new MISTRESS AMERICA. Adam and Josh review Baumbach and Gerwig's latest, and revisit their Top 5 Desert Island Directors. This episode is brought to you by MUBI and ...more

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

    Aug 21 2015

    With 2012's ACT OF KILLING, director Joshua Oppenheimer delivered one of the most acclaimed, innovative - and harrowing - documentaries in recent memory. His follow-up, THE LOOK OF SILENCE, is less formally ambitious, but returns Oppenheimer to familiar territory – Indonesia's bloody anti-Communist purge that left hundreds of thousands dead in the mid-1960s. Adam and Josh review "Silence," give last week's director/muse poll another shot, and revisit their Top 5 Haunted Past Movies. This episode...more

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

    Aug 14 2015

    Since his death in 2008 at age 46, a kind of cult has developed around writer David Foster Wallace. For proof, look no further than the existence of THE END OF THE TOUR, the Sundance hit starring Jason Segel as Wallace, along with Jesse Eisenberg as Rolling Stone reporter David Lipsky. The film – from SPECTACULAR NOW director James Ponsoldt – documents Lipsky's five-day interview with Wallace following the celebrated publication of the author’s INFINITE JEST. Adam and Josh review THE END OF THE ...more

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

    Aug 07 2015

    Back in March, Adam and Josh celebrated Filmspotting's 10th anniversary with the Top 10 Blind Spots – significant oversights in their ongoing film educations. #3 on Adam's list was David Lean's 1965 epic DOCTOR ZHIVAGO, which gets a special "Blindspotting" review this week in honor of its 50th anniversary and the recent passing of star Omar Sharif. Plus, the Top 5 Small Moments in Big Movies. This episode is brought to you by MUBI. :00-3:02 - Billboard / MUBI 3:02-37:56 - Review: "Doctor Zhivago...more

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

    Jul 31 2015

    Former Dissolve Managing Editor Genevieve Koski joins Scott Tobias for week #2 of The Dissolve's Filmspotting residency. It's also week #2 of putting a positive spin on the end of their former online home... Scott and Genevieve get optimistic with their Top 5 Exciting Movie Trends. Plus, a review of MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE – ROGUE NATION and some thoughts on the new indie THE STANFORD PRISON EXPERIMENT. This episode is brought to you by MUBI. :00-2:32 - Billboard / MUBI 2:32-28:44 - Review: "M:I – R...more

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

    Jul 24 2015

    For two years, members of The Dissolve staff put blood, sweat and tears into running their great film site – and all you get is a lousy top 5 list. Dissolvers Scott Tobias and Keith Phipps fill in for Adam and Josh, sharing the Top 5 Things We Learned At The Dissolve. Plus, reviews of SOUTHPAW with Jake Gyllenhaal and the indie transgender comedy TANGERINE. This episode is brought to you by MUBI and by Squarespace (code FILM). :00-2:32 - Billboard / MUBI 2:32-15:49 - Review: "Southpaw" Courtney ...more

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

    Jul 17 2015

    It-Girl Amy Schumer falls for potential Manic Pixie Dream Guy Bill Hader... but will Adam and Josh swoon for the Schumer-penned/Judd Apatow-directed TRAINWRECK? Plus, the movies' Top 5 Comedy Ensembles. This episode is brought to you by MUBI. :00-3:49 - Billboard / MUBI 3:49-25:40 - Review: "Trainwreck" Jason Isbell, "It Takes a Lifetime" 27:04-37:11 - Notes / Polls Jason Isbell, "24 Frames" 38:29-44:00 - Donations / Promo: Sound Ops 44:00-1:10:54 - Top 5: Comedy Ensembles 1:10:54-1:14:30 - Clos...more

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

    Jul 10 2015

    With nothing but "Mission Impossible" sequels and a "Vacation" reboot ahead, Adam and Josh turn back and share their Top 5 Films of 2015 (So Far). Plus, a few thoughts on LOVE & MERCY and THE TRIBE. This episode is brought to you by MUBI / Harry's (use code FILMSPOTTING). :00-3:07 - Billboard / Harry's-MUBI 3:07-25:43 - Top 5: Films of 2015 (So Far) "Main Title," It Follows 26:29-28:32 - Sponsor: Harry's 28:32-35:55 - Massacre Theatre 35:55-45:58 - "Love & Mercy," "The Tribe" "Ava," Ex M...more

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

    Jun 26 2015

    DOPE was a hit with audiences at this year's Sundance Film Festival... Adam and Josh, not so much. Plus, a few thoughts on David Gordon Green's latest starring Al Pacino, MANGLEHORN... and grab your box of chocolates, some hakuna matata and a little hope for the Top 5 Films of 1994 (Revisited). This episode is brought to you by MUBI / Squarespace (use code FILM). :00-2:38 - Billboard / MUBI 2:38-21:09 - Review: "Dope" Digable Planets, "9th Wonder (Blackitolism) 22:32-24:26 - Squarespace 24:26-34...more

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

    Jun 19 2015

    Pixar has made heroes out of mute robots, anxious clown fish, a foodie rat and an irritable 80 year-old man. For their next mission, they go outside... in. Is the new INSIDE OUT a return to form for the once peerless animation studio? Josh and guest host Michael Phillips from the Chicago Tribune share their eview and revisit their Top 5 Actor-Director Pairs. This episode is brought to you by MUBI. :00-2:59 - Billboard / MUBI 2:59-28:55 - Review: "Inside Out"  Girlpool, "Ideal World" 30:22-40:54...more

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

    Jun 12 2015

    It's been a couple decades since Steven Spielberg first choppered us to Isla Nublar, but Jurassic Park... is back open for business. The long-awaited fourth Jurassic installment comes along just in time for all hell to break loose. Josh and Adam review JURASSIC WORLD and revisit the Top 5 Movie Locations We Wish We Could Visit. Plus, Larsen Recommends Melissa McCarthy in SPY. This episode is brought to you by MUBI. :00-3:19 - Billboard / MUBI 3:19-26:22 - Review: "Jurassic World" Dawes, "Things ...more

  • #541: Say Anything... / Aloha / Top 5 Movies of 1989 (Revisited)

    Jun 05 2015

    Hawaii - the setting for Cameron Crowe’s ALOHA - is about 2,600 miles away from Seattle, which is the setting of his directorial debut, SAY ANYTHING... Is that also about how far apart the two films are in terms of quality? Josh and Adam answer that question with a Sacred Cow review of the movie that solidified John Cusack as an '80s icon. Plus, Massacre Theatre and a replay of the Top 5 Movies of 1989. This episode is brought to you by MUBI. :00-2:58 - Billboard / MUBI 2:58-36:44 - Review: "Alo...more

  • #540: Tomorrowland / Top 5 Streaming Sci-Fi Movies

    May 29 2015

    Director Brad Bird has given us an Iron Giant, a Mr. and Mrs. Incredible, and a Rat Chef… what awaits in TOMORROWLAND? Subbing in for Josh and Adam, Screencrush's Matt Singer and Buzzfeed's Alison Willmore – also the hosts of Filmspotting: SVU – review Bird's latest and share their Top 5 Streaming Sci-Fi Movies. This episode is brought to you by MUBI. :00-2:27 - Billboard / MUBI 2:27-28:55 - Review: "Tomorrowland" Hot Chip, "Love is the Future" 30:13-45:50 - Cannes Recap 45:50-53:39 - Polls Hot...more

  • #539: Mad Max: Fury Road / Pitch Perfect 2 / Top 5 Car Scenes

    May 22 2015

    The last time we saw "Mad" Max Rockatansky, he was played by Mel Gibson and battling a spectacularly-coiffed Tina Turner. Max is back with Tom Hardy as the new road warrior. "Relatively Rational" Adam and "Mildly Miffed" Josh review MAD MAX: FURY ROAD. Plus, Adam recommends PITCH PERFECT 2 and the Top 5 Car Scenes (Revisited). This episode is brought to you by MUBI & Squarespace (code FILM). :00-2:40 - Billboard / MUBI 2:53-36:28 - Review: "Mad Max: Fury Road" Pitch Perfect 2, "Kennedy Cente...more

  • #538: Top 5 Movie Posters / Slow West

    May 15 2015

    A Grand Jury Prize winner at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, SLOW WEST has a lot to recommend: it’s beautifully shot, is occasionally darkly funny, and its star just might be the best actor in the business. Josh and Adam review Michael Fassbender's latest and count down their Top 5 Movie Posters – with the help of design expert Sam Smith. This episode is brought to you by MUBI. :00-2:40 - Billboard / MUBI 2:40-28:55 - Review: "Slow West" yMusic, "Bladed Stance" 30:11-37:23 - Polls / Notes 37...more

  • #537: Avengers: Age of Ultron / 2015 Summer Movie Preview

    May 08 2015

    Tasha Robinson (The Dissolve) sits in for Adam this week, playing the brilliant and quick-witted Tony Stark to Josh's earnest do-gooder Steve Rogers. The dynamic duo – not to be confused with that Dynamic Duo – review AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON and share their Top 5 Most Anticipated Movies of Summer 2015. This episode is brought to you by MUBI and A24's Ex Machina. :00-3:08 - Billboard / MUBI 3:08-31:20 - Review: "Avengers: Age of Ultron" Calexico, "Bullets and Rocks" 32:24-33:48 - PleasureTown Pro...more

  • #536: Reservoir Dogs (Sacred Cow) / Top 5 Films of 1992

    May 01 2015

    When RESERVOIR DOGS came out in 1992, Josh and Adam were movie geek teenagers – bound by their DNA to love it. But does Quentin Tarantino's debut hold up more than 20 years later? It's another Filmspotting Sacred Cow review... Plus, the Top 5 Films of 1992. This episode is brought to you by MUBI, Harry's (code FILMSPOTTING) and A24's Ex Machina. :00-2:52 - Billboard / Harry's-MUBI 2:52-43:01 - Review: "Reservoir Dogs" Sandy Rogers, "Fool for Love" 44:10-47:51 - A24-Harrys / Nerdette Promo 47:51-...more

  • #535: Ex Machina / Top 5 Movie Houses

    Apr 24 2015

    Hop aboard the Filmspotting double decker bus for a tour of the movies' most famous and beloved homes... beloved by the hosts, anyway. Inspired by their review of Alex Garland's directing debut EX MACHINA, Josh and Adam share their Top 5 Movie Houses. Plus, Massacre Theatre and more. This episode is brought to you by MUBI.com / Squarespace (code FILM) / Casper (code FILMSPOTTING). :00-3:01 - Billboard / Casper-MUBI 3:01-36:30 - Review: "Ex Machina" Music: Damien Jurado, "Metallic Cloud" 37:37-39...more

  • #534: While We're Young / Top 5 Midlife Crisis Movies

    Apr 17 2015

    With Adam and Josh trading in their sensible family sedans for a pair of matching convertibles, their wives suggested they reveal their Top 5 Midlife Crisis Movies. Plus, a review of Noah Baumbach's latest, WHILE WE'RE YOUNG, a conversation with Steve Prokopy about the upcoming Chicago Critics Film Festival, and the Filmspotting Madness champion is crowned. This episode is brought to you by MUBI.comand Shutterstock (code FILM415). :00-3:43 - Billboard / Shutterstock-MUBI 3:43-33:00 - Review: "Wh...more

  • #533: Furious 7 / Top 5 Fast & Furious Moments

    Apr 10 2015

    Having gone from Furious novices to completists in the past couple of weeks, Josh and Adam are all revved up to discuss the latest installment, FURIOUS 7, and share their Top 5 Fast & Furious Moments. Plus, the Filmspotting Madness championship round matchup is set! We talkin' or we racin'? We're definitely just talkin'. This episode is brought to you by MUBI.com. :00-3:07 - Billboard / MUBI 3:07-35:38 - Review: "Furious 7" 2 Chainz and Wiz Khalifa, "We Own It" 36:36-49:38 - Notes / Massacre...more

  • #532: It Follows / Top 5 21st Century Horror Movies / Mark Harris

    Apr 03 2015

    Coming to you from an old, abandoned orphanage... Adam and guest host Michael Phillips discuss IT FOLLOWS, the new indie horror movie that has garnered a lot of buzz for its handling of familiar material – sex, teens and a supernatural killer. Plus, the Top 5 21st Century Horror Movies and a conversation with pop culture writer Mark Harris about 'what scares us now'. This episode is brought to you by MUBI.com and Audible. :00-3:03 - Billboard / Sponsors 3:03-28:26 - Review: "It Follows" Laura Ma...more

  • Ray Marathon #5: The Lonely WIfe / The Mitras

    Apr 03 2015

    Satyajit Ray rated 1964's THE LONELY WIFE as his best film. Josh and Adam disagree with the master director – but only a little. The final film in the remarkable Ray Marathon is up, plus The Mitras, Filmspotting's awards for the marathon's Best Picture, Shot and more. LINKS - Josh on "The Lonely Wife" - Forum reviews of Ray films Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • #531: The Breakfast Club / Top 5 Films of 1985

    Mar 27 2015

    If Josh is "The Brain," what does that make Adam – Vice Principal Vernon? Filmspotting commemorates the 30th anniversary of John Hughes' classic THE BREAKFAST CLUB with a Sacred Cow discussion. Plus, the Elite Eight of Filmspotting Madness is revealed, and the guys hit 88 mph in the DeLorean to share their Top 5 Films of 1985. This episode is brought to you by MUBI.com. :00-2:41 - Billboard / MUBI 2:41-46:22 - Sacred Cow: "The Breakfast Club" Simple Minds, "Don't You Forget About Me" 47:30-54:11...more

