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#450: Man of Steel / Top 5 Christ Figures

2013-06-28 :: feedback@filmspotting.net (Kempenaar & Larsen, WBEZ)

Michael Phillips is Filmspotting's savior this week, sitting in for Adam for a discussion of "Man of Steel" and a countdown of the Top 5 Movie Christ Figures.

This show is presented by Audible and Squarespace (code Film 6).

:00-4:16 - Billboard / Audible

4:16-23:27 - Review: "Man of Steel"

Music: The Bookshop Band, "The Boxer"

24:41-26:18 - Shutterstock

26:18-31:05 - Gandolfini

31:05-36:16 - Massacre Theatre

36:16-43:28 - Polls / Notes

Music: The Bookshop Band, "For an Ending"

44:44-1:13:59 - Top 5: Christ Figures

1:13:59-1:18:15 - Close

MUSIC

- The Bookshop Band

NOTES

- MT winner: Ben Richie

LINKS

- Josh's review of "Man of Steel"

- Michael's Review of "Man of Steel"

- Josh's piece on Christ figures at ThinkChristian.net

- Of Pilgrims and Fire: When God Shows Up at the Movies

PARTNERS

- MoviePass

- Fandor.com/Filmspotting

- The Q&A with Jeff Goldsmith- iTunes

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FS Revisited: Sight & Sound Top 10

2013-06-24 :: feedback@filmspotting.net (Kempenaar & Larsen, WBEZ)
Length: 54s

With Adam and Josh taking a little summer time off, Filmspotting revisits its Aug. 2012 episode revealing the hosts' Top 10 Greatest Films, with the help of regular contributor Michael Phillips (Chicago Tribune).

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#449: Before Midnight / Top 5 Americans Abroad

2013-06-14 :: feedback@filmspotting.net (Kempenaar & Larsen, WBEZ)
Length: 1s

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

This podcast is presented by Audible and Shutterstock.com (use code FILM6).

:00-3:03 - Billboard / Audible

3:03-41:49 - Review: "Before Midnight"

Music: Ron Sexsmith, "If Only Avenue"

43:18-45:15 - Shutterstock

45:34-51:53 - Massacre Theatre

51:53-59:58 - Polls

Music: Ron Sexsmith, "The Morning Light"

1:01:35-1:32:45 - Top 5: Americans Abroad

1:32:45-1:35:32 - Close

MUSIC

- Ron Sexsmith

NOTES

- MT winner: Michael Campbell

LINKS

- Josh's review of "Before Midnight"

- Audible recs: Going Clear; The Dangerous Animals Club

PARTNERS

- MoviePass

- Fandor.com/Filmspotting

- The Q&A with Jeff Goldsmith- iTunes

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Best Film You've Never Seen / Overlooked Movies

2013-06-06 :: feedback@filmspotting.net (Kempenaar & Larsen, WBEZ)
Length: 1s

Adam talks to Chicago writer Robert K. Elder about his new book, "The Best Film You’ve Never Seen," featuring interviews with Richard Linklater, Edgar Wright and 33 other directors talking about the movies they adore that have been critically reviled, forgotten or otherwise overlooked. Plus, replays of Adam's 2011 conversation with Elder and Filmspotting's Top 5 Overlooked Movies from 2012.

:00-1:08 - Billboard

1:08-20:57 - "The Best Film You've Never Seen" (2013)

Music: Archie Powell..., "Only So Much You Can Do"

22:09-55:37 - "The Film That Changed My Life" (2011)

Music: Archie Powell..., "Great Ideas in Action"

56:46-57:20 - SVU Promo

57:35-1:24:30 - Top 5: Overlooked Movies (2012)

1:24:30-1:26:54 - Close

MUSIC

- Archie Powell & The Exports

NOTES

- Adam's schedule conflicted with recording a normal FS episode this week.

LINKS

- "Best Films" list on Letterboxd

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

2013-05-30 :: feedback@filmspotting.net (Kempenaar & Larsen, WBEZ)
Length: 1s

In 1979, Diane Keaton was the quirky star of Woody Allen’s B&W love letter to New York City, "Manhattan." 35 years later, the city is the same -- and so is the black and white photography -- but the quirky star is Greta Gerwig, in director Noah Baumbach's "Frances Ha." Plus, the Top 5 Contemporary Black & White Films... Your analyst Donnie really wants you to listen.

:00-1:12 - Billboard

1:12-21:32 - Review: "Frances Ha"

Music: She & Him, "I've Got Your Number, Son"

22:44-31:34 - Massacre Theatre

31:34-37:54 - Polls / Notes

Music: She & Him, "Turn to White"

39:00-47:41 - Donations

47:41-1:15:52 - Top 5: Contemporary B&W Movies

1:15:52-1:18:58 - Close

MUSIC

- She & Him

NOTES

- Massacre Theatre winner: Sean McDonnell

LINKS

- Josh's review of "Frances Ha"

- Letterboxd: "Behind the Candelabra"

- Johan's movie blog

PARTNERS

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

2013-05-23 :: feedback@filmspotting.net (Kempenaar & Larsen, WBEZ)
Length: 1s

Despite the efforts of his old friend Khan, James T. Kirk is alive and well in the sequel to 2009’s successful relaunch of the Star Trek franchise. This week, Filmspotting boldly reviews "Star Trek Into Darkness". Plus, the Top 5 Small Moments in Big Movies. KHAAAAAAAAAAN!!!!!!!

:00-1:26 - Billboard

1:26-25:59 - Review: "Star Trek Into Darkness"

Music: Junip, "Line of Fire"

27:33-34:37 - Massacre Theatre

34:37-45:20 - Polls / Notes

Music: Junip, "Your Life Your Call"

47:00-53:09 - Donations / SVU Promo

53:09-1:19:41 - Top 5: Small Moments in Big Movies

1:19:41-1:23:27 - Close / Outtake

MUSIC

- Junip

NOTES

- MT winner: Chris Weiss

LINKS

- Josh's review of "Star Trek Into Darkness"

- "Star Trek" on Letterboxd

- Lynch's Calvin Klein ad

PARTNERS

- MoviePass

- Fandor.com/Filmspotting

- The Q&A with Jeff Goldsmith- iTunes

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Stories We Tell

2013-05-22 :: feedback@filmspotting.net (Kempenaar & Larsen, WBEZ)
Length: 25s

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

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

2013-05-16 :: feedback@filmspotting.net (Kempenaar & Larsen, WBEZ)
Length: 1s

This week Adam and Josh have their minds on the money and money on their minds. Inspired by Jay Gatsby’s return to the silver screen, they share their Top 5 Movies About the Rich and discuss Baz Lurhmann’s uh, re-imagining, of the classic novel by F. Scott Fitzgerald.

This episode is presented by Shutterstock (code FILM5).

:00-1:41 - Billboard / Shutterstock

1:41-25:02 - Review: "The Great Gatsby"

Music: The Rubens, "My Gun"

26:34-28:48 - Shutterstock

28:48-36:49 - Massacre Theatre

36:49-48:45 - Polls / Notes

Music: The Rubens, "The Best We Got"

50:06-1:00:22 - Donations

1:00:22-1:25:39 - Top 5: Movies About the Rich

1:25:39-1:29:44 - Close / Outtake

MUSIC

- The Rubens

NOTES

- Massacre Theatre winner: Shaun Lockhart

LINKS

- Josh's review of "The Great Gatsby"

- Adam on "The Truman Show"

- Josh on Letterboxd

- Fandor - Wal-Mart: The High Cost of Low Price

- "Apartment 4E" on Netflix

- "20:20 Vision" play in Bath, UK

FS DOES DICAPRIO

- Django Unchained

- Inception

- The Departed

PARTNERS

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#445: Iron Man 3 / Top 5 Movie Geniuses

2013-05-09 :: feedback@filmspotting.net (Kempenaar & Larsen, WBEZ)
Length: 1s

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

This episode is presented by Shutterstock (code FILM5) and Squarespace (code FILM5)

:00-3:06 - Billboard / Squarespace
3:06-25:04 - Review: "Iron Man 3"
Music: Air Review, "Young"
26:47-28:15 - Shutterstock
28:45-35:37 - Massacre Theatre
35:37-45:33 - Polls / Notes
Music: Air Review, "Rebel"
47:07-54:20 - Donations / SVU Promo
Music: The Beatles, "In My Life"
55:37-1:23:31 - Top 5: Movie Geniuses
1:23:31-1:30:23 - Close / Filmspotting Jr. #4

MUSIC

- Air Review

LINKS

- Adam on "Good, the Bad and the Ugly"

- Korean Auteurs Marathon Options

- Fandor: Of Dolls and Murder

- Josh's review of "Iron Man 3"

- fuse:chicago

NOTES

- Adam says: Actually, my preferred 2001 Best Picture winner was "In the Bedroom."

- Adam says: I should have argued harder for how Shane Black plays with the 'optics of fear/heroism' in "Iron Man 3." It permeates the entire movie.

- Massacre Theatre winner: Todd Hiller

PARTNERS

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

2013-05-02 :: feedback@filmspotting.net (Kempenaar & Larsen, WBEZ)
Length: 1s

In anticipation of the season’s first blockbusters, Josh and Adam reveal their Top 5 Most Anticipated Summer Movies. Plus, a review of "Mud," the latest from "Take Shelter" writer/director Jeff Nichols, and "The Dollies," recognizing the best of the Max Ophuls Marathon.

This episode is presented by Audible.

:00-1:49 - Billboard / Sponsor

1:49-23:57 - Review: "Mud"

Music: Iron & Wine, "Singers and..."

25:20-27:54 - Audible

27:54-33:59 - Massacre Theatre

33:59-46:03 - Polls / Notes

46:03-1:05:48 - Ophuls Awards

Music: Iron & Wine, "Sundown"

1:07:12-1:18:57 - Donations

1:18:57-1:40:43 - Top 5: Summer Preview

1:40:43-1:46:23 - Close / FS Jr. #3

BONUS CONTENT

- Top 5 Neo-Noirs Feedback

MUSIC

- Iron and Wine

NOTES

- Massacre Theatre winner: Chris Roberts

LINKS

Adam on "Place Beyond..."

Adam on "Jurassic Park"

- Josh on "Mud"

- Josh on "Pain and Gain"

PARTNERS

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- The Q&A with Jeff Goldsmith- iTunes

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

2013-04-25 :: feedback@filmspotting.net (Kempenaar & Larsen, WBEZ)
Length: 1s

Tom Cruise is assigned to extract Earth's remaining resources... and Michael Phillips and Tasha Robinson draw the plum gig of deciding whether "Oblivion" was worth all the resources put into it. Plus, your guest hosts weigh in on their Top 5 Futuristic Movie Jobs and spend a few minutes parsing "The Place Beyond the Pines."

:00-1:11 - Billboard

1:12-19:19 - Review: "Oblivion"

Music: David Bowie, "The Stars"

20:44-24:31 - Massacre Theatre

24:32-30:59 - Ebertfest

31:00-45:51 - Review: "Place Beyond..."

Music: David Bowie, "Set the World on Fire"

47:06-1:14:33 - Top 5: Futuristic Movie Jobs

1:14:34-1:23:11 - Close / FS Jr. #2

MUSIC

- David Bowie

NOTES

- Massacre Theatre winner: Alex Lanser

- Why "I'm Not There" for a Malick-themed Massacre Theatre last week? It stars three Malick alums: Richard Gere, Christian Bale and Cate Blanchett. Blanchett is in Malick's upcoming "Knight of Cups."

RELATED SHOWS

- #392: Top 5 Dystopias

- #88: Top 5 Visions of the Future

PARTNERS

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

2013-04-18 :: feedback@filmspotting.net (Kempenaar & Larsen, WBEZ)
Length: 1s

This week's episode with Filmspotting's Top 5 Malick Scenes and a review of "To the Wonder" was recorded entirely at the magic hour. Plus, the final Max Ophuls Marathon movie, 1955's Lola Montes.

This episode is presented by Shutterstock (code FILM4).

:00-1:32 - Billboard / Sponsor

1:32-27:07 - Review: "To the Wonder"

Music: Low, "So Blue"

28:51-31:22 - Shutterstock

31:22-37:29 - Massacre Theatre

37:29-43:56 - Polls / Notes

43:56-1:02:24 - "Lola Montes"

Music: Low, "Waiting"

1:03:30-1:32:06 - Top 5: Malick Scenes

1:32:06-1:37:03 - Close / Filmspotting Jr.

MUSIC

- Low

NOTES

- MT winner: Jessica Greer

LINKS

- #71: "The New World"

- Josh's "To the Wonder" review

- Pantheon on Letterboxd

PARTNERS

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

2013-04-11 :: feedback@filmspotting.net (Kempenaar & Larsen, WBEZ)
Length: 1s

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

This episode is presented by Shutterstock (code FILM4).

:00-1:21 - Billboard

1:21-18:00 - Farewell, Ebert

Music: The Beatles, "I'll Be Back"

19:40-31:27 - Shutterstock

21:51-29:56 - Massacre Theatre

29:56-41:17 - Polls / Notes / Pantheon

41:17-53:57 - Review: "Trance"

Music: Eels, "New Alphabet"

55:38-1:21:29 - Donations / SVU Promo

1:04:53-1:47:47 - Top 5 Neo-Noirs

1:47:04-1:51:36 - Close

MUSIC

- Eels

NOTES

- MT winner: Ben Flanagan

LINKS

- "The Big Clear"

- Harris Blog on Neo-Noir

- Josh's review of "Trance"

- Ebert on "Blue Velvet"

- Ebert on "Dead Poet's Society"

- Ebert's letter to Dana Stevens

- Chicago Critics Film Festival

- Pantheon on Letterboxd

- New Cult Canon: "Brick"

PARTNERS

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

2013-04-04 :: feedback@filmspotting.net (Kempenaar & Larsen, WBEZ)
Length: 2s

This week, Josh and Adam take the Chicago Tribune’s Michael Phillips through the special kitchen entrance to the best seats in the house for the Filmspotting Top 5: Tracking Shots. Plus, a Sacred Cow review of Sam Raimi’s 1981 horror classic "The Evil Dead" and the majestic third Max Ophuls' Marathon film, "The Earrings of Madame de..."

This episode is presented by Squarespace (code FILM4) and Audible.

:00-4:14 - Billboard / Audible

1:19-28:37 - Review: "The Evil Dead" ('81)

Music: David Ford, "Isn't It Strange"

30:01-31:27 - Squarespace

33:31-40:25 - Massacre Theatre

40:38-52:22 - Polls / Notes

52:22-1:12:32 - Ophuls #3: "Earrings of Madame de..."

Music: David Ford, "Moving On"

1:13:57-1:21:29 - Donations

Music: David Ford, "Go to Hell"

1:22:19-2:03:29 - Top 5: Tracking Shots

2:03:04-2:07:11 - Close / Outtake

BONUS CONTENT

- Nothing this week, sorry!

MUSIC

- David Ford

NOTES

- Audible recs: Lush Life, The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay, Life Itself

- Massacre Theatre winner: Carmen Nowka

LINKS

- Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune

- Josh's review of "The Evil Dead"

- FS #62: "Evil Dead 2"

- Chicago Critics Film Festival

- David Ford's "Go To Hell" video

- Hitchcock's "Young and Innocent" - Eye Twitch

- FS #339: Top 5 Long Takes

- FS #419: Room 237

PARTNERS

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

2013-03-27 :: feedback@filmspotting.net (Kempenaar & Larsen, WBEZ)
Length: 1s

Look at my episode! Look at my episode! I got... reviews of Harmony Korine's "Spring Breakers." Hosts disagreeing. I got... Top 5 Turning Over a New Leaf Movies. Some are even better than "Scarface," which I got on repeat. Constantly, y'all. I even got contenders for the Filmspotting Pantheon. All different genres. Comedies. Foreign Language. Weird David Lynch. American Dream, y'all.

This episode is presented by Shutterstock (code FILM3).

:00-1:19 - Billboard / Sponsor

Music: Kid Dakota, "Winter Without You""

30:01-31:27 - Shutterstock

31:27-38:53 - Massacre Theatre

37:00-49:34 - Polls / Notes

49:34-1:02:54 - Spring Cleaning: Pantheon

Music: Kid Dakota, "Pairin' Off"

1:04:07-1:10:08 - Donations

1:10:08-1:39:04 - Top 5: ...New Leaf Movies

1:39:04-1:43:09 - Close

MUSIC

- Kid Dakota

NOTES

- Josh was right. Grave of the Fireflies and Vertigo are the two movies we've added to the Pantheon.

- Massacre Theatre winner: Tiba Ford

LINKS

- Josh's review of "Spring Breakers"

- Pantheon on Letterboxd

- Adam's Pantheon contenders on Letterboxd

- FS #375: Movies About Redemption

- FS #130: Movies About Starting Over

PARTNERS

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

2013-03-21 :: feedback@filmspotting.net (Kempenaar & Larsen, WBEZ)
Length: 1s

Filmspotting kisses the ring of their Top 5 Movie Religious Figures... And if "The Last Exorcism: Part II" didn’t satisfy your desire for religious horror, you won’t have to wait for Part III. Romania offers its own spin on the genre with "Beyond the Hills." Plus, hop into the sack for the second Max Ophuls Marathon film, "La Ronde."

This episode is presented by Shutterstock (code FILM3) and Audible.

:00-3:22 - Billboard / Sponsors

3:22-27:53 - Review: "Beyond the Hills"

Music: Tallest Man..., "There's No Leaving Now""

29:35-31:12 - Sponsors

31:12-37:00 - Massacre Theatre

37:00-47:56 - Polls / Notes

47:56-1:04:05 - Ophuls #2: "La Ronde"

Music: Tallest Man..., "Little Brother""

1:05:56-1:11:09 - Donations / SVU Promo

1:11:09-1:40:29 - Top 5: Religious Figures

1:40:29-1:44:52 - Close

MUSIC

- The Tallest Man on Earth

NOTES

- Audible Recs: Inherent Vice; Gone Girl; The Tin Roof Blowdown; I, Patridge: We Need To Talk About Alan

- Massacre Theatre winner: Nathan Bour

LINKS

- Josh's review of "Beyond the Hills"

- Adam's upcoming Q&A w/ William Friedkin

- Adam on Letterboxd

- Adam ranks Scorsese

- Lee Marvin: Point Blank

- Marathon: Max Ophüls

- FS #198: 4 Months, 3 Weeks, and 2 Days

- FS #101 Top 5 Religious Movies

PARTNERS

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

2013-03-14 :: feedback@filmspotting.net (Kempenaar & Larsen, WBEZ)
Length: 1s

Filmspotting finds its happy places with this week’s Top 5: Movie Locations We Wish We Could Visit. Plus, a review of director Sam Raimi’s latest trip over the rainbow, "Oz the Great and Powerful," and the first film in the Max Ophuls Marathon, "Letter from an Unknown Woman."

This episode is presented by Shutterstock (code FILM3) and Squarespace (code FILM3).

:00-1:53 - Billboard / Sponsors

1:53-24:44 - Review: "Oz the Great..."

Music: Willie Nelson, "Somewhere Over..."

26:43-29:05 - Sponsors

29:05-36:50 - Massacre Theatre

36:50-46:27 - Polls / Notes

46:28-1:03:13 - Ophuls #1: "Letter from..."

Music: Sarah Vaughan, "Somewhere Over..."

1:04:26-1:09:54 - Donations

1:09:54-1:35:43 - Top 5: Movie Locations I Wish I Could Visit

1:35:43-1:39:20 - Close / Outtake

NOTES

- Massacre Theatre winner: Rod Lott

LINKS

- Josh's review of Oz the Great and Powerful

- FS 294: "Alice in Wonderland"

More Raimi: FS #261: Drag Me To Hell

- Adam on Letterboxd

- Marathon: Max Ophüls

- 2013 Filmspots

- SNL "His Girl Friday" spoof

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#436: Top 5 Movie Mother-Daughters / Stoker

2013-03-06 :: feedback@filmspotting.net (Kempenaar & Larsen, WBEZ)
Length: 1s

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

This episode is presented by Audible and Shutterstock (code FILM3).

:00-3:55 - Billboard / Audible

3:56-21:18 - Review: "Stoker"

Music: Sharon Van Etten, "Serpents"

24:13-26:45 - Sponsor: Shutterstock

26:55-32:44 - Massacre Theatre

32:45-44:29 - Polls / Notes

Music: Sharon Van Etten, "We Are Fine"

46:13-48:31 - Donations

48:45-1:15:46 - Top 5: Mother-Daughters

1:15:47-1:18:40 - Close / Outtake

MUSIC

- Sharon Van Etten

NOTES

- Audible recommendations: A Long Way Down, Under The Dome, All The Rave

- Massacre Theatre winner: Dan Wessler

LINKS

- Josh's "Stoker" review

- #384: Top 5 Mother-Son Movies

- #103: Top 5 Screen Parents

PARTNERS

- MoviePass (code Filmspotting)

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

2013-03-01 :: feedback@filmspotting.net (Kempenaar & Larsen, WBEZ)
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With the help of a six-foot bunny named Harvey, Josh and Adam share their Top 5 Unseen Characters. Plus, a review of Abbas Kiarostami's latest puzzler, "Like Someone In Love," and the debut of Ask Filmspotting (post-Oscars edition).

This episode is presented by Audible and Squarespace (code FILM3).

:00-1:52 - Billboard / Squarespace

1:53-22:38 - Review: "Like Someone in Love"

Music: Rodriguez, "Sugar Man"

24:13-26:45 - Sponsor: Audible

26:58-34:40 - Massacre Theatre

34:41-39:37 - Polls

46:46-50:05 - Ask Filmspotting: "Oscar Scars"

Music: Rodriguez, "I'll Slip Away"

51:01-1:04:58 - Donations

1:05:29-1:31:59 - Top 5: Unseen Characters

1:32:00-1:36:42 - Close

MUSIC

- Searching for Sugar Man

NOTES

- Audible rec: Shadow of a Doubt

- Massacre Theatre winner: Joe Puscas

LINKS

- Josh's "Like Someone in Love" review

- "Side Effects" & Sexism

PARTNERS

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#434 Extra: Marx Bros. Awards

2013-02-24 :: feedback@filmspotting.net (Kempenaar & Larsen, WBEZ)
Length: 18s

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

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#434: Oscar Picks / A Night at the Opera

2013-02-21 :: feedback@filmspotting.net (Kempenaar & Larsen, WBEZ)
Length: 1s

Winning an Oscar, only slightly more glamorous than joining the 10 million mile club like Ryan Bingham in "Up in the Air"... The Chicago Tribune's Michael Phillips joins Adam and Josh for a special Oscars edition of Filmspotting to discuss who will win, who should win... and who should get their name on the side of a plane. Plus, the fourth and final Marx Bros. Marathon movie, "A Night at the Opera."

This episode is presented by Audible.

:00-1:36 - Billboard / Sponsors

1:37-27:14 - Oscar Picks (Pt. 1)

Music: "Skyfall"

28:39-30:32 - Sponsor: Audible

30:33-37:38 - Massacre Theatre

37:39-46:45 - Polls / Notes

46:46-1:03:35 - Marx #4: "Night at the Opera"

Music: "Pi's Lullaby"

1:04:45-1:10:56 - Donations

1:10:57-1:27:13 - Oscar Picks (Pt. 2)

1:27:14-1:30:31 - Close

NOTES

- AK: I definitely think Best Picture is a race between "Lincoln" and "Argo" not "Zero Dark Thirty." ZD30 just feels like, and is, the more 'important' film, which the Academy (rightly or wrongly) typically goes for.

- Audible recommendations: Life of Pi, A Prayer for Owen Meany, and Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho

- Massacre Theatre winner: Adam Wells

LINKS

- Josh's "Night at the Opera" review

- Soderbergh's "Vulture" interview

PARTNERS

- MoviePass

- Fandor.com/Filmspotting

- The Q&A with Jeff Goldsmith- iTunes

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

2013-02-14 :: feedback@filmspotting.net (Kempenaar & Larsen, WBEZ)
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Cue up "In Your Eyes"... in honor of Valentine's Day, it's Filmspotting's Lloyd Dobler Memorial List of the screen's Top 5 Romantic Gestures. Plus, what may be Steven Soderbergh's final cinematic gesture -- "Side Effects," starring Rooney Mara and Jude Law -- and the third Marx Bros. Marathon movie, "Duck Soup"... "The light, the heat..."

This episode is presented by Shutterstock (code FILM2) and Squarespace (code FILM2).

:00-3:34 - Billboard / Squarespace

3:35-23:36 - Review: "Side Effects"

Music: "A Kiss to Build a Dream On"

25:08-26:33 - Sponsor: Shutterstock

26:34-34:00 - Massacre Theatre

34:01-42:29 - Polls / Notes

42:30-57:19 - Marx #3: "Duck Soup"

Music: "Storybook Love"

58:42-1:04:53 - Donations

1:04:49-1:32:30 - Top 5: Romantic Gestures

1:32:21-1:35:14 - Close

NOTES

- In classic show fashion we gave director Soderbergh all the credit/blame for "Side Effects"; no mention of writer Scott Z. Burns.

- Didn't come up because difficult to articulate without spoilers, but one "Side Effects" complaint for Adam: Catherina Zeta Jones' performance.

- Massacre Theatre winner: Matt Sabonis

LINKS

- Josh's "Side Effects" review

- Ben Haworth's SquareSpace site

- Tufnell Park Film Club

PARTNERS

- MoviePass

- Fandor.com/Filmspotting

- The Q&A with Jeff Goldsmith- iTunes

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

2013-02-07 :: feedback@filmspotting.net (Kempenaar & Larsen, WBEZ)
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Filmspotting may miss Ron Burgundy and his musk, but this week Adam and Josh focus on the filmmakers they've been missing with a countdown the Top 5 Directors Who Need a Comeback. Plus, a review of Roman Coppola's first film in 12 years, "A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III," starring Charlie Sheen and Bill Murray, and the second Marx Bros. Marathon movie, "Monkey Business."

This episode is presented by Shutterstock (Use code FILM2) and Audible.

:00-3:38 - Billboard / Audible

3:42-20:43 - Top 5: Directors Who Need...

Music: Liam Hayes, "Fokus"

21:58-23:23 - Sponsor: Shutterstock

23:39-33:33 - Massacre Theatre

33:34-41:15 - Polls / Notes

41:15-56:49 - Marx #2: "Monkey Business"

Music: Liam Hayes, "A Glimpse Inside"

57:56-1:05:01 - Donations

1:05:21-1:18:36 - Review: "...Charles Swan III"

1:05:21-1:33:31 - Top 5: Directors Who Need... (cont.)

1:33:32-1:36:13 - Close

MUSIC

- Liam Hayes

NOTES

- Audible recommendations: A Team of Rivals; The Perks of Being a Wallflower; Middlesex

- Massacre Theatre winner: Matt Lawson

LINKS

- Josh's "Charles Swan" review

- 70mm Film Fest at Music Box

- Kidman in "Stoker" (mentioned in Bonus)

PARTNERS

- MoviePass

- Fandor.com/Filmspotting

- The Q&A with Jeff Goldsmith- iTunes

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

2013-01-31 :: feedback@filmspotting.net (Kempenaar & Larsen, WBEZ)
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Everybody knows the first rule of Fight Club is: you do not talk about Fight Club. But Filmspotting joins Tyler Durden in exploring their primal selves with a countdown of the Top 5 Survival Movies. Plus, Adam and Josh barely emerge unscathed from their discussion of "The Impossible" before taking on their first Marx Bros. Marathon movie, "Animal Crackers."

This episode is presented by SquareSpace (Use code FILM2) and Audible.

:00-2:53 - Billboard / SquareSpace

2:54-23:43 - Review: "The Impossible"

Music: Cloud Nothings, "Fall In"

24:57-27:52 - Sponsor: Audible

28:11-37:19 - Josh's Anniversary / Massacre Theatre

37:20-45:49 - Polls / Notes

45:50-59:43 - Marx Bros. #1: "Animal Crackers"

Music: Cloud Nothings, "Stay Useless"

1:00:32-1:08:43 - Donations

1:09:02-1:36:15 - Top 5: Survival Movies

1:36:16-1:39:04 - Close

MUSIC

- Cloud Nothings

NOTES

- Audible recommendations: I Am Spartacus!; Extra Lives: Why Video Games Matter; The Shining

- Massacre Theatre winner: Dawn Polvorosa

LINKS

- Josh's "Impossible" review

- Adam's Letterboxd page

PARTNERS

- MoviePass

- Fandor.com/Filmspotting

- The Q&A with Jeff Goldsmith- iTunes

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

2013-01-24 :: feedback@filmspotting.net (Kempenaar & Larsen, WBEZ)
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In 1988, our action heroes looked like Sly Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger... then we met a barefoot Bruce Willis. Adam and Josh find out if it really is a good day to "Die Hard" as they give the Sacred Cow treatment to the action classic that made Willis a movie star. Plus, the Top 5 Most Anticipated Performances of 2013.

This episode is presented by Shutterstock (Use code FILM1) and MoviePass (Use code FILMSPOTTING).

:00-1:33 - Billboard / MoviePass

1:34-25:56 - Sacred Cow: "Die Hard"

Music: Andrew Bird, "Three White Horses"

27:07-28:10 - Sponsor: Shutterstock

28:30-36:21 - Notes

36:22-51:25 - "Ask FS": Freddie vs. Abe

Music: Andrew Bird, "If I Needed You"

48:11-55:01 - Donations

55:22-1:15:10 - Top 5: Anticipated 2013 Perfs

1:15:11-1:18:46 - Close

MUSIC

- Andrew Bird

NOTES

- "Behind the Candelabra" will air on HBO.

LINKS

- Music Box 70mm Festival

- PeopleLikeFlatscreens

- Hell's Half Mile Film & Music Fest

- Top 5 Most Anticipated 2013 Perfs

PARTNERS

- The Q&A with Jeff Goldsmith- iTunes

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

2013-01-17 :: feedback@filmspotting.net (Kempenaar & Larsen, WBEZ)
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Last year, two of Josh's most anticipated films didn’t even end up getting released. Find out who he cursed this year as he and Adam reveal their Top 5 Most Anticipated Movies of 2013. Plus, love hurts in Michael Haneke's "Amour."

This episode is presented by Squarespace (Use code FILM1) and MoviePass.

:00-1:55 - Billboard / MoviePass

1:56-22:42 - Review: "Amour"

Music: Death Cab for Cutie, "You Are a Tourist"

24:16-26:11 - Sponsor: Squarespace

26:24-41:02 - Massacre Theatre / Polls

41:03-51:25 - 2012 Scenes of the Year,

Music: R. Wainwright, "Out of the Game"

52:30-59:52 - Donations

1:00:15-1:17:24 - Top 5: Anticipated 2013 Movies

1:17:25-1:20:25 - Close

MUSIC

- Live From The Artists Den: 2012

NOTES

- Massacre Theatre winner: Benjamin Tiede

LINKS

- Josh's "Amour" review

- Calum Marsh's "Amour" review

PARTNERS

- Fandor.com/Filmspotting

- The Q&A with Jeff Goldsmith- iTunes

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#428 Live: 2012 Wrap Party

2013-01-10 :: feedback@filmspotting.net (Kempenaar & Larsen, WBEZ)
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Live from Mayne Stage in Chicago, it's Filmspotting's 2012 Wrap Party sponsored by WBEZ! There was no dancing for dollar bills, but the show's own Magic Mike, Michael Phillips from the Chicago Tribune, helped Adam and Josh reveal their favorite performances, scenes and more from the past year in movies. Plus, special guest musician Abraham Levitan was on hand to summarize the trio's thoughts with his unique brand of improvised response songs.

This episode is brought to you by Audible.com and MoviePass (use code 'filmspotting') -- see unliminted movies nationwide for a flat month monthly rate.

:00-6:18 - House Rules / Billboard / MoviePass
6:19-14:37 - Opening Scenes
14:38-20:54 - Endings
20:43-30:06 - Disappointments
30:07-34:22 - Surprises
Music: Abraham Levitan
36:35-45:17 - Massacre Theatre
45:18-51:34 - Polls
51:34-56:04 - Golden Brick Winner
Music: Abraham Levitan
57:23-1:14:10 - Audible / Donations
1:14:57-1:21:35 - Best Performances in Bad Movies
1:21:36-1:25:11 - Worst Performances in Good Movies
1:25:12-1:30:01 - Supp. Actresses
1:30:02-1:36:32 - Supp. Actors
Music: Abraham Levitan
1:38:10-1:45:44 - Best Actors
1:45:45-1:52:06 - Best Actresses
1:52:07-1:58:55 - Truly Moving Moments
1:58:56-2:04:52 - Scenes of the Year
Music: Abraham Levitan
2:07:53-2:12:36 - Close

MUSIC

- Abraham Levitan

NOTES / LINKS

- 2012 Wrap Party Winners/Nominees

- Golden Brick Winners

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#427: Django Unchained / Edward Burns / Blaxploitation Awards

2012-12-24 :: feedback@filmspotting.net (Kempenaar & Larsen, WBEZ)
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Quentin Tarantino’s ode to Spaghetti Westerns "Django Unchained" brought Josh and Adam together over the holidays. Was it a fortuitous turn of events? Plus, a conversation with writer/director/actor Edward Burns about his new holiday release, and the Blaxploitation Marathon concludes with "Ganja & Hess."

This episode is brought to you by MoviePass -- see unliminted movies nationwide for a flat month monthly rate.

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MUSIC

- "Django Unchained" Soundtrack

NOTES / LINKS

- Josh's "Django" review

- Josh's "Basterds" review

- Filmspotting's 2012 Wrap Party

- 2012 Village Voice Film Critics' Poll

- Adam's Village Voice ballot

- Josh's Village Voice ballot

- Blaxploitation Awards

- "Fitzgerald Family Christmas" info

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

2012-12-21 :: feedback@filmspotting.net (Kempenaar & Larsen, WBEZ)
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Filmspotting assembles the film critic Avengers -- Michael Phillips (Chicago Tribune) and Scott Tobias (A.V. Club) -- to finish off the Top 10 Films of 2012 countdown and reflect on the year in cinema.

This episode is presented by Shutterstock (use code FILM12) and MoviePass.

:00-2:52 - Intro/MoviePass

2:53-45:30 - Best of '12: #6-10 Recap, Picks #4-5

Music: "Heroic Weather Conditions of the Universe, Part 7: After the Storm" ("Moonrise Kingdom")

47:10-49:34 - Promos: Shutterstock / SVU

Music: "Everything Comes Around" ("Looper")

49:35-1:26:22 - Best of '12: Picks #1-3

1:26:23-1:31:37 - Close

LINKS

- Give the gift of MoviePass

MUSIC

- Film scores curated by Sam Smith

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

2012-12-20 :: feedback@filmspotting.net (Kempenaar & Larsen, WBEZ)
Length: 57s

Josh and Adam didn't set out to meet their makers, but they do tackle the Promethean task of counting down their Top 10 Films of 2012 with the help of some special guest contributors.

:00-20:40 - Best of '12: Picks #8-10

Music: "Once There Was a Hushpuppy" ("Beasts of...")

21:58-25:48 - Donations

Music: "Sweetness of Freddie" ("Master")

26:32-40:13 - Massacre Theatre / Notes

40:14-52:53 - Best of '12: Picks #6-752:54-57:39 - Close / FAB #1 Picks

MUSIC

- Film scores curated by Sam Smith

NOTES / LINKS

- Massacre Theatre winner: Andre Walker

- Patton Oswalt on "Queen of Versailles"

- Filmspotting's 2012 Wrap Party

PARTNERS

- Fandor.com/Filmspotting

- The Q&A with Jeff Goldsmith- iTunes

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

2012-12-14 :: feedback@filmspotting.net (Kempenaar & Larsen, WBEZ)
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The end-of-year onslaught begins  with the announcement of Filmspotting's eight Golden Brick nominees for 2012. Plus, an unexpected journey with "The Hobbit" and an early review of "Zero Dark Thirty."

This episode is presented by Shutterstock (Use code FILM12) and MoviePass.

