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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.


#736: Midsommar / Top 5 Horror Movie Performances
Jul 19 • 116 min
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:…
FS Revisited: Top 5 Classic Rock Moments in Movies
Jul 12 • 66 min
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…
FS Revisited: Pulp Fiction / Top 5 of 1994
Jul 5 • 62 min
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…
#735: Top 5 Films of 2019 So Far
Jun 28 • 99 min
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…
#734: Toy Story 4 / Top 5 Toy Story Scenes w/Griffin Newman
Jun 21 • 137 min
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…
#733: The Dead Don’t Die / Last Black Man in San Francisco / Rocketman
Jun 14 • 96 min
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…
#732: Fight Club at 20 / Top 5 David Fincher Scenes
Jun 7 • 116 min
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…
#731: Booksmart / Top 5 Female Friendships
May 31 • 89 min
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…
#730: Top 5 Films of 1979 / Alien
May 24 • 122 min
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…
#729: Top 5 Keanu Moments / John Wick 3
May 17 • 96 min
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…
#728: Chicago Critics Film Festival / Donen #4 - Two for the Road
May 10 • 102 min
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…
#727: Summer Movie Preview / Donen #3 - Charade
May 3 • 88 min
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…
#726: Avengers: Endgame / Beyoncé’s Homecoming / Donen #2 - Funny Face
Apr 26 • 103 min
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…
#725: Her Smell / Donen #1 - On the Town
Apr 19 • 86 min
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…
#724: Claire Denis / High Life / Madness Champ
Apr 12 • 83 min
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,…
#723: Top 5 Overlooked Films of the 2000s / Madness Final / Assassination of Jesse James
Apr 5 • 123 min
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…
#722: Dumbo / Final 4 Madness / Top 5 Movie Circus Acts
Mar 29 • 89 min
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…
#721: Us / Elite 8 Madness / Cassavetes #4 - Opening Night
Mar 22 • 122 min
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…
#720: Transit / Sweet 16 Madness / Cassavetes #3
Mar 15 • 102 min
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,…
#719: Captain Marvel / Rd. 2 Madness (Best of the 2000s)
Mar 8 • 97 min
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…
#718: Filmspotting Madness (Best of the 2000s) / Cassavetes #2 - A Woman Under…
Mar 1 • 115 min
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…
#717: Top 5 Movies About Suburbia (w/Jessica Harper) / Cassavetes #1 - Faces
Feb 22 • 94 min
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…
#716: The Matrix / Top 5 Slow-Motion Scenes (Since “The Matrix”)
Feb 15 • 106 min
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…
#715: The Lego Movie 2 / Velvet Buzzsaw / Miss Bala
Feb 8 • 74 min
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…
#714: Glass / The Sixth Sense
Feb 1 • 92 min
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…
#713: 2019 Movie Preview / Oscar Nominations
Jan 25 • 86 min
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,…
#712: Scenes of the Year - 2018 Wrap Party
Jan 18 • 116 min
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…
Best of 2018: Ethan Hawke / Bo Burnham
Jan 4 • 63 min
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…
#711: (Pt. 2) Top 10 Films of 2018
Dec 27, 2018 • 92 min
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…
#710: (Pt. 1) Top 10 Films of 2018
Dec 21, 2018 • 100 min
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”…
#709: If Beale Street Could Talk / Into the Spider-Verse / Shoplifters
Dec 14, 2018 • 83 min
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…
#708: Roma / The Favourite
Dec 7, 2018 • 68 min
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…
#707: The Ballad of Buster Scruggs / Creed II / Burning
Nov 30, 2018 • 78 min
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…
#706: Q&A - Minding the Gap / Golden Brick Preview
Nov 16, 2018 • 63 min
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…
#705: Widows / Bohemian Rhapsody / Wildlife
Nov 9, 2018 • 85 min
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…
#704: Suspiria / Top 5 Uses of Color
Nov 2, 2018 • 96 min
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…
#703: New On Netflix (Hold The Dark, Private Life)
Oct 26, 2018 • 93 min
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…
#702: Halloween (‘78) / Halloween (‘18)
Oct 19, 2018 • 73 min
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…
#701: First Man / Top 5 Movie Flights
Oct 12, 2018 • 103 min
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…
#700: A Star Is Born / Top 5 Movie Duets
Oct 5, 2018 • 157 min
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…
#699: Lost In Translation 15th Anniversary / The Sisters Brothers
Sep 28, 2018 • 87 min
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…
#698: Lawrence of Arabia / Top 5 David Lean Moments
Sep 21, 2018 • 94 min
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…
#697: The Predator / Burt Reynolds Tribute (Deliverance)
Sep 14, 2018 • 84 min
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…
#696: Ethan Hawke Interview / Top 5 Hawke Moments
Sep 7, 2018 • 130 min
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…
#695: Minding the Gap / Madeline’s Madeline / Art House Roundup
Aug 31, 2018 • 101 min
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…
#694: Crazy Rich Asians / Top 5 Things We’ve Learned Podcasting (About Movies)
Aug 24, 2018 • 113 min
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…
#693: BlacKkKlansman / Top 5 Spike Lee Shots
Aug 17, 2018 • 111 min
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…
#692: The Dark Knight 10th Anniv. / HBO’s Sharp Objects
Aug 10, 2018 • 110 min
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…
#691: Mission: Impossible - Fallout / Top 5 Tom Cruise Performances (Revisited)
Aug 3, 2018 • 96 min
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…
#690: Top 5 Films of 2018 (So Far)
Jul 27, 2018 • 73 min
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…
#689: Bo Burnham (Eighth Grade) / Top 5 Struggling Adolescents
