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Weekly film podcast and WBEZ radio show from Chicago featuring in-depth reviews, top 5 lists and interviews. Hosted by Adam Kempenaar and Josh Larsen. Part of the Panoply Network.
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#728: Chicago Critics Film Festival / Donen #4 - Two for the Road

1:42:20 | May 10th

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 l...Show More
#727: Summer Movie Preview / Donen #3 - Charade

1:28:58 | May 3rd

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 ...Show More
#726: Avengers: Endgame / Beyoncé's Homecoming / Donen #2 - Funny Face

1:43:21 | Apr 26th

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...Show More
#725: Her Smell / Donen #1 - On the Town

1:26:16 | Apr 19th

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 ...Show More
#724: Claire Denis / High Life / Madness Champ

1:23:45 | Apr 12th

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

2:03:07 | Apr 5th

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 Willia...Show More
#722: Dumbo / Final 4 Madness / Top 5 Movie Circus Acts

1:29:02 | Mar 29th

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,...Show More
#721: Us / Elite 8 Madness / Cassavetes #4 - Opening Night

2:02:42 | Mar 22nd

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 y...Show More
#720: Transit / Sweet 16 Madness / Cassavetes #3

1:42:23 | Mar 15th

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

1:37:13 | Mar 8th

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

1:55:36 | Mar 1st

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

1:34:44 | Feb 22nd

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

1:46:39 | Feb 15th

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 bo...Show More
#715: The Lego Movie 2 / Velvet Buzzsaw / Miss Bala

1:14:20 | Feb 8th

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...Show More
#714: Glass / The Sixth Sense

1:32:38 | Feb 1st

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 knowi...Show More
#713: 2019 Movie Preview / Oscar Nominations

1:26:12 | Jan 25th

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 - Billboard1:13-13:57 - 2019 Movie PreviewKing Princess, "19...Show More
#712: Scenes of the Year - 2018 Wrap Party

1:56:53 | Jan 18th

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, celebra...Show More
Best of 2018: Ethan Hawke / Bo Burnham

1:03:37 | Jan 4th

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

1:32:03 | Dec 27th, 2018

You can't have consensus without a little misguided dissent. True of climate change research - and of the films discussed on part two of Filmspotting's Top 10 of 2018 roundtable. Adam, Josh and guests Michael Phillips (Chicago Tribune) and Tasha Robi...Show More
#710: (Pt. 1) Top 10 Films of 2018

1:40:47 | Dec 21st, 2018

Indie horror, broad comedy and, yes, Marvel, all among the "outlier" picks in part one.With guests Michael Phillips and Tasha Robinson filling out the roundtable, Adam and Josh start their conversation about the best films of 2018 with their "outlier...Show More
#709: If Beale Street Could Talk / Into the Spider-Verse / Shoplifters

1:23:23 | Dec 14th, 2018

Barry Jenkins' follow-up to "Moonlight" has the lush romanticism of "In the Mood for Love."In the absurd rush to catch up with the best of the year before the end of the year, it's nice when a film forces you into its own patient rhythm. Even better ...Show More
#708: Roma / The Favourite

1:08:28 | Dec 7th, 2018

Seeing the Fellini in Cuarón and the Kubrick in Lanthimos.Adam and Josh break out the high praise for their reviews of Alfonso Cuarón's ROMA and Yorgos Lanthimos's THE FAVOURITE – both films in the conversation for the best of 2018, and both departur...Show More
#707: The Ballad of Buster Scruggs / Creed II / Burning

1:18:30 | Nov 30th, 2018

The 15th best film the Coens have ever made. Or maybe the 12th best. Possibly higher.When news first broke about the new Coen brothers project for Netflix, it looked like it was going to be a limited-run series and not a proper film. This was all per...Show More
#706: Q&A - Minding the Gap / Golden Brick Preview

1:03:24 | Nov 16th, 2018

With year-end fast approaching, Adam and Josh talk through the current crop of nominees for the show's Golden Brick Award, which goes to the overlooked or underseen film of the year. Also on the show, Adam's conversation with Bing Liu, Joshua Altman ...Show More
#705: Widows / Bohemian Rhapsody / Wildlife

1:25:17 | Nov 9th, 2018

Queen Viola. Queen Carey. And... Queen.Oscar-winner Viola Davis heads the ace ensemble for Steve McQueen's ("12 Years A Slave") new Chicago-set heist thriller WIDOWS, writer Gillian Flynn's adaptation of a BBC miniseries from the 80s. Adam and Josh d...Show More
#704: Suspiria / Top 5 Uses of Color

1:36:05 | Nov 2nd, 2018

This episode is sponsored by the color red.For his remake of the Dario Argento cult horror classic SUSPIRIA, Luca Guadagnino ("Call Me By Your Name") keeps the '70s German dance academy setting, but adds a lot of real-world political upheaval to the ...Show More
#703: New On Netflix (Hold The Dark, Private Life)

1:33:29 | Oct 26th, 2018

With his thoughtful takes on the revenge and violent thriller genres, "Blue Ruin" and "Green Room" director Jeremy Saulnier has emerged as one of most exciting young directors of the last decade. His latest, HOLD THE DARK, is an enigmatic thriller se...Show More
#702: Halloween ('78) / Halloween ('18)

1:13:20 | Oct 19th, 2018

For their Sacred Cow review of John Carpenter's HALLOWEEN, Adam and Josh took another look at a film about which they're both already on record: there's Josh's 2007 first encounter, which resulted in one of only four negative reviews logged on Rotten...Show More
#701: First Man / Top 5 Movie Flights

1:43:54 | Oct 12th, 2018

Wunderkind director Damien Chazelle follows up his Oscar-winning "La La Land" with FIRST MAN, a Neil Armstrong biopic that avoids easy mythologizing to tell the story of an obsessive, grieving everyman who made history. This week on the show, Adam an...Show More
#700: A Star Is Born / Top 5 Movie Duets

2:37:44 | Oct 5th, 2018

Bradley Cooper's A STAR IS BORN is the fourth adaptation of the tale - fifth if you count 1932's George Cukor-directed "What Price Hollywood." The story of a hard-drinking industry veteran discovering and grooming a young starlet (or singer) also has...Show More
#699: Lost In Translation 15th Anniversary / The Sisters Brothers

1:27:45 | Sep 28th, 2018

In 2003, Sofia Coppola's sophomore effort was a surprise box office hit, making over $119 million worldwide. It was nominated for Best Picture and Best Director, and won Coppola a Best Original Screenplay Oscar. By criteria that are more difficult to...Show More
#698: Lawrence of Arabia / Top 5 David Lean Moments

1:34:00 | Sep 21st, 2018

A new 70mm print of David Lean's 1963 Best Picture-winning epic just wrapped up a run at Chicago's Music Box Theatre. Having survived their recent "4D" screening (temperamental A/C on a blisteringly hot late-summer day), Adam and Josh return from Lea...Show More
#697: The Predator / Burt Reynolds Tribute (Deliverance)

1:24:01 | Sep 14th, 2018

As long as there are people to remember Burt Reynolds, they're most likely to recall the goofy, charismatic, hard-driving star of movies like "Smokey and the Bandit" and "Cannonball Run," and the benevolent despot of the late-'70s porn scene in his O...Show More
#696: Ethan Hawke Interview / Top 5 Hawke Moments

2:10:03 | Sep 7th, 2018

With the critical reappraisal of Ethan Hawke in full swing after a career-best performance in Paul Schrader's "First Reformed," Adam and Josh commemorate "The Hawkessance" with a consideration of the actor's long and varied career, from Todd Anderson...Show More
#695: Minding the Gap / Madeline's Madeline / Art House Roundup

1:41:48 | Aug 31st, 2018

With a lull in the late-summer movie schedule, Adam and Josh play catch-up on a few acclaimed new indie features - and Filmspotting Golden Brick candidates - including the Kartemquin Films-produced doc MINDING THE GAP, director Josephine Decker's Sun...Show More
#694: Crazy Rich Asians / Top 5 Things We've Learned Podcasting (About Movies)

1:53:18 | Aug 24th, 2018

In anticipation of the show's 700th episode, Adam and Josh - and fellow podcast veteran Dave Chen from the /Filmcast - consider what a decade-plus podcasting about movies has taught them. (In short: gratitude, humility, and getting by on less sleep.)...Show More
#693: BlacKkKlansman / Top 5 Spike Lee Shots

1:51:26 | Aug 17th, 2018

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

1:50:10 | Aug 10th, 2018

THE DARK KNIGHT turns ten this summer, and in the years since it won critical raves and dominated the 2008 box office, its reputation, influence and iconic status have only grown. But what does it look like after a decade of superhero movies made in ...Show More
#691: Mission: Impossible - Fallout / Top 5 Tom Cruise Performances (Revisited)

1:36:22 | Aug 3rd, 2018

The "M:I" franchise is over 20 years old, with its sixth installment - MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE - FALLOUT - currently in theaters. But ageless star Tom Cruise and his collaborators show no signs of slowing down when it comes to being a reliable source for...Show More
#690: Top 5 Films of 2018 (So Far)

1:13:41 | Jul 27th, 2018

At the halfway point of the year in movies, Adam and Josh agree on their two favorite movies, but share some surprising and diverse picks to round out their Top 5 Films of 2018 (So Far). Plus, listeners weigh in with their picks for the best of the y...Show More
#689: Bo Burnham (Eighth Grade) / Top 5 Struggling Adolescents

2:08:19 | Jul 20th, 2018

When Bo Burnham's EIGHTH GRADE debuted at Sundance in January, the response was mostly ecstatic - but also a little perplexed. How had a 27 year-old male stand up comic pulled off such a sincere and moving depiction of a teenage girl's middle school ...Show More
#688: Sorry to Bother You / Top 5 Worst Movie Jobs / Ant Man & The Wasp

2:04:09 | Jul 13th, 2018

Comedy, social satire, dystopian nightmare: rapper, producer, political activist Boots Riley's debut film SORRY TO BOTHER YOU has a lot on its mind. And that's a good thing. Adam and guest Michael Phillips have a review of Riley's film, including som...Show More
FS Revisited: The Terminator / Top 5 Films of 1984

1:18:43 | Jul 6th, 2018

1984 was a banner year for crane kicks, mogwais and bustin' ghosts, but it also saw the debut of Arnold Schwarzenegger's T-800, better known as THE TERMINATOR. On this episode from May 2017, Adam and Josh give James Cameron's seminal sci-fi thriller ...Show More
#687: Top 5 Women in Westerns / Damsel

1:26:05 | Jun 29th, 2018

Sure, movie westerns are mostly about dudes on horseback quick-drawing pistols in small, dusty cow-towns, but some of the best films in the genre feature memorable turns by actresses in key roles, like Grace Kelly and Katy Jurado in "High Noon," Angi...Show More
#686: Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom / Top 5 Movie Chrises

1:24:18 | Jun 22nd, 2018

It isn't enough that we've been blessed with four hunky dudes named Chris, all with solid acting chops and charisma to spare - we had to go ahead and rank them. On this week's show, Adam and Josh battle over the relative merits of Evans, Hemsworth, P...Show More
#685: Incredibles 2 / Top 5 Pixar Performances / Hereditary

1:36:12 | Jun 15th, 2018

Pixar has done a lot of things right over the past 23 years (note the studio's 80% average Metacritic rating), but among its greatest accomplishments is its consistently inspired voice casting. Tom Hanks' Woody works so well not just because of the a...Show More
#684: Top 5 Classic Rock Moments in Movies

1:10:54 | Jun 8th, 2018

Whether used ironically or to provide insight - or just to make characters look really, really cool - classic rock has been memorably employed by some of the best directors of the rock era. Joining Adam and Josh for their Top 5 Classic Rock Moments i...Show More
#683: Almost Famous / Steven Hyden

1:46:02 | Jun 1st, 2018

With rock writer and cultural critic Steven Hyden dropping by to discuss his new book, "Twilight of the Gods: A Journey to the End of Classic Rock," Adam and Josh decided it was as good a time as any to revisit rock-critic-turned-filmmaker Cameron Cr...Show More
#682: Solo: A Star Wars Story / Paul Schrader / Deadpool 2

