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Weekly film podcast and WBEZ radio show from Chicago featuring in-depth reviews, top 5 lists and interviews. Hosted by Adam Kempenaar and Josh Larsen.
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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 + Best of the Year So Far)1:13:29 - Top 5: Toy Story Scenes2:07:51 - Close / Outtake ("Forky")Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jim Jarmusch has made a surreal, existential western ("Dead Man"), a Zen samurai/mobster movie ("Ghost Dog") and a meditation on art disguised as a vampire movie ("Only Lovers Left Alive"). And now... zombies. With his new THE DEAD DON'T DIE, Jarmusch again exploits genre conventions as a means to explore his fears and obsessions. And this time, those fears and obsessions are pretty explicitly America in the age of Trump. Also on the show, a conversation with Joe Talbot and Jimmie Fails, the director and star of Sundance award-winner – and early Golden Brick frontrunner – THE LAST BLACK MAN IN SAN FRANCISCO. Plus, Adam weighs in on ROCKETMAN.0:00 - Billboard1:20 - Review: "The Dead Don't Die"Bill Callahan, "Young Icarus"24:58 - Adam on "Rocketman"34:57 - Next Week / Notes / Madness 202046:46 - Massacre Theatre54:02 - Interview: Joe Talbot and Jimmie Fails1:28:02 - CloseLearn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
FIGHT CLUB, the third film in our 9 From '99 series was initially met with lukewarm critical and box office response but developed a cult following on home video and is now pretty widely considered one of the best films of the '90s. That reputation has a lot to do with David Fincher, who has spent the last couple of decades cementing his reputation as one of the best working directors. A skilled craftsman and legendary perfectionist, Fincher's films are always a pleasure to look at, but for their Top 5 Fincher Scenes, Adam and Josh focus on the ways in which the director's style – even at its flashiest – serves the story and his characters.0:00 - Billboard1:15 - 9 From '99: "Fight Club"Pixies, "Where Is My Mind"31:37 - Next week / Passes / Meetups / Notes48:32 - Polls56:26 - Top 5: David Fincher Scenes1:49:37 - CloseLearn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
A raunchy/sweet comedy in the "Superbad" mold, Olivia Wilde's BOOKSMART mixes genre clichés and clever updates as it follows its high-achieving heroines on a one-night odyssey to shed their by-the-book images and make it to The Year's Biggest Party. Adam and Josh have lots of praise for leads Beanie Feldstein and Kaitlyn Dever and the talented ensemble – and for some of the formal inventiveness that Wilde brings to her directing debut.And then Adam and Josh go on the run with Thelma and Louise for the Top 5, assembling an all-star crew of the movies' best female pals along the way.0:00 - Billboard1:20 - Review: "Booksmart"Leikeli47, "Bad Gyal Felx"26:01 - Next week / Notes34:58 - Massacre Theatre42:52 - Top 5: Female Friendships1:21:30 - CloseLearn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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: Films of 1979Peter Allen, "Everything Old Is New Again" 1:03:08 - Next week / Notes1:07:19 - New Poll1:11:35 - Sacred Cow: "Alien"1:47:09 - Listener Feedback ("Alien")1:54:43 - CloseLearn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
The Tao of Whoa.Whether you love or hate the JOHN WICK franchise - or even if you're completely indifferent to it - it has given us all the chance to appreciate the particular genius of Keanu Reeves. For those of us who grew up watching him, the former duuude and earnest action star has matured into an actor of depth and vulnerability with a singular sense of physical grace. Whether Keanu's talents are put to their best use in the new JOHN WICK: CHAPTER 3 - PARABELLUM is up for debate, which Adam and Josh do in their review. Then it's the TOP 5 KEANU MOMENTS, a career-spanning appreciation of The One, from Ted "Theodore" Logan to Mr. Wick himself.Plus Massacre Theatre and Josh's recommendation of the new doc "Our Time Machine," which is currently playing the Chicago Critics Film Festival.   0:00 - Billboard1:09 - Review: "John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum"Josh Ritter, "Old Black Magic"28:25 - Donations30:32 - Josh recs: "Our Time Machine"34:03 - Next week / Notes40:27 - Massacre Theatre48:03 - Top 5: Keanu Moments1:28:42 - Close / OuttakeLearn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May's week-long CCFF doubles as a shortlist for potential Golden Brick candidates. Now in its 7th year, the Chicago Critics Film Festival prides itself on bringing the best of the fest circuit to Chicago. With 15 or so features that have played the likes of Toronto, Sundance and SXSW, the week-long fest is a chance for Chicago audiences to catch up with some of the most buzzed-about independent films of the year. It's also a great chance for Filmspotting to put some titles on its Golden Brick radar. Adam and Josh share their Top 5 Most Anticipated CCFF Movies and get additional insight into the fest from Chicago critic - and CCFF programmer - Steve Prokopy. Also on the show: Adam on KNOCK DOWN THE HOUSE and the final film in the Stanley Donen Marathon, 1967's TWO FOR THE ROAD. Plus, "The Fizzies" - the Donen Marathon Awards. 