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Filmspotting: Reviews & Top 5s podcast

Filmspotting: Reviews & Top 5s

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

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

 

#247

#845: No Time To Die / Lamb / The Portrait of a Lady (Campion #4)

In five films over 15 years, Daniel Craig has established himself as the pre-eminent Bond. But will he also prove to be the final 007? The 60-year-old franchise has its work cut out for it, finding someone to fill Craig's shoes and bringing the iconic, if archaic, character firmly into the 21st century. Adam and Josh agree that the new NO TIME TO DIE does right by Craig—but does that make it a good Bond film? They take their review into spoiler territory to unravel their feelings about the conclusion of the Craig era. Plus, the fourth film in the Jane Campion Oeuvre-view, 1996's THE PORTRAIT OF A LADY, Campion's inventive and emotionally volatile adaptation of the Henry James novel. Plus Josh recommends the new Nordic horror film LAMB. 0:00 - Billboard 1:14 - Review: "No Time To Die" 32:56 - "No Time" Spoiler Talk Wojciech Kilar, "Pearl in the Crown" 39:32 - Josh recommends: "Lamb" 43:29 - Next Week / Notes 56:32 - Polls 1:04:40 - Jane Campion #4: "The Portrait of a Lady" 1:35:00 - Outro Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices ... Read more

15 Oct 2021

1 HR 41 MINS

1:41:32

15 Oct 2021


#246

#844: The Piano (Campion #3) / Chicago Int'l Film Festival Preview

“I hear what you’re saying, but you’re completely wrong.” Adam has employed his favorite catchphrase many times over the years, but never on himself. On this week’s show, as part of the Jane Campion Oeuvre-View, he revisits the director's Oscar-winning (and beloved by Josh) THE PIANO for the first time since his lukewarm first encounter with the film in 2013—and this time he comes away from the film singing a very different tune. Plus, a preview of the 57th annual Chicago International Film Festival, which features new films from Céline Sciamma (“Portrait of a Lady on Fire”), Joachim Trier (“Oslo, August 31st”), and Andrea Arnold (“American Honey”).  0:00 - Billboard 1:14 - Preview: Chicago Int'l Film Festival Michael Nyman, "The Heart Asks Pleasure First" 31:13 - Next Week/Giveaway/Notes 41:37 - Massacre Theatre 49:33 - Campion #3: "The Piano" 1:28:56 - Outro Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices ... Read more

08 Oct 2021

1 HR 36 MINS

1:36:26

08 Oct 2021


#245

#843: Titane / An Angel at My Table (Campion #2)

Director Julia Ducournau wants to shake her audience to the core. And she more or less accomplished that feat - for Josh, anyway - with her 2016 debut "Raw." Her latest, TITANE, falls into several genre categories—body horror, revenge picture, deeply black comedy—none of which quite prepare you for the experience of watching it. While Ducournau proves herself a filmmaker of great talent, Adam and Josh debate whether the 2021 Palme d'Or winner has much to offer beyond its many unexpected and provocative twists. They take their review into overtime with some Spoiler Talk about some of the movie's more ambiguous moments. Also on the show, the new Deeply Flawed Filmspotting Poll, and the second film in their Jane Campion Oeuvre-view, 1990's AN ANGEL AT MY TABLE. 0:00 - Billboard 1:25 - Review: "Titane" 32:56 - "Titane" Spoiler Talk Duncan Gray, Opening Credits ("An Angel at My Table") 45:37 - Next Week / Notes 54:24 - Polls 1:04:46 - Jane Campion #2: "An Angel at My Table" 1:30:18 - Outro  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices ... Read more

01 Oct 2021

1 HR 36 MINS

1:36:42

01 Oct 2021


#244

#842: Casino Royale at 15 / Sweetie (Campion #1)

Ahead of Daniel Craig's final outing as 007 in "No Time To Die," Adam and Josh revisit Craig's 2006 debut, CASINO ROYALE, a film both agree remains a high-water mark for the franchise. Plus, the Jane Campion Oeuvre-view kicks off with the New Zealand director's funny, harrowing, and utterly assured first film, 1989's SWEETIE. 0:00 - Billboard 1:06 - Review: "Casino Royale" at 15 Cate Le Bon, "Sisters" 34:31 - Next Week / Notes 47:49 - Massacre Theatre 53:44 - Campion #1: "Sweetie" 1:23:27 - Outro Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices ... Read more