1:53:41 | May 25th, 2018

40 (movie) years after Han Solo first boasted about his 12-parsec Kessel Run, the new SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY finally lets us take the ride. But is it enough to justify the movie's existence? And what if your new Han isn't among the five best things ...Show More
#681: Lord of the Rings 15th Anniversary / Top 5 LOTR Scenes

1:47:32 | May 18th, 2018

Released in consecutive Decembers beginning in 2001, Peter Jackson’s colossal adaptation of Tolkien’s LORD OF THE RINGS trilogy reached its conclusion in 2003 with "The Return of the King" which went on to win 11 Oscars, including Best Picture and Be...Show More
#680: Tully / Top 5 Too-Real Parenting Moments

1:52:25 | May 11th, 2018

"It's the most terrifying day in your life, the day the first one is born." Bill Murray bringing the truth in Sofia Coppola's "Lost in Translation" - just one of the films referenced in this week's Top 5: Too-Real Parenting Moments. As real-life pare...Show More
#679: Summer Movie Preview / You Were Never Really Here / The Rider

1:35:52 | May 4th, 2018

The massive success of "Black Panther" and "Avengers: Infinity War" may have made the concept of a “summer” blockbuster season irrelevant, but there will still be summer and there will still be summer movies. And despite Marvel's early box office dom...Show More
#678: Avengers: Infinity War / Top 5: Filmspotting's Avengers

1:19:07 | Apr 27th, 2018

With the first decade of the MCU coming to a close with AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR (and its 2019 sequel), Adam and Josh are forced to reckon with the fact that 19 films into Marvel's uneven series, they've developed some affection for many of its Chrises...Show More
#677: Lean on Pete / Top 5 Horse Scenes

1:54:43 | Apr 20th, 2018

UK writer-director Andrew Haigh has spent the first part of his career quietly defying expectations. With his feature breakout "Weekend," he crafted an intimate tale about two young gay men spending a weekend getting to know each other. For his 2015 ...Show More
Minnelli Marathon Awards - The Garlands

53:36 | Apr 18th, 2018

After working through six films spanning nearly two decades in the career of Vincente Minnelli, Adam, Josh and guest Nathaniel Myers roll out the red carpet for "The Garlands," the best of the marathon awards, including their favorite Supporting and ...Show More
#676: A Quiet Place / Top 5 Quiet Scenes / FS Madness Champ

1:41:25 | Apr 13th, 2018

It's a little surprising to see nice guy "Office"-alum John Krasinski directing a monster movie, but Adam and guest-host Michael Phillips agree that his A QUIET PLACE is a tense, finely-crafted film that feels a little like a Western and a well-obser...Show More
Minnelli Marathon #6 - Some Came Running

43:54 | Apr 11th, 2018

Guest-host Michael Phillips says of Minnelli that no one shot better wide-screen Cinemascope compositions and calls the director's SOME CAME RUNNING - based on James Jones's 1957 novel - "one of the great adaptations of a truly lousy book." (RUNNING ...Show More
#675: Ready Player One / Top 5 Movie Homages / FS Madness Final

2:01:42 | Apr 6th, 2018

Is there a four-hour cut of READY PLAYER ONE? Adam and guest host Tasha Robinson (, Next Picture Show) have no idea, but it would help explain some of the narrative shortcuts in Spielberg's visually impressive adaptation of the Ernest Cli...Show More
Minnelli Marathon #5 - Lust for Life

36:20 | Apr 4th, 2018

Vincente Minnelli's 1956 Van Gogh biopic starring Kirk Douglas as the tortured artist is as bold and emotionally vivid as one of the painter's visionary canvases. Which is to say that, yeah, it lacks a bit of subtlety now and then. But Douglas gives ...Show More
#674: Isle of Dogs / Top 5 Wes Anderson Scenes / FS Madness Final Four

1:42:32 | Mar 30th, 2018

In 2007, Wes Anderson took his act overseas to India for "The Darjeeling Limited," and was accused by some of cultural insensitivity. Anderson's latest - the stop-motion animated ISLE OF DOGS - is set in Japan, and some of those same criticisms have ...Show More
#673: Unsane / FS Madness Elite 8

1:03:23 | Mar 23rd, 2018

When Steven Soderbergh returned to feature filmmaking last year with the low budget heist caper "Logan Lucky," it was just another chapter in the mercurial director’s career. Blockbuster filmmaker. Indie auteur. Soderbergh has done it all. He shot hi...Show More
Minnelli Marathon #4 - The Band Wagon

50:48 | Mar 21st, 2018

"Professor" Michael Phillips returns for a conversation about one of his favorite Minnelli films, the 1953 musical THE BAND WAGON. The plot has Fred Astaire as a washed up song and dance man who gets paired with Cyd Charisse's anxious ballerina for a...Show More
#672: Miller's Crossing / FS Madness Sweet 16

1:29:04 | Mar 16th, 2018

Note: your "Coen Brothers Ranked" lists may need some readjusting. Especially if you haven't seen - or haven't seen in a long while - the Coens densely plotted and impeccably cast third feature, MILLER'S CROSSING. The period gangster picture was a re...Show More
Minnelli Marathon #3 - The Bad and the Beautiful

41:21 | Mar 14th, 2018

Take a quick look through Vincente Minnelli's directing credits and one thing becomes clear: he only worked with the best. In his 1952 Hollywood melodrama THE BAD AND THE BEAUTIFUL, Minnelli gets a simultaneously charming and sinister performance fro...Show More
#671: A Wrinkle in Time / Filmspotting Madness (Round 2)

1:26:16 | Mar 9th, 2018

It's been a week since their review of "Annihilation," but it feels like Adam and Josh never quite escaped The Shimmer. Ava DuVernay's visually adventurous adaptation of the beloved (and "unfilmable") sci-fi/fantasy kids novel shares some of the apoc...Show More
Minnelli Marathon #2 - Meet Me in St. Louis

30:49 | Mar 7th, 2018

Vincente Minnelli's first collaboration with future wife Judy Garland was the 1903-set MEET ME IN ST. LOUIS, the second film in Filmspotting's six-film Minnelli Marathon. Coming a year after his 1943 debut "Cabin the Sky," the movie charts a year in ...Show More
#670: Annihilation / FS Madness (Best of the '90s)

2:25:02 | Mar 2nd, 2018

Adam and Josh exchange theories about "Ex Machina" director Alex Garland's latest mind-bender, ANNIHILATION, which continues Garland's sci-fi exploration of what it means to be human. (That's one theory, anyway.) After giving the movie a thorough, sp...Show More
Minnelli Marathon #1 - Cabin in the Sky

42:23 | Feb 28th, 2018

Filmspotting's six-film Minnelli Marathon kicks off with the director's 1943 debut CABIN IN THE SKY. Despite the folk musical's troubling racial characterizations, the all-black musical is redeemed by astonishing performances from Ethel Waters, Eddie...Show More
#669: Titanic / Top 5 Overlooked '90s Movies

1:46:38 | Feb 23rd, 2018

"Pulp Fiction," "Goodfellas," "Fargo"... some ‘90s movies moved seamlessly from best of the year, to best of the decade, to best of all time. But as the '90s recede further into the past, lesser-known (but also great) films are at risk of being forgo...Show More
#668: Black Panther / Top 5 Superhero-Director Combos (We'd Like To See)

2:01:03 | Feb 16th, 2018

The inspired pairing of Ryan Coogler and BLACK PANTHER has the hosts in pitch mode as Adam and Josh offer up the superhero projects they'd like to see on the big screen, including the directors - and stars - who should make them happen. Plus, the 4th...Show More
#667: Darkest Hour / Top 5 Gary Oldman Performances

1:33:04 | Feb 9th, 2018

In the 30 years since his turn as the temperamental Sid Vicious in Alex Cox's '86 punk biopic "Sid and Nancy," Gary Oldman has brought an intense commitment - sometimes flamboyant, theatrical level of commitment - to dozens of memorable roles. This w...Show More
#666: Top 5 Films of 1983 / Videodrome

1:44:17 | Feb 2nd, 2018

1983 had De Palma's "Scarface," "Eddie Murphy in "Trading Places" (and "Delirious"!), four Tom Cruise movies and the final film in the original "Star Wars" trilogy, but for their Top 5 of '83, Adam and Josh look to auteurs from here and abroad - and ...Show More
#665: Oscar Nominations / Revisiting Last Jedi / Paddington 2

1:40:00 | Jan 26th, 2018

With so much good news to celebrate with this year's Oscar nominations, Adam and Josh talk through the nominees for "the big six" awards, along with a few of their wish list and long-shot favorites that didn't make the cut. Listeners then chime in wi...Show More
#664: 2018 Movie Preview / Phantom Thread

2:00:31 | Jan 19th, 2018

With the ink hardly dry on their year-end lists, Adam and Josh offer up a 2018 Preview in the form of their top 5 questions about the new movie year. Conspicuously absent from those best of '17 lists? Paul Thomas Anderson's PHANTOM THREAD. Fresh off ...Show More
#663: Best Movie Moments of 2017

2:06:57 | Jan 12th, 2018

Despite staying in-studio this time, Adam and Josh continue the tradition of making the first show of the new year a celebratory, post-Top 10 "Wrap Party," with a blissful recounting of their favorite movie moments of 2017. In addition to sharing the...Show More
#662: (Pt. 2) Top 10 Films of 2017

1:53:56 | Dec 29th, 2017

With their 'outlier' picks behind them, Adam and Josh - joined by guests Tasha Robinson (The Verge) and Michael Phillips (Chicago Tribune) - get down to business in part two of the Top 10 Films of 2017 countdown with their consensus choices for the b...Show More
#661: (Pt. 1) Top 10 Films of 2017

1:44:42 | Dec 22nd, 2017

With Michael Phillips and Tasha Robinson joining Adam and Josh for the Top 10 Films of 2017 countdown, the roundtable devotes part one to 'The Outliers' - picks unique to each host's list. Before getting to next week's "Consensus" choices, find out w...Show More
#660: The Last Jedi / Call Me By Your Name

1:22:54 | Dec 15th, 2017

If 2015’s “The Force Awakens” was an explicit attempt to resurrect the rousing adventure and sly humor of the original Star Wars, then it was reasonable to assume that the latest installment in the franchise - Rian Johnson's THE LAST JEDI - might fol...Show More
#659: Top 5 Best Worst Movies / The Disaster Artist / The Shape of Water

1:47:43 | Dec 8th, 2017

It’s not easy to make a good movie, never mind a great one. But it may be even harder to make a truly terrible movie. 2003’s "The Room" is one such terrible movie that is so bad it's become legend - and a favorite at midnight movie screenings. It's a...Show More
#658: Top 5 Movie Years / There Will Be Blood / Coco / Mudbound

1:49:17 | Dec 1st, 2017

Great movie years usually come down to a memorable Best Picture matchup. In 1939, it was "Gone With the Wind" versus "The Wizard of Oz." In '94, "Pulp Fiction" versus Forrest Gump." And a decade ago - in 2007 - it was the Coen Bros’ "No Country for O...Show More
Revisiting The Force Awakens / Rian Johnson

1:46:29 | Nov 24th, 2017

Back in December 2015, Adam and Josh weren't even allowed to share the location of their "Force Awakens" screening. Stakes were high. Their review - posted just minutes after the critic's embargo was lifted - was overall positive, but notably non-spe...Show More
#657: Lady Bird / Justice League / Top 5 Female-Directed Debuts

1:41:48 | Nov 17th, 2017

Back in 2010, actress Greta Gerwig was the loopy, optimistic lifeforce in Noah Baumbach’s otherwise bitter and cynical “Greenberg.” She went on to co-write and star in a pair of Baumbach films before making her own directing debut this fall with LADY...Show More
#656: Wonderstruck / Killing of a Sacred Deer / Faces Places

1:10:49 | Nov 10th, 2017

With a deluge of great stuff heading to theaters over the next couple of weeks, Adam and Josh devote this week’s show to the latest from three great directors: Todd Haynes ("Carol," "Far From Heaven") brings his experimental rigor to the adaptation o...Show More
#655: Thor: Ragnarok / Top 5 Superhero Costumes

1:37:16 | Nov 3rd, 2017

With new superhero movies making their way to screens every couple of months, less devoted fans of the genre start to look for a more compelling reason to check out the latest installment. Like handing the reins of Marvel's new "Thor" movie to a dire...Show More
#654: Night Of The Living Dead (1968) / Top 5 Horror Debuts