Jul 20, 2018 • 128 min
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…
#688: Sorry to Bother You / Top 5 Worst Movie Jobs / Ant Man & The Wasp
Jul 13, 2018 • 124 min
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…
FS Revisited: The Terminator / Top 5 Films of 1984
Jul 6, 2018 • 78 min
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…
#687: Top 5 Women in Westerns / Damsel
Jun 29, 2018 • 86 min
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…
#686: Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom / Top 5 Movie Chrises
Jun 22, 2018 • 84 min
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…
#685: Incredibles 2 / Top 5 Pixar Performances / Hereditary
Jun 15, 2018 • 96 min
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…
#684: Top 5 Classic Rock Moments in Movies
Jun 8, 2018 • 70 min
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…
#683: Almost Famous / Steven Hyden
Jun 1, 2018 • 106 min
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…
#682: Solo: A Star Wars Story / Paul Schrader / Deadpool 2
May 25, 2018 • 113 min
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…
#681: Lord of the Rings 15th Anniversary / Top 5 LOTR Scenes
May 18, 2018 • 107 min
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…
#680: Tully / Top 5 Too-Real Parenting Moments
May 11, 2018 • 112 min
“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…
#679: Summer Movie Preview / You Were Never Really Here / The Rider
May 4, 2018 • 95 min
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…
#678: Avengers: Infinity War / Top 5: Filmspotting’s Avengers
Apr 27, 2018 • 79 min
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,…
#677: Lean on Pete / Top 5 Horse Scenes
Apr 20, 2018 • 114 min
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…
Minnelli Marathon Awards - The Garlands
Apr 18, 2018 • 53 min
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…
#676: A Quiet Place / Top 5 Quiet Scenes / FS Madness Champ
Apr 13, 2018 • 101 min
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…
Minnelli Marathon #6 - Some Came Running
Apr 11, 2018 • 43 min
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…
#675: Ready Player One / Top 5 Movie Homages / FS Madness Final
Apr 6, 2018 • 121 min
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…
Minnelli Marathon #5 - Lust for Life
Apr 4, 2018 • 36 min
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…
#674: Isle of Dogs / Top 5 Wes Anderson Scenes / FS Madness Final Four
Mar 30, 2018 • 102 min
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…
#673: Unsane / FS Madness Elite 8
Mar 23, 2018 • 63 min
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…
Minnelli Marathon #4 - The Band Wagon
Mar 21, 2018 • 50 min
“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…
#672: Miller’s Crossing / FS Madness Sweet 16
Mar 16, 2018 • 89 min
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…
Minnelli Marathon #3 - The Bad and the Beautiful
Mar 14, 2018 • 41 min
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…
#671: A Wrinkle in Time / Filmspotting Madness (Round 2)
Mar 9, 2018 • 86 min
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…
Minnelli Marathon #2 - Meet Me in St. Louis
Mar 7, 2018 • 30 min
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…
#670: Annihilation / FS Madness (Best of the ’90s)
Mar 2, 2018 • 145 min
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,…
Minnelli Marathon #1 - Cabin in the Sky
Feb 28, 2018 • 42 min
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…
#669: Titanic / Top 5 Overlooked ’90s Movies
Feb 23, 2018 • 106 min
“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.…
#668: Black Panther / Top 5 Superhero-Director Combos (We’d Like To See)
Feb 16, 2018 • 121 min
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…
#667: Darkest Hour / Top 5 Gary Oldman Performances
Feb 9, 2018 • 93 min
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,…
#666: Top 5 Films of 1983 / Videodrome
Feb 2, 2018 • 104 min
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…
#665: Oscar Nominations / Revisiting Last Jedi / Paddington 2
Jan 26, 2018 • 100 min
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…
#664: 2018 Movie Preview / Phantom Thread
Jan 19, 2018 • 120 min
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…
#663: Best Movie Moments of 2017
Jan 12, 2018 • 126 min
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…
#662: (Pt. 2) Top 10 Films of 2017
Dec 29, 2017 • 113 min
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…
#661: (Pt. 1) Top 10 Films of 2017
Dec 22, 2017 • 104 min
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…
#660: The Last Jedi / Call Me By Your Name
Dec 14, 2017 • 82 min
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…
#659: Top 5 Best Worst Movies / The Disaster Artist / The Shape of Water
Dec 8, 2017 • 107 min
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…
#658: Top 5 Movie Years / There Will Be Blood / Coco / Mudbound
Dec 1, 2017 • 109 min
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…
Revisiting The Force Awakens / Rian Johnson
Nov 24, 2017 • 106 min
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…
#657: Lady Bird / Justice League / Top 5 Female-Directed Debuts
Nov 17, 2017 • 101 min
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…
#656: Wonderstruck / Killing of a Sacred Deer / Faces Places
Nov 10, 2017 • 70 min
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…
#655: Thor: Ragnarok / Top 5 Superhero Costumes
Nov 3, 2017 • 97 min
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…
#654: Night Of The Living Dead (1968) / Top 5 Horror Debuts
Oct 27, 2017 • 122 min
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.…
#653: The Meyerowitz Stories / Top 5 Noah Baumbach Characters
Oct 20, 2017 • 100 min
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…
#652: The Florida Project / Sean Baker
Oct 13, 2017 • 67 min
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…
Blade Runner 2049
Oct 4, 2017 • 38 min
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 -…
#651: American Made / Top 5 Tom Cruise Performances
Sep 29, 2017 • 105 min
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…
#650: Kingsman: The Golden Circle / Kogonada
Sep 22, 2017 • 86 min
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.…
New Argentine Cinema #5 - Wild Tales
Sep 20, 2017 • 20 min
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…
