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Filmspotting: SVU is a bi-weekly podcast hosted by Alison Willmore and Matt Singer focusing on the world of online movies. Part of the Filmspotting family of podcasts and the Panoply Network.
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1:45:53 | Jul 3rd, 2018

It's been six (mostly) wonderful years of Filmspotting: Streaming Video Unit, but on this episode, Matt and Alison say goodbye. First, in honor of JUSTIN BIEBER: NEVER SAY NEVER, which they talked about in their first episode (yup) back in 2012, they...Show More

1:09:21 | Jun 19th, 2018

Remember how when we were kids we battled a nightmare clown terrorizing our small town and devouring children? No? Maybe it was just us then. On this episode of Filmspotting: Streaming Video Unit, Matt and Alison take a look at the 1990 TV miniseries...Show More

1:16:20 | Jun 5th, 2018

Get your skates straight and put out that cigarette, because on this week's show, Matt and Alison are talking 2017's Tonya Harding biopic I, TONYA, which was recently added to Hulu. Then, inspired by the sport that made Harding famous (before The Inc...Show More

1:05:26 | May 22nd, 2018

Is John Woo's latest movie a return to form for the director, or something closer to self-parody? On this episode of Filmspotting: Streaming Video Unit, Matt and Alison debate the merits of MANHUNT, Woo's 2017 thriller, which was recently released as...Show More

1:18:04 | May 8th, 2018

There comes a time when a young girl blossoms into a woman, and sometimes that woman turns out to possess terrifying powers that are some kind of allegory for the female sexuality. On this episode, Matt and Alison take a wander through the genre of t...Show More

1:11:08 | Apr 24th, 2018

"People come to the Oasis for all the things they can do, but they stay for all the things they can be." Presuming, that is, those things are licensable bits of IP. On this episode, Matt and Alison use Steven Spielberg's latest, READY PLAYER ONE, as ...Show More

1:30:23 | Apr 10th, 2018

On this episode, Matt and Alison talk cults versus communes, xenophobia, sexual liberation, immigration fraud, religious freedom, and also putting beavers into blenders in order to use the resulting goo to taint the water supply. Yes, they're going d...Show More

1:29:32 | Mar 27th, 2018

Pour a row of martinis and ready your finest 1930s repartee, because on this episode of Filmspotting: Streaming Video Unit, Matt and Alison sample THE THIN MAN, available via TCM's new partnership with FilmStruck. And, in honor of Nick and Nora Charl...Show More

1:25:19 | Mar 13th, 2018

Willkommen, bienvenue, welcome — in this episode of Filmspotting: Streaming Video Unit, Matt and Alison pay a visit to Weimar-era Berlin by way of the German period drama BABYLON BERLIN, co-created by Tom Tykwer and streaming on Netflix. Then they ta...Show More

1:28:26 | Feb 27th, 2018

It's no sleep 'til Rego Park, Queens, in this episode of Filmspotting: Streaming Video Unit, in which Matt and Alison consider the uneasy charms of the Safdie brothers' New York set-thriller GOOD TIME, starring Robert Pattinson and currently streamin...Show More

1:12:32 | Feb 13th, 2018

What is the future for original movies on the world's largest streaming service? In this episode of Filmspotting: Streaming Video Unit, Matt and Alison wonder where Netflix is headed as they take longer looks at two recent acquisitions — the Hungaria...Show More

1:10:21 | Jan 30th, 2018

Sometimes you've got to talk your pain and frustration out — and sometimes you've got to punch a car. In this episode of Filmspotting: Streaming Video Unit, Matt and Alison consider a film that tries to do both — S. Craig Zahler's brawny, wry, brutal...Show More

1:10:56 | Jan 16th, 2018

Ghosts — not just good for scares! In this episode of Filmspotting: Streaming Video Unit, Matt and Alison take a look at A GHOST STORY, David Lowery's exploration of grief, time, and the afterlife as represented by a sheet with two eye holes cut in i...Show More

1:13:11 | Jan 2nd, 2018

Orcs, elves, fairies, and racial allegories — on this episode of Filmspotting: Streaming Video Unit, Matt and Alison delve into the deceptively muddled waters of BRIGHT, Netflix's first homegrown attempt at a blockbuster. Then, in honor of the film's...Show More

1:44:14 | Dec 19th, 2017

2017. It was... quite a year. But at least there were some good films? On this episode of Filmspotting: Streaming Video Unit, Matt and Alison look back at the past 12 months of movies by way of their annual, unconventional, and highly personal year-e...Show More

1:32:13 | Dec 6th, 2017

Alison gets to take a break this time around as Matt makes his triumphant return by stepping up to the (live) mic for a very special episode recorded on stage at the inaugural Brooklyn Podcast Festival on November 18. Matt is joined by Dan McCoy and ...Show More

1:08:44 | Nov 21st, 2017

Eric Kohn of IndieWire and the Screen Talk podcast joins Alison while on the road in the Florida Keys to discuss Dee Rees’ Netflix original MUDBOUND. Matt is still off on paternity leave, so this episode of Filmspotting: Streaming Video Unit has turn...Show More

1:29:10 | Nov 7th, 2017

While Matt is off on paternity leave, this episode of Filmspotting: Streaming Video Unit turns the responsibility for picking the main review to our guest host, who opts for the Netflix original movie THE MEYEROWITZ STORIES (NEW AND SELECTED). Then, ...Show More

1:13:19 | Oct 24th, 2017

Freshmeeeeen! On this episode of Filmspotting: Streaming Video Unit, Matt and Alison haze each other with drunken parties and rabbit kidneys in preparation for talking Julia Ducournau’s body horror/coming of age movie RAW. Then they reminisce about t...Show More

