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Weekly film podcast and WBEZ radio show from Chicago featuring in-depth reviews, top 5 lists and interviews. Hosted by Adam Kempenaar and Josh Larsen.

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#724: Claire Denis / High Life / Madness Champ

April 12th, 2019

The 70 year-old French director of "Beau Travail," "35 Shots of Rum" and last year's "Let the Sunshine In" is having a moment. After 30 years of …

#723: Top 5 Overlooked Films of the 2000s / Madness Final / Assassination of Jesse James

April 5th, 2019

As the 2019 edition of Filmspotting Madness comes to a close, Adam and Josh share some favorite titles that didn't make the 64-film bracket. Their Top 5 Overlooked Films of the 2000s features some under-seen comedies …

#722: Dumbo / Final 4 Madness / Top 5 Movie Circus Acts

March 29th, 2019

Big Top Tim Burton remakes the Disney classic.

With Adam out of town, Michael Phillips joins Josh for a review of the new DUMBO, plus Filmspotting Madness Final 4 matchups and the Top 5 Movie Circus Acts. Also, Michael …

#721: Us / Elite 8 Madness / Cassavetes #4 - Opening Night

March 22nd, 2019

Jordan Peele is not done scaring us.

Peele's "Get Out" was one of the defining films of 2017. A huge box office success early in the year, it went on to be nominated for Best Picture, and won Peele an Oscar for Best …

#720: Transit / Sweet 16 Madness / Cassavetes #3

March 15th, 2019

The director of 2014's "Phoenix" returns with a boldly enigmatic thriller.

German director Christian Petzold’s “Phoenix” was a “Vertigo”-inspired …

#719: Captain Marvel / Rd. 2 Madness (Best of the 2000s)

March 8th, 2019

Marvel's first female-led feature is also one its best.

Indie duo Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck ("Half Nelson," "Sugar") were a surprising choice to lead a Marvel movie, especially one with so much riding on its success. But …

#718: Filmspotting Madness (Best of the 2000s) / Cassavetes #2 - A Woman Under...

March 1st, 2019

64 films. Only one survives. Welcome to the Madness.

In the 2018 edition of Filmspotting Madness – Best of the 90s – the championship round had …

#717: Top 5 Movies About Suburbia (w/Jessica Harper) / Cassavetes #1 - Faces

February 22nd, 2019

Worse than a coven of witches? The 'Burbs.

"Suspiria" star Jessica Harper has appeared in over 20 films since the mid-'70s, but she's also had a career as a singer-songwriter and children's book author. Her latest …

#716: The Matrix / Top 5 Slow-Motion Scenes (Since "The Matrix")

February 15th, 2019

Taking the red pill 20 years later.

For the second film in their "9 From '99" series, Adam and Josh reconsider the Wachowski Sisters' seminal sci-fi …

#715: The Lego Movie 2 / Velvet Buzzsaw / Miss Bala

February 8th, 2019

Jokes and gender politics in the new Lego sequel.

"The Lego Movie" was Josh's #1 film of 2014. Dan Gilroy's "Nightcrawler" made Adam's Top 10 of the …

#714: Glass / The Sixth Sense

February 1st, 2019

That thing where your superpower is seeing dead people.

On this week's show, a double-dose of divisive auteur M. Night Shyamalan, whose new film GLASS is either "profoundly dumb" or "like opening a brand new comic book …

#713: 2019 Movie Preview / Oscar Nominations

January 25th, 2019

The new movie year is all promise and possibility.

Adam and Josh pose their Top 5 Questions About 2019. Plus the good, the bad and the bewildering of this week's Oscar nominations.

0:00-1:13 - Billboard
1:13-13:57 - 2019 …

#712: Scenes of the Year - 2018 Wrap Party

January 18th, 2019

The laughs, the tears, the rhapsodies and the shallows that made 2018 such a memorable movie year.

Michael Phillips and Tasha Robinson - and a full …

Best of 2018: Ethan Hawke / Bo Burnham

January 4th, 2019

Two of our favorite 2018 conversations.

Adam talks to Ethan Hawke about parenting, raising daughters, falling in love, the illusion of fear - oh, and his very good 2018 film BLAZE, about Texas singer-songwriter Blaze …

#711: (Pt. 2) Top 10 Films of 2018

December 27th, 2018

You can't have consensus without a little misguided dissent. True of climate change research - and of the films discussed on part two of Filmspotting's Top 10 of 2018 roundtable. Adam, Josh and guests Michael Phillips …

#710: (Pt. 1) Top 10 Films of 2018

December 21st, 2018

Indie horror, broad comedy and, yes, Marvel, all among the "outlier" picks in part one.

With guests Michael Phillips and Tasha Robinson filling out the roundtable, Adam and Josh start their conversation about the best …

#709: If Beale Street Could Talk / Into the Spider-Verse / Shoplifters

December 14th, 2018

Barry Jenkins' follow-up to "Moonlight" has the lush romanticism of "In the Mood for Love."

In the absurd rush to catch up with the best of the year …

#708: Roma / The Favourite

December 7th, 2018

Seeing the Fellini in Cuarón and the Kubrick in Lanthimos.

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 conversation for the …

#707: The Ballad of Buster Scruggs / Creed II / Burning

November 30th, 2018

The 15th best film the Coens have ever made. Or maybe the 12th best. Possibly higher.

When news first broke about the new Coen brothers project for Netflix, it looked like it was going to be a limited-run series and not …

#706: Q&A - Minding the Gap / Golden Brick Preview

November 16th, 2018

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 …

#705: Widows / Bohemian Rhapsody / Wildlife

November 9th, 2018

Queen Viola. Queen Carey. And... Queen.

Oscar-winner Viola Davis heads the ace ensemble for Steve McQueen's ("12 Years A Slave") new Chicago-set heist …

#704: Suspiria / Top 5 Uses of Color

November 2nd, 2018

This episode is sponsored by the color red.

For his remake of the Dario Argento cult horror classic SUSPIRIA, Luca Guadagnino ("Call Me By Your Name") …

#703: New On Netflix (Hold The Dark, Private Life)

October 26th, 2018

With his thoughtful takes on the revenge and violent thriller genres, "Blue Ruin" and "Green Room" director Jeremy Saulnier has emerged as one of …

#702: Halloween ('78) / Halloween ('18)

October 19th, 2018

For their Sacred Cow review of John Carpenter's HALLOWEEN, Adam and Josh took another look at a film about which they're both already on record: …

#701: First Man / Top 5 Movie Flights

October 12th, 2018

Wunderkind director Damien Chazelle follows up his Oscar-winning "La La Land" with FIRST MAN, a Neil Armstrong biopic that avoids easy mythologizing …

#700: A Star Is Born / Top 5 Movie Duets

October 5th, 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." The …

#699: Lost In Translation 15th Anniversary / The Sisters Brothers

September 28th, 2018

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 …

#698: Lawrence of Arabia / Top 5 David Lean Moments

September 21st, 2018

A new 70mm print of David Lean's 1963 Best Picture-winning epic just wrapped up a run at Chicago's Music Box Theatre. Having survived their recent "4D" screening (temperamental A/C on a blisteringly hot late-summer …

#697: The Predator / Burt Reynolds Tribute (Deliverance)

September 14th, 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 "Smokey …

#696: Ethan Hawke Interview / Top 5 Hawke Moments

September 7th, 2018

With the critical reappraisal of Ethan Hawke in full swing after a career-best performance in Paul Schrader's "First Reformed," Adam and Josh …

#695: Minding the Gap / Madeline's Madeline / Art House Roundup

August 31st, 2018

With a lull in the late-summer movie schedule, Adam and Josh play catch-up on a few acclaimed new indie features - and Filmspotting Golden Brick

#694: Crazy Rich Asians / Top 5 Things We've Learned Podcasting (About Movies)

August 24th, 2018

In anticipation of the show's 700th episode, Adam and Josh - and fellow podcast veteran Dave Chen from the /Filmcast - consider what a decade-plus podcasting about movies has taught them. (In short: gratitude, humility, …

#693: BlacKkKlansman / Top 5 Spike Lee Shots

August 17th, 2018

Master filmmaker, trickster, provocateur, Spike Lee has been making bold and timely films for over three decades now. And with his latest, …

#692: The Dark Knight 10th Anniv. / HBO's Sharp Objects

August 10th, 2018

THE DARK KNIGHT turns ten this summer, and in the years since it won critical raves and dominated the 2008 box office, its reputation, influence and iconic status have only grown. But what does it look like after a …

#691: Mission: Impossible - Fallout / Top 5 Tom Cruise Performances (Revisited)

August 3rd, 2018

The "M:I" franchise is over 20 years old, with its sixth installment - MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE - FALLOUT - currently in theaters. But ageless star Tom …

#690: Top 5 Films of 2018 (So Far)

July 27th, 2018

At the halfway point of the year in movies, Adam and Josh agree on their two favorite movies, but share some surprising and diverse picks to round out their Top 5 Films of 2018 (So Far). Plus, listeners weigh in with …

#689: Bo Burnham (Eighth Grade) / Top 5 Struggling Adolescents

July 20th, 2018

When Bo Burnham's EIGHTH GRADE debuted at Sundance in January, the response was mostly ecstatic - but also a little perplexed. How had a 27 year-old …

#688: Sorry to Bother You / Top 5 Worst Movie Jobs / Ant Man & The Wasp

July 13th, 2018

Comedy, social satire, dystopian nightmare: rapper, producer, political activist Boots Riley's debut film SORRY TO BOTHER YOU has a lot on its mind. …

FS Revisited: The Terminator / Top 5 Films of 1984

July 6th, 2018

1984 was a banner year for crane kicks, mogwais and bustin' ghosts, but it also saw the debut of Arnold Schwarzenegger's T-800, better known as THE …

#687: Top 5 Women in Westerns / Damsel

June 29th, 2018

Sure, movie westerns are mostly about dudes on horseback quick-drawing pistols in small, dusty cow-towns, but some of the best films in the genre …

#686: Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom / Top 5 Movie Chrises

June 22nd, 2018

It isn't enough that we've been blessed with four hunky dudes named Chris, all with solid acting chops and charisma to spare - we had to go ahead and …

#685: Incredibles 2 / Top 5 Pixar Performances / Hereditary

June 15th, 2018

Pixar has done a lot of things right over the past 23 years (note the studio's 80% average Metacritic rating), but among its greatest accomplishments is its consistently inspired voice casting. Tom Hanks' Woody works so …

#684: Top 5 Classic Rock Moments in Movies

June 8th, 2018

Whether used ironically or to provide insight - or just to make characters look really, really cool - classic rock has been memorably employed by …

#683: Almost Famous / Steven Hyden

June 1st, 2018

With rock writer and cultural critic Steven Hyden dropping by to discuss his new book, "Twilight of the Gods: A Journey to the End of Classic Rock," …

#682: Solo: A Star Wars Story / Paul Schrader / Deadpool 2

May 25th, 2018

40 (movie) years after Han Solo first boasted about his 12-parsec Kessel Run, the new SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY finally lets us take the ride. But is …

#681: Lord of the Rings 15th Anniversary / Top 5 LOTR Scenes

May 18th, 2018

Released in consecutive Decembers beginning in 2001, Peter Jackson’s colossal adaptation of Tolkien’s LORD OF THE RINGS trilogy reached its …

#680: Tully / Top 5 Too-Real Parenting Moments

May 11th, 2018

"It's the most terrifying day in your life, the day the first one is born." Bill Murray bringing the truth in Sofia Coppola's "Lost in Translation" - …

#679: Summer Movie Preview / You Were Never Really Here / The Rider

May 4th, 2018

The massive success of "Black Panther" and "Avengers: Infinity War" may have made the concept of a “summer” blockbuster season irrelevant, but there will still be summer and there will still be summer movies. And …

#678: Avengers: Infinity War / Top 5: Filmspotting's Avengers

April 27th, 2018

With the first decade of the MCU coming to a close with AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR (and its 2019 sequel), Adam and Josh are forced to reckon with the fact that 19 films into Marvel's uneven series, they've developed some …

#677: Lean on Pete / Top 5 Horse Scenes

April 20th, 2018

UK writer-director Andrew Haigh has spent the first part of his career quietly defying expectations. With his feature breakout "Weekend," he crafted an intimate tale about two young gay men spending a weekend getting to …