2:02:34 | Oct 27th, 2017

In 1968, a Pittsburgh-based TV commercial director scrounged together a hundred thousand bucks and shot a quickie horror film that went on to gross $30 million over nearly five decades of re-releases. It also more or less invented a new movie monster...Show More
#653: The Meyerowitz Stories / Top 5 Noah Baumbach Characters

1:40:19 | Oct 20th, 2017

The characters in writer/director Noah Baumbach’s films are neurotic, hyper-articulate and often have unresolved issues with their dads. It’s true of movies like "The Squid and the Whale" and "Margot at the Wedding," and it’s true of his latest, THE ...Show More
#652: The Florida Project / Sean Baker

1:07:49 | Oct 13th, 2017

One of the surprising success stories of 2015 was “Tangerine,” an indie shot on iPhones about a pair of transgender prostitutes who spend their Christmas Eve tracking down a disloyal pimp. Directed by Sean Baker, “Tangerine” went from Sundance sensat...Show More
Blade Runner 2049

38:17 | Oct 4th, 2017

Thirty-five years after the original “Blade Runner” brought its influential tech-noir vision of the future to movie screens, the highly anticipated sequel has finally arrived. Michael Phillips joins Josh for a review.0:00-3:58 - Billboard3:58-34:21 -...Show More
#651: American Made / Top 5 Tom Cruise Performances

1:45:56 | Sep 29th, 2017

Tom Cruise has been cranking out high-profile motion pictures at the rate of one a year for over three decades now. In his latest, AMERICAN MADE, he plays an ‘80s-era pilot who ends up working for the CIA - and a Columbian drug cartel. Adam and Josh ...Show More
#650: Kingsman: The Golden Circle / Kogonada

1:26:06 | Sep 22nd, 2017

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 tas...Show More
New Argentine Cinema #5 - Wild Tales

20:07 | Sep 20th, 2017

Damian Szifron's 2015 Oscar nominee "Wild Tales" proves to be a perfect - and entertaining - bookend to a marathon that started with Mariano Llinas' 2008 film "Extraordinary Stories." Though very different in style and tone, both films successfully j...Show More
#649: mother! / Top 5 Aronofsky Scenes / Kogonada's FS Five

1:51:54 | Sep 15th, 2017

Since his startling 1998 debut "Pi," Darren Aronofsky has used his intense, visceral style to tell stories about damaged and obsessive characters. Even his foray into big-budget filmmaking was no exception - Russell Crowe’s Noah battles some of the s...Show More
New Argentine Cinema #4 - The Headless Woman

28:34 | Sep 13th, 2017

In the spirit of Bunuel's surrealist critiques of the bourgeoisie, Lucrecia Martel's 2008 film continues her own indictment of Argentina's upper class with the story of a woman who may or may not have committed vehicular homicide. Adam and Josh discu...Show More
#648: It (2017) / Top 5 Stephen King Scares

1:58:49 | Sep 6th, 2017

Stephen King’s first book - “Carrie” - came out in 1974. Brian DePalma's film followed two years later. Then came Kubrick's "The Shining" in '80. Since then, there’s hardly been a year without a King movie adaptation, including two prominent ones thi...Show More
#647: Blade Runner / Top 5 Films of 1982

2:10:19 | Sep 1st, 2017

Attack ships on fire, glittering c-beams, an alien in a bike's basket passing over a full moon. We've seen some things, too, Roy Batty. The Chicago Tribune's Michael Phillips joins Adam and Josh for a Sacred Cow review of Ridley Scott's seminal sci-f...Show More
New Argentine Cinema #3 - La Ciénaga

26:37 | Aug 30th, 2017

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 une...Show More
#646: Fall Movie Preview / Logan Lucky

1:53:42 | Aug 25th, 2017

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.  P...Show More
New Argentine Cinema #2 - Castro

31:05 | Aug 24th, 2017

Jacques Tati and Hal Hartley are offered as possible reference points for Alejo Moguillansky's Samuel Beckett-inspired CASTRO from 2009, the second film in Filmspotting's New Argentine Cinema Marathon.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megapho...Show More
#645: The Trip to Spain / Safdie Bros. (Good Time) / The Glass Castle

1:52:57 | Aug 18th, 2017

Adam reveres the Coogan/Brydon "Trip" movies. Josh? Hadn't seen them. Until now. With Josh finally up to speed on Caine, Pacino, Connery and sixteen other* impersonations (along with Coogan and Brydon's career anguish and existential dread) - he and ...Show More
New Argentine Cinema #1 - Extraordinary Stories

26:44 | Aug 16th, 2017

Adam and Josh kick off their New Argentine Cinema Marathon with Mariano Llinas's epic and intricately plotted 2008 film that's as much about storytelling as it is an achievement in storytelling itself. At over four hours and featuring dozens of chara...Show More
FS Revisited: Reservoir Dogs / Top 5 Films of 1992

1:23:45 | Aug 11th, 2017

When RESERVOIR DOGS came out 25 years ago, Adam and Josh were movie geek teenagers. They were bound by their DNA to love it. But Does Quentin Tarantino’s debut still hold up? In this 2015 episode of the show, they reacquaint themselves with Mr. Blond...Show More
#644: Detroit / Top 5 Films of 1967

1:41:56 | Aug 4th, 2017

In "The Hurt Locker" and "Zero Dark Thirty," Oscar-winning director Kathryn Bigelow explored the complexities of post-9/11 warfare. For her latest - DETROIT - she stays stateside but finds herself in another war zone. Looking back five decades to the...Show More
#643: Valerian / Top 5 Alien Worlds

1:26:36 | Jul 28th, 2017

You might be able to figure out your tolerance for the new VALERIAN AND THE CITY OF A THOUSAND PLANETS by the title alone. Got a soft spot for Flash Gordon and hallucinogenic drugs? This one might be for you. Directed by Luc Besson, the ambitious Fre...Show More
#642: Dunkirk / Top 5 Films of 2017 (So Far) / War For The Planet of the Apes

1:44:46 | Jul 21st, 2017

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

1:34:54 | Jul 14th, 2017

Spidey’s back. Again. After suffering through a disappointing reboot in 2012 (and its 2014 sequel), the webslinger returns - this time under the guidance of Tony Stark. SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING finds Peter Parker in his natural habitat: high school - m...Show More
#640: The Beguiled / Top 5 Sofia Coppola Scenes

1:15:58 | Jun 30th, 2017

Almost 15 years after its release, "Lost in Translation" remains Sofia Coppola’s best-known and best-loved film. But with the four films she's made since then, she's compiled one of the most distinctive filmographies of the 21st century. THE BEGUILED...Show More
Kumail Nanjiani ("The Big Sick")

47:00 | Jun 23rd, 2017

Kumail Nanjiani may be a familiar face to fans of HBO’s "Silicon Valley" or "Portlandia," but the very funny and surprisingly moving THE BIG SICK should make him a familiar face to many more. The film - co-written with Nanjiani's wife Emily V. Gordon...Show More
Ana Lily Amirpour ("The Bad Batch")

33:11 | Jun 21st, 2017

Ana Lily Amirpour got lots of attention for her 2014 Iran-set vampire movie "A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night." She's back this year with "The Bad Batch," a Sergio Leone-inspired western with cannibals and a double-amputee for a protagonist (Suki Wat...Show More
#639: It Comes At Night / Top 5 Movies About Grief

1:46:46 | Jun 16th, 2017

Writer/director Trey Edward Shults knocked a lot of us out last year with his indie debut KRISHA. This year, he comes to the multiplex with IT COMES AT NIGHT, an unnerving - and unconventional - horror film that has impressed critics and frustrated s...Show More
#638: Wonder Woman / Top 5 Movie Religious Experiences / Trey Shults

2:05:27 | Jun 9th, 2017

As the first superhero movie directed by and starring a woman, WONDER WOMAN went into its opening weekend with more baggage than its male-centric peers. It came out of the weekend with critical raves and record box office - and at least one member of...Show More
#637: War Machine / Top 5 Movie Military Leaders

1:43:45 | Jun 2nd, 2017

Inspired by Gen. Stanley McChrystal's dramatic fall from grace in 2010 following an unflattering Rolling Stone profile, the new WAR MACHINE from Netflix puts a scowling Brad Pitt in McChrystal's boots for its Afghanistan-set satire. Despite an impres...Show More
#636: Top 5 Films of 1984 / The Terminator

1:47:43 | May 26th, 2017

1984 was a banner year for crane kicks, mogwais and bustin' ghosts, but it also saw the debut of Arnold Schwarzenegger's T-800, better known as THE TERMINATOR. Adam and Josh give James Cameron's seminal sci-fi thriller the Sacred Cow treatment, resul...Show More
#635: Alien: Covenant / Top 5 Alien Attacks

1:48:51 | May 19th, 2017

Anticipation was high back in 2012 when director Ridley Scott returned to the "Alien" franchise with “Prometheus.” Despite a somewhat mixed response from audiences and critics, the 79-year-old Scott finds himself back aboard a doomed spacecraft with ...Show More
#634: Top 5 Jonathan Demme Moments / Something Wild

1:42:37 | May 12th, 2017

When the great Jonathan Demme passed away in April, he left behind one of the most acclaimed and diverse filmographies in American cinema. Demme will always be remembered for the Oscar-winning "Silence of the Lambs," but his 1986 cult road trip comed...Show More
Varda Marathon #6: The Beaches of Agnes / "The Cleos"

39:53 | May 11th, 2017

Adam and Josh wrap up their Agnes Varda Marathon with a conversation about the director's cinema- and life-affirming 2008 memoir THE BEACHES OF AGNES, followed by "The Cleos" - their awards for the series' best performances, scenes, picture and more....Show More
#633: Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 / Summer Movie Preview

1:25:57 | May 5th, 2017

Summer used to have a monopoly on superheroes, fast cars and stuff you bring your kids to, but "Beauty and the Beast," "Fate of the Furious" and "Logan" have already come and made their millions. So what do we have to look forward to when we need to ...Show More
#632: Top 5 Movie Expeditions (We'd Sign Up For) / The Lost City of Z

1:29:06 | Apr 28th, 2017

The movies have taken us on great adventures over the years, both real and imagined: through the deepest jungle, across perilous oceans, to distant planets - and beyond. But which of those cinematic adventures would you actually participate in if giv...Show More
Varda Marathon #5: The Gleaners and I

22:43 | Apr 27th, 2017

French New Wave pioneer Agnes Varda has long displayed a curiosity about people who live on society's fringes. In her 2000 doc "The Gleaners and I," the director focuses her camera on communities (and some memorably eccentric individuals) that belong...Show More
#631: The Fate of the Furious / Top 5 Fast & Furious Moments

1:19:16 | Apr 21st, 2017

Just how big a deal is the "Furious" franchise? The 8th film in the street-racing saga managed to break an opening weekend box office record previously held by "The Force Awakens." So yeah: it’s big. So big, we're devoting the whole show to Alpha Dom...Show More
#630: Rushmore / FS Madness Champ / Charlie Siskel (American Anarchist) Interview

1:39:57 | Apr 14th, 2017

Wes Anderson’s RUSHMORE was a minor indie hit during its initial run starting in late 1998, but it marked the arrival of a significant new directing talent, and established a brilliant new stage of Bill Murray’s career. Adam and Josh – who joins the ...Show More
#629: The Discovery / FS Madness Final / Varda #4 - Vagabond

1:32:41 | Apr 6th, 2017

In 2014, first-time writer/director Charlie McDowell made a big impression (on Adam, anyway) with THE ONE I LOVE, a movie about a troubled marriage with surreal, Charlie Kaufman-esque flourishes. McDowell’s follow up - THE DISCOVERY, which stars Roon...Show More
#628 with Michael Phillips: Casablanca / FS Madness Final Four

1:20:06 | Mar 30th, 2017

CASABLANCA is one of the most enduring and beloved films of Hollywood’s Golden Age. Three-quarters of a century after its 1942 release, its famous lines, songs and faces have retained their power. But what does the film itself have to offer 21st-cent...Show More
#627: Top 5 Kristen Stewart Scenes / FS Madness / Varda #3 - One Sings, The Other Doesn't