1:13:52 | Oct 10th, 2017

On this episode of Filmspotting: Streaming Video Unit, Matt and Alison run off to the desert to start their own Keanu Reeves-centric rave cult in preparation for their discussion of Ana Lily Amirpour’s dystopian drama THE BAD BATCH. Then, in honor of...Show More

1:21:32 | Sep 26th, 2017

On this episode of Filmspotting: Streaming Video Unit, Matt and Alison talk moral compromises and modern Romania in their review of Cristian Mungiu’s GRADUATION. Then, having entirely failed to find the time to watch more streaming Romanian New Wave ...Show More

1:18:23 | Sep 13th, 2017

Anthology television series mean you can have a brand new cast and story in each new installment. Alas, when it comes to listening to Filmspotting: Streaming Video Unit, you’ll have to settle for Matt and Alison every time. On this episode of Filmspo...Show More

1:14:49 | Aug 29th, 2017

Shall we begin? On this episode of Filmspotting: Streaming Video Unit, Matt and Alison dissect Adam Wingard’s Netflix original movie DEATH NOTE, based on the popular manga and anime series. After despairing at there ever being a great American anime ...Show More

1:30:44 | Aug 15th, 2017

Would you like to swing on a star? How about listen to Bruce Willis sing pop standards while stealing artifacts? On this episode of Filmspotting: Streaming Video Unit, Matt and Alison consider 1991’s notorious HUDSON HAWK and whether it deserves its ...Show More

1:24:23 | Aug 1st, 2017

In the era of Peak TV, it’s become increasingly common to see filmmakers crossing over to work on the small screen. But what about when it’s the other way around? This week, Matt and Alison look at the film debuts of some famous television creators a...Show More

1:20:42 | Jul 18th, 2017

To think what people could accomplish, were it not for the pesky families they love! On this episode of the Filmspotting: Streaming Video Unit podcast, Matt and Alison talk ambition, sacrifice, and James Gray’s THE LOST CITY OF Z. Then, in honor of C...Show More

1:26:55 | Jul 4th, 2017

What do you call a fictional animal that’s adorable, intelligent, and looks like a giant pig crossed with a hippo? In the world of Bong Joon-ho’s OKJA: lunch. On this episode, Matt and Alison discuss the South Korean director’s continent-crossing, ge...Show More

1:23:58 | Jun 20th, 2017

Wo, oh, what we want to know, are you willing to watch a nearly four-hour documentary about the Grateful Dead? Matt and Alison did, and talk all about it on this episode of SVU, which takes on both Amir Bar-lev’s Amazon original doc LONG STRANGE TRIP...Show More

1:22:25 | Jun 6th, 2017

With TWIN PEAKS back on the air after 26 years, Matt and Alison start this episode of SVU by taking a look at the film with which TWIN PEAKS last left off — prequel FIRE WALK WITH ME, which was booed at Cannes back in 1992, but has since been reevalu...Show More

1:22:57 | May 23rd, 2017

Does Hulu’s THE HANDMAID’S TALE deserve the hype it’s been getting as the most frighteningly timely series on streaming? In this episode of SVU, Matt and Alison discuss the new Margaret Atwood adaptation and how it attempts, via its visuals, to depic...Show More

1:23:01 | May 9th, 2017

It’s M. Night Shyamalan’s shared universe and we’re all just living in it in this episode of SVU, in which Matt and Alison debate whether SPLIT is the comeback vehicle it’s been heralded to be for the director, as well as how the movie’s late-reveale...Show More

1:17:21 | Apr 25th, 2017

On this episode of SVU, Matt and Alison consider the enchantments of Anna Biller’s retro-styled THE LOVE WITCH, in which Samantha Robinson plays a troubled witch whose romantic escapades have a tendency to turn deadly. Then, inspired by the film’s th...Show More

1:13:10 | Apr 11th, 2017

Ken Russell’s famous/infamous 1971 horror drama THE DEVILS is available to stream for the first time ever, and so on this episode of Filmspotting: Streaming Video Unit, Matt and Alison take a look at the film (available in its US cut) and discuss how...Show More

1:20:46 | Mar 28th, 2017

In honor of the recent passing of Bill Paxton, on this episode of Filmspotting: Streaming Video Unit, Matt and Alison look at the career of the actor and filmmaker. In addition to offering up some favorite roles in movies available to rent or stream ...Show More

1:23:15 | Mar 14th, 2017

Grab your magnifying glasses and your fake badges — in this episode of Filmspotting: Streaming Video Unit, Matt and Alison do some sleuthing into the surprisingly sprawling genre of amateur detective movies. It’s all inspired by their main review of ...Show More

1:17:07 | Feb 28th, 2017

In this episode of Filmspotting: Streaming Video Unit, Matt and Alison decide, once and for all, which of them is the true hootie tootie disco cutie, as they talk THE GREASY STRANGLER. Then they discuss what makes a midnight movie and offer some midn...Show More

1:22:46 | Feb 14th, 2017

Can a magical farting corpse also be a metaphor for self-acceptance? In this episode of Filmspotting: Streaming Video Unit, Matt and Alison discuss whether <i>Swiss Army Man</i> pulls off its attempted combination of body function humor and therapeut...Show More

1:11:04 | Jan 31st, 2017

Fresh from Park City, and feeling anything but, Matt and Alison talk the recently concluded Sundance Film Festival on this episode of the Filmspotting: Streaming Video Unit podcast — and in particular, why the dominance of Netflix and Amazon means yo...Show More