Minnelli Marathon Awards - The Garlands

April 18th, 2018

After working through six films spanning nearly two decades in the career of Vincente Minnelli, Adam, Josh and guest Nathaniel Myers roll out the red …

#676: A Quiet Place / Top 5 Quiet Scenes / FS Madness Champ

April 13th, 2018

It's a little surprising to see nice guy "Office"-alum John Krasinski directing a monster movie, but Adam and guest-host Michael Phillips agree that his A QUIET PLACE is a tense, finely-crafted film that feels a little …

Minnelli Marathon #6 - Some Came Running

April 11th, 2018

Guest-host Michael Phillips says of Minnelli that no one shot better wide-screen Cinemascope compositions and calls the director's SOME CAME RUNNING - based on James Jones's 1957 novel - "one of the great adaptations of …

#675: Ready Player One / Top 5 Movie Homages / FS Madness Final

April 6th, 2018

Is there a four-hour cut of READY PLAYER ONE? Adam and guest host Tasha Robinson (, Next Picture Show) have no idea, but it would help …

Minnelli Marathon #5 - Lust for Life

April 4th, 2018

Vincente Minnelli's 1956 Van Gogh biopic starring Kirk Douglas as the tortured artist is as bold and emotionally vivid as one of the painter's …

#674: Isle of Dogs / Top 5 Wes Anderson Scenes / FS Madness Final Four

March 30th, 2018

In 2007, Wes Anderson took his act overseas to India for "The Darjeeling Limited," and was accused by some of cultural insensitivity. Anderson's …

#673: Unsane / FS Madness Elite 8

March 23rd, 2018

When Steven Soderbergh returned to feature filmmaking last year with the low budget heist caper "Logan Lucky," it was just another chapter in the mercurial director’s career. Blockbuster filmmaker. Indie auteur. …

Minnelli Marathon #4 - The Band Wagon

March 21st, 2018

"Professor" Michael Phillips returns for a conversation about one of his favorite Minnelli films, the 1953 musical THE BAND WAGON. The plot has Fred Astaire as a washed up song and dance man who gets paired with Cyd …

#672: Miller's Crossing / FS Madness Sweet 16

March 16th, 2018

Note: your "Coen Brothers Ranked" lists may need some readjusting. Especially if you haven't seen - or haven't seen in a long while - the Coens densely plotted and impeccably cast third feature, MILLER'S CROSSING. The …

Minnelli Marathon #3 - The Bad and the Beautiful

March 14th, 2018

Take a quick look through Vincente Minnelli's directing credits and one thing becomes clear: he only worked with the best. In his 1952 Hollywood …

#671: A Wrinkle in Time / Filmspotting Madness (Round 2)

March 9th, 2018

It's been a week since their review of "Annihilation," but it feels like Adam and Josh never quite escaped The Shimmer. Ava DuVernay's visually adventurous adaptation of the beloved (and "unfilmable") sci-fi/fantasy …

Minnelli Marathon #2 - Meet Me in St. Louis

March 7th, 2018

Vincente Minnelli's first collaboration with future wife Judy Garland was the 1903-set MEET ME IN ST. LOUIS, the second film in Filmspotting's …

#670: Annihilation / FS Madness (Best of the '90s)

March 2nd, 2018

Adam and Josh exchange theories about "Ex Machina" director Alex Garland's latest mind-bender, ANNIHILATION, which continues Garland's sci-fi exploration of what it means to be human. (That's one theory, anyway.) After …

Minnelli Marathon #1 - Cabin in the Sky

February 28th, 2018

Filmspotting's six-film Minnelli Marathon kicks off with the director's 1943 debut CABIN IN THE SKY. Despite the folk musical's troubling racial …

#669: Titanic / Top 5 Overlooked '90s Movies

February 23rd, 2018

"Pulp Fiction," "Goodfellas," "Fargo"... some ‘90s movies moved seamlessly from best of the year, to best of the decade, to best of all time. But as …

#668: Black Panther / Top 5 Superhero-Director Combos (We'd Like To See)

February 16th, 2018

The inspired pairing of Ryan Coogler and BLACK PANTHER has the hosts in pitch mode as Adam and Josh offer up the superhero projects they'd like to …

#667: Darkest Hour / Top 5 Gary Oldman Performances

February 9th, 2018

In the 30 years since his turn as the temperamental Sid Vicious in Alex Cox's '86 punk biopic "Sid and Nancy," Gary Oldman has brought an intense commitment - sometimes flamboyant, theatrical level of commitment - to …

#666: Top 5 Films of 1983 / Videodrome

February 2nd, 2018

1983 had De Palma's "Scarface," "Eddie Murphy in "Trading Places" (and "Delirious"!), four Tom Cruise movies and the final film in the original "Star Wars" trilogy, but for their Top 5 of '83, Adam and Josh look to …

#665: Oscar Nominations / Revisiting Last Jedi / Paddington 2

January 26th, 2018

With so much good news to celebrate with this year's Oscar nominations, Adam and Josh talk through the nominees for "the big six" awards, along with a few of their wish list and long-shot favorites that didn't make the …

#664: 2018 Movie Preview / Phantom Thread

January 19th, 2018

With the ink hardly dry on their year-end lists, Adam and Josh offer up a 2018 Preview in the form of their top 5 questions about the new movie year. …

#663: Best Movie Moments of 2017

January 12th, 2018

Despite staying in-studio this time, Adam and Josh continue the tradition of making the first show of the new year a celebratory, post-Top 10 "Wrap …

#662: (Pt. 2) Top 10 Films of 2017

December 29th, 2017

With their 'outlier' picks behind them, Adam and Josh - joined by guests Tasha Robinson (The Verge) and Michael Phillips (Chicago Tribune) - get down to business in part two of the Top 10 Films of 2017 countdown with …

#661: (Pt. 1) Top 10 Films of 2017

December 22nd, 2017

With Michael Phillips and Tasha Robinson joining Adam and Josh for the Top 10 Films of 2017 countdown, the roundtable devotes part one to 'The Outliers' - picks unique to each host's list. Before getting to next week's …

#660: The Last Jedi / Call Me By Your Name

December 15th, 2017

If 2015’s “The Force Awakens” was an explicit attempt to resurrect the rousing adventure and sly humor of the original Star Wars, then it was reasonable to assume that the latest installment in the franchise - Rian …

#659: Top 5 Best Worst Movies / The Disaster Artist / The Shape of Water

December 8th, 2017

It’s not easy to make a good movie, never mind a great one. But it may be even harder to make a truly terrible movie. 2003’s "The Room" is one such …

#658: Top 5 Movie Years / There Will Be Blood / Coco / Mudbound

December 1st, 2017

Great movie years usually come down to a memorable Best Picture matchup. In 1939, it was "Gone With the Wind" versus "The Wizard of Oz." In '94, …

Revisiting The Force Awakens / Rian Johnson

November 24th, 2017

Back in December 2015, Adam and Josh weren't even allowed to share the location of their "Force Awakens" screening. Stakes were high. Their review - posted just minutes after the critic's embargo was lifted - was …

#657: Lady Bird / Justice League / Top 5 Female-Directed Debuts

November 17th, 2017

Back in 2010, actress Greta Gerwig was the loopy, optimistic lifeforce in Noah Baumbach’s otherwise bitter and cynical “Greenberg.” She went on to co-write and star in a pair of Baumbach films before making her own …

#656: Wonderstruck / Killing of a Sacred Deer / Faces Places

November 10th, 2017

With a deluge of great stuff heading to theaters over the next couple of weeks, Adam and Josh devote this week’s show to the latest from three great …

#655: Thor: Ragnarok / Top 5 Superhero Costumes

November 3rd, 2017

With new superhero movies making their way to screens every couple of months, less devoted fans of the genre start to look for a more compelling reason to check out the latest installment. Like handing the reins of …

#654: Night Of The Living Dead (1968) / Top 5 Horror Debuts

October 27th, 2017

In 1968, a Pittsburgh-based TV commercial director scrounged together a hundred thousand bucks and shot a quickie horror film that went on to gross $30 million over nearly five decades of re-releases. It also more or …

#653: The Meyerowitz Stories / Top 5 Noah Baumbach Characters

October 20th, 2017

The characters in writer/director Noah Baumbach’s films are neurotic, hyper-articulate and often have unresolved issues with their dads. It’s true of …

#652: The Florida Project / Sean Baker

October 13th, 2017

One of the surprising success stories of 2015 was “Tangerine,” an indie shot on iPhones about a pair of transgender prostitutes who spend their Christmas Eve tracking down a disloyal pimp. Directed by Sean Baker, …

Blade Runner 2049

October 4th, 2017

Thirty-five years after the original “Blade Runner” brought its influential tech-noir vision of the future to movie screens, the highly anticipated sequel has finally arrived. Michael Phillips joins Josh for a review.

#651: American Made / Top 5 Tom Cruise Performances

September 29th, 2017

Tom Cruise has been cranking out high-profile motion pictures at the rate of one a year for over three decades now. In his latest, AMERICAN MADE, he plays an ‘80s-era pilot who ends up working for the CIA - and a …

#650: Kingsman: The Golden Circle / Kogonada

September 22nd, 2017

In 2015, the comic book adaptation “Kingsman: The Secret Service” opened to divisive - but mostly favorable - reviews. Some critics appreciated the …

New Argentine Cinema #5 - Wild Tales

September 20th, 2017

Damian Szifron's 2015 Oscar nominee "Wild Tales" proves to be a perfect - and entertaining - bookend to a marathon that started with Mariano Llinas' 2008 film "Extraordinary Stories." Though very different in style and …

#649: mother! / Top 5 Aronofsky Scenes / Kogonada's FS Five

September 15th, 2017

Since his startling 1998 debut "Pi," Darren Aronofsky has used his intense, visceral style to tell stories about damaged and obsessive characters. Even his foray into big-budget filmmaking was no exception - Russell …

New Argentine Cinema #4 - The Headless Woman

September 13th, 2017

In the spirit of Bunuel's surrealist critiques of the bourgeoisie, Lucrecia Martel's 2008 film continues her own indictment of Argentina's upper class with the story of a woman who may or may not have committed …

#648: It (2017) / Top 5 Stephen King Scares

September 6th, 2017

Stephen King’s first book - “Carrie” - came out in 1974. Brian DePalma's film followed two years later. Then came Kubrick's "The Shining" in '80. …

#647: Blade Runner / Top 5 Films of 1982

September 1st, 2017

Attack ships on fire, glittering c-beams, an alien in a bike's basket passing over a full moon. We've seen some things, too, Roy Batty. The Chicago …

New Argentine Cinema #3 - La Ciénaga

August 30th, 2017

Following the inspired narrative flights of "Extraordinary Stories" and the fleet-footed absurdism of "Castro," the New Argentine Cinema Marathon …

#646: Fall Movie Preview / Logan Lucky

August 25th, 2017

With new films from George Clooney ("Suburbicon"), Taika Waititi ("Thor: Ragnarok") and Darren Aronofsky (the Jennifer Lawrence-starring "mother!") …

New Argentine Cinema #2 - Castro

August 24th, 2017

Jacques Tati and Hal Hartley are offered as possible reference points for Alejo Moguillansky's Samuel Beckett-inspired CASTRO from 2009, the second film in Filmspotting's New Argentine Cinema Marathon.  

