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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.


138 Pieces

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Caption: Dave Franco and James Franco in 'The Disaster Artist'
It’s not easy to make a good movie -- never mind a great one. But it may be even harder to make a truly terrible movie. 2003’s "The Room" is one su...

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  • Added: Dec 08, 2017
  • Length: 53:58
  • Purchases: 6
Caption: Daniel Day-Lewis in Paul Thomas Anderson's 'There Will Be Blood'
Great movie years usually come down to a memorable Best Picture matchup. In 1939, it was "Gone With the Wind" vs. "The Wizard of Oz." In '94, "Pulp...

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  • Added: Dec 01, 2017
  • Length: 53:59
  • Purchases: 10
Caption: Daisy Ridley in 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' (2015)
In advance of the forthcoming sequel in the intergalactic franchise, "Star Wars: The Last Jedi," Adam and Josh revisit their review of 2015's "Star...

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  • Added: Nov 22, 2017
  • Length: 53:59
  • Purchases: 9
Caption: Saoirse Ronan in Greta Gerwig's 'Lady Bird'
Back in 2010, actress Greta Gerwig was the loopy, optimistic life-force in Noah Baumbach’s otherwise bitter and cynical “Greenberg.” She went on to...

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  • Added: Nov 17, 2017
  • Length: 53:59
  • Purchases: 8
Caption: Photographer/muralist J.R and director Agnes Varda, 'Faces Places'
With a deluge of great stuff heading to theaters over the next couple of weeks, Adam and Josh devote this week’s show to the latest from three grea...

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  • Added: Nov 10, 2017
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 8
Caption: Chris Hemsworth in 'Thor: Ragnarok'
With new superhero movies making their way to screens every couple of months, less devoted fans of the genre start to look for a more compelling re...

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  • Added: Nov 03, 2017
  • Length: 53:58
  • Purchases: 7
Caption: George Romero's horror classic, 'Night of the Living Dead' (1968)
In 1968, a Pittsburgh-based TV commercial director scrounged together a hundred thousand bucks and shot a quickie horror film that went on to gross...

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  • Added: Oct 27, 2017
  • Length: 53:59
  • Purchases: 10
Caption: Dustin Hoffman and Adam Sandler in Noah Baumbach's 'The Meyerowitz Stories'
The characters in writer/director Noah Baumbach’s films are neurotic, hyper-articulate and often have unresolved issues with their dads. It’s true ...

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  • Added: Oct 20, 2017
  • Length: 53:59
  • Purchases: 10
Caption: Brooklynn Prince and Bria Vinaite in Sean Baker's 'The Florida Project'
One of the surprising success stories of 2015 was “Tangerine,” an indie shot on iPhones about a pair of transgender prostitutes who spend their Chr...

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  • Added: Oct 13, 2017
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 9
Caption: Ryan Gosling and Harrison Ford in 'Blade Runner 2049'
Thirty-five years after the original “Blade Runner” brought its influential tech-noir vision of the future to movie screens, the highly anticipated...

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  • Added: Oct 06, 2017
  • Length: 53:59
  • Purchases: 10
Caption: Tom Cruise in 'American Made'
Tom Cruise has been cranking out high-profile motion pictures at the rate of one a year for more than three decades now. His latest is "American Ma...

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  • Added: Sep 29, 2017
  • Length: 53:59
  • Purchases: 8
Caption: Colin Firth, Pedro Pascal, and Taron Egerton in 'Kingsman: The Golden Circle'
In 2015, the comic book adaptation “Kingsman: The Secret Service” opened to divisive -- but mostly favorable -- reviews. Some critics appreciated t...

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  • Added: Sep 22, 2017
  • Length: 53:59
  • Purchases: 9
Caption: Jennifer Lawrence in Darren Aronofsky's 'mother!"
Since his startling 1998 debut "Pi," Darren Aronofsky has used his intense, visceral style to tell stories about damaged and obsessive characters. ...

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  • Added: Sep 15, 2017
  • Length: 53:59
  • Purchases: 8
Caption: Pennywise from the new adaptation of Stephen King's horror classic 'It'
Stephen King’s first book “Carrie” came out in 1974. Brian De Palma's film followed two years later. Then came Kubrick's "The Shining" in '80. Sinc...

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  • Added: Sep 08, 2017
  • Length: 53:58
  • Purchases: 11
Caption: Harrison Ford in Ridley Scott's 1982 classic, 'Blade Runner'
Attack ships on fire, glittering c-beams, an alien in a bike's basket passing over a full moon. We've seen some things, too, Roy Batty. The Chicago...

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  • Added: Sep 01, 2017
  • Length: 53:59
  • Purchases: 7
Caption: Channing Tatum, Daniel Craig and Adam Driver in Steven Soderbergh's 'Logan Lucky'
With new films from George Clooney ("Suburbicon"), Taika Waititi ("Thor: Ragnorak"), and Darren Aronofsky (the Jennifer Lawrence-starring "mother!"...

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  • Added: Aug 25, 2017
  • Length: 53:59
  • Purchases: 8
Caption: Rob Brydon and Steve Coogan in 'The Trip to Spain'
Adam reveres the Coogan/Brydon "Trip" movies. Josh? Hadn't seen them. Until now. With Josh finally up to speed on Caine, Pacino, Connery and sixtee...

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  • Added: Aug 18, 2017
  • Length: 53:59
  • Purchases: 6
Caption: Michael Madsen, Harvey Keitel & Steve Buscemi in Quentin Tarantino's 'Reservoir Dogs'
When "Reservoir Dogs" came out 25 years ago, Adam and Josh were movie geek teenagers. They were bound by their DNA to love it. But does Quentin Tar...

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  • Added: Aug 11, 2017
  • Length: 53:59
  • Purchases: 8
Caption: John Boyega in Kathryn Bigelow & Mark Boal's 'Detroit' (2017)
In "The Hurt Locker" and "Zero Dark Thirty," Oscar-winning director Kathryn Bigelow explored the complexities of post-9/11 warfare. For her latest ...

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  • Added: Aug 04, 2017
  • Length: 53:59
  • Purchases: 8
Caption: Dane DeHaan and Cara Delevingne in Valerian and the 'City of a Thousand Planets'
You might be able to figure out your tolerance for the new "Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets" by the title alone. Got a soft spot for Fl...

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  • Added: Jul 28, 2017
  • Length: 53:59
  • Purchases: 8