  • #530: Cinderella / Top 5 Movies About Royalty / FS Madness

    Mar 20 2015

    As a director, Kenneth Branagh has done Shakespeare, Mary Shelley and Marvel. But how does he handle Disney? Josh and Adam discuss CINDERELLA with Lily James and Cate Blanchett, and share their Top 5 Movies About Royalty. Plus, the Sweet 16 matchups for Filmspotting Madness are revealed. This episode is brought to you by MUBI.com and Squarespace (code FILM). --Check back-- MUSIC - Jayne Trimble NOTES - MT winner: John Newfry, Chicago LINKS - Josh's review of "Cinderella" - Tasha Robinson's take ...more

  • Ray Marathon #4: The Big City

    Mar 19 2015

    Another Ray film, another Ray masterpiece. Filmspotting's Satyajit Ray Marathon continues with a discussion of 1963's THE BIG CITY. 0-35:52 – Review: "The Big City" LINKS - Josh on "The Big City" - Forum reviews of Ray films Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • #529: Buzzard / Filmspotting Madness / Top 5 Characters on the Fringe

    Mar 13 2015

    Bill Murray vs. Tilda Swinton... Emma Stone vs. Sam Rockwell... Just a couple of the first-round matchups in Filmspotting Madness, a month-long battle royale to determine Filmspotting Nation’s favorite working actor. Adam and Josh kick off the tournament and share their Top 5: Characters on the Fringe. Plus, a review of BUZZARD, a new indie in which an unruly office temp fights the power while wearing a customized Power Glove. This episode is brought to you by MUBI.com and Shutterstock (code FIL...more

  • #528: 10th Anniversary Show / Maps to the Stars / Top 5 Blind Spots

    Mar 06 2015

    How do you celebrate 10 years of talking about movies? You talk about the ones you’re embarrassed you’ve never seen, of course. Adam and Josh confess their Top 5 (or 50) Blind Spots. Plus, a review of director David Cronenberg’s latest, MAPS TO THE STARS, and another edition of Brickspotting. This episode is brought to you by MUBI.com. :00-3:20 - Billboard / MUBI 3:20-27:25 - Review: "Maps to the Stars" FS Flashback: "Love Lift Us Up..." (2005) 28:42-46:56 - Notes / Massacre Theatre 46:56-1:07:0...more

  • #527: Top 5 Mockumentary Moments / What We Do in the Shadows

    Feb 27 2015

    With the release of the new mock documentary WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS, about a trio of New Zealand Vampires, Adam and Josh share their Top 5 Mockumentary Moments. Plus, a review of SHADOWS and a few thoughts on the Oscars. This episode is brought to you by MUBI.com. :00-2:18 - Billboard / MUBI 2:18-19:53 - Review: "What We Do..." Spinal Tap, "Stonehenge" 20:56-41:47 - Notes / Polls 41:47-55:45 - Top 5: Mockumentary Moments The Folksmen, "A Mighty Wind" 56:55-59:56 - Donations 59:56-1:22:35 - To...more

  • Ray Marathon #3: The Music Room

    Feb 25 2015

    Filmspotting continues its look at Satyajit Ray's work with a discussion of their first non-Apu film, 1958's THE MUSIC ROOM. 0-28:20 – Review: "The Music Room" NOTES - Were there really two different guys from Houston named Ben whose feedback was mentioned on the show? Nope... same Ben, which somehow Adam and Josh didn't catch. LINKS - Josh on "The Music Room" - Cinema Revival Festival - Forum reviews of Ray films Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • #526: Fifty Shades of Grey / Top 5 Movies We Had To Review

    Feb 20 2015

    Do Adam and Josh's "singular tastes" include an appreciation for the much-hyped adaptation of E.L. James' FIFTY SHADES OF GREY? Join them in the Filmspotting playroom to find out. Plus, the Top 5 Movies We Had To Review and two new recommended movies – SONG OF THE SEA and MATT SHEPARD IS A FRIEND OF MINE. This episode is brought to you by MUBI.com. :00-3:07 - Billboard / MUBI 3:07-28:06 - Review: "Fifty Shades of Grey" Nikki Lane, "Sleep With a Stranger" 29:04-40:06 - Notes / Massacre Theatre 40...more

  • #525: 2015 Oscar Picks / Sacred Cow: Unforgiven

    Feb 13 2015

    With the divisive "American Sniper" a surprise awards season success, Filmspotting takes a trip back a couple of decades - back to the mythic Old West - for a Sacred Cow review of Clint Eastwood’s Best Picture-winning UNFORGIVEN. Plus, the Chicago Tribune’s Michael Phillips drops by to help us handicap the 2015 OSCARS. This episode is brought to you by MUBI.com and Shutterstock (code FILM215). :00-3:05 - Billboard / Sponsors 3:05-44:47 - Sacred Cow: "Unforgiven" Shakey Graves, "Dearly Departed" ...more

  • Ray Marathon #2: The Unvanquished / The World of Apu

    Feb 11 2015

    Adam and Josh close out their look at Satyajit Ray's "Apu Trilogy" – but fortunately not their exploration of Ray's work – with a discussion of THE UNVANQUISHED (1957) and THE WORLD OF APU (1959). 0-33:32 – Review: Unvanquished + World of Apu LINKS - Josh on "The Unvanquished" - Josh on "The World of Apu" - Forum reviews of Ray Marathon films Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • #524: Jupiter Ascending / Top 5 Rescue Scenes / Sundance 2015

    Feb 06 2015

    Holed up in the Canadian Ambassador's residence waiting for Ben Affleck to save them, Josh and Adam share their Top 5 Rescue Scenes. Plus, a review of the Wachowski's latest sci-fi extravaganza (slash absurd future camp classic?) JUPITER ASCENDING, Josh's report from his trip to the 2015 Sundance Film Festival and Adam recommends THE DUKE OF BURGUNDY. This episode is brought to you by MUBI.com, Harry's.com (code FILMSPOTTING) and Squarespace (code FILM). :00-3:36 - Sponsors / Billboard 3:36-30:5...more

  • #523: 2015 Movie Preview (Pt. 2) / Blackhat / Goodbye to Language 3D

    Jan 30 2015

    BLACKHAT is a bona fide critical and box office bomb... But its director, Michael Mann, made "Thief," "The Insider" and "Heat," so Josh and Adam are reviewing it anyway. Plus, Pt. 2 of Filmspotting's 2015 Movie Preview poses the biggest questions surrounding the upcoming year in cinema... And Adam (tries to) recommend Godard's GOODBYE TO LANGUAGE 3D. This episode is brought to you by MUBI.com – get a free month of movies! :00-3:04 - Billboard / MUBI 3:04-31:55 - Review: "Blackhat" Ex Hex, "Don't...more

  • Ray Marathon #1: Pather Panchali

    Jan 28 2015

    Adam and Josh discuss the first film in their (long-awaited) Satyajit Ray Marathon – Ray's breathtaking and heartbreaking 1955 debut, PATHER PANCHALI. 0-22:50 – Review: Pather Panchali LINKS - Josh on "Pather Panchali" Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • #522: 2015 Movie Preview / American Sniper / Oscar Snubs

    Jan 23 2015

    It's a (woefully civil) showdown over Clint Eastwood's AMERICAN SNIPER, plus thoughts on the (woefully misguided) Oscar nominations, and Josh and Adam take their best shot at predicting what will eventually be their favorite films of the new year with their 2015 Movie Preview. This episode is brought to you by MUBI.com – get a free month of movies! :00-3:13 - Billboard / Mubi 3:13-27:57 - Review: "American Sniper" Decemberists, "Better Not Wake the Baby" 29:05-48:18 - Oscar Nominations / Notes 4...more

  • #521: Selma / Top 5 Historic Event Movies

    Jan 16 2015

    With the future of humanity depending on them, Josh and Adam recorded this episode from inside a time-traveling telephone booth in order to compile their Top 5 Historic Event Movies. Plus, your hosts have a dream of a biopic that doesn't worshipfully lionize its central character. Does SELMA deliver? This episode is brought to you by Audible and MUBI.com – get a free month of movies! :00-3:04 - Billboard / Audible-Mubi 3:04-30:20 - Review: "Selma" D'Angelo, "The Door" 31:14-33:51 - Audible 33:51...more

  • #520: Top 5 Performances of 2014 / Mr. Turner

    Jan 09 2015

    The Oscars are still more than a month away, but Filmspotting's ballots are in for the best performances of 2014. Plus, a review of Mike Leigh's MR TURNER. This episode is brought to you by Shutterstock (code FILM115) and MUBI.com – get a free month of movies! :00-2:30 - Sponsors / Billboard 2:30-25:43 - Review: "Mr. Turner" Jeremy Messersmith, "Ghost" 27:02-28:49 - Shutterstock 28:39-38:32 - Notes / Massacre Theatre 38:32-57:32 - Top 5: Performances of 2014 Jeremy Messersmith, "It's Only Dancin...more

  • #519: Top 10 Films of 2014 (Pt. 2)

    Dec 24 2014

    Somehow "Left Behind" didn't make the cut in Pt. 1 of Filmspotting's Top 10 Films of 2014. But there are five picks remaining and four critics – including Michael Phillips (Chicago Tribune) and Scott Tobias (The Dissolve) – who might just end the suspense for Nic Cage. This episode is brought to you by MUBI.com – get a free month of movies! :00-3:23 - Billboard / Pleasure Town 3:23-46:18 - Top 10 of 2014: #5-3 "Andrew Void," Under the Skin 46:49-47:33 - SVU Promo 47:33-1:24:28 - Top 10 of 2014: ...more

  • #518: Top 10 Films of 2014 (Pt. 1)

    Dec 19 2014

    - 10-9-8-7-6... It's part one of Filmspotting's Top 10 Films of 2014 countdown, featuring special guests Michael Phillips from the Chicago Tribune and The Dissolve’s Scott Tobias. Plus, Mr. Brick himself, Rian Johnson, announces the winner of this year’s Golden Brick award. :00-2:28 - Billboard / Donations 2:28-31:15 - Top 10 of 2014: #10-9 "Canto At Gabelmeister's Peak," Grand Budapest... 31:47-45:09 - Polls / Golden Brick Winner "The Rest Of My Life," Mood Indigo 46:19-1:26:21 - Top 10 of 2014...more

  • #517: Inherent Vice / Top 5 2014 "Best of the Rest"

    Dec 12 2014

    What was the best shot of 2014? How about the best performances by actors we take granted? Filmspotting covers all its end-of-year bases with the Top 5 "Best of the Rest" – everything Josh and Adam loves about the year in movies... except the movies themselves. Plus, a review of Paul Thomas Anderson's INHERENT VICE. :00-2:34 - Billboard / Donations 2:34-35:09 - Review: "Inherent Vice" Willis Earl Beal, "Nobody Knows" 36:28-45:35 - Notes / Massacre Theatre 45:35-1:02:19 - Top 5: "Best of the Rest...more

  • #516: Top 5 Discoveries of 2014 / Foxcatcher / Tale of Princess Kaguya

    Dec 05 2014

    Josh and Adam talk fake noses. And wrestling. And murder... with their review of FOXCATCHER starring Channing Tatum, Mark Ruffalo and Steve Carell. Plus, their Top 5 Discoveries of 2014 – actors, directors and others who made a fine first impression this past year – and Larsen Recommends Isao Takahata's THE TALE OF THE PRINCESS KAGUYA. This episode is presented by Squarespace (code FILM). :00-1:30 - Billboard / Squarespace 1:30-22:01 - Review: "Foxcatcher" Trampled By Turtles, "Ghosts" 23:06-26:...more

  • FS Extra: The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1

    Dec 04 2014

    Filmspotting gets meta and gives Jennifer Lawrence the movie star treatment in this review of the first part of the last part of THE HUNGER GAMES series. LINKS - Alison's piece on Mockingjay gender roles  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • 2014 Golden Bricks Preview

    Nov 28 2014

    This Thanksgiving, be grateful for the movies you may have missed... Filmspotting revisits some of its favorite overlooked/underseen movies of 2014 and announces the shortlist of candidates for the coveted Golden Brick Award. This episode is presented by Shutterstock (code FILM1114). :00-1:34 - Billboard / Shutterstock 1:34-16:42 - "Blue Ruin" Music: Tweedy, "Low Key" 17:46-18:48 - Shutterstock 18:48-25:19 - Notes / Massacre Theatre 25:19-37:41 - John Michael McDonagh Music: Tweedy, "Flowering" ...more

  • #515: Interstellar / Top 5 Movie Sacrifices

    Nov 21 2014

    Josh and Adam actually recorded this way-too-friendly review of Christopher Nolan's INTERSTELLAR three months ago – it just took a detour through a wormhole to get here. Plus, the Top 5 Movie Sacrifices. This episode is presented by Shutterstock (code FILM1114) and Harry's (code FILMSPOTTING). :00-3:27 - Billboard / Harry's-Shutterstock 3:27-36:12 - Review: "Interstellar" Brett Shady, "Hard to Leave" 37:09-39:30 - Shutterstock-Harry's 39:30-45:12 - Notes / Larsen Recs: "Memphis" 45:12-58:25 - Po...more

  • #514: Top 5 Culture Clash Comedies / Dear White People

    Nov 14 2014

    Josh encounters some awkward moments as he tries to reconcile his cultural differences with The Dissolve's Tasha Robinson. The pair reveal their Top 5 Culture Clash Comedies, and review the provocative new film DEAR WHITE PEOPLE. This episode is presented by Squarespace (code FILM). :00-1:41 - Billboard / Squarespace 1:41-27:36 - Review: "Dear White People" Elvis Costello & The Roots, "Refuse to be Saved" 28:39-31:47 - Squarespace 31:47-42:12 - Notes / Massacre Theatre 42:12-53:58 - Top 5: C...more