:00-1:16 - Billboard / MoviePass

1:45-25:25 - Review: "Zero Dark Thirty

Music: The Lumineers, "Dead Sea"

26:36-27:37 - Sponsor: Shutterstock

27:56-39:38 - Massacre Theatre / Notes

39:38-56:07 - Review: "The Hobbit"
Music: Michael Kiwanuka, "I'm Getting Ready"

57:29-1:03:06 - Donations

1:03:23-1:24:24 - Golden Brick Nominees

1:24:25-1:27:21 - Close

MUSIC

- The Lumineers / Michael Kiwanuka

NOTES

- Massacre Theatre winner: Matt Kelly

LINKS

- Josh's Zero Dark Thirty review

- New torture-glorifying film wins raves

- Two Cheers for Zero Dark Thirty’s Torture Scenes

- Emily Bazelon/Slate on torture in Zero Dark Thirty

- The right way to say Alexander Desplat

- An evening of film and wine with Ed Burns

- Filmspotting's 2012 Wrap Party LIVE

- MST3K Event at Mayne Stage

- Give the gift of MoviePass

- Favorite listener music discoveries

- Holiday t-shirt sale!

PARTNERS

- Fandor.com/Filmspotting

- The Q&A with Jeff Goldsmith- iTunes

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

2012-12-06 :: feedback@filmspotting.net (Kempenaar & Larsen, WBEZ)
Length: 1s

Like Nic Cage in "Raising Arizona," last night Josh had a dream... a dream he and Adam were going to discuss the H.I. McDonnough Memorial List of the Top 5 Inept Movie Criminals, inspired by the new Brad Pitt crime drama "Killing Them Softly." Plus, cut school and cue up the Motown for the 5th Blaxploitation Marathon film, "Cooley High."

Presented by MoviePass and Audible.com.

:00-2:35 - Billboard / MoviePass

2:36-22:30 - Review: "Killing Them Softly"

Alabama Shakes, "Hold On"

23:51-26:34 - Sponsor: Audible

26:56-31:01 - Massacre Theatre

31:02-39:31 - Polls / Notes

39:32-57:00 - Marathon: "Cooley High"

Alabama Shakes, "I Ain't The Same"

58:16-1:04:23 - Donations

1:04:24-1:28:19 - Top 5: Inept Criminals

1:28:20-1:30:47 - Close

MUSIC

- Alabama Shakes

NOTES

- Massacre Theatre winner: Clint Bowie

- Audible Recs: "Silver Linings Playbook;" Stories I Only Tell My Friends"

LINKS

- Holiday T-shirt sale

- Josh's "Killing Them Softly" review

- Golden Bricks page

- Nihao Chicago article

- Odie's Big Media Vandalism blog

- Top 5 Inept Criminals

SPONSORS / PARTNERS

- Fandor.com/Filmspotting

- The Q&A with Jeff Goldsmith- iTunes

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

2012-11-30 :: feedback@filmspotting.net (Kempenaar & Larsen, WBEZ)
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Is manic depression a frustrating mess, or a fascinating one? It's a November release round-up as Adam and Josh discuss "Silver Linings Playbook," plus "Skyfall" and "Anna Karenina." The guys also open up their 'little green bags' to cough in their lists of the Top 5 Credit Sequences, and discuss their 4th Blaxploitation Marathon film, "Black Caesar."

This episode is presented by Shutterstock (Use code FILM11), MoviePass and Hover.

:00-2:49 - Billboard / Hover

2:50-15:33 - Review: "Silver Linings Playbook"

15:34-24:32 - Review: "Skyfall"

24:33-37:54 - Review: "Anna Karenina"

Music: Ennio Morricone, "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly"

39:01-40:17 - Sponsor: Shutterstock

40:32-45:14 - Massacre Theatre

45:15-54:09 - Polls / Notes

54:10-1:12:13 - Blaxploitation #4: "Black Caesar"

Music: Bernard Herrmann, "Psycho" and "Vertigo"

1:13:09-1:20:40 - Donations

1:21:16-1:49:46 - Top 5: Credit Sequences

1:49:47-1:53:20 - Close / Outtakes

NOTES

- AK: In honor of my #1 pick, this week I offer you both sins of commission (Camille Saint-Saëns) and sins of omission (Trent Reznor).

- Massacre Theatre winner: Kelly Sayer

LINKS

- Josh's Silver Linings review

- Adam's plot issues with Skyfall

- Bond Girls: A feminist defense

- The Art of the Title

- IFC's 50 Greatest Opening Titles

- A.V. Club's 13 Opening Credits Sequences...

- Adam and Josh rank Spielberg's films

- Fourth & Main Journal

- Streaming for non-U.S. people

- Holiday t-shirt sale!

PARTNERS

- Fandor.com/Filmspotting

- The Q&A with Jeff Goldsmith- iTunes

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Golden Bricks Preview Special

2012-11-21 :: feedback@filmspotting.net (Kempenaar & Larsen, WBEZ)
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Filmspotting celebrates Thanksgiving this week with a look back at some of the under-the-radar cinematic gems that Adam and Josh are most grateful for this year... movies that might just earn a spot among the nominees for Filmspotting's coveted Golden Brick award.

This episode is presented by Shutterstock (Code FILM11) and Squarespace.com (Code FILM11).

:00-3:18 - Billboard / Shutterstock
3:21-9:00 - Golden Brick Candidates
9:01-28:23 - Replay: "Beast of the Southern Wild"
Music: "Can You Believe It," Martha Wainwright
29:15-31:25 - Sponsor: Squarespace
31:45-35:56 - Brick Candidates cont.
35:57-59:06 - Replay: Lynn Shelton
59:07-1:00:13 - Close

LINKS

- List of Golden Brick candidates

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

2012-11-16 :: feedback@filmspotting.net (Kempenaar & Larsen, WBEZ)
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We're gonna need a bigger show... Michael Phillips drops by to select the Top 5 Spielberg Scenes and review the director's latest, "Lincoln." Plus, cook up those mashed potatoes for a Sacred Cow discussion of one Spielberg classic – 1977’s "Close Encounters of the Third Kind."

This episode is presented by Shutterstock (Use code FILM11) and FreshBooks.

:00-3:08 - Billboard / Shutterstock

3:09-31:31 - Review: "Lincoln"

Music: "Shark Attack"; "Raiders March"

32:27-33:26 - Sponsor: FreshBooks

33:50-40:01 - Massacre Theatre

39:52-45:35 - Polls

41:45-1:07:16 - Sacred Cow: "Close Encounters..."

Music: John Williams "Catch Me... (Opening Theme)"; "E.T. (Main Theme)"

1:08:17-1:18:50 - Donations

1:19:16-1:55:50 - Top 5: Spielberg Scenes

1:55:51-2:00:37 - Close

LINKS

- Josh's "Lincoln" review

- Top 5 Spielberg Scenes

- Matt and Alison's Top 5 Spielberg Scenes

- This American Life live show

- Alan's UK movie meetup

NOTES

- Massacre Theatre winner: Caleb Copeland

PARTNERS

- Fandor.com/Filmspotting

- The Q&A with Jeff Goldsmith- iTunes

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

2012-11-08 :: feedback@filmspotting.net (Kempenaar & Larsen, WBEZ)
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Filmspotting pays respect to the performers who decided they were no longer satisfied simply being clowns here to amuse with a countdown of the Top 5 Dramatic Performances by Comic Actors. Plus, Adam’s conversation with one such performer: Tim Heidecker of Tim & Eric fame discusses his transition to the semi-tragic side for his new film "The Comedy"... and Pam Grier stars as "Coffy" in the third Blaxploitation Marathon film.

This episode is presented by Hover and FreshBooks.

:00-2:25 - Billboard / FreshkBooks

2:26-22:54 - Interview: Tim Heidecker

Music: Aimee Mann, "Charmer"

20:52-21:57 - Sponsor: Hover

22:14-28:41 - Massacre Theatre

28:42-34:40 - Polls, Notes

41:15-48:54 - Blaxploitation #3: "Coffy"

Music: Aimee Mann, "Soon Enough"

50:14-54:07 - Donations

54:29-1:21:22 - Top 5: Dramatic Performances by Comic Actors

1:21:23-1:24:47 - Close / Outtake

MUSIC

- Aimee Mann

LINKS / NOTES

- Massacre Theatre winner: Robert Bryant

- AK: I lied, I do remember the "Comiing to America" end credits bit

- Josh's "Coffy" review

PARTNERS

- Fandor.com/Filmspotting

- The Q&A with Jeff Goldsmith- iTunes

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

2012-11-01 :: feedback@filmspotting.net (Kempenaar & Larsen, WBEZ)
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Filmspotting crosses continents and generations in search of the true-true with a discussion of "Cloud Atlas." Plus, inspired the busy ensemble in "Atlas," a countdown of the Top 5 Multiple Role Performances... And oh "Super Fly," you’re gonna make your fortune by and by... Adam and Josh cover the second film in their Blaxploitation Marathon.

This episode is presented by Audible.com.

:00-1:18 - Intro

1:19-22:54 - Review: "Cloud Atlas"

Music: Michael Kiwanuka, "Home Again"

24:04-28:38 - Audible

28:58-34:48 - Massacre Theatre

34:49-41:14 - Polls, Notes

41:15-55:47 - Blaxploitation #2: "Super Fly"

Music: Michael Kiwanuka, "Tell Me a Tale"

57:07-1:02:49 - Donations

1:03:09-1:26:33 - Top 5: Multiple Role Performances

1:26:34-1:28:15 - Close

BONUS CONTENT

- Argo eff yourself!

MUSIC

- Michael Kiwanuka

NOTES

- Massacre Theatre winner: Joshua Gaul

- Audible Recs: "Telegraph Avenue," "A Wrinkle in Time," "A Swiftly Tilting Planet," "The Signal and the Noise: Why So Many Predictions Fail-but Some Don't"

LINKS

Stitcher Awards/Vote for Filmspotting

- Caitlin's "Out Loud Writing" Blog

- Pat's "Filmcast Without a Cause" site

SPONSORS / PARTNERS

- Fandor.com/Filmspotting

- The Q&A with Jeff Goldsmith- iTunes

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

2012-10-25 :: feedback@filmspotting.net (Kempenaar & Larsen, WBEZ)
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Heeeeere's Michael Phillips! From the spacious Overlook studio at WBEZ, Michael joins Filmspotting for a Sacred Cow discussion of "The Shining." Also on this special Halloween edition: theories about the theories in the new documentary "Room 237," which explores the hidden meanings in Stanley Kubrick's 1982 horror classic. Plus, the Top 5 Terrifying Movie Characters.

This episode is presented by Hover and FreshBooks.com.

:00-2:20 - Intro/Hover

2:22-37:07 - Review: "The Shining"

Music: Little Legend, "Lonely"

38:20-39:52 - FreshBooks

40:20-45:10 - Massacre Theatre

45:11-52:17 - Polls, Notes

52:18-1:11:33 - Review: "Room 237"

Music: Little Legend, "Sundown"

1:13:00-1:19:14 - Donations

1:19:33-1:54:07 - Top 5: Terrifying Characters

1:54:08-1:56:33 - Close

BONUS CONTENT

- Best of the '90s, CIFF

MUSIC

- Little Legend

NOTES

- A couple more comments on the notion of repression and the Torrance family unit in "The Shining": You've got to love Nicholson's "Wendy, I'm home!" like an ax-wielding Ward Cleaver... And it's interesting how even Danny is being stifled. His parents won't let him talk about Tony; Tony won't let him talk to anyone about the things Tony tells him to do.

- Massacre Theatre winner: Kenny Meier

- Chicago no longer has a confirmed playdate theater for PUSHER this weekend as mentioned.

LINKS

- Chicago Filmmakers

- Rosenbaum on "Room 237"

- Josh's review of "Room 237"

- "The Selling"

- Top 5 Terrifying Characters

- A.V. Club's 50 best films of the '90s

- Slate's 50 Other Best Films of the '90s

PARTNERS

- Fandor.com/Filmspotting

- The Q&A with Jeff Goldsmith- iTunes

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

2012-10-18 :: feedback@filmspotting.net (Kempenaar & Larsen, WBEZ)
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Filmspotting likes reviewing movies, but what the hosts really want to do is direct. Themselves. Inspired by their discussion of Ben Affleck's "Argo," Adam and Josh countdown the Top 5 Movies Directed by Their Stars. Plus, they answer the age-old question, 'Who’s the private dick that’s a sex machine to all the chicks?' You’re damn right the Blaxploitation Marathon begins with "Shaft."

This episode is presented by Squarespace.com (use code FILM10) and FreshBooks.com.

:00-3:20 - Intro/FreshBooks

3:21-27:05 - Review: "Argo"

Music: The Avett Brothers, "Live and Die"

28:34-30:04 - Squarespace

30:09-37:12 - Massacre Theatre

37:13-42:10 - Polls, Notes

42:11-54:52 - Blaxploitation #1: "Shaft"

Music: The Avett Brothers, "Paul Newman vs. The Demons"

56:12-1:03:39 - Donations

1:03:57-1:29:45 - Top 5: Movies Directed by Their Stars

1:29:46-1:31:52 - Close / Outtake

BONUS CONTENT

- Looper, Doppelgangers Feedback

MUSIC

- The Avett Brothers

NOTES

- Massacre Theatre winner: Ryan Jacobs

LINKS

- Yes, Pauline Kael DID like "12 Angry Men"

- What was Adam saying about "Mulholland Dr." and "Singin' in the Rain"? Club Silencio / Switch-a-Roo

- Film Comment's Top 50 Self-Directed Performances

- Lighthouse Yoga & Acupuncture

- "Red Sand: a Mass Effect fan film"

- Tasha Robinson on "Falling Down"

- Josh's review of "Argo"

- Josh's review of "Shaft"

- Top 5 Movies Directed by Their Stars

PARTNERS

- Fandor.com/Filmspotting

- The Q&A with Jeff Goldsmith- iTunes

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

2012-10-11 :: feedback@filmspotting.net (Kempenaar & Larsen, WBEZ)
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On this fun, culture-filled edition of Filmspotting, Adam's conversation with writer/director Martin McDonagh about his latest dark comedy, "Seven Psychopaths," starring Colin Farrell, Christopher Walken and a Shih Tzu named Bonny… the inspiration for this week’s Top 5: Movie Pets.

This episode is presented by Hover.com. Use off code 'Filmspotting.'

:00-29:56 - Interview: Martin McDonagh

Music: Band of Horses, "Knock Knock"

31:35-33:04 - Hover

33:05-39:10 - Massacre Theatre

39:11-51:49 - Polls, "Frankenweenie" / "How To Survive a Plague"

51:50-55:54 - Preview: Blaxploitation Marathon

Music: Band of Horses, "Feud"

57:16-1:01:47 - Donations

1:01:48-1:25:47 - Top 5: Movie Pets

1:25:48-1:29:11 - Close/Outtake

BONUS CONTENT

- L.A. Movies Feedback

MUSIC

- Band of Horses

NOTES

- Massacre Theatre winner: Aaron Rogers

LINKS

- "Looper" Commentary Track

- "Late Live Show" Appearance

- "How To Survive a Plague"

- CanIStream.It

- Josh's review of "Frankenweenie"

- Top 5 Movie Pets

PARTNERS

- Fandor.com/Filmspotting

- The Q&A with Jeff Goldsmith- iTunes

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

2012-10-04 :: feedback@filmspotting.net (Kempenaar & Larsen, WBEZ)
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Adam tries to convince Judy, er, Josh, to change his hair for their Vertigo Memorial Top 5 Doppelganger Movies. Plus, a discussion of Rian Johnson's new time-travel thriller "Looper" and a preview of the upcoming Chicago International Film Festival.

This episode is presented by Audible.com and Squarespace.com.

:00-23:44 - Review: "Looper"

Music: Ray LaMontagne & The Pariah Dogs, "Beg, Steal or Borrow"

25:12-28:29 - Audible / Squarespace

28:47-34:11 - Massacre Theatre

34:12-42:37 - Polls, Notes

44:45-51:56 - Preview: Chicago Int'l Film Fest

Music: Ray LaMontagne & The Pariah Dogs, "Old Before Your Time"

53:11-58:59 - Donations

59:15-1:21:18 - Top 5: Doppelganger Movies

1:21:19-1:24:24 - Close

MUSIC

- Ray LaMontagne and the Pariah Dogs

NOTES

Bonus Content clarification - Yes, the verdict in "12 Angry Men" is more about reasonable doubt than innocence.

- Massacre Theatre winner: Melissa Prusi

- Audible Recs: "The Life of Pi," "The Exorcist," "The Silence of the Lambs"

LINKS

Chicago International Film Festival

- Chicago Greek Film Festival

- Josh's review of Looper

- Graham Hughes' crowd-funded project

- "As Goes Janesville" doc

- Ken Linck's iPod 'improvisation'

- Top 5 Doppelganger Movies

- Top 5 Must-See Chicago Film Fest Movies

SPONSORS / PARTNERS

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- Squarespace: Use code FILM10

- Fandor.com/Filmspotting

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#415: The Master / Top 5 Charismatic Leaders

2012-09-27 :: feedback@filmspotting.net (Kempenaar & Larsen, WBEZ)
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"The Master" tells us that "Good science, by definition, allows for more than opinion." Adam and Josh mostly prove to be good scientists as they 'process' Paul Thomas Anderson's latest. Plus, the Top 5 Charismatic Movie Leaders and your feedback on the Sacred Cow review of "Raiders of the Lost Ark."

This episode is presented by Squarespace.com.

:00-31:03 - Review: "The Master"

Music: Ben Folds Five, "Do It Anyway"

32:10-33:27 - Squarespace

33:49-39:50 - Massacre Theatre

39:51-44:44 - Polls, Notes

44:45-55:32 - Feedback: "Raiders of the Lost Ark"

Music: Ben Folds Five, "Michael Praytor, Five Years Later"

53:59-1:04:04 - Donations

1:04:38-1:32:18 - Top 5: Charismatic Leaders

1:32:19-1:34:26 - Close

MUSIC

- Ben Folds Five

NOTES

Thanks to listener Ken Pace for the "Toy Story" clip.

- Massacre Theatre winner: Chris Jones

LINKS

REEL Recovery Film Festival

- Vera Farmiga Film Festival

- Josh's review of The Master

SPONSORS / PARTNERS

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- Fandor.com/Filmspotting

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

2012-09-21 :: feedback@filmspotting.net (Kempenaar & Larsen, WBEZ)
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The sun shines and the land may be cheap, but if you’ve seen L.A. Confidential – or just about any movie set in the city of angels – you know it's a town with a dark side. This week's Filmspotting Top 5: Los Angeles Movies. Plus, a review of the new LAPD drama "End of Watch" and the conclusion of the Contemporary Iranian Cinema Marathon.

This episode is presented by Audible.com.

:00-1:18 - Intro

1:41-18:53 - Review: "End Of Watch"

Music: Regina Spektor, "Small Town Moon"

20:32-22:50 - Audible

23:12-35:26 - Massacre Theatre / Polls / Notes

32:27-51:46 - Iranian Cinema Awards

Music: Regina Spektor, "All The Rowboats"

53:13-57:11 - Donations

57:24-1:22:36 - Top 5: L.A. Movies

1:22:37-1:24:46 - Close

BONUS CONTENT

- None this week, sorry

MUSIC

- Regina Spektor

CORRECTIONS/NOTES

Yes, on second (and third) reference -- but not on first! -- Adam said "Thomas Vincent" Bridge instead of "Vincent Thomas" Bridge.

- Massacre Theatre winner: Dennis O'Hearn

- Audible recs: "Artemis Fowl" novels; "Ten Days that Shook the World: Russia"; "Argo: How the CIA and Hollywood Pulled Off the Most Audacious Rescue in History"

LINKS

- YouTube: Los Angeles Plays Itself

- YouTube: The Mirror

- Ben's short film project

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

2012-09-14 :: feedback@filmspotting.net (Kempenaar & Larsen, WBEZ)
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Michael Phillips (Chicago Tribune) plays the role of Belloq for this 'Sacred Cow' discussion of Steven Spielberg's action-adventure classic "Raiders of the Lost Ark." Plus, the Top 5 Films of 1981 and Michael's reflections on the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival.

This episode is presented by Squarespace.com.

:00-1:40 - Intro, Promos

1:41-32:18 - Review: "Raiders of the Lost Ark"

Music: The Lumineers, "Stubborn Love"

34:11-36:29 - Squarespace

36:41-52:07 - Massacre Theatre / Polls / Notes

52:08-1:00:07 - TIFF 2012 Recap

Music: The Lumineers, "Ho Hey"

1:01:14-1:07:50 - Donations

1:08:05-1:51:34 - Top 5: Films of 1981

1:51:35-1:54:18 - Close

BONUS CONTENT

- Dance Scenes Feedback

MUSIC

- The Lumineers

NOTES

- Massacre Theatre winner: Mark Dancer

LINKS

- Michael Phillips

- Tufnell Park Film Club

- Frankie Manning teaching the Lindy Hop

- Stroszek "Chicken Dance"

- Late Live Show Meetup

- Dialogues of Archibald Macleish and Mark Van Doren

- Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee

- Top 5 Films of 1981

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#412: Top 5 Dance Scenes / Alps / Offside

2012-09-07 :: feedback@filmspotting.net (Kempenaar & Larsen, WBEZ)
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Hey Kitty Kat, don't be a... draws a square in the air... and be sure to download this show featuring the Pulp Fiction Memorial Top 5 Dance Scenes. Plus, Adam and Josh put down their $5 milkshakes to discuss "Alps," the new film from the director of "Dogtooth," and conclude their Contemporary Iranian Cinema Marathon with "Offside."

This episode is presented by Audible.com.

:00-2:11 - Intro, Promos

2:13-22:34 - Review: "Alps"

Music: Divine Fits, "Would That Not Be Nice"

23:39-25:30 - Audible

25:47-38:44 - Massacre Theatre / Polls / Notes

38:45-53:58 - Iranian Cinema #6: "Offside"

Music: Divine Fits, "Flaggin' A Ride"

55:25-58:38 - Donations

58:54-1:25:30 - Top 5: Dance Scenes

1:25:30-1:27:49 - Close

MUSIC

- Divine Fits

CORRECTIONS/NOTES

- Massacre Theatre winner: Anthony Morfitt

- Audible recs: Various P.G. Wodehouse novels, Anna Karenina

LINKS

- Josh's review of "Alps"

- "Citizen Wookie" movie

- Top 5 Dance Scenes w/ video

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

2012-08-31 :: feedback@filmspotting.net (Kempenaar & Larsen, WBEZ)
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Adam talks to writer/director Craig Zobel about his provocative new film "Compliance," and with comedian Mike Birbiglia about the semi-autobiographical new film he co-wrote, co-directed and stars in, "Sleepwalk With Me."

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

2012-08-30 :: feedback@filmspotting.net (Kempenaar & Larsen, WBEZ)
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Does this podcast sound asymmetrical to you? Adam and Josh stop their limo ride through downtown Chicago long enough to commend David Cronenberg's bizarre "Cosmopolis" and reveal their Top 5 Most Anticipated Fall Movies. Plus, interviews with two filmmakers - Mike Birbiglia ("Sleepwalk With Me") and Craig Zobel ("Compliance").

This episode is presented by Audible.com.

:00-2:12 - Intro, Promos

2:13-30:59 - Interview: Mike Birbiglia ("Sleepwalk With Me")

Music: Reubens Accomplice, "Field Science"

32:35-34:55 - Audible

35:07-42:39 - Massacre Theatre / Poll

42:40-1:00:02 - Review: "Cosmopolis"

Music: Reubens Accomplice, "I Love You, But I'm Tired"

1:01:21-1:10:10 - Donations

1:10:24-1:19:18 - Interview Excerpt: Craig Zobel ("Compliance")

1:19:19-1:42:31 - Top 5: Most Anticipated Fall Movies

1:42:32-1:44:20 - Close

BONUS CONTENT

- Spies, Tony Scott

MUSIC

- Reubens Accomplice

CORRECTIOS/NOTES

- The Birbiglia interview that airs in the podcast *is* the full conversation, same as in extra download.

- Chicago's Just For Laughs festival was actually in June.

- Birbiglia appears on the second (not third) episode of "Girls" called "Vagina Panic"

- Technically, Hall was Diane Keaton's mother's maiden name

- Slight Spoiler Alert if you're really sensitive... around 54:00 minute mark of "Cosmopolis" review.

- Massacre Theatre winner: Dan Muse

- Audible recs: One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest: 50th Anniversary Edition, Bridge to Terabithia, Winter Journal

LINKS

- Top 5 Most Anticipated Fall 2012 Movies

- In Movies With Nudity, What's the Line Between Ogling and Art?

- Smearing the Senses: Tony Scott, Action Painter

SPONSORS / PARTNERS

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

2012-08-25 :: feedback@filmspotting.net (Kempenaar & Larsen, WBEZ)
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The Top 10 Greatest Films of All Time talk continues with guest Michael Phillips... Plus, writer/director Jeff Nichols ("Take Shelter") calls in to discuss his official (Paul Newman-heavy) Sight & Sound ballot.

:00-17:40 - Top 10: Movies & Celebrity / Anti-Heroes

17:41-34:05 - Interview: Jeff Nichols

Music: The Gaslight Anthem, "Here Comes My Man"

35:02-40:15 - Donations

40:35-1:10:32 - Top 10: Martyrs / The Truth / Justice

1:10:33-1:13:24 - Close

MUSIC

- The Gaslight Anthem

NOTES/LINKS

- Sight & Sound Poll Results

SPONSORS / PARTNERS

- The Q&A with Jeff Goldsmith-iTunes

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

2012-08-24 :: feedback@filmspotting.net (Kempenaar & Larsen, WBEZ)
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Inspired by Sight & Sound's 2012 Greatest Films Poll, Michael Phillips (Chicago Tribune) joins Josh and Adam to discuss their Top 10 Films of All Time. Plus,  a few special guests call in to share their #1 most 'essential' movie. Look for Pt. 2 later this weekend.

This episode is presented by Audible.com.

:00-2:24 - Intro, Promos

2:25-31:14 - Top 10: The Champion / Voyeurs

Music: The Gaslight Anthem, "45"

32:14-34:09 - Audible

34:24-41:31 - Massacre Theatre

41:32-45:58 - Polls, Notes

45:59-1:14:16 - Top 10: Murder / Comedians / Romantic (French) Dramas

BONUS CONTENT

- Available with Pt. 2

MUSIC

- The Gaslight Anthem

NOTES/LINKS

- Sight & Sound Poll Results

- Audible recs: "Imperium," "Supergods: What Masked Vigilantes, Miraculous Mutants, and a Sun God from Smallville Can Teach Us About Being Human"

- Massacre Theatre winner: Rick Pierre

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

2012-08-16 :: feedback@filmspotting.net (Kempenaar & Larsen, WBEZ)
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Inexplicably, George Lazenby is overlooked as Filmspotting reveals its highly confidential Top 5 Cinema Spies (James Bond Memorial)... And don't forget to take your chems before listening to discussions of "The Bourne Legacy" and "Fireworks Wednesday," the fifth film in the show's Contemporary Iranian Cinema Marathon.

This episode is presented by Squarespace.com.

:00-24:11 - Review: "The Bourne Legacy"

Music: Marvin Hamlisch, "Nobody Does It Better" (from "The Spy Who Loved Me")

25:10-26:51 - Squarespace

27:04-33:22 - Massacre Theatre

33:23-38:41 - Polls, Notes

38:42-53:00 - Iranian Cinema #5: "Fireworks Wednesday"

Music: Marvin Hamlisch, "The Way We Were"

53:59-1:01:56 - Donations

1:02:17-1:25:56 - Top 5: Cinema Spies

1:25:57-1:28:09 - Close

MUSIC

- Marvin Hamlisch

NOTES

- Massacre Theatre winner: Andrew Kasten

LINKS

- Top 5 Cinema Spies

SPONSORS / PARTNERS

- Squarespace: Use code FILM8

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Dark Knight Rises Spoiled

2012-08-09 :: feedback@filmspotting.net (Kempenaar & Larsen, WBEZ)
Length: 41s

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

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#408: Top 5 Play Adaptations / Killer Joe

2012-08-03 :: feedback@filmspotting.net (Kempenaar & Larsen, WBEZ)
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Adam and Josh break a leg, avoid mention of 'The Scottish Play' and depend on the kindness of strangers to reveal their Top 5 Play Adaptations, inspired by William Friedkin's new film adaptation of Tracy Letts' Gothic crime thriller "Killer Joe." Plus, Listener Feedback on Filmspotting's Top 5 'Seemed Like a Bad Idea' Movies.

This episode is presented by Audible.com and Fandor.com.

:00-19:28 - Review: "Killer Joe"

Music: Mazes, "Love To Lay"

20:25-23:14 - Audible Recommendations

23:24-30:16 - Massacre Theatre

30:17-35:19 - Polls

35:20-44:31 - Listener Feedback: Seemed Like A Bad Idea'

Music: Mazes, "News From Day One"

45:32-50:23 - Donations

50:32-1:14:57 - Top 5: Play Adaptations

1:14:58-1:17:27 - Close

MUSIC

- Mazes

NOTES/LINKS

- Audible recs: Jo Nesbo's Harry Hole books; A Song of Fire and Ice; books narrated by Jim Dale

- Massacre Theatre winner: Gilberto Martinez

- Massacre Theatre winner also gets to choose one of three Sony Pictures Home Entertainment DVDs: Lockout, Hatfields and McCoys, or Meeting Evil.

- Glengarry Glen Ross' Alec Baldwin scene article

- Facets Town Hall Meeting on Movies and Violence

- AMC Cares Charitable Fund for Aurora Victims

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

2012-07-26 :: feedback@filmspotting.net (Kempenaar & Larsen, WBEZ)
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We'll show you the life of the mind! Adam and Josh eloquently express affection for their Top 5 Movies About Writers, and discuss the new film written by and starring Zoe Kazan, "Ruby Sparks." Plus, Adam makes an amazing discovery with the fourth film in the show's Contemporary Iranian Cinema Marathon, "The Mirror."

This episode is presented by Fandor.com.

Filmspotting #407
:00-14:27 - Review: "Ruby Sparks"
Music: Mazes, "Go Betweens"
15:27-20:49 - Massacre Theatre
20:50-24:03 - Polls
24:04-40:16 - Iranian Cinema #4: "The Mirror"
Music: Mazes, "Summer Hits or J+J Don't Like"
41:16-48:48 - Donations
49:03-1:11:08 - Top 5: Movies About Writers
1:11:09-1:15:03 - Close / Outtakes

BONUS CONTENT

- None this week, sorry

MUSIC

- Mazes - The Mancunian ones NOT the Chicago ones we advertised :)

NOTES/LINKS

- Enter to win Killer Joe passes

- Massacre Theatre winner: Drew Butler

- Top 5 Movies About Writers

- Paul's graphic novel The List

- Thomas' film blog

SPONSORS / PARTNERS

- Fandor.com/Filmspotting

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

2012-07-19 :: feedback@filmspotting.net (Kempenaar & Larsen, WBEZ)
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Which battle is more bloody and brutal: Batman vs. Bane or Michael Phillips vs. A.O. Scott? Adam and Josh discuss "The Dark Knight Rises," then enlist the help of the dynamic former At The Movies duo to debate "Beasts of the Southern Wild." Plus, the 'Take Shelter Memorial' Top 5 Stormy Weather Movies.

Spoiler Alert? There should be no 'actual' spoilers in the discussion of "The Dark Knight Rises"... however... of course, you should proceed with caution.

This episode is presented by Audible.com and Fandor.com/Filmspotting.

:00-24:45 - Review: "The Dark Knight Rises"

Music: Japandroids, "The House That Heaven Built"

25:58-28:44 - Audible Recommendations

28:45-37:29 - Massacre Theatre

37:30-42:11 - Polls

42:12-1:05:16 - Review: "Beasts of the Southern Wild"

Music: Japandroids, "Fire's Highway"

1:06:20-1:10:42 - Donations

1:10:43-1:34:32 - Top 5: Stormy Weather Movies

1:34:33-1:38:00 - Close / Outtakes

MUSIC

- Japandroids

NOTES/LINKS

- Audible recs: The Fortress of Solitude; The Custom of the Country; Life of Pi; The Talisman; Black House

- Enter to win Queen of Versailles passes

- Massacre Theatre winner: Bruce Cantwell

- Top 5 Stormy Weather Movies

- Fourth & Main Journal on Vimeo

- Ruby Sparks actually opens Wednesday, July 25 in Chicago.

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

2012-07-12 :: feedback@filmspotting.net (Kempenaar & Larsen, WBEZ)
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Sometimes a bad movie idea is just a bad movie idea – remember "The Country Bears," anyone? - but sometimes it results in cinema excellence. Adam and Josh share their Top 5 'Seemed Like a Bad Idea' Movies, inspired by their discussion of Marc Webb's reboot, "The Amazing Spider-Man."

This episode is presented by Audible.com.

:00-19:15 - Review: "The Amazing Spider-Man"

Music: Young Jesus, "Family and Friends"

20:05-21:58 - Audible Recommendations

22:14-28:09 - Massacre Theatre

28:10-30:47 - Notes / Polls

32:58-51:13 - EW's "50 Great Movies You've Never Seen"

Music: Young Jesus, "David"

40:11-44:01 - Donations

44:22-1:11:48 - Top 5: 'Seemed Like A Bad Idea' Movies

1:11:48-1:14:39 - Close

MUSIC

- Young Jesus

NOTES/LINKS

- Massacre Theatre winner: Jon Graef

- Audible recs: 1Q84; Perks of Being a Wallflower; The Chaperone

- Top 5 'Seemed Like a Bad Idea at the Time' Movies

- EW's 50 Great Movies You've Never Seen

- FS-endorsed EW picks: The Iron Giant, 24 Hour Party People, Wendy and Lucy, Moon, Together

- Adam's EW picks: Marwencol, The Orphanage / Need to see: Lilya 4-Ever, Enter the Void

- Josh's EW picks: Ghost Dog, Murderball / Need to see: Walking and Talking, Chuck & Buck

- "The Atom Smashers" documentary

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

2012-07-04 :: feedback@filmspotting.net (Kempenaar & Larsen, WBEZ)
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Adam confesses his love for a childhood doll -- and Josh promptly bashes him for it -- as they discuss Seth Macfarlane's feature directing debut "Ted." Plus, the Top 5 Performances of 2012 (So Far)... in which Adam successfully avoids saying Michael Fassbender's name five times.

:00-22:40 - Review: "Ted"

Music: M. Ward, "Me and My Shadow" (feat. Zooey Deschanel)

23:30-29:32 - Massacre Theatre

29:33-32:57 - Notes / Polls

32:58-51:13 - Top 5: Actresses of 2012 (So Far)

Music: M. Ward, "Watch The Show"

52:30-56:27 - Donations

56:55-1:17:44 - Top 5: Actors of 2012 (So Far)

1:17:45-1:20:35 - Close / Outtake

MUSIC

- M Ward

NOTES

- Massacre Theatre winner: Jeremy Fritsch

LINKS

- Top 5 Performances of 2012 (So Far)

SPONSORS / PARTNERS

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

2012-06-28 :: feedback@filmspotting.net (Kempenaar & Larsen, WBEZ)
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Filmspotting welcomes the Chicago Tribune's "Magic" Michael Phillips to the microphone to debate Channing Tatum's, um, talents on display in Steven Soderbergh's latest. Plus, the triumvirate looks back on the half year in cinema with a countdown of their Top 5 Films of 2012 (So Far).

This episode is presented by Squarespace.com.

:00-21:41 - Review: "Magic Mike"

Music: Kelly Hogan, "Golden"

23:06-24:50 - Squarespace

25:19-32:14 - Massacre Theatre

32:15-37:51 - Notes / Polls

37:52-54:08 - Top 5: Best of 2012 (So Far)

Music: Kelly Hogan, "Dusty Groove"

55:15-1:01:41 - Donations

1:01:59-1:28:18 - Top 5: Best of 2012 cont.

1:28:19-1:32:32 - Close / Outtake

MUSIC

- Kelly Hogan

NOTES

- Massacre Theatre winner: Brian Knapp

- "The Deep Blue Sea" is slated for a 7/24 release; AV Clubber Scott Tobias wrote the DVD liner essay.

LINKS

- Raising Arizona screening w/ Jay Duplass

Kickstart "Baggage"

- Help save the historic Patio Theater

SPONSORS / PARTNERS

- Squarespace: Use code FILM6

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

2012-06-21 :: feedback@filmspotting.net (Kempenaar & Larsen, WBEZ)
Length: 1s

Think Julianne Moore is the first and last name in movie gingers? Think again. Josh and Adam reveal their Top 5 Screen Redheads and discuss Pixar's latest "Brave." Plus, the third film in the Contemporary Iranian Cinema Marathon, "Children of Heaven."

