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Playlist: Movie Series and Pieces

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Curated Playlist

Indie and mainstream, actors and producers — here are movie series on PRX of various lengths.

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Filmspotting (weekly series) (Series)

Produced by WBEZ

"Filmspotting" is an hour-long program about film, including: movie reviews, interviews, top 5 lists, listener feedback and insightful film talk. Filmspotting is available on PRX by noon (CST) on Fridays. Promos are available on PRX earlier in the week.

Most recent piece in this series:

Filmspotting 681 (05/18/18): Lord of the Rings 15th Anniversary, Top 5 LOTR Scenes

From WBEZ | Part of the Filmspotting (weekly series) series | 53:59

Lotr_small Released in consecutive Decembers beginning in 2001, Peter Jackson’s colossal adaptation of Tolkien’s "Lord of the Rings" trilogy reached its conclusion in 2003 with "The Return of the King" which went on to win 11 Oscars, including Best Picture and Best Director. Despite enjoying the first installment just fine, Adam never made time for "Two Towers" or "Return," which didn't stop him from spending much of the last fifteen years taking digs at the films and the people who loved them (mostly Josh). But with 2019's Filmspotting Madness (Best of the 2000s) on the horizon -- just past the Misty Mountains, in fact -- Adam agreed to knock out his Hobbity blindspots with an epic (re)consideration of the trilogy in which he and Josh discuss the horror elements in the trilogy, the care with which Jackson depicts the cost of war and the greatness of Ian McKellen (and the rest of the brilliantly cast ensemble). Plus a Top 5 Scenes from the trilogy that illustrates how Jackson, in bringing the trilogy to life, was just as attentive to the subtle, quiet moments as he was the epic battle scenes.

Sounds Familiar #5: Sex, Death and Morals in Horror.

From Blake Cooper | Part of the Sounds Familiar series | 17:00

In 1980, during a “very special episode” of Siskel & Ebert, Roger Ebert made a provocative claim about the emerging genre of “slasher” horror films: “these films hate women.” Whether that’s true—and why—is a little more complicated.

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In 1980, during a “very special episode” of Siskel & Ebert, Roger Ebert made a provocative claim about the emerging genre of “slasher” horror films: “these films hate women.” 
Whether that’s true—and why—is a little more complicated. Dr. Lisa Wade, founder of the blog Sociological Images, helps me break down the complexity of the role of women in horror movies. We’ll discuss what these films say about our sense of morality and justice. And we’ll travel all the way back to 18th century London, to meet Tom Nero, arguably the horror genre’s original serial villain.
Next Week: “Series in Decline”

Indie Outlook (Series)

Produced by Matt Fagerholm

Chicago film critic Matt Fagerholm highlights the latest and greatest in modern independent cinema.

Most recent piece in this series:

Duncan Riddell on "Older Children"

From Matt Fagerholm | Part of the Indie Outlook series | 23:10

Photo_27_small Filmmaker Duncan Riddell joins host Matt Fagerholm to discuss his new film, "Older Children," which premieres in Chicago November 10th. The program was produced at Columbia College Chicago. Technical producer was Rebecca Nystedt. An Indie Outlook production.

Behind the Scenes (Series)

Produced by Andrea Chase

Filmmakers and actors talk with Andrea Chase. New insights, unexpected revelations, and a wry sense of humor. Series pieces are various lengths from 8 to 25 minutes.

Most recent piece in this series:

THE SEAGULL -- Michael Mayer Interview

From Andrea Chase | Part of the Behind the Scenes series | 23:39

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There has not been a better filmed adaptation of Chekov’s THE SEAGULL than the one with which Michael Mayer has gifted us.  When we spoke on April 29, 2018, his insight into and passion for theater were evident, qualities that he brought to his adaptation.

I was looking forward to the approach he took finding the cinematic possibilities of this classic tale of love at cross-purposes and tunnel-vision vanity. Before we talked about that, though, I brought up the first, disastrous production of THE SEAGULL, the one that almost convinced Chekov to give up playwriting before a revival, with another director, made it a success. In light of that, I asked Mayer to talk about his sense of responsibility introducing new playwrights to the world, which brought up the subject of his own recurring director’s nightmare.

