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#815: Top 5 Anthony Hopkins Performances / The Father / Madness Rd. 1
A five-time Oscar nominee, Anthony Hopkins has played a Pope, a psychopath and the most loyal of butlers. He's also killed vampires, fought a bear and banished the God of Thunder from Asgard. In fact, there's little Hopkins hasn't done over his six decades of movie acting—and he's done it all with a rare combination of delicate subtlety and volcanic power. This week, Adam and Josh share their Top 5 Hopkins Performances, along with a review of THE FATHER, which features another career-best turn from the actor. Plus, Rd. 1 of Filmspotting Madness—Best of the '80s. 0:00 - Billboard 1:03 - Top 5: Anthony Hopkins Performances 24:06 - Next Week / Notes / Massacre Theatre 35:26 - Filmspotting Madness—Best of the '80s, Rd. 1 58:18 - Review: "The Father" 1:07:55 - Top 5, cont. 1:37:02 - Outro  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Feb 26, 2021
#814: The Silence of the Lambs (30th Ann.) / Madness Play-Ins
Based on Thomas Harris's grisly 1988 bestseller, Jonathan Demme's THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS was, on its February 1991 release, an immediate critical and box office success. It ran for eight months and went on to be nominated for seven Oscars, winning five—for Demme, Hopkins, Foster, screenwriter Ted Tally, and Best Picture. This week on the show, Adam and Josh dig into the technical sophistication - and the humanist touch - that Demme and company bring to the lurid material. Plus, Filmspotting Madness gets underway with the play-in round, and Josh recommends the new BARB AND STAR GO TO VISTA DEL MAR. 0:00 - Billboard 1:20 - Sacred Cow: “The Silence of the Lambs” (30th Ann.) 35:46 - Review: “Barb and Star Go To Vista Del Mar” 40:08 - Next Week / Notes 50:51 - Madness: Best of the ’80s (Play-Ins) 1:19:04 - Outro Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Feb 19, 2021
#813: Judas and the Black Messiah / The Letter ('40s Noir #1)
The new Fred Hampton biopic JUDAS AND THE BLACK MESSIAH gives as much time to the FBI informant (Lakeith Stanfield) who infiltrates his Black Panthers as it does to Hampton himself (Daniel Kaluuya). Adam and Josh debate the effectiveness of that decision, which recalls atypical biopics like “Amadeus,” “Hamilton” and “Jesus Christ Superstar.” Plus the first film in the six-part '40s Noir Marathon, William Wyler’s THE LETTER, with Bette Davis as a conniving murderer; and Josh anoints the new religious horror movie SAINT MAUD with a Golden Brick nomination. 0:00 - Billboard 1:06 - Review: "Judas and the Black Messiah" 24:09 - Next Week 29:48 - Brickspotting: "Saint Maud" 33:55 - Giveaways / Notes 40:46 - Massacre Theatre 48:17 - '40s Noir #1: "The Letter" 1:16:57 - Outro  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Feb 12, 2021
#812: All The President's Men (7 From '76) / Malcolm & Marie
It doesn't take the investigative powers of a Woodward or Bernstein to pick up on the giddiness that Adam and Josh bring to their review of ALL THE PRESIDENT'S MEN, the first film in the 7 From '76—Best Year Ever series. Long a favorite of both hosts - and an early entry in the Filmspotting Pantheon - they revel in the opportunity to praise the film's unmatched acting ensemble and exquisite, if subtle, craft. Their good mood carries over to their review of the divisive MALCOLM & MARIE (new to Netflix), a volatile, two-hander relationship drama starring Zendaya and John David Washington. 0:00 - Billboard 1:00 - 7 From '76—Best Year Ever: "All The President's Men" David Shire, "All The President's Men 45:16 - Polls / Notes 1:02:02 - Review: "Malcolm & Marie" 1:23:32 - Outro  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Feb 05, 2021
#811: 2021 Movie Preview
As goes Bond, so goes the rest of the movie year. With Bond 25 "No Time To Die" recently moving to October - along with several other high-profile spring '21 releases - the new movie year is getting off to a disappointing start. But with lots of holdovers from 2020 - "Dune"! "Maverick"! "Ghostbusters"! - and some very promising new titles on the horizon, it is, at the very least, an exciting year to contemplate. Adam and Josh preview 2021 with their Top 5 Movie Questions of the Year — and lay out current plans for this year's Marathons, Sacred Cows, Oeuvre-view and the '70s edition of the Best Movie Year Ever series. 0:00 - Billboard 1:12 - 2021 Preview Lin-Manuel Miranda, “In The Heights” 31:17 - 2021 Show Plans 47:30 - Next Week / Notes 52:33 - Massacre Theatre 59:15 - 2021 Preview, cont. 1:18:04 - Outro  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Jan 29, 2021
#810: Best Scenes of 2020 / Golden Brick Award
It goes without saying that the best movies also have their share of great movie moments, so this year’s Wrap Party allows Adam and Josh to share more thoughts about some of their favorite 2020 films. But it also gives them a chance to celebrate memorable moments in movies that didn’t crack their Top 10s - like “Promising Young Woman,” “Da 5 Bloods,” “On The Rocks” and “Borat Subsequent Movie Film.” Plus the winner of the 2020 Golden Brick Award. Welcome to the party. “Silly Games” sing-a-long at midnight. 0:00 - Billboard 1:08 - Opening Scenes / Funniest Scenes / Moving Moments Tsegue-Maryam Guebrou, “Mother’s Love” 48:12 - 2020 Golden Brick Award 59:01 - Brickspotting: “Identifying Features” 1:02:39 - Next Week / Poll / Notes 1:08:02 - Music Moments / Scenes of the Year 1:37:10 - Outro Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Jan 22, 2021
#809: News of the World / Wonder Woman 1984
For the first proper show of the new year, the Chicago Tribune's Michael Phillips joins Josh for reviews of a couple of late-2020 releases: the Tom Hanks western NEWS OF THE WORLD and Patty Jenkins' WONDER WOMAN 1984. While Josh and Michael agree that neither film quite fulfills its potential, they both prove to be great fodder for debate. 0:00 - Billboard 1:27 - Review: "News of the World" 34:28 - Next Week/Notes 44:01 - Review: "Wonder Woman 1984" 54:40 - Outro  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Jan 15, 2021
#808: (Pt. 2) Top 10 Films of 2020
Any other year that gave us new films from Kelly Reichardt and David Fincher, Sofia Coppola and Charlie Kaufman, two from Spike Lee and five from Steve McQueen, would have been considered a great one. Alas, 2020 will forever be remembered as The Worst Year Ever—that also happened to be a great year for some of our best filmmakers. The Chicago Tribune's Michael Phillips and Tasha Robinson from Polygon and The Next Picture Show podcast re-join Adam and Josh for the second half of their conversation about the Top 10 films of the year, including their consensus pick for the best film (or films?) of 2020. 0:00 - Billboard  1:13 - Top 10 of 2020, Pt. 2  Janet Kay, "Silly Games" 51:05 - Top 10 of 2020, Pt. 2, cont. 2:17:58 - Outro Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Jan 01, 2021
#807: (Pt. 1) Top 10 Films of 2020
True to the year that kept us apart, the Filmspotting Top 10 roundtable did not meet in its usual configuration in 2020. However, the Chicago Tribune's Michael Phillips and Next Picture Show's Tasha Robinson do make an appearance sharing their 10-6 picks before Zoom-ing into the ether with promises to return next week offering their #1 picks. In a part one heavy on docs, Adam and Josh also make room for films from veteran filmmakers such as Charlie Kaufman and David Fincher, as well as newcomers Kitty Green and Radha Blank. Plus, the finalists for this year's Golden Brick Award. 0:00 - Billboard 1:09 - Top 10 of 2020, Pt. 1 Branford Marsalis, "Levee's Song" 1:06:08 - Golden Brick Finalists / Notes 1:11:21 - Top 10 of 2020, Pt. 1, cont. 1:33:47 - Outro Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Dec 25, 2020
#806: Best Performances (and More) of 2020
With the deadline looming for Adam and Josh to submit their ballots for the 2020 Chicago Film Critics Association Awards, they turned their homework into this week's show, sharing their favorite performances of the year - including Carrie Coon's delicious turn in Sean Durkin's "The Nest" and the final film performance from Chadwick Boseman ("Ma Rainey's Black Bottom") - along with picks for best editing, cinematography and more. 0:00 - Billboard 1:14 - Best Supp. / Editing / Cinematography 47:45 - Next Week/Notes 1:00:16 - Massacre Theatre 1:09:41 - Best Leads / Breakthrough Directors and Performers 1:41:30 - Outro Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Dec 18, 2020
#805: Top 5 Frances McDormand Performances / Nomadland
No two Frances McDormand performances are alike, but they're all rooted in the actor's no-nonsense directness and fierce intelligence. From scene-stealing supporting turns to Oscar-winning lead performances, McDormand has been doing memorable - and frequently iconic - work since the '80s. With her latest performance - in Chloé Zhao's ("The Rider") soon to be released NOMADLAND - earning her yet more acclaim, Adam and Josh devote this week's show to a career-spanning consideration with their Top 5 McDormand Performances. 0:00 - Billboard 1:05 - Top 5: Frances McDormand Performances 31:41 - Next Week / Polls / Notes 53:50 - "Nomadland" 1:02:40 - Top 5, cont. 1:19:38 - Outro Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Dec 11, 2020
#804: Mank / Ma Rainey's Black Bottom / Sound of Metal
David Fincher's big-screen exploration of Hollywood's "Golden Age" will, unfortunately, be a small-screen experience for most (it comes to Netflix this weekend), but Adam and Josh agree that MANK, his biopic about "Citizen Kane" scribe Herman Mankiewicz, still offers lots of pleasures, including Oldman's title performance and a stacked supporting cast. Another top-notch ensemble can be found in George C. Wolfe's adaptation of August Wilson's MA RAINEY'S BLACK BOTTOM, with an electrifying final performance from the late Chadwick Boseman alongside the always reliable Viola Davis. Adam also throws the new SOUND OF METAL into the mix for Golden Brick consideration. 0:00 - Billboard 1:15 - Review: "Mank" 24:57 - Fincher Ranked / Top 5 Performances 30:03 - Golden Brickspotting: "Sound of Metal" 34:42 - Next Week / Notes 47:58 - Massacre Theatre 54:02 - Review: "Ma Rainey's Black Bottom" 1:14:49 - Outro Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Dec 04, 2020
#803: 2020 Golden Brick Nominees / The Nest
Previous winners of the Filmspotting Golden Brick Award - Sean Baker's "Tangerine," Bing Liu's "Minding the Gap," Anna Rose Holmer's "The Fits" - didn't just tell compelling stories; they told stories in vivid and surprising ways. It's what Adam and Josh have come to look for in a Brick nominee and it's a quality that all eleven of this year's nominees display—in ways as various as their styles and genres: a time-bending documentary, a retro sci-fi flick, a pair of intricately directed and timely dramas, a Coen Brothers-style thriller, a little of the old ultra-violence - and more. Plus, Adam and Josh revisit their review of Sean Durkin's THE NEST, which is available to rent on digital after playing in limited release. 0:00 - Billboard 1:17 - 2020 Golden Brick Nominees Michigander, "Let Down" 47:12 - Next Week/Notes 56:51 - Polls ('80s Directing Debuts, Christmas Movie Death Match) 1:06:51 - Review: "The Nest" 1:34:07 - Outro  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Nov 27, 2020
#802: Stranger Than Paradise / Wolfwalkers / 8 From '84 Awards
This year's 8 From '84 series - the sequel to last year's 9 From '99 - gave Adam and Josh a chance to revisit some nostalgic favorites ("Ghostbusters," "This is Spinal Tap," "Beverly Hills Cop"), fill in some blind spots (Leone's "Once Upon a Time in America," Coppola's "The Cotton Club") and complete a director's filmography (David Lynch's "Dune," check). This week, they wrap up the series with the film that launched the career of indie auteur Jim Jarmusch, STRANGER THAN PARADISE, and share their picks for the best performances, scenes and surprises from the 13-film series. Josh also recommends the latest from Cartoon Saloon and director Tomm Moore, WOLFWALKERS. 0:00 - Billboard 1:20 - 8 From '84: "Stranger Than Paradise" Screamin' Jay Hawkins, "I Put A Spell On You" 29:34 - Josh recommends "Wolfwalkers" 32:50 - Next Week/Notes 44:05 - Massacre Theatre 51:09 - 8 From '84 Awards 1:36:24 - Outro  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Nov 20, 2020
#801: Dune (8 From '84) / Twin Peaks Pilot (30th Anniv.)
David Lynch's '84 adaptation of Frank Herbert's DUNE ended the director's flirtation with mainstream Hollywood, but it remains a singular - and still Lynchian - vision. (And oh so spice-y.) Six years later, Lynch achieved cult legend status with the massively popular network TV series TWIN PEAKS. The movie-length pilot episode celebrates its 30th anniversary this year. Thanks to ArmorLock for supporting Filmspotting. Go to to learn more and purchase yours. 0:00 - Billboard 1:23 - 8 From '84: "Dune" Angelo Badalamenti, "Falling" (feat. Julee Cruise) 34:05 - Next Week/New Poll ('80s Directing Debuts) 40:40 - Notes/Poll Results (Movie failures you defend) 53:18 - Review: "Twin Peaks Pilot" 1:19:41 - Outro Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Nov 13, 2020
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Nov 12, 2020
#800: Fall Movie Preview / Daughters of the Dust (Overlooked Auteurs)
The remaining months of the year won't have the same volume of buzzy festival pictures, star-studded Oscar bait or holiday blockbusters, but that doesn't mean there isn't lots to look forward to—if you know where to look. This week, Adam and Josh have their Top 5 Questions About the Fall(ish) Movie Season. Plus, the final film in the Overlooked Auteurs Marathon, Julie Dash's DAUGHTERS OF THE DUST, along with the Marathon-ending awards. 0:00 - Billboard 1:13 - Fall Movie Preview Andrew Bird, "Alabaster" 45:03 - Next Week/Notes 50:55 - R.I.P. Sean Connery 1:03:50 - Massacre Theatre 1:10:57 - Overlooked Auteurs #6: "Daughters of the Dust" 1:31:00 - Overlooked Auteurs Awards ("The Burnt Potatoes") 1:51:17 - Outro / Outtake Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Nov 06, 2020
#799: Top 5 High-Concept Horror / Bad Hair / The Wolf Of Snow Hollow
Justin Simien, director of 2014's "Dear White People," has followed up that campus-set comedy with another, much bloodier, satire: BAD HAIR (currently streaming on Hulu). The film - about image and ambition in late '80s L.A. - features a homicidal weave with a mind of its own, making it a great example of a high-concept plot. Josh shares his Top 5 High Concept-Horror Movies and Adam - going high-concept himself - shares the five high-concept horror movies he most wants to see. Listeners come to his rescue. Plus Vampire v Zombie poll results and Adam recommends the Halloween-friendly THE WOLF OF SNOW HOLLOW. 0:00 - Billboard 1:08 - Review: "Bad Hair" 15:59 - Top 5: High-Concept Horror PUP, "Bloody Mary, Kate and Ashley" 40:50 - New Poll ("Movie Failures You Champion") 47:58 - Next week / Notes 56:36 - Poll results (Vampires v Zombies) 1:00:13 - AK recommends "The Wolf of Snow Hollow" 1:04:55 - Top 5: High-Concept Horror, cont. 1:24:04 - Outro Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Oct 30, 2020
#798: On the Rocks / Borat 2 / Seven Beauties (Overlooked Auteurs)
Is there such a thing as too much Bill Murray? Seems like heresy to suggest such a thing, but it's a question Josh dares to ask during the review of Sofia Coppola's latest, ON THE ROCKS—a film Adam sees as a spiritual sequel to her Oscar-nominated breakout film, "Lost in Translation." Along with that, thoughts on the new BORAT SUBSEQUENT MOVIEFILM and the Sundance-winning doc TIME; plus, a split take on Lina Wertmüller's provocative 1975 film SEVEN BEAUTIES, part of the Overlooked Auteurs Marathon. 0:00 - Billboard 1:14 - Review: "On the Rocks" Wilder Embry, "Over It" 23:01 - Reviews: "Borat Subsequent Moviefilm," "Time" 35:26 - Next Week/Notes 45:49 - Massacre Theatre 52:44 - Overlooked Auteurs #5: "Seven Beauties" 1:15:26 - Outro/Outtake Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Oct 23, 2020
#797: American Utopia / Trial of the Chicago 7 / Chicago Film Fest Preview
With the pandemic forcing this year's Chicago International Film Festival (Oct. 14-25) to go almost all virtual, Adam and Josh's CIFF Preview will be a helpful guide to the fest wherever you happen to be. (More details about the fest lineup and how to purchase tickets here.) Also this week, reviews of David Byrne's AMERICAN UTOPIA, Aaron Sorkin's THE TRIAL OF THE CHICAGO 7 and Cooper Raiff's SHITHOUSE. Plus, Josh watched HUBIE HALLOWEEN so you don't have to. 0:00 - Billboard 1:30 - Top 5: Chicago Film Fest Must-Sees David Byrne, "Once in a Lifetime" ("American Utopia") 31:51 - Josh on "Hubie Halloween" 36:13 - Polls / Notes 50:05 - Reviews: "American Utopia" / "Chicago 7" / "Shithouse" 1:26:36 - Outro Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Oct 16, 2020
#796: Top 5 Mozart Moments in Movies / Amadeus (8 From '84)
You need music that's transcendent, soaring, or touched by God? Mozart is your man. This week, Adam and Josh share their Top 5 Mozart Movie Moments, featuring memorable deployments of the composer's music in films directed by Terrence Malick, Barry Jenkins, Ridley Scott and others. Plus, an 8 From '84 review of the Best Picture-winning AMADEUS, and Massacre Theatre goes to the opera house. 0:00 - Billboard 1:12 - Top 5: Mozart Movie Moments Andrew Wilkowske, "Deh, vieni alla finestra" ("Don Giovanni") 53:56 - Next Week/Notes 1:03:15 - Massacre Theatre 1:13:57 - 8 From '84: "Amadeus" 1:43:43 - Outro  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Oct 09, 2020
#795: Dick Johnson Is Dead / Wanda (Overlooked Auteurs #4)
When veteran documentary cinematographer Kirsten Johnson transitioned to directing with 2016's "Cameraperson," which was assembled from hundreds of hours of b-roll footage Johnson had shot over the years, it was unclear what a follow-up from her would look like. What we got - the new DICK JOHNSON IS DEAD - is a project both harrowing and whimsical: Johnson inviting her beloved father, showing early signs of dementia and failing health, to stage (and re-stage) his own death. Adam and Josh agree that the film is "a miracle." Also something of a miracle is Barbara Loden's first - and only - film, the verité-style WANDA from 1970, the next film in the Overlooked Auteurs Marathon. 0:00 - Billboard 1:07 - Review: "Dick Johnson is Dead" Tim Heidecker, "Fear of Death" 27:21 - Next Week/Notes 37:30 - Polls 45:32 - Overlooked Auteurs #4: "Wanda" 1:08:24 - Outro Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Oct 02, 2020
#794: Top 5 Landscapes as Characters w/Gregory Crewdson / Kajillionaire
Gregory Crewdson's large-scale, cinematic photos have been compared to the work of filmmakers such as Alfred Hitchcock and David Lynch. His latest exhibition - "An Eclipse of Moths" - is currently on display in L.A. Inspired by Crewdson's work, Adam and Josh - along with Crewdson himself - share their Top 5 Landscapes as Characters. Plus, thoughts on Miranda July's latest, KAJILLIONAIRE. 0:00 - Billboard 1:16 - Top 5: Landscapes as Characters The Flaming Lips, "At the Movies on Quaaludes" 51:08 - Review: "Kajillionaire" 1:01:35 - Next week / Notes 1:16:03 - Massacre Theatre 1:25:37 - Top 5 cont. 1:54:24 - Outro Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Sep 25, 2020
#793: The Nest / Antebellum / Jeanne Dielman (Overlooked Auteurs #3)
When the tense marriage drama THE NEST debuted earlier this year at Sundance, there was understandable excitement about the return of director Sean Durkin, who hadn't directed a feature since 2011's "Martha Marcy May Marlene" (a Filmspotting Golden Brick nominee). Durkin doesn't disappoint in his return, giving his movie a pervasive sense of unsettling dread—but the real fireworks belong to stars Carrie Coon and Jude Law. In addition to that review, Josh recommends the divisive new horror thriller ANTEBELLUM starring Janelle Monae, and Adam shares thoughts on the not entirely successful THE DEVIL ALL THE TIME, directed by the very talented Antonio Campos and starring Tom Holland and Robert Pattinson. Plus, the Overlooked Auteurs Marathon continues with Chantal Akerman's JEANNE DIELMAN, which Adam and Josh both found more than deserving of its masterpiece status.  0:00 - Billboard 1:08 - Review: "The Nest" Noga Erez, "You So Done" 30:52 - Josh on "Antebellum" 35:01 - Adam on "Devil All the Time" 38:37 - Next Week / Notes 51:24 - Polls 1:01:13 - Overlooked Auteurs #3: "Jeanne Dielman" 1:25:15 - "Jeanne Dielman" Spoilers 1:34:34 - Outro Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Sep 18, 2020
#792: Top 5 Ennio Morricone Scores / Once Upon a Time in America (8 From '84)
When Ennio Morricone passed away back in July at 91, Adam and Josh were quick to commit to a Top 5 Scores from the master film composer. From his early iconic work on Sergio Leone's spaghetti westerns to Oscar-nominated collaborations with Terrence Malick, Brian De Palma and Quentin Tarantino, Morricone's best work reflects the astonishing breadth - and wild inventiveness - of his talent. Adam and Josh pair their Morricone Top 5 with 1984's ONCE UPON A TIME IN AMERICA, Leone's epic gangster tale—the director's final collaboration with Morricone, and final film. 0:00 - Billboard 1:12 - Top 5: Morricone Scores Ennio Morricone, "Ninna Nanna Per Adulteri" 50:25 - Next Week/Notes 1:08:10 - Massacre Theatre 1:15:51 - 8 From '84: "Once Upon a Time in America" 1:55:04 - Outro Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Sep 11, 2020
#791: Tenet / I'm Thinking of Ending Things / Feels Good Man
Christopher Nolan's TENET. The film that inspired our recent Nolan Oeuvre-view - the film that the entire movie theater industry has been resting its hopes on - was bound to disappoint some. Unfortunately, some of those disappointed moviegoers include Adam and Josh, who both found Nolan's film to be more style than substance. But there is considerable style, and its clever, if perplexing, time inversion plot offers a fascinating counter-point to Nolan's breakthrough "Memento." They also get a mental workout from Charlie Kaufman's latest, I'M THINKING OF ENDING THINGS, which hit Netflix this weekend. Rising star Jessie Buckley is a young woman whose identity comes into question when she takes a road trip with her boyfriend to visit his parents. Plus, Adam recommends the new BILL & TED sequel and the new doc FEELS GOOD MAN. 0:00 - Billboard 1:18 - R.I.P. Chadwick Boseman 6:54 - Review: "Tenet" Dehd, "Desire" 36:48 - AK recommends: "Bill & Ted Face the Music," "Feels Good Man" 47:56 - Notes 58:00 - Polls: Kaufman Movie Performances, Long Movies 1:03:16 - Review: "I'm Thinking of Ending Things" 1:21:24 - "Ending Things" Spoilers 1:29:59 - Outro  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Sep 04, 2020
#790: Personal History of David Copperfield / Daisies (Overlooked Auteurs #2)
Adam and Josh have no disagreement about the charismatic powers of THE PERSONAL HISTORY OF DAVID COPPERFIELD star Dev Patel—but they do butt heads over the effectiveness of director Armando Iannucci's farcical and fast-paced take on the Dickens novel. That review, plus the second film in the Overlooked Auteurs Marathon: Czech New Wave pioneer Vera Chytilová's DAISIES, which has Adam and Josh competing to find the perfect way to describe the irreverent antics of the film's Marie I and II (Groucho Marx, Bugs Bunny or... Harley Quinn?) 0:00 - Billboard 1:11 - Review: "Personal History Of David Copperfield" Justin Townes Earle, "Give Me Some Money" 28:00 - Next Week/Notes 37:37 - Massacre Theatre 44:06 - Overlooked Auteurs #2: "Daisies" 1:02:01 - Outro  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Aug 28, 2020
#789: Barbara Kopple / Ida Lupino + Maya Deren (Overlooked Auteurs #1)
"That's what I love doing more than anything: really getting to know people and let them tell their story." That's legendary documentary filmmaker Barbara Kopple from her interview with Adam on this week's show. Kopple's latest doc - DESERT ONE - opens in limited release this weekend. Kopple talks about how she came to make a film about the failed 1980 mission to rescue American hostages in Iran—and humors Adam by letting him ask her questions about one of his favorite docs, 1977 Oscar-winner "Harlan County, USA." Plus, Kopple plays along with The Filmspotting 5. Also on the show: Adam and Josh kick off their Overlooked Auteurs Marathon with films from Ida Lupino and experimental director Maya Deren. 0:00 - Billboard 0:56 - Interview: Barbara Kopple ("Desert One") Land of Talk, "Footnotes" 27:56 - Next Week/Notes 45:20 - Polls: August Releases, Charlie Kaufman 51:24 - Overlooked Auteurs #1: "Meshes of the Afternoon" / "At Land" / "Ritual in Transfigured Time" + "The Hitch-Hiker" 1:26:31 - Outro Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Aug 21, 2020
#788: She Dies Tomorrow / Boys State
While the world waits for the release of blockbusters like "Tenet" and "Mulan," smaller films continue to appear on the regular and on a variety of platforms. This week, Adam and Josh recommend a few of them: Amy Seimetz's SHE DIES TOMORROW, Beyoncé's BLACK IS KING, Kris Rey's I USED TO GO HERE and the Sundance Grand Jury Prize-winner BOYS STATE. 0:00 - Billboard 1:05 - Review: "She Dies Tomorrow" 29:22 - "She Dies Tomorrow" Spoilers Beyoncé, "BLACK PARADE" 37:48 - Next Week/Notes 49:33 - Massacre Theatre 57:25 - "I Used To Go Here," "Boys State," "Black Is King" 1:15:30 - Outro Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Aug 14, 2020
#787: Dunkirk (Nolan #8) / Nolan Awards
Back in 2017, Christopher Nolan's DUNKIRK made both Adam and Josh's Top 10 of the year. (It was Josh's #1.) For this revisit - the final film in their Nolan "Oeuvre-view" - they praise the film's masterful technique and the way it offers a distillation of the director's obsessions—with time, professionalism, guilt and redemption. Plus, their Nolan Awards - "The Polaroids" - with Adam and Josh naming their favorite performances, scenes and 'Nolan moments' from the retrospective including their final rankings of Nolan's filmography. (edited)  0:00 - Billboard 1:14 - Nolan #8: "Dunkirk" Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit, "Dreamsicle" 41:25 - Next Week/Notes / Poll 50:01 - Nolan "Oeuvre-view" Awards 1:33:14 - Outro  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Jul 31, 2020
#786: Kelly Reichardt / First Cow
Kelly Reichardt's FIRST COW opened in limited release in March—and less than two weeks later the COVID-19 pandemic shut theaters down. The film, which Adam and Josh both named the #1 movie of the year back in June, finally arrived on demand earlier this month. In their conversation with Reichardt, Adam and Josh ask the director about her relationship with nature (she's "not a camper") and about her choice to shoot in a 4:3 aspect ratio ("the most flattering ratio for closeups"). 0:00 - Billboard 1:08 - Interview: Kelly Reichardt Angelica Garcia, "It Don't Hinder Me" 24:01 - Next Week/Notes 27:30 - Massacre Theatre 32:38 - Review: "First Cow" (from March 2020) 58:54 - Outro Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Jul 24, 2020
#785: Interstellar (Nolan #7) / Palm Springs / Relic
In Christopher Nolan's INTERSTELLAR, Matthew McConaughey's Cooper battles the forces of quantum physics (and regular old physics) to save humanity. In the new existential romantic comedy PALM SPRINGS, Andy Samberg and Chritin Milioti have to navigate some quantum physics themselves (the Groundhog Day variety)—to save themselves and find some meaning in existence. Reviews of both films, plus Josh's recommendation of the new horror film RELIC. 0:00 - Billboard 1:07 - Nolan #7: "Interstellar" The Beths, "Don't Go Away" 44:53 - Polls 53:58 - Notes 59:44 - Josh recommends "Relic" 1:04:13 - Review: "Palm Springs" 1:18:55 - Outro  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Jul 17, 2020
#784: Hamilton / The Old Guard / The Cotton Club (8 From '84)
The biggest movie event of the summer isn't even a movie, but the debut - 18 months ahead of schedule - of Broadway phenomenon HAMILTON on Disney+. This week, Adam and Josh - both of whom saw the production on stage - talk about the groundbreaking musical's transition to the small screen. Plus, Adam recommends the new-to-Netflix THE OLD GUARD from director Gina Prince-Bythewood and an 8 From '84 review of Francis Ford Coppola's THE COTTON CLUB. 0:00 - Billboard 1:02 - Review: "Hamilton" 28:59 - Adam recommends: "The Old Guard" Duke Ellington and Louis Armstrong, "Drop Me Off In Harlem" 35:46 - Next Week/Notes 44:40 - Massacre Theatre 51:02 - 8 From '84: "The Cotton Club Encore" 1:19:12 - Outro  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Jul 10, 2020
#783: Top 5 Films of 2020 (So Far) / Inception (Nolan #6)
It's been an unusual year for movies – and for everything else – but there was great stuff to see if you knew where to look. This week, Adam and Josh share their Top 5 Films of 2020 (So Far), along with a 10th anniversary, split-take revisit of INCEPTION, the sixth film in the Christopher Nolan "Oeuvre-view." ("Adam, I love you," says Josh at one point, "but you have no idea what you're talking about.") 0:00 - Billboard 1:04 - Top 5 Films of 2020 So Far Phoebe Bridgers, "ICU" 47:35 - Listener Feedback (Jaws, Spielberg's Best Decade) 1:03:34 - Next Week / Notes 1:21:04 - Nolan #6: "Inception" (10th Anniversary) 2:01:52 - Outro Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Jul 03, 2020
#782: Jaws (45th Anniversary) / Power Ranking Spielberg
A blowhard anti-science mayor ignoring the threat of a murderous invisible menace because it threatens the economy? What could JAWS possibly have to offer us 45 years later? Adam and Josh give the Spielberg classic the Sacred Cow treatment. And they consider the director's nearly half-century of movie-making by Power Ranking the five decades of Spielberg's output. 0:00 - Billboard 1:04 - Review: "Jaws" at 45 Wyatt Waddell, "Fight" 41:29 - AK on "The King of Staten Island" 46:29 - Next Week / Notes 1:05:08 - Top 5: Power Ranking Spielberg 1:40:42 - Outro  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Jun 19, 2020
Introducing Truth vs Hollywood
Introducing the newest Audioboom original podcast, Truth vs Hollywood. Join Film lovers David Chen and Joanna Robinson as they do a deep dive into well known films and discuss how similar they are to the actual story.  Truth vs Hollywood premieres 6/12. Subscribe to Truth vs Hollywood on Apple Podcasts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Jun 12, 2020
#781: Da 5 Bloods / Top 5 Spike Lee Shots
While it's true that there's never a bad time for a new Spike Lee Joint, right now just happens to be an especially good time to be getting a new film from a master director who has spent the last three-and-a-half decades challenging us to consider the ways that racism defines American life. New to Netflix this weekend, Lee's DA 5 BLOODS doesn't disappoint. Adam and Josh debate the effectiveness of a key performance, and some of Lee's - always bold - aesthetic choices, but they agree that it's one of the year's essential films. Plus, a revisit of 2018's Top 5 Spike Lee Shots. 0:00 - Billboard 1:04 - Review: "Da 5 Bloods" Marvin Gaye, "Inner City Blues (Make Me Wanna Holler)" 32:47 - Poll Results: Spike's Best 39:02 - Notes 47:11 - Massacre Theatre 54:51 - Top 5: Spike Lee Shots 1:41:14 - Outro Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Jun 12, 2020
#780: Top 5 Movies That Educated Us About Racism
When a Minneapolis police officer killed unarmed black man George Floyd last week, protests broke out across the U.S. On this week's show, Adam and Josh – and Filmspotting listeners – reflect on how the movies helped them come to terms with the ways that racism shapes American life. 0:00 - Billboard 1:12 - Top 5: Movies That Educated Us About Racism John Boyega, "We are a physical representation of our support for George Floyd" 34:57 - Next Week/Notes 44:03 - Top 5, cont. 1:08:46 - Outro  LINKS -Poet Ross Gay reads "A Small Needful Fact" -How to Support the Struggle Against Police Brutality -Campaign Zero Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Jun 05, 2020
#779: The Prestige (Nolan #5) / Vast of Night / Painter and the Thief
Made between "Batman Begins" and "The Dark Knight," Christopher Nolan's THE PRESTIGE was only a modest success back in 2006, but the twisty feuding magicians drama is, for some, one of the director's very best. In their spoiler-filled review, Adam and Josh agree that, if it's not his best, it's arguably the most Nolan movie. Plus, "Brickspotting" recommendations for the new VAST OF NIGHT and THE PAINTER AND THE THIEF. 0:00 - Billboard 1:06 - Nolan "Oeuvre-view" #5: "The Prestige" Melenas, "3 segundos" 46:44 - Next Week/Notes 55:14 - Massacre Theatre 1:04:46 - Reviews: "The Vast of Night" "The Painter and the Thief" 1:20:30 - Outro / Outtake Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
May 29, 2020
#778: Top 5 Trip Series Scenes / Trip to Greece
With Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon taking their fourth and final trip abroad with the new TRIP TO GREECE, Adam and Josh consider the series' most memorable reflections on mortality, family obligations, career insecurity—oh yeah, and all those hilarious impressions. Plus, thoughts on the late Lynn Shelton. 0:00 - Billboard 1:02 - Top 5: Trip Series Scenes Brett Shady, "Let Your Burden Be" 26:37 - RIP Lynn Shelton 36:01 - Next Week / Notes 43:46 - Polls 58:00 - Review: "The Trip to Greece" 1:06:33 - Trip Series Scenes, cont. 1:30:46 - Outro / Outtake Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