1:53:30 | Mar 23rd, 2017

Kristen Stewart went from child actress to reticent star of the hugely successful TWILIGHT series to… well, we’ll see. But with strong work in a couple of notable indies and European films recently, her cult of fans is expanding. With Stewart's lates...Show More
#626 with Danny Boyle: Top 5 Boyle Characters / FS Madness / Varda #2 - The Creatures

2:27:06 | Mar 16th, 2017

TRAINSPOTTING wasn't a huge hit in its day, but the 1996 film made an impression on a generation of young film fans thanks to its visual flair, memorable soundtrack and quartet of talented stars. That quartet - lead by Ewan McGregor - is making a sur...Show More
#625: Logan / Filmspotting Madness / Varda #1 - La Pointe Courte

1:43:34 | Mar 9th, 2017

The tale of the once-great gunslinger forced out of retirement for one more job is a familiar one, but not one we’ve seen adopted by the superhero genre – until now. Marvel’s LOGAN is one part “Shane,” one part “Unforgiven," and if last weekend’s box...Show More
#624: Get Out / Filmspotting Madness / Top 5 Pantheon Contenders

2:06:11 | Mar 2nd, 2017

Who needs to be told how great The Godfather is? Or Citizen Kane? Or, um... Midnight Run? That was the logic back in the early days of the show - in 2005 - when Adam and original co-host/current producer/Midnight Run-lover Sam established the Filmspo...Show More
Buñuel #6 - That Obscure Object of Desire / Buñuel Awards

26:47 | Mar 1st, 2017

Luis Bunuel's puckish sensibility did not fail him in his old age. For the director's final film - 1977's THAT OBSCURE OBJECT OF DESIRE (made when he was 80) - Bunuel famously cast two actresses in the same role. The conceit allows him to explore som...Show More
#623: 2017 Oscar Picks with Michael Phillips

1:26:02 | Feb 24th, 2017

This year’s Oscar ceremony is bound to get political, but how might Oscar voters send a message with their ballots? Adam and guest host Michael Phillips try to stay above the political fray during their Oscar preview special: who will win, who should...Show More
#622: John Wick / John Wick: Chapter 2 / Lego Batman Movie

1:30:29 | Feb 17th, 2017

When the Keanu Reeves revenge tale JOHN WICK opened back in 2014, it made a modest $80 million at the box office. But in the couple years since it has acquired something almost as valuable as money: cult status. That cult fervor was rewarded with a s...Show More
#621: Top 5 Political Resistance Movies / The Battle of Algiers / Buñuel #5 - Tristana

1:54:49 | Feb 10th, 2017

With the opening weeks of the new administration marked by political protest, Adam and Josh invite critic Michael Sicinski to share his Top 5 Political Resistance Movies. Plus, they cross off a major shared blind spot – the seminal resistance film TH...Show More
#620: 2017 Movie Preview / Oscar Talk / Buñuel #4 - Diary of a Chambermaid

2:09:49 | Feb 3rd, 2017

The short version of Filmspotting's 2017 Movie Preview is easy: it starts with "Last" and ends with "Jedi." For a longer take, listen to this week's show, as Adam and Josh pose their top 5 questions about the new movie year. Plus, a little Oscar talk...Show More
FS Revisited: Barry Jenkins & Naomie Harris / La La Land

1:27:50 | Jan 27th, 2017

With it's 14 Oscar nominations, the 2017 Best Picture Oscar seems LA LA LAND’s to lose. In the role of spoiler? The critically adored MOONLIGHT, director Barry Jenkins’ poetic and moving coming of age tale set in 1980s Miami. This week on the show, r...Show More
#619: 2016 Wrap Party Live (Scenes of the Year)

1:51:00 | Jan 20th, 2017

For Filmspotting's annual year-end Wrap Party, Adam, Josh and some very special guests set up camp on Chicago's South Side for a live show dedicated to some of the most memorable movie moments of 2016. Michael Phillips, Tasha Robinson and more share ...Show More
#618: Paterson / Fences / Top 5 Denzel Performances (Revisited)

1:35:02 | Jan 6th, 2017

The Filmspotting New Year's 'Fix' show has featured some memorable battles over the years (2015's "Wolf of Wall Street" v "American Hustle"; 2016's "Hateful Eight" v "The Revenant"), but the 2017 edition is a friendlier affair, with positive reviews ...Show More
#617: Top 10 Films of 2016 (Pt. 2)

2:05:02 | Dec 30th, 2016

2016 was a tough year. We lost icons like Prince, David Bowie and just days ago Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds. And how about that not-divisive-at-all campaign season? So we’re due for a little silver lining. This week, with The Next Picture Show'...Show More
#616: Top 10 Films of 2016 (Pt. 1)

2:00:36 | Dec 23rd, 2016

A lot of usual suspects at the top of the box office charts in 2016: Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars, Disney and Harry Potter. And a lot of those movies? Not bad actually. But what are the year’s great films? The Next Picture Show's Scott Tobias and Genevie...Show More
#615: Rogue One / 2016's Best Performances and More

1:18:13 | Dec 16th, 2016

There’s no such thing as a small Star Wars movie, but without a roman numeral anywhere in its title the new ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS STORY promises something different. But does it deliver on that promise? This week, a review of the season's most antic...Show More
#614: La La Land / Top 5 Musical Numbers / Golden Brick Finalists

1:57:28 | Dec 9th, 2016

It says something about the contemporary movie landscape that the prospect of a new live-action movie musical is as much of a curiosity as the high-profile appearance of a silent film back in 2011. Of course that 2011 silent - THE ARTIST - went on to...Show More
#613: The Edge of Seventeen / Top 5 Teen Girl Movies Directed By Women with Marya E. Gates

1:57:52 | Dec 2nd, 2016

In most teen coming of age movies, it’s usually the boys who do the coming of age. But in THE EDGE OF SEVENTEEN, the focus is squarely on the girls. First-time feature director Kelly Fremon Craig’s film has been praised by critics, but mostly ignored...Show More
#612: Top 5 Movies That Console and Restore Hope / Live at Chicago Podcast Festival

1:12:56 | Nov 23rd, 2016

Movies can entertain us, transport us and move us, but can they heal us? That’s the question Adam, Josh and Michael Phillips wrestled with as they considered titles for their Top 5 Movies that Console and Restore Hope. That Top 5 and more recorded li...Show More
2016 Golden Brick Preview Special

1:25:37 | Nov 18th, 2016

With Thanksgiving approaching, Adam and Josh give a shout out to some of the year's best overlooked movies. Along with the shortlist for the 2016 Golden Brick Award (many of which are available to rent or stream), hear replays of Adam's interview wit...Show More
#611: Loving / Arrival / Hacksaw Ridge

1:16:55 | Nov 11th, 2016

Aliens come to movie screens in a few different ways. Sometimes they come in peace; sometimes they come to destroy; and sometimes… well sometimes they just come. In ARRIVAL, the new sci-fi film from SICARIO director Denis Villeneuve, they do just com...Show More
#610: Barry Jenkins and Naomie Harris (Moonlight) / Doctor Strange / Tower / Bunuel Marathon #3

1:33:47 | Nov 4th, 2016

Director Barry Jenkins and playwright Tarell McCraney grew up in the same neighborhood in 1980s-era Miami. MOONLIGHT, based on an autobiographical story by McCraney, brought Jenkins back to his roots. And that return to his home turf has paid off: MO...Show More
#609: Top 5 Childhood Movie Scares with Ti West / A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)

1:47:50 | Oct 28th, 2016

The clown under the bed. The shadow on the other side of the shower curtain. The elevator filled with blood. Scary movies make an impression - and never more so than when you’re a kid. This week on the show, Adam and Josh tap into their own earliest ...Show More
#608: Kelly Reichardt (Certain Women) / CIFF Roundup / Buñuel Marathon #2

1:52:00 | Oct 21st, 2016

For certain film lovers, a new Kelly Reichardt film is an event. Spare and deliberately paced movies like WENDY AND LUCY and MEEK’S CUTOFF are treasured for their detail and observation - and for their focus on the lives of women. Reichardt’s latest ...Show More
#607: Conversation with Steve James

1:00:00 | Oct 14th, 2016

Back in June, IDA and Chicago's Kartemquin Films invited Adam to host a career-spanning conversation with documentary filmmaker Steve James ("Hoop Dreams," "The Interrupters"). This excerpt from that talk covers James' early life growing up in Hampto...Show More
#606: The Birth of a Nation / Chicago Film Festival Preview

1:32:46 | Oct 7th, 2016

Director Nate Parker came out of Sundance in January with an award-winning debut film and talk of being an Oscar front-runner. Things got more complicated over the summer when revelations about Parker’s past turned attention away from the film and on...Show More
#605: Top 5 Denzel Performances with W. Kamau Bell / The Magnificent Seven / Buñuel Marathon #1

1:42:14 | Sep 30th, 2016

Denzel Washington has been nominated for an Oscar in every decade since the ‘80s. He’s been a consistently bankable star for just about that long, too. And yet, do we still take Denzel for granted? With Washington’s THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN remake curre...Show More
#604: Top 5 Oliver Stone Scenes w/ Matt Zoller Seitz / Born on the Fourth of July

1:55:46 | Sep 23rd, 2016

In the 1980s and '90s, Oliver Stone was one of the most vital and high-profile directors working in Hollywood. Platoon, JFK, Natural Born Killers and more collected awards - or controversy - but were never ignored. It’s been a while since Stone has d...Show More
#603: Sully / Nordic Cinema Marathon Awards

1:30:07 | Sep 16th, 2016

When a couple of American movie icons pair up, it’s sometimes a little surprising to realize that they’ve never worked together before. In the case of SULLY, it’s Clint Eastwood and Tom Hanks - and if the movie becomes an Oscar favorite, you can coun...Show More
#602: Top 5 Comedies of the 21st Century / Young Frankenstein

2:17:56 | Sep 9th, 2016

Earlier this year, the BBC polled movie critics worldwide for the best films of the 21st century. The resulting list has been the subject of debate ever since. Noticeably under-represented? Comedies. On this week's show, Adam and Josh try to remedy t...Show More
#601: Morris From America / Southside with You / Nordic #7 - Rams

1:45:34 | Sep 2nd, 2016

Single dad moves to Germany for work bringing his reluctant, rap-obsessed teen son along with him. The Sundance-friendly plot made comic drama MORRIS FROM AMERICA a hit in Park City in January, but Chicago proves only half-friendly, with Adam and Jos...Show More
#600 w/ Chuck Klosterman: Top 5 Movies Future Historians Will Remember

1:57:55 | Aug 26th, 2016

Citizen Kane, Vertigo, The Godfather. 200 years from now, will anyone even remember these movies? Or are we currently overlooking the classics of the future? Writer Chuck Klosterman joins Adam and Josh on this special 600th episode to discuss his new...Show More
#599: Fall Movie Preview (2016) / Hell or High Water / Nordic #6 - 1001 Grams

1:42:24 | Aug 19th, 2016

As the Summer 2016 movie season winds down, some critics are already writing it off as the worst summer ever. Ever the optimists, they look ahead to fall with their Top 5 Fall Movie Questions. Plus, reviews of the acclaimed West Texas-set heist movie...Show More
#598: Hunt for the Wilderpeople / Top 5 Directors We'd Bankroll

1:55:01 | Aug 12th, 2016

New Zealand director Taika Waititi got on a lot of people’s radars last year with his hilarious vampire mockumentary WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS. His follow-up, the charming coming of age story HUNT FOR THE WILDERPEOPLE, couldn’t be more different, but...Show More
#597: Suicide Squad / Top 5 Women Comic Book Characters (Done Right) / Jason Bourne

1:17:48 | Aug 5th, 2016

Chicago critic and passionate comic-book fan Angelica Bastién joins Josh to consider DC's latest big-screen offering: SUICIDE SQUAD, starring Will Smith, Margot Robbie and Jared Leto. They also take on the challenge of naming the Top 5 Women Comic Bo...Show More
#596: The Fits / Star Trek Beyond / Le Havre

1:58:44 | Jul 29th, 2016

Director Anna Rose Holmer had a Sundance hit earlier this year with her debut film THE FITS, a stunningly shot tale of a young girl coming to terms with the frightening reality of impending adolescence. On this week's show, a review of Holmer’s film,...Show More
#595: Ghostbusters / James Solomon Interview (The Witness) / In A Better World