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#645: The Trip to Spain / Safdie Bros. (Good Time) / The Glass Castle

August 18th, 2017

Adam reveres the Coogan/Brydon "Trip" movies. Josh? Hadn't seen them. Until now. With Josh finally up to speed on Caine, Pacino, Connery and sixteen other* impersonations (along with Coogan and Brydon's career anguish …

New Argentine Cinema #1 - Extraordinary Stories

August 16th, 2017

Adam and Josh kick off their New Argentine Cinema Marathon with Mariano Llinas's epic and intricately plotted 2008 film that's as much about storytelling as it is an achievement in storytelling itself. At over four …

FS Revisited: Reservoir Dogs / Top 5 Films of 1992

August 11th, 2017

When RESERVOIR DOGS came out 25 years ago, Adam and Josh were movie geek teenagers. They were bound by their DNA to love it. But Does Quentin …

#644: Detroit / Top 5 Films of 1967

August 4th, 2017

In "The Hurt Locker" and "Zero Dark Thirty," Oscar-winning director Kathryn Bigelow explored the complexities of post-9/11 warfare. For her latest - DETROIT - she stays stateside but finds herself in another war zone. …

#643: Valerian / Top 5 Alien Worlds

July 28th, 2017

You might be able to figure out your tolerance for the new VALERIAN AND THE CITY OF A THOUSAND PLANETS by the title alone. Got a soft spot for Flash …

#642: Dunkirk / Top 5 Films of 2017 (So Far) / War For The Planet of the Apes

July 21st, 2017

Christopher Nolan films are many things, but they are rarely straightforward (or short). So DUNKIRK - based on the legendary WWII rescue effort - …

#641: Spider-Man: Homecoming / Baby Driver / A Ghost Story

July 14th, 2017

Spidey’s back. Again. After suffering through a disappointing reboot in 2012 (and its 2014 sequel), the webslinger returns - this time under the guidance of Tony Stark. SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING finds Peter Parker in his …

#640: The Beguiled / Top 5 Sofia Coppola Scenes

June 30th, 2017

Almost 15 years after its release, "Lost in Translation" remains Sofia Coppola’s best-known and best-loved film. But with the four films she's made …

Kumail Nanjiani ("The Big Sick")

June 23rd, 2017

Kumail Nanjiani may be a familiar face to fans of HBO’s "Silicon Valley" or "Portlandia," but the very funny and surprisingly moving THE BIG SICK …

Ana Lily Amirpour ("The Bad Batch")

June 21st, 2017

Ana Lily Amirpour got lots of attention for her 2014 Iran-set vampire movie "A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night." She's back this year with "The Bad Batch," a Sergio Leone-inspired western with cannibals and a …

#639: It Comes At Night / Top 5 Movies About Grief

June 16th, 2017

Writer/director Trey Edward Shults knocked a lot of us out last year with his indie debut KRISHA. This year, he comes to the multiplex with IT COMES …

#638: Wonder Woman / Top 5 Movie Religious Experiences / Trey Shults

June 9th, 2017

As the first superhero movie directed by and starring a woman, WONDER WOMAN went into its opening weekend with more baggage than its male-centric peers. It came out of the weekend with critical raves and record box …

#637: War Machine / Top 5 Movie Military Leaders

June 2nd, 2017

Inspired by Gen. Stanley McChrystal's dramatic fall from grace in 2010 following an unflattering Rolling Stone profile, the new WAR MACHINE from …

#636: Top 5 Films of 1984 / The Terminator

May 26th, 2017

1984 was a banner year for crane kicks, mogwais and bustin' ghosts, but it also saw the debut of Arnold Schwarzenegger's T-800, better known as THE …

#635: Alien: Covenant / Top 5 Alien Attacks

May 19th, 2017

Anticipation was high back in 2012 when director Ridley Scott returned to the "Alien" franchise with “Prometheus.” Despite a somewhat mixed response …

#634: Top 5 Jonathan Demme Moments / Something Wild

May 12th, 2017

When the great Jonathan Demme passed away in April, he left behind one of the most acclaimed and diverse filmographies in American cinema. Demme will always be remembered for the Oscar-winning "Silence of the Lambs," …

Varda Marathon #6: The Beaches of Agnes / "The Cleos"

May 11th, 2017

Adam and Josh wrap up their Agnes Varda Marathon with a conversation about the director's cinema- and life-affirming 2008 memoir THE BEACHES OF …

#633: Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 / Summer Movie Preview

May 5th, 2017

Summer used to have a monopoly on superheroes, fast cars and stuff you bring your kids to, but "Beauty and the Beast," "Fate of the Furious" and …

#632: Top 5 Movie Expeditions (We'd Sign Up For) / The Lost City of Z

April 28th, 2017

The movies have taken us on great adventures over the years, both real and imagined: through the deepest jungle, across perilous oceans, to distant …

Varda Marathon #5: The Gleaners and I

April 27th, 2017

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 …

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

April 21st, 2017

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 …

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

April 14th, 2017

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. …

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

April 6th, 2017

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 …

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

March 30th, 2017

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 …

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

March 23rd, 2017

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 …

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

March 16th, 2017

TRAINSPOTTING wasn't a huge hit in its day, but the 1996 film made an impression on a generation of young film fans thanks to its visual flair, memorable soundtrack and quartet of talented stars. That quartet - lead by …

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

March 9th, 2017

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 …

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

March 2nd, 2017

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 …

Buñuel #6 - That Obscure Object of Desire / Buñuel Awards

March 1st, 2017

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 …

#623: 2017 Oscar Picks with Michael Phillips

February 24th, 2017

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 …

#622: John Wick / John Wick: Chapter 2 / Lego Batman Movie

February 17th, 2017

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 …

#621: Top 5 Political Resistance Movies / The Battle of Algiers / Buñuel #5 - Tristana

February 10th, 2017

With the opening weeks of the new administration marked by political protest, Adam and Josh invite critic Michael Sicinski to share his Top 5 …

#620: 2017 Movie Preview / Oscar Talk / Buñuel #4 - Diary of a Chambermaid

February 3rd, 2017

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 …

FS Revisited: Barry Jenkins & Naomie Harris / La La Land

January 27th, 2017

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, …

#619: 2016 Wrap Party Live (Scenes of the Year)

January 20th, 2017

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, …

#618: Paterson / Fences / Top 5 Denzel Performances (Revisited)

January 6th, 2017

The Filmspotting New Year's 'Fix' show has featured some memorable battles over the years (2015's "Wolf of Wall Street" v "American Hustle"; 2016's …

#617: Top 10 Films of 2016 (Pt. 2)

December 30th, 2016

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 …

#616: Top 10 Films of 2016 (Pt. 1)

December 23rd, 2016

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 …

#615: Rogue One / 2016's Best Performances and More

December 16th, 2016

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 …

#614: La La Land / Top 5 Musical Numbers / Golden Brick Finalists

December 9th, 2016

It says something about the contemporary movie landscape that the prospect of a new live-action movie musical is as much of a curiosity as the high-profile appearance of a silent film back in 2011. Of course that 2011 …

#613: The Edge of Seventeen / Top 5 Teen Girl Movies Directed By Women with Marya E. Gates

December 2nd, 2016

In most teen coming of age movies, it’s usually the boys who do the coming of age. But in THE EDGE OF SEVENTEEN, the focus is squarely on the girls. First-time feature director Kelly Fremon Craig’s film has been praised …

#612: Top 5 Movies That Console and Restore Hope / Live at Chicago Podcast Festival

November 23rd, 2016

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 …

2016 Golden Brick Preview Special

November 18th, 2016

With Thanksgiving approaching, Adam and Josh give a shout out to some of the year's best overlooked movies. Along with the shortlist for the 2016 …

#611: Loving / Arrival / Hacksaw Ridge

November 11th, 2016

Aliens come to movie screens in a few different ways. Sometimes they come in peace; sometimes they come to destroy; and sometimes… well sometimes they just come. In ARRIVAL, the new sci-fi film from SICARIO director …

#610: Barry Jenkins and Naomie Harris (Moonlight) / Doctor Strange / Tower / Bunuel Marathon #3

November 4th, 2016

Director Barry Jenkins and playwright Tarell McCraney grew up in the same neighborhood in 1980s-era Miami. MOONLIGHT, based on an autobiographical story by McCraney, brought Jenkins back to his roots. And that return to …

#609: Top 5 Childhood Movie Scares with Ti West / A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)

October 28th, 2016

The clown under the bed. The shadow on the other side of the shower curtain. The elevator filled with blood. Scary movies make an impression - and never more so than when you’re a kid. This week on the show, Adam and …

#608: Kelly Reichardt (Certain Women) / CIFF Roundup / Buñuel Marathon #2

October 21st, 2016

For certain film lovers, a new Kelly Reichardt film is an event. Spare and deliberately paced movies like WENDY AND LUCY and MEEK’S CUTOFF are treasured for their detail and observation - and for their focus on the …

#607: Conversation with Steve James

October 14th, 2016

Back in June, IDA and Chicago's Kartemquin Films invited Adam to host a career-spanning conversation with documentary filmmaker Steve James ("Hoop Dreams," "The Interrupters"). This excerpt from that talk covers James' …

#606: The Birth of a Nation / Chicago Film Festival Preview

October 7th, 2016

Director Nate Parker came out of Sundance in January with an award-winning debut film and talk of being an Oscar front-runner. Things got more complicated over the summer when revelations about Parker’s past turned …

#605: Top 5 Denzel Performances with W. Kamau Bell / The Magnificent Seven / Buñuel Marathon #1

September 30th, 2016

Denzel Washington has been nominated for an Oscar in every decade since the ‘80s. He’s been a consistently bankable star for just about that long, too. And yet, do we still take Denzel for granted? With Washington’s THE …

#604: Top 5 Oliver Stone Scenes w/ Matt Zoller Seitz / Born on the Fourth of July

September 23rd, 2016

In the 1980s and '90s, Oliver Stone was one of the most vital and high-profile directors working in Hollywood. Platoon, JFK, Natural Born Killers and …

#603: Sully / Nordic Cinema Marathon Awards

September 16th, 2016

When a couple of American movie icons pair up, it’s sometimes a little surprising to realize that they’ve never worked together before. In the case of SULLY, it’s Clint Eastwood and Tom Hanks - and if the movie becomes …

#602: Top 5 Comedies of the 21st Century / Young Frankenstein

September 9th, 2016

Earlier this year, the BBC polled movie critics worldwide for the best films of the 21st century. The resulting list has been the subject of debate …

#601: Morris From America / Southside with You / Nordic #7 - Rams

September 2nd, 2016

Single dad moves to Germany for work bringing his reluctant, rap-obsessed teen son along with him. The Sundance-friendly plot made comic drama MORRIS FROM AMERICA a hit in Park City in January, but Chicago proves only …

#600 w/ Chuck Klosterman: Top 5 Movies Future Historians Will Remember

August 26th, 2016

Citizen Kane, Vertigo, The Godfather. 200 years from now, will anyone even remember these movies? Or are we currently overlooking the classics of the future? Writer Chuck Klosterman joins Adam and Josh on this special …

#599: Fall Movie Preview (2016) / Hell or High Water / Nordic #6 - 1001 Grams

August 19th, 2016

As the Summer 2016 movie season winds down, some critics are already writing it off as the worst summer ever. Ever the optimists, they look ahead to fall with their Top 5 Fall Movie Questions. Plus, reviews of the …

#598: Hunt for the Wilderpeople / Top 5 Directors We'd Bankroll

August 12th, 2016

New Zealand director Taika Waititi got on a lot of people’s radars last year with his hilarious vampire mockumentary WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS. His …

#597: Suicide Squad / Top 5 Women Comic Book Characters (Done Right) / Jason Bourne

August 5th, 2016

Chicago critic and passionate comic-book fan Angelica Bastién joins Josh to consider DC's latest big-screen offering: SUICIDE SQUAD, starring Will Smith, Margot Robbie and Jared Leto. They also take on the challenge of …

#596: The Fits / Star Trek Beyond / Le Havre

July 29th, 2016

Director Anna Rose Holmer had a Sundance hit earlier this year with her debut film THE FITS, a stunningly shot tale of a young girl coming to terms …

#595: Ghostbusters / James Solomon Interview (The Witness) / In A Better World

July 22nd, 2016

After facing a surprisingly hostile campaign from fans of the 1984 original, the new GHOSTBUSTERS has finally made it to theaters. But have Kristin Wiig, Melissa McCarthy and company made a film that can put that …

Abbas Kiarostami: The Filmspotting Reviews

July 20th, 2016

Collected here, reviews for the four Abbas Kiarostami films we've discussed on the show over the years. Our first was back in 2009, when then co-host …

#594: Top 5 Films of 2016 (So Far)

July 15th, 2016

The 2016 box office has been dominated by the usual suspects - animated films from Pixar and Disney, caped crusaders, sequels. But with half the year behind us, Adam, Josh and guest Michael Phillips have stocked their …

#593: Swiss Army Man / Kiarostami Tribute / Top 5 'Body' Movies

July 8th, 2016

If you were paying any attention to the Sundance Film Festival back in January, it’s likely that you caught wind of a film that was being referred to as the ‘Daniel Radcliffe Farting Corpse Movie.’ There were reports of …

#592: The BFG / Top 5 Children's Book Adaptations

July 1st, 2016

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, James and the Giant Peach, Matilda – Roald Dahl’s children’s books are equal parts magical whimsy and sinister …