24 Sep 2021

1 HR 29 MINS

1:29:37

24 Sep 2021


#243

#841: Top 5 Films of 1971 / The Eyes of Tammy Faye

The 50th anniversary of the ’71 movie year provided Adam and Josh an excuse to give Kubrick's "A Clockwork Orange" the Sacred Cow treatment earlier in the year and, with this week’s TOP 5 FILMS OF 1971, to celebrate the movies that introduced iconic movie characters and performances like Richard Roundtree’s John Shaft, Gene Wilder’s Willy Wonka and Ruth Gordon’s Maude. Also on the show, Josh recommends the new THE EYES OF TAMMY FAYE, featuring a galvanizing performance from star Jessica Chastain. 0:00 - Billboard 1:11 - Top 5 of 1971 Oompa Loompa Cast, "Oompa Loompa" ("Willy Wonka") 36:43 - Josh on "The Eyes of Tammy Faye" 40:50 - Next Week / Poll / Notes 1:04:33 - Top 5 of 1971, cont. 1:30:52 - Outro  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices ... Read more

17 Sep 2021

1 HR 40 MINS

1:40:36

17 Sep 2021


#242

#840: The Card Counter / Wong Kar Wai Marathon Awards

A gambling movie that only Paul Schrader could make, THE CARD COUNTER has the "First Reformed" director meditating on weighty subjects like redemption and absolution in his tale of an ex-con (Oscar Isaac) trying to make amends for past deeds. Tiffany Haddish and Tye Sheridan co-star. Along with that review, Adam and Josh wrap up the World of Wong Kar Wai Marathon with "The Tonys," their favorite performances and moments from the marathon. 0:00 - Billboard 0:58 - Review: "The Card Counter" Julie London, "I'm In The Mood For Love" 32:14 - Next Week/Notes 41:48 - Massacre Theatre 46:59 - Wong Kar Wai Awards 1:25:25 - Outro Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices ... Read more

10 Sep 2021

1 HR 33 MINS

1:33:04

10 Sep 2021


#241

#839: Fall Movie Preview / Shang-Chi / Candyman

The coming fall movie season is less a slate of titles than it is a promise fulfilled, with loads of big films coming to the big screen, some of which have been delayed for a year or more: “No Time To Die,” “Top Gun: Maverick,” “Ghostbusters: Afterlife,” Denis Villeneuve’s “Dune,” and Wes Anderson’s “The French Dispatch,” to name just a few. For their FALL MOVIE PREVIEW, Adam and Josh have questions about some of those long-anticipated titles, along with queries about some of the season’s more obscure offerings, including films starring Idris Elba and Regina King; Jessica Chastain and Andrew Garfield; and Tom Hanks and a dog (and a robot). Plus, Josh has reviews of the new CANDYMAN and SHANG-CHI AND THE LEGEND OF THE TEN RINGS. 0:00 - Billboard 1:11 - Fall Movie Preview George Lam, "Mr. Strong Man" 25:51 - Josh: "Shang-Chi," "Candyman" 37:32 - Next Week / Notes 47:00 - Polls 54:17 - Fall Movie Preview, cont. 1:10:28 - Outro Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices ... Read more

03 Sep 2021

1 HR 17 MINS

1:17:47

03 Sep 2021


#240

#838: In the Mood for Love at 20 / Nine Days / Top 5 Romantic Gestures (Revisited)

Wong Kar Wai’s IN THE MOOD FOR LOVE had no shortage of acclaim on its 2000 release (2001 in the U.S.), but its stature has only grown in the past two decades and is now considered by many to be one of the great achievements of the 21st century. Adam and Josh offer no arguments to the contrary in their 20th-anniversary revisit of the film, part of their World of Wong Kar Wai Marathon. And not that you asked for it, but the review also prompts them to debate which is sexier: silence or food. Plus, a revisit of the Top 5 Romantic Gestures from 2013, and Josh nominates the new existential drama NINE DAYS for the Filmspotting Golden Brick Award. 0:00 - Billboard 1:05 - Wong Kar Wai #6: “In The Mood For Love” Vitamin String Quartet, “In Your Eyes” 41:43 - Brickspotting: “Nine Days” 46:37 - Next Week / Notes 53:25 - Massacre Theatre 1:01:51 - Revisited: Top 5 Romantic Gestures (2013) 1:12:27 - Outro Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices ... Read more

