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Playlist: Movie Series and Pieces

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Curated Playlist

Indie and mainstream, actors and producers — here are movie series on PRX of various lengths.

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Filmspotting (weekly series) (Series)

Produced by WBEZ

"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.

Most recent piece in this series:

Filmspotting 906 (02/03/23): Top 5 Shyamalan Moments / Knock at the Cabin

From WBEZ | Part of the Filmspotting (weekly series) series | 54:00

906-top5-shyamalan--knock-at-the-cabin_small M. Night Shyamalan is on the short list of big-budget filmmakers who reliably bring original stories to the multiplex, which means that enthusiasm for his new work can be somewhat out of step with his recent track record. But with their Top 5 Shyamalan Moments, Adam and Josh prove that the director’s best work is deserving of close attention. Working with ace collaborators like cinematographers Roger Deakins and Tak Fujimoto, composer James Newton Howard, and actors such as Bruce Willis and Toni Collette, Shyamalan exhibits a gift for patience and craft that - at his best - distinguishes him from his peers. Along with that Top 5, Adam and Josh have an on-air production meeting about next week’s Madness ’23-inspired show, shake the dust off for their first Massacre Theatre of the new year, and share some thoughts on Shyamalan’s latest, "Knock at the Cabin."

Sounds Familiar #5: Sex, Death and Morals in Horror.

From Blake Cooper | Part of the Sounds Familiar series | 17:00

In 1980, during a “very special episode” of Siskel & Ebert, Roger Ebert made a provocative claim about the emerging genre of “slasher” horror films: “these films hate women.” Whether that’s true—and why—is a little more complicated.

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In 1980, during a “very special episode” of Siskel & Ebert, Roger Ebert made a provocative claim about the emerging genre of “slasher” horror films: “these films hate women.” 
Whether that’s true—and why—is a little more complicated. Dr. Lisa Wade, founder of the blog Sociological Images, helps me break down the complexity of the role of women in horror movies. We’ll discuss what these films say about our sense of morality and justice. And we’ll travel all the way back to 18th century London, to meet Tom Nero, arguably the horror genre’s original serial villain.
Next Week: “Series in Decline”

Indie Outlook (Series)

Produced by Matt Fagerholm

Chicago film critic Matt Fagerholm highlights the latest and greatest in modern independent cinema.

Most recent piece in this series:

Duncan Riddell on "Older Children"

From Matt Fagerholm | Part of the Indie Outlook series | 23:10

Photo_27_small Filmmaker Duncan Riddell joins host Matt Fagerholm to discuss his new film, "Older Children," which premieres in Chicago November 10th. The program was produced at Columbia College Chicago. Technical producer was Rebecca Nystedt. An Indie Outlook production.

Behind the Scenes (Series)

Produced by Andrea Chase

Filmmakers and actors talk with Andrea Chase. New insights, unexpected revelations, and a wry sense of humor. Series pieces are various lengths from 8 to 25 minutes.

Most recent piece in this series:

NANNY -- Nikyatu Jusu and Anna Diop Interview

From Andrea Chase | Part of the Behind the Scenes series | 13:30

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I began my conversation with writer/director Nikyatu Jusu and star Anna Diop on October 15, 2022 by discussing how female rage is addressed in the film (and in their lives) before moving on to getting the film made the way Jusu wanted to do it and what and accent brings to a performance.

We finished up with a biting look NANNY takes at the American Dream, and the power of returning a gaze.

Led by a stunning performance by Diop in the title role as Aisha, an undocumented immigrant working to bring her young son over from Senegal, NANNY is a powerful yet subtle film that uses horror as a way of addressing so much more, in this case, the myth of the American Dream. It begins with Aisha finding what seems to be a dream job working in the home an affluent, but troubled, couple who believe they are woke, but soon show their true natures. Nonetheless, Aisha bonds with their daughter, Rose, who embraces her new nanny with an open heart, and provides Aisha with an outlet for her maternal longings. She also finds herself in a new relationship with Malik, a patient young man with a grandmother who might just have the answers to the troubling nightmares and visions that intrude with more and more frequency into Aisha’s life. 