#649: mother! / Top 5 Aronofsky Scenes / Kogonada’s FS Five
Sep 15, 2017 • 111 min
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…
New Argentine Cinema #4 - The Headless Woman
Sep 13, 2017 • 28 min
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…
#648: It (2017) / Top 5 Stephen King Scares
Sep 6, 2017 • 118 min
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…
#647: Blade Runner / Top 5 Films of 1982
Sep 1, 2017 • 130 min
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…
New Argentine Cinema #3 - La Ciénaga
Aug 30, 2017 • 26 min
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…
#646: Fall Movie Preview / Logan Lucky
Aug 25, 2017 • 113 min
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…
New Argentine Cinema #2 - Castro
Aug 24, 2017 • 31 min
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…
#645: The Trip to Spain / Safdie Bros. (Good Time) / The Glass Castle
Aug 18, 2017 • 112 min
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…
New Argentine Cinema #1 - Extraordinary Stories
Aug 16, 2017 • 26 min
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…
FS Revisited: Reservoir Dogs / Top 5 Films of 1992
Aug 11, 2017 • 83 min
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,…
#644: Detroit / Top 5 Films of 1967
Aug 4, 2017 • 101 min
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…
#643: Valerian / Top 5 Alien Worlds
Jul 28, 2017 • 86 min
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…
#642: Dunkirk / Top 5 Films of 2017 (So Far) / War For The Planet of the Apes
Jul 21, 2017 • 104 min
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)…
#641: Spider-Man: Homecoming / Baby Driver / A Ghost Story
Jul 14, 2017 • 94 min
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…
#640: The Beguiled / Top 5 Sofia Coppola Scenes
Jun 30, 2017 • 75 min
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…
Kumail Nanjiani (“The Big Sick”)
Jun 23, 2017 • 47 min
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 -…
Ana Lily Amirpour (“The Bad Batch”)
Jun 21, 2017 • 33 min
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…
#639: It Comes At Night / Top 5 Movies About Grief
Jun 16, 2017 • 106 min
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…
#638: Wonder Woman / Top 5 Movie Religious Experiences / Trey Shults
Jun 9, 2017 • 125 min
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…
#637: War Machine / Top 5 Movie Military Leaders
Jun 2, 2017 • 103 min
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…
#636: Top 5 Films of 1984 / The Terminator
May 26, 2017 • 107 min
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…
#635: Alien: Covenant / Top 5 Alien Attacks
May 19, 2017 • 108 min
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…
#634: Top 5 Jonathan Demme Moments / Something Wild
May 12, 2017 • 102 min
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…
Varda Marathon #6: The Beaches of Agnes / “The Cleos”
May 11, 2017 • 39 min
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…
#633: Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 / Summer Movie Preview
May 5, 2017 • 85 min
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…
#632: Top 5 Movie Expeditions (We’d Sign Up For) / The Lost City of Z
Apr 28, 2017 • 89 min
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…
Varda Marathon #5: The Gleaners and I
Apr 26, 2017 • 22 min
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…
#631: The Fate of the Furious / Top 5 Fast & Furious Moments
Apr 21, 2017 • 79 min
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…
#630: Rushmore / FS Madness Champ / Charlie Siskel (American Anarchist) Interview
Apr 14, 2017 • 99 min
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…
#629: The Discovery / FS Madness Final / Varda #4 - Vagabond
Apr 6, 2017 • 92 min
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…
#628 with Michael Phillips: Casablanca / FS Madness Final Four
Mar 30, 2017 • 80 min
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…
#627: Top 5 Kristen Stewart Scenes / FS Madness / Varda #3 - One Sings, The Other Doesn’t
Mar 23, 2017 • 113 min
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…
#626 with Danny Boyle: Top 5 Boyle Characters / FS Madness / Varda #2 - The Creatures
Mar 16, 2017 • 147 min
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…
#625: Logan / Filmspotting Madness / Varda #1 - La Pointe Courte
Mar 9, 2017 • 103 min
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…
#624: Get Out / Filmspotting Madness / Top 5 Pantheon Contenders
Mar 2, 2017 • 126 min
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…
Buñuel #6 - That Obscure Object of Desire / Buñuel Awards
Mar 1, 2017 • 26 min
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…
#623: 2017 Oscar Picks with Michael Phillips
Feb 24, 2017 • 86 min
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…
#622: John Wick / John Wick: Chapter 2 / Lego Batman Movie
Feb 17, 2017 • 90 min
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…
#621: Top 5 Political Resistance Movies / The Battle of Algiers / Buñuel #5 - Tristana
Feb 10, 2017 • 114 min
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…
#620: 2017 Movie Preview / Oscar Talk / Buñuel #4 - Diary of a Chambermaid
Feb 3, 2017 • 129 min
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…
FS Revisited: Barry Jenkins & Naomie Harris / La La Land
Jan 27, 2017 • 87 min
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,…
#619: 2016 Wrap Party Live (Scenes of the Year)
Jan 20, 2017 • 111 min
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…
#618: Paterson / Fences / Top 5 Denzel Performances (Revisited)
Jan 6, 2017 • 95 min
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…
#617: Top 10 Films of 2016 (Pt. 2)
Dec 30, 2016 • 125 min
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…
#616: Top 10 Films of 2016 (Pt. 1)
Dec 23, 2016 • 120 min
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…
#615: Rogue One / 2016’s Best Performances and More
Dec 16, 2016 • 78 min
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…
#614: La La Land / Top 5 Musical Numbers / Golden Brick Finalists
Dec 9, 2016 • 117 min
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…
#613: The Edge of Seventeen / Top 5 Teen Girl Movies Directed By Women with Marya E. Gates
Dec 2, 2016 • 117 min
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…
#612: Top 5 Movies That Console and Restore Hope / Live at Chicago Podcast Festival
