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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.

    2020 Golden Brick Nominees / The Nest

    2020 Golden Brick Nominees / The Nest

    Previous winners of the Filmspotting Golden Brick Award - Sean Baker's "Tangerine," Bing Liu's "Minding the Gap," Anna Rose Holmer's "The Fits" - didn't just tell compelling stories; they told stories in vivid and surprising ways. It's what Adam and Josh have come to look for in a Brick nominee and it's a quality that all eleven of this year's nominees display—in ways as various as their styles and genres: a time-bending documentary, a retro sci-fi flick, a pair of intricately directed and timely dramas, a Coen Brothers-style thriller, a little of the old ultra-violence - and more. Plus, Adam and Josh revisit their review of Sean Durkin's THE NEST, which is available to rent on digital after playing in limited release.
    0:00 - Billboard
    1:17 - 2020 Golden Brick Nominees
    Michigander, "Let Down"
    47:12 - Next Week/Notes
    56:51 - Polls ('80s Directing Debuts, Christmas Movie Death Match)
    1:06:51 - Review: "The Nest"
    1:34:07 - Outro 
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    • 1 hr 40 min
    Stranger Than Paradise / Wolfwalkers / 8 From '84 Awards

    Stranger Than Paradise / Wolfwalkers / 8 From '84 Awards

    This year's 8 From '84 series - the sequel to last year's 9 From '99 - gave Adam and Josh a chance to revisit some nostalgic favorites ("Ghostbusters," "This is Spinal Tap," "Beverly Hills Cop"), fill in some blind spots (Leone's "Once Upon a Time in America," Coppola's "The Cotton Club") and complete a director's filmography (David Lynch's "Dune," check). This week, they wrap up the series with the film that launched the career of indie auteur Jim Jarmusch, STRANGER THAN PARADISE, and share their picks for the best performances, scenes and surprises from the 13-film series. Josh also recommends the latest from Cartoon Saloon and director Tomm Moore, WOLFWALKERS.
    0:00 - Billboard
    1:20 - 8 From '84: "Stranger Than Paradise"
    Screamin' Jay Hawkins, "I Put A Spell On You"
    29:34 - Josh recommends "Wolfwalkers"
    32:50 - Next Week/Notes
    44:05 - Massacre Theatre
    51:09 - 8 From '84 Awards
    1:36:24 - Outro 
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    • 1 hr 43 min
    Dune (8 From '84) / Twin Peaks Pilot (30th Anniv.)

    Dune (8 From '84) / Twin Peaks Pilot (30th Anniv.)

    David Lynch's '84 adaptation of Frank Herbert's DUNE ended the director's flirtation with mainstream Hollywood, but it remains a singular - and still Lynchian - vision. (And oh so spice-y.) Six years later, Lynch achieved cult legend status with the massively popular network TV series TWIN PEAKS. The movie-length pilot episode celebrates its 30th anniversary this year.
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    0:00 - Billboard
    1:23 - 8 From '84: "Dune"
    Angelo Badalamenti, "Falling" (feat. Julee Cruise)
    34:05 - Next Week/New Poll ('80s Directing Debuts)
    40:40 - Notes/Poll Results (Movie failures you defend)
    53:18 - Review: "Twin Peaks Pilot"
    1:19:41 - Outro
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    • 1 hr 27 min
    From Chicago, this is Filmspotting.

    From Chicago, this is Filmspotting.

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    • 1 min
    Fall Movie Preview / Daughters of the Dust (Overlooked Auteurs)

    Fall Movie Preview / Daughters of the Dust (Overlooked Auteurs)

    The remaining months of the year won't have the same volume of buzzy festival pictures, star-studded Oscar bait or holiday blockbusters, but that doesn't mean there isn't lots to look forward to—if you know where to look. This week, Adam and Josh have their Top 5 Questions About the Fall(ish) Movie Season. Plus, the final film in the Overlooked Auteurs Marathon, Julie Dash's DAUGHTERS OF THE DUST, along with the Marathon-ending awards.
    0:00 - Billboard
    1:13 - Fall Movie Preview
    Andrew Bird, "Alabaster"
    45:03 - Next Week/Notes
    50:55 - R.I.P. Sean Connery
    1:03:50 - Massacre Theatre
    1:10:57 - Overlooked Auteurs #6: "Daughters of the Dust"
    1:31:00 - Overlooked Auteurs Awards ("The Burnt Potatoes")
    1:51:17 - Outro / Outtake
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    • 1 hr 59 min
    Top 5 High-Concept Horror / Bad Hair / The Wolf Of Snow Hollow

    Top 5 High-Concept Horror / Bad Hair / The Wolf Of Snow Hollow

    Justin Simien, director of 2014's "Dear White People," has followed up that campus-set comedy with another, much bloodier, satire: BAD HAIR (currently streaming on Hulu). The film - about image and ambition in late '80s L.A. - features a homicidal weave with a mind of its own, making it a great example of a high-concept plot. Josh shares his Top 5 High Concept-Horror Movies and Adam - going high-concept himself - shares the five high-concept horror movies he most wants to see. Listeners come to his rescue. Plus Vampire v Zombie poll results and Adam recommends the Halloween-friendly THE WOLF OF SNOW HOLLOW.
    0:00 - Billboard
    1:08 - Review: "Bad Hair"
    15:59 - Top 5: High-Concept Horror
    PUP, "Bloody Mary, Kate and Ashley"
    40:50 - New Poll ("Movie Failures You Champion")
    47:58 - Next week / Notes
    56:36 - Poll results (Vampires v Zombies)
    1:00:13 - AK recommends "The Wolf of Snow Hollow"
    1:04:55 - Top 5: High-Concept Horror, cont.
    1:24:04 - Outro
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    • 1 hr 31 min

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