1:18:37 | Jan 17th, 2017

With no shortage of scary stuff happening on their home turf at the moment, Matt and Alison dedicate this episode of the Filmspotting: Streaming Video Unit podcast to some of the more enjoyable sort of horror, all from international sources. After di...Show More

1:19:26 | Jan 3rd, 2017

The Filmspotting: Streaming Video Unit podcast kicks off the new year with Matt and Alison trying to take refuge in the nostalgic vision of the past offered in Café Society — but Woody Allen doesn't make this easy. Then they take a look at some other...Show More

1:19:13 | Dec 20th, 2016

It’s that time of year on the Filmspotting: Streaming Video Unit podcast in which Matt and Alison come up with arbitrary categories in order to hand out nonexistent prizes to movies that will never hear about them — yes, it’s the 2016 SVUvie Awards. ...Show More

1:25:17 | Dec 6th, 2016

After a year packed with unwanted sequels and underwhelming big-budget studio movies, Matt and Alison take solace in last year’s pop-perfect CREED, then recommend some other second films from Sundance breakout directors that you can stream at home ri...Show More

53:47 | Nov 23rd, 2016

In their first ever Chicago live appearance at the first ever Chicago Podcast Festival, Matt and Alison take the stage at Schubas Tavern to recommend some streaming films to go to for a little comfort in tough times. And witness the debut of the awe-...Show More

1:20:33 | Nov 8th, 2016

This week on a new Filmspotting: SVU, Alison and Matt head to Los Angeles, where Nicolas Winding Refn tells a tale of the fashion industry gone mad in THE NEON DEMON. Plus with awards season almost upon us, Matt and Alison catch up with some great mo...Show More

1:25:34 | Oct 25th, 2016

Ava DuVernay may be hard at work on Disney's $100 million "A Wrinkle in Time now, but the first thing she did after directing the Oscar-nominated 2014 Selma was to quietly make 13TH, a documentary about mass incarceration and racial injustice in the ...Show More

1:25:46 | Oct 12th, 2016

On the new SVU, Matt and Alison review the new Amazon Prime series FLEABAG. And since the show’s main character frequently breaks the fourth wall to talk to viewers, they’re also recommending fourth-wall-breaking movies available to rent or stream at...Show More

1:23:53 | Sep 27th, 2016

Matt Singer and Alison Willmore just returned from a week at the Toronto Film Festival, and they're discussing all of the highlights from LA LA LAND to MOONLIGHT. Plus, Alison and Matt break down the arthouse horror hit The Witch, which is currently ...Show More

1:25:17 | Sep 13th, 2016

Matt and Alison took time out from their trip to the Toronto International Film Festival to discuss the offerings from Amazon Prime's latest Pilot Season: THE TICK, JEAN-CLAUDE VAN JOHNSON and I LOVE DICK. Plus, if you like these pilots, they have so...Show More

1:07:41 | Aug 30th, 2016

With America in the midst of one of the craziest elections in recent memory, it's the perfect time to watch a political documentary and on the new episode of Filmspotting: Streaming Video Unit, Matt Singer and Alison Willmore recommend some of their ...Show More

1:18:13 | Aug 16th, 2016

Acclaimed at the Cannes Film Festival, and an award winner and huge box office hit in France, THE LITTLE PRINCE was nonetheless dropped by its original U.S. distributor. Instead of a theatrical release, it went straight to Netflix, which is where Mat...Show More

1:16:10 | Aug 2nd, 2016

Netflix’s latest original series is STRANGER THINGS, an 8-episode homage to the horror and sci-fi classics of the 1980s. On this week's show, Matt and Alison  turn things upside down with a review of the show, and some recommendations of other movies...Show More

1:14:04 | Jul 19th, 2016

With a tip of the cap to dynamite-hauling truck drivers everywhere, this week’s Filmspotting: Streaming Video Unit features Matt and Alison's review of William Friedkin’s SORCERER. And inspired by "Sorcerer’s" dynamite-hauling truck drivers, Matt and...Show More

1:26:34 | Jul 5th, 2016

On the new Filmspotting: Streaming Video Unit, Matt and Alison watch and discuss all 7.5 hours of the docuseries O.J. MADE IN AMERICA. Plus, they recommend other films from ESPN's outstanding 30 FOR 30 documentary series that you can rent or stream a...Show More

1:16:55 | Jun 22nd, 2016

This episode of SVU is so money and it doesn't even know it. That’s because Matt and Alison review Doug Liman's SWINGERS and recommend some other movies from 1996 that are celebrating their 20th anniversary this year, all of which are available to re...Show More

1:22:14 | Jun 7th, 2016

Alison and Matt break down the new Netflix series LADY DYNAMITE starring Maria Bamford. Plus, they recommend some movies about mental illness you can rent or stream at home right now.Opening BreakDead 7Touched With FireUrgeListeners Choice ReviewLady...Show More

1:16:32 | May 25th, 2016

Freshly returned from the Cannes Film Festival, Alison joins Matt to review the highlights and lowlights of the fest. Plus, a review of MUSTANG, last year's Oscar nominee for Best Foreign Language film, and more.Learn more about your ad choices. Visi...Show More

1:08:17 | May 11th, 2016

Lock the doors. Close the windows. The latest episode of Filmspotting: Streaming Video Unit is invading your home with an episode all about home invasion thrillers. Plus, Matt and Alison review the Civil War-set Western (and home invasion thriller) T...Show More

1:18:22 | Apr 26th, 2016

What if Adolf Hitler woke up in 2016? That's the provocative subject of the new German comedy Look Who’s Back, which is the subject of this week’s Listeners’ Choice Review on Filmspotting: Streaming Video Unit. In honor of Look Who’s Back, Matt and A...Show More

