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.


173 Pieces

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Caption: 'The Royal Tenenbaums'
Back in 2001, Wes Anderson was known as the director of the modest indie hit "Rushmore." Then came "The Royal Tenenbaums," with its family full of ...

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  • Added: Jun 10, 2016
  • Length: 54:00
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Caption: Agyness Deyn in Terence Davies' critically acclaimed 'Sunset Song'
In music writer Steven Hyden's provocatively titled new book "Your Favorite Band is Killing Me: What Pop Music Rivalries Reveal About the Meaning o...

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  • Added: Jun 03, 2016
  • Length: 53:59
  • Purchases: 7
Caption: Sacred Cow review of Ridley Scott's 1979 sci-fi horror classic, 'Alien''Alien'
Fans celebrated Back to the Future Day on Oct. 21, 2015, the date Doc, Marty and Jennifer traveled to from 1985. In that same spirit, fans of the "...

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  • Added: Apr 22, 2016
  • Length: 54:00
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Caption: 'Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice'
With Josh away this week, Adam made elaborate plans for a special Justice League-inspired episode. Minus one Wonder Woman, he almost pulled it off....

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  • Added: Apr 01, 2016
  • Length: 53:59
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Caption: George Clooney in the Coen brothers' latest, 'Hail Caesar!'
"Funny lookin'" is a perfectly good way to describe, say, Steve Buscemi in "Fargo," or countless other memorable characters that make up the Coen B...

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  • Added: Feb 12, 2016
  • Length: 54:00
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Caption: Charles Grodin and Cybill Shepherd in Elaine May’s 'The Heartbreak Kid'
On his honeymoon, a man falls for another woman. The marriage is a bust, but the movie isn't. It's Elaine May's "The Heartbreak Kid." On this week'...

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  • Added: Feb 26, 2016
  • Length: 53:59
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Caption: Elaine May and Walter Matthau in 'A New Leaf,' May's directorial debut
After carbo-loading for weeks and buying a pair of matching running shorts, Adam and Josh set off on the latest Filmspotting Marathon: a four-part ...

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  • Added: Feb 05, 2016
  • Length: 53:59
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Caption: Scene from Charlie Kaufman's critically-acclaimed stop-motion animated film, 'Anomalisa'
One of the most acclaimed movies of 2015 tells the story of an ordinary encounter between two strangers in an ordinary Cincinnati hotel room. Less ...

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  • Added: Jan 08, 2016
  • Length: 53:59
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Caption: Tom Courtenay & Charlotte Rampling in '45 Years'
It’s January and the movie year is full of promise. Full of promise – and questions. Questions like: Who wins in a battle between Batman and Superm...

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  • Added: Jan 29, 2016
  • Length: 53:59
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Caption: Leonardo DiCaprio in 'The Revenant' & Samuel L. Jackson in 'The Hateful Eight'
In the tradition of their 'Wolf of Wall Street' vs. 'American Hustle' battle a couple years back, Adam and Josh again find themselves on opposite s...

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  • Added: Jan 22, 2016
  • Length: 53:59
  • Purchases: 8
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Live from Mayne Stage in Chicago, it's Filmspotting’s 2015 Wrap Party presented by WBEZ! Adam, Josh and an All-Star roster of special guests share ...

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  • Added: Jan 15, 2016
  • Length: 53:59
  • Purchases: 7
Caption: Domhnall Gleeson, Alicia Vikander and Oscar Isaac in the sci-fi thriller 'Ex Machina'
The 2015 box office has been dominated by the usual spectacle – "Jurassic World," "The Avengers" and now "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" – but there...

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  • Added: Dec 25, 2015
  • Length: 01:47:57
  • Purchases: 7
Caption: Charlize Theron in 'Mad Max: Fury Road'
We bring you a rebroadcast of Filmspotting's review of one of the year's most talked about films. Powered by guzzlene since the podcast wars of 20...

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  • Added: Dec 31, 2015
  • Length: 53:59
  • Purchases: 7
Caption: Scenes from 'Tangerine' and 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens'
End of year movie talk is usually dominated by a few prestige pictures, but does anyone care about prestige with a new "Star Wars" in theaters? Sur...

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  • Added: Dec 18, 2015
  • Length: 53:59
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Caption: Steve Carell and Ryan Gosling in a scene from 'The Big Short'
If a movie has you sticking around for the credits, chances are you’re looking for an answer to the question: who was that? Every year the movies i...

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  • Added: Dec 11, 2015
  • Length: 53:59
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Caption: Scenes from this year's 'Golden Brick' film nominees
We hope you haven’t had your fill of leftovers because on this week’s show Josh and Adam start their look back at the year in film with their annua...

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  • Added: Nov 27, 2015
  • Length: 53:59
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Caption: François Truffaut and Alfred Hitchcock in scene from film 'Hitchcock/Truffaut'
Based on a true story and made in the same decade as Hitchcock masterpieces "Strangers on a Train," "Rear Window" and "Vertigo," 1956's "The Wrong ...

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  • Added: Dec 04, 2015
  • Length: 53:59
  • Purchases: 9
Caption: Jessica Chastain in Guillermo del Toro's 'Crimson Peak'
Josh and guest host Michael Phillips (Chicago Tribune) are visited by the 'Ghost of Fights over Guillermo del Toro Movies Past' for their divisive ...

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  • Added: Oct 23, 2015
  • Length: 53:59
  • Purchases: 8
Caption: Daniel Craig in the upcoming Bond film, 'Spectre'
If the summer and year-end movie seasons are all about expectation, fall… is all about surprises. Hopefully good ones. The Chicago Tribune's Michae...

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  • Added: Sep 03, 2015
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 8
Caption: Julie Christie and Omar Sharif in 1965's 'Doctor Zhivago'
Back in March, Adam and Josh celebrated Filmspotting's 10th anniversary with the Top 10 Blind Spots – significant oversights in their ongoing film ...

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  • Added: Aug 07, 2015
  • Length: 53:59
  • Purchases: 6