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.


163 Pieces

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Caption: Comedian & now filmmaker Bo Burnham & actor Elsie Fisher, star of 'Eight Grade'
When Bo Burnham's "Eighth Grade" debuted at Sundance in January, the response was mostly ecstatic -- but also a little perplexed. How had a 27 year...

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  • Added: Jul 20, 2018
  • Length: 53:59
  • Purchases: 6
Caption: Lakeith Stanfield in Boots Riley's 'Sorry to Bother You'
Comedy, social satire, dystopian nightmare: rapper, producer, political activist Boots Riley's debut film "Sorry to Bother You" has a lot on its mi...

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  • Added: Jul 13, 2018
  • Length: 53:59
  • Purchases: 7
Caption: Arnold Schwarzenegger in James Cameron's 'The Terminator' (1984)
1984 was a banner year for crane kicks, mogwais and bustin' ghosts, but it also saw the debut of Arnold Schwarzenegger's T-800, better known as "Th...

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  • Added: Jul 06, 2018
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 4
Caption: Mia Wasikowska and David Zellner in 'Damsel'
Sure, movie westerns are mostly about dudes on horseback quick-drawing pistols in small, dusty cow-towns, but some of the best films in the genre f...

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  • Added: Jun 29, 2018
  • Length: 53:59
  • Purchases: 6
Caption: Chris Pratt in 'Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom'
It isn't enough that we've been blessed with four hunky dudes named Chris, all with solid acting chops and charisma to spare -- we had to go ahead ...

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  • Added: Jun 22, 2018
  • Length: 53:59
  • Purchases: 7
Caption: 'Incredibles 2'
Pixar has done a lot of things right over the past 23 years (note the studio's 80% average Metacritic rating), but among its greatest accomplishmen...

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  • Added: Jun 15, 2018
  • Length: 53:58
  • Purchases: 6
Caption: Top 5 Classic Rock Moments in Movies
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: Jun 08, 2018
  • Length: 53:59
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Caption: Kate Hudson and Patrick Fugit in Cameron Crowe's 'Almost Famous'
With rock writer and cultural critic Steven Hyden dropping by to discuss his new book, "Twilight of the Gods: A Journey to the End of Classic Rock,...

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  • Added: Jun 01, 2018
  • Length: 53:59
  • Purchases: 5
Caption: Alden Ehrenreich (Han Solo) and Joonas Suotamo (Chewbacca)in Ron Howard's 'Solo: A Star Wars Story'
Forty (movie) years after Han Solo first boasted about his 12-parsec Kessel Run, the new "Solo: A Star Wars Story" finally lets us take the ride. B...

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  • Added: May 25, 2018
  • Length: 53:59
  • Purchases: 6
Caption: Elijah Wood as Frodo in 'Lord of the Rings' trilogy
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: May 18, 2018
  • Length: 53:59
  • Purchases: 5
Caption: Mackenzie Davis and Charlize Theron in 'Tully'
"It's the most terrifying day in your life, the day the first one is born." Bill Murray bringing the truth in Sofia Coppola's "Lost in Translation"...

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  • Added: May 11, 2018
  • Length: 53:59
  • Purchases: 6
Caption: Joaquin Phoenix and Ekaterina Samsonov in You Were Never Really Here
The massive success of "Black Panther" and "Avengers: Infinity War" may have made the concept of a “summer” blockbuster season irrelevant, but ther...

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  • Added: May 04, 2018
  • Length: 53:59
  • Purchases: 7
Caption: 'Avengers: Infinity War'
With the first decade of the MCU (Marvel Cinematic Universe) coming to a close with "Avengers: Infinity War" (and its 2019 sequel), Adam and Josh a...

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  • Added: Apr 27, 2018
  • Length: 53:59
  • Purchases: 9
Caption: Charlie Plummer in Andrew Haigh's 'Lean on Pete'
On this week's show, Adam and Josh have a review of "Lean on Pete" and, in the tradition of inspired Top 5 topics like Bicycle Scenes and Movie Red...

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  • Added: Apr 20, 2018
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 8
Caption: John Krasinski and Noah Jupe in 'A Quiet Place'
It's a little surprising to see nice guy "Office"-alum John Krasinski directing a monster movie, but Adam and guest-host Michael Phillips agree tha...

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  • Added: Apr 13, 2018
  • Length: 53:59
  • Purchases: 8
Caption: Scene from Steven Spielberg's 'Ready Player One'
Is there a four-hour cut of "Ready Player One"? Adam and guest host Tasha Robinson (TheVerge.com, The Next Picture Show) have no idea, but it would...

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  • Added: Apr 06, 2018
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 8
Caption: Wes Anderson's 'Isle of Dogs'
The last time Wes Anderson took his act overseas, it was to India for 2007's "The Darjeeling Limited," which faced criticism for cultural insensiti...

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  • Added: Mar 30, 2018
  • Length: 53:59
  • Purchases: 8
Caption: Claire Foy in Steven Soderbergh's 'Unsane'
When Steven Soderbergh returned to feature filmmaking last year with the low budget heist caper "Logan Lucky," it was just another chapter in the m...

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  • Added: Mar 23, 2018
  • Length: 53:59
  • Purchases: 7
Caption: Gabriel Byrne in the Coen Brothers' 'Miller's Crossing'
Note: your "Coen Bros. Ranked" lists may need some readjusting -- especially if you haven't seen, or haven't seen in a long while, the duo's densel...

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  • Added: Mar 16, 2018
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 6
Caption: Ava DuVernay's adaptation of 'A Wrinkle in Time'
It's been a week since their review of "Annihilation," but it feels like Adam and Josh never quite escaped The Shimmer. Ava DuVernay's visually adv...

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  • Added: Mar 09, 2018
  • Length: 53:59
  • Purchases: 7