Nov 23, 2016 • 72 min
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…
2016 Golden Brick Preview Special
Nov 18, 2016 • 85 min
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…
#611: Loving / Arrival / Hacksaw Ridge
Nov 11, 2016 • 76 min
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 -…
#610: Barry Jenkins and Naomie Harris (Moonlight) / Doctor Strange / Tower / Bunuel Marathon #3
Nov 4, 2016 • 93 min
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:…
#609: Top 5 Childhood Movie Scares with Ti West / A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)
Oct 28, 2016 • 107 min
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…
#608: Kelly Reichardt (Certain Women) / CIFF Roundup / Buñuel Marathon #2
Oct 21, 2016 • 112 min
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 -…
#607: Conversation with Steve James
Oct 14, 2016 • 60 min
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,…
#606: The Birth of a Nation / Chicago Film Festival Preview
Oct 7, 2016 • 92 min
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…
#605: Top 5 Denzel Performances with W. Kamau Bell / The Magnificent Seven / Buñuel Marathon #1
Sep 30, 2016 • 102 min
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…
#604: Top 5 Oliver Stone Scenes w/ Matt Zoller Seitz / Born on the Fourth of July
Sep 23, 2016 • 115 min
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…
#603: Sully / Nordic Cinema Marathon Awards
Sep 16, 2016 • 90 min
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…
#602: Top 5 Comedies of the 21st Century / Young Frankenstein
Sep 9, 2016 • 137 min
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…
#601: Morris From America / Southside with You / Nordic #7 - Rams
Sep 2, 2016 • 105 min
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…
#600 w/ Chuck Klosterman: Top 5 Movies Future Historians Will Remember
Aug 26, 2016 • 117 min
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…
#599: Fall Movie Preview (2016) / Hell or High Water / Nordic #6 - 1001 Grams
Aug 19, 2016 • 102 min
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…
#598: Hunt for the Wilderpeople / Top 5 Directors We’d Bankroll
Aug 12, 2016 • 115 min
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…
#597: Suicide Squad / Top 5 Women Comic Book Characters (Done Right) / Jason Bourne
Aug 5, 2016 • 77 min
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…
#596: The Fits / Star Trek Beyond / Le Havre
Jul 29, 2016 • 118 min
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…
#595: Ghostbusters / James Solomon Interview (The Witness) / In A Better World
Jul 22, 2016 • 116 min
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…
Abbas Kiarostami: The Filmspotting Reviews
Jul 20, 2016 • 63 min
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…
#594: Top 5 Films of 2016 (So Far)
Jul 15, 2016 • 111 min
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…
#593: Swiss Army Man / Kiarostami Tribute / Top 5 ‘Body’ Movies
Jul 8, 2016 • 145 min
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…
#592: The BFG / Top 5 Children’s Book Adaptations
Jul 1, 2016 • 94 min
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…
#591: Nicolas Winding Refn and Elle Fanning / De Palma
Jun 24, 2016 • 100 min
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…
#590: Blindspotting - Body Double / You, The Living
Jun 17, 2016 • 107 min
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…
#589: The Royal Tenenbaums / Top 5 Non-Kids Movies You Should Show Your Kids
Jun 10, 2016 • 147 min
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…
#588: Top 5 Movie Rivalries with Steven Hyden / Sunset Song
Jun 3, 2016 • 108 min
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…
#587: The Lobster / Rebecca Miller / The Man Without a Past
May 27, 2016 • 110 min
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…
#586: The Nice Guys / Top 5 Films of 1987 / Last Days in the Desert
May 20, 2016 • 96 min
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…
#585: April and the Extraordinary World / Songs from the Second Floor
May 13, 2016 • 89 min
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.…
#584: Captain America: Civil War / 2016 Summer Movie Preview / Keanu
May 5, 2016 • 105 min
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…
#583: Green Room / Top 5 Single Location Films
Apr 29, 2016 • 90 min
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…
#582: Alien / Jeremy Saulnier (Green Room) / FS Madness Champion
Apr 22, 2016 • 99 min
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…
#581: Everybody Wants Some!! / Top 5 Linklater Scenes / FS Madness Final
Apr 15, 2016 • 91 min
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…
Elaine May Marathon Awards - The Blind Camels
Apr 13, 2016 • 38 min
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…
#580: Midnight Special / May Marathon #4 - Ishtar / FS Madness: Final 4
Apr 8, 2016 • 97 min
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…
Interview: Tom Hiddleston & Marc Abraham (I Saw The Light)
Apr 1, 2016 • 22 min
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 1, 2016 • 111 min
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…
#578: 10 Cloverfield Lane / Top 5 Malick Images / FS Madness: Sweet 16
Mar 25, 2016 • 121 min
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…
#577: Knight of Cups / FS Madness / May Marathon #4 - Mikey and Nicky
Mar 17, 2016 • 98 min
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…
#576: Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny / Top 5 Wuxia Films
Mar 4, 2016 • 87 min
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,…
#575: May Marathon #2 - The Heartbreak Kid / Top 5 Films of 1972
Feb 26, 2016 • 101 min
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…
#574: The Witch / Deadpool / Top 5 Baffling Oscar Picks
Feb 19, 2016 • 80 min
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…
#573: Hail, Caesar! / Top 5 Coen Bros. Characters
Feb 12, 2016 • 98 min
‘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…
#572: May Marathon #1 - A New Leaf / Top 5 Comedies About the Rich
Feb 5, 2016 • 109 min
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…
#571: 45 Years / 2016 Movie Preview (Pt. 2) / Son of Saul
Jan 29, 2016 • 114 min
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.…
#570: The Hateful Eight vs. The Revenant / 2016 Movie Preview (Pt. 1)