  • #513: Nightcrawler / Top 5 Nocturnal Movies

    Nov 07 2014

    Vampires aren't the only crazies who come out at night. Josh and Adam stay up late to share their Top 5 Nocturnal Movies, and discuss Jake Gyllenhaal's creepy turn in writer/director Dan Gilroy's NIGHTCRAWLER. This episode is presented by Audible and Harry's (code FILMSPOTTING). :00-3:13 - Billboard / Audible-Harry's 3:13-27:35 - Review: "Nightcrawler" Music: Rural Alberta Advantage, "Runners in the Night" 28:52-33:12 - Harry's-Audible 30:53-40:54 - Notes / Polls 40:54-54:30 - Top 5: Nocturnal M...more

  • #512: Top 5 Movie Costumes (We'd Wear) / Birdman

    Oct 31 2014

    Michael Phillips couldn't convince Adam and Josh to be the Chico and Harpo to his Groucho, but that didn't stop him from helping them share the Top 5 Movie Costumes they'd actually wear for Halloween. Plus, a review of BIRDMAN, starring Michael Keaton. This episode is presented by Audible. 0:00-2:01 - Billboard / Audible-Donations 2:01-29:46 - Review: "Birdman" Andrew Bird, "Tin Foiled" 31:03-33:12 - Audible 33:12-43:00 - Notes / Massacre Theatre 43:00-59:07 - Top 5: Movie Costumes (We'd Wear) A...more

  • #511: Whiplash / Top 5 Mentor-Proteges

    Oct 24 2014

    It's the inspirational tale of a couple down-on-their-luck podcasters who make good with the help of a crusty old radio veteran. Josh and Adam share their Top Mentor-Proteges, and review a movie about a drummer driven to madness in his pursuit of musical perfection – WHIPLASH. This episode is presented by Squarespace (FILM). 0:00-1:28 - Billboard / Squarespace 1:28-33:06 - Review: "Whiplash" Herbie Hancock Quintet, "So What" 34:14-36:38 - Squarespace 36:38-51:31 - Notes / Polls 51:31-1:05:53 - T...more

  • #510: Jason Schwartzman & Alex Ross Perry / Top 5 Movie Narcissists

    Oct 17 2014

    Finally, a Top 5 that Adam and Josh can relate to: Movie Narcissists. Plus, a conversation with writer/director Alex Ross Perry and actor Jason Schwartzman about their new movie LISTEN UP PHILIP. This episode is presented by Shutterstock (FILM1014). 0:00-2:29 - Billboard / Shutterstock-Donations 2:29-28:06 - Interview: Perry & Schwartzman Typefighter, "Know It's Wrong" 29:22-31:46 - Shutterstock 31:46-43:19 - Notes / Massacre Theatre 43:19-1:04:32 - Perry/Schwartzman cont. Typefighter, "Much...more

  • #509: Gone Girl / Top 5 Movie Missives

    Oct 10 2014

    Before email, texts, Twitter and Snapchat, movie characters had to rely on ‘The Letter’ to communicate their most heartfelt feelings to one another — or to blackmail each other. Inspired by their discussion of director David Fincher's GONE GIRL, Adam and Josh share their Top 5 Movie Missives... the love letters, ransom notes and dear johns that have played pivotal roles in film. This episode is presented by Squarespace (FILM) and Varidesk. 0:00-1:59 - Billboard / Varidesk-Squarespace 1:59-22:12 ...more

  • Gone Girl (Spoiled)

    Oct 09 2014

    It's a Fimspotting spoiler special! Josh and Adam go long on director David Fincher's GONE GIRL. (Spoilers begin around the 19 minute mark.)  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • #508: Chicago Int'l Film Fest Preview / Top 5 CIFF Discoveries

    Oct 03 2014

    With the 50th annual Chicago International Film Festival kicking off Oct. 9, Josh and Adam highlight some of the films worth seeking out at the fest or putting on your radar, plus reflect on their Top 5 CIFF Discoveries. This episode is presented by Audible and Varidesk. 0:00-1:55 - Billboard / Sponsors 1:55-30:24 - Chicago Film Fest Preview Gaslight Anthem, "Sweet Morphine" 31:21-39:43 - Audible / SVU Promo 39:43-53:01 - Notes / Massacre Theatre 53:01-1:09:39 - Top 5: CIFF Discoveries 1:09:39-1...more

  • #507: Tusk / Top 5 Movie Manimals

    Sep 26 2014

    With Adam out for a week, Josh found a willing accomplice in Michael Phillips for a countdown of their Top 5 Movie Manimals, tying in with their review of Kevin Smith's TUSK. Plus, Michael's recap of the recent Toronto International Film Festival and more. This episode is presented by Squarespace (FILM) and Varidesk. 0:00-1:59 - Billboard / Squarespace-Varidesk 1:59-23:01 - Review: "Tusk" Chad VanGaalen, "Cut Off My Hands" 24:11-26:12 - Squarespace 26:12-45:21 - Notes / TIFF 2014 Recap 45:21-55:...more

  • #506: Top 5 David Lynch Scenes / Eraserhead / Skeleton Twins

    Sep 19 2014

    It's Sociopath Week at the Filmspotting Lounge... half off Pabst Blue Ribbons and nitrous oxide chasers! The perfect combo to put you in the proper frame of mind for Josh and Adam's Top 5 David Lynch Scenes. Plus, a discussion of Lynch's creepy 1977 debut ERASERHEAD — just out in a Criterion Collection Blu-Ray — and a review of THE SKELETON TWINS, starring SNL alums Bill Hader and Kristen Wiig. This episode is presented by Shutterstock (FILM914), Harry's (code FILMSPOTTING) and Varidesk. 0:00-2:...more

  • #505: Top 5 Movie Prisoners / Starred Up

    Sep 12 2014

    Josh and Adam head to the clink, the slammer, the Big House to name their Top 5 Movie Prisoners. Plus, a review of the acclaimed new UK prison drama STARRED UP... and Quentin Tarantino's new day job inspires another Filmspotting Poll Death Match. This episode is presented by Squarespace (FILM). 0:00-2:10 - Billboard / Sponsors 2:10-31:37 - Review: "Starred Up" Tom Waits, "Fish in the Jailhouse" 32:39-34:53 - Squarespace 34:53-46:46 - Notes / Polls 46:46-1:06:57 - Top 5: Movie Prisoners Soggy Bot...more

  • #504: 2014 Fall Movie Preview / The One I Love, Review Roundup / Dan Schechter

    Sep 05 2014

    Time hurries on, and the leaves that are green turn to brown... Josh and Adam preview the fall movie season and offer an end-of-summer review roundup sparked by a clash over THE ONE I LOVE, starring Mark Duplass and Elizabeth Moss. Other movies covered include: THE CONGRESS, THE TRIP TO ITALY, THE DOG and THE ZERO THEOREM. Plus, an interview with Daniel Schechter, writer/director of the new Elmore Leonard adaptation LIFE OF CRIME. 0:00-2:06 - Billboard / Donations 2:06-21:29 - Review: "The One I...more

  • #503: Top 5 Movie Bands / Frank / Sin City: A Dame to Kill For

    Aug 29 2014

    Josh and Adam get to feel almost famous as they go on tour with their Top 5 (Fictional) Movie Bands. Plus, a review of FRANK starring Michael Fassbender, and find out if Larsen dares to recommend SIN CITY: A DAME TO KILL FOR. This episode is presented by Squarespace (code FILM). 0:00-1:42 - Billboard / Squarespace 1:42-32:52 - Review: "Frank" Soronprfbs, "I Love You All" 33:17-35:36 - Squarespace 35:36-46:21 - Notes / Polls 46:21-52:22 - Larsen Recs: "Sin City 2" Blues Brothers, "Everybody Needs...more

  • #502: Top 5 Robin Williams Scenes / Dead Poets Society

    Aug 22 2014

    O Captain! My Captain! if Robin Williams ever failed to seize the day, it wasn't on camera. Filmspotting celebrates the life of the late actor and comedian with a Sacred Cow review of 1989's DEAD POETS SOCIETY. Plus, Josh and Adam share their Top 5 Robin Williams Scenes. 0:00-2:00 - Billboard / Donations 2:00-24:23 - Top 5: R. Williams Scenes L. Armstrong, "What a Wonderful World" 26:11-38:09 - Lauren Bacall / Massacre Theatre 38:09-1:07:42 - Sacred Cow: "Dead Poets..." Robin Williams, "Fudd Sin...more

  • #501: Top 5 Pre-CGI Scenes / Calvary / John Michael McDonagh

    Aug 15 2014

    Ray Harryhausen, Douglas Trumbull, Dick Smith... Michael Phillips joins Adam in praise of the old school effects guys with their Top 5 Pre-CGI Scenes. Plus, they confess their cinematic sins of omission to Father Brendan Gleeson in CALVARY, and spend a few minutes on Marvel's GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY. Not to be left out, Josh breaks down "Calvary's" stunning opening scene with the film's writer/director, John Michael McDonagh. This episode is presented by Shutterstock (FILM814). 0:00-1:38 - Billb...more

  • FS Fix: Boyhood

    Aug 07 2014

    Richard Linklater's BOYHOOD was twelve years in the making... Before departing for a little post-500th episode R&R, Josh and Adam gave it well more than 12 minutes for this Filmspotting Fix. This episode is presented by Squarespace (use code FILM). 0:00-1:35 - Billboard / Squarespace1:35-42:48 - Review: "Boyhood"42:48-45:05 - Promos: Sound Ops / Squarespace45:05-47:17 - Close LINKS - Crumpet's Squarespace site - Boyhood "Black Album" - Summer Music Film Fest  Learn more about your ad choices...more

  • #500 Live: Rian Johnson / Top 5 Films of the Filmspotting Era

    Aug 01 2014

    Nine years, four months and 20 days in the making... Michael Phillips from the Chicago Tribune, Slate's Dana Stevens and — via Skype from San Francisco — the newly anointed writer/director of STAR WARS VIII, Rian Johnson, join Adam and Josh for this special LIVE edition of Filmspotting recorded at the Music Box Theatre in Chicago on Saturday, July 26. Plus, choices by David Wain, Richard Linklater and more! This episode is presented by Harry's (code FILMSPOTTING). 0:00-2:03 - Billboard / Harry's...more

  • #499: Snowpiercer / Top 5 Magic Realism Moments / Mood Indigo

    Jul 18 2014

    If Filmspotting builds a Top 5 Magic Realism Moments in movies, will you come? With director Michel Gondry’s MOOD INDIGO currently in theatres and available on demand, Josh and Adam devote this week’s Top 5 to a subject that Gondry exploits to great effect, those moments when a director allows the rules of nature to be unseated by the fantastic. Plus, a review of Bong Joon-ho’s SNOWPIERCER, along with Josh’s take on Gondry's latest. This episode is presented by Shutterstock (FILM714). 0:00-1:41 ...more

  • #498: Dawn of the Planet of the Apes / Top 5 Actors of the Future

    Jul 11 2014

    Are the days of treating franchise reboots as an inferior species of movie no more? Josh and Adam check in on the damned dirty apes of DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES, the sequel to 2011's surprisingly successful — and surprisingly good — Apes restart. Plus, Filmspotting anoints the Top 5 Actors of the Future (2014 class), and Josh's take on Melissa McCarthy's TAMMY. This episode is presented by Squarespace (FILM) and Audible. 0:00-3:20 - Billboard / Squarespace3:02-31:50 - Review: "Dawn of the.....more

  • #497: Batman ('89) / Top 5 Films of 1989

    Jul 04 2014

    Josh and Adam really carpe the diem this week: they find the holy grail, ask out Diane Cort and fake orgasms at the Carnegie Deli — all on the hottest day of the year in Bed-Stuy. Get a Sacred Cow review of Tim Burton's BATMAN, plus the Top 5 Films of 1989. 0:00-3:02 - Billboard / Donations 3:02-35:28 - Sacred Cow: "Batman" (1989) Replacements, "I'll Be You" 36:32-47:24 - Notes / Massacre Theatre 47:24-1:06:04 - Top 5: Movies of 1989 Replacements, "Achin' To Be" 1:06:58-1:34:37 - Top 5: Movies o...more

  • #496: Top 5 Films of 2014 (So Far) / The Rover

    Jun 27 2014

    There are no instructions for building the perfect Top 5 Movies of the Year (So Far). You’ve got to do it yourself. At the midway point of the moviegoing year, Josh and Adam try their best to be master list builders. Plus, a review of David Michod's bleak THE ROVER, starring Guy Pearce and Robert Pattinson. This episode is presented by Shutterstock (FILM614). 0:00-1:38 - Billboard / Shutterstock 1:38-18:03 - Top 5: Films of 2014 (So Far) Jack White, "Lazaretto" 19:13-21:07 - Shutterstock 21:07-3...more

  • #495: Night Moves / Top 5 Pacific Northwest Movies

    Jun 20 2014

    Adam and Josh review Oregon director Kelly Reichardt’s NIGHT MOVES with Jesse Eisenberg and Dakota Fanning, and also do some location scouting for this week’s Top 5 — Pacific Northwest Movies — while having some pie and, excuse me, a damn fine cup of coffee. 0:00-1:59 - Billboard / Donations 1:59-24:33 - Review: "Night Moves" Elliott Smith, "Angeles" 25:43-34:26 - Donations cont. 30:02-46:19 - Notes / Massacre Theatre 46:19-50:04 - AK on "X-Men," "Immigrant" 55:04-1:10:44 - Top 5: Pacific Northw...more

  • #494: The Immigrant / Top 5 Immigrant Movies

    Jun 13 2014

    Josh and Michael Phillips — along with their respective gangs of New York — leave the Five Points for an exploration of immigration in the movies. They’ve got a review of James Gray’s THE IMMIGRANT, starring Joaquin Phoenix and Marion Cotillard, and their Top 5 Immigrant Movies. Plus, recommendations for EDGE OF TOMORROW and HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON 2. This episode is presented by Shutterstock (FILM614). 0:00-1:40 - Billboard / Shutterstock1:40-26:44 - Review: "The Immigrant"Music: Rodney Crowel...more