1:20:40 | Apr 12th, 2016

Matt and Alison discuss Hou Hsiao-Hsien's gorgeous wuxia movie THE ASSASSIN and recommend some other martial arts movies you can rent or stream at home right now. Their picks may or may not be fast as lightning. Filmspotting: SVU is brought to you by...Show More

1:19:13 | Mar 29th, 2016

Get read to hit the road with Matt and Alison for a Filmspotting: Streaming Video Unit road trip! In addition to recommending some great road trip movies you can watch at home right now, they also review the new Netflix original movie PEE-WEE'S BIG H...Show More

1:15:27 | Mar 15th, 2016

Do you think mustaches are inherently hilarious? Then you are going to love the new episode of Filmspotting: SVU, where Alison and Matt discuss the art heist caper (and mustache comedy) MORTDECAI. Plus, they discuss the fascinating and frustrating ca...Show More

1:13:17 | Mar 1st, 2016

Love is in the air on the new Filmspotting: SVU... like literally, as Matt and Alison discuss the new Netflix original series LOVE starring Paul Rust and Gillian Jacobs, and co-created by Judd Apatow. Inspired by this unusual show, Matt and Alison al...Show More

1:20:11 | Feb 16th, 2016

Quentin Tarantino's a huge fan, but what did Matt and Alison think of the Japanese revenge movie LADY SNOWBLOOD? Find out in the latest episode of SVU. Plus, Matt and Alison discuss all the week's big new releases, and offer some movies you can watch...Show More

1:24:30 | Feb 2nd, 2016

Matt and Alison head to the Windy City for a serious discussion of Spike Lee’s hip-hop sex comedy CHI-RAQ. Plus, fresh from the 2016 Sundance Film Festival, Alison shares the highlights of her trip, while Matt helps you win your Oscar pool by handica...Show More

1:32:29 | Jan 19th, 2016

Matt is back from paternity leave, just in time for for Alison to leave for the 2016 Sundance Film Festival. Before she goes, though, she's got a preview of some of the most exciting titles at this year's fest. Hopefully her trip out West will go bet...Show More

1:17:50 | Jan 8th, 2016

Alison is joined by special guest Amy Nicholson from LA Weekly and The Canon podcast while Matt’s on leave... Together they brave Adam Sandler’s first (and apparently wildly successful) Netflix original movie THE RIDICULOUS 6, then recommend some San...Show More

1:08:04 | Dec 22nd, 2015

With Matt away on paternity leave, Alison is joined by special guest from The Daily Beast to bust into the multiplex and talk about the new Star Wars movie in all its spoilerific glory. Then they discuss some other noteworthy sequels and franchise co...Show More

1:49:32 | Dec 8th, 2015

On the 100th episode of Filmspotting: SVU, Matt Singer and Alison Willmore celebrate the best (and worst) of 2015 with the latest installment of their annual SVUvie Awards. Plus with THE HATEFUL EIGHT on the horizon, they're reviewing Quentin Taranti...Show More

1:25:05 | Nov 24th, 2015

Ladies and gentlemen, on the new Filmspotting: Streaming Video Unit, Matt Singer and Alison Willmore discuss all ten episodes of Aziz Ansari's new Netflix series, MASTER OF NONE. We think you'll find the discussion as soothing as a robotic therapy se...Show More

1:24:29 | Nov 10th, 2015

Film or digital, digital or film? On the new SVU, Matt and Alison follow Jason Mann as he tries to make THE LEISURE CLASS on the latest season of PROJECT GREENLIGHT and then recommend some other films from producers Ben Affleck and Matt Damon that yo...Show More

1:19:25 | Oct 29th, 2015

The latest episode of SVU takes a trip across the world, as Matt and Alison review the new Netflix Original Movie BEASTS OF NO NATION and recommend some more films and television shows set across Africa that you can rent or stream at home right now. ...Show More

1:23:54 | Oct 13th, 2015

Strike a pose, Filmspotting: SVU listeners! On the latest episode of Streaming Video Unit, Matt and Alison dive deep into the world of fashion. First they review the new documentary IRIS from filmmaker Albert Maysles. Then they share some of their ow...Show More

1:15:23 | Oct 1st, 2015

A review of Richard Fleischer's infamous MANDINGO, plus – with Matt and Alison traveling around the continent to cover various film festivals – they discuss some of the best movies they've seen from Toronto, New York and Fantastic Fest. Filmspotting:...Show More

1:18:35 | Sep 15th, 2015

Matt and Alison review Alex Ross Perry's QUEEN OF EARTH, starring Elisabeth Moss. Then they try to hold things together long enough to recommend some other movies about characters in the midst of mental breakdowns you can rent or stream at home right...Show More

1:18:19 | Sep 2nd, 2015

Yeah, hi. We're going to have to ask you to come in on Saturday? And listen to Matt and Alison review Marion Cotillard in TWO DAYS, ONE NIGHT, and then recommend some other movies about work and jobs that you can rent or stream at home right now? If ...Show More

1:27:07 | Aug 18th, 2015

Just as entertaining as monkey torture, far more valuable than $240 worth of pudding, it's the latest episode of Filmspotting: SVU! Matt and Alison discuss the brand-new Netflix series WET HOT AMERICAN SUMMER: FIRST DAY OF CAMP and recommend some oth...Show More

1:27:48 | Aug 4th, 2015

On the latest episode of Filmspotting: Streaming Video Unit, Alison and Matt discuss the music industry melodrama BEYOND THE LIGHTS, starring Gugu Mbatha-Raw. Plus, inspired by BEYOND THE LIGHTS, they'll also recommend some other movies set in and ar...Show More

