FilmspottingAuthor: Filmspotting
20 Sep 2019


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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.

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    #745: Top 5 Judy Garland Moments / Hustlers

    50 years after Judy Garland's death at the tragically young age of 47, the movie musical legend is largely remembered for one iconic film role - Dorothy Gale in The Wizard of Oz. But Garland appeared in - and often starred in - nearly 40 films in her 30-year career; a career Adam and Josh attempt to come to terms with - along with the Chicago Tribune's Michael Phillips - for their Top 5 Judy Garland Moments.

    Plus, Adam and Michael spend a few minutes on HUSTLERS starring Jennifer Lopez and Constance Wu. And listeners weigh in with their picks for the directors who need to follow in the footsteps of High Life's Claire Denis and Ad Astra's James Gray and make their own space movie.

    0:00 - Billboard
    1:18 - Top 5: Judy Garland Moments
    Judy Garland, "Americana"
    35:21 - Review: "Hustlers"
    43:34 - Next Week / Notes
    55:52 - Polls [Space Movies / Joaquin Phoenix]
    1:06:39 - Top 5 Judy Garland Moments, cont.
    1:46:29 - Close

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  • Posted on 20 Sep 2019

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    #744: Eyes Wide Shut at 20 / Top 5 Kubrick Scenes

    Back in 1999, it was hard to watch EYES WIDE SHUT without thinking about Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman as a real-life married couple participating in some sadistic form of therapy. Twenty years later, it's maybe still a little distracting, but it's easier to see the pair's performances in the greater contexts of their respective careers – and, in particular, how effective the casting of the cocky, entitled Cruise is as Dr. Bill Harford, a man who sees his confidence reduced to rubble by the end of the film. For their 9 From '99 review of Kubrick's final, controversial masterpiece, Adam and Josh talk about the brilliance of Kidman's few, powerful scenes, and the film's subtle formal brilliance. And how about that orgy scene, huh?

    Plus, Adam finally gets to share his Top 5 Kubrick Scenes six years after a late-breaking case of dysphonia kept him from joining Josh and Michael Phillips for their Kubrick picks (back on episode #459).

    0:00 - Billboard
    1:17 - 9 From '99: "Eyes Wide Shut"
    Chris Isaak, "Baby Did a Bad, Bad Thing"
    54:36 - Next Week / Notes
    1:05:30 - Massacre Theatre
    1:12:11 - Donations
    1:13:56 - Top 5 Kubrick Scenes
    1:33:42 - Close  

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  • Posted on 13 Sep 2019

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    #743: IT Chapter Two / Fall Movie Preview

    Adam and Josh left 2017's blockbuster IT at least mildly curious for more, but is the sequel film's almost three-hour running time and the addition of A-listers like Jessica Chastain, James McAvoy and Bill Hader enough to satisfy that curiosity? This week, Filmspotting returns to Derry and to director Andy Muschietti's epic - or at least epic in length - IT CHAPTER TWO. Plus, the Fall Movie Preview in the form of Adam and Josh's Top 5 Questions About the Fall Movie Season.   

    0:00 - Billboard
    1:21 - Review: "It: Chapter 2"
    Bleached, "Hard to Kill"
    22:38 - Next Week / Notes
    30:02 - Polls [TIFF / Unlikely Space Movies]
    40:06 - Fall Movie Preview
    1:21:09 - Close / Outtake

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  • Posted on 06 Sep 2019

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    #742: Being John Malkovich at 20 / Dietrich-Von Sternberg #4 - The Scarlet Empress

    In 1999, BEING JOHN MALKOVICH marked the auspicious debut of two geniuses: screenwriter Charlie Kaufman ("Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind," "Synecdoche, NY") and director Spike Jonze ("Where the Wild Things Are," "Her"). 20 years later, the movie remains surprising and innovative, and its concerns - artistic fulfillment and artistic exploitation - feel as current as ever. Adam and Josh revisit MALKOVICH as part of their 9 From '99 series, and wrap up their Marlene Dietrich-Josef von Sternberg Marathon with 1934's (preposterous? preposterous on purpose?) THE SCARLET EMPRESS and the marathon awards, "The Boas."

    0:00 - Billboard
    1:26 - 9 From '99: "Being John Malkovich"
    Jay Som, "Nighttime Drive"
    35:16 - Next Week / Notes
    38:45 - Josh on "Honeyland" / Adam on "American Factory"
    47:19 - Massacre Theatre
    54:31 - Donations
    57:05 - Dietrich-Von Sternberg #4: "The Scarlet Empress"
    1:20:41 - Dietrich-Von Sternberg Awards
    1:44:09 - Close

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  • Posted on 30 Aug 2019

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    #741: Where'd You Go, Bernadette / Dietrich-Von Sternberg #3 - Shanghai Express

    Initial critical response to Richard Linklater's WHERE'D YOU GO, BERNADETTE was not great, earning some of the worst reviews of his 30-year career. But Adam and Josh find plenty to recommend in both Linklater's direction and star Cate Blanchett's performance. Listener feedback has them crunching numbers to determine this decade's defining actress, plus a look ahead to September's Toronto International Film Festival and the third film in the Marlene Dietrich-Josef von Sternberg Marathon, 1932's SHANGHAI EXPRESS.

    0:00 - Billboard
    1:13 - Review: "Where'd You Go, Bernadette"
    Lillie Mae, "You Got Other Girls For That"
    27:39 - Next Week / Notes / Peter Fonda
    41:21 - Polls (Decade-Defining Actress / TIFF)
    56:40 - Dietrich-Von Sternberg #3: "Shanghai Express"
    1:23:02 - Close

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  • Posted on 23 Aug 2019


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