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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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    • 4.6 • 3.6K Ratings

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

    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
    The Piano (Campion #3) / Chicago Int'l Film Festival Preview

    The Piano (Campion #3) / Chicago Int'l Film Festival Preview

    “I hear what you’re saying, but you’re completely wrong.”
    Adam has employed his favorite catchphrase many times over the years, but never on himself. On this week’s show, as part of the Jane Campion Oeuvre-View, he revisits the director's Oscar-winning (and beloved by Josh) THE PIANO for the first time since his lukewarm first encounter with the film in 2013—and this time he comes away from the film singing a very different tune. Plus, a preview of the 57th annual Chicago International Film Festival, which features new films from Céline Sciamma (“Portrait of a Lady on Fire”), Joachim Trier (“Oslo, August 31st”), and Andrea Arnold (“American Honey”). 
    0:00 - Billboard
    1:14 - Preview: Chicago Int'l Film Festival
    Michael Nyman, "The Heart Asks Pleasure First"
    31:13 - Next Week/Giveaway/Notes
    41:37 - Massacre Theatre
    49:33 - Campion #3: "The Piano"
    1:28:56 - Outro
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    • 1 hr 36 min
    Titane / An Angel at My Table (Campion #2)

    Titane / An Angel at My Table (Campion #2)

    Director Julia Ducournau wants to shake her audience to the core. And she more or less accomplished that feat - for Josh, anyway - with her 2016 debut "Raw." Her latest, TITANE, falls into several genre categories—body horror, revenge picture, deeply black comedy—none of which quite prepare you for the experience of watching it. While Ducournau proves herself a filmmaker of great talent, Adam and Josh debate whether the 2021 Palme d'Or winner has much to offer beyond its many unexpected and provocative twists. They take their review into overtime with some Spoiler Talk about some of the movie's more ambiguous moments. Also on the show, the new Deeply Flawed Filmspotting Poll, and the second film in their Jane Campion Oeuvre-view, 1990's AN ANGEL AT MY TABLE.
    0:00 - Billboard
    1:25 - Review: "Titane"
    32:56 - "Titane" Spoiler Talk
    Duncan Gray, Opening Credits ("An Angel at My Table")
    45:37 - Next Week / Notes
    54:24 - Polls
    1:04:46 - Jane Campion #2: "An Angel at My Table"
    1:30:18 - Outro 
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    • 1 hr 36 min
    Casino Royale at 15 / Sweetie (Campion #1)

    Casino Royale at 15 / Sweetie (Campion #1)

    Ahead of Daniel Craig's final outing as 007 in "No Time To Die," Adam and Josh revisit Craig's 2006 debut, CASINO ROYALE, a film both agree remains a high-water mark for the franchise. Plus, the Jane Campion Oeuvre-view kicks off with the New Zealand director's funny, harrowing, and utterly assured first film, 1989's SWEETIE.
    0:00 - Billboard
    1:06 - Review: "Casino Royale" at 15
    Cate Le Bon, "Sisters"
    34:31 - Next Week / Notes
    47:49 - Massacre Theatre
    53:44 - Campion #1: "Sweetie"
    1:23:27 - Outro
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    • 1 hr 29 min
    Top 5 Films of 1971 / The Eyes of Tammy Faye

    Top 5 Films of 1971 / The Eyes of Tammy Faye

    The 50th anniversary of the ’71 movie year provided Adam and Josh an excuse to give Kubrick's "A Clockwork Orange" the Sacred Cow treatment earlier in the year and, with this week’s TOP 5 FILMS OF 1971, to celebrate the movies that introduced iconic movie characters and performances like Richard Roundtree’s John Shaft, Gene Wilder’s Willy Wonka and Ruth Gordon’s Maude. Also on the show, Josh recommends the new THE EYES OF TAMMY FAYE, featuring a galvanizing performance from star Jessica Chastain.
    0:00 - Billboard
    1:11 - Top 5 of 1971
    Oompa Loompa Cast, "Oompa Loompa" ("Willy Wonka")
    36:43 - Josh on "The Eyes of Tammy Faye"
    40:50 - Next Week / Poll / Notes
    1:04:33 - Top 5 of 1971, cont.
    1:30:52 - Outro 
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    • 1 hr 40 min
    The Card Counter / Wong Kar Wai Marathon Awards

    The Card Counter / Wong Kar Wai Marathon Awards

    A gambling movie that only Paul Schrader could make, THE CARD COUNTER has the "First Reformed" director meditating on weighty subjects like redemption and absolution in his tale of an ex-con (Oscar Isaac) trying to make amends for past deeds. Tiffany Haddish and Tye Sheridan co-star. Along with that review, Adam and Josh wrap up the World of Wong Kar Wai Marathon with "The Tonys," their favorite performances and moments from the marathon.
    0:00 - Billboard
    0:58 - Review: "The Card Counter"
    Julie London, "I'm In The Mood For Love"
    32:14 - Next Week/Notes
    41:48 - Massacre Theatre
    46:59 - Wong Kar Wai Awards
    1:25:25 - Outro
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    • 1 hr 33 min

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3.6K Ratings

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I’ve been listening to Filmspotting longer than any other podcast. It has helped me expand my film knowledge and exposure as much as anything else. The conversation is always thoughtful and the hosts are open and ready to challenge their own blind spots and oversights. A must for any movie nerd.

FilmsforLife ,

Time to unsubscribe

Long time listener but I’ve realized I usually feel irritated after listening. This last episode about The Quiet Place 2 was super cringe. In the same breath they said that Millicent Simmonds is the heart of the film. Yet they claim that the film oddly conforms to “outdated gender roles”. What!?
The hero of the film is the daughter! Yet because the brother is expected to become brave and fight back the movie is pushing him into a gender role. C’mon!?
A peeve of mine in recent film criticism is the compliant that there’s not enough of this. I wish there had been more of this or that. I realize that’s relevant in some cases but it’s become the overall critique with many current day reviewers. The critics I grew up with like Roger Ebert reviewed what was on the screen. In the case if Quiet Place 2 they complained there wasn’t enough of Millicent Simmonds.
Also it might be time to change the opening music and maybe less nitpicking with more positivity.

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