May 22, 2020
#777: The Dark Knight Trilogy (Nolan #4)
After scoring $2B and change at the box office and near-universal praise from audiences and critics, the only black mark on Christopher Nolan's DARK KNIGHT TRILOGY is its dubious influence on the superhero movies that followed in its wake. For the fourth installment of the Nolan "Oeuvre-view," Adam and Josh revisit the trilogy, starting with a 15th anniversary consideration of "Batman Begins." Plus, Massacre Theatre and a new Golden Brick nominee: Lara Gallagher's "Clementine." 0:00 - Billboard 1:11 - "Batman Begins" The Jam, "Batman Theme" 30:34 - JL recommends "Clementine" 34:01 - Next Week/Notes 42:10 - Massacre Theatre 49:06 - "The Dark Knight" / "Dark Knight Rises" 1:30:18 - Outro Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
May 15, 2020
#776: Ghostbusters v Gremlins (8 From '84) / Bette Davis #4 - Now, Voyager
Back in '84, GHOSTBUSTERS was a bigger hit than GREMLINS (#2 and #4 at the box office, respectively), and it's got the more memorable cast—and quotes ("dogs and cats living together, mass hysteria!"); but is it the more interesting film? Adam and Josh agree that Joe Dante's darkly funny creature feature works as a clever satire of consumerism and American exceptionalism, disagreeing only over the movie's aesthetic, which Adam at one point refers to as "rinky dink." (Josh is having none of it.) And the Bette Davis Marathon comes to a conclusion with 1942's NOW, VOYAGER, starring Davis as a deeply repressed Boston woman with serious mommy issues ("Psycho" meets "She's All That" according to Adam). Plus, "The Peepers," the Davis Marathon Awards. 0:00 - Billboard 1:11 - 8 From '84: "Ghostbusters" v "Gremlins" Ray Parker, Jr., "Ghostbusters" 55:48 - Next Week/Notes/Poll 1:07:33 - Davis #4: "Now, Voyager" / Davis Awards 1:47:56 - Outro Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
May 08, 2020
#775: Top 5 Moviegoing Experiences
With movie theaters shuttered and many of us housebound, Adam and Josh look back over a lifetime of going to the movies with their Top 5 Moviegoing Experiences—from big screen introductions to Han and Indy to formative encounters with the works of Spike Lee, Tarantino and the Coen Brothers. Listeners, too, contribute their own favorite moviegoing memories. 0:00 - Billboard 1:00 - Top 5: Moviegoing Experiences The Drifters, "Saturday Night at the Movies" 46:17 - Next Week/Notes 52:34 - Massacre Theatre 1:00:34 - Top 5: Moviegoing Experiences, cont. 1:27:08 - Outro  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
May 01, 2020
#774: Nolan #3 - Insomnia / Blow the Man Down / True History of the Kelly Gang
Expectations were high back in 2002 for Christopher Nolan's INSOMNIA, the follow-up to his mind-bending breakthrough "Memento." But despite solid reviews and decent box office, the film has been largely forgotten by Nolan fans—including Adam and Josh. They revisit the director's third feature this week as part of their Nolan Oeuvre-view, finding a film with lots of familiar Nolan touches—and a somewhat divisive lead performance by Al Pacino. Plus, reviews of three new films: Justin Kurzel's TRUE HISTORY OF THE KELLY GANG, Tayarisha Poe's SELAH AND THE SPADES, and Danielle Krudy & Bridget Savage Cole's BLOW THE MAN DOWN—one of which gets both Adam and Josh's blessing as a 2020 Golden Brick candidate. 0:00 - Billboard 1:06 - Reviews: "Kelly Gang," "Selah and the Spades," "Blow the Man Down" Disq, "Daily Routine" 26:28 - Next Week/Notes 50:20 - Nolan Oeuvre-view #3: "Insomnia" 1:18:54 - Outro Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Apr 24, 2020
#773: Top 5 Things We're Streaming During Quarantine / Bette Davis #3 - Dark Victory
With Adam and Josh cooped up at home and spending lots (and lots) of quality time with their families in front of the tv, this week's Top 5 is devoted to highlights from their Adventures in Streaming. Plus the third film in their Bette Davis Marathon, 1939's DARK VICTORY. 0:00 - Billboard 1:09 - Top 5: Things We're Streaming During Quarantine "Give Me Time For Tenderness" (from "Dark Victory") 57:15 - Next Week/Notes 1:09:01 - Massacre Theatre 1:11:35 - Bette Davis Marathon #3: "Dark Victory" 1:31:07 - Outro  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Apr 17, 2020
#772: Never Rarely Sometimes Always / Nolan #2 - Memento / Madness Champion
Eliza Hittman's second feature, "Beach Rats," got the director some attention in 2017, but her latest - NEVER RARELY SOMETIMES ALWAYS - came out of Sundance this year as one of the fest's most celebrated titles. In their review, Adam and Josh talk about the movie's patience and attention to detail along with the subtle brilliance of star Sidney Flanigan's performance. Christopher Nolan's breakout film was also a Sundance hit. 2001's MEMENTO, the director's second feature, went on to become a box office success and an Oscar nominee. Continuing their Nolan "Oeuvre-view," Adam and Josh revisit the film that put the director on the map and find it just as surprising and astonishing as they did almost 20 years ago. Plus, the winner of this year's Filmspotting Madness: Best of the 2010s. 0:00 - Billboard 1:33 - Review: "Never Rarely Sometimes Always" Waxahatchee, "Can't Do Much" 30:40 - Next Week / Notes 35:22 - Filmspotting Madness: Champion 50:31 - Patreon / New Poll 1:02:12 - Nolan "Oeuvre-view" #2: "Memento" 1:41:21 - Outro 1:42:57 - "Never Rarely..." Spoilers Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Apr 10, 2020
#771: Nolan #1 - Following / Bette Davis #2 - Jezebel / Madness Finals
Christopher Nolan’s films are events—smart, ambitious and original. But before he made "Interstellar," "Dunkirk" or his "Dark Knight" trilogy—even before "Memento"—Nolan made the 70-minute indie thriller FOLLOWING. This week, Adam and Josh start their Nolan "Oeuvre-view" with Nolan's '99 debut, which gives tantalizing clues of the director he'll become and the stories he'll go on to tell. Bette Davis won a much-deserved Oscar for her performance in 1938's JEZEBEL. The William Wyler-directed drama set in ante-bellum New Orleans is the second film in our Davis Marathon. Plus, Filmspotting Madness: Best of the 2010s comes down to the final two. 0:00 - Billboard 1:07 - Nolan "Oeuvre-view" #1: "Following" Ernie Hendrickson, "Dystopian Dreams" 32:39 - Next Week/Notes 35:08 - Filmspotting Madness Finals 55:37 - Bette Davis #2: "Jezebel" 1:31:10 - Outro  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Apr 03, 2020
#770: Purple Rain - Spinal Tap - Stop Making Sense (8 From '84) / Madness Final 4
PURPLE RAIN was one of the highest-grossing films of 1984, but Prince's semi-autobiographical screen debut hasn't aged as well as its music has. The opposite is true of THIS IS SPINAL TAP and STOP MAKING SENSE, which were only modestly successful at the time of their release but have become two of the most celebrated rock films of all time. Adam and Josh continue their 8 From '84 series with a look at the rock trio—plus Filmspotting Madness: Best of the 2010s gets down to the Final 4. 0:00 - Billboard 1:12 - Filmspotting Madness Final 4 20:25 - 8 From '84: "Stop Making Sense" "This Is Spinal Tap" Prince, "Purple Rain" 40:28 - Next Week/Notes 43:46 - 8 From '84: "Purple Rain" 1:13:14 - Outro  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Mar 27, 2020
#769: 1930s Starter Pack / Bette Davis #1 - Of Human Bondage / Madness Elite 8
Chaplin, Cagney, Garbo and Grant all make Adam and Josh's 1930s "Starter Pack," 10 films to introduce you – or get you better acquainted with – arguably the greatest movie decade. Plus, the first film in our four-film Bette Davis Marathon, 1934's OF HUMAN BONDAGE, and the Elite 8 of Filmspotting Madness: Best of the 2010s. 0:00 - Billboard  1:04 - Top 5: 1930s Starter Pack Fred Astaire, "Cheek to Cheek" 43:40 - Notes  52:28 - Filmspotting Madness Elite 8 1:06:51 - Bette Davis Marathon #1: "Of Human Bondage" 1:26:33 - Outro / Outtake Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Mar 20, 2020
The Process: Guillaume Rocheron (1917)
This episode is presented by the Academy Award-Winning film 1917. Available now on Digital streaming and on Blu-ray and DVD March 24th. Sam Mendes' acclaimed WWI film was a hugely ambitious undertaking for all involved, including Oscar-winning visual effects supervisor Guillaume Rocheron ("Ad Astra," "Life of Pi"). In this edition of Filmspotting: The Process, Rocheron describes the unique challenges that the film's "single-shot" approach created, and how his VFX team collaborated with Mendes and cinematographer Roger Deakins to bring some of the film's most memorable scenes to life. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Mar 18, 2020
#768: First Cow / Onward / Madness Sweet 16
With FIRST COW, Kelly Reichardt returns to the 19th century Oregon Territory of her most acclaimed film, "Meek's Cutoff." An early film of the year candidate, Adam and Josh praise Reichardt's parable about capitalism and self-invention for its detail, its performances and its mouth-watering "oily cakes." Plus: where Pixar's ONWARD lands in a ranking of the studio's features; Filmspotting Madness continues with a (Coen-less) Sweet 16; and the next Filmspotting Marathon is announced. 0:00 - Billboard 0:59 - Review: "First Cow" U.S. Girls, "4 American Dollars" 30:15 - Next Week/Notes 42:00 - Filmspotting Madness, Sweet 16 1:03:53 - Review: "Onward" 1:17:52 - Outro  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Mar 13, 2020
#767: Top 20 Films of the 2010s (Pt. 2) / Invisible Man / Madness Rd. 2
PTA. Wes. Malick. The Coens. Of course they made the cut. But who else? This week, Adam and Josh complete a task a decade in the making with their top 10 films of the decade. Plus, quick reviews of THE INVISIBLE MAN and WENDY, and Rd. 2 of Filmspotting Madness: Best of the 2010s. 0:00 - Billboard  1:13 - #6-10 Films of the 2010s 15:59 - Filmspotting Madness, Rd. 2 39:13 - Notes Nicholas Britell, "The Middle of the World" 49:01 - Reviews: "The Invisible Man," "Wendy"  1:03:24 - #1-5 Films of the 2010s 1:55:27 - Outro Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Mar 06, 2020
#766: Top 20 Films of the 2010s (Pt. 1) / Madness Rd. 1
Work from Abbas Kiarostami, Sofia Coppola, Spike Lee – and a couple of former Golden Brick winners – all make the cut as Adam and Josh start their countdown of the top 20 films of the last decade. Plus, Filmspotting Madness 2020: Best of the 2010s kicks off with 32 ("How dare you!!!" "Why???") first-round matchups. 0:00 - Billboard 1:06 - Films of the 2010s – #16-20 22:06 - Filmspotting Madness Rd. 1 43:18 - Notes Nicholas Godin, "What Makes Me Think Of You" 59:52 - Films of the 2010s – #11-15 1:49:43 - Outro  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Feb 28, 2020
#765: Top 10 Performers of the 2010s
It was the decade we discovered Jennifer Lawrence, Adam Driver and Lupita Nyong'o. The decade we watched actors like Scarlett Johansson and Joaquin Phoenix realize their full potential. The decade we continued to be blessed by the existence of Tilda Swinton. As a prelude to their Top 20 films of the decade, Adam and Josh consider their Top 10 Performers of the 2010s. 0:00 - Billboard 1:11 - Top 10 Performers of the Decade Beach Bunny, "Cuffing Season" 46:12 - Next Week/Notes 1:03:07 - Top 10 Performers of the Decade, cont. 1:52:45 - Outro  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Feb 21, 2020
#764: Live in Chicago / Oscars / Birds of Prey / The Assistant
Filmspotting celebrated its 15th anniversary over the weekend with a 35mm-screening of Howard Hawks' RIO BRAVO at Chicago's venerated Music Box Theatre. After singing the praises of Dude, The Duke, Feathers and Stumpy during their post-film talk, Adam and Josh, along with Michael Phillips and producer Sam Van Hallgren, took questions from the audience that ranged from the practical to the philosophical. Also on the show, Josh recommends the "rotten cotton candy" aesthetic of the new HARLEY QUINN: BIRDS OF PREY and Adam praises the sinister hush of THE ASSISTANT. Plus, thoughts on "Parasite's" big night at the Oscars. 0:00 - Billboard 1:11 - "Parasite's" historic night 12:33 - JL: "Birds of Prey" / AK: "The Assistant" Dean Martin & Ricky Nelson "My Rifle, My Pony & Me" 25:21 - Kirk Douglas / Notes 38:20 - Filmspotting Madness 2020: Play-In Round 53:26 - Live in Chicago 2:10:00 - Outro Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Feb 14, 2020
#763: Top 5 Jeff Bridges Scenes / Starman (8 From '84)
Since his breakout in 1971's "The Last Picture Show," Jeff Bridges has been nominated for seven Oscars and won one. Among his credits is one of the most beloved film characters of the past couple of decades ("The Dude"). And yet, do we still underappreciate him? On this week's show, Adam and Josh consider the incredible variety of the actor's work through the lens of their Top 5 Bridges Scenes. And they kick off the 8 From '84 series with John Carpenter's STARMAN, featuring the Best Actor-nominated Bridges and Karen Allen. *Filmspotting has launched on Patreon* 0:00 - Billboard 1:07 - 8 From '84 Review: "Starman" Jeff Bridges, "Hold On You" (from "Crazy Heart") 32:01 - Filmspotting on Patreon 46:59 - Next week / Notes 56:40 - Polls [Best of '84 / 2010s Acting Duos] 1:07:03 - Top 5: Jeff Bridges Scenes 1:51:09 - Outro  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Feb 07, 2020
#762: 2020 Oscars Special with Michael Phillips
Will the Academy choose to remember 2019 as the year of PARASITE, MARRIAGE STORY and LITTLE WOMEN – or of 1917 and JOKER? The Chicago Tribune's Michael Phillips joins Adam and Josh for a preview of the 2020 Oscars, with picks for who will win, who should win and who should have been nominated. 0:00 - Billboard 1:12 - Oscar picks: Supporting / Screenplays Jessie Buckley, "Glasgow (No Place Like Home)" 1:00:04 - Next Week/Notes 1:08:48 - Massacre Theatre 1:12:00 - Donations 1:12:51 - Oscar picks: Lead / Director / Picture 1:51:07 - Outro / Outtakes Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Jan 31, 2020
#761: 2020 Movie Preview
We ignore rumor and speculation and confine our 2020 Movie Preview to the current movie year (see you in 2021, Joel Coen's "Macbeth"!). New stuff from Christopher Nolan, Denis Villeneuve, Wes Anderson and other high-profile directors will – we hope – help us deal with a relative lack of 2019 MVPs Adam Driver and Florence Pugh. And we announce the follow-up to last year's 9 From '99 series: 8 From '84. 0:00 - Billboard 1:14 - 2020 Preview Bombay Bicycle Club, "Is It Real" 29:43 - 8 From '84 / Notes 43:16 - 2020 Preview cont. 1:30:18 - Outro  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Jan 24, 2020
#760: Best Scenes of 2019 / Oscar Nominations / Golden Brick Winner
It's tradition here on Filmspotting to devote the first episode of the new year to all the stuff we loved about last year. It's the annual Wrap Party, with Adam and Josh sharing their picks for the best opening scene, the funniest and most moving scene, the best music moment and scene of the year. Plus, reaction to this week's Oscar nominations, Josh's thoughts on the new anime film WEATHERING WITH YOU, and the winner of the 2019 Golden Brick Award. 0:00 - Billboard 1:22 - Opening Scene / Funniest Scene Michael Nyman, "Musique à Grand Vitesse: 1st Region" 26:42 - Oscar Nominations 34:41 - Next week / Notes 40:27 - Josh recommends: "Weathering With You" 42:48 - Golden Brick Winner 52:52 - Donations 54:16 - Moving Moment / Music Moment / Scene of the Year 1:40:41 - Outro  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Jan 17, 2020
#759: (Pt. 2) Top 10 Films of 2019
Was the last year of the decade also its best? Martin Scorsese's THE IRISHMAN. Terrence Malick's A HIDDEN LIFE. Quentin Tarantino's ONCE UPON A TIME IN HOLLYWOOD. All works that rate among those directors' best. No slouch himself, Noah Baumbach arguably made the best film of his career with MARRIAGE STORY. Greta Gerwig and Jordan Peele – the breakout directing stars of 2017 – returned with sophomore efforts, LITTLE WOMEN and US, that somehow managed to not just meet but exceed expectations. And no amount of hype prepared audiences (including critics) for Korean auteur Bong Joon-ho's PARASITE. Yeah. 2019 was a good year. On this week's show, Adam and Josh along with Michael Phillips and Tasha Robinson talk through their consensus* picks for the best of 2019, including their choices for the best film of the year. (*Consensus except for some fighting over Tarantino.) 0:00 - Billboard  1:06 - Top 10 of 2019: Consensus Picks  Sturgill Simpson, "The Dead Don't Die" 1:01:50 - Top 10 of 2019: Consensus cont. 2:11:25 - Outro Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Jan 02, 2020
#758: (Pt. 1) Top 10 Films of 2019
The Chicago Tribune's Michael Phillips and Tasha Robinson from The Next Picture Show are back for this year's Best of '19 roundtable, and in part one it's the panel's "outlier" picks – films which only made a single Top 10. And with divisive titles like James Gray's "Ad Astra" and Taika Waititi's "Jojo Rabbit" making the cut, there's plenty of lively debate to go along with the praise. 0:00 - Billboard 1:18 - Top 10 of 2019: The Outliers Randy Newman, "What I Love About Charlie" (Marriage Story) 1:16:07 - Notes 1:19:43 - Top 10 of 2019: Outliers, cont. 2:13:26 - Outro  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Dec 26, 2019
#757: The Rise of Skywalker / Safdie Brothers ("Uncut Gems")
With the critically adored but audience-divisive "Last Jedi" behind them, JJ Abrams and his team set out to deliver a Star Wars finale that satisfied everyone. And according to Adam and Josh at least, they mostly pulled it off. Fresh from their screening, Adam and Josh give THE RISE OF SKYWALKER a "still processing" review – plus some end-of-show spoiler talk. Also on the show: the four finalists for the 2019 Golden Brick Award and Adam's interview with Josh and Benny Safdie, writer/directors of the new UNCUT GEMS starring Adam Sandler. 0:00 - Billboard 1:07 - Review: "The Rise of Skywalker" The Voidz, "Did My Best" 29:52 - Golden Brick Finalists 34:03 - Next week / Notes / Massacre Theatre 39:55 - Interview: Josh and Benny Safdie ("Uncut Gems") 1:08:45 - Outro / "Rise of Skywalker" Spoiler Talk Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Dec 20, 2019
#756: The Phantom Menace at 20 / 9 From '99 Awards
A long-time defender of the Star Wars prequels, Josh has rarely been given a platform on the show to actually do the work of defending them. That changes this week as he and Adam revisit THE PHANTOM MENACE, the final film in the 9 From '99 series. Plus, Adam and Josh award "The Plastic Bags," their favorite performances, scenes and surprises from the series. 0:00 - Billboard 1:12 - Review: "Star Wars, Episode I - The Phantom Menace" John Williams, "Duel of Fates" 34:41 - Next Week/Notes 47:58 - 9 From '99 Awards 1:28:22 - Outro Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Dec 13, 2019
#755: Little Women / Knives Out / A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood
Costume dramas, biopics, elite directors and their passion projects: the prestige movie season is upon us. But if Greta Gerwig's new LITTLE WOMEN adaptation and Marielle Heller's Fred Rogers biopic A BEAUTIFUL DAY IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD could be considered Oscar bait, they are also among the best films of the year according to Adam and Josh. And they've got praise to spare for Rian Johnson's star-studded – and politically potent – whodunit KNIVES OUT. 0:00 - Billboard 0:57 - Review: "Little Women" Haim, "Hallelujah" 27:51 - Next Week/Notes 35:06 - Best of '19 Poll / Massacre Theatre 46:06 - Reviews: "Knives Out," "A Beautiful Day..." 1:15:55 - Outro / Outtake Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Dec 06, 2019
#754: 2019 Golden Brick Nominees
Adam and Josh talk through the shortlist for this year's Golden Brick award, plus conversations with the creators behind two Brick nominees: Joe Talbot and Jimmie Fails ("The Last Black Man in San Francisco") and Riley Stearns ("The Art of Self Defense"). 0:00 - Billboard 1:09 - Interview: Joe Talbot and Jimmie Fails ("Last Black Man...") Anna of the North, "Thank Me Later" 33:40 - 2019 Golden Brick Nominees 50:06 - Interview: Riley Stearns ("Art of Self-Defense") 1:16:36 - Outro  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Nov 29, 2019
#753: Marriage Story / Top 5 Movies About Marriage
Noah Baumbach has grown up. The director's last movie about divorce - 2005's The Squid and the Whale - took the perspective of the kids. For his latest - the acclaimed Marriage Story - Baumbach explores the bitter remains of a once loving partnership. Adam and Josh debate whether the film plays favorites, but praise the performances from leads Adam Driver and Scarlett Johansson and an ensemble featuring memorable turns from Alan Alda, Laura Dern, Julie Hagerty, and Ray Liotta. Plus, the wisdom we can glean from the Top 5 Movies About Marriage. 0:00 - Billboard 1:12 - Review: "Marriage Story" Chanele McGuinness, "Powerless" 31:33 - Next Week/Notes 35:27 - Polls [Hanks / 9 From '99 Performances] 46:15 - Top 5: Movies About Marriage 1:30:18 - Outro  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Nov 22, 2019
#752: Magnolia at 20 / Jojo Rabbit / The Report / The King
Paul Thomas Anderson followed up his breakout hit "Boogie Nights" with 1999’s MAGNOLIA, a 3+-hour ensemble film featuring a treatise on coincidence and frogs falling from the sky. It was nominated for three Oscars, but in the 20 years since, it has earned a reputation in some quarters as messy, melodramatic and overlong (an opinion that PTA himself appears to share). This week on the show, Adam and Josh are much more forgiving of Anderson's ambitious third film when they revisit it for its 20th anniversary, part of the 9 From '99 series. Also on the show, a review of Taika Waititi's JOJO RABBIT and Adam's thoughts on David Michôd's THE KING and THE REPORT with Adam Driver. Plus, the Contemporary Chinese Cinema Marathon Awards. 0:00 - Billboard 1:08 - 9 From '99 Review: "Magnolia" Aimee Mann, "Save Me" 42:19 - Next Week/Notes 48:21 - Massacre Theatre 54:42 - Adam on "The Report" 59:52 - Review: "Jojo Rabbit" 1:08:19 - Adam recommends "The King" 1:13:20 - Chinese Cinema Marathon Awards 1:36:26 - Outro    Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Nov 15, 2019
#751: The Irishman / Contemporary Chinese #4 - Ash Is Purest White
A new film from Martin Scorsese is always an event, but THE IRISHMAN is one that, for many, won’t happen at a movie theatre. After a short theatrical run in select cities, Scorsese's latest - which reunites the director with Robert De Niro and Joe Pesci, and adds Al Pacino to the mix - will show up on Netflix. Adam and Josh, fresh from their own theatrical screening, consider the film in the context of Scorsese's work, specifically his career-spanning gangster movies. Plus, a review of Jia Zhangke's ASH IS PUREST WHITE (2019), the fourth and final film in the Contemporary Chinese Cinema Marathon. 0:00 - Billboard 1:09 - Review: "The Irishman" Steve Earle, "The Last Gunfighter Ballad" 32:52 - Donations 35:36 - Next Week / Notes 41:27 - Polls [Scorsese / Hanks] 53:48 - Chinese Cinema #4: "Ash Is Purest White" 1:15:15 - Outro Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Nov 08, 2019
#750: The Lighthouse / Contemporary Chinese #3 - Our Time Will Come
In 2014, director Robert Eggers brought 17th century Puritan New England to frighteningly vivid life in THE WITCH. For his follow-up - THE LIGHTHOUSE - Eggers skips ahead to the late 19th century and the results are no less unnerving. Adam and Josh debate the effectiveness of Eggers' formal gambits - black and white photography, immersive sound design, boxy aspect ratio - and the all-in performances from stars Willem Dafoe and Robert Pattinson. Plus, the Contemporary Chinese Cinema Marathon continues with 2017's OUR TIME WILL COME, a historical drama set in WWII-era Hong Kong.  0:00 - Billboard 1:19 - Review: "The Lighthouse" 30:45 - “Lighthouse” Spoilers Jamie Drake, "When The Tide Comes In" 37:41 - Next Week/Notes 44:02 - Massacre Theatre 50:40 - Chinese Cinema #3: "Our Time Will Come" 1:12:27 - Outro / Outtake Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Nov 01, 2019
#749: Parasite / Pain and Glory / Contemporary Chinese #2 - The Midnight After
Steering clear of plot details for one of the most praised films of the year is no easy task, but Adam and Josh managed to pull it off ahead of their screening of Bong Joon-ho's PARASITE. The subject of rave reviews since its Palme d'Or-winning debut at the Cannes Film Festival back in May, Bong's film tackles class warfare as only Bong can – with social commentary mixing freely with black comedy and even a little horror. That review and the second film in the Contemporary Chinese Cinema Marathon, 2014's THE MIDNIGHT AFTER from Hong Kong's Fruit Chan. 0:00 - Billboard 1:42 - Review: "Parasite"King Grizzard and the Lizard Wizard, "Mars for the Rich" 31:35 - Josh recs: "Pain and Glory" 35:20 - Next week / Notes 39:28 - Polls [Movie Mentors / Favorite Scorsese] 49:52 - Chinese Marathon #2: "The Midnight After" 1:15:22 - Outro / Credits Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Oct 25, 2019
#748: American Beauty at 20 / Contemporary Chinese Cinema #1 - Let The Bullets Fly
Back in '99, the trailers and movie posters for AMERICAN BEAUTY implored us to "look closer." For their 9 From '99 review, Adam and Josh give the divisive Best Picture winner the closer look it asked for, but they don't always like what they see. Is the movie hypocritical and mean-spirited? Is it merely an overwrought sitcom? Or is it redeemed by its sincerity and the strength of its supporting cast? Also on the show, Adam's conversation with Godfrey Cheshire, author of the new book "Conversations with Kiarostami." Cheshire's book is a companion to a 25-film Abbas Kiarostami retrospective currently touring the U.S. And the first film in the Contemporary Chinese Cinema Marathon, 2010's LET THE BULLETS FLY, a furiously paced action comedy directed by Jiang Wen. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Oct 18, 2019
#747: Joker / Chicago International Film Festival Preview
Between its late-August premiere at the Venice Film Festival (where it won the festival's top prize) and its release in theaters here in the States, Todd Phillips' JOKER has provoked every possible response, with some calling it among the best films of the year and others calling it the absolute worst – not to mention the much-discussed fears that the movie was "dangerous." No surprise then that when Adam and Josh finally got around to seeing it, they split – not just on the film itself, but on everything from the film's score to star Joaquin Phoenix's take on the iconic villain. That review, plus listeners weigh in on their favorite Phoenix performances and a preview of the upcoming Chicago International Film Festival. 0:00 - Billboard 1:00 - Review: "Joker" Dehd, "Pushing the Crowd" 36:13 - Next week / Notes 42:00 - Polls (J. Phoenix Performances / 2010s Movie Mentors) 50:43 - Preview: Chicago International Film Festival 1:03:07 - Close Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Oct 10, 2019
#746: Ad Astra / Top 5 Steppenwolf Member Movie Performances
It's always good news when an acclaimed director announces a new project, but it's somehow especially thrilling when that project is set in space. We started 2019 with two highly anticipated space missions: Claire Denis' HIGH LIFE with Robert Pattison (reviewed back on ep. 724) and James Gray's AD ASTRA, which has Brad Pitt traveling across the solar system to locate his missing father - and save the planet. In their review, Adam calls it the best film of the year, while Josh calls it "the most visually arresting session of talk therapy you can imagine." That's good... right? Also on the show, a celebration of Chicago theater with the Top 5 Steppenwolf Member Movie Performances. 2019 marks the 45th anniversary of the founding of the venerable Chicago company, whose ensemble boasts the likes of John Malkovich, Laurie Metcalf, Gary Sinise and Joan Allen, among many others. Also inspiring the Top 5 is a newly published oral history of Chicago theater - Ensemble - by Chicago writer Mark Larson. 0:00 - Billboard 1:17 - Review: "Ad Astra" Greg Felden, "Take You Back Home" 27:20 - Next week / Notes 36:11 - Massacre Theatre 41:26 - Donations 42:45 - Top 5: Steppenwolf Member Performances 1:27:35 - Close Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Sep 27, 2019
#745: Top 5 Judy Garland Moments / Hustlers
50 years after Judy Garland's death at the tragically young age of 47, the movie musical legend is largely remembered for one iconic film role - Dorothy Gale in The Wizard of Oz. But Garland appeared in - and often starred in - nearly 40 films in her 30-year career; a career Adam and Josh attempt to come to terms with - along with the Chicago Tribune's Michael Phillips - for their Top 5 Judy Garland Moments. Plus, Adam and Michael spend a few minutes on HUSTLERS starring Jennifer Lopez and Constance Wu. And listeners weigh in with their picks for the directors who need to follow in the footsteps of High Life's Claire Denis and Ad Astra's James Gray and make their own space movie. 0:00 - Billboard 1:18 - Top 5: Judy Garland Moments Judy Garland, "Americana" 35:21 - Review: "Hustlers" 43:34 - Next Week / Notes 55:52 - Polls [Space Movies / Joaquin Phoenix] 1:06:39 - Top 5 Judy Garland Moments, cont. 1:46:29 - Close Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Sep 20, 2019
#744: Eyes Wide Shut at 20 / Top 5 Kubrick Scenes
Back in 1999, it was hard to watch EYES WIDE SHUT without thinking about Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman as a real-life married couple participating in some sadistic form of therapy. Twenty years later, it's maybe still a little distracting, but it's easier to see the pair's performances in the greater contexts of their respective careers – and, in particular, how effective the casting of the cocky, entitled Cruise is as Dr. Bill Harford, a man who sees his confidence reduced to rubble by the end of the film. For their 9 From '99 review of Kubrick's final, controversial masterpiece, Adam and Josh talk about the brilliance of Kidman's few, powerful scenes, and the film's subtle formal brilliance. And how about that orgy scene, huh? Plus, Adam finally gets to share his Top 5 Kubrick Scenes six years after a late-breaking case of dysphonia kept him from joining Josh and Michael Phillips for their Kubrick picks (back on episode #459). 0:00 - Billboard 1:17 - 9 From '99: "Eyes Wide Shut" Chris Isaak, "Baby Did a Bad, Bad Thing" 54:36 - Next Week / Notes 1:05:30 - Massacre Theatre 1:12:11 - Donations 1:13:56 - Top 5 Kubrick Scenes 1:33:42 - Close   Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Sep 13, 2019
#743: IT Chapter Two / Fall Movie Preview
Adam and Josh left 2017's blockbuster IT at least mildly curious for more, but is the sequel film's almost three-hour running time and the addition of A-listers like Jessica Chastain, James McAvoy and Bill Hader enough to satisfy that curiosity? This week, Filmspotting returns to Derry and to director Andy Muschietti's epic - or at least epic in length - IT CHAPTER TWO. Plus, the Fall Movie Preview in the form of Adam and Josh's Top 5 Questions About the Fall Movie Season.    0:00 - Billboard 1:21 - Review: "It: Chapter 2" Bleached, "Hard to Kill" 22:38 - Next Week / Notes 30:02 - Polls [TIFF / Unlikely Space Movies] 40:06 - Fall Movie Preview 1:21:09 - Close / Outtake Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Sep 06, 2019
#742: Being John Malkovich at 20 / Dietrich-Von Sternberg #4 - The Scarlet Empress
In 1999, BEING JOHN MALKOVICH marked the auspicious debut of two geniuses: screenwriter Charlie Kaufman ("Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind," "Synecdoche, NY") and director Spike Jonze ("Where the Wild Things Are," "Her"). 20 years later, the movie remains surprising and innovative, and its concerns - artistic fulfillment and artistic exploitation - feel as current as ever. Adam and Josh revisit MALKOVICH as part of their 9 From '99 series, and wrap up their Marlene Dietrich-Josef von Sternberg Marathon with 1934's (preposterous? preposterous on purpose?) THE SCARLET EMPRESS and the marathon awards, "The Boas." 0:00 - Billboard 1:26 - 9 From '99: "Being John Malkovich" Jay Som, "Nighttime Drive" 35:16 - Next Week / Notes 38:45 - Josh on "Honeyland" / Adam on "American Factory" 47:19 - Massacre Theatre 54:31 - Donations 57:05 - Dietrich-Von Sternberg #4: "The Scarlet Empress" 1:20:41 - Dietrich-Von Sternberg Awards 1:44:09 - Close Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Aug 30, 2019
#741: Where'd You Go, Bernadette / Dietrich-Von Sternberg #3 - Shanghai Express
Initial critical response to Richard Linklater's WHERE'D YOU GO, BERNADETTE was not great, earning some of the worst reviews of his 30-year career. But Adam and Josh find plenty to recommend in both Linklater's direction and star Cate Blanchett's performance. Listener feedback has them crunching numbers to determine this decade's defining actress, plus a look ahead to September's Toronto International Film Festival and the third film in the Marlene Dietrich-Josef von Sternberg Marathon, 1932's SHANGHAI EXPRESS. 0:00 - Billboard 1:13 - Review: "Where'd You Go, Bernadette" Lillie Mae, "You Got Other Girls For That" 27:39 - Next Week / Notes / Peter Fonda 41:21 - Polls (Decade-Defining Actress / TIFF) 56:40 - Dietrich-Von Sternberg #3: "Shanghai Express" 1:23:02 - Close Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Aug 23, 2019