Diop’s previous work includes US, SOMETHING ABOUT HER, and BOSCH. Jusu directed from her own script, and her previous work includes SUICIDE BY SUNLIGHT and TWO-SENTENCE HORROR STORIES. This is her feature film debut.

 

The Indie on Demand Movie Review (Series)

Produced by Daniel Persons

A short, weekly review show dedicated to highlighting independent films available via on-demand platforms. Produced and hosted by film journalist and critic Dan Persons.

Most recent piece in this series:

Indie on Demand Reviews FIGHTVILLE

From Daniel Persons | Part of the The Indie on Demand Movie Review series | 01:59

Fightville_prx_image_v01_small Film critic Dan Persons reviews FIGHTVILLE, an intense and intimate documentary focusing on the brutal sport of mixed martial arts.

THE INDIE ON DEMAND MOVIE REVIEW is a short, weekly, module-style review show dedicated to highlighting independent films available via on-demand platforms. Produced and hosted by film journalist and critic Dan Persons (The Huffington Post, IFC, Air America), each 2-minute episode will feature a review of an independent film that has recently debuted on-demand, incorporating cleared audio clips and Dan's detailed analysis to provide listeners with an entertaining and insightful glimpse into the exciting and innovative world of independent film, with all titles available immediately for viewing at home.

Reel Discovery (Series)

Produced by Kristin Dreyer Kramer

Each week on Reel Discovery, host Kristin Dreyer Kramer takes a quick look at the latest in movies -- from the hottest new blockbusters to little-known indies and even Blu-ray releases. Whether you prefer explosive action movies or quiet dramas, you're sure to discover something worth watching. On the latest show, Kristin takes a look at the horror homage of Tim Burton's Frankenweenie.

Most recent piece in this series:

Reel Discovery: Stars Fell Again

From Kristin Dreyer Kramer | Part of the Reel Discovery series | 03:00

Starsfellagain_small Each week on Reel Discovery, host Kristin Dreyer Kramer takes a quick look at the latest in movies -- from the hottest new blockbusters to little-known indies and even Blu-ray releases. Whether you prefer explosive action movies or quiet dramas, you're sure to discover something worth watching. On the latest show, Kristin gets caught up in a last-minute holiday wedding in Stars Fell Again.

To read more, visit NightsAndWeekends.com.

It's Movie Time (Series)

Produced by Kristin Dreyer Kramer

A weekly five-minute film review series with critics John DeSando and Kristin Dreyer Kramer.

Most recent piece in this series:

It's Movie Time; July 6, 2012: The Amazing Spider-Man, To Rome with Love

From Kristin Dreyer Kramer | Part of the It's Movie Time series | 05:00

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Spoiler Alert Radio (Series)

Produced by MergingArts Productions

Toni Pennacchia discusses all things film with independent directors, writers, producers, composers, cinematographers, editors, promoters, and more, in this 29-minute series.

Most recent piece in this series:

Uli Hanisch - German Production Designer - Perfume: The Story Of A Murderer, The International, Cloud Atlas, In Secret, A Hologram For The King, The Queen's Gambit, Babylon Berlin

From MergingArts Productions | Part of the Spoiler Alert Radio series | 29:00

Babylonberlin1_uh_original_small Uli worked in several European art departments for Enki Bilal or Peter Greenaway, and Uli designed German feature films with directors including: Leander Haussmann, Oliver Hirschbiegel or Sonke Wortmann.

Uli has collaborated with director Tom Tykwer on several films, including: Winter Sleepers, Perfume: The Story Of A Murderer, A Hologram For The King, and Cloud Atlas, co-directed by The Wachowskis.

Uli's film work includes: Perfume: The Story Of A Murderer, The International, Cloud Atlas, In Secret, and A Hologram For The King.

Uli's television work includes work on the acclaimed: Sense8, The Queen's Gambit, and Babylon Berlin.