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Filmspotting: Reviews & Top 5s

Filmspotting: Reviews & Top 5s

Kempenaar & Larsen

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“...affable, insightful film analysis since 2005."–NY Times / New + classic reviews and top 5s. Also on WBEZ Chicago.

Latest Episodes

Hamilton / The Old Guard / The Cotton Club (8 From '84)

The biggest movie event of the summer isn't even a movie, but the debut - 18 months ahead of schedule - of Broadway phenomenon HAMILTON on Disney+. This week, Adam and Josh - both of whom saw the production on stage - talk about the groundbreaking musical's transition to the small screen. Plus, Adam recommends the new-to-Netflix THE OLD GUARD from director Gina Prince-Bythewood and an 8 From '84 review of Francis Ford Coppola's THE COTTON CLUB. 0:00 - Billboard 1:02 - Review: "Hamilton" 28:59 - Adam recommends: "The Old Guard" Duke Ellington and Louis Armstrong, "Drop Me Off In Harlem" 35:46 - Next Week/Notes 44:40 - Massacre Theatre 51:02 - 8 From '84: "The Cotton Club Encore" 1:19:12 - Outro Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

86 MIN5 d ago
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Hamilton / The Old Guard / The Cotton Club (8 From '84)

Top 5 Films of 2020 (So Far) / Inception (Nolan #6)

It's been an unusual year for movies – and for everything else – but there was great stuff to seeif you knew where to look. This week, Adam and Josh share their Top 5 Films of 2020 (So Far), along with a 10th anniversary, split-take revisit of INCEPTION, the sixth film in the Christopher Nolan "Oeuvre-view." ("Adam, I love you," says Josh at one point, "but you have no idea what you're talking about.") 0:00 - Billboard 1:04 - Top 5 Films of 2020 So Far Phoebe Bridgers, "ICU" 47:35 - Listener Feedback (Jaws, Spielberg's Best Decade) 1:03:34 - Next Week / Notes 1:21:04 - Nolan #6: "Inception" (10th Anniversary) 2:01:52 - Outro Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

128 MIN1 w ago
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Top 5 Films of 2020 (So Far) / Inception (Nolan #6)

Jaws (45th Anniversary) / Power Ranking Spielberg

A blowhard anti-science mayor ignoring the threat of a murderous invisible menace because it threatens the economy? What could JAWS possibly have to offer us 45 years later? Adam and Josh give the Spielberg classic the Sacred Cow treatment. And they consider the director's nearly half-century of movie-making by Power Ranking the five decades of Spielberg's output. 0:00 - Billboard 1:04 - Review: "Jaws" at 45 Wyatt Waddell, "Fight" 41:29 - AK on "The King of Staten Island" 46:29 - Next Week / Notes 1:05:08 - Top 5: Power Ranking Spielberg 1:40:42 - Outro Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

107 MIN3 w ago
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Jaws (45th Anniversary) / Power Ranking Spielberg

Introducing Truth vs Hollywood

Introducing the newest Audioboom original podcast, Truth vs Hollywood.Join Film loversDavid Chen and Joanna Robinson as they do a deep dive into well known films and discuss how similar they are to the actual story. Truth vs Hollywood premieres 6/12. Subscribe to Truth vs Hollywood on Apple Podcasts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

13 MINJUN 13
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Introducing Truth vs Hollywood

Da 5 Bloods / Top 5 Spike Lee Shots

While it's true that there's never a bad time for a new Spike Lee Joint, right now just happens to be an especially good time to be getting a new film from a master director who has spent the last three-and-a-half decades challenging us to consider the ways that racism defines American life. New to Netflix this weekend, Lee's DA 5 BLOODS doesn't disappoint. Adam and Josh debate the effectiveness of a key performance, and some of Lee's - always bold - aesthetic choices, but they agree that it's one of the year's essential films. Plus, a revisit of 2018's Top 5 Spike Lee Shots. 0:00 - Billboard 1:04 - Review: "Da 5 Bloods" Marvin Gaye, "Inner City Blues (Make Me Wanna Holler)" 32:47 - Poll Results: Spike's Best 39:02 - Notes 47:11 - Massacre Theatre 54:51 - Top 5: Spike Lee Shots 1:41:14 - Outro Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

