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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.

    #770: Purple Rain - Spinal Tap - Stop Making Sense (8 From '84) / Madness Final 4

    #770: Purple Rain - Spinal Tap - Stop Making Sense (8 From '84) / Madness Final 4

    PURPLE RAIN was one of the highest-grossing films of 1984, but Prince's semi-autobiographical screen debut hasn't aged as well as its music has. The opposite is true of THIS IS SPINAL TAP and STOP MAKING SENSE, which were only modestly successful at the time of their release but have become two of the most celebrated rock films of all time. Adam and Josh continue their 8 From '84 series with a look at the rock trio—plus Filmspotting Madness: Best of the 2010s gets down to the Final 4.
    0:00 - Billboard
    1:12 - Filmspotting Madness Final 4
    20:25 - 8 From '84: "Stop Making Sense" "This Is Spinal Tap"
    Prince, "Purple Rain"
    40:28 - Next Week/Notes
    43:46 - 8 From '84: "Purple Rain"
    1:13:14 - Outro 
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    • 1 hr 20 min
    #769: 1930s Starter Pack / Bette Davis #1 - Of Human Bondage / Madness Elite 8

    #769: 1930s Starter Pack / Bette Davis #1 - Of Human Bondage / Madness Elite 8

    Chaplin, Cagney, Garbo and Grant all make Adam and Josh's 1930s "Starter Pack," 10 films to introduce you – or get you better acquainted with – arguably the greatest movie decade. Plus, the first film in our four-film Bette Davis Marathon, 1934's OF HUMAN BONDAGE, and the Elite 8 of Filmspotting Madness: Best of the 2010s.
    0:00 - Billboard 
    1:04 - Top 5: 1930s Starter Pack
    Fred Astaire, "Cheek to Cheek"
    43:40 - Notes 
    52:28 - Filmspotting Madness Elite 8
    1:06:51 - Bette Davis Marathon #1: "Of Human Bondage"
    1:26:33 - Outro / Outtake
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    • 1 hr 33 min
    The Process: Guillaume Rocheron (1917)

    The Process: Guillaume Rocheron (1917)

    This episode is presented by the Academy Award-Winning film 1917. Available now on Digital streaming and on Blu-ray and DVD March 24th.
    Sam Mendes' acclaimed WWI film was a hugely ambitious undertaking for all involved, including Oscar-winning visual effects supervisor Guillaume Rocheron ("Ad Astra," "Life of Pi"). In this edition of Filmspotting: The Process, Rocheron describes the unique challenges that the film's "single-shot" approach created, and how his VFX team collaborated with Mendes and cinematographer Roger Deakins to bring some of the film's most memorable scenes to life.
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    • 19 min
    #768: First Cow / Onward / Madness Sweet 16

    #768: First Cow / Onward / Madness Sweet 16

    With FIRST COW, Kelly Reichardt returns to the 19th century Oregon Territory of her most acclaimed film, "Meek's Cutoff." An early film of the year candidate, Adam and Josh praise Reichardt's parable about capitalism and self-invention for its detail, its performances and its mouth-watering "oily cakes."
    Plus: where Pixar's ONWARD lands in a ranking of the studio's features; Filmspotting Madness continues with a (Coen-less) Sweet 16; and the next Filmspotting Marathon is announced.
    0:00 - Billboard
    0:59 - Review: "First Cow"
    U.S. Girls, "4 American Dollars"
    30:15 - Next Week/Notes
    42:00 - Filmspotting Madness, Sweet 16
    1:03:53 - Review: "Onward"
    1:17:52 - Outro 
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    • 1 hr 25 min
    #767: Top 20 Films of the 2010s (Pt. 2) / Invisible Man / Madness Rd. 2

    #767: Top 20 Films of the 2010s (Pt. 2) / Invisible Man / Madness Rd. 2

    PTA. Wes. Malick. The Coens. Of course they made the cut. But who else? This week, Adam and Josh complete a task a decade in the making with their top 10 films of the decade. Plus, quick reviews of THE INVISIBLE MAN and WENDY, and Rd. 2 of Filmspotting Madness: Best of the 2010s.
    0:00 - Billboard 
    1:13 - #6-10 Films of the 2010s
    15:59 - Filmspotting Madness, Rd. 2
    39:13 - Notes
    Nicholas Britell, "The Middle of the World"
    49:01 - Reviews: "The Invisible Man," "Wendy" 
    1:03:24 - #1-5 Films of the 2010s
    1:55:27 - Outro
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    • 2 hrs 3 min
    #766: Top 20 Films of the 2010s (Pt. 1) / Madness Rd. 1

    #766: Top 20 Films of the 2010s (Pt. 1) / Madness Rd. 1

    Work from Abbas Kiarostami, Sofia Coppola, Spike Lee – and a couple of former Golden Brick winners – all make the cut as Adam and Josh start their countdown of the top 20 films of the last decade. Plus, Filmspotting Madness 2020: Best of the 2010s kicks off with 32 ("How dare you!!!" "Why???") first-round matchups.
    0:00 - Billboard
    1:06 - Films of the 2010s – #16-20
    22:06 - Filmspotting Madness Rd. 1
    43:18 - Notes
    Nicholas Godin, "What Makes Me Think Of You"
    59:52 - Films of the 2010s – #11-15
    1:49:43 - Outro 
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    • 1 hr 57 min

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