#591: Nicolas Winding Refn and Elle Fanning / De Palma

June 24th, 2016

The films of director Nicolas Winding Refn (DRIVE, ONLY GOD FORGIVES) are known for their distinctive visual style and their often graphic depictions …

#590: Blindspotting - Body Double / You, The Living

June 17th, 2016

Director Brian De Palma made his mark in the ‘70s alongside contemporaries like Martin Scorsese, Francis Ford Coppola and Steven Spielberg. But 40 …

#589: The Royal Tenenbaums / Top 5 Non-Kids Movies You Should Show Your Kids

June 10th, 2016

Back in 2001, Wes Anderson was known as the director of the modest indie hit RUSHMORE. Then came THE ROYAL TENENBAUMS, with its family full of failed …

#588: Top 5 Movie Rivalries with Steven Hyden / Sunset Song

June 3rd, 2016

In music writer Steven Hyden's provocatively titled new book "Your Favorite Band is Killing Me: What Pop Music Rivalries Reveal About the Meaning of …

#587: The Lobster / Rebecca Miller / The Man Without a Past

May 27th, 2016

If the long-anticipated THE LOBSTER didn't make it to U.S. theaters soon, Adam and Josh were threatening to transform into crustaceans in protest. Happily for everyone, the 2015 Cannes award winner from Greek director …

#586: The Nice Guys / Top 5 Films of 1987 / Last Days in the Desert

May 20th, 2016

The buddy crime picture is a well-worn movie genre, but the right combination of players can still make it seem fresh. Enter THE NICE GUYS with Russell Crowe and Ryan Gosling. Writer/director Shane Black is no stranger …

#585: April and the Extraordinary World / Songs from the Second Floor

May 13th, 2016

Comic artist Jacques Tardi is little known in the U.S but revered in his native France. His expressionistic, historical graphic novels are the inspiration for the new animated film APRIL & THE EXTRAORDINARY WORLD, …

#584: Captain America: Civil War / 2016 Summer Movie Preview / Keanu

May 5th, 2016

Even if you’re a comic book fan, it’s possible that you’re feeling some Marvel movie fatigue. But one of the surprising things about the dozen or so films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe is that two of the best films …

#583: Green Room / Top 5 Single Location Films

April 29th, 2016

When they finally get around to making Filmspotting: The Movie, it will be eligible for a future revisit of this week’s Top 5: Single Location Films. …

#582: Alien / Jeremy Saulnier (Green Room) / FS Madness Champion

April 22nd, 2016

Fans celebrated Back to the Future Day on Oct. 21, 2015, the date Doc, Marty and Jennifer traveled to from 1985. In that same spirit, fans of the ALIEN franchise have marked a movie date of their own. Taking inspiration …

#581: Everybody Wants Some!! / Top 5 Linklater Scenes / FS Madness Final

April 15th, 2016

Richard Linlaker’s last film was an ambitious Best Picture nominee that landed on just about every critic's 2014 Top 10 list. That was BOYHOOD. The …

Elaine May Marathon Awards - The Blind Camels

April 13th, 2016

Josh and Adam got so long-winded sharing their favorite Elaine May duo, funniest moment, picture and more that it's coming to you as a separate podcast. May aficionado Peter Labuza also returns to offer his choices for …

#580: Midnight Special / May Marathon #4 - Ishtar / FS Madness: Final 4

April 8th, 2016

Beloved by critics (including Adam and Josh), filmmaker Jeff Nichols made a bid for popular success in 2012 with MUD. But when MUD didn’t catch on …

Interview: Tom Hiddleston & Marc Abraham (I Saw The Light)

April 1st, 2016

Adam talks accuracy in true stories, finding a 'way in' as an actor and more with the star and writer/director of the Hank Williams biopic I SAW THE LIGHT. 

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#579: Batman v Superman / Top 5 Batman-Superman Moments / FS Madness Elite 8

April 1st, 2016

With Josh away this week, Adam made elaborate plans for a special Justice League-inspired episode. Minus one Wonder Woman, he almost pulled it off. …

#578: 10 Cloverfield Lane / Top 5 Malick Images / FS Madness: Sweet 16

March 25th, 2016

10 CLOVERFIELD LANE finds a woman holed up in a bunker with John Goodman. But is the monster inside or outside? Adam and Josh review, and try to get …

#577: Knight of Cups / FS Madness / May Marathon #4 - Mikey and Nicky

March 17th, 2016

Since returning in the late '90s with "The Thin Red Line," director Terrence Malick has spent the past couple of decades producing enigmatic masterpieces – or becoming a self-parody, depending who you ask. KNIGHT OF …

#576: Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny / Top 5 Wuxia Films

March 4th, 2016

Debuting last weekend on Netflix, CROUCHING TIGER, HIDDEN DRAGON: SWORD OF DESTINY has lost original director Ang Lee, but star Michelle Yeoh has returned, along with fight choreographer - and now director - Yuen …

#575: May Marathon #2 - The Heartbreak Kid / Top 5 Films of 1972

February 26th, 2016

On his honeymoon, a man falls for another woman. The marriage is a bust, but the movie isn't. It's Elaine May's THE HEARTBREAK KID. On this week's show, Adam and Josh continue their May Marathon with the 1972 comedy …

#574: The Witch / Deadpool / Top 5 Baffling Oscar Picks

February 19th, 2016

Filling in for Adam and Josh this week, the Chicago Tribune's Michael Phillips and Tasha Robinson from The Verge/Next Picture Show chat about the 17th century-set horror film THE WITCH and potty-mouthed superhero …

#573: Hail, Caesar! / Top 5 Coen Bros. Characters

February 12th, 2016

‘Funny looking’ is a perfectly good way to describe, say, Steve Buscemi in FARGO – or countless other memorable characters that make up the Coen Bros. universe. With their latest, HAIL, CAESAR!, Josh and Adam consider …

#572: May Marathon #1 - A New Leaf / Top 5 Comedies About the Rich

February 5th, 2016

After carbo-loading for weeks and buying a pair of matching running shorts, Adam and Josh set off on the latest Filmspotting Marathon: a four-part look at the work of comedy legend Elaine May – a director unfortunately …

#571: 45 Years / 2016 Movie Preview (Pt. 2) / Son of Saul

January 29th, 2016

It’s January and the movie year is full of promise. Full of promise – and questions. Questions like: Who wins in a battle between Batman and …

#570: The Hateful Eight vs. The Revenant / 2016 Movie Preview (Pt. 1)

January 22nd, 2016

In the tradition of their Wolf of Wall Street vs. American Hustle battle a couple years back, Adam and Josh again find themselves on opposite sides …

#569: 2015 Wrap Party Live From Mayne Stage

January 15th, 2016

Live from Mayne Stage in Chicago, it's Filmspotting’s 2015 Wrap Party presented by WBEZ! Adam, Josh and an All-Star roster of special guests share their favorite moments from the year in film. Plus, an epic musical …

Filmspotting Fix: Anomalisa

January 8th, 2016

One of the most acclaimed movies of 2015 tells the story of an ordinary encounter between two strangers in an ordinary Cincinnati hotel room. Less ordinary? They’re puppets. ANOMALISA, written and co-directed by Charlie …

#568: Top 10 Films of 2015 (Pt. 2)

December 24th, 2015

The 2015 box office has been dominated by the usual spectacle – JURASSIC WORLD, THE AVENGERS and now THE FORCE AWAKENS – but there is less consensus than usual on the best films of the year. And that includes our Top 10 …

#567: Top 10 Films of 2015 (Pt. 1)

December 18th, 2015

End of year movie talk is usually dominated by a few prestige pictures, but does anyone care about prestige with a new STAR WARS in theaters? Sure you do. Michael Phillips and Scott Tobias join Adam and Josh for the Top …

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

December 16th, 2015

Are you looking for "the most non-specific, superficial" review of STAR WARS: EPISODE VII - THE FORCE AWAKENS? Then step on board the Millennium Falcon with Josh and Adam for a spoiler-free conversation – until the 22 …

#566: The Big Short / Top 5 Discoveries of 2015 / Chi-Raq

December 11th, 2015

If a movie has you sticking around for the credits, chances are you’re looking for an answer to the question: who WAS that? Every year the movies introduce us to someone – or something – we’ve never seen before. Adam …

#565: Top 5 Film Books / Kent Jones Interview (Hitchcock/Truffaut)

December 4th, 2015

It may not be quite as momentous as Hitchcock and Truffaut getting together in 1962, but on this week's show, Adam speaks with HITCHCOCK/TRUFFAUT director Kent Jones about the legacy of Truffaut's seminal film book …

Blindspotting: The Wrong Man (1956)

December 2nd, 2015

Based on a true story and made in the same decade as Hitchcock masterpieces "Strangers on a Train," "Rear Window" and "Vertigo," 1956's THE WRONG MAN with Henry Fonda is an often overlooked title in the Hitchcock …

2015 Golden Brick Preview Special

November 27th, 2015

We hope you haven’t had your fill of leftovers because on this week’s show Josh and Adam start their look back at the year in film with their annual …

#564: Mockingjay – Part 2 / Top 5 Ensemble Movies / Spotlight

November 20th, 2015

The HUNGER GAMES series could have settled for pleasing its YA fan base, but its success at the box office – and (mostly) with critics – shows a …

#563: Spectre / Top 5 Bond Tropes

November 13th, 2015

Daniel Craig’s James Bond is more serious, more human and more haunted than his predecessors. Does that make him the best? (Yes, actually it does.) Craig’s fourth and latest outing as Bond, SPECTRE, topped the box …

#562: The Assassin / Top 5 Cannes Best Director Winners / Junun

November 6th, 2015

The Cannes Film Festival has awarded a Best Director Prize since the festival’s second year, 1946. For this week’s Top 5, Adam and Josh pick their favorite winners of the Prix de la mise en scène and review the film …

#561: Edward Scissorhands / Top 5 Films of 1990

October 30th, 2015

Twenty-five years ago, the movies gave us Schwarzenegger on Mars, “Best Director Kevin Costner,” and iconic performances like Kathy Bates’ Annie …

#560: Crimson Peak / Bridge of Spies / Top 5 Cold War Movies

October 23rd, 2015

Josh and guest host Michael Phillips (Chicago Tribune) are visited by the 'Ghost of Fights over Guillermo del Toro Movies Past' for their divisive review of CRIMSON PEAK. Plus, their takes on Steven Spielberg's BRIDGE …

#559: Steve Jobs / Top 5 Back-To-Back Movies

October 16th, 2015

How hard is it to make two great films in a row? Turns out, most legendary directors have done it. The show's recent Ridley Scott Death Match poll …

#558: The Martian / Chicago Film Festival Preview w/ Stephen Cone

October 9th, 2015

Telluride, Venice, Toronto, New York… they’ve had their fun. Now it’s Chicago’s turn, as the Fall film festival season sweeps into the Windy City for the 51st annual Chicago International Film Fest. Josh and Adam—with …

#557: Sicario / Top 5 Breaking Up the Boys' Club Movies

October 2nd, 2015

Adam and Josh held out hope that Tasha Robinson and Dana Stevens might come crashing into the studio to share THEIR Top 5 Breaking Up the Boys' Club Movies. Alas, that didn't happen, but that didn't stop the guys from …

#556: Black Mass / Top 5 Neighborhood Movies / TIFF Recap

September 25th, 2015

Master of Disguise Johnny Depp goes Southie as infamous Boston gangster Whitey Bulger in the new film BLACK MASS. Josh and Adam eat some chowdah and …

#555: The Visit / Top 5 House Guests / The Mend

September 17th, 2015

For a director who was once called “The Next Spielberg,” M. Night Shyamalan has fallen on hard times. In the decade since the success of THE SIXTH SENSE, UNBREAKABLE and SIGNS, Shyamalan has seen diminishing returns at …

#554: Queen of Earth / Top 5 Films of 1988

September 11th, 2015

Live from the rooftop of Nakatomi Plaza, it's Filmspotting, where Adam and Josh welcome special guests Ebby Calvin “Nuke” LaLoosh, Prince Akeem of Zamunda and Chicago gang boss Jimmy Serrano. Yes, it's the Top 5 Films …

