Filmspotting

Filmspotting

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

Episodes

#623: 2017 Oscar Picks with Michael Phillips  

This year’s Oscar ceremony is bound to get political, but how might Oscar voters send a message with their ballots? Adam and guest host Michael Phillips try to stay above the political fray during their Oscar preview special: who will win, who should win - and who got snubbed. Plus, Massacre Theatre and Michael shares some thoughts on Jordan Peele's GET OUT.

0:00-2:08 - Billboard3:33-29:35 - Oscar PicksGlen Hansard and Markéta Irglová, "Falling Slowly"32:23-47:33 - Notes / Massacre Theatre47:33-50:33 - Michael Recommends: "Get Out"55:45-1:24:58 - Oscar Picks, cont.1:24:58-1:30:46 - Close / Outtake 

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

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

0:00-2:39 - Billboard
2:39-36:29 - Sacred Cow: "John Wick"
Tinariwen, "Assawt"
38:18-47:20 - Notes / Polls
47:20-57:10 - Review: "The Lego Batman Movie"
Tinariwen, "Sastanaqqam"
58:20-1:02:57 - Donations
1:02:57-1:23:04 - Review: "John Wick: Chapter 2"
1:23:04-1:28:55 - Close / Outtake

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

With the opening weeks of the new administration marked by political protest, Adam and Josh invite critic Michael Sicinski to share his Top 5 Political Resistance Movies. Plus, they cross off a major shared blind spot – the seminal resistance film THE BATTLE OF ALGIERS (1966) – and discuss the next film in their Luis Bunuel Marathon, TRISTANA.

0:00-3:54 - Billboard
3:54-39:29 - Top 5: Political Resistance Movies
Souad Massi, "Bima el'taaloul"
40:30-52:56 - Notes / Massacre Theatre
52:56-1:12:10 - Blindspotting: "The Battle of Algiers"
Souad Massi, "Hadari"
1:13:08-1:20:19 - Donations
1:20:19-1:40:09 - Bunuel #5: "Tristana"
1:40:09-1:52:55 - Close / Hot Mics

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

The short version of Filmspotting's 2017 Movie Preview is easy: it starts with "Last" and ends with "Jedi." For a longer take, listen to this week's show, as Adam and Josh pose their top 5 questions about the new movie year. Plus, a little Oscar talk and Josh's recap of his time at the Sundance Film Festival. 

0:00-1:41 - Billboard
1:41-30:18 - 2017 Movie Preview
Japandroids, "Near To The Wild Heart Of Life" 
31:35-44:59 - Notes / Oscars Nominations
44:59-59:24 - Sundance Recap
Japandroids, "No Known Drink Or Drug" 
1:00:26-1:03:28 - Donations
1:03:28-1:46:29 - Bunuel #4: "Diary Of A Chambermaid"
1:46:29-1:52:43 - Close / Hot Mics ("Split")

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

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

0:00-1:46 - Billboard
3:36-26:55 - Interview: Barry Jenkins/Naomie Harris
26:55-40:00 - Review: "Moonlight"
"Another Day in the Sun," La La Land
42:06-45:00 - Notes
45:00-1:10:40 - Review: "La La Land"
1:10:40-1:26:40 - Close / Spoiler talk: "Arrival"

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

For Filmspotting's annual year-end Wrap Party, Adam, Josh and some very special guests set up camp on Chicago's South Side for a live show dedicated to some of the most memorable movie moments of 2016. Michael Phillips, Tasha Robinson and more share their favorite scenes of the year, plus live Massacre Theatre and the winner of the 2016 Golden Brick. 

0:00-1:00 - Billboard
1:00-16:27 - Intro / Opening Scene
16:27-46:34 - Funniest Scene / Music Moment
47:10-54:44 - Notes / Massacre Theatre
54:44-1:09:43 - Moving Moment
1:09:43-1:16:05 - Golden Brick Award
1:16:05-1:38:04 - Scene of the Year
1:38:04-1:46:54 - Close

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

The Filmspotting New Year's 'Fix' show has featured some memorable battles over the years ("Wolf of Wall Street" v "American Hustle" in 2015; "Hateful 8" v "The Revenant" in 2016), but the 2017 edition is a friendlier affair, with positive reviews of recent releases from Jim Jarmusch ("Paterson") and Denzel Washington ("Fences"). Plus, we revisit of one of the highlights of 2016 - comedian/activist W. Kamau Bell's Top 5 Denzel Washinton Performances.   