1:20:48 | Jul 21st, 2015

No, not cult movies. (Sorry ROCKY HORROR fans!) This week’s new Filmspotting: SVU is all about movies about religious cults. Matt and Alison review the new deprogramming drama FAULTS starring Mary Elizabeth Winstead, and then recommend some other mov...Show More

1:25:26 | Jul 8th, 2015

No, you're not hallucinating; the Wachowskis have come to television, or at least streaming TV, with SENSE8. Matt and Alison have a review of the ambitious new Netflix series. Plus they'll discuss the full careers of Andy and Lana Wachowski, whose mo...Show More

1:23:22 | Jun 23rd, 2015

The calendar may say summer but Matt and Alison are bundling up for the latest episode of SVU, where they travel to the snowy peaks of Anatolia for a discussion of Nuri Bilge Ceylan's Palme d'Or-winning film WINTER SLEEP. Plus they recommend some oth...Show More

1:17:03 | Jun 9th, 2015

With Alison missing somewhere in the back alleys of San Francisco, Matt co-hosts this week's SVU with special guest Matt Patches from Esquire.com and the FIGHTING IN THE WAR ROOM podcast. They discuss BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA and – inspired by the...Show More

1:46:50 | May 29th, 2015

Director Brad Bird has given us an Iron Giant, a Mr. and Mrs. Incredible, and a Rat Chef… what awaits in TOMORROWLAND? Matt and Alison do a little SVU/Filmspotting "Original Recipe" crossover to review Bird's latest and share their Top 5 Streaming Sc...Show More

1:21:10 | May 12th, 2015

Don't blink or you'll miss all the fun; on the latest episode, Alison and Matt get down and Durst-y by reviewing ALL GOOD THINGS, director Andrew Jarecki’s fiction film about the life of real-estate heir Robert Durst, and THE JINX, Jarecki’s document...Show More

1:23:24 | Apr 28th, 2015

Filmspotting: SVU *is* big! It's the streaming movies that got small! And on this episode of SVU, we take a journey to the dark side of show business for a podcast recommending movies about Hollywood. That's inspired by Matt and Alison's Listeners' C...Show More

1:35:41 | Apr 14th, 2015

They are the podcasters without fear: Matt and Alison. And this week on SVU, they dive into Marvel's new DAREDEVIL series for Netflix. Plus, they'll recommend other films featuring blind protagonists that you should have on your radar, all of which a...Show More

1:23:25 | Apr 2nd, 2015

Did you hear that clicking in your earbuds? Yep, your iPhone has been bugged by forces far greater and more dangerous than you could possibly imagine. Conspiracies are real – at least on the new episode of SVU, where Alison and Matt review THREE DAYS...Show More

1:19:30 | Mar 18th, 2015

My fellow Americans, it's time to go back to the White House, where President Frank Underwood and First Lady Claire Underwood fend off rivals both foreign and domestic in the third season of HOUSE OF CARDS. Matt and Alison review Netflix’s hit show, ...Show More

1:24:16 | Mar 3rd, 2015

Prepare for a journey to the past, all the way back to last weekend, when Matt and Alison convened to record their review of the time-travel thriller PREDESTINATION. Plus, your hosts travel back into the history of Ethan Hawke's work onscreen, recomm...Show More

1:32:27 | Feb 17th, 2015

Get ready for the most hospitable episode of Filmspotting: SVU yet, as Matt and Alison share their streaming recommendations for movies set in the South. Plus, a discussion David Gordon Green's JOE, starring Nicolas Cage and Tye Sheridan, and a bonus...Show More

1:19:07 | Feb 3rd, 2015

Warning! Warning! Danger Will Robinson (and other podcast listeners with different names)! The latest episode of Filmspotting: SVU is all about movies featuring robots. Plus, Matt and Alison (or a pair of incredibly lifelike cyborgs) review AUTOMATA,...Show More

1:28:20 | Jan 20th, 2015

Matt and Alison take a trip to THE KINGDOM OF DREAMS AND MADNESS for a tour of the world of Studio Ghibli and legendary animator Hayao Miyazaki, plus recommend other documentaries about great artists you can rent or stream at home right now. Filmspot...Show More

1:24:31 | Jan 6th, 2015

Put down that smartphone, you're going to want to hear this one: On the new episode of Filmspotting: SVU, Alison and Matt discuss the British sci-fi series BLACK MIRROR, newly added to Netflix. Plus they'll recommend some technophobic movies you can ...Show More

1:49:43 | Dec 23rd, 2014

From Brooklyn, New York, it's the 3rd Annual SVUvie Awards! While Matt and Alison reveal their top ten movies of 2014, they also continue their annual tradition of handing out eclectic year-end awards on this extra-special – meaning extra-long – year...Show More

1:28:40 | Dec 10th, 2014

As the year is winding down, Matt and Alison will recommend some notable 2014 titles you can rent or stream at home right now. Plus Alison and Matt review Vol. I and II of Lars von Trier's epic Nymphomaniac. Filmspotting: SVU is brought to you by Mov...Show More

1:33:43 | Nov 26th, 2014

Matt and Alison return to Tim Burton's BATMAN RETURNS. More than 20 years later, how does Burton's edgy, strange superhero sequel hold up? Plus, they recommend some other movies featuring female anti-heroes you can rent or stream at home right now.Le...Show More

1:21:12 | Nov 10th, 2014

Copy: 1! 2! 3! 4! Hey Filmspotting: Streaming Video Unit listeners, are you ready to rock? Well, too bad, we're doing it anyway. On the new SVU, Matt and Alison recommend some great movies about rock bands you can rent or stream at home right now. Pl...Show More

