FilmspottingAuthor: Kempenaar & Larsen / Panoply
19 Oct 2017


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Weekly film podcast and WBEZ radio show from Chicago featuring in-depth reviews, top 5 lists and interviews. Hosted by Adam Kempenaar and Josh Larsen. Part of the Panoply Network.

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    #652: The Florida Project / Sean Baker

    One of the surprising success stories of 2015 was “Tangerine,” an indie shot on iPhones about a pair of transgender prostitutes who spend their Christmas Eve tracking down a disloyal pimp. Directed by Sean Baker, “Tangerine” went from Sundance sensation in January to critical darling by year’s end.

    Baker’s new film, THE FLORIDA PROJECT, is set among the “Hidden Homeless” of Disney-adjacent Orlando. This week, Josh and guest Michael Phillips join the chorus of praise for FLORIDA and Adam sits down with Baker to discuss the film - and get his answers to our rapid-fire Q&A, "The Filmspotting Five."

    0:00-1:08 - Billboard
    1:08-23:17 - Review: "The Florida Project"
    The Flat Five, "Florida"
    24:09-1:00:18 - Interview: Sean Baker
    1:00:18-1:03:04 - Close

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  • Posted on 13 Oct 2017

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    Blade Runner 2049

    Thirty-five years after the original “Blade Runner” brought its influential tech-noir vision of the future to movie screens, the highly anticipated sequel has finally arrived. Michael Phillips joins Josh for a review.

    0:00-3:58 - Billboard
    3:58-34:21 - Review: "Blade Runner: 2049"
    34:21-36:20 - Close

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  • Posted on 04 Oct 2017

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    #651: American Made / Top 5 Tom Cruise Performances

    Tom Cruise has been cranking out high-profile motion pictures at the rate of one a year for over three decades now. In his latest, AMERICAN MADE, he plays an ‘80s-era pilot who ends up working for the CIA - and a Columbian drug cartel. Adam and Josh are positive on the Doug Liman-directed film, and consider the star's long, impressive career with their Top 5 Cruise Performances.

    0:00-1:52 - Billboard
    1:52-26:10 - Review: "American Made"
    John Williams, "End Credits" (Far & Away)
    28:00-34:29 - Listener Feedback
    34:29-50:51 - Polls: Cruise / Best Horror Since '07
    Aimee Mann, "Save Me"
    51:58-1:39:24 - Top 5: Tom Cruise Performances
    1:39:24-1:42:02 - Close

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  • Posted on 29 Sep 2017

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    #650: Kingsman: The Golden Circle / Kogonada

    In 2015, the comic book adaptation “Kingsman: The Secret Service” opened to divisive - but mostly favorable - reviews. Some critics appreciated the movie’s hyper-violent reimagining of a Bond-esque spy agency; others found it sadistic and in poor taste. Adam and Josh... skipped it entirely. This week, they caught up with it for a review of the new sequel “Kingsman: The Golden Circle.” Plus, Adam's interview with Kogonada, director of "Columbus," the acclaimed new film starring John Cho (and some famous Modernist buildings).

    0:00-4:02 - Billboard
    4:02-30:30 - Review: "Kingsman: The Golden Circle"
    Dead Pretties, "Confidence"
    32:59-41:58 - Cruise Poll / Listener Feedback
    41:58-53:02 - Massacre Theatre: Impenetrable Accent Edition
    53:02-1:22:31 - Interview: Kogonada
    1:22:31-1:25:58 - Close

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  • Posted on 22 Sep 2017

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    New Argentine Cinema #5 - Wild Tales

    Damian Szifron's 2015 Oscar nominee "Wild Tales" proves to be a perfect - and entertaining - bookend to a marathon that started with Mariano Llinas' 2008 film "Extraordinary Stories." Though very different in style and tone, both films successfully juggle multiple narratives and show their young writer-directors to be promising talents to keep an eye on.

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  • Posted on 20 Sep 2017


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