FilmspottingAuthor: Kempenaar & Larsen / Panoply
26 Jun 2017


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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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    Kumail Nanjiani ("The Big Sick")

    Kumail Nanjiani will be a familiar face to fans of HBO’s "Silicon Valley," or "Portlandia," or appearances on dozens of other sitcoms and sketch shows, but the very funny and surprisingly moving THE BIG SICK should make him a familiar face to many more. The film - co-written with Nanjiani's wife Emily V. Gordon - tells the story of their unusual courtship, which featured not only family tensions due to cultural differences (Nanjiani is Pakistani-American, Gordon is white) but, more significantly, a life-threatening illness that struck Gordon while the two were still just dating.

    Nanjiani talks about the art of co-writing a screenplay with your spouse (spoiler: it helps to have Judd Apatow mentor you), the most difficult scene he's ever had to shoot, and he shares his Top 5 Most Influential Movies. Plus, he and Adam chat about their college days - that they nearly spent together. 

  • Posted on 23 Jun 2017

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    Ana Lily Amirpour ("The Bad Batch")

    Ana Lily Amirpour got lots of attention for her 2014 Iran-set vampire movie "A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night." She's back this year with "The Bad Batch," a Sergio Leone-inspired western with cannibals and a double-amputee for a protagonist (Suki Waterhouse). The new movie features a cast that includes Jim Carrey, Keanu Reeves and Jason Momoa. Adam and Amirpour talk the relativity of badness, the consequences of seeing inappropriate movies at an early age and their favorite Keanu performances.

  • Posted on 21 Jun 2017

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    #639: It Comes At Night / Top 5 Movies About Grief

    Writer/director Trey Edward Shults knocked a lot of us out last year with his indie debut KRISHA. This year, he comes to the multiplex with IT COMES AT NIGHT, an unnerving - and unconventional - horror film that has impressed critics and frustrated some audiences. Shults’ film is as much about loss as it is about scares, so along with a review of his film, Adam and guest host Michael Phillips share their Top 5 Movies About Grief. Plus thoughts on the late Glenne Headley and Adam's recommendation of the Sundance hit "Band Aid."

    0:00-3:57 - Billboard
    3:57-31:42 - Review: "It Comes At Night"
    Angelica Garcia, "The Devil Can Get In"
    34:12-40:18 - Adam Recommends: "Band Aid"
    40:18-52:27 - Polls
    Angelica Garcia, "Orange Flower"
    54:30-56:33 - Donations
    56:33-1:41:45 - Top 5: Movie About Grief
    1:41:45-1:46:31- Close 

  • Posted on 16 Jun 2017

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    #638: Wonder Woman / Top 5 Movie Religious Experiences / Trey Shults

    As the first superhero movie directed by and starring a woman, WONDER WOMAN went into its opening weekend with more baggage than its male-centric peers. It came out of the weekend with critical raves and record box office - and at least one member of the Larsen household practicing Diana-inspired high-kicks. On this week's show, Adam and Josh - bound by the Lasso of Hestia - share their takes, then confess their Top 5 Movie Religious Experiences. Plus, Adam's conversation with "Krisha" director Trey Shults, whose new film "It Comes At Night" opens this weekend.

    0:00-1:56 - Billboard
    1:56-31:17 - Review: "Wonder Woman"
    Secret Sisters, "You Don't Own Me Anymore"
    34:06-46:43 - Notes / Massacre Theatre
    46:43-1:14:27 - Interview: Trey Shults
    Secret Sisters, "Tennessee River Runs Deep"
    1:17:36-2:03:20 - Top 5: Movie Religious Experiences
    2:03:20-2:05:55 - Close

  • Posted on 09 Jun 2017

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    #637: War Machine / Top 5 Movie Military Leaders

    Inspired by Gen. Stanley McChrystal's dramatic fall from grace in 2010 following an unflattering Rolling Stone profile, the new WAR MACHINE from Netflix puts a scowling Brad Pitt in McChrystal's boots for its Afghanistan-set satire. Despite an impressive ensemble cast, Adam and Josh agree that the film has a challenging time finding the right tone. But they also agree that a trio of actors best known for iconic work in the '80s make the most of their screen time. That review, plus the Top 5 Movie Military Leaders.

    0:00-2:42 - Billboard
    2:42-28:15 - Review: "War Machine"
    Black Sabbath, "War Pigs"
    30:42-46:42 - Cannes / Notes
    46:42-55:57 - Polls
    Malcolm Arnold, "Bogey's March"
    58:33-1:00:36 - Donations
    1:00:36-1:40:07 - Top 5: Movie Military Leaders
    1:40:07-1:44:02 - Close     

  • Posted on 02 Jun 2017


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