#740: The Nightingale / Dietrich-Von Sternberg #2 - Morocco
Making a film that details the violence – specifically, the sexual violence – that colonialism wrought in places like Tasmania in the early 19th century is an honorable endeavor that also makes for a very difficult viewing experience. Adam and Josh find lots to admire in Kent's THE NIGHTINGALE, but question whether the director's decision to make the film so explicit makes it a better one. That review, plus Dietrich in drag and some tough notes for a young Gary Cooper in 1930's MOROCCO, the second film in the Marlene Dietrich/Joseph von Sternberg Marathon. 0:00 - Billboard 1:04 - Review: "The Nightingale" Marlene Dietrich, "When Love Dies" 33:40 - Next Week / Notes 41:59 - Massacre Theatre 50:01 - Dietrich/Von Sternberg Marathon #2 1:17:41 - Close Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Aug 16, 2019
#739: The Blair Witch Project at 20 / Dietrich-Von Sternberg #1 - The Blue Angel
Benefiting from an ingenious viral marketing campaign, THE BLAIR WITCH PROJECT wasn't just a massive hit at the box office in 1999, it was a cultural phenomenon – two things that made it difficult to reckon with as a work of art at the time. But 20 years later, the myth that shrouded the movie has lifted, and Adam and Josh discuss the merits of a film that relies on some of our most fundamental fears to generate its scares. That review part of the 9 From '99 series. Plus, the first film in our Marlene Dietrich/Josef von Sternberg Marathon: 1930's THE BLUE ANGEL, with Dietrich as a cabaret temptress, and silent movie veteran Emil Jannings as the scolding professor who falls for her.    0:00 - Billboard 1:20 - 9 From '99: "The Blair Witch Project" Marlene Dietrich, "Falling in Love Again" 43:54 - D.A. Pennebaker / Facets' Milos Stehlik 48:52 - Next Week / Notes 54:10 - Polls [MCU Phase 4 / Decade-Defining Actresses] 1:06:00 - Dietrich-Von Sternberg #1: "The Blue Angel" 1:38:02 - Close Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Aug 09, 2019
#738: Hobbs & Shaw / Top 5 Fast & Furious Moments
The Fast & Furious franchise has come a long, long way since its street-racing origins, and its latest entry, HOBBS & SHAW (from "John Wick" co-director David Leitch), continues the series' evolution into a James Bond/Jason Bourne/Avengers hybrid. And Adam and Josh are mostly on board for Jason Statham's and Dwayne Johnson's comic bickering and Idris Elba's "Black Superman." But when the movie makes a play for sentimentality late in the film, one host feels the movie comes to a screeching halt and never recovers. That review, plus a revisit of 2015's Top 5 Fast & Furious Moments. 0:00 - Billboard / Donations 2:35 - Review: "Hobbs & Shaw" The Beths, "You Wouldn't Like Me" 27:50 - AK Recommends: "Love, Antosha" and "Between Me and My Mind" 32:32 - Next Week / Notes 38:09 - Massacre Theatre 44:59 - Top 5: Fast & Furious Moments 1:27:03 - Close / Outtake        Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Aug 02, 2019
#737: Once Upon a Time in Hollywood / Top 10 Tarantino Characters
Why am I Mr. Pink? Adam and Josh sift through the rogues' gallery of memorable QT creations for their Top 10 Tarantino Characters and discuss the director's latest, the surprisingly melancholic ONCE UPON A TIME IN HOLLYWOOD. 0:00 - Billboard 1:23 - Review: "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood" Nancy Sinatra, "Bang Bang" 36:07 - Next week / Notes 46:45 - Poll results ("Favorite Tarantino") / New Poll ("MCU Phase 4") 1:00:27 - Top 10: Tarantino Characters 1:49:58 - Close Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Jul 26, 2019
Interview: Riley Stearns ("The Art of Self-Defense")
THE ART OF SELF-DEFENSE is director Riley Stearns' second film. His first - 2014's FAULTS - concerned a man (Leland Orser) hired to de-program a young woman (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) after she joins a cult. SELF-DEFENSE continues Stearns' fascination with groupthink and charismatic leaders by moving the action to a karate dojo led by Alessandro Nivola's eccentric sensei. Jesse Eisenberg and Imogen Poots also star. Stearns talks about his own experience with martial arts and the importance of being able to laugh at yourself. And he submits to the Filmspotting 5, the interview-concluding Q&A. 0:00 - Intro 1:42 - Interview: Riley Stearns 27:29 - Outro Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Jul 25, 2019
#736: Midsommar / Top 5 Horror Movie Performances
Guest critics Tasha Robinson (The Next Picture Show, The Verge) and Angelica Jade Bastién (Vulture) join Josh for a lively debate over of Ari Aster's MIDSOMMAR (or is that MidsommAR?) and the Top 5 Horror Movie Performances.  0:00 - Billboard 1:44 - Review: "Midsommar" 28:58 - "Midsommar" Spoilers Magnet, "Maypole" 38:20 - Review: "The Farewell" 43:52 - Next Week / Notes 46:34 - Massacre Theatre 53:56 - Next Picture Show / Best of the Year So Far 58:55 - Top 5: Horror Movie Performances 1:45:29 - Close / Outtake ("Jag ar doden") Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Jul 19, 2019
FS Revisited: Top 5 Classic Rock Moments in Movies
Whether used ironically or to provide insight - or just to make characters look really, really cool - classic rock has been memorably employed by some of the best directors of the rock era. Joining Adam and Josh for their Top 5 Classic Rock Moments in Movies is writer and critic Steven Hyden, author of the book "Twilight of the Gods: A Journey to the End of Classic Rock."  0:00 - Billboard 1:07 - Top 5: Classic Rock Moments Donovan, "Atlantis" 25:02 - Top 5: Classic Rock Moments cont. 1:02:03 - Close Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Jul 12, 2019
FS Revisited: Pulp Fiction / Top 5 of 1994
Back in 2012, Josh was only a couple months into his role as new co-host, when Adam suggested the Best of '94 Top 5. The reconsideration of PULP FICTION was an after-thought - and something new: the first Sacred Cow review. Adam and Josh agree that Tarantino's iconic sophomore effort is the best film of '94, but quibble over whether there's any real substance to the film's dazzling style. 0:00 - Billboard 1:10 - Sacred Cow: "Pulp Fiction" The Statler Brothers, "Flowers on the Wall" 30:35 - Top 5 of 1994 57:30 - Close Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Jul 05, 2019
#735: Top 5 Films of 2019 So Far
Marvel is – again – dominating the box office with "Avengers Endgame" and "Captain Marvel," but for the Top 5 Films of 2019 So Far, Adam and Josh dig a little deeper. Plus, a (spoilers!) mini-battle over Woody's soul and the ending of "Toy Story 4," a terrible accents edition of Massacre Theatre edition and more. This episode is presented by CNN's Original Series The Movies. Tune in starting Sunday, July 7 at 9 pm. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Jun 28, 2019
#734: Toy Story 4 / Top 5 Toy Story Scenes w/Griffin Newman
With Josh on vacation,, Adam recruits Toy Story super-fan Griffin Newman (Blank Check podcast, Amazon's "The Tick") for a review of the Forky-tastic TOY STORY 4 and the Top 5 Toy Story Scenes. Plus, some Best of the Year (So Far) talk, and Griffin shows off his acting chops in Massacre Theatre. 0:00 - Billboard 1:12 - Review: "Toy Story 4" 32:38 - Spoilers: "Toy Story 4" Robert Goulet, "You've Got a Friend in Me" 50:20 - Next Week / Notes 58:04 - Griffin talks "Blank Check" 1:05:59 - Polls (Toy Story + Best of the Year So Far) 1:13:29 - Top 5: Toy Story Scenes 2:07:51 - Close / Outtake ("Forky") Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Jun 21, 2019
#733: The Dead Don't Die / Last Black Man in San Francisco / Rocketman
Jim Jarmusch has made a surreal, existential western ("Dead Man"), a Zen samurai/mobster movie ("Ghost Dog") and a meditation on art disguised as a vampire movie ("Only Lovers Left Alive"). And now... zombies. With his new THE DEAD DON'T DIE, Jarmusch again exploits genre conventions as a means to explore his fears and obsessions. And this time, those fears and obsessions are pretty explicitly America in the age of Trump. Also on the show, a conversation with Joe Talbot and Jimmie Fails, the director and star of Sundance award-winner – and early Golden Brick frontrunner – THE LAST BLACK MAN IN SAN FRANCISCO. Plus, Adam weighs in on ROCKETMAN. 0:00 - Billboard 1:20 - Review: "The Dead Don't Die" Bill Callahan, "Young Icarus" 24:58 - Adam on "Rocketman" 34:57 - Next Week / Notes / Madness 2020 46:46 - Massacre Theatre54:02 - Interview: Joe Talbot and Jimmie Fails 1:28:02 - Close Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Jun 14, 2019
#732: Fight Club at 20 / Top 5 David Fincher Scenes
FIGHT CLUB, the third film in our 9 From '99 series was initially met with lukewarm critical and box office response but developed a cult following on home video and is now pretty widely considered one of the best films of the '90s. That reputation has a lot to do with David Fincher, who has spent the last couple of decades cementing his reputation as one of the best working directors. A skilled craftsman and legendary perfectionist, Fincher's films are always a pleasure to look at, but for their Top 5 Fincher Scenes, Adam and Josh focus on the ways in which the director's style – even at its flashiest – serves the story and his characters. 0:00 - Billboard 1:15 - 9 From '99: "Fight Club" Pixies, "Where Is My Mind" 31:37 - Next week / Passes / Meetups / Notes 48:32 - Polls 56:26 - Top 5: David Fincher Scenes 1:49:37 - Close Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Jun 07, 2019
#731: Booksmart / Top 5 Female Friendships
A raunchy/sweet comedy in the "Superbad" mold, Olivia Wilde's BOOKSMART mixes genre clichés and clever updates as it follows its high-achieving heroines on a one-night odyssey to shed their by-the-book images and make it to The Year's Biggest Party. Adam and Josh have lots of praise for leads Beanie Feldstein and Kaitlyn Dever and the talented ensemble – and for some of the formal inventiveness that Wilde brings to her directing debut. And then Adam and Josh go on the run with Thelma and Louise for the Top 5, assembling an all-star crew of the movies' best female pals along the way. 0:00 - Billboard 1:20 - Review: "Booksmart" Leikeli47, "Bad Gyal Felx" 26:01 - Next week / Notes 34:58 - Massacre Theatre 42:52 - Top 5: Female Friendships 1:21:30 - Close Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
May 31, 2019
#730: Top 5 Films of 1979 / Alien
Of the films celebrating 40th anniversaries in 2019, only Francis Ford Coppola's "Apocalypse Now" can really compete with ALIEN's critical stature and influence, but Adam and Josh make the case for several more films from '79 that deserve to be remembered with this week's Top 5 – including films from directors Andrei Tarkovsky, Carol Ballard, Woody Allen... and Jim Henson. Plus, a revisit of their 2016 Sacred Cow review of Ridley Scott's sci-fi/horror classic.  0:00 - Billboard 1:21 - Top 5: Films of 1979 Peter Allen, "Everything Old Is New Again" 1:03:08 - Next week / Notes 1:07:19 - New Poll 1:11:35 - Sacred Cow: "Alien" 1:47:09 - Listener Feedback ("Alien") 1:54:43 - Close Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
May 24, 2019
#729: Top 5 Keanu Moments / John Wick 3
The Tao of Whoa. Whether you love or hate the JOHN WICK franchise - or even if you're completely indifferent to it - it has given us all the chance to appreciate the particular genius of Keanu Reeves. For those of us who grew up watching him, the former duuude and earnest action star has matured into an actor of depth and vulnerability with a singular sense of physical grace. Whether Keanu's talents are put to their best use in the new JOHN WICK: CHAPTER 3 - PARABELLUM is up for debate, which Adam and Josh do in their review. Then it's the TOP 5 KEANU MOMENTS, a career-spanning appreciation of The One, from Ted "Theodore" Logan to Mr. Wick himself. Plus Massacre Theatre and Josh's recommendation of the new doc "Our Time Machine," which is currently playing the Chicago Critics Film Festival.    0:00 - Billboard 1:09 - Review: "John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum" Josh Ritter, "Old Black Magic" 28:25 - Donations 30:32 - Josh recs: "Our Time Machine" 34:03 - Next week / Notes 40:27 - Massacre Theatre 48:03 - Top 5: Keanu Moments 1:28:42 - Close / Outtake Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
May 17, 2019
#728: Chicago Critics Film Festival / Donen #4 - Two for the Road
May's week-long CCFF doubles as a shortlist for potential Golden Brick candidates. Now in its 7th year, the Chicago Critics Film Festival prides itself on bringing the best of the fest circuit to Chicago. With 15 or so features that have played the likes of Toronto, Sundance and SXSW, the week-long fest is a chance for Chicago audiences to catch up with some of the most buzzed-about independent films of the year. It's also a great chance for Filmspotting to put some titles on its Golden Brick radar. Adam and Josh share their Top 5 Most Anticipated CCFF Movies and get additional insight into the fest from Chicago critic - and CCFF programmer - Steve Prokopy. Also on the show: Adam on KNOCK DOWN THE HOUSE and the final film in the Stanley Donen Marathon, 1967's TWO FOR THE ROAD. Plus, "The Fizzies" - the Donen Marathon Awards. 0:00 - Billboard 1:13 - Preview: Chicago Critics Film Festival Henry Mancini, "Two for the Road" 24:20 - Adam recs: "Knock Down the House" 30:53 - Next week / Notes 39:48 - Polls: Summer Preview / Best of '79 48:57 - Donen #4: "Two for the Road" 1:06:38 - "The Fizzies": Donen Awards 1:32:53 - Close Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
May 10, 2019
#727: Summer Movie Preview / Donen #3 - Charade
Spidey & Wick & Hobbs & Shaw. And Pikachu. Marvel burnout. "Booksmart" hype. Will Smith's genie. Detective Pikachu. And of course the astonishingly worded "Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw." These subjects and more all come up in Adam and Josh's Top 5 Summer Movie Questions. Plus, Adam on Robert "Born to Be Blue" Budreau's STOCKHOLM and doc director Penny Lane's HAIL SATAN? And... fizzy and charming or frivolous and artificial? Adam and Josh debate the third film in their Stanley Donen Marathon, 1963's CHARADE. 0:00 - Billboard 1:18 - Summer Movie Preview Henry Mancini, Charade (Main Theme) 33:39 - Adam recommends: "Stockholm" / "Hail Satan?" 43:19 - Next week / John Singleton / Notes 49:31 - Massacre Theatre 57:02 - Donen #3: "Charade" 1:20:54 - Close Thanks Baked By Melissa. Get 15% off your order by going to bakedbymelissa.comand entering promo code filmspotting when you sign up. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
May 03, 2019
#726: Avengers: Endgame / Beyoncé's Homecoming / Donen #2 - Funny Face
Can the MCU mothership stick the landing? After earning a probably undeserved reputation for being hard on the MCU, Adam and Josh return from their ENDGAME screening speaking the language of converts: the final chapter of this decade-in-the-making MCU story not only manages to tie up its multiple story threads, but does so in an entertaining and, yes, moving way. Adam and Josh also make time to recommend Beyoncé's new HOMECOMING concert doc and Sam Rockwell and Michelle Williams in FOSSE/VERDON. Plus, the second film in the Stanley Donen Marathon, 1957's FUNNY FACE with Audrey Hepburn and Fred Astaire. Timestamps do not account for ads and may not be exact 1:12 - Review: "Avengers: Endgame" 23:02 - "Endgame" spoiler talk Beyoncé, "Freedom" (Live at Coachella) 50:59 - Josh recs: "Homecoming" 55:26 - Adam recs: "Fosse/Verdon" 58:42 - Next week / Notes 59:54 - Polls (MCU / Summer Preview / Madness '20) 1:12:05 - Donen #2: "Funny Face" Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Apr 26, 2019
#725: Her Smell / Donen #1 - On the Town
In Alex Ross Perry's HER SMELL, Elisabeth Moss gives a performance that, for Adam and Josh, evokes Gena Rowlands' iconic work in "A Woman Under the Influence" and a punk-rock Lady Macbeth. Moss's Becky Something is the drug-addled, manic and abusive lead singer of a '90s-era rock band that's fallen on hard times. It's also, according to Adam, the best film of the year so far. Also on the show: 1949's ON THE TOWN, the first in a four-film Stanley Donen Marathon. Plus, Josh's report from this year's Ebert Interruptus. 0:00-1:07 - Billboard 1:07-26:13 - Review: "Her Smell" 26:37-38:17 - Spoilers: "Her Smell" On the Town, "On the Town" 38:58-39:45 - Donations 39:45-53:07 - Next week / Ebert Interruptus / Notes 53:07-55:28 - Massacre Theatre 55:28-1:18:46 - Donen #1: "On the Town" 1:18:46-1:21:31 - Close     Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Apr 19, 2019
#724: Claire Denis / High Life / Madness Champ
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 critically-acclaimed work, Claire Denis remains largely unknown in the U.S. That could change with her latest, HIGH LIFE, an existential sci-fi film starring Robert Pattinson and Juliette Binoche. Denis was in Chicago for a recent screening of the film, giving Adam and guest host Scott Tobias a rare chance to sit down with Denis and talk about how "High Life" fits into her sensuous and provocative body of work and how, among other things, Stephen Hawking's writing contributed to the universe she created on screen. She also plays along with the Filmspotting Five, where she admits to loving ok-maybe-not-your-least-favorite-Wes-Anderson-movie-but-few-people's-favorite (not even Josh's). Also on the show: Adam and Scott join the chorus of critics - and moviegoers - who have found themselves surprisingly charmed by the DCEU's SHAZAM. Plus, the crowning of the 2019 Filmspotting Madness champion. 0:00-1:17 - Billboard 1:17-28:22 - Interview: Claire Denis Bad Bad Hats, "Wide Right" 29:04-32:53 - Next week / Notes 32:53-48:48 - Madness: Champion / Polls 48:48-55:56 - Review: "Shazam" Bad Bad Hats, "Dunno Why" 56:49-1:15:08 - Review: "High Life" 1:15:08-1:19:00 - Close  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Apr 12, 2019
#723: Top 5 Overlooked Films of the 2000s / Madness Final / Assassination of Jesse James
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 starring Jack Black, Seann William Scott and Mark Duplass; docs and "docu-fantasias" from Steve James and Guy Maddin; and less familiar titles from A-list directors like Ridley Scott and Robert Zemeckis. Plus, the Madness championship matchup is revealed, and a Sacred Cow review of Andrew Dominik's 2007 meditative western THE ASSASSINATION OF JESSE JAMES BY THE COWARD ROBERT FORD. 0:00-1:16 - Billboard 1:16-39:11 - Review: "Assassination of Jesse James..." Hembree, "Culture" 39:53-49:48 - R.I.P Agnes Varda / Next week / Notes 49:48-1:02:52 - Madness: Final 4 Results / Championship Hembree, "Almost" 1:03:35-1:07:31 - Donations 1:07:31-1:54:22 - Top 5: Overlooked Movies of the 2000s 1:54:22-1:58:22 - Close Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Apr 05, 2019
#722: Dumbo / Final 4 Madness / Top 5 Movie Circus Acts
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 shares thoughts on HOTEL MUMBAI, and Josh has 2019's first Golden Brick recommendation: A.T. White's STARFISH. 0:00-1:08 - Billboard 1:08-27:30 - Review: "Dumbo" Betty Noyes, "Baby Mine" 28:11-32:43 - Next week / Notes 32:43-36:10 - Michael on "Hotel Mumbai" 36:10-38:21 - Josh recommends: "Starfish" 38:21-47:40 - Madness: Elite 8 Results / Final 4 David Bromberg, "Sharon" 48:38-1:21:02 - Top 5: Movie Circus Acts 1:21:02-1:24:17 - Close Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Mar 29, 2019
#721: Us / Elite 8 Madness / Cassavetes #4 - Opening Night
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 Original Screenplay. So if that’s your directing debut... how exactly do you follow that up? With US, Peele sticks with horror and proves that his talent for juggling scares with comedy and social commentary was no fluke. Adam and Josh talk about Peele's mastery of horror craft and his film's stellar cast, in particular Lupita Nyong'o as a trauma survivor whose family becomes the target of a home invasion. And if you've seen the film, stick around for an extended SPOILER conversation about US. Also on the show: Filmspotting Madness Best of the 2000s Sweet 16 results and Elite 8 matchups; the final film in the John Cassavetes Marathon (1977's OPENING NIGHT); and "The Blue Hats," the Cassavetes Marathon Awards.          0:00-1:05 - Billboard 1:05-21:02 - Review: "Us" 21:02-42:07 - Spoilers: "Us" Karen O and Dangermouse, "Turn The Light" 43:02-48:57 - Next week / Notes 48:57-1:08:10 - Madness: Sweet 16 Results / Elite 8 Le Tigre, "What's Your Take On Cassavetes" 1:03:37-1:27:59 - Cassavetes #4 - "Opening Night" 1:27:59-1:55:12 - Cassavetes Awards  1:55:12-1:57:27 - Close Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Mar 22, 2019
#720: Transit / Sweet 16 Madness / Cassavetes #3
The director of 2014's "Phoenix" returns with a boldly enigmatic thriller. German director Christian Petzold’s “Phoenix” was a “Vertigo”-inspired thriller set in the aftermath of the Holocaust. It received some of the best reviews of 2014. For his latest,  TRANSIT, Petzold evokes Kafka, Orwell and Kielslowski for another wartime thriller that isn't afraid to disorient and perplex. In the third round of Filmspotting Madness - Best of the 2000s - the effect is less disorienting and more enraging, with listeners threatening to leap into the Madness Incinerator (tm) with beloved films that have been forced to exit the tournament. And the third film in the John Cassavetes Marathon - 1976's (and 1978's!) THE KILLING OF A CHINESE BOOKIE.    0:00-1:09 - Billboard 1:09-22:05 - Review: "Transit" Lizzo, "Cuz I Love You" 23:01-29:36 - Next week / Notes 29:36-1:02:44 - Madness: Rd. 2 Results / Sweet 16 Matchups Lizzo, "Good As Hell" 1:03:37-1:34:05 - Cassavetes #3 - "The Killing of a Chinese Bookie" 1:34:05-1:37:38 - Close Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Mar 15, 2019
#719: Captain Marvel / Rd. 2 Madness (Best of the 2000s)
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 Adam and Josh agree that the pair's CAPTAIN MARVEL is a mostly effective marriage of effects-driven action, empathetic character-building and clever scripting. The movie also benefits from some ace supporting performances - performances so good that Brie Larson's Captain Marvel can occasionally seem overmatched. That review, plus Josh loses his faith in humanity (or at least the humanity of Filmspotting listeners) when he hears first-round results of Filmspotting Madness - Best of the 2000s. Things don't get any easier with the Rd. 2 matchups.  0:00-1:03 - Billboard 1:03-26:39 - Review: "Captain Marvel" Teen, "Popular Taste" 27:35-33:36 - Adam recommends: "Apollo 11" 33:36-40:06 - Next Week / Notes 40:06-1:11:03 - Madness: Rd. 1 Results Teen, "Only Water" 1:12:06-1:28:55 - Madness: Rd. 2 Matchups 1:28:55-1:30:58 - Close Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Mar 08, 2019
#718: Filmspotting Madness (Best of the 2000s) / Cassavetes #2 - A Woman Under...
64 films. Only one survives. Welcome to the Madness. In the 2018 edition of Filmspotting Madness – Best of the 90s – the championship round had "Fargo" facing off against "Pulp Fiction." The Coen Brothers' "Fargo" pulled out a surprise victory over Tarantino's decade-defining masterpiece. So what surprises await us in this year's contest? The Coens are back with another strong entry – 2007's Best Picture-winning "No Country for Old Men" – but will their primary competitor be Tarantino again ("Kill Bill," "Inglourious Basterds")? Or maybe Paul Thomas Anderson ("There Will be Blood")? Or Christopher Nolan ("The Dark Knight")? And maybe don't rule out Michel Gondry's Charlie Kaufman-penned "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind." This week on the show, Adam and Josh talk through this year's bracket with their Top 5 Easiest and Hardest First-Round Madness votes. Plus, the second film in the John Cassavetes Marathon, 1974's "A Woman Under the Influence." 0:00-1:10 - Billboard 41:53-42:34 - FS Madness: Rd. 1 Matchups Strand of Oaks, "Ruby" 51:56-59:24 - Next Week / Notes 45:22-52:36 - Stanley Donen / Oscars Recap 52:36-1:15:15 - FS Madness: Rd. 1 Matchups, cont. Strand of Oaks, "Goshen '97" 1:16:16-1:47:37 - Cassavetes #2: "A Woman Under..." 1:47:37-1:50:51 - Close / Outtake Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Mar 01, 2019
#717: Top 5 Movies About Suburbia (w/Jessica Harper) / Cassavetes #1 - Faces
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 venture has her turning to memoir in the form of a 10-part podcast called "Winnetka," named for the Chicago suburb where she and her five siblings came of age in the '50s and '60s. Harper's podcast tells the story of that suburban upbringing, in particular the darkness and secretiveness that existed below the picture-perfect appearances. Harper discusses "Winnetka," and joins Adam and Josh for the Top 5 Movies About Suburbia. Plus - 13 years in the making - the Cassavetes Marathon gets underway with 1968's "Faces," starring Gena Rowlands, John Marley and Oscar-nominees Lynn Carlin and Seymour Cassel.  0:00-1:26 - Billboard 1:26-51:02 - Top 5: Movies About Suburbia Sharon Van Etten, "Seventeen" 51:56-59:24 - Next Week / Notes 59:24-1:04:42 - Massacre Theatre 1:04:42-1:27:19 - Cassavetes Marathon #1: "Faces" 1:27:19-1:29:59 - Close Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Feb 22, 2019
#716: The Matrix / Top 5 Slow-Motion Scenes (Since "The Matrix")
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 film, which, while a popular and critical success in its release year, has only grown in estimation both as a film and as a way of thinking and talking about reality. Plus: Christopher Nolan, Todd Haynes, Rian Johnson and Lars von Trier make the Top 5 Slow-Motion Scenes (Since "The Matrix"); Best of '99 poll results; and Adam and Josh announce the matchups for the play-in round of Filmspotting Madness 2019: Best of the 2000s. (Vote here!) 0:00-1:08 - Billboard 1:08-33:02 - 9 From '99 #2: "The Matrix" Ex Hex, "Cosmic Cave" 33:49-40:00 - Poll Results: Best of '99 40:00-47:07 - Next week / Notes 47:07-1:00:12 - Filmspotting Madness: Play-In Round Ex Hex, "Tough Enough" 1:01:07-1:36:52 - Top 5: Slow-Motion Scenes 1:36:52-1:41:53 - Close / Outtake Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Feb 15, 2019
#715: The Lego Movie 2 / Velvet Buzzsaw / Miss Bala
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 same year. Five years later, Emmet Brickowski and the rest of the master builders return for THE LEGO MOVIE 2 - and Gilroy is back, too, with the art scene satire VELVET BUZZSAW, another darkly satirical take on a Los Angeles subculture. Also on the show: Josh's thoughts on Catherine Hardwicke's MISS BALA, Massacre Theatre and an announcement about the next Filmspotting Marathon.    0:00-1:17 - Billboard 1:17-15:19 - Review: "The Lego Movie 2" Beck, "Super Cool" (feat. Robyn and The Lonely Island) 15:46-25:13 - Next Week / Notes 25:13-35:50 - Massacre Theatre Ken Nordine, "Sound Museum" 36:32-41:00 - Donations 41:00-59:56 - Review: "Velvet Buzzsaw" 59:56-1:06:51 - Spoilers: "Velvet Buzzsaw" 1:06:51-1:09:35 - Close Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Feb 08, 2019
#714: Glass / The Sixth Sense
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 for the first time and not knowing what you're going to get." And then later, Adam and Josh kick off their "9 from '99" series with Shyamalan's blockbuster THE SIXTH SENSE, which they mostly agree has held up pretty well, thanks in large part to the Oscar-nominated performances by Toni Collette and Haley Joel Osment. Plus, a new poll question and news about the next Filmspotting Marathon (which you can help us choose). 0:00-1:11 - Billboard 1:11-28:48 - Review: "Glass" 28:48-39:01 - "Glass" Spoilers Michel Legrand, "Generique" (from "The Umbrellas of Cherbourg") 39:32-49:06 - Next Week / Notes 49:06-52:03 - New Poll: Best of 1999 Michel Legrand, "Twin Song" (from "The Young Girls of Rochefort") 53:00-1:25:27 - 9 from '99 #1: "The Sixth Sense" 1:25:27-1:27:53 - Close / Outtake Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Feb 01, 2019
#713: 2019 Movie Preview / Oscar Nominations
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 Movie Preview King Princess, "1950" 14:48-15:42 - Donations 15:42-33:15 - Oscar Nominations 33:15-38:53 - Next Week / "9 From '99" / Notes 38:53-43:45 - Massacre Theatre 43:45-48:08 - Poll results: 2019 Most Anticipated King Princess, "Femme Fatale" 49:09-52:06 - Donations 52:06-1:18:47 - 2019 Movie Preview, cont. 1:18:47-1:21:27 - Close Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Jan 25, 2019
#712: Scenes of the Year - 2018 Wrap Party
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 house at Chicago's Logan Center for the Arts - join Adam and Josh for the Live 2018 Wrap Party, celebrating the 2018 movie year with their favorite moments from the last twelve months. 0:00-0:43 - Intro 0:43-23:50 - Opening Scenes 23:50-47:22 - Music Moments w/Michael Phillips 47:22-1:04:24 - Funniest Scenes w/Tasha Robinson 1:04:24-1:18:59 - Moving Moments The Mountain Goats, "This Year" 1:19:51-1:24:57 - Golden Brick Award 1:24:57-1:44:46 - Scenes of the Year w/Michael & Tasha 1:44:46-1:52:08 - Massacre Theatre / Close Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Jan 18, 2019
Best of 2018: Ethan Hawke / Bo Burnham
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 Foley. Plus, Adam's interview with EIGHTH GRADE director Bo Burnham, who reflects on what makes star Elsie Fisher so great and what motivated the successful comic to make his debut film.  0:00-1:00 - Intro 1:00-27:16 - Interview: Ethan Hawke Blaze Foley, "Clay Pigeons" 28:08-58:29 - Interview: Bo Burnham 58:29-59:52 - Close Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Jan 04, 2019
#711: (Pt. 2) Top 10 Films of 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 (Chicago Tribune) and Tasha Robinson (The Next Picture Show) debate Paul Schrader's FIRST REFORMED (three yays, one hard nay), Alfonso Cuarón's ROMA (three yays, one "I wish I was a yay"), Spike Lee's BLACKKKLANSMAN and more, including - more dissent! - four unique #1 films of the year. 0:00-1:21 - Intro 1:21-52:49 - Top 10: Consensus Picks Kaoru Watanabde, "Taiko Drumming" 53:16-1:00:05 - Poll results: Best of '18 1:00:05-1:23:27 - Top 10: Consensus Picks, cont. 1:23:27-1:28:17 - Close Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Dec 27, 2018
#710: (Pt. 1) Top 10 Films of 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 films of 2018 with their "outlier" picks - films that, for the most part, only made one of their lists. Plus, Best of '18 voicemails from the directors of two of last year's best films, and the three finalists for the 2018 Golden Brick Award are announced. 0:00-1:11 - Intro 1:11-46:53 - Top 10: The Outliers Mowg, "Burning" 47:33-48:33 - Donations 48:33-53:17 - Notes 53:17-1:02:40 - Golden Brick Finalists 1:02:40-1:32:34 - Top 10: The Outliers, cont. 1:32:34-1:37:02 - Close Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Dec 21, 2018
#709: If Beale Street Could Talk / Into the Spider-Verse / Shoplifters
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 before the end of the year, it's nice when a film forces you into its own patient rhythm. Even better when it looks and sounds as good as IF BEALE STREET COULD TALK, the latest from director Barry Jenkins. Along with that, Adam and Josh have a review of the Palme d'Or-winning SHOPLIFTERS from Japan's Hirokazu Kore-eda, and recommendations for Golden Brick-worthy films from directors Alice Rohrwacher ("Happy as Lazzaro"), Jennifer Fox ("The Tale"), Sandi Tan ("Shirkers") and Jim Cummings ("Thunder Road"). Plus, Massacre Theatre and Adam's thoughts on the new SPIDER-MAN: INTO THE SPIDER-VERSE. 0:00-1:05 - Billboard 1:05-22:53 - Review: "If Beale Street Could Talk" Nicholas Britell, "Eden (Harlem)" 23:29-24:11 - Donations 24:11-40:36 - Next Week / Notes 40:36-51:38 - Golden Brickspotting 51:38-59:27 - AK Recommends: "Into the Spider-Verse" 59:27-1:06:11 - Massacre Theatre 1:06:11-1:15:58 - CFCA Awards 1:15:58-1:18:38 - Close       Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Dec 14, 2018
#708: Roma / The Favourite
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 best of 2018, and both departures of sorts for the directors. For "Roma," Cuarón returns to his native Mexico for the first time since 2001's "Y Tu Mama Tambien," while taking on writing, directing, shooting and co-editing jobs to tell the personal story of his middle class upbringing in early '70s Mexico City. Lanthimos, who has spent his career so far making chilly and darkly funny contemporary fables, time travels to early 18th century England and the reign of Queen Anne for his latest, a costume drama that proves to be a perfect playground for the director's bleak wit and gimlet-eyed view of humanity. Those reviews, plus Josh on Golden Brick contender HALE COUNTY THIS MORNING, THIS EVENING and the Best of 2018 listener poll. 0:00-1:10 - Billboard 1:10-20:14 - Review: "The Favourite" Nino Rota, "Roma" (Theme) 20:53-21:37 - Donations 21:37-24:26 - Next Week / Notes 24:26-35:26 - Golden Brickspotting: "Hale County This Morning..." 35:26-39:47 - Polls [Best of 2018, Cuaron's Best] 39:47-1:00:40 - Review: "Roma" 1:00:40-1:03:43 - Close Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Dec 07, 2018
#707: The Ballad of Buster Scruggs / Creed II / Burning