1:56:19 | Jul 22nd, 2016

After facing a surprisingly hostile campaign from fans of the 1984 original, the new GHOSTBUSTERS has finally made it to theaters. But have Kristin Wiig, Melissa McCarthy and company made a film that can put that hostilty to rest? Adam and Josh revie...Show More
Abbas Kiarostami: The Filmspotting Reviews

1:03:40 | Jul 20th, 2016

Collected here, reviews for the four Abbas Kiarostami films we've discussed on the show over the years. Our first was back in 2009, when then co-host Matty Robinson and Adam took a look at Kiarmostami’s A TASTE OF CHERRY as part of our Cannes Film Fe...Show More
#594: Top 5 Films of 2016 (So Far)

1:51:08 | Jul 15th, 2016

The 2016 box office has been dominated by the usual suspects - animated films from Pixar and Disney, caped crusaders, sequels. But with half the year behind us, Adam, Josh and guest Michael Phillips have stocked their Top 5 of 2016 (So Far) with a nu...Show More
#593: Swiss Army Man / Kiarostami Tribute / Top 5 'Body' Movies

2:25:06 | Jul 8th, 2016

If you were paying any attention to the Sundance Film Festival back in January, it’s likely that you caught wind of a film that was being referred to as the ‘Daniel Radcliffe Farting Corpse Movie.’ There were reports of walk outs. Well that movie has...Show More
#592: The BFG / Top 5 Children's Book Adaptations

1:34:39 | Jul 1st, 2016

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, James and the Giant Peach, Matilda – Roald Dahl’s children’s books are equal parts magical whimsy and sinister menace, and movie adaptations of Dahl's books have sometimes struggled to find the right balance. The la...Show More
#591: Nicolas Winding Refn and Elle Fanning / De Palma

1:40:53 | Jun 24th, 2016

The films of director Nicolas Winding Refn (DRIVE, ONLY GOD FORGIVES) are known for their distinctive visual style and their often graphic depictions of violence. His latest - THE NEON DEMON - is no exception. DEMON stars Elle Fanning as a young mode...Show More
#590: Blindspotting - Body Double / You, The Living

1:47:49 | Jun 17th, 2016

Director Brian De Palma made his mark in the ‘70s alongside contemporaries like Martin Scorsese, Francis Ford Coppola and Steven Spielberg. But 40 years into his career, his legacy is less secure than his peers. A new doc - called, simply, DE PALMA -...Show More
#589: The Royal Tenenbaums / Top 5 Non-Kids Movies You Should Show Your Kids

2:27:25 | Jun 10th, 2016

Back in 2001, Wes Anderson was known as the director of the modest indie hit RUSHMORE. Then came THE ROYAL TENENBAUMS, with its family full of failed former prodigies and iconic soundtrack. It arguably remains his most beloved film. But how does TENE...Show More
#588: Top 5 Movie Rivalries with Steven Hyden / Sunset Song

1:48:24 | Jun 3rd, 2016

In music writer Steven Hyden's provocatively titled new book "Your Favorite Band is Killing Me: What Pop Music Rivalries Reveal About the Meaning of Life," he writes about The Beatles vs The Rolling Stones as a prototype of a certain kind of rivalry ...Show More
#587: The Lobster / Rebecca Miller / The Man Without a Past

1:50:27 | May 27th, 2016

If the long-anticipated THE LOBSTER didn't make it to U.S. theaters soon, Adam and Josh were threatening to transform into crustaceans in protest. Happily for everyone, the 2015 Cannes award winner from Greek director Yorgos Lanthimos ("Dogtooth") ma...Show More
#586: The Nice Guys / Top 5 Films of 1987 / Last Days in the Desert

1:36:55 | May 20th, 2016

The buddy crime picture is a well-worn movie genre, but the right combination of players can still make it seem fresh. Enter THE NICE GUYS with Russell Crowe and Ryan Gosling. Writer/director Shane Black is no stranger to the buddy picture – his debu...Show More
#585: April and the Extraordinary World / Songs from the Second Floor

1:29:32 | May 13th, 2016

Comic artist Jacques Tardi is little known in the U.S but revered in his native France. His expressionistic, historical graphic novels are the inspiration for the new animated film APRIL & THE EXTRAORDINARY WORLD, which just opened in limited release...Show More
#584: Captain America: Civil War / 2016 Summer Movie Preview / Keanu

1:45:31 | May 5th, 2016

Even if you’re a comic book fan, it’s possible that you’re feeling some Marvel movie fatigue. But one of the surprising things about the dozen or so films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe is that two of the best films in the mega-franchise are Captai...Show More
#583: Green Room / Top 5 Single Location Films

1:30:58 | Apr 29th, 2016

When they finally get around to making Filmspotting: The Movie, it will be eligible for a future revisit of this week’s Top 5: Single Location Films. Maybe Adam and Josh can convince Jeremy Saulnier to direct. Call it "Beige Studio." That top 5, plus...Show More
#582: Alien / Jeremy Saulnier (Green Room) / FS Madness Champion

1:39:36 | Apr 22nd, 2016

Fans celebrated Back to the Future Day on Oct. 21, 2015, the date Doc, Marty and Jennifer traveled to from 1985. In that same spirit, fans of the ALIEN franchise have marked a movie date of their own. Taking inspiration from LV-426, the ex-moon where...Show More
#581: Everybody Wants Some!! / Top 5 Linklater Scenes / FS Madness Final

1:31:46 | Apr 15th, 2016

Richard Linlaker’s last film was an ambitious Best Picture nominee that landed on just about every critic's 2014 Top 10 list. That was BOYHOOD. The trailer for his latest would have you thinking that it's a dumb sex comedy (not that there's anything ...Show More
Elaine May Marathon Awards - The Blind Camels

38:42 | Apr 13th, 2016

Josh and Adam got so long-winded sharing their favorite Elaine May duo, funniest moment, picture and more that it's coming to you as a separate podcast. May aficionado Peter Labuza also returns to offer his choices for "The Blind Camels." Learn more ...Show More
#580: Midnight Special / May Marathon #4 - Ishtar / FS Madness: Final 4

1:37:18 | Apr 8th, 2016

Beloved by critics (including Adam and Josh), filmmaker Jeff Nichols made a bid for popular success in 2012 with MUD. But when MUD didn’t catch on with audiences, Nichols-watchers had to wait four long years for his return. Now he's back with MIDNIGH...Show More
Interview: Tom Hiddleston & Marc Abraham (I Saw The Light)

22:53 | Apr 1st, 2016

Adam talks accuracy in true stories, finding a 'way in' as an actor and more with the star and writer/director of the Hank Williams biopic I SAW THE LIGHT. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
#579: Batman v Superman / Top 5 Batman-Superman Moments / FS Madness Elite 8

1:51:35 | Apr 1st, 2016

With Josh away this week, Adam made elaborate plans for a special Justice League-inspired episode. Minus one Wonder Woman, he almost pulled it off. Michael Phillips joins Adam for BATMAN v SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE and sticks around to make a mockery...Show More
#578: 10 Cloverfield Lane / Top 5 Malick Images / FS Madness: Sweet 16

2:01:14 | Mar 25th, 2016

10 CLOVERFIELD LANE finds a woman holed up in a bunker with John Goodman. But is the monster inside or outside? Adam and Josh review, and try to get back on Terrence Malick's good side after their KNIGHT OF CUPS dismissal by sharing their Top 5 Malic...Show More
#577: Knight of Cups / FS Madness / May Marathon #4 - Mikey and Nicky

1:38:58 | Mar 17th, 2016

Since returning in the late '90s with "The Thin Red Line," director Terrence Malick has spent the past couple of decades producing enigmatic masterpieces – or becoming a self-parody, depending who you ask. KNIGHT OF CUPS is Malick’s enigmatically-tit...Show More
#576: Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny / Top 5 Wuxia Films

1:27:01 | Mar 4th, 2016

Debuting last weekend on Netflix, CROUCHING TIGER, HIDDEN DRAGON: SWORD OF DESTINY has lost original director Ang Lee, but star Michelle Yeoh has returned, along with fight choreographer - and now director - Yuen Woo-Ping. Can they bring the magic ba...Show More
#575: May Marathon #2 - The Heartbreak Kid / Top 5 Films of 1972

1:41:20 | Feb 26th, 2016

On his honeymoon, a man falls for another woman. The marriage is a bust, but the movie isn't. It's Elaine May's THE HEARTBREAK KID. On this week's show, Adam and Josh continue their May Marathon with the 1972 comedy starring Charles Grodin and Cybill...Show More
#574: The Witch / Deadpool / Top 5 Baffling Oscar Picks

1:20:35 | Feb 19th, 2016

Filling in for Adam and Josh this week, the Chicago Tribune's Michael Phillips and Tasha Robinson from The Verge/Next Picture Show chat about the 17th century-set horror film THE WITCH and potty-mouthed superhero DEADPOOL – plus 2016's most baffling ...Show More
#573: Hail, Caesar! / Top 5 Coen Bros. Characters

1:38:02 | Feb 12th, 2016

‘Funny looking’ is a perfectly good way to describe, say, Steve Buscemi in FARGO – or countless other memorable characters that make up the Coen Bros. universe. With their latest, HAIL, CAESAR!, Josh and Adam consider the whole funny looking bunch an...Show More
#572: May Marathon #1 - A New Leaf / Top 5 Comedies About the Rich

1:49:43 | Feb 5th, 2016

After carbo-loading for weeks and buying a pair of matching running shorts, Adam and Josh set off on the latest Filmspotting Marathon: a four-part look at the work of comedy legend Elaine May – a director unfortunately best known for one of the bigge...Show More
#571: 45 Years / 2016 Movie Preview (Pt. 2) / Son of Saul

1:54:26 | Jan 29th, 2016

It’s January and the movie year is full of promise. Full of promise – and questions. Questions like: Who wins in a battle between Batman and Superman? Or, Will the new Terrence Malick approach the greatness of "The Tree of Life?" What about Batman v....Show More
#570: The Hateful Eight vs. The Revenant / 2016 Movie Preview (Pt. 1)

1:51:24 | Jan 22nd, 2016

In the tradition of their Wolf of Wall Street vs. American Hustle battle a couple years back, Adam and Josh again find themselves on opposite sides of a pair of high-profile, late-year releases: Quentn Tarantino's THE HATEFUL EIGHT and Alejandro Gonz...Show More
#569: 2015 Wrap Party Live From Mayne Stage

1:58:17 | Jan 15th, 2016

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

37:19 | Jan 8th, 2016

One of the most acclaimed movies of 2015 tells the story of an ordinary encounter between two strangers in an ordinary Cincinnati hotel room. Less ordinary? They’re puppets. ANOMALISA, written and co-directed by Charlie Kaufman is an unusual – and am...Show More
#568: Top 10 Films of 2015 (Pt. 2)

1:48:42 | Dec 24th, 2015

The 2015 box office has been dominated by the usual spectacle – JURASSIC WORLD, THE AVENGERS and now THE FORCE AWAKENS – but there is less consensus than usual on the best films of the year. And that includes our Top 10 Films of 2015 roundtable. For ...Show More
#567: Top 10 Films of 2015 (Pt. 1)

1:43:41 | Dec 18th, 2015

End of year movie talk is usually dominated by a few prestige pictures, but does anyone care about prestige with a new STAR WARS in theaters? Sure you do. Michael Phillips and Scott Tobias join Adam and Josh for the Top 10 Films of 2015 roundtable - ...Show More
Star Wars: The Force Awakens

32:37 | Dec 16th, 2015

Are you looking for "the most non-specific, superficial" review of STAR WARS: EPISODE VII - THE FORCE AWAKENS? Then step on board the Millennium Falcon with Josh and Adam for a spoiler-free conversation – until the 22 minute mark, anyway.   :00-21:51...Show More
#566: The Big Short / Top 5 Discoveries of 2015 / Chi-Raq

1:35:09 | Dec 11th, 2015

If a movie has you sticking around for the credits, chances are you’re looking for an answer to the question: who WAS that? Every year the movies introduce us to someone – or something – we’ve never seen before. Adam and Josh share their Top 5 Discov...Show More
#565: Top 5 Film Books / Kent Jones Interview (Hitchcock/Truffaut)

