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Playlist: Movie Series and Pieces

Compiled By: PRX Editors

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Curated Playlist

Indie and mainstream, actors and producers — here are movie series on PRX of various lengths.

Got a movie series not on this list? Email our editorial address.

Filmspotting (weekly series) (Series)

Produced by WBEZ

"Filmspotting" is an hour-long program about film, including: movie reviews, interviews, top 5 lists, listener feedback and insightful film talk. Filmspotting is available on PRX by noon (CST) on Fridays. Promos are available on PRX earlier in the week.

Most recent piece in this series:

Filmspotting 640 (06/23/17): Kumail Nanjiani's Top 5 Influential Movies, Ana Lily Amirpour

From WBEZ | Part of the Filmspotting (weekly series) series | 53:59

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Kumail Nanjiani will be a familiar face to fans of HBO’s "Silicon Valley," or "Portlandia," or if who've seen any of his appearances on dozens of other sitcoms and sketch shows, but the very funny and surprisingly moving "The Big Sick" should make him a familiar face to many more. The film -- co-written with Nanjiani's wife Emily V. Gordon -- tells the story of their unusual courtship, which featured not only family tensions and cultural differences (Nanjiani is Pakistani-American, Gordon is white) but, more significantly, a life-threatening illness that struck Gordon while the two were still just dating.
Plus, Ana Lily Amirpour got lots of attention for her 2014 Iran-set vampire movie "A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night." She's back this year with "The Bad Batch," a Sergio Leone-inspired western with cannibals and a double-amputee for a protagonist (Suki Waterhouse). The new movie features a cast that includes Jim Carrey, Keanu Reeves and Jason Momoa. Adam and Amirpour talk the relativity of badness, the consequences of seeing inappropriate movies at an early age and their favorite Keanu performances.

Sounds Familiar #5: Sex, Death and Morals in Horror.

From Blake Cooper | Part of the Sounds Familiar series | 17:00

In 1980, during a “very special episode” of Siskel & Ebert, Roger Ebert made a provocative claim about the emerging genre of “slasher” horror films: “these films hate women.” Whether that’s true—and why—is a little more complicated.

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In 1980, during a “very special episode” of Siskel & Ebert, Roger Ebert made a provocative claim about the emerging genre of “slasher” horror films: “these films hate women.” 
Whether that’s true—and why—is a little more complicated. Dr. Lisa Wade, founder of the blog Sociological Images, helps me break down the complexity of the role of women in horror movies. We’ll discuss what these films say about our sense of morality and justice. And we’ll travel all the way back to 18th century London, to meet Tom Nero, arguably the horror genre’s original serial villain.
Next Week: “Series in Decline”

Indie Outlook (Series)

Produced by Matt Fagerholm

Chicago film critic Matt Fagerholm highlights the latest and greatest in modern independent cinema.

Most recent piece in this series:

Duncan Riddell on "Older Children"

From Matt Fagerholm | Part of the Indie Outlook series | 23:10

Photo_27_small Filmmaker Duncan Riddell joins host Matt Fagerholm to discuss his new film, "Older Children," which premieres in Chicago November 10th. The program was produced at Columbia College Chicago. Technical producer was Rebecca Nystedt. An Indie Outlook production.

Behind the Scenes (Series)

Produced by Andrea Chase

Filmmakers and actors talk with Andrea Chase. New insights, unexpected revelations, and a wry sense of humor. Series pieces are various lengths from 8 to 25 minutes.

Most recent piece in this series:

THE FABULOUS ALLAN CARR -- Jeffrey Schwarz Interview

From Andrea Chase | Part of the Behind the Scenes series | 16:15

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Jeffrey Schwarz loves the tell the story of a showman.  Hence, bringing up William Castle, the subject of one of his earlier docs, seemed like the obvious place to start when I talked with him by phone on June 5, 2017 about his latest, THE FABULOUS ALLAN CARR.  Both were larger than life, and both had a significant impact on Hollywood, even if they don’t always get the credit due them.

