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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 724 (04/12/19): Claire Denis (interview) / High Life / Filmspotting Madness Champ

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

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The 70 year-old French director of "Beau Travail," "35 Shots of Rum" and last year's "Let the Sunshine In" is having a moment. After 30 years of critically-acclaimed work, Claire Denis remains largely unknown in the U.S. That could change with her latest, "High Life," an existential sci-fi film starring Robert Pattinson and Juliette Binoche. Denis gave Adam and guest host Scott Tobias a rare chance to sit down with her and talk about how "High Life" fits into her sensuous and provocative body of work and how, among other things, Stephen Hawking's writing contributed to the universe she created on screen. Also on the show: Adam and Scott join the chorus of critics -- and moviegoers -- who have found themselves surprisingly charmed by the DCEU's "Shazam." Plus, the crowning of the 2019 Filmspotting Madness champion.

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:

GODDESS: THE FALL AND RISE OF SHOWGIRLS -- Lotti Pharriss Knowles Interview

From Andrea Chase | Part of the Behind the Scenes series | 17:05

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Lotti Pharriss Knowles is an unabashed, non-ironic fan of SHOWGIRLS, and she is prepared to tell you exactly why. It’s had an enormous impact on her personal life (we get to that story later in my interview with her), but what she really wants to explore in GODDESS: THE FALL AND RISE OF SHOWGIRLS, the documentary that she is making with Jeffry Schwarz, is the cultural impact it’s had on all of us.  And how the critics got it so wrong when it was released in 1999.

She makes her case. Allowing for the sometimes unfortunate dialogue, she sees Nomi Malone’s journey as a celebration of female power and the glories of excess in telling a story. This is, after all, a film that has spawned a sock-puppet version in more than one city.

Knowles discusses some of the people interviewed for the film, including Paul Verhoeven’s theory about sex, and what it was like for her to meet Alan Rachins, who played her favorite character, Tony Moss. We also had a puckishly philosophical chat about what it is about horror films that got its hooks into her at a young age, and resulted in her penning a perfectly delightful horror-comedy, CHASTITY BITES.

There is a kickstarter to raise completion funds for GODDESS, and aside from doing the good deed insuring the documentary is made, there are material rewards to be had for donors.  Click here for all the details.

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

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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: Little

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

Little_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 goes back to middle school in Little.

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:

Perry Robertson - Supervising Sound Editor - Black Hawk Down, Juno, Jeff Who Lives at Home, The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Wonder, Trumbo, Tully, The Front Runner, The Public

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

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Perry worked on a large variety of sizes and genres of productions including Black Hawk DownThe Bourne IdentityLars and the Real GirlRamboJeff Who Lives at HomeThe Perks of Being a WallflowerDanny CollinsTrumboRoom 104, and Wonder.


Perry worked over the years with Jason Reitman, on JunoThank You For SmokingTullyThe Front Runner, and Emilio Estevez's The Public.