1:34:18 | Dec 4th, 2015

It may not be quite as momentous as Hitchcock and Truffaut getting together in 1962, but on this week's show, Adam speaks with HITCHCOCK/TRUFFAUT director Kent Jones about the legacy of Truffaut's seminal film book about the Master of Suspense. Plus,...Show More
Blindspotting: The Wrong Man (1956)

26:16 | Dec 2nd, 2015

Based on a true story and made in the same decade as Hitchcock masterpieces "Strangers on a Train," "Rear Window" and "Vertigo," 1956's THE WRONG MAN with Henry Fonda is an often overlooked title in the Hitchcock filmography – as it was until recentl...Show More
2015 Golden Brick Preview Special

1:22:57 | Nov 27th, 2015

We hope you haven’t had your fill of leftovers because on this week’s show Josh and Adam start their look back at the year in film with their annual Thanksgiving Golden Brick Preview. They revisit reviews for three of their favorite overlooked or und...Show More
#564: Mockingjay – Part 2 / Top 5 Ensemble Movies / Spotlight

1:33:34 | Nov 20th, 2015

The HUNGER GAMES series could have settled for pleasing its YA fan base, but its success at the box office – and (mostly) with critics – shows a greater ambition. Or at least really good judgment in the casting of Jennifer Lawrence. Adam and Josh hav...Show More
#563: Spectre / Top 5 Bond Tropes

1:27:47 | Nov 13th, 2015

Daniel Craig’s James Bond is more serious, more human and more haunted than his predecessors. Does that make him the best? (Yes, actually it does.) Craig’s fourth and latest outing as Bond, SPECTRE, topped the box office in its opening weekend. Adam ...Show More
#562: The Assassin / Top 5 Cannes Best Director Winners / Junun

1:26:07 | Nov 6th, 2015

The Cannes Film Festival has awarded a Best Director Prize since the festival’s second year, 1946. For this week’s Top 5, Adam and Josh pick their favorite winners of the Prix de la mise en scène and review the film that won this year's prize, THE AS...Show More
#561: Edward Scissorhands / Top 5 Films of 1990

1:18:38 | Oct 30th, 2015

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

1:26:04 | Oct 23rd, 2015

Josh and guest host Michael Phillips (Chicago Tribune) are visited by the 'Ghost of Fights over Guillermo del Toro Movies Past' for their divisive review of CRIMSON PEAK. Plus, their takes on Steven Spielberg's BRIDGE OF SPIES and the Top 5 Cold War ...Show More
#559: Steve Jobs / Top 5 Back-To-Back Movies

1:32:42 | Oct 16th, 2015

How hard is it to make two great films in a row? Turns out, most legendary directors have done it. The show's recent Ridley Scott Death Match poll between "Alien" ('79) and "Blade Runner' ('82) was the inspiration for this week’s Top 5: Back-To-Back ...Show More
#558: The Martian / Chicago Film Festival Preview w/ Stephen Cone

1:19:05 | Oct 9th, 2015

Telluride, Venice, Toronto, New York… they’ve had their fun. Now it’s Chicago’s turn, as the Fall film festival season sweeps into the Windy City for the 51st annual Chicago International Film Fest. Josh and Adam—with the help of Chicago filmmaker St...Show More
#557: Sicario / Top 5 Breaking Up the Boys' Club Movies

1:30:58 | Oct 2nd, 2015

Adam and Josh held out hope that Tasha Robinson and Dana Stevens might come crashing into the studio to share THEIR Top 5 Breaking Up the Boys' Club Movies. Alas, that didn't happen, but that didn't stop the guys from revealing their lists along with...Show More
#556: Black Mass / Top 5 Neighborhood Movies / TIFF Recap

1:33:48 | Sep 25th, 2015

Master of Disguise Johnny Depp goes Southie as infamous Boston gangster Whitey Bulger in the new film BLACK MASS. Josh and Adam eat some chowdah and take some pitchez of the local cullah before reviewing "Mass" and sharing their Top 5 Neighborhood Mo...Show More
#555: The Visit / Top 5 House Guests / The Mend

1:31:54 | Sep 17th, 2015

For a director who was once called “The Next Spielberg,” M. Night Shyamalan has fallen on hard times. In the decade since the success of THE SIXTH SENSE, UNBREAKABLE and SIGNS, Shyamalan has seen diminishing returns at the box office and with critics...Show More
#554: Queen of Earth / Top 5 Films of 1988

1:24:35 | Sep 11th, 2015

Live from the rooftop of Nakatomi Plaza, it's Filmspotting, where Adam and Josh welcome special guests Ebby Calvin “Nuke” LaLoosh, Prince Akeem of Zamunda and Chicago gang boss Jimmy Serrano. Yes, it's the Top 5 Films of 1988, plus Depp v Depp (v Dep...Show More
#553: Fall Movie Preview w/ Michael Phillips

1:38:21 | Sep 4th, 2015

If the summer and year-end movie seasons are all about expectation, fall… is all about surprises. Hopefully, good ones. The Chicago Tribune's Michael Phillips (and his trusty light saber) joins Adam and Josh for a double dose of Top 5s this week – Mo...Show More
#552: Mistress America / Top 5 Desert Island Directors (Revisited)

1:43:39 | Aug 28th, 2015

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

1:37:54 | Aug 21st, 2015

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 famil...Show More
#550: The End of the Tour / Top 5 Movies About Writers

1:28:22 | Aug 14th, 2015

Since his death in 2008 at age 46, a kind of cult has developed around writer David Foster Wallace. For proof, look no further than the existence of THE END OF THE TOUR, the Sundance hit starring Jason Segel as Wallace, along with Jesse Eisenberg as ...Show More
#549: Doctor Zhivago (Blindspotting) / Top 5 Small Moments in Big Movies

1:47:31 | Aug 7th, 2015

Back in March, Adam and Josh celebrated Filmspotting's 10th anniversary with the Top 10 Blind Spots – significant oversights in their ongoing film educations. #3 on Adam's list was David Lean's 1965 epic DOCTOR ZHIVAGO, which gets a special "Blindspo...Show More
#548: M:I - Rogue Nation / Top 5 Exciting Movie Trends / Stanford Prison Experiment

1:15:33 | Jul 31st, 2015

Former Dissolve Managing Editor Genevieve Koski joins Scott Tobias for week #2 of The Dissolve's Filmspotting residency. It's also week #2 of putting a positive spin on the end of their former online home... Scott and Genevieve get optimistic with th...Show More
#547: Top 5 Things We Learned At The Dissolve / Southpaw / Tangerine

59:54 | Jul 24th, 2015

For two years, members of The Dissolve staff put blood, sweat and tears into running their great film site – and all you get is a lousy top 5 list. Dissolvers Scott Tobias and Keith Phipps fill in for Adam and Josh, sharing the Top 5 Things We Learne...Show More
#546: Trainwreck / Top 5 Comedy Ensembles (Revisited)

1:16:29 | Jul 17th, 2015

It-Girl Amy Schumer falls for potential Manic Pixie Dream Guy Bill Hader... but will Adam and Josh swoon for the Schumer-penned/Judd Apatow-directed TRAINWRECK? Plus, the movies' Top 5 Comedy Ensembles. This episode is brought to you by MUBI. :00-3:4...Show More
#545: Top 5 Films of 2015 (So Far) / The Tribe / Love & Mercy

1:32:13 | Jul 10th, 2015

With nothing but "Mission Impossible" sequels and a "Vacation" reboot ahead, Adam and Josh turn back and share their Top 5 Films of 2015 (So Far). Plus, a few thoughts on LOVE & MERCY and THE TRIBE. This episode is brought to you by MUBI / Harry's (u...Show More
#544: Dope / Manglehorn / Top 5 Films of 1994 (Revisited)

1:27:05 | Jun 26th, 2015

DOPE was a hit with audiences at this year's Sundance Film Festival... Adam and Josh, not so much. Plus, a few thoughts on David Gordon Green's latest starring Al Pacino, MANGLEHORN... and grab your box of chocolates, some hakuna matata and a little ...Show More
#543: Inside Out / Top 5 Actor-Director Pairs

1:24:52 | Jun 19th, 2015

Pixar has made heroes out of mute robots, anxious clown fish, a foodie rat and an irritable 80 year-old man. For their next mission, they go outside... in. Is the new INSIDE OUT a return to form for the once peerless animation studio? Josh and guest ...Show More
#542: Jurassic World / Spy / Top 5 Movie Locations We Wish We Could Visit (Revisited)

1:28:56 | Jun 12th, 2015

It's been a couple decades since Steven Spielberg first choppered us to Isla Nublar, but Jurassic Park... is back open for business. The long-awaited fourth Jurassic installment comes along just in time for all hell to break loose. Josh and Adam revi...Show More
#541: Say Anything... / Aloha / Top 5 Movies of 1989 (Revisited)

1:51:40 | Jun 5th, 2015

Hawaii - the setting for Cameron Crowe’s ALOHA - is about 2,600 miles away from Seattle, which is the setting of his directorial debut, SAY ANYTHING... Is that also about how far apart the two films are in terms of quality? Josh and Adam answer that ...Show More
#540: Tomorrowland / Top 5 Streaming Sci-Fi Movies

1:43:41 | May 29th, 2015

Director Brad Bird has given us an Iron Giant, a Mr. and Mrs. Incredible, and a Rat Chef… what awaits in TOMORROWLAND? Subbing in for Josh and Adam, Screencrush's Matt Singer and Buzzfeed's Alison Willmore – also the hosts of Filmspotting: SVU – revi...Show More
#539: Mad Max: Fury Road / Pitch Perfect 2 / Top 5 Car Scenes

1:40:11 | May 22nd, 2015

The last time we saw "Mad" Max Rockatansky, he was played by Mel Gibson and battling a spectacularly-coiffed Tina Turner. Max is back with Tom Hardy as the new road warrior. "Relatively Rational" Adam and "Mildly Miffed" Josh review MAD MAX: FURY ROA...Show More
#538: Top 5 Movie Posters / Slow West

1:43:35 | May 15th, 2015

A Grand Jury Prize winner at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, SLOW WEST has a lot to recommend: it’s beautifully shot, is occasionally darkly funny, and its star just might be the best actor in the business. Josh and Adam review Michael Fassbender...Show More
#537: Avengers: Age of Ultron / 2015 Summer Movie Preview

1:16:09 | May 8th, 2015

Tasha Robinson (The Dissolve) sits in for Adam this week, playing the brilliant and quick-witted Tony Stark to Josh's earnest do-gooder Steve Rogers. The dynamic duo – not to be confused with that Dynamic Duo – review AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON and shar...Show More
#536: Reservoir Dogs (Sacred Cow) / Top 5 Films of 1992

1:50:46 | May 1st, 2015

When RESERVOIR DOGS came out in 1992, Josh and Adam were movie geek teenagers – bound by their DNA to love it. But does Quentin Tarantino's debut hold up more than 20 years later? It's another Filmspotting Sacred Cow review... Plus, the Top 5 Films o...Show More
#535: Ex Machina / Top 5 Movie Houses

1:36:57 | Apr 24th, 2015

Hop aboard the Filmspotting double decker bus for a tour of the movies' most famous and beloved homes... beloved by the hosts, anyway. Inspired by their review of Alex Garland's directing debut EX MACHINA, Josh and Adam share their Top 5 Movie Houses...Show More
#534: While We're Young / Top 5 Midlife Crisis Movies

1:50:32 | Apr 17th, 2015

With Adam and Josh trading in their sensible family sedans for a pair of matching convertibles, their wives suggested they reveal their Top 5 Midlife Crisis Movies. Plus, a review of Noah Baumbach's latest, WHILE WE'RE YOUNG, a conversation with Stev...Show More
#533: Furious 7 / Top 5 Fast & Furious Moments

1:50:59 | Apr 10th, 2015

Having gone from Furious novices to completists in the past couple of weeks, Josh and Adam are all revved up to discuss the latest installment, FURIOUS 7, and share their Top 5 Fast & Furious Moments. Plus, the Filmspotting Madness championship round...Show More
#532: It Follows / Top 5 21st Century Horror Movies / Mark Harris

1:49:33 | Apr 3rd, 2015

Coming to you from an old, abandoned orphanage... Adam and guest host Michael Phillips discuss IT FOLLOWS, the new indie horror movie that has garnered a lot of buzz for its handling of familiar material – sex, teens and a supernatural killer. Plus, ...Show More
Ray Marathon #5: The Lonely WIfe / The Mitras