1:26:51 | Oct 29th, 2014

On this spooktacular episode, Matt and Alison and recommend some indie horror movies you can rent or stream at home right now, perfect for your Halloween viewing plans this weekend. Plus, a review of the iconic indie horror film HENRY: PORTRAIT OF A ...Show More

1:15:53 | Oct 14th, 2014

The new Filmspotting SVU is all about the new flesh -- and the films of David Cronenberg. Matt and Alison review Cronenberg's 1981 film SCANNERS, and recommend other Cronenberg movies you can rent or stream at home right now. If you're looking for a ...Show More

1:14:54 | Oct 1st, 2014

Get ready for the holiest (or maybe the most blasphemous) episode of SVU yet, as noted heathens Matt and Alison recommend biblical movies you can rent or stream at home right now, in honor of this week's Listeners Choice Review of Darren Aronofsky's ...Show More

1:19:55 | Sep 15th, 2014

Let's go to prison! Alison and Matt review STARRED UP. Plus, inspired by the new British prison drama (and only three months late for Father's Day 2014!), they recommend other movies about fathers and sons that you can rent or stream at home right no...Show More

1:16:34 | Sep 1st, 2014

You wanna get nuts? Let's get nuts! On the new SVU, Matt and Alison recommend some of the craziest, weirdest, most WTF movies you can watch at home right now. Plus, their Listeners Choice Review of the trippy sci-fi/horror oddity THE VISITOR. Then th...Show More

1:23:58 | Aug 19th, 2014

Just a small town girl, living in a lonely world, listening to the new Filmspotting: SVU, as Matt and Alison recommend some movies set in small towns. Plus, a review of the Netflix miniseries SOUTHCLIFFE from "Martha Marcy May Marlene" director Sean ...Show More

1:32:15 | Aug 5th, 2014

Hello, Clarice... and SVU listeners with other names. Matt and Alison review Michael Mann's MANHUNTER, and go film-by-film (and TV show) through the Hannibal Lecter franchise, picking their favorites that you can rent or stream at home while consider...Show More

1:21:49 | Jul 22nd, 2014

Surely they can't be serious: a whole episode about spoofs? They are serious--and don't call them Shirley. They're Matt and Alison, and on the latest episode of Filmspotting: SVU, they're recommending some spoofs you can watch at home right now, and ...Show More

1:18:45 | Jul 8th, 2014

Scarlett Johansson prowls the streets of Scotland looking for men in UNDER THE SKIN, this week's Listeners Choice pick on Filmspotting: Streaming Video Unit. After reviewing the latest film from director Jonathan Glazer (and vowing never to get into ...Show More

1:30:28 | Jun 18th, 2014

Whoa, whoa, whoa! Put down that prison shank you made out of a toothbrush! The new episode of Streaming Video Unit is here! Matt and Alison review the second season of Netflix's ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK and recommend some other recent television shows...Show More

1:29:24 | Jun 2nd, 2014

You just call out Filmspotting: Streaming Video Unit's name, and you know wherever you are, we will be there (assuming you've downloaded the podcast to your smartphone). On the new SVU, Matt and Allison review THE BIG CHILL and recommend some other m...Show More

1:04:34 | May 21st, 2014

Copy: That's not a podcast. THIS is a podcast. Matt and guest host Mike Ryan from ScreenCrush.com review the 1980s comedy CROCODILE DUNDEE. And inspired by everyone's favorite Australian bushman, they also recommend some other fish-out-of-water movie...Show More

1:20:43 | May 6th, 2014

Matt and Alison review Asghar Farhadi's powerful domestic drama THE PAST. Plus, the SVU team recommends some more movies about marriage that you can rent or stream at home right now. If you're thinking about skipping this podcast, just remember that ...Show More

1:19:04 | Apr 22nd, 2014

Alison and Matt get to know comedy alpha papa Steve Coogan as they review ALAN PARTRIDGE. Inspired by the film, they'll also recommend some other British comedies from film and television you can rent or stream at home right now.Learn more about your...Show More

1:11:30 | Apr 8th, 2014

"The way of the Samurai is found in death. Meditation on inevitable death should be performed daily." Also recommended: listening to Filmspotting: Streaming Video Unit's review of Jim Jarmusch's GHOST DOG: THE WAY OF THE SAMURAI. Matt and Alison also...Show More

1:18:25 | Mar 25th, 2014

We're on lockdown on the new episode of Filmspotting: SVU, as Matt and Alison review PANIC ROOM. Plus, inspired by the David Fincher film, they'll recommend more claustrophobic movies you can rent or stream at home right now — and, if time permits, s...Show More

1:12:47 | Mar 10th, 2014

Matt and Alison, the most luscious podcasters in all of Internetdom, review Ridley Scott and Cormac McCarthy's THE COUNSELOR. Plus, inspired by the movie's nameless protagonist, they'll recommend more movies about nameless characters you can rent or ...Show More

1:23:59 | Feb 26th, 2014

Welcome back to Washington, and to the second season of Netflix's HOUSE OF CARDS, the subject of Matt and Alison's Listeners Choice Review on the new episode of Filmspotting: SVU. Plus, they examine the career of actor Kevin Spacey, and recommend som...Show More

1:11:02 | Feb 11th, 2014

Buckle up, SVU listeners! On this episode, Alison and Matt review Ron Howard's racing movie RUSH. As they compete to determine who is the best podcaster in the world, they'll also recommend some movies about rivalries available for streaming and rent...Show More

1:18:57 | Jan 28th, 2014

Matt and Alison review Thomas Vinterberg's THE HUNT, an Oscar nominee this year for Best Foreign Language Film. Plus, the SVU team recommends some streaming and rental titles featuring characters who are accused of crimes they didn't commit. Filmspot...Show More