108 MINJUN 12
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Da 5 Bloods / Top 5 Spike Lee Shots

Top 5 Movies That Educated Us About Racism

When a Minneapolis police officer killed unarmed black man George Floyd last week, protests broke out across the U.S. On this week's show, Adam and Josh – and Filmspotting listeners – reflect on how the movies helped them come to terms with the ways that racism shapes American life. 0:00 - Billboard 1:12 - Top 5: Movies That Educated Us About Racism John Boyega, "We are a physical representation of our support for George Floyd" 34:57 - Next Week/Notes 44:03 - Top 5, cont. 1:08:46 - Outro LINKS -Poet Ross Gay reads "A Small Needful Fact" -How to Support the Struggle Against Police Brutality -Campaign Zero Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

70 MINJUN 5
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Top 5 Movies That Educated Us About Racism

The Prestige (Nolan #5) / Vast of Night / Painter and the Thief

Made between "Batman Begins" and "The Dark Knight," Christopher Nolan's THE PRESTIGE was only a modest success back in 2006, but the twisty feuding magicians drama is, for some, one of the director's very best. In their spoiler-filled review, Adam and Josh agree that, if it's not his best, it's arguably the most Nolan movie. Plus, "Brickspotting" recommendations for the new VAST OF NIGHT and THE PAINTER AND THE THIEF. 0:00 - Billboard 1:06 - Nolan "Oeuvre-view" #5: "The Prestige" Melenas, "3 segundos" 46:44 - Next Week/Notes 55:14 - Massacre Theatre 1:04:46 - Reviews: "The Vast of Night" "The Painter and the Thief" 1:20:30 - Outro/ Outtake Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

87 MINMAY 29
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The Prestige (Nolan #5) / Vast of Night / Painter and the Thief

Top 5 Trip Series Scenes / Trip to Greece

With Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon taking their fourth and final trip abroad with the new TRIP TO GREECE, Adam and Josh consider the series' most memorable reflections on mortality, family obligations, career insecurity—oh yeah, and all those hilarious impressions. Plus, thoughts on the late Lynn Shelton. 0:00 - Billboard 1:02 - Top 5: Trip Series Scenes Brett Shady, "Let Your Burden Be" 26:37 - RIP Lynn Shelton 36:01 - Next Week / Notes 43:46 - Polls 58:00 - Review: "The Trip to Greece" 1:06:33 - Trip Series Scenes, cont. 1:30:46 - Outro / Outtake Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

97 MINMAY 22
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Top 5 Trip Series Scenes / Trip to Greece

The Dark Knight Trilogy (Nolan #4)

After scoring $2B and change at the box office and near-universal praise from audiences and critics, the only black mark on Christopher Nolan's DARK KNIGHT TRILOGY is its dubious influence on the superhero movies that followed in its wake. For the fourth installment of the Nolan "Oeuvre-view," Adam and Josh revisit the trilogy, starting with a 15th anniversary consideration of "Batman Begins." Plus, Massacre Theatre and a new Golden Brick nominee: Lara Gallagher's "Clementine." 0:00 - Billboard 1:11 - "Batman Begins" The Jam, "Batman Theme" 30:34 - JL recommends "Clementine" 34:01 - Next Week/Notes 42:10 - Massacre Theatre 49:06 - "The Dark Knight" / "Dark Knight Rises" 1:30:18 - Outro Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

98 MINMAY 15
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The Dark Knight Trilogy (Nolan #4)

Ghostbusters v Gremlins (8 From '84) / Bette Davis #4 - Now, Voyager

Back in '84, GHOSTBUSTERS was a bigger hit than GREMLINS (#2 and #4 at the box office, respectively), and it's got the more memorable cast—and quotes ("dogs and cats living together, mass hysteria!"); but is it the more interesting film? Adam and Josh agree that Joe Dante's darkly funny creature feature works as a clever satire of consumerism and American exceptionalism, disagreeing only over the movie's aesthetic, which Adam at one point refers to as "rinky dink." (Josh is having none of it.) And the Bette Davis Marathon comes to a conclusion with 1942's NOW, VOYAGER, starring Davis as a deeply repressed Boston woman with serious mommy issues ("Psycho" meets "She's All That" according to Adam). Plus, "The Peepers," the Davis Marathon Awards. 0:00 - Billboard 1:11 - 8 From '84: "Ghostbusters" v "Gremlins" Ray Parker, Jr., "Ghostbusters" 55:48 - Next Week/Notes/Poll 1:07:33 - Davis #4: "Now, Voyager" / Davis Awards 1:47:56 - Outro Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