This episode is presented by Audible.com.

:00-19:19 - Review: "Brave"
Music: Manchester Orchestra, "April Fool"
20:33-23:30 - Audible Recommendations
23:31-29:10 - Massacre Theatre
29:11-33:22 - Poll Questions
33:23-46:34 - Iranian Cinema #3: "Children of Heaven"
Music: Manchester Orchestra, "Virgin"
47:24-54:18 - Donations
54:19-1:16:28 - Top 5: Redheads
1:16:29-1:20:10 - Close / Outtakes

BONUS CONTENT

- Dream actor-director collaborations

MUSIC

- Manchester Orchestra

NOTES

- Massacre Theatre winner: Kyle Clementson

- Audible recs: Ready Player One; Faithful; A Death in Belmont; Stranger Than Fiction: True Stories

LINKS

- Top 5 Screen Redheads

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Interviews: Mark Duplass / Lynn Shelton

2012-06-16 :: feedback@filmspotting.net (Kempenaar & Larsen, WBEZ)
Length: 36s

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

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

2012-06-14 :: feedback@filmspotting.net (Kempenaar & Larsen, WBEZ)
Length: 1s

This week... a Filmspotting Top 5 so wacky and unbelievable, Walter Peck might just show up to learn more about what is we do here. Adam and Josh countdown their Top 5 Movie Crackpots and celebrate Mark Duplass week with reviews of two new movies featuring everybody's favorite "Humpday" star: "Your Sister's Sister" and "Safety Not Guaranteed." Plus, interviews with the directors of those films, Lynn Shelton and Colin Trevorrow.

This episode is presented by Squarespace.com.

:00-10:47 - Interview: Lynn Shelton
10:48-19:28 - Review: "My Sister's Sister"
Music: "Big Machine," Mark Duplass
20:51-22:36 - Squarespace
23:03-30:24 - Massacre Theatre
30:25-38:29 - Polls / Notes
38:30-59:41 - Interview: Colin Trevorrow
59:42-1:04:29 - Review: "Safety Not Guaranteed"
Music: "Playing Dead," Breathe Owl Breathe
1:05:28-1:11:18 - Donations
1:11:37-1:40:29 - Top 5: Crackpots
1:40:30-1:44:18 - Close

MUSIC

- Ryan Miller/Guster

- Breathe Owl Breathe

NOTES

- Massacre Theatre winner: Ashleyanne Krigbaum

LINKS

- Filmspotting's Summer Docs class

- Adam on "Prometheus" Slate Spoiler Special

- Top 5 Crackpots

SPONSORS / PARTNERS

- Squarespace: Use code FILM6

- Fandor.com/Filmspotting

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Filmspotting: SVU #10 - Maybe You Should Have Gotten Satellite Edition

2012-06-12 :: feedback@filmspotting.net (Kempenaar & Larsen, WBEZ)
Length: 58s

"I learned the facts of life from watching The Facts of Life! Oh God!" Matt and Alison discuss the Ben Stiller-Jim Carrey 'flop' "The Cable Guy" and fill up your queue with notable films from actors turned directors.

Queue Shots: Actors Turned Directors
The Station Agent
Misery
The Apostle
Letters From Iwo Jima
Easy Rider
The Masquerader

Listeners' Choice Review
The Cable Guy

Behind the 8-Ball: 3 New Releases

Alison:
The Daytrippers
Collapse
Time Out

Matt:
Surrogate Valentine
Invasion U.S.A.
The War Room

2 Expiring Titles (Expiration)

Alison:
It Came From Kuchar (6/15)
Visioneers (6/15)

Matt:
Poison (6/21)
Make-Out With Violence (6/21)

1 Random Film From Our Queue

Alison: Hadewijch
Matt: My Son John

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#400 Live: Prometheus / Top 5 Things We Learned From The Movies / Moonrise Kingdom

2012-06-08 :: feedback@filmspotting.net (Kempenaar & Larsen, WBEZ)
Length: 1s

Live from Lincoln Hall in Chicago, this is Filmspotting's 400th episode! Special guests Michael Phillips (Chicago Tribune) and Dana Stevens (Slate.com) join Adam and Josh for their most introspective top 5 list yet. Plus, reviews of "Prometheus" and "Moonrise Kingdom."

This episode is presented by Audible.com.

:00-25:11 - Review: Prometheus w/Michael Phillips

Music: "Predictable Kind of Thoughts," The Pear Traps

26:27-27:09 - Audible

27:30-34:35 - Massacre Theatre

34:35-40:09 - Polls Questions

34:16-1:00:40 - Review: "Moonrise Kingdom" w/ Dana Stevens

Music: "Honestly," The Pear Traps

1:02:06-1:29:16 - Top 5: Things We Learned From The Movies (Part 1)

1:30:23-1:50:47 - Top 5: Things We Learned From The Movies (Part 2)

1:50:48-1:56:19 - Close

BONUS CONTENT

- Nothing this week, sorry

MUSIC

- The Pear Traps

NOTES / CORRECTIONS

- Michael Phillips

- Dana Stevens

- What Not To Name Your Spaceship

- Massacre Theatre winner: Adam Simmons

- Adam feels horrible he couldn't quite make out the name of the Massacre Theatre volunteer. Great work, Anand!

- Yes, Dana meant The Darjeeling 'Limited' not Express.

- Lomography LomoKino camera

- Michael's scene from "City Lights"

LINKS

- Filmspotting's Summer Docs Class

SPONSORS / PARTNERS

- Get A Free Audiobook

- Fandor.com/Filmspotting

- The Q&A with Jeff Goldsmith-iTunes

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SVU Presents: Top 5 Infidelity Movies / Take This Waltz / Drugstore Cowboy

2012-06-01 :: feedback@filmspotting.net (Kempenaar & Larsen, WBEZ)
Length: 1s

In this hybrid Filmspotting/Streaming Video Unit edition of the show, Matt and Alison discuss Sarah Polley's new film available on demand, "Take This Waltz," and share their Top 5 Infidelity Movies you can get via streaming. Plus, the Listener's Choice discussion of Gus Van Sant's "Drugstore Cowboy."

This episode is presented by Squarespace.com.

:00-16:34 - Review: "Take This Waltz"

Music: "Take This Waltz," Leonard Cohen

17:46-19:08 - Squarespace

19:38-38:19 - Listener's Choice: "Drugstore Cowboy"

Music: "Crazy To Love You," Leonard Cohen

39:45-1:01:43 - Top 5: Infidelity Movies

1:01:44-1:03:05 - Close

MUSIC

- Leonard Cohen

SPONSORS / PARTNERS

- Squarespace: Use code FILM5

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#399: Top 5 Haunted Past Movies / Bernie / A Moment of Innocence

2012-05-24 :: feedback@filmspotting.net (Kempenaar & Larsen, WBEZ)
Length: 1s

Forget about it, Filmspotters, it’s Chinatown... Thanks to years of joint therapy, Adam and Josh muster the strength to reveal their Top 5 Haunted Past Movies. Plus, a weekend with "Bernie," the latest film from Richard Linklater starring Jack Black, and the second entry in Filmspotting's Contemporary Iranian Cinema Marathon, "A Moment of Innocence."

This episode is presented by Audible.com.

:00-20:11 - Review: "Bernie"

Music: "Red,"  Lost In The Trees

21:21-23:16 - Audible Recommendations

23:35-28:24 - Massacre Theatre

28:25-38:26 - Polls / Notes

34:16-50:15 - Marathon #2: "A Moment of Innocence"

Music: "Neither Here Nor There,"  Lost In The Trees

51:30-56:18 - Donations

56:40-1:18:19 - Top 5: Haunted Past Movies

1:18:20-1:21:21 - Close / Outtake

MUSIC

- Lost in the Trees

NOTES

- How could you not have "Chinatown" in your Top 5? It's in the Pantheon.

- How could you not have "A History of Violence" in your Top 5, especially you, Adam? Had it in mind all week prepping for the show, somehow managed to overlook it. Totally changes my list.

- Massacre Theatre winner: Rich Zaremba

- Audible recs: "The Paris Wife"; "The Hobbit"

LINKS

- Top 5 Haunted Past Movies

- Filmspotting #400: Live at Lincoln Hall

- Adam's Summer Docs Class

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#398: Top 5 Directors of the Future / Sound of My Voice

2012-05-18 :: feedback@filmspotting.net (Kempenaar & Larsen, WBEZ)
Length: 1s

Ten years from now, what directors will we hold in the same esteem as Paul Thomas Anderson and David Fincher? Adam and Josh reveal their Top 5 Directors of the Future, and discuss the new film starring talented newcomer Brit Marling, "Sound of My Voice."

This episode is presented by Squarespace.com.

:00-19:52 - Review: "Sound of My Voice"

Music: "Alabama Pines," Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit

21:13-22:36 - Squarespace

22:59-28:22 - Massacre Theatre

28:23-35:04 - Polls / Notes

34:16-41:49 - Listener Feedback: Top 5 Overlooked Films

Music: "Codeine," Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit

43:13-49:14 - Donations

49:42-1:20:01 - Top 5: Directors of the Future

1:20:01-1:23:46 - Close/Outtake

MUSIC

- Jason Isbell

NOTES

- Massacre Theatre winner: Tom Purcell

- "The Lost Boys" took place in Santa CARLA -- a fictional city.

LINKS

- Filmspotting #400: Live at Lincoln Hall

- Filmspotting's Summer Docs class

- Top 5 Directors of the Future

SPONSORS / PARTNERS

- Squarespace: Use code FILM5

- Fandor.com/Filmspotting

- The Q&A with Jeff Goldsmith- iTunes

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Filmspotting: SVU #8 - Search For The Brain Bug Edition

2012-05-14 :: feedback@filmspotting.net (Kempenaar & Larsen, WBEZ)
Length: 1s

Scientists are saying the future is going to be far more futuristic than they originally predicted! Matt and Alison discuss Paul Verhoeven's cult classic "Starship Troopers" and offer up some of their favorite Movie Dystopias currently available via streaming.

Queue Shots: Dystopias
RoboCop
Fahrenheit 451
They Live
Series 7: The Contenders
Demolition Man
Southland Tales

Listeners' Choice Review
Starship Troopers

Behind the 8-Ball: 3 New Releases

Alison:
Tell Them Anything You Want: A Portrait of Maurice Sendak
Kung Fu Hustle
The Square

Matt:
Giallo
Killer Elite
Drive (starting on 5/16)

2 Expiring Titles (Expiration Date):

Alison:
Wendy and Lucy (5/19)
Water Drops on Burning Rocks (5/24)

Matt:
In the City of Sylvia (5/24)
Transcendant Man (5/24)

1 Random Film From Our Queue

Alison:
Do You Remember Dolly Bell?

Matt:
Godzilla vs. Mothra

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#397: Dark Shadows / Top 5 Actor-Director Collaborations That Need To Happen

2012-05-10 :: feedback@filmspotting.net (Kempenaar & Larsen, WBEZ)
Length: 1s

Jack Nicholson and Martin Scorsese didn't work together until 2006... Adam and Josh help casting agents avoid future mistakes with a countdown of their Top 5 Actor-Director Collaborations That Need To Happen. Speaking of collaborations, "Dark Shadows" is the 8th for Johnny Depp and Tim Burton. Should it be their last? Plus, a discussion of the first film in the Contemporary Iranian Cinema Marathon, Abbas Kiarostami's "Close-Up."

This episode is presented by Audible.com.

0:00-15:14 - Review: "Dark Shadows"
Music: "Pass The Mic," Beastie Boys
16:29-19:29 - Audible Recommendations
20:17-27:05 - Massacre Theatre
27:06-34:15 - Polls / Notes
34:16-48:04 - Iranian Cinema #1: "Close-Up"
Music: "Sabotage," Beastie Boys
49:19-52:37 - Donations
53:11-1:18:47 - Top 5: Actor-Director Collaborations That Need To Happen
1:18:48-1:21:54 - Close/Outtake

MUSIC

- Beastie Boys

NOTES

- Massacre Theatre winner: John Kinsella

- Audible recs: A Moveable Feast, The Wind Through the Keyhole

LINKS

- Filmspotting's Summer Docs Class

- Drive-in Double Feature

- Kartemquin Labs event at Siskel

- Kiarostami's Poetic License

- SNL's Amazon Mother's Day Ad

- Top 5 Actor-Director Collaborations That Need to Happen

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#396: The Avengers / Top 5 Overlooked Films

2012-05-03 :: feedback@filmspotting.net (Kempenaar & Larsen, WBEZ)
Length: 1s

How does "The Avengers" fare against the diabolical duo of Adam and Josh? Filmspotting discusses the latest Marvel universe installment. Plus, the hosts give you an early look at the lineup for Filmspotting Fest, a celebration of overlooked cinematic gems coming no time soon to a theater nowhere near you.

:56 - Sound Opinions Promo
:57-23:26 - Review: "The Avengers"
Music: "No One's Gonna Love You," Band of Horses 
24:23-30:41 - Massacre Theatre
30:42-37:02 - Polls / Notes
37:03-44:04 - Lost at Ebertfest
Music: "Funeral," Band of Horses 
45:23-50:51 - Donations
51:13-1:20:56 - Top 5: Overlooked Films
1:20:56-1:23:12 - Close

MUSIC

- Band of Horses

NOTES

- Massacre Theatre winner: Aaron Hammond

LINKS

- Filmspotting's Summer Docs Class

- Drive-in Double Feature

- Film Noir: The Directors

- Criticwire Survey: Sight & Sound Greatest Film Poll

- Ebertfest Take Shelter Q&A

- Top 5 Overlooked Films

- Alex Charner's art

- Patrick's Sleep Debt movie

SPONSORS / PARTNERS

- Fandor.com/Filmspotting

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Filmspotting: SVU #7 - Unsexy Movies About Sex

2012-04-30 :: feedback@filmspotting.net (Kempenaar & Larsen, WBEZ)
Length: 56s

This episode's secret word is: "Fidelio." Matt and Alison discuss Julia Leigh's 2011 film "Sleeping Beauty" and share some of their favorite unsexy movies about sex that you can see via streaming.

Queue Shots: Unsexy Movies About Sex
Shame
Eyes Wide Shut
Last Tango in Paris
In the Realm of the Senses
Anatomy of Hell
Body of Evidence

Listeners' Choice Review
Sleeping Beauty

Behind the 8-Ball: 3 New Releases (Expiration Date)
Alison:
The Vicious Kind
Head Trauma
The Way

Matt:
Wordplay
Sleepless Night
The People Versus George Lucas

Expiring Titles (Expiration Date)
Alison: Sherlock (5/9)
The Third Man (5/12)

Matt: Art & Copy (5/4)
The Taking of Pelham One Two Three (1974) (5/9)

1 Random Film From Our Queues
Alison: The Last Circus

Matt: Withnail and I

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#395: Summer Movie Preview / To Kill a Mockingbird / This Is Not a Film

2012-04-26 :: feedback@filmspotting.net (Kempenaar & Larsen, WBEZ)
Length: 1s

Is "Battleship," from venerable auteur Hasbro, one of Filmspotting's most anticipated summer movies? No. No, it's not. Contributor Michael Phillips sits in for Filmspotting's Summer Movie Preview, and helps Adam and Josh reconsider the 1962 classic "To Kill a Mockingbird" in honor of its 50th Anniversary. Plus, some thoughts on two new acclaimed foreign-language films, "This Is Not a Film" and "Monsieur Lazhar."

This episode is presented by Audible.com.

00-29:48 - Reconsidering "To Kill A Mockingbird"
Music: "I Shall Be Released," The Band
30:53-32:59 - Audible Recommendations
33:27-39:39 - Massacre Theatre
39:40-46:56 - Polls / Notes
46:57-52:24 - Review: "Monsieur Lazhar"
52:25-1:05:22 - Review: "This Is Not a Film"
Music: The Band "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down," The Band
1:06:32-1:11:09 - Donations
1:11:40-1:36:36 - Top 5: Most Anticipated (Under The Radar) Summer Movies
1:36:37-1:39:18 - Close

MUSIC

- Levon Helm/The Band

NOTES

- Massacre Theatre winner: Jeremy Kennis

- Audible recs: The Great Gatsby; Stories I Only Tell My Friends; Then Again

LINKS

- Michael Phillips

- Filmspotting's Summer Docs Class

- Drive-in Double Feature

- Top 5 Most Anticipated Summer Movies (Off the Radar)

- Discuss with Filmspotters at the Forum

SPONSORS / PARTNERS

- Get A Free Audiobook

- Fandor.com/Filmspotting

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#394: Cabin in the Woods / Top 5 Up-and-Coming Actors

2012-04-19 :: feedback@filmspotting.net (Kempenaar & Larsen, WBEZ)
Length: 1s

Gaze into Filmspotting’s crystal ball as they reveal the stars of tomorrow! Josh and Adam reveal their Top 5 Up-and-Coming Actors and Actresses (Class of 2012), and discuss the new meta-horror flick "The Cabin in the Woods."

This episode is presented by Audible.com.

00-16:18 - Review: "The Cabin in the Woods"
Music: Kishi Bashi, "Manchester"
17:19-21:23 - Audible Recommendations
21:42-26:44 - Massacre Theatre
26:45-32:46 - Polls / Notes
32:47-47:32 - Listener Feedback: "Hunger Games"
Music: Kishi Bashi, "Bright Whites"
48:33-54:33 - Donations
54:59-1:22:59 - Top 5: Up-and-Comers (Class of '12)
1:23:00-1:25:18 - Close

MUSIC

- Kishi Bashi

- Kishi Bashi live on "Afternoon Shift"

NOTES

Adam was referring to Greengrass and the Bourne Identity franchise, not the Doug Liman-directed first film.

- Massacre Theatre winner: Christopher Martin

- Audible recs: Sunset Park; The Art of Fielding: A Novel; Why Be Happy When You Can Be Normal; Serena; Brave New World

LINKS

ReelAbilities Chicago Disabilities Film Festival

- Filmspotting's Summer Docs Class

- Drive-in Double Feature

- "El Tecolote vs. The Body Thief Of Dimension X"

- Finnish film "Iron Sky"

- Top 5 Up-and-Coming Actors/Actresses

- Discuss with Filmspotters at the Forum

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Filmspotting: SVU #6 - Stop The Presses! Edition

2012-04-16 :: feedback@filmspotting.net (Kempenaar & Larsen, WBEZ)
Length: 59s

Matt and Alison yell "Stop the presses!!" to discuss Billy Wilder's cynical 1951 film "Ace in the Hole" starring Kirk Douglas, and investigate some of the most compelling journalism movies available via streaming.

Queue Shots: Journalism Movies
The Front Page
His Girl Friday
The Paper
The Manster
Page One: Inside the New York Times
The September Issue

Listeners' Choice Review
Ace in the Hole

Behind the 8-Ball (Expiration Date)
Everything's Gone Green (4/22)
Crospey (4/27)
Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (5/1)

New Streaming Titles
Tokyo Godfathers (Crackle)
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (Netflix)
Melancholia (Netflix)

Listener's Choice Options
Sleeping Beauty (2011, Netflix)
Purple Noon (Hulu Plus)
The Woman (Netflix)

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Interviews: Edward Burns / Kimberly Pierce

2012-04-13 :: feedback@filmspotting.net (Kempenaar & Larsen, WBEZ)
Length: 54s

With Josh and Adam enjoying a little spring break, Filmspotting presents two post-screening filmmaker Q&As: Adam's conversation with Edward Burns following the theatrical premiere of his latest film "Newlyweds" at the Gene Siskel Film Center, and author Robert K. Elder's chat with Kimberly Pierce ("Boys Don't Cry") about the film that changed her life, "The Godfather," after a screening at The Music Box.

:00-30:28 - Interview: Ed Burns
30:29-53:40 Intervew: Robert K. Elder w/ Kimberly Pierce
53:41-54:43 - Close

LINKS

- The Film That Changed My Life

- Newlyweds/EdwardBurns.Net

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#393: Top 5 Bicycle Scenes / The Kid With a Bike

2012-04-06 :: feedback@filmspotting.net (Kempenaar & Larsen, WBEZ)
Length: 1s

American flyers Adam and Josh take you on a big adventure with their E.T. Memorial Top 5 Bicycle Scenes. Plus, the latest film from acclaimed filmmakers Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne, "The Kid With a Bike" and the final entry in Filmspotting's Robert Bresson Marathon, "Mouchette." Adam also cleanses his palette with a quick bite of the new doc "Jiro Dreams of Sushi."

This episode is presented by Squarespace.com.

Filmspotting #393
:00-16:39 - Review: "The Kid With The Bike"
Music: Lucero, "When I Was Young"
17:35-19:10 - Squarespace
19:33-24:46 - Massacre Theatre
24:47-32:14 - Polls / Notes
36:51-46:55 - Bresson #5: "Mouchette"
Music: Lucero, "Go Easy"
47:54-57:46 - Donations
57:03-1:17:51 - Top 5: Bicycle Scenes
1:17:52-1:20:41 - Close / Outtake

BONUS CONTENT

- More Mouchette, Bresson Awards

MUSIC

- Lucero

NOTES

- Massacre Theatre winner: Eric Severstad

LINKS

- Drive-In Double Feature

- Filmspotting's Summer Docs class

- Lucero at Metro

- Sam's Myth Bresson print

- Retro Filmspots

- Discuss with Filmspotters at the Forum

SPONSORS / PARTNERS

- Squarespace: Use code FILM4

- Fernando Martinez uses Squarespace

- The Q&A with Jeff Goldsmith- iTunes

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Filmspotting: SVU #5 - Atlas Shrug

2012-04-02 :: feedback@filmspotting.net (Kempenaar & Larsen, WBEZ)
Length: 58s

Matt and Alison examine successful book-to-screen transfers available via streaming, and discuss the recent adaptation of Ayn Rand's "Atlas Shrugged: Part 1."

Queue Shots
The Long Goodbye
Hellraiser
Charley Varrick
Fish Story
Friday Night Lights (TV)
Walkabout

Listeners' Choice Review
Atlas Shrugged: Part 1

Behind the 8-Ball (Expiration Date)
The Gates (4/12)
Gamer (4/16)
The Cruise (4/13)

New Streaming Titles
Goon (VOD/iTunes)
Burma VJ (Netflix)
Killing Bono (Netflix)

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#392: The Hunger Games / Top 5 Dystopias

2012-03-29 :: feedback@filmspotting.net (Kempenaar & Larsen, WBEZ)
Length: 1s

And it was decreed that this week, Filmspotting would offer up a tribute of two critics between the ages of 35 and [indistinct mumbling] to be trained in the art of conversation, and be prepared to fight to the death about "The Hunger Games." Plus, Adam and Josh take on the thought police with their Top 5 Movie Dystopias.

This episode is presented by Audible.com.

:00-22:34 - Review: "The Hunger Games"
Music: Ben Kweller, "Mean To Me"
24:05-26:55 - Audible Recommendations
27:18-31:47 - Massacre Theatre
31:48-36:50 - Polls / Notes
36:51-43:45 - "Pulp Fiction" Feedback
Music: Ben Kweller, "Jealous Girl"
44:54-47:15 - Donations
47:44-1:10:47 - Top 5: Dystopias
1:10:48-1:13:02 - Close

MUSIC

- Ben Kweller

NOTES

- Adam's Dystopia picks from episode #88 were: "Blade Runner," "A Clockwork Orange," "Escape From New York," "The Road Warrior" and "Alphaville." Honorable Mentions were: "Planet of the Apes," "The Terminator," "Dark City," "eXistenZ" and "Serenity."

"Glengarry Glen Ross" is so 'end of the '80s' it was made in 1992; the play is from 1984.

- Massacre Theatre winner: Vanessa Vinci

LINKS

- The Chemical Brothers: Don't Think

- Discuss with Filmspotters at the Forum

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#391: Top 5 Movie Phone Calls / Once Upon a Time in Anatolia

2012-03-22 :: feedback@filmspotting.net (Kempenaar & Larsen, WBEZ)
Length: 1s

Dial F For Filmspotting... Michael Phillips (Chicago Tribune) joins Josh and Adam to reveal their Top 5 Movie Phone Calls. Plus, reviews of the 2011 Cannes Grand Jury Prize co-winner "Once Upon a Time in Anatolia" and the new Duplass brothers comedy, "Jeff, Who Lives at Home."

:00-19:36 - Review: "Once Upon a Time in Anatolia"
Music: Andrew Bird, "Give It Away"
21:15-28:06 - Massacre Theatre
28:07-34:54 - Polls / Notes
34:55-39:47 - Review: "Jeff Who Lives at Home"
Music: Andrew Bird, "Eyeoneye"
41:02-45:14 - Donations
45:36-1:15:34 - Top 5: Movie Phone Calls
1:15:35-1:18:34 - Close/Singer as Neeson

MUSIC

- Andrew Bird

NOTES

- Massacre Theatre winner: Rylan Penning

LINKS

- Nuri Bilge Ceylan

- Michael Phillips

- Phillips on phones in the movies

- The Chemical Brothers: Don't Think

- Pantheon

- "The Birds" at the Music Box

- The Imitated Life's Movie Madness

- Top 5 Movie Phone Calls

- Mikey's film "Sure Enough"

- YouTube: Twice Upon a Time

- Discuss with Filmspotters at the Forum

SPONSORS / PARTNERS

- The Q&A with Jeff Goldsmith-iTunes

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Filmspotting: SVU #4 - SXSW Alums / Man Who Fell to Earth

2012-03-19 :: feedback@filmspotting.net (Kempenaar & Larsen, WBEZ)
Length: 56s

Streaming Video Unit investigators Matt and Alison return from the South by Southwest Film Festival to share some of their favorite SXSW alumni you can watch online. Plus, don't look now -- they also discuss Nicolas Roeg's "The Man Who Fell to Earth."

Queue Shots
Tiny Furniture
The Hunter
The Puffy Chair
Harmony and Me
Marwencol
Best Worst Movie and Troll 2

Behind the 8-Ball (Expiration Date)
The IT Crowd: Season 1 (3/30)
Cry-Baby (3/31) Tell No One (3/31)
All About Eve
The Discrete Charm of the Bourgeoisie (4/1)
Firefly: The Complete Series (4/1)
Hercules in New York (4/1)
Intacto (4/1) Ken Burns' Baseball (4/1)
Paranormal Activity (4/1)

Listeners' Choice Review
The Man Who Fell to Earth

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#390: Pulp Fiction / Top 5 Films of 1994

2012-03-15 :: feedback@filmspotting.net (Kempenaar & Larsen, WBEZ)
Length: 1s

Bring out the gimp... Inspired by this week's Top 5 Films of 1994, Adam and Josh revisit Quentin Tarantino's classic "Pulp Fiction" to see if it remains a great movie, or a lesser movie that's a captive of its time. Plus, the penultimate film in Filmspotting's Robert Bresson Marathon, "Au Hasard Balthazar."

:00-28:45 - Reconsidering "Pulp Fiction"
Music: Heartless Bastards, "Parted Ways"
29:41-35:46 - Massacre Theatre
35:47-39:02 - Polls / Notes
39:03-55:08 - Bresson #4: "Au Hasard Balthazar"
Music: Heartless Bastards, "Got To Have Rock And Roll"
56:29-58:33 - Donations
58:49-1:15:10 - Top 5: Films of 1994 
1:15:11-1:18:20 - Close

MUSIC

- Heartless Bastards

NOTES

- With regard to the importance of the spoken word in "Pulp Fiction," there were so many more examples that we didn't have time to mention, including: "Say 'what' again. Say 'what' again, I dare you." / "In the fifth, your a** goes down. Say it." / "Do you love me? Say it."

- Another great "Pulp Fiction" bit: The way we're introduced to Butch in close-up being told a 'story' by Marcellus, and this shot and look is replicated later when the young Butch is hearing Christopher Walken's story.

- Massacre Theatre winner: Kenneth Rudnicki

LINKS

- IMDb Top 250

- Year-by-Year Countdowns

- Top 5 Films of 1994

- Ebert's reversal on "The Graduate"

- "The Birds" at the Music Box

- Discuss w/ Filmspotters at the Forum

SPONSORS / PARTNERS

- The Q&A with Jeff Goldsmith-iTunes

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#389 w/ Andrew Stanton: Top 5 Animated Films / John Carter

2012-03-08 :: feedback@filmspotting.net (Kempenaar & Larsen, WBEZ)
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Walt Disney said: "Animation can explain whatever the mind of man can conceive." Filmspotting finds out what was on Andrew Stanton's mind when making his first live action film "John Carter." Plus, Stanton helps Adam and Josh countdown their Top 5 Traditionally Animated Films. Also on the show: quick reviews of "The Lorax," "The Secret World of Arrietty" and "John Carter."

This episode is presented by Squarespace.com.

:00-19:03 - Interview: Andrew Stanton ("John Carter")
Music: Imperial Teen, "Runaway"
20:30-21:58 - Squarespace Spot
22:16-27:52 - Massacre Theatre
27:53-34:38 - Polls / Notes
34:39-42:20 - Mini Reviews: "Lorax" / "Arrietty" / "John Carter"
Music: Imperial Teen, "Over His Head"
43:44-47:19 - Donations
47:26-1:18:28 - Top 5: Traditionally Animated Films
1:18:29-1:20:59 - Close

MUSIC

- Imperial Teen 

NOTES

- Massacre Theatre winner: Paul Ronollo

LINKS

- Caged Widsom: Face/Off

- Caged Wisdom: The Rock

- Cinema Q II Film Series

- Filmspotting's Summer Docs class

- Bresson North American tour

- Adam on Aspect Radio

- Filmspotting Pantheon

- Discuss with Filmspotters at the Forum

SPONSORS / PARTNERS

- Squarespace: Use code FILM3

- The Q&A with Jeff Goldsmith- iTunes

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#388: Top 5 Comedy Ensembles / Wanderlust / Pickpocket

2012-03-01 :: feedback@filmspotting.net (Kempenaar & Larsen, WBEZ)
Length: 1s

In the words of that immortal buddy Samuel J. Snodgrass, as he was about to be lead to the guillotine: Make 'em laugh, Make 'em laugh... Adam and Josh collaborate on their Top 5 Comedy Ensembles and discuss David Wain's latest, "Wanderlust." Plus, the third film in Filmspotting's Robert Bresson Marathon, "Pickpocket."

This episode is presented by Audible.com.

:00-16:26 - Review: "Wanderlust"
Music: Chuck Prophet, "Temple Beautiful"
17:31-20:04 - Audible Recommendations
20:23-26:25 - Massacre Theatre
26:26-31:09 - Polls / Notes
31:10-45:54 - Bresson #3: "Pickpocket"
Music: Chuck Prophet, "Play That Song Again"
47:24-53:29 - Donations
53:50-1:16:31 - Top 5: Comedy Ensembles
1:16:32-1:18:59 - Close

BONUS CONTENT

- Oscars Recap

Music

- Chuck Prophet

NOTES

- Massacre Theatre winner: Luke Enlow

- Audible Recommendations: "Ready Player One" ... "Persistence is for Suckers: An Essay from Things I've Learned From Women Who've Dumped Me" ... "Love, Groucho: Letters from Groucho Marx to His Daughter Miriam"

- Four of the five Bresson films in our Marathon can be found at Hulu+.

- Adam is aware that the Wright-Pegg-Frost team also collaboted on the TV series "Spaced."

LINKS

- Geneva Film Festival

- Adam and Dana Stevens on CBC's Day 6

- Filmspotting T-Shirts

SPONSORS / PARTNERS

- Get A Free Audiobook

- The Q&A with Jeff Goldsmith- iTunes

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Filmspotting: SVU #3 - Roger Corman / Lilyhammer

2012-02-28 :: feedback@filmspotting.net (Kempenaar & Larsen, WBEZ)
Length: 40s

Matt and Alison do battle beyond the stars in Queue Shots and discuss the new Netflix series "Lilyhammer." For the complete list of movies mention in SVU #3, visit FilmspottingSVU.com.

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#387: 2012 Oscar Picks / Secret World of Arrietty / Rampart

2012-02-23 :: feedback@filmspotting.net (Kempenaar & Larsen, WBEZ)
Length: 1s

Filmspotting rolls out the red carpet for Michael Phillips (Chicago Tribune) to preview the 2012 Academy Awards. Plus, Studio Ghibli's latest, "The Secret World of Arrietty," and Woody Harrelson as a corrupt L.A. cop in "Rampart."

:00 - 8:22 - Best Supp. Actor 
8:23-19:30 - Best Supp. Actress
19:31-26:22 - Best Actor
Music: Rayland Baxter, "The Woman For Me"
27:30-33:24 - Massacre Theatre
33:25-38:20 - Polls / Notes
38:21-51:00 - Reviews: "Secret World of Arrietty" / "Rampart"
Music: Rayland Baxter, "Driveway Melody"
52:08-58:19 - Best Actress
58:20-1:04:16 - Best Director
1:04:17-1:10:37 - Best Picture 
1:10:38-1:14:00 - Close

MUSIC

- Rayland Baxter

NOTES / LINKS

- Michael Phillips/Tribune

- Massacre Theatre winner: Sean McArdle

- Discuss with Filmspotters at the Forum

- 2012 Oscar Picks

SPONSORS / PARTNERS

- The Q&A with Jeff Goldsmith-iTunes

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#386: Top 5 Action Thespians / DVDspotting / A Man Escaped

2012-02-16 :: feedback@filmspotting.net (Kempenaar & Larsen, WBEZ)
Length: 1s

Michael Caine famously said of his work in "Jaws: The Revenge": "I have never seen the film, but by all accounts it was terrible. However, I have seen the house that it built, and it is terrific" ... This week Adam and Josh recognize the dramatic actors who didn’t just collect a paycheck with their Top 5 Action Thespians. Plus, reviews of three 2011 films out now on DVD: "50/50," "Higher Ground" and "Project Nim," and the second film in the Robert Bresson Marathon, "A Man Escaped."

This episode is presented by Squarespace.com.

00-11:24 - "50/50" 
11:25-19:59 - "Higher Ground"
20:00-27:07 - "Project Nim"
Music: Nada Surf, "When I Was Young"
29:18-31:11 - Squarespace
31:35-36:03 - Massacre Theatre
36:04-41:22 - Polls / Notes
41:23-56:31 - Bresson #2: A Man Escaped
Music: Nada Surf, "Jules & Jim"
57:45-1:01:32 - Donations
1:01:55-1:30:35 - Top 5: Action Thespians
1:30:35-1:33:39 - Close

MUSIC

- Nada Surf

NOTES

- Massacre Theatre winner: Mark Hurne

- Four of the five Bresson Marathon films can be found on Hulu+.

- Hotel Movies we shouldn't have overlooked: "4 Months, 3 Weeks, 2 Days"; "Ninotchka"

LINKS

Live Oscars event w/ Filmspotting

- Bresson at Siskel Film Center

- Harlan County at The Music Box

- "Margaret" at Siskel Film Center

- SNL's Get In The Cage

SPONSORS / PARTNERS

- Squarespace: Use code FILM2

- Brandon's Squarespace site

- The Q&A with Jeff Goldsmith- iTunes

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Filmspotting: SVU #2 - Unhappy Valentine's Day / Tim and Eric

2012-02-12 :: feedback@filmspotting.net (Kempenaar & Larsen, WBEZ)
Length: 46s

Matt and Alison review "Tim and Eric's Billion Dollar Movie," plus offer up some decidedly un-romantic Valentine's Day streaming options.

The movies mentioned/discussed on Filmspotting: SVU #2:

Queue Shots:
Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired
Art School Confidential
Sita Sings the Blues
Raiding the Lost Ark
Audition
Stripes

Behind the 8-Ball (Expiration date)
Smiley Face (2/20)
Last Train Home (2/22)
The Lady Eve (2/28)
Valley of the Dolls (2/28)
The Trouble With Harry (2/29)
Vertigo (2/29)
Frenzy (2/29)
Battlefield Earth (2/29)
La Femme Nikita (3/1)
Cliffhanger (3/1)
Panic Room (3/1)
The Virgin Suicides (3/1)

Listener's Choice Review
Tim and Eric's Billion Dollar Movie

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#385: Top 5 Hotel Movies / Innkeepers / Bresson Marathon #1

2012-02-09 :: feedback@filmspotting.net (Kempenaar & Larsen, WBEZ)
Length: 1s

Physically, co-hosting Filmspotting isn't a very demanding job. The only thing that can get a bit trying up in the studio during the winter is, uh, a tremendous sense of isolation... In conjunction with their discussion of Ti West's new horror flick "The Innkeepers," Adam recruits Josh to countdown their Top 5 Hotel Movies. Plus, the Bresson Marathon begins with "Diary of a Country Priest."

