Filmspotting: Reviews & Top 5sAuthor: Kempenaar & Larsen
07 Jul 2022

Filmspotting: Reviews & Top 5s

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

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    #880: Stanwyck #1 - Baby Face (1933) / 1930s Starter Pack

    The frank sexuality of 1933's BABY FACE has made it one of the defining films of Hollywood’s precode era, with new Filmspotting marathon subject Barbara Stanwyck as Lily Powers, a young woman who escapes the abuse and exploitation facing her at home for the big city, where she acquires money and status by exploiting her own sexual power. Adam and Josh agree that Stanwyck is electrifying and the movie’s precode directness is a lot of fun while considering how successfully it pulls off its balance of proto-feminism provocation and sentimentality. The launch of the Stanwyck Marathon also offers a chance to revisit the 1930s Starter Pack, which has Adam and Josh sharing their favorite comedies, musicals, action, and horror films from that rich decade. 0:00 - Billboard 1:01 - Stanwyck #1: “Baby Face” (w/SPOILERS) 36:03 - Polls / Notes 51:07 - Top 5: 1930s Starter Pack 1:36:12 - Outro Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Posted on 01 Jul 2022

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    #879: Top 5 Movie Summers / Elvis / Lightyear

    The summer movie season offers the promise of a special kind of escape. With our brains and bodies fried from the heat, we go to the multiplex less for the subtlety of great cinema and more for big pleasures: belly laughs, impossible action sequences, jump scares, and explosions. Lots and lots of explosions. But which movie years best delivered on that promise? This week, Adam and Josh break out the spreadsheets to determine the Top 5 Movie Summers of all time (or at least since 1975), and Josh weighs in on Baz Luhrmann's ELVIS and Pixar's LIGHTYEAR. 0:00 - Billboard 1:20 - Top 5 Movie Summers 30:28 - Reviews (JL): "Elvis," "Lightyear" 39:10 - Next Week / Notes 44:10 - Massacre Theatre 49:51 - Top 5 Movie Summers, cont. 1:10:50 - Outro Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Posted on 24 Jun 2022

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    #878: Cooper Raiff (Cha Cha Real Smooth) / Hustle / Top 5 Toy Story Moments w/Griffin Newman (2019)

    Cooper Raiff's debut film, 2020's "Sh*thouse," put the young writer/director on the map with a tale of collegiate malaise, and was made not long after Raiff himself left college. His follow-up, the new CHA CHA REAL SMOOTH, sees Raiff exploring the existential restlessness that awaits college grads. As with his debut, Raiff is back in a starring role, this time with a legit movie star as his co-star, Dakota Johnson. Adam interviews Raiff, who talks about crying in movies, his mentor Jay Duplass, and why Michael Caine isn't right about everything. And with Buzz currently flying solo in the new "Lightyear," we revisit Adam's TOP 5 STORY STORY MOMENTS (2019) with guest Griffin Newman from the Blank Check podcast. And Adam adds to the praise that has met the latest Netflix Adam Sandler joint, HUSTLE. 0:00 - Billboard 1:24 - Interview: Cooper Raiff ("Cha Cha Real Smooth") 25:01 - Review (AK): "Hustle" 34:37 - Next Week / Notes 44:51 - Polls 54:09 - Top 5: Toy Story Moments w/Griffin Newman 1:50:40 - Outro Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Posted on 17 Jun 2022

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    #877: Top 5 Films of the Year So Far / Keaton Marathon Awards (Live in Chicago)

    At the midpoint of the movie year, Adam and Josh come to the show with several titles big and small vying for their Top 5 Films of the Year So Far, along with a shared number one that Josh describes as "the standard that cinema 2022 will have to meet." Plus, highlights from last weekend's live event at Chicago's Music Box Theatre, which featured a screening of Buster Keaton's THE CAMERAMAN, and Slate's Dana Stevens joining Adam and Josh for "The Porkpies," the end-of-Keaton-marathon awards. 0:00 - Billboard 1:30 - Top 5 Films of the Year So Far 41:30 - Next Week / Notes 47:43 - Massacre Theatre 59:42 - Live in Chicago: "The Cameraman" / Keaton Awards 1:53:03 - Outro Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Posted on 10 Jun 2022

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    #876: Top 5 Movies For Graduates

    For their TOP 5 MOVIES FOR GRADUATES, Adam and Josh choose tales of hardship, uncertainty, letting go, and finding fulfillment from Hayao Miyazaki, Cameron Crowe, Agnes Varda, Akira Kurosawa, and others. Plus thoughts on the gone too soon Ray Liotta, listener picks for the best high schoolers in transition movies, and Pixar’s best of the last decade. 0:00 - Billboard 1:51 - Top 5 Movies for Graduates 34:51 - Remembering Ray Liotta 39:42 - Next Week / Notes 52:50 - Polls 1:03:08 - Top 5 Movies for Graduates, cont. 1:32:12 - Outro Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Posted on 03 Jun 2022

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