114 MINMAY 8
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Ghostbusters v Gremlins (8 From '84) / Bette Davis #4 - Now, Voyager

Latest Episodes

Hamilton / The Old Guard / The Cotton Club (8 From '84)

The biggest movie event of the summer isn't even a movie, but the debut - 18 months ahead of schedule - of Broadway phenomenon HAMILTON on Disney+. This week, Adam and Josh - both of whom saw the production on stage - talk about the groundbreaking musical's transition to the small screen. Plus, Adam recommends the new-to-Netflix THE OLD GUARD from director Gina Prince-Bythewood and an 8 From '84 review of Francis Ford Coppola's THE COTTON CLUB. 0:00 - Billboard 1:02 - Review: "Hamilton" 28:59 - Adam recommends: "The Old Guard" Duke Ellington and Louis Armstrong, "Drop Me Off In Harlem" 35:46 - Next Week/Notes 44:40 - Massacre Theatre 51:02 - 8 From '84: "The Cotton Club Encore" 1:19:12 - Outro Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

86 MIN5 d ago
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Hamilton / The Old Guard / The Cotton Club (8 From '84)

Top 5 Films of 2020 (So Far) / Inception (Nolan #6)

It's been an unusual year for movies – and for everything else – but there was great stuff to seeif you knew where to look. This week, Adam and Josh share their Top 5 Films of 2020 (So Far), along with a 10th anniversary, split-take revisit of INCEPTION, the sixth film in the Christopher Nolan "Oeuvre-view." ("Adam, I love you," says Josh at one point, "but you have no idea what you're talking about.") 0:00 - Billboard 1:04 - Top 5 Films of 2020 So Far Phoebe Bridgers, "ICU" 47:35 - Listener Feedback (Jaws, Spielberg's Best Decade) 1:03:34 - Next Week / Notes 1:21:04 - Nolan #6: "Inception" (10th Anniversary) 2:01:52 - Outro Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

128 MIN1 w ago
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Top 5 Films of 2020 (So Far) / Inception (Nolan #6)

Jaws (45th Anniversary) / Power Ranking Spielberg

A blowhard anti-science mayor ignoring the threat of a murderous invisible menace because it threatens the economy? What could JAWS possibly have to offer us 45 years later? Adam and Josh give the Spielberg classic the Sacred Cow treatment. And they consider the director's nearly half-century of movie-making by Power Ranking the five decades of Spielberg's output. 0:00 - Billboard 1:04 - Review: "Jaws" at 45 Wyatt Waddell, "Fight" 41:29 - AK on "The King of Staten Island" 46:29 - Next Week / Notes 1:05:08 - Top 5: Power Ranking Spielberg 1:40:42 - Outro Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

107 MIN3 w ago
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Jaws (45th Anniversary) / Power Ranking Spielberg

Introducing Truth vs Hollywood

Introducing the newest Audioboom original podcast, Truth vs Hollywood.Join Film loversDavid Chen and Joanna Robinson as they do a deep dive into well known films and discuss how similar they are to the actual story. Truth vs Hollywood premieres 6/12. Subscribe to Truth vs Hollywood on Apple Podcasts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

13 MINJUN 13
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Introducing Truth vs Hollywood

Da 5 Bloods / Top 5 Spike Lee Shots

While it's true that there's never a bad time for a new Spike Lee Joint, right now just happens to be an especially good time to be getting a new film from a master director who has spent the last three-and-a-half decades challenging us to consider the ways that racism defines American life. New to Netflix this weekend, Lee's DA 5 BLOODS doesn't disappoint. Adam and Josh debate the effectiveness of a key performance, and some of Lee's - always bold - aesthetic choices, but they agree that it's one of the year's essential films. Plus, a revisit of 2018's Top 5 Spike Lee Shots. 0:00 - Billboard 1:04 - Review: "Da 5 Bloods" Marvin Gaye, "Inner City Blues (Make Me Wanna Holler)" 32:47 - Poll Results: Spike's Best 39:02 - Notes 47:11 - Massacre Theatre 54:51 - Top 5: Spike Lee Shots 1:41:14 - Outro Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

