Filmspotting (weekly series)

Series produced by WBEZ

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"Filmspotting" is an hour-long program about film, including: movie reviews, interviews, top 5 lists, listener feedback and insightful film talk. Filmspotting is available on PRX by noon (CST) on Fridays. Promos are available on PRX earlier in the week.

"Filmspotting" is an hour-long program about film. Each week, hosts Adam Kempenaar and Josh Larsen bring you movie reviews, interviews, top 5 lists, listener feedback and insightful film talk. Michael Phillips of the Chicago Tribune joins in once a month.

Special features include "Massacre Theatre," movie marathons and "sacred cow" discussions, in which Filmspotting looks back and reexamines films considered to be among the greatest of all time.

"Filmspotting" (formerly known as "Cinecast") began in March of 2005, and has cultivated a loyal and growing audience. It can currently be heard at www.filmspotting.net and on WBEZ, and other PRX stations. We hope your station will be next. Please feel free to contact us for more details.


132 Pieces

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Caption: Paul Thomas Anderson's 1999 film, 'Magnolia'
Paul Thomas Anderson followed up his breakout hit "Boogie Nights" with 1999’s "Magnolia," a 3+-hour ensemble film featuring a treatise on coinciden...

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  • Added: Nov 15, 2019
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 5
Caption: Robert De Niro in 'The Irishman' (2019)
A new film from Martin Scorsese is always an event, but "The Irishman" is one that, for many, won’t happen at a movie theatre. After a short theatr...

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  • Added: Nov 08, 2019
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 7
Caption: Willem Dafoe and Robert Pattinson in 'The Lighthouse' (2019)
In 2014, director Robert Eggers brought 17th century Puritan New England to frighteningly vivid life in "The Witch." For his follow-up -- The Light...

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  • Added: Nov 01, 2019
  • Length: 53:59
  • Purchases: 6
Caption: Kang-ho Song, Hyun-jun Jung, Sun-kyun Lee, Yeo-jeong Jo, and Woo-sik Choi in Gisaengchung (2019)
One of the most praised films of the year, Bong Joon-ho's "Parasite" has been the subject of rave reviews since its Palme d'Or-winning debut at the...

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  • Added: Oct 25, 2019
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 6
Caption: Kevin Spacey and Annette Bening in 'American Beauty' (1999)
Back in '99, the trailers and movie posters for "American Beauty" implored us to "look closer." For their 9 From '99 review, Adam and Josh give the...

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  • Added: Oct 18, 2019
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 7
Caption: Joaquin Phoenix in 'Joker' (2019)
Between its late-August premiere at the Venice Film Festival (where it won the festival's top prize) and its release in theaters here in the States...

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  • Added: Oct 11, 2019
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 7
Caption: Elijah Wood in 'The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring'
Released in consecutive Decembers beginning in 2001, Peter Jackson’s colossal adaptation of Tolkien’s "Lord of the Rings" trilogy reached its concl...

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  • Added: Oct 04, 2019
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 7
Caption: Brad Pitt in 'Ad Astra'
It's always good news when an acclaimed director announces a new project, but it's somehow especially thrilling when that project is set in space. ...

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  • Added: Sep 27, 2019
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 7
Caption: Judy Garland in 'A Star Is Born' (1954)
50 years after Judy Garland's death at the tragically young age of 47, the movie musical legend is largely remembered for one iconic film role -- D...

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  • Added: Sep 20, 2019
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 7
Caption: Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman in Stanley Kubrick's 'Eyes Wide Shut' (1999)
Back in 1999, it was hard to watch "Eyes Wide Shut" without thinking about Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman as a real-life married couple participating...

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  • Added: Sep 13, 2019
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 5
Caption: Bill Skarsgård in 'It Chapter Two'
Adam and Josh left 2017's blockbuster "It" at least mildly curious for more, but is the new film's nearly three-hour running time and the addition ...

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  • Added: Sep 06, 2019
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 6
Caption: John Cusack in 'Being John Malkovich' (1999)
In 1999, "Being John Malkovich" marked the auspicious debut of two geniuses: screenwriter Charlie Kaufman ("Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind,"...

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  • Added: Aug 30, 2019
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 6
Caption: Cate Blanchett and Emma Nelson in 'Where'd You Go, Bernadette'
Richard Linklater brings his trademark emotional complexity to the adaptation of a bestselling comic novel. Initial critical response to Richard L...

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  • Added: Aug 23, 2019
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 6
Caption: Aisling Franciosi in Jennifer Kent's 'The Nightingale'
Jennifer Kent's follow up to "The Babadook" isn't quite horror, but it is horrific. Making a film that details the violence — specifically the sex...

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  • Added: Aug 16, 2019
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 4
Caption: Heather Donahue in 'The Blair Witch Project' (1999)
Two decades after its release, is the seminal found footage horror movie a genre classic or a dated relic of its time? Benefiting from an ingeniou...

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  • Added: Aug 09, 2019
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 5
Caption: Jason Statham, Idris Elba, and Dwayne Johnson in 'Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw' (2019)
The Fast & Furious franchise has come a long, long way since its street-racing origins, and its latest entry, "Hobbs & Shaw" (from "John Wick" co-d...

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  • Added: Aug 02, 2019
  • Length: 53:59
  • Purchases: 5
Caption: Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt and Al Pacino star in Quentin Tarantino's 'Once Upon A Time...In Hollywood'
Adam and Josh sift through the rogues' gallery of memorable QT creations for their Top 10 Tarantino Characters and discuss the director's latest, t...

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  • Added: Jul 26, 2019
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 5
Caption: Florence Pugh in 'Midsommar'
Guest critics Tasha Robinson (The Next Picture Show, The Verge) and Angelica Jade Bastién (Vulture) join Josh for a lively debate over of Ari Aster...

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  • Added: Jul 19, 2019
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 6
Caption: Robert De Niro in 'Goodfellas' (1990)
Whether used ironically or to provide insight -- or just to make characters look really, really cool -- classic rock has been memorably employed by...

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  • Added: Jul 12, 2019
  • Length: 53:59
  • Purchases: 5
Caption: Samuel L. Jackson in Quentin Tarantino's classic film, 'Pulp Fiction'
Back in 2012, Josh was only a couple months into his role as new co-host, when Adam suggested the Best of '94 Top 5. The reconsideration of "Pulp F...

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  • Added: Jul 05, 2019
  • Length: 53:59
  • Purchases: 5