  • #493: Maleficent / Top 5 Disney Villains

    Jun 06 2014

    Josh and The Dissolve’s Tasha Robinson may have to wait until Prince Adam returns in a week or two to lift the curse Tasha just put on this week’s Top 5: Disney Villains. Plus, the hosts weigh in on Angelina Jolie's interpretation of one of those classic Disney villains, MALEFICENT. If the horns fit... This episode is presented by Squarespace (code FILM) and Harry's (code filmspotting). 0:00-2:58 - Billboard / Harry's 2:58-27:06 - Review: "Maleficent" "Trust In Me," The Jungle Book 28:05-30:33 -...more

  • #492: X-Men: Days of Future Past / Cannes Recap / Top 5 Movie Teams

    May 30 2014

    Josh and Michael put aside their petty differences for the good of humanity — and the show — when they share their Top 5 Movie Teams. Plus, Michael's report from Cannes and a review of X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST, a movie that begins in the future, mostly takes place in the past and has more mutants than Patrick Stewart can shake a stick at. This episode is presented by Shutterstock (FILM514). 0:00-1:25 - Billboard / Shutterstock 1:25-19:51 - Review: "X-Men: Days of..." Sam Roberts Band, "Shapesh...more

  • #491: Godzilla / Top 5 Movie Tattoos (That We'd Get) / The Double

    May 23 2014

    Don’t tell their wives, but after taping this show, Josh and Adam split a bottle of Jack Daniels and got ink for all of the picks that made this week’s Top 5: Movie Tattoos (That We’d Get). Plus, Larsen Recommends THE DOUBLE starring Jesse Eisenberg and critic David Ehrlich phones in to rave about GODZILLA. 0:00-1:33 - Billboard / Donations 1:33-16:06 - Review: "Godzilla" Archie Powell, "Holes" 17:09-23:41 - Notes / Mass. Theatre 23:41-29:09 - Larsen Recs: "The Double" Archie Powell, "Tattoo My ...more

  • #490: Locke / Top 5 Car Scenes

    May 16 2014

    Josh and Adam celebrate their Top 5 Car Scenes by lip syncing the entirety of Queen’s "Bohemian Rhapsody." Plus, a review of LOCKE starring Tom Hardy... and his SUV. This episode is presented by Squarespace (FILM). 0:00-1:24 - Billboard / Squarespace 1:24-26:59 - Review: "Locke" War on Drugs, "Eyes to the Wind" 28:18-30:30 - Squarespace 30:30-42:15 - Notes / Poll 42:15-53:52- Top 5: Car Scenes War on Drugs, "Under the Pressure" 54:53-59:45 - Donations 59:45-1:21:07 - Top 5: Car Scenes cont. 1:21...more

  • #489: 2014 Summer Movie Preview / Blue Ruin

    May 09 2014

    Adam's Top Most Anticipated Summer Movies boasts a collective budget that might cover a week of catering on the set of "Transformers: Age of Extinction." Does Josh go for a little more mainstream fare? Plus, Steve Prokopy aka Capone from Ain't it Cool News drops by to preview the Chicago Critics Film Festival and discuss the new indie revenge thriller BLUE RUIN. This episode is presented by Shutterstock (FILM514). 0:00-1:50 - Billboard / Shutterstock 1:50-18:55 - Top 5: Summer Movies, Pt. 1 Ray ...more

  • #488: Top 5 Films of 1991 / My Own Private Idaho / Amazing Spider-Man 2

    May 02 2014

    Adam bites his tongue to avoid making any "Hudson Hawk" jokes as he and Josh go back to their high school days for a countdown of the Top 5 Films of 1991, inspired by a Sacred Cow discussion of Gus Van Sant's Shakespeare-inspired MY OWN PRIVATE IDAHO. Plus, a conversation with the artistic director of Illinois Shakespeare, and a few thoughts on AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2 and CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER. 0:00-2:28 - Billboard / Donations 2:28-31:30 - "My Own Private Idaho" Matthew Sweet, "Nothi...more

  • #487: Only Lovers Left Alive / Top 5 Things From Space / Under The Skin

    Apr 26 2014

    Filmspotting comes in peace, even if its Top 5 list does not. Your hosts consider their favorite cinematic Things From Space (That Came To Destroy Us). Plus, a review of Jim Jarmusch's latest starring Tom Hiddleston and Tilda Swinton as a centuries-old vampire couple, ONLY LOVERS LEFT ALIVE, and Josh's thoughts on UNDER THE SKIN. This episode is presented by Shutterstock (FILM414) . 0:00-1:42 - Billboard / Shutterstock 1:42-30:41 - Review: "Only Lovers Left Alive" Music: EMA, "So Blonde" 27:50-3...more

  • #486: Top 5 Performances by Non-Professionals / Joe / Mistaken for Strangers

    Apr 18 2014

    Filmspotting has been making radio for almost 10 years as amateurs, so Adam and Josh should have an insight or two on the folks who make their Top 5 Performances by Non-Professionals — people who made a prominent acting debut without the benefit of experience (or maybe with the benefit of no experience). Plus, a review of David Gordon Green's latest, JOE, starring Nicolas Cage, Tye Sheridan and scary-good non-pro Gary Poulter. This episode is presented by Shutterstock (FILM414) and Squarespace (...more

  • #485: Top 5 Desert Island Directors / David Gordon Green & Tye Sheridan / Jonathan Glazer

    Apr 11 2014

    Adam feels a bit like he's returned from a desert island, which is exactly where he and Josh head for this week’s Top 5: Desert Island Directors. Which five directors’ filmographies would best distract them from a lifetime of isolation and solitude? Plus, a conversation with director David Gordon Green and actor Tye Sheridan about JOE, their new film starring Nicolas Cage, and Jonathan Glazer discusses his acclaimed new movie UNDER THE SKIN with Scarlett Johansson. This episode is presented by S...more

  • #484: Nymphomaniac / Captain America: Winter Soldier / Top 5 Sex-Obsessed Characters

    Apr 04 2014

    Michael and Josh try and avoid embarrassing flashbacks to their adolescence when they get into this week’s Top 5: Sex-Obsessed Characters, inspired by the new film from director Lars Von Trier — NYMPHOMANIAC —which comes to theaters in two parts and features Charlotte Gainsbourg and Stellan Skarsgård. Plus, Michael's take on CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER. 0:00-1:34 - Billboard / Donations 1:34-20:39 - Review: "Nymphomaniac" Kevin Drew, "Good Sex" 21:56-23:04 - "Railway Man" Passes 23:04-30...more

  • #483: Noah / Top 5 Movie Boats

    Mar 28 2014

    Hope you’ve got your sea legs for this week’s show as Josh and Michael Phillips count down their Top 5 Movie Boats, a list inspired by the first famous boat — Noah’s Ark, which returns to movie screens in Darren Aronofsky’s NOAH with Russell Crowe. This episode is presented by Squarespace (FILM). 00-2:00 - Billboard / Squarespace 2:00-21:27 - Review: "Noah" Dr. Dog, "The Truth" 22:29-23:49 - Squarespace 23:49-32:31 - Massacre Theater / Notes 32:31-46:32 - Top 5: Movie Boats Dr. Dog, "Distant Lig...more

  • #482: Enemy / Top 5 Actor-Director Pairs / Muppets Most Wanted

    Mar 21 2014

    Jake Gyllenhaal tests his acting chops against… Jake Gyllenhaal, in this week's review of the new psychological thriller ENEMY, Denis Villeneuve’s follow-up to 2013's PRISONERS - and his second film in a row with Jake Gyllenhaal. Plus, Josh and Michael present their choices in this week's TOP 5: ACTOR-DIRECTOR PAIRS and discuss MUPPETS MOST WANTED. This episode is presented by Shutterstock (FILM314). 00-1:27 - Billboard / Shutterstock 1:27-16:31 - Review: "Enemy" Hermann, "The Dream," "Vertigo" ...more

  • #481: Grand Budapest Hotel / Top 5 Wes Anderson Scenes

    Mar 14 2014

    Wes Anderson takes such care with each frame that it would be easy to choose five favorite moments from any one of his films. But Josh and Michael Phillips gave themselves a much bigger challenge: they strolled the grounds of Rushmore, walked the halls of the Tenenbaum mansion, and went five fathoms deep in Steve Zissou's sub to come up with their TOP 5 WES ANDERSON SCENES. Plus, a review of the director's latest, THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL. This episode is presented by Shutterstock (FILM314) and ...more

  • #480: Groundhog Day / Top 5 Harold Ramis Moments

    Mar 07 2014

    CADDYSHACK, STRIPES, GHOSTBUSTERS… as an actor, a writer and a director, Harold Ramis left an indelible mark on the last three decades of movie comedies. Josh and Michael Phillips honor the passing of the Chicago native with their Top 5 Ramis Moments. Plus, a Sacred Cow review of arguably his defining work, GROUNDHOG DAY. This episode is presented by Shutterstock (FILM314). 00-1:37 - Billboard / Shutterstock 1:37-24:32 - Sacred Cow: "Groundhog Day" Stephen Malkmu...,"Chartjunk" 25:23-27:37 - Shu...more

  • #479: 2014 Oscars Preview with Kyle Buchanan / Blazing Saddles

    Feb 27 2014

    Filmspotting recruits Kyle Buchanan, senior editor at New York Magazine's Vulture, to get the inside scoop on this weekend's Academy Awards. Plus, Adam and Josh celebrate the 40th anniversary of BLAZING SADDLES with a ‘Stampeding’ Sacred Cow review -- including authentic frontier gibberish! This episode is presented by Squarespace (code FILM2) 00-1:57 - Billboard / Squarespace 1:57-22:43 - "Blazing Saddles" "Let It Go," "Frozen" 23:32-26:32 - Squarespace 29:53-32:19 - Massacre Theatre 32:19-38:3...more

  • #478: The Lego Movie / The Wind Rises / Top 5 Miyazaki Characters

    Feb 21 2014

    Josh and Adam head to Toontown to discuss THE LEGO MOVIE and the latest, and reportedly last, film from Japanese animator/genius Hayao Miyazaki, THE WIND RISES. Plus, the Top 5 Miyazaki Characters. This episode is presented by Shutterstock (FILM214) and Audible. 00-3:17 - Billboard / Audible 3:17-25:53 - Review: "Lego Movie" Langhorne Slim, "Wild Soul" 27:03-29:53 - Shutterstock 29:53-36:44 - Polls / Notes 36:44-54:43 - Review: "The Wind Rises" Langhorne Slim, "The Way We Move" 55:52-1:01:38 - D...more

  • #477: Philip Seymour Hoffman Tribute (Top 5 Scenes)

    Feb 13 2014

    Be honest and unmerciful. Good advice for a budding rock critic. Also a fine description of the actor who spoke those lines. Filmspotting devotes this week's show to Philip Seymour Hoffman and his tragically short career as Adam and Josh share their Top 5 Hoffman Scenes. This episode is presented by Squarespace (FILM2). 00-1:25 - Billboard / Squarespace 1:25-21:24 - Top 5: Hoffman Scenes The Stooges, "Search and Destroy" 22:23-24:37 - Squarespace 24:37-30:54 - Massacre Theatre 30:54-38:14 - Poll...more

  • #476: Life Itself / Top 5 Movies About Fame with Michael Phillips

    Feb 07 2014

    Josh, Adam and guest Michael Phillips avoid turning into Norma Desmond's driveway for this week's Top 5: Movies About Fame (Non-Hollywood Edition). Plus, the trio offers some thoughts on the new Steve James documentary about Roger Ebert, LIFE ITSELF, and last weekend’s tragic passing of actor Philip Seymour Hoffman. This episode is presented by Shutterstock (FILM214) and Warby Parker. 00-4:23 - Billboard / Warby Parker 1:48-16:32 - Review: "Life Itself" New Mendicants, "Out of the Lime" 28:26-30...more

  • #475: 2014 Movie Preview (Pt. 2) / Broken Circle Breakdown

    Jan 31 2014

    Belgium: we have long loved you for your beer; we had no idea you were so into tattoos and bluegrass music. Or so Adam and Josh learned from watching THE BROKEN CIRCLE BREAKDOWN, which recently earned an Oscar nomination for Best Foreign Language Film. Plus, Pt. 2 of Filmspotting's 2014 Movie Preview, focusing on the Top 5 Most Anticipated Performances of the Year aka 'How Many Movies is Michael Fassbender Starring In'. 00-2:17 - Billboard / Donations 1:48-16:32 - Top 5: 2014 Ant. Performances B...more

  • #474: Wolf of Wall Street vs. American Hustle / 2014 Movie Preview / Oscar Talk

    Jan 24 2014

    Adam and Josh do a bit of looking behind -- and a bit of looking ahead this week. First, a showdown of sorts over two newly-minuted Best Picture nominees: THE WOLF OF WALL STREET and AMERICAN HUSTLE. Plus, the Top 5 Most Anticipated Movies of 2014. This episode is presented by Squarespace (use code FILM1). 00-1:48 - Billboard / Squarespace1:48-37:40 - Review: "Wolf of Wall Street" vs. "American Hustle"Music: Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings, "Goldfinger"38:45-41:26 - Sponsor: Squarespace41:26-49:1...more

  • #473 Live: 2013 Wrap Party From Mayne Stage

    Jan 17 2014

    With Filmspotting's best films of the year safely in the books - and, per tradition, etched in stone - Josh and Adam take a final look at the year in film, live from Mayne Stage in Chicago. Michael Phillips from the Chicago Tribune joins the panel to share 2013's best performances, scenes and more. This episode is presented by Squarespace (use code FILM1). :00-1:25 - Billboard 1:25-6:29 - Opening Scenes 6:29-12:51 - Scene Stealers 12:51-20:18 - Shot of the Year 20:18-26:22 - Thing We Learned 26:...more

