Filmspotting: Reviews & Top 5sAuthor: Kempenaar & Larsen
22 Oct 2020

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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    #797: American Utopia / Trial of the Chicago 7 / Chicago Film Fest Preview

    With the pandemic forcing this year's Chicago International Film Festival (Oct. 14-25) to go almost all virtual, Adam and Josh's CIFF Preview will be a helpful guide to the fest wherever you happen to be. (More details about the fest lineup and how to purchase tickets here.) Also this week, reviews of David Byrne's AMERICAN UTOPIA, Aaron Sorkin's THE TRIAL OF THE CHICAGO 7 and Cooper Raiff's SHITHOUSE. Plus, Josh watched HUBIE HALLOWEEN so you don't have to. 0:00 - Billboard 1:30 - Top 5: Chicago Film Fest Must-Sees David Byrne, "Once in a Lifetime" ("American Utopia") 31:51 - Josh on "Hubie Halloween" 36:13 - Polls / Notes 50:05 - Reviews: "American Utopia" / "Chicago 7" / "Shithouse" 1:26:36 - Outro Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Posted on 16 Oct 2020

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    #796: Top 5 Mozart Moments in Movies / Amadeus (8 From '84)

    You need music that's transcendent, soaring, or touched by God? Mozart is your man. This week, Adam and Josh share their Top 5 Mozart Movie Moments, featuring memorable deployments of the composer's music in films directed by Terrence Malick, Barry Jenkins, Ridley Scott and others. Plus, an 8 From '84 review of the Best Picture-winning AMADEUS, and Massacre Theatre goes to the opera house. 0:00 - Billboard 1:12 - Top 5: Mozart Movie Moments Andrew Wilkowske, "Deh, vieni alla finestra" ("Don Giovanni") 53:56 - Next Week/Notes 1:03:15 - Massacre Theatre 1:13:57 - 8 From '84: "Amadeus" 1:43:43 - Outro  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Posted on 09 Oct 2020

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    #795: Dick Johnson Is Dead / Wanda (Overlooked Auteurs #4)

    When veteran documentary cinematographer Kirsten Johnson transitioned to directing with 2016's "Cameraperson," which was assembled from hundreds of hours of b-roll footage Johnson had shot over the years, it was unclear what a follow-up from her would look like. What we got - the new DICK JOHNSON IS DEAD - is a project both harrowing and whimsical: Johnson inviting her beloved father, showing early signs of dementia and failing health, to stage (and re-stage) his own death. Adam and Josh agree that the film is "a miracle." Also something of a miracle is Barbara Loden's first - and only - film, the verité-style WANDA from 1970, the next film in the Overlooked Auteurs Marathon. 0:00 - Billboard 1:07 - Review: "Dick Johnson is Dead" Tim Heidecker, "Fear of Death" 27:21 - Next Week/Notes 37:30 - Polls 45:32 - Overlooked Auteurs #4: "Wanda" 1:08:24 - Outro Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Posted on 02 Oct 2020

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    #794: Top 5 Landscapes as Characters w/Gregory Crewdson / Kajillionaire

    Gregory Crewdson's large-scale, cinematic photos have been compared to the work of filmmakers such as Alfred Hitchcock and David Lynch. His latest exhibition - "An Eclipse of Moths" - is currently on display in L.A. Inspired by Crewdson's work, Adam and Josh - along with Crewdson himself - share their Top 5 Landscapes as Characters. Plus, thoughts on Miranda July's latest, KAJILLIONAIRE. 0:00 - Billboard 1:16 - Top 5: Landscapes as Characters The Flaming Lips, "At the Movies on Quaaludes" 51:08 - Review: "Kajillionaire" 1:01:35 - Next week / Notes 1:16:03 - Massacre Theatre 1:25:37 - Top 5 cont. 1:54:24 - Outro Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Posted on 25 Sep 2020

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    #793: The Nest / Antebellum / Jeanne Dielman (Overlooked Auteurs #3)

    When the tense marriage drama THE NEST debuted earlier this year at Sundance, there was understandable excitement about the return of director Sean Durkin, who hadn't directed a feature since 2011's "Martha Marcy May Marlene" (a Filmspotting Golden Brick nominee). Durkin doesn't disappoint in his return, giving his movie a pervasive sense of unsettling dread—but the real fireworks belong to stars Carrie Coon and Jude Law. In addition to that review, Josh recommends the divisive new horror thriller ANTEBELLUM starring Janelle Monae, and Adam shares thoughts on the not entirely successful THE DEVIL ALL THE TIME, directed by the very talented Antonio Campos and starring Tom Holland and Robert Pattinson. Plus, the Overlooked Auteurs Marathon continues with Chantal Akerman's JEANNE DIELMAN, which Adam and Josh both found more than deserving of its masterpiece status.  0:00 - Billboard 1:08 - Review: "The Nest" Noga Erez, "You So Done" 30:52 - Josh on "Antebellum" 35:01 - Adam on "Devil All the Time" 38:37 - Next Week / Notes 51:24 - Polls 1:01:13 - Overlooked Auteurs #3: "Jeanne Dielman" 1:25:15 - "Jeanne Dielman" Spoilers 1:34:34 - Outro Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Posted on 18 Sep 2020

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