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Filmspotting (weekly series)

Series produced by WBEZ

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"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.

"Filmspotting" is an hour-long program about film. Each week, hosts Adam Kempenaar and Josh Larsen bring you movie reviews, interviews, top 5 lists, listener feedback and insightful film talk. Michael Phillips of the Chicago Tribune joins in once a month.

Special features include "Massacre Theatre," movie marathons and "sacred cow" discussions, in which Filmspotting looks back and reexamines films considered to be among the greatest of all time.

"Filmspotting" (formerly known as "Cinecast") began in March of 2005, and has cultivated a loyal and growing audience. It can currently be heard at www.filmspotting.net and on WBEZ, and other PRX stations. We hope your station will be next. Please feel free to contact us for more details.


114 Pieces

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Caption: Kumail Nanjiani and Zoe Kazan in 'The Big Sick'
Filmspotting speaks with Kumail Nanjiani, co-writer and star of Sundance hit "The Big Sick." Nanjiani also offers up the Top 5 films that most inf...

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  • Added: Jun 23, 2017
  • Length: 53:59
  • Purchases: 4
Caption: Joel Edgerton and Kelvin Harrison Jr. in Trey Shults' 'It Comes at Night'
Writer/director Trey Edward Shults knocked a lot of us out last year with his indie debut "Krisha." This year, he comes to the multiplex with "It C...

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  • Added: Jun 16, 2017
  • Length: 53:58
  • Purchases: 8
Caption: Gal Gadot as Diana in 'Wonder Woman'
As the first superhero movie directed by and starring a woman, "Wonder Woman" went into its opening weekend with more baggage than its male-centric...

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  • Added: Jun 09, 2017
  • Length: 53:59
  • Purchases: 8
Caption: Brad Pitt as Gen. Glen McMahon in 'War Machine'
Inspired by Gen. Stanley McChrystal's dramatic fall from grace in 2010 following a Rolling Stone profile, the new "War Machine" from Netflix puts a...

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  • Added: Jun 02, 2017
  • Length: 53:59
  • Purchases: 8
Caption: Arnold Schwarzenegger in James Cameron's 'The Terminator'
1984 was a banner year for crane kicks, mogwais and bustin' ghosts, but it also saw the debut of Arnold Schwarzenegger's T-800, better known as "Th...

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  • Added: May 26, 2017
  • Length: 53:59
  • Purchases: 9
Caption: Katherine Waterston in Alien: Covenant
Anticipation was high back in 2012 when director Ridley Scott returned to the "Alien" franchise with “Prometheus.” Despite a somewhat mixed respons...

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  • Added: May 19, 2017
  • Length: 53:59
  • Purchases: 9
Caption: Anthony Hopkins as Hannibal Lecter in Jonathan Demme's 'The Silence of the Lambs'
When the great Jonathan Demme passed away in April, he left behind one of the most acclaimed and diverse filmographies in American cinema. Demme wi...

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  • Added: May 12, 2017
  • Length: 53:59
  • Purchases: 9
Caption: Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper, Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, and Dave Bautista in 'Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2'
Summer used to have a monopoly on superheroes, fast cars and stuff you bring your kids to, but "Beauty and the Beast," "Fate of the Furious" and "L...

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  • Added: May 05, 2017
  • Length: 53:58
  • Purchases: 10
Caption: Charlie Hunnam in 'The Lost City of Z'
The movies have taken us on great adventures over the years, both real and imagined: through the deepest jungle, across perilous oceans, to distant...

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  • Added: Apr 28, 2017
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 10
Caption: Charlize Theron and Vin Diesel in 'The Fate of the Furious'
Just how big a deal is "The Fast & the Furious? Just last weekend, the 8th film in the street-racing franchise opened worldwide and managed to brea...

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  • Added: Apr 21, 2017
  • Length: 53:59
  • Purchases: 11
Caption: Jason Schwartzman in Wes Anderson's 'Rushmore'
Wes Anderson’s "Rushmore" was a minor indie hit during its initial run starting in late 1998, but it marked the arrival of a significant new direct...

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  • Added: Apr 14, 2017
  • Length: 53:59
  • Purchases: 10
Caption: Jason Segel in 'The Discovery'
In 2014, first-time writer/director Charlie McDowell made a big impression (on Adam, anyway) with "The One I Love," a movie about a troubled marria...

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  • Added: Apr 07, 2017
  • Length: 53:59
  • Purchases: 10
Caption: Humphrey Bogart in the 1942 classic, 'Casablanca'
"Casablanca" is one of the most enduring and beloved films of Hollywood’s Golden Age. Three-quarters of a century after its 1942 release, its famou...

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  • Added: Mar 31, 2017
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 8
Caption: Kristen Stewart in 'Personal Shopper'
Kristen Stewart went from child actress to reticent star of the hugely successful "Twilight" series to… well, we’ll see. But with strong work in a ...

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  • Added: Mar 24, 2017
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 10
Caption: Ewen Bremner, Ewan McGregor, Jonny Lee Miller and Robert Carlyle in 'T2 Trainspotting '
"Trainspotting" wasn't huge hit in its day, but the 1996 film made an impression on a generation of young film fans thanks to its visual flair, mem...

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  • Added: Mar 17, 2017
  • Length: 53:59
  • Purchases: 9
Caption: Hugh Jackman in 'Logan'
The tale of the once-great gunslinger forced out of retirement for one more job is a familiar one, but not one we’ve seen adopted by the superhero ...

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  • Added: Mar 10, 2017
  • Length: 53:57
  • Purchases: 11
Caption: Daniel Kaluuya in Jordan Peele's 'Get Out'
Who needs to be told how great "The Godfather" is? Or "Citizen Kane"? Or, um... "Midnight Run"? That was the logic back in the earliest days of the...

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  • Added: Mar 03, 2017
  • Length: 53:59
  • Purchases: 9
Caption: 2017 Oscar Picks
This year’s Oscar ceremony is bound to get political, but how might Oscar voters send a message with their ballots? Adam and guest host Michael Phi...

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  • Added: Feb 24, 2017
  • Length: 53:59
  • Purchases: 11
Caption: Keanu Reeves in 'John Wick: Chapter 2'
When the Keanu Reeves revenge tale "John Wick" opened back in 2014, it made a modest $80 million at the box office. But in the couple years since i...

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  • Added: Feb 17, 2017
  • Length: 53:59
  • Purchases: 11
Caption: Scene from 'The Battle of Algiers' (1966)
With the opening weeks of the new administration marked by political protest, Adam and Josh invite critic Michael Sicinski to share his Top 5 Polit...

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  • Added: Feb 10, 2017
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 12