1:15:22 | Jan 17th, 2014

Matt and Alison put on their berets, eat some baguettes and prove that they clearly know nothing about French culture beyond stereotypes from Pepe Le Pew cartoons as they review Francois Truffaut's SHOOT THE PIANO PLAYER. Plus, some hosts' choice rec...Show More

1:34:36 | Jan 1st, 2014

This is 50! On this golden anniversary episode of Filmspotting: Streaming Video Unit, Matt and Alison celebrate the best of 2013 with the Second Annual SVUvie Awards. Plus, the Listeners' Choice Review of PRISONERS sparks one of the biggest disagreem...Show More

1:14:38 | Dec 18th, 2013

Spring break forever, y'all. On this dark tanning oil-soaked edition of SVU, Matt and Alison head to St. Petersburg for a little fun (and crime and maybe a Britney Spears cover or two) to review Harmony Korine's SPRING BREAKERS. Plus, their picks for...Show More

1:17:14 | Dec 4th, 2013

Matt and Alison are making their year-end lists and checking them twice, and they're going to tell you which films you can watch online right now are worthing tracking down. Plus, their listener's choice review is Noah Baumbach's latest film, FRANCES...Show More

1:21:07 | Nov 19th, 2013

The end is nigh! Nigh means "on this week's Filmspotting: SVU" right? That's what I thought. With evil omens and portends of doom everywhere they look, Matt and Alison recommend some apocalyptic movies available on streaming and rental. Plus, their r...Show More

1:26:34 | Nov 5th, 2013

On Nov. 3, 2013, film critics Matt Singer and Alison Willmore went into the studio to record a podcast. Two days later, this podcast was uploaded to their server. Out of respect for their families, it has not been altered in any way. Along with their...Show More

1:23:22 | Oct 22nd, 2013

Let Matt and Alison be your prom dates (but make sure they're not bringing any buckets of pig's blood) during a Listeners' Choice review of Brian De Palma's Carrie. Plus, the Streaming Video Unit recommends other movies adapted from the work of autho...Show More

1:18:30 | Oct 7th, 2013

Sacrebleu! This week the Streaming Video Unit investigators travel to The City of Light for a Paris-themed episode. Plus, Matt and Alison review "The Lovers on the Bridge," the cult film from "Holy Motors" director Leos Carax, and provide lots of str...Show More

1:16:22 | Sep 27th, 2013

A podcast seven years in the making! On this episode of SVU, Matt and Alison discuss "All The Boys Love Mandy Lane," which premiered way back in 2006, but just came to on demand and digital earlier this month. In honor of Mandy Lane, they also discus...Show More

1:18:56 | Sep 11th, 2013

You can't teach an old dog new tricks, but it's never too late for podcasters -- or movie characters -- to start over. Inspired by the new indie movie THIS IS MARTIN BONNER, which is now streaming on Netflix Instant, Alison Willmore and Matt Singer r...Show More

1:17:26 | Aug 28th, 2013

Long live the new flesh! Alison and Matt share an infectious conversation about the best body horror movies available to rent or stream online. Plus, a review of Brandon Cronenberg's ANTIVIRAL. Find out whether it's the germ of a great movie or somet...Show More

1:17:38 | Aug 15th, 2013

No touching! On this week's SVU, Alison Willmore and Matt Singer spend some quality time in the SHU while discussing the best prison movies available to rent or stream online. Plus, a long conversation about Netflix's new original series, "Orange Is ...Show More

1:18:46 | Aug 1st, 2013

Jordan Hoffman from ScreenCrush fills in for Alison to help Matt geek out and share some of their favorite comic book movies currently available via streaming and on demand... Plus, they revisit a little indie movie from last summer, "The Avengers." ...Show More

1:19:09 | Jul 19th, 2013

Matt and Alison invite 10 filmmakers to make their own short movies about each one of their Top 5 Anthology Films (available online). Plus, a discussion of the horror anthology "The ABCs of Death," and a trip to Bangkok to review "Only God Forgives,"...Show More

47:12 | Jul 2nd, 2013

Alison and Matt examine murderous impulses and incestuous longings... you know, the normal coming-of-age stuff... as they discuss Park Chan-wook's "Stoker," starring Mia Wasikowska. Plus, much more from the world of streaming and on demand movies. Fi...Show More

1:15:04 | Jun 18th, 2013

Alison and Matt engage in their deepest conversation yet... literally... as they discuss Kathryn Bigelow's K-19: THE WIDOWMAKER, and share their favorite Cold War Movies available via on demand and streaming. Filmspotting: SVU is brought to you by Mo...Show More

1:24:47 | Jun 4th, 2013

Matt and Alison have readied their chicken impressions and paid a visit to the Method One Acting Clinic in prep for their review of Netflix's new episodes of "Arrested Development." Plus, some of their favorite cult comedies currently available via s...Show More

1:15:21 | May 22nd, 2013

Matt and Alison put the, uh, streaming in Streaming Video Unit with a discussion of "The Paperboy," starring Nicole Kidman and Zac Efron. Plus, your hosts chew the scenery as they highlight some of their favorite movies that feature over-the-top acti...Show More

1:19:14 | May 7th, 2013

SVU is on the case of a missing 12-year-old girl as they discuss the New Zealand filmed and set miniseries from co-creator Jane Campion, "Top of the Lake." Plus, a rundown of some of the best movies shot in New Zealand or made by Kiwi filmmakers that...Show More

1:15:08 | Apr 24th, 2013

Matt and Alison were going to call the theme of this show 'animated adult films' but that just seemed wrong... So instead they'll hand-draw you their picks for some of their favorite animated movies currently available via streaming and on demand. Pl...Show More

