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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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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 / Outtake ("Jag ar doden")Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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 - Billboard1:07 - Top 5: Classic Rock MomentsDonovan, "Atlantis"25:02 - Top 5: Classic Rock Moments cont.1:02:03 - CloseLearn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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 199457:30 - CloseLearn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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
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
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Joe Ayers

. .m. kikckd gvmc n mnew mm m ll m

Jul 5th
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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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