27 Aug 2021

1 HR 38 MINS

1:38:14

27 Aug 2021


#239

#837: Annette / Respect / Happy Together (Wong Kar Wai #5)

French director Leos Carax isn't very well known here in the States, but his films are always something of an arthouse event, coming as they do about once a decade. His 2012 film, "Holy Motors" showed up on several best-of-the-2010s lists, and his latest, ANNETTE, premiered at this year's Cannes Film Festival to a 20-minute ovation (along with a smattering of boos). An L.A.-set rock musical starring Adam Driver and Marion Cotillard, Carax's film is, according to guest critic Michael Phillips, "the world's most toxic remake of 'A Star Is Born'." (That's mostly a compliment.) In the second half of the show, Josh and Adam continue their World of Wong Kar Wai Marathon with the Hong Kong auteur's 1997 Argentina-set film HAPPY TOGETHER, and music biopic skeptic Josh has some nice things to say about the new Aretha Franklin biopic RESPECT. 0:00 - Billboard 1:07 - Review: "Annette" w/Michael Phillips Sparks feat. Adam Driver, "All The Girls" 29:28 - Josh recommends "Respect" 35:43 - Next Week / Notes 44:06 - Polls 56:54 - Wong Kar Wai #5: "Happy Together" 1:21:27 - Outro Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices ... Read more

13 Aug 2021

1 HR 29 MINS

1:29:09

13 Aug 2021


#238

#836: The Green Knight / The Suicide Squad / Fallen Angels (Wong Kar Wai #4)

Like many an auteur before him, David Lowery ("A Ghost Story", "The Old Man and the Gun") brings his obsessions to whatever material he's working with—even if that material is over 600 years old. Lowery's THE GREEN KNIGHT delivers some of the seduction and swordplay that the 14th-century source material "Sir Gawain and the Green Knight" promises, but it also serves as another Lowery riff on mortality, time, and mythmaking. The fourth film in the World of Wong Kar Wai Marathon, 1995's FALLEN ANGELS, sees the Hong Kong auteur introduce a new set of lost urban souls, but Adam and Josh debate whether Wong gets dangerously close to self-parody in his follow-up to "Chungking Express." And Josh has a review of the new THE SUICIDE SQUAD, a successful-ish entry in the killshot-comedy genre. 0:00 - Billboard 1:10 - Review: "The Green Knight" Shirley Kwan, "Forget Him" 31:56 - Josh: "The Suicide Squad" 36:58 - Next Week / Notes 52:20 - Massacre Theatre 57:35 - World of Wong Kar Wai #4: "Fallen Angels" 1:21:10 - Outro  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices ... Read more

06 Aug 2021

1 HR 27 MINS

1:27:59

06 Aug 2021


#237

#835: Pig / Old / Chungking Express (Wong Kar Wai #3)

Getting Nic Cage for your debut feature is a risky move. On the one hand, Cage is both a big name and a singular talent. On the other hand, Cage's eccentric on-screen persona can send a movie reeling into camp. PIG director Michael Sarnoski rolled the dice and won, bringing real pathos to his missing truffle pig saga, and getting Cage's most subtle and moving work in at least a decade. Adam and Josh also continue the World of Wong Kar Wai Marathon with the director's 1994 international breakthrough CHUNGKING EXPRESS. Plus, Josh defends M. Night Shyamalan's OLD–while also advising Adam to avoid it. 0:00 - Billboard 1:10 - Review: "Pig" Chris Egan, "Traveling Troubadours" 22:36 - Josh reviews "Old" 28:37 - Giveaway / Next Week / Notes 37:26 - Polls 47:53 - Wong Kar Wai #3: "Chungking Express" 1:30:18 - Outro  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices ... Read more

30 Jul 2021

1 HR 16 MINS

1:16:40

30 Jul 2021


#236

#834: Top 5 Beach Scenes / Days of Being Wild (Wong Kar Wai #2)