Jan 22, 2016 • 111 min
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…
#569: 2015 Wrap Party Live From Mayne Stage
Jan 15, 2016 • 118 min
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…
Filmspotting Fix: Anomalisa
Jan 8, 2016 • 37 min
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…
#568: Top 10 Films of 2015 (Pt. 2)
Dec 24, 2015 • 108 min
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…
#567: Top 10 Films of 2015 (Pt. 1)
Dec 18, 2015 • 103 min
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…
Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Dec 16, 2015 • 32 min
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…
#566: The Big Short / Top 5 Discoveries of 2015 / Chi-Raq
Dec 11, 2015 • 95 min
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…
#565: Top 5 Film Books / Kent Jones Interview (Hitchcock/Truffaut)
Dec 4, 2015 • 94 min
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…
Blindspotting: The Wrong Man (1956)
Dec 2, 2015 • 26 min
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…
2015 Golden Brick Preview Special
Nov 27, 2015 • 82 min
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…
#564: Mockingjay – Part 2 / Top 5 Ensemble Movies / Spotlight
Nov 20, 2015 • 93 min
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…
#563: Spectre / Top 5 Bond Tropes
Nov 13, 2015 • 87 min
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…
#562: The Assassin / Top 5 Cannes Best Director Winners / Junun
Nov 6, 2015 • 86 min
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…
#561: Edward Scissorhands / Top 5 Films of 1990
Oct 30, 2015 • 78 min
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…
#560: Crimson Peak / Bridge of Spies / Top 5 Cold War Movies
Oct 23, 2015 • 86 min
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…
#559: Steve Jobs / Top 5 Back-To-Back Movies
Oct 16, 2015 • 92 min
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…
#558: The Martian / Chicago Film Festival Preview w/ Stephen Cone
Oct 9, 2015 • 79 min
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…
#557: Sicario / Top 5 Breaking Up the Boys’ Club Movies
Oct 2, 2015 • 90 min
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…
#556: Black Mass / Top 5 Neighborhood Movies / TIFF Recap
Sep 25, 2015 • 93 min
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.…
#555: The Visit / Top 5 House Guests / The Mend
Sep 17, 2015 • 91 min
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.…
#554: Queen of Earth / Top 5 Films of 1988
Sep 11, 2015 • 84 min
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)…
#553: Fall Movie Preview w/ Michael Phillips
Sep 3, 2015 • 98 min
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…
#552: Mistress America / Top 5 Desert Island Directors (Revisited)
Aug 28, 2015 • 103 min
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…
#551: The Look of Silence / Top 5 Haunted Past Movies / M:I - Rogue Nation
Aug 21, 2015 • 97 min
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…
#550: The End of the Tour / Top 5 Movies About Writers
Aug 14, 2015 • 88 min
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…
#549: Doctor Zhivago (Blindspotting) / Top 5 Small Moments in Big Movies
Aug 7, 2015 • 107 min
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…
#548: M:I - Rogue Nation / Top 5 Exciting Movie Trends / Stanford Prison Experiment
Jul 31, 2015 • 75 min
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…
#547: Top 5 Things We Learned At The Dissolve / Southpaw / Tangerine
Jul 24, 2015 • 59 min
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…
#546: Trainwreck / Top 5 Comedy Ensembles (Revisited)
Jul 16, 2015 • 76 min
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 -…
#545: Top 5 Films of 2015 (So Far) / The Tribe / Love & Mercy
Jul 9, 2015 • 92 min
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…
#544: Dope / Manglehorn / Top 5 Films of 1994 (Revisited)
Jun 26, 2015 • 87 min
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…
#543: Inside Out / Top 5 Actor-Director Pairs
Jun 19, 2015 • 84 min
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…
#542: Jurassic World / Spy / Top 5 Movie Locations We Wish We Could Visit (Revisited)
Jun 12, 2015 • 88 min
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…
#541: Say Anything… / Aloha / Top 5 Movies of 1989 (Revisited)
Jun 5, 2015 • 111 min
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…
#540: Tomorrowland / Top 5 Streaming Sci-Fi Movies
May 29, 2015 • 103 min
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…
#539: Mad Max: Fury Road / Pitch Perfect 2 / Top 5 Car Scenes
May 22, 2015 • 100 min
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.…
#538: Top 5 Movie Posters / Slow West
May 15, 2015 • 103 min
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…
#537: Avengers: Age of Ultron / 2015 Summer Movie Preview
May 8, 2015 • 76 min
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…
#536: Reservoir Dogs (Sacred Cow) / Top 5 Films of 1992
May 1, 2015 • 110 min
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.…
#535: Ex Machina / Top 5 Movie Houses
Apr 24, 2015 • 96 min
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,…
#534: While We’re Young / Top 5 Midlife Crisis Movies
Apr 17, 2015 • 110 min
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…
#533: Furious 7 / Top 5 Fast & Furious Moments
Apr 10, 2015 • 110 min
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…
#532: It Follows / Top 5 21st Century Horror Movies / Mark Harris
Apr 3, 2015 • 109 min
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…
Ray Marathon #5: The Lonely WIfe / The Mitras
Apr 2, 2015 • 55 min
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,…
#531: The Breakfast Club / Top 5 Films of 1985
Mar 27, 2015 • 110 min
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,…
#530: Cinderella / Top 5 Movies About Royalty / FS Madness
Mar 20, 2015 • 111 min
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…
Ray Marathon #4: The Big City
Mar 19, 2015 • 37 min
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…
#529: Buzzard / Filmspotting Madness / Top 5 Characters on the Fringe
Mar 13, 2015 • 112 min
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…
#528: 10th Anniversary Show / Maps to the Stars / Top 5 Blind Spots
Mar 6, 2015 • 118 min
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,…
#527: Top 5 Mockumentary Moments / What We Do in the Shadows
Feb 27, 2015 • 88 min