This episode is presented by Audible.com.

00-18:59 - Review: "The Innkeepers"
Music: Two Dark Birds, "Closer To Water"
20:08-21:49 - Audible Recommendations
22:10-26:55 - Massacre Theatre
26:56-33:19 - Polls / Notes
33:20-49:13 - Bresson #1: Diary of a Country Priest
Music: Two Dark Birds, "Black Blessed Night"
50:31-52:28 - Donations
52:55-1:13:56 - Top 5: Hotel Movies
1:13:57-1:17:09 - Close

MUSIC

- Two Dark Birds

NOTES

- Ti West is also well known for "Cabin Fever 2" and "Trigger Man"

- Another in Adam's litany of characters lacking commitment in "Innkeepers": Luke can't tell how Claire how he really feels.

- Massacre Theatre winner: James Paradiso

- Audible Recommendations: "We Need to Talk About Kevin" by Lionel Shriver; "The Night Circus" by Erin Morgenstern

LINKS

- Bresson at Siskel Film Center

- Bresson/Toronto Retrospective

- "Margaret" at Siskel Film Center

- Adam responds to "Kevin" response

- Epic YouTube review of The Phantom Menace

- Top 5 Hotel Movies

- Filmspotting T-Shirts

SPONSORS / PARTNERS

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- The Q&A with Jeff Goldsmith- iTunes

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#384: Top 5 Mother-Son Movies / Talk About Kevin / Coriolanus

2012-02-02 :: feedback@filmspotting.net (Kempenaar & Larsen, WBEZ)
Length: 1s

"Raised by two mothers... wow, most of us barely survive one." Adam and Josh get Oedipal with a countdown of their Top 5 Mother-Son Screen Relationships. Plus, reviews of two new movies featuring complicated maternal bonds: "We Need To Talk About Kevin" and "Coriolanus."

00-14:20 - Review: "We Need To Talk About Kevin"
14:21-24:10 - Review: "Coroiolanus"
Music: Ryan Adams, "Chains of Love"
25:38-31:00 - Massacre Theatre
31:01-39:35 - Polls / Notes
39:36-46:27 - Golden Brick Winner
Music: Ryan Adams, "Lucky Now"
47:56-56:06 - Donations
56:31-1:20:24 - Top 5: Mother-Son Screen Relationships
1:20:25-1:23:21 - Close/outtake

MUSIC

- Ryan Adams

NOTES / LINKS

- Massacre Theatre winner: Bryan Gorth

- Discuss w/ Filmspotters at the Forum

- Golden Bricks

- Bresson Lineup

- Bresson at the Siskel

- Harlan County at The Music Box

- Interrupters on DVD/Blu-Ray/TV

- Santiago movie trailer

SPONSORS / PARTNERS

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Filmspotting: SVU #1 - Oscar Docs, Justin Bieber: Never Say Never

2012-01-29 :: feedback@filmspotting.net (Kempenaar & Larsen, WBEZ)
Length: 42s

In their debut episode, Matt Singer and Alison Willmore offer up more than 15 streaming movies to seek out, and discuss the Justin Bieber doc "Never Say Never."

NEW
IF A TREE FALLS: A STORY OF THE EARTH LIBERATION FRONT
HELL AND BACK AGAIN
YOU CAN COUNT ON ME
BLACKTHORN
BOARDING GATE
THE WEATHER MAN
LUCKY LIFE

EXPIRING
APOCALYPSE NOW (2/1)
APOCALYPSE NOW REDUX (2/1)
THE DIRTY DOZEN (2/1)
THE GOODS (2/1)
G.I. JOE: THE RISE OF COBRA (2/1)
NIGHT WATCH (2/1)
SWEETGRASS (2/2)
M. BUTTERFLY (2/3)
WE ARE WIZARDS (2/4)
THE THORN IN THE HEART (2/10)
CHAIN CAMERA (2/12)

REVIEW
JUSTIN BIEBER: NEVER SAY NEVER

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#383: 2012 Movie Preview / Haywire / A Separation

2012-01-26 :: feedback@filmspotting.net (Kempenaar & Larsen, WBEZ)
Length: 1s

Adam and Josh countdown their Top 5 Most Deliberately-Paced, Subtitled... er... Anticipated Movies of 2012. Plus, a breakdown of Gina Carano's backbreaking talents in Steven Soderbergh's "Haywire," and a discussion of divorce Iranian style in "A Separation."

00-18:02 - Review: "Haywire"

Music: The War On Drugs, "Best Night"

19:09-22:44 - Massacre Theatre

22:45-27:25 - Polls / Notes

27:26-36:35 - Review: "A Separation"

Music: The War On Drugs, "I Was There"

37:51-40:57 - Donations

41:16-1:01:35 - Top 5: Most Anticipated Films of 2012

1:01:36-1:03:32 - Close

MUSIC

- The War on Drugs

CORRECTION(S)

- Joel Edgerton may be "Adam's guy" but he is NOT the star of "Man on a Ledge." That would be fellow Aussie Sam Worthington. Adam really does know the difference.

NOTES / LINKS

- Sorry, Oscar. This show was recorded BEFORE Oscar nominations were announced. We'll have some reaction next week.

- Massacre Theatre winner: Kevin Tyrrell

- Q&A interview with Gina Carano

- AV Club interview with Soderbergh

- Adam and Matty's Top 5 Soderbergh Scenes

- John Badham's "I'll Be In My Trailer"

- Metacritic's Top 50 Most-Anticipated Films

- Discuss with Filmspotters at the Forum

- Top 5 Most Anticipated Movies of 2012

SPONSORS / PARTNERS

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#382: Top 5 Supp. Performances of 2011 / Year-End Blowout / Extremely Loud...

2012-01-19 :: feedback@filmspotting.net (Kempenaar & Larsen, WBEZ)
Length: 1s

We say goodbye, you say hello... Adam and new host Josh Larsen bid a fond farewell to 2011 by counting down the year's Top 5 Supporting Performances, and selecting 2011's best Ending, Villain, Score and more. Plus, despite their best efforts, they just can't hate "Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close."

00-24:20 - Top 5: Supp. Performances of 2011 (Actors)
Music: The Temper Trap, "Sweet Disposition"
25:55-29:46 - Massacre Theatre
29:47-36:34 - Notes / Announcement / Polls
36:35-45:59 - Review: "Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close"
Music: The Temper Trap, "Love Lost"
47:11-50:56 - Donations
50:57-1:16:30 - 2011 Blowout
Music: The Temper Trap, "Fader"
1:18:05-1:34:07 - Top 5: Supp. Performances of 2011 (Actresses)
1:34:08-1:36:34 - Close

BONUS CONTENT

- Meet Josh Larsen

MUSIC

- The Temper Trap

NOTES / LINKS

- Top 5 Supporting Performances of 2011

- 2011 Blowout Picks

- Drive-In Double Feature info

- Adam's take on "Take Shelter's" ending

SPONSORS / PARTNERS

- The Q&A with Jeff Goldsmith-iTunes

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#381: Top 5 Performances of 2011 / Carnage / The Iron Lady

2012-01-12 :: feedback@filmspotting.net (Kempenaar & Larsen, WBEZ)
Length: 1s

Adam employs the Meisner technique while guest host Steve Prokopy (aka Capone) from Ain't It Cool News goes with the Stanislavsky method to countdown the Top 5 Lead Performances of 2011. Plus, Adam and Steve discuss Roman Polanski's "Carnage" and Meryl Streep in "The Iron Lady."

This episode is presented by Audible.com.

00-21:39 - Reviews: "Carnage," "The Iron Lady"

Music: Steven Price, Felix Burton & Simon Ratcliff, "Moses Vs The Monsters" ("Attack The Block")

22:28-24:43 - Audible Recommendations

24:55-38:29 - Massacre Theatre / Notes / Polls-Golden Brick Finalists

38:30 - 1:05:20 - Top 5: Performances of 2011 (Actor)

Music: Alberto Iglesias, "Los Vestidos Desgarrados" ("The Skin I Live In")

1:06:20 - 1:09:58 - Donations

1:10:13 - 1:33:22 - Top 5: Performances of 2011 (Actress)

1:33:23 - 1:35:50 - Close

Music

- Film scores curated by Sam Smith

NOTES / LINKS

- Capone's Top 50 Films of 2011

- "Newlyweds" Q&A / Screenings

- Golden Brick nominees

- Massacre Theatre winner: Jomar Ochoco

- Filmspotting T-Shirts

- Top 5 Performances of 2011

- Audible Recommendations: "Oryx and Crake" by Margaret Atwood; "Blood Meridian" by Cormac McCarthy; "We Need To Talk About Alan" by Steve Coogan

SPONSORS / PARTNERS

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#380 (Pt. 2): Top 10 Films of 2011

2012-01-06 :: feedback@filmspotting.net (Kempenaar & Larsen, WBEZ)
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From the cosmic grandeur of "The Tree of Life" and "Melancholia," to the everyday existential crises of "Take Shelter" and "Martha Marcy May Marlene," 2011 was a fascinating year in film. To help make it even more fascinating, old acquaintances Michael Phillips, Scott Tobias and Josh Larsen drop by to help ring in the new year with a countdown of the Top 10 Films of 2011.

MUSIC

- Film scores curated by Sam Smith

NOTES / LINKS

- "Newlyweds" Contest

- Michael Phillips / 10 Best of 2011 slideshow

- Scott Tobias / "Accept the Mystery" 2011 recap

- Josh Larsen / Josh's Top 10 Films of 2011

- Top 10 Films of 2011 - Full List

- Guest voicemailers: Rian Johnson, Edward Burns, Peter Labuza, Steve Prokopy

SPONSORS / PARTNERS

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#380 (Pt. 1): Top 10 Films of 2011

2012-01-05 :: feedback@filmspotting.net (Kempenaar & Larsen, WBEZ)
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From the cosmic grandeur of "The Tree of Life" and "Melancholia," to the everyday existential crises of "Take Shelter" and "Martha Marcy May Marlene," 2011 was a fascinating year in film. To help make it even more fascinating, old acquaintances Michael Phillips, Scott Tobias and Josh Larsen drop by to help ring in the new year with a countdown of the Top 10 Films of 2011.

00-31:43 - Top 10 of 2011: #10-8

Music: Howard Shore, "The Thief" ("Hugo")
Ludovic Bource, "Happy Ending" ("The Artist")

32:39-1:02:51 - Top 10 of 2011: #7-6
Music: Chemical Brothers, "Hanna's Theme" ("Hanna")
Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross, "What If We Could" ("The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo"
)

MUSIC

- Film scores curated by Sam Smith

NOTES / LINKS

- Michael Phillips

- Scott Tobias

- Josh Larsen

SPONSORS / PARTNERS

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#379: Top 5 Spielberg Scenes / War Horse / Adventures of Tintin

2011-12-29 :: feedback@filmspotting.net (Kempenaar & Larsen, WBEZ)
Length: 1s

Guest hosts Matt Singer and Alison Willmore debate whether it's more appropriate to yell "barracuda" or "shark" as they reveal their Top 5 Steven Spielberg Scenes, and discuss Spielberg's holiday double feature, "War Horse" and "The Adventures of Tintin."

This episode is presented by Audible.com.

00-12:19 - Review: "War Horse"

Music: The Black Keys, "Lonely Boy"

13:45-15:55 - Audible Recommendations

16:18-29:38 - Holiday Online Viewing Guide

29:39-43:09 - Review: "The Adventures of Tin Tin"

Music: The Black Keys, "Stop Stop"

44:02-1:11:44 - Top 5: Spielberg Scenes

1:11:45-1:14:14 - Close

MUSIC

- The Black Keys

NOTES / LINKS

- Top 5 Steven Spielberg Scenes

SPONSORS / PARTNERS

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#378: Golden Bricks 2011 / Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

2011-12-22 :: feedback@filmspotting.net (Kempenaar & Larsen, WBEZ)
Length: 1s

Steve Prokopy (Ain't It Cool News) comes from the land of the ice and snow, from the midnight sun where the hot springs flow, to help Adam reveal the 2011 Golden Brick nominees, and discuss David Fincher's "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo." Plus, quick takes on five new holiday releases.

00-16:47 - Review: "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo"

Music: Peter Bjorn & John, "Breaker Breaker"

17:38-23:31 - Donations

23:43-31:00 - Massacre Theatre / Polls

--Review "Lightning Round"--
32:29-33:50 - "Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol"

33:51-37:39 - "The Adventures of Tintin"

37:40-39:40 - "We Bought a Zoo"

39:41-41:16 - "The Artist"

41:17-45:04 - "The Skin I Live In"

Music: Peter Bjorn & John, "Lies"

46:30-1:10:25 - Top 5: Golden Brick Nominees

1:10:26-1:13:52 - Close

APP BONUS CONTENT

- Nothing this week, sorry!

MUSIC

- Peter Bjorn and John

NOTES / LINKS

- Massacre Theatre winner: Kevin Scruggs

- Filmspotters Top 100 Directors (2011)

- Chicago Film Critics Award winners

- Discuss this episode with Filmspotters at the Forum

SPONSORS / PARTNERS

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#378: Golden Bricks 2011 / Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

2011-12-22 :: feedback@filmspotting.net (Kempenaar & Larsen, WBEZ)
Length: 1s

Steve Prokopy (Ain't It Cool News) comes from the land of the ice and snow, from the midnight sun where the hot springs flow, to help Adam reveal the 2011 Golden Brick nominees, and discuss David Fincher's "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo." Plus, quick takes on five new holiday releases.

00-16:47 - Review: "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo"

Music: Peter Bjorn & John, "Breaker Breaker"

17:38-23:31 - Donations

23:43-31:00 - Massacre Theatre / Polls

--Review "Lightning Round"--
32:29-33:50 - "Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol"

33:51-37:39 - "The Adventures of Tintin"

37:40-39:40 - "We Bought a Zoo"

39:41-41:16 - "The Artist"

41:17-45:04 - "The Skin I Live In"

Music: Peter Bjorn & John, "Lies"

46:30-1:10:25 - Top 5: Golden Brick Nominees

1:10:26-1:13:52 - Close

APP BONUS CONTENT

- Nothing this week, sorry!

MUSIC

- Peter Bjorn and John

NOTES / LINKS

- Massacre Theatre winner: Kevin Scruggs

- Filmspotters Top 100 Directors (2011)

- Chicago Film Critics Award winners

- Discuss this episode with Filmspotters at the Forum

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#377: Top 5 Movie Shrinks / A Dangerous Method / Tinker Tailor

2011-12-15 :: feedback@filmspotting.net (Kempenaar & Larsen, WBEZ)
Length: 1s

Lie back, take a few deep breaths and relax... Michael Phillips (Chicago Tribune) plays Freud to Adam's Jung for their discussion of David Cronenberg's "A Dangerous Method" and a countdown of the Top 5 Movie Shrinks. Plus, quick takes on "Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy" and the new Jason Reitman-Diablo Cody joint "Young Adult."

This episode is presented by Audible.com.

:00-20:10 - Review: "A Dangerous Method"

Music: Apex Manor, "Under the Gun"

21:04-23:46 - Audible Recommendation(s)

23:58-32:28 - Massacre Theatre / Polls

32:29-38:00 - Review: "Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy"

38:01-43:09 - Review: "Young Adult"

Music: Apex Manor, "Teenage Blood"

44:04-48:53 - Donations

49:09-1:09:34 - Top 5: Movie Shrinks

1:09:35-1:13:14 - Close

MUSIC

- Apex Manor

NOTES / LINKS

- Massacre Theatre winner: Andrew Pon

- Top 5 Movie Shrinks

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#376: Top 5 Actor-Director Reunions / Shame / Tomas Alfredson

2011-12-08 :: feedback@filmspotting.net (Kempenaar & Larsen, WBEZ)
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Inspired by the re-teaming of "Hunger" duo Michael Fassbender and Steve McQueen for "Shame," Adam and guest host Josh Larsen play big-time Hollywood casting directors to countdown the Top 5 Actor-Director Reunions they most want to see. Plus, director Tomas Alfredson ("Let The Right One In") discusses his new Cold War spy movie "Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy."

This episode is presented by Audible.com.

:00-23:00 - Review: "Shame"

Music: Pet Lions, "Slow Wave"

24:08-25:16 - Audible Recommendation(s)

25:35-34:14 - Massacre Theatre / Polls

34:15-45:57 - Interview: Tomas Alfredson

Music: Pet Lions, "Sleeping"

47:20-52:41 - Donations

52:55-1:17:33 - Top 5: Actor-Director Reunions

1:17:34-1:20:16 - Close

APP BONUS CONTENT

- Hugo, Redemption Movies Feedback

MUSIC

- Pet Lions

NOTES / LINKS

- Massacre Theatre winner: Emily Pugh

- LarsenOnFilm

- Josh Larsen's "Shame" review

- TCM/Eastman House info and lineup

- Tom Hardy/FLACK charity

- Top 5 Actor-Director Reunions

- Discuss this episode w/ Filmspotters at the Forum

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#375: Hugo / The Muppets / Top 5 Movies About Redemption

2011-12-01 :: feedback@filmspotting.net (Kempenaar & Larsen, WBEZ)
Length: 1s

Podcasts never come with any extra parts, you know. They always come with the exact amount they need... Well, we here at Filmspotting have tried to convince ourselves anyway. The A.V. Club's Tasha Robinson joins Adam to discuss (and disagree about) Martin Scorsese's 3D children's fantasy "Hugo," and countdown their Top 5 Movies About Redemption. Plus, find out if they make a rainbow connection with "The Muppets."

 This episode is presented by Audible.com.

:00-25:59 - Review: "Hugo"

Music: Bryan John Appleby, "Noah's Nameless Wife"

27:28-29:57 - Audible Recommendation(s)

30:16-37:31 - Massacre Theater / Notes / Polls

37:32-53:44 - Review: "The Muppets"

Music: Bryan John Appleby, "The Rider. The Horse. The Land"

55:05-1:19:59 - Top 5: Movies About Redemption

1:20:0-1:22:34 - Close

BONUS CONTENT

- Tasha and Adam's end-of-year screener round-up, plus a spoiler discussion of "The Thing" (2011)

MUSIC

- Bryan John Appleby

NOTES / LINKS

- Wired: Jason Segel/Muppets article

- Hollywood Reporter article on "The Muppets"

- Massacre Theatre winner: Mitch Walker

- Top 5 Movies About Redemption

- Discuss with Filmspotters at the Forum

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#374: Top 5 Movies About Movies / The Descendants

2011-11-24 :: feedback@filmspotting.net (Kempenaar & Larsen, WBEZ)
Length: 59s

We want this podcast to be a commentary on modern conditions. Stark realism. The problems that confront the average man! But with absolutely no sex in it whatsoever... Adam and guest host Chris Klimek countdown their Top 5 Movies About Movies, and discuss Alexander Payne's latest film, "The Descendants."

This podcast is presented by Audible.com.

:00-19:57 - Review: "The Descendants"

Music: Glen Phillips, "Finally Fading"

21:18-23:49 - Audible Recommendation(s)

24:16-41:51 - Top 5: Movies About Movies

Music: Glen Phillips, "Cleareyed"

42:52-54:00 - Top 5: Movies About Movies cont.

54:01-59:12 - Close / Most Adorable Outtake Ever (feat. Sophie Kempenaar)

MUSIC

- Glen Phillips

NOTES / LINKS

- ChrisKlimek.com

- Top 5 Movies About Movies

- Discuss with Filmspotters at the Forum

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#373 w/ Rian Johnson: Top 5 Movies That Begin With the End / Melancholia / The Artist

2011-11-17 :: feedback@filmspotting.net (Kempenaar & Larsen, WBEZ)
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"Do I believe the world's still there? Is it still out there? … Yeah. We all need mirrors to remind ourselves who we are. I'm no different … now … where was I?" Filmmaker Rian Johnson joins Adam to consider Lars von Trier and the apocalypse, as they discuss the Danish filmmaker's latest, "Melancholia." Plus, a countdown of their Top 5 Movies That Begin With the End, and Adam's conversation with Michel Hazanavicius, the writer/director of one of the best films of 2011, "The Artist."

 This episode is presented by Audible.com.

:00-22:29 - Review: "Melancholia"
Music: David Bazan, "Wolves at the Door"
23:22-25:23 - Audible Recommendations
25:41-34:13 - Massacre Theatre / Notes / Polls
34:14-56:37 - Interview: Michael Hazanavicius
Music: David Bazan, "Virginia"
58:15-1:01:36 - Donations
1:01:56-1:24:36 - Top 5: Movies That Begin With the End
1:24:37-1:28:01 - Close / Outtake

BONUS CONTENT
- Rian Johnson on silent films, "Looper" and Joseph Gordon-Levitt

MUSIC

- David Bazan 

NOTES / LINKS

- Brueghel's Hunters in the Snow

- Drake Doremus: Top 5 Movies About First Love

- Massacre Theatre winner: Omar Muniz

- Top 5 Movies That Begin With the End

- Discuss with Filmspotters at the Forum

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#372: Top 5 Anti-Romances / Like Crazy

2011-11-10 :: feedback@filmspotting.net (Kempenaar & Larsen, WBEZ)
Length: 1s

Love stinks (love stinks), yeah, yeah... Alison Willmore joins Adam to countdown their favorite films where love does not conquer all, the Top 5 Anti-Romances. Plus, a discussion of the new (anti-)romantic drama "Like Crazy," and Listener Feedback on the best female gonzo characters.

:00-13:31 - Review: "Like Crazy"
Music: Tan Vampires, "I Found A Body"
14:36-18:01 - Donations
18:20-25:47 - Massacre Theatre / Notes / Polls
25:46-33:39 - Feedback: Female Gonzo Characters
Music: Tan Vampires, "Digital Rot"
34:23-1:02:19 - Top 5: Anti-Romances
1:02:20-1:05:24 - Close

MUSIC

- Tan Vampires

NOTES / LINKS

- Alison Willmore on Twitter

- Massacre Theatre winner: Garen Gaston

- 75 Greatest Final Movie Lines

- Top 5 Anti-Romances

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#371: Top 5 Gonzo Characters / Martha Marcy... / The Rum Diary

2011-11-03 :: feedback@filmspotting.net (Kempenaar & Larsen, WBEZ)
Length: 1s

"We were somewhere around Navy Pier on the edge of Lake Michigan when the drugs began to take hold…" This week guest host Josh Larsen plays Dr. Gonzo to Adam's Raoul Duke as they countdown their Top 5 Gonzo Characters. Plus, Adam and Josh discuss the latest Hunter S. Thompson adaptation, "The Rum Diary," and the acclaimed indie film about a young woman's struggles after fleeing a cult, "Martha Marcy May Marlene."

 This episode is presented by Audible.com.

:00-20:45 - Review: "Martha Marcy May Marlene"
Music: Midlake, "Acts of Man"
22:00-24:56 - Audible Recs
24:39-33:49 - Massacre Theatre / Notes / Polls
33:50-44:42 - Review: "The Rum Diary"
Music: Midlake, "Roscoe"
45:45-48:33 - Donations 
48:51-1:09:53 - Top 5: Gonzo Characters
1:09:54-1:12:31 - Close

MUSIC

- Featured Artist: Midlake

NOTES / LINKS

- Larsen on Film

- Massacre Theatre winner: Ian Davison

- Top 5 Gonzo Characters

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#370: Top 5 Director Departures / Red State

2011-10-27 :: feedback@filmspotting.net (Kempenaar & Larsen, WBEZ)
Length: 1s

Kevin Smith has replaced Jay and Silent Bob with a conflicted ATF agent and a fire-and-brimstone preacher who murders fornicators... Adam and guest host Tasha Robinson (AV Club) discuss Smith's latest "Red State" and share their Top 5 Director Departures. Plus, some thoughts on "Blackthorn," the new film starring Sam Shepard as an aged Butch Cassidy, and Emilio Estevez's new film as writer/director "The Way."

:00-21:58 - Review: "Red State"
Music: JC Brooks & The Uptown Sound, "I Am Trying to Break Your Heart"
22:55-25:36 - Donations
25:58-33:11 - Massacre Theatre / Notes / Polls
33:12-37:54 - Review: "Blackthorn"
37:55-42:13 - Review: "The Way"
Music: JC Brooks & The Uptown Sound, "Don't Lock The Door"
43:09-1:08:48 - Top 5: Departures
1:08:49-1:11:38 - Close

APP BONUS CONTENT

- Anthology films w/ Tessa

MUSIC

- JC Brooks & The Uptown Sound

NOTES / LINKS

- Tasha Robinson

- Massacre Theatre winner: Connor McClenny

- Top 5 Director Departures

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#369: Top 5 Remakes / Footloose / The Thing

2011-10-20 :: feedback@filmspotting.net (Kempenaar & Larsen, WBEZ)
Length: 1s

I'm told that Adam and his guest host Chris Klimek have got use of the radio studio at WBEZ for the purpose of putting on a film show. Please, join me to pray to the Lord to guide them in their endeavors... Adam and Chris review the 2011 versions of "Footloose" and "The Thing," and share their Top 5 Remakes.

 This episode is presented by Audible.com.

:00-23:45 - Review: "Footloose"
Music: Honor By August, "Found"
24:47-27:24 - Audible Recommendations
27:44-37:53 - Massacre Theatre / Notes / Polls
37:54-54:50 - Review: "The Thing"
Music: Honor By August, "Awake & Alive"
55:53-1:00:13 Donations
1:00:32-1:26:38 - Top 5: Remakes
1:26:39-1:29:02 - Close

BONUS CONTENT

- Political Films Feedback

MUSIC

- Honor By August

NOTES / LINKS

- Massacre Theatre winner: Maggie Hart

- Top 5 Remakes

- Soderbergh category on Jeopardy

- Drive-In Double Feature Info

- ChrisKlimek.com

- Twitter: @ctklimek

- Discuss with FS Forum members

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#368: Top 5 Losing My Mind Movies / Take Shelter / Weekend

2011-10-13 :: feedback@filmspotting.net (Kempenaar & Larsen, WBEZ)
Length: 1s

Your head will collapse / But there's nothing in it / And you'll ask yourself... What did Adam and guest host Dana Stevens make of "Take Shelter," the new film by writer/director Jeff Nichols starring Michael Shannon? Were they seduced by the wonders of "Weekend," Andrew Haigh's drama about two gay men who meet and fall in love over a drug and sex-filled 48 hours? Finally, what are their Top 5 Losing My Mind Movies? ... Try this show and spin it, yeah.

:00-17:55 - Review: "Take Shelter"
Music: The Pixies, "Where is My Mind"
18:52-22:34 - Donations
22:35-33:15 - Massacre Theatre / Notes / Polls
33:16-43:34 - Review: "Weekend"
Music: Bobby Bare Jr., "Where is My Mind"
44:42-1:04:57 - Top 5: Losing My Mind Movies
1:04:58-1:06:50 - Close

MUSIC

- The Pixies

- Bobby Bare Jr.

NOTES / LINKS

- Dana Stevens at Slate

- Slate Culture Gabfest

- Massacre Theatre winner: Sebastian Bonner

- The Film That Changed My Life: The Godfather

- Drive-In Double Feature Info

- "Shut Up Little Man!" / Facets

- Top 5 Losing My Mind Movies

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#367: The Ides of March / Top 5 Political Movies

2011-10-07 :: feedback@filmspotting.net (Kempenaar & Larsen, WBEZ)
Length: 1s

Adam and guest host Michael Phillips from the Chicago Tribune discuss whether to beware "The Ides of March," starring George Clooney and Ryan Gosling, and share their Top 5 Movies About Politics. Plus, a preview of the Chicago International Film Festival. This episode is presented by Audible.com.

:00-21:36 - Review: "Ides of March"
Music: Other Lives, "Tamer Animals"
22:58-26:11 - Audible Recommendations
26:29-35:42 - Massacre Theatre / Notes / Polls
35:43-44:35 - Chicago Film Fest Preview
Music: Other Lives, "For 12"
45:48-1:15:52 - Top 5: Political Movies
1:15:53-1:18:05 - Close

MUSIC

- Featured Artist: Other Lives

NOTES / LINKS

- Massacre Theatre winner: Jim Pallini

- Top 5 Political Movies

- Forum: Discuss with other listeners

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#366: Moneyball / Top 5 Character Nicknames / Matty's Farewell

2011-09-30 :: feedback@filmspotting.net (Kempenaar & Larsen, WBEZ)
Length: 1s

Filmspotting sends Matty off with a nice, long 'inside baseball' discussion of "Moneyball." Plus, some of Matty's most memorable moments over four years of co-hosting the show and our Top 5 Character Nicknames. Always remember, they named the dog Indiana.

This episode is presented by Audible.com.

:00-27:33 - Review: "Moneyball"
Music: Randy Newman, "Burn On"
28:52-31:00 - Audible Recommendations
31:22-39:20 - Massacre Theatre / Best Ballgame Massacres
39:21 - 43:57 - Matty's Movie Minute
43:58 - 58:44 - Notes / Polls / Best of Ballgame
Music: John Belushi, "Guilty"
1:00:05-1:15:01:48 - DVDs / Donations / Ballgame's Farewell
1:15:32-1:39:40 - Top 5: Nicknames
1:39:41-1:43:22 - Close

MUSIC

- Featured Artist: Randy Newman

NOTES / LINKS

- Massacre Theatre winner: Paige Newman

- Top 5 Character Nicknames

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#365: Drive / Top 5 Movie Vehicles

2011-09-23 :: feedback@filmspotting.net (Kempenaar & Larsen, WBEZ)
Length: 1s

There's nothing Adam and Matty can't do behind a microphone. Buckle up for a (lengthy) discussion of "Drive" starring Ryan Gosling. Plus, the Top 5 Movie Vehicles and a major show announcement.

:00-27:01 - Review: "Drive"
Music: The Cars, "Drive"
27:47-39:49 - Massacre Theatre / Polls / Earth-Shattering Announcement
Music: The Cars, "Moving In Stereo"
40:35-51:48 - DVDs / Donations
52:11-1:16:48 - Top 5: Movie Vehicles
1:16:49-1:19:16 - Close / Outtakes

MUSIC

- The Cars

NOTES / LINKS

- Massacre Theatre winner: Angela Bowie

- CINE-LIST / CINE-FILE.info

- Top 5 Movie Vehicles

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#364: Contagion / Top 5 Soderbergh Scenes

2011-09-16 :: feedback@filmspotting.net (Kempenaar & Larsen, WBEZ)
Length: 1s

Disinfect those earbuds and wipe down your iPod... Filmspotting discusses Steven Soderbergh's new deadly virus procedural "Contagion." Plus, Adam and Matty pay tribute to one of the most acclaimed directors of the last 25 years with their Top 5 Soderbergh Scenes. It's, um, out of sight.

This episode is presented by Audible.com.

:00-23:46 - Review: "Contagion"
Music: Robinson Caruso Organization, "Love Debt"
25:05-27:31 - Audible Recommendations
27:47-37:52 - Massacre Theatre / Polls
37:53-44:34 - Listener Feedback (Fall Movies)
Music: Robinson Caruso Organization, "So Contrary"
45:50-53:26 - DVDs / Donations
53:45-1:28:43 - Top 5: Steven Soderbergh Scenes
1:28:44-1:32:16 - Close

MUSIC

- The Robinson Caruso Organization

NOTES / LINKS

- Dan Kois's article for Slate: "I Watched Every Steven Soderbergh Movie"

- Massacre Theatre winner: Sam Harris

- Top 5 Soderbergh Scenes

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#363: Warrior / Top 5 Most Anticipated Fall Movies

2011-09-09 :: feedback@filmspotting.net (Kempenaar & Larsen, WBEZ)
Length: 1s

Filmspotting shoots at the walls of heartache (bang, bang) this week with a discussion of "Warrior" starring two heavyweight talents, Tom Hardy and Joel Edgerton... Plus, Adan and Matty share their Top 5 Most Anticipated Fall Movies.

:00-21:07 - Review: "Warrior"
Music: Okkervil River, "Our Life Is Not A Movie Or May"
21:59-33:15 - Massacre Theatre / Polls / Notes
33:16-40:25 - Listener Feedback (Race Against The Clock Movies)
Music: Okkervil River, "Rider"
41:30-52:00 - DVDs / Donations
52:24-1:14:21 - Top 5: Most Anticipated Fall Movies
1:14:22-1:16:41 - Close

MUSIC

- Featured Artist: Okkervil River

NOTES / LINKS

- Massacre Theatre winner: Jane Bowling

- 3rd Annual Reel Recovery Film Festival

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#362: Top 5 Assassin Movies / Colombiana / The Guard

2011-09-02 :: feedback@filmspotting.net (Kempenaar & Larsen, WBEZ)
Length: 1s

What exactly do you do for a living? Cleaner. You mean you're a hitman. Yeah. Cool. Guest hosts Matt Singer and Alison Willmore put their Top 5 Assassin Movies in the their crosshairs. Plus, reviews of "Colombiana" starring Zoe Saldana and "The Guard."

This episode is presented by Audible.com.

- :00-14:33 - Review: "Colombiana"
Music: Fitz and The Tantrums, "Breakin' the Chains of Love"
- 15:15-18:00 - Audible Recommendations
- 18:16-30:57 - Massacre Theatre / Polls / Notes
- 30:58-46:03 - Review: "The Guard"
Music: Fitz and The Tantrums, "Moneygrabber"
- 46:54-1:12:35 - Top 5: Assassin Movies
- 1:12:36-1:16:11 - Close / Outtakes

MUSIC

- Fitz and The Tantrums

NOTES / LINKS

- Massacre Theatre winner: Anthony Chavez

- Top 5 Assassin Movies

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#361: Top 5 Haunted Houses / Don't Be Afraid... / Fright Night

2011-08-26 :: feedback@filmspotting.net (Kempenaar & Larsen, WBEZ)
Length: 1s

It was an evil show from the beginning -- a podcast that was born bad. Guest hosts Matt Singer and Alison Willmore dim the lights to share their Top 5 Haunted Houses. Plus they set the Ouija board table with discussions of "Don't Be Afraid of the Dark" and "Fright Night."

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- :00-18:48 - Review: "Don't Be Afraid of the Dark"
Music: The Decemberists, "Don't Carry It All"
- 20:07-22:32 - Audible Recommendations
- 22:54-32:54 - Massacre Theatre / Polls
- 32:55-47:38 - Review: "Fright Night"
Music: The Decemberists, "Calamity Song"
- 48:30-1:10:10 - Top 5: Haunted Houses
- 1:10:11-1:12:02 - Close

MUSIC

- Featured Artist: The Decemberists

NOTES / LINKS

- Massacre Theatre winner: Joel Chapman

- Decemberists Infinite Jest video

- Top 5 Haunted Houses

- Rob Ager's analysis of The Shining

- Email feedback for Matt and Allison next week

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#360: Top 5 Race Against The Clock Movies / 30 Minutes or Less

2011-08-19 :: feedback@filmspotting.net (Kempenaar & Larsen, WBEZ)
Length: 1s

Adam and Matty have until midnight to get their Top 5 Race Against The Clock Movies in... or the intern gets it! Plus, a Filmspotting showdown over the new comedy "30 Minutes or Less" and "Rise of the Planet of the Apes" finally gets its due.

This episode is presented by Squarespace.com.

- :00-16:15 - Review: "30 Minutes or Less"
Music: Rodney Crowell, "Earthbound"
- 18:59-27:39 - Massacre Theatre / Polls / Notes
- 28:10-39:31 - Review: "Rise of the Planet of the Apes"
Music: Rodney Crowell, "I Know Love Is All I Need"
- 40:22-48:22 - DVD Snapshot / Donations
- 49:56-1:08:12 - Top 5: Race Against The Clock Movies
- 1:08:13-1:11:14 - Close

MUSIC

- Featured Artist: Rodney Crowell

NOTES / LINKS

- Massacre Theatre winner: Gregg Martinson

- Top 5 Race Against the Clock Movies

- DVD picks for Aug. 23: The Beaver, Troll Hunter, Hostage Blu-ray, Swingers Blu-ray, POM Wonderful Presents The Greatest Movie Ever Sold. Plus, Win Win and Road to Nowhere.

