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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 663 (01/12/18): Best Movie Moments of 2017

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

2017-best-movie-moments_small Despite staying in-studio this time, Adam and Josh continue the tradition of making the first show of the new year a celebratory, post-Top 10 "Wrap Party," with a blissful recounting of their favorite movie moments of 2017. In addition to sharing their favorite scenes of the year (along with opening scenes, funniest scenes, music and most moving moments), they also reveal the winner of the 2017 Golden Brick Award.

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:

FILM STARS DON'T DIE IN LIVERPOOL -- Paul McGuigan Interview

From Andrea Chase | Part of the Behind the Scenes series | 22:48

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Full disclosure, my sister, when she was 12, was in a film with Gloria Grahame.  It was a pretty forgettable horror film, and they had no scenes together, but it made for some nice small talk with Paul McGuigan before we settled down to our conversation about FILM STARS DON’T DIE IN LIVERPOOL. Based on the memoir by Paul Turner about his relationship with the Oscar™-winning actress (THE BAD AND THE BEAUTIFUL) in the 1970s, the film is an insightful and savvy look at Grahame through the eyes of her much younger lover, when she was at the end of her acting career, and he was just starting his. It’s also an homage to the cinema of Grahame’s prime using a visual vocabulary that hearkens back to her greatest films.

When I spoke with McGuigan on December 8, 2017, that was a topic we discussed, but we started with how much the director knew about Grahame going into the project, and how learning so much about her changed the way he looked at her films.

We went on to talk about public perceptions of film stars over the years; the process of externalizing memory; the role of synchronicity in bringing the film together; how Gloria Grahame has influenced Anette Benning, who plays her in the film; why Jamie Bell is perfect as Paul; and why both of them were born to do close-ups.

We finished up with McGuigan’s love for a particular kind of lens; the perfect lighting effect for a first meeting; assembling a predominately female crew; the role of post-it™ notes in Benning’s preparations; being meticulous about artifacts; why he wanted to subtly inject some politics into the story; and how Elvis Costello gave him the best Christmas present ever. 

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: The Commuter

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

Thecommuter_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 boards the train home with Liam Neeson in The Commuter.

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:

Tristan Oliver - Cinematographer - Curse of the Were-Rabbit, The Fantastic Mr. Fox, ParaNorman, Loving Vincent, and Isle of Dogs

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

Lovingvincent_499_small Tristan has been a cinematographer for over 20 years in film, television, commercials, and music videos and is best-known for his work in shooting stop-motion animation.

Tristan has worked with director Nick Park on the Oscar-winning short films The Wrong Trousers and A Close Shave, and the Oscar-winning feature film Curse of the Were-Rabbit.

His cinematography credits also include the feature films Chicken RunThe Fantastic Mr. Fox, and ParaNorman.

More recently, Tristan shot the live action underpinnings of the film Loving Vincent, the first fully painted animated movie where live footage is painstakingly over-painted in the style of Van Gogh.

Tristan also was the DP on the upcoming Wes Anderson animated feature film, Isle of Dogs.