Filmspotting: Reviews & Top 5sAuthor: Kempenaar & Larsen
26 Oct 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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    #846: Dune / Holy Smoke (Campion #5)

    The worst kept secret about Denis Villeneuve's DUNE is that it's only half a movie. Or half a story, anyway. Villeneuve split Frank Herbert's classic sci-fi novel in two, with part one offering a stunningly detailed and impressively cast setup to a conclusion we may not see for years. Adam and Josh admire the film's craft, but they were left with more questions than answers about how the new adaptation will reckon with the source material's 20th-century origins. Plus, the Jane Campion Oeuvre-view continues with 1999's HOLY SMOKE, a critical and box office failure on its release that contains a remarkable early Kate Winslet performance and the complicated sex and gender dynamics we've come to expect from Campion. 0:00 - Billboard 1:01 - Review: "Dune" Neil Diamond, "Holly Holy" 33:05 - Next Week / Notes 41:23 - Massacre Theatre 47:07 - Campion #5: "Holy Smoke" 1:09:31 - Outro  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Posted on 22 Oct 2021

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    #845: No Time To Die / Lamb / The Portrait of a Lady (Campion #4)

    In five films over 15 years, Daniel Craig has established himself as the pre-eminent Bond. But will he also prove to be the final 007? The 60-year-old franchise has its work cut out for it, finding someone to fill Craig's shoes and bringing the iconic, if archaic, character firmly into the 21st century. Adam and Josh agree that the new NO TIME TO DIE does right by Craig—but does that make it a good Bond film? They take their review into spoiler territory to unravel their feelings about the conclusion of the Craig era. Plus, the fourth film in the Jane Campion Oeuvre-view, 1996's THE PORTRAIT OF A LADY, Campion's inventive and emotionally volatile adaptation of the Henry James novel. Plus Josh recommends the new Nordic horror film LAMB. 0:00 - Billboard 1:14 - Review: "No Time To Die" 32:56 - "No Time" Spoiler Talk Wojciech Kilar, "Pearl in the Crown" 39:32 - Josh recommends: "Lamb" 43:29 - Next Week / Notes 56:32 - Polls 1:04:40 - Jane Campion #4: "The Portrait of a Lady" 1:35:00 - Outro Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Posted on 15 Oct 2021

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    #844: The Piano (Campion #3) / Chicago Int'l Film Festival Preview

    “I hear what you’re saying, but you’re completely wrong.” Adam has employed his favorite catchphrase many times over the years, but never on himself. On this week’s show, as part of the Jane Campion Oeuvre-View, he revisits the director's Oscar-winning (and beloved by Josh) THE PIANO for the first time since his lukewarm first encounter with the film in 2013—and this time he comes away from the film singing a very different tune. Plus, a preview of the 57th annual Chicago International Film Festival, which features new films from Céline Sciamma (“Portrait of a Lady on Fire”), Joachim Trier (“Oslo, August 31st”), and Andrea Arnold (“American Honey”).  0:00 - Billboard 1:14 - Preview: Chicago Int'l Film Festival Michael Nyman, "The Heart Asks Pleasure First" 31:13 - Next Week/Giveaway/Notes 41:37 - Massacre Theatre 49:33 - Campion #3: "The Piano" 1:28:56 - Outro Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Posted on 08 Oct 2021

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    #843: Titane / An Angel at My Table (Campion #2)

    Director Julia Ducournau wants to shake her audience to the core. And she more or less accomplished that feat - for Josh, anyway - with her 2016 debut "Raw." Her latest, TITANE, falls into several genre categories—body horror, revenge picture, deeply black comedy—none of which quite prepare you for the experience of watching it. While Ducournau proves herself a filmmaker of great talent, Adam and Josh debate whether the 2021 Palme d'Or winner has much to offer beyond its many unexpected and provocative twists. They take their review into overtime with some Spoiler Talk about some of the movie's more ambiguous moments. Also on the show, the new Deeply Flawed Filmspotting Poll, and the second film in their Jane Campion Oeuvre-view, 1990's AN ANGEL AT MY TABLE. 0:00 - Billboard 1:25 - Review: "Titane" 32:56 - "Titane" Spoiler Talk Duncan Gray, Opening Credits ("An Angel at My Table") 45:37 - Next Week / Notes 54:24 - Polls 1:04:46 - Jane Campion #2: "An Angel at My Table" 1:30:18 - Outro  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Posted on 01 Oct 2021

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    #842: Casino Royale at 15 / Sweetie (Campion #1)

    Ahead of Daniel Craig's final outing as 007 in "No Time To Die," Adam and Josh revisit Craig's 2006 debut, CASINO ROYALE, a film both agree remains a high-water mark for the franchise. Plus, the Jane Campion Oeuvre-view kicks off with the New Zealand director's funny, harrowing, and utterly assured first film, 1989's SWEETIE. 0:00 - Billboard 1:06 - Review: "Casino Royale" at 15 Cate Le Bon, "Sisters" 34:31 - Next Week / Notes 47:49 - Massacre Theatre 53:44 - Campion #1: "Sweetie" 1:23:27 - Outro Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Posted on 24 Sep 2021

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