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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

    • TV & Film
    • 4.6 • 3.6K Ratings

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

    Summer Movie Preview

    Summer Movie Preview

    With new films from Jordan Peele, Alex Garland, and Claire Denis, not to mention the latest from Marvel, Pixar, and the long-awaited return of Tom Cruise's Maverick, the fifteen or so weekends that make up the summer movie season gives us plenty to look forward to. Adam and Josh's Summer Movie Preview comes in the form of their Top 5 questions about the upcoming movie season.

    0:00 - Billboard
    1:49 - Summer Movie Preview
    Igor Dvorkin, "Golden Summer"
    24:37 - Next Week / Notes
    33:14 - Massacre Theatre
    39:41 - Summer Movie Preview, cont
    1:00:34 - Outro
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    • 1 hr 7 min
    Spider-Man at 20 / Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness

    Spider-Man at 20 / Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness

    Back in 2002, the superhero genre was still finding its feet. Tim Burton's "Batman" had been huge in '89, but the franchise it spawned had fizzled out by the end of the '90s. The first "X-Men" film did decent box office in 2000, but failed to become a culture-defining event like the Burton film had. Sam Raimi's SPIDER-MAN changed all that. A massive success at the box office when it opened in May 2002, it acted as a bridge between the self-aware, still campy comic book movies of the past two decades and the effects-driven spectacle that has come to define our current "cinematic universe" era. With a masterful control of tone, an eye for staging memorable action, and a focus on character and relationships, the Raimi/Spidey combo was a winning one. For their 20th anniversary revisit, Adam and Josh talk about the pleasure of watching a self-contained superhero movie, and break down some of the film's most iconic scenes.
    Also on the show, Josh's review of Raimi's new DOCTOR STRANGE IN THE MULTIVERSE OF MADNESS and his thoughts on Golden Brick nominee WE'RE ALL GOING TO THE WORLD'S FAIR. And Chicago critic Steven Prokopy drops by to share details about the upcoming Chicago Critics Film Festival. Plus Movie Doctors Not Doctoring poll results and a new poll that asks: "Yep? or Nope."
    0:00 - Billboard
    1:32 - Sacred Cow: "Spider-Man" (2002)
    Danny Elfman, "Spider-Man (Main Title)"
    39:55 - Review (JL): "Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness"
    44:15 - Buster Keaton Event in Chicago
    47:54 - Chicago Critics Film Fest Preview w/Steve Prokopy
    1:00:59 - Polls
    1:09:12 - Brickspotting: "We're All Going To The World's Fair"
    1:14:26 - Outro / Outtake (Goblin Mode)
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    • 1 hr 20 min
    The Northman / Sherlock, Jr. (Buster Keaton #3)

    The Northman / Sherlock, Jr. (Buster Keaton #3)

    With obsessive attention to historical detail and a fascination with lore, language, and ritual, there is no mistaking THE NORTHMAN for the work of anyone but Robert Eggers (“The Witch,” “The Lighthouse”). But despite a bigger budget and a much bigger canvas, does the director’s new Viking revenge epic add up to anything but a bloody good time? Along with that review, Adam and Josh return to the Buster Keaton Marathon with the actor/director’s first masterpiece, 1924's SHERLOCK, JR.
    0:00 - Billboard
    1:58 - Review: “The Northman”
    Tim Garland, “Trains A Comin”
    37:40 - Next Week / Notes
    58:53 - Massacre Theatre
    1:03:29 - Buster Keaton #3: “Sherlock, Jr.”
    1:26:42 - Outro / Outtake
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    • 1 hr 33 min
    Top 5 Nicolas Cage Performances / Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent

    Top 5 Nicolas Cage Performances / Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent

    For over four decades, Nicolas Cage has remained a distinctive and unpredictable screen presence, navigating a career that has gone from memorable character actor in the 80s, to unlikely movie star and Oscar-winner in the 90s, to VOD mainstay in the 2010s, and then, most recently, to critically (re)acclaimed actor finally playing roles worthy of his talent. Last year’s “Pig” earned Cage some of his best reviews in years, and now with the new meta-Cage movie THE UNBEARABLE WEIGHT OF MASSIVE TALENT in theaters, the Cage-aissance is in full swing. Joining Adam and Josh for their TOP 5 NICOLAS CAGE PERFORMANCES is “Age of Cage” writer Keith Phipps (The Next Picture Show, The Reveal).

    0:00 - Billboard
    1:28 - Top 5: Nicolas Cage Performances with Keith Phipps ("Age of Cage")
    Gareth Johnson, "Power Move"
    54:23 - Next Week / Notes
    1:04:16 - Poll
    1:09:47 - Review: "The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent"
    1:14:41 - Top 5 Cage Performances, cont.
    1:51:31 - Outro
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    • 1 hr 58 min
    Everything Everywhere All At Once / Face/Off at 25

    Everything Everywhere All At Once / Face/Off at 25

    The directing duo Daniels (“Swiss Army Man”) take a maximalist approach to filmmaking that suits the dizzying plotting of their new multiverse tale EVERYTHING EVERYWHERE ALL AT ONCE. And while Daniels’ seemingly endless inventiveness is impressive and often hilarious, what makes the film really tick is the layered acting work of stars Michelle Yeoh and Ke Huy Quan. Speaking of acting, 1997's FACE/OFF has its share of it, with Nicolas Cage and John Travolta trading personas - and faces - in John Woo’s action spectacle. Adam and Josh give the film a 25th-anniversary revisit in anticipation of their upcoming Top 5 Nicolas Cage Performances. Plus they crown the winner of Filmspotting Madness—Best of the '70s.
    0:00 - Billboard
    1:25 - Review: “Everything Everywhere All At Once”
    Jair Claudino Rodrigues Junior, “Sorte”
    31:25 - Next Week / Notes
    36:43 - Filmspotting Madness—Best of the '70s: Champion
    52:32 - Review: “Face/Off” at 25
    1:21:34 - Outro
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    • 1 hr 29 min
    A Conversation with Kogonada (After Yang) / Madness Finals

    A Conversation with Kogonada (After Yang) / Madness Finals

    With his first two films, 2017's "Columbus" and the new AFTER YANG, director Kogonada has established a meditative style of filmmaking that rewards close attention. "After Yang" takes place in a near-future that’s populated by techno-sapiens, clones, and self-driving cars, but its characters struggle with all too familiar things like death, grief, and the meaning of life. In his conversation with the director, Adam asks about Kogonada's preoccupation with grieving, the quiet, non-confrontational style of his films, and the origins of "After Yang"'s thrilling title sequence. We also share a recent review of "Yang" from our sister podcast, The Next Picture Show, hosted by Tasha Robinson, Scott Tobias, Genevieve Koski, and Keith Phipps. Plus, the championship round of Filmspotting Madness—Best of the '70s.
    0:00 - Billboard
    0:58 - Interview: Kogonada
    Mitski, "Glide"
    47:15 - Next Week / Notes
    51:39 - Filmspotting Madness—Best of the '70s
    1:00:12 - The Next Picture Show: "After Yang"
    1:27:44 - Outro
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    • 1 hr 34 min

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