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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.


101 Pieces

Order by: Newest First | Oldest First
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: 6
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: 10
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
Caption: Denis Villeneuve's 'Blade Runner 2049'
The short version of Filmspotting's 2017 Movie Preview is easy: it starts with "Last" and ends with "Jedi." For a longer take, listen to this week'...

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  • Added: Feb 03, 2017
  • Length: 53:59
  • Purchases: 11
Caption: Mahershala Ali and Alex R. Hibbert in Barry Jenkins' 'Moonlight'
With its 14 Oscar nominations, the 2017 Best Picture Oscar seems ""La La Land’s" to lose. In the role of spoiler? The critically adored "Moonlight,...

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  • Added: Jan 27, 2017
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 11
Caption: Michael Phillips, Josh Larsen & Adam Kempenaar at Filmspotting's 2016 Wrap Party Live
For Filmspotting's annual year-end Wrap Party, Adam, Josh and some very special guests set up camp on Chicago's South Side for a live show dedicate...

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  • Added: Jan 20, 2017
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 8
Caption: Christopher Nolan's 'Inception'
Citizen Kane, Vertigo, The Godfather. 200 years from now, will anyone even remember these movies? Or are we currently overlooking the classics of t...

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  • Added: Jan 13, 2017
  • Length: 53:59
  • Purchases: 10
Caption: Adam Driver and Golshifteh Farahani in Jim Jarmusch's 'Paterson'
The Filmspotting New Year's 'Fix' show has featured some memorable battles over the years ("Wolf of Wall Street" v "American Hustle" in 2015; "Hate...

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  • Added: Jan 06, 2017
  • Length: 53:59
  • Purchases: 10
Caption: Top 10 Films of 2016, Part 2
2016 was a tough year. We lost icons like Prince, David Bowie and just days ago Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds. And how about that not-divisive-...

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  • Added: Dec 30, 2016
  • Length: 53:52
  • Purchases: 10
Caption: Top 10 Films of 2016, Part 1
A lot of usual suspects at the top of the box office charts in 2016: Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars, Disney and Harry Potter. And a lot of those movies? ...

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  • Added: Dec 23, 2016
  • Length: 53:59
  • Purchases: 9
Caption: Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
There’s no such thing as a small Star Wars movie, but without a roman numeral anywhere in its title the new "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story" promises...

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  • Added: Dec 16, 2016
  • Length: 53:59
  • Purchases: 10
Caption: Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone in 'La La Land'
It says something about the contemporary movie landscape that the prospect of a new live-action movie musical is as much of a curiosity as the high...

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  • Added: Dec 09, 2016
  • Length: 53:59
  • Purchases: 10
Caption: Hailee Steinfeld in Kelly Fremon Craig's 'The Edge of Seventeen'
In most teen coming of age movies, it’s usually the boys who do the coming of age. But in "The Edge of Seventeen," the focus is squarely on the gir...

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  • Added: Dec 02, 2016
  • Length: 53:59
  • Purchases: 10
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Movies can entertain us, transport us and move us, but can they heal us? That’s the question Adam, Josh and Michael Phillips wrestled with as they ...

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  • Added: Nov 23, 2016
  • Length: 53:59
  • Purchases: 9
Caption: Royalty Hightower in Anna Rose Holmer's 'The Fits'
With Thanksgiving approaching, Adam and Josh give a shout out to some of the year's best overlooked movies. Along with the shortlist for the 2016 G...

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  • Added: Nov 18, 2016
  • Length: 53:59
  • Purchases: 8
Caption: Scene from the alien sci-fi thriller, 'Arrival'
Aliens come to movie screens in a few different ways. Sometimes they come in peace; sometimes they come to destroy; and sometimes… well sometimes t...

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  • Added: Nov 11, 2016
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 8