55:30 | Apr 3rd, 2015

Satyajit Ray rated 1964's THE LONELY WIFE as his best film. Josh and Adam disagree with the master director – but only a little. The final film in the remarkable Ray Marathon is up, plus The Mitras, Filmspotting's awards for the marathon's Best Pictu...Show More
#531: The Breakfast Club / Top 5 Films of 1985

1:50:04 | Mar 27th, 2015

If Josh is "The Brain," what does that make Adam – Vice Principal Vernon? Filmspotting commemorates the 30th anniversary of John Hughes' classic THE BREAKFAST CLUB with a Sacred Cow discussion. Plus, the Elite Eight of Filmspotting Madness is reveale...Show More
#530: Cinderella / Top 5 Movies About Royalty / FS Madness

1:51:06 | Mar 20th, 2015

As a director, Kenneth Branagh has done Shakespeare, Mary Shelley and Marvel. But how does he handle Disney? Josh and Adam discuss CINDERELLA with Lily James and Cate Blanchett, and share their Top 5 Movies About Royalty. Plus, the Sweet 16 matchups ...Show More
Ray Marathon #4: The Big City

37:52 | Mar 19th, 2015

Another Ray film, another Ray masterpiece. Filmspotting's Satyajit Ray Marathon continues with a discussion of 1963's THE BIG CITY. 0-35:52 – Review: "The Big City" LINKS - Josh on "The Big City" - Forum reviews of Ray films Learn more about yo...Show More
#529: Buzzard / Filmspotting Madness / Top 5 Characters on the Fringe

1:52:07 | Mar 13th, 2015

Bill Murray vs. Tilda Swinton... Emma Stone vs. Sam Rockwell... Just a couple of the first-round matchups in Filmspotting Madness, a month-long battle royale to determine Filmspotting Nation’s favorite working actor. Adam and Josh kick off the tourna...Show More
#528: 10th Anniversary Show / Maps to the Stars / Top 5 Blind Spots

1:58:50 | Mar 6th, 2015

How do you celebrate 10 years of talking about movies? You talk about the ones you’re embarrassed you’ve never seen, of course. Adam and Josh confess their Top 5 (or 50) Blind Spots. Plus, a review of director David Cronenberg’s latest, MAPS TO THE S...Show More
#527: Top 5 Mockumentary Moments / What We Do in the Shadows

1:28:57 | Feb 27th, 2015

With the release of the new mock documentary WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS, about a trio of New Zealand Vampires, Adam and Josh share their Top 5 Mockumentary Moments. Plus, a review of SHADOWS and a few thoughts on the Oscars. This episode is brought to...Show More
Ray Marathon #3: The Music Room

30:19 | Feb 25th, 2015

Filmspotting continues its look at Satyajit Ray's work with a discussion of their first non-Apu film, 1958's THE MUSIC ROOM. 0-28:20 – Review: "The Music Room" NOTES - Were there really two different guys from Houston named Ben whose feedback was men...Show More
#526: Fifty Shades of Grey / Top 5 Movies We Had To Review

1:30:59 | Feb 20th, 2015

Do Adam and Josh's "singular tastes" include an appreciation for the much-hyped adaptation of E.L. James' FIFTY SHADES OF GREY? Join them in the Filmspotting playroom to find out. Plus, the Top 5 Movies We Had To Review and two new recommended movies...Show More
#525: 2015 Oscar Picks / Sacred Cow: Unforgiven

1:52:10 | Feb 13th, 2015

With the divisive "American Sniper" a surprise awards season success, Filmspotting takes a trip back a couple of decades - back to the mythic Old West - for a Sacred Cow review of Clint Eastwood’s Best Picture-winning UNFORGIVEN. Plus, the Chicago Tr...Show More
Ray Marathon #2: The Unvanquished / The World of Apu

35:33 | Feb 11th, 2015

Adam and Josh close out their look at Satyajit Ray's "Apu Trilogy" – but fortunately not their exploration of Ray's work – with a discussion of THE UNVANQUISHED (1957) and THE WORLD OF APU (1959). 0-33:32 – Review: Unvanquished + World of Apu LINKS -...Show More
#524: Jupiter Ascending / Top 5 Rescue Scenes / Sundance 2015

1:40:43 | Feb 6th, 2015

Holed up in the Canadian Ambassador's residence waiting for Ben Affleck to save them, Josh and Adam share their Top 5 Rescue Scenes. Plus, a review of the Wachowski's latest sci-fi extravaganza (slash absurd future camp classic?) JUPITER ASCENDING, J...Show More
#523: 2015 Movie Preview (Pt. 2) / Blackhat / Goodbye to Language 3D

1:29:25 | Jan 30th, 2015

BLACKHAT is a bona fide critical and box office bomb... But its director, Michael Mann, made "Thief," "The Insider" and "Heat," so Josh and Adam are reviewing it anyway. Plus, Pt. 2 of Filmspotting's 2015 Movie Preview poses the biggest questions sur...Show More
Ray Marathon #1: Pather Panchali

24:51 | Jan 28th, 2015

Adam and Josh discuss the first film in their (long-awaited) Satyajit Ray Marathon – Ray's breathtaking and heartbreaking 1955 debut, PATHER PANCHALI. 0-22:50 – Review: Pather Panchali LINKS - Josh on "Pather Panchali" Learn more about your ad ...Show More
#522: 2015 Movie Preview / American Sniper / Oscar Snubs

1:29:14 | Jan 23rd, 2015

It's a (woefully civil) showdown over Clint Eastwood's AMERICAN SNIPER, plus thoughts on the (woefully misguided) Oscar nominations, and Josh and Adam take their best shot at predicting what will eventually be their favorite films of the new year wit...Show More
#521: Selma / Top 5 Historic Event Movies

1:39:39 | Jan 16th, 2015

With the future of humanity depending on them, Josh and Adam recorded this episode from inside a time-traveling telephone booth in order to compile their Top 5 Historic Event Movies. Plus, your hosts have a dream of a biopic that doesn't worshipfully...Show More
#520: Top 5 Performances of 2014 / Mr. Turner

1:38:19 | Jan 9th, 2015

The Oscars are still more than a month away, but Filmspotting's ballots are in for the best performances of 2014. Plus, a review of Mike Leigh's MR TURNER. This episode is brought to you by Shutterstock (code FILM115) and – get a free month ...Show More
#519: Top 10 Films of 2014 (Pt. 2)

1:28:29 | Dec 24th, 2014

Somehow "Left Behind" didn't make the cut in Pt. 1 of Filmspotting's Top 10 Films of 2014. But there are five picks remaining and four critics – including Michael Phillips (Chicago Tribune) and Scott Tobias (The Dissolve) – who might just end the sus...Show More
#518: Top 10 Films of 2014 (Pt. 1)

1:31:29 | Dec 19th, 2014

- 10-9-8-7-6... It's part one of Filmspotting's Top 10 Films of 2014 countdown, featuring special guests Michael Phillips from the Chicago Tribune and The Dissolve’s Scott Tobias. Plus, Mr. Brick himself, Rian Johnson, announces the winner of this ye...Show More
#517: Inherent Vice / Top 5 2014 "Best of the Rest"

1:36:36 | Dec 12th, 2014

What was the best shot of 2014? How about the best performances by actors we take granted? Filmspotting covers all its end-of-year bases with the Top 5 "Best of the Rest" – everything Josh and Adam loves about the year in movies... except the movies ...Show More
#516: Top 5 Discoveries of 2014 / Foxcatcher / Tale of Princess Kaguya

1:32:14 | Dec 5th, 2014

Josh and Adam talk fake noses. And wrestling. And murder... with their review of FOXCATCHER starring Channing Tatum, Mark Ruffalo and Steve Carell. Plus, their Top 5 Discoveries of 2014 – actors, directors and others who made a fine first impression ...Show More
FS Extra: The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1

20:52 | Dec 4th, 2014

Filmspotting gets meta and gives Jennifer Lawrence the movie star treatment in this review of the first part of the last part of THE HUNGER GAMES series. LINKS - Alison's piece on Mockingjay gender roles Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaph...Show More
2014 Golden Bricks Preview

1:17:35 | Nov 28th, 2014

This Thanksgiving, be grateful for the movies you may have missed... Filmspotting revisits some of its favorite overlooked/underseen movies of 2014 and announces the shortlist of candidates for the coveted Golden Brick Award. This episode is presente...Show More
#515: Interstellar / Top 5 Movie Sacrifices

1:40:41 | Nov 21st, 2014

Josh and Adam actually recorded this way-too-friendly review of Christopher Nolan's INTERSTELLAR three months ago – it just took a detour through a wormhole to get here. Plus, the Top 5 Movie Sacrifices. This episode is presented by Shutterstock (cod...Show More
#514: Top 5 Culture Clash Comedies / Dear White People

1:18:46 | Nov 14th, 2014

Josh encounters some awkward moments as he tries to reconcile his cultural differences with The Dissolve's Tasha Robinson. The pair reveal their Top 5 Culture Clash Comedies, and review the provocative new film DEAR WHITE PEOPLE. This episode is pres...Show More
#513: Nightcrawler / Top 5 Nocturnal Movies

1:21:46 | Nov 7th, 2014

Vampires aren't the only crazies who come out at night. Josh and Adam stay up late to share their Top 5 Nocturnal Movies, and discuss Jake Gyllenhaal's creepy turn in writer/director Dan Gilroy's NIGHTCRAWLER. This episode is presented by Audible and...Show More
#512: Top 5 Movie Costumes (We'd Wear) / Birdman

1:26:08 | Oct 31st, 2014

Michael Phillips couldn't convince Adam and Josh to be the Chico and Harpo to his Groucho, but that didn't stop him from helping them share the Top 5 Movie Costumes they'd actually wear for Halloween. Plus, a review of BIRDMAN, starring Michael Keato...Show More
#511: Whiplash / Top 5 Mentor-Proteges

1:40:57 | Oct 24th, 2014

It's the inspirational tale of a couple down-on-their-luck podcasters who make good with the help of a crusty old radio veteran. Josh and Adam share their Top Mentor-Proteges, and review a movie about a drummer driven to madness in his pursuit of mus...Show More
#510: Jason Schwartzman & Alex Ross Perry / Top 5 Movie Narcissists

1:45:23 | Oct 17th, 2014

Finally, a Top 5 that Adam and Josh can relate to: Movie Narcissists. Plus, a conversation with writer/director Alex Ross Perry and actor Jason Schwartzman about their new movie LISTEN UP PHILIP. This episode is presented by Shutterstock (FILM1014). ...Show More
#509: Gone Girl / Top 5 Movie Missives

1:24:15 | Oct 10th, 2014

Before email, texts, Twitter and Snapchat, movie characters had to rely on ‘The Letter’ to communicate their most heartfelt feelings to one another — or to blackmail each other. Inspired by their discussion of director David Fincher's GONE GIRL, Adam...Show More
Gone Girl (Spoiled)

46:19 | Oct 9th, 2014

It's a Fimspotting spoiler special! Josh and Adam go long on director David Fincher's GONE GIRL. (Spoilers begin around the 19 minute mark.) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
#508: Chicago Int'l Film Fest Preview / Top 5 CIFF Discoveries

1:16:19 | Oct 3rd, 2014

With the 50th annual Chicago International Film Festival kicking off Oct. 9, Josh and Adam highlight some of the films worth seeking out at the fest or putting on your radar, plus reflect on their Top 5 CIFF Discoveries. This episode is presented by ...Show More
#507: Tusk / Top 5 Movie Manimals

1:35:50 | Sep 26th, 2014

With Adam out for a week, Josh found a willing accomplice in Michael Phillips for a countdown of their Top 5 Movie Manimals, tying in with their review of Kevin Smith's TUSK. Plus, Michael's recap of the recent Toronto International Film Festival and...Show More
#506: Top 5 David Lynch Scenes / Eraserhead / Skeleton Twins

1:43:27 | Sep 19th, 2014

It's Sociopath Week at the Filmspotting Lounge... half off Pabst Blue Ribbons and nitrous oxide chasers! The perfect combo to put you in the proper frame of mind for Josh and Adam's Top 5 David Lynch Scenes. Plus, a discussion of Lynch's creepy 1977 ...Show More
#505: Top 5 Movie Prisoners / Starred Up