- Spotlight Review: "The Future"

- "The Winners" play in St. Louis

- 48 Hour Film Project: Joe Conway

- 48 Hour Film Project: Tye Stephens

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#359: The Interrupters / Top 5 Inner City Movies

2011-08-12 :: feedback@filmspotting.net (Kempenaar & Larsen, WBEZ)
Length: 1s

Matty interviews Chicago filmmaking royalty this week when director/producer Steve James and co-producer Alex Kotlowitz drop by for an in-depth discussion about their great new documentary "The Interrupters," chronicling a year in the life of some of Chicago's most violent neighborhoods. Plus, the Top 5 Inner City Movies.

This podcast is brought to you by Audible.com and Squarespace.com.

- :00-20:07 - Interview: Steve James and Alex Kotlowitz (Part 1)
Music: Paul Dempsey, "Ramona Was A Waitress"
- 21:09-23:36 - Audible / Squarespace
- 24:01-34:41 - Massacre Theatre / Polls / Notes
- 34:42-52:44 - Interview: Steve James and Alex Kotlowitz (Part 2)
Music: Paul Dempsey, "Fast Friends"
- 53:48-1:02:50 - DVD Snapshot / Donations
- 1:03:14-1:23:01 - Top 5: Inner City Movies
- 1:22:06-1:26:48 - Close / Outtakes

iPHONE/ANDROID APP BONUS CONTENT

- One Spot Shoots Feedback

MUSIC

- Featured Artist: Paul Dempsey

NOTES / LINKS

- Massacre Theatre winner: Jon Colletti

- "The Interrupters" Official Site

- Steve James' and Alex Kotlowitz's Top 5 Documentaries

- Top 5 Inner City Movies: Check back soon!

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#358: Attack The Block / Top 5 One Spot Shoots / Crazy, Stupid, Love

2011-08-06 :: feedback@filmspotting.net (Kempenaar & Larsen, WBEZ)
Length: 1s

That's an alien bruv, believe it. Adam and Matty take on the new sci-fi/horror/comedy "Attack The Block" and the romcom "Crazy, Stupid, Love" ... And things get a little claustrophobic in the studio as they share their Top 5 One Spot Shoots.

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- :00-19:09 - Review: "Attack The Block"
Music: Yuck, "Milkshake"
- 19:59-21:01 - Audible Recommendations
- 21:16-32:55 - Massacre Theatre / Notes / Polls
- 32:56-47:36 - Review: "Crazy, Stupid, Love."
Music: Yuck, "Georgia"
- 48:09-56:48 - DVD Snapshot / Donations
- 57:10-1:16:37 - Top 5: One Spot Shoots
- 1:16:38-1:23:08 - Close / Outtakes

MUSIC

- Featured Artist: Yuck

NOTES / LINKS

- Massacre Theatre winner: William Mason

- Top 5 One Spot Shoots - Check back

- DVD picks for Aug. 9: The Fox and the Hound, Fast Times at Ridgemont High / Dazed and Confused, Paul, The Life and Work of Jack Cardiff, The Battle of Algiers

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#357: Top 5 Damn It's Hot Movies / Terri / Captain America

2011-07-29 :: feedback@filmspotting.net (Kempenaar & Larsen, WBEZ)
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"Boy oh boy, it's really hot, huh? Pardon me, but don't you ever sweat?" Adam and Matty try to stay cool with a countdown of their Top 5 Damn It's Hot Movies. Plus, a discussion of the new indie comedy "Terri," and guest Chris Klimek offers his take on "Captain America."

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- :00-21:14 - Review: "Terri"
Music: Das Racist, "All Tan Everything"
- 22:03-25:48 - Audible Recommendations
- 26:06-37:03 - Massacre Theatre / Polls / Notes
- 37:04-46:53 - Review/Interview: Chris Klimek on "Captain America"
Music: Das Racist, "Rapping 2 U"
- 48:02-58:47 - DVD Snapshot w/Mike Spring / Donations
- 55:06-1:24:01 - Top 5: Damn It's Hot Movies
- 1:24:02-1:28:51 - Close / Outtakes

 MUSIC

- Featured Artist: Das Racist

CORRECTION(S)

- "Drunken Angel" was the first Kurosawa-Mifune collaboration NOT "Stray Dog."

NOTES / LINKS

- Massacre Theatre winner: Bob Blenheim

- Chris Klimek

- Married in Spandex movie

- Errol Morris on Frederick Wiseman

- Top 5 Damn It's Hot Movies

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Interview: Another Earth w/ Brit Marling and Mike Cahill

2011-07-25 :: feedback@filmspotting.net (Kempenaar & Larsen, WBEZ)
Length: 26s

Adam's full 26-minute conversation with Brit Marling and Mike Cahill about their new film "Another Earth."

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#356: Top 5 Docs / Tabloid / Project Nim / Another Earth

2011-07-21 :: feedback@filmspotting.net (Kempenaar & Larsen, WBEZ)
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When Michael Phillips fills in for Matty, the hosts stop being polite... and start getting real. It's Docapalooza 2011 as Adam and Michael share their Top 5 Documentaries and discuss two new docs:  Errol Morris' "Tabloid" and James Marsh's "Project Nim." Plus, Adam's interview with Brit Marling and Mike Cahill about their new sci-fi drama "Another Earth."

- :00-14:26 - Review: "Tabloid"
- :15:34-25:30 - Review: "Project Nim"
Music: Fleet Foxes, "Helplessness Blues"
- 27:02-35:56 - Massacre Theatre / Polls
- 35:55-51:07 - Interview: Mike Cahill & Brit Marling
Music: Fleet Foxes, "Ragged Wood"
- 53:15-54:51 - DVDs
- 55:06-1:21:33 - Top 5: Documentaries
- 1:21:34-1:24:15 - Close

MUSIC

- Featured Artist: Fleet Foxes

BONUS CONTENT

- Nothing this week, sorry!

NOTES / LINKS

- "Another Earth" Trailer

- Massacre Theatre winner: Aaron Ries

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#355: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2

2011-07-16 :: feedback@filmspotting.net (Kempenaar & Larsen, WBEZ)
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Only one can live... forever. Adam and Matty do something they've never done before as a duo -- actually discuss a "Harry Potter" movie! Will the magic of "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2" transform your loveable muggles into true believers? Plus, feedback on "I Saw the Devil" and a replay of Adam and Sam's review of "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix" from 2007. 

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- :00-23:16 - Review: "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2"
Music: Tune-Yards, "Bizness"
- 26:46-37:33 - Massacre Theatre (feat. Chicago's Neo-Futurists) / Polls
- 37:34-48:07 - Listener Feedback ("I Saw the Devil")
Music: Tune-Yards, "You Yes You"
- 49:07-58:13 - DVDs / Donations
- 58:41-1:14:53 - FS Revisited: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
- 1:14:54-1:17:29 - Close

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NOTES / LINKS

- Massacre Theatre winner: Francisco Asmaeil

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#354: I Saw the Devil / Top 5 Revenge Movies

2011-07-08 :: feedback@filmspotting.net (Kempenaar & Larsen, WBEZ)
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Revenge is a dish best served... by Adam and Matty. Filmspotting takes on Ji-woon Kim's cat-and-mouse thriller "I Saw the Devil" -- available now on DVD and Netflix Instant -- and shares the Top 5 Revenge Movies. (Yes, there is an explanation why Kill Bill didn't make the list... this time.)

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- :00-17:32 - Review: "I Saw The Devil"

Music: James Blake, "Limit To Your Love"

- 21:09-28:24 - Massacre Theatre / Notes / Polls

- 28:25-38:29 - Listener Feedback (Best of the Year So Far)

Music: James Blake, "Lindisfarne"

- 39:32-48:34 - DVDs / Donations

- 48:52-1:09:06 - Top 5: Revenge Movies

- 1:09:07-1:14:17 - Close / Outtakes

MUSIC

- Featured Artist: James Blake

NOTES / LINKS

- Matt Singer's review of "I Saw the Devil"

- Pitchfork Music Festival

- VIP Passes to Pitchfork: Email us with the Pitchfork band you most want to see at the festival and hear on Filmspotting.

- Massacre Theatre winner: Kent Brubaker

- Top 5 Revenge Movies - Check back soon

- Great revenge movies Adam excluded because they made his Top 5 Revenge Movies list back in 2005: Kill Bill, Memento, The Limey, In the Bedroom

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#353: Best Films of 2011 (So Far) / The Trip

2011-07-01 :: feedback@filmspotting.net (Kempenaar & Larsen, WBEZ)
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It's time for the Kelly Reichardt drinking game aka Filmspotting's countdown of the Best Films of 2011 (So Far). Plus, a discussion of Michael Winterbottom's "The Trip" starring Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon.

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- :00-25:11 - Review: "The Trip"
Music: The Shimmies, "Friendly Fire"
- 28:48-36:28 - Massacre Theatre / Notes / Polls
- 36:29-53:00 - Part 1: Best Films So Far - Pt. 1
Music: The Shimmies, "July 4th"
- 54:04-1:03:56 - DVDs / Donations
- 1:04:24-1:23:10 - Best Films So Far - Pt. 2
- 1:23:11-1:26:07 - Close

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 MUSIC

- Featured Artist: The Shimmies

NOTES / LINKS

- This is how Michael Caine speaks

- Winter's Bone concert at Lincoln Hall

- Massacre Theatre winner: Eileen Hunter

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After Hours #19: John Waters / Salt of the Earth / Kieslowski Awards

2011-06-30 :: feedback@filmspotting.net (Kempenaar & Larsen, WBEZ)
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After Hours returns for a Listener's Choice discussion of the 1954 film "Salt of the Earth." Plus, an interview with John Waters about the film that changed his life, "The Wizard of Oz." Author Robert K. Elder conducted the interview live at The Music Box in Chicago. And don't miss 'The Decalogues'  -- our best of the Kieslowski Marathon Awards.

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NOTES / CORRECTIONS

- Rob Elder / The Film That Changed My Life

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#352: Beginners / Green Lantern / Top 5 Autobiographical Movies

2011-06-24 :: feedback@filmspotting.net (Kempenaar & Larsen, WBEZ)
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Matt Singer and Alison Willmore fill-in for Adam and Matty this week to discuss "Beginners" from writer/director Mike Mills. Plus, "Green Lantern" and the Top 5 Autobiographical Movies.

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- :00-18:20 - Review: "Beginners"

Music: Dawes, "Time Spent in Los Angeles"

- 21:17-29:05 - Massacre Theatre / Polls

- 29:06-44:11 - Review: "Green Lantern"

Music: Dawes, "If I Wanted Someone"

- 45:31-1:08:56 - Top 5: Autobiographical Movies

- 1:08:57-1:12:39 - Close

MUSIC

- Featured Artist: Dawes

NOTES / LINKS

- Matt Singer/IFC.com

- Massacre Theatre winner: Yale Chasin

- Top 5 Autobiographical Movies (Check back)

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#351: The Tree of Life / Top 5 Non-Linear Movies

2011-06-16 :: feedback@filmspotting.net (Kempenaar & Larsen, WBEZ)
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Malick, always you wrestle inside us. Always you will... Adam and Matty grapple with the cosmic grandeur of Terrence Malick's "The Tree of Life," and, inspired by its unconventional narrative, share their Top 5 Non-Linear Movies.

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0:00-24:28 - Review: "The Tree of Life"
Music: Lucero, "Mom"
29:03-49:45 - Massacre Theatre / Notes / Polls
29:03-49:45 - Listener Feedback
Music: Lucero, "Smoke"
50:44-62:21 - DVDs / Donations
1:02:39-1:22:30 - Top 5: Non-Linear Films
1:22:31-1:28:27 - Close/Outtakes

 MUSIC

- Featured Artist: Lucero

NOTES / LINKS

- Massacre Theatre winner: Huxley Dunsany

- Adam on CBC Radio

- Adam's "Conformist" essay

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#350: Super 8 / X-Men: First Class / Top 5 Monster Movies

2011-06-10 :: feedback@filmspotting.net (Kempenaar & Larsen, WBEZ)
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It's 'hipster nostalgia porn' week on Filmspotting as Adam and guest Matt Singer discuss J.J. Abram's ode on a Spielberg urn, "Super 8." Then, Matty joins Adam for a Magneto-Professor X-level showdown on the merits of "X-Men: First Class" and a countdown of the Top 5 Monster Movies.

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- :00-23:58 - Review: "Super 8"

Music: Julius C, "Don't Want Anybody"

- 24:55-30:50 - Massacre Theatre / Polls

- 30:51-49:03 - Review: "X-Men: First Class"

Music: Julius C, "OK, OK"

- 49:58-1:04:37 - DVDs / Donations

- 1:04:59-1:23:48 - Top 5: Monster Movies

- 1:27:15-1:31:46 - Close / Outtake

MUSIC

- Featured Artist: Julius C

CORRECTIONS

- If my senior year of Latin is correct, there's no such thing as "simulacrums" but "simulacra", right?

- Matty actually first used the 'hipster nostalgia porn' phrase in 2009 not 2008, in conjunction with the movie "Where the Wild Things Are." Surely it had to have appeared somewhere in the zeitgeist prior though.

NOTES / LINKS

- Matt Singer/IFC.com

- Incidentally, I'm with Matt that the 'best' scene in "Super 8" is Elle Fanning's 'Audition' scene... My example is just a good one for why the movie really works for me.

- Massacre Theatre winner: Jennifer Ozawa

- AndDarren.com

- Filmspotting's "Bollywood Enlightenment Package"

- Top 5: Monster Movies (Check back)

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#349: Midnight In Paris / Top 5 Paris Movies / Three Colors: Red

2011-06-04 :: feedback@filmspotting.net (Kempenaar & Larsen, WBEZ)
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We'll always have Paris... movies. Filmspotting's resident Truffaut and Godard discuss Woody Allen's "Midnight in Paris" and reveal the Top 5 Paris Movies. Plus, the Kieslowski Marathon concludes with "Three Colors: Red."

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- :00-23:58 - Review: "Midnight in Paris"

Music: Daniel Knox, "Ghostsong"

- 27:24-40:27 - Massacre Theatre / Polls

- 40:43-53:24 - Kieslowski #5: "Red"

Music: Daniel Knox, "...etc..."

- 54:13-1:04:20 - DVDs / Donations

- 1:41:35-1:23:48 - Top 5: Paris Movies

- 1:23:49-1:31:07 - Close / Outtakes - Earmuffs Edition

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- Raunchy Comedies Feedback

 MUSIC

- Featured Artist: Daniel Knox

NOTES / LINKS

- Massacre Theatre winner: Callie V

- MattysBallgame.com

- Claudio Varosio original prints

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#348: Hangover II / Bridesmaids / Top 5 Raunchy Comedies / White

2011-05-27 :: feedback@filmspotting.net (Kempenaar & Larsen, WBEZ)
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"If any of us get laid tonight, it's because of Eric Bana in 'Munich' " Adam and Matty revert back to their awkward teenage years to share their Top 5 Raunchy Comedies, in conjunction with their discussions of "The Hangover Part II" and "Bridesmaids." Plus, the fifth film in our Krzysztof Kieslowski Marathon, "Three Colors: White."

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- :00-25:44 - Review: "Hangover 2" / "Bridesmaids"

Music: OK Go, "This Too Shall Pass"

- 28:30-41:02 - Massacre Theatre / Polls

- 41:11-52:01 - Kieslowski #5: "White"

Music: OK Go, "Greatest Song I Ever Heard"

- 53:43-1:01:30 - DVDs / Donations

- 1:01:52-1:23:14 - Top 5: Raunchy Comedies

- 1:24:23-1:26:29 - Close / Outtakes

 MUSIC

- Featured Artist: OK Go

CORRECTIONS

- Yes, I think I called Ed Helms' character Alan instead of Stu at least once.

NOTES / LINKS

- Filmspotting's U. of Chicago Class

- The People vs. George Lucas

- Massacre Theatre winner: Christopher Reese

- A.O. Scott on Neo-Neo Realism

- AMERICAN: The Bill Hicks Story

- Top 5: Raunchy Comedies (Check back)

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#347: Meek's Cutoff / Top 5 Revisionist Westerns / Blue

2011-05-20 :: feedback@filmspotting.net (Kempenaar & Larsen, WBEZ)
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O, Pioneers! Filmspotting saddles up for a discussion of Kelly Reichardt's "Meek's Cutoff," starring Michelle Williams. Plus, the Top 5 Revisionist Westerns -- because when the legend becomes fact, we print the legend -- and the fourth film in our Kieslowski Marathon, "Blue."

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- :00-22:16 - Review: "Meek's Cutoff"

Music: Moonlight Towers, "Heat Lightning"

- 26:06-37:39 - Massacre Theatre / Notes / Polls

- 38:01-52:39 - Kieslowski #4: "Blue"

Music: Moonlight Towers, "Can't Shakes This Feelin'"

- 53:41-1:04:56 - DVDs / Donations

- 1:05:21-1:24:22 - Top 5: Revisionist Westerns

- 1:24:23-1:27:11 - Close

 MUSIC

- Featured Artist: Moonlight Towers

NOTES / LINKS

- A.O. Scott on Neo-Neo Realism

- Massacre Theatre winner: Zachary Cook

- Video: "Donnie Darko" Music Montage

- Video: "Blue" Music Montage

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#346: Thor / Top 5 Films of 1995 / Strongman

2011-05-13 :: feedback@filmspotting.net (Kempenaar & Larsen, WBEZ)
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With Matty vacationing in Minnesota, Filmspotting producer and former co-host Sam Van Hallgren fills in to discuss Kenneth Branagh's "Thor" and share the Top 5 Films of 1995, part of our year-by-year countdown series. Plus, Adam's conversation with Zachary Levy, whose debut documentary "Strongman" was a winner at Slamdance and earned praise at SXSW.

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- :00-28:19 - Review: "Thor"
Music: Dan Hubbard, "The Last Time You See Me"
- 30:40-41:24 - Massacre Theatre / Notes / Polls
- 41:25-1:03:49 - Interview: Zach Levy
Music: Dan Hubbard, "Stay Away"
- 1:04:45-1:39:49 - Top 5: Movies of 1995
- 1:39:50-1:44:01 - Close / Outtakes

 MUSIC

- Featured Artist: Dan Hubbard and the Humadors

NOTES / LINKS

- "Strongman" Official Site

- "Making Our DIY Moment Matter" - by Zach Levy

- "Enemies of the People" Screening

- Massacre Theatre winner: Klay Kubiak

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#345: Top 5 Car Chases / Cave of Forgotten Dreams

2011-05-06 :: feedback@filmspotting.net (Kempenaar & Larsen, WBEZ)
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It's 106 miles to Chicago, we got a full tank of gas, half a pack of cigarettes, it's dark... and we're wearing sunglasses. Filmspotting's Jake and Elwood reveal their 'Bullitt Memorial' Top 5 Car Chases. Plus, a split on the greatness of Werner Herzog's new 3-D documentary "Cave of Forgotten Dreams" and an excerpt from Filmspotting's 2007 interview with Herzog.

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- :00-18:44 - Review: "Cave of Forgotten Dreams"

Music: The Dismemberment Plan, "What Do You Want Me To Say"

- 21:36-30:45 - Massacre Theatre / Notes / Polls

- 30:46-44:14 - Interview: Werner Herzog

Music: The Dismemberment Plan, "You Are Invited"

- 45:23-56:09 - Donations

- 56:29-1:12:33 - Top 5: Car Chases

- 1:12:34-1:16:11 - Close

 MUSIC

- Featured Artist: The Dismemberment Plan

NOTES / LINKS

- Massacre Theatre winner: Mitchell Krause

- American: The Bill Hicks Story

- Filmspotting Forum's Top 100 Documentaries

- Broken Taboos, Subjective Truths

- Facebook.com/HelpTuscaloosa and the Red Cross

- Author/illustrator Mark Crilley

- Filmspotting in "Brody's Ghost" - Check back

- Strongman documentary

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#344: The Conspirator / Top 5 Sidney Lumet Scenes

2011-04-22 :: feedback@filmspotting.net (Kempenaar & Larsen, WBEZ)
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Filmspotting pays tribute to Sidney Lumet, the director responsible for some of the greatest American films ever, including "Dog Day Afternoon" and "Network." Plus, a discussion of Robert Redford's latest film, "The Conspirator," about the trial of Mary Surratt, accused of conspiring to kill Abraham Lincoln.

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- :00-21:24 - Review: "The Conspirator"

Music: Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings, "I Learned The Hard Way"

- 25:28-36:15 - Massacre Theatre / Notes / Polls

- 36:16-49:42 - Listener Feedback: Character Actors Hall of Fame

Music: Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings, "She Ain't A Child No More"

- 51:08-55:05 - Donations

- 55:22-1:19:25 - Top 5: Lumet Scenes

- 1:19:26-1:22:29 - Close

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 MUSIC

- Featured Artist: Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings

NOTES / LINKS

- Massacre Theatre winner: J. Neblett

- Sundance Institute Presents ShortsLab: Chicago

- Audible recommendation(s): "War" by Sebastian Junger and "Assassination Vacation" by Sarah Vowell

- Sincere apologies again to Mike Spring from DVDSnapshot.com... Technical difficulties forced us to cut his segment this week. Here are his Top 5 DVD Releases of the Week: Bob Dylan: Don't Look Back, El Topo/ The Holy Mountain, , Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas and Blow Out.

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#343: Hanna / Michael Rooker / Top 5 Character Actors

2011-04-15 :: feedback@filmspotting.net (Kempenaar & Larsen, WBEZ)
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A discussion of Joe Wright's "Hanna" starring Saoirse Ronan and Cate Blanchett... Plus, Matty's conversation with all-time great 'that guy' Michael Rooker ("Super") and the inaugural class of Filmspotting's Character Hall of Fame.

- :00-21:53 - Review: "Hanna"

Music: Fitz and the Tantrums, "Breakin' the Chains of Love"

- 23:20-36:09 - Massacre Theatre / Polls / Notes / "Super"

- 36:22-1:00:44 - Interview: Michael Rooker

Music: Fitz and the Tantrums, "Money Grabber"

- 1:02:13-1:18:18 - DVDs  / Donations

- 1:18:45-1:38:33 - Top 5: Character Actors

- 1:38:34 - 1:42:12 - Close / Producer's Note

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- Source Code Ending/Spoiler Talk

 MUSIC

- Featured Artist: Fitz and the Tantrums

NOTES / LINKS

- Matty and Mae West event

- Breaking the End of "Source Code"

- /Filmcast w/ Duncan Jones

Film Criticism In Focus Conference

The Elephant in the Living Room

- Gene Siskel Film Center - BFI's Top 50 To See Before 14

- Character Actor Hall of Fame - Visit for IMDb links

- Massacre Theatre winner: Keith Moser

- Top 5 DVD Releases of the Week: Somewhere, Kes, Rabbit Hole, The Way Back, The King's Speech

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#342: Source Code / Top 5 Train Movies / Double Life of Veronique

2011-04-08 :: feedback@filmspotting.net (Kempenaar & Larsen, WBEZ)
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All aboard! Matty triumphantly returns to discuss the new thriller "Source Code" and to share our Top 5 Train Movies. Plus, the Kieslowski Marathon resumes with "The Double Life of Veronique."

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- :00-17:45 - Review: "Source Code"

Music: The Civil Wars, "Barton Hollow"

- 19:48-26:50 - DVDs w/ Mike Spring

- 27:15-37:13 - Massacre Theatre / Polls / Notes

- 37:14-52:28 - Kieslowski #3: "The Double Life of Veronique"

Music: The Civil Wars, "20 Years"

- 53:51-1:00:41 - Donations

- 1:01:02-1:19:07 - Top 5: Train Movies

- 1:19:08 - 1:23:12 - Close / Outtakes

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- Win Win, Undertow

 MUSIC

- Featured Artist: The Civil Wars

NOTES / LINKS

- Massacre Theatre winner: Dante A. Bacani

- Sylvia Plath's "Metaphors"

- Top 5 Train Movies

- Audible recommendation(s): "Bossypants" and "Obama's Wars"

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#341: Jane Eyre / Taxi Driver / Top 5 De Niro Scenes

2011-04-01 :: feedback@filmspotting.net (Kempenaar & Larsen, WBEZ)
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Special guest Dana Stevens from Slate.com and the Slate Culture Gabfest joins Adam to discuss the new "Jane Eyre" and the 35th Anniversary release of "Taxi Driver." Plus, our Top 5 Robert De Niro Scenes. Yes, we're talking to you. No, that scene didn't make the cut. Sorry.

Sincere apologies to Mike Spring from DVD Snapshot! We recorded a fun new DVDs segment that had to be left on the cutting room floor due to an audio mix-up on our end. You can listen to the segment with my inferior sound here though -- New DVDs Audio -- and check out his top 5 DVD releases of the week below.

- :00-19:23 - Review: "Jane Eyre"

Music: The Moore Brothers, "Fascinations"

- 20:53-30:34 - Massacre Theatre / Polls

- 30:35-50:50 - "Taxi Driver" 35th Anniversary

Music: The Moore Brothers, "New For You"

- 52:19-1:17:33 - Top 5: De Niro Scenes

- 1:17:34-1:20:18 - Close

MUSIC

- Featured Artist: The Moore Brothers

NOTES / LINKS

- Slate Culture Gabfest

- Elizabeth Taylor, RIP - By Dana Stevens

- Listening to "Taxi Driver" - By Dana Stevens

- "Taxi Driver" recut trailer

- Top 5 De Niro Scenes

- Massacre Theatre winner: Jonathan Wang

- Top 5 DVD Releases of the Week: Arabesque, I Love You Phillip Morris, Taxi Driver, AI: Artifical Intelligence and TRON/TRON: Legacy

- Baz Luhrmann is remaking "The Great Gatsby"

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FS Revisited: Top 5 Heist Movies / Le Cercle Rouge

2011-03-25 :: feedback@filmspotting.net (Kempenaar & Larsen, WBEZ)
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Adam enlists Mike Spring (DVD Snapshot) to revisit Jean-Pierre Melville's classic "Le Cercle Rouge" and Filmspotting's Top 5 Heist Movies. Plus, "Black Swan" and screenwriter/listener Brett Merryman calls in to defend Michael Mann's heist epic "Heat."

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- :00-11:22 - Top 5 DVD Releases w/Mike Spring

- 11:23-26:52 - Review Revisted: "Black Swan"

Music: Deer Tick, "Song About A Man"

- 31:19-43:06 - Marathon Revisited: "Le Cercle Rouge"

Music: Deer Tick, "Hell On Earth"

- 44:45-59:08 - Top 5 Revisited: Heist Movies

- 59:21-1:11:31 - Listener Feedback, Defending "Heat" w/ Brett Merryman

- 1:11:32-1:14:06 - Close/Producer's Note

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- Sorry, no bonus audio this week

 MUSIC

- Featured Artist: Deer Tick

NOTES / LINKS

-  Video essay by Matt Zoller Seitz on Michael Mann

- Audible recommendation(s): "Zombie Spaceship Wasteland," "The Elephant to Hollywood"

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#340: Certified Copy / Paul / Top 5 Movies About Art

2011-03-18 :: feedback@filmspotting.net (Kempenaar & Larsen, WBEZ)
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The AV Club's Tasha Robinson sits in for Matty this week to discuss Abbas Kiarostami's enigmatic "Certified Copy." Plus, Adam and Tasha share their Top 5 Movies About Art, and Tasha offers some thoughts on the new Simon Pegg-Nick Frost comedy "Paul."

- :00-20:48 - Review: "Certified Copy"

Music: Free Energy, "Free Energy"

- 22:00-29:56 - DVDs w/ Mike Spring

- 30:42-45:38 - Massacre Theatre / Polls / Notes

-45:39-51:42 - Review: "Paul"

Music: Free Energy, "Hope Child"

- 53:30-58:36 - Donations

- 59:15 -1:28:06 - Top 5: Movies About Art

- 1:28:07-1:30:19 - Close

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MUSIC

- Featured Artist: Free Energy

NOTES / LINKS

- Contest: Seven Brides/TCM Event at The Music Box

- Dogtooth director's next movie

- 2010 Filmspot: Official Winners

- Massacre Theatre winner: Dave Lieberman

- Top 5 DVD Releases of the Week: Stand By Me: 25th Anniversary Ed., Our Hospitality, The Times of Harvey Milk, Anastasia/The Sandlot and Skyline.

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#339: The Adjustment Bureau / Red State / Top 5 Long Takes

2011-03-11 :: feedback@filmspotting.net (Kempenaar & Larsen, WBEZ)
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Got a ticking noise in your head? Steve Prokopy (aka Capone) from Ain't It Cool News fills in for Matty this week to list the Top 5 Long Takes. Plus, a discussion of "The Adjustment Bureau" and Steve's reactions to Kevin Smith's "Red State" and "Battle: Los Angeles."

This podcast is brought to you Audible.com.

 

MUSIC

- Featured Artist: The Damselles & The TC4

NOTES / LINKS

- Watch the brilliant "Secret in Their Eyes' stadium sequence that in part inspired this week's top 5.

- Technical difficulties kept us from recording our usual DVD segment with Mike Spring from DVDSnapshot.com. The week's notable releases include: Waste Land, The Fighter and Hereafter, plus Blu-ray releases of Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy, Au revoir les enfants and Yi Yi.

- Massacre Theatre winner: Lauren Fulton

- Even horses love Michael Fassbender

- Audible recommendation(s): "A Scanner Darkly," "Minority and Other Stories" and "The Adjustment Bureau"

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#338: Kieslowski Double Feature / Top 5 Mortality Movies (Revisited)

2011-03-04 :: feedback@filmspotting.net (Kempenaar & Larsen, WBEZ)
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Do you like movies about death? First up, the second set of films in the Kieslowski Marathon, "A Short Film About Killing" and "A Short Film About Love." Later, Adam and Matty revisit their Top 5 Movies About Mortality from November 2008 and acknowledge some of their most glaring omissions.

- :00-16:57 - Kieslowski Marathon: "A Short Film About Love/Killing"

Music: Katie Sawicki, "Work To Do"

- 19:06-31:21 - Massacre Theatre / Polls / Notes

- 31:22-40:24 - Revolution Movies Feedback

Music: Katie Sawicki, "Orpheum"

- 41:50-55:46 - DVDs / Donations

- 56:10 -1:16:48 - Top 5: Mortality Movies Redux

- 1:16:49-1:21:16 - Close / Outtakes

MUSIC

- Featured Artist: Katie Sawicki, "The Cabin Project"

NOTES / LINKS

- Massacre Theatre winner: Adam Mark

- Interesting read: Paul Haggis vs. the Church of Scientology

- "Battleship Potemkin" at The Music Box - Fully restored 35mm print

- Facets DVD Exclusives

- Top 5 DVD Releases of the Week: Morning Glory, Inside Job, Jackass 3-D, Four Lions and The Next Three Days... Plus, Exit Through the Gift Shop (Blu-ray), Naussica of the Valley of the Wind.

- Kartemquin Films - pronounced like it looks, Kartem-QUIN (note to Adam)

- Hip-hop EP based on movie "Moon"

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#337: Army of Shadows / Top 5 Revolution Movies

2011-02-24 :: feedback@filmspotting.net (Kempenaar & Larsen, WBEZ)
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Viva La Resistance! Le Ballgame and Le Kemp risk their lives to discuss the latest Listener's Choice pick, Jean-Pierre Melville's "Army of Shadows" ... Plus, the 2010 Golden Brick winner and the Top 5 Revolution Films.

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- :00-16:04 - Listener's Choice: "Army of Shadows"

Music: Lady Lamb the Beekeeper, "Bicycle"

- 19:06-27:19 - Massacre Theatre / Polls

- 27:20-33:42 - Small Town Movies Feedback

- 33:43-45:35 - Massacre Theatre / Polls / Listener Feedback

Music: Lady Lamb the Beekeeper, "Between Two Trees"

- 46:56-1:01:41 - DVDs / Donations

- 1:02:01 -1:22:36 - Talkin' Bout a Top 5: Revolution Movies

- 1:22:37-1:27:07 - Close / Outtakes

MUSIC

- Featured Artist: Lady Lamb The Beekeeper

NOTES / LINKS

- New Cult Canon: Army of Shadows

- Massacre Theatre winner: Ben Newman

- "Battleship Potemkin" at The Music Box - Fully restored 35mm print, starts Friday, March 4

- Top 5 DVD Releases of the Week: Out of Sight, Fernando di Leo Crime Collection, Love and Other Drugs, Bambi, 127 Hours. Plus: The Cable Guy, Genius Within: The Inner Life of Glenn Gould, The Last American Virgin/Losin' It/The Sure Thing, SWAT: Firefight

- Audible recommendation: "Lolita" by Vladimir Nabokov

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#336: The Eagle / Top 5 Relic Movies

2011-02-17 :: feedback@filmspotting.net (Kempenaar & Larsen, WBEZ)
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Matthias Ballgamus and Adamus Kempenaarius go in search of a coherent storyline and charismatic lead performance in director Kevin Macdonald's "The Eagle" ... Plus, the 2001: A Space Odyssey Monolith Memorial List of the Top 5 Relic Movies, and some great Listener Feedback on the most anticipated movies of the year.

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- :00-16:07 - Review: "The Eagle"

Music: The Lamplights "Home Again"

- 19:27-37:48 - Massacre Theatre / Polls / Notes

Music: The Lamplights "Traveling Song"

- 39:01-51:50 - DVDs / Donations

- 52:13 -1:02:49 - Top 5: Relic Movies

- 1:02:50-1:05:45 - Close / Outtakes

MUSIC

- Featured Artist: The Lamplights

NOTES / LINKS

- Massacre Theatre winner: Adam Lichty

- Listener film sites powered by Squarespace include: The Reelists, Movie Fodder and WaxIdiotical

- Robocop statue for Detroit?

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#335: Cedar Rapids / Top 5 Small Town Movies

2011-02-12 :: feedback@filmspotting.net (Kempenaar & Larsen, WBEZ)

Recording live on tape from the Royal Cedar Suites Hotel, Adam and Matty discuss the new comedy "Cedar Rapids" ... Plus, the Bedford Falls Memorial List of the Top 5 Small Town Movies, and the first film in the Krzysztof Kieslowski Marathon, "Camera Buff."

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- :00-16:42 - Review: "Cedar Rapids"
Music: Gear Daddies "Stupid Boy"
- 19:59-30:35 - Massacre Theatre / Polls / Notes
- 25:11-36:11 - Kieslowski #1: "Camera Buff"
Music: Gear Daddies "Color of Her Eyes"
- 1:00:19-59:56 - DVDs / Donations
- 1:00:19 -1:13:26 - Top 5: Small Town Movies
- 1:13:27-1:17:25 - Close / Outtakes

MUSIC

- Featured Artist: Gear Daddies

NOTES / LINKS

- Seriously, "It's a Wonderful Life" didn't even get a mention in the show? For shame.

- Somehow in all the "Biutiful"/"Pursuit of Happyness" tie-ins, we failed to mention the whole deliberate misspelling thing. But yes, that was part of our attempt at being clever.

- "Happyness" is actually the 11th most entered MT ever.

- Massacre Theatre winner: Steve Carley

- Adam Palcher's Best of Sundance List

- Time Out's Top 100 British Films

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#334: Biutiful / Top 5 Most Anticipated Films of 2011

2011-02-05 :: feedback@filmspotting.net (Kempenaar & Larsen, WBEZ)
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Adam and Matty discuss Alejandro González Iñárritu's latest happy-go-lucky romp "Biutiful," starring Javier Bardem... and share their Top 5 Most Anticipated Films of 2011. Paging Terrence Malick... Mr. Malick.

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Filmspotting #334
- :00-12:28 - Review: "Biutiful"
Music: Wake Up Lucid, "Paint Your Lips"
- 14:55-25:10 - Massacre Theatre / Polls / Notes
- 25:11-36:11 - Listener Feedback
Music: Wake Up Lucid, "A Minor"
- 37:50-48:43 - DVDs / Donations
- 49:03 - 1:02:56 - Top 5: Most Anticipated of 2011
- 1:02:57-1:06:51 - Close / Outtakes

MUSIC

- Featured Artist: Wake Up Lucid

NOTES / LINKS

- Oscars Preview/Live Event Audio

- Listener Golden Brick Nominees

- Massacre Theatre winner: Carla Fleisher

SPONSORS / PARTNERS

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#333: Golden Bricks of 2010 / Together

2011-01-27 :: feedback@filmspotting.net (Kempenaar & Larsen, WBEZ)
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Adam and Matty announce the only awards that make the winners say, "What"? It's Filmspotting's Golden Bricks of 2010 -- their favorite overlooked/underappreciated movies of the past year. Pluis, a Listener's Choice discussion of Lukas Moodysson's 2001 film "Together."