#553: Fall Movie Preview w/ Michael Phillips

September 4th, 2015

If the summer and year-end movie seasons are all about expectation, fall… is all about surprises. Hopefully, good ones. The Chicago Tribune's Michael …

#552: Mistress America / Top 5 Desert Island Directors (Revisited)

August 28th, 2015

Of current actor-director combos, Greta Gerwig and Noah Baumbach are significant for their writing partnership – and for Gerwig’s impact on …

#551: The Look of Silence / Top 5 Haunted Past Movies / M:I - Rogue Nation

August 21st, 2015

With 2012's ACT OF KILLING, director Joshua Oppenheimer delivered one of the most acclaimed, innovative - and harrowing - documentaries in recent …

#550: The End of the Tour / Top 5 Movies About Writers

August 14th, 2015

Since his death in 2008 at age 46, a kind of cult has developed around writer David Foster Wallace. For proof, look no further than the existence of …

#549: Doctor Zhivago (Blindspotting) / Top 5 Small Moments in Big Movies

August 7th, 2015

Back in March, Adam and Josh celebrated Filmspotting's 10th anniversary with the Top 10 Blind Spots – significant oversights in their ongoing film educations. #3 on Adam's list was David Lean's 1965 epic DOCTOR ZHIVAGO, …

#548: M:I - Rogue Nation / Top 5 Exciting Movie Trends / Stanford Prison Experiment

July 31st, 2015

Former Dissolve Managing Editor Genevieve Koski joins Scott Tobias for week #2 of The Dissolve's Filmspotting residency. It's also week #2 of putting …

#547: Top 5 Things We Learned At The Dissolve / Southpaw / Tangerine

July 24th, 2015

For two years, members of The Dissolve staff put blood, sweat and tears into running their great film site – and all you get is a lousy top 5 list. …

#546: Trainwreck / Top 5 Comedy Ensembles (Revisited)

July 17th, 2015

It-Girl Amy Schumer falls for potential Manic Pixie Dream Guy Bill Hader... but will Adam and Josh swoon for the Schumer-penned/Judd Apatow-directed TRAINWRECK? Plus, the movies' Top 5 Comedy Ensembles. This episode is …

#545: Top 5 Films of 2015 (So Far) / The Tribe / Love & Mercy

July 10th, 2015

With nothing but "Mission Impossible" sequels and a "Vacation" reboot ahead, Adam and Josh turn back and share their Top 5 Films of 2015 (So Far). Plus, a few thoughts on LOVE & MERCY and THE TRIBE. This episode is …

#544: Dope / Manglehorn / Top 5 Films of 1994 (Revisited)

June 26th, 2015

DOPE was a hit with audiences at this year's Sundance Film Festival... Adam and Josh, not so much. Plus, a few thoughts on David Gordon Green's …

#543: Inside Out / Top 5 Actor-Director Pairs

June 19th, 2015

Pixar has made heroes out of mute robots, anxious clown fish, a foodie rat and an irritable 80 year-old man. For their next mission, they go …

#542: Jurassic World / Spy / Top 5 Movie Locations We Wish We Could Visit (Revisited)

June 12th, 2015

It's been a couple decades since Steven Spielberg first choppered us to Isla Nublar, but Jurassic Park... is back open for business. The long-awaited fourth Jurassic installment comes along just in time for all hell to …

#541: Say Anything... / Aloha / Top 5 Movies of 1989 (Revisited)

June 5th, 2015

Hawaii - the setting for Cameron Crowe’s ALOHA - is about 2,600 miles away from Seattle, which is the setting of his directorial debut, SAY ANYTHING... Is that also about how far apart the two films are in terms of …

#540: Tomorrowland / Top 5 Streaming Sci-Fi Movies

May 29th, 2015

Director Brad Bird has given us an Iron Giant, a Mr. and Mrs. Incredible, and a Rat Chef… what awaits in TOMORROWLAND? Subbing in for Josh and Adam, Screencrush's Matt Singer and Buzzfeed's Alison Willmore – also the …

#539: Mad Max: Fury Road / Pitch Perfect 2 / Top 5 Car Scenes

May 22nd, 2015

The last time we saw "Mad" Max Rockatansky, he was played by Mel Gibson and battling a spectacularly-coiffed Tina Turner. Max is back with Tom Hardy …

#538: Top 5 Movie Posters / Slow West

May 15th, 2015

A Grand Jury Prize winner at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, SLOW WEST has a lot to recommend: it’s beautifully shot, is occasionally darkly …

#537: Avengers: Age of Ultron / 2015 Summer Movie Preview

May 8th, 2015

Tasha Robinson (The Dissolve) sits in for Adam this week, playing the brilliant and quick-witted Tony Stark to Josh's earnest do-gooder Steve Rogers. …

#536: Reservoir Dogs (Sacred Cow) / Top 5 Films of 1992

May 1st, 2015

When RESERVOIR DOGS came out in 1992, Josh and Adam were movie geek teenagers – bound by their DNA to love it. But does Quentin Tarantino's debut …

#535: Ex Machina / Top 5 Movie Houses

April 24th, 2015

Hop aboard the Filmspotting double decker bus for a tour of the movies' most famous and beloved homes... beloved by the hosts, anyway. Inspired by their review of Alex Garland's directing debut EX MACHINA, Josh and Adam …

#534: While We're Young / Top 5 Midlife Crisis Movies

April 17th, 2015

With Adam and Josh trading in their sensible family sedans for a pair of matching convertibles, their wives suggested they reveal their Top 5 Midlife Crisis Movies. Plus, a review of Noah Baumbach's latest, WHILE WE'RE …

#533: Furious 7 / Top 5 Fast & Furious Moments

April 10th, 2015

Having gone from Furious novices to completists in the past couple of weeks, Josh and Adam are all revved up to discuss the latest installment, FURIOUS 7, and share their Top 5 Fast & Furious Moments. Plus, the …

#532: It Follows / Top 5 21st Century Horror Movies / Mark Harris

April 3rd, 2015

Coming to you from an old, abandoned orphanage... Adam and guest host Michael Phillips discuss IT FOLLOWS, the new indie horror movie that has …

Ray Marathon #5: The Lonely WIfe / The Mitras

April 3rd, 2015

Satyajit Ray rated 1964's THE LONELY WIFE as his best film. Josh and Adam disagree with the master director – but only a little. The final film in the remarkable Ray Marathon is up, plus The Mitras, Filmspotting's …

#531: The Breakfast Club / Top 5 Films of 1985

March 27th, 2015

If Josh is "The Brain," what does that make Adam – Vice Principal Vernon? Filmspotting commemorates the 30th anniversary of John Hughes' classic THE BREAKFAST CLUB with a Sacred Cow discussion. Plus, the Elite Eight of …

#530: Cinderella / Top 5 Movies About Royalty / FS Madness

March 20th, 2015

As a director, Kenneth Branagh has done Shakespeare, Mary Shelley and Marvel. But how does he handle Disney? Josh and Adam discuss CINDERELLA with Lily James and Cate Blanchett, and share their Top 5 Movies About …

Ray Marathon #4: The Big City

March 19th, 2015

Another Ray film, another Ray masterpiece. Filmspotting's Satyajit Ray Marathon continues with a discussion of 1963's THE BIG CITY. 0-35:52 – Review: "The Big City" LINKS - Josh on "The Big City" - Forum reviews of Ray …

#529: Buzzard / Filmspotting Madness / Top 5 Characters on the Fringe

March 13th, 2015

Bill Murray vs. Tilda Swinton... Emma Stone vs. Sam Rockwell... Just a couple of the first-round matchups in Filmspotting Madness, a month-long battle royale to determine Filmspotting Nation’s favorite working actor. …

#528: 10th Anniversary Show / Maps to the Stars / Top 5 Blind Spots

March 6th, 2015

How do you celebrate 10 years of talking about movies? You talk about the ones you’re embarrassed you’ve never seen, of course. Adam and Josh confess their Top 5 (or 50) Blind Spots. Plus, a review of director David …

#527: Top 5 Mockumentary Moments / What We Do in the Shadows

February 27th, 2015

With the release of the new mock documentary WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS, about a trio of New Zealand Vampires, Adam and Josh share their Top 5 Mockumentary Moments. Plus, a review of SHADOWS and a few thoughts on the …

Ray Marathon #3: The Music Room

February 25th, 2015

Filmspotting continues its look at Satyajit Ray's work with a discussion of their first non-Apu film, 1958's THE MUSIC ROOM. 0-28:20 – Review: "The Music Room" NOTES - Were there really two different guys from Houston …

#526: Fifty Shades of Grey / Top 5 Movies We Had To Review

February 20th, 2015

Do Adam and Josh's "singular tastes" include an appreciation for the much-hyped adaptation of E.L. James' FIFTY SHADES OF GREY? Join them in the …

#525: 2015 Oscar Picks / Sacred Cow: Unforgiven

February 13th, 2015

With the divisive "American Sniper" a surprise awards season success, Filmspotting takes a trip back a couple of decades - back to the mythic Old West - for a Sacred Cow review of Clint Eastwood’s Best Picture-winning …

Ray Marathon #2: The Unvanquished / The World of Apu

February 11th, 2015

Adam and Josh close out their look at Satyajit Ray's "Apu Trilogy" – but fortunately not their exploration of Ray's work – with a discussion of THE UNVANQUISHED (1957) and THE WORLD OF APU (1959). 0-33:32 – Review: …

#524: Jupiter Ascending / Top 5 Rescue Scenes / Sundance 2015

February 6th, 2015

Holed up in the Canadian Ambassador's residence waiting for Ben Affleck to save them, Josh and Adam share their Top 5 Rescue Scenes. Plus, a review …

#523: 2015 Movie Preview (Pt. 2) / Blackhat / Goodbye to Language 3D

January 30th, 2015

BLACKHAT is a bona fide critical and box office bomb... But its director, Michael Mann, made "Thief," "The Insider" and "Heat," so Josh and Adam are reviewing it anyway. Plus, Pt. 2 of Filmspotting's 2015 Movie Preview …

Ray Marathon #1: Pather Panchali

January 28th, 2015

Adam and Josh discuss the first film in their (long-awaited) Satyajit Ray Marathon – Ray's breathtaking and heartbreaking 1955 debut, PATHER PANCHALI. 0-22:50 – Review: Pather Panchali LINKS - Josh on "Pather Panchali" …

#522: 2015 Movie Preview / American Sniper / Oscar Snubs

January 23rd, 2015

It's a (woefully civil) showdown over Clint Eastwood's AMERICAN SNIPER, plus thoughts on the (woefully misguided) Oscar nominations, and Josh and …

#521: Selma / Top 5 Historic Event Movies

January 16th, 2015

With the future of humanity depending on them, Josh and Adam recorded this episode from inside a time-traveling telephone booth in order to compile their Top 5 Historic Event Movies. Plus, your hosts have a dream of a …

#520: Top 5 Performances of 2014 / Mr. Turner

January 9th, 2015

The Oscars are still more than a month away, but Filmspotting's ballots are in for the best performances of 2014. Plus, a review of Mike Leigh's MR TURNER. This episode is brought to you by Shutterstock (code FILM115) …

#519: Top 10 Films of 2014 (Pt. 2)

December 24th, 2014

Somehow "Left Behind" didn't make the cut in Pt. 1 of Filmspotting's Top 10 Films of 2014. But there are five picks remaining and four critics – including Michael Phillips (Chicago Tribune) and Scott Tobias (The …

#518: Top 10 Films of 2014 (Pt. 1)

December 19th, 2014

- 10-9-8-7-6... It's part one of Filmspotting's Top 10 Films of 2014 countdown, featuring special guests Michael Phillips from the Chicago Tribune …

#517: Inherent Vice / Top 5 2014 "Best of the Rest"

December 12th, 2014

What was the best shot of 2014? How about the best performances by actors we take granted? Filmspotting covers all its end-of-year bases with the Top 5 "Best of the Rest" – everything Josh and Adam loves about the year …

#516: Top 5 Discoveries of 2014 / Foxcatcher / Tale of Princess Kaguya

December 5th, 2014

Josh and Adam talk fake noses. And wrestling. And murder... with their review of FOXCATCHER starring Channing Tatum, Mark Ruffalo and Steve Carell. Plus, their Top 5 Discoveries of 2014 – actors, directors and others …

FS Extra: The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1

December 4th, 2014

Filmspotting gets meta and gives Jennifer Lawrence the movie star treatment in this review of the first part of the last part of THE HUNGER GAMES …

