FilmspottingAuthor: Kempenaar & Larsen / Panoply
22 Aug 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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    #645: The Trip to Spain / Safdie Bros. (Good Time) / The Glass Castle

    Adam reveres the Coogan/Brydon "Trip" movies. Josh? Hadn't seen them. Until now. With Josh finally up to speed on Caine, Pacino, Connery and sixteen other* impersonations (along with Coogan and Brydon's career anguish and existential dread) - he and Adam review the third installment, THE TRIP TO SPAIN. Plus, Adam's interview with Josh and Benny Safdie, directors of the Robert Pattinson-starring GOOD TIME, and Josh's thoughts on WHOSE STREETS? and the new memoir-turned-movie THE GLASS CASTLE. Oh, and the return of "Hot Mics!"

    0:00-1:53 - Billboard
    1:53-31:37 - Review: "The Trip to Spain"
    John Mark Nelson, "Little Notions"
    35:10-54:07 - "Whose Streets?" / Notes / Polls
    54:07-59:35  - "The Glass Castle"
    John Mark Nelson, "Where Does That Leave Us Now"
    1:00:21-1:09:38 - Donations
    1:09:38-1:38:57 - Interview: Safdie Bros.
    1:38:57-1:51:34 - Close / Hot Mics

    *See Charles Bramesco's "Ranking All the Impressions in The Trip Trilogy" on Vulture. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

  • Posted on 18 Aug 2017

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    New Argentine Cinema #1 - Extraordinary Stories

    Adam and Josh kick off their New Argentine Cinema Marathon with Mariano Llinas's epic and intricately plotted 2008 film that's as much about storytelling as it is an achievement in storytelling itself. At over four hours and featuring dozens of characters, Llinas maintains incredible control over his unwieldy beast of a movie.

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  • Posted on 16 Aug 2017

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    FS Revisited: Reservoir Dogs / Top 5 Films of 1992

    When RESERVOIR DOGS came out 25 years ago, Adam and Josh were movie geek teenagers. They were bound by their DNA to love it. But Does Quentin Tarantino’s debut still hold up? In this 2015 episode of the show, they reacquaint themselves with Mr. Blonde, Mr. Pink and the rest of the gang for a Sacred Cow review of DOGS, plus share their Top 5 Films of 1992.

    0:00-1:32 - Billboard
    1:32-40:58 - Sacred Cow: "Reservoir Dogs"
    Sandy Rogers, "Fool for Love"
    41:47-1:17:42 - Top 5: Films of 1992
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  • Posted on 11 Aug 2017

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    #644: Detroit / Top 5 Films of 1967

    In "The Hurt Locker" and "Zero Dark Thirty," Oscar-winning director Kathryn Bigelow explored the complexities of post-9/11 warfare. For her latest - DETROIT - she stays stateside but finds herself in another war zone. Looking back five decades to the summer of 1967, Bigelow's film documents the racial tensions and police violence that exploded into the Detroit riots. A review of DETROIT, plus news on a new Filmspotting Marathon and Adam and Josh share their Top 5 films of the landmark film year of '67.

    0:00-1:23 - Billboard
    1:23-30:27 - Review: "Detroit"
    Simon & Garfunkel, "Mrs. Robinson"
    33:01-53:33 - Notes / Massacre Theatre
    53:33-58:58 - Donations
    58:58-1:36:23 - Top 5: Films of 1967
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  • Posted on 04 Aug 2017

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    #643: Valerian / Top 5 Alien Worlds

    You might be able to figure out your tolerance for the new VALERIAN AND THE CITY OF A THOUSAND PLANETS by the title alone. Got a soft spot for Flash Gordon and hallucinogenic drugs? This one might be for you. Directed by Luc Besson, the ambitious French filmmaker behind "The Fifth Element" and 2014's "Lucy," VALERIAN is the most expensive film ever made in France. The good news: the money is up there on the screen for all to see (for better and for worse). Don't know about hallucinogenic drugs, but one of your  hosts does have a fondness for Flash Gordon, and finds enough in Valerian to recommend it. The other one is Josh. Flash, Ming the Merciless and Planet Mongo also make their way into this week's Top 5: Alien Worlds. Cue the Queen.

    0:00-1:48 - Billboard
    1:48-29:20 - Review: "Valerian and the City..."
    B-52s, "Planet Claire"
    32:31-35:25 - Donations
    35:25-46:18 - Notes / Polls
    46:18-1:20:28 - Top 5: Alien Worlds
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  • Posted on 28 Jul 2017


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