We went on to talk about how Schwarz went about getting beyond Carr’s own spin when telling the story of his life; the Brett Ratner connection; the decision to use animation for part of the story; and why, when in doubt, he chose to print the legend.

We finished up with Schwarz discussing the dichotomy of 1970s Hollywood, on the one hand decadent and permissive, and on the other a place where gay men and women had to stay firmly in the closet; the impact of AIDS on the gay liberation movement; why Carr was an accidental activist; and, of course, the 1989 Oscars that changed everything for Carr, and then how Carr changed the way we approach Oscar season.

The Indie on Demand Movie Review (Series)

Produced by Daniel Persons

A short, weekly review show dedicated to highlighting independent films available via on-demand platforms. Produced and hosted by film journalist and critic Dan Persons.

Most recent piece in this series:

Indie on Demand Reviews FIGHTVILLE

From Daniel Persons | Part of the The Indie on Demand Movie Review series | 01:59

Fightville_prx_image_v01_small Film critic Dan Persons reviews FIGHTVILLE, an intense and intimate documentary focusing on the brutal sport of mixed martial arts.

THE INDIE ON DEMAND MOVIE REVIEW is a short, weekly, module-style review show dedicated to highlighting independent films available via on-demand platforms. Produced and hosted by film journalist and critic Dan Persons (The Huffington Post, IFC, Air America), each 2-minute episode will feature a review of an independent film that has recently debuted on-demand, incorporating cleared audio clips and Dan's detailed analysis to provide listeners with an entertaining and insightful glimpse into the exciting and innovative world of independent film, with all titles available immediately for viewing at home.

Reel Discovery (Series)

Produced by Kristin Dreyer Kramer

Each week on Reel Discovery, host Kristin Dreyer Kramer takes a quick look at the latest in movies -- from the hottest new blockbusters to little-known indies and even Blu-ray releases. Whether you prefer explosive action movies or quiet dramas, you're sure to discover something worth watching. On the latest show, Kristin takes a look at the horror homage of Tim Burton's Frankenweenie.

Most recent piece in this series:

Reel Discovery: Ripped

From Kristin Dreyer Kramer | Part of the Reel Discovery series | 03:00

Ripped_small Each week on Reel Discovery, host Kristin Dreyer Kramer takes a quick look at the latest in movies -- from the hottest new blockbusters to little-known indies and even Blu-ray releases. Whether you prefer explosive action movies or quiet dramas, you're sure to discover something worth watching. On the latest show, Kristin travels through time with a couple of teenage stoners in Ripped.

To read the full review, visit NightsAndWeekends.com .

It's Movie Time (Series)

Produced by Kristin Dreyer Kramer

A weekly five-minute film review series with critics John DeSando and Kristin Dreyer Kramer.

Most recent piece in this series:

It's Movie Time; July 6, 2012: The Amazing Spider-Man, To Rome with Love

From Kristin Dreyer Kramer | Part of the It's Movie Time series | 05:00

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Spoiler Alert Radio (Series)

Produced by MergingArts Productions

Toni Pennacchia discusses all things film with independent directors, writers, producers, composers, cinematographers, editors, promoters, and more, in this 29-minute series.

Most recent piece in this series:

Vanessa Gould - Documentary Filmmaker - Between The Folds and Obit

From MergingArts Productions | Part of the Spoiler Alert Radio series | 29:00

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Currently based in Brooklyn, Vanessa studied piano at the New England Conservatory, and art history, architecture and physics at Columbia University.

Her first documentary film was the Peabody-award winning Between the FoldsBetween the Folds has been translated into over ten languages and broadcast in dozens of countries as well as screening at international film festivals.

Vanessa was a featured presenter at the EG 2010 conference, and serves on the jury for the News and Documentary Emmy Awards, as well as on several festival juries.

Vanessa produced and shot for Showtime's Years of Living Dangerously, a documentary series about climate change executive produced by James CameronJerry Weintraub, and Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Vanessa's most recent documentary feature film is Obit, about The New York Times obituaries and their writer-reporters.

Obit world-premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival and has been in limited release around the United States.