  • FS Revisited: Raiders of the Lost Ark / Top 5 Films of 1981

    Jan 13 2014

    With Josh and Adam off furiously prepping for their Jan. 11 live show, it's time for another Filmspotting Revisited featuring a Sacred Cow discussion of RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK and the Top 5 Films of 1981. Original air date: Sept. 14, 2012 Filmspotting Revisited 0:00-31:33 - Sacred Cow: "Raiders of the Lost Ark" (w/ Michael Phillips)Music: Sheena Easton, "For Your Eyes Only"32:21-56:05 - Top 5 Films of 1981 MUSIC Sheena Easton Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...more

  • FS Fix: Her / Inside Llewyn Davis

    Jan 02 2014

    Reviews of Spike Jonze's HER and the Coen Bros. latest, INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • #472 (Pt. 2): Top 10 Films of 2013

    Dec 25 2013

    His name is Josh Larsen, and he believes in fitness. And Michael Bay. PAIN & GAIN and FRUITVALE STATION debates, plus HER love, dominate Pt. 2 of Filmspotting's Top 10 Films of 2013 -- with guests Scott Tobias (The Dissolve) and Michael Phillips (Chicago Tribune). Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays! 00-1:05 - Billboard 1:05-47:55 - Picks #5-3 Skrillex, "Ride Home" Shane Carruth, "A Young Forest..." 49:36-58:16 - Polls 58:16-1:23:32 - Picks #2-1 1:23:32-1:26:39 - Close MUSIC - Scores curated ...more

  • #472 (Pt. 1): Top 10 Films of 2013

    Dec 20 2013

    4 critics, 20 picks, 79 minutes... it must be time for Filmspotting's Top 10 Films of 2013 roundtable with guests Michael Phillips of the Chicago Tribune and Scott Tobias from The Dissolve. 00-1:47 - Billboard / SVU Promo 1:47-35:46 - Picks #10-8 Music: Lucero, "Mud" 36:56-43:28 - Donations Music: Thomas Newman, "Side Effects" 43:28-50:40 - Massacre Theatre 50:40-54:05 - O'Toole, Fontaine / Notes 54:05-1:17:14 - Picks #7-6 1:17:14-1:19:32 - Close / Outtake MUSIC - Scores curated by Sam Smith NOT...more

  • #471: Top 5 2013 Surprises & Disappointments / Out of the Furnace

    Dec 13 2013

    The year-end onslaught continues with Filmspotting's 2013 Surprises & Disappointments. Plus, a review of OUT OF THE FURNACE, with Christian Bale and Woody Harrelson... and the five finalists for the coveted Golden Brick Award. This episode is presented by Squarespace (FILM12). 00-1:40 - Billboard / Squarespace 1:40-22:17 - Review: "Out of the Furnace" Asthmaboy, "This City Has..." 23:31-25:41 - Sponsor: Squarespace 25:41-34:14 - Massacre Theatre 34:14-48:31 - Polls / 2013 Golden Bricks Asthm...more

  • #470: Oldboy / Top 5 2013 Discoveries / Korean Marathon Awards

    Dec 06 2013

    The last time Adam and Josh dedicated a Top 5 to their favorite up-and-coming actors, Elizabeth Olsen made both lists coming off her great performance in 2011's "Martha Marcy May Marlene." Time for a new batch of potential stars as they name their Top 5 Discoveries of 2013. Plus, a review of Spike Lee's remake of the Chan-wook Park revenge tale OLDBOY, co-starring Olsen. This episode is presented by Audible and Shutterstock (FILM1213). 00-2:15 - Billboard / Audible 2:15-22:44 - Review: "Oldboy"...more

  • 2013 Golden Bricks Preview

    Nov 28 2013

    It’s that time when Filmspotting starts looking back on the year in film... So this Thanksgiving weekend, Josh and Adam announce their initial candidates for the Golden Brick Award, and revisit reviews of some films that flew a little under the radar in 2013. Among them, Sarah Polley’s STORIES WE TELL. 0:00-4:44 - 2013 Bricks: Short List 4:44-29:36 - "Stories We Tell" (5/23/13) Laura Marling, "I Was An Eagle" 30:40-48:10 - "Prince Avalanche" (8/23/13) Laura Marling "Master Hunter" 49:34-1:11:47 ...more

  • #469: Nebraska / Top 5 Movies With Places In the Title / Tale of Two Sisters

    Nov 22 2013

    Josh and Adam travel through time and space to share their Top 5 Movies With Places In the Title. Yes, after almost 9 years, it seems they've officially run out of Top 5 ideas. Plus, a review of Alexander Payne’s latest, NEBRASKA, and the finale to the Korean Auteurs Marathon, A TALE OF TWO SISTERS. This episode is presented by Squarespace (FILM11). Tweet with a link to your new or existing Squarespace site for a chance to win great prizes. Just use hashtag #filmsquarespace. 00-1:38 - Billboard ...more

  • #468: Dallas Buyers Club / Top 5 Actor Transformations

    Nov 15 2013

    Inspired by the ultra-slimmed down Matthew McConaughey and a transgendered Jared Leto, Josh and Adam review DALLAS BUYERS CLUB and share their Top 5 Actor Transformations. This episode is presented by Shutterstock (code FILM1113). :00-1:33 - Billboard / Shutterstock 1:33-19:48 - Review: "Dallas Buyers Club" Music: Midlake, "It's Going Down" 21:02-23:08 - Sponsor: Shutterstock 23:08-29:40 - Massacre Theatre 29:40-37:44 - Polls / Notes 37:44-50:06 - Top 5: Actor Transformations Music: Midlake, "An...more

  • #467: Blue Is the Warmest Color / Top 5 Sexual Awakening Movies

    Nov 08 2013

    What’s more awkward: Dustin Hoffman’s Benjamin hooking up with Mrs. Robinson, or Josh and Adam tackling their Top 5 Sexual Awakening Movies? Plus, a review of this year’s Cannes Palme d’Or winner -- and sexually explicit coming-of-age movie -- BLUE IS THE WARMEST COLOR. This episode is presented by Squarespace (FILM11). Tweet with a link to your new or existing Squarespace site for a chance to win great prizes. Just use hashtag #filmsquarespace. :00-1:22 - Billboard / Squarespace 1:22-24:22 - Re...more

  • #466: 12 Years a Slave / Top 5 Movies Set in the South / Secret Sunshine

    Nov 01 2013

    Michael Phillips steps in for Adam to review one of the year’s most acclaimed films - director Steve McQueen’s 12 YEARS A SLAVE, the movie which inspired this week’s Top 5 Movies Set in the South... Plus, Adam and Josh discuss the fifth film in their Korean Auteurs Marathon, SECRET SUNSHINE. This episode is presented by Audible and Shutterstock (FILM1113). :00-4:04 - Billboard / Audible 4:04-26:26 - Review: "12 Years a Slave" Lou Reed, "Satellite of Love" 27:51-29:43 - Sponsor: Shutterstock 29:4...more

  • #465: The Exorcist / The Chaser / Top 5 Terrifying Characters (2012)

    Oct 25 2013

    Josh and Adam get into the Halloween spirit with a Sacred Cow discussion of 1973’s THE EXORCIST. William Friedkin’s horror classic turns 40 this year. They also revisit their Top 5 Terrifying Characters from last fall, and continue their look at contemporary Korean cinema with 2008's THE CHASER. This episode is presented by Squarespace (FILM10). :00-1:29 - Billboard / Squarespace 1:29-30:11 - Sacred Cow: "The Exorcist" Mike Oldfield, "Tubular Bells" 30:56-33:12 - Sponsor: Squarespace 33:12-46:28...more

  • #464: Captain Phillips / Top 5 Hostage Movies

    Oct 18 2013

    Adam and Josh discuss CAPTAIN PHILLIPS, the new film from director Paul Greengrass, starring Tom Hanks. Plus, here's the deal: You give them your attention, they'll give you their Top 5 Hostage Movies. This show is presented by Shutterstock (FILM1013). :00-1:40 - Billboard / Shutterstock 1:40-18:44 - Review: "Captain Phillips" Music: Richard Buckner, "Surrounded" 20:14-22:02 - Sponsor: Shutterstock 22:02-28:49 - Massacre Theatre 28:49-39:26 - Polls / Notes 39:26-50:57 - Top 5: Hostage Movies Mus...more

  • #463: Gravity / Top 5 Movie Themes

    Oct 11 2013

    Herrmann, Steiner, Williams, Morricone, Bernstein… musical heavyweights battle for top 5 primacy this week as Filmspotting shares their favorite Movie Themes. Joining Josh and Adam is movie score fanatic Michael Phillips from the Chicago Tribune. Plus, their review of GRAVITY, the acclaimed new sci-fi film from Alfonso Cuarón. This show is presented by Squarespace (FILM10). :00-1:41 - Billboard / Squarespace 1:41-28:02 - Review: "Gravity" Apollo 13, Main Theme 29:11-32:28 - Sponsor: Squarespace ...more

  • #462: Chicago Film Fest Preview / I'm a Cyborg, But That's OK / Don Jon

    Oct 04 2013

    Josh and Adam preview the Chicago International Film Festival, which begins Oct. 10, by sharing their Top 5 Most Anticipated CIFF Movies. Plus, the third film in Filmspotting's Korean Auteurs Marathon, I'M A CYBORG, BUT THAT'S OK, and Larsen Recommends: DON JON. This show is presented by Shutterstock (code FILM1013) and Audible. :00-3:21 - Billboard / Audible 3:21-25:17 - Top 5: Chicago Film Festival Preview Music: Califone, "Stitches" 26:31-28:54 - Sponsor: Shutterstock 28:54-36:08 - Massacre T...more

  • #461: Short Term 12 / Top 5 Films of 1993 / Woman on the Beach

    Sep 27 2013

    Adam resists the urge to spend the whole show quoting "Tombstone" as he and Josh share their Top 5 Films of 1993, part of Filmspotting's year-by-year countdown series. Plus, a review of the new indie drama SHORT TERM 12, starring Brie Larson, and the Korean Auteurs Marathon continues with Hong Sang-soo’s WOMAN ON THE BEACH. :00-1:47 - Billboard / Donations 1:47-21:13 - Review: Short Term 12 Michael Nyman "The Heart Asks..." 21:54-27:51 - Massacre Theatre 27:51-38:43 - Polls / Notes 38:43-58:11 -...more

  • #460: Sam Rockwell / 2001 Revisited / DVD Release Round-Up

    Sep 20 2013

    Sam Rockwell’s Chuck Barris may not have known how he felt about long-suffering girlfriend Penny, but listeners know exactly how they feel about Rockwell. Josh and Adam share results from their listener poll about their favorite Rockwell performance, plus Adam's quick chat with the actor about his new movie, "A Single Shot." Also, a DVD review round-up that should help you plan your next couple of movie nights, and Adam returns from his spacewalk to share some thoughts on "2001: A Space Odyssey....more

  • #459: 2001: A Space Odyssey / Top 5 Kubrick Scenes

    Sep 13 2013

    Open the pod bay doors. Michael Phillips fills in for Adam on this week's mission: the Sacred Cow review of 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY. Plus, the Top 5 Stanley Kubrick Scenes. This show is presented by Shutterstock (code FILM9) and Squarespace (code FILM9). :00-3:25 - Billboard / Squarespace 3:25-24:57 - Sacred Cow: "2001" Johann Strauss Jr., "The Blue Danube Waltz" 26:10-27:48 - Sponsor: Shutterstock 27:48-33:30 - Massacre Theatre 33:30-44:05 - Polls / Phillips on TIFF 2013 Beethoven, "Symphony No. ...more

  • #458: Fall Movie Preview / The Grandmaster / 3-Iron

    Sep 06 2013

    Josh and Adam turn their attention to the change of season with their Top 5 Most Anticipated Fall Movies. Plus, a review of the new martial arts biopic THE GRANDMASTER from director Wong Kar-wai, and the first film in Filmspotting's six-part Korean Auteurs Marathon, 2004’s 3-IRON. :00-1:31 - Billboard / Shutterstock 1:31-20:33 - Review: "The Grandmaster" Neko Case, "Man" 22:01-23:55 - Sponsor: Shutterstock 23:55-31:45 - Massacre Theatre 31:45-43:17 - Polls/Notes 43:17-1:00:18 - Korean Auteurs #1...more

  • #457: Top 5 Elmore Leonard Characters / The World's End

    Aug 30 2013

    Filmspotting honors a writer by talking about the movies adapted from his books. A writer's nightmare? Perhaps. Adam and Josh pay tribute to Elmore Leonard, whose work inspired some great movie adaptations including "Get Shorty" and "Out of Sight." Plus, the guys drop in for a pint with Simon Pegg, Nick Frost and company to discuss the latest from director Edgar Wright, "The World's End." :00-2:21 - Billboard / Donations 2:21-24:21 - Review: "The World's End" Bobby Womack, "Across 110th Street" ...more

  • #456: Top 5 Nature Movies / Prince Avalanche / Fruitvale Station

    Aug 23 2013

    Josh and Adam round up their banjos, bows and arrows and irrational fear of sadistic mountain men in order to pull off this week's Top 5: Nature Movies. Plus, a discussion of David Gordon Green's PRINCE AVALANCHE, starring Paul Rudd and Emile Hirsch, and your hosts each recommend a movie currently playing in limited release. This show is presented by Shutterstock (Use code: FILM 8). :00-1:48 - Billboard / Shutterstock 1:48-4:57 - Death Match Poll 4:57-21:54 - Review: "Prince Avalanche" Plants an...more

  • Review: The Act of Killing

    Aug 22 2013

    A standalone discussion of Joshua Oppenheimer's powerful new documentary "The Act of Killing," about Indonesian death squad leaders who re-stage their most infamous crimes as cinema. LINKS - Act of Killing Official Site - Josh on "Act of Killing" - Music Box showtimes Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • #455: Elysium / Spectacular Now / Top 5 Dangerous Missions