0:00-2:36 - Billboard
2:36-54:22 - Review: "Paterson" "Fences"
"Car Cleveland," John Lurie ("Strangers in Paradise")
56:16-1:28:48 - Top 5: Denzel Washinton Performances w/W. Kamau Bell (revisit)
1:28:48-1:32:34 - Close

#617: Top 10 Films of 2016 (Pt. 2)  

2016 was a tough year. We lost icons like Prince, David Bowie and just days ago Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds. And how about that not-divisive-at-all campaign season? So we’re due for a little silver lining. This week, with The Next Picture Show's Scott Tobias and Genevieve Koski, Adam and Josh celebrate the good that 2016 brought us with part two of our Top 10 Films of 2016 countdown.

0:00-1:08 - Billboard
1:08-1:03:55 - Top 10 of 2016: #5-3
"The Middle of the World," Moonlight
1:05:27-1:15:22 - Massacre Theatre
1:15:22-1:57:47 - Top 10 of 2016: #2-1
1:57:47-2:00:17 - Close

#616: Top 10 Films of 2016 (Pt. 1)  

A lot of usual suspects at the top of the box office charts in 2016: Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars, Disney and Harry Potter. And a lot of those movies? Not bad actually. But what are the year’s great films? The Next Picture Show's Scott Tobias and Genevieve Koski join Adam and Josh for part one of the Best of 2016 Roundtable.

0:00-1:17 - Billboard
1:17-48:03 - Top 10 of 2016, Pt 1: #10-9
"Heptapod B," Johann Johannsson ("Arrival")
48:56-1:51:54 - Top 10 of 2016, Pt 1: #8-6
1:51:54-1:55:51 - Close


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

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

0:00-1:11 - Billboard
1:11-25:11 - Review "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story"
"No Woman," Whitney
26:34-1:10:48 - 2016's Best Performances & More
1:10:48-1:13:27 - Close











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

It says something about the contemporary movie landscape that the prospect of a new live-action movie musical is as much of a curiosity as the high-profile appearance of a silent film back in 2011. Of course that 2011 silent - THE ARTIST - went on to win a Best Picture Oscar, which may bode well for director Damien Chazelle’s LA LA LAND, starring Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling. A review of LA LA LAND, plus Michael Phillips and guest Desiree Garcia (star of Chazelle's "Guy and Madeline on a Park Bench") share their Top 5 Movie Musical Numbers. 

0:00-1:41 - Billboard
1:41-30:18 - Review "La La Land"
"City of Stars," Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone ("La La Land")
31:35-44:59 - Notes / Massacre Theatre
44:59-59:24 - Golden Brick Finalists
"Cheek to Cheek," Ella Fitzgerald
1:00:26-1:03:28 - Donations
1:03:28-1:46:29 - Top 5: Musical Numbers
1:46:29-1:52:43 - Close

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

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

0:00-1:23 - Billboard
1:23-30:49 - Review "The Edge of Seventeen"
"Vanity," Mica Levi (Jackie)
31:44-45:26 - Notes / Polls
45:26-57:01 - Golden Brickspotting
"The End," Mica Levi (Jackie)
57:59-1:02:30 - Donations
1:02:30-1:36:14 - Top 5: Teen Girl Movies Directed By Women
1:36:14-1:53:07 - Close / Spoiler Talk: "Arrival"

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

Movies can entertain us, transport us and move us, but can they heal us? That’s the question Adam, Josh and Michael Phillips wrestled with as they considered titles for their Top 5 Movies that Console and Restore Hope. That Top 5 and more recorded live at Schubas Tavern as part of the first annual Chicago Podcast Festival.