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 a proper film. This was all perfectly well and good, but how would that work with existing rankings of the Coens' filmography? Turns out we needn't have worried. THE BALLAD OF BUSTER SCRUGGS is not a series, but an anthology film made up of six distinct stories, all set in the 19th century American west, all peppered with the Coens' trademark wordplay and all deeply concerned with death. Adam and Josh debate whether the anthology's morbid preoccupation is ultimately nihilistic or hopeful, but they agree that the film is leavened by moments of grace (and some really good jokes). Plus, Adam on CREED II and a review of Lee Chang-dong's BURNING.      0:00-1:14 - Billboard 1:14-33:46 - Review: "The Ballad of Buster Scruggs" Willie Watson & Tim Blake Nelson, "When A Cowboy Trades His Spurs For Wings" 34:44-35:14 - Donations 35:14-38:59 - Next Week / Live Show 38:59-43:37 - In Memoriam: Roeg, Bertolucci, Jay 43:37-52:29 - Polls [Oscar Follow-Ups, Alfonso Cuaron] 52:29-58:49 - Adam Recommends: "Creed II" 58:49-1:10:38 - Review: "Burning" 1:10:38-1:13:45 - Close / Outtake Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Nov 30, 2018
#706: Q&A - Minding the Gap / Golden Brick Preview
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 overlooked or underseen film of the year. Also on the show, Adam's conversation with Bing Liu, Joshua Altman and Diane Moy Quon – the director, editor and one of the producers – of one of those Brick nominees, MINDING THE GAP. Adam and Josh also revisit their review from earlier this year of Chloe Zhao's THE RIDER, another nominee and, like "Gap," one of the standout films of the year. 0:00-1:16 - Billboard 1:16-31:56 - "Minding the Gap" Premiere Q&A Baker Man, "Approach" 32:44-39:44 - Golden Brick Preview 39:44-55:16 - Review: "The Rider" 55:16-58:39 - Close Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Nov 16, 2018
#705: Widows / Bohemian Rhapsody / Wildlife
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 thriller WIDOWS, writer Gillian Flynn's adaptation of a BBC miniseries from the 80s. Adam and Josh dig McQueen's take on a corrupt Chi-town, but debate his handling of some of the performances. They're in more agreement on actor Paul Dano's assured directing debut, WILDLIFE, which stars the always-great-but-maybe-never-greater Carey Mulligan along with Jake Gyllenhaal. And while Adam can't argue with the critical consensus on the new Queen biopic BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY, he can recommend the band's legendary 1985 Live Aid performance... which is available in all its glory online. 0:00-2:40 - Billboard 4:14-34:45 - Review: "Widows" Queen, "Killer Queen" 35:25-45:31 - Next Week / Movie Passes / Notes 45:31-52:37 - Massacre Theatre 52:37-1:00:11 - Adam on "Bohemian Rhapsody" Queen, "I Want To Break Free" 1:00:50-1:03:15 - Donations 1:06:11-1:22:27 - Review: "Wildlife" 1:22:27-1:25:50 - Close / Outtake      Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Nov 09, 2018
#704: Suspiria / Top 5 Uses of Color
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") keeps the '70s German dance academy setting, but adds a lot of real-world political upheaval to the original's bloody witches' brew. Adam and Josh debate the effectiveness of Guadagnino and company's intellectual approach to the story's giallo origins. Plus: there are color movies and then there are movies that have color. Giants of world cinema Kurosawa, Bergman and Hitchcock knew how to flaunt it, but so do an emerging class of young filmmakers who make savvy use of the cinematic palette. 0:00-1:57 - Billboard 3:25-30:01 - Review: "Suspiria" Thom Yorke, "Suspirium" 30:54-41:16 - Next Week / Notes 41:16-48:59 - Polls (Musical Biopics / Best Picture Follow-ups) Kay Thompson, "Think Pink" (from "Funny Face") 49:38-51:38 - Donations & Thank Yous 53:50-1:29:23 - Top 5: Uses of Color 1:29:23-1:33:02 - Close / Outtake       Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Nov 02, 2018
#703: New On Netflix (Hold The Dark, Private Life)
With his thoughtful takes on the revenge and violent thriller genres, "Blue Ruin" and "Green Room" director Jeremy Saulnier has emerged as one of most exciting young directors of the last decade. His latest, HOLD THE DARK, is an enigmatic thriller set in a remote Alaskan village. Skipping theaters entirely, it debuted on Netflix in September. Likewise, director Tamara Jenkins teamed with the streaming service for the long-awaited follow-up to her acclaimed 2007 film, "The Savages." Adam and Josh find much to recommend in both films, along with thoughts on the latest from Nicole Holofcener (THE LAND OF STEADY HABITS, also on Netflix), Marielle Heller (CAN YOU EVER FORGIVE ME?) and Frederick Wiseman (MONROVIA, INDIANA).    0:00-2:09 - Billboard 3:54-21:44 - Review: "Hold The Dark" 21:44-35:49 - "Hold The Dark" Spoilers Billie Eilish, "You Should See Me In A Crown" 36:36-48:33 - Next Week / Notes 48:33-55:37 - Massacre Theatre 55:37-1:10:23 - Recommendations: "Can You Ever Forgive Me?" "The Land of Steady Habits" "Monrovia, Indiana" Billie Eilish, "Copycat" 1:11:03-1:26:19 - Review: "Private Life" 1:26:19-1:28:55 - Close Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Oct 26, 2018
#702: Halloween ('78) / Halloween ('18)
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: there's Josh's 2007 first encounter, which resulted in one of only four negative reviews logged on Rotten Tomatoes. And then there's Adam's 2005 watch, which was part of the second ever Filmspotting Marathon. He named it the best film of that eight-part Horror Marathon, which included titles like "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre" and Dario Argento's "Suspiria." All these years later, they both had had some quibbles with those earlier takes. Also on the show, thoughts on David Gordon Green's new "Halloween" sequel, plus the Filmspotting poll and more.    0:00-2:30 - Billboard 3:44-34:00 - Review: "John Carpenter's Halloween"  John Carpenter, "Laurie's Theme" 34:32-43:47 - Next Week / Notes 43:47-50:48 - Polls [Horror Remakes / Music Biopics] 50:48-1:06:54 - Review: "Halloween" (2018) 1:06:54-1:09:29 - Close Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Oct 19, 2018
#701: First Man / Top 5 Movie Flights
Wunderkind director Damien Chazelle follows up his Oscar-winning "La La Land" with FIRST MAN, a Neil Armstrong biopic that avoids easy mythologizing to tell the story of an obsessive, grieving everyman who made history. This week on the show, Adam and Josh have a review of Chazelle's film and share their Top 5 Movie Flights - scenes that capture the thrill and terror (and chorus girls!) of aviation.      0:00-2:41 - Billboard 4:19-35:07 - Review: "First Man" Phosphorescent, "Beautiful Boy" 38:24-43:52 - Next Week / Notes 43:52-51:40 - Massacre Theatre Phosphorescent, "C'est la vie" 52:53-59:30 - Donations 59:30-1:40:08 - Top 5: Movie Flights 1:40:08-1:44:15 - Close / Hot Mics Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Oct 12, 2018
#700: A Star Is Born / Top 5 Movie Duets
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 story of a hard-drinking industry veteran discovering and grooming a young starlet (or singer) also has a strong awards pedigree, with those previous incarnations accumulating a total of 19 Oscar nominations. For his directing debut, Cooper isn't dabbling, and it seems like the gamble has paid off. Early reviews have been strong, including for Cooper's star: acting novice (if legit superstar) Lady Gaga. On this week's show, Adam and Josh join the new Star's fan club, but do they love it enough to satisfy the movie's most ardent fans? Also: the Chicago Tribune's Michael Phillips comes aboard for a preview of the Chicago Int'l Film Festival (Oct 10-21) and the Filmspotting Top 5: Movie Duets.        0:00-1:41 - Billboard 2:57-38:40 - Review: "A Star Is Born" Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga, "Shallow" 42:51-56:07 - Next Week / Notes 56:07-1:05:00 - Polls [Musical Dramas / Horror Sequels & Remakes] 1:05:00-1:23:09 - Preview: Chicago Int'l Film Festival Bugs Bunny & Elmer Fudd, ""What's Up Doc?" 1:23:54-2:32:05 - Top 5: Movie Duets 2:32:05-2:37:55 - Close  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Oct 05, 2018
#699: Lost In Translation 15th Anniversary / The Sisters Brothers
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 Best Director, and won Coppola a Best Original Screenplay Oscar. By criteria that are more difficult to measure, Bob and Charlotte's platonic Tokyo romance is just really meaningful to a lot of people. While Josh takes another look and what has long been his favorite Coppola, Adam brings a fresh pair of eyes to a film that underwhelmed him a decade and a half ago. That Sacred Cow review of LOST IN TRANSLATION and a review of the new THE SISTERS BROTHERS, featuring the dream pairing of Joaquin Phoenix and John C. Reilly as a pair of outlaw brothers in a film directed by Jacques Audiard ("A Prophet"). Plus, Josh's hearty recommendation for TEA WITH THE DAMES, and Adam's report on his rousing screening of INDIANA JONES AND THE LAST CRUSADE in 70mm. 0:00-1:04 - Billboard 2:45-28:39 - Review: "The Sisters Brothers" Caroline Rose, "Money" 29:27-35:28 - Next Week / Notes 35:28-42:26 - Massacre Theatre 42:26-45:11 - JL Recommends:  "Tea With the Dames" 45:12-51:01 - AK Recommends: "Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade" (in 70mm) Roxy Music, "More Than This" 51:52-1:21:09 - Sacred Cow: "Lost In Translation" 1:21:09-1:24:41 - Close Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Sep 28, 2018
#698: Lawrence of Arabia / Top 5 David Lean Moments
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 day), Adam and Josh return from Lean's "Arabia" in awe of the director's widescreen compositions, his revelatory transitions and the film's complicated take on hero worship and British exceptionalism. That Sacred Cow review, plus more praise for Lean with the Filmspotting Top 5: David Lean Moments.    0:00-1:26 - Billboard 2:25-30:37 - Sacred Cow: "Lawrence of Arabia" Maurice Jarre, "Main Title" (Lawrence of Arabia) 31:49-37:19 - Next Week / Notes 37:19-47:25 - Polls (Historical Epics / Musical Dramas) Maurice Jarre, "Then It's a Gift (End Title)" (Dr. Zhivago) 47:59-51:26 - Donations 51:26-1:27:09 - Top 5: David Lean Moments 1:27:09-1:30:01 - Close Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Sep 21, 2018
#697: The Predator / Burt Reynolds Tribute (Deliverance)
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 and the Bandit" and "Cannonball Run," and the benevolent despot of the late-'70s porn scene in his Oscar-nominated role in "Boogie Nights." But it's possible that none of those Reynolds performances would have existed without his star-making turn in 1972's DELIVERANCE. Reynolds' death gives Adam and Josh a chance to catch up with John Boorman's Best Picture-nominated film in a 'Blindspotting' review. Plus, a 'funny voices' edition of Massacre Theatre, and a review of the new THE PREDATOR. written and directed by Shane Black ("Kiss Kiss Bang Bang," "The Nice Guys").    0:00-2:26 - Billboard 5:26-23:55 - Review: "The Predator" Mountain Man, "Rang Tang Ring Toon" 25:35-31:10 - Next Week / Notes 31:10-42:50 - Massacre Theatre 44:50-1:23:04 - Burt Reynolds Tribute: "Deliverance" 1:23:04-1:26:15 - Close Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Sep 14, 2018
#696: Ethan Hawke Interview / Top 5 Hawke Moments
With the critical reappraisal of Ethan Hawke in full swing after a career-best performance in Paul Schrader's "First Reformed," Adam and Josh commemorate "The Hawkessance" with a consideration of the actor's long and varied career, from Todd Anderson's "sweaty-toothed madman" to Rev. Toller's existential despair (and all those Sunrises and Sunsets in between). Joining Adam and Josh for the Top 5 Ethan Hawke Moments is Keith Phipps, Next Picture Show co-host and author of his own recent reconsideration of Hawke. Plus, Adam's interview with Hawke, who talks about BLAZE, his new biopic about Texas singer-singwriter Blaze Foley, and also about the importance of letting your kids make their own mistakes.            0:00-1:39 - Billboard 2:29-35:30 - Interview: Ethan Hawke Blaze Foley, "Clay Pigeons" 37:10-48:18 - Next Week / Notes 48:18-57:13 - Polls (Hawke's best / Historical Epics) Nina Simone, "Just in Time" 1:00:02-2:05:47 - Top 5: Ethan Hawke Moments 2:05:47-2:09:05 - Close Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Sep 07, 2018
#695: Minding the Gap / Madeline's Madeline / Art House Roundup
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 candidates - including the Kartemquin Films-produced doc MINDING THE GAP, director Josephine Decker's Sundance hit MADELINE'S MADELINE and the experimental sports doc JOHN MCENROE: IN THE REALM OF PERFECTION. Plus, Josh's thoughts on the Brick-worthy NIGHT COMES ON and the critically-reviled puppet noir THE HAPPYTIME MURDERS. Also, Massacre Theatre and a clarification on that confusing Ethan Hawke poll question.  0:00-2:00 - Billboard 3:13-31:19 - Review: "Minding the Gap" Taylor Janzen, "Pretend That It's Not There" 33:05-36:39 - Golden Brickspotting: "Night Comes On" 36:39-46:03 - Next Week / Notes 46:03-53:48 - Massacre Theatre 53:48-59:58 - Josh on "Happytime Murders" Taylor Janzen, "Waiting Room" 1:01:14-1:07:23 - Donations 1:07:23-1:35:53 - Reviews: "Madeline's Madeline," "Realm of Perfection" 1:35:53-1:39:53 - Close / Outtake Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Aug 31, 2018
#694: Crazy Rich Asians / Top 5 Things We've Learned Podcasting (About Movies)
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, and getting by on less sleep.) Dave also joins the conversation about the new CRAZY RICH ASIANS, a hit at the box office and the first Hollywood studio-backed film in 25 years to feature a predominantly Asian and Asian-American cast.  0:00-1:51 - Billboard 1:51-30:20 - Review: "Crazy Rich Asians" Ruby Ibarra, "Us" 34:00-46:21 - Next Week / Notes 46:21-54:19 - Polls (Happytime Murders / Ethan Hawke) Ruby Ibarra, "Here" 56:37-1:50:47 - Top 5: Things We've Learned Podcasting (About Movies) 1:50:47-1:54:16 - Close Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Aug 24, 2018
#693: BlacKkKlansman / Top 5 Spike Lee Shots
Master filmmaker, trickster, provocateur, Spike Lee has been making bold and timely films for over three decades now. And with his latest, BLACKkKLANSMAN, he's also made one of his best. On this week's show, Adam and Josh give Lee the career retrospective treatment with the Filmspotting Top 5: Spike Lee Shots, along with a review of the outstanding and thought-provoking KLANSMAN. Plus, a special wish-fulfillment edition of Massacre Theatre and some listener feedback on episode 689's Top 5 Struggling Movie Adolescents.  0:00-3:10 - Billboard 4:48-45:53 - Review: "Blackkklansman" Crooklyn Dodgers, "Crooklyn" 49:54-58:25 - Next Week / Notes 58:25-1:06:21 - Massacre Theatre / Listener Feedback Public Enemy, "He Got Game" 1:09:01-1:51:50 - Top 5: Spike Lee Shots 1:51:50-1:54:00 - Close Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Aug 17, 2018
#692: The Dark Knight 10th Anniv. / HBO's Sharp Objects
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 decade of superhero movies made in its shadow? Adam and Josh give the Sacred Cow treatment to Christopher Nolan's film and - with the help of listeners - engage in a spirited debate about which film deserves the title of "Best Superhero Movie Ever." Plus, Adam's conversation with the writer and stars of HBO's SHARP OBJECTS. 0:00-2:09 - Billboard 3:05- 45:56 - Sacred Cow: "The Dark Knight” Black Puma, "Black Moon Rising" 49:02-1:08:31 - Next Week / Polls / Best Superhero Movie 1:08:31-1:46:47 - Interview: Gillian Flynn, Patricia Clarkson, Chris Messina 1:46:47-1:49:22 - Close / Outtake Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Aug 10, 2018
#691: Mission: Impossible - Fallout / Top 5 Tom Cruise Performances (Revisited)
The "M:I" franchise is over 20 years old, with its sixth installment - MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE - FALLOUT - currently in theaters. But ageless star Tom Cruise and his collaborators show no signs of slowing down when it comes to being a reliable source for action movie spectacle. Adam and Josh consider the near maniacal insistence on verisimilitude of writer/director Christopher McQuarrie and his star, and whether "Fallout's" focus on humanizing Ethan Hunt makes them regret Hunt didn't get more acclaim on their Top 5 Tom Cruise Performances. 0:00-3:07 - Billboard / Donations 3:08- 27:10 - Review: "Mission: Impossible - Fallout” Carolina Story, “We Were Young Once Too" 28:23-31:39 - Next Week / Polls [Best Superhero Movie] 31:40-1:27:45 - Top 5: Cruise Performances (Revisited) 1:27:45-1:32:37 - Close Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Aug 03, 2018
#690: Top 5 Films of 2018 (So Far)
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 their picks for the best of the year so far, and the new Filmspotting poll gives you just two options for best superhero movie... of all time.  0:00-4:34 - Billboard 5:19-36:33 - Top 5: Films of 2018 (So Far) Chance the Rapper, "Work Out" 37:53-44:47 - Next Week / Notes / New Poll 44:47-1:11:39 - Top 5: Films of 2018 (So Far), cont. 1:11:39-1:13:44 - Close *Correction: Simon Russell Beale plays Lavrenti Beria in "The Death of Stalin" not Nikita Kruschev (who is played by a very good Steve Buscemi). Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Jul 27, 2018
#689: Bo Burnham (Eighth Grade) / Top 5 Struggling Adolescents
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 male stand up comic pulled off such a sincere and moving depiction of a teenage girl's middle school anxiety? How - and why? This week on the show, Adam gets to ask that very question in his interview with Burnham, as the two talk about the value of seeing human stories on the big screen and the genius of the film's star, newcomer Elsie Fisher. Plus, Adam's thoughts on the new Eugene Jarecki doc THE KING and his interview with fellow Iowan Andrew Sherburne, co-director of the new doc SAVING BRINTON. All that and this week's Filmspotting Top 5: Struggling Adolescents. 0:00-1:57 - Billboard 1:57-36:11 - Interview: Bo Burnham 36:11-42:36 - Reaction: "Eighth Grade" Zac Clark, "Drugs" 43:38-55:31 - Next Week / Notes 55:31-1:01:51 - Massacre Theatre 1:01:51-1:07:12 - AK Recommends: "The King" 1:07:12-1:19:46 - Interview: Andrew Sherburne ("Saving Brinton") Zac Clark, "Love You Later" 1:21:12-1:23:45 - Donations 1:23:45-2:01:21 - Top 5: Struggling Adolescents 2:01:21-2:04:06 - Close      Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Jul 20, 2018
#688: Sorry to Bother You / Top 5 Worst Movie Jobs / Ant Man & The Wasp
Comedy, social satire, dystopian nightmare: rapper, producer, political activist Boots Riley's debut film SORRY TO BOTHER YOU has a lot on its mind. And that's a good thing. Adam and guest Michael Phillips have a review of Riley's film, including some spoiler talk on the movie's divisive ending. Plus, Michael's thoughts on ANT MAN AND THE WASP, a review of director Debra Granik's LEAVE NO TRACE, the long-awaited follow-up to her 2010 film "Winter's Bone," and a Top 5 first: two picks come from the same movie (bold move, Phillips). It's the Top 5 Worst Movie Jobs. 0:00-2:54 - Billboard 2:54-33:25 - Reviews: "Ant Man," "Sorry to Bother You" 33:25-41:46 - "Sorry" Spoiler Talk Caleborate, "Soul" (feat. Big K.R.I.T.) 42:42-1:00:05 - Next Week / Polls [Best Performances/Films of '18 (So Far)] 1:00:05-1:13:28 - Review: "Leave No Trace" Caleborate, "Bankrobber" 1:14:15-1:17:46 - Donations 1:17:46-1:57:48 - Top 5: Worst Movie Jobs 1:57:48-2:00:59 - Close   Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Jul 13, 2018
FS Revisited: The Terminator / Top 5 Films of 1984
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 TERMINATOR. On this episode from May 2017, Adam and Josh give James Cameron's seminal sci-fi thriller the Sacred Cow treatment, resulting in a heated split review. Plus, the Top 5 Films of 1984. 0:00-1:14 - Billboard 1:14-34:18 - Sacred Cow: "The Terminator" The Ramones, "Too Tough To Die" 35:16-1:12:47 - Top 5: Films of 1984 1:12:47-1:13:58 - Close   Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Jul 06, 2018
#687: Top 5 Women in Westerns / Damsel
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 feature memorable turns by actresses in key roles, like Grace Kelly and Katy Jurado in "High Noon," Angie Dickinson in "Rio Bravo" - and Madeline Kahn in "Blazing Saddles." This week on the show, Josh and the AV Club's Katie Rife share their Top 5 Women in Westerns along with a review of DAMSEL, the oddball new western from the Zellner Brothers ("Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter"), starring Robert Pattinson and Mia Wasikowska. 0:00-2:12 - Intro 2:55-18:56 - Review: "Damsel" 18:56-24:29 - "Damsel" Spoilers Nikki Lane, "Companion" 27:12-33:30 - Next week / Passes / Meetups 33:30-40:39 - Massacre Theatre 42:38-1:22:17 - Top 5: Women in Westerns 1:22:17-1:25:47 - Close Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Jun 29, 2018
#686: Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom / Top 5 Movie Chrises
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 rank them. On this week's show, Adam and Josh battle over the relative merits of Evans, Hemsworth, Pine and Pratt - and welcome another age-appropriate Chris to the club - as they offer a very special "Power Ranking" Top 5: Actors (between the ages of 35 and 39) Named Chris. Plus. a review of the Pratt-starring JURASSIC WORLD: FALLEN KINGDOM, directed by J.A. Bayona ("The Orphanage." "The Impossible"). 0:00-1:36 - Intro 2:19-23:20 - Review: "Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom" U.S. Girls, "A Rage of Plastics" 29:47-38:50 - Next week / Passes / Meetups / SVU 38:50-42:53 - Poll (Best Performances of 2018 So Far) U.S. Girls, "Pearly Gates" 44:50-48:34 - Donations 48:34-1:25:08 - Top 5: Movie Chrises 1:25:08-1:27:00 - Close Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Jun 22, 2018
#685: Incredibles 2 / Top 5 Pixar Performances / Hereditary
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 well not just because of the actor's familiarity, but because Woody also taps into the decency, good humor - and occasional comic hysteria - that define Hanks's on-screen persona. On this week's show, Adam and Josh celebrate that genius ear for casting with their Top 5 Pixar Performances, along with a review of the new INCREDIBLES 2. Plus, Josh's thoughts on the new indie horror film HEREDITARY, the "Ocean's 11 spin-off" OCEAN'S 8 and Golden Brick nominee "THOROUGHBREDS."      0:00-2:26 - Intro 1:11-27:06 - Review: "Incredibles 2" Neko Case, "Bad Luck" 29:50-45:37 - Next week / Notes / Massacre Theatre 45:37-53:58 - Larsen Recommends: "Hereditary," "Ocean's 8," "Thoroughbreds" Neko Case, "Hell-On" 56:23-1:35:21 - Top 5: Pixar Performances 1:35:21-1:37:31 - Close   Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Jun 15, 2018
#684: Top 5 Classic Rock Moments in Movies
Whether used ironically or to provide insight - or just to make characters look really, really cool - classic rock has been memorably employed by some of the best directors of the rock era. Joining Adam and Josh for their Top 5 Classic Rock Moments in Movies is writer and critic Steven Hyden, author of the new book "Twilight of the Gods: A Journey to the End of Classic Rock."    0:00-1:40 - Intro 3:15-26:07 - Top 5: Classic Rock Moments in Movies Donovan, "Atlantis" 29:05-31:14 - Notes 31:14-1:07:44 - Top 5: Classic Rock Moments in Movies, cont. 1:07:44-1:09:42 - Close Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Jun 08, 2018
#683: Almost Famous / Steven Hyden
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," Adam and Josh decided it was as good a time as any to revisit rock-critic-turned-filmmaker Cameron Crowe's ode to '70s rock ALMOST FAMOUS. As a meditation on criticism and the critic's relationship with artists, Adam and Josh agree that the movie is as authentic, moving and funny today as it was almost 20 years ago. They also agree on some minor quibbles with the film, but save their biggest debate for Billy Crudup's enigmatic guitarist Russell Hammond. Was Crowe right to pick a good actor over a good musician? Hyden makes it clear where he stands on the issue when he joins the conversation and also talks about the past, present and future of Classic Rock. And if you're wondering what happened to this week's top 5 list? It's coming. Sides 3 and 4 of this Filmspotting double album will drop next week when Hyden returns for the Top 5 Classic Rock Moments in Movies. 0:00-2:28 - Intro 3:11-49:33 - Sacred Cow: "Almost Famous" Elton John, "Tiny Dancer" 52:35-1:02:25 - Notes / Polls (Replacing an icon / Best of Pixar) 1:02:25-1:36:18 - Interview: Steven Hyden 1:36:18-1:45:10 - Close / Hot Mics Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Jun 01, 2018
#682: Solo: A Star Wars Story / Paul Schrader / Deadpool 2
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 it enough to justify the movie's existence? And what if your new Han isn't among the five best things about his own movie? Yes, Adam and Josh have issues with "Solo," but also some praise for the excellent supporting cast, at least one great action set-piece and Chewbacca, of course. Also on the show, recommendations for DEADPOOL 2 and the new doc CHOSEN: CUSTODY OF THE EYES, plus an interview with legendary writer/director Paul Schrader ("Taxi Driver," "Raging Bull," "Affliction"), whose new film, FIRST REFORMED with Ethan Hawke, is earning him some of the best reviews of his long and storied career. (Come for Schrader's brilliant insights into "slow cinema," stay for the anecdote about his intro to Ingmar Bergman at an Ann Arbor porn theater and the movie of his that he refers to as "a piece of juvenilia and an F.U. to my dad and his religion.")        0:00-2:05 - Intro 2:51-32:01 - Review: "Solo: A Star Wars Story" Mokoomba, "Mokole" 35:15-46:26 - Next Week / Notes / Corrections 46:26-53:09 - Massacre Theatre 53:09-1:01:49 - ]"Chosen: Custody of the Eyes," "Deadpool 2" 1:01:49-1:11:21 - Feedback: "Avengers: Infinity War" Mokoomba, "Njawane" 1:15:55-1:17:48 - Donations 1:17:48-1:53:49 - Interview: Paul Schrader 1:53:49-1:56:24 - Close / Outtake Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
May 25, 2018
#681: Lord of the Rings 15th Anniversary / Top 5 LOTR Scenes
Released in consecutive Decembers beginning in 2001, Peter Jackson’s colossal adaptation of Tolkien’s LORD OF THE RINGS trilogy reached its conclusion in 2003 with "The Return of the King" which went on to win 11 Oscars, including Best Picture and Best Director. Despite enjoying the first installment just fine, Adam never made time for "Two Towers" or "Return," which didn't stop him from spending much of the last fifteen years taking digs at the films and the people who loved them (people like Josh). But with 2019's Filmspotting Madness (Best of the 2000s) on the horizon - just past the Misty Mountains, in fact - Adam agreed to knock out his Hobbity blindspots with an epic (re)consideration of the trilogy in which he and Josh discuss the horror elements in the trilogy, the care with which Jackson depicts the cost of war and the greatness of Ian McKellen (and the rest of the brilliantly cast ensemble). Plus a Top 5 Scenes from the trilogy that illustrates how Jackson, in bringing the trilogy to life, was just as attentive to the subtle, quiet moments as he was the epic battle scenes. 0:00-2:32 - Intro 3:08-41:51 - "The Lord of the Rings" Howard Shore, "The End of All Things" 44:07-51:32 - Next Week / Notes 51:32-59:43 - Polls (Best of  Brolin / Taking Over an Iconic Role) Howard Shore, "The Prophecy" 1:01:54-1:42:39 - Top 5: "Lord of the Rings" Scenes 1:42:39-1:46:55 - Close / Outtake         Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
May 18, 2018
#680: Tully / Top 5 Too-Real Parenting Moments
"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" - just one of the films referenced in this week's Top 5: Too-Real Parenting Moments. As real-life parents of four (Adam) and two (Josh), this week's list has a more confessional quality to it than most. And it's all inspired by TULLY, the very good new film from Diablo Copy and Jason Reitman, previous collaborators on "Juno" and "Young Adult."  0:00-2:20 - Intro 2:56-38:05 - Review: "Tully" Bat Fangs, "Rock the Reaper" 39:29-57:09 - Next Week / Notes 57:09-1:04:04 - Massacre Theatre Bat Fangs, "Wolfbite" 1:07:44-1:46:45 - Top 5: Too-Real Parenting Moments 1:46:45-1:51:26 - Close / Outtake Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
May 11, 2018
#679: Summer Movie Preview / You Were Never Really Here / The Rider
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 despite Marvel's early box office dominance, big movies await in the form of high profile sequels for "Jurassic World," "Deadpool" and "The Incredibles." Oh, and a little "Star Wars Story" about Han Solo arriving on Memorial Day. For their look ahead at the upcoming slate of releases, Adam and Josh ignore (almost) all of those to pose their Top 5 Summer Movie Questions, with queries about the Pope, Mister Rogers and maybe this year's "Lady Bird"? Plus, reviews of Lynne Ramsay's YOU WERE NEVER REALLY HERE with Joaquin Phoenix and Chloe Zhao's acclaimed THE RIDER, and Adam recommends the new reality-is-stranger-than-fiction doc THREE IDENTICAL STRANGERS. 0:00-1:46 - Intro 2:42-42:19 - Summer Movie Preview Lucy Dacus, "Yours & Mine" 45:22-41:03 - Next Week / Notes 41:03-55:20 - Poll: Best of Brolin 56:30-1:27:30 - Review: "You Were Never...," "The Rider"  1:27:30-1:31:26 - Adam recommends: "Three Identical Strangers" 1:31:26-1:35:25 - Close Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
May 04, 2018
#678: Avengers: Infinity War / Top 5: Filmspotting's Avengers
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 affection for many of its Chrises, er, characters. And, oh my, are there so many characters. And while Josh at various points refers to the film as "exhausting" and "a long con," Adam defends directors Anthony and Joe Russo ("Captain America: Civil War") for bringing discipline and sound storytelling to their massive undertaking. Also on the show, the Top 5 "Filmspotting Avengers," which has Adam and Josh assembling their own teams of cinematic heroes. (Yes, of course this Top 5 has inspired a t-shirt design contest.) 0:00-2:07 - Intro 2:44-27:25 - Review: "Avengers: Infinity War" Waxahatchee, "No Question" 30:04-36:14 - Next Week / Notes 36:14-42:16 - Massacre Theatre Waxahatchee, "Recite Remorse" 43:57-46:34 - Donations 46:34-1:14:55 - Top 5: Filmspotting's Avengers 1:14:55-1:17:46 - Close Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Apr 27, 2018
#677: Lean on Pete / Top 5 Horse Scenes
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 know each other. For his 2015 follow-up, "45 Years," Haigh turned his focus to an aging husband and wife haunted by the past. (Charlotte Rampling was nominated for an Oscar for her performance.) And now Haigh's latest takes another surprising turn, with his adaptation of the Willy Vlautin novel LEAN ON PETE, which chronicles the relationship between a displaced teen and a past-his-prime race horse. But true to Haigh's work to date, PETE is a clear-eyed, unsentimental piece of work that - like his other films - is still capable of delivering a punch to the gut. On this week's show, Adam and Josh have a review of LEAN ON PETE and, in the tradition of inspired Top 5 topics like Bicycle Scenes and Movie Redheads, they share their Top 5 Horse Scenes (horses on stage! horses in the jungle! ship-wrecked horses!). Plus Chicago critic Steve Prokopy drops by to share some details about the upcoming Chicago Critics Film Festival (May 4th-10th). 0:00-2:05 - Intro 2:43-34:21 - Review: "Lean On Pete" Hurray for the Riff Raff, "Hungry Ghost" 38:13-49:28 - Milos Forman / Notes 49:28-59:20 - Filmspotting Madness Recap 59:20-1:15:24 - Preview: Chicago Critics Film Festival The Osmonds, "Crazy Horses" 1:17:54-1:51:53 - Top 5: Horse Scenes 1:51:53-1:55:29 - Close / Josh Recommends: Pizza Ranch     Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Apr 20, 2018
Minnelli Marathon Awards - The Garlands
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 carpet for "The Garlands," the best of the marathon awards, including their favorite Supporting and Lead Performances, Scene, "Minnelli Moment" and Picture. For the full Minnelli lineup and conversations, visit the Marathons page at  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Apr 18, 2018
#676: A Quiet Place / Top 5 Quiet Scenes / FS Madness Champ
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 like a Western and a well-observed family drama – even as it's scaring the pants off you. Krasinksi's movie also exploits its smart premise to potent effect: its monsters hunt by sound, so everyone - including the audience - is on aural high alert. For this week's Top 5, Adam and Michael look to films from icons like Kubrick, Hitchcock, Coppola and Spielberg for scenes that make effective use of silence. Plus, your 2018 Filmspotting Madness Champion. 0:00-1:42 - Intro 2:26-32:07 - Review: "A Quiet Place" Wye Oak, "The Louder I Call, the Faster It Runs" 34:10-41:52 - Notes / Next Week 41:52-56:20 - Filmspotting Madness Champion 56:20-1:11:45 - Top 5: Quiet Scenes Dave Shire, "The Conversation" (Main Theme) 1:13:43-1:36:01 - Top 5: Quiet Scenes cont. 1:36:01-1:39:57 - Close Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Apr 13, 2018
Minnelli Marathon #6 - Some Came Running
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 a truly lousy book." (RUNNING is based on James Jones's follow-up to "From Here To Eternity.") In the film, which was nominated for 5 Oscars, Frank Sinatra plays a slumping novelist back in his small Indiana hometown for the first time in 16 years. He's torn between two women - call girl Shirley MacLaine and sophisticated English teacher Martha Hyer. Along for the ride is Dean Martin as Sinatra's gambler pal. Michael admits to being "in the bag" for Minnelli's masterfully shot melodrama. But can Adam see his way past the movie's retrograde sexual politics? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Apr 11, 2018