    Aug 16 2013

    Inspired by Matt Damon in Neill Blomkamp's ELYSIUM, Josh and Adam have one hour to complete their Top 5 Dangerous Missions, or else microscopic explosives will rupture their carotid arteries. Plus, Josh's take on the aptly named THE SPECTACULAR NOW. This show is presented by Audible. :00-2:03 - Billboard / Audible 1:34-22:52 - Review: "Elysium" "Tomorrow's Going to Be a Better Day" 24:01-27:26 - Audible 27:26-35:20 - Massacre Theatre 35:20-44:43 - Polls / Notes 44:43-49:30 - Josh on "Spectacular...more

  • FS Revisited: Josh vs. Adam

    Aug 09 2013

    Take a not-so-friendly trip down Filmspotting memory lane... The Adam-Josh divide over "Prometheus" was fairly tame, but their first major disagreement set the table for the all-out blood feuds of "Argo" and "The Impossible." :00-1:00 - Billboard 1:00-15:32 - Review: "Prometheus" Music: "Saturday Night's Alright for Fighting" 16:45-34:27 - Review: "Argo" Music: "Street Fighting Man" 35:37-51:44 - Review: "The Impossible" 51:44-54:00 - Close Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphon...more

  • #454: James Cromwell / Blue Jasmine / Top 5 Supp. Players in Lead Roles

    Aug 02 2013

    Mr. Lundegaard, we're just here to talk about this week's Top 5: Supporting Players in Lead Roles. The heck we mean? Like fer instance, Frances McDormand in FARGO. Plus, Adam’s chat with longtime supporting player James Cromwell about his starring role in the new film STILL MINE, and a review of Woody Allen's latest, BLUE JASMINE. All that, and the Chicago Tribune’s Michael Phillips. This show is presented by Shutterstock (code FILM8) and Squarespace (code FILM8). :00-3:04 - Billboard / Squaresp...more

  • #453: Pacific Rim / Top 5 Movie Robots

    Jul 26 2013

    Adam tries to convince Josh that he has no knowledge of Sarah Connor’s whereabouts -- whatever it takes to stay alive in order to share this week’s Filmspotting Top 5: Movie Robots. Plus, it's Kaiju vs. Jaeger in Guillermo del Toro's "Pacific Rim" ... Will it also be Kempenaar vs. Josh? This podcast is presented by Audible. :00-1:34 - Billboard / Audible 1:34-26:30 - Review: "Pacific Rim" Music: Daft Punk, "Beyond" 27:48-30:30 - Audible 30:30-38:02 - Massacre Theatre 38:02-47:48 - Polls / Notes ...more

  • #452: Only God Forgives / Top 5 Anthology Films / ABCs of Death

    Jul 19 2013

    Matt Singer and Alison Willmore fill in on Original Recipe and invite 10 filmmakers to make their own short movies about each one of their Top 5 Anthology Films (available online). Plus, a discussion of the horror anthology "The ABCs of Death," and a trip to Bangkok to review "Only God Forgives," starring Ryan Gosling. This episode is presented by Shutterstock (code FILM7). :00-1:19 - Billboard 1:20-19:12 - Review: "Only God Forgives" Music: Cliff Martinez 20:29-22:08 - Shutterstock 22:23-36:40 ...more

  • #451: Top 5 Films of 2013 (So Far)

    Jul 12 2013

    I got Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy. In Greece... Adam does his best James Franco as he and Josh reveal their Top 5 Films of 2013 (So Far). Plus, the worst films of the year and more. This episode is presented by Shutterstock (code FILM7) and Squarespace (code FILM7). :00-3:15 - Billboard / Squarespace4:16-25:02 - Best of Year: Picks #5-4Music: Mikal Cronin, "Peace of Mind"26:12-27:54 - Shutterstock27:54-34:55 - Massacre Theatre34:55-46:57 - Polls / NotesMusic: Mikal Cronin, "Am I Wrong"48:25-53:5...more

  • FS Revisited: Blaxploitation

    Jul 05 2013

    Can you dig it? With the help of producer Sam Van Hallgren, Filmspotting revisits its recent six-week Blaxploitation Marathon, including discussions of "Shaft" and "Superfly." :00-1:00 - Billboard 1:00-14:44 - #1: "Shaft" Music: C.G. Cameron, "It's So Hard..." 15:53-30:24 - #2: "Superfly" 30:24-48:13 - #3: "Cooley High" Music: James Brown, "Down and Out..." 49:21-1:05:34 - Awards: "The Mayfields" 1:05:34-1:08:03 - Close   Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • #450: Man of Steel / Top 5 Christ Figures

    Jun 28 2013

    Michael Phillips is Filmspotting's savior this week, sitting in for Adam for a discussion of "Man of Steel" and a countdown of the Top 5 Movie Christ Figures. This show is presented by Audible and Squarespace (code Film 6). :00-4:16 - Billboard / Audible 4:16-23:27 - Review: "Man of Steel" Music: The Bookshop Band, "The Boxer" 24:41-26:18 - Shutterstock 26:18-31:05 - Gandolfini 31:05-36:16 - Massacre Theatre 36:16-43:28 - Polls / Notes Music: The Bookshop Band, "For an Ending" 44:44-1:13:59 - To...more

  • FS Revisited: Sight & Sound Top 10

    Jun 24 2013

    With Adam and Josh taking a little summer time off, Filmspotting revisits its Aug. 2012 episode revealing the hosts' Top 10 Greatest Films, with the help of regular contributor Michael Phillips (Chicago Tribune). Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • #449: Before Midnight / Top 5 Americans Abroad

    Jun 14 2013

    On a whim, Josh and Adam stumble off a train together to see where things go with a (long) discussion of BEFORE MIDNIGHT. Then Filmspotting pops into a smoky Parisian cafe to share the Top 5 Americans Abroad. This podcast is presented by Audible and Shutterstock.com (use code FILM6). :00-3:03 - Billboard / Audible 3:03-41:49 - Review: "Before Midnight" Music: Ron Sexsmith, "If Only Avenue" 43:18-45:15 - Shutterstock 45:34-51:53 - Massacre Theatre 51:53-59:58 - Polls Music: Ron Sexsmith, "The Mor...more

  • Best Film You've Never Seen / Overlooked Movies

    Jun 07 2013

    Adam talks to Chicago writer Robert K. Elder about his new book, "The Best Film You’ve Never Seen," featuring interviews with Richard Linklater, Edgar Wright and 33 other directors talking about the movies they adore that have been critically reviled, forgotten or otherwise overlooked. Plus, replays of Adam's 2011 conversation with Elder and Filmspotting's Top 5 Overlooked Movies from 2012. :00-1:08 - Billboard 1:08-20:57 - "The Best Film You've Never Seen" (2013) Music: Archie Powell..., "Only ...more

  • #448: Top 5 Contemporary B&W Movies / Frances Ha

    May 31 2013

    In 1979, Diane Keaton was the quirky star of Woody Allen’s B&W love letter to New York City, "Manhattan." 35 years later, the city is the same -- and so is the black and white photography -- but the quirky star is Greta Gerwig, in director Noah Baumbach's "Frances Ha." Plus, the Top 5 Contemporary Black & White Films... Your analyst Donnie really wants you to listen. :00-1:12 - Billboard 1:12-21:32 - Review: "Frances Ha" Music: She & Him, "I've Got Your Number, Son" 22:44-31:34 - Mas...more

  • #447: Star Trek Into Darkness / Top 5 Small Moments in Big Movies

    May 24 2013

    Despite the efforts of his old friend Khan, James T. Kirk is alive and well in the sequel to 2009’s successful relaunch of the Star Trek franchise. This week, Filmspotting boldly reviews "Star Trek Into Darkness". Plus, the Top 5 Small Moments in Big Movies. KHAAAAAAAAAAN!!!!!!! :00-1:26 - Billboard 1:26-25:59 - Review: "Star Trek Into Darkness" Music: Junip, "Line of Fire" 27:33-34:37 - Massacre Theatre 34:37-45:20 - Polls / Notes Music: Junip, "Your Life Your Call" 47:00-53:09 - Donations / SV...more

  • Stories We Tell

    May 23 2013

    Filmspotting discusses Sarah Polley's autobiographical doc "Stories We Tell." Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • #446: The Great Gatsby / Top 5 Movies About the Rich

    May 17 2013

    This week Adam and Josh have their minds on the money and money on their minds. Inspired by Jay Gatsby’s return to the silver screen, they share their Top 5 Movies About the Rich and discuss Baz Lurhmann’s uh, re-imagining, of the classic novel by F. Scott Fitzgerald. This episode is presented by Shutterstock (code FILM5). :00-1:41 - Billboard / Shutterstock 1:41-25:02 - Review: "The Great Gatsby" Music: The Rubens, "My Gun" 26:34-28:48 - Shutterstock 28:48-36:49 - Massacre Theatre 36:49-48:45 -...more

  • #445: Iron Man 3 / Top 5 Movie Geniuses

    May 10 2013

    Inspired by the brilliant mind of Tony Stark, Filmspotting crunches the numbers to come up with the Top 5 Movie Geniuses. Plus, a review of co-writer/director Shane Black's "Iron Man 3" and more. This episode is presented by Shutterstock (code FILM5) and Squarespace (code FILM5) :00-3:06 - Billboard / Squarespace3:06-25:04 - Review: "Iron Man 3"Music: Air Review, "Young" 26:47-28:15 - Shutterstock28:45-35:37 - Massacre Theatre35:37-45:33 - Polls / NotesMusic: Air Review, "Rebel" 47:07-54:20 - Do...more

  • #444: 2013 Summer Movie Preview / Mud / Ophuls Awards

    May 03 2013

    In anticipation of the season’s first blockbusters, Josh and Adam reveal their Top 5 Most Anticipated Summer Movies. Plus, a review of "Mud," the latest from "Take Shelter" writer/director Jeff Nichols, and "The Dollies," recognizing the best of the Max Ophuls Marathon. This episode is presented by Audible. :00-1:49 - Billboard / Sponsor 1:49-23:57 - Review: "Mud" Music: Iron & Wine, "Singers and..." 25:20-27:54 - Audible 27:54-33:59 - Massacre Theatre 33:59-46:03 - Polls / Notes 46:03-1:05:...more

  • #443: Oblivion / Place Beyond the Pines / Top 5 Futuristic Movie Jobs

    Apr 26 2013

    Tom Cruise is assigned to extract Earth's remaining resources... and Michael Phillips and Tasha Robinson draw the plum gig of deciding whether "Oblivion" was worth all the resources put into it. Plus, your guest hosts weigh in on their Top 5 Futuristic Movie Jobs and spend a few minutes parsing "The Place Beyond the Pines." :00-1:11 - Billboard 1:12-19:19 - Review: "Oblivion" Music: David Bowie, "The Stars" 20:44-24:31 - Massacre Theatre 24:32-30:59 - Ebertfest 31:00-45:51 - Review: "Place Beyon...more

  • #442: To the Wonder / Top 5 Malick Scenes / Lola Montes

    Apr 19 2013

    This week's episode with Filmspotting's Top 5 Malick Scenes and a review of "To the Wonder" was recorded entirely at the magic hour. Plus, the final Max Ophuls Marathon movie, 1955's Lola Montes. This episode is presented by Shutterstock (code FILM4). :00-1:32 - Billboard / Sponsor 1:32-27:07 - Review: "To the Wonder" Music: Low, "So Blue" 28:51-31:22 - Shutterstock 31:22-37:29 - Massacre Theatre 37:29-43:56 - Polls / Notes 43:56-1:02:24 - "Lola Montes" Music: Low, "Waiting" 1:03:30-1:32:06 - To...more

  • #441: Farewell Ebert / Trance / Top 5 Neo-Noirs with Chris Harris

    Apr 12 2013

    Author Chris Harris ("The Big Clear") joins Adam and Josh for a trip to Chinatown and lots of other unsavory places for this week’s Filmspotting Top 5: Neo-Noirs. Plus, a review of Danny Boyle's art-world thriller "Trance" and a tribute to the late, great Roger Ebert. This episode is presented by Shutterstock (code FILM4). :00-1:21 - Billboard 1:21-18:00 - Farewell, Ebert Music: The Beatles, "I'll Be Back" 19:40-31:27 - Shutterstock 21:51-29:56 - Massacre Theatre 29:56-41:17 - Polls / Notes / Pa...more

  • #440: Evil Dead ('81) / Top 5 Tracking Shots / Earrings of Madame de...

    Apr 05 2013

    This week, Josh and Adam take the Chicago Tribune’s Michael Phillips through the special kitchen entrance to the best seats in the house for the Filmspotting Top 5: Tracking Shots. Plus, a Sacred Cow review of Sam Raimi’s 1981 horror classic "The Evil Dead" and the majestic third Max Ophuls' Marathon film, "The Earrings of Madame de..." This episode is presented by Squarespace (code FILM4) and Audible. :00-4:14 - Billboard / Audible 1:19-28:37 - Review: "The Evil Dead" ('81) Music: David Ford, "...more

  • #439: Spring Breakers / Top 5 Turning Over a New Leaf Movies

    Mar 29 2013

    Look at my episode! Look at my episode! I got... reviews of Harmony Korine's "Spring Breakers." Hosts disagreeing. I got... Top 5 Turning Over a New Leaf Movies. Some are even better than "Scarface," which I got on repeat. Constantly, y'all. I even got contenders for the Filmspotting Pantheon. All different genres. Comedies. Foreign Language. Weird David Lynch. American Dream, y'all. This episode is presented by Shutterstock (code FILM3). :00-1:19 - Billboard / Sponsor Music: Kid Dakota, "Winter...more

  • #438: Top 5 Movie Religious Figures / Beyond the Hills / La Ronde

    Mar 22 2013

    Filmspotting kisses the ring of their Top 5 Movie Religious Figures... And if "The Last Exorcism: Part II" didn’t satisfy your desire for religious horror, you won’t have to wait for Part III. Romania offers its own spin on the genre with "Beyond the Hills." Plus, hop into the sack for the second Max Ophuls Marathon film, "La Ronde." This episode is presented by Shutterstock (code FILM3) and Audible. :00-3:22 - Billboard / Sponsors 3:22-27:53 - Review: "Beyond the Hills" Music: Tallest Man..., "...more

  • #437: Oz the Great and Powerful / Top 5 Movie Locations We Wish We Could Visit / Letter from...