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- :00-18:04 - Listener's Choice: "Together"

Music: Iron & Wine, "Tree By The River"

- 21:16-30:55 - Massacre Theatre / Polls / Notes

- 30:56-37:51 - Listener Feedback

Music: Iron & Wine, "Walking Far From Home"

- 39:09-52:53 - DVDs / Donations

- 53:13 - 1:11:19 - Top 5: Golden Bricks

- 1:12:20-1:15:10 - Close / Outtake

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- Bonus Audio: 2010 Oscar babble

MUSIC

- Featured Artist: Iron & Wine

CORRECTIONS

- The director of "A Film Unfinished" -- Yael Hersonski -- is a woman, and her name is pronounced Yah-el... I'm told. I did not, obviously, Google this director. Nor did I read any interviews or press materials.

- Yes, Matty is/was aware that "Raiders of the Lost Ark" came out in 1981.

NOTES / LINKS

- Tribune/Oscars Live Event

- Pre-Oscars event meetup

- Massacre Theatre winner: Lorel Janiszewski

- Adam's Audible recs: "Ordinary People" by Judith Guest and "A Prayer for Owen Meany" by John Irving

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#332: Top 5 Lead Performances of 2010 / Another Year

2011-01-21 :: feedback@filmspotting.net (Kempenaar & Larsen, WBEZ)
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Adam and Matty shame the Golden Globes with their Top 5 Lead Performances of 2010. Plus, the guys get back to their working class roots for a discussion of Mike Leigh's latest "Another Year."

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- :00-14:27 - Review: "Another Year"

Music: Mark Mallman, "Knockout on 22nd Street"

- 15:48 - 24:40 - Squarespace / New DVDs

- 25:04-37:01 - Massacre Theatre / Polls

- 37:03-53:45 - Top 5: Performances of 2010

Music: Mark Mallman, "Death Wish"

- 54:53-56:45 - Donations / Thank you's

- 1:06:15-1:22:44 - Top 5: Performances of 2010 cont.

- 1:22:45-1:26:17 - Close / Outtake

APP BONUS CONTENT

- Bonus Audio: Top 11-20 Films of 2010

MUSIC

- Featured Artist: Mark Mallman

NOTES / LINKS / CORRECTIONS

- Tribune/Oscars Live Event

- Yes, Matty meant Zombieland not Adventureland when talking about Emma Stone this week. Nice catch, Jared in Dorchester!

- Top 11-20 Films of 2010

- Massacre Theatre winner: Tom Price

SPONSORS / PARTNERS

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- Creative Screenwriting - iTunes - This week's guests are Joel and Ethan Coen for "Trut Grit."

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#331: Top 10 Films of 2010

2011-01-14 :: feedback@filmspotting.net (Kempenaar & Larsen, WBEZ)
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The moment of truth is finally here as Adam and Matty unveil their Top 10 Films of 2010 -- with a little help from very special guests Scott Tobias (AV Club) and Michael Phillips (Chicago Tribune). There wasn't time to fit in any honorable mentions, but you can check out the full Top 10 lists here, including Adam's 11-20.

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- :21-20:25 - Top 10 of 2010: #10-6
Music: Pains of Being Pure..., "Heart in Your Heartbreak"
- 22:49-31:21 - Massacre Theatre / Polls / Notes
- 31:22-51:05 - Top 10 of 2010: #5-4
Music: Pains of Being Pure..., "The One"
- 59:19 - 1:07:16 - New DVDs w/ Mike Spring
- 1:07:44-1:44:05 - Top 10 of 2010: #3-1
- 1:44:06-1:47:54 - Close

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- Matty's very blue valentine

MUSIC

- Featured Artist: The Pains of Being Pure at Heart

NOTES / LINKS / CORRECTIONS

- The four movies Adam really regrets not seeing before forming this list: Everyone Else, I Am Love, Let Me In, The Secrets in Their Eyes

- Michael Phillips/Chicago Tribune

- Scott Tobias/AV Club

- A.V. Club's Best Films of 2010

- A.O. Scott on "Black Swan"

- Dan Kois' "Black Swan" flowchart

- Facets screening of "The Circle"

- Massacre Theatre winner: Lance St. Laurent

GUESTS

- Corey Atad - The Reelists
- Rian Johnson - Writer/Director
- Tassoula Kokkoris - Cinebanter
- Matt Singer - IFC News
- Sam Van Hallgren - Filmspotting producer

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FS #330: True Grit / Top 5 Supporting Performances of 2010

2011-01-08 :: feedback@filmspotting.net (Kempenaar & Larsen, WBEZ)
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With Matty on the road again, Steve Prokopy aka Capone from Ain't It Cool News sits in to round out the holiday movie season with discussions of "True Grit," "Somewhere" and "Blue Valentine." Plus, the guys share the Top 5 Supporting Performances of 2010.

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Filmspotting #330
- :00-10:58 - Review: "True Grit"
- 10:59-17:29 - Review: "Somewhere"
- 17:30-24:56 - Review: "Blue Valentine"
Music: Scott Lucas & The Married Men, "Extra Special Bitter"

- 26:04-31:14 - Massacre Theatre / Polls
- 31:15-51:05 - Top 5: Supp. Actors of 2010
Music: Scott Lucas & The Married Men, "Stolen Umbrellas"

- 52:12-1:10:59 - Top 5: Supp. Actresses of 2010
- 1:11:00-1:13:09 - Close

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- Perfect Filmspotting holiday gift

 MUSIC

- Featured Artist: Scott Lucas and the Married Men

NOTES / CORRECTIONS

- Steve Prokopy's Best & Worst of 2010

- Dale Dickey's bio

SPONSORS / PARTNERS

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FS Fix: The Film That Changed My Life

2011-01-01 :: feedback@filmspotting.net (Kempenaar & Larsen, WBEZ)
Length: 40s

Matty may be off, but never fear... Adam has your holiday Filmspotting Fix. He talks with author Robert K. Elder about his new book "The Film That Changed My Life: 30 Directors on Their Epiphanies in the Dark." Happy New Year everyone!

This podcast is presented by Audible.com.

NOTES / CORRECTIONS

- Robert K. Elder Site

- The Film That Changed My Life

- Follow more notes and news at http://twitter.com/filmspotting

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FS #329: The King's Speech / The Fighter / Archers Awards

2010-12-17 :: feedback@filmspotting.net (Kempenaar & Larsen, WBEZ)
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Are "The Fighter" and "The King's Speech" Oscar contenders or Oscar bums? Adam and Matty discuss, plus wrap up their Powell-Pressburger Marathon with The Archers -- the best of the Marathon Awards.

RUNDOWN

Filmspotting #329
- :00-18:14 - Review: "The King's Speech"
Music: We Were The States "Don't Ask Why"
- 19:37-25:59 - Massacre Theatre / Polls (Winner: Kyle Waldron)
- 26:00-38:38 - Review: "The Fighter"
Music: We Were The States "Paris Green"
- 40:05-49:12 - DVDs, Notes, Thank You's
- 49:39-1:03:54 - Top 5: "The Archers" Awards
- 1:04:52-1:08:07 - Close / Outtakes

iPHONE/ANDROID APP BONUS CONTENT

- Feedback potpourri

 MUSIC

- Featured Artist: We Were The States

NOTES / CORRECTIONS

- Corey Atad on The Archers

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FS #328: Tiny Furniture / Phillip Morris / Top 5 DVDs of 2010

2010-12-11 :: feedback@filmspotting.net (Kempenaar & Larsen, WBEZ)
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It's an arthouse/indie double feature this week as Adam and Matty discuss "I Love You Phillip Morris," starring Jim Carrey and Ewan MacGregor, and "Tiny Furniture," writer/director/star Lena Dunham's South by Southwest favorite. Plus, DVD Snapshot's Mike Spring drops in to share the Top 5 DVDs of 2010.

This podcast is brought to you by Audible.com.

RUNDOWN

- Check back

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- Nothing this week, sorry!

MUSIC

- Featured Artist: Brenda

NOTES / CORRECTIONS

- DVD Snapshot

- Top 5 DVDs of 2010

- Adam's Audible picks: "Cleopatra: A Life" and Stephen King's "Dark Tower" series

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FS #327: Black Swan / Top 5 Turkeys of 2010 / Peeping Tom

2010-12-04 :: feedback@filmspotting.net (Kempenaar & Larsen, WBEZ)
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Tune in to the latest episode of Filmspotting to hear the tale of a beautiful, articulate white swan, who got Darren Aronofsky's latest film starring Natalie Portman... and the evil, bloviating black swan, who could only fixate on inconsequential things like dialogue. Plus, your swan hosts discuss the final film in their Powell-Pressburger Marathon, "Peeping Tom," and share their Top 5 Turkeys of 2010.

RUNDOWN

- :00-18:10 - Intro/Review: "Black Swan"
Music:
Andrew Bird "Masterswarm"
- 19:03-26:35
- Massacre Theatre/Polls (Winner: Jeff Peterson)
- 26:36-38:27 - Archers Marathon: "Peeping Tom"
Music: Andrew Bird "Not A Robot, But A Ghost"
- 39:26-48:07 - DVDs, Notes, Thank You's
- 48:30-1:03:54 - Top 5: Turkeys of 2010
- 1:03:55-1:06:43 - Close / Outtakes

iPHONE APP BONUS CONTENT

- Kieslowski, Best Non-Kids Kids Movies

MUSIC

- Featured Artist: Andrew Bird

NOTES / CORRECTIONS

- Scorsese w/ Kermode on "Peeping Tom"

- Schoonmaker w/ Kermode on "Peeping Tom" - 26 min. mark

- Top 5 Turkeys of 2010

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After Hours #18: Kings and Queen

2010-11-28 :: feedback@filmspotting.net (Kempenaar & Larsen, WBEZ)
Length: 41s

Put the kids to bed and the pets to sleep, it's Filmspotting After Hours... possibly for the last time... as Adam and Matty vow to dive into a Listener's Choice pick every month on the show (rather than, you know, every two or three months on After Hours). On this final installment, your hosts discuss Arnaud Desplechin's "Kings and Queen" starring Mathieu Almaric, Catherine Deneuve and Emmanuelle Devos. Plus, some feedback on "The Room" and Filmspotting's 'Yay us!' mailbag segment.

Congratulations to all of the latest Filmspotting swag winners, chosen from donations announced on episodes #315-#326. Email feedback@filmspotting.net to claim your prize. Thanks for your continued support!

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NOTES / CORRECTIONS

- Featured Artist: Confluence

- Thanks to Listener's Choice winner Justin Tafe from Park Slope, Brooklyn, formerly from Boston. "As with Desplechin's 2008 A Christmas Tale (featuring many of the same actors as here), there is a lot of messy, untold history beneath the surface of all of the personal relationships in the film, much of which is eventually revealed as the story unfolds and the layers are peeled back.  I've forgotten several of the plot details since first seeing it a few years ago, but recall that it packed a surprising emotional punch and stuck with me for several days after watching it."

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FS #326: 127 Hours / Top 5 Manic Pixie Dream Girls / Nathan Rabin

2010-11-19 :: feedback@filmspotting.net (Kempenaar & Larsen, WBEZ)
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Two hosts enter the canyon... but how many come out with all of their limbs intact? Adam and Matty discuss Danny Boyle's "127 Hours," based on the true story of climber/thrillseeker Aron Ralston. Plus, the AV Club's Nathan Rabin stops by to talk about his new book "My Year Of Flops" and help reveal the Top 5 Manic Pixie Dream Girls -- a phrase Rabin coined when he originally reviewed Cameron Crowe's "Elizabehtown." Oh, Zooey... how could we forsake you?

- :00-19:21 - Intro/Review: "127 Hours"

Music: Elizabethtown - Pinback,"Loro"

- 20:42-25:37 - Massacre Theatre (Winner: Jeff Nohl)

- 25:38-46:59 - Interview: Nathan Rabin

Music: Elizabethtown - Ryan Adams "English Girls, Approximately"

- 48:23-58:22 - DVDs, Notes, Thank You's

- 58:36-1:22:01 - Top 5: Manic Pixie Dream Girls

- 1:22:01-1:24:40 - Close / Outtakes

iPHONE APP BONUS CONTENT

- Rabin on "Ishtar" and "Heaven's Gate"

MUSIC

- Featured Artist: Elizabethtown Soundtrack

NOTES / CORRECTIONS

- Buy "My Year Of Flops"

- "Year of Flops" Final Tally

- 16 films feat. Manic Pixie Dream Girls

- Filmspotting Pantheon Reminder: Annie Hall, The Apartment and Eternal Sunshine

- Support Child's Play Charity

- Latest word is that the Filmspotting Android App will be live and available for purchase within the next 5-10 days.

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FS #325: Fair Game / Top 5 Sean Penn Performances / The Room

2010-11-13 :: feedback@filmspotting.net (Kempenaar & Larsen, WBEZ)
Length: 1s

President of the Naomi Watts Fan Club Adam decrees that Filmspotting discuss Doug Liman's take on the Valerie Plame scandal starring Watts and Sean Penn, who inspires your hosts to share their Top 5 Sean Penn Performances. Plus, Adam and Matty dare to enter Tommy Wiseau's "The Room" -- a Listener's Choice selection.

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Filmspotting #325
- 1:10-22:04 - Review: "Fair Game"
Music:
Carl Hauck,"Wrong About Distance"
- 23:12-24:48 - Audible Recommendation
- 25:02-31:06
- Massacre Theatre (Winner: Joe Frangipane)
- 31:07-36:58 - Polls / Notes
- 36:59-52:45 - Listener's Choice: "The Room")
Music: Carl Hauck,"Coming Away"
- 53:42-1:05:35 - DVDs, Thank You's
- 1:05:54-1:24:00 - Top 5: Penn Performances
- 1:24:00-1:28:00 - Close / Outtakes

iPHONE APP BONUS CONTENT

- No "Back to the Future"? / Movies About Movies Syllabus

MUSIC

- Featured Artist: Carl Hauck

NOTES / CORRECTIONS

- "Peeping Tom" Meetup

- Did Matty pronounce "Night of the Hunter" director Charles Laughton... 'Charlie Lowden'?

- We don't actually have a BlackBerry App to go with our iPhone App... but we ARE part of the BlackBerry Podcasts App. And we just got word that an Android App is coming!

- Movies About Movies Syllabus

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FS #324: Girl Who Kicked The Hornet's Nest / Top 5 Trilogies

2010-11-06 :: feedback@filmspotting.net (Kempenaar & Larsen, WBEZ)
Length: 1s

Filmspotting wrestles with "The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest" and shares their Top 5 Trilogies. Plus, Listener Feedback on Adam and Matty's Top 5 Dance Movies.

RUNDOWN

Filmspotting #324
- :34-17:13 - Review: "The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet's Nest"
Music:
Tegan & Sara, "On Directing"
- 18:03-23:44
- Massacre Theatre (Winner: Phil Hughes)
- 23:45-26:36 - Polls / Notes
- 26:37-38:13 - Feedback (Double Features, Dance Movies)
Music: Tegan & Sara, "Hell"
- 39:02-47:48 - DVDs, Thank You's
- 47:59-1:05:40 - Top 5: Trilogies
- 1:05:41-1:09:33 - Close / Outtake

iPHONE APP BONUS CONTENT

- Voicemails, Harry Nilsson

MUSIC

- Featured Artist: Tegan and Sara

NOTES / CORRECTIONS

- "The Detective and The Dude"

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FS #323: Hereafter / Top 5 Double Features

2010-10-30 :: feedback@filmspotting.net (Kempenaar & Larsen, WBEZ)
Length: 1s

Adam and Matty discuss Clint Eastwood's latest "Hereafter," dive into a batch of Existentialism movie Listener Feedback that would make Sartre proud and help plan your next backyard or drive-in event with their Top 5 Double Features.

RUNDOWN

- :59-17:53 - Review: "Hereafter"

Music: Gully, "Tundra Heart"

- 18:23-19:26 - Audible Recommendations

- 19:27-24:22 - Massacre Theatre

- 24:23-30:12 - Polls / Notes

- 30:13-43:16 - Feedback (Existentialist Movies)

Music: Gully, "Buckets"

- 44:19-53:38 - DVDs, Thank You's

- 53:39-1:11:11 - Top 5: Double Features

- 1:11:12-1:14:43 - Close / Outtakes

iPHONE APP BONUS CONTENT

- Endorsement, "Catfish" (Spoiler)

MUSIC

- Featured Artist: Gully

NOTES / CORRECTIONS

- "The Detective and The Dude"

- Detective and the Dude Contest Winners

- BBC: Yojimbo vs. Fistful

- Top 5 Double Features

- Slate Culture Gabfest

- Adam on TCM Video Podcast

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FS #322: Catfish / The Red Shoes / Top 5 Dance Movies

2010-10-22 :: feedback@filmspotting.net (Kempenaar & Larsen, WBEZ)
Length: 1s

Filmspotting tackles the "other" Facebook movie with a discussion of the new documentary "Catfish." Plus, when Adam and Matty swiped their audition card, it said Dance 10, Looks 3 ... the fourth film in the Powell-Pressburger Marathon, "The Red Shoes," inspires their Top 5 Dance Movies.

RUNDOWN

- :12-19:17 - Review: "Catfish"

Music: TV Buddahs "Fun Girls"

- 19:44-24:54 - Massacre Theatre

- 24:49-32:36 - Frears Int. Clip / Notes / Polls

- 32:35-46:39 - Archers #4: "The Red Shoes"

Music: TV Buddahs "Let Me Sleep"

- 47:18-53:41 - DVDs, Thank Yous

- 53:51-1:09:15 - Top 5: Dance Movies

- 1:09:15-1:11:46 - Close

iPHONE APP BONUS CONTENT

- Ballgame on "Jackass 3-D"

 MUSIC

- Featured Artist: TV Buddhas

NOTES / CORRECTIONS

- "Brick" at Theatre Western Springs

- "The Detective and The Dude"

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FS #321: Ed Burns / You Will Meet... / Top 5 Woody Allen Scenes

2010-10-16 :: feedback@filmspotting.net (Kempenaar & Larsen, WBEZ)
Length: 1s

Filmmaker/actor Edward Burns sits in for Matty this week to discuss his new film "Nice Guy Johnny," and reflect on the career of his cinematic idol, Woody Allen. Adam and Ed review Allen's latest, "You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger," and share their Top 5 Woody Allen Scenes.

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RUNDOWN

- :34-21:02 - Review: "You Will Meet A Tall, Dark Stranger"

Music: P.T. Walkley "What's What"

- 21:30-22:44 - Audible Recommendation

- 23:00-29:29 - Mass. Theatre (Winner: Scott Ham)

- 29:28-35:06 - Notes / Polls

- 36:02-63:09 - Interview: Ed Burns

Music: P.T. Walkley "Something More"

- 1:04:07-1:24:51 - Top 5: Woody Allen Scenes

- 1:24:51-1:28:17 - Close

 MUSIC

- Featured Artist: P.T. Walkley

NOTES / CORRECTIONS

- "Nice Guy Johnny" Official Site

- "Nice Guy Johnny" Homage Trailers

- "The Detective and The Dude" Filmspotting event

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FS #320: Never Let Me Go / Top 5 Existential Movies / A Matter of Life and Death

2010-10-09 :: feedback@filmspotting.net (Kempenaar & Larsen, WBEZ)
Length: 1s

One of your hosts stops short of calling it a masterpiece, the other couldn't stay awake watching it... Adam and Matty discuss Mark Romanek's "Never Let Me Go." Plus, the third film in the Powell-Pressburger Marathon, "A Matter of Life and Death," and, appropriately, the Top 5 Existential Movies.

RUNDOWN

-:34-17:29 - Review: "Never Let Me Go"

Music: The Gaslight Anthem, "American Slang"

-18:29-23:10 - Mass. Theatre (Winner: N. Stephens)

-23:11-25:46 - Notes / Polls

-26:47-36:36 - Archers #3: "A Matter of Life and Death"

-Music: The Gaslight Anthem, "Bring It On"

-37:52-42:45 - DVDs / Donations

-43:19-56:45 - Top 5: Existential Movies

-56:45-1:00:04 - Close

iPHONE APP BONUS CONTENT

- Feedback and comments on last week's Sophie's Choice poll: Fincher vs. Nolan

 MUSIC

- Featured Artist: The Gaslight Anthem

NOTES / CORRECTIONS

- "The Detective and The Dude" Filmspotting event

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FS #319: The Social Network / Davis Guggenheim / Top 5 Movies About Ambition

2010-10-02 :: feedback@filmspotting.net (Kempenaar & Larsen, WBEZ)
Length: 1s

Adam and Matty beg you to like them this week by discussing David Fincher's "The Social Network." Plus, Matty's conversation with Davis Guggenheim, the director of the documentary "Waiting for 'Superman," and the Top 5 Movies About Ambition.

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Filmspotting #319
- :34-20:25
- Review: "The Social Network"
Music: The Tins, "The Green Room"
- 21:29-23:13 - Audible Recommendation
- 23:14-27:24 - Mass. Theatre (Winner: M. Christal)
- 27:25-31:09 - Notes / Polls
- 31:10-47:53 - Interview: Davis Guggenheim
Music: The Tins, "Subtle Rattle"
- 47:14-53:34 - DVDs / Donations
- 48:32-1:11:32 - Top 5: Movies About Ambition
- 1:11:33-1:14:34 - Close / Outtakes

MUSIC

- Featured Artist: The Tins

NOTES / CORRECTIONS

- "The Social Network" Trailer

- "Social Network" score is not Nine Inch Nails but Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross. Or so someone much hipper than us says.

- "Waiting for Superman" Trailer

- "The Detective and The Dude" Filmspotting event

- Adam's Audible recommendations: "Never Let Me Go" and "The Way Hollywood Tells It."

- Consider the Conversation: "A Documentary About a Taboo Subject"

- Adam's Top 5 Movies About Ambition from 2007 (FS #157): Double Indemnity; Ran / Throne of Blood; Bob Roberts / Cradle Will Rock; A Star is Born ('37); Risky Business.

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FS #318: The Town / Top 5 Boston Films

2010-09-25 :: feedback@filmspotting.net (Kempenaar & Larsen, WBEZ)
Length: 55s

Ben Affleck is back as director and actor with "The Town." Adam and Matty discuss, plus share Listener Feedback and their Top 5 Boston Films.

RUNDOWN

Filmspotting #318
- :13-16:59 - Review: "The Town"
Music: Utah Carol, "Find a Way"
- 17:32-22:00 - Mass. Theatre (Winner: A. Choi)
- 22:01-25:55 - Voicemail / Notes / Polls
- 25:56-33:01 - Listener Feedback (Hitman Movies)
Music: Utah Carol, "Misfits"
- 33:40-53:34 - Top 5: Boston Films
- 53:35-55:30 - Close

MUSIC

- Featured Artist: Utah Carol

NOTES / CORRECTIONS

- Ty Burr's "Reel Boston"

- Long story... We recorded DVDs / Donations as usual, but couldn't get it in the show. That kind of week.

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FS #317: I'm Still Here / Top 5 Films of 1996 / Black Narcissus

2010-09-18 :: feedback@filmspotting.net (Kempenaar & Larsen, WBEZ)
Length: 1s

Filmspotting's discussion of "I'm Still Here" -- chronicling the "lost year" of actor Joaquin Phoenix -- is NOT a hoax. Or is it? Plus, the second film in the Powell-Pressburger Marathon, "Black Narcissus," and the year-by-year countdown resumes with the Top 5 Films of 1996.

RUNDOWN

- :34-25:18 - Review: "I'm Still Here"

Music: Smith Westerns, "Be My Girl"

- 26:14-27:54 - Audible Recommendation

- 27:55-32:27 - Mass. Theatre (Winner: J. Eaken)

- 32:28-36:50 - Correction / Polls

- 36:51-49:54 - Archers #2: "Black Narcissus"

Music: Smith Westerns, "Girl in Love"

- 50:52-59:13 - DVDs / Donations

- 59:14-1:19:40 - Top 5: Films of 1996

- 1:19:41-1:24:07 - Close / Outtakes

 MUSIC

- Featured Artist: Smith Westerns

- Smith Westerns - iTunes

NOTES / CORRECTIONS:

- Has to be a new record bleeps in a show, right?

- Full confession: "Bound" only jumped from honorable mention to #4 when I discovered my original pick ("Waiting for Guffman") was a 1997 film.

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FS #316: The American / Top 5 Hitman Movies

2010-09-11 :: feedback@filmspotting.net (Kempenaar & Larsen, WBEZ)
Length: 1s

Filmspotting targets the new George Clooney "thriller" "The American," directed by Anton Corbijn. The lads also find some time to shoot down some Listener Feedback and turn their scopes on their Top 5 Hitman Movies.

RUNDOWN

- :19-18:12 - Review: "The American"

Music: Spouse, "Vampire Love Song"

- 19:08-24:26 - Mass. Theatre (Winner: D. Bermea)

- 24:27-34:14 - Voicemail / Notes / Polls

- 34:15-42:21 - Listener Feedback

Music: Spouse, "What You're Feeling"

- 43:22-56:40 - DVDs / Donations

- 56:39-1:15:07 - Top 5: Hitman Movies

- 1:15:08-1:17:58 - Close / Outtake

MUSIC

- Featured Artist: Spouse

- Spouse - iTunes

NOTES / CORRECTIONS

- Earmuffs alert: Pretty harmless swear word during Massacre Theatre... and a possible f-bomb during one of the top 5 clips, but mostly unintelligible.

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FS #315: The Tillman Story / Top 5 Fall Movie Preview / Life and Death of Colonel Blimp

2010-09-04 :: feedback@filmspotting.net (Kempenaar & Larsen, WBEZ)
Length: 1s

Filmspotting dissects two atypical "war" movies this week: Amir Bar-Lev's new documentary "The Tillman Story," which deconstructs the narrative put forth by the U.S. military in the wake of the friendly-fire death of former NFL star-turned-Army Ranger Pat Tillman... and... the Powell-Pressburger Marathon begins with 1943's "The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp." Adam and Matty also don their hoodies to share their Top 5 Most Anticipated Fall Movies.

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Filmspotting #315
- :34-24:23
- Review: "The Tillman Story"
Music: Title Tracks, "Every Little Bit Hurts"
- 25:15-27:44 - Audible Recommendation
- 27:45-31:37 - Mass. Theatre (Winner: B. Merriman)
- 31:38-38:37 - Notes / Polls
- 38:38-53:45 - Archers #1: "The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp"
Music: Title Tracks, "Tougher Than The Rest"
- 54:57-1:04:41 - DVDs / Donations
- 1:04:42-1:20:48 - Top 5: Fall Movie Preview
- 1:20:49-1:23:58 - Close / Outtakes

MUSIC

- Featured Artist: Title Tracks

- Title Tracks - iTunes

NOTES / CORRECTIONS:

- We have it on good authority that the term "Kiwi" is not offensive. Adam dodged a bullet.

- "Metropolis" at Milwaukee Film Fest

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After Hours #17: Salo, or 120 Days of Sodom

2010-09-02 :: feedback@filmspotting.net (Kempenaar & Larsen, WBEZ)
Length: 51s

At last! After Hours makes a repugnant return with a Listener's Choice discussion of Pier Paolo Pasolini's 1975 shock and awe (and vomit) "Salo, or 120 Days of Sodom." Plus, Adam and Matty share some of the great Listener Feedback that has slipped through the cracks the past couple months.

Congratulations to all of the latest Filmspotting swag winners, chosen from donations announced on episodes #307-#314. Email feedback@filmspotting.net to claim your prize. Thanks for your continued support!

NOTES / CORRECTIONS:

- Gaspar Noe is probably pronounced "no-AY".

- "Spellbound" Dream Sequence

- Joe Conway's 48 Hour Film Project Entry

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FS #314: Animal Kingdom / Top 5 Australian Films

2010-08-27 :: feedback@filmspotting.net (Kempenaar & Larsen, WBEZ)
Length: 1s

Special guest Michael Phillips from the Chicago Tribune sits in for Matty this week to discuss the new Australian crime drama "Animal Kingdom." Plus, Adam and Michael reveal their Top 5 Australian Films.

MUSIC

- Featured Artist: Free Energy

- Free Energy - iTunes

RUNDOWN

- :17-20:27 - Review: "Animal Kingdom"

Music: Free Energy, "Free Energy"

- 21:40-25:52 - Mass. Theatre (Winner: S. Rydman)

- 25:53-35:45 - Notes / Polls

- 35:46-41:53 - Listener Feedback (Duvall)

Music: Free Energy, "Dream City"

- 42:52-1:11:21 - Top 5: Australian Movies

- 1:11:22-1:13:43 - Close / Outtakes

NOTES / CORRECTIONS:

- Read Michael Phillips' reviews

- Massacre Theatre winner Susan Rydman is from Kearns, UTAH, not Kearns, Ohio. Completely Adam's fault.

- Andrew Bovell adapted his play "Speaking in Tongues" for the film "Lantana."

- Top 5 Australian Films

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FS #313: Get Low / Top 5 Robert Duvall Performances

2010-08-20 :: feedback@filmspotting.net (Kempenaar & Larsen, WBEZ)
Length: 1s

Hey, sports fans! As you know, Filmspotting comes to the microphones to praise films, NOT to bury them, and usually when the film in question involves Bill Murray, Sissy Spacek and the legendary Robert Duvall, the lads find it easy to wax effusive. In this week's film "Get Low," Duvall's character, Felix Bush, invites everyone to attend his 'funeral party' and share a story about him. Oddly, in contrast to their peers at Rotten Tomatoes and Metacritic, your in-house elegiacal duo were left struggling for something nice to say. Luckily, the lads were able to fete Mr. Duvall properly later in the show by counting down their Top 5 Robert Duvall Performances. The guys also work in a fresh, glistening batch of Listener Feedback before Adam spends the rest of the podcast trying to convince a newly 26 year-old Matty that, no, one does NOT register for gifts for their birthday and that no matter how well-worded Matty's letter to Target may be, it probably would fall on deaf ears.

MUSIC BY

- Sarah Jaffe

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RUNDOWN

- :31-18:13 - Review: "Get Low"

Sarah Jaffe, "Vulnerable"

- 20:23-24:59 - Massacre Theatre

- 25:00-27:11 - Polls

- 27:12-39:44 - Listener Feedback

Sarah Jaffe, "Clementine"

- 40:43-49:20 - DVDs / Donations

- 49:21-1:12:07 - Top 5: Duvall Performances

- 1:12:08-1:15:49 - Close / Outtakes

NOTES / CORRECTIONS:

- "Hud" was based on Larry McMurtry's novel "Horseman, Pass By."

- Patricia Neal won the Best Actress in a Leading Role Oscar for "Hud."

- Porco "ROH-so" not "RAH-so" is probably correct, huh? Thoughts on "consigliere"? Don't skip the outtake.

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FS #312: Scott Pilgrim vs. The World / Top 5 Action Movie Romances / The Sheldrakes

2010-08-13 :: feedback@filmspotting.net (Kempenaar & Larsen, WBEZ)
Length: 1s

If you press Up, Down, Up, Down, Left, Right, Left, Right, A, B, A, B, Start, during the title screen of this week's episode of Filmspotting, you'll unlock a discussion of the hipsterific new action film, "Scott Pilgrim vs. The World," starring Michael Cera and directed by Edgar Wright ("Shaun of the Dead"). Then, if you manage to collect all the Golden Erudite coins hidden throughout the overwrought discussion, you can warp ahead to this week's Sheldrake ceremony, wherein Adam and Matty bestow some awards to the best of their recently-wrapped Billy Wilder Marathon. Finally, listen in as the lads do battle with their dueling Top 5 Action Movie Romances ... that is, if Adam had bothered to actually include any action movies. Tron says, "Finish him."

Presenting sponsor: This podcast is brought to you by Audible.com. Download a free audiobook of your choice today at audiblepodcast.com/filmspotting.
Massacre Theatre is presented by the Dangerous: Memories Podcast
Filmspotting's Top 5 is presented by 26 Screenplays
Music: Brett Shady
Podcast Partner: Creative Screenwriting Podcast

Filmspotting #312
:31 - 17:22
- Review: "Scott Pilgrim vs. The World"
Music: Brett Shady, "Somebody Else"
18:55 - 24:19 - Mass. Theatre (Winner: Andre Cadieux)
24:20 - 27:08 - Polls / Notes
27:09 - 44:03 - Billy Wilder Marathon Awards
Music: Brett Shady, "She Ain't Worth It"
44:35 -55:07 - DVDs / Donations
55:08 - 1:11:50 - Top 5: Action Movie Romances
1:11:51 -1:15:41 - Close / Outtakes

NOTES / CORRECTIONS

- Corey Atad's Top 5 Action Movie Romances at the Filmspotting Forum.

- 48 Hour Film Project in Chicago

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FS #311: Farewell / Dinner For Schmucks / Top 5 Acting Performances by Directors

2010-08-06 :: feedback@filmspotting.net (Kempenaar & Larsen, WBEZ)
Length: 1s

August 6: Matt Singer from IFC News and the IFC News podcast sits in for Adam this week to discuss the new Cold War thriller "Farewell" and the Steve Carell/Paul Rudd comedy "Dinner For Schmucks." Plus, Matt and Matty share their Top 5 Acting Performances by Directors.

Massacre Theatre is presented by the Dangerous: Memories podcast.
Filmspotting's Top 5 is presented by 26 Screenplays.
Music by Arcade Fire.

Filmspotting #311
:16 - 21:16
- Review: "Farewell"
Music: Arcade Fire, "The Suburbs"
21:35 - 27:42 - Mass. Theatre (Winner: Nathan Kerr)
27:43 - 34:05 - Polls / Contests
34:06 - 37:07 - Singer Recommends
Music: Arcade Fire, "Modern Man"
38:27 - 52:36 - Review: "Dinner for Schmucks"
Music: Arcade Fire, "Empty Room"
53:26 -1:02:01 - DVDs / Donations
1:02:02 - 1:20:42 - Top 5 Acting Performances by Directors
1:20:43 -1:24:35 - Close / Outtakes

NOTES / CORRECTIONS
- Check out Jeff Goldsmith's Creative Screenwriting podcast, which can be accessed through iTunes here.

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FS #310: Todd Solondz Interview / Stalag 17 / Top 5 Performances of 2010 (So Far)

2010-07-30 :: feedback@filmspotting.net (Kempenaar & Larsen, WBEZ)
Length: 1s

July 30: There's only one thing that can top a new Filmspotting episode featuring an interview with Todd Solondz about his new film "Life During Wartime," a discussion of the final film in our Billy Wilder Marathon, "Stalag 17," and our Top 5 Performances of 2010 (So Far) ... and that's to welcome in a brand spanking new member of Filmspotting Nation. That's right, there's a new Kempenaar on the block! Congrats to Adam and Sarah on the birth of a healthy baby boy that Uncle Matty is tentatively naming Mattias Lemmon Bridges Kempenaar the II.

Massacre Theatre is presented by the Dangerous: Memories podcast.
Filmspotting's Top 5 is presented by 26 Screenplays.
Music by Smile Smile.

Filmspotting #310
:16-24:38
- Interview: Todd Solondz
Music: Smile Smile, "Tempo Bledsoe"
25:07-29:22 - Massacre Theatre (Winner: J. Hickle)
29:23-36:28
- Poll Questions
36:29-51:54
- Wilder #5: "Stalag 17"
Music: Smile Smile, "Beg You To Stay"
52:26-1:01:01
- DVDs / Donations
1:01:21-1:26:18
- Top 5 Performances of 2010 (So Far)
1:26:19-1:30:19
- Close / Outtakes

NOTES / CORRECTIONS

- Thanks to Sam Van Hallgren for stepping up on short notice and doing the heavy production lifting on this episode! Without Sam and Golden Joe, there truly would be no show.

- Not sure about that Isaiah Berlin essay Todd Solondz was referring to? Read about "The Hedgehog and the Fox".

- Check out Jeff Goldsmith's Creative Screenwriting podcast, which can be accessed through iTunes here.

