Filmspotting: Reviews & Top 5sAuthor: Kempenaar & Larsen
27 Feb 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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    #815: Top 5 Anthony Hopkins Performances / The Father / Madness Rd. 1

    A five-time Oscar nominee, Anthony Hopkins has played a Pope, a psychopath and the most loyal of butlers. He's also killed vampires, fought a bear and banished the God of Thunder from Asgard. In fact, there's little Hopkins hasn't done over his six decades of movie acting—and he's done it all with a rare combination of delicate subtlety and volcanic power. This week, Adam and Josh share their Top 5 Hopkins Performances, along with a review of THE FATHER, which features another career-best turn from the actor. Plus, Rd. 1 of Filmspotting Madness—Best of the '80s. 0:00 - Billboard 1:03 - Top 5: Anthony Hopkins Performances 24:06 - Next Week / Notes / Massacre Theatre 35:26 - Filmspotting Madness—Best of the '80s, Rd. 1 58:18 - Review: "The Father" 1:07:55 - Top 5, cont. 1:37:02 - Outro  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Posted on 26 Feb 2021

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    #814: The Silence of the Lambs (30th Ann.) / Madness Play-Ins

    Based on Thomas Harris's grisly 1988 bestseller, Jonathan Demme's THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS was, on its February 1991 release, an immediate critical and box office success. It ran for eight months and went on to be nominated for seven Oscars, winning five—for Demme, Hopkins, Foster, screenwriter Ted Tally, and Best Picture. This week on the show, Adam and Josh dig into the technical sophistication - and the humanist touch - that Demme and company bring to the lurid material. Plus, Filmspotting Madness gets underway with the play-in round, and Josh recommends the new BARB AND STAR GO TO VISTA DEL MAR. 0:00 - Billboard 1:20 - Sacred Cow: “The Silence of the Lambs” (30th Ann.) 35:46 - Review: “Barb and Star Go To Vista Del Mar” 40:08 - Next Week / Notes 50:51 - Madness: Best of the ’80s (Play-Ins) 1:19:04 - Outro Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Posted on 19 Feb 2021

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    #813: Judas and the Black Messiah / The Letter ('40s Noir #1)

    The new Fred Hampton biopic JUDAS AND THE BLACK MESSIAH gives as much time to the FBI informant (Lakeith Stanfield) who infiltrates his Black Panthers as it does to Hampton himself (Daniel Kaluuya). Adam and Josh debate the effectiveness of that decision, which recalls atypical biopics like “Amadeus,” “Hamilton” and “Jesus Christ Superstar.” Plus the first film in the six-part '40s Noir Marathon, William Wyler’s THE LETTER, with Bette Davis as a conniving murderer; and Josh anoints the new religious horror movie SAINT MAUD with a Golden Brick nomination. 0:00 - Billboard 1:06 - Review: "Judas and the Black Messiah" 24:09 - Next Week 29:48 - Brickspotting: "Saint Maud" 33:55 - Giveaways / Notes 40:46 - Massacre Theatre 48:17 - '40s Noir #1: "The Letter" 1:16:57 - Outro  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Posted on 12 Feb 2021

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    #812: All The President's Men (7 From '76) / Malcolm & Marie

    It doesn't take the investigative powers of a Woodward or Bernstein to pick up on the giddiness that Adam and Josh bring to their review of ALL THE PRESIDENT'S MEN, the first film in the 7 From '76—Best Year Ever series. Long a favorite of both hosts - and an early entry in the Filmspotting Pantheon - they revel in the opportunity to praise the film's unmatched acting ensemble and exquisite, if subtle, craft. Their good mood carries over to their review of the divisive MALCOLM & MARIE (new to Netflix), a volatile, two-hander relationship drama starring Zendaya and John David Washington. 0:00 - Billboard 1:00 - 7 From '76—Best Year Ever: "All The President's Men" David Shire, "All The President's Men 45:16 - Polls / Notes 1:02:02 - Review: "Malcolm & Marie" 1:23:32 - Outro  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Posted on 05 Feb 2021

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    #811: 2021 Movie Preview

    As goes Bond, so goes the rest of the movie year. With Bond 25 "No Time To Die" recently moving to October - along with several other high-profile spring '21 releases - the new movie year is getting off to a disappointing start. But with lots of holdovers from 2020 - "Dune"! "Maverick"! "Ghostbusters"! - and some very promising new titles on the horizon, it is, at the very least, an exciting year to contemplate. Adam and Josh preview 2021 with their Top 5 Movie Questions of the Year — and lay out current plans for this year's Marathons, Sacred Cows, Oeuvre-view and the '70s edition of the Best Movie Year Ever series. 0:00 - Billboard 1:12 - 2021 Preview Lin-Manuel Miranda, “In The Heights” 31:17 - 2021 Show Plans 47:30 - Next Week / Notes 52:33 - Massacre Theatre 59:15 - 2021 Preview, cont. 1:18:04 - Outro  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Posted on 29 Jan 2021

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