    Mar 15 2013

    Filmspotting finds its happy places with this week’s Top 5: Movie Locations We Wish We Could Visit. Plus, a review of director Sam Raimi’s latest trip over the rainbow, "Oz the Great and Powerful," and the first film in the Max Ophuls Marathon, "Letter from an Unknown Woman." This episode is presented by Shutterstock (code FILM3) and Squarespace (code FILM3). :00-1:53 - Billboard / Sponsors 1:53-24:44 - Review: "Oz the Great..." Music: Willie Nelson, "Somewhere Over..." 26:43-29:05 - Sponsors 29...more

  • #436: Top 5 Movie Mother-Daughters / Stoker

    Mar 08 2013

    Adam tries to keep his telekinesis from ruining this year’s prom... er... this week’s Top 5: Movie Mother-Daughters -- a list not inspired by "Carrie," but by the new thriller "Stoker" from Korean auteur Park Chan-wook. This episode is presented by Audible and Shutterstock (code FILM3). :00-3:55 - Billboard / Audible 3:56-21:18 - Review: "Stoker" Music: Sharon Van Etten, "Serpents" 24:13-26:45 - Sponsor: Shutterstock 26:55-32:44 - Massacre Theatre 32:45-44:29 - Polls / Notes Music: Sharon Van Et...more

  • #435: Top 5 Unseen Characters / Like Someone In Love

    Mar 01 2013

    With the help of a six-foot bunny named Harvey, Josh and Adam share their Top 5 Unseen Characters. Plus, a review of Abbas Kiarostami's latest puzzler, "Like Someone In Love," and the debut of Ask Filmspotting (post-Oscars edition). This episode is presented by Audible and Squarespace (code FILM3). :00-1:52 - Billboard / Squarespace 1:53-22:38 - Review: "Like Someone in Love" Music: Rodriguez, "Sugar Man" 24:13-26:45 - Sponsor: Audible 26:58-34:40 - Massacre Theatre 34:41-39:37 - Polls 46:46-50:...more

  • #434 Extra: Marx Bros. Awards

    Feb 25 2013

    Michael Phillips continues his comedy education of Filmspotting during "The Gookies," the Marx Bros. Marathon Awards including Best Groucho One-Liner, Gag and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • #434: Oscar Picks / A Night at the Opera

    Feb 21 2013

    Winning an Oscar, only slightly more glamorous than joining the 10 million mile club like Ryan Bingham in "Up in the Air"... The Chicago Tribune's Michael Phillips joins Adam and Josh for a special Oscars edition of Filmspotting to discuss who will win, who should win... and who should get their name on the side of a plane. Plus, the fourth and final Marx Bros. Marathon movie, "A Night at the Opera." This episode is presented by Audible. :00-1:36 - Billboard / Sponsors 1:37-27:14 - Oscar Picks (...more

  • #433: Top 5 Romantic Gestures / Side Effects / Duck Soup

    Feb 15 2013

    Cue up "In Your Eyes"... in honor of Valentine's Day, it's Filmspotting's Lloyd Dobler Memorial List of the screen's Top 5 Romantic Gestures. Plus, what may be Steven Soderbergh's final cinematic gesture -- "Side Effects," starring Rooney Mara and Jude Law -- and the third Marx Bros. Marathon movie, "Duck Soup"... "The light, the heat..." This episode is presented by Shutterstock (code FILM2) and Squarespace (code FILM2). :00-3:34 - Billboard / Squarespace 3:35-23:36 - Review: "Side Effects" Mus...more

  • #432: Top 5 Directors Who Need A Comeback / Charles Swan / Monkey Business

    Feb 08 2013

    Filmspotting may miss Ron Burgundy and his musk, but this week Adam and Josh focus on the filmmakers they've been missing with a countdown the Top 5 Directors Who Need a Comeback. Plus, a review of Roman Coppola's first film in 12 years, "A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III," starring Charlie Sheen and Bill Murray, and the second Marx Bros. Marathon movie, "Monkey Business." This episode is presented by Shutterstock (Use code FILM2) and Audible. :00-3:38 - Billboard / Audible 3:42-20:4...more

  • #431: Top 5 Survival Movies / The Impossible / Animal Crackers

    Feb 01 2013

    Everybody knows the first rule of Fight Club is: you do not talk about Fight Club. But Filmspotting joins Tyler Durden in exploring their primal selves with a countdown of the Top 5 Survival Movies. Plus, Adam and Josh barely emerge unscathed from their discussion of "The Impossible" before taking on their first Marx Bros. Marathon movie, "Animal Crackers." This episode is presented by SquareSpace (Use code FILM2) and Audible. :00-2:53 - Billboard / SquareSpace 2:54-23:43 - Review: "The Impossib...more

  • #430: 2013 Movie Preview (Pt. 2 ) / Die Hard

    Jan 25 2013

    In 1988, our action heroes looked like Sly Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger... then we met a barefoot Bruce Willis. Adam and Josh find out if it really is a good day to "Die Hard" as they give the Sacred Cow treatment to the action classic that made Willis a movie star. Plus, the Top 5 Most Anticipated Performances of 2013. This episode is presented by Shutterstock (Use code FILM1) and MoviePass (Use code FILMSPOTTING). :00-1:33 - Billboard / MoviePass 1:34-25:56 - Sacred Cow: "Die Hard" Music...more

  • #429: 2013 Movie Preview (Pt. 1) / Amour

    Jan 18 2013

    Last year, two of Josh's most anticipated films didn’t even end up getting released. Find out who he cursed this year as he and Adam reveal their Top 5 Most Anticipated Movies of 2013. Plus, love hurts in Michael Haneke's "Amour." This episode is presented by Squarespace (Use code FILM1) and MoviePass. :00-1:55 - Billboard / MoviePass 1:56-22:42 - Review: "Amour" Music: Death Cab for Cutie, "You Are a Tourist" 24:16-26:11 - Sponsor: Squarespace 26:24-41:02 - Massacre Theatre / Polls 41:03-51:25...more

  • #428 Live: 2012 Wrap Party

    Jan 11 2013

    Live from Mayne Stage in Chicago, it's Filmspotting's 2012 Wrap Party sponsored by WBEZ! There was no dancing for dollar bills, but the show's own Magic Mike, Michael Phillips from the Chicago Tribune, helped Adam and Josh reveal their favorite performances, scenes and more from the past year in movies. Plus, special guest musician Abraham Levitan was on hand to summarize the trio's thoughts with his unique brand of improvised response songs. This episode is brought to you by Audible.com and Mov...more

  • #427: Django Unchained / Edward Burns / Blaxploitation Awards

    Dec 25 2012

    Quentin Tarantino’s ode to Spaghetti Westerns "Django Unchained" brought Josh and Adam together over the holidays. Was it a fortuitous turn of events? Plus, a conversation with writer/director/actor Edward Burns about his new holiday release, and the Blaxploitation Marathon concludes with "Ganja & Hess." This episode is brought to you by MoviePass -- see unliminted movies nationwide for a flat month monthly rate. ... MUSIC - "Django Unchained" Soundtrack NOTES / LINKS - Josh's "Django" revie...more

  • #426 (Pt. 2): Top 10 Films of 2012

    Dec 21 2012

    Filmspotting assembles the film critic Avengers -- Michael Phillips (Chicago Tribune) and Scott Tobias (A.V. Club) -- to finish off the Top 10 Films of 2012 countdown and reflect on the year in cinema. This episode is presented by Shutterstock (use code FILM12) and MoviePass. :00-2:52 - Intro/MoviePass 2:53-45:30 - Best of '12: #6-10 Recap, Picks #4-5 Music: "Heroic Weather Conditions of the Universe, Part 7: After the Storm" ("Moonrise Kingdom") 47:10-49:34 - Promos: Shutterstock / SVU Music: "...more

  • #426 (Pt. 1): Top 10 Films of 2012

    Dec 20 2012

    Josh and Adam didn't set out to meet their makers, but they do tackle the Promethean task of counting down their Top 10 Films of 2012 with the help of some special guest contributors. :00-20:40 - Best of '12: Picks #8-10 Music: "Once There Was a Hushpuppy" ("Beasts of...") 21:58-25:48 - Donations Music: "Sweetness of Freddie" ("Master") 26:32-40:13 - Massacre Theatre / Notes 40:14-52:53 - Best of '12: Picks #6-752:54-57:39 - Close / FAB #1 Picks MUSIC - Film scores curated by Sam Smith NOTES / L...more

  • #425: Zero Dark Thirty / The Hobbit / Golden Brick Nominees

    Dec 14 2012

    The end-of-year onslaught begins  with the announcement of Filmspotting's eight Golden Brick nominees for 2012. Plus, an unexpected journey with "The Hobbit" and an early review of "Zero Dark Thirty." This episode is presented by Shutterstock (Use code FILM12) and MoviePass. :00-1:16 - Billboard / MoviePass 1:45-25:25 - Review: "Zero Dark Thirty Music: The Lumineers, "Dead Sea" 26:36-27:37 - Sponsor: Shutterstock 27:56-39:38 - Massacre Theatre / Notes 39:38-56:07 - Review: "The Hobbit"Music: Mic...more

  • #424: Killing Them Softly / Top 5 Inept Criminals / Cooley High

    Dec 07 2012

    Like Nic Cage in "Raising Arizona," last night Josh had a dream... a dream he and Adam were going to discuss the H.I. McDonnough Memorial List of the Top 5 Inept Movie Criminals, inspired by the new Brad Pitt crime drama "Killing Them Softly." Plus, cut school and cue up the Motown for the 5th Blaxploitation Marathon film, "Cooley High." Presented by MoviePass and Audible.com. :00-2:35 - Billboard / MoviePass 2:36-22:30 - Review: "Killing Them Softly" Alabama Shakes, "Hold On" 23:51-26:34 - Spon...more

  • #423: Silver Linings Playbook / Skyfall / Top 5 Credit Sequences

    Nov 30 2012

    Is manic depression a frustrating mess, or a fascinating one? It's a November release round-up as Adam and Josh discuss "Silver Linings Playbook," plus "Skyfall" and "Anna Karenina." The guys also open up their 'little green bags' to cough in their lists of the Top 5 Credit Sequences, and discuss their 4th Blaxploitation Marathon film, "Black Caesar." This episode is presented by Shutterstock (Use code FILM11), MoviePass and Hover. :00-2:49 - Billboard / Hover 2:50-15:33 - Review: "Silver Lining...more

  • Golden Bricks Preview Special

    Nov 23 2012

    Filmspotting celebrates Thanksgiving this week with a look back at some of the under-the-radar cinematic gems that Adam and Josh are most grateful for this year... movies that might just earn a spot among the nominees for Filmspotting's coveted Golden Brick award. This episode is presented by Shutterstock (Code FILM11) and Squarespace.com (Code FILM11). :00-3:18 - Billboard / Shutterstock 3:21-9:00 - Golden Brick Candidates 9:01-28:23 - Replay: "Beast of the Southern Wild"Music: "Can You Believe...more

  • #422: Spielberg Spectacular! Lincoln / Close Encounters... / Top 5 Scenes

    Nov 16 2012

    We're gonna need a bigger show... Michael Phillips drops by to select the Top 5 Spielberg Scenes and review the director's latest, "Lincoln." Plus, cook up those mashed potatoes for a Sacred Cow discussion of one Spielberg classic – 1977’s "Close Encounters of the Third Kind." This episode is presented by Shutterstock (Use code FILM11) and FreshBooks. :00-3:08 - Billboard / Shutterstock 3:09-31:31 - Review: "Lincoln" Music: "Shark Attack"; "Raiders March" 32:27-33:26 - Sponsor: FreshBooks 33:50-...more

  • #421: Tim Heidecker / Top 5 Dramatic Performances by Comic Actors / Coffy

    Nov 09 2012

    Filmspotting pays respect to the performers who decided they were no longer satisfied simply being clowns here to amuse with a countdown of the Top 5 Dramatic Performances by Comic Actors. Plus, Adam’s conversation with one such performer: Tim Heidecker of Tim & Eric fame discusses his transition to the semi-tragic side for his new film "The Comedy"... and Pam Grier stars as "Coffy" in the third Blaxploitation Marathon film. This episode is presented by Hover and FreshBooks. :00-2:25 - Billb...more

  • #420: Cloud Atlas / Top 5 Multiple Role Performances / Super Fly

    Nov 02 2012

    Filmspotting crosses continents and generations in search of the true-true with a discussion of "Cloud Atlas." Plus, inspired the busy ensemble in "Atlas," a countdown of the Top 5 Multiple Role Performances... And oh "Super Fly," you’re gonna make your fortune by and by... Adam and Josh cover the second film in their Blaxploitation Marathon. This episode is presented by Audible.com. :00-1:18 - Intro 1:19-22:54 - Review: "Cloud Atlas" Music: Michael Kiwanuka, "Home Again" 24:04-28:38 - Audible 2...more