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…
Ray Marathon #3: The Music Room
Feb 25, 2015 • 30 min
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…
#526: Fifty Shades of Grey / Top 5 Movies We Had To Review
Feb 20, 2015 • 90 min
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 –…
#525: 2015 Oscar Picks / Sacred Cow: Unforgiven
Feb 13, 2015 • 112 min
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…
Ray Marathon #2: The Unvanquished / The World of Apu
Feb 11, 2015 • 35 min
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…
#524: Jupiter Ascending / Top 5 Rescue Scenes / Sundance 2015
Feb 6, 2015 • 100 min
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…
#523: 2015 Movie Preview (Pt. 2) / Blackhat / Goodbye to Language 3D
Jan 30, 2015 • 89 min
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…
Ray Marathon #1: Pather Panchali
Jan 28, 2015 • 24 min
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.…
#522: 2015 Movie Preview / American Sniper / Oscar Snubs
Jan 23, 2015 • 89 min
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…
#521: Selma / Top 5 Historic Event Movies
Jan 16, 2015 • 99 min
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…
#520: Top 5 Performances of 2014 / Mr. Turner
Jan 9, 2015 • 98 min
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…
#519: Top 10 Films of 2014 (Pt. 2)
Dec 24, 2014 • 88 min
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…
#518: Top 10 Films of 2014 (Pt. 1)
Dec 19, 2014 • 91 min
- 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…
#517: Inherent Vice / Top 5 2014 “Best of the Rest”
Dec 12, 2014 • 96 min
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…
#516: Top 5 Discoveries of 2014 / Foxcatcher / Tale of Princess Kaguya
Dec 5, 2014 • 92 min
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…
FS Extra: The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1
Dec 3, 2014 • 20 min
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…
2014 Golden Bricks Preview
Nov 28, 2014 • 77 min
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…
#515: Interstellar / Top 5 Movie Sacrifices
Nov 21, 2014 • 100 min
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…
#514: Top 5 Culture Clash Comedies / Dear White People
Nov 14, 2014 • 78 min
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…
#513: Nightcrawler / Top 5 Nocturnal Movies
Nov 7, 2014 • 81 min
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…
#512: Top 5 Movie Costumes (We’d Wear) / Birdman
Oct 31, 2014 • 86 min
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.…
#511: Whiplash / Top 5 Mentor-Proteges
Oct 24, 2014 • 100 min
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…
#510: Jason Schwartzman & Alex Ross Perry / Top 5 Movie Narcissists
Oct 17, 2014 • 105 min
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).…
#509: Gone Girl / Top 5 Movie Missives
Oct 10, 2014 • 84 min
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…
Gone Girl (Spoiled)
Oct 9, 2014 • 46 min
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 3, 2014 • 76 min
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…
#507: Tusk / Top 5 Movie Manimals
Sep 26, 2014 • 95 min
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…
#506: Top 5 David Lynch Scenes / Eraserhead / Skeleton Twins
Sep 19, 2014 • 103 min
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…
#505: Top 5 Movie Prisoners / Starred Up
Sep 12, 2014 • 92 min
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…
#504: 2014 Fall Movie Preview / The One I Love, Review Roundup / Dan Schechter
Sep 5, 2014 • 106 min
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…
#503: Top 5 Movie Bands / Frank / Sin City: A Dame to Kill For
Aug 29, 2014 • 100 min
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…
#502: Top 5 Robin Williams Scenes / Dead Poets Society
Aug 22, 2014 • 110 min
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…
#501: Top 5 Pre-CGI Scenes / Calvary / John Michael McDonagh
Aug 15, 2014 • 113 min
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…
FS Fix: Boyhood
Aug 7, 2014 • 49 min
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).…
#500 Live: Rian Johnson / Top 5 Films of the Filmspotting Era
Aug 1, 2014 • 103 min
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…
#499: Snowpiercer / Top 5 Magic Realism Moments / Mood Indigo
Jul 18, 2014 • 98 min
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…
#498: Dawn of the Planet of the Apes / Top 5 Actors of the Future
Jul 11, 2014 • 102 min
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.…
#497: Batman (‘89) / Top 5 Films of 1989
Jul 4, 2014 • 102 min
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…
#496: Top 5 Films of 2014 (So Far) / The Rover
Jun 27, 2014 • 92 min
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…
#495: Night Moves / Top 5 Pacific Northwest Movies
Jun 20, 2014 • 105 min
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…
#494: The Immigrant / Top 5 Immigrant Movies
Jun 13, 2014 • 93 min
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…
#493: Maleficent / Top 5 Disney Villains
Jun 6, 2014 • 71 min
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…
#492: X-Men: Days of Future Past / Cannes Recap / Top 5 Movie Teams
May 30, 2014 • 77 min
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…
#491: Godzilla / Top 5 Movie Tattoos (That We’d Get) / The Double
May 23, 2014 • 75 min
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…
#490: Locke / Top 5 Car Scenes
May 16, 2014 • 85 min
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…
#489: 2014 Summer Movie Preview / Blue Ruin
May 8, 2014 • 76 min
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…
#488: Top 5 Films of 1991 / My Own Private Idaho / Amazing Spider-Man 2
May 2, 2014 • 94 min
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.…
#487: Only Lovers Left Alive / Top 5 Things From Space / Under The Skin
Apr 25, 2014 • 88 min
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…
#486: Top 5 Performances by Non-Professionals / Joe / Mistaken for Strangers
Apr 18, 2014 • 98 min
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…
#485: Top 5 Desert Island Directors / David Gordon Green & Tye Sheridan / Jonathan Glazer
Apr 11, 2014 • 118 min
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,…
#484: Nymphomaniac / Captain America: Winter Soldier / Top 5 Sex-Obsessed Characters
Apr 4, 2014 • 77 min