2014 Golden Bricks Preview

November 28th, 2014

This Thanksgiving, be grateful for the movies you may have missed... Filmspotting revisits some of its favorite overlooked/underseen movies of 2014 …

#515: Interstellar / Top 5 Movie Sacrifices

November 21st, 2014

Josh and Adam actually recorded this way-too-friendly review of Christopher Nolan's INTERSTELLAR three months ago – it just took a detour through a …

#514: Top 5 Culture Clash Comedies / Dear White People

November 14th, 2014

Josh encounters some awkward moments as he tries to reconcile his cultural differences with The Dissolve's Tasha Robinson. The pair reveal their Top …

#513: Nightcrawler / Top 5 Nocturnal Movies

November 7th, 2014

Vampires aren't the only crazies who come out at night. Josh and Adam stay up late to share their Top 5 Nocturnal Movies, and discuss Jake Gyllenhaal's creepy turn in writer/director Dan Gilroy's NIGHTCRAWLER. This …

#512: Top 5 Movie Costumes (We'd Wear) / Birdman

October 31st, 2014

Michael Phillips couldn't convince Adam and Josh to be the Chico and Harpo to his Groucho, but that didn't stop him from helping them share the Top 5 …

#511: Whiplash / Top 5 Mentor-Proteges

October 24th, 2014

It's the inspirational tale of a couple down-on-their-luck podcasters who make good with the help of a crusty old radio veteran. Josh and Adam share …

#510: Jason Schwartzman & Alex Ross Perry / Top 5 Movie Narcissists

October 17th, 2014

Finally, a Top 5 that Adam and Josh can relate to: Movie Narcissists. Plus, a conversation with writer/director Alex Ross Perry and actor Jason Schwartzman about their new movie LISTEN UP PHILIP. This episode is …

#509: Gone Girl / Top 5 Movie Missives

October 10th, 2014

Before email, texts, Twitter and Snapchat, movie characters had to rely on ‘The Letter’ to communicate their most heartfelt feelings to one another — or to blackmail each other. Inspired by their discussion of director …

Gone Girl (Spoiled)

October 9th, 2014

It's a Fimspotting spoiler special! Josh and Adam go long on director David Fincher's GONE GIRL. (Spoilers begin around the 19 minute mark.) 

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#508: Chicago Int'l Film Fest Preview / Top 5 CIFF Discoveries

October 3rd, 2014

With the 50th annual Chicago International Film Festival kicking off Oct. 9, Josh and Adam highlight some of the films worth seeking out at the fest or putting on your radar, plus reflect on their Top 5 CIFF …

#507: Tusk / Top 5 Movie Manimals

September 26th, 2014

With Adam out for a week, Josh found a willing accomplice in Michael Phillips for a countdown of their Top 5 Movie Manimals, tying in with their review of Kevin Smith's TUSK. Plus, Michael's recap of the recent Toronto …

#506: Top 5 David Lynch Scenes / Eraserhead / Skeleton Twins

September 19th, 2014

It's Sociopath Week at the Filmspotting Lounge... half off Pabst Blue Ribbons and nitrous oxide chasers! The perfect combo to put you in the proper frame of mind for Josh and Adam's Top 5 David Lynch Scenes. Plus, a …

#505: Top 5 Movie Prisoners / Starred Up

September 12th, 2014

Josh and Adam head to the clink, the slammer, the Big House to name their Top 5 Movie Prisoners. Plus, a review of the acclaimed new UK prison drama STARRED UP... and Quentin Tarantino's new day job inspires another …

#504: 2014 Fall Movie Preview / The One I Love, Review Roundup / Dan Schechter

September 5th, 2014

Time hurries on, and the leaves that are green turn to brown... Josh and Adam preview the fall movie season and offer an end-of-summer review roundup sparked by a clash over THE ONE I LOVE, starring Mark Duplass and …

#503: Top 5 Movie Bands / Frank / Sin City: A Dame to Kill For

August 29th, 2014

Josh and Adam get to feel almost famous as they go on tour with their Top 5 (Fictional) Movie Bands. Plus, a review of FRANK starring Michael Fassbender, and find out if Larsen dares to recommend SIN CITY: A DAME TO …

#502: Top 5 Robin Williams Scenes / Dead Poets Society

August 22nd, 2014

O Captain! My Captain! if Robin Williams ever failed to seize the day, it wasn't on camera. Filmspotting celebrates the life of the late actor and comedian with a Sacred Cow review of 1989's DEAD POETS SOCIETY. Plus, …

#501: Top 5 Pre-CGI Scenes / Calvary / John Michael McDonagh

August 15th, 2014

Ray Harryhausen, Douglas Trumbull, Dick Smith... Michael Phillips joins Adam in praise of the old school effects guys with their Top 5 Pre-CGI …

FS Fix: Boyhood

August 7th, 2014

Richard Linklater's BOYHOOD was twelve years in the making... Before departing for a little post-500th episode R&R, Josh and Adam gave it well more than 12 minutes for this Filmspotting Fix. This episode is …

#500 Live: Rian Johnson / Top 5 Films of the Filmspotting Era

August 1st, 2014

Nine years, four months and 20 days in the making... Michael Phillips from the Chicago Tribune, Slate's Dana Stevens and — via Skype from San Francisco — the newly anointed writer/director of STAR WARS VIII, Rian …

#499: Snowpiercer / Top 5 Magic Realism Moments / Mood Indigo

July 18th, 2014

If Filmspotting builds a Top 5 Magic Realism Moments in movies, will you come? With director Michel Gondry’s MOOD INDIGO currently in theatres and available on demand, Josh and Adam devote this week’s Top 5 to a subject …

#498: Dawn of the Planet of the Apes / Top 5 Actors of the Future

July 11th, 2014

Are the days of treating franchise reboots as an inferior species of movie no more? Josh and Adam check in on the damned dirty apes of DAWN OF THE …

#497: Batman ('89) / Top 5 Films of 1989

July 4th, 2014

Josh and Adam really carpe the diem this week: they find the holy grail, ask out Diane Cort and fake orgasms at the Carnegie Deli — all on the …

#496: Top 5 Films of 2014 (So Far) / The Rover

June 27th, 2014

There are no instructions for building the perfect Top 5 Movies of the Year (So Far). You’ve got to do it yourself. At the midway point of the moviegoing year, Josh and Adam try their best to be master list builders. …

#495: Night Moves / Top 5 Pacific Northwest Movies

June 20th, 2014

Adam and Josh review Oregon director Kelly Reichardt’s NIGHT MOVES with Jesse Eisenberg and Dakota Fanning, and also do some location scouting for this week’s Top 5 — Pacific Northwest Movies — while having some pie …

#494: The Immigrant / Top 5 Immigrant Movies

June 13th, 2014

Josh and Michael Phillips — along with their respective gangs of New York — leave the Five Points for an exploration of immigration in the movies. They’ve got a review of James Gray’s THE IMMIGRANT, starring Joaquin …

#493: Maleficent / Top 5 Disney Villains

June 6th, 2014

Josh and The Dissolve’s Tasha Robinson may have to wait until Prince Adam returns in a week or two to lift the curse Tasha just put on this week’s …

#492: X-Men: Days of Future Past / Cannes Recap / Top 5 Movie Teams

May 30th, 2014

Josh and Michael put aside their petty differences for the good of humanity — and the show — when they share their Top 5 Movie Teams. Plus, Michael's report from Cannes and a review of X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST, a …

#491: Godzilla / Top 5 Movie Tattoos (That We'd Get) / The Double

May 23rd, 2014

Don’t tell their wives, but after taping this show, Josh and Adam split a bottle of Jack Daniels and got ink for all of the picks that made this week’s Top 5: Movie Tattoos (That We’d Get). Plus, Larsen Recommends THE …

#490: Locke / Top 5 Car Scenes

May 16th, 2014

Josh and Adam celebrate their Top 5 Car Scenes by lip syncing the entirety of Queen’s "Bohemian Rhapsody." Plus, a review of LOCKE starring Tom Hardy... and his SUV. This episode is presented by Squarespace …

#489: 2014 Summer Movie Preview / Blue Ruin

May 9th, 2014

Adam's Top Most Anticipated Summer Movies boasts a collective budget that might cover a week of catering on the set of "Transformers: Age of …

#488: Top 5 Films of 1991 / My Own Private Idaho / Amazing Spider-Man 2

May 2nd, 2014

Adam bites his tongue to avoid making any "Hudson Hawk" jokes as he and Josh go back to their high school days for a countdown of the Top 5 Films of …

#487: Only Lovers Left Alive / Top 5 Things From Space / Under The Skin

April 26th, 2014

Filmspotting comes in peace, even if its Top 5 list does not. Your hosts consider their favorite cinematic Things From Space (That Came To Destroy Us). Plus, a review of Jim Jarmusch's latest starring Tom Hiddleston and …

#486: Top 5 Performances by Non-Professionals / Joe / Mistaken for Strangers

April 18th, 2014

Filmspotting has been making radio for almost 10 years as amateurs, so Adam and Josh should have an insight or two on the folks who make their Top 5 …

#485: Top 5 Desert Island Directors / David Gordon Green & Tye Sheridan / Jonathan Glazer

April 11th, 2014

Adam feels a bit like he's returned from a desert island, which is exactly where he and Josh head for this week’s Top 5: Desert Island Directors. …

#484: Nymphomaniac / Captain America: Winter Soldier / Top 5 Sex-Obsessed Characters

April 4th, 2014

Michael and Josh try and avoid embarrassing flashbacks to their adolescence when they get into this week’s Top 5: Sex-Obsessed Characters, inspired …

#483: Noah / Top 5 Movie Boats

March 28th, 2014

Hope you’ve got your sea legs for this week’s show as Josh and Michael Phillips count down their Top 5 Movie Boats, a list inspired by the first famous boat — Noah’s Ark, which returns to movie screens in Darren …

#482: Enemy / Top 5 Actor-Director Pairs / Muppets Most Wanted

March 21st, 2014

Jake Gyllenhaal tests his acting chops against… Jake Gyllenhaal, in this week's review of the new psychological thriller ENEMY, Denis Villeneuve’s …

#481: Grand Budapest Hotel / Top 5 Wes Anderson Scenes

March 14th, 2014

Wes Anderson takes such care with each frame that it would be easy to choose five favorite moments from any one of his films. But Josh and Michael …

#480: Groundhog Day / Top 5 Harold Ramis Moments

March 7th, 2014

CADDYSHACK, STRIPES, GHOSTBUSTERS… as an actor, a writer and a director, Harold Ramis left an indelible mark on the last three decades of movie …

#479: 2014 Oscars Preview with Kyle Buchanan / Blazing Saddles

February 27th, 2014

Filmspotting recruits Kyle Buchanan, senior editor at New York Magazine's Vulture, to get the inside scoop on this weekend's Academy Awards. Plus, …

#478: The Lego Movie / The Wind Rises / Top 5 Miyazaki Characters

February 21st, 2014

Josh and Adam head to Toontown to discuss THE LEGO MOVIE and the latest, and reportedly last, film from Japanese animator/genius Hayao Miyazaki, THE WIND RISES. Plus, the Top 5 Miyazaki Characters. This episode is …

#477: Philip Seymour Hoffman Tribute (Top 5 Scenes)

February 13th, 2014

Be honest and unmerciful. Good advice for a budding rock critic. Also a fine description of the actor who spoke those lines. Filmspotting devotes …

#476: Life Itself / Top 5 Movies About Fame with Michael Phillips

February 7th, 2014

Josh, Adam and guest Michael Phillips avoid turning into Norma Desmond's driveway for this week's Top 5: Movies About Fame (Non-Hollywood Edition). …

#475: 2014 Movie Preview (Pt. 2) / Broken Circle Breakdown

January 31st, 2014

Belgium: we have long loved you for your beer; we had no idea you were so into tattoos and bluegrass music. Or so Adam and Josh learned from watching THE BROKEN CIRCLE BREAKDOWN, which recently earned an Oscar …

#474: Wolf of Wall Street vs. American Hustle / 2014 Movie Preview / Oscar Talk

January 24th, 2014

Adam and Josh do a bit of looking behind -- and a bit of looking ahead this week. First, a showdown of sorts over two newly-minuted Best Picture nominees: THE WOLF OF WALL STREET and AMERICAN HUSTLE. Plus, the Top 5 …

#473 Live: 2013 Wrap Party From Mayne Stage

January 17th, 2014

With Filmspotting's best films of the year safely in the books - and, per tradition, etched in stone - Josh and Adam take a final look at the year in film, live from Mayne Stage in Chicago. Michael Phillips from the …

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

January 13th, 2014

With Josh and Adam off furiously prepping for their Jan. 11 live show, it's time for another Filmspotting Revisited featuring a Sacred Cow discussion of RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK and the Top 5 Films of 1981. Original air …

FS Fix: Her / Inside Llewyn Davis

January 2nd, 2014

Reviews of Spike Jonze's HER and the Coen Bros. latest, INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS.