#675: Ready Player One / Top 5 Movie Homages / FS Madness Final
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 explain some of the narrative shortcuts in Spielberg's visually impressive adaptation of the Ernest Cline bestseller. The good news about the story's leap to the big screen is an improvement on the fun, but slight source material and some electrifying moments of nostalgia-fueled fun. Adam and Tasha also go on an Easter Egg hunt of sorts, with their Top 5 Movie Homages (that is, movies referencing other movies), including a movie-length Tarantino homage that gobsmacks Adam when Tasha points it out. All that, plus the championship round of Filmspotting Madness. 0:00-2:44 - Intro 3:30-41:25 - Review: "Ready Player One" The Blow, "Get Up" 44:30-49:41 - Next Week / Notes 49:41-58:56 - Filmspotting Madness: Final 58:56-1:23:04 - Top 5: Movie Homages The Blow, "The Greatest Love of All" 1:25:06-1:57:43 - Top 5: Movie Homages, cont 1:57:43-2:01:03 - Close       Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Apr 06, 2018
Minnelli Marathon #5 - Lust for Life
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 visionary canvases. Which is to say that, yeah, it lacks a bit of subtlety now and then. But Douglas gives an intense and painfully vulnerable performance as Van Gogh, alongside memorable turns by James Donald as Vincent's long-suffering but loyal brother Theo, and Oscar-winner Anthony Quinn as a belligerent, larger-than-life Paul Gaugin. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Apr 04, 2018
#674: Isle of Dogs / Top 5 Wes Anderson Scenes / FS Madness Final Four
In 2007, Wes Anderson took his act overseas to India for "The Darjeeling Limited," and was accused by some of cultural insensitivity. Anderson's latest - the stop-motion animated ISLE OF DOGS - is set in Japan, and some of those same criticisms have resurfaced. While acknowledging its critics, Josh deems the setting "crucial" to the film's power and anoints it an early front-runner for his film of the year. But does (relative) Anderson-skeptic Adam follow his co-host's lead? A review of "Dogs," Josh and Michael Phillips' Top 5 Wes Anderson Scenes (from 2014) and the Filmspotting Madness: Best of the '90s Final Four revealed. 0:00-2:05 - Intro 3:00-37:24 - Review: "Isle of Dogs" Jack White, "Why Walk a Dog?" 39:58-49:07 - Next Week / Notes 49:07-1:01:11 - Filmspotting Madness: Final Four 1:01:11-1:16:39 - Top 5: Wes Anderson Scenes (2014) The Ramones, "Judy Is a Punk" 1:17:24-1:36:48 - Top 5: Anderson Scenes cont. 1:36:48-1:39:04 - Close          Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Mar 30, 2018
#673: Unsane / FS Madness Elite 8
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. Soderbergh has done it all. He shot his latest - the psychological thriller UNSANE featuring Claire Foy ("The Crown") - on an iPhone 7. Fresh from their screening, Adam and Josh offer up some "still processing" thoughts. Plus, results from the Sweet 16 matchups - "Fargo" v "Before Sunrise"? "Big Lebowski" v "Boogie Nights"? - of Filmspotting Madness: Best of the '90s. 0:00-2:01 - Intro 4:06-30:02 - Review: "Unsane" Carter Burwell, "Fargo, North Dakota" 32:32-41:39 - Next Week / Notes 41:39-58:40 - FS Madness: Elite 8 58:40-1:00:00 - Close Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Mar 23, 2018
Minnelli Marathon #4 - The Band Wagon
"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 Charisse's anxious ballerina for a doomed stage musical based on the Faust legend. With Astaire and Charisse and a script by the same duo that wrote "Singin' in the Rain," expectations were high. But despite a few stand-out numbers - go ahead and YouTube "Dancing in the Dark", and the film's noir-inspired "Girl Hunt" finale - Adam and Josh come up a little short of being able to say: "That's Entertainment." Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Mar 21, 2018
#672: Miller's Crossing / FS Madness Sweet 16
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 period gangster picture was a revelatory experience in Josh's early cinematic life, but it had been a couple decades since his last visit. Likewise for Adam. After getting unceremoniously bounced in the first round of the Best of the 90s Filmspotting Madness tournament, they decided to give "Crossing" another look and find it somehow an even greater achievement than those ecstatic first impressions. A couple decades watching Coen Brothers movies can, it seems, help you see even their earlier work more clearly. (And, oh man, that Carter Burwell score.) All that, plus Filmspotting Madness round two results and third-round matchups. 0:00-1:30 - Intro 3:54-41:52 - Sacred Cow: "Miller's Crossing" Carter Burwell, "Miller's Crossing Theme" 45:40-50:39 - Next Week / Notes 50:39-1:03:36 - Filmspotting Madness: Sweet 16 Stealers Wheel, "Stuck In The Middle With You" 1:05:50-1:26:44 - Filmspotting Madness: Sweet 16, cont 1:26:44-1:29:13 - Close      Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Mar 16, 2018
Minnelli Marathon #3 - The Bad and the Beautiful
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 melodrama THE BAD AND THE BEAUTIFUL, Minnelli gets a simultaneously charming and sinister performance from Kirk Douglas as a movie producer who'll do anything for his art. And - even better - Lana Turner as a starlet struggling with drink and depression. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Mar 14, 2018
#671: A Wrinkle in Time / Filmspotting Madness (Round 2)
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 kids novel shares some of the apocalyptic themes of Alex Garland's film - as well as some of its ability to confound. While agreeing that DuVernay managed to make something personal out of her 100-million-dollar, effects-driven film, they disagree about just how successful that something is. Plus, Filmspotting Madness: Best of the '90s opening round results and second round matchups.    0:00-2:08 - Intro 4:42-22:13 - Review: "A Wrinkle in Time" Shannon and the Clams, "The Boy" 24:53-32:05 - Oscars Recap / Next Week / Notes 32:05-50:15 - Filmspotting Madness: Round 2 Jonathan Richman, "There's Something About Mary" 51:29-1:21:36 - Filmspotting Madness: Round 2, cont 1:21:36-1:24:24 - Close / Hot Mics Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Mar 09, 2018
Minnelli Marathon #2 - Meet Me in St. Louis
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 six-film Minnelli Marathon. Coming a year after his 1943 debut "Cabin the Sky," the movie charts a year in the life of the Smith family, happily settled in the title city and eagerly anticipating the 1904 World's Fair. Despite its reputation as one of the great MGM musicals, Adam and Josh admit to some disappointment at the film's lack of stakes and its nostalgic embrace of the nuclear family as a platonic ideal. They admit to being charmed by Garland, though, along with a number of scenes that allow Minnelli to show off his technical brilliance. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Mar 07, 2018
#670: Annihilation / FS Madness (Best of the '90s)
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 giving the movie a thorough, spoiler-free working over, they dive into some spoiler talk and discuss the movie's ending in detail. (Fear not! They give you plenty of warning - and a music break - before getting spoiler-y.) Then it's into the mouth of madness as they walk you through the 32 opening round matchups in this year's Filmspotting Madness: Best of the '90s Edition. 0:00-2:04 - Intro 2:58-29:39 - Review: "Annihilation" 29:39-43:25 - "Annihilation" Spoilers Loma, "Relay Runner" 46:33-52:50 - Larsen Recommends: "Killer of Sheep" 52:50-1:08:49 - Next Week / Notes 1:08:49-1:37:05 - Filmspotting Madness: Opening Round Danny Elfman, "Ice Dance" (Edward Scissorhands) 1:40:13-2:12:38 - Filmspotting Madness, cont 2:12:38-2:24:04 - Close / Hot Mics Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Mar 02, 2018
Minnelli Marathon #1 - Cabin in the Sky
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 characterizations, the all-black musical is redeemed by astonishing performances from Ethel Waters, Eddie "Rochester" Anderson, and Lena Horne, along with memorable numbers for the likes of Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, John William "Bubbles" Sublett, and tap-dancer Bill Bailey. The movie also offers an early showcase of Minnelli's brilliant camerawork and gift for staging song and dance. Next week: 1944's "Meet Me in St. Louis"       Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Feb 28, 2018
#669: Titanic / Top 5 Overlooked '90s Movies
"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 the '90s recede further into the past, lesser-known (but also great) films are at risk of being forgotten. In anticipation of this year's edition of Filmspotting Madness, Adam and Josh recommend some overlooked '90s movies from Jane Campion, Spike Lee, John Sayles and more, and split on their Sacred Cow review of James Cameron’s TITANIC. 0:00-2:20 - Intro 3:14-41:31 - Sacred Cow: "Titanic" The Cardigans, "Lovefool" 44:18-47:05 - Next Week / Notes 47:05-58:38 - FS Madness Preview The La's, "There She Goes" 59:29-1:05:27 - Donations 1:05:27-1:43:51 - Top 5: Overlooked '90s Movies 1:43:51-1:45:40 - Close Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Feb 23, 2018
#668: Black Panther / Top 5 Superhero-Director Combos (We'd Like To See)
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 see on the big screen, including the directors - and stars - who should make them happen. Plus, the 4th annual Filmspotting Madness gets underway with the announcement of a handful of play-in matches. 0:00-1:24 - Intro 1:24-27:41 - Review: "Black Panther" Kendrick Lamar, "Black Panther" 28:36-37:46 - Next Week / Notes 37:46-47:37 - Massacre Theatre 47:37-1:01:04 - Filmspotting Madness Wings, "Magneto and Titanium Man" 1:01:55-1:46:43 - Top 5: Superhero-Director Combos (We'd Like To See) 1:46:43-1:56:18 - Close / Hot Mics Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Feb 16, 2018
#667: Darkest Hour / Top 5 Gary Oldman Performances
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 dozens of memorable roles. This week, Adam and Josh review Oldman's Oscar-nominated turn as Winston Churchill in Joe Wright's DARKEST HOUR and share a top 5 devoted to the chameleonic actor's most essential cinematic creations. 0:00-1:04 - Intro 1:04-30:00 - Review: "Darkest Hour" The Sex Pistols, "God Save The Queen" 30:49-46:48 - Next Week / FS Madness 46:48-1:19:42 - Top 5: Gary Oldman Performances 1:19:42-1:28:19 - Close / Hot Mics   Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Feb 09, 2018
#666: Top 5 Films of 1983 / Videodrome
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 auteurs from here and abroad - and Wally World, of course. Plus, a Blindspotting review of David Cronenberg's prescient techno-horror film, starring a sleazy James Woods along with Blondie's Debbie Harry. And stick around for "Bar-Hopping with Adam: Tampa Bay Edition" in the post-credits 'Hot Mics' segment. 0:00-1:19 - Intro 2:25-21:10 - Top 5: 1983 23:25-52:44 - Poll / Top 5: 1983, cont Howard Shore, "Welcome to Videodrome" 57:54-1:03:19 - Next Week / Notes 1:03:19-1:09:55 - Massacre Theatre 1:09:55-1:34:31 - Blindspotting: "Videodrome" 1:34:31-1:45:43 - Close / Hot Mics Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Feb 02, 2018
#665: Oscar Nominations / Revisiting Last Jedi / Paddington 2
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 cut. Listeners then chime in with their thoughts on THE LAST JEDI, with the hosts reflecting on their second helping of Rian Johnson's divisive entry into the Star Wars saga. Plus, Adam adds his voice to the chorus of praise for the consensus best film of the new year so far, PADDINGTON 2. 0:00-1:59 - Intro 3:53-30:18 - Oscar Nominations Alexandre Desplat, "The Shape of Water" 32:21-42:32 - Next Week / Next Marathon 42:32-51:25 - Adam recommends: "Paddington 2" John Williams, "The Supremacy" (The Last Jedi) 52:09-1:32:35 - Revisiting "The Last Jedi" 1:32:35-1:39:14 - Close / Hot Mics  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Jan 26, 2018
#664: 2018 Movie Preview / Phantom Thread
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. Conspicuously absent from those best of '17 lists? Paul Thomas Anderson's PHANTOM THREAD. Fresh off a second viewing, the hosts give the film the lovingly in-depth review it deserves. Plus, Massacre Theatre, the return of Larsen Recommends and, in the post-credits "Hot Mics" segment, bonus thoughts on "I, Tonya" and "The Greatest Showman." 0:00-1:23 - Intro 2:18-39:29 - 2018 Movie Preview Sufjan Stevens, "Tonya Harding" 42:50-48:44 - 2018 Preview, cont. 48:44-56:21 - Next Week / Larsen Recommends: "Mom and Dad" 56:21-1:06:09 - Massacre Theatre Jonny Greenwood, "The House of Woodcock" 1:07:12-1:47:55 - Review: "Phantom Thread" 1:47:55-1:59:28 - Close / Hot Mics Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Jan 19, 2018
#663: Best Movie Moments of 2017
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 Party," with a blissful recounting of their favorite movie moments of 2017. In addition to sharing their favorite scenes of the year (along with opening scenes, funniest scenes, music and most moving moments), they also reveal the winner of the 2017 Golden Brick Award. And stick around for the post-credits "Hot Mics" segment for Adam's story about watching JANE with the in-laws.    0:00-1:19 - Intro 2:22-29:08 - Opening Scene / Funniest Scene Dave Matthews Band, "Crash" 31:34-37:12 - Next Week / Notes 37:12-53:13 - Golden Brick Award 53:13-1:09:19 - Music Moment John Denver, "Take Me Home, Country Roads" 1:10:13-1:13:29 - Donations 1:13:29-1:55:09 - Moving Moment / Scene of the Year 1:55:09-2:05:59 - Close / Hot Mics Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Jan 12, 2018
#662: (Pt. 2) Top 10 Films of 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 their consensus choices for the best films of the year. Consensus, that is, with the exception of a pair of films that also happen to be among the most divisive films of '17. (Trigger warning for those of you who don't like to hear mommy and daddy fight.) 0:00-1:52 - Intro 2:49-52:17 - Top 10: Consensus Picks Hans Zimmer & Benjamin Wallfisch, "Home" (Dunkirk) 56:14-1:03:32 - Notes / 2017 Golden Brick Finalists 1:03:32-1:48:51 - Top 10: Consensus cont. 1:48:51-1:51:32 - Close Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Dec 29, 2017
#661: (Pt. 1) Top 10 Films of 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 "Consensus" choices, find out who has a soft spot for body-swapping anime, who isn't afraid to put a rom-com in their top ten, and who has a thing for... rats.      0:00-1:58 - Intro 4:01-48:51 - Top 10: Outliers Daniel Hart, "Little Notes" (A Ghost Story) 50:45-54:40 - Notes 54:40-1:02:17 - Poll: Best of 2017 1:02:17-1:37:56 - Top 10: Outliers cont. 1:37:56-1:43:36 - Close Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Dec 22, 2017
#660: The Last Jedi / Call Me By Your Name
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 Johnson's THE LAST JEDI - might follow in the footsteps of the series’ darkest chapter: “The Empire Strikes Back.” On this week’s show, Adam and Josh discuss a film that finds clever ways to acknowledge what has come before, while making a mark as a fresh, stylish and distinct new entry in the saga. Plus, thoughts on two Golden Brick candidates, LADY MACBETH and LOVING VINCENT, and Luca Guadagnino's acclaimed new film CALL ME BY YOUR NAME. 0:00-1:17 - Intro 1:17-35:31 - Review: "The Last Jedi" Big Thief, "Mythological Beauty" 36:33-45:57 - Brickspotting: "Lady Macbeth," "Loving Vincent" 45:57-53:57 - CFCA Nominations / Notes 53:57-1:00:15 - Massacre Theatre 1:00:15-1:14:29 - Review: "Call Me By Your Name" 1:14:29-1:16:39 - Close Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Dec 15, 2017
#659: Top 5 Best Worst Movies / The Disaster Artist / The Shape of Water
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 terrible movie that is so bad it's become legend - and a favorite at midnight movie screenings. It's also the subject of the new James Franco-directed (and starring) film THE DISASTER ARTIST, which tells the story of how "The Room" came to be. This week, reviews of "Artist" and THE SHAPE OF WATER, a wondrous new Cold War-era fairy tale from Guillermo del Toro. Plus, the Top 5 Best Worst Movies with Rob Hill, author of "The Bad Movie Bible." 0:00-2:03 - Intro 3:28-34:13 - Review: "The Shape Of Water" Ron Gallo, "Don't Mind The Lion" 36:09-38:47 - Next week / Notes 38:47-45:35 - Polls: "The Room" / Best of 2017 45:35-1:00:17 - Review: "The Disaster Artist" Ron Gallo, "Young Lady You're Scaring Me" 1:01:40-1:06:31 - Donations 1:06:31-1:40:53 - Top 5: Best Bad Movies 1:40:53-1:44:11 - Close / Outtake Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Dec 08, 2017
#658: Top 5 Movie Years / There Will Be Blood / Coco / Mudbound
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, "Pulp Fiction" versus Forrest Gump." And a decade ago - in 2007 - it was the Coen Bros’ "No Country for Old Men" versus Paul Thomas Anderson’s THERE WILL BE BLOOD. On this week's show, Adam and Josh honor the 10th anniversary of '07 with a Sacred Cow review of the PTA masterpiece and share their own Top 5 Movie Years. (Have a seat, 1939, you and Scarlett are going to sit this one out.) 0:00-2:01 - Intro 3:09-39:53 - Sacred Cow: "There Will Be Blood" Jonny Greenwood, "Prospector's Quartet" 42:57-45:57 - Next week / notes 45:57-56:28 - Massacre Theatre 56:28-1:03:37 - JL Recommends: "Coco" "Mudbound" Michael Giacchino, "Dia de los Muertos Suite" 1:06:14-1:47:27 - Top 5: Movie Years 1:47:27-1:49:20 - Close Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Dec 01, 2017
Revisiting The Force Awakens / Rian Johnson
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 overall positive, but notably non-specific. In anticipation of "The Last Jedi," they revisit the J.J. Abrams-directed film and that early review to see how they hold up. Plus, the show's interview with "The Last Jedi" director Rian Johnson recorded live at Filmspotting's 500th episode celebration in 2014. At the time, Johnson had just been announced as the writer/director of Episode VIII. He talks about how early pre-production was going, what order a Star Wars novice should watch the films in and more. 0:00-1:28 - Intro 1:28-33:29 - Review: "The Force Awakens" 33:29-1:14:25 - "Force Awakens" Feedback John Williams, "Star Wars" 1:14:52-1:22:41 - 2017 Golden Brick Contenders 1:22:41-1:39:39 - Interview: Rian Johnson 1:39:39-1:41:44 - Close  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Nov 24, 2017
#657: Lady Bird / Justice League / Top 5 Female-Directed Debuts
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 directing debut this fall with LADY BIRD. The autobiographical film is set in 2002 and stars Saoirse Ronan as the strong-willed Gerwig stand-in with Laurie Metcalf as her equally tough mom. Ronan's "Lady Bird" may be an iconoclast, but Adam and Josh are only too happy to conform to the critical consensus that Gerwig's film is one of the year's best. Plus, Josh's thoughts on the new JUSTICE LEAGUE and the Top 5 Female-Directed Debuts. 0:00-1:35 - Intro 2:23-27:42 - Review: "Lady Bird" First Aid Kit, "It's A Shame" 29:31-35:22 - Josh on "Justice League" 35:22-44:43 - Next Week ("The Force Awakens") / Notes 44:43-53:30 - Massacre Theatre 53:30-1:01:16 - Adam on "Orient Express," "Wonderstruck" First Aid Kit, "Postcard" 1:02:31-1:03:22 - Donations 1:03:22-1:36:07 - Top 5: Female-Directed Debuts 1:36:07-1:38:50 - Close Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Nov 17, 2017
#656: Wonderstruck / Killing of a Sacred Deer / Faces Places
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 directors: Todd Haynes ("Carol," "Far From Heaven") brings his experimental rigor to the adaptation of Brian Selznick's novel-with-pictures WONDERSTRUCK; former Golden Brick-winner Yorgos Lanthimos delivers Kubrick-inspired horror with THE KILLING OF A SACRED DEER; and the 89-year-old French New Wave pioneer Agnes Varda ends a decade-long hiatus with her joyous new doc FACES PLACES. Plus, results from the latest Filmspotting Death Match. 0:00-1:46 - Intro 2:36-26:29 - Review: "Faces Places" Destroyer, "In the Morning" 30:53-36:55 - Larsen Recommends: "Wonderstruck" 36:55-43:22 - Notes 43:22-54:30 - Polls: Death Match / "The Room" 54:30-1:00:29 - "The Killing of a Sacred Deer" 1:00:29-1:10:46 - Close / Hot Mics Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Nov 10, 2017
#655: Thor: Ragnarok / Top 5 Superhero Costumes
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 Marvel's new "Thor" movie to a director best known for a vampire mockumentary. On this week’s show, a review of director Taika Waititi’s THOR: RAGNAROK (long may you reign, Jeff Goldblum), and Adam and Josh go shopping for post-Halloween discounts with their Top 5 Superhero Costumes. 0:00-1:35 - Billboard 2:13-26:58 - Review: "Thor: Ragnarok" Manowar, "Thor (The Powerhead)" 29:59-39:46 - Next Week / Movie Passes 39:46-44:01 - Massacre Theatre James Newton Howard, "Green Lantern" 47:38-50:53 - Donations 50:53-1:32:38 - Top 5: Superhero Costumes 1:32:38-1:36:01 - Close Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Nov 03, 2017
#654: Night Of The Living Dead (1968) / Top 5 Horror Debuts
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 less invented a new movie monster. Yes, there were zombie movies before George Romero’s NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD, but - important distinction - Romero’s were the first to feast on human flesh. This Halloween weekend, Adam and Josh revisit "Dead" for a Sacred Cow review and share their Top 5 Horror Debuts. Plus, listeners name the best horror film of the last decade. 0:00-1:19 - Billboard 1:19-3:14 - Donations 3:14-41:44 - "Night Of The Living Dead" (1968) Benjamin Wallfisch, "Every 27 Years" ("It") 43:11-52:47 - Next Week / Movie Passes / New Merch 52:47-1:09:47 - Polls: Decade's Best Horror / Death Match Tobe Hooper & Wayne Bell, "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre" 1:10:44-1:45:24 - Top 5: Horror Debuts 1:45:24-1:58:41 - Close / Hot Mics Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Oct 27, 2017
#653: The Meyerowitz Stories / Top 5 Noah Baumbach Characters
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 movies like "The Squid and the Whale" and "Margot at the Wedding," and it’s true of his latest, THE MEYEROWITZ STORIES, with Dustin Hoffman as the bad dad, and Ben Stiller, Adam Sandler and Elizabeth Marvel as his dysfunctional kids. Like the good dads they are, Adam and Josh dote on MEYEROWITZ and share their Top 5 Baumbach Characters. Plus, Massacre Theatre and a post-credits "Hot Mics" segment with Adam's reaction to "Blade Runner 2049." 0:00-1:15 - Billboard 2:00-31:50 - Review: "The Meyerowitz Stories" Cherry Glazerr, "Told You I'd Be With The Guys" 34:27-43:30 - Next Week / Movie Passes / Notes 43:30-50:20 - Massacre Theatre Cherry Glazerr, "Nurse Ratched" 51:16-1:21:30 - Top 5: Noah Baumbach Characters 1:21:30-1:37:54 - Close / Hot Mics Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Oct 20, 2017
#652: The Florida Project / Sean Baker
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, “Tangerine” went from Sundance sensation in January to critical darling by year’s end. Baker’s new film, THE FLORIDA PROJECT, is set among the “Hidden Homeless” of Disney-adjacent Orlando. This week, Josh and guest Michael Phillips join the chorus of praise for FLORIDA and Adam sits down with Baker to discuss the film - and get his answers to our rapid-fire Q&A, "The Filmspotting Five." 0:00-1:08 - Billboard 1:08-23:17 - Review: "The Florida Project" The Flat Five, "Florida" 24:09-1:00:18 - Interview: Sean Baker 1:00:18-1:03:04 - Close Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Oct 13, 2017
Blade Runner 2049
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. 0:00-3:58 - Billboard 3:58-34:21 - Review: "Blade Runner: 2049" 34:21-36:20 - Close Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Oct 04, 2017
#651: American Made / Top 5 Tom Cruise Performances
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 Columbian drug cartel. Adam and Josh are positive on the Doug Liman-directed film, and consider the star's long, impressive career with their Top 5 Cruise Performances. 0:00-1:52 - Billboard 1:52-26:10 - Review: "American Made" John Williams, "End Credits" (Far & Away) 28:00-34:29 - Listener Feedback 34:29-50:51 - Polls: Cruise / Best Horror Since '07 Aimee Mann, "Save Me" 51:58-1:39:24 - Top 5: Tom Cruise Performances 1:39:24-1:42:02 - Close Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Sep 29, 2017
#650: Kingsman: The Golden Circle / Kogonada
In 2015, the comic book adaptation “Kingsman: The Secret Service” opened to divisive - but mostly favorable - reviews. Some critics appreciated the movie’s hyper-violent reimagining of a Bond-esque spy agency; others found it sadistic and in poor taste. Adam and Josh... skipped it entirely. This week, they caught up with it for a review of the new sequel “Kingsman: The Golden Circle.” Plus, Adam's interview with Kogonada, director of "Columbus," the acclaimed new film starring John Cho (and some famous Modernist buildings). 0:00-4:02 - Billboard 4:02-30:30 - Review: "Kingsman: The Golden Circle" Dead Pretties, "Confidence" 32:59-41:58 - Cruise Poll / Listener Feedback 41:58-53:02 - Massacre Theatre: Impenetrable Accent Edition 53:02-1:22:31 - Interview: Kogonada 1:22:31-1:25:58 - Close Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Sep 22, 2017
New Argentine Cinema #5 - Wild Tales
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 tone, both films successfully juggle multiple narratives and show their young writer-directors to be promising talents to keep an eye on. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Sep 20, 2017
#649: mother! / Top 5 Aronofsky Scenes / Kogonada's FS Five
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 Crowe’s Noah battles some of the same demons as Natalie Portman’s ballet dancer in “Black Swan” (or Mickey Rourke's broken warrior in "The Wrestler"). This week, Josh and guest host Michael Phillips review of Aronofsky’s latest, the Jennifer Lawrence-starring psychological thriller “mother!”. Then Adam drops back in for the Top 5 Aronofsky Scenes. Plus, the Filmspotting Five with "Columbus" director Kogonada.      0:00-1:41 - Billboard 1:41-26:30 - Review: "mother!" (w/ Michael Phillips) Feist, "Any Party" 28:17-44:41 - Next week / MT Music Fun / Crushing Linklater 44:41-55:50 - Polls: Aronofsky / Tom Cruise 55:50-1:03:43 - Filmspotting Five: Kogonada Feist, "Pleasure" 1:05:15-1:06:55 - Donations 1:06:55-1:46:11 - Top 5: Aronofsky Scenes 1:46:11-1:48:34 - Close / Outtake Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Sep 15, 2017
New Argentine Cinema #4 - The Headless Woman
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 vehicular homicide. Adam and Josh discuss Martel's gift for inviting the audience to find empathy with an often unsympathetic figure.      Up next: Damián Szifrón's Oscar-nominated "Wild Tales." And coming Friday, Sept. 15: Josh and Michael Phillips review Darren Aronofsky's  "mother!" and the Top 5 Aronofsky Scenes with Josh and Adam. Click to learn more about Filmspotting Marathons. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Sep 13, 2017
#648: It (2017) / Top 5 Stephen King Scares
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. Since then, there’s hardly been a year without a King movie adaptation, including two prominent ones this year - THE DARK TOWER and this weekend’s IT, featuring one of King’s most memorable creations: Pennywise the Clown. This week, fresh from a screening, Adam and Josh offer thoughts on IT, and share King-induced childhood traumas with their Top 5 Stephen King Movie Scares. Plus a (sort of) Musical Massacre Theatre and another new Golden Brick nomination - director Kogonada's COLUMBUS.      0:00-1:55 - Billboard 3:37-34:23 - Review: "It" (2017) EMA, "I Wanna Destroy" 40:29-45:08 - Next week / Argentine Marathon / Correction 45:08-52:50 - Massacre Theatre 52:50-1:04:15 - Brickspotting: "Columbus" EMA, "Blood and Chalk" 1:05:12-1:48:59 - Top 5: Stephen King Movie Scares 1:48:59-1:58:59 - Close / Hot Mics     Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Sep 06, 2017
#647: Blade Runner / Top 5 Films of 1982
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 Tribune's Michael Phillips joins Adam and Josh for a Sacred Cow review of Ridley Scott's seminal sci-fi noir (we chose THE FINAL CUT," if you're curious) and the Top 5 Films of 1982. Plus, listeners weigh in on our '82 Death Match - Blade Runner vs E.T. - and Michael recalls seeing "An Officer and a Gentleman" with his college girlfriend (and her grandparents). 0:00-1:51 - Billboard 1:51-37:43 - Sacred Cow: "Blade Runner" "End Credits", Vangelis (Blade Runner) 38:42-39:32 - Donations 39:32-45:10 - Brickspotting: "Lemon," "Brigsby Bear" 45:10-55:38 - Next week / Argentine Marathon / Listener Feedback 55:38-1:03:54 - Polls ("Blade Runner" v "E.T.") 1:03:54-1:20:28 - Top 5: Films of 1982 "Up Where We Belong," Joe Cocker & Jennifer Warnes 1:21:23-2:00:20 - Top 5 cont. 2:00:20-2:06:07 - Close / Hot Mics   Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Sep 01, 2017
New Argentine Cinema #3 - La Ciénaga
Following the inspired narrative flights of "Extraordinary Stories" and the fleet-footed absurdism of "Castro," the New Argentine Cinema Marathon takes Adam and Josh to The Swamp. Lucrecia Martel's celebrated debut film from 2001 abounds in fetid unease and the dread of impending catastrophe. They admire Martel's vision and control of tone, but question the effectiveness of the film's resolution. Up next: Martel's "The Headless Woman" (2008) And coming Friday, Sept. 1: Sacred Cow review of "Blade Runner" and the Top 5 Films of 1982 w/ Michael Phillips Click to learn more about Filmspotting Marathons. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Aug 30, 2017
#646: Fall Movie Preview / Logan Lucky
With new films from George Clooney ("Suburbicon"), Taika Waititi ("Thor: Ragnarok") and Darren Aronofsky (the Jennifer Lawrence-starring "mother!") scheduled for release before Thanksgiving, Adam and Josh assemble their Top 5 Fall Movie Questions.  Plus, a split review on Steven Soderbergh's new NASCAR-set heist movie, LOGAN LUCKY, and a slapstick edition of "Hot Mics." 0:00-1:05 - Billboard 2:04-27:03 - Review: "Logan Lucky" Matt Pond PA, "Still Summer" 28:01-35:58 - Jerry Lewis / Notes 35:58-47:16 - Massacre Theatre 47:16-58:46 - Top 5: Fall Movie Preview Matt Pond PA, "A Spark" 59:40-1:35:33 - Fall Preview, cont. 1:35:33-1:49:56 - Close / Hot Mics Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Aug 25, 2017
New Argentine Cinema #2 - Castro
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.   Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Aug 24, 2017
#645: The Trip to Spain / Safdie Bros. (Good Time) / The Glass Castle
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 and existential dread) - he and Adam review the third installment, THE TRIP TO SPAIN. Plus, Adam's interview with Josh and Benny Safdie, directors of the Robert Pattinson-starring GOOD TIME, and Josh's thoughts on WHOSE STREETS? and the new memoir-turned-movie THE GLASS CASTLE. Oh, and the return of "Hot Mics!" 0:00-1:53 - Billboard 1:53-31:37 - Review: "The Trip to Spain" John Mark Nelson, "Little Notions" 35:10-54:07 - "Whose Streets?" / Notes / Polls 54:07-59:35  - "The Glass Castle" John Mark Nelson, "Where Does That Leave Us Now" 1:00:21-1:09:38 - Donations 1:09:38-1:38:57 - Interview: Safdie Bros. 1:38:57-1:51:34 - Close / Hot Mics *See Charles Bramesco's "Ranking All the Impressions in The Trip Trilogy" on Vulture. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Aug 18, 2017
New Argentine Cinema #1 - Extraordinary Stories
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 hours and featuring dozens of characters, Llinas maintains incredible control over his unwieldy beast of a movie. This episode is presented by MUBI. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Aug 16, 2017
FS Revisited: Reservoir Dogs / Top 5 Films of 1992
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 Tarantino’s debut still hold up? In this 2015 episode of the show, they reacquaint themselves with Mr. Blonde, Mr. Pink and the rest of the gang for a Sacred Cow review of DOGS, plus share their Top 5 Films of 1992. 0:00-1:32 - Billboard 1:32-40:58 - Sacred Cow: "Reservoir Dogs" Sandy Rogers, "Fool for Love" 41:47-1:17:42 - Top 5: Films of 1992 1:17:42-1:19:00 - Close Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Aug 11, 2017
#644: Detroit / Top 5 Films of 1967
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. Looking back five decades to the summer of 1967, Bigelow's film documents the racial tensions and police violence that exploded into the Detroit riots. A review of DETROIT, plus news on a new Filmspotting Marathon and Adam and Josh share their Top 5 films of the landmark film year of '67. 0:00-1:23 - Billboard 1:23-30:27 - Review: "Detroit" Simon & Garfunkel, "Mrs. Robinson" 33:01-53:33 - Notes / Massacre Theatre 53:33-58:58 - Donations 58:58-1:36:23 - Top 5: Films of 1967 1:36:23-1:39:11 - Close / Outtake Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Aug 04, 2017
#643: Valerian / Top 5 Alien Worlds
