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

Varda Marathon #5: The Gleaners and I  

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

On Filmspotting #632 (Friday, April 27): James Gray's THE LOST CITY OF Z and the Top 5 Movie Expeditions (We'd Sign Up For).

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

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

0:00-1:43 - Billboard
1:43-33:25 - Review: "The Fate of the Furious"
Lil Uzi Vert, "Go Off"
35:53-37:02 - Notes
37:02-1:13:36 - Top 5: Fast & Furious Moments (2015)
1:13:36-1:16:51 - Close

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

Wes Anderson’s RUSHMORE was a minor indie hit during its initial run starting in late 1998, but it marked the arrival of a significant new directing talent, and established a brilliant new stage of Bill Murray’s career. Adam and Josh – who joins the show from Ebert Interruptus in Boulder, CO - give Anderson's film the Sacred Cow treatment and unveil your 2017 Filmspotting Madness champion. Also, Adam's interview with Charlie Siskel, co-director the Oscar-nominated "Finding Vivian Maier" and director of the new doc AMERICAN ANARCHIST. Siskel also shares his Top 5 Most Influential Docs.

0:00-1:29 - Billboard
1:29-35:09 - Sacred Cow: "Rushmore"
Cat Stevens, "The Wind"
38:33-1:00:22 - FS Madness Champion / Poll
The Rolling Stones, "I Am Waiting"
1:01:18-1:35:22 - Interview: Charlie Siskel
1:35:22-1:37:55 - Close   

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

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

This week on the show, Adam and Josh mostly agree about the movie's failings, but still manage to get into a fight over Jesse Plemons. Plus, Filmspotting Madness Final Four results (The Godfather v 2001! Pulp Fiction v Empire Strikes Back!) and the Agnes Varda Marathon continues with the director's 1985 masterpiece VAGABOND.

0:00-1:16 - Billboard
1:16-29:08 - Review: "The Discovery"
Alt-J, "3WW"
30:08-53:20 - Notes / FS Madness
53:20-1:16:55 - Varda #4: "Vagabond"
1:16:55-1:27:55 - Close / Hot Mics

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

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

0:00-2:01 - Billboard
2:01-42:32 - Sacred Cow: "Casablanca"
Dooley Wilson, "As Time Goes By"
43:58-51:15 - MP Review: "Song to Song"
51:15-1:11:26 - Filmspotting Madness
1:11:26-1:16:57 - Close / Outtake

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

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 collaboration with Oliver Assayas (PERSONAL SHOPPER) now in limited release, Adam and Josh devote this week’s Top 5 to a few of the actress's best moments on screen, plus a conversation with director Stephen Cone about his powerful response to SHOPPER. Plus, Filmspotting Madness Sweet Sixteen results, your Elite 8 matchups, and the Agnes Varda's ONE SINGS, THE OTHER DOESN'T (1977).

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0:00-2:05 - Billboard
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3:44-15:16 - "Personal Shopper" w/Stephen Cone
15:16-44:50 - Top 5 Kristen Stewart Scenes
Mitski, "Your Best American Girl"
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51:10-1:18:50 - Filmspotting Madness
Mitski, "Once More To See You"
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1:21:12-1:25:47 - JL Review: "Beauty and Beast" (2017)
1:25:47-1:50:02 - Varda #3: "One Sings, The Other Doesn't" 
1:50:02-1:54:32 - Close / Outtake

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

TRAINSPOTTING was never a huge hit in its day, but the 1996 film made a huge impression on a generation of young film fans thanks to its visual flair, memorable soundtrack and its quartet of talented stars. That quartet - lead by Ewan McGregor’s Mark Renton - is making a surprise comeback 20 years later with the release of T2: TRAINSPOTTING. Also back: director Danny Boyle. This week on the show, Boyle sits down with Adam to talk about how he approached the sequel and contributes his own picks to the Top 5 Danny Boyle Characters. (Spoiler: they're all women.)

Also on the show, a surreal chat with Tim Heidecker and Gregg Turkington from Adult Swim's "On Cinema," Filmspotting Madness Round 2 results and Film Comment's Violet Lucca joins Adam and Josh for week 2 of the Agnes Varda Marathon.

0:00-2:00 - Billboard
3:45-39:01 - Danny Boyle: Top 5 Boyle Characters
Young Fathers, "Only God Knows"
40:37-1:01:17 - T2: Trainspotting / Top 5 Boyle Characters, cont
1:01:17-1:13:35 - Tim Heidecker and Gregg Turkington (Adult Swim's "On Cinema")
1:13:35-1:42:55 - Filmspotting Madness
Young Fathers, "Low"
1:49:17-2:00:31 - Filmspotting Madness, cont
2:00:31-2:25:44 - Varda #2: "The Creatures" w/Violet Lucca
2:25:44-2:30:22 - Close

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

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

0:00-2:12 - Billboard
3:54-27:59 - Review: "Logan"
Marty Stuart & His Fabulous Superlatives, "Lost In the Desert"
29:56-39:34 - Notes
39:34-1:20:54 - Filmspotting Madness
Corinne Marchand, "Sans Toi" ("Cleo From 5 to 7")
1:23:50-1:41:37 - Varda #1: "La Pointe Courte"
1:41:37-1:44:15 - Close / Outtake

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

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

0:00-1:49 - Billboard
1:49-43:42 - Top 5 Pantheon Contenders
Spoon, "Can I Sit Next To You"
46:51-1:03:10 - Notes
1:03:10-1:24:29 - Filmspotting Madness
Spoon, "Can I Sit Next To You"
1:25:42-1:30:59 - Donations
1:30:59-1:47:53 - Review: "Get Out"
1:47:53-2:00:38 - Filmspotting Madness, cont.
2:00:38-2:03:51 - Close / Outtake

FS Fix: Bunuel #6 - That Obscure Object of Desire / Bunuel Awards  

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

A special 12th anniversary episode of Filmspotting comes later in the week, with the 2017 Filmspotting Madness Selection Special and Adam and Josh's Top 5 Pantheon Contenders.     

#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











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