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#472 (Pt. 2): Top 10 Films of 2013

December 25th, 2013

His name is Josh Larsen, and he believes in fitness. And Michael Bay. PAIN & GAIN and FRUITVALE STATION debates, plus HER love, dominate Pt. 2 of Filmspotting's Top 10 Films of 2013 -- with guests Scott Tobias (The …

#472 (Pt. 1): Top 10 Films of 2013

December 20th, 2013

4 critics, 20 picks, 79 minutes... it must be time for Filmspotting's Top 10 Films of 2013 roundtable with guests Michael Phillips of the Chicago …

#471: Top 5 2013 Surprises & Disappointments / Out of the Furnace

December 13th, 2013

The year-end onslaught continues with Filmspotting's 2013 Surprises & Disappointments. Plus, a review of OUT OF THE FURNACE, with Christian Bale …

#470: Oldboy / Top 5 2013 Discoveries / Korean Marathon Awards

December 6th, 2013

The last time Adam and Josh dedicated a Top 5 to their favorite up-and-coming actors, Elizabeth Olsen made both lists coming off her great performance in 2011's "Martha Marcy May Marlene." Time for a new batch of …

2013 Golden Bricks Preview

November 28th, 2013

It’s that time when Filmspotting starts looking back on the year in film... So this Thanksgiving weekend, Josh and Adam announce their initial …

#469: Nebraska / Top 5 Movies With Places In the Title / Tale of Two Sisters

November 22nd, 2013

Josh and Adam travel through time and space to share their Top 5 Movies With Places In the Title. Yes, after almost 9 years, it seems they've officially run out of Top 5 ideas. Plus, a review of Alexander Payne’s …

#468: Dallas Buyers Club / Top 5 Actor Transformations

November 15th, 2013

Inspired by the ultra-slimmed down Matthew McConaughey and a transgendered Jared Leto, Josh and Adam review DALLAS BUYERS CLUB and share their Top 5 …

#467: Blue Is the Warmest Color / Top 5 Sexual Awakening Movies

November 8th, 2013

What’s more awkward: Dustin Hoffman’s Benjamin hooking up with Mrs. Robinson, or Josh and Adam tackling their Top 5 Sexual Awakening Movies? Plus, a review of this year’s Cannes Palme d’Or winner -- and sexually …

#466: 12 Years a Slave / Top 5 Movies Set in the South / Secret Sunshine

November 1st, 2013

Michael Phillips steps in for Adam to review one of the year’s most acclaimed films - director Steve McQueen’s 12 YEARS A SLAVE, the movie which inspired this week’s Top 5 Movies Set in the South... Plus, Adam and Josh …

#465: The Exorcist / The Chaser / Top 5 Terrifying Characters (2012)

October 25th, 2013

Josh and Adam get into the Halloween spirit with a Sacred Cow discussion of 1973’s THE EXORCIST. William Friedkin’s horror classic turns 40 this year. They also revisit their Top 5 Terrifying Characters from last fall, …

#464: Captain Phillips / Top 5 Hostage Movies

October 18th, 2013

Adam and Josh discuss CAPTAIN PHILLIPS, the new film from director Paul Greengrass, starring Tom Hanks. Plus, here's the deal: You give them your …

#463: Gravity / Top 5 Movie Themes

October 11th, 2013

Herrmann, Steiner, Williams, Morricone, Bernstein… musical heavyweights battle for top 5 primacy this week as Filmspotting shares their favorite Movie Themes. Joining Josh and Adam is movie score fanatic Michael …

#462: Chicago Film Fest Preview / I'm a Cyborg, But That's OK / Don Jon

October 4th, 2013

Josh and Adam preview the Chicago International Film Festival, which begins Oct. 10, by sharing their Top 5 Most Anticipated CIFF Movies. Plus, the third film in Filmspotting's Korean Auteurs Marathon, I'M A CYBORG, BUT …

#461: Short Term 12 / Top 5 Films of 1993 / Woman on the Beach

September 27th, 2013

Adam resists the urge to spend the whole show quoting "Tombstone" as he and Josh share their Top 5 Films of 1993, part of Filmspotting's year-by-year …

#460: Sam Rockwell / 2001 Revisited / DVD Release Round-Up

September 20th, 2013

Sam Rockwell’s Chuck Barris may not have known how he felt about long-suffering girlfriend Penny, but listeners know exactly how they feel about …

#459: 2001: A Space Odyssey / Top 5 Kubrick Scenes

September 13th, 2013

Open the pod bay doors. Michael Phillips fills in for Adam on this week's mission: the Sacred Cow review of 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY. Plus, the Top 5 Stanley Kubrick Scenes. This show is presented by Shutterstock (code …

#458: Fall Movie Preview / The Grandmaster / 3-Iron

September 6th, 2013

Josh and Adam turn their attention to the change of season with their Top 5 Most Anticipated Fall Movies. Plus, a review of the new martial arts biopic THE GRANDMASTER from director Wong Kar-wai, and the first film in …

#457: Top 5 Elmore Leonard Characters / The World's End

August 30th, 2013

Filmspotting honors a writer by talking about the movies adapted from his books. A writer's nightmare? Perhaps. Adam and Josh pay tribute to Elmore Leonard, whose work inspired some great movie adaptations including …

#456: Top 5 Nature Movies / Prince Avalanche / Fruitvale Station

August 23rd, 2013

Josh and Adam round up their banjos, bows and arrows and irrational fear of sadistic mountain men in order to pull off this week's Top 5: Nature …

Review: The Act of Killing

August 22nd, 2013

A standalone discussion of Joshua Oppenheimer's powerful new documentary "The Act of Killing," about Indonesian death squad leaders who re-stage …

#455: Elysium / Spectacular Now / Top 5 Dangerous Missions

August 16th, 2013

Inspired by Matt Damon in Neill Blomkamp's ELYSIUM, Josh and Adam have one hour to complete their Top 5 Dangerous Missions, or else microscopic explosives will rupture their carotid arteries. Plus, Josh's take on the …

FS Revisited: Josh vs. Adam

August 9th, 2013

Take a not-so-friendly trip down Filmspotting memory lane... The Adam-Josh divide over "Prometheus" was fairly tame, but their first major disagreement set the table for the all-out blood feuds of "Argo" and "The …

#454: James Cromwell / Blue Jasmine / Top 5 Supp. Players in Lead Roles

August 2nd, 2013

Mr. Lundegaard, we're just here to talk about this week's Top 5: Supporting Players in Lead Roles. The heck we mean? Like fer instance, Frances …

#453: Pacific Rim / Top 5 Movie Robots

July 26th, 2013

Adam tries to convince Josh that he has no knowledge of Sarah Connor’s whereabouts -- whatever it takes to stay alive in order to share this week’s Filmspotting Top 5: Movie Robots. Plus, it's Kaiju vs. Jaeger in …

#452: Only God Forgives / Top 5 Anthology Films / ABCs of Death

July 19th, 2013

Matt Singer and Alison Willmore fill in on Original Recipe and invite 10 filmmakers to make their own short movies about each one of their Top 5 …

#451: Top 5 Films of 2013 (So Far)

July 12th, 2013

I got Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy. In Greece... Adam does his best James Franco as he and Josh reveal their Top 5 Films of 2013 (So Far). Plus, the …

FS Revisited: Blaxploitation

July 5th, 2013

Can you dig it? With the help of producer Sam Van Hallgren, Filmspotting revisits its recent six-week Blaxploitation Marathon, including discussions of "Shaft" and "Superfly." :00-1:00 - Billboard 1:00-14:44 - #1: …

#450: Man of Steel / Top 5 Christ Figures

June 28th, 2013

Michael Phillips is Filmspotting's savior this week, sitting in for Adam for a discussion of "Man of Steel" and a countdown of the Top 5 Movie Christ Figures. This show is presented by Audible and Squarespace (code Film …

FS Revisited: Sight & Sound Top 10

June 24th, 2013

With Adam and Josh taking a little summer time off, Filmspotting revisits its Aug. 2012 episode revealing the hosts' Top 10 Greatest Films, with the …

#449: Before Midnight / Top 5 Americans Abroad

June 14th, 2013

On a whim, Josh and Adam stumble off a train together to see where things go with a (long) discussion of BEFORE MIDNIGHT. Then Filmspotting pops into a smoky Parisian cafe to share the Top 5 Americans Abroad. This …

Best Film You've Never Seen / Overlooked Movies

June 7th, 2013

Adam talks to Chicago writer Robert K. Elder about his new book, "The Best Film You’ve Never Seen," featuring interviews with Richard Linklater, Edgar Wright and 33 other directors talking about the movies they adore …

#448: Top 5 Contemporary B&W Movies / Frances Ha

May 31st, 2013

In 1979, Diane Keaton was the quirky star of Woody Allen’s B&W love letter to New York City, "Manhattan." 35 years later, the city is the same -- and so is the black and white photography -- but the quirky star is …

#447: Star Trek Into Darkness / Top 5 Small Moments in Big Movies

May 24th, 2013

Despite the efforts of his old friend Khan, James T. Kirk is alive and well in the sequel to 2009’s successful relaunch of the Star Trek franchise. …

Stories We Tell

May 23rd, 2013

Filmspotting discusses Sarah Polley's autobiographical doc "Stories We Tell."

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#446: The Great Gatsby / Top 5 Movies About the Rich

May 17th, 2013

This week Adam and Josh have their minds on the money and money on their minds. Inspired by Jay Gatsby’s return to the silver screen, they share their Top 5 Movies About the Rich and discuss Baz Lurhmann’s uh, …

#445: Iron Man 3 / Top 5 Movie Geniuses

May 10th, 2013

Inspired by the brilliant mind of Tony Stark, Filmspotting crunches the numbers to come up with the Top 5 Movie Geniuses. Plus, a review of co-writer/director Shane Black's "Iron Man 3" and more. This episode is …

#444: 2013 Summer Movie Preview / Mud / Ophuls Awards

May 3rd, 2013

In anticipation of the season’s first blockbusters, Josh and Adam reveal their Top 5 Most Anticipated Summer Movies. Plus, a review of "Mud," the …

#443: Oblivion / Place Beyond the Pines / Top 5 Futuristic Movie Jobs

April 26th, 2013

Tom Cruise is assigned to extract Earth's remaining resources... and Michael Phillips and Tasha Robinson draw the plum gig of deciding whether "Oblivion" was worth all the resources put into it. Plus, your guest hosts …

#442: To the Wonder / Top 5 Malick Scenes / Lola Montes

April 19th, 2013

This week's episode with Filmspotting's Top 5 Malick Scenes and a review of "To the Wonder" was recorded entirely at the magic hour. Plus, the final …

#441: Farewell Ebert / Trance / Top 5 Neo-Noirs with Chris Harris

April 12th, 2013

Author Chris Harris ("The Big Clear") joins Adam and Josh for a trip to Chinatown and lots of other unsavory places for this week’s Filmspotting Top 5: Neo-Noirs. Plus, a review of Danny Boyle's art-world thriller …

#440: Evil Dead ('81) / Top 5 Tracking Shots / Earrings of Madame de...

April 5th, 2013

This week, Josh and Adam take the Chicago Tribune’s Michael Phillips through the special kitchen entrance to the best seats in the house for the Filmspotting Top 5: Tracking Shots. Plus, a Sacred Cow review of Sam …

#439: Spring Breakers / Top 5 Turning Over a New Leaf Movies

March 29th, 2013

Look at my episode! Look at my episode! I got... reviews of Harmony Korine's "Spring Breakers." Hosts disagreeing. I got... Top 5 Turning Over a New Leaf Movies. Some are even better than "Scarface," which I got on …

#438: Top 5 Movie Religious Figures / Beyond the Hills / La Ronde

March 22nd, 2013

Filmspotting kisses the ring of their Top 5 Movie Religious Figures... And if "The Last Exorcism: Part II" didn’t satisfy your desire for religious horror, you won’t have to wait for Part III. Romania offers its own …

#437: Oz the Great and Powerful / Top 5 Movie Locations We Wish We Could Visit / Letter from...