  • #419: The Shining / Top 5 Terrifying Characters / Room 237

    Oct 26 2012

    Heeeeere's Michael Phillips! From the spacious Overlook studio at WBEZ, Michael joins Filmspotting for a Sacred Cow discussion of "The Shining." Also on this special Halloween edition: theories about the theories in the new documentary "Room 237," which explores the hidden meanings in Stanley Kubrick's 1982 horror classic. Plus, the Top 5 Terrifying Movie Characters. This episode is presented by Hover and FreshBooks.com. :00-2:20 - Intro/Hover 2:22-37:07 - Review: "The Shining" Music: Little Le...more

  • #418: Argo / Top 5 Movies Directed by Their Stars / Shaft

    Oct 19 2012

    Filmspotting likes reviewing movies, but what the hosts really want to do is direct. Themselves. Inspired by their discussion of Ben Affleck's "Argo," Adam and Josh countdown the Top 5 Movies Directed by Their Stars. Plus, they answer the age-old question, 'Who’s the private dick that’s a sex machine to all the chicks?' You’re damn right the Blaxploitation Marathon begins with "Shaft." This episode is presented by Squarespace.com (use code FILM10) and FreshBooks.com. :00-3:20 - Intro/FreshBooks ...more

  • #417: Martin McDonagh (Seven Psychopaths) / Top 5 Movie Pets

    Oct 12 2012

    On this fun, culture-filled edition of Filmspotting, Adam's conversation with writer/director Martin McDonagh about his latest dark comedy, "Seven Psychopaths," starring Colin Farrell, Christopher Walken and a Shih Tzu named Bonny… the inspiration for this week’s Top 5: Movie Pets. This episode is presented by Hover.com. Use off code 'Filmspotting.' :00-29:56 - Interview: Martin McDonagh Music: Band of Horses, "Knock Knock" 31:35-33:04 - Hover 33:05-39:10 - Massacre Theatre 39:11-51:49 - Polls, ...more

  • #416: Looper / Top 5 Doppelganger Movies / Chicago Film Fest Preview

    Oct 05 2012

    Adam tries to convince Judy, er, Josh, to change his hair for their Vertigo Memorial Top 5 Doppelganger Movies. Plus, a discussion of Rian Johnson's new time-travel thriller "Looper" and a preview of the upcoming Chicago International Film Festival. This episode is presented by Audible.com and Squarespace.com. :00-23:44 - Review: "Looper" Music: Ray LaMontagne & The Pariah Dogs, "Beg, Steal or Borrow" 25:12-28:29 - Audible / Squarespace 28:47-34:11 - Massacre Theatre 34:12-42:37 - Polls, Not...more

  • #415: The Master / Top 5 Charismatic Leaders

    Sep 28 2012

    "The Master" tells us that "Good science, by definition, allows for more than opinion." Adam and Josh mostly prove to be good scientists as they 'process' Paul Thomas Anderson's latest. Plus, the Top 5 Charismatic Movie Leaders and your feedback on the Sacred Cow review of "Raiders of the Lost Ark." This episode is presented by Squarespace.com. :00-31:03 - Review: "The Master" Music: Ben Folds Five, "Do It Anyway" 32:10-33:27 - Squarespace 33:49-39:50 - Massacre Theatre 39:51-44:44 - Polls, Note...more

  • #414: Top 5 L.A. Movies / End of Watch / Iranian Marathon Awards

    Sep 21 2012

    The sun shines and the land may be cheap, but if you’ve seen L.A. Confidential – or just about any movie set in the city of angels – you know it's a town with a dark side. This week's Filmspotting Top 5: Los Angeles Movies. Plus, a review of the new LAPD drama "End of Watch" and the conclusion of the Contemporary Iranian Cinema Marathon. This episode is presented by Audible.com. :00-1:18 - Intro 1:41-18:53 - Review: "End Of Watch" Music: Regina Spektor, "Small Town Moon" 20:32-22:50 - Audible 23...more

  • #413: Raiders of the Lost Ark / Top 5 Films of 1981

    Sep 14 2012

    Michael Phillips (Chicago Tribune) plays the role of Belloq for this 'Sacred Cow' discussion of Steven Spielberg's action-adventure classic "Raiders of the Lost Ark." Plus, the Top 5 Films of 1981 and Michael's reflections on the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival. This episode is presented by Squarespace.com. :00-1:40 - Intro, Promos 1:41-32:18 - Review: "Raiders of the Lost Ark" Music: The Lumineers, "Stubborn Love" 34:11-36:29 - Squarespace 36:41-52:07 - Massacre Theatre / Polls / Notes...more

  • #412: Top 5 Dance Scenes / Alps / Offside

    Sep 07 2012

    Hey Kitty Kat, don't be a... draws a square in the air... and be sure to download this show featuring the Pulp Fiction Memorial Top 5 Dance Scenes. Plus, Adam and Josh put down their $5 milkshakes to discuss "Alps," the new film from the director of "Dogtooth," and conclude their Contemporary Iranian Cinema Marathon with "Offside." This episode is presented by Audible.com. :00-2:11 - Intro, Promos 2:13-22:34 - Review: "Alps" Music: Divine Fits, "Would That Not Be Nice" 23:39-25:30 - Audible 25:4...more

  • Interviews: Craig Zobel (Compliance) / Mike Birbiglia (Sleepwalk With Me)

    Aug 31 2012

    Adam talks to writer/director Craig Zobel about his provocative new film "Compliance," and with comedian Mike Birbiglia about the semi-autobiographical new film he co-wrote, co-directed and stars in, "Sleepwalk With Me." Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • #411: Fall Movie Preview / Cosmopolis / Mike Birbiglia / Craig Zobel

    Aug 31 2012

    Does this podcast sound asymmetrical to you? Adam and Josh stop their limo ride through downtown Chicago long enough to commend David Cronenberg's bizarre "Cosmopolis" and reveal their Top 5 Most Anticipated Fall Movies. Plus, interviews with two filmmakers - Mike Birbiglia ("Sleepwalk With Me") and Craig Zobel ("Compliance"). This episode is presented by Audible.com. :00-2:12 - Intro, Promos 2:13-30:59 - Interview: Mike Birbiglia ("Sleepwalk With Me") Music: Reubens Accomplice, "Field Science" ...more

  • #410 (Pt. 2): Top 10 Films of All Time

    Aug 26 2012

    The Top 10 Greatest Films of All Time talk continues with guest Michael Phillips... Plus, writer/director Jeff Nichols ("Take Shelter") calls in to discuss his official (Paul Newman-heavy) Sight & Sound ballot. :00-17:40 - Top 10: Movies & Celebrity / Anti-Heroes 17:41-34:05 - Interview: Jeff Nichols Music: The Gaslight Anthem, "Here Comes My Man" 35:02-40:15 - Donations 40:35-1:10:32 - Top 10: Martyrs / The Truth / Justice 1:10:33-1:13:24 - Close MUSIC - The Gaslight Anthem NOTES/LINKS ...more

  • #410 (Pt. 1): Top 10 Films of All Time

    Aug 24 2012

    Inspired by Sight & Sound's 2012 Greatest Films Poll, Michael Phillips (Chicago Tribune) joins Josh and Adam to discuss their Top 10 Films of All Time. Plus,  a few special guests call in to share their #1 most 'essential' movie. Look for Pt. 2 later this weekend. This episode is presented by Audible.com. :00-2:24 - Intro, Promos 2:25-31:14 - Top 10: The Champion / Voyeurs Music: The Gaslight Anthem, "45" 32:14-34:09 - Audible 34:24-41:31 - Massacre Theatre 41:32-45:58 - Polls, Notes 45:59-1...more

  • #409: Top 5 Cinema Spies / Bourne Legacy / Fireworks Wednesday

    Aug 17 2012

    Inexplicably, George Lazenby is overlooked as Filmspotting reveals its highly confidential Top 5 Cinema Spies (James Bond Memorial)... And don't forget to take your chems before listening to discussions of "The Bourne Legacy" and "Fireworks Wednesday," the fifth film in the show's Contemporary Iranian Cinema Marathon. This episode is presented by Squarespace.com. :00-24:11 - Review: "The Bourne Legacy" Music: Marvin Hamlisch, "Nobody Does It Better" (from "The Spy Who Loved Me") 25:10-26:51 - Sq...more

  • Dark Knight Rises Spoiled

    Aug 10 2012

    You've heard Filmspotting's take, now it's the listeners' turn to reckon with "The Dark Knight Rises" in this spoiler edition show. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • #408: Top 5 Play Adaptations / Killer Joe

    Aug 03 2012

    Adam and Josh break a leg, avoid mention of 'The Scottish Play' and depend on the kindness of strangers to reveal their Top 5 Play Adaptations, inspired by William Friedkin's new film adaptation of Tracy Letts' Gothic crime thriller "Killer Joe." Plus, Listener Feedback on Filmspotting's Top 5 'Seemed Like a Bad Idea' Movies. This episode is presented by Audible.com and Fandor.com. :00-19:28 - Review: "Killer Joe" Music: Mazes, "Love To Lay" 20:25-23:14 - Audible Recommendations 23:24-30:16 - Ma...more

  • #407: Ruby Sparks / Top 5 Movies About Writers / The Mirror

    Jul 27 2012

    We'll show you the life of the mind! Adam and Josh eloquently express affection for their Top 5 Movies About Writers, and discuss the new film written by and starring Zoe Kazan, "Ruby Sparks." Plus, Adam makes an amazing discovery with the fourth film in the show's Contemporary Iranian Cinema Marathon, "The Mirror." This episode is presented by Fandor.com. Filmspotting #407:00-14:27 - Review: "Ruby Sparks"Music: Mazes, "Go Betweens"15:27-20:49 - Massacre Theatre20:50-24:03 - Polls24:04-40:16 - I...more

  • #406: Dark Knight Rises / Beasts of the Southern Wild / Top 5 Stormy Weather Movies

    Jul 20 2012

    Which battle is more bloody and brutal: Batman vs. Bane or Michael Phillips vs. A.O. Scott? Adam and Josh discuss "The Dark Knight Rises," then enlist the help of the dynamic former At The Movies duo to debate "Beasts of the Southern Wild." Plus, the 'Take Shelter Memorial' Top 5 Stormy Weather Movies. Spoiler Alert? There should be no 'actual' spoilers in the discussion of "The Dark Knight Rises"... however... of course, you should proceed with caution. This episode is presented by Audible.com ...more

  • #405: Amazing Spider-Man / Top 5 'Seemed Like a Bad Idea' Movies

    Jul 13 2012

    Sometimes a bad movie idea is just a bad movie idea – remember "The Country Bears," anyone? - but sometimes it results in cinema excellence. Adam and Josh share their Top 5 'Seemed Like a Bad Idea' Movies, inspired by their discussion of Marc Webb's reboot, "The Amazing Spider-Man." This episode is presented by Audible.com. :00-19:15 - Review: "The Amazing Spider-Man" Music: Young Jesus, "Family and Friends" 20:05-21:58 - Audible Recommendations 22:14-28:09 - Massacre Theatre 28:10-30:47 - Notes...more

  • #404: Top 5 Performances of 2012 (So Far) / Ted

    Jul 06 2012

    Adam confesses his love for a childhood doll -- and Josh promptly bashes him for it -- as they discuss Seth Macfarlane's feature directing debut "Ted." Plus, the Top 5 Performances of 2012 (So Far)... in which Adam successfully avoids saying Michael Fassbender's name five times. :00-22:40 - Review: "Ted" Music: M. Ward, "Me and My Shadow" (feat. Zooey Deschanel) 23:30-29:32 - Massacre Theatre 29:33-32:57 - Notes / Polls 32:58-51:13 - Top 5: Actresses of 2012 (So Far) Music: M. Ward, "Watch The S...more

  • #403: Top 5 Films of 2012 (So Far) / Magic Mike

    Jun 29 2012

    Filmspotting welcomes the Chicago Tribune's "Magic" Michael Phillips to the microphone to debate Channing Tatum's, um, talents on display in Steven Soderbergh's latest. Plus, the triumvirate looks back on the half year in cinema with a countdown of their Top 5 Films of 2012 (So Far). This episode is presented by Squarespace.com. :00-21:41 - Review: "Magic Mike" Music: Kelly Hogan, "Golden" 23:06-24:50 - Squarespace 25:19-32:14 - Massacre Theatre 32:15-37:51 - Notes / Polls 37:52-54:08 - Top 5: B...more

  • #402: Brave / Top 5 Screen Redheads / Children of Heaven

    Jun 22 2012

    Think Julianne Moore is the first and last name in movie gingers? Think again. Josh and Adam reveal their Top 5 Screen Redheads and discuss Pixar's latest "Brave." Plus, the third film in the Contemporary Iranian Cinema Marathon, "Children of Heaven." This episode is presented by Audible.com. :00-19:19 - Review: "Brave"Music: Manchester Orchestra, "April Fool"20:33-23:30 - Audible Recommendations23:31-29:10 - Massacre Theatre29:11-33:22 - Poll Questions33:23-46:34 - Iranian Cinema #3: "Children ...more

  • Interviews: Mark Duplass / Lynn Shelton

    Jun 16 2012

    Adam interviews actor-director Mark Duplass and learns how he and his brother discovered they weren't the next Coen Bros. Plus, writer/director Lynn Shelton reveals how directing an episode of "Mad Men" changed her filmmaking approach. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • #401: Top 5 Crackpots / Your Sister's Sister / Safety Not Guaranteed

    Jun 15 2012

    This week... a Filmspotting Top 5 so wacky and unbelievable, Walter Peck might just show up to learn more about what it is we do here. Adam and Josh countdown their Top 5 Movie Crackpots and celebrate Mark Duplass week with reviews of two new movies featuring everybody's favorite "Humpday" star: "Your Sister's Sister" and "Safety Not Guaranteed." Plus, interviews with the directors of those films, Lynn Shelton and Colin Trevorrow. This episode is presented by Squarespace.com. :00-10:47 - Intervi...more