0:00 - Billboard1:13 - Preview: Chicago Critics Film FestivalHenry Mancini, "Two for the Road"24:20 - Adam recs: "Knock Down the House"30:53 - Next week / Notes39:48 - Polls: Summer Preview / Best of '7948:57 - Donen #4: "Two for the Road"1:06:38 - "The Fizzies": Donen Awards1:32:53 - CloseLearn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Spidey & Wick & Hobbs & Shaw. And Pikachu.Marvel burnout. "Booksmart" hype. Will Smith's genie. Detective Pikachu. And of course the astonishingly worded "Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw." These subjects and more all come up in Adam and Josh's Top 5 Summer Movie Questions. Plus, Adam on Robert "Born to Be Blue" Budreau's STOCKHOLM and doc director Penny Lane's HAIL SATAN? And... fizzy and charming or frivolous and artificial? Adam and Josh debate the third film in their Stanley Donen Marathon, 1963's CHARADE. 0:00 - Billboard1:18 - Summer Movie PreviewHenry Mancini, Charade (Main Theme)33:39 - Adam recommends: "Stockholm" / "Hail Satan?"43:19 - Next week / John Singleton / Notes49:31 - Massacre Theatre57:02 - Donen #3: "Charade"1:20:54 - CloseThanks Baked By Melissa. Get 15% off your order by going to bakedbymelissa.comand entering promo code filmspotting when you sign up.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Can the MCU mothership stick the landing?After earning a probably undeserved reputation for being hard on the MCU, Adam and Josh return from their ENDGAME screening speaking the language of converts: the final chapter of this decade-in-the-making MCU story not only manages to tie up its multiple story threads, but does so in an entertaining and, yes, moving way. Adam and Josh also make time to recommend Beyoncé's new HOMECOMING concert doc and Sam Rockwell and Michelle Williams in FOSSE/VERDON. Plus, the second film in the Stanley Donen Marathon, 1957's FUNNY FACE with Audrey Hepburn and Fred Astaire. Timestamps do not account for ads and may not be exact1:12 - Review: "Avengers: Endgame"23:02 - "Endgame" spoiler talkBeyoncé, "Freedom" (Live at Coachella)50:59 - Josh recs: "Homecoming"55:26 - Adam recs: "Fosse/Verdon"58:42 - Next week / Notes59:54 - Polls (MCU / Summer Preview / Madness '20)1:12:05 - Donen #2: "Funny Face"Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
In Alex Ross Perry's HER SMELL, Elisabeth Moss gives a performance that, for Adam and Josh, evokes Gena Rowlands' iconic work in "A Woman Under the Influence" and a punk-rock Lady Macbeth. Moss's Becky Something is the drug-addled, manic and abusive lead singer of a '90s-era rock band that's fallen on hard times. It's also, according to Adam, the best film of the year so far.Also on the show: 1949's ON THE TOWN, the first in a four-film Stanley Donen Marathon. Plus, Josh's report from this year's Ebert Interruptus.0:00-1:07 - Billboard1:07-26:13 - Review: "Her Smell"26:37-38:17 - Spoilers: "Her Smell"On the Town, "On the Town"38:58-39:45 - Donations39:45-53:07 - Next week / Ebert Interruptus / Notes53:07-55:28 - Massacre Theatre55:28-1:18:46 - Donen #1: "On the Town"1:18:46-1:21:31 - Close    Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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Comments (7)

Victoria Bert

As a reviewer you could you try to be neutral and not slam a movie before you even see it.... Rocketman is a honest moving effort to entertain and provoke. I hope you’ve see it .. because it’s far batter than the trailer indicates.

Jun 14th
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R J

I would have thought Jessica rabbit, Gillian Anderson , Karen Gillan (Dr Who), Black Widow (Avengers), carice van Houten( game of thrones) would get honory mentions. Lastly the girl in 5th Element.

Apr 30th
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R J

Very hard choice of crackpots. Doc Brown is the most obvious choice. Willy Wonka a good choice. But my other choice might be more Mad scientist eg. Dr Strangelove, The guy in rocky horror show . Most of the James bond villains. Lex Luther, people thought Noah was crazy. Most of Jim carreys characters. John Goodman in cool runnings.

Apr 30th
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Victoria Bert

What kinda guy doesn’t like the Terminator.

Nov 3rd
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Fuck Fuckery

I liked it

Oct 8th
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Mintymoo

annoying when the female guest refers to everything as "uncomfortable". the virtue signaling is staggering.

Sep 20th
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Ben Murphy

get off the pretentious bandwagon. tedious boring unthrilling "thriller".

Sep 10th
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