Filmspotting: Reviews & Top 5sAuthor: Kempenaar & Larsen
01 Aug 2021

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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    #835: Pig / Old / Chungking Express (Wong Kar Wai #3)

    Getting Nic Cage for your debut feature is a risky move. On the one hand, Cage is both a big name and a singular talent. On the other hand, Cage's eccentric on-screen persona can send a movie reeling into camp. PIG director Michael Sarnoski rolled the dice and won, bringing real pathos to his missing truffle pig saga, and getting Cage's most subtle and moving work in at least a decade. Adam and Josh also continue the World of Wong Kar Wai Marathon with the director's 1994 international breakthrough CHUNGKING EXPRESS. Plus, Josh defends M. Night Shyamalan's OLD–while also advising Adam to avoid it. 0:00 - Billboard 1:10 - Review: "Pig" Chris Egan, "Traveling Troubadours" 22:36 - Josh reviews "Old" 28:37 - Giveaway / Next Week / Notes 37:26 - Polls 47:53 - Wong Kar Wai #3: "Chungking Express" 1:30:18 - Outro  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Posted on 30 Jul 2021

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    #834: Top 5 Beach Scenes / Days of Being Wild (Wong Kar Wai #2)

    Inspired by M Night Shyamalan's "Old," Adam and Josh take a trip to the shore for their TOP 5 BEACH SCENES. As a place of transition–between land and sea, and as a point of no returnºthe beach has long offered filmmakers an evocative setting for tales both hopeful and despairing. Also: romantic, elegiac, and deranged. Plus the second film in the World of Wong Kar Wai Marathon, 1990's DAYS OF BEING WILD. 0:00 - Billboard 1:16 - Top 5: Beach Scenes Emily Lim & Rob Kelly, "Barefoot in the Sand" 31:34 - Cannes / Next Week / Notes 46:03 - Massacre Theatre 53:26 - Top 5: Beach Scenes, cont 1:13:43 - World of Wong Kar Wai #2: "Days of Being Wild" 1:37:28 - Outro  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Posted on 23 Jul 2021

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    #833: A Clockwork Orange at 50 / Roadrunner / As Tears Go By (Wong Kar Wai #1)

    With its provocative mix of giddy, nihilistic violence, social satire, and formal audaciousness, A CLOCKWORK ORANGE has been a cinephile rite of passage for decades. For their Sacred Cow revisit, Adam and Josh find a film that is both more philosophical than they remember–and perversely funny. Just how funny, however, is a matter of some debate. Also up for debate: how to read the film's memorable ending. Plus, the first film in the World of Wong Kar Wai Marathon, 1988's AS TEARS GO BY, and Adam's thoughts on the new ROADRUNNER: A FILM ABOUT ANTHONY BOURDAIN. 0:00 - Billboard 1:16 - Sacred Cow: “A Clockwork Orange” Marianne Faithful, “As Tears Go By” 45:08 - Adam: “Roadrunner” 58:21 - Next Week / Notes 1:08:21 - Polls 1:20:42 - World of Wong #1: “As Tears Go By” 1:42:57 - Outro / Outtake Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Posted on 16 Jul 2021

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    #832: Black Widow / Summer of Soul / No Sudden Move / Zola

    Marvel's BLACK WIDOW returns the MCU to theaters for the first time since 2019, but despite the more than capable cast and some provocative ideas, Adam and Josh agree that director Cate Shortland ("Lore") doesn't always find the right balance between the traumatic and the comedic. They have nothing but praise for Questlove's SUMMER OF SOUL, which sees the Roots-founder bringing a keen curatorial eye and potent historical context to his electrifying concert documentary. Plus, a review of Steven Soderbergh's new NO SUDDEN MOVE and Josh's thoughts on the wild road-trip comedy ZOLA. 0:00 - Billboard 1:03 - Review: "Black Widow" The Chambers Brothers, "Uptown" 25:06 - Josh recommends: "Zola" 30:53 - Next Week / Notes 49:04 - Massacre Theatre 54:51 - Review: "Summer of Soul" 1:29:17 - Review: "No Sudden Move" 1:44:24 - Outro  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Posted on 09 Jul 2021

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    FS Revisited: Raiders of the Lost Ark / Top 5 Films of 1981

    Back in September 2012, RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK was back in theaters for a limited IMAX run on the heels of its 30th anniversary. Adam and Josh took the opportunity to give the film the Sacred Cow treatment, making the dubious decision to invite noted "Raiders" skeptic Michael Phillips to join them. Luckily, this is a podcast, so there's no risk of getting your face melted off due to Michael's hot take. Plus, Michael sits in for the Top 5 Films of 1981, with a number one pick that marks him as a "psychosexual sicko" (his words, not ours). 0:00 - Billboard 1:00 - Sacred Cow Review: "Raiders of the Lost Ark" John Williams, "Raiders March" 29:48 - Top 5: Films of 1981 1:12:03 - Outro  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Posted on 02 Jul 2021

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