0:00-0:55 - Billboard
0:55-25:06 - Top 5: Movies That Console and Restore Hope
Music: Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings, "I'm Still Here"
26:38-1:03:09 - Top 5, cont.
1:03:09-1:08:58 - Close

2016 Golden Brick Preview Special  

With Thanksgiving approaching, Adam and Josh give a shout out to some of the year's best overlooked movies. Along with the shortlist for the 2016 Golden Brick Award (many of which are available to rent or stream), hear replays of Adam's interview with THE WITNESS director James Solomon and July's review of THE FITS.

0:00-1;11 - Billboard
1:11-28:39 - Review: "The Fits"
Music: Glen Phillips, "Grief and Praise"
29:42-44:13 - Golden Brick Shortlist
44:13-45:36 - Interview: James Solomon
1:18:10-1:20:52 - Close

#611: Loving / Arrival / Hacksaw Ridge  

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

0:00-1:48 - Billboard
1:48-23:43 - Review: "Loving"
Charles Bradley, "God Bless America"
25:08-39:01 - Notes / Massacre Theatre
39:01-51:50 - Review: "Hacksaw Ridge"
Charles Bradley, "Changes"
53:10-1:08:05 - Review: "Arrival"
1:08:05-1:12:10 - Close / Outtake

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

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

0:00-1:06 - Billboard
1:06-23:46 - Interview: Barry Jenkins and Naomie Harris
23:46-36:51 - Review: "Moonlight"
Anderson .Paak, "Get 'Em Up"
37:59-48:40 - Notes / Polls
48:40-57:35 - Reviews: "Doctor Strange," "Tower"
Anderson .Paak, "The City"
58:33-1:08:28 - Donations
1:08:28-1:26:00 - Buñuel #3: "Death in the Garden"
1:26:00-1:29:02 - Close

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

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

0:00-1:08 - Billboard
1:08-28:50 - Sacred Cow: "Nightmare on Elm Street" (1984)
Alice Cooper, "Welcome to My Nightmare"
30:18-45:51 - Notes / Massacre Theatre
45:51-1:14:15 - Top 5: Childhood Movie Scares w/Ti West
Dio, "Dream Evil"
1:15:24-1:40:48 - Top 5, cont.
1:40:48-1:43:05 - Close

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

For certain film lovers, a new Kelly Reichardt film is an event. Spare and deliberately paced movies like WENDY AND LUCY and MEEK’S CUTOFF are treasured for their detail and observation - and for their focus on the lives of women. Reichardt’s latest - CERTAIN WOMEN - continues in that tradition, with a trio of loosely connected stories starring Laura Dern, Michelle Williams and Kristen Stewart. This week, a review of WOMEN, plus Adam's interview with Reichardt and the third film in the Luis Bunuel marathon - 1952's ROBINSON CRUSOE.

0:00-1:23 - Billboard
1:23-21:03 - Interview: Kelly Reichardt
21:03-35:39 - Review: "Certain Women"
Deap Vally "Smile More"
36:58-48:28 - Notes / Polls
48:28-1:08:35 - CIFF recap
Deap Vally "Teenage Queen"
1:09:41-1:15:42 - Donations
1:15:42-1:32:51 - Buñuel #2: "Robinson Crusoe"
1:32:51-1:47:15 - Close / Hot Mics

#607: Steve James  

Back in June, Chicago's Kartemquin Films invited Adam to host a live, career-spanning conversation with documentary filmmaker Steve James ("Hoop Dreams" "The Interrupters" "Life Itself" ). This excerpt from that talk covers the James early life growing up in Hampton, VA, and his films STEVIE (2002) and AT THE DEATH HOUSE DOOR (2008) and the James-produced PBS series about immigration THE NEW AMERICANS (2004).  

0:00-1:11 - Billboard
1:11-25:24 - Interview: Steve James
Shovels & Rope, "The Last Hawk"
26:22-28:23 - Notes
28:23-52:47 - Steve James, cont.
52:47-54:45 - Close

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

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

0:00-1:15 - Billboard
1:15-30:40 - Review: "Birth of a Nation"
Chance the Rapper, "How Great"
31:53-44:22 - Notes / Massacre Theatre
44:22-47:12 - Top 5: CIFF Preview
Chance the Rapper, "Blessings"
48:12-55:51 - Donations
55:51-1:24:02 - Top 5: CIFF Preview, cont.
1:24:02-1:27:31 - Close / Outtake

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