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 Gordon and hallucinogenic drugs? This one might be for you. Directed by Luc Besson, the ambitious French filmmaker behind "The Fifth Element" and 2014's "Lucy," VALERIAN is the most expensive film ever made in France. The good news: the money is up there on the screen for all to see (for better and for worse). Don't know about hallucinogenic drugs, but one of your  hosts does have a fondness for Flash Gordon, and finds enough in Valerian to recommend it. The other one is Josh. Flash, Ming the Merciless and Planet Mongo also make their way into this week's Top 5: Alien Worlds. Cue the Queen. 0:00-1:48 - Billboard 1:48-29:20 - Review: "Valerian and the City..." B-52s, "Planet Claire" 32:31-35:25 - Donations 35:25-46:18 - Notes / Polls 46:18-1:20:28 - Top 5: Alien Worlds 1:20:28-1:24:52 - Close Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Jul 28, 2017
#642: Dunkirk / Top 5 Films of 2017 (So Far) / War For The Planet of the Apes
Christopher Nolan films are many things, but they are rarely straightforward (or short). So DUNKIRK - based on the legendary WWII rescue effort - comes as something of a surprise. Clocking in at a tidy hour 49 minutes, Nolan's latest is a lean, (sort of) old-fashioned war picture. Still vibrating from Hans Zimmer's score, Adam and Josh share their post-screening thoughts on the film and - live from a small town Wisconsin bookstore - reveal their Top 5 Films of 2017 (So Far). Plus, Josh's take on WAR FOR THE PLANET OF THE APES, and we note the passing of George Romero and Martin Landau. 0:00-2:03 - Billboard 2:03-47:54 - Top 5: Films of 2017 (So Far) Pieta Brown, "Stopped My Horse" 51:22-1:08:24 - Notes / Massacre Theatre 1:08:24-1:16:52 - Larsen Recs: "War for the Planet of the Apes" Pieta Brown, "Once Again" 1:17:52-1:39:44 - Review: "Dunkirk" 1:39:44-1:43:16 - Close / Outtake  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Jul 21, 2017
#641: Spider-Man: Homecoming / Baby Driver / A Ghost Story
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 natural habitat: high school - mostly to its benefit. Adam and Josh offer their review, plus some contrarian thoughts on Edgar Wright's BABY DRIVER and raves for David Lowery’s Sundance hit A GHOST STORY. 0:00-4:30 - Billboard / Donations 4:30-31:17 - Review: "A Ghost Story" John Spencer Blues Explosion, "Bellbottoms" 34:07-58:30 - Notes / Polls 58:30-1:12:33 - Review: "Baby Driver" Queen, "Brighton Rock" 1:15:51-1:31:53 - Review: "Spider-Man: Homecoming" 1:31:53-1:35:10 - Close Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Jul 14, 2017
#640: The Beguiled / Top 5 Sofia Coppola Scenes
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 since then, she's compiled one of the most distinctive filmographies of the 21st century. THE BEGUILED is a very Coppola remake of the 1971 Don Siegel/Clint Eastwood collaboration set during the Civil War at a Virginia girls' school. It stars Nicole Kidman, Elle Fanning, Colin Farrell and Coppola regular Kirsten Dunst, and it won Coppola the Best Directing Prize at Cannes back in May. This week, Coppola skeptic Angelica Jade Bastien (Vulture) joins Josh for a review of the film along with their Top 5 Sofia Coppola Scenes. 0:00-1:25 - Billboard 1:25-28:25 - Review: "The Beguiled" Siouxsie & The Banshees, "Hong Kong Garden" 29:30-38:46 - Notes / Massacre Theatre 38:46-1:07:41 - Top 5: Sofia Coppola Scenes 1:07:41-1:11:13- Close / Outtake Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Jun 30, 2017
Kumail Nanjiani ("The Big Sick")
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 should make him a familiar face to many more. The film - co-written with Nanjiani's wife Emily V. Gordon - tells the story of their unusual courtship, which, along with family tensions and cultural differences, also included a life-threatening illness that struck Gordon while the two were dating.  Nanjiani talks about the art of co-writing a screenplay with your spouse (spoiler: it helps to have Judd Apatow mentor you), the most difficult scene he's ever had to shoot, and he shares his Top 5 Most Influential Movies. Plus, he and Adam chat about their college days - that they nearly spent together and answers the Filmspotting Five. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Jun 23, 2017
Ana Lily Amirpour ("The Bad Batch")
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 double-amputee for a protagonist (Suki Waterhouse). The new movie features a cast that includes Jim Carrey, Keanu Reeves and Jason Momoa. Adam and Amirpour talk the relativity of badness, the consequences of seeing inappropriate movies at an early age and their favorite Keanu performances. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Jun 21, 2017
#639: It Comes At Night / Top 5 Movies About Grief
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 AT NIGHT, an unnerving - and unconventional - horror film that has impressed critics and frustrated some audiences. Shults’ film is as much about loss as it is about scares, so along with a review of his film, Adam and guest host Michael Phillips share their Top 5 Movies About Grief. Plus thoughts on the late Glenne Headley and Adam's recommendation of the Sundance hit "Band Aid." 0:00-3:57 - Billboard 3:57-31:42 - Review: "It Comes At Night" Angelica Garcia, "The Devil Can Get In" 34:12-40:18 - Adam Recommends: "Band Aid" 40:18-52:27 - Polls Angelica Garcia, "Orange Flower" 54:30-56:33 - Donations 56:33-1:41:45 - Top 5: Movie About Grief 1:41:45-1:46:31- Close  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Jun 16, 2017
#638: Wonder Woman / Top 5 Movie Religious Experiences / Trey Shults
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 office - and at least one member of the Larsen household practicing Diana-inspired high-kicks. On this week's show, Adam and Josh - bound by the Lasso of Hestia - share their takes, then confess their Top 5 Movie Religious Experiences. Plus, Adam's conversation with "Krisha" director Trey Shults, whose new film "It Comes At Night" opens this weekend. 0:00-1:56 - Billboard 1:56-31:17 - Review: "Wonder Woman" Secret Sisters, "You Don't Own Me Anymore" 34:06-46:43 - Notes / Massacre Theatre 46:43-1:14:27 - Interview: Trey Shults Secret Sisters, "Tennessee River Runs Deep" 1:17:36-2:03:20 - Top 5: Movie Religious Experiences 2:03:20-2:05:55 - Close Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Jun 09, 2017
#637: War Machine / Top 5 Movie Military Leaders
Inspired by Gen. Stanley McChrystal's dramatic fall from grace in 2010 following an unflattering Rolling Stone profile, the new WAR MACHINE from Netflix puts a scowling Brad Pitt in McChrystal's boots for its Afghanistan-set satire. Despite an impressive ensemble cast, Adam and Josh agree that the film has a challenging time finding the right tone. But they also agree that a trio of actors best known for iconic work in the '80s make the most of their screen time. That review, plus the Top 5 Movie Military Leaders. 0:00-2:42 - Billboard 2:42-28:15 - Review: "War Machine" Black Sabbath, "War Pigs" 30:42-46:42 - Cannes / Notes 46:42-55:57 - Polls Malcolm Arnold, "Bogey's March" 58:33-1:00:36 - Donations 1:00:36-1:40:07 - Top 5: Movie Military Leaders 1:40:07-1:44:02 - Close      Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Jun 02, 2017
#636: Top 5 Films of 1984 / The Terminator
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 TERMINATOR. Adam and Josh give James Cameron's seminal sci-fi thriller the Sacred Cow treatment, resulting in a surprisingly heated review. Plus, the Top 5 Films of 1984. 0:00-1:35 - Billboard 2:21-35:28 - Sacred Cow: "The Terminator" The Ramones, "Too Tough To Die" 37:07-55:28 - Notes / Massacre Theatre 55:28-1:01:43 - Listener Feedback Kenny Loggins, "Footloose" 1:02:21-1:04:58 - Donations 1:04:58-1:42:21 - Top 5 Films of 1984 1:42:21-1:44:43 - Close   Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
May 26, 2017
#635: Alien: Covenant / Top 5 Alien Attacks
Anticipation was high back in 2012 when director Ridley Scott returned to the "Alien" franchise with “Prometheus.” Despite a somewhat mixed response from audiences and critics, the 79-year-old Scott finds himself back aboard a doomed spacecraft with ALIEN: COVENANT. The return of the xenomorphs to the big screen is also the inspiration for this week’s Top 5: Alien Attacks.  0:00-2:28 - Billboard 2:28-33:12 - Review: "Alien: Covenant" Deep Purple, "Space Truckin'" 36:29-59:17 - Notes 59:17-1:07:29 - Polls Ella Fitzgerald, "Two Little Green Men In a Flying Saucer" 1:11:43-1:47:03 - Top 5: Alien Attacks 1:47:03-1:49:42 - Close  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
May 19, 2017
#634: Top 5 Jonathan Demme Moments / Something Wild
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," but his 1986 cult road trip comedy SOMETHING WILD may be an even better representative of what made him so special. This week, Adam and Josh catch up with that Demme blindspot and – with a little help from some friends – share their Top 5 Jonathan Demme Moments.     0:00-4:42 - Billboard 4:42-32:23 - Blindspotting: "Something Wild" David Byrne, "Loco de Amor" 34:06-53:41 - Notes / Massacre Theatre Talking Heads, "Once in a Lifetime" 54:32-1:39:10 - Top 5: Demme Moments 1:39:10-1:42:12 - Close  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
May 12, 2017
Varda Marathon #6: The Beaches of Agnes / "The Cleos"
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 AGNES, followed by "The Cleos" - their awards for the series' best performances, scenes, picture and more. 0:00-17:23 - Review: "The Beaches of Agnes" 17:23-38:07 - The Cleos Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
May 11, 2017
#633: Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 / Summer Movie Preview
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 "Logan" have already come and made their millions. So what do we have to look forward to when we need to escape the heat? Well, first up, it's GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 2. Adam and Josh review the James Gunn-directed sequel, and preview their most anticipated movies of the season with their Top 5 Summer Movie Questions. 0:00-2:01 - Billboard 2:01-26:37 - Review: "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2" Sam Cooke, "Bring It On Home To Me" 28:06-41:07 - Notes 41:07-50:22 - Polls ELO, "Mr. Blue Sky" 47:08-1:24:51 - Summer Movie Preview 1:24:51-1:28:52 - Close Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
May 05, 2017
#632: Top 5 Movie Expeditions (We'd Sign Up For) / The Lost City of Z
The movies have taken us on great adventures over the years, both real and imagined: through the deepest jungle, across perilous oceans, to distant planets - and beyond. But which of those cinematic adventures would you actually participate in if given the chance? This week, the Top 5 Movie Expeditions Adam and Josh would sign up for, along with their review of James Gray’s new movie adventure THE LOST CITY OF Z. Plus, Steve Prokopy drops by to preview the Chicago Critics Film Festival. 0:00-2:00 - Billboard 2:00-27:15 - Review: "The Lost City of Z" Fionn Regan, "The Meetings of the Waters" 28:55-39:25 - Notes / Massacre Theatre 39:25-51:10 - Chicago Critics Film Fest Fionn Regan, "Book of the Moon" 56:58-1:24:35 - Top 5: Movie Expeditions (We'd Sign Up For) 1:24:35-1:30:41 - Close / Outtake  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Apr 28, 2017
Varda Marathon #5: The Gleaners and I
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 eccentric individuals) that belong to the French tradition of gathering up what's left behind after a harvest. Documenting the various gleaners, pickers and dumpster-divers becomes a meditation on the creative process itself as Varda becomes a subject of her own film. On Filmspotting #632 (Friday, April 27): James Gray's THE LOST CITY OF Z and the Top 5 Movie Expeditions (We'd Sign Up For). Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Apr 27, 2017
#631: The Fate of the Furious / Top 5 Fast & Furious Moments
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 devoting the whole show to Alpha Dom and his ever-expanding crew. The Next Picture Show's Tasha Robinson and Genevieve Koski join Adam for a review of THE FATE OF THE FURIOUS, plus a replay of Adam and Josh's Top 5 Fast & Furious Moments from 2015.​ 0:00-1:43 - Billboard 1:43-33:25 - Review: "The Fate of the Furious" Lil Uzi Vert, "Go Off" 35:53-37:02 - Notes 37:02-1:13:36 - Top 5: Fast & Furious Moments (2015) 1:13:36-1:16:51 - Close  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Apr 21, 2017
#630: Rushmore / FS Madness Champ / Charlie Siskel (American Anarchist) Interview
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. Adam and Josh – who joins the show from Ebert Interruptus in Boulder, CO - give Anderson's film the Sacred Cow treatment and unveil your 2017 Filmspotting Madness champion. Also, Adam's interview with Charlie Siskel, co-director the Oscar-nominated "Finding Vivian Maier" and director of the new doc AMERICAN ANARCHIST. Siskel also shares his Top 5 Most Influential Docs. 0:00-1:29 - Billboard 1:29-35:09 - Sacred Cow: "Rushmore" Cat Stevens, "The Wind" 38:33-1:00:22 - FS Madness Champion / Poll The Rolling Stones, "I Am Waiting" 1:01:18-1:35:22 - Interview: Charlie Siskel 1:35:22-1:37:55 - Close    Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Apr 14, 2017
#629: The Discovery / FS Madness Final / Varda #4 - Vagabond
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 with surreal, Charlie Kaufman-esque flourishes. McDowell’s follow up - THE DISCOVERY, which stars Rooney Mara, Jason Segel and Robert Redford, also has a provocative sci-fi premise, this one about the consequences of scientists proving the existence of an afterlife. The film debuted to some acclaim this January at Sundance and is now being distributed exclusively on Netflix. This week on the show, Adam and Josh mostly agree about the movie's failings, but still manage to get into a fight over Jesse Plemons. Plus, Filmspotting Madness Final Four results (The Godfather v 2001! Pulp Fiction v Empire Strikes Back!) and the Agnes Varda Marathon continues with the director's 1985 masterpiece VAGABOND. 0:00-1:16 - Billboard 1:16-29:08 - Review: "The Discovery" Alt-J, "3WW" 30:08-53:20 - Notes / FS Madness 53:20-1:16:55 - Varda #4: "Vagabond" 1:16:55-1:27:55 - Close / Hot Mics Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Apr 06, 2017
#628 with Michael Phillips: Casablanca / FS Madness Final Four
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 lines, songs and faces have retained their power. But what does the film itself have to offer 21st-century audiences? (Spoiler: quite a lot actually.) In honor of its 75th anniversary, Adam, guest host Michael Phillips and film professor Katharine Fusco revisit the WWII-era classic with a Sacred Cow review. Plus, Michael mocks and then kinda sorta recommends Terrence Malick's "Song to Song," and the Filmspotting Madness Final Four is revealed. 0:00-2:01 - Billboard 2:01-42:32 - Sacred Cow: "Casablanca" Dooley Wilson, "As Time Goes By" 43:58-51:15 - MP Review: "Song to Song" 51:15-1:11:26 - Filmspotting Madness 1:11:26-1:16:57 - Close / Outtake Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Mar 30, 2017
#627: Top 5 Kristen Stewart Scenes / FS Madness / Varda #3 - One Sings, The Other Doesn't
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 couple of notable indies and European films recently, her cult of fans is expanding. With Stewart's latest Oliver Assayas collaboration (PERSONAL SHOPPER) now in limited release, Adam and Josh devote this week’s Top 5 to a few of the actress's best moments on screen, plus a conversation with director Stephen Cone about his powerful response to "Shopper". Also, Filmspotting Madness Sweet 16 results, your Elite 8 matchups, and Agnes Varda's ONE SINGS, THE OTHER DOESN'T (1977). 0:00-2:05 - Billboard 3:44-15:16 - "Personal Shopper" w/ Stephen Cone 15:16-44:50 - Top 5 Kristen Stewart Scenes Mitski, "Your Best American Girl" 51:10-1:18:50 - Filmspotting Madness Mitski, "Once More To See You" 1:21:12-1:25:47 - JL Review: "Beauty and Beast" (2017) 1:25:47-1:50:02 - Varda #3: "One Sings, The Other Doesn't"  1:50:02-1:54:32 - Close / Outtake Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Mar 23, 2017
#626 with Danny Boyle: Top 5 Boyle Characters / FS Madness / Varda #2 - The Creatures
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 Ewan McGregor - is making a surprise comeback 20 years later with the release of T2 TRAINSPOTTING. Also back: director Danny Boyle. This week on the show, Boyle sits down with Adam to talk about how he approached the sequel, and contributes his own Top 5 Danny Boyle Characters. (Spoiler: they're all women.) Plus, a surreal chat with Tim Heidecker and Gregg Turkington from Adult Swim's "On Cinema," Filmspotting Madness Round 2 results and Film Comment's Violet Lucca drops in for week 2 of the Agnes Varda Marathon. 0:00-2:00 - Billboard 3:45-39:01 - Top 5 Danny Boyle Characters Young Fathers, "Only God Knows" 40:37-1:01:17 - T2 / Boyle Characters, cont. 1:01:17-1:13:35 - Tim Heidecker and Gregg Turkington 1:13:35-1:42:55 - Filmspotting Madness Young Fathers, "Low" 1:49:17-2:00:31 - Filmspotting Madness, cont. 2:00:31-2:25:44 - Varda #2: "The Creatures" 2:25:44-2:30:22 - Close Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Mar 16, 2017
#625: Logan / Filmspotting Madness / Varda #1 - La Pointe Courte
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 “Unforgiven," and if last weekend’s box office is any indication, we may see more like it. Adam and Josh share their mixed review, plus Round 1 results from Filmspotting Madness and the first film in the Agnes Varda Marathon - 1955's LA POINTE COURTE. 0:00-2:12 - Billboard 3:54-27:59 - Review: "Logan" Marty Stuart & His Fabulous Superlatives, "Lost In the Desert" 29:56-39:34 - Notes 39:34-1:20:54 - Filmspotting Madness Corinne Marchand, "Sans Toi" ("Cleo From 5 to 7") 1:23:50-1:41:37 - Varda #1: "La Pointe Courte" 1:41:37-1:44:15 - Close / Outtake Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Mar 09, 2017
#624: Get Out / Filmspotting Madness / Top 5 Pantheon Contenders
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 2005 - when Adam and original co-host/current producer/Midnight Run-lover Sam established the Filmspotting Pantheon: an eccentric mix of movie greats and personal favorites. For the show’s 12th anniversary, Adam and Josh dust off the Pantheon for Filmspotting Madness - a month-long tournament that will leave only one film reigning supreme. That, plus a review of surprise box office hit GET OUT. 0:00-1:49 - Billboard 1:49-43:42 - Top 5 Pantheon Contenders Spoon, "Can I Sit Next To You" 46:51-1:03:10 - Notes 1:03:10-1:24:29 - Filmspotting Madness Spoon, "Can I Sit Next To You" 1:25:42-1:30:59 - Donations 1:30:59-1:47:53 - Review: "Get Out" 1:47:53-2:00:38 - Filmspotting Madness, cont. 2:00:38-2:03:51 - Close / Outtake Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Mar 02, 2017
Buñuel #6 - That Obscure Object of Desire / Buñuel Awards
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 was 80) - Bunuel famously cast two actresses in the same role. The conceit allows him to explore some of his favorite themes - obsession, repression, desire, hypocrisy. It's also one of his funniest films. Adam and Josh have that review and wrap-up the marathon with 'Those Obscure Objects of Desire' - the Bunuel Marathon Awards. It's Catherine Deneuve v Jeanne Moreau! Fernando Rey v The Eyeball! A special 12th anniversary episode of Filmspotting comes later in the week, with the 2017 Filmspotting Madness Selection Special and Adam and Josh's Top 5 Pantheon Contenders.      Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Mar 01, 2017
#623: 2017 Oscar Picks with Michael Phillips
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 Phillips try to stay above the political fray during their Oscar preview special: who will win, who should win - and who got snubbed. Plus, Massacre Theatre and Michael shares some thoughts on Jordan Peele's GET OUT. 0:00-2:08 - Billboard3:33-29:35 - Oscar PicksGlen Hansard and Markéta Irglová, "Falling Slowly"32:23-47:33 - Notes / Massacre Theatre47:33-50:33 - Michael Recommends: "Get Out"55:45-1:24:58 - Oscar Picks, cont.1:24:58-1:30:46 - Close / Outtake  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Feb 24, 2017
#622: John Wick / John Wick: Chapter 2 / Lego Batman Movie
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 has acquired something almost as valuable as money: cult status. That cult fervor was rewarded with a sequel: JOHN WICK: CHAPTER 2, with Reeves battling some of the world's deadliest killers. We dig into the Wick phenomenon with reviews of both the original and the new entry, plus thoughts on THE LEGO BATMAN MOVIE. 0:00-2:39 - Billboard 2:39-36:29 - Sacred Cow: "John Wick" Tinariwen, "Assawt" 38:18-47:20 - Notes / Polls 47:20-57:10 - Review: "The Lego Batman Movie" Tinariwen, "Sastanaqqam" 58:20-1:02:57 - Donations 1:02:57-1:23:04 - Review: "John Wick: Chapter 2" 1:23:04-1:28:55 - Close / Outtake Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Feb 17, 2017
#621: Top 5 Political Resistance Movies / The Battle of Algiers / Buñuel #5 - Tristana
With the opening weeks of the new administration marked by political protest, Adam and Josh invite critic Michael Sicinski to share his Top 5 Political Resistance Movies. Plus, they cross off a major shared blind spot – the seminal resistance film THE BATTLE OF ALGIERS (1966) – and discuss the next film in their Luis Bunuel Marathon, TRISTANA. 0:00-3:54 - Billboard 3:54-39:29 - Top 5: Political Resistance Movies Souad Massi, "Bima el'taaloul" 40:30-52:56 - Notes / Massacre Theatre 52:56-1:12:10 - Blindspotting: "The Battle of Algiers" Souad Massi, "Hadari" 1:13:08-1:20:19 - Donations 1:20:19-1:40:09 - Buñuel #5: "Tristana" 1:40:09-1:52:55 - Close / Hot Mics Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Feb 10, 2017
#620: 2017 Movie Preview / Oscar Talk / Buñuel #4 - Diary of a Chambermaid
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 year. Plus, a little Oscar talk and Josh's recap of his time at the Sundance Film Festival.  0:00-1:41 - Billboard 1:41-30:18 - 2017 Movie Preview Japandroids, "Near To The Wild Heart Of Life"  31:35-44:59 - Notes / Oscars Nominations 44:59-59:24 - Sundance Recap Japandroids, "No Known Drink Or Drug"  1:00:26-1:03:28 - Donations 1:03:28-1:46:29 - Buñuel #4: "Diary Of A Chambermaid" 1:46:29-1:52:43 - Close / Hot Mics ("Split") Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Feb 03, 2017
FS Revisited: Barry Jenkins & Naomie Harris / La La Land
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, director Barry Jenkins’ poetic and moving coming of age tale set in 1980s Miami. This week on the show, revisit Adam's conversation with Jenkins and Naomie Harris, one of the film’s Oscar-nominated stars. Plus, the December review of LA LA LAND. (And stick around post-credits for some ARRIVAL spoiler talk.) 0:00-1:46 - Billboard 3:36-26:55 - Interview: Barry Jenkins & Naomie Harris 26:55-40:00 - Review: "Moonlight" "Another Day of Sun," La La Land 42:06-45:00 - Notes 45:00-1:10:40 - Review: "La La Land" 1:10:40-1:26:40 - Close / Spoiler talk: "Arrival" Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Jan 27, 2017
#619: 2016 Wrap Party Live (Scenes of the Year)
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, Tasha Robinson and more share their favorite scenes of the year, plus live Massacre Theatre and the winner of the 2016 Golden Brick.  0:00-1:00 - Billboard 1:00-16:27 - Intro / Opening Scene 16:27-46:34 - Funniest Scene / Music Moment 47:10-54:44 - Notes / Massacre Theatre 54:44-1:09:43 - Moving Moment 1:09:43-1:16:05 - Golden Brick Award 1:16:05-1:38:04 - Scene of the Year 1:38:04-1:46:54 - Close Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Jan 20, 2017
#618: Paterson / Fences / Top 5 Denzel Performances (Revisited)
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 "Hateful Eight" v "The Revenant"), but the 2017 edition is a friendlier affair, with positive reviews of recent releases from Jim Jarmusch (PATERSON) and Denzel Washington (FENCES). Plus, we revisit of one of the highlights of 2016 - comedian/activist W. Kamau Bell's Top 5 Denzel Washinton Performances.  0:00-2:36 - Billboard 2:36-54:22 - "Paterson," Golden Brick Feedback, "Fences" "Car Cleveland," John Lurie ("Stranger Than Paradise") 56:16-1:28:48 - Top 5: Denzel Washinton Performances 1:28:48-1:32:34 - Close Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Jan 06, 2017
#617: Top 10 Films of 2016 (Pt. 2)
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 not-divisive-at-all campaign season? So we’re due for a little silver lining. This week, with The Next Picture Show's Scott Tobias and Genevieve Koski, Adam and Josh celebrate the good that 2016 brought us with part two of the Top 10 Films of 2016 countdown. 0:00-1:08 - Billboard 1:08-1:03:55 - Top 10 of 2016: #5-3 "The Middle of the World," Moonlight 1:05:27-1:15:22 - Massacre Theatre 1:15:22-1:57:47 - Top 10 of 2016: #2-1 1:57:47-2:00:17 - Close Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Dec 30, 2016
#616: Top 10 Films of 2016 (Pt. 1)
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 Show's Scott Tobias and Genevieve Koski join Adam and Josh for part one of the Top 10 Films of 2016 Roundtable. 0:00-1:17 - Billboard 1:17-48:03 - Top 10 of 2016: #10-9 "Heptapod B," Arrival 48:56-1:51:54 - Top 10 of 2016: #8-6 1:51:54-1:55:51 - Close Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Dec 23, 2016
#615: Rogue One / 2016's Best Performances and More
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 review of the season's most anticipated movie. Plus - ahead of next week's Top 10 of the year roundtable - Adam and Josh throw an old school year-end blowout, sharing their favorite 2016 performances, documentaries, music and more. 0:00-1:11 - Billboard 1:11-25:11 - Review "Rogue One" "No Woman," Whitney 26:34-1:10:48 - 2016 Blowout 1:10:48-1:13:27 - Close Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Dec 16, 2016
#614: La La Land / Top 5 Musical Numbers / Golden Brick Finalists
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 silent - THE ARTIST - went on to win a Best Picture Oscar, which may bode well for director Damien Chazelle’s LA LA LAND, starring Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling. A review of LA LA LAND, plus Michael Phillips and guest Desiree Garcia (star of Chazelle's "Guy and Madeline on a Park Bench") share their Top 5 Movie Musical Numbers.  0:00-1:41 - Billboard 1:41-30:18 - Review "La La Land" "City of Stars," Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone ("La La Land") 31:35-44:59 - Notes / Massacre Theatre 44:59-59:24 - Golden Brick Finalists "Cheek to Cheek," Ella Fitzgerald 1:00:26-1:03:28 - Donations 1:03:28-1:46:29 - Top 5: Musical Numbers 1:46:29-1:52:43 - Close Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Dec 09, 2016
#613: The Edge of Seventeen / Top 5 Teen Girl Movies Directed By Women with Marya E. Gates
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 by critics, but mostly ignored by audiences. Adam and Josh share some praise of their own and TCM's Marya E. Gates calls in to share her picks for the Top 5 Teen Girl Movies Directed by Women. Plus: some post-credits ARRIVAL spoiler talk.  0:00-1:23 - Billboard 1:23-30:49 - Review "The Edge of Seventeen" "Vanity," Mica Levi (Jackie) 31:44-45:26 - Notes / Polls 45:26-57:01 - Golden Brickspotting "The End," Mica Levi (Jackie) 57:59-1:02:30 - Donations 1:02:30-1:36:14 - Top 5: Teen Girl Movies Directed By Women 1:36:14-1:53:07 - Close / Spoiler Talk: "Arrival" Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Dec 02, 2016
#612: Top 5 Movies That Console and Restore Hope / Live at Chicago Podcast Festival
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 considered titles for their Top 5 Movies that Console and Restore Hope. That Top 5 and more recorded live at Schubas Tavern as part of the first annual Chicago Podcast Festival. 0:00-0:55 - Billboard 0:55-25:06 - Top 5: Movies That Console and Restore Hope Music: Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings, "I'm Still Here" 26:38-1:03:09 - Top 5, cont. 1:03:09-1:08:58 - Close Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Nov 23, 2016
2016 Golden Brick Preview Special
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 Golden Brick Award (many of which are available to rent or stream), hear replays of Adam's interview with THE WITNESS director James Solomon and July's review of THE FITS. 0:00-1;11 - Billboard 1:11-28:39 - Review: "The Fits" Music: Glen Phillips, "Grief and Praise" 29:42-44:13 - Golden Brick Shortlist 44:13-45:36 - Interview: James Solomon 1:18:10-1:20:52 - Close Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Nov 18, 2016
#611: Loving / Arrival / Hacksaw Ridge
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 Denis Villeneuve, they do just come - and it’s up to Amy Adams' language specialist to figure out why. On this week's show, Josh and guest host Michael Phillips have a review. Plus, thoughts on Jeff Nichols’ LOVING and Mel Gibson's HACKSAW RIDGE. 0:00-1:48 - Billboard 1:48-23:43 - Review: "Loving" Charles Bradley, "God Bless America" 25:08-39:01 - Notes / Massacre Theatre 39:01-51:50 - Review: "Hacksaw Ridge" Charles Bradley, "Changes" 53:10-1:08:05 - Review: "Arrival" 1:08:05-1:12:10 - Close / Outtake Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Nov 11, 2016
#610: Barry Jenkins and Naomie Harris (Moonlight) / Doctor Strange / Tower / Bunuel Marathon #3
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 his home turf has paid off: MOONLIGHT has been the toast of the festival circuit all this fall. This week, Adam's interview with Jenkins and actress Naomie Harris. Plus, quick reviews of two more new releases - Marvel's DOCTOR STRANGE and TOWER, a newly minted Golden Brick nominee that Adam calls one of the best films of the year. 0:00-1:06 - Billboard 1:06-23:46 - Interview: Barry Jenkins and Naomie Harris 23:46-36:51 - Review: "Moonlight" Anderson .Paak, "Get 'Em Up" 37:59-48:40 - Notes / Polls 48:40-57:35 - Reviews: "Doctor Strange," "Tower" Anderson .Paak, "The City" 58:33-1:08:28 - Donations 1:08:28-1:26:00 - Buñuel #3: "Death in the Garden" 1:26:00-1:29:02 - Close Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Nov 04, 2016
#609: Top 5 Childhood Movie Scares with Ti West / A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)
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 Josh tap into their own earliest fears for this week’s Top 5: Childhood Movie Scares with special guest Ti West ("House of the Devil" "In a Valley of Violence"). Plus, a Sacred Cow review of 1984’s NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET. 0:00-1:08 - Billboard 1:08-28:50 - Sacred Cow: "Nightmare on Elm Street" (1984) Alice Cooper, "Welcome to My Nightmare" 30:18-45:51 - Notes / Massacre Theatre 45:51-1:14:15 - Top 5: Childhood Movie Scares w/Ti West Dio, "Dream Evil" 1:15:24-1:40:48 - Top 5, cont. 1:40:48-1:43:05 - Close Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Oct 28, 2016
#608: Kelly Reichardt (Certain Women) / CIFF Roundup / Buñuel Marathon #2
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 lives of women. Reichardt’s latest - CERTAIN WOMEN - continues in that tradition, with a trio of loosely connected stories starring Laura Dern, Michelle Williams and Kristen Stewart. This week, a review of WOMEN, plus Adam's interview with Reichardt and the third film in the Luis Bunuel marathon - 1954's ROBINSON CRUSOE. 0:00-1:23 - Billboard 1:23-21:03 - Interview: Kelly Reichardt 21:03-35:39 - Review: "Certain Women" Deap Vally, "Smile More" 36:58-48:28 - Notes / Polls 48:28-1:08:35 - CIFF recap Deap Vally, "Teenage Queen" 1:09:41-1:15:42 - Donations 1:15:42-1:32:51 - Buñuel #2: "Robinson Crusoe" 1:32:51-1:47:15 - Close / Hot Mics Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Oct 21, 2016
#607: Conversation with Steve James
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' early life growing up in Hampton, VA, and his films STEVIE (2002) and AT THE DEATH HOUSE DOOR (2008), plus the James-produced PBS series about immigration THE NEW AMERICANS (2004).   0:00-1:11 - Billboard 1:11-25:24 - Interview: Steve James Shovels & Rope, "The Last Hawk" 26:22-28:23 - Notes 28:23-52:47 - Steve James, cont. 52:47-54:45 - Close Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Oct 14, 2016
#606: The Birth of a Nation / Chicago Film Festival Preview
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 attention away from the film and onto him. Parker’s film THE BIRTH OF A NATION, about Nat Turner’s 1831 slave rebellion, opens this weekend. Adam and Josh have a review. Plus, their most anticipated titles playing this year's Chicago International Film Festival (Oct 13-27). 0:00-1:15 - Billboard 1:15-30:40 - Review: "Birth of a Nation" Chance the Rapper, "How Great" 31:53-44:22 - Notes / Massacre Theatre 44:22-47:12 - Top 5: CIFF Preview Chance the Rapper, "Blessings" 48:12-55:51 - Donations 55:51-1:24:02 - Top 5: CIFF Preview, cont. 1:24:02-1:27:31 - Close / Outtake Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Oct 07, 2016
#605: Top 5 Denzel Performances with W. Kamau Bell / The Magnificent Seven / Buñuel Marathon #1