March 15th, 2013

Filmspotting finds its happy places with this week’s Top 5: Movie Locations We Wish We Could Visit. Plus, a review of director Sam Raimi’s latest …

#436: Top 5 Movie Mother-Daughters / Stoker

March 8th, 2013

Adam tries to keep his telekinesis from ruining this year’s prom... er... this week’s Top 5: Movie Mother-Daughters -- a list not inspired by "Carrie," but by the new thriller "Stoker" from Korean auteur Park …

#435: Top 5 Unseen Characters / Like Someone In Love

March 1st, 2013

With the help of a six-foot bunny named Harvey, Josh and Adam share their Top 5 Unseen Characters. Plus, a review of Abbas Kiarostami's latest puzzler, "Like Someone In Love," and the debut of Ask Filmspotting …

#434 Extra: Marx Bros. Awards

February 25th, 2013

Michael Phillips continues his comedy education of Filmspotting during "The Gookies," the Marx Bros. Marathon Awards including Best Groucho One-Liner, Gag and more.

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#434: Oscar Picks / A Night at the Opera

February 21st, 2013

Winning an Oscar, only slightly more glamorous than joining the 10 million mile club like Ryan Bingham in "Up in the Air"... The Chicago Tribune's Michael Phillips joins Adam and Josh for a special Oscars edition of …

#433: Top 5 Romantic Gestures / Side Effects / Duck Soup

February 15th, 2013

Cue up "In Your Eyes"... in honor of Valentine's Day, it's Filmspotting's Lloyd Dobler Memorial List of the screen's Top 5 Romantic Gestures. Plus, what may be Steven Soderbergh's final cinematic gesture -- "Side …

#432: Top 5 Directors Who Need A Comeback / Charles Swan / Monkey Business

February 8th, 2013

Filmspotting may miss Ron Burgundy and his musk, but this week Adam and Josh focus on the filmmakers they've been missing with a countdown the Top 5 …

#431: Top 5 Survival Movies / The Impossible / Animal Crackers

February 1st, 2013

Everybody knows the first rule of Fight Club is: you do not talk about Fight Club. But Filmspotting joins Tyler Durden in exploring their primal …

#430: 2013 Movie Preview (Pt. 2 ) / Die Hard

January 25th, 2013

In 1988, our action heroes looked like Sly Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger... then we met a barefoot Bruce Willis. Adam and Josh find out if it …

#429: 2013 Movie Preview (Pt. 1) / Amour

January 18th, 2013

Last year, two of Josh's most anticipated films didn’t even end up getting released. Find out who he cursed this year as he and Adam reveal their Top 5 Most Anticipated Movies of 2013. Plus, love hurts in Michael …

#428 Live: 2012 Wrap Party

January 11th, 2013

Live from Mayne Stage in Chicago, it's Filmspotting's 2012 Wrap Party sponsored by WBEZ! There was no dancing for dollar bills, but the show's own …

#427: Django Unchained / Edward Burns / Blaxploitation Awards

December 25th, 2012

Quentin Tarantino’s ode to Spaghetti Westerns "Django Unchained" brought Josh and Adam together over the holidays. Was it a fortuitous turn of …

#426 (Pt. 2): Top 10 Films of 2012

December 21st, 2012

Filmspotting assembles the film critic Avengers -- Michael Phillips (Chicago Tribune) and Scott Tobias (A.V. Club) -- to finish off the Top 10 Films of 2012 countdown and reflect on the year in cinema. This episode is …

#426 (Pt. 1): Top 10 Films of 2012

December 20th, 2012

Josh and Adam didn't set out to meet their makers, but they do tackle the Promethean task of counting down their Top 10 Films of 2012 with the help of some special guest contributors. :00-20:40 - Best of '12: Picks …

#425: Zero Dark Thirty / The Hobbit / Golden Brick Nominees

December 14th, 2012

The end-of-year onslaught begins  with the announcement of Filmspotting's eight Golden Brick nominees for 2012. Plus, an unexpected journey with "The …

#424: Killing Them Softly / Top 5 Inept Criminals / Cooley High

December 7th, 2012

Like Nic Cage in "Raising Arizona," last night Josh had a dream... a dream he and Adam were going to discuss the H.I. McDonnough Memorial List of the Top 5 Inept Movie Criminals, inspired by the new Brad Pitt crime …

#423: Silver Linings Playbook / Skyfall / Top 5 Credit Sequences

November 30th, 2012

Is manic depression a frustrating mess, or a fascinating one? It's a November release round-up as Adam and Josh discuss "Silver Linings Playbook," plus "Skyfall" and "Anna Karenina." The guys also open up their 'little …

Golden Bricks Preview Special

November 23rd, 2012

Filmspotting celebrates Thanksgiving this week with a look back at some of the under-the-radar cinematic gems that Adam and Josh are most grateful …

#422: Spielberg Spectacular! Lincoln / Close Encounters... / Top 5 Scenes

November 16th, 2012

We're gonna need a bigger show... Michael Phillips drops by to select the Top 5 Spielberg Scenes and review the director's latest, "Lincoln." Plus, …

#421: Tim Heidecker / Top 5 Dramatic Performances by Comic Actors / Coffy

November 9th, 2012

Filmspotting pays respect to the performers who decided they were no longer satisfied simply being clowns here to amuse with a countdown of the Top 5 Dramatic Performances by Comic Actors. Plus, Adam’s conversation with …

#420: Cloud Atlas / Top 5 Multiple Role Performances / Super Fly

November 2nd, 2012

Filmspotting crosses continents and generations in search of the true-true with a discussion of "Cloud Atlas." Plus, inspired the busy ensemble in …

#419: The Shining / Top 5 Terrifying Characters / Room 237

October 26th, 2012

Heeeeere's Michael Phillips! From the spacious Overlook studio at WBEZ, Michael joins Filmspotting for a Sacred Cow discussion of "The Shining." Also on this special Halloween edition: theories about the theories in the …

#418: Argo / Top 5 Movies Directed by Their Stars / Shaft

October 19th, 2012

Filmspotting likes reviewing movies, but what the hosts really want to do is direct. Themselves. Inspired by their discussion of Ben Affleck's "Argo," Adam and Josh countdown the Top 5 Movies Directed by Their Stars. …

#417: Martin McDonagh (Seven Psychopaths) / Top 5 Movie Pets

October 12th, 2012

On this fun, culture-filled edition of Filmspotting, Adam's conversation with writer/director Martin McDonagh about his latest dark comedy, "Seven …

#416: Looper / Top 5 Doppelganger Movies / Chicago Film Fest Preview

October 5th, 2012

Adam tries to convince Judy, er, Josh, to change his hair for their Vertigo Memorial Top 5 Doppelganger Movies. Plus, a discussion of Rian Johnson's new time-travel thriller "Looper" and a preview of the upcoming …

#415: The Master / Top 5 Charismatic Leaders

September 28th, 2012

"The Master" tells us that "Good science, by definition, allows for more than opinion." Adam and Josh mostly prove to be good scientists as they …

#414: Top 5 L.A. Movies / End of Watch / Iranian Marathon Awards

September 21st, 2012

The sun shines and the land may be cheap, but if you’ve seen L.A. Confidential – or just about any movie set in the city of angels – you know it's a town with a dark side. This week's Filmspotting Top 5: Los Angeles …

#413: Raiders of the Lost Ark / Top 5 Films of 1981

September 14th, 2012

Michael Phillips (Chicago Tribune) plays the role of Belloq for this 'Sacred Cow' discussion of Steven Spielberg's action-adventure classic "Raiders …

#412: Top 5 Dance Scenes / Alps / Offside

September 7th, 2012

Hey Kitty Kat, don't be a... draws a square in the air... and be sure to download this show featuring the Pulp Fiction Memorial Top 5 Dance Scenes. …

Interviews: Craig Zobel (Compliance) / Mike Birbiglia (Sleepwalk With Me)

August 31st, 2012

Adam talks to writer/director Craig Zobel about his provocative new film "Compliance," and with comedian Mike Birbiglia about the semi-autobiographical new film he co-wrote, co-directed and stars in, "Sleepwalk With …

#411: Fall Movie Preview / Cosmopolis / Mike Birbiglia / Craig Zobel

August 31st, 2012

Does this podcast sound asymmetrical to you? Adam and Josh stop their limo ride through downtown Chicago long enough to commend David Cronenberg's …

#410 (Pt. 2): Top 10 Films of All Time

August 26th, 2012

The Top 10 Greatest Films of All Time talk continues with guest Michael Phillips... Plus, writer/director Jeff Nichols ("Take Shelter") calls in to …

#410 (Pt. 1): Top 10 Films of All Time

August 24th, 2012

Inspired by Sight & Sound's 2012 Greatest Films Poll, Michael Phillips (Chicago Tribune) joins Josh and Adam to discuss their Top 10 Films of All …

#409: Top 5 Cinema Spies / Bourne Legacy / Fireworks Wednesday

August 17th, 2012

Inexplicably, George Lazenby is overlooked as Filmspotting reveals its highly confidential Top 5 Cinema Spies (James Bond Memorial)... And don't forget to take your chems before listening to discussions of "The Bourne …

Dark Knight Rises Spoiled

August 10th, 2012

You've heard Filmspotting's take, now it's the listeners' turn to reckon with "The Dark Knight Rises" in this spoiler edition show.

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#408: Top 5 Play Adaptations / Killer Joe

August 3rd, 2012

Adam and Josh break a leg, avoid mention of 'The Scottish Play' and depend on the kindness of strangers to reveal their Top 5 Play Adaptations, inspired by William Friedkin's new film adaptation of Tracy Letts' Gothic …

#407: Ruby Sparks / Top 5 Movies About Writers / The Mirror

July 27th, 2012

We'll show you the life of the mind! Adam and Josh eloquently express affection for their Top 5 Movies About Writers, and discuss the new film written by and starring Zoe Kazan, "Ruby Sparks." Plus, Adam makes an …

#406: Dark Knight Rises / Beasts of the Southern Wild / Top 5 Stormy Weather Movies

July 20th, 2012

Which battle is more bloody and brutal: Batman vs. Bane or Michael Phillips vs. A.O. Scott? Adam and Josh discuss "The Dark Knight Rises," then enlist the help of the dynamic former At The Movies duo to debate "Beasts …

#405: Amazing Spider-Man / Top 5 'Seemed Like a Bad Idea' Movies

July 13th, 2012

Sometimes a bad movie idea is just a bad movie idea – remember "The Country Bears," anyone? - but sometimes it results in cinema excellence. Adam and …

#404: Top 5 Performances of 2012 (So Far) / Ted

July 6th, 2012

Adam confesses his love for a childhood doll -- and Josh promptly bashes him for it -- as they discuss Seth Macfarlane's feature directing debut …

#403: Top 5 Films of 2012 (So Far) / Magic Mike

June 29th, 2012

Filmspotting welcomes the Chicago Tribune's "Magic" Michael Phillips to the microphone to debate Channing Tatum's, um, talents on display in Steven Soderbergh's latest. Plus, the triumvirate looks back on the half year …

#402: Brave / Top 5 Screen Redheads / Children of Heaven

June 22nd, 2012

Think Julianne Moore is the first and last name in movie gingers? Think again. Josh and Adam reveal their Top 5 Screen Redheads and discuss Pixar's …

Interviews: Mark Duplass / Lynn Shelton

June 16th, 2012

Adam interviews actor-director Mark Duplass and learns how he and his brother discovered they weren't the next Coen Bros. Plus, writer/director Lynn Shelton reveals how directing an episode of "Mad Men" changed her …

#401: Top 5 Crackpots / Your Sister's Sister / Safety Not Guaranteed

June 15th, 2012

This week... a Filmspotting Top 5 so wacky and unbelievable, Walter Peck might just show up to learn more about what it is we do here. Adam and Josh countdown their Top 5 Movie Crackpots and celebrate Mark Duplass week …
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