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…
#483: Noah / Top 5 Movie Boats
Mar 28, 2014 • 76 min
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…
#482: Enemy / Top 5 Actor-Director Pairs / Muppets Most Wanted
Mar 21, 2014 • 79 min
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…
#481: Grand Budapest Hotel / Top 5 Wes Anderson Scenes
Mar 14, 2014 • 89 min
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…
#480: Groundhog Day / Top 5 Harold Ramis Moments
Mar 7, 2014 • 85 min
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.…
#479: 2014 Oscars Preview with Kyle Buchanan / Blazing Saddles
Feb 27, 2014 • 98 min
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 —…
#478: The Lego Movie / The Wind Rises / Top 5 Miyazaki Characters
Feb 21, 2014 • 93 min
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…
#477: Philip Seymour Hoffman Tribute (Top 5 Scenes)
Feb 13, 2014 • 87 min
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…
#476: Life Itself / Top 5 Movies About Fame with Michael Phillips
Feb 7, 2014 • 100 min
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…
#475: 2014 Movie Preview (Pt. 2) / Broken Circle Breakdown
Jan 31, 2014 • 99 min
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.…
#474: Wolf of Wall Street vs. American Hustle / 2014 Movie Preview / Oscar Talk
Jan 24, 2014 • 110 min
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…
#473 Live: 2013 Wrap Party From Mayne Stage
Jan 17, 2014 • 105 min
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…
FS Revisited: Raiders of the Lost Ark / Top 5 Films of 1981
Jan 12, 2014 • 76 min
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…
FS Fix: Her / Inside Llewyn Davis
Jan 2, 2014 • 58 min
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 • 88 min
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…
#472 (Pt. 1): Top 10 Films of 2013
Dec 20, 2013 • 81 min
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:…
#471: Top 5 2013 Surprises & Disappointments / Out of the Furnace
Dec 13, 2013 • 88 min
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…
#470: Oldboy / Top 5 2013 Discoveries / Korean Marathon Awards
Dec 6, 2013 • 92 min
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…
2013 Golden Bricks Preview
Nov 28, 2013 • 76 min
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…
#469: Nebraska / Top 5 Movies With Places In the Title / Tale of Two Sisters
Nov 22, 2013 • 79 min
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…
#468: Dallas Buyers Club / Top 5 Actor Transformations
Nov 15, 2013 • 76 min
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 /…
#467: Blue Is the Warmest Color / Top 5 Sexual Awakening Movies
Nov 8, 2013 • 78 min
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…
#466: 12 Years a Slave / Top 5 Movies Set in the South / Secret Sunshine
Nov 1, 2013 • 115 min
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…
#465: The Exorcist / The Chaser / Top 5 Terrifying Characters (2012)
Oct 25, 2013 • 84 min
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…
#464: Captain Phillips / Top 5 Hostage Movies
Oct 18, 2013 • 75 min
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).…
#463: Gravity / Top 5 Movie Themes
Oct 11, 2013 • 95 min
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,…
#462: Chicago Film Fest Preview / I’m a Cyborg, But That’s OK / Don Jon
Oct 4, 2013 • 74 min
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:…
#461: Short Term 12 / Top 5 Films of 1993 / Woman on the Beach
Sep 27, 2013 • 106 min
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…
#460: Sam Rockwell / 2001 Revisited / DVD Release Round-Up
Sep 20, 2013 • 92 min
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…
#459: 2001: A Space Odyssey / Top 5 Kubrick Scenes
Sep 13, 2013 • 79 min
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).…
#458: Fall Movie Preview / The Grandmaster / 3-Iron
Sep 6, 2013 • 93 min
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…
#457: Top 5 Elmore Leonard Characters / The World’s End
Aug 30, 2013 • 78 min
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,…
#456: Top 5 Nature Movies / Prince Avalanche / Fruitvale Station
Aug 23, 2013 • 83 min
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…
Review: The Act of Killing
Aug 22, 2013 • 23 min
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…
#455: Elysium / Spectacular Now / Top 5 Dangerous Missions
Aug 16, 2013 • 93 min
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…
FS Revisited: Josh vs. Adam
Aug 9, 2013 • 56 min
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…
#454: James Cromwell / Blue Jasmine / Top 5 Supp. Players in Lead Roles
Aug 2, 2013 • 116 min
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…
#453: Pacific Rim / Top 5 Movie Robots
Jul 26, 2013 • 99 min
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…
#452: Only God Forgives / Top 5 Anthology Films / ABCs of Death
Jul 19, 2013 • 72 min
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…
#451: Top 5 Films of 2013 (So Far)
Jul 12, 2013 • 96 min
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…
FS Revisited: Blaxploitation
Jul 5, 2013 • 70 min
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…
#450: Man of Steel / Top 5 Christ Figures
Jun 28, 2013 • 80 min
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…
FS Revisited: Sight & Sound Top 10
Jun 24, 2013 • 56 min
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…
#449: Before Midnight / Top 5 Americans Abroad
Jun 14, 2013 • 97 min
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…
Best Film You’ve Never Seen / Overlooked Movies
Jun 7, 2013 • 88 min
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,…
#448: Top 5 Contemporary B&W Movies / Frances Ha
May 31, 2013 • 80 min
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…
#447: Star Trek Into Darkness / Top 5 Small Moments in Big Movies
May 24, 2013 • 85 min
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…
Stories We Tell
May 22, 2013 • 27 min
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 • 91 min
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.…
#445: Iron Man 3 / Top 5 Movie Geniuses
May 10, 2013 • 92 min
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…
#444: 2013 Summer Movie Preview / Mud / Ophuls Awards
May 3, 2013 • 108 min
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…
#443: Oblivion / Place Beyond the Pines / Top 5 Futuristic Movie Jobs
Apr 26, 2013 • 85 min