We moved on to what Chekov has to say about art in THE SEAGULL, which led to Mayer expounding on the place of art in the time of Trump; the difference between theater and cinema; why Elizabeth’s performance as Masha will be the one to which all others are compared; and the delicious irony of having an actor, Annette Benning, playing an actress who is the epitome of that deadly sin.

We finished up with how location affects storytelling, and why Stephen Karam was the choice to adapt the play for the screen. 

The Indie on Demand Movie Review (Series)

Produced by Daniel Persons

A short, weekly review show dedicated to highlighting independent films available via on-demand platforms. Produced and hosted by film journalist and critic Dan Persons.

Most recent piece in this series:

Indie on Demand Reviews FIGHTVILLE

From Daniel Persons | Part of the The Indie on Demand Movie Review series | 01:59

Fightville_prx_image_v01_small Film critic Dan Persons reviews FIGHTVILLE, an intense and intimate documentary focusing on the brutal sport of mixed martial arts.

THE INDIE ON DEMAND MOVIE REVIEW is a short, weekly, module-style review show dedicated to highlighting independent films available via on-demand platforms. Produced and hosted by film journalist and critic Dan Persons (The Huffington Post, IFC, Air America), each 2-minute episode will feature a review of an independent film that has recently debuted on-demand, incorporating cleared audio clips and Dan's detailed analysis to provide listeners with an entertaining and insightful glimpse into the exciting and innovative world of independent film, with all titles available immediately for viewing at home.

Reel Discovery (Series)

Produced by Kristin Dreyer Kramer

Each week on Reel Discovery, host Kristin Dreyer Kramer takes a quick look at the latest in movies -- from the hottest new blockbusters to little-known indies and even Blu-ray releases. Whether you prefer explosive action movies or quiet dramas, you're sure to discover something worth watching. On the latest show, Kristin takes a look at the horror homage of Tim Burton's Frankenweenie.

Most recent piece in this series:

Reel Discovery: Book Club

From Kristin Dreyer Kramer | Part of the Reel Discovery series | 03:00

Bookclub_small Each week on Reel Discovery, host Kristin Dreyer Kramer takes a quick look at the latest in movies -- from the hottest new blockbusters to little-known indies and even Blu-ray releases. Whether you prefer explosive action movies or quiet dramas, you're sure to discover something worth watching. On the latest show, Kristin looks for love at a certain age with Book Club.

To read the full review, visit NightsAndWeekends.com.

It's Movie Time (Series)

Produced by Kristin Dreyer Kramer

A weekly five-minute film review series with critics John DeSando and Kristin Dreyer Kramer.

Most recent piece in this series:

It's Movie Time; July 6, 2012: The Amazing Spider-Man, To Rome with Love

From Kristin Dreyer Kramer | Part of the It's Movie Time series | 05:00

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Spoiler Alert Radio (Series)

Produced by MergingArts Productions

Toni Pennacchia discusses all things film with independent directors, writers, producers, composers, cinematographers, editors, promoters, and more, in this 29-minute series.

Most recent piece in this series:

Josefin Asberg - Swedish Production Designer and Art Director - Lilya 4-Ever, The King of Ping Pong, Mammoth, Monica Z, Force Majeure, and The Square

From MergingArts Productions | Part of the Spoiler Alert Radio series | 29:00

Thesquare_original_small Josefin's projects include as Art Director on Lilya 4-Ever and Art Director and as Production Designer for The King of Ping PongMammothThe Quiet Roar, and Up In The Blue.

In 2013, Josefin was nominated for the Guldbagge Award for Best Art Direction on Monica Z. She worked with Ruben Ostlund on Force Majeure, designing sets based on alpine settings. 

They again collaborated more recently on his Palme d'Or-winning film, The Square, for which Josefin won the Vulcan Award at Cannes, and the European Film Award for Best Production Designer.