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 MAGNIFICENT SEVEN remake currently in theaters, special guest W. Kamau Bell joins Adam and Josh to look back on the actor’s career with the Top 5 Denzel Washington Performances. Plus, the first pair of films in the latest Filmspotting Marathon, devoted to the career of the Spanish-born surrealist Luis Bunuel - his 1929 collaboration with Salvador Dali UN CHIEN ANDALOU and 1930's L'AGE D'OR. 0:00-1:12 - Billboard 1:12-35:47 - Top 5: Denzel Performances W. Kamau Bell, "How Did You Know It Was Racism?" 36:60-51:59 - Notes / Polls 51:59-1:10:51 - Review: "Magnificent Seven" Pixies, "Debaser" 1:12:05-1:17:20 - Donations 1:17:20-1:34:43 - Bunuel #1 1:334:43-1:36:59 - Close Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Sep 30, 2016
#604: Top 5 Oliver Stone Scenes w/ Matt Zoller Seitz / Born on the Fourth of July
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 more collected awards - or controversy - but were never ignored. It’s been a while since Stone has demanded that kind of attention, but a new book about Stone by critic Matt Zoller Seitz aims to revive his reputation. This week, Seitz shares his Top 5 Oliver Stone Scenes. Plus, Adam and Josh give Stone’s '89 Oscar-winner BORN ON THE FOURTH OF JULY the Sacred Cow treatment and review Stone's latest, SNOWDEN. 0:00-1:27 - Billboard 1:27-37:13 - Sacred Cow: "Born on the Fourth..." Dawes, "Picture of a Man" 38:39-48:55 - Notes / Massacre Theatre 48:55-1:00:02 - Review: "Snowden" Dawes, "For No Good Reason" 1:01:21-1:47:53 - Top 5: Oliver Stone Scenes 1:47:53-1:50:31 - Close / Outtake LINKS -The Oliver Stone Experience - Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Sep 23, 2016
#603: Sully / Nordic Cinema Marathon Awards
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 an Oscar favorite, you can count on Adam and Josh fighting about it from now til February as the film sparks another debate. Plus, Filmspotting rolls out the red carpet for 'The Sad Tubas', honoring the best of the show's recent Contemporary Nordic Cinema Marathon. 0:00-0:59 - Billboard 0:59-30:03 - Review: "Sully" Frankie Lee "American Dreamer" 31:19-42:59 - Notes / Polls 42:59-1:14:46 - Nordic Marathon Awards 1:14:46-1:24:52 - Close / Hot Mics Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Sep 16, 2016
#602: Top 5 Comedies of the 21st Century / Young Frankenstein
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 ever since. Noticeably under-represented? Comedies. On this week's show, Adam and Josh try to remedy that oversight with their Top 5 Comedies of the 21st Century. Also, in honor of the late Gene Wilder, a Sacred Cow review of one of the 20th century’s great comedies: Mel Brooks’ YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN. Plus, Michael Phillips calls in from the Venice Film Festival with with some thoughts on the fest, Wilder and the BBC Top 100. 0:00-1:18 - Billboard 1:18-23:24 - Sacred Cow: "Young Frankenstein" Young Frankenstein, "Puttin' on the Ritz" 24:38-39:59 - Notes / Massacre Theatre 39:59-1:07:09 - Michael Phillips  Walk Hard, "Walk Hard" 1:07:44-1:13:46 - Donations 1:13:46-2:09:57 - Top 5: 21st Century Comedies 2:09:57-2:12:22 - Close LINKS -Josh on "Young Frankenstein" -BBC's 21st Century's 100 Greatest Films -Comedies shut out of BBC's greatest films Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Sep 09, 2016
#601: Morris From America / Southside with You / Nordic #7 - Rams
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 half-friendly, with Adam and Josh splitting on director Chad Hartigan's new film. And since Josh was busy editing his book over the weekend, Adam had to turn to the Call-a-Critic line to help him with reviews of Ira Sach's LITTLE MEN (Village Voice's Alan Scherstuhl) and the Obama-first-date movie SOUTHSIDE WITH YOU ('s Odie Henderson). Plus, a farewell to comedy legend Gene Wilder, thoughts on the new thriller DON'T BREATHE, and the final film in the Contemporary Nordic Cinema Marathon, 2015 Cannes-winner RAMS from Iceland.   0:00-3:35 - Billboard / Donations 3:35-22:13 - Review: "Morris from America" Dream Wife, "Heartbreaker" 23:15-44:47 - Notes / Polls 44:47-55:54 - Review: "Southside With You" 55:54-1:00:21 - Review: "Don't Breathe" 1:00:21-1:13:14 - Review: "Little Men" Dream Wife, "Kids" 1:14:24-1:28:28 - Nordic #7: "Rams" 1:28:28-1:40:18 - Close / Hot Mics Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Sep 02, 2016
#600 w/ Chuck Klosterman: Top 5 Movies Future Historians Will Remember
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 600th episode to discuss his new book "But What If We’re Wrong? Thinking About the Present As If It Were The Past" and to take part in possibly the most challenging Top 5 in the history of the show: Movies Future Historians Will Remember. Plus, listeners help us celebrate #600 with favorite memories from our first 11+ years. 0:00-3:23 - Billboard / Donations 3:23-34:47 - Movies Future Historians Will Remember "I'm Glad Trouble Don't Last Always" 35:44-1:13:59 - Top 5, cont. "Last Night I Dreamed My Birthday" 1:15:18-1:49:20 - Defining Show Moments 1:49:20-1:52:39 - Close MUSIC -Luke Winslow-King LINKS -"But What If We're Wrong" -"Which Rock Star Will Historians...." -Filmspotting Reviews: The Complete List -The Cinephiliacs Episode #83 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Aug 26, 2016
#599: Fall Movie Preview (2016) / Hell or High Water / Nordic #6 - 1001 Grams
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 acclaimed West Texas-set heist movie HELL OR HIGH WATER and new animated feature KUBO AND THE TWO STRINGS. Also, the sixth film in the Contemporary Nordic Cinema Marathon – 1001 GRAMS from Norway's Bent Hamer – and Adam nominates another Golden Brick contender. 0:00-1:50 - Billboard / Donations 1:50-37:03 - Fall Movie Preview Townes Van Zandt, "Dollar Bill Blues" 38:11-44:05 - Notes / Corrections 44:05-51:41 - Quick Takes: "Kubo" / "The Phenom" 51:41-58:15 - Massacre Theatre 58:15-1:07:36 - Review: "Hell or High Water" Chris Stapleton, "Outlaw State of Mind" 1:08:39-1:20:31 - Nordic #6: "1001 Grams" 1:20:31-1:36:34 - Close / Hot Mics NOTES -"Disorder" director Alice Winocour wrote "Mustang," not direct it. LINKS -Josh's review of "Hell or High Water" -Josh's review of "Kubo" -Indiewire's 34 Indie Films To See This Season -Are You Ready For Mel Gibson's Comeback? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Aug 19, 2016
#598: Hunt for the Wilderpeople / Top 5 Directors We'd Bankroll
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 follow-up, the charming coming of age story HUNT FOR THE WILDERPEOPLE, couldn’t be more different, but like SHADOWS is benefiting from great word of mouth. This week, Adam and guest host Tasha Robinson have a review of HUNT, and share the Top 5 Directors We'd Bankroll. 0:00-1:30 - Billboard 2:17-30:02 - Review: "Hunt for the Wilderpeople" Hockey Dad, "Jump the Gun" 28:48-45:40 - Notes / Polls 45:40-58:00 - "Don't Think Twice" / "Hell or High Water" Hockey Dad, "I Need A Woman" 58:44-1:01:04 - Donations 1:01:04-1:42:29 - Top 5: Directors We'd Bankroll 1:42:29-1:51:05 - Close / Hot Mics LINKS -The Next Picture Show -"Charlie Kaufman Reflects On His Career" -Noel Murray's "Certain Women" review Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Aug 12, 2016
#597: Suicide Squad / Top 5 Women Comic Book Characters (Done Right) / Jason Bourne
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 naming the Top 5 Women Comic Book Characters (Done Right) and play a round of Massacre Theatre. Plus, Angelica sits through Josh’s mild recommendation of JASON BOURNE. (She’s not a fan.) 0:00-3:27 - Billboard / Donations 3:27-27:33 - Review: "Suicide Squad" The Julie Ruin, "Hello Trust No One" 28:41-36:35 - Notes / Massacre Theatre 36:35-40:08 - Larsen Recommends: "Jason Bourne" The Julie Ruin, "Mr. So And So" 41:03-1:09:57 - Top 5: Women Comic Book Characters 1:09:57-1:12:32 - Close LINKS -Angelica’s Keanu Reeves essay -Josh’s "Suicide Squad" review -Josh’s "Jason Bourne" review Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Aug 05, 2016
#596: The Fits / Star Trek Beyond / Le Havre
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 with the frightening reality of impending adolescence. On this week's show, a review of Holmer’s film, plus a 'Review Roundup' with thoughts on Michel Gondry's MICROBE & GASOLINE, the new doc NUTS! and STAR TREK BEYOND. Also the 5th film in our Contemporary Nordic Cinema Marathon - Aki Kaurismaki's "Le Havre."  0:00-1:12 - Billboard 1:12-24:03 - Review: "The Fits" Lucy Dacus, "Map On A Wall" 28:42-53:38 - Notes / Polls 53:38-1:12:50 - Nordic #5: "Le Havre" Lucy Dacus, "I Don't Want To Be Funny Anymore" 1:13:52-1:19:03 - Donations 1:19:03-1:40:27 - Review Roundup 1:40:27-1:57:51 - Close / Hot Mics -"The Fits" theatrical release info -Josh's review of "The Fits" -Josh's review of "Star Trek Beyond" -Matt Singer's "Star Trek Beyond" review -Josh's review of "Microbe and Gasoline" -Billy Ray Brewton's "Show Yourself" Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Jul 29, 2016
#595: Ghostbusters / James Solomon Interview (The Witness) / In A Better World
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 hostilty to rest? Adam and Josh review the Paul Feig-directed GHOSTBUSTERS reboot. Plus, Adam interviews James Solomon, the director of THE WITNESS, a new documentary about an infamous, decades-old murder case, and the Contemporary Nordic Cinema Marathon returns with a review of Susanne Bier's IN A BETTER WORLD.   0:00-1:15 - Billboard 2:42-24:53 - Review: "Ghostbusters" (2016) Music: The Heavy, "A Ghost You Can't Forget" 26:06-41:19 - Notes / Massacre Theatre 41:19-1:04:20 - Nordic #4: "In A Better World" Music: The Heavy, "The Apology" 1:05:28-1:38:09 - Interview: James Solomon 1:38:09-1:50:18 - Close / Hot Mics -Josh's review of "Ghostbusters" -Wendy Fox Weber's "Ghostbuster's review -Josh's review of "In A Better World" -"The Witness" Official Site Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Jul 22, 2016
Abbas Kiarostami: The Filmspotting Reviews
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 Matty Robinson and Adam took a look at Kiarmostami’s A TASTE OF CHERRY as part of our Cannes Film Fest Winners marathon. Tasha Robinson, friend of the show and current co-host at The Next Picture Show, joined Adam for a review of CERTIFIED COPY in 2011. Then in 2012, Josh and Adam included 1990’s CLOSE UP in their Contemporary Iranian Cinema marathon. And finally, a review of Kiarostami’s final film, LIKE SOMEBODY IN LOVE from 2012. To hear Adam's conversation with film writer Tina Hassannia about the director’s legacy, which he recorded just days after learning of Kiarostami's passing, you can find that in episode 593 at 0:00-0:55 - Intro 0:55-11:31 - "Taste of Cherry" 11:31-28:30 - "Certified Copy" 28:30-41:42 - "Close Up" 41:42-1:01:39 - "Like Someone in Love" Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Jul 20, 2016
#594: Top 5 Films of 2016 (So Far)
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 Top 5 of 2016 (So Far) with a number of films that had trouble finding an audience during their original theatrical runs. With many of them new or soon to arrive digitally or on DVD, here's hoping they find the audiences they deserve.   MUSIC - Michael Kiwanuka Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Jul 15, 2016
#593: Swiss Army Man / Kiarostami Tribute / Top 5 'Body' Movies
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 walk outs. Well that movie has an actual title - SWISS ARMY MAN - and it actually does star Daniel Radcliffe as a flatulent corpse. It also stars Paul Dano as a desperate castaway. This week, Adam and guest host Melissa Tamminga from Seattle Screen Scene have a review, and share their Top 5 ‘Body’ Movies. Plus, a conversation with Movie Mezzanine's Tina Hassannia about the legacy of the late Abbas Kiarostami. 0:00-1:15 - Billboard 1:55-28:57 - Review: "Swiss Army Man" Music: Martha "Precarious (Supermaket Song)" 29:43-44:02 - Notes / Massacre Theater 44:02-1:13:54 - Interview: Tina Hassannia on Abbas Kiarostami Music: Martha "Ice Cream and Sunscreen" 1:15:03-2:02:14 - Top 5: 'Body' Movies 2:02:14-2:19:05 - Close / Hot Mics -Melissa at Seattle Screen Scene -Tina Hassannia -Tina's Abbas Kiarostami Appreciation -Women in the Films of Kiarostami -"The Cinema of Abbas Kiarostami" -Godfrey Cheshire on "Close-Up" Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Jul 08, 2016
#592: The BFG / Top 5 Children's Book Adaptations
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, James and the Giant Peach, Matilda – Roald Dahl’s children’s books are equal parts magical whimsy and sinister menace, and movie adaptations of Dahl's books have sometimes struggled to find the right balance. The latest to make it to the big screen is THE BFG, directed by none other than Steven Spielberg. This week, Tricia Bobeda from WBEZ’s Nerdette podcast joins Josh for a review. Plus, their Top 5 Children’s Book Adaptations.   0:00-1:18 - Billboard 2:07-26:02 - Review: "The BFG" Music: Cat's Eyes, "Girl in the Room" 27:08-37:55 - Notes / Polls 37:55-45:40 - Interview: Nerdette Podcast Music: Cat's Eyes, "Names on the Mountains" 46:45-1:22:26 - Top 5: Children's Book Adaptations 1:22:26-1:28:38 - Close / Hot Mics -Josh's review of The BFG -Nerdette's interview with Lindy West -Christopher Harris' The Juggernaut podcast Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Jul 01, 2016
#591: Nicolas Winding Refn and Elle Fanning / De Palma
The films of director Nicolas Winding Refn (DRIVE, ONLY GOD FORGIVES) are known for their distinctive visual style and their often graphic depictions of violence. His latest - THE NEON DEMON - is no exception. DEMON stars Elle Fanning as a young model new to Los Angeles. Carnage ensues. This week, Adam talks with Winding Refn and Fanning, and he and Josh share a review of DE PALMA, a new documentary that reconsiders the work and career of another director whose films depict their share of carnage - Brian De Palma. 0:00-3:43 - Billboard / Donations 3:43-28:12 - Interview: Nicolas Winding Refn and Elle Fanning Music: Case Lang Veirs, "Atomic Number" 40:25-56:50 - Notes / Massacre Theatre 56:50-1:20:24 - Review: "De Palma" 1:20:24-1:36:52 - Close / Hot Mics Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Jun 24, 2016
#590: Blindspotting - Body Double / You, The Living
Director Brian De Palma made his mark in the ‘70s alongside contemporaries like Martin Scorsese, Francis Ford Coppola and Steven Spielberg. But 40 years into his career, his legacy is less secure than his peers. A new doc - called, simply, DE PALMA - asks us to reconsider the director and his work. Adam and Josh do just that this week with a Blindspotting review of De Palma’s 1984 erotic thriller BODY DOUBLE. They also return to their Contemporary Nordic Cinema Marathon with Roy Andersson's YOU, THE LIVING.  0:00-1:44 - Billboard 3:24-28:12 - Blindspotting Review: "Body Double" Music: Band of Horses, "Country Teen" 31:26-50:41 - Notes / Polls 50:41-1:03:22 - FS Recommends: "Finding Dory," "Popstar," "Love & Friendship" Music: Band of Horses, "Throw My Mess" 1:04:30-1:13:20 - Donations 1:13:20-1:32:16 - Nordic #3: "You, The Living" 1:32:16-1:47:03 - Close / Hot Mics LINKS -Josh's "Body Double" review -Josh's "You, The Living" review -Sam's "Fantastic Mr. Fox" review -The Forgetful Film Critic -Tapped: A Treasonous Musical Comedy Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Jun 17, 2016
#589: The Royal Tenenbaums / Top 5 Non-Kids Movies You Should Show Your Kids
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 former prodigies and iconic soundtrack. It arguably remains his most beloved film. But how does TENENBAUMS hold up 15 years later? Adam and Josh, along with former co-host (and notable TENENBAUMS skeptic) Sam Van Hallgren, have a Sacred Cow review. Plus, a little ahead of Father’s Day, the Top 5 (Non-Kids) Films To Show Your Kids. 0:00-1:36 - Billboard 1:36-51:10 - Sacred Cow Review: "The Royal Tenenbaums" 51:10-1:01:22 - Notes / Massacre Theatre 1:01:22-1:32:40 - Top 5: (Non-Kids) Movies To Show Your Kids 1:32:40-1:37:36 - Donations 1:37:36-2:09:02 - Top 5 cont. 2:09:02-2:20:24 - Close / Hot Mics Music used in this episode: Nico, "These Days" The Creation, "Making Time" -The Royal Tenenbaums: My Favorite Film... -Ty Burr: The Best Old Movies for Families -Northwestern Doc Media Screenings Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Jun 10, 2016
#588: Top 5 Movie Rivalries with Steven Hyden / Sunset Song
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 Life," he writes about The Beatles vs The Rolling Stones as a prototype of a certain kind of rivalry - the ubiquitous cultural behemoth vs the reactionary alternative. It's true that few movie rivalries can compete with a rivalry as epic as Beatles/Stones, but Adam and Josh have come up with five memorable cinematic battles - and they've invited Hyden to go into the trenches with them. That Top 5, plus a review of Terence Davies's SUNSET SONG, and Alison Willmore's Cannes Film Festival recap. 0:00-3:14 - Billboard 3:14-59:18 - Top 5: Movie Rivalries 59:18-1:11:28 - Notes / Polls 1:11:28-1:22:35 - Cannes Recap 1:22:35-1:40:24 - Review: "Sunset Song" 1:40:24-1:43:12 - Close / Outtake Music used in this episode: Lynyrd Skynyrd, "Sweet Home Alabama"  Neil Young, "Alabama" -No Country vs. Blood Trailer -Emerson on Coens, PTA and violence -Emerson on Kael v Sarris -Time Out New York on Chaplin v Keaton -Cahiers du Cinema's 100 Greatest Films Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Jun 03, 2016
#587: The Lobster / Rebecca Miller / The Man Without a Past
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 Yorgos Lanthimos ("Dogtooth") made it to Chicago in time for Filmspotting - along with guest Michael Phillips - to file its review. Also on the show, Adam's interview with MAGGIE'S PLAN writer/director Rebecca Miller and the second film in the Contemporary Nordic Cinema Marathon - Aki Kaurismaki's THE MAN WITHOUT A PAST (itself a Cannes award winner back in 2002). This episode also features some really lousy quacking. 0:00-2:09 - Billboard / Sponsors 2:09-30:58 - Review: "The Lobster" Music: Jacob the Horse, "Hitchcock Blond" 32:05-44:04 - Notes / Massacre Theatre 44:04-1:00:23 - Nordic #2: "The Man Without a Past" Music: Jacob the Horse, "9191991" 1:01:13-1:08:29 - Donations 1:08:29-1:30:03 - Interview: Rebecca Miller 1:30:03-1:44:26 - Close / Hot Mics / Outtakes LINKS - Josh's "Lobster" review - Josh's "Past" review - Steve James In Conversation - Jacob the Horse "Hitchcock Blonde" video - Balinale Film Festival Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
May 27, 2016
#586: The Nice Guys / Top 5 Films of 1987 / Last Days in the Desert
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 to the buddy picture – his debut screenplay was 1987’s LETHAL WEAPON. Adam and Josh review Black's latest, and relive the glory days of MANNEQUIN (and LETHAL WEAPON) with their Top 5 Films of '87. Plus, Larsen recommends LAST DAYS IN THE DESERT. 0:00-1:45 - Billboard / Sponsors 1:45-24:55 - Review: "The Nice Guys" 24:55-36:27 - Notes / Polls 36:27-43:57 - Larsen Recs: "Last Days..." 43:57-47:14 - Donations 47:14-1:19:25 - Top 5: Films of 1987 1:19:25-1:34:53 - Close / Hot Mics 1987 music heard on this episode: Guns 'N Roses, "Welcome to the Jungle" N.R.G., "Instruments of Destruction" U2, "In God's Country" Starship, "Nothing's Gonna Stop Us" - Josh's review of "The Nice Guys" - Chicago Critics Film Festival - Adam's video Q&A with John Sayles - "Thinking In Pictures" by John Sayles - Josh's review of "Last Days in the Desert" - Ebert on "House of Games" - Adam's full 1987 ranked list Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
May 20, 2016
#585: April and the Extraordinary World / Songs from the Second Floor
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, which just opened in limited release. Adam and Josh review, plus preview the Chicago Critics Film Festival and discuss the first film in their Contemporary Nordic Cinema Marathon – Swedish director Roy Andersson's SONGS FROM THE SECOND FLOOR. This episode is brought to you by MUBI and Squarespace. 0:00-2:08 - Billboard / Sponsors 2:08-19:09 - "April & The Extraordinary World" 19:09-20:26 - Sponsors 20:26-32:58 - Notes / Massacre Theatre 32:58-49:52 - Chicago Critics Film Festival 49:52-53:22 - Donations 53:22-1:15:37 - "Songs from the Second FLoor" 1:15:37-1:27:31 - Close / Random Chatter MUSIC - Lykke Li LINKS / NOTES - MT winner: Elise Mugge - Josh's review of "April and the Extraordinary World" - Josh's review of "High-Rise" - Chicago Critics Film Festival - Adam's Top 5 CCFF Movies: Little Men, In a Valley of Violence, War On Everyone, Operator, Lo and Behold - Josh's review of "Songs from the Second Floor" - How to Design a Website for Your Film Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
May 13, 2016
#584: Captain America: Civil War / 2016 Summer Movie Preview / Keanu
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 in the mega-franchise are Captain America movies. Maybe make that three. Adam and Josh review the shield-wielding patriot’s CIVIL WAR and ask their Top 5 Summer Movie Questions. Plus, some thoughts on Key and Peele's KEANU and a bonus JUNGLE BOOK review.  This episode is brought to you by MUBI. 0:00-2:01 - Billboard / MUBI 2:01-27:45 - Review: "Civil War" Besnard Lakes, "Golden Lion" 28:29-40:56 - Notes / Polls 40:56-50:09 - Larsen Recs: "Keanu" Besnard Lakes, "Pressure of Our Plans" 50:58-55:48 - Donations 55:48-1:27:44 - Summer Movie Preview 1:25:49-1:43:30 - Close / "Jungle Book" MUSIC - The Besnard Lakes LINKS - Josh's review of "Civil War" - Josh's review of "Keanu" - Indiewire's 2016 Summer Movie Preview - Adam's Art of Memoir class - LEGO Adam and Josh - Ocean Research Project / The Sailing Channel Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
May 05, 2016
#583: Green Room / Top 5 Single Location Films
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. Maybe Adam and Josh can convince Jeremy Saulnier to direct. Call it "Beige Studio." That top 5, plus a review of Saulnier's GREEN ROOM, Massacre Theatre and Adam and Josh finally close the book on Filmspotting Madness 2016 with results from the impossibly close third-place contest between Wes Anderson and Martin Scorsese. This episode is brought to you by MUBI. 0:00-2:54 - Billboard / MUBI 2:54-26:17 - Review: "Green Room" Muhammad Seven, "The Beastly Ballad..." 26:17-48:52 - Prince / Notes 48:52-51:09 - Massacre Theatre Muhammad Seven, "Swampers at Fame" 52:12-55:53 - Donations / SVU Promo 1:14:10-1:25:49 - Top 5: Single Location Films 1:25:49-1:28:57 - Close MUSIC - Muhammad Seven LINKS - Josh's review of "Green Room" - Chicago Underground Film Fest - Filmspotting Madness Final Bracket - Adam's Art of Memoir class - Art of the Real on MUBI - The Dark Side of Disney doc - Soderbergh and Nichols Commentary Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Apr 29, 2016
#582: Alien / Jeremy Saulnier (Green Room) / FS Madness Champion
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 from LV-426, the ex-moon where the crew of the Nostromo first encounter the famous xenomorph, April 26th has been deemed 'Alien Day.' We honor the occasion with a Sacred Cow review of Ridley Scott's 1979 classic. Plus, a conversation with GREEN ROOM writer/director Jeremy Saulnier, and the 2016 Filmspotting Madness champion is crowned. This episode is brought to you by MUBI. 0:00-2:43 - Billboard / Donations2:43-39:37 - Sacred Cow Review: "Alien"Prince, "Let's Go Crazy"40:48-47:03 - Notes47:03-1:07:08 - Filmspotting Madness: ChampionPrince, "Purple Rain"1:08:18-1:14:10 - Donations1:14:10-1:34:33 - Interview: Jeremy Saulnier1:34:33-1:37:35 - Close LINKS - Alien Day - Filmspotting Madness Voting - Filmspotting Madness Bracket - Adam's Art of Memoir class - Josh's review of "Alien" - Thomas Torrey's movie "Fare" Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Apr 22, 2016
#581: Everybody Wants Some!! / Top 5 Linklater Scenes / FS Madness Final
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 trailer for his latest would have you thinking that it's a dumb sex comedy (not that there's anything wrong with that). Adam and Josh consider Linklater's 80s-set EVERYBODY WANTS SOME!! and look for signs of the Tao of Linklater among the beer, babes and baseball. Plus, their Top 5 Linklater Scenes and the championship round of Filmspotting Madness. 0:00-2:47 - Billboard / Donations2:47-33:50 - Review: "Everybody Wants Some!!"Van Halen, "Everybody Wants Some!!"34:37-39:22 - Notes39:22-53:41 - FS Madness: Final RoundNina Simone, "Just In Time"54:30 -1:26:13 - Top 5: Richard Linklater Scenes1:26:13-1:29:45 - Close / Outtake LINKS - Filmspotting Madness Voting - Filmspotting Madness Bracket - Josh's review of Everybody Wants Some!! - Peter Labuza's The Cinephiliacs Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Apr 15, 2016
Elaine May Marathon Awards - The Blind Camels
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 "The Blind Camels."  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Apr 13, 2016
#580: Midnight Special / May Marathon #4 - Ishtar / FS Madness: Final 4
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 with audiences, Nichols-watchers had to wait four long years for his return. Now he's back with MIDNIGHT SPECIAL, a Spielberg-meets-STARMAN sci-fi family drama starring Nichols regular Michael Shannon. Adam and Josh review, plus the Filmspotting Madness Final Four and some thoughts on the much-maligned ISHTAR, the final film in their Elaine May Marathon. This episode is brought to you by MUBI and Squarespace.  0:00-3:02 - Billboard / Sponsors3:02-29:32 - Review: "Midnight Special"Music: Lucero, "Young Outlaws"30:35-32:21 - Squarespace32:21-38:11 - Notes38:11-1:03:08 - FS Madness: Final 4Music: Lucero, "My Girl & Me in '93"1:03:59-1:09:56 - Donations1:09:56 -1:31:55 - May #4: "Ishtar"1:31:55-1:35:17 - Close MUSIC - Lucero LINKS - Filmspotting Madness Voting - Filmspotting Madness Bracket - Josh's review of Ishtar - The Far Side: Hell's video store - Elaine May talks about "Ishtar" - MUBI's Herzog: Ecstatic Truths - Adam's thoughts on "Remember" Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Apr 08, 2016
Interview: Tom Hiddleston & Marc Abraham (I Saw The Light)
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.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Apr 01, 2016
#579: Batman v Superman / Top 5 Batman-Superman Moments / FS Madness Elite 8
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. Michael Phillips joins Adam for BATMAN v SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE and sticks around to make a mockery of Filmspotting Madness. Then critics Chris Klimek and Glen Weldon (author of "The Caped Crusade: Batman and the Rise of Nerd Culture") drop in for the Top 5 Batman/Superman Movie Moments.  This episode is brought to you by MUBI.   0:00-2:37 - Billboard / Sponsors 2:37-27:10 - Review: "Batman v Superman" Andrew Bird, "Left Handed Kisses" 28:21-35:42 - Notes / Brickspotting 35:42-1:00:45 - FS Madness - Rd. 2 Results Andrew Bird, "Capsized" 1:01:42-1:02:33 - SVU Promo 1:02:33 -1:47:18 - Top 5: Batman/Superman Moments 1:47:18-1:49:34 - Close MUSIC - Andrew Bird LINKS - Filmspotting Madness Voting - Filmspotting Madness Bracket - "...Batman v Superman surrounded by terrorism" - Michael's "Krisha" review - Michael's Jeff Nichols interview - "Born to Be Blue" Trailer - Chris Klimek - Glen Weldon's "The Caped Crusade" - Lois Lane auditions Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Apr 01, 2016
#578: 10 Cloverfield Lane / Top 5 Malick Images / FS Madness: Sweet 16
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 back on Terrence Malick's good side after their KNIGHT OF CUPS dismissal by sharing their Top 5 Malick Images. Plus, the Filmspotting Madness Sweet 16 is revealed! This episode is brought to you by MUBI and Squarespace. 0:00-2:47 - Billboard / Sponsors 2:47-21:36 - Review: "10 Cloverfield Lane" 21:36-36:20 - 10 Cloverfield Spoiled Mason Jennings, "Two Dollar Man" 37:25-39:35 - Sponsors 39:35-47:53 - Notes / Massacre Theatre 47:53-1:18:57 - FS Madness - Rd. 1 Results Mason Jennings, "Future King" 1:20:12 -1:56:35 - Top 5: Malick Images 1:56:35-1:59:13 - Close / Outtake MUSIC - Mason Jennings NOTES - MT winner: Justin Sims LINKS - Josh's review of 10 Cloverfield Lane - "Why Howard is the real victim in 10 Cloverfield Lane" - Filmspotting Madness Voting - Filmspotting Madness Bracket - Top 5 Terrence Malick Images - You Must Remember This site Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Mar 25, 2016
#577: Knight of Cups / FS Madness / May Marathon #4 - Mikey and Nicky
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 CUPS is Malick’s enigmatically-titled latest starring Christian Bale. Josh and Adam discuss in hushed tones and unveil the director's edition of Filmspotting Madness. Plus, the third Elaine May Marathon movie, MIKEY AND NICKY. This episode is brought to you by MUBI and Squarespace.   0:00-2:18 - Billboard / Sponsors2:18-23:51 - Review: "Knight of Cups"M Ward, "Girl from Conejo Valley"24:55-27:21 - Sponsors27:21-1:02:57 - Notes / FS Madness - Round 1 M Ward, "Time Won't Wait"1:04:06 - 1:14:03 - Donations / SVU Promo1:14:03 -1:34:42 - May #3: "Mikey & Nicky"1:34:42-1:36:57 - Close MUSIC - M. Ward NOTES ... LINKS - Josh's review of Knight of Cups - Premium: "The Hateful Revenant" - "The Flick" at Steppenwolf - Filmspotting Madness - Evana's Squarespace site - CineMatsuri Japanese Film Fest - Josh's review of Mikey and Nicky - Olive Films Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Mar 17, 2016
#576: Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny / Top 5 Wuxia Films
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 Woo-Ping. Can they bring the magic back, too? Josh and Adam discuss, and are joined by critic and podcaster Sean Gilman, who shares his Top 5 Wuxia Films. This episode is brought to you by MUBI and Audible. 0:00-3:03 - Billboard / Sponsors3:03-27:10 - Review: "Sword of Destiny"Brian Fallon, "Nobody Wins"28:26-30:13 - Sponsors30:13-50:53 - Notes / PollsBrian Fallon, "A Wonderful Life"51:48 - 58:27 - Donations / SVU Promo58:27 -1:20:20 - Top 5: Wuxia Films1:20:20-1:24:52 - Close MUSIC - Brian Fallon NOTES LINKS - Josh's review of Sword of Destiny - Premium: The Hateful Revenant - Sean Gilman - 30 Essential Wuxia Films - "American Werewolf in College" Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Mar 04, 2016
#575: May Marathon #2 - The Heartbreak Kid / Top 5 Films of 1972
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 starring Charles Grodin and Cybill Shepherd (and a great, Oscar-nominated turn by May's daughter Jeannie Berlin as the jilted wife). Plus, what happened when Josh found himself in a dark room with THE WITCH, Adam's trip to Broadway and the Top 5 Films of 1972. This episode is brought to you by MUBI. 0:00-2:47 - Billboard / Sponsors2:47-31:04 - Elaine May #2: "The Heartbreak Kid"31:04-33:56 - Listener VoicemaillsMusic: Hamilton, "Alexander Hamilton"35:03-41:19 - Sponsors41:19-51:18 - Notes / Massacre Theatre51:18-1:03:25 – Recommendations: "The Witch" / "Hamilton"Music: Hamilton, "My Shot"1:04:44 - 1:05:49 - Promo1:05:49 -1:36:09 - Top 5: 1972 Movies1:36:09-1:39:19 - Close MUSIC - Hamilton NOTES - MT winner: Ryan McQuade LINKS - Josh's review of The Heartbreak Kid - Josh's reviews of The Witch - YouTube: The Heartbreak Kid - "The Mysterious Elaine May" - "The Beer Doctor's" Oscar pairings Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Feb 26, 2016
#574: The Witch / Deadpool / Top 5 Baffling Oscar Picks
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 DEADPOOL – plus 2016's most baffling Oscar picks. 0:00-2:37 - Billboard / Sponsors 2:37-24:39 - Review: "The Witch" The Cactus Blossoms, "Change Your Ways or Die" 25:45-31:55 - Polls 31:55-44:12 – Review: 'Deadpool" The Cactus Blossoms, "If I Can't Win" 45:18 - 46:11 - SVU Promo 46:11 -1:14:49 - Top 5: Baffling Oscar Picks 1:14:49-1:18:34 - Close Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Feb 19, 2016
#573: Hail, Caesar! / Top 5 Coen Bros. Characters
‘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 the whole funny looking bunch and force themselves to pick their Top 5 Coen Bros. Characters. Plus, a review of HAIL, CAESAR!, Massacre Theatre and more! This episode is brought to you by Squarespace.   0:00-3:17 - Billboard / Sponsors3:24-33:19 - Review: "Hail Caesar!"Music: Josh Rouse, "You Walked Through the Door"33:19-46:58 - Notes / Massacre Theatre46:58-53:48 – Top 5: Coen Bros Characters.Music: Josh Rouse, "Some Days I’m Golden All Night"1:03:00-1:11:19 - Donations1: 11:19 -1:33:46 - Top 5: Coen Characters cont.1:33:46-1:36:02 - Close MUSIC - Josh Rouse NOTES Massacre Theatre winner: Beth Etter, Twin Cities, MN CORRECTIONS - Yes, Adam said "Llewyn" Moss when he meant "Llewelyn" Moss. LINKS - Mike Nichols quote about directing - Josh's review of "Hail, Caesar!" - Indiewire's Best Coen Brothers Characters - Rolling Stone's 25 Best Coen Characters - Kevin B. Lee's "Big Short" video essay - Laura's Squarespace quilting website - Mary-marry-merry merger - Kate chiding Rooney on Kimmel Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Feb 12, 2016
#572: May Marathon #1 - A New Leaf / Top 5 Comedies About the Rich
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 best known for one of the biggest box office failures of the 1980s: "Ishtar." This week, a review of May's 1971 debut A NEW LEAF starring May and Walter Matthau. Plus, the Top 5 Comedies About the Rich. This episode is brought to you by MUBI and Squarespace (code FILM).   0:00-1:57 - Billboard / Sponsors1:57-41:29 - Elaine May #1: "A New Leaf"Music: Little Legend, "Crooked My Nose"42:25-45:03 - Sponsors45:03-1:06:20 - Notes / PollsMusic: Little Legend, "My Best George Carlin"1:07:16-1:03:10 - Donations / SVU Promo1:13:32-1:46:01 - Top 5: Comedies About the Rich1:46:01-1:47:45 - Close MUSIC - Little Legend LINKS / NOTES - NY Times Jacques Rivette obit - Peter Labuza's The Cinephiliacs - American Masters: Mike Nichols - Josh's review of A New Leaf Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Feb 05, 2016