1:16:13 | Apr 9th, 2013

Matt gets Alison out on a weekend pass for a Walter Hill double feature of "48 Hrs." and "Streets of Fire." Plus, a look at Eddie Murphy movies currently available via streaming and on demand. Filmspotting: SVU is brought to you by Movies On Demand O...Show More

1:19:44 | Mar 26th, 2013

Alison fires up the Delorean powered by Doc Singer's flux capacitor and treks back to 2005 for a discussion Shane Carruth's "Primer" ... then the pair comes back to the present to share some of their favorite time travel movies currently available vi...Show More

1:08:49 | Mar 13th, 2013

From the streets of Philadelphia to the steel mills of Pittsburgh, Alison and Matt share their favorite movies set in Pennsylvania currently available via streaming and on demand -- inspired by their Listener's Choice review of "The Perks of Being a ...Show More

1:19:15 | Feb 25th, 2013

No, that isn't a prank Skype caller... Live From Videology in Brookyln, Alison and Matt talk to "Compliance" writer/director Craig Zobel and star Pat Healy, plus share some interesting titles currently available via VOD and streaming. Filmspotting: S...Show More

1:11:09 | Feb 12th, 2013

Matt plays Goose to Alison's Maverick -- or is it the other way around? -- as the SVU team re-examines the '80s action classic "Top Gun." Plus, a look at some of their favorite '80s movies available via streaming and on demand. Filmspotting: SVU is b...Show More

1:15:32 | Jan 28th, 2013

Grab your magic feather and make sure you're home by midnight: on this episode of SVU, Matt and Alison travel to the happiest place on earth for a look at the wide world of Disney movies available on streaming and VOD, plus a review of Disney's "Trea...Show More

1:11:58 | Jan 16th, 2013

Matt and Alison heard y'all talking about killing mama. They think it's a good idea... SVU investigates the sleazy world of William Friedkin's "Killer Joe" and shares some of their favorite 'Texas movies' available via streaming and VOD. Filmspotting...Show More

1:24:58 | Jan 1st, 2013

The end of 2012 means it's time for Matt and Alison's inaugural SVUvie Awards! Filmspotting: SVU is brought to you by Movies On Demand On Cable. Opening Break All Superheroes Must Die Little Birds The Other Dream Team The Sorcerer and the White Sn...Show More

1:02:51 | Dec 18th, 2012

Alison insists on dancing to pop music while stern taskmaster Matt refuses, leading to a lot of tension as SVU discusses the new film from the director of "Dogtooth" about an underground group that helps people mourn their lost loved ones by imperson...Show More

1:09:12 | Dec 4th, 2012

With the final exam looming, Alison and Matt cram in some acclaimed 2012 releases currently available via streaming and VOD, including the documentary "The Imposter." Filmspotting: SVU is brought to you by Movies On Demand On Cable. Opening Break Kin...Show More

1:04:28 | Nov 19th, 2012

Hey, maybe, we should've robbed your house. Did you ever think of that? ... It crossed SVU's mind as Matt and Alison discuss Wes Anderson's debut film "Bottle Rocket" and share some of their favorite heist movies currently available via on demand and...Show More

1:07:56 | Nov 6th, 2012

Chapter One. Matt and Alison are as tough and romantic as the city they love.. New York was their town, and it always would be... This week, your SVU investigators share some of their favorite movies about their favorite city available via streaming....Show More

1:04:24 | Oct 23rd, 2012

The Master Control Program has chosen Matt and Alison to serve their system on the Game Grid... prompting them to discuss the new documentary Indie Game: The Movie, and help you on your quest to find good movies influenced by video games that are ava...Show More

1:08:41 | Oct 9th, 2012

Damnit Jim, Matt and Alison are podcasters not doctors... and they're prepped for the Listener's Choice discussion (with spoilers!) of "Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan." Plus, a conversation with "Hotel Noir" director Sebastian Gutierrez and a look a...Show More

28:23 | Oct 1st, 2012

Matt and Alison highlight four new titles available on demand, including "Sound of My Voice" and Whit Stillman's "Damsels in Distress." Plus, is film dead? Filmspotting: SVU is brought to you by Movies On Demand On Cable. Opening Break Sound of My Vo...Show More

1:04:44 | Sep 26th, 2012

Pootie Tang gots to say na nay no... but Matt and Alison say ya yay yes to the Listeners' Choice discussion of Louis C.K.'s ill-fated feature directing debut. Plus, great titles about stand-ups-turned filmmakers that are currently available via strea...Show More

1:08:48 | Sep 11th, 2012

You know what grandma Singer always used to say? If you want to make God laugh... tell Him your plans. Matt and Alison follow through on their plan to discuss the Listener's Choice pick "Amores Perros," plus share some of their favorite 'connected' m...Show More

1:07:32 | Aug 28th, 2012

"The important thing is the effort, not what we achieve"... And, well, Alison and Matt put a lot of effort into discussing Ingmar Bergman's "Persona." Plus, a look at some classic titles from the Sight & Sound Greatest Films Poll currently available ...Show More

1:10:31 | Aug 14th, 2012

Alison and Matt finally learn the tough lesson that this isn't an opera, and we are not all supporting characters to the drama of their amazing lives, as they discuss Kenneth Lonergan's "Margaret," stridently offer up some other great 'teen movies' c...Show More

1:07:29 | Jul 31st, 2012

"Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it," Confucius says. Matt and Alison try to open your eyes to the wonders of some gorgeous films currently available now via streaming, discuss Wong Kar-wai's "Days of Being Wild" and much more. This podc...Show More