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FS #309: The Kids Are All Right / Top 5 Films of 2010 (So Far)

2010-07-23 :: feedback@filmspotting.net (Kempenaar & Larsen, WBEZ)
Length: 1s

July 23: It’s a cinematic Battle Royale this week as Matty “Beefcake” Ballgame and Adam “The Crying Dutchman” Kempenaar get between the Filmspotting arena ropes to offer up dueling lists of the Top 5 Films of 2010 (So Far). But wait? Is that … no … it can’t be? That’s the AV Club’s Scott Tobias’s music! And there he is! And he’s making his way to the ring to bludgeon our in-house tag-team with his own superior best of the year picks. Oh, this could get crazy folks! Almost as exciting as Matty and Adam’s takes on director Lisa Cholodenko’s "The Kids Are All Right," the new comedy starring Julianne Moore, Annette Bening and Mark Ruffalo. Oh no, Tobias has taken out both gladiators, but here comes Armond “The Assailer” White, and he’s got a metal chair! Look out Scott! Oh, the humanity. Will film criticism ever survive?

Massacre Theatre is presented by the Dangerous: Memories podcast.
Filmspotting's Top 5 is presented by 26 Screenplays.
Music by The Hoof and the Heel.

Filmspotting #309
:16-18:28
- Review: "The Kids Are All Right"
Music: The Hoof and the Heel, "And All the Tigers"
19:37-24:36 - Massacre Theatre (Winner: Dan Burns)
24:37-28:05
- Poll Questions
28:06-41:47
- Top 5 Films of 2010: #5-4
41:48-46:55
- Disappointments of 2010
Music: The Hoof and the Heel, "Fireworks"
47:34-1:03:31 - DVDs / Contest Winners / Donations
1:03:32-1:26:19
- Top 5 Films of 2010: #3-1
1:26:20-1:30:19
- Close / Outtakes

NOTES / CORRECTIONS

- Read the winning entries in Matty's 'Song in a Movie Moment' contest.

- In case you missed the multiple Armond White references.

- Check out Jeff Goldsmith's Creative Screenwriting podcast, which can be accessed through iTunes here.

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FS #308: Inception / The Apartment / Top 5 Dream Sequences

2010-07-15 :: feedback@filmspotting.net (Kempenaar & Larsen, WBEZ)
Length: 1s

Had the weirdest dream last night. Want to hear it? I was at the Pitchfork Music Festival in Chicago amidst a sea of sweaty hipsters, but these two dudes (one a lot more handsome than the other) stood out. They were riding around on paisley covered unicorns. One was wearing a pair of faded Garanimal corduroys and a vintage Lamb Lies Down on Broadway Genesis t-shirt (seemingly unironically); the other was wearing his grandfather’s Pendleton plaid over a ragged Temple of the Dog tee and kept bragging to no one in particular about seeing Nirvana at the Croc in ’93. Then they started discussing director Christopher Nolan’s new film “Inception,” extolling its visuals and its mind-bending mythology. Then I thought I woke up. But I found myself in bed, thankfully fully clothed, in between those same two film nerds, only now they were prattling on and on about Billy Wilder’s classic film "The Apartment," starring Shirley MacLaine and Jack Lemmon. So I shut my eyes again and thought for sure I had woken up this time. But instead I found myself in a bowling alley and Saddam Hussein was working behind the shoe counter and I looked out at the lanes and there they were AGAIN! The pedantic duo were drinking some oat sodas and listing their Top 5 Dream Sequences. Every three minutes the far more handsome of the two would announce that the other was “out of his element” and about that time a dwarf who seemed to be speaking backwards started dancing awkwardly in the middle of the floor.

Also on the show: Massacre Theatre -- presented by Running Hope Through America -- and music from Matthew Santos. 

Filmspotting #308
:13-21:00
- Review: "Inception"
Music: Matthew Santos, "The Good Life"
21:55-27:41 - New DVDs / Notes
27:42-32:54
- Massacre Theatre (Winner: Mike Davidson)
32:55-36:47
- Poll Questions
36:48-55:57
- Wilder Marathon #4: "The Apartment"
Music: Matthew Santos, "Break Free"
56:57-1:11:10 - Thank You / Donations
1:11:11-1:26:47
- Top 5: Dream Sequences
1:26:48-1:29:57
- Close / Outtakes

NOTES / CORRECTIONS

- Sam Smith on his process creating the artwork for Criterion Collection's "Everlasting Moments."

- Check out Jeff Goldsmith's Creative Screenwriting podcast, which can be accessed through iTunes here.

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FS #307: Twlight Saga: Eclipse / Winter's Bone / Top 5 Vampire Movies

2010-07-09 :: feedback@filmspotting.net (Kempenaar & Larsen, WBEZ)
Length: 55s

July 9: This week's Filmspotting is comprised solely of a shirtless, lupine Matty and guest host, the gorgeous, sparkly Steve Prokopy (Capone, Ain't It Cool News) taking turns screaming 'Belllllllla' into the microphone. Yes, that's right, it's Twilight time here on Filmspotting with a discussion of the latest from the saga, "Eclipse." Then the boys will travel from the gloomy, sunless Pacific Northwest to the even more destitute and harrowing climes of the rural Ozarks for a discussion of the critically acclaimed thriller "Winter's Bone." Also, tying in with "Twilight's" display of the lusty young undead, Steve and Matty relate their Top 5 Vampire Films. All this and "Predators'" Louis Ozawa Changchien joins the Filmspotting Acting Troupe for a special rendition of Massacre Theatre.

Also on the show: Music from Surfer Blood.

Filmspotting #307
:13-11:12 – Review: "Twilight Saga: Eclipse"
Music: Surfer Blood
12:53-21:55 – Massacre Theatre / Interview w/ Louis Ozawa Changchien - (Winner: Ben Bronsink)
21:56-27:32 – Review: "Winter’s Bone"
Music: Surfer Blood
28:17-34:10 – New DVDs / Donations / Ken Kempenaar
34:13-51:37 – Top 5: Vampire Movies
51:38-55:22 – Close / Next Show

NOTES / CORRECTIONS

- Check out Jeff Goldsmith's Creative Screenwriting podcast, which can be accessed through iTunes here.

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After Hours #16: Directors of the Decade / Romero vs. Boyle

2010-06-25 :: feedback@filmspotting.net (Kempenaar & Larsen, WBEZ)
Length: 36s

June 25: With Adam and Matty both doing some traveling this week, Filmspotting forgoes it's usual weekly format for a Listener Feedback-focused edition of After Hours, including more thoughts on the best Directors of the Decade. Plus, Matty goes Triumph the Insult Comic Dog on some zombie-definition obsessed listeners who take issue with his classification of Danny Boyle's "28 Days Later."



NOTES / CORRECTIONS

- Most egregious Clint Eastwood "groaner"? The decision to put the disembodied lips of Kevin Bacon's estranged wife on the phone in "Mystic River."

- Josh in Normal, Illinois corroborates our take on "28 Days Later" as a zombie movie, citing Glenn Kay's "Zombie Movies: The Ultimate Guide." Kay lists it as one of the best zombie movies ever. Plus, there's this - "Zombies can run: why 28 Days Later is a zombie movie after all."

- Read all about The 48 Hour Film Project... Check out this recent entry from Drew in Gaithersburg, Maryland... Mark Marshall in Boston won top prize in 2009.

- Learn more about Writers In Treatment.

- Jeff Goldsmith's Creative Screenwriting podcast can be accessed through iTunes here.

- Follow more notes and corrections at http://twitter.com/filmspotting

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FS #306: Toy Story 3 / John C. Reilly / Top 5 Escape Movies

2010-06-18 :: feedback@filmspotting.net (Kempenaar & Larsen, WBEZ)
Length: 1s

Adam’s got a Matty. Buzz has a Woody. Pixar trots out its intrepid team of toys for one more great escape with this week’s hot summer release of "Toy Story 3." Will Msrs. Lightyear and Sheriff recapture the magic that has endeared them to so many (including our in-house Waldorf and Statlers)? Or will the luster finally dull on the polyurethane and could the franchise possibly be down-graded from Mint to Near-Mint condition? Also on this week’s episode, John C. Reilly, star of the new film "Cyrus," drops in for a quick chat with Adam; the two delve into the finer points of improvisational acting, 1980’s national politics, and, uh, "Die Hard?" Finally, Matty teams up with James Garner while Adam hops on the back of Steve McQueen’s motorcycle to deliver Filmspotting’s Top 5 Escape Movies. On a side note, if anyone might have come across a 1984 Battle Armor Skeletor complete with “MRL” written in Sharpie on its side and borzoi puppy chew marks on the right foot, last seen at the Charles Lindbergh terminal of the MSP airport, Gate A4... if you could please just pop it in the mail addressed to the Filmspotting P.O. Box … seriously, no questions asked.

Also on the show: Massacre Theatre -- presented by Running Hope Through America -- and music from Local Natives.

Filmspotting #306
:13-18:13
- Review: "Toy Story 3"
Music: Local Natives, "Wide Eyes"
18:52-24:01
- Massacre Theatre (Winner: Steven Baker)
24:02-28:38
- Poll Questions / Notes
28:39-45:15
- Interview: John C. Reilly
Music: Local Natives, "Airplanes"
45:56-55:19 - DVDs / Donations
55:20-1:12:40
- Top 5: Escape Movies
1:12:41-1:16:51
- Close / Outtakes

NOTES / CORRECTIONS

- Check out Jeff Goldsmith's Creative Screenwriting podcast, which can be accessed through iTunes here.

- Come and knock on my door... and we'll go to The Regal Beagle.

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FS #305: Splice / Get Him to the Greek / Some Like It Hot / Top 5 Best Laid Plan Movies

2010-06-12 :: feedback@filmspotting.net (Kempenaar & Larsen, WBEZ)
Length: 1s

Welcome back to Navy Pier's Tchotchke Arena as this exciting Stanley Cup Edition of Filmspotting rolls into overtime. Through three periods Adam and Matty have found themselves in a grueling contest, matched shift for shift by this week's Cinematic Offerings. From the onset, the lads knew they were in for a battle: Adrien Brody and Sarah Polley, holding down the "Splice" line, offered up a campy forecheck on science that kept Adam and Matty on their heels. Then the "Get Him to the Greek" blue-line pairing of Russell Brand and Jonah Hill gave the FIlmspotting duo all they could handle, disrupting their opponent's concentration by causing a wave of laughter. And, as coach Billy Wilder predicted, the Movies' top line, the "Some Like It Hot" crew of Marilyn Monroe, Jack Lemmon... and Marilyn Monroe... taxed Adam and Matty's critical skill to the limit, though Adam was able to rouse a spirited counter-atttack against the 1959 black-and-white classic.

So as we head into the extra frame, it looks as though it will come down to the Top 5 Best Laid Plans Movies. Do the lads have enough in them to match wits with the veteran presence of the likes of Cameron, the Coens, and even the Great One himself, Stevie Spielberg? Oh, wait a second folks, looks like we've got some extracurriculars down on the ice; it appears Filmspotting's resident cement-head Matty Ballgame has thrown down the gloves and is challenging the Movies' bruising forward Shyamalan yet again ... oh no, I just did some lip reading, there's no reason for Ballgame to mar such a beautiful game by bringing up "The Village" ... show some class Filmspotting, act like you've been there before!

Also on the show: Massacre Theatre -- presented by Running Hope Through America -- and music from Burden Brothers.

Filmspotting #305
:13-12:43
- Review: "Splice"
12:44-24:11 - Review: "Get Him to the Greek"
Music: Burden Brothers, "She's Not Home"

25:22-30:28
- Massacre Theatre (Winner: Daniel Citron)
30:29-34:07
- Poll Questions / Notes
34:08-48:26 - Wilder #3: "Some Like It Hot"
Music: Burden Brothers, "Good Night From Chicago"
49:18-58:58 - DVDs / Donations
58:59-1:19:57
- Top 5: Best Laid Plan Movies
1:19:58-1:23:59
- Close / Outtakes

NOTES / CORRECTIONS

- Enter to win passes to see an advanced screening of "I Am Love."

- Check out Jeff Goldsmith's Creative Screenwriting podcast, which can be accessed through iTunes here.

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FS #304: Dennis Hopper Tribute / The Lost Weekend

2010-06-04 :: feedback@filmspotting.net (Kempenaar & Larsen, WBEZ)
Length: 1s

June 4: “I mean, what are they gonna say, man, when he’s gone, huh? ‘Cause he dies. When it dies, man. When it dies, he dies. What are they gonna say about him? What? They're gonna say he was a kind man? He was a wise man? He had plans, he had wisdom? Bullshi*t, man! Am I gonna be the one that’s gonna set them straight? Look at me. Wrong!” This week, Filmspotting does its small part to set the legacy of legendary actor Dennis Hopper straight. Mr. Hopper passed away last week at the age of 74. In tribute, Adam and Matty will replay their discussion of the classic Dennis Hopper film "Easy Rider" from last year’s successful New Hollywood Marathon. And, owing to Mr. Hopper’s ability to play some of the greatest outcasts in cinematic history, the boys will also revisit their Top 5 Films About Loneliness. They’ll also offer up a brand new movie discussion, certainly apropos for this episode, as the Billy Wilder Marathon rolls on with "The Lost Weekend," Wilder's 1945 best picture winner starring Ray Milland in the now iconic depiction of a man struggling to battle his demons from the bottom of a bottle.

RIP Mr. Hopper, you sure as hell didn’t blow it.

Also on the show: Massacre Theatre -- presented by Running Hope Through America -- and music from Bess Rogers.

Filmspotting #304
:13-3:17
- Dennis Hopper
3:18-16:54 - Review: "Easy Rider" (May 2009)
Music: Bess Rogers, "Bulldozer"

17:29-21:47
- Massacre Theatre (Winner: Matthew Beem)
21:48-26:25
- Poll Questions / Notes
26:26-43:45 - Wilder #2: "The Lost Weekend"
Music: Bess Rogers, "Dirty Lies"
44:24-53:04 - DVDs / Donations
53:05-1:09:05
- Top 5: Movies About Loneliness (June 2008)
1:09:06-1:12:05
- Close / Outtakes

NOTES / CORRECTIONS

- Read Keith Phipps' "Easy Rider Road Trip" on Slate.

- Check out Jeff Goldsmith's Creative Screenwriting podcast, which can be accessed through iTunes here.

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FS #303: Please Give / Top 5 Films of 1997

2010-05-28 :: feedback@filmspotting.net (Kempenaar & Larsen, WBEZ)
Length: 1s

May 28: Matty's in London shirking his Filmspotting blurb-writing duties, so... Please enjoy this episode with a discussion of Nicole Holofcener's "Please Give," Listener Feedback and our Top 5 Films of 1997.

Also on the show: Massacre Theatre -- presented by Running Hope Through America -- and music from Bob Schneider. Learn more about Schneider and other Kirtland Records artists.

Filmspotting #303
:13-14:04
- Review: "Please Give"
Music: Bob Schneider, "40 Dogs"
15:09-19:54
- Massacre Theatre (Winner: David Maldonado)
19:55-21:41
- Poll Questions
21:42-34:02 - Feedback (Summer Movies, Directors of the Decade)
Music: Bob Schneider, "Metal and Steel"
34:55-42:10 - DVDs / Donations
42:11-1:01:15
- Top 5: Films of 1997
1:01:16-1:03:42
- Close / Outtake

NOTES / CORRECTIONS

- Check out Jeff Goldsmith's Creative Screenwriting podcast, which can be accessed through iTunes here.

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FS #302: Robin Hood / Top 5 Directors of the Decade

2010-05-20 :: feedback@filmspotting.net (Kempenaar & Larsen, WBEZ)
Length: 1s

May 21: Adam-a-dale and Friar Ballgame wear Ridley's Scott's "Robin Hood" for a codpiece this week. Needless to say, there's lots of room to maneuver. Will our merry band find Russell Crowe's take on the swashbuckler, um, adequate? (We're keeping with a terribly inappropriate theme -- apologies to Mr. Keillor and all of NPR ) Or will our in-house OUTLAAAAAAAAAAAAWS find themselves pining for the days of Errol, Kevin and... Favreau? The lads will also prance through some Listener Feedback and finally conclude their never-ending paean to the past decade by annointing Steven Soderbergh King of All Everything as they list their Top 5 Directors of the Decade. God, we wish Soderbergh had directed "Robin Hood." Just saying.

Also on the show: Massacre Theatre and music from Richard McGraw -- Check out Richard McGraw's "Burying the Dead" in iTunes.

Filmspotting #302
:13-17:53
- Review: "Robin Hood"
Music: Richard McGraw, "That Old Song"
19:01-24:02
- Massacre Theatre (Winner: Kyp Pilalas)
24:03-26:58
- Polls / Notes
26:59-41:39 - Feedback (Films of the Decade)
Music: Richard McGraw, "My Life"
42:52-53:55 - DVDs / Donations
53:56-1:15:52
- Top 5: Directors of the Decade
1:15:53-1:19:03
- Close / Outtakes

NOTES / CORRECTIONS

- Matt Zoller Seitz picked Steven Soderbergh as his #7 director of the decade.

- Learn more about Medium Cool: An Evening with Filmmaker Haskell Wexler.

- The Viva Doc International Student Documentary Competition (ISDC) is currently taking submissions.

- Check out Jeff Goldsmith's Creative Screenwriting podcast, which can be accessed through iTunes here.

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FS #301: Iron Man 2 / Sunset Blvd. / Top 5 Summer Movie Preview

2010-05-14 :: feedback@filmspotting.net (Kempenaar & Larsen, WBEZ)
Length: 1s

May 14: Filmspotting returns to its regularly scheduled programming this week with a discussion of the Merchant Ivory period set-piece, "Iron Man 2." Yes, a week late and several dollars short. Will Tony Stark's antics wow our resident Avengers, or will the Hyper-Critical Duo strain to find nits to pick when we all know they should have left their Film Critic Super Cloaks at home? And will they be as critical of Billy Wilder's 1950 classic "Sunset Blvd.", the first film in the new Filmspotting Billy Wilder Marathon? I mean, seriously, do these snobs like anything? They're probably being ironical when later in the episode they list their Top 5 Most Anticipated Summer Movies. Why they gotta hate?

EARMUFFS/PROFANITY ALERT: Bad word during the trailer for Matty's #3 pick.

Also on the show: Music from Wilder Embry -- Check out Wilder Embry's "The Bottle" in iTunes -- and Massacre Theatre.

Filmspotting #301
:13-1851
- Review: "Iron Man 2"
Music: Wilder Embry, "It's So Easy"
20:12-23:02
- Voicemail
23:03-27:43
- Massacre Theatre / MT Medley (Winner: D. Su)
27:44-33:58
- Polls / Contest
33:59-47:17
- Wilder #1: "Sunset Blvd."
Music: Wilder Embry, "The Bottle"

48:17-1:02:25
- DVDs / Donations
1:02:26-1:19:44
- Top 5: Most Anticipated Summer Movies
1:19:45-1:24:03
- Close / Outtake

NOTES / CORRECTIONS

- Indeed, Jean-Pierre Melville is no longer with us (died 1973).

- It's not "There Will Be Blood" that isn't getting better with age; it's Paul Dano's performance.

- Check out Jeff Goldsmith's Creative Screenwriting podcast, which can be accessed through iTunes here.

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FS Fix: Exit Through the Gift Shop

2010-05-07 :: feedback@filmspotting.net (Kempenaar & Larsen, WBEZ)
Length: 28s

May 7: A lot of people don't realize that the Filmspotting podcast first started as a complementary forum for Adam and Matty to discuss their most recent work as street artists. Using the pseudonyms Captain Tea Bag and Tico Brahe, respectively, Adam and Matty pwned the burgeoning street art scene of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, for the better part of four years. Eventually they expanded their reign of gonzo pop-art to the entire upper Midwest, but their careers ended rather abruptly after their installation art piece "Petty Gospel" -- in which they replaced Jeff Gordon's pit crew at the Texas Motor Speedway with Ladysmith Black Mambazo -- was derided by critics as "lazy" (everyone knows that Ladysmith are Tony Stewart die-hards). But the lads are given an opportunity to confront their former lives in this week's Filmspotting Fix as they discuss Banksy's "Exit Through the Gift Shop," a film chronicling the exploits of some of the street art movement's most notable artists, including Shephard Fairey and the legendary Banksy himself.

Filmspotting Fix
:13-15:00
- Review: "Exit Through the Gift Shop"
15:01-25:08
- Damon vs. DiCaprio
25:09-28:24 - Next show / Outtake 

NOTES / CORRECTIONS

- Check out the great first 5 minutes of "Exit Through the Gift Shop"

- Check out Jeff Goldsmith's Creative Screenwriting podcast, which can be accessed through iTunes here.

- Follow more notes and corrections at http://twitter.com/filmspotting.

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FS #300 (Part 2): Top 20 Films of the Decade

2010-05-02 :: feedback@filmspotting.net (Kempenaar & Larsen, WBEZ)
Length: 57s

May 3: Here it is. Five years and 299 shows in the making... Filmspotting brings you its 300th episode. Chock full of van-perbole, indecipherable rants, and a lot of Adam crying, the lads count down their Top 20 Films of the Decade. Enjoy everybody!

Also on the show: Music from Dan Bern -- Check out Dan Bern's "Live in Los Angeles" on iTunes -- and Massacre Theatre, presented by Pixar Talk. This week's winner will get the Pixar DVD of their choice.

Thanks to special guest Sam Van Hallgren, and all of our guest voicemailers: Ed Burns, Matt Singer, Scott Tobias, Steve Prokopy and Michael Phillips.

Listen to Filmspotting #300 - Part 2

:13-2:14 - Listener Voicemails
2:15-4:23
- Guest Voicemails
4:24-9:28
- Outtakes Medley
9:29-47:17 - Top 5 Films of the Decade
47:18-53:32 - Next Show / Gratitude
53:33-57:12 - Outtake / Bonus: Matty's Movie Minute

NOTES / CORRECTIONS

- Check out our complete list of the Top 20 Films of the Decade, along with Sam's Top 50.

- Yes, there is some echo with our voices when talking to Sam. There was an issue with the ISDN line that we couldn't quite resolve.

- Check out Jeff Goldsmith's Creative Screenwriting podcast, which can be accessed through iTunes here.

- Follow more notes and corrections at http://twitter.com/filmspotting.

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FS #300 (Part 1): Top 20 Films of the Decade

2010-04-30 :: feedback@filmspotting.net (Kempenaar & Larsen, WBEZ)
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April 30: Here it is. Five years and 299 shows in the making...  Filmspotting brings you its 300th episode. Chock full of van-perbole, indecipherable rants, and a lot of Adam crying, the lads count down their Top 20 Films of the Decade. Enjoy everybody!

Note: Part 2 with the Top 5 Films of the Decade will be available in the next few days.

Also on the show: Music from Dan Bern -- Check out Dan Bern's "Live in Los Angeles" on iTunes -- and Massacre Theatre, presented by Pixar Talk. This week's winner will get the Pixar DVD of their choice.

:53-14:09 - Top 20-16
14:10-19:13
- Matty's Rants Medley
19:14-30:45 - Top 15-11
Music: Dan Bern, "Too Late To Die Young"
31:58-38:23 - 300th Show Feedback
38:24-41:43 - Voicemails
41:42-50:48 - Massacre Theatre / MT Medley (Winner: T. Tran)
50:49-52:55 - Poll Questions
52:56-1:06:58 - Top 10-6
Music: Dan Bern, "The Golden Voice of Vin Scully"
1:08:30-1:22:49
- New DVDs / Donations / End

NOTES / CORRECTIONS


- Check out Jeff Goldsmith's Creative Screenwriting podcast, which can be accessed through iTunes here.

- Follow more notes and corrections at http://twitter.com/filmspotting.

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After Hours #15: Kick-Ass / Heartlands / Listener Feedback

2010-04-22 :: feedback@filmspotting.net (Kempenaar & Larsen, WBEZ)
Length: 59s


April 23: As preparations continue for episode #300 next week, Adam and Matty find time to discuss Matthew Vaughn's meta superhero movie "Kick-Ass." Plus, the Listener's Choice discussion of Damien O'Donnell's 2002 British charmer "Heartlands," starring Michael Sheen and written by Paul Fraser. Also on the show: Listener Feedback on Filmspotting's Top 5 Actors of the Decade and the best guides for the budding cinephile.

NOTES / CORRECTIONS

- Yes, Matty's audio probably sounds a little hollow to you. We're addressing it.

- They Shoot Pictures, Don't They?

- 1001 Movies To See Before You Die

- For our WBEZ listeners: Gene Siskel Film Center - Akira Kurosawa

- Jeff Goldsmith's Creative Screenwriting podcast can be accessed through iTunes here.

- Follow more notes and corrections at http://twitter.com/filmspotting

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Filmspotting Revisited: American Teen / Sin City / Filmspotting University

2010-04-15 :: feedback@filmspotting.net (Kempenaar & Larsen, WBEZ)
Length: 59s


April 16: Who doesn't love a little confrontation from time to time? As Adam and Matty take some time "off" to prepare for show #300, Filmspotting revisits some of its favorite movie battles - "American Teen" (August 2008) and "Sin City" (April 2005), the first Filmspotting fight ever. Plus, go back to school with the guys for August 2006's Filmspotting University - Adam, former host Sam Van Hallgren and "Brick" writer/director Rian Johnson deliver their top 5 essential film school movies.

Also on the show: Music from Burywood.

:13-15:55 - Review: "American Teen"
Music: Burywood, "Denton Desert Island"

17:14-34:06
- Review: "Sin City"
Music: Restys, "The Storm (Applause)"

35:00-56:02
- Filmspotting University
56:03-58:57
- Close / Next Show

NOTES / CORRECTIONS

- Jeff Goldsmith's Creative Screenwriting podcast can be accessed through iTunes here.

- Follow more notes and corrections at http://twitter.com/filmspotting.

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FS #299: Mother / Top 5 Actors of the Decade / Lubitsch Awards

2010-04-09 :: feedback@filmspotting.net (Kempenaar & Larsen, WBEZ)
Length: 1s

April 9: There have been many famous movie mothers through the years: Mrs. Bates, Mommy Dearest, Mrs. Doubtfire... V.I. Warshawski, etc... But there probably has been no better example of a doggedly doting mother than Kim Hye-Ja's turn as the over-protective matriarch at the center of Bong Joon-ho’s latest thriller, "Mother." This week the guys break down the effectiveness of the critically-acclaimed Korean film, as well as dive into a fresh, spicy bowl of some always fulfilling Listener Feedback. And we’re sure all of the men that comprise Adam and Matty’s Top 5 Actors of the Decade list have mothers as well, so it’s good that the boys don’t speak ill of any of them -- well, we’re pretty sure Mrs. Depp doesn’t listen to the show anyway...

Also on the show: The Lubitsch Touches, honoring the best of the Ernst Lubitsch Marathon, Adam's take on Atom Egoyan's "Chloe," music from Restys and Massacre Theatre -- presented by Pixar Talk. This week's winner will get the Pixar DVD of their choice.

:13-13:16 - Review: "Mother"
13:17-19:01 - Review: "Chloe"
Music: Restys, "A Name For Everything"
20:08-24:45 - Massacre Theatre (Winner: J. Masden)
24:46-40:12 - Polls, Listener Feedback
Music: Restys, "Waterbound"
41:06-49:57 - New DVDs / Donations
49:58-56:05- Lubitsch Touches
56:06-1:12:32 - Top 5: Actors of the Decade
1:12:33-1:15:45 - Close / Next Show / Outtakes

Labels: Atom Egoyan, Chloe, Ernst Lubitsch, Mother, Top 5 Actors of the Decade

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FS #298: Greenberg / Hot Tub Time Machine / Top 5 Films of 1986

2010-04-02 :: feedback@filmspotting.net (Kempenaar & Larsen, WBEZ)
Length: 1s

April 2: It was probably a bad idea that Matty convinced Adam to record their discussion of the new Noah Baumbach film, "Greenberg," in the WBEZ hot tub at the end of Navy Pier. After Matty spilled his signature drink, The Snotty Astronaut (Robitussin, Malort, and Tang) onto the tub's controllers, the boys were sent back in time via their "Hot Tub Time Machine" to 1986. Undaunted, the boys made the best of their situation. Adam nobly set out to try and save Olof Palme and Len Bias from their tragic fates... and George Lucas from Howard the Duck... while Matty bet the entire Filmspotting coffers on the assured success of New Coke and spent the rest of his time trying to track down Fawn Hall. Before they could return home, the lads were required to list their Top 5 Films of 1986 to appease the inexplicable time-portal gatekeeper Chevy Chase. Just as they were hurtling back to 2010, Matty whispered to Chevy, "Enjoy this. Seriously. You're going to start to suck."

Also on the show: Listener Feedback, music from the "Hot Tub Time Machine" Soundtrack and Massacre Theatre -- presented by Pixar Talk. This week's winner will get the Pixar DVD of their choice.


Filmspotting #298
:13-17:19 - Review: "Greenberg"
17:20-25:58 - Review: "Hot Tub Time Machine"
Music: Craig Robinson, "Jessie's Girl"
27:15-31:00 - Massacre Theatre (Winner: W. Goodenberger)
31:01-44:17 - Polls, Listener Feedback
Music: Talking Heads, "Once in a Lifetime"
45:01-55:36 - New DVDs / Donations
55:37-1:16:43 - Top 5: Films of 1986
1:16:44-1:19:05 - Close / Next Show / Outtake

NOTES / CORRECTIONS

- Read all about film critic Armond White's "appreciation" for the artistry of Noah Baumbach.

- Slate article on Omega males mentioned during "Greenberg" review.

- Win an admit-2 pass to an advanced screening of "The Greatest" - details here.

- Ooh, Matty skipped a line in Massacre Theatre... "mistake with a YOUNGER man."

- "Sherman's March" is available on Netflix - Instant Viewing too.

- Jeff Goldsmith's Creative Screenwriting podcast can be accessed through iTunes here.

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FS #297 Delayed

2010-03-26 :: feedback@filmspotting.net (Kempenaar & Larsen, WBEZ)

Filmspotting #297 with discussions of "The Runaways" and "To Be or Not To Be," plus our Top 5 Actresses of the Decade will not be available until early this evening. Thanks for your patience!

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FS #297: The Runaways / To Be or Not To Be / Top 5 Actresses of the Decade

2010-03-26 :: feedback@filmspotting.net (Kempenaar & Larsen, WBEZ)
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March 26: Matty left for vacation without writing a clever intro, so... please enjoy this show with discussions of the new film "The Runaways" and Ernst Lubitsch's 1942 classic "To Be or Not To Be," plus our Top 5 Actresses of the Decade.

Also on the show: Music by The Octagon and Massacre Theatre -- presented by Pixar Talk. This week's winner will get the Pixar DVD of their choice.


Filmspotting #297
:13-12:24 - Review: "The Runaways"
Music: The Octagon, "Suicide Kings"
13:14-23:10 - Corrections, Polls, At The Movies
23:11-31:27 - Listener Feedback
Music: The Octagon, "Radio Days"
32:11-36:19 - Massacre Theatre (Winner: D. Olkon)
36:20-46:32 - Lubitsch #4: "To Be or Not To Be"
Music: The Octagon, "Stop Snitchin'"
47:16-55:15 - New DVDs / Donations
55:16-1:08:30 - Top 5: Actresses of the Decade
1:08:31-1:41:18 - Close / Next Show / Outtake

NOTES / CORRECTIONS

- The Ebertfest lineup has been announced.

- Win an admit-2 pass to an advanced screening of "The Eclipse" - details here.

- Jeff Goldsmith's Creative Screenwriting podcast can be accessed through iTunes here.

- Follow more notes and corrections at http://twitter.com/filmspotting. …

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FS #296: Green Zone / Top 5 Colorful Movie Titles

2010-03-19 :: feedback@filmspotting.net (Kempenaar & Larsen, WBEZ)
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March 19: Director Paul Greengrass is great at two different styles of film: gritty historical "re-enactments" (think "United 93" and "Bloody Sunday") and gritty action thrillers (see: Bourne. Jason Bourne). In his latest, "Green Zone," he audaciously attempts to blend the two genres by inserting a Jason Bourne-esque hero into the 2003 invasion of Iraq, an historically-realized backdrop complete with missing WMDs, neocons, and even teen heartthrob Paul Bremer gets a second dance. Will Greengrass’ fusion of Bourne vs. Wolfowitz pay off? Find out as UN Inspectors Adam and Matty sift through hand-held cinematography and another earnest performance from Matt Damon in attempt to find anything fruitful to say about the film. In keeping with the historic proportions of the episode, the lads trot out their most important, deepest top 5 of all time... the Top 5 Colorful Movie Titles. Yep. We said it. Drink it in like the purple Gatorade of truth that it is.

Also on the show: Music by Field Music and Massacre Theatre -- presented by Pixar Talk. This week's winner will get the Pixar DVD of their choice.


Filmspotting #296
:13-13:09 - Review: "Green Zone"
Music: Field Music, "Each Time is a New Time"
14:33-18:20 - Massacre Theatre (Winner: M. Reichert)
18:21-22:11 - Notes, Polls
22:12-35:24 - Listener Feedback, Caller
Music: Field Music, "Effortlessly"
36:13-44:13 - New DVDs / Donations
44:14-59:08 - Top 5: Colorful Movie Titles
59:09-1:02:11 - Close / Next Show / Outtakes

NOTES / CORRECTIONS

- Win an admit-2 pass to an advanced screening of "The Eclipse" - details here.

- From FS fact-checker extraordinaire Kevin Vasquez: "The cinematographer who started with "Days of Heaven" was Nestor Almendros. Haskell Wexler took over when Almendros left the production to work on a Truffaut film. Wexler was upset that he only got an additional photography credit. In Ebert's great movies essay on the film, he talks about a letter Wexler sent him where "he described sitting in a theater with a stopwatch to prove that more than half of the footage was shot by him." Almendros won the Oscar for the cinematography.

- Also from Kevin: "Reds" won Warren Beatty the Oscar for Best Director, but it lost Best Picture to "Chariots of Fire." I should just avoid talking about the Oscars. Donald Sutherland wasn't nominated for "Ordinary People" either (re: After Hours #14).

- Register for our Billy Wilder class at the University of Chicago's Graham School

- Jeff Goldsmith's Creative Screenwriting podcast can be accessed through iTunes here.

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After Hours #14: The Bishop's Wife / Listener Feedback

2010-03-18 :: feedback@filmspotting.net (Kempenaar & Larsen, WBEZ)
Length: 53s

March 18: On this long-awaited edition of Filmspotting After Hours... Adam and Matty discuss their Listener's Choice pick "The Bishop's Wife," the 1947 holiday classic starring Cary Grant, Loretta Young and David Niven. Plus, the guys dive into Listener Feedback on the Top 5 Lead Performances That Should've Won Oscars and Top 5 Teen Rebels.

Congratulations to all of our donation winners! Please claim your prize by emailing feedback@filmspotting.net. Winners were selected from donations announced on shows #286-295.

NOTES

- Here's the opening of "Made in Britain" on YouTube.

- Jeff Goldsmith's Creative Screenwriting Podcast can be accessed through iTunes here.

- Support our Massacre Theatre sponsor by visiting PixarTalk.com.

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FS #295: The Ghost Writer / The Shop Around the Corner / Top 5 Films of 1998

2010-03-12 :: feedback@filmspotting.net (Kempenaar & Larsen, WBEZ)
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March 12: In honor of Filmspotting’s discussion of Roman Polanski’s "The Ghost Writer," this week’s show description is being ghostwritten by long time Filmspotting fan and regional Boggle champion, Linnea Knutsen of Yankton, South Dakota:

Greetings all! This week’s show gets off to a rousing start as Matty beautifully articulates his take on Polanski’s new thriller, saliently dissecting the film’s strengths and weaknesses, rousingly bifurcating cinematic wheat from chaff. Robinson’s dulcet musings linger long after the show’s close, as though the ghost of Manny Farber might actually be whispering in your ear. Matty waxes just as elegantly on the finer points of Ernst Lubitsch’s "The Shop Around the Corner," the penultimate film in Filmspotting’s Ernst Lubitsch Marathon. Jimmy Stewart and Margaret Sullavan light up the screen in the legendary romantic comedy; they’re almost as great as Matty’s hilarious take on this week’s Massacre Theatre challenge. Casting directors should be lining up to sign this emerging talent, this prince of new media. Seriously, Matty’s agents would love to hear from you. Anyone? But I digress, the intelligent and ever-so-handsome Matty closes out the show with his controversial picks for the Top 5 Films of 1998. Adam appears on the show too.