108 MINJUN 12
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Da 5 Bloods / Top 5 Spike Lee Shots

Top 5 Movies That Educated Us About Racism

When a Minneapolis police officer killed unarmed black man George Floyd last week, protests broke out across the U.S. On this week's show, Adam and Josh – and Filmspotting listeners – reflect on how the movies helped them come to terms with the ways that racism shapes American life. 0:00 - Billboard 1:12 - Top 5: Movies That Educated Us About Racism John Boyega, "We are a physical representation of our support for George Floyd" 34:57 - Next Week/Notes 44:03 - Top 5, cont. 1:08:46 - Outro LINKS -Poet Ross Gay reads "A Small Needful Fact" -How to Support the Struggle Against Police Brutality -Campaign Zero Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

70 MINJUN 5
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Top 5 Movies That Educated Us About Racism

The Prestige (Nolan #5) / Vast of Night / Painter and the Thief

Made between "Batman Begins" and "The Dark Knight," Christopher Nolan's THE PRESTIGE was only a modest success back in 2006, but the twisty feuding magicians drama is, for some, one of the director's very best. In their spoiler-filled review, Adam and Josh agree that, if it's not his best, it's arguably the most Nolan movie. Plus, "Brickspotting" recommendations for the new VAST OF NIGHT and THE PAINTER AND THE THIEF. 0:00 - Billboard 1:06 - Nolan "Oeuvre-view" #5: "The Prestige" Melenas, "3 segundos" 46:44 - Next Week/Notes 55:14 - Massacre Theatre 1:04:46 - Reviews: "The Vast of Night" "The Painter and the Thief" 1:20:30 - Outro/ Outtake Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

87 MINMAY 29
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The Prestige (Nolan #5) / Vast of Night / Painter and the Thief

Top 5 Trip Series Scenes / Trip to Greece

With Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon taking their fourth and final trip abroad with the new TRIP TO GREECE, Adam and Josh consider the series' most memorable reflections on mortality, family obligations, career insecurity—oh yeah, and all those hilarious impressions. Plus, thoughts on the late Lynn Shelton. 0:00 - Billboard 1:02 - Top 5: Trip Series Scenes Brett Shady, "Let Your Burden Be" 26:37 - RIP Lynn Shelton 36:01 - Next Week / Notes 43:46 - Polls 58:00 - Review: "The Trip to Greece" 1:06:33 - Trip Series Scenes, cont. 1:30:46 - Outro / Outtake Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

97 MINMAY 22
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Top 5 Trip Series Scenes / Trip to Greece

The Dark Knight Trilogy (Nolan #4)

After scoring $2B and change at the box office and near-universal praise from audiences and critics, the only black mark on Christopher Nolan's DARK KNIGHT TRILOGY is its dubious influence on the superhero movies that followed in its wake. For the fourth installment of the Nolan "Oeuvre-view," Adam and Josh revisit the trilogy, starting with a 15th anniversary consideration of "Batman Begins." Plus, Massacre Theatre and a new Golden Brick nominee: Lara Gallagher's "Clementine." 0:00 - Billboard 1:11 - "Batman Begins" The Jam, "Batman Theme" 30:34 - JL recommends "Clementine" 34:01 - Next Week/Notes 42:10 - Massacre Theatre 49:06 - "The Dark Knight" / "Dark Knight Rises" 1:30:18 - Outro Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

98 MINMAY 15
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The Dark Knight Trilogy (Nolan #4)

Ghostbusters v Gremlins (8 From '84) / Bette Davis #4 - Now, Voyager

Back in '84, GHOSTBUSTERS was a bigger hit than GREMLINS (#2 and #4 at the box office, respectively), and it's got the more memorable cast—and quotes ("dogs and cats living together, mass hysteria!"); but is it the more interesting film? Adam and Josh agree that Joe Dante's darkly funny creature feature works as a clever satire of consumerism and American exceptionalism, disagreeing only over the movie's aesthetic, which Adam at one point refers to as "rinky dink." (Josh is having none of it.) And the Bette Davis Marathon comes to a conclusion with 1942's NOW, VOYAGER, starring Davis as a deeply repressed Boston woman with serious mommy issues ("Psycho" meets "She's All That" according to Adam). Plus, "The Peepers," the Davis Marathon Awards. 0:00 - Billboard 1:11 - 8 From '84: "Ghostbusters" v "Gremlins" Ray Parker, Jr., "Ghostbusters" 55:48 - Next Week/Notes/Poll 1:07:33 - Davis #4: "Now, Voyager" / Davis Awards 1:47:56 - Outro Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

114 MINMAY 8
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Ghostbusters v Gremlins (8 From '84) / Bette Davis #4 - Now, Voyager

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