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Filmspotting: Reviews & Top 5s Kempenaar & Larsen

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

    House of Gucci / tick, tick... BOOM! / Spencer / Golden Brick Noms

    House of Gucci / tick, tick... BOOM! / Spencer / Golden Brick Noms

    'Tis the season for awards-bait movies based on real lives, so for this week's holiday review roundup, Adam and Josh discuss Ridley Scott's true-crime drama HOUSE OF GUCCI (aka House Of Accents), the Lin-Manuel Miranda biographical musical drama TICK, TICK...BOOM!, Kristen Stewart's turn as Lady Di in Pablo Larrain's biopic-as-horror-film SPENCER, and the new bio-doc KURT VONNEGUT: STUCK IN TIME. Plus, the final list of nominees for the 2021 Golden Brick Award, including recommendations for THE KILLING OF TWO LOVERS, SHIVA BABY, and NINE DAYS.

    0:00 - Billboard
    1:03 - Reviews: "House of Gucci" "Spencer" "tick, tick... BOOM!" "Kurt Vonnegut: Unstuck In Time"
    Original Broadway Cast, "Rent"
    31:36 - Next Week / Notes
    44:25 - Massacre Theater
    51:39 - Golden Brick Nominees
    1:12:29 - Outro / Outtake
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    • 1 hr 20 min
    Passing / Eternals / Bright Star (Campion #7)

    Passing / Eternals / Bright Star (Campion #7)

    For her debut as a director, actor Rebecca Hall takes Nella Larsen’s 1929 novella about race and identity and turns it into a meditation on the many ways that people “pass” as a means of denying or disguising the truth. Adam and Josh praise the film as a showcase for stars Ruth Negga and Tessa Thompson, and for Hall's emergence of a gifted new filmmaker. Adam wasn’t able to make the weekend’s big release, Marvel’s ETERNALS, but Josh did and was pleased to find plenty of director Chloé Zhao in the film’s bloated running time. Unfortunately, Zhao’s Malickian instincts are forced to compete with the leaden necessities of the franchise. Plus the final film in the Jane Campion Oeuvre-view, 2009's BRIGHT STAR, with Campion bringing an uncharacteristic gentleness to her story of the great love and last years of poet John Keats.
    0:00 - Billboard
    1:15 - Review: "Passing"
    Leonard Cohen, "Suzanne"
    30:23 - Josh: "Eternals"
    37:02 - Next Week / Notes
    47:51 - Polls
    57:36 - Jane Campion #7: "Bright Star"
    1:21:38 - Outro / Outtake 
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    • 1 hr 30 min
    Last Night in Soho / In the Cut (Campion #6)

    Last Night in Soho / In the Cut (Campion #6)

    Edgar Wright's latest, LAST NIGHT IN SOHO, is another opportunity for the director of "Baby Driver" and "Shaun of the Dead" to bring his visual panache, comic verve, and impeccable musical taste to a genre he clearly adores. Like the films that inspired it, Wright's time-hopping giallo picture – set in both contemporary London and the city in its swinging '60s heyday – takes some nasty turns. But Adam and Josh disagree about whether Wright's film is a thrill-ride that continually upends expectations—or an incoherent jumble of influences. And the Jane Campion Oeuvre-view arrives at the director's own divisive genre film, the 2003 erotic thriller IN THE CUT. Largely dismissed at the time, Adam and Josh make the case that the Meg Ryan-starring film deserves another look.
    0:00 - Billboard
    1:07 - Review: "Last Night in Soho"
    The Kinks, "Starstruck"
    26:29 - Chicago Critics Film Festival Preview
    34:06 - Next Week / Notes
    41:42 - Massacre Theatre
    47:13 - Campion #6: "In The Cut"
    1:09:45 - Outro 
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    • 1 hr 17 min
    The French Dispatch / Rushmore (Sacred Cow Revisited)

    The French Dispatch / Rushmore (Sacred Cow Revisited)

    Welcome to the Wes Anderson deep end.
    Adam and Josh sit down to discuss Anderson's latest, THE FRENCH DISPATCH, the densest, most intricate, and maybe most melancholy of his career. There's also that cast, with standout performances from Jeffrey Wright, Benecio del Toro, and Bill Murray. Adam and Josh also share their Anderson Ranked lists and revisit their 2017 Sacred Cow review of RUSHMORE.

    0:00 - Billboard
    1:03 - Review: "The French Dispatch"
    Sex Bob-Omb, "We Are Sex Bob-Omb"
    35:43 - Polls
    50:24 - Next Week / Notes
    59:47 - Wes Anderson Ranked
    1:15:53 - FS Revisited: "Rushmore" (Sacred Cow, 2017)
    1:47:13 - Outro
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    • 1 hr 56 min
    Dune / Holy Smoke (Campion #5)

    Dune / Holy Smoke (Campion #5)

    The worst kept secret about Denis Villeneuve's DUNE is that it's only half a movie. Or half a story, anyway. Villeneuve split Frank Herbert's classic sci-fi novel in two, with part one offering a stunningly detailed and impressively cast setup to a conclusion we may not see for years. Adam and Josh admire the film's craft, but they were left with more questions than answers about how the new adaptation will reckon with the source material's 20th-century origins. Plus, the Jane Campion Oeuvre-view continues with 1999's HOLY SMOKE, a critical and box office failure on its release that contains a remarkable early Kate Winslet performance and the complicated sex and gender dynamics we've come to expect from Campion.
    0:00 - Billboard
    1:01 - Review: "Dune"
    Neil Diamond, "Holly Holy"
    33:05 - Next Week / Notes
    41:23 - Massacre Theatre
    47:07 - Campion #5: "Holy Smoke"
    1:09:31 - Outro 
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    • 1 hr 16 min
    No Time To Die / Lamb / The Portrait of a Lady (Campion #4)

    No Time To Die / Lamb / The Portrait of a Lady (Campion #4)

    In five films over 15 years, Daniel Craig has established himself as the pre-eminent Bond. But will he also prove to be the final 007? The 60-year-old franchise has its work cut out for it, finding someone to fill Craig's shoes and bringing the iconic, if archaic, character firmly into the 21st century. Adam and Josh agree that the new NO TIME TO DIE does right by Craig—but does that make it a good Bond film? They take their review into spoiler territory to unravel their feelings about the conclusion of the Craig era. Plus, the fourth film in the Jane Campion Oeuvre-view, 1996's THE PORTRAIT OF A LADY, Campion's inventive and emotionally volatile adaptation of the Henry James novel. Plus Josh recommends the new Nordic horror film LAMB.
    0:00 - Billboard
    1:14 - Review: "No Time To Die"
    32:56 - "No Time" Spoiler Talk
    Wojciech Kilar, "Pearl in the Crown"
    39:32 - Josh recommends: "Lamb"
    43:29 - Next Week / Notes
    56:32 - Polls
    1:04:40 - Jane Campion #4: "The Portrait of a Lady"
    1:35:00 - Outro
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    • 1 hr 41 min

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