Filmspotting (weekly series)

Series produced by WBEZ

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"Filmspotting" is an hour-long program about film, including: movie reviews, interviews, top 5 lists, listener feedback and insightful film talk. Filmspotting is available on PRX by noon (CST) on Fridays. Promos are available on PRX earlier in the week.

"Filmspotting" is an hour-long program about film. Each week, hosts Adam Kempenaar and Josh Larsen bring you movie reviews, interviews, top 5 lists, listener feedback and insightful film talk. Michael Phillips of the Chicago Tribune joins in once a month.

Special features include "Massacre Theatre," movie marathons and "sacred cow" discussions, in which Filmspotting looks back and reexamines films considered to be among the greatest of all time.

"Filmspotting" (formerly known as "Cinecast") began in March of 2005, and has cultivated a loyal and growing audience. It can currently be heard at www.filmspotting.net and on WBEZ, and other PRX stations. We hope your station will be next. Please feel free to contact us for more details.


168 Pieces

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Caption: Constance Wu and Henry Golding in 'Crazy Rich Asians'
This week, we revisit this episode where Adam and Josh -- and fellow podcast veteran Dave Chen from the /Filmcast -- consider what a decade-plus of...

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  • Added: Jan 11, 2019
  • Length: 53:59
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This week, we revisit interviews two big interviews from the past year. With the critical reappraisal of Ethan Hawke in full swing after a career-...

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  • Added: Jan 04, 2019
  • Length: 53:59
  • Purchases: 5
Caption: Top 10 Films of 2018 (Pt. 2)
You can't have consensus without a little misguided dissent. True of climate change research -- and of the films discussed on part two of Filmspott...

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  • Added: Dec 27, 2018
  • Length: 53:59
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Caption: Top 10 Films of 2018 (Pt. 1)
With guests Michael Phillips (Chicago Tribune) and Tasha Robinson (The Verge) filling out the round-table, Adam and Josh start their conversation a...

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  • Added: Dec 21, 2018
  • Length: 53:59
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Caption: KiKi Layne and Stephan James in Barry Jenkins' 'If Beale Street Could Talk'
This week, Filmspotting reviews "If Beale Street Could Talk," the latest from director Barry Jenkins. Along with that, Adam and Josh have a review ...

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  • Added: Dec 14, 2018
  • Length: 53:59
  • Purchases: 5
Caption: Alfonso Cuarón's Roma (2018)
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 con...

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  • Added: Dec 07, 2018
  • Length: 53:59
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Caption: Tim Blake Nelson in the Coen Brothers' 'The Ballad of Buster Scruggs'
When news first broke about the new Coen brothers project for Netflix, it looked like it wasn't going to be a proper film, but a limited-run series...

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  • Added: Nov 30, 2018
  • Length: 53:59
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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 ...

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  • Added: Nov 21, 2018
  • Length: 53:59
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Caption: Kiere Johnson, Bing Liu and Zack Mulligan in the documentary 'Minding the Gap'
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 overlo...

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  • Added: Nov 16, 2018
  • Length: 53:59
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Caption: Viola Davis and Liam Neeson in 'Widows'
Oscar-winner Viola Davis heads the ace ensemble for Steve McQueen's ("12 Years A Slave") new Chicago-set heist thriller "Windows," writer Gillian F...

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  • Added: Nov 09, 2018
  • Length: 53:59
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Caption: Dakota Johnson, Mia Goth, and Olivia Ancona in 'Suspiria' (2018)
For his remake of the Dario Argento cult horror classic "Suspiria," Luca Guadagnino ("Call Me By Your Name") keeps the '70s German dance academy se...

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  • Added: Nov 02, 2018
  • Length: 53:59
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Caption: Jeffrey Wright in Jeremy Saulnier's 'Hold the Dark'
With his thoughtful takes on the revenge and violent thriller genres, "Blue Ruin" and "Green Room" director Jeremy Saulnier has emerged as one of m...

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  • Added: Oct 26, 2018
  • Length: 53:59
  • Purchases: 7
Caption: "Michael Myers" in John Carpenter original "Halloween" (1978)
For their Sacred Cow review of John Carpenter's "Halloween," Adam and Josh took another look at a film for which they're both already on record: th...

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  • Added: Oct 19, 2018
  • Length: 54:00
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Caption: Ryan Gosling in 'First Man'
Wunderkind director Damien Chazelle follows up his Oscar-winning "La La Land" with "First Man," a Neil Armstrong biopic that avoids easy mythologiz...

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  • Added: Oct 12, 2018
  • Length: 53:59
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Caption: Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga in 'A Star Is Born' (2018)
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?" T...

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  • Added: Oct 05, 2018
  • Length: 53:58
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Caption: Bill Murray and Scarlett Johansson in Sofia Coppola's 'Lost in Translation'
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 ...

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  • Added: Sep 28, 2018
  • Length: 53:59
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Caption: Scene from David Lean's 'Lawrence of Arabia'
A new 70mm print of David Lean's 1963 Best Picture-winning epic just wrapped up a run in Chicago. Having survived their recent "4D" screening (temp...

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  • Added: Sep 21, 2018
  • Length: 53:59
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Caption: 'The Predator' (2018)
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 "Smok...

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  • Added: Sep 14, 2018
  • Length: 53:59
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Caption: Julie Delpy and Ethan Hawke in 'Before Sunrise' (1995)
With the critical reappraisal of Ethan Hawke in full swing after a career-best performance in Paul Schrader's "First Reformed," Adam and Josh comme...

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  • Added: Sep 07, 2018
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 6
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Each year, Filmspotting offers up a humble nod to overlooked films with their Golden Brick Award. This week, they look at several Golden Brick nom...

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  • Added: Aug 31, 2018
  • Length: 53:59
  • Purchases: 6