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“...affable, insightful film analysis since 2005."–NY Times / New + classic reviews and top 5s. Also on WBEZ Chicago.

Filmspotting: Reviews & Top 5s Kempenaar & Larsen

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    • 4.8 • 24 Ratings

“...affable, insightful film analysis since 2005."–NY Times / New + classic reviews and top 5s. Also on WBEZ Chicago.

    #825: The Underground Railroad / White Heat ('40s Noir #6)

    #825: The Underground Railroad / White Heat ('40s Noir #6)

    Historically set but featuring flourishes of magical realism, Barry Jenkins's adaptation of Colson Whitehead's THE UNDERGROUND RAILROAD is not quite what it first appears to be. All ten parts come to Amazon Prime this weekend. This week, Adam and Josh review the series' first couple of episodes, full of admiration for the Jenkins aesthetic, the cast and the score from regular Jenkins collaborator Nicholas Britell. Plus a conversation about 1949's WHITE HEAT, the final film in the '40s Noir Marathon, which features a dynamic performance from James Cagney as a psycho crime boss with a mother complex.
    0:00 - Billboard
    1:22 - Review: "The Underground Railroad"
    Nicholas Britell, "Bessie"
    36:18 - Next week / Notes
    45:25 - Poll
    53:13 - '40s Noir #6: "White Heat"
    1:16:23 - Outro
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    #824: Top 5 '70s Movie Moms / Wrath of Man / News From Home (7 From '76)

    #824: Top 5 '70s Movie Moms / Wrath of Man / News From Home (7 From '76)

    Sandwiched between the '60s sexual revolution and the reactionary conservatism of the '80s, the '70s was an anxious decade, and as that anxiety played out on movie screens, it did not spare mothers. This week, Adam and Josh–sons of '70s moms themselves–share their TOP 5 '70s MOVIE MOMS and continue the 7 From '76—Best Year Ever series with Chantal Akerman's NEWS FROM HOME. Plus, Josh's thoughts on the new WRATH OF MAN, starring Jason Statham, and ABOUT ENDLESSNESS from Swedish auteur Roy Andersson ("Songs From The Second Floor").
    0:00 - Billboard
    1:27 - Top 5: '70s Movie Moms
    31:51 - Next Week
    36:49 - Josh reviews "Wrath of Man," "About Endlessness"
    46:07 - Olympia Dukakis / Notes / Massacre Theatre
    57:49 - 7 From '76: "News From Home"
    1:15:01 - Top 5: '70s Movie Moms, cont.
    1:38:54 - Outro 
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    #823: Together Together / Oscars / The Lady From Shanghai ('40s Noir #5)

    #823: Together Together / Oscars / The Lady From Shanghai ('40s Noir #5)

    It's a pair of uneasy couples on this week's show: first up, comedian Patti Harrison as a 20-something surrogate mom to Ed Helms' single 40-something dad in Nikole Beckwith's TOGETHER TOGETHER; and then real-life couple Orson Welles and Rita Hayworth in the '47 noir THE LADY FROM SHANGHAI, with Welles as an Irish drifter who gets caught up in a murder plot when he falls for the seductive Hayworth. Beckwith's movie - her second - is smarter and more satisfying than its high concept suggests; and Welles' formal invention almost makes up for the lack of heat between the married stars, its confounding plot, and its ill-treatment of Hayworth's troubled Elsa. Plus, Josh fills Adam in on what he missed with the Soderbergh-produced Oscars.

    0:00 - Billboard
    1:08 - Oscars
    9:35 - Review: "Together Together"
    Anita Ellis, "Please Don't Kiss Me"
    28:52 - Next Week / Notes / Poll
    47:06 - '40s Noir #5: "The Lady From Shanghai"
    1:11:54 - Outro 
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    • 1 hr 19 min
    #822: Oscars Special with Michael Phillips

    #822: Oscars Special with Michael Phillips

    Will Oscar night 2021 see Chloé Zhao crowned Best Director for "Nomadland"? Does anyone have a chance against the late Chadwick Boseman for Best Actor? And what about the Best Actress race? Will former winners Viola Davis and Frances McDormand take another statue home, or could Carey Mulligan or Andra Day surprise with the win? Adam, Josh and guest Michael Phillips from the Chicago Tribune don't really have the answers, but that doesn't stop them from taking some guesses, along with making a few final cases for 2020 films and performances that the Academy failed to recognize. (This should have been your year, Kelly Reichardt!)
    0:00 - Billboard
    1:08 - Oscars: Supporting Actor/Actress
    34:05 - Oscars: Lead Actor/Actress
    Anthony Willis, "Toxic"
    59:26 - Next Week / Notes
    1:22:57 - Massacre Theatre
    1:26:05 - Oscars: Documentary/Director
    1:37:12 - Oscars: Picture
    1:51:27 - Outro
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    • 1 hr 57 min
    #821: Rocky (7 From '76) / Detour ('40s Noir #4) / '80s Madness Champ

    #821: Rocky (7 From '76) / Detour ('40s Noir #4) / '80s Madness Champ

    Whatever backlash ROCKY has received over the years for beating out the likes of "Taxi Driver," "All The President's Men" and "Network" for the 1977 Best Picture Oscar, it has largely faded as people discover - or rediscover - that the populist hit that spawned a mostly forgettable (and occasionally ridiculous) franchise has more in common with its gritty '70s peers than it gets credit for. Among those who remain unconvinced, however, is Josh. Thankfully, Adam comes to Rocky's defense and the two go 15 rounds before ending the review in a split decision. Plus, raves for the nasty '45 Noir DETOUR - part of the '40s Noir Marathon - and the winner of Filmspotting Madness—Best of the '80s.
    0:00 - Billboard
    1:24 - 7 From '76—Best Year Ever: "Rocky"
    Bill Conti, "Gonna Fly Now"
    43:45 - Josh: "Godzilla vs. Kong"
    49:01 - Next Week / Poll / Notes
    54:29 - Filmspotting Madness '80s Champion
    1:05:13 - 40s Noir #4: "Detour"
    1:29:08 - Outro
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    • 1 hr 36 min
    #820: Godzilla ('54) vs. Kong ('33)

    #820: Godzilla ('54) vs. Kong ('33)

    With the new "Godzilla vs. Kong" bringing some much-needed spectacle to long-suffering theatre chains, Adam and Josh take the opportunity to settle the question of which classic monster movie has the most to offer audiences today, the mournful and metaphor-rich GODZILLA (1954) or the effects-driven adventure of the landmark KING KONG (1933). (Tease: it's a split decision.) Plus, results from the Final 4 round of Filmspotting Madness.
    0:00 - Billboard
    1:17 - Review: "Godzilla" ('54) vs. "King Kong" ('33)
    Blue Oyster Cult, "Godzilla"
    33:49 - Next Week / Notes
    45:20 - Filmspotting Madness: Final 4
    46:15 - "Godzilla" vs. "King Kong", cont.
    1:30:18 - Outro 
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    • 1 hr 27 min

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This and Kermode & Mayo are the two best film podcasts out there, but whereas Kermode & Mayo restrict themselves to current releases, Filmspotting's playing field is the entire film history. Invaluable if you want to broaden your film knowledge and discover overlooked treasures. The older episodes are sheer gold too, especially the ones with Matty Ballgame.

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I'm a huge film buff and I've been listening to Filmspotting for about a year and a half. Adam and Matty do a fantastic job of discussing both new release and classic films. I've seen many films based on their recommendations and I've even gone back and downloaded all of their previous podcasts with former co-host Sam van Hallgren. If you love movies as much as me, you need to be listening to Filmspotting!

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