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Weekly film podcast and WBEZ radio show from Chicago featuring in-depth reviews, top 5 lists and interviews. Hosted by Adam Kempenaar and Josh Larsen.

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Weekly film podcast and WBEZ radio show from Chicago featuring in-depth reviews, top 5 lists and interviews. Hosted by Adam Kempenaar and Josh Larsen.

    #761: 2020 Movie Preview

    #761: 2020 Movie Preview

    We ignore rumor and speculation and confine our 2020 Movie Preview to the current movie year (see you in 2021, Joel Coen's "Macbeth"!). New stuff from Christopher Nolan, Denis Villeneuve, Wes Anderson and other high-profile directors will – we hope – help us deal with a relative lack of 2019 MVPs Adam Driver and Florence Pugh. And we announce the follow-up to last year's 9 From '99 series: 8 From '84.
    0:00 - Billboard
    1:14 - 2020 Preview
    Bombay Bicycle Club, "Is It Real"
    29:43 - 8 From '84 / Notes
    43:16 - 2020 Preview cont.
    1:30:18 - Outro 
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    • 1 hr 11 min
    #760: Best Scenes of 2019 / Oscar Nominations / Golden Brick Winner

    #760: Best Scenes of 2019 / Oscar Nominations / Golden Brick Winner

    It's tradition here on Filmspotting to devote the first episode of the new year to all the stuff we loved about last year. It's the annual Wrap Party, with Adam and Josh sharing their picks for the best opening scene, the funniest and most moving scene, the best music moment and scene of the year.
    Plus, reaction to this week's Oscar nominations, Josh's thoughts on the new anime film WEATHERING WITH YOU, and the winner of the 2019 Golden Brick Award.
    0:00 - Billboard
    1:22 - Opening Scene / Funniest Scene
    Michael Nyman, "Musique à Grand Vitesse: 1st Region"
    26:42 - Oscar Nominations
    34:41 - Next week / Notes
    40:27 - Josh recommends: "Weathering With You"
    42:48 - Golden Brick Winner
    52:52 - Donations
    54:16 - Moving Moment / Music Moment / Scene of the Year
    1:40:41 - Outro 
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    • 1 hr 48 min
    #759: (Pt. 2) Top 10 Films of 2019

    #759: (Pt. 2) Top 10 Films of 2019

    Was the last year of the decade also its best? Martin Scorsese's THE IRISHMAN. Terrence Malick's A HIDDEN LIFE. Quentin Tarantino's ONCE UPON A TIME IN HOLLYWOOD. All works that rate among those directors' best. No slouch himself, Noah Baumbach arguably made the best film of his career with MARRIAGE STORY. Greta Gerwig and Jordan Peele – the breakout directing stars of 2017 – returned with sophomore efforts, LITTLE WOMEN and US, that somehow managed to not just meet but exceed expectations. And no amount of hype prepared audiences (including critics) for Korean auteur Bong Joon-ho's PARASITE.
    Yeah. 2019 was a good year.
    On this week's show, Adam and Josh along with Michael Phillips and Tasha Robinson talk through their consensus* picks for the best of 2019, including their choices for the best film of the year. (*Consensus except for some fighting over Tarantino.)
    0:00 - Billboard 
    1:06 - Top 10 of 2019: Consensus Picks 
    Sturgill Simpson, "The Dead Don't Die"
    1:01:50 - Top 10 of 2019: Consensus cont.
    2:11:25 - Outro
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    • 2 hrs 16 min
    #758: (Pt. 1) Top 10 Films of 2019

    #758: (Pt. 1) Top 10 Films of 2019

    The Chicago Tribune's Michael Phillips and Tasha Robinson from The Next Picture Show are back for this year's Best of '19 roundtable, and in part one it's the panel's "outlier" picks – films which only made a single Top 10. And with divisive titles like James Gray's "Ad Astra" and Taika Waititi's "Jojo Rabbit" making the cut, there's plenty of lively debate to go along with the praise.
    0:00 - Billboard
    1:18 - Top 10 of 2019: The Outliers
    Randy Newman, "What I Love About Charlie" (Marriage Story)
    1:16:07 - Notes
    1:19:43 - Top 10 of 2019: Outliers, cont.
    2:13:26 - Outro 
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    • 2 hrs 21 min
    #757: The Rise of Skywalker / Safdie Brothers ("Uncut Gems")

    #757: The Rise of Skywalker / Safdie Brothers ("Uncut Gems")

    With the critically adored but audience-divisive "Last Jedi" behind them, JJ Abrams and his team set out to deliver a Star Wars finale that satisfied everyone. And according to Adam and Josh at least, they mostly pulled it off. Fresh from their screening, Adam and Josh give THE RISE OF SKYWALKER a "still processing" review – plus some end-of-show spoiler talk. Also on the show: the four finalists for the 2019 Golden Brick Award and Adam's interview with Josh and Benny Safdie, writer/directors of the new UNCUT GEMS starring Adam Sandler.
    0:00 - Billboard
    1:07 - Review: "The Rise of Skywalker"
    The Voidz, "Did My Best"
    29:52 - Golden Brick Finalists
    34:03 - Next week / Notes / Massacre Theatre
    39:55 - Interview: Josh and Benny Safdie ("Uncut Gems")
    1:08:45 - Outro / "Rise of Skywalker" Spoiler Talk
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    • 1 hr 25 min
    #756: The Phantom Menace at 20 / 9 From '99 Awards

    #756: The Phantom Menace at 20 / 9 From '99 Awards

    A long-time defender of the Star Wars prequels, Josh has rarely been given a platform on the show to actually do the work of defending them. That changes this week as he and Adam revisit THE PHANTOM MENACE, the final film in the 9 From '99 series. Plus, Adam and Josh award "The Plastic Bags," their favorite performances, scenes and surprises from the series.
    0:00 - Billboard
    1:12 - Review: "Star Wars, Episode I - The Phantom Menace"
    John Williams, "Duel of Fates"
    34:41 - Next Week/Notes
    47:58 - 9 From '99 Awards
    1:28:22 - Outro
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    • 1 hr 36 min

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Best podcast for film lovers

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Although they are 'serious' critics, its entertaining listening. I've been listening to them for over ten years and they have introduced me to a load of movies and directors I would not have heard of (both new and old).

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Best film podcast

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Hands down best film podcast!

Easily the best movie podcast out there. Great reviews, always interesting discussions and a perfect balance between serious, critical content and aproachable entertainment! :)

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