Inspired by M Night Shyamalan's "Old," Adam and Josh take a trip to the shore for their TOP 5 BEACH SCENES. As a place of transition–between land and sea, and as a point of no returnºthe beach has long offered filmmakers an evocative setting for tales both hopeful and despairing. Also: romantic, elegiac, and deranged. Plus the second film in the World of Wong Kar Wai Marathon, 1990's DAYS OF BEING WILD. 0:00 - Billboard 1:16 - Top 5: Beach Scenes Emily Lim & Rob Kelly, "Barefoot in the Sand" 31:34 - Cannes / Next Week / Notes 46:03 - Massacre Theatre 53:26 - Top 5: Beach Scenes, cont 1:13:43 - World of Wong Kar Wai #2: "Days of Being Wild" 1:37:28 - Outro  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices ... Read more

23 Jul 2021

1 HR 45 MINS

1:45:50

23 Jul 2021


#235

#833: A Clockwork Orange at 50 / Roadrunner / As Tears Go By (Wong Kar Wai #1)

With its provocative mix of giddy, nihilistic violence, social satire, and formal audaciousness, A CLOCKWORK ORANGE has been a cinephile rite of passage for decades. For their Sacred Cow revisit, Adam and Josh find a film that is both more philosophical than they remember–and perversely funny. Just how funny, however, is a matter of some debate. Also up for debate: how to read the film's memorable ending. Plus, the first film in the World of Wong Kar Wai Marathon, 1988's AS TEARS GO BY, and Adam's thoughts on the new ROADRUNNER: A FILM ABOUT ANTHONY BOURDAIN. 0:00 - Billboard 1:16 - Sacred Cow: “A Clockwork Orange” Marianne Faithful, “As Tears Go By” 45:08 - Adam: “Roadrunner” 58:21 - Next Week / Notes 1:08:21 - Polls 1:20:42 - World of Wong #1: “As Tears Go By” 1:42:57 - Outro / Outtake Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices ... Read more

16 Jul 2021

1 HR 50 MINS

1:50:38

16 Jul 2021


#234

#832: Black Widow / Summer of Soul / No Sudden Move / Zola

Marvel's BLACK WIDOW returns the MCU to theaters for the first time since 2019, but despite the more than capable cast and some provocative ideas, Adam and Josh agree that director Cate Shortland ("Lore") doesn't always find the right balance between the traumatic and the comedic. They have nothing but praise for Questlove's SUMMER OF SOUL, which sees the Roots-founder bringing a keen curatorial eye and potent historical context to his electrifying concert documentary. Plus, a review of Steven Soderbergh's new NO SUDDEN MOVE and Josh's thoughts on the wild road-trip comedy ZOLA. 0:00 - Billboard 1:03 - Review: "Black Widow" The Chambers Brothers, "Uptown" 25:06 - Josh recommends: "Zola" 30:53 - Next Week / Notes 49:04 - Massacre Theatre 54:51 - Review: "Summer of Soul" 1:29:17 - Review: "No Sudden Move" 1:44:24 - Outro  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices ... Read more

09 Jul 2021

1 HR 50 MINS

1:50:48

09 Jul 2021


#233

FS Revisited: Raiders of the Lost Ark / Top 5 Films of 1981

Back in September 2012, RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK was back in theaters for a limited IMAX run on the heels of its 30th anniversary. Adam and Josh took the opportunity to give the film the Sacred Cow treatment, making the dubious decision to invite noted "Raiders" skeptic Michael Phillips to join them. Luckily, this is a podcast, so there's no risk of getting your face melted off due to Michael's hot take. Plus, Michael sits in for the Top 5 Films of 1981, with a number one pick that marks him as a "psychosexual sicko" (his words, not ours). 0:00 - Billboard 1:00 - Sacred Cow Review: "Raiders of the Lost Ark" John Williams, "Raiders March" 29:48 - Top 5: Films of 1981 1:12:03 - Outro  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices ... Read more

02 Jul 2021

1 HR 16 MINS

1:16:31

02 Jul 2021


#232

#831: F9 / Top 5 Fast & Furious Moments

For one of their patented "still processing" reviews, Adam and Josh go from screening to studio to discuss F9. But all Adam has is questions; namely, are the F&F movies not only critic-proof but critique-proof? Also, director Justin Lin stuck Charlize Theron in a glass box and Adam wants to know if she has access to a bathroom. Big questions for a big movie. Plus listeners make their pick for car movie that needs a sequel, and Adam and Josh revisit 2015's Top 5 Fast & Furious Moments–the culmination of their immersion in what Adam has deemed "The F ampersand FU." 0:00 - Billboard 1:15 - Review: "F9" Dave James and Thomm Jutz, "Bite The Dust" 31:33 - Next Week / Notes 41:14 - Polls 57:24 - Top 5: Fast & Furious Moments 1:34:03 - Outro  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices ... Read more