Also on the show: Brand new music by David Ford and Massacre Theatre -- presented by Pixar Talk. This week's winner will get the Pixar DVD of their choice.


Filmspotting #295
:13-17:08 - Review: "The Ghost Writer"
Music: David Ford, "Panic"
18:12-22:11 - Massacre Theatre (Winner: M. Dancer)
22:12-28:52 - Notes, Polls
28:53-40:25 - Lubitsch #3: The Shop Around the Corner
Music: David Ford, "Making Up for Lost Time"
41:03-48:13 - New DVDs / Donations
48:14-1:07:36 - Top 5: Films of 1998
1:07:37-1:10:11 - Close / Next Show / Sorry, no outtake this week!

NOTES / CORRECTIONS

- Win an admit-2 pass to an advanced screening of "Mother" - details here.

- Register for our Billy Wilder class at the University of Chicago's Graham School

- Allison Bagnall co-wrote "Buffalo '66" with Vincent Gallo.

- Jeff Goldsmith's Creative Screenwriting podcast can be accessed through iTunes here.

- Follow more notes and corrections at http://twitter.com/filmspotting.

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FS #294: Alice in Wonderland / Un Prophet Interview / 2010 Oscar Picks

2010-03-05 :: feedback@filmspotting.net (Kempenaar & Larsen, WBEZ)
Length: 1s

March 5: And then Alice came upon one of the strangest creatures she had ever before seen. Sitting high atop a mountain of marzipan and wearing a flowing robe of postage stamps and chiffon sat a large, bulbous beast with two heads. The two heads, one a tad more handsome than the other, each wore outlandish chapeaus that read "Kritik Hat," and the duo seemed to be arguing feverishly with each other over the merits of director Tim Burton’s latest film "Alice in Wonderland." Alice sat in wonderment as the two heads seemed to employ an annoyingly impenetrable snobbish jargon to describe the film, picking nit after nit, and over-talking on seemingly every aspect of the movie. Not only did they carry on so about Wonderland, but the two flibbertygibbets gabbed on and on about best Foreign Language Film Oscar nominee "Un Prophet", and only shut their blabbering maws long enough for the film's director and star, Jacques Audiard and Tahar Rahim, to get a few choice words in edgewise. Then the two muttonheads droned on and on well into the night, reciting for each other their Oscar Picks. Finally a frustrated Alice screamed, “QUIT IT! I can’t take it any more. Why can’t you just enjoy a movie for what it is? Pure entertainment! I think you two are in love with the sounds of your own voices!” The two heads (one dashingly better looking than the other) looked at each other and then smiled wide toothy grins before announcing in unison, “We hear what you’re saying, dear, but you’re completely wrong," and then recommenced their inane arguments. "I don’t even know what that means," sighed an exhausted Alice, who continued on the path marked "Towards the Lyons Cage," which hopefully offered a route to some film criticism that would prove more palatable to her tastes...

Also on the show: Music by Sad Brad Smith and Massacre Theatre -- presented by Pixar Talk. This week's winner will get the Pixar DVD of their choice.


Filmspotting #294
:13-19:13 - Review: "Alice in Wonderland"
Music: Sad Brad Smith, "Sure"
19:54-23:15 - Massacre Theatre (Winner: A. Rich)
23:16-25:51 - Notes, Polls
25:52-31:44 - Short Review: "Un Prophet"
31:45-42:24 - Interview: Audiard/Rahim
Music: Sad Brad Smith, "Help Yourself"
42:56-51:47 - New DVDs / Donations
51:48-1:10:48 - Oscar Picks
1:10:49-1:13:17 - Close / Next Show / Outtakes

NOTES / CORRECTIONS

- Get a shot at winning some Filmspotting swag by participating in The Puzzler's Oscar contest.

- Register for our Billy Wilder class at the University of Chicago's Graham School

- Jeff Goldsmith's Creative Screenwriting podcast can be accessed through iTunes here.

- Follow more notes and corrections at http://twitter.com/filmspotting.

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FS #293: Shutter Island / Trouble in Paradise / Top 5 Performances That Should've Won Oscars

2010-02-26 :: feedback@filmspotting.net (Kempenaar & Larsen, WBEZ)
Length: 1s

Feb 26: What do Michele Williams, Leonardo DiCaprio, Ben Kingsley, Max Von Sydow, Patricia Clarkson and Jackie Earle Haley have in common? If you answered that none of those illustrious stars have ever stepped foot in Matty’s living room, you are correct. But they all also have Academy Award nominations to their credit and currently find themselves in the middle of fellow Oscar award winner (for "Kundun," right??) Martin Scorcese’s latest thriller, "Shutter Island." The Filmspotting duo finds itself split on the overall effectiveness of the Dennis Lehane adaptation, with "I-haven’t-met-a-great-director-whose-work-I-couldn’t-apologize-for" Adam finding enough to chew on long after the film had ended, while Matty seems to have spent the better part of the film trying to convince himself he wasn’t watching a Peter Jackson movie. But both the lads agree that the second film in their Ernst Lubitsch marathon, 1932’s "Trouble in Paradise," succeeds on all rollicking fronts. They close out the show with another Oscar-laden segment by handing out their choices for the Top 5 Performances That Should've Won Oscars... But Didn’t. Fittingly, Jack Palance’s ghost shows up in time to give all five slots to Marisa Tomei.

Also on the show: Music by The Right Now and Massacre Theatre -- presented by Pixar Talk. This week's winner will get the Pixar DVD of their choice.


Filmspotting #293
:13-16:41 - Review: "Shutter Island"
Music: The Right Now, "Ain't Going Back"
17:40-22:53 - Massacre Theatre (Winner: L. Nash)
22:54-26:46 - Notes, Polls
26:47-37:40 - Lubitsch #2: "Trouble in Paradise"
Music: The Right Now, "Before I Know Your Name"
38:36-48:00 - New DVDs / Donations
48:01-1:09:15 - Top 5: Performances That Should've Won Oscar
1:09:16-1:12:12 - Close / Next Show / Outtakes

NOTES / CORRECTIONS

- Register for our Billy Wilder class at the University of Chicago's Graham School

- Get more info about TCM's 31 Days of Oscar.

- Please excuse any discrepancy in the Oscar years we mention and actual years the awards were handed out. Some sources go by the year the movie was released, others by when the ceremony was held.

- "The Haunting" is actually a 1963 release, not the '50s.

- Francis Ford Coppola did release "The Outsiders" before "Rumblefish," both 1983 releases.

- Jeff Goldsmith's Creative Screenwriting podcast can be accessed through iTunes here.

- Follow more notes and corrections at http://twitter.com/filmspotting.

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FS #292: Fish Tank / Ninotchka / Top 5 Teen Rebels

2010-02-19 :: feedback@filmspotting.net (Kempenaar & Larsen, WBEZ)
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Feb 19: "Arthouse Adam" is back in his element this week as the Filmspotting duo discusses the new film "Fish Tank." No – not because Michael Fassbender spends the better part of the movie sans shirt (though that is a plus). Rather, Adam is afforded the opportunity to revisit a film he first saw after a long day at the Toronto International Film Festival and really sink his teeth into the gritty, atmospheric world created by director Andrea Arnold and the unflinching performance from newcomer Katie Jarvis as Mia, a troubled Essex youth, trying to negotiate the limited opportunities afforded to her by her blighted environs. Next up, the first entry in the Ernst Lubitsch marathon, "Ninotchka," serves to brighten the episode’s mood a bit. Both Adam and Matty fall for Greta Garbo’s luminous screen presence, but find themselves split on the chemistry shared between the great Garbo and co-lead Melvyn Douglass... with Matty preferring a shirtless Michael Fassbender perhaps?

In keeping with the rebellious spirit of the show, the lads round out the episode by putting their mothers in a whirl by keeping them unsure whether they’re boys or girls (if you don’t get the reference, put down your iPod, get on iTunes and download Diamond Dogs in its entirety NOW) and listing their Top 5 Teen Rebels.

Also on the show: Music by Dana Wells and Massacre Theatre -- presented by Pixar Talk. This week's winner will get the Pixar DVD of their choice.


Filmspotting #292
:13-17:35 - Review: "Fish Tank"
Music: Dana Wells, "Evergreen"
18:44-24:16 - Voicemail, Polls
24:17-33:13 - Listener Feedback (Date Movies)
33:14-40:24 - Guest Caller
Music: Dana Wells, "The Benefit"
41:49-46:11 - Massacre Theatre (Winner: K. Miller)
46:12-59:54 - Lubitsch #1: "Ninotchka"
Music: Dana Wells, "Anyone But You"
43:44-1:00:32 - New DVDs / Donations
1:00:33-1:22:37 - Top 5: Teen Rebels
1:22:38-1:26:04 - Close / Next Show / Outtakes

NOTES / CORRECTIONS

- Get more info about TCM's 31 Days of Oscar.

- Jeff Goldsmith's Creative Screenwriting podcast can be accessed through iTunes here.

- Follow more notes and corrections at http://twitter.com/filmspotting. …

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FS #291: Love Story / Love Affair / Top 5 Date Movies

2010-02-12 :: feedback@filmspotting.net (Kempenaar & Larsen, WBEZ)
Length: 1s

Feb 12: Every February 14th, These United States of ‘Merica celebrate the pagan holiday of Saint Valentine’s Day, which commemorates Martin Luther’s victory over the Visigoths at Valley Forge (or something like that). Obviously impaled by an arrant Cupid’s arrow, Filmspotting caught Valentine fever this week and called a programming audible. Instead of reviewing their patented “gritty independent film of the week that no one will ever see,” the lads decided to catch up with a pair of classic romances that virtually everyone except your intrepid reviewers have already seen: 1970’s famous weeper "Love Story" and 1939’s "Love Affair," starring the legendary Irene Dunne and Charles Boyer. They also wade through some great Listener Feedback and offer up their Top 5 Date Movies, which Matty probably cut and pasted from his profile on singlelutheranslookingforlove.com.

Also on the show: Music by Sulek and Massacre Theatre -- presented by Pixar Talk. This week's winner will get the Pixar DVD of their choice.


Filmspotting #291
:13-20:12 - Review: "Love Story" / "Love Affair"
Music: Sulek, "Marigold"
20:54-25:30 - Massacre Theatre (Winner: A. Willis)
25:31-31:15 - Voicemail, Polls
31:16-43:05 - Listener Feedback
Music: Sulek, "Nothing At All"
43:44-54:48 - New DVDs / Donations
54:49-1:10:57 - Top 5: Date Movies
1:10:58-1:13:46 - Close / Next Show / Outtakes

NOTES / CORRECTIONS
- "How Green Was My Valley" was released in 1941. It beat out "Citizen Kane" for the best picture Oscar.

- In "Love Affair," Maria Ouspenskaya plays Charles Boyer's grandmother, not Boyer's mother.

- The article Matty referred to about Sidney Poitier is "Why Does White America Love Sidney Poitier So." We discussed it during our New Hollywood class because both "Guess Who" and "In the Heat of the Night" were on our syllabus. I seem to recall reading somewhere that the author later admitted he might have been extremely high when composing it.

- Jeff Goldsmith's Creative Screenwriting podcast can be accessed through iTunes here.

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FS #290: Edge of Darkness / Michael Hoffman Interview / Top 5 Career Comebacks

2010-02-06 :: feedback@filmspotting.net (Kempenaar & Larsen, WBEZ)
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Feb 5: "No, you listen to US!" This week Filmspotting celebrates the return of Mel Gibson to the screen in the new thriller "Edge of Darkness" by delivering every segment of the show as though they were on the phone with the kidnappers who had just nabbed their only son, which should help save their discussion of the movie itself because "run-of-the-mill studio revenge flick" sounds much better when shouted with visceral intensity. Oddly enough in the next segment, Michael Hoffman, writer/director of the new Leo Tolstoy film "The Last Station" seemed unfazed during his interview/interrogation with Adam when Kempy demanded to know “Where are you keeping James McAvoy? ... and... "Can you give me his phone number?" For a finale, the lads try to complement Mad Max's grand return by offering up their Top 5 Career Comebacks. "What’s that Mr. DeMille? You want a close-up? We’ll give you a close-up! A close-up in Hell!"

Also on the show: Music by Ralph Hinkley Syndrome and Massacre Theatre -- presented by Pixar Talk. This week's winner will get the Pixar DVD of their choice.


Filmspotting #290
:13-14:51 - Review: "Edge of Darkness"
Music: Ralph Hinkley Syndrome, "Waiting"
16:07-20:44 - Massacre Theatre (Winner: C. Cummings)
20:45-47:10 - Interview: Michael Hoffman
Music: Ralph Hinkley Syndrome, "Travel"
47:47-56:59 - New DVDs / Donations
57:00-52:45 - Poll Questions
52:46-1:16:20 - Top 5: Career Comebacks
1:16:21-1:20:37 - Close / Next Show / Outtake

NOTES

- Jeff Goldsmith's Creative Screenwriting podcast can be accessed through iTunes here.

- Follow more notes and corrections at http://twitter.com/filmspotting. …

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FS #289: Overlooked DVD Picks / Sundance 2010 Recap / Top 5 2010 Movie Preview

2010-01-29 :: feedback@filmspotting.net (Kempenaar & Larsen, WBEZ)
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Jan. 29: Adam spent last weekend in Park City, Utah, dodging avalanches by ducking into theaters at the Sundance Film Festival, and a despondent Matty hasn't left his house since Sunday when Brett Favre reverted to his gunslinger form and inexplicably threw across the field for an interception even though he had at least five yards of running room ahead of him and his kicker is a great dome kicker who can hit from 53 yards. Needless to say, the boys haven't been able to get to the cinema recently, so in lieu of a review of a new movie, the lads offer up some Overlooked DVD Picks. Plus, Adam reports back from his Sundance journey with a top five replete with enough documentaries to keep even Matty at bay. The guys then round out the outing by announcing their inaugural Golden Brick winner, and listing their Top 5 Most Anticipated Films of 2010. Jon Favreau, vengeance is yours!

Also on the show: Music by The Airborne Toxic Event and Massacre Theatre -- presented by Pixar Talk. This week's winner will get the Pixar DVD of their choice.


Filmspotting #289
:13-17:23 - Review: Overlooked DVDs
Music: Airborne Toxic Event, "Somewhere Around Midnight"
18:45-23:09 - Massacre Theatre (Winner: S. Gluck)
23:10-31:49 - Voicemail, Poll, Golden Brick
31:50-43:18 - Sundance 2010 Recap
Music: Airborne Toxic Event, "Gasoline"
44:00-52:45 - New DVDs / Donations
52:46-1:07:41 - Top 5 2010 Preview
1:07:42-1:10:57 - Close / Next Show / Outtake

NOTES

- Jeff Goldsmith's Creative Screenwriting podcast can be accessed through iTunes here.

- Uh, yeah... "Fight Club" might have been a David Fincher title Adam was looking for.

- Filmspotting's Top 25 Films of 2009

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FS #288: The White Ribbon / The Book of Eli / 2009 Top 5 Blowout

2010-01-25 :: feedback@filmspotting.net (Kempenaar & Larsen, WBEZ)
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Jan. 22: File under the 'When the cat's away' department. This week Adam is out-of-town kicking off his mandatory two year world-wide Filmspotting mission... or attending Robert Redford's annual Parker Posey film festival in Wyoming. Something like that. Either way, Matty is left behind to throw the show together himself. So, for an opening, instead of a single review, DJ Matty B mixed together reviews of two new movies -- "The White Ribbon" and "The Book of Eli" -- and looped in some killer Rihanna and Herzog vocals to craft an up-tempo house dance track... which is followed by ten minutes of dead air and intermittent invective as Matty didn't realize he had not paused the recording while watching the end of the Lakers-Cavs game. Filmspotting would like to make preemptive apologies to the family of Pau Gasol, who we are sure is a wonderful person who in no way entertains illicit relations with other members of his family or other species. In place of some great Listener Feedback, Matty offers up a selection of some of his favorite YouTube clips, which would work great if there were any type of video component to the show. And, proving once again that all cycles are cyclical, Matty complements the show's 2009 Top 5 Blowout with a copy of his recitation of "The Miller's Tale" in perfect Middle English, which I think we can all agree is the oddest audition tape "The McLaughlin Group" has ever received.

Also on the show: Music by Animal Collective and Massacre Theatre -- presented by Pixar Talk. This week's winner will get the Pixar DVD of their choice.


Filmspotting #288
:13-11:14 - Review: "The White Ribbon"
11:15-21:24 - Review: "The Book of Eli"
Music: Animal Collective, "Doggy"
22:11-26:52 - Massacre Theatre (Winner: S. Aparicio)
26:53-33:13 - Voicemail, Polls, Notes
33:14-43:09 - Listener Feedback
Music: Animal Collective, "Also Frightened"
43:57-52:37 - New DVDs / Donations
52:38-1:13:19 - 2009 Top 5 Blowout
1:13:20-1:16:09 - Close / Next Show / Outtake

NOTES

- If your version of this podcast doesn't have the same audio quality as normal, that's because we were adjusting some settings. Hopefully everything is back to normal, but earlier downloaded versions of this show may sound a little less crisp.

- Filmspotting's Top 25 Films of 2009

- Learn more about "William Kunstler: Disturbing the Universe", which is playing now at the Gene Siskel Film Center.

- Get a chance to win "The Boys are Back" on DVD.

- Sundance/Filmspotting Meetup details.

- Jeff Goldsmith's Creative Screenwriting Podcast can be accessed through iTunes here.

- Follow more notes and corrections at http://twitter.com/filmspotting.

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FS #287: The Lovely Bones / Top 5 Supporting Performances of 2009

2010-01-15 :: feedback@filmspotting.net (Kempenaar & Larsen, WBEZ)
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Jan. 15: All of us here at Filmspotting send our thoughts and prayers out to the country of Haiti and everyone affected by Tuesday's terrible tragedy. We encourage everyone in Filmspotting Nation to give what they can to aid in the relief effort there. In fact, if you were planning on rushing to the multiplex to see Peter Jackson's new film "The Lovely Bones," welllll... why not listen to Adam and Matty's discussion of the film on this week's episode and you just might, perhaps, be moved to use that ten dollars you would have spent on a ticket for a more humanitarian cause. Just sayin'. Also civility manages to reign as the lads delve into a healthy batch of Listener Feedback of their earlier dispatch on "Avatar"... and they continue to close out 2009 (otherwise known as the campaign to mention "Inglourious Basterds" as much as possible) with their Top 5 Supporting Performances of 2009.

Also on the show: Music by Slimfit and Massacre Theatre -- presented by Pixar Talk. This week's winner will get the Pixar DVD of their choice.


Filmspotting #287
:13-14:50 - Review: "The Lovely Bones"
Music: Slimfit, "More Than Wrong"
15:47-18:26 - Voicemail, Polls
18:27-34:13 - Listener Feedback ("Avatar")
Music: Slimfit, "Yesterday's Gone"
35:04-39:29 - Massacre Theatre (Winner: B. Stinson)
39:30-42:24 - Notes
42:25-52:29 - Top 5 Supp. Actresses
Music: Slimfit, "Damp Powder"
53:17-1:06:36 - New DVDs / Donations
1:06:37-1:18:32 - Top 5 Male Leads
1:18:33-1:22:14 - Close / Next Show / Outtake

NOTES

- I know, I know... Tree of Souls NOT Tree of Life.

- Get a chance to win "The Boys are Back" on DVD here.

- Sundance/Filmspotting Meetup details.

- Info about PS Hoffman in Chicago as part of Sundance Film Festival USA.

- Landmark in Seattle - metroclassics.blogspot.com.

- Jeff Goldsmith's Creative Screenwriting Podcast can be accessed through iTunes here.

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FS #286: A Single Man / Top 5 Lead Performances of 2009

2010-01-08 :: feedback@filmspotting.net (Kempenaar & Larsen, WBEZ)
Length: 1s

Jan. 8: 1. Listen to a 15-minute discussion of "A Single Man," a gorgeous set-piece film starring Colin Firth as a grieving 1960s college professor -- playing only in select cities that I will probably never see.

2. Digest the Top 5 Lead Performances of 2009, as determined by Adam, Matty and Steve Prokopy, the devilishly-handsome film critic from Ain't It Cool News (also known by his net d'plume Capone).

If your New Year's resolutions for 2010 read as above, then you're in luck. You can clean them out in one fell swoop by listening to this week's episode of Filmspotting (perhaps even by listening on the treadmill while at the gym because, come on, we all know that pair of jeans didn't really shrink). In related news, Matty's resolution of "writing the blandest show descriptions ever in the hopes that Adam relieves him of his show description writing duties" seems to be in full effect.

Also on the show: Music by Puerto Muerto and Massacre Theatre -- presented by Pixar Talk. This week's winner will get the Pixar DVD of their choice.


Filmspotting #286
:13-13:35 - Review: "A Single Man"
Music: Puerto Muerto, "Vermilion Sky"
14:12-18:38 - Massacre Theatre (Winner: R. Treuer)
18:39-40:38 - Top 5 Male Leads
Music: Puerto Muerto, "Goodbye to the End"
41:13-49:31 - New DVDs / Donations
49:32-1:07:24 - Top 5 Female Leads
1:07:25-1:10:54 - Close / Next Show / Outtake

NOTES

- Jeff Goldsmith's Creative Screenwriting Podcast can be accessed through iTunes here.

- Follow more notes and corrections at http://twitter.com/filmspotting. …

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FS Reviews: Avatar / Nine

2010-01-01 :: feedback@filmspotting.net (Kempenaar & Larsen, WBEZ)
Length: 33s

January 1: Adam and Matty ring in the new year by finally getting to their discussion of James Cameron's sci-fi epic "Avatar". Plus, the lads find out whether Daniel Day-Lewis can really "be Italian" in Rob Marshall's musical "Nine."

Filmspotting will be back in its usual format next week. There's no scheduled review, but Ain't It Cool News' Steve Prokopy aka Capone will drop by to share the Top 5 Lead Performances of 2009.



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FS After Hours #13: Elf / Golden Palm Marathon Awards

2009-12-31 :: feedback@filmspotting.net (Kempenaar & Larsen, WBEZ)
Length: 37s

December 31: In the latest Filmspotting After Hours, Adam and Matty share a little Christmas cheer with their Listener's Choice discussion of Jon Favreau's "Elf," starring Will Ferrell. Plus, the Bronzed Fronds -- the Best of the Cannes Golden Palm Marathon Awards.

Congratulations to all of our donation winners! Please claim your prize by emailing feedback@filmspotting.net. Winners were selected from donations announced on shows #283-285 up through Dec. 30.



NOTES
- To clarify, Adam's most depressing "Dancer in the Dark" scene -- slight SPOILER alert -- isn't the actual money-stealing, but scene where Bill learns of the money and spies on Selma.

- Jeff Goldsmith's Creative Screenwriting Podcast can be accessed through iTunes here.

- Support our Massacre Theatre sponsor by visiting PixarTalk.com.

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Filmspotting Revisited w/ Guest Host David Chen

2009-12-25 :: feedback@filmspotting.net (Kempenaar & Larsen, WBEZ)
Length: 58s

December 25: Adam and Matty bid you Merry Christmas/Happy Holidays by taking the week off... but thankfully, /Film managing editor and /Filmcast host David Chen is here to revisit some of his favorite Filmspotting segments, including discussions of "There Will Be Blood," "The Happening" and "Soylent Green," plus the Top 5 Coen Bros. Scenes.



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FS #285: Up in the Air / Invictus / Top 10 Films of 2009

2009-12-20 :: feedback@filmspotting.net (Kempenaar & Larsen, WBEZ)
Length: 1s

Dec. 18: Filmspotting discusses "Up in the Air" and "Invictus," and reveals its Top 10 Films of 2009 with the help of Michael Phillips from the Chicago Tribune and "At the Movies," and the AV Club's Scott Tobias.

Thanks also to special guest voicemailers: Steve Prokopy from Ain't It Cool News, Matt Singer from IFC News and writer/director Rian Johnson.

Also on the show: Music by Iron and Wine and Massacre Theatre -- presented by Pixar Talk. This week's winner will get the Pixar DVD of their choice.


Filmspotting #285
:13-10:45 - Review: "Up in the Air"
10:46-20:27 - Review: "Invictus"
Music: Iron and Wine, "Love Vigilantes"
21:46-26:56 - Massacre Theatre (Winner: M. Kelly)
26:57-28:03 - Prokopy Voicemail
28:04-39:54 - Top 10 of 2009: #10-6
Music: Iron and Wine, "Belated Promise Ring"
40:54-41:55 - Singer Voicemail
41:56-1:00:57 - Top 10 of 2009: #5-3
Music: Iron and Wine, "Boy With a Coin"
1:01:26-1:10:09 - New DVDs / Donations
1:10:10-1:10:54 - Johnson Voicemail
1:10:55-1:26:39 - Top 10 of 2009: #2-1
1:26:40-1:29:00 - Close / Next Show / Outtake

NOTES

- Jason Reitman was nominated in the 2007 best director category alongside the Coen Bros., Paul Thomas Anderson, Julian Schnabel and Tony Gilroy - not David Fincher, which I believe was my point at the time. I thought Fincher for "Zodiac" was a stronger candidate than Reitman for "Juno."

- Jeff Goldsmith's Creative Screenwriting Podcast can be accessed through iTunes here.

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FS #284: Brothers / The Son's Room / 2009 Golden Brick Nominees

2009-12-11 :: feedback@filmspotting.net (Adam Kempenaar, WBEZ)
Length: 58m 4s

Dec. 11: This week's teaser for Filmspotting is brought to you by the same team responsible for the trailer for "Brothers,"<…

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FS #283: The Road / Dancer in the Dark / Top 5 DVDs of 2009

2009-12-04 :: feedback@filmspotting.net (Adam Kempenaar, WBEZ)
Length: 1h 20m 4s

Dec. 4: This week on Filmspotting, Adam and Matty try to avoid roving bands of cannibals as they travel down director John Hillcoat’s well-worn, post…

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FS After Hours #12 (Part 2): Listener Feedback / "Dudewood"

2009-11-27 :: feedback@filmspotting.net (Kempenaar & Larsen, WBEZ)
Length: 56s

November 28: In Part 2 of the latest Filmspotting After Hours, Adam and Matty make their way through another batch of glorious Listener Feedback, including responses to their Top 5 Nostalgia Movies, Bad Day Movies and Bad Screen Parents. Plus, long-lost Filmspotting co-host Sam Van Hallgren checks in via phone to help the guys perform a listener-scripted scene from "Dudewood" ... and the latest batch of Filmspotting winners! Thanks to everyone who donated to the show. Winners were selected from episodes #276-282. Warning: This episode contains some profanity starting around the 40 minute mark.

Programming Note: The Filmspotting 'Best of' edition guest hosted by Slashfilmcast's David Chen is being held for a later date. Look for it to be published around Christmas.



NOTES

- Read Greg Kot's article about the Scotland Yard Gospel Choir and their accident.

- Re: "Clash of the Titans": Olivier was indeed in the film as Zeus... it was Harryhausen's last work on a feature film... and it's apparently being remade starring Sam Worthington and Liam Neeson as Zeus.

- You can read Steven Soderbergh's quote about "Cannonball Run" here.

- Thanks to our partners and former partners: PixarTalk.com, Creative Screenwriting and InReviewOnline.

- Thanks, as always, to Candace, Lindsay and Golden Joe DeCeault... and to listeners Greg Burland and Kevin Vazquez for their work previewing this show and many others to make sure everything sounds good and the show notes are up to snuff.

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FS After Hours #12 (Part I): Ace in the Hole / Kurosawa Marathon Awards

2009-11-25 :: feedback@filmspotting.net (Kempenaar & Larsen, WBEZ)
Length: 32s

November 25: In Part I of the latest Filmspotting After Hours, Adam and Matty discuss Billy Wilder's 1951 "Ace in the Hole," starring Kirk Douglas as a ruthless newspaperman out to get his story no matter the moral or ethical costs. Plus, The Ronins... Filmspotting's Best of the Kurosawa Marathon Awards. The Marathon lineup consisted of: "Rashomon," "Ikiru," "Throne of Blood," The Hidden Fortress," "Yojimbo" and "High and Low."



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FS #282: Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans / The Messenger / Ben Foster-Oren Moverman Interview / Taste of Cherry / Top 5 Turkeys of 2009

2009-11-20 :: feedback@filmspotting.net (Adam Kempenaar, WBEZ)
Length: 1h 34m 46s

Nov. 20: It’s a potpourri of crazy this week on Filmspotting. First, Matty heads down to the French Quarter to grab some beignets at Café Du Monde and s…

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FS #281: The Men Who Stare at Goats / Farewell My Concubine / Top 5 Films of 1999

2009-11-13 :: feedback@filmspotting.net (Adam Kempenaar, WBEZ)
Length: 1h 19m 32s

Nov. 13: Usually Filmspotting trots out an elaborate, creative, highly over-written show description. This week, however, in keeping with the spir…

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FS #280: Precious / When Father Was Away on Business / Top 5 Bad Screen Parents

2009-11-06 :: feedback@filmspotting.net (Adam Kempenaar, WBEZ)
Length: 1h 19m 8s

Nov. 6: O Captain! My Captain! This week, Adam and Matty make music from the heart and navigate the blackboard jungle as they stand and deliver their…

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FS #279: An Education / Antichrist / Top 5 Taboo Relationships

2009-10-30 :: feedback@filmspotting.net (Adam Kempenaar, WBEZ)
Length: 1h 22m 6s

Oct. 30: Yes, we are obviously trying to seduce you. This week, Adam and Matty decide to forgo their spot at Oxford next semester and instead fall head o…

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FS #278: Where the Wild Things Are / High and Low / Top 5 Nostalgia Movies (Redux)

2009-10-23 :: feedback@filmspotting.net (Adam Kempenaar, WBEZ)
Length: 1h 21m 22s

Oct. 23:

Little Sammy and the Mystery of Filmspotting Island
By Ayn Ba…

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FS #277: Zombieland / Capitalism: A Love Story / Top 5 Bad Day Movies

2009-10-17 :: feedback@filmspotting.net (Adam Kempenaar, WBEZ)
Length: 1h 16m 17s

Oct. 16: This week Filmspotting celebrates Matty's 100th episode by playing catch-up and sitting down with two films currently creating a lot of buzz at th…

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FS #276: A Serious Man / Michael Stuhlbarg Interview / Top 5 Chicago Film Fest Preview

2009-10-09 :: feedback@filmspotting.net (Adam Kempenaar, WBEZ)
Length: 1h 17m 27s

Oct. 9:

Dean Wermer
Adam, Matty, thank you so much for coming in today. As you both are well aware, the tenure committee is in its fina…

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Filmspotting Revisited w/ Guest Host Matt Singer

2009-10-02 :: feedback@filmspotting.net (Kempenaar & Larsen, WBEZ)
Length: 1s

October 2: With the guys off this week, Adam and Matty welcome in special guest host Matt Singer from IFC News and the IFC News Podcast as he takes a look back at some of his favorite Filmspotting segments.

Note: The file size for this show is about twice what it normally is. Sorry for any inconvenience. A smaller version will be uploaded eventually.



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FS After Hours #11: Wait Until Dark

2009-09-29 :: feedback@filmspotting.net (Kempenaar & Larsen, WBEZ)
Length: 47s

September 29: On this edition of Filmspotting After Hours... Our Listener's Choice discussion of the 1967 thriller "Wait Until Dark," starring Audrey Hepburn in an Oscar nominated turn. Plus, another provocative batch of Listener Feedback on John Hughes, the best backyard movies and more.

Thanks again to all of our donors for your tremendous support! Winners on this show were chosen from episodes #268-275. Please email feedback@filmspotting.net if you were one of the lucky winners.

Listener's Choice
Brian Stein, Arlington, VA

T-Shirts
Timothy, Glen Iris, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Jay, Wellington, FL
Robin, Seattle
Michael, Colorado Springs

Mugs
David, Brunswick West, Victoria, Australia
Bertha, Austin, TX
Tyrone, Woking, Surrey, UK
Fabien, Ilford, Essex, UK

Copy of "Shootin’ the Sh*t with Kevin Smith" from Titan Books
John, Oak Park, IL
Peter Purcell, Lenoir, NC
Mark, Ottawa, Ontario
Erik, Wellington, NZ
Gil and Alysia, Yarraville, Victoria, Australia



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FS# 275: Overlooked DVD Picks / Top 5 Tearjerkers

2009-09-25 :: feedback@filmspotting.net (Adam Kempenaar, WBEZ)
Length: 1h 11m 26s

Sept. 25: It’s alive! Not to be outdone by Netflix's crack team of engineers and mathematicians who recently revamped the efficacy of the company's onl…

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FS #274: The Informant! / Top 5 2009 Toronto Film Fest Movies

2009-09-18 :: feedback@filmspotting.net (Kempenaar & Larsen, WBEZ)
Length: 1s

Sept. 18: LIVE from a makeshift dais outside the original Maple Leaf Gardens

Q: Ballgame, you’re coming off a tough road trip to the Toronto International Film Fest -- over 30 films in four days -- how do you think team Filmspotting held up?

A: Well, obviously we’re tired, but I’m proud of the guys. You know, dealing with the time change, the gravy on the French fries, the sometimes smothering congeniality of Canadians... it was a challenge. But I think people will be pleased when we lay out our Top 5 Toronto Film Fest Movies.

Q: What about other reviewers like Phillips and Ebert, who are likely seeing hundreds of films over two weeks?

A: Look, we can’t focus on what other reviewers or other podcasts are doing. We just have to take it segment by segment, discussion by discussion, film by film, and bring a solid 90 minutes of criticism to the show. Look what Kempy brought to the table during our review of "The Informant!" I mean, here’s a guy that loves director Steven Soderbergh, and this film starring Matt Damon as a notorious corporate whistleblower is generally eliciting a lot of love from the critics -- it would have been easy for Adam to phone this one in. But, no, he stepped it up. He brought his ‘A’ game and BAM, what do you get? Point-by-point, generally articulate dissection of an overall pretty middling film. That’s Kempy being Kempy and why he gets paid the big bucks. And by big bucks I mean he gets paid in hugs and beer.

Q: What about some of the feedback you’ve been getting from the fans?

A: Look, we love our fans, we wouldn’t be here without them and we’ve got a great batch of Listener Feedback on this week’s show, as well another cringe-worthy rendition of Massacre Theatre and music by Heroes of Popular Wars. Overall, we think it’s a great show. Are we satisfied? No, we can never be satisfied; we’re not a .500 podcast; to compete with the big guys, we’ve got to step it up, but as long that microphone is on, we’ll keep bringing the heat.

Massacre Theatre is presented by Pixar Talk. This week's winner will get the Pixar DVD of their choice.


Filmspotting #274
:13-18:49 - Review: "The Informant!"
Music: HOPW, "A Bus Called Further"
19:22-24:45 - Massacre Theatre (Winner: E. Munn)
24:45-42:49 - Polls, Notes, Feedback
Music: HOPW, "It's A Doozy"
43:57-55:15 - New DVDs/Donations
55:16-1:17:39 - Top 5: TIFF '09 Recap
1:17:40-1:19:58 - Polls, Next Show

NOTES

- Filmspotting's David Mamet/Anne Frank scene on YouTube

- Information on Facets Fright School. Full lineup should be posted soon.

- Information about "The Art of the Steal," since we didn't really explain.

- Get 10% off retro movie inspired t-shirts at Wake Up... Time To Die by using the discount code FSPOT10.

- Jeff Goldsmith's Creative Screenwriting Podcast can be accessed through iTunes here.

- Follow more notes and corrections at http://twitter.com/filmspotting.

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FS #273: Extract / Yojimbo / Top 5 Most Anticipated TIFF '09 Movies

2009-09-11 :: feedback@filmspotting.net (Adam Kempenaar, WBEZ)
Length: 1h 17m 43s

Sept. 11: Filmspotting reviews Mike Judge's latest, "Extract" ... discuss the 5th movie in their Kurosawa Marathon, "Yojimbo" ... and preview their trip to th…

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FS# 272: Taking Woodstock / The Hidden Fortress / Top 5 Most Anticipated Movies

2009-09-04 :: feedback@filmspotting.net (Adam Kempenaar, WBEZ)
Length: 1h 31m 39s

Sept. 4: How ‘bout another hand for Sha Na Na?! Groovy. Okay, cats. Just a reminder, please avoid the Sluggo and Nancy tabs, man. They’re no good. All…

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