#571: 45 Years / 2016 Movie Preview (Pt. 2) / Son of Saul
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 Superman? Or, Will the new Terrence Malick approach the greatness of "The Tree of Life?" What about Batman v. Terrence Malick? The 2016 Movie Preview continues with Adam, Josh and special guest Genevieve Koski from The Next Picture Show podcast sharing their Top 5 Movie Questions of 2016. Plus, a review of the Oscar-nominated 45 YEARS and Josh's thoughts on SON OF SAUL. This episode is brought to you by MUBI and Squarespace (code FILM). 0:00-3:24 - Billboard / Sponsors3:24-30:11 - Review: "45 Years"The Noise FM, "Crooked Smile"31:29-33:02 - Sponsors33:02-48:52 - Notes / Massacre Theatre48:52-53:48 - Larsen Recs: "Son of Saul"The Noise FM, "Scam Artist"54:46-1:03:10 - Donations1:03:10-1:49:25 - 2016 Preview (Pt 2)1:49:25-1:52:25 - Close MUSIC - The Noise FM LINKS - Josh's review of 45 Years - Josh's review of Son of Saul - Music Box 70mm Festival - Calgary Cinematheque's Squarespace site - Stephanie's husband w/ Werner Herzog - Genevieve Koski (@GenevieveKoski) - The Next Picture Show Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Jan 29, 2016
#570: The Hateful Eight vs. The Revenant / 2016 Movie Preview (Pt. 1)
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 of a pair of high-profile, late-year releases: Quentn Tarantino's THE HATEFUL EIGHT and Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu's THE REVENANT. On this week's show, that 12-round bout, and a look ahead at the new year in film with the Top 5 Most Anticipated Films of 2016. This episode is brought to you by MUBI, Squarespace (code FILM) and Vermont College of Fine Art MFA.   0:00-3:20 - Billboard / Sponsors3:20-47:33 - "Revenant" vs. "Hateful Eight"Music: David Bowie, "Cat People"48:22-52:13 - Sponsors / SVU52:13-1:09:26 - Notes / PollsMusic: David Bowie, "Life on Mars?"1:10:58-1:20:21 - Donations / Sponsor1:20:21-1:47:00 - 2016 Preview (Pt 1)1:47:00-1:49:23 - Close MUSIC - David Bowie LINKS - Josh's review of The Hateful Eight - Josh's review of The Revenant - Hateful Eight and The Revenant bring the pain... - Revenant and The Hateful Eight go to hell - Hipster Misogyny: The Betrayal of The Hateful Eight - Michael Phillips on Alan Rickman - Adam Sternbergh on Hans Gruber - Kevin Smith on Rickman (starts at 56:32) - Taylor's Squarespace site Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Jan 22, 2016
#569: 2015 Wrap Party Live From Mayne Stage
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 edition of Massacre Theatre, improvised songs by Abraham Levitan and the announcement of the 2015 Golden Brick Winner. This episode is brought to you by Audible and Vermont College of Fine Art MFA. 0:00-2:14 - Billboard / Sponsors 2:14-25:13 - Opening Scenes / Moving Moments 25:13-48:14 - Massacre Theatre / Funniest Moments Act I Musical Recap 49:52-52:51 - Sponsors / SVU Promo 52:51-1:22:00 - Musical Moments / Action Scenes 1:22:00-1:32:48 - 2015 Golden Brick Award 1:32:48-1:50:55 - Scenes of the Year Act II Musical Recap 1:52:51-1:56:13 - Close MUSIC - Abraham Levitan NOTES - MT winner: Chris Birkhimer, San Marcos, TX LINKS - Host and guest choices - "Inside The Most OMG Scene In “Creed” Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Jan 15, 2016
Filmspotting Fix: Anomalisa
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 Kaufman is an unusual – and ambitious – stop-motion animated film from the creator of SYNECDOCHE, NEW YORK. In this special fix edition of Filmspotting, Adam and Josh review ANOMALISA and note the passing of legendary cinematographers Haskell Wexler and Vilmos Zsigmond. 0:00-25:21 - Review: "Anomalisa"25:21-35:18 - Notes / Poll LINKS - Josh's Anomalisa review Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Jan 08, 2016
#568: Top 10 Films of 2015 (Pt. 2)
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 Films of 2015 roundtable. For the first time in the nine years that Scott Tobias and Michael Phillips have been dropping by for Filmspotting's year-end countdown, no single film made it onto all four lists. This week, the Top 5 of 2015, plus Massacre Theatre and more. This episode is brought to you by MUBI , Harry's (code FILMSPOTTING) and Vermont College of Fine Art MFA. 0:00-3:16 - Billboard / Sponsors3:16-47:01 - Top 10 of 2015 (#5-3)"The Times," Carol47:51-51:23 - Squarespace / Vermont MFA36:10-1:02:30 - Notes / Massacre Theatre1:02:30-1:43:15 - Top 10 cont. (#2-1)1:43:15-1:46:41 - Close MUSIC - Carter Burwell, Carol NOTES - MT Winner: Zak Santucci, Queens, NY LINKS - 2015 Wrap Party Live tickets - Full top 10 lists with guest picks - Scott Tobias (Full Top 10) - Michael Phillips Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Dec 24, 2015
#567: Top 10 Films of 2015 (Pt. 1)
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 10 Films of 2015 roundtable - and ok, a little Star Wars talk. This episode is brought to you by Squarespace (code FILM), Vermont College of Fine Art MFA and MUBI. 0:00-3:57 - Billboard / Sponsors 3:57-33:54 - Top 10 of 2015 "Rohan," The Assassin 34:57-36:10 - Squarespace 36:10-47:57 - "The Force Awakens" / Notes 47:57-55:38 - Polls "We Used To Dance," While We're Young 56:08-57:49 - VT MFA 57:49-1:37:44 - Top 10 of 2015 cont. 1:37:44-1:41:40 - Close MUSIC - Doudou N'Diaye Rose / James Murphy LINKS - Michael Phillips - Scott Tobias (Full Top 10) - 2015 Wrap Party Live tickets - Golden Brick Finalists - Village Voice Critics Poll - Indiewire Critics Poll - Chicago Film Critics Winners Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Dec 18, 2015
Star Wars: The Force Awakens
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 minute mark, anyway.   :00-21:51 Review: "The Force Awakens"21:52-22:31 Break22:32-30:36 Spoiler Talk Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Dec 16, 2015
#566: The Big Short / Top 5 Discoveries of 2015 / Chi-Raq
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 and Josh share their Top 5 Discoveries of 2015 – among them: "Anchorman" director Adam McKay, great director? Lots of debate on that one during their review of THE BIG SHORT starring Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling and Brad Pitt. Plus, Larsen Recommends CHI-RAQ. This episode is brought to you by MUBI, Harry's (code FILMSPOTTING) and Vermont College of Fine Art MFA. 0:00-4:25 - WBEZ Promo / Billboard / Sponsors 4:25-28:00 - Review: "The Big Short" Sharon Jones..., "World of Love" 29:22-31:54 - VT MFA / Harry's 31:54-39:46 - Notes / Golden Brick Finalists 39:46-43:56 - JL Recommends: "Chi-raq" Sharon Jones... "8 Days of Hannukah" 45:15-58:11 - Sponsor / Donations / SVU Promo 58:11-1:29:46 - Top 5: Discoveries of 2015 1:29:46-1:33:08 - Close MUSIC - Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings LINKS - 2015 Wrap Party Live tickets - Golden Brick Finalists - Josh's review of The Big Short - Josh's review of Chi-Raq - The First King of Hollywood - Setsuko Hara obituary Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Dec 11, 2015
#565: Top 5 Film Books / Kent Jones Interview (Hitchcock/Truffaut)
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 about the Master of Suspense. Plus, Adam and Josh take care of the holiday shopping for the budding film snob in your life with their own Top 5 Film Books. This episode is brought to you by MUBI, Audible and Vermont College of Fine Art MFA.   0:00-2:42 - Billboard / Sponsors 2:42-28:51 - Interview: Kent Jones Music: Ryan Adams, "Bad Blood" 29:56-31:51 - Audible / MUBI 31:51-42:58 - Notes / Massacre Theatre 42:58-51:15 - Polls Music: Ryan Adams, "Blank Space" 52:22-1:01:43 - Donations 1:01:43-1:29:26 - Top 5: Film Books 1:29:26-1:32:17 - Close / Outtake MUSIC - Ryan Adams NOTES - MT winner: Brian Fontanilla, San Leandro, CA LINKS - Hitchcock/Truffaut info - Chicago Serbian Film Festival Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Dec 04, 2015
Blindspotting: The Wrong Man (1956)
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 filmography – as it was until recently by Adam and Josh, who discuss for this special Blindspotting prelude to Adam's conversation with HITCHCOCK/TRUFFAUT director Kent Jones and their Top 5 Film Books.   LINKS - Josh's review of The Wrong Man Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Dec 02, 2015
2015 Golden Brick Preview Special
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 Thanksgiving Golden Brick Preview. They revisit reviews for three of their favorite overlooked or under-seen movies of 2015 and announce the films that have made the shortlist for this year’s Golden Brick Award. This episode is presented by Squarespace (use code FILM). 2:13-24:34 - Review: "Buzzard" Chance Jones, "Love Still Wild" 27:04-28:01 - SVU Promo 28:01-45:36 - Review: "What We Do..." Chance Jones, "Alone With Him" 46:43-52:49 - Golden Brick Shortlist 52:49-1:18:43 - Review: "Slow West" 1:18:43-1:20:46 - Close / Outtake MUSIC - Chance Jones LINKS / NOTES - Golden Bricks Shortlist Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Nov 27, 2015
#564: Mockingjay – Part 2 / Top 5 Ensemble Movies / Spotlight
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 greater ambition. Or at least really good judgment in the casting of Jennifer Lawrence. Adam and Josh have a review of the series finale, MOCKINGJAY – PART 2, plus the Top 5 Dramatic Ensemble Movies and some thoughts on the stellar ensemble in Tom McCarthy's SPOTLIGHT. This episode is brought to you by MUBI. 0:00-2:18 - Billboard / MUBI 2:18-24:34 - Review: "Mockingjay – Part 2" The Dead Weather, "I Feel Love (Every Million Miles)" 25:47-44:25 - Notes / Polls 44:25-54:24 - Review: "Spotlight" The Dead Weather, "Impossible Winner" 55:27-59:35 - Donations 59:35-1:28:16 - Top 5: Ensemble Movies 1:28:16-1:31:33 - Close / Outtake MUSIC - The Dead Weather LINKS - Josh's "Mockingjay - Part 2" review - Hunger Games Name Generator - Clip: James Bond Jr. - Josh's "Spotlight" review - - Klosterman on "Dazed and Confused" Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Nov 20, 2015
#563: Spectre / Top 5 Bond Tropes
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 office in its opening weekend. Adam and Josh review and share their Top 5 Bond Tropes with the help of special guest Bond expert Chris Klimek. This episode is brought to you by MUBI and Harry's (use code FILMSPOTTING).   0:00-2:26 - Billboard / Sponsors 2:26-27:27 - Review: "Spectre" Shirley Bassey, "Goldfinger" 28:27-30:45 - Promo: Harry's 30:45-42:28 - Notes / Massacre Theatre 42:28-44:33 - Brickspotting: "Heart of a Dog" Nancy Sinatra, "You Only Live Twice" 45:15-52:01 - Donations / SVU Promo 52:01-1:21:25 - Top 5: James Bond Tropes 1:21:25-1:25:47 - Close / Outtake NOTES - MT winner:  Rochelle Fetters MUSIC - Bond Themes LINKS - Josh's Spectre review - The Next Picture Show - Michael Phillips on "Heart of a Dog" - Matt Singer ranks every Bond - Chris Klimek - Klimek's "Spectre" review - Klimek on the history of SPECTRE Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Nov 13, 2015
#562: The Assassin / Top 5 Cannes Best Director Winners / Junun
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 that won this year's prize, THE ASSASSIN, from Taiwan's Hou Hsiao-Hsien. Plus, some thoughts on Paul Thomas Anderson's JUNUN. This episode is brought to you by MUBI. 0:00-2:51 - Billboard / MUBI 2:51-20:57 - Review: "The Assassin" The Surface of the Deep, "Poetry" 21:57-38:19 - Notes / Polls 38:19-45:55 - AK Recommends: "Junun" Jonny Greenwood, et al, "Roked" (Junun) 46:30-53:13 - Donations 53:13-1:21:17 - Top 5: Cannes Director Winners 1:21:17-1:24:06 - Close MUSIC - The Surface of the Deep LINKS - Josh's "Movies Are Prayers" Tumblr - Labuza's interview w/ Hou Hsiao-Hsien - "Junun" on MUBI - John DeCarli's review of "Junun" - Cannes Best Director Winners Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Nov 06, 2015
#561: Edward Scissorhands / Top 5 Films of 1990
Twenty-five years ago, the movies gave us Schwarzenegger on Mars, “Best Director Kevin Costner,” and iconic performances like Kathy Bates’ Annie Wilkes, Julia Roberts’ Hooker with a Heart of Gold Vivian Ward, and of course Joe Pesci’s career-defining performance as Harry Lime in HOME ALONE (oh yeah, and GOODFELLAS)... Adam and Josh share their Top 5 Films of 1990, plus a "Blind Cow" review of Tim Burton's cult classic EDWARD SCISSORHANDS. This episode is brought to you by MUBI.   0:00-2:59 - Billboard / MUBI 2:59-25:58 - 'Sacred Cow' Review: "Edward Scissorhands" They Might Be Giants, "Whistling in the Dark" 26:54-27:49 - SVU Promo 27:49-41:01 - Notes / Massacre Theatre 41:01-50:54 - Top 5 1990 Movies They Might Be Giants, "Istanbul" 51:36-58:37 - Donations / Sound Ops Promo 58:37-1:13:31 - Top 5 cont. 1:13:31-1:16:35 - Close MUSIC - They Might Be Giants NOTES - MT winner: Ashley Adum LINKS - Josh's "Movies Are Prayers" Tumblr - "Before Neorealism" screening - Alex in Philly links - Recommend Belgian films Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Oct 30, 2015
#560: Crimson Peak / Bridge of Spies / Top 5 Cold War Movies
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 OF SPIES and the Top 5 Cold War Movies. This episode is brought to you by MUBI and Squarespace (code FILM). 0:00-4:35 - Billboard / MUBI 4:35-25:17 - Review: "Crimson Peak" Murder By Death, "Solitary One" 26:22-27:23 - Squarespace 27:23-37:52 - Notes / Polls 37:52-47:16 - Review: "Bridge of Spies" Murder By Death, "Last Thing" 48:27-1:18:51 - Top 5: Cold War Movies 1:18:51-1:24:03 - Close / Outtake MUSIC - Murder By Death LINKS - Josh on "Crimson Peak" - Michael on "Crimson Peak" - Josh on "Bridge of Spies" - Michael on "Bridge of Spies" Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Oct 23, 2015
#559: Steve Jobs / Top 5 Back-To-Back Movies
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 between "Alien" ('79) and "Blade Runner' ('82) was the inspiration for this week’s Top 5: Back-To-Back Movies. Plus, a review of Danny Boyle's STEVE JOBS starring Filmspotting Madness Champion(tm) Michael Fassbender. This episode is brought to you by MUBI. 0:00-3:17 - Billboard / MUBI 3:17-30:01 - Review: "Steve Jobs" Music: EL VY, "Paul is Alive" 31:02-31:57 - SVU Promo 31:57-42:18 - Notes / Massacre Theatre 42:18-51:55 - Top 5: Back-To-Back Movies Music: EL VY, "Return to the Moon" 42:18-51:55 - Donations 53:10-1:27:38 - Top 5 cont. 1:27:38-1:30:41 - Close / Outtake MUSIC - EL VY NOTES - MT winner: Bianca Soto LINKS - D.C. Immigration Film Fest - Dark Side of Disney - Lukas in Belgium's site - What Died At Altamont - Bergman's legacy Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Oct 16, 2015
#558: The Martian / Chicago Film Festival Preview w/ Stephen Cone
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 the help of Chicago filmmaker Stephen Cone—sort through the fest's 130 feature titles to offer a few of their most anticipated screenings. Plus, a completely likable review of Ridley Scott's completely likable THE MARTIAN. This episode is brought to you by MUBI and :00-2:38 - Billboard / Squarespace 2:38-21:17 - Review: "The Martian" Music: Ne-Hi, "Turncoat" 22:29-24:42 - MUBI 24:42-37:50 - Notes / Polls 37:50-57:34 - Stephen Cone / Top 5: CIFF Preview Music: Ne-Hi, "Drag" 58:36-1:13:18 - CIFF Preview, cont. 1:13:18-1:16:51 - Close / Outtakes MUSIC - Ne-Hi LINKS - Josh's review of "The Martian" - Henry Gamble's Birthday Party - Phillips' profile of Stephen Cone - "Junun" on MUBI - Kent Jones' Selected Criticism - Top 5 Anticipated CIFF Movies Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Oct 09, 2015
#557: Sicario / Top 5 Breaking Up the Boys' Club Movies
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 revealing their lists along with a review of SICARIO starring Emily Blunt and Benicio del Toro. This episode is brought to you by MUBI. :00-4:08 - Billboard / MUBI 4:08-33:08 - Review: "Sicario" Le Butcherettes, "Shave the Pride" 34:14-35:09 - SVU Promo 35:09-43:15 - Notes 43:15-52:34 - Massacre Theatre Le Butcherettes, "Stab My Back" 53:45-56:38 - Donations 56:38-1:24:22 - Top 5: Breaking Up the Boys' Club Movies 1:24:22-1:28:56 - Close / Outtake MUSIC - Le Butcherettes LINKS - Josh's review of "Sicario" - More on Adam's issue with Sicario here (spoilers) - Adam on The Cinephiliacs - PTA's "Junjun" on MUBI - "Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead" Passes - Quartet Macabre info Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Oct 02, 2015
#556: Black Mass / Top 5 Neighborhood Movies / TIFF Recap
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 take some pitchez of the local cullah before reviewing "Mass" and sharing their Top 5 Neighborhood Movies. Plus, Josh's take on some of the films he saw at the Toronto International Film Festival. This episode is brought to you by MUBI and Squarespace (use code FILM). :00-2:52 - Billboard / Sponsors 2:52-28:30 - Review: "Black Mass" Chuck Prophet,"Truth Will Out" 30:00-31:42 - Squarespace 31:42-46:38 - Notes / Polls 46:38-55:48 - JL: TIFF Recap Chuck Prophet, "Guilty as a Saint" 57:10-59:12 - Notes 59:12-1:29:05 - Top 5 Neighborhood Movies 1:29:05-1:31:47 - Close MUSIC - Chuck Prophet LINKS - Josh's review of "Black Mass" - "The Primary Instinct" - "How Green Was My Valley" essay - Andras' Squarespace site Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Sep 25, 2015
#555: The Visit / Top 5 House Guests / The Mend
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 the box office and with critics. Josh and Adam assess whether Shyamalan has changed his luck with the low-budget horror film THE VISIT. Plus, the Top 5 Movie House Guests and a few thoughts on THE MEND. This episode is brought to you by MUBI. :00-2:04 - Billboard / MUBI 2:04-27:08 - Review: "The Visit" Keith Richards, "Amnesia" 28:30-47:47 - Notes / Massacre Theatre 47:47-52:29 - AK Recommends: "The Mend" Keith Richards, "Trouble" 53:25-59:49 - Donations / SVU Promo 59:40-1:26:08 - Top 5: House Guests 1:26:08-1:29:53 - Close / Outtake MUSIC - Keith Richards LINKS - Josh's review of "The Visit" - "99 Homes" Passes - Slate Culture Gabfest in Chicago - Hands of Uncle Charlie Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Sep 17, 2015
#554: Queen of Earth / Top 5 Films of 1988
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 of 1988, plus Depp v Depp (v Depp) and a review of Alex Ross Perry's QUEEN OF EARTH. This episode is brought to you by MUBI and Harry's (use code FILMSPOTTING). :00-3:00 - Billboard / Sponsors 3:00-20:56 - Review: "Queen of Earth" Pixies, "Where is My Mind" 22:17-24:03 - Harry's 24:03-43:19 - Notes / Polls Pixies, "Bone Machine" 44:30-53:00 - Donations 53:00-1:18:33 - Top 5: Films of 1988 1:18:33-1:22:36 - Close / Outtake MUSIC - The Pixies LINKS - Josh's review of "Queen of Earth" - Adam on InSession Film podcast - "Superstar: The Karen Carpenter Story" Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Sep 11, 2015
#553: Fall Movie Preview w/ Michael Phillips
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 Phillips (and his trusty light saber) joins Adam and Josh for a double dose of Top 5s this week – Most Anticipated Fall Movies and Questions about the impending season. Plus, a review roundup with thoughts on QUEEN OF EARTH, MERU, DIGGING FOR FIRE and PHOENIX. This episode is brought to you by MUBI and Get Matthew McConaughey’s performance of “Summer Farmer” as a free download through Sept. 30. :00-3:14 - Billboard / Audible-MUBI 3:14-32:33 - Fall Movie Preview, Pt. 1 Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, "S.O.B." 33:39-34:37 - Audible 34:37-48:12 - Notes / Massacre Theatre 48:12-1:04:21 - Review Roundup Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, "Wasting Time" 1:05:18-1:06:12 - SVU Promo 1:06:12-1:32:56 - Fall Movie Preview, Pt. 2 1:32:56-1:36:20 - Close / Outtake MUSIC - Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweat NOTES - MT winner: Ryan Ervin LINKS - Michael Phillips on Wes Craven Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Sep 04, 2015
#552: Mistress America / Top 5 Desert Island Directors (Revisited)
Of current actor-director combos, Greta Gerwig and Noah Baumbach are significant for their writing partnership – and for Gerwig’s impact on Baumbach’s choice of subjects. Since hooking up with the 32 year-old Gerwig, Gen-Xer Baumbach has started training his eye on 20-something millennials – first in 2012’s "Frances Ha" and with the new MISTRESS AMERICA. Adam and Josh review Baumbach and Gerwig's latest, and revisit their Top 5 Desert Island Directors. This episode is brought to you by MUBI and Squarespace (use code FILM). :00-2:35 - Billboard / MUBI 2:35-28:20 - Review: "Mistress America" The Staves, "Teeth White" 29:31-31:41 - Squarespace 31:41-46:29 - Notes / Polls The Staves, "Make It Holy" 47:48-58:35 - Donations 58:35-1:39:04 - Top 5: Desert Island Directors 1:39:04-1:41:38 - Close MUSIC - The Staves LINKS - Josh's "Mistress America" review - Michelle's Squarespace site - Ricardo's movie: "El Cumpleaños de Joaquín" Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Aug 28, 2015
#551: The Look of Silence / Top 5 Haunted Past Movies / M:I - Rogue Nation
With 2012's ACT OF KILLING, director Joshua Oppenheimer delivered one of the most acclaimed, innovative - and harrowing - documentaries in recent memory. His follow-up, THE LOOK OF SILENCE, is less formally ambitious, but returns Oppenheimer to familiar territory – Indonesia's bloody anti-Communist purge that left hundreds of thousands dead in the mid-1960s. Adam and Josh review "Silence," give last week's director/muse poll another shot, and revisit their Top 5 Haunted Past Movies. This episode is brought to you by MUBI. :00-4:17 - Billboard / MUBI 4:17-37:42 - Review: "The Look of Silence" The Aches, "Judas" 39:01-55:07 - Notes / Massacre Theatre 55:07-59:20 - Review: "M:I – Rogue Nation" The Aches, "Prodigals" 1:00:31-1:07:07 - Donations / SVU Promo 1:07:07-1:32:43 - Top 5: Haunted Past Movies 1:32:43-1:35:53 - Close / Outtake MUSIC - The Aches NOTES - MT winner: Joseph Erikson LINKS - Josh's "Look of Silence" review - Nigel's interview w/ Karina Longworth - Apu Trilogy coming to Criterion - A WALK IN THE WOODS Tickets Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Aug 21, 2015
#550: The End of the Tour / Top 5 Movies About Writers
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 THE END OF THE TOUR, the Sundance hit starring Jason Segel as Wallace, along with Jesse Eisenberg as Rolling Stone reporter David Lipsky. The film – from SPECTACULAR NOW director James Ponsoldt – documents Lipsky's five-day interview with Wallace following the celebrated publication of the author’s INFINITE JEST. Adam and Josh review THE END OF THE TOUR and revisit their Top 5 Movies About Writers. This episode is brought to you by MUBI. :00-2:56 - Billboard / MUBI 2:56-33:08 - Review: "The End of the Tour" R.E.M., "Strange Currencies" 34:06-45:54 - Notes / Polls Tracey Ullman, "They Don't Know" 46:31-56:33 - Donations 56:33-1:21:56 - Top 5: Movies About Writers (Revisited) 1:21:56-1:26:21 - Close / Outtake MUSIC - The End of the Tour Soundtrack LINKS - Josh's "End of the Tour" review Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Aug 14, 2015
#549: Doctor Zhivago (Blindspotting) / Top 5 Small Moments in Big Movies
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, which gets a special "Blindspotting" review this week in honor of its 50th anniversary and the recent passing of star Omar Sharif. Plus, the Top 5 Small Moments in Big Movies. This episode is brought to you by MUBI. :00-3:02 - Billboard / MUBI 3:02-37:56 - Review: "Doctor Zhivago" Wilder Embry, "Pretty Things" 39:24-53:39 - Notes / Massacre Theatre 53:39-1:04:08 - FS Recommends Wilder Embry, "It" 1:05:17-1:11:03 - Donations / SVU Promo 1:11:03-1:42:16 - Top 5 Small Moments... 1:42:16-1:45:30 - Close / Outtake MUSIC - Wilder Embry NOTES - MT winner: Rance Craft, Austin LINKS - Josh's "Doctor Zhivago" review - You Must Remember This - The Cinephiliacs - "Call Me Lucky" - "Tangerine" - Harold Ramis Collaborations Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Aug 07, 2015
#548: M:I - Rogue Nation / Top 5 Exciting Movie Trends / Stanford Prison Experiment
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 a positive spin on the end of their former online home... Scott and Genevieve get optimistic with their Top 5 Exciting Movie Trends. Plus, a review of MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE – ROGUE NATION and some thoughts on the new indie THE STANFORD PRISON EXPERIMENT. This episode is brought to you by MUBI. :00-2:32 - Billboard / MUBI 2:32-28:44 - Review: "M:I – Rogue Nation" Heartless Bastards, "Gates of Dawn" 30:05-39:12 - Notes / Polls 39:12-52:57 - Review: "Stanford Prison Exp." Heartless Bastards, "Journey" 54:22-1:10:35 - Top 5: Exciting Movie Trends 1:10:35-1:13:32 - Close LINKS - "Jurassic World" and high heels Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Jul 31, 2015
#547: Top 5 Things We Learned At The Dissolve / Southpaw / Tangerine
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. Dissolvers Scott Tobias and Keith Phipps fill in for Adam and Josh, sharing the Top 5 Things We Learned At The Dissolve. Plus, reviews of SOUTHPAW with Jake Gyllenhaal and the indie transgender comedy TANGERINE. This episode is brought to you by MUBI and by Squarespace (code FILM). :00-2:32 - Billboard / MUBI 2:32-15:49 - Review: "Southpaw" Courtney Barnett, "Pedestrian at Best" 17:02-18:50 - Sponsor: Squarespace 18:50-25:14 - Notes / Massacre Theatre 25:14-36:51 - Review "Tangerine" Courtney Barnett, "Depreston" 38:10-38:59 - SVU Promo 38:59-53:34 - Top 5: Things We Learned At... 53:34-57:52 - Close MUSIC - Courtney Barnett NOTES - MT winner: Melanie Purser LINKS - The Dissolve on Facebook - Dissolve spinoff "The Solute" - Oscilliscope Labs' "Musings" Tumblr - Stanley Kubrick's favorite movies - Jessef's Squarespace site - Aaron's Squarespace site Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Jul 24, 2015
#546: Trainwreck / Top 5 Comedy Ensembles (Revisited)
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 brought to you by MUBI. :00-3:49 - Billboard / MUBI 3:49-25:40 - Review: "Trainwreck" Jason Isbell, "It Takes a Lifetime" 27:04-37:11 - Notes / Polls Jason Isbell, "24 Frames" 38:29-44:00 - Donations / Promo: Sound Ops 44:00-1:10:54 - Top 5: Comedy Ensembles 1:10:54-1:14:30 - Close / Outtake MUSIC - Jason Isbell LINKS - Grammar Girl on 'whole nother' - Josh's "Trainwreck" review Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Jul 17, 2015
#545: Top 5 Films of 2015 (So Far) / The Tribe / Love & Mercy
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 brought to you by MUBI / Harry's (use code FILMSPOTTING). :00-3:07 - Billboard / Harry's-MUBI 3:07-25:43 - Top 5: Films of 2015 (So Far) "Main Title," It Follows 26:29-28:32 - Sponsor: Harry's 28:32-35:55 - Massacre Theatre 35:55-45:58 - "Love & Mercy," "The Tribe" "Ava," Ex Machina 46:55-55:17 - Donations / SVU Promo 55:17-1:26:25 - Top 5: Films of 2015 cont. 1:26:25-1:30:12 - Close / Outtake NOTES - Farewell to The Dissolve! News that came down the morning after we taped this episode. - MT winner: Eric McConnell LINKS - Josh's "The Tribe" review - It Follows: Anatomy of a Scene - "Man From Reno" - A.V. Club's halftime superlatives - The Music of "Ex Machina" Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Jul 10, 2015
#544: Dope / Manglehorn / Top 5 Films of 1994 (Revisited)
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 latest starring Al Pacino, MANGLEHORN... and grab your box of chocolates, some hakuna matata and a little hope for the Top 5 Films of 1994 (Revisited). This episode is brought to you by MUBI / Squarespace (use code FILM). :00-2:38 - Billboard / MUBI 2:38-21:09 - Review: "Dope" Digable Planets, "9th Wonder (Blackitolism) 22:32-24:26 - Squarespace 24:26-34:28 - Polls / James Horner 34:28-44:02 - Review: "Manglehorn" Nas, "The World is Yours" 45:18-46:12 - SVU Promo 46:12-1:21:10 - Top 5: Films of 1994 1:21:10-1:25:03 - Close / Outtake LINKS - Josh's "Dope" review - Josh's "Manglehorn" review - Samuel's Squarespace site - Kagan's Squarespace site - "Jack and Jill's" final gag - Adam's "Crisis of Faith" class Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Jun 26, 2015
#543: Inside Out / Top 5 Actor-Director Pairs
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 outside... in. Is the new INSIDE OUT a return to form for the once peerless animation studio? Josh and guest host Michael Phillips from the Chicago Tribune share their eview and revisit their Top 5 Actor-Director Pairs. This episode is brought to you by MUBI. :00-2:59 - Billboard / MUBI 2:59-28:55 - Review: "Inside Out"  Girlpool, "Ideal World" 30:22-40:54 - Notes / Massacre Theatre Girlpool, "Before the World Was Big" 42:10-1:17:44 - Top 5: Actor-Director Pairs 1:17:44-1:22:51 - Close MUSIC - Girlpool NOTES - MT winner: Adolfo Acosta LINKS - Josh's "Inside Out" review - Michael's "Inside Out" review - Michael and Heidi's "Goodfellas" video - Adam's "Crisis of Faith" class Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Jun 19, 2015
#542: Jurassic World / Spy / Top 5 Movie Locations We Wish We Could Visit (Revisited)
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 break loose. Josh and Adam review JURASSIC WORLD and revisit the Top 5 Movie Locations We Wish We Could Visit. Plus, Larsen Recommends Melissa McCarthy in SPY. This episode is brought to you by MUBI. :00-3:19 - Billboard / MUBI 3:19-26:22 - Review: "Jurassic World" Dawes, "Things Happen" 27:40-41:06 - Polls / Notes 41:06-46:23 - Larsen Recommends: "Spy" Dawes, "All Your Favorite Bands" 47:38-50:43 - Donations / SVU Promo 50:43-1:23:57 - Top 5: Movie Locations... 1:23:57-1:26:55 - Close MUSIC -Dawes NOTES - JURASSIC PARK is currently ranked 10th among Adam's favorite Spielberg films. LINKS - Josh's "Jurassic World" review - Josh's "Spy" review  - Adam's boring Crowe rankings - Trailer: "A Little Chaos" - Chicago Jewish Film Festival - Adam's "Crisis of Faith" class Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Jun 12, 2015
#541: Say Anything... / Aloha / Top 5 Movies of 1989 (Revisited)
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 quality? Josh and Adam answer that question with a Sacred Cow review of the movie that solidified John Cusack as an '80s icon. Plus, Massacre Theatre and a replay of the Top 5 Movies of 1989. This episode is brought to you by MUBI. :00-2:58 - Billboard / MUBI 2:58-36:44 - Review: "Aloha/Say Anything" The Replacements, "Within Your Reach" 37:55-49:28 - Notes / Massacre Theatre 49:28-1:10:11 - Top 5: Films of 1989 Music: Public Enemy, "Fight the Power" 1:11:02-1:45:53 - Top 5: Films of 1989 cont. 1:45:53-1:49:39 - Close / Outtake BONUS - Nothing this week, sorry NOTES/LINKS - MT winner: Rich Yates - Josh on "Say Anything..." - Josh on "Aloha"  - Alan Scherstuhl's "Aloha" review  - Pacific Northwest FS Meetup Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Jun 05, 2015
#540: Tomorrowland / Top 5 Streaming Sci-Fi Movies
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 hosts of Filmspotting: SVU – review Bird's latest and share their Top 5 Streaming Sci-Fi Movies. This episode is brought to you by MUBI. :00-2:27 - Billboard / MUBI 2:27-28:55 - Review: "Tomorrowland" Hot Chip, "Love is the Future" 30:13-45:50 - Cannes Recap 45:50-53:39 - Polls Hot Chip, "Huarache Lights" 54:50-1:37:31 - Top 5: Streaming Sci-Fi 1:37:31-1:41:40 - Close / Outtake MUSIC - Hot Chip LINKS - Alison at Cannes - Pacific Northwest FS Meetup Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
May 29, 2015
#539: Mad Max: Fury Road / Pitch Perfect 2 / Top 5 Car Scenes
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 as the new road warrior. "Relatively Rational" Adam and "Mildly Miffed" Josh review MAD MAX: FURY ROAD. Plus, Adam recommends PITCH PERFECT 2 and the Top 5 Car Scenes (Revisited). This episode is brought to you by MUBI & Squarespace (code FILM). :00-2:40 - Billboard / MUBI 2:53-36:28 - Review: "Mad Max: Fury Road" Pitch Perfect 2, "Kennedy Center Perf." 37:06-39:51 - Squarespace 39:51-46:27 - Adam Recs: "Pitch Perfect 2" 46:27-52:22 - Massacre Theatre 52:22-1:04:21 - Top 5: Car Scenes Pitch Perfect, "Bellas Finals" 1:05:10-1:14:17 - Donations 1:14:17-1:35:55 - Car Scenes cont. / Feedback 1:35:55-1:38:10 - Close MUSIC - "Pitch Perfect" soundtracks NOTES - MT winner: Simon Vanderveen LINKS - Josh's review of "Mad Max" - A. Sarkeesian on "Fury Road" - Response to Sarkeesian - The Thoroughfare - Trevor's Filmspotting Lego Studio Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
May 22, 2015
#538: Top 5 Movie Posters / Slow West
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 funny, and its star just might be the best actor in the business. Josh and Adam review Michael Fassbender's latest and count down their Top 5 Movie Posters – with the help of design expert Sam Smith. This episode is brought to you by MUBI. :00-2:40 - Billboard / MUBI 2:40-28:55 - Review: "Slow West" yMusic, "Bladed Stance" 30:11-37:23 - Polls / Notes 37:23-51:39 - Interview: Sam Smith yMusic, "Everness" 52:38-1:01:34 - Donations / SVU 1:01:34-1:37:57 - Top 5: Movie Posters 1:37:34-1:41:34 - Close MUSIC - yMusic NOTES/LINKS - Josh's review of "Slow West" - Top 5 Movie Posters - Sam Smith - Brandon Schaefer - The Poster Boys - Movie Poster of the Day - 'Making of Under The Skin Poster'  - Smith on Under The Skin poster - Ringwald/This American Life Ep. - Breakfast Club Oral History - Turan on Golden Age posters Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
May 15, 2015
#537: Avengers: Age of Ultron / 2015 Summer Movie Preview