25 Jun 2021

1 HR 41 MINS

1:41:21

25 Jun 2021


#231

#830: Pixar's Luca / 7 From '76 Awards / The Sparks Brothers

While Pixar's latest brazenly evokes the settings and stories of earlier animated classics like Disney's "The Little Mermaid," Pixar's own "Finding Nemo" and Hayao Miyazaki's "Ponyo" and "Porco Rosso," LUCA'S narrative ambition remains modest–and Adam and Josh agree that's mostly to its credit. An earnest coming-of-age story set on the Italian Riviera, the movie also works as a summer-y coming-out party. They also wrap up the 7 From '76—Best Year Ever series by naming their favorite performances, scenes and more–including their Top 5 of 1976. Plus Adam recommends Edgar Wright's new doc, THE SPARKS BROTHERS, about the eccentric pop group that's been described as "your favorite band's favorite band." 0:00 - Billboard 1:15 - 7 From '76—Best Year Ever Awards Edoardo Bennato, "L'isola che non c'e" 35:21 - Review: "Luca" 46:13 - Adam recommends: "The Sparks Brothers" 53:26 - Next Week / Notes 1:07:28 - Massacre Theatre 1:14:15 - 7 From '76 cont. 1:30:18 - Outro  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices ... Read more

18 Jun 2021

1 HR 44 MINS

1:44:29

18 Jun 2021


#230

#829: In The Heights / Car Wash (7 From '76)

When reviews started trickling in for IN THE HEIGHTS earlier this year, anticipation for the already much-hyped adaptation of Lin-Manuel Miranda's Tony-winning musical started to reach a feverish pitch. Adam and Josh agree that the movie largely delivers on those expectations. If director Jon M. Chu's ambition occasionally overwhelms the film, the talented ensemble and star-making lead turn by Anthony Ramos keeps things grounded, and the movie offers the kind of visceral pleasure that moviegoers have been conspicuously missing. Plus, listeners name their favorite 21st-century movie musical, and Adam and Josh wrap up the 7 From '76—Best Year Ever series with cult comedy–and almost musical–CAR WASH. 0:00 - Billboard 1:14 - Review: "In The Heights" Rose Royce, "Car Wash" 34:36 - Next Week / Notes / "Raiders" Contest 1:01:26 - Polls (21st-Century Musicals; Car Movie Sequels We Need) 1:20:10 - 7 From '76: "Car Wash" 1:45:10 - Outro  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices ... Read more

11 Jun 2021

1 HR 53 MINS

1:53:12

11 Jun 2021


#229

#828: Undine / Harlan County U.S.A. (7 From '76)

Director Christian Petzold ("Phoenix," "Transit") returns with UNDINE, a romance haunted by German history and politics–and loosely inspired by a European fairy tale. Stars Paula Beer and Franz Rogowski sell the romance, and Adam and Josh praise the director for the provocative questions he leaves unanswered. Plus Babara Kopple's Oscar-winning HARLAN COUNTY U.S.A., a film that offers a vivid–and surprisingly musical–portrait of coal country in the early '70s. Part of the 7 From '76—Best Year Ever series. 0:00 - Billboard 1:14 - Review: "Undine" 25:23 - Next Week / Notes 39:54 - Massacre Theatre 49:43 - 7 From '76: "Harlan Country U.S.A." 1:15:29 - Outro  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices ... Read more

