FilmspottingAuthor: Kempenaar & Larsen / Panoply
23 Jun 2018


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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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    #686: Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom / Top 5 Movie Chrises

    It isn't enough that we've been blessed with four hunky dudes named Chris, all with solid acting chops and charisma to spare - we had to go ahead and rank them. On this week's show, Adam and Josh battle over the relative merits of Evans, Hemsworth, Pine and Pratt - and welcome another age-appropriate Chris to the club - as they offer a very special "Power Ranking" Top 5: Actors (between the ages of 35 and 39) Named Chris. Plus. a review of the Pratt-starring JURASSIC WORLD: FALLEN KINGDOM, directed by J.A. Bayona ("The Orphanage." "The Impossible").

    0:00-1:36 - Intro
    2:19-23:20 - Review: "Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom"
    U.S. Girls, "A Rage of Plastics"
    29:47-38:50 - Next week / Passes / Meetups / SVU
    38:50-42:53 - Poll (Best Performances of 2018 So Far)
    U.S. Girls, "Pearly Gates"
    44:50-48:34 - Donations
    48:34-1:25:08 - Top 5: Movie Chrises
    1:25:08-1:27:00 - Close

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  • Posted on 22 Jun 2018

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    #685: Incredibles 2 / Top 5 Pixar Performances / Hereditary

    Pixar has done a lot of things right over the past 23 years (note the studio's 80% average Metacritic rating), but among its greatest accomplishments is its consistently inspired voice casting. Tom Hanks' Woody works so well not just because of the actor's familiarity, but because Woody also taps into the decency, good humor - and occasional comic hysteria - that define Hanks's on-screen persona. On this week's show, Adam and Josh celebrate that genius ear for casting with their Top 5 Pixar Performances, along with a review of the new INCREDIBLES 2. Plus, Josh's thoughts on the new indie horror film HEREDITARY, the "Ocean's 11 spin-off" OCEAN'S 8 and Golden Brick nominee "THOROUGHBREDS."     

    0:00-2:26 - Intro
    1:11-27:06 - Review: "Incredibles 2"
    Neko Case, "Bad Luck"
    29:50-45:37 - Next week / Notes / Massacre Theatre
    45:37-53:58 - Larsen Recommends: "Hereditary," "Ocean's 8," "Thoroughbreds"
    Neko Case, "Hell-On"
    56:23-1:35:21 - Top 5: Pixar Performances
    1:35:21-1:37:31 - Close  

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  • Posted on 15 Jun 2018

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    #684: Top 5 Classic Rock Moments in Movies

    Whether used ironically or to provide insight - or just to make characters look really, really cool - classic rock has been memorably employed by some of the best directors of the rock era. Joining Adam and Josh for their Top 5 Classic Rock Moments in Movies is writer and critic Steven Hyden, author of the new book "Twilight of the Gods: A Journey to the End of Classic Rock."   

    0:00-1:40 - Intro
    3:15-26:07 - Top 5: Classic Rock Moments in Movies
    Donovan, "Atlantis"
    29:05-31:14 - Notes
    31:14-1:07:44 - Top 5: Classic Rock Moments in Movies, cont.
    1:07:44-1:09:42 - Close

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  • Posted on 08 Jun 2018

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    #683: Almost Famous / Steven Hyden

    With rock writer and cultural critic Steven Hyden dropping by to discuss his new book, "Twilight of the Gods: A Journey to the End of Classic Rock," Adam and Josh decided it was as good a time as any to revisit rock-critic-turned-filmmaker Cameron Crowe's ode to '70s rock ALMOST FAMOUS. As a meditation on criticism and the critic's relationship with artists, Adam and Josh agree that the movie is as authentic, moving and funny today as it was almost 20 years ago. They also agree on some minor quibbles with the film, but save their biggest debate for Billy Crudup's enigmatic guitarist Russell Hammond. Was Crowe right to pick a good actor over a good musician? Hyden makes it clear where he stands on the issue when he joins the conversation and also talks about the past, present and future of Classic Rock.

    And if you're wondering what happened to this week's top 5 list? It's coming. Sides 3 and 4 of this Filmspotting double album will drop next week when Hyden returns for the Top 5 Classic Rock Moments in Movies.

    0:00-2:28 - Intro
    3:11-49:33 - Sacred Cow: "Almost Famous"
    Elton John, "Tiny Dancer"
    52:35-1:02:25 - Notes / Polls (Replacing an icon / Best of Pixar)
    1:02:25-1:36:18 - Interview: Steven Hyden
    1:36:18-1:45:10 - Close / Hot Mics

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  • Posted on 01 Jun 2018

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    #682: Solo: A Star Wars Story / Paul Schrader / Deadpool 2

    40 (movie) years after Han Solo first boasted about his 12-parsec Kessel Run, the new SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY finally lets us take the ride. But is it enough to justify the movie's existence? And what if your new Han isn't among the five best things about his own movie? Yes, Adam and Josh have issues with "Solo," but also some praise for the excellent supporting cast, at least one great action set-piece and Chewbacca, of course. Also on the show, recommendations for DEADPOOL 2 and the new doc CHOSEN: CUSTODY OF THE EYES, plus an interview with legendary writer/director Paul Schrader ("Taxi Driver," "Raging Bull," "Affliction"), whose new film, FIRST REFORMED with Ethan Hawke, is earning him some of the best reviews of his long and storied career. (Come for Schrader's brilliant insights into "slow cinema," stay for the anecdote about his intro to Ingmar Bergman at an Ann Arbor porn theater and the movie of his that he refers to as "a piece of juvenilia and an F.U. to my dad and his religion.")       

    0:00-2:05 - Intro
    2:51-32:01 - Review: "Solo: A Star Wars Story"
    Mokoomba, "Mokole"
    35:15-46:26 - Next Week / Notes / Corrections
    46:26-53:09 - Massacre Theatre
    53:09-1:01:49 - ]"Chosen: Custody of the Eyes," "Deadpool 2"
    1:01:49-1:11:21 - Feedback: "Avengers: Infinity War"
    Mokoomba, "Njawane"
    1:15:55-1:17:48 - Donations
    1:17:48-1:53:49 - Interview: Paul Schrader
    1:53:49-1:56:24 - Close / Outtake

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  • Posted on 25 May 2018


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