1:32:46 | Sep 12th, 2014

Josh and Adam head to the clink, the slammer, the Big House to name their Top 5 Movie Prisoners. Plus, a review of the acclaimed new UK prison drama STARRED UP... and Quentin Tarantino's new day job inspires another Filmspotting Poll Death Match. Thi...Show More
#504: 2014 Fall Movie Preview / The One I Love, Review Roundup / Dan Schechter

1:46:06 | Sep 5th, 2014

Time hurries on, and the leaves that are green turn to brown... Josh and Adam preview the fall movie season and offer an end-of-summer review roundup sparked by a clash over THE ONE I LOVE, starring Mark Duplass and Elizabeth Moss. Other movies cover...Show More
#503: Top 5 Movie Bands / Frank / Sin City: A Dame to Kill For

1:40:30 | Aug 29th, 2014

Josh and Adam get to feel almost famous as they go on tour with their Top 5 (Fictional) Movie Bands. Plus, a review of FRANK starring Michael Fassbender, and find out if Larsen dares to recommend SIN CITY: A DAME TO KILL FOR. This episode is presente...Show More
#502: Top 5 Robin Williams Scenes / Dead Poets Society

1:50:29 | Aug 22nd, 2014

O Captain! My Captain! if Robin Williams ever failed to seize the day, it wasn't on camera. Filmspotting celebrates the life of the late actor and comedian with a Sacred Cow review of 1989's DEAD POETS SOCIETY. Plus, Josh and Adam share their Top 5 R...Show More
#501: Top 5 Pre-CGI Scenes / Calvary / John Michael McDonagh

1:53:26 | Aug 15th, 2014

Ray Harryhausen, Douglas Trumbull, Dick Smith... Michael Phillips joins Adam in praise of the old school effects guys with their Top 5 Pre-CGI Scenes. Plus, they confess their cinematic sins of omission to Father Brendan Gleeson in CALVARY, and spend...Show More
FS Fix: Boyhood

49:17 | Aug 7th, 2014

Richard Linklater's BOYHOOD was twelve years in the making... Before departing for a little post-500th episode R&R, Josh and Adam gave it well more than 12 minutes for this Filmspotting Fix. This episode is presented by Squarespace (use code FILM). 0...Show More
#500 Live: Rian Johnson / Top 5 Films of the Filmspotting Era

1:43:30 | Aug 1st, 2014

Nine years, four months and 20 days in the making... Michael Phillips from the Chicago Tribune, Slate's Dana Stevens and — via Skype from San Francisco — the newly anointed writer/director of STAR WARS VIII, Rian Johnson, join Adam and Josh for this ...Show More
#499: Snowpiercer / Top 5 Magic Realism Moments / Mood Indigo

1:38:43 | Jul 18th, 2014

If Filmspotting builds a Top 5 Magic Realism Moments in movies, will you come? With director Michel Gondry’s MOOD INDIGO currently in theatres and available on demand, Josh and Adam devote this week’s Top 5 to a subject that Gondry exploits to great ...Show More
#498: Dawn of the Planet of the Apes / Top 5 Actors of the Future

1:42:56 | Jul 11th, 2014

Are the days of treating franchise reboots as an inferior species of movie no more? Josh and Adam check in on the damned dirty apes of DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES, the sequel to 2011's surprisingly successful — and surprisingly good — Apes restart...Show More
#497: Batman ('89) / Top 5 Films of 1989

1:42:42 | Jul 4th, 2014

Josh and Adam really carpe the diem this week: they find the holy grail, ask out Diane Cort and fake orgasms at the Carnegie Deli — all on the hottest day of the year in Bed-Stuy. Get a Sacred Cow review of Tim Burton's BATMAN, plus the Top 5 Films o...Show More
#496: Top 5 Films of 2014 (So Far) / The Rover

1:32:53 | Jun 27th, 2014

There are no instructions for building the perfect Top 5 Movies of the Year (So Far). You’ve got to do it yourself. At the midway point of the moviegoing year, Josh and Adam try their best to be master list builders. Plus, a review of David Michod's ...Show More
#495: Night Moves / Top 5 Pacific Northwest Movies

1:45:59 | Jun 20th, 2014

Adam and Josh review Oregon director Kelly Reichardt’s NIGHT MOVES with Jesse Eisenberg and Dakota Fanning, and also do some location scouting for this week’s Top 5 — Pacific Northwest Movies — while having some pie and, excuse me, a damn fine cup of...Show More
#494: The Immigrant / Top 5 Immigrant Movies

1:33:37 | Jun 13th, 2014

Josh and Michael Phillips — along with their respective gangs of New York — leave the Five Points for an exploration of immigration in the movies. They’ve got a review of James Gray’s THE IMMIGRANT, starring Joaquin Phoenix and Marion Cotillard, and ...Show More
#493: Maleficent / Top 5 Disney Villains

1:11:40 | Jun 6th, 2014

Josh and The Dissolve’s Tasha Robinson may have to wait until Prince Adam returns in a week or two to lift the curse Tasha just put on this week’s Top 5: Disney Villains. Plus, the hosts weigh in on Angelina Jolie's interpretation of one of those cla...Show More
#492: X-Men: Days of Future Past / Cannes Recap / Top 5 Movie Teams

1:17:48 | May 30th, 2014

Josh and Michael put aside their petty differences for the good of humanity — and the show — when they share their Top 5 Movie Teams. Plus, Michael's report from Cannes and a review of X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST, a movie that begins in the future, mo...Show More
#491: Godzilla / Top 5 Movie Tattoos (That We'd Get) / The Double

1:15:30 | May 23rd, 2014

Don’t tell their wives, but after taping this show, Josh and Adam split a bottle of Jack Daniels and got ink for all of the picks that made this week’s Top 5: Movie Tattoos (That We’d Get). Plus, Larsen Recommends THE DOUBLE starring Jesse Eisenberg ...Show More
#490: Locke / Top 5 Car Scenes

1:25:58 | May 16th, 2014

Josh and Adam celebrate their Top 5 Car Scenes by lip syncing the entirety of Queen’s "Bohemian Rhapsody." Plus, a review of LOCKE starring Tom Hardy... and his SUV. This episode is presented by Squarespace (FILM). 0:00-1:24 - Billboard / Squarespace...Show More
#489: 2014 Summer Movie Preview / Blue Ruin

1:16:38 | May 9th, 2014

Adam's Top Most Anticipated Summer Movies boasts a collective budget that might cover a week of catering on the set of "Transformers: Age of Extinction." Does Josh go for a little more mainstream fare? Plus, Steve Prokopy aka Capone from Ain't it Coo...Show More
#488: Top 5 Films of 1991 / My Own Private Idaho / Amazing Spider-Man 2

1:34:33 | May 2nd, 2014

Adam bites his tongue to avoid making any "Hudson Hawk" jokes as he and Josh go back to their high school days for a countdown of the Top 5 Films of 1991, inspired by a Sacred Cow discussion of Gus Van Sant's Shakespeare-inspired MY OWN PRIVATE IDAHO...Show More
#487: Only Lovers Left Alive / Top 5 Things From Space / Under The Skin

1:28:49 | Apr 26th, 2014

Filmspotting comes in peace, even if its Top 5 list does not. Your hosts consider their favorite cinematic Things From Space (That Came To Destroy Us). Plus, a review of Jim Jarmusch's latest starring Tom Hiddleston and Tilda Swinton as a centuries-o...Show More
#486: Top 5 Performances by Non-Professionals / Joe / Mistaken for Strangers

1:38:08 | Apr 18th, 2014

Filmspotting has been making radio for almost 10 years as amateurs, so Adam and Josh should have an insight or two on the folks who make their Top 5 Performances by Non-Professionals — people who made a prominent acting debut without the benefit of e...Show More
#485: Top 5 Desert Island Directors / David Gordon Green & Tye Sheridan / Jonathan Glazer

1:58:54 | Apr 11th, 2014

Adam feels a bit like he's returned from a desert island, which is exactly where he and Josh head for this week’s Top 5: Desert Island Directors. Which five directors’ filmographies would best distract them from a lifetime of isolation and solitude? ...Show More
#484: Nymphomaniac / Captain America: Winter Soldier / Top 5 Sex-Obsessed Characters

1:17:00 | Apr 4th, 2014

Michael and Josh try and avoid embarrassing flashbacks to their adolescence when they get into this week’s Top 5: Sex-Obsessed Characters, inspired by the new film from director Lars Von Trier — NYMPHOMANIAC —which comes to theaters in two parts and ...Show More
#483: Noah / Top 5 Movie Boats

1:16:49 | Mar 28th, 2014

Hope you’ve got your sea legs for this week’s show as Josh and Michael Phillips count down their Top 5 Movie Boats, a list inspired by the first famous boat — Noah’s Ark, which returns to movie screens in Darren Aronofsky’s NOAH with Russell Crowe. T...Show More
#482: Enemy / Top 5 Actor-Director Pairs / Muppets Most Wanted

1:19:33 | Mar 21st, 2014

Jake Gyllenhaal tests his acting chops against… Jake Gyllenhaal, in this week's review of the new psychological thriller ENEMY, Denis Villeneuve’s follow-up to 2013's PRISONERS - and his second film in a row with Jake Gyllenhaal. Plus, Josh and Micha...Show More
#481: Grand Budapest Hotel / Top 5 Wes Anderson Scenes

1:29:59 | Mar 14th, 2014

Wes Anderson takes such care with each frame that it would be easy to choose five favorite moments from any one of his films. But Josh and Michael Phillips gave themselves a much bigger challenge: they strolled the grounds of Rushmore, walked the hal...Show More
#480: Groundhog Day / Top 5 Harold Ramis Moments

1:25:53 | Mar 7th, 2014

CADDYSHACK, STRIPES, GHOSTBUSTERS… as an actor, a writer and a director, Harold Ramis left an indelible mark on the last three decades of movie comedies. Josh and Michael Phillips honor the passing of the Chicago native with their Top 5 Ramis Moments...Show More
#479: 2014 Oscars Preview with Kyle Buchanan / Blazing Saddles

1:38:09 | Feb 27th, 2014

Filmspotting recruits Kyle Buchanan, senior editor at New York Magazine's Vulture, to get the inside scoop on this weekend's Academy Awards. Plus, Adam and Josh celebrate the 40th anniversary of BLAZING SADDLES with a ‘Stampeding’ Sacred Cow review -...Show More
#478: The Lego Movie / The Wind Rises / Top 5 Miyazaki Characters

1:33:06 | Feb 21st, 2014

Josh and Adam head to Toontown to discuss THE LEGO MOVIE and the latest, and reportedly last, film from Japanese animator/genius Hayao Miyazaki, THE WIND RISES. Plus, the Top 5 Miyazaki Characters. This episode is presented by Shutterstock (FILM214) ...Show More
#477: Philip Seymour Hoffman Tribute (Top 5 Scenes)

1:27:43 | Feb 13th, 2014

Be honest and unmerciful. Good advice for a budding rock critic. Also a fine description of the actor who spoke those lines. Filmspotting devotes this week's show to Philip Seymour Hoffman and his tragically short career as Adam and Josh share their ...Show More
#476: Life Itself / Top 5 Movies About Fame with Michael Phillips

1:40:53 | Feb 7th, 2014

Josh, Adam and guest Michael Phillips avoid turning into Norma Desmond's driveway for this week's Top 5: Movies About Fame (Non-Hollywood Edition). Plus, the trio offers some thoughts on the new Steve James documentary about Roger Ebert, LIFE ITSELF,...Show More
#475: 2014 Movie Preview (Pt. 2) / Broken Circle Breakdown

1:39:15 | Jan 31st, 2014

Belgium: we have long loved you for your beer; we had no idea you were so into tattoos and bluegrass music. Or so Adam and Josh learned from watching THE BROKEN CIRCLE BREAKDOWN, which recently earned an Oscar nomination for Best Foreign Language Fil...Show More
#474: Wolf of Wall Street vs. American Hustle / 2014 Movie Preview / Oscar Talk

1:50:03 | Jan 24th, 2014

Adam and Josh do a bit of looking behind -- and a bit of looking ahead this week. First, a showdown of sorts over two newly-minuted Best Picture nominees: THE WOLF OF WALL STREET and AMERICAN HUSTLE. Plus, the Top 5 Most Anticipated Movies of 2014. T...Show More