FilmspottingAuthor: Kempenaar & Larsen / Panoply
30 Apr 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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    #632: Top 5 Movie Expeditions (We'd Sign Up For) / The Lost City of Z

    The movies have taken us on great adventures over the years, both real and imagined: through the deepest jungle, across perilous oceans, to distant planets - and beyond. But which of those cinematic adventures would you actually participate in if given the chance? This week, the Top 5 Movie Expeditions Adam and Josh would sign up for, along with their review of James Gray’s new movie adventure THE LOST CITY OF Z. Plus, Steve Prokopy drops by to preview the Chicago Critics Film Festival.

    0:00-2:00 - Billboard
    2:00-27:15 - Review: "The Lost City of Z"
    Fionn Regan, "The Meetings of the Waters"
    28:55-39:25 - Notes / Massacre Theatre
    39:25-51:10 - Chicago Critics Film Fest
    Fionn Regan, "Book of the Moon"
    56:58-1:24:35 - Top 5: Movie Expeditions (We'd Sign Up For)
    1:24:35-1:30:41 - Close / Outtake 

  • Posted on 28 Apr 2017

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    Varda Marathon #5: The Gleaners and I

    French New Wave pioneer Agnes Varda has long displayed a curiosity about people who live on society's fringes. In her 2000 doc "The Gleaners and I," the director focuses her camera on communities (and some memorably eccentric individuals) that belong to the French tradition of gathering up what's left behind after a harvest. Documenting the various gleaners, pickers and dumpster-divers becomes a meditation on the creative process itself as Varda becomes a subject of her own film.

    On Filmspotting #632 (Friday, April 27): James Gray's THE LOST CITY OF Z and the Top 5 Movie Expeditions (We'd Sign Up For).

  • Posted on 27 Apr 2017

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    #631: The Fate of the Furious / Top 5 Fast & Furious Moments

    Just how big a deal is the "Furious" franchise? The 8th film in the street-racing saga managed to break an opening weekend box office record previously held by "The Force Awakens." So yeah: it’s big. So big, we're devoting the whole show to Alpha Dom and his ever-expanding crew. The Next Picture Show's Tasha Robinson and Genevieve Koski join Adam for a review of THE FATE OF THE FURIOUS, plus a replay of Adam and Josh's Top 5 Fast & Furious Moments from 2015.​

    0:00-1:43 - Billboard
    1:43-33:25 - Review: "The Fate of the Furious"
    Lil Uzi Vert, "Go Off"
    35:53-37:02 - Notes
    37:02-1:13:36 - Top 5: Fast & Furious Moments (2015)
    1:13:36-1:16:51 - Close 

  • Posted on 21 Apr 2017

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    #630: Rushmore / FS Madness Champ / Charlie Siskel (American Anarchist) Interview

    Wes Anderson’s RUSHMORE was a minor indie hit during its initial run starting in late 1998, but it marked the arrival of a significant new directing talent, and established a brilliant new stage of Bill Murray’s career. Adam and Josh – who joins the show from Ebert Interruptus in Boulder, CO - give Anderson's film the Sacred Cow treatment and unveil your 2017 Filmspotting Madness champion. Also, Adam's interview with Charlie Siskel, co-director the Oscar-nominated "Finding Vivian Maier" and director of the new doc AMERICAN ANARCHIST. Siskel also shares his Top 5 Most Influential Docs.

    0:00-1:29 - Billboard
    1:29-35:09 - Sacred Cow: "Rushmore"
    Cat Stevens, "The Wind"
    38:33-1:00:22 - FS Madness Champion / Poll
    The Rolling Stones, "I Am Waiting"
    1:01:18-1:35:22 - Interview: Charlie Siskel
    1:35:22-1:37:55 - Close   

  • Posted on 14 Apr 2017

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    #629: The Discovery / FS Madness Final / Varda #4 - Vagabond

    In 2014, first-time writer/director Charlie McDowell made a big impression (on Adam, anyway) with THE ONE I LOVE, a movie about a troubled marriage with surreal, Charlie Kaufman-esque flourishes. McDowell’s follow up - THE DISCOVERY, which stars Rooney Mara, Jason Segel and Robert Redford, also has a provocative sci-fi premise, this one about the consequences of scientists proving the existence of an afterlife. The film debuted to some acclaim this January at Sundance and is now being distributed exclusively on Netflix.

    This week on the show, Adam and Josh mostly agree about the movie's failings, but still manage to get into a fight over Jesse Plemons. Plus, Filmspotting Madness Final Four results (The Godfather v 2001! Pulp Fiction v Empire Strikes Back!) and the Agnes Varda Marathon continues with the director's 1985 masterpiece VAGABOND.

    0:00-1:16 - Billboard
    1:16-29:08 - Review: "The Discovery"
    Alt-J, "3WW"
    30:08-53:20 - Notes / FS Madness
    53:20-1:16:55 - Varda #4: "Vagabond"
    1:16:55-1:27:55 - Close / Hot Mics

  • Posted on 06 Apr 2017


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