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…
#442: To the Wonder / Top 5 Malick Scenes / Lola Montes
Apr 19, 2013 • 99 min
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).…
#441: Farewell Ebert / Trance / Top 5 Neo-Noirs with Chris Harris
Apr 12, 2013 • 114 min
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…
#440: Evil Dead (‘81) / Top 5 Tracking Shots / Earrings of Madame de…
Apr 4, 2013 • 129 min
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…
#439: Spring Breakers / Top 5 Turning Over a New Leaf Movies
Mar 28, 2013 • 105 min
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…
#438: Top 5 Movie Religious Figures / Beyond the Hills / La Ronde
Mar 22, 2013 • 106 min
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…
#437: Oz the Great and Powerful / Top 5 Movie Locations We Wish We Could Visit / Letter from…
Mar 15, 2013 • 101 min
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…
#436: Top 5 Movie Mother-Daughters / Stoker
Mar 8, 2013 • 80 min
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…
#435: Top 5 Unseen Characters / Like Someone In Love
Mar 1, 2013 • 98 min
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…
#434 Extra: Marx Bros. Awards
Feb 25, 2013 • 20 min
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 • 92 min
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…
#433: Top 5 Romantic Gestures / Side Effects / Duck Soup
Feb 15, 2013 • 97 min
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 —…
#432: Top 5 Directors Who Need A Comeback / Charles Swan / Monkey Business
Feb 8, 2013 • 98 min
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…
#431: Top 5 Survival Movies / The Impossible / Animal Crackers
Feb 1, 2013 • 101 min
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…
#430: 2013 Movie Preview (Pt. 2 ) / Die Hard
Jan 25, 2013 • 80 min
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…
#429: 2013 Movie Preview (Pt. 1) / Amour
Jan 18, 2013 • 82 min
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…
#428 Live: 2012 Wrap Party
Jan 10, 2013 • 134 min
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…
#427: Django Unchained / Edward Burns / Blaxploitation Awards
Dec 25, 2012 • 90 min
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…
#426 (Pt. 2): Top 10 Films of 2012
Dec 21, 2012 • 93 min
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…
#426 (Pt. 1): Top 10 Films of 2012
Dec 20, 2012 • 59 min
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…
#425: Zero Dark Thirty / The Hobbit / Golden Brick Nominees
Dec 14, 2012 • 89 min
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…
#424: Killing Them Softly / Top 5 Inept Criminals / Cooley High
Dec 7, 2012 • 92 min
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…
#423: Silver Linings Playbook / Skyfall / Top 5 Credit Sequences
Nov 30, 2012 • 115 min
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…
Golden Bricks Preview Special
Nov 23, 2012 • 62 min
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…
#422: Spielberg Spectacular! Lincoln / Close Encounters… / Top 5 Scenes
Nov 16, 2012 • 122 min
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…
#421: Tim Heidecker / Top 5 Dramatic Performances by Comic Actors / Coffy
Nov 8, 2012 • 86 min
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…
#420: Cloud Atlas / Top 5 Multiple Role Performances / Super Fly
Nov 1, 2012 • 90 min
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…
#419: The Shining / Top 5 Terrifying Characters / Room 237
Oct 25, 2012 • 118 min
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…
#418: Argo / Top 5 Movies Directed by Their Stars / Shaft
Oct 18, 2012 • 93 min
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…
#417: Martin McDonagh (Seven Psychopaths) / Top 5 Movie Pets
Oct 12, 2012 • 91 min
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…
#416: Looper / Top 5 Doppelganger Movies / Chicago Film Fest Preview
Oct 4, 2012 • 86 min
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…
#415: The Master / Top 5 Charismatic Leaders
Sep 28, 2012 • 96 min
“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…
#414: Top 5 L.A. Movies / End of Watch / Iranian Marathon Awards
Sep 21, 2012 • 86 min
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…
#413: Raiders of the Lost Ark / Top 5 Films of 1981
Sep 14, 2012 • 116 min
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…
#412: Top 5 Dance Scenes / Alps / Offside
Sep 7, 2012 • 89 min
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…
Interviews: Craig Zobel (Compliance) / Mike Birbiglia (Sleepwalk With Me)
Aug 31, 2012 • 45 min
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.…
#411: Fall Movie Preview / Cosmopolis / Mike Birbiglia / Craig Zobel
Aug 31, 2012 • 106 min
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…
#410 (Pt. 2): Top 10 Films of All Time
Aug 26, 2012 • 75 min
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 /…
#410 (Pt. 1): Top 10 Films of All Time
Aug 24, 2012 • 76 min
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…
#409: Top 5 Cinema Spies / Bourne Legacy / Fireworks Wednesday
Aug 17, 2012 • 90 min
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…
Dark Knight Rises Spoiled
Aug 9, 2012 • 43 min
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 3, 2012 • 79 min
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,…
#407: Ruby Sparks / Top 5 Movies About Writers / The Mirror
Jul 27, 2012 • 77 min
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…
#406: Dark Knight Rises / Beasts of the Southern Wild / Top 5 Stormy Weather Movies
Jul 20, 2012 • 99 min
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…
#405: Amazing Spider-Man / Top 5 ‘Seemed Like a Bad Idea’ Movies
Jul 13, 2012 • 76 min
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…
#404: Top 5 Performances of 2012 (So Far) / Ted
Jul 6, 2012 • 82 min
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…
#403: Top 5 Films of 2012 (So Far) / Magic Mike
Jun 29, 2012 • 94 min
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…
#402: Brave / Top 5 Screen Redheads / Children of Heaven
Jun 22, 2012 • 82 min
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.”…
Interviews: Mark Duplass / Lynn Shelton
Jun 16, 2012 • 38 min
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…
#401: Top 5 Crackpots / Your Sister’s Sister / Safety Not Guaranteed
Jun 14, 2012 • 106 min
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…