04 Jun 2021

1 HR 23 MINS

1:23:21

04 Jun 2021


#228

#827: A Quiet Place Part II / Top 5 Quiet Scenes

Back in 2018, John Krasinksi's "A Quiet Place" was a novelty: the rare box office hit that didn't belong to an existing franchise or property. Fast forward to 2021 and "A Quiet Place" has itself become a franchise, with a third installment already in the works. This week, Adam and Josh talk about the ways that A QUIET PLACE PART II delivers on the promise of the original and also the ways that it tests the limits of an audience's ability to suspend its disbelief. Plus, they revisit 2018's Top 5 Quiet Scenes, with Josh contributing his picks to a list Adam and guest host Michael Phillips shared along with a review of the first "Quiet" film. 0:00 - Billboard 1:13 - Review: "A Quiet Place Part II" Juan Carlos Rodriguez & Iker Gastaminza, "Salsa Brava" 28:22 - Next Week / Notes 35:43 - Polls 46:42 - Top 5: Quiet Scenes w/Michael Phillips 1:29:16 - Pantheon Induction: "Jeanne Dielman" 1:32:40 - Outro  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices ... Read more

28 May 2021

1 HR 39 MINS

1:39:25

28 May 2021


#227

#826: Summer Movie Preview / Shiva Baby / "The Savages" ('40s Noir Awards)

Yes, this summer promises pleasures like the return of the MCU, a new Lin-Manuel Miranda musical, and Dev Patel in David Lowery's "The Green Knight"; but, in their SUMMER MOVIE PREVIEW, Adam and Josh invite you to consider less conspicuous summer releases like a Fellini-inspired animated film; a new doc from the director of 2016's "Rat Film;" a resurrected concert film from Questlove; and a tweet-thread-inspired road trip comedy. Plus, the '40s Noir Awards ("The Savages") and Josh's Golden Brick-spotting recommendation of Emma Seligman's SHIVA BABY. 0:00 - Billboard 1:08 - Summer Movie Preview Tim Garland, "Brush With The Law" 27:37 - Golden Brick-spotting: "Shiva Baby" 31:08 - R.I.P. Charles Grodin 34:54 - Next Week / Notes / Massacre Theatre 48:33 - '40s Noir Marathon Awards ("The Savages") 1:14:27 - Summer Movie Preview, cont. 1:29:51 - Outro  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices ... Read more

21 May 2021

1 HR 36 MINS

1:36:44

21 May 2021


#226

#825: The Underground Railroad / White Heat ('40s Noir #6)

Historically set but featuring flourishes of magical realism, Barry Jenkins's adaptation of Colson Whitehead's THE UNDERGROUND RAILROAD is not quite what it first appears to be. All ten parts come to Amazon Prime this weekend. This week, Adam and Josh review the series' first couple of episodes, full of admiration for the Jenkins aesthetic, the cast and the score from regular Jenkins collaborator Nicholas Britell. Plus a conversation about 1949's WHITE HEAT, the final film in the '40s Noir Marathon, which features a dynamic performance from James Cagney as a psycho crime boss with a mother complex. 0:00 - Billboard 1:22 - Review: "The Underground Railroad" Nicholas Britell, "Bessie" 36:18 - Next week / Notes 45:25 - Poll 53:13 - '40s Noir #6: "White Heat" 1:16:23 - Outro Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices ... Read more

14 May 2021

1 HR 25 MINS

1:25:01

14 May 2021


#225

#824: Top 5 '70s Movie Moms / Wrath of Man / News From Home (7 From '76)

Sandwiched between the '60s sexual revolution and the reactionary conservatism of the '80s, the '70s was an anxious decade, and as that anxiety played out on movie screens, it did not spare mothers. This week, Adam and Josh–sons of '70s moms themselves–share their TOP 5 '70s MOVIE MOMS and continue the 7 From '76—Best Year Ever series with Chantal Akerman's NEWS FROM HOME. Plus, Josh's thoughts on the new WRATH OF MAN, starring Jason Statham, and ABOUT ENDLESSNESS from Swedish auteur Roy Andersson ("Songs From The Second Floor"). 0:00 - Billboard 1:27 - Top 5: '70s Movie Moms 31:51 - Next Week 36:49 - Josh reviews "Wrath of Man," "About Endlessness" 46:07 - Olympia Dukakis / Notes / Massacre Theatre 57:49 - 7 From '76: "News From Home" 1:15:01 - Top 5: '70s Movie Moms, cont. 1:38:54 - Outro  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices ... Read more

07 May 2021

1 HR 45 MINS

1:45:46

07 May 2021


#224

#823: Together Together / Oscars / The Lady From Shanghai ('40s Noir #5)

It's a pair of uneasy couples on this week's show: first up, comedian Patti Harrison as a 20-something surrogate mom to Ed Helms' single 40-something dad in Nikole Beckwith's TOGETHER TOGETHER; and then real-life couple Orson Welles and Rita Hayworth in the '47 noir THE LADY FROM SHANGHAI, with Welles as an Irish drifter who gets caught up in a murder plot when he falls for the seductive Hayworth. Beckwith's movie - her second - is smarter and more satisfying than its high concept suggests; and Welles' formal invention almost makes up for the lack of heat between the married stars, its confounding plot, and its ill-treatment of Hayworth's troubled Elsa. Plus, Josh fills Adam in on what he missed with the Soderbergh-produced Oscars. 0:00 - Billboard 1:08 - Oscars 9:35 - Review: "Together Together" Anita Ellis, "Please Don't Kiss Me" 28:52 - Next Week / Notes / Poll 47:06 - '40s Noir #5: "The Lady From Shanghai" 1:11:54 - Outro  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices ... Read more

30 Apr 2021

1 HR 19 MINS

1:19:55

30 Apr 2021


#223

#822: Oscars Special with Michael Phillips

Will Oscar night 2021 see Chloé Zhao crowned Best Director for "Nomadland"? Does anyone have a chance against the late Chadwick Boseman for Best Actor? And what about the Best Actress race? Will former winners Viola Davis and Frances McDormand take another statue home, or could Carey Mulligan or Andra Day surprise with the win? Adam, Josh and guest Michael Phillips from the Chicago Tribune don't really have the answers, but that doesn't stop them from taking some guesses, along with making a few final cases for 2020 films and performances that the Academy failed to recognize. (This should have been your year, Kelly Reichardt!) 0:00 - Billboard 1:08 - Oscars: Supporting Actor/Actress 34:05 - Oscars: Lead Actor/Actress Anthony Willis, "Toxic" 59:26 - Next Week / Notes 1:22:57 - Massacre Theatre 1:26:05 - Oscars: Documentary/Director 1:37:12 - Oscars: Picture 1:51:27 - Outro Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices ... Read more

16 Apr 2021

1 HR 57 MINS

1:57:32

16 Apr 2021


#222

#821: Rocky (7 From '76) / Detour ('40s Noir #4) / '80s Madness Champ

Whatever backlash ROCKY has received over the years for beating out the likes of "Taxi Driver," "All The President's Men" and "Network" for the 1977 Best Picture Oscar, it has largely faded as people discover - or rediscover - that the populist hit that spawned a mostly forgettable (and occasionally ridiculous) franchise has more in common with its gritty '70s peers than it gets credit for. Among those who remain unconvinced, however, is Josh. Thankfully, Adam comes to Rocky's defense and the two go 15 rounds before ending the review in a split decision. Plus, raves for the nasty '45 Noir DETOUR - part of the '40s Noir Marathon - and the winner of Filmspotting Madness—Best of the '80s. 0:00 - Billboard 1:24 - 7 From '76—Best Year Ever: "Rocky" Bill Conti, "Gonna Fly Now" 43:45 - Josh: "Godzilla vs. Kong" 49:01 - Next Week / Poll / Notes 54:29 - Filmspotting Madness '80s Champion 1:05:13 - 40s Noir #4: "Detour" 1:29:08 - Outro Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices ... Read more

09 Apr 2021

1 HR 36 MINS

1:36:06

09 Apr 2021


#221

#820: Godzilla ('54) vs. Kong ('33)

With the new "Godzilla vs. Kong" bringing some much-needed spectacle to long-suffering theatre chains, Adam and Josh take the opportunity to settle the question of which classic monster movie has the most to offer audiences today, the mournful and metaphor-rich GODZILLA (1954) or the effects-driven adventure of the landmark KING KONG (1933). (Tease: it's a split decision.) Plus, results from the Final 4 round of Filmspotting Madness. 0:00 - Billboard 1:17 - Review: "Godzilla" ('54) vs. "King Kong" ('33) Blue Oyster Cult, "Godzilla" 33:49 - Next Week / Notes 45:20 - Filmspotting Madness: Final 4 46:15 - "Godzilla" vs. "King Kong", cont. 1:30:18 - Outro  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices ... Read more

02 Apr 